SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
 
 
 

"Are you guys ready? Let's roll."

–Todd Beamer, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93

This past weekend we honor the 20th anniversary of those who lost their lives on Sept 11, 2001 when cowards attacks America. As so many remember, on the morning of 9/11 two planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon, and a fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3000 innocent people lost their lives that day, hundreds more first responders continue to battle complications from their selfless sacrifices to help save countless lives on 9/11, and thousands of military men and women have died to keep terrorism at bay since then.

Many of you reading this, and me writing it, served either at home or abroad in both direct and indirect actions protecting America because of the attacks on 9/11. Now 20 years later we honor those who lost their lives in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania, and all the military men and women who have died or suffered injuries in the global war on terrorism since 9/11.

Yes, we remember. What do we do now?

President George W. Bush gave us good advice back in 2001.

(Excerpt from President George W. Bush’s speech to America on Sept 20, 2001)

“Americans are asking, ``What is expected of us?''

I ask you to live your lives and hug your children.

I know many citizens have fears tonight, and I ask you to be calm and resolute, even in the face of a continuing threat.

I ask you to uphold the values of America and remember why so many have come here.

We're in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith. “

Read his full speech here - https://catalog.archives.gov/id/90547572

One last thing - radical Islamic terrorism hasn’t forgotten 9/11 either, and I think we just let them up off the mat.

Stand by America.

As always, thank you for your support and feedback about The Hunting Wire, Jay Pinsky jay@theoutdoorwire.com

By Ken Perrotte

A proposed Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources regulation banning the awarding of prizes, money or otherwise, for predator hunting contests was pulled from consideration last month after a legal review determined the agency’s oversight board likely didn’t have the authority to enact it.

In presenting the proposed regulation at a May meeting of the Board of Wildlife Resources, staff members parroted a “trigger” term regularly used by antihunting groups, noting that the contests, which usually include coyotes, foxes and bobcats, are dubbed “killing contests” by some people.

The board approved posting the proposed regulation for a public comment period.

Despite determining the board couldn’t impose a regulation, DWR staff still briefed the public comment results at August’s meeting of the agency’s Wildlife and Boating Committee, held a day before the full board meeting.

Comments totaled 1,559 comments, most emailed or submitted via an online form. Staff stated 1,472 comments were attributed to people listing a Virginia address. Unsurprisingly, about 76% of the comments were categorized as supporting the ban. This issue is pushed heavily in multiple states by groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (totally unaffiliated with local humane societies that run animal shelters). I reviewed all written comments. Except for a handful, the supportive comments were mostly verbatim copies of a couple of anti-generated form letters.

The head scratcher is why the department moved forward with the committee agenda item and reported comments when no authority exists to enact the proposed regulation. Speculation by several watchers of outdoor policy issues is that the report is a run-up to someone in the Virginia General Assembly proposing a law banning such contests.

Banning these predator hunting contests is an emphasis item for antis in the last couple years. The HSUS was behind a recent, narrowly passed proclamation condemning predator hunting competitions by Kalamazoo, Michigan, County Commissioners and a ban in Ann Arbor on selling items made with fur. The Ann Arbor ban, on the surface, doesn’t have anything to do with predator hunting contests, but representatives of the state trappers association point out the real goal is to take away the fur market and erode trapping and hunting incentives.

Ryan Brown, DWR’s director, acknowledged intense animal rights organization interest in the topic. He said no one at state-government-level above the DWR, such as the Governor or Secretary of Natural Resources, requested the regulation.

It’s no secret that Virginia is perceived to be in exceptionally liberal hands right now. Democrats control the statehouse, the attorney general’s office and both bodies of the General Assembly. In the first legislative session after the left assumed control, the Old Dominion’s firearms laws were flipped on their ear to resemble those of the more “common sense” states like California or New Jersey.

One DWR board member, Tom Sadler, a 2019 Region 4 appointee of Governor Ralph Northam, is on record in a March 2021 edition of the “Mountain Journal” an online publication for which he is listed as the “national correspondent in Washington D.C.,” as stating, “Mark me down as against those practices…There is nothing sporting about it and it's a perversion to call it hunting.”

Strong words. To many predator hunters I know, calling in a coyote with a mouth call, or an electronic call where allowed, isn’t viewed much differently than calling in a deer, duck, moose or turkey. All involve planning, logistics and, yes, a certain measure of skill.

A ‘Nuisance’ Designation

Many organizations, such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and others, wrote public comment letters opposing the regulatory change. In lieu of the emotional appeals of antihunting groups, they offered meaningful facts, statistics and even recommended modifications short of a wholesale regulatory change. These well-reasoned arguments, versus the transparent form letters of the antis, were summarily grouped into the round-up of rationales presented as being for or against the proposal.

In CSF’s letter, John Culclasure states, “Coyote and predator hunting contests help maintain interest in hunting by incentivizing participation and extended hunting opportunities following the conclusion of most big game seasons. It is our sincere hope that the DWR will focus on expanding access and opportunity for these new recruits to turn them into lifelong license purchasers, rather than actively working to decrease opportunities as this regulation would do.”

Trevor Santos of the NSSF wrote, “Coyotes can be dangerous to people, pets, livestock, and wildlife if not managed properly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted a study on cattle deaths in 2015 and coyotes accounted for the highest percentage of cattle deaths due to predators (40.5 percent).

“Specifically, in Virginia, coyotes accounted for nearly 75 percent of calf death loss due to predators.”

News coverage in 2021 across the United States and Canada is awash with stories about coyotes encroaching on urban or suburban area, biting people, including kids, and necessitating “cull operations” by wildlife officials or expensive trap and euthanize contractors. A spate of reports from British Columbia shows 45 documented attacks by coyotes in Vancouver since last December. Similar reports are in California, especially San Francisco. Google “coyote attacks” and see how many stories pop up.

Santos declared, “Hunting, even in the form of contests and organized competitions with cash and prizes of monetary value, should remain as the preferred method to manage predator populations, including coyotes, which are considered a “Nuisance Species” by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.”

Of concern is that wholesale misinformation seemed to be tolerated, left for the record uncorrected. For example, one public comment letter from the Animal Welfare Institute states, "Contests in Virginia predominantly target native carnivores...” That assertion appears ungrounded in fact. Brown stated in an email, “Based on what I know, coyotes are the predominant targeted species.”

Anyone who knows anything about these events know they primarily target coyotes. So, why didn’t the state agency charged with using facts and science to manage wildlife call out the obvious falsehoods?

This leads to the nagging rub in this, for me anyway. As Santos points out, the Code of Virginia (29.1-100) legally designates coyotes as a nuisance species. In most states where coyotes are classified as nuisances, accorded the same status as feral hogs, rats, starlings, nutria, kudzu and other undesirables, people can shoot, trap or kill them any way possible short of napalm and hellfire missiles.

Feral hogs wreak incredible damage on the environment, demolishing crops, eating eggs of ground-nesting birds, causing soil erosion. They’re shot by the thousands from helicopters in Texas. If feral hogs were across the Virginia landscape as much as coyotes, would DWR be saying, “No contests with bonuses for killing the most hogs?” Doubtful.

The law allows Virginia landowners to trap or shoot furbearing animals on their own land year-round if the animals are causing crop or property damage, or posing a threat to human health or safety, or otherwise causing a nuisance.

Harvest limits are set on deer, turkey and many fish, for example, because the government - the people - consider those species valued public resources. Contrast that with Eastern coyotes - not the vaunted song dogs native to parts of the American West, but invasive coyotes ranging from New England to Florida. These nonnative furbearers are increasingly dominant across the landscape, preying extensively on desired game animals, especially deer, and killing or driving away smaller, native furbearers, such as foxes. Most ranchers and homeowners who support predator contests ask for intensive control to protect livestock and domestic animals.

Emphasis on “Optics”

This is a complex issue. A short book could be written about it but there’s no space for that.

DWR’s Brown states, “Our goal is to preserve predator hunting and opportunities for predator management in Virginia. This includes the current overall approach to coyote control methods and abilities to address agricultural and other landowner concerns through various available means. That’s why the proposal focused solely on the money and not other topics, which was a conscious choice not to pursue any proposal that could affect the hunting and management opportunities we are fortunate to have available.”

Brown earlier stated, “The narrower topic of debate among hunters seems to be whether the optics of more than nominal financial benefits for these contests is in the long-term best interest of predator hunting.”

“Optics” - a fashionable term relating to public perception - drives a lot of public policy these days.

Nobody does optics better than antihunting organizations. Even before social media arose, these groups orchestrated optics wars, using espionage in searching for perfect images, videos or anecdotes to shock and drive funding.

Granted, some people who participate in predator contests post things on social media that might turn off nonhunters while fueling antihunters. They should knock it off. But neither should state fish and wildlife agencies appear be aiding the antis. A couple propaganda images used by DWR in its proposal, now part of the public record, showed a small trailer with dead red foxes. Another had a larger trailer with coyotes. Missing was the point that these animals were being readied for removal by fur buyers.

Yes, money can incentivize unethical or illegal activity, such as – hypothetically - moving trapped coyotes. Feral hogs have been trapped and relocated, illegally offloaded to proliferate and offer new hunting opportunities. Make a prize substantial enough in a big buck contest and some poachers will shoot deer at night or over bait to cash in. How do you think the invasive northern snakehead fish materialized in Virginia’s tidal tributaries? Easy. Someone wanted a new fishery, even if it meant creating it illegally.

Contests for catching or killing the biggest or the most are nothing new. Big buck contests, fishing tournaments for dozens of species, biggest turkey competitions – they’re everywhere. Virginia has the vaunted Old Dominion One-Shot turkey hunting contest, a plum public relations generator for the DWR and the Virginia Wildlife Foundation. Hunters pay a $1,000 registration fee to hunt and awarded prizes in several contest categories are substantial and certainly have monetary value.

Bass tournaments try to keep fish alive, but everyone knows a certain percentage of those fish die after they’re weighed in. Tournaments for many other species often see no attempt to keep fish alive, such as some saltwater tournaments for billfish, flounder and more.

Brown said this issue has been discussed by legislatures and state fish and wildlife agencies in other states, including Maryland, in recent years. “I believe that if it was not considered by our staff and board, we would have been likely to see legislative proposals in the future regardless,” Brown said.

“Optics” have multiple vantage points. Yes, perceptions of hunters by nonhunters may be affected by the optics of a predator-hunting contest. Anecdotally checking around, though, the optics for many Virginia hunters, and the rural landowners and ranchers who want coyote nuisance control operations – paying or otherwise - is that actions such as the proposed regulation was akin to DWR playing footsie with groups like HSUS, seemingly, taking cues from staunch liberal states such as Vermont and Massachusetts and a few in the southern Rocky Mountains and West Coast.

Instead of appearing to cave to the optics-driven agendas of antihunting organizations – businesses, really, that use emotion and graphic images to drive funding – perhaps a state fish and wildlife agency could have improved the optics related to predator hunting - and contests – by actively working to help nonhunters understand the need for predator management and healthy populations of other species that are affected. I’d bet many nonhunters and some antihunters are unaware of the negative impacts predators, especially invasive predators, have on the other wildlife sharing the same habitat or on the livelihood of ranchers and farmers. In Virginia, at least, this seems to an, “All quiet on the Eastern front” proposition.

Where Are the Advocates?

When I was getting into hunting, just about everyone working for a state game department was a hunter -- an avid hunter. And if they weren’t avid hunters, they were avid supporters.

According to Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow, which manages a professional development program designed for leaders within the natural resource sciences, “More than half of the students graduating with wildlife and natural resource degrees and several agency professionals have never hunted and know little about it or the reasons why people hunt.” I have heard numbers as high as about 75% related to that concern.

If you are an avid or long-time hunter, it’s worrisome to know that the state agencies established and charged, originally at least, with promoting healthy populations of game species are, as one hunting advocate noted, slowly morphing into miniature environmental protection agencies, disenfranchising core constituencies along the way.

In Virginia, for example, the game department last year removed the word “game” from its name, changing the title from Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to Department of Wildlife Resources. Words matter.

How many cracks are in the hunting armor of state fish and wildlife agencies? How serious are the threats to hunters from state agencies that are increasingly staffed and led by people who don’t think, believe or act like us? From political appointees above them who are beholden to antihunting groups?

Not all segments of the hunting community will agree with the staging of predator hunting contests, even for legally designated “nuisance” animals. Approve of them or not, these contests really are not much different than any other contest that awards prizes for the biggest or the most.

The upshot for the hunting community is that every hunter or shooting enthusiast needs to heed the goings-on in state fish and wildlife agencies. Outdoor writers for daily newspaper, often the “Fourth Estate” members who kept honest-broker eyes on these governmental agencies, have mostly gone away. Nongovernmental organizations noted earlier monitor political and regulatory action, but local community involvement seems to be waning. Many government fish and wildlife agencies seem to want to cultivate their own social media outlets to spoon-feed information, creating a monopoly on where citizens and the hunters and anglers paying for these agencies get their information.

As we’ve seen politics drive Americans increasingly into left and right camps and echo chambers, it’s even more important for state fish and wildlife agencies to stick with facts and science. When you start engaging in optics wars, you become increasingly political. And let’s face it: Optics-driven public policy hasn’t been very successful of late. Oh, and to paraphrase the old saying --“They (fish and wildlife agencies) need to remember to dance with the girl (hunters and anglers) that brung ‘em.”


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 - Development Director, Wyoming Wildlife Federation
  • Eric Morris – Producer & Host - N.onT.ypical Outdoorsman TV
  • Ken Perrotte - President of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers (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

Outdoor Stewards of Conservation FoundationTM (OSCFTM) - The mission of the Outdoor Stewards of Conservation FoundationTM (OSCFTM) is to lead a consortium of industry and agency partners to recruit the next generation of Hunters, Anglers, and Target Shooters (HATSTM) by administering research-based communications and engagement programs. Promote the fact that HATSTM are the foremost stewards, and funders, of wildlife and environmental conservation in America.

RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND REACTIVATION (R3): The Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation has initiated quite a few programs to help hunters and shooters a like. Learn more here.

Conservation: What is a Steward? Find out here!

 

HUNTING 101

By Dan Larsson

One month after we were married, Adrian shot this buck. I couldn't have been prouder of her!

To spend time in the outdoors with your wife or daughter is a blessing. I cannot adequately explain the fullness of this statement as words fall short. A year before I met my wife, I bought the "Wife Rifle." What, you ask, is a Wife Rifle? In my case, it was the rifle I purchased for my wife before I knew who she was. I have bought her a couple since and tried to convince her that I bought them for her. I think she would believe me if she ever shot them.

The wife rifle, a Ruger Hawkeye Compact, had a beautiful gray laminate wood stock in stainless hardware and a 16" barrel chambered in .308 Winchester. My favorite gunsmith and I relieved the side of the stock to drop the base rifle below 6 pounds. Complete that with a Burris compact 2-7 scope, and all you need is a wife!

Proverbs 31:10-11 says, "An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain."

I imported my wife to Montana from the great state of Indiana - with her father's blessing. I gave him a rifle at the wedding as he gave me his daughter. He still says I got the better end of the trade. I agree! Adrian is a more excellent wife than I deserve or could wish for. She puts up with me and wants to spend time with me. It isn't her desire for hunting that brings her afield with me; she desires to be with me. (That sentence brought tears to my eyes as I wrote it.) I trust her and love her with all my heart.

Married in November, fast forward a month, and you find us laying on a creek bank, above a herd of mule deer. There she was in my camo clothes, Wife Rifle in hand, waiting for a clear shot at the buck who was nosing his does around. Yes, she was pregnant, but we didn't know it at the time. That young man in her womb then is now the keeper of the woods around our house. Protecting our attic from the squirrels that keep chewing their way in. A .30 caliber 130gr Barnes TTSX put this beautiful trophy on the ground. Trophy wife? In every way, yes, she is!

The following year, it happened again. My oldest and his younger sister are 15 months apart. There she was, steadying a rifle at an Ewe Sheep in Montana with me, wondering how a person could maneuver with such a baby belly. Perfect shot. This time with a blued Ruger in .223

Remington and a 50gr Barnes TTSX bullet. The ewe was at an angle, and the little .223 bullet traveled approximately 20" before stopping in the opposite shoulder. This combination of rifle and ammunition is excellent on deer and sheep! Please check the game laws in your state before using the .223 Remington, as many states have a .243 minimum caliber restriction.

Adrian shot this Ewe at approximately a 45 angle up the rockslide with the 6mm Ackley

A few years later, our third daughter along, she harvested a small but respectable muley buck just over the hill from the previous one. Our daughter loved getting to see and touch the deer. It made for a humorous picture! All my kids love being along on the hunt and helping me cut up the meat later. We eat a lot of wild game and it is wonderful. It's organic and free-range even!

The last hunt where my wife harvested an animal was another ewe mountain sheep. She hadn't drawn a license that year, and so we were not prepared for the opportunity. Fish, Wildlife, and Parks called her and informed her of a license drawn by someone else and then refused. We hope and pray nothing terrible happened to the owner of the license. We were, however, ecstatic when it was offered to my wife.

Barnes .224 50gr TTSX after 20 inches of travel through the Ewe Mountain Sheep

We slowly worked our way up the bottom of a ravine, and suddenly there was a herd of sheep in the trees just ahead of us. They didn't give my wife a shot and started up a rockslide to our right. It always amazes me how you can hear the click-clack of their hooves for hundreds of yards. By the time they did offer a shot, they were over 200 yards at a 45-degree angle that seemed straight up. Using a 6mm Remington Ackley and Barnes bullets, Adrian shot a very nice ewe. It took us 15-20 minutes to make our way up the treacherous rockslide to the animal. I skinned and boned out all the meat on the ewe and put it in my backpack. My wife would gut an animal if she needed to, but I always want to be with her, and hopefully, she will never need to. There are more rattlesnakes in this part of Montana than almost any other. A fact I didn't tell her until we were headed down the mountain. It wasn't funny.

The kids love being a part of the hunt!

While a guy needs some alone/guy time, please spend as much time with your wife and kids as you can. They want to be a part of your life. I love spending time with my wife and kids far above all the wealth in the world (jewels). You will draw closer if you want to.

If you haven't found your wife yet, don't underestimate the power of buying a wife rifle and finding the excellent woman it belongs to.

Florida Hog Adrian Shot during the 1st year of their marriage with a .22-250 Winchester Highwall

By Cassidy Downing, Wyoming Wildlife Federation

https://wyomingwildlife.org/why-you-should-get-your-deer-checked-for-cwd/

 

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

Luke Clayton and Larry Weishuhn

Radio File: Hunting Wire Radio - Episode 32

HUNTING NEWS & INFORMATION

Walker’s®, the leader in hearing protection and enhancement, announces the release of the company’s most ergonomic electronic sound management system yet for shooters and hunters. ATACS Sport Earbuds delivers the state-of-the-art performance serious shooters demand in a platform designed to excel in all-day comfort and operational convenience.

Holosun is pleased to return to the National Tactical Officers Association Conference in Kansas City, Missouri from September 12-17, 2021. Holosun will debut exciting new products including recent green reticle optics from the X2 line of pistol sights.

Primary Arms has announced the launch of their ‘SMS Club’, which offers limited-time sales and special offers. On September 15th, members who signed up will receive their first message with an exclusive promotion.

Hogue Inc President/CEO Aaron Hogue will be racing a highly modified, re-engineered Aero Vodochody L-29 Jet aircraft at the 2021 Reno Air Races in Reno, Nevada during September 15-19, 2021. Hogue Knives is sponsoring the Jet Gold Racing Class and will be displaying their rapidly growing line of Hogue Knives.

The holiday season will be here before you know it so make sure you are prepared early this year with the LiDCAM Action Camera, a proven holiday favorite for any outdoorsman and woman.

The Elite Archery Remedy Compound Bow, available in Realtree EDGE and EXCAPE camo, combines the ASYM Tri-Track Cam System, VersaMod rotating module, and S.E.T. Technology into a 34-inch axle-to-axle bow.

Safariland®, a leading global provider of safety products designed for public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, announced that Safariland CADRE, Julie Golob won titles at the NRA Steamboat Challenge Action Pistol Regional and Wyoming State Championships in a back-to-back match weekend hosted by the Otto Road Shooting Range in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Just in time for hunting season, ElimiShield Hunt is offering its most popular ElimiShield Hunt products in new combination packs. The combination packs provide great products at a nice savings.

Meopta Sport Optics is excited to introduce the new Optika5 2-10x42 PA riflescope with side parallax adjustment (PA) from 10 yards to infinity. This exceptionally versatile riflescope delivers razor-sharp image focus at close ranges – a feature rimfire and air rifle enthusiasts will appreciate – and gives hunters and target shooters the ability to dial in the focus at longer ranges.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding successful bear hunters that a regulation requires them to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect important information on Vermont’s bear population.

With protection provided by high-density foam and top access design for convenient unloading and loading, the Vertical Crossbow Case is perfectly equipped for every archery hunter. The thin profile was designed for easy travel along with hook and loop straps to customize a space for the hunter’s quiver outside of the case. The ample amount of inside storage within the Vertical Crossbow Case allows each archery hunter to be equipped with their range finders, extra gear, and even musk scent with the grab of the case.

Safari Club International (SCI) is extremely pleased to welcome The Best of the West and Huskemaw Optics as its newest corporate sponsor. As a sponsor, The Best of the West and Huskemaw Optics will be a key partner in SCI’s mission to promote and protect hunting and wildlife conservation in North America and across the world.

Traditions® Firearms is honored to announce that the NitroFire muzzleloader and Federal Premium Firestick have been selected by The National Rifle Association’s American Hunter magazine as recipients of their Golden Bullseye Award for 2021 Muzzleloader of the Year.

Professional shooters and prominent brand ambassadors Ryan and Dianna Muller announce their 2022 Ambassador Academy dates. February 26 through March 2, 2022, marks the fourth year of the experiential learning event that brings subject matter experts together for instruction on a myriad of topics. Developed for brand ambassadors and industry influencers to improve communications skills, the Ambassador Academy takes place at the West Orlando Firearms Training complex (W.O.F.T.). W.O.F.T.’s state-of-the-art campus is recognized as one of the U.S.'s top five personal defense training facilities by the USCCA.

Shoot Like A Girl's Coast to Coast Tour is making its way to Bass Pro Shops in Independence, Missouri this weekend for a free interactive event that introduces women to the shooting sports in a fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere. Both new and experienced shooters are invited to stop by the Shoot Like A Girl trailer in front of Bass Pro Shops on Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn about safe and responsible gun ownership and the many benefits of firearms from certified female instructors who are eager to share their passion for the shooting sports.

Galco’s Stinger™ belt holster was designed with simplicity in mind. Made to carry a compact or subcompact semiautomatic pistol or double-action revolver behind the strongside hip, the Stinger’s open top and mild butt-forward cant allow a fast draw and easy return to the holster.

Pulsar is proud to reveal its latest high-tech innovation – the Trionyx Multispectral Binoculars. These binoculars combine imaging technologies in a single unit to provide users with a seamless transition between thermal and digital night vision.

The X-Vision Optics Night Vision Rangefinder is every hunter’s new best friend. This rangefinding monocular combines the premium technology of rangefinding, night vision, and magnification all into one powerful device. With a 6x magnification, total darkness distance of 150 yards, rangefinding capability up to 200 yards, and daytime distance of 400 yards, this rangefinder opens the door for every kind of adventure at any time of the day with its unique trio of technology.

Escort's Dynamax Semi-Auto Shotgun is a marvel of modern engineering. Designed to be the perfect combination of speed and comfort, the Dynamax is loaded with features that maximize both performance and value.

Mossberg is expanding its family of 940 autoloading shotguns with the release of a 940 Pro Field 12 gauge offering. This performance-driven autoloading platform rocked the world of competitive shooting when introduced in 2020, bearing the name of world champion shooter, Jerry Miculek. Now Mossberg is bringing the same durability, reliability and versatility to hunters with its black synthetic 940 Pro Field 12-gauge shotgun.

Football season is finally here, and with it comes those much-anticipated tailgate and in-home parties. When it’s your turn to host, you know you’re trying to top anything your buddies can put together. The best way to do that is to bring the heat – and that means Aubrey D. Rebel’s incomparable XXXtra Hot Salsa, Salsa Verde, Queso Hot Cheese Sauce, and all-natural spicy potato chips.

Springfield Armory® is proud to announce the donation of guns and equipment to the City of Lake Ozark Police Department.Spearheaded by Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese, this donation equips every officer of the Lake Ozark, Missouri police department with the gear necessary to help ensure they can effectively perform their duties protecting its citizens.

Primos Hunting, a pioneer in game calls and hunting accessories, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. The milestone marks four and a half decades of growth and innovation in the world of hunting.What began in Will Primos’ garage as a passion for perfecting turkey mouth calls has since grown to become a national brand hunters know and trust.

Springfield Armory and Primary Arms, together with GunsAmerica and Brand Avalanche Media, have created the ultimate Armory Life Giveaway. The Armory Life Giveaway is about envisioning, designing, and creating your very own armory—a fully stocked home-defense system built specifically to your needs, starring Springfield Armory’s most popular firearms.

When legendary competitive shooters, Jerry and Lena Miculek, partnered with Mossberg in 2020 to launch a new 12-gauge autoloading shotgun, the 940 JM Pro, the world of competitive shooting took notice. Now Mossberg is bringing this high-performance platform to the hunting market with the introduction of two waterfowl-dedicated shotguns – the 940 Pro Waterfowl and the 940 Pro Snow Goose, featuring Cerakote® metal surfaces, chrome-lined barrels, HIVIZ® TriComp sights and camo-finished stocks and forends.

Savage Arms is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Canadian University Shooting Foundation (CUSF), a group dedicated to the development of competitive shooting sports between Canadian Universities and Colleges. Savage Arms has signed a three-year partnership with the CUSF and will assist with the supply of rifles and shotguns for CUSF competitors.

Hawke® Optics, the world leader in premium optics for modern, high-powered air rifles and other quality sporting optics that perform in the field, has added a new series to its stellar line of Airmax Air Riflescopes – the new Airmax 30WA SF. Like the rest of the Airmax lineup, these scopes were developed for air rifles by serious air rifle shooters to bring precise accuracy shot after shot.

The new and improved Fanatic Outdoors Low Down Hunting Seat in Realtree EDGE Camo provides unparalleled comfort and maneuverability in the field.This portable, lightweight (2lb 6oz) seat is compact and versatile, making it great for deer hunting, turkey hunting, dove hunting, duck hunting, camping and many other outdoor activities.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., provider of the world’s most rugged, lightweight, and clear riflescopes, is pleased to announce that both its VX-3HD riflescope and SX-4 Pro Guide HD spotting scope were both named as “Editor’s Choice” products by Petersen’s Hunting in the magazine’s annual gear issue.

ALPS OutdoorZ, premiere manufacturer of extreme-duty hunting packs and gear for hunters, is pleased to announce the continuing success of the company’s “Save the Lifestyle” initiative and Hunter Mentor program in cooperation with conservation organization partners Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.

Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) hosted six veterans from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at a two-day shotgun training and sporting clays event. Three Soldiers, two Marines, and one Sailor participated and shared the camaraderie of time away from the hospital and medical appointments.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearm industry trade association, is pleased to learn of President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw the nomination of David Chipman to become the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Hoppe’s®, the No.1 name in gun care products, along with Champion® Range & Targets, is pleased to announce both brands have once again partnered with the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) for 2021. Serving as Platinum level sponsors and donating $10,000 in product and funding, Hoppe’s and Champion have pledged their commitment to helping SASP develop the next generation of competitive shooters.

Edwin Lewis, Chairman & CEO of Marolina Outdoor Inc. has announced effective immediately, Pete Angle will move from his current position of Chief Marketing Officer to serve as the company’s President. In addition, Mike Cottell, current Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Marolina, will serve as Chief Operations Officer. Lewis is pleased to add Chris Russell as Vice President of Marketing for both Huk and Nomad.

Sorbo starred in “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and many other films, TV shows and commercials. He is still doing a lot of films. He mostly does independent films now, because he is outspoken about his pro-freedom views.

Browning located in scenic Mountain Green, Utah is searching for a Digital Content Manager in the Sales & Marketing Division. Execute social media and other digital strategies, including FB/IG/YT, mass email, and website. Create and develop content via video, copy, and photography. Enact influencer engagement. Develop and grow digital presence via compelling content.

Victory Archery™ is happy to announce its partnership renewal with Maximum Outdoors for another exhilarating season of big-game hunting.Like all weekend warriors, the MOTV team needs equipment they can count on for that once-a-season opportunity at a trophy. Nothing can match the feeling of hard-earned success after chasing a mature whitetail all year, and Victory Archery is committed to equipping hunters with dependable arrows that come in clutch when it matters most.

ThermaSeat is happy to announce it’s continuing its partnership with Working Class Bowhunter through another year of fun, informative episodes. Breaking down the best gear, tried-and-true tactics, and industry nonsense, the podcast provides genuine entertainment for outdoorsmen and women each week — something ThermaSeat is proud to get behind.

Scent Crusher is excited to announce it has renewed its partnership with Adrenaline for another season of the heart-pounding hunting show.With a full lineup of scent-eliminating solutions including the Ozone Locker, Gear Bag, Room Clean, and personal care products, Scent Crusher is a natural match for the fair chase hunters pursuing wary whitetails.

 
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