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INSIGHT TWO: AGENCIES AND NGOs MUST ENABLE ECONOMIC INCENTIVE FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR

This is the second of a five part series from Powderhook.

Our Outdoor Future: Five Insights for the Future of Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Sports

“A simpler, more open and transparent way of doing business across our industry is the only way we can ensure the future of our way of life.”

Eric Dinger, co-founder and CEO, Powderhook

In a little under two years of work on the access problem, Powderhook has learned a lot. Based on what we’ve learned, we’ve created five concepts we believe to be imperative for the future of our way of life. These insights represent, in our view, a cultural shift in thinking for our industry. Examples from other industries are provided as a means to rationalize each argument. It is our hope this series can serve as a springboard for new ideas and better solutions.sign_no_hunting_go_home

INSIGHT TWO: AGENCIES AND NGOs MUST ENABLE ECONOMIC INCENTIVE FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR

An immense inventory of untapped access exists. Hundreds of hunter-ed courses have empty seats, shooting competitions can add more shooters, fundraising banquets have empty tables, fishing tournaments can add teams, private lands in public access programs go underutilized, and countless leases sit idle waiting for deer season. The challenge for the hunter, angler and shooter is a fragmentation of information. There is no single place to find out where to go and what’s going on. Worse, options for things to do outdoors are not available on the websites people customarily use to find things to do. We aren’t helping people find us on their terms, we’re making them work to find us on our terms.

The key information keepers of the outdoor community are the leading NGOs and our state and federal agencies. Each has done a noble job of trying to be a source for aggregated information. But, that each is doing so independent of the other speaks to the problem, not the solution. Our leading NGOs along with our federal and state agencies must push us forward by creating an economic incentive for new entrants to the market to help with access and R3 problems. Private industry needs to be able to make money by directly aiding the process of getting people outdoors. Cabela’s should be selling access at retail. I should be able to sign-up for fishing tournaments on the Bass Pro Shops website. GunBroker.com should be selling Ducks Unlimited banquet tickets. Expedia should be booking campgrounds. Airbnb should be adding fishing licenses onto their lakefront home rental transactions. MidwayUSA should be taking registrations for 3-gun competitions.

The travel industry serves as a great model for us to observe, in a tool called a Global Distribution System or “GDS.” Hoteliers, rental car companies and airlines all allow direct consumption via their individual websites. For example, you can buy a United flight on United.com. In much the same way we’re advocating the outdoor industry evolve, those same companies allow hundreds of other websites to make money from booking their inventory. For example, you also can buy a United flight on Travelocity.com. Travelocity makes money, United makes money and more people travel more often. That economic incentive has lead to billions of additional dollars spent in marketing, advertising and product development. In a time when our industry desperately needs to recruit new people, adding additional private sales channels is a must.Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 1.45.23 PM

While we’ve only been in the industry for a couple years, it has become our belief that our agency and NGO friends face nearly impossible odds in changing the tide in our industry. The agencies and NGOs we’ve gotten to know are running dozens of different lines of business, from marketing agency and publisher to range operator and event planner. Because of this construct and the built-in inefficiency, resources become strapped, and effectiveness and innovation are swapped for status quo in the interest of just plain getting the work done each day.

We believe a simplification of the agency and NGO business model through the adoption of this “information wholesaler” mindset can have a drastic impact on the output of these organizations and the effectiveness of their role in the broader industry. Plus, if private companies can participate, who knows who will jump in and help us get people out hunting, fishing and shooting?

About the author:

Eric Dinger is the co-founder and CEO of Powderhook.com, a website built to help people find access to hunting and fishing spots, trips, groups and events.  He can be reached at eric@powderhook.com.

3GN and Powderhook.com Partner to Help Grow the Sport

Club and Training Events to be Shared with New Outdoor Audience

With more than 93 partner clubs nationally and internationally, the 3-Gun Nation Club Series has started something revolutionary and brand new for the sport of 3-Gun. An actual association of clubs and events that host 3-Gun shooting on a weekly basis, at the local level.
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The 3-Gun Nation Club Series is simple, and constantly evolving its platform to better serve 3GN members and Club Series participants. By joining as a 3-Gun Nation member, participants receive a high-end print magazine delivered to their home, a member decal, as well as a membership ID number and card. This 3GN Member ID number allows you to manage an online profile, upload scores and achieve a classification ranking against some of the top shooters in the country.
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QDMA Partners with Powderhook to Provide Hunters More Access

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Quality Deer Management Association

For Immediate Release

April 1, 2015

QDMA Partners with Powderhook to Provide Hunters More Access

To help provide deer hunters with more access to go afield, the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has partnered with Powderhook, the resource for connecting hunters and fishermen with places to enjoy their passion.

“We are excited to partner with QDMA and help deer hunters everywhere in our quest to help create access for all, now and into the future,” said Chris Dietrich, Powderhook’s Sales and Pro Staff manager. “The partnership will greatly benefit the hunting community by combining Powderhook’s software with QDMA’s proven approach to Quality Deer Management. Users will be able to learn more about QDMA events, purchase tickets for them, and connect with others in the outdoors – all through the Powderhook experience.”

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Your Public Land is at Risk!

There’s 640 million acres of public federal land in the United States that is open and available for citizens to enjoy year round. This may not be the case if action is not taken soon because legislation is being proposed to transfer federal land to the states so they can manage land as they wish. This may sound like a good thing to some, but there are some very serious issues that need to be looked at before drawing any conclusions.

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One of the main problems is once a state takes possession of the land, it is likely to sell it for short-term financial gain which makes that land private permanently. Nevada, for example, was given 2.7 million acres when it became the 36th state in the union in 1864. It now has only 3,000. Utah has sold more than 50 percent of its original land grant and other states show the same pattern of selling off public land. States just do not have it in their budgets to manage the newly owned land and therefore have to turn to alternative actions.

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POWDERHOOK NAMED 2014 OUTDOOR LIFE ‘OPEN COUNTRY AWARD’ WINNER

Outdoor Life Magazine, the 116 year-old outdoor standard, announced today it awarded Powderhook its 2014 Open Country Corporate Award. The award, given to one company each year, recognizes leading contributions in the fight to create and preserve access, and the sporting way of life. Powderhook, an online resource for helping people find hunting and fishing groups, events, spots, and trips, is recognized by the magazine for bringing a revolutionary approach to a long-standing problem. According to US Fish and Wildlife, 49% of hunters would go more often if they had better access. Continue reading POWDERHOOK NAMED 2014 OUTDOOR LIFE ‘OPEN COUNTRY AWARD’ WINNER