No doubt, the Gamo Squirrel Master Classic is one the most exciting outdoor shooting sports events in the country! What started as a friendly end-of-hunting-season industry event by Jackie Bushman of Buckmasters has grown into much-anticipated annual “happening” with a serious mission—to raise awareness of the need for hunter recruitment and to promote the next generation of young hunters and shooting sports ambassadors.
The event takes place in the renowned Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge located just outside of Montgomery, Alabama during the month of February. In every team competing there are noted outdoor television personalities with kids who participate in the 4H Shooting Sports Program along with a national media writer, a squirrel dog and a dog’s handler. A point system charts each team’s performance, with the top-scoring team winning the event.
This year the rifle chosen is the Gamo Swarm Magnum 10X GEN 2 with up to 1,300 fps muzzle velocity, and a new upgraded rapid reload technology 10X GEN 2 Inertia Fed that was introduced at Shot Show this year.
With hunting participation numbers continuing to decline along with the revenue hunting and shooting sports contribute to state habitat management and wildlife conservation, the need for reversing this historical trend has never been greater. Key to moving these outdoor sports toward positive-growth is by getting the youth into the woods so they can experience first-hand the fun and personal rewards of hunting.
For many young hunters and first-time shooters, air rifles provide the gateway to lifelong participation in hunting and shooting activities. This is why we are excited to be the co-sponsor of an event such as the Squirrel Master Classic.
The Squirrel Master Classic is an event everyone greatly enjoys, from the seasoned hunters to the 4H participants.