On The Hunt With Dunham’s

Introducing a wide range of gear to help the challenges of the season.
Soon the trees will have turned, the leaves will have fallen, and the deer will be rutting. Big bucks will be up and about, and hunters will take to the field.
We look at some things one should consider before heading out in the field. And because it’s timely, we’ll also review the concealed-carry handguns that are available at Dunham’s.
A gun safe is a great investment for every hunter. Before you even think about getting ready for the hunt, protect your weapons and family with a secure safe.
A safe provides peace of mind. And today’s safes are not only fire and water resistant, they’re also high tech. Biometric locks open with a touch, but are as secure as a combination lock.
Dunham’s offers tree stands for every hunting situation. Elevation makes you less visible and masks your scent.
Don’t forget the rest of your gear. Dunham’s offers an extensive range of equipment that no hunter should be without.
Among these is a fire starter that can help ensure you’ll be able to generate a flame when you need it. It’s a great tool for the hunter. Every hunter needs a knife suitable for field dressing game. Dunham’s offers numerous models. Keeping meat cool until you can get it home is essential. That’s why Dunham’s stocks YETI coolers.
Don’t forget your underwear! And outerwear. Dunham’s features Under Armour apparel for the hunt. Camo gear makes you less detectable as do scent-control base pants.
Attractants bring game to where you are. Dunham’s stocks attractants from Wildgame Innovations that mimic the smell and taste of things deer find delectable. Stock up and be ready for the hunt.
Since hunters understand firearms, concealed carry is a relevant topic. Today’s handguns are not only powerful, they can be concealed in your pocket. With offerings from both Ruger and Smith & Wesson, Dunham’s has a firearm that will meet your needs.
-Deer Abby
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Stay Warm, Dry and Undetected with Hunting Apparel from Under Armour

Fall is here. You see it in the changing colors. You feel it in the crisper air and you hear it at Friday Night football games. While some outdoor activities, such as golf and baseball, are waning, others, including hunting, are just beginning. To help you stay warm and dry while helping you blend into the environment and masking your scent––thereby increasing your odds for a successful hunt––Dunham’s Sports offers a wide assortment of hunting apparel from all the leading companies, including Under Armour.
“New for us this year is our Stealth fleece,” said Under Armour’s John Kreiner. “It has a soft, Sherpa-like fabric that generates a great deal of warmth and it’s quiet.”
The Stealth fleece features Under Armour’s exclusive Scent Control with antimicrobial silver. Under Armour claims it’s the only company that uses both Scent Control and antimicrobial to trap and suppress the growth of odor.
“To help keep you dry, the Stealth fleece also features Under Armour’s Storm Technology. It repels moisture without sacrificing breathability,” Kreiner added.
The Stealth fleece is available in jacket, hoodie, bib and pants and in men’s sizes ranging from small to XXL.
Dress For the Occasion
For optimal comfort in varying temperatures and weather conditions, Kreiner recommends multiple apparel layers.
“Start with a good base layer. We have Base™ Extreme and ColdGear Infrared® base layer tops and bottoms. They deliver warmth without weight,” he said.
Base Extreme leggings and long-sleeve tops feature a soft, brushed negative grid interior that traps hot air for superior warmth. They also feature strategically placed stretch panels for optimal mobility.
ColdGear Infrared offerings, meanwhile, incorporate a soft, thermo-conductive coating on the inside of the garment that absorbs and retains body heat, which is then redistributed evenly, keeping the wearer warmer for a longer period of time. ColdGear Infrared goes beyond trapping body heat. It absorbs the heat the wearer generates and redistributes it, creating a microclimate inside the material.
“The analogy we like to use to best explain our ColdGear Infrared technology is a ceramic coffee mug. Compare that coffee mug to a paper or plastic one and most people will agree the coffee stays warmer longer in a ceramic mug because of the heat-transference aspect of ceramic,” Kreiner said. “The thermo-coating we use on our ColdGear Infrared has ceramic particles for the same reason.”
ColdGear Infrared hunting leggings feature a dual-layer fabric with an ultra-warm, brushed interior and a slick, fast-drying exterior. I can tell you from experience that the ColdGear Infrared products I purchased to pursue other activities have worked well in keeping me warm. They are lightweight, allowing maximum mobility.
Both Base Extreme and ColdGear Infrared feature the Under Armour Scent Control technology and a moisture transport system that wicks moisture away. They’re available in a variety of sizes and Camo Patterns.
The garments will need to be reactivated by heat, generally when the garment is washed and dried.
Hoodies, Lightweight Pants and Headwear
Also new this year is Under Armour’s Storm Icon Camo full-zip hoodie. It’s available in Realtree and Mossy Oak and, as the name implies, features the company’s Storm technology to repel moisture.
“Our Storm Icon Camo hoodies are made of Armour® fleece. It’s light, breathable and quiet. It also stretches, ensuring mobility. The hoodies feature a front kangaroo pocket and interior phone pocket,” Kreiner said.
For the early part of the season, Kreiner recommends Under Armour’s scent-control base pants. Available in Realtree camo, they also feature the company’s Storm technology, as well as scent control and anti-microbial technologies to help keep you undetected by your prey.
Complete your camo with Realtree caps and beanies. The caps feature an unstructured fit that conforms to your head for a lower profile and a built-in HeatGear® sweatband to wick away sweat, keeping you cool and dry. It also features a snap closure in back for customizable fit.
The beanie is reversible. It features Realtree camo on one side and hunter’s orange on the other.
“The Under Armour Reversible Camo beanie is made of ultra-soft brushed fleece for excellent comfort all day and features our Moisture Transport System to wick sweat away, keeping your cooler,” Kreiner said.
The Strategy of Layering
Hunting involves a great deal of walking, including to your hunting area or blind. Wearing a lot of products designed to keep you warm can actually cause you to overheat, which is why Kreiner recommends dressing in layers.
“You don’t want to get too warm walking in and you don’t want to make noise. Wear as little as possible walking in and add the layers as needed or conditions warrant it. That ensures you stay warm and quiet,” he said.
Visit your local Dunham’s Sports store and speak with a knowledgeable consultant who can guide you to the apparel needed to stay comfortable and undetected, increasing your chances for a successful hunt.
Good luck and happy hunting.
-Deer Abby
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Safety First in Stack-On Safes

As a hunter or gun enthusiast expands his or her collection of firearms, the next step is to ensure these valuable pieces stay protected. Through the purchase of a gun safe, enthusiasts can be certain that their firearms are locked up and protected from thieves, children and fire.
At Dunham’s, customers will find an array of Stack-On products from portable cases and cabinets to full size gun safes. With so many options, it can be difficult to find the right safe for you and your firearm collection. Some things to consider are gun capacity, security level, lock type, fire-resistance needs, and interior features. Stack-On makes it incredibly easy through their numerous lines to confirm you’re getting the right product for your collection at a price that fits your budget.
“Traditional long gun safes, including fire-resistant Elite safes and our top of the line Total Defense safes, add a waterproof feature,” explained Chris Sydor of Stack-On. “Don’t leave the store without accessories for your safe; dehumidifiers, for example are one of the most critical accessories for keeping the contents of your safe dry and rust free.”
New technologies in the gun safe industry should also be considered when looking at adding a new gun safe. As with many other products in the hunting and firearm world, gun safes have advanced greatly in recent years, offering customers a top-of-the-line product.
“Biometric locks have begun to emerge in the last few years,” said Sydor. “The primary advantage of a biometric lock is that it will only open with your, or any saved, fingerprint. Don’t worry about losing the combination; you always carry it right at the end of your finger. Additionally the biometric lock eliminates the button pushing and fumbling with a dial when opening the safe quickly is important.”
Setting the bar higher and higher for quality, Stack-On has been the industry leader four years running as the number one safe brand purchased by hunters in the USA. They also offer a lifetime warranty on all long gun fireproof and waterproof safes, so you know that you’ll never have to worry about your product wearing out or being damaged in a theft attempt – they’re built to last.
Stack-On’s product lines, features and warranty that can’t be beat all certify that you’ll be picking up a high quality product. And with the great value and selection at your local Dunham’s, you’ll rest easy knowing you not only got a great value, but all of your firearms are locked up and safe.
-Deer Abby
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Making Your Luck

Today’s most successful hunters use attractants to bring the deer to their stand…
“No luck today,” says a novice returning empty handed from the hunt. Seasoned hunters aren’t likely to say that, because they know deer hunting is a science, and they make their own luck through careful analysis and the application of proven techniques. That means knowing the animal’s habits, predicting its movement and attracting it to a location where a kill can be made. Those first two factors require study of both animal and habitat. For the third — attracting it to a location — help is available in the form of natural attractants, products you’ll find at Dunham’s.
Something Good to Eat
I know from experience that deer will return to a spot where they can find something to fill the tummy. That’s why they keep coming back to my yard to eat my lilies. And they can locate goodies by sniffing the air and honing in on the scent.
That’s why the most effective attractants exaggerate the smell and taste of something deer find delectable. Dunham’s stocks products from Wildgame Innovations that do just that, using real natural ingredients. All are available in powder, liquid, and mineral block form. All have been proven effective.
Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin
Fall Feast Crush contains real carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin juices, treats no buck can pass up. In the field, it’s simply placed near your stand. Handle all attractants with gloves and avoid touching things in the area. Mr. Buck can recognize your smell just as readily as that of the goodies.
Sugar Beets Can’t be Beat
Wildgame Innovations’ Sugar Beet Crush contains real crushed sugar beets blended with fresh heat-processed beans to create an ultra-concentrated attractant that deer can’t resist. Try it on your next hunt, but first make room in your freezer for a load of meat.
The Apple of Their Eye
I sometimes take my granddaughter to a nature center that is packed with deer that are accustomed to seeing people. Of course familiarity only goes so far and the deer will flee when approached. Unless, of course, one is offering apple slices. Seems does and bucks can’t resist the sweet and juicy taste of an apple. That’s why they can’t resist the Wildgame Innovations’ attractant known as Apple Crush. Made from all-natural ripe apples that have been dried, crushed and mixed with proteins and fats. It’s apple power that’s easy to use in the field, and you can purchase it at Dunham’s.
Dunham’s carries a wide range of hunting equipment, including numerous types of attractants. Ask your Dunham’s sales consultant to show you all the available products. Then head out on the hunt and make your luck.
-Deer Abby
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Gear Up For Your Next Hunt

You’ve picked the perfect spot and call up your hunting buddies. But do you have everything you need for your next hunting trip?
Even if you have your trusted gun or bow, you might want to consider packing some extra gear to make your trip the best it can be. It’s important that you find the right accessories for your hunting trip so you are prepared but not weighed down by unnecessary equipment.
Think Ahead
Fire starters are a great tool to have with you in the field. Jeana White of UST Brands suggests the UST BlastMatch, which is a one-handed fire starter that creates large, hot sparks easily and quickly. The BlastMatch provides thousands of sparks, and its large, easy grip means you can use it even if your hands are stiff from cold. The one-handed design means you can use your other hand to block wind or add tinder to your fire. If you’re looking for something more compact, the lightweight UST Sparkie offers hundreds of sparks while taking up less space.
You can pair your preferred fire starter with UST WetFire tinder to start a fire even in wet conditions.
“We feel that a good fire starter and tinder are critical to any survival situation,” White says. “It will provide light, heat, a signal device, a means of cooking, a way to dry out wet clothes and comfort. Make sure your fire starter is appropriate to your anticipated condition. Consider the features you will need: windproof, waterproof, high-altitude, fuel or no fuel.”
Get the Job Done
When it comes to field dressing game, the right knife makes all the difference and is an integral part of your hunting toolbox.
David Krattiger of Taylor Brands suggests finding a knife that is comfortable in your hand to make working with it easier. You can start your search with one of many knives by Taylor, like the Uncle Henry or Old Timer brand knives.
The Uncle Henry Full Tang Detail Skinner Fixed Blade Knife is a small knife with a classic look. This is a new product from Uncle Henry that features Staglon handle slabs and a leather belt sheath. The Uncle Henry Golden Spike Rat Tail Tang Fixed Blade Knife also offers a classic look with a longer blade.
The Old Timer Copperhead series of fixed blades and folding knives offers a rubberized grip to make them easy to use with no slip.
Maintain Your Game
At the end of a successful day in the field, you’ll have to bring your bounty back home. YETI has what you need to get it there with no problems.
“YETI continues to raise the bar with extremely durable and efficient products that you can rely on during each of your adventures,” says Ben O’Brien of YETI.
The YETI Tundra is a hard-sided cooler that comes in several sizes to fit your needs. O’Brien says this product has superior ice retention to keep your meat fresh until you can get it to your home freezer. If you’re transporting a small amount of game, the Hopper is a great option. This soft-sided cooler comes with ColdCell insulation and a HydroLok zipper, so you can be confident it will keep what you’re carrying fresh. With its lightweight design and convenient shoulder strap, transportation is easy.
YETI coolers offer an air-tight seal. The plug at the bottom makes them easy to clean. Pack coolers with YETI Ice to keep everything cold with minimal mess and cleanup.
If you’re planning a long trip, the YETI Rambler bottle can keep hot soup or cold beverages at the right temperature all day long. The Triple Haul cap makes it easy to grip and spill-free.
No matter what kind of hunting trip you’re planning, you will need tools and accessories. Make sure they are the right ones to get the most out of your day. Find some new gadgets and tools or update your current stockpile at your local Dunham’s Sports.
-Deer Abby
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Take Hunting to New Heights

A tree stand could be the perfect tool to boost your hunting success.
It’s time to get hunting again. A tree stand is the perfect tool to help you elevate your hunting success—literally.
There are many types of tree stands on the market. Ladderstands, climbers and fixed position stands all offer their own features and benefits. The best one is the stand that fits your hunting style, whatever that may be.
All three varieties of tree stands are available through Big Game Tree Stands and Muddy Outdoors at Dunham’s Sports. Mike Valliere of Big Game and Muddy said a hunter needs to think about what kind of hunting trips they’ll be going on before picking a treestand.
A ladderstand, for example, is great if you have time ahead of your hunt to set up your site. Valliere said these stands are growing in popularity because of their safety and ease of use.
A climbing stand is a good option if you’ll be setting up your site the same day of the hunt or, if you want to be able to easily change trees. It will be lighter than a ladderstand, so it can be carried more easily. The fixed position stands can be set up at the time of the hunt or in advance, whichever suits you best.
Muddy tree stands offer many of the features you’ll need for a successful hunt. They are designed for minimum noise with features including nylon washers, bolted ladder sections and sewn loop attachments, so you won’t alert nearby game to your presence. The heavy duty Fiber Guard powder coat and platform welding will keep you secure, so you can focus on the hunt. And you’ll be comfortable all day thanks to the Flex Tek, triple-layered foam seat.
“All are great options and that’s why we offer a wide variety,” Valliere said. “We have our preferred methods – but sometimes you have to be ready to adapt to be successful!”
Some of the options you can find at Dunham’s include the Muddy Partner, which is a two-man ladderstand so you can hunt with a friend. You can also find the Muddy Skybox 20-foot ladderstand which features a two-way adjustable padded shooting rail so you can steady yourself and get the best shot.
You’ll also find trusted Big Game models, such as the Guardian XL two-man ladderstand, the Warrior Pro and Blackhawk fixed position stand.
Get an edge on the game this year with a tree stand. With so many options, you’re sure to find the right one for you.
-Deer Abby
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Accessorize Your Hunting Trip

Consider the following products to make your hunting more enjoyable.
You’ve circled the dates for bow hunting, rifle and muzzle loader seasons. You’ve fine-tuned your equipment, practiced religiously and made sure your garments are up to snuff. To get even more out of your hunting experience, consider the following items from three premier manufacturers. All are available at your local Dunham’s Sports store.
Hunters spend countless hours in their blinds waiting for their prey. To make this experience more comfortable and more pleasurable, consider furniture from Ameristep.
“We offer four models of camo hunting furniture, with a multitude of price points and applications,” said Ryan Kubica, the company’s brand manager.
Ameristep’s high-back camo chair features a durable powder-coated steel frame in a dull-black finish, a heavy-duty, weatherproof fabric seat and a 200-pound load capacity. It folds flat for easy transport and storage.
Be sure to also check out Ameristep’s tripod swiveling stool. In addition to all of the characteristics of the high-back chair, the tripod features a built-in molded silent swivel, allowing hunters to turn in the chair without being heard by the prey. It also features adjustable legs to adjust the height of the stool.
Ideal for bow hunting is the company’s Buck Commander chair. It features a triangular-shaped seat and no armrests for maximum freedom and folds for easy transport.
“A favorite in hunting blinds and around campsites or any outdoor gathering is our director chair. It’s co-branded with the Bone Collector show found on the Outdoor Channel, features a large, zippered gear pouch and is rated at 250 pounds,” Kubica said.
All chairs described are available in Real Tree-branded camo and require little care. Keep them out of the elements as much as possible, clean and dry them when you put them away for the season.
Zippo, the company synonymous with windproof lighters, offers a wealth of hunting accessories that are carried at select Dunham’s stores.
“Our flex neck utility lighter is perfect for lighting grills, lanterns and campfires. It features wind-resistant dual-flame technology, ideal for any outdoor situation,” said Chris Funk, Zippo marketing product manager.
It gets dark early during hunting season and a great way to illuminate your surroundings is with Zippo’s Rugged Lantern. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, its LED light can stay lit for 40 hours on its lowest setting, 15 hours on the medium setting and 10 hours on the highest setting on a single charge.
Also intriguing from Zippo is the 4-in-1 Woodsman.
“Our 4-in-1 Woodsman is a combination, hatchet, bow saw, mallet and stake puller – a perfect companion for hunters, campers and any outdoor enthusiast. The mallet and stake puller make it easy to put up and take down a blind, while the bow saw can cut a four-inch diameter oak limb,” Funk added.
Once you’ve used the 5-inch hatchet to chop wood, you can conveniently carry the wood with the company’s Campfire Carrier. It features a 22-inch by 36-inch nylon sling and a durable handle, making it easy to carry an armload of wood without scratching yourself or getting your clothes dirty.
When it’s dinnertime, fire up Zippo’s All Terrain grill. As the name implies, this grill isn’t limited by the terrain.
“Our All Terrain grill features rubber-coated all-terrain wheels, so you can take with you wherever you go, including tailgating. It runs on either one-pound or 20-pound propane tanks. Its porcelain-coated grate and twin-burner technology ensure an even, prolonged heat for cooking that will rival BBQ joints,” Funk said.
After a successful hunt, you’ll want to prepare the meat to maximize its flavor. We recommend smokers from Masterbuilt.
“We’ve been in business for over 43 years and pride ourselves on our core values. Masterbuilt is the leader in the smoker and turkey fryer category,” explained John McLemore, the company’s president and CEO.
Dunham’s carries Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite 30-inch electric smoker. It’s perfect for the beginner or the pro.
“You’ll achieve competition-ready results in your own backyard without the hassle of charcoal or propane. Simply plug this smoker in, set the digital controls and it does the work! Masterbuilt makes smoking simple,” McLemore added.
This smoker features:
718 square inches of cooking space with 4 chrome-coated smoking racks.
800-watt heating element for even, consistent smoking up to 275° F.
Side wood chip loading system – add chips without opening the smoker door.
Top control panel for easy access to smoker controls cooking times and temperature.
“In 2005, we revolutionized the way people smoke food in their backyard. We made it more convenient and easier to use smokers without sacrificing the flavor. You can smoke a full rack of ribs, tenderloins, even vegetables. A smoker adds a different flavor than traditional cooking. It provides a healthier way to eat since there’s no need for all the seasonings. Our smokers allow your family and friends to come together and enjoy what we call ‘Dadgum good food,’” McLemore explained.
Dunham’s Sports carries a full line of hunting accessories to make your time at the hunting ground more comfortable and more pleasurable. Be sure to stop by your local store and speak with a knowledgeable sales professional who can guide you to this vast array of products.
Happy hunting.
-Deer Abby
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Hunting For The Perfect Gear

Wth hunting season just around the corner, it’s time to take stock of what gear you’ll need to combat colder temperatures and difficult terrain. From footwear to base layers to fleece, Dunham’s has hunters covered for this year’s season and beyond.
Peeling Back the Base Layers
Under Armour, known for their products for success on the field, have developed a line designed for hunters in the field. Their new Barrier line, which is designed to be effective in not only the warmer mid-season temperatures but late-season as well, utilizes various features to keep all hunters comfortable.
UA Storm repels water without sacrificing breathability. ColdGear Infared absorbs and retains body heat in a soft, thermo-conductive inner coating.
Under Armour products like Armour Fleece and Extreme Base Layer have strategically placed panels for maximum mobility, exclusive UA Scent Control technology that keeps hunters undetected and an interior that traps heat and provides superior warmth.
Under Armour’s Bill Healy, director of outdoor sales, sums these technologically advanced garments up nicely: “Armour Fleece is our original performance replacement for old-school sweatshirts: unbelievably light but somehow keeps you really warm.”
With so many options and technological advances, Under Armour Fleece and Base Layer products will keep hunters warm and dry this season.
Stand On Your Own Two Feet
If you’re looking for some new footwear this season, look no further than Muck. Muck offers several boot models fit for even the most diehard hunters. At Dunham’s, you’ll find the Brushland, Wetland and Chore models.
“Every pair of Muck boots is 100 percent waterproof, and our CR-Foam Neoprene bootie will keep you warm, dry and comfortable, whether you are working on the farm, out in the field, or on a hunt,” explains Rodney Robeson, regional sales representative for Muck Boot Company.
In addition, Muck boots offer some features that can keep hunters’ feet dry in warmer temperatures, too. Robeson says, “We at Muck have introduced our XpressCool lining, which keeps your feet cool and sweat-free during the warm seasons. We have also added ETC lining material to our footbeds to help reduce heat buildup and friction, providing a more enjoyable fit.”
Caring for these products is almost as easy as putting them on.
“Muck is a durable brand of boots with simple care instructions,” says Robeson. “The boots clean easily with a simple spray of water or a combination of scrubbing softly with soap-and-water mix. The upper rubber can also be conditioned with Armor All, wax polish or liquid detergent.”
Scent-free Success
As any hunter can attest, in addition to staying warm, staying scent-free is crucial in a successful hunt. Scent-Factor Scent Inhibitor Technology, found in Habit products at Dunham’s, was designed to stop the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
“Scent-Factor Scent Inhibitor Technology is directly built into our products during the manufacturing process, so there is no need to apply any aftermarket compounds that mimic wildlife odors,” explains Lee Mahan of Habit.
Camouflaged fabric with a soft, quiet outer shell minimizes sight and sound that could be picked up by prey.
Mahan adds, “In addition to disguise, the Scent-Factor Jacket is also designed for performance. Hunters stay comfortable in the field longer when wearing our waterproof, windproof and breathable Scent-Factor Jacket.”
From lightweight garments to lifestyle garments all the way up to a technical hunting jacket, you’ll be all set with Habit.
There are a flock of factors that go into a successful hunt. The terrain, the game and the conditions all need to be considered. With brands like Under Armour offering fleece and base layers for function and comfort, Habit for staying scent-free and Muck boots keeping feet warm and dry, the advantage swings in the favor of the hunter.
Swing by your nearest Dunham’s to ensure that you’re locked, loaded and ready for this hunting season.
-Deer Abby
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Target Practice of Self-Defense?

Choose the right handgun ammunition for greater success.
It takes repeated practice to get good at anything, including proficiency with handguns. Experts spend countless hours on the firing range fine-tuning their technique and their weapons so they are prepared, should they need to draw their weapon in self-defense. They also are acutely aware that there are significant differences between the ammunition used in these diversely different situations.
“For target ammo, you want something economical because you will be using so much of it,” said Remington’s Chris Faust.
He recommends the company’s Union Metallic Cartridge (UMC) line, available in 50-round boxes. Depending on the caliber, 100- and 250-round boxes are also available for even greater cost savings.
“Most target shooting pistol ammunition is classified as full metal jacket. That means the bullets consist of a soft core––often lead––encased in a shell of harder metal, such as gilding metal, which is 95 percent copper. Target ammo uses less-expensive powder and it’s designed to penetrate the target; 80 percent of all ammo sold is target ammo,” Faust explained.
Distinctly different is self-defense ammo. In these potentially lethal situations, people are looking to buy quality ammo.
“People don’t usually pull guns until their life is in peril. You want something that is extremely reliable and will not inadvertently hit another target,” Faust said.
Self-defense ammo typically is a hollow point or jacketed hollow point bullet. The tip is open and contains an open hollow cavity. This cavity is designed to expand when entering a soft target. Expansion is desired as it slows the bullet upon penetration, preventing collateral damage behind the target.
Defense ammunition of this type also typically uses nickel-plated cases and flash-suppressed powders and primers. The nickel ensures more reliable loading in auto-loading pistols. As Faust explained, the flash-suppression in the powder improves the ability to fire in low light conditions, which is when defense situations are most often encountered. It also protects the eyes from temporary flash blindness. Additionally, some loads use primer and waterproofing, which provides environmental robustness and resistance to moisture.
For Personal Defense pistol and revolver ammunition Remington offers the Golden Saber (in a 25-round box) and the Ultimate Defense Lines (available in a 20-round box).
To be fully prepared should the situation arise, Faust recommends using some personal-defense ammo at the range.
“Most personal-defense ammo has more recoil than target ammo. You want to make sure you’re used to that recoil and are not surprised by it,” he said.
-Deer Abby
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Looking for Mr. Whitetail

A guide to hunting hotspots in the regions Dunhams’s serves.
It’s obvious that your chances for a successful deer hunt increase if you hunt where there are a lot of deer. But that’s not as easy as it sounds. A lot of factors affect deer population, and they change from season to season. But historical data is a good guide. So too is scouting. For example, food availability is a good indication that deer will be present. A region that experiences an abundant apple or acorn harvest will likely become a feeding ground. Accessible rivers attract deer, and agricultural land that borders woodland is prime.
But to get you headed in the right direction, let’s examine some historical data. Some of the following information is from gameandfishmag.com, a great resource.
Midwest Region: Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana
The western Upper Peninsula of Michigan is always one of the best regions for deer. Northernmost counties have extreme winters, so populations in those regions can be thin. But Delta, Iron, Keweenaw, Gogebic Baraga and Octonagon Counties should be home to abundant deer and fewer hunters than you’ll see in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
In the Lower Peninsula, the counties surrounding Saginaw Bay and south central counties are your best bet for hunting success. Jackson and Washtenaw counties have long been known for big bucks.
With ample farmland, Ohio offers great deer hunting. Most of the hotspots are in the east-central part of the state. Licking, Coshocton and Tuscarawas Counties have been very good in past seasons, with Guernsey and Muskingum counties also scoring well. In 2012, Licking County led the way in trophy deer harvested with 219 qualifiers.
Down along the Ohio River, Adams County is productive and in the northeast part of the state, Ashtabula County is tops. If you’re talking strictly trophy bucks rather than total harvest, Southwest Ohio is prime, with many record animals coming from that part of the state.
Field and Stream magazine has called Wisconsin’s Buffalo County the whitetail deer capital of the world, and with good reason, as the county yields more record bucks per square mile than any other hunting hot spot in the nation. But be prepared to pay an outfitter if you want to hunt here.
Because Wisconsin is a great natural habitat for Whitetail deer, there are many opportunities to fill that tag. Waupaca and Shawano Counties are always a good bet. The agricultural landscape is an ideal feeding ground for deer. Marquette, Green Lake and Adams Counties in the Central part of the state have good populations, according to the Wisconsin DNR’s Fall 2014 density map, as does Richland County in the southwest corner.
Pike County on the Mississippi River in Illinois is a hunter magnet and has historically led the way in harvest numbers. Fulton County is another great location, as are Adams, Jo Daviess, Randolph Jefferson and Jackson Counties. As is the case in many highly productive areas, access may require working with an outfitter.
But hunters can find productive public lands in Illinois. The Shawnee National Forest in southeastern Illinois has yielded some good deer harvests. The forest is a mix of public and private land, so make sure you’re on public land before pulling the trigger. Maps of the area are available at the Shawnee National Forest offices.
Steuben County in the northeast corner of Indiana is productive, with a harvest of 9.95 deer per square mile in 2012. Down near the Kentucky border, Crawford County is good hunting, as is Harrison County. A little further east, Jefferson County produces a very good harvest as does nearby Jennings County.
Appalachian Region: North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Kentucky
In terms of harvest per square mile, the most productive area of North Carolina during the 2013-2014 season was Vance County in the northeast area with Northampton close behind. Neighboring Halifax County was productive as well. In the northwest corner of the state, Alleghany County scored well, particularly in harvest per square mile, as did Mecklenberg in the southwest.
Pennsylvania with its large wilderness areas is among the few that haven’t seen deer population declines in recent years. The counties to the north and west of Philadelphia have produced very good harvest numbers, and the northeast corner is seeing an increase in deer population. In the southeast part of the state, Armstrong, Clarion, Butler and Jefferson counties are seeing a rise in both population and harvest numbers.
The Allegheny Highlands — that heavily forested wilderness area in north central Pennsylvania that one passes through when driving Interstate 80 — has a lot of public land and a substantial number of deer.
Outdoor Life magazine published a ranking of deer hunting states called the Whitetail Scale. It considered the proportion of each state’s harvest that made it into the Boone and Crocket record book. Other considerations included the cost a nonresident outfitted hunt, state regulations and hunter density. When the final results were tallied, Kentucky came out on top. The state averages 20 deer per square mile statewide. That’s good hunting. Most productive was Owen County, with Crittenden County not far behind. Indiana, by the way, placed third, with Illinois ranking sixth and Ohio ninth.
-Deer Abby
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