May 31, 2009
NELSONVILLE, OH – More and more, women are taking to the woods for hunting season, and Rocky recognizes they need to be dressed for it.
“Just because women have moved into what has traditionally been a men’s sport doesn’t mean they have to dress in men’s clothes,” says Rocky apparel Vice President John Maser.
Indeed, Rocky’s new women’s line is designed to fit a woman’s body. The line has classic women’s clothing features like a slim, tailored fit, smaller collar lines, and shorter hems and inseams in the sleeves, legs, and shirt bottoms.
“We wanted to make sure we got it right,” said Maser of Rocky’s foray into women’s apparel. “Our fit experts performed hundreds of measurements and fittings on women of all sizes, from fit models to our employees and their family members!”
The women’s line is available in Rocky’s new SilentHunter, which is an updated version of its extremely popular line with Scent IQ (SIQ) technology. The ultra comfortable SilentHunter boasts a multitude of sport-ready features that are already hunter favorites.
Rocky’s soft, micro suede Silent Hunter material not only provides superior comfort, but also provides extreme stealth for stalking game. SIQ Atomic helps control human odor on a microbial level, providing scent-invisibility to the wearer while the moisture-wicking lining provides dryness and perspiration control. Features like scores of conveniently located silent-zip pockets for holding the necessities, double knee and seat patches for kneeling and sitting, and adjustable leg openings for blocking cold and debris will only add to the Rocky woman’s hunting experience.
Women’s SilentHunter is available in sizes small to extra large, and features Mossy Oak Break-Up camouflage. Styles include a half-zip, long-sleeve shirt and cargo pants, ranging in price from $44.99 to $69.99.
Founded in 1932, Rocky manufactures and markets rugged outdoor, duty, work and western footwear, apparel and accessories. The company’s products are available in nearly 3,000 retail and catalog outlets. It is a division of Rocky Brands, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ® under the symbol: RCKY. More information can be found at www.rockyboots.com.
May 31, 2009
PORTLAND, Oregon –LaCrosse Footwear, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOOT), a leading provider of branded work and outdoor footwear and apparel, announces a newly-formed subsidiary has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase certain assets of Environmentally Neutral Design Outdoor, Inc., or END, a performance footwear company focused on product innovation and sustainability. Subject to customary closing conditions, through the agreement LFI will acquire substantially all the assets comprising END’s footwear business, including inventory, intellectual property, and other assets. The purchase price is expected to be approximately $500,000 and the transaction is expected to be completed by the end of May.
END began shipping product in late 2008 to provide everyday athletes with high performance footwear that follows responsible design, and is innovative and technical. END footwear has already received the honors of “Best Trail Running Shoe Debut” from Runner’s World magazine in their April 2009 issue and “Best Road Running Shoe Debut” in their June 2009 issue.
Once the acquisition is completed, the new LFI subsidiary will continue to sell footwear under the END brand name and will continue operations from END’s Portland, Oregon location. Andrew Estey, current CEO of END, and key employees will move to the new subsidiary. “END is encouraged to have the opportunity to continue our efforts to pursue our mission to develop environmentally neutral designed footwear. We believe that leveraging the back end operations and resources of LaCrosse will assist us in having a swifter and more significant impact on the footwear industry,” said Estey.
May 29, 2009
I read this on the Outdoor Wire:
Springfield, Missouri-(May 21, 2009) With families struggling through the economic downturn, one retailer has decided to do something to help families enjoy activities together as a family at a very affordable price – absolutely free!
Beginning Saturday, May 30th and continuing through Sunday, July 5th, Family Summer Camp events will be held at Bass Pro Shops destination retail stores across America and Canada (the event will not be at Miami, FL, Branson, MO, or the Worldwide Sportsmen in Islamorada, FL).
Every Saturday and Sunday stores will be offering free craft activities for the kids including decorating a fishing bobber, making key chains, designing their own birdhouse, creating plaster animal tracks and painting a souvenir wooden lure for Dad.
The whole family will enjoy free outdoor workshops about hiking, camping and fishing basics. Other workshops include bird watching, archery, animal identification, plants & insects, and even how to make campfire S’mores. Kids will earn a collectable pin for every workshop completed.
Store activities will vary but could include a laser shooting gallery, casting pond, soft strike foam bow range and BB gun range. You can even have a souvenir photo made or test drive a kayak in the kayak pool. Again, absolutely free!
May 29, 2009
Over on the Help4hunters.com blog is a post on Smith and Wesson donating to help in the fight against breast cancer. Smith is on the NYSE under the symbol SWHC and the post is here.
May 29, 2009
The patent pending two-stage piston driven operating system in the Ruger SR-556 provides a smooth power delivery stroke to the action and vents combustion residue out of the bottom of the gas block. The four-position adjustable gas regulator allows the operator to tune the rifle to specific ammunition and rifle conditions, minimizing recoil and maximizing reliability and long-term endurance. Reliability is further enhanced by a one-piece bolt carrier with an integral transfer key.
May 23, 2009
by Jeff Leonard
Saturday, May 16, 2009
While the country deals with a period of economic uncertainty, large-scale corporate bailouts and the recent “Tea Party” tax protests, it seems unlikely that anyone would be excited about the federal government collecting an unusually high amount of taxes.
But that’s exactly the case in the firearms industry. According to a recent report released from the Department of Treasury, firearms and ammunition manufacturers paid more than $98 million in excise taxes in the fourth quarter of 2008. This is a 31.3 percent increase over the same time period in 2007.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the leading trade association of the firearms industry, touts the numbers proudly.
“Demand for firearms and ammunition is clear,” said NSSF President Steve Sanetti. “Since the November elections we’ve seen an increase in firearm ownership coupled with an unprecedented level of attendance at firearm safety courses nationwide.”
“Americans are buying firearms, and they’re taking the proper precautions to ensure they exercise their individual Second Amendment rights safely and responsibly,” Sanetti continued.
Just where do these taxes originate? They are the result of the Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax, which is collected by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, a division of the U.S. Treasury Department.
The taxes, according to the TTB, are obtained through the sales of firearms and ammunition. For every handgun sold, 10 percent of the sales price goes to pay the excise tax. For ammunition and long gun purchases, 11 percent percent of the sales price is to cover the tax.
These collected taxes revenues are distributed to the U.S. Fish and Wild Service, which divides the funds among state government agencies to be used on wildlife habitat restoration, hunter education, wildlife management, wildlife research and shooting ranges, according to TTB.
The Treasury Department report, which covers the time period of Oct. 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008, shows $27.6 million was collected for pistols and revolvers, $35.0 million for long guns and $35.5 million for ammunition.
Compared to the same quarter in 2007, collections were up 70.1 percent for handguns, 11.4 percent for long guns and 31.1 percent for ammunition according, to the NSSF. These figures close out the 2008 calendar year with a total of $345.2 million collected in excise taxes, an increase of around $42 million over what was collected in 2007.
The NSSF indicates excise taxes on firearms and ammunition traditionally raise more than $163 million annually for wildlife programs. Since 1937, these taxes alone have raised over 4 billion to help in conservation efforts.
“These numbers speak to a much greater story,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “America’s gun owners have serious concerns about the country’s current political make-up. Lawmakers should recognize this and understand that these gun owners are not merely consumers buying a product, but voters reacting to a very real threat.”
Outdoors correspondent Jeff Leonard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 23, 2009
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The upward trend in firearms sales continued in April, marking the sixth consecutive month of significant increases.
Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,225,980 checks in April 2009. This figure is a 30.3 percent increase from the 940,961 reported in April 2008.
FBI background checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing either new or used firearms from federally licensed retailers. The checks serve as a gauge of actual sales but do not reflect the actual number of firearms sold, since, following a background check, a customer may decide not to purchase a firearm or may purchase more than one firearm.
The April increase follows a 29.2 percent gain in March and rises of 23 percent in February, 28 percent in January, 24 percent in December and 42 percent in November when a record 1,529,635 background checks were performed.
The increase in NICS checks coincides with a rise in excise taxes reported by firearms manufacturers, another indicator of firearm sales.