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Hardware: Savage Axis II XP

Savage offers a wide selection of “package” rifles that come out of the box with a riflescope already mounted and bore-sighted. Essentially, all you have to do is finalize the zero with your load and go hunting. That’s appealing for sure, but so is the price. One of the latest package rifles from Savage is the Axis II XP, and it’s a good example of both the convenience and the value such a deal offers hunters.

11-Year-Old Nephew Christened into the Bowhunting World!

For nephew Andrew, Christmas came early when his first deer stood at 20 yards Saturday and gave him the perfect opportunity to become a successful bowhunter.

The Origins of a Korean Huntress

A Korean-American woman steps outside her comfort zone—and her cultural heritage—to experience an American tradition.

Are Oklahoma and Texas Quail Turning a Corner?

After back-to-back years of ideal weather conditions—namely wet, cool summers—bobwhite quail populations are surging in Texas and Oklahoma.

How to Judge a Buck's Age Class

Sometimes being bull-headed—or in this case, buck-headed—pays off when it comes to waiting it out for that one good shot opportunity at that mature buck you’re chasing.

Hornady Auctioning First-Ever Rifle at SHOT Show 2015

Hornady has announced that it will be auctioning the first and only firearm that the company has ever produced—which is also being featured as the 2015 SHOT Show Rifle—on GunBroker.com.

Extreme-Weather Gun Care

Late-season hunting usually means extreme weather, and that can be rough on your rifle. Weather attacks generally come in two forms: temperature and moisture. Address these issues and you have most potential problems under control.

A Buck For A Century

Almost lost after the shot, this giant buck would later vanish for decades–and reappear atop the Boone and Crockett records list! 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of "The Jordan Buck."

2014's Best Whitetail States: Part IV

The Top 10 started with Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky and Kansas. Who’s the cream of the crop? Check out the final installment of our “Top 20 States for Whitetails” series.

3 Layering Systems for the Late Season

It’s down to the wire, and the only way to fill that whitetail tag burning a hole in your pocket is to get out there and hunt. Here are three layering systems for the late season that will keep you in the game as Old Man Winter tries to keep you indoors.

Members' Best 2014: Whitetail Edition

Earlier this year, we published our "Members' Best" issue, which gave us the opportunity to showcase your trophies. In honor of the final Whitetail Week of 2014, we've decided to release an updated version of the gallery—Members' Best 2014: Whitetail Edition.

Federal Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded 10mm Auto

When it comes to handgun hunting, there is only one factory-loaded semi-auto cartridge that Keith Wood considers a serious contender for use on deer-sized big game: 10mm Auto. Federal Premium set out to develop a 10mm projectile that would penetrate deeply, expand reliably and retain a significant portion of its weight to maintain terminal momentum. How did it stack up afield? Read on to find out.

Lone Star Whitetail with Mossy Oak

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by taking a trip to Texas to tag a whitetail? Armed with a Savage Arms Model 14 and Federal Premium's Fusion ammunition, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper joined Mossy Oak on a journey to Sonora, Texas, with hopes of knocking down a buck before 2014 could wind down. Get an inside look at his trip with this gallery.

How Do You Compare Riflescopes?

How do you objectively compare and evaluate the subjective qualities of a riflescope?

A Shooting Lesson from a Navy SEAL

Want to make more effective shots at deer? Take a lesson from a Navy SEAL. Then take his advice to the range and practice, practice, practice before you hit the woods.

Don’t Discount Midday During Deer Season

Dawn and dusk have magic, but you may well score more often at midday.

Ruger Introduces BX Trigger for 10/22 and 22 Charger Pistol

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has announced the launch of the BX-Trigger, a light, crisp, "drop-in" replacement trigger assembly that is compatible with all Ruger 10/22 rifles and 22 Charger pistols.

Man Goes Hand-to-Hand with Wounded Bear, Wins

When game's wounded, though, we're aware that all bets are off. Such a scenario played out in Duxbury, Minn., earlier this fall, when an unarmed hunter was attacked by a wounded, 525-pound black bear that he and a few companions had been tracking. The twist ending? Not only did he survive the encounter; he won the fight.

How Much to Rest Your Duck Honeyhole

Every good duck spot presents a challenge: They're hard to find and, for some, even harder to preserve.

The .375 H&H: Salute to a Great Cartridge

It is often surprising to realize that some of our most useful hunting cartridges have been around for a long, long time. One of Sheriff Jim Wilson's favorites is the .375 H&H cartridge.

Colt Hosting AR901-16S Holiday Giveaway

Colt's Manufacturing Company is hosting a special holiday giveaway featuring its AR901-16S.

Zeiss Announces Pronghorn Dream Hunt Contest

Zeiss is launching an online contest for serious hunters to win a chance a three-day pronghorn antelope dream hunt in Wyoming for themselves and one guest.

Essential Gear: December 2014

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? Check out the "Essential Gear" featured in our December 2014 issue.

Thieves Steal $8,500 Decoy Spread from PA Hunter

Matt Kneisley of Conestoga, Pa., has hunted his spread of 120 Model 72 Herter decoys for forty years. In an absolutely despicable act, thieves stole 110 of the decoys sometime between noon on Thanksgiving Eve and 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

Black Friday Shopping Pays Off with a 200-inch Mule Deer!

"Black Friday" was the theme of the day in Kansas!

Five Most Underrated Shotguns

Whenever a discussion arises over the “best” shotgun of a particular action type, the debate seems to center on a narrow group of brands. Often it’s as if the other brands do not exist, which is a shame, because there are plenty of quality shotguns flying just a touch below the radar.

Sheriff's Tips: Shooting Courses Really Work

Sheriff Jim Wilson didn't think a professional instructor could teach him anything about hunting rifles that I he didn't already know. Then he went to Gunsite Academy.

First Look: Winchester Rooster XR

Winchester's intriguing Rooster XR 12-gauge shotshell possesses arguably the most innovative shot-protecting invention since the cushioned wad. Here are five reasons it's a real breakthrough.

Core 4 Element Announces Soft Shell Element Jacket and Pant

Core 4 Element has announced a new two-way stretch Soft Shell Element Jacket and Pant that are due to be available in Realtree Xtra and MAX-1 camouflage.

SilencerCo Launches Suppressor-Optimized Ammunition

SilencerCo has launched its new line of Harvester Subsonic 300 BLK high-performance ammunition, which has been designed to product optimal performance in suppressor-equipped firearms.

The Dreaded Duck Slump

We've all been there, when it seems no matter how hard you scout nor how promising a setup appears, the ducks are going to win.

Hardware: LHR Redemption

Until the economy tanked, there were several muzzleloaders on the market, but nowadays there are only a handful hunters can count on to outfit themselves for it. LHR Sporting Arms now offers one.

Ducks in Crowded Places

Duck hunting in crowded places is as much about out-maneuvering people as it is about ducks. Let Field Editor Frank Miniter explain.

Hardware: Browning AB3 Composite Stalker

The hip and happening trend with bolt-action hunting rifles right now is to go cheap, but still go big on performance. It seems like every manufacturer has a low-end price-point rifle, and they all seem to shoot pretty well. Browning’s hat in this ring is the new AB3 Composite Stalker.

Confidence is Key

Lure the naturally suspicious coyote into a false sense of security and take more pelts to market this season.

Beretta 486 Side-By-Side Designed by Apple Advisor

Renowned designer Marc Newson is best known for his work involving furniture, cars, cameras, watches and—most recently—Apple products. But who cares about that stuff? The man just made a shotgun for Beretta: the 486 by Marc Newson.

Moultrie M880i

Moultrie's latest trail camera captures high quality 8MP photos with four different resolution options and offers a variety of mode settings. How did it fare when put to the test in the field? Find out.

Making Tracks: Kubota RTVs

New diesel utility vehicles from Kubota include the RTV-X900, RTV-X1120D and RTV-X1100C.

Beretta Debuts New 486 Shotgun Designed by Marc Newson

Beretta USA has announced that its new 486 side-by-side, designed by Marc Newson, will be reaching American shores on the heels of a successful European launch.

Do Grizzlies Stalk Hunters?

We’ve all looked over our shoulders when in grizzly bear habitat, especially when we’re elbow-deep in deer or elk blood after a successful hunt—but do bears actually stalk hunters hoping to steal a meal?

How I Spent My Christmas Vacation: Chasing Redheads In the Sunny South

By late December in Bryce Towsley’s home state of Vermont, the ducks are gone. Unlike him, they are smart enough to understand there is another brutal winter coming and they flee south. So what’s a poor, frozen boy to do? Take the hint: Make like a bird and migrate south.

Hunting the Top Dog: Nothing’s Easy With Wolves

Wolf hunting hasn’t been easy since Western and Great Lakes wildlife agencies established conservative, well-regulated seasons in recent years.

An Ethos in Delaware

To honor the debut of its new Ethos, Benelli put the shotgun on tour. The plan? Have one model visit all 50 states before SHOT Show. Oh, and there would be no cleaning of the firearm, either. A native of Delaware, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper was tapped to handle The First State's leg of the tour. Armed with the Ethos and a box of Federal Premium, he journeyed home with plans to knock a few birds out of the sky.

Shooting Illustrated Announces 'Thanks A Million' Sweepstakes

On November 15th, our sister publication Shooting Illustrated exceeded 1 million "likes" on Facebook. To celebrate, the folks over there want to do something exciting for the page's fans. The result? A sweepstakes. Get the details here.

Remington Announces Voluntary Model 887 Shotgun Recall

Remington has anounced a voluntary recall of Model 887 shotguns manufactured from December 1, 2013 to November 24, 2014.

Hardware: Henry Model H010

Few hunting rifles can knock the dust off nostalgia with the same force they hammer a deer. Henry “gets it” and recently added a .45-70 to its stable of American-made lever guns.

America's Ethos Visits Delaware

Being a native of Delaware, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper was tapped to handle The First State's leg of Benelli's America's Ethos Tour. How did he fare? Find out.

House Votes to Increase Duck Stamp, Bill Moves to Senate

In a voice vote on Monday, Nov. 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to raise the price of federal duck stamps from $15 to $25. The bill now moves to the Senate.

2014's Best Whitetail States: Part III

Oklahoma, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland made their appearances in Part II of the countdown. Who’s next? Check out the latest installment of our “Top 20 States for Whitetails” series.

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?

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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

Caden Maydew wrote:
December 25, 2014

There is so much doubt in the .223 I got my first buck with two rounds that I hit him with and the buck never even realized he was getting shot. He dropped about ten feet from where he was shot. And it was about a 200 yard shot one through vitals one through guts. The deer was facing away from me so it wasn't perpendicular but also not quite parallel. The 223 will definitely work at 200 yards if you can shoot it quickly and accurately.

Joe wrote:
December 15, 2014

Indiana is considering allowing rifles for deer hunting above a bullet diameter of .243'. DNR emailed me and asked what I thought. I told them hunters would have to get over the shotgun mentality that rounds don't carry that far. I told them I would rather have someone shooting a 223 than something like a 7mm magnum. Here a long shot is 50 to 60 yards.

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