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Redlands, Calif., pro reaches milestone with recent FLW Series win

FLIPPIN, AR (April 3, 2009) With his victory in the FLW National Guard Western Series tournament at Arizona's Lake Havasu last weekend, Ranger Pro and former Forrest Wood Cup champion, Brent Ehrler, eclipsed the prestigious $1 million career earnings mark. The 32-year-old California native, in just his fourth season as a full-time tournament angler, joins the long list of Ranger luminaries such as Scott Suggs, Clark Wendlandt, Dion Hibdon and others who have won more than $1 million in tour-level competitions.

Erhler's remarkable climb into the $1 million club came in spite of dealing with the sudden and painful loss of several friends who died in a plane crash just prior to the Lake Havasu event. Though dealing with the tragedy, Ehrler decided to compete in the event – a decision that culminated with a dramatic 2-ounce, come-from-behind victory and a first-place payday in excess of $114,000.

"You know, I couldn't have done this without my friends and family," said Ehrler. "Winning this was huge for me. It was really hard to focus. But in the end, this meant more than anything."

In addition to capturing Angler of the Year honors on the FLW Tour and competing for a second Forrest Wood Cup championship, Ehrler's next goal will be to join fellow Ranger Pro Staff members George Cochran, Denny Brauer, Peter Thliveros and David Dudley in the exclusive $2 million club.

"We've been fortunate to be blessed with such a talented, successful and honorable pro staff. From the beginnings of our company, their involvement and feedback have been prominent in our success as a brand. It's why we and our founder, Forrest L. Wood, have always been so committed to anglers everywhere," said Ranger Boat President, Randy Hopper. "We send our sincerest congratulations to Brent for everything he has accomplished as a professional angler and thank him for the positive way he has represented himself and Ranger Boats as a professional angler."

Brent Ehrler Career Highlights:
2006 Forrest Win Cup Champion
2004 Stren Series Championship winner
3 Tour-level tournament wins
17 Top-10 Tour-level tournament finishes
2008 FLW Tour Angler of the Year runner up
2007 Ranger Cup winner
Currently 2nd place in World Rankings and leading the FLW Tour Angler of the Year points race

About Ranger Boats
Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest quality, strongest performing boats on the water.

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