Whitetail Season: How to Prepare for a Deer Hunt

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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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?

Handgun Hunting 101: The Mechanics

Whether getting started or renewing your vows, it’s time to get back to the handgun hunting basics.

5 Mature Buck Myths Dashed

According to deer biologists, there are many misconceptions associated with mature buck behavior. We talked to a wildlife biologist with the QDMA to help bust five of these commonly-held myths.

Nebraska Man Raises Funds for Disabled Hunting Buddy

When a degenerative disease makes it nearly impossible for a Nebraska man to hunt, his friend takes the reigns to raise the money needed to make hunting possible.

Legendary Whitetail Hunter Larry Benoit Lives On

Deer hunters in the know remember Larry Benoit, the Vermont legend hailed as “the best deer hunter in America” in the early 1970s. He may be gone, but his sage advice lives.

An Everyman's Option for Big Whitetail Deer

Using the information gleaned from prominent deer researchers and experts can help you find your own big-buck hangout to help you land the whitetail of your dreams.

Under the Southern Frost

A blanket of snow and ice isn't unfamiliar terrain for many deer hunters. Running into those conditions in Florida, however? Not quite as common. Keith Wood found himself on such a hunt during this past topsy-turvy winter. Find out how at least one Floridian fared when forced to stalk whitetail in a not-often-seen winter wonderland.

From The Cookbook: Venison Mincemeat

The NRA Member's Wild Game Cookbook, Second Edition, is a collection of common and unique wild-game recipes alike. Give this one a try!

Oklahoma Hunter Tags 30-Point Drought Buck

Big bucks don’t grow on trees. They grow amid the trees by eating natural forage and, when a hunter does things right and hits a lucky streak, by eating forage planted by man. Just ask Brad Gaddis of Oklahoma.

From The Cookbook: Venison Cornbread Cake

The NRA Member's Wild Game Cookbook, Second Edition, is a collection of common and unique wild-game recipes alike. Give this one a try!

Venison Risotto

During the long cold months, when it seems like winter may never end, Georgia Pellegrini fills her kitchen with hearty dishes that warm you to the core. This venison risotto does just that.

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Having Your Game Meat Processed

Whether you plan to do it yourself, or intend to use a butcher, here are some things to keep in mind so that you get the most out of processing your meat for delicious meals year-round.

From the Cookbook: Venison with Cheese and Tomato Sauce

The NRA Member's Wild Game Cookbook, Second Edition, is a collection of common and unique wild-game recipes alike. Give this one a try!

Member's Hunt: Blind Squirrels

NRA Member Tom Moore of Eatonville, Wash., has a message for all the hunters out there who have felt down on their luck in this story of deer hunting success.

From the Cookbook: Venison Swiss Steak Dinner

The NRA Member's Wild Game Cookbook, Second Edition, is a collection of common and unique wild-game recipes alike. Give this one a try!

Member's Hunt: 'Okay Dad, I Got This'

Connor Stafford didn't expect to see the biggest buck of his life when he went to scout some nearby BLM land, but when he did a quick phone call to his dad was just what he needed to get the job done.

A Rifle Hunter's First Bowhunting Buck

A rifle hunter catches the bowhunting bug, becomes a better hunter and bags a fiancé along the way. Still, her hardest-earned “trophy” will be a mature whitetail buck.

Hunting Season, Brought to Table

A simple, elegant and approachable way to cook your game meats brought to you by professional chef, hunter and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America Matthew Cosenzo.

Moroccan Venison Stew

This latest offering from Georgia Pellegrini is perfect for the cold months, or if you're preparing for a large gathering.

Deer Hunting with Uberti

Sheriff Jim Wilson jumped at the chance to join Uberti for a hunt in Texas and put the company's High-Wall rifle to the test. How did he fare? Read on to find out.

Venison Loin with Fig and Zinfandel Reduction Over Carrot and Acorn Squash Purée

Professional chef and hunter Matthew Cosenzo shares this delicious venison loin recipe straight from the pages of American Hunter magazine.

Red-Carpet Blacktail

When the author agreed to speak at Friends of NRA-related events in Alaska, he had no idea how good the "pay" would be.

Venison in Red Wine & Port Mushroom Sauce

The fewer steps in your process the more likely you are to cook for yourself on a busy weeknight. Which is exactly why Georgia Pellegrini often turns to this quick and easy sauce when preparing her wild game.

Winchester Ammo "R&D" Outing in North Texas

Editorial Director John Zent and Development Manager Tom Rickwalder were in Canadian, Texas, with Winchester Ammo last month for a "R&D" outing, testing a new load that's still in the development process. Early indications are that the developmental load—due for release in January, 2015—will be great shakes for deer hunters. Mt. Hide Outfitters did a fine job putting the hunters on deer on this north Texas ranch.

Canyon Whitetails

If you look for deer in the deep canyons of north Idaho, be prepared to sweat up and down steep terrain. You should also be prepared to make sharply angled shots.

From the Cookbook: Hunting Camp Venison Stroganoff

If you want to wow your hunting camp buddies, then give this recipe from the NRA Member's Wild Game Cookbook, Second Edition, a go.

Member's Hunt: The Deer Saver

A gun can be so much more than just a hunting tool. This heartwarming story of the "Deer Saver" proves that a family heirloom can be a symbol of the gifts passed from father to son.

The Hot Ticket in Winter

Nail the weather forecast and find the food to make the late season great. Here’s what you need to pull a big buck out of the bare woods this month.

Game-Day Substitutions

Here are some of Georgia Pellegrini's favorite go-to recipes from across the web that incorporate wild game into the menu, both as main course options and simple finger food for game day.

From The Cookbook: Toothsome Tenders

Everyone loves chicken tenders, but have you ever tried wild-game meat tenders? Check out the latest recipe from the NRA Member's Wild Game Cookbook, Second Edition.

Member's Hunt: The Legend of the Bell Buck

NRA member Jim Izzo was hunting bucks in western Montana with Big Salmon Outfitters when he encountered a buck that will forever 'ring' in his memory.

Deer in the Long Grass

Pockets of plum hold prairie mule deer and whitetails—a few little ones. For more bucks and big antlers, look in the grass.

Hunt Bucks as Individuals

Using his personal property as a laboratory to study individual buck behavior, the author has made some eye-popping discoveries. Even if the area you hunt is nothing like his, his findings might help you better understand your quarry.

Deer Hunting: When to Get Aggressive

When the rut is in full swing and the bucks are moving that doesn't mean it's time to sit in your stand and passively wait. Use these tips to help you get aggressive with bucks this season.

Thieves Want Your Taxidermy

Not so very long ago Jeff Foxworthy might have joked, “If you’re more worried about your deer heads being stolen than your credit cards … you might be a redneck.” But over the last decade a couple of high-profile thefts of big deer have given the worry some validity.

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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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