Events across the West featuring products, services and destinations of 300 to 600 exhibiting companies. Hands-on activities, Youth Fairs, hundreds of seminars at multiple theaters, contests for beginner to expert. These events are the ideal opportunity to discover your life outdoors.
Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to a magazine editorial written by Church.
After being granted a charter by the state of New York on November 17, 1871, the NRA was founded. Civil War Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who was also the former governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. senator, became the fledgling NRA's first president.
An important facet of the NRA's creation was the development of a practice ground. In 1872, with financial help from New York State, a site on Long Island, the Creed Farm, was purchased for the purpose of building a rifle range. Named Creedmoor, the range opened a year later, and it was there that the first annual matches were held.
Political opposition to the promotion of marksmanship in New York forced the NRA to find a new home for its range. In 1892, Creedmoor was deeded back to the state and NRA's matches moved to Sea Girt, New Jersey.
The NRA's interest in promoting the shooting sports among America's youth began in 1903 when NRA Secretary Albert S. Jones urged the establishment of rifle clubs at all major colleges, universities and military academies. By 1906, NRA's youth program was in full swing with more than 200 boys competing in matches at Sea Girt that summer. Today, youth programs are still a cornerstone of the NRA, with more than one million youth participating in NRA shooting sports events and affiliated programs with groups such as 4-H, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Legion, Royal Rangers, National High School Rodeo Association and others.
Due to the overwhelming growth of NRA's shooting programs, a new range was needed. Gen. Ammon B. Crichfield, adjutant general of Ohio, had begun construction of a new shooting facility on the shores of Lake Erie, 45 miles east of Toledo, Ohio. Camp Perry became the home of the annual National Matches, which have been the benchmark for excellence in marksmanship ever since. With nearly 6,000 people competing annually in pistol, smallbore and high-power events, the National Matches are one of the biggest sporting events held in the country today.
Through the association's magazine, The American Rifleman, members were kept abreast of new firearms bills, although the lag time in publishing often prevented the necessary information from going out quickly. In response to repeated attacks on the Second Amendment rights, NRA formed the Legislative Affairs Division in 1934. While NRA did not lobby directly at this time, it did mail out legislative facts and analyses to members, whereby they could take action on their own. In 1975, recognizing the critical need for political defense of the Second Amendment, NRA formed the Institute for Legislative Action, or ILA.
Meanwhile, the NRA continued its commitment to training, education and marksmanship. During World War II, the association offered its ranges to the government, developed training materials, encouraged members to serve as plant and home guard members, and developed training materials for industrial security. NRA members even reloaded ammunition for those guarding war plants. Incidentally, the NRA's call to help arm Britain in 1940 resulted in the collection of more than 7,000 firearms for Britain's defense against potential invasion by Germany (Britain had virtually disarmed itself with a series of gun-control laws enacted between World War I and World War II).
After the war, the NRA concentrated its efforts on another much-needed arena for education and training: the hunting community. In 1949, the NRA, in conjunction with the state of New York, established the first hunter education program. Hunter Education courses are now taught by state fish and game departments across the country and Canada and have helped make hunting one of the safest sports in existence. Due to increasing interest in hunting, NRA launched a new magazine in 1973, The American Hunter, dedicated solely to hunting issues year-round. NRA continues its leadership role in hunting today with the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a program that allows youngsters to build on the skills they learned in basic hunter education courses. YHECs are now held in 43 states and three Canadian provinces, involving an estimated 40,000 young hunters.
The American Hunter and The American Rifleman were the mainstays of NRA publications until the debut of The American Guardian in 1997. The Guardian was created to cater to a more mainstream audience, with less emphasis on the technicalities of firearms and a more general focus on self-defense and recreational use of firearms. The Guardian was renamed America's 1st Freedom in June of 2000.
Law enforcement training was next on the priority list for program development. Although a special police school had been reinstated at Camp Perry in 1956, NRA became the only national trainer of law enforcement officers with the introduction of its NRA Police Firearms Instructor certification program in 1960. Today, there are more than 13,000 NRA-certified police and security firearms instructors. Additionally, top law enforcement shooters compete each year in eight different pistol and shotgun matches at the National Police Shooting Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In civilian training, the NRA continues to be the leader in firearms education. Over 125,000 certified instructors now train about 1,000,000 gun owners a year. Courses are available in basic rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading firearms, personal protection, even ammunition reloading. Additionally, nearly 7,000 certified coaches are specially trained to work with young competitive shooters. Since the establishment of the lifesaving Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program in 1988, more than 28 million pre-kindergarten to fourth grade children have learned that if they see a firearm in an unsupervised situation, they should "STOP. DON'T TOUCH. RUN AWAY. TELL A GROWNUP." Over the past seven years, Refuse To Be A Victim® seminars have helped more than 100,000 men and women develop their own personal safety plan using common sense strategies.
In 1990, NRA made a dramatic move to ensure that the financial support for firearms-related activities would be available now and for future generations. Establishing the NRA Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, provided a means to raise millions of dollars to fund gun safety and educational projects of benefit to the general public. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and benefit a variety of American constituencies including youth, women, hunters, competitive shooters, gun collectors, law enforcement agents and persons with physical disabilities.
While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly five million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs. As former Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos said, "Let me make one small vote for the NRA. They're good citizens. They call their congressmen. They write. They vote. They contribute. And they get what they want over time."
Colorado fly fishing guide trips, Denver fly fishing guides, fly fishing trips, and Colorado fly fishing instruction. Specializing in the South Platte River and its tributaries. Our fly fishing guides guides fish from Rocky Mountain National Park to South Park. Offering clients opportunity to fly fish small streams, lakes, tailwaters, and some of the best private waters in Colorado.
Founded by Richard C Norwood, HuntandGoFish.com is your full-service outdoor consultant, for hunting and fishing World Wide. We help our clients book the best approved outfitters, based on their wants and needs, and are committed to saving our clients time and money through our established relationships. Our services are Free to the Client, plus we are often able to get better prices than the client could directly from the outfitter. This ensures a high level of service and the most competitive price. We have spent over three decades scouting and determining which outfitters meet our high standards of excellence and now offer approved and scouted destinations throughout the globe. Our criteria for outfitter/captain approval is verified first hand by our Founder, and assures that any trip with Huntandgofish.com will be World Class. Richard and our team have been hunting and fishing around the globe for over 60 years and want to share their passion with you! The vast amount of information to wade through to find a great trip is often overwhelming. Save yourself valuable time and use our 60 years of combined experience, to create your next World Class Adventure.
Surrounded by high country glacial lakes, miles of scenic wilderness trails and abundant wildlife Ripple Creek Lodge would like to invite you to experience the history, breath taking beauty and remote wilderness of northwest Colorado. Ripple Creek Lodge offers accommodations in comfortable cabins, guided fishing adventures, trail riding excitement and relaxing family vacations in the unforgettable Flat Tops Wilderness Area and White River National Forest.
Since 1897, Shakespeare has been the leader in quality, affordable fishing tackle.
Our inspiration comes from 115 years of passion and experience.
From Ugly Stik, to our Catch More Fish kits, to our best in class line of licensed kid’s products (including Disney, Barbie, Spiderman, Star Wars and Batman) Shakespeare offers something for the whole family and all levels of experience.
Our objective is clear: Make fishing simple and enjoyable.
We are a full service Fly Fishing Learning Center in beautiful Colorado Springs, helping others enjoy this exciting sport. As an Orvis endorsed outfitter, we provide fun full and half-day guided trips on some of Colorado's most beautiful gold medal waters. We carry all of your favorite brands, from Orvis and Sage to Simms and Winston, to name a few. Our casting ponds make choosing the right rod easy. And we love to teach the skills needed for successful fly fishing in our affordable classes and camps, including those for women only. Check out our web site today!
Hunt Trip Spain is a professional hunting company established by Francisco Rosich in 1986. We are a family company that creates and preserves a personal contact with our hunters and non-hunters who have trusted in the experience and knowledge of Hunt Trip Spain during more than 28 years. Our exclusive purpose is hunting game trophies throughout Spain.
A paradigm shift...to engineer gear that is an extension of the outdoor experience and not simply a barrier between the user and the environment. By utilizing only the most advanced fabrics and construction technologies, Sitka will always design gear that is engineered to work together as complete systems, excelling in performance, function, and protection.
Our customers will be able to hunt comfortably in the most diverse and challenging range of hunting conditions.
To make outdoor cooking easier and more enjoyable by providing convenient and innovative ways to prepare meals and spend your time in the great outdoors.
Walk in our pro-shop and you’ll instantly be amazed with our outstanding selection of archery and hunting products. Talk to our pro staff and you’ll be instantly amazed with our years of knowledge and experience. At Heights Archery impressing our customers is what we do; it’s the only way we've stayed in business since 1990.
Our pro-shop staff has over 40 plus years in the archery only business, so we challenge you to bring us in a problem we can’t fix. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the shop; just go to our Ask A Pro link and type in your question. We promise to respond as thoroughly and quickly as we can. We pride ourselves with our prompt, quality service, see we’re not in the business just to sell bows; we want to grow the sport of archery and bow-hunting. So we understand that an excellent buying experience is necessary to do so.
New assortment of custom 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, 5/8, and 7/8 ounce jigs. All jigs are hand poured and hand tied to the head with a living image skirt to avoid sliding or loss of skirts. Each jig is equipped with an ultra sharp Mustad black nickel hook for increased penetration.
Nifty, Cool Camping Gear and Useful Gadgets that you must own! See unique and amazing camping gear that other campers will be envious of!
Our name "Hunt to Eat" is a morphing of the phrase "Will hunt for food." Hunt to Eat says: I hunt for adventure; I hunt for the physical and mental challenge. I hunt to be with family and to create memories. I hunt for the camaraderie and for the solitude. I hunt for the love of nature and the outdoors; I hunt to explore. I hunt to be a conservationist. I hunt to harvest my own food; I hunt to eat.
Lurenet.com is a one-stop shopping location where anglers can get everything they need for a fishing trip, as well as fishing tips, stories, education and entertainment. We are ever-changing with new products and special prices added weekly.
We believe in providing Quality Hunting Knives at fair prices and dealing fairly and honestly with our customers and suppliers. At steelhuntingknives.com we realize that without you, the customer, we would not exist. Our goal is to provide excellent customer service and to respond to any inquiry you may have, the next business day and make sure you are satisfied with the product and service you receive from us.
Polar Bird has been testing and developing its premium equipment for years in the harsh conditions of Siberia where Polar Bird has revolutionized ice-fishing. We are making the leap across the pond and are now making our premium equipment available to US customers for the first time.
Developed and tested in the strong winds and freezing temperatures of Siberia: Professional anglers from around the world contributed to the final form of this state of the art model. Named “The best choice for ice fishing”: Polar Bird’s premium ice-shelters are made from the highest quality materials and every aspect of the design is aimed at providing a warm, dry, comfortable, sturdy, and easy to use shelter. The Polar Bird “Thermal” or “T Series” ice-shelters provide the function and convenience of a portable style ice-shelter with the warmth and comfort of a permanent style fish house.
Enlightened Equipment strives to make some of the lightest, most effective backpacking gear possible. Made entirely by hand in our own shop here in Winona MN, we specialize in ultralight backpacking quilts and accessories, offering lighter, more pacakable, and higher value options to help you sleep better in the outdoors.
For more information, visit: www.EnlightenedEquipment.com
Ox Ranch is in the early stages of creating the finest hunting ranch the world has ever seen. I consider Ox Ranch the ultimate adult playground in which city folk can escape to hunt over 30 species of exotics, blow cars up, explore caverns, shoot machines guns, off road, jet ski, and or any other activity their heart may desire. (tank with firing turret coming soon)
We guarantee a 100% success rate! In fact it is impossible to visit the ranch without seeing hundreds if not thousands of trophy exotics and native wildlife. The majority of ranches are in business to make a quick buck. Unlike most our goal is animal and land preservation with any and all profits being donated back to charity.
At Hunting Fanatics, we’re all passionate about hunting. Through this passion we know what a true hunter wants and needs, and this enables us to offer you a wide range of hunting products and gear we know you will love. Plus, we will get you a *bang* for your buck!
We strive to deliver the best products with the best service. Our products are tested rigorously and adhere to our high standards. That is why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our products. If you are not happy, let us know immediately at [email protected] and we will make it right.
We deliver our product worldwide, and you will not pay anything extra for shipping it to your door. Yes, that’s right, no shipping fees. Buy one or buy ten, we ship at no extra cost!
Whilst the market gets ever more crowded with throw away fashion, Weird Fish continues to swim against the tide, creating quality clothing that is also ethically produced. Doing things right is very important to us here at Weird Fish, we pride ourselves on our own stringent ethical production policy, ensuring that all of our suppliers adhere to them.
We pride ourselves on the provenance and quality of our clothing, and work closely with our trusted suppliers to ensure our factories adhere to our strict rules, such as no child labour, and excellent working conditions. We are always looking for cleaner and greener processes and have recently worked with our first carbon neutral factory.
Mojo Sportfishing Gear is a new kind of fishing apparel developed with insight garnered from more than 20 years in the apparel business and the innovation to create a new kind of line that appeals to today’s consumers. Mojo carries on the tradition of functionality and durability for the serious fisherman, while introducing a unique look and feel that makes the line suitable on or off the boat.
Pacific Rim Fishing Tackle is a full-service Fishing Products Store for Big game Fishing located on the Big Island's Kona Coast in Honokohau Harbor. Since 1990 we have been outfitting and educating 1000s of Big Game Fishermen. We sell only quality Off-shore Hawaiian Trolling Lures, I.G.F.A. tackle, Blue Marlin Fishing Lures, Fishing Baits and Fishing Tees. Our Team has extensive experience in all aspects of Hawaiian Fishing, inshore or off-shore! We love question's and have the answers you are looking for!!! Feel free to contact us about any questions, concerns and special orders.
Hagen Hunting is bringing a strong, athletic and feminine presence to the Hunting community. Guys, you're welcome to stay in the game, but look out 'cause us girls are coming in hot!
We custom build to your specifications. We've made food trailers, flat bed trailers, ATV trailers, camping trailers, and dump trailers. We can also modify any trailer to your specifications. If you can dream it, we can build it!
My name is Todd Hunt. I've been hand crafting knives for16 years in Seymour, Indiana. I have a full time job and do this on the side as time allows to help support my family when the economy rears up and kicks us. The internet is the next big step for my little business and if you like what you see, let me know.The only way this can be successful is for you to try out my blades
The Sourcing Department is an American company, headquarters in Houston, Texas with Chinese operations based in Suzhou, China. We deliver quality products at the most competitive prices, providing the greatest value to our customers. Products we specialize in: Hunting and Fishing products, The Revolutionary patented Heated Coat by MyCore Control, outdoor apparel, after-market auto accessories and promotional products. We would appreciate the opportunity of quoting on your sourcing needs.
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Hyde hunting is a brand of hunting apparel and gear, dedicated to game specific hunters and anglers. Our clothing is great for casual wear, scouting, working out, fishing, shed hunting and even hunting. Made in the USA.
About Game Gear the Company
We have been manufacturing athletic apparel since 1946. We have continued to redefine the way people view American manufacturing since the company was established so many years ago. We at Game Gear also has a comprehensive line of Custom Team Uniforms, Workout Gear, Travel & Corporate Apparel, or Fan wear. Game Gear is your one stop solution for Quality, Turnaround and Service. You can choose from Performance Hunting Apparel, cutting edge Sublimation, at once Stock, or Custom X press options with Screen Printing, Embroidery, and Tackle Twill on over twenty-five performance fabrics. Our service is second to none and we will continue to strive forward and redefine the term: Made in the USA. Welcome to Game Gear.
ReelFlyRod.com is an Authorized Dealer for the finest fly fishing manufacturers in the world including: Sage, R.L. Winston, Simms, Ross Reels, Waterworks-Lamson, Redington, Fishpond, Umpqua, Islander, RIO, Scientific Anglers and more! We also offer Professional Guiding Services on the southern Ohio river systems. All the equipment we sell is NEW, factory-built gear with the manufacturer warranty cards. Thank you for supporting your locally-owned, independent fly shops!
During the Vietnam Conflict, the military put out a request for food that tasted better, lasted longer and weighed less than old K and C rations. Our parent Company, OFD Foods, Inc (then called Oregon Freeze Dry) responded to that request and won the contract. We immediately started making freeze dried food as Long Range Patrol rations for the military. We've continued making food for the United States Special Forces and other branches of the military ever since.
As the war began to wind down, we took our surplus rations to military surplus stores, where they rapidly sold out. It was then in 1968 that we realized the great consumer demand for good tasting, easy to prepare freeze dried food and Mountain House was born.
Why Mountain House
Our meals have since been on many amazing adventures:
The North and South poles The tops of towering mountain ranges around the world Even to the moon and back! For nearly 50 years, consumers have continued to choose Mountain House as their favorite brand of freeze dried food for on-the-go adventures, emergency preparedness and survival. With just-add-water convenience, easy no-mess cleanup and home-cooked flavors, Mountain house is the best freeze dried camping, backpacking, hiking and emergency preparedness food money can buy!
Westwind Guide Service, owned and operated by Alaska Master Guide Tony Lee, specializes in brown bear, grizzly, moose, black bear and dall sheep.
Eagle Archery has a wide selection of archery arrows, bows, hunting gear and shooting gear.
EVERWINNER's reputation for high quality innovative products and on time delivery is legendary. in 1991 EVERWINNER created the TICA brand. For many years EVERWINNER was a supplier (OEM manufacturer) to many famous fishing tackle brands. TICA was EVERWINNER's chance to establish themselves under their own label.
TICA has many patents issued for its innovative designs such as CYBERNETIC frame concepts which is a unique and major improvement to gear/frame alignment, stability, and line management. TICA has always developed its own designs to give a fresh approach to rods and reels to the fishing world. TICA/EVERWINNER now have over 30 agents worldwide with branch operations in Taiwan, the USA, Japan, China, and Europe!
TICA's experience in manufacturing technology with their research and development team has led to some of the world's finest rods and reels. TICA will continue to lead the fishing industry in new designs and quality innovations in the future. You can take pride in owning and fishing an engineering masterpiece!
Thank you for choosing TICA; they truly are, "Born to Perform"!
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We are surrounded by three mountain ranges in the Beaverhead National Forest that are full of elk, deer, moose, antelope, and black bear. Our Montana hunting site is remote but accessible with elevations between 7,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level. We have a wide variety of hunting terrain available ranging from moderate to rugged with 50% timber coverage. All these features combine for making great North American big game hunts!
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Rafting gear and raft sales.
When the sun rose on the first family campers in America, Wenzel was there. We were there because we had been working hard for years protecting the brave explorers and pioneers that helped make America a place that we can take our families camping.
The world has ‘progressed’ a lot since the early days of Wenzel. We live in a society riddled with technological advances, computers and 24 / 7 internet connectivity. We’ve gone from ten miles per day to seventy-five miles-per-hour. The more we become connected to our man-made, virtual environment the more disconnected we become from our natural environment. But this is a good thing, right? More time inside means more time with the family to talk, play games and tell stories…right? Unfortunately, for most people, it means that we have become a nation of hyper-connected homebodies spending more and more time watching TV, playing video games and surfing the web.
But wait…outside there is a distant noise. The sound of chirping birds and babbling brooks - and faintly, in the distance, there is the sound of rustling leaves. Somewhere, hidden in state and national parks, or even in our own backyards, is the fueling station for our souls, and we must find it. Being in the outdoors is great for our minds and bodies and it helps children develop creative thinking skills. We know this innately because the knowledge lives at the core of every human being. Wenzel believes it so strongly that we have built a company around these basic human needs.
The need to escape, the need to recharge and the need to connect.
Wenzel creates the modern tools that families require to escape, recharge and reconnect in the outdoors. At the core of these experiences is ease and comfort. Our modern culture doesn’t put a premium on “roughing it” anymore. Perhaps at one time, the tent that sprang leaks in a rainstorm, itchy paper-thin sleeping bags and rocky floors were romantic, but not anymore. Romantic is helping your 9 year-old son meet his first frog face-to-face. Romantic is explaining to your 6 year-old daughter that the Milky Way is not just a candy bar. Romantic is a family, a fire, a stick and a bag of marshmallows. Wenzel knows that camping is not about the camp, it’s about where the camp lets you be.
At Wenzel, or mission is to help more families experience the outdoors that we know. To do this, we run each product through a very specialized filter - Our families. New features for family camping are easy to talk about in boardrooms with power point presentations, but are a whole different story in the middle of the woods. We know what family camping is like, which is why we make the tents easy to set up, take down and pack away for next time. We make sleeping bags that unroll into roomy, warm cocoons that re-pack neatly to fit into tight spaces. We offer camp pads that smooth out the rough forest floor, making outdoor experiences more comfortable than ever. But more importantly, we are ambassadors to the outdoors, beckoning families to return to the place where memories are made and souls are fueled.
We are at the forefront of marine taxidermy, pioneering new ways to provide top quality fish reproductions for our customers worldwide. All Gray Taxidermy fish mounts are made from real fish, whether it is a beautiful Blue Marlin, Sailfish, or a Peacock Bass, all our mounted fish are realistic and life like. That's why Gray's Taxidermy trophy fish mounts are recognized world-wide as the finest salt water and fresh water fish taxidermy available.
Our products speaks for themselves. Our artists are true experts in their field and many of our employees are avid fishermen, hunters, or simply appreciate the outdoors. As we continue to grow, we pride ourselves in preserving the family owned and operated company atmosphere while offering a wide array of marine taxidermy products. Ask about our available plaques commemorating the date, location and name of the lucky angler. We also offer life like trophy baitfish to hang in front of your new trophy fish to complete the scene.
We also strive on providing unmatched customer satisfaction. Knowing that the product we build will be a lasting memory for years to come, and having a repeat customer is our greatest reward. Please feel free to contact us at any time or visit our facility in Pompano Beach, Florida, where you can meet the whole team and to receive a personal tour!
To learn more about the various species we offer fish mounts of, visit our official website at www.graytaxidermy.com
Life size and shoulder mounts of all African and North American big game, small game, upland game birds and turkeys. We can also turn almost any trophy into a beautiful rug. Fish replica mounts, wall hanging bases, pedistal mounts and custom floor habitat bases for life size mounts.