JUNE 10, 2024

Letter From The Editor

Since the dawn of time, those of us who hunt have shared a common bond. We are hunters.

Now, some of us hunt deer, some hunt turkeys, and others hunt ducks, geese, pheasants, or rabbits. Many of us hunt everything, and a few no longer hunt at all.

Regardless, we are all the same to anti-hunters.

It's high time we accepted that we're all the same to each other. If we don't, the only common ground we will soon share is we were hunters.

Jay Pinsky

The numbers are in, and there are 721 Competitors registered from 40 States for the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships being held June 23-28 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Heartland Public Shooting Park will host the Compound Archery, Hunting & Outdoor Skills, Muzzleloading, Recurve Archery, Shotgun, Smallbore Pistol, and Smallbore Rifle events. The Pinnacle Bank Arena will host the Air Pistol, and Air Rifle events. These nine different disciplines will compete in 27 different events. 

For example, the 161 registered archers will shoot a ½ World Archery Outdoor Target (formally FITA) round, a ½ Field round, and a 30-target 3-D round.

“I believe one of the most grueling disciplines is Hunting & Outdoor Skills” says Scott Stuhr, National 4-H Shooting Sports Program Coordinator. “Not to take anything away from the other disciplines, but these competitors not only have to be proficient in shooting 3 different pieces of equipment, but they also have all that studying and practice to do for the written tests and other competitions they do each day.”

Day one for the 45 registered Hunting & Outdoor Skills competitors start with a 15-target 3-D Archery course followed by identifying specimens by using skulls, furs, wings, feathers, tracks, scat, or sound. They will also take a written test with questions pertaining to habitat, behavior, wildlife management, breeding seasons, or other characteristics. Day two is a 15-target hit or miss shotgun competition that simulates different hunting scenarios. The Hunter Skills test is based off topics such as first aid, decoys, game recovery, firearms/ammunition, or game care to name a few. Then there is a written test on map interpretation and reading. A 15-target rifle competition, with 2-D animal targets, begins day three. The test includes subjects such as ethics, safety, landowner relationships, and federal and state game laws. They may also view videos of hunting situations and be asked if they should “shoot or don’t shoot” and “why”. There is a hunting scenario given to the participants prior to the competition that the participants must prepare for and be able to answer questions about. A compass course, using a real compass (no GPS allowed) rounds out the day.

For more information about the National 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships please visit. National Championships

If interested in volunteering at the National Championships, please visit Volunteer Opportunities

To learn more about 4-H Shooting Sports, go to https://4-hshootingsports.org.

For information on having a booth, sponsoring an event, or becoming a supporter of 4-H Shooting Sports, or anything else related to 4-H Shooting Sports, please contact Scott Stuhr, at coordinator@4-hshootingsports.org



Brownells, a cornerstone of the firearms community since 1939, commemorates a significant milestone as it celebrates its 85th anniversary. During this special occasion, Brownells announced exclusive sales and promotions, offering customers unparalleled deals and opportunities to join in the celebration.

Kryptek Outdoor Group announces the launch of its exclusive Pro Program. This initiative is designed to provide active military personnel, military veterans, law enforcement officers, guides and outfitters, government employees, and outdoor industry professionals with unparalleled access to Kryptek's premium products at special rates.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has a rare employment opportunity to join its senior leadership team as managing director of brand and communications. The position will lead a dedicated team that develops and executes RMEF’s comprehensive communications, brand building assets and activities.

MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) announces the launch of Guns & Ammo TV Channel, available now on its streaming platform. 

The Friends of NRA has announced their four regional Volunteers of the Year winners. They also named Falls of the Ohio Friends of NRA in Indiana as the 2023 Committee of the Year after raising more than $311 thousand dollars in net income.

Vortex® is excited to introduce the Defender-XL™. The ultra-wide sight window of the Defender-XL™ significantly enhances the field of view. Constructed to withstand the unexpected drops and rigors of dynamic shooting, the Defender-XL™ (MSRP: $599.99/MAP: $399.99) promises durability and reliability.

Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG) announces a significant surge in viewership for its flagship channels, Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel during the most recent fall hunting season.

National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) continues its steadfast support of the National Archery In The Schools Program (NASP®). NBEF is a 2024 sponsor of the 1st Place High School Team Scholarship at the NASP® National Tournament in Louisville.

Fiocchi, a global leader in defensive, target, and hunting ammunition, congratulates Bill McGuire, member of the Fiocchi Pro Team, on his win at the at the World Sporting Clays Championship in Pennsville, NJ, held from May 13th to 19th.

TAC Vanes continued its strong season at the ASA TRU Ball Pro/Am in London, Kentucky with six podium finishes across the men’s and women’s pro divisions.

G5 Outdoors and Prime Archery are proud to announce the continued partnership with Team Radical, a group of 16 seasoned hunters, as they enter their 14th season together.

PRADCO Outdoor Brands, a manufacturer of hunting and fishing products, acquires Ani-Logics Outdoors, maker of scientifically formulated deer nutrition products. This acquisition complements PRADCO’s already diverse roster of hunting, fishing and outdoor brands.

Southwick Associates has released the 2023 Hunting & Shooting Market Size Report, detailing the size of the more than $22 billion hunting and shooting equipment market in 2023. The overall market value dropped from 2022 estimates, but was still higher than pre-pandemic levels, with firearms and ammunition declining less than anticipated.

Outdoor Channel continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary by spotlighting significant programming that has made a difference to the outdoor industry and its viewers.

The deadline to apply for a 2024 Vermont moose hunting permit is June 19. Moose permit applications are available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website www.vtfishandwildlife.com for the hunt limited to Vermont’s Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) E in the northeastern corner of the state.

ATN Corp announces a significant firmware update for its highly acclaimed ThOR 5 Thermal Scope. This update brings a host of improvements and new features designed to enhance the user experience and deliver unparalleled performance in the field.

The Murray Road Agency announces its latest partnership with Princeton Tec.

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI) announced the start of its Summer Freedom Days Rebate program that will offer for a limited-time either a $50 or $75 USD prepaid card for each new eligible Smith & Wesson firearm purchased between June 7th and August 18th, 2024.

Since the dawn of time, those of us who hunt have shared a common bond. We are hunters.

Now, some of us hunt deer, some hunt turkeys, and others hunt ducks, geese, pheasants, or rabbits. Many of us hunt everything, and a few no longer hunt at all. 

Regardless, we are all the same to anti-hunters. 

It's high time we accepted that we're all the same to each other. If we don't, the only common ground we will soon share is we were hunters.

Jay Pinsky

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is currently accepting nominations for the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame and the newly created Youth Conservationist of the Year award. These initiatives aim to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the state’s outdoor heritage.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks volunteer instructors have scheduled a Bowhunter Education course in Roundup June 20—23 and field day for online Bowhunter Education students in Billings June 29. Registration is open for both events.

Arcus Hunting’s category-leading brands Tink’s and Dead Down Wind announced their new partnership with professional hunter Tim Wells and his series, Relentless Pursuit. The series, viewable on The Sportman Channel and MyOutdoorTV, follows Tim on his wild adventures from ducks to bucks and everything in between.

If you’re looking for a place to hunt white-tailed deer this fall in Arkansas, don’t miss the opportunity to apply for one of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s permit-based deer hunts on a wildlife management area near you.

Hunters have until June 30 to purchase a chance for a SuperTag for the 2024 hunting season. Eight hunters will win a SuperTag license for one of the following species: moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, antelope, elk, deer, bison and mountain lion. The SuperTag can be used in any hunting district in Montana – including Montana's trophy districts.

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