DECEMBER 6, 2021
 
 
 

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Thanksgiving is behind us as we move forward to Christmas across America. Hopefully all of us are having a superb 2021 and are looking forward to an even better 2022. I know I am. In this edition of The Hunting Wire, we hear from Brenda Weatherby about how to make the most out of our successful wild game harvests in our Voice of Leadership Panel (VoLP), we have another great episode of Hunting Wire Radio, hear more about building leaders in our hunting community from LSU’s Bret Collier, and we kick off a new handgun hunting series with Larry Weishuhn. We have plenty of news and information about our industry to share as well. As always, thank you for your support and feedback about The Hunting Wire, Jay Pinsky jay@theoutdoorwire.com

Voice of Leadership Panel

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

Making the most of a harvest can sound simple, but it is a complex subject and has been a journey for me over the last decade. Careful thought before, during, and after the hunt has brought me to where I am today. This list of tips from Timber2Table is an excellent example of the many factors I grew to understand as my hunting experience expanded. The author’s message is clear – many things can make a difference in bringing home quality game meat.

  1. Age of the animal makes a difference
  2. Time of the season makes a difference
  3. Harvesting an animal that is relaxed before the shot makes a difference
  4. Shot placement makes a difference
  5. Getting meat cooled quickly and kept clean makes a difference
  6. Aging 3-10 days makes a difference
  7. Trimming fat for best flavor makes a difference
  8. Use a good vacuum sealer to avoid freezer burn makes a difference
  9. Matching your recipe to the right cut makes a difference

I live by these suggestions and teach them to others, but this is only the beginning of making the most of a harvest. Somewhere along the way, I also became keenly aware of what sits next to my wild protein, including the starch, the veggie, and the sauce. I became much more interested in pairing my wild game with locally sourced vegetables, stepping outside the recipe box, and using fresh and local. This really started because I had a farm near me when I lived in California. Having subscribed to their weekly veggie box, it transformed my cooking overnight. Every week I was introduced to vegetables I never knew existed and was challenged to learn how to cook them. The mixing and matching of both local meat and local veggies was nothing short of magical. Then and there, I realized two things: I loved to create in the kitchen, and the platform for suggesting hunting to my foodie friends was natural. It didn’t take long to convince a locavore that wild game meat is the best option for nutrition and flavor.

If the intersection of hunting and the local sourcing of food interests you, look at three excellent articles:

  1. Extending the Locavore Movement to Wild Fish and Game: Questions and Implications By Keith G. Tidball,* Moira M. Tidball, and Paul Curtis https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/0/8547/files/2014/01/WHT-article-167vnut.pdf
  2. Food for Thought- Recruiting Locavores

https://www.nwtf.org/hunt/article/the-locavors

  1. Kuipers, D. Field to Fork: What the end of hunting as we know it means for conservation--and our diet. Orion, Autumn 2020. https://www.orionmagazine.org/issue/autumn-2020/

Once I had engaged in the first two stages of harvest planning, my creative side came out. My perspective of cooking changed, and I began to see it as more of an art and a gift to give to others. The icreatedaily podcast says, “the plate or platter is the cook’s canvas for artfully presenting their masterpiece.” Leon (2014) adds more when she says, “the art of cooking is inseparable from our own personal stories, our memories, and associations.” I would suggest that this perspective of cooking can be shared by most cultures and would bring people of different backgrounds together to appreciate each other’s values by sharing in the joy of food. The locavores may be the following category of emerging hunters. This focused R3 effort might begin with hunters simply sharing a beautiful meal with friends and telling positive and honorable stories about it. Sabbath (14) writes, “your stories, your opinions, establish your character, and your character is the most authoritative source for beliefs about hunting.” My Wild Flavors Youtube series came out because of this love for cooking and retelling of adventures while bringing dinner to the table. If you’d like to see more, check out my Turkey Meatballs with Polenta or Holiday Pheasant cooking episodes.

Wild Flavors: Episode 6 - Wild Turkey Meatballs

Wild Flavors: Episode 5 - Holiday Pheasant Special

References:

I create daily podcast. The Art of Creative Cooking. https://www.icreatedaily.com/creative-cooking/

Leon, M. (2014). How Art, Creativity, and Cooking Are Connected in My Kitchen https://www.thekitchn.com/kitchen-diary-mercedes-in-amsterdam-208460

Pendley, M. (2020). Meat Hunter’s Rules for Shooting the Right Deer. Timber2Table. https://www.realtree.com/timber-2-table-articles/meat-hunter-s-rules-for-shooting-the-right-deer

Sabbeth, M. (2021). The Honorable Hunter Instructor Training Manual: How to Honorably & Persuasively Defend & Promote Hunting.


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

By Larry Weishuhn

Weishuhn with a really nice, big whitetail taken with a .44 Mag revolver and shooting Hornady's 240-grain XTP ammo.

“You here to play cowboy or hunt?” Snicker, snicker, followed by, “Pray tell what do you intend to do with that play toy?” Laughing now, said the grizzled guide when I pulled a .44 Mag revolver, topped with a Trijicon SRO sight out of my carry bag. Those gathered around the ranch’s shooting bench to make certain their rifles were properly laughed as well.

“I plan on taking the biggest buck shot on hunt with this six-shooter.” I replied, smiling.

I was last of eight hunters to shoot, planned it that way. I made a big deal of loading six Hornady 240-grain XTP rounds into the revolver’s cylinder. Then resting the handgun on a sandbag for a rest, I cocked the hammer, got solid and fired at the 100-yard target. My first shot hit a half-inch high of the “X-ring”. I cocked the hammer, shot a second time. It printed a figure “8” with the first shot, cutting the “bullseye”. In rapid succession I cocked the hammer and pulled the trigger a third time. All three bullet holes touched each other. The best three-shot groups by those using long guns was 3-inches.

I watched the guide looking at my 3-shot group through his spotting scope. Turning toward me with a raised eyebrow, “Maybe I misspoke a bit about you and your handgun.” I smiled!

“The bullet goes where the barrel is pointed when you pull the trigger!” Said I placing my revolver into my travel bag.

Last evening of the hunt I shot a really nice 20-inch wide, massive beamed 10-point, the biggest buck taken during that hunt. Love it when a plan comes together! “If you can do it, it’s not braggin’!” as my dad used to say.

Ruger’s Blackhawks (single action), and Redhawks (double action) as well as Taurus’ Raging Hunter (double action) chambered in .44 Mag with bullets and ammo, especially those produced by Hornady are indeed extremely accurate and worthy of use for hunting big game species.

Handguns shooting "proper" ammo are capable of extremely since accuracy even out to 100 yards and beyond.

If you are just getting started hunting with a handgun, or simply thinking about doing so, I would suggest starting out with a single-action revolver, meaning the hammer must be cocked before the trigger can be pulled and the firing pin strike the cartridge (in the case of a .22 rimfire) or primer on centerfire rounds. I usually suggest starting down the handgun hunting road shooting a .22 rimfire revolver. Ammunition is normally readily available and not very costly compared to larger rounds. This allows for and encourages a lot of shooting and practice to become familiar with a handgun and learning how to shoot it accurately, while having fun.

My suggestion for a .22 rimfire revolver? There are numerous available. The Ruger Wrangler, is one of my personal favorites, is reasonably priced, accurate, fun to shoot, and one that simply has “iron or open sights” meaning a notch in the receiver and a bladed front sight. Such an open-sight handgun is a great way to learn how to shoot a handgun. Recoil and muzzle blast from a .22 LR rimfire is very “tame”.

I started seriously hunting with handguns back in the mid-1960’s, using single-action .22 rimfires produced by Harrington & Richardson, this for small game like squirrels and rabbits, but also coyotes and bobcats. I “moved” from there to .357 Mag and .44 Mag single-action revolvers, and from there to the single-shot Thompson/Center Contender using a variety of calibers and rounds, all the way up to the .375 JDJ and .45/70, then back to primarily revolvers in .44 Mag and .454 Casull, big enough to take anything in North America. I occasional run into hunters using semi-auto pistols chambered for 10mm or 11mm.

Me? I prefer revolvers over semi-autos. This is a personal preference. I love the looks and feel of single-action and some double action revolvers. I, personally have more control over a revolver compared to a semi-auto. Semi-autos are great shooting numerous times quick… Too, I prefer single-action revolvers chambered in larger caliber/rounds over double action because of the single-action’s grip design allows the handgun when shot “to roll back into my hand”, lessening felt recoil. Double actions have a “swell” on the back grip right at the web on the shooter’s hand. This helps with pulling the trigger more smoothly when shooting double action. But unfortunately, the swell makes the felt recoil more substantial.

The frame of a single-action revolver's curved grip allows the gun to roll in the hand when shooting heavy recoiling rounds.

I have handgun hunted a variety of big game species both here in North America from Alaskan brown bear and moose, elk, caribou, black bear, pronghorn antelope, mule and whitetail deer down to javelina, and a variety of plains game in South Africa. I have used revolvers, mostly single-action but also some double actions; single-shots in a great variety of calibers and rounds; and some bolt actions as well. I do own three semi-auto Model 1911s, but I personally really do not consider these to be hunting guns, although during my early years I on occasions used a Remington Model 1911, .45 ACP to hunt deer. It was the only handgun I had at the time.

The .44 Mag is fully capable of bringing down elk, using the "right" loads, in this instance Hornady's 240-grain XTP, and shot placement

If you are just now getting into handgun hunting, or simply thinking about it. No doubt you have questions.

Let us start with what type of handgun you should consider to use for hunting. We have already briefly discussed single-action and double action revolvers, but there are also as mentioned single-shot handguns such as the Thompson/Center (T/C) Contender (designed primarily for lesser pressure rifle type rounds, like the .30-30 Winchester and traditional handgun rounds like the .44 Mag) and the T/C Encore, which is designed to be able to shoot such traditional rifle rounds as .270 Win, .308 Win, .30-06 and the like (medium pressure rounds). Available too, if you can find them are some bolt action handguns, which unfortunately no longer in production, like the Savage Striker, Remington XP-100 and a few others. These too, were chambered in the medium pressure cartridges. Bolt action handguns are generally available on the used gun market or can be built by custom-maker gunsmiths.

What’s right for you? That is really a personal decision! Questions to consider are what big game species do you plan on hunting? What terrain will you be hunting in and how far will you be shooting? Do you like the look of a revolver or a break-open single-shot or possibly bolt action?

For starters, let us say you primarily want to hunt whitetails in relatively thick cover, but someday may consider hunting black bear or an elk with your handgun. Let us further say, you earlier bought a .22 rimfire revolver and shot it open/iron sights. You plinked with it quite a bit, can consistently hit a tin can at 20 yards, and have used it to successfully hunt squirrels and rabbits. Now you are ready for a bigger caliber handgun with which to hunt deer and possibly bigger game. And you really like the look and feel of a revolver. Once we get into hunting techniques with handguns later in this series, we will there take a look single-shot and bolt action handguns.

Single-action or double-action? Personally, regardless of whether I shoot a single or double-action, I always cock the hammer between shots, even though with a double-action I could simply pull the trigger for a quick second shot and beyond. It is simply how I have always done things, cock the hammer before each shot. Probably goes back to my early years when I shot single-action revolvers exclusively.

I mentioned recoil briefly. I have learned over the years most shooters are more afraid of the loud “bang!” than the “kick” although with some handguns it can be “a bit”. One of the many reasons why it’s important to wear hearing protection, hearing protectors inserted into your ears or in the form of earmuffs.

To me, double-action revolver, caliber/round/load being the same tend to have more felt recoil that do single-actions. As explained earlier this is because of for a better reason the “swell” on the grip behind the hammer, there primarily to help to squeeze off a quick second shot. This design tends to create more felt recoil.

Single-action, such as most of the “Old West” style revolvers such as the Ruger Blackhawk, Freedom Arms, and a few others have a smooth curved back grip. When you shoot a recoiling revolver, this design tends to roll into your hand. Wearing a shooting or simply a leather gloves, seems to allow more roll than shooting “bare-hand”.

With a single-action there are essentially two grip styles the Standard and the Bisley. The latter’s grip is curved downward at a more acute angle. Since my hands are rather larger, I am not a huge Bisley grip fan, because when I shoot a Bisley grip revolver, I smash the knuckle of my middle-finger. With the standard grip, there is more room between the back of the trigger guard and grip. Before you decide on a grip style, I suggest going to a gun store and holding each one to see which one “fits” your hand a bit better!

As to the material the grips are made of, there are all sorts from wood, to bone, to antler, to various synthetics. I prefer wood or antler on single-actions. With double actions there are factory and after-market grips that will help absorb some of the recoil. The Taurus Raging Hunter double-actions I shoot have grips made of a softer, rubber-like material that truly helps reduce felt recoil.

Addressing recoil, quite a few years ago Larry Kelly with Mag-na-port started porting revolvers and single shot handguns to greatly reduce recoil, particularly those barrels produced by J.D. Jones and his SSK Industries. These include such powerhouse rounds as the .375 JDJ, based on the .444 Marlin and necked to a .375. These rounds produced a substantial amount of recoil, to the point where they were often referred to as “Hand Cannons”, and rightfully so. But when the barrels are ported they are fun to shoot. I long hunted with a .309 JDJ, ballistics like the .308 Winchester. Ported it was pleasant to shoot. Too, for many years I shot a .30-06 chambered in a T/C Encore. With a 15-inch ported barrel its ballistics were a bit superior to a .308 Win. I shot it mostly in non-ported barrels and loved doing so. I used my .30-06 to take several moose and lesser sized big game species.

Porting handgun barrels, such as were done at the factory by Taurus on their Raging Hunter revolvers, greatly reduce felt recoil.

In shooting .44 Mag and up say to the .454 Casull or .460 S&W Magnum there can be a bit of recoil, depending upon the loads shot, barrel length, gun design and other factors. For years I have hunted with a single-action Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter chambered in .44 Mag, I loved that gun, still do. More recently I have been shooting, and hunting with and loving Taurus’s Raging Hunter, which has a fabulous porting system that greatly reduces felt recoil in the three round aforementioned. Although I will admit the .460 S&W Mag is a handful! I prefer shooting my Taurus Raging Hunter in both .44 Mag and .454 Casull. If you are a bit recoil sensitive, for starters begin hunting serious big game with the .44 Mag rather than the .454 Casull, although with the latter you can also shoot a .45 Long Colt, making it fun to shoot especially with commercially available ammo.

We have gravitated toward a choice of caliber/rounds. To me when addressing revolver rounds when it comes to hunting, I think in terms of .44 Mag, .454 Casull, .460 S&W and .480 Ruger. Those presented, I will tell you the .41 Mag is an excellent round, but it has never achieved the popularity of the .44 Mag. That in part is due to Elmer Keith essentially developing the .44 Rem. Mag, and Clint Eastwood years ago proclaiming it the world’s most powerful handgun, (which it is NOT) in the numerous “Dirty Harry” movies.

The 44 Remington Magnum is one of the author’s top choices for a handgun hunting cartridge due to its versatility and ammunition choices.

There are those who have taken essentially everything from Cape buffalo down to rabbits with a .44 Mag handgun, using proper bullets and knowing animal anatomy. Certainly, it should be a favorite, and in my opinion the top of the list, when it comes to a caliber to use on deer to bear-sized animals. I have taken many deer with a .44 Mag, several black bear, a few elk and several animals in between.

Too, I really like the .454 Casull, and will remind you once again, you can also shoot a .45 Long Colt in a .454 Casull, which has considerably less recoil. Most .45 Colt (this as opposed to the .45 ACP) ammo is loaded down considerably and not really designed for hunting. This in part is because the .45 Colt handguns of years ago were not designed for the pressure created by loads ideal for hunting. If you handload the .45 Colt can be an excellent handgun hunting round! I have a couple of .45 Colt (again often referred to as a .45 Long Colt, as opposed to the round shot in .45 ACP, semi-autos like the old Model 1911s) revolvers. I love hunting with them, but with handloads designed for hunting.

I have long been a fan of the .454 Casull and used it to shoot my first Alaskan Brown Bear years ago, a Freedom Arms revolver. The round killed the bear as quickly as any large magnum rifle round!

With the .44 Mag I feel comfortable shooting a deer out to 100 or so yards. I shoot 240-grain Hornady XTP commercial loads exclusively in my .44 Mags. I know there are other ammo, but I use it for good reason. This load has never let me down in terms of accuracy and down-range performance. With my .454 Casull Taurus Raging Hunter revolver as with others I use I feel comfortable shooting at deer out to 125 or just beyond, when I’m shooting Hornady’s 250-grain XTP ammo and shooting from a solid rest.

I am not, here, going to discuss hunting with rounds such as the .460 S&W Mag, .480 Ruger, .475 Linebaugh and/or .500 S&W Mag. These rounds produce substantial recoil, to the point most people do not shoot them accurately, because they tend to develop a flinch due to their “loudness” and their “kick”!

I have also not addressed caliber/rounds less than .40. There are some who hunt regularly with a .357 Mag. In my opinion, based on years of hunting and being around some extremely adept and successful handgun hunters, the .357 Mag is an “expert’s handgun round”. True, it produces mild recoil. True it shoots extremely accurately. But it is minimally (in my opinion) capable of killing a deer. It is an expert’s round. Expert in terms of being able to precisely place the bullet in the deer’s vitals while avoiding major bones. To me the .357 Mag simply lacks the needed down-range energy to, beyond close range, cleanly and quickly kill a deer. I know there those who will strongly disagree and have taken numerous deer with a .357 Mag. More power to them. But it is not a round a beginning handgun hunter should consider, if looking for a “deer gun.

Over the next weeks we will be taking a look at other handgun styles, sights, ammo, taking a solid rest, handgun hunting techniques, and tell a few handgun hunting stories!

By Larry Weishuhn and Luke Clayton

Luke Clayton and Larry Weishuhn

Listen to Hunting Wire Radio - Episode 38

Using Collegiate Hunting to Develop Wildlife Policy Leaders

By Bret Collier
Associate Professor
Louisiana State University
School of Renewable Natural Resources

“Educating from a tree stand”

A morning double for Louisiana State Universities Collegiate Hunting Program students

This weekend I will be taking my daughter deer hunting with me on our family farm. Growing up in a house with a father who is a wildlife biologist and a mother who is an oceanographer, the kiddo is no stranger to nature and the peculiarities of those of us that study it. She swims like a fish, will be scuba certified in a year or 2, has helped me clean deer and ducks in the driveway since the time she could walk, and her favorite meal is nilgai burgers on the grill. But this weekend is different, as it will be the first time that she has gone with me on a deer hunt. Now, all the preparation and education that she has gotten from me during her formative years will hopefully surface as we sit side by side in the stand.

Now, to many of you, my daughter hunting with me is likely not a surprising turn of events. She was born into a family where her father hunts, and has always hunted, on the family’s land. Thus, my taking her hunting is simply adding another link to the long chain of a family that has enjoyed hunting on our land. I am admittedly fortunate, as are many of you, as I have had the opportunity and interest to engage the kiddo in shooting sports and hunting at an early age. The reason I bring up the upcoming hunt with the kiddo is that we may see a deer and we may not, but none of that matters as it is the education kiddo will get from a morning in a tree stand that is what’s important.

A successful morning and a new hunter created as part of the Louisiana State University Collegiate Hunting Program

Wildlife knowledge comes in many forms, and every deer hunter I know has a story about the big one they heard crashing through the brush behind them, only to spin around and see the deer season arch nemesis, a squirrel, making a ruckus in the leaves. I also know that every deer hunter has a story about how silent and still the woods were one morning, and how they looked over and a deer had materialized, silent and stealthy, as it moved through the hardwoods and pines. On my farm during deer season, we look for horizontal in a vertical world, and if you hear it, assume its not a deer–wisdom learned and passed down to each generation during trips to the tree stand.

The larger question the wildlife recreation and conservation community faces only differs in scale from my weekend plans–how do we get more individuals educated from a tree stand? Foundationally, recruitment of new hunters has long rested on experienced hunters who introduce hunting to the next generation. However, that model has struggled due to a myriad of causes ranging from societal shifts in interest to land access and opportunity. The larger question is, however, who should be responsible for the education and recruitment of new hunters and why? Engaging new hunters, or the process of taking someone hunting the first time, is simple to implement on a practical level–all it takes is time, money and a location to hunt. However, when turning new hunters into hunters, the devil is in the details as proponents of various R3 (recruitment, retention, reactivation) programs have found that social support is one of the primary drivers for retention of hunters who have recently entered the sport, yet few programs provide any social support after the first hunting event. Thus, after the euphoria of the first hunt is over, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the cohort of newly introduced individuals are supported moving forward as hunters and (hopefully) taking the reins to introduce others in the future.

Louisiana State University Collegiate Hunting Program participant enjoying the rewards of a successful afternoon hunt.

One of the recent focuses of the LSU Collegiate Hunting Program is to bridge the gap between creation of hunters by providing a initial opportunity, to retaining hunters by developing a support system for each academic cohort. What better group to share a lifelong set of hunting experiences with than friends and colleagues that went through the same wildlife ecology curriculum, experienced the same educational and hunting opportunities, and will transition into the wildlife management and conservation field together? Each cohort of wildlife conservation scholars, linked together by their education and time spent hunting together provides an immediate social support group no different from any other social group on a university campus–only this one has its foundation based on Fair Chase and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

The formation of peer-groups and social connections during college has provided me with the social group that I have hunted with for over 20 years. Circling back to my weekend deer hunt with the kiddo, the social support system to keep her engaged in hunting rests not just with me but starting this weekend will also rest with my friends who will be at deer camp as she will be the newest member of our group. The development of these social groups and the exchange of ideas, information, and experiences is part of the education that we here at LSU are trying to pass down as part of our Collegiate Hunting Program as we continue to educate students from the tree stand.

More of the story to follow in the next installment of Conservation Pillars.

You can contact Dr. Bret Collier (bret@lsu.edu) or follow him online at:

Twitter: @drshortspur

Instagram: @drshortspur

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

Part IV– Shot Placement

FTW Ranch’s SAAM program talks shot placement for hunters.

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David Merrill owner of Bow Spider, the quickest and easiest bow retrieval system on the market, is pleased to announce that his first film, “A Day in the Brooks” has made it into Western Hunter Magazine’s film festival finals. This 44-minute film chronicles he and his 65-year old father’s Alaskan Dall sheep adventure. It is one of five films in the Professional Long category. The other three categories in the film festival include Professional Short, Amateur Long and Amateur Short.

A Christmas ham is one of those old school traditions that has stuck around for centuries for a reason. It is a true hallmark of the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay totally traditional. Why not spice it up a bit this holiday season?While the tradition of the ham is suggested to have begun amongst the Germanic and Norse people as a tribute to Freyr, a god for whom the pig was sacred, it later grew to become synonymous with Christian Christmas celebrations and the tradition of eating ham was passed along with it and continues today.

In our modern ways of cooking and eating, we’ve gotten out of touch with Mother Nature. Those who hunt, fish, and enjoy wild game know that we should always respect and cherish our food and where it comes from.For hunter/chef Chad Belding and MMA star Chad Mendes, hunting and ethical farming are crucial ways to reinforce our connection to nature. In The Provider Cookbook, Belding and Mendes share recipes and stories to celebrate this way of life and keep it alive for generations to come.

Primos Hunting, a pioneer in game calls and hunting accessories, would like to remind hunters that the new Double Bull SurroundView Max and SurroundView Double Wide blinds are available in time for the holidays and late season hunting. As the rut heats up in the south and whitetail hunters bundle up for December, SurroundView blinds offer perfect on-the-ground concealment.

Springfield Armory® is proud to announce the newest addition to its award-winning family of 1911’s — the Ronin® EMP®. Combining the popular features of the Ronin series of pistols with the CCW-ready Enhanced Micro Pistol (EMP) platform, the result is a potent and packable EDC partner that offers the smallest 1911 in the world.

The new NKOK high-quality pump-action Realtree toy shotgun will keep your little outdoor enthusiast entertained and active for hours.Decorated in Realtree EDGE camo, this new toy shotgun comes with four soft plastic shells that are ejected when you pump it to reload.

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) offers bowhunting videos covering topics that appeal to today’s bowhunter - the tradition of bowhunting, vintage bowhunting footage, survival skills needed in an outdoor emergency, scenic footage and safety messages.

Hawk, an industry leader in hunt stand technology and innovation, has just announced availability of the all-new Rival Lite treestand. Hawk engineers developed this treestand to incorporate maximum comfort in a lightweight, high mobility platform.The Rival Lite is a hang-on treestand with an integrated seat that folds exceptionally thin and flat so hunters can easily carry it into the field.

SPACE Trailers unveiled a new logo and website going into the new season. While the company name remains the same, the logo and website have improved to better represent the brand. This new logo and rebrand symbolizes the new ownership of the company. SPACE Trailers will now have a clear and concise logo with enhanced colors, refined typeface, and our most defining element-the word, ‘trailers’ has been added to the logo.

Rock River Arms, one of the industry's most respected name in Modern Sporting Rifles and pistols, is now offering select models of its popular semi-auto rifles in California-compliant configurations. Dealers and customers in California are encouraged to contact Rock River Arms to place orders on these select models.

Friday, December 10 will be the last day to take advantage of the early bird entertainment ticket package, the prices increase at midnight. Don’t miss out on the chance to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary with can’t miss entertainment and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

On November 23, 2021, in a huge victory for both Polymer80 and the Second Amendment in Nevada, the Hon. Judge John P. Schlegelmilch of the Lyon County, Nevada District Court stated he would be issuing summary judgment in favor of Polymer80, Inc., in their lawsuit against Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, George Togliatti, Director of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, and Mindy McKay, Administrator of the Records, Communications, and Compliance Division of the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Bear & Son Cutlery, manufacturer of premium Alabama made knives, announces an upcoming feature on Manufacturing Marvels® which airs on Fox Business Network – December 1, 2021 at 10:30pm ET / 9:30pm CT.Bear & Son Cutlery is a family-owned knife manufacturer that produces tens of thousands of different pocketknives each year out of its factory in Jacksonville, Alabama.

Credova, a buy now, pay later (BNPL) solution emerging in the increasingly popular outdoor recreation, farm, home and ranch markets, announced today an exclusive agreement with Cornerstone Bank. “This is the next step in our company evolution, to partner with Cornerstone Bank, a pillar in the banking community,” says Dusty Wunderlich, Credova CEO. “It’s not often you find a bank with a nearly 100-year history, be so nimble and forward thinking, but that’s exactly what we’ve discovered in Cornerstone Bank,” continues Wunderlich.

 
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