Irlene & Louise Mandrell

Best known as country singers, both Irlene and Louise like to shoot and hunt. Firearms were something their father encouraged them to become familiar with when they were young. He was a police officer.  Louise is more fond of bird hunting and Irlene likes big game hunting, especially at long range. Irlene told me her favorite hunt was in Africa with John Worrell (DRT) when he shot his elephant. (A sign of any true hunter is the appreciation of a hunt they were on, but one when they did not pull the trigger. My favorite hunt will likely always be my son’s first whitetail he shot when he was six.)

Both are spokespersons for DRT ammo. At first blush, this may seem nothing more than a marketing ploy by DRT but both Louise and Irlene are friends of John Worrell who owns DRT. They believe in DRT ammo and want to spread the word about how it works to help other hunters kill deer better.

Louise and Irlene Mandrell watching the DRT ammo demo. After the shot Irlene explained the terminal performance of the bullet.

I’ve been around celebrities before. Some that are just celebrities in the outdoor industry because they have a TV show or write a bunch of articles. (Some have egos too biog for even the Internet.) I don’t know that I have met any that are as down-home and genuine as the Mandrell Sisters. Both would be welcome at my hunting camp or home.

Why am I telling you this? Not so you go out and buy a box of DRT ammo (If you purchase things just because of a celebrity endorsement you might want to rethink your spending habits.) and not so you think I have been hoodwinked by spending a few days with some famous folks. (I’d rather spend time with my family.) I’m telling you this because I genuinely appreciate a celebrity publicly expressing their love of the shooting sports and hunting and not being afraid what the media and other celebrities might think about that decision.

Irlene (Left) Louise (Right) Ugly hillbilly in the middle.

Celebrities have fans for different reasons. Both Louise and Irlene can consider me one because I like good folks. (My Mom taught me to do that.)


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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2 Responses to Irlene & Louise Mandrell

  1. Tony Yates says:

    A class act! Two very lovely and talented ladies, you lucky dog!

  2. Art Vincent says:

    I spent the weekend with Irlene at the Nashville Home Show….she’s the spoke person for the show….nice lady…takes the time to talk to anyone who comes along…of course she does the “Sign the Photo” for everyone, part of the job. It does seem like along day when she does this.

    She is often at shooting events around middle TN.

    Hope you’re doing well.


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