News Archive 2013-2012

The Outdoor Group, Inc. to work with Texas-based White Wing Label

Blake and Sarah Leggett

The Outdoor Group, Inc. recently entered into an agreement with Texas-based White Wing Label for corporate/sporting sales/celebrity representation of their American-made sporting luggage product lines.

According to The Outdoor Group’s Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich, “I couldn’t be more pleased than to work with White Wing Label. Blake, Sarah and Brice Leggett took a tremendous risk by forming their company in 2009, the worst year of our country’s worst recession. Theirs was an uphill battle that required them to work harder, to work smarter, and work better. The rapid growth of White Wing Label is proof enough that hard work pays off. I’m looking very forward to working with them in 2014 and beyond. The fact that their 100% Made in America product line is so well received is secondary to the hope that their story brings to each of us.”

After retiring from 4 years in the rotary-wing division of the United States Air Force, the company’s President/CEO Blake Leggett formed Leggett Tactical, a manufacturing company servicing a variety of military contracts. In 2008, Leggett, his wife Sarah, and his brother Bryce created and launched the consumer travel division, White Wing Label. The company’s exponential growth reassures the Leggetts that there is a demand for high-quality, Made in America products.

“The products we bring to the table for the White Wing Label collection are easy to design,” said Leggett. “We love to travel, we are life-long sportsmen, and we are business men and women. The greatest response we have had from customers come from their recognition that our designs meet all of their requirements in luggage. We use a number 8 Duck Cotton which offers the best strength-to-weight ratio that we’ve found. All fabrics are custom dyed to our specifications and cut and sewn in our manufacturing facility. Our full grain English Bridle leather is vegetable tanned with no chromium added. The tanning process is important as it creates the most durable and best-looking leather on the market. Fittings are solid brass, zippers are military grade YKK, and our thread is a 138-bonded nylon, which is twice as strong as the industry standard. Our grommets are forged from steel, then coated with a brass finish. Why you ask? Steel for strength and brass for curb appeal. Even our bag liners are made from 400 denier nylon for strength and durability. We overlook nothing, and ensure all materials are assembled into the final product with precision. The result is that your bag will look better with frequent use and withstand the test of time.”

Svetich will also host the Leggetts as his guests on “The Sporting Life Show”… a national hunting/fishing radio show owned by The Outdoor Group, Inc. The Leggett’s are scheduled to interview on “The Sporting Life Show” Saturday November 30th at 11:40am Mountain Time. You can hear their interview on Talk Radio 630 KHOW in Denver, Colorado or on iHeartRadio from anywhere on any mobile device.

For more information on White Wing Label please visit them on their website at WhiteWingLabel.com or at their manufacturing facility at Paint Rock Road in Eden, Texas. Follow them on Facebook at Facebook.com/WhiteWingLabel.

Legendary Fisherman Larry Dahlberg
To Film Wahoo Tournament at Bimini Big Game Club

Larry Dahlberg

Larry Dahlberg, the legendary fisherman and television host of the award winning television show “The Hunt For Big Fish”, will be filming the annual Wahoo Smackdown fishing tournament at Bimini Big Game Club in the Bahamas. This year’s annual event is slated for November 21-23. Details about the tournament are available at BigGameClubBimini.com.

The Outdoor Group, Inc. Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich comments; “When I placed a call to Larry asking if he would be interested in filming his show at the legendary Bimini Big Game Club he paused for a moment then said, “I’ll be coming back from Musky fishing in western Minnesota so thawing out in the Bahamas sounds like a great idea!”

Larry began his professional fishing career on the Upper St. Croix River, bordering Minnesota and Wisconsin, at age 11 as a fly fishing guide for Smallmouth Bass. Over a half century and 80 odd countries later he’s currently the host of “The Hunt For Big Fish” on VS Network, currently in it’s 16th season.

Known internationally for his creation of the “Dahlberg Diver”, a unique fly design, Larry is also responsible for many other fishing innovations including the blank-thru off-set bait casting handle design, rod balancer and the popular jig and fly tying material Flashabou.

Larry has fished every ocean, and most major rivers including the Amazon, Orinoco, Parana, Nile, and Zambezi. He loves both fresh and saltwater fishing; claiming Muskies, Tarpon, Smallmouth, Steelheads, Tigerfish, Golden Dorados, Blue Marlin and Atlantic Salmon as his favorite species, and fly fishing and live baiting as his two preferred methods, with lures following a very close second.

In March of 1996 Larry was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame for his contributions to the world of fishing. In 1999 Larry was presented the most prestigious award from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), The Conservation Award. In 1990 Larry was awarded the prestigious Henshall Award by the Federation of Flyfisherman for his promotion of warm water Fly fishing.

Larry has won numerous OWAA awards for his work in Television and Video and has been nominated for two ACE awards. What most experts agree is most remarkable about Larry’s angling accomplishments is the broad range of species and techniques involved, which include monster class fish in a bewildering number of species caught on all categories of conventional gear as well as with fly rod or even live bait, in both fresh and saltwater.

Larry has been described by many as the best all around angler in the world. Fly Fisherman Magazine editor John Randolph has referred to Larry as the most successful “big fish” fly fisherman who has ever lived.

According to Neilson statistics, his popular television show, “The Hunt for Big Fish” is viewed by over 16,000,000 households each year in the USA alone. Visit Larry’s website at HuntForBigFish.com.

Craig Morgan Makes Big Splash at Bimini Big Game Club

When The Outdoor Group, Inc. reached out to country music star and TV host Craig Morgan, inviting him to participate in the Wahoo Smackdown II Tournament at the Bimini Big Game Club, the singer had no way of knowing what this legendary island in the Bahamas had to offer. Craig thought it might be a good idea to film his award winning “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” TV Show while on the island. As they say…the rest is history.

Craig joined a notable list of celebrity sportsmen that have made their way out to this “Big Game Fishing Capital of the World” since the 1930’s in pursuit of sport fish such as Wahoo, Marlin, Sailfish, Tarpon, Tuna, Dolphin, Permit, Bonefish, and Barracuda to name a few. Craig scored early on the first day of the tournament landing a 40 pound Wahoo from the cobalt blue waters of the storied Gulfstream and Florida Straits that surround Bimini Island. His catch helped to position the team on the leader board. Later that morning Craig hooked into an even larger fish that had broke the 80 pound wire leader as if it were made of dental floss.

The Outdoor Group, Inc. Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich commented; “It was great seeing Craig and his guests enjoying themselves on the Island. I was particularly pleased with how well the taping of his show went and the exciting footage that they were able to capture. I would highly suggest tuning into Craig’s show on Sundays at 11pm EST on the Outdoor Channel. There is a segment of the filming of this episode that you won’t want to miss. At this time I can only say that it has something to do with sharks!”

After the awards dinner Craig was generous to play his guitar and sing some of his hit songs for a large crowd that had gathered at a newly constructed covered outdoor bar just off the water’s edge. After each song the crowd chanted for more so Craig kept on playing. It truly was a magical evening for everyone under the moonlit night in the Bahamas.

For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit www.craigmorgan.com or follow him on Twitter@CMorganmusic.

To book a sportfishing trip of a lifetime at Bimini Big Game Club call, 800.867.4764.


The Outdoor Group, Inc. Secures Country Music Recording Artist
Craig Morgan to Film TV Show at Bimini Big Game Club

The Outdoor Group, Inc. was blessed to learn that country music recording artist Craig Morgan has accepted their invitation to film his award winning TV Show, “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” during the Smackdown II Wahoo fishing tournament being held at the legendary Bimini Big Game Club, Alice Town Bimini Bahamas February 21-23. “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” airs Sundays at 11pm EST on the Outdoor Channel.

Bob Svetich, Chairman/CEO of The Outdoor Group, Inc. comments; “I and the entire staff at Bimini Big Game Club are excited to have country music entertainer and TV host Craig Morgan join us to experience all that this legendary club and our Smackdown II Wahoo fishing tournament has to offer an avid outdoorsman as himself.”

Craig Morgan

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN:
One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits: “Bonfire”, “Almost Home”, “Redneck Yacht Club”, “That’s What I Love About Sunday”, “International Harvester” and “This Ole Boy”, the title track to his new album on Black River Entertainment. The project boasted a Top 5 album debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart when it released earlier this year and delivered Morgan’s latest hit, “More Trucks Than Cars”. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves. He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” and co-hosts “Field & Stream’s Total Outdoorsman Challenge”, both airing on the Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit www.craigmorgan.com or follow him on Twitter@CMorganmusic.

For more information or to register for the upcoming Smackdown II Wahoo fishing tournament at Bimini Big Game Club call 800.867.4764.

Actor Marshall Teague Big Hit at 2013 Weatherby Foundation
International Hunting and Conservation Award Dinner

When The Outdoor Group Inc. reached out to long-time Hollywood actor and hunting enthusiast Marshall Teague to learn if he would be interested in being the keynote speaker at this years event, they didn’t know what to expect based on the actor’s busy schedule. A few days later Bob Svetich Chairman/CEO of The Outdoor Group, Inc. received a call from Mr. Teague saying, “I would be honored to accept the invitation.”

Marshall Teague

Marshall Teague joins a long list of notable celebrities that have spoken at this prestigious event over the past 55 years. Mr. Teague honored the fine work that Weatherby has done including that of previous Weatherby Award winners for their individual hunting and conservation achievements. Mr. Teague, a retired Navy and police officer prior to becoming a veteran Hollywood actor, gave a captivating speech sharing with the several hundred in attendance about his passion for our military, our freedoms, second amendment rights, and his love for hunting. He also honored this year’s Weatherby award winner Mr. Tom Hammond. This year marks the 56th year that Weatherby has held their annual event. Mr. Tom Hammond was selected as the 2012 Weatherby Award winner. Mr. Hammond gave a heartwarming speech about his life, his family and his passion for hunting while growing up in Nebraska. You can view Mr. Hammond’s extraordinary achievements at http://www.weatherbyfoundation.com/2012-weatherby-award-winner.

This year’s recently held event was attended by industry professionals and hunting enthusiasts from around the world. Other notable guests included Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Wayne Lapierre. Mr. Lapierre was welcomed with a standing ovation and gave a speech about the current administrations position on gun control, and the NRA’s commitment to the second amendment. Retired Marine Colonel, writer, world hunter and conservationist Mr. Craig Boddington was the master of ceremonies.

Bob Svetich says, “I was honored to provide the keynote speaker for this year’s prestigious event. Meeting Mr. Tom Hammond and his wonderful family and friends along with talented actor Marshall Teague was truly a blessing. Additionally, it is always fun to reconnect with old friends that share in our common passion for this wonderful sport of hunting.”


The Outdoor Group, Inc. Secures Playboy Playmate

When The Outdoor Group, Inc. received a call from a client asking if they are able to book a Playboy Playmate for a planned sporting event the answer from Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich was without hesitation…”When and where do you need her”. Although this was the first request of its kind for the company, it shows the versatility and connectivity that client’s of The Outdoor Group, Inc. can depend on.

Shawn Dillon

Playboy Playmate Shawn Dillon, Miss February 2013 will join tournament anglers on Saturday February 23 at the upcoming Wahoo Smackdown II tournament at the legendary Bimini Big Game Club in the Bahamas. Shawn Dillon will be the official hostess of the Big Game Club’s upcoming fishing tournament, helping with the final weigh-ins, presenting trophies, posing for pictures and signing autographs for participating teams.“I’m a mermaid who loves being by the water more than anything,” says the searingly hot Sarasota, Florida native. “It’s where I feel happiest and most at peace. It’s like heaven to me”. Shawn, who has won major bikini competitions from Vegas to the Bahamas grew up fishing with three brothers, either on her uncle’s boat in Bimini or on the lake in their backyard. Also a surfer, a certified scuba diver and an avid wakeboarder, Shawn sports a subtly placed tattoo of a shark and scuba diver.“When I placed a call to Playboy for the request, I was immediately impressed with the level of professionalism and how they went about their business” says Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich. “Everything was handled like clockwork and in detail even down to assigning a personal chaperon for the Playmate”.Bimini’s location along the legendary Gulf Stream is at the apex of a superhighway for migrating fish. Deepwater game fish include marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and swordfish, while big grouper, barracuda and schools of snapper can be found on the reefs. Bimini’s flats are home to the fishermen’s favorite prey, bonefish and permit. With more than 50-record setting catches in the waters around the island, Bimini has earned its title of Sport Fishing Capital of the World.The Wahoo Smackdown II tournament is open to the public and is scheduled for February 21-23. For information and to register online go to www.BigGameClubBimini.com or call (800) 867-4767. The Outdoor Group Inc. Hosts Celebrity “Couples Sporting Retreat”The Outdoor Group, Inc. has announced they are hosting a “Couples Sporting Retreat” with long-time Hollywood actor Marshall Teague and wife Lindy. Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich comments; “We are truly blessed to have Marshall and Lindy join us on this exciting trip. They are personal friends which makes this an extra special trip for all of us”.

A 30+ year veteran of Hollywood, Marshall Teague is a proud retired Navy veteran that went on to serve as Deputy Sheriff in Memphis, TN before acting became his career. Marshall has appeared in over 37 featured films, 100 TV Shows, several soap operas, commercials, voice over and theater. TV Shows include 13 different “Walker TX Rangers”, “Babylon 5”, “Friday Night Lights”, most recently “Leverage”. Notable films include “Road House”, “Monte Walsh”, “Last Ounce of Courage”, and the 2013 comedy drama, “Divorce Texas Style”. Marshall is currently a member of the board of directors for the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, NRA member, and certified firearm training instructor. He has also been a notable participant in celebrity sport shooting events including the Charlton Heston Hollywood Celebrity Event, Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot, The Schwarzkopf Cup, and for the last several years the NRA Bianchi Cup amongst others.

The “Couples Sporting Retreat” will be held at America’s Most Versatile Destination Sporting Ranch, the Orvis Endorsed Flying B Ranch, www.FlyingBRanch.com. A very limited number of couples will have the opportunity to share their passion for hunting and fishing including other exciting activities with Hollywood actor Marshall Teague and wife Lindy at this remarkable venue. Reservations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. To request a slide show presentation about the event, please contact The Outdoor Group, Inc. Upcoming Trips


The Outdoor Group, Inc. Partners with Internationally Recognized Sculptor

The Outdoor Group, Inc. recently announced they have partnered with Jim Gilmore Art, an internationally recognized sculptor. Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich states; “We are honored to be partnered with Jim and make available his amazing bronzes for our clients and friends”.

Jim Gilmore

Jim Gilmore was born and raised on a cattle ranch in southern Colorado, where he continues to live. While growing up, he developed and early love for the surrounding mountains, Western and cowboy culture, and the wildlife that inhabit them. Combining this fascination with a life-long interest in art, Jim went from cattle rancher to full-time sculptor in 1985.

From Rancher to Sculptor, Jim believes an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and animal habits are very important qualities for animal sculptor. He continues to spend many days in the mountains researching and photographing wildlife and around the ranch with his horses and mules, which adds to his knowledge of the subjects he sculpts. For these reasons, his bronzes find ready acceptance by ranchers, cowboys, naturalists, sportsmen, and art collectors alike.

'Yukon Bull' 22”H x 28”L

Award Winning Sculptures, Jim’s efforts have been rewarded by repeat Best of Show awards at Safari Club International, the National Wildlife Art Show, and the NatureWorks Art Show. He has been commissioned to sculpt monumental sculptures, including a life-size bison and quarter size moose for Cabella’s, and by many individuals, universities, cities, and organizations, including Baylor University, Adams State College, NatureWorks, the city of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and the city of Black Hawk, Colorado.

Gifts


The Outdoor Group, Inc. Partners With Another World-Class Artisan

Stutzman Flyrod

The Outdoor Group, Inc. has just announced they have secured a working partnership agreement with STUTZMAN Hells Canyon Custom Rods. Ira Stutzman has raised the craft of custom rod building to an art form. And for those discerning anglers who choose a Stutzman Hells Canyon Custom Rod, they are patrons of that art. Art that is a delight to the eye, the hand, and most importantly on the water. A Stutzman rod is unique because it isn’t just a rod, but it’s a complete custom-balanced system built to your individual requirements for anglers of all types says co-owner Kim Stutzman.The Outdoor Group, Inc. Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich says; “I met Ira a few years ago at the Safari Club International convention and when I saw his custom rods I was amazed at the craftsmanship and attention to detail that Ira puts into every rod. They are truly works of art yet highly functional. I am very honored to be able to offer our discerning clients the opportunity to purchase these fine rods”. STUTZMAN Hells Canyon Rods all come with an unconditional lifetime warranty.

And for those who really want a unique gift just in time for the holidays, check out Ira Stutzman’s walking staffs. It doubles as a wading staff when you’re on the water. It becomes a monopod for your camera, and you can even store your cigar and keep it fresh for just that right moment. These staffs are your statement of style and utility.

Gifts


Introducing Vintage Sporting Collection Wines & Gifts

Lamborn Wines

The Outdoor Group, Inc. has announced the unveiling of their Vintage Sporting Collection Wines and Gifts just in time for the holiday season. “We are proud to partner with Lamborn Family Vineyards as producers of our Vintage Sporting Collection wines” says Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich of The Outdoor Group, Inc. Three generations of producing elegant Howell Mountain wines in Napa Valley, has earned this boutique winery high praise and accolades including recognition in The Robb Report. Howell’s Mountain volcanic soil, combined with its distinct mezzo climate, produces Zinfandels and Cabernet Sauvignons of the highest quality and intensity.

Classic Creations

In addition, The Outdoor Group, Inc. is now offering heirloom quality gift items that so elegantly depict the Sporting Lifestyle. Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich proudly states;“Partnering with world-class artisans is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to provide the highest quality products and elite services to a rarified sporting demographic. Our discerning clientele will love the craftsmanship, attention to detail and old world quality of these fine products, many of which are true collector items”.

Wines | Gifts


The Outdoor Group, Inc. Secures Hollywood Actor

Marshall Teague

The Outdoor Group, Inc. has announced they have recently secured long-time Hollywood actor Marshall Teague as the keynote speaker for the 2013 Weatherby Award Dinner. Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich comments; “We are truly blessed to have Marshall accept the invitation to be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Weatherby Foundation International Hunting and Conservation Award Dinner. Marshall and his wife Lindy are personal friends which makes this an extra special occasion for all of us. I am extremely honored to have such a reputable company as Weatherby reach out to us to secure the keynote for their prestigious event”. The 2012 Weatherby Award Winner is Thomas J. Hammond. You can learn about Mr. Hammond’s achievements and register to attend this gala event online at www.weatherbyfoundation.com.

A 30+ year veteran of Hollywood, Marshall Teague is a proud retired Navy veteran that went on to serve as Deputy Sheriff in Memphis, TN before acting became his career. Marshall has appeared in over 37 featured films, 100 TV Shows, several soap operas, commercials, voice over and theater. TV Shows include 13 different “Walker TX Rangers”, “Babylon 5”, “Friday Night Lights”, most recently “Leverage”. Notable films include “Road House”, “Monte Walsh”, “Last Ounce of Courage”, and the 2013 comedy drama, “Divorce Texas Style”. Marshall is currently a member of the board of directors for the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, NRA member, and certified firearm training instructor. He has also been a notable participant in celebrity sport shooting events including the Charlton Heston Hollywood Celebrity Event, Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot, The Schwarzkopf Cup, and for the last several years the NRA Bianchi Cup amongst others.

StarGaze Multi-Media, a division of The Outdoor Group, Inc. secures celebrity talent for notable outdoor companies and high-end sporting venues seeking passionate celebrity sporting enthusiasts as spokespersons, keynote speakers, and for commercial projects and special events. Click here “Services” to learn more about what we offer.

Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich invited to be Keynote Speaker at ICAST

The World’s Largest Sportfishing Trade Show Lives Up to Its Reputation – The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida was the location for this year’s ICAST Show, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show held July 11-13. From exhibitors to buyers to outdoor media, 9,000 representatives from the global sportfishing community converged at the 55th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), represents the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, driving sportfishing companies product sales year round and is the showcase for the latest innovations in gear and accessories.

ICAST Director Ken Andres invited The Keer Group, an affiliate of The Outdoor Group, Inc. to conduct two presentations at the shows business seminars of which Bob Svetich was asked to be a presenter at both seminars including the 50 Ideas in 50 Minutes to Enhance Your Business seminar, and a second presentation the following day entitled, Boost Sales with Special Events.

ICAST Show 2012

ICAST Show 2012

The panel of presenters for the first day’s seminar included Tom and Angela Keer President/Vice President of The Keer Group, Bob Svetich, Chairman/CEO of The Outdoor Group, Inc., Alex Brooks Managing Partner of Brookmark Research Services, and Peter Jenkins Owner of EdgeAngling.com. The full room of attendees acknowledged the presenting panel with a loud round of applause at the conclusion of their presentation. In the second seminar it was Tom Keer and Bob Svetich teaming up to deliver insightful information to a group of passionate fishing industry business owners.

ASA President and CEO, Mike Nussman reports that this year’s show attendance is up 23 percent and buyer attendance is up 25 percent over last year. Everyone’s already looking forward to next year’s ICAST 2013 being held July 10-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

My Memorable Trip to the Flying B Ranch

Flying over the farm fields of northwestern Idaho as my plane was making its final approach into the Lewiston airport, my thoughts turned to prior conversations I had with the General Manager Joseph Peterson, and Lodge Manager Scott Van Winkle. Although I’ve heard a great deal about this Orvis Endorsed sporting venue, this would be my first trip to experience this legendary lodge first-hand. I was making this trip to familiarize myself with the overall operation and to meet the staff that I heard so much about.

Nestled in North Central Idaho’s Lawyer Creek Canyon, this 5000 acre ranch lies just outside Kamiah, ID with permits to outfit in 740,000 acres of the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests of North Central Idaho. The 14,000 square foot lodge boasts 14 rooms with the capacity to sleep 24. You’ll enjoy rustic luxury and spacious private rooms each with private baths, TV, and telephone. Wireless internet is available throughout the lodge, including a desktop computer located in the entertainment room. There’s a comfortable lounge equipped with a full-size pool table and big screen TV. After a day afield or on the water, you can relax in the soothing Jacuzzi or Sauna. Dinner at the Flying B Ranch is truly special when Chef Ryan Nelson prepares gourmet meals including for those with special requirements. You’ll love the local and fine wines that are featured at dinner as well.

Beyond the superb lodging amenities, what brings the clients back year after year to the Flying B Ranch is the tremendous hunting and fishing opportunities and the staff that makes your trip memorable in every way. The Flying B Ranch is proud to claim the title of “North America’s Most Versatile Outdoor Outfitter” and I can tell you that this is an accurate statement. Hunting and fishing enthusiasts alike can choose from a number of activities commensurate with seasonal dates for particular game species. Wingshooter’s will enjoy a mix no bag limit of Pheasant, Hungarian Partridge, Quail, and Chukar including a CAST & BLAST package combining wingshooting and steelhead fishing. Then for a real treat experience what some believe to be the most sporting free-range upland game birds in the world, High Mountain Grouse. Blue and Ruffed grouse flourish in the mountain ranges surrounding the Flying B Ranch for your chance to fill limits of both species. Imagine this type of wingshooting over the ranches well trained German Shorthairs and English Pointers or your own canine companion that the Flying B welcomes you to bring along.

If fishing is your passion, the Flying B Ranch can put you on Steelhead weighing over twenty pounds from October 1st through March 15th. You’ll fish the Clearwater River, a nationally recognized fishery and depending on the time of year using a variety of gear including spin tackle, traditional fly rod, or spey rod equipment. Salmon fishing is also excellent in May and June with morning hours being the best time to hook-up. I was there in mid June and was guided by Rich Coe who knew the river as well as anyone including fishing techniques that put fish in the boat. We floated down the river until we came to one of Rich’s favorite spots.

12 lb Chinook salmon

Once we anchored the boat to one side of the river, we cast out into the flow in order for our offering to drift down in front of some hungry salmon that we were hoping were there. It wasn’t long before we got our first hook-up and I was on the other end of what turned out to be a twelve pound Chinook salmon. Since the limit is one salmon per day per fisherman, Rich got into the act next and a few minutes later landed another nice Chinook weighing in at a respectable ten pounds. In my humble opinion, the only thing better than catching these wonderful fish is eating them. For those who love the adventure of backcountry fly-fishing for Cutthroat Trout, you’ll experience a short horseback ride to a deluxe backcountry campsite with wall tents, wood floors, running water, hot showers, comfortable sleeping and excellent cuisine. Over twenty-seven miles of unspoiled catch-and-release fishing water awaits you. These trips fill up fast and are conducted throughout the months of July and August.

For families and corporate retreats, the Flying B Ranch offers optional packages to enjoy including whitewater rafting, river float trips, whitewater jet boat tours, horseback riding, sporting clays, and jeep and helicopter tours. Did I mention that the Flying B Ranch is “North America’s Most Versatile Outdoor Outfitter”? Corporate groups have at their disposal a conference room that is well equipped with the latest in technology for providing quality presentations for a successful business retreat.

At the beginning of this article I mentioned that I was visiting the Flying B Ranch to learn about their operation and their staff as I heard so much about them. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to visit many world-class venues including being a managing partner at an Orvis Endorsed venue here in the states and I can honestly say that the staff at the Flying B Ranch is the most experienced, knowledgeable and willing staff I have ever had the pleasure of being around. From the staff person picking me up at the airport, to the guides including Jeremi Syron whom I had the pleasure of spending an entire day with baiting some of their bear sites, to Karen Syron (Accounting/HR Mgr.) and of course Joseph Peterson (GM) and Scott Van Winkle (Lodge Mgr.), the entire staff treats everyone like a family member which is how they view all their guests.

I highly recommend booking a trip at Flying B Ranch and experience for yourself why “North America’s Most Versatile Outdoor Outfitter” is exactly that.

To book a truly memorable outdoor adventure at the Flying B Ranch, call
The Outdoor Group, Inc. today at 970.593.2938.

The Outdoor Group, Inc. is building a Great Team!

July 2012 – Please welcome the newest addition to our team – Heather Lipana

June 2012 – The Outdoor Group, Inc. is proud to announce a new addition to our team –
Jane B. Martin

Flying B Ranch

The Outdoor Group, Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of a new client, Flying B Ranch flyingbranch.com.

This world-class sporting venue is North America’s most versatile Orvis Endorsed hunting and fishing lodge and offers a myriad of activities from big-game hunting, to family fly-fishing trips, wingshooting, cast & blast, CME retreats, and helicopter tours. Nestled in North Central Idaho’s Lawyer Creek Canyon, this 5,000 acre ranch lies just outside of Kamiah, ID with permits to outfit in 740,000 acres of the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests of North Central Idaho.

Central to any outdoor adventure at the Flying B Ranch is their 14,000 square foot lodge. The lodge boasts 14 rooms with the capacity to sleep 24. You will enjoy rustic luxury at its finest including a spacious private room each with private bath, TV, and telephone. Wireless internet is available throughout the lodge including a desk top computer located in the entertainment room. Enjoy delicious gourmet meals and cocktails in their comfortable lounge equipped with a full-size pool table and big screen TV. Local fine wines are featured at dinner and special dietary request are happily provided. After dinner, you can take a dip in their soothing Jacuzzi or relax in the sauna.

Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich comments;

“We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with the professional staff at Flying B Ranch. There are few sporting venues in the world that offer such variety and number of activities for the entire family. I’m really excited about their new helicopter package. Folks can now customize their trips to include wine and historical tours! We at The Outdoor Group, Inc. look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with this world-class venue”.

Whether you are looking for a group retreat or that customized trip-of-a-lifetime, call your luxury sporting travel concierge, The Outdoor Group, Inc., to book your ultimate outdoor and wilderness adventure.

Bimini Big Game Club Ink’s Pact

The Outdoor Group, Inc. and world renowned Bimini Big Game Club announces a strategic partnership to bring Celebrities back to Bimini biggameclubbimini.com. In 1936 “Bimini Big Game Fishing Club” was born and organized sporfishing tournaments that brought sportsmen from around the world to this historic venue. It was the likes of legendary fishermen and noted Celebrity sportsmen Zane Grey, Howard Hughes, and Ernest Hemmingway that popularized Bimini as a “Celebrity Playground” and “Big Game Fishing Capital of the World”.

Today Bimini remains a popular destination for recreational sportfishermen, boating, and family recreational activities. Bonefishing has always been popular at Bimini as the “Big Bones” of Bimini stories are legendary. Also popular is the year-round recreational diving in the gin-clear waters surrounding Bimini, so much so that this dive site is consistently ranked one of the world’s top diving destinations. Family activities include billiards, ping pong, fresh water pool, fishing, diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, eco tours, and many other activities.

Guests have several choices in accommodations at Bimini, from hideaway cottages, to spacious rooms, to luxury suites. For those seeking local souvenirs, shopping in Alice Town at the Straw Market complex is a must. Bimini’s location to the United States makes it a perfect getaway located approximately 47 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida.

Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich writes; “We are humbled and honored to have the opportunity to partner with such a legendary sporting venue as Bimini Big Game Club. Our company looks forward to reintroducing celebrities to this historic club by hosting several celebrity events and trips”.

For a fun and relaxing adventure close to home with white sandy beaches and clear emerald blue waters of Bimini, call your luxury sporting travel concierge, The Outdoor Group, Inc. to arrange your island getaway.

Honey Lake Plantation Resort and Spa

L to R, Richard Jordan, Bob, Wayne Galloway

The Outdoor Group, Inc. recently joined a group of celebrities and industry leaders at the world-class Honey Lake Plantation Resort & Spa. I was honored to host the Christian Sportsmen’s Fellowship organization represented by their President Richard Jordan and Media Director Wayne Galloway. Also joining us were Michael Williamson and his celebrity guest and former NFL Quarterback Steve Bartkowski, Editor of Sporting Classics magazine Chuck Wechsler, and his Advertising Director Brian Raley, President of The Keer Group, Tom Keer, and the owners and gracious hosts of Honey Lake Plantation Resort & Spa Bob and Jon Williamson.

Steve Bartkowski

This four day trip was filled with great quail hunting over exceptionally well trained dogs along with their trainers who also doubled as our guides. The well managed habitat, hard flying birds, professional staff, food, and lodging were top shelf in every way. And the fishing…oh my! We caught more Largemouth Bass and Bream than I can count from the lakes and ponds right there on the plantation. Just take a look at this 8 lb. Largemouth Bass that Steve Bartkowski landed. We also honed our shooting skills at their beautifully built trap and skeet range. Below Tom Keer, Chuck Wechler and Brian Raley enjoy a great day of shooting.

Tom Keer

Chuck Wechsler

Brian Raley