May 9, 2008
You're in the swamp. The ground is wet. The air is wet. And the vegetation is bloated with water, which makes it a poor building material. As a result, one of the most challenging things to do is erect a dry shelter.
Find a dry spot. Of course, "dry" is relative, but a slight hill should be less wet than areas of lower elevation. It's also a good idea to learn how to spot and avoid run-offs. These sparsely vegetated, eroded spots are prone to flash floods, so they're not ideal for a shelter, especially when rainfall is likely. [ Read Full Post ]
Learn how to read tracks, and you’ll learn a new language, one that communicates the hidden stories of the animals that leave the tracks. Our ancestors had to be adept in tracking to learn about the unseen game animals and predators in their vicinity. Today, animal tracking provides an invaluable service to the hunter and trapper, as well as the nature lover and photographer. Tracking can also be a lifesaver in a survival situation, warning you about dangerous creatures in the area and helping you to locate your next meal. Find a few clear prints and you’ll be able to read a few pages from the tale of that animal’s life. Find a trail, and you might just find the animal itself. Polish up your existing skills or learn a brand new one, with these tips on tracking 10 common species. [ Read Full Post ]
This wild video from Sweden does not have a happy ending. A young moose apparently wandered into an outdoor parking lot and began to panic. Eventually the moose climbed over a high railing and fell approximately 26 feet (8 meters), according to a LiveLeak post.
The moose sustained crippling injuries from the fall and had to be killed by authorities. At least no one was injured while walking or driving beneath the parking structure. [ Read Full Post ]
When faced with bitter cold, wet conditions, like those found during waterfowl season – especially sea duck hunting – the key to staying warm is to stay dry and to layer up. With duck hunting that often means sporting a base layer and mid layer under neoprene waders – and that’s all it takes to keep the bottom half of your body warm and dry. Doing the same with the upper half has always been a matter of the right coat combined with the right layers – not always an easy thing to do.
Now, Stormr brand clothing has introduced an all-neoprene hunting coat called the Stealth. The company, a division of Henderson Sport Group, which has made wet suits for more than 50 years, came on the scene in 2012 and produced fishing-focused gear. They’ve since turned their attention to the hunting market and have produced the neoprene coat and a pair of bib overalls. [ Read Full Post ]
Drum liners are meant to line 55-gallon barrels and drums, though they can be used for many other applications, too. Hand one of these generously sized plastic wonders to a crafty survivalist, and he’ll only be limited by his imagination. If you weren’t a believer in the utility of drum liners before, here are 15 good reasons to toss a couple in your survival kit.
1) Solar Still: Use a clear plastic liner it to build a solar still for drinking water production. Cut open the bag and lay it over a hole in a damp, yet sunny, location. This hole should have a container inside to catch water, and the drum liner should be buried around the hole’s top perimeter. The final touch for this solar powered water machine is a small stone in the center of the plastic liner, which should create a cone shape out of the drum liner cover, pointing at the container in the hole. A productive solar still can kick out several cups of water per day. [ Read Full Post ]
Yamaha brought its new Viking side-by-side to the SHOT show, and in true SHOT fashion, they rolled out a "tactical" version. Besides the tough, black exterior, this quad has a ton of features.
It sports bucket seating that has an offset center position (set 5 degrees back) with generous shoulder room for all three occupants. There are three-point seat belts, headrests all around, and adjustable handholds for passengers. As far as UTVs go, there's also plenty of leg room — jumping in and out of this vehicle is no problem. [ Read Full Post ]
Maine became the latest state to initiate a radio-collar study of its moose population when helicopter teams began tagging moose Wednesday morning. Wildlife officials plan to collar and release up to 70 animals in order to study their range and survival rates, reports the Portland Press Herald.
Although state biologists have not yet detected a threat to Maine’s moose population, the five-year study is designed to identify population increases or decreases in case of a possible decline in the future. The GPS study is the same as the ones already in place in New Hampshire and Minnesota. [ Read Full Post ]
Whitetails are extraordinary athletes, but not even the most motivated among them can clear a deer fence. Luckily, the doe in this video seemed to be OK after her failed attempt. Here's a note to all the motorist videographers out there: please give the deer plenty of distance.
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Regular readers know that knives wrap me up. Pocketknives. Sheath knives. Camp blades. Bowies. I love them all in proportion to their qualities of keenness, appearance, durability, and utility.
I come by this affinity naturally. I’m from a family of knife-givers. No matter the occasion, we are likely to hand over a knife to memorialize it. This tradition begins on a McKeans’ 10th birthday, when they’re given their first pocketknife.
Three years ago, I gave my identical twin boys a pair of Ka-Bar Mini Dozier lock-back folders, one in orange and the other in olive green. They are perfect first knives: hard-wearing, easy to clean and sharpen, great for a wide variety of tasks. They’re large enough that they’re not easily lost. And they are, for lack of a better term, essentially manly, an important consideration for a gift to a 10-year-old boy.
Now I’m looking for a first knife for my daughter. She’ll be 10 years old next month, and she already knows she’s getting a knife. I think she covets those Zytel-handled Ka-Bars, but I wonder: should I get her a more girly knife? One made with more natural material? Or should I get her a full-on pink model? [ Read Full Post ]
Editor’s Note: The hunters in this story requested that their full names be withheld and their faces be blurred out in the photos. This is because anti-hunting extremists regularly target wolf hunters with hate speech and death threats.
Theodore Roosevelt and General Custer did it. Now, over 100 years later, a handful of Wisconsin hunters can also claim they’ve successfully hunted wolves with dogs.
The controversial hunt — that’s still being challenged in the state’s court system — began on December 2. Prior to that date, the wolf season was open, but not with the use of hounds. The hunt ended on December 23 when Zone 3’s (northwest Wisconsin) quota of 71 wolves, of the state’s 251 total, was met. Wisconsin has an over winter population estimate of 809 to 834 wolves and is the only state to allow the use of dogs when wolf hunting. [ Read Full Post ]
This video was posted two weeks ago and is starting to pick up some attention on YouTube. An article from WJBq.com says "his fish was 43.75 inches long! The world record of a catch-and-release fish caught and pulled through the ice is 46 inches. No word on if they kept this one or not, but my guess is it will be mounted over the fireplace soon."
The video claims that this is a "Near World Record lake Trout," but it's clear this fish is not going to be a world record breaker. Either way, this is just a monster trout. Congratulations to the anglers. Check out the full video here. [ Read Full Post ]
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill yesterday that would allow statewide hunting on Sunday.
This following the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources voting 12 to 10 to push the bill to a full House vote last week. The state Senate is sitting on a similar bill and is expected to be vote on it by week’s end. [ Read Full Post ]
A New Zealand man spearfishing with friends near Colac Bay off South Island was attacked by a shark Saturday. James Grant, 24, fended off the shark with his knife, sewed up the wounds himself, and visited the bar before seeking medical attention at a hospital.
Grant was in only six feet of water when the attack occurred. Given the murkiness of the sea, he initially thought his friends were screwing with him. It wasn't.
"I looked behind to see who it was and got a bit of a shock," Grant told Radio New Zealand.
Because of the water clarity, Grant said he had no idea how large the shark truly was. He believed it was a sevengill shark that was about 8 inches across at the jaw. And while seeing even a small shark go to town on my leg would scare the bejesus out of me and most mere mortals, Grant was merely annoyed. [ Read Full Post ]
Seaduck decoys have come a long ways in the last few years, and these new dekes from Avery are the latest evolution. The Greenhead Gear decoys are foam-filled, which means they should be able to eat some steel and keep floating. As seaduck hunters know, their hunting gear is going to take a beating. This is especially true for decoys that draw in low flying birds that often take more than one shell to kill. So, give these dekes a shot the next time you head out for seaducks. [ Read Full Post ]
Features are the name of the game when it comes to new hunting packs and Alps' Crossfire has plenty of them. It sports a vented mesh back panel, a frame system, and a detachable accessory pocket. It also features a gun or bow carrier, a blaze orange pack cover, and more compression straps than you'll need. This should make for a solid day pack for any type of big-game hunter. Expect it to retail for about $90 to $100. [ Read Full Post ]