Shooting a Shotgun – Basic Fundamentals

The fundamentals of shooting a shotgun are vital to becoming a successful wing or target shooter. There are many things that contribute to actually hitting the target. In the next article we will talk about avoiding mental breakdowns. First things, first, we must look in depth at what the fundamentals shooting a shotgun are.

  • Stance. Your stance when shooting a shotgun is different from shooting other guns. The placement of your feet is critical in having a smooth motion when taking a shot. For right handed shooters, stand with your left foot in front of your right, about shoulder width apart or just under. Shift your weight slightly toward your lead foot to help brace yourself for the recoil of the shotgun. If the bird is coming directly at you, or going away, this is the perfect stance. Unfortunately, in the real world birds come from every angle possible. Remember to shift your feet and open your shoulders in the direction the bird is coming from.

    By doing this you will gain a greater kill zone and have a more fluid swing. For left handed shooters the stance is exactly opposite. Remember, if you pull the trigger with your right hand, the right foot goes back and if you pull the trigger left handed, the left foot goes back. A good stance and good footwork are the first steps to shooting a shotgun accurately. It is inevitable that during a dove hunt there will times when your stance is off because of dove surprising you. They will come from all angles and sometimes you won’t see them until you are already behind the eight ball, it’s okay. If you have the time to get your feet right, do it. In the times you don’t, your other mechanics will be more critical in making the shot.

  • Mount. This is simply how you place the shotgun against you shoulder and prepare to shoot the bird. The stance and the mount go hand in hand and are done almost simultaneously.,especially when dove hunting. The stock of the shotgun goes in the pocket of your shoulder slightly on the pectoral muscle. Keep it very tight as this will limit the amount of bruising from the recoil. Tilt your head slightly so that your eyes are looking down the barrel of the shotgun. The top of the stock should be touching the side of your jaw bone.

    Your off hand ( the one not pulling the trigger) supports the forend of the gun. Again, it easy to get a good mount when target shooting, but when dove hunting it’s real easy to have a bad mount when you are hurrying to get a shot off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ended up with a bruised cheeked bone or shoulder because of a bad mount. By doing this it increases the difficulty of the shot dramatically. When you begin to take a shot getting your mount right ensures you are seeing the bird from the right perspective and the barrel is at the correct angle, which in turn increases accuracy and consistency. The bottom line is it’s worth the extra split second to get it right.

  • Eyes. Pretty self explanatory, you would think anyway. Most shotgunners say to shoot with both eyes open. Unlike rifles and pistols where you are seldom shooting a moving target, all of your shots on dove will be moving. I’m going to give you what some would call bad advice, but it works for me. I close one eye on shots that are straight on, either going away or coming at me. These shots require little barrel movement and usually require a straight shot at the bird, so basically aim and shoot, that’s why I close one eye.

    I’ll admit though, these type of shots are very rare when hunting dove. When shooting crossing shots (and all others), I leave both eyes open. I find with one eye closed on a crossing shot I’m almost always behind the bird. A good way to find out what works best for you is shooting skeet. Shoot a round leaving both eyes open on all the stations, then closing one eye on all stations and evalute your successes and failures. Whatever you decide works best, don’t change it. Consistency is key, do the same thing every time.

  • Swing. Imagine, you’ve spotted a bird, you’ve got your feet right, shouldered the gun and have your eyes right, now all you have to do is shoot right, wrong. What you have to do is get your swing right. Here muzzle speed and finding the right line is vital and is different on virtually every shot. If a dove is crossing but going away your muzzle speed will be slower than a dove just crossing.

    Finding the right line simply means following the line the dove is on. The last thing in your swing is your follow through. Just like a good golfer, basketball player, or bowler you must follow through your shot. Do not stop on the target, keep the swing and line even after you shoot. Doing this will keep you from stopping on the target and shooting behind it. The mechanics of your swing is something that must be practiced, once again shooting skeet is a great way to practice your mechanics.

There seems to be a lot to shooting a shotgun, but all these things happen in a blink of an eye. Practice, practice, practice. There are tons of articles on the different types of shotgunners, find out what works for you and stay consistent. The last thing you want to do is try to change your form in the middle of a hunt. Don’t let negativity set in. It can destroy everything you’ve practiced and turn a fun time into an aggravating experience. Stick to your fundamentals, be consistent, and always have fun.

Source by S P Griffin

Hunting Rub Lines

Hunting rub lines may be the single most effective way to harvest a great buck this season. There is a couple different rubs in the woods and it is important to know the difference. Early season rubs are usually to remove the velvet from the antlers but there are rubs made early in the season that you need to pay close attention to. Early in the season, usually around the first part of October, there are some does that will come into estrus. This is natures way of assuring that the most mature doe breeds with the most mature buck in the area. This early rut activity can go unnoticed unless you are in the right area. When looking for rubs in the early season pay close attention to the size of tree that is rubbed and are they located where does are likely to be, like next to a field or heavy thicket where several does might bed down for the day. Bucks just removing velvet rub trees haphazardly through the woods. These rubs will let you know where the bucks are early but these bucks will change there location later in the season as the rut approaches and that is when hunting rub lines become so effective.

Hunting rub lines really becomes effective as the rut nears and bucks are spending time with does during the night and hopefully, for the hunter, a little while during daylight hours. Many times mature bucks are nocturnal, especially in heavily hunted areas like mine. Hunting rub lines will help you get in the bucks living room where you have the best chance of seeing that buck during shooting light. Rub lines tell you, without a doubt, that a buck walked along that rub line either to where the does hang out like field or thicket or away from these areas. When you locate a rub line notice on which side of the tree or sapling that the rub is on. Once you establish that indeed this is a rub line you can see in which direction the buck traveled when making the rub.

Deer do not like hanging out in the thick stuff at night. They prefer open areas so their eyes can gather more light and help them spot predators sneaking up on them. Rub lines are either going to or from these open areas. Once you determine which way the deer was traveling you can tell if this was a morning route or an evening route that the buck took to or from theses areas. If the rubs are made on the same side as the field or open woods then the buck is moving away from that area and more than likely is an early morning rub line as the buck moves to his daily bedding area as the sun slowly rises. These bucks don’t want to get to these thick areas until the sun is at least lighting the horizon in the east. Now heavily hunted bucks will reach their thick bedding areas well before dawn because the human predator is more dangerous than all others at day break or night fall and that is why, in these areas, so many mature bucks move very little in daylight hours.

The beauty of hunting rub lines is that no matter where you hunt you can get close to where that buck spends his days. This will increase your odds of seeing this buck when you can get a shot. Once you have determined which direction the buck traveled, when making the rub line, you can establish a better than educated guess on where the buck is bedding. This is where it gets tricky because you want to slip into the bucks bedding area without spooking him and this could take some time but be patient and you will have a better chance at harvesting the buck. Follow the rub line until it ends then continue on that line of travel until the woods become thicker and set up your stand there. You can hunt this stand, when the wind is right, and see if you spot the buck in the area. I like to hunt daylight to dark, especially in these areas, but if you can’t do that slip in and out quietly and more importantly scent free. If your stand fails to produce at least a sighting then move a little deeper into the thicket and I mean just 30 or 40 yards closer to where you think the buck may be bedded. You would be amazed how much more new woods you can see with that little bit of move. Continue this until you see your buck then you can watch and learn exactly where he is traveling and set up accordingly. Remember that when you are trying to spot your buck this way you have to constantly be on the lookout and use your binoculars. The further you can spot your buck initially the less chance you have of moving in too close and spooking him out of the area.

Learning to read rub lines can be tricky but just keep in mind that the buck is either going to or coming from his bedding area and when coming from his bedding area, during the rut, he is going to where the does hang out and likewise when going to his bedding area he is leaving the area with the does. I hope these tips will help you learn more about buck movement when you are in the woods and where to set up for your hunt. Remember that nothing replaces being in the woods hunting but information like this can hopefully shed some light on some of the question you might have about hunting rub lines.

Source by Ken Mcbroom

Froggin in Mississippi

“Tastes like chicken,” says Lance Zender, a local outdoorsman from the Choctaw Bayou area. Lance is that oh so very southern of species–he is a frogger.

More than 30 types of frog and toad live in the Magnolia state according to the ASA. These range from the tiny inch-long Oak toad, which is the smallest toad in North America, to the huge American bullfrog, which is the largest at over 8-inches. In between are legions of chorus frogs, narrow mouthed toads, pig frogs, barking tree frogs, leopard frogs, and gray and white Fowler’s toads. The most popular with frog hunters are the olive to brown colored pig frog which can reach 6-inches in length, the Southern Leopard which is spotted green and brown, and of course the American bullfrog. To say the least, there is a very diverse and abundant frog population in the state.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) classifies frogging as Small Game Hunting along with rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, possum, and bobcat. The frog season in Mississippi lasts from April Fool’s Day to the end of September typically, and as such is the longest season of any game in the state at six full months. Currently the bag limit is set at 25 frogs and toads per night-that is fifty legs and a good meal for the whole family. Be sure to have your license, hunters ed card (if needed) and be up-to-date on your limits and seasons by visiting the MDWFP website.

Best areas to Frog

Oxbow lakes, gum ponds and almost anywhere you see lots of flying insects and lilypads is going to be an ideal place for the frogger to practice his art.

The marsh-rich Gulf Coast area, with its numerous wetlands, bayous, rivers and streams, are slightly warmer in the winter than areas north of I-20, and as such, the frog population continues to breed over the winter in many coastal estuaries. This means in the spring there is an explosion amongst the lily pads and swamp grass of frog overpopulation. These fertile breeding grounds of the Pascagoula river system for instance are home to as many as 109 species of fish, a unique species of turtle found only there, and all 30 of the known frogs in the state in its 9600-square miles of wetlands. It is quite literally a frogger’s paradise.

That’s where Lance works his magic.

Frog hunting techniques

Working from a flat-bottomed aluminum boat older than he is, Lance prowls the bayou on most weekend nights with a Q-beam spotlight and his half-brother Monroe, looking for the big bullfrogs. The team shares the hunt and the wealth, with one driving the boat and the other perched on the side, spotlight in hand.

“You look for eyes,” Lance explains. “As soon as your run that spotlight across the water, the eyes pop up like stars. Then head for the closest set.”

Once close enough to a keeper toad, it is up to the individual frogger as to how he takes them. Some people go ‘old-school’ and snatch the mesmerized fly-eater from its perch on a log or lilypad then toss it in the container. Others use a.22 rifle to pop the critter, and then scoop it up with a dip net. Still others gig for frogs, channeling the ancient hunter-gatherer with a spear experience still locked inside their DNA from before time.

“I’m a paddler,” boasts Monroe. The leather-skinned frogger explains that the term is what the locals use to describe the method of stunning the frog with a good smack of a boat paddle, then retrieving it as it floats around wondering what truck hit it.

To hold your frogs some sort of good solid container with a lid is preferred such as an ice chest, garbage can, or rubber made type container. Lance is a fan of pickle buckets with the lid tied to the bucket by a string so it does not fall out of the boat in the dark and float down the bayou. “Yea, that happened once.” Lance says

It is only natural that there is a more high-tech set who advocate fancier means of toad control. Some froggers use perch baskets. There are even local cottage industry manufacturers who sell specially made Frogging Baskets. Made with PVC coated wire and a rubber pinch top the baskets are designed to fit inside a 48-quart cooler and safely hold up to 150 frogs at a time.

That’s a lot of frog legs.

Source by Chris Eger

Hunting Coon Hounds – What Are Competition Coon Hunts?

Hunting coon hounds comes in two forms. The first is pleasure hunting, this is when you go out with friends and hunt purely for fun. The second type is competition coon hunting. Today, I am going to talk to you about the second type.

Competition coon hunting is a structured hunt in which you compete for prizes. You go out hunting in groups, called “casts”, consisting of four dogs. Each dog will have a handler (that’s you). Also, in each cast, there will be someone who is appointed as “guide”. The guide is responsible for providing a place to coon hunt. They will also give you information about the layout of the land such as creeks, hills, etc.

There will also be a member of the cast that is appointed as “judge”. The judge is responsible for keeping track of the scores of all coon hounds on the scorecard. Judges also help settle any disputes that may arise. Sometimes the judge and the guide will be the same person. In bigger hunts, like the World Hunt, judges and guides may be “non-hunting guides” or “non-hunting judges”. This means their only point of interest is the job appointed. This helps keep the big competition coon hunts fair.

Now that you know how the competition coon hunts are organized lets talk about how the scoring system works. The dogs are scored on two categories. These categories are “strike” and “tree”. The first dog to strike a track by letting out a bawl and to be called by his handler would receive “first strike” and the most points. This is repeated through all 4 spots. Each position receiving a little less than the one before it. The next category is “tree”. This is handled in the same process but this time when the coon hound lets out a locate and switches over to the more rapid “tree bark”. For most coon hounds the tree bark is a “chop”, however there are some bawl mouth tree dogs as well.

The amount of points given for each category is different in each registry. Most coon hound registries award 100, 75, 50, and 25 points respectively for each position in both categories. However, the United Kennel Club awards 125, 75, 50, and 25 points in the “tree” category. The Professional Kennel Club has a time cut-off for tree points in which each position is closed after a disclosed amount of time. Also, the coon hound must stay treed for 5 minutes before the cast can come in and score the tree.

Okay, now that you know how the casts and scoring system works, I’m going to talk about how you score the trees. Once you enter the tree, all coon hounds are tied back. Once all coon hounds are tied back from the tree a clock is started and all cast members will start to look for a raccoon in the tree. Most registries allow between 8 and 10 minutes to search the tree for a coon. If a raccoon is found the tree is scored as “plus”. This is what you want, obviously. If it is obvious there is no raccoon the tree is scored as “minus”, as you expect, this is not good. If no coon is found, but there is a chance one could be there the tree is scored as “circle”. Circle points only count when it comes down to a tie-breaker. Examples of circle trees would be hollow trees or bushy trees. You will see lots of circle tree during the summer hunting season.

Now, you should have a good start of understanding competition coon hunts. Now, grab your favorite coon hound and head to the nearest competition hunt and try your luck.

Source by Coby W.

The Life of Lieutenant Michael P Murphy

Not everyone is born a warrior. It takes a lot of commitment and courage to look death in the eyes on a daily basis like combat troops in the military do. Most importantly, it takes a special breed of human being to die for that they believe in. Michael P. Murphy has exemplified all the above. Perished Navy SEAL, Michael P. Murphy is a man of honor, courage and commitment. His selfless acts had save the life’s of his teammates in combat. He is a true national hero that has bled red, white, and blue.

They say heroes are born not made. Lieutenant Murphy, born on May 7th, 1976 in Smithtown, New York, is a perfect example of a born hero. Even as a child, it was very obvious that Michael was an individual that displayed many great physical and mental qualities. Garry Williams, author of SEAL of Honor called Michael’s traits the, “Seeds of Greatness.” Michael was a very curious and adventurous child. He was always getting in to things, much to the dislike of his mother. Before Michael was even two years old, he jumped into a swimming pool. His mother ran over and saw him underwater with a huge smile on his face. While his mother, Maureen, was telling him that he was not allowed in the water without a life jacket, he did it again, safely swimming to the side with a huge grin on his face (Williams 33). Because of Michael’s lack of fear, he and his parents made frequent trips to the emergency room for stitches. In SEAL of Honor, written by Gary Williams, Williams notes that during one particular emergency room trip, Michael’s dad, Dan, said, “Thank God I was a prosecutor, because I am sure otherwise they would have thought this kid was being abused.”

Along with his courage and fearlessness, traits commonly held in high regards amongst seals, Michael also was very selfless and willing to help others. He commonly played the “protector” role (Williams 39). When Michael was ten years old, his younger brother John would enter the world. Although many kids may feel jealousy towards a new child in the house, Michael was a polar opposite. He was extremely happy when John arrived and immediately became protective over him, commonly helping him out and being there for him at all times. However, this protective attitude and instinct was not limited to kin. Michael was always helping kids that were being bullied, helping animals, and putting people at ease in stressful situations. The desire to live a life of serving and helping others allowed Michael to thrive in some of the toughest military training in the world.

The above traits would prove to be a very important factor in Michael’s military training and career. SEAL training puts extreme physical demands on the body. But more importantly, SEAL training tests mental strength. The real question at SEAL training is, “How bad do you want it?” Hundreds of star athletes that shine with physical dominance drop out within a few days of SEAL training. Michael was a great athlete, but most importantly he had a mental edge that came naturally to him. Michael did not want to become a Navy SEAL because it’s a “badass job,” Michael wanted to become a Navy SEAL because he felt like it was his duty to protect and defend the United States. He wanted to make sacrifices that not many could not make, and he wanted to go above and beyond the call of duty. As a New York resident, the terrorist attacks really hit home. So much in fact that Michael would wear a New York City Fire Department patch on his uniform in times of combat. In Michael’s eyes, many great men died on that day, and he wanted revenge.

After high school, Michael decided that he would attend college at Pennsylvania State University. He would graduate with honors with two degrees in political science and psychology. Michael’s father had always wanted him to pursue a lucrative degree in law, and after getting accepted to several prestigious law schools, Michael was well on his way. However, Michael had other plans; despite his skeptical parents. Michael had decided to apply to Navy Officer Candidate School, and unsurprisingly, he was accepted. After the completion of Officer Candidate School, Michael’s journey to become a part of America’s most highly trained military unit began.

Michael began his SEAL-hopeful journey with Basic Under Water Demolition School – Class 236 in January of 2001. During this training, SEAL-hopefuls are under maximum physical and mental stress. Michael still thrived in this environment. Day in and day out, the training men were pushed to their limits. Average days involved hundreds and hundreds of pushups, sit-ups, and various other bodyweight exercises, made more difficult and miserable by the freezing cold Pacific waters and gritty sand of Coronado California, home of Navy Special Warfare. SEAL trainees were constantly told by their instructors to get, “wet and sandy!” After being told this, the trainee was required to run to the freezing surf, dive in, and roll around in the sand. Trainees were constantly kept cold and uncomfortable.

Despite all this physical and mental stress, Michael Murphy succeeded and graduated from Basic Under Water Demolition School. After graduation, Michael attended Army jump school, SEAL Qualification Training, and SEAL Delivery Vehicle School. Upon completion of those courses, Michael earned the Trident, the mark and badge of a United States Navy SEAL. The Trident is highly sought after by many, but earned by few. Michael had officially joined the SEAL Teams.

Upon becoming a U.S Navy SEAL, Michael was quickly deployed to various and often times confidential locations. He deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan in his SEAL career as an assistant officer in charge. The SEALs were always on call and always conducting missions. Unfortunately, Michael would give his life on June 28, 2005 in support of a mission designated as, “Operation Red Wings.”

Operation Red Wings was an operation that was to be completed by a four-man reconnaissance SEAL Team. Michael, along with fellow SEALs Danny Dietz, Marcus Luttrell, and Matthew Axelson were the Seals assigned to complete this operation. The objective of the operation involved scoping out and eliminating a high-value Taliban leader. On the night of June 28, 2005, the above SEALs fast roped out of a Chinook helicopter, and the operation was in full effect (Luttrell).

The operation began with a lot of slow tedious maneuvering through rocky, mountainous terrain. Hours into the mission, after finding a place to sit back and scope out, the SEAL team was discovered by a group of goat herders. After debating whether or not they should kill the goat herders to save the mission, or to spare them, morals led the men to release the herders. The herders departed, and the SEAL Team remained silently in their hidden positions.

Time continued to pass when suddenly the silence was abruptly broken by a, “Psst” sound commonly made by Michael when he wanted to catch his team’s attention. Marcus Luttrell, author of Lone Survivor, looked up the hill after hearing this, and noted an exponentially larger force. The objective and their lives had been compromised. The SEALs remained hidden and silent when Luttrell noticed an insurgent that looked as if he may have him in his sights. Luttrell took his head off, causing all hell to break loose on the mountain. Marcus Luttrell described the gun and rocket propelled grenade fire as rain.

After a long hard fight, and the deaths of many insurgents, Danny Dietz and Matt Axelson had been wounded by gunfire. Noticing the casualties that his team had taken, Michael had decisions to make. He could hunker down with his unhealthy team and try to defeat a still much larger force, or he could attempt to call in for much needed help. At this moment, Michael did the unthinkable. Knowing that his phone would not get service under cover, Michael moved into a position, under gun fire and facing almost certain death to call help for his team. Luttrell notes in Lone Survivor, that Michael was shot through the back while on the phone. After being shot, Michael still managed to say, “Thank You” to the person he was communicating with, picked up his rifle, and continued to fight until he was mortally wounded. Along with Michael, Matt Axelson and Danny Dietz had been mortally wounded, leaving Marcus Luttrell as the only SEAL living on the mountain with enemies still surrounding the area.

Michael’s heroic actions on the mountain that day had saved the life of Marcus Luttrell. For his outstanding duty in support of the United States of America’s objectives, Michael had been awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor and award for valor in combat. He was the fourth Navy SEAL to earn the medal and the first to receive it from acts of valor in the war in Afghanistan. Michael was known to be one of the best SEAL officers that many SEALs have ever seen. Luttrell said, “Mikey was the best officer I ever knew, an iron-souled warrior of colossal and almost unbelievable courage in the face of the enemy.”

Michael is now buried at Calverton National Cemetery in Suffolk County, New York. He is remembered by his mother Maureen, father Dan, and brother John. His death will forever be remembered in the Naval Special Warfare Community, as he will always be known as one of the finest Navy SEALs and warriors to put boots on the battlefield. For those he loved, he sacrificed, and for that, we thank him.

Michael’s legacy is lived on by many. It is very safe to say that Michael has led an exemplary military career as a leader and special operations operator. Those that are in the military or plan on joining should look up to Michael Murphy and strive to be like him. Paper pusher, conventional warrior, or special operator, Michael displays traits that will lead others to success if taken in. If Michael was still alive, he would tell others to be all that they could be. Put family, country, and possibly religion first and look at life as if the sky is the limit, because it is. As our military and country moves forward, we need more brave men and women to take Michael’s place and further improve our military units. Michael has done a fantastic job as an officer and SEAL role model, and we are blessed to have men like him pave the way to greatness for us. “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green

Source by Brian D Lubasky

Mid-October Lull (Bowhunting)

Deer Hunting

(October Lull)

Have you ever wondered, while bowhunting deer in October, what happened to all the deer that you were seeing in early October? After about the first ten days in October the deer that you were seeing have disappeared. Why you ask? There are a few reasons for this, but first I need to tell you that an average deer eats about 8 to 11 pounds of food each day and about 1 ½ to 2 tons of food each year. Most of their food comes from the natural food sources, such as; acorns, leaves, pine needles, wild berries and lichens. This is a key to pinpointing deer movements during the slow times in middle October. 60% of a deer’s diet comes from natural food, which most hunters forget about and never learn how to identify when deer crave these natural foods. In the Northern forests, lichens become a favorite food source in mid to late autumn when the white oak acorns start to fall, which deer prefer over red oak acorns until all the white oak acorns have been eaten. Then the deer move to the red oaks to feast on their acorns.

Probably, most hunters in early October are hunting areas that are hand planted by man and the deer will learn this by hunters leaving tell tale signs like their scent or sightings. Deer will then start feeding nearer their bedding grounds on natural foods. Deer need to feed about every four hours allowing their four stomachs to regurgitate and predigest their food. This time of the year (early to mid-Oct.) is the best time to take a doe. The reason behind this is, does are not as skittish as later on when they are wise to the hunter, and if you are successful in harvesting one at this time you can check or study the contents of the food in their stomach. Studying their contents will explain what types of food they are eating and where you need to be while bowhunting deer at this time of the year.

Bucks are starting to become more competitive at this time also. I have found that calling with a grunt call or a bleater can is very effective while bowhunting now. Also, you may rattle antlers by doing so lightly. The younger bucks are trying to figure out their dominance and how well they rank in that particular part of their home front. This causes the bigger bucks to be curious and to check out who is in their neck of the woods.

Learning what deer eat when deer seem to disappear in mid-Oct. will definitely help your chances of being successful during your bowhunting deer season. Three things to investigate are; where do they bed, what are they feeding on and where are they moving to and from during daylight hours. Your sightings of deer during the lull of mid-Oct. bowhunting deer season will improve when you learn the invisible menu of the Whitetail’s diet. Enhance your chances!

Source by Ted Lake

South Africa Hunting

Hunters are always in conflict with conservatives and environment protectionists. The tussle seems to continue as long as the spirit of hunting expresses in the minds of modern day hunters. Hunting for food is generally accepted as rule of nature, but when it comes to sports or trophy hunting, there arises differences of varied kinds, a strong struggle with seemingly no ending. Hunters can leave these concerns aside and pursue their passion to go wild and chase the animals in the wilderness once they are on for South Africa hunting.

Different companies offer South Africa hunting packages that cover providing information about hunting season, identifying hunting locations, availability of trophy hunting options, and provide for essentials as stay and dine in luxury or semi luxury rooms, weapons, guards, and trekking facilities like jeep, mini bus, elephant, or horse. If the adventurism lets you, you can also try a safari on foot, where you walk into the terrains where elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes and mighty antelopes roam about.

There are many animals including big five – elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo. Zebra, oryx, kudu, red leopard, steenbok, warthogs, cheetah, baboon, varmint, gemsbok, etc are the animals you can spot in South Africa hunting safari.

Not all animals are spotted in all seasons – your South Africa hunting company should be able to figure out the kinds of animals that may be available at your time of visit. Highest levels of skills and patients are required for a successful homerun.

The hunted animals will mostly end up in the dining tables of local people that at least partly depend on the hunters for their food. This can be an answer to haters of this big game safari.

While moving into the wilderness, the biggest adventure can be moving alone. But it is also easy to get lost in the wilderness. So it is not advisable to go into the hunting area alone. South Africa hunting companies will provide you with necessary guides and hunters to ensure you get a good catch and return safely.

Other options of wilderness and detour to primate conditions include bow hunting, where you experience ‘almost’ the same as what early caveman did while guarding his life, along with his women and children.

So where do you think you will get that experience of hunting for survival? Do you expect to get such an experience while you are with hundreds of other hunters looking to share a turkey or a deer? Although you can’t move in isolation, you need to choose South Africa hunting itinerary that doesn’t overload the hunting ground with a lot of hunters. It not only takes away the real spirit of South Africa hunting, but also leaves you with a less than satisfactory catch.

Source by John Ritoguz

The Top 3 Ground Blinds For Hunting

For those hunters who prefer to hunt on the ground floor, whether by choice or necessity, having the best ground blind for hunting is a must. There are many different manufacturers out there, with as many different price points to match. But the bottom line is you need a hunting blind that will conceal you and protect you from the elements. In most cases, any decent ground blind will do. However, sometimes you hunt in areas which dictate a certain camo pattern or perhaps your in an area, where mother nature is definitely not a hunters friend.

When selecting a ground blind for your next hunting trip, start by dong some research online. Once you have narrowed your choices, visit your local hunting pro shop or retail outlet. This will give you a chance to put your hands on the blind. Take the time to get in the display, look through the window openings, get a feel for all of the features each ground blind has to offer. Picture the hunting blind in the setting of the area you intend to hunt.

Ask yourself the following questions: Does the camo pattern fit the surroundings you intend to hunt? Is there enough room for you and your hunting party? Are you going to film your hunt? Is there enough room for the camera and cameraman? Is there enough window space to allow for a good view of the animal with the camera? What weapon will you be using? Is this hunting blind versatile enough to be used during multiple hunting seasons? How difficult is the ground blind to set up and take down? How easy is it to transport?

Once you have taken the time to answer these questions, you may find that you will need a top rated hunting blind. To help you make the best decision possible, I have reviewed what I believe are the top three hunting ground blinds available today.

1. Ameristep Crossbones/Crossbow Ground Blind- This Ameristep was designed with the crossbow hunter in mind. It has a bench style system which allows for multiple rest alternatives to help the hunter steady his/her shot. Though crossbows were intended as the primary weapon used in this ground blind, the Ameristep offers functionality for bow and rifle hunters alike. This blind uses Ameristep’s “Spider Hub” technology which aids with stability and ease of set up. The Durashell Plus fabric provides superior weatherproofing while helping to reduce a hunter’s noise from inside the blind.

2. Primos Double Bull Crusher- This is my personal favorite. The Crusher’s 3-ply welded fabric provides outstanding weather resistance while reducing shine and shadowing and almost eliminating a hunter’s profile. This hunting blind has a “Frame Pack” which can convert into a ground chair or shelf.

3. Shooter’s Ridge Sasquatch Blind- The Sasquatch comes in two sizes; a large or medium. Both offer a roof opening, numerous brush ties and removable window sections providing for a complete “black out.” Other features in the Sasquatch include a dog door, arrow friendly pass-through windows and drink holders. This amazing ground blind is available in Realtree HD or Realtree Max 1.

No matter your final selection of a hunting blind, the most important point is that the blind fits your needs when hunting. Choosing the best hunting ground blind will add to your overall experience when you head out into the fields or woods on your next hunt.

Source by Keith Cantelmo

10 Deer Hunting Safety Tips to Ensure a Fun and Safe Hunting Experience

Deer hunting season is upon us this fall in many states and I am so excited that I can hardly wait to put on my ridiculous looking bright orange hunting clothing and accessories so I can hit the outdoors.

My wife teases me about how silly I look in my bright orange hunting gear but if I were to leave the house without it she would be terrified for my safety and would think I have lost my mind for not wearing the correct gear for deer hunting safety.

As I double checked my gear in anticipation of the deer hunting season opening right around the corner it got me to think just how important it is to be safe out there.

Deer hunting is a fun outdoor sport but just like any type of sport you must adhere to certain safety precautions to avoid injury or even death. And not just your safety but that of your fellow hunters.

Deer hunting after all involves a lot of eager men, women, and children out there armed with high powered rifles and unfortunately not everyone is as safety conscious as they should be.

7 Deer hunting safety tips

  1. Wear the bright orange hunting clothing gear so you can be easily seeing and not confused with a deer. Not only is it safe but it’s also required by law.
  2. Do not pull the trigger unless unless you are sure without doubt, that your target is a deer. Sounds like a no-brainer but you would be amazed that the most hunting accidents are from hunters shooting other hunters by accident.
  3. Let your family and/or friends know when you’re going hunting, where, and what time you’re expected to be back home.
  4. Check the weather forecast.
  5. If at all possible, avoid hunting alone.
  6. Use your own tree stand and make sure it’s installed or built safety before you climb up on it.
  7. Take care of your hunting equipment before and after the hunt.

Hunt Safe – Have Fun

Hunting is a fantastic and fun outdoor activity. Not only is it a great form of getting exercise but it allows you to spend time outdoors with your friends and family and even your dog.

By following the hunting safety tips outline above not only do you ensure your safety but that of your fellow hunters (both the two and four legged hunters).

Please keep those hunting safety tips in mind each time so we can all have a safe and fun hunting experience.

When you pick up your deer hunting license ask for safety brochures or check your states department of natural resources agency website they will have printable safety tips.

Source by Wesley Ames

The Importance of the Class 3 FFL License

There are three primary classes of Federal Firearms Licenses, The Class 3 FFL License being the most prominent and three variants of those. It is important that you apply for the right one for your particular needs. The primary licenses are as follows:

Class 1 – This is for the importers of National Firearms Act guns, explosives, and other destructive devices. This would not be what the average person would need for their small business.

Class 2 – This is for the manufacturers and dealers from the factory standpoint. Companies who make weapons for the masses would need this, not the person who is buying for resale.

Class 3 – This license is for the person who buys and sales weapons including full automatics, silencers, and other destructive devices. This is the class that your local gun shop owner carries. If you acquire a Class 3 license, you do not have to have a storefront to buy and sell, and you save the $200 tax stamp you have to pay for every gun purchase you make.

Owning a gun dealer’s license is fairly inexpensive, and there are no requirements of how much, if any, product you must buy to keep the license active. When you apply for the Class 3 FFL License, you should know how you plan to use it.

If you are planning to open a gun shop, you will need to have procured or leased the space prior to the visit by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives. If you choose to get your license to use from your home, it is simpler, but you will need to have your home ready for the ATF visit, too.

What are the advantages of possessing a Class 3 FFL License? The most important are:

  • The savings from the direct purchase of guns and paraphernalia – You only pay 70% of the cost you would pay if you bought from a gun shop. If you expect to buy guns on an ongoing basis, you should save enough on purchases to cover the licensing fee.
  • Buying gun dealer samples or even making them for a fraction of the cost of the retail product – Building your own saves you a great deal over what you would pay for manufactured guns like automatics and machine guns. If you choose to resell what you make, you have an opportunity to make serious money doing so.
  • You can purchase accessories for weapons – Some people make a good side income from selling silencers and gun stands among other products.

Should I Apply?

Everyone who applies does not necessarily get a Class 3 FFL License, and much of the reason they don’t is because they make critical mistakes in the application. If you attempt to get yours without any guidance, it can be a confusing and daunting task. We recommend you seek the advice of a Class 3 FFL License Guide and get your FFL License easily and effectively.

Source by Brady Harrison