JANUARY 18, 2022
 
 
 

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

It’s trade show season! It’s also squirrel, rabbit, coyote, bobcat, and waterfowl season too. Hopefully, yours truly will dabble in all the seasons over the next month.

One of the more exciting tasks ahead of me is waterfowl hunting with a sweet local gun store find, a Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS) 16-gauge side-by-side shotgun built in 1946. The gorgeous case-hardened, French walnut-stocked shotgun was built with a set of fixed-choked full and modified barrels, so I’ll be using Boss Ammunition’s copper-plated, non-toxic, non-steel loads for waterfowl. In the upland fields, I’ll chase quail, chukar, and pheasants with Fiocchi’s fantastic Golden Pheasant loads. I’m also looking forward to chasing turkeys with the MAS this Spring.

The author’s old-school French-built MAS 16-gauge shotgun will work the Virginia skies for waterfowl and upland game in 2022.

For 2022, we travel to New York for the second Mossberg/GPO All-Rookie story in our new series. We are also alternating Larry Weishuhn and Luke Clayton’s Hunting Wire Radio and Kenny Corder’s American Signature Podcast every other issue. We’re excited to tell you LSU professor Bret Collier will start a new Collier’s Corner column next issue. He’ll teach and inspire hunters of all levels about how wildlife biology impacts us as hunters and conservationists.

I’d also like to give a Hunting Wire shout-out to Tom Ryle, the Sales and Marketing Manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife who reached out to me via email to let us know that they’re launching a new R3 effort there soon. Tom’s an accomplished hunter himself. Here’s a story about Blacktail hunting he wrote. Thanks for reaching out, Tom, and keep up the good fight for all hunters in Washington!

We’re looking forward to a terrific 2022! If you have questions, concerns, or ideas to improve The Hunting Wire, feel free to contact me directly jay@theoutdoorwire.com

Delta Waterfowl’s University Hunting Program teaches wildlife students about hunters’ critical contributions

By Cyrus Baird

When I was an undergraduate student at Clemson University majoring in wildlife and fisheries biology, most of my classmates naturally grew up hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors.

We would routinely skip class to hunt (sorry, Mom), and I assumed that was the norm for people in similar situations as us. After graduation, friends in my graduating class went on to work in state fish and wildlife agencies, federal agencies, conservation non-profits and other places where, in just a few short years, we would be in leadership roles making decisions that directly impact hunters and conservation on a large scale.

However, it was a few short years into my professional career that I started realizing more and more that my experience, and that of most of my classmates, might have been unique. Today, more and more students are graduating with degrees in wildlife, fisheries, natural resources, and other key areas with little to no experience, or even a basic understanding, of hunting and the critical role it plays in wildlife management and conservation funding in the country.

Luckily, Delta Waterfowl has developed our University Hunting Program in response to this brewing crisis: Increasingly, wildlife management students do not come from hunting backgrounds.

According to the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow (clft.org), “Today, more than half of the students graduating with wildlife and natural resources degrees … have never hunted and know little about it or the reasons why people hunt.”

Anecdotally, many professors participating in Delta’s UHP take this sentiment even farther, estimating that as many as 70 percent of wildlife students — who’ll one day determine how the dollars generated by license fees, Pittman-Robertson funds, Duck Stamps and other self-imposed hunting fees are spent — have little to no knowledge of our beloved hunting culture. That is a dramatic shift from previous generations, when practically every aspiring biologist owned a rifle and fishing rod.

“We believe the trend is a serious problem, especially because we’ve already seen what can occur when wildlife leaders lack an understanding of hunting’s role in managing North American wildlife,” said Joel Brice, chief conservation officer for Delta Waterfowl. “For instance, in recent years many state, provincial and federal agencies have shifted their emphasis from game animals to ‘at-risk’ species — a policy change with tangible consequences for wildlife and hunters. Delta’s University Hunting Program is among the solutions.”

Here’s how UHP works: Students at participating universities receive hunting instruction as part of their regular wildlife coursework. Program components include a hunter-safety course, a range day, an actual waterfowl hunt, and a post-hunt waterfowl dinner. Ultimately, UHP helps ensure that future wildlife managers recognize hunting as a critical conservation tool, in many cases become hunters themselves, and support the hunting tradition now and in the future.

Launched in 2017 at five partner universities, Delta’s eventual goal is to deliver the University Hunting Program at all North American universities with wildlife management curriculums, including 494 priority institutions. Interest from professors is fueling rapid growth — during the 2019-2020 season, a whopping 24 universities participated. This season, a total of 39 schools participated.

The experience has been palpable for nearly all attendees.

“I definitely felt a rush of adrenaline,” said Selah Phillips, now a wildlife graduate of Millersville University in Pennsylvania, of her experience. “I always wanted to try hunting, because I like the idea of harvesting my own food.”

Her classmate, Phuong Le — who’d never held a firearm prior to participating in Delta’s University Hunting Program — agreed.

“In class we’re learning about the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, so I wanted to learn about hunting and hunters,” Le said. “It was interesting to hunt a pond. I thought all hunting took place in the forest.”

Their professor, Dr. Aaron Haines, appreciated those sentiments.

“(Delta’s University Hunting Program) is exactly what I’ve been looking for, because today most wildlife students don’t come from rural backgrounds,” said the associate professor of conservation biology. “Part of my job has become teaching students about hunting and fishing. How does a hunter think? How does an angler think? Teaching students about different perspectives helps them become better communicators. It leads to bipartisan conservation. And what better way to take students hunting who may have hesitation than through Delta’s program?”

That, indeed, is the purpose of Delta’s University Hunting Program: ensuring wildlife students — future conservation leaders and decision-makers — are equipped with the knowledge of hunting’s role in conservation, have an opportunity to become hunters themselves, and will in turn make informed decisions to benefit wildlife, hunters, and the general public.

Cyrus Baird of Richmond, Virginia, is senior director of government affairs for Delta Waterfowl, a member of The Hunting Wire’s Voice of Leadership Panel, and an avid hunter


2021-2022 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.

  • Cyrus Baird - Senior Director of Government Affairs, Delta Waterfowl
  • Karen Butler - Founder/President, SLG2, INC DBA: Shoot Like A Girl
  • Haley Fitzgerald – Conservation Leader & Hunting Enthusiast
  • Eric Morris – Producer & Host - N.onT.ypical Outdoorsman TV
  • Ken Perrotte - President of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers (AGLOW)
  • Brenda Weatherby - Director of People and Culture, Weatherby, Inc.

Facilitators

  • James “Jay” Pinsky, Editor, The Hunting Wire
  • Peter Churchbourne, Director, NRA Hunter Leadership Forum
  • Jim Curcuruto, Executive Director, Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation
Mossberg/GPO All-Rookie Series

Forward by Hank Forester, Director of Hunting, National Deer Association

Deer seem to be everywhere. The white-tailed deer is the #1 big game species in the world. There's no other big game animal that can match its number, its range, or the number of hunters who pursue it. Deer populations are just off an all-time high, and they inhabit not only our wild spaces but our backyards and urban green spaces almost equally well.

Also everywhere, but seemingly harder to make out, are aspiring hunters. Making Mentorship Work, recent research from Wildlife Management Institute, Southwick and Associates, and D.J. Case, suggests as many as 24.7 million Americans want to hunt and currently don't participate. That's more than double the 11.5 million licensed hunters in the U.S., according to the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

Hunters list many motivations for hunting, but community brings us back. Current hunters usually found community in their families hunting traditions or deer camps. Aspiring hunters need a community to gain the confidence to become a hunter, and many come from outside our current hunting cultures. (Also, according to the 2016 Survey, hunters were 90-percent male and 97-percent Caucasian)

We walk by these aspiring hunters every day and don't realize it.

This fall, The Hunting Wire and National Deer Association, with the sponsored support of Mossberg and GPO, USA set out to identify new hunters, take them afield, and tell their story from their point of view. We organized hunts in different regions of the U.S. from the woods of New York to the fallow farm fields of Michigan, to Kansas cornfields, and along Virginia's Blue Ridge skylines. We thought these regions would offer a blend of unique challenges and opportunities to the new hunter and mentor alike. We're putting you in the blind and the mind of these new hunters. We hope you'll learn from these profiles, but ultimately, we hope you'll be inspired to identify and mentor a new hunter next season.

By Hank Forester – Director of Hunting, National Deer Association

“Before the Field to Fork event, I was reading and watching various items on hunting. I estimated that it would have been at least two (2) years before I would even venture out to go hunting.” – Avery Toledo

A group photo from the Field to Fork event

It seems natural to say we met on the back deck of a Nature Conservancy office in Schenectady, NY, but it’s 2021, and like the start of many Field to Forks, we hosted a Zoom meeting first. Avery Toledo, a Contract Specialist for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has a prominent personality, a deep New York accent, and usually sports a Sherlock Holmes hat which fits him very well.

Luckily for Avery, a group assembled that evening, Veteran’s Day 2021, from all around the country to take eight Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) new hunters and New York residents on their first hunts.

The group included The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Hunters of Color (HOC), Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA), the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), and the National Deer Association (NDA). We have been motivated by the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report, the 11.5 million hunters in the U.S. were roughly 90% male and 97% Caucasian. Representatives from these groups had been meeting for almost a year, convened by TNC, who wanted to open up hunting access to some of their lands, offering more equitable access. Each group brought their expertise to the cooperative program:

  • TNC brought the land.
  • HOC recruited the hunters.
  • BHA served as our mentors.
  • NYDEC helped get everyone licensed.
  • NDA helped with the replication of their Field to Fork program.

This replication would be a “destination model,” as we call it, condensing the training and hunting into a four-day event with follow-up hunting opportunities after the organized event.

Avery was recruited online. He saw a post on Twitter and applied for our program via a Google survey. From the excel results, our group selected our candidates -- Avery, 44, male, Hispanic of Caribbean descent, from New York City, NY, among them. Avery had indicated he had no family or friends who hunt, and although he’d never been hunting, he was interested in “learning and continuing the hunting tradition”. He’d also indicated a connection with nature, self-reliance, and that recreation and meat were his motivations for learning to hunt. In conversation, Avery elaborated on why he wanted to learn to hunt, “Several reasons, primarily to satiate that primal feeling within me, to get in touch with nature, to become more active, to accomplish something challenging, to develop new skills, and to harvest my meat.”

Avery is not alone. Additional research, Making Mentorship Work by Wildlife Management Institute, Southwick and Associates, and D.J. Case reports there may be as many as 24.7 million Americans who want to learn to hunt. That’s more than twice as many potential hunters sitting on the sidelines than currently licensed hunters.

Before showing up to the event, we offered all of our new hunters free access to online hunter education and our Deer Hunting 101 online course through our partners at Kalkomey (better known as Hunter-Ed.com). Avery had already completed his hunter education course, which we see with many aspiring hunters.

On that November evening, all of us met, with Paul Gallery of the TNC hosting that evening’s proceedings. Paul also supplied the pizza oven and fixings for make your own pizza night with beer donated from the Westkill Brewery. (After all, this was an event for grown-ups.) We focus on new adult hunters as they’re the most efficient audience. Adults have cars, checkbooks, calendars that they fill at their choosing. They can learn to hunt today and replicate the process tomorrow recruiting and mentoring their friends and family – including kids. Far too often, hunter recruitment programs have mistakenly focused on inefficient audiences and often those from a hunting culture or background. We make sure to identify our targets.

Creating a hunter comes down to building confidence, which is best done through education, camaraderie, and community. Our programs are built to give our participants the knowledge to continue as hunters but ultimately empower them through social support, i.e., community. You probably found this community in a family or a hunting camp if you hunt. New hunters need to be invited into this community, or it must be created for them. The best part is, time and time again, we’ve seen diverse groups come together over a shared passion for wild food and wild spaces. And that’s exactly what happened.

After pizza, with some venison for toppings, and a beer or two, we gathered for introductions. Avery said he grew up in NYC, which offered adventure and built character but took “decades to overcome”. He is a father and hopes to make hunting a family tradition. Also gathered are all the mentors and others helping facilitate the event.

Mike Poulopoulos would serve as Avery’s mentor. Mike is a volunteer for BHA and knew the mission of this event was something he wanted to support. “That sounds like a ton of fun. I want to be a part of that and help out,” said Mike. “At root, though, I’m a social person and enjoy sharing my passions with the hope of sparking an interest in others. I also remember how excited I was to get my first season afield. What a great way to experience that fresh excitement again.”

Mike’s story is not too different than Avery’s, even though they come from diverse backgrounds. “I’m pretty green,” Mike said, “and I’m also pretty proud here. I started in my mid-30s, about six years ago. Around then, I dedicated time and energy to attend the safety courses and then get out in the woods and hunt whitetail. The way I saw it, I was running out of time to make it a tradition in my life, and I went for it. No one in my immediate family hunted; I had never gone hunting as a kid, no one had offered to take me hunting.”

That evening we sat around a campfire, and Lydia Parker, the co-founder of HOC and the Mohawk Wolf Clan, shared the Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen, a traditional thanksgiving address about the importance of relationships in all life forces in Creation. Its purpose was to bring the minds of everyone there at the gathering as one.

Early the following day, we all met at a private residence for our education and training portion of the event. The morning began with breakfast, then with safety and shot placement education. We trained all the new hunters on both crossbows they’d be required to use on the TNC property and rifles we planned to use on follow-up hunts where rifles were allowed. The NYDEC also joined to discuss regulations and hunting opportunities in the state.

Avery gets comfortable on the crossbow with Mike, his mentor.

Mossberg was gracious to send Patriot rifles, in both 30-06 Springfield and 450 Bushmaster, and German Precision Optics (GPO, USA) supplied the optics, a Passion 4-12x42mm and a Spectra 1-6x24mm to mount on the respective rifles. Both rifles and optics shot and functioned exceptionally well, and with the light/crisp “Lightning” triggers on the Mossberg rifles, everyone shot well. Most new hunters preferred the 450 to the 30-06 as the recoil was more manageable for the new hunters. We requested the 450 Bushmaster because of its straight wall cartridges required on our next stop on tour – more on that later.

Avery enjoyed shooting the Mossberg Patriot 450 Bushmaster with the GPO Spectra 1-6x24.

After plenty of time to become comfortable and proficient at shooting, we had lunch, geared up, and gathered for a group photo before heading out. That afternoon, we sent the new hunters afield with crossbows on the Hannacroix Ravine preserve in ground blinds we had put out a couple of weeks prior. The weather was cold, we saw deer, but we fired no shots.

After the hunt, we all gathered back at our host cabin. We shared stories and dinner, including venison dishes prepared by Brian Bird of BHA, corned venison Rubens, venison goulash, and venison tacos.

Mike recounted the hunting vividly, “Our heart rates skyrocketed a few times as deer came into sight. The first deer was a doe, trotting off at about 60 yards, tail flagging. It looked to me like a buck would be on her trail soon enough. I told Avery to be ready, and then a small buck came along, nose down on the same trail. I bleat called quick and then grunted once, which caused the buck to turn and start coming right down to us through the briar thicket, nose still down. Before he got to our clearing, though, he realized he was off her scent and headed right back up and picked up her trail. I grunted again to give him something to think about for later.

“About an hour later, I happened to look across Avery and see a small buck on the other side of the blind. He was milling about at about 20 yards, right in the clearing. 'Deer, deer, deer, deer, deer!' I said, sounding like a machine gun. Avery jumped to attention, but he couldn’t position himself to get a clean and clear shot before the buck walked off, getting as close as 10 yards from the blind. Man. I was grateful he was excited for the opportunity because I was disappointed that I hadn’t seen the deer sooner. As we left the blind later, he mentioned how glad he was to be out in the woods hunting. I became so focused on the missed opportunity of the kill that his reminder that we were in the woods hunting all the while placed me in a better perspective. I value that moment. It was sincere and meaningful.”

Avery and Mike’s blind selfie. We ask all mentors and new hunters to take a selfie in the stand and send it to a group text thread.

The next morning came early with ‘grab and go’ breakfast and coffee and everyone returning to their blinds. Deer were seen, including some rut activity, but again no shots were fired. When everyone returned to camp, we ate lunch and returned to shooting while others had the opportunity to relax.

We had a local NDA member drop off a hunter-harvested deer between hunts to demonstrate if we did not harvest a deer during the organized event. Spirits were high for the evening hunt, but Mother Nature had a different plan. Severe weather hit the hunting property just about the time our hunters settled into our blinds. We decided to recall the hunters and err on the side of safety. The challenging weather helped form more camaraderie. Our hunters remained in high spirits and returned to camp for cleaning and processing demonstrations and a warming dinner of venison stew.

Avery helps break down a deer with mentor Brian Bird of BHA.

Avery wrote after the season, “Although I was not able to harvest a deer. My two follow-up outings after my initial hunt produced many learning opportunities and good fellowship and camaraderie.” His plan moving forward is to “continue learning through knowledgeable sources like books, hunting organizations, and reading through the National Deer Association information (that is why one of the first things I did after my first hunt was to become a member). Continue participating in local hunting organizations, learning archery, & practicing my shooting. Last and most important, getting out in the field as often as possible.”

Mike reiterated Avery’s testimony in a separate conversation, “Avery is eager to learn and open to the experience of spending hours in the woods. I know he’s been researching on his own as he would pepper me with questions and listen if I was offering up detail on what was happening in the woods. He now knows that if a blue jay is squawking, something is walking. It took me a few years to put that together.”

Later Avery sent a “Thank You”: “It was a perfect event; from arrival to leaving, everything was just perfect. Also, please thank the vendors who helped sponsor the event, from First Lite to the Mossberg rifles, the excellent crossbows, and everything else you could put together to help induct a new set of hunters into the hunting fraternity.

“It is impossible for me to explain adequately what you, the National Deer Association, and your vendors did for me and my other fellow mentees. From the technical aspect of hunting to the understanding of the responsibility we have as hunters and stewards of the People’s vital resources, all the way to how you treated us, I am genuinely thankful. For me, you took a longtime dream and made it a reality.

“Field to Fork is helping me start a family tradition. My adult daughter will be joining me next hunting season. That is great by itself, but the Field to Fork program will also allow me to bond with my second, who is on the way. I look forward to sharing the new Toledo hunting tradition with my family. Already your Field to Fork program is impacting three different generations while helping to strengthen family ties.”

Now a question for you: can you help us create more hunting traditions with aspiring new hunters?

JOIN THE MOVEMENT. HELP SECURE THE FUTURE OF OUR WAY OF LIFE.  If just one in three hunters adds one new person to our sport, we’ll secure a strong future for generations to come. So be the one. Ignite the passion that can change the course of someone’s life forever. For all hunting has done to enrich your life, join the +ONE movement and invite someone hunting. Share your experience with posts on social media. #PlusOneMovement #LetsGoHunting #Hunting

To learn more visit: https://www.letsgohunting.org

 

By Larry Weishuhn and Luke Clayton

Luke Clayton and Larry Weishuhn

Radio File: Hunting Wire Radio - Episode 39

HUNTING NEWS & INFORMATION

Federal’s Punch 22 LR has been honored with the 2022 NRA Women Gear of the Year Golden Bullseye Award. Federal will be recognized in association with the award during a special reception on Friday, May 27, 2022, at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas.

Traditions® Performance Firearms is pleased to announce Karl Ricker has joined the Traditions® team as Senior Product Development Manager. Ricker will be in charge of all new product development.During his career, Karl has worked with industry leading manufacturers such as Thompson Center and Smith & Wesson. He brings to Traditions® 31 years of product development experience and an unparalleled dedication to hunting and shooting.

Delta-McKenzie is now shipping the innovative Big 8 target, the latest development from premium foam Backyard Series targets.Big 8 features an innovative hexagon shape that provides eight shooting faces. The asymmetric target design greatly increases usable life with any type of bow or crossbow. Big 8’s geometry provides a larger shooting area versus conventional square targets giving shooters confidence to stretch the distance without fear of missing the target.

Realtree® knows your “X” on the map is always changing, which means you may have to hide in corn fields, milo, winter wheat, flooded rice, reedy pond edges, hedgerows, buck brush, flooded timber, cattails, or anywhere else ducks want to be. Realtree MAX-7™ conceals you in all of the above – in every scenario and in any waterfowl environment.

Pioneer in Thermal Imaging and Night Vision Devices, Armasight begins production of the new ArmaCORE™ Thermal Core as the latest evolution in uncooled thermal imaging technology. Armasight products are Proudly Designed & Built in the USA with U.S. and global components.

The Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command and Sako Ltd signed a contract for the procurement of the new Rifle System M23 on 12 January 2022. The procurement was preceded by collaboration on the development of the rifle system between Sako Ltd and the Finnish Defence Forces in 2020–2021 in accordance with the letter of intent between the Finnish Defence Forces and Sako Ltd.

Fiocchi, a global leader in defensive, target, and hunting ammunition, will be exhibiting at the 2022 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.New for 2022 Fiocchi Ammunition products include Golden Pheasant Bismuth, Golden Waterfowl Bismuth, Golden Turkey TSS, Golden Turkey, and a new line of Hyperformance centerfire rifle ammunition, as well as new offerings in the Field Dynamics family.

onX Hunt, in partnership with Southwick Associates, has completed a deep dive look into the new wave of hunters that have entered the space in the past few years, with a focus on those who started hunting at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. In addition, onX Hunt also looked at more experienced hunters and their reactions to the new faces.

Swanson Russell has been selected as the marketing agency of record for Silencer Central, which has pioneered the streamlining of obtaining suppressors for hunting and shooting since 2005. Swanson Russell will help Silencer Central with brand and product marketing as they continue to grow their suppressor offerings and services.

Federal Ammunition will announce a number of new product offerings during the 2022 SHOT Show (Booth No. 11838), January 18-21 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Springfield Armory® is proud to announce the release of the Hellion™, answering the call for superior ballistic performance in a short, modular and fully ambidextrous 5.56mm bullpup platform.

Traditions® Performance Firearms has promoted Brenna Wells to Inside Sales Manager. Wells will oversee the inside sales department team and be responsible for managing all internal sales processes, account management responsibility, and sales order processes with the goal of creating more integrated operational efficiencies. During her career, Wells has been an asset to Traditions team for 22 years.

Hawke® Optics is happy to announce that they will be attending SHOT Show 2022, January 18-21 at the Venetian Expo Center in the Sands Resort, in Las Vegas, NV. Hawke Optics will be introducing four new collections of optics to bolster their already impressive lineup. The company will also showcase expansions to three of its most popular lines.

German Precision Optics (GPO) will proudly be exhibiting the company’s full line of new riflescopes and binoculars– including the game-changing new compact 8x32 and 10x32 RANGEGUIDE rangefinding binoculars – at the 2022 SHOT Show, to be held January 18-21 at the Venetian Expo Center and Caesar’s Forum in Las Vegas, NV. GPO can be found in booth #11053 in the Venetian Expo Center upper level.

Outdoor Edge- America’s leading manufacturer of knives and tools for all things outdoors – will be showcasing their full line of outdoor cutlery and accessories at this year’s SHOT Show, being held January 18-21 at the Venetian Expo Center and Caesar’s Forum in Las Vegas, NV. Outdoor Edge will be displaying in booth #13663 in the Venetian Expo Center, upper level and welcomes dealers to stop by the booth.

Ideal for the traveling bowhunter, the new All Weather Series (AW2) 44” Ultimate Double Bow Case from Plano can safely transport a primary rig plus a backup bow on unpredictable expeditions. The beefed-up, deep design also provides protective storage for arrows and accessories in a durable yet lightweight package.

AG Composites announces a new carbon fiber rifle stock design that is both aesthetically appealing and highly functional - the AG Edge.The new AG Edge series features an angular, functional buttstock making it ideal for custom options such as QD cups. In addition, the bottom side of the forend is flat which is optimal for mounting different rail systems.

Rock River Arms, the industry's most respected name in Modern Sporting Rifles and pistols, is honored to be the recipient of the 2022 Shooting Illustrated Golden Bullseye “Rifle of the Year” Award. For the 2022 contention, Shooting Illustrated’s seven-member committee selected the Rock River Arms RBG customizable bolt-action chassis rifle available in .308/7.62 and 6.5 Creedmoor.

The Rifle Scabbard, #204, is a beautiful chestnut tan steerhide scabbard designed for lever-action rifles. It features solid brass buckles on the saddle straps to attach to your saddle, motorcycle, or ATV. The scabbard has beautifully hand-done fancy stitching with contrasting thread. The #204 will fit most lever-action rifles with up to 20” barrel.

The AirJavelin Pro is the latest air archery rifle announced by Umarex USA, innovator, manufacturer, and marketer of airguns, optics, and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast. The super lightweight Umarex AirJavelin Pro is an exciting, sleek, and modern PCP rifle regulated at 1,500 psi delivering up to 25 arrows on target at 370 feet per second.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., provider of the world’s most rugged, lightweight, and clear sport optics, is pleased to announce the launch of the Patrol 6HD 1-6x24, the company’s latest low power variable optic.Designed to help defend your ground, the ultra-lightweight, low-profile design of the Patrol 6HD deploys quickly, while its 1-6x magnification lets you engage targets anywhere–from tight corners to open fields.

The Hornet™ belt holster carries a compact handgun in both crossdraw and the increasingly-popular appendix position. It offers comfort, speed, and concealability with compact autos and small-frame revolvers.

Federal Ammunition is proud to announce its all-new 30 Super Carry cartridge and will showcase this new product launch at the 2022 SHOT Show (Booth No. 11838), January 18-21 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Real Avid, the Leader in DIY for Guns®, is seeking a hands-on innovative marketing leader who loves to work collaboratively in a team environment and excels in both seeing and navigating the “big picture”. We have a highly professional yet refreshingly informal office culture, so feel free to leave your khakis and dress shoes at home, flip-flops and hoodies are just as appropriate here.

In 2020, Mossberg launched the 940 Pro family of 12-gauge autoloading shotguns with the award-winning 940 JM Pro competition-ready shotgun. Now joining this line of high-performance autoloaders are two 940 Pro Turkey shotguns. These optics-ready packages feature a choice of 24 or 18.5-inch barrel lengths; HIVIZ® CompSight® fiber optic sight for quick target acquisition; Mossberg X-Factor™ ported choke tube for improved pattern density; full camo coverage in Mossy Oak® Greenleaf™ for the ultimate in concealment; and a host of premium features and finishes.

Outdoor Edge announces the new RazorCape, the latest addition to its trendsetting lineup of knives featuring the company’s patented RazorSafe™ blade change system. The RazorCape is a lightweight knife that features two replaceable, scalpel-sharp, 3-inch caping blades to perform the intricate task of caping an animal; two replaceable, scalpel-sharp, 3-inch drop point blades suited for the heavy lifting of field dressing and quartering your game and more.

U.S. LawShield®, industry leader and America's largest provider of Legal Defense for Self Defense® coverage, protects members from legal fallout if forced to defend themselves. But were you aware they offer additional coverage that protects outdoor enthusiasts? The HunterShield® add-on provides legal protection for unintentional wildlife violations arising from hunting and fishing activities.

U.S. LawShield®, industry leader and America's largest provider of Legal Defense for Self Defense® coverage, is proud to offer self-defense legal protection to active, reserve, and retired members of the law enforcement community.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., provider of the world’s most rugged, lightweight, and clear sport optics, is pleased to announce the launch of its new RX-1500i TBR/W Laser Rangefinder, which enters the market as one of the most versatile, feature-rich rangefinders in its class.

Safari Club International (SCI) is excited to announce that KUIU has become a national sponsor of SCI. As sportsmen and women around the world know, KUIU is a high-performance hunting gear company known for using cutting-edge innovation to build gear with uncompromised quality and performance.

Silencer Central, America’s largest silencer dealer, is proud to announce two new Banish suppressors. The new Banish 46 and Banish 338 silencers provide exceptional noise reduction for big-bore rifles.

CrossBreed® Holsters, a leading manufacturer in the category of concealed carry, follows the launch of Smith & Wesson’s all-new CSX 9mm with the introduction of several of its top EDC holsters that accommodate this fresh micro-compact platform.

Wicked Ridge Crossbows recently launched a new carbon crossbow arrow, crossbow bowpack, and expandable broadhead to round out their accessory lineup.

Galco is pleased to introduce two IWB holsters for the new Smith & Wesson CSX pistol, both part of Galco’s Concealed Carry Lite™ line, and constructed of Premium Center Cut Steerhide.

Go fast or go heavy! The Easton Sonic 6.0 is a 6mm high-performance hunting arrow engineered with high-performance speed and hunting accuracy in mind. The Sonic 6.0 is built from scratch in the USA using Easton’s seamless Acu-Carbon process for the ultimate weight and spine consistency from shaft to shaft and from dozen to dozen.

The Crosman® Mag-Fire Extreme, the latest addition to the Mag-Fire series applies a patented design that offers airgun enthusiasts the lowest profile in its class with fewer components to reduce failure or jamming. The Mag-Fire Extreme is powered by Nitro Piston Elite technology for more accuracy, more speed, and more power. It comes in .177 and .22 caliber models, which deliver blazing velocities up to 1300 FPS (18FPE) and 975 FPS (21FPE) respectively.

German Precision Optics (GPO) has upgraded and is reintroducing the all-new GPOTAC™ 8Xi 1-8x24i first-focal-plane riflescope. This product is German-designed and engineered to bring extreme features for the benefit of the most serious tactical shooters. This GPOTAC™ riflescope is built on a 34mm machined aircraft aluminum main tube and comes standard with iControl™ auto-off illumination, and an upgraded mil-spec horseshoe reticle. It has an 8x zoom factor.

You'll be prepared for whatever the day brings wearing the Alps OutdoorZ Shield Full Zip Jacket in Realtree Timber Camo. This versatile jacked provides unbelievable comfort with the sherpa fleece interior and keeps your phone, or other valuables secure with multiple zippered pockets. A split kangaroo hand-warming pocket keeps fingers warm and nimble and the compressed cuffs and hemline keep cold weather out.

Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, has added a new solar model to its touted CelluCORE™ lineup: the CelluCORE 20 Solar Cellular Trail Camera.The CelluCORE 20 Solar combines the reliability and image quality of the CelluCORE 20 with an integrated solar panel to dramatically increase battery life.

In addition to Nomad’s popular Cottonwood base layer system designed for extreme cold weather applications, Nomad’s new Merino wool collection is ideal for cold, wet conditions. The Nomad Durawool line of undergarments provides the perfect first layer to keep hunters warm and dry in the harshest conditions.

With their largest and most interactive display booth to date, Real Avid welcomes you to the 2022 NSSF SHOT Show in Las Vegas. You are invited to see firsthand how they are igniting the Gun DIY® market with their most innovative products to date, not only in the minds of your customers, but in your store as well with the Pro Shop Program available to both new and existing dealers.

APEX Ammunition, makers of handloaded, ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) shotshells, will showcase its ammunition offerings at the 2022 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 18-21 (Booth # 71104).APEX pioneered the commercial use of 18.1 g/cc density TSS in 2017, and today offers a comprehensive line of shotshells for Waterfowl, Upland, and Predator and Deer hunting, in addition to its renowned Turkey TSS loads.

Timney Triggers, the oldest and largest trigger manufacturer in the world, also the leader of the aftermarket and OEM trigger industry, announced today their next chapter for the 75-year-old iconic brand – The Timney Enhanced Feel Trigger Shoe for ALL Glock pistols.

Rock River Arms, one of the industry's most respected name in Modern Sporting Rifles and pistols, announced a nationwide coyote hunting tournament starting February 1, 2022, and ending February 25, 2022. Tag out as many coyotes as you can legally take (check local laws) and submit photo entries daily through the Rock River Arms website for a chance to win a signed RRA Fred Eichler Series special-edition rifle.

Primary Arms Optics has released a new line of rifle scope mounts for their premium PLx product line.As part of the PLx line, these mounts meet the exacting demands of professional use, offering impeccable craftsmanship and advanced features from state-of-the-art production facilities. PLx Scope Mounts are 100% US-made and feature Grade 12.9 steel hardware with a proprietary Black Electroless Nickel coating for unmatched durability in austere conditions.

Benelli USA announced today they retained Media Direct Creative Group of Erie, Pennsylvania, to be its Agency of Record for Public Relations. This agreement to manage public relations and media support covers Benelli USA initiatives and those of Benelli USA’s family of brands, including Benelli, Franchi, Stoeger, Uberti USA, and Chapuis.

AG Composites, a veteran-owned manufacturer of premium carbon fiber rifle stocks, will be showcasing the company’s full line of advanced products at this year’s SHOT Show, to be held January 18-21 at the Venetian Expo Center and Caesar’s Forum in Las Vegas, NV. You can find them in booth #42126, in the lower level of the Venetian Expo Center.

With a red dot, your carbine is already a versatile weapon, giving you the confidence you need to engage close-range targets. But now, there’s a simple way to stretch your effective range, with the new Micro6x Magnifier from Vortex®.

Polymer80 (P80®) will be unveiling several new products at this year’s SHOT Show, to be held January 18-21 at the Venetian Expo Center and Caesar’s Forum in Las Vegas, NV. You can find P80 in booth #10030 on the upper level of the Venetian Expo Center.

The 43rd SHOT Show is just around the corner, and Hornady Security® and SnapSafe® deliver with multiple new product releases. The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show will take place on January 18-21, 2022, at the Venetian Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, expanding into the new Caesars Forum and adding more exhibit space totaling over 800,000 net square feet. It stands as a major event for the shooting sports industry, with everyone present from optics to tactical gear and hunting manufacturers.

Gamakatsu takes their innovations into the saltwater soft bait market with the introduction of DuraScent baits. Whatever saltwater species anglers are chasing, there’s a DuraScent offering tailor-made for that purpose, with built-in features that outfish and outlast the competition.

TrueTimber has been announced as the Information Desk sponsor for SHOT Show® 2022. SHOT Show attendees will see TrueTimber branding, patterns and logos on each Information Booth on the show floor and worn by SHOT Show information staff. Additionally, TrueTimber will be showcasing a variety of gear and select powersports partner products from Honda® and Segway®.

Silencer Central, America’s largest silencer dealer, will attend the 2022 Industry Day at the Range, January 17, in Boulder City, Nevada. Silencer Central will have staff on hand in bay SR-43 to answer questions about the new E Forms process which is expected to cut the silencer buying process to under 90 days. In addition, Silencer Central will be showcasing the performance of new Banish suppressors.

Shoot Like A Girl is pleased to announce its attendance and exhibition at the 2022 Industry Day at the Range Event in Boulder City, Nevada. Bringing their mobile range to Industry Day, Shoot Like A Girl looks to demonstrate their state-of-the-art military grade firearm simulator to those in attendance. This is the second of many stops Shoot Like A Girl will make in 2022, and attendance is limited to invitees only.

Plano has expanded its popular Stealth EVA storage line to include long guns. The new expanded selection utilizes the same extremely lightweight EVA foam as the recently launched pistol and bow cases but offers outdoor-goers new rifle and shotgun storage solutions.

Buck Knives®, leader in sports cutlery, will be exhibiting at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 18-21, 2022.With a dedication to providing the highest performance products of uncompromising quality, Buck Knives’ will be showcasing a new line of products for 2022 that demonstrate Buck’s continual commitment to offering best-in-class value and craftsmanship.

The DC Project will hold a press conference during the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show®), titled “Why Second Amendment Advocacy Matters” on Tuesday, January 18, from 11 am – 12 pm in the Venetian, Marcello Room 4401A.

Everest.com, the first online, customer-centric, multi-merchant marketplace for the outdoor recreation community will be hosting meetings in-person for manufacturers and retailers during the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas January 18-21, 2022.

Outdoor America announced today the appointment of experienced executives to key management positions within the company.

After the debut of the new 9mm Stance, updates to Renegauge, and new Model 110s, Savage Arms is adding two new rifle designs to the growing list of guns slated for launch in 2022.

EasyExport®, the only export processing service that enables any online merchant to ship firearms, parts, scopes and accessories to international customers, has appointed Max Harrison Director, Data Science. Harrison’s role will be to convert EasyExport proprietary transaction data into actionable international sales and marketing information, available exclusively to EasyExport merchants.

 
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