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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.

Hardware: Mauser Model 12

German factory rifles normally come with precisely made actions, match-grade barrels, well-bedded stocks and excellent triggers. That’s because Germans expect hunting rifles to work extremely well directly from the factory. The new Mauser Model 12 made a favorable impression right from the start.

Whitetailers: Report to the Woods Now!

The next 10 days are prime time for scouting big bucks transitioning between summertime bachelor groups and fall breeding patterns.

New Climbing Stands for 2014

American Hunter Assistant Editor Jon Draper discusses some new offerings from Summit Treestands for the 2014 season.

Ruger Introduces Collector's Series 10/22 Carbine Rifle

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has announced the release of its new Ruger Collector's Series 10/22 Carbine Rifle.

2014's Best Whitetail States: Part II

Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Nebraska and South Carolina began the countdown. Who’s next? Check out the latest installment of our “Top 20 States for Whitetails” series.

Cabela’s New Instinct Archery Gear

Scouring over the throngs of archery gear this summer, Assistant Editor Jon Draper came across a name that he wasn’t expecting to see: Cabela's. He knew he had to put it to the test.

Turn Your Buck Into Bratwurst

Make hearty bratwurst with the meat from your buck (or doe)—instead of letting it sit in the freezer—by using a kit from Hi Mountain Seasonings.

Prerogatives

Recently Dave Campbell blogged about whether the .223 Rem./5.56 NATO cartridge is an adequate deer round. The response he received demanded a follow-up.

New Treestand Safety Products for 2014

American Hunter Assistant Editor Jon Draper discusses a variety of new treestand safety products that are available for the 2014 season.

5 Whitetail Essentials That Weigh Less Than 5 Ounces

Pack the essentials before you head out after whitetails this season. These five pieces of deer gear won't weigh you down.

Halo Optics Launches Halo XRT

Halo Optics has announced the launch of its new Halo XRT, a 500-yard laser rangefinder that's designed to be both reliable and easy on the hunter's wallet.

NRA Joins Sponsors of National Hunting and Fishing Day

The organizers of National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) have announced that the National Rifle Association has joined their list of sponsors.

Backyard Bowhunters Are Slowing Spread of Lyme

Hunting keeps deer populations in check while decreasing the incidents of tick-borne illnesses.

5 Treestand Safety Tips

American Hunter Assistant Editor Jon Draper shares five simple safety tips that every whitetail hunter should keep in mind when utilizing a treestand.

When Whitetails Attack

Though far from the most aggressive game animal, whitetail deer have occasionally been known to put a hurting on an unsuspecting hunter. Here are a few "Wilder World Outdoors" posts that involve Bambi "striking back," so to speak.

The Pre-Rut Gamble

Are you good enough? That's the question to consider when hunting a mature buck while the canopy is still up and bright and the rut’s madness is still weeks away.

The ‘Crimes’ of TJ’s Father

Old-timers tell great stories about their first deer. But what if the story of your first deer is a lie?

What Happens After You Field Dress a Deer?

Unless you’re a very adventurous, or very hungry, hunter or cook, you probably don’t bring the stomach, intestines, lungs, etc. home to cook. So, just what happens to said remains? Keith Wood's game camera painted a pretty clear picture.

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.

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 Six Guys You Meet in Deer Camp

There's not just one stereotypical whitetail hunter—it's more like six. Have you met them all? Read on and find out.

Bushnell Fusion 1 Mile ARC

Two years ago Bushnell’s then-new Fusion laser rangefinder/binocular made Ron Spomer feel blue. The new Fusion 1 Mile ARC laser rangefinder/binocular, though, is a different story. Get Ron's full thoughts in this review.

Hardware: Traditions Vortek StrikerFire

Vortek's “StrikerFire” is exactly what it sounds like: The gun is striker-fired. A hammer is replaced with a sliding cocker/de-cocker. How did it hold up when put to the test by American Hunter Editor in Chief J. Scott Olmsted? Find out in this review.

These Dogs Swallowed Amazing Objects in 2014

Every year the Veterinary Practice News holds an X-ray contest called "They Ate What?" The rules are simple: Animal hospitals compete to see whose patients swallowed the most bizarre objects of the year, as proven by radiographs. The photo results are priceless.

Winchester Deer Season XP: Ammo We've Been Asking For

New cartridge line from Winchester seeks to make short work of recovering your deer.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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

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.

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