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   October 2008

Tricked out 870 coming 10/31/2008
Noted shotgun writer Dave Henderson recently penned a column for the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal about a new version of the ubiquitous Remington 870 that's coming out next year. It's designed to appeal to the 18 to 35 age group.

To read the column, click here.

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Shells for the ears 10/30/2008
Know a lady who might appreciate a pair of shotshell earrings for Christmas? If the answer's yes, click here.

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New accessory company 10/29/2008
Rob Roberts of Ballistic Specialists announces Rob Roberts Custom Gunworks, specializing in aftermarket products and services for shotgun hunters and clay-target shooters. Keith Anderson and Roger Stephenson join the company as shop operations manager and graphics and web manager, respectively.

The company's first product is a set of custom fitted tubes for close, medium and long-range shotgun shooting called Triple Threat. To visit the company's website, click here.

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Tony Dean dies 10/21/2008
Renowned Midwest outdoor media personality Tony Dean died Sunday due to complications following surgery. He was 67.

To read a report from the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal, click here.

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Changes coming 10/16/2008
The Colorado Springs Gazette recently conducted a brief interview with new Team USA national shotgun coach Mark Weeks. One of Weeks' goals is to create more of a team atmosphere.

To read the article, click here.

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New safety video 10/15/2008
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newcomer to upland hunting, safety is always the first priority. To help remind upland hunters of the important safety rules that ensure a safe and enjoyable hunt, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has produced a new video, "Wingshooting Safety."

You can watch the video online by clicking here.

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Ross completes slam 10/13/2008


Photo: Winchester

Nora Ross, of Carlisle, Ky., recently won her 115th trophy by capturing the Grand American Handicap Lady event, completing her Grand American slam in Sparta, Ill. The Team Winchester member has now won every event during the Amateur Trapshooting Association's Grand American week of competition.

Since its debut in 1900, Grand American World Trapshooting Championships have evolved into one of the premier shooting events in the world with nearly 7,000 competitors. It consists of nine shooting events spanning a 2-week period.

"I'm very fortunate to be on the Winchester team," said Ross. "For many years, I never broke a 100 straight from the 27-yard line, but when I started shooting Winchester shells, I broke 100 straight within the first 5 months."

She's been shooting trap for more than 35 years and is involved in helping others learn and enjoy the sport. To learn more about her, click here.

For more about Winchester and its products, click here.

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Golf comparison valid? 10/9/2008
Anybody who's been around sporting clays for any length of time has heard the game referred to as "golf with a shotgun." But is that comparison valid?

Tony Monzingo examined that question in this month's issue of Sporting Clays magazine. To read the article, click here.

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Media to blame? 10/8/2008
Dan Nelson, editor of Delta Waterfowl magazine, penned a piece for the fall issue that places part of the blame for declining hunter numbers on the outdoor media. To read the online version, click here.

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Beretta dominates FITASC 10/6/2008


Beretta shooters fared extremely well at the 30th World FITASC Sporting Championship in Limassol, Cyprus, held Sept. 22-29. Richard Faulds captured the Gold using his DT10 he finished with a final score of 198 out of 200. His fellow Beretta team member, Anthony Matarese, Jr., locked horns with Great Britain's Ben Husthwaite in a battle for 2nd place. When the final birds were shot, Matarese and Husthwaite ended in a tie, which prompted a 25-bird Parcour shoot-out that Matarese won.

Team Beretta shooter Joe Cantey captured the gold in the Super Vet and Beretta team member Larry Farrow took the silver in the same category.

In the Men's National Senior Team category the U.S. team took the Gold with all four members using Beretta shotguns. Additionally, three of the four members are shooters for Team Beretta. The winning team was comprised of Will Fennell, (Team Beretta), Gregg Wolf (Team Beretta), Anthony Matarese, Jr. (Team Beretta) and Mike Haas (MN).

In the Women's category, Team Beretta's shooter and defending World FITASC champion Diane Sorantino battled hard for the gold. Although ultimately losing by one target, she managed the silver this year using her Beretta Teknys Gold Sporting semi-automatic.

"This was clearly the year for Beretta and our shooters to show our capabilities," said Mike Vrooman, Beretta's marketing manager for shotguns. "We are extremely proud of all of our shooters and their performance at this event."

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Orange vest bargain 10/3/2008
Quail Unlimited is currently selling Browning blaze orange vests for $10, which includes shipping. The vests don't have a game pouch or shell loops, but do feature large front pockets and hand-warmer pockets. Sizes go up to 3XL.

To order, click here.

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High Life for pheasants 10/3/2008
To honor its long-standing connection with Pheasants Forever (PF) and the outdoors, Miller High Life will make a donation to PF for every case of Miller High Life sold during the month of October.

Camouflaged packaging and cans of Miller High Life and Miller High Lite are available nationally from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. The outdoor-themed 24- and 30-packs continue the brand's support of the outdoors, which includes its affiliation with PF.

The Miller High Life brand established Friends of the Field in 1994 to support wildlife habitat conservation and to promote responsible sporting. Pheasants Forever became the first conservation partner to join Friends of the Field, helping keep our grasslands, woods and waters clean for future generations to enjoy. Additionally, Miller High Life has been the long-time sponsor of Pheasants Forever's annual Print of the Year, which has resulted in well over $1 million dollars in revenue for Pheasants Forever's conservation efforts.

"Miller High Life has been a longtime supporter of Pheasants Forever at the local and national level," said Joe Duggan, PF's VP of corporate relations, "Our friends at Miller understand the critical role conservation plays in the future of our outdoor heritage. And nothing tops off a hard day's work in the field quite like a Miller High Life."

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Boot comfort tips 10/2/2008


Photo: Irish Setter

Looking for new hunting boots? Kyle Rackiewicz (pictured), product manager for Irish Setter boots, has some good tips for you -- like what you think is your shoe size may not be.

> "Get your fee measured once a year or anytime you're looking at new boots," he said. "Your feet actually change over time. You gain or lose weight, your arches start to fall -- that changes the shape of your foot. All sorts of things contribute to it. Just make sure you know what size you should be focused on."

> "Try on several different pairs of (the same) boots. For the most part, almost all boots are built by hand. So if you're, say, a size 9, you might want to try a couple pairs of the same size and style of size
9. You might find that one pair fits slightly differently."

> "Look for quality of materials and construction. When you have poorly aligned seams, material buildup or poor stitch work, that can lead to pressure points and (other) things that'll turn into blisters down the road. Feel the inside of the boot. Feel around, and look for anything that might cause excessive rubbing or pressure." He noted that Irish Setter uses "materials with a low coefficient of friction," which helps prevent friction between the sock or foot and the boot.

> He prefers to wear one synthetic or wool-blend (no cotton!) sock in his boots, and highly recommends changing socks every day you hunt.

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