Tim Jewell

Tim Jewell
Tim Jewell's first experience with a shotgun was with his Dad and Papaw. They took him quail hunting when he was 10 years old. He says, "I will never forget the first time those birds came out from under my feet. What a rush." From then on, Tim continued to hunt upland bird until 1993 when he was introduced into the sport of clay target shooting. Shortly after, he joined the NSCA and became a tournament shooter, winning his class in the first Kentucky State Championship he competed in. Tim is currently a five-time Kentucky State Champion.

When Tim isn't busy winning titles, he runs the Rangers Gun Club with his family in Calhoun, Kentucky, and is a sporting clays instructor teaching many disciplines and methods. Tim says, "I care about the sport and am always looking for ways to help the shooters and make the game better. I'm currently a member of the NSCA Advisory Council and am dedicated to helping the shooters get their concerns to the right people. All and all I just love shooting and the people in the sport, the smell of gun powder, and the sight of clay targets crushed in the sky by RIO Ammo!"

Tim's most notable accomplishments include:
• Briley All American Sub-Gauge Team 28ga (Rank #1) (2018)
• Blaser All-American 28ga FITASC Team (Rank #1) (2018)
• Briley All American Sub-Gauge Team 20ga (2018)
• Blaser All-American 12ga FITASC team (2016)
• US Open Master 5th (2016)
• PSCA Pro (2015-2016)
• US National Sporting Clays Championships M11 (2007)
• All-American Team (Open Team) (2006)
• US National Sporting Clays Championships M7 (2005)

Tina Jewell

Tina Jewell
With dreams of being a cowgirl, Tina Jewell began her life-long professional competitive shooting career by learning how to safely shoot on a BB gun when she was just eight years old. At 28, Tina starting to shoot skeet and at 29, she added trap to her skill set. At 30, Tina shot her first round of sporting clays and was hooked for life. She began winning at local events and attended the National Sporting Clays Championships in 1994. Since then, Tina continues to awe us with the amount of titles and medals she wins. Her proudest moments are when she won the 1998 National 5-Stand Lady Championship, the 2000 Nationals Main Lady Runner-Up, and the 2017 5-Stand Lady Champion.

Tina's accomplishments are many, including these top highlights:
• 19-time All-American
• Team USA Sporting, Team USA FITASC, Team NSCA USA Sporting Clays
• National Championships, 5-Stand Lady Champion (2017)
• U.S. Open, FITASC Lady 1st (2016)
• World English Championships, Prelim Lady RU, FITASC Lady RU and Main Lady 3rd (2015)
• National Sporting Clays Championship, Lady 4th (2014)
• US Open: Prelim Lady 3rd (2014)
• US Open: Main Lady 3rd,5-Stand Lady Champ, Pure Gold Cup Lady RU (2013)
• World English Championship: 5-Stand Lady 3rd (2011)
• World Cup; Main Lady Champ, FITASC Lady Champ (2010)
• US Open: FITASC Lady Champ (2010)
• National Sporting Clays Championship: 5-Stand Lady Champ, K-Kup Lady 3rd, FITASC Lady 4th (2009)
• World Cup Challenge: Main Lady Champ, FITASC Lady Champ (2009) • Gamaliel Cup: Lady Champ (2008)
• National Sporting Clays Championship: FITASC Lady 4th (2004)
• National Sporting Clays Championship: Main, Lady RU (2000)
• National Sporting Clays Championship: 5-Stand Lady Champ (1998)
• 10-time Indiana Lady State Champion
• 11-time Kentucky Lady State Champion

Joe Charnigo

Joe Charnigo
Even before he was able to pick up a shotgun, Joe’s been shooting at targets. Watching his dad and dad’s friends bust clays in the backyard, Joe would pick up his slingshot and a bucket of rocks and do the best he could. After proving himself a crack shot with the slingshot, Joe’s dad decided it was time to put a shotgun in his hands. As soon as Joe broke his first single bird, he wanted to start shooting doubles. At the ripe old age of 11, Joe started shooting ATA registered trap. He’s been shooting for RIO since 2013 and when he’s not training or competing, Joe hunts, works on his farm, and races his diesel pickup.

Joe has won many events during his shooting career including:
• 10-time ATA All American 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
• 7-time Ohio State Doubles Champion 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
• 4-time Ohio State High All Around Champion 2009, 2011, 2014, 2019
• 4-time Ohio State High Overall Champion 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018
• 2015 Grand American World Doubles Champion
• 2019 Grand American World Clay Target Champion

Follow Joe: https://www.instagram.com/jcduckhunter417/

Catherine Rios

Catherine Rios
Catherine is a multi-time World Champion competitive shooter who uses RIO Vintage Paper.

Catherine's most notable accomplishments include:
• World Championship of Flyers, 2019
• High Overall Champion Super Flyers Invitational, 2019
• World Champion LXXXII World Champion of Flyers, 2018
• World Team Champion (Team USA) World Champion of Flyers, 2018

Teel Atkinson

Teel Atkinson
Although Teel Atkinson didn’t have anyone to teach him growing up in Amarillo, Texas, he was determined to learn to hunt. Instead of just yearning to go afield, Teel and some of his buddies took matters into their own hands, bought a few decoys, and headed out to hunt on public land. Since then, waterfowl hunting has been Teel’s passion and he takes advantage of every chance he gets to chase ducks and geese. Teel says, “With the ample opportunities and long seasons the Texas Panhandle provides, I have been able to learn a lot about waterfowl hunting and I use this knowledge to introduce hunting to youth and other new hunters.”

Follow Teel: https://www.instagram.com/teel/

Jacob Biggers

Jacob Biggers
"All it takes is one well-placed BB."
From the time Jacob was three years old, he was tagging along on hunts with his father and grandfather. Whether it was the time spent with his biggest role models, or it was just in his blood, Jacob inherited a love for the outdoors…or it could be the case of poison ivy he got on his right index finger as a kid that gave him such an itchy finger to pull the trigger. Either way, while waterfowl is his most regular pursuit, he still finds time to travel and pursue non-winged animals. Often found with a camera in one hand and a shotgun in the other, Jacob enjoys the laughter and jokes in the blind as much as he enjoys the hunt.

Follow Jacob: https://www.instagram.com/jacobbiggers/

Keith Garcia

Keith Garcia
After a brief hiatus—perhaps from being busy training Keanu Reeves for the John Wick action-flick movie series—RIO Ammunition is excited to have police officer, notable firearms instructor, and accomplished 3-Gun competitor, Keith Garcia, back on Pro Staff. With multiple championship titles under his gun belt, Keith is also the primary firearms instructor for the Alameda County, California SWAT, and Sniper Teams.

A professional shooter in every sense of the word, Keith’s accomplishments include:
• USPSA Law Enforcement Multi-Gun National Champion 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015-19
• USPSA Multi-Gun National Champion 2013 and 2015
• 3-Gun Nation $50,000 shoot-off champion 2012
• 3-Gun Nation Practical Division National Champion 2016
• 3-Gun Nation 308 Practical Division National Champion 2017

Follow Keith: https://www.instagram.com/keithgarcia_3gun/

Taylor Garcia

Taylor Garcia
There aren’t many who get to make a living off doing what they love, but after developing a true passion for duck hunting at an early age, Taylor was destined to live a life dedicated to outdoor pursuits. After graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in marketing, Taylor was determined to work in the hunting and fishing industry and is currently the Director of Operations and Marketing for a large-scale marina in South Texas. She guides duck hunts in Aransas Pass and Port Aransas, Texas during the fall and winter, and enjoys teaching clients the patterns and science behind ducks, as well as wildlife conservation. Taylor shares the blind and field with her partner in crime Roux, who equally shares her passion for dove, duck, geese, and turkey hunting.

Follow Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/taylorg_tx/

Brooklee Grant

Brooklee Grant
Brooklee grew up hunting and fishing in the Pineywoods of East Texas. She is passionate about the outdoors with a true love for duck hunting. She also enjoys hunting whitetail deer, turkey, feral hogs, and dove. In 2018, Brooklee started working with several outdoor companies and began writing in her free time. She is now working towards a full-time career in the outdoor industry. Brooklee is the Social Media Committee Chair at the Texas Outdoor Writers Association, as well as a member of several organizations including Ducks Unlimited, Texas Trophy Hunters Association, QDMA, the Texas Wildlife Association, and the National Wild Turkey Federation. When not active in the outdoors, Brooklee works at Stephen F. Austin State University as the Administrative Assistant for the School of Nursing's MSN Program.

Follow Brooklee: https://www.instagram.com/hunteasttexas/

Austin Ingram

Austin Ingram
Austin was born and raised in South Texas and began hunting with his father at a very young age. From day trips shooting dove to wilderness adventures chasing free-ranging big game, he became passionate—and to put it lightly—obsessed with the life of being an outdoorsman. After establishing and operating a successful waterfowl hunting outfitting business at age 18, Austin knew he wanted to create a life in the outdoors and curate a career that allowed him to do so. After graduating with a degree in Business Entrepreneurship, Austin began a career in Real Estate, which provides the control and flexibility to allow him to chase his hunting and fishing passions, while also starting an advertising company catering to companies and businesses in the outdoor industry. Austin resides in Helotes, Texas, and focuses his time on his real estate career and his outdoor passions regularly. He spends most of his winter seasons chasing waterfowl and other wild game with his best friends all over the United States. Austin has had the opportunity to work alongside some of the best companies in the outdoor and shooting industry and is excited to team up with RIO Ammo because he "believes in companies of great character that produce superior quality products, and that is RIO".

Follow Austin: https://www.instagram.com/austin_in_austin/

Big Sky Fowlers

Big Sky Fowlers
What started as a form of ‘adult day care’ for Bradley McKown, Big Sky Fowlers has since transformed into a family waterfowling bond consisting of Brad, Judson McKown (Brad’s son), and Jack Schwarz (Judson’s brother-in-law). Brad and Judson work at a family-owned community bank in their hometown in Minnesota where the McKown family settled over 125 years ago. Jack is also in the family business, working as a contractor for Schwarz Builders. Big Sky Fowlers hunt across the Midwest and West. If you like the caption or their post, Judson posted it. If there’s an overenthusiastic bald guy holding a limit of mallards, that’s Brad.

Follow Big Sky Fowlers: https://www.instagram.com/bigskyfowlers/

Pro Staff

RIO Ammunition has a proud history of sponsoring championship shooters around the world, including Olympic shooter Alberto Fernández Muñoz. Our hunting Pro Staff is active in the community and influential in demonstrating ethical hunting practices, as well as providing expert tips to make you successful in the field. Our elite team of field staff is dedicated to living a healthy and safe outdoor lifestyle and is passionate about sharing it with others.

What we are looking for:
We evaluate all applications based on several different factors including competition scores, brand loyalty, commitment, social media, and community stewardship. One of our main deciding factors is based around you as an individual, not your shooting performance, but your ability to promote our brand professionally.

Are you a Brand Ambassador? All hunters and competitive shooters will be looked at by their ability to be not only a RIO Ammunition brand ambassador, but an ambassador and advocate for the shooting sports in general. We will look at your commitment to the outdoor lifestyle by measuring your active participation, interaction, and promotion on your social media channels.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept every shooter onto our Pro Staff team but will look at every application fully. If accepted, full details of what is required from you and your ongoing commitment will be detailed in the formal sponsorship contract. Getting accepted onto the program is only the beginning—your hard work and commitment starts then.

If you would like to be considered for RIO's Pro Staff, please send your résumé to:
rio.marketing@rioammo.com

The deadline to apply for 2021 RIO Pro Staff is January 1, 2020.
Applications received after this date will not be considered.