Russ Chastain


  • Active member of the Southeast Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA)
  • Life member of the Gun Owners of America (GOA)


Russ Chastain is a former writer for ThoughtCo and contributed articles for over 17 years. A hunter and shooter for most of his life, Russ started hunting with his own gun at the age of nine, and he's been a deer hunter since 1982. Russ is also experienced in reloading, bullet casting, shooting, and minor gunsmithing. He has worked as a consultant in the electronic hunting game industry, and he's been writing and editing original content on hunting and shooting for ThoughtCo and other outlets such as All Outdoor since 1998.

LiveAbout and Dotdash

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