In recent years, many states have begun to allow hunters to use the AR-15 (or modern sporting rifle) in .223/5.56 for firearms season deer hunting. It makes sense since it is currently one of the most popular weapon platforms and is well suited for hunting medium size game animals. Since the season is quickly approaching, we will use this post to give information on products from DTI and other manufacturers that can help make using your AR for hunting a successful endeavor.
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Any of the rifles in the DTI product line can be successfully used as a quality deer hunting rifle. Even economical, "base" models like the DT Sport have the features necessary for filling your tag. Clicking on the highlighted "DT Sport" above will take you to a related article from a recent, major periodical about hunting with the DT Sport model.
Depending on the environment in which you hunt, "iron sights" may be all thats needed, but an optic will allow you to confidently extend the range of your rifle. DTI offers optics from EOTech, Aimpoint, and Trijicon that have been proven useful in both tactical and hunting applications. If you choose to use a magnified scope, keep in mind that it may be necessary to use a riser or taller rings on the flat top picatinny rails in order to have a sight picture with which you are comfortable. The standard AR front sight base might be visible in the optic's sight picture (depending on the position of the mounted scope and its magnification) and some hunters may find this distracting. Most "red-dot" or holographic optics are designed so that this is not problematic; they position the dot on the front sight and tend not to disrupt target acquisition. Purchasing and installing a "gas block" to replace the front sight base can alleviate this concern completely. Gas blocks with a rail or flip up sight on them will still allow use of iron sights, should that be necessary.
If you would like to add a dimension of "camo" to your hunting AR-15, alternate color choices for stocks, handguards, and grips are available at DTI that can make the "black rifle" a little more subtle in the woods. These parts are available in colors like Olive Drab and Flat Dark Earth and can help your AR blend into most hunting environments.
It is important to check the laws in your state regarding the minimum caliber for deer hunting, magazine capacity restrictions, and for other regulations that may determine if or how you can use your AR-15 rifle for hunting deer and other animals. Thanks for reading our blog. If you have any questions about the parts and rifles we produce and sell, or anything about the AR-15 in general, please contact us. We hope you have a successful and safe hunting season!