America’s hunting and shooting heritage is celebrated each week by Haley Heath and her family on their TV show, “Family Traditions with Haley Heath,” which airs on The Sportsman Channel. Heath is a fifth-generation outdoorswoman who learned to love the shooting sports from her father. She made her mark in the hunting world when, as a 6-year-old, she shot her first deer — a basket rack, seven-pointer that still hangs on her wall.
In 2006, Heath competed in ESPN’s “Ultimate Outdoorsman Search” and was one of the finalists. That experience led to her own show, “Family Traditions with Haley Heath.” The show features Heath, her husband, G.O., her 6-year-old son, Gunner, and her 3-year-old daughter, Dakota, enjoying hunting expeditions as a family. The Heaths are entertaining and easy to relate to as they share the highs and lows of a day in the field.
Heath has made her mark in the hunting world. This is evidenced by the fact that in 2008, she was the first woman to receive the “Viewer Favorite Personality” at The Sportsman Channel Awards. In 2009, she was appointed as the Ambassador for The Sportsman Channel’s organization, “Hunt. Fish. Feed.,” a program that distributes wild game to those struggling with hunger across America.
Heath’s latest project has her teaming up with Buck Knives on a signature line of hunting knives designed for women hunters. The line will be introduced at SHOT Show 2012.
“With the female line, what we’re trying to do is put together a knife that will really fit a woman — not just a smaller version of a man’s knife or something pink,” Heath said. “We’ve done our homework on what women want and really tailored the knives to women. These are knives that females will like the design of, and the colors coordinate with camo.”
The full line of knives will have additional safety features that make the knives ideal for women with children.
“I’ve used them all season in the field and they’re great. I feel safe with them around the kids,” Heath said.
There are plans for eight knives in the Haley Heath series, including five fixed blades and three folding lockblades with three steel options. Ergonomically designed for women, the knives feature a grooved handle and a finger guard at the bottom of the blade.
A knife is a must-have item in the field for Heath. She says carrying a Buck knife is a family tradition that goes back to her grandfather.
“I’ve always carried a Buck knife with me,” Heath said. “It’s always important to have on my hip.”
Viewers who tune into “Hunting Traditions” will see Heath use a Buck knife, as well as her trusty Remington shotguns. Heath is a member of the Remington Pro Staff, and says one of her favorite guns to shoot is the Remington R-15.
“I love the R-15,” she said. “It’s so much fun to shoot.”
Another one of Heath’s favorite guns is the Remington VERSA MAX.
“The VERSA MAX is a great shotgun,” she said. “I can put it through anything and it still shoots.”
Heath admits she’s put her VERSA MAX through the wringer this season, from being banged around in the bottom of a boat to actually being dropped in the water.
“No matter what, it still shoots,” she said.
The Remington VERSA MAX has many qualities that make it perfect for women. What makes the VERSA MAX unique is Remington’s patented VersaPort gas-piston system. It is a semiauto operating system consisting of seven gas ports and two gas pistons. This system reduces this 12-gauge’s felt recoil to that of a 20-gauge.
The system also allows your customers to shoot anything from light 2 1/2-inch target loads to 3 1/2-inch Magnums by regulating the gas pressure based on the length of the shell — so the shell cycles reliably, no matter the load. Another feature sure to make the VERSA MAX a hit with the ladies is its self-cleaning gas piston system with fewer parts than conventional gas systems, making maintenance a breeze.
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