Hear the words “deer hunting” and you’ll likely think of the ubiquitous whitetail—and for good reason. You can find this species in 44 states, usually in plentiful numbers on private and public lands, while Alaska and California are home to the elusive black-tail, Nevada and Utah and several other states have mule deer, and the diminutive Coues deer can be found in Arizona.
How do you hunt a deer? East of the U.S. center spot the treestand is king, with the South and Texas also utilizing ground blinds. The Northeast’s quiet forests and those of the Pacific coast can be great for spot-and-stalk hunts, while long-range glassing and a tactical approach to getting within range are the provenance of western states. For a unique thrill, the South’s deer drives, often using dogs, are about fast shots, filled tags and a celebration feast for the community.
(Trivia: The only state that lacks a native deer population is Hawaii!).
Big Horn Armory AR500 in .500 Auto Max[caption id="attachment_3186" align="aligncenter" width="650"] The Big Horn Armory AR500 is chambered for the company's proprietary cartridge, the .500 Auto Max, a rimless version of the 500 S&W. • MSRP: $1,999[/caption] Big Horn Armory made a name for themselves with their SpikeDriver lever gun chambered in .500 S&W Magnum, but they didn't stop there. Instead, they looked to the semi-auto market and created the AR500.
https://youtu.be/VbDQUADaIkEGrowing in popularity, modern sporting rifles have evolved to become a real option for hunters -- even for old-school hunters like the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Doug Painter. Explore the evolution of the American hunting rifle.
Modern In-Line Muzzleloading SafetyMuzzleloaders can be fun, but they take a different skill set to operate than modern firearms, and several rules must be followed to ensure safe operation. Give muzzleloaders a try, just make sure you do so safely. Hang-Fire Situations Sometimes a muzzleloader will not fire immediately when the trigger is pulled. This is known as a “hang-fire” and correcting it requires caution because the gun might fire sometime after the cap or flint created the initial sparks. To correct a hang-fire:
- Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, preferably downrange.
- Don’t take it anywhere that it could injure someone or damage property if it fires.
- After waiting a minute or so, unload the muzzle using a ball discharger.