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2012's Top 10 Gifts for Hunters

It's time of year once more: The holidays are upon us. With most seasons in full swing, there's not a lot of time for hunters to go shopping—so we're going to help you out. Have a fellow hunter or two on your shopping list this year? Here are 10 Christmas gifts that any hunter would be happy to unwrap in 2012.

November 20, 2012

Five Great Deer Rifles

The deer rifle remains the quintessential tool of the American deer hunter. Close your eyes and think about deer hunters and you’ll picture a figure cloaked in camo, with a bright orange hat and a rifle slung over his or her shoulder. Here are five rifles—a few classics, a few destined to be—that will serve their owners well when the time comes to take the venison from the field to the fridge.

November 06, 2012

Tactical Hog Hunting Comes to West Texas

American Hunter Field Editor Brian McCombie visited the Spike Box Ranch in West Texas to put some tactical gear to the test in a hog hunt with NRA Outdoors. Check out the gallery he brought back to get a look at how things went.

October 23, 2012

Blind Ambition

Maybe it’s because these days I find myself in the woods with a kid more often than not, or because I’m getting older and more cautious about heights. It could be that I want to move around a little and be a bit more comfortable. Whatever the reason, I’m discovering more situations where blinds suit my needs. Here are some new 2012 models that will help hunters have some great days afield.

October 11, 2012

Cabela’s Custom Classics at the King Ranch

What’s the point of having fine rifles if you can’t use them? We journeyed to Kingsville, Texas to meet up with Cabela's Corporate Communications Manager, Joe Arterburn, at King Ranch in search of javelina and of course, the other white meat—wild pigs.

September 28, 2012

A Slug Gun for the Shotgun Hunter

Most hunters have a selection of shotguns, each for a specific season. But what about one-shotgun hunters that still want a slug gun? Are they doomed? Not today. Here are a few accessories that can help you convert your shotgun to a slug gun.

September 18, 2012

Dimension Africa

Thompson/Center's switch-barrel Dimension is affordable and versatile, but it needed to pass a rigorous field test to prove itself: Africa. NRA's John Zent had a chance to handle the Dimension while in Africa's Stormberg Mountains and brought back some photographic evidence of its success.

September 12, 2012

Hunting Museums

With summer ending, many families are planning short vacations or day trips to visit attractions not far from home. It so happens there are some fine museums of particular interest to hunters, and since they are scattered widely throughout the U.S., there should be at least one within driving distance.

September 07, 2012

2012's Best New Broadheads

Sharper cuts, bigger holes and more terminal damage are what broadhead manufacturers work to improve with their blades each year, and what many are delivering in 2012. Check out these 10 new offerings to twist on, tune up and send downrange.

September 04, 2012

Adventure in Africa: Cape Buffalo with a Bow

On August 13 I returned from a fabulous 10-day bowhunting trip on the Eastern Cape of South Africa with my friends, owner/PH Andrew Renton and PH Marius Potgieter of Kei River Safaris It was my second time with Kei River. Five years ago it was a plains game hunt extraordinaire. This time it would be the same, but with a bit of a twist. This time, we’d first target Cape buffalo with the bow.

August 30, 2012

RAM Reworks the Outdoorsman Pickup

Take a tough-running, off-road go-getter and add unique bins for transporting firearms and other shooting gear, and you’ve got the Outdoorsman, RAM’s blockbuster hit in the pickup market.

August 23, 2012

Best Treestands for 2012

Hunters need to be able to sit comfortably and quietly for hours if they're going to outwit a mature buck. Considering bowhunting means having to get that much closer to your quarry, a stand designed to be comfortable and quiet without compromising strength or stability just may tip the odds in your favor. So whether you prefer portable or ladder stands, you'll want a sneak peek at these for 2012.

August 13, 2012

Trucking for Antelope

New Mexico is known for being won by the United States in the Mexican-American War, where Billy the Kid became famous and for having some of the best antelope hunting in the West. However, to get one, you have to spend a lot of time glassing and moving. A good truck is crucial to covering this open, but rough terrain inhabited by speed goats.

July 16, 2012

Best Budget Bows

A bow only has to do a few things well for it to be a good bow. The cams must line up with the string when you look at the string before drawing it. It needs to be adjustable enough to match your draw length and weight, and it must feel good in your hand. With these criteria in mind, here are several of the best bargains on the market. They cost less than top-shelf models, but have all you need.

June 26, 2012

Backcountry Camp Essentials

Whether it’s part of a guided hunt or is a separate off-season event with family and friends, camping is a quintessential part of the outdoor experience. Fortunately for today’s camper—maybe softened just a little by those modern conveniences—you don’t have to suffer or go without basic creature comforts. Here’s a look at eight items to make your time spent in the wilderness more comfortable.

May 31, 2012