Top Shot’s Chris Reed’s Tactical .308 Masterpiece Shoots for Spellman’s Cure!
By Kevin Reese
Cancer is a monster. I can scarcely count the number of times someone has reminded me that if I don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything. So, out of respect I keep quiet on many fronts; however, cancer is not one of them. Cancer is not good, productive, inspiring, kind, peaceful or respectful. The purest definition is simply “monster”! Cancer is not good; it is counterproductive, frightening, nasty, intrusive and certainly not a respectful of one’s time, resources or physiology. I really didn’t have an opinion on it growing up. It never hit close to home, at least until my pop was diagnosed in March, 2011.
Five months after his diagnosis, we lost him. There were no words left unsaid, for that I felt blessed; however, if wishing upon a star was possible, I would have asked for two; one, to spend more time with him and two, that we could have caught it earlier. Fortunately we were afforded the great blessing our spending our childhood through our young adult years, appreciating his dry wit, coy smiles, booming laughter and occasional look that always told us we were in big trouble! By the time he became ill, we were mature enough to handle the news and progress through the illness from start to finish; many don’t get that time with their loved one. Still, many others do get to experience that when the battle is won here on Earth.
I feel blessed in some small way to have experienced it from the perspective of voice. All too often we feel we have no voice when cast into cancer’s downward spiral, but there is a light at the end of that tunnel! Losing someone close to us to cancer is not the end, it’s the beginning; the beginning of using our voice, our finances and our encouragement to make a difference for others battling their monsters. Michael Spellman is the OTHER I wanted to share with all of you.
Michael Spellman’s storybegan long before I heard about it. While on a recent turkey hunt I took a call from good friend Chris Reed, winner of History Channel’s Top Shot, Season Two. After venting about a tom I had missed earlier that morning, I asked Chris what he was up to. Chris quieted a bit, “I’m building a rifle for a friend of mine, Michael Spellman. He’s another friend of mine battling cancer with a great wife and kids. I’m building a special one for him. We’re going to raffle it off and donate the proceeds to his fight. We need to keep him here to raise his kids. Can you help get the word out?”
Chris couldn’t see my reaction but I hope he sensed it through the air waves, I was beaming. Here was a chance to give my voice in chorus with so many others to help a good father win his fight and somehow reconcile the loss of my own; make our loss a purposeful, positive blessing for great kids, a strong woman and a remarkable man. Asking how I could help spawned this article. I can help by telling ALL OF YOU that you CAN make a difference!
Chris has pulled all of his tricks out of the bag to build this amazing rifle, and you can own it! A raffle is currently underway for a modest $5 per ticket. All of the proceeds will be donated to Spellman’s fight. Recently Reed’s masterpiece was displayed at the 141st NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits, in St. Louis, Missouri. While those who want to make a difference have purchased raffle tickets in person, tickets may be purchased online at www.MichaelSpellman.org.
What you stand to win…
Beyond the obvious, winning the fight against a monster with Spellman and many others, you may win the masterpiece Reed not only designed but personally assembled!
Here are the specs you’ve been waiting for:
Remington 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD
CNC precision engraving lets you know just how special this rifle really is; engraved on the left side of the receiver is “Outlaw Custom guns by Chris Reed” with serial # 0001 while “SHOOT FOR A CURE” is engraved on the opposite side, reminding you that your help, along with many others, truly makes a difference!
The rifle will be raffled off at Outlaw Sporting Goods grand opening celebration on July 4, in Greenwood, Mississippi. The winner does not need to be present to win. The lucky winner can pick up the Spellman rifle at Outlaw Sporting Goods or have it shipped to the FFL dealer of their choice.
Feel like you haven’t made a difference? This is your chance to make one! Don’t wait. Get your tickets at www.MichaelSpellman.org.
Michael Spellman is a lifetime resident of Mississippi and has spent his entire life in rural Carroll County. The 1994 Graduate of Carroll Academy led his high school football team, as quarterback, to its one and only state championship victory. He has also protected his community as Chief Deputy Sheriff and is the son of Carla Shackelford and retired Game Warden “Big” Mike Spellman, a father of two and friend of many.
His fight now is one we all hear about way too often. Michael has been diagnosed with cancer. He has not asked for help nor would he even consider such a gesture, but it is our duty as friends of Michael to help him just as he has helped so many.
We are asking for anyone willing to make a donation or to purchase a raffle ticket to do so in his honor.
ALL proceeds go directly to Michael and his family to help with medical expenses and to seek out the best treatment they can afford. Michael does not have any insurance to cover these costs and has sold practically everything he owns to keep from burdening others.
We ask that you please help in any way you are able; please know your contributions will be treasured.
Finally, please take a moment and ask the Lord to look over Michael and his family, and pray that we can help them find peace through this difficult journey, AMEN… and Thank You!
Alpha Omega Video is offering a videography workshop on June 3 – 5, to anyone interested in capturing outdoor memories, especially that hunt of a lifetime! All training and filming is scheduled to take place at the Stretch-A-String Bowhunting Ranch, near Jacksonville; in my opinion, the 3,000-acre jewel of east Texas.
Workshop objectives include:
Professional hunter and videographer, Jason Mears, teaches filming strategies, what works and what doesn’t, based on the real life experiences from the perspectives of both videographer and hunter.
Learn what equipment is need, what equipment you want and when it’s important to use them. Students leave with a basic working knowledge necessary to successfully capture our outdoor heritage’s most memorable moments and tips to make your footage really stand out to your audience. More importantly, the knowledge and skills learned in this workshop ensure the improved footage you capture is ALSO easy to edit!
Mears’ professional videography credits include:
Mears has filmed professionally across the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Africa.
The fee for this course is $495 and requires a preregistration deposit of $200. Space is limited; register as early as possible. Food and lodging is provided at no additional charge.
Send deposits to:
PO Box 43
Coupland, TX 78615
Complete details, including directions and course curriculum, are available by calling Kelly Garmon at 512-636-1798 or e-mailing Kellyg@Hawglite.com.by kevinr
The 2nd Annual Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot will be held May 12-14, 2011 in Hulett, Wyo. The event’s signature sponsor, Remington Outdoor Foundation (ROF), will team up with the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming (WHFW) to raise funds to conserve Wyoming wildlife.
Event co-hosts, the WHFW and the Greater Hulett Community Center, will welcome celebrities and special guests for a weekend of turkey hunting. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be used to help fund research, education and habitat projects that benefit Wyoming’s game and nongame species.
“The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming is about funding on-the-ground projects that benefit four focus areas: species conservation, habitat improvement, access and education,” said Craig Showalter, president and CEO of the WHFW. “It’s great to have the support of Remington Outdoor Foundation, who shares our commitment to sustaining and improving Wyoming’s natural resources.”
Efforts supported by WHFW include a partnership project to enable Wyoming Game and Fish to assess more than 75,750 acres of critical mule deer range. In addition, WHFW helped fund a study to evaluate the effects of oil and gas wells on Ferruginous hawks and golden eagles. A permanent home for the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame is another project backed by WHFW.
Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot guests will enjoy a first-class event consisting of two days of turkey hunting in northeast Wyoming, home to Devils Tower. Western hospitality will be provided by the Greater Hulett Community Center, a nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the former Hulett School into a community center. Hulett residents will help coordinate guides, lodging, meals and transportation. During the event, local landowners will offer hunting opportunities on private land where only guided hunts are traditionally allowed.
Auctions, dinners and a host of other activities are scheduled throughout the weekend in support of conserving Wyoming’s more than 600 different wildlife species. For more information about the Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot, visit www.whfw.org/turkey_invitational/planning.asp
For stepping up as a signature sponsor for the inaugural Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot, ROF received WHFW’s Downy Gosling Courage Award. That first event raised more than $94,000 to support the good work of the WHFW and the Greater Hulett Community Center.
To learn more about organizations ROF is teaming up with, visit their website, OutdoorRoadmap.com, which is poised to become the leading online source of information and services for hunters, target shooters and conservationists.
The mission of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming is to create an enduring legacy for future generations through stewardship of all Wyoming’s wildlife. For more information, visit www.whfw.org.
Remington Outdoor Foundation, which was founded in January 2009 as a nonprofit 501 (C) (3), supports the efforts of its collaborators to share hunting, target shooting and other outdoor traditions while emphasizing safety and training, recruitment and retention, education, access and awareness. ROF upholds conservation principles through supporting work on habitat enhancement, wildlife research and management projects.
OutdoorRoadmap.com is expected to become the single online source of information and services related to hunting, target shooting and conservation. By teaming with interested participants, OutdoorRoadmap will offer interactive maps and tools, special offers, event listings, training and licensing resources, and a wealth of outdoor information. For more information about this state-of-the-art platform, visit www.OutdoorRoadmap.com.
Tammy Sappby kevinr
For Immediate Release
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
STUTTGART, AR –November 26 – 27, 2010 will mark the 75th annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Ark. Mossy Oak has sponsored the event for past 10 years and extended that sponsorship for an additional five years as “The Official Camouflage of the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest.”
“Stuttgart is the Duck Capital of the World,” said Bill Sugg, President of Mossy Oak. “The Duck Calling Contest is a hugely successful event for duck hunters and has been around for 75 years. We’ve enjoyed being a part of it for the past 10 years and it’s a great venue for supporting duck hunting, getting youngsters involved and promoting our Duck Blind pattern.”
The World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart is the longest running calling contest in history. The greatest duck callers from across the United States and Canada have gathered on Main Street during the weekend after Thanksgiving in order to determine who the World Champion is.
In modern days the contest has become the centerpiece of the “Wings over the Prairie Festival” in Stuttgart. Gone are the days when a duck caller need only show up to compete. Now in order to qualify to compete for the World’s Championship, a caller must win a preliminary calling contest that is sanctioned by the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce, the body that governs and runs the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest as well as the “Wings over the Prairie Festival.” It is a difficult feat to become the World’s Duck Calling Champion, and it often catapults the winner to a career in the outdoor industry.
For more information, visit www.stuttgartarkansas.org or call 870-673-1602.
Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak (http://www.mossyoak.com/). Mossy Oak specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoorsmen. Mossy Oak patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the outdoor industry leader in modern camouflage design, international licensing and marketing. Haas Outdoors Inc. markets its services and products under widely recognized brands including: Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions, Nativ Nurseries, MOOSE Media and Mossy Oak Properties.by kevinr
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance – posted 10/28/10
The weekend of October 2 marked a major milestone for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation’s (USSAF) Trailblazer Adventure Program. It reached one million participants in less than ten years since its pilot program. Now the race is on to reach the second million. With the help of people like you, the USSAF aims to reach this new milestone in only five years.
Trailblazer began in 2001 as a small pilot program in Atlanta, Georgia. It has rapidly grown over the years. Now over 200,000 youth and their families attend annually. Each event offers opportunities for youth, especially urban youth, to learn about shooting, hunting, fishing, trapping and other conservation programs.
“We have reached one million within a decade, but there are many more youth we have to reach,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSAF president and CEO. “To get to our second million and keep our heritage’s future bright, we need the help of sportsmen everywhere.”
Many organizations have helped make Trailblazer the success it has been. Now, the USSAF is seeking new supporters to accomplish it’s goal of reaching another million participants. For that to happen, the generous support of people like you is essential.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you by offering you a FREE One Millionth Participant Commemorative Patch ($4.95 S & H). We have a limited number of these patches, so order yours NOW! Click here to order your FREE Commemorative Patch. They are sure to be collector’s items.
When you order your commemorative patch, please consider helping us work toward our next million. A sponsorship of only $3.50 allows us to introduce one youth to a world of fishing, hunting, trapping and many other conservation practices. These young people will be our next generation of hunters, anglers, trappers, and outdoors enthusiasts. They will be the ones that will protect our outdoor heritage! Sponsor three (3) or more young people and we’ll pay the S & H for your patch!
Questions? Call 614-888-4868. Also, be sure to check out the latest video the USSAF has put together about the history of the program.
By helping Trailblazer reach that second million, you are helping to keep the legacy of the outdoor lifestyle alive for generations to come.by kevinr
Russell Lynch, a personal friend of mine, wrote this uplifting, downright motivating article commemorating the birth of a brotherhood that will forever unite us with scores of other Americans, past, present and future. Thanks for sending out this article, brother.
Happy Birthday Leatherneck! Semper Fidelis.
Original Post by Russell Lynch, MaxMuzzleloader.com Blog, Posted: 09 Nov 2010 09:48 PM PST
Forever A Marine
On this date, 235 years ago, in a small tavern in Philadelphia, a man by the name of Samuel Nichols gathered a group of dedicated men who stood ready to serve their country. On that night, the very first man was enlisted into what is now known as the Worlds Finest Fighting Force: the United States Marine Corps. Led by Nichols, they had no idea what they had begun.
To become a U.S. Marine the test is hard; everything you’ve heard about USMC boot camp is true. Without experiencing it yourself, you can’t really understand it and I can’t really explain it. But the rewards are worth the blood, sweat and tears it takes to pass. And you will never be the same. Never.
After my enlistment as an active Marine was over in 1988, my “Prior Marine” status had just begun. It’s where I am now, it will continue until my earthly enlistment has ended.
To become a U.S. Marine requires that a person make a life-long commitment to something bigger than themselves. Most of us don’t get that going in. It requires commitment to God, Country and Corps. And then the day comes when we join the ranks of “Prior Marine”, and now we add service to family and community to our list of commitments. We have influence over everyone we come in contact with, no matter where, no matter what age.
For we are Marines for life. We are accountable for our actions, or lack thereof, for life and beyond. The Marine Corps doesn’t expect you to quit being a Marine once your enlistment is complete, Marines are ingrained from the first day of boot camp into a special brotherhood with a special bond, they are trained with integrity and are expected to carry on as trained, forever.
The Marine Corps expects it’s men and women to carry on after their enlistment is complete, to become leaders in society, to continue to be first to help, first to assist and first to fight, only now in our own communities instead of on foreign soil.
For those who have not been a Marine, always remember this: for 235 years, the Marine Corps has not only provided the world with the “Finest Fighting Force”, they have made a difference in countless walks of life, in the past, now and forever.
They are proud, but humble and each and every Marine since 1775 is a true American hero.
For those of you that have earned the title of U.S. Marine, you know what is expected of you, so get to it. It’s in you to continue to serve as a Marine, now and until your death. And when your time on this earth is done, another Marine will be taking on the title of “Prior” and he/she will take it from there, and forever and beyond. Our duty to service, our fellow Marines and all Americans is never ending.
There has never been a better time in world history to serve this great country than now. Our country is wounded and torn and needs our service now like never before. Remember to commit yourself to a cause bigger than yourself, and this country is just that. America is and always will be, bigger and more important than any one person. We have the skills and the dedication to make a difference, so reach down inside yourself and get it done.
As our USMC history has shown, there is not problem or situation that a dedicated, committed, organized group of Marines can’t get control of.
I would suggest we start at a place that we know best: right where we are. Show every American to your north, south, east and west to see America like a Marine does. Let them see America through your eyes. By doing this one thing, you have committed yourself to a cause bigger than yourself. Just imagine an American with the same pride and integrity as they instill in Marines from day one of boot camp; an American that is proud of this country; an American that is dedicated to getting it straightened out. And we will come through these trying times we find ourselves in, stronger and wiser.
Our country has a lot of problems right now, but nothing that Americans can’t handle. If we look at these problems as a battle, through the eyes of a Marine, it is the perfect battle to fight and as always, one with victory on the other side.
First, we won’t be on foreign soil and we won’t be fighting a foreign enemy. We’ll be fighting with Americans. Secondly, we already have Marines embedded with Americans (ourselves). As Marines, we come from all walks of life, religions, and races; we are everywhere. Third, we the Marines, know better than anyone how to fight battles that politicians from one country or another start, but we can finish.
Although the perfect battle, it will still be a hard and long one. Americans need jobs, healthcare, food, housing, ….the one thing that the Marines can provide to all Americans, is pride and hope. And the best way to continue is to serve our fellow Americans is to simply let them see this country we love, through our eyes. It costs nothing but time; we are Expert Americans, Professional Americans, and we have much to share.
As for the war we are fighting on foreign soil, every Marine needs to thank our civilian Americans for their support and prayers for ALL service members that have fought and are fighting, and those that gave their all.
To all other branches of the US Military, thank you. Thank you for all you’ve done, thank you for all you continue do. And please help us to continue to serve, now and forever, for you have the same great love for this country as we do.
Let the 235th Birthday of the “Worlds Finest Fighting Force” be the day we recommit ourselves to serve our country and fellow Americans. Help one American a day, every day. Instill in them, as it was ingrained in us, to remain faithful to the mission: don’t just be a good American, be a dedicated, pride-filled and committed one.
Happy Birthday, Semper Fi!
Forever a Marine,
Active Prior Service Marine
10 Nov 2010
|Fort Worth, Texas – As hunters start taking regular trips to the deer lease or hunting ranch to check on blinds, fill feeders and set out Cuddeback® trail cameras, July and August mean one big thing to Texas hunters, the Hunters Extravaganza trade shows, produced by Texas Trophy Hunters Association™ (TTHA), officially kick off the beginning of hunting season.The 2010 Fort Worth Hunters Extravaganza show takes place THIS WEEKEND at the Will Rogers Center, August 20-22, 2010. Showcasing more gear, guides and outfitters than ever before, the Hunters Extravaganzas prepare the Texas hunter with everything needed to hunt that trophy whitetail buck of a lifetime. Plus, there will be more FREE prizes, contests and attractions than ever before. The Hunters Extravaganza® truly is the Granddaddy of all hunting shows.Everyone who walks in the door can register for FREE hunts and prizes in the Texas Sized Giveaway including a trophy hunt for two whitetail bucks at the Bella Vista Ranch, a pronghorn hunt at 4F Outfitters, one of 30 pairs of Nikon™ binoculars valued at over $200 each, or many other great prizes.
Attendees can try their hand at the TTHA 3D Archery Championship Tournament plus see the biggest and best trophy mounts from last season in the Annual Deer Competition sponsored by Nikon™. Kids will love the Lone Star Bowhunters Your Archery Range, the Texas Junior Anglers Catch Fish Pond and Joe Martin’s Snakes of Texas! The Hunters Extravaganza is truly fun for the whole family.
The Fort Worth show will feature Outdoor Celebrities available for autographs and photos with attendees including: Don & Kandi Kisky of Nikon’s Pro-Staff & Whitetail Freaks TV Show; “Dr. Deer,” James Kroll, PhD of Institute for White-Tailed Deer Mgmt & Research; and 9-time UFC Welter Weight Champion, Matt Hughes.
The Hunters Extravaganza is the chance for hunters to take advantage of BIG savings before the season starts! This year, people can get a FREE membership to Texas Trophy Hunters Association with the purchase of a weekend pass!
The Hunters Extravaganza show hours will be Friday 3pm to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 7pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. The ticket prices are ONLY ten bucks for adults, five bucks for kids 13-17, while kids 12 and under free. Members of Texas Trophy Hunters Association get in FREE on Friday. In honor of our servicemen and servicewomen, Active Military personnel who show their ID to get in free all three days.
The Hunters Extravaganza is sponsored by Nikon® Sport Optics, Bad Boy Buggies®, Mossy Oak Camo®, and Cuddeback® Digital Scouting Cameras, Barnes Bullets®, Barnett Crossbows® and the National Rifle Association. For more information, go to http://www.ttha.com/. TTHA strives to unite all segments of the hunting community for the dissemination of information and joining of energies to promote and protect our hunting heritage. Founded in 1975, TTHA, a membership-based organization, publishes a bimonthly magazine, The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, and produces the award-winning outdoor television program, Trophy Hunters TV®. In addition, TTHA hosts the Hunters Extravaganza® outdoor expositions, renowned as the largest whitetail hunting shows in the South. For membership information, please join online at TTHA.com or contact TTHA Membership Services at (877) 261-2541.
POMA is a collection of proven and highly sought after outdoor media members focused on working together to produce both collective and individual growth as well as lend a voice, when needed, to assist in the protection of our outdoor heritage and outdoor media careers. POMA is a fantastic forum for any outdoor media member to gain access to opportunities, resources and mentor programs that otherwise would be incredibly difficult to obtain.
This conference is a demonstration of POMA’s incredibly productive and family modeled approach. Media professionals and POMA corporate partners spend a week together building teams, partnerships and friendships sure to last a lifetime while simultaneously focusing on individual business growth through seminars and mentoring, access to new outdoor products and networking opportunities.
If you’re interested in joining POMA and attending the conference next year, or if you are a company representative interested in partnering with POMA, e-mail me, Kevin Reese, Kevinr@Just-Hunt.com, or visit www.professionaloutdoormedia.org.
I hope to see all of you in LaPorte next week!
Hunt hard, hunt often,
ThermaCELL began their August Appliance – A-Day Giveaway on Aug. 1, giving one lucky person a free ThermaCELL unit every day of the month. Check out the link or click on the picture on the left to try your luck. The only thing this event costs is a minute of your time.
ThermaCELL does not spook game! ThermaCELL now offers Earth Scented pads – perfect for bowhunters!
Scores of hunters around the country will tell you, ThermaCELL just can’t be beat for outdoor protection from mosquitos and black flies. I hunt extensively in areas highly regarded as unbearable by people who have never tried ThermaCELL and I do it without a single mosquito bite! Unless it’s in the dead of winter, you’ll never see me on a hunt without it!
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