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Benelli Hires Chris Binion as CLO

 Benelli USA is excited to announce the appointment of Chris Binion to the position of Chief Logistics Officer. Binion will assume his new position with the company beginning May 15, 2024.

Chris brings to the job of CLO over 20 years’ worth of experience in logistics and distribution and he holds a Master and an undergraduate degree in logistics and transportation management from Eastern University.

Prior to his most recent position as Senior Vice-President of Operations and Logistics Services for New River Logistics, Chris served as Global VP of Transportation and Logistics for Avnet Electronic, VP of Distribution & Supply Chain for Premier Farnell, and Director of Distribution, Logistics, and Supply Quality for Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.

“Chris brings a wealth of experience, as well as expertise, in logistics and distribution management that will significantly benefit our organization,” said Tom DeBolt. “With previous senior leadership roles in global and multi-warehouse distribution centers, Chris has demonstrated a strong focus on innovation, collaboration, and team engagement to achieve strategic goals. His leadership style aligns perfectly with our corporate compass. We look forward to Chris’ contributions in driving our logistics operations as we continue to grow.”

While this is Binion’s first position in the shooting sports segment, he is no stranger to the lifestyle. “I am a lifelong hunting, fishing, shooting enthusiast,” said Chris. “I am thrilled to be working for a company whose products I have owned and used most of my life.”


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Irish Setter MudTrek Boot Review

Everyone has a favorite pair of slip-on shoes. For some people, it’s a pair of Crocs or true slip-ons. For me, it’s always been a rubber boot. I had a pair of Muck boots for years. They served me well in the fall and winter but my feet roasted come spring and summer. I had to weigh the swift ease of my pull-on boots with sweat, swollen feet, and being all-around uncomfortable. (Ask anyone – wet feet or uncomfortable shoes can easily ruin a day.)

Over a year ago now I replaced my deteriorated tall boots with Irish Setter’s unisex MudTrek boots. They offer several styles varying in insulation. I opted for the 15” waterproof vulcanized rubber full fit version without insulation. Swathed in Mossy Oak Country DNA camouflage, these boots were already ready for the woods though the plain color of the rest of the boot kept them unassuming. One of my first concerns was sizing. Unisex shoes always tend to be hit or miss for women. These were a home run. My regular shoe size is a women’s 8.5 to 9 depending upon the brand. I fit perfectly in a size 8. The boot comes only in wide width. I have never been officially classified as having a wide foot, but mine are wider than the average and they fit me well. Keep in mind that with a boot like this sock choice can be critical. Consider what kind of socks you plan to wear — thick, thin, Merino, cotton, etc. — and take that into consideration when making your purchase.

I have been extremely grateful for these boots in wet weather. Unlike waterproof hiking boots, they are very easy to clean at the end of the day!

My MudTreks have endured well over a year of hunting trips in various weather, yard maintenance, sessions on the shooting range, and countless other adventures. These are the shoes I use to walk into the chicken coop to tend the flock or collect eggs. Though I wish I had another pair to dedicate to this purpose, they wash off easily with a hose and no matter how much water I’ve used or walked through, it’s never gotten into the boot (unless I accidentally poured it inside or stepped in water deeper than the boots). They are comfortable to wear and do not feel clunky and awkward. Thick patterns on the sole provide much-needed traction in slick environments while an integrated ledge above each heel makes them simple to remove hands-free. I was especially impressed by this feature as I’d often struggled to slip off my old pair of boots without grabbing hold of the dirty sole by hand.

I would not recommend walking extreme distances in these boots. Unless you have the perfect combination of size and sock, you may experience some uncomfortable rubbing on your heels. I have found this with every tall, rubber boot I’ve ever worn, but I did notice it less with Irish Setter’s offering. Also on the con side, I have had to fix the insole a few times as I’ve accidentally disturbed it while pulling the boots off.

These boots have served me well in all kinds of weather.

Irish Setter incorporated ScentBan into these boots, a proprietary process designed to kill odor-killing bacteria. I have successfully harvested deer wearing these boots but I honestly can’t quantify how well this feature works. Irish Setter’s website also mentions “TempSens,” a technology designed to react to body temperature and sweat level. I cannot quantify the efficacy of this technology either but I will say they are great all-around boots. My feet did get cold if I took them hunting in the snow, but using HotHands toe warmers took the edge off. In hot weather my calves will get a little sticky, but nothing anywhere close to my insulated Muck Boot experience. I am aware this is not a true apples-to-apples comparison and I did love my old boots. They weren’t bad, they just didn’t fit my needs as well as the Irish Setter MudTreks have. Time well tell to see which lasts longer.





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Forgetting to Plan for Dump Stations

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Forgetting to plan for dump stations is a common oversight for RV travelers, but it's essential for maintaining sanitation and convenience during your trip. Here's how to avoid this mistake:

Research Dump Stations: Before you hit the road, research dump stations along your planned route. Use online resources such as apps, websites, or campground directories to find dump stations at campgrounds, RV parks, rest stops, gas stations, and other locations.Plan Your Stops: Incorporate dump station stops into your travel itinerary based on the distance between stations and your RV's holding tank capacity. Aim to empty your tanks when they are around two-thirds full to avoid overflows and unnecessary weight.Map Out Alternatives: In case your planned dump station is unavailable or out of service, identify backup options along your route. Having multiple options ensures you can find a dump station when needed, minimizing stress and inconvenience.Check for Fees and Access: Some dump stations may charge a fee for use, while others may require proof of campground or facility usage. Check for any fees or access requirements beforehand to avoid surprises.Stay Organized: Keep track of dump station locations, operating hours, and amenities using a notebook, app, or GPS device. Include notes on station cleanliness, accessibility, and user reviews to help you make informed decisions on the road.Plan Ahead for Boondocking: If you're planning to boondock or dry camp in remote areas without access to dump stations, consider investing in portable waste disposal solutions such as portable holding tanks or portable dump tanks. These allow you to empty your RV's tanks at designated dump stations when you're back in civilization.Practice Proper Waste Management: Minimize the need for frequent dump station visits by practicing responsible waste management. Use biodegradable and environmentally-friendly RV toilet paper, avoid flushing non-biodegradable items down the toilet, and conserve water to extend your tank capacity.

By planning ahead and incorporating dump station stops into your travel itinerary, you can ensure a smoother and more convenient RVing experience without the hassle of dealing with overflowing tanks or sewage disposal challenges on the road.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect RV for a Family of Six

Embarking on a family RV adventure is an exciting prospect, but choosing the right RV can be overwhelming, especially when catering to a family of six. From size and layout to amenities and budget, there are numerous factors to consider. Fear not! With careful planning and consideration, you can find the perfect RV that meets your family’s needs and ensures a memorable and comfortable journey. Let’s dive into a step-by-step guide to help you pick the ideal RV with sleeping for six.

You’ll have plenty of space for the whole crew in thisAlliance RV Delta 252RL Travel Trailer!

Step 1: Assess Your Needs and Lifestyle:

The first step in choosing the right RV is to assess your family’s needs and lifestyle. Consider factors such as travel preferences, frequency of use, destination preferences, and desired amenities. Are you planning frequent weekend getaways or extended road trips? Do you prefer camping in remote wilderness areas or staying at RV parks with full hookups? By understanding your family’s preferences and lifestyle, you can narrow down your options and focus on RVs that align with your needs.

Claim thisCoachmen RV Freedom Express Ultra Lite 252RBS Travel Trailertoday!

Step 2: Determine Sleeping Arrangements:

With a family of six, sleeping arrangements are crucial. Consider how many separate sleeping areas you’ll need and whether convertible sleeping spaces, such as dinette or sofa beds, are suitable for your family. Class A and Class C motorhomes often offer bunkhouse floorplans with dedicated bunk beds for children, while travel trailers and fifth wheels may feature bunk beds or convertible sofa beds in addition to a master bedroom for adults.

There’s a beautiful sleeping space in thisDutchmen RV Aspen Trail LE 1860RK Travel Trailer.

Step 3: Evaluate Floorplan and Layout:

The layout of the RV plays a significant role in its functionality and comfort. Consider factors such as interior space, seating arrangements, kitchen layout, and bathroom amenities. Look for layouts that maximize living space and provide ample storage for your family’s belongings. Additionally, consider whether slide-outs are necessary to expand living areas when parked. Walk through different floorplans to get a feel for the layout and envision how your family will utilize the space during your travels.

You’ll find thisCoachmen RV Brookstone 352RLD Fifth Wheelis perfect for family vacations.

Step 4: Consider Amenities and Features:

When choosing an RV for a family of six, amenities and features can make a significant difference in comfort and convenience. Consider must-have amenities such as a full kitchen with appliances, a bathroom with a shower, heating and cooling systems, entertainment options, and exterior features like awnings and outdoor kitchens. While luxurious amenities can enhance your RV experience, prioritize features that are essential for your family’s comfort and enjoyment on the road.

Coachmen RV Freedom Express Ultra Lite 252RBS Travel Trailer
Dutchmen RV Aspen Trail LE 1860RK Travel Trailer
Coachmen RV Brookstone 352RLD Fifth Wheel
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When to Call and When to Shut Up

Calling a turkey can be a life lesson- we seem to learn best when we screw things up.  A friend and I were 100 yards from a thundering gobbler in West Virginia.  The tom gobbled relentlessly but wouldn’t budge toward our location.  Maybe we can call him to a different location, we thought, carefully spending the next 20 minutes making a wide circle.  After great care, we were in position, but the gobbler suddenly had become silent.  I gave my most alluring call, and the bird gobbled exactly where we had been.  My calls wouldn’t lure the bird closer, but “silence” did.

Scratch One In

I knew of a roost tree on a farm I hunt in Maryland.  This bird has been hunted often, and I knew I’d need to be cautious and aloof to lure it.  The tom began gobbling before I was in position, and I hesitated to crest a hill within sight of the roost.  In minutes, the bird flew down and continued to gobble.  I called softly, but the tom didn’t respond.  The leaves were dry, and I began to scratch in the leaves with my right hand while keeping the left on the crossbow.  The tom gobbled at the scratching noise and then grew silent.  I should have known to aim the bow at the horizon but continued to scratch in the leaves.  Suddenly, the gobbler stood erect at 25 yards, catching me in “mid-scratch.”  The bird lowered its head and vanished.  I should have been in the shooting position but made a rookie mistake.  When birds suddenly go silent, they are often approaching.  A lesson for next time. Adam Keith posted a great video on this subject that made some excellent points.

When to Call and When Not To

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Badlands® Launches Ultralight Packable Jacket and Vest

Sandy, UTAH – Known for their high-quality packs, gear and innovative camouflage patterns, Badlands has announced the launch of two new insulation pieces — the Ultralight Packable (ULP) Jacket and Ultralight Packable (ULP) Vest.

Perfect as light outerwear or as low-profile insulation under a hard shell or soft shell, both the ULP Jacket and ULP Vest feature 40g of synthetic PrimaLoft® Gold Cross-Core Insulation for an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio. 

The jacket and vest are also easily compressible and can be packed into their own pockets for storage. Throw on the ULP Jacket or ULP Vest at your glassing spot or to beat the morning chill, then stuff it back into its pocket and toss it into your backpack or range bag for later.

Available in two solid colors, Onyx (black) and Stone (gray), the ULP Jacket and Vest are versatile pieces for backcountry hunts, trips to the range or everyday wear.

To check out the ULP Jacket (MSRP $219.99), ULP Vest (MSRP $169.99) or the rest of Badlands’ lineup of packs, apparel and gear, visit BadlandsGear.com.

Now in its 32nd year, Badlands continues to focus on exceptional quality, continuing innovation, unmatched performance, and as always, the only unconditional lifetime warranty in the industry.




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Ignoring Weight Limits

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Ignoring weight limits is a significant mistake when it comes to RVing, as it can have serious consequences for safety, vehicle performance, and legal compliance. Here's why ignoring weight limits is a mistake and what you can do to avoid it:

Safety Concerns: Exceeding weight limits can compromise the structural integrity of your RV and increase the risk of accidents, especially when driving on uneven terrain, steep inclines, or during sudden maneuvers. Overloading your RV can also strain the vehicle's suspension, brakes, and tires, leading to premature wear and potential failure.Handling and Control: Overloaded RVs are more difficult to control and maneuver, particularly in adverse driving conditions such as high winds, rain, or snow. Excessive weight can affect steering responsiveness, braking distances, and stability, making it harder to navigate safely on the road.Fuel Efficiency: Overloaded RVs consume more fuel, as the engine has to work harder to move the additional weight. This can result in reduced fuel efficiency and increased fuel costs over the course of your trip, especially if you're driving long distances or through hilly terrain.Legal Compliance: Ignoring weight limits can result in legal consequences, as most jurisdictions have regulations governing the maximum allowable weight for vehicles traveling on public roads. Exceeding weight limits may result in fines, penalties, or even vehicle impoundment, depending on the severity of the violation.

To avoid ignoring weight limits:

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Hornady® Booth #8534 at 2024 NRA Annual Meetings

Hornady® and SnapSafe®, a Hornady Company, will be attending the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Booth #8534, May 17-19, 2024, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, TX. 

Stop by the Hornady booth to view their comprehensive lineup of 2024 new products, meet many of outdoor television’s most popular hunting celebrities, and speak with Team Hornady sponsored shooters.    

New for this year, Hornady and SnapSafe will be offering an exclusive discount for NRA Annual Meeting attendees on all Hornady Security and SnapSafe products. Visit booth #8534 to learn more.

The NRA is recognized as the premier firearms education organization in the world and meets annually to celebrate freedom, firearms, and the Second Amendment. The Exhibit Hall will be open all three days and will showcase over 14 acres of the latest guns and gear from the most popular companies in the industry.

For more information on the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, visit: https://www.nraam.org/


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Hunters and Anglers Applaud Senate Passage of the Bipartisan ACE Reauthorization Act

The ACE Reauthorization Act aims to boost funding and provide vital enhancements to conservation programs benefiting fish and wildlife. 

(Washington D.C.)— The America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Reauthorization Act of 2024 passed the Senate on Wednesday May 8, 2024, by unanimous consent. The ACE Reauthorization Act was sponsored by Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and would reauthorize multiple programs that benefit hunting and angling including, the National Fish Habitat Partnership, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. It also helps address threats like chronic wasting disease. This reauthorization provides technical improvements, administrative streamlining, and increased authorized funds to improve these programs. 

“The America’s Conservation Enhancement Reauthorization Act will benefit fish and wildlife while enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities for millions of hunters and anglers,” said Becky Humphries, CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, “TRCP applauds the Senate’s passage of this important bipartisan legislation and looks forwards to building on the success of these crucial programs.” 

The original ACE Act was passed in 2020 and sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). Many of its authorizations expire next year, necessitating the passage of the ACE Reauthorization act to ensure these programs can continue to operate in good legal standing.  

The ACE Act is co-sponsored by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Angus King (I-ME) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). 


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2024 Traditional Classic- Join the Baltimore Bowmen

2024 Traditional Classic

May, 16th — 19th  2024

Gunpowder Falls State Park, Glen Arm, Maryland

MORE TARGETS THAN EVER!

This family-friendly four-day shoot has 3 dynamic ranges with woods, streams, and hills as terrain, which allows for creative and realistic target placements. This event continues to attract traditional archers and their families from as far away as Europe.

Three Ranges, more targets than ever

Novelty Shoots

Over 100 3-D Targets

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RVing and Camping

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RV camping combines the comforts of home with the freedom to explore the great outdoors. Whether you're a seasoned RV enthusiast or new to the RV lifestyle, here are some tips for making the most of your RV camping experience:

Plan Ahead: Research campgrounds and RV parks in advance, especially if you're traveling during peak seasons or to popular destinations. Make reservations whenever possible to ensure you have a spot at your desired campground.Pack Essentials: Create a packing list of essential items for your RV trip, including bedding, kitchen supplies, toiletries, outdoor gear, and emergency supplies. Don't forget to pack items specific to your RV, such as leveling blocks, hoses, and adapters.Check Your RV: Before hitting the road, perform a thorough inspection of your RV to ensure everything is in working order. Check tire pressure, fluid levels, brakes, lights, and appliances to prevent any unexpected issues during your trip.Know Your RV: Familiarize yourself with the operation of your RV, including how to set up and break down camp, operate appliances, and troubleshoot common problems. Practice driving and maneuvering your RV to feel confident behind the wheel.Be Mindful of Weight: Pay attention to the weight limits of your RV, including cargo capacity, towing capacity, and axle weight ratings. Avoid overloading your RV with excessive gear and supplies, as this can affect performance and safety on the road.Practice Campground Etiquette: Respect quiet hours, clean up after yourself, and be considerate of your neighbors when staying at campgrounds. Follow campground rules and regulations, and leave your campsite better than you found it.Enjoy Outdoor Activities: Take advantage of outdoor activities available at your campground, such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, and birdwatching. Spend time exploring nature and enjoying the scenery around you.Disconnect and Unplug: While RV camping offers modern conveniences, don't forget to disconnect from technology and enjoy quality time with friends and family. Use your RV as a basecamp for outdoor adventures and socializing around the campfire.Practice Leave No Trace: Leave no trace of your visit by minimizing your impact on the environment. Dispose of waste properly, avoid disturbing wildlife, and leave natural areas as you found them for others to enjoy.Stay Flexible: Embrace spontaneity and be flexible with your plans while RV camping. Allow yourself to explore new destinations, meet interesting people, and create lasting memories along the way.

By following these tips, you can have a safe, enjoyable, and memorable RV camping experience that allows you to reconnect with nature and create lasting memories with loved ones. 

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Silencer Central Now Carrying FN Suppressors

Silencer Central, the nation’s leader in silencer sales and accessories, announces the addition of FN silencer sales. FN’s two models of silencers, the FN Catch 22Ti and the Rush 9Ti will now be available to Silencer Central customers with an introductory bonus.

“Our goal is to be the ultimate one-stop source for silencers in the U.S.,” said Brandon Maddox, Silencer Central CEO. “We have a great relationship with FN and know the quality of the products they produce. It made it an easy decision to add FN’s silencers to the brands we offer our customers.”

“We are excited to have our line of FN suppressors now available through Silencer Central,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FN America, LLC Chris Cole. “Purchasing a suppressor, whether it’s the first or third time, can be cumbersome and we are confident that our customers will appreciate the efficient and easy process, including the direct-to-your-door shipping, that Silencer Central offers.”

The FN Catch 22Ti is a lightweight, tough and quiet rimfire suppressor, reducing muzzle blast from all .22 LR firearms. It uses a direct thread ½” x 28 mount and has a user-serviceable blast baffle and baffle stack. The Catch 22Ti is rated for .22 LR, .22 MAG, .22 WMR and .17 HMR. It has a 1.1-in. diameter, and the titanium tube keeps the weight at 5 oz. The Catch 22Ti clears suppressor-height sights and comes with a limited lifetime warranty from FN. For a limited time, you can buy an FN Catch 22Ti silencer from Silencer Central and save an extra $100.

The FN Rush 9Ti is a highly versatile and reliable 9mm suppressor that mounts quickly and easily to any pistol barrel threaded ½” x 28. It uses a tight piston gas seal to contain carbon fouling in the baffle core, making for a smooth shooting experience without heavy blowback and stoppages. The FN Rush 9Ti is 7.3″ long with a 1.375″ diameter and a weight of only 10.8 oz. It carries a limited lifetime warranty from FN. For a limited time, you can get the FN Rush 9Ti from Silencer Central and get a free tax stamp, a $200 savings.


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XS Sights to Exhibit at 2024 NRA Annual Meetings

XS® Sights will show its newest products for target and competition shooting, personal defense, and hunting at the 2024 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Dallas Texas, May 17-19, 2024. A replica Marlin rifle from the Jurassic World movies equipped with an XS lever rail will also be on display.

Held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center downtown, the exhibit hall will showcase over 14 acres of the latest guns and gear. All attendees are encouraged to stop by booth # 7408 to meet the XS team and see the new XS Fiber Optic Sights for Glock pistols, specifically designed for target and competition shooting. Other new product from XS includes Standard Dot vent rib shotgun beads for waterfowl and turkey hunting, new R3D 2.0 tritium personal defense night sights for the Springfield Armory SA-35, CZ P10 OR, and various 1911 pistols. XS also has new sights for Smith & Wesson and Colt revolvers, lever rail and ghost ring kits for the Rossi R95 lever action rifle and a new rail for the Rossi R92. All are American Made and backed by XS’s 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee.

“The NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits is a great venue for us to meet with dedicated hunters and shooters from throughout the country,” said Jeff King, Marketing Manager, XS Sights. “XS is a family-owned company, run by gun enthusiasts, and our goal is to enhance firearm owners’ shooting experience by offering improved sight visibility, speed, and accuracy.

For more information, visit www.xssights.com.

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How to Kill Late Season Turkeys

The turkey woods become eerily quiet in the late season. By this time, most birds, including turkeys, have mated and are actively nesting. Unlike cardinals, where both males and females raise their young, mature toms are still looking to breed and are vulnerable to soft, seductive calls. Focus on these three tips presented by the folks from Informed Outdoors.

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How to Save Money while RVing

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Saving money while RVing can be achieved through various strategies aimed at reducing expenses and optimizing resources. Here are some tips to help you save money while enjoying the RV lifestyle:

Budgeting: Establish a budget for your RV travels, including expenses such as fuel, campground fees, food, entertainment, and maintenance costs. Tracking your expenses can help you identify areas where you can cut costs and allocate funds more efficiently.Fuel Efficiency: Drive at moderate speeds and maintain proper tire pressure to improve fuel efficiency and reduce fuel costs. Consider using fuel-saving apps or websites to find the cheapest gas stations along your route.Campground Choices: Choose campgrounds wisely to save on accommodation costs. Look for affordable campgrounds with basic amenities or consider free or low-cost camping options such as national forests, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, or boondocking locations.Membership Discounts: Join RV clubs or loyalty programs that offer discounts on campground fees, fuel, groceries, and other travel-related expenses. Some popular membership programs include Good Sam Club, Passport America, and AAA.Meal Planning: Cook your meals in the RV instead of dining out to save on food expenses. Plan your meals in advance, shop for groceries in bulk, and prepare simple and cost-effective meals using ingredients that are easy to store and cook.Conservation: Practice water and energy conservation to reduce utility costs while RVing. Take shorter showers, turn off lights and appliances when not in use, and use energy-efficient LED bulbs and appliances to minimize energy consumption.Maintenance: Stay proactive with RV maintenance to prevent costly repairs and breakdowns. Conduct regular inspections of your RV's systems, perform routine maintenance tasks, and address any issues promptly to avoid larger repair bills down the road.Entertainment: Take advantage of free or low-cost entertainment options while RVing, such as hiking, biking, fishing, birdwatching, or visiting local parks and attractions. Look for community events, festivals, and cultural activities that offer affordable or free entertainment opportunities.Workamping: Consider workamping opportunities to offset travel expenses by working part-time or seasonally at campgrounds, national parks, resorts, or other hospitality businesses. Workamping can provide free or discounted campground accommodations, meals, and other perks in exchange for labor.Travel Slowly: Take your time and travel at a leisurely pace to reduce fuel costs and enjoy more affordable camping options. Spend longer periods at each destination, explore nearby attractions, and take advantage of weekly or monthly campground rates for extended stays.

By implementing these money-saving strategies and adopting a frugal mindset, you can make the most of your RV travels while keeping costs manageable and staying within your budget. 

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POMA Announces Award Winners

The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) 2024 Award Winners were announced during POMA’s Annual Meeting in Pinewood, South Carolina, on May 7.

Pinnacle Awards

POMA’s Pinnacle Awards are the highest honor the organization can bestow upon its media members for their creative works. They honor journalists annually for exceptional journalistic achievement in traditional outdoor sports-focused magazine writing, newspaper/web writing, photography/illustration, book, broadcasting and conservation journalism.

The winners of the 2024 Pinnacle Awards are:

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Turkey from a Tree Stand

Most turkey bowhunters also hunt deer, so why not use the same tactics to fool turkeys as whitetails?  Since turkeys often feed in agricultural fields and in oak flats, you may be able to use stands that are already in place.  Ladder stands, like the one shown above, are ideal because they allow quick, silent access and have ample room for a comfortable seat.  You may even call in a coyote or other predator that you can ambush without spooking a gobbler just over the ridge.

Hone Your Deer Hunting Skills

Be sure to take a few practice shots from an elevated position. If you don’t control your draw, you can easily shoot over a turkey, the same way you would a deer. This isn’t a concern for crossbow hunters, but practicing is still a good idea. Also, a tree stand for turkeys is just as dangerous as for deer. Make sure you wear your safety harness and follow all tree stand safety rules.

Stands are Safer in the Late Season

Gobbler decoys are very effective, especially for those with a real turkey fan.  They are also very dangerous since you carry a replica that an excited hunter can easily mistake for the real thing.  As you will see in the following video, Tim Wells uses a tree stand and decoy to bag a mature gobbler.  If the bird strutting beside an arrow in the ground looks odd, Wells missed the headshot with the first arrow.  The tom was so enraged by the decoy that it couldn’t resist returning for the fight.  Like all Tim Wells videos, this one is amazing.

Watch Tim Well Make it Happen.


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Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Truck Camper for Your Next RV Adventure

Planning your next RV adventure? Consider the versatility and convenience of a truck camper. These compact yet feature-packed units offer a unique blend of mobility, comfort, and practicality that make them ideal for a wide range of travelers. Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, or a family looking to explore the great outdoors together, a truck camper has something to offer. Let’s dive into the top five reasons why a truck camper should be at the top of your RV wishlist.

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Compact and Maneuverable:

Unlike larger RVs, which can be cumbersome to drive and park, truck campers offer a compact and maneuverable alternative. Mounted directly onto the bed of a pickup truck, these units are easy to navigate through tight spaces and fit into smaller campsites. Whether you’re exploring rugged mountain terrain or winding coastal roads, you’ll appreciate the agility and flexibility that a truck camper provides, allowing you to reach remote destinations that may be off-limits to larger rigs.

The kitchen inside thisPalomino Backpack Edition HS 750 Truck Camperis great for easy meals.

Off-Road Capability:

For adventurers who crave off-grid exploration, a truck camper is the ultimate companion. Equipped with four-wheel drive capabilities and rugged construction, these units are built to handle rough terrain and remote environments with ease. Whether you’re traversing rocky trails, crossing shallow streams, or navigating sandy dunes, a truck camper gives you the freedom to go where other RVs can’t, unlocking access to secluded campsites and breathtaking wilderness areas.

ThisLance Lance Truck Campers 850 Truck Camperfits easily into the bed of your truck.

Customizable Layouts:

One of the standout features of truck campers is their customizable layouts. Unlike traditional RVs, which come with fixed floorplans, truck campers offer a wide range of configurations and options to suit your specific needs and preferences. From compact units with basic amenities to spacious models with full kitchens and bathrooms, there’s a truck camper for every type of traveler. Plus, with the ability to detach the camper from the truck, you can enjoy the convenience of a separate vehicle for exploring your destination once you’ve set up camp.

Get a great night’s sleep in thenuCamp RV Cirrus 620 Truck Camper.

Fuel Efficiency:

Traveling in a truck camper offers more than just versatility and flexibility; it’s also a fuel-efficient way to see the world. Compared to larger motorhomes and towable trailers, which can be gas guzzlers on the road, truck campers offer better fuel efficiency thanks to their compact size and lightweight construction. With less weight to tow or drive, you’ll spend less on fuel and have more money to allocate towards unforgettable experiences and adventures along the way.

Palomino Backpack Edition HS 750 Truck Camper
Lance Lance Truck Campers 850 Truck Camper
nuCamp RV Cirrus 620 Truck Camper
Northwood Arctic Fox Camper 811 Wet Bath Truck Camper
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1791 Outdoor Lifestyle Group Proudly Announces Their Attendance of the 2024 NRA Annual Meetings and Events in Dallas, TX

Miami, FL – 1791 Outdoor Lifestyle Group, a leading provider of premium leather holsters, EDC tool organizers, and associated outdoor sporting goods, is proud to announce their attendance of the 2024 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, booth 10061 located in exhibit halls A-F.  The NRA’s Annual Meetings and Events, May 17th-19th at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, is the largest gathering of NRA members and 2nd Amendment supporters in the nation. Here the company will show two exciting new lines of  holsters for optics ready, light bearing pistols, the Smooth Concealment (OR-LB-SCH) and Fair Chase Deer Hide holsters (OR-LB-FCD). These holsters are designed to accommodate the most popular micro red dot sights and rail mounted lights. Now gun owners who carry a sidearm with an optic and a weapon light have premium, comfortable, durable leather holster options for concealed carry.

1791 Outdoor Lifestyle Group will also be exhibiting their full line Mag CarriersSnagMag productsEDC Tool OrganizersGun Belts and Rifle Slings.

Additionally, 1791 Outdoor Lifestyle Group will be hosting an exciting giveaway of a matching, themed-pistol and holster on Sunday of the show, May 19th.  More details about the giveaway and the pistol and holster will be available soon.

Personnel can be available for media interested in discussing or needing help with content, information, etc.

For more information about 1791 Everyday Carry products, please visit 1791EDC.com. For more information about 1791 Gunleather, please visit 1791Gunleather.com


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Traditions Firearms Exhibiting at 2024 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibit

Traditions® Performance Firearms will be exhibiting at the 2024 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas May 17-19 and located at booth 7849.

As the leader in the muzzleloading industry, Traditions® Performance Firearms will have on hand their full line of muzzleloaders, including the revolutionary NitroFire®. Traditions® continues to focus on innovation, performance, and reliability with their muzzleloaders and set the standard for excellence in the industry.

Attendees can experience firsthand Traditions’ impressive lineup of single shot cartridge rifles. Known for their exceptional accuracy, these firearms exemplify the company’s commitment to quality and performance. On hand will be the Outfitter G3 in 360 Buckhammer along with several models in other popular calibers.

Not to be missed is Traditions® new line of Pro Series firearms which features an adjustable stock, adjustable length of pull and a threaded barrel. The Pro Series is available on NitroFire®, Pursuit XT, and Outfitter G3 models.

Traditions® Performance Firearms invites NRA attendees and industry colleagues at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibit to their booth and to explore their full product line. For more information about Traditions Performance Firearms and its participation in the 2024 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibit, please booth 7849 or visit www.traditionsfirearms.com.


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