As the popularity of online communities and social networks across the Web continues to skyrocket, hunters and shooters are rushing to join the crowd.
One such social landing point, Weatherby Nation, has been steadily gaining momentum since its launch in 2007 and recently reached a membership milestone. The Nation, which is one of the first stand-alone online communities created by a firearms company, soared past the 25,000-member mark during the first week of July.
In 2008 alone, there were 127,500 unique visitors to the site, which offers free membership, special promotions and exclusive downloads.
"It's been exciting to watch the rapid growth of Weatherby Nation and see how active it has become," said Brad Ruddell, Weatherby's vice president of sales and marketing.
"The Nation is much more than a resource on all things Weatherby," Ruddell added. "It's a place where passionate hunters and shooters can gather to swap stories and photos, discuss past and future hunts, show off their trophies, and give and receive input on firearms and related equipment. In addition, we are planning a number of exciting enhancements that will make the site even more useful, informative and entertaining for the members."
Through June 2009, more than 150 forums were active on Spike Camp, Weatherby Nation's key feature. The forums are categorized by species, types of firearms and other hunting- and shooting-related topics such as ammunition, reloading and optics.
Other Weatherby Nation features include an online trophy room, virtual gun rack and online store-the only source for Weatherby Nation gear and apparel. Members can also connect with hunting buddies and join groups with similar interests, as well as participate in product surveys and be among the first to receive "breaking news" from Weatherby.
Weatherby Sweepstakes Offers Chance to Win SA-08 Synthetic Semi-Auto Shotguns
After the sweepstakes is concluded a random drawing will be conducted with the winners announced March 1, 2010.
The SA-08 Synthetic is available in either 12 or 20 gauge with 26- or 28-inch barrels. There is also a youth model with a 12½-inch length of pull and 24-inch barrel. All SA-08 models feature the proven dual-valve system that allows shooters to quickly adapt the shotgun to accommodate the widest load ranges. The dual-valve system also manages recoil and reduces it as compared to traditional single-valve shotguns.
To enter the sweepstakes, go to 449semi-auto.com, and complete and submit the registration form. Entrants must be a legal resident of the U.S., 21 years of age or older on date of entry and legally qualified to possess a firearm.