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Hunter’s Handbook is the official student “how-to” information pipeline of the International Hunter Education Association. As the experts in teaching safe, ethical and successful hunting, we are here to provide tips, tools, and great video content as well as offer you a place that you can learn more about your love and favorite past-time—hunting.  Spend some time with us.  New content is added monthly, and we are excited to share our expertise with you.  We wish you a lifetime of safe and memorable experiences in the outdoors.

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Gun & Ammo

Every good hunter knows, a clean firearm is an accurate firearm. There is a lot to know in-between - firearm specification and different models, mounting scopes, choosing appropriate ammo and keeping your firearm in clean and working condition. Stay up to date with tips and tricks to make the process become second nature so you can focus on your next hunt. 

Every good hunter knows, a clean firearm is an accurate firearm. There is a lot to know in-between - firearm specification and different models, mounting scopes, choosing appropriate ammo and keeping your firearm in clean and working condition. Stay up to date with tips and tricks to make the process become second nature so you can focus on your next hunt. 

MAKE YOUR FIRST SCOPE THE RIGHT SCOPE You’ve just bought your first rifle. Or, perhaps you’ve been handed down a family treasure. Now, it’s time to set your sights on becoming the best shooter or hunter you can be. It starts with putting a quality riflescope on top of your gun. 

MAKE YOUR FIRST SCOPE THE RIGHT SCOPE

You’ve just bought your first rifle. Or, perhaps you’ve been handed down a family treasure. Now, it’s time to set your sights on becoming the best shooter or hunter you can be. It starts with putting a quality riflescope on top of your gun. 

BROWNING: PICKING THE RIGHT SHOTGUN There is a lot to consider when choosing a hunting shotgun, so we asked Rafe Nielsen, communications manager for Browning, to answer questions and help us through the process.

BROWNING: PICKING THE RIGHT SHOTGUN

There is a lot to consider when choosing a hunting shotgun, so we asked Rafe Nielsen, communications manager for Browning, to answer questions and help us through the process.

SHOTLOCK: KEEP YOUR FIREARM CLOSE, SECURE AND READY As a firearms owner, you are excited about hunting, and probably own more than one shotgun, and maybe even a handgun or two. Shooting is something you love to do, and each firearm you own has a specific purpose, and a place.

SHOTLOCK: KEEP YOUR FIREARM CLOSE, SECURE AND READY

As a firearms owner, you are excited about hunting, and probably own more than one shotgun, and maybe even a handgun or two. Shooting is something you love to do, and each firearm you own has a specific purpose, and a place.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR GUN CLEAN Your new firearm has some needs. Ownership comes with the responsibility of keeping your gun in top working condition for safe hunting, as well as overall maintenance to keep it looking like that sweet, shiny gun you chose out of the gun shop.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR GUN CLEAN

Your new firearm has some needs. Ownership comes with the responsibility of keeping your gun in top working condition for safe hunting, as well as overall maintenance to keep it looking like that sweet, shiny gun you chose out of the gun shop.

THE FOUR RULES FOR MAKING A SAFE SHOT There are few moments that are more exciting than when a big buck or bull steps out into the clear and offers a shot. Usually that moment comes after long months of preparation and planning, and that leads many hunters to take ill-advised shots. As hunters, our first priority is safety—we need to know when it is safe to shoot and when to hold up, even if there’s a big buck right in front of you.

THE FOUR RULES FOR MAKING A SAFE SHOT

There are few moments that are more exciting than when a big buck or bull steps out into the clear and offers a shot. Usually that moment comes after long months of preparation and planning, and that leads many hunters to take ill-advised shots. As hunters, our first priority is safety—we need to know when it is safe to shoot and when to hold up, even if there’s a big buck right in front of you.

HOW TO STAY ON TARGET WITH PROPER GUN FIT There are a lot of choices that must be made when purchasing a new rifle or shotgun. Gauge or caliber is an important consideration, and action type is another critical choice. But very few hunters ever spend time finding a gun that fits them, and that might be a mistake.

HOW TO STAY ON TARGET WITH PROPER GUN FIT

There are a lot of choices that must be made when purchasing a new rifle or shotgun. Gauge or caliber is an important consideration, and action type is another critical choice. But very few hunters ever spend time finding a gun that fits them, and that might be a mistake.

WHY YOU SHOULD PLAN NOW TO BE READY FOR NEXT SEASON You don’t need a calendar to provide information that it could be nine months or longer before you can possibly again hunt elk, pronghorn, mule deer, bear, ducks, pheasants or any other species. While you are waiting, don’t let those inactive months be wasted. In fact, now is the best time to take care of gear so you are better prepared for your next hunting season.

WHY YOU SHOULD PLAN NOW TO BE READY FOR NEXT SEASON

You don’t need a calendar to provide information that it could be nine months or longer before you can possibly again hunt elk, pronghorn, mule deer, bear, ducks, pheasants or any other species. While you are waiting, don’t let those inactive months be wasted. In fact, now is the best time to take care of gear so you are better prepared for your next hunting season.

UNDERSTANDING EYE DOMINANCE TO BECOME A PRECISION SHOOTER My wife is a very competitive person, so when she started shooting trap and couldn’t hit any of the targets she quickly became frustrated. I couldn’t understand the problem—she was an excellent athlete with very good hand-eye coordination, but she couldn’t hit the most basic straightaway targets.

UNDERSTANDING EYE DOMINANCE TO BECOME A PRECISION SHOOTER

My wife is a very competitive person, so when she started shooting trap and couldn’t hit any of the targets she quickly became frustrated. I couldn’t understand the problem—she was an excellent athlete with very good hand-eye coordination, but she couldn’t hit the most basic straightaway targets.

CHOOSING A TURKEY LOAD Turkeys are tough and wary, so it’s critical to have the right turkey load and get the most out of your shot. Here’s a primer on picking the right shell for your gobbler gun. Turkey hunting is a real challenge, and wary old gobblers very rarely make things easy. These clever birds can hang up out of range, spot even the most miniscule movements, and will bolt away at the first sign of danger.

CHOOSING A TURKEY LOAD

Turkeys are tough and wary, so it’s critical to have the right turkey load and get the most out of your shot. Here’s a primer on picking the right shell for your gobbler gun. Turkey hunting is a real challenge, and wary old gobblers very rarely make things easy. These clever birds can hang up out of range, spot even the most miniscule movements, and will bolt away at the first sign of danger.

PRECISION SLUGS Generations of Deer Hunters have relied on shotguns loaded with slugs to put meat in the freezer and trophies on the wall. And for good reason—put them through a whitetail’s vitals and they deliver incredible stopping power. However, slugs have come far since they first hit the scene in the 1890s.

PRECISION SLUGS

Generations of Deer Hunters have relied on shotguns loaded with slugs to put meat in the freezer and trophies on the wall. And for good reason—put them through a whitetail’s vitals and they deliver incredible stopping power. However, slugs have come far since they first hit the scene in the 1890s.

HOW TO CHANGE GLOCK SIGHTS One of the great parts about shooting sports is getting to modify your firearm to your exact needs, depending on your situation. Whether you are interested in shooting sports (USPSA/IDPA), EDC (everyday carry), or self-defense, the key to these modifications is proper installation.

HOW TO CHANGE GLOCK SIGHTS

One of the great parts about shooting sports is getting to modify your firearm to your exact needs, depending on your situation. Whether you are interested in shooting sports (USPSA/IDPA), EDC (everyday carry), or self-defense, the key to these modifications is proper installation.

MUZZLELOADER - A BLAST FROM THE PAST In this pursuit, all hunters must begin by thoroughly study the rifle and bullet, and then measuring blackpowder precisely. loading is a step-by-step process that requires pouring in the muzzleloading powder—or dropping in pre-formed blackpowder pellets, wrapping a musket ball or bullet with a patch or sabot, and then pressing the bullet into the barrel’s muzzle.

MUZZLELOADER - A BLAST FROM THE PAST

In this pursuit, all hunters must begin by thoroughly study the rifle and bullet, and then measuring blackpowder precisely. loading is a step-by-step process that requires pouring in the muzzleloading powder—or dropping in pre-formed blackpowder pellets, wrapping a musket ball or bullet with a patch or sabot, and then pressing the bullet into the barrel’s muzzle.

THE MSR Take notice the next time you enter a hunting camp or venture to your local shooting range; the odds are there might be something new in the hands of your fellow sportsmen. Where once the classic wood stocked bolt-action reigned supreme, a modern suitor has made its presence known.

THE MSR

Take notice the next time you enter a hunting camp or venture to your local shooting range; the odds are there might be something new in the hands of your fellow sportsmen. Where once the classic wood stocked bolt-action reigned supreme, a modern suitor has made its presence known.

SIG SAUER WHISKEY3 3-9x40MM RIFLESCOPE If you’re familiar with the high quality of SIG SAUER’s firearms, you won’t be surprised by the quality of their new line of optics. The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics line includes riflescopes, binoculars, rangefinders, spotting scopes and a variety of rifle and pistol sights. But let’s talk about their riflescopes, specifically the Whiskey3 3-9x40, a versatile and popular scope designed for traditional hunting rifles as well as AR-style modern sporting rifles.

SIG SAUER WHISKEY3 3-9x40MM RIFLESCOPE

If you’re familiar with the high quality of SIG SAUER’s firearms, you won’t be surprised by the quality of their new line of optics. The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics line includes riflescopes, binoculars, rangefinders, spotting scopes and a variety of rifle and pistol sights. But let’s talk about their riflescopes, specifically the Whiskey3 3-9x40, a versatile and popular scope designed for traditional hunting rifles as well as AR-style modern sporting rifles.

HANDGUN HUNTING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR PURCHASE Most shooters associate handguns with concealment and personal defense, but handguns are functional hunting tools that can, in the hands of an experienced shooter, bring down big game out to 100 yards or more. Handgun hunting is a special challenge, but it’s one of the most enjoyable ways to spend time in the field.  

HANDGUN HUNTING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR PURCHASE

Most shooters associate handguns with concealment and personal defense, but handguns are functional hunting tools that can, in the hands of an experienced shooter, bring down big game out to 100 yards or more. Handgun hunting is a special challenge, but it’s one of the most enjoyable ways to spend time in the field.

 

GETTING ON TARGET: HOW TO MOUNT AND ZERO YOUR RIFLE SCOPE The vast majority of modern hunting rifles have some type of optic, generally a scope. Your choice of optics is critical when hunting, and you need to be sure that you can place the bullet exactly where you need it to go for a quick, clean shots. That begins before the season.

GETTING ON TARGET: HOW TO MOUNT AND ZERO YOUR RIFLE SCOPE

The vast majority of modern hunting rifles have some type of optic, generally a scope. Your choice of optics is critical when hunting, and you need to be sure that you can place the bullet exactly where you need it to go for a quick, clean shots. That begins before the season.

TRACKING THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN'S MODERN DAY HUNTING RIFLE Throughout history, hunters have adapted military technological advances into helping them more efficiently harvest game. None of these advances has had a more profound effect on hunters than the rifle. From crude, ancient shoulder-fired mini-cannons, to smaller, lighter rifles with improved ignition systems, to cutting shallow grooves inside barrels we know as “rifling” that exponentially increase accuracy and were available by the Revolutionary War...  

TRACKING THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN'S MODERN DAY HUNTING RIFLE

Throughout history, hunters have adapted military technological advances into helping them more efficiently harvest game. None of these advances has had a more profound effect on hunters than the rifle. From crude, ancient shoulder-fired mini-cannons, to smaller, lighter rifles with improved ignition systems, to cutting shallow grooves inside barrels we know as “rifling” that exponentially increase accuracy and were available by the Revolutionary War...

 

GET THE KICK OUT: LEARNING TO TAME RECOIL IN YOUR HUNTING FIREARM If you’re going to hunt, you will need to learn to manage recoil. Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which means every time you pull the trigger the gun will push back. Learning to control recoil is key to making a successful shot in the field, and here’s how you can beat the kick:

GET THE KICK OUT: LEARNING TO TAME RECOIL IN YOUR HUNTING FIREARM

If you’re going to hunt, you will need to learn to manage recoil. Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which means every time you pull the trigger the gun will push back. Learning to control recoil is key to making a successful shot in the field, and here’s how you can beat the kick:

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BULLETS FOR NORTH AMERICAN GAME HUNTING There’s a great deal of debate regarding which caliber is best for hunting various species of game. Some hunters feel that powerful, high-velocity magnum cartridges like the 7mm Remington magnum and the various Weatherby cartridges are perfect for big game because they shoot flat and produce a great deal of energy.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BULLETS FOR NORTH AMERICAN GAME HUNTING

There’s a great deal of debate regarding which caliber is best for hunting various species of game. Some hunters feel that powerful, high-velocity magnum cartridges like the 7mm Remington magnum and the various Weatherby cartridges are perfect for big game because they shoot flat and produce a great deal of energy.

MATCHING BULLETS TO THE GAME YOU'LL HUNT THIS SEASON There are many good reasons to seek a new hunting load.  Maybe it’s a new rifle or an opportunity to hunt new game.  Maybe you’re just getting started in big game hunting.  Maybe in the ammunition pinch you can’t find your old favorite.  For the upcoming season, it’s high time to start your search.  A logical approach assures you’ll find the right one.

MATCHING BULLETS TO THE GAME YOU'LL HUNT THIS SEASON

There are many good reasons to seek a new hunting load.  Maybe it’s a new rifle or an opportunity to hunt new game.  Maybe you’re just getting started in big game hunting.  Maybe in the ammunition pinch you can’t find your old favorite.  For the upcoming season, it’s high time to start your search.  A logical approach assures you’ll find the right one.