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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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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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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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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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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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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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KastKing Contributes to Getting Wounded Warriors Back On the Water

The simple pleasure of casting into the water and connecting with a fish attracts millions of anglers to the thrill of the sport. It’s easy to take the sport and hobby we love for granted until a traumatic injury takes that opportunity away.

Such is the case with many wounded warriors and first responders harmed in the line of duty. Spinal cord or head injuries can leave them with limited or no use of their hands, arms, and legs.

Before their injuries, these wounded heroes may or may not have been avid anglers; however, veteran assistance groups, such as River Deep Foundation, recognize the restorative power of being outdoors and having a renewed empowerment to cast and retrieve a lure to catch a fish.

Through a collaborative effort with their non-profit alliance member organizations, River Deep Foundation works with vets with debilitating spinal cord and other traumatic injuries to offer outdoor family events, such as fishing, to assist in re-engaging in sport and adventure.

This is where Colorado University Graduate Engineering student, Connor Borshard, and the team of six other fellow engineering graduate students stepped in to help. A non-profit group called Quality of Life Plus issued a call for university STEM programs to create innovative technology solutions that improve the quality of life for injured veterans and first responders. Borshard’s team was drawn to a project aiding in the casting, catching, and reeling of fish for individuals who have little to no dexterity in their hands or upper limbs. Borshard and his team proposed and engineered a brilliant solution they’ve dubbed, the Adaptive Fishing Device.






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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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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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Bear & Son Cutlery Offers Farmhand Series in New Colors

Jacksonville, Alabama – Bear & Son Cutlery, manufacturer of premium Alabama made knives, expands their popular Farmhand Series with new color options. This pocketknife integrates their popular and simplistic design of Alabama-made hard-working knives together with a modern look and functionality. The 3- 5/8” lockback series is now offered in six colors.

An elegant design with a modern twist, the Farmhand knives substitutes the traditional handle material found on pocketknives with smooth aluminum handles, providing superior strength, overall comfortability during carry, and easy to clean or maintain. The 3-5/8” Farmhand series include a classic drop point blade with a fingernail clip for easy deployment and available with a 440 stainless steel blade offering an excellent cutting edge, overall blade life, and easy to sharpen.

Color options include Black, Blue, Orange, Purple, Red, and also offered as White Smooth Bone or Rosewood handle models.

Another great feature of this Alabama-made pocketknife is the robust pocket clip that provides a secure hold and designed for long term durability. Not typically found on traditional style pocketknives, the Farmhand series clip is designed for a secure hold without sacrificing ergonomics. Find these new pocketknives at a Bear & Son Cutlery dealer today.

 Bear & Son Cutlery Farmhand Series Specifications


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Premier Match Grade Half-out Components Now Available for 4mm Arrows

Salt Lake City, Utah –The new 2024 line-up of Easton 4mm Match Grade Half-outs, representing the industry’s finest precision inserts are showing up on dealer shelves nationwide. The patent-pending half-outs have been engineered with insights from top archers and pro shops and the result is groundbreaking designs that redefine accuracy and toughness all while offering a new level of customization to the ultra-micro-diameter arrow category.

Each model in the new line of inserts incorporates a precisely machined post fitted with a protective collar. In addition, the design features a zero-tolerance alignment ring that positions the post in virtually perfect center to the shaft. A unique protective collar adds coverage over the post and the front of the arrow to increase impact protection versus regular half-out collars that only cover the end of the shaft. The new Easton Match Grade Half-out design allows for different materials to be used in specific areas which, further increases strength and provides a broad range of weight options:

55-grain aluminum75-grain half steel100-grain titanium/steel150-grain full steel

The 55, 75, and titanium 100-grain half-outs are offered in five sizes to ensure a perfect fit for the entire spectrum of Easton 4mm arrows. For the stiffer shaft spine sizes, a 150-grain full-steel variant is offered for those seeking a higher level of front-of-center balance.  Match Grade Half-outs are available and sold separately for archers seeking to customize and fine-tune their arrow set-ups while Easton 4mm Match Grade arrows come with the 55-grain half-outs included.

See your dealer today, and discover the future of arrow customization, precision, and durability with Easton Match Grade Half-Outs or visit www.eastonarchery.com

The post Premier Match Grade Half-out Components Now Available for 4mm Arrows appeared first on HuntingLife.com.

Original author: HLNews


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Real Avid Announces New “Critical Carry” EDC Knife Series

Real Avid, the leader in DIY for Guns®, steps boldly into a new product category for 2024 with the introduction of the innovative RAV folding knife series. Building on the company’s mission to provide tooling solutions for the gun enthusiast’s work bench, Real Avid recognizes that the need for reliable tools can come at any moment…anywhere. That is why Real Avid developed the RAV-series folders — critical carry knives that are always at-hand and ready to tackle the important jobs.

Seven knives make up the new RAV series, with several configurations in handle design, blade material and shape, length, blade finish, and lock style to meet a variety of user needs and tasks. Sized for comfortable and convenient carry, the RAV series folders are also priced so you can have one for your toolbox, glove box, day pack, and pocket.

The RAV series knives are offered in several handle materials, including nylon, aluminum, aluminum/stainless steel, glass-filled nylon, aluminum/carbon fiber, and G10. Each has its own unique profile and texturing to suit varying tastes and deployment needs. Each knife includes a pocket clip for discreet, easy-to-access carry.

Several blade profiles and materials are represented across the RAV line. Choose between traditional drop point, Tanto, and modified clip point to match specific cutting needs, and between 4Cr14 or 8Cr13MoV blade material in black oxide or titanium finish. Blade lengths are 3.25 or 3.4 inches, depending on the blade profile, and consumers may select between standard or spring-assist liner lock models, or an axis lock model.

Being ready is more than a state of mind — it is an active commitment to being able to face any task or any challenge that may come when you least expect it. Real Avid’s new RAV folding knives are born ready to meet those challenges as part of your everyday critical carry gear.


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NEBO Introduces the PolarPak Hybrid Cooler & Warmer Bag – Iceless Innovation for Every Adventure

Nothing is handier on a road trip or an outing than something to keep drinks and food cool on those warm days and warm on those colder days.

In the past, the answer was a simple soft-sided cooler that was easily carried with a shoulder strap. Fill it with food and drinks, toss it in the car, and one’s favorite beverages and snacks would be ready. Unless they got too warm or too cold, depending on the climate. As handy as those little coolers can be, they still have limitations.

But now NEBO has the answer to keeping refreshments at the ready with their new PolarPak Hybrid Cooler & Warmer Bag. It’s a significant upgrade to the old-style soft-sided cooler.

The PolarPak Hybrid Cooler & Warmer bag needs no ice, as this battery-powered cooler uses hybrid Thermo-Cool Technology to cool as low as 27ᵒF (-2.7ᵒC) below ambient temperature while also warming up to 140ᵒF (60ᵒ C). It has a 16-quart (15-liter) capacity and can hold up to 24 12-oz cans. The PolarPak Hybrid Cooler & Warmer is insulated, and its easy-to-clean interior lining is food-safe. 

Its compact, lightweight, and portable design is made more accessible with the included shoulder strap, while the MOLLE webbing adds extra organizational versatility. The PolarPak Hybrid Cooler & Warmer bag has dual side storage pockets, perfect for storing the charging adapters or holding a bottle or tumbler. 


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Burris Optics Partners with Actor/Outdoorsman Lucas Black

Greeley, CO – Befitting an optics manufacturer with a diverse product range geared toward hunters and outdoors enthusiasts, Burris Optics has announced a partnership with American actor and dedicated outdoorsman Lucas Black.

From his childhood acting days with the TV series American Gothic to film work including The Fast and the Furious franchise and, more currently, gritty faith- and morality-based dramas like Birthright Outlaw and Legacy Peak — movies that integrate elements and lessons from the outdoor lifestyle — Lucas Black is the real deal when it comes to hunting, fishing, and raising his family in the American outdoor heritage.

In addition to his acting, Lucas Black shares his passion for the outdoors on his Real Life Lucas Black YouTube channel, where Black invites viewers “to ride shotgun on all my hunting and fishing adventures.” With his distinctive southern drawl, country humor, and common-sense approach to life and dedication to faith, Black’s videos entertain, educate, and inspire.

“Burris products cover all the core interests of today’s outdoors men and women,” said Burris Director of Marketing Jordan Egli, “and Lucas Black is the epitome of that diversity, being a successful shotgunner, rifleman, bowhunter, and competitive angler. Supporting Real Life Lucas Black as he takes viewers on his multiple adventures from and deep south and across the country is a natural association for Burris Optics. We are thrilled to begin this new partnership with one of the finest, down-to-earth representatives of our community.”

You can check out Black’s latest trips, tips, and adventures over at Real Life Lucas Black on YouTube.


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Legislation to Restore Hunting to California’s Castle Mountains, Improve Public Land Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Mojave National Preserve Boundary Adjustment Act (S. 4132), new legislation introduced today in the U.S. Senate by Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), would once again allow hunting on lands managed by the National Park Service (NPS) currently within the Castle Mountains National Monument.  

“In our steadfast commitment to public access and firm belief that hunters serve as critical partners in wildlife and habitat conservation efforts, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has long sought to restore hunting activities on the lands within the Castle Mountains National Monument in southern California,” said Patrick Berry, BHA president and CEO. “We extend our appreciation to Sen. Padilla for his leadership introducing the Mojave National Preserve Boundary Adjustment Act, which would transfer the more than 20,000 acres of this national monument to the adjacent Mojave National Preserve and thereby restore public hunting access while maintaining the conservation of habitat for species such as desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, and quail.”  

Hunting is prohibited on public lands managed by the NPS except when authorized by Congress. When the Castle Mountains National Monument was designated, those lands previously managed by the Bureau of Land Management were transferred to the jurisdiction of the NPS and hunting opportunity was incidentally lost. This legislation would continue NPS management of these lands, but incorporate them into the adjacent Mojave National Preserve, where Congress explicitly authorized hunting with its establishment under the California Desert Protection Act of 1994. Historic efforts have sought to include these lands within the Mojave National Preserve and this legislation would achieve that intent. Doing so would also improve management by consolidating contiguous units of public land that are managed under the same authority.

“The California Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has long been committed to the iconic, austere landscape of the Mojave Desert through habitat stewardship projects and the annual youth quail hunt,” said Eric Hanson, chair of the California Chapter of BHA. “Despite the loss of hunting access to the Castle Mountains, the chapter has continued to work with the National Park Service and partner organizations to restore critical habitat infrastructure for desert bighorn sheep within the national monument. We thank Sen. Padilla for his leadership on the Mojave National Preserve Boundary Adjustment Act and we look forward to restoring our access and connection to this cherished area.”  

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America’s outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands, waters, and wildlife. 


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President Donald J. Trump to Address NRA Members at the 153rd NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas

Fairfax, VA – Today, the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) announced that President Donald J. Trump will address NRA members as the keynote speaker at the 2024 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on Saturday, May 18th in Dallas, Texas.

This marks President Trump’s ninth address on NRA’s stage, reaffirming his strong commitment to the NRA, the Second Amendment, and the rich American tradition of firearm ownership.

President Trump first addressed the NRA in Nashville in 2015. Since then, he has been a steadfast advocate for the NRA, the Second Amendment, and self-defense rights—including his promise in 2016 to never let NRA members down.

As President, Trump made good on that promise by appointing a record-setting number of judges who respect the Second Amendment, including three Supreme Court justices who played a pivotal role in landmark Second Amendment rulings such as NRA-funded NYSRPA v. Bruen, cementing his legacy as a gun rights champion.

He is also a Life member of the NRA, highlighting his personal dedication to the Association’s heritage as America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights.


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Delta Waterfowl Applauds Progress on U.S. Farm Bill

Legislation contains key measures to conserve critical waterfowl habitat and to provide public access to hunting grounds

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — The legislative process toward delivering a new U.S. Farm Bill has taken important first steps this week.

Delta Waterfowl appreciates the work of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, chair of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, chair of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, to advance their respective initial overviews of the Farm Bill.

“This step is important progress to ensure America’s producers have the safety net needed while also investing in the voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs that are so crucial for the future of ducks and duck hunters,” said John Devney, chief policy officer for Delta Waterfowl.

In addition to being the central policy supporting agricultural production, the Farm Bill includes important habitat conservation measures such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Conservation Reserve Program. Both EQIP and CRP conserve critical breeding duck habitat for mallards, pintails, teal, and many other species of waterfowl.


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Winchester to be Featured on the No. 10 Ford Mustang in NASCAR Cup Series

The legendary Winchester brand will be featured on the No. 10 Ford Mustang Dark Horse driven by Noah Gragson in six NASCAR Cup Series races in 2024. 

“As a world-renowned brand of more than 155 years, Winchester is proud to be a part of the NASCAR Cup Series and featured on the No. 10 car this year,” said Brett Flaugher, President of Winchester Ammunition. “Millions of NASCAR fans have a passion for activities like hunting and the shooting sports, and we’ll continue to be a brand they can rely on both in the field and on the shooting range.” 

The Winchester brand will be featured at the following 2024 NASCAR Cup Series races: 

May 5 – AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KansasMay 26 – Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North CarolinaJune 16 – Iowa Corn 350 Powered by Ethanol at Iowa Speedway in Newton, IowaJuly 7 – Grant Park 165 at Chicago Street Race in Chicago, IllinoisJuly 21 – Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, IndianaSeptember 1 – Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina

Gragson is in his first season driving for Stewart-Haas Racing and he placed a career-best third in the GEICO 500 on April 21 at Talladega Superspeedway. 

For a full list of races and to find out how to tune in, visit the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.  

About Winchester Ammunition

Winchester is the largest small caliber ammunition enterprise in the world and the leader in delivering innovative ammunition products to hunters, sport shooters, law enforcement and the U.S. Warfighter. The 158-year-old Winchester brand is built on integrity, hard work and a deep focus on its loyal customers. Learn more about Winchester by visiting Winchester.com or connecting with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/WinchesterOfficial.

Winchester: Committed to Safe, Legal and Responsible Firearm Use

As a global leader in the shooting sports and hunting industry, and a brand of 158 years, Winchester is committed to safe, legal and responsible firearm use. Winchester works with key groups like the National Shooting Sports Foundation on a variety of topics important to our industry, including training and education, and on specific programs such as Gun Owners Care and Project ChildSafe. Winchester will continue to support programs, organizations and individuals who promote hunting and shooting sports activities in a positive and responsible environment. Any use of firearms by youth participants should be done under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or other responsible adult. 

About Gun Owners Care

Gun owners care. You care about safety. You care about preventing unauthorized access to firearms. You care about bettering your community, helping those in need, and conserving wildlife and wild places for generations to come. It’s time for gun owners to tell their stories and to show how they’re making a difference. NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms industry, has established the Gun Owners Care campaign to unite gun owners and the firearms industry in this common cause. Visit gunownerscare.org for more information.


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