THE STORIES BEHIND THE SHOTS

At Federal Premium®, we know the shooting sports are about more than just hitting your target. They're built on the experiences, knowledge and personalities that bind hunters and shooters together.

The Other Dove

The Other Dove

PIGEON HUNTING PRIMER

They get no respect, but common pigeons—or rock doves—are plentiful everywhere, can be hunted year-round and offer a great way to work out kinks in your shooting form before the “real” fall hunting seasons begin. Learn how to take advantage of this underappreciated species.

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Grand Ambitions

Grand Ambitions

TEAM FEDERAL PREMIUM

Each summer, the eyes of the shooting world focus on the American Trapshooting Association’s Grand American World Trapshooting Championships. Federal Premium’s Rick Marshall and Mallory Stanton are among the thousands who compete in the event—and they consistently shoot near the top of their field. Here’s how they do it.

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The Secret 7

The Secret 7

RAY STAFFORD

Trapshooting hall-of-famer Ray Stafford has smoked countless targets under pressure since he started shooting competitively in 1965. Along the way, he’s racked up a stellar string of victories in state, regional and world championships. He shares the seven secrets he’s learned along the way.

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5 Handgun Hacks

5 Handgun Hacks

HICKOK45

Legions of shooters look to this YouTube firearms reviewer for straightforward advice on guns. While many of his videos assess the merits and performance of specific firearms, he’s also an accomplished marksman—with a full chamber of tricks for putting more rounds on target.

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Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

ANTHONY FOSTER

When the spring woods call, Anthony Foster answers back with more than 40 years of experience communicating with gobblers. Get to know this master call maker and learn his secrets for fooling more longbeards this spring.

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BUILDING BLOCKS

BUILDING BLOCKS

PATRICK KELLEY

Practice is a surefire way to sharpen your shooting skills, whether you’re gunning for increased speed and accuracy with a modern sporting rifle or looking to improve your game in 3-gun competition. Since most shooters don’t enjoy the luxury of unlimited ammunition and range time, Federal Premium partner Patrick Kelley offers a three-step plan for high-efficiency practice.

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Strikeout Coyotes

Strikeout Coyotes

CLAY BELDING

Some hunters make mistakes before they even hit the field, errors that cost coyotes they could have bagged had they made better pre-hunt decisions. That’s according to Clay Belding, host of Federal Premium-sponsored “Dead Dog Walkin’.” The accomplished coyote killer identifies these three common missteps—and how to fix them.

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When To Break The Rules

When To Break The Rules

BEASLEY BROTHERS

Conventional wisdom offers countless solutions for the scenarios hunters face. Sit here. Stalk this. Wait there. But “Canada In The Rough” co-host Keith Beasley knows when to break from tradition. “There are definitely proven systems for hunting most types of game,” he says. “But you also have to be willing to think outside the box and break the rules when an orthodox plan isn’t working.”

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Hog Wild

Hog Wild

MIKE STROFF

If you want to be successful hunting hogs, get over the unfounded idea they’re stupid animals. In fact, your best bet is to hunt them with techniques you’d use to go after the smartest whitetail you’ve ever pursued, according to Federal Premium® partner Mike Stroff, host of “Savage Outdoors.” He shares his insights for staying one hoof step ahead of today’s ever-expanding—and increasingly challenging—feral pig populations.

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Sluggin’ Bucks Better

Sluggin’ Bucks Better

JACKIE BUSHMAN

If you think hunting deer with a slug gun puts you at a disadvantage, you haven’t seen what a modern slug can do. “Buckmasters” TV host Jackie Bushman knows their amazing capabilities. “With the shotguns and ammo available today, you’re not at a disadvantage at all,” Bushman says.

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Long-Range Reset

Long-Range Reset

ANDY FOLK

Andy Folk was just 4 years old when he squeezed his first trigger. Today he is a familiar face on the Precision Rifle Series, co-founder of “The FIRM” shooting team, and a respected gun-maker with a reputation for crafting tack-driving shooting platforms capable of consistently crushing targets more than 10 football fields downrange.

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Early Birds

Early Birds

CHAD BELDING

When it comes to hunting early-season ducks, especially those local birds, Chad Belding says there are a lot of things you can do to consistently succeed, yet only one thing you can do to fail: Underestimate them. “The Fowl Life” television show host says local ducks aren’t dumb and he knows how to stay on them after they’ve been hunted.

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Bear Busters

Bear Busters

Mike Stroff

Mike Stroff grew up on the coast of North Carolina, home to some of the biggest black bears in North America, and spent college breaks working at his father’s bear lodge in Maine. The “Savage Outdoors TV” host hasn’t kept track of the number of black bears he’s killed, but estimates it at more than 30 between Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48. Lucky for you, this globe-trotting expert shares his top tips for shooting your biggest bruin ever.

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Your First Elk Hunt

Your First Elk Hunt

BRAD FARRIS

A run-in with a giant bull might last only seconds, but anyone who’s hunted them knows that countless weeks and sometimes years of preparation go into making that encounter a success. Famed TV personality and hard core hunter Brad Farris knows this better than most. He shares the tips he’s learned for making sure you get to punch your coveted tag.

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3-Gun Crash Course

3-Gun Crash Course

TARAN BUTLER

It’s easy to understand why 3-gun is one of the most popular competitive shooting sports. Participants dash through complex courses, shooting targets from different positions and transitioning between a rifle, handgun and shotgun. There’s no better guy to tell you how to break into the sport than Taran Butler. He has a long list of championship wins in 3-gun and other shooting competitions, and when he’s not doing that he trains shooters in his style of high-speed firearm manipulation, with clientele such as big screen actors and directors.

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CALLING THE SHOT

CALLING THE SHOT

Chad Belding

Waterfowl hunting is often a group activity, and like any collective adventure, collaboration is key to everyone's enjoyment and safety, not to mention overall success. Toward that end, veteran duckman Chad Belding recommends entrusting one hunter to orchestrate the group’s every move.

"It's important to designate a hunt leader, so everybody knows their role and works together toward a common goal from the time you get out of the truck until you all head for home," says Belding, host of the wildly popular "The Fowl Life" television show and a widely recognized waterfowl hunting expert.

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The Unlucky 7

The Unlucky 7

Will Primos

If you hunt turkeys, you’ll make mistakes, so you might as well get used to the idea. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them or, better yet, learn from someone else’s before they cost you a gobbler. Will Primos, founder of Primos Hunting Calls, admits to making hundreds of mistakes. He’s shared his most common ones—and their solutions.

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MAXIMIZE RANGE TIME

MAXIMIZE RANGE TIME

JULIE GOLOB

With range time limited for most shooters, making the most of that time is critical. Shooting champion Julie Golob knows how to move the needle. A decorated U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit veteran and one of the world’s most successful competitive shooters with more than 120 major victories under her belt, she knows plenty about practice. But her busy life as a professional shooter, popular author, media personality and mother of two has also taught her much about making every second count.

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POINT AND SHOOT

POINT AND SHOOT

RICK MARSHALL

Wingshooting can be an incredibly satisfying or supremely frustrating experience, depending on how well you’re connecting with your targets. To boost your odds of connecting with every pull of the trigger, we enlisted world champion trapshooter Rick Marshall, Jr. The incredibly consistent hall-of-famer and veteran shooting instructor offers the following tips to take your wingshooting to the next level.

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Collecting A Legacy

Collecting A Legacy

DAVID "DOC" FREDERICKSON

Honorary Historian David "Doc" Frederickson has spent more than four decades collecting packaging and memorabilia for Federal Premium®, leaving a lasting mark on the company.

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