By Michael Deming

With summer in full swing and half of 2016 already in the books, we are starting to plan, scout and execute our fall experiences. This time of year is one of my absolute favorite times because the sky is the limit. What I mean by this is that the bucks, bulls or in my case, the bison of my dreams are all possible! That next world record just might be ours. These visions become goals and give us the drive to shoot hundreds of arrows each day, spend countless hours at the rifle range, hike to the top of the mountains to train and get up early to catch that glimpse of a trophy animal we hope to put a tag on in the fall.

Each and every year, the Sportsman’s News Team enjoys tremendous success in the field. Many people say that we are lucky and I would chalk some of our success up to luck for sure. Everything does need to come together to make it happen and there is definitely some luck involved. However, dedication, commitment and a lot of hard work go into our preparation for each and every one of our team members. Long days and lots of time away from our families is the name of the game to get this so called “luck” each and every year. However, I wouldn’t change a thing about what we do. It is very rewarding in the end.

The byproduct of what we do here is that we get to test just about every piece of gear in the outdoor market. Some of it is just fresh lipstick on an old pig, but there are often some new and innovative products that not only revolutionize the industry, but also change the way we do stuff. With over a thousand man days in the field, we get to see what will succeed and what is just marketing fluff.

Whether you’re looking to get a new knife for hunting season or thinking of spending a small fortune on a rifle setup, you should tap into this resource and knowledge. We have years of archived articles on our website and just by subscribing to the digital edition of Sportsman’s News, you will be eligible to win a world class fishing trip to Canada next summer for huge lake trout and pike with one of our endorsed outfitters. This will also get you the digital copy of Sportsman’s News each and every month with all of the product testing we do. This is at no cost to you.

Another resource available to you is the Sportsmansnewstv YouTube channel. We do about 60 video product reviews each and every year and they are all posted on this channel. Whenever we post one, you will get it sent to your email automatically if you are a subscriber. We are going to give away a Browning X-Bolt rifle in 300 Win Mag topped, with a Swarovski X5i riflescope in the future to one of our subscribers. This setup is worth over $5,000 and this rifle is a tack driver. You won’t want to miss out. We have established a win/win scenario for everyone with the Sportsman’s News publication and our YouTube channel. We will present you with a lot of great information at no charge and give you an opportunity to win some great stuff in the process.

If you are one of those people that believes in the philosophy that you get what you pay for, the Pro Membership Sweepstakes is right up your alley. For $27 a month or $297 for the year, you will get a lot of great perks, but one of the most important is the five tickets in our drawings every 10 days for over $300,000 worth of trips, guns and gear. The next 12 months’ giveaways are in the center spread of this issue. Another Sonora desert mule deer trip, worth $9,500, is available this month and next month the largest giveaway of the year will take place, with a $50,000 Sonora Desert Bighorn sheep hunt. Don’t miss your opportunity to win one of these great trips. Details at promembersweepstakes.com. Good luck.