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A Father-Son Elk Hunt

This is the story of my Rocky Mountain Elk hunt in the White River National Forest of Colorado. I’ll remember this trip forever, not just because it was with my Dad, but because of the way I felt when all was said and done.

By Eric Dinger

It was a normal June day at the office when I received a call from my friend, Josh Dahlke, the man behind the Scoutlook app, and host of the internet show The Hunger. Josh had booked a Colorado elk hunt and two of his four guys had backed out. He asked if I’d like to come along and bring a friend.

I don’t have a long bucket list, since I pretty much want to go everywhere and do everything, but hunting elk with my Dad had long been the one thing I could name. I’d always claimed I wanted to do so with my bow, but I was happy the opportunity had finally come. Given the hunt was to be largely a public land endeavor and the price to stay in the small private cabin adjoining the White River National Forest near Buford, Colorado was really palatable, I jumped at the chance. Getting my Dad to come along wasn’t hard, though he would have to leave for a week in the middle of harvest. For an ag man, that’s certainly not ideal timing. A bucket goes dry if the man carrying it waits for that mythical time. Continue reading A Father-Son Elk Hunt

10 Things You Can Do to Ensure the Future of Hunting

We live in an extremely fluid world where public perceptions and opinions on issues can change by the hour.

Just because hunting has been around for 90 percent of human history doesn’t mean that it will be around for the next 50 years. We cannot take our rights for granted. Preaching to the choir will not save hunting; we must influence others outside our circle to further our message.

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If we want to preserve the proud traditions of hunting for future generations, we must expose and mentor those generations to the most basic of human behaviors. Here are a few places to start.

1. Become a Hunting Mentor
Though I spent lots of time at the shooting range as a kid, I grew up without exposure to hunting because there was no one to take me out and teach me the ropes. Not every child has a parent who hunts or has the time to be a good mentor.

Whether you mentor your own children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or just a family friend or neighbor, you can do your part in passing along your knowledge and enthusiasm to another generation of hunters. Taking someone hunting just once could be life-changing for that individual—and you’ll never know whether they’re interested if you don’t ask.

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My own kids are too young to take hunting at this time, but I still bring them along when I’m scouting for sign or checking trail cameras. They enjoy the time spent with Dad and are gaining an understanding of the connection between the outdoors and the food on their plates.

Can’t find a kid in your area to mentor? You can become a digital mentor through an app called “Powderhook.” The app allows new hunters to ask questions and gain insight through anonymous interactions with more-experienced mentors. In just a few minutes per week, you can help guide the next generation. Continue reading 10 Things You Can Do to Ensure the Future of Hunting

5 Things You Can Do to Grow Digital Mentoring

Digital Mentoring is in its infancy. If you’re reading this article you’re one of about 400 people nationwide who have jumped on board early in the process. There’s much to be done, but our work is just, and we’re already making a real difference. Here are 5 things you can do right now to grow the impact of Digital Mentoring. Continue reading 5 Things You Can Do to Grow Digital Mentoring

Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops Set to Combine Forces

Merger Will Enhance Ability to Serve Outdoor Enthusiasts with Complementary Product Offerings and Geographic Footprints Cabela’s Shareholders Will Receive $65.50 Per Share in Cash Bass Pro Shops Entering into Multi-Year Credit Card Partnership with Capital One Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Club Customer Loyalty Programs Remain Unchanged

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. & SIDNEY, Neb., Oct 03, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Incorporated CAB, +14.69% two iconic American outdoor com

Credit: Nati Hamlk - AP
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panies with similar humble origins, and with a shared goal to better serve those who love the outdoors, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Bass Pro Shops will acquire Cabela’s for $65.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.5 billion. Continue reading Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops Set to Combine Forces

Be the Change. Become a Digital Mentor

It’s been said you’re either a part of the problem or you’re part of the solution.

Do you love the outdoors? Are you willing to spend 2-3 minutes per week ensuring your way of life lives on into the next generation? If so, you’re the person we’re looking for to become our next Digital Mentor.

We get it. Mentoring can be tough. Life is busy; there are so many demands on your time.

But, why should you care about spending a couple minutes a week passing on our outdoor traditions? Why spend the time helping new people?

The math is clear. Each year that passes the average hunter ages nearly 10 months. Today the average license buyer is about 42 years old. By the age of 68, license purchases fall to nearly zero. At the present pace, we’re only one generation from participation in the outdoors reaching alarmingly low levels. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Digital Mentoring via the free Powderhook app, made possible through a partnership with Cabela’s and Pass it On – Outdoor mentors, is one way we can work together make the kind of change we need. Only you, the individual outdoorsman, have the ability to make it happen. No agency program, no event planned by an organization, and no ad campaign from a company can do what you can do with just a couple minutes a week.

Only you can change this trend. Will you join us?

Join the movement. Get the app and get to work. Visit www.powderhook.com today.

Powderhook and Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors Release Digital Mentoring App

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Contact:
Eric Dinger, CEO Powderhook
eric@powderhook.com

Lincoln, NE-  Powderhook and Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors announced today the release of a revolutionary Digital Mentoring program delivered via the Powderhook app. The app functionality will provide hunters and anglers with ready access to Digital Mentors in their area. Digital Mentors who use the app provide advice and tips, making it easier for new people to begin, and helping people of all experience levels enjoy better days outdoors. Funding for the development of the program was provided by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. Continue reading Powderhook and Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors Release Digital Mentoring App

Coming Soon: Digital Mentoring

In all likelihood, you got started hunting, fishing, or shooting because someone took the time to share our way of life with you. Times have changed. Not as many people are learning what we learned as kids. But, that type of mentorship holds answers for the future of the outdoor industry. Beginning this hunting season, Powderhook app users will have the opportunity to become digital mentors.  As a digital mentor each of us can do our part in getting more people outdoors more often. With just a couple minutes of time, through an app on your phone, you can truly help someone take a step forward into a part of the world we all care about so deeply.

Here’s the scoop: Continue reading Coming Soon: Digital Mentoring

Collective Impact: Answers for the Outdoor Industry

Ever heard of the shooting game “knockout?” The game is pretty simple. A clay target is thrown with the first shooter in a line getting the first chance to shoot it. If that person misses, the next shooter has a chance to “knock them out” by breaking the target. With each miss another shooter gets a chance to break the target, until finally the target hits the ground. If everyone misses, no one gets knocked out. The winner is the person who successfully knocks out their competition by shooting the targets missed by those before them. It’s a fun, simple way to pass some time on the range – and potentially make a few bucks, if you’re the best shot in your bunch. In many ways knockout resembles the approach we humans take to solving big, important problems.

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Partners with Powderhook to Deliver Hyper-Local Outdoors App to Kansas Residents

Use of the App Unlocks Special Discounts and Offers for Outdoor Pleasures from Major Retailers, Industry Brands and Non-Profit Companies

Today Powderhook is announcing our partnership with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism today to provide a hyper-local app dedicated to the outdoorsmen and women of Kansas, free of charge. For the first time, Kansas residents and visitors can have real-time access to local information about outdoor events and activities, hunting and fishing opportunities and free topographical maps of Kansas in one convenient app. Helping provide local expertise include representatives from leading national and regional non-profit organizations including the National Wild Turkey Federation, Delta Waterfowl and Pass it On – Outdoor Mentors; major brands including Yamaha, Cabela’s, Bohning Archery and ACTIVE Network; in addition to students and faculty from Kansas State University’s Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management program. The Powderhook app is available for both Android and iOS.

Our app provides users with access to thousands of location-based hunting and fishing events and resources gathered from across Kansas, allowing residents and visitors to take advantage of the many outdoors opportunities available to them. Users can also ask questions via the app to the local Powderhook community who, in turn, provide instant and “in the moment” responses.  

For instance, a fisherman might pose a question about where the fish are biting or what bait is best for fishing on a particular lake. Anonymous local fisherman can answer with exact or general information within seconds, without having to share anything more than they’re comfortable. The app also enables residents and visitors to purchase hunting and fishing licenses via links through the app. Free contour maps for Kansas lands and water, local events and a community of outdoor-loving users enable people, regardless of their experience level, to quickly get the fishing and hunting answers they need.

“We’re eager to offer residents and visitors an easy way to access information about the outdoor opportunities in Kansas,” said Richard Smalley, Tourism Marketing Manager at the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. “People are using their mobile phones for a growing percentage of the things they need. Having outdoor opportunities in the mix in a fun and interesting way is an important means to get people started and keep them engaged with the outdoors.  From hunting and fishing to general outdoor recreation, the Powderhook app gives Kansans local, current outdoor information they cannot get elsewhere. We’re the first state to adopt this new technology and it’s exciting for our agency.”

In addition, active users of the app can earn access to even more discounts and offers. Each action within the app earns “cred” loyalty points. These points are used to unlock different offers and discounts from Powderhook partners. For example, Cabela’s, one of the nation’s largest outdoor retailers, is offering Kansas users a chance to win $1,000 in gift cards.

“Helping new participants access the outdoors has become a hot topic among the 50 state fish and wildlife agencies,” said Eric Dinger, founder of Powderhook. “With the Powderhook app, we are opening the doors to new opportunities and engaging more people in the outdoors. Being new to activities like hunting, fishing, shooting or camping can be tough. Having access to an online community that provides real-time, accurate information makes the process easier and more enjoyable. Powderhook promises to help get people out into the outdoors more often, and that’s something we think everyone involved can get behind.”

 

Contact:

Eric Dinger – Powderhook  eric@powderhook.com

Richard Smalley – Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism  richard.smalley@ksoutdoors.com