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Winter Squirrel AIRGUN Hunting | VAULT HUNTS

Introducing Airgun Vault Hunts! These are some of the best airgun hunting videos from several of the past seasons of American Airgunner…many of which you more than likely have never seen. Sit back, kick up your feet, and enjoy some great airgun hunts.

For the first hunt, we throwback to some squirrel hunting with my man Steve Criner. Steve loves him some squirrel soup and what’s more perfect than a little winter airgun hunting in the walnut groves to supply the groceries!

Newbie Hunters Ultimate Guide to Hunting with Airguns

Beginners Airgun Hunting Guide

Hunters generate $700 million annually for wildlife conservation, according to the RMEF Elk Network. These numbers prove that hunting is a key driving force in wildlife management. However, hunters must practice ethical and regulated hunting to maintain abundant and healthy wildlife, especially when hunting with airguns. If you have never hunted before, but are planning to start, learning how to hunt with airguns is necessary before going out in the wild.  

Enroll in Hunter License Course

Without experience, hunting with an airgun can be dangerous. You might be injured, hurt someone, or get penalties for breaking wildlife laws, which most newbie hunters do not understand. For these reasons, enrolling in hunter education is critical. During training, beginner hunters learn how to stay safe by following airgun and hunting safety rules. Hunter education also trains you how to become a responsible hunter because you learn the strict wildlife, conservation, and hunting laws hunters must follow. Aside from learning safe and productive hunting tips, training offers an opportunity to participate in hunting and conservation programs where you can interact with like-minded people.

Learn Airgun Hunting Basics

The beauty of hunting with an airgun is that you can shoot anything from small to large game. However, your hunting success depends on factors such as legality, power, accuracy, and common hunts. For a beginner, it is crucial to learn how these factors affect hunting. Legality, for instance, affects your hunting experience depending on state laws regarding airgun hunting. Make sure to read and understand local state laws to ensure airguns are legal and that you are abiding by the set wildlife rules and regulations.

 Improve Airgun Shooting Accuracy

Accurate shooting is challenging even for the most experienced hunter. Being a newbie, however, clears your slate and allows you to learn and improve your shooting accuracy without much hassle. First, you will need to eliminate common mistakes first time hunters commit when shooting with an airgun. Pay attention to your body position, as it affects the shooting accuracy. Always position yourself in a way that gives you more control over the firearm. Also, pick the right pellets–understand the range your airgun can cover and utilize the scope correctly to shoot targets accurately. If need be, hire an instructor to guide you through the basics of shooting an airgun accurately. Nonetheless, practice regularly to learn how to adjust your trigger reset and how different stances affect your accuracy.

Choose the Right Airgun

With a variety of options available, choosing the right airgun is challenging if you are a first-time buyer. There are different categories of airguns, and each one of them works differently depending on the shooting expedition. In addition to understanding which airgun model is suitable for hunting, you must invest time learning different airgun propulsion methods.  For newbie hunters, CO2 powered airguns are the best. In addition to effortless cocking, there are a wide variety of CO2 powered airgun models available on the market. Other aspects you need to familiarize yourself with include airgun caliber and accessories that work best for beginner hunters.

Whether you are sixteen or fifty, hunting is an ideal activity for you. The most important thing is to understand and abide by airgun hunting and wildlife laws. You can do this by enrolling in hunting education, which is available online. Practice, research, and use the right airgun to make your hunting experience exciting and at the same time, help in wildlife management. 

Texas Rabbit Hunting with .22 Air Venturi Aspen Airgun

Jim Chapman Jackrabbit Airgun Hunting With the Air Venturi Aspen

Jim Chapman, host of American Airgun Hunter, is in West Texas at the Hugkaby Ranch hunting jackrabbits with Airguns. Jim is tackling this hunt solo, and has the entire ranch at his disposal. Jim is using the Air Venturi Seneca Aspen .22 caliber Airgun that has built in air pump and pressure gauge, ensuring Jim can shoot all day long at the ranch. The Hugkaby Ranch in Texas features a plethora of small game hunting, but also offers North American big game and several exotics open to Airgun hunting!


For this jackrabbit hunt Jim Chapman decides to bring the Venturi Seneca Aspen.


Seneca Aspen PCP Air Rifle, Multi-Pump PCP

  • Pre-charged Pneumatic (PCP) Air Rifle with built-in pump
  • Sidelever Action
  • Two Stage Velocity Adjustment
  • Fires up to 17 Shots with 40-60 Pumps
  • Two-Stage Adjustable Trigger
  • Synthetic Stock
  • 250 BAR / 3,600 PSI Fill Pressure
  • On Board Pressure Gauge
  • Automatic Overpressure Air Release
  • Manual Safety
  • Fully Shrouded Barrel
  • Rifled Steel Barrel
  • Pump Lock Carry Handle
  • Overall Length: 43.3 Inches
  • 11mm Dovetail Rail
  • Includes 10-Shot Rotary Magazine (.177 & .22), 8-Shot for .25
  • Includes Fill Probe
  • Includes Single-Shot Tray
  • Includes 4×32 AO Scope

Two Stage Velocity Adjustment

  • .177 Caliber: Low Power= 800 fps, High=1,000 fps
  • .22 Caliber: Low Power= 700 fps, High=900 fps
  • .25 Caliber: Low Power= 550 fps, High=800 fps
Arkansas Airgun Deer Hunting with the Umarex Hammer

Arkansas Deer Hunting with AIRGUNS | American Airgunner TV

Arkansas Airgun Deer Hunting with the Umarex Hammer

On this episode of American Airgunner TV, Whitetail season has just opened up and it’s legal in Arkansas to hunt with Airguns!  Rossi capitalizes on this opportunity and he and his family head out to be the first to take a deer with an Airgun! He came to hunt, but ends up sitting on the sidelines while his nephews have all the fun!

The deer hunt starts off slow without much action, but as the temperature drops, deer start working their way out to within shooting range. Two does offer great shot opportunities, will Alexander or Nicholas connect?

For this Airgun deer hunt, Rossi decides to bring the Umarex Hammer


Stalking Rabbits and Hunting with a Pellet Rifle

In this segment of American Airgunner, Steve Criner is looking to put some rabbit in the bag for a meal. He’s out with his trusty Umarex Octane .22 and a tin of RWS Superdome pellets.
The Octane is a powerful break barrel air rifle. With a little time behind its trigger you can get it shooting game up to 55 yards. Just ask the Dog Soldier.

You can get the Octane direction from the manufacturer here.
Or from the largest retailer of airguns here.

How to Hunt with Airguns

Watch and listen to airgun expert from American Airgunner TV Show to learn how, what, and when to hunt with airgun. Find when they say the first recorded hunt with an airgun took place. Which quarry can be hunted with airguns. Hear about the “bullets” used for a .458 Quackenbush air rifle. Where should you shoot your quarry and from what distance? Can you control pests with airguns or shoot a coyote or a deer?

Plain and Simple – Steve Criner Podcast

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