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Outdoors notebook: New line of archery targets make it easier to retrieve arrows

BIGshot Targets drew archers’ attention with their durability and ease of handling at the 38th Annual 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas Jan. 19-22.

Most top features at the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade show are hunting- and firearms-related exhibits. But BIGshot Targets, introduced earlier during the ATA Show in Louisville Jan. 5-7, turned heads with bow manufacturers as well as product reviewers and consumers at the SHOT Show. Pulling of arrows shot from powerful, high-speed bow equipment can be an agonizing task.

The Crosman Corporation is impressed with the new 500 Iron Man Series of targets. Crosman has begun marketing its new airbow, a device capable of averaging speeds of 450 feet per second for up to 10 arrows per charge of compressed air.

“We needed a target that we knew we could trust to stop the extreme-velocity arrows the Pioneer Airbow sends down range. … The Extreme 500 is the first target we’ve found that we can really trust,” said Chip Hunnicutt, Crosman market manager and involved bow hunter.

This target took the punishment of high-speed arrows and gave testers an easy arrow pull after each shot.

To view the many BIGShot target models, visit; for information about Crosman airguns and accessories, visit

Lake Erie work group

The Department of Environmental Conservation is partnering with other state, federal and local groups in an effort to prioritize, prepare and develop programs to meet the goals of New York State’s Great Lakes Action Agenda as described in the DEC Web site

DEC Watershed Coordinator Shannon Dougherty will conduct the Lake Erie session at Woodlawn Beach State Park from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 2. Groups and individuals interested in participating in this Sub Basin Work Groups session can register until Feb. 29 with an email to:

Seasoning celebration

Hi Mountain Seasonings based in Riverton, Wyo., is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. Fish and game seasoning companies abound, but Hi Mountain has been a popular brand because of the variety of its mixes and its line of seasonings for dips, rubs, sauces and a steady introduction of new flavors, plus many handy cooking suggestions.

Regular users of Hi Mountain like the more than 200 products available, and the company’s 40-plus employees continually supply users with preparation tips and cooking tricks that make for tasty jerky, sausages, brines, and grilling. For a list of Hi Mountain products, cooking tips, instructional videos and recipes, visit

Kids camping options

The Camping & Education Foundation has put together a number of suggestions for parents to consider when selecting the right summer camp for their children.

Activities are a major consideration, with involvements that match yet challenge a youth. Balance is important here, mixing new experiences with the freedom to enjoy the camping environment.

Nutrition goes beyond pizza, snack food, and stereotypical camp food. Healthy meals, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains, are basic, plus the recognition of special-needs diets for allergies or other restrictions.

Quality summer camps have alumni willing to share information about the setting and programs. If possible, visit the camping site for a test drive and sign up for a short, initial stay before committing to an immersing summer experience for your child.

For more information, visit and request camp-selection information.