With the increased popularity of adventure photographers, travel bloggers, brand influencers and ambassadors, it’s no wonder that Overlanding is blowing up in the social media world. Some of the best adventure stories on Pinterest and Instagram take place on a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler or a custom built off-road military vehicle of any variety. However, there are without a doubt, certain occasions that occur along every Overland trip where your mothership vehicle just can’t quite get through. With a QuietKat E-bike you can get further off that beaten path and to more of those destinations your overland vehicle can’t quite reach.

If you’ve been overlanding, you’ve been there – miles-in on a dirt road, crawling into the sunrise without a single thought of turning around. Then the road turns into a double track – still no second thoughts. But then the double track ends and your stuck on a single-track trail in a dense forest and no way to continue on. With a specific destination in mind, most of us would start up the old chevro-legs and walk the rest of the way, but what if you didn’t have to?

“Quiet”Kat – Nothing to Shut Up About

QuietKat All Terrain, All Electric Bicycles are making a come up in the Overlanding industry as a must-have accessory for every off-road adventure. These rugged machines will take you 40+ miles further up the trail on a single battery and will overcome any obstacle your overland vehicle can take on and then some.

Don’t feel like you need to work harder to get to that majestic mountain view or the torrential waterfall still four miles up the path. Based out of Eagle, Colorado, QuietKat

E-bikes are manufactured to withstand any elements and designed to take on the craggiest trails and even unmarked terrain. The 4.5-inch – 4.8-inch tires glide over almost any surface and the suspension makes for a smooth ride, even over the harshest landscapes.

A Multi-Purpose Tool

While Overlanding is about staying away from the crowds and exploring the unknown, there is no way to avoid going into the city or largely populated area with your excursion vehicle every once in a while, to re-fuel, re-energize, and/or take in the city life and culture. But that large overland vehicle can be a pain in the butt to park and maneuver around the city streets. You’ll go crazy if you have to find parking for that tank more than twice in a metropolis. QuietKat E-bikes will come in handy when you’re simply trying to get from one spot to another in the crowded streets of largely populated township.

Park your overland vehicle and mount onto an E-bike to get to and from your hotel, hostel, restaurants, bars and wherever else the city streets may take you!

An Accessory Inside of Your Accessory

One of the best things about these E-bikes, and similar to your bad-ass overland vehicle, is that QuietKat’s are very customizable with a wide variety of accessory items. They have waterproof saddle bags, rear pannier racks, spotlights, and even cargo trailer options that will instantly turn a mere E-bicycle into its own form of overland vehicle. Soon, QuietKat will be manufacturing an item that will make them 100% carbon-footprint-free: a portable solar charger manufactured specifically for their E-bikes. The harnessing of this kind of groundbreaking technology raises further questions – are QuietKat Electric Bikes really just an overland vehicle? And How far could one go using just one of these insanely rugged electric bikes?

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MONTPELIER, Vt. –The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is again reminding successful bear hunters that a regulation requires them to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect important information on Vermont’s bear population.

Teeth submitted by hunters are used to determine the ages of bears. Wildlife biologists use age and sex data to estimate the number of bears in Vermont and to determine the status and health of the bear population. Envelopes for submitting teeth are available at all big game check stations.

“Successful bear hunters will be helping in our management of this magnificent big game animal,” said Forrest Hammond, bear project leader for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “The premolar tooth we’re asking hunters to extract is small and easy to loosen with a knife. Directions for removing the tooth are on the back of the envelope provided by the check station, and a short video showing tooth removal is linked on our website.”

Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts September 1 and continues through November 15. The late bear season begins November 16 and continues through November 24. The limit for bears remains one per calendar year.

“Carefully regulated hunting plays a very important role in scientific wildlife management by helping to control the growth of Vermont’s bear population now estimated at being well within the 2010-2020 Big Game Plan population objective of 4,500 to 6,000 bears,” said Hammond. “Minor fluctuations in the bear population will always occur due to changes in food availability, winter severity and hunter success. Despite these fluctuations, we look at the long-term trends to manage for a healthy, robust population.”

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ROANOKE, Va. (August 28, 2019) — September is Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month and is the month that most hunters head back to the woods to hang stands in preparation for the upcoming hunting season. Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation’s (TSSA) mission is to significantly reduce tree stand accidents through promotion, education and best practices and our goal is to reduce the estimated number of incidents 50% by 2023. TSSA strives to ensure that every hunter comes home safe to their family and friends.

TSSA has designed an educational campaign called the “ABC’s of Tree Stand Safety” to serve as the building blocks to the awareness campaign (attached infographic). Our goal this year is to distribute at least 500,000 (print & electronic) to promote the safe use of tree stands. Please let us know if you are able to assist in meeting this goal through electronic distribution.

? Always remove and inspect your equipment

? Buckle on your full-body harness

? Connect to the tree before your feet leave the ground

By performing these 3 simple steps, tree stand users can virtually eliminate their risk of falling to the ground as the majority of falls occur outside the stand. TSSA encourages all hunters to take tree stand safety seriously, every time you hunt from, hang, or remove a tree stand.

TSSA is also excited to share that we are continuing to see positive changes in the estimated numbers of falls that requiring emergency care on a national level. Based on the 2018 data, there were an estimated 3001 tree stand falls requiring an emergency department visit. This reflects adecrease of 46.5% (2010 – 2018) in the number of estimated falls requiring an emergency department treatment (source NEISS, 2018). This significant drop in the estimated number of falls reflects the industry wide efforts of TMA, NBEF, WTU, IHEA, NDA, state DNR’s, our supporting partners, TSSA and others focusing on tree stand safety.

While we are making great progress, it’s important that we continue the industry efforts to support this momentum and meet or exceed our goal of reducing the estimated number of incidents 50% by 2023. To accomplish this, let’s get the season started by putting safety first.

Hunters and members of the industry alike can help spread the message of TSSA Foundation. Visit the TSSA website at or on social media at or .

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The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), a bill to fund state-based conservation efforts for more than 12,000 species of fish, wildlife, and plants, was introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Vice-Chair Representative Debbie Dingell (MI) and CSC Member Representative Jeff Fortenberry (NE).

Additionally, Reps. Dingell and Fortenberry were joined by 57 bipartisan original co-sponsors.

“America’s sportsmen and women have been the primary funders of state-based conservation efforts to this day, however, there is an increasing need to provide additional funding to state agencies to address the 12,000 species that are falling through the cracks,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane. “This strongly bipartisan legislation provides critical financial resources to state agencies, allowing them the opportunity to conduct on-the-ground projects, which benefit species that are in the greatest need of conservation efforts.”

Specifically, this bill would provide $1.3 billion annually for wildlife recovery efforts as outlined within each state/territory’s State Wildlife Action Plan, which collectively have identified nearly 12,000 species in the greatest need of conservation. This funding would complement the American System of Conservation Funding – a program funded by sportsmen and women through excise taxes on sporting equipment and license purchases under the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts, which currently provides the majority of funding for state fish and wildlife agencies.

“Bold solutions are needed to safeguard our nation’s wildlife from further decline,” said Rep. Dingell. “The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act represents a strong commitment to addressing the current biodiversity crisis using innovative, state-based management that will safeguard our nation’s environmental heritage for current and future generations.”

“RAWA is a smart upstream policy that promotes continuity of habitats and helps prevent the costly downstream emergency room procedures of the Endangered Species Act,” said Rep. Fortenberry. “Through proactive, collaborative, and voluntary partnerships with states, RAWA enhances community recreational opportunity for birders, hikers, hunters, anglers and all who enjoy the beauty of nature.”

Prior to bill introduction on July 10, CSF hosted a widely-attended Capitol Hill Breakfast Briefing with partners, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The goal was to generate support for this legislation, and included Members of Congress and their staff, partners from the Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife, and leaders from the sporting conservation community.

A press conference followed on July 12, where Reps. Dingell and Fortenberry were joined by the Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife Legislative Co-Chairs CSF President Jeff Crane, NWF CEO Collin O’Mara, and Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and current President of AFWA Ed Carter.

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Ohio — Monday, Put-in-Bay Township Park District and The Conservation Fund announced the conservation of 4.4 acres of critical migratory bird habitat on Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands. The protection of this land, which is part of a larger conservation effort on the Islands, will ensure that some of the remaining forest and wetland ecosystems will remain intact and increase recreation opportunities for visitors.

“Put-in-Bay Township Park District has been privileged to work The Conservation Fund to acquire environmentally sensitive areas,” stated Kelly Faris, Chair of Put-in-Bay Township Park District. “It is important that these lands be protected for this generation and future generations. The Park District is dedicated to protecting and preserving these unique areas that sustain the heritage of the Lake Erie Islands.”

“Our goal to protect migratory bird habitat and the Lake Erie Islands is our top priority in Ohio,” said Peg Kohring, senior associate for conservation services at The Conservation Fund. “We’re happy to have worked with Put-in-Bay Township Park District to make this project possible.”

A popular recreational destination, the Lake Erie Islands and shores gather nearly 11 million visitors a year. The addition of protected land for the Put-in-Bay Township Park District will increase public access to the various ecosystems the Islands have to offer. The newly-protected land joins 13 adjacent acres and 44 nearby acres already protected by the Park District.

“The support from the Conservation Fund has allowed us to add additional acreage to our Middle Bass Island Wetland Forest Preserve that is now over 35 contiguous acres of island swamp providing habitat for migratory birds, amphibians, reptiles and other wildlife,” said Lisa Brohl, CEO of the Put-In-Bay Township Park District and Chair at Lake Erie Islands Conservancy. “Future residents and visitors will be so appreciative of the Fund’s assistance to preserve these forests.”

This conservation effort will also help protect the water quality of Lake Erie. The ground underneath the Lake Erie Islands is porous, so any pollution caused by development on these islands can easily reach the surrounding lake through this permeable rock.

It is also important to keep these lands protected for the large and diverse flocks of migratory birds that utilize the Islands during their spring migration. Each spring, millions of birds fly north to nest in the United States and Canada. Western Lake Erie, and particularly the Bass Islands, are important resting and feeding areas for their migratory journey. More than 110 species of bird have been documented on Middle Bass Island, including the black-and-white warbler, Tennessee warbler, and several other warbler species.

In addition, the 4.4 acres of preserved land are home to multiple species of amphibians and snakes, including the eastern fox snake and melanistic garter snake, both of which are Species of Concern in Ohio. The Lake Erie Islands also serve as a breeding area for migrating monarch butterflies, a species that’s endured significant population losses in recent decades.

These lands are being conserved, in part, by funding and technical assistance made available by TC Energy and its subsidiary Columbia Gas LLC in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ohio and The Conservation Fund. Additional funds were provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), implemented through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program. The Congressionally-authorized GLRI was created to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world.GLRI is funded annually by the U.S. Congress with strong leadership and support from Ohio’s U.S. Congressional delegation representing the Lake Erie Islands: U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur.

“Protecting Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands is critical for maintaining our local ecosystems,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. “Securing this land increases migratory bird habitats and will ensure the Lake Erie Islands and coastline remain a premier destination for birders and outdoor recreation for generations to come.”

“I am pleased to see efforts to protect and improve wetlands and forests in and around Lake Erie that serve as habitat for many fish and wildlife populations,” saidU.S. Senator Rob Portman. “By protecting these ecosystems, we are also boosting tourism and the economy in the region. I will continue my efforts as co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force to provide federal resources to continue efforts to protect Lake Erie’s wildlife, water quality, and ecosystems, such as my GLRI Act and my Migratory Birds of the Americas Act, which was signed into law in March.”

“At TC Energy we understand the vital need to conserve, protect and restore habitat – both in the water and on land,” said Melissa Dettling, Principal in Environmental Permitting at TC Energy. “We’re proud to partner with The Conservation Fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ohio, and to support the Put-in-Bay Township Park District’s conservation efforts for local migratory bird habitats.”

About Put-In-Bay Township Park District

In 2006, the Common Pleas Court of Ottawa County, Ohio approved a petition to create the Put-in-Bay Township Park District as a local government entity. It was reaffirmed by the voters of the Bass Islands in 2008. Three Commissioners serve to manage and protect unique island habitats for the public to enjoy.

About Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy was founded as part of the Black Swamp Conservancy in 2000, receiving their own non-profit status in 2015. The mission statement of the Conservancy is to encourage conservation and protection of natural and agricultural lands in the Lake Erie Islands for the benefit of this and future generations.

About The Conservation Fund

At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect more than eight million acres of land, including nearly 66,000 acres in Ohio.

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NEWINGTON, N.H. – SIG SAUER Inc., is pleased to announce the ROMEO8H was awarded the 2019 Golden Triggr Award for “Innovation in Optics” at the recent TriggrCon Expo held July 24 – 27, 2019, in Bellevue, Washington.

The TriggrCon Expo showcased the newest, most innovative companies and products in the tactical firearms industry. Recipients of the Golden Triggr Awards are evaluated on the following criteria: 1) Concept and Design: innovation that addresses a need and becomes a basis for future innovation; 2) Finish: quality of materials and manufacturing design and, 3) End User: the innovation should provide a high value and benefit that exceeds the cost.

“For the second year in a row SIG SAUER Electro-Optics is honored to be recognized for innovation in optics in this forum by our peers at TriggrCon with our ROMEO8H red dot sight,” said Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “The ROMEO8H is a ruggedized MIL-SPEC rectangular red dot sight designed to deliver an exceptionally wide field-of-view for unmatched situational awareness and target acquisition.”

The ROMEO8H 1 x 38mm is a full-sized red dot sight designed for modern sporting rifles (MSR) and shotguns. Featuring Quad Ballistic Circle Dot reticle with ballistic holds will withstand the most severe conditions, and is ideal for rapid target acquisition in any environment with an exceptionally large 38mm field of view. The ROMEO8H features MOTAC™ power management, a rectangular viewing window, and will maintain zero under the most hostile temperature differentials.

ROMEO8H Specifications:

Height: 2.8in.

Length: 3.52in.

Width: 1.97in.

Field of View: 1.25in. x .91in.

Magnification: 1x

Illumination Settings: 10 Day / 2 Night Vision

Adjustment Increments: 0.5 MOA

Weight: 10.3 oz. / 292 g

Battery Life: 50,000+

Waterproofing: IPX-7 rated

MSRP: ($599.99)

The ROMEO8H is now available.

About SIG SAUER, Inc.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 100 years SIG SAUER, Inc. has evolved, and thrived, by blending American ingenuity, German engineering, and Swiss precision. Today, SIG SAUER is synonymous with industry-leading quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Additionally, SIG SAUER is the premier provider of elite firearms instruction and tactical training at the SIG SAUER Academy – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. For more information about the company and product line visit:

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FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the 2019 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC) will begin Sept. 23 in Pearl, Mississippi.

The competition, conducted by the NRA and hosted by the Mississippi Highway Patrol/Mississippi Department of Public Safety, is a three-day event that tests the marksmanship skills law enforcement professionals from local, state and federal agencies across the U.S. and the globe, as well as select members of the U.S. Military. Participants’ shooting skills are realistically tested as competitors start with guns holstered in timed matches from multiple positions and distances.

“These law enforcement officers are some of the best marksmen in the country and we’re excited they’re coming to Mississippi to test their skills,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “Our top-notch shooting facility is the perfect location for this competition and we welcome all to visit our state and enjoy all that Mississippi has to offer.”

The championships moved to the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer’s Training Academy this year from Albuquerque, New Mexico where it was held in years past. Hundreds of competitors and many spectators are expected in Pearl for the competition, bringing in an estimated hundreds of thousands in economic boon. Last year’s competition in Albuquerque brought in about $425,000.

“This is the premier shooting competition for law enforcement members across the globe who dedicate their lives to ensuring our safety every day,” said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president, NRA. “We are grateful to Gov. Bryant for bringing this competition back to Mississippi and we can’t wait for the start of this great tradition.”

The Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy (MLEOTA) sits on 243 acres in Rankin County, Miss., and boasts world-class range facilities.

For more information about the 2019 NRA National Police Shooting Championships, visit To book accommodations at the 2019 host hotel—the Hilton on East County Line Road—where the NPSC tuition-free training, banquet and other special events will take place, visit NPSC competitors are eligible for a special rate and free breakfast at The Hilton.

To learn more about the NRA Law Enforcement Division visit or call 703-267-1640. For more information about the Mississippi Highway Patrol/Mississippi Department of Public Safety, visit

About the National Rifle Association

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement, and the military. Visit

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West Henrietta, NY – The familiar duo of Alexis Ruiz and Curtis Broadnax found themselves each team gold medalists once again at the World Archery Youth World Championships over the weekend in Madrid, Spain, after a week of intense competition.

The experienced pair qualified to represent Team USA’s Junior compound team through a host of outdoor tournaments throughout year, as they did in 2017 where each finished in first individually at the Final in Rosario. Competition was tough in Madrid, especially in the junior women’s team race. There, Alexis Ruiz, shooting her custom Victory X and her teammates (Anna Scarbrough and Savannah Vanderwier), defeated the Russian team by a close score of 230-229. This title was the eighth in history for the US junior women’s team. Ruiz finished fourth on the weekend individually after a hard fought bronze medal match.

“The Youth World Championships was another amazing tournament where my bow performed perfectly. I was shooting well in qualifications even in some wind, and I was able to qualify 3rd. My elimination matches went very well, but my last two matches were a tough fight that I didn’t win,” Ruiz said. “Team rounds went well as I was able to bring home a gold medal, and overall I’m very happy about how this tournament went, and now I’m headed home to train for the World Cup Finals.”

Following Ruiz’ match, where the two final arrows were called 10’s to take the lead, Broadnax, shooting his custom Echelon 37 with his teammates (Cooper French and Connor Sears), headed into the gold medal match in a commanding way, leading by five points after the first end. End by end, the trio added to their lead for a final score of 233-224 to best Mexico for the gold medal.

“It feels great. Days like this are about hard work put together,” Broadnax shared with World Archery in a post-tournament interview. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without each other, without teammates. I’m glad everything worked out.”

While Broadnax shifts his focus to indoor season in the coming months, Ruiz has one more outdoor target objective: the World Cup Final in Moscow, Russia. Seeded first by a margin of more than 20 points for the women, Ruiz takes aim at the podium.

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Established in 2012 and headquartered in Henrietta, New York, The Outdoor Group is parent company to the premier brands of Elite Archery, Duel Game Calls, Scott Archery, Custom Bow Equipment, Winner’s Choice Custom Bowstrings, Slick Trick Broadheads, Solid Broadheads, CAMX Crossbows, and Lynch Mob Calls.

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UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. — On Sunday afternoon, for the second time in three tournaments, Jamie Hartman claimed a Bassmaster Elite Series victory.

Both were special. But he couldn’t deny this one meant just a little more.

Fishing in his home state of New York, Hartman caught five bass that weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces Sunday and jumped from fourth place into the winner’s spot at the SiteOne Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake with a four-day total of 80-13.

After all the bass had been weighed, Hartman carried the blue trophy into a boisterous crowd of fans who were eager to hug and high-five their hometown favorite. It was a stark contrast to the celebration he was basically denied when he earned his first victory two months ago at Lake Guntersville and a severe thunderstorm rolled through just as he was handed the trophy.

“It just couldn’t be any better than this,” Hartman said. “For it to happen right here in my home state with all of my family here, it’s incredibly special.

“This is where my heart is. It’ll be hard to top this — ever.”

Hartman was one of the few anglers all week whose trajectory was consistently headed upward. He caught 16-14 Thursday, 19-9 Friday, 22-2 Saturday and 22-4 Sunday.

He spent all week fishing with two baits — a 4.75-inch Synth Worm from Riot Baits in green pumpkin neon on a drop-shot rig and a shad-colored crankbait he said is no longer in production.

He said his weights went up every day because he slowly learned the sweet spots of the area he was fishing on the North end of the lake.

“I had found a place on the South end during practice that was just loaded with them,” he said. “That’s where I started, and they just weren’t in there. I left there with only about 14 pounds and went back up to one little area of grass I found back up North.

“I decided to stick with that the rest of the week, and I learned which parts of it I needed to be fishing and which ones I didn’t have to bother with.”

Hartman said the green pumpkin neon pattern, which is a two-toned worm with green pumpkin on one side and chartreuse on the other, seemed perfect for the water color at Cayuga. He dyed the tail chartreuse to add even more color.

His crankbait bite was best when there was at least a little wind blowing. So, when he found slick calm conditions Sunday morning, he panicked and decided to run to the South end of the lake in an effort to catch one more big bass fishing boat docks.

After fishing 15 docks without a bite, he ran back North.

“As I was running to the South end, I could see that wind was finally putting a little bit of a ripple on the water,” Hartman said. “I started to just turn around and go right back to fish the crankbait. But I knew I would be able to tell pretty fast if the dock bite was happening — and it wasn’t.”

His decision to leave the docks proved to be the right one as he quickly landed a 4-pounder on the crankbait that put him over the top.

“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “If I don’t make that run to the South — if I just stay where I was — maybe I don’t catch that 4-pounder. It worked out just right.”

Without that final big fish, Hartman would have come up short at the scales. His final total of 80-13 was just 10 ounces better than that of second-place angler Jeff Gustafson (80-3) and less than 2 pounds better than third-place pro Chris Zaldain (79-0).

Hartman’s second $100,000 first-place check of the season brought his career earnings with B.A.S.S. to just over $458,000. He only joined the Elite Series three years ago, and he missed several tournaments last season with back issues.

“The first win was awesome, coming back after everything that happened last year,” Hartman said. “I had missed everything that I had worked so hard for my whole life.

“This is all I’ve ever wanted to do — and to have this happen here today in New York, is literally my dream coming true.”

The Phoenix Boats Big Bass award of $1,500 went to Derek Hudnall for the 8 pound, 1 ounce giant he landed on Day 1 of the tournament.

Hartman earned $3,000 in Toyota Bonus Bucks for being the highest placing angler to drive a Toyota, while Brandon Lester earned an extra $2,000 for being the second highest-placing pro to drive a Toyota.

2019 Bassmaster Elite At Cayuga Lake Title Sponsor: SiteOne

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Talon, Triton Boats, Yamaha,

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, Carhartt, Lowrance, Mossy Oak Fishing, T-H Marine

2019 Bassmaster Elite At Cayuga Lake Local Host: Village of Union Springs

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 510,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (, television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Open Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

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NORWALK, Conn.– Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Norwalk Boat Show and Freedom Boat Club Connecticut offer a choice of two fun on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves, from Thursday, September 19, through Sunday, September 22, at the show’s waterfront location at the Norwalk Cove Marina at 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road, East Norwalk.

Both the Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves courses are three hours long and affordably priced at $149 per person – student’s admission to the boat show is included. Intro to Boating covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation. It’s offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The ladies-only course, Women Making Waves, offers the same curriculum and is the perfect opportunity to spend half a day learning boat-handling techniques in a supportive environment. It’s also offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructor.

The goal of the BoatUS Foundation, Norwalk Boat Show and Freedom Boat Club courses is to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more accessible. The courses also offer area residents the chance to try out recreational boating and give boaters the opportunity to brush up on their boat-handling skills.

Space is limited. Must be 21 years or older. To sign up for a course or seek out others, go to


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About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 36 free state courses – can be found at

About Freedom Boat Club:

Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and headquartered in Venice, FL., is the world’s oldest and largest boat club with 195+ locations in 31+ states, Canada, and Europe. The club services more than 20,000 memberships representing over 40,000 members, and sports a fleet of more than 2,000 boats. More information about Freedom Boat Club and membership opportunities can be found at

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