Hunting with a handgun can certainly spice up your outdoor experience. The variety of circumstances you may stumble onto in the field is always uncertain — but highly anticipated. Many handgunners hunting the wide, open spaces in western states prepare for long-range opportunities normally found while pursuing antelope and mule deer. Even on my farm here in south Missouri, hunting over food plots for whitetail will often yield shooting opportunities beyond 100 yards. But not all hunts involve long-range pokes on big game. If you really want to get the heart pumping, close-range encounters with whitetail, bear, or wild boar will definitely elevate the old heart rate!

I’m in the process of preparing for our upcoming whitetail season. It’s fun but involves a lot of work too tidying things up. Many of our elevated deer blinds are situated where a 300-yard shot is possible. Normally I pack one of the single-shots for these stands. We also have several ground blinds where 75 yards is the maximum shot. This is a prime time opportunity for revolvers, and the fun is choosing the particular model for the season.