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

Marietta, GA 30066

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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.

 

Yamaha Continues Investing in the Future for Outdoor Enthusiasts

New Yamaha Grants Aid Public Land Managers, Recreationalists, and Thousands of Kids Nationwide

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grant awards totaling $145,175 for the second quarter of 2022 in support of its ongoing mission to protect, improve, and expand access to public land for motorized and outdoor recreation. This quarter, Yamaha OAI resources were deployed to help national efforts, as well as specific projects directly impacting the future of motorized recreation. Projects being funded in the second quarter grant cycle include:

 

  • Developing a database of public land trades to help generate public awareness and involvement in protecting access for recreation.
  • Conducting a workshop educating land managers on sustainable trail building and maintenance to protect the safety of riders and the future of access on public lands.
  • Significant trail rehabilitation and rerouting efforts to improve off-road experiences while protecting sensitive environments.
  • Introducing kindergarteners to biking.

 

“We continue to prioritize projects offering innovative and sustainable solutions to the problems facing access to land for motorized and outdoor recreation. This quarter’s applicants delivered in many impactful ways and we are excited to continue being involved in making real progress on the ground,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “We are additionally pleased to continue our partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee in support of their efforts to build 150 miles of legal motorized trails on the Northumberland Plateau.”

The second quarter grants for 2022 have been awarded to six applicants:

  • Colorado Wild Public Lands — Basalt, CO
  • Indian Creek Valley ATV Club – Indian Head, PA
  • Limestone Trail Hawks — Aroostook County, ME
  • National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
  • All Kids Bike
  • The Nature Conservancy – Tennessee Chapter

 

The application deadline for consideration in the third quarter of this year’s funding cycle is September 30, 2022, and riding clubs, land stewardship associations, and public land managers are encouraged to work together with Yamaha dealers to identify projects and apply for support. To aid those considering applying for a Yamaha OAI grant, visit YamahaOAI.com for submission guidelines, an application, answers to most popular questions about the program, and recaps of some typical projects.

 

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 400 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.

 

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

 

 

 

What Handguns to Use for Hunting Whitetail

by Wade Middleton

Learn What Models Wade Uses for Handgun Hunting 

It is a well-known fact I have become addicted to handgun hunting. As a hunter, I’ve always embraced hunting through a variety of means and methods, allowing me to start and end my season earlier in many cases. I consider myself a whitetail hunting fanatic, and as such, I’ve never turned down a chance to hunt with something different. Which lead me into the world of handgun hunting so I could have more reasons to hunt whitetails.

This new addiction has forced me to learn a lot more about how handguns work, how the ballistics of different calibers perform, what ammo works best in hunting, as well as sending me to the range more than ever to learn better trigger control. When you look at handguns, I favor the ones made by Smith & Wesson. You can tell immediately they’re designed for ultimate performance in the field. Many of the models I hunt with have muzzle breaks at the end of the barrel to help reduce recoil. Furthermore, many of these handguns are built to be better balanced in the field, allowing for the opportunity to hunt at longer distances with higher performance. In addition, many of them have triggers that are far more crisp than say some models you might find, which really helps when it comes to trigger control when a whitetail is standing in front of you. Finally, they are built to add various accessories such as scopes, fiber optic sights, and various red/green dot sights. 

Smith & Wesson Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter

Smith & Wesson Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter in .44 magnum equipped with a Trijicon SRO sight

This past season I spent a lot of time shooting my Smith & Wesson Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter in .44 magnum. This is one of my favorite hunting handguns and I’ve been using it for nearly a decade. I recently mounted a Trijicon SRO sight on top of it to field test that sight after shooting the Trijicon RMR sight in the past off this handgun. My early thoughts are this is the best sight in its class.  

The Trijicon SRO is very easy to acquire a whitetail in the sights and place the dot onto the vitals. I am very impressed with the sight picture and how easy it was to sight it in. Overall, I feel this is the best option for this style of sight when it comes to hunting. 

Looking back at my first handgun whitetail buck taken with this model of handgun, I vividly recall practicing all summer at various distances but none of that practice prepared me for that hunt. With little experience personally when it came to handgun hunting, I was, to say the least, nervous throughout the entire encounter. I still remember it vividly, the way that deer was darting in and out of the trees while running and fighting with another deer as they tried to prove dominance to a doe that was nearby. My hands were sweating nonstop as I prayed from inside the pop-up blind for the buck to stop in a narrow shooting lane. He finally did, and ended up turned quartering slightly towards me and I pulled my shot a little bit. I was so worked up that I honestly wasn’t even sure I’d hit the deer. It ended up being that I did in fact, hit the deer mid body up and down but slightly back, so I knew it was a mortal hit. We found the buck about two hours after the shot. My takeaway was that I needed to practice, practice, practice, and really work on my trigger pull with a handgun to help me overcome the excitement of a deer finally giving me a shot.  

Hunting posing with deer and handgun

Wade and his first handgun buck.

I also learned to study more on the various handgun loads. When it comes to most of my hunting and shooting with that handgun, I’ve settled on 200-grain XTP .44 mag ammo from Hornady. I can say undoubtably, the Smith & Wesson Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter in .44 Magnum set up will always be in my top three favorite hunting handguns and I would argue around about any campfire why I prefer it. 

Smith & Wesson Performance Center® Model 460 XVR 

Smith & Wesson 460XVR Handgun

Smith & Wesson’s Model 460XVR™ has the highest muzzle velocity of any production revolver on earth.

Next up, we discuss another of my favorite handguns, the Smith & Wesson Model 460 XVR. This handgun is known to have the highest muzzle velocity of any production revolver on earth. According to Smith & Wesson, the Model 460 XVR (X-treme Velocity Revolver) is the world’s highest velocity production revolver, as well as the most powerful.45 caliber production revolver. The .460 XVR can launch a 200-grain (13-gram) bullet at 2,330 feet per second (710 meters per second), generating 2,416 foot-pounds force of muzzle energy. 

Aside from the .460 S&W Magnum cartridge, the revolver can chamber .454 Casull and .45 Colt ammunition. Personally, we’ll use .45 long colt out on the range a lot of times for practicing specific hunting scenarios or if we want to work on our trigger pull. The key reasons being that load is cheaper and does not punish your hands quite as bad as the .460 ammo. 

Smith & Wesson offers this handgun in a variety of barrel lengths, and you can order them with HIVIZ fiber optic sights already equipped (which we recommend and have used in the field). I believe when hunting with open sights, HIVIZ fiber optics sights allow you to acquire the target faster due to its light gathering capabilities. This helps tremendously during those early morning or late evening times thanks to its light-gathering capabilities. I believe this forces me to focus on the sight picture by it catching my eye quickly as I bring the handgun into play on the vitals of a deer or other animal I’m hunting.  

I spent one summer really working with the .460XVR fitted with HIVIZ sights in an effort to take a buck with open sights with the.460 XVR. That experience and the buck I ended up taking, turned out to be one of my biggest handgun bucks ever. I can still see that buck and the other buck he was traveling with working through a broomweed field and coming into range. After calming myself, the .460 round found the lungs and I found the buck less than 60 yards from where I took the shot. The summer of practice really paid off on that one. 

Hunter holding whitetail with hunting handgun

Wade’s practicing paid off BIG TIME!

Regardless, of what model you hunt with, regardless of what caliber you settle on, I simply say practice a lot for the hunting scenarios you likely will encounter. I also recommend that you spend time shooting off a good brace to build confidence in both your trigger pull but also the sight picture for whatever you are going to use be it a scope, red dot, or open sights. The more you shoot, the more confident you’ll be when it comes time to take a shot on whatever you’re hunting. 

Smith & Wesson Introduces New Model 350

A Legend in the Making

 

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, introduces the new Model 350, our first production revolver chambered in the powerful straight-walled 350 Legend caliber.
Revolver

Smith & Wesson is back to turn heads with the release of the M350 Legend X Frame

The Smith & Wesson Model 350TM is an X-Frame size, double-action/single action revolver with an all stainless-steel construction. Its design includes a 7.5” ported barrel, red ramp front sight & adjustable rear sight system, and dependable Hogue® rubber grip. This revolver has a 7-round capacity and a cylinder that utilizes moon clips for loading and unloading. For those of you who like to hunt, or carry a large frame revolver in the woods, this is an exciting addition in the X-Frame offering from Smith & Wesson.
“The 350 Legend is one of the flattest shooting straight-walled cartridges on the market today. It is great for medium-sized game and especially whitetail hunting. If you’re looking for a hunting revolver, the Model 350 is it,” said John Myles, Senior Manager of New Products.
Well known for building some of the most powerful revolvers of all time, Smith & Wesson is proud to bring you the Model 350, chambered in 350 Legend. The MSRP for this revolver is $1,599.00.
FEATURES
  • Model: 350
  • Chambered in 350 Legend.
  • Double Action/Single Action revolver.
  • 7-Round Capacity.
  • Stainless Steel Frame, Fluted Cylinder and 7.5″ Ported Barrel.
  • Red Ramp Front Sight and Adjustable Rear Sight System.
  • Overall Length of 13.5″ and Weight of 71.5 oz.
  • Sku: 13331
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.

Yamaha Launches 2023 Proven Off-Road ATV and Side-by-Side Lineup

Industry’s Most Durable and Reliable Vehicles Available at Yamaha Dealers Soon

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, unveils its 2023 model year lineup of Proven Off-Road ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles. Designed, tested, and built to maximize capability, comfort, and confidence for every off-road enthusiast, from heavy-duty ranch work to adventurous expeditions across extreme terrain, only Yamaha meets and exceeds the standards customers demand.

Every Yamaha SxS and full-size ATV is built with pride and assembled in the USA at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. The 2023 models include:

  • Recreational SxS Lineup: Wolverine RMAX2 1000, RMAX4 1000, X2, and X4
  • Pure Sport SxS Lineup: YXZ1000R SS and YXZ1000R
  • Utility SxS Lineup: Viking and Viking VI
  • Utility ATV Lineup: Grizzly, Kodiak 700, and Kodiak 450
  • Sport ATV Lineup: Raptor 700, Raptor 700R and YFZ450R
  • Youth ATV Lineup: Grizzly 90, Raptor 90, and YFZ50

“Customers know Yamaha will provide high-quality, top performing products to help accomplish their goals and realize their adventure, regardless if they’re working on the farm, exploring technical trails, or competing in national racing circuits,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports marketing manager. “The measures we’ve taken to ensure they have the best owner experience – whether its seamless accessory integration, an industry-exclusive 10-Year Belt Warranty, or our advanced, U.S.-based manufacturing facility – showcases our commitment to building proven, reliable products for our Yamaha family around the world.”

2023 Recreational SxS Lineup:

Wolverine RMAX2 1000, RMAX4 1000, X2, and X4

ADVENTURE TO THE MAX! Experience maximum adventure in the power‑packed Wolverine RMAX2 1000, with a high performance 999cc engine capability, maxed out cabin comfort and legendary Yamaha confidence.

The 2023 Wolverines are Yamaha’s most versatile vehicles with the perfect blend of sport and utility, ideal for any task from farming and hunting to exploring and overlanding. All Wolverine models are available in two configurations: a two-seat chassis paired with a hydraulic piston-assist dump bed, providing excellent utility on the ranch or on a hunt, while simultaneously allowing owners direct access to the engine for easy maintenance; and a four-seat chassis, with simple-to-stow full-size rear seats, giving users the option of additional cargo space, passenger capacity for up to four occupants, or a combination of the two.

The Wolverine RMAX 1000 is the ultimate off-road adventure machine capable of traversing a wide variety of terrain with the power of its advanced 999-cc twin-cylinder engine. Its premium chassis features a rugged, eye-catching exterior combined with a comfort-focused automotive interior designed for all-day driving with industry-exclusive soft touchpoints to reduce fatigue, and interior lighting and backlit switches for driving in low-light conditions. To meet the varying demands of drivers and terrain, Yamaha’s D-Mode optimizes the RMAX 1000’s full engine power, adjusting throttle response and engine braking to provide three distinct power-delivery options: Crawl, Trail, and Sport (prewired on R-Spec). Performance can be personalized even further with 3-way adjustable FOX® QS3 shocks (R-Spec and XT-R models) or three-position – Comfort, Medium, Firm – in-cab electronically adjustable Fox iQS shocks (LE models), all mounted to wide-arc A-arms for performance-tuned damping and maximum ground clearance.

The 2023 Wolverine X2 and X4 deliver superior handling, especially on tight, technical trails. Smooth, ultra-quiet power comes from an 847-cc twin-cylinder engine housed in a sporty, compact chassis. All Wolverine X2 and X4 models are equipped with 27-inch GBC® Dirt Commander radial tires with eight-ply rated construction for increased ground clearance, traction, and durability. Large 207mm vented disc brakes with two-piston calipers provide exceptional stopping power on all four wheels with excellent feel. Independent double-wishbone suspension with an anti-sway bar offers 8.7-inches of travel in the front of X2 and X4 models, and 9.3-inches of travel in the rear on the Wolverine X2. Exclusive to the Wolverine X4, the rear suspension includes innovative self-adjusting shock absorbers that automatically regulate to varying passenger weights and cargo loads.

 

All 2023 Wolverine models receive:

  • Yamaha’s extremely reliable Ultramatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), backed by an industry-exclusive 10-Year Belt Warranty.
  • Yamaha’s rugged On-Command drive system with 2WD, 4WD limited slip, and 4WD full-differential lock.
  • Yamaha’s exclusive torque- and speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS), providing light-effort steering, balanced feedback, and precise steering-character to further reduce vibration and driver fatigue.
  • Yamaha-exclusive Speed Management System, seamlessly limiting the vehicle’s top speed to 25 mph by simply turning a removable key, ideal for worksites and other specialized operating conditions (on select models).
  • Bright LED headlights, marker lights, and taillights (with class-exclusive reverse lights on RMAX 1000 models).
  • 2,000-pound towing capacity via a standard 2-inch hitch receiver.
  • 600-pound-rated bed capacity with easy-to-operate automotive-style tailgate.
  • Prewiring for Yamaha Adventure Pro, WARN® winch, and additional Yamaha Genuine Accessories (on non-equipped models).

 

All 2023 Wolverine R-Spec models are available in Cyan / Yamaha Black starting at $15,799 MSRP for the X2, $18,399 MSRP for the X4, $23,999 MSRP for the RMAX2 1000, and $26,399 MSRP for the RMAX4 1000. The Wolverine RMAX2 1000 Sport is available in Team Yamaha Blue starting at $25,899 MSRP and features highly adjustable, sport-tuned FOX 2.0 piggyback shocks with preload and high/low speed compression adjustability, 30-inch GBC Terra Master SQ 10-ply rated radial tires with an asymmetric design, and 14-inch cast aluminum beadlock wheels. All Wolverine XT-R models are available in Desert Tan / Tactical Black painted body work with color-matched interior and are equipped with a WARN VRX 45 winch and Yamaha Adventure Pro (prewired on X2/X4). The Wolverine X2 and X4 XT-R models start at $17,399 MSRP and are further enhanced with fully adjustable KYB® piggyback shocks (self-leveling rear on Wolverine X4). RMAX 1000 XT-R models start at $27,199 MSRP and include Maxxis® Carnivore tires on 14-inch aluminum beadlock wheels and a factory-installed SSV® audio system. The Wolverine RMAX 1000 Limited Edition (LE) models start at $27,699 MSRP and include Titan / Midnight Blue painted body work, color-matched interior, WARN VRX 45 winch, Yamaha Adventure Pro, plus FOX iQS shocks and higher-grade audio system with 2 additional speakers for rear passengers in the RMAX4 1000 LE.

 

2023 Pure-Sport SxS Lineup:

YXZ1000R SS and YXZ1000R

EXTREME ADVENTURE AWAITS
Pure Sport meets extreme adventure—combining a factory‑installed WARN® winch, all‑new Special Edition paint, color matched wheels, and aggressive tread Yamaha‑exclusive Maxxis® Carnage® tires with the YXZ’s renowned high‑revving, high‑output inline‑triple engine.

The 2023 YXZ1000R models are the pinnacle of pure-sport, high-performance SxS vehicles, built to handle a wide variety of terrain – from open deserts and dunes to muddy trails and rough, rocky terrain. The YXZ is powered by Yamaha’s industry-first 998-cc triple-cylinder engine and a sequential five-speed manual transmission with either a clutch pedal and center-console shifter for the ultimate direct-connection experience in a SxS, or an auto-clutch with Yamaha’s Sport Shift (SS) technology, which allows drivers to seamlessly shift via aluminum paddles mounted on the steering column.

 

All 2023 YXZ1000R SS and YXZ1000R models receive:

  • Yamaha’s rugged On-Command drive system with 2WD, 4WD limited slip, and 4WD full-differential lock.
  • Yamaha’s exclusive torque- and speed-sensitive EPS, providing light-effort steering, balanced feedback, and precise steering-character to further reduce vibration and driver fatigue.
  • Compatibility with the Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR) Turbo Kit, utilizing the renowned Garrett GT2554R turbo to meet Yamaha’s high standards of durability and reliability (available at ShopYamaha.com and Yamaha Dealers).
  • Four LED headlights adding to the aggressive appearance and a bright LED taillight for increased visibility.
  • A high-flow intake, exhaust, and oversized rear-mounted radiator for maximum airflow and engine cooling.
  • Fully adjustable FOX 5 Podium RC2 shocks with dual-spring-rate adjustable crossovers.
  • Non-XT-R models include 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn 8-ply rated radial tires.
  • All-wheel disc brakes with large 255mm rotors in the front and 245mm rotors in the rear for excellent braking power.
  • Prewiring for Yamaha Adventure Pro, WARN winch, and other Yamaha Genuine accessories (on non-equipped models).

 

The 2023 YXZ1000R SS and YXZ1000R are available in Yamaha Racing Blue starting at $21,899 MSRP. The 2023 YXZ1000R SS XT-R is available in Desert Tan / Tactical Black painted bodywork with a color-matched interior, plus a suntop, center-mount mirror, centerline pod light, enhanced underbody protection, Maxxis Carnage radial tires on true beadlock wheels, and a custom front grab bar with a heavy-duty WARN VRX 45 winch and integrated dashboard switch for $24,699 MSRP.

 

2023 Utility SxS Lineup:

Viking and Viking VI

Viking VI: ROOM FOR THE WHOLE CREW
Real World room for six, this rugged chore‑tackler handles tough terrain with Proven Off‑Road capability, cabin comfort, dumping cargo bed and more.

Yamaha’s Viking and Viking VI SxS vehicles are value-packed with Real World Tough durability. All Viking models are equipped with Yamaha’s durable, reliable, and proven 700-class engine. Combined with a comfortable ride in its class-leading cabin with room for three to six people, Vikings are the toughest and hardest-working utility-based SxS models.

 

All 2023 Viking and Viking VI vehicles receive:

  • Yamaha’s extremely reliable Ultramatic CVT, backed by an industry-exclusive 10-Year Belt Warranty.
  • Yamaha On-Command drive system with 2WD, 4WD limited slip, and 4WD full-differential lock.
  • Yamaha’s speed- and torque-sensitive EPS.
  • 1,500-pound towing capacity via the standard 2-inch hitch receiver and a 600-pound-rated bed capacity.
  • Hydraulic piston-assist dump bed with a rugged rubber cargo bed mat for added convenience and durability.

 

Both 2023 Viking models are available in Tactical Green with the 3-seat variation starting at $15,699 MSRP and Viking VI at $16,499 MSRP. 2023 Ranch Edition models are available in a Copper Metallic painted bodywork with a color-matched interior, under-seat storage, cast aluminum wheels, comfort-grip steering wheel, overfenders, center rearview mirror, rear grab bar, and distinct Ranch Edition badging starting at $16,399 MSRP.

 

2023 Recreational and Utility ATV Lineup:

Grizzly, Kodiak 700, and Kodiak 450

GRIZZLY: TRAIL TESTED, RIDER APPROVED
With superior capability, all‑day comfort and legendary durability, the Grizzly EPS is the best‑performing ATV in its class.

Yamaha’s 2023 Recreational and Utility ATVs offer the best of both worlds – capable of heavy-duty ranch or farm work when you need it, while providing endless fun and exploration on the trails when you want it. The 2023 Grizzly is the ultimate adventure ATV, delivering the ideal blend of big-bore power and performance for a smooth and powerful ride to conquer extreme off-road trails. The 2023 Kodiak 700 and Kodiak 450 combine Yamaha’s legendary durability and reliability with class-leading capability while delivering maximum value and work-ready performance in a compact, nimble chassis for tight and technical trails.

 

2023 Grizzly and Kodiak models receive:

  • Yamaha’s proven 700-class liquid-cooled SOHC 4-stroke engine on all Grizzly and Kodiak 700 models, with the Grizzly having a sportier engine character for recreational riding and the Kodiak 700’s skewed toward smooth operation and a milder initial power engagement.
  • 421-cc liquid-cooled SOHC 4-stroke engine on all Kodiak 450 models.
  • Ultra-reliable Ultramatic CVT transmission backed by an industry-exclusive Yamaha 10-Year Belt Warranty.
  • Yamaha On-Command drive system with 2WD, 4WD limited slip, and 4WD full-differential lock.
  • Yamaha industry-leading torque- and speed-sensitive EPS on all Grizzly and select Kodiak models.
  • Prewiring for the Yamaha Adventure Pro on all Grizzly ATVs.

 

The 2023 Yamaha Grizzly is available in Cyan / Yamaha Black starting at $11,399 MSRP and Realtree Edge at $11,799 MSRP. The Special Edition Grizzly features Titan / Midnight Blue painted body work with 27-inch Maxxis ‘Zilla tires, 14-inch aluminum wheels for $11,999 MSRP. The Grizzly XT-R Edition is available in Desert Tan / Tactical Black painted body work, a factory-installed WARN VRX 25 winch, and all Special Edition upgrades for $12,399 MSRP.

PROVEN PERFORMANCE AND VALUE
The Kodiak 700 offers Proven Off‑Road capability and comfort during all‑day rides, regardless if they are filled with chores or trail adventures.

The Kodiak 450 and 700 are available in Tactical Green with optional EPS starting at $6,899 MSRP, or in Fall Beige / Realtree Edge with EPS starting at $8,199 MSRP. The Kodiak 450 is also available in Steel Blue starting at $6,899 MSRP or in a Special Edition package with EPS and a factory-installed WARN VRX 25 winch for $8,299 MSRP. A Special Edition Kodiak 700 is available in Tactical Black with EPS and a factory-installed WARN VRX 25 winch for $10,999 MSRP.

2023 Sport ATV Lineup:

Raptor 700, Raptor 700R, and YFZ450R

ALL HAIL THE KING
Boasting GYTR performance parts, unique color and graphics, and unmatched performance, the Raptor 700R SE is Sport ATV royalty.

Conquering dunes and trails with ease, the 2023 Raptor 700 lineup offers superior style, comfort, and performance. A potent and proven 700-class engine delivers enormous torque right off idle, transitioning into a potent mid-range and monstrous top-end. The Raptor 700 features an advanced, lightweight hybrid steel-aluminum frame with aluminum subframe and swingarm, creating a light, yet durable and rigid structure to provide the best power-to-weight ratio possible. Race-caliber suspension on the Raptor 700R models provides superior handling in all terrains.

The 2023 YFZ450R is the undisputed podium-topping ATV used by the world’s top racers, including multi-time, reigning Grand National Cross Country and ATV Motocross pro champions, Walker Fowler and Chad Wienen. The YFZ450R is the most technologically advanced sport ATV on the market, with its 449-cc fuel-injected engine and titanium five-valve cylinder head delivering torquey acceleration off idle, and abundant power throughout the mid- to top-end. A weldless, professional-caliber, lightweight aluminum frame with a tension-steel bottom allows the engine to sit lower for excellent mass-centralization. Suspension components and settings further reduce weight while providing light, yet precise handling. Comfort and convenience are also enhanced with an assist-and-slipper clutch, diminishing clutch lever effort for less fatigue, while also increasing clutch plate pressure and reducing engine braking for faster cornering, particularly while downshifting.

 

The 2023 Raptor 700 is available in Cyan / Yamaha Black starting at $9,399 MSRP. Suspension is upgraded on the Team Yamaha Blue Raptor 700R with high- and low-speed compression and rebound adjustability for $9,999 MSRP. Raptor 700R SE models are further enhanced with a GYTR front grab bar, GYTR footwells, and a unique color and graphic kit in either Gray Metallic Black or Yamaha Black for $10,599 MSRP. The 2023 YFZ450R is available in Team Yamaha Blue for $10,299 MSRP. Special Edition YFZ450R models feature an added GYTR front grab bar and unique color and graphic kits in metallic gray for $10,699 MSRP (the YFZ450R is not available in California).

 

2023 Youth ATV Lineup:

Grizzly 90, Raptor 90, and YFZ50

CALLING NEW RIDERS
With electric start, reverse and legendary Raptor styling (left), this youth ATV is pure fun for riders age 10 and up.

The 2023 Grizzly 90 combines Yamaha’s namesake performance and versatility with a fun and confidence-inspiring 90-cc engine and CVT drivetrain for entry-level riders 10-years-old and up to develop their off-road abilities. The youth model offers several Grizzly DNA features including mud-protection fenders, trail-pointed comfort suspension, front and rear cargo racks, and Grizzly-tread tires. The 2023 Grizzly 90 is available in Armor Gray at $3,299 MSRP.

The 2023 Raptor 90 brings the world of sport ATVs to riders ages 10 and up. With sporty styling based on the top-selling Raptor 700R, this entry-level ATV brings Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road sport ATV performance, legacy, and quality to the entire family and next generation of budding motorsports enthusiasts. The 2023 Raptor 90 is available in either Team Yamaha Blue or White at $3,299 MSRP.

The 2023 YFZ50 introduces the fun and exciting world of sport ATVs to riders ages 6 and up. Inspired by the championship-winning YFZ450R, this youth ATV brings Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road performance and confidence to the next generation of growing motorsports enthusiasts. The 2023 YFZ50 is available in either Team Yamaha Blue or White at $2,299 MSRP.

 

2022 Yamaha XT-Reme Terrain Challenge:  Dates Announced, Registration Opens Soon

The 2022 XT-Reme Terrain Challenge (XT-R Challenge) returns to the iconic Loretta Lynn Off-Road Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee September 30 – October 2. Yamaha is inviting owners of its Proven Off-Road Side-by-Sides and ATVs to bring friends and family out for another entertaining and fun three-day weekend celebration.

The XT-R Challenge 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, or Grizzly vehicle to the test. This year, a 1,000cc class was created 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 entertained with a new course and activities for the whole family, such as demo rides in the new 2023 Yamahas, music, games, giveaways, workshops, and more. Entries are limited. Further announcements, details, and information on the XT-R Challenge, including registration, will be announced shortly.

REALize Your Adventure and learn more about Yamaha’s 2023 Proven Off-Road line-up at YamahaOutdoors.com, or by visiting your local Yamaha dealer. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors, tune in to the Yamaha Outdoors podcast on listening apps, or search the following hashtags on all platforms: #Yamaha #YamahaWolverine #RMAX1000 #RMAX2 #RMAX4 #RMAX2Sport #WolverineX2 #WolverineX4 #YXZ1000R #YamahaViking #VikingVI #YamahaGrizzly #Kodiak700 #Kodiak450 #Raptor700 #Raptor700R #YFZ450R #Grizzly90 #Raptor90 #YFZ50 #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA #XTRChallenge

SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by licensed drivers 16 years and older.

ATVs over 90-cc are recommended for use only by riders 16 years and older.

The YFZ50 is recommended for use only by riders 6 years and older and always with adult supervision.

The Raptor 90 and Grizzly 90 are recommended for use by riders 10 years and older and always with adult supervision.

 

Hunter aiming crossbow

Crossbow Safety Tips

How to keep yourself and others safe while on the range or out hunting.

by Wade Middleton

Crossbows have evolved both in features and speed in the past decade. During that time, I had a chance to spend time testing and hunting with the fantastic lineup of TenPoint & Wicked Ridge Crossbows. The lineup of crossbows for both brands ranges from entry-level price point models to top-of-the-line crossbows that can be outfitted with a variety of magnification accessories, such as the Garmin Xero X1i crossbow sight.

When choosing from those two legendary brands, you will be sure to find a crossbow that fits your needs based on the model, price point, energy, and speed you want to put into the target. Once you choose a crossbow, get it home and open the box, you will notice it comes with a complete set of well-thought-out instructions that make it easy to set up and sight-in your crossbow. I suggest you read the directions first, then go back and begin to build your crossbow, set it up, and shoot it.

 

BE SAFE. DON’T ASSUME.

Man reading directions for crossbow

Always read the instructions, SAFETY FIRST!

This is why I said above to read the directions before starting to build your crossbow. Safety is something that we cannot reiterate enough on really anything. Always pay attention to the different safety components, do not assume! I’ve built a lot of different crossbows, and while all are similar, they all have different parts that you need to learn about and understand.

Safety on anything you shoot is important and is no different when using a crossbow, giving your crossbow a good once over before using it is key. I always check out and pay attention to the limbs, cables, and strings. Look for any damage that may have happened in shipping or while you are on a hunt. Let’s say the crossbow gets knocked around while traveling or is dropped inadvertently during a hunt, something could end up going wrong if not checked. Crossbows are a mechanical device so always assume and look at everything. It’s what I do with any firearm, compound bow, and even my fishing gear.

 

BE MINDFUL OF YOUR HANDS.

Man aiming crossbow

Make sure BOTH HANDS are below the flight deck when holding and aiming the crossbow.

Next thing I always tell someone when they shoot a crossbow for the first time is be mindful of where our hands are. It is important to pay attention to your hand positioning on the crossbow. Make sure everything is below the flight deck when holding and aiming the crossbow; do not get your fingers above the flight deck or anywhere there is a moving part.

 

CROSSBOW SAFETY & SURROUNDINGS

Close up of safety mechanism on a Wicked Ridge crossbow

The safety on these crossbows is remarkably similar to that on any firearm.

Another thing to keep in mind is the safety on your crossbow. The safety on these crossbows is remarkably similar to that on any firearm. When you go from safety to the fire, remember the safety is still a mechanical device. It can fail. Follow the same four safety rules you would if you were handling a firearm.

 

  • Always keep your firearm (in this case, a crossbow) in a safe direction. Never point your crossbow at anything you do intend to shoot.
  • Treat all crossbows as if they are loaded.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger (and under the flight deck) until you are ready to shoot.
  • Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

 

Pay attention to your surroundings if you are at the range or out hunting because if you miss your target, the arrow can skip off the ground and travel a long distance, inflicting significant damage on someone you may not see, the wrong deer, or even livestock. Just like a firearm, make sure you know what is around and behind your target before shooting.

 

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!

Crossbow hunting is just another means and method to enjoy the outdoors and hunt big game!

We are excited that you have purchased or are interested in getting into the sport of crossbows! You can easily find tons of question-and-answer videos on TenPoint’s Youtube Channel, our YouTube Channel. TenPoint’s website is a great resource as well to learn a lot more about crossbows, how they are set up, and perform out in the field.

 

***See the rules and regulations for your state here AND check with your local Wildlife Enforcement Agency***

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Which Crossbow is Right for You?

Deciding which crossbow meets your standards and budget

By Wade Middleton

Crossbow hunting is something I have done quite a bit now for almost 20 years. Personally, it’s amazing to see how crossbow technology has evolved. Regardless of whether you are looking at a specific price point/entry-level model or the most advanced technology in the world, you have a wide range of options.   

As you go through the entire lineup of crossbows that TenPoint & Wicked Ridge (which I’ve personally shot for the last two decades) offer, there are many different models with a wide array of features available. My favorite crossbows I recommend right now are listed below.

TenPoint Turbo S1 Crossbow:

The TenPoint Turbo S1 is the most affordable high-end crossbow

The TenPoint Turbo S1 crossbow shoots 390 feet per second, delivers 135-foot pounds of kinetic energy, has the safe cocking & de-cocking AcuSlide system that takes only 5 pounds of force to use, and comes in at an ultra-compact 31-inches long. The features on the TenPoint Turbo S-1 are equal to a lot of the top-end models that are out there but still fall into the mid-range price point.

TenPoint Nitro 505 Crossbow:

Crossbow mounted on shooting sticks

With more than 25,000 test shots fired, the Nitro 505 is built to maintain the durability you’ve come to expect from the company well-known for building the best crossbows and who make make speed and safe de-cocking a priority.

When you look at the top-of-the-line crossbows such as the TenPoint Nitro 505 and Nitro 505 Xero that shoot up to 505 feet per second (that is SCREAMING FAST) they deliver an incredible amount of energy on the target. We broke the 512-514 fps barrier with ours in tests at our deer camp. These new TenPoint Nitro 505 crossbows are some of the best built crossbows I have ever seen.

Wicked Ridge Crossbows:

Two crossbows leaning against red fence

The Wicked Ridge Fury 410 De-Cock (left) and the Raider 400 De-Cock (right) both feature the ACUdraw de-cocking system

For people trying to get into crossbow hunting and have $500-$1,000 to spend, there is a wealth of models within the Wicked Ridge and TenPoint lineup they can be happy/confident with. Crossbows from Wicked Ridge like the Fury 410 De-Cock or the Raider 400 De-Cock both feature TenPoint’s AcuDraw de-cocking system found on the more expensive TenPoint models for half the cost. Even the Wicked Ridge Blackhawk 360, the lowest-priced American-made crossbow, comes in at $399 and boasts up to 360fps with unmatched downrange accuracy.

Crossbow hunting expands your means and methods to hunt and harvest big game in many states. There are hunters who enjoy the up-close action that a bow provides but can no longer shoot a compound bow due to an injury or another reason and hunters looking for a new challenge. Also women and kids find crossbows appealing because crossbows have no loud bang or recoil and can be used as an introductory tool to hunting. There are very few reasons we can think of not getting into crossbow hunting.

Regardless of why you take up crossbow hunting, some of the models above will certainly enhance the reason that you chose to.

Check out our full episode on crossbows below!   

Trijicon Quick Release Mounts with Q-Loc Technology

Trijicon® Inc., global provider of innovative aiming solutions for the hunting, shooting, military, and law enforcement markets, is proud to announce that quick release mounts with Trijicon® Q-LOC™ Technology are now available in a wide range of mounting solutions to fit nearly any optics platform.

Designed for the most discerning users, this line of premium specialty mounts features a proprietary design that offers both quick-release and return to zero. Trijicon’s mounts with
Q-LOC Technology are offered for Trijicon red dots, thermal optics, and a wide range of riflescopes.

Q-LOC Technology is a patented quick release optics mounting system, featuring multiple proprietary recoil lugs to ensure total rail engagement. Shooters can easily remove and re-attach an optic with a Q-LOC mount without the need to confirm zero. Heavy-duty springs enable one-handed operation while also ensuring secure retention under hard and repeated recoil. Q-LOC mounts feature compact, circular knob designs to minimize the hazards of gear snags while also facilitating one-handed mounting and removal.

All Trijicon mounts with Q-LOC Technology are manufactured in the U.S. from 6061-T6 aluminum with precision-cut dimensions to accommodate any platform and ensure optimal placement on MIL-STD 1913, NATO, non-mil spec, and even damaged rails.

“We are excited to bring a family of quick release mounts to shooters and hunters that are strong enough to match the durability of our optics,” said John Trull, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Trijicon. “We’ve applied the same precision in our manufacturing process for these mounts as we do our optics, as well as put them through the same rigorous Science of Brilliant testing, to make sure we’re delivering mounts that meet the standard of Trijicon quality.”

Trijicon's Bolt Action Mount w/ Trijicon Q-LOC™ Technology

Trijicon’s Bolt Action Mount w/ Trijicon Q-LOC™ Technology is designed to keep the optic as low as possible for hunting and long range precision rifle applications.

Trijicon® Q-LOC™ Technology is available for the following mounts:

–Bolt Action Mounts. Suitable for bolt action, lever action, pump action, autoloader, and single shot rifles with a scope rail, the Q-LOC Technology Bolt Action Mount is optimized for proper eye alignment on these rifle platforms. Bolt Action Mounts are available in two heights to accommodate scope objective lenses with sizes less than 42mm (1.06 in. height) up to 56mm (1.125 in. height). Models accommodate both 30mm and 34mm tube scopes.

–Cantilever Mounts. Designed with the perfect dimensions for optimal eye alignment on AR platform rifles, Cantilever Mounts are positioned higher than Bolt Action models for a proper AR cheek weld. Both mount styles are available in 1.535 in. and 1.590 in. heights to accommodate all riflescope objective sizes. The 1.535 in. Cantilever Mount is suitable for use with most clip-on thermal devices. Models accommodate both 30mm and 34mm tube scopes.

–ACOG® / VCOG® / Trijicon Electro Optics Mounts. Engineered for both the Compact and standard-size Trijicon ACOG®, as well as the Trijicon VCOG®, this family of mounts provides an optical axis height of 1.535 in., ideal for clip-on devices. The latest Trijicon REAP-IR® and IR-HUNTER® thermal optic models are also equipped with these quick-release mounts.

–Red Dot Mounts. Available in Low, Full Co-Witness, Lower 1/3 Co-Witness, and 45 Degree Offset, this family of mounts is specifically designed for the Trijicon RMR®, SRO®, and MRO® families of red dot sights. For Full Co-Witness models, the backup iron sights and the red dot align to create the sight picture when looking through the center of the optic. When looking through the center of the optic with the Lower 1/3 Co-Witness mount, the backup iron sights will appear in the lower portion of the sight picture. Finally, the 45 Degree Offset mounts provide users with a low-profile and ambidextrous mounting solution for backup red dots.

Trijicon quick release mounts with Trijicon Q-LOC Technology are in stock and shipping to retailers and shooting sports distributors now!

For more information on the new series of optic mounts with Trijicon Q-LOC Technology, please visit Trijicon.com or contact Trijicon, Inc. at 49385 Shafer Ave., Wixom, MI 48393 • Telephone: (248) 960-7700 • Follow @Trijicon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Yamaha Caps 2021 with Record Support of Public Land for Recreation

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Surpasses $5 Million in Conservation Funding

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative’s (OAI) 2021 third- and fourth-quarter grants totaled in excess of $250,000, bringing last year’s funding to more than $600,000. Since 2008, Yamaha OAI has been steadfast in serving the motorized and outdoor recreation community, contributing over $5 million in essential support for local and national organizations working to preserve and improve access to public land, fostering productive partnerships between recreationists and land managers, and delivering much-needed funds for safe, responsible recreation.

“The surge in outdoor recreation is both gratifying and daunting. While we love to see families enjoying time spent outside, it amplifies the need to work together to preserve and protect the land so we can appreciate it today and in the future,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “Considering the uptick in use and resulting attention and resources our nation’s public spaces require, we are proud to approve thirty new Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grants in 2021 – the most we’ve awarded in one year since 2009.”

From inception, Yamaha OAI has selected projects with the highest potential of providing recreationists with increased and improved opportunities to enjoy the United States’ outdoor public spaces. In the latest funding rounds, the organizations awarded for support include both national and local footprints with diverse communities and interests to create a comprehensive approach to advocacy for access to public land for outdoor recreation.

“We’ve worked with Yamaha and their Outdoor Access Initiative for more than a decade. Together in that timeframe, we’ve launched our One Voice program and matched numerous riding groups with public land managers to establish formal partnerships mutually benefitting everyone’s interests in access to land,” said Fred Wiley, president and CEO of the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA). “Yamaha has a tradition of stepping into leadership roles to support the off-road riding community and ensure opportunities to ride safely and responsibly exist for generations to come.”

ORBA is among the recipients of the third-quarter 2021 Yamaha OAI grants in addition to the following organizations:

  • Future School of Fort Smith (Fort Smith, AR)
  • Lakeland ATV Club (Minocqua, WI)
  • Nevada Outdoor School (Winnemucca, NV)
  • The Great Outdoors Fund (National)

2021 fourth-quarter Yamaha OAI grants were awarded to:

  • City of Caribou (Aroostook County, ME)
  • University Medical Center of El Paso (Texas)
  • Motorcycle Riders Association (Medford, OR)
  • National Forest Foundation (Flagstaff, AZ)
  • Pathfinders Motorcycle Club of Connecticut (Thompson, CT)
  • San Diego Off-Road Coalition (Calif.)
  • Three Rivers Land Trust (Salisbury, NC)
  • Wild Rivers Coast Mountain Bicycling Association (Coos Bay, OR)

The application deadline for consideration in the first quarter of 2022 funding cycle is March 31, 2022. Submission guidelines and an application for a Yamaha OAI grant is 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 $4.5 million contributed to 400 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.

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