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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?

Stoeger Offering $50 'Payday' Rebate

From October 1 through December 31, 2014, Stoeger is offering a "Payday" rebate to consumers. The purchase of any new Stoeger firearm will be rewarded with a $50 cash rebate.

Study: More Fat, Lower Protein Boosts Dogs' Sense of Smell

Conventional wisdom has long dictated that performance dog food formulas—which experts recommend for active gundogs—ought to contain a high ratio of protein. But has a new study debunked this age old belief?

Test Driving the 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 4x4

Last week, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper had the opportunity to put the new 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon on the venerated Hatfield-McCoy Trails. How did it fare? Find out in this latest edition of The Gun Club.

NRA Announces NRA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing Destinations Program

NRA has announced the launch of NRA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing Destinations, a new adventure travel program offering cost-effective outdoor excursions and long range marksmanship training to NRA members.

Benelli Announces 'Take It To The MAX' Fall Promotion

Beginning October 1, Benelli launched its "Take It To The MAX" fall promotion, which will offer consumers a chance to claim a $150 Drake gift card with the purchase of select shotguns.

Remington's Great Americans Shoot Raises $1.2 Million

The hosts of the inaugural Remington Great American Shoot have announced that the event raised almost $1.2 million for the Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFTC) and several other military non-profit organizations benefiting active duty service members and veterans.

Hardware: Gamo Whisper Fusion Pro

Gamo’s Whisper Fusion Pro air rifle possesses a rather futuristic appearance—especially if your idea of an air rifle is a Red Ryder BB gun. But times change, and the recreational airguns of the 1960s and ’70s have evolved into serious shooting machines, some even suitable for small-game hunting. The Whisper Fusion Pro exemplifies that development.

Lewis & Clark Birds

Bird hunting over fine dogs with a fine shotgun in hand only gets better when there’s history involved.

Ruger Introduces AR-556

Ruger has announced the launch of its new AR-556 semi-automatic, M4-style, direct impingement Modern Sporting Rifle.

Barnes: 25 Years of Drop-Dead Reliability

Editorial Director John Zent looks back at the 25-year lifespan of the Barnes X-Bullet.

2015-2016 Duck Stamp Will Feature Ruddy Ducks

The winner of the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest has been announced: Next year's stamp (available June 2015) will feature a striking pair of ruddy ducks by New York artist Jennifer Miller.

New Archery World Record Caribou?

Inquiring bowhunting minds want to know: Is the massive 376 7/8-inch woodland caribou shot in Newfoundland in 2013 the new archery world record?

Do You Wrap Your Ducks in Bacon?

Some consider wrapping ducks in bacon—or anything in bacon, for that matter—to be cheating. Kyle Wintersteen respectfully disagrees.

Hardware: Mossberg MVP Predator

Give an American a handy, accurate, magazine-fed bolt gun in a caliber like .308 Win. and he can do many things, including win battles, defend castles, take deer and wild pigs, and have a blast dinging targets nearly as far as he can see. Keep it under $700, too? Mossberg is onto something.

Bringing Birds Back from Mexico—What You Need to Know

For the table or for taxidermy, wingshooters have ample reason to want to bring back birds from hunts in Mexico. Here's a primer on the red-tape involved in doing so.

When to Call Elk—or Not!

Sometimes silence really is golden--especially when elk hunting success hinges on never making a peep.

Boom Time for Waterfowlers

The Prairie Pothole region, the famous “duck factory” from South Dakota to the prairie parklands of Alberta, has been blessed with abundant snowmelt and rain for several years. That means wetlands are staying wet, ensuring an abundance of ground critical to successful duck nesting. All of this equals one thing …

How Does Ammo Get Its Name?

So, just how do ammunition companies go about naming new products? Executive Editor Adam Heggenstaller discussed the complexities of naming ammo with Winchester's Mike Stock.

Out Of the Hole

Battling bad luck, a broken truck and the flu, the author relies on sheer grit when chasing elk up and down a foreboding Utah landscape.

Will Banning Some Bear Hunting Methods Help Maine's Bears?

The Humane Society of the United States is working to ban the use of bait, dogs and traps for bear hunting in Maine via voter referendum. Jeff Johnston explains why such a move would actually hurt the state's bear population far more than it would help it.

Start Pups Right

Ron Spomer shares a few tips that will put any puppy on a path to a long, successful and injury-free career in the field.

Indiana May Close Grouse Season Statewide

Upland bird hunting is in a sad state of affairs in Indiana, where the state's Division of Fish and Wildlife has proposed closing the ruffed grouse hunting season statewide.

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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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matt wrote:
October 05, 2014

Started using 223 for deer got 2 my 1st year using it. Its allmabout shot placement the 1st one was in the head 20 yards away and the 2nd was in the neck shooting at head 250 yards away both shots dropped the deer in its tracks. No meat was ruined i loved it

Bruce wrote:
September 25, 2014

.223 is very lethal for white tails with in 125 any day of the week with a clean shot. As far as I'm concern with out proper shot placement deer will run off hit with any caliber, and yes I think our military is well armed with the 556 as well

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