Sports South Boosts Families Afield Hunting

Traditionally, hunting is passed from one generation to the next, with youngsters accompanying parents or other relatives to the field. In today’s ever-changing world, such traditions are often not available, and that’s where programs like Families Afield come in. This program helps young hunters throughout the nation receive their apprentice hunting licenses.

Recently, Sports South boosted the opportunities for youth hunting with a $100,000 donation to Families Afield.

“Sports South is proud to support the Families Afield program, targeting youth development and fostering life-changing opportunities in the outdoors,” said Skipper Dickson, Sports South chairman and CEO. “From personal experience, I cherish the bond created by hunting with my children and now witness that influence in their strong character. We must always help protect and promote the fundamental building blocks of our industry, and the Families Afield initiative is a great way to do that.”

Families Afield is an educational outreach program that helps states
create hunting opportunities for its youth. Visit

Families Afield is a partnership program of the NSSF, National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and NRA. Thanks to Families Afield efforts in 35 states, more than 800,000 apprentice hunting licenses have been purchased, allowing newcomers to have a supervised introduction to hunting with a licensed, adult mentor.

“Sports South’s $100,000 donation is a tangible demonstration of its longstanding commitment to maintaining the heritage of hunting and shooting,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “Such generous support will help the Families Afield program continue to introduce more youth to hunting and soon break the 1 million mark for apprentice hunting license purchases.”

For more information on Sports South, visit To learn more about Families Afield, visit

Bushnell’s training program offered through
provides training and rewards for sales staff.

Bushnell Offers Retail Associate Training Program

Bushnell Outdoor Products has partnered with the online training company to introduce a new training program for its retail associates. The program includes three unique modules for retail associates: The Bushnell Brand, Optics 101 and Outdoor Technology.

The training modules are designed to provide sales staff with more information about Bushnell, introduce new products and provide an overview of product categories.

Following each training module, associates can demonstrate their comprehension by completing a short assessment. After completing all three modules and passing the respective exams, provides associates with an exclusive discount on Bushnell products.

Retail associates can learn more about and register online for the Bushnell training program at

Future gunsmiths get expert tips at Brownells Gunsmith Conference & Career Fair.

Brownells Conference Attracts Record Turnout

More than 400 attendees and 50 exhibitors packed Brownells’ Seventh Annual Gunsmith Conference & Career Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, in March. Doubling last year’s turnout, the event drew 155 gunsmithing students from seven of the country’s premier gunsmithing schools.

In addition to the students, the record crowd included working gunsmiths and gun shop owners, seeking networking opportunities. Numerous seminars were offered, aimed at improving gunsmiths’ skills at the bench and in business.

Steven Durren, head gunsmith at Johnson Sporting Goods in Adrian, Mich., attended the event, looking to hire a general gunsmith.
“I knew all the schools would be here with a lot of candidates. I’m seeing some very qualified people bringing some great skills with them. I have several I’m very interested in hiring,” Durren said.

A number of companies, including Hornady Manufacturing, JP Enterprises, Coonan Inc., Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Taurus, Cylinder & Slide, Turnbull Manufacturing, NRA and ATF, displayed products and provided materials to educated attendees. Many of the companies and organizations had job openings available and conducted on-site interviews.

The Eighth Annual Brownells Gunsmith Conference & Career Fair will be held April 1-2, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit and

Browning Blackout 6V

Browning Launches Blackout Flashlights

Browning’s new Blackout 6V and 9V flashlights are the company’s brightest CR123A three-battery flashlights. The flashlights feature a powerful Cree XM-L white LED that never needs replacing.

The lockout tail cap switch has momentary, continuous and fast strobe modes. Both flashlights feature an all-aluminum body and a non-slip design, with a finger retention ring. The flashlights are submersible to 3 feet for 30 minutes and feature an optically clear, scratch-resistant glass lens. The Blackout flashlights also passed a 1-meter drop test.

The Blackout 6V, with a MSRP of $157, is 5 1/2-inches long and the Blackout 9V, with a $204 MSRP, is 8.4 inches long.

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By J.K. Autry

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