Skills

How to Increase Your Compound Bow Accuracy

Archery season is getting closer and closer, and for some, it’s already here. Use these tips from GoHunt’s Trail Kreitzer to dial in your accuracy before heading into the field. I’ve been hitting up my local archery range almost every day lately. And a few little things have sprung up and found that I wasn’t as accurate as I would hope to be. So then, I hit the internet looking for ways to become more accurate in my shot prior to my hunts this fall. Therefore, I came across an excellent video that covers the fundamentals of compound bow accuracy and simple fixes to increase your proficiency with your bow. Furthermore, this video from GoHunt and Trail Kreitzer has been enormously helpful. In less than 15 minutes, Kreitzer explains the following in simple and helpful ways: The three points of contact Why the right draw length matters How holding weight …

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How Strong is 550 Cord (Paracord)?

Paracord is one of those items that you’ll never see a prepper without. 55o cord is incredibly versatile and known for rot resistance, flexibility, and tremendous strength. Paracord is useful for just about everything: you can easily pitch a tent with it, hang a hammock, use it for construction, and lashing if you know what you’re doing and your conscious you can even use it for climbing. It’s definitely useful, and it’s definitely strong but do you know how strong paracord really is? Genuine military spec paracord, Type-III, that adheres to the technical specification MIL-C-5040H and contains between seven and nine 3-fiber nylon strands surrounded by a 32-fiber nylon sheath is rated with a breaking strength of 550lbs. this is where the common nickname “550 cord” is derived from. While nearly all varieties of commonly encountered paracord are of the 550 variety, you should know that the term paracord could …

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How to Grill Steak – 5 Things to Know

It’s our favorite time of year – grilling season! Grilling the perfect steak doesn’t have to be difficult. Cook a tender and juicy steak with these five simple steps to prepare both your steak and grill. 1. Start with a great steak The key to perfect grilling is starting with a great cut of steak. Marbling – the white flecks of fat in the steak – is important. It will melt into the steak as it cooks, adding flavor and tenderness. Select an aged steak for maximum tenderness – all Omaha Steaks cuts are aged at least 21 days. Our favorite steaks for grilling are filet mignon, ribeye, New York strips, top sirloins, and T-bones. Each steak cut has a unique flavor profile, visit our ultimate steak cut guide to select your desired fork and flavor.       2. Climatize the steak To ensure your steak cooks evenly, bring …

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How to Start a Fire: Build the Perfect Campfire

The thought of a campfire brings up nostalgia for the outdoors — especially roasting marshmallows and laughing with friends and family. But it all starts with a spark. Anyone who has tried (or failed) knows that starting a fire is often not as straightforward as it seems. And it can be especially difficult if you’re dealing with wet wood, a lack of materials, or limited knowledge. There are many ways to start a fire. But read on for a few common methods, common mistakes, and tools that you should keep with you on all your future camping trips. Also, please check with your local land management agency for current burn bans or fire restrictions. In many areas, fires are not allowed during the hottest and driest months. Sparks from a campfire — even a controlled one — can cause a forest fire, putting ecosystems and lives at risk. Photo credit: …

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How to Change a Bike Tire in 7 Steps

Whether you ride your bike every day or twice a year, you’re going to get a flat tire eventually. Here’s how to change a bike tire with minimal headaches. We’ve all been there. You’re biking along when suddenly something feels … wrong. You ran through glass or over a stray thorn, and now you have a flat tire. But your ride isn’t over yet. With a couple of simple tools and a bit of know-how, you’ll find it’s simple enough to replace your tube and get back on your bike. Here, we cover what tools you’ll need and outline seven easy steps for how to change a bike tire. Tools You Need to Change a Flat Tire Whenever you go for a bike ride, you should carry these tools with you. Without them, you risk being stranded halfway through your ride. A spare tube. Make sure you have a tube …

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Galco Ankle Trauma Medical Kit

I have long been an advocate of everyday carry including medical trauma gear. In today’s world, it would seem logical to make the carrying of such a kit routine in our daily life.  The need for such a medical kit could be caused by a wide variety of issues, including weather events, accidents, and self-defense to mention but a few. Nor can I fathom not having last-ditch medical gear on my person in any hunting or outdoor environment. Firstly, there are a number of kits available for an on-body carry of trauma gear, not the least of which is Galco’s Ankle Trauma Medical Kit (ATM-KIT™). Furthermore, the Galco carrier is designed for a convenient everyday carry of medical tools and supplies for first responders, gun carriers, or anyone who wishes to be prepared in an increasingly dangerous world. Specifications Next, the ATM-KIT’s comfortable, high-grade neoprene band offers secure hook-and-loop closure …

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Kayaking for Beginners: An Essential Checklist

Kayaking for Beginners: The Gear you Must Have.  People begin kayaking for different reasons — for physical fitness, for mental health, to fish, or to join a friend who has a kayak. And some people enjoy access to a sport where leg strength or mobility is not required. We’re here to help you navigate the exciting world of kayaking for beginners. In this article, we focus on kayaking in still water — primarily in lakes. This guide focuses on items to bring kayaking and will not dive deep into water safety, which is crucial to the experience. We recommend you educate yourself further before the first launch, whether from a guide, a friend, or another online resource. The Essential Kayaking Checklist for Beginners Kayak A sit-on-top kayak is the best choice for a true beginner. In general, they are more affordable, more balanced, and sturdy on the water. They’re also easier to …

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Everything You Need to Know to Start Fishing

Start Fishing Today! Learn Everything you Need to Know! Have you always wanted to start fishing? One of the best things about fishing is that it can challenge and reward you for a lifetime. There’s always another species to outwit, another body of water to explore, another skill to master. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with friends outdoors and get a big dose of all the positive benefits of simply being outdoors. But because fishing is so varied and nuanced, it can be tough to know how to break into the sport. Where to start? Patrick Mapes, the founder of Urban Angler USA, a blog that highlights how accessible and close-to-home to start fishing can be, suggests spin casting. “The gear is easy to use and inexpensive.” Here’s everything you need to get going. Is It Safe to Fish Right Now? The short answer: yes. But …

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The Wise Wake up and Start Living

If you’re like me and many others it’s easy to find yourself caught up in life’s hustle and bustle. Well, it’s time to wake up and start living! Don’t let the rat race keep you from living a fulfilling life. I get it though, if you want to get ahead in the world, whether it be getting out of debt or saving to buy your dream house, you gotta put in the work to achieve your dreams. However, don’t let the “chase” distract you from noticing everything going in around you right now.  Now, I’m not saying don’t be ambitious and shoot for the stars with your goals. I believe goals are a necessity for bringing drive and motivation into your life. What I’m saying is simple, but not so easily put into practice. Take your time on your journey, notice the small things, and enjoy the company you have along …

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You Should Be Downloading Your Trail Maps

On most trips and in most locations, to navigate I rely primarily on my paper topographic maps, ABC (altimeter, barometer, compass) or GPS watch, and magnetic compass. As both a backup and supplement to these tools, my smartphone has a GPS app like CalTopo (good) or Gaia GPS (better), which I use to access downloaded map data for offline use of these trail maps. A GPS smartphone app has two purposes: It acts as a map library, in case your printed documents are damaged or lost or if you unexpectedly hike off course. It has the same functionality you’d expect of a traditional handheld GPS—like pinpointing its location and navigating to waypoints—but is lighter, less expensive, and more user-friendly.   Collectively, these four instruments constitute my navigation system. Some hikers may consider my preferences old-fashioned since it’s increasingly common to navigate exclusively or primarily with GPS. But I value the reliability and …

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5 Clever Backyard Storage Ideas

One all-important aspect of home design is storage. We all need extra space to put tools, toys, supplies, and more in the backyard. And while it’s simple enough to just toss everything into buckets or set up cheap shelves, why not make your storage look like a natural part of the backyard? It’s easy and fun to find ways to incorporate your storage into your overall design. Have too much stuff to store in your yard? Try out these backyard storage ideas for design inspiration! Creative Outdoor Storage Why not get creative with your backyard storage? Find ways to integrate your storage naturally into your design scheme or make it subtler. Whatever you choose, the possibilities are nearly endless! Try one of these popular storage ideas: Firewood cubbies Hidden storage spaces Pool houses Outdoor bars Outdoor kitchen cabinets 1) Firewood Cubbies A new wood-burning fireplace or firepit requires a decent …

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Firearm Safety – Teach Children Respect for Firearms

Understanding firearm safety is vital to the safety of everyone in a household with guns. When I was growing up guns were not taboo, they were tools to accomplish a job. Like any tool, it was to be respected, used properly, maintained properly, and was potentially dangerous. My father was not only a hunter but was an avid woodworking enthusiast. I was taught firearm safety very early in my life and the proper way to handle firearms. I can also thank my father for many other useful skills such as woodworking. You never touched my father’s tools unless he OK’d the use and the purpose. That rule was unquestioned and accepted by everyone in the household. Tools are not just for work, but also for recreation and enjoyment like woodworking. Woodworking requires specific tools and a person who is uneducated in the use of the tools can easily get a …

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Train your Dog – Part 4: Trick Dog

I hope that you’re finding these dog training articles insightful. The main goal is for you to continue to build the bond you have with your dog. Think of how important you are to your dog, their entire world. We owe it to them to spend quality time and teach them new skills to prepare for the most epic adventures! Now, are you ready to introduce them to trick dog training? Does your dog have what it takes to be a Trick Dog? As you continue to develop new skills with your dog, they will become more and more eager to learn. So why not have some fun? Let me introduce you to Trick Dog Training. There are three different levels of advancement to turning your pup into a trickster; Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. The American Kennel Club has set forth guidelines on the criteria for each of their recognized …

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Bathe your Dog Like a Pro Today

Bathing your dog is a necessity! Especially in between all of this training, you are doing! And it can also be fun to see the enjoyment on the face of a dog taking a bath! So why not give them a professional bathing experience at home? Since I purchased a Pet Dryer, I haven’t had to take my dogs to the groomers! Which saves me tons of money! Dog taking a bath can be very entertaining! If you remember, I have a German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, 2 Australian Shepherds, a Pit Mix, and a Toy Poodle. Needless to say, they all have their bathing and grooming needs. But the shedding, oh my! They say that Australian Shepherds only shed twice a year, for six months at a time. All of our dogs shed seemingly all year long. Have you ever bathed your dog, and for the next 3-4 days, they …

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Train your Dog – Part 3: Give your Dog a Job

Alright, ladies and gentlemen, here we are back at training your dog! Firstly, this article is going to be about how to give your dog a job! This isn’t as crazy as it sounds, and I’m not talking about taking them to town and start filling out job applications! I’m talking about how you can continue to strengthen that relationship between you and your pup. Webbing & Hardware Superstore! What is your dog supposed to do? By the way, it’s necessary to understand that each breed of dog is inherently bred for a specific function in this world. And instinctively they have natural “talents” that will amaze you once you tap into with them! We are all familiar with dog shows and the Categories of dogs, such as Working Breeds, Herding Breeds, Terriers, so on and so forth. Well, the “jobs” that they were designed to lie within those categories. …

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Is Pet Grooming Essential?

Believe it or not, a common question that I get asked is, “is pet grooming essential?” YES! And did you know that there is a proper way to groom your pet? We feed them quality foods to make their coat soft and shiny. But did you know that if you follow this simple way to properly groom your dog? If you follow these four steps, your dog’s cost will be looking sharp! Step 1: Take your hands and fingers and brush your dog AGAINST the grain. This will loosen the thick undercoat fur and allow you a good opportunity to check the condition of your dog’s skin. Step 2: Use an undercoat brush and brush your dog AGAINST the grain. This will help remove the loose undercoat and any other dirt or debris. Step 3: With a slicker brush lay your dog’s fur back down with the natural grain. This …

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Importance of Hydration – Drink Water!

With the warmer months rapidly approaching, or they are already here if you live here in Texas, it’s essential to understand the importance of hydration. I’d like to share some of my personal experiences with you so that you can identify some signs and symptoms of the most common heat-related injuries. Importance of Hydration The best possible prevention from becoming a heat casualty is proper acclimation and sufficient hydration. Acclimation and hydration go hand in hand. They rely upon each other to keep your body in optimal condition. You would be surprised what your body can do in some extreme temperatures and different austere environments when adequately prepared. I had spent a lot of time in heat over 120 degrees Fahrenheit when I was serving overseas in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Each of those “resorts” has its unique challenges that increase the difficulty of staying hydrated. You can get a …

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Wilderness Survival Tips – Basics

I should preface this with, I am no Bear Grylls or Les Stroud, but I have had my survival skills put to the test a time or two. And I’m definitely not going to drink my urine, or anyone else’s for that matter! However, there are a few survival tips and things that you should be aware of when you set out on any outdoor excursion. Survival starts with preparation. Here we are discussing the best-case scenario. You’ve done your research on where you’re going, the weather, natural disasters, wildlife, etc. Being sure that you pack for the elements and environment that you’re going into. Being knowledgeable is critical when getting yourself out of a dangerous situation. Furthermore, if you have the right training and skills to back it up, you will be in a much better position. However, let’s discuss survival tips and techniques when you are far from …

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Public Safety Considerations – Outdoor Experience

There are so many different things to consider before heading out into the wilderness or taking any trip outdoors. Unfortunately, there are so many people that go hiking, camping, or hunting without giving any thought to their safety and will ultimately suffer the consequences. Throughout this article, I am going to cover several highly essential public safety considerations that you need to keep in mind so that you can have the Optimal Outdoor Experience! However, this is not an all-inclusive list because there are hundreds of public safety topics that we could discuss. So this is going to cover some of the essential things that could save your life. Let someone know where you are going. Firstly, be sure to let someone know what your plans are. Even if you are heading out for a quick day trip to hit a trail or going hunting in the morning, I cannot …

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