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SST Trucks to Race in SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas

Traxxas is the No. 1-selling Ready-to-Race® (RTR) nitro and electric Radio Control (R/C) company with vehicles in the truck, car, boat and helicopter categories. No company has done more than Traxxas to advance the RTR category with innovative thinking and fun designs that make it easy for anyone to get started with the durability and performance of Traxxas radio controlled vehicles.

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Traxxas Returns as Official Series Partner for TORC 2014 Season

“Traxxas has a special passion for TORC,” says Loren Snyder, Director Special Operations. “Short-course racing has inspired a generation of innovation and fun new products for Traxxas and our close connection with the fans is something that can’t be duplicated anywhere else. We are pleased and excited to continue our investment in TORC as Official Series Sponsor. TORC is energized with new energy, new venues, and as always the most intense short-course off road racing action. We are looking forward to the positive exposure TORC brings to Traxxas and the fun new radio controlled vehicles the racing inspires.”

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Top Hunting and Shooting Equipment Brands for 2013

Top rifle brand:  Savage
Top shotgun brand:  Remington
Top muzzleloader brand:  Thompson Center
Top handgun brand:  Tie: Ruger and Smith & Wesson
Top crossbow brand:  Barnett
Top air rifle brand:  Daisy
Top rifle ammunition brand:  Remington
Top shotgun ammunition brand:  Winchester
Top handgun ammunition brand:  Winchester
Top blackpowder brand: Pyrodex
Top balls, bullets, or shot brand:  Hornady
Top bow brand:  Matthews
Top broadhead brand:  Rage
Top bow case brand:  Plano
Top archery sight brand:  Truglo
Top decoy brand:  Flambeau
Top game call brand: Primos
Top reloading die brand:  Lee Precision
Top reloading bullet brand:  Hornady
Top reloading primer brand:  CCI
Top reloading powder brand:  Hodgdon
Top reloading shot brand:  Lawrence
Top scope brand for firearms: Nikon
Top scope accessory brand:  Leupold
Top binocular brand:  Bushnell
Top spotting scope brand: Bushnell
Top range finder brand:  Bushnell
Top boot brand:  Rocky
Top bi-pod and shooting stick brand: Primos
Top GPS device brand:  Garmin
Top game feeder brand:  Moultrie
Top food plot seed brand:  Whitetail Institute
Top knife brand:  Buck
Top cover scent brand:  Wildlife Research Center
Top lure scent brand: Tinks
Top odor eliminator brand:  Scent-A-Way
Top tree stand brand:  Ameristep & Summit
Top trail camera brand:  Moultrie
Top shooting target brand:  Shoot-N-C
Top safety equipment brand:  Remington
Top clay brand: White Flyer
Top trap and throwing device brand:  Champion
Top holster brand:  Blackhawk
Top gun cleaning supply brand:  Hoppes
Top gun safe brand:  Stack-on
Top choke tube brand:  Remington
Top magazine brand:  Magpul

The list above is only a portion of all hunting and shooting categories tracked by Southwick Associates. Other types of information available include sales by caliber and gauge, percentage of sales occurring at different types of retailers, total spending per category, average prices, and demographics for hunters and shooters buying specific products. Additional participation information is available including total days spent afield by hunters and shooters, type of hunting and shooting enjoyed and preferred species and places to shoot.

AnglerSurvey.com, HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com help the outdoor industry, fisheries and wildlife officials and sportsmen’s organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. Conducted by Southwick Associates, survey results are scientifically analyzed to reflect the attitudes and habits of anglers and hunters across the United States. Follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/huntersurvey and http://facebook.com/anglersurvey or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AnglerSurvey and https://twitter.com/#!/HunterSurvey.

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How Cold is Too Cold for Hunters?

The survey divided hunters into six regional groups: Great Lakes States, Northeast States, Northern Plains States, South Central States, Southeast States and Western States in order to best gauge how hunters in different parts of the country to react to cold weather. Hunters polled were asked “at what temperature did it become too cold to hunt”. The findings were interesting.

There are indeed some fair weather hunters out there. Organized by region, the percentage of polled hunters who say it is too cold to hunt as temps fall to between 21 and 30 degrees were:

Great Lakes States                          3 percent
Northeast States                             5 percent
Northern Plains States                     3 percent
South Central States                      10 percent
Southeast States                             9 percent
Western States                               8 percent

By the time temperatures have fallen between 1 and 10 degrees, the percentage of hunters who choose to stay inside are:
Great Lakes States                          31 percent
Northeast States                            40 percent
Northern Plains States                    18 percent
South Central States                       51 percent
Southeast States                            52 percent
Western States                              36 percent

But the tipping point seems to be 0 degrees when across every region except the Northern Plains states an additional 25 to 32 percent of hunters report it is too cold to hunt. In the Northern Plains, another 21 percent, are choosing a warm fire over a cold deer stand or predator setup.

“Some of the findings are about what you would expect with hunters used to cold weather in the Northern states more willing to hunt in slightly colder temperatures than those hunters in the South where it rarely gets that cold,” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designs and conducts the surveys at HunterSurvey.com, ShooterSurvey.com and AnglerSurvey.com. “That being said, it isn’t until temperatures drop below zero that the majority of hunters nearly everywhere are ready to join their Southern brethren indoors for a hot breakfast.

Launched in 2006, AnglerSurvey.com, HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com help the outdoor equipment industry, government fisheries and wildlife officials and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. Survey results are scientifically analyzed to reflect the attitudes and habits of anglers and hunters across the United States. Follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/huntersurvey and http://facebook.com/anglersurvey or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AnglerSurvey and https://twitter.com/#!/HunterSurvey.

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AMERICANS' SUPPORT FOR MORE GUN CONTROL DROPS

"Americans have become more dissatisfied with gun laws over the past year, but this is attributable to a greater percentage who say gun laws are too strict, rather than not being strict enough," the poll concluded. "Americans' changing views could set the course for future gun law debates and legislation."

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