Bullseye's Spotting Scope Camera

The Bullseye Spotting Scope Camera

A spotting scope is essential hardware for quickly zeroing a rifle or for locating and identifying game animals at extreme distances. But looking through a spotting scope for long durations can be a terrible strain on your eyes and neck. Now, Bullseye Camera Systems by SME solves these problems with the all-new Bullseye Spotting Scope Camera.

The Bullseye Spotting Scope Camera

Bullseye’s Spotting Scope Camera

The Spotting Scope Camera is designed to be a universal fit for standard spotting scopes courtesy of a simple and adjustable universal mount. Suitable for straight or angled spotting scope configurations, the Spotting Scope Camera secures easily to the eyepiece and in perfect alignment with the exit pupil. This system eliminates the hassle of camera alignment, such as when using complicated cell phone adapters.

The Bullseye Spotting Scope Camera

Spotting Scope Camera secures easily to the eyepiece and in perfect alignment with the exit pupil.

Once installed onto the optic, the Spotting Scope Camera sends a live view direct to your mobile device by way of the Bullseye Target Manager App. Boasting a 150-foot Wi-Fi range, the 1080p @15 fps live view can also be used to capture images and video. This makes it easy to monitor and record point-of-impact at distant targets and to capture the excitement of the hunt for social media content, inventory game during pre-season scouting, or simply recording events for posterity — all without suffering from “spotting scope fatigue.”

The Spotting Scope Camera is powered by a USB rechargeable battery with a generous six-hours of operational use between charges.

For more info on this and other innovative shooting products from SME, visit https://www.shootingmadeeasy.com/.

About GSM Outdoors:

Few American outdoor companies enjoy a mutually respected relationship with their customers that spans over five generations. GSM Outdoors is among those few! For over 70 years, the GSM family of brands has been helping passionate hunters and shooters succeed through innovation and the manufacture of high-quality, reliable products that continue to prove themselves in the field and on the range to this day. GSM Outdoors continues to leverage the latest technology and provide customers with the best products on the market. Tradition, heritage, and loyalty to outdoor enthusiasts of generations past and generations to come…that’s the GSM Outdoors guarantee!

Walker’s Raises the Bar with the New Disrupter Earbuds

Disrupter EarbudsFor over 20 years, Walker’s has been the pioneer and leader in hearing protection and enhancement technology. Now, the company takes another leap forward for hunters, shooters, and active lifestyle enthusiasts with the release of the new Disrupter electronic earbuds.

The Disrupter is designed to protect your hearing by cancelling dangerous-level noises, such as shots at the gun range or while target shooting. At the same time, the earbuds can be used to enhance desired environmental sounds or deliver superior audio originating from a cell phone, tablet, or other device through Bluetooth connectivity. This makes the Disrupter a completely comprehensive noise protection and a best-in-class sound enhancement solution for anyone with an active lifestyle — on the range, in the gym, or deep in the wilderness.

­Four new technological integrations establish the Disrupter as the benchmark in earbud-style sound management:

Forward Focus Mode:

Each earbud has two microphones that allow the user to emphasize sounds directly in front of them while minimizing peripheral noise. (Ideal when shooting steel at long ranges.)

360° Directional Sound:

Four microphones (two per earbud) deliver true 360° directional audio, allowing users to better identify where a sound is coming from. (Ideal for hunters and those in industrial work environments.)

ANC Technology:

The Disrupter earbuds employ ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) to reduce unwanted background noise, improving concentration and delivering a better listening experience.

Rapid Impulse Cancellation:

New IC technology provides lightning-fast reaction time to harmful noise levels to ensure optimum hearing protection.

In addition, the Disrupter comes with five programmed ambient sound settings that allow the user to choose the best listening mode for the activity and environment. These include Universal, Clear Voice, Hi-Frequency Boost, Power Boost, and Custom.

Two styles of in-ear tips are included with the Disrupter earbuds. Three different sizes of noise-reducing foam ear tips allow for a custom fit and are intended for use when hearing protection is the goal. For general sound enhancement use, such as entertainment or communication, the included silicone in-ear tips can be used.

Operation of the Disrupter earbuds is done through the Walker’s Link 2.0 app. With this app, users can quickly change between the five programmed sound settings, adjust volume, monitor battery levels, and adjust the auto shut-off time via their mobile device or smart watch. The integrated Firmware Over the Air (FOTA) feature provides easy system updates.

The Disrupter earbuds come in a rugged USB charging case with the assorted ear tips. The battery charge lasts up to six hours when Bluetooth streaming or up to 11 hours when used in ambient mode. MSRP is $279.99.

For more information on the new Disrupter earbuds or to review Walker’s entire line of hearing protection and enhancement products, visit WalkersGameEar.com.

About GSM Outdoors:

Few American outdoor companies enjoy a mutually respected relationship with their customers that spans over five generations. GSM Outdoors is among those few! For over 70 years, the GSM family of brands has been helping passionate hunters and shooters succeed through innovation and the manufacture of high-quality, reliable products that continue to prove themselves in the field and on the range to this day. GSM Outdoors continues to leverage the latest technology and provide customers with the best products on the market. Tradition, heritage, and loyalty to outdoor enthusiasts of generations past and generations to come…that’s the GSM Outdoors guarantee!

Meet the TenPoint Flatline 460™

The Fastest Compact Crossbow Ever Created

TenPoint Crossbows continues its dominance in crossbow speed, accuracy, and shoot-ability with the fastest compact crossbow the world has ever seen – the NEW Flatline 460.

TenPoint Flatline 460 Crossbow

Designed to deliver elite performance from the smallest footprint possible, the Flatline shoots a blistering 460 feet-per-second, measures only 26.5” short, and is equipped with all-new Scope Struts that provide rock solid mounting for the scope – delivering unrivaled durability and accuracy.

“The Flatline 460 is designed for the hardcore hunter – the hunter who walks a little further, sits a little longer, and needs to make the most of that split second opportunity when it presents itself,” said Phil Bednar, CEO. “With its micro footprint – including shorter 16-inch arrows – it provides all the advantages of a low profile without sacrificing speed or accuracy.”

At the heart of the Flatline’s speed and power is a patented reverse-draw bow assembly and 14-inch power stroke. By reversing the bow assembly and changing the riser mounting position, the string’s resting position is extended farther down the rail which creates a 47% longer power stroke than a forward draw crossbow measuring the same length. This increased power stroke provides many advantages over forward draw crossbows:

 

  • Generates top-end speeds that no forward draw crossbow can match
  • Generates more speed with less draw weight – creating a smoother, quieter shot, with less shock and vibration
  • Creates a longer nock-to-string engagement time during the shot – leading to greater accuracy

TenPoint Flatline 460 Crossbow

In addition, the center-mounted riser provides superior balance, eliminating the “nose heavy” feel of traditional crossbows and making it easier to hold steady, increasing the shooters accuracy.

The Tech Behind the Flatline 460

Man shooting TenPoint Flatline 460

The RX8-Cam™ system allows for maximum rotation to produce speeds of 460 feet-per-second with the included 400-grain arrow. The crossbow’s revolutionary Vector-Quad™ cable technology utilizes four cables instead of the traditional two which eliminates cam lean and generates straight-nock travel leading to same-hole down-range accuracy.

The 16-inch MICRO-TRAC™ barrel reduces string-to-barrel contact by 50% to provide increased accuracy and the longest string life in the industry – surpassing competitor crossbows by hundreds of shots.

The Flatline 460’s ultra-light, two-piece TEC-TACTICAL™ stock is built for comfort for shooters of all sizes and includes an adjustable butt plate that adjusts 1” to provide ideal fit.

Shorter Flat Shooting Arrows

To complete the compact footprint, the Flatline 460 uses shorter, 16-inch EVO-X® CenterPunch™ carbon arrows. The advantages of this arrow extend beyond its compact footprint in the quiver and lack of overhang on the crossbow – the shorter arrow provides a flatter trajectory and reduced wind drift at longer ranges as compared to a 20-inch arrow.

EVO-X CenterPunch 16 arrows used with the Flatline 460

EVO-X CenterPunch 16 arrows used with the Flatline 460

EVO-X CenterPunch 16 arrows weigh 400-grains and feature 17.5% FOC.  Each arrow is inspected for straightness to within .001-inch and each package is weight matched to within 1-grain per arrow.

The NEW, longer dovetail (+1.5”) and NEW Scope Struts provide a rock-solid foundation for scope mounting – leading to enhanced durability and long-range accuracy. The dual aluminum Scope Struts increase strength and rigidity by 80%. In addition, the dovetail allows for more scope adjustments, heavier scope options, and provides the strength of a full-length rail without the added weight.

Capable of precision down-range accuracy out to 100-yards, the included EVO-X® Marksman™ Elite Scope decorated in matching Veil Alpine™ camo is a variable speed scope compatible with crossbows shooting up to 500 FPS. The scope’s external Target Turrets provide easy windage and elevation adjustment and drive unmatched long-range accuracy.

Safe Cocking & De-Cocking

Flatline 460 features the ACUslide

The patented ACUslide™ Cocking and De-Cocking System features the Auto-Brake Gear System that separates TenPoint from all other de-cocking crossbows on the market.  The patented Auto-Brake eliminates the potential of losing control during de-cocking which can lead to injury or costly bow damage. While cocking and de-cocking with the ACUslide, the user can remove their hand from the handle at any point, with no other action required – and the handle will stop in place. In addition, while most crossbow crank cocking devices require 15+ lbs. of force to operate, the ACUslide requires only 5 lbs. of force, making it easy for people of all ages and abilities to cock the crossbow.

Flatline 460 S1 Trigger

The Flatline 460 features the S1™ trigger.  This 2-stage, zero-creep design features an advanced roller-sear system that delivers a consistent crisp, 3.5-pound pull. The trigger is equipped with a DFI (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor) and is fitted with a nylon-filament arrow retention brush that improves arrow grip and alignment to reduce noise and vibration. An integrated string stop system is also included to further reduce noise and vibration.

The Flatline 460 is equipped with our Sentry Bowhanger that allows you to easily hang your bow in the stand or protect your broadhead from dirt and grit in the ground blind.

A dovetail bubble level is also included to help eliminate “tilting/canting” of the crossbow – a critical factor in left/right accuracy.

Decorated in Veil Alpine™ camo, the Flatline 460 ships completely assembled and includes a Ready-To-Hunt package:

  • ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system
  • Evo-X Marksman Elite Camo Precision Scope
  • 6-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch 16 Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows (.001” straightness, 400-grains)
  • Integrated String Stop System
  • 6-arrow Tech Quiver
  • Sentry Bowhanger
  • Bubble Level

Flatline 460 Specs:

  • 460 FPS (w/400-grain arrow)
  • 5” Short (w/o stirrup)
  • 5” Narrow
  • 5-pounds (w/o accessories)

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is 100% American owned, operated, and all of their crossbow models are manufactured in Mogadore, OH.

TenPoint Stealth 450: Greater Long-Range Accuracy and Speed

NEW TenPoint Stealth 450™ Built for Premium Speed, Greater Long-Range Accuracy, and Safe De-Cocking

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies launched their fastest forward draw crossbow ever, the NEW Stealth 450.  Faster and more accurate at longer ranges, the Stealth 450 delivers speeds of 450 FPS (400-grain arrow) and features the industry best ACUslide™ silent cocking and safe de-cocking system.  The ultra-compact crossbow measures a mere 6.5-inches wide, 33-inches long, and weighs 7.5-pounds.

TenPoint Stealth 450

Fueled by RX6-Cams™, the forward draw bow assembly is the difference maker for the Stealth 450. The innovative cam system generates incredible rotation to produce speeds of 450 feet-per-second. The crossbow’s revolutionary Vector-Quad™ cable technology utilizes four cables instead of the traditional two which eliminates cam lean and generates straight-nock travel leading to same-hole down-range accuracy.

New Scope and Scope Struts

Close up of Scope on the Stealth 450 crossbow

The Stealth generates greater down-range accuracy thanks to the combination of its NEW Scope Struts and 100-yard EVO-X® Marksman™ Elite Scope. The dual Scope Struts, along with a NEW, longer dovetail (+1.5”) provide rock-solid stability for the heaviest of rangefinding or night vision scopes and exponential durability for the scope – ensuring the scope rail does not move if dropped during the hunt. The Scope Struts increase strength and rigidity by 80%.

The EVO-X Marksman Elite Scope is a variable speed scope, capable of precision down-range accuracy out to 100-yards.  The variable speed design is compatible with crossbows shooting up to 500 FPS, the Marksman Elite scope features external Target Turrets for easy adjustment to windage and elevation (one click represents ½” MOA at 100-yards) for unmatched long-range accuracy.

In addition, a rail-mounted bubble level allows you to identify and correct any “canting” of the crossbow, helping to eliminate left and right misses.

“The new Stealth 450 is the pinnacle of a high performance, premium forward draw crossbow.  It is lightning fast, lightweight, well-balanced, and incredibly accurate at long ranges.” said Phil Bednar, TenPoint CEO.  “In addition, the ACUslide system is the best cocking and de-cocking system on the market.”

ACUSlide Comes Standard on the Stealth 450

Hunter using the ACUslide on the Stealth 450

The patented ACUslide™ Cocking and De-Cocking System features the Auto-Brake Gear System that separates TenPoint from all other de-cocking crossbows on the market.  The patented Auto-Brake eliminates the potential of losing control during de-cocking which can lead to injury and costly bow damage. While cocking and de-cocking with the ACUslide, the user can remove their hand from the handle at any point, with no other action required – and the handle will stop in place. In addition, while most crossbow crank cocking devices require 15+ lbs. of force to operate, the ACUslide allows you to silently cock the crossbow with just 5 lbs. of force, making it easy to operate for people of all ages and abilities.

Profile of TenPoint Stealth 450 crossbow

Like all TenPoint ACUslide crossbows, the Stealth 450 features the S1™ trigger.  This 2-stage, zero-creep design features an advanced roller-sear system that delivers a consistent crisp, 3.5-pound pull. The trigger is equipped with a new DFI (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor) and is fitted with a nylon-filament arrow retention brush that improves arrow grip and alignment to reduce noise and vibration. An integrated string stop system is also included to further reduce noise and vibration.

The Tech Behind Increased Accuracy

The 19-inch MICRO-TRAC™ barrel reduces string-to-barrel contact by 50% to provide increased accuracy and the longest string life in the industry – surpassing competitor crossbows by hundreds of shots.

Profile of the TenPoint Stealth 450

The ultra-light, two-piece TEC-TACTICAL™ stock is built for comfort for shooters of all sizes and includes an adjustable butt plate that adjusts 1” to provide ideal fit. The stock is also compatible with TenPoint’s optional Raised Cheek Comb to ensure perfect alignment with today’s popular rangefinding optics.

The Stealth 450 is also equipped with the Sentry Bowhanger that allows the hunter to easily hang their bow in the stand and keeps the broadhead within the bows profile for use in a ground blind.

A dovetail bubble level is also included to help eliminate “tilting/canting” of the crossbow – a critical factor in left/right accuracy.

Hunter posing with whitetail buck and TenPoint Stealth 450

Decorated in TenPoint’s exclusive Veil Alpine™ camo, the Stealth 450 ships completely assembled and includes a Ready-To-Hunt package:

  • ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system
  • Evo-X Marksman Elite Camo Precision Scope
  • 3-pack of Pro Elite 400™ Carbon Crossbow Arrows (.003” straightness)
  • Bubble Level
  • Sentry Bowhanger
  • Integrated String Stop System
  • 6-arrow Tech Quiver

 

Specs

  • 450 FPS (w/400-grain arrow)
  • 33” Long (w/o Bowhanger)
  • 5” Narrow
  • 5-pounds (w/o accessories)

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is 100% American owned, operated, and all its crossbow models are manufactured in Mogadore, OH.

Garmin Outdoor Maps+: Premium, subscription-based mapping solution provides nationwide access with a single purchase

Easily download the most up-to-date U.S. mapping directly to Garmin device via Wi-Fi with Outdoor Maps+

Outdoor Maps+ Logo

Garmin today announced its newest mapping collection, Outdoor Maps+. This subscription-based platform provides users access to premium mapping content of the United States through a single, annual purchase. Complimenting preloaded mapping features on Garmin devices, Outdoor Maps+ includes premium elevation contours, landowner names, and boundaries for public/private land types, as well as other enhanced mapping content. Featuring Garmin’s most up-to-date maps and available to download directly to a Garmin device via Wi-Fi, learning about and navigating through your environment has never been easier.

“Garmin is known for its industry-leading mapping, and we are proud to now provide customers with our most robust cartography content in an easy-to-access package through Outdoor Maps+. This collection is a significant value for customers because it bundles many of our more sought-after data sets into a single purchase that is always up to date, eliminating the need for multiple purchases or concerns of out-of-date cartography,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “When it comes to outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, hunting and exploring, having the most accurate, up-to-date information is critical, and the new Outdoor Maps+ provides customers with the content they need to explore further and have a better understanding of their surroundings.”

Outdoor Maps+

ENHANCED TOPO MAPS:
Get best-in-class elevation mapping with premium contours for maximum detail.

 

Outdoor Maps+

SATELLITE IMAGERY:
Download photorealistic maps directly to your device, and see a high-resolution perspective from above. Easily find game trails, locate field edges, discover watering holes and more.

 

Outdoor Maps+

FRESHWATER FEATURES:
See detailed mapping of inland lake, river and stream features.

 

Outdoor Maps+

STATE PLAT MAPS:
See how tracts of land are divided into lots nationwide — with parcel boundaries and landowner names.

 

Outdoor Maps +

LAND MANAGEMENT:
Get up-to-date details on Bureau of Land Management townships.

 

Outdoor Maps+

PUBLIC LAND MAPS: Respect private landowners and view public land boundaries to know what you’re venturing into.

Outdoor Maps+

RASTER MAPS:
Get highly detailed 1:24,000 scale raster USGS maps. These maps display trailheads, camping areas, trails, points of interest, water sources and more.

 

Outdoor Maps+

HUNTING UNITS:
See hunting management unit boundaries for multiple species (where applicable).

Outdoor Maps+

QUAD NAMES:
Provides USGS quad names as well as range and section information.

A one-year Outdoor Maps+ subscription includes:

  • Regularly updated mapping data for all 50 U.S. states
  • Downloadable, photorealistic imagery for a high-resolution aerial perspective
  • Elevation contours with premium high-density TOPO Maps and detailed mapping of inland lake shorelines, river and streams
  • State plat maps with parcel boundaries and landowner names to see where tracts of land are divided
  • Public land maps including federal and state ownership including national wildlife refuges, state and national parks, Waterfowl Product Areas, and Wildlife Management Areas, so users better understand where they are venturing into or if they are still on public lands
  • Hunting management unit boundaries with multiple species where applicable
  • Access to the latest U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 24K quad names as well as Bureau of Land Management township and range lines

The Outdoor Maps+ subscriptions are currently available for download on Montana® 700, 700i and 750i devices for an annual price of $49.99. For a full overview of Outdoor Maps+ features, please click here.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for adventurers, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing products that enhance experiences and enrich lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday.

For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual Newsroomemail our press team, connect with @garminoutdoor on social media, or follow our adventures at garmin.com/blog.

Smith & Wesson® Releases New Performance Center® Pistol: Introducing the Competitor®

Smith & Wesson Competitor

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design is excited to introduce a new member of the M&P metal-framed series, the Performance Center® M&P®9 M2.0® Competitor®.

Built for competition right out of the box, this metal-framed 9mm pistol is designed to give competitive shooters the edge. The Competitor comes with a 5-inch barrel, has an enhanced sear for lighter, crisper trigger let-off, and includes a flared magazine well for fast and efficient reloads. Boasting a new look, the aggressive lightening cuts on both the top and sides of the slide ultimately reduce the amount of weight in front of the chamber and, in return, help improve the recoil balance point. The slide is cut for optics, includes a fiber optic front sight, and blacked out serrated rear sight. The Competitor comes with an oversized mag release that is reversible for both right and left-handed users and ships with a total of four magazines. Choose from models available in 10+1 or 17+1 round capacities with a Tungsten Gray Cerakote® or black Armornite® slide finish. Smith & Wesson is proud to introduce the Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 Competitor.

Smith & Wesson Competitor

The Competitor has an MSRP of $999.00                                       

Check out the new Competitor and all Smith & Wesson products at www.smith-wesson.com.

About Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality handgun, long gun, and suppressor products to the global consumer and professional markets under the iconic Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Gemtech® brands. The company also provides manufacturing services including forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services. For more information call (844) 363-5386 or visit smith-wesson.com.

Smith & Wesson, Performance Center, M&P, M2.0, Competitor, and S&W names and logos are trademarks of Smith & Wesson Inc. in the United States and other countries. © 2022 Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. All rights reserved.

Umarex USA Announces Hunting For A Deal Scavenger Hunt

Umarex USA, innovator, manufacturer, and marketer of airguns, optics, and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast is on the hunt this fall and giving its wonderful fans and customers a chance to track down some great deals and even a few great giveaways with their “Hunting For A Deal” website scavenger hunt.

Scavenger Hunt

The Umarex E-Commerce team has created 12 discount codes that will be hidden on various pages of the UmarexUSA.com website and hidden in various ways. These codes will vary in difficulty and the reward for finding them will be commensurate to the level of effort needed to hunt them down. The “Trophies” hidden on the Umarex USA website will include free gun bundles like an Umarex AirJavelin CO2 powered air archery gun, Axeon Optics Scope, and AirJavelin Arrows and an Umarex Origin .22 Caliber PCP kit with an Axeon Optics Scope. Other “Trophies” will include percentage-off discount offers and cash-off discounts for the order subtotal. This “Hunting Season” starts at 12 p.m. Friday, November 4, and runs through midnight Sunday, November 13th (Eastern Time).

Umarex fans will need to act fast as most of these Trophies are only available for one “shot,” so don’t miss out! Head over to our website and search for these Trophy codes. Some will be in plain sight and others will require some inventive scouting (i.e. clicking around and reading). As an added bonus for the duration of the scavenger hunt, all orders placed on the website will ship for free! Whether you hunt for big game or not, we wish you a successful time Hunting for a Deal on UmarexUSA.com! Go to https://www.umarexusa.com/contest-rules for a full explanation of the Hunting for a Deal promotion.

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About UMAREX USA

Umarex USA, Incorporated is one of North America’s fastest growing family-owned outdoor sport and recreation companies. Umarex USA innovates, develops, and markets products under brands owned or licensed by its parent company, UMAREX GmbH & Co. KG. Such brands include Axeon® Optics, Beretta®, Browning®, Colt®, Elite Force® Airsoft, GLOCK®, Heckler & Koch®, Hornady®, IWI®, REKT®, Ruger®, RWS®, Smith & Wesson®, T4E®, UMAREX®, Walther® and others. For additional information regarding Umarex USA visit UmarexUSA.info.

Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops receive U.S. Army’s Highest Civilian Honor, The National Service Award from the Association of the United States Army

Johnny Morris, center, receives award recognizing Bass Pro Shops’ exemplary service and decades-long commitment to supporting veterans and the United States Army community. Award presented by AUSA President and CEO, General (ret.) Robert Brooks Brown (left) and AUSA Vice President, Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Haley.

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) today announced the awarding of its prestigious National Service Award to Bass Pro Shops and its founder, noted conservationist Johnny Morris. Presented in recognition of exemplary service and demonstrated enduring support to the American Soldier and the United States Army community, the National Service Award honors Johnny and Bass Pro Shops’ decades-long commitment to supporting veterans.

“We are honored to give one of our most prestigious awards – The National Service Award – to Bass Pro Shops and Johnny Morris. We recognize their incredible support to the U.S. Army,” said General Bob Brown (retired), President and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army. “Johnny’s selfless efforts have supported soldiers and their families and our great veterans. We thank him for the generosity and dedication to our Nation.”

Recognized as “the Voice for the Army,” the Association of the United States Army presented the honor to Morris and Bass Pro Shops “in grateful appreciation for their dedicated service to the men and women in uniform and their families.” Morris accepted the award during a special presentation at the Association’s 2022 annual conference in Washington, D.C. attended by more than 40,000 soldiers from across the United States and around the world, representing allied armies from 22 nations. The conference was not only the AUSA’s largest annual gathering, but celebrated the grand opening of the new National Museum of the U.S. Army.

“On behalf of the entire team at Bass Pro Shops, we are humbled to receive this National Service Award. It is a privilege and honor to serve those whose sacrifice lies at the foundation of our way of life in this great nation,” Morris said. “We thank the Association of the United States Army. It truly is a remarkable group that does great work for the U.S. Army community and veterans across the country. This is a true, heartfelt honor that I am proud to accept on behalf of my Father and our 2,600 veteran Outfitters.”

Bass Pro Shops’ Commitment to Veterans and

to the U.S. Army Community

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have a long history of support for America’s veterans. This commitment stems from the passion of Johnny Morris, whose father, John A. Morris, served in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

For decades, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have been committed to hiring those who have served our nation. Currently more than 2,600 of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outfitters are veterans or active-duty military personnel. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s also actively support veterans’ causes and the United States Army community in a variety of ways.

Partnering with the organization Helping a Hero, Bass Pro Shops is improving the lives of disabled American veterans and their families across the country. Through this partnership, Bass Pro Shops paid the mortgage on 10 specially adapted homes for disabled veterans and issued a challenge grant to fund 25% of the construction cost on the next 100 homes built by the organization.

Johnny Morris & Leigh Perkins

Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops and Helping a Hero presenting two American heroes with keys to specially adapted homes.

Last year, with the support of customers across the country, Bass Pro Shops donated $300,000 to Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to the families of fallen U.S. soldiers. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s also host a diversity of programs and events, including annual Fishing Dreams outings, being primary sponsor for the Shadow Warrior Project’s golf tournaments, and the 2021 Missouri Veterans Fishin’ Contest, that connect veterans with outdoor experiences. Earlier this year, Morris offered a free day away to more than 500 soldiers at Missouri’s Fort Leonard Wood, providing a visit to the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium for soldiers unable to be with their families during holiday block leave in December.

“My personal respect and gratitude for veterans is deeply rooted. It has been shared by my entire family, especially my dad, John A. Morris,” Morris said. “Growing up as a kid in Missouri, where I learned to hunt and fish, I always knew my father had served in the armed services. It wasn’t until much later in life that he shared with me that he fought in the Battle of the Bulge – one of the most intense conflicts of World War II. I am proud of my dad. His memory serves as an enduring reminder of the selfless courage shared by all who serve our country.”

Morris and Bass Pro Shops have donated more than $1.5 million to establish a series of veterans memorials at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri. The company has also been active in its support of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s military service initiative that focuses on helping post-9/11 veterans and their families. In 2011, Morris was awarded the prestigious Order of Saint Maurice by the National Infantry Association in support of his outstanding contributions to the Army Infantry.

Morris and Bass Pro Shops have a long and proud history of showcasing support for veterans through the donation of space on NASCAR cars during nationally televised races with millions of viewers. Morris, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s also support a variety of veteran-owned businesses, including Black Rifle Coffee Company and many others. With the support of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fund and retail stores across the country, Morris and Bass Pro Shops donate to more than 200 veterans’ organizations, including AmVets, the USO and many local veterans’ organizations in communities that host Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s retail locations across the U.S. and Canada.

In 2022, Morris and Bass Pro Shops entered into a partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Program. This initiative aims to not only increase the number of veterans the company hires, but to showcase the numerous workplace and cultural benefits of working with those who have served our nation. Through it all, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s continue to offer its standing “Legendary Salute” military discount in all Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s stores and online, with more than a million discounted transactions in the past year alone.

About the Association of the United States Army

The Association of the United States Army is a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Army and supporters of a strong national defense. AUSA’s mission involves supporting soldiers, their families and Army civilians, providing a voice for the Army, and honoring those who have served. As the Army’s premier, nonprofit, educational and professional association, the AUSA:

• Educates those it serves (soldiers and their families, Army civilians, retired soldiers and veterans, and the businesses and industries that support the Army) with programs, products, resources and events…

• Informs its members, Congress and the American public about issues affecting America’s Army – Regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and…

• Connects America’s Total Army, its industry partners, like-minded associations and other supporters at the national, regional and chapter levels.

For more information, or to support the Association of the United States Army, please visit: ausa.org

About Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

Yamaha Pledges $500K, Urges All to Get Outdoors on September 24

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Celebrates National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, is encouraging people to get outside and enjoy the outdoors on Saturday, September 24, 2022, in honor of National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day). In recognition of these events, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) is renewing its annual pledge to commit $500,000 to organizations supporting access to land for outdoor recreation and encouraging applications for grants before the next quarterly deadline on September 30.

National Public Lands Day

A group of Yamaha Side-by-Sides gather in the mountains

National Public Lands Day is Sept. 24th

National Public Lands Day invites volunteers nationwide to help restore and preserve public lands – from national parks to local urban green spaces – directly aligning with Yamaha OAI’s goal of protecting public lands for outdoor recreation. To date, the Yamaha OAI program has contributed over $5 million in funding and equipment across more than 425 projects in the last 14 years to assist outdoor recreationists working to protect and improve access to public land and educate everyone on safe, sustainable recreational use. Yamaha OAI has proven to be the industry’s most reliable partner and a significant resource for those who depend on access to public land for work and play.

National Hunting and Fishing Day

Yamaha Side-by-Side in the woods

On the fourth Saturday of every September, NHF Day recognizes generations of sportsmen and women for their contributions to the conservation of our nation’s rich sporting heritage and natural resources.

Additionally, on September 24, National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrating its 50th anniversary. NHF Day events are organized each year by Wonders of Wildlife to spread awareness of the conservation and economic benefits, as well as traditions and values of hunting and fishing. Yamaha OAI is a founding partner of Wonders of Wildlife’s Live It! program and a supporter of its efforts to expand NHF Day events across the country. These events play a significant role in expanding awareness of the issues facing public access and outdoor recreation, and the Live It! program supports local conservation groups wanting to host or enhance NHF Day events, but are limited in their resources.

Since access to public land is best protected by visitors’ responsible and sustainable practices, Yamaha OAI partners with Recreate Responsibly Coalition (RRC) on a variety of activities, including signage for land managers to educate visitors on appropriate, responsible use of trails and riding areas. Those interested in applying for the signs can simply complete a form at the following link:  Yamaha OAI / RRC Responsible Use Signage Request.

 

“Last year we made a commitment to grant half a million dollars to outdoor projects, and we’re proud to say we exceeded that goal,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “Our lives are rooted in the outdoors and Yamaha’s direct and significant financial support of Wonders of Wildlife, Recreate Responsibly, and so many other outdoor organizations help make recreation on public lands possible. In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day and National Public Lands Day, we’re excited to renew our annual commitment to make a minimum of $500,000 available in 2022 to organizations who help create opportunities for outdoor recreation.”

Apply to the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

Yamaha Side-By-Side going up a mountain

The Yamaha OAI program encourages riding clubs, land stewardship associations, and public land managers to work together with Yamaha dealers to identify projects and apply for support. Yamaha OAI is a one-stop resource for outdoor organizations seeking support for their next project. Visit YamahaOAI.com for application details, or examples of some typical projects the program supports for inspiration.

The application deadline for consideration in the third quarter of the 2022 funding cycle is September 30, 2022. Submission guidelines and an application for a Yamaha OAI grant are available at YamahaOAI.com. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors or search any of the following hashtags on all platforms: #Yamaha #YamahaOAI #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA

 About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

Since 2008, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the Powersports industry in supporting responsible access to our nation’s public lands for outdoor enthusiasts. With more than $5 million contributed to 425 projects across the country, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, supplied agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety education, built bridges over fish-bearing streams, and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands.

Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state, and local public land-use agencies, outdoor enthusiast associations, and land conservation groups with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding, and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible, and sustainable public use.

Learn more about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

Updated guidelines, an application form, information, and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available at YamahaOAI.com. For specific questions about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, call the dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess@Yamaha-Motor.com, or write to:

 

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

3065 Chastain Meadows Parkway, Bldg. 100

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Industry-First Double Barrel Air Archery Gun

The Umarex AirSaber Elite X2

by Wade Middleton

The Umarex AirSaber Elite X2

The Umarex AirSaber Elite X2

The Umarex AirSaber Elite X2 can expand your world and create more hunting opportunities. You can expand your seasons in some situations and for sure expand the experiences that you get to do while you are out in the field.

In the last 20 years, I’ve really tried to hunt with many different things and hunt different animals. The Umarex® AirSaber® Elite X2 will be a new notch in the belt. With the Umarex® AirSaber® Elite X2 you now have the ability to shoot one arrow and have a follow up shot ready to go. Equipped with a 240 cc onboard tank, the AirSaber Elite X2 will send 25 shots from its barrels at big game lethal velocity. The first five shots will all launch above 450 FPS and 130 ft-lbs. of energy. Accessing the second shot just requires the press of a push-through barrel selector.

With ammo prices and availability being what they are these days, air gun hunting is starting to gain traction. With that in mind, this is not going to be something that many people are familiar with. So, when you open the box, you should first locate and read the instructions making sure you follow all their steps precisely. Then getting all dialed in at the range will be a lot of fun.

Adapta Point Technology Accepts Most Broadheads

The Umarex AirSaber Elite X2 comes with 3 AirSaber Arrows with 100 grain field tips. Made exclusively for the Umarex AirSaber, these carbon-fiber arrows feature Straight Flight Technology that can withstand the extreme pressure created by the hard-hitting AirSaber. The arrow itself weighs 276 grains and the included field tip weighs 376 grains. When we take this out into the field, we’ll switch out the field points for the BlackOut Toxik Fixed-Blade Broadhead. These Toxik broadheads have proven be devastating to drive through whitetail, hogs, or whatever might appear during our hunt.  You also can shoot a variety of mechanical broadheads as well.

The scope that comes in the box is an Axeon 4×32 Scope. This scope works just like any rifle scope you have used and is specifically designed to work with the Umarex AirSaber.

The Umarex ReadyAir can handle fills in minutes up to 4,500 PSI to keep hard-hitting big bores and air archery rifles like the Umarex AirSaber flinging arrows with authority.

My first impressions of the Umarex AirSaber Elite X2 is that it has a very unique and modern design. After building it out and filling it up with the Umarex ReadyAir, it took maybe about 8-10 shots for us to be dialed in and confident to take it into the field. The X2 features very, very, very low recoil. It’s not very loud for people that are sensitive to loud noises. Some people fear the recoil from a big high-powered rifle. Some people do not like the BANG. So shooting an air gun like this would be a great introductory tool to hunting or target shooting.

There is a lot of exciting things to be able to play with when you get into the hunting and shooting sports world. There is so many different means and methods that are legal depending on where you hunt. I always tell people to check their local regulations on where you are hunting and what you’re hunting with.