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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.