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30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 15: Four Essential Items for Spring Hunting

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.

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50 Shades of Gray: The Evolution of Camo and a Throwback to Solid Colors

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.

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The Four Best Alternative Uses for Game Cameras

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.

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Ruger Announces New Models for 2014!

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.

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Five Fantastic Things that Fit in Stockings

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.

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Quick Prepper Tip: Let There Be Light – Alternative Light Sources

Quick Prepper Tips from Cheaper Than Dirt!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.

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Top 6 Mini Kits for your Shooter’s Christmas: The Gun Enthusiasts’ Christmas Gift Guide

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?

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30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 24: Winter Prep Overkill

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?

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30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 4: Build an Emergency Kit for Your Car

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.

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The Budget Bug-Out Bag: 20 Cheap Essentials

Prepping can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. Stockpiling non-perishables—especially prepackaged, long-shelf life meals—takes a good chunk of change. Not to mention, some survival equipment is costly. Don’t let the price of prepping scare you off. You can prepare a go-bag for less.