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Beginner's Guide to Rifles

Posted on Jul 24, 2018

Choosing the right rifle is paramount in staging a successful hunt and forging a prosperous new path in the sport. At first glance, it might seem like there’s a myriad of endless and intimidating choices out there, which can make getting into hunting a bit daunting for novice hunters and those new to the lifestyle. A little research can go a long way, however, in selecting the right rifle. What follows is a brief primer intended to get new hunters started on the right path to selecting an appropriate rifle.

Tips for Taking Kids Hunting

Posted on Jul 10, 2018

For parents and veteran hunters alike, taking kids hunting can be one of the most rewarding experiences in outdoor life. For many, growing up learning to hunt was as natural as learning to tie their shoes or ride a bike. For others, the option to go hunting as a kid (for any number of reasons) simply didn’t exist. But, when many of those same youngsters were exposed to hunting as adults, they fell in love with the sport and became hooked for life.

Beginner's Guide to Shotshell Reloading

Posted on Jun 26, 2018

Before even purchasing reloading components, a reputable data manual should be consulted. This will indicate the type of hull, primer, powder, and wad required to produce a given load, as well as the weight of the powder charge and shot payload.

How to Handload Metallic Cartridges

Posted on Jun 12, 2018

A fairly common side effect of immersing oneself in the world of firearms is a sudden and uncontrollable urge to reload (or handload) ammunition. After all, it seems downright shameful to leave piles of perfectly good empty cartridge cases and shotshell hulls glinting in the sun, practically begging to be refurbished, refilled, and put back into action, only to instead end up languishing in scrap bins and trash barrels. Luckily, breathing new life into spent cases is a relatively easy process. Here’s how to get started.

Top Hunting Products

Posted on May 23, 2018

With a seemingly endless array of hunting related products to choose from, the task of outfitting yourself may seem daunting. To help narrow down the decision-making process a bit, what follows is a list of the top three user-rated hunting products when it comes to hunting packs, hunting knives, optics, tree stands, and hunting blinds. All product descriptions and photos are courtesy of outdoor retailer Cabelas.

Top 5 Deer Hunting Rifles Under $500

Posted on May 10, 2018

Like any major purchase, a little research goes far in making a smart decision. Below are some suggestions on selecting an entry-level firearm for novice hunters.

How to Hire a Hunting Guide or Outfitter

Posted on Apr 26, 2018

When it comes to planning a hunt, the options are endless. Some hunts require little more than a loose timeline, a packed lunch, and a loaded gun, but others can be much more daunting, even for an experienced hunter. A turkey hunt one county over is a far cry from stalking elk through the Rockies, but if you’ve never done either, you’re still starting from square one. That’s where hunting guides and hunting outfitters come in - someone else with the knowledge and skill to help close the gap between you and the game you chase.

The Ultimate Packing Guide for Your Next Hunting Trip

Posted on Apr 6, 2018

We hunters like to think of ourselves as a tough bunch. After all, we take to the wilderness whenever we can to pursue our meat on its home turf while the majority of our peers endure, at worst, long lines at the supermarket checkout for theirs. It follows that we often pretend to be impervious to all the many, many, uncomfortable and even painful conditions that Mother Nature can and will throw at us on a seemingly constant basis.

Best Hunting Times for Deer, Elk, and Other Game

Posted on Mar 28, 2018

In today's day and age, time seems to be in short supply. With work schedules, family activities and precious little time left for simple enjoyment or partaking in hobbies, it makes sense to maximize our best use of time.

How to Get Better at Target Shooting with Rifles

Posted on Mar 20, 2018

Controlling for external factors like wind, temperature and elevation, accuracy is largely affected, for better or worse, by two general elements; the mechanical and the human. The mechanical element consists primarily of the quality of the firearm itself, but optics and sights, ammunition, and some accessories also play a major role in how accurate a given rifle is. The human element consists of factors such as aptitude, physical fitness, and mental state. A more detailed overview of how these two elements come into play follows.

Top 5 Hunting Rifles in 2018

Posted on Mar 16, 2018

If there is one thing that can get more heated than a Ford vs. Chevy debate, it is a similar argument for the best hunting rifle. Every shooter has their own preferences and in some cases these are influenced by local game, topography and local laws.

U.S. Hunting Seasons by State

Posted on Mar 12, 2018

An essential part of hunting ethically and responsibly while also avoiding fines and poaching charges is becoming familiar with (and only hunting during) the confines of hunting seasons set by state and federal legislators. ​ The following compilation of links and general hunting season dates will provide a starting point for hunters to begin familiarizing themselves with each state’s hunting seasons for popular big game and upland (non-migratory) small game species.

Clothing Tips for Hunters Who Want Better Results

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

For some, a successful hunt means getting a big buck on the ground, out of the woods, and into the freezer. For others, it means simply getting that big buck in their cross hairs, experiencing the thrill of the hunt whether they pull the trigger or not. In both scenarios, the hunter has put his or her knowledge and skill to the test, and their efforts paid off in triumph.

Field Dressing 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted on Mar 6, 2018

The deer dropped at the crack of the rifle, anchored by an expertly placed bullet through the vital organs. The hunter knew he was lucky; there would be no tracking this time. A great deal of work lead to this moment; the months of pre-season scouting; the long, dawn to dusk days perched motionless in the deer stand, seemingly impervious to the chill of the November air.

How to Avoid Hunting Trip Disasters

Posted on Mar 1, 2018

Statistically, hunting is an exceptionally safe form of outdoor recreation. As evidence, consider that in the state of California in 2009, there were a total of 15 hunting related injuries involving firearms, eight of which were fatal. The fact that there were a total of 1,679,864 hunting licenses sold in California that same year puts the gun related hunting accident rate for 2009 at roughly .0001%.

How to Get a Hunting License and Permit

Posted on Feb 26, 2018

Whether stalking prey for sport or sustenance, there’s no better time to get into the hunting scene than right now. The regulatory barriers standing between aspiring hunters and their first hunt, however, can be quite intimidating and full of questions. What’s the difference between a hunting license and permit? Is a permit the same thing as a tag? Do I need tags to hunt?

On Target Magazine tricks out Marlin 336 with a Boyds gunstock

Posted on Jan 10, 2018

If you’re a frequent On Target reader, you may remember a Marlin Model 336 that appeared in last year’s Hunting issue. It was a “beater” rifle when I bought it used ten years ago, and hunting with it every deer season, knocking around the dense north woods of New Hampshire,roughened the edges even more.

Improving Your Mosin Nagant and Maintaining Its Historic Integrity

Posted on Jan 10, 2018

The Mosin Nagant is a well-known military rifle that has made its ways into the hands of many hunters, collectors, and sport shooters. This late 1800’s rifle is an affordable addition to any gun owner’s collection, including the first time buyer.

Hunter Safety Courses by State

Posted on Jan 1, 2018

Hunting is a not only a great way to get exercise and stay fit while immersing yourself in the outdoors, it’s also a great way to obtain a supply of delicious, free range, organic meat without ever having to set foot in a Whole Foods.