Hunting is a passion I was raised on by my father. He started me as a very young boy and, as I got older, my passion for hunting the great American whitetail grew and grew. I have hunted them from the southeast all the way up into to the midwest. As with hunting, so too did my love of firearms and even more recently, my love for the much debated AR platform rifles. I have read many internet postings going back and forth about whether an AR could effectively take down a whitetail deer or not. The more I research I did, the more it sparked my interest. After much debating inside my head, I decided I wanted to give it a shot. I looked at many different AR platforms before purchasing a CMMG AR chambered in 300 Blackout from my local Bass Pro Shops. While there, I also bought one of the Redfield scopes, scope mount and a box of Hornady 110 V-Max ammo. Once everything was all sighted in and ready to go, it was time for the hunt.
It was an unusually cold morning in Northern Alabama as we set out to Freedom Hills Management Area located in Cherokee, Alabama. I remember reading the temperature gauge in the truck, a whopping 6 degrees. I zipped up my Redhead jacket and headed out on my quest. The morning was cold and quiet as the sun started to come up and nature started to come to life. It was still early morning as I watched the squirrels chase each other through the trees. "This is the life," I sat there, thinking to myself. Right then I caught a shadow silently moving through the woods to my left. As I turned to see what it was, I saw this nice mature doe emerge through the trees. She moved quietly through the woods without the slightest hint that I was even there. I got ready to take the shot when behind her, I could see another body moving in the brush. There he was, a very nice six point moving right in behind her. I waited for him to step out, put the cross arrows on and squeezed the trigger. As I regained my composure, the deer jumped right back into the thick brush followed by a loud crash of leaves. Had the much debated AR done it's job? I gave it a little time and walked over to see what the results were.
There he was, not 45 yards from where I had first seen him. In the end, I had answered my question: Yes the AR platform can effectively take a whitetail.
I look forward to my next hunt as I have now chambered another AR in the mighty 450 Bushmaster.
Justin K., Apparel Associate
Bass Pro Shops, Nashville