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Pass It On! Outdoors Mentors

Matching caring adults with a passion for the outdoors with children that want to learn about the outdoors...that's what the Pass It On program is about in a nutshell. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving children the chance to experience the great outdoors!

Whether it is fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching, archery, hunting, shooting sports, sailing...or just about any other traditional outdoor activity, we work to provide opportunities for children to learn about them in a safe environment from mentors willing to share their time.

What began as an effort on the part of Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to bolster the ranks of hunters and fishers in 1999 has grown beyond the borders of Kansas to include activities in Alabama, Alaska, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Thanks to the tremendous support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Pass It On program expanded in 2003 with pilot programs in Pennsylvania and Texas. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation played a significant role in making this happen as well.

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters (KSBBBS) matches children facing adversity with caring, adult mentors. We believe that all children - regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or family background - can achieve success in life, especially with the guidance and support of a caring adult mentor. These one-to-one professionally-supported friendships last a minimum of one year. However, the effects of these friendships last a lifetime.
Ravin Crossbow

At Ravin, we are a group of hard-core hunters and product designers who never stop pushing to achieve superior performance. Our focused goal is to build the most accurate crossbows on the planet, and then make them even better – year after year.

Working with the industry’s most brilliant engineers and drawing from our 20-year track record in archery product development, we literally re-invented the crossbow with the development of HeliCoil technology. This revolutionary design results in an incredibly efficient, compact, fast and balanced crossbow with rifle-like downrange accuracy that’s never been seen before. In the words of Outdoor Life, Ravin is “Badass.”

Finally, we listen to crossbow hunters. As die-hard enthusiasts ourselves, we deliver what you need to take your adventures to new levels. And we’re proud of every successful big-game hunt that we’re a part of.
TenPoint Crossbow

Rick’s association with archery and the archery industry goes back to his youth when his parents, Archery Hall of Famer, Bill Bednar, and his wife, Edith, founded Portage Archery Center in Suffield, OH. Rick and his sisters, Cindy and Joanna, who work for TenPoint as well, grew up in an apartment adjoining the pro shop building. That shop still operates today as Hunter’s Outlet Archery Center, a Division of TenPoint Crossbow Technologies.

As he grew up immersed in the family’s business, his father, Bill, also coached him as an elite tournament archer. Competing at the highest collegiate, national, and international levels, he traveled the world as a member of the USA Pan Am, World Target and World Field Archery teams; qualified for the 1976 Olympic Team; and won the NCAA Championship three-times at The University of Akron. Both his retail and competition background nurtured a strong interest in and appreciation for bow design, performance, and engineering.
Big Chino Outfitters

Big Chino Guide Service has 30 years experience chasing high caliber bucks in the lands of Arizona. Over the Counter Archery Mule Deer Hunts in Arizona are the most overlooked in the west with opportunity at trophy caliber bucks with an average 160 – 180 class bucks, with annual bucks exceeding 180+.
Go Hunt

The idea for goHUNT started in 2013 with the realization that there was a huge missing piece when it comes to hunting in the West. It seemed every other industry had moved into the online space for the sake of making their consumers lives easier. The complacency of the old school informational hunting companies created a huge void that hunters needed filled. That void was the complete lack of a convenient way for hunters to research and plan for hunts with filterable data to accommodate their personal needs.

Over 37 years ago, back in 1980, a school teacher named Richard Sorin was sweating over a hot piece of hand-cut welded steel in a small 2 car garage. He had already taught the scholastic weightlifting club that morning, followed by AM bus duty, 8 hours of gym class, PM bus duty (for extra money that was used to eventually start his business), and then the jogging club for the teaching staff. Following the school day, he would tear across town to make it to the steel yard before it closed, strap steel to the roof of a 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser, and drive back across town to get started with his new business and dream... Sorin Exercise Equipment.
Swarovski Optik

headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specializes in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes, rifle scopes, and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. The turnover in 2018 was 156,3 million euro (2017: 146 million euro) and the export ratio is 91%. The company has around 960 employees.

In 1992, I invented Solocam technology and started Mathews Archery. From the very first bow design to the latest flagship model, our intention is, and has always been, to maintain every aspect of the build in-house. We source the best materials and micromanage the manufacturing process to deliver quality and craftsmanship better than any other bow company.
Killer Food Plots

Killer Food Plots was established based on the visions, dreams and passion of owner Nick Percy. Introduced to Whitetail hunting in 1990, his passion for the outdoors and developing premier whitetail habitat has been growing for over 28 years. Killer Food Plots approaches each new challenge with a genuine passion, love, respect and knowledge for whitetail deer, their nutrition and creating premier habitat. We spend time educating ourselves about the best nutrition, habitat and current issues regarding whitetails and their habitat from the ground up!
FeatherNett Outdoors

FeatherNett Outdoors was created by Ethan Featheroff and Levi Barnett. This Company Has been established this year (2018). Our company is shaped around making Hunting & Fishing more than just a sport, but a Lifestyle! We want Hunting and fishing to be apart of you, your friends, and your family. We want your outdoor experience to be full of bonding between the Hunter, God, Family, and Friends.

FeatherNett Outdoors is going to Provide you with awesome Hunting Tips & Tricks, Product Reviews, and we will show & help you develop the skills and strategies to harvest Big Bucks. We want to equipt you with the newest and best hunting information, Products, and strategies to make harvesting your Dream Buck as easy and enjoyable as possible!
Real Tree

In 1986, very early in the camouflage revolution, Bill Jordan decided to try his hand at designing a camo pattern.

Bill had entered the hunting industry in 1983, when he started Spartan Archery Products in a back room of his father's boat dealership in Columbus, Georgia. Spartan manufactured t-shirts at a local mill, which were sold to a variety of large retail customers across the country. But the commodity garment trade was a tough, low-profit-margin business that depended on high volume—not easy for an established company and nearly impossible for a startup. Bill was pinching pennies and fishing bass tournaments on the side to create income. Meanwhile, he was constantly searching for ways to separate his company from the crowd.
National Bowhunter Education Foundation

Over 25 years ago a group of bowhunters met who were all members of the National Field Archery Association (NFAA). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss New Jersey native, Bill Wadsworth’s bowhunter education program. In 1969, Bill had written the course for the New York State Field Archers and Bowhunters Association and now wanted to take the program nationwide. After intense discussion, the group decided to follow Bill’s advice and help take the program nationwide. Originally, bowhunter education functioned as a separate committee of the NFAA. This committee was known as the Bowhunting and Conservation Committee of the NFAA. (See photos) Ten years later, bowhunter education was larger than any other single organization of bowhunters and with the blessing of the NFAA, the NBEF became a totally separate and independent 501 c 3 nonprofit foundation. On October 13, 1979, the first volunteer board of directors for the National Bowhunter Education Foundation met at the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area in Kentucky. It was during that historic meeting that the group formally adopted the course (known as the International Bowhunter Education Program) which Bill had started 10 years earlier.

The International Bowhunter Education Program was first advocated by Bill Wadsworth, who utilized experience from his association with the Boy Scouts of America to obtain worldwide acceptance of the curriculum. It was through his dedication that the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) was formed. Wadsworth served as the first executive director of the organization.

OutdoorSafe Inc was founded by Peter Kummerfeldt in 1995 and has since transfered ownership to Brett & Shannon Stoffel. OutdoorSafe offers wilderness and outdoor safety courses that teach both the psychological and the physiological aspects of surviving a wilderness emergency. This training includes: fire building, emergency shelters, food and water procurement and preparation, emergency signaling techniques and rescue and recovery procedures. Survival stresses that often lead to panic, and sometimes to death are identified. Planning and preparing for a survival situation is covered in detail.

We’re on a mission to redefine the safe drinking water space through technology, innovation, product quality, and design. We work with governments, donors, and individual consumers, like yourself, to understand the need for safer water.

At LifeStraw, we believe everyone deserves safe drinking water. Our intent to meet this basic human need is what drives us to build our products.

You can walk into every grocery store in America and see tens, if not hundreds of seasoning bottles. If you're like me (up until about 18 months ago), you'd be curious as to why you should choose one company over another. Our choices were plenty but the variation was, forgive the pun, quite stale. To be honest, I'm not even sure what the hell a "Montreal" tastes like, so why would I want it on my steak?

Seasoning your food is certainly not a recent phenomenon. In fact, I'm sure it started as soon as the first caveman tried to choke down the same old pterodactyl egg for the 13th day in a row. It's science. Adding some ground herbs, spices, and seasonings to even the most mundane meal can brighten your outlook on life. A day later, that caveman was selling his special blend to his cave-bros at the local watering hole.
The Outdoors Man

My first thought when starting to write this was, “why would anyone want to read what I have to say.” But, I guess this is for me and my kids more than anyone else. So what is “this”? It’s me, as a Husband, Father, Son, and Outdoorsman, my outdoor adventures, misadventures, and thoughts put down on the page to help me reminisce. Maybe my experiences will help whoever reads this be a better father, husband or outdoorsman, or show what not to do.

My father is an outdoorsman too, he taught me just about everything I know about hunting and fishing, and fostered the love for the outdoors that I have today. I grew up archery and rifle hunting whitetail deer, fishing on the local trout streams, and just being in the woods.

I am by no means a great hunter or fisherman or ever claimed to be one. I have no world record anything. What I am is a Husband, Father, and Son, raising three kids, trying to be a good husband, working a full-time job, and trying to throw in a few hunting and fishing outings along the way. What I want to be able to do with my kids, is what my Dad did with me, help them create a love for the outdoors, whether hunting, fishing, hiking, or whatever. So here I am… I am Dad, the Outdoorsman!
Hunting The Empire

Hunting the Empire was established by Joe Mainville in 2017 with one simple mission in mind: to create a platform where all outdoors people from northeast region could gather and learn from each other. Hunting the Empire Podcast is the northeast regions headquarters for hunting related stories and tactics, we talk with hunters, anglers, and industry insiders. It’s quickly gaining a great rep across the northeast and throughout the country.

When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of dedicated work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. The foundation of our success? Standing behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights.

Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners, we have had many successes that advanced our mission. Together, we have facilitated the investment of $488 million in wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America’s hunting heritage. Our returns have included improving more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introducing 100,000 people to the outdoors each year.
Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs.
Ruffed Grouse Society

Our members are mainly grouse and woodcock hunters who support national scientific conservation and management efforts to ensure the future of the species. Our organization headquartered in Coraopolis, PA, employs a team of wildlife biologists to work with private landowners, and government, including local, state and federal, land managers who are interested in improving their land for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and the other songbirds and wildlife that have similar requirements.
Extreme Huntress

The Extreme Huntress™ Competition is about preserving our outdoor heritage. Our goal is to create positive role models for women who want to participate in hunting.
Humble Bow Hunter

Humble Bow Hunter is a community of like-minded hunters and archers. We have gathered together to share our experiences in life as well as the woods. Our goal is to bring positivity to the hunting community, motivate you to learn and inspire you to grow with us. Check out the blog section for recipes, hunting stories and some good old fashion random ramblings.
The Shooting Edge

The Shooting Edge strives to bring you the most enjoyable shooting experience possible. We offer the community unsurpassed service, safety, and education. Through education and safety, we are strengthening the sport of shooting, and enhancing your experience at The Shooting Edge.
JR first proclaimed his intentions to start his own firearms academy back in the late 1980’s. As a student running the S.A.I.T. gun club, it seemed like a pipe dream. However, The Shooting Edge (TSE) was eventually founded in 2000 by two friends who shared a passion for shooting and in fact competed with and against each other for a number of years.
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