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Newsletter (4-12-16)

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Growing the perfect mustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—all things Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson, covers in his hilarious and interesting memoir.Bear hunting has been a controversial topic lately. Hunters have been in hot water for hunting with spears and hunting during hibernation. Here’s what you should know about bear hunting

Wild game gets a bad reputation for being dry, tough and odd tasting but what is one thing that can fix all of this? Well, yes bacon is the cure-all. But, butter is a close second, and it’s healthier than you think.

There is an unwritten holiday in the north and thousands of people participate every year. Opening day of walleye season. Finding ways to cook this fish isn’t too hard. You have to try the salsa version!

WHO CARES ABOUT MENTORING?
GIVEAWAYS:
NEW WAYS FOR EASY ENTRIES

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8 THINGS NON-HUNTERS ARE
MISSING OUT ON

If you’re at all familiar with our work here at Powderhook, you know we love hunting. But, we loved hunting long before there was a Powderhook, and will love it for decades to come. Most people have something they’re passionate about, but being passionate about hunting offers benefits far beyond what can be simply described. That’s why we believe one needs to hunt in order to understand hunting and hunters. For non-hunters, this means they can’t feel what we’ve felt, and it bums me out for them. Here’s what I think they’re missing.
4 TIPS TO CATCH GIANT BLUEGILLS THIS SPRING
OutdoorLife
Small, dink bluegills are insufferable. Giant ’gills—true bulls—are another story entirely. I can recall with perfect clarity every hump-headed, 12-plus-inch bluegill that I have ever caught. The list requires one hand to index. The last occurred on a fishery known to grow 2-pounders.
CLOCKWORK TURKEY STRATEGIES
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Turkeys don’t enroll in time management seminars, but they do manage their time somewhat efficiently. And like you, turkeys follow a daily schedule and that can benefit your hunt. Decipher this schedule and you could be one step closer to turkey success this spring.

FRESH AIR


Jesse Mudd Is A Powderhook Local Legend

Our newest Local Legend is a Marine Veteran and the president and Founder of his non-profit organization Veterans4Veterans Outdoor Adventures Inc. out of Beloit, KS. His name is Jesse Mudd.

Jesse decided to start his organization because of an unfortunate event which happened to his friend while serving in Afghanistan resulting in the loss of an arm and both legs. Combining his passion for the outdoors and his drive to help Veterans, Jesse went beyond just helping his friend, helping any Veteran that wants to de-stress, decompress, and get back into the outdoors.

Vets4Vets is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and Veterans through hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventures. They also pair youth with Veterans who take them hunting and fishing allowing them to develop a mentor-mentee relationship which is crucial in developing new lifetime hunters and anglers.

Jesse is a great man, husband, and father to 3 children. He works a full-time job but never fails to dedicate most of his free time to this organization. Because he has such a big heart and loves helping kids and Veterans heal through the outdoors, Jesse, doesn’t expect a single thing in return even though he does almost everything himself.

The term local legend means different things to different people. But, a constant is a local legend knows or does something meaningful in their local area. A legend in a difference context harkens a guide or map. Jesse should be celebrated for his work moving North-Central Kansas toward a more hopeful future – a roadmap that likely includes more than a few hunting and fishing licenses sold to new hunters.

The technology company will accept nominations and recognize individuals and organizations for doing the critical work of helping their friends and neighbors find their way outdoors.

According Powderhook CEO, Eric Dinger, the program fits the way Powderhook looks at the challenges facing sportsmen and women of generations to come. Said Dinger, “Hunting and fishing license sales generate much of the revenue needed to support conservation work. It’s been well documented license buyers are declining as a percentage of the US population. At Powderhook, we fundamentally believe the only way that will change is to engage people at the local level in affecting this trend in their own lives. No program, no marketing campaign, no app, or website can do what the readers of this story can do by stepping up and getting involved. It’s up to us as individual sportsmen and women to do the work, and that’s why we’re excited to begin recognizing the people that are doing so. A very simple way to think about it is ‘do more people go because of me, or do less people go because of me?’ If everyone could answer ‘more,’ like the people we’ll honor through Local Legends, the trend would change.”

If someone in your area is doing what it takes to be called a Local Legend, shoot Powderhook an email at legends@powderhook.com. Please include some contact info, along with a photo, and a few sentences on why you believe your nominee deserves recognition for their work.

Improved NWTF Gobble Map Available for 2017 Seasons

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Turkey hunters across the U.S. are flocking to the newly improved 2017 NWTF Gobble Map app. National Wild Turkey Federation’s “turkey hunter toolkit” app is made possible, completely free of charge on both Android and Apple devices, thanks to contributions from leading turkey hunting brands, including Federal Premium Ammunition, Flextone, Avian-X, Yamaha Outdoors and Cabela’s.
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6 Things to Do with an Email Address

For most businesses, acquiring a new customer costs many times what it costs to keep an existing customer. For an agency or organization selling to your existing customers is a must. An email list is one of the cheapest and most efficient marketing tools at your disposal to keep your customers coming back. Here are 6 simple tactics you can use to keep your license, membership, or product buyers coming back for years to come.

1. Remind buyers to purchase again before their license or membership expires. If you can, offer a small incentive to get them to renew before they lapse. If a customer bought fishing gear at your store last year around this time, send them an offer to get them back to buy their gear again this year.

2. Contact the individual 10 days before their birthday with a reminder their friends or family can buy them a gift card for their birthday. Most marketers nail Black Friday. For that reason, Black Friday promotions fall amidst tremendous noise. Try treating the 10 days before a customer’s birthday like you would Black Friday.

3. Alert previous buyers of specific licenses or tags of season open dates and draw deadlines. We’ve all missed out on a hunting season because we missed the draw. As brands, we’re all in the business of getting people outdoors more often, and having better days once they’re out. Let your customers know when the seasons are open, and ask them to come stock up.

4. Cross-promote licenses without a draw to winners of tag drawings, or buyers of one product with a different product used for the same pursuit. My friends and I take a pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota every year. We all buy a waterfowl permit, too, as long as someone remembers the application period is in June. When my Dad and I went elk hunting last fall, the person who sold us our tag at Walmart asked us if we wanted bear tags as well. That little question sold Colorado and Walmart $750 worth of additional licenses.

5. Hit up your out-of-state buyers with an invite back to your state. Consider appending the invite to the end of the survey you might be sending them. Remember to consider how far in advance a person must plan in order to account for tags, accommodations, and general logistics.

6. Remember, your buyer or member is the most important relationship to your business. Their lifetime value is likely many times what the individual spends per transaction. Tell them you appreciate them with a thank you letter. Remind them their purchase funds the important work you do in your local area.

Does your business, agency, or organization use another email tactic? Please share additional ideas in the comments.

SCOTT RALL – POWDERHOOK LOCAL LEGEND

Scott Rall is an avid hunting enthusiast. He loves to run his black labs pheasant hunting while inviting youth, woman, wounded warriors to hunt right along with him. Scott enjoys helping with Minnesota’s Governors’ hunt, and teaching youth gun safety. But that’s just scratching the surface of his contribution to the future of hunting.

Along with getting a local high school trap team established, Scott and his partners have played a huge role in the local Pheasants Forever chapter which was noted as one of the top chapters in the US. His most notable contribution to land management was the purchase of an $852,000 147-acre parcel of land that they have had their eye on for 20 years. When the land went up for sale, Scott only had three and a half weeks to put together enough partners to reach the $852,000 price tag. This land will be held as a Wildlife Management Area available to the public to hunt for years to come.

If someone in your area is doing what it takes to be called a Local Legend, shoot Powderhook an email at legends@powderhook.com. Please include some contact info, along with a photo, and a few sentences on why you believe your nominee deserves recognition for their work.

Powderhook Hits 500 Digital Mentors

Powderhook announces its accumulation of over 500 DigitalMentors in the Powderhook App ready and willing to answers questions ranging from new participants in the outdoors to lifelong sportsmen traveling to new areas. Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors has been leading the charge in pairing up youth and mentors around the nation and have played a key role in getting Digital Mentoring off the ground.  “The biggest problem that Pass It On faces,”  says Mike Christensen, CEO of Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, “is that there are far more kids seeking mentorship that there are folks volunteering their time to mentor. We needed to find an innovative way to supplement our mentoringprogram that would allow more folks to participate without making major time commitments. That is where the Digital Mentoring idea came into play.”

The Powderhook app offers users the ability to become Digital Mentors, which takes about four minutes, and by doing so, they agree to receive alerts when people in their area need help. While the app is completely anonymous, to protect the identities of children and to prevent people from being intimidated when asking questions, posts and replies made by Digital Mentors carry a badge denoting the person helping is a member of the program.

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New Powderhook Update: Version 1.15

What’s New in Version 1.15

Local, current information. That’s the stuff that can help you have a better day as a hunter, angler, or recreational shooter. It’s why we stop at the tackle shop when go fishing, and it’s why we scour local message boards for a tidbit that can help us. Local, current information is exactly what you’ll find in the Powderhook app.

Our newest release packs a punch. It’s the biggest update since our launch just a few months back.

Here goes:


Major upgrade to notifications. You can now add Locations you want to follow, and we’ll notify you any time there’s a post in that area. Use Locations to track the Chatter in your favorite fishing hole, or follow the migration in the place you’re hunting next weekend. Continue reading New Powderhook Update: Version 1.15

Eighth-grader’s monster bull elk officially declared a state record

Hannah Helmer played hooky Wednesday.

She and her dad, Joel, drove to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Lincoln. It was time to get her monster elk scored.

After more than an hour of measuring by Randy Stutheit, the Nebraska big game trophy records coordinator, it’s official.

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The bull elk, which the 14-year-old killed Sept. 24 on a Sioux County Ranch in western Nebraska, is the state record. It will rank in the top 20 nationally for a nontypical rack.

“The official score was 430 and 6/8ths of an inch,’’ Hannah said. “It’s amazing. I just can’t believe that happened to me.’’

That was even higher than the 428-1/8 net green score done by her dad, an official Boone and Crockett scorer. The rack had to dry out 60 days before it’s officially scored for the state record.

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8 Things Non-Hunters Are Missing Out On

If you’re at all familiar with our work here at Powderhook, you know we love hunting. But, we loved hunting long before there was a Powderhook, and will love it for decades to come. Most people have something they’re passionate about, but being passionate about hunting offers benefits far beyond what can be simply described. That’s why we believe one needs to hunt in order to understand hunting and hunters. For non-hunters, this simply means they can’t feel what we’ve felt, and it bums me out for them. Here’s what I think they’re missing.


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Watching the sun come up over the Bighorn Mountains while glassing for elk. Photo Credit: Martin Hogan

1: Witnessing the Forest Coming to Life

I really cannot explain it any better than movie star Chris Pratt did in this interview. “You walk out in the woods and the sun hasn’t come up yet, and you sit in a spot and your preparation has told you that this is the right spot. And the sun comes up and you are camouflaged, nothing knows you’re there, nothing can smell you, the wind is in your face. You’re a voyeur to the world waking up and the wilderness waking up around you in a way that no one gets to see it, when they drive their car down the road, because they’ve disturbed it. You’ve snuck in. If a tree fell in the woods and didn’t make a sound you’d be there to witness it, because nobody is there, you are not even there. And then the sun comes up and the last stars in the sky go away and the whole world comes to life.” Continue reading 8 Things Non-Hunters Are Missing Out On