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Hide in Plain Sight with HECS!

Pull a fast one on that big bull or buck and remain undetected by blocking your electromagnetic energy with a HECS Stealthscreen.

Winchester Launching Deer Season XP in 2015

Winchester has announced a new deer-specific rifle brand, Deer Season XP, which is due to launch in April 2015. Editor in Chief J. Scott Olmsted had a chance to discuss the upcoming product launch with Winchester's Mike Stock.

Winchester Announces Deer Season XP for 2015

For years, Winchester has been making it easier than ever for hunters to walk into the store and find the ammunition they need at a price they like. Beginning in 2015, the American Legend will offer deer hunters the same opportunity, with the release of its new Deer Season XP line.

Kids These Days…

They say the youth of America just aren’t interested in hunting anymore. But they can’t say that about “Generation H.”

Delta Connections

In Yazoo County, Miss., Southern hospitality, hog and deer hunting and high-tech gear go hand in hand.

Something Old, Something New

Spending four days with a veritable walking encyclopedia will teach you a few things. Dave Campbell explains.

Whitetail Bowhunter's Quiz

The following 15 questions will test your basic understanding of whitetail bowhunting. How do you rate? Give our quiz a try and find out!

The Right Elk Stuff

Finding habitat that actually holds elk is only one part of the equation. Learning to bounce around it strategically is the key factor to success.

Member's Hunt: Stalking the King of Deer

It took NRA members Jim Winjum of Bozeman, Mont., nearly a decade to draw a special bow hunting tag in one of Nevada's most coveted hunting areas. How'd the hunt play out? Read on to find out.

Making Tracks: Adventurer Campers

Many sportsmen who escape to favorite places to pursue their passion find at the end of the day there is one time-tested type of base camp that after decades of popularity continues to be enjoyed and improved upon: the truck camper.

Vortex Vulture HD 15x56mm

Big country often calls for big glass. Does relative newcomer Vortex deliver? Find out in this review from Executive Editor Adam Heggenstaller

Yamaha Announces 2015 Viking SxS

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. has announced that its 2015 Viking Side-by-Side (SxS) is rolling off of U.S. assembly lines and is ready to ship to consumers, just in time for the fall hunting season.

Ruger Adds Left-Handed Model, Ranch Rifle to American Rifle Line

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has announced the addition of 11 new variations to the Ruger American Rifle bolt-action family—namely in the form of left-handed models and Ranch versions.

Study: Duck Hunting Generates Billions for Economy

Have you ever wondered about the impact that sales of decoys, duck calls, blinds, waders and other gear have on the economy?

Hardware: .26 Nosler

The .26 Nosler could well be the 6.5mm that finally makes the caliber widely popular in the United States. Why? Find out in this review, taken straight from the pages of American Hunter magazine.

Steiner Launches American Hero Savings Program

Steiner has launched a new savings program that will provide the company's optics to America's law enforcement and security officers, military personnel and first responders at a discounted price.

Hardware: Must-Have Truck Gear

Ready to trick out your new truck—or breathe new life into your old one? Here's the gear you'll need.

10 Exercises to Help Minimize Gundog Injury

If you're regularly hunting with a canine companion, it's important to keep him healthy and fit.

Drink Busch, Win a Once-in-a-Lifetime Hunting Vacation?

Busch is challenging its fans to set their sights on the company's new limited-edition hunting packaging in pursuit of exclusive trophy cans and a little something extra.

How to Bowhunt Blue Grouse

When you're already in the high country chasing Western big game, don't forget to be on the lookout for a tasty blue grouse!

What's Your Bird Dog's Best School Subject?

Pheasants Forever asked: "With students heading back to the classroom this week, we’re wondering what’s your bird dog’s best subject?" That got Kyle Wintersteen pondering the ways that dog training parallels grade-school subjects. Here's what he came up with.

A Pair to Draw 2

At the end of every rainbow there is said to be a pot of gold. Sometimes, that pot holds a pair of bang-bang bull elk.

Michigan Passes Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act

Earlier this month, a bipartisan majority in the Michigan House of Representatives passed the citizen-initiated Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, a victory for hunters in the Wolverine State.

Quick Hits: Best Guns, Shells for Waterfowl?

Hunters in this Golden Age of Waterfowling have the best guns and shotshells in history.

Nikon Announces Fall 2014 Promotions

Nikon has announced a pair of promotions for the 2014 fall season that hunters should be paying attention to: the Power Up Your Next Adventure campaign and BDC Bonus Days.

Hornady and Gunwerks: Reloading for Long Range

NRA Publications Armorer Christopher Olsen had the chance to spend a few days reloading Hornady ammunition and putting it to good use at Gunwerks' long range shooting course. Get an inside look at what he learned with this gallery.

Ruger Launches Second Flash Sweepstakes

Following the success of its first "Flash Sweepstakes," Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has decided to give away two more currently unannounced firearms. This time, Ruger intends to give away a pair of mystery products, which will be launching to consumers on Sept. 15.

Bumped

Every hunter should know exactly where the point of impact is at 25 yards after he has sighted in his rifle. Need a first-hand account as to why? Let Dave Campbell explain.

Conservation Leads to More Ducks, Geese

Despite the best efforts of state fish-and-game agencies, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl, wetlands have continued to be drained and grasslands plowed to feed an ever increasing human population. So why do we have so many ducks now?

NRA Weekend at Cabela's 2014 Launches Sept. 13

Cabela's has announced that the 2014 edition of its "NRA Weekend" event will be hosted by the company's retail locations this coming weekend, Sept. 13 and 14, respectively. All new and current NRA members who join or renew their membership during NRA Weekend will receive a $25 Cabela’s gift certificate.

Go West for Early Birds and Lots of ’Em

They say the early bird gets the worm, but the early hunter gets the bird. Lots of birds, especially out West where seasons open as early as late August.

How to Bowhunt Muskox in Shorts

Bowhunting muskox in Greenland is a great way to sidestep the Canadian Arctic temps!

Ruger Announces Gunsite Scout Rifle Chambered in .223 Rem./5.56 NATO

Ruger has announced that its popular Gunsite Scout Rifle will now be available in a .223 Rem./5.56 NATO configuration.

Traditions Firearms Introduces Lady Whitetail Series

Traditions Performance Firearms has announced its new Lady Whitetail series, which will launch with the introduction of a limited edition rifle that's due to be available in two camouflage patterns: Muddy Girl Camo and Realtree AP Pink Snow Camo.

Great Lakes Tribal Members Get 50-Duck Limit, Possible Swan Season

According to OutdoorNews.com, one of North America's most liberal waterfowl bag limits is afforded to the tribal members in the 1837 and 1842 treaty areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Where Doves Fly

Field Editor Frank Miniter offers five tips that should help you get a leg up on your competition in the dove field this fall.

3 Ways to Get Your Old Boat Ready for Duck Season

Have an old boat that could use a makeover before duck season? Assistant Editor Jon Draper offers three important tips to keep in mind while you're renovating.

Pointing Out a Good Bird Dog

If you love to hunt upland birds like pheasants, grouse and quail, there are some dogs that could give you a few pointers—quite a few.

Iowa Pheasant Estimate Highest in 6 Years

As Iowa pheasants have declined, predictably so too have Iowa pheasant hunters. However, could the rooster population finally be stabilizing--or even recovering?

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 629

While the new Performance Center Model 629 is decked out with modern updates and upgrades developed over the decades—including a stainless steel frame, cylinder and barrel implied by the “6” prefix—it is Model 29 to the core.

Nilgai Bacon Burger

Nilgai meat has great flavor—rich, lean, and juicy. It makes for wonderful hamburgers. You like hamburgers, right? Well, then Georgia Pellegrini's got another recipe for you.

Ruger Launches "New Unannounced Product" Flash Sweepstakes

Want to win a new Ruger—even if you don't know which Ruger—and have it in your hands next week? You've got until 9 a.m. on Sept. 4 to enter. Get the details here.

Can Pump-Action Shotguns Be as Fast as Semi-Automatics?

Jeff Johnston has heard more than one pump-action shotgun aficionado claim to be just as fast as their semi-automatic favoring peers. Is it really possible? The BullShooters take a closer look.

Squirrel Masters

What else do you call the best of 42 bushytail hunters scouring the woods of Alabama?

Cool It

Every year some unaware hunters—both human and canine—keel over from heat prostration. Many of them die. It isn’t necessary. Dave Campbell explains how to keep your favorite hunting buddy safe this season.

Nikon Announces Arrow ID 5000 Laser Rangefinder

Nikon has announced the release of its new Arrow ID 5000 Laser Rangefinder, a new tool that's been designed exclusively with the world's bowhunters in mind.

A Duck Taxidermy Disaster

Two Octobers ago found Kyle Wintersteen in a North Dakota marsh hunting a diversity of waterfowl. Someone mentioned that a local taxidermist mounted ducks at just $100 a pop—including shipping! What could possibly go wrong?

Book Review: 'The Future of the Gun'

Frank Miniter saw a need for a reporter to honestly go inside America’s gun culture for answers about our relationship with the gun and what’s to come. The result? His new book, "The Future of the Gun."

Ruger Launches Free Ammo & Mag Giveaway

Ruger has launched its new Free Ammo & Mag Giveaway, allowing consumers to claim a free box of Winchester ammunition and an additional magazine with the purchase of any new Ruger LCP or SR22 before Nov. 30, 2014.

"NRA...The Rest of the Story" Released

Shooting Sports USA Managing Editor Chip Lohman has collaborated on a book that takes a contentious debate-private gun ownership in America, and moves it into the classroom.

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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

Jesse Walden wrote:
September 14, 2014

I've hunted with .223s for years, and taken more deer with that caliber than all other calibers combined. I use the Speer 52gr HP, and it's absolutely devastating. The vast majority of the deer shot have dropped in their tracks. And if they did run, it was a very short distance, and the blood trails were unreal. I think most people have been brainwashed into thinking the .223 is a 'varmint' round, and don't understand the amount of damage this round can do with the right bullets. Some will say if you make a bad shot with a .223 the deer will run off and get away. Well, hate to break it to ya, but that applies to all rounds and calibers. It comes down to YOU, the hunter to make a quality shot and not expect the size of the bullet to bail you out of making horrible shots.

rick wrote:
September 02, 2014

Always wondered why a caliber too small for deer is good enough to send our sons and daughters to war with?

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