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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.

Six Generations of Deer Camp Traditions

Nothing says tradition like deer camp. Just ask this old-timer whose hunting party now spans six generations of family and friends ... and sometimes deer. 

Five Rut Revelations

After 25 years of hunting every day of the rut, Bill Winke found that keeping it simple is the key. Use these five hard-won tips to fill your tag this fall.

Member's Hunt: The Brawl in the Fall

A brawl between two bucks is something that most hunters only dream of. NRA member David Trimble got to witness two mature bucks fighting, but would he get a shot at one?

On the Whitetail Clock

Whether we’re hunting the rut or keying on food sources, most deer hunters have a favorite day and magical hour for besting big bucks. What’s yours?

The Ultimate October Playbook

This month presents opportunities for a bowhunter or early-season muzzleloader hunter—if you don’t mess up first. Here’s how to score before the rut arrives.

Reading Rubs in Pre-Rut

A decade-long study of rubs done by Dr. Bryan Kinkel on a 488-acre property in Tennesee sheds some light on buck behavior to help plan your fall setup.

From The Cookbook: Quick Venison Stew

This Quick Venison Stew recipe from the NRA Member's Wild Game Cookbook, Second Edition is a great option for someone who wants to dip their toes back into a cold-weather favorite quickly and easily.

Hunting From the Ground

Although treestand hunting is often preferred, there are some unique advantages to hunting a ground blind. Field Editor Bill Winke looks at some of the situations where ground blinds are best.

How to Build a Well-Stocked Larder or Pantry

When it comes time to put all those delicious wild game recipes to use, you'll want to be prepared. So how can you go about building a larder or pantry that's just as self-sufficient as your protein stores? Georgia Pellegrini has a few recommendations.

Chronic Wasting Disease Impacts Pennsylvanians Who Hunt Out of State

Pennsylvanian hunters who are heading out of state to hunt this season can do their part to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease.

West Texas Rules

The author comes slowly to an epiphany hunters can have only in the Lone Star State.

Hunting in My Socks

Reminiscent of boyhood adventures, the author gives new meaning to back to basics as he stalks the hills and hones his skills—in his stocking feet.

Five On-the-Grill Game Meats to Try

The dog days of summer have arrived, and the backyard cookouts are plentiful. Still have some game meat to clear out of your freezer before the fall's new harvest arrives? Here are five on-the-grill recommendations from Georgia Pellegrini.

What Do Women Want in a Hunting Guide?

We asked some of the country’s top female hunters to reveal what they like and what they don’t like in a guide, based on their past experiences. See what Melissa Bachman, Tiffany Lakosky, Brenda Valentine and more had to say on the subject.

Wild Game is the New Green

Frank Miniter delves into the wild-game health craze to figure out why hipsters and foodies alike are flocking to get their hands on some.

Smith & Wesson M&P-10

.308 Winchester is perfect for most big game, and Smith & Wesson has provided hunters an M&P that's just right for the job.

Eight Ways to Survive Summer

Have the dog days of summer left you feeling a little blue? Don't give up hope! Kyle Wintersteen has offered a few fool-proof ways to sate your passion for the outdoors while you anxiously await fall.

What Women Ought to Know About Hunting and Killing

While those who disapprove of hunting are solidly in the minority, research indicates women are more likely to frown on hunting. Here's a look at why that may be the case.

Braised Venison Tacos

Summer is heating up, and parties, potlucks and picnics are afoot. Looking for something that will dazzle the crowd? Try this braised venison taco recipe from Georgia Pellegrini.

The Only Girl in Camp

Female hunters chime in on what it's like being the only girl at camp and offer some solutions to make every hunt an enjoyable one. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Mallory

Q&A with Hunting Guide Rachel Ahtila

Ever wondered what it's like to be a hunting guide? Rachel Ahtila, a guide from British Columbia, talks about guiding, guns and her hunting aspirations.

Watch New Brotherhood Outdoors Season, Win a Boar Hunt

When you watch Brotherhood Outdoors, you can win a chance to join the hosts for a once-in-a-lifetime Russian boar hunt, simply by correctly answering questions posted on the show's website.

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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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Jonathan wrote:
March 29, 2014

I have not hunted deer with a .223 but will say that in MD, the DNR guidelines state it must have a muzzle velocity of at least 1200 ft/lbs and be an expanding (hollow point) bullet. Almost all .223 ammunition meets that criteria. I've seen some articles that look for 1000 ft/lbs on impact as a guideline. Seems to me with a quality bullet, proper shot placement and reasonable range where bullet energy is still high that it would be an effective round. Definitely need to know the limitations of the round and stick to a good shot. I plan on getting more trigger time and becoming very proficient before I head out to hunt (of course accompanied by a seasoned hunter). Very much appreciate all the insight here from experts and those with more experience than myself!

Mike wrote:
March 22, 2014

And dare I add 1000s of elephants and other large African game have been killed by 7x57mm Mausers, 6.5x55mm Swede and .303 British. So I submit that shot placement is crucial as many hunters can't hit the intended target to begin with

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