The 2022 National R3 Symposium wrapped up last week in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The 220 participants representing over 100 different organizations with an interest in hunting and shooting sports were the first to lay eyes on data released from the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (Council), documenting a slight decrease in hunting license sales in 2021.
It’s understandable if hunters everywhere feel defensive about our pastime, even to the point of being bashful. But the author has learned to bury the ignominy and proclaim his love of guns and hunting. After all, the last time anyone checked hunting was a legal activity.
Over 165,000 people made the trip to Harrisburg for GAOS, and local officials estimate that the show contributes $75 million to the local economy each year.
Ruger’s take on this classic makes for the most rugged Marlin rifle ever made.
In 2013, only weeks before the annual “Harrisburg show” was to begin, the event’s producer announced it had banned the sale or display of AR-style rifles. The sporting world was angered, and responded en masse to force a boycott. A year later, the NRA stepped in to rebrand the event the Great American Outdoor Show.