SEPTEMBER 26, 2022
 
 
 

Letter From The Editor

Happy fall, ya'll! 

It's the best time of year! Aside from my wife's constant pumpkin spice cover scent, things are all hunting all the time around our house. Allie is in the best shape of her life and we are eager to work the upland fields soon. 

Man, am I excited about this issue of The Hunting Wire! 

We have some of the most comprehensive material in the industry in this edition with superb writing from our Voice of Leadership Panel, and up and coming outdoor writer Dan Larsson who writes about stalking a black bear in high grass in Montana with a single-shot rifle. We also kick off The Collegiate Rookie Series - Waterfowl Edition - Sponsored by Benelli featuring the staff and students of Louisiana State University and their outdoor industry partners. Be sure to listen to NWTF's podcast in this issue which features an interview with the LSU staff. But wait, there's more! Jim Curcuruto tells us about some great shooting sports work being done around the country, and Hunting Wire Radio keeps our ears primed for hunting season with news and information. Plus, we have tons of industry news about people, products, and programs!

As always, I really care about making The Hunting Wire the very best it can be. Shoot me a note at jay@theoutdoorwire.com if you have a way we can improve it.

Have a great season everyone, and be safe!

-- Jay Pinsky

VOICE OF LEADERSHIP PANEL

By Ryan Hoover – Director, Handgun Hunters International

Venison Neck Tacos: Meat from the smoked neck can be used in various ways, but the author likes tacos best!

It’s time for Americans to readjust their sensibilities about what they eat. For too long, we’ve resisted adding good foods to our diet because our modern brain has found a way to convince us that certain foods are not suitable for consumption. In many other parts of the world, tradition or necessity have kept some of these foods in the local diet. As a hunter, I’m specifically talking about using more parts of the animals we hunt in the kitchen.

It never fails. I’ll describe how much I like to use the organ meat of the animals I hunt to someone, and they’ll immediately make The Face. You know the one. The nose wrinkles, the mouth goes flat, and the eyebrows furrow. It’s a sure sign that whomever I’m talking to thinks the food I’m describing is “gross.” I guess I can’t blame them. You’re not likely to find venison heart or liver on any of the menus of the local restaurants!

All of this is so unfortunate, as organ meats provide delicious and very nutrient-dense meals. Organs are high in protein (obviously) but also contain a host of nutrients like iron, vitamins A, and several types of B, as well as the minerals zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper - all of which play a role in our body’s health function.

Let me stop here to say that there are some folks for whom organ meat consumption is not a good idea. If you suffer from gout, organ meat can exacerbate that condition. Also, while most research suggests that dietary cholesterol has little to no effect on your body’s total cholesterol, this is not true for about 30% of the population. For those people, their total cholesterol numbers could be at risk by consuming too much high-cholesterol organ meat. I am not a health professional, so I recommend discussing it with your doctor and nutritionist if you have concerns.

Also, you must ensure that any organs (as well as muscle) you consume are from healthy animals. If you notice off colors, spots, or other irregularities, it’s best to discard those pieces. Before you eat any internal organs, check with your local wildlife department to find out if there are any known illnesses or parasites.

How do we overcome the stigma attached to these wonderful pieces of meat? First, realize that organs (and other offcuts) are just as much a part of the animal we’re eating as the backstraps, tenderloins, and further beloved cuts of muscle meat. The second is by learning to prepare them in a way that reinforces that this food is good, not just some type of food medicine you should eat because someone told you to.

When cooking most organ meat, there is only one method to consider - hot and fast. The best and easiest way to cook organs is to fry them in butter. Other easy methods include grilling and stir-frying. There are a few exceptions to this hot and fast rule, but not many. For instance, some more muscular organs (heart, tongue) can be smoked. However, nothing will turn you off organ meat quicker than an overcooked, dry, tough piece. What organs am I talking about? Here’s a breakdown of the most common organ meats I eat and some basics.

Heart: If you want to dip your toe into the world of organ meat, I suggest starting with the heart. It is, after all, another muscle. The heart does not have any mineral taste that most other organs do and has a delightfully snappy texture when prepared right.

The author’s traditional after-hunt meal. Hobo Heart Hash is made with onions, potatoes, and venison heart fried in butter.

For example, it’s my tradition to make what my buddy calls “Hobo Heart Hash” after a hunt. This simple recipe of onions, potatoes, and diced venison heart cooked in butter and bacon fat. Cook the potatoes first until they are just about done, then add the onions and cook for a few minutes. Turn the heat up hot and add the deer heart, cooking for about a minute, and then eat! This is a simple method that I’ve also used to cook liver, kidneys, and testicles.

Kidney: Another excellent option for the fry-in-butter method, kidneys do have more of that tremendous mineral taste. Some must acquire this taste. Others already love it - but you never know until you try. A great way to prepare this is in the famous English recipe, steak, and kidney pie. Just replace the beef parts with venison for a wonderful savory dish.

Liver: The liver is the most famous - or infamous - organ meal. Liver and onions are a classic dish and are quite delicious when prepared right. You can do a couple of things to ensure yours turns out right. First, soak the liver in salt water. This will draw out most of the blood in the liver and clean up its taste. The second - and I know I keep saying this - is not to overcook it. The overcooked liver is not good and will put you off it. Undercooked is much better, but you can search online for the best recipe for you to use.

Tongue: The major exception to the hot and fast rule is the tongue. The tongue must first be boiled to soften and loosen its exterior membrane. Once that’s done, it can be pickled, stewed, or fried. The tongue is another one that does not have a weird flavor. A properly prepared tongue can be like a fantastic pot roast. I love pickled tongue on crackers or as part of a charcuterie board.

Tongue takes the longest to prepare, but it’s worth it! Pickled tongue on crackers with cheese is delicious and a party favorite.

Testicles: While not exactly what I would call a whole meal (unless the whole deer camp contributes), testicles are a delicious snack. A membrane needs to be removed on the outside, but then they can be sliced and sauteed briefly in butter or used to make venison Rocky Mountain Oysters.

When we talk about shrinking the gut pile, remember, it’s not just organ meat that gets underutilized. Large bony parts of the animals we hunt often end up as fodder for the scavengers or just thrown into the grind pile. Don’t forget there’s meat on the neck, head, ribs, and shanks of deer, too! This meat is difficult to remove and get large, usable chunks off but is perfect for low and slow cooking methods that break down toughness and get meat to fall off the bone. Speaking of bones, don’t forget to save yours for making game stock!

This season, I will take my advice and try even more of the animals I hunt. This year, it’s going to be the intestines and stomach. Recently, while helping a buddy butcher hog, I saved the intestines for chitlins. I highly recommend this fatty, crunchy, delicious dish if you have never tried it. Also, one of my favorite foods is a Mexican dish called Menudo. It’s made with beef stomach. I’m hoping to experiment with making those recipes with venison parts!

Venison neck that the author smoked for 6 hours and then left in the oven overnight at 200 degrees. The bone just fell out. 

When you head to the field this season, remember that the animal you are hunting has many delicious parts that you may not have thought to try. Try them! These parts are good for you and help stretch your harvest over more meals, something we are keen on these days. If you’ve been eating these parts for years and have some excellent ideas on how to prepare them, we’d love to hear about it – send your recipes to jay@theoutdoorwire.com, and we’ll post them in a future issue of The Hunting Wire. If you want to try these parts but don’t know how to get started, please reach out, and I’d be glad to offer some tips and recipes. I can be reached at ryan@handgunhuntersinternational.com

 
Good hunting!
 

Ryan Hoover, Director, Handgun Hunters International, LLC

Ryan Hoover is the director of Handgun Hunters International (HHI), where he passionately works to spread the word about the benefits of hunting with a handgun. HHI is a valuable resource for handgun hunters of all experience levels using giveaways, a well-moderated forum, and upcoming instructional media. Through a series of deeply personal experiences, Ryan has come to believe that hunting with a handgun is a ton of fun and can improve your life by overcoming its challenges. He is always keen to find new hunters who want to try hunting with a handgun and to help them get started. His background includes serving as a US Navy firearms instructor and 15 years as a custom gun builder. He is also involved in issues regarding gun safety for families, nose-to-tail use of game meat, and hunting as a therapy for various mental health issues. He can be reached at: ryan@handgunhuntersinternational.com.

 
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.
 
2022-2023 LEADERSHIP PANELISTS

Facilitators

The Collegiate Rookie Series - Waterfowl Edition - Sponsored by Benelli


 

By Bret Collier, Professor of Wildlife Ecology
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University

 
Pine Island Lodge hosted the first Blue-winged teal hunt for the Collegiate Rookie Series sponsored by our friends at Benelli USA.

What a whirlwind the last several weeks have been for the Hunting Wire’s - The Collegiate Rookie Series - Waterfowl Edition, Sponsored by Benelli hosted here at Louisiana State University. I don’t feel like we need much preamble for today. Still, for those just tuning in, the Rookie Series is focused on training future wildlife professionals in hunting science, management, and ethics and providing a high-quality hunting experience to integrate them into our outdoor fraternity.  

Over the last three weeks, LSU students in my Wildlife Management Techniques class have been learning all about waterfowl and upland game bird identification using wing and body characteristics. Our Game Management class (my classes have lots of overlapping students) has been learning about sustainable harvest management because hunting is a primary tool that states and federal agencies use to manage game species.  
After the hunt, LSU students, and new hunters, participating in the Collegiate Rookie Series assist with sampling the harvested Blue-winged teal for disease in conjunction with a graduate student research project, after which every bird was cleaned and sent home for dinner.

Then, about three weeks ago, I got a special delivery here at LSU: Benelli USA, having heard about the program from Jay Pinsky (Hunting Wire), who worked with Jay and me to send us some shotguns for The Collegiate Rookie Series - Waterfowl Edition - Sponsored by Benelli. Now, I have shot a lot of shotguns in my day, but the day I brought home my (read, my wife’s) first Springer Spaniel (Freckled Lyla Del), I also bought a Benelli Ultra-light (it was in April of 2008) and Lyla, and I hunted with that shotgun all over the United States. Lyla is now retired at 12 and is a house dog, but that Ultra-light is sitting in its case on the floor of my office right now. So, I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to provide all of my students here at LSU with the chance to use the kind of shotgun I had grown into over the years. Nearly all of our new hunters shoot 20 gauges as we hunt in pretty close for teal, big ducks, woodcock, and squirrels (deer being another thing entirely for a later write-up), so Benelli USA is supporting the program with several 20 gauge Ethos and Super Black Eagles has been an enormous boost to our ability to get new hunters out hunting.    
 
LSU students, and new hunters, participating in the Collegiate Rookie Series after a long day at the range conducting safety training and shooting skills practice.
 
Next, over the last two weeks (starting on the 8th of September), we started our hunter education program for the Rookie Series. We have taught two sections of about 45 students so far and have another section scheduled in October. The first set of students to come through the hunter education program was diverse. About an even number of guys and girls came from all over LSU, including my School (Renewable Natural Resources), Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Sociology, and even one doing a Ph.D. in Physics at Tulane (in New Orleans). All our students got the same hunter education training as every other program in the United States. We ended the class with Dr. Kevin Ringelman (my partner in crime here) put in a full day at the range, training the students in safe firearm handling and shooting skills.    
 
Working at the practice range as part of hunter education is an important component for all new hunters.  Here, Collegiate Rookie Series hunter and LSU sophomore Emma learns about proper hand and eye alignment.

Then, the first big day hit. We had our first hunt on the 16th in coastal Louisiana, chasing blue-winged teal. Now, our hunting trips are pretty standard fare as it goes. We head down the day before, spend time at the range, get the ‘Rookies’ lined out with shotguns that fit well, and practice for the morning ahead. Then, we settle in to watch evening flights of waterfowl over the marsh head inside for dinner (redfish was the menu for this hunt), relax, and prepare for the morning ahead. About an hour before daybreak, all the students head down to the boats, we pair them up, and they meet their guides for the day, we double-check shotguns, ammunition, licenses, and gear, and then we place them in the hands of the guides and watch them head out to experience their first hunt. This is the most nerve-wracking period for Kevin and me, as it is the first time we no longer have them under our wing; they are on their own, headed to the marsh to have their first experience.
Collegiate Rookie Series new hunter and LSU senior Meredith with her first Blue-winged teal.

We hear the shots from the lodge, but neither of us knows what is happening until we hear the first motor rolling back to camp. We always meet the students at the boat house when they come in, as that is where the action happens. This hunt was good; they piled out of the boats, cased shotguns in one hand and a string of teal in the other. Everyone shot, not everyone harvested, but everyone had fun, and smiles abounded. Every year, this is what it is about for Kevin and me, seeing the students, fresh from a new, life-changing experience, sharing it with us, and us standing there knowing that we have done our job and recruited new hunters into the fold.

Collegiate Rookie Series new hunter and LSU seniors Amelia and Evan showing off the results of their first morning in the marsh.

I hope you will follow our regular updates on the The Collegiate Rookie Series - Waterfowl Edition, Sponsored by Benelli on the Hunting Wire and catch up with us on social media. Of course, anyone interested in the long-standing Collegiate New Hunter Program at LSU, please contact us at the contact info below.

Looking forward to a great fall season creating new hunters,

Bret Collier
Professor of Wildlife Ecology
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University
bret@lsu.edu
@drshortspur (Twitter and Instagram)

Kevin Ringelman
Associate Professor
H. Dale Hall Ducks Unlimited Professor of Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University
kringe2@lsu.edu
@kevinringelman (Twitter)

By Fred Bird - NWTF, Host

A digital campfire where the host and guests discuss topics of the day, conservation efforts, tips and techniques to better your experiences afield, and share our member's stories. Turkey Call All Access is the Official Podcast of the Nation Wild Turkey Federation. Hosted by, NWTF's Fred Bird // Engineered by, NWTF's Gilbert Randolph

By Dan Larsson

Skinner Sights and Case Color on the 1885 Courteney Stalking Rifle chambered in 303 British from Uberti

I stepped from Montana into an African safari. With every step, I swiped the grass back and forth, looking for the carnivore I expected to be lying at my feet. The sights had been true, the trigger-squeeze smooth, and the offhand shot felt perfect. The bear stood facing me just over 100 yards. I squeaked with my lips to keep him standing while I took the time to aim and fire. He folded and shot from sight.

This hunt began with planning. The rifle. The ammunition. The time and place. Uberti firearms offered me a cute and quality little rifle modeled after the idea of the famed Selous Courteney’s African stalking rifle. Uberti chamber it in the period .303 British cartridge designed in the 1880s as a black powder cartridge and survives today as a modern chambering. The receiver has a beautiful case-hardened look that I love. Rather than put a scope on the traditional rifle, I put Skinner Sights peep-sights on it. Slim, trim, and accurate. I am reasonably impressed with the trigger quality. It has the right amount of pull weight and is smoother than most.

I rarely shoot factory ammunition as I am an ardent handloader. I have always appreciated RCBS equipment and have used their reloading press for the last 20 years. The RCBS crew recently came out with new models that Bluetooth to an app on your phone. You can save your information and load data, on your phone, for quick and easy repetition of perfect loads. Those loading with the older chargemaster will want to upgrade to the new Chargemaster Link, Supreme, or Matchmaster. I have thrown about 500 charges with the new Supreme model and only seen about three of those that weren’t accurate to the desired charge.

A man's reloading bench is his castle.

I have shot more big game animals with Barnes bullets than any other brand. I reached out to Barnes and got some TSX 150-grain bullets to load for this hunt. They were easy to load and easy to sight in. The recoil is manageable with the comfortable rubber pad on the 1885 Courteney Stalking Rifle.

Barnes Bullets - Tried and True

I have hunted these specific hawthorn trees for the last half dozen years every fall. Bear hunting is all about food. Like a teenage boy, you find bears where there is something to eat. In the spring, we hunt them where the 1st green grass is. In the fall, berries and bugs are the hot tickets. After the berries and apples are gone, the bears wander, looking for food. Elmer Keith wrote that late-season black bears could be found high in the mountains, feeding on mushrooms, on the thickly timbered North-facing slopes.
I wanted to find a bear down low in the early fall season.

It was the opening day of the rifle hunting for bears, and I headed back to my hawthorn trees. My father-in-law and my 10-year-old son accompanied me on this hunt. We were searching the area for bears when we saw a black shape in a tree. I knew it wasn’t a big bear, but my bear lard reserves were running low, and every bear is a potential fawn killer. I was working my way around to the side to get a massive tree behind the bear to stop the bullet, but the bear kept moving back and forth, denying me the shot.

Suddenly, the little bear shot up the big tree behind him and nestled in a limb 50 feet in the air. He kept looking down at whatever had spooked him. Instantly I knew I was about to see a bigger bear. Scanning the trees and grass below the little bugger, I kept vigilant and was ready for a quick shot. Another black bear raised out of the grass and looked in my direction. I know bears usually only stand for a second or so, and I wouldn’t have time to get on him and shoot accurately. I had no rest, and it would be freestanding offhand. I squeaked with my lips to keep him up and looking as I settled the front sight on his chest. I love that a peep sight allows you to forget the rear sight and simplify the sighting process. The front sight settled on his chest, and my finger took up the slack until I was surprised by the recoil. The bear shot from sight.

Dan's father-in-law and son with Dan's bear

My father-in-law and son came over, and we started looking for the bear. He covered me with a Glock while I waded into the grass. The grass was head high. My anxiety rose as all the stories of wounded lions, and cape buffalo came to mind. It was so thick; I was using the rifle barrel to move the grass and look for the bear I hoped was dead. I wished for my semi-automatic 10mm pistol over the single-shot rifle. Selous regularly used huge single-shot black powder rifles when hunting dangerous African games. He survived hunting dangerous game to be shot in the head and killed by a German sniper during World War 1. I gritted my teeth and waded in. It took 10 minutes to find the bear lying in the grass. The Barnes bullet had gone just above his heart and shattered his spine. He was dead before he hit the ground. An epic hunt with an epic rifle.

Classic Uberti 1885 Courteney Stalking Rifle in .303 British

 

RCBS Interview

1. What sets RCBS apart from other reloading equipment companies in today’s competitive ammunition market? RCBS has a long history of making great products and taking care of its customers. RCBS was started in 1943 and for 79 years has been a leader in the reloading market.

2. Why should a new handloader start with RCBS? RCBS makes field-tested, proven products that get the job done and make reloading enjoyable. New handloaders will have more confidence knowing everything was engineered and manufactured with meticulous attention to detail. Our in-house RCBS engineers are also end users and truly know handloading.

3. When someone is choosing reloading components, what are some guidelines or advice they should consider? Buy the best quality you can. One of the nice things about RCBS is, if for some unforeseen reason your product gets broken, our customer service will take care of you.

4. How does RCBS support new and experienced handloaders, and how can handloaders use this support? In addition to our great customer service, we carry some of the largest assortments of dies, shell holders, presses and powder dispensers and more. When new calibers are SAAMI certified, RCBS will have dies available.

5. How is RCBS innovating the handloading market? We're always working behind the scenes to come up with the latest and greatest. We're all reloaders ourselves, so when we see an opportunity for a product or process to be better, we go for it.

“The appointment of Ryan Busse to the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council, a federal advisory committee, is a farce and demonstrates the contempt the Biden administration holds for lawful gun owners who hunt on America’s public and private lands. Busse was listed as “unaffiliated,” but that is not true. He is not an unaffiliated shooting sports interest expert. He is advisor for the Giffords gun control group and has openly advocates to the ban on the most popular selling centerfire rifle in America - the Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR). He has published a book advocating radical gun control policies. Glaringly absent, however, is any representative from the firearm and ammunition industry even though the industry is responsible for the vast majority of conservation funds through the Pittman-Robertson excise tax. To date, the firearm and ammunition industry has provided over $15.3 billion to wildlife conservation since 1937 and over $1.1 billion of the conservation funds apportioned to the states last year was directly tied to taxes paid by firearm and ammunition manufacturers. The Biden administration has politicized this advisory council to legitimize Busse and the far-left gun control policies he and the gun control group he represents. This is a sham and doesn’t come close to representing the interests of lawful gun owners who hunt and are faithful stewards of the precious wildlife resources our nation enjoys.”

Mark Oliva
Managing Director - Public Affairs

National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)

Industry Interview Series

Episode 2 - What's Unique About onX Versus Other Digital Mapping Platforms?

The Hunting Wire interviewed onX Hunt to learn more about this critical mapping tool for hunters. The 30-minute interview, divided into several episodes, covers everything from how it works and how veteran hunters can improve their hunting skills to how new hunters can learn to use it with no previous digital experience.

Buffalo, MO: Known for its focus on “turning-the-dirt”, at the grass roots, landowner level QUWF is pleased to report another significant year for wildlife habitat. “Nearly 325,000 acres of private lands were worked, hands on work the old-fashioned way with equipment, chainsaws and sweat” states Craig Alderman of QUWF. “Over 100,000 acres were in heavy timber stand improvement (TSI), with the balance in combined grassland successional management. A significant fact, QUWF works with military veteran landowners and their families as a point of focus across the U.S.  “Evasive Specie control of weeds such as Johnson Grass, Serecia Lespedeza and Thistle are becoming a major effort because of the exceptionally high cost of chemicals and the very scarce availability” States Nick Prough, Chief Wildlife Biologist. “Landowners are trying to catch up from the COVID impact which stopped some work completely” Prough points out.

Acres impacted by the work now exceed 6.5 million acres with a value in the multi-millions of dollars and that does not include the high desert guzzlers in the west impacting another 120,000 acres. QUWF volunteer crews install or rehabilitate guzzlers which gather an average of about 800 gallons of water from rainfall. “Where we experience very dry conditions like this year, our chapter and its volunteers obtained permission to haul water to the guzzlers with their QUWF water truck and refill them. The guzzlers provide both small game and large game watering areas” explains Nick Prough.

“Additionally, we are working with 50 large ranches and the Governor in Wyoming for the restoration of the wild sage grouse, experiencing a noticeable decline. That acreage exceeds 2.5 million with some of the ranches reaching over 200,000 acres in size. 20 nesting areas were hand marked/flagged and physically examined by myself for monitoring” states Nick Prough. 20 years of sage grouse nesting site data was manually converted by QUWF to incorporate into the state’s current software by Prough. “On some of the ranches, you can drive nearly a full day to get back to the nesting sites, the trust between the landowners and QUWF was and is key to any successful habitat work” Prough observed. 

QUWF has recently partnered with the American Falconry Conservancy (AFC) to again, enhance wildlife habitat on private lands and educate all on the historic sport with raptors.

About QUWF and the AFC: 

The Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation (QUWF), is the only Veteran founded and managed national conservation organization in the U.S., and the only multi-specie and clean stream national organization including youth fishing teams, based in Missouri. QUWF “turns-the-dirt™” locally and nationally focusing on private landowners with chapters that manage and control their own funds. To join QUWF, get involved or open a chapter locally for upland wildlife and habitat restoration/ clean streams or the new youth fishing teams, visit our web site at www.quwf.net or email ADMIN@quwf.net. QUWF is a proud Conservation Partner of the Bass Pro Shop Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, a member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and an Endowment Partner with the College of the Ozarks.  The AFC and its members are dedicated to the historical sport of falconry and the preservation of upland wildlife habitat and populations. Visit our website at www.falconryconservancy.org for more information.  

“Preserve the Land and Clean Streams….Build the Habitat….Hunt and Fish for Generations” with QUWF™ and the AFC™.

Hunting Wire Radio

By Larry Weishuhn and Luke Clayton 

Luke Clayton and Larry Weishuhn

Radio File: Hunting Wire - Episode 48

By Jim Curcuruto

To play baseball you need a field. To practice or compete with a firearm, you need a locally accessible shooting range and state wildlife agencies, including the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), are stepping up to the plate and addressing this necessity.

The need for target shooting ranges has grown as the number of firearms owners increased over the past decade, nationwide, and participants are more diverse than ever. Recent research by Responsive Management in 2021 revealed that participation in target shooting increased 63 percent from 34 million participants in 2009 to 56 million in 2020. Since the start of the Covid pandemic in March 2020, 10 million Americans purchased their first firearm. They are buying rifles, shotguns, and handguns for hunting, target shooting, and protection. Regardless of their use, the owners need local ranges to become familiar and proficient with their new firearms.

To meet this growing demand, state fish and wildlife agencies have, over the last four years, built 42 new ranges and completed 170 range upgrades or expansions that are available for public use. These projects were all funded by excise tax dollars collected from manufacturers of firearms, ammunition, and archery products through the Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) Act.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough, South Cushman Shooting Range located in Fairbanks, Alaska, is a fresh example. For many years the range has been a staple for recreational target shooters, hunter education, private trainingclasses, law enforcement agencies, and hunters looking to zero in their rifles prior to moose and caribou hunts. The range is visited more than 100,000 time each year, and with that comes plenty of wear and tear.

The ADF&G and the Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department (PRD) commenced range renovation planning in 2019 that started with a wish list of improvements. Access and safety figured prominently.

“We knew we had a special opportunity to provide users with a new and improved facility that they would be excited about visiting,” said Brian Charlton, PRD Superintendent. “Our list of enhancements was long, but we focused on improving safety, accessibility, a restroom, and providing sheltered space for classes and year round shooting in inclement weather”.

Renovations include a new rifle range shelter roof, refurbished shooting benches, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant benches, hard surface pathways, new and ADA-accessible parking areas, concrete ADA accessible paths connecting firing lines to the restroom and parking, a concrete vault toilet, side berms at the rifle range to protect those using the pistol range and surrounding areas, and a center berm at the rifle range to create two separate and improved areas for hunter education and other training. Total estimated project cost: nearly $1.3 million.

“Our agency was able to provide 75 percent of the funding by utilizing Pittman-Robertson dollars,” said Eddie Grasser, ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation Director. “We needed to come up with the remaining 25 percent in match funds and the Fairbanks North Star Borough was able to provide that. It is a terrific example of how partnerships can get more accomplished than what could have been done individually.”

“With so many hunters in Alaska, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program is pleased to have been able to assist our partners in making an upgraded and safer range facility available in time for hunting season. The Wildlife Restoration program funds not only shooting ranges, but research and management of thousands of species across the nation – all funded with excise taxes on firearms and ammunition,” said Sheila Cameron, the Alaska Regional Manager of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program.

The range held its grand re-opening on August 24, 2022 and was opened to Fairbanks community use on August 26, 2022 appropriately, during National Shooting Sports Month. More good news lies ahead. The ADF&G plans to upgrade the Alaska State Parks Stiles Creek Shooting Range in the Chena River State Recreation Area next year.

The supply of shooting ranges must meet demand. Many state wildlife agencies are taking advantage of Wildlife Restoration funds and there are several dozen new range projects nationwide in progress in 2022 and more are planned.

To find a range near you check your state wildlife agency website or visit www.WhereToShoot.org. Be sure to ask someone new to come with you on your next trip to the range.

Jim Curcuruto is the Executive Director at Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation.
jim@outdoorstewards.org

HUNTING NEWS & INFORMATION

Pope and Young is proud to announce that 3Rivers Archery has continued their partnership with Pope and Young as a Gold level Corporate Partner.

MidwayUSA’s Ben Rogers was recently promoted to the position of Application Development Manager – Logistics.

The National Wildlife Federation is hiring for our amazing sportswomen’s initiative, Artemis.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger posted several divisional wins this past weekend, adding to its season tally.

Everest.com is proud to announce the addition XPRIT electric bikes storefront. 

Atlanta Braves third-baseman, Austin Riley, partnered with Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) to host his first annual “Driving for Veterans” charity tournament Monday, August 29th. 

GAMO USA has renewed its Whitetails Unlimited national sponsorship, WTU President Jeff Schinkten has announced.

The first of its kind, Antler King’s Cotton Candy is formulated with nutritious cottonseed and is irresistible to deer.

ISOtunes Sport is excited to announce the company has renewed its partnership with outdoor influencer Jess Bond.

Victory Archery is pleased to announce its continued partnership with Mitchell Payment's Moment of Truth TV.

Complete your performance gear package with the Ravin 1200 Laser Rangefinder, instantly letting you read the distance to your target with pinpoint accuracy.  

Everest.com has recently added ReadyWise storefront to its marketplace. 

Serious hunters don't have time to mess around, and neither does the new Spark 2.0 Combo trail camera from Wildgame Innovations.

Fishing Tom Guide Service, Southwest Louisiana’s premier fishing guide service, is currently taking reservations for the later part of 2022 and 2023. 

LiteFighter is the world’s largest provider of military tents and now these durable, rugged, easy-to-set-up, and camo tents are available to all.

September 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the return of archery to the modern Olympic Games.

Safari Club International is excited to announce that registration is open for its 2023 Annual Convention. The 51st annual SCI Convention will be held February 22-25, 2023, at Music City Center in Nashville, TN.

Mast orchards are a great way to attract and hold more wildlife while improving habitat, and the more variety of plants, the better the result. Soft mast species like pears, apples and crabapples help bridge the nutritional gap between summer's succulents and fall's hard mast. Chestnut Hill Outdoors offers enough variety of each that there's at least one, and often several suitable to most any habitat or climate conditions.

MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Stokes to Director of Software Development - Products.

The Nomad Barrier NXT Collection offers hunters ultra-versatile apparel designed to excel in the harshest terrain and weather conditions. Best of all, the Barrier NXT line provides adventurous hunters feature-rich, performance-driven outerwear at an exceptional value!

National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) celebrates Bowhunter Magazine’s 50th anniversary and its ongoing mission to inspire and promote bowhunting. 

Bringing Back the Lions by author Mike Arnold tells it all.  

This September, Primary Arms® Government is giving away a top-of-the-line Evolve Weapons Systems E-15 Enhanced AR-15

Hornady® congratulates international shooters on their performance at the International Precision Rifle Federation’s World Championship, August 6-12, 2022, in France.

The latest addition to the ZeroTech range is the ready-on-demand Thrive HD Reflex sight with advanced shake awake technology to ensure it's ready to go when you are! Built on a popular footprint, the Thrive HD Reflex will mount to most firearms.

Team Beretta shooters recently achieved 8 podium wins during the 2022 Southeast Regional Championship held at Cross Creek Clays in Palmyra, TN.

Team Beretta shooter JJ Racaza recently placed second overall and first in the Grand Master division at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optic Nationals held at CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Talladega, AL.

Beretta is pleased to announce that the venerable A400 Upland shotgun is now offered in a 28 gauge model.

Upland hunting and double shotguns go hand-in-hand. Discerning upland hunters want a light, reliable, lively shotgun—all of which add to the enjoyment in the field.

Designed and engineered with serious respect for the original John Browning pistol design, EAA’s MCP35 Match and MCP35 OPS by Girsan pay homage to one of the most widely used military handguns in the world.

HatsanUSA, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Escort Shotguns, is proud to showcase the Escort FieldHunter Youth. This pump-action shotgun is engineered for youth and smaller framed shooters of all levels. 

Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Annual Under the Oaks Gala, a night of celebration in support of Trinity Oaks programs for underprivileged kids, terminally ill children and combat veterans in our community.

Primary Arms has revealed its September retail giveaway, which includes a E-15 Enhanced AR from Evolve Weapon Systems.

Scholastic 3D Archery is pleased to announce Amanda Adcock has been named as the Arkansas State Coordinator.

Springfield Armory is proud to announce its newly updated and expanded online store, designed to provide customers with an easy-to-use interface as well as a broad selection of exciting products. 

Butler Creek announces that the new Featherlight Minimalist Sling is available at retail just in time for this year’s hunting season.  

Federal Ammunition has been awarded a 5-year contract to produce the United States Army’s 5.56mm training ammunition valued at $114 million dollars.  

Hornady® congratulates Sean Murphy and Greg Hamilton on their performance at the Real-World Sniper Challenge, September 10-11, 2022, in Refugio, Texas.

Blackhawk has released 24 new fits for the Omnivore™Multi-Fit Holster, bringing the total number of compatible firearms past 250 and cementing it as one of the more versatile OWB holsters on the market.

Safariland has announced an enhanced warranty program for their Liberator IV, V and Redline headsets.

Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life on Outdoor Channel, is the host of this episode of “It’s Federal Season” podcast.

Remington Ammunition has announced that three-gun competitor and social media phenomenon Danyela D’Angelo has joined team Remington. 

A specific barrel batch in caliber 6.5x55 SE, which is used in the SAUER 100 model, is being recalled as a precautionary measure. 

The Elite Combo Holster was designed to either clip onto the pants, or be threaded onto a belt.   

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) supports the National Archery In The Schools Program (NASP®) in many ways including attending and sponsoring lunch at the NASP® State Coordinator Conference July 18-21, New Orleans, LA.

The National Deer Association (NDA) tallied another successful and exciting year for their Deer Steward program with a powerful lineup of courses. 

Pursuit Media, LLC announces new streaming distribution for Pursuit UP channel with a major provider.  

As most networks continue to see declining reach, Pursuit leads the industry in total market penetration and growth for its outdoor content creators and manufacturers.

Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, Inc. (CSSI), an industry leader providing 45,000 SKUs of shooting and hunting-related products to service the independent dealer, becomes a Silver Sponsor of WTTA.

Known for its focus on “turning-the-dirt”, at the grass roots, landowner level QUWF is pleased to report another significant year for wildlife habitat.

NSSF denounced the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Final Rule that offered hunters a “bait-and-switch” deal that banned the use of traditional ammunition for opening 18 national wildlife refuges for new hunting and fishing opportunities. 

Beretta is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new hunting over-and-under shotgun - the Ultraleggero.

In July this year ZeroTech Optics hit the market with four new mid class binocular offerings to cater for the hunter, birder and outdoors enthusiast.

TrueTimber has announced a sponsorship in support of the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA). 

 

An update for our Modern Tactical collection of concealed carry fanny packs, the lightweight HIP Gunner is designed to carry your weapon concealed on the waist or sling style cross-body.

True Knives unveils the Ti Pocket Muti-Tool.
 

Antler’s King Great 8 fall annual food plot blend is formulated with eight delectable plant varieties that mature at different times for a continuous food source throughout the season.

ISOtunes Sport is excited to announce the company has partnered with outdoor influencer and non-profit leader Erin Crooks.

ThermaSeat is pleased to announce the company has renewed its partnership with Working Class Bowhunter. 

Victory Archery is excited to announce it has renewed its partnership with Red Arrow TV through another season of adrenaline-pumping bowhunts.

National Bowhunter Education Foundation reminds new and experienced bowhunters that bowhunter education classes are available in-person and online.

Now available for the SIG-Sauer P365XL and Spectre Comp!

Field & Stream’s, Jace Bauserman rates SEVR as top overall choice for taking down some of North American’s toughest big game animals.

The Headrest Safe Company, LLC, innovators of the ultimate discreet vehicle safe storage system, is proud to announce Louis Tuck will assume the roles of Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer. 

Pope and Young is pleased to announce that Hoyt has committed to preserving, promoting, and protecting the sport of bowhunting by renewing their silver level partnership and staying in the conservation fight alongside Pope and Young. 

MidwayUSA is excited to announce the promotion of Brandon Stallo to UX Manager - eCommerce.

Everest.com  is pleased to launch a storefront for Mainers, an accessories brand that makes mittens for extremely cold weather.

Henry Repeating Arms is pleased to announce a total figure raised in the amount of $52,175 to benefit Shadow Warriors Project.

Taurus, manufacturer of premium handguns for defense, hunting, and sport shooting, is excited to announce the hiring of Caleb Giddings as Marketing Manager for the Taurus brand.

Barnett modernized the slingshot and currently creates models for everyone, from beginners to advanced sharpshooters.

The MAINSTAY Inside the Waistband Holster from Elite Survival Systems provides immediate access to your firearm and allows for multiple styles of carry.              

APEX Ammunition, makers of premium, ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) shotshells, is pleased to introduce its new limited-edition, Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat Waterfowl Blend.

Social media network designed to share outdoor experiences launches contest for users to win a chance to hunt with Belding

ZeroTech Optics is pleased to introduce our newest addition to the Vengeance family, the FFP precision rifle powerhouse 5-25x56mm riflescope!

September 2022, Accokeek, MD – Chapuis Armes, manufacturer of premium French shotguns and rifles for the discerning sportsmen, invites the public to an open exhibit of its sporting centerfire rifles and over-under and side-by-side shotguns.

The #137, Slim-Tuk is our minimal ambidextrous IWB holster fashioned from Kydex

Primary Arms Government has announced the hiring of Andrew Blauser as the team’s new Eastern Region Territory Manager.

Athlon Outdoors is excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated second season of Night Shooter.

HANDUP's legendary biking gloves are now available in Realtree EDGE camo for the outdoor enthusiast who enjoys the thrill of mountain biking through rugged, technical terrain.

BONE-DRI, inventor of award-winning rust prevention gun cases, has partnered with Lammert Associates Inc.

Veil Camo is proud to collaborate with Wichita State, a local college university, for some of their marketing needs. 

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger continued its winning streak by securing several divisional wins this past weekend.

TrueTimber has announced a partnership with Blackhawk to produce lifestyle apparel for the industry leading brand. 

Krieghoff once again sponsors the 12 Gauge Event at the World Skeet Championships and looks forward to successful performances from its K-80 shooters.

"We are looking for hunting, fishing, camping, off-roading lovers to join our growing team of outdoor enthusiasts. Hoping to fill a salaried, Client-Producer Relations position

Fiocchi, a global leader in defensive, target, and hunting ammunition, congratulates Fiocchi Pro Team shooter Richard Marshall on his outstanding performance at the 2022 Grand American World Trapshooting Championships.

 
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