The Evolution of Man – The History of Hunting

Perhaps one of the eldest activities on the face of the planet is hunting. The history of hunting, as a result, is also one of the most diverse. Hunting for food has always been something that human kind has had to do, dating back to the beginning of any civilizations known to man.

As a result of this, there have been thousands of weapons and devices used to hunt. The history of hunting is far more complicated than any other history in the world, as it stretches so far into the past. In order to understand this history, you need to break down and study each era where hunting has been a major part of life. While there are exact time lines of when certain guns or weapons were produced, understanding the importance of hunting should be done on a far broader scale. There is much more to the history of hunting than when the gun was created.

The First Era, Pre-Civilization

In this time frame, from before great cities to the first starts of basic civilization, the human race survived on their skills of scavenging and hunting. In cultures similar to those of the first era and pre-civilization, women had the roll of caring for the home and preparing the food brought in by the men. Some portions of modern day Africa have conditions similar to this, where they do not have a great deal of money, and a similar style of hierarchy. The men all learned how to hunt, and they held these hunts daily to feed themselves. Unlike today, all hunting was for survival, and none of it for sport. All of the materials from the killed animals was used, from the bones to the pelt. Hunting was also a method of determining who was the bravest warrior. The bravest would hunt the ferocious creatures that lived nearby their homes. These kills were a vital part of the early hierarchies.

A wide variety of different weapons were used during this era, from slings to spears crafted of wood and stone. For large prey, the hunters would work together in packs, similar to how a wolf hunts to bring down their quarry. The only trophies kept were antlers and teeth. Occasionally the skulls would be kept as decoration or as symbols of the clan or family group. This oldest form of hunting was the basis in which the present was formed.

The Second Era, Growth of Civilization

As people gathered together and civilization really began, the role of men as hunters changed as well. Cities, by their very nature, require a variety of people with a lot of skills. There needed to be craftsmen and weavers, animal handlers and other trades so that everyone could have access to everything they needed. Instead of the split between men and women, hunting became the task of those most suited for hunting. These were usually always men, as it was looked down upon for women to participate in this line of work.

This was also the turning point where hunting becoming a sport. Civilizations, such as the Babylonians, the Egyptians, and the Romans all had their hunters and craftsmen. The Romans, took hunting as a sport to a whole new level, capturing prey alive for sale or gladiatorial competitions. Only certain individuals were hunters, allowing the select men to feed those in their community.

The Third Era, The Middle Ages

Perhaps one of the most interesting times in the history of hunting, is the middle ages. This is the period in time where hunting for food was a vital part of life for many, though restricted. Rules on hunting, such as no hunting in the King’s Forest, was the first real restrictions on hunting present in the world. Only the rich prospered, and the surf classes hunted whatever they could, when they could for survival. Hunting, from boar to deer to fox hunting, became primary sports for the nobility of the time frame. This started the trend of organized hunts for sport.

Colonists to the New World required as much hunting skills as possible, during this period of time, although they progressed quickly from relying on scavenging and hunting to creating farms and plantations. Popular weapons for use in hunting during this time period was forms of archery, slings and throwing spears. The gun was also used, although it had not quite yet reached full levels of popularity.

The Fourth Era, The Industrial Period

On the heels of the Middle Ages was the Industrial period. This era stretched from beyond the 1700s until just after the start of the 1900s. The evolution of machines brought about great changes in hunting. Large farms became very popular, where livestock was raised instead of the practice of hunting wild animals, downgrading hunting to only become a past time. Guns, ranging from muskets to rifles, were being to be used extensively. Archery was downgraded to sport use only, though it was very popular for tests of skill.

Present Day

Through these stages of the history of hunting, humans have perfected this activity, with a wide range of weapons. Archers, for example, have many types of bows to choose from. Arrows are just as plentiful as bows, from metal to wood, with many different types of tips. Guns have evolved the same way, with many types of bullets and guns for different types of hunting. Special guns and equipment designed for moose hunting, for example, wouldn’t be the same as deer hunting supplies.

Competitive hunting, such as fox hunting, is still greatly enjoyed by many people who prefer a little more action to their hunting. In the modern world, safety and skill are the requirements for hunting, and it is open for anyone who is willing to learn proper weapon handling and obtain all of the documents necessary to hunt. Regulations on guns and hunting have been developed to prevent species from going extinct. While hunting is still very popular, the modern day has a lot more restrictions that in any other era in the history of hunting.

Each of these eras of the history of hunting have done a lot for the sport and trade, giving it a rich heritage that shouldn’t be forgotten.



Source by Rebecca Blain

Parker Bushwacker Crossbow Vs Wicked Ridge Warrior Crossbow

Parker Bushwhacker crossbows is manufactured by Parker – one of the largest manufacturers of compound bows. It is intended to give hunting enthusiasts value for their money by combining style and safety in its design. Considered to be at entry level, the Bushwhacker is ultra light in weight with a vented forearm as well as a safety finger flange and pistol grip for easy use. Other features include a G2 trigger, aggressive stock styling with auto engage and ambidextrous safety. An additional significant feature of the Parker Bushwhacker is its anti dry fire device. Not all manufacturers include this device in its products. Dry firing or firing without bows or arrows can cause damage to the limb so it is important to integrate an anti dry fire mechanism.

On the other hand, the Wicked Ridge Warrior is a product of Tenpoint. It provides precise performance without costing you too much money. Its CNC machine riser guarantees superior strength and quality. Tenpoint is known for its patent technologies that are incorporated in every product it manufactures. These technologies include the Ridge dot to allow hunters to shoot with precision as well as Acra-Angle technology that ensures accuracy in cocking while preventing any injury from occurring. The PowerTouch trigger gives a quiet, smooth and consistent trigger pull. Furthermore, it also integrates an anti dry firing mechanism to avoid dry firing. This is really important since it can prevent from the string to wear out as quickly and as well to prevent any incidents from occurring.

Both types of crossbows enjoy immense popularity and positive reviews from consumers. Reviews claim that the Parker Bushwhacker is very lightweight, compact and easy to handle or move around. It provides accurate shooting with no excessive noise compared to other brands. With its low price, consumers get a quality product and still have extra money to buy other items for hunting. Aside from its features, consumers also commend the lifetime warranty offered by Parker as compared to the limited warranty by other manufacturers.

With Tenpoint’s reputation, consumers are assured of getting a quality product. It shoots with exact precision and great penetration. It is also easy to draw and use. This is also lightweight that even children can use it. So if you want to get extra savings, you can choose either the Parker Bushwhacker or Tenpoint’s Wicked Ridge Warrior. They are good entry-level crossbows, and good quality products that come in affordable prices.



Source by Tim X Zheng

Simple Improvements to My QB78 and the Advantages and Disadvantages of Co2 Airguns

Although this article focuses on improvements to my QB/XS 7 co2 gun, the information would most likely transfer directly to most or the basic co2 rifles. The QB 78 is a good gun out of the box and the one I currently own and use. I have only made three alterations to my QB since new:

1) I tuned the trigger, which is an easy job for anyone who can handle a screw driver and needs no additional parts to make a huge improvement. Further improvement could be gained by adding some shims either side of the trigger to stop the slop, which is fairly noticeable though I have not as yet bothered with this. The feel of the trigger is now smooth and sure whereas before it was distinctly jerky making it hard to judge when the gun was going to fire.

2) I improved the stock by adding some height to the comb to make the gun more comfortable and improve my accuracy, especially using telescopic sights. This was a more complex job though easy enough for anyone with some basic woodworking skills and access to a table saw or otherwise more skilled at hand sawing than myself!

3) I added an adjustable butt plate/pad. This was an easy job with some filing of the new butt plate to do and simply screw it all together in what ever position suits the shooter.

These measures have greatly improved its performance and feel.

Advantages and disadvantages of co2 guns over other types of air weapon

One of the biggest advantages of co2 airguns is their relatively low cost compared to comparable springers and more so, pre charged pcp guns. Co2 guns will give you the recoil free action of a pcp which is a great advantage over spring guns in terms of accuracy especially for the less experienced air gunner. They are also often reasonably easy to tune as in the case of the QB

Wanting a cheap but powerful and accurate gun for hunting and never really mastering marksmanship with a springer is what attracted me to these guns in the first place. I had been using an ASI Magnum spring powered gun which was a great gun for the money though I had been used to using a Sharp Innova pump up pneumatic beforehand and found this much easier to hit the mark with. I was however fed up with pumping it up every shot and since the UK gun laws had changed making co2 guns legal, I decided to give one a go.

The disadvantages I have found are that there is a considerable power drop once the powerlet begins to empty. I have found that I get approximately 80 – 90 shots from a powerlet yet only the first 50-60 are consistent. With the QB it is necessary to shoot off the excess co2 before changing powerlets. This can be done without loading pellets into the gun but is laborious. Unscrewing the tube cap before the powerlets are empty (the QB takes 2 powerlets at a time) can cause damage to the seals. Co2 guns are also subject to a loss of power as temperature drops. This is most noticeable below 5 degrees C.

In conclusion, co2 power has a great advantage over spring power guns in terms of recoil and therefore can be more accurate. There are good out of the box guns around that are excellent with minimal work. The power drop as the powerlets empty can make recharging them laborious and they are adversely effected by cold weather, however as an entry level gun they have some great advantages as well as being great fun!



Source by Matt J Baker

Tactical Assassin 2 Game Walkthrough

Warning: You are about to enter a dark world of an assassin. Killing, murdering, and assassinating target stickmen is your profession, and you are a professional. Tactical Assassin 2 is a classic stickman sniper game. It isn’t a tough game to complete, but it does have a few tricky missions. If you have been playing this game for 2 hours and for the life of you cannot pass level nine, you should keep reading this article as I will walk you through on how to complete Tactical Assassin 2.

Mission 1 is an easy training mission. You are given a Winchester.308 rifle with a Tasco 4×15 scope. Your targets will popup randomly every few seconds so keep your eyes open! You must hit six of them to move on to the next mission.

Mission 2 is called “A New trust.” Your target is a militia member that assassinated 2 key allies of the organization called F.M.G. Intel confirms he is sitting at a local coffee house. Your target is the stickman on the right that is smoking a cigar. Easy money!

Mission 3 is called “Brotherhood.” Your boss likes your work and has assigned you to assassinate one of the King Brothers and the forensic specialist. Both targets are sitting on a bench in the park. Remember the code of Snipers. “One shot, one kill.” So wait for just a few seconds and when the KB stickmen sits up and both of their heads are aligned, take the shot!

Mission 4 is called “A New Lead.” Our boss is having a hard time locating the last two remaining KB members. But we do have a lead. In order to get the information, we must assassinate a doctor for reasons our source wants to remain unknown. He will be leaving his office shortly. The doctor is an easy kill.

Mission 5 is called “Full House.” We have word from the “Fox” that one of the KB brothers is hosting a poker game at his house. Your target is the stickman sitting closest to the window, back to you, drinking with his right hand.

Mission 6 is called “Airliner.” Fox has given us intel that the last remaining KB brother is staying in Iraq and about to walk out of the plane. We must eliminate him and his bodyguard. The body guard is standing underneath the wing of the plane. Wait until the KB brother walks down the stairs and infront of the bodyguard, then shoot him. After killing the bodyguard without the KB seeing you, take him out.

Mission 7 is called “Disruption.” An Iraqi forensics specialist is close on closing the case of recent bombings by the FMG. This forensics agent must be eliminated. You will be positioned on the roof of an adjacent building. Your target’s room is the middle one on the top floor. First shoot the satellite tv dish on the roof. Your target will then get up and walk through the window view giving you the opportunity to take him out.

Mission 8 is called “Last Speech.” You have been giving a powerful.50 caliber sniper rifle. Your target is a Spanish politician who is giving a speech protected by thick glass. This is your change to eliminate him.

Mission 9 is called “The Boom-man.” Boom-man is a high profile assassin in Iraq responsible for many bombings. Your mission is to distract the guards so that the Boom-man can plant bombs on the vehicle. You must not shoot anyone. Mission is quite tricky as you have a limited amount of time. First look up and notice the guard under a tree. Shoot the tree to distract him. Next, look down and to the right for a bottle near the door of the garage. Shoot it to distract the second guard. Third, look down to the right of the garage and you will notice a guard on the car and an electronics box just to the right of the garage door. Shoot the box to distract the third guard. Then watch as the Boom-man plants the bomb on the car and blows it up!

The End! Hopefully this article has helped you pass this cool assassin game!



Source by Jason C Slater

Hunting in Montana – The Culture and Lifestyle of a Montana Tradition

Hunting is as much a part of the Montana lifestyle as cowboy boots and buffalo. It is a fundamental weave in our social fabric and considered a rite of passage by most Montanans. Imagine businesses closing to accommodate their employees’ hunting hysteria, and schools being more lenient about tardies and absences during hunting season.

Yes, a quick glance at the bumper stickers and license plates on the trucks in Montana will quickly illuminate the place of reverence that hunting enjoys in this state of, as one of my friends so aptly calls it, “Huntana”. And in fact, one of my favorite restaurants proudly serves the ‘Montana Surf n Turf’ which is a meal of rainbow trout and buffalo.

Not being limited to merely deer hunting, stalking the wily game in Montana offers a nearly unending supply of choices, and encompasses a wide variety of animals such as moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, buffalo, Canada goose, pheasant, brook trout, wild turkey, grouse; the list goes on and on.

Those who plan it right can legitimately hunt from September through November. They take advantage of this option by taking up bow hunting in addition to the traditional rifle or shotgun method of hunting. There is an added appeal to bow hunting because it starts in early September when the weather is usually a little more bearable. The rifle hunters will generally have to brave below freezing temperatures and fresh snow to land their kill. But, in fact, the snow gives them an added advantage in tracking. So those souls asking for an early snowfall in Montana are undoubtedly hunters or skiers.

When I came to Montana, I noticed horizontal boards across many thresholds and garages. “It’s to hang the deer from,” was my husband’s casual reply. I was appalled. The thought of animal carcasses hanging randomly around the neighborhood made me nervous. Sure enough, in October and November there they were; the big game carcasses, acting as hunters’ “trophies” hanging in a proud and defiant display. Many big game hunters let them hang for up to five days to cure the meat and reduce the ‘gamey’ taste. In Montana, many garages and sheds double as super-size refrigerators during hunting season: that time of the year the temperatures usually stay below 40 degrees.

A friend of mine is strictly committed to bird hunting. He will shoot any kind of fowl he can get his sights on, be it duck, Canada goose, pheasant, grouse or wild turkey. He is, however, more discriminating in what he will eat. He prefers pheasant over anything else. When I asked what he does with the birds he kills and does not care to eat, he so eloquently stated, “I make sure they get eaten by something.” This meant primarily friends, family, neighbors and their pets. How noble. His wife doesn’t care for eating any kind of wild fowl, so that presents its own brand of discord among his household. Still, most Saturday mornings he is guarding the banks of the river, shotgun in hand, waiting for the unwary bird to wander by.

Big game hunting seems to be more all-consuming for the big game hunter. Early in the season, many hunters will pass on perfectly good kills, waiting for the ‘big kill’. I have my suspicions as to whether they are actually holding off for the ‘big kill’ or simply milking the hunting excursions for all they’re worth. The spouses at home are referred to as ‘hunting widows’ while they patiently wait for their other half to get it out of their system. As soon as the magical phrase is uttered, “This is your last weekend! Don’t come home until you get something,” they somehow, quite miraculously I’d say, bring home an animal, be it elk or deer or moose or whatever is required to fill their hunting tag. The animals are probably more nervous towards the end of the season when the hunters who haven’t filled their tag yet will shoot at anything that crosses their path.

Everyone has their meat preferences. Most of my friends do not care for venison, preferring elk or buffalo to deer. They have different ways of preparing game meat, and interesting ways of disguising the taste of the more gamey-tasting meat that they dislike. When my father came for a visit, I made him a genuine Montana Moose Meatloaf, which he touts as one of the highlights of his trip. Some of my friends even brag that they have not had to buy red meat at the store for years.

I made my first kill last fall in the Lolo National Forest. My rite of passage was courtesy of a small doe that played her part in the cycle of life to feed my friend’s family. As I’m not a big fan of venison, my particular freezer contains elk, buffalo and moose courtesy of other friend’s generosity, as I didn’t kill any of them.

The Lolo National Forest is a two-million-acre recreational playground, with over 700 miles of hiking trails, over 100 named lakes and five rivers, and more than 60 species of large mammals, so when we say that western Montana is truly your outdoor recreational paradise, we mean it! For those of us that have the privilege of living here, we have the luxury of simply wandering out into our 145,552 square mile ‘backyard’ to enjoy this recreation any time we want. You simply can’t put a price on it, that’s for sure!



Source by I Dint

The Extra Step – Focus and Dedication – The Difference Between Greatness and Mediocrity

In today’s competitive world, races are no longer won by minutes but by milliseconds. The winner and the looser at election time are separated by slim margins. The odds are narrowing down, the competitions getting more fierce and the difference between success and failure in the business, professional and entrepreneurial world are getting smaller and smaller.

If we want to win and succeed we must have that winner’s edge, that little but significant distinction that separates the winners from those who will be lost in the crowd. It’s what will distinguish the ones who will be noticed from those who will stay in the shadows.

That small distinction is what will make the difference between the person who is awarded the contract and the one who will be thanked for sending a submission. The difference between the guy who will climb the ladder of success and the guy who will be thanked for his services.

In today’s world, being good is not enough. We are expected to be good. Being excellent will get us nothing but a passing grade. If we want to get ahead and succeed, we must be outstanding. That’s where the money is, that’s how we get the prize, that where the elevator goes to the top.

If being outstanding is so important, the subject needs further consideration and the question that begs to be asked is, “How do we get to be outstanding?”

Two simple words could answer that question. Focus and dedication. These two words may be closely related subjects but each deserve a special consideration.

Focus implies a specificity of purpose. The final objective must be specific and very well defined. That is just as true in the entrepreneurial field as it is in the corporate world. We no longer live in the world of jacks-of-all-trades. The competition is too fierce. The area of expertise and interest must be narrowed down to its acceptable limit.

Specificity of purpose does not exclude general culture. Its a must in affluent and well to do circles. But it does mean that conscious and judicious choices be exercised in time management. Priority must be given to the object of our focus.

Dedication means discipline, efforts and concentration. You don’t get to be a world class athlete by being interested in your discipline, you get there by being totally dedicated to it. The same applies to anyone who desire to become outstanding and succeed in a specific area of expertise.

The prize, the honors and the pure satisfaction go those who are truly on focus and exercise total dedication. That’s where being outstanding which is the winner’s edge is found. And that’s what is needed if there is to be any hope of achieving outstanding success. It’s the key to the brass ring. Focus and dedication equals outstanding success. Go for it.



Source by Dr. Raymond Comeau

Clay Pigeon Thrower – Build One Yourself

Trap throwers that are set to shoot clay targets from the ground and some that you hold and shoot in the air.

The trap throwers are specifically made for throwing the clay pigeon far because it can be hard for the hunter to do that on his own. These trap shooter can be good if you want to improve your skills in hunting birds or if you just want to be a better marksman.

Some people like to buy parts of the clay pigeon thrower and assemble it themselves, I do not recommend building your own trap thrower because it would be cheaper if you just bought it from a store. Assembling all the parts can be really difficult because you need to make sure the trap thrower spins the clay disks as it is being shot out of the thrower. You can buy a trap thrower from many big box stores or a sporting good store in your local area.

If you are looking to buy one online it can be expensive but from your local store you can get one under 100 bucks. To construct a clay trap thrower you will need to dig four holes to stand you posts in. Next you place the beams in and cement it. Once the beams are put in saw them off a foot from the ground and once that is done put the ply board panel on the beams so it will be the platform of your thrower.

I hope this article was useful to you I hope this comment was useful to anyone wants to learn more about clay target throwers. Have fun and be safe when shooting those pigeons.



Source by Jacek Prague

Coyote Hunting – A Beginner’s Guide for Successfully Calling Coyotes!

Coyote hunting is quickly becoming a popular pastime for hunters all across North America largely due to the sheer excitement it has to offer. There are few things that can get my adrenaline flowing faster than seeing a coyote rapidly closing on my position in response to the desperate pleas of my distress call. My goal here is to provide you with some basic strategies that can quickly get you up to speed on the basics of coyote calling, and help you experience the joy of calling coyotes. The tips and strategies I will discuss will be listed in order of importance to your success at calling coyotes.

The first and most important item that is crucial to your success at calling coyotes is scouting. It is a simple fact that you can’t call a coyote if there isn’t one there to be called. When you’re out in the field scouting look for scat and coyote tracks that will indicate coyotes are in the area. Also, take notes on where you repeatedly see coyotes, as these will be areas that you will want to target with your calling. Landowners are great resources to give you hints on where they are seeing coyotes on their land and where they feel would be good places to call. Look for areas that have a high concentration of the coyote’s prey, such as rabbits, prairie dogs, deer, and mice. If you seek out these types of areas, you’re sure to find coyotes.

Second in line for success at calling coyotes is set-up. How you set-up (position yourself) on stand to call is critical. Pay close attention to the direction of the wind at all times. The coyote’s sense of smell is highly adapted, and should not be ignored. When setting up, make sure you position yourself either with the wind directly in your face or with a crosswind. Coyotes are notorious for circling downwind to gain scent advantage, so the ideal set-up in my opinion would be with a crosswind and sufficient open area downwind to see any circling coyotes. It helps if you can hunt with a friend, and position him/her downwind to get any coyotes that circle your position. If you have one of the new remote controlled digital callers on the market, you can position the call upwind of your position and therefore be in the perfect position, as the coyote begins to circle. Just don’t position it to far away in case the coyote does decide to come directly into the position of the caller. It is also important to call with the sun at your back. This makes it more difficult for the coyote to see you, as they have to look directly into the sun when they approach. Another important aspect for setting up is to try and position yourself in the shade. By being in the shade, this will help conceal your position and make it more difficult for the coyote to see you. Now, putting all these items together would certainly be the perfect scenario, but in reality this isn’t always possible. Sometimes you have to sacrifice the position of the sun or your ability to sit in the shade in order to call a prime location. However, I never sacrifice wind direction in order to call an area. If the wind isn’t right, I wait to call that area another day.

The third item for successful coyote calling is camouflage. It is important to try and blend into your surroundings by matching your camouflage to the terrain you hunt. It is also critical to cover all exposed skin, including your face. Human skin is highly reflective and coyotes will pick up on this. Test this out for yourself by having a friend dress in full camouflage except for a face mask, and then have him conceal himself as if he were hunting. Now, step back several yards and see how easily he is to pick out. Now try the same experiment with your friend wearing a facemask. I bet you will be surprised at the difference. Another important component of camouflaging yourself is to limit movement when on stand. Coyotes have keen eyesight and will pick up on the slightest movement. If you must move, do so slow and deliberately.

Last but certainly not least, is the actual act of calling itself. Many of you may be surprised that I saved this for last. Don’t get me wrong, making the right sound is very important and you could be producing the most mournful distressed rabbit sound the coyote has ever heard, but unless you do all the above items correctly your chance of bagging it are greatly reduced. Learning how to use a mouth blown rabbit in distress call is a relatively simple task. Any of the calls on the market today are likely to work for you. If you don’t know the correct sound to make, I suggest buying one of the many videos on coyote calling that are on the market or buy a CD or cassette tape with a live rabbit in distress sound on it and practice along with it. Many beginners make the mistake of thinking they have to sound perfect in order to call a coyote. The truth of the matter is the coyote doesn’t care. As long as you sound like an animal in distress, you’re likely to get the attention of a coyote. The interesting thing about calling coyotes is that no two people sound exactly alike when using a particular call, but the sounds are all effective, and yours likely will be too. One other topic that hasn’t been mentioned is how long to call at each location. This depends on a lot of factors, but I typically stay 30 minutes on each stand, especially when calling open area. If you live in an area that is heavily wooded, you may only stay on stand 10-15 minutes because the sound won’t travel as far. When you are calling you will want to call for short intervals. For example, call for 20-30 seconds, wait 2 minutes, and repeat. Do this for the duration your on the stand.

These are the basics you will need to become a successful coyote caller. Study them closely and then get out in the field and call some coyotes. Once you do, I am sure you will be hooked for life just as I am. I wish you the best of luck.



Source by Mark Petersen

The 8 Must Have Items In Your Duck Hunting Gear

Every duck hunter knows you need to have a lot of duck hunting gear with you when you head out to the blind. The ability to carry all of this gear to and from the duck blind is no easy feat, so it is important to fill a blind bag and have it ready to go. When we compiled the following list, we have taken into account the fact that you already have a duck hunting gun, ammunition and decoys. So, to help you decide what duck hunting equipment is a necessity, we have listed the top eight items every waterfowl hunter should carry.

1. The first order of business and the first item on our list, is a high quality blind bag which can organize all of your gear. This is your primary piece of equipment. My favorite is the Avery Floating Blind Bag. It has enough room to carry everything a waterfowler needs. Not to mention its water repellant construction and buoyancy makes this bag an excellent choice.

2. There is no sense in going hungry while you are in the blind. Snacks and water are the next order of business. What types of snacks isn’t all that important, but items which are individually packed such as trail mix and cereal bars will be protected if, the unfortunate should happen and they get wet. Coffee or water can be taken; finding a thermos which floats is a good idea. Oh, by the way, while you’re at it, don’t forget some snacks for man’s best friend.

3. Many duck hunters head out to the blind in the pre-dawn hours much like their deer hunting counterparts. A ball cap light will help until the sun brightens up the landscape.

4. A jerk cord is a must have item. This is the simplest, yet most effective item to create motion on the water when mother nature doesn’t do it for you.

5. A good set of binoculars should be a given no matter what you are hunting. I would suggest a minimum of 8×42. This should be perfect for spotting the ducks off in the distance.

6. You never know when you will need to mend something or improvise a jerk cord in the field. Having an extra nylon cord is always a good idea. This simple, yet versatile piece of equipment can save you a lot of headaches when you are out at the blind.

7. Duck hunters spend many a cold morning in the blind. Having some hand and foot warmers will make the wait easier to take.

8. Last but definitely not least, a prepared duck hunter should have multiple duck calls to increase his chances of success. Consider having a double reed call, short reed goose call and a whistle call in your arsenal.

Being prepared when heading out to the duck hunting blind will make your duck hunting experience a more enjoyable and hopefully a more successful one. Having this essential duck hunting gear ready before you head out will help to eliminate any stress along the way.



Source by Keith Cantelmo

How Do You Maintain The Optimal Humidity In A Gun Safe?

When it comes to firearms, the optimal humidity in a gun safe is zero. Humidity causes rust to form on the steel construction of the guns kept while kept inside the safe; as well as allows moisture to accumulate in the gunpowder inside the ammunition. Neither are optimal conditions for your firearms and both can cause extremely dangerous accidents should you need to fire your weapons. If you use a gun or pistol safe, it is extremely important to take safety precautions, such as using gun safe anchor kits to prevent accidentally turning over the security device.

One excellent, and very popular though hard to find brand, is the Kingsbury gun safe. A beautiful copper finish completes the look. It is fireproof and features 5 adjustable shelves and an S&G lock system. If a vintage model is in your future, you might luck up on a Kingsbury gun safe online for about $600.

Providing the conditions to maintain the optimal humidity in a firearms safe was once nearly impossible, prior to the modern technologies that are available now to prevent it. Depending on the humidity levels in the air surrounding the safe, the steel walls could sweat and damage the firearms and ammunition kept inside. The majority of modern firearms safes are fireproof and waterproof; but don’t let that fool you. That only means that water is unable to enter from the outside of the safe if it is submerged. It does not mean that under the right conditions, the air inside the rifle or firearm safe will not contain moisture and cause the steel to sweat.

There are several products on the market that can be placed inside, with the firearms and ammunition, to insure the optimal humidity in a gun safe. One is a portable mini dehumidifier, which runs on a rechargeable battery and lasts 30-60 days between charges. Recharging releases the moisture trapped in water crystals, and gets it ready to absorb moisture for another 30-60 days. Another option is either a rechargeable desiccant container, or a container that can be placed in the oven to release the moisture from the desiccant crystals; then reinstalled to maintain the optimal humidity in a firearms safe. Any of these options will take care of an inside area of at least 35 cubic feet.

Many gun aficionados ask if an ammunition safe or firearms locker be kept in an unheated garage. The temperature surrounding the firearms safe is not the issue; it is the moisture content of that air. So, can a rifle safe or firearms locker be kept in an unheated garage? The answer is definitely yes, as long as there is a good moisture removal product inside of it. Even in the garage accidents can happen, so don’t forget to use the gun safe anchor kits.

The two most important things to remember about gun or ammo safes are: use anchor kits and secure locks to prevent accidents, and use products to remove odors and moisture inside the safe to maintain the optimal humidity in a gun safe.



Source by Mike S Williams