The March issue of Outdoor Life magazine rates the best “outdoor or shooting-related” mascots in the country.
Topping the list is Oklahoma State’s Pistol Pete because, according to the magazine, he totes a six-shooter and wears blaze orange. Coming in second is the Mountaineer of West Virginia.
The others in the top five are the Pace University Setters in New York (have to love a gun dog mascot); the Moody Bible Institute Archers (good mascot but the school doesn’t have an archery team);
Appalachian State (also the Mountaineers. You think the magazine could have found something different. How about the Razorbacks? Or Gamecocks?);
The Lake Tahoe Community Kokanee are sixth on the list (Go Fish! is the school’s rallying cry);
followed by The University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers (Their mascot is a Chesapeake Bay retriever); and Texas Tech’s Red Raiders (The Masked Rider does carry a gun, but is it really deserving of the top 10?);
The Tennessee Volunteers and mascot Smokey the Coonhound is ninth on Outdoor Life’s list. (C’mon, a coon dog should be much higher, perhaps even No. 1);
And finally, the Claremont McKenna College Stags is tenth (with its nice rack of antlers, this is a mascot that outdoorsmen can root for, according to the magazine.)
Great list, but my favorite outdoors related mascot is the Carolina Mudcats, a minor league baseball team. Their mascot is Muddy the Mudcat.
And I still think the new Oklahoma City hockey team should have been called the Flatheads.