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Spring 2013

Cover Story
Jeep Easter Safari 2013.......................... 8

Southwest Georgia Fishing Hole........................ page 50

Features
Triple Dog GT: How To Install Guide........ 18 Alabama Hunting.................................. 42 Albany, Georgia Southwest Georgia Fishing Hole............ 50

Departments
SUV Reviews ........................................ 12 New Products...................................... 20
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Sweepstakes........................................ 33 Car reviews ........................................ 36 Industry news..................................... 52

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Editor’s Letter

e have officially welcomed in springtime, which in Alabama seems to quickly initiate the arrival of summertime! Hopefully wherever you are reading this, you are thawed from the wicked winds and elements of winter and enjoying the sunshine that comes with April every year. This issue of Sportsman’s Gear is packed full of good reads including our usual columns: New Products, Industry News, and Reviews on New Vehicles. Aside from that, we hope you will enjoy reading about the fishing opportunities in Albany, Georgia. The small town of Albany is probably best known today for the filming of Christian-based movies such as Fireproof and Courageous. If you are looking for a quaint weekend getaway for fishing and reminiscing, then this southwest Georgia destination is just for you! Read more on page 50. Many readers ask for hunting information all the time and while it would be impossible to print it for each state, we did manage to round it up for Alabama. Alabama is blessed with a rich diversity of wildlife species for viewing and hunting. Our long seasons and liberal bag limits allow hunter’s plenty of opportunity to participate in our hunting heritage. In fact, Alabama hunters can hunt at least one species during every month of the year. Check it out on page 42. Also, festivals and summertime just seem to go hand-in-hand. You’ll be excited to learn more about some fabulous finds in Colorado - a place everyone wants to visit. The GunnisonCrested Butte Valley knows how to roll out the red carpet for summer and fall fun with an amazing array of one-of-akind festivals that reflect the lifestyle, natural beauty and Western friendliness of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. There’s something for everyone, ranging from the weekend warrior and hard-core athlete to couples and families looking for a relaxing, yet action-filled getaway. Continue reading about these adventures on page 48. Hope your warmer weather season finds you out and about enjoying the best life has to offer!   Until next time,

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Easter Jeep Safari 2013

Easter Jeep Safari 2013
everyone enjoying the backcountry near Moab Utah), and that some basic rules are followed. By signing the registration, be sure to read that you agree to these conditions. They are: RULE 1: “A vehicle must have an integral metal top or roll bar to participate in Jeep Safari and have a street legal license from the registered state.” RULE 2: “Vehicles must have safety equipment adequate for legal operation in Utah. We mean seat belts, and we urge everyone to use them. Having proper brakes, lights, etc. is implied in this rule and should go without saying.” RECOMMENDATIONS: We recommend that each vehicle carry a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, tow strap, spare tire, and a jack. What about Permits? All of the trips travel across federal and Utah state lands on established roads, and even through some private land sections. Most road/ trails are left over from the mining days which provided a boom to the area in the 1950s. STAY ON THE TRAIL/ROADS. The organization files the required permits according to the number of participants in each group, and pays the associated fees which are included in the cost of registration. The “Special Use Permit” at the time of writing this, is $5 per day per person. This number has reached tens of thousands of dollars in land use fees paid to the BLM and the State of Utah in recent years. It is critical that participants respect the land and follow the leaders staying to the designated route. This is absolutely essential for anyone visiting the backcountry in and around Moab Utah throughout the year. What is involved and How do I register? The cost is $50/vehicle for each day. New in 2012 - pre-event Online registration on this website. As the event has grown to be very large, on line registration was inevitable. The Club still accepts mail in pre-event registrations which are handled by a team of club members. Registration forms can be found elsewhere on this site and in the Easter Jeep Safari newspaper - so to

Letter from the Club: Regarding Concerns during Easter Jeep Safari Event Week Trails Identification and Summaries Though not an exhaustive introduction to the Easter Jeep Safari event, we hope this provides an overview to many of the pertinent questions that are asked throughout the year. The Jeep Safari newspaper encompasses these points in greater depth, and also holds the registration form, so be sure to write in your request to be on the mailing list. Thank you for your interest in EJS, the official event of the Red Rock 4Wheelers! What it is.... Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab Utah throughout the 9 day event. The official event is hosted by the Red Rock 4Wheelers Inc. one of the local four wheel drive clubs of Moab. Participants provide their own four wheel drive vehicle, take care of their own food and non-alcoholic beverages for the trip. Suggested essentials, beyond plenty of water, include sun protection, and layered clothing in case of changing weather circumstances that are always a possibility during the spring in southeastern Utah. What do we do? The club “plans the routes and shows you the way.” There are no restrictions as to what type make or model of vehicle is used even though 8

the name - dating back to the mid-60s uses the term “jeep”, but high ground clearance and 2 speed transfer cases are expected in whatever type of truck you run. Where we go? The club official runs usually total around nine different locations every day, with “Big Saturday” culminating in the largest ever single trail ride departure happening - around 30 groups line up in down town Moab to head off in every direction for 30 different trails! What types of trails? There is truly something for everyone here in Moab Utah. That is why it is referred to so often as the Mecca of 4wheeling! A few trails are nearly accessible for 2 wheel drive vehicles, while the most difficult runs require seriously modified vehicles - and even then, chances for breaks and body damage still exist. Be sure to check each year for the available run lineup, there are even some special options including overnight runs on the Hole in the Rock trail, and a “Ladies Only Run.” In fact, there will be two Ladies Runs, an easier run for stock vehicles and less experienced drivers or those simply wanting to join in a scenic four wheel drive, and a 7 run for women drivers looking for more of a hard core challenge! Vehicle safety equipment is extremely important. It is essential that participants stay on the designated routes (as well as
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receive a form, you want to be on the Red Rock 4-Wheelers Inc. mailing list to receive the paper. The newspaper/form is usually mailed out in the beginning of January each year. Full details and instructions on how to proceed and the costs associated are in the newspaper. Registration at the event may be possible. During EJS, if trail group limits have not been met, then these spaces can be available for on-site registration (at the Spanish Trail Arena) on a first come first serve basis at the discretion of the organizers. (Some registration will still be available on-line (on this website) if the trail day has not been closed by Registration officials, (every day when registration closes for the day the next day’s trails will be closed to new on-line registrations - this allows us to prepare paperwork for Trail Officials for the next days trail ride. You may still come into the Registration area the next morning and register for the trails that day). If you register On-line on this website you will receive immediate confirmation of your registration by return e-mail. If you register by US mail, your registration confirmation will be mailed to you as soon as our team has processed it. All participants must check in with the organizers during the event to receive the event package which will include a trail pennant, a raffle ticket, a dash plaque, and any required additional information. On-site registration and package pickup is available at the Spanish Trail Arena in the upper level rooms from 7am to 9am each morning of the event (except Big Saturday and Easter Sunday), and open all day until 8pm on Thursday and Friday when the Vendor Show, raffle, and Boy Scout BBQ are held at the arena as well. Spanish Trail Arena - 7 miles south of Moab on the East side of Highway 191 South Cancellations? Understanding that things happen, we try to be flexible, but we have to use a system that we can manage and one that discourages careless changes that threaten the plans of others. A cancellation (any or all trails), if received in writing (mailed or e-mailed) prior to March 1st 2013 merits a refund of all but a $15 cancellation fee. After March 1st, openings will not be filled, and fees will be forfeited. Refunds will not be made until after Safari and our treasurer has handled the more pressing Jeep Safari busines - please allow up to 4 weeks for processing. ALL fees are forfeited after
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Safari begins on March 23, 2013. (Click here to request paper) Who are the Trail Leaders? They are Red Rock 4-Wheeler members whether local or associate, and do this for the fun of it without payment for their services. The trail leaders are experienced four wheelers who have been guiding the runs for many years. In addition to the leader, there are also additional volunteers in the middle and at the end of the trail group (tail gunner). What is the Vendor Show? On Thursday and Friday of the event week, there is a vendor and information display area that is free to the general public. This is held inside and out at the Spanish Trail Arena south of Moab on highway 191. To have booth space whether inside or outside of the arena, you will need to contact the Easter Jeep Safari Vendor Event managers for availability and arrangements. (Carma @ 435-2591916) Booth space is a set fee (Click here to request forms) or comparable value product donation for the tremendous raffle that is drawn on Friday night. At this time there is only 1 ticket provided per registered participant for the raffle, an added incentive to be a part of the official EJS event - the ‘ticket’ needs to be present to win. In addition to the four wheel drive parts and accessory companies and the enthusiastic tire manufacturers that display their latest products at booths, in trailers, and with 18-wheelers, companies that sell products and accessories directly at the show are also on display with items for sale. Special interest groups also provide information for those interested in the future of four wheeling. SG

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SUV Reviews
2013 Lexus 9426A RX 350 5-DR SUV Fuel Economy: 18/26 Class: Small SUV Base Price: $47,000 The new RX 350 will continue to be the most popular choice in the luxury crossover segment it created over 10 years ago. The 2013 RX luxury utility vehicle features an updated look with the new bolder, signature Lexus spindle grille, exterior enhancements, and an upgraded interior. For the first time, an F SPORT model featuring eight-speed transmission, paddle shifters and sporttuned suspension for a more engaging driving experience is available. A key factor in the RX models’ handling agility is the uniquely designed doublewishbone rear suspension. Another key benefit of the rear suspension is that the packaging yields greater cargo area room. The front suspension geometry was optimized with a thick stabilizer bar. Inversely wound front coil springs compress in opposite directions, preventing the negative effects of suspension compression on steering resulting in better straight line stability. All RX models are equipped with a power tilt and telescopic steering column. To ease entry and exit, the seat automatically slides up to two inches rearward and the steering wheel tilts upward and slides forward when the engine is switched off. Upon pushing the “ON” switch, the seat and steering wheel return to their last position automatically. RX models are equipped with a segment-leading 10 standard airbags, including side curtain airbags, front seatmounted side airbags, rear side airbags (for the outboard seating positions) and knee airbags for the driver and the front passenger. High-intensity LEDs on the available Heads Up Display, project high-contrast white figures onto the windshield, which

2013 Land Rover LR4 Fuel Economy: 12/17 Class: Standard SUV Base Price: $49,100 Town or country, LR4 is the smart, practical complement to the modern lifestyle. Superb drivability plus true Land Rover capability and versatility with electronic air suspension for a constant, level ride height. Sophisticated 19 inch seven-split spoke alloy wheels combine with Terrain Response® allowing smooth handling in tough conditions while the leather interior is available in Almond or Ebony. Engine The LR-V8 engine – featuring a torqueactuated dual independent variable camshaft phasing system – harnesses the latest technology to deliver superb driveability and performance, while achieving enhanced fuel efficiency. Whatever the surface, LR4 helps take it on with confidence. The Terrain Response® system, standard on LR4, gives access to over 60 years of Land Rover 4x4 expertise and state-of-the-art dynamic technology. Dynamic performance on-road. LR4 features advanced technology that helps keep the driver connected with the road and provides an enhanced, more engaged and entertaining drive. It makes getting behind the wheel and heading for the open road pure pleasure. Exterior Features Bold, flexible and luxurious. Instantly recognizable as a Land Rover, it features a progressive, contemporary exterior and an attitude that gives it a modern presence off-road and on-road. • Rear Wash Wiper • Fender vents in Titan finish 12

• Two-bar grill with mesh in Titan finish • Exterior trim and door handles in Oberon finish • Halogen front lighting • Front and rear fog lamps • Automatic Headlamps • Headlamp Powerwash • Rain sensing wipers • Heated Rear Glass with Wash Wipe • Interior Rear View Mirror • Rear lamps, incorporating LED technology Interior Features The sumptuous, more tactile interior of LR4 has added style making it the epitome of luxury. It offers enhanced levels of craftsmanship and includes a center console with an integrated flowing design. • Interior Rear View Mirror (with Manual Dipping) • Steering Column – Manual Adjustment for Height and Reach • Door Puddle and Footwell Lamps • Seats – electric driver’s and passenger’s adjustment • Illuminated vanity mirrors • Center Console Storage Cubby

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SUV Reviews
are easier to read – and easier on the eyes. The HUD offers displays for speed, navigation, and audio. A wedge-shaped windshield interlayer for the HUD projection area eliminates the printed grid pattern seen on some other vehicles equipped with HUDs. An optional rear-seat entertainment system includes two high-resolution seven-inch screens, one on each of the front seatbacks. Each screen can display video from separate sources. A remote control allows independent control of each screen. Rear-seat occupants can also choose to listen to audio through the wireless headphones instead of the vehicle speakers. 2013 Infiniti JX35 Fuel Economy: 18/24 Class: Small SUV Base Price: $40,450 The all-new Infiniti JX offers real 3row utility, plus all the premium features, performance and innovations that Infiniti has become known for worldwide. The breakthrough JX design offers excellent legroom in all three rows and ample cargo room behind the 3rd row. In addition, an innovative multi-mode middle seat design provides entry to the 3rd row without removing a 2nd row child seat. The JX also continues Infiniti’s tradition of developing world’s first technologies with the introduction of the Back-Up Collision Intervention™ (BCI) system. With this technology, when the transmission is in reverse, the JX will help the driver detect crossing vehicles, as well as objects behind the vehicle, and, if necessary, the system can automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a collision. Offered in both front-wheel drive and with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, the JX

features a standard 265-horsepower 3.5liter DOHC V6 mated to a sport-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to provide high responsiveness and seamless, efficient shifting feel. The CVT can mimic a step transmission when the Sport mode of the Infiniti drive selector is engaged. The CVT design also features a wide gear ratio and low friction design. Fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg Highway, 18 mpg City and a real-world 21 mpg Combined for the FWD model and 23 mpg Highway, 18 mpg City and 20 mpg Combined for the AWD model - while still offering the power to carry a full load or passengers and cargo. The 2013 JX is offered in two fully equipped models - Infiniti JX35 FWD and Infiniti JX35 AWD - and is assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee. 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD LTZ Fuel Economy: 15/21 Class: Standard SUV Base Price: $53,295 Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV that offers spaciousness – including cargo space of up to 108.9 cubic feet (3,084

liters) – and a strong towing capability of up to 8,500 pounds (3,855 kg). The 2013 Tahoe is available in LS, LT, LTZ and Hybrid models, all offered in 2WD and 4WD. Each is built on GM’s full-size SUV platform that features a fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Wide front and rear tracks enhance handling and lower the center of gravity for a more confident road feel. LS, LT and LTZ models are powered by a 5.3L V-8 that uses variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management to optimize performance and efficiency. A fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed is standard on all models and contributes to a 21mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating, thanks to reduced engine speed. That lower engine speed also helps make the interior quieter. For even greater fuel economy in a full-size SUV, the Tahoe Hybrid uses GM’s patented two-mode hybrid system to deliver a 33-percent improvement in fuel economy in city driving. Please see the separate Tahoe Hybrid release for complete details. New for 2013 is a trio of exterior colors, including Champagne Silver Metallic, Concord Metallic (late availability) and Blue Ray Metallic (late availability). Also new is powertrain grade braking in the normal transmission mode – it was previously incorporated only when the Tow/Haul mode was activated. It uses engine torque to help slow the vehicle on descents, which helps reduce brake wear. 2013 Buick Encore Fuel Economy: 25/33 Class: Small SUV Base Price: $28,190 Encore’s sculpted and elegant styling identifies it as a contemporary Buick.

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Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Glacier Blue Metallic and Brilliant Blue Metallic (with Dark Argent Metallic lower accent); Cocoa Silver Metallic and Deep Espresso Brown Metallic (with Dark Cocoa Ash lower accent); and White Pearl Tricoat (Satin Nickel Metallic accent). Inside, the Encore’s distinctive styling carries over to a flowing instrument panel that wraps naturally into the door panels. A prominent central instrument panel houses the seven-inch, highresolution, full-color display for the standard IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment system. It also features displays for the SiriusXM satellite radio and standard rearview camera, as well as the available GPS-enabled navigation system. Designers filled Encore with ample storage, including eight beverage holders, storage in all four doors, four bins in the dash, pockets in the seatbacks, an available bin beneath the passenger seat and bins under the rear load floor around the spare tire. It offers 18.8 cubic feet (532 liters) of storage behind the split-folding rear seat and 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) with the rear seat folded. SG

Signature cues include a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood and painted lower panels. Standard body-color door handles with chrome strips and a styled, stainless steel exhaust tip add to the premium look. Blue-accented halogen composite projector-beam headlamps and detailed

taillamps further enhance the Encore exterior; and 18-inch, five-spoke painted aluminum wheels are standard. Sevenspoke chromed aluminum wheels are available. All nine exterior colors include a lower accent color: Quicksilver Metallic, Satin Steel Gray Metallic, Carbon Black

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Bully Dog Install

Triple Dog GT:
Install How To Guide...

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ully Dog has done it again! For all of you who are wrangler lovers, Bully Dog’s new GT Programmer really sparks a man’s “Gear Head” side. The Triple Dog GT is four products in one remarkable unit: a vehicle engine tuner, monitor, gauge, and diagnostic device. The remarkable GT transforms the utility of your vehicle by increasing horsepower, improving fuel economy, and providing a comprehensive set of monitoring features and diagnostic functions. Other tuning products don’t hold a candle to the Triple Dog GT - it has the largest feature set and the widest range of vehicle applications from a single product. The installation of the programmer is one of the best parts... it’s simple and very easy to follow the instructions. The first step is basically to run the hot wire from the programmer to the fuse box under the hood to the ignition fuse to provide a power supply for the programmer. Next, simply plug the programmer to the OB 2 port on

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the bottom side of the dash. Next, go through a basic set up menu that is very self-explanatory. Put in the year, make and model of the vehicle and then agree to some very simple waivers followed by a few additional agreements and start up steps. All of these steps are all part of the GT’s download process. Upon completion of these steps, the actual download of the programmer will begin. This is the only step that may take a few minutes. The programmer will begin initializing the vehicle. This means, the programmer is memorizing all the functions on your Jeep. Once the programmer is completely installed, the unit will begin monitoring every part of the Jeep. Drivers can scroll through each function to check anything from coolant temperature, rpm’s, speed, throttle percent, intake temperature, mass air flow, timing and, the most helpful one, fuel economy! All of these things can be viewed while driving on the road. The offroad features of the GT Programmer are really helpful. When you decide it’s time to get down and dirty, this programmer does it all. The electric fan can be set for constant cooling during heavy offroading that tends to get the coolant temperature up. It will stay on to constantly keep cooling the engine. Some of the other functions the GT provides is electronic gear ration adjustment for bigger tires, and it has an electronic cut on and off of the swaybar for more travel for your suspension over heavier and more rugged terrain. It has throttle adjustment for a steady crawl over the worst terrain. It has an idle auto adjust that allows you to idle the Jeep up without pressing the gas in order to run the winch in faster when using this feature. The GT also can let you lower the tire pressure all the way down to 10 lbs for better traction and crawling without setting off the low tire pressure light. There’s a lot to be said about the BULLYDOG GT Programmer as it offers an awful lot of features and assistance for a Jeep owner. All the functions from performance for street use, to offroad benefits make it worth the money. If you have a new Wrangler, this programmer offers more than any other programmer in the industry. Visit local offroading stores to purchase today or visit www. bullydog.com for more info on this GT Programmer. SG

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New Products
Larson Electronics Releases Generator Powered Mini-Light Tower Larson Electronics has announced the release a generator powered mini light tower built to provide high power illumination in an easy to transport and deploy design. Producing over 300,000 lumens of light output and equipped with an extendable boom and gas powered generator, the WAL-ML-3XM-3G 3000 Watt Mini Light Tower is ideal for applications where illumination of large areas is required without having to depend on the availability of local grid power. The Larson Electronics WAL-ML-3XM3G mini light tower is a versatile and portable lighting system designed to provide enough power to illuminate large areas while operating independently of external power sources. This mini light tower features big output from a small size with three 1,000 watt metal halide lamps powered by a single generator producing over 3200 VA, and an adjustable light tower boom that can be elevated up to 12 feet in height. This unit produces 330,000 lumens of intense light output in a large flood pattern, and when elevated to its full 12 foot height can illuminate 3 acres of work or event area effectively. The tower and base assembly is constructed of powder coated steel for durability and high strength, and the extendable light tower is raised or lowered using an included hand winch for easy deployment. A heavy duty mounting arm on the top of the mast provides a secure platform for three metal halide lamps, and adjustable lamp brackets allow the operator to adjust each lamp independently of the other for maximum coverage. The base of the tower is fitted with a 3250 VA generator, heavy duty rubber tires for easy mobility, and a pair of ballast boxes, resulting in the majority of the units’ weight distributed to the base for added tower stability. The tower generator also includes additional 120 VAC outlets to allow operators to run additional devices and equipment if desired. The included generator makes this a truly standalone lighting system and allows operators to provide illumination anywhere it is needed for up to 9 or more hours on a single tank of fuel. This also an easily transported unit, with a removable lamp assembly and collapsing tower boom, which allows users to break down and transport the entire system in the back of vehicles as small as a Jeep Cherokee if needed. This mini light tower is an ideal solution for those who work large scale outdoor sites and events, yet find access to local power sources impractical or unavailable. The WAL-ML-3XM-3G is well suited to use on construction sites, outdoor events, emergency scenes, and just about anywhere fully portable lighting is required and provides the easy transport and setup needed for fast deployment. “The WAL-ML-3XM-3G mini light tower is ideal for operators that don’t want a towable light plant,” said Rob Bresnahan with Magnalight.com.  “We are trying to offer operators the ability to transport and position lighting where they need it.  A typical light plant has 4 heads and diesel generators.  Diesel generators can require a knowledgeable diesel mechanic.  We are outfitting these 2 and 3 head light towers with simple, quiet gas powered Generac generators. The run a long time and can be used to plug in other tools.  Most importantly, a contractor can throw 4 of 5 of these in the back of a pickup truck and deploy them all over the worksite in a single trip.  With a towable light plant, each site needs a dedicated trip.  Each have their own benefits, but the mini-light tower offers simplicity, affordability and portability.” Larson Electronics offers a wide selection of HID work lights, HID light towers, explosion proof lights, HID flashlights, intrinsically safe LEDs and LED work lights. The entire Larson Electronics line of industrial grade lighting equipment can be viewed by visiting them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com.

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New Products
Locks’ in 1987. Today, TRIMAX lock products are used throughout the world. Through value added engineering, TRIMAX prides itself on industry-leading patented designs that hold up to the highest quality standards, standing behind every product it sells. For more information on TRIMAX, please visit www.trimaxlocks.com. Bolt Locks Expands Portfolio to Include Popular Nissan Models Owners of many of Nissan’s most popular cars and trucks can now take advantage of the added security and convenience offered through STRATTEC(r) Security Corporation’s BOLT(r) product line. A variety of BOLT locks are now available for such Nissan models as the Titan, Frontier, Pathfinder and X-Terra, among others. BOLT locks feature Breakthrough OneKey Lock Technology, which permanently programs the lock to a vehicle’s ignition key. When owners insert their ignition key into the BOLT Lock cylinder, springloaded plate tumblers move up and down to uniquely code the cylinder to that specific key. “Expanding our BOLT product line to include a number of Nissan models was a natural extension of the brand,” said Sales Manager Erika Garcia. “Now, with just an ignition key, Nissan drivers can enjoy added security and convenience across a range of applications that require locks, such as recreational or work equipment, trailers, garages, storage sheds, gates and many other uses.” B O LT ’s p a t e n t e d t e c h n o l o g y i s designed to deter theft as well as reduce the key clutter that tends to build up over time. What’s more, numerous locks can

TRIMAX Adds Aluminum ‘RAZOR’ to its Product Line TRIMAX, leading U.S. Manufacturer of High Security Locks for all applications including Performance Trucks, Marine Trailer & Tow, Power Sports, RV’s and Bicycles has announced that it will manufacture and sell the Adjustable Hitch System, the RAZOR, patented by inventor/owner Philip Wyers of Denver, Co. The RAZOR is a unique quick adjustable hitch system which is growing in popularity in the towing world, and uses the hitch in all towing applications. TRIMAX has begun manufacturing in its Centennial Colorado campus and sells the rugged hitch under Wyers patent. “The RAZOR is a device for anyone towing a trailer. It makes good sense to install this hitch on all vehicles. The hitch is fully adjustable in 1 inch increments up & down. The unit is attached easily and can be removed at any time,” said TRIMAX President Philip Wyers. Wyers added, “It is easy to adjust to fit perfectly in any towing situation, uniquely designed to improve the safety, function and strength for any towing needs.” TRIMAX has pioneered innovative solutions throughout the automotive and sports accessory markets, starting with the development of the ‘World’s Toughest
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be used with one ignition key, making it convenient for Nissan owners with several types of security needs. The BOLT product line for Nissan includes the Padlock 2.0, Toolbox Latch Retrofit Kit, Cable Lock, Trailer Spare Tire Lock, Lock Cylinder and the 5/8-inch and 1/2-inch Receiver Lock. BOLT Cable Locks are made from sixfoot by 1/4-inch coiled cable and feature an automotive-grade lock shutter to keep out weather and debris as well as a six-plate tumbler sidebar that prevents picking and bumping. BOLT Padlock 2.0 features a springloaded, chrome-plated 5/16” diameter hardened steel shackle inside a crushresistant body shell. BOLT Receiver Locks feature a durable, stainless steel pin and an automotivegrade stainless steel lock shutter, with an auto-return spring that automatically locks when the key is removed. BOLT Trailer Spare Tire Locks, which are manufactured with an electroless nickel-plated carbon steel pin or shaft assembly/shield for strength and durability, feature an automotive-grade stainless steel lock shutter and a six-plate tumbler sidebar that prevents picking and bumping. B O LT To o l b o x L a t c h R e t r o f i t Kits feature a solid zinc core and an automotive-grade cylinder with patented six- plate-tumbler sidebar to prevent picking and bumping. A stainless steel lock shutter keeps out dirt and moisture. BOLT Locks for Nissan are year/make/ model specific. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com. Big Tine Fortified Deer Blend Provides Nutrition for Bigger Herds, Bigger Bucks and Bigger Racks Big Tine Fortified Deer Blend is a yearround deer food supplement that provides the nutrition necessary for bigger herds, bigger bucks, and bigger racks. Powerfully attractive, Big Tine has a tantalizing cherry aroma and flavor that deer come back for day after day. Big Tine is an enticing mix of wholesome grains, and is the only premium deer blend fortified with the Whitetail Institute’s Imperial 3006™ Mineral and Vitamin Supplement. With 11 vitamins and minerals, Big Tine enhances growth, and helps antlers reach their maximum potential. It also provides anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids to improve health and longevity. Big Tine is specifically formulated for yearround feeding, and to meet the seasonal nutrition needs of deer. It is the only deer feed that contains attractants, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. Big Tine is premixed, with no other additives necessary, and can be placed on the ground or used with any type of feeder. Big Tine is available in 10 lb. and 40 lb. bags, as well as 25 lb. blocks. Once deer try it, they’ll be back for more. For more information call (765) 569-4636, or go to www.facebook.com/ bigtine to see feedback from Big Tine customers. • Big Tine 10 lb. EZ-Carry Field Pouch - $8.99 MSRP • Big Tine 40 lb. Damage Resistant Polywoven Bag - $19.99 MSRP • Big Tine 25 lb. Block - $14.99 MSRP 22
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Since 1975, Scott Pet, Inc. has been manufacturing and distributing a diverse range of quality products including pork skin dog chews, a healthier alternative to rawhide. Other lines include Natural Treats, dog accessories, premium deer blend, and Wild Bird Seed. Scott Pet, Inc., headquartered in Rockville, Indiana, was established in 1975 by T.E. Scott, an avid canine enthusiast. As a lifelong hunter and dog trainer, Scott spent years studying the habits of dogs and their handlers in order to engineer and develop products to suit their needs and enhance the hunting and training experience. Scott Pet product lines have expanded to include basics and accessories for everyday dog needs, healthy chews, and natural treats. We are now one of the largest producers of natural treats in the world. Beginning as a three-person garage operation, Scott pet has grown to an employee base of 140. We now manufacture and distribute over 4,000 items, and are the most diverse manufacturer in the industry. Much of our product line is made in the U.S. Our nylon and leather products are handcrafted at our facility in Rockville, Indiana. Many of the skilled craftsmen who make these 24

products have worked here 20 years or more. Recent major developments include the 2013 relocation of our treat processing operations from Tishomingo, Oklahoma to a new and larger facility in Newport, Indiana. The move is a boon to the local economy, and will create up to 80 new jobs by 2014. Scott Pet has been a pioneer in the pet products industry. From the curved buckle which we introduced over 30 years ago, to the adjustable collar, to the suitcase style fold-up crate (which are now industry standards), to our more recent stand up wild bird seed packaging, we are always looking to “build that better mousetrap.” Introducing Project ES: Water, Mud, and Snow Proof Recovery Winches Like any tool, a winch spends most of its lifetime sitting on a vehicle unused. As it is exposed to the elements, dormant parts can pit, rust, and corrode, leading to component failure. Mile Marker’s all new Project ES (Element Sealed) winches feature best in class line speeds, corrosion proof construction, submersible solenoids with marine-grade connections, and have 19 watertight seals to conquer every element imaginable.
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Other winches claim “waterproof” or “sealed,” but Mile Marker’s Project ES winches were independently lab certified to the IP68 standard to be impermeable to liquid and dust. Mile Marker has a full line of the Project ES Winches ranging from 2500 pounds to 15,000 pounds…. What’s Your Element? See it in action at www.MileMarker.com/projectes For more information on Mile Marker, please visit www.milemarker.com, follow on Facebook at /MileMarker or on Twitter @MileMarkerWinch. Improved Super Protectant Available from Prolong Detailer Cleans and Protects Car, Boat, Motorcycle and RV Interiors Prolong(r) Super Lubricants announces its popular Super Protectant has been updated to deliver an even more beautiful and protected interior and exterior. The Super Protectant is an advanced instant detailer that is safe for leather, rubber and vinyl surfaces that beautifies and protects it from cracking in hot or cold weather conditions. During regular preparation and maintenance routines, simply spray the product on the chosen surface and easily wipe away with a terry cloth towel.

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The enhanced Super Protectant formula is water-resistant so it won’t wash off like regular protectants. It blocks out the elements for a more durable shine and longer lasting protection. And is unique in that you can “dial” the shine up or down, depending on how much you wipe. “Super Protectant is designed to keep vinyl, rubber and leather interiors looking new,” said Jon Apogee, Manager of Marketing, Domestic Sales and Motorsports, Prolong. “It’s ideal for cars, boats, personal watercraft, motorcycles, RVs, bicycles and even lawn furniture. Plus, our formula is non-toxic and doesn’t require any water, so it’s safe for the environment.” To l e a r n m o r e a b o u t P r o l o n g , visit www.Prolong.com. Find Prolong on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ GoProlong) and follow on Twitter (www. twitter.com/GoProlong) for additional specials, product and race information. Long Trail T/A® Tour - Truck Tires, Everyday Tires High level performance for crossovers and SUV’s that are in it for the long haul. Benefits of BFGoodrich For people who love to drive - and drive a lot. • Designed for a responsive and spirited highway ride driving on the road. • You’re in control, not the weather. • Backed by a 60,000-Mile Manufacturer’s Limited Treadlife Warranty • Designed for a responsive and spirited highway ride driving on the road. • Proprietary ETEC SystemTM (Equal Tension Containment System) delivers durability and stability at high speeds. • You’re in control, not the weather. Strategic siping and rain channels that keep you in control in rainy, snowy and dry weather. Scorpion Unveils a 2 Gallon Kit Scorpion Protective Coatings, Inc. is pleased to announce the Professional Series Truck Bed Liner is now sold in 2 GALLON KITS. The Scorpion 2 Gallon Kit Program is a perfect fit for Automotive Collision and Repair Shops. According to National Sales Manager Dana Mitchell, “Scorpion’s 2 Gallon Kit is our response to the Cartridge Style application systems.” A key advantage to the Scorpion 2 Gallon Kit is that it is pre-measured and ready to mix. Mitchell went on to say, “This will alleviate any potential for off ratio mixing and reduces inventory levels for applicators.” Scorpion has always sold 9 gallon, 45 gallon and larger kits but now has another size to offer. With a list price of $149, the 2G kit is a great option for applicators on a budget. This single application kit will save on shipping cost as well. “We have been listening to our customer base and many just don’t need a 9 or 45 gallon kit,” said Mitchell. Applicators will still have the same benefits of factory direct technical support and marketing support even though they are purchasing smaller amounts. Scorpion is very excited to make this available to their customer base. To learn more go to www.scorpioncoatings.com or call (800) 483-9087 to speak with a representative. HallMark Cutlery™ presents their Bad Blood™ / Kendrick design Dreadnaught HallMark Cutlery presents the 2013 line of Sean Kendrick designs. The Dreadnaught comes in a Fixed Blade (BB0117K) version and a Folding Knife (BB0118K) version. Both styles feature a unique hybrid blade shape. This duo works well as a combo or as individual knives. About Sean Kendrick - Sean has been crafting knives, professionally since 1998, but knives have been a passion since he was a child. Craft and design come naturally to the selftaught Kendrick, his mother is a talented artist and father is a master electrician, plumber and mechanic; his greatgrandfather was a blacksmith. Sean is also a member of the elite Usual Suspects Network. Kendrick was recently awarded the “Best Tactical Knife” at the 2010 Spirit of Steel Show (Knoxville, TN) for his fixed blade “Partisan Hybrid.” The fixed blade version of the Spiraling Demise, was awarded the “Best Tactical / Fighting Knife” at the 2004 Greater Ohio Valley Knife Show. HallMark Cutlery may be a new name to the marketplace, but it represents the Hall family’s more than thirty years of domestic and international experience in cutlery design, manufacturing, sourcing, distribution, licensing and marketing. Focused on quality products, value pricing and excellent customer service, HallMark is extremely proud and excited to present their latest editions, new product lines and services… Bad Blood ™ - Affordable tactical line that includes strategic retail price points. The line also features collaborations with custom knife makers, Sean Kendrick, whose designs are simple, yet exceptional cutlery pieces and David Mosier, functional designs for hard use. Robert Klaas™ - Old world quality and craftsmanship since 1834. Handsome, distinctive, traditional knives—hand finished with attention to every detail.

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Dreadnaught Fixed Blade (BB0117K) Overall Length: 9-11/16” Blade Length: 4-11/16” Handle: G10, Mosaic Pins Carry Method: fitted, fiber reinforced nylon sheath MSRP: $89.99 sharpening products. The pioneer in effective, simple and safe sharpening solutions for cutlery and edged tools— Lansky offers a wide variety of diamond, alumina ceramic and tungsten carbide sharpeners, as well as many types of honing stones. Laser Marking - As a full service cutlery distributor, HallMark also offers state of the art laser marking capabilities. Get Wildly Close to Nature with New Realtree Camo iPad Case from OtterBox Get set for spring season and wildly close to nature with the OtterBox® Defender Series® for Apple® iPad® featuring Realtree® Xtra® and AP™ Pink camouflage. OtterBox, the global leader in mobile protection, will include a free Monster Buck XX DVD with all Defender Series Realtree camo iPad case purchases from otterbox.com (while supplies last). “Realtree Xtra camo is a very versatile pattern,” OtterBox President and CEO Brian Thomas said. “OtterBox allows users to take their technology nearly anywhere and we are proud to be the only accessory that brings this new pattern to mobile handheld technology.* Combined with the AP Pink camo option, OtterBox offers something for every enthusiast.” The OtterBox Defender Series case for iPad uses multi-layered technology to deliver a high-quality protective solution. The inner shell is composed of high-impact polycarbonate and includes a foam insert that delivers added shock-absorption. A rugged silicone outer-layer absorbs bumps and shock while the textured exterior provides an enhanced grip. Silicone port covers keep out dust and debris. To guard against scratches, smudges and fingerprints, a built-in screen protector is included. An innovative shield stand acts as a protective cover for the device’s touchscreen while in transport and doubles as a display stand.** The OtterBox Defender Series for iPad with Realtree Xtra and AP Pink camouflage is available for $99.95 at www.otterbox.com. *The Realtree Xtra camouflage pattern is available exclusively from OtterBox for mobile handheld technology. **Defender Series cases NOT protected against water. Will provide some added protection against drop, bump and shock. SG

Dreadnaught Folder (BB0118K) Closed Length: 5-11/16” Blade Length: 3-3/4” Handle: G10 Carry Method: Pocketclip MSRP: $62.99

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design includes alternately sized halfshafts that also help dynamically balance the oscillation of torque from side to side, effectively eliminating “power hop.” 2013 Cadillac ATS Fuel Economy: 18/26 Class: Compact Car Base Price: $41,895 The all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sports sedan is the brand’s entry into the world’s most significant luxury car segment and is designed to challenge the world’s best premium cars. Its sophisticated driving experience is enhanced with Cadillac comprehensive, in-vehicle user experience that merges intuitive design with industry-first controls and commands for information and media data. Developed on an all-new, lightweight rear-drive architecture, the ATS reflects a new expression of Cadillac’s Art & Science execution philosophy, centered on a foundation of driving dynamics and mass efficiency. It is the most agile and lightweight Cadillac, with one of the lowest curb weights in the segment – less than 3,400 pounds (1,542 kg). All-wheel drive is available. Germany ’s famed Nürburgring served as one of the key testing grounds, along

2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Fuel Economy: 14/19 Class: Mid Size Car Base Price: $63,215 The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is the most dramatic model in the V-Series range of high-performance luxury models, blending a personal 2+2 layout with a drivetrain vetted on Germany’s famed Nürburgring. The CTS-V’s 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine is rated at 556 horsepower (415 kW) and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm). It is the most powerful engine in Cadillac’s history. The engine features an intercooled Eaton Twin Vortices Series™ (TVS™) supercharger, which employs twin fourlobe rotors that are twisted 160 degrees. Typical superchargers feature three lobes twisted 60 degrees. The fourth lobe and greater helix profile, when combined with unique air inlet and outlet ports, create smoother, more efficient airflow into the engine. In addition to improved overall efficiency, this supercharger has superior noise and vibration characteristics compared to more ordinary designs. A pair of six-speed transmissions is offered in the CTS-V Coupe – a Tremec 36

TR6060 six-speed manual with a dualdisc clutch and a Hydra-Matic 6L90 sixspeed automatic with steering wheelmounted shift controls. The steering wheel-mounted controls require no shift lever movement and allow immediate tap up/tap down gear selection. Performance Algorithm Shifting provides the automotive transmission with a performance-oriented shift pattern during sustained high-performance driving. As with many Cadillac models, the driver needs only to slide the shifter into the manual “gate” to put the transmission into a performance mode. Torque is channeled through the six-speed transmissions to a highperformance rear axle that features a limited-slip rear differential within a cast iron housing for greater thermal management and asymmetrical half-shafts to smoothly manage the supercharged engine’s incredible torque. The unique

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with additional roads, race tracks and laboratories around the globe, where ATS engineers balanced performance with Cadillac’s trademark refinement. Contributing components and features include: • 50/50 weight balance • Cadillac’s first five-link independent rear suspension using lightweight, highstrength steel and efficient straight link designs • A multi-link double-pivot MacPhersonstrut front suspension with directacting stabilizer bar • Driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension with Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping • Underbody aerodynamic shields • Premium (belt driven) electric variableeffort steering gear from ZF Steering Systems • Four-channel ABS with available Brembo performance brakes • Available all-wheel drive. 2013 Lexus ES 300h Sedan Fuel Economy: 40/39 Class: Mid Size Car Base Price: $38,850 The introduction of the all-new 2013 ES 350 and ES 300h marks the sixth generation of Lexus’ popular luxury sedan since its introduction over 20

years ago. Featuring the signature Lexus spindle grille, a progressive new design and enhanced handling, the ES brings new levels of refinement and quality to the entry luxury segment. Now available with Lexus Hybrid Drive, the ES is sure to impress new and loyal consumers. For the first time, the Lexus ES will be available with Lexus Hybrid Drive. Featuring a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, the ES 300h is expected to earn EPA fuel economy ratings of approximately 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined. The ES 300h generates 200 total system horsepower. The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with Dual VVT-i that delivers 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700. The six-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) provides enhanced driving performance, fuel efficiency and smooth shifts. Low friction materials further

improve efficiency and help with the ES 350‘s EPA-fuel economy estimates of 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. 2013 Lexus GS 450h 4DR Sedan Fuel Economy: 29/34 Class: Mid Size Cars Base Price: $58,950 Overall Exterior Styling/Body Design • 17-inch alloy wheels with nine-spoke design • Aggressive inverted trapezoid-shaped upper and bottom-wide lower grille to produce a new “spindle grille” • Air stabilizer fins in the lower bumper with hidden exhaust outlet • Arrowhead-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps • Color-keyed exterior mirrors with turn signals • LED rear combination lamps • Shark fin antenna for integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio (90-day trial subscription included) • Ultraviolet and infrared ray-reducing tinted glass for all windows • Unique three-lamp design with LED headlamps with headlamp washers • Water repellant front door glass Width enhancing wheel flares and bumper corners; slanted shape, “slingshot” 37

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windows and rear door back edge projects strength and stability Convenience Features • Auto on/off headlamps with 30 second delay-off feature • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with AUTO and HOLD features • Heated electrochromic auto-dimming retractable outside rearview mirrors with reverse tilt-down functions and puddle lamps with integrated turn signals • One-touch open/close moonroof • Power rear sunshade • Rain-sensing wipers and wiper deicer • Rear window defogger with auto-off timer • SmartAccess keyless entry and pushbutton engine start system 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL Fuel Economy: 22/31 Class: Mid Size Car Base Price: $30,080 When it comes to the innovations and advanced technology behind the groundup, totally new 2013 Nissan Altima • that takes Nissan’s two decades of Continuously Variable Transmission leadership into a new dimension of smooth operation and fuel efficiency A n e w, r e f i n e d r e a r m u l t i - l i n k suspension that could be equally at home on a premium European sports sedan A hybrid power steering system that combines the feel of a traditional hydraulic box with the efficiency of modern electric control Front seats that take their inspiration from outer space technology – for outof-segment comfort An intuitive 3D-effect information display that’s easier to watch than many 3D Hollywood blockbusters Navigation that’s never outdated and loves to tell you where to go, even more than your spouse A music connection that Pandora®’s to your every mood An armrest that’s more padded than your typical expense account Windshield wipers that help you avoid tickets And a tire pressure monitoring system that tells you when you are full of air

• design, some things might be considered evolutionary. Take the body, the engines, transmission, suspension, steering, seats, the instrument panel, navigation system, music connection, armrest, windshield wipers, and tire pressure monitoring system. The previous generation Altima had them. This generation does too. Consider: • A body, that while clearly recognizable as an Altima, is lighter, more rigid and cuts a cleaner path through the wind • A 2.5-liter inline 4-cylnder engine that is lighter, stronger, quicker and more fuel-efficient (combined with the new transmission design) than the previous 2.5-liter design • An next-generation Xtronic CVT®

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2013 Infiniti M56 Fuel Economy: 16/24 Class: Mid Size Car Base Price: $60,600 Now in its third year of the current generation design, the 2013 Infiniti M once again sets the bar high for mid-size performance luxury sedans. As Infiniti’s halo sedan, the Infiniti M embraces the essence of all things Infiniti – style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology. Designed to deliver a performance luxury experience crafted to a higher standard, it is offered in five inspired models: M37, M37 AWD, M56, M56 AWD and the Infiniti M Hybrid (designated M35h). As Infiniti’s first-ever hybrid, the 2013 Infiniti Hybrid delivers fuel efficiency of 27 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway, with combined fuel economy rated at 29 mpg. (For full details on the 2013 Infiniti Hybrid, please visit the M Hybrid section at InfinitiNews.com.) Enhancements to the Infiniti M for the new model year include the addition of standard auto-dimming sideview mirrors and an auto-trunk cincher, a new Performance Tire & Wheel Package with 20-inch wheels and tires and Sport Brakes, additional content to various packages, and the availability of the popular Sport Packages with all-wheel drive models (previously offered only with rear-wheel drive). The Premium Package adds the Infiniti Connection™ telematics with available safety, security and convenience services. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Fuel Economy: 21/27 (2.5 liter 5 cylinder model) Class: Convertible Base Price: $24,995 The Beetle Convertible is back! The iconic four-seat convertible went on sale in December. • Takes the classic Convertible silhouette,
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but reinterprets the design in a sportier, more dynamic fashion The most fuel-efficient convertible on the highway: EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 41 mpg from the TDI® Clean Diesel model with a manual transmission Three engine options: torquey 2.5-liter five; frugal 2.0-liter TDI; and powerful 2.0-liter TSI® turbo. Six-speed automatic is standard on the 2.5 Fast-acting softtop opens in 9.5 seconds, can be operated at speeds of up to 31 mph Split-folding rear seat makes this a highly practical convertible Standard safety features include Automatic Rollover Support System Available features include Fender® Premium Audio System, Keyless access with push-button start, leather seating surfaces, and navigation SG

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Alabama is blessed with a rich diversity of wildlife species for viewing and hunting. Our long seasons and liberal bag limits allow hunter’s plenty of opportunity to participate in our hunting heritage. In fact, Alabama hunters can hunt at least one species during every month of the year.
White-Tail Deer White-tail deer are the number one game animal hunted in Alabama. Approximately 180,000 deer hunters account for more than 4 million man-days of hunting activity annually and have a significant impact on the local economy of rural Alabama. The harvest varies from year to year but hunters typically harvest in excess of 300,000 deer annually. Eastern Wild Turkey The Eastern wild turkey is the second most popular game animal in Alabama and accounts for about 500,000 man-days of hunting annually. Many of Alabama’s turkey hunters are quite avid and enjoy the 4-6 week long spring turkey season. Steve Barnett, District V Supervising Wildlife Biologist, and his wife Victoria co-authored a new book regarding the wild turkey in Alabama. Bobwhite Quail Alabama quail hunting has changed significantly over the past decades. Many Alabamians can remember when every local pea patch held a covey of quail. Farming practices and habitat 42
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changes have negatively impacted quail populations across the southeast. Much of Alabama’s quail hunting now takes place on commercial quail hunting preserves. Alligators Alabama’s alligator population has grown during the past 50 years to the extent they now cause hundreds of complaints annually from citizens concerned about public safety. An alligator hunting season was instituted in a defined portion of the Mobile Delta in 2006 to limit population growth and reduce issues related to public safety. The hunts have since been expanded to areas in southeast Alabama and Monroe(north of Hwy 84), Wilcox, and Dallas counties. Mourning Dove Mourning dove hunting typically kicks off the fall hunting season as many hunters look forward to a day on a dove field with family and friends. Unlike many other hunting activities, dove hunting is usually a highly social event with many hunters on the same field. Alabama is separated into 2 zones (north and south)

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with most of Alabama being in the north zone. The north and south zone seasons typically begin in early September and October, respectively. Mourning doves are migratory birds and are part of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has special rules and regulations that apply to dove hunting that all hunters must follow. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has an that answers many questions regarding the legalities of dove hunting and preparing a dove field. Feral Hogs Feral hogs sightings in Alabama were once primarily confined to the river swamps of southwest Alabama. For many reasons, feral hog populations have increased across Alabama during the past 15-20 years and now occur in all 67 counties. Many counties only have small populations of this highly destructive mammal. However, many areas of the state now have high populations of feral hogs that cause severe damage to agricultural crops, habitat, and other natural resources. Waterfowl Approximately 21,000 individuals hunt waterfowl annually in Alabama. The Tennessee River drainage and the Mobile Tensaw Delta provide a large portion of the waterfowl hunting opportunities for most migratory species. Wood ducks are the primary species hunted throughout the remainder of the state. Please visit the waterfowl page for additional information on waterfowl hunting, Alabama’s waterfowl stamp contest, and waterfowl identification. Small Game Hunting Alabama’s most popular small game species include dove, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, oppossums, and waterfowl. Small game hunting is often an opportunity for family and friends to gather and socialize and enjoy the camaraderie. Small game hunting is a great way to introduce kids and other beginning hunters to our hunting heritage. Hunter Education in Alabama Alabama’s hunter education program helps keep hunting safe and enjoyable. The program covers the skills, regulations and responsibilities of hunting, and wildlife conservation that help to secure our hunting heritage. If you were born on or after August 1, 1977, you must complete an approved hunter education program before being eligible to hunt (see exceptions on web site). Alabama has two hunter education options: a traditional course with a written test or a CD-ROM/ Internet-based course followed by a field day to test hunter safety skills. Don’t wait, start today! Traditional Hunter Education Course The traditional hunter education course is a minimum 10 hours of instruction plus a written examination. The course is taught by Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries personnel and volunteer instructors to participants 10 years of age and older and is offered free of charge. The course includes but is not limited to firearms safety and handling, responsible hunting and hunter ethics, wildlife laws, wildlife management and identification, archery, muzzleloading, first aid, survival, and game care. Internet or CD-Rom Course An alternative to the traditional hunter education course includes a two-part program. First the student must complete an online or CD-ROM course and then attend a field day and demonstrate skills such as loading and unloading different types of firearms, safely crossing fences, and other activities that all safe, responsible hunters should be able to complete. Students must complete another test at the field day. Please visit Resource: www.outdooralabama.com for more information, resources and details. SG

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Summer & Fall Festivals Promise Fun for All Ages in Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado
From wildflowers and bikes to rivers and cowboys, there’s plenty to celebrate!
he Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley knows how to roll out the red carpet for summer and fall fun with an amazing array of one-of-akind festivals that reflect the lifestyle, natural beauty and Western friendliness of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. There’s something for everyone, ranging from the weekend warrior and hard-core athlete to couples and families looking for a relaxing, yet action-filled getaway. Gunnison Growler Weekend, Gunnison, May 25 – 27 The official kickoff of the summer season is Gunnison Growler Weekend, featuring three days of biking events and trail running races to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. The Half-Growler and FullGrowler mountain bike races on May 25 and 26 start downtown before heading out to Hartman Rocks Multi-Use Recreation Area, and the Growler Gran Fondo road bike ride travels from Gunnison to Mt. Crested and back on May 26. A Townie Takeover Ride on Sunday is a mellower option for all ages on cruiser bikes. Gunnison’s IOOF Park and the adjoining street will be filled with food vendors, live music and a beer garden for athletes

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and the public to enjoy on Saturday and Sunday, and runners will be readying for the Sage Burner 25k and 50k trail running races at Hartman Rocks on Monday. For information, go to www.gunnisontrails. com (Half-Growler and Full-Growler), www.gunnisonmentors.com (Growler Gran Fondo and Townie Takeover Tour) and www.sageburnertrailrun.com (Sage Burner). 33rd Annual Crested Butte Bike Week, Mt. Crested Butte & Crested Butte, June 26 – 30 Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte are the proud hosts of the world’s oldest mountain bike festival, which now also includes options for those who enjoy road biking, cruiser bikes, downhill and cross country. The arrival of the 19th annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado kicks off the festivities when 1,500 bicyclists and their support crews roll into town on June 26 and depart on June 28. The Chainless World Championships on June 28 is always a thrilling scene for riders and spectators, followed by the Wildcat 40 mountain bike race on June 29. If a one-speed cruiser is more your style, join in the fun and fund-raising for Adaptive

Sports Center’s annual Bridges of the Butte townie tour on June 29 – 30. Those who like the high-speed, adrenalinefueled action of cross country and downhill mountain biking should check out the Big Mountain Enduro on June 29 – 30. For information, call (800) 545-4505 or visit the event’s Facebook page. 11th Annual Gunnison River Festival, Gunnison, June 19 - 23 Gunnison River Festival offers a unique blend of hardcore and lighthearted recreation. The event kicks off on June 19 with a River Film Fest at I Bar Ranch hosted by Crested Butte Film Festival. On June 21, the Gunnison River Festival Extravaganza at Legion Park is a night of live music, a beer garden and event registration. For a full slate of river activities, head to Gunnison Whitewater Park on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. A fly casting accuracy challenge, competitive down river raft race, community float, kayak competition, boater cross, inflatable rodeo, river board/stand up paddling comp, a kids’ zone and more are planned. On Sunday, the festival moves to nearby Curecanti National Recreation Area for flat water action starting at 8 a.m. A stand up paddle board race, kayak/canoe flat paddle race, open water swim competition and canine paddle ensure a fun day for humans and their furry friends. For more information, registration and a schedule, visit www. gunnisonriverfestival.com or call (970)901-6215. 17th Annual Crested Butte Music Festival, Gunnison Valley, June 30 – Aug. 11 The 2013 festival will showcase outstanding performers from all over the world and internationally acclaimed performers such as Boston Brass, American String Quartet, Takács Quartet, jazz legend Junior Mance, and opera stars Samuel Ramey and Sandra Piqueś Eddy. Celebrating its 17th year, CBMF also has bluegrass, opera and gypsy jazz minifestivals that are part of the larger event. Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” a free

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family concert series on four Saturdays, six home soirée concerts and much more are on this dynamic event’s six-week schedule. For more information and tickets, call (970) 349-0619 or visit www. crestedbuttemusicfestival.com. 113th Annual Cattlemen’s Days, Gunnison, July 6 - 14 People who love the authenticity of the West, should plan on attending the 113th annual Cattlemen’s Days at Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center and various venues around Gunnison. The event features a county fair, parade, live music and dancing, a horse show, cowboy poetry, horse races, and of course rodeo events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Familyfriendly activities are spread throughout the nine days of Cattlemen’s Days festivities, including rodeos scheduled for the evenings of July 11 – 13 and a Tough Enough to Wear Pink Concert and Auction on July 9, featuring Nashville singers/songwriters Kellie Pickler, Kyle Jacobs and Dean Dillon. For more information, call the Gunnison County Chamber of Commerce at (800) 814-8893 and visit www.cattlemensdays.com for a complete schedule. 26th Annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Crested Butte, July 9 - 15 The historic mountain town of Crested Butte, which was designated the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by the state legislature in 1990, hosts this colorful festival during the peak of wildflower season. More than 200 individual events such as photography and art classes, 4 X 4 tours, hikes and flower identification walks, garden tours, cooking seminars and more focus on the magnificent sight of miles and miles of wildflower fields abloom in the area. For more information, call (970) 349-2571 or visit www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival. com. 41st Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival, Crested Butte, August 2 – 4 Crested Butte Arts Festival is one of the biggest weekends of the summer, drawing world-class artists from all 50 states and several international exhibitors. Open-air booths line the five-block center of Crested Butte’s National Historic District, featuring 175 of the nation’s finest visual artists; music and entertainment; an art auction, chef and artist demonstrations; children’s activities and a beer and wine pavilion.

Immerse yourself in the visual arts with seminars, workshops, and temporary art installations and get your art on at our first annual Art Under the Influence kickoff celebration! Call (970) 349-1184 or visit www.crestedbutteartsfestival.com. Car, Carving & Art Weekend, Gunnison, Aug. 15 – 18 This dynamic weekend for all ages includes the 26th annual Gunnison Car Show, High Octane Arts & Crafts Festival, and Carvin’ Up Colorado. Most of the activities take place in the neighboring Jorgensen and Legion Parks, with a ‘50sW W W. S P O R T S M A N S G E A R M A G . C O M

style cruise-in and free dance on Main Street on Friday evening and a breakfast cruise to Crested Butte on Sunday morning. On Saturday, admire all the chrome during the open car show and browse the creations of 60 artisans from around the region at the High Octane Arts & Crafts Festival. From Aug. 15 – 17, 10 wood carvers from around the country will transform tree stumps into works of art that will be on permanent display in Legion Park and other community sites. For information, call (970) 901-6215 (carving) and (800) 814-8893 (arts/crafts) and visit www.gunnisoncarclub.com. SG 49

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Albany, Georgia –

Southwest Georgia Fishing Hole

he small town of Albany (pronounced by locals as Aw beeny) is probably best known today for the filming of Christianbased movies such as Fireproof and Courageous. If you are looking for a quaint weekend getaway for fishing and reminiscing, then this southwest Georgia destination is just for you! Albany’s first folks to call it home were Creek Indians who lived by the riverbank “Thronateeska” which means “the place where flint is picked up.” It seems very fitting that the river flowing through this southern place is called the Flint. The Flint River resource… Current day Albany thrives through a private-public partnership that is redeveloping the downtown area by playing up the area’s prime natural r e s o u r c e – t h e F l i n t R i v e r. T h e centerpiece of the redevelopment is the Flint RiverQuarium, a 175,000 gallon, 22foot deep Blue Hole aquarium filled with the plants, fish and reptiles – including Albany’s celebrated river turtle – found in the Flint River’s ecosystem, and the 50
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Imagination Theater with its three-story IWERKS screen and digital surround sound. Riverfront Park, with its expansive views of the river, Turtle Grove Play Park, water features and riverside trails, gives families the opportunity to play and learn together. The RiverFront Trail now travels north three miles to Cleve Cox Landing on Philema Road. Eventually the trail will connect to Chehaw – “Nature’s Playground” and south to Radium Springs Garden, one of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders. Take time to listen to Ray Charles’ music while sitting on piano keys in the new Ray Charles Plaza. This plaza features a life-sized bronze statue of “The Genius of Soul” seated at his piano. Spend the day at the newly expanded and renovated Thronateeska Heritage Center, encompassing the Wetherbee Planetarium, Science Discovery Center and Museum of History, as well as a model train layout. Tour the Civil Rights Institute, the repository for Albany’s African American civil and human rights legacy, in its beautiful glass-enclosed, state-of-the-art museum adjacent to the 1906 Mt. Zion Baptist Church – one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s main speaking locations. And if you visit on the second Saturday of the month, you’ll hear the authentic songs of the Civil Rights era performed by the SNCC Freedom Singers, a group formed in 1962 to share the freedom songs – and leave their mark, and tracks, in Albany. Take time to fish… The Flint River, stretching throughout southwest Georgia, is one of only 40 rivers than flows unimpeded for more than 200 river miles in the continental US. Along this meandering river, you can see the unique ecosystem – the highly prized shoal bass and Halloween darter - up close. Looking for a good spot to cast that line to catch one of these fish? Bring your gear down to Riverfront Park and try your cast off the banks of the Flint River. For more information on the Albany area and help planning your unique trip, please visit: www.visitalbanyga.com. SG

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From left: Paul DeSmet, LINE-X Executive Vice President; Steve Decker, LINE-X Vice President of International Operations; Alabama Governor Robert Bentley; Janet Mayo, LINE-X International Development Associate; Tim Garner, LINE-X Chief Financial Officer LINE-X® Protective Coatings Granted State Honors from Governor Robert Bentley for Global Marketplace Presence with Governor’s Trade Excellence Award LINE-X Protective Coatings, the nation’s leading developer and provider of high performance protective coatings, was recently honored by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley with the presentation of the 2013 Governor’s Trade Excellence Award. One of eight companies recognized, LINE-X Protective Coatings is a franchise-based company with approximately 500 locations in more than 48 countries, including new Master Distributors in Russia, Cyprus and South Africa. International exports represent approximately 22 percent of LINEX annual sales for the 2013 fiscal year, more than 3 percent growth over 2012. The Governor’s Trade Excellence Award recognizes Alabama companies that have made a significant contribution to or had success in international business in the areas of agribusiness, manufacturing and services. “LINE-X is continually responding to industry needs around the world – whether it’s designing new protective 52 coatings for an oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia or protecting 2.5 million truck beds in the United States,” said Kevin Heronimus, CEO of LINE-X Protective Coatings. “LINE-X has placed greater emphasis on growing International Operations by creating an International Development Associate position dedicated to increasing the LINE-X presence around the globe. We are honored to receive the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award and be recognized by the Alabama Department of Commerce and Export Alabama Alliance for our continued work to grow internationally.” The Governor’s Trade Excellence Award was established to identify Alabama’s successful and innovative companies who export, promote exports and encourage greater involvement in the global marketplace while working to develop and enhance awareness of the impact of export business to Alabama’s economic prosperity. The criteria used by the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export Alabama Alliance to determine the 2013 award winners includes: level of export sales in proportion to total sales, sustainable growth in export sales,
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quality of export marketing strategy, senior management commitment to export development; innovations in exporting and having benefited from export assistance, to make export sales or open new overseas markets. The Governor’s Trade Excellence Award was established in 2005 to demonstrate the exporting excellence of Alabama businesses and to celebrate their export success. The award program, coordinated by the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export Alabama Alliance, includes large, medium, and small exporters as well as new-to-export companies from every region of the state. To find out more about LINE-X Protective Coatings follow LINE-X on Twitter @LineXprotects, become a fan on Facebook LINE-X Protective Coatings and check out what LINE-X is doing on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/ linexprotects. Car Guy Nation Aston Martin Visits The New York Auto Show Recently, the Car Guy Nation Aston Martin Vantage GT4 made its New York City debut. Big Ben, as we affectionately

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refer to the car, was prominently displayed at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center from March 29th through April 7th, 2013. Alongside its brethren, the car was located in the TRG/Aston Martin Racing booth near the entrance in the Crystal Palace. Shortly before, in The Chronicles of a Distinguished Aston Man, our Gentleman Racer was in the driver’s seat for an SCCA Majors race at Road Atlanta. While learning the track on his first shakedown, he finished both races in 2nd place after trading positions and holding off a fearsome and loud Dodge Viper. Fans followed live updates and real-time videos at www.carguynation.com/astonman. But where is #AstonMan? Rumor has it he was last seen in the former Soviet bloc country of Kazakhstan in the company of Bernie Ecclestone and Luca di Montezemolo seeking out new Formula One tracks. However, he is scheduled to be back in the saddle and buckled into Big Ben for the next race at VIR, Virginia International Raceway. Over one million automotive expected enthusiasts attended the 2013 New York International Auto Show. “We’re encouraging fans to follow the #AstonMan in 2013,” said Michael Chapin, SVP of Digital for Car Guy Nation. “This social media campaign gives potential owners, aspiring racers, and general fans of Aston Martin an insider’s view of the newest race cars to compete in North America. In addition to following The

Racers Group compete on television, followers can see what happens during untelevised weekends at SCCA events.” Fans and enthusiasts will enter to win products featured in the Chronicles all season long by engaging on CarGuyNation.com and its various social channels. For brands seeking to gain exposure, their products will be featured in real world scenarios through testimonials created by the driver and team. For example, since the first race, Tumi has outfitted the race team with their latest carbon fiber sunglasses. Just for following along, lucky fans will win a pair of their own. Ford F-150 SVT ‘Raptor Experience’ Makes First East Coast Appearance at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction • Making its first East Coast appearance at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction, Ford’s F-150 SVT “Raptor Experience” will be offered to enthusiasts for exclusive adrenalinecharged, on-site rides • The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, Boss 302, Lincoln MKS and MKX will be available for ride-and-drives • Ford is celebrating Mustang’s 50th anniversary with a vehicle showcase at the auction, enthusiast activities and contests throughout the weekend • A rare sighting of the 2008 Ford Cobra Jet Prototype will be on display at the front gate of the fairgrounds
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Ford Motor Company is celebrating spring with a host of exciting experiences and exhibits at this week’s 11th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction, scheduled for April 4-6, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Ford’s star attractions will be the F-150 SVT “Raptor Experience,” offering the public an opportunity to test their limits in the passenger seat of this high-performance muscle truck, as well as a celebration of 50 years of the Mustang. “The Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach gives the public an opportunity to experience adventures that many have only dreamed about,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Working with our South Florida dealers, we are putting people in the passenger seat of the world’s most exciting muscle truck on an offroad course that will both inspire and thrill. Then they can get behind the wheel of our outstanding lineup of cars on a private test track.” On closed-circuit courses at the South Florida Fairgrounds, the Raptor Experience utilizes professional drivers to take Barrett-Jackson ticketholders through a rocky, rough terrain. For fans thirsting for elite high performance, the opportunity to drive a Shelby GT500 and Boss 302 will provide a feeling of the awesome power of these muscle machines. Those with an eye for luxury may gravitate to the Lincoln MKS sedan and MKX crossover. Product specialists will explain the latest features from 53

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Lincoln, including the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) that warns drivers if a vehicle is detected in their blind spot. Ford will also provide major eye candy at the event. Upon entering the gates, ticketholders will be dazzled by 50 years of iconic Mustang history showcasing various models. The display of Mustang’s legacy is made possible in part by area club members who loaned their cars for the presentation. The 2008 Ford Cobra Jet Prototype will also be staged at the entrance. Those interested in a test drive or seeing a new or quality pre-owned Ford vehicle can visit www.southfloridaford. com/Dealers/ to find their closest dealer. Door County Named One of Ten Best Small Towns in America by Fodor’s Fodor’s, a worldwide provider of travel guides and information, has named Door County, Wisconsin one of the 10 Best Small Towns in America. The announcement of the 10 Best Small Towns in America came in a recently released story on Fodors.com. In selecting Door County as one of the 10 Best Small Towns in America, Fodor’s noted that while Door County isn’t technically one town, the county “... is made up of notable small towns, each more charming than the last.” Door County was joined on the list by two other Midwestern locales including Traverse City, Michigan and Galena, Illinois. Other well-known destinations that made the list were St. Augustine, Florida, Sedona, Arizona and Provincetown on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. With 300 miles of shoreline, eleven lighthouses, five state parks, an eclectic arts and cultural scene along with boutique shopping, award winning dining options and a wonderful mix of lodging options, this accolade is another beautiful feather in Door County’s destinationaward cap. “We’re honored to have been included on this 10 best list from Fodor’s,” said Jon Jarosh, the Door County Visitor Bureau’s director of communications & public relations. “Anyone that lives here or has visited Door County knows what a special place it is, and this sort of national recognition gives us a great opportunity to introduce our destination to travelers who have yet to experience the magic that is Door County,” he said. According to Jarosh, a few national media outlets have already picked up the story, and he has heard from others who have seen the story on both the east and west coasts and down in Florida. Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, Inc., is one of the world’s leading providers of travel information. Covering over 7,500 worldwide destinations, Fodor’s guidebooks and website, Fodors. com, have provided the most up-todate, accurate information for travelers since 1936. Written by a vast team of global correspondents, Fodor’s provides travelers with engagingly written, locally reported, and absolutely indispensable travel guidance. More info at www. Fodors.com. The DCVB is the official tourism marketing organization for the county whose mission is to generate incremental economic impact for the community by attracting visitors with strategies that ensure sustainable tourism. SG

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