Spring is awesome, so is the beginning of summer, but during the middle of summer and certainly the end, even just sitting outside is too hot.
Just because the weather is warming up does not mean hunting season is completely over. Spring hunting season includes ground hog, turkey, bear, alligator and goose. During spring, hunters deal with unpredictable weather and rain, warmer temperatures, longer days and more sun. While spring hunting, you must adjust gear to stay comfortable and avoid sunburns and heat-related illnesses. Here are four essential items for the spring hunter.
NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It operates
So, you want to start collecting military surplus gear, or maybe you have compared prices with modern hunting and camping equipment prices to surplus prices.
One might say that a designer larger than us created the art of camouflage. Though fascinating, camouflage is nothing innovative. Animals have been doing it forever. Their innate ability to adapt to their surroundings protects them from untimely death and conceals them from prey in order to snag dinner. We humans have been attempting to emulate this blending and concealing since the beginning of history. The purpose of manmade camo is to break up the human outline, and create less contrast between them and the background.
Photographers have been trying to capture wildlife in its natural habitat since the 1800s. The cameras photographers used then were cumbersome and activated by trip wires. Significant improvements in the late 1970s into the 1980s, led to the game cameras we use today. Technological advancements since then have led us from using film to digital and now we even have Wi-Fi compatible cameras that send pictures to our cell phones.
It’s a good thing the jolly red elf has not finished his rounds yet, because Christmas lists need to be revised ASAP! The good folks at Ruger just released the new additions for 2014 and there seems to be a little something to top every shooter’s wish list.
I believe you are never too old for stockings. To this day, Santa visits my family’s house on Christmas Eve and fills our stockings with surprises. Did I mention this is a household sans children? Nothing lights up Christmas morning more than a few surprises, even for adults. Stocking gifts don’t have to be limited to candy, an orange, an apple and a few plastic trinkets. This year, tell Santa to leave them a few extra special gifts in their stockings. Here are five fantastic stocking stuffers.
Perhaps you have lost electricity to your home during an emergency and need a backup source of light. Perhaps the high cost of electricity has you on the look out for alternative lighting options. Whatever the reason, we all need artificial lighting at some point during a 24-hour period. Whether for reading, work, cooking or navigating a set of stairs, light is more than a luxury; it is a necessity to maintain our lifestyles.
Growing up at my house it was always about quantity over quality on Christmas Day. Sure, we would get one big gift such as a bike or gaming system, but mom and dad wanted to extend the surprise and fun for as long as possible. Short of wrapping each individual Lego, my brother and I loved opening present after present. Just looking at the abundance of presents under the tree gave us joy. This year, instead of splurging on one overly expensive gadget, why don’t you create mini kits for your loved ones?
There are quite a lot of adventurers out there—many who brave extreme temperatures to have an adventure of a lifetime. Like the 2,000 plus people who have successfully climbed Mount Everest. Others live in far Northern places—I’m looking at you, Alaska—where no one blinks an eye at minus freezing temperatures. When weather is going to be really nasty for a while, wouldn’t you prefer to have the best winter-rated gear?
Didn’t hit your tags quite yet? To bag those late season bucks, you might be facing down some long hours in bitter cold weather. In order to take your shot, you need to be warm and comfortable in your stand or blind.
Should you switch from summer to winter carry? Many people do not adapt or change how they carry depending on the season. However, there are advantages to selecting a new holster for colder months.
By day seven of getting ready for severe winter weather, you have already:
- Prepared your car
- Maintained your home
- Purchased a NOAA radio
- Stocked foods to keep you warm
- Bought fresh batteries
- Made an emergency kit for your car
Day eight is the day to add essential cold-weather gear to your emergency kit.
Hopefully you already have a stash of flashlights strategically placed around the house in case of a power outage. I keep a flashlight in every major room of my house, in addition to the car and a small one in my purse. You may have double-checked your flashlights in early spring to prepare for spring storms, but have you neglected them since?
If you followed our tips from yesterday, “Get Your Car Ready” your car should be in tip-top shape for the cold winter months. However, severe winter weather may find you stuck or stranded, in an accident or sliding off the road. Snow and ice can cause traffic backups for hours, or if on a road less traveled, it might be a long time before someone can rescue you. You will want an emergency kit in your car to keep you safe, warm and hydrated while forced to wait it out.