Talking Assault Rifles This Week on ALR

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Mia’s Motivations with Mia Anstine
Mia is back from a hog hunt with Remington Arms with a story about those eeevil black rifles.

This week on Armed Lutheran Radio we take on the illogical ramblings of a late Methodist Bishop who is channeling his inner Joe Biden by suggesting that passing meaningless “gun safety” laws will save some lives. Plus tips from Sgt. Bill and Mia Anstine, and a lesson from the Book of Jonah.

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Links of Interest

Commentary: The Book of Jonah
A lesson on loving our neighbor and the sinful desire to see the wicked suffer.

Ballistic Minute with Sergeant Bill
Sgt. Bill talks about the differences between the top competitive shooters and average joes.

Mia’s Motivations with Mia Anstine
Mia is back from a hog hunt with Remington Arms with a story about those eeevil black rifles.

Clinging to God and Guns
Lloyd and Pastor Bennett look at a blog post from the United Methodist Church following the failure of gun control laws to pass back in 2013.

Prayer of the Week
We implore You, almighty and merciful Father, to look upon the hearty desires of Your humble servants and stretch forth the right hand of Your majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Our Closing Theme A rockin’ rendition of A Mighty Fortress is Our God, performed just for Armed Lutheran Radio by Kenny Gates.


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Defensive Handgun, Self-Awareness, Firearms Classes

mac-outdoors-1400Episode 008 – Defensive Handgun, Self-Awareness and Firearms Classes. All of that this week on the MAC Outdoors podcast. The mother-daughter duo chats about Lea’s trip to Gunsite Academy with Remington Arms Company. Learn more about the experience and why you should take a Defensive Handgun class.

 

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Important links for this week’s show:
Gunsite Academy – https://www.gunsite.com/
Remington Arms Company – https://www.remington.com/
Babes with Bullets – https://babeswithbullets.com/
Mia Anstine YouTube – CLICK HERE
Legit Outdoors YouTube – CLICK HERE

 

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ea’s Twitter handle – @Lea_Huntress
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Mia’s Twitter handle – @MiaAnstine
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Tune in each week as the dynamic mother/daughter duo share their adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s finishing high school and prepping for the journey to college. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.


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Last Minute Hunting and How You Can Get Started – Episode 007 MAC Outdoors

mac-outdoors-1400Episode 007 of the MAC Outdoors Podcast with Mia and Lea. This week the duo talks about their SCI Chapter’s fundraiser banquet, a last minute hog hunt Mia attended and how newcomers can get started hunting.

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Tune in each week as the dynamic mother/daughter duo share their adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s finishing high school and prepping for the journey to college. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.


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Remington Responds to Misrepresentation by 60 Minutes

REMINGTON RESPONDS TO 60 MINUTES

remington-outdoor-company-rocOn February 19, 2017, 60 Minutes broadcast a segment about Remington Arms Company, LLC and two tragic incidents which occurred in 2011.  In narrating the details related to each incident, 60 Minutes omitted and misrepresented key facts which would have allowed the viewer to have an accurate and complete understanding about each.  For example, 60 Minutes knew but did not disclose that both of the rifles in question were examined and tested by forensic scientists employed by each state’s crime lab and were found to be in proper working order.  Remington provides this response to offer a more complete record of the relevant facts and a comprehensive overview of the incidents described in the story, and the recall which was at the center of the story.

The 60 Minutes segment showcased two separate incidents which it alleged stemmed from issues related to the rifles’ trigger mechanisms.  Although Remington shared voluminous information and spent hours providing background information to 60 Minutes related to the recall and the two incidents, 60 Minutes failed to offer its viewers critical facts and content core to each incident.  It is imperative that 60 Minutes viewers, our customers and the public, have accurate and complete information related to these two incidents as well as to the recall of Model 700 rifles with X-Mark Pro (“XMP”) triggers and the settlement of the Pollard v. Remington class action lawsuit.

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Remington stands behind the safety and reliability of its products and vehemently denies allegations by 60 Minutes and others that there is any design defect in another trigger mechanism, the Walker trigger mechanism.  Remington made a commercial decision to put an end to the expense and uncertainty of protracted litigation, and agreed to settle the Pollard class action on terms which are in the best interests of Remington and its valued customers.

Separately, after Remington’s own investigation determined that there was a possible assembly error affecting some XMP triggers, in April 2014 the company immediately and voluntarily issued an international recall on all Remington products with XMP trigger mechanisms manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014 and broadly promoted and advertised the recall.  Under the recall program, over 350,000 XMP trigger mechanisms have been replaced.  Firearm safety remains our number one priority.

Remington was first contacted by a 60 Minutes producer in October 2016 advising that CBS was “working on a [60 Minutes segment] in regards to the XMP recall and the pending Pollard Class Action Settlement.”  The 60 Minutes producers, representing that CBS was interested in airing “a complete, well-rounded, and accurate report,” asked Remington to provide background information about Model 700 rifles and about two independent incidents involving Model 700 rifles.  Given this representation and with the hope that 60 Minutes was truly interested in producing a balanced and accurate report, Remington sent 60 Minutes numerous records and information on those topics, and it also directed CBS to specific, readily available public records related to the topics chosen as the focus by 60 Minutes.

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It is distressing that most of the information Remington provided to 60 Minutes was not included or ever referenced in its February 19, 2017 Remington segment.  To set the record straight and to provide Remington’s valued customers and viewers of the 60 Minutes segment with a complete and accurate understanding of several of the matters presented in the segment, Remington provides below a listing of information either in 60 Minutes’ possession or readily available to it in public records before it aired its segment.  This material puts the 60 Minutes’ segment in context and exposes 60 Minutes’ pre-determined viewpoint and intentional omission of key facts that would have reflected balanced reporting of the circumstances of those tragic incidents.

Topic 1:  The Stringer Incident

60 Minutes presented the tragic story from Mississippi of then 15-year-old Zachary Stringer shooting and killing his 11-year-old brother with a Model 700 rifle in June of 2011.  60 Minutes represented that Zachary was convicted in the shooting death of his brother with a Remington rifle even though Zachary “insisted it went off by itself.”  Leslie Stahl then suggested that the rifle fired because of a potential manufacturing defect (excess bonding agent) which prompted Remington in April of 2014 to voluntarily recall all Model 700 rifles with XMP trigger mechanisms.  Remington had previously explained to the 60 Minutes producers that to be subject to the recall condition of a potential unintentional discharge caused by excess bonding agent on the blocker screw, the excess bonding agent had to be of a certain consistency and the rifle had to be being used in certain cold weather conditions.  The rifle was indisputably not being used in cold weather conditions when it was being handled by Zachary Stringer inside his home in Mississippi in June of 2011.

When 60 Minutes told Remington before the segment aired that it intended to address the Stringer tragedy, Remington sent 60 Minutes the following materials:  (1) the Mississippi Supreme Court decision affirming the manslaughter conviction of Zachary Stringer; and (2) the transcript of the trial testimony of the forensic scientist from the Mississippi Crime Lab who had examined and tested the rifle.  The Supreme Court decision set out in great detail the facts of the incident and the trial transcript of the forensic scientist’s testimony detailed her examination and testing of the rifle conducted after the shooting.  CBS withheld the following facts from these materials in its possession:

  • According to the Supreme Court decision, Zachary gave law enforcement officers three conflicting and inconsistent accounts of how the shooting occurred.  In his initial handwritten statement given to officers in the presence of his parents two days after the shooting, Zachary claimed his brother had shot himself while the two of them were home alone.  Zachary later admitted that immediately after he shot his brother, he put his Remington rifle back in his closet.  He then retrieved his brother’s shotgun, “fired a round into the woods, and placed the shotgun between [his brother’s] legs” in an effort “to make it look like an accident.”
  • In Zachary’s second statement, given almost two months after the first statement and in the presence of his attorney, he claimed that after his brother shot the family dog with a dart gun, Zachary retrieved his Remington rifle from his bedroom.  Without checking the rifle’s action, Zachary claimed the rifle fired as he got up from the couch in the living room.
  • In Zachary’s third statement (given a week after his second statement), he claimed his brother was pestering him and pretending to shoot him with the dart gun.  At that point, Zachary said he threatened to shoot his brother if he continued to pester him, and he loaded a round in the chamber of his Remington rifle.  Zachary claimed the shooting that followed was accidental.
  • As shown by Mississippi Supreme Court decision and the trial transcript provided to 60 Minutes, the rifle was examined and tested after the incident by a forensic scientist from the Mississippi Crime Laboratory.  As the transcript of testimony from the trial shows, the forensic scientist performed functional-reliability tests on the rifle, including drop and impact tests, and the rifle did not accidentally discharge and was determined to be “in good working order.”

In sum, the following materials were not referenced or acknowledged by 60 Minutes although they were provided to 60 Minutes and are linked herein:  (1) the opinion by the Mississippi Supreme Court; and (2) the transcript of trial testimony of firearms examiner for the Mississippi Crime Lab.
Topic 2:  The North Carolina Incident

60 Minutes also reported on a shooting incident occurring on December 23, 2011, in Columbus County, North Carolina.  One woman was killed and two others injured by a single bullet discharged from the bedroom inside a neighbor’s house across the street.  The 23-year-old neighbor and owner of the Remington rifle claimed he was retrieving the rifle (which was in a gun case) from his bedroom closet.  Thinking the rifle was unloaded, the neighbor pulled the rifle from the case with his right hand while holding a cell phone in his left hand.  As he pulled the rifle out of the case, it discharged.  The bullet traveled through his bedroom window and across the street where it struck the three women as they were walking to their car.

60 Minutes suggested that the rifle fired without the trigger being pulled because of the potential manufacturing defect which prompted the April 2014 XMP trigger recall.  When 60 Minutes told Remington that the segment might include the North Carolina incident, Remington sent the 60 Minutes producers the following materials (none of which were referenced or acknowledged by 60 Minutes in the segment):  (1) the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s report on its examination and testing of the rifle in question; (2) the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s report on its separate examination of the rifle; (3) the initial report and the subsequent deposition transcript of the firearms expert hired by the attorneys for the women’s families in their subsequent lawsuit against Remington; (4) the transcript of the recorded statement given to local law enforcement on the day of the incident by the neighbor who was handling the rifle; and (5) an e-mail string between the attorneys representing the families of the women regarding their expert’s findings on examining the rifle.  In addition, 60 Minutes had knowledge of, and access to, the Mecklenburg County court file which included the complete transcript of the deposition of the neighbor.  In airing the portion of its segment concerning the North Carolina incident, 60 Minutes withheld and omitted the following facts:

  • On the day of the incident, the neighbor told law enforcement that the rifle fired because “I must have bumped the trigger.”
  • The neighbor testified at his deposition that he thought the rifle was unloaded at the time of the incident.
  • The NCSBI examined the rifle and found it to be functioning properly.
  • The FBI examined the rifle at its Quantico, VA laboratory and found it to be functioning normally.
  • In his initial report of March 31, 2014, the firearms expert hired by the family’s attorneys stated that, based on his examination and testing of the rifle, it “displayed no conditional nor configurational defects that would cause it to fire in the absence of a depressed trigger.”
  • In an e-mail string between the family’s attorneys, they reported that their firearms expert found the rifle to be “within factory specs with no visible defects.”
  • In his deposition of May 14, 2015, the expert hired by the family’s attorneys testified to the following:  (A) his opinion that at the time of the shooting the man handling the rifle did not know it was loaded; (B) the rifle’s safety was in the “OFF” or “FIRE” position at the time of the incident; (C) if the safety had been engaged in the “ON” or “SAFE” position, the rifle would not have fired under any circumstances; (D) during his inspection of the rifle, he never found any excess bonding agent (Loctite) to be in any way interfering with the safe operation of the rifle; and (E) that in the usage of the rifle before the incident and in the multitude of tests performed on the rifle after the incident, the only way the rifle could be made to discharge was by pulling the trigger.

The materials provided to 60 Minutes by Remington and linked herein included the following:  (1) the NCSBI report; (2) the FBI report; (3) the statement of the gunhandler given to law enforcement on the day of the shooting; (4) the transcript of deposition of the expert witness hired by the plaintiffs’ attorneys; (5) the initial March 31, 2014 report of the plaintiffs’ expert; and (6) an e-mail string between plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Topic 3:  Verdicts in 2008 and 2011

60 Minutes also made reference to a 1994 verdict against Remington in a case involving a Model 700 rifle with a Walker trigger mechanism (the Collins case).  60 Minutes did not disclose that in the only two injury cases tried to verdict since the Collins case involving Remington trigger mechanisms containing the connector component, both juries returned verdicts in Remington’s favor finding that the Remington trigger mechanisms were not defective.  Both of these verdicts were provided to 60 Minutes before the segment aired, and 60 Minutes intentionally failed to disclose these verdicts to its viewers.  The verdicts provided to 60 Minutes are linked herein:  (1) the 2008 jury verdict in Williams v. Remington; and (2) the 2011 jury verdict in Hull v. Remington.

Conclusion

For decades, Remington bolt-action rifles have been a favorite of millions of American hunters, target shooters, law enforcement and military personnel.  Remington continues to stand behind the safety and reliability of its firearms.  That is certainly true for its bolt-action centerfire rifles, including the Model 700, which has earned its reputation among millions of satisfied users as America’s most popular, reliable and trusted bolt-action rifle.


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Suppressors and Hearing Protection at ALR

Suppressors were all the rage at this year’s SHOT Show. This is primarily due to the changing of leadership in our country. On January 9th the American Suppressor Association (ASA), announced the reintroduction of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA).

Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the ASA stated, “The American Suppressor Association believes that citizens should not have to pay a tax to protect their hearing while exercising their Second Amendment rights,”

You can listen to this article on Episode 56 of Armed Lutheran Radio.

While it’s a lengthy process to get legislation passed, you can currently apply for a license to purchase one. You can find additional information at the ASA site. They share, “Suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934.” Suppressors are included in the NFA’s regulations of the transfer and possession of certain types of firearms and devices.

The ASA indicates, “Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same background check process that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork.”

Contrary to popular belief, silencers are not silent. They are in fact noise reducers. AND, silencers are not solely for use by assassins.

Last fall I attended Remington Outdoors Company’s Writer’s Event. While there I had the opportunity to visit with Eric Woo, of Advanced Armament Corporation. He shared a background of silencers, stating, “The initial patent filed for silencers was filed in 1908, and today there are 1 million silencers privately registered in the U.S.” sdvanced-armament-corp-ti-rant-9m

He also shared five benefits of using a silencer. He used the acronym, S-H-A-R-P to help us understand the importance as well as some of the use of silencers.

S – Safety  If you don’t have ear protection and blow out your ears, that’s not safe. Also, if you have earplugs, you cut off your senses from your surroundings. Not being in tune with your surroundings is not safe. All the other benefits support this one. It’s all about safety.

H – Hearing Protection  There are many people who’ve lost hearing or have severe damage to their ears.

A – Accuracy Improvement  Depending on the rifle and silencer combination, and the ammunition, you can reduce the turbulent effect creating and increase in velocity, called a “free bore boost” which increase trajection of the projectile.

R – Recoil Reduction  Adds weight, extends barrel which reduces recoil. This is beneficial to new shooters, youngsters and others who may be intimidated by recoil.

P – Preservation of Night Vision.  Silencers contain muzzle blast reducing flash. You don’t become night blind. This is a benefit to soldiers and law enforcement officers.

As you can see, silencers have some benefits a lot of people don’t think of. The introduction of the the Hearing Protection Act is beneficial to many and we saw it in the new products at the show.

Remember to always be safe with firearms and don’t forget your eyes and ears.


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Remington’s NEW RP9 at the Range

You’ve may have seen glimpses of it in a few of my recent videos. It’s a full-size 9mm. It’s lightweight. It has a magazine capacity of 18 rounds. Now it’s available at retail locations near you.

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I’m referring to Remington Arms Company’s RP9. I first tested this handgun in September when the company flew me to their writer’s event in West Virginia. At first mention, I became intrigued because I’m a fan of their traditional 1911 styles. I hoped this would offer a similar narrow grip and found this to be true when they took us to the range.

I’ve since been demoing the semi-auto handgun at home.

One thing I’ve found with some poly guns I’ve shot, which contained double-stack magazines, is that they’re big and boxy. To be honest, some felt as though I held a brick in my hand. Upon releasing my first shots down range with the RP9 I found the contoured grip, which accommodates an 18-round magazine, felt sleek and comfortable in my hand.

The RP9 is well balanced and when shots are fired has a strong slide return. I did clean and oil it prior to heading to the range, so it ran smooth. Even though the spring is strong, it’s not too stout. Racking the slide is a breeze. I’m an “Average Joe” shooter who happens to be an instructor, not a competitor, so I’ll give you my feelings from that perspective.

 

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As I send rounds to the steel plates, I’m able to fire rapidly, hitting targets consecutively with all on target. Over the past few months, I’ve run a few thousand Remington 115gr Luger rounds through this 9mm. I’ve experienced few malfunctions and attribute those that occurred to carbon build up. In other words, a cleaning cured the problem.

 

In teaching, I’ve repeatedly demoed a single shot and finger off the trigger action. This may be what lead to my recent adoption of a bad habit — trigger slapping. I’ve been working on my personal form and the trigger pull issue throughout the test of this handgun. I found the trigger safety, along with the 5-pound trigger weight, made it easy to shoot continuously. No more slap.

The magazine release is standard right-hand and mags drop smoothly. No hang-ups there. I have smaller hands and reaching the slide release with my thumb is no problem at all. I can keep my grip and throw the release without difficulty.

Overall I like the look and feel of this new handgun released by Remington Arms Company. I’ve had friends and family give the gun a test. One key comment I heard from other shooters is that the recoil feels as though it comes straight back, therefore it feels more manageable than other handguns they’ve fired.

With SHOT Show this past week, Remington’s released the RP9’s for purchase. Learn more below.

Huntsville, AL – Remington is proud to announce its full-size polymer pistol, the RP9, is now available at retail locations nationwide. The Remington RP9 – a striker-fired, polymer, semi-automatic pistol features a 4.5” barrel chambered in 9mm +P with a magazine capacity of 18 rounds.

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Features and Benefits:

  • Best-in-class accuracy
  • One of the highest magazine capacities in its class
  • Clean, smooth single action trigger with a short tactile reset
  • Less recoil/better control
  • Slimmest grip circumference – fits 95% of all shooter hands
  • Weight-balanced slide minimizes muzzle rise
  • Maximized slide profile for secure slide manipulation, even with gloves.

Specifications:

  • Barrel length, 4.5”
  • Twist Rate 1:10”
  • Overall Length 7.91”
  • Overall Height 5.56”
  • Weight Oz, 26.4
  • Trigger Pull Lbs 5.5-7
  • PVD-finished stainless steel match-grade Barrel
  • Slide Finish, PVD
  • Frame Material, Polymer

The RP9 pistol ships with two magazines along with small, medium, and large backstraps for custom fit and is offered at a manufacturer suggested retail price of $489.00.

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About Remington Arms Company, LLC

Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is the nation’s oldest continuously operating manufacturer and continues to manufacture in its original plant located in Ilion, NY. Remington is a privately-held manufacturer of firearms, silencers, and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of ammunition, shotguns, and rifles. The Remington family of companies has 12 locations across 9 states employing over 3,500 people and distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries.

More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.

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Support for Youth at Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt

Groathouse Construction, Inc. sponsors youth at Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt

Laramie, Wyo. – Wanting to ensure hunting stays a tradition in the Cowboy State, Groathouse Construction, Inc. has stepped forward to sponsor a youth hunter from Cody at this year’s Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt.

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Katie Couture was introduced to hunting by her father Ron, who was excited to pass the tradition down to her. Pictured here is Katie with a mule deer she harvested, with her father next to her.

Katie Courture, who will be a sophomore at Cody High School this year, will join female hunters from across the nation for a weekend of hunting, mentorship, and camaraderie, as well as raising funds and awareness for the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. About 40 women hunters are expected to participate in this year’s hunt, which will be held Oct. 6-9 at the Ranch at Ucross in northeast Wyoming. To learn more, visit www.wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org.

 

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Katie loves to be outdoors “adventuring” anytime she can. Hunting is a passion that runs deep in the family. She was introduced to hunting by her father Ron, who was excited to pass the tradition down to her. Katie has not only been successful hunting with her rifle but is a successful bow hunter as well. She is a member of the National Honor Society. When she’s not at school or hunting, she is a competitive figure skater with a local club in Cody. She qualified and competed at the National Competition “State Games of America” in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2015 and is now a two-time qualifier as she has qualified again for the 2017 “State Games of America” in Grand Rapids Michigan in 2017.

 


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Katie is very excited to be a part of this year’s hunt. “It will be such a unique experience, a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet so many successful women with a passion for the outdoors and hunting.”

She thanked Groathouse Construction for their sponsorship. “The support and time that Groathouse Construction puts into youth activities and organizations is amazing, not to mention their continued support for hunting and conservation in general. They continue to create opportunities for kids to get outdoors and enjoy what’s around them. It will be such an honor to hunt and represent them this year.”

“We are pleased to sponsor Katie, continue to support this fundraiser that helps women and girls across Wyoming, and help pass down our treasured hunting heritage to the next generation,” said Cayde O’Brien, Preconstruction Manager at Groathouse Construction, which is the largest Wyoming owned construction firm in the region.

Groathouse Construction has been a supporter of the hunt since the Wyoming Women’s Foundation created the event – the first of its kind in the nation – in 2013. Thanks to its supporters like Groathouse Construction so far the annual event has raised more than $200,000 for grants and special projects to help women and girls across Wyoming.

“The Wyoming Women’s Foundation appreciates Groathouse Construction’s continued support for the hunt and its willingness to sponsor a youth hunter this year,” said Rebekah Smith, Program Associate with the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. “Katie’s mother Heather hunted with us in 2014, and we are so excited to have Katie join us this year. Our hunt provides a unique opportunity for experienced women hunters to mentor new ones and, ultimately, encourage more women to reap the benefits of hunting.”


Note: I will be attending this year’s WWAH on behalf of Women’s Outdoor News, as Barbara Baird did last year. Remington Arms Company is sponsoring my trip.


This year the hunt will welcome Donna Boddington from the television show “The Boddington Experience” as a special guest hunter. Special guest hunters have included retired Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kite, Wyoming State Superintendent Jillian Balow, Jana Waller from “Skull Bound TV” on the Sportsman Channel, Women’s Outdoor News (WON) Editor Barbara Baird, 2013 Ms. Wheelchair USA Ashlee Lundvall, and Julie Golob, captain of Smith & Wesson’s highly successful shooting team. Of the 40 total hunters in 2015, 36 harvested antelope, 11 for the first time.

Katie Couture was introduced to hunting by her father Ron, who was excited to pass the tradition down to her. Pictured here is Katie with a mule deer she harvested, with her father next to her.

About the Wyoming Women’s Foundation

The Wyoming Women’s Foundation is a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation, which granted out over $6.1 million to nonprofits across the state in 2015. The Women’s Foundation builds on a permanent endowment that will ensure funding to enhance the lives of women and girls in Wyoming for generations to come. It makes grants to organizations that help Wyoming women and girls attain economic self-sufficiency, creates statewide awareness of the barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and supports systems change to eliminate those barriers. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has invested $775,000 into almost 100 organizations. Learn more at www.wywf.org


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