South Dakota Volunteers Boost In-State Conservation Work

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RMEF has a long conservation history in South Dakota, dating back to 1990. Here are three recent examples of how RMEF funds are being used in the Mount Rushmore State!

Why are approximately 4,500 people across South Dakota members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation? Because they support its mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. How do they show that support? One of the ways is by attending big game banquets that generate dollars which are put back on the ground in the Mount Rushmore State. Below are three recent examples of how the funding is used.

Hardy Pipeline

In 2022, crews finished the Hardy Cooperative Water Pipeline Project, a four-year cooperative effort stretching from western South Dakota into northeast Wyoming that supplies water for elk, mule deer, wild turkey and other wildlife in the Black Hills National Forest. The pipeline covers nine miles and utilizes a solar system, spring box, four stock tanks, two storage tanks and supplies life-sustaining water for two grazing allotments in the two states. Click here to watch a video about it.

Castle Creek Riparian Fencing

In 2023, workers built a 1.5 mile-long, three-rail wood fence complete with two angler access gates along a portion of Castle Creek (see photo at top of post) near Deerfield Reservoir on the Black Hills National Forest. The fence keeps cattle from accessing the creek, thus protecting and enhancing an important riparian area. The collaborative construction project will be followed up with supplemental willow plantings in 2024.

2023 Conservation Funding

In 2023, RMEF announced the allocation of more than $1.45 million in grant funding for 25 projects across 16 counties and two others with statewide impact. RMEF committed $295,123 that helped leverage $1,163,717 in partner dollars. Project examples include funding for chronic wasting research, support for the Elk Hunter Access Program that creates public access for hunters on public and private lands, invasive weed treatments and support for more than a dozen youth recreational shooting and conservation projects.

“We would not have this funding for all these projects if it weren’t for our volunteers. They are the ones who gave of their time to plan and execute RMEF banquets across the state. They are rock stars,” said Mason Cooper, RMEF regional director for eastern South Dakota and Nebraska.

“Not only are they the backbone of our fundraising but a couple dozen of them took part in our annual South Dakota Rendezvous, where we repaired old wildlife water guzzlers, removed eight and a half miles of old fencing, old scrap iron as well as encroaching conifers from elk habitat in the Black Hills,” said Sam Silacci, RMEF regional director for western portions of South Dakota and Nebraska.

RMEF has a long conservation history in South Dakota, dating back to 1990, RMEF and its partners completed 432 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in the state with a combined value of more than $47.4 million. These projects conserved or enhanced 128,659 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 11,711 acres.

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New Regional Director

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Name: Sam Silacci

State/ Region: Western South Dakota / Western Nebraska

Family (two-legged or four): Wife (Hilary), Son (Greyson), & Dog (Lucky)

Favorite outdoor Activities: Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Mountain Biking, Jeeping or any other adventurous outdoor activities.

Goals for your state/region: To keep pushing the fundraising efforts of South Dakota to new levels and get Nebraska back in the fundraising game.

Why did you want to work for RMEF: I have been a volunteer, Chairman & State Chair over the past 12 years and truly believe in the RMEF mission… so it was an easy choice to come work for this organization!

“I really enjoyed working side by side with the volunteers that are passionate about the mission in this organization.” 

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Work Project Calendar as of April 2024

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Interested in attending an RMEF work project? Keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities near you!

 

Washington Mt. St. Helens Mudflow Work Party

May 10th & 11th, Near Toutle, WA

For More Information Contact Rodger Wallace at 360-274-8404

 

Washington Cowlitz Wildlife Area Work Party

May 17th & 18th, Near Morton, WA

For More Information Contact Rodger Wallace at 360-274-8404

 

Oregon Minam Project

May 18th, Near Wallowa, OR

For More Information Contact Tim Campbell at 541-379-6612

 

Oregon Bear Creek – Wallowa County Project

May 19th, Near Lostine

For More Information Contact Tim Campbell at 541-379-6612

 

Washington Oak Creek Wildlife Area Work Party

May 31st & June 1st Near Naches, WA

For More Information Contact Dan Paulson at 425-275-1975

 

Michigan RMEF Spring Work Project

June 1st, Near Atlanta, MI

For More Information Contact Clint Salisbury at 734-347-1165

 

Missouri State Volunteer Work Project & Rendezvous

June 1st, Near Eminence, MO

For More Information Contact Eric Brown at 785-466-3398

 

Washington Mt. St. Helens Mudflow Work Party

June 7th & 8th, Near Toutle, WA

For More Information Contact Rodger Wallace at 360-274-8404

 

Nevada Little Sheldon Fence Project

June 7th, at the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge

For More Information Contact Deanna Ackerman at 775-567-8041

 

Washington Asotin Work Party

June 14th-16th, Near Asotin, WA

For More Information Contact Terri Atkinson at 509-991-4669

 

Oregon Walla Walla District of the Umatilla National Forest Project

June 15th, Near Pendleton, OR

For More Information Contact Tim Campbell at 541-379-6612

 

Oregon All Hands All Brands Work Project

June 21st near Deep Creek, OR

Elly Young: 541-420-5485

 

Idaho/Montana Hiawatha Trail Wire Pull

June 26th, Near Mullan, ID

For More Information Contact Karee Head at 208-301-0386

 

Utah State Water Guzzler Work Project

June 29th, Near Richfield, UT

For More Information Contact Ron Camp at 801-859-3474

 

Nevada Elk Guzzler Re-Build

June 29th, Near Ely, NV

For More Information Contact Deanna Ackerman at 775-567-8041

 

Michigan Elk County Rendezvous/Work Weekend

September 7th, Near Wolverine, MI

For More Information Contact Clint Salisbury

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Volunteers at Sportsmen’s Shows

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Sportsmen’s shows are one of the many ways that people first discover RMEF. Here is a look at how volunteers are helping it happen.

RMEF volunteers play a vital role in fundraising and recruiting for RMEF, and one way they help spread the word is by volunteering at sportsmen’s shows. This February was a busy month, with sportsmen shows happening across the country. Volunteers helped plan, set-up, tear-down, sell merchandise and raffle tickets, renew memberships, recruit new members and volunteers, and educate attendees on the mission of RMEF.

The Great American Outdoor Show took place on Feb. 3-11 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  “The show went great,” says Kris Lofstrom, RMEF’s Eastern Region director of field operations. The show was new and improved this year, with a new location, a new RMEF booth and even new RMEF merchandise! And thanks to RMEF volunteers, it all ran smoothly.

“It was great to see so many volunteers from many different chapters from across the state pitching in and giving their time to help sell memberships, our new raffle items and even RMEF merchandise,” says Lofstrom. “I can’t thank the East Region team and HQ staff enough for their hard work in coordinating everything to make it such a successful year.”

The following week volunteers gathered to pitch a helping hand at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show in Portland, Oregon, and it was just as successful! More than 40 RMEF Rose City Chapter volunteers turned out to help spread the word and shed light on conservation. “The booth was humming all five days and the atmosphere was so enjoyable,” says Cory Toombs, RMEF Northern Oregon regional director. The highlight of the event was a movie night sponsored by Leupold and hosted by Randy Newberg and Fred Eichler. Leupold staff and RMEF volunteers worked hard to make it happen. Each movie ticket purchased came with two raffle tickets, and all raffle proceeds went directly to RMEF. The result? An amazing night and a grand total of $22,558 to continue conservation efforts, not only in Oregon, but across the country. “The turnout was humbling and exciting to witness,” says Toombs.

During that same week the Salt Lake City Western Hunting and Conservation Expo featured over 500 vendors and drew in some 55,000 attendees, and RMEF was stationed right in the center of it all. Local RMEF volunteers and father-son duo Kurt and Chance Shepherd manned the booth alongside Utah Regional Director Ron Camp.

Kurt has been volunteering with RMEF for a whopping 33 years and Chance was born right into it, “I had no choice,” he laughs. Kurt and Chance sacrificed vacation days to work in the booth all weekend, and this was their seventh year doing so.

“These shows could not happen without the volunteers helping not only in the show booth but also assisting in the set-up and tear-down of the booth,” says Camp, “and not only are we selling and renewing memberships, but we are sharing the mission of RMEF!”

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Staying Focused on the Mission

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Here are examples of how volunteers and chapters remind themselves and others of the impact they make and why their time and efforts are so valuable to the RMEF mission.

It is important to stay focused on RMEF’s mission and to remember the meaningful impact that chapter fundraising efforts have on elk and elk country. Below, you will find examples highlighting how volunteers and chapters remind themselves and others of the impact they make and why their time and efforts are so valuable to the RMEF mission.

 

  • At the first meeting of each new fundraising year, one common practice is to have each committee member share why RMEF’s mission is meaningful to them. Sharing these testimonials has been inspirational for those committees and makes the mission a priority entering the new year.

 

  • Regional directors can share information about where RMEF funds were spent in the most recent mission funding cycle. It is important for committees to understand the RMEF Project Advisory Committee (PAC) and State Grant programs. They can understand better when specific project examples and totals are shared with them. That information also gives them an overview of the direct impact made by the funds they helped raise the previous year.

 

  • Utilize and share your state’s project history summary (PHS). These documents include cumulative totals for projects and grants funded in your state. Some chapters include the PHS in an email to all committee members when rallying volunteers to launch the upcoming banquet planning process. Ask your regional director for this document.

 

  • Current information about what RMEF is doing nationally is found on RMEF.org and RMEF’s social media platforms. Does your state have its own social media? If so, share national information within your committee meetings as it becomes available.

 

  • Share RMEF mission videos with your committee! These can be shown on a monitor or distributed via links directly to volunteers and donors. RMEF’s YouTube channel is updated regularly with mission videos and is a great source of mission information.  Find it here: youtube.com/@rmef.

 

  • When a regional director attends your committee meeting, ask him or her for updates on recent mission work. They often have knowledge of current mission activities and can give your chapter an overview of what is happening in your state.

 

  • Encourage chapter volunteers to attend a work project! Some of the most meaningful moments for volunteers and staff are when they take part in a work project and have a hands-on experience for the benefit for elk and other wildlife. Check out rmef.org/volunteer for a listing of upcoming work projects.   

 

 

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Staying Motivated as a Committee

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of RMEF, and their passion, dedication and hard work is what funds our mission. Here are ways for chapter leaders to inspire and empower their team.

Energizing, motivating and engaging a team of RMEF volunteers is essential for achieving fundraising and organizational success. Volunteers are the lifeblood of RMEF, and their passion, dedication and hard work is what funds our mission. To harness the full potential of RMEF volunteers, chapter leaders need to inspire and empower their team. Below, we will explore some of the ways that RMEF’s lead volunteers and staff have motivated their committees.

 

Celebrating Team and Individual Success

Celebrating achievements, both big and small, is an effective way to show appreciation and keep a team inspired. Below are a few ideas on how chapters have done this.

  • Set goals and celebrate them once achieved. These can be goals for donations, table sales, attendance, underwriting, new volunteers and more. Include these goals and track the results on each agenda at every committee meeting.

 

  • Celebrate your event success with an after-banquet committee BBQ or potluck. These can take place at a committee member’s house or a community park. Make these gatherings fun and include activities such as cornhole or horseshoes. Make sure to show appreciation and emphasize the success of the team and of individual members. These are also great events to invite new volunteers to.

 

  • In a wrap-up meeting, create fun award categories that recognize volunteer achievements and present them to committee members. Categories may include most live auction donations secured, top raffles salesperson, most table sales and best new fundraising idea.

 

Communication and Organization

  • When sending out communication to your committees, include some of the things that individuals recently accomplished. For example, when you distribute your meeting reminder email with a productive agenda, share if a volunteer has recently secured a significant donation, sold 30 memberships, a life membership, sponsor, etc. These positive reports give recognition and boost motivation.

 

  • Keep your chapter goals organized and discuss them often. Chapters often set goals early on but forget to revisit them throughout the event planning process.

 

Team Building

Having genuine relationships within your committee, and having volunteers that care for and appreciate each other, is something that takes time and effort to create. Many committees take part in team-building activities, some of which are listed below.

 

  • Host a committee Christmas party at a local restaurant or committee member’s home.
  • Attend nearby chapter banquets and carpool with your group to those events.
  • Organize a committee camping weekend.
  • Attend a state or national volunteer gathering, such as a rendezvous, volunteer workshop or national volunteer rally.

 

Keeping Focus on the Mission    

There’s nothing more motivating than the mission! If you ever have the opportunity, encourage your committee to attend one of the following.

 

  • Arrange a project tour! If there is a local RMEF funded project(s) within your area, arrange a site visit or attend a project dedication, to celebrate the success of your hard work and to see the impact you are helping make.

 

  • Participate in or help coordinate a local work project. These can be directly related to elk through projects such as a fence pull or a trailhead cleanup. Some work projects are coordinated through RMEF and others by federal and state agencies and other organizations.

 

A motivated team can move mountains. RMEF is lucky to have passionate and dedicated volunteers and we hope by sharing this information with you, it helps harness your team’s full potential.

 

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Aaron Jones – a Heart as Big as Elk Country

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“He was a self-made man and a very special guy. Whatever he did, he did it by himself. It’s quite a story.”

Below is a reprint of the Jan-Feb 2015 issue of Bugle magazine.

When you think about the key figures who helped bring the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to life along with its mission to ensure the future of elk and elk country, co-founders Bob Munson and Charlie Decker immediately come to mind. However, there is another early pioneer and visionary who will never be forgotten. Aaron Jones recently died at the age of 92 but his legacy and contributions to the RMEF will live on.

“Without Aaron, there’s a good possibility that we wouldn’t have made it because he stepped up to the plate several different times,” said Decker. “He was really key and critical to the start of RMEF. We had to get Bugle magazine published so we called him to borrow $10,000. He told us to pay him back in a year. But in a year, we didn’t have it. So, we went to the bank and borrowed $10,000 and sent it to him. He sent it back to us and said, ‘I was just checking you guys out.’”

That level of trust, generosity, commitment and leadership supplied much-needed stability for an RMEF seeking to establish itself in its earliest years. Jones served as RMEF’s second chair of the board, following the footsteps of his friend Wallace Pate. He went on to become an early life member and leader on the Habitat Council. In 2001, Aaron and his wife Marie jointly received the Wallace Fennell Pate Wildlife Conservation Award, RMEF’s highest honor, for contributions of lasting significance to the Elk Foundation’s mission. It was presented by their long-time friend, former Forest Service Chief and fellow elk hunter, Jack Ward Thomas, who had himself become chair of the RMEF’s board of directors.

Jones’s actions and attitude also led to the formation of a deep bond and a long-lasting kinship between himself and Decker.

“We got to be great friends. I think we took close to 20 hunting trips together,” Decker said. “He was a self-made man and a very special guy. Whatever he did, he did it by himself. It’s quite a story.”

“Self-made man” is the perfect way to describe Jones. He was born in Utopia, Texas, but his childhood was anything but utopian. He witnessed his mother’s murder before his fifth birthday and he and his brothers spent time in an orphanage. His father paid their room and board at the children’s home until his auto repair shop burned down during the depths of the Depression. With no money to have his children live in the home, Aaron’s father moved him and his brothers to an uncle’s dairy farm in Oregon when Aaron was 10. The uncle took them in, but only on the condition that they earned their keep, which meant waking before dawn to work before school, then working until dark once they got home.

Jones excelled in school, served as the president of his class and was one of only two 1940 Toledo (Oregon) High School graduates to go to college. He put his education on hold to serve in World War II, where he ran an Army supply depot in the Philippines. After the war, he returned home and eventually earned a degree in physical education from the University of Oregon.

Jones worked in the woods setting chokers for his father-in-law, took shifts in his father-in-law’s planing mill and started trying his hand at selling lumber. Before long, he learned the ins and outs of the logging industry.

In 1953, he ventured out on his own and founded Seneca Sawmill Company in Eugene, taking its name from the property he leased on Seneca Road. By the end of the first year, with 25 employees and a production of 18,000 board feet of lumber, the fledgling company had already outgrown that location. He built the business into a thriving operation that provided a quality product for clients and steady paychecks for members of the community.

A problem-solver by nature, Jones was never content to do things the way they had always been done. He kept asking questions and exploring ways to get more lumber out of each log with less waste and more efficiency. Over the years, Jones was awarded more than 25 patents for sawmill technologies, which he developed through close teamwork with his employees. Aaron was always quick to credit his workforce for his extraordinary success and was fiercely loyal to his employees, saying, “The experience, ability and dedication of our people are second to none. They are Seneca’s greatest asset.”

Seeing a need for a reliable source of timber, Aaron began buying his own timberland in 1989. Today, Seneca owns 165,000 acres. In 1994, Jones developed the “Friendly Swap,” pioneering the concept of exchanging land between the federal government and private landowners to create land ownership patterns that better supported both landscape-scale ecosystem management and timber production.

His work as a leader in the lumber industry led to his appointment to numerous boards and organizations. He also received various awards for his dedication to the land, its resources and those who worked and owned it.

“Aaron will be remembered for the way he treated people. If he believed in someone, there was no limit to his support of that person. If he believed that something was right, there was no limit to his support of that principle,” said Marie Jones, Aaron’s wife. “In the days of price controls where some lumber manufacturers would sell their lumber to a shill company of their own so it could be resold at a higher price, Aaron refused to do business that way. He said he ‘would not take a nickel that didn’t belong to me.’”

Today, Seneca has more than 400 employees working in its four sawmills. Production exceeds 650 million board feet. Seneca Sustainable Energy, which came to life in 2009, uses the mill byproducts and other woody biomass to produce renewable energy for the local community.

Outside of family and work, Jones had several other passions. One of them was the outdoors, especially in the fall.

“Hunting season was Aaron’s favorite time of the year, and it was the only time you wouldn’t find him hard at work at his desk or out in the mill,” added Marie. “He loved to talk about the hunting trophies that hung on the walls at his office and at his cabin.”

In 2003, during his last hunt, Jones earned a spot high up in the Boone & Crockett record books after he killed a massive seven-by-seven bull elk in Arizona.

Aaron and Marie also loved to ride horses. Aaron was an excellent horseman who enjoyed trips to eastern Oregon, where he could be seen racing over rough ground at breakneck speed, rounding up wild horses with Basque shepherders. Their shared passion for horses and Thoroughbred racing developed into a thriving second business raising and breeding horses. Their best finish in the Kentucky Derby was fourth, but one of their horses won the Preakness, a horse sired by one of their stallions won the Belmont Stakes, and their horses also won several Breeders’ Cup races. The successful operation breeding championship Thoroughbreds continues today in Kentucky.

Jones is perhaps best known for having a big heart. His philanthropic endeavors were many. In addition to his financial support of RMEF, he also gave generously to the Festival of Trees, Volunteers in Medicine and Marist High School as well as the University of Oregon’s athletic program and business school. He was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved children and inspired those around him with his integrity and honesty.

As the bulls bugled all across elk country, Jones died on September 22, 2014, his favorite time of year. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, one stepdaughter, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a national conservation organization that reveres his name and lasting legacy.

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RMEF, Boone & Crockett Club: Environmental Groups’ Legal Strategy Undermines Collaborative Forest Improvement

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Below is a joint op-ed authored by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation President and CEO Kyle Weaver and Boone & Crockett Club CEO Tony Schoonen.

Our national forests are at a crossroads — and Montana’s are prime examples of the challenges we face.

Years of fire suppression have dramatically changed the composition and structure of the forested landscape. Disturbance was a key part of western ecology and without it, the forests become less resilient. Disease infestations have killed tens of thousands of trees. Conifers have expanded and begun to encroach aspen stands, sagebrush rangelands, and adjacent grasslands.

Unfortunately, with warmer temperatures, drought, and the degraded forest conditions, when fires come now — and they inevitably do — they are catastrophic, having significant long-term effects on vast landscapes and the wildlife that depend on them.

The reality is we need to do something if we want to restore forest health. The USDA Forest Service recognizes this and developed a strategy to confront the wildfire crisis and increase resilience through forest health treatments. They are working closely with local communities, Tribes, and other partners to implement locally led forest management projects that are good for the forest, good for communities, and good for wildlife.

Such was the case with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest that has worked closely with a working group of stakeholders and the National Forest Foundation to plan forest treatment projects.

The Pintler Face project near Anaconda went through years of discussion and collaborative planning. The partners agreed to the vision of implementing a variety of forest management tools including commercial timber harvest, thinning, removal of encroaching conifers in sagebrush rangelands, prescribed fire, aspen stand regeneration, and grassland and riparian improvements. Just 16% of the 73,624 acres within the project area are slated for treatments. The end result would be healthier sagebrush and grasslands, interspersed with healthier aspen and conifer stands — a mosaic of habitat types with different age classes of vegetation that benefits a wide range of wildlife species.

But like a predictable sitcom, environmental organizations who chose not to participate in the process have filed a suit to stop the Pintler Face project. Their claim is that the Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not adequately consider the impacts to threatened species like lynx and grizzly bears. Perhaps more frustrating is that the groups are also seeking to use the Equal Access to Justice Act to get their litigation costs reimbursed — often for sums well over $100,000.

Yes, our tax dollars will be spent to pay these groups for continuing to be the monkey wrench in beneficial projects that have been through extensive review and collaborative planning.

In fact, the Services did consider lynx, grizzly bears, and other wildlife species in their analysis. The forest treatments were adjusted to ensure adequate hiding cover remains and to avoid areas preferred by snowshoe hares (the lynx’s primary prey). And after the treatments occur, regeneration would actually increase forage and habitat availability.

We should not let a small group of special interests subvert projects that have already gone through extensive review and collaborative planning. The Pintler Face project would be good for wildlife, including — if not in particular — some of the vulnerable species for which the environmental groups claim they are safeguarding.

If we are truly going to confront the wildfire crisis and improve the health of our national forests, we should condemn these legal maneuverings and let our federal land management agencies actually do their jobs.

To learn more about the importance of active forest management to wildlife please visit us online at boone-crockett.org/forest-health or rmef.org/restoring, or in person at our headquarters buildings in Missoula.

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Your biggest adventure awaits: The Taurus® Expedition bolt-action rifle is here!

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The Taurus® Expedition is the latest edition to our exclusive Taurus Hunt line—a uniquely diverse collection of ultra-modern hunting firearms designed to maximize your lethality in the field.

Designed by hunters, built for hunters, the Expedition is the first bolt-action rifle available from Taurus USA.

Chambered in .308 Winchester with more calibers to follow, the Expedition is a feature-rich, expertly crafted bolt-action rifle that you can rely on—no matter where your next hunt takes you.

 

 

Based around the durable and incredibly popular Remington 700 action, the Expedition often delivers sub-MOA accuracy thanks to its hammer-forged stainless steel 18” barrel.

Another user-friendly touch is that Expedition feeds from commonly available AICS pattern magazines.

The thoughtful design features don’t stop there. The polymer stock features a scalloped cut, designed to make the rifle rest perfectly in gun saddles.

Hunters may also utilize the MLOK attachment point on the bottom of the stock or the integrated Spartan Precision attachment point for added versatility.

Learn more about the Taurus Expedition bolt-action rifle today at TaurusUSA.com.

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Leica sets new standard in sport optics: Introducing the Geovid Pro 10×42 AB+ with revolutionary Shot Probability Analysis

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Leading German optics brand Leica once again revolutionizes the hunting industry unveiling the Geovid Pro 10×42 AB+, a groundbreaking binocular setting a new benchmark in precision and features. This industry-leading package integrates Leica’s renowned optics and a top-tier laser rangefinder which is further enhanced with the precision of Applied Ballistics® Elite software. Leica is proud to be the first optics manufacturer to introduce ‘Shot Probability Analysis’, an innovative and exclusive feature, designed to significantly enhance shooting and hunting accuracy, offering unparalleled support in real-time decision-making.

The state-of-the-art ‘Shot Probability Analysis’ technology was developed by leading ballistics software manufacturer Applied Ballistics®. This groundbreaking feature calculates the probability of hitting the desired target by evaluating the reliability of four main parameters – distance, wind speed, rifle precision and muzzle velocity of the bullet. After providing variable input data, users receive a hit probability percentage shown both in the Leica Hunting App and the Geovid Pro AB+ display. This advanced technology supports ethical, safe and informed shots.

 

 

The Geovid Pro AB+ offers fast and precise range finding with ballistic solutions in a fraction of a second. The binoculars provide individual measurements and a scanning mode, ensuring reliable performance even in challenging conditions. With a maximum range of 3,200 yards or more and accuracy of +/- 0.5 yards, they are ideal for any long-range hunting or shooting application. The Geovid Pro range is equipped with Leica’s signature best-in-class optics that deliver exceptional performance, highlighted by outstanding color fidelity, specially coated prisms and enhanced stray-light and reflection correction.

The inclusion of Leica ProTrack further enhances the capabilities of the Geovid Pro AB+ offering the ability to plot GPS mapping points in BaseMap and Google Maps, elevating in-field tracking, surveying and game recovery to unprecedented levels of precision.

The Geovid Pro 10×42 AB+ will be available to order now at a retail price of $3,499.99 USD. Floating straps and a tripod adapter are available as additional accessories.

 

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