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OL 25: Leaders in Hunting, Fishing and Conservation

OL 25: Leaders in Hunting, Fishing and Conservation

Read all about this year’s honorees, and leave comments below to vote for your Reader’s Choice.
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from Mary Shaffer wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

My vote is for QDMA CEO Brian Murphy.

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from DCPBUD wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

My vote is for Mgr Dan! Great Man, Great Cause, Great Team! Everyone needs to get behind "Folds of Honor"

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from yellowballgolf wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Major Dan Rooney epitomizes the true meaning of a caring human being. He has dedicated his life to helping those who have made us live our lives in freedom and comfort. Thank you Major Dan for your service to our country and the game of golf.

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from gaplouie wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Dan leads by exampe. The response to the Folds of Honor by the PGA (specifically in Michigan)have been inspirational.

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from kevin4pokes wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I had the pleasure of meeting Dan a couple of years ago. He is a remarkable man. He is completely dedicated to his country and his mission, the Folds of Honor Foundation. Good luck Dan!

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from kpmckinley wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Dan Rooney deserves this. His work with Folds of Honor and honoring the legacy of our nations heros has blossomed into one of the best stories (PERIOD) that our nation has seen in years. From being inspired on a runway to raising enough money to fund scholarships for thousands of spouses and children of the killed or injured is an amazing feat. His perseverence is second to none and he has assembled a fantastic team or staff, partners and spokespeople. He gets my vote.

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from Billcue wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

My Vote is for Major Dan !!!!!Great man with great vision. He helps support Many of our wounded & fallen soldier families !!! God bless Major Dan !!!

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from Carl Williams wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

My vote is for Major Dan Rooney who has served three tours of duty in Iraq as an F-16 fighter pilot protecting the freedoms we as Americans enjoy daily. Major Rooney founded the Folds of Honor Foundation that provides educational opportunities for spouses and children of American service men and women that have been injured or killed serving their country. Major Rooney is a true American Patriot and his mission reminds us that Freedom is Not Free.

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from SSinger wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Major Dan Rooney's commitment and passion to insure that "we leave no one behind on the field of battle" and the fact that "freedom isn't free" is not jus spoken but is lived with the founding of the Folds of Honor Foundation. As a wingman on the mission of the Folds of Honor, I have personally met the children and spouses of fallen and disabled veterans whose legacy is honored by the support the foundation provides them for future education. What better way to serve those that serve in America's military than to insure their children will have the support for further education when sadly the military is killed in permanently disabled. If there is ever an opportunity to meet and hear the clear vision that Major Rooney has jump on it and don't miss it.

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from Isaac Weeks wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I vote for Bruce Billington!!!!

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from D_outdoorz wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Chad Waligura is an outdoorsman and hunter...plain and simple. If you ask him why he chooses to help others get into the outdoors, he would say, "Because I love it so much I want to share it with others." Not only does he understand how hard it can be to access the outdoors with a disability, he also knows how important the outdoors is to the quality of ones life. He inspires others to share their stories as well. It's just that important to him. Thanks Chad!

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from deerhunter_stud wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Brian Murphy with the QDMA gets my vote, with deer hunting being the most popular big game animal to hunt it needs the most attention to protecting it for future of deer hunting. Brian Murphy along with the rest of the QDMA affiliated biologist I owe a huge thanks in guiding us deer hunters in the right direction when it comes to good sound herd and habitat management. Thanks Brian for your dedication.

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from cpape wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Bruce Billington has been a champion to the outdoors and promoting healing to our vets using the outdoors.

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from GKenny wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Another vote for Bruce Billington. Project New Hope is an awesome project. Bless our vets!

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from FreedomFighter wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Bruce Billington gets my vote! Veterans make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and are not usually treated with the respect they deserve when they return. Anybody that helps fellow veterans in need, with a program such as "Project New Hope" should get all of the votes in my book!

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from Dr.mandimarshall wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Karen Butler is by far the best! She is a leader in woman's shooting sports! Thanks Karen for Shootlikeagirl.com!!!!

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from gsgoerig wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Great Work Chad!

You have helped so many people get back to their true passion!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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from Jambo wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Good for outdoor life to include Karen Butler. She is inspiring women hunters all over the USA

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from 17fireball wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I saw Major Rooney speak about what Folds of Honor is all about. It was one of the most inspiring talks that I have ever heard. The organization that Dan has created helps those left behind by our soldiers who have made the "ultimate sacrifice" for this country. Here's a guy who has already served, who continues to work for those who have fallen to insure that their loved ones will have some help in their absence. If you haven't already looked into this organization or another favorite of mine- The Fisher House- please do and make a donation for the 2011 tax year. Remember- "Freedom isn't Free".

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from philcosfreedomteam wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Bruce Billington deserves this award. He's made a strong effort to help out our veterans with the creation of Project New Hope..held many retreats and continues to serve those who have served this country.

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from cpape wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Bruce B. Definately.

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from dboudr5 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I vote for Brian Murphy, CEO of QDMA, the nation's leading conservation group.

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from Kiko wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote goes to Chad; he is an inspiration to many hunters. I am disabled with a muscular disorder and Chad brought me back to hunting and fishing to the events he organizes for people with disabilities and wounded soldiers. Chad deserves to win. There is nothing that stops him from achieving his goals.

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from Kiko wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote goes to Chad; he is an inspiration to many hunters. I am disabled with a muscular disorder and Chad brought me back to hunting and fishing to the events he organizes for people with disabilities and wounded soldiers. Chad deserves to win. There is nothing that stops him from achieving his goals.

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from Old Hickory wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I vote for Chad!

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from Ilar Paul Meeks wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My Vote is for Chad! He is a great person and has done so much for the Outdoors! Chad- Thank you for all your help and for all you have done for the industry! Happy Hunting!

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from utley0105 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote is for Chad! Amazing!

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from Mompojo wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I've known Chad since he was a freshman at Texas A&M . He was an amazingly upbeat and inspirational kid then and has continued to be an inspiration to this day. No one would make a better representative for your magazine than Chad. I'm on Team Chad!

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from happi2001 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I am inspired by Chad Waligura who didn't let a spinal cord injury stop him from doing what he loves. Instead it brought out his resourcefulness and creativity, which has not only allowed him to still participate in hunting but also others with paralysis, like myself. Thanks friend for all that you have done and all that you continue to do.

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from hollyclass wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote is for Chad Waligura...he is such a inspiration :)

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from ChuckfromGRMI wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote is for Chad Waligura. He is a real inspiration and motivator to all of us who are disabled and still want to hunt, fish and enjoy our great outdoors.

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from tameone wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I vote for Chad Waligura. He's an inspiration to me and I hope he continues his efforts!

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from ccard257 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Another vote for Chad Waligura.

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from blonde_huntress wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote is for Chad Waligura. From taking a blind man on a successful duck hunt, aiding friends with zero gravity shooting devices so their body's limitations don't limit their ability to hunt, creating and testing hunting adaptive equipment, as well as helping both experienced and novice able-bodied hunters...INNOVATOR is a great title for this outdoorsman. Thanks for helping ALL of us enjoy the outdoors even more Chad.

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from cozment wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote is for Chad Waligura!! He is an inspriation to so many!!

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from Kronner wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Bruce Billington gets my vote. This guy has quite a passion to help our veterans who are in need. For those who are not familiar with Project New Hope, please inform yourselves, and spread the word. Bruce has brought forth a great thing that impacts us all in some way. Through the men and women who protect what most of us take for granted.

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from jen.billington@... wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Thank you for taking a vision and running with it to support our troops and their families.

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from brianh wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Way to go OL for putting Bruce in the 25 leaders. Our Veterans are in great hands with Bruce Billington.

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from bushaw13 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Nice job Bruce keep up the great work.

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from smwkc wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Major Dan is your man! The work he has done and is still doing with FOH is amazing.

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from stephaniec wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote if for Major Dan Rooney! You have truely inspired me!

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from lgyori wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Dan and FOH have my vote!

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from laurasmom wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My vote is for Major Dan Rooney. He is a patriot with a huge heart.

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from theturkeywhisperer wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I vote for Scott Campbell and Hunters Helping Soldiers! Scott's worked his tail off to get our Fighting men, women and their children afield! I have the upmost respect for Scott! Brother you are a class act!

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from Cliffc60 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Outdoor Life chose John Thune as a "Conservationist". They obviously have their heads in a place where the sun does not shine. Thune backs expanding ethanol production and has always backed ethanol.
This is not helping wildlife in South Dakota or anywhere else.
South Dakota lost about 500,000 acres of CRP to greedy farmers wanting to plant more corn due to ethanol increasing corn prices.
Take a drive anywhere in the Eastern third of South Dakota, especially from Watertown south to Sioux City this winter and you will notice it is a wasteland that cannot support any kind of wildlife short of hawks and rodents.
Look at how much fertilizer is used for corn production,which is produced from petroleum. This goes into our water, both ground and surface waters. Use your intellegence to imagine how much petroleum is used to disc fields, haul seed, plant corn, fertilize, spray corn, harvest it, haul it to the ethanol plant and then haul ethanol to the distributors. Ethanol production at turns over 100,000 gal. of water per day into steam at a typical plant.
The same farmers polluting our water with chemicals from corn production whined about an oil pipeline because it "might" pollute the water. Take a look at how many cattle are defecating in our streams and lakes on farms in South Dakota and Nebraska. Do you think these hayshakers are good stewards of our natural resources?

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from BigHunter1 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Wow! You need better research on Sen. Thune. Although he is a 2nd amendment supporter and has work to help CRP acres, he stands with our Governor prohibiting our Game, Fish and Parks from buying public land (even from willing sellers).His friends, family and himself never have to hunt public lands, but he's forcing other hunters to quit and making sure our kids and grandkids lose out on our hunting heritiage. He's also against designating a wilderness area here in South Dakota! How can you not know this information before you nominate him?? He was once listed on the "dirty dozen" as having the worst conservation and environmental record in all of Congress! He supports the Keystone XL pipeline which is killing thousands of wildlife in Canada and destroying "Outdoor Life". You just have to look at his voting record this last year to see all the funding cuts for conservation and the environment to see he should not be in this list! Wildlife is owned by the public for the benefit of all, not just the priviliged few.

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from jd dude wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Bruce's vision and dedication has created a great means for veterans to seek help. More people should follow Bruce's example. Thanks for your hard work!

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from mike schmid wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Anyone that dedicates this amount of time and performs the selfless acts you have for years for our veterans and their families gets my vote hands down....it is people like you that make our country so GOOD!! Thanks you!

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from turkeyhunter wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thank you Bruce Billington for your great work with Our Veterans & their Families

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from shehunts2 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I vote for Bruce Billington!!!

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from teresa000 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

A big huge thank you to Lou Consoli for helping here in Alabama after the April 27th tornados. Thanks to volunteers like you Alabama has come a long way since that devestating day.

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from KelliG wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

My vote is for Karen Butler and her work with Shoot Like a Girl. I am very proud to have had the chance to work with her and her organization. It's a great thing she is doing helping more women get involved in shooting sports that can develop into a lifelong hobby for many.

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from rpitcock wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

What an awesome way to use your talents to give to those in need! God Bless you!

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from rjheirtzler wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thanks for helping the veterans, I am a US Navy Veteran!! Keep up the good work!!

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from DKAllen wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I vote for Bruce Billington with Project New Hope!!

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from harleywulf wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I vote for Bruce Billington for all his work with Project New Hope! Good Luck Bruce!

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from rudypoo2u wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Congrats to Bruce Billington on his nomination. Veteran related programs such as Project New Hope. their Organizers and Volunteers deserve as much recognition as possible.

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from Jud wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Lou gets my vote.He hands on with his charity.He gives of his time and money to help people less fortunate!

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from srayk49 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

In support of Bruce Billington,a good man doing great things for our veterans!

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from Pete Goodman wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I place my vote for Bruce Billington for his work with OUR Veterans.

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from jackie wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thank You Bruce for the great work that you and Project New Hope are doing for Veterans and their families...Good Luck

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from SnyderLar wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Bruce Billington for his work with veterans and their families.

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from Bob Wilde wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

This is a vote for Mr. Billington! Great cause!

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from Josh Freeman wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Good Luck Bruce !!!!

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from Radams wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Good Luck! You are my vote for The Reader's Choice! Thank you for supporting our Veteran's!

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from Mrskron wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Bruce you do amazing, great things and very much deserve to win this - good luck and thank you for all you do!!!

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from kbill wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

From humble beginnings Project New Hope has blossomed into a multi-state organization dedicated to the men and women who keep freedom alive. All this came about under the direction and dreams of Bruce Billington. He has my vote. From one vet to another, thank you Bruce.

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from bpate wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Lou Consoli..Unsung Hero...awesome article. Many people heard about, or saw on the news the devastation that Alabama residents suffered in April, but Lou stepped up to the plate and raised money for food and water and donated many hours of his time to help us in our time of need. His organization Anglers Feeding America has helped so many. And we would like to say a BIG thank you to both Lou Consoli and Outdoor Life Magazine for your article.

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from mreynolds wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Project New Hope is a great resource for returning veterans. Thanks, Bruce, for all you do.

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from John Keiffer wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I'd like to place a vote for Bruce Billington. I've known Bruce for over 10 years and spent many hours in the outdoors camping and fishing. Bruce has leadership qualities and great knowledge of the outdoors which has provided for memorable annual father/son trips. Bruce is applying these skills to providing great experiences for our returning veterans. Its a great cause!

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from nelv wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Bruce Billington, my vote is for you. It's an honor to know you for what you've done for our returning heroes. I believe that the outdoors help heal unseen wounds and reconnect people that have seen enough horrors - thank you for making the transition easier for our soldiers!

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from Heidi Anne Bambach wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I'd like to vote for Bruce Billington! My son is in the Army National Guard, and I have a soft-spot for his wonderful work!

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from JazsMom wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I vote for Bruce, our veterans need time and healing and his organiztion is just what some of them need to readjust to being back here :) Go Bruce!

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from uco@3rivers.net wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

My vote is for Karen Butler. Karen has accomplished so much for women in the sport of hunting. Karen just finished a hunt in Montana with us and what a true sportswoman and conversationalist. Karen gives 100% to what she believes in. A remarkable woman.

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from wh1 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Karen Butler is doing great work for the future of the outdoor lifestyle. Shoot Like A Girl has taken a unique approach to the introduction of women to the shooting sports. She and her company deserve our support.

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from the_huntress920 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thank you for all that you do Scott Campbell!!! You are amazing and thanks for HHS!!! I know what it means to so many people and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

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from trapper vic wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Great people do great things!

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from slg2inc wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thanks Outdoor Life for recognizing the impact Shoot Like a Girl is having on the industry!

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from Kimberly Brinson Fox wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I am so proud of the hard work and dedication that Karen Butler has put into Shoot Like a Girl. It is so refreshing to see women have an opportunity to experiment with archery and ask hunting and shooting related questions without feeling inferior. Karen has done wonders for the women who want to get involved in the hunting and shooting sports. I am honored to call her a friend.

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from mimom wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I'm so very proud of my son, Scott! HHS is a wonderful foundation for our Soldiers and family.
Scott has started a great way to give back to our Brave man & women and their children.
Keep up the good job!

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from fisherman419 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Scott Campbell, thanks for making a difference!

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from melindak89 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

My vote is for Karen Butler, as a woman in hunting sports I greatly admire what she has accomplished for women.

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from paularnhold wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Great slate of candidates. I'd like to vote for Major Dan Rooney and Folds of Honor!

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from huntinglife wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Great Work Bruce, We need more like you in the hunting world!!

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from RubyMontana wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Karen - Thank you for supporting women in the outdoors, for bringing education to women and the sporting world in general, for helping people be empowered, for supporting breast cancer efforts and for being beautiful inside and out. Cheers from the Ruby Valley of Montana!

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from Charles Daugherty wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Karen Butler is my FAVORITE! She continues to advance shooting sports for women.

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from kbill wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Great dad, great son and awesome supporter of the veterans.

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from photojenic wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

SoOoOooo awesome Bruce! Congrats on getting this far...it's an honor being friends with you. You're a good man!

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from mnbigred wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

My vote is for Bruce Billington. Great job Dad, I Love You.

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from Valsuzee wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Thank you Bruce! Keep up the great work!!

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from BUC66 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Bruce, you are truly a friend to the Veterans who so bravely serve our country. Thanks so much for all you have done to help them get back to their lives as Husbands, Fathers, and Civilians. God Bless you.

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from BUC66 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Bruce, you are truly a friend to the Veterans who so bravely serve our country. Thanks so much for all you have done to help them get back to their lives as Husbands, Fathers, and Civilians. God Bless you.

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from kvitalis wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

A huge thank you to Bruce and his organization for changing the lives of so many of our veterans.

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from RKompelien wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

As a veteran, I wholeheartedly support and appreciate the work of Bruce and Project New Hope. A service to veterans is a service to our country.

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from bobc9246 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Thank You Bruce for the great work that you and Project New Hope are doing for Veterans and their families:)

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from Niceguy wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Few People in this world have impacts like this on so many in times of need. Thank You Bruce.

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from MNBigdawg wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Thank you Bruce Billington for supporting Veterans and their families.

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from JM1993 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

gregoryks comment sums it up pretty well =]

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from gregoryk wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Great work helping out the veterans Bruce! Keep up the good work. We appreciate it.

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from JM1993 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

gregoryks comment sums it up pretty well =]

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from gregoryk wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Great work helping out the veterans Bruce! Keep up the good work. We appreciate it.

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from bobc9246 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Thank You Bruce for the great work that you and Project New Hope are doing for Veterans and their families:)

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from BUC66 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Bruce, you are truly a friend to the Veterans who so bravely serve our country. Thanks so much for all you have done to help them get back to their lives as Husbands, Fathers, and Civilians. God Bless you.

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from photojenic wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

SoOoOooo awesome Bruce! Congrats on getting this far...it's an honor being friends with you. You're a good man!

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from RubyMontana wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Karen - Thank you for supporting women in the outdoors, for bringing education to women and the sporting world in general, for helping people be empowered, for supporting breast cancer efforts and for being beautiful inside and out. Cheers from the Ruby Valley of Montana!

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from melindak89 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

My vote is for Karen Butler, as a woman in hunting sports I greatly admire what she has accomplished for women.

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from JazsMom wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I vote for Bruce, our veterans need time and healing and his organiztion is just what some of them need to readjust to being back here :) Go Bruce!

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from nelv wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Bruce Billington, my vote is for you. It's an honor to know you for what you've done for our returning heroes. I believe that the outdoors help heal unseen wounds and reconnect people that have seen enough horrors - thank you for making the transition easier for our soldiers!

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from mreynolds wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Project New Hope is a great resource for returning veterans. Thanks, Bruce, for all you do.

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from bpate wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Lou Consoli..Unsung Hero...awesome article. Many people heard about, or saw on the news the devastation that Alabama residents suffered in April, but Lou stepped up to the plate and raised money for food and water and donated many hours of his time to help us in our time of need. His organization Anglers Feeding America has helped so many. And we would like to say a BIG thank you to both Lou Consoli and Outdoor Life Magazine for your article.

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from Mrskron wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Bruce you do amazing, great things and very much deserve to win this - good luck and thank you for all you do!!!

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from Josh Freeman wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Good Luck Bruce !!!!

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from SnyderLar wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Bruce Billington for his work with veterans and their families.

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from srayk49 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

In support of Bruce Billington,a good man doing great things for our veterans!

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from rudypoo2u wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Congrats to Bruce Billington on his nomination. Veteran related programs such as Project New Hope. their Organizers and Volunteers deserve as much recognition as possible.

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from theturkeywhisperer wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I vote for Scott Campbell and Hunters Helping Soldiers! Scott's worked his tail off to get our Fighting men, women and their children afield! I have the upmost respect for Scott! Brother you are a class act!

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from bushaw13 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Nice job Bruce keep up the great work.

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from Kronner wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Bruce Billington gets my vote. This guy has quite a passion to help our veterans who are in need. For those who are not familiar with Project New Hope, please inform yourselves, and spread the word. Bruce has brought forth a great thing that impacts us all in some way. Through the men and women who protect what most of us take for granted.

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from cozment wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote is for Chad Waligura!! He is an inspriation to so many!!

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from ccard257 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Another vote for Chad Waligura.

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from hollyclass wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote is for Chad Waligura...he is such a inspiration :)

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from happi2001 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I am inspired by Chad Waligura who didn't let a spinal cord injury stop him from doing what he loves. Instead it brought out his resourcefulness and creativity, which has not only allowed him to still participate in hunting but also others with paralysis, like myself. Thanks friend for all that you have done and all that you continue to do.

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from cpape wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Bruce B. Definately.

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from philcosfreedomteam wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Bruce Billington deserves this award. He's made a strong effort to help out our veterans with the creation of Project New Hope..held many retreats and continues to serve those who have served this country.

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from Niceguy wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Few People in this world have impacts like this on so many in times of need. Thank You Bruce.

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from kvitalis wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

A huge thank you to Bruce and his organization for changing the lives of so many of our veterans.

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from BUC66 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Bruce, you are truly a friend to the Veterans who so bravely serve our country. Thanks so much for all you have done to help them get back to their lives as Husbands, Fathers, and Civilians. God Bless you.

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from mnbigred wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

My vote is for Bruce Billington. Great job Dad, I Love You.

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from kbill wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Great dad, great son and awesome supporter of the veterans.

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from Charles Daugherty wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Karen Butler is my FAVORITE! She continues to advance shooting sports for women.

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from huntinglife wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Great Work Bruce, We need more like you in the hunting world!!

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from fisherman419 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Scott Campbell, thanks for making a difference!

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from Kimberly Brinson Fox wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I am so proud of the hard work and dedication that Karen Butler has put into Shoot Like a Girl. It is so refreshing to see women have an opportunity to experiment with archery and ask hunting and shooting related questions without feeling inferior. Karen has done wonders for the women who want to get involved in the hunting and shooting sports. I am honored to call her a friend.

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from the_huntress920 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thank you for all that you do Scott Campbell!!! You are amazing and thanks for HHS!!! I know what it means to so many people and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

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from wh1 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Karen Butler is doing great work for the future of the outdoor lifestyle. Shoot Like A Girl has taken a unique approach to the introduction of women to the shooting sports. She and her company deserve our support.

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from Heidi Anne Bambach wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I'd like to vote for Bruce Billington! My son is in the Army National Guard, and I have a soft-spot for his wonderful work!

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from John Keiffer wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I'd like to place a vote for Bruce Billington. I've known Bruce for over 10 years and spent many hours in the outdoors camping and fishing. Bruce has leadership qualities and great knowledge of the outdoors which has provided for memorable annual father/son trips. Bruce is applying these skills to providing great experiences for our returning veterans. Its a great cause!

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from kbill wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

From humble beginnings Project New Hope has blossomed into a multi-state organization dedicated to the men and women who keep freedom alive. All this came about under the direction and dreams of Bruce Billington. He has my vote. From one vet to another, thank you Bruce.

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from Bob Wilde wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

This is a vote for Mr. Billington! Great cause!

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from Pete Goodman wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I place my vote for Bruce Billington for his work with OUR Veterans.

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from Jud wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Lou gets my vote.He hands on with his charity.He gives of his time and money to help people less fortunate!

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from DKAllen wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I vote for Bruce Billington with Project New Hope!!

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from rpitcock wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

What an awesome way to use your talents to give to those in need! God Bless you!

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from shehunts2 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I vote for Bruce Billington!!!

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from mike schmid wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Anyone that dedicates this amount of time and performs the selfless acts you have for years for our veterans and their families gets my vote hands down....it is people like you that make our country so GOOD!! Thanks you!

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from BigHunter1 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Wow! You need better research on Sen. Thune. Although he is a 2nd amendment supporter and has work to help CRP acres, he stands with our Governor prohibiting our Game, Fish and Parks from buying public land (even from willing sellers).His friends, family and himself never have to hunt public lands, but he's forcing other hunters to quit and making sure our kids and grandkids lose out on our hunting heritiage. He's also against designating a wilderness area here in South Dakota! How can you not know this information before you nominate him?? He was once listed on the "dirty dozen" as having the worst conservation and environmental record in all of Congress! He supports the Keystone XL pipeline which is killing thousands of wildlife in Canada and destroying "Outdoor Life". You just have to look at his voting record this last year to see all the funding cuts for conservation and the environment to see he should not be in this list! Wildlife is owned by the public for the benefit of all, not just the priviliged few.

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from laurasmom wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My vote is for Major Dan Rooney. He is a patriot with a huge heart.

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from brianh wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Way to go OL for putting Bruce in the 25 leaders. Our Veterans are in great hands with Bruce Billington.

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from blonde_huntress wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote is for Chad Waligura. From taking a blind man on a successful duck hunt, aiding friends with zero gravity shooting devices so their body's limitations don't limit their ability to hunt, creating and testing hunting adaptive equipment, as well as helping both experienced and novice able-bodied hunters...INNOVATOR is a great title for this outdoorsman. Thanks for helping ALL of us enjoy the outdoors even more Chad.

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from tameone wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I vote for Chad Waligura. He's an inspiration to me and I hope he continues his efforts!

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from ChuckfromGRMI wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote is for Chad Waligura. He is a real inspiration and motivator to all of us who are disabled and still want to hunt, fish and enjoy our great outdoors.

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from Mompojo wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I've known Chad since he was a freshman at Texas A&M . He was an amazingly upbeat and inspirational kid then and has continued to be an inspiration to this day. No one would make a better representative for your magazine than Chad. I'm on Team Chad!

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from gsgoerig wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Great Work Chad!

You have helped so many people get back to their true passion!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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from cpape wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Bruce Billington has been a champion to the outdoors and promoting healing to our vets using the outdoors.

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from D_outdoorz wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Chad Waligura is an outdoorsman and hunter...plain and simple. If you ask him why he chooses to help others get into the outdoors, he would say, "Because I love it so much I want to share it with others." Not only does he understand how hard it can be to access the outdoors with a disability, he also knows how important the outdoors is to the quality of ones life. He inspires others to share their stories as well. It's just that important to him. Thanks Chad!

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from kevin4pokes wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I had the pleasure of meeting Dan a couple of years ago. He is a remarkable man. He is completely dedicated to his country and his mission, the Folds of Honor Foundation. Good luck Dan!

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from RKompelien wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

As a veteran, I wholeheartedly support and appreciate the work of Bruce and Project New Hope. A service to veterans is a service to our country.

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from Valsuzee wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Thank you Bruce! Keep up the great work!!

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from mimom wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I'm so very proud of my son, Scott! HHS is a wonderful foundation for our Soldiers and family.
Scott has started a great way to give back to our Brave man & women and their children.
Keep up the good job!

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from slg2inc wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thanks Outdoor Life for recognizing the impact Shoot Like a Girl is having on the industry!

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from Radams wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Good Luck! You are my vote for The Reader's Choice! Thank you for supporting our Veteran's!

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from jackie wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thank You Bruce for the great work that you and Project New Hope are doing for Veterans and their families...Good Luck

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from harleywulf wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I vote for Bruce Billington for all his work with Project New Hope! Good Luck Bruce!

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from rjheirtzler wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thanks for helping the veterans, I am a US Navy Veteran!! Keep up the good work!!

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from KelliG wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

My vote is for Karen Butler and her work with Shoot Like a Girl. I am very proud to have had the chance to work with her and her organization. It's a great thing she is doing helping more women get involved in shooting sports that can develop into a lifelong hobby for many.

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from turkeyhunter wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thank you Bruce Billington for your great work with Our Veterans & their Families

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from jd dude wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Bruce's vision and dedication has created a great means for veterans to seek help. More people should follow Bruce's example. Thanks for your hard work!

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from Cliffc60 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Outdoor Life chose John Thune as a "Conservationist". They obviously have their heads in a place where the sun does not shine. Thune backs expanding ethanol production and has always backed ethanol.
This is not helping wildlife in South Dakota or anywhere else.
South Dakota lost about 500,000 acres of CRP to greedy farmers wanting to plant more corn due to ethanol increasing corn prices.
Take a drive anywhere in the Eastern third of South Dakota, especially from Watertown south to Sioux City this winter and you will notice it is a wasteland that cannot support any kind of wildlife short of hawks and rodents.
Look at how much fertilizer is used for corn production,which is produced from petroleum. This goes into our water, both ground and surface waters. Use your intellegence to imagine how much petroleum is used to disc fields, haul seed, plant corn, fertilize, spray corn, harvest it, haul it to the ethanol plant and then haul ethanol to the distributors. Ethanol production at turns over 100,000 gal. of water per day into steam at a typical plant.
The same farmers polluting our water with chemicals from corn production whined about an oil pipeline because it "might" pollute the water. Take a look at how many cattle are defecating in our streams and lakes on farms in South Dakota and Nebraska. Do you think these hayshakers are good stewards of our natural resources?

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from lgyori wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Dan and FOH have my vote!

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from stephaniec wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote if for Major Dan Rooney! You have truely inspired me!

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from smwkc wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Major Dan is your man! The work he has done and is still doing with FOH is amazing.

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from jen.billington@... wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Thank you for taking a vision and running with it to support our troops and their families.

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from utley0105 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote is for Chad! Amazing!

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from Ilar Paul Meeks wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My Vote is for Chad! He is a great person and has done so much for the Outdoors! Chad- Thank you for all your help and for all you have done for the industry! Happy Hunting!

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from Old Hickory wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I vote for Chad!

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from Kiko wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote goes to Chad; he is an inspiration to many hunters. I am disabled with a muscular disorder and Chad brought me back to hunting and fishing to the events he organizes for people with disabilities and wounded soldiers. Chad deserves to win. There is nothing that stops him from achieving his goals.

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from 17fireball wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I saw Major Rooney speak about what Folds of Honor is all about. It was one of the most inspiring talks that I have ever heard. The organization that Dan has created helps those left behind by our soldiers who have made the "ultimate sacrifice" for this country. Here's a guy who has already served, who continues to work for those who have fallen to insure that their loved ones will have some help in their absence. If you haven't already looked into this organization or another favorite of mine- The Fisher House- please do and make a donation for the 2011 tax year. Remember- "Freedom isn't Free".

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from Jambo wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Good for outdoor life to include Karen Butler. She is inspiring women hunters all over the USA

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from FreedomFighter wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Bruce Billington gets my vote! Veterans make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and are not usually treated with the respect they deserve when they return. Anybody that helps fellow veterans in need, with a program such as "Project New Hope" should get all of the votes in my book!

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from GKenny wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Another vote for Bruce Billington. Project New Hope is an awesome project. Bless our vets!

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from deerhunter_stud wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Brian Murphy with the QDMA gets my vote, with deer hunting being the most popular big game animal to hunt it needs the most attention to protecting it for future of deer hunting. Brian Murphy along with the rest of the QDMA affiliated biologist I owe a huge thanks in guiding us deer hunters in the right direction when it comes to good sound herd and habitat management. Thanks Brian for your dedication.

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from SSinger wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Major Dan Rooney's commitment and passion to insure that "we leave no one behind on the field of battle" and the fact that "freedom isn't free" is not jus spoken but is lived with the founding of the Folds of Honor Foundation. As a wingman on the mission of the Folds of Honor, I have personally met the children and spouses of fallen and disabled veterans whose legacy is honored by the support the foundation provides them for future education. What better way to serve those that serve in America's military than to insure their children will have the support for further education when sadly the military is killed in permanently disabled. If there is ever an opportunity to meet and hear the clear vision that Major Rooney has jump on it and don't miss it.

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from Billcue wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

My Vote is for Major Dan !!!!!Great man with great vision. He helps support Many of our wounded & fallen soldier families !!! God bless Major Dan !!!

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from MNBigdawg wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Thank you Bruce Billington for supporting Veterans and their families.

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from paularnhold wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Great slate of candidates. I'd like to vote for Major Dan Rooney and Folds of Honor!

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from uco@3rivers.net wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

My vote is for Karen Butler. Karen has accomplished so much for women in the sport of hunting. Karen just finished a hunt in Montana with us and what a true sportswoman and conversationalist. Karen gives 100% to what she believes in. A remarkable woman.

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from teresa000 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

A big huge thank you to Lou Consoli for helping here in Alabama after the April 27th tornados. Thanks to volunteers like you Alabama has come a long way since that devestating day.

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from Kiko wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My vote goes to Chad; he is an inspiration to many hunters. I am disabled with a muscular disorder and Chad brought me back to hunting and fishing to the events he organizes for people with disabilities and wounded soldiers. Chad deserves to win. There is nothing that stops him from achieving his goals.

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from dboudr5 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I vote for Brian Murphy, CEO of QDMA, the nation's leading conservation group.

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from Dr.mandimarshall wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Karen Butler is by far the best! She is a leader in woman's shooting sports! Thanks Karen for Shootlikeagirl.com!!!!

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from Isaac Weeks wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I vote for Bruce Billington!!!!

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from kpmckinley wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Dan Rooney deserves this. His work with Folds of Honor and honoring the legacy of our nations heros has blossomed into one of the best stories (PERIOD) that our nation has seen in years. From being inspired on a runway to raising enough money to fund scholarships for thousands of spouses and children of the killed or injured is an amazing feat. His perseverence is second to none and he has assembled a fantastic team or staff, partners and spokespeople. He gets my vote.

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from yellowballgolf wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Major Dan Rooney epitomizes the true meaning of a caring human being. He has dedicated his life to helping those who have made us live our lives in freedom and comfort. Thank you Major Dan for your service to our country and the game of golf.

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from DCPBUD wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

My vote is for Mgr Dan! Great Man, Great Cause, Great Team! Everyone needs to get behind "Folds of Honor"

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from Mary Shaffer wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

My vote is for QDMA CEO Brian Murphy.

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from trapper vic wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Great people do great things!

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from Carl Williams wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

My vote is for Major Dan Rooney who has served three tours of duty in Iraq as an F-16 fighter pilot protecting the freedoms we as Americans enjoy daily. Major Rooney founded the Folds of Honor Foundation that provides educational opportunities for spouses and children of American service men and women that have been injured or killed serving their country. Major Rooney is a true American Patriot and his mission reminds us that Freedom is Not Free.

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from gaplouie wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Dan leads by exampe. The response to the Folds of Honor by the PGA (specifically in Michigan)have been inspirational.

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