Hunting

Hunter in camo crow calling
Crow calling during a turkey hunt in Idaho. Photo: Chase Fly

Hunting is at the core of what we live for and write about at Outdoor Empire. From our extensive hunting and shooting beginner’s guide to visual aids on shot placement to super in-depth hunting gear reviews, this is a one stop shop for learning what you need to know about hunting gear. If you’re already set on gear, you’ll benefit from our extensive hunting tips, hunting rifle educational resources, and background information that will up your deer hunting game. We’ll even help you learn how to shed hunt or find the cheapest ammo to shoot.

Hunting Tips, Guides, and Reviews

Midland GXT1000VP4 & GXT1050VP4 GMRS Radio Review

There are a plethora of great license free FRS two-way radios on the market. However, these radios are limited in the amount ...
Elk standing in meadow with trees in background

.308 for Elk Hunting: Pros, Cons, & What to Consider

Elk may be a species of deer, but they’re not like the small deer that bounce across the road in front of ...
Best .308 hunting rifles side by side comparison

Best .308 Rifles of 2023 (Hunting, Bolt-Action and Semi-Auto)

There are dozens, if not hundreds of different models of rifles chambered in .308 Winchester, so finding the best 308 hunting rifle ...
4 shotgun shells standing up showing markings on them and two shotgun shells laying down

Shotgun Shot Size and Shells Explained (What to Use When)

Shotguns are suitable for all sportsmen, from novice hunters to experienced sporting clay shooters. However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when you ...
shed antler on snow

Best Places to Shed Hunt (Where to Look and Best States)

Shed hunting is a great hobby that gets you close to the thrill of the hunt without all the fuss of getting ...
moose antler

How Much Shed Antlers Are Worth & How to Make Money on Them

Shed hunting is a fun hobby you can add to your usual outdoor adventures, whether hiking or hunting. Did you know that ...
Hunter walking through dry grass with rifle on shoulder and wearing Sitka camouflage clothing

Sitka Camo Review (3 Items I Regret Not Buying Sooner)

Sitka Gear has long been regarded as a top-tier brand in the hunting apparel market, known for its high-quality products that come ...
shed deer antler

How To Shed Hunt: A Complete Guide With Tips

Hunting is a great sport enjoyed by many. It’s an enjoyable challenge between you and the beast. However, regular hunting requires certain ...
black bear walking on rocks next to lake

Where to Shoot a Black Bear: 6 Shot Placements with Graphics

Bear hunting is quite different from deer hunting. You might expect me to delve deep into how one animal is a predator ...
A hand inserting a 6.5 creedmoor rifle casing into a reloading press

The True Cost of Reloading 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo (Worth It?)

6.5 Creedmoor is an effective cartridge for a rifle that can touch targets hundreds of yards away, whether a deer or paper ...
coyote hunting

Best Coyote Calibers and Cartridges (Including Long Range)

Coyote hunting has become more popular in recent years for various reasons. Some hunters want to harvest them for their beautiful fur ...
A fixed blade knife next to a folding blade knife both stuck into a juniper bush

Folding vs Fixed Blade Knife (Which to Get When)

Fixed or folding, and no, we aren’t talking about chairs. There is a constant debate on whether fixed blade or folding knives ...
Man's hand using torque wrench to screw in rifle scope ring screws

Everything You Need to Know About Scope Ring Torque

Whether you are tightening down the mount on your first scope or confirming the seating of the optic of your favorite hunting ...
Hunter in camo drawing bow and aiming for clean shot behind a tree

How to Make a Clean Shot While Hunting

You have an accurate rifle with good hunting ammo, perfectly sighted in. You’re wearing the right gear for the weather so you’re ...
Hunting backpack filled with hunting gear

Hunting Pack Essentials: Gear to Carry Based on Pack Type

Whether it’s a several-hour excursion to your deer stand or a weeklong trip into the backcountry, hunting packs are a vital piece ...
Non-Toxic Ammo for Old Shotguns

Non-Toxic Ammo for Old Shotguns: What You Need To Know

Hunters have often led conservation efforts in the United States. We love animals and the outdoors, so we want to preserve it ...
Different types of hunting knives on a table

What Type of Knife is Best for Hunting? (Handles & Styles)

We’ve all seen the pictures of the fresh kill, a bloodied knife in hand or on the fur. Hunting knives often make ...
Man in hunting camo ranging distance with rifle scope sitting at gun range bench

How to Range a Distance with Only Your Riflescope

Whether you forgot your rangefinder at home, it broke in the field, or you want to learn how to find the distance ...
hunting knife with gut hook

Should a Hunting Knife Have a Gut Hook (Pros and Cons)

Whether you are cleaning an animal, splicing some twine, whittling away in your free time, or chopping up dinner in the backcountry, ...
Hunter holding rangefinder to eye

This is When You Need a Rangefinder for Hunting

Most rifle hunters associate the term rangefinder with Hollywood-esque long-distance shots like the Mark Wahlberg movie “Shooter.” If you’ve never used a ...
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