Les “Bear” Chase was recognized as the 2015 Airgun Hunter of the Year by Trophy Game Records of the World at their annual banquet on July 25. Chase previously won the award in 2014, the first year compressed air-powered guns were recognized by the Texas-based organization. Among the species that qualified for the award was a massive 421 pound Russian boar taken with the Benjamin Bulldog .357 air rifle. Chase used the rifle to complete the Texas Sheep Slam and secure the 2015 title.

“The Benjamin Bulldog is an exceptionally capable air rifle and the variety of animals that Les has taken with it demonstrates its versatility,” said Chip Hunnicutt, Marketing Manager for Crosman. “The combination of the Bulldog and the 145 grain ammunition by Nosler make this a legitimate big game tool for hunters and land managers.”

The first half of the TGR season saw Chase having success in Texas with the Benjamin Rogue .357 where he took a Black Hawaiian, Mouflon and Corsican Ram. He wrapped up the Slam using the Bulldog to take a Jacobs Ram and a Texas Dall at the Texas Hunt Lodge in Rancho Viejo.

Tha banquet and presentation took place in San Antonio and Chase, who lives in New Hampshire, took advantage of the opportunity to hunt fallow deer with the Bulldog. Guided by Mark Hoeppner of Texas Hunt Lodge, he put a single Nosler 145-grain into a beautiful velvet buck at 55 yards in heavy cover. The buck is now the pending TGR World Record for fallow deer.

“States that have legalized airguns for big game are reaping the benefits of additional revenue from hunting licenses and hunters are loving the challenge that comes with pursuing trophy game with a Benjamin,” added Hunnicutt. “We congratulate Les on this accomplishment and thank Trophy Game Records of the World for recognizing airguns with its own category.”

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Chase with the pending TGR world record fallow deeer he took in July with the Bulldog .357 air rifle.

 

Les "Bear" Chase, 2015 TGR Airgun Hunter of the Year

Les “Bear” Chase, 2015 TGR Airgun Hunter of the Year

Les "Bear" Chase with his trophy species plaques, all taken with Benjamin air rifles.

Les “Bear” Chase with his trophy species plaques, all taken with Benjamin air rifles.