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.

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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