NOVEMBER 26, 2020


Fellow hunters, as we continue to take to the field in record numbers across America, I can’t help but remind myself of just how fortunate we are to live in a country which not only allows us to express our freedoms but empowers us to exercise them as often as we want.  Indeed, there is no “season” for freedom. There’s no tag to buy, no lottery to win, or even a license we need to secure to have it. No, to harvest freedom, have freedom, to enjoy freedom, we just have to want to. In fact, I think hunting is one of the purest examples of America’s love for freedom through our love of tradition, family, friendship, and our dedication to preserving our natural resources. On that note, I want to express my personal gratitude to each and every one of you who helps keep America hunting. From the biologists who help manage our game animals, to the hunting equipment manufacturers who make our tools, to our friends, family, and yes – the spouses who give us the time, resources, and support we need to be success, I want to say, “Thank you.” As we pause this Thanksgiving to give thanks for what we are grateful for in our lives, please know we here at The Hunting Wire are profoundly thankful to all of you - sincerely Jay Pinsky, editor, The Hunting Wire.


Each month The Hunting Wire highlights one of America’s state-run wildlife management agencies to enhance the ongoing education and awareness campaigns of each state. The United States bases its hunting and conservation programs on what is known as the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. While often geographically unique, all state programs align with the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, and offer news, information, and resources which can benefit American hunters. 

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is to work with Minnesotans to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND REACTIVATION (R3): Want to learn how to hunt in Minnesota?  Here’s a great place to start. Minnesota also has a robust R3 program. Learn more about it by clicking here.

CONSERVATION & EDUCATION: Are you interested in learning more about the wildlife in Minnesota? The Minnesota DNR is a great place to start your research. Click here to learn more. 


Link: Minnesota DNR COVID-19 Information

A few tips and tricks from a wildlife and hunting lobbyist.

By Jess Johnson, Legislative and Advocacy, Wyoming Wildlife Federation

I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted. This year has been a ringer for a barrage of incendiary headlines, actions, and opinions. We all care deeply about our wildlife conservation and hunting opportunities. When we are faced with scary concepts paired with exclamation points and fear-mongering, it seems we let that care manifest into knee jerk reactions and long hours of keyboard warrior training. In an effort to conserve energy and focus while honing our effectiveness, here are a few tips and tricks to eliminate the bullshit and engage purposefully.

Check your sources. An easy moniker to recite to help you remember this is- Is this CRAAP?

· Currency- the timeliness of the information. When was the information published or posted? Has the information been revised or updated? Is the information current or out of date? Are the links functional?

· Relevance- the importance of the information for your needs. Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question? Who is the intended audience? Is the information at an appropriate level? Have you looked at a variety of sources?

· Authority- the source of the information. Who is the author/publisher/sponsor? Are the author’s credentials and/or organizational affiliations given, and what are they? What are the author’s qualifications?

· Accuracy- the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content. Where does the information come from? Is it supported by evidence? Has it been reviewed? Can you verify any of the information in another source? Does the language seem unbiased?

· Purpose- the reason the information exists. What is the purpose of the information? Do the author’s sponsors make their intentions clear? Is the information fact/opinion/propaganda? Is it objective, impartial, and unbiased?

Read articles from different angles and biases.

Media is geared towards one audience demographic. Inherently it is biased, and while many news sources and media outlets try to report “only the facts,” we all know that being human comes with having opinions. An excellent way to avoid being sucked into a false narrative is to make sure you read the same story from many different angles. Be strategic and pick good sources (see above). Be bold; choose sources you may not necessarily agree with. Look at the issue from all sides and find the threads of similarity.

Know a press release when you see it and track its origin.

As you read different articles and pieces- keep in mind that many may be written from a single press release. If every article you are looking at has the same quote or similar wording, the chances are high that it was written from a press release. This means that an individual or organization drafted a “notice” to the press and provided the quotes and initial facts. Good journalists will do the work to check these. However, many sources just wrap a news release into an article without running down its accuracy.

Know your jurisdiction, is this state or federal?

When dealing with wildlife and hunting policy, it is crucial to track down where the jurisdiction lies. For example, while states are in charge of their wildlife, the management of endangered species lies in federal hands. Narrowing down which jurisdiction to contact can help streamline comments and opinions in a more effective manner.

Does this change statute or regulation?

Often, knowing where the policy change is happening helps us run down who is the most appropriate person to talk to. Federal and State legislatures (congress and senate) create statutes. A statute is usually a high-level directive without many details. The fine-tuning of the law (regulations) happens at the agency level and is designed and enforced by departments affected by the directive.

*Over Simplified Example: A legislature may give the authority (in the form of a statute/law) for an agency to make decisions/regulations. The decisions/regulations, however, are often left up to the appropriate agency.

Reach out to decision-makers and ask for an explanation.

Before jumping on bandwagons, go to the source. Our federal and state elects work directly with policy and usually have access to more in-depth information. Citizen involvement is critical to our democracy, and respectful communications and relationships with our elected officials and decision-makers are fundamental to effective policy creation.

Don’t have knee jerk reactions- contain that keyboard warrior until further notice.

As much as we all love to engage in a good old-fashioned debate, I am convinced that social media is not the place. Policy is wonky, nuanced, and far too detailed to communicate in short 130-character blurbs. I think the rules of debate remain the same, don’t engage unless you know both your facts and your opponents, and you have the time for respectful discourse.

You are a far more effective voice if you are seen as a potential ally.

If you aim to change opinions and to educate, this tip is the most important. People respond to peers, not opponents. Your tone and how you communicate will either open a door or slam it in your face. If you immediately present yourself as an adversary by using aggressive or belittling language, you have lost the debate before it has started. One of your most potent tools is empathy, the ability to see the problems/issues from your opponent’s shoes and understand their motivations.

The Voice of Leadership Panel is an appointed six-person group of outdoor industry leaders who have volunteered to contribute their voices on key hunting and outdoor recreation issues to inform, inspire, and educate participants within our community.

  • Jim Curcuruto, Director, Research & Market Development, National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Mandy Harling, National Director of Hunting Heritage Programs, National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Jenifer Wisniewski, Chief, Outreach and Communication, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • Jess Johnson, Legislative and Advocacy, Wyoming Wildlife Federation
  • Joel Brice, Vice President, Waterfowl & Hunter Recruitment Programs, Delta Waterfowl
  • Makayla Scott, Montreat College Shotgun Team


  • James “Jay” Pinsky, Editor, The Hunting Wire
  • Peter Churchbourne, Director, NRA Hunter Leadership Forum

A howling good review of Nosler’s blazingly-fast 27 Nosler cartridge.

By Dan Larsson

I wiped a foot of snow off the log to see down the flat ridge covered in charcoal dead trees. Dropping my pack in the snow, I sat on it and pulled out my elk/do-all animal call. Turning the scope down to 3x, I knew that it would be close shooting if this worked. I checked and rechecked that my chamber was occupied with a 27 Nosler cartridge and that the gun's safety was off. Then I hit the call. I leaned toward half snowshoe hare and half muley fawn and blew like crazy. I could hardly feel my lips, it had to be around zero degrees, and I lost a lot of my breath around the call instead of through it as my lips had no strength. I prayed the reed wouldn't freeze up in the call, and my eyes swept back and forth as if I was at war and my life depended on seeing my quarry before it saw me. It worked.

The 27 Nosler chambered in Nosler’s M48 Long Range Carbon Rifle was more than enough gun for two wolves in western Montana. What else will Dan Larsson take with his 27 Nolser? Stay tuned to The Hunting Wire to find out.

All but one opening day of the big game season over the past seven or eight years have been spent with my buddy Jared. He is a great long-range shooter and hunter. We've learned that some of the only real BIG bucks in Montana's general hunting areas live in the kind of mountains that no sane hunter would climb. In 2014 we hiked 3+ miles into the snow the day before the season, and due to our logic of taking less weight, we didn't take pads to go under our sleeping bags. With nothing more than a tarp between our bags and the snow, we slept back to back (in our bags), shivering like crazy. Well, this year, we didn't want to snuggle and opted to sleep in the back of his truck with more than one sleeping pad under each of us. A big storm rolled in, and the road on the way to the mountain was covered with people who slid off or lost traction going uphill. We managed to make it to our pull out and parked for the night. The truck bed idea wasn't half bad, and we got a decent night's sleep despite being in the single digits of our country's accepted temperature-evaluation-system (Fahrenheit).

Western Montana and wolves mean harsh conditions and snow. The predators are tough, the hunting is tough, and if you want to be successful you better be tougher and accurate when it's time to shoot.

Before daylight, our alarms went off, and I jumped out of my bag and got dressed. Ha! Let's rewrite that. Before daybreak, our alarms went off, and I could not get myself out of my bag. It was so cold. I pulled my clothes inside my sleeping bag and screamed a little as the chilled fabric met my skin. I gave it a minute to start warming up and did a cramped version of Pilates as I wrestled my three layers, top, and bottom, onto my shivering self. We exited the back of the truck, grabbed our guns and packs, and then headed up the ridge that wound its way up on top of the mountain. Boy, was it cold! However, we were headed up in a foot of snow, at such an incline, that we were plenty warm in a couple of hundred yards. It was growing light, and we spotted a few whitetail does coming around the ridge. No bucks. We hoped that the early cold weather would throw the deer into an early rut like it did last year. We kept climbing and hit muley tracks at about 5,000 feet. We bumped a few does just as we got on top of the ridge, and then we kept working our way up.

We found another mile along, where many sizeable footed deer crossed a swale in the top of the hill. Just beyond this was a reasonably open ridgetop with views of the surrounding side ridges. This area had burned in the last few years and had timber strips and lots of dead black trees. Jared has always been a better game spotter than I am. I think he's just a bit more excited and hyper, and so he gets his glass on them first. Whichever the case, it worked for me on our hunt in 2014. I had scouted early and found my buck, and he glassed it up for me on opening morning after our coldest night ever, as referenced above. We still joke about that to this day.

The wind was blowing so strong, and the snow was cold enough that it would just blow wherever the wind went. I'm convinced that if we had been in Eastern Montana, the snow would have ended up in the Dakotas. All-day long, we would flip-flop back-and-forth on that open hilltop, glassing like madmen. I had a full fleece facemask, and my binos and glasses would fog up every time I tried to use them. You do the best you can with it, and we spotted 30-40 some deer that day. We saw three nice bucks, and then Jared spotted a nice buck. As best as we could tell, he would probably have gone right about 170". This wasn't big enough to haul out of this area on opening day, though, so we kept looking and kept finding more deer. It's an area where the deer come to rut after they are pushed out of the big mountains where a lot of snow necessitates their move to survive at a lower elevation.

The ultra-modern rifle and cartridge combination from Nosler earned its keep in the tough western Montana

At one point, I tried to use my camping stove for cooking a hot meal for us. It was so cold that the butane wouldn't flow fast enough to boil water. So, we made a fire and boiled water in a tin cup for our dehydrated meals. I always carry a cup for this purpose and am glad I do! Last season we hunted a different mountain where Jared killed a 190" buck. The problem was that there was no water for us to get up on that ridge, so we had to melt snow for water. This is a miserable way to get water, by the way.

Remember how I mentioned that the snow was blowing like crazy. It blew so hard and so much that it packed around the bolt and action of my rifle. I went to check it, and it would not budge. So, I worked and worked with it and finally got some movement. Back and forth until it finally came all the way open, and I removed the bolt. There was snow in the magazine, snow in the back of the action, and snow every other little crevasse you could imagine. I spent some time trying to remove it while trying not to warm the snow so much that it would melt and freeze in action. I had never seen anything like it. With it clear, I tried to hold the action at an angle that kept the snow from repeating this problem. I even checked that the firing pin would still strike with sufficient force to detonate a primer on an empty chamber. I have heard horror stories and didn't want to urinate on my bolt for one hopeful shot at a critter. It was perfectly lubed (which means a minimal amount of non-coagulating oil or grease) and would fire if I needed it. Boy howdy, would I need it to fire in an hour or so later. Twice.

I assumed no wolves in the area because we hadn't seen any wolf sign, and we saw a lot of that many deer. Just as the sun was starting to set on a ridge where we had been watching the muleys filter into the basin all day, a chorus of hopefully mournful wolf howls began. After two decades of the wolves decimating our deer and elk, our herds are beginning to learn how to live with them. We will never have the number of deer and elk we used to, and it is a challenge many times to find a legal game animal in Western Montana. However, I am encouraged to see this many deer near a pack of wolves. Granted, they were migrating into this area from the larger surrounding area. If we see 6-12 muleys, most hunts feel like we've had a productive hunt.

I was excited and projected that we should move closer and call them in. We discussed how and then headed around the ridge.

I can't tell you how glad I was to know that my bolt was working again. This year I'm packing a Nosler M48 in the Long-Range Carbon Rifle. As soon as I saw this rifle, I fell in love. And then I got to hold it, and I became a doomed man. Like picking the wife you want to spend the rest of your life with, a man needs to carefully pick his rifle. My advice? Go for the best quality you can and never settle for less in these two departments! I found this kind of quality in this rifle (not that it compares to my wife, mind you). Nosler's new 27 cartridge is fantastic. It's similar to a 7mm Remington Magnum in ballistics. Yet, it gives you better sectional density with comparable bullets and a better ballistic coefficient (slides through the air easier due to a smaller diameter and maintains its speed better). After breaking the barrel in, it took less than ten rounds to sight it in and work my way out on my steel target range 1050 yards. I didn't want a heavy scope on such a light gun, so I ordered a 3-9x SWFA that weighs just over a pound. I use SWFA scopes because I can sight them in with a few clicks, dial out to shoot at a mile, and then back to zero at 100 yards, and they are always right on. You can't beat the quality of these scopes for their price. This combination of rifle and scope is a terrific pairing!!! With a bipod on, it still feels lighter than a usual rifle combo.

As we reached the spot where the wolves met the 27, Jared stayed to my left where he could watch a hillside, we expected them to come down, and I slid forward to my log. After five or so minutes (plus or minus as who knows how long it takes when you are excited), I saw the first wolf come into view. My hit list includes a white and a black wolf. This one was gray and was still one of the most beautiful creatures I've laid my crosshairs on. I wasn't going to pass him up!

I tracked the wolf in my scope, and it had an uncanny way of staying behind the dead trees as it came in. Then it split off to my left and out of sight over the side of the hill towards Jared. I hadn't seen the one behind it that kept coming as I called. He would hold up if I stopped calling, so I kept squealing and squawking away until he cleared a tree at much closer than I would have ever expected. Jared later paced it off and said it was 18 yards from my log when he came into view and stopped. I shot him facing straight on, and he dropped into the snow and almost disappeared. I've hunted enough coyotes to know that you don't jump up and congratulate yourself. I hit the call just as I had been, and a couple of minutes later, a white wolf came from the left where the first one had gone. I followed it with my scope, but it never stopped. It just kept going to the right and disappeared behind the ridge I was on. Now I was calling and doing a lot of glancing over my shoulder. I just knew that wolf was circling and going to come over the hill just behind me. Even so, I kept calling and kept my head on a swivel. About a minute after that, another gray-colored wolf came and followed the same path the white one had. I couldn't make the same mistake again, so I barked when it hit a clearing in the trees. It stopped right behind a tree. When it began moving, I barked again. It stopped, and I tripped the trigger. It, too, dropped in its tracks. I called some more and then howled some. No more were coming in, and it was getting dark, so I stopped calling and looked behind me.

Jared was coming through the snow and was hopeful that I had better than fleeting shots and hadn't missed. He was quite concerned that I had missed. Hahaha. He should know me better than that. That first wolf that went left just before I shot went bounding past him but disappeared before he could get a shot. When he saw the big guy laying just past me, and I told him I had another down, he came unglued! Approaching the second wolf, I finished it off with my Glock.

It was cold, and the last light was fading quickly, so we took some quick pictures and got to skinning. You don't haul a whole wolf three miles out of the high country in that kind of snow. Plus, I could hardly pick the big guy up. He was super heavy, and I'm sure he tipped the scales around 100 pounds. We skinned for about an hour, careful not to put extra holes in the hides. While we did, we could hear the rest of the pack begin to howl from different spots at the back of the basin. They found each other and howled at us the whole time we were skinning.

The author poses with one of the wolves he shot with the Nosler M48 Long Range Carbon Rifle chambered in 27 Nosler.

I researched how many ungulates (deer, elk, moose, sheep, antelope and goats) each wolf will eat per year. The biologist was discussing it estimated 20-25 ungulates per wolf every year. By this estimation, I saved 40-50 animals this year and 400-500 over the next ten years! I always carry more than one wolf tag and am glad I do! This wolf hunt will always be one of my most memorable hunts. How Epic! My only regret is that Jared didn't get one also. He will because he's a fantastic hunter. It's only a matter of time until he saves a bunch of deer and elk from the teeth of a wolf. Since this hunt, I've taken some first-time hunters searching for deer in two different spots. We heard wolves howling in both of these other areas.

Always carry a license and pray to get lucky!

Hunting wolves pits predator against predator on the wolf’s turf.

 Fiocchi Ammunition teaches shooters about the basics of shotgun ammunition and how to use it.

By Fiocchi Ammunition


This wild game cooking video, shared in partnership with The Hunting Wire, has's Ken Perrotte cooking with avid hunter and budding chef Colton a dish they call "Babyback Squirrels." Using a Mossberg 817T .22 rifle, they load the pot with eastern gray squirrels and then adapt a classic French-style coq au vin preparation for this sometimes chewy lord of the treetops. The result is fall-off-the-bone tender meat, hence the "babyback" reference. Good stuff! For this full recipe, plus many more, go to

By Ken Perrotte

Video: Babyback Squirrels

The Hunting Wire has partnered with Vortex Optics to help educate and equip hunters of all experience levels with optics knowledge and proven techniques to make us all more success.  

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A collection of bowhunting training videos and written content on how to help you become a better bowhunter.

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MISSOULA, Mont. (November 19, 2020) - The Boone and Crockett Club today released its policy position statement on climate change, outlining recommendations to reduce carbon emissions, promote natural climate solutions, and invest in carbon reduction technologies. The position statement updates a previous position developed in 2009 and was developed by a core team of regular and professional members of the Club with input from experts representing a wide spectrum of political perspectives. Data in the United States shows that sea level is rising, heat waves and storm events are growing in severity, and various timing cues or ranges for vegetation and wildlife are shifting. Hunters are attuned to fluctuations in and stresses on big game populations and their habitat, and are seeing significant impacts to our forests, streams, and coastlines. The Club is concerned that wildlife and its habitat may not have the ability to adapt to these observed rapid changes unless action is taken soon. In accordance with its mission to conserve and sustain abundant wildlife populations and their habitat for future generations, the Boone and Crockett Club is committed to policies that reduce greenhouse gases and combat their effect on climate.

"Those of us who spend time in the field hunting have seen firsthand the effects of changing weather patterns through catastrophic wildfires, severe coastal storms, and extremes of droughts or floods. Habitat is destroyed or changed in these events, limiting the ability for wildlife populations to be resilient. The Boone and Crockett Club has been a leader in conservation for over 125 years and we recognized the need for our organization to play a role in the growing discussions on climate change," commented Club president Tim Brady. "We hope that our recommendations will ultimately result in policies that reduce atmospheric carbon and ensure that natural systems are able to provide for our wildlife resources, while ensuring a robust economy and strong job growth."

To help reduce carbon emissions, the Club supports policy that allows governments and stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions through a market-based carbon price mechanism that provides sufficient flexibility and economic protections. In addition, the Club supports an increase in renewable energy production on public lands but cautions against development in areas with priority habitats such as migration corridors or flyways. The position statement also recommends the universal implementation of standard procedures to capture methane leakage from oil and gas production through readily available technologies.

The second primary focus of the position statement encourages the use of natural climate solutions. The Club recommends directing funding and incentives to support carbon sequestration by conserving healthy forests, grasslands, and wetlands that have the potential to store 30 percent or more of needed carbon reductions. Sustainable, active management of forests, both public and private, would be a significant benefit to the climate, and to restoring millions of acres of wildlife habitat. Improved grazing practices and nutrient management on farms, likewise, offer substantial carbon savings. In addition, the conservation of wildlife habitat and natural areas should be funded using revenues from any carbon price mechanism. This would ensure that new climate-related funding would support carbon storage needs while also providing the quality habitat wildlife will need to adapt to a changing climate. In addition, the Club recommends that the U.S. take steps to curtail the loss of tropical forests internationally, particularly from illegal logging.

Finally, within the area of investing in carbon reduction technologies, the position statement calls for the increased use of innovative forest products and the deployment of clean energy technology. Federal, state, and local governments should adopt requirements to employ innovative forest products to reduce embodied carbon emissions in new public building construction, and ramp up sustainable forestry practices to ensure a net carbon reduction effect. The Club recommends scaling up and deploying clean energy technology that will benefit the economy while reducing carbon emissions.

"When 4 billion people worldwide stayed at home during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, the world carbon emissions decreased dramatically. Unfortunately, the reduction in carbon emissions caused by the severe worldwide economic contraction also caused painful, even catastrophic, social, and humanitarian issues," Brady concluded. "A goal to reduce carbon emissions cannot be accomplished by devastating nations' economies and exacerbating social and humanitarian challenges worldwide. The better goal is to make clean energy affordable for all parts of the world, focus on technology that can decarbonize global energy uses, and invest in natural systems that can store carbon while also providing critical habitat for wildlife."

About the Boone and Crockett Club

Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. For details, visit

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November 19, 2020, Yorba Linda, CA – National Rifle League (NRL), a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and education of precision rifle shooting through a range of outdoors-related public interest activities, is pleased to announce the inception of the NRL HUNTER series for the 2021 season.

The NRL HUNTER series has been developed to fill a void between hunters and their gear while testing their aptitude for the hunt. Often many hunters have little to no education about the gear they are using when going on a hunt. Through the NRL HUNTER series competitors will be able to learn about their equipment and how to properly use it to make an ethical harvest.

Unlike many other precision rifle competitions these matches will be geared towards practical hunting applications and designed to test all aspects of the competitors gear and skills. Matches will have blind stages meaning competitors will have to work as individuals to find range and engage targets within a set time frame. Competitors must carry all their gear throughout the entire match. The biggest two factors will be the rifles themselves. There will be 3 classifications: Open Heavy sub 16lbs, Open Light sub 12lbs, and Factory rifle which must meet a set power factor to qualify. Weight classification include everything mounted to the rifle such as scope, bipod, and sling but does not include the weight of the ammunition.

“Combining the precision rifle and hunting community only makes sense. With hunters taking further shots and adventuring to exciting new terrains, the NRL Hunter series will provide them a competitive series to become better hunters, while introducing them to precision rifle competitions to test their skills and gear,” stated Travis Ishida, NRL President.

The goal of the NRL HUNTER series is to get new and seasoned hunters out to learn about their equipment and skills with the end goal to qualify for the NRL HUNTER Championship known as the Grand Slam to be held in early August 2021 at the Cameo Shooting Complex in Grand Junction Colorado.

The 2021 NRL HUNTER series will consist of no more than 9 qualifying matches to attend the Grand Slam where competitors will be competing against each other for trophies and prizes from amazing sponsors.

A competition for hunters by hunters.

For more information on the matches in the NRL HUNTER 2021 season, please visit:

To join the community on social media, please visit and


NRL is the premier precision rifle advocacy & support organization. We are a non-profit engine of impacts that empowers organizations and athletes in precision rifle by providing education and opportunities for growth. These activities are designed to develop marksmanship skills for those participating in this discipline, and to educate the public about firearm safety.

Our mission is to enable growth in the competitive shooting sports, for those who have aspiration for their communities, their businesses, families, and themselves. NRL exists to support them on their journey from ambition to achievement. We are so proud to support match directors and precision rifle athletes as they represent all of us over the United States.

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San Antonio, Texas (November 10, 2020) – J. P. Sauer & Sohn, Germany’s oldest manufacturer of hunting firearms, is pleased to introduce the ultralight S101 Highland XTC carbon-fiber rifle. Weighing just 5.4 lbs. in the .308 Win version, this highly accurate bolt-action rifle is ideal for strenuous hunts when every ounce counts.

The S101 features a hand-laid, carbon-fiber stock with advanced recoil absorbing properties. The barrel is fluted and threaded for additional weight reduction and cold-hammer forged for guaranteed precision of less than one MOA at 100 yards. The barrel and receiver also feature Sauer’s Diamond-Like-Carbon (DLC) surface for maximum corrosion protection.

“The DLC layer is 40 times thinner than a human hair while offering key advantages such as superior surface hardness and maximum rust protection and wear resistance,” said Jason Evans, CEO, Blaser Group. “Many advances were made in the production of the Highland XTC, and it now holds the record as Sauer’s lightest rifle ever.”

Additional features include superb balance, a crisp match-grade trigger, fluted bolt, and Sauer’s Dura Safe direct firing pin safety which operates as an ergonomic slide on the bolt shroud for enhanced safety and optimum operation. The Highland XTC consistently delivers precision and accuracy even under the most extreme climate conditions.

The Sauer S101 Highland XTC carbon-fiber rifle is available in all current calibers in the S101 series and, depending on the caliber, in barrel lengths from 20-inches to 22-inches.

MSRP: $3,000

For further information, visit: or contact Blaser USA via email at

About Blaser Group

The Blaser Group is the official U.S. importer for iconic German firearms brands Blaser, Mauser and J.P. Sauer; English gunmaker John Rigby & Co.; and Minox optics. Established in 2006, the company which is based in San Antonio, Texas works with over 200 authorized Blaser Group dealers across all North American states, with this figure continually growing. Today the Blaser Group’s industry-leading product portfolio includes bolt-action, combination rifles and over-and-under shotguns designed specifically for game hunters and competitive target shooters. Its custom shop offers exclusive engravings, design work and custom finishing for bespoke guns. With recent innovations, Blaser Group has gone on to expand its product portfolio into cutting edge optics and accessory lines. For more information about the company and product lines, visit:

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