Because of the prevalence of the platform, it didn’t take long for AR-style rifles to become popular among hunters. Some “purists” will say these modern sporting rifles have no place in the hunting blind, but they’d be wise to look around before saying such things too loudly.
In the standard .223/5.56 chambering, the AR has proven to be a great gun for varmints and other small game. But what if you wanted to hunt something bigger like, oh I don’t know, say an elk or a bear? Is there an AR out there suitable for such a hunt? You bet there is!
A large number of new(ish) calibers have come on the scene to complement some of the existing cartridges that make the AR platform a perfect choice for your big game hunt of a lifetime. Let’s take a look at 10 of them.
Big Horn Armory AR500 in .500 Auto Max
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
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.
BHA’s AR500 shoots .500 Auto Max rounds. Built on the same .500 Magnum cartridge, it’s basically just a rimless version of the powerful handgun cartridge that has been popular with hunters for more than a decade.
The gun has a completely-railed upper for you to outfit with the optic of your choice. Load up the five-round magazine and you’re ready to take on anything “from prairie dogs to pachyderms to Peterbilts.”
If it can stop a semi-truck, it can stop any big game animal you’ve got in mind. The MSRP is $1,999.
Growing 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.
How Archery Helps Fund Conservation Through Excise Taxes
New “Partner with a Payer” Video Highlights Important Collaboration with Archery Manufacturers and Wildlife Agencies
NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, in partnership with TenPoint Archery, Archery Trade Association, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has released another film in the “Partner with a Payer®” series—a collection of videos highlighting the importance of wildlife conservation and management. The Partner with a Payer Program connects the dots from how excise tax dollars are generated to how they are used to sustain healthy wildlife populations.
The latest video, “Conservation Success at the Crossroads of Collaboration,” highlights the work being done to continue providing public access to target ranges, hunting opportunities and other outdoor experiences within the United States.
Funding Conservation: A Collective Effort
In the heart of collaborative efforts between firearm industry leaders, archery manufacturers, and wildlife conservation agencies lies an important component for hunters and target shooters alike – the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, also known as the Pittman-Robertson Act. This act mandates excise taxes, a financial contribution by firearm and ammunition manufacturers on their products, as well as archery equipment manufacturers, to fund wildlife conservation and management programs across the United States.
Representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Archery Trade Association and USFWS came together to tour the TenPoint Archery Facility, where they learned what it takes to generate the excise tax revenues supporting wildlife populations across the country. Throughout the tour, state and federal agency staff discussed specific projects and key instances where funds provided opportunities for the public to hunt, target shoot and enjoy the diverse wildlife in the United States.
[caption id="attachment_53686" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Excise taxes fund wildlife research for the sustainable maintenance of healthy wildlife populations.[/caption]
The excise taxes established under the Pittman-Robertson Act have been a driving force, contributing over $16.4 billion (over $25 billion adjusted for inflation) to individual states. In this video, Peter Novotny, Deputy Chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, highlights how these funds, combined with hunting and fishing license dollars, fund essential wildlife research. This research enables a deeper understanding of how wildlife populations adapt to a changing environment, ultimately leading to the maintenance of healthy and sustainable populations.
The Ripple Effect for Hunters and Shooters
For hunters and target shooters, the implications of excise taxes are far-reaching. The funds derived from these taxes play an important role in maintaining shooting ranges, archery facilities, and wildlife habitats, ensuring a rich and diverse outdoor experience. The collaborative efforts between industry leaders, state agencies, and federal organizations exemplify the commitment to sustaining the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.
[caption id="attachment_53687" align="aligncenter" width="550"] “We feel comfortable and confident that the excise tax dollars are helping keep healthy deer herds out there across the United States,” said Phil Bednar, President and CEO of TenPoint Crossbows.[/caption]
As hunters and target shooters, your passion and participation directly contribute to the preservation of the outdoor experiences you cherish. These excise taxes not only support wildlife conservation but also create a legacy of responsible and sustainable outdoor recreation for generations to come. Understanding and appreciating this cycle of giving back ensures that the great outdoors remains accessible for all.More info and resources at https://www.nssf.org/partner-with-payer/See other Partner with a Payer Videos:
National Hunting and Fishing Day is this Saturday, September 23, and NSSF, as a major sponsor, encourages all sportsmen and sportswomen to participate.
Celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day!
On the fourth Saturday of every September, NHF Day recognizes generations of sportsmen and women for their contributions to the conservation of our nation’s rich sporting heritage and natural resources. One of the main goals of National Hunting and Fishing Day is to recruit new hunters and anglers by encouraging participation and increasing public awareness of the connection between hunting, angling, and conservation. Through self-imposed fees and excise taxes, sportsmen and women have raised more than $57 billion--that’s more than $100,000 every 30 minutes being raised for conservation. Now on its 51st year, NHF Day is the largest, most effective grassroots movement ever undertaken to promote outdoor sports and conservation.
Launched by Congress in 1971 and heavily promoted by NSSF for decades, NHF Day is now administered by Wonders of Wildlife Museum and has consistently recognized hunters and anglers for their leadership in wildlife and conservation.
Find national, state, regional and local organizations hosting related events.
Hunting, Fishing, and Shooting Sports are not just great American pastimes – they are the very foundation that supports the model of wildlife conservation created more than a century ago in this country. By introducing new audiences to these activities, we ensure that wildlife and wild places will be protected for generations to come.
Hunting is a useful and beneficial wildlife management tool that ensures and maintains the health and abundance of game species and the balance of our natural resources. There are a number of species, from upland birds to big game animals to hunt. Learn more about these species from game bird and game animal organizations.
Take the Pledge
Take the pledge to take someone hunting, fishing, or shooting this year and be entered into the NHF Day Giveaway!
Share Your Images
Upload an image of you hunting, fishing or target shooting and tag @NHFday on social media using the hashtag #GuideToOutside or Upload an image to be featured here!
Summer offers unique advantages and opportunities for successful hog hunting.
As the temperatures rise and nature awakens in vibrant hues, hunters across the USA eagerly gear up for an exhilarating adventure: summer hog hunting. With the sun shining high and foliage in full bloom, the summer season offers unique advantages and opportunities for those seeking the thrill of the chase. From the increased activity of hogs to the improved visibility in dense vegetation, summer hog hunting presents a promising and exciting experience for hunters.
In this article, we will delve into the reasons why summer is an excellent time to embark on hog hunting expeditions, exploring the behavioral patterns of hogs, favorable hunting conditions, and the conservation impact of this pursuit. So grab your gear, prepare for the heat, and get ready to embrace the excitement of summer hog hunting.
5 Advantages of Summer hog hunting
1. Predictable Behavior
Firstly, during the summer months, hogs tend to exhibit specific behaviors that make them more predictable and accessible to hunters. They are actively searching for food and water sources, which increases their movement and visibility. Hogs rely heavily on water sources during the summer, making watering holes and areas near rivers or ponds prime locations for hunting. This predictable behavior allows hunters to set up ambush points strategically and increase their chances of encountering hogs.
2. Natural Camouflage
Moreover, the dense vegetation and abundant cover during summer provide excellent opportunities for hunters to approach hogs without being detected. The foliage in full bloom offers natural camouflage, making it easier for hunters to stalk their prey or set up blinds in areas with high hog activity. This advantage allows hunters to get closer to their targets and take accurate shots.
3. Longer Days
Additionally, the longer daylight hours in summer provide hunters with extended opportunities to be out in the field. With more time available, hunters can patiently wait for the perfect shot and thoroughly scout areas for hog signs. The longer days also allow for more hunting strategies, including night hunting, which can be particularly effective during the summer when hogs tend to be more active during cooler evenings.
4. Improved Visibility
Another advantage of hunting hogs in the summer is the increased visibility and tracking capabilities. With foliage at its peak, sightlines become clearer, enabling hunters to spot hogs from a distance. This improved visibility also makes hog tracks and signs more visible, aiding in tracking their movements. Dry ground conditions during summer facilitate tracking as well, as footprints and disturbances are more easily identifiable.
5. Critical for Conservation
Summer is a critical time for hog population control. Feral hog populations tend to experience rapid growth during this season due to favorable breeding conditions and increased food availability. By actively hunting hogs during the summer, hunters contribute to managing these populations and minimizing the damage they cause to agricultural lands and native ecosystems.
Collaborative efforts between hunters, landowners, and wildlife management agencies play a crucial role in ensuring effective hog population control and habitat preservation.
Summer Safety Considerations
It is essential for hunters to consider the safety aspects of summer hunting. Managing heat-related risks and staying hydrated is crucial, especially during hot summer days. Wearing appropriate clothing to combat the heat and protecting oneself from potential encounters with venomous snakes, which are more active during the summer, should be prioritized.
Summer is a time when snakes are more active, especially in areas with dense vegetation. By staying vigilant, wearing appropriate footwear, and being knowledgeable about local snake species and their habitats, hunters can minimize the risk of snake bites and ensure their safety during summer hog hunting expeditions.
Give Summer Hog Hunting a Try
Summer hog hunting in the USA offers an exciting and rewarding experience for hunters. Seize the opportunities that this season presents. Embrace the challenges, but always prioritize safety. Stay hydrated, protect yourself from the heat, and be mindful of the presence of venomous snakes. By doing so, you'll ensure a rewarding and secure hunting experience.
Remember, hunting is not just about the thrill of the chase, but also about our responsibility as stewards of the land. By participating in summer hog hunting, we actively contribute to population control and the preservation of our agricultural lands and ecosystems. Let us carry forward our hunting traditions with a deep respect for nature and a commitment to conservation.
So, gather your gear, share your knowledge with fellow hunters, and lead by example.
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