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SCI Welcomes Buckmasters Into the Fold by Establishing Joint Venture

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SCI helps preserve habitats and wildlife like this mountain goat.
Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- Safari Club International, the leader in defending the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide, is pleased to announce it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Buckmasters to continue promoting intelligent, practical wildlife and habitat management and conservation for future generations.
“This venture is part of SCI’s strategic plan to enhance the organization’s ability to protect the freedom to hunt worldwide, including right here in the United States,” said SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin.
“This alliance aligns the leading whitetail organization in Buckmasters with the leading advocacy and conservation organization in SCI. This collaboration will introduce new opportunities for members of both groups to continue their support and preservation of hunting and conservation.”
Buckmasters was founded in 1986 by Jackie Bushman and is the largest whitetail deer hunting organization in the United States with over 160,000 subscribers. Buckmasters produces Buckmasters TV and The Jackie Bushman Show on the Outdoor Channel, and sells subscriptions to Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine and RACK Magazine; and the Buckmasters EXPO held annually in Montgomery, Alabama.
The joint venture provides SCI a seat on the Buckmasters Board of Directors along with recognition as a premier sponsor.
“We are excited to have the support of SCI and add the voice of our members to their industry-leading advocacy and conservation efforts,” said Jackie Bushman, CEO of Buckmasters. “Having SCI closely involved with Buckmasters will help us continue to represent and promote a positive image of ethical hunting and an awareness of the essential role of hunting as a necessary conservation tool.”
“Working with Buckmasters will enhance the effectiveness of SCI as we work to defend hunting on Capitol Hill, in state legislatures and in the minds of non-hunters,” said SCI President Steve Skold.
The joint venture is anticipated to be approved during the SCI Board of Directors meeting on May 9, 2020.

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Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
International Headquarters Washington, District of Columbia · Tucson, Arizona · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org
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Pandemic Induced Cabin Fever? Check Closures Before Headed Outdoors

By Mark Oliva
The NSSF warns hunters to check closings around you before venturing out for a hunt.
Work from home sounded like a great way to steer clear of infection and maybe slip out to the back forty for a morning turkey, spring bear, wild hog, or even a predator hunt. After all, hours are gained back without commutes and if you’re working from home across from your spouse, it’s likely they’re looking to call Human Resources to file a complaint on their new office mate.
Besides, hunting is the perfect social distancing activity, as was noted here before. This time of year, it’s not like hunters are cramming into duck blinds. Some of the best spring hunting is better six miles apart, rather than just six feet.
Busy at Home
Admittedly, NSSF has been busy. Just a few weeks ago, it was noted about some states announcing restrictions on hunting. Most of the focus for the firearm industry trade association, however, was on keeping the industry open. After all, manufacturers still had orders to fulfill, especially for Department of Defense contracts. Local retailers still needed to supply the majority of police departments with their own firearm and ammunition needs. Most importantly, though, fundamental God-given rights still count, especially during a pandemic. America thought so too. In March, more than 2.3 million background checks were conducted for the sale of a firearm. That’s the highest number on record since the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) began in 2000.
Like most hunters, though, there’s the urge to get outside, getaway, and reconnect with nature. It’s time to take our place in the food chain, put some well-earned wild game in the freezer.
Thank You, MeatEater
While NSSF was busy keeping gun stores and ranges in business and updating NSSF’s COVID-19 Resources for FFLs with how closure notices were affecting business, the good friends at MeatEater have been keeping a close eye on what the restrictions mean to hunters and anglers alike. They’re updating it as often as possible, so check it out.
It can be a little tricky, so be sure to stay on the right side of the law and regulations. Most of the restrictions are for nonresident hunters, for obvious reasons. State governments are trying to minimize the transmission of infection. Before facemasks start fogging shooting glasses, read the fine print.
Know Before You Go
Kansas stopped selling nonresident hunting licenses for turkey season, but those who already bought a nonresident license can still hunt. Nonresident hunters might want to settle in, though. Those who travel from states listed on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s “Travel Quarantine List” must adhere to a 14-day quarantine after arriving in the state. In Michigan, there’s no issue with getting out on the water as long as it’s done with paddle power. The use of a motor is restricted. In New York, all public boat launches are closed. Montana closed nonresident turkey and bear hunts through April 24, but the state is offering refunds for hunters who already purchased tags. Washington State postponed spring turkey and bear hunts until May 4.
It’s a tricky time. Every hunter wants to make the most of each day they can get into the woods and fields. The pandemic made it even trickier. Still, hunting is open for the most part. Get out, and if possible, take someone else and join NSSF’s +One Movement. Chances are every hunter knows someone else who is itching to get out of the house and now is the perfect time to introduce someone new to the hunting heritage.

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About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org
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Silencer Central Supports Freedom to Hunt with SCI Corporate Sponsorship

Silencer Central exclusive silencer corporate sponsor
Sioux Falls, SD (Ammoland.com) – Silencer Central, the only ATF licensed silencer dealer with a unique digital/online business model that allows them to ship to customers in all 42 silencer-friendly states, announce they are now the Official Silencer Dealer with the leader in defending the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation, the Safari Club International (SCI).
“Partnering with the largest, international organization that supports hunting and wildlife management, is our way of demonstrating our serious commitment to the continued education of hunters and policy-makers in the value of using suppressed firearms when hunting,” Brandon Maddox, president of Silencer Central explained. “We are proud to bring our products and services to the SCI membership and look forward to a long and rewarding relationship.”
Silencer Central Supports Freedom to Hunt with SCI Corporate Sponsorship
SCI’s hunter-membership of over 50,000 like-minded and passionate preservers of our hunting traditions, raise millions of dollars for local conservation, and hunter and policy-maker education around the world. Alongside, their sister organization, the SCI Foundation, SCI also provides on-the-ground conservation and anti-poaching funding.
Silencer Central is the new paradigm in purchasing silencers and literally eliminates the confusion, paperwork and worry. Working with the ATF, Brandon Maddox’s business model allows Silencer Central to digitally manage the entire purchasing process, including paying for the silencer in installments (optional), setting up a free NFA Gun Trust ( a $249 value FREE), transfer and ATF paperwork, Form 4473’s, and finally – shipping it right to the customer’s door.
Since their founding in 2005, Silencer Central has performed over 25,000 NFA gun trust silencer transfers to each and every customer’s home state. The Silencer Central simplified purchasing process ensures the paperwork is done correctly, not rejected by the ATF, and in most cases, it also speeds up the traditional wait period.
To learn more or to buy a silencer for your firearm, please visit SilencerCentral.com or contact the sales department at 888-781-8778. Check out this video to find out more about Silencer Central.

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About Silencer Central:

Silencer Central was founded in 2005 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with the goal of reaching the underserved hunting and sport shooting market by simplifying the silencer ownership process. For over 15 years, Silencer Central has grown their presence by attending major gun shows across the Midwest and now nation-wide. Silencer Central makes it simple to purchase a silencer by managing the entire buying process for the consumer and shipping directly to their front door, once approved.
About Safari Club International (SCI):
Safari Club International is a U.S.-based organization of more than 50,000 hunters dedicated to protecting the right to hunt and to promote wildlife conservation worldwide. Between SCI and its sister organization, the SCI Foundation, we have put more than $70 Million on the ground for conservation since 2000. In the U.S. and abroad, hunters are part of a system that keeps the rivers, forests and fields intact and maintains the wildlife.
 
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SCI Leads Engagement With Governors on Hunting & Fishing Seasons

Photo of a 6-day Safari Club International Kodiak Island hunt for Mountain Goats.
Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- In the midst of unprecedented circumstances, governors from around the country have been forced to make difficult decisions in order to keep their constituencies safe. In many states, people are currently prohibited from leaving their homes unless it is for essential reasons such as certain jobs, going to the store or pharmacy, or going outside in a responsible manner for fresh air, outdoor recreation, or exercise.
As travel bans and other restrictions became tighter and tighter over the course of the last few weeks, hunting and fishing seasons were in jeopardy across the country. Safari Club International (SCI) sprang into action and quickly put together a plan to engage with governors across the country to ensure that hunting and fishing opportunities remain open to the fullest extent possible.
“The health benefits of access to the outdoors are undeniable, especially during trying times like these” said Ben Cassidy, SCI Director of Government Affairs. “SCI members have made this point clear to their Governors, and we’re very grateful to the many leaders around the country who recognize these benefits and have allowed hunting and fishing seasons to continue with proper precautions in place.”
On March 31, SCI President Steve Skold sent a formal letter to all 50 governors urging them to support hunting and fishing seasons while taking the necessary precautions to keep their residents safe and healthy while also highlighting the economic impact that sportsmen and women have in each state. His letters emphasized the mentally restorative benefits of spending time in nature during this stressful time as well. SCI also joined a long list of other hunting and conservation groups in submitting a letter to all 50 governors through America’s Wildlife Conservation Partners.
Following President Skold’s letter, SCI swiftly engaged sportsmen in all 50 states through the Hunter Action Advocacy Center (HAAC). Through the HAAC, SCI members submitted comments to Governors’ offices across the country, urging them to:
Work with state fish and wildlife agencies or department of natural resources, as well as the hunting community, to ensure that hunting seasons are uninterrupted and administered in a safe and responsible manner.
Allow public access sites for hunting opportunities to remain open to the best extent possible.
Classify hunting and firearms-dependent businesses as “essential businesses,” allowing them to remain open under safe operating procedures and social distancing guidelines. These businesses are necessary for hunting seasons to continue, and they also contribute financially to wildlife conservation efforts by selling hunting licenses, tags and sporting equipment with excise taxes. While necessary precautions are understandable and fully supported by SCI, outright cancellation of hunting and fishing seasons as occurred in the state of Washington and throughout Canada deny people access to activities that can easily be enjoyed in an isolated and socially responsible manner.
The sale of non-resident hunting licenses has been restricted to comply with travel bans, but in the majority of states across the country resident hunting and fishing seasons are continuing, albeit with closures of certain public hunting areas or other restrictions. For reliable information on changes to hunting and fishing regulations in your state, please monitor SCI’s Hunter Information Service Public Advisories or refer to the SCI Social Distancing Guide to Going Outside.

Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
International Headquarters Washington, District of Columbia · Tucson, Arizona · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org
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Oregon Fire Tower Bear Attack in 1958

Fire Tower Bear Attack, 1958 Black-Bear iStock-648818154
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- It was dark outside the little cabin near the fire tower in the Oregon mountains in 1958. Eight-year-old David Conner and his two younger sisters had gone to bed. He had not yet fallen asleep. It was quiet.
His mother’s screams sundered the peaceful night.  Time and memories would be divided into two parts. Before the night of the bear, and after.
He jumped from the bed and scrambled toward the kitchen. The kitchen light was on. On his left was his mother. On the right was the kitchen window over the sink, with a black bear pushing its head through the window screen.
David’s Father going to a fire, 1958, Photo courtesy David Conner, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten
David’s father had been in the army in World War II. In 1958 he took a job working fire watch in the mountains near the Rock Creek area, outside of Baker City, Oregon. The Forest Service supplied a surplus WWII Dodge Power Wagon, which was used to get in and out of the fire tower. The previous day, David’s father had spotted smoke, probably from a lightning strike the night before. Triangulation with other towers had pinpointed the location. It was closest to their tower, so David’s father and older brother had left the cabin, in the Power Wagon, to put out the fire.
There was electricity in the cabin. Water had to be hauled up to it. Indoor plumbing was limited to the sink. There were two outhouses and a woodshed. The fire tower was about 50 yards away from the cabin.
David loved living there. His father allowed him to help watch for fires from the fire tower, and feed the half-tamed chipmunks that shared the tower. A couple of mule deer does hung around the cabin and sometimes clattered on the porch.
In the cabin, there was a gun rack. David’s father left four guns hanging on it when he went to fight the fire. There was a double-barreled LC Smith 12 gauge shotgun; a surplus O3-A3 Springfield .30-06, sporterized by Sedgely; a Remington model 721 .300 H&H Magnum; and a Winchester model 61 pump-action .22 rifle. David’s father kept the .22 loaded for when it was necessary to dispatch a porcupine (porcupines do enormous damage to timber) or to harvest a grouse for the pot.
Fire Tower guns in Oregon. The 61 Winchester is the lowest long gun. David did not remember the Remington bolt action .22 or the H&R revolver at the cabin the night of the bear. Photo courtesy David Conner, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten. All of the guns, except the Remington .22 bolt action, are still owned by family members.
David’s mother had put the children to bed when she heard a noise outside the cabin. She was a petite woman about five feet tall. She was in the master bedroom of the two bedrooms in the cabin. She thought one of the mule deer does was responsible for the noise.
She took a look into the kitchen.  A bear was trying to get in through the window over the sink!
She screamed at the bear, to get out and grabbed the little Winchester .22 pump from the gun rack. She knew it was loaded.
David looked at his mother. She had the .22 rifle in her hands. She screamed at the bear again. Get Out!
The bear ignored the screams and started working its way in through the window.
David’s mother stopped screaming. She brought the rifle to her shoulder and started shooting.
Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow!
The little rifle was unusually loud inside the kitchen. The shots only took a couple of seconds. The bear dropped back out the window. David’s little sisters had joined David at the doorway.
Eventually, David and his sisters went back to bed. Somehow, they went back to sleep.
David’s mother stayed up the rest of the night. She kept the rifle handy.
In July, near Baker City, it starts getting light by 5 a.m. David and his mother looked out the window to see if the bear was nearby. There was blood on the sink, on the window sill, and on the porch outside.
After a careful visual search, David and his mother went out onto the porch. The blood trail lead toward the woodshed.
David’s mother made an executive decision. They would wait inside until David’s father and brother returned.
Two hours later, the older men in the family returned in the Dodge Power Wagon.
David’s mother explained what had happened. The two men loaded the .30-06 and the .300 H&H Magnum and followed the blood trail.
There, behind the woodshed, was the bear, dead, only 30 yards from the kitchen window.
David watched his father and brother skin out the bear. As he watched, his father pointed to the wounds his mother had inflicted on the bear with the .22 Winchester model 61 pump-gun.
One shot went into the upper left jaw. Another shot went through the left eye. A third shot was just above the left eye. A fourth shot was in the nose, and a fifth shot was just below the right side of the jaw, in the neck, cutting the carotid artery on the right side. That shot was fatal. Blood had squirted from the artery, spraying the kitchen sink, the window frame, and on to the porch. The blood trail was heavy, and lead to the dead bear behind the woodshed.
A bear’s brain is located low, between and behind the eyes. A shot to or above the eye will often miss the brain.
David’s mother had gathered four empty .22 cartridges off the kitchen floor and put them on the table. David’s father went to the Winchester model 61. He worked the slide. Out popped another empty .22 cartridge. David’s mother had shot five shots. She had hit the bear five times.
David’s father and brother tacked the hide to the side of the woodshed and put the skull inside.  Word spread around the mountains. A couple of days later, a ranger showed up to visit. David’s father explained what had happened. They examined the bear hide and the bear skull. David’s father went inside and retrieved the .22 Winchester.
He and the ranger expended a couple of boxes of .22 cartridges plinking near the cabin.
There never was a newspaper article or an official report. David’s father and the ranger agreed the bear was a young male.
David’s account fits the profile of a predatory attack. Most predatory attacks are by young male black bears. The bear was persistent, and would not leave.
Bears have extraordinary noses. Its nose told the bear the big males of the strange animal group were not present. Only the small female and her young were in the nest with the delicious odors coming out the window. Small females and young of prey species are often eaten by black bears.
Once wounded, the young male bear realized the strange animals were too dangerous to be prey. It was too late.
There were only two fatal black bear attacks in the 1940s and 1950s in the lower 48 states. Carol Ann Poveranky, 3 years old, was taken in Michigan, in 1948, outside her home. A bear was implicated in the death of a hunter, Carl Herrick, 37, in Vermont, in 1943.
Bears were considered pests. Bear populations were low. People tended to be armed in the woods, and bears were shot on sight.
How many predatory attacks simply ended as did the one at the Oregon fire tower? The bear underestimated its unfamiliar prey and was killed before any person was injured. It might have been different without the little .22 rifle.
David’s family talked about the attack and the bear for years.
David says he must have heard it or told it hundreds of times. He was there, and he will never forget his mother shooting the black bear with the .22 as it tried to force its way into the little cabin.
.22 rimfire cartridges are often underestimated.Bella Twin, a small, 63 year old Cree woman, shot and killed a world record grizzly bear with a single-shot .22 rifle, a Cooey Ace 1.

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About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
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Council Encourages Respecting COVID-19 Recommendations

The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports set forth recommendations concerning Coronavirus.
Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- As the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact public health, the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (Council) and its partners are committed to preventing the spread of the virus by following federal guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in addition to those from State and local agencies.
As spring hunting and fishing seasons start around the country, the Council and its partners want to encourage all hunters, target shooters, and other outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibly during these challenging times. “Many leaders within the conservation community have been working with our legislators, governors and health care officials to ensure that access to natural resources, and to our essential shooting ranges and sporting good’s retailers, remain open to the greatest extent possible during this time. It is now our duty as outdoorswomen and men to ensure that we respect the recommendations from our health officials and follow their recommended procedures,” commented John Frampton, CEO and President of the Council.
To help inform sportsmen and women of local regulations, the Council has updated a map on its website to connect participants with the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 from each state fish and wildlife agency. Frampton continued, “We have already witnessed some important access points being closed because of crowd gatherings and these irresponsible actions by some are causing decisions to be made to close areas. Compliance with social distancing can easily be accomplished and we all need to realize if we do not comply with these restrictions, we are going to see more closures. Now more than ever Americans need more connection to the natural world, and we as sportswomen and men crave that opportunity as well, but without wise use of these resources and compliance with social distancing recommendations, we may not have that opportunity moving forward.”
All hunters and target shooters, and members of the conservation community, can play a key role in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some opportunities where we as a community can help:
• Observe social distancing recommendations while you are in the outdoors.
• Pay attention to local announcements from your fish and wildlife agency, and adhere to their guidance.
• Review your hunting and outdoor plans to ensure that you are following CDC’s recommendations to help prevent spread.
• Find some new places to recreate in order to spread out use and avoid the crowded trailheads and parking lots.
• Minimize your impact on the land and pack out all of your garbage.
• Take extra precautions to ensure safety on the trail as the availability of emergency medical services is even more restricted during these challenging times.
• Be kind in the field, as more people look outdoors for relief from COVID-19, you may interact with new participants. Use this opportunity to share a warm welcome and encourage wise stewardship as well.
As you take to the field this spring, please do so with care, adhering to social distancing guidelines. As Americans, we are privileged with such abundant hunting and fishing opportunities that provide us solitude and ample space to pursue a wide variety of activities. These opportunities are excellent places for us to find respite, especially during this period when the familiar routine of daily life has been upended. We must be leaders for our communities, showing responsible behavior and ensuring that these opportunities remain available for all during these trying times.
Share this message with your organizations’ members, on your social pages, and with family and friends. Access to the outdoors is something we can impact, and we all will be better for it in the end if we take quick and smart action now.
As spring arrives around the country we wish you clean shots, tight lines, and ample adventure. Stay healthy and practice federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

About the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports
Purpose: Ensure support for and active participation in hunting and the shooting sports for future generations.
Vision: America where hunting and the shooting sports are an integral part of mainstream culture and where hunters and shooters are widely recognized as premiere conservation contributors.
Mission: Facilitate the promotion and growth of hunting and the shooting sports and the education of the public on the contributions that hunters and shooters make towards wildlife conservation.
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F4 Defense SF-10, Small Frame AR10 – Review with Field Experience

F4 Defense SF-10
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- F4 Defense was great to work with. I got a complete Small Frame AR10 build into my hands early in last year (2019) when things were at their craziest (SHOT Show and the trade show season). I planned a hunting and hard-working review.
The rifle I received is NOT a production rifle – it was built from available parts as a one-off model and in the 7mm-08 caliber. I like it like that, sometimes it can really show you if the receiver sets are going to function under mixed tolerances.
Looking at it closely, the F4 Receiver Set is quality work, solid machining. I like the lines, their own interpretation and mark leave no doubt this is their product. Anodizing is a quality finish, this receiver is set up as an ambi receiver, the magwell has a no wobble, not too tight, and a clean smooth fit for Magpul magazines that I use.
F4 Receiver Set
Setting the F4 Defense Small Frame Receivers side by side to the older SI-Defense (now Falkor Defense) standard AR10 receiver you can see where the design shortened up. You see it immediately out of the box but when you put them side by side it makes very obvious… why didn’t they (the industry) do this decades earlier is a question that might run through your head.
The Small Frame AR10 Receiver stands out for weight reduction, as a shorter more compact platform overall, and for using AR15 parts from the magwell back to the fire control area. What you can not see or touch immediately but is the real key to what makes this special, is the internal engineering that results in reliability. If you know anything about AR10s; it is that they can be frustratingly finicky or temperamental to tune in different calibers & configurations, not to mention how they might function with different parts and shorter barrel lengths.
There have always been a few mechanical changes needed to “clean up” the standard AR10 format. No previous manufacturer ever undertook the task because the focus and popularity have been on the M16/AR15 all this time.
Small Frame AR10s have officially changed the game. I can honestly say this F4 Defense build has not malfunctioned once right out of the box. It has been treated to all the harsh elements of dry dusty hot windy climbs through desert canyons to the sub-freezing weather of a January Elk hunt and has not been lubed, cleaned, or treated special in any way. I can not say that for the SI-Defense receiver set that I had built into a .308 upper and a 6.5 Creedmoor upper. It was a long frustrating row of troubleshooting and fine-tuning to get them to run consistently. The standard AR10 format has a long history of this finickiness from a manufacturer’s stand point.
Here is the magic in F4 Defense’s own words:
“So what makes the Small Frame AR10 more reliable in feeding and function across every caliber you throw at it?  Simple; the geometry is improved in subtle but significant ways, particularly the bore axis, which is lower on the Small Frame AR10, and that makes a substantial difference in feeding reliably.  Why is that important?  It has to do with the travel as the bolt returns and strips off a new round.  In layman terms, the cartridge has an easier path into the chamber.  The higher bore axis on the standard AR10 means the round has to travel at a steeper angle before entering the chamber.  The lower bore axis on the Small Frame AR10 lends itself to creating a more linear path for the bullet to travel as it’s stripped off the magazine.  It does not need to travel as high, before it redirects into the chamber.  Furthermore, damage to the projectile tip is less likely because the travel is smoother.  When discussing true precision shooting and getting everything you can out of a rifle and cartridge, minimizing the damage done to the tip of your projectile certainly warrants a discussion.  Hollow point and ballistic/polymer tipped projectiles are very common with high-end quality match grade ammunition.  Unfortunately, these projectiles are susceptible to damage during feeding.  The more linear and streamlined travel of that projectile in the Small Frame AR10, because of the lower bore axis, results in less damage and more uniformity between shots.” F4 Defense – Dave Fairfax Jan 13, 2019
I believe the AR10 standard format just never completed it’s engineering cycle. No one cared enough to revisit it and address the inherent issues that where being presented over and over. The M16 was battle born and pushed into service in mass numbers, the civilian market followed, and the most mass produced American Rifle was the reality. I’m happy with all that. The 21st Century is here and we have good folks like F4 Defense stepping in and they have done so with a splash. The era of the Small Frame AR10 has just begun…. You will see some very cool things coming from Small Frame AR10s from this point forward. I’m excited to see it too. The package is Lighter, more Consistent, Accurate, and hungry for all the fitting calibers… I have some predictions about what might follow in the phase II evolution of this receiver too but lets wait and see who does it first.
Why 7mm-08?
First response – why not? Second, this caliber has a rich history of hunting and field performance that can’t be denied. I like that it has a lot of factory availability, wide range of weight choices, is reasonably priced and runs in an AR10 platform without any mag or other accessory modifications… and I had that head turn reaction when I first heard they had an AR10 barrel for this caliber on hand.
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Magpul’s AR10 mags have had zero problems feeding the 7mm-08 and there were zero modifications made or needed to run this caliber in the standard mags I already own.
I ran factory 139gr Hornady Deer Hunter ammo through it on the first break-in. When I spoke to F4 Defense about recommendations for a quality round they referred me to Sparks Munitions (their preferred ammo partner) and recommended we build an AR load specifically for Big Game.
After an exchange with Anthony at Sparks Munitions – I sent the Upper to him (he already had an F4 Defense SF-10 Lower). The Upper still had a zeroed scope on it and he went to work finding the best load for the setup. I soon got the Upper back and took it to the range. Sparks Munitions nailed it, a 165gr Sierra GameChanger, with solid consistent data, powerful payload, and accurate to boot. More about that in a minute.
The Barrel
In making arrangements for this review – F4 Defense said they had a barrel they needed to be tested from a manufacturer they are using for production rifles…. I don’t know if they suggested it or I suggested it but the result was “hey, put that barrel on the Small Frame Receiver Set you send me and lets test, review, and play with both the barrel AND the receiver set at the same time.”
The Barrel is made by Craddock Precision. It is a heavy fluted 20” stainless steel barrel. The flutes are uniform and even (important for longer range accuracy in warm+ barrels). The finish is quality work, and F4 Defense topped this barrel with a Seekins Muzzle Device. It has an adjustable gas block but no adjustments where needed right from the first round… it shot well straight out of the box and has never malfunctioned between the two loads of ammo I have ran thru it.
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I did a slow fire break-in. Then for paperwork on a 100yd range, the first round was low 4” and right 2”. I made adjustments and the next round was low 1.5” and right 1”. Adjustments and the third round was touching the 1” ring. The next couple strings all started touching each other and from that point on, any adjustments I made I confirmed with 3-5 round groups and everything stayed touching out of this barrel using common factory, over-the-counter hunting ammunition at 100yds.
My next trip to the range I made no adjustments and the barrel shot solid from first-round cold bore to end of the magazine. Groups stayed tight and I had solid first-round hits to 500yds.
After everything I had seen the Craddock Precision barrel is doing a bang-up job. I am both pleased and have no complaints or even suggestions. This was my first time shooting their barrel so it was fun, interesting, and I like the results. I hope they keep doing what they are doing, American quality craftsmanship that is everything I want in an accurate AR Hunting Rifles.
Did you know, F4 Defense has a Sub-1/2 MOA Accuracy Guarantee! To my knowledge, they are the only AR manufacturer in the industry with that kind of promise. It is another reason why these Small Frame AR10s they put out are so great right out of the box.
As of the printing of this Article they also claim to have the lightest production AR10 rifle in the world at 5.8 pounds. It is worth checking out.
Real Experiences in the Field
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This F4 Defense Small Frame AR10 rifle has been in my hands for over a year. The Receiver Set, the Craddock Precision barrel, and the Sparks Munitions ammunition recipe for this caliber have worked perfectly together and I am happy to say this really is a solid Hunting Rifle. As a parts build that I can appreciate – their production models excel in quality, finish, and attention to detail as much and even more so than this demo rifle.
I have put this Small Frame AR10 Hunting Rifle through its paces. It’s now scratched, was never cleaned or lubed after break-in, has been packed into the woods, the desert, in the rain, the snow, -12 degrees, and been at various elevations and operated flawlessly.
The Stage is Set
I seasonally Guide Elk Hunters for an Outfitter who operates on Private Land Leases in CO & NM. A returning hunter agreed to use this rifle for his Elk Hunt. 
As soon as he arrived we made the drive to the nearby and well known NRA Whittington Center in Raton, NM. I like the long-range with the White Steel Buffalo at 1,123yds. The Shooter (Chris) is a USMC Vietnam Veteran. He hunts with Bolt Action rifles and I had to convince him this was a great gun to kill an Elk with… it only took one shot to win him over!
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The rifle is zeroed at 100yds and I had Sparks Munitions Data on hand as we discussed the various ranges. I hoped he would start at the obvious and easy 100yd target just for a warm-up. Chris said, “Nope, I’m going out to the 357yd steel target first shot using the ammo data just like I would do if I was looking at the Elk I wanted…”
It took him a few extra seconds to get his cheek weld right. then the Small Frame 7mm-08 barked and the beautiful sound of hard slapped steel banged instantly after.
He looked up, grinned real big, and said, “I think I am gonna want one of these…”
He preceded to center punch and bang steel targets at every range they had and a few got follow up shots just to hear the steel slap again. While I was loading another magazine for him, he was eyeballing the range thru a pair of Binos, I heard him say, “I wonder if I can hit that White Buffalo…. whats the hold over on that?”
The data I had on hand only went to 800yds. I told him I didn’t have the data to 1123yds where the Buffalo was cause we would probably be shooting Elk within 600yds. I could sit down and penciled it out though. We came up with a pretty steep holdover and I handed him the magazine and told him it had better be a first-round hit.
When the shot rang out, the Grin on his face said it all…. the first-round hit. You could hardly hear the slap but you could see the bullet splatter looking through the Binos at the White Buffalo. That is a 1,123yds hit folks! In all, three shooters (including myself) had rounds on the White Buffalo and we shot about 180rds total at every distance the steel range had targets on.
Chris didn’t get his chance at a Bull Elk this year but we hiked, climbed, and put in some miles. He was ready, he carried that rifle like it was his new favorite rifle (I think it might be). He has asked me several telling questions – questions that tell me; I bet after the tax returns of 2020…. Chris is gonna have a new Small Frame F4 Defense Hunting Rifle to sight in.
Colorado Bound and Down
I had picked up earlier in the year 2x leftover Antelope Doe tags for Southern Colorado. I got to the property and started scouting right at first light still sipping a McDonald’s coffee. There were no animals waiting for me right on the other side of the gate, I expected weather and maybe some predators had moved the Antelope around. I had been seeing Antelope daily for several months Guiding Elk Hunters passed this location. I really expected a pretty easy hunt. I scouted west; soon I was convinced the Westside had no Antelope – the Mule Deer paid me nearly no mind at all and casually went about their business as if knowing I didn’t have a tag for them in my pocket.
I headed to the Eastside. I came to a fork in the road and decided I’d glass up the fork I wasn’t going to take just real quick… Just as I was about to pull my binos down I noticed right at the crest of the nearest hill was an Antelope head staring right at me at about 275yds! I did a double-take, relocated, and there was a Doe Antelope staring me down. I grabbed the camera, eased out of my seat, grabbed the F4 Defense Small Frame 7mm-08 and poked it through the window of the open door. I was just a hair too low of elevation so I rested the handguard on top of the mirror. I was still too low but the Doe was on the move. She was angling right in front of me at a steady walk! 200yds…. 175yds…. broadside. It could not have been any better. Except, I was fumbling with the camera (self-filmed hunts are not easy). No sooner than I had her in the frame, she would keep walking right across it before I could re-mount my rifle…. then she had cattle in the background and I couldn’t shoot, then I had to readjust the camera and get her in the frame – she was still steadily walking and would not stop. She walked over the crest of another wrinkle in the terrain and was gone.
I was sitting there cussing myself for the lunacy of trying to set up a camera, of having the easiest hunt ever, with a shot right from the driver’s door and not getting a round off.
I was pretty sure I had an idea where she was bee lining to. So I backed out, drove east (away from the direction she had went). I was in hustle mode. I grabbed my pack, checked to make sure I had knives, a bag, gloves. I slung the pack, put 3x extra bullets in my pocket and speed walked to this deep ravine that would give me cover for about three-quarters of a mile. I crept up slowly and scanned the view to see if I had guessed right. I was just emerging when I spotted her – already watching me. I slowly ranged it – 480yds. I could easily do this shot, she was broadside, relaxed and not even giving me concerned body language….. but I didn’t have the zoom lens on the camera! I needed to be closer. Looking at the terrain I hatched a new plan. I’d walk casually parallel to her directly west to the drainage about 500yds away then double back south, walk under a little ridgeline to a clump of trees that would be directly on the other side of her from where I currently stood. It should be perfect.
It was – it was perfect. I got where I wanted under the concealment of the ridge and now behind two cedars that I could squeeze between and set up for a shot. I sat down, scooted on my butt inch by inch outwards with the camera on a tripod, with the pack, with the rifle. When I eased around the branch – she was staring directly at me again! This time in obvious alert mode (you will see). I slowly raised my range finder…. 207yds. I eased the camera out a bit more. Hit power, found her, focused it and she was still staring head on at me and just over the crest of the hill in my seated position. If I went prone I lost her over the edge. If I stay seated I could barely see her upper chest and head. She would not move – it was a 15 min stare down. The camera battery was low! It would not take more than 45 secs of footage before shutting down. So I got set up hoping she would turn to move away and give me the shot.
I scrolled through my mind the possibilities of what was going to happen. She might take several steps forward to get a better look (Antelope do that) and then turn to leave and I would hammer her, she might just wheel and run any second if she turned directly 90 degrees either way and walked a way she might be lost in the terrain again. If she wheeled 180degrees and ran straight away I would be S.O.L Could I make this shot? Could I hit her mid-chest and just favor the left side for a throat/heart combo? Could I put one up her nose?
I set up for the shot. Seated, Leaning backward slightly against my mostly empty pack, legs bent and crossed at the ankles, knees together with the rifle tucked into the notch of my knees. One-handed I reached over and pressed Power on and Camera, Pressed Rec, mounted the scope, found my crosshairs, second breath, third breath, and a light press to the trigger….. one of the most solid fleshy bullet slaps I’ve heard following the rifle report in a long time! She was staring me down in the crosshairs and then she wasn’t. I had to power up the camera again, hit replay and make sure it happened the way I thought it did.
When I walked up on her, still pointed straight in the direction I just came from. It was here I realized – headshots are not media-friendly and the 165gr Sierra Gamechanger round Sparks Munitions built had solidly wrecked complete havoc of the best kind. She had died instantaneously, the perfect lights out death and I would honor that and enjoy the meat she was going to provide. I bled her out, processed her right there and realized I wasn’t but like 350yds from the vehicle in a complete circle from where I had dismounted.
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I was ready to fill the second tag. I had watched a band of Antelope feed up to dark and then found them early the next morning as I had hoped. I made my stalk, got closer than I actually expected and then was busted by a few animals much closer than the main group. A few Does and a young Buck I couldn’t see earlier saw me through a tree I was using as cover. So I turned my attention to them. I tried to keep a tree between us but they got curious and angled out to come around the tree while I was trying to get the camera set up. I was ready, then they changed direction and I knew they walked out of frame. I edged out further around the tree, set up the camera again, and just before she exited the frame; I pressed the trigger. She was at a lower elevation than I was, angling away and so my shot was slightly higher than I had wanted at a close enough distance I had not even ranged it. Dead again, right there. Instantly dropped her in her tracks. The 165gr Sierra Gamechanger solidly did its job. Completely disrupted the spine and exited the far side shoulder with a medium to large exit (I believe a lot more bone exited than normally would have and created a larger exit).
Final review on Antelope: I’d say the F4 Defense Small Frame build did very well. The caliber, 7mm-08 and how I hunt was a good combination. I have shot Antelope before through the heart with my AR10 chambered in 6.5Creedmoor and had them run 75 to 125yds. In an AR15 platform, I have shot them with a 243WSSM and a 6.5Grendel each and had them make some tracks too. The added bullet weight of the 7mm-08 caliber is obviously a benefit. It isn’t too overpowered of a caliber for the small body mass of the Antelope and anchored both animals in their tracks (both these shots interrupted the central nervous system – singularly the only shot placement that will shut the lights out instantaneously but not necessarily the preferred shot in hunting ethos for some. I am a big believer in using all the available tools of the tradecraft (appropriate distances, proper shot placement, and confidence/skill to make the shot that makes whatever the chosen caliber be the tool it’s expected to be). Antelope can be one of those animals you need to take from extended ranges, and that might mean different caliber choices. For this area, this hunt, the 7mm-08 was the right choice and I had recent extended range confidence shooting this rifle on my side.
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Elk Steak for Dinner
Fast forward another 6x weeks. My brother is late season bow hunting a Barbary Sheep in NM. He gets snowed out as I am returning from a Mule Deer Hunt (filming for a client) in Sonora, Mexico. I had a late-season private land Cow Elk tag I had paid for to be used by a former Girl Friend (you guessed it). I told him since he wasn’t going to finish the Archery hunt he should activate this Cow tag and lets run out and get a Cow Elk with this F4 Defense rifle!
It was negative12 degrees the first day and about 5 miles hiking in 10” of snow. The second day, all before 7:15 am, in 12 degrees, it came together way too fast to film. He killed a young cow from 260 yards. A bullet placed right behind the shoulder clipping bone going in and exiting the other side was a solid through and through with lethal results. Be as it may, he was a shooter who had never even shot this rifle until the crosshairs settled on his target. The F4 Defense 7mm-08 Small Framed AR10 is not done yet. I have a feeling it will be well employed for a while to come and more stories are to be told with it included. I am enjoying it.
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The Nit Picks
There is not a lot I don’t like about what I have seen in this Small Frame AR10 design. In fact, I like everything I have seen in the design aspect of the F4 Defense Small Frame AR10. I am impressed, relieved, and onboard 100% with the Small Frame AR10 design concept. My wants are superficial. 
F4 Defense is building Premium Rifles. These are not really entry-level rifles, they are not budget buys, nor should they ever be. They are standing firmly on their reputation, they are tightly supervising quality control, and craftsmanship is obviously something they take great pride in. They have the only AR I know of with an accuracy Sub 1/2 MOA guarantee! Rifles of that heritage come with a price…. and they clearly do. I know what goes into it more than most having manufactured ARs myself and they are not wrong in their price structure. It is not overly padded and it is not unreasonable but it does exclude a category of AR buyers. It isn’t intentional, it is the result of a strict standard and a high demand they have put upon themselves. You will clearly benefit from this if you step into one of their Small Frame AR10s.
My wants are for more pieces and parts in the Small Frame AR10 market. AR enthusiasts like to tinker, change, re-dress, and build their own rifles. Right now there are very limited options for that in the Small Frame AR10 space. I know my mind is already racing forward to what other uppers I now want. What I would build on a receiver myself if I had just a receiver set to start from. It will not be long, the tide won’t be stopped – someone will be in that space very soon. F4 Defense may or may not but they clearly are busy building Premium Hunting Rifles right now and doing it with impact.
Take this Rifle Hunting….
I like this Small Frame AR10 design a lot and I think F4 Defense is leading the way as they tailor more and more of their rifles specifically with Hunters in mind…. the Hunt is being updated, traditions are modernizing, changing for the better and I am glad it’s happening while I am still participating. The AR is a rifle to take hunting now and has been for a while. If only PA will catch up so I may come to hunt a Black Bear – I want to Hunt in PA but not until they modernize their Hunting Codes to the 21st Century.
This review was about functionality, the consistency of the Small Frame in a working environment, and my experiences with it. In the last year, I have truly put this Rifle through its paces, it has been treated as a working rifle and not a safe queen. It has been dirty since it came back from Sparks Munitions and it continues to function. It has been through two different weights and brands of ammunition and performed flawlessly. It has not been cleaned, lubed, or coddled in any way. It is scratched, it is used as a tool, and it has held up as it was intended. It is shaping up to be a workhorse and I will continue to work it as my tool in the field – I will clean it now that this review has been done.
I have already carried this F4 Defence Small Frame AR10 Hunting Rifle and camera gear repeatedly into the field on solo Barbary Sheep hunts that include horrible terrain conditions and many many long miles. I can tell you the F4 Defense Small Frame AR10 is already lighter and more maneuverable than my previous Gen I, full-sized, heavy barreled AR10 I used to carry. I have read, been told, and seen the spec sheets on their Production Rifles to know they are refined and have trimmed out even more weight for their customers.
This IS what a Gen II AR10 should be. The engineering and mechanical solutions of tired, temperamental Gen I AR10s have clearly been addressed head-on. AR10 rifles will never be the same again, its a good thing. The reliability, durability, accuracy, and consistency has made me a confident, loyal believer in this Small Frame AR10 that F4 Defense has produced. Semi-Auto Hunting Rifles just took a leap forward, as far as I am concerned and F4 Defense is one step ahead of the leap. They have plenty of calibers, plenty of barrel lengths and reliable configurations in production.
This IS a rifle I can recommend. In fact, to date, this is easily the most finely tuned, consistent, smooth operating AR10 I’ve had in my hands (remember I used to Mfr ARs too!). The AR10 has evolved and it has become a Small Framed Receiver format. It’s ready to go to work.
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About JJ Sutton, C.P.S., C.M.A.S. :
A Native Colorado resident & lifetime Hunter. JJ served 7yrs in the US Army during the 90s and logged 12 months downrange during hostilities in the Balkins. Mostly work / some play he has traveled/visited 20+ countries. He owned a highly regarded Private Security Firm for more than 15yrs., as a Certified Protection Specialist & Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist, he worked Int’l Celebrities and personalities related to his business throughout Colorado & Caribbean. He has consulted & worked for private security interests during the 2002 Winter Olympics, later as a Presidential Security Detail Member with the President & First Family of Haiti. His skills and interests also include Firearms Training, Manufacturing & Consulting for custom design & builds of AR15s & AR10s. He now is an Industry Contributor, Consultant, Certified Range Master, Seasonal Hunting Guide and His current pet project includes promoting the Modern Sporting Rifle like it truly is intended to be with ARHunters: YouTube / Facebook (please “Like” AND Follow!).
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GoWild Offering $250K in Free Advertising to State Fish & Wildlife Agencies

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GoWild Offering $250K in Free Advertising to State Fish & Wildlife Agencies to Promote the Sale of Hunting & Fishing Licenses 
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Effectively immediately, the social media platform GoWild is offering $5,000 in free advertising to any state fish and game agency to promote hunting and fishing license sales. The company aims to generate revenue for states’ wildlife management departments and local businesses, promote state parks for hiking, and help families procure food.
As the coronavirus continues to shut down businesses and slow supply chains, time spent online is surging. GoWild is strongly advocating for people to step away from the 24 hour news cycle and social media in exchange for natural experiences.
“Our online behavior is fanning anxiety’s flame,” said GoWild Cofounder, CEO, Brad Luttrell. “People are stressed from fear of loss and it hurts to watch. We must come together however we can individually to provide continued hope of gain for our communities. We’re all challenged with how we can help our country right now, and if we can help even one family get peace of mind and nourishment, this effort was worth it.”
The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) is the first state to come on board for the opportunity. The social media app will begin helping the agency reach active GoWild members in the state, encouraging them to get ready for the spring hunting and fishing season and to participate in the state’s parks for hiking.
“We have an abundance of opportunities opening up this spring,” said Jenifer Wisniewski, Chief of Outreach and Communication with TWRA. “Getting outside is healthy for the mind, body and soul. We depend on the license sales for operation, so an opportunity to reach people through GoWild and encourage them to either renew or buy their license for the first time is very meaningful to our agency.”
This effort will direct members who live in, or have hunted or fished the agency’s state, to the proper channels to purchase hunting and fishing licenses, as well as find their closest state parks for outdoor recreation. States can apply at agencies.timetogowild.com. GoWild aims to respond within 48 hours to all applications.
Learn more about GoWild at timetogowild.com.

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The 2020 Country Outdoors Turkey Tour Takes Flight

Mary & Zach Phillips and friends chronicle turkey-hunting adventures with new digital series
NASHVILLE (Ammoland.Com) – The Country Outdoors Podcast is taking their popular show on the road for their first-ever Country Outdoors film series – The Country Outdoors Turkey Tour. The digital series, presented by Outdoor Channel, will follow host Mary and Zach Phillips, their dog Forrest Gump and videographer Joey Dombroski on a turkey-hunting adventure that will take them from Florida to Wyoming and all parts between.
Along the route the crew will share camp with the likes of Cody Johnston (Country Music Artist), Steve Rinella and Janis Putalis from MeatEater, Jake Fromm (UGA Quarterback), Meghan Patrick (Country Music Artist), Beards for Benefits Turkey camp for Kids with Disabilities and Veterans, Eddie Salter (The Turkey Man), Jordan Rowe (Country Music Artist), Jon Langston (Country Music Artist) and State Senator Mr. Ogdon Driskall at the Old West Invitational Turkey Tour Wyoming.
Country Outdoors Turkey Tour will air weekly episodes on Thursdays at 6 p.m. on Outdoor Channel Facebook and YouTube, starting Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Weekly blogs with behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive “Outdoor Moment’s” with guests will be available Fridays on CountryOutdoors.com
Stay up to date with the Cast’s adventures on social media with the following:
INSTAGRAM: @OutdoorChannelTV (Outdoor Channel), @CountryOutdoorsPodcast (Country Outdoors), @MaryOneillOfficial (Mary O’Neill Phillips), @Zach_Phillips1 (Zach Phillips), @AdventuresOfForrestGump (Forrest Gump)
FACEBOOK: @OutdoorChannel (Outdoor Channel), @CountryOutdoorsPodcast (Country Outdoors), @MaryOneillOfficial (Mary O’Neill Phillips), @ZachPhillips (Zach Phillips),
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Country Outdoors, available as a first-ever podcast connecting country music fans with their favorite artists, allows fans to connect their passion for country music with the outdoor passions of their favorite singers, songwriters and country music entertainers. Hosted by country music aficionados and outdoor enthusiasts, Mary O’Neill Phillips and Mitch Petrie, the podcast gives listeners a unique opportunity to hear the untold stories of their favorite artists from the road, woods, streams, lakes and oceans.
Each episode features insightful interviews with top artists who will share untold stories of outdoor experiences that have inspired their music and lives. Season Two will kick off of February 17, 2020 with new podcasts schedule each Monday. In addition to Meghan Patrick’s interview, fans can look forward to hearing from other artists and Nashville influencers including: Riley Green, Easton Corbin, Bobby Pinson, Ray Fulcher, Jordan Rowe, Dillon Carmichael, Mattie Jackson Selecman, CJ Solar, Natalie Murphy and David Nail, as well as new artists joining the schedule each week.
In addition to artist interviews, fans will hear special “Outdoor Moments” brought to them by influencers in-and-outside the country music world during a weekly segment. The podcast creates a unique opportunity for advertisers to reach a more diverse audience as well.
Sponsors of the podcast include: MyOutdoorTV.com, the global leader in streaming of outdoor-television programming and Twisted X, a creator of comfortable, hand-crafted footwear for men, women, children and infants.
For more information visit www.motv.com and www.twistedx.com
 Country Outdoors podcast is available for download via Apple Podcast, Spotify and OutdoorChannel.com, along with other relevant aggregators being added each week. More information can be found at www.countryoutdoors.com, @CountryOutdoors on Facebook, Twitter and TikTok @CountryOutdoorsPodcast on Instagram and #CountryOutdoors
 MEET THE TEAM:
Mary O’Neill Phillips is an Australian Entertainer and Outdoors-Woman who has worked across a range of dramatic, radio, and lifestyle programs. Splitting her time between Nashville, Springfield Missouri and Australia, Mary has built a strong reputation in the world of country-music through her digital platform, Honey On The Railroad. She has worked many of the industry’s biggest events as a blogger, red carpet host and on-air personality on several major television networks. Her faith, good humor and hard work ethic have been crucial to her perseverance in the Entertainment Industry for the better part of 12 years and have seen her work on productions in Australia and the United States. Hailing from Bronte NSW Australia,Mary’s Australian accent and indomitable spirit are her trademarks. She hopes to inspire other’s with sharing stories with her friends along the way and encourage women to get involved in hunting and grow the outdoor sporting lifestyle.
Zach Phillips is an outdoor video Producer who has worked in the hunting industry for 10 years. He has worked with some of the top talent in the outdoor  space and is extremely talented at his craft. He grew up in Georgia and is an avid turkey hunter and outdoorsman. He will be co hosting these films as well as filming, photography and editing. He looks forwarded to showcasing the best that the outdoor community has to offer and inspiring others to get outdoors.
Joey Dombroski is an avid outdoor enthusiast.  His engaging personality, professionalism and experiences make him a highly desirable photographer /videographer.   Joey started working professionally in the outdoor industry seven years ago although his love for the outdoors stems from his youth.  Joey’s passion for the outdoors is prominent in the many hours of video he has taken. He volunteers in community events mentoring and teaching about outdoor recreation in order to encourage others.  He continues to share his experiences through his photos and videos hoping to inspire viewers.
Forrest Gump is a fuzzy Red Golden from Tennessee and is the real show stopper in the group. First son to Mary and Zach, his love of Turkeys started at 8 weeks old when he joined along for Mary’s single season Turkey Slam. Forrest quickly becomes the camp favorite with his dopey smile and openness to snuggle any stranger. He is now 2 years old and no matter what hunting season it is, where Mary and Zach go, Forrest Gump goes!

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input to Increase Access to Refuge Lands

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input to Increase Access to Refuge Lands
USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- As part of its ongoing effort to increase public access on federal lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it is seeking the public’s assistance to develop a list of its managed lands that would benefit from new or increased access routes.
On March 12, 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S.47, the Dingell Act), which directs the Service and other federal land management agencies to develop a priority list of lands that have significantly restricted or no public access where that access could be improved.
The public is encouraged to identify national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries and other lands managed by the Service that meet the complete criteria.
“Improving public access to hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation on national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries has been a key focus of the Department of the Interior under this Administration,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith.
“In just the last year, the Department opened 1.4 million acres of land and water to new or additional hunting and fishing opportunities — the single largest expansion on Service-managed lands in recent history. We’re committed to continue expanding the availability of these unique and magnificent places for wildlife-dependent recreation for the benefit of the American people.”
Comments will be accepted over a 30-day comment period from February 10-March 11, 2020.
Some of the criteria for nominated lands include: public lands must be managed by the Service and 640 contiguous acres; have significantly restricted or no public access; and be open under federal or state law to hunting, fishing, or use of the land for other public recreational purposes.
For additional information and a full list of required criteria for consideration as specified by the Dingell Act, visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuges/realty/Public-Access-Nominations.html.
Commenters are encouraged to review the required criteria and include additional information as to why the parcel should be on the Service’s priority list. Once the comment period closes the Service will evaluate the nominations to determine which lands meet the requirements and considerations specified by the Dingell Act.
The Service’s final priority list will be posted online by March 12, 2020, and updated biennially thereafter for 10 years.
The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service have also sought the public’s input to nominate lands within their jurisdictions under similar criteria.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
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