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At 11:42 p.m. on March 31, Dani Duniho cast the final vote in the Wingshooting USA TV “TruckVault Cares … for conservation, canines & kids” initiative. For her vote supporting the AKC-Canine Health Foundation, she will receive a merchandise prize package from lead sponsor TruckVault. Dozens more will receive prizes in the next few weeks as randomly-selected voters are contacted.

Thanks everyone. Stand by for news about our second-annual effort.

“I am often the last of something here or there, but I think this is the first time I have earned a reward for that status,” Duniho added in her thank-you note.

Created by Wingshooting USA executive producer-host Scott Linden, “TruckVault Cares” raises funds and awareness for six different groups. Voters are eligible for prizes ranging from a TruckVault secure vehicle storage system, Fausti shotgun, Tri-Tronics electronic dog training collars, Linden’s own Real Bird Bumper, Kent Cartridge ammunition and Filson apparel.

The conclusion of the voting signals distribution of the $10,000 funding pool, to be parceled out proportionally by vote totals to all beneficiary groups. The leading vote-getter was the AKC-Canine Health Foundation with 36,576 votes, with other groups and their votes listed below:

Scholastic Clay Target Program, 15,087; International Hunter Education Association, 8,012; Ruffed Grouse Society, 7,898; Gun Dog Rescue Clubs, 4,851; and North American Grouse Partnership, 2,464.

Besides sharing in the funds raised, Linden says all groups benefitted from heightened public awareness of their work, with each group seeing over 50 million gross media impressions over the course of the initiative, which began in August, 2011. Together, the groups claim over a million member-supporters.

Wingshooting USA is the official TV series of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It airs on Pursuit Channel and four other television networks, year-round.

How it all finally played out ...

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Christy Kota has cast the 60,000th vote in Scott Linden’s Wingshooting USA TV conservation initiative “TruckVault Cares … for conservation, canines & kids.” The multimedia effort raises funds and public awareness for six non-profit groups. It is sponsored by TruckVault secure vehicle storage systems, with additional support from Filson apparel, Fausti shotguns, Kent Cartridge ammo and Tri-Tronics electronic dog training collars. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is title sponsor of the show.

Kota will receive a gift certificate from program sponsor Filson for her vote. In addition to the 60,000 votes, the initiative’s web pages have seen over 200,000 visits by viewers seeking more information on each group and sponsors. Groups benefitting from the year-long effort include Ruffed Grouse Society, Gun Dog Rescue groups, International Hunter Education Association, North American Grouse Partnership and the AKC-Canine Health Foundation. Every vote sends a proportional amount of the $10,000 prize fund to the group’s treasury. Besides sharing in the funds raised, host-creator Scott Linden says all groups benefit from heightened public awareness of their work.

Every voter is entered to win gear from a long list of prizes … TruckVault, Scott Linden’s own Fausti shotgun, prints, dog crates and e-collars.

Together, the groups claim over a million member-supporters. The AKC Canine Health Foundation leads in voting, having surpassed the 27,800 vote mark. Second place is occupied by the Scholastic Clay Target Program. For more information or to vote, go to http://www.truckvaultcares.com.

Through television commercials and in-show features, Wingshooting USA viewers are educated to each group’s mission and urged to vote online for their favorite group. Members can also use social media to “get out the vote,” sending additional voters to the site to raise more funds. Each group is represented at the site by a Labrador puppy; voting is tracked by adding kibble to each puppy’s food bowl. The initiative runs through March, 2012.

Watch the TV commercial here:

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Nice publicity for our initiative … go here. Then, VOTE.

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… about conservation, canines & kids, that is. “Like” this Facebook page, learn more, and get ready to raise funds for six great groups.

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I LOVE my new Fausti DEA SL shotgun! Sisters Giovanna, Barbara and Elena Fausti pulled out the stops at the factory to produce a beautiful gun that I’ll use this season, then give away as a prize in our upcoming “TruckVault Cares” initiative (more on that later).

Out of curiosity, I finally got around to measuring the length of pull and it is a good 1/2″ longer than my second-favorite gun. I shoot “instinctive style,” and a short LOP is helpful. Now I could just leave it longer and have a built-in excuse for my bad shooting this season but that would be the easy way, not the Upland Nation way.

Bringing the LOP back to what I’m used to should give me a couple more birds per day (so I hope). So, time to take off the rubber butt pad. I consulted gunsmith Tom Nitcher of Sun Mountain Gunsmithing, who pulled out a ton of examples:

We actually settled on a simple, elegant and smooth plastic option until Tom called back after digging through his wood inventory:

From ebony to walnut, rare South American varieties and even bison horn … we had a myriad of choices. Tom suggested we fabricate a butt plate worthy of the incredibly figured wood of the Fausti’s stock and fore-end and I agreed – wood it will be.

The ebony we settled on actually has a bit of visible grain (pardon my ignorance re: terminology) but is dark enough to make a nice contrast with the stock’s wood, to my eye more so than the rubber pad shown here:

So, to work Tom goes!

I’ll keep you posted.

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