When and where to shoot an animal is a tricky thing to understand. How do we know when the ideal moment is to take a shot? What about shooting distances and angles, and where exactly on that animal to slip in the arrow? Some of the most seemingly easy shots too often go wrong. Then there are the truly challenging shooting situations. It’s an intriguing subject, shots on game. Read more
Most people think they are drinking enough water, when in reality they are not. Here are a few tips to keep you hydrated and healthy even in the hottest weather.
Exercising or working in hot weather puts extra stress on your heart and lungs. Both the exercise itself and the air temperature increase your body temperature. To dissipate heat, more blood circulates through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which increases your heart rate. If the humidity is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn’t readily evaporate from your skin — which only pushes your body temperature higher. Read more
At least five people have died this winter after falling into tree wells while skiing or boarding, a reminder that not all mountain hazards come in the form of avalanches. Tree wells are formed in deep snow, when the boughs of the tree form a hollow space around the trunk as the snow builds upside outside it. In places where the snow is ultra deep and there isn’t much skier traffic, wells can be over six feet deep. If a skier or boarder falls into one, they’re often upside down, with skis or board above, and the snow tumbles on top of them and suffocates them. Read more
Patrice is the only thing that will help you improve your shooting. Below are some free printable targets to get you started. All trigger time is helpful. If you can not get to the range use a air-soft, BB gun, or if you can not use one of those dry fire drills will also help you to improve. Read more
To pick a good field knife for you, you should have a pretty good understanding of knives. Meaning just because it looks cool does not mean it is going to work. The wow factor when it comes to knives is meaningless if it does not do the job you need it to do or if it breaks while you are doing it. Read more
Recent shark attacks may have you thinking about what you can do to avoid being attacked by a shark. The yearly average of unprovoked shark attacks on humans is increasing resulting in more deaths every year. Here is a list of rules you can follow to lower your chances. Read more
The beautiful remote Canadian lake has provided a bountiful supply of fresh fish. You are cleaning the catch when a moment’s inattention allows the knife to slip and create a deep slash into your leg. The bleeding is stopped with pressure; but now what do you do? Where is that kit with the medical instruments? When did you last check them for sterility? Where is that book on emergency medicine and exactly how do you make those sutures? Read more
Signaling is an essential skill for anyone who likes to go out into the back country. Knowing how to signal for help and having the right gear for signaling can mean the difference between life and death. Read more
95% of all survival rescues take place in the first 72 hours of any survival situation. If your Lost, Staying Put and Staying Calm will maximize your chances of survival. The best thing you can do is to realize that rescue is probably on the way. Stay Calm, Stay Put, and make yourself visible to rescuers. Staying put will help you save energy and reduce the risk of dehydration. The more energy you exert the more you put yourself at risk. Leave only if you are absolutely sure that there is no chance of rescue.
What should you carry in your EDC kit? I can’t give you the definitive answer because I do not live where you do, and the laws are different in every state. I will help you to start thinking about what you need. It is important to know that an EDC kit is not a Back Pack or bag type kit. It should consist of just the basic items you’ll need to help you quickly respond to situations that could arise during your day. Read more
Modern wool garments have most of the lanolin extracted from the fiber during processing. You can restore the lanolin and greatly improve the water repellent properties of the garment. The method described in Camping and Woodcraft by Horace Kephart (1918) http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/reviews/display_reviews?forum_thread_id=952&cat=Books%20and%20Media&cid=62 uses highly flammable solvents, which I would not recommend. Read more
In the winter the environment can be your enemy or your friend. However you must know how to manage your situation. If you do not manage it right, the environment will injure or kill you, typically it happens very slowly. Read more
The human eye is sensitive to intense light, because it damages the retina and can even blind the individual. If this happens in the field you are in big trouble. Nothing is more debilitating than an eye injury. The brightness of the sun can trigger massive headaches or migraines, which in turn can cause nausea and vomiting. If you are short on water all of these things together can cause death or at the lest serious injury. Read more
A spear is a pole weapon consisting of a shaft with a sharpened head. The head may be simply the sharpened end of the shaft itself which can be hardened in a fire if necessary. Or it may be of another material fastened to the shaft, like we have done using the Cold Steel Bushman. Read more
In some situations, you may find a fire that conceals your location for cooking food is what you need. This is known as a Dakota fire hole.
Dig a hole in the ground.
On the upwind side of this hole, poke or dig a large connecting hole for ventilation.
Build your fire in the hole as illustrated.
The human tongue registers bitter tastes 10,000 times more strongly than sweet tastes. So when you are in the field it is always advisable to carry strong spices to cover up tastes that may be unacceptable to your particular palate. I always take along things like chipolte, and curry. If you do not have any spices and you have coffee, put some grounds in your soup and it will take away the bitter taste and you will not taste the coffee either.
Never use an electric high-speed dry bench grinder to sharpen your ax. That type of a grinder will almost certainly draw the temper from the ax and ruin it. Very few people have enough skill to use a high-speed grinder without drawing the temper from the steel, leaving the steel too soft to hold an edge. If you draw the temper from your ax with a high-speed grinder, you may have ruined the ax for good. At the minimum, you’ve drawn the temper for at least 3/16 of an inch back from the edge. You can always tell when the temper is drawn because the color of the steel at the edge turns blue. If this happens to your ax, you’ve got to remove a lot of steel to reshape the edge back to where it still is tempered. Read more
The throwing stick, commonly known as the rabbit stick, it is very effective against small game and game birds. This tool has been used since the beginning of time.
The rabbit stick itself is a blunt heavy stick that you throw at game, some will tell you that is has to be naturally curved and trimmed at about a 45-degree angle. I disagree, I personally cut and trim a stick that feels good in my hand, and that I know I can throw fairly acutely. Read more