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At Federal Premium®, we know the shooting sports are about more than just hitting your target. They're built on the experiences, knowledge and personalities that bind hunters and shooters together.
Three state-of-the-art shooting ranges from different corners of the country recently took part in the Syntech® Shoot More Challenge. The results left the facilities and shooters who participated with a whole new view of what they expect and demand from range ammunition.
In 2012, Casey Reed didn’t even own a pistol. Today, the Federal Premium engineer is a USPSA Grand Master and one of the world’s best practical handgun shooters. Whether you have dreams of competing at the highest level, or just want to shoot better, follow Reed’s steps.
Long-range shooting aces Jim and Missy Gilliland have a knack for hitting their mark in hunting and competitive shooting situations. If you’d like to shoot better, farther, follow the advice of this hard-shooting husband and wife.
Despite challenges and setbacks, the good old days of elk hunting are now. Thanks to efforts from hunters and conservation groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, free-ranging elk now roam 28 states, with a North American population of more than a million animals.
Trish Engel is on a mission. As Youth Programs Coordinator for the Mule Deer Foundation, she tirelessly pursues opportunities to introduce young people to hunting, conservation and the great outdoors, spearheading outreach and recruitment campaigns across the West.
Though some might view the shooting sports and physical fitness as separate disciplines, Dave Castro sees them as inseparable. The action shooting competitor and former Navy SEAL serves as Director of Training for fitness phenomenon CrossFit. Learn how he uses physical training to shoot better.
Squirrels can be challenging to bring down—particularly when you’re armed with a rimfire rifle or handgun and not a shotgun. Federal Premium’s trick-shooting YouTube superstar and lifelong squirrel hunter 22plinkster reveals his top five secrets for making the shot on bushytails and other small game.
Northern bobwhites and other quail once flourished across much of the North American landscape. Unfortunately, loss of habitat and other factors led to precipitous declines in quail numbers. Thanks to projects supported by groups like Federal Premium conservation partner Quail Forever, these downward spirals are reversing as quail numbers are again on the upswing.
They get no respect, but common pigeons—or rock doves—are plentiful everywhere, can be hunted year-round and offer a great way to work out kinks in your shooting form before the “real” fall hunting seasons begin. Learn how to take advantage of this underappreciated species.
Each summer, the eyes of the shooting world focus on the American Trapshooting Association’s Grand American World Trapshooting Championships. Federal Premium’s Rick Marshall and Mallory Stanton are among the thousands who compete in the event—and they consistently shoot near the top of their field. Here’s how they do it.
Trapshooting hall-of-famer Ray Stafford has smoked countless targets under pressure since he started shooting competitively in 1965. Along the way, he’s racked up a stellar string of victories in state, regional and world championships. He shares the seven secrets he’s learned along the way.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s oldest and largest youth development organizations. It’s also a strong proponent of the shooting sports, with participation in its shooting-related programs steadily on the rise, thanks to support from Federal Premium Ammunition.
Shooting sports are riding a rising tide of popularity in the United States. While a number of forces help Americans rediscover and reconnect with their firearms heritage—including a long list of corporate and organizational allies—the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program remains one of the largest and longest running gateways to a variety of shooting disciplines.
A coalition of shooting sports companies including Federal Premium Ammunition is supporting the Kids & Clays Foundation’s mission to help critically ill children and their families win the fight of their lives against cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Legions of shooters look to this YouTube firearms reviewer for straightforward advice on guns. While many of his videos assess the merits and performance of specific firearms, he’s also an accomplished marksman—with a full chamber of tricks for putting more rounds on target.
When the spring woods call, Anthony Foster answers back with more than 40 years of experience communicating with gobblers. Get to know this master call maker and learn his secrets for fooling more longbeards this spring.
Practice is a surefire way to sharpen your shooting skills, whether you’re gunning for increased speed and accuracy with a modern sporting rifle or looking to improve your game in 3-gun competition. Since most shooters don’t enjoy the luxury of unlimited ammunition and range time, Federal Premium partner Patrick Kelley offers a three-step plan for high-efficiency practice.
Whether you’re competing at the range, hunting big game or fighting for your life, a nasty combination of stress, adrenaline, fear and other factors can make even the most practiced shooters miss the mark at the moment of truth. Shooting star and Federal Premium brand ambassador Julie Golob seals the deal with a proven four-step plan of attack that ensures her end game doesn’t unravel when the chips are down.
Before redesigned Black Cloud ever saw the inside of a box, it was put to the test in the field. And there was no better proving ground than a stretch of North Dakota prairie, where a crew of Federal Premium engineers crawled into layout blinds next to a veteran guide to go toe-to-toe with hard-hunted snow geese.
As shooting sports ambassadors go, Federal Premium’s Faith and Jenna Collier are some of the youngest guns around. But the straight-shooting sisters from Austin, Texas, are quickly making their mark on the sport as they explore the exciting realm of steel and multi-gun rimfire competition.
Some hunters make mistakes before they even hit the field, errors that cost coyotes they could have bagged had they made better pre-hunt decisions. That’s according to Clay Belding, host of Federal Premium-sponsored “Dead Dog Walkin’.” The accomplished coyote killer identifies these three common missteps—and how to fix them.
Dakota Overland is a perfect ambassador for the shooting sports among youths across the nation. Engaging and polite, the Minnesota teen and Federal Premium-sponsored shooter is an avid hunter and ambitious competitor who regularly participates in United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) pistol matches, 3-gun matches, and shooting with her High School Clay Target Trap team.
Conventional wisdom offers countless solutions for the scenarios hunters face. Sit here. Stalk this. Wait there. But “Canada In The Rough” co-host Keith Beasley knows when to break from tradition. “There are definitely proven systems for hunting most types of game,” he says. “But you also have to be willing to think outside the box and break the rules when an orthodox plan isn’t working.”
If you want to be successful hunting hogs, get over the unfounded idea they’re stupid animals. In fact, your best bet is to hunt them with techniques you’d use to go after the smartest whitetail you’ve ever pursued, according to Federal Premium® partner Mike Stroff, host of “Savage Outdoors.” He shares his insights for staying one hoof step ahead of today’s ever-expanding—and increasingly challenging—feral pig populations.
Fans of the Sportsman Channel’s popular “MeatEater” series know host Steven Rinella as the insightful traveling outdoorsman who whisks them away on exciting hunting adventures where he tracks down, cleans and cooks an amazing variety of wild game. Through that role and others, he has become a self-styled frontman for conservation, the hunting lifestyle and total utilization of each wild harvest.
If you think hunting deer with a slug gun puts you at a disadvantage, you haven’t seen what a modern slug can do. “Buckmasters” TV host Jackie Bushman knows their amazing capabilities. “With the shotguns and ammo available today, you’re not at a disadvantage at all,” Bushman says.
Andy Folk was just 4 years old when he squeezed his first trigger. Today he is a familiar face on the Precision Rifle Series, co-founder of “The FIRM” shooting team, and a respected gun-maker with a reputation for crafting tack-driving shooting platforms capable of consistently crushing targets more than 10 football fields downrange.
For more than a year, reports from around the Pheasant Belt have offered hope that hunters might be seeing the beginning of a ringneck revival. Various crowing counts, roadside surveys and harvest figures have all pointed to an upswing in the numbers of this beloved upland game bird.
When it comes to hunting early-season ducks, especially those local birds, Chad Belding says there are a lot of things you can do to consistently succeed, yet only one thing you can do to fail: Underestimate them. “The Fowl Life” television show host says local ducks aren’t dumb and he knows how to stay on them after they’ve been hunted.
Mike Stroff grew up on the coast of North Carolina, home to some of the biggest black bears in North America, and spent college breaks working at his father’s bear lodge in Maine. The “Savage Outdoors TV” host hasn’t kept track of the number of black bears he’s killed, but estimates it at more than 30 between Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48. Lucky for you, this globe-trotting expert shares his top tips for shooting your biggest bruin ever.
A run-in with a giant bull might last only seconds, but anyone who’s hunted them knows that countless weeks and sometimes years of preparation go into making that encounter a success. Famed TV personality and hard core hunter Brad Farris knows this better than most. He shares the tips he’s learned for making sure you get to punch your coveted tag.
Todd Jarrett has been carrying a gun since he was six years old and went hunting with his father near Hopewell, Virginia. But this champion shooter didn’t take up the handgun shooting that would make him famous until he was 19. Practice paid off. Jarrett won his first national championship in 1991 and he’s won 13 more since, plus four world championships. And he wants to help you shoot better.
Mallory Stanton has been a force in trapshooting for more than a decade, and the tireless competitor shows no signs of slowing down. The Dearborn, Michigan, native has racked up an impressive record of top finishes in state, regional and national Amateur Trapshooting Association events going back to 2003. Yet by her own admission, she’s not even halfway to her ultimate goal—and is also pushing herself to excel in other shooting disciplines as well.
School-sanctioned programs aimed at steering students toward the shooting sports are gaining ground in districts across the United States. The USA High School Clay Target League expanded to 11 states in 2016, including Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In all, it reaches 13,000 students and 446 high school teams guided by more than 3,000 coaches and volunteers.
When Nick Hoffman settled on the name “Nick’s Wild Ride” for his globe-trotting hunting show, the entertainer might as well have been summing up his own life in three words. Hoffman has followed a passion for music and the outdoors on an amazing journey that’s taken him from the quiet creeks and backwoods of his boyhood home to center stage in packed stadiums. “I’m just a regular guy who’s gotten to live his wildest dreams,” he admits.
It’s easy to understand why 3-gun is one of the most popular competitive shooting sports. Participants dash through complex courses, shooting targets from different positions and transitioning between a rifle, handgun and shotgun. There’s no better guy to tell you how to break into the sport than Taran Butler. He has a long list of championship wins in 3-gun and other shooting competitions, and when he’s not doing that he trains shooters in his style of high-speed firearm manipulation, with clientele such as big screen actors and directors.
Waterfowl hunting is often a group activity, and like any collective adventure, collaboration is key to everyone's enjoyment and safety, not to mention overall success. Toward that end, veteran duckman Chad Belding recommends entrusting one hunter to orchestrate the group’s every move.
"It's important to designate a hunt leader, so everybody knows their role and works together toward a common goal from the time you get out of the truck until you all head for home," says Belding, host of the wildly popular "The Fowl Life" television show and a widely recognized waterfowl hunting expert.
In a world awash with artificial distractions, country artist Drake White delivers a welcome dose of boot-stompin', feel-good music as genuine and powerful as his rural Alabama roots and lifelong love for hunting, fishing and all things outdoors.
White is best known for his uplifting and up-tempo take on traditional country, which has produced breakout hits including "The Simple Life" and "It Feels Good."
YouTube shooting sensation 22plinkster is a familiar face to fans around the world. His collection of more than 270 videos featuring rimfire trick shots and other entertaining shooting demonstrations has to date attracted 304,000 subscribers and garnered more than 30 million views. Yet few of even his most loyal followers know the full backstory behind one of the Internet’s most popular and prolific firearms personalities.
At an age when many young guns are still figuring out their direction, Federal Premium’s Casey Reed has his sights firmly on target.
As a variety of forces seek to divide and conquer American gun owners, rising star Colion Noir is fast becoming a unifying voice in the fight for our freedom. Noir, 31, hosts the National Rifle Association’s popular webshow “NOIR.” He’s also an “NRA News” commentator, YouTube sensation, practicing attorney, avid shooter and avowed defender of the Second Amendment.
While many successful business ventures hinge on a carefully crafted plan of attack filled with branding messages and clever positioning, popular YouTube firearms reviewer Hickok45 rose to online fame on the wings of a humble, down-home personality and trustworthy advice on guns. Launched in 2007, his gun channel now contains more than 1,200 videos. It has drawn nearly 2 million loyal subscribers and yielded more than 500 million views.
Pursuing your passion often entails working harder than you ever thought possible to make your dreams come true. For Jessie Richards, a love of dogs and the great outdoors ignited such a quest. And once she set her mind to running her own kennel and preparing hunting dogs—and their owners—for rewarding adventures afield, nothing could stand in her way. The journey eventually led her to launch Full Throttle Kennel in Campbellsport, Wisconsin, where she’s quickly built a reputation for readying hunting dogs for the field, as well as earning accolades, ribbons and titles in both AKC and HRC competitions.
When Traci Humphrey first arrived at the NRA Whittington Center’s Adventure Camp in 2011, she was a shy 15-year-old hoping for a chance to hone her trapshooting skills. What she experienced, however, not only exceeded her expectations, it literally changed her life. “It was so much more,” Humph rey, of Mount Airy, Maryland, says of her first season as a camper. Now 19 and a college freshman, she recalls being surprised at the variety of shooting opportunities available, along with a host of other activities.
If you hunt turkeys, you’ll make mistakes, so you might as well get used to the idea. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them or, better yet, learn from someone else’s before they cost you a gobbler. Will Primos, founder of Primos Hunting Calls, admits to making hundreds of mistakes. He’s shared his most common ones—and their solutions.
With range time limited for most shooters, making the most of that time is critical. Shooting champion Julie Golob knows how to move the needle. A decorated U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit veteran and one of the world’s most successful competitive shooters with more than 120 major victories under her belt, she knows plenty about practice. But her busy life as a professional shooter, popular author, media personality and mother of two has also taught her much about making every second count.
Wingshooting can be an incredibly satisfying or supremely frustrating experience, depending on how well you’re connecting with your targets. To boost your odds of connecting with every pull of the trigger, we enlisted world champion trapshooter Rick Marshall, Jr. The incredibly consistent hall-of-famer and veteran shooting instructor offers the following tips to take your wingshooting to the next level.
Honorary Historian David "Doc" Frederickson has spent more than four decades collecting packaging and memorabilia for Federal Premium®, leaving a lasting mark on the company.