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The Middle Hours

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

Barnett Adds 4 New Crossbow Models to Core Family

Barnett has added four new models to its popular Core line of crossbows: the Brotherhood, the Raptor FX, the Lady Raptor FX and the BCR Recurve.

Top 5 Whitetail Cartridges

What’s deer camp without a good argument over the best whitetail cartridge?

Know How: 5 Bow Season Tips

Senior Editor Karen Mehall Phillips offers five tips that every bowhunter should keep in mind this hunting season.

4 Packs for Any Deer Hunter

The right pack for deer hunting is like the right rifle—barring sentimental reasons, the best tool for the job often depends on the type of hunting you’ll be doing.

Simplifying the Rut

Bucks are on their feet more often in daylight at this time of year, so there are many ways to be successful during the rut. Field Editor Bill Winke explains.

Whitetail Slugfest

Here are four hot new offerings from key slug manufacturers that should help you seal the deal downrange this whitetail season.

Threats to 11-Year-Old Hunter of Albino Buck Go Too Far

Since Gavin Dingman shot a 12-point albino buck in Michigan, his family has felt the wrath of the online community.

Buck Dynasty?

Move over ducks. Here come the bucks—as in “Country Buck$,” a new reality series that premiers Nov. 19 on A&E.

Exclusive: Collar Camera Records Deer Predation By Cougar

Collars on Washington deer are providing fabulous insight into the behavior of predators and prey—and some interesting predation, too.

Hornady Announces American Whitetail Rifled Slugs

For 2015, Hornady will be adding a rifled slug, designed for smoothbore barrels, to its popular American Whitetail ammunition line. Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper had an opportunity to discuss the new offering with Hornady's Neil Davies during a recent visit. Learn more about the upcoming release with our exclusive video.

Find the Fall Range

A summer spent scouting a buck takes you only so far this time of year. To hunt and kill him you must first find him, now that he’s abandoned his bachelor group, then learn about his fall haunts and habits.

Beware the Fall

Are you strapped in for deer season?

Blood Trail Basics

Nicely done! All your planning came to fruition, and you just shot a deer. If it didn’t drop within sight, though, the high-fiving may be premature. What you do next will determine whether you go home with fresh venison or just a sob story. Never fear, though—Bryce Towsley is offering a few tips to help ensure you recover your prey.

Hogs and Doves the West Texas Way

On a dove and hog hunt in west Texas last year, America Hunter field editor Brian McCombie made some new friends, tested out new gear and took the biggest boar hog of his life. The hunt was held at the T-Diamond Ranch, an NRA Outdoors approved outfitter headed by Roy Wilson. McCombie was joined by eight other hunters, all NRA members—including two father-son teams.

Winchester Answers: Where's the .22 LR?

A few months back, we provided a look at how ammunition companies were responding to the .22 rimfire "shortage." It's no secret that, since then, many of our readers are still struggling to maintain their stockpile of .22 LR. So what's going on? We asked the folks at Winchester for answers.

Wilson Combat Announces .308 Caliber AR-Style Rifles

Wilson Combat has announced the availability of its new, large format BILLet-AR rifles in .308 Win.

NRA-Themed Accessories For Your ATV

Your ATV can be just as an important a tool as your truck. So why not trick it out a little bit? Here are a few nifty—and NRA-themed—ATV accessories from Moose Utility Division.

Michigan Youth Drops 12-Point Albino Buck with Crossbow

Gavin Dingman, 11, beat the odds when he shot this extraordinary albino deer on Monday.

Hornady Named NASGW Ammo Manufacturer of the Year

Hornady Manufacturing was presented with the “2014 Ammunition Manufacturer of the Year” Award by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) at an awards ceremony last week.

2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon Test Drive

Earlier this month, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper had the opportunity to put the new 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon on the venerated Hatfield-McCoy Trails. What's it like, putting a new 4x4 through its paces on one of the country's most highly-regarded trail systems? Get an inside look with this gallery.

Honda Introduces 2015 FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 4x4

Honda Powersports gave media members a chance to put its new 2015 FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 4x4—supposedly engineered specifically for comfort and confidence—to the test earlier this fall. But will the new ride appeal to hunters? Get an inside look with our video.

Rifle Hunting the Bugle in Northwest Colorado

With the bulls bugling and the aspens at their golden height, where else would you rather be than the "Elk Hunting Capital of the World" with an elk tag in your pocket? Digital Managing Editor Justin McDaniel found himself in that enviable position in late September as he headed to the mountains northeast of Craig, Colo., for his first elk hunt.

Aimpoint Introduces New AR-15 Specific Optic

Aimpoint has announced the introduction of a new sight designed specifically for modern sporting rifles such as the AR-15: the Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO).

Sitka Pledges to Donate Up to $20,000 to RMEF

Sitka Gear, a longtime supporter and advocate of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) has pledged to donate up to $20,000 to help solidify the future of elk hunting, conservation and land access—with your help.

The Brush-Up-Your-Blind Debate

As we place or reposition our ground blinds this season, how concealed do they need to be to keep from spooking deer?

Think Your Duck Opener Was Bad?

We toil and wait all summer until one day, finally, it's the opening day of duck season. Think yours might have been bad? Check out Kyle Wintersteen's.

Are Crossbows Easier than Compounds?

Are crossbows really that much easier to handle than a compound bow? Jeff Johnston takes a closer look at the debate.

Western Rivers Releases Stalker 360

The game call specialists at Western Rivers have announced that they're now shipping the company's new Stalker 360 model.

Must-Have Camping Gear

Have a camping trip on the horizon and need to refresh your gear collection? Here are some of the American Hunter staff's top picks.

What the NRA Does for Hunters

Rest easy, American hunter, the NRA has your back.

Mossberg Wins NASGW 'Innovator of the Year' Award

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., was presented with the “2014 Innovator of the Year” Award during the opening night festivities at the 2014 NASGW Expo & 41st Annual Meeting earlier this week in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Hardware: Franchi Aspire

This boxlock, round-action over/under is built on a true 28-gauge frame. How does it hold up afield? Find out with this complete review from Field Editor Jeff Johnston.

Species-Specific Excuses for Missing Birds

Kyle Wintersteen has learned to deal with missing birds—particularly when witnesses are present—through a fail-proof coping mechanism: excuses, and lots of them. So, here are a few species-specific suggestions to help you save face this season.

Hornady Announces New Hunting Products for 2015

Hornady announced its 2015 product offerings this week at the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) show, and three things in particular should catch the eye of the hunting community.

Member's Hunt: Big Country, Big Bore and a Big Ol’ Bull

Inspired by a recent American Hunter magazine piece, NRA member Dr. Stephen H. Corwin shares the story of his recent handgun elk hunt.

Range Before You Draw!

There is always a new bowhunting lesson to learn—sometimes the hard way. Here’s a basic mistake that's easier to make than you might think.

Varmint Hunting With Hornady's .17 WSM

Hornady has announced that it's expanding its .17-caliber lineup in 2015, with the addition of the .17 WSM. Earlier this year, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper had the opportunity to put the new offering to work on some prairie dogs during a Wyoming varmint hunt. Get an inside look at that trip with the gallery provided here, and be sure to check out our video for even more information.

Hornady's .17 WSM

Hornady has announced that it will be expanding it's .17-caliber line with the addition of its own version of .17 Win. Super Mag. Neil Davies took a moment to discuss the new release during a varmint hunt earlier this year.

Ruger No. 1-S 9.3x62mm

This year, Ruger paired their classically styled No. 1-S Medium Sporter with a truly classic cartridge: the 9.3x62mm. How did it stack up when taken afield? Find out in this complete review from Keith Wood.

Make Your Own Custom Hunting Knife

If you’ve got the tools and the know-how, assembling and finishing your own blade may add extra joy to hunting season.

NRA Hunters Lead the Fight in Culture War

Launched in April, the NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum assembles a collection of leaders from across the hunting world dedicated to the enrichment and growth of the NRA’s mission to promote and defend hunting.

Bergara Custom Rifle Contest Closing on Oct. 31

Earlier this year, Bergara Custom Rifles has teamed up with Realtree and the NRA to give away one of its Sport Hunter custom rifles. The final deadline to register for your chance to win it is approaching, however: The contest closes on Oct. 31, 2014.

Hardware: Leica ERi 2.5X-10X-42mm IBS

Despite the superb quality of its binoculars and innovative laser rangefinders, Leica has struggled to gain a foothold in the riflescope market—until now.

Nosler Announces BT Ammunition

Nosler's ballistic tip bullets have long been popular among America's deer, antelope and hog hunters—a fact that has inspired the company to introduce a new line of ballistic-tip hunting cartridges for 2015: BT Ammunition.

Must-Have Black Powder Accessories

Whether you are a traditionalist shooting charcoal, sulfur and nitrate or a modern in-line enthusiast, you’ll learn quickly that there are a number of products you’ll need to make your shooting passion more enjoyable. Our friends at Cheaper Than Dirt have plethora of accessories. Here’s a sampling:

Remington Shows Off 2015 New Product Intro

Remington's annual media seminar, focusing on hunting and recreational shooting products, brought some surprises and new technologies, along with the return of some old favorites.

DU Announces 'Beards for Conservation' Contest

There's now another all-important reason to grow a duck beard: To support vital conservation efforts through Ducks Unlimited's "Beards for Conservation" program.

Guide to Public-Land Pronghorns

The pursuit of North America’s most unique big game requires an equally unique plan of attack.

Press Check

OK, show of hands: Of those of you who strap on a gun everyday—or even many days—how many of you do a press check every time before heading out the door?

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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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jim wrote:
October 29, 2014

While I agree in theory what is written, I did witness a real tragedy with a .223 - AR-15 platform last year. My friend, who is a regular High Power shooter decided to bring the AR, target barreled, hand loaded, deer bullet cartridge to the hunt. While walking with him, there appeared a decent antlerless that he saw first, so my .270 remained off my shoulder. At 60 yards he took aim. It hit. The deer ran. We looked. Little blood. Never found it. Bad shot? Well, maybe, but for someone who is scoring in the 2 place position consistently on his High-Power league shooting beyond 300 yards regularly, I think not. Ultimately he stowed the AR and brought the more realistic 7mm back on the hunt. It sucked losing a deer even if not a trophy and a doe at that. It pretty much answered my question. I had the same thing happen to me with a commercial 'deer round' for my 7.62x39 SKS. Poor results, close range, lost deer. Happened twice in fact until I finally sprung for the .270. So, will it work? - Maybe. So will a .22 LR if a head shot. (not legal though), But if you have other choices, please use them and forget the 'cool' factor or the idea of trying to make this platform more legitimate in the eyes of the general public or in the eyes of our shot-gun loving, AR scoffing, hunting brothers out there. I don't think it will make it more 'legit' in the eyes of the gun haters anyway. Good gun, great round, but for deer? Not really.

sawyer wrote:
October 28, 2014

This year i am going to shoot a deer with my 223 i will try to get a nice buck or doe!!!!

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