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#53 Granddaughter scores again with the AR15

Posted by Larry in SD on 13 September 2014 - 07:49 PM

My youngest daughters daughter (ala my granddaughter) hunted her very first year last year. Granted shot has shot in our Indoor Bench Rest League using a Custom Ruger 10/22 Bull Barrel set up in a Nordic Components AR-22 Receiver Chassis Kit with AR-15 Buttstock, Pistol Grip and Free Float Tube as well as having shot the Youth Indoor 3 Position Rifle League at the Indoor Shooting Range for a couple years now also using my Ruger 10/22 in an Archangel 556 Stock Kit.


Last year one afternoon we were at the Outdoor Shooting Range shooting bottles filled with water at various distances from varying shooting positions. On the way home I asked her if she was ready to go hunting. Her reply was an enthusiastic YES. We hurried home, got her license, deer sled, back pack and orange jackets and went out. We had sat in the rock pile a total of 15 minutes when we had a doe and two youngins within 50 yards of us. Unfortunately the doe caught movement when I was trying to get my granddaughter into shooting position and back in the cover the 3 deer went.


15 minutes later a lone deer emerged from the cattails about 3/8 of a mile to the east. The lone deer worked its way along the edge of the cover and my granddaughter made a 15 yard shot for her first every deer. I couldn't tell much about bullet performance of the handloaded 65gr. Sierra Gameking Spitzer Boat Tail which leaves the 16" AR15 Barrel at 2744 FPS from the neck shot at 15 yards as the deer dropped in its tracks stone dead.


Fast forward to this afternoon. Today is opening day of the youth deer season in South Dakota. At 5:30 this afternoon I phoned and asked if my granddaughter wanted to go deer hunting. I really didn't need to ask as I knew what the answer would be. We loaded up my Blazer and headed out of town at 6PM. We drove east of town 5 miles and turned onto the US Dam Road (actually was never supposed to be a road but rather a flood control dam). From there we entered the Mud Lake Lake Bottom and took up a position south of a patch of willows that extends almost 1/4 mile east to west. On the east side of these willows there is a trail that leads to another meadow to the east and then more willows extend south a couple hundred yards. out in front of us is a huge hay meadow to the south and west.


I told my granddaughter I was going to take a nap as we wouldn't likely see deer movement for almost an hour or so. I range a few landmarks to get an idea of shooting areas that would be in range and then tried to get comfortable. I had no more got comfortable when my son in law whispered DEER. He has seen the Deer the same time my granddaughter did. The doe was feeding along that trail that separated the east & west willows from the north & south willows at 185 yards distant.


The doe was feeding directly towards us most of the time facing us head on. The deer was ever so slowly closing the distance, turned broadside momentary a few times but before my granddaughter could get steady on the rest the doe would turn towards us again. Finally the doe turned broadside facing north (the doe was east of us) and again started feeding. I counseled my granddaughter that it was 175 yards, and to hold right up tight behind the front leg mid way top to bottom on the body. I said take your time and squeeze the trigger.


I was watching through my Alpen 10x42 Binocs at the shot and watched the doe drop in her tracks. The shot was right where I instructed my granddaughter to aim. The Sierra Gameking broke a rib on entrance and then totally destroyed the lungs but did not exit. To be honest I did not look for the bullet as the mosquitos were so HORRIBLE we hurried to get the doe field dressed, tagged and loaded into the Blazer. At 7:30PM we were back at my house hanging the doe in the garage, exactly 11/2 hours from the time we left town on our hunt.


Unfortunately due to the mosquitos being so HORRIBLE we did not take the time to take any photos either. Sorry guys. My granddaughter has now hunted a total of 3 hours two different times, fired two shots at deer and filled two deer tags in successive years. I told her we are batting 1000 and I am almost afraid to take her hunting next year. However she tells me that her next hunt she wants to take a coyote with the AR15.



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#8 Post Your Introduction Here!

Posted by Larry in SD on 29 August 2014 - 11:01 AM

Hi Larry in SD here. I have been hunting since I was age 12. Now at 61 I still have the same passion even though I can not do a lot of the things I used to do (yeah I know if I ever thought I was going to live this long I should have taken better care of myself when I was younger). I do still enjoy varmint hunting as well as calling Coyotes. I also am an avid deer hunter mostly in my home county with my family.


I discovered the AR-15 about 10 years or so ago and there has been no diminishing in my feeling towards the AR-15 Family of Rifles since the very first one. I really like their simplicity and ease of the owner being able to fix most anything that could go wrong and or build ones own custom AR-15. Lastly I am very partial of the ergonomics of the AR-15. I have had AR's from Olympic Arms, DPMS and Bushmaster and have been more than happy with all of them including their accuracy.


When hunting / calling Coyotes I exclusively use a 16" AR-15 .223 with 55gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip Handloads.


Now I just need a .308 Winchester AR of sorts to use for Whitetail Hunting.



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#7 Post Your Introduction Here!

Posted by Eric Mayer on 29 August 2014 - 10:18 AM

Hi Everyone!


As my username says, my name is Eric Mayer.  I'm one of the co-owners of AR15Hunter.com.


I've been hunting for 34 of my 47 years, using every type of weapon available.  Back in the late 1980s, I picked-up a Valmet M76 (wood stock version) that I used to shoot up Jack Rabbits and Coyotes in the deserts of SoCal.  I liked the versatility of that rifle, even when we didn't have access to a lot of the accessories we have today.  Fast-forward to a few years ago and I transformed into an AR15 Hunter full-bore.  I picked up a Remington R-15 and made it into one of my main predator hunting rifles.  I have a lot of knowledge on varmint hunting of all kinds, but particularly in predator hunting.  My knowledge of the AR15 platform has grown exponentially over the years and I am a true believer that the AR15 platform is perfect for most any hunting situation.


For those who may be wondering how we came about owning this site.  We approached Tom about taking over AR15Hunter and spoke to him about our ideas for growing the site.  He was very diligent in vetting us, because he wanted to make sure that we would continue the cause of promoting hunting with the AR15 platform.  After much time speaking with him via email and on the telephone, he agreed to let us acquire the site and grow it to what he originally envisioned.


Both Will and I hope that you enjoy the site, but we also hope that you help us build this community, including participating on the forum, submitting hunt reports and letting us know what we can do to help us make this into a great site!


Eric Mayer  B)

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#63 Coyote hunts with my daugher...

Posted by hotrod_sxty8 on 03 October 2014 - 08:34 AM

thought I would share these 2 storys with the group here.

back story, I have only been coyote hunting for a couple of years now and ever since I started my youngest daughter has wanted to go with dad, so back in the 2012 season I took her out one chilly day @november I think it was..



"begin flashback music"

so anyway Alexis had been asking me to go on a hunt with me and I finally agreed to take her out. I loaded up the truck with all my gear and Alexis got ready...

for starters kids have no clue about their "human" scent...lol I'm pretty sure she stopped by the perfume counter at Walmart before she came outside...lol anyway she looked really cute in her camo outfit hat and all! 

 so by now I figured this hunt was over and I was just going to take her out and see what if anything we could call in. 


When we arrived at one of my spots Alexis was acting a little nervous, I asked her what was wrong and if she was OK, she replied that she was OK and everything was fine but I knew better, she was kinda scared. so I thought I would do something a little different.

I asked again if she was OK and she just nodded yes, I was thinking that she didn't really want to see Dad shot a Coyote just yet so I offered to leave my rifle in the truck and we would just go see if we could call anything in. She agreed to that in a heartbeat.


 well we walked about a mile and set up in a wooded fencerow and I set up the caller and started calling...nothing..after about 15 minutes I decided  it was time to move to another location. so we walked for a little while and I started seeing tracks coyote tracks,deer tracks and coon tracks. once I showed Alexis all the different tracks around us the "hunt" ended...lol

 we spent the rest of the afternoon tracking different animals and even found some old deer sheds that had been gnawed on my the squirrels. 

Alexis ended up having a great first hunt!!! and so did I.


now last season Alexis asked about going out again..

So we loaded up again and went to a new location I scouted via Google satellite view (awesome tool) 


 the weather was good not too cold if I remember it was in the 30's or 40's. Alexis wanted to take her bow oh I forgot to mention that she has her own bow! and is quite good with it. back to the story.

I told her she couldn't hunt with because she didn't have a license yet. disappointed but determined she agreed to go anyway.

we walked into a great wooded area with lots of open areas and some small areas of brush, this property bordered some farm ground  so we set up in a sweet little shooting lane on the outside of the farmers field, we were probably 150 yards from an old brush pile the farmer had piled up a few years ago with big trees. 

 I set out my Foxpro and rabbit decoy and then set Alexis against a tree about 30 yards from the call straight east of the call, she had a perfect line of sight to the decoy, I set up right about her 10 O'clock position and a little closer to the decoy.


 I started the foxpro out with the rabbit distress and let it run and run and run on and off for 15 minutes and we got nothing.....

so I'm sitting there thinking about switching sounds but what to go with??

I picked the Raspy Woodpecker, lots of noise and excitement with it surely it would attract any coyotes if any were around.....BOY WAS I WRONG!!!!


about 2 minutes into calling I spotted movement to my left, I looked over at Alexis to signal her that something was coming in and she had her nose buried into her Iphone!!! Damn kids...lol anyway I made a little noise and got her attention I motioned to her to look at the decoy and right about that time I spotted it.....


It was a grey fox at first I couldn't figure out what it was because I had never seen one, I raised up y rifle to look at it (I told Alexis earlier if I raised up my rifle to be prepared for the bang and to cover her ears SLOWLY) I wasn't going to shoot just wanted a better look at the critter that was now about 5 ft.. from my decoy..

 It was hilarious!! here is this little grey fox looking at this stuffed rabbit vibrating around in circles...I could see it in that poor foxes eyes...hes looking at my decoy thinking "hmmmm I see a rabbit, hear a woodpecker and smell dogs WTH?"


I tried to get Alexis to get a pic with her phone but alas Iphones don't take good pics, anyway while we are watching this little fox dance and run around the decoy ANOTHER one runs past us! that's right there were 2 running around, one would run by the decoy and off into the woods then the other one would run by it..


 we sat there and watched those confused foxes run back and fourth for at least 20 minutes until the foxes got bored or tired and gave up, once the stopped I got up and asked Alexis what she thought about the foxes...she said I'm glad you didnt shoot one they were cute...lol


once we gathered up the decoy and caller i asked Alexis if she was ready to go home and we headed back towards the car, I did take her out to the brush pile and what do you know there were tiny little fox tracks all around that brush pile, I showed all the tracks to Alexis and told her that was probably the Foxes den.


we walked back out to the car


another successful hunt!


I am so looking fore ward to this years "hunt"


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#34 Federal Judge says Maryland AR/AK Ban is not unconstitutional.. What say you?

Posted by Michael on 02 September 2014 - 03:11 PM

Americans lost their understanding of the U.S. Constitution roughly 100 years ago.


The Constitution of the United States does not grant rights.  Rather, it's *the* document that sets the conditions upon which we the people grant our consent to be governed.  It spells out to the Government what it cannot do...it in no way grants anything. This document PROTECTS the rights that pre existed the Constitution.


Because the American psyche has forgotten this simple fact, we allow judges to legislate from the bench via edict and opinions...which are political in nature.  Time again we do nothing.  We sit on our collective asses and keep electing the same idiots who pilfer our pockets time and again.  Oh sure, we complain about it, then promptly go back to watching Honey Boo Boo and the Kardashians and do NOTHING about it at all.  I don't blame the politicians, I blame THE PEOPLE.

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#13 Post Your Introduction Here!

Posted by Globemaster on 29 August 2014 - 03:54 PM

hi Eric, thanks for the email welcome, and hi Larry, it’s great to see ya here on the ‘New’ board buddy


I’ve been hunting since I was in my early teens, I learned the skill from my Father and Grand-Father; I hunted with archery equipment for 18/years, and with a modern bolt action rifle as a kid.


I just recently started hunting with a modern-firearm again; about 8/years ago now; as my archery partner move to ID, and then onto WY; so I decide then, it was time to pick up the long-gun again.


about 8/years ago, I retired  from the US Air Force, and I bought myself a retirement gift; I bought myself an Olympic Arms® K3B-M4-A3-TC (a carbine AR15) and shortly after that, I picked up an Olympic Arms® K8 Magnum, chambered in 25WSSM.


I sent the upper out to Mike Milli (aka (Dtech) and had him do his magic to the upper; i.e. cut the barrel down to 22in. plus he fluted the barrel and installed his integral compensator ; the barrel itself is super (scary) accurate, as it’s an Olympic Arms® SUM



In the past eight years or so, I’ve taken some very nice whitetail deer from the wheat fields area of south eastern WA; the rifle configuration and the caliber of the 25WSSM are a perfect combination for shooting accurately in this open terrain.




here are a few images of my K8-25WSSM ... and I'm also into reloading for about 25/years now :)









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#12 Post Your Introduction Here!

Posted by Michael on 29 August 2014 - 03:27 PM

Been hunting since I was a wee one...started out with an old Remington 550 .22   ...one that my Dad had when he was a kid...I still have that old rifle...it's more valuable than gold.


308 is my all time favorite caliber and I have always hunted deer with something in the "30 cal".  This will be my first year hunting deer with an "AR" type rifle...I have a Windham SRC in 308 with a really nice Leupold scope on it...

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#68 Federal Judge says Maryland AR/AK Ban is not unconstitutional.. What say you?

Posted by rdsii64 on 22 October 2014 - 05:08 PM

I just found this forum so here goes. Being a retired Marine, I take incroachments on the rights fought sweat and bled for very seriously. The very fact that this "judge" (and use that term loosely) had the nerve to say that AR and AK platform rifles are  no commonly used says a mouthfull.  Hell on the outdoor channel there used to be a entire TV Show dedicated to hunting with AR plaform rifles. As stated in another post. we the people are completly at fault. We get mad at what they do yet we continue to allow them to occupy the position that allows them to continualy trample on the rights that so many of us have sweat bled and at times died for

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#67 Post Your Introduction Here!

Posted by rdsii64 on 22 October 2014 - 04:24 PM

Hello folks, I was just  hanging around on youtube during some down time at work (yes I'm actually allowed to surf youtube at work) and found a pretty cool varmint hunting video so I decied to stop by to see whats here. I current reside in Southern California.


My favorite pass times,  in no particular order are varmint/predator hunitng, hog hunting, long range target shooting, riding sport bikes (CBR1000F), amature video editing and apple computers. I am originally from North Carolina. After retireing from the USMC ( last assignment was Seculrity Batalion MCB Camp Pendleton). My wife and I bought a house and decided to stay.



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#57 Back from our Northern Arizona Prairie Dog Hunt

Posted by AR15Hunter on 19 September 2014 - 02:11 PM

Will and I headed to Arizona for some prairie dog hunting and we had a blast.  We were lucky to dodge the majority of the weather that hit on day one and two, but had enough gaps in the weather to allow for some decent shooting.  The main rifles we took with us were the new Franklin Armory F17-L AR15 in .17 Winchester Super Magnum and Will brought his custom AR15 in .223/5.56.  We will have numerous hunt reports coming out in the next week or so, including video!


In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the trip!


First day out, sighting in and shooting rock squirrels and rabbits:



Franklin Armory F17-L with some prairie dogs taken at various ranges:



Will shooting prairie dogs out past 300 yards with his custom AR15 off the Idleback Shooting Platform:



It was a blast and we got lots of video, so stay-tuned to the front page for the hunt and range reports!


Eric  B)

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#54 Granddaughter scores again with the AR15

Posted by m1awolf on 14 September 2014 - 06:37 AM

Good job Gramps,and congrats to her. I can't wait, my oldest granddaughter (7yo) has already told me she wants to go hunting with me. She will have to wait 7 more years though,before she is old enough to hunt in Montana.

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#45 Let me get this started

Posted by Will Chambers on 02 September 2014 - 08:53 PM

m1awolf, awesome shots and photos! Nice shooting my friend. Thanks for sharing and joining. 


Same to you Globemaster. 

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#44 Federal Judge says Maryland AR/AK Ban is not unconstitutional.. What say you?

Posted by m1awolf on 02 September 2014 - 07:58 PM

Unconstitutional, and I have nothing else to add that wouldn't violate the code of conduct.

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#39 Post Your Introduction Here!

Posted by Jimbo45 on 02 September 2014 - 05:15 PM

Hello there, thanks for having me. I am also from Illanoyz, but farther north than hotrod68.  I like guns and tazers and hunting and fishing and stuff. I look forward to meeting some new faces with similar interests.   Jimbo45

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#38 Post Your Introduction Here!

Posted by Weber on 02 September 2014 - 04:56 PM

Weber from MD, USMC retired armorer. Been building the M16/AR platform for many years.

Use my AR's for shooting, hunting, defense, gun porn, and whatever else I can do with them.
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#35 Post Your Introduction Here!

Posted by m1awolf on 02 September 2014 - 03:57 PM

 Hello from Montana,Looking forward to seeing this site grow and making some new internet friends. Little about myself,51 years old and I have been hunting since I was about 8 or so. Got hooked on AR's about 12 years ago and have several that include 5.56,6.8 and .308 models. Started hunting with the .308 about 5 years ago and rarely hunt with anything else. This year I plan on using the 6.8 that I aquired this past year and am stoked to see what the round can do.

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#14 Post Your Introduction Here!

Posted by kurthuhn on 30 August 2014 - 06:30 AM

Hi Everyone!  I came by ARs via a circuitous route a few years ago when Tom S. popped in to the pipe making forum I run, and I discovered a love for modern rifles.  Prior to then, it was mostly bolt action hunting as well as archery.  The crew over at OA2.org was very helpful in helping me learn about ARs.  I lurk over there these days, as my new job takes up an awful lot of my time.


My first AR was an Olympic K868 (6.8 SPC-II, heavy barrel) upper on a lower I assembled.  From there it was a non-stop freight train - another 6.8, a .22 for the kids, a 5.56 HBAR, another 5.56 for the wife, 5.56 pistol, and I seem to have acquired all the parts to assemble a 300 BLK.  With all my builds, one piece is the common thread - all my barrels are Oly barrels.


I'm eager to see what happens here.  I can't hunt anything but coyotes with an AR here behind enemy lines in RI.  However, now that my parents have retired to SC, I hope to take some hunting vacations in the coming years where I can make use of my 6.8 and 300 BLK ARs.



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#130 Stickers

Posted by Eric Mayer on 09 October 2015 - 02:48 PM

Hi Slide.


We were hunting for prairie dog on private land in Northern Arizona.  If you are going to be in Mesa and Glendale, you should look into the really large jack rabbits they have down there.


Did you get the last package of decals I sent you?


Eric  B)

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#118 Post Your Introduction Here!

Posted by Sharkbite69 on 17 July 2015 - 03:32 PM

Brand new here. Caught BRD a couple years ago. Have 4 now with 3 projects to start on.
Gearing up for a pig hunt, soon I hope.
Thanks in advance for the expertise and help on this forum.
My latest build is a FA F17.

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#11 Windham SRC 308

Posted by Michael on 29 August 2014 - 02:57 PM

I purchased a Windham SRC 308 back in May and plan to use it for Deer Hunting this year.


I hope I don't get blasted for not having an AR-15...still think it's relevant.

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