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Ruger Launches Free Ammo & Mag Giveaway

Ruger has launched its new Free Ammo & Mag Giveaway, allowing consumers to claim a free box of Winchester ammunition and an additional magazine with the purchase of any new Ruger LCP or SR22 before Nov. 30, 2014.

"NRA...The Rest of the Story" Released

Shooting Sports USA Managing Editor Chip Lohman has collaborated on a book that takes a contentious debate-private gun ownership in America, and moves it into the classroom.

3 Best Broadheads for Whitetails

Having trouble deciding on a broadhead for whitetail deer? Ten experienced bowhunters told us their go-to broadheads, and we compiled the results.

4 Off-the-Rack Deer Rifle Combos for 2014

It's never a bad time to buy a new firearm. With that in mind, we came up with a list of four rifles, all available in an optics-included package, which will have you hunting whitetail this fall nearly right out of the box.

2014's Best Whitetail States: Part I

There's no shortage of whitetail hunters out there, nor shortage of locales where those hunters can put their skills to the test. But that begs a very important question: Just where is the best place to hunt whitetail? Welcome to Part I of our countdown.

Avoid 5 Common Mistakes

Years of experience teaches hundreds of lessons if you keep an open mind. Of course, it is better to learn those lessons from the mistakes of others so here are five to avoid this season.

Beat Thermals and Tag More Deer

Thermals aren't as predictable as they may seem. Consider these factors when choosing a stand location for whitetail deer on hillsides and other slopes.

Why Electric Companies Might be Wildlife’s Best Friend

Could the corridors created by power lines help replace the wildlife habitat that's been disappearing through development and social pressures?

Wilder World's "Best Of" Whitetail Entries

It's time to look back—in this case, at some of the best whitetail-related "Wilder World" entries thus far. Strap in, folks, this could get bumpy.

AmericanHunter.org Launches "Whitetail Week"

AmericanHunter.org is proud to launch "Whitetail Week," a new online-only initiative designed to deliver as much content as possible about North America's favorite game animal.

NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Wayne LaPierre accepted the ice bucket challenge and has now passed the challenge along to Karl Malone, NASCAR driver Austin Dillon and Lt. Col. Oliver North.

Buck Commander Launches Deerstroyer Blind

Buck Commander has launched its Deerstroyer blind, a new ground blind that offers a 75-inch shooting width.

5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Trail Camera

NRA Publications' Christopher Olsen offers five simple tips that should help you get more out of your trail cameras this fall.

Is the .223 Rem. a Deer Cartridge?

The question of the day: Is the .223 Remington/5.56 NATO cartridge an adequate deer cartridge?

Venison Chili

This latest offering from Georgia Pellegrini is a good recipe to make during the year's warmer months, when it's high time to start making room in your freezer before fall.

Your Best Stand

With the blizzard of media sources at our fingertips today, sometimes fundamentals get lost amid so much information. Bill Winke provides a few simple tips that may be getting overlooked.

Happy Birthday Federal Duck Stamp

August 22, 2014, marks 80th birthday of landmark conservation icon.

Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener

Work Sharp partnered with knife designer Ken Onion to produce a powered tabletop knife and implement sharpener for outdoorsmen—and took home the American Hunter "Best Gear" Golden Bullseye award for 2014.

TriStar Viper G2 Synthetic

Despite the many naysayers, American Hunter contributor David Draper has long been a fan of shotguns from Turkey and has carried one waterfowling for the past decade—which made him the ideal man to put TriStar's new Viper G2 Synthetic to the test.

For the Good of the Group

For NRA President Jim Porter, it is rewarding to help wield the tremendous influence of our 5-million-plus membership’s united voice as a faithful servant of American hunters and shooters. Stopping to hunt the occasional wild turkey and maybe even earn a grand slam along the way is a bonus.

Michigan Wolves Kill Five Hunting Dogs in Three Days

The first week of August was a gut-wrenching time for houndsmen in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where wolves killed five hunting dogs in three days.

Savage Arms Announces Rifleman Rebate

Savage Arms has announced its new Rifleman Rebate, offering consumers a chance to claim up to $75 cash back on any new qualifying Savage Arms rifle.

ExtremeBeam Announces M600 Fusion

ExtremeBeam has announced the release of its new M600 Fusion, the latest addition to its line of high-quality flashlights.

7 Must-Have Archery Upgrades

It's time for an archery upgrade. Here's the gear you need.

Wyoming Bound: A Varmint Hunt with Winchester

Summer is an excellent time to bust out the varmint loads and put a hurting on small game. With that in mind, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper and some of the folks from Winchester ventured to northern Wyoming with the intention of putting the company's .17 Win. Super Mag. to work on the local prairie dog population. Get an inside look at the hunt with this gallery.

Do Man-Eating Leopards and Tigers Still Exist?

Some say the man-eating leopards and tigers than plagued India and Africa in the old days are history. But other reports, and even recent video, suggest otherwise.

Rock Island Armory Now Shipping .22 TCM Rifles

Rock Island Armory has shipped the first batch of 100 production .22 TCM bolt-action rifles to the United States, and plans to deliver 300 additional rifles to the American market each month for the foreseeable future.

Crossbow Tide Rolls Into 2014

Call it what you want—a tsunami, avalanche, flash flood, tidal wave or runaway snowball—but public sentiment for crossbow hunting has been an unstoppable force since 2007.

Yamaha Launches “Build Your Own” Viking VI Site

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has launched a new Viking VI “Build Your Own” website that's designed to provide customers with the opportunity to personalize and accessorize their vehicle of choice online.

Member's Hunt: Frozen Stiff

Ordinarily it would be safe to assume an Alaska resident would have a pretty firm grasp of how to keep a firearm functioning in the cold, wouldn’t it?

Gamo Outdoor USA Summer Giveaway Closing

Gamo Outdoor USA's annual giveaway event, which launched earlier this summer, is due to close at 11:59 p.m., EST, on August 19.

Little Bear … Big Bear?

In Alberta good things come to those who wait­—and sometimes to those who don’t.

Sportsman's Guide Rebrands, Launches "Share the Thrill" Campaign

The outdoor sporting goods retailer Sportman's Guide has launched a brand campaign and redesign centered around a "Share The Thrill" rally cry that's meant to unite sportsmen and women through their love of the outdoors.

Drill the Target with Mathews' Chill SDX for Women!

Karen Mehall Phillips swore she'd never shoot another bow after falling in love with Mathews' single-cam Jewel, but the company has turned her head with its new-for-2014 women’s bow—the Chill XDS.

Making Tracks: Ram Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab EcoDiesel 4x4

Chrysler pulled a real coup in the light truck market after debuting the first V6 diesel in a half-ton pickup. Their 2014 Ram 1500 with V6 EcoDiesel generates 240 hp and a stump-pulling 420 lb.-ft. of torque at a low 2,000 rpm.

From Field to Frontline

Think German shepherds are the only dogs fit for duty? English springer spaniels and other hunting breeds increasingly are the dogs of choice for bomb sniffing, narcotics detection and search-and-rescue operations.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Waterfowl Framework

Based on this year's record-breaking duck population survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has once again proposed liberal season lengths and bag limits for the 2014-2015 season.

ALPS OutdoorZ Introduces First Women's Pack

ALPS OutdoorZ has announced the addition of its new Huntress Women's Pack to the company's 2014 line of camouflage hunting backpacks.

Will Fall-Like Weather Provide Early Duck Push?

Unseasonably cool August weather begs an important question: Will we get an early push of ducks?

Archery Accuracy Begins with Good Form

It's okay to be bossy when it's to help make sure a new archer is mastering his or her shooting fundamentals!

Pennsylvania Women Engage in Taxidermy Duel

Folks are doing a lot of neat things with taxidermy nowadays. What you don't see much of, though, is people calling upon taxidermy in a fight. Until last week, that is.

One Dog to Rule Them All

If you haven’t the space, finances nor stamina to keep two hunting dogs—one that points, and one that flushes and retrieves—then get in line for a versatile hunting dog.

Quail in the Land of the Maya

The new NRA Outdoors program matches members with hassle-free adventures that make hunting dreams come true. Somehow they even knew about my dream for action-packed wingshooting in a relaxing tropical paradise.

Knowing Your Limitations in the Backcountry

Knowing personal limitations comes with experience and exposure. What can you do to ensure you know the ins and outs of your own abilities? Caylen Wojcik offers a little advice on the matter.

The .22 Long Rifle

For some two or three years finding .22 Long Rifle (LR) ammunition has been quite a challenge. In order to determine why, Dave Campbell takes a look at the cartridge's history.

"Be Weatherby" Sweepstakes Offers Chance to Win Rifles, Shotguns

Weatherby has launched a new online sweepstakes, titled "Be Weatherby," that will offer participants the chance to enter a monthly drawing for their choice of a Vanguard Series 2 rifle, WBY-X rifle or PA-08 pump shotgun.

Packing Pistols In Bear Country

Carry guns can take many forms, but choosing one to wield in the wilderness deserves special considerations.

Why PSE's DNA SP is an Ultimate Buck Buster This Season

The DNA SP from PSE is "on target" for one new bowhunter--or any bowhunter--seeking the answer to the speed vs. forgiveness debate!

Shooting Sports USA Celebrates Centennial of Competitive Shooting News

Shooting Sports USA, the National Rifle Association's monthly journal for target shooting enthusiasts, is celebrating more than 100 years of reporting on competition shooting.

The Facts About Public-Land Elk

Sure, whitetails hide like rabbits when hunting pressure gets heavy, but they say when you bump elk they’ll walk right over the mountaintop. The thing is new studies show that to be true, but not necessarily.

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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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OFBG wrote:
July 13, 2014

Bullet construction, distance, and shooting skill are all important factors, but I believe that it all depends on how you define 'deer'. There certainly are many 'big game' animals that can be taken cleanly and humanely with a .223, but others, not so much. Several folks have mentioned killing mulies at 300+ yards with a .223, but mulies are not all the same. Neither are whitetails; NM has Coues not much bigger than a Golden Retriever, and the upper Midwest has whitetails that rival elk. Over 30 years ago one fellow told me that he only hunted 'Texas whitetails' with .223 because he once shot one with a .30-06 and 'there wasn't any meat left to dress out'.

William Bennett wrote:
July 11, 2014

There is a show on TV called (I think) 'Life below zero'. It follows folks living in Alaska around showing how they survive such a harsh climate. Last season they were all going out the get a moose for the freezer and I saw a guy hunting with an old AR-15...the A-1 model. Can't remember if he got a moose or not, but there is a huge difference to me between shooting a whitetail and shooting a moose. The .223 would be so far down on my list as an acceptable moose round that I would not even consider it. This guy in Alaska used the same rifle to shoot seals, grouse, moose, wolves. I guess it was the only rifle he owned.

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