What Handguns to Use for Hunting Whitetail

by Wade Middleton

Learn What Models Wade Uses for Handgun Hunting 

It is a well-known fact I have become addicted to handgun hunting. As a hunter, I’ve always embraced hunting through a variety of means and methods, allowing me to start and end my season earlier in many cases. I consider myself a whitetail hunting fanatic, and as such, I’ve never turned down a chance to hunt with something different. Which lead me into the world of handgun hunting so I could have more reasons to hunt whitetails.

This new addiction has forced me to learn a lot more about how handguns work, how the ballistics of different calibers perform, what ammo works best in hunting, as well as sending me to the range more than ever to learn better trigger control. When you look at handguns, I favor the ones made by Smith & Wesson. You can tell immediately they’re designed for ultimate performance in the field. Many of the models I hunt with have muzzle breaks at the end of the barrel to help reduce recoil. Furthermore, many of these handguns are built to be better balanced in the field, allowing for the opportunity to hunt at longer distances with higher performance. In addition, many of them have triggers that are far more crisp than say some models you might find, which really helps when it comes to trigger control when a whitetail is standing in front of you. Finally, they are built to add various accessories such as scopes, fiber optic sights, and various red/green dot sights. 

Smith & Wesson Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter

Smith & Wesson Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter in .44 magnum equipped with a Trijicon SRO sight

This past season I spent a lot of time shooting my Smith & Wesson Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter in .44 magnum. This is one of my favorite hunting handguns and I’ve been using it for nearly a decade. I recently mounted a Trijicon SRO sight on top of it to field test that sight after shooting the Trijicon RMR sight in the past off this handgun. My early thoughts are this is the best sight in its class.  

The Trijicon SRO is very easy to acquire a whitetail in the sights and place the dot onto the vitals. I am very impressed with the sight picture and how easy it was to sight it in. Overall, I feel this is the best option for this style of sight when it comes to hunting. 

Looking back at my first handgun whitetail buck taken with this model of handgun, I vividly recall practicing all summer at various distances but none of that practice prepared me for that hunt. With little experience personally when it came to handgun hunting, I was, to say the least, nervous throughout the entire encounter. I still remember it vividly, the way that deer was darting in and out of the trees while running and fighting with another deer as they tried to prove dominance to a doe that was nearby. My hands were sweating nonstop as I prayed from inside the pop-up blind for the buck to stop in a narrow shooting lane. He finally did, and ended up turned quartering slightly towards me and I pulled my shot a little bit. I was so worked up that I honestly wasn’t even sure I’d hit the deer. It ended up being that I did in fact, hit the deer mid body up and down but slightly back, so I knew it was a mortal hit. We found the buck about two hours after the shot. My takeaway was that I needed to practice, practice, practice, and really work on my trigger pull with a handgun to help me overcome the excitement of a deer finally giving me a shot.  

Hunting posing with deer and handgun

Wade and his first handgun buck.

I also learned to study more on the various handgun loads. When it comes to most of my hunting and shooting with that handgun, I’ve settled on 200-grain XTP .44 mag ammo from Hornady. I can say undoubtably, the Smith & Wesson Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter in .44 Magnum set up will always be in my top three favorite hunting handguns and I would argue around about any campfire why I prefer it. 

Smith & Wesson Performance Center® Model 460 XVR 

Smith & Wesson 460XVR Handgun

Smith & Wesson’s Model 460XVR™ has the highest muzzle velocity of any production revolver on earth.

Next up, we discuss another of my favorite handguns, the Smith & Wesson Model 460 XVR. This handgun is known to have the highest muzzle velocity of any production revolver on earth. According to Smith & Wesson, the Model 460 XVR (X-treme Velocity Revolver) is the world’s highest velocity production revolver, as well as the most powerful.45 caliber production revolver. The .460 XVR can launch a 200-grain (13-gram) bullet at 2,330 feet per second (710 meters per second), generating 2,416 foot-pounds force of muzzle energy. 

Aside from the .460 S&W Magnum cartridge, the revolver can chamber .454 Casull and .45 Colt ammunition. Personally, we’ll use .45 long colt out on the range a lot of times for practicing specific hunting scenarios or if we want to work on our trigger pull. The key reasons being that load is cheaper and does not punish your hands quite as bad as the .460 ammo. 

Smith & Wesson offers this handgun in a variety of barrel lengths, and you can order them with HIVIZ fiber optic sights already equipped (which we recommend and have used in the field). I believe when hunting with open sights, HIVIZ fiber optics sights allow you to acquire the target faster due to its light gathering capabilities. This helps tremendously during those early morning or late evening times thanks to its light-gathering capabilities. I believe this forces me to focus on the sight picture by it catching my eye quickly as I bring the handgun into play on the vitals of a deer or other animal I’m hunting.  

I spent one summer really working with the .460XVR fitted with HIVIZ sights in an effort to take a buck with open sights with the.460 XVR. That experience and the buck I ended up taking, turned out to be one of my biggest handgun bucks ever. I can still see that buck and the other buck he was traveling with working through a broomweed field and coming into range. After calming myself, the .460 round found the lungs and I found the buck less than 60 yards from where I took the shot. The summer of practice really paid off on that one. 

Hunter holding whitetail with hunting handgun

Wade’s practicing paid off BIG TIME!

Regardless, of what model you hunt with, regardless of what caliber you settle on, I simply say practice a lot for the hunting scenarios you likely will encounter. I also recommend that you spend time shooting off a good brace to build confidence in both your trigger pull but also the sight picture for whatever you are going to use be it a scope, red dot, or open sights. The more you shoot, the more confident you’ll be when it comes time to take a shot on whatever you’re hunting. 

Smith & Wesson Introduces New Model 350

A Legend in the Making

 

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, introduces the new Model 350, our first production revolver chambered in the powerful straight-walled 350 Legend caliber.
Revolver

Smith & Wesson is back to turn heads with the release of the M350 Legend X Frame

The Smith & Wesson Model 350TM is an X-Frame size, double-action/single action revolver with an all stainless-steel construction. Its design includes a 7.5” ported barrel, red ramp front sight & adjustable rear sight system, and dependable Hogue® rubber grip. This revolver has a 7-round capacity and a cylinder that utilizes moon clips for loading and unloading. For those of you who like to hunt, or carry a large frame revolver in the woods, this is an exciting addition in the X-Frame offering from Smith & Wesson.
“The 350 Legend is one of the flattest shooting straight-walled cartridges on the market today. It is great for medium-sized game and especially whitetail hunting. If you’re looking for a hunting revolver, the Model 350 is it,” said John Myles, Senior Manager of New Products.
Well known for building some of the most powerful revolvers of all time, Smith & Wesson is proud to bring you the Model 350, chambered in 350 Legend. The MSRP for this revolver is $1,599.00.
FEATURES
  • Model: 350
  • Chambered in 350 Legend.
  • Double Action/Single Action revolver.
  • 7-Round Capacity.
  • Stainless Steel Frame, Fluted Cylinder and 7.5″ Ported Barrel.
  • Red Ramp Front Sight and Adjustable Rear Sight System.
  • Overall Length of 13.5″ and Weight of 71.5 oz.
  • Sku: 13331
About Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality handgun, long gun, and suppressor products to the global consumer and professional markets under the iconic Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Gemtech® brands. The company also provides manufacturing services including forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services. For more information call (844) 363-5386 or visit smith-wesson.com.

Yamaha Launches 2023 Proven Off-Road ATV and Side-by-Side Lineup

Industry’s Most Durable and Reliable Vehicles Available at Yamaha Dealers Soon

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, unveils its 2023 model year lineup of Proven Off-Road ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles. Designed, tested, and built to maximize capability, comfort, and confidence for every off-road enthusiast, from heavy-duty ranch work to adventurous expeditions across extreme terrain, only Yamaha meets and exceeds the standards customers demand.

Every Yamaha SxS and full-size ATV is built with pride and assembled in the USA at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. The 2023 models include:

  • Recreational SxS Lineup: Wolverine RMAX2 1000, RMAX4 1000, X2, and X4
  • Pure Sport SxS Lineup: YXZ1000R SS and YXZ1000R
  • Utility SxS Lineup: Viking and Viking VI
  • Utility ATV Lineup: Grizzly, Kodiak 700, and Kodiak 450
  • Sport ATV Lineup: Raptor 700, Raptor 700R and YFZ450R
  • Youth ATV Lineup: Grizzly 90, Raptor 90, and YFZ50

“Customers know Yamaha will provide high-quality, top performing products to help accomplish their goals and realize their adventure, regardless if they’re working on the farm, exploring technical trails, or competing in national racing circuits,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports marketing manager. “The measures we’ve taken to ensure they have the best owner experience – whether its seamless accessory integration, an industry-exclusive 10-Year Belt Warranty, or our advanced, U.S.-based manufacturing facility – showcases our commitment to building proven, reliable products for our Yamaha family around the world.”

2023 Recreational SxS Lineup:

Wolverine RMAX2 1000, RMAX4 1000, X2, and X4

ADVENTURE TO THE MAX! Experience maximum adventure in the power‑packed Wolverine RMAX2 1000, with a high performance 999cc engine capability, maxed out cabin comfort and legendary Yamaha confidence.

The 2023 Wolverines are Yamaha’s most versatile vehicles with the perfect blend of sport and utility, ideal for any task from farming and hunting to exploring and overlanding. All Wolverine models are available in two configurations: a two-seat chassis paired with a hydraulic piston-assist dump bed, providing excellent utility on the ranch or on a hunt, while simultaneously allowing owners direct access to the engine for easy maintenance; and a four-seat chassis, with simple-to-stow full-size rear seats, giving users the option of additional cargo space, passenger capacity for up to four occupants, or a combination of the two.

The Wolverine RMAX 1000 is the ultimate off-road adventure machine capable of traversing a wide variety of terrain with the power of its advanced 999-cc twin-cylinder engine. Its premium chassis features a rugged, eye-catching exterior combined with a comfort-focused automotive interior designed for all-day driving with industry-exclusive soft touchpoints to reduce fatigue, and interior lighting and backlit switches for driving in low-light conditions. To meet the varying demands of drivers and terrain, Yamaha’s D-Mode optimizes the RMAX 1000’s full engine power, adjusting throttle response and engine braking to provide three distinct power-delivery options: Crawl, Trail, and Sport (prewired on R-Spec). Performance can be personalized even further with 3-way adjustable FOX® QS3 shocks (R-Spec and XT-R models) or three-position – Comfort, Medium, Firm – in-cab electronically adjustable Fox iQS shocks (LE models), all mounted to wide-arc A-arms for performance-tuned damping and maximum ground clearance.

The 2023 Wolverine X2 and X4 deliver superior handling, especially on tight, technical trails. Smooth, ultra-quiet power comes from an 847-cc twin-cylinder engine housed in a sporty, compact chassis. All Wolverine X2 and X4 models are equipped with 27-inch GBC® Dirt Commander radial tires with eight-ply rated construction for increased ground clearance, traction, and durability. Large 207mm vented disc brakes with two-piston calipers provide exceptional stopping power on all four wheels with excellent feel. Independent double-wishbone suspension with an anti-sway bar offers 8.7-inches of travel in the front of X2 and X4 models, and 9.3-inches of travel in the rear on the Wolverine X2. Exclusive to the Wolverine X4, the rear suspension includes innovative self-adjusting shock absorbers that automatically regulate to varying passenger weights and cargo loads.

 

All 2023 Wolverine models receive:

  • Yamaha’s extremely reliable Ultramatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), backed by an industry-exclusive 10-Year Belt Warranty.
  • Yamaha’s rugged On-Command drive system with 2WD, 4WD limited slip, and 4WD full-differential lock.
  • Yamaha’s exclusive torque- and speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS), providing light-effort steering, balanced feedback, and precise steering-character to further reduce vibration and driver fatigue.
  • Yamaha-exclusive Speed Management System, seamlessly limiting the vehicle’s top speed to 25 mph by simply turning a removable key, ideal for worksites and other specialized operating conditions (on select models).
  • Bright LED headlights, marker lights, and taillights (with class-exclusive reverse lights on RMAX 1000 models).
  • 2,000-pound towing capacity via a standard 2-inch hitch receiver.
  • 600-pound-rated bed capacity with easy-to-operate automotive-style tailgate.
  • Prewiring for Yamaha Adventure Pro, WARN® winch, and additional Yamaha Genuine Accessories (on non-equipped models).

 

All 2023 Wolverine R-Spec models are available in Cyan / Yamaha Black starting at $15,799 MSRP for the X2, $18,399 MSRP for the X4, $23,999 MSRP for the RMAX2 1000, and $26,399 MSRP for the RMAX4 1000. The Wolverine RMAX2 1000 Sport is available in Team Yamaha Blue starting at $25,899 MSRP and features highly adjustable, sport-tuned FOX 2.0 piggyback shocks with preload and high/low speed compression adjustability, 30-inch GBC Terra Master SQ 10-ply rated radial tires with an asymmetric design, and 14-inch cast aluminum beadlock wheels. All Wolverine XT-R models are available in Desert Tan / Tactical Black painted body work with color-matched interior and are equipped with a WARN VRX 45 winch and Yamaha Adventure Pro (prewired on X2/X4). The Wolverine X2 and X4 XT-R models start at $17,399 MSRP and are further enhanced with fully adjustable KYB® piggyback shocks (self-leveling rear on Wolverine X4). RMAX 1000 XT-R models start at $27,199 MSRP and include Maxxis® Carnivore tires on 14-inch aluminum beadlock wheels and a factory-installed SSV® audio system. The Wolverine RMAX 1000 Limited Edition (LE) models start at $27,699 MSRP and include Titan / Midnight Blue painted body work, color-matched interior, WARN VRX 45 winch, Yamaha Adventure Pro, plus FOX iQS shocks and higher-grade audio system with 2 additional speakers for rear passengers in the RMAX4 1000 LE.

 

2023 Pure-Sport SxS Lineup:

YXZ1000R SS and YXZ1000R

EXTREME ADVENTURE AWAITS
Pure Sport meets extreme adventure—combining a factory‑installed WARN® winch, all‑new Special Edition paint, color matched wheels, and aggressive tread Yamaha‑exclusive Maxxis® Carnage® tires with the YXZ’s renowned high‑revving, high‑output inline‑triple engine.

The 2023 YXZ1000R models are the pinnacle of pure-sport, high-performance SxS vehicles, built to handle a wide variety of terrain – from open deserts and dunes to muddy trails and rough, rocky terrain. The YXZ is powered by Yamaha’s industry-first 998-cc triple-cylinder engine and a sequential five-speed manual transmission with either a clutch pedal and center-console shifter for the ultimate direct-connection experience in a SxS, or an auto-clutch with Yamaha’s Sport Shift (SS) technology, which allows drivers to seamlessly shift via aluminum paddles mounted on the steering column.

 

All 2023 YXZ1000R SS and YXZ1000R models receive:

  • Yamaha’s rugged On-Command drive system with 2WD, 4WD limited slip, and 4WD full-differential lock.
  • Yamaha’s exclusive torque- and speed-sensitive EPS, providing light-effort steering, balanced feedback, and precise steering-character to further reduce vibration and driver fatigue.
  • Compatibility with the Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR) Turbo Kit, utilizing the renowned Garrett GT2554R turbo to meet Yamaha’s high standards of durability and reliability (available at ShopYamaha.com and Yamaha Dealers).
  • Four LED headlights adding to the aggressive appearance and a bright LED taillight for increased visibility.
  • A high-flow intake, exhaust, and oversized rear-mounted radiator for maximum airflow and engine cooling.
  • Fully adjustable FOX 5 Podium RC2 shocks with dual-spring-rate adjustable crossovers.
  • Non-XT-R models include 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn 8-ply rated radial tires.
  • All-wheel disc brakes with large 255mm rotors in the front and 245mm rotors in the rear for excellent braking power.
  • Prewiring for Yamaha Adventure Pro, WARN winch, and other Yamaha Genuine accessories (on non-equipped models).

 

The 2023 YXZ1000R SS and YXZ1000R are available in Yamaha Racing Blue starting at $21,899 MSRP. The 2023 YXZ1000R SS XT-R is available in Desert Tan / Tactical Black painted bodywork with a color-matched interior, plus a suntop, center-mount mirror, centerline pod light, enhanced underbody protection, Maxxis Carnage radial tires on true beadlock wheels, and a custom front grab bar with a heavy-duty WARN VRX 45 winch and integrated dashboard switch for $24,699 MSRP.

 

2023 Utility SxS Lineup:

Viking and Viking VI

Viking VI: ROOM FOR THE WHOLE CREW
Real World room for six, this rugged chore‑tackler handles tough terrain with Proven Off‑Road capability, cabin comfort, dumping cargo bed and more.

Yamaha’s Viking and Viking VI SxS vehicles are value-packed with Real World Tough durability. All Viking models are equipped with Yamaha’s durable, reliable, and proven 700-class engine. Combined with a comfortable ride in its class-leading cabin with room for three to six people, Vikings are the toughest and hardest-working utility-based SxS models.

 

All 2023 Viking and Viking VI vehicles receive:

  • Yamaha’s extremely reliable Ultramatic CVT, backed by an industry-exclusive 10-Year Belt Warranty.
  • Yamaha On-Command drive system with 2WD, 4WD limited slip, and 4WD full-differential lock.
  • Yamaha’s speed- and torque-sensitive EPS.
  • 1,500-pound towing capacity via the standard 2-inch hitch receiver and a 600-pound-rated bed capacity.
  • Hydraulic piston-assist dump bed with a rugged rubber cargo bed mat for added convenience and durability.

 

Both 2023 Viking models are available in Tactical Green with the 3-seat variation starting at $15,699 MSRP and Viking VI at $16,499 MSRP. 2023 Ranch Edition models are available in a Copper Metallic painted bodywork with a color-matched interior, under-seat storage, cast aluminum wheels, comfort-grip steering wheel, overfenders, center rearview mirror, rear grab bar, and distinct Ranch Edition badging starting at $16,399 MSRP.

 

2023 Recreational and Utility ATV Lineup:

Grizzly, Kodiak 700, and Kodiak 450

GRIZZLY: TRAIL TESTED, RIDER APPROVED
With superior capability, all‑day comfort and legendary durability, the Grizzly EPS is the best‑performing ATV in its class.

Yamaha’s 2023 Recreational and Utility ATVs offer the best of both worlds – capable of heavy-duty ranch or farm work when you need it, while providing endless fun and exploration on the trails when you want it. The 2023 Grizzly is the ultimate adventure ATV, delivering the ideal blend of big-bore power and performance for a smooth and powerful ride to conquer extreme off-road trails. The 2023 Kodiak 700 and Kodiak 450 combine Yamaha’s legendary durability and reliability with class-leading capability while delivering maximum value and work-ready performance in a compact, nimble chassis for tight and technical trails.

 

2023 Grizzly and Kodiak models receive:

  • Yamaha’s proven 700-class liquid-cooled SOHC 4-stroke engine on all Grizzly and Kodiak 700 models, with the Grizzly having a sportier engine character for recreational riding and the Kodiak 700’s skewed toward smooth operation and a milder initial power engagement.
  • 421-cc liquid-cooled SOHC 4-stroke engine on all Kodiak 450 models.
  • Ultra-reliable Ultramatic CVT transmission backed by an industry-exclusive Yamaha 10-Year Belt Warranty.
  • Yamaha On-Command drive system with 2WD, 4WD limited slip, and 4WD full-differential lock.
  • Yamaha industry-leading torque- and speed-sensitive EPS on all Grizzly and select Kodiak models.
  • Prewiring for the Yamaha Adventure Pro on all Grizzly ATVs.

 

The 2023 Yamaha Grizzly is available in Cyan / Yamaha Black starting at $11,399 MSRP and Realtree Edge at $11,799 MSRP. The Special Edition Grizzly features Titan / Midnight Blue painted body work with 27-inch Maxxis ‘Zilla tires, 14-inch aluminum wheels for $11,999 MSRP. The Grizzly XT-R Edition is available in Desert Tan / Tactical Black painted body work, a factory-installed WARN VRX 25 winch, and all Special Edition upgrades for $12,399 MSRP.

PROVEN PERFORMANCE AND VALUE
The Kodiak 700 offers Proven Off‑Road capability and comfort during all‑day rides, regardless if they are filled with chores or trail adventures.

The Kodiak 450 and 700 are available in Tactical Green with optional EPS starting at $6,899 MSRP, or in Fall Beige / Realtree Edge with EPS starting at $8,199 MSRP. The Kodiak 450 is also available in Steel Blue starting at $6,899 MSRP or in a Special Edition package with EPS and a factory-installed WARN VRX 25 winch for $8,299 MSRP. A Special Edition Kodiak 700 is available in Tactical Black with EPS and a factory-installed WARN VRX 25 winch for $10,999 MSRP.

2023 Sport ATV Lineup:

Raptor 700, Raptor 700R, and YFZ450R

ALL HAIL THE KING
Boasting GYTR performance parts, unique color and graphics, and unmatched performance, the Raptor 700R SE is Sport ATV royalty.

Conquering dunes and trails with ease, the 2023 Raptor 700 lineup offers superior style, comfort, and performance. A potent and proven 700-class engine delivers enormous torque right off idle, transitioning into a potent mid-range and monstrous top-end. The Raptor 700 features an advanced, lightweight hybrid steel-aluminum frame with aluminum subframe and swingarm, creating a light, yet durable and rigid structure to provide the best power-to-weight ratio possible. Race-caliber suspension on the Raptor 700R models provides superior handling in all terrains.

The 2023 YFZ450R is the undisputed podium-topping ATV used by the world’s top racers, including multi-time, reigning Grand National Cross Country and ATV Motocross pro champions, Walker Fowler and Chad Wienen. The YFZ450R is the most technologically advanced sport ATV on the market, with its 449-cc fuel-injected engine and titanium five-valve cylinder head delivering torquey acceleration off idle, and abundant power throughout the mid- to top-end. A weldless, professional-caliber, lightweight aluminum frame with a tension-steel bottom allows the engine to sit lower for excellent mass-centralization. Suspension components and settings further reduce weight while providing light, yet precise handling. Comfort and convenience are also enhanced with an assist-and-slipper clutch, diminishing clutch lever effort for less fatigue, while also increasing clutch plate pressure and reducing engine braking for faster cornering, particularly while downshifting.

 

The 2023 Raptor 700 is available in Cyan / Yamaha Black starting at $9,399 MSRP. Suspension is upgraded on the Team Yamaha Blue Raptor 700R with high- and low-speed compression and rebound adjustability for $9,999 MSRP. Raptor 700R SE models are further enhanced with a GYTR front grab bar, GYTR footwells, and a unique color and graphic kit in either Gray Metallic Black or Yamaha Black for $10,599 MSRP. The 2023 YFZ450R is available in Team Yamaha Blue for $10,299 MSRP. Special Edition YFZ450R models feature an added GYTR front grab bar and unique color and graphic kits in metallic gray for $10,699 MSRP (the YFZ450R is not available in California).

 

2023 Youth ATV Lineup:

Grizzly 90, Raptor 90, and YFZ50

CALLING NEW RIDERS
With electric start, reverse and legendary Raptor styling (left), this youth ATV is pure fun for riders age 10 and up.

The 2023 Grizzly 90 combines Yamaha’s namesake performance and versatility with a fun and confidence-inspiring 90-cc engine and CVT drivetrain for entry-level riders 10-years-old and up to develop their off-road abilities. The youth model offers several Grizzly DNA features including mud-protection fenders, trail-pointed comfort suspension, front and rear cargo racks, and Grizzly-tread tires. The 2023 Grizzly 90 is available in Armor Gray at $3,299 MSRP.

The 2023 Raptor 90 brings the world of sport ATVs to riders ages 10 and up. With sporty styling based on the top-selling Raptor 700R, this entry-level ATV brings Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road sport ATV performance, legacy, and quality to the entire family and next generation of budding motorsports enthusiasts. The 2023 Raptor 90 is available in either Team Yamaha Blue or White at $3,299 MSRP.

The 2023 YFZ50 introduces the fun and exciting world of sport ATVs to riders ages 6 and up. Inspired by the championship-winning YFZ450R, this youth ATV brings Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road performance and confidence to the next generation of growing motorsports enthusiasts. The 2023 YFZ50 is available in either Team Yamaha Blue or White at $2,299 MSRP.

 

2022 Yamaha XT-Reme Terrain Challenge:  Dates Announced, Registration Opens Soon

The 2022 XT-Reme Terrain Challenge (XT-R Challenge) returns to the iconic Loretta Lynn Off-Road Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee September 30 – October 2. Yamaha is inviting owners of its Proven Off-Road Side-by-Sides and ATVs to bring friends and family out for another entertaining and fun three-day weekend celebration.

The XT-R Challenge features an off-road course with varying natural terrains and man-made obstacles specifically designed to put participants and their Proven Off-Road Yamaha Wolverine, YXZ1000R, or Grizzly vehicle to the test. This year, a 1,000cc class was created specifically for Wolverine RMAX 1000 and YXZ1000R owners, featuring all-new challenges and obstacles to highlight their unmatched power, performance, and off-road prowess. Riders, drivers, and spectators who attended previous XT-R events can expect to, once again, be thoroughly entertained with a new course and activities for the whole family, such as demo rides in the new 2023 Yamahas, music, games, giveaways, workshops, and more. Entries are limited. Further announcements, details, and information on the XT-R Challenge, including registration, will be announced shortly.

REALize Your Adventure and learn more about Yamaha’s 2023 Proven Off-Road line-up at YamahaOutdoors.com, or by visiting your local Yamaha dealer. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors, tune in to the Yamaha Outdoors podcast on listening apps, or search the following hashtags on all platforms: #Yamaha #YamahaWolverine #RMAX1000 #RMAX2 #RMAX4 #RMAX2Sport #WolverineX2 #WolverineX4 #YXZ1000R #YamahaViking #VikingVI #YamahaGrizzly #Kodiak700 #Kodiak450 #Raptor700 #Raptor700R #YFZ450R #Grizzly90 #Raptor90 #YFZ50 #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA #XTRChallenge

SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by licensed drivers 16 years and older.

ATVs over 90-cc are recommended for use only by riders 16 years and older.

The YFZ50 is recommended for use only by riders 6 years and older and always with adult supervision.

The Raptor 90 and Grizzly 90 are recommended for use by riders 10 years and older and always with adult supervision.

 

Trijicon Quick Release Mounts with Q-Loc Technology

Trijicon® Inc., global provider of innovative aiming solutions for the hunting, shooting, military, and law enforcement markets, is proud to announce that quick release mounts with Trijicon® Q-LOC™ Technology are now available in a wide range of mounting solutions to fit nearly any optics platform.

Designed for the most discerning users, this line of premium specialty mounts features a proprietary design that offers both quick-release and return to zero. Trijicon’s mounts with
Q-LOC Technology are offered for Trijicon red dots, thermal optics, and a wide range of riflescopes.

Q-LOC Technology is a patented quick release optics mounting system, featuring multiple proprietary recoil lugs to ensure total rail engagement. Shooters can easily remove and re-attach an optic with a Q-LOC mount without the need to confirm zero. Heavy-duty springs enable one-handed operation while also ensuring secure retention under hard and repeated recoil. Q-LOC mounts feature compact, circular knob designs to minimize the hazards of gear snags while also facilitating one-handed mounting and removal.

All Trijicon mounts with Q-LOC Technology are manufactured in the U.S. from 6061-T6 aluminum with precision-cut dimensions to accommodate any platform and ensure optimal placement on MIL-STD 1913, NATO, non-mil spec, and even damaged rails.

“We are excited to bring a family of quick release mounts to shooters and hunters that are strong enough to match the durability of our optics,” said John Trull, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Trijicon. “We’ve applied the same precision in our manufacturing process for these mounts as we do our optics, as well as put them through the same rigorous Science of Brilliant testing, to make sure we’re delivering mounts that meet the standard of Trijicon quality.”

Trijicon's Bolt Action Mount w/ Trijicon Q-LOC™ Technology

Trijicon’s Bolt Action Mount w/ Trijicon Q-LOC™ Technology is designed to keep the optic as low as possible for hunting and long range precision rifle applications.

Trijicon® Q-LOC™ Technology is available for the following mounts:

–Bolt Action Mounts. Suitable for bolt action, lever action, pump action, autoloader, and single shot rifles with a scope rail, the Q-LOC Technology Bolt Action Mount is optimized for proper eye alignment on these rifle platforms. Bolt Action Mounts are available in two heights to accommodate scope objective lenses with sizes less than 42mm (1.06 in. height) up to 56mm (1.125 in. height). Models accommodate both 30mm and 34mm tube scopes.

–Cantilever Mounts. Designed with the perfect dimensions for optimal eye alignment on AR platform rifles, Cantilever Mounts are positioned higher than Bolt Action models for a proper AR cheek weld. Both mount styles are available in 1.535 in. and 1.590 in. heights to accommodate all riflescope objective sizes. The 1.535 in. Cantilever Mount is suitable for use with most clip-on thermal devices. Models accommodate both 30mm and 34mm tube scopes.

–ACOG® / VCOG® / Trijicon Electro Optics Mounts. Engineered for both the Compact and standard-size Trijicon ACOG®, as well as the Trijicon VCOG®, this family of mounts provides an optical axis height of 1.535 in., ideal for clip-on devices. The latest Trijicon REAP-IR® and IR-HUNTER® thermal optic models are also equipped with these quick-release mounts.

–Red Dot Mounts. Available in Low, Full Co-Witness, Lower 1/3 Co-Witness, and 45 Degree Offset, this family of mounts is specifically designed for the Trijicon RMR®, SRO®, and MRO® families of red dot sights. For Full Co-Witness models, the backup iron sights and the red dot align to create the sight picture when looking through the center of the optic. When looking through the center of the optic with the Lower 1/3 Co-Witness mount, the backup iron sights will appear in the lower portion of the sight picture. Finally, the 45 Degree Offset mounts provide users with a low-profile and ambidextrous mounting solution for backup red dots.

Trijicon quick release mounts with Trijicon Q-LOC Technology are in stock and shipping to retailers and shooting sports distributors now!

For more information on the new series of optic mounts with Trijicon Q-LOC Technology, please visit Trijicon.com or contact Trijicon, Inc. at 49385 Shafer Ave., Wixom, MI 48393 • Telephone: (248) 960-7700 • Follow @Trijicon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

TrueTimber Expands Lightweight Hunting Apparel Lineup

TrueTimber has introduced a variety of new items to their proven lineup of lightweight hunting apparel. For years, the extensive lineup of gear has helped hunters everywhere from the turkey woods to the early season bow stand blend in and remain undetected. New offerings including the Pulse SpikeCave Long Sleeve Performance Crew and Ripstop Pant now gives those hunters an even greater advantage.

“We have always worked hard to have great gear for hunters in every environment for every season,” said TrueTimber CEO Rusty Sellars. “A lot of thought and experience in the woods goes into the development of each of these pieces and this level of performance is hard to match. Each year we push the envelope further and further and this is a perfect example of the gear just getting better and better.”

Pulse SpikeCave LS Performance Crew

Pulse SpikeCave Long Sleeve Performance Crew

Pulse SpikeCave Long Sleeve Performance Crew

The Pulse SpikeCave Long Sleeve Performance Crew is constructed with a four-way stretch 90% polyester, 10% spandex full memory yarn to deliver comfort, breathability and exceptional mobility. Thumbhole sleeve loops keep the shirt secure under layers or while moving through the woods. Additionally, this high-performance fabric is both moisture wicking and anti-microbial. The Pulse SpikeCave Long Sleeve Performance Crew is available in TrueTimber Strata camo. MSRP $39.99.

Ripstop Pant

TrueTimber Ripstop pants

TrueTimber Ripstop pants

The TrueTimber Ripstop pants are every bit as durable as they are comfortable. These all-purpose lightweight pants come packed with a total of six pockets, allowing users to store all the essential gear without sacrificing movement or comfort. The poly/spandex fabric is tough, breathable and quiet. The Ripstop Pant is available in TrueTimber Strata and Kanati camo patterns. MSRP $29.99.

To learn more about the entire TrueTimber product line and see all available patterns, visit TrueTimber.com. Details about future product launches can be found on TrueTimber’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

About TrueTimber

Founded in 2005, TrueTimber is based in Inman, South Carolina and is the most realistic, performance-driven camouflage brand in the industry. TrueTimber offers a wide variety of clothing items and accessories, featuring 27 distinct camo patterns that perfectly blend with their surroundings. The company spends countless hours researching, testing and seeking new technology to produce the most effective and lifelike camouflage patterns possible. TrueTimber products can be found in retailers across the United States and Canada, and it continues to be one of the fastest growing camouflage companies in the world. For more information about TrueTimber, visit TrueTimber.com.

HIVIZ Introduces LiteWave H3 Plain Barrel Shotgun Sight

LiteWave H3® Plain Barrel Bead Replacement Sight

LiteWave H3 Plain Barrel Shotgun Sight

HIVIZ® Shooting Systems made a name for itself with shotgun sights starting in 1996. Since then, they have been a leader in innovative sights for hunting and competitive shooting with products such as the TriViz® and the CompSight®, and this year is no different! Adding to its already popular line of Tritium/Fiber-Optic handgun sights, HIVIZ has added a plain barrel shotgun sight to its LiteWave H3® family of products.

LiteWave H3 Plain Barrel Shotgun Sight

LiteWave H3® sight combines Tritium with the HIVIZ Litepipe technology for 24 illumination. Now you can have the advantage of day and night performance all in one sight system.

This new sight combines the benefits of light-gathering Fiber-Optic capabilities with light-emitting Tritium for 24-hour illumination! Housed in a steel constructed frame, this screw attach sight is extremely durable and allows an unprecedented amount of light to enter the LitePipes during the day while emitting the glow of Tritium in low light and no light conditions. The new HIVIZ LiteWave H3 Plain Barrel Shotgun Sight was designed for the roughest use, whether it be tactical application, personal defense, in the field or on the range, it will keep you on target from dawn until dusk. It fits most plain barrel shotguns with removable front bead. MSRP: $55.00.

See how easy it is to install the HIVIZ plain barrel shotgun sight here .

For additional information and to see the new HIVIZ LiteWave H3 Plain Barrel Shotgun Sight, visit our website: www.hivizsights.com/ or call 800.589.4315.

About HIVIZ – HIVIZ® Shooting Systems is the designer, engineer and manufacturer of high quality and innovative products for shotguns, handguns and rifles. Founded in 1996, the company has stayed true to its vision: to advance the art of shooting. From the unique molded LitePipe Technology to our patented LiteWave H3® Tritium/Fiber-Optic sights, HIVIZ continues to be a leader in the shooting world. Whether it is in the field, at the range or for personal defense, HIVIZ Sights help you See What You’ve Been Missing. We are proud to be installed as original equipment on many major brands including Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Benelli, Browning, Henry Rifles and Remington, among others. For more information, visit: www.hivizsights.com.

Stealth Cam Launches Enhanced Command Pro App

COMMAND PRO APP: INDUSTRY LEADING TECHNOLOGY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Stealth Cam®, the leader in trail camera innovation and cellular imaging technology, has just launched its all-new Command Pro App for 2021! This new App provides a seamless integration for wireless camera operation and image/video management for Stealth Cam.

Retooled and refreshed for 2021, the Command Pro App raises the bar in remote scouting with the integration of industry leading technology, supported by a robust server platform for improved performance and reliability. These features include:

High-resolution HD downloads

Available through all the new 2021 camera models (DS4K™, REACTOR, FUSION X, MORPH, MERGE, MANIFEST 2.0, RELAY, TRAIL-TEK). Images sent to the app are of high quality, however users now have the option to download high-res images from the camera for maximum clarity.  The High Res download option is perfect for both hunting and security purposes.

Video Mode w/ Previews

For the new 2021 video enabled cameras, the Command Pro app shows a 3-frame preview of the recorded video, before you chose to download the full clip.

  • Available on the Stealth Fusion X/Reactor/DS4K Transmit and Muddy Morph wireless cameras.
  • In video mode the cameras will send you a GIF preview of the 1st, middle, and last frame of the video. By sending a GIF preview it will allow users to save on data but still have the option to download the full HD video if desired.
  • Videos are of exceptional quality.
  • Users have the option to download videos of their liking to the new app, such as a big buck, but will still be able to preview the GIF and see ‘multiple frames’ of action on the GIF previews.
  • Video WITH audio available on Stealth Reactor and DS4K Transmit.
  • Video without audio available on the Muddy Morph and Stealth Fusion X.

 

Night Colorization

Available on all 20’ and 21’ model wireless Stealth and Muddy cameras

Turn black and white images into color on demand with Command Pro’s groundbreaking AI powered technology.

Tagging Options and Filters

Tagging options in the Command Pro App

Available on all 20’ and 21’ model wireless Stealth and Muddy cameras

This option makes it possible to organize and recall individual animals and select filter parameters to identify and sort game patterns, time frame, and environmental conditions. In short, the new filtering and tagging functions can help you pattern your biggest target animals.

Global Gallery

Global Gallery in the Command Pro App

Available on all 20’ and 21’ model wireless Stealth and Muddy cameras.

This feature integrates images, videos, and video previews from all 2020 and 2021 Stealth Cam, Muddy & Wildview cellular cameras into a single gallery! These are conveniently stored chronologically by date and time. By leveraging the new filter and tagging options, the Global Gallery offers territory-wide activity monitoring at a glance and with never-before-seen precision. Users can sort through the Global Gallery by applying different filters or tags which is a huge asset for hunters to pattern wildlife on their farms and see trends in movement based on time, temp, date, etc., as well as view patterns of SPECIFIC bucks on their properties across multiple cameras and locations.

Already a Stealth Cam Command user?

No problem! Your app and cameras will continue to work. To experience the new features or add new cameras, you will need to update your old Command App simply by visiting the App or Google Play Stores, search for Stealth Cam Command Pro, and press update. The update will keep your current cameras, settings, and photos without the need to re-add or reset them.

The Stealth Cam and Muddy family of cellular trail cameras set themselves apart for their advanced technology and practical performance engineered to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of today’s big game hunters and wildlife observers. Now, with the innovation provided by the new and improved Command Pro App, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy “the next best thing to being there!”

For more information on the Command Pro App or to review all of Stealth Cam’s new wireless cameras for 2021, visit their website at www.stealthcam.com.

Love It or Hate it: Hunting with 6.5 Creedmoor

You can really start a lot of interesting debates on social media, around the campfire, outdoor forums, wherever it may be about the 6.5 Creedmoor. There’s a very love it or hate it type feeling about this cartridge. But to me, when you pair the 6.5 Creedmoor with the right ammo and the right situation, it’s a deadly combination.

Just like most of the calibers out there, if you use the right bullets in the right conditions, you’re going to find success with it. So those people that don’t like 6.5 Creedmoor a lot of times (I think probably more often than not) they’re using the wrong bullet when it comes to bullet selection.

Do Your Research!


I recommend to a lot of people, that if you’ve got a rifle and want to know what ammo performs the best with your rifle, grab four or five different boxes of ammo (with four or five different bullet weights) from different companies, and go shoot it. At the end of the day, I think what you’ll find is which bullet your rifle performs best with. When you do that and spend the time on the range, it’s going to make you a better shooter and hunter, because you understand and now know what your gun is going to do. I think that pays off a lot.

When you look at the 6.5 Creedmoor, there are a tremendous amount of bullets available that are designed for long-range target shooting out there. There are probably fewer bullets designed for that cartridge when it comes to hunting. But there are some really good bullets out there that I advocate using that we’ve found and used in the field with tremendous success.

Just like any cartridge, any round, anything out there, there are limitations. The 6.5 Creedmoor (shooting the right ammo), I think it’s perfect for a lot of your light, thin-skinned big game animals like African antelope, whitetail deer, etc. It’s going to be right at the lower end of cartridges I would probably pick for elk but I mean, we’ve seen it in action on elk hunts before in which it performed flawlessly and knocked them down. But once again, I think it’s just kind of right there at that threshold.

Which Brand of 6.5 Creedmoor We Chose

6.5 creedmoor ammo box

So when it came time for me to kind of settle on a bullet that I liked we shot a lot of different ones, I read a lot, looked at a lot of different things, and that Hornady 143 grain ELD-X round really seemed to be the one that we got the best results out of it. I mean, we began to get immediate knockdowns, animals dropping right there. It performed in the African forest very well and a lot of our hunts that we were doing over there. I mean, it was one shot, one kill type round. However, when you talk to a lot of professional hunters, they’re going to talk about the 6.5 Creedmoor is maybe not good enough for wildebeest and animals like that. But I have seen it knock down a wildebeest (it took a couple shots) and do its job and wildebeest are notorious for taking multiple rounds in those types of hunting situations. So you just got to study, learn, and make those decisions for yourself personally, for where you’re hunting, and the situation that you’re dealing with. Ultimately you got to put that bullet where it matters, to find the ultimate success.

I think in the end, the 6.5 Creedmoor is an excellent whitetail deer hunting round. I think if you’re making good shots and you’re using the right kind of bullets, you’re really going to be pleased with it. I also think it’s a phenomenal long-range target shooting rifle. I think it’s far better than a .308 Winchester based on the data and based on the things that I’ve seen out there. So when I look at the 6.5 Creedmoor, the haters are gonna hate. But I promise you when you’ve seen it in action on quite a few of our hunts out there it is flat out hammering them (the deer) when we put the bullet where we’re supposed to.

Hunter poses with Whitetail Deer and Rifle

Wade posing with a unique Texas Whitetail and his Thompson/Center Compass II chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor

Cabela’s Instinct TrueTimber’s VSX Camo

TRUETIMBER VSX: THE WORLD’S FOREMOST TECHNICAL CAMO SYSTEM

TrueTimber’s VSX was designed using our micro and macro schematics technology, making this pattern just as effective from the top of the highest mountain terrains to the wide-open prairies and southern woodland thickets. The strategic, non-directional shapes and texturization use lights and darks working together to break up the human outline at close and long distances. The colors are made up of natural grays, browns, and greens found across all outdoor environments and seasons, making this pattern extremely diverse and virtually invisible to any game you’re pursuing. Check out the BRAND NEW Cabela’s Instinct Hunting Clothing featuring the TrueTimber VSX pattern below.

The True Timber pattern VSX design has proven very functional to me in several hunts already.  I’ve been in tree stands in Kentucky, ground blinds in central Texas as well as out in west Texas and what I’ve seen is this pattern blends in easily all over.   I’m very impressed with the color schemes of grays, brown, green and how it diverse it is for any terrain and any game.
I judge my hunting clothing on several key points such as how durable it will be, how functional it is, how quiet it is and finally how comofortable it is.  The Cabela’s Instinct lineup is one I’ve worn for many years basically since it’s inception and I’ve always found it to fit my needs regardless of it being 100 degrees or below 30 degrees when I’m in the field.
Ultimately you want your hunting clothing to perform the way it’s supposed to and the way it’s marketed to you so that at the moment of truth the last thing you’ve got to worry about is being cold, being noisy and being uncomfortable.
– Wade Middleton

LIGHTWEIGHT

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Thermal Zones Quarter-Zip Pullover With 4MOST INHIBIT For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Active Pants For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Fanin Soft-Shell Vest For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Glassing Pants For Men

 

MIDWEIGHT

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Hybrid Puffy Jacket For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Barrier Gore-Tex Pants For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Barrier GORE-TEX Jacket For Men

 

HEAVYWEIGHT

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Stand Hunter Parka For Men With SCENTINEL Scent Control Technology And 4MOST DRYPLUS

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Standhunter Softshell Jacket For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Standhunter Softshell Pants For Men

 

BASE LAYERS

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Thermal Zones Quarter-Zip Pullover With 4MOST INHIBIT For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Thermal Zones Pants With 4MOST INHIBIT For Men

 

 

Shop TrueTimber VSX camo here

 

 

New HIVIZ LiteWave H3 CompSight

Knowledgeable shotgunners will tell you the key to high scores and cleanly taking flying game is seeing the sights clearly, but not looking directly at them. That’s most easily accomplished when the bead really stands out. Because of this, the HIVIZ® CompSight® has been the standard sight for shotgun shooters and hunters at the highest level for years and it just got better!

HIVIZ has taken the same technology that made the CompSight so popular among top shotgunners and has combined tritium elements with its legendary LitePipe technology to create the HIVIZ LiteWave H3® CompSight with 24-hour illumination. Whether you’re hunting ducks a half-hour before sunrise, pursuing pheasants under the mid-day sun, shooting under the lights in a high-pressure competition shoot-off, or defending your home, the HIVIZ LiteWave H3 CompSight will light your way to success!

These all steel constructed sights are rugged, durable, and designed for the roughest use and may be easily picked up by your peripheral vision in any lighting condition so you can get on target faster ensuring you never miss a shot. Available through distributors, dealers, and online.

The HIVIZ LiteWave H3 CompSight comes with a Green LitePipe and fits most vent-ribbed shotguns with a removable front bead. The sight includes five screws in varying thread sizes to fit nearly any shotgun: 3-56/2.5mm x .45mm; 5-40; 6-48; 3mm x .5; 3mm x .6. MSRP: $55.00.

For additional information, or to order your HIVIZ LiteWave H3 CompSight today, visit our website: http://www.hivizsights.com/product/litewave-compsight/ or call 800.589.4315.

About HIVIZ Shooting Systems – HIVIZ Shooting Systems’ vision is to improve the art of shooting. Whether it is in the field, at the range, or for personal defense, our carefully engineered line of sights and recoil pads are designed to help shooters experience the thrill of outstanding marksmanship.