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."
Our lodge is a remote location for deer and upland game hunting, family reunions, summer vacations, receptions, business meetings, and dinner parties.
We are a christian based family owned company that specializes in quality supplements, mineral, Attractants and products made in the great US of A. we provide products to grow big bucks and keep your herd healthy.
Our goal is to create innovative products for Outdoorsmen everywhere. Our Most popular product is the Sling Saddle. This product simplifies the way you carry your rifle, muzzleloader, or shotgun while outdoors. It will work with any existing rifle or bow sling, and backpack you may have. Check it out today, and make your next outdoor experience better!
CST products include tires and tubes for bicycles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and agricultural/lawn and garden equipment.
D.O.A. Lures are the most versatile lure on the market today! Mark Nichols started with one 3" Shrimp and has grown D.O.A.Fishing Lures into a company that now has over 20 different lure families with over 120 different colors. D.O.A. lures now covers both Saltwater and Freshwater fishing. Whether your Snook fishing in Stuart Florida, or ice fishing in Vermont, D.O.A. has the right lure for you.
To provide a first-class lodge and resort to accommodate outdoor sportsmen as the logical extension of the hunting or fishing experience, guaranteed to enhance their enjoyment of South Dakota, encourage camaraderie among the parties, and ensure their frequent return to this amazing state. The Lodge reflects rural architecture and style, promotes local cuisine and encourages appreciation of South Dakota culture.
Our main facility is in Laporte, Colorado, however, we work with outfitters and game processors in Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. You can drop off your taxidermy work at any of these locations. When the work is complete we will deliver it back to the same drop off location or ship it back to you. We ship worldwide. If you like the idea of having your taxidermy work completed in 3-5 months or 3-5 weeks, you can ship us your trophies from anywhere in the USA and we will pay up to $100 for the freight.
Forging is the art of shaping metal using localized compressive forces. I use a blacksmithing hammer and manpower to mold the steel into the shape of a blade. When I hammer forge, I’m not limited to the width of the stock and there is less waste during the original shaping process. I then use a stock removal technique to form the knife blade angle on my hand made knives.
David has hunted in Zambia, Cameroon, Botswana, USA and South Africa. Very much a people’s person, David is dedicated to tailor-making your dream safari.
Deep River Outfitters is a for-profit business that designs, manufactures and sells apparel, primarily t-shirts, and other accessories that celebrate American Rivers. Distinct to our business model is that 10% of all sales support local ministries. Our products are sold primarily through e-commerce and marketed by aggressive social media campaigns.
As a name, Deep River Outfitters is drawn from Ezekiel 47: 1 – 12, the Prophet Ezekiel’s vision of a river flowing from the Temple of God. The river starts off very shallow and Ezekiel can only describe the water as being ankle deep. Further downstream, Ezekiel ventures in and describes the river as ‘deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross." In response, the Angel of the Lord declares, “where the river flows, life abounds."
New Product Designs are released every week and feature river landmarks and scenes of the abundant life found on the banks of American rivers. Our t-shirts are printed on the popular Comfort Colors t-shirt and are guaranteed to become one of your favorites!
Thank you for considering DeerView Window Co. for your deer stand window needs. We strive to be the best in providing quality products for all hunting enthusiast.
Denver's Premier Fly Shop! Come by or call for any of your fly fishing needs whether it be Gear, Flies, Guiding, Apparel, or Instruction.
Denver Tent has been manufacturing the highest quality tent, custom fabric and outdoor products since 1890.
Our vision is to be the premier tent and outdoor products resource in the industry by offering exceptional quality, trusted advisory and unparalleled customer service at competitive pricing for our customers that will create for them safe shelter and wonderful outdoor events and a lifetime of great memories.
The Tsiu River Lodge has is family owned and operated since 1997. Greg Dierick has been fishing this river since he was a boy with his father Ed. Greg and his father, Ed, built this lodge after over forty years of fishing this river.
Digital FOV, LLC is the maker of Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on. An affordable way to enable any standard day rifle scope with 200+ yards of clear visible night vision.
Dinkwe Safari's specialize in Hunting and Photographic Safari's for International Hunters, with concessions in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.
We have the most incredible flavors you will taste in any dip! Our customers love the fact that each package makes multiple batches--a great boost to your budget and your menus! We are Gluten Free, all natural (only dried herbs and spices), Salt Free, Chemical Free. Our savories are healthy way to cook and flavor your meals--a perfect match for Keto, Whole 30 and Diabetic food plans.
We are based in central Montana in the Big Belt Mountains, 60 miles south of Great Falls. Our hunts are all conducted from our base camp which consists of cabins and a new cook house, run by a generator and propane heat. The camp is located on the private leases we hunt. The elevation in the area runs from 4,500 to 7,000 feet and temperatures can vary from 60 degrees to well zero.
Dogskin Lake Lodge and Outposts was built on the belief that it holds some of the best fishing in this part of Canada. Being located in the Atikaki Provincial Wilderness Park, we are able to protect this fabulous fishery and maintain the true natural beauty that Canada is known for. For us it is a given that the fishing will be spectacular on our lakes. However, not only do our guests enjoy the fabulous fishing, but they have come to enjoy the relaxed and easy going atmosphere that Dogskin Lake Lodge and Outposts has become known for. Our goal is to provide our guests with first-class service, quality equipment and facilities and spectacular fishing for walleye and northern pike.
Hello, and thanks for your interest in Dos Plumas Hunting Ranch.
I have been hunting for the past 40 years and have been to many different ranches. I have been to those I liked, and those I did not.
So I opened my own version of what I think most hunters are looking for in a ranch. A fair price, plenty of game, comfortable and spacious lodging, and no trophy fees awaits you at Dos Plumas Ranch.
I've always said that what a person says about my place when they leave is what's important. Therefore, I live by the motto, "My success depends on your success."
Our objective here at Dos Plumas is to offer the best value in a hunting operation to the everyday individual. We like to call ourselves"The Working Man's Ranch"!
Come out and see us, and we'll show you some genuine Texas hospitality. We look forward to seeing you on your next outdoor adventure.
Dream Raiser Sportfishing has more than 30 years of experience in the Los Suenos fishing charter industry. We can work with any number of anglers small or big groups and can customize a sports fishing package to fit your budget.
We are the most passionate, driven waterfowl outfitter in Alberta, Canada, with the highest quality waterfowl hunting and the most competitive rates! Our outfit is located in the heart of Peace Country of Northwest Alberta, Canada. At Dry Creek Outfitters, you cannot only expect the waterfowl hunt of your dreams, but memories that will last a lifetime. While you are here, you will be treated as more than just a client. It is our intent to build lasting relationships with every individual we meet and fuel their passion for waterfowl hunting and life in general.
Comfort, quality and success are our goal! We hunt over Avian X decoys and put you in the best possible situation on every hunt to be successful. We have blinds for all types of hunters. We have a great young lab Nelly, that had an outstanding 2015. Clients are encouraged to bring their own dog as long as they are obedient. They help out a lot and are fun to watch work. With a group of 5 hunters, you’re group will have the Dry Creek Lodge to yourselves, however if you have a larger party, our lodge can accommodate up to 8 and we suggest booking two 3 day hunts.
Alberta’s liberal limits include up to 8 geese and 8 ducks per day with a 3 day possession limit to take home. We are a family operation with an excellent staff. The guides, spotters and cooks are here to serve you. Premier waterfowl hunting and lasting relationships are what we are all about. We invite you to look at our photo and video galleries to see a small part of what we offer to our guests. We also suggest you read through some of our reviews and contact references.
Dry Fly Rods is a custom fly rod shop that builds graphite & fiberglass fly rods, Wood Rod Tubes, Fly Tying Tables, Fly fishing art, and Pens.
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
Dutch John Resort has various sized cabins, RV park and tent sites with shower stall and laundry access, fly shop and guide service, raft rentals, shuttle service, steakhouse, and gas station.
Eagle Archery has a wide selection of archery arrows, bows, hunting gear and shooting gear.
Try Us and Get Hooked -- Alaska Fishing at its best -- No one is closer to the fish than Eagle Charters
Colorado plains and mountain semi-guided elk, antelope, and mule deer hunts.
Achieving Perfection Through Invention, the Original HIP STICK TM. Hunters Shooting Rest represents a patented and proprietary gun steadying concept, destined to change the way you hunt. HIP STICK TM offers today's hunter the ultimate solution to the Age Old Problem of steadying the firearm while attempting to aim and shoot during actual in the field conditions.
- ERT Targets are the most innovative hunting targets on the market enabling you to easily determine your maximum effective hunting range.
- Available in full range of game animals with Vital Rings anatomically based on each animal's vital size at specific distances.
- Provides practical and ethical information you can use in the field.
- Promotes realistic practice and preparation.
- Reinforces ethical shooting distance, giving you confidence and removing doubt.
- Allows long distance practice at 100 yards with multiple zeroing options.
- Sets the standard for ethical hunting practice to be shared with others and passed on to future generations.
- Promotes respect for the animal, the hallmark of a true sportsman.
- It is the only target that measures the distance in which you ethically could shoot.
As custom jewelry designers we have appreciated elk ivory for its beauty and meaning. This work has awarded us the privilege of connecting with sportsmen and admirers nationwide to spread awareness of nature's genuine art. We are consistently awed by the pleasure received in seeing another set of unique Wapiti buglers, and what this magnificent animal represents.
Outdoor Life has dubbed the area "Elk-town USA" because Craig, Colorado, sits between two of the largest herds in the world: Bears Ears herd, estimated at 23,000, and White River herd, estimated at more than 41,000.
Because of our carefully-stewarded Ranching for Wildlife efforts at Morgan Creek Ranch, more than 5,000 elk winter on our 20,000 acres while upwards of 5,000 mule deer live onsite year-round.
ElkNut Outdoor Productions: Our focus is elk vocalization. Yes bulls & cows have a language! The key to success is understanding what the elk are saying.
The innovators in LED hunting light technology. Makers of The Kill Light brand of hunting products from gun lights, bow lights, feeder lights & light bars.
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
ENO is a collection of original parachute hammocks and accessories that incorporate the element of nomadic comfort.
Locally owned and operated custom rod shop, We repair rods and reels as well, David has been building and repairing rods for over thirty years.
Wilderness adventures await you at Eureka Peak Lodge & Outfitters, located northeast of 100 Mile House in the heart of the Cariboo. Whether it’s a fishing trip, a trek on horseback into the backcountry or that once-in-a-lifetime wildlife hunting or photo safari . . . real adventure paydirt is yours at Eureka Peak Lodge & Outfitters.
For the fishing enthusiasts there are numerous lakes where rainbows can weigh up to 15 pounds, lake trout can hit the scale at 30 pounds, bull trout to 17 pounds and kokanee at 1 1/2 pounds. The remoteness of this region makes it a fishing paradise.
Venture into the eastern portion of the Cariboo region of British Columbia on horseback with one of our experienced and qualified guides. Get a real feel for the wilderness as you ride through the spectacular Cariboo Mountains bordering Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Our exclusive guiding rights to 3500 square miles of prime big game country varies in terrain from lakes surrounded by forests to alpine meadows and snow-capped towering mountains. The game is plentiful and the scenery unsurpassed.
Evo provides high quality camping equipment.
Shop www.evo.com and our stores in Seattle, Portland, and Denver for the best selection and deals.
We are a group that came together with the same love and passion about the Outdoors and Hunting. We will try to share our best hunting moments on film
We think the EZ Tie is the world's simplest and most innovative way to tie bloodknots and barrel knots "on the fly." We believe you will find it amazing, too!
We at Faneema Cutlery design, develop and manufacture high-quality custom Damascus knives and leather sheaths. Our Damascus knife designs are innovative yet entirely functional. Our Damascus specialties include kitchen, hunting, pocket knives, axes, and razors. All knives come with a custom leather sheath.
The premier name when it comes to top-quality knives, Faneema Cutlery sells a vast assortment of high-quality knives, including daggers, hunting, pocket, skinners, and razors. Established in 2016 and currently headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, we are a family business with a long history of knife making.
Our signature offering is the hand-forged, exquisitely patterned Damascus knife. Damascus steel is high-carbon steel which dates back to the 16th century. The beautiful waves and patterns in our blades are a testament to the skill of our expert craftsmen.
The excitement of creating a knife with high quality, unique design and superior style is what inspires and motivates us at Faneema Cutlery. We bring you only the finest pieces of art which will add a distinctive flair to your knife collection.
Find Your Bow helps archery enthusiasts learn more about skills and gear to help them hit the target. From compound crossbows to standard recurve bows, we cover all the bases and answer all the questions people have about modern archery.