JUNE 8, 2021


Welcome to June everyone! As we kick off summer around the United States, we here at The Hunting Wire continue to bring you the latest hunting news and information designed to educate, inspire, and inform you. We are excited to announce the selectees for the 2021-2022 Voice of Leadership Panel (VLP). We’re also kicking off a few news series this edition! First, we bring you a new cooking series from Weatherby‘s own Brenda Weatherby who takes us into her kitchen for Wild Flavors, then the good folks at Mossberg help us tune-up for the next big hunt during the off-season. We continue to bring you Hunting Wire Radio as well as news and information from around the hunting and outdoor industry. As always, thank you for your support and feedback about The Hunting Wire, Jay Pinsky jay@theoutdoorwire.com

The Hunting Wire is pleased to announce the selection of the 2021-2022 Voice of Leadership Panel.

2021-2022 Voice of Leadership Panel

Cyrus Baird – Manager of Government Relations, Safari Club International

Karen Butler - Founder, President. SLG2, Inc

Haley Fitzgerald - Development Director, Wyoming Wildlife Federation

Eric Morris – Producer & Host - N.onT.ypical Outdoorsman TV

Ken Perrotte - President of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers

Brenda Weatherby - Director of People and Culture, Weatherby, Inc.


    • James “Jay” Pinsky, Editor, The Hunting Wire
    • Peter Churchbourne, Director, NRA Hunter Leadership Forum
    • Jim Curcuruto, Hunting and Firearms Industry Consultant

*** We are also pleased to announce that 2020-2021 panelist and outdoor industry consultant Jim Curcuruto has agreed to continue to serve our community by stepping into the role of co-facilitator with Jay Pinsky, editor, The Hunting Wire, and Peter Churchbourne, director, NRA Hunter Leadership Forum.

All of the selectees were nominated by their peers and were selected to serve based on their proven leadership skills and strong collaborative spirit within the hunting community. The selection process was especially difficult this year due to an overwhelming number of highly qualified and engaging applicants. Thank you to all of you who applied.

“I’m overwhelmed by the superb leadership and unselfish commitment from our inaugural VLP and look forward to building upon their success with a new team of leaders this fall,” said Jay Pinsky, editor, The Hunting Wire.

About the Voice of Leadership Panel

Facilitated by James “Jay” Pinsky, editor of The Hunting Wire, and Peter Churchbourne, a director with the NRA HLF, the Voice of Leadership Panel (VLP) is an appointed six-member group of outdoor industry leaders dedicated to sharing their voices on key hunting and outdoor recreation issues to inform, inspire and educate the hunting community. Appointed for a one-year term, VLP panelists will address key hunting topics and provide leadership-based digital content to be featured on The Hunting Wire and the NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum website, NRAHLF.org.


2020-2021 The Hunting Wire Voice of Leadership Panel

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

  • Jim Curcuruto, Hunting and Firearms Industry Consultant
  • Mandy Harling, National Director of Hunting Heritage Programs, National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Jenifer Wisniewski, Chief, Outreach and Communication, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • Joel Brice, Vice President, Waterfowl & Hunter Recruitment Programs, Delta Waterfowl
  • Cyrus Baird, Manager of Government Relations, Safari Club International


  • James “Jay” Pinsky, Editor, The Hunting Wire
  • Peter Churchbourne, Director, NRA Hunter Leadership Forum

Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA)Its mission is to help the healing and re-integration of disabled veterans and injured active military back into normal American life through participation in outdoor events.

Creed: HAVA is dedicated to the veteran’s healing and will sanction and sponsor only those events that are conceived, conducted and promoted according to the highest ethical, safety and performance standards consistent with the organization mission. Appropriate drug and alcohol use restrictions will be meticulously observed, and the best interests of the veteran’s rehabilitation will be pursued vigorously.

Learn more about HAVA here.


Turkey season is over and while some hunters may focus on fishing, honey-do lists, or other non-hunting activities, that elk, deer, bear, or pronghorn you want to tag next season isn’t taking the summer off from getting bigger, stronger, or smarter. So, over the next few months The Hunting Wire has partnered with Mossberg to bring you a series of pre-hunt stories to help you get motivated, stay focused, and ultimately be ready for your next big game hunt.

Welcome to Wild Flavors! Presented by Brenda Weatherby, the cooking show dedicated to bringing you the most delicious ways to prepare wild game.

Video: Episode 1 – Crispy Asian Orange Venison

In this episode Brenda prepares a delicious Asian inspired dish, Crispy Asian Orange Venison. This is sure to be a dinner favorite and provide a fresh new spin on cooking venison. You can find the full recipe below, bon appétit!

Episode 25 – Summertime

By Larry Weishuhn and Luke Clayton

Luke Clayton and Larry Weishuhn

Radio File: Hunting Wire Radio - Episode 25

A collection of bowhunting training videos and written content on how to help you become a better bowhunter.

Video: Bowhunter Basecamp – Pre-Season Tips Part II

Jeff setting stands preseason.

Hunter Recruitment Series

Dogs Provide the Ultimate Intro to Hunting for New Hunters

New hunters are the future of conservation, and many of you are embracing the concept of finding and helping them. Keep up the good work! But you also love watching your dog. It’s why you go hunting. Bird dogs work hard, are beautiful to watch, and boy, the adrenaline rush when the bird gets up! If you’re a bird hunter, you probably will never forget that first point or flush. Odds are, it’s what made you into a hunter. But did you ever think of your dog as a way to recruit new hunters? Inviting a friend to help you train your dog is a fun, convenient, safe way to introduce the magic of dogs — and hunting — to a newcomer. Watch the video to find out how and why — and while you’re at it, join the +ONE Movement [https://www.letsgohunting.org/plusone...] this year and introduce someone new to hunting.


In honor of its 30th Anniversary, Hi Mountain Seasonings, is pleased to offer a Limited Edition solid wood cutting board. Measuring 11”x17”x1” thick, this 30th Anniversary cutting board is the ideal size for chopping vegetables and fruits, as well as carving meat and poultry. It has been carefully crafted with a grooved channel to catch juices when carving meat.

Weaver, an industry leader in high-performance mounting systems for more than 90 years, has expanded its lineup of popular Grand Slam scope rings to include two additional sizes. Now, consumers have the option of adding a new 30mm low matte steel ring or a 30mm medium matte steel ring to their favorite firearm setup.

Beretta USA, a member of the BDT alliance, was awarded a contract to supply the Pennsylvania Game Commission with a customized Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun after an extensive testing and evaluation process. The 250 shotguns began to be fielded in May of this year.

The Armory Life is pleased to announce the release of the second issue of The Armory Life print magazine, complementing the daily digital content available on TheArmoryLife.com.

With a dedication to providing the highest performance products of uncompromising quality, Buck Knives, leader in sports cutlery, is pleased to introduce the 040 Onset. Further bolstering an exceptional 2021 product class, the introduction of this brand new mid-year 2021 entrant continues Buck’s commitment to best in class value and craftsmanship.

Bear OPS, the tactical brand of Bear & Son Cutlery specializing in military and law enforcement knives, invites 2021 Blade Show attendees to their booth to learn more about their tactical, lightweight, and fast-action knives. Visitors can discover the new EDC knives at booth #4 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, GA, on June 4-6, 2021.

Hogue Knives® is pleased to announce they are exhibiting at the 2021 BLADE Show in Atlanta, GA on June 4-6. Hogue will be showing their full line of precision cutting instruments including multiple show exclusives.Hogue’s immensely popular Deka® line offers two BLADE Show exclusives only available at the show.

Wildlife Research Center®, the leader in scent and scent elimination, is proud to announce their new partnership with Pursuit Channel’s popular hunting team, Wallhanger TV. This powerhouse affiliation combines passionate hunting and family traditions with premium whitetail scent elimination and lure products. Catch the new season of Wallhanger TV on the Pursuit Channel Monday nights at 9pm central and view previous episodes on Pursuituptv.com.

If there’s one thing all successful deer hunters have in common, it’s the ability to adapt. There’s no universal formula for success, even on any given property. Deer change their patterns, woods change over time, and hunters who want to harvest big bucks learn to move around and be flexible. The Millennium T100 Tripod Stand gives hunters a lightweight and extremely mobile shooting platform.

Choose from more than 10 ways to wear the Turtle Fur Realtree EDGE Camo Comfort Shell Totally Tubular Neck Tube during your next outdoor outing. This multifunctional, lightweight tube is brushed for a soft, comfortable feel against your skin.This neck tube packs a punch when it comes to saving your face and neck from windburn, sun, spray and cold. Its wicking properties help to keep sweat off of your neck and forehead through every season and it stays comfortable against sensitive skin with a soft, brushed interior.

With June upon us, temperatures are starting to creep upward. Luckily, Galco has designed three inside the waistband holsters specifically to help stay comfortable in even the warmest months. Comfort is critical when carrying a handgun for defense, since an uncomfortable holster will mean the handgun is left at home when it’s needed most. And there’s no denying that Galco’s home town of Phoenix is the perfect proving ground for comfortable hot-weather holsters!

Outdoor Product Innovations is proud to announce its newest partnership with Dropzone TV and hosts Hal Shaffer and Greg Zipadelli.The partnership between Outdoor Product Innovations and Dropzone TV, which can be seen exclusively on the Outdoor Channel – America’s Leader in outdoor TV, will feature three of OPI’s signature brands; Rhino Blinds, Capsule Feeders, and Wicked Tree Gear.

A bold design loaded with smart features, the Escort DF12 stands out in an ever-growing world of modern shotguns. This auto-loader is a sporting enthusiast's dream and is ideal for close-range hunting applications. Using the modern sporting rifle design and capitalizing on adaptable features, the DF12 reaches beyond its potential as a mere shotgun. Its 5-piece multi-choke system accommodates heavy slugs as well as it does light bird shot, making it a great all-around option for a wide variety of game.

Bond Arms is known for its outstanding fit and finish on every gun they build. To create a more affordable option for budget-conscious customers without compromising features, Bond Arms trimmed down its finishing process. The Rough Series was born and included the Roughneck, Rowdy, and the newest addition, the Grizzly double-barrel guns. The result is a handgun with the same outstanding qualities inherent in every Bond Arms' gun without all the frills.

Irish Setter Canyons boots are comfortable on the trail or on the street, though their trend-right looks can be deceiving. With new hiker and romeo pull-on styles, these boots are built to go all day, no matter where your day takes you.The consumer is very wide spread for this type of footwear. The consumer is looking for fresh designs, lightweight but also capable of doing what the boot has been designed for and that is general outdoor activities.

Stealth Cam®, the leader in trail camera innovation and cellular imaging technology, has just launched its all-new Command Pro App for 2021! This new App provides a seamless integration for wireless camera operation and image/video management for Stealth Cam.

Cold Steel, manufacturer and innovator of purpose-built knives and blade tools for everyday carry, tactical, and hunting applications, invites everyone attending the 2021 Blade Show to visit booth #248 for a look at Cold Steel’s newest EDC, hunting, tactical, and specialty knives, and premium cutlery. The Blade Show is the world’s largest knife event and will be held in Atlanta, GA, June 4-6.

Many things in life are complicated: Raising kids, negotiating life with a spouse, doing taxes, building a career.Putting in food plots on your hunting land doesn’t have to be one of those complicated things. You can make it easy on yourself by putting your food plots in with the Firminator. It’s high quality, American-made piece of farming equipment that discs your plot, plants the seed you want at the rate you want, and cultipacks the soil afterward.

Early season big game hunting means hot, often humid weather – the perfect time for flies and microbes to spoil your hard-earned game meat. That is, unless you’re prepared with Koola Buck Anti-Microbial Game Bags and Anti-Microbial Game Spray.

The busy archery selling season is now underway and Delta McKenzie’s Iowa factory is in full production keeping up with demand. The Delta factory has been running full steam and has product ready to ship to retailers nationwide. Delta’s team has been busy over the past few months gearing up in anticipation of a robust selling season.

Fiocchi, a global leader in defensive, target, and hunting ammunition, has announced it is a key sponsor of this year’s Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Mountain Festival, which will be held July 22-25 at Canyons Village in Park City, Utah.The RMEF Mountain Festival is a much-anticipated annual celebration of the Rocky Mountain elk. The event is a vital part of the RMEF’s mission to promote wildlife and habitat conservation, and to secure America’s hunting heritage for future generations.

Chestnut Hill Outdoors' trees are on the way to select Rural King and Walmart stores. Arrival is expected between May 24th and June 1st for the following states:Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia.

Mountain Archery Fest (MAF) is coming back to Lookout Pass in Mullan, Idaho July 09-11, 2021. If you missed it last year, then you’re in for a treat. This resort is nestled between Idaho and Montana about 50 miles from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho In the Silver Valley. Last year was tough for us all, but we still managed to hold one heck of a festival for all that attended.

2020 fundamentally changed the volume and types of hunting, fishing and firearm-related products consumed. In response to many factors such as distancing requirements, social unrest, political changes and more, demand reached unanticipated levels, creating challenges no business expected entering the year. To help businesses understand the size of the 2020 retail markets, Southwick Associates has released two reports, one covering the $10 billion fishing tackle market and the other covering the $24 billion fireams, hunting and recreational shooting market.

Everest’s Christopher Carlberg, VP of Business Development, Marcus Johnson, Executive Vice President and Amin Pirani, Director of E-Commerce, are leading an important session on how Everest utilizes technology and the marketplace to connect manufacturers, retailers and consumers at the FICC Conference on June 9.

Sellmark Corporation is coordinating its diverse brand selection and world-class product offerings to join the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s (POMA) 2021 Conference! Showcasing at the conference are several of Sellmark’s elite brands and newest products

The IHEA-USA is excited to announce record attendance combined with new training tools at the 2021 Virtual Conference on May 19th and 20th.Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the IHEA-USA, this action-packed 2021 virtual conference opened the doors to allow all volunteer Hunter Education Instructors the opportunity to attend the conference for FREE when in the past, travel and the cost of missed time away from jobs were prohibitive to attending.

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