HIVIZ Introduces LiteWave H3 Plain Barrel Shotgun Sight

LiteWave H3® Plain Barrel Bead Replacement Sight

LiteWave H3 Plain Barrel Shotgun Sight

HIVIZ® Shooting Systems made a name for itself with shotgun sights starting in 1996. Since then, they have been a leader in innovative sights for hunting and competitive shooting with products such as the TriViz® and the CompSight®, and this year is no different! Adding to its already popular line of Tritium/Fiber-Optic handgun sights, HIVIZ has added a plain barrel shotgun sight to its LiteWave H3® family of products.

LiteWave H3 Plain Barrel Shotgun Sight

LiteWave H3® sight combines Tritium with the HIVIZ Litepipe technology for 24 illumination. Now you can have the advantage of day and night performance all in one sight system.

This new sight combines the benefits of light-gathering Fiber-Optic capabilities with light-emitting Tritium for 24-hour illumination! Housed in a steel constructed frame, this screw attach sight is extremely durable and allows an unprecedented amount of light to enter the LitePipes during the day while emitting the glow of Tritium in low light and no light conditions. The new HIVIZ LiteWave H3 Plain Barrel Shotgun Sight was designed for the roughest use, whether it be tactical application, personal defense, in the field or on the range, it will keep you on target from dawn until dusk. It fits most plain barrel shotguns with removable front bead. MSRP: $55.00.

See how easy it is to install the HIVIZ plain barrel shotgun sight here .

For additional information and to see the new HIVIZ LiteWave H3 Plain Barrel Shotgun Sight, visit our website: www.hivizsights.com/ or call 800.589.4315.

About HIVIZ – HIVIZ® Shooting Systems is the designer, engineer and manufacturer of high quality and innovative products for shotguns, handguns and rifles. Founded in 1996, the company has stayed true to its vision: to advance the art of shooting. From the unique molded LitePipe Technology to our patented LiteWave H3® Tritium/Fiber-Optic sights, HIVIZ continues to be a leader in the shooting world. Whether it is in the field, at the range or for personal defense, HIVIZ Sights help you See What You’ve Been Missing. We are proud to be installed as original equipment on many major brands including Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Benelli, Browning, Henry Rifles and Remington, among others. For more information, visit: www.hivizsights.com.

Stealth Cam Launches Enhanced Command Pro App

COMMAND PRO APP: INDUSTRY LEADING TECHNOLOGY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Stealth Cam®, the leader in trail camera innovation and cellular imaging technology, has just launched its all-new Command Pro App for 2021! This new App provides a seamless integration for wireless camera operation and image/video management for Stealth Cam.

Retooled and refreshed for 2021, the Command Pro App raises the bar in remote scouting with the integration of industry leading technology, supported by a robust server platform for improved performance and reliability. These features include:

High-resolution HD downloads

Available through all the new 2021 camera models (DS4K™, REACTOR, FUSION X, MORPH, MERGE, MANIFEST 2.0, RELAY, TRAIL-TEK). Images sent to the app are of high quality, however users now have the option to download high-res images from the camera for maximum clarity.  The High Res download option is perfect for both hunting and security purposes.

Video Mode w/ Previews

For the new 2021 video enabled cameras, the Command Pro app shows a 3-frame preview of the recorded video, before you chose to download the full clip.

  • Available on the Stealth Fusion X/Reactor/DS4K Transmit and Muddy Morph wireless cameras.
  • In video mode the cameras will send you a GIF preview of the 1st, middle, and last frame of the video. By sending a GIF preview it will allow users to save on data but still have the option to download the full HD video if desired.
  • Videos are of exceptional quality.
  • Users have the option to download videos of their liking to the new app, such as a big buck, but will still be able to preview the GIF and see ‘multiple frames’ of action on the GIF previews.
  • Video WITH audio available on Stealth Reactor and DS4K Transmit.
  • Video without audio available on the Muddy Morph and Stealth Fusion X.

 

Night Colorization

Available on all 20’ and 21’ model wireless Stealth and Muddy cameras

Turn black and white images into color on demand with Command Pro’s groundbreaking AI powered technology.

Tagging Options and Filters

Tagging options in the Command Pro App

Available on all 20’ and 21’ model wireless Stealth and Muddy cameras

This option makes it possible to organize and recall individual animals and select filter parameters to identify and sort game patterns, time frame, and environmental conditions. In short, the new filtering and tagging functions can help you pattern your biggest target animals.

Global Gallery

Global Gallery in the Command Pro App

Available on all 20’ and 21’ model wireless Stealth and Muddy cameras.

This feature integrates images, videos, and video previews from all 2020 and 2021 Stealth Cam, Muddy & Wildview cellular cameras into a single gallery! These are conveniently stored chronologically by date and time. By leveraging the new filter and tagging options, the Global Gallery offers territory-wide activity monitoring at a glance and with never-before-seen precision. Users can sort through the Global Gallery by applying different filters or tags which is a huge asset for hunters to pattern wildlife on their farms and see trends in movement based on time, temp, date, etc., as well as view patterns of SPECIFIC bucks on their properties across multiple cameras and locations.

Already a Stealth Cam Command user?

No problem! Your app and cameras will continue to work. To experience the new features or add new cameras, you will need to update your old Command App simply by visiting the App or Google Play Stores, search for Stealth Cam Command Pro, and press update. The update will keep your current cameras, settings, and photos without the need to re-add or reset them.

The Stealth Cam and Muddy family of cellular trail cameras set themselves apart for their advanced technology and practical performance engineered to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of today’s big game hunters and wildlife observers. Now, with the innovation provided by the new and improved Command Pro App, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy “the next best thing to being there!”

For more information on the Command Pro App or to review all of Stealth Cam’s new wireless cameras for 2021, visit their website at www.stealthcam.com.

Smith & Wesson® Launches GUNSMARTS Series 2

Smith & Wesson expands on its successful GUNSMARTS video series with fresh, new content for summer 2021

Smith & Wesson announced that it has expanded its GUNSMARTS video series with over thirty new educational videos for both new and experienced firearms owners.  Hosted by industry experts Ken Scott, Julie Golob, and Jerry Miculek, Smith & Wesson’s GUNSMARTS Series 2 covers a comprehensive set of topics that include firearms education, shooting tips, gear recommendations, and more – all in a simple, inviting manner.

Matt Spafford, Senior Marketing Manager, said, “We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback after the launch of GUNSMARTS in 2020, and as such, we’ve developed GUNSMARTS Series 2.  This new content series provides new, exciting videos to help both new and experienced gun owners improve their firearm knowledge and skillset.  We hope that GUNSMARTS Series 2 encourages firearms owners to get outside, enjoy the shooting sports, and brush up on their skills.”

New GUNSMARTS Series 2 content is hosted on YouTube and will be released weekly throughout the summer, starting on June 1st.  To watch Smith & Wesson’s GUNSMARTS Series 2, click here.

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Yamaha Delivers Essential Support to Public Lands for Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Access Initiative Contributes Over $350,000 to Land Conservancy in 2020

 

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces the completion of the 2020 Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grant cycle with funding decisions for the fourth quarter. In total, Yamaha granted more than $350,000 in 2020 while supplying essential support to public lands providing vital access to outdoor recreation across the country. The Yamaha OAI program continues to lead the powersports industry in providing direct monetary support to grassroots efforts helping to protect, expand, and improve entry to public spaces off-road for motorized recreation.

“The pressure on public lands during the pandemic has been enormous due to people finding solace outdoors. Their adventures gave off-road enthusiasts a much-needed breather from the stress we’ve all experienced over the past year,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “Public land belongs to everyone and we all have a responsibility to take care of it. Yamaha is proud to continue supporting our riders’ favorite outdoor activities, including OHV riding, hunting, camping and fishing, through the Outdoor Access Initiative.”

The fourth quarter 2020 Yamaha OAI grants totaling more than $90,000 were awarded to the following organizations:

Blue Ribbon Coalition – Pocatello, ID

East Branch Sno-Rovers & ATV Club – Medway, Maine

Idaho Single Track Alliance – Idaho Falls, ID

Reno Area Dirtriders – Reno, NV

Swampsiders Snowmobile Club – Bigfork, MN

“The need for funding and leadership for public lands increased exponentially in 2020 with more people engaging in outdoor recreation at the same time resources were being restricted. It was a relief to know we could reach out to Yamaha to help,” said Ben Burr from the Blue Ribbon Coalition, which received $11,740 to develop a trail guide for Utah’s San Rafael Desert area to help visitors explore safely and responsibly. “The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is a trusted resource for the outdoor recreation community with a history of putting the funds where they are needed to make big improvements on the ground.”

“The 2020 fourth quarter grant projects spanned the spectrum of powersports, with funds going to groups from all categories of Yamaha’s off-highway vehicles:  Motorcycles, ATVs, Side-by-Sides, and snowmobiles,” continued Nessl. “We prioritize those projects meeting the needs of diverse OHV riders to support their local riding communities.”

Yamaha Side by Side Vehicle

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOR ALL – WOLVERINE RMAX4 1000 XT-R

For more than 12 years, Yamaha has issued quarterly grants to non-profit organizations supporting the needs of riding groups, outdoor enthusiasts, land stewardship organizations, and public land managers to improve access to public land for outdoor recreation. Since inception, Yamaha contributed over $4.5 million in aid to more than 380 projects across the nation.

The deadline for submission to the second quarter 2021 funding cycle for the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is June 30, 2021, and applications must be postmarked by then. Submission guidelines and applications 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

About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

For more than a decade, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the Powersports industry in guaranteeing responsible access to our nation’s land for outdoor enthusiasts. Through this program, 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. A committee then reviews each application and awards grants to deserving projects. Examples of appropriate projects for grants include, but are not limited to:

  • Trail development, restoration and maintenance
  • Trail signage and map production
  • Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
  • Land stewardship, safety and education

Updated guidelines, 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

Marietta, GA 30066

 

Yamaha XT-Reme Terrain Challenge Returns October 2021

Loretta Lynn Ranch Hosts Yamaha Owners Event with New Wolverine RMAX 1000 Class

Group Photo of the participants of the Yamaha 2019 XT-R Challenge

Participants of the 2019 XT-R Challenge

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces dates for the 2021 XT-Rreme Terrain Challenge (XT-R Challenge) scheduled October 1-3 at the iconic Loretta Lynn Off-Road Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Yamaha is inviting owners of its Proven Off-Road Side-by-Sides and ATVs to bring friends and family out for an entertaining three-day weekend celebration. Registration opens in March, along with providing further details, at XTRemeTerrainChallenge.com.

The 2021 Yamaha Grizzly XT-R

The 2021 Yamaha Grizzly XT-R

Yamaha welcomes its family of drivers, riders, and adventure-seekers – from extreme off-roaders to weekend warriors – to come together at the XT-R Challenge for a weekend filled with action and excitement for spectators and entrants alike on fun and formidable off-road trails and obstacles. Attendance for participants includes riding on Loretta Lynn Off-Road Park’s exclusive and private trail system with tailormade trail features, creating unique off-road challenges for various skill levels. The weekend-long event has onsite RV and primitive camping options, along with daily and nightly entertainment hosted by Yamaha.

“The XT-R Challenge is a great way for Yamaha owners to put the Proven Off-Road promise of their Side-by-Side or ATV vehicles to the test on trails and obstacles specifically intended to challenge Wolverine, YXZ, and Grizzly models,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports group marketing manager. “With the all-new Wolverine RMAX 1000 in the lineup offering next-level class-leading capability and power, we’re super excited to see what proud Yamaha owners can do in them. It is the perfect opportunity realize your adventure and enjoy this once-a-year get-together with the Yamaha off-roading family.”

2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 XT-R

2021 Wolverine RMAX2 1000 XT-R

The XT-R Challenge, now in its third year, features an off-road course with varying natural terrains and man-made obstacles specifically designed to put participants and their Proven Off-Road Yamaha Wolverine, YXZ1000R, and Grizzly vehicles to the test. New for 2021, Yamaha has a 1,000cc class specifically for Wolverine RMAX 1000 and YXZ1000R owners, featuring all-new challenges and obstacles to highlight their unmatched power, performance, and off-road prowess. Riders, drivers, and spectators who attended previous XT-R events can expect to, once again, be thoroughly challenged with new obstacles, trails, and activities for the whole family, such as demo rides, music, games, giveaways, workshops, and more.

Entries in the Yamaha XT-R Challenge are limited. Registration opens in March with more announcements, details, and information to follow on XTRemeTerrainChallenge.com, as well as through Yamaha’s social media channels via @YamahaOutdoors. #Yamaha #XTRChallenge #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA #Yamaha10YearBelt #RMAX1000 #YXZ1000R #YamahaGrizzly

 

TenPoint HAVOC: The Fastest Compact Crossbow Ever

Size, Speed, and Comfort Redefined with TenPoint’s
26.5” Long, 440 Feet-Per-Second Havoc RS440

Hunter with Crossbow

The TenPoint HAVOC RS440

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies recently launched the industry’s fastest crossbow-per-inch – the NEW Havoc RS440. Delivering 440 FPS with same-hole accuracy from a platform measuring only 26.5” long and 7.5” narrow, the Havoc RS440 redefines compact crossbow performance and comfort, while providing safe de-cocking with the revolutionary ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system.

“The Havoc is the most comfortable compact crossbow on the market. Period.,” said TenPoint CEO Rick Bednar. “When we launched a compact bow project, we wanted to create a bow that felt good to shooters of all sizes, while implementing our reverse draw technology that allows us to deliver unmatched speed, power, and accuracy. Shoulder it and shoot it – you’ll understand why it redefines the compact crossbow in size, speed, comfort, and noise level.”

Havoc Crossbow

The Havoc’s reduction in length to just 26.5” overall is accomplished with the development of TenPoint’s NEW 16-inch -MICRO-TRAC™ barrel and NEW ultra-light, two-piece TECH-TACTICAL™ stock. The fluted aluminum barrel also reduces the flight deck surface by an incredible 50%, increasing accuracy and ensuring the longest string life in the industry, while the new stock features a tactical styled butt stock, as well as a hollow pocket that houses the ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system. In addition, the stock’s butt plate adjusts 1” to provide all shooters the ideal fit and combines with the NEW EVO-X Marksman Elite Precision Scope to yield perfect eye level alignment.

Scope Options

TenPoint Havoc crossbow

The EVO-X Marksman Elite Scope (top) features a variable speed and arrow drop-compensation setting for crossbows that shoot between 300 and 500 FPS.

The NEW EVO-X Marksman Elite Scope, included in the bow package, features a 2-8X, capable of precision downrange 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. The Havoc is also available with the NEW Garmin Xero® X1i Crossbow Scope.

“Our new partnership with Garmin mates the world’s most advanced crossbow with the most advanced crossbow sight on the market,” said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO. “You’ve never seen a crossbow package like this before – and like our other ACUslide crossbows it offers silent cocking and safe de-cocking.”

Speed and Power

Havoc Xero Crossbow

The Havoc features a patented reverse draw bow assembly that draws the string through the riser, creating a 14-inch power stroke.  The increased power stroke generates more speed with less draw weight – creating a smoother, quieter shot. The elongated power stroke also keeps the arrow nock engaged with the string before release – this is a critical component in performance, as the longer the nock remains engaged with the string, the more accurate the crossbow will shoot.  In addition, this 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 RX7-Cam™ system rotates an incredible 360-degrees to produce speeds of 440 feet-per-second with a 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 downrange accuracy.

The ACUslide, the talk of the 2020 crossbow market, features the company’s groundbreaking Auto-Brake Gear System, which allows for silent cocking and safe and controlled de-cocking of the crossbow.  The Auto-Brake Gear System eliminates the potential of losing control which can lead to injury or costly bow damage during the cocking or de-cocking process. 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. The 6-inch XTEND Adjustable Crank Handle reduces cocking effort to 5-pounds and stores securely into the butt-stock.

S1 crossbow trigger

TenPoint’s S1 2-stage, zero-creep design features a roller sear system that sets a new standard in high-performance crossbow accuracy.

The Havoc RS440 features the company’s 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 crossbow weighs just 7.5-pounds (w/o accessories), measures only 26.5-inches (w/o stirrup) in length and shoots up to a supercharged 440 feet-per-second with a 400-grain arrow.

The Havoc RS440 comes with the new EVO-X CenterPunch 16 carbon arrows.  The ultra-accurate 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.

Decorated in Veil® Alpine camo or Graphite Gray, the Havoc RS440 ships completely assembled and includes a Ready-To-Hunt package.

The package includes:

  • ACUslide™ cocking and de-cocking system
  • Evo-X Marksman™ Elite Precision Scope
  • 6-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch™ 16 Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows (.001” straightness, 400-grains)
  • Integrated String Stop System
  • 6-arrow Tech QuiverTenPoint Crossbows Logo

Hunting Whitetail with the Trijicon Huron Riflescope

My thoughts on the Trijicon Huron Riflescope

by Wade Middleton

In deer hunting, many hunters will have a day when they’re going to be let down by the quality of their riflescope. It happened to me when I was younger. Now that I’m older I’ve heard these same comments time and time again from other people, “I just couldn’t see him.”, “My scope was fogged up…”, “It was late, and the buck was in the shadows.” Sound familiar?

The next comment is almost always… “I knew I needed a better scope, but I wanted to save a few dollars and thought this one looked good when I looked through it while I was inside the store. In most cases, the buck that got away because you couldn’t see it could have been avoided with a better riflescope.

When it comes to shopping for riflescopes, this is one of those times you need to spend more on and not less. Far too many of us go grab a rifle, throw a cheap scope on there, and don’t pay attention to the scope mounts, the quality of the lens, how well the scope is built or how it’s going to perform in low light situations. This can all be avoided if you will take a bit of time and think about the next few paragraphs and keep in mind the following:

– The clarity and ability to gather light in low light and rainy situations

– How fast can you acquire the target through the scope

– What crosshair pattern fits your style

RIFLESCOPE CLARITY & LIGHT GATHERING

Huron Riflescope

Hunt with confidence at extended range with the Trijicon Huron® 3-12×40 riflescope

The clarity factor when it comes to optics is such a big deal. During low light situations, what is happening a lot when you’re hunting is that light is not your friend. Since deer tend to move at dawn and dusk, or in really bad rainy/nasty conditions, it’s not going to be sunny and bright outside. So because of that, the light gathering capability of a riflescope is something that is a huge factor between different brands. When you go into your local Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s, and lift a riflescope up to take a look at all the great mounts on the wall (that are in a well-lit building) of course almost all scopes are going to look good! But when you can get outside at dawn or dusk and in different lighting conditions, those riflescopes that were crystal clear and bright in the store are not going to look the same. Therefore you’ve got to take them out in the field and test them (and then return it if you’re not satisfied) or do a lot of research on which ones will perform in those situations.

When you look at the Trijicon lineup of optics from top to bottom, the quality of their optics is something that’s going to be high in quality and built tough. Trijicon’s products like their riflescopes can last in the field in all elements whether it’s snow, high heat, low light, and rough conditions, and even those times where you might be banging your gear around. The components, the clarity, and the elements in Trijicon’s multi-coated lenses are going to make a big difference when it comes to those first five or last five minutes of light when you’re out there trying to identify the target to put the crosshairs where it matters.

FAST ACQUISITION OF YOUR TARGET

Hunter with Deer and Huron Riflescope

Wade knocked down this Texas Hill Country buck with his T/C Compass II and Trijicon Huron Setup

I’d like to share my thoughts on something that’s not talked about enough, and that’s rapid target acquisition. Many new hunters will crank up their scope’s magnification far too much and in turn, cannot find the vitals and hold the crosshairs on them consistently.This is where understanding your scope’s magnification and when to adjust the magnification in different hunting situations is key.

Having that ability is something that Trijicon really takes a lot of pride in. If you grab some scopes, it’s kind of a battle to adjust them. You can feel the movements are tough and jerky. I suggest you try something like the Trijicon Huron scope lineup that Trijicon has designed for whitetail hunters. It has the magnifications in three different choices to help you as well as having that smooth adjustment between magnification ranges on each model.

CROSSHAIR OPTIONS

Huron Riflescope Reticle

The BDC Hunter Holds reticle found on the Huron Riflescope will get you on target quickly and accommodates the most popular hunting cartridges.

There are a lot of options when it comes to crosshairs in today’s world for rifle scopes, to the point where it can almost be overwhelming. Trijicon is a leader in giving you a multitude of options when it comes to finding the crosshair pattern that you’re the most confident in. Me personally, I’m a traditionalist. I go back to when I was learning how to shoot an old BB gun with a cheap 3×9 scope and that’s what I’ve trained my eye on. Now some incredible things are built into a lot of these new scopes right now to give you better aiming points, but I like a traditional look. Other people may like something totally different and that’s what’s cool about the Huron riflescope lineup, there are so many options within that lineup designed to help whitetail hunters find that crosshair that they personally are going to like the most.

So when you start looking at different options out there for riflescopes, the Trijicon Huron riflescope whitetail lineup exists because it’s going to allow you to find what fits you. Are you a guy hunting in the thick woods? Are you hunting out West? Are you hunting off the side of a mountain? In a box blind? Regardless of where you are hunting, you want to take the information from this article, understand it, and use that data to make the best choice possible when it comes to your scope.

 

Love It or Hate it: Hunting with 6.5 Creedmoor

You can really start a lot of interesting debates on social media, around the campfire, outdoor forums, wherever it may be about the 6.5 Creedmoor. There’s a very love it or hate it type feeling about this cartridge. But to me, when you pair the 6.5 Creedmoor with the right ammo and the right situation, it’s a deadly combination.

Just like most of the calibers out there, if you use the right bullets in the right conditions, you’re going to find success with it. So those people that don’t like 6.5 Creedmoor a lot of times (I think probably more often than not) they’re using the wrong bullet when it comes to bullet selection.

Do Your Research!


I recommend to a lot of people, that if you’ve got a rifle and want to know what ammo performs the best with your rifle, grab four or five different boxes of ammo (with four or five different bullet weights) from different companies, and go shoot it. At the end of the day, I think what you’ll find is which bullet your rifle performs best with. When you do that and spend the time on the range, it’s going to make you a better shooter and hunter, because you understand and now know what your gun is going to do. I think that pays off a lot.

When you look at the 6.5 Creedmoor, there are a tremendous amount of bullets available that are designed for long-range target shooting out there. There are probably fewer bullets designed for that cartridge when it comes to hunting. But there are some really good bullets out there that I advocate using that we’ve found and used in the field with tremendous success.

Just like any cartridge, any round, anything out there, there are limitations. The 6.5 Creedmoor (shooting the right ammo), I think it’s perfect for a lot of your light, thin-skinned big game animals like African antelope, whitetail deer, etc. It’s going to be right at the lower end of cartridges I would probably pick for elk but I mean, we’ve seen it in action on elk hunts before in which it performed flawlessly and knocked them down. But once again, I think it’s just kind of right there at that threshold.

Which Brand of 6.5 Creedmoor We Chose

6.5 creedmoor ammo box

So when it came time for me to kind of settle on a bullet that I liked we shot a lot of different ones, I read a lot, looked at a lot of different things, and that Hornady 143 grain ELD-X round really seemed to be the one that we got the best results out of it. I mean, we began to get immediate knockdowns, animals dropping right there. It performed in the African forest very well and a lot of our hunts that we were doing over there. I mean, it was one shot, one kill type round. However, when you talk to a lot of professional hunters, they’re going to talk about the 6.5 Creedmoor is maybe not good enough for wildebeest and animals like that. But I have seen it knock down a wildebeest (it took a couple shots) and do its job and wildebeest are notorious for taking multiple rounds in those types of hunting situations. So you just got to study, learn, and make those decisions for yourself personally, for where you’re hunting, and the situation that you’re dealing with. Ultimately you got to put that bullet where it matters, to find the ultimate success.

I think in the end, the 6.5 Creedmoor is an excellent whitetail deer hunting round. I think if you’re making good shots and you’re using the right kind of bullets, you’re really going to be pleased with it. I also think it’s a phenomenal long-range target shooting rifle. I think it’s far better than a .308 Winchester based on the data and based on the things that I’ve seen out there. So when I look at the 6.5 Creedmoor, the haters are gonna hate. But I promise you when you’ve seen it in action on quite a few of our hunts out there it is flat out hammering them (the deer) when we put the bullet where we’re supposed to.

Hunter poses with Whitetail Deer and Rifle

Wade posing with a unique Texas Whitetail and his Thompson/Center Compass II chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor

Yamaha OAI’s 2020 Contributions Surpass $250,000

Program Supports Efforts Protecting Access to Land for Outdoor Recreation Across U.S.

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces funding for the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grant program’s third quarter, supplying essential resources to local and national outdoor recreation and land stewardship organizations working to create and protect access to public land for outdoor recreation.

“Enjoying the outdoors has become a primary source of entertainment and recreation for many this year, with some public lands seeing record traffic from enthusiasts,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is the leading resource for land managers to help ensure trails and facilities are appropriately preserved and new opportunities are created to meet these rising demands.”

Yamaha Blue Wolverine X4 Side-By-Side

WOLVERINE RMAX4 1000 LIMITED EDITION

The third quarter 2020 Yamaha OAI grants, totaling more than $83,000, were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Joshua Tree National Park – Twentynine Palms, CA
  • Lawron Trail Riders – Bovey, MN
  • Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife – Marriott-Slaterville, UT
  • Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation – Halifax, VA

“These dealer-approved projects will provide a range of support for Yamaha customers and riding enthusiasts from staging area shading and educational structures at Joshua Tree National Park, to snowmobile and OHV bridges on a trail system near Duluth, Minnesota,” Nessl said. “Some of these projects are part of larger improvement programs, and others are standalone efforts that wouldn’t happen without the support provided by the Yamaha OAI grant program. It’s important and necessary work, and we proudly align with our dealer network to make a real, positive impact on our customers’ outdoor experiences and opportunities.”

For more than 10 years now, Yamaha has been issuing quarterly grants to non-profit organizations supporting the program’s mission. Yamaha has funded more than $250,000 in grants this year, and over the life of the program, Yamaha has contributed more than $4.5 million in aid to more than 380 projects across the nation. Yamaha’s OAI-supported efforts work to improve access to public land for outdoor activities including riding, hiking, biking, camping, hunting, fishing, and motorized recreation.

The deadline for submission to the 4th quarter 2020 funding cycle for the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is December 15, 2020 – applications must be postmarked by that date. Submission guidelines and applications forms 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

For more than a decade, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the Powersports industry in guaranteeing responsible access to our nation’s land for outdoor enthusiasts. Through this program, 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. A committee then reviews each application and awards grants to deserving projects. Examples of appropriate projects for grants include, but are not limited to:

  • Trail development, restoration and maintenance
  • Trail signage and map production
  • Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
  • Land stewardship, safety and education

Updated guidelines, 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

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