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Lone Star Whitetail with Mossy Oak

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by taking a trip to Texas to tag a whitetail? Armed with a Savage Arms Model 14 and Federal Premium's Fusion ammunition, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper joined Mossy Oak on a journey to Sonora, Texas, with hopes of knocking down a buck before 2014 could wind down. Get an inside look at his trip with this gallery.

How Do You Compare Riflescopes?

How do you objectively compare and evaluate the subjective qualities of a riflescope?

A Shooting Lesson from a Navy SEAL

Want to make more effective shots at deer? Take a lesson from a Navy SEAL. Then take his advice to the range and practice, practice, practice before you hit the woods.

Don’t Discount Midday During Deer Season

Dawn and dusk have magic, but you may well score more often at midday.

Ruger Introduces BX Trigger for 10/22 and 22 Charger Pistol

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has announced the launch of the BX-Trigger, a light, crisp, "drop-in" replacement trigger assembly that is compatible with all Ruger 10/22 rifles and 22 Charger pistols.

Man Goes Hand-to-Hand with Wounded Bear, Wins

When game's wounded, though, we're aware that all bets are off. Such a scenario played out in Duxbury, Minn., earlier this fall, when an unarmed hunter was attacked by a wounded, 525-pound black bear that he and a few companions had been tracking. The twist ending? Not only did he survive the encounter; he won the fight.

How Much to Rest Your Duck Honeyhole

Every good duck spot presents a challenge: They're hard to find and, for some, even harder to preserve.

The .375 H&H: Salute to a Great Cartridge

It is often surprising to realize that some of our most useful hunting cartridges have been around for a long, long time. One of Sheriff Jim Wilson's favorites is the .375 H&H cartridge.

Colt Hosting AR901-16S Holiday Giveaway

Colt's Manufacturing Company is hosting a special holiday giveaway featuring its AR901-16S.

Zeiss Announces Pronghorn Dream Hunt Contest

Zeiss is launching an online contest for serious hunters to win a chance a three-day pronghorn antelope dream hunt in Wyoming for themselves and one guest.

Essential Gear: December 2014

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? Check out the "Essential Gear" featured in our December 2014 issue.

Thieves Steal $8,500 Decoy Spread from PA Hunter

Matt Kneisley of Conestoga, Pa., has hunted his spread of 120 Model 72 Herter decoys for forty years. In an absolutely despicable act, thieves stole 110 of the decoys sometime between noon on Thanksgiving Eve and 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

Black Friday Shopping Pays Off with a 200-inch Mule Deer!

"Black Friday" was the theme of the day in Kansas!

Five Most Underrated Shotguns

Whenever a discussion arises over the “best” shotgun of a particular action type, the debate seems to center on a narrow group of brands. Often it’s as if the other brands do not exist, which is a shame, because there are plenty of quality shotguns flying just a touch below the radar.

Sheriff's Tips: Shooting Courses Really Work

Sheriff Jim Wilson didn't think a professional instructor could teach him anything about hunting rifles that I he didn't already know. Then he went to Gunsite Academy.

First Look: Winchester Rooster XR

Winchester's intriguing Rooster XR 12-gauge shotshell possesses arguably the most innovative shot-protecting invention since the cushioned wad. Here are five reasons it's a real breakthrough.

Core 4 Element Announces Soft Shell Element Jacket and Pant

Core 4 Element has announced a new two-way stretch Soft Shell Element Jacket and Pant that are due to be available in Realtree Xtra and MAX-1 camouflage.

SilencerCo Launches Suppressor-Optimized Ammunition

SilencerCo has launched its new line of Harvester Subsonic 300 BLK high-performance ammunition, which has been designed to product optimal performance in suppressor-equipped firearms.

The Dreaded Duck Slump

We've all been there, when it seems no matter how hard you scout nor how promising a setup appears, the ducks are going to win.

Hardware: LHR Redemption

Until the economy tanked, there were several muzzleloaders on the market, but nowadays there are only a handful hunters can count on to outfit themselves for it. LHR Sporting Arms now offers one.

Ducks in Crowded Places

Duck hunting in crowded places is as much about out-maneuvering people as it is about ducks. Let Field Editor Frank Miniter explain.

Hardware: Browning AB3 Composite Stalker

The hip and happening trend with bolt-action hunting rifles right now is to go cheap, but still go big on performance. It seems like every manufacturer has a low-end price-point rifle, and they all seem to shoot pretty well. Browning’s hat in this ring is the new AB3 Composite Stalker.

Confidence is Key

Lure the naturally suspicious coyote into a false sense of security and take more pelts to market this season.

Beretta 486 Side-By-Side Designed by Apple Advisor

Renowned designer Marc Newson is best known for his work involving furniture, cars, cameras, watches and—most recently—Apple products. But who cares about that stuff? The man just made a shotgun for Beretta: the 486 by Marc Newson.

Moultrie M880i

Moultrie's latest trail camera captures high quality 8MP photos with four different resolution options and offers a variety of mode settings. How did it fare when put to the test in the field? Find out.

Making Tracks: Kubota RTVs

New diesel utility vehicles from Kubota include the RTV-X900, RTV-X1120D and RTV-X1100C.

Beretta Debuts New 486 Shotgun Designed by Marc Newson

Beretta USA has announced that its new 486 side-by-side, designed by Marc Newson, will be reaching American shores on the heels of a successful European launch.

Do Grizzlies Stalk Hunters?

We’ve all looked over our shoulders when in grizzly bear habitat, especially when we’re elbow-deep in deer or elk blood after a successful hunt—but do bears actually stalk hunters hoping to steal a meal?

How I Spent My Christmas Vacation: Chasing Redheads In the Sunny South

By late December in Bryce Towsley’s home state of Vermont, the ducks are gone. Unlike him, they are smart enough to understand there is another brutal winter coming and they flee south. So what’s a poor, frozen boy to do? Take the hint: Make like a bird and migrate south.

Hunting the Top Dog: Nothing’s Easy With Wolves

Wolf hunting hasn’t been easy since Western and Great Lakes wildlife agencies established conservative, well-regulated seasons in recent years.

An Ethos in Delaware

To honor the debut of its new Ethos, Benelli put the shotgun on tour. The plan? Have one model visit all 50 states before SHOT Show. Oh, and there would be no cleaning of the firearm, either. A native of Delaware, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper was tapped to handle The First State's leg of the tour. Armed with the Ethos and a box of Federal Premium, he journeyed home with plans to knock a few birds out of the sky.

Shooting Illustrated Announces 'Thanks A Million' Sweepstakes

On November 15th, our sister publication Shooting Illustrated exceeded 1 million "likes" on Facebook. To celebrate, the folks over there want to do something exciting for the page's fans. The result? A sweepstakes. Get the details here.

Remington Announces Voluntary Model 887 Shotgun Recall

Remington has anounced a voluntary recall of Model 887 shotguns manufactured from December 1, 2013 to November 24, 2014.

Hardware: Henry Model H010

Few hunting rifles can knock the dust off nostalgia with the same force they hammer a deer. Henry “gets it” and recently added a .45-70 to its stable of American-made lever guns.

America's Ethos Visits Delaware

Being a native of Delaware, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper was tapped to handle The First State's leg of Benelli's America's Ethos Tour. How did he fare? Find out.

House Votes to Increase Duck Stamp, Bill Moves to Senate

In a voice vote on Monday, Nov. 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to raise the price of federal duck stamps from $15 to $25. The bill now moves to the Senate.

2014's Best Whitetail States: Part III

Oklahoma, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland made their appearances in Part II of the countdown. Who’s next? Check out the latest installment of our “Top 20 States for Whitetails” series.

Ask the Editors: 3 Essential Pieces of Deer Gear

The question: If you were limited to three pieces of "gear," just what would you deem most important?

QDMA Summit Launches National Deer Alliance

Where would hunting be without whitetail deer? Hunting in North America has never depended so much on one species to sustain its heritage, participation levels, and the archery and firearm industries.

5 Crazy Whitetail Tactics That Can Save Your Season

Here are five strategies that may be a bit out of the ordinary, but could help you salvage your season.

Three Tips for Teaching Kids Archery

Having patience, keeping it fun and staying focused on the prize--meaning making sure kids are consistent in practicing their fundamentals--are the keys to helping young archers attain success!

Do's and Don'ts of Deer Drives

In some parts of the country, driving deer is still a go-to tactic. It’s a fun, camaraderie-filled way to hunt and can be very effective—if done correctly.

Bridges

The Natural Bridge transcends time and generations. This geological wonder in Virginia’s Rockbridge County spans Cedar Creek where it crosses old Highway 11 and looks as though it’s been forged by heavenly hands. Field Editor Jeff Johnston had the opportunity to hunt one special buck there last year. This is that story.

Hardware: Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag Duck Commander

Mossberg is the latest company to realize the appeal of the Robertson boys and has introduced a specialty line of firearms with Duck Commander-style accoutrements. Among them is the 835 Ulti-Mag Duck Commander edition with Mathews Recoil Reduction.

5 Duck Facts That Sound Like Lies

Here are five fascinating duck facts that sound more like downright lies.

Alberta Whitetails & Friends

Unlike many Midwest whitetail hunters, Field Editor Ron Spomer was not surprised to see “America’s” favorite deer on the cold, windy, barren plains of eastern Alberta. But he was pleasantly surprised to see the size of their antlers.

Skull Hooker: A Simple Way to Display Your Buck

Looking for an easy, do-it-yourself way to show off your latest whitetail harvest? Here's an option to keep in mind.

Member's Hunt: The Morning Doe

Our latest "Member's Hunt" comes from Jessica Elkins of Beaufort, S.C., who hoped to harvest a whitetail with a hunting rifle she'd recently been given for her 15th birthday.

Win a Prize Pack From SilencerCo and SOG Knives

SilencerCo and SOG Knives have combined to offer consumers the chance to win a prize pack that features some of each company's most popular products.

Cabela's Introduces Instinct Accelerator Camo Boots

Cabela's has introduced its new Instinct Accelerator hunting boots, which the company says are designed for the deer hunter that wants to go the extra mile.

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By Keith Wood
May 20, 2011

I read somewhere that today’s premium bullets represent the greatest advance in big game hunting technology since the widespread use of the optical sight, and I agree 100 percent. Many of the myths that we face today are the product of outdated truth.

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Latest Comments

Joe wrote:
December 15, 2014

Indiana is considering allowing rifles for deer hunting above a bullet diameter of .243'. DNR emailed me and asked what I thought. I told them hunters would have to get over the shotgun mentality that rounds don't carry that far. I told them I would rather have someone shooting a 223 than something like a 7mm magnum. Here a long shot is 50 to 60 yards.

Hans wrote:
December 12, 2014

Hi everyone. We`ve got lots of probs in Germany concerning hunting. A 223 Remington is definetely allowed as ammo to shoot deers. Of course its like Jeff wrote important, to be shure the right bullet hits the right place. Wind and vegetation may be a prob. But hunters know this. All the best from Germany Hans

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