Travel Benefits of Compression Socks

We all know that compression socks are essential for post-surgical recovery and enhancing sports performance, but did you know that they can also come in handy if you’re taking a long trip? Trains, planes, and time spent on the road in a car can leave your legs feeling cramped and uncomfortable. Anyone can feel discomfort on the road, but for those with conditions that cause poor circulation or restless leg syndrome, the way there can feel like an eternity. Wearing a pair of compression socks on your travels can help alleviate some of these discomforts for a better trip. Some of the most important benefits include: Alleviate Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome Restless leg syndrome is a condition that creates an almost irresistible need to move your legs, otherwise leading to uncomfortable sensations. It’s most common for restless leg syndrome to act up during long periods of sitting, making travel …

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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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Buying a New Compound Bow? Make It Custom

Planning on buying a new bow? Try your custom ideas on a myriad of bows with the Mathews Custom Compound Bow Builder and explore the possibilities. For 30 years, Mathews has been building, innovating, and bettering the bow. Couple that with education and conservation efforts, and you’ve got a group of passionate archers involved in the hunt from top to bottom. Alongside their holistic effort to better archery, they’re also making custom bows that lend themselves to the personalities of the folks who shoot them. I built my TX-5 using Mathews’ Bow Builder, and even as a novice archer, the process was simple, fun, and intuitive. With nine customizable areas and deep dives into smaller custom notes — like choosing the color of your harmonic damper or center and end serving — the Bow Builder creates a bow that’s entirely unique to you. The author’s customized Mathews TX-5 Once you’ve created a …

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Solo Hiking Tips: How to Stay Safe

Sometimes a hike can be ruined, or put a hiker at risk, for trivial reasons that can be avoided with small tricks. Even a tame mountain can be unpredictable (sudden snow, rain, fog, wind), so the hiker should be mentally prepared not to panic, stay calm, and think on its feet. Here are some tips on some things not to do, and some simple mistakes to avoid while solo hiking.   Equipment Make sure you have all the gear you might need because you will be alone. Also, make sure your equipment is made of high-quality materials (you don’t want it to break in the middle of a hike) and is light enough for you to carry it all. If you aren’t sure what you will need, find some information online here and make sure you are well prepared. Food and kitchen equipment Don’t bring too much. Aside from the unnecessary …

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Five Things You Need to Survive the Apocalypse

Whenever I think about the apocalypse, I can’t help but be reminded of the old joke about the new youth pastor who fell asleep in a meeting of the church board. Everyone grabbed some old clothes out of the lost and found, laid them out their chairs, and then blew a trumpet as they shut the door. There are many popular depictions of the apocalypse beyond the Biblical rapture, and most are horrific. Here are five things that you need to survive the apocalypse. Zombies, aliens, nuclear war, anarchists, politicians… you name it. It’s easy to scoff at these theories, but then you watch the news and it all seems a lot more real. Elements of society seem to be breaking down, and violence seems to erupt from every angle. That’s the reality we face right now. Things could turn south in a hurry. How will you get through it …

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How to Easily Make a Blackout Survival Kit

Cities of steel and concrete are testaments to mankind’s ingenuity. Are you prepared for a disaster? We take a lot for granted today, including the internet, our motor vehicles, indoor plumbing, and sewage, running water, and more. Learn how to easily make a blackout survival kit now! These are far more than niceties; these public utilities and advanced technologies are what make modern life so luxurious and indeed possible. What you have probably taken for granted even more than that is the one utility that makes them all possible- electricity. Without electricity, all these modern marvels grind to a halt. No more freshwater. No more sewer service. Definitely no more internet, and no more light that comes on at the flick of a switch. All of those and a host of other lesser technologies will be rendered useless, almost instantly, if we lose power. I hate to break it to …

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America’s Favorite Pet – Vote for Roger

It’s official! Voting has begun to pick America’s Favorite Pet! This year’s winner will be featured on Dogster Magazine and receive tons of “pawesome” prizes! Click HERE to vote! Seriously Every year dogs and cats compete in one of the cutest competitions out there. America’s Favorite Pet virtually hosts pets from around the US to take part in this competition. And it’s you that gets to pick which dog and cat you’d like to see as America’s Favorite! The winner not only wins $5,000 in cold hard cash, but they also receive an opportunity to be featured on Dogster Magazine! Head on over to Instagram and give me a follow @nichoberle and see all of the Aussie antics in our house! Why Should Roger Be America’s Favorite Pet? Roger should be America’s Favorite Pet because he embodies everything that is good and resembles the American Spirit. His love of adventure …

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Ed Calderon and Ernest Emerson Team Up to Teach Surviving Inside the Killzone

Since an early age, we’ve been conditioned to believe that there are clearly identifiable good guys and bad guys. Your first experience with this concept may have been a game of cops and robbers played with your friends, or a fairy tale where the dastardly villain is always out to get the kind-hearted prince. These stereotypes are woven into our psyche, and although as adults we realize them to be an oversimplification of reality, it’s hard not to think of bad guys as irrationally evil. After all, those of us who play by society’s rules struggle to truly understand someone who would rob, rape, murder, or commit other violent acts with no hesitation. But understand them or not, they exist among us. Thankfully Ed Calderon and Ernest Emerson offered a course teaching not only how to know the enemy, but training to get to know ourselves.  Preparing to defend yourself …

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Tips for Camping with Your Dog

Four-legged friends are an important part of our life and our family. Traveling together can be a choice or a necessity; the fact remains that going camping with your dog is possible and fun, but you need the right precautions. Are you thinking about taking the next holiday with your dog? If your destination is camping, here is a guide for preparing your holiday: what to bring, the checks before leaving, the rules of behavior and advice in case of accidents. The right equipment If you travel in a camper van, caravan, or have chosen to sleep in a bungalow, everything will be more straightforward, but for those who want to sleep in a tent, more precautions are needed. You need to bring all the standard equipment for yourself, and some more for your pet. Don’t forget that you are packing for two! Make sure that the two of you …

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Integral Folding Knife Design: Pros & Cons

Folding knife construction has largely gone unchanged since the late 18th century. But recent advances have changed this mainstay — sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Here’s how integral folding knives stack up. A basic folding knife has a pivot, a blade, a blade channel, and two handle pieces on either side of the blade, all held together by fasteners. Knifemakers have made only some small modifications to this basic folding knife design over the years. They include different locks, different opening mechanisms, and standoffs (pillars that allow dirt and debris to flow through the blade channel instead of getting lodged against a solid backspacer). But that’s about it. That is, until about 15 years ago when things began to change. Machining abilities expanded, and the public’s willingness to pay high prices for both custom and production knives increased. We have witnessed a fundamentally different way of making a folding knife: …

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Self-Defense Against Sexual Assault

Watch any TV show about criminals and the people who catch them for long enough, and you’ll inevitably see an episode that begins like this: A lone woman out for a jog early in the morning, or drunkenly walking to her car after a night at a club, is suddenly not alone. She may not know it — she might have headphones on or be fiddling with her phone — but we, the viewers, see her stalker appear. He — burly and indistinct, maybe wearing a ski mask or hoodie — slinks out from behind a tree or a parked car and creeps up behind her, weapon in hand. She might notice him just in time for a cut-off scream, or the scene might just fade to black. In film, we see sexual assault coming from miles or minutes away.  The next time you see this woman, she’ll either be …

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How to Plan an Extreme Adventure Fishing Trip

Fishing is a great hobby as it is relaxing, exciting, and rewarding at the same time. Many people enjoy fishing as a hobby, and some even take it one step further for the full adrenaline rush and ultimate fishing holiday with an extreme adventure fishing trip. There is nothing better than setting off on a long journey into deep waters for a battle of a lifetime with bigger and stronger fishes if you’re up for the challenge. Whether you’re fishing for Rainbow Trout in Jurassic Lake or Tigerfish in Africa, packing the right gear and ensuring you have all the essentials is crucial. Imagine being hours away offshore and suddenly realizing you forgot something important! You do not want to be in this situation especially if you’ve been planning the trip of a lifetime. Therefore, here are some tips on how to plan the ultimate extreme adventure fishing trip to …

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Download the 10 Best Free Workout Apps

Gone are the days when you had to head to the gym to get a workout. Now all you have to do is open an app on your phone, get dressed, and get moving. Here are the best free workout apps you can download. But choosing the best free workout app to use can be overwhelming. With the many options out there, it’s a lot of work to test and find the best one. So we did it for you! We downloaded the top-rated 20-plus free workout apps and chose the top 10 for general fitness, running, and yoga. Our top picks for the best free workout apps have quality workouts with easy-to-use interfaces. Most of these apps have a paid subscription option as well. But you get enough quality content with the free version that we felt confident recommending them if you’re looking for a fully free option. Most of …

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Alone Season 7 Contestants

Bursting into its Seventh Season, the survival Series Alone upped the challenge by requiring contestants to last 100 days on Northern Vancouver Island. Where before, contestants fought against the environment to survive, and their own mind to stay in the competition, not knowing how long their challengers had lasted, the new condition for victory also came with a greater prize. The winner would walk home with One Million Dollars. Here’s a recap of the Alone Season 7 Contestants just in time for tonight’s big finale. Unique in the survival Genre, Alone presents a very personal, in the moment example of what long-term survival looks like as contestants are allowed to take a limited selection of equipment out into the field while they self-document their experience and strategy. Each player an expert in their trade, the selection of gear often doesn’t vary as much as could be expected. Rather, it is the mindset that …

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Proper Preparation Could Save Your Life

On any given Saturday, hiking trails are brimming with the seasonal and accomplished hiker or the friend who was dragged along for “fresh air” and “exercise.” The wilderness doesn’t discriminate between the experienced outdoorsman and the weekend warrior on doctor’s orders to reduce blood pressure; it’ll be just as rewarding and unforgiving to both. Sadly, we hear more about the lack of preparation and the unforgiving side, as tales of lost hikers splash across headlines. Their stories either end in miracles or tragedy as they’re exposed to nature’s harshest realities. Surviving heat exposure in the elements boils down to one thing: preparation. Yes, that pack you spent hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars filling with survival blankets, first-aid kits, and tools are essential. However, preparation starts a little closer to the body; it starts with your clothing. The clothes you choose on every outing, in every season, could mean the …

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5 Steps to Field Dressing a Deer

While larger big-game species are often boned-out, it’s common practice for deer hunters to gut, skin, and hang deer. The procedure is a simple one, and if you follow our tips and tactics, the process of field dressing will be headache-free. Caring for your own meat is a rewarding process. So then, before you begin field dressing, there are some tools that will make the job much easier. A sharp knife is a must. If you’re good with a sharpening stone, a standard blade will do the job. I’m not good with a stone and prefer today’s replaceable-blade knife options. In addition to a knife, I also recommend a Wyoming Saw. This packable, easy-to-assemble saw comes with wood and bone blades and can come in handy during the process if legs, horns, and the like need to be removed. So then, let’s dive in! ViperSharp 1. Prep for gutting. The first …

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The New Ol’Man Assassin Tree Stand

The new Ol’Man Assasin tree stand is ready to accompany you on your next deer hunt. The new lightweight and durable line of a tree stand, ladders, and accessories come in many configurations to suit your specific hunting needs. The New Ol’Man Assassin Tree Stand – Ready for Hunting Season The Ol’Man Assassin is an entirely new system of the tree stand and can be adapted for different situations. The Hang On Tree stand is a lightweight and mobile system. Which is able to accompany hunters who are constantly moving. The Millennium style ComfortMax seat makes the stand comfortable to sit on for extended periods of time. The entire package weighs only 19lbs. The Assassin folds up easily so you can make standing shots and the powder-coated finish ensures lasting durability without rusting.   The Ol’Man Assassin Speed Rail Hang On Ladder is the perfect accompaniment. With innovative design features …

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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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Five Biggest Myths About the AR-15

There is no other firearm available today that has more misinformation about it floating around than the AR-15. The amount of information that is simply wrong, or flat-out lies regarding these sporting rifles is rather astounding. There are many on the 2nd Amendment side who feel this is due to political and media bias. Is that true? Maybe, but we don’t get into those types of discussions here. Let’s just take a good, hard look at five of the top myths about AR-15s, and the real truth about today’s modern sporting rifle. What does “AR” really stand for? This is one of Eugene Stoner’s prototype ArmaLite Rifle, Model 15s. We’ve all heard this one before, that “AR” stands for “Assault Rifle.” We all know full well that that is definitely false. “AR” stands for ArmaLite Rifle, the company founded by Eugene Stoner, the inventor of the rifle and the original …

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The Best Hunting Boots for Men in 2020

Whether you’re hunting moose in the Yukon or wing-shooting pheasants in South Dakota, we’ve done the research and rounded up the best men’s hunting boots of the year. Hunting boots are a particular kind of beast. Boots are generally individualistic and will depend on the wearer and the feet they’re packing. But some boots just stand above the rest, heeled or not. So, when looking for the best of the best, we doubled down on researching what hunters wear for various styles of hunting. And that specialization can mean the difference between an optimal day in the field or hoofing it back to the truck empty-handed because your feet are unhappy. From the best elk hunting boots to the warmest boots for the treestand, you’re bound to find something that’ll work in this list. Testing boots and gaiters in some of the nastiest mud we’ve ever experienced during a pack-in …

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