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March 13, 2017

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The Not-So-Obvious Advice For Surviving in the Wilderness

“Come hunt with us, it would be fun!” they said. This was four days ago, and the other members of the crew are probably snug in their beds while you’re scraping together bugs for dinner. You’ve got your camp set up and you have a fire going. You’re following all the advice you’ve ever received before a trip, but you’re finding it hard not to listen to the voices in your head. In fact, much of the survival process takes place in your mind.

Don’t Underestimate Shallow Water

There are two major concerns when survivors cross shallow water, the first is that they’ll underestimate the current and get swept away. The other is shallow water blackout, which often takes place when swimmers take a large gulp of air before going under water. This is because the hyperventilation causes a decrease in the oxygen and CO2 levels in the bloodstream, which means the body is unable to tell the brain that it needs air.

Keep Those Emotions in Check

It’s easy to become despondent when things are on the dreary side. This may cause you to lose focus and lose track of the important steps to ensure survival. A way to keep up the good cheer is to get a fire roaring. Not only does it provide heat, it also creates a sense of security. It also adds another chance of discovery by other hikers or a rescue party.

Use Some Of Those Self-Sufficient Skills

If there is no way of knowing how long you will find yourself out in the wild, you may want to look at your surrounds as a more permanent location. This would mean harnessing some additional skills that include gardening, repurposing, and cooking. Finding  the right location for a sturdy shelter should also feature on this list.

Steer Clear of Disease Carriers

Hunters and their dogs often find themselves on the wrong side of the hunting stick when they don’t take care in the hunt as they expose themselves to disease. Some of the diseases that are fairly common include rabies, salmonellosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more. Survivors who find themselves desperate for food or water often find themselves in this predicament. These diseases are spread through infected animals, insects, contaminated soil, and water.

 

Jess Walter,

Freelance Writer

March 06, 2017

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How to Make Sure Your Rifle Scope Lasts

If you’re an avid hunting enthusiast, you know that choosing the right rifle scope is just as important as choosing the right ammunition or survival gear. Accuracy is essential when you’re out hunting and a high-quality scope can mean the difference between a kill shot and a shot that allows your target to escape.

Choose the Right Mounts

Using good quality optical mounts to keep your scope secured is just as important as having the scope itself. A high-quality optical mount will keep your scope securely in place, which is critical when you have your next target in sight. Without secure mounting, the scope will shift over time, causing your accuracy to drop. Make sure that your mounts are strong and durable and that they also fit the overall style of your rifle.

Maintain Your Scope

In order to ensure that your scope stays in good operating condition, there are some maintenance and care tasks that you’ll need to perform. Make sure that you cover up the lens whenever you’re not using it to prevent dust, moisture, or other contaminants from damaging the lens. You should also be cleaning your scope as needed so that dirt, mud, and forest debris don’t cause damage to your scope or other components of your rifle. Too much sun exposure can also potentially harm the lens structure, so be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight whenever possible.
February 27, 2017

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Essentials for the Wilderness: If All You Could Take in Your Backpack Were These Five Things

Essentials for the Wilderness: If All You Could Take in Your Backpack Were These Five Things

When it comes to hunting, spending a few days out in the wild is just as much about surviving as well as what you catch. Sure, there might be a ready-built shelter or hide in the hunting ground of choice, however, there are also those scenarios where the hunter would need to improvise. An injury or sudden change in weather can make the hunting game a little trickier. If the hunter only had a few minutes to grab some stuff - assuming that they already had the right clothing on and have their weapon of choice - would these items feature in their pack?

The Backpack - Almost as Important as the Right Pair of Shoes

Every hunter knows that the right pair of shoes is critical to ensure comfort and the prevention of injury. What those new in the game don’t realize, is that the backpack needs to be chosen for these features as well. The right backpack will support the hunter, have enough space for all the necessities, and also be well-balanced. Durable material and high-quality features such as strong mesh, durable zippers and clips, and insulation against adverse weather conditions are just a small part of what to look for.

What Goes Inside?

There are a few things that could happen to a hunter trapped out in the wild. Injury, illness, adverse weather conditions,

Add excerpt hunger, and animal attacks are just a few. Some of the basic essentials that a hunter should consider packing, include:

·         Heating instruments - The flint knife has a far longer shelf life than a box of matches and tends to work even in somewhat moist conditions. It’s also small and easy to use. Many outfitters have ready-paired sets for the modern outdoors person.

·         A source of energy - little pouches of split peas. These are the dried version which are the ideal source of several essential vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, dried peas don’t require a long soaking time such as other beans and pulses, and this version is lightweight. When stored in an airtight pouch, they can last up to three months. For those in-between bursts of energy, a bulk pack of nuts goes a long way.

·         Something for the weather - Even in the coldest conditions, the sun can do a substantial amount of damage. Sunscreen should always be an essential item in the backpack.

·         Broad Spectrum Antibiotic - There are a number of risks that hunters face out in the wild. These include attack, illness, and injury. In many cases, infection is the most dangerous. The antibiotic will keep the infection under control until proper medical attention can be sought.

 By Jess Walter

Tips for Using Your Rifle Scope

If you’re a hunting or shooting enthusiast, you know that a successful hunt relies heavily on the tools you bring with you. A high-quality rifle, the right ammunition, and plenty of backwoods camping gear are essential to any outdoor excursion. One of the most important pieces of equipment to bring with you is a high-quality shooting scope.

No amount of rile power or tracking skills will help your hunt if you’re unable to see your target and a good rifle scope is necessary for accurate and effective shooting. Not only do you need a shooting scope, but you want to make sure you’re using it effectively when you’re out on the hunt. Otherwise, you could find yourself with inaccurate or non-lethal shots, which could turn a potentially good hunting trip sour.

Choose the Best Scope for You

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for your shooting trip is to research all of the hunting optics for sale and choose the best one for you. You’ll want to consider the magnification level, the eye relief distance, and the type of hunting you’re planning on so you can purchase the perfect scope for your needs.

Magnification Levels

When shopping for a scope, you want to make sure that you find one with the appropriate magnification level for the type of hunting you plan to participate in. One option would be to get a scope that has a range of variable magnification levels. A lower level of magnification may show you a smaller target, but it will give you a wider field of view. A higher magnification level, on the other hand, will do the opposite.

3 Tips for Increasing Your Chances of Bagging a Buck

While it’s true that luck plays a role in determining the success of a hunt, it’s by no means the only thing outdoorsmen should take into account when tracking deer. Skill and knowledge are another way in which a hunter can dramatically increase their chance of bringing home that brag-worthy buck. Whether you’re still a novice or an experienced marksman looking to learn a few new tricks, the following tips can prove useful in your next outdoor adventure.

  1. Practice Throughout the Year

Even if you’ve been hunting for decades, you’re bound to get a little rusty if you don’t regularly practice your marksmanship. With this in mind, make a point of visiting your local shooting range at least once or twice each month. Not only will this help you hone and improve your marksmanship, it will ensure that your favorite firearms get a proper workout as well.

  1. Invest in the Right Accessories

When shopping around for practical hunting accessories, you can’t go wrong with a good scope. Investing in a top-of-the-line Bushnell shotgun scope can help you get a clearer shot at your target and increase your chance of getting that buck you’re after.

  1. Hunt Facing the Wind
Due to their heightened sense of smell, deer are highly adept at detecting threats as they approach. Since hiding a human scent is nearly impossible, it’s recommended that you face the wind when tracking your prey.

Keeping Warm While Hunting This Winter

Hunting during the frosty winter months can be a real test of one’s endurance. As any hunter who regularly braves Canadian winters should know, keeping warm should be your foremost priority. Although your primary objective may be to bag some big game, your health and personal safety should always be your main concern.

Dress for the Weather

Spending more than a few minutes on the wilderness without proper winter gear can have a number of undesirable consequences – frostbite being one of them. With this in mind, it’s highly important that you embark on your next winter hunt equipped with a heavy coat, wool hat, and heat-retaining boots. Al Flaherty’s Outdoor Store isn’t just one of the best places to find firearms for sale in Canada, but you can also find a wide selection of cold weather clothing in our shop as well.

Use Heat Packs

In addition to being incredible inexpensive, heat packs can prove very effective at keeping hunters warm. For best results, invest in large-sized disposable heat packs. Placing these packs around your midsection will help prevent the rest of your body from depriving your extremities of much-needed heat. If you plan to spend a great deal of time in the woods this winter, take care to stock up!

Consume Hot Water throughout the Day

The benefits of consuming hot water and drinks throughout the day are two-fold. Not only will this prove helpful in preventing dehydration, but it will also help regulate your body heat. Grab your best thermos and fill it with your favorite hot drink to keep your body warm from the inside out while you’re waiting for your next target to appear.

6 Essential Items for Backwoods Trips, Pt. 2

As one of the leading retailers for firearms and supplies in Canada, Al Flaherty’s Outdoor Store wants our customers to be as well prepared and as safe as possible. Continuing with our list of essential items you should have with you while out in the open world, here are 3 more items that we recommend you always have on hand.

  1. Water

If there’s one item that you should always have with you or have access to, it’s water. If you’re exploring the woods overnight or waiting for that perfect buck to make an appearance, it’s imperative that you keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration can be dangerous out in the woods, especially when the weather is hot. Always carry some kind of water bottle with you so you can refill at any sign of fresh water if necessary.

  1. Binoculars

A quality set of binoculars, like those you can buy at our store, is a great item to have on hand. They can help you spot game for hunting and shooting as well as give you a better idea of your surroundings if you become lost or have wandered too far from camp.

  1. Flashlight

A flashlight is an extremely important tool when you’re traveling in the woods after the sun has gone down or right before dawn. Getting lost in the wilderness is never fun and a flashlight will help you find your way as well as illuminate any dangers you may come across in the dark.

For all of this equipment and more, be sure to shop at Al Flaherty’s Outdoor Store today! We have a variety of firearms for sale in Canada as well as other hunting and shooting equipment that will assist you in your next backwoods excursion.
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