Get an Outdoor Job. You’re not Going to Regret it!

Spending time in the outdoors isn’t just good for our body, but also for our mind, relieving stress and improving our well-being. The variety of outdoors jobs that are great on many levels is quite impressive and, as long as you have the will and the right tools for it, shifting from an indoor to […]

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What You Really Need for Your Survival in the Outdoors

  By the moment you’re almost done with packing your survival gear, you may be wondering if you got everything you need for the next outdoor experience. You also start wondering if you really need all of that in the backpack. If only if there were someone to tell you if you’re doing it right. […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Thrills of November Squirrel Hunting

Image credits: Unionsportsmen.org. There are many reasons for going over the edge. From the jockeying for stands on your hunt club to the heavier hunting pack filled with a couple of flashlights, some knives, scent-killing spray, wind-checker powder, GPS surveyor’s tape, doe pee or the very well-marked water bottle that saves you from trouble in […]

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Yusylvia(TM)Stainless high performance Powerful Outdoor Athletics Slingshot High Velocity Hunting Catapult

Slingshot High Velocity Hunting Catapult

For those of you out there who think you have the skills for it or maybe want to give it a go with the slingshot, a new and great option would be the Yusylvia(TM)Stainless high performance Powerful Outdoor Athletics Slingshot High Velocity Hunting Catapult.

The design is well engineered and the everything about the slingshot says high quality. The arm wrist is made with tough stainless steel and the two magnetic blocks are powerful. It’s easy to carry though the steel balls. As for the frame, it’s made with die-casting aluminum alloy for more durability and resistance to intense use.

The top slingshot has elastic parts and you get amazing accuracy when using the slingshot.

The handle gives an easy grip and using the slingshot should be comfortable enough and quite stable thanks to the wrist rest. The rubber bands are strong and you get two of them in a package. You also get 50xbead that you may use on your hunting experiences.

The slingshot is great to use for hunting and fishing and you should practice for best results.

As long as you’re using it in a safe place, away from children, you shouldn’t have any safety problems with the slingshot. Just to play it on the safe side though, don’t let the children around the slingshot.

In order to get best results, stop using the rubber band once it’s damaged and only use the special beads to shoot. No matter how experienced you feel you are, try your best not to bring any changes to the rubbed band and always use the slingshot in a safe place.

Keep in mind that the projectile parabolic range is quite far, so you need to be cautious when using.

As it’s quite harmful when out on the field, you need to be cautious with it. The moment you master it though; you’re going to see how fun it is to use it for hunting.

Keep Your Feet Warm When Hunting

Keep Your Feet Warm When Hunting

Hunting in a cold weather is no picnic and the best way to avoid it is to wear multiple thin layers, use some hand warmers and wear some wool socks.

But it’s not enough at all and when you go shopping you know by now, unless you’re an entry level hunter, that a good pair of hunting boots may be the key for a successful hunting in the late season, but it can also ruin everything.

Seeing this, let’s take a closer look on how and you need to choose right your hunting boots for the winter.

Keep your feet warm

For many of us, feet are quite often the first body part that gets cold. This happens a lot more when you’re tree standing hunting as a metal platform amplifies cold in your feet, just as a much as a bow would do for your hands.

As you’re going to move a lot when hunting, it’s fundamental for the winter boots to fit you right. Once you sit down, you may want to lose them a bit so that you improve your blood flow and, therefore, to feel more comfortable. When you’re hunting in a pop-up box blind, chances are you’re even going to feel warmer if you’re taking off your boots altogether. If you’re feeling a lot better every time you’re taking off your boots, there’s also the chance for your boots to be too small or that your socks are too thick for the boots too.

What about socks?

If you’re not used to hunting in the cold weather, you may be tempted to put on the thickest socks that you can find out there. Some unexperienced hunters may even put on a second pair of socks for keeping cold at distance. Apart from the circulation getting slower, the lack of moisture wicking is brutal and your feet get damp within minutes. And it’s only a matter of time until they turn to ice while sitting in your tree stand.

It’s important for your socks to keep you warm, but it’s far more important to wick moisture away from your skin. Some fibers are more efficient when it comes to keeping the skin dry and insulated than others. You may have heard by now about how wool is great on that, but you may have other options too.

Choose wisely your boots

The boots are the most important barrier between the elements and your most cold-sensitive part of your body so choosing them right is essential for a good hunting in the late season.

Give it a thought when choosing your hunting boots and keep in mind that not all high-end boots are especially designed for the cold weather. You want your boots to be waterproof and well insulated, instead. Don’t forget about the plug-in boot dryer that may help you keep your boots nice and dry, not to mention scent-free.

Try not to fall for the “thermal rating” of the boots either as there are many things involved when it comes to cold and not all depend on the quality of your boots.

Your boots have to fit well and to remain dry, no matter how the weather gets. “Freezing out” takes many forms and it’s you to decide what works the best for you.

4 Skills You Need in The Outdoors

If you just found your love for the outdoors, it’s important to know that you need some skills out there so that no emergency is taking you totally unprepared.

From choosing wisely to building a fire with a flashlight, you need to know a lots of things and here’s a list of the most important ones.

  • Location, Location

Let’s assume that your luck has run out and you find yourself lost in the wilderness. Staying high and dry is fundamental, so you better stay away from valleys and paths where water may flow toward you. The risk for some instant flash floods is high as they may flood a low-lying area in a couple of minutes.

Therefore, play it safe and pick a campsite away from natural dangers like widow-makers (dead branches that may fall down during the night are a good example), insect nests or falling rocks.

You may want to be as close as you can to running water and dry wood. This way you may put together a shelter and build a fire easier and faster. A place with some rocky walls or other formations is also a good idea as they may protect you from the elements.

  • Light up that fire

Be prepared so take with you any battery that falls into your hands. You need to connect the negative and positive terminals with a foil (gum wrapper will do too), a wire or some steel wool to make a spark. You’re going to drive it onto your tinder bundle afterwards. Of course, the best is if you keep an every day carry lighter with you at all times.

Having a fire when in the outdoors not only gives you light and keeps you warm, but also keeps at distance the predators.

  • Keep the fire on

There are a couple of key ingredients when it comes to fire: tinder bundle of dry materials, and wood in various sizes (toothpick, Q-tip and pencil). You need to make a base out of a forearm-sized log and also to prepare a windscreen for your tinder.

Once the tinder is lit, you may layer the smaller kindling against the large log so that the oxygen goes through and feeds the flames.

As the flame gets bigger, add larger kindling until you think your fire is big enough to take the bigger logs.

  • Build your shelter

Some say that you can only survive 3 hours on a really bad weather and that’s because hypothermia may kill in a cold weather. Not only you need waterproof clothing and boots, but you also want your shelter to be well-insulated, protecting you from the elements.

Take a look around and use a downed tree resting at an angle to create a basic lean-to shelter. You may also get a large branch that you may secure a standing tree, stacking small branches close to each other on the side.

You need to layer debris (moss, leaves, everything that gives you some kind of protection), across the angle wall.

Finish up your shelter with layering yourself from the cold ground by arranging a 4 to 6 inches’ layers of debris to lie on.

7 Tips for Tracking Better

Deer hunting is great and the more you learn about it, the better you get at it.

Scroll down for some useful tips that aren’t just going to help you track better, but also are going to give you a clear idea on hunting strategies.

  1. Take care of your shooting lanes

If you decided to use the tree stand, the first thing to do is to practice more shooting positions for various directions, as animals may appear from so many. You also need to remove the branches in the line of fire and to decide which position requires minimum movement from you to turn anywhere you want. Don’t forget about the safety strap as you also need to be secure while moving.

  1. Clear the ground blind

For those of you using a ground blind, it’s important to sweep away leaves and brush around so that the zone is clear of forest debris. This is going to lower the noise as well.

  1. Remember to glass

if you’re using binocular first thing in the morning, you need to move to your vantage point in the dark. Glass over the most anticipated spots, but also refocus your attention on places that you’ve already checked. As the light changes in the morning, you may see animals you hadn’t seen earlier as they moved from their night shelter.

  1. Remember the spot

When you’re hunting in a brushy area and you drop your prey at a distance, it’s important to keep in mind where it stood at the shot. It’s fundamental to identify exactly the spot so that you may pick up the blood trail.

  1. Follow the blood trail

Keeping quiet while tracking is also essential. Pay attention to your quarry as it may be just in front of you. When you’re not hunting alone, stay in touch with the other hunters with hand signals. Use some toilet tissue to mark any spot of blood so that you get successful on your hunting.

  1. Pay attention to the “instant drop”

Sometimes, an animal may run some distance and then fall down, whereas some animals drop at the shoot and run off afterwards. Either way, an animal dropping at the shot may be doing so because of the shock, but it can recover and escape. So watch out when your prey drops immediately as it may stand up and flee within seconds.

  1. Always look for the blood

Don’t focus only on the ground when you’re tracking your wounded quarry. You also need to check on the sides of trees, the grass heads or stems of brush too. There are many clues when tracking and you need to raise your eyes off the ground for not missing them.