By Michael Deming

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is about ready to come to a close. The Holiday Season is just around the corner and with that, people will be looking for gifts for that outdoorsman or woman in their life. Our next issue will have an entire section on gifts that our staff has put to the test over the past year. These are products that we love having and have proven very useful during our time in the field. So, we are sure that receiving one of these recommended items is a gift which will be cherished for many years to come. However, that article won’t come out until the December issue.

Since this is the November issue, we want you to start thinking about purchasing a Sportsman’s News Pro Membership for that special person in your life for a gift. It is a significant investment of $297 for the entire year, but it has many perks for the price. The biggest is all the giveaways we do every ten days throughout the year. A Pro Membership gets you five tickets in every single drawing for the full year and some of the prizes we are offering are absolutely amazing. In the late summer of 2016, we will be giving away a Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunt in Sonora Mexico with one of our Platinum Approved Outfitters WRO Mexico. One lucky winner is going to get the opportunity to hunt one of the most sought after sheep species in North America in January of 2017. So, if you become a Sportsman’s News Pro Member right now, you will be in on that drawing for August 10th of 2016 as well as 35 other drawings. We gave away a Dall Sheep hunt this year, so for those sheep fanatics and those of you that would like to be, but just can’t afford it, the Pro Member Sweepstakes is an inexpensive way to get another shot at a sheep or two each year. You can see a complete list off all the winners as well as trips, guns and gear to be given away over the next 12 months by looking at the membership tab on the Sportsman’s News website. Your membership is for one full year from the day you enter.

We have made sure there are a lot of additional perks for our members on top of getting five tickets in each drawing for a full year. Each member gets an annual subscription to Sportsman’s News Magazine as well as all eight SNTV DVD’s we produce throughout the year. Both of these are mailed to your house. We also pay for you to have a digital subscription to Eastmans’ Hunting Journal and Eastmans’ Bowhunting Journal as well as three states of drawing notifications to Huntdraws.com When you book a trip with one of our Platinum Approved Outfitters, you will be given a 5% discount off of the trip. This savings alone will likely cover the cost of your membership. These benefits and more are available to our members, so become a Pro Member today. You just might be a winner.

We have just launched an updated website for sign-ups for the Pro Membership as well. This has all the latest and greatest in technology and is built on a format to accommodate the mobile user. Most of our members are signing up on mobile devices and it was a must to upgrade. We heard your complaints about how hard it was to sign up on the old system and we finally worked out all the bugs on the new system. So, feel free to check out the simplicity of the new system on your mobile device or from a desktop. We are sure that you will be very pleased with the process. We would love to hear your feedback as well and even better, would love to see your name pulled from our drum on one of our next drawings.

We have already completed a handful of our winner’s trips so far this year. We harvested a huge brown bear with Renfro’s Alaskan Adventures with one of our winners and you can read about that on our cover of this issue. Another winner was lucky enough to take his largest bull elk while hunting with J&J Outfitters in Utah. He said it was the experience of a lifetime and the explanation of what he had won didn’t do it justice. Most of our winners have said, “I never win anything!” The odds are great, so make sure you sign up for your chance to be one of our next winners. We select a new winner every 10 days, so if you’re not a Pro Member yet, enter today!