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mangled broadhead that failed to deploy blades

Archery

Coping With a Loss — Wounded Deer

Failing to recover a wounded animal hurts on many levels and stirs a plethora of emotions. Join this hunter on his journey with the ups and downs of tracking a wounded buck.

Picture shows Tom and Tamitha Garner holding hands, covered in blankets after being stuck in the snow for 12 days.

Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 28: Learning by Example: The Survival Story of Thomas and Tamitha Garner

In January 2008, a Utah couple Thomas and Tamitha Garner, along with their dog Medusa, set out for a drive in a remote area of Southwest Utah to photograph wild horses in Modena Canyon. Before heading out, they alerted family members of their plans and stopped in Panaca, Nevada for gas and two boxes of granola bars. The couple ended up further down a road than they should have when a severe winter storm came through. Thomas says the snow got too high and he was unable to turn the truck around to get out. The Garner’s ordeal lasted 12 days. I want you to tell me; what did the Garners do right and what did the Garners do wrong?

Legal Issues

The Real Consequences of Gun Control: Persecuting a Hero

Washington Times columnist Emily Miller gained national attention for her “Emily Gets Her Gun” series in the Times, and in her new book, Emily Gets Her Gun: …But Obama Wants to Take Yours, she details the wrenching step-by-step process she had to work through in Washington, D.C., to finally get a gun she wanted for self protection. The following is Chapter 19 of Emily Gets Her Gun, “The Real Consequences of Gun Control: Persecuting a Hero,” excerpted in full with permission.

Open Carry

Legal Issues

Should We be Confronting Law Enforcement Over Open Carry?

Recently it seems the floodgates have opened. A new day means a new video where civilians and law enforcement are clashing over open carry. I have mixed feelings over these encounters. On one hand, I am completely in the corner of citizens exercising their Constitutional rights to the fullest. After all, that is why they are called rights and not privileges. Would you encourage more of these encounters?

A survival mindset means staying positive.

Camping & Survival

Resilience and Building the Survivor Mindset

As someone with a survivalist mindset, you believe you have all the gear you need to survive an emergency or disaster. Not only have you stockpiled food and plenty of water, but also you have cached ammunition and mapped out a strategic route to get out of town. However, there might be one thing missing from your bug-out-bag—a positive survivalist mindset. Having the correct mindset when it comes to surviving a disaster could be the difference between life and death.

GAil Martin shooting the Dream Catcher recurve bow.

Archery

The Loss of a Legend — Gail Martin

Gail Martin — if you have ever shot a bow, it is likely that Gail Martin had a hand in its design. Perhaps directly, more likely at least an influence, but a hand in your equipment’s design nonetheless. Gail was a man who loved archery with such a passion, that he retained an active role in Martin Archery until very recently. Unfortunately, the archery industry lost an icon on July 21, 2013 when Gail passed at the age of 93.

This pictures shows a large tornado in the distance.

Camping & Survival

Can You Outrun a Tornado?

On the night of Wednesday, May 15, 2013, an EF-4 tornado ripped through the North Texas town of Granbury, killing six people and injuring many more. That same night, I was driving home from running errands 72 miles away in Dallas. As I was entering downtown Dallas, my riding partner exclaimed, “Look at that weird car! What is that?” I glanced over to see a car pulling off the highway that appeared to be the Tornado Intercept Vehicle from Discovery Channel’s television show Storm Chasers. Being fully aware these professional guys know more about tornados and severe weather than I do, should I have pulled over as well or kept driving? What are you supposed to do when on the road and a tornado is approaching? Can you outrun a tornado?