Archives for January 2019

Electronic Scales for Reloading

Do you need an electronic scale for reloading? No, handloaders got along just fine for years before electronic scales, and you can continue with a balance beam scale without reservations.. Should you have an electronic scale? I haven't used my balance beam scale since electronic reloading scales … [Read more...]

Black Powder Firearms: In-Line Rifles vs. Sidelocks

With the advent of in-line muzzleloaders, a rift has developed between black powder shooters.. While traditionalists favor sidelock guns and round balls, once-a-year hunters tend toward more modern in-line rifles shooting conicals. This rift is silly. If it loads from the front, it's a muzzle … [Read more...]

State Hunters’ Safety Contacts

Safe firearms handling can only be effectively taught by professionally trained hunters education instructors. The majority of states require that anyone purchasing a hunting licensed be certified. TheHuntingTrail.net highly recommends the certified instructors of the International Hunters Education … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Deer Rifles & Guns

Of all the game animals hunted in this country, none have received more emphasis or attention than deer. Whether it be eastern whitetail, California blacktail or western mule deer, Odocoileus easily outranks all other four-footed game larger than rabbits or squirrels in terms of hunter … [Read more...]

Women in the Outdoors

In the interest of marital harmony, there are two things a husband should never try to teach his wife: driving and fly fishing.. For women seeking to learn outdoor sports, this potential threat to romantic bliss can be avoided through women-only outdoor skill classes. Why women-only classes? … [Read more...]

Hunting Pheasants Without Dogs: A Comprehensive Guide

Few things bring more satisfaction than walking ringneck cover behind a pair of eager bird dogs.. Watching a well-trained pointer work is pure pleasure matched only by receiving downed birds from the soft mouth of an experienced retriever. Few would argue that a good bird dog is the upland … [Read more...]

Reloading: Handloading Secrets for Super Accuracy

A handloading secret that dates as far back as the 1930s could significantly improve your rifle's accuracy with a simple adjustment of your sizing die.. The secret is partial neck-resizing, a technique pioneered by early wildcatters, but little remembered today. How could such a simple thing … [Read more...]

Field Guide to Whitetail Deer Hunting

Field Guide to Game: Whitetail Deer Species: Odocoileus virginianus.. The whitetail is unique to the Americas. There are 30 recognized subspecies in North America, and eight more in central and South America. The largest (and northernmost) is the O. v. borealis, while the smallest is the Key … [Read more...]

How I Shot My First Elk: Reader Story By Bryce

Here's an amazing story by our reader, Bryce. We arrive at Mr.. Shaffer's lodge and quickly get acquainted with one of his other clients who would be hunting the same day. We also meet the wife of one of Steve's guides. Mr. Shaffer comes in, and after talking to us briefly, tells us that a … [Read more...]