May 9, 2008
The bow and drill method is, by far, the most likely friction method for making a fire in the field. This method has been around for thousands of years, and the components can be made from a wide range of materials.
A friction fire happens when one wooden surface is rubbed, ground or spun against another wooden surface. This action is typically done quickly, under significant pressure and in a “back and forth” manner. Both surfaces are consumed with this act of friction, creating wood dust - along with heat - which can form a small, red hot coal that is actually burning. With the bow and drill method, you have several mechanical advantages to assist you. A lubricated bearing block sits atop the drill, keeping the drill stable and creating the necessary downward pressure on the drill. The bow’s string wraps around the drill, giving you a mechanism to spin the drill quickly by moving the bow back and forth. [ Read Full Post ]
This image comes from AFR 64-4, the Air Force's manual on search, rescue and survival training, Volume 1 (July 1985).
The book contains information on everything from shark identification to the psychological aspects of being taken prisoner. It also has a pretty interesting section on trapping and preparing wild game. [ Read Full Post ]
The Connecticut State House of Representatives voted Thursday, 107-19, to repeal a ban on hunting on Sunday in an effort to combat the state’s overpopulated deer herd.
The bill stipulates that hunting on Sundays would be allowed with a bow and arrow on private land only and may not take place near a hiking trail. Hunters must also adhere to guidelines laid out by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. [ Read Full Post ]
When it comes to access, this is the only type of closure we like to see.
Both arms of Congress have passed the Freedom To Fish Act. Pending Pres. Obama’s signature, the legislation brings a temporary close to a ridiculous movement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to impose stringent access restrictions on fishing below dams along the Cumberland River in Tennessee and Kentucky.
The bill, which passed May 21, received bipartisan support (seriously) and was introduced in the Senate by Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander and in the House by Kentucky’s Ed Whitfield. [ Read Full Post ]
Within the next two weeks 75 to 80 percent of this year’s fawns will be on the ground. Here are a few fawn facts to lay on your hunting buddies:
- Does drop their fawns approximately 200 days after conception
- Fawns average 6-8 lbs. at birth
- Does bred as fawns (last year’s) typically have a single fawn [ Read Full Post ]
How much do you really know about the doves you bag? Besides the creeping realization that they’re maddeningly hard to hit and taste great hot off the grill, probably not much.
But an annual report issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is full of data that provides a fairly comprehensive portrait of America’s mourning dove population. I got a copy of the report without even asking. It’s a perk of participating in the USFWS’s annual Dove Wing Collection Survey. For the past two years I’ve snipped off the right wing of every dove I’ve bagged, and shipped them to biologists who use the appendages as one measure of the age and abundance of our dove population.
Last week we surveyors got to see the results of our collective work. Here are some highlights: [ Read Full Post ]
Gerrardstown, West Virginia angler Tony Corbin sure wasn’t expecting to break any records when he set out on a first time mission targeting an unpressured private bass pond. But Corbin tossed out a swimbait and ended up landing a new state record rainbow trout that weighed in at 17.31 pounds and taped out at 30.5 inches, beating the previous record by nearly two pounds. He bested the big bow on 10-pound line, showing some professional angling skills. [ Read Full Post ]
Mark Kayser, a contributing writer and friend of the magazine, was recently named the national spokesman for the Hope for the Warriors Outdoor Adventures Program, a non-profit organization that assists post 9/11 service members who have been wounded and the families of fallen service members.
“Service members mean everything for the security of our country and the veterans of our recent wars deserve all the help we can give them when they return from deployment,” says Kayser. “The outdoors and particularly hunting is everything to my family, and that’s why I believe the Outdoor Adventures program of the Hope For The Warriors is so important." [ Read Full Post ]
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This infamous quote from the 1980 film “The Shining” used to seem like a great metaphor to describe the John Deere Gator UTV lineup. In years past, Gators were notoriously hard workers around the farm, but they certainly never gained respect as a class-leading trail machine. All of that changed in 2013 with the introduction of John Deere’s Gator RSX850i. [ Read Full Post ]
My most overused adage goes something like this: The two best days of turkey season are the first and the last. The first because you’re so psyched about getting out in the woods and the last because your body simply can’t withstand another 4 a.m. wake-up. Although it’ll likely take a month for me to get over turkey time, Saturday marks the final day of my season.
In all, my turkey camp buddies and I took 11 birds, which falls a few birds short of our best-ever mark of 14, but I’m pretty hopeful for Saturday. I’ve got a leftover tag as do a couple of friends. [ Read Full Post ]
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No...
It's your neighbor's drone plinking pesky squirrels from his cherished chestnut tree and if your dog strays onto his lawn one more time, zap!
Hardly. In fact, somehow, somewhere, sometime soon, it's inevitable. But will it be legal? Constitutional scholars are debating that question right now and some think that Second Amendment rights could extend to robotic arms -- including "self-defense drones" outfitted with weapons. [ Read Full Post ]
It might have been the new world record.
Instead it was enjoyed as fish tacos on a Baja beach.
Last week, angler Kevin Shiotani landed an amberjack near Cerralvo Island in the Sea of Cortez after a grueling 25-minute battle that most of the Tailhunter International Sportfishing crew estimated to weigh at least 135 pounds, according to Pete Thomas Outdoors. Had the fish been officially weighed it might have threatened the International Game Fish Association all-tackle world record amberjack caught off Japan in 2010. That fish weighed a whopping 156 pounds.
Word is that no one on the boat was thinking record at the time of the catch. [ Read Full Post ]
It wasn't the prettiest of days, but despite the dreary conditions, Tim Schneider, of Silver Lake, Wisconsin found the proverbial pot of gold at the rainbow's end. Actually, it was more of a brownish color – over 8 pounds of it. [ Read Full Post ]
May is quickly turning to June which means makos are heading north in waters along the East Coast. The mako's hard-fighting, high-flying qualities and ferocious predatory nature make it a favorite among shark fishermen, but they've also made it a YouTube star.
In the last few years these sharks have been filmed shredding swordfish, harassing spearfishermen, and gobbling down seals. To celebrate the upcoming shark season, we put together the 8 best mako videos on the web.
1) Flying Mako Shark
It took me a couple of years of doing it the hard way, but once I started treating my food plots with chemical herbicides I couldn’t live without them. They keep your plots growing strong and can double (or even triple) the life of a perennial food plot like clover or a clover chicory mix. They are best applied when things green up and are growing strong which in most parts of deer country is now. [ Read Full Post ]