The new Cabela’s National Walleye Tour will partner with Protect the Harvest (protecttheharvest.com) to help reach American farmers, ranchers and outdoorsmen in 2013. Started by Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas, Protect the Harvest was organized to bring a collective voice to American farmers who have recently come under fire from radical animal rights organizations trying to interfere with their way of life.

“This is a partnership we’re very proud of,” said National Walleye Tour Tournament Director Anthony Wright. “It’s an honor to join with Protect the Harvest and Forrest Lucas to spread the word and help preserve an important way of life for so many Americans.”

Lucas, who drove trucks in the Midwest before co-founding Lucas Oil with his wife Charlotte, knows how vital agriculture and ranching are to the American economy. He was called to action when one group in particular, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) came to Missouri, a state where Lucas raises cattle.

“The HSUS claims they are about animal welfare, but they are not,” Lucas said. “They don’t support animal shelters or any organizations like that. They tried to pass a puppy mill law that was worded so vaguely that these regulations would have effected more than illegal pet breeders, it would have also covered honest, hard-working people raising chickens, cattle and pigs.”

“Our focus in on educating America on what’s really happening out there and I’m happy to say that the word is spreading fast,” Lucas continued. “We will continue to safeguard American agriculture as long as the need is there.”

The all-new National Walleye Tour begins April 26, 2013, and includes a total of three qualifying events, plus a year-end championship. The NWT website is currently accepting registrations for all events online. The website offers numerous details on the circuit; including official rules, tournament structure, payout and incentives.

Each NWT event features over 100% payback. A fully rigged Ranger Boat, plus cash, is guaranteed for first place at each event – a total value of $57,000. Anglers that fish all three regular season events, in addition to the top points leaders, will qualify for the three day, entry-fee Championship.

The new circuit also includes unprecedented television and media coverage, allowing a national audience to watch the action unfold from each event throughout the season. Airing on multiple networks, the National Walleye Tour will be seen on The Texas Channel, World Fishing Network, Pursuit Channel, as well as the new NBC Sports Network.

For more details, anglers are encouraged to call 612-424-0708 or check out the new website at www.nationalwalleyetour.com. From here, site visitors can register for events, view the TV schedule and learn more about what’s in-store for 2013.

2013 Scheduled Events

  • April 26-27 – Red Wing, Minn. – Mississippi River
  • June 14-15 – Port Clinton, Ohio – Lake Erie
  • July 26-27 – Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Green Bay
  • Championship September 19-21 – Devils Lake, N.D. – Devils Lake

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