Deer Season XP: Knockdown Loads for 2015

Video Player
Savage Arms A17 Rifle American Hunter Shoots the Benelli 828U Winchester Repeating Arms XPR Bolt-Action Rifle
Top Stories

Great American Outdoor Show Thrives

The second annual Great American Outdoor Show, produced by NRA, attracted nearly 200,000 attendees and more than 1,100 exhibitors to Harrisburg, Pa.

The NRA Foundation to Auction Exclusive Wyoming Tag at NRA Annual Meetings

Contact NRA with your bid for what promises to be the elk, deer or antelope hunt of a lifetime!

NRA Heralds Introduction of Bipartisan Sportmen's Act of 2015

Feb. 5 marked a great day for sportsmen across America as critical pro-hunting legislation hit the U.S. Senate floor.

HLF Member Spotlight: Robert Unkovic

Meet Hunters' Leadership Forum member Robert Unkovic.

Chasing Wolves: Day Two

A wolf has been spotted. Follow along with Editor in Chief J. Scott Olmsted's Idaho adventures right here.

Act Now to Oppose BATFE's Expansion of Federal "Armor Piercing" Ammo Ban

Under President Obama, the BATFE seeks to ban commonplace AR-15 rifle ammunition used for hunting, target shooting and self-defense.

NRA Leading the Charge to Repeal Sunday Hunting Bans

NRA-ILA was front and center in securing support for Sunday hunting at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Feb. 7-15.

Losing to Leopard

Not every trip ends with a trophy. That said, in order to lose against a leopard, Executive Editor Adam Heggenstaller had to hunt one. Read his story here.

First Look: Ruger's New Single Seven

Ruger's new Single Seven is the perfectly sized single action revolver for taking the Federal 327 afield. Here are three things you need to know.

Chasing Wolves: Day One

Editor in Chief J. Scott Olmsted is in Gibbonsville, Idaho, hunting wolves with outfitter/guide Caleb Davis of Continental Divide Outfitters. Follow along with his pursuit right here.

Know How: Cabin Fever Creations

Have antlers that you'd like to get more out of? Field Editor Frank Miniter has a few recommendations.

Member's Hunt: Born to Hunt

Our latest Member's Hunt submission comes from Bay City, Texas.

Great American Family

A day spent at the Great American Outdoor Show brings family and friends together to celebrate their lifestyle as hunters and shooters—even in the dead of winter.

Hardware: Meopta MeoStar R2 1X-6X-24mm RD

The Czech Republic may not have the market cachet that’s been established by brands from Germany and Austria, but that doesn’t mean the quality isn’t there. Keith Wood takes a closer look at the Meopta MeoStar R2 1X-6X-24mm RD.

First Look: Real Avid’s Winghunter

Has Real Avid combined all of the bird hunter's essentials into one tool with the Winghunter? Here are five things you need to know.

5 Kitchen Essentials for the Hunter

A hunter and chef outlines must-have tools for every hunters who cooks his own game.

Must-Have Predator Hunting Gear

Plan on turning predators into prey this year? Here are a few must-have products that will help you get the job done.

Dangerous Domestic Game

You don't have to go international to find dangerous game. Keith Wood takes a closer look at some of more imposing prey that can be found right here in the United States.

First Look: Leica ER5 2-10x50mm

Leica optics for less cost. That’s the promise of the new ER 5 series of scopes from this 170-year-old German company. Here are five things you need to know.

Hunting the Black Bulls of Mozambique

A safari for Cape buffalo and sable may have its “dark” side, but this opportunity is surely one of the brightest combo hunts in present-day Africa.

Hardware: Stevens 320 Field Grade

The Winchester Model 1300 was arguably the most underrated pump-action shotgun of its day. With its patent now expired, Savage Arms has revived the classic design with the Stevens 320.

Will Hunt for Food (at the Great American Outdoor Show)

Attendees at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa., are experts on fresh food, right? For us, conservation is a lifestyle and a passion, right down to the game and fish we bring home to share at the table.

Learn from the Pros at the Great American Outdoor Show

One of the best parts about attending the Great American Outdoor Show, which runs through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, is the direct access to just about anything and everything outdoors.

First Look: Weatherby Element Semi-Auto Shotgun

The new Weatherby Element is the company’s first inertia-operated semi-auto shotgun, and it comes with looks and a price bird hunters will love.

An Outfitters' Ball in Harrisburg

Outfitters from across the globe have descended upon Harrisburg, Pa., this week. Looking for a dream hunt? You might find a few dozen of them at the Great American Outdoor Show.

Taxidermy from the 2015 Great American Outdoor Show

The halls of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex have been to home to an impressive array of taxidermy throughout the Great American Outdoor Show. Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper offers a closer look at some of the more impressive mounts with this gallery.

Vista Outdoor Emerges as Biggest Outdoor Products Company

NRA Publications engaged Mark DeYoung in a one-on-one conversation about what shooters and hunters can expect from the new Vista Outdoor Inc.

Archery is on Target at the Great American Outdoor Show

If you think archery is a small niche, take a trip to the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa., where bow hunting may just be the biggest attraction.

First Look: Nosler/Noveske .300 AAC Blackout Subsonic Hunting Ammo

Nosler and Noveske team up to offer new .300 AAC Blackout hunting loads, which include a first-ever, expanding subsonic bullet.

Catch a Celebrity at the Great American Outdoor Show

The show floor is huge, so if you want to land a big one you'll have to have some eagle eyes. Or, you can just check the list!

Top 5 Underrated Rifle Cartridges

When you consider those “Charlie-in-the-box” cartridges that have been pushed aside by their more famous counterparts, here are the five most underrated rifle cartridges of all time.

Late to the Party...But Not Out of the Game

Here’s how to score on late-season, hunter-wise honkers.

Great American Outdoor Show 2015

Bring the Family: NRA showcases shooting, hunting and outdoor fun.

Final Day of SCI Show Continues Drawing Crowds as Glenn Beck Headlines Grand Finale Event

Alas, another fun and successful SCI Hunters’ Convention comes to a close today as attendees scramble to cover those last few bases.

B.C.'s World-Class Plummer’s Arctic Lodges and Milligan Outfitting Are Just Two of the Premier Outfitters Onsite at the SCI Show

These two British Columbia outfitter exhibitors are stopping traffic in the aisles at the 43rd annual SCI Hunters’ Convention in Las Vegas. Maybe holding world records has something to do with it!

SCI Show Offering Holland & Hollands for Under $500

The countless offerings at the SCI show keep stopping me in my tracks!

Great American Outdoor Show Opens

Thousands lined the cold concrete outside the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and awaited the 9-o’clock on day one of the 2015 Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa.

SportEar

A lifetime of shooting and hunting takes its toll on your ears.

I'm Dining with Archie Manning at the SCI Show Tonight!

Attention hunters and football fans! Look who's speaking at the 43rd Annual SCI Hunters' Convention this evening!

SCI Show Buzz Heralds Introduction of Bipartisan Sportsman's Act of 2015

Feb. 5 marks a great day for sportsmen across America as Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska introduces critical pro-hunting legislation.

SCI Litigators Share Updates on the African Elephant and Lion Issues at SCI Convention

Safari Club International is ever vigilant in monitoring the African elephant and lion issues.

NRA-SCI Connection Runs Rampant at SCI Convention!

I enjoy the ties that bind when it comes to the NRA and SCI's work in the hunting and wildlife conservation arena.

Zeiss Displays New Optics at SCI Hunters' Convention

Venerable German company ups the ante on top-tier binoculars, new crossbow scope.

MidwayUSA's Larry & Brenda Potterfield Win Beretta Conservation Leadership Award

Here’s one of many great stories coming out of the 43rd Annual SCI Hunters’ Convention as the Potterfields are recognized for their esteemed role in the hunting and wildlife conservation arena.

Holland & Holland Paradox at SCI Hunters' Convention

Venerable English firearm maker Holland & Holland displays its bespoke wares at 2015 SCI Hunters' Convention.

The Top 7 Things I Learned from SCI Leadership at the 2015 Convention

Today's working press luncheon at the annual SCI Convention served up some positive energy as SCI President and CEO shared food for thought.

2015 SCI Hunters' Convention is the Ultimate Hunters' Marketplace

Imagine a big post card that says “Wish You Were Here” as I get set to share highlights from the SCI show in Las Vegas this week!

Hardware: Merkel RX Helix Explorer

European switch-barrel guns are engineering works of art, and are extremely well-designed and precisely executed. They are wonderful additions to any gun safe. One good example is the Merkel RX Helix.

Run-and-Gun Coons

A good raccoon hunt doesn’t just take place at night. The truth is, high noon can be just as effective—if you know what you’re doing.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

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.

Read the Full Blog >>

Latest Comments

Philo in AZ wrote:
February 21, 2015

I concur with the author's assessment. I have been harangued several times by hunting companions for using a .223 for hunting both whitetails and hogs. In each hunt, I always drove away with a one-shot filled tag and the winner of the pool (for largest rack or heaviest hog) of the hunt. I do own quite a few guns of more than two handfuls of calibers, but with the advent of bonded hunting bullets I have mulled over rethinking my safe. Thanks for a great article.

Ron Smiglewski wrote:
February 19, 2015

Don't wish to knock my fellow sportsman for their personal choices when afield to each their own but it seems with all the new technologies and developments we are loosing something in the greater meaning and traditions of the hunt.

Join the Discussion >>