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Silencer Central Showcases at NWTF’s Convention and Sports Show as Longbeard Sponsor

Silencer Central, America’s largest silencer dealer, is thrilled to continue its partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation as a proud sponsor of the 2023 Convention and Sports Show. From Feb. 15-19, 2023, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Silencer Central will serve as a Longbeard and Grand National Auction and Dinner sponsor.

“We’re passionate about the mission of the NWTF and its dedication to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage,” said Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central. “As a Longbeard and Grand National Auction Dinner sponsor, we’re honored for the opportunity to present our suppressors and show attendees how our work relates to the fulfillment of NWTF’s initiative.”

Since 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested over half a billion dollars into wildlife conservation and has conserved or enhanced over 22 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. The convention features 90,000 square feet of exhibiting space, unifying the latest products and leading outdoor brands to celebrate 50 years of NWTF’s conservation success. The organization continues to drive wildlife conservation and preservation efforts to protect our hunting heritage.

“NWTF is very fortunate to have Silencer Central return as a convention sponsor and exhibitor. They continue to increase their support for our organization and mission in many ways,” said Natalia Daniels, NWTF national director of corporate relations and licensing. “It would be impossible to host our convention without the support of partners like Silencer Central.”

Silencer Central delivers directly to customers in the 42 states where silencers are legal. The shipping process has revolutionized the way suppressors are sold and allows for customers to streamline their purchasing experience by cutting out unnecessary hurdles to silencer ownership.

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Mike Arnold to Sign Copies of Bringing Back the Lions at Safari Club International Convention February 22-25, 2023

Noted author Mike Arnold, a Distinguished Research Professor of Genetics at the University of Georgia, will be signing copies of his groundbreaking new book, Bringing Back the Lions: International Hunters, Local Tribespeople, and the Miraculous Rescue of a Doomed Ecosystem in Mozambique, at Music City Center in Nashville, TN February 22-25, 2023.

Arnold will appear in the Zambeze Delta Safari Booth #1400 with legendary African professional hunter and conservationist Mark Haldane on the following dates and times: Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm; Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23rd and 24th 9:00 am-11:00 am, and 2:00pm-5:00 pm; and Saturday, Feb. 25th from 9:00 am-noon.

Arnold’s highly acclaimed Bringing Back the Lions details how a small group of professional hunters, including Haldane, spearheaded a near-30-year effort to return a once-incredible wildlife paradise from a decimated and near-barren landscape to one of the world’s premier wildlands – the area of Mozambique known as Coutada 11. Coutada 11 is an official concession covering 2000 square kilometers (approximately 772 square miles) of some of the most diverse habitat and animal species in Africa. This area is one of the few remaining in Africa where one can still do a classical African Safari.

A life-long hunter who has traveled the globe, Arnold has published hundreds of research articles and four books on a variety of topics, including conservation biology. Publications such as Science Magazine, The New York Times, and National Public Radio continue calling Mike for interviews covering his research. Earlier this year he attended the 20th annual meeting of the African Wildlife Consultative Forum in Maputo, Mozambique, where he was honored to be able to present a copy of his book to the Honorable Carlos dos Santos, Mozambique Ambassador to the United States.

You can pick up a copy of Mike’s book at the convention, or conveniently order your own from www.Amazon.com, and other fine booksellers. For more information on Safari Club International and their 2023 convention, visit

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The Best Colleges for Students Who Love Hunting

Are you excited about hunting? Can you barely imagine your life without spending your weekend in the woods, watching a deer or another animal? Well, how is your hobby related to the choice of your profession? There are numerous aspects that should be specified here, so you should miss none of the points. Unfortunately, in the overwhelming majority of instances, parents are not really supportive of prospective students, who choose a college depending on its proximity to hunting areas, but it may work well with some of them. 

At the same time, it is inevitable to mention that it does not mean you are ready to ignore the quality of the provided education in order to spend a good vacation. Therefore, it is indispensable to stay critical, making a choice you will not regret. 

If you love hunting, fishing, and just staying outside, you need to make maximum effort to find the best college that will be located somewhere close to the lake and woods. Does it mean you will spend most of your time hunting? Browsing the web, you will surely come across tons of effective essay writing services that may provide you with tons of free time, but you will have to spend lots of money to get most of your projects done by professionals. Although the assistance you receive from WritePaperForMe specialists is not really expensive, it does not mean you will have to get it every single time you feel bored. Instead, show your desire to study, stay academically successful and productive so that you have enough time to go hunting and do other activities you love. 

So, is it possible to find a university that will be perfect for both studying and entertainment? Check out a few colleges you may be interested in. Compare their features and analyze specifications before you make the final choice.

Penn State College

Penn College is located in the center of the state, being one of the most accessible schools ever. Nonetheless, taking into account its location, the university also seems the most convenient for students who love nature and everything related to it. 

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How to Explore the Outdoors as a Student

The life of many students is like running in circles. Morning in the dorm room gives way to an afternoon on campus and ends with sitting in the library until night. Then the young people go to their dorms, and everything starts again. But outdoor activities can change everything! However, not all students understand how to organize leisure and enjoy nature. So how do you explore the outdoors as a student? Here’s what you should know first!

Visiting National Parks

Arrange a visit to one of the famous national parks nearby. Take your friends and go on a tour. Surely you will enjoy contemplating mountains, forests, plains, or flower meadows. In addition, many national parks are ideal places for picnicking or boating. This pastime is a perfect example of outdoor activities.

But do not forget that the trip to the reserve can take quite a long time, so you should understand what papers you will have to craft in advance. Perhaps you should find a writing service to delegate some assignments. In any case, such a strategy will allow you not to worry about your grades. For example, you can count on SpeedyPaper help options if you don’t have time to craft all the assignments.

Go Kayaking!

Many students lack extreme emotions or the opportunity to let off steam. That is why kayaking is the perfect outdoor activity. You need to find a group of like-minded people, rent kayaks and choose a mountain river. Since you are unlikely to be a first-class swimmer, you should start your outdoor activities with basic options.

Rafting on the river will give you vivid emotions and a dose of adrenaline that invigorates every part of your body. In addition, you can set up camp near the river or on the edge of the forest after such entertainment. Then, having gathered a circle of like-minded people, you can tell stories and eat food cooked on a fire. You will certainly have something to discuss on campus after such a trip.

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CMP to Host Special Air Range Events with Numerous Local Prizes

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – For those looking for an entertaining night out with friends, family or maybe even on your own, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has created a lineup of exciting air gun events for everyone to enjoy – all set at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Ohio and the Judith Legerski CMP Competition Center in Alabama. Whether an expert marksman or someone who’s never tried the sport before, we have a spot for you on the firing line.

The competition centers feature 80-point indoor electronic air gun ranges that regularly hold local, state and national events. Each week, the climate-controlled facilities host Open Public timeslots, where individuals of all ages are welcome to fire upon the advanced target system for practice or fun. The range is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Ohio) and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Alabama) and by appointment Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Ohio) and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Alabama).

Special Events scheduled for 2023 include:

Date Night Fun!: Come in any time in February to participate in our couples team match – an air rifle event featuring a supported rest (bench) for stabilization. Match fee is $10 per couple.March Madness Match, March 16: Competition begins at 6 p.m. Participants face off, with the winner moving on to the next bracket. Match fee is $5 per person.Elimination Match, April 18: Competition begins at 6 p.m. Guests fire shots, with the lowest score eliminated until a winner is crowned. Match fee is $5 per person.

Winners of each event will be awarded prizes to local establishments!

If you don’t own an air gun, don’t worry. The CMP has several lightweight, easy-to-use air guns for loan. Sporter class air rifles are free of charge with entry fee, while the National Match Air Rifles (NMAR) are available to rent for a reasonable fee. Participants must supply their own pellets or may purchase them at the range. Individuals who own personal air guns may use them, as long as they are under 600 fps. 

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Police1 Puts Latest Version of The Legendary EDC Knife on
List of Top Three of 2023

Ontario Knife Company® (OKC®), the award-winning cutlery maker with more than 130 years of experience designing and creating blades for every need, is proud to announce that the editors of Police1, a gear, news and techniques website for law enforcement, has the latest version of OKC’s legendary RAT-1 folding EDC knives – the RAT-1 Red – on their list of top three knife innovations for SHOT Show 2023. Read full article here.

“The RAT-1 Red is true to the original design, except it comes in S35VN steel and red G-10 scales,” said Lindsey Bertomen, Police Products Editor in the article. “These are both improvements on an already proven design. The RAT-1 Red was designed for EDC, and the simple design is perfect for patrol and even better for fieldcraft. I’m already shopping around to see if I can find one.”

The RAT-1 Red has a 3.5-inch long, 0.115-inch-thick blade made from S35VN steel with a 58-60 HRC hardness-rating that has a full flat-taper grind. As pointed out in the article, the Red has upgraded S35VN steel that is extremely tough and high quality, providing superior resistance to wear and chipping with excellent, long-lasting edge retention. Other features are a closed length of 5 inches, which helps make this such a popular EDC knife, and an open length of 8.5 inches. It is compact enough to slip in your pocket, yet big enough to comfortably complete tasks with ease. The new red, G10 scale handle was inspired by OKC branding. OKC added some history with their 1889 maker’s mark on the clip and the original Randall Adventure Training logo marking on the blade. The red handle and additional marking add a bit of nostalgia to the legendary EDC knife from a company with many decades of history behind it.

Founded in 1889, the Ontario Knife Company® is an award-winning knife, cutlery, and tool manufacturer operating out of Upstate New York for over 125 years. OKC® produces a wide range of tools, including cutlery and kitchenware, hunting and fishing knives, machetes, survival and rescue equipment, science and medical tools, and tactical knives. OKC has a long tradition of building knives and tools for the U.S. military, producing high quality equipment that has seen continuous service since WWII. In addition to being a major supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces, OKC leverages a network of distributors, dealers, and major commercial retailers to sell its products nationwide and internationally to over 35 countries. OKC’s custom manufacturing division Jericho® Tool, advances capabilities including a broad-spectrum of tool and die, and machining operations to provide white label and OEM manufacturing services for consumer and industrial goods. Collectively OKC’s product lines and manufacturing services reach the housewares, sporting goods, tactical, security, law enforcement & first responders and education industries.

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Hook Youngsters on Fishing by Using the Tieless Fishing Tackle Valley EZ Hook

Spring, a time of renewal, is fast approaching, when Mother Nature gives us longer, warmer days as she slips off the grips of winter. It’s also a time when bass, panfish, and other gamefish species move into the shallows to spawn, making it the perfect time to take youngsters out for their first fishing trips!

Of course, young anglers of all ages want to touch and do, not just be spectators, whatever the task at hand. When fishing, they want to learn how to rig their own tackle, but often find that tying on their own hooks can be frustrating. Not so when using the patented Tieless Fishing Tackle Valley EZ Hook in universal size 6. This ingenious design allows anyone to securely attach this high-quality hook to their 8-10 lb. diameter braided line without the need of tying a complex fishing knot. With it, even young anglers will be rigging their own hooks in no time.

Here’s how it works. Tie a simple knot on the end of your line, loop it one time around the hook, bait the hook as you normally would, then cast it into your favorite spot. That’s it! The Valley hook in size 6 was rigorously tested for two years; it successfully catches bass, bluegill, perch, crappie, northern pike, and catfish in fresh open water and through the ice. The size 6 hook measures approximately .4 inches wide x .98 inches long, has an average tested pull strength of 7 lbs., and works best with 8 to 10lb dia. braided line.

When those young anglers start watching the bobber go down and they’re soon reeling in a feisty bass or panfish on gear they’ve helped rig themselves, they’ll soon be hooked on fishing, and be asking to go fishing time and time again. With Tieless Fishing Tackle EZ Hooks lifelong anglers are created every day. Start one today.

MSRP for a package of 5 hooks is $3.29. They’re available directly at, where you can also learn how easy it is to use this simple, yet highly effective, fishing hook.

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Fiocchi Introduces New 5.7x28mm Subsonic Ammo

Fiocchi, a global leader in defensive, target, and hunting ammunition, has just announced availability of its latest 5.7x28mm cartridge. The new subsonic ammo joins two 5.7x28mm cartridge models introduced at the 2023 SHOT Show.

The newest Fiocchi 5.7x28mm cartridge is offered in the company’s Range Dynamics series. Sporting a 62-grain FMJ bullet, the Range Dynamics Subsonic is the ideal option for high-volume suppressed or un-suppressed fun on the range.

Available in 50-round boxes, Range Dynamics Subsonic is perfect for personal defense carbine training and semi-auto pistol use, and it rounds out Fiocchi’s 5.7x28mm lineup that includes the 35-grain Hyperformance jacketed frangible and the Hyperformance 40-grain hollow point cartridges.

For more information about the new Range Dynamics Subsonic 5.7x28mm cartridges or to see the full line of Fiocchi defense, hunting, and target ammunition, visit

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The Habitat Organization Hires Andy Williams as Regional Rep in Wisconsin

Position will help drive mission growth in Badger State

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are proud to announce the hiring of Andy Williams as the organization’s Wisconsin regional representative. In his new role, Williams will provide support for more than 8,000 dedicated members and volunteers to improve public and private lands conservation efforts for pheasants, quail, and other wildlife.

“We’re excited to call Andy a new team member in Wisconsin and look forward to his contributions with the incredible chapter network that exists throughout the state,” said Matt Christensen, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s field services manager. “Having demonstrated unique job skills from running his own business, the organization believes in his ability to help deliver more mission in tandem with our amazing volunteers.”

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever empower county and local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent – the only national conservation organization that operates through this grassroots structure. As a result, chapter volunteers can see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy. Williams will be responsible for helping chapters achieve local conservation results, helping fulfill organizational pillars for habitat, education, access, and advocacy.

Williams graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Before joining the Habitat Organization, he was a carpenter for a contracting company followed by owning a personal construction business in 2016. He owned and operated New Space Renovations until 2019, when he transitioned to be at home with his young children. Williams lives in Oregon, Wisc. with his wife, two daughters, and a pair of black Labrador retrievers. When he’s not working, Williams he can be found hunting, fishing, hiking, or watching the Badgers volleyball team, where his wife serves on the coaching staff.

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Firearms Industry Leader Delta Defense Announces New President

Wisconsin Company Continues to Experience Record Sales Growth

Delta Defense, the service provider to the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), the fastest-growing self-defense association in the country, announced today that Mike Lowney has been named as the company’s President.

Lowney has more than 15 years of senior management and c-suite experience, including over a decade of strategic program development at Harley-Davidson Motor Company and, most recently, as Chief Strategy Officer for Delta Defense. 

“Mike’s ability to recognize industry trends and listen to the customer has been vital in our continued growth over the past three years,” said Tim Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner of Delta Defense. “His leadership and experience will further strengthen our industry alliances and national presence, driving growth that will benefit the over 700,000 members of the USCCA.”

“I am honored to help lead our continued growth in 2023 and beyond.  Record numbers of Americans, from all walks of life, are choosing to be their family’s first line of defense. It’s humbling that many of them are choosing the USCCA to help them on their self-defense journey,” said Mike Lowney. 

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Traditional shooters will want to check out the new shaft in in Easton’s line of arrows—the Carbon Legacy.  The new Legacy builds on Easton’s 100-year tradition of making the world’s finest archery tackle.  When Doug Easton first began his archery company in 1922, he started out making handcrafted wood arrows and longbows one at a time in his small workshop. Each arrow featured Doug’s own signature cresting applied to the finest hand-selected cedar shafting.  Today’s traditional Legacy is a nod to Doug’s meticulous commitment to crafting the finest traditional equipment available in that era. The Legacy combines the traditional look of wood-grained carbon with high-visibility white-dipped and hand-feather-fletched craftsmanship to offer the finest vintage aesthetic. “We really wanted to make the Carbon Legacy something special,” stated Gary Cornum, Easton Marketing Director. “We went back into our archives and found some of Doug’s 1920’s arrows and borrowed ideas from his original wood shafts to inspire the look we were going for.”

Loaded with features the traditional enthusiast will value, the Legacy comes fletched with three 4” left wing helical feathers including a barred index feather with combinations of solid red, white, and bright yellow hen feathers. The Carbon Legacy is accurate, durable, and has exceptional flight visibility.  Legacy is available in five popular hunting sizes (340, 400, 500, 600, and 700). Includes RPS inserts and pre-installed 6.5mm 3D Super Nocks.


.244” ID standard-diameter carbon-fiber constructionPre-installed 3D white Super NocksRPS inserts included4” Left wing helical feather fletchSpine sizes: 340, 400, 500, 600, and 700Straightness ±.006”MSRP: $69.99/ 6-pack feather fletched

For more information on Easton Carbon Legacy arrows, see your local archery pro shop or visit

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Federal Ammunition is the Presenting Sponsor for the 2023 Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic

Federal Ammunition is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for the Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 17-19. The event will bring together tens of thousands of upland hunting enthusiasts to see all the best new products including Federal Premium’s lineup of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever branded product lines.

“Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever continue to lead the path for upland conservation and have done a tremendous job under Howard Vincent’s leadership, for the past several decades,” said Jon Zinnel, Senior Manager for Federal’s Conservation programs. “We commend Howard for his enthusiastic leadership of the organization, and we also look forward to working with incoming CEO Marilyn Vetter, who is debuting at this year’s Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic.”

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever will be offering a full lineup of free seminars for attendees, as well as access to vendor booths, workshops, youth activities, and many other show floor activities. Attendees are encouraged to stop by Federal’s booth No. 1835 to talk with Federal’s passionate staff about the perfect ammunition for any upcoming upland hunting adventure.

“At this event, Pheasants Forever is celebrating 40 years of conservation success,” continued Zinnel. “We look forward to its bright future as it continues its conservation efforts across the country, and we are excited to continue collaborating closely with them for many more years to come.”

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Their mission is to conserve pheasants, quail, and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public access, education, and conservation advocacy. For more information, go to

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New Members and Officer Appointed to Serve on AFWA’s Executive Committee

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies welcomes Director Chuck Sykes to the list of Officers, and Directors Bryan Burhans and Kendra Wecker to the list of Members of the AFWA Executive Committee. 

“The Association is excited to have Director Sykes as our new Vice President, and to have Directors Burhans and Wecker join our Executive Committee,” said Curt Melcher, Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and President of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. “Together, we will work to fulfill the Mission, Vision, Values and Goals of the Association and continue the great work of this remarkable organization.”

Chuck Sykes is the Director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. For over 10 years, Sykes has overseen the operations of all wildlife and fisheries biologists and conservation enforcement officers. He and his staff manage, protect, conserve, and enhance the wildlife and aquatic resources of Alabama for the sustainable benefit of the people of Alabama. Sykes has graciously accepted the appointment of Vice President of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, moving from the Member list, on the Executive Committee.  

Bryan Burhans is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which manages nearly 500 game and non-game wildlife species, 1.5 million acres of public land and the expectations of nearly 1 million hunters and anglers. Kendra Wecker is Chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife and oversees Ohio Department of Natural Resources efforts to manage and conserve fish and wildlife populations on behalf of all Ohioans. The Association is excited to have both Burhans and Wecker as new Members of the AFWA Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee charge is to determine all matters not especially provided for in the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws until passed at a regular meeting; employ and assign duties to the Executive Director and subordinate employees; approve annual budget of itemized estimated expenditures; and provide for payment of legitimate expenses incurred in behalf of the Association.  Visit for the full Executive Committee list.

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Brownells Invites Americans to Celebrate Second Annual 2A Day, 2-22-23

Brownells invites freedom loving people all across the United States to celebrate, advocate and join in the rights and liberties guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights during the second annual 2A Day on 2-22-23

Smith & Wesson is the co-presenting sponsor for 2A Day 2023. Other sponsors include CCI, Federal, Fiocchi, Henry Repeating Arms, SIG Sauer, Remington and Winchester. 

2A Day offers three ways for participants to engage with their uniquely American Second Amendment rights.


Brownells is partnering with ranges –both in Iowa and across the country – to host 2A Day range sessions, with free range time and limited free ammo for celebrants.

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SUUNTO Compass Review

We stopped by the SUUNTO booth this past month at SHOT SHOW and most folks are super interested in getting to see the amazing GPS and fitness watches from SUUNTO.  Those watches are without question some of the best in the world, but first we had to geek out over the compasses.  As a hunter who likes to get off the grid, one of the most important parts of our kit is an actual map of the area where we are hunting and a proper baseplate compass.  If you spend a little bit of time and learn to use a proper baseplate compass you can get yourself out of any location quickly and easily and to the exact location you are looking to go.

We asked for the opportunity to test the SUUNTO M-3 Baseplate Compass as well as the SUUNTO M-9 sighting compass for your wrist.  One compass for reading maps and one for consistent use on the wrist to keep you moving in the right direction.  Understanding how to use these compasses can keep you alive.

SUUNTO M-3 NH Baseplate Compass

The Suunto M-3 Compass has a declination adjustment for easy and accurate compass readings. It also has a luminous bezel ring for easy and precise navigation in low light conditions, and a balanced magnetic needle for a faster and more precise reading.  Utilizing the compass with a map allows you to orient your way from one location to another quickly and no matter what you throw at this compass it is going to handle it because it waterproof, shockproof and weatherproof.

With a Baseplate compass, you can orient your map by lining up the north arrow on your compass with the north direction on your map. This will help you identify landmarks on the map and understand which direction you are facing and the direction you are going. Knowing the angle between true north and magnetic north (magnetic declination) is also important to ensure that you adjust your compass readings correctly.

The M-3 comes with a comprehensive user manual providing all of the information you need to learn how to use your compass.  Reliable readings, a durable solid construction and a five-year warranty makes this a great choice.

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Federal Ammunition is Proud to Sponsor NWTF’s 2023 Convention and Sport Show for 40th Year

Federal Ammunition is proud to be the title sponsor of the Hunting Heritage Breakfast on Friday February 17 at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) 47th Annual Convention and Sport Show. The 2023 NWTF Convention, held February 15-19, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee, will be a celebration of the NWTF’s 50th Anniversary. Federal Premium Ammunition also continues as a Gobbler Sponsor of the overall event.

“NWTF continues its longtime support towards conservation across the country. The projects supported by NWTF, which supports the livelihood of wild turkeys, also benefits hundreds of other species along the way. Visiting with NWTF members from across the country reaffirms the passion and drive of their membership to support conservation of all species,” said Senior Conservation Manager for Federal Ammunition, Jon Zinnel. “Federal and NWTF have had a longstanding relationship which has continued over four decades. We look forward to many more years of working together as NWTF comes up on their 50th anniversary in 2023.”

Federal Ammunition and the National Wild Turkey Federation have been working hand in hand for decades. The company has participated at every NWTF convention and has hosted the Conservation Breakfast for 40 years. Federal Ammunition is one of the five longest-running sponsors and the only licensed ammunition partner of the NWTF.

“We appreciate everything NWTF members do to grow our sport and pass along our great hunting heritage,” continued Zinnel. “With turkey populations in decent shape throughout much of the country, hunters anticipate a memorable 2023 season. Now they can go afield knowing Federal’s new Premium turkey loads will not only deliver consistent, devastating performance, but also help turkeys themselves through their partnership with the NWTF.”

For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit

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Yamaha Fulfills $500,000 Pledge in Outdoor Access Initiative Grants

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative’s 2022 Q4 Grants Fund Large-Scale Riding Area Clean Up and Essential Trail Maintenance Projects Protecting Access to Land for Motorized Recreation 

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) contributed more than $500,000 in grant awards for 2022, satisfying a commitment made in honor of National Public Lands Day. The final funding cycle for 2022 in the fourth quarter provided meaningful support to a wide variety of projects – from California desert cleanup and state-wide riding trail maintenance in Washington to multiuse bridges and trail resurfacing – making public lands sustainably accessible for motorized and outdoor recreation.

“The response from the outdoor community to our call for quality projects the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative can fund is the reason we were able to fulfill our 2022 pledge. While half a million dollars will make a significant impact, we know there are more opportunities out there in need of support,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports marketing manager. “In 2023, our commitment is unchanged as we continue to invite and welcome partnerships with land managers, riders, land stewards, and anyone who relies on public land for outdoor recreation. Together we will work to protect, defend, and improve access everyone can enjoy for years to come.”

The application deadline for consideration in the first funding cycle of 2023 is March 31. Visit to learn how to apply for a grant and review the submission guidelines. There, you also will find the Yamaha OAI grant application form, as well as the informative blog, which includes recaps of typical projects for inspiration.

The powersports industry leader in delivering critical resources to those working to make public land available for motorized and outdoor recreation had a strong finish for 2022 with more than $195,000 in grants to projects nationwide. Projects funded in the 2022 fourth quarter grant cycle include:

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Primos® Set to Attend 2023 NWTF Convention

Primos to Showcase New Products and Host Seminar During Annual Convention

Primos® Hunting, a pioneer in game calls and hunting accessories, is excited to attend the 2023 Nation Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Convention taking place February 15-19 in Nashville, Tennessee. With deep roots in the turkey woods, the Primos team is proud to support NWTF and their mission to protect wild turkeys for generations to come.

Attendees of this year’s show are encouraged to visit Booth #1213 to check out the company’s legendary lines of game calls, decoys and hunting accessories. Producing more game calls annually than any other company, the Primos name has become synonymous with turkey hunting and assisting hunters with finding the perfect gear.

For 2023, Primos has expanded its lineup of diaphragm and pot calls with a new Rare Breed Aluminum Pot Call plus new entries to its proven Select Series. Primos has also added a new, ultra-realistic Strutter decoy to its Gobbstopper line, sure to help hunters lure in weary toms. NWTF attendees will also be among the first to view new hardwood locator calls from Primos, plus a new offering of shooting supports designed in collaboration with Spartan Precision.

Whether looking for a new blind, vest or the most authentic sounding game calls in the market, Primos has hunters well covered entering the spring season. Company founders Will and Jimmy Primos will also be in attendance and show goers are encouraged to attend a turkey calling seminar hosted by the duo from 1-2 pm on Saturday, February 18, in the Ryman Ballroom.

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Bear & Son Cutlery Now Shipping New 15-inch Freedom Fighting Bowie Knife

Jacksonville, Alabama – Bear & Son Cutlery, manufacturer of premium Alabama-made knives, introduces the new 15-inch Freedom Fighting Bowie Knife with a cocobolo handle—a classic fixed-blade knife with maximum cutting power for any task on the trail or around the homestead.

From the early frontier days to current oversea conflicts, a strong fixed-blade knife has served as a last personal defense tool for many men and women. Bear & Son Cutlery honors the tradition of history’s greatest adventurers, scouts, lawmen, trappers, and warriors with the new 15-inch Freedom Fighting Bowie, a large, single-edged clip-point knife that features 8-inches of cutting edge. The blade is shaped from D2 tool steel (high carbon and chromium content) with an elevated hardness rating to ensure long-lasting edge retention, sharpness, and ability to handle tough jobs.

In true fighting blade fashion, the Freedom Fighting Bowie has a notch on the choil for added control. A full tang provides essential strength and balance when swinging or thrusting, making for a great all-around utility knife. The curved brass guard protects the hands and compliments the rich, cocobolo wood grips. Each wooden grip is individually inspected for the best grain density, is hand-fitted to each knife, and is treated with a polished finish. The 15-inch Freedom Fighting Bowie also comes standard with a handstitched leather sheath and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

15-inch Freedom Fighting Bowie Knife Specifications

Model: CB03

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NWTF Announces Vortex® as Longbeard Sponsor for Upcoming Convention and Sport Show in Nashville

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation announces Vortex® as a Longbeard Sponsor for the Convention and Sport Show, set for Feb. 15-19 in Nashville, Tennessee. This year’s festivities mark 50 years of mission delivery for the NWTF.

“A half-century of conservation is a big deal, not only for wildlife, but for anyone who likes to spend as much time in the outdoors as possible,” said Vortex® CEO Joe Hamilton. “Vortex® is proud to support NWTF and its mission, and we look forward to hanging out with the thousands of like-minded hunters and shooters who travel to Nashville this year for the convention.”

Vortex®, an American-owned optics manufacturer known for its VIP Warranty, will sponsor the convention’s raffles, auctions and Product Showcase for a second straight year. They will also occupy booth 2046 in the exhibit hall.

“We are grateful for the continued support of Vortex® as a sponsor and exhibitor in the Sport Show,” said Natalia Daniels, NWTF national director of corporate relations and licensing. “Stop by their booth and let them outfit you with the perfect optics for turkey season.”

The first event of the NWTF Convention and Sport Show, officially sponsored by Mossy Oak, is the Pub Crawl set for the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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