Texas Big Game

When it's Texas, it's gotta be BIG

Author: Melissa Osborn (Page 2 of 2)

Deer Hunting 101

As a young (or even older) individual new to the deer hunting game, the whole concept might sound a little challenging, especially for those people who have little in the way of hunting experience of any kind.

However deer hunting is hardly the most difficult activity in the world, especially for those individuals willing to inject the time necessary to master it.

+Deer hunting essentials

Successful deer hunting requires preparation; you cannot afford to wander off into the woods before ascertaining that you have every item you might need to carry out the hunt, essential items crucial for deer hunting including the following:

-Gloves

Whether you choose to use lightweight mesh gloves during warm weather or glomitts during colder seasons, these items will protect your hands, allowing you to proceed without worry.

-Mask

Dear hunting requires some stealth; and to avoid being seen and spooking your prey consider using camouflage makeup to blend into your environment. Face masks are also just as effective.

-Batteries

Batteries are essential tools while in the field; and whether you need them for your flash light, range finder or GPS unit, a couple of spare batteries might make all the difference in the world while you are out deer hunting.

-Bottle

You are free to urinate in the woods if you want to; however there is no telling how the deer will react to the scent. To avoid such complications, keep a bottle on hand that you can urinate into.

-Flagging

You will need flagging to mark trails, downed animals, stands and the like. You must be careful about how you utilize flagging. You can never tell who might make use of it. While deer hunters rarely have to worry about thieves, one cannot rule out the potential threat they might pose.

-Ammo/Arrows

Going deer hunting without extra arrows or ammo is very foolish, especially since you can never know how many shots it will take to kill your prey. You need extra ammo and arrows for emergencies.

-GPS

Most relatively experienced hunters can get around in the woods without assistance; however a GPS unit can simplify matters in ways you might not be able to imagine.

-Hunting pack

When you are selecting a hunting pack, you need to favor camouflage a model, the kind that is unlikely to stand out in the field. You should also take into account the space and number of pockets your chosen pack boasts, this determining the ease with which you can store your essentials.

-Compass

A compass is essential for any individual that intends to venture into the woods for any purpose; deer hunting is no different. When your GPS unit fails for whatever reason, you need to know that you have a compass to rely upon.

-Water

You will need some clean drinkable water not only to quench your thirst but to also wash your hands, possibly even to rinse out a wound. You can use your empty water bottle as a pee bottle.

-Lighter

A lighter or matches are very handy tools to keep on hand, proving effective for a number of purposes, from checking wind direction to starting emergency fires.

Along with the right tools, this including knives, rope and a flash light, you need common sense and some quick thinking to partake in deer hunting successfully, some tips that might prove useful in the field including the following:

-You need to keep in mind the impact your odor can have on the deer; which is why you should only shower with scent free soap prior to your hunting trip. There are scent killers you can use to mask your odor altogether.

-Do not wait until deer hunting season begins to practice setting up and taking down a tree stand. You must learn to get into and out of your spot expediently before venturing out into the woods.

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Going on a Fishing Trip? Read This and Catch More Fish!

You can do a lot when it comes to fishing; it is a very good way for the whole family to enjoy some great quality time out in nature. The following advice will help you improve your fishing skills, resulting in even more fun.

Pay attention to your knots. The knots in the fishing line are what hold your hooks to your line. It doesn’t matter how many fish you catch if the hooks come free from the line under pressure. Practice knots with thread or other material at home before you take to the waterways.

Leave a caught fish in the water as long as possible. If you have caught a fish but are not yet finished fishing for the day, then it is important to leave him in the water. You can tie him to your boat and trawl him behind you until you finish for the day. This helps to keep the fish fresh longer for later on.

A person fishing with bait would be wise to use a bobber or some sort of indicator while fishing. It can be hard to tell when you get a bite at times, and a good indicator will eliminate that problem. Choose one that is easily visible to you on the surface of the water.

Weather can either help or ruin your fishing experience. Be sure to check the forecast prior to your fishing trip. Don’t just check a week before you go, check the night before or morning of your trip. Be prepared to reschedule if the weather is not ideal.

Give other anglers their space. If you spot another angler catching many fish you might be tempted to fish close to them. Don’t do this. Not only are you invading their space, but you could be risking your safety. If they make an error with their cast or if the wind catches it, the hook could go into you.

If you can’t reel in fish with your favorite lure, check the integrity of your hooks. It is common for fishermen to forget that older hooks may have become dull or twisted, making catches much harder to achieve. One way to ensure that your favorite lure properly works is to change the hooks regularly.

Monitor any smells you have on your hands. Whether through the use of lotions, perfumes or scented soaps, odors on your hands can easily transfer to your bait. If the fish smell this, they may not bite.

No matter where you may be on the scale of experience, you can always learn something new. Use the advice learned here to raise your chances of catching those elusive fish.

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