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NRA

Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,” according to a magazine editorial written by Church.

During World War II, the association offered its ranges to the government, developed training materials, encouraged members to serve as plant and home guard members, and developed training materials for industrial security. NRA members even reloaded ammunition for those guarding war plants. Incidentally, the NRA’s call to help arm Britain in 1940 resulted in the collection of more than 7,000 firearms for Britain’s defense against potential invasion by Germany (Britain had virtually disarmed itself with a series of gun-control laws enacted between World War I and World War II).

After the war, the NRA concentrated its efforts on another much-needed arena for education and training: the hunting community. In 1949, the NRA, in conjunction with the state of New York, established the first hunter education program. Hunter Education courses are now taught by state fish and game departments across the country and Canada and have helped make hunting one of the safest sports in existence.

 

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Bassmaster

No one could have predicted that the 106 fishermen competing in Ray Scott’s first tournament in 1967 would one day turn into a membership organization more than half a million strong. It would have been just as impossible to predict that the B.A.S.S. newsletter, first distributed in 1968, would evolve into Bassmaster Magazine, the bible of today’s bass fisherman — but it happened. B.A.S.S., born and raised in Montgomery, Ala., was founded by Ray Scott with simple goals in mind: to create a credible and honorable tournament trail, to improve our environment by uniting and amplifying the voices of anglers and to secure a future for our youth. In the past four decades B.A.S.S. has met all these goals and more. It would take volumes to list the accomplishments of B.A.S.S. over the years, but two may be most significant. In 1972, B.A.S.S. initiated a “Don’t Kill Your Catch” program that evolved into the modern “catch-and-release” ethic now practiced by nearly all bass anglers. In 1984, B.A.S.S. lobbied Congress in support of the Wallop-Breaux amendment to the Sport Fish Restoration Act, which generates more than $600 million annually for state fisheries. Today, tens of thousands of people cram into coliseums to watch the daily weigh-ins of the Bassmaster Classic, widely considered to be the Superbowl of bass fishing, as $1,000,000 is awarded to the anglers — $300,000 of which goes to the champion. Since 1968, B.A.S.S. has been active in local, state and national conservation issues.

 

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Sisterhood of the Outdoors

Founded in 2010 by three friends who wanted to share their love of the outdoors by creating guided hunting trips for women, a sisterhood was born. Operating under the Babes, Bullets and Broadheads name the business grew quickly as we found women were in search of other friends who shared their passion for hunting. Each year the line-up of outfitters and hunting opportunities grew, along with the number of women interested in joining in on the fun. The mission to empower the next generation lady hunter became the core of the business. Today we are The Sisterhood of the Outdoors. We create over 100 opportunities a year for women to learn to hunt or shoot. We also include many great couple’s events and fishing trips.

Our formula for new hunter retention and introduction has proven effective for the past seven years. Our past guest surveys reveal 59% of our guest were on their very first guided hunting or fishing trip. These same guests also booked a second guided hunt after going on one of our trips. And 89% of our guest have recommended or returned to our outfitters of choice.

Women like to travel in groups and enjoy each other’s company when participating in sports, hunting is no different. In a recent online survey of our fans, 81% wanted to go on an all ladies hunting trip and 12% said that they already do! And an amazing 99% of our respondents want to connect to other like-minded outdoor women.

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Backwoods Life with Michael Lee

Michael was born in a small town in South Georgia called Cordele, raised on the Flint River and the banks of Lake Blackshear.  His love for the outdoors started very young as his father, grandfathers, and uncles all took Michael out to hunt or fish.  Michael also grew up loving sports and playing baseball for many years.  After college at Valdosta State University graduating with a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems, he jumped into the world of outdoor television after co-founding the TV show Southern Backwoods Adventures, which is now Backwoods Life.

 

Michael has been blessed to bring outdoor TV inside for well over a decade now and recently joined forces with his good friend and hunting partner, platinum recording artist and EHG Tribe member Brantley Gilbert, to help create Take It Outside, a new outdoor video series for Brantley’s hunting loving fan base.

 

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Bone Collector

“Bone Collector” is one of the Outdoor Channel’s most popular programs. Since premiering in 2009, the series has collected millions of fans by focusing on the culture of the hunter and not exclusively on the kill. According to host Michael Waddell, a hunter is more than a predator; a hunter is a provider, a caretaker, and a leader, and this show aims to promote that philosophy at every turn. Waddell is joined by co-hosts Nick Mundt and Travis “T-Bone” Turner for “warts and all” adventures that take them from Africa to Alaska, and the hunts are geared toward a variety of implements, including bow, muzzleloader, shotgun, and rifle. In 2008, Waddell made the decision to fulfill a dream and start Bone Collector, a company dedicated to standing up for the hunting culture. “Bone Collector was an idea I had been thinking about for a long time,” said Waddell. “I knew I was ready to take a stand for the hunting community in a way that I had never done before. We have a team of people that believe in the hunting culture and are doing things to improve it. And I’m proud of that.” Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector, featuring Michael Waddell, Nick Mundt, and Travis Turner, is one of the top-rated shows on the Outdoor Channel and the Bone Collector brand, through website properties, licensing, and key partnerships, is one of the most recognizable brands in the industry today. Hosts Michael Waddell, Nick Mundt, and Travis “T-Bone” Turner take the Outdoor Channel viewer across the globe in the enthralling, always entertaining “warts and all” style that Outdoor Channel viewers have come to know and love. Michael Waddell is arguably the outdoor industry’s most popular personality. Bone Collector has the on-screen chemistry to take outdoor television to the next level.

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Major League Bowhunters

 

Chipper Jones

Co-Host/Owner

Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves All-Star third baseman, is one of the most recognizable and respected names in Major League Baseball. His numerous records, awards, and statistics spanning over 15 years have assured his place in Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Not only has his fame and popularity for his accomplishments on the baseball diamond brought him many awards and accolades, but his passion for hunting and love for the outdoors is fast becoming more embedded into America’s perspective when one hears the name “Chipper Jones”. As co-owner of Major League Bowhunter, Chipper also works alongside his good friend Duff as a host of the show, sharing his knowledge and experience as an accomplished bowhunter. His enthusiasm in the outdoors comes across not only on camera but in the inner workings of the day to day business of the company. Chipper has six sons, Matthew, Trey, Tristen, Shea, Cutler, Cooper, and a step-son, Bryson, with his wife, Taylor.

 

Matt Duff

Co-Host/Owner

Matt Duff is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He grew up in Alligator, Mississippi, along the banks of the Mississippi River. Matt grew up hunting deer, ducks and turkeys with his father, who Matt credits for making him into the avid outdoorsman he is today. Matt particularly took a liking to bow hunting at an early age and now that the sun has set on his 13-year Professional Baseball career, Matt has taken his passion for bow hunting into the hunting industry as a business owner and outdoor TV personality. As an owner and co-host of Major League Bowhunter, Matt spends time working on business aspects for the company as well as time in the field chasing big whitetails.

 

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Headhunters TV

 

RANDY BIRDSONG

Hometown: Poplar Bluff, MO

Randy Birdsong had a dream at an early age of hopefully securing a career in the outdoor industry. Determined to fulfill this dream he bought his 1st video camera at 16 and started filming as much as possible. Lucky enough he got a chance at his dream when he began hunting and filming for Don and Kandi Kisky on Whitetail Freaks which is also on The Outdoor Channel. After finishing a degree in Finance at Southern Illinois University Randy was faced with the choice of either continuing in the Outdoor Industry and try to make a full-time career of it or give up the dream and start an office job in finance. He rolled the dice and came up with the concept of HeadHunters TV a show designed to give an inside look at what it takes to produce an Outdoor television series. With the help of Nate Hosie, Stephen Phillips, and Jon Skidmore the team was assembled.

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NATE HOSIE

Hometown: Montdale, PA

Nate Hosie was born and raised in the mountains of Pennsylvania in the town of Montdale. At six, Nate‘s father and grandfather began taking him on pheasant hunts and it didn’t take them long to realize they had created a monster. As years passed his passion and knowledge for hunting grew. He began to hunt with two neighbors, country certified experts on hunting turkeys, deer, grouse and anything else that moved. Nate took an overwhelming interest in turkey hunting and took his calling and hunting tactics to the next level. Practicing yelping on a daily basis, he won several calling contests, earning the nickname “The Turkey Slayer”. After a few years with Top Calls, a legendary call company, he began doing production and field staffing for Hunters Specialties, meeting Randy Birdsong. Nate jumped at the opportunity to be a part of HeadHunters TV and is excited to show the viewers that there still are people in this world who appreciate memories made in God’s country.

Bow-Mathews No Cam 29/70

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Broadhead-Muzzy Trocar 100

Release-Tru-Fire Chicken Wing

Bow Accessories- TruGlo

Pack-Game Plan Gear Full Rut

Stands-Millennium

Scent-Wildlife Research Center Special Golden Estrus

Gun-Beretta A400 Xtreme

Camo-Realtree Xtra