On today’s episode of Buckin’ Out, we’re taking a look at some of the alternative hunting tools people can use for their next deer hunt. Now, there’s nothing wrong with your trusty hunting rifle. But the rules of hunting vary from state to state, and they can give you some limited windows to enjoy your time out in the field with a centerfire rifle. 

Lots of hunters choose to expand their hunting seasons by picking one of these hunting alternatives for whitetail deer.

We’re hunting in Door County, Wisconsin where you are able to get an additional three months added to your deer season if you choose to hunt with a bow or crossbow. These are great alternatives for hunters looking to challenge themselves and get some extra time in the stand. 

The Raven R20 crossbow offers precision and power (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

If the string and bow don’t do it for you, then you may also find additional days in the stand with a muzzleloader appealing. There are some excellent traditional muzzleloaders out there and some surprising new additions that make this form of hunting even more appealing to those less familiar with muzzleloading rifles.

In 2020, Traditions and Federal joined forces to launch the NitroFire rifle loaded with Federal Premium’s FireStick charges. It combines some of the great features of muzzleloading with an easy-to-use system that’s also easier to clean.

The NitroFire and FireStick are a great way to get into the muzzleloading game. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

If you’re looking to increase the challenge in the field, then maybe a rifle just won’t do it anymore. Handgun hunting has become increasingly popular in recent years and for good reason. Handguns like the Magnum Research BFR make handgun hunting more accessible, while also providing chamberings that can stretch the distance when compared to a traditional handgun. Add a scope and you suddenly have a legit deer hunting firearm that makes for a challenge and a lot of fun. 

Pistol hunting can be an exhilarating hunting experience. As the challenge increases, so does the reward of long hours in the tree stand. We discovered this the best way you can during a recent hunt with the S&W Model 629 Performance Center Hunter in .44 Magnum. 

Meet the pistol that packs a punch like a rifle. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Finally, there are new options – like the Traditions XBR Crackshot – that not only turn traditional hunting on its head but make for an extremely enjoyable shooting experience. If you are more comfortable with a rifle platform, but you also want to expand your hunting options, this crossover alternative is a very unique option.

The Traditions XBR Crackshot provides a rifle platform with a twist. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

No matter what type of alternative hunting you choose to pursue, make sure to check your state and local laws to ensure that you’re within your legal right to use the desired weapon to harvest a deer. As long as you are following all the rules, it is a good way to expand your time in the field and keep your hunting and shooting skills sharp when you have to leave your centerfire rifle at home.

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