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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.