Hornady, Sig Sauer and Smith & Wesson Donate to #GUNVOTE and Other Hunting Retailer News

Firearms industry #GUNVOTE donations; Boyds Gunstocks receives outstanding employer award; outdoor companies sponsor junior deer hunts; and ATA reaffirms partnership with S3DA.

Hornady, Sig Sauer and Smith & Wesson Donate to #GUNVOTE and Other Hunting Retailer News

Hornady, Sig Sauer and Smith & Wesson Donate to NSSF’s #GUNVOTE

NSSF, the trade association for the firearm industry, recently announced that Hornady Manufacturing has contributed $500,000 to NSSF’s #GUNVOTE voter registration and education campaign. This contribution matches the largest single donation the #GUNVOTE campaign has received to date. Previously, Smith & Wesson also donated $500,000, and SIG SAUER recently contributed $250,000.

#GUNVOTE is a campaign by the NSSF to encourage America’s gun owners, target shooters and hunters to register to vote, to become educated on where the candidates stand on the Second Amendment and, on election day not to risk their rights and #GUNVOTE. The campaign’s website provides links to help voters register and find their polling place. NSSF strongly encourages all industry members to download the #GUNVOTE button to use on their websites and social media platforms and order #GUNVOTE decals for distribution to family, friends and customers. 

Boyds Gunstocks Receives Outstanding Large Private Employer Award

The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council accepted nominations to recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to improving employment opportunities and independent living for people with disabilities.

On Sept. 15, Gov. Kristi Noem will recognize awarded businesses at the 2020 Governor’s Awards ceremony. She will present awards to the following recipients:

  • Kendra Gottsleben of Sioux Falls - Outstanding Individual with a Disability
  • Chris Peterson of Ft. Pierre - Outstanding Employee with a Disability
  • The Fox Stop of Yankton - Outstanding Private Employer (Small Employer)
  • Boyds Gunstock Industries of Mitchell - Outstanding Private Employer (Large Employer)
  • Mitchell School District – Food Service Department of Mitchell - Outstanding Employer (Other)
  • Karen Schmeiser of Aberdeen – Outstanding Transition Services
  • Eugene “Gene” Murphy of Sioux Falls – Distinguished Service


Outdoor Companies Sponsor "Sharing the Tradition" Junior Deer Hunts

Legacy Sports International, Howa Rifles and Turner's Outdoorsman recently announced their sponsorship of the 2020 "Sharing the Tradition" Junior Deer Hunts in cooperation with the Tejon Ranch in California

Junior hunters (ages 12-16) have a chance to win one of five fully guided antlerless deer hunts on the famous 270,000-acre ranch. Each junior will receive a Howa rifle with scope, in 6.5 Creedmoor, plus ammunition from Hornady, a binocular from Bushnell, and Girls with Guns will have items for any young ladies drawn.

This is the 17th Annual Sharing the Tradition hunt at Tejon Ranch, which is the largest privately held ranch in California. To date, 242 junior hunters have taken part in these hunts in the past 16 years at the ranch. The success rate for juniors hunting deer has been 99%.

This is a free drawing open to all junior hunters with a valid 2020/2021 California junior hunting license and an unfilled deer tag. For more information, email Jerry Springer at Jerry@WesternHunter.com.


Archery Trade Association (ATA) Reaffirms Partnership with Scholastic 3-D Archery

The ATA recognizes that the S3DA program has become essential to the creation of a new generation of hunters and outdoorsmen. With this in mind, ATA has committed to continuous support of the S3DA program.

This partnership helps provide S3DA with grants for staffing, member access to educational materials on the ATA Explore Bowhunting and Explore Bowfishing programs, additional guidance and support from ATA staff, as well as funding for the S3DA-Sport:80 membership and event platform.

As memberships continue to grow, S3DA has encouraged clubs and teams to become more involved in conservation-related activities. S3DA members are not only competing in archery sanctioned events, but a recent survey showed that more than 90% (poll based on 780 student members with a database of 3,500+) of members are interested in hunting and conservation.

S3DA is working closely with the ATA to implement conservation practices at the local, regional, state, and national level.


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