By Michael Deming

The holiday season is once again here and I want to personally wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It has been a very busy and productive year for all of us here at Sportsman’s News as well as Sportsman’s Warehouse. Sportsman’s Warehouse added nine new stores this year and they are looking at more projected growth in 2016. The map on the back cover of this issue will tell you what is forecasted for the future. You might just have a store coming to your town soon. The Sportsman’s Warehouse web team has made vast improvements to the online ordering system and it is now very user friendly. If you don’t have a store in your back yard, you can get the majority of products that are available in-store, online and delivered to your door. It is fun and exciting to see the positive growth happening and we are very excited to be a part of it.

We launched the Sportsman’s News Pro Membership Sweepstakes in the late spring of this year. As of today, we have given away over $150,000 worth of trips, guns and gear. We have already had the pleasure of traveling and filming some of these great trips with the winners. The most common statement we hear with these folks is that “I never win anything”. One such winner was Red Steele, from Colorado, who won a brown bear hunt in Alaska with one of our Platinum Approved Outfitters and had the time of his life. We have a moose hunt scheduled with this same outfitter in 2016 which will be given away soon and we will do another bear hunt for 2017, as well. The center spread in this issue will show you all of the announced trips for the next 12 months and on the website under the membership tab, will show you the past winners as well as what is coming in the future.

One of our biggest drawings for 2016 will be a Desert Bighorn sheep hunt in Sonora Mexico with Platinum Approved Outfitter WRO Mexico. This is a very expensive trip and whomever wins this trip is going to have a world class experience. For those of you that haven’t joined yet, we have a drawing every 10-days throughout the year and people love to have something like this to look forward to. So, the Pro Membership is a great gift idea for anyone who loves the outdoors. It’s especially good for that person in your life who already has nearly everything. They will get a subscription to Sportsman’s News Magazine, as well as a subscription to the SNTV DVD series, which is mailed to their house 8-times a year. Each drawing will give them five tickets in the drum to win the trip of a lifetime with one of our Platinum Approved Outfitters or other great prizes.

With the discussion of Christmas gifts, I want to mention the column about our gift recommendations in this issue. This is a column we have been doing here for a number of years and we always get great feedback from our readers. If you are still shopping for that special someone in your life, make sure you read this column. These products are truly the best of the best and have been put to the test by our staff. We have items in all price ranges to fit nearly everyone’s budget. Most importantly, we know from hard-core testing and lots of use that these products will be something that people will really enjoy and use for years and years.

With this issue, we will begin a new story contest. It will last for the next 12 months. One or two stories will make it into the contest each month. Those published will get their name in the drawing for a trip with me to Tazin Lake Lodge for Trophy Lake Trout and Northern Pike. This is a world class destination and whomever wins is gonna catch some really big fish. All the details on entering and article submission can be found on Page 4 of this issue. If you aren’t a writer, don’t worry. We have a second trip to give away and all you have to do is sign up for the Sportsman’s News Digital Edition. We would like to save a few trees over the next year, so click the subscription tab pop-up that shows up on your screen, sign up for our digital edition and you will be automatically registered. You will also be emailed one of Tazin Lake Lodges 2016 brochures to show you just what is in store for you if you win.

And again, from all of us here at Sportsman’s News, have a great Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year.