Modern Hunter 2016: The Face of the Modern Hunter

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Universal Hunter Magazine spotlights Doug Koenig’s Championship Season

12823328_1736535926579847_7459180573670613861_oFrom Elk hunting in the States to the African Big5 and Ibex hunting in Europe, Universal Hunter Magazine is the source of all things hunting – a true hunting magazine that gives you what you want. Each issue of Universal Hunter features professional writer’s reviews of the latest outdoor gear and gadgets, as well as member stories about their own hunting, shooting and other outdoor experiences, making the magazine truly….Universal. Online the feature a “What to Watch” each quarter and they recently featured Doug Koenig’s Championship Season.  – Read full article on


Double Down at the 2016 Florida Open

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March/April 2016 Issue

More Bang for the Buck

by BRETT WALLEY, FrontSight staff writer

Universal Shooting Academy of Frostproof, Fla., started the season with another bang when, after January’s Florida State Championship, it hosted the 18th Annual Florida Open February 18 through 21. The facility, which has also been home range to such notable events as the 2014 World Shoot, the 2015 IPSC National Championship and USPSA Open-L10/Limited Nationals, last year’s Area 6 Championship and numerous major matches, is considered by many to be “the place to be” for world-class shooting; it provides a venue for all types of shooting sports, as well as instruction offered by the likes of National Champion Shannon Smith, and International and National Champion Frank Garcia.

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Doug Koenig featured in Combat Handgun Magazine

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 2.35.13 PMWhat is in the range bag of a 16-time Bianchi Cup Champion? That’s what Combat Handguns Magazine asked Doug Koenig recently for their September 2015 issue.

The issue reveals the six items Doug brings to every competition and gives readers the inside scoop on what it takes to stay consistent through the years.

The article also includes a great video where Doug walks you through his whole range bag and equipment including his Leupold scope, Safariland holster, Hornady ammo, and the customization he has made to his Smith & Wesson DK .38 Super from the Performance Center.

To read the full article, visit Combat Handguns online.

Masters International Shooting Championship with Doug Koenig

Downrange Steel Targets of Action

Doug Koenig returns to Barry, IL. to compete in The Masters International Shooting Championship. The difficult combination of the three stages, Precision, Action and Long-Range combine various types of steel knock down targets testing competitors’ speed, draw and marksmanship skills. Tune in to see Bullseye, Speed Shooting and Metallic Silhouette shooting at its best.

Doug’s shooting tip this week focuses on the importance of mastering the fundamentals of shooting. Doug describes how as a young man entering the shooting sports, he needed to develop his trigger control, sight alignment and breathing to improve his skills.

“What’s defined me all these years is my level of dedication and preparedness for a match and always wanting to deliver the best performance I can,” Koenig said.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Sportsman Channel. Each week Doug delivers hunting and shooting tips whether he’s stalking big game, on a fair chase hunting adventure or preparing to compete at a world class level match. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is captured along with his passion as an avid hunter; so come along to share the excitement with your entire family to ensure your day afield is memorable.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on The Sportsman Channel.

  • Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Primetime
  • Friday 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) re-airs

Press release contact:  Lisa G. Cinquino

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio Interview: November 2014


Recently, I did an interview with Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio which airs on Saturdays at 9 a.m. Central time on RURAL RADIO, channel 80 on SiriusXM. You can listen to all three clips below. We talk about the skill set needed in competition shooting, how to find a shooting club in your area, the resources available to new shooters, and the equipment that I use in competition. Take a listen to the interview and share on Facebook what you do to prepare for a hunt or competition.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio: Doug Koenig Interview, Part 1

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio: Doug Koenig Interview, Part 2

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio: Doug Koenig Interview, Part 3

Competitive Shooting: Resources on getting started

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If you’re going to get involved in competitive shooting … be prepared to invest in many hours of practice

I often get asked by fans “How do I get started in competitive shooting?” When I think about it, getting started is the easy part. Actually sticking with it, even on days/weeks/months when you see your skills plateauing, that is the hard part. To really make competitive shooting a hobby that you will grow to enjoy, you must embrace a great appreciation for the sport.

The first thing I would suggest is to visit the NSSF website You can watch training videos, read rules of firearm safety, learn about different shooting sports and download printable targets.

Another resource is on the NRA website; I suggest reading info on their Competitive Shooting Programs. The website contains plenty of information on the different NRA-supported shooting programs, including:

    • Action Pistol Shooting
    • Air Gun Competition
    • Black Powder Competition
    • Conventional Pistol Competition
    • High Power Rifle Competition
    • Sanctioned Tournament Information
    • Silhouette Competition
    • Smallbore Rifle Competition
With over 11,000 NRA sanctioned shooting tournaments and 50 National Championships each year, there are plenty of opportunities to see how your shooting has progressed. If actual competing at this level is not something you’re interested in, I’d recommend learning more about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.