NOVEMBER 21, 2022

Letter from the Editor

It's my favorite time of the year! The rut is on in many parts of the country!

I hope you are busy chasing your wild game of choice this season with your friends, family, or alone - if that suits you. Hunting can and is something unique to every one of us. Maybe it's your time to push your fitness, mental toughness, or shooting ability. Maybe it's coveted time with your family, or hunting is your scheduled alone time you need to rest, reset, and regroup for the life you live outside of the woods. No matter, hunting can be just about anything to anyone - so long as we ensure it is available to everyone.

If you have questions or concerns or want to chat, don't hesitate to contact me at

Wendy, Allie, and I wish your family the best this Thanksgiving. We hope you have a great hunt.

Happy Thanksgiving,



By Luke Thorkildsen - Board Member, The Mule Deer Foundation

Hunting internationally can be a very rewarding experience and it can be a very scary and potentially dangerous experience. I’ve been very blessed to get to spend time chasing game in several countries and would love to share some tips that I’ve learned along the way.

Booking a hunt

Once you have decided that you want to set up an international hunt, you will need to book through an outfitter. There are very few DIY international hunts available and if you are game for that, you are probably not reading this.

It is important to know how, what, and who you are paying. Most outfitters and hunt brokers are going to ask for a deposit of approximately 50% of the hunt value at booking. The balance will need to be paid prior to leaving for your trip. Unfortunately there are a few bad apples out there booking hunts so do you best to find referrals and as much information as you can about the hunt and outfitter before paying any money.

If booking directly with the outfitter they will usually have a contract that you need to read and agree to that outlines the obligations for each party.

A broker will also have a contract of some kind and will try to make the process a little easier. I was on a hunt recently in Kyrgystan that was booked through a US based hunt broker. He was very accommodating before the hunt and everything seemed great. However, he had not paid his Kyrgyzstan based partner/outfitter prior to our arrival. This made for a series of bad events that led to a friend losing a lot of money and a missed opportunity for his dream Marco Polo hunt.

If booking a hunt through a broker, I strongly recommend that you insist on getting in touch with the actual outfitter/guide that is going to be with you while you are hunting. Sometimes the broker may not want to share that information, but you should reference the situation above where everything seemed great but the third party broker was actually playing both sides. Ask the guide/outfitter if they have been paid by the broker and if there are any open issues that need to be resolved prior to your arrival.


Preparing for the hunt

Most reputable outfitters will have a complete gear list of things you need to bring. These can often seem like overkill, but I do recommend that you follow the recommendations and ask questions about any gear that seems outlandish. Sometimes there is very good reasons to bring items that seem odd.

To bring your own firearm oversees you are going to need a CBP Form 4457. This is a certificate for personal effects taken abroad. The form will describe your firearm make, model, and caliber with it’s serial number. This is to prove to customs that you left the US with a firearm and are now returing with that same firearm. I reccommend that you get this form before you depart for your trip. Some airports CBP agents will easily issue this form at your departure but it will add time and complexity before your departure. Contact the local CBP office to find out what the best plan for you geography is.

The outfitter/broker should help you with any necessary import permits required in the country you are planning to visit. Make plans and expect something to go wrong. On a trip to Argentina, my shotguns did not make it on the first day of the trip due to airline delays, but the lodge had loaners available and I did not miss any hunting action.

Make sure you bring what you tell your outfitter you are bringing. Remember that no other country has the freedom that we enjoy, especially around firearms. Don’t decide at the last minute to bring a different rifle or different cartridge than what you have an import permit for.

Go through every item that you bring with a fine tooth comb to make sure that there are no surprises. On my trip to Kyrgyzstan my hunting partner had declared that he was bringing in a 300 WBY rifle and ammunition and was permitted accordingly. Upon entering the country, both our gear and our bodies had to pass through a metal detector. Our ammo was in a separate locked container, but my 300 WBY friend had a surprise in the form of a 6.5 WBY RPM cartridge in his rain jacket. All of the sudden the customs agents got very alarmed and our local fixer said this was a serious problem. It is hard to say if that was really a serious problem or not because after 15 minutes of debate and panic with our fixer he said that this was a problem that $100 USD can fix. I’ve heard of other problems in other country that can be fixed with some good old US Dollars. Of course it is best to avoid issues but make sure you keep some cash in multiple denominations on your body while traveling in case you need to grease some “problems”.

Plan to bring your trophy home. This is not an fast process and I recommend that you contact a CITES broker prior to your departure so they can work with getting your trophy home. It can be time consuming. Most international species are going to need a vet certificate and adequate drying time before you can even begin the paperwork process of importing to the USA.

Traveling to the hunt

Pack as efficiently as possible, but also try to make the trip enjoyable. I love my Schnee’s boots but I don’t like wearing them while traveling. I prefer to wear shoes that I can easily and comfortably take on and off at security checkpoints. Try not to dress like a hunter. While dressing like a hunter here in the US is 100% awesome, in other places it can make you a target since most people coming into hunt will have cash on them for tips.

Your outfitter should arrange a translator/fixer for you that will be waiting at customs for you. These people are typically very nice and helpful. Be kind to them and let them know if you have any questions or special needs.

During the hunt

The number one thing is to have fun. Try to forget the stress of planning and traveling to get to where you are going. Enjoy every moment. As much as is appropriate, try to enjoy the local food and culture for where you are visiting.

Don’t do anything you are not comfortable with. I was on a driven hunt in Germany a few years ago and was told to shoot at a wild hog that was directly in line with the drivers. I was not comfortable with pointing guns towards people and they locas did not understand that.

You are paying for the hunt, and in many cases saved up for a long time to pull it off. Don’t be afraid to remind the guides that you are the customer if they get pushy with you.

Tipping - this can be vary from place to place so make sure you ask your outfitter ahead of time so you know what to expect and can plan accordingly - budget approximately 10% of the hunt cost for tips.


From epic wingshooting in Argentina, to chasing Ibex in Spain, to plains game in Africa, and many other adventures, hunting internationally can give you so many different amazing hunt experiences. Go with a friend and find the adventure of a lifetime. Trust your instincts and do your research on guides and outfitters. Even though a close friend of mine got burned, i would still recommend that you give it a shot and plan an adventure. I can’t wait for mine. Canadian moose is calling my name next fall!

Luke Thorkildsen is the Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Product Development at Weatherby. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mule Deer Foundation. He's made a great career in the outdoor industry working with some amazing brands. He was the VP of Sales, Marketing, and Product Development at Walther Arms, Product Development at Bear Archery and Director of Product Management at Coleman the Outdoor Company. Luke is an avid adventurer. He loves spending time outdoors with his wife of 19 years and his 4 kids. When he's not at the range or hunting you can find him up in the mountains on a motorcycle exploring trails or riding hard enduro. He's passionate about the outdoor industry and loves getting people involved.

The Voice of Leadership Panel is an appointed group of outdoor industry leaders who have volunteered to contribute their voices on crucial hunting and outdoor recreation issues to inform, inspire, and educate participants within our community.

Ryan Brown - Executive Director, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
Ryan Hoover, Director, Handgun Hunters International, LLC
John Miller - Founder and Director, Association of African American Sportsmen
Courtney Nicolson - Associate Director Marketing & Communications, Sportsmen's Alliance
Amy Ray - President and CEO - The Sisterhood of the Outdoors
Jason Rounsaville - Executive Director, The Pope and Young Club
Luke Thorkildsen - Board Member, The Mule Deer Foundation


RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) would like to ask for your continued support and assistance with the Department’s 2022 chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance efforts. Each deer hunting season, DWR works closely with local hunters, processors and taxidermists to monitor the geographic spread of the disease and prevalence trends in deer populations.

On November 19, 2022, any deer killed in Orange, Rappahannock or Shenandoah counties is required to be brought to a CWD sample station to be tested for CWD.

Required CWD sampling helps DWR to maximize CWD testing in specific counties. Any deer, or at minimum the head and at least 4 inches of neck, killed in Orange, Rappahannock, or Shenandoah counties on November 19 must be brought to one of the designated sampling stations listed below:

Orange County

  • Barboursville Volunteer Fire Dept. – 5251 Spotswood Trail, Barboursville
  • The Market at Locust Grove – 32301 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove

Rappahannock County

  • Amissville Volunteer Fire Dept. – 14711 Lee Hwy, Amissville
  • The School House – 12018 Lee Hwy, Sperryville

Shenandoah County

  • Larkins Store – 19004 Senedo Rd, Edinburg
  • Woodbine Farms and Market Inc. – 5199 John Marshall Hwy, Strasburg

Deer heads plus at least 4 inches of neck may also be dropped at any of the voluntary refrigerator stations in Orange, Rappahannock, or Shenandoah counties on this day to meet the mandatory testing requirement.

Carcass transport is believed to be a risk factor for the spread of CWD. Whole deer and carcass parts containing brain and/or spinal tissue from deer harvested in Disease Management Area 1 (DMA1, Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren counties) may not legally be transported out of DMA1 to other areas of Virginia. Whole deer and carcass parts containing brain and/or spinal tissue from deer harvested in Disease Management Area 2 (DMA2, Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, Page, and Rappahannock counties), where fewer deer have been confirmed to be infected with CWD, may be transported anywhere in either DMA1 or DMA2. On November 19th, deer harvested in Orange or Rappahannock counties may be taken to any of the six stations listed above for sampling. Deer harvested in Shenandoah may only be brought to one of the two stations located in Shenandoah County.

DWR strongly encourages hunters who are successful on any other day of the deer hunting season to submit the head and neck from their deer for sampling by bringing it to one of DWR’s voluntary CWD testing sites, which can be found at

Chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in twenty-six states and three Canadian provinces. In Virginia, CWD has been detected in over 100 deer from eleven counties since 2009. This incurable disease, found in deer, elk, and moose in North America, is a slow-acting and progressive neurologic disease that ultimately results in death of the animal. The disease-causing agent is spread through the urine, feces, and saliva of infected animals. Clinical signs of CWD, which typically do not develop for several months to over a year after exposure, include staggering, abnormal posture, lowered head, drooling, confusion, and marked weight loss. There is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted naturally to humans, pets, or livestock (with the possible exception of pigs). However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hunters test all deer harvested from known CWD-positive areas, wait until test results are received prior to consuming the meat, and do not consume any meat from animals that test positive for the disease.

Regulations pertaining to CWD, maps of affected states, and information about CWD, can be found on the DWR website at

Contact: Alexandra Lombard, 540-315-6145


As part of its 100-year anniversary celebration, Federal Ammunition released of a hardcover historical book, Federal Ammunition: The First Hundred Years. This 244-page hardcover book highlights Federal cartridge production and innovation over the past century and is now for sale at a special holiday price of $39.99, normally $59.99.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s not about the holidays; it’s about Ballistic’s Best. Athlon Outdoors is thrilled to launch the fifth annual Ballistics' Best Readers’ Choice Awards

Silencer Central, America’s largest silencer dealer, is spending Veterans Day weekend, November 11-13, 2022, in Fleming, Ga. for the CANCON Fully Suppressed Range Day event.

Al’s Goldfish Lure Company, designer and American-made manufacturer of the classic Goldfish lure and other innovative fishing lures and accessories, has teamed up with the Outdoor News America and Wolf Premium Oils to put a great fishing package together for anyone that likes to wet a line. 

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X-Vision Optics offers practical, reliable, and affordable optics to enhance your outdoor experience—day or night.

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MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the kickoff of their 2022 Cyber Week Sale.

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FIREDISC is pleased to announce the launch of a StartEngine crowdfunding campaign that will allow the public to own a stake in the brand’s future.

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Rogue Ridge’s RF750 folding fat tire e-bike is the culmination of years of research and development to become the best e-bike on the market at the best value possible.

Team Federal congratulates its team members Caitlin Connor and Kayle Browning for their medal performances in Women’s Trap and Skeet at the XIII CAT Championships 2022, recently held in Lima, Peru.

????????????????????????????????????? Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) is pleased to announce another successful and rewarding National Family Day, held at the San Antonio Police Training Academy.

Hornady makes reloading quick and easy with the Lock-N-Load® AP™ (Auto-Progressive) system. Set up the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP (Auto-Progressive) system and calibrate for the shooter's specific load, then start filling the ammo cans quickly and reliably.

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Home invasions are terrifying, especially at night. Without warning, a homeowner can come face-to-face with an assailant. It is essential to be able to act fast in self-defense.

 Brownells customers looking to build their own bolt-action rifles now have another high-quality option with Christensen Arms barreled actions available exclusively at Brownells.

Savage Arms announces the release of its latest Savage Journeys episode: Horicon Marsh Veterans Hunt.

On this episode of the “It’s Federal Season” podcast, guest host Janis Putelis of MeatEater talks elk hunting with good friend Jason Phelps. 

X-Vision Optics, a leader in premium outdoor night vision and thermal optics, is pleased to announce that it is holding its first annual warehouse sale in Red Wing, Minnesota.

EasyExport now offers a full-service export processing solution guaranteed to save 50% for companies in the firearms industry that regularly export their products to commercial customers. EasyExport’s automated system enables companies to outsource 100% of their export management, licensing, and compliance operations for 50% of what they currently pay.

Now available for the SIG-Sauer P320-XTEN with or without red dot sights!

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) announces the latest winner in its Photos from the Field initiative and contest. 

SilencerCo has launched an end of the year suppressor promotion running from November 15, 2022 - December 31, 2022.

Miami, FL – 1791 Outdoor Lifestyle Group is excited to announce the hiring of Evan McNamara as Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  In this role, McNamara will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities including the management of both teams.  He will report directly to CEO, Ramiro Romani.  

 Beretta USA is pleased to announce that the company will be hosting its’ annual Warehouse Sale on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 9 am to 5 pm at 17601 Beretta Drive, Accokeek, MD, 20608. 

Packed with deer’s favorite grains and loaded with protein and fat, Grainiac from Antler King® makes an easy meal for any deer that finds it.

Red Arrow Weapons is excited to announce the company has promoted Danny Reed to Marketing Director & Brand Manager.

Hunting for deer is one of the most popular pastimes in America. Deer hunters take many routes to fill their tags ranging from prowling the Back-40, to sharing deer camps with friends and family, to solo hunts on public lands.

There are many reasons to buy a new knife. Once you recognize the need, then it’s time to find the right knife. Post Falls, Idaho-based Buck Knives makes finding the right knife easy. The only difficult part could be deciding which one of the more than 150 knives the company offers will be your new knife.

Lightweight and easy to handle, the Steambow AR-6 Stinger II Tactical delivers impressive speed and tactical performance. 

Code of Silence is excited to announce the official release of its Verdigre line of hunting clothing. The Verdigre series, like all gear from Code of Silence, features revolutionary technology that gives hunters the ultimate edge with their camouflage clothing.

Dott. Pietro Gussalli Beretta, President and CEO of Beretta Holding S.A.,announced the plans of Beretta Holding Group to further increase itsstrong presence in the US, through its recent acquisition of Norma Precision, investing $60 million in a state-of-the art manufacturing and distribution facility for ammunition to be located in Savannah, Georgia.

Here is a breakdown from America’s 1st Freedom of what the midterm elections mean for our freedom and, therefore, what President Joe Biden (D) might be able to do in the last two years of his term.

ZeroTech International is pioneering new grounds by developing cutting edge optical solutions tailored to the needs of the most demanding users.

There’s no need to slow down at sundown with X-Vision Optics new XANB55 Hands-Free Deluxe Digital Night Vision Binoculars

GAT will be working with Taurus Holdings Inc., the holding company which owns some of the most robust firearms brands currently available on the US Market - Taurus, Rossi, and Heritage.

This year, the options for .22 caliber handguns get a little more interesting. Bond Arms® releases two new .22LR versions of popular double-barrel handguns ahead of 2023.

After 12 years of partnering with one of the industry's leading ammo manufacturers, Target Sports USA & Winchester is proud to announce this holiday season's promotion.

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Barnett shooting accessories take crossbow shooting to the next level.

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