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The Benefits of Varmint and Predator Control from Federal Premium Ammunition

WHETHER YOU’RE PURSUING AGRICULTURAL PESTS LIKE GROUNDHOGS OR PRESERVING FAWN POPULATIONS BY HUNTING COYOTES, THE RIGHT VARMINT AND PREDATOR ROUND CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Brad Fitzpatrick

 

A few decades ago as coyote populations were beginning to expand across the country, hunters became more serious about predator control. Not only did these wild canines take out a significant number of spring fawns and other wildlife, hunting them proved to be fun and challenging. I’m not sure what lured me to buy my first coyote call—I was probably trying to extend my hunting season since there is no closed season on ’yotes in Ohio—but whatever the reason, I became hooked. Coyote control duty helped up my odds of success during deer hunting season and made me a better hunter in the process. Outwitting these intelligent canines is never an easy proposition.

the benefits of varmint and predator control from federal premium ammunition

Whether you’re pursuing agricultural pests like groundhogs or preserving fawn populations by hunting coyotes, the right varmint and predator round can make all the difference

Brad Fitzpatrick

 

A few decades ago as coyote populations were beginning to expand across the country, hunters became more serious about predator control. Not only did these wild canines take out a significant number of spring fawns and other wildlife, hunting them proved to be fun and challenging. I’m not sure what lured me to buy my first coyote call—I was probably trying to extend my hunting season since there is no closed season on ’yotes in Ohio—but whatever the reason, I became hooked. Coyote control duty helped up my odds of success during deer hunting season and made me a better hunter in the process. Outwitting these intelligent canines is never an easy proposition.

Pursuing coyotes and other predators as well as varmints like groundhogs, rock chucks, and prairie dogs isn’t just a means to an end, though. Predator and varmint hunting is very enjoyable and it’s a low-cost way to get in some practice for big game. Companies like Savage offer a wide variety of ultra-accurate semiauto and bolt-action rifles in perfect varmint and predator cartridges like the .17 Hornet, .223 Remington, .243 Winchester and more, and with liberal bag limits and seasons this is a great year-round hunting activity for hunters young and old. But choosing the right type of ammunition—a load that is both affordable and effective—can be tricky.

American Eagle has introduced a line of ammo that is helping to change that, though. The brand’s new Varmint and Predator ammo is available in six popular hunting loads—.17 Hornet, .22 Hornet, .223 Remington, .22-250, .243 Winchester and .308 Winchester—and this ammo is loaded with either Tipped Varmint bullets or jacketed hollow points, both ideal for hunting light, thin-skinned game like foxes, coyotes and rock chucks. Best of all, this new ammunition is sold in 40- and 50-round bulk packs that keep it affordable.

But just because this ammo is inexpensive doesn’t mean it isn’t built to high quality standards. American Eagle’s new Varmint and Predator ammo utilizes reloadable brass and Federal Ammunition primers, and consistent velocities produce outstanding accuracy. Both hollow point and Tipped Varmint bullets perform well, expanding quickly for quick, clean kills without overpenetrating—an important consideration when choosing a varmint bullet. American Eagle has a long-standing reputation for offering superb, clean-burning, consistent ammo at affordable prices, and the addition of their new Varmint and Predator load makes it easy to select the right load when chasing small game. In addition, affordable ammunition means you can afford to hunt more and practice more, helping better prepare you for big game season.

The current load offerings for American Eagle’s Varmint and Predator ammo include .17 Hornet with 20 grain Tipped Varmint bullets, .22 Hornet 20 grain Tipped Varmint, .223 Remington 50 grain JHP, .22-250 50 grain JHP, .243 Winchester with 75 grain JHP bullets and .308 Winchester with 130 grain JHP bullets. The .17 and .22-caliber ammunition is sold in 50-count packages, while the .243 and .308 come in 40-round boxes. Prices range from $33.95 to $52.95, a great price for such high-quality ammunition.

So, which round is right for you? That depends. If you’re planning to shoot light varmints (smaller than coyotes) out to moderate ranges, the .17 and .22 Hornet are tough to beat. The .223 and .22-250 pack more bullet weight and shoot flatter, helping extend effective range, while the .243 and .308 work for a wide variety of varmints and predators while doubling as deer rifles. It’s hard to select a bad caliber from this list, and it’s no accident that American Eagle chose these six loads since they will work in a wide range of hunting scenarios. Now that American Eagle is offering a cheap load for varmint and predator hunting, this might the perfect time to start trying your hand at outwitting these cunning animals.

For more information about American Eagle, visit www.federalpremium.com.