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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.

How to Winterize Your Bird Dog

December is approaching, which means frigid temperatures and snowfall aren't far behind. It's important to ensure your bird dog is properly groomed for a day of trouncing through the powder

American Hunter's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Finding the right one amidst a flooded marketplace can be a challenge. In an effort to keep your holiday season stress levels to a minimum, the editors of American Hunter have assembled this handy 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

Steyr Arms Introduces OD Green and MUD Scout Rifles

Steyr Arms has announced that it has expanded its Scout Rifle line with the introduction of OD Green and "MUD" stock variants, both of which are available now.

G5 Outdoors Introduces Prime Rival Bow

G5 Outdoors has introduced a new addition to its lineup of Prime Bows: the Prime Rival.

Utah Crow Hunters Bag...One Bird

Utah's new crow season might not have gone quite as the anti-hunters might have anticipated. Let Kyle Wintersteen explain.

Pelican Introduces New ProGear Cases for Rifles, Shotguns

Pelican Products, Inc., has introduced its new Pelican ProGear iM3300 RFL rifle case and ProGear iM3300SGN shotgun case.

Portable Power with the Mojo BattStation Optimus

Want to keep your phone, GPS or other mobile device charged when afield? Here's one portable solution.

Cabela's Announces "Daily Deals" Through Black Friday

Cabela's Incorporated has announced that it will be offering daily deals online at its U.S. retail stores from Thursday, Nov. 13 through Wednesday, Nov. 26 as part of the company's "Holiday Head Start: Pre-Black Friday Deals" campaign.

Finding Wounded Game 202: The Advanced Course

These tips and techniques may help you the next time you need to follow up on a shot that didn’t go exactly as planned. Stick with it, use your brain as well as your eyes and feet, and maybe you can avoid the heartbreak of a wounding loss.

How Much Does That Rifle Really Kick?

It’s common for a proud man to uncase his favorite big-game rifle, look at it lovingly, and pronounce that “it hardly even kicks!” or “it kicks about like a .22!” As Jeff Johnston notes, that's rarely an accurate statement.

Hardware: Burris Veracity 4X-20X -50mm

The 4X-20X-50mm Burris Veracity is a big scope, but it offers a lot of features that will help long-range hits on varmints, predators and targets become a reality if the shooter does his or her part.

Know How: Get in a Buck Funnel Now

The trouble with magazine articles on stand placement is it’s easy for us writers to make it seem so cartoon-simple. The truth is stand placement is more often as complex as a Dostoyevsky novel. Frank Miniter explains.

Member's Hunt: An African Hunt, Texas Style

Inspired by Field Editor Ron Spomer, NRA Member Joyce D. Schaefer shares the story of an eland hunt—in south Texas.

Remington Versa Max Waterfowl Pro

Many companies offer “waterfowl edition” shotguns, typically among their flagship lines. One recent introduction—and a fine one at that—is the semi-auto 12-gauge Remington Versa Max Waterfowl Pro.

One Pot Pheasant Stew

Need a new recipe to put to use on your upland game? Give this One Pot Pheasant stew from Georgia Pellegrini a try.

Mission Crossbows Rule as 8-Year-Old Drops His First Deer

"Crazy 8s" was the theme of the day Saturday when nephew Joey got his first whitetail!

QDMA Hunter's Dream Sweepstakes Now Open

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has launched its Hunter's Dream Sweepstakes, which will allow 30 winners to choose from over $300,000 in prizes—including 52 firearms and 26 "dream hunts."

South Dakotans Enjoy Tremendous Pheasant Opener

With South Dakota’s pheasant-brood survey up 76-percent over last year, all signs pointed to a fantastic season opener on October 18. However, few probably expected it to kick off quite as well as it did.

Must-Have Whitetail Gear

Dominate the high ground with these must-have new products.

Black Bears Come to Blows in New Jersey

Video of a black bear on black bear battle royale—purportedly filmed in Rockaway, New Jersey—hit YouTube last week, and has been making its rounds online.

Mathews’ Sets Web Traffic Record with its 2015 NO CAM, Chill X and Z2 Launch

2015 will be a big year for Mathews--and for us bowhunters and shooters--as we get the first look at its revolutionary new NO CAM bows, the new Chill X Pro and the new Z2.

Do You Shoot Hens?

Last week a duck-hunting magazine posted a photo of two hen wood ducks shot by a reader. The comments were mostly positive, but—as you might have guessed—at least one commenter was quick to chastise the guy for shooting hens. Here's Kyle Wintersteen's take.

Hardware: Winchester Varmint X

Every varmint hunter, whether he be targeting alfalfa-raiding ground squirrels or fawn-eating coyotes, knows what he wants in ammunition: something fast and flat with minimal recoil. Inexpensive wouldn’t hurt, either.

10 Tips to Take To the Bank

It took the author a decade to learn these lessons about when, where and how to hunt and kill big bucks. Some of them may not be big news. But any number of them should reveal something for anyone.

Mathews Unveils NO-CAM Bow Technology

When was the last time you had your socks knocked off? Go to the Mathews website NOW!

Savage Arms, Federal Ammunition Announce $25 Rebate

Savage Arms and Federal Premium Ammunition have launched a new mail-in rebate program that could net dedicated customers $25 back.

Brownells Giving Thanks, Prizes Every Day in November

Brownells has announced that it will offer thanks and celebrate its customers by giving away more than $15,000 in free merchandise throughout the month of November as part of a new "30 Days of Thanks" promotion.

Why HSS' Contour Vest is My Lifeline

Attention ladies: Hunter Safety System’s Ladies Contour vest-and-harness system is comfy, eliminates bulk and covers your butt in the tree—literally!

The Toughest Bird to Kill

What's the toughest bird to kill? Kyle Wintersteen takes a closer look.

Smileys in the Blind, Roosters on the Dash

Maybe you didn’t cover yourself in glory on the first day of your guided South Dakota bird hunt, but you’re a fast learner. Day two is a different story. It goes like this …

Hardware: Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight RC

While building a lightweight, accurate production rifle sounds like a no-brainer, it’s often easier said than done. That’s why Digital Managing Editor Justin McDaniel was intrigued when Weatherby announced its new Mark V Ultra Lightweight RC.

Three Things Scarier Than Halloween

Jack-o'-lanterns may be something to fear, but not doing these three things will scare me all year!

Hort’s Hide-Away

Members of the Swanson clan trace their roots to a homestead in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula their ancestors built in 1857. They’re what are colloquially known as ‘Yoopers’—UP speak for ‘someone born up here.’ 2013 was the last deer camp for family patriarch George Swanson, for after 77 years prowling these woods, he could no longer trust his eyes.

First Look: BSA 17 Super Mag Riflescope

BSA Optics has a new riflescope designed specifically for the .17 Winchester Super Magnum that promises to help varmint hunters with holdover at long range.

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?

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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:
November 12, 2014

I have used a 223 and a 7.63x39 extensively on deer for many years. I also have a remington 270. I have looked for way moe deer shot with my 270 than either of the other 2. Almost all with the 7.62 dropped in their tracks. My son now uses the 223 and he loves it. The 223 is very lethal when shot placement is correct.

Ronin wrote:
November 10, 2014

Well I've killed 2 legged and 4 legged with the 5.56/.223 and the 7.62x51/.308. Here in the South I have no problem with the .223 on deer. My longest hot where I hunt is 100m. For .223 I would not shoot past 200m and that would be with a 5 to 77 grain round. For the 308 I wouldn't go past 500m with the 175 or 180 grain round where I could get the shot. I am intimately familiar with my rifles and rounds. Out West I’d use a .223, but only if I could get up on the deer to do it. So that rules that out because of the country I’d be hunting in. For here I’d use a .308 and up for the terrain and larger deer. Same up North. Once upon a time our 30-30 took all game here in the US and a few overseas too. The 6.5x55 has taken large game all over the world. Yeah I know there are better options out there i.e. larger rounds or “magnums”. But a Rifleman is a Rifleman. Yeah there are better options out there but I doubt that there are any better rifleman than what came before except for the few who know and work at it. I know of a rifleman up “North” that when he’s not killing things for the Government he guides elk hunts. All he uses is a DPMS SASS in .308. He’s taken elk at ranges of 800+meters. He’s a Rifleman. He practices a lot. Where some hunters just shoot a box of 20 in 3 or 4 years he’ll do a case + in a year. He can tell you where that round is gonna hit. Another is a article from some years back about an American Hunter in Africa using a 7mm Magnum to take the animals on his hunt. The guides were a first skeptical of his choice, after all .375 was the standard! But they found out this American knew the Round, the Rifle and himself intimately. Now we hear the same thing from the Gun Mags who just try to sell the latest and greatest. There's nothing wrong with that, just don't try to BS me saying my old rifle, caliber, cartridge won't work anymore. The old saying about “Beware the Man who owns only 1 rifle” still holds true, but I would add “Beware the Man who owns only 1 rifle and knows how to use it.”

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