Rifle Hunting and Gun Hunting Tips

DDH TV co-host Mark Kayser and a western mule deer buck he toppled testing the new Hornady ELD-X bullet. (Photo copyright Mark Kayser)

Essential Gear for Hunting Western Whitetails

Unlike many Eastern whitetail hunts, where you are only a few minutes from your parked truck, when hunting the expansive West you must ensure you have everything you need for a day in the field. Here are some of the gear items that get put to use for my hunting trips for whitetail deer,...

Gregg Ritz of Hunt Masters with a great Thompson/Center muzzleloader buck.

Avoid These Mistakes Flying with a Muzzleloader

If you’re planning a deer hunt this year with a muzzleloader and will be flying to your destination, take the advice of one well-seasoned traveler to avoid problems with the TSA folks at the airport. Veteran hunter Greg Ritz has flown around the world with muzzleloaders. He’s seen security checks go easy-peasy and others...

Zero your rifle scope and practice off a bench, with shooting sticks and also in freehand positions so you'll be prepared. (Photo: Wayne Van Zwoll)

VIDEO: Fundamentals of Ballistics in Simple Terms

What is ballistics? Well, like love it’s, complicated. But if you have around 20 minutes, this video of a vintage U.S. Army training film does a pretty good job of demystifying the multifaceted subject. The film, circa 1949, touches on all three forms of ballistics – internal, external and terminal. And it gets into...

Smokeys Lure video

Does Smokey’s Preorbital Lure Work? You Decide!

If you’ve ever wondered how to make the best mock scrapes even better so curious bucks get fired up about them, then take a look at this cool video. Jeremy James hunts in southeast Pennsylvania and sent this video to our good pal Smokey McNicholas, a professional trapper and veteran deer hunter in West...

Treestand Safety hunter hanging from tree

Don’t Ignore These 6 Simple Tips for Treestand Safety

Each year throughout the country hunters are seriously injured as a result of falls from tree stands. These accidents can be prevented through the proper use of a tree stand safety harness. Twenty-five hunting accidents were reported in 2013 in South Carolina. Ten of these were tree stand accidents and three were fatal. Each time...

When you get in your blind, arrange your seat for the best shot possibility. Consider all the angles and shot possibilities so you don't get caught off guard.

How to Maximize Your Deer Hunting Ground Blind Setup

Want to get closer to more deer while hunting from a ground blind? Creating a ground blind is one of the best and easiest ways to maximize your deer hunting opportunities. You can select specific stand locations based on travel routes, bedding areas, feeding areas, the wind, water or other factors, and then make...

A smooth-shooting rifle and good bullets are obviously crucial to success, but they're only as good as the optics that help you line up the deer in your sights.

Can You Save Money and Sight in Your Rifle This Quickly?

If you’re gearing up for the gun season in your deer hunting zone or state, there’s quite enough time to get to the range and get your scope zeroed in perfectly for the best accuracy. It’s fun to go shoot at the range. I’ve never heard anyone say they hated it, even the guys...