Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Supporters, Partners and Friends:

National-Assembly-of-Sportsmens-Caucuses-ColoradoThe National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses invites you to attend Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol in Denver on Thursday, April 20th. Sportsmen’s Day provides an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to hunting, fishing, the shooting sports as well as the Centennial State’s fish, wildlife and land resources by joining together with allied individuals and organizations in support of Colorado’s outdoor heritage. Thanks once again to the efforts of the Colorado Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chairs, interested sportsmen’s organizations will have an opportunity to host informational booths and tables on the first floor of the Capitol. In addition, the Sportsmen’s Caucus will also host a hot dog picnic and wild game feed on the East lawn of the Capitol.
** Please wear camo and/or blaze orange to show your support for Colorado’s outdoor traditions **
Find additional information and instructions below. Organizations, businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol are encouraged to contact andy@sportsmenslink.org.


Why is it so important for you and members of your community to attend this year’s Public Lands Rally? 
Whether you are a hunter, hiker, angler, bird watcher, horseback rider, camper or just enjoy New Mexico’s beauty, our environment, national parks, monuments and forests we want to encourage you to come out our public lands rally! We’ve got a wide variety of speakers representing New Mexico’s diverse communities and this is great way to learn about issues impacting public lands and our environment and how you can make a difference at the local, state and federal level.

This year’s rally is really important and timely because our Public Lands are under  attack—We are seeing a range of issues from folks like those in Utah at the state and federal level trying to transfer federal public lands to the states or private interests to be parceled, developed or sold off, to increased fracking and mining, to trying to get the natural resources under these lands (and even under private lands), to some in congress trying to shrink or take away our national monuments. Also we are encountering a range of other issues like damage to sacred sites and petroglyph defacement, poaching, illegal dumping and being locked out of our public lands. All of these threats reduce access, integrity and opportunity for everyday New Mexicans and the public to enjoy these amazing lands that are part of our culture, history and identity as a nation and a state.


Public Lands Rally 

From Hope to Action: Making a Difference in Your Community and State

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017


New Mexico State Capitol

Full Agenda

11am How to Lobby for Our Public Lands 

Training on Public Advocacy at the State and Local Level 

(Rio Chama Restaurant, President’s Room) 


1pm: Nuestras Voces, Nuestra Tierra: Voices from New Mexico’s Communities 

What do Land Grant Heirs, Tribal Youth, Cattle Permittees, Military Veterans, Sportsmen and Women, State Legislators, Environmental Advocates, and Faith Leaders have in Common? Come Find Out! 

(New Mexico Sate Capitol Rotunda) 


2:30pm New Mexico Wildlife Federation After Party: Celebrating New Mexico’s Lands and Culture 

Come for free food, drinks, fun and prizes and giveaways

(Second Street Brewery @ the Railyard)

Made in the USA, St. Croix blanks are the foundational pieces for creating elite custom rods


Diehard custom rod builders are true geeks, not freaks. Like a sculptor consumed in concept and covered in clay, rod builders endeavor to create perfectly functioning tools that double as works of art – their masterpieces hung with pride above the mantle between fishing trips.

So why go through the trouble of handcrafting a custom rod when a heritage company like St. Croix already builds the “Best Rods on Earth”? Just ask Tom Kirkman, a pedigreed rod builder from High Point, North Carolina. He’s not only been crafting custom rods since the 1970’s, Kirkman also publishes RodMaker, a bimonthly specialty magazine, and produces the International Custom Rod Building Exposition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


“Sure, there’s the aesthetics alone of a custom-built rod, with wraps offered in every color scheme; after all, cars are painted all different colors to suit each person,” says Kirkman. “But the real reason is most manufactured rods are to be one size fits all. But an angler may desire a handle with a different diameter, or, perhaps, someone fishes a technique differently than the average Joe, and needs a rod to perform differently. And the list can go on and on.  

“But basically, it’s because the most passionate people in any sport desire customized tools to fit their needs. And, while there are a lot of blank manufactures out there, St. Croix is one of the most highly respected.”


How has that respect been earned? St. Croix offers both hardcore and hobbyist rod-builders nearly every blank used in the USA factory-produced rods. That means you can craft a personalized rod knowing that exclusive St. Croix technologies have your back…and blank. So go ahead and wrap those guides in Chicago Cub blue or Packer green and gold and know that despite the fanaticism, the rod will fish like a pro.  


And if you want to see how pros fashion blanks and build finished rods, St. Croix encourages you to take a Factory Tour. “St. Croix is the last bastion when it comes to manufacturing rod blanks in the United States,” says Director of Marketing Jesse Simpkins. “It’s the pride that goes into creating the technology, as well as the engineering to make it come together and then the actual manufacturing process. Every employee here truly cares about building the perfect rod, whether we finish it here, or the blank is customized by someone else.”

Whether you’re going to construct a rod from scratch yourself, or hire a custom rod-builder, just remember the blank is the foundation in which all great rods are built upon…so choose wisely.


St. Croix Proprietary Blank Technologies:



Developed exclusively by St. Croix, Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC®) tooling technology has rapidly become the engineering leader in rodmaking. Designed to eliminate all transitional points in the rod blank, IPC-engineered rods feature smoother actions, increased strength and greater sensitivity.



Advanced Reinforcing Technology™ (ART™) is an exotic carbon fiber material that adds a magnitude (10X) of strength with virtually no increase in blank diameter or weight. ART significantly improves the hoop strength of the blank by preventing it from deforming or “ovaling” under a severe load, such as a powerful hook set or fish battle. ART is also a critical part of our slim-profile ferrule design.



After several years of R&D and testing, St. Croix has perfected an innovative new Taper Enhancement Technology (TET) that begins with precision-cut, curved blank patterns made possible by a state-of-the-art computerized pattern cutting machine. When combined with IPC-mandrels, these unique patterns create blanks with better actions and improved sensitivity. This pattern design and cutting technology is a dramatic departure from traditional straight-line patterns cut by hand. TET is featured in SCV spinning and casting blanks.



St. Croix once again breaks new ground in premium rod manufacturing technology with the development of a new Fortified Resin System (FRS), which combines a fortified super resin with new computer operated curing ovens that provide improved temperature and time management through all stages of the curing cycle. FRS prevents microbuckling by keeping the carbon fibers in proper alignment. Blanks manufactured using this advanced manufacturing protocol test out consistently to be 33% stronger than those built with standard resins and curing methods. Blank series manufactured with FRS include all fresh- and saltwater SCV and SCIV.

About St. Croix Rod

St. Croix Rod is a family-owned and managed manufacturer of high-performance fishing rods headquartered in Park Falls, Wisconsin with a 68-year heritage of USA manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary technologies, St. Croix controls every step of the rod-making process, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned facilities. The company offers a complete line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods under their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Tournament®, Avid Series®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial and other trademarks through a global distribution network of full-service fishing tackle dealers. The company’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo series rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and built in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Founded in 1948 to manufacture jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis hardware store chain, St. Croix has grown to become the largest manufacturer of fishing rods in North America.

Rainy day rooster

Mouthful of Feathers

The old girl keeps plugging along, slow and steady. This wing-tipped rooster made the mistake of trying to hide instead of run. At a dead run in the thin grass he might have slipped away, but even now there is no hiding from her nose.

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How we got here

Critical Issue in the West and the Nation.

New Mexico Stream Access Coalition

Figuring out how the Stream Access Bill even got passed can be confusing. NMWF executive director Garrett Vene Klasen and deputy director Todd Leahy dive in.

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Well said brother. I certainly measure my time by how many hunting seasons I have left. From that perspective, the priorities emerge. Thank you and, have a great October. I’ve started mine on the water with 4 big bull redfish from southwest and red passes in the bird foot of the Miss River Delta, a giant jack crevale and red snapper to boot (released of course). Cheers.

Mouthful of Feathers

“It is easy to forget that in the main we die only seven times more slowly than our dogs,”

The Road Home, Jim Harrison


October is finite – not only in volume, but in reoccurrence.

In Idaho, October is the perfect month. The weather cools and the aspens start to drop their golden leaves. Brown trout move upstream to spawn, colored up like the aspens and hungry and edgy and mean. Sharp tail seasons line up with other upland species so the whole host of bird hunting is on the menu.

October is a marker for my years and sometimes it’s alarming how fast they tick past. Throwing out a pair of worn out boots I realize it’s been a dozen years since I bought them. Sorting boxes of factory pheasant loads with $9  price tags, I try to remember when you could buy Golden Pheasant loads for that price.

Fondly remembering a hunt with a…

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