Changes the Lifestyle for a Healthy Hunting Season

Generally, one takes a resolution to make drastic changes in life either after a significant event or new year popular as New Year resolution. Quit smoking, lose some weight, practice gratitude, eat healthy are some of them. But, it is never too late to take a step ahead to change yourself and improve your hunting skills. To begin, find out your ideal body weight according to your age and height. Lose some if you are overweight. Here, we would be discussing a few ways how you can take the first step and change your life, health.

Give Up Drinking Sodas Right Away

There are so many people drinking sodas regularly. One can’t believe how much sugar is there in a small 12-ounce can. Carbonated drinks taste great, but they are never good for you. These days everyone finds pleasure in sipping  a bottle of Coke or Mountain Dew while munching a slice of pizza.

Anyone can lose weight once they stop drinking sodas. Ask a friend who stopped drinking those drinks – you will know yourself. There is no magic in it – it’s just a healthy lifestyle change.

To reap more out of this change replace the soda with water. Physicians advise you to drink more water when your pee turns yellowish. But, don’t have too much of it before bedtime. It is important to have an incessant good night sleep.

Be Active

It is time to be active. Generally, professional hunters keep themselves busy with outdoor activities like gardening, discovering a hike trail, volunteering, scouting and so on. If you are doing a desk job, then stand up and give yourself a stretch or walk around a little every 40 minutes. Go to the washroom, refill your water bottle and anything physical. Sitting at a place for long place isn’t good for your body.

Walk a Little

If you are not in favor of running or any other intensive workout, start walking around for few days every week. Try to make it a part of your daily routine. To start walk around your neighborhood or visit a park. No matter how busy your day is, you can always find ten minutes to talk a brisk walk.

You can also use a pedometer or a fitness app  that monitors your physical activities. It would help you break your last record and do better. It sets you a goal to achieve, monitors you performance and moreover motivates you. It also allows you to connect with your friends and family members  – giving you a little competition.

Invest Wisely

There is no point in driving 5 miles to work out in a fitness center. You can go out in a park or somewhere green and train yourself. In winter, you can exercise indoors. If you are willing to join a fitness center, join one in your neighborhood. On other hand, you can invest in a good pair of workout shoes and clothes that fit you and your style. Take your time to buy a nice pair of comfortable footwear.  Crappy shoes serve as an excellent excuse to do nothing sweaty.

A hunter or any outdoor guy needs to be active and be in good shape in wild. Any health problem or fatigue can ruin your entire hunting trip. Hence, it is imperative to maintain a healthy weight. However, it is very important to consult your physician before making any big physical changes. If you are 40 years or older, go for a thorough check up. Stop procrastinating it. It is better to be a little conscious about your health.

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You Call The Shots: November 2017 What Would You Have Done?

Wisconsin. Gun season. Opening morning. Hunting pressure has put this buck in the open, jogging across a hayfield.

It takes longer to explain it than to think it, but here’s what my brain tells me as my cheek nestles into the cool stock of my old-but-trustworthy .30-06: Decent-sized buck, don’t be foolish and wait for a bigger one. Safe shot, as evidenced by the hill in the background. Range of 90 yards? Piece of cake, with nothing but air between us. Wind? Negligible at this distance. Yes he’s moving, but only at a steady canter, not at that crazy-bouncy, all-out whitetail gait. Wait for the perfect standing shot and you’ll seldom shoot a deer here, and I’d rather eat deer than cow this …

BOOM! The rifle had been panning with the buck, the muzzle moving along and the crosshairs centered in the middle of the deer’s chest. I walk over, shaking a bit from the cold but mostly from the excitement, and quickly spot sprays of bright red blood. There he is! Lung shot. I go to work on my winter meat … with the bonus of a beautiful chocolate-brown rack for the wall.–Tom Carpenter

Global warming my frozen gluteus maximus! A few weeks ago I dressed in bug-resistant clothing, and now I’m wearing goose down. Welcome to November 1 in Minnesota. Actually, the cold doesn’t bother me anymore now that I’m completely numb.

Still, I was enjoying my submersion in this Norman Rockwell setting when this dandy buck materialized from the brush. The rangefinder reads 38 yards—not a chip shot, but I don’t have a problem with this distance. Last season my tears would’ve been freezing to my cheeks as I pouted and watched this buck wander off, but this year he’s in trouble.

I discovered Magnus BuzzCut broadheads during the off-season, and I’m more confident than ever with shots up to 45 yards. I’m a bit concerned about this buck jumping the string at this range, but he hasn’t been alerted by the chattering of my teeth so I should be safe. I also see bit of vegetation standing close to the buck, but because I’m shooting a fixed-blade broadhead, I’m not afraid of mowing a little grass before driving an arrow through this buck’s vitals.–Luke Hartle

I’ve been waiting for the return of rutting whitetails since last November! No doubt this buck’s a shooter —10 long typical points, good mass and spread, easily a 150-class rack. His overall body confirmation, including a slight pot belly and darkly stained hocks, indicate he’s fully mature.

My favorite .308 Win. T/C Encore pistol is topped with the new Nikon Encore scope and loaded with 165-grain Ball istic Silvertip ammo, which is sighted dead-on at 100 yards. The gun’s resting solidly on my BOG Gear shooting sticks, and I’m following the buck through the scope as he speed-walks.

While I’ve shot moving game with my hunting pistols, I prefer a standing shot. With this buck on the trail of a willing doe, he’s probably not going to pause on his own, so I’ll have to stop him with a loud grunt or snort-wheeze call. I’m not the least bit concerned about the range because with the .308 Win. Encore pistol I can accurately shoot to 300 yards. As soon as the buck puts on the brakes, I’ll take a deep breath, release a little of it, hold steady and then as calmly as possible gently tug the trigger.–Larry Weishuhn

Packing Tips for Novice Hikers

Are you backpacking for the first time? You must be excited to explore the world out there. Are you geared up? No? Check out this packing guide, and you will be primed to camp out there!

1.Get a Gear Checklist – A checklist is a collection of all the important travel gears that you require for your own safety and comfort. Check out the 10 basic must-haves for hikers.

  • Maps and compass for routing.
  • Extra clothing to protect yourself from the fluctuating weather.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen lotions.
  • Lights to lead you in dark.
  • First-aid kit for emergency.
  • Fire-starter. Carry them in water-proof packs.
  • Food and some extra ration for emergency.
  • Extra water to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Portable tents for emergency shelter.

2. Acquire the Gears – It’s useless to purchase expensive bags and tents for a couple of days. Consider borrowing or renting it.

3. Add Small Comforts (Optional) – You can easily pack small non-heavy comforts like sleeping bag, toilet paper, camera, a water purifying solution. Just make sure the backpack weighs as much as you can handle – around 30 pounds.

4. Check the Size and Capacity of the Backpack – It should be according to your torso length. Keep the heavy gears close to your shoulder and back.

5. What to Wear – Pack what you actually need. Don’t tempt to cart your entire wardrobe. You have to manage with just a few pairs. Remember; layering is the trick!

  • Pack polyester underwear. They dry fast.
  • Pack a pair of convertible pants or shorts. Convertible pants are convenient as you can unzipped the lower part of the pant for some extra air and sun.
  • Bandanas, buffs, hiking caps will protect your scalp for sun. Apply some sunscreen on your skin that is exposed to sun.
  • Don’t miss to pack a rain jacket or vest. An extra insulating layer that will protect you during the chilly hours of the day.
  • Choose synthetic or woolen socks that are compatible with your footwear. Sweat-laden cotton socks don’t dry easily.
  • For footwear, you can choose hiking shoes, trail runners or traditional backpacking footwear, i.e. full or mid-cut boots. If you are hiking on rocky terrain – Sports shoes will do good. Just make sure they are robust and comfortable.
  • Carry dried or frozen food – All you need is 10 minutes and a few cups of boiling water to prepare your meal. Opt for some energy bars, dried fruits, cheese or jerky for snacks. Always protects your food from critters and other animals.
  • Communing Gears- You cannot rely on your smart phone network in wild. Think of other options like satellite messengers or personal locator beacons. Carry a portable solar charger to charge the batteries.

Finally, remember to S-T-O-P (Stop-Think- Observe-Plan) in case you lost the trail. If you cannot get back, wait for the rescuers. Be nice to other hikers, creatures and nature. Take deep breathes, relax and engross yourself in the scenic beauty.