Posts Tagged ‘hunting’

The Basics of Riflescopes and How They Work

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Scope (NRA Blog)

Scope (NRA Blog)

The following story, by Jason J. Brown, is republished with permission from NRA Blog.

Imagine laying prone on a shooting mat, your favorite rifle parked before you resting on a bipod. You squint downrange across the rolling green landscape, hills and valleys rising and falling gently in a grass sea. In the distance, you spy the faint glint of something catching the sun’s rays, an oddly geometric shape standing out against the lush nature surrounding it.

The Deer Hunter: Best Hunting Rifles and Shotguns

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Jesse the huntress

Jesse the huntress

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, April 6, 2017 – The proper guns to use for hunting deer is a very complex topic, for a number of reasons. Most rifles or shotguns used for deer hunting are personal to the hunter, whether male or female. Firearms manufacturers produce a wide range of rifles and shotguns suitable for kids, women, and…

Cara Haley: Persistence Hunting and Endurance Running

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Cara Haley

Cara Haley

Is the need for persistence hunting for survival the reason for humans to evolve into endurance runners and walkers? Not only did the human species evolve from being quadruped to being able to walk upright on two feet, but other parts of our bodies which have an effect on the ability for endurance running and walking have evolved through the ages as well.

Ladies: What to Know When You Buy Your First Hunting Rifle

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Thomas Tucker image

Thomas Tucker image

This article is written by Jess Walter, Freelance Writer.

Women are taking up hunting in record numbers. According to Fox News, the number of women who hunt in the United States increased 25 percent between 2006 and 2011. That’s a lot of women who are buying a hunting rifle for the first time.

Choosing the Perfect Rifle

Here’s what to look for. Know what you’ll be hunting and where you’ll be based. If you plan to use deer blinds, then you’ll be able to watch and understand your prey better before taking a clean shot. The size of the game also has a bearing on your gun choice as it will determine the caliber of rifle you’ll want to buy. You will also want to decide if you want a repeating rifle or a single shot.

It’s important that your gun ‘fits.’ You’ll want it to be comfortable, so hold a few to determine the best distance between your shoulder and your trigger finger, known as the length of pull. You’ll also want to determine the best weight. You may be holding that gun for a while waiting for a shot, so make sure it’s the right weight.

Beside the fit of the gun itself, check for the fit of the scope. You should be able to see the full circle of the scope. If you can’t, you don’t have the right amount of distance between the eyepiece and your eye.

Don’t Buy Before You Fire

Try a few if you can. Your local gun range may offer rentals so that you can try out a few that you think you might like. Holding it in the gun shop is great, but you won’t know until you fire it. This is also the only way to check the amount of recoil. It can be painful to fire a hunting rifle, and your aim won’t be true if you’re afraid of getting hurt.

Know whether you shoot right- or left-handed. The hand you shoot with depends on which eye is dominant. To check to see which eye is dominant:

  • Extend your arm with your thumb up.
  • Align your thumb with an object in the distance.
  • Close one eye. See if the object is still aligned with your thumb. Open your eye again.
  • Close the other eye. See if the object is aligned with your thumb.


When you closed one of your eyes, the object remained aligned with your thumb. This is your dominant eye. When you closed the other eye, the object was no longer aligned with your thumb. This is your non-dominant eye.

Keep these tips in mind when shopping for your first hunting rifle, and you’re sure to find the right one for you.

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Pennsylvania: Semi-Autos Near Approval for Hunting

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Woman shooting a rifle (Morgue File)

Woman shooting a rifle

The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Tuesday embraced semiautomatic rifles for hunting big game, small game and fur-bearers. Members of the board of game commissioners voted unanimously to lift the state’s ban on semi-autos for hunting. A final vote is scheduled during the board’s next quarterly meeting March 27-28 in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania is the only state with…

Dan Chabert: Cold Weather Hunting

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Dan Chabert

Dan Chabert

Late season weather can be extremely cold during the evening. Morning hunts are a no go area. Hunters don’t need to get up at 4 am, make noise in the forested areas, and attempt to get behind the food source where the deer or other animals are usually locating. It’s an exercise in futility, as a large portion of the deer as well as other animals, at that particular period of the year, pay little mind to how early you get to the food source territories, will have effectively moved to their bedding zones.

Sam Cook: Passed-Down Shotgun Holds Plenty of Memories

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Browning A-5

Browning A-5 20 gauge shotgun (

I suppose the gun shouldn’t mean so much to me. I have others. They all work equally well if you point them at the birds and swing through. But this was Dad’s gun, an old Browning A5 20-gauge, made in Belgium. It was the only shotgun I remember Dad buying new when I was growing up.… (more…)

Hunting’s Future Rests with Recruiting from New Audiences

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Cerisse from Oregon

Cerisse from Oregon

Matt Dunfee recognized that the young woman he was mentoring in a learn-to-hunt program wasn’t a typical recruit. She didn’t believe in posing for pictures with slain animals. Pink camouflage clothing was sexist to her. She didn’t care if she shot a buck, and she deplored trophy hunting. But she shared the desire to harvest a…

Now You Can Hunt on Chuck Norris’ 1,000-Acre Ranch

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016


Chuck Norris (center) with children of Kickstart Kids Would you like to hunt for trophy exotics at action star Chuck Norris’ beautiful 1,000-acre Texas ranch? Or become the proud owner of a Chuck Norris tribute pistol? How about two tickets to Super Bowl 51 in Houston? Chuck and Gena Norris All of those fabulous prizes and…

Theresa Vail: Daddy Didn’t Raise No Victim

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Theresa Vail and her dad

Theresa Vail and her dad

The following post was written by Theresa Vail and is republished with permission from NRA Blog.

>> I can vividly recall the day I decided to obtain a concealed carry permit. I was 17-years-old, living in Leavenworth, Kansas—a town most notably recognized for its State and Federal penitentiaries – Like every city it had its “bad” parts, but I felt immune to that. Growing up on military bases gave me a sense of security, a false sense of inoculation against the criminalities that lie outside of those protective gates. My high school, unfortunately, was outside of those gates.