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The Bass Pros Features Top Anglers and Best Bass Fishing Tips on TV

For Immediate Release – Dec. 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — If you want to fish like a rock star, there’s no better place to learn bass fishing tips than The Bass Pros, which airs on Outdoor Channel Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m., and Thursdays at noon Eastern time. Viewers can learn from the world’s leading anglers including Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers, Rick Clunn, Tim Horton, Ott Defoe, Stacey King, and Brian Snowden.

For eight straight years, bass fishermen have found The Bass Pros to be one of the best shows on TV.  Now, season nine promises to deliver again. When it comes to bass fishing on television, this is the best place to learn how to catch more fish and make your time on the water more productive and fun.

Every episode of The Bass Pros features four to five top anglers who share their secrets for catching more big bass. The show features insightful segments such as In-Depth, which drills into the details to improve your fishing, and Fishin’-in-Five, a rapid-fire segment with the latest tips and current trends. Plus, Bass 101 provides solid advice for novice anglers and those who know their way around a rod and reel.

Tune into The Bass Pros and make sure you record it, too. This show is packed with so many fishing tips, you’ll want to rewind it and watch it again and again. Check out The Bass Pros video clip to get a taste of the fishing advice you can expect to see: http://vimeo.com/bassprovideo/the-bass-pros-trailer

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 90 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (http://www.trackermarine.com), a leading brand of fishing boats for more than 36 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge® (http://www.bigcedar.com), voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World’s Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit www.basspro.com.  To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO.  Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.

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Media Contact:
Tammy Sapp
tsapp@basspro.com
417-873-5022


CROSMAN HOSTS USA’S LARGEST REGIONAL FIELD TARGET MATCH

Team USA Overwhelms Team Canada and Team Venezuela – Medina Wins 3rd Straight WFTF Piston Title – Rushton Wins WFTF PCP Title – Sauve Wins Quigley Challenge in Double Overtime

Contact:  Laura Evans
Crosman Corporation
7629 Routes 5 & 20 Bloomfield, NY 14469
1-800-7AIRGUN
levans@crosman.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crosman LogoROCHESTER, New York, (July 17, 2013) – The 2013 Northeast Regional Field Target Championship (NRFTC), hosted by Crosman Corporation, concluded with international teams from Venezuela and Canada competing alongside Team USA. Over one hundred competitors participated in the two-day airgun match, single day air pistol match and Quigley Bucket Challenge.  “What began as a helping hand to a local field target club has grown into the largest regional competition sanctioned by the American Field Target Association,” said Mark DeBoard, Crosman Shooting Services Manager, of the event hosted by the company on their Bloomfield, NY campus July 12 through 14.

Crosman first hosted the event in 2010 when the original competition site became unavailable. The event has grown year after year, “but what’s most encouraging is that entire families are excited about participating together in the sport,” said DeBoard. “The 2013 NRFTC enjoyed more youth shooters than in past years, including 8-year-old Tyler Post and his brother, 12-year old Brent,” commented DeBoard. “Their father and grandfather joined as well,” he said, “making it a fun, multi-generational family competition.” Sydney McDaniel is 16 years old. Her father Sean recently introduced her to field target shooting and she chose this event as her first competition, DeBoard added. A.J. Stewart, 16, who first competed last year, brought his aunt and a cousin, and after spending time in the sport with his son, A.J.’s father joined him as a competitor.

Team USA was the big draw as they prepare for the World Field Target Federation Championship in Germany this August. Nine members of the 15-member team were on hand including past NRFTC champions Hector Medina of New Canaan, CT, Greg Sauve of Green Bay, WI and Harold Rushton from Chapel Hill, TN. They were joined by five shooters of Team Venezuela and when a few Canadian participants formed Team Canada, the international side match was on. Scores were based on the team aggregate and after Day 1 it was Team USA (41.33) leading Team Canada (38.83), and Team Venezuela (36.80). Anchored by Rushton, Sauve and Ray Apelles of Somers, NY, Team USA took the weekend with an aggregate score of 88.66. Team Canada finished with 78.66 and Team Venezuela posted a 72.60.

USA’S LARGEST FIELD TARGET MATCH
WFTF PistonMedina won his first NRFTC WFTF Piston title in 2011 and successfully defended it the following year. After Day 1 he was in a dead heat with fellow Team USA member Keith Knoblauch of Leonardtown, MD, and just three points ahead of Art Deuel from Williamsport, PA. “Lanes 16-30 are deceptively difficult,” commented DeBoard. “Situated along the front lawn of the campus, depth perception on the hillside and especially the wind, which can get pretty squirrelly over there, make those lanes the toughest to shoot.” Sunday was a broiler in terms of both the heat index and the competitive pressure cooker, DeBoard commented. Medina shot a 47 to finish with a score of 86, six shots better than Knoblauch.Crosman Hosts Field Matches

WFTF PCP
Rushton drove 14 hours from Alabama to make this year’s Northeast Regional. “Crosman does a great job of organization and set-up. The top shooters are at this competition, and to have Team Venezuela here gives it a world-class atmosphere which is good preparation for the Worlds next month,” said Rushton. He led by just one point after the difficult front side of Lanes 16-30, ahead of Dan Brown of Chagnon Lake, AK who scored a 53. Rushton commented that a lead is nice after Day 1, “but these are some of the best shooters in the country.” A third of the class finished with over 100 successful shots.

Hunter PCP
Field target’s Hunter class is the fastest growing segment of the sport. According to DeBoard, “The class rules allow a shooter to closely replicate an actual hunting setup, from gun to seating, to the use of bipods. It is a comfortable entry to the sport.” John Tyler from Yardley, PA posted a 52 to take a one point lead over Chris Helm of Ewing, NJ and a logjam of shooters. But it was Bill Day of Hollis Center, ME who rose to the occasion on Sunday to surge forward and finish in a tie with Jerry LaRocca of Liverpool, NY. Bill Day won in a shootoff. Greg Shirhall of Richford, NY finished tied for third with Helm and won the shootoff by default after Helm left the event early. Day also won in 2010 and placed third in 2012.

Hunter PistonThere was never any doubt after Paul Manktelow of Walworth, NY  posted a score of 40 on Day 1. He added a 41 on Day 2 to finish well in front. “The drama was in his rearview mirror,” said DeBoard. Nicolas Gregoris from Binghamton, NY had a handle on second place before his optic gave way. He finished fourth. Jeff Hanson from West Henrietta, NY finished strong using a pre-production Benjamin UL77. “He’s a design engineer for Crosman and spent Saturday evening and Sunday morning repairing a trigger that let go shortly after the end of Day 1,” DeBoard stated. “It was an old trigger pack we had been using for design, not performance. Once I swapped out with a production pack I was able to turn things around,” said Hanson.

Open PCPTyler Patner of Mundelein, IL posted the only 50+ score on Day 1 and remained consistent on Day 2 to take the class. Dennis Eden of Port Colborne, Ontario struggled on the open day but a 53 moved him from fourth to second by the end of the event.

Open PistonA single point separated Tony Narracci of Massapequa, NY and David Fontaine from Westbrook, CT after Day 1. A second 40+ outing and Narracci was able to pull away.

The Pistol competition portion of the 2013 NRFTC took place Saturday afternoon on lanes 1-15. Of a possible score of 30, Craig Evans posted the top score for all pistol classes of 24. Dan Brown won the Hands-Supported class. Evans won Hunter, just a point ahead of Hunter (Rifle) winner Bill Day. LaRocca won the Open class with a 19.Quigley Bucket ChallengeAlways a favorite pre-event competition, the Quigley Bucket Challenge is a re-creation of the dramatic scene in the film “Quigley Down Under” starring Tom Selleck in which Selleck’s character must shoot a bucket at an estimated 700 yards. Scaled for airguns, this equates to a 1.75 inch target placed at 55 yards. Shooters must use a 6.5 ft. lb. rifle using only open / iron / non-magnified sights. The Quigley had 45 shooters try five shots apiece. Just eight hit the bucket and after two overtimes, Sauve was the only shooter to repeat the feat, besting Rushton, Gregoris, Dean Buczek of Canandaigua, NY, Day, Larry Bowne of Levittown, PA, Fontaine and Richard Basset from Feasterville, PA.

“Mark your calendar,” states DeBoard. “Dates for the 2014 have already been set: July 11, 12, 13. Book your hotel and make your plans now to be here! Registration will open in February.”

For further information on Crosman Corporation or on any Crosman, Benjamin, CenterPoint Hunting and Outdoors precision optics products, or Game Face Airsoft products, visit the company’s web sites at crosman.com, centerpointhunting.com, gamefaceairsoft.com, or write to Laura Evans, marketing coordinator, Crosman Corporation, 7629 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469, email her at levans@crosman.com, or call her at (800) 7–AIRGUN (724-7486).

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About Crosman Corporation:
Crosman Corporation was founded in 1923 and has built its business on innovation and quality. It has become the most successful company in the airgun and airsoft categories, designing and manufacturing its products here and abroad, and marketing them around the world. During the past decade, the company has twice doubled its size.

Rochester, N.Y.-based Crosman Corporation is an international designer, manufacturer and marketer of Crosman® and Benjamin® airguns, CenterPoint® optics, and Crosman®, Game Face™, and Undead Apocalypse® airsoft products. Crosman is a licensee of U.S. Marine Corps airsoft, U.S. Army airsoft, and the exclusive worldwide licensee of Marlin® airguns.


The Hunt for Your Legacy STARTS RIGHT NOW!

Legacy Outfitters is Your Guide

By Kevin Reese

Click here to visit LegacyOutfitters.org!Your legacy is quite possibly the biggest footprint you leave here when it’s time to take your rightful place on the Big Hunt in the Sky. As a Christian man, a loving husband and father, a hard worker, and an avid outdoorsman, I feel that I have a firm grasp on who I am and what my purpose is in this obstacle course called life but is that what I demonstrate in my actions and in my balance between the outdoors, work and family time? Sadly, for many of us, the answer is a resounding no. Where do we go for answers? Where do we go when how we identify ourselves does not match how we are identified? After all, that demonstration itself is our lasting legacy, not what we see in our proverbial mirrors; it’s not what we say, it’s what we do that counts; moreover, it’s what we do in the dark. Author Russell Gough said it best in his book Character is Destiny – enough said there.

Kevin helps Jacob build his own legacy.Few lessons are better learned yet hardly taught outdoors amidst the majesty of God’s creation. Numerous programs and ministries have been centered on taking your kids outdoors; however, few have assisted men in becoming better fathers, teachers and legacy builders. That’s where Legacy Outfitters (LO) steps in. LO works to assist men in becoming doers instead of talkers by outfitting us with the tools to become better Christians, husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers through large and small group outdoor themed fellowships. Through shotgunning, archery, food, presentations, mentoring and forged friendships with other men we gain perspective on our legacies and understanding our strengths and weaknesses with open minds while maintaining accountability are great cornerstones.

A second yet no less important focus of LO is to lead people to Christ through outdoor fellowship. What could be better than reaching out to others for Christ amidst the great outdoors and through our greatest passions of hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities?

LO exists simply to help men live their true purpose outdoors while equipping others to live their best lives outdoors as well; doing so not only ensures future generations enjoy and protect our outdoor heritage but more importantly centers our focus on celebrating the One that gave us outdoors to begin with. Building a legacy around Him is more than just words, it’s an heirloom of actions and examples for others to emulate and pass on.

None of us are perfect; my Grace Community Church family rests on the principle “No perfect people allowed.” We all can use some improvements in our daily lives; as humans we are always out of shape. LO is there to help us whittle away at that shape on the second Tuesday of every month at the Upland Bird Country, located on FM 637, also known as Camp Wanica Road, just two miles east of Highway 287. Monthly fellowships are kicked off with shotgunning and archery loosely starting between 5 – 5:30 p.m. and continue with a great meal at around 6:45. The meal is complemented by great fellowship and dynamic messages from guest speakers centered on God and our outdoor passions.

We also explore opportunities to grow in small group ministries known as Focus Groups. These small-group fellowships narrow the search for meaningful friendships based again on LO’s principles and our like passions. Examples of Focus Groups may include archery and bowhunting, rifle hunting, shotgunning, handgunning, cooking and more.

To learn more about Legacy Outfitters visit www.LegacyOutfitters.org. If gathering with other hunters sounds like a good time, you have a personal invite! The only rule for new attendees is “Show up!” If you got to choose the footprint you leave behind just how big would it be and where would it point?

Hunt hard, hunt often.


CROSMAN WELCOMES TEAM USA TO NORTHEAST REGIONAL FIELD TARGET CHAMPIONSHIP

Contact: Laura Evans
Crosman Corporation
7629 Routes 5 & 20 Bloomfield, NY 14469
1-800-7AIRGUN
levans@crosman.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Click here to visit Crosman.com!ROCHESTER, New York, (June 25, 2013) – The Northeast Regional Field Target Championship (NRFTC) hosted by Crosman will welcome members of Team USA. The competition, scheduled for July 12-14, will be held on the campus of Crosman Corporation in Bloomfield, New York  and the public is invited to attend this free event.

“Team USA is made up of the top field target shooters in the country and we look forward to nine of the thirteen team members competing in our event,” said Mark DeBoard, Shooting Services Manager for Crosman. This year’s event will be an international affair as well, with shooters traveling from as far as Venezuela to participate.”

Click here to visit Crosman.com!The air rifle event takes place over two days with competitors taking 60 shots each day. Those with the highest number of “hits” will be named winners. Competitors shoot in a variety of divisions and classes based on the equipment they use, taking both their airgun and support equipment into consideration. The event is governed under the rules of the American Field Target Association.

Field target requires a shooter to successfully manage a course of fire in which they attempt to knock down steel targets set at distances ranging from 15 to 50 yards. The event is open to all ages.

The public is invited to attend the competition as well. “This event is the largest field target competition in the country outside of the National Championship and is likely the final time all these members of Team USA will compete together before the World Championships in August” says DeBoard. “We’ve hosted this event the past four years and the field has gotten stronger each year. There are few opportunities to see world class competitors at the top of their game and we invite anyone who is interested to come out and watch it unfold,” states DeBoard.

The match fee is $60 and includes lunch on Saturday along with a free entry in the pistol competition. The pistol-only competition is $25. Those interested in shooting the course for only one day of competing may do so for a fee of $25. One day competitors do not qualify for awards. Registration closes June 30.

For more information, including rules, lodging options and online registration, visit the NRFTC page at http://www.crosman.com/nrftc . Participants may choose to register online, or download and mail their form.

Schedule of Events:
Friday, July 12th
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Practice range open
1:00 p.m. Crosman facility tour (open to public)
2:00 p.m. Quigley Bucket Challenge*
*A re-creation of the famous scene in the movie “Quigley Down Under” starring Tom Selleck in which the lead character shoots a bucket at an estimated 700 yards. Scaled for airguns: Best of 5 shots at a 1.75″ bucket placed at 55 yards, 10-meter gun (6.5 ft.lb. limit), Open and Iron Sights or non-magnified sights only. 

Saturday, July 13th
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 am Practice range open
9:00 a.m. Match begins
12:30 p.m. Lunch begins (approximately)
Following lunch – Pistol match begins

Sunday, July 14th
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Practice range open
9:00 a.m. Match begins
1:30 p.m. Awards Presentation (approximately)

For further information on Crosman Corporation or on any Crosman, Benjamin, CenterPoint Hunting and Outdoors precision optics products, or Game Face Airsoft products, visit the company’s web sites at www.crosman.com, www.centerpointhunting.com, www.gamefaceairsoft.com, or write to Laura Evans, marketing coordinator, Crosman Corporation, 7629 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469, email her at levans@crosman.com, or call her at (800) 7–AIRGUN (724-7486).

For up-to-the-minute news from Crosman Corporation, follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/crosmancorp) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/crosmancorp).

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Rochester, N.Y.-based Crosman Corporation is an international designer, manufacturer and marketer of Crosman® and Benjamin® airguns, CenterPoint® optics, and Crosman®, Game Face, and Undead Apocalypse® airsoft products. Crosman is a licensee of U.S. Marine Corps airsoft, U.S. Army airsoft, and the exclusive worldwide licensee of Marlin® airguns.


CROSMAN CORPORATION® SUPPORTS THE PROGRESSIVE AGRICULTURE SAFETY DAY PROGRAM

Contact: Laura Evans
Crosman Corporation
7629 Routes 5 & 20 Bloomfield, NY 14469
1-800-7AIRGUN
levans@crosman.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Click here to visit Crosman.com!Rochester, New York, (September 6, 2012) – Crosman Corporation (http://www.crosman.com), international designer, manufacturer, and marketer of products for the shooting sports, pledges to continue support of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation® (PAF) Safety Day® program.  The PAF’s mission is to provide education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities.  The PAF program trains local community volunteers and provides them with resources to organize and conduct day-long safety training sessions that include age-appropriate, hands-on learning activities.

Click here to visit Crosman.com!According to PAF Chief Administrative Officer, Randy J. Bernhardt, through donations from sponsors such as Crosman, the PAF has become the largest rural safety and health educational program for youth in North America.  “As a supporter of the Safety Day program since 2005, Crosman, along with our other corporate, foundation and individual sponsors, has helped us reach over one million Safety Day program participants,” he said.

“Crosman is honored to support the PAF in its collective efforts to raise awareness and safeguard future generations,” says Crosman Vice President of Marketing, Roy Stefanko.  “The positive impact conveyed through the Safety Days program is a win-win for everyone.”

Click here to visit Crosman.com!For additional information about PAF and Crosman, or on any Crosman, Benjamin, CenterPoint optics products, Crosman Archery, Game Face Airsoft or Undead Apocalypse Airsoft products, visit the company’s Web sites at www.crosman.com, www.centerpointhunting.com, www.gamefaceairsoft.com, or write to Laura Evans, Marketing Coordinator, Crosman Corporation, 7629 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469, email her at levans@crosman.com, or call her at (800) 7 – AIRGUN (724-7486).

For up-to-the-minute news from Crosman Corporation, follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/crosmancorp) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/crosmancorp).

 
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About Crosman Corporation:
Crosman Corporation was founded in 1923 and has built its business on innovation and quality. It has become the most successful company in the airgun and airsoft categories, designing and manufacturing its products here and abroad, and marketing them around the world. During the past decade, the company has twice doubled its size.

About the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Program:
Since the program was founded in 1995, it has grown to become the largest rural safety and health educational program for youth in North America. For more information about PAF, visit their website at www.progressiveag.org  (Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® and Progressive Agriculture Foundation® are registered trademarks of Progressive Agriculture Foundation.)

Rochester, N.Y.-based Crosman Corporation is an international designer, manufacturer and marketer of Crosman® and Benjamin® airguns, Crosman Archery products, CenterPoint® Hunting and Outdoors Precision Optics and Archery products, and Game Face Airsoft products. Crosman is the exclusive worldwide licensee for Remington®, Bushmaster® and Marlin® airguns and airsoft products.  The company is privately held.


TOP Shooter Targets Cancer for Michael Spellman Benefit

Top Shot’s Chris Reed’s Tactical .308 Masterpiece Shoots for Spellman’s Cure!

 By Kevin Reese

Cancer is a monster. I can scarcely count the number of times someone has reminded me that if I don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything. So, out of respect I keep quiet on many fronts; however, cancer is not one of them. Cancer is not good, productive, inspiring, kind, peaceful or respectful. The purest definition is simply “monster”! Cancer is not good; it is counterproductive, frightening, nasty, intrusive and certainly not a respectful of one’s time, resources or physiology. I really didn’t have an opinion on it growing up. It never hit close to home, at least until my pop was diagnosed in March, 2011.

Five months after his diagnosis, we lost him. There were no words left unsaid, for that I felt blessed; however, if wishing upon a star was possible, I would have asked for two; one, to spend more time with him and two, that we could have caught it earlier. Fortunately we were afforded the great blessing our spending our childhood through our young adult years, appreciating his dry wit, coy smiles, booming laughter and occasional look that always told us we were in big trouble! By the time he became ill, we were mature enough to handle the news and progress through the illness from start to finish; many don’t get that time with their loved one. Still, many others do get to experience that when the battle is won here on Earth.

I feel blessed in some small way to have experienced it from the perspective of voice. All too often we feel we have no voice when cast into cancer’s downward spiral, but there is a light at the end of that tunnel! Losing someone close to us to cancer is not the end, it’s the beginning; the beginning of using our voice, our finances and our encouragement to make a difference for others battling their monsters. Michael Spellman is the OTHER I wanted to share with all of you.

Michael Spellman’s storybegan long before I heard about it. While on a recent turkey hunt I took a call from good friend Chris Reed, winner of History Channel’s Top Shot, Season Two. After venting about a tom I had missed earlier that morning, I asked Chris what he was up to. Chris quieted a bit, “I’m building a rifle for a friend of mine, Michael Spellman. He’s another friend of mine battling cancer with a great wife and kids. I’m building a special one for him. We’re going to raffle it off and donate the proceeds to his fight. We need to keep him here to raise his kids. Can you help get the word out?”

Chris couldn’t see my reaction but I hope he sensed it through the air waves, I was beaming. Here was a chance to give my voice in chorus with so many others to help a good father win his fight and somehow reconcile the loss of my own; make our loss a purposeful, positive blessing for great kids, a strong woman and a remarkable man. Asking how I could help spawned this article. I can help by telling ALL OF YOU that you CAN make a difference!

Chris has pulled all of his tricks out of the bag to build this amazing rifle, and you can own it! A raffle is currently underway for a modest $5 per ticket. All of the proceeds will be donated to Spellman’s fight. Recently Reed’s masterpiece was displayed at the 141st NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits, in St. Louis, Missouri. While those who want to make a difference have purchased raffle tickets in person, tickets may be purchased online at www.MichaelSpellman.org.

What you stand to win…

Beyond the obvious, winning the fight against a monster with Spellman and many others, you may win the masterpiece Reed not only designed but personally assembled!

Here are the specs you’ve been waiting for:

Remington 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD

  • Caliber.308 Win w/ 20” Heavy Barrel with 5/8-24 Threaded Muzzle
  • Accepts AAC and 5/8-24 Threaded Flash Hiders, Muzzle Brakes and Suppressors
  • 1 in 10-inch Rate of Twist for increased Bullet Stability
  • X-Mark Pro Externally Adjustable Trigger Set at 3 1/2 pounds
  • NIGHTFORCE 5.5-22×50 NXS Scope w/ illuminated Reticle and Zero Stop Turrets
  • McRee’s Precision Modular Folding TMAG Stock w/ Detachable Box Magazine
  • Starlight – Hard Sided, Watertight, Chemical Resistant, Military Grade Gun Case

CNC precision engraving lets you know just how special this rifle really is; engraved on the left side of the receiver is “Outlaw Custom guns by Chris Reed” with serial # 0001 while “SHOOT FOR A CURE” is engraved on the opposite side, reminding you that your help, along with many others, truly makes a difference!

The rifle will be raffled off at Outlaw Sporting Goods grand opening celebration on July 4, in Greenwood, Mississippi. The winner does not need to be present to win. The lucky winner can pick up the Spellman rifle at Outlaw Sporting Goods or have it shipped to the FFL dealer of their choice.

Feel like you haven’t made a difference? This is your chance to make one! Don’t wait. Get your tickets at www.MichaelSpellman.org.

ABOUT MICHAEL

Michael’s Story as published on www.MichaelSpellman.org

Michael Spellman is a lifetime resident of Mississippi and has spent his entire life in rural Carroll County. The 1994 Graduate of Carroll Academy led his high school football team, as quarterback, to its one and only state championship victory. He has also protected his community as Chief Deputy Sheriff and is the son of Carla Shackelford and retired Game Warden “Big” Mike Spellman, a father of two and friend of many.

His fight now is one we all hear about way too often. Michael has been diagnosed with cancer. He has not asked for help nor would he even consider such a gesture, but it is our duty as friends of Michael to help him just as he has helped so many.

We are asking for anyone willing to make a donation or to purchase a raffle ticket to do so in his honor.

ALL proceeds go directly to Michael and his family to help with medical expenses and to seek out the best treatment they can afford. Michael does not have any insurance to cover these costs and has sold practically everything he owns to keep from burdening others.

We ask that you please help in any way you are able; please know your contributions will be treasured.

Finally, please take a moment and ask the Lord to look over Michael and his family, and pray that we can help them find peace through this difficult journey, AMEN… and Thank You! 

 


“Take it off AUTO!” Videography Workshop offered in Jacksonville, Texas

Alpha Omega Video – Bringin’ the Outdoors In!

Alpha Omega Video is offering a videography workshop on June 3 – 5, to anyone interested in capturing outdoor memories, especially that hunt of a lifetime! All training and filming is scheduled to take place at the Stretch-A-String Bowhunting Ranch, near Jacksonville; in my opinion, the 3,000-acre jewel of east Texas.

Workshop objectives include:

  • Understanding basic manual control
  • Learn shot scenarios and framing
  • Introduction to vital equipment
  • Tips all videographers should know before going afield

Professional hunter and videographer, Jason Mears, teaches filming strategies, what works and what doesn’t, based on the real life experiences from the perspectives of both videographer and hunter.

Learn what equipment is need, what equipment you want and when it’s important to use them. Students leave with a basic working knowledge necessary to successfully capture our outdoor heritage’s most memorable moments and tips to make your footage really stand out to your audience. More importantly, the knowledge and skills learned in this workshop ensure the improved footage you capture is ALSO easy to edit!

Mears’ professional videography credits include:

  • TNT Outdoor Explosion TV
  • The Experience TV
  • Trophy Hunter TV
  • Down the Road TV
  • Quest for the One TV
  • Hunting with the Judge TV
  • Buck Ventures TV
  • American Huntress TV

Mears has filmed professionally across the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Africa.

The fee for this course is $495 and requires a preregistration deposit of $200. Space is limited; register as early as possible. Food and lodging is provided at no additional charge.

Send deposits to:

Kelly Garmon
PO Box 43
Coupland, TX 78615

Complete details, including directions and course curriculum, are available by calling Kelly Garmon at 512-636-1798 or e-mailing Kellyg@Hawglite.com.


2nd Annual Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot set for May 2011

Nov. 30, 2010

The 2nd Annual Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot will be held May 12-14, 2011 in Hulett, Wyo. The event’s signature sponsor, Remington Outdoor Foundation (ROF), will team up with the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming (WHFW) to raise funds to conserve Wyoming wildlife.

Event co-hosts, the WHFW and the Greater Hulett Community Center, will welcome celebrities and special guests for a weekend of turkey hunting. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be used to help fund research, education and habitat projects that benefit Wyoming’s game and nongame species.

“The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming is about funding on-the-ground projects that benefit four focus areas: species conservation, habitat improvement, access and education,” said Craig Showalter, president and CEO of the WHFW. “It’s great to have the support of Remington Outdoor Foundation, who shares our commitment to sustaining and improving Wyoming’s natural resources.”

Efforts supported by WHFW include a partnership project to enable Wyoming Game and Fish to assess more than 75,750 acres of critical mule deer range. In addition, WHFW helped fund a study to evaluate the effects of oil and gas wells on Ferruginous hawks and golden eagles. A permanent home for the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame is another project backed by WHFW.

Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot guests will enjoy a first-class event consisting of two days of turkey hunting in northeast Wyoming, home to Devils Tower. Western hospitality will be provided by the Greater Hulett Community Center, a nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the former Hulett School into a community center. Hulett residents will help coordinate guides, lodging, meals and transportation. During the event, local landowners will offer hunting opportunities on private land where only guided hunts are traditionally allowed.

Auctions, dinners and a host of other activities are scheduled throughout the weekend in support of conserving Wyoming’s more than 600 different wildlife species. For more information about the Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot, visit www.whfw.org/turkey_invitational/planning.asp

For stepping up as a signature sponsor for the inaugural Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot, ROF received WHFW’s Downy Gosling Courage Award. That first event raised more than $94,000 to support the good work of the WHFW and the Greater Hulett Community Center. 

To learn more about organizations ROF is teaming up with, visit their website, OutdoorRoadmap.com, which is poised to become the leading online source of information and services for hunters, target shooters and conservationists.

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 About Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming

The mission of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming is to create an enduring legacy for future generations through stewardship of all Wyoming’s wildlife. For more information, visit www.whfw.org.

 

About Remington Outdoor Foundation

Remington Outdoor Foundation, which was founded in January 2009 as a nonprofit 501 (C) (3), supports the efforts of its collaborators to share hunting, target shooting and other outdoor traditions while emphasizing safety and training, recruitment and retention, education, access and awareness. ROF upholds conservation principles through supporting work on habitat enhancement, wildlife research and management projects.

About OutdoorRoadmap.com

OutdoorRoadmap.com is expected to become the single online source of information and services related to hunting, target shooting and conservation. By teaming with interested participants, OutdoorRoadmap will offer interactive maps and tools, special offers, event listings, training and licensing resources, and a wealth of outdoor information. For more information about this state-of-the-art platform, visit www.OutdoorRoadmap.com.

Media contact:

Tammy Sapp

tsapp@remingtonoutdoor.org


Mossy Oak® Duck Blind® is the Official Camouflage of the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest

For Immediate Release                               

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Joedee Robinson
662-494-8859 x.2234
jrobinson@mossyoak.com

STUTTGART, AR –November 26 – 27, 2010 will mark the 75th annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Ark. Mossy Oak has sponsored the event for past 10 years and extended that sponsorship for an additional five years as “The Official Camouflage of the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest.”

“Stuttgart is the Duck Capital of the World,” said Bill Sugg, President of Mossy Oak. “The Duck Calling Contest is a hugely successful event for duck hunters and has been around for 75 years. We’ve enjoyed being a part of it for the past 10 years and it’s a great venue for supporting duck hunting, getting youngsters involved and promoting our Duck Blind pattern.”

The World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart is the longest running calling contest in history. The greatest duck callers from across the United States and Canada have gathered on Main Street during the weekend after Thanksgiving in order to determine who the World Champion is.

In modern days the contest has become the centerpiece of the “Wings over the Prairie Festival” in Stuttgart. Gone are the days when a duck caller need only show up to compete. Now in order to qualify to compete for the World’s Championship, a caller must win a preliminary calling contest that is sanctioned by the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce, the body that governs and runs the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest as well as the “Wings over the Prairie Festival.” It is a difficult feat to become the World’s Duck Calling Champion, and it often catapults the winner to a career in the outdoor industry.

For more information, visit www.stuttgartarkansas.org or call 870-673-1602.

Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak (http://www.mossyoak.com/). Mossy Oak specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoorsmen. Mossy Oak patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the outdoor industry leader in modern camouflage design, international licensing and marketing. Haas Outdoors Inc. markets its services and products under widely recognized brands including: Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions, Nativ Nurseries, MOOSE Media and Mossy Oak Properties.


Trailblazer Adventure Program Aims for next Million

U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance – posted 10/28/10

The weekend of October 2 marked a major milestone for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation’s (USSAF) Trailblazer Adventure Program. It reached one million participants in less than ten years since its pilot program. Now the race is on to reach the second million. With the help of people like you, the USSAF aims to reach this new milestone in only five years.

Trailblazer began in 2001 as a small pilot program in Atlanta, Georgia. It has rapidly grown over the years. Now over 200,000 youth and their families attend annually. Each event offers opportunities for youth, especially urban youth, to learn about shooting, hunting, fishing, trapping and other conservation programs.

“We have reached one million within a decade, but there are many more youth we have to reach,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSAF president and CEO. “To get to our second million and keep our heritage’s future bright, we need the help of sportsmen everywhere.”

Many organizations have helped make Trailblazer the success it has been. Now, the USSAF is seeking new supporters to accomplish it’s goal of reaching another million participants. For that to happen, the generous support of people like you is essential.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you by offering you a FREE One Millionth Participant Commemorative Patch ($4.95 S & H). We have a limited number of these patches, so order yours NOW! Click here to order your FREE Commemorative Patch. They are sure to be collector’s items.

When you order your commemorative patch, please consider helping us work toward our next million. A sponsorship of only $3.50 allows us to introduce one youth to a world of fishing, hunting, trapping and many other conservation practices. These young people will be our next generation of hunters, anglers, trappers, and outdoors enthusiasts. They will be the ones that will protect our outdoor heritage! Sponsor three (3) or more young people and we’ll pay the S & H for your patch!

Questions? Call 614-888-4868. Also, be sure to check out the latest video the USSAF has put together about the history of the program.

By helping Trailblazer reach that second million, you are helping to keep the legacy of the outdoor lifestyle alive for generations to come.


Forever A Marine

Russell Lynch, a personal friend of mine, wrote this uplifting, downright motivating article commemorating the birth of a brotherhood that will forever unite us with scores of other Americans, past, present and future. Thanks for sending out this article, brother.

Happy Birthday Leatherneck!  Semper Fidelis.

Original Post by Russell Lynch, MaxMuzzleloader.com Blog, Posted: 09 Nov 2010 09:48 PM PST

Forever A Marine

On this date, 235 years ago, in a small tavern in Philadelphia, a man by the name of Samuel Nichols gathered a group of dedicated men who stood ready to serve their country.  On that night, the very first man was enlisted into what is now known as the Worlds Finest Fighting Force: the United States Marine Corps.  Led by Nichols, they had no idea what they had begun.

To become a U.S. Marine the test is hard; everything you’ve heard about USMC boot camp is true.  Without experiencing it yourself, you can’t really understand it and I can’t really explain it.  But the rewards are worth the blood, sweat and tears it takes to pass.  And you will never be the same.  Never.

You see, the saying is true: “Once a Marine, Always a Marine”.  In fact, the title “U.S. Marine” is forever and even beyond.  Marines are never forgotten, they live among us even after their service on earth is complete.

After my enlistment as an active Marine was over in 1988, my “Prior Marine” status had just begun.  It’s where I am now, it will continue until my earthly enlistment has ended.

To become a U.S. Marine requires that a person make a life-long commitment to something bigger than themselves.  Most of us don’t get that going in.  It requires commitment to God, Country and Corps.  And then the day comes when we join the ranks of “Prior Marine”, and now we add service to family and community to our list of commitments.  We have influence over everyone we come in contact with, no matter where, no matter what age.

For we are Marines for life.  We are accountable for our actions, or lack thereof, for life and beyond.  The Marine Corps doesn’t expect you to quit being a Marine once your enlistment is complete, Marines are ingrained from the first day of boot camp into a special brotherhood with a special bond, they are trained with integrity and are expected to carry on as trained, forever.

The Marine Corps expects it’s men and women to carry on after their enlistment is complete, to become leaders in society, to continue to be first to help, first to assist and first to fight, only now in our own communities instead of on foreign soil.

For those who have not been a Marine, always remember this: for 235 years, the Marine Corps has not only provided the world with the “Finest Fighting Force”, they have made a difference in countless walks of life, in the past, now and forever.

They are proud, but humble and each and every Marine since 1775 is a true American hero.

For those of you that have earned the title of U.S. Marine, you know what is expected of you, so get to it.  It’s in you to continue to serve as a Marine, now and until your death. And when your time on this earth is done, another Marine will be taking on the title of “Prior” and he/she will take it from there, and forever and beyond.  Our duty to service, our fellow Marines and all Americans is never ending.

There has never been a better time in world history to serve this great country than now.  Our country is wounded and torn and needs our service now like never before.  Remember to commit yourself to a cause bigger than yourself, and this country is just that.  America is and always will be, bigger and more important than any one person.  We have the skills and the dedication to make a difference, so reach down inside yourself and get it done.

As our USMC history has shown, there is not problem or situation that a dedicated, committed, organized group of Marines can’t get control of.

I would suggest we start at a place that we know best:  right where we are.  Show every American to your north, south, east and west to see America like a Marine does.  Let them see America through your eyes.  By doing this one thing, you have committed yourself to a cause bigger than yourself.  Just imagine an American with the same pride and integrity as they instill in Marines from day one of boot camp; an American that is proud of this country; an American that is dedicated to getting it straightened out.  And we will come through these trying times we find ourselves in, stronger and wiser.

Our country has a lot of problems right now, but nothing that Americans can’t handle.  If we look at these problems as a battle, through the eyes of a Marine, it is the perfect battle to fight and as always, one with victory on the other side.

First, we won’t be on foreign soil and we won’t be fighting a foreign enemy.  We’ll be fighting with Americans.  Secondly, we already have Marines embedded with Americans (ourselves).  As Marines, we come from all walks of life, religions, and races; we are everywhere.  Third, we the Marines, know better than anyone how to fight battles that politicians from one country or another start, but we can finish.

Although the perfect battle, it will still be a hard and long one.  Americans need jobs, healthcare, food, housing, ….the one thing that the Marines can provide to all Americans, is pride and hope.  And the best way to continue is to serve our fellow Americans is to simply let them see this country we love, through our eyes.  It costs nothing but time; we are Expert Americans, Professional Americans, and we have much to share.

As for the war we are fighting on foreign soil, every Marine needs to thank our civilian Americans for their support and prayers for ALL service members that have fought and are fighting, and those that gave their all.

To all other branches of the US Military, thank you.  Thank you for all you’ve done, thank you for all you continue do.  And please help us to continue to serve, now and forever, for you have the same great love for this country as we do.

Let the 235th Birthday of the “Worlds Finest Fighting Force” be the day we recommit ourselves to serve our country and fellow Americans.  Help one American a day, every day.  Instill in them, as it was ingrained in us, to remain faithful to the mission: don’t just be a good American, be a dedicated, pride-filled and committed one.

Happy Birthday, Semper Fi!

Forever a Marine,

Russell Lynch
Active Prior Service Marine
10 Nov 2010


Texas Hunters Gear-Up for The Hunters Extravaganza®

Fort Worth, Texas – As hunters start taking regular trips to the deer lease or hunting ranch to check on blinds, fill feeders and set out Cuddeback® trail cameras, July and August mean one big thing to Texas hunters, the Hunters Extravaganza trade shows, produced by Texas Trophy Hunters Association™ (TTHA), officially kick off the beginning of hunting season.The 2010 Fort Worth Hunters Extravaganza show takes place THIS WEEKEND at the Will Rogers Center, August 20-22, 2010. Showcasing more gear, guides and outfitters than ever before, the Hunters Extravaganzas prepare the Texas hunter with everything needed to hunt that trophy whitetail buck of a lifetime. Plus, there will be more FREE prizes, contests and attractions than ever before. The Hunters Extravaganza® truly is the Granddaddy of all hunting shows.Everyone who walks in the door can register for FREE hunts and prizes in the Texas Sized Giveaway including a trophy hunt for two whitetail bucks at the Bella Vista Ranch, a pronghorn hunt at 4F Outfitters, one of 30 pairs of Nikon™ binoculars valued at over $200 each, or many other great prizes.

Attendees can try their hand at the TTHA 3D Archery Championship Tournament plus see the biggest and best trophy mounts from last season in the Annual Deer Competition sponsored by Nikon™. Kids will love the Lone Star Bowhunters Your Archery Range, the Texas Junior Anglers Catch Fish Pond and Joe Martin’s Snakes of Texas! The Hunters Extravaganza is truly fun for the whole family.

The Fort Worth show will feature Outdoor Celebrities available for autographs and photos with attendees including: Don & Kandi Kisky of Nikon’s Pro-Staff & Whitetail Freaks TV Show; “Dr. Deer,” James Kroll, PhD of Institute for White-Tailed Deer Mgmt & Research; and 9-time UFC Welter Weight Champion, Matt Hughes.

The Hunters Extravaganza is the chance for hunters to take advantage of BIG savings before the season starts! This year, people can get a FREE membership to Texas Trophy Hunters Association with the purchase of a weekend pass!

The Hunters Extravaganza show hours will be Friday 3pm to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 7pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. The ticket prices are ONLY ten bucks for adults, five bucks for kids 13-17, while kids 12 and under free. Members of Texas Trophy Hunters Association get in FREE on Friday. In honor of our servicemen and servicewomen, Active Military personnel who show their ID to get in free all three days.

The Hunters Extravaganza is sponsored by Nikon® Sport Optics, Bad Boy Buggies®, Mossy Oak Camo®, and Cuddeback® Digital Scouting Cameras, Barnes Bullets®, Barnett Crossbows® and the National Rifle Association. For more information, go to http://www.ttha.com/. TTHA strives to unite all segments of the hunting community for the dissemination of information and joining of energies to promote and protect our hunting heritage. Founded in 1975, TTHA, a membership-based organization, publishes a bimonthly magazine, The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, and produces the award-winning outdoor television program, Trophy Hunters TV®. In addition, TTHA hosts the Hunters Extravaganza® outdoor expositions, renowned as the largest whitetail hunting shows in the South. For membership information, please join online at TTHA.com or contact TTHA Membership Services at (877) 261-2541.


POMA Conference Coming Soon! (Aug. 11 – 14 in LaPorte, IN)

The Professional Outdoor Media Association’s (POMA) 5th Annual Conference begins next week (Aug. 11 – 14) in LaPorte, IN.

POMA is a collection of proven and highly sought after outdoor media members focused on working together to produce both collective and individual growth as well as lend a voice, when needed, to assist in the protection of our outdoor heritage and outdoor media careers. POMA is a fantastic forum for any outdoor media member to gain access to opportunities, resources and mentor programs that otherwise would be incredibly difficult to obtain.

This conference is a demonstration of POMA’s incredibly productive and family modeled approach. Media professionals and POMA corporate partners spend a week together building teams, partnerships and friendships sure to last a lifetime while simultaneously focusing on individual business growth through seminars and mentoring, access to new outdoor products and networking opportunities.

If you’re interested in joining POMA and attending the conference next year, or if you are a company representative interested in partnering with POMA, e-mail me, Kevin Reese, Kevinr@Just-Hunt.com, or visit www.professionaloutdoormedia.org.

I hope to see all of you in LaPorte next week!

Hunt hard, hunt often,

Kevin


ThermaCELL Starts Their Appliance-A-Day Giveaway!

Visit ThermaCELL and get plugged into the Appliance-A-Day Giveaway TODAY!

ThermaCELL began their August Appliance – A-Day Giveaway on Aug. 1, giving one lucky person a free ThermaCELL unit every day of the month. Check out the link or click on the picture on the left to try your luck. The only thing this event costs is a minute of your time.

ThermaCELL does not spook game! ThermaCELL now offers Earth Scented pads – perfect for bowhunters!

Scores of hunters around the country will tell you, ThermaCELL just can’t be beat for outdoor protection from mosquitos and black flies. I hunt extensively in areas highly regarded as unbearable by people who have never tried ThermaCELL and I do it without a single mosquito bite!  Unless it’s in the dead of winter, you’ll never see me on a hunt without it!

Check out this link to learn more: http://www.thermacellpromotion.com/FrontPage/Rules