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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

Staying in Shape in the Off-Season

Summer means the off-season for a lot of hunters, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to relax. Summer can be used to ensure that you’re at a fitness level that’ll let you enjoy outdoor pursuits safely and without discomfort—you wouldn’t want to fall behind your buddies next season, would you? Here are a few basic exercises anyone can do.

May 22, 2012

Members' Best 2012

Every hunter has a dream about dropping a prize animal, and each year many get the opportunity to realize it. American Hunter asked NRA members to send in their best photos from 2011 hunts, and will publish many of them in the June 2012 issue. Here are the photos that were not featured in the print edition of American Hunter this year. Member names and hunt location are included.

May 15, 2012

Knives and Accessories from Cheaper Than Dirt

As important as it is to have the right guns and ammunition for the big hunt, it’s the edged tools that make all the difference once the game arrives back in camp. It only takes one trip into the wilderness with dull blades for a hunter to learn to love these simple implements. Here are a few edgy items available from Cheaper Than Dirt to consider taking along for your next outdoors event.

April 19, 2012

Best Turkey Hunting Blinds

While many turkey hunters prefer to stay mobile, there are times when sitting still is required, as well as the best way to hunt turkeys. However, staying still for long periods can be difficult unless you’re comfortable and well-hidden, both of which can be found in a blind. But which one has the features you need?

March 12, 2012

SHOT Show 2012: Nikon Booth Tour

The editors stopped by Nikon Booth at the 2012 SHOT Show to catch a glimpse of the newest products to hit the company's shelves for 2012. Check out our first look at the new riflescopes, rangefindgers and binoculars available this year.

February 01, 2012

Those Memorable Birds

A trip halfway around the world to Kenya for exotic fowl is more than what it seems for American Hunter Managing Editor Jeff Johnston.

December 20, 2011

My Favorite Ruger

NRA editors rarely need an excuse to chat about their favorite firearms. So when Ruger announced its Million Gun Challenge earlier in 2011, the buzz around the office turned to not who actually owns a Ruger, but how many and which models. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into their personal collections, and invite you to tell us about your own favorite Ruger.

December 19, 2011

Scopes for Every Budget

Hey, it’s a tough economy out there—maybe this isn’t the year you treat yourself to German glass. Fortunately the optics market is saturated with good product, and these entry-price riflescopes do not disappoint.

December 15, 2011

2011’s Top 11 Gifts for Hunters

Even as the snows of winter descend upon most of the country, many of us are still in the woods every chance we can get, which doesn’t leave much time for Christmas shopping. So we figured we’d make it easy to buy for the fellow hunters on your list. In fact, everything listed below can be bought online via your smart phone while you’re sitting in your stand or blind!

December 12, 2011

Yamaha’s Single-Shot Challenge

NRA Emedia’s Tom Rickwalder had the opportunity to hunt the 66,000 acres of hilly terrain of Capitan, New Mexico this November. Ruger’s No. 1 Rifle, Trijicon’s AccuPoint 3-9x40 Riflescope, Hornady’s 300 RCM 165-grain GMX Superformance Ammo and Yamaha’s Grizzly 700 and Rhino 700 were used to aid in the spot and stalk of New Mexico Desert Mule Deer.

November 30, 2011

Cool Trail Camera Photos

Setting up a trail cam doesn’t always produce stellar results, but when you’ve got the right camera set up in the right spot, you can get an excellent perspective on when and where to position yourself come hunting season. The following images were submitted by hunter and NRA Member Jim McTygue and taken in Virginia.

November 30, 2011

John Zent's British Columbia Grizzly Hunt

It’s likely that no North American game animal can command our attention like the grizzly bear—especially when you find yourself in close proximity to an animal that’s huge, unbelievably strong, fast and possibly dangerous. For NRA’s John Zent, the dream to hunt grizzlies burned for more than 40 years, and after several hunting trips to the wild north-country, he finally found what he was seeking.

October 31, 2011

Wanted: Waterfowl Gear

There is probably no bigger gear head in the hunting world than the waterfowl hunter. Of course, considering the typical weather conditions for duck and goose hunts and the pressure on the birds flying south, it takes a certain amount of gear to be both successful and comfortable while waterfowl hunting. Here is the some of the latest equipment available to waterfowlers.

October 28, 2011

Jewels of the Waterfowl World

The remote habitats, difficulty of hunting and ornate plumage of many ducks haunt some waterfowlers to the point of obsession and world travel. But which species are the most coveted jewels in the waterfowler’s crown?

October 28, 2011