Hello everyone, sorry I haven’t been posting much, been out of country for work and just getting caught up since returning. Before starting I’d like to thank all of you that have been registering on this site, with all the uncertainty around YouTube’s policies on shooting and hunting, I want to have another way to reach out to you all with content. So, the last hunt I went on before heading abroad was another trip down to Texas. I took the AirForce Texan .357 on a hog hunt outside of Abilene, on a smallish property of a couple hundred acres a few miles outside city limits. This is a wide open property that connects some much larger farms, and gets a fair bit of hog traffic. I arrived at the blind situated over a feeder, on the back forty of this farm property where I’ve seen pigs, but never had the opportunity to shoot. The landowner, a friend named Shawn McDonald, asked me if I could throw a couple bags of corn in one of the feeders when I got out to the property. Seems it had malfunctioned in heavy winds and dumped all the corn in one go, and some other guys had seen that it was empty but not had a chance to refill it. I was going to fill it, then make my way to another blind further back, but it had been raining and I was in a rental 2 wheel drive SUV that I didn’tRead More →

I’ve been out in the field with the Hatsan Vectis rabbit hunting today, and have been impressed with this compact little lever action PCP. The rabbit still aren’t moving much in the day and the hunting was slow, but I managed to bag a half dozen after a long day and a lot of ground covered. The Vectis I’m shooting is the .25 caliber and it’s moving the JSB 25.39 grain Exact at about 880 fps for over 30 fpe, which is a great. But it’s the accuracy along with the shootability that really impresses. I’d forgotten my shooting sticks when I went out this morning, so was shooting offhand or from the knee, and I hit six head shots (cleanly missing twice) at 25 -50 yards. I’m writing up the story on the gun and the hunt for my column in Airgunner Magazine, but wanted to share this quick note with everyone visiting the American Airgun Hunter website. I’ll also edit the video and post within the next couple weeks. Going out to a new property tomorrow, for another rabbit hunt, then I’ll start focusing on predators. Thanks for stopping by!Read More →

When we first started hunting with big bore airguns back in the early 2000’s, there were limited opportunities when it came to larger quarry we could legally take with them. We could hunt feral pigs in a couple states, and predators in a few, but at the time there was nowhere to hunt deer, let alone any other native big game. To circumvent this, we started mixing it up a bit by hunting exotic species, but for the most part these hunts were conducted behind high fence. In the Midwest the size of these properties was usually only a few hundred acres at most. But with the limited range of Airguns, a challenging hunt could be made, and I shot quite a few rams, hogs, and deer in Michigan, Ohio, and other states. But I started loosing interest, because on these smaller properties with high turn over the animals were too accustomed to humans, and just not wary enough. The place that was different though, was Texas. With huge properties and a history of free range exotics, Texas generally provided more of a challange on their exotic hunts than anywhere else I’d experienced. JMany people, especially those who have never tried it, equate an exotic hunt to a canned hunt. But it is anything but in most places I’ve hunted in the lone star state. I’ve hunted free ranging feral goats, aoudad, blackbuck, and exotic species of deer that have been every bit as challenging as native whitetail hunts, moreRead More →

I’ve just posted a video over on the American Airgun Hunter YouTube channel, that shows my recent hunt down in Texas for the first season in which javalina could be legally taken with an air rifle. I’ll embed the video below in case you haven’t seen it yet, but I wanted to give a little more information on the rifle I was using: the AirForce Texan .357, but my rifle has had a bit of work done to it. Nothing dramatic, but it does make a difference. Edwin over at Airguns of Texas in Abilene cut about 8″ off the barrel and recrowned it. Then he fabricated a suppressor that adds the length right back, but man it does a great job of quieting the gun down. The shop is now home of manufacturing for the AeroMagnum bullets, that are purpose designed for the Texan, and Edwin also dialed in the power to find the optimal balance of power and accuracy. The setup of the gun was generating about 900 fps with the 128 grain Devastator hollow points, generating 5 shots above 215 fpe, which is the legal limit for big game with an air rifle. At 50 yards the rifle will print 5 shot sub inch groups consistently, which gives me a lot of confidence in this gun. I’ve already taken a javalina, whitetail, turkey, and hog with it this season, it’s done a great job for me in terms of performance. Take a look a couple posts backRead More →

I’ve been using the AirForce Texan quite a bit lately to hunt everything from Turkey to Whitetail. I have rifle and/or carbine versions of the .257, .308, .357, and .457, and have found myself gravitating more to these as my go to guns for bigger game, finding that across the board they offer the right balance of accuracy, power, shot count, and tactile response of the trigger. I also have come to appreciate the ability to dial in the optimal power setting for a specific bullet, which I think of as the airgunners equivalent of powder burners hand-loading for their rifles. I’ve had several of my rifles barrels cut down, re-crowned, and set up with a suppressor to quiet them down for shooting in areas that might be noise sensitive. The addition of the suppressor not only quieted the gun down, but brought it back to about the same overall length. But with my .457 carbine, I didn’t care about noise, instead wanting to have the most compact and powerful brush gun I could come up with. As a disclaimer, I will do a video and a write up later to go into the range work and optimizing the performance, in this short post I’ll just tell you about a couple of simple things I did to optimize it for my use. The first thing I added was the Covert Clutch Universal Tactical grip sleeve, which is a rubber sheath with a raised pattern that provides a solid grip thatRead More →

Airgun Hunting: Pigs and Pigeons with a .22 Air Rifle I had the opportunity to take the Brocock Bantam PCP air rifle out on a break from big game hunting, to do some pest control work on pigeons, and turn what I’d originally intended as a predator hunt into a pig hunt. This rifle is the “bottle-in-the-front” flavor of the Compatto, which was the first joint development of the engineering groups at Daystate and Brocock. This semi-bullpup has the refinement of a Daystate along with the compact design that characterizes the Brocock rifles. First up is the hog hunt, I was set up over a water hole in a natural hide behind some fallen logs. I scattered some corn (always carry a bag in my pack when hunting out here) on the road about 35-50 yards in front of me. A sounder of pigs, mostly smaller ones, came trotting in and almost by me, until a few of them scented the corn and moved into noisily feed. You can hear them smacking away in the background. They were constantly moving, but when one broke away and settled in to eat, I had a clean shot. The pellet was dropped right down the hogs ear as he stood somewhere between a broadside and quartering position. On the pellet hitting, the pig simply rolled over with a twitch. Next up, I revisited the feedlot where I’d been just a few days before, knowing there was a never-ending supply of pest birds available.Read More →

In 2015, a group of writers was invited down to Puerto Rico on an interesting pest control shoot, to try to help reduce the iguana population on a farm that was being decimated by these feral lizards, and to try to gain visibility as a potential shooting destination…. much like prairie dogs in the plains regions of the mainland. Because of the gun laws in Puerto Rico, using a firearm outside of a controlled shooting range is not permitted, so airguns seemed like a reasonable approach. As a matter of fact, many of the locals had already started culling them with spring piston airguns and had formed local shooting clubs to dispatch iguanas. But on our trip we were being hosted by HatsanUSA and they had brought along several PCP rifles for us to use, in calibers ranging from the .22 on up to .35 caliber versions. We spent three days of pretty much nonstop shooting, and this was not only one of the most fun pest control shoots I’ve ever done, but it also provided both an economic and ecological service to the island. The people were great, the place was great, the sport was really outstanding, and I was planning my return trip almost as soon as the first day wrapped up. Come along and take a look, my guess is you’ll probably want to give it a try yourself.Read More →

We’re holding the 3rd annual prairie dog shoot in South Dakota, and if you’ve ever wanted to shoot in high density towns on private land, this is the trip you want to make! Host: Bad River Birds and Bucks Brett Waibel Outfitter (605) 669-3440 info@badriverhunts.com Dates: May 16-19 Agenda: Arrive on 16th, shoot 17th and 18th, Depart 19th Whats Included: 3 Nights Lodging ( nights of 16, 17, 18) All meals including field lunches Transport from ranch to prairie dog towns LOTS and LOTS of Shooting! Equipment: I’ll have a compressor and tanks on site A selection of Pellets Price: $1000 for 16-19th All Inclusive $500 to reserve spot Loaner Rifles (a few of my personal guns) I can honestly say that all the shooters that have joined us in the past have had a good time, with a high number of repeat guest. I get to shoot prairie dogs all over the west and this is my favorite destination. If you like hunting with an airgun and there is anyway you can join us in May….. you will want to make it!Read More →

I head back down to Puerto Rico to hunt iguana with Hatsan airguns. Part of my interest is field work with the Hatsan Bullboss .25, the FlashPup .25, and the AirMax .22….. But a bigger question was if steady airgun hunting pressure was reducing the number of the out of control pest. I really like Puerto Rico a lot, and it was a shock too me how much damage had been done by the hurricane Maria, which was the worst natural disaster on record. A year later and they are still struggling to recover and get back to normal. When we arrived at the farm, we found there were many iguanas, but far less than the truly pestilential numbers of three years ago. Over the course of two days shooting I shot 55 iguanas, and had to work for them. On the previous trip I shot more than that on one morning. The reduced numbers were a combination of shooting and the effects of the hurricane. I have been told by guys that hunt different areas, that many farms that were badly hit, but did not shoot iguanas, saw a less marked dip in the population. It sounds harsh, but the goal is to fully eliminate these lizards, however I don’t believe it is possible. If only a handful survive they will build up another unmanageable population in a decade or so. Continued hunting is the best method of keeping these animals in check. and as a side benefits thatRead More →

Hunting with the Ataman .30 caliber air rifle! Continuing with my hunts on African small game, we took some time off the plains game and did a bit of varmint hunting with the Ataman M2 .30 caliber rifle. Both the rifle and the caliber proved an excellent choice for the medium sized rock hyrax. For the most part Dassie are left alone, but as they expand into areas of the property reserved for livestock, they need to be culled. This is accomplished by light hunting, a few taken by visiting hunters is enough to keep the numbers in check. I shot about a half dozen during the two plus week trip, I find the fact that they are wary, they live up high, and have excellent eyesight makes them a challenge! The Ataman .30 shot accurately, cycled smoothly and the 8 shot magazine worked well, with the rifle putting out about 92 fpe . I had a great time shooting it for everything from crows to small antelope, it worked a charm! You can get more information on this rifle from: Air Venturi : https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Ataman_M2R_Carbine_Air_Rifle/3900/7865 Airgun Depot : https://www.airgundepot.com/ataman-m2r-tact-carbine-type-2-olive.htmlRead More →