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From the Pages of Outdoor News – June 30, 2018

Trad Shoe Evolution: Scarpa Maestro Mid First Look

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Twist into cracks, smear with precision: The Maestro Mid Eco makes bold claims as a supportive and soft climbing shoe for long routes. We reviewed the latest release from the brand to see how it holds up on the rock.
Innovation in the world of trad climbing shoes seems to revolve around a few central design tenets. Namely, trad shoes are comfortable for all-day climbing, can withstand twisting into cracks, and are stiff.
The Scarpa Maestro Eco, released in spring 2018, departs from the idea that trad shoes need to be stiff. The Maestro Eco line comprises two shoes: a mid-height version and a low version. They cost $190 and $180, respectively, and use premium materials for demanding climbers.
After reviewing them for more than a month, I’ve found the Maestro Mid Eco to be a high-performing climbing shoe. The leather feels great twisting into cracks, and the shoe’s rubber and randing feel decidedly more precise on the rock than those of other trad shoes.
But in regard to Scarpa’s diverg…

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Your Daily Wisconsin Outdoor News Update – June 29, 2018

Gunner Kennels: The $500 Dog Crate Worth Every Penny

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A $500 dog kennel might sound expensive until you consider the cost of a trip to the veterinarian.The first thing that you notice when your Gunner Kennel arrives is the size and stoutness of the shipping box. Gunner’s Intermediate size kennel showed up in a box that was large enough to serve as an emergency shelter for a small person.So I gave it a “tire kicking” nudge with my foot. The box did not move. This should be interesting, I thought.With the box open, the kennel’s components appeared grossly overbuilt compared to other dog crates. Unlike other kennels, Gunner rocks double wall construction for incredible canine protection.Gunner Kennels builds for serious field use, not to hit a mass-market price point.Really though, $500 for a dog crate? It smelled YETI-esque to me as far as product positioning and execution. Being a happy YETI owner, that is not a bad thing.Gunner Dog Kennel ReviewGunner Kennel’s genesis story starts with founder Addison Edmonds. After college, Edmonds star…

Your Daily Minnesota Outdoor News Update – June 29, 2018

No Wheels: Meet the Camper that Rides on Your Hitch

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The Hitch Hotel fits onto a trailer hitch for transport. At a campsite, the compact camper expands to nearly three times its size.Say goodbye to wheeled campers with the introduction of the Hitch Hotel. A unique telescoping design promises motorists a lightweight and cozy camping option.Announced today, Hitch Hotel is the world’s first expandable wheel-less trailer. Hitch Hotel attaches to your vehicle on just the hitch in transit and expands to fit two adults comfortably.In transit, the 250 lb. Hitch Hotel only takes up 16 sq. feet. of space. It fits onto class 2 hitches and higher.The nuanced design can hold 100 lbs. of cargo directly on your hitch. Expanded, the platform can hold more than 1,000 lbs.Currently, Hitch Hotel is on Kickstarter and costs $4,499 retail with substantial discounts for early backers.Hitch Hotel: Lightweight, Hitch-Mounted CamperThe Hitch Hotel is simple in design but versatile in use. When closed, there is more than 60 cubic feet of storage. Opened, the Hit…

Fort Wayne berm built to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

How I Set Up My Tacoma for Life On The Road

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Beating the daily grind and living life on the road has a lot of appeal for outdoor-minded folks. Here’s what I use to make it a reality.There was never a plan. Trying to balance a rigorous startup job with a ceaseless desire for adventure, I decided to give away most of my possessions, buy a used Tacoma, and move in. This compromise offered flexibility and fresh air at the cost of normalcy, which I willingly accepted. Microadventures, long weekends in the mountains, and remote work all became much closer to reality.A few days later I bought a LEER truck cap and spent the weekend crafting my first storage system – a drawer in the bed. I’m now working on its fourth iteration. Over the last three years, truck life has evolved with me.I’ve progressively optimized for dirt roads and more out of office emails. And, while the nomadic lifestyle has some obvious downsides like a lack of showers (sorry Mom), it enabled some of the best years of my life. If simplicity, fixing things, and seeing…

BRP acquires Alumacraft, creates Marine Group

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Valcourt, Quebec – Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), headquartered in Valcourt, Quebec, announced this week the creation of the Marine Group with the acquisition of Alumacraft, a private North American manufacturer of aluminum fishing boats based in St. Peter, Minn., BRP said in a news release.Tracy Crocker, senior vice-president and general manager of Evinrude Outboard Motors since 2017, has been named president of the group, effective immediately, BRP said in the release, adding that the acquisition will allow the company to leverage the strength and reputation of the two marine industry players.The BRP portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am on- and off-road vehicles, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft, the company said in the release.The post BRP acquires Alumacraft, creates Marine Group appeared first on Outdoornews.

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‘Goldilocks’ Trail Shoe: HOKA ONE ONE Torrent First Look

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Chug uphill, glide down, and cut through rocky switchbacks – the HOKA ONE ONE Torrent touts the best of everything a trail runner wants: agility, ground feel, cushion, breathability, and minimal weight. We tested them for a month on Colorado trails.Runners committed to minimal footwear and maximum ground feel typically shrug off HOKA ONE ONE trail shoes. Not because of the brand ‘s quality — far from it. HOKA outfits some of the world’s most accomplished endurance athletes.But HOKA ONE ONE has become synonymous with maximum cushion and plush foam midsoles. But this month, the brand launched what it called a “seemingly contradictory combination of cushioning and agility.”The Torrent targets trail runners seeking lightweight and breathable shoes that protect against rugged terrain without a “moon boot” feel.Our editors (one is training for the Leadville 100) took the Torrents on moderate to long trail runs, from five to 15 miles, and even used them on daily commute runs to and from work…

A cornerstone wildlife protection law, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, celebrates 100 years July 3

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 29, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides.NorthChain: The walleyes are really starting to turn on all over the Chain. Jig and minnow combinations or spinner rigs with nightcrawlers are the best producers. Strong reports of good panfish have been coming in. Small ice jigs under a float or bobber. The shallow portions of the bays seem to be producing quite well. Bass have been hitting Rattletraps fished in the shallower areas as well as slow rolled spinnerbaits near the bottom. Look for the inside edges of weedbeds that are good transition points between cover and their spawning areas.Braidwood: Catfish are being caught on bottom rigs tipped with crawlers or other cut bait.The largemouths are slowing down but are still being found on the secondary drop-offs with large profile baits like a jig and pig or by fishing the shallower areas bouncing a crankbait or spoonplug off the rocks and the bottom.Always keep an …

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 29, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura PetreikisIn Henry County, CPO Posateri received a call from a witness saying he watched a man with a cast net take bass from the Hennepin Canal at the Colona Boat Ramp. She responded to the area, and the man was found to be in possession of four fish illegally taken with a cast net. Only shad, minnows, and crayfish can be taken with a cast net. The net was seized, and the East Moline man was cited.In Scott County, CPO Wichern investigated a hunting accident involving a turkey hunter. The turkey hunter did not realize that he had been accidentally shot by another turkey hunter on adjacent property until two days after the fact. The hunter had his wife examine the spots on his neck and scalp that he believed to be from black locust thorns. His wife thought the spots were pellets, and he was taken to the hospital. Three copper-plated #4 shotgun pellets were removed from just under his skin. The hunter stated he had only heard one other shot the day he was hu…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – June 29, 2018

Season DatesAug. 1: Squirrel hunting season opens statewide.Shows.Sept. 30: Tebala Shriners Gun Show, noon-5 p.m., Tebala Event Center, Rockford. For more info call Doug McPherson, 815-997-7156.MeetingsHappy Hookers Bass Club meets the 1st Tues. of every month, 7 p.m., Haydens Crossing. For more info call Jim Pattin, 815-513-5687.Calumet Region Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Sat. 11 a.m., Dolton. For more info call Julie Osborne, 708-525-4051.Chicago#1 Chapter Izaak Walton League meets annually in July at national convention. For more info call Wendy Reid, 708-895-0850.Decatur Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Fri. 7:30 p.m., Decatur. For more info call Jackie Wooten, 217-428-6403.Kewanee Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Tues. 7 p.m., Giant Goose Conservation & Education Center, Atkinson. For more info call Richard Gibson, 309-853-5245.Des Plaines Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Des Plaines. For more info call Donald Johanson, 847-358-9023.E…

730 Acres of Millennia-Old Redwoods to Become Public Park

New York Outdoor News Calendar – June 29, 2018

Season DatesJuly 15: Snapping turtle season opensJuly 16: Oyster toadfish season opensShowsAug. 10-12: Cattaraugus County Trappers Association Show, Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Little Valley, Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8-5; Sunday, 8-3. For more info call Kevin Parker, 716-474-7251.Aug. 12: Midstate Arms Collectors & Shooters Club Unadilla Gun Show and Flea Market, Unadilla Rod & Gun Club, Butternut Road, Unadilla, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.).Aug. 18-19: Rotary Club of Clayton Gun Show, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more info call Tom Neely at 315-767-5643.Aug. 18-19: Elk Expo, Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette, Pa. www.elkexpo.com for more info.Sept. 15-16: New York State Arms Collectors Association Syracuse Gun Show, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9-3 Sunday. For more info contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.).Sept. 15-16: Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show, Quality…