Communications equipment in the wilderness

: For Hunting, fishing, hiking, boating or cycling in all kinds of weather Communication in the wilderness is a matter of survival, as well as convenience. Before even leaving home, communications must begin. In fact, our first two communications tips do not even require equipment or gadgets. "Make sure that somebody knows when you leave, when you expect to return (or get to your destination)," advises Chad Brown, owner of Farm & Field fishing and hunting equipment auctions, a website geared to hunting, fishing and farming. "Provide as much information about your route as possible. Things can happen.

Rocks can fall on your head while hiking. Boats can tip over while fishing. Firearms can malfunction while hunting. Somebody needs to know that you are late in arriving...and where to send search parties to go hunting for you. In fact, this is the same advice I used to give drivers in winter weather when I was spokesperson for CAA Ontario. The second tip is to never head into the wilderness alone. Just as one should never go swimming without a swimming buddy, nor should one go long-distance cycling or hiking, nor hunting, camping or fishing in a remote area without a buddy. My wife's uncle took the business end of large falling branch on his skull while out in the forest, knocking him unconscious and cracking his skull down the middle.

Eventually his skull will heal, but only because he had companions to get him into town. Otherwise, he might still not be found. Here is another report, this one from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation about a fall from a tree stand: "The subject had no communications equipment with him. No phone or radio. If the subject had left word of where he would be and approximate hour of return, a response may have been quicker. Cause of Death: The subject suffered a broken shoulder, multiple broken ribs on one side, a punctured lung, and a punctured spleen.

" This is hunting equipment? Assuming you are still conscious, it helps to have some communications equipment while out hunting, fishing or camping. Of course, there is the ever popular cell phone, which brings instant communications to almost everywhere in the world. Except maybe your wilderness trek. But there are many places where cell phone range covers your fishing lake or hunting woods. The best part about a cell phone is that, even in the wilderness, you can have utterly normal conversations with pretty well anybody. "Yes, nice weather we are having lately. OK, darling, on my way back into town I'll pick up some milk and peanut butter and...wait!

Was that a whitetail? Gotta go." Click. Not only that, with a cell phone you can even catch up on your email while crouching in your tent or scaling a cliff, with an email to phone service. A two-way radio is a much surer piece of equipment, because it does not depend on the cellular phone network to connect.

The downside is that you get to speak to a much narrower range of people: other two-way radio owners. "Hi there, Big Bear, do you read me? Can you get a-hold of my wife to see if I have to pick up milk and peanut butter on my way back into town? Do you copy? Oh yeah, you got the weather forecast there, by any chance?" Before you leave on any outdoors trip, it is wise to check the weather forecast. But the weather forecast can change quickly, so a cell phone or radio serves another purpose. "Whaddaya mean thunderstorms and hail?!?

I just got here, darling, I don't want to come home just yet. Oh...alright..." Of course, you could just have someone email the weather forecast to you on your cell phone. Chad Brown also suggests another piece of hunting equipment - keeping a very loud whistle hanging from your neck. If you are trapped under a tree, pinned down by a boulder, or wrestling a grizzly bear, you might not have the reach or the attention span to dial a number. If anybody is within earshot, they will come running...

if not to help you, at least to capture the scene for America's Funniest Home Videos. Our final tip might seem obvious, but make sure you know where to call. Have the emergency number taped to the back of the cell phone (ignore your wife's idea of tattooing it to your forehead; where would you find a mirror in the middle of a ravine?) and make sure you know what frequency to call for help on the two-way radio. There you have it. You are prepared to go out into the wild and communicate. Make sure to prepare, to have the right hunting equipment or fishing gear for communicating, and know how to use them in an emergency.

And if the animals don't understand what you are trying to communicate to them, you might not be any worse off than in the city.

Quail hunting

Quail Hunting Quail hunting is one of the top sports for those on the upper crust of society. It is considered the top game or hunt of the aristocracy and is practiced by vice presidents and world leaders to this day. Quail hunting is typically considered this way because it demands a lot less of the hunter in comparison to other hunts. It does not take place in the morning, for example, or in the shivering cold. Instead, quail hunting can be done in relative comfort and can actually be quite stylish. For this reason, many people in the upper class of society try quail hunting. Quail hunting typically involves two hunters and a pair of dogs, typically called bird dogs. These dogs chase down the quail and retrieve the bird after the kill has been made. Often times, quail hunts are attended by spectators and watchers. There can be large crowds at quail hunts, gathering to watch the majesty of the sport unfold before their very eyes. There is something surreal and beautiful about quail hunting and watching the bird dogs do their work, making it one of the most interesting human experiences to be had. Proper gear is recommended when quail hunting. This includes having the proper boots for the fields and the marshlands. The right pants are also required, preferably pants that are called “brush pants” because they are of a color that matches the color of the brush. These pants also work to prevent thorns and briars from penetrating the pants, which is a common downfall to hunting quail in the brushes of North America. It is also recommended that the hunter wears a proper vest or a coat so that ammunition and other immediate supplies can be stored in it. The best option is something of a bright color so that the hunters will be obvious in the field and not confused with the quail. There is a certain formation and strategy to quail hunting that is very important. First, the dogs are sent to flush out the birds. As this is happening, the hunters are preparing their guns to be mounted on their shoulders. The safety of the gun should be kept on at all times until the gun is ready to be fired and mounted on the shoulder of the hunter. The gun barrels should be pointed to the sky, towards the prey, and away from any other hunter or from the ground. The two hunters should then follow the line of the dogs and maintain a straight line themselves, one hunter after the other. This formation is very important because of safety issues. The reasoning behind the straight line formation is to keep the hunters away from firing unpredictably upon one another's personal space. Each hunter should have a mental note of where the other hunter is. The dogs should also be noted. This is to identify locations as to where the hunter should not point or swing his or her firearm. This should be also a way to divide the field up into sides. One side belongs to one hunter and so on. Once the sides are determined, the dogs will flush the quail into the air and the shooting begins. Hunters should stick to firing on their side of the range, so as to avoid danger and poor form. It should also be noted that low flying quail should be avoided at all costs. This is not only dangerous, but it has led to the unfortunate demise of many bird dogs because of the low shots. Keeping the guns high during a quail hunt is of vital importance so as to protect all of those involved in the hunt. With these safety precautions and gun etiquette tips in mind, quail hunting should be a remarkable and fun sporting event to take in. Bring some friends and get set for a lovely day in a field with the dogs. Quail hunting can be a peaceful time as well, leading to plenty of reflection and quiet in the middle of America's most beautiful marshlands. Word count 680

Strobing led flashlights police and military uses

Law enforcement, government agencies and independent developers have all been searching for non-lethal and less forceful methods of subduing criminals and enemies. The use of tasers, rubber bullets and various gases and sprays have all been, and are all being, studied to find out how much damage, both short term and long term, they do. Some of the newest and most promising devices are being developed using an existing flashlight feature – strobing LED light. While it may seem a little silly to think that a pulsing light can stop a criminal intent on breaking the law or committing violence, it is actually very effective. Just think about how disorienting it can be when a bright light is suddenly turned on in a dark room. Most people will squint or turn their head when light is suddenly introduced.

In a lot of cases, that is all an officer needs to get the upper hand. The light emitting diode, or LED, bulb is well suited for this type of application. We most often come into contact with these lights in our electronic devices. They are the kind of bulb used to let you know that the power is on. Over the last ten years they have started to play a bigger role in everyday lighting.

They are prominent fixtures in the world of outdoor lighting equipment (think flashlights, lanterns and headlamps). There are many towns that are starting to replace their standard traffic lights with ones made with LEDs. These lights are also being used as home lighting replacement bulbs and around the landscaping. LED bulbs burn much brighter on less energy, are very durable, last for longer spans of time and can come in a variety of colors. Strobing lights have the effect of disorienting the communication between our eyes and our brains. This forces someone looking at them to have to look away or flee from the pulsing of the light. Police officers have been using strobe flashlights for several years as a means to stop fleeing suspects by stunning and confusing them. This non-violent means of incapacitating a criminal is being looked at for wider use. CBS News ran a story recently on what is being called the LED Incapacitator. This LED light takes this strobing concept to the next level without losing the inherent benefits of an LED bulb. It uses some specific light frequencies that affect the brain and then cycles through those frequencies too fast for the brain to adjust. The light also shifts through various colors to cause additional confusion. This new police tactical light is bright enough to be used in both brightly lit environments as well as the dark. Not only are these tactical flashlights helpful for law enforcement officers and the military, they are also considered beneficial for personal defense. Strobing LED flashlights are available to the public for use in their own safety. With a push of the button, a general LED flashlight can turn into a strobing light in the event of an attack while in a parking garage or walking home at night. This pulsing light can provide a few extra seconds to get away or call out for help. Some who do not wish to carry pepper spray will find this an excellent alternative. Strobing flashlights and torches are innovative and potentially life saving. As new devices are being created for our uniformed professionals, we may see more and more derivatives of those products available to the public. ~Ben Anton, 2008

A history of hunting

Hunting game for food, clothing and shelter is a big part of the story of the human race. It predates the human civilization we know today in many ways. There are many discoveries that are being made that confirm that notion. An Asian fossilized spearhead discovered recently was dated at over 16,000 years old, for example. There is also evidence that we used larger animals for food almost two million years ago. The earliest form of hunting involved, as far as the experts can tell, involved weapons like spears or bow and arrows shot from a distance. Believe it or not, our ancestors caught their food using the same method we use to catch the bus to work when we’re late. We ran after it. Before he learned to use long range weapons, early man had no other way of catching his dinner than being persistent and wearing it down over a long trek, sometimes even in the oppressive midday heat. Some early hunters would chase antelope over 20 miles in heat over 100 degrees. Persistence hunting would be the order of the day. African hunters would chase a Kudu, which is an early version of the antelope, by startling the animal so it ran away. They would chase the beast at a fast pace, and, while the faster Kudu would always be further ahead, the hunters would catch up to it when it took time to rest in the shade. The hunter would eventually finish the animal off with a spear, but not until he was at close range. This type of hunting is still practised in Southern Africa. With changes in human society, hunting evolved. As we began to grow our own food and keep animals, hunting became a specialized task. Not just the traditional masculine endeavour anymore, hunting became a specific duty with tradesmen acquiring precise training. The other trend was hunting becoming the sport and leisure domain of the upper classes. It was here that the English word ‘game’ became common. Hunting has had other effects on our modern society as well. Various animals have been used to aid the hunter, but none has become as important to us as the dog. The use of the ancestors of the wolf to retrieve prey and be our loyal companions has set the dog apart. Its domestication, which took thousands of years, is considered a remarkable accomplishment. The tie between hunting man and dog goes so far back that the very word for hunting in ancient Greek is derived from the word dog. Perhaps the most famous type of hunting is the safari, which was popularized by the American author Ernest Hemingway. The word itself is from the Swahili, meaning long journey, and the most common type of safari occurs in Africa. It was frequently several days or weeks of camping while stalking or hunting big game, but in a more modern sense, it also encompassed trips through African national parks to hunt or watch the big game. Unlike their predecessors who ran their prey down years before, the modern African hunter often acquires a special licence and enlists the aid of local professionals. There is even a type of modern safari where no animals are killed. The photo-safari is exactly what its name implies and a Polish photographer first used the term “bloodless hunt”. Word count 557

Hunting deer with a bow for beginners

Bow hunting is not easy. One of the most difficult things to do is to get close enough to the prey and fire that bow of yours. Nevertheless, once gun season comes to a close you will end up being in that scenario one way or another at one point in time when hunting. Hunting with a bow, during the times when gun season is over is a daunting task. There aren’t that many places to hide, because most if not all leaves are gone by this time and the hunter needs to be cautious and experienced. Many hunters try hiding on trees to be able to avoid being detected by their pray.

The most popular pray is deer, and deer hunting with a bow is an excellent and rewarding pass time. Hunting deer with a bow gives the hunter an advantage when doing so in a close area. Many experienced bow hunters hunt for deer at pine forested areas where deer go to hide. Hunting in such areas takes away the deer’s advantage, the advantage it would normally have due to the bows limited range. It is best advised to find a heavy trail leading into a forested area, an area with pine, climb a tree that oversees the vicinity.

Have in mind that the best range to fire a bow is within a 50 yard radius. It is imperative that you find a good spot to hide. Staying on the edge of this area will inevitably drive your pray away. You will stick out like a shore thumb and will never get a good chance to fire that bow of yours. Experienced hunters know well that deer, especially during the end of the hunting season, are extremely cautious when entering or approaching open hardwoods. Nevertheless, they are relaxed and carefree when entering a pine thicket.

A thick pine area provides deer a good hiding place, it is close cover that allows them to feel secure and don’t expect anyone to be there. The hunter needs to stay alert at all times if there is a chance to kill a deer. Every experienced hunter will tell you that in most cases they hear their pray before they see it. Most of the time, hearing a sound is what makes the hunter look towards a direction, towards the direction of the pray. Being alert is very important for the hunt, especially when hunting with a bow; more so when hunting in a wooded pine area. Deer will be more likely to sneak up to the hunter in this type of area. They occasionally snap a twig in pine thickets but could sneak up behind you without making a single sound. That’s why many hunters prefer to have hearing equipment with them during these kinds of hunts. When hunting with a bow, you need to get up close so you will need a good advantage over the pray.

Aside from the hearing aide, the good warm cloths and boots and hat the hunter should have a good fine tuned hunting bow.

Hunting safety

Hunting has survived the modernization of civilization. In fact, it has flourished into one of the most popular pastimes and hobbies in the world. Unfortunately, one of the world's favourite past times can also be one of its most dangerous. Every hunter should know some basic things before heading out into the fields. The most important aspect of hunting concerns how to walk and carry a gun. It is important to make sure that the muzzle always points away from the hunter and any companions. There are many ways to do this. One option is the side carry, which is effectively carrying the gun with one hand and tucking the stock between the elbow and the body.

It is not recommended to use the side carry when the hunter is walking through dense brush or with other companions walking in front, however. Another option is the ready carry. With the ready carry, the gun is held with two hands and the muzzle is pointed upwards and towards the front of the hunter. The trigger finger should be rested on the proper guard. The sling carry involves both hands of the hunter being free. A sling is used to carry the gun over the hunter's shoulder, giving clear range for the hunter to move however he or she wants.

Others prefer the shoulder carry method of carrying a gun. Using this technique involves the muzzle of the gun resting skyward. It is probably not a good idea to use this technique of carrying a gun with companions behind. Finally, the trail carry involves the gun held at a point between the action and the trigger. If someone is walking ahead of the hunter, it is not a good idea to use the trail carry because the muzzle is pointing down but forward. Once the hunter has established a safe and comfortable way to carry his or her weapon, it is very important to plan next what to do when encountering the game. Before encountering the target, all hunters should establish a “zone of fire” where each will shoot and track when game appears. It is very important that one hunter never encroach on another’s zone.

When hunting from a boat, there are general safety precautions that should be considered. First, make sure the weapon to be used by the hunter who will be sitting in the bow of the boat is unloaded. His or her gun must be placed facing the bow. The next hunter places his or her unloaded gun in the stern with its muzzle pointing to the rear. Hunters should always remember to anchor the boat before shooting and to fire in opposite directions.

To keep their skills sharp, hunters often practise on ranges. These controlled shooting areas also have a set of commands geared for the safe enjoyment of all the participants. If a hunter says, “the range is hot”, for example, it means that the range is open for shooting and that there are no live objects, such as people, on the range. If a hunter says, “cease fire”, it means to stop all firing immediately. Another command on the firing range is “ready”. This is the last precaution taken by shooters before the “range is hot” command. Each shooter repeats the phrase “ready” from right to left to ensure the firing line is clear and safe.

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First aid for hunting safety

First Aid For Hunting Safety Hunting can provide opportunities for many types of injuries. Being prepared is your best defense against disabling injuries or even life-threatening accidents. Knowing some basic first aid and using common sense when in the wild can save both life and limb. CPR If you don’t know CPR, learn it. Call your local hospital, EMS, or fire department to find out when and where you can attend a community CPR class. You never know when you may need to perform CPR on a friend, family member, or even a stranger. A few hours of your time could save a life someday. Many CPR classes offer basic first aid classes as well. Check with your local provider to see if this option is available before registering for a class. Safety Rules during A Crisis The first rule of safety during a crisis may sound selfish but it is important. Take care of yourself first. Check the scene of an accident for unsafe conditions. Make the area safe for yourself and bystanders before beginning first aid. The reasoning behind this rule is that if you become injured or incapacitated, you can’t help anyone else. If you become injured, rescue workers arriving on the scene will then have you as an added victim to care for. Seconds make a difference in a crisis, but take a few beforehand to ensure that you will be able to provide the help that is needed. Basic First Aid Healthcare personnel are taught the ABC’s of first aid: Airway, Breathing, and Circulation. Your first concern is whether the accident victim has a clear airway. If the mouth or throat is blocked by blood, water, or objects, tend to this matter first. Next, see if the victim is breathing or is in danger of ceasing to breathe. The brain and vital organs cannot last long without oxygen. Provide rescue breathing if necessary. Then, check for a heart beat and any injuries that may be seeping blood. Apply pressure to any areas that are bleeding with a clean cloth if possible. Don’t be afraid to press hard! If there are others present who are able to assist you, ask for their help in applying pressure to a wound. If the bleeding is profuse and the wound in located on an arm or leg, you can use your belt or a section of rope to wrap around the limb and secure tightly to restrict blood flow to the injured area and slow the bleeding. This is called a tourniquet. Call for help! After you have controlled breathing and provided an initial round of CPR, call for help and then continue CPR until rescue workers arrive. Performing CPR can be exhausting. If others are available to help, perform two-person CPR or trade off tasks frequently to prevent rescuer exhaustion. If you or another hunter falls from a tree stand or other elevated area, do NOT move until you are sure there have been no spinal injuries. Moving a person who has spinal injuries can cause shattered bone to cut through the spinal cord and result in paralysis. Ask the fall victim to move their fingers and toes only. If they are unable to, they have injured their spinal column and need special care in moving. If they are breathing and not bleeding profusely, leave them in the position they are in and get help. If they are able to move fingers and toes, gently turn them over onto their back if they are not already positioned so. Try to turn them as if they were a log; keep the head, legs and torso aligned and stiff as you roll them. This will prevent any compression on the spinal cord should the vertebra protecting the cord be compromised. Some falls and spinal injuries that affect the neck area can result in a person not being able to breathe on their own. If this happens, you must provide rescue breathing for them until help arrives. Using firearm safety and common sense like avoiding aggressive animals can go a long way to prevent hunting accidents. Educate yourself, hunt with others, and always tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will return. Keeping safe in the woods is everyone’s responsibility. Be sure to do your part. Word count 713

Choosing the most suitable duck hunting gun

In order to choose the most suitable duck hunting gun hunters must take many aspects into consideration like: functionality, durability, technology and of course, price. In this article we will make brief reviews about 5 guns recommended for duck hunting, we will order them by popularity. The most popular duck hunting gun is the Remington 870 Pump Shotgun. The reason why this gun is so popular among hunting enthusiasts all over the world is because its ability to withstand some of the most harsh weather conditions. This weapon is considered to be the workhorse of the shotguns compartment. We will offer you specifications about one of the 870 models available on the market, the 870 Wingmaster: Designation: Model 870 Wingmaster Type: Autoloading Shotgun Manufacturer: Remington – USA Country of Origin: United States Operation: Autoloading Shotgun Caliber: 12 / 16 / 20 gauge Service Year: 1950 Weight (Empty): 7 lbs (3.2 kg) Magazine: 5-Round Tubular Magazine Second place: the Beretta 391 Shotgun which is one of the most reliable shotguns available on the market; it cycles very fast making it very recommended for duck hunting. All Beretta's gas operated semi-automatic shotguns are based on the same action, the 391 model. Built in a wide variety of variations, including one that handles the blonky 12 gauge 3.5" magnum shells, this action is remarkably versatile. Add to this the good looks and the reliability that Beretta weapons are famous for, you know have the almost perfect choice. We will offer you specifications about one of the 391 models available on the market, the AL 391: Distributor: Beretta Model: AL 391 Operation: Gas Operated Autoloader Gauge: 12 or 20 Barrel Length: 24. 26. 28, 30, 32 in. Overall Length: 51 in. (28-inch barrel) Weight: 5.9 pounds (20 gauge); 7.8 (12 gauge Xtrema2 Safety: Crossbolt Sights: Vent rib with TruGlo Stock: Walnut, synthetic, or X-tra Wood Length of Pull: 14.7 inches Magazine Capacity: 2 (plugged), 3 (unplugged) rounds Finish: Blued, matte black, camo metal; black, camo, semigloss, oil stock Third place: the Browning Citori Shotgun, one of the most beautiful shotguns out there. This gun swings like no other gun can and based on what we have read about it but also practiced around with, is a wise choice for duck hunting the next year. If you have the possibility give it a try, we assure you that you won’t regret. We will offer you specifications about one of the Browning Citori models, the XT Trap: Model: Citori XT Trap with Adjustable Comb Gauge: 12 Barrel Length: 32” Nominal Overall Length: 49” Nominal Length of Pull: 14 3/8” Nominal Drop at Comb: 1 11/16” Nominal Drop at Heel: 1 15/16”Nominal Weight: 8lbs. 13 oz. Chokes Included: Improved Modified, Full Chamber Size: 2 3/4” Rib Width: 1/4 – 3/8” Tapered Wood Finish: Gloss Finish Stock / Grip: Walnut Additional Description: Adjustable Comb, Two Full Chokes Fourth place: the Benelli Super Black Eagle II, according to Benelli the all new trademarked Comforttech system reduces recoil up to 48% better than other competitive systems. The Super Black Eagle II model uses the proven Benelli Inertia Driven bolt mechanism that allows the weapon to shoot 2 ѕ", 3" and even 3Ѕ" magnum ammunition without adjustments. In addition, the Super Black Eagle II incorporates some basic improvements like a drilled and tapped receiver. We will offer you specifications about the standard Super Black Eagle II model: Mechanics: Inertial semi-automatic Benelli with variable geometry trigger release unit Gauge: 12 Receiver Finish: Ergal, black anodised Stock and Fore-End: Selected walnut Stock Length Trigger Measured / Deviation: 360mm / rh and lh adjustable Drop At Heel: 55 mm adjustable to 50, 60 and 64 on request Drop At Comb: 36,5 mm Recoil Pad: Rubber Magazine Capacity: 3 Magnum cartr., 4 standard cartr., with 2-rounds plug on request Safety: Larger, transversal with red “ arm ready for shooting “ signal Weight: 3,000 gr approx Last place: the Browning BPS Stalker which gets rid of those annoying spent shells in a way that make sense to all respectable water fowlers. This is a rugged machine created to shoot at any visible waterfowl. Some of the features of this shotgun include: receiver, forged and machined steel, barrel – ventilated rib, dual steel action bars, matte black finish and others as well. We will offer you specifications about the regular BPS Stalker: Model: BPS Stalker Gauge: 12 Magazine Capacity: 4 Barrel Length: 28” Nominal Overall Length: 49 ј” Nominal Length of Pull: 14 ј” Nominal Drop at Comb: 1 Ѕ” Nominal Drop at Heel: 2 Ѕ” Nominal Weight: 8 lbs. 5 oz. Chokes Included: Full, modified, improved cylinder Chamber Size: 3 Ѕ” Wood Finish: Matte Black Stock/Grip: Composite We have offered you 5 weapon models that are recommended by both amateur and professional hunters all around the world. The choice is up to you, with a little bit of research you can find the most suitable duck hunting gun for you.

How can i become a wild boar hunter

Ever since very distant times, people have hunted boars for both need and pleasure, but the custom has remarkably kept its meanings and quintessence all the way through. Although today hunting is done very differently compared to the times when it was firstly practices, in Persia, people hunting hogs are just as enthusiastic about it. If anyone decides to give this hunting variety a shot, then he should know that the risks of unpleasant incidents are higher than in the case of other hunting types, but also that the satisfaction could make the risks seem far too unimportant to make a difference. A clear rule must be set from the very beginning: never will you approach a boar in a way that will put your safety into peril. To emphasize this, you should know that hogs tend to become aggressive when threatened, especially when their cubs (or piglets) are around, although they are quite tranquil in general. These creatures are well-known for their fighting spirit, being fierce and fearless when confronting an enemy. Therefore, avoid becoming that enemy by setting an appropriate distance between you and the boar, or try to establish a cover spot far from a certain trail that boars frequent. This implies, studying their routes, either by making notes as you watch their habits for a reasonable period of time or by asking landowners and locals about this. In fact, preparation plays a big part in the hunting game, perhaps the most important one of them all. Knowing the places where boars come often, either to feed, play or mate is vital to any hunting experience. This can be easily overcome by having a more experienced boar hunter lead you to the best places in the area. For a beginner hunter, every little part of the forest is much the same, with no particularities, but a skilled hunter can easily predict the boars’ routines just by glancing at the most apparently unimportant signs.

Foot signs are a clue to whether a wild boar has been in a specific place recently or the signs are older. Also, remember that boars usually frequent places easy to get to, away from any bedding areas and, if possible, right next to trails and flounders; routine is a particularity of their moving habits, so if you find a good place to lay your bait don’t move, because chances are another boar will come shortly. This takes us to the least enjoyable part of boar hunting: preparing and placing the bait. Made out of corn, the bait will lure hogs towards a deep whole you’ve dug beforehand.

With their exceptional smelling qualities, hogs will not resist the chance of a free meal even if far away. Often they will gather in great numbers, but this is not desirable as they will finish all the food before you can get the chance to shoot. Furthermore, remember to stay as far as possible to the baiting place (as human scent will most likely be detected by the creatures and it will freak them out), while still having a comfortable range shot ahead. All in all, wild boar hunting is an old hunting practice, but it’s surprising everyone with its staying power over time.

Although it takes much courage and patience, people all over love hunting hogs wherever and whenever possible. If you plan on being one of them arm yourself with more than firepower and let the legend of boar hunting live on.

Getting ready for the goose hunting early season

If you plan on hunting goose in the early season you should scout in order to find out which zones the birds prefer to rest in and which areas have the crucial food sources needed before the season begins. If you plan on hunting on water be sure to check which of the surroundings wet waters have water in them and which of these wet areas the geese use for resting. If you are going to hunt on land don’t forget to check the nearby fields in order to find out what crops are growing in them. You must keep in mind that farmers usually rotate their crops, for example last year corn, this year beans, rice or wheat the next year so it is highly recommended to know in advance which of the fields have the right crops. If you plan on hunting geese always remember to choose a feeding area as these locations are very populated, remember to ask for permission from the landowner so you won’t have any unpleasant surprises. If unfortunately the feeding area has been already leased to someone else or the owner won’t allow anyone to hunt on his land it is advisable to get the nearest available land. The closer the spot is to the feeding area, the better. Due to the fact that goose hunting as well as duck hunting is getting more and more popular, it is getting harder and harder to find an available place to hunt ( especially for goose ). If you are aware of a goose feeding area we recommend that you secure hunting rights to it long before the season starts. You might consider helping the owner with some work around the place or by dropping a few birds every time you leave the area in order to obtain exclusive rights.

Unfortunately, some times the only way to do is to lease the land. If the price is too high and you can’t afford it the advisable thing to do is to get a few friends and secure a lease. If you gather a large number of hunters every year, then we recommend a longer-term lease. A few things that you can do in order to obtain exclusive rights is to write a leas request, a few birds as a present or a gift certificate for dinner for the owners of the land might do the trick. Once you have obtained exclusive rights to the land be sure to place “ No Hunting “ signs if the landowner allows you. In order to maintain a good relationship with the owner, make sure you close all the gates, pick up all the shotgun shells, don’t leave any garbage laying around. Be sure not to leave blinds or decoys in the field where they may get damaged by the farm equipment or worse, the decoys/blinds might wreck the farm equipment and we are certain that you wouldn’t like that to happen. All in all, make sure you finish all the arrangements long before the season starts so you won’t have any unpleasant surprises. Take things step by step and we assure you that your hunting days will be both exciting and fruitful.

Never be in the woods while hunting

This article is for true hunters. I want to help all of you out there that have been hunting for years with little luck. This is not a fluffy article it is the truth and I will give you the facts. From years of hunting and thousands of dollars wasted I have found what works. I like to be comfortable while hunting and I don't like to come home empty handed. The number one thing for hunting success is not to be in the woods. How many times have you been in the woods and a deer finally stumbles upon you to look you in the eyes, snort and stomp, then split before you can shoot? If you were not in the woods that would never have happened.

What about the time it was so cold so you bundled up walked a few miles climb up a tree and then spooked the buck of a life time because the wind changed? Again if you were not in the woods that would never have happened. This is another way to explain this to you. While you go out shopping I get a hunting suite the same exact color and pattern of your wall and stand their motionless. What is the chance you will know something is not right?

Now how about I go get a dog house popup blind and sit it in the corner of your house and it's the same color and patter of whatever the area is? I think there would be no fooling you at all! I know what if I got something that smelled familiar to you and poured it all over myself? Would any of these scenarios or and combination together fool you? Most likely not! What I am getting at is when we are out hunting it's exactly like walking into someone's home. The ticket is not to be noticeable. That might sound "goofy" as this is what you already know this. The issue here is you and every other hunter has been conditioned to hunt a specific way! The wrong way! If we setup a contest say an Indian that hunted for his survival and us that do it for sport who would kill the game first. It doesn't even come down to reasons for hunting but technique. Do not be in the woods while hunting! You must be part of the woods while hunting. Stand out as little as possible! The following are a few hunting techniques I use and that do work. I also suggest to limit your spending to a few hunting products that do work and then you will not have to buy anything but bullets and a license for years to come. The best technique that you can possibly use that entails a little effort is digging a hole. If you can dig a hole you can kill deer! I have killed may deer while hole hunting. You dig a hole in the summer about 4' deep you can hunt from it. This is a great strategy for many reasons. • You can see under brush easily to see feet coming at you. • Your scent is greatly masked under ground • You will not get cold from breezes or wind • You can put a char inside that hole that is comfortable • You have the steadiest gun rest ever made (the ground) • If for some reason they see movement they usually think you are a small animal • Lastly it will keep you from getting shot while hunting! I really only use 2 things while hunting like this a blanket or pull bag and a ground blind. The best portable ground blind I have found for this type of hunting is The Scope Blind. You can get it here. I like this blind best because it is light and is not fixed to the ground. I can turn in my hole or any cover to conceal myself regardless how the deer come to me. Remember stay away from cover scents, use small blinds and dig a hole. Remember your friends may laugh at you as mine did but they will also compliment you on the deer jerky!

A few hints for turkey hunters

If you are a novice or intermediate turkey hunter, you might have discovered that it's harder than it appears. The turkey out in the wild, even with it's name, is a difficult bird for a person to pursue and hunt. It may have a humorous name, but the turkey has a surprising intelligence level and sharp eyesight. It can take a long time for a hunter to improve the qualifications it takes to close in on and creep up on a turkey. But you can really increase your chances in turkey hunting by having the advantage with an effective camouflage. This cuts down on visibility for the turkeys and allows the hunter to get in close enough to take a shot. For the hunter on the field, the most effective type of camouflage available is the ghillie suit, which was developed over a hundred and fifty years ago in the highlands of Scotland.

It is a suit that you can place over your normal clothes to significantly alter your form and significantly lower your visibility to animals out in the wild. Strands of fabric like jute or burlap hang down all over the suit, making it extremely hard for game to spot you. This makes the human blend in to their surroundings by blending the human pattern and form. Ghillie camo can be so efficient that it is possible for game to come right up to a hunter that is being really still. A turkey's fine vision is bewildered when human forms are broken up with the help of a ghillie suit. In order for a person to successfully hunt a turkey, they must get within a range to have a kill shot to stop an injured turkey from running off in the forests. A person stalking the turkeys can cut this distance between themselves and a gang of turkeys by moving slowly and staying low to the ground. It is best to try and locate turkeys in the evening as they are getting ready to roost.

Stalking a turkey is extremely difficult. In fact, there's a good possibility it's already seen you if you spot a turkey in the field. It is hard to stalk them because they not only can see a large distance but have a broad range to their eyesight. A gang of turkeys will often face each other in circles to see all sides of the field and prevent other animals from sneaking up behind them. Staying in a single location and waiting in a heavily populated turkey area can be a somewhat slow process that takes a lot of time being very still. And then there's the chance that before you get an opportunity to get a good shot the gang of wary turkeys will spot you the moment you move and be on the run. It may take patience and ingenuity, but it is possible to get within range of a group of turkeys. With a good gun, a ghillie suit, and an effective turkey call you could get those turkeys once and for all.

Safety precautions for boating and hunting

Boating and hunting are certainly two of the most popular outdoor activities. In the following article we will take a look at each of them and discuss some of the safety risk involved. Boating The term boating usually refers to the recreational use of a pleasure craft. Fishing and waterskiing are two common boating activities along with many other sports. Millions of boaters can be found all around the world as it is an incredibly popular activity. Boating Safety For most people when they go out boating on the water the last thing on their mind is emergency preparation. This is a mistake which over time has cost many people their lives. Being prepared for an emergency is absolutely vital if you are going to go out boating. Common boating emergencies include someone falling overboard, boat breakdowns, boat leaks and capsizing. Proper safety equipment is not only recommended but is mandatory in most places. Boating safety equipment includes life buoys, life jackets and ladders. A horn and bailer are also recommended and/or required in most areas. Survival suits are also recommended especially when boating in cold water where the risk of hypothermia is greater. Proper maintenance of your boat is essential to ensuring a safe trip. Without proper maintenance your boat has a much greater risk of breaking down which will put the lives of everyone on board including yourself at risk. Hunting Hunting can be defined as the practise of pursuing some type of animal while attempting to capture or kill it. Hunting dates back many, many years and is a very celebrated pastime. Hunting Safety Unload all firearms when not in use. Although you may know that your firearm is loaded, the people around you may not. Never hop over a fence or climb into your tree stand with a gun that is loaded. When travelling on an ATV or other vehicle unload the gun as well. Be sure that not only do you know what is in front of your target before shooting but also be aware of what is behind it. Many hunters leave this part out as they assume that they will not miss. That however is not the case. The most important safety tip that we can offer you is to use common sense at ALL times. While hunting, do not at any time allow your emotions to override common sense. Taking a compass and map with you will aid if you get lost. Even a flashlight is a good idea in case you become lost in the dark. The flashlight will also help in avoiding snakes and other potentially dangerous animals. Following these tips will allow you a much better chance of having a safe and enjoyable time boating or hunting.

Outdoor grills ovens and stoves for cooking turkey

There are a lot of ways to cook turkey. One of the cooking processes is known as grilling. Grilling is becoming the most popular methods of cooking turkey and one of the healthiest as well. The grilling process allows fat to drip away from the turkey as it cooks, keeping the meat nutritious and full of flavor. Aside from that, turkey has numerous ways and methods to be cooked, utilizing different cooking equipment such as the oven and the ever popular microwave.

Here we offer you different methods that can be used for cooking turkey. Here are some varieties of grills available in the market, as well as the basic instructions to properly use them.. Covered Charcoal Grill First, you must have well prepared and clean equipment for this and good quality charcoal. Put up a pyramid of charcoal on one side. Set fire to the charcoal until it gets red hot. Place a thermometer on the food rack to check the temperature of the grill. This will give the cook an exact reading of the meat’s temperature when cooking. In the center of the grill where the turkey will be placed, carefully arrange the charcoal around the edge evenly. Place the grill rack and set the prepared turkey on it. The turkey’s breast should be side-up. Simply maintain its temperature. Then cover the grill. If you want, you can add seasonings for the turkey to have flavor as it is cooking. Do not ever use softwood like cedar and pine because it gives the food a different taste and makes the turkey’s skin turn black. When the inner thigh temperature reads 180 degree Fahrenheit, the turkey is ready. That is why it is very important to use a food thermometer. Covered gas Grill The gas grill can be provided by using either propane tanks or natural gas. If your gas grill has only one burner, a water pan should be placed under the grate to create indirect heat. If you have two or three burners, make sure the turkey is placed away from the flame. This is done by turning off one burner and placing the turkey in that area. Aside from grilling, you can also roast turkey by using the oven. Turkey can be successfully cooked in whole or in parts using the microwave oven. But sometimes it is not advisable to cook it whole because it makes the turkey cook unevenly. The turkey may not be cooked to the proper internal temperature. Full size microwave ovens with 650 to 700 watts can only accommodate a small turkey ranging 8 to 10 pounds. Given that metal thermometers cannot be used here, merely check when the cooking is completed. Insert an instant read thermometer on different parts of the turkey. Electric Roaster Oven This appliance serves as an extra oven for cooking a large roast. Heat the oven first to about 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Then place the turkey on a oven rack or any other meat rack for the turkey to be kept out the juices that collect in the bottom of the oven. Leave the cover throughout cooking, removing it as little as possible to avoid the slowing of the cooking process. Check the internal temperature of the inner thigh until it reaches to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Oven cooking bag method This is one of the safest methods in roasting turkey. It is a delicious alternative to the traditional way of cooking turkey. Pre-heat the oven using an oven-cooking bag to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. A tablespoon of dry flour should be shaken around to coat the empty bag to avoid bursting. The pan must be large enough for the turkey to sit easily in the center. Allocate space for the bag to enlarge during cooking so that it will not touch any part of the oven or it will melt. A meat thermometer is inserted right through the thickest part of the plastic to know if the temperature of the turkey’s thigh reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Any of these methods of cooking your turkey will result in a delicious meal.

Becoming an efficient wild duck caller

There is no such thing as a born wild duck caller because it takes lots of practice in order to become an efficient caller. Fortunately, anybody from any location can become a good wild duck caller with the proper training and patience. Calling wild duck is a very important aspect for wild duck hunting because if properly done, it can greatly improve the overall hunting efficiency of the hunter. Of course, in order to become a good wild duck caller, every hunter needs to follow some basic wild duck hunting tips: • Purchasing a high quality call – it doesn’t matter how well prepared is the hunter or how skillful he is regarding the procedure of calling wild ducks, without using a good call all the efforts are useless and the wild duck hunting experience won’t be fruitful at all. As far as wild duck calls is concerned the expression : “ you get what you pay for “ is entirely true. A high quality wild duck call will allow the hunter to produce the entire range of sounds that a hen mallard produces. These calls will also allow the hunter to make these sounds time after time and also year after year that is why experienced hunter recommend future wild duck hunters not to get cheap when it comes down to purchasing a call. • Imitating the wild duck sound ( duck call operation ) – the next order of business is about the ability of the hunter to sound just like the wild duck which means that the hunter needs to learn how exactly he can operate a wild duck call so that he will sound just like one. The key elements in this step are practice and patience because without these two parts, nothing noticeable will be accomplished. The very first thing to do is to start with the basics and get the hang of them before moving to more complex operations. Speaking of the basics, the first things to learn are the quack and the feeder chuckle and these two are considered the foundation for the rest of the calls done with the wild duck caller. A very important advice that is brought by experienced hunters and wild duck callers is to practice the entire year, not just before the wild duck hunting season starts. • Observing the birds and adapting the calling style – the last important step to becoming an efficient wild duck caller is to learn how to read the birds. The hunter will be chasing these animals in many different conditions which means that the hunting style needs to adapt to the hunting environment. After learning all the basics, what the hunter needs to do is to master call cadences and tempos. This will help the hunter to sound more like a wild duck ( instead of sounding like a person that is using a wild duck call ). Due to the fact that not all wild ducks sound exactly the same and they also don’t have the same tempo or volume, the goal is to sound like a lot of different wild ducks. This is possible only if the hunter masters cadence, volume variations and the tempo. All things considered, learning how to be an efficient wild duck caller isn’t a very hard thing to do but it requires a lot of practice, patience and a good call. Besides all these, searching for some wild duck hunting tips will surely increase the chances of becoming an efficient wild duck hunter/caller.

How to choose the perfect gun for turkey shooting

Now that the spring turkey-hunting season is nearly upon us, you should find the right shotgun. As turkey hunting has become increasingly popular, more and more manufacturers have developed shotguns that have more features. There are a few things you need to keep in mind as you search for the perfect shotgun. You need to buy a shotgun that fits you. The only sure way to find a shotgun that properly fits you is to make an appointment with a firearms expert. Pull the gun to your shoulder. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction. See if the gun swings into place without extra effort. Pay attention to the weight of the gun - is it comfortable?

Next, adjust the placement of your forward hand. Check to see if you are able to hold the shotgun steady for a set amount of time. Also, see if you are able to comfortably carry the shotgun for long distances. If you answer "yes" to each of these questions, you may have found the right shotgun. Remember that when it comes to turkey hunting, a bigger shotgun is not always better. 20-gauge shotguns are growing in popularity, mainly due to their high-powered turkey loads and available chokes.

You are better off buying a shotgun that perfectly fits you than you are choosing one that has the largest gauge or load size. Give yourself an opportunity to see how your shotgun performs under different circumstances. Shoot it with different loads and shot sizes whenever possible. Most shotguns offer several choke options. A shotgun that shows success in increasing pattern performance is your ideal gun. As with all of your hunting equipment, you want to use only the highest quality gear that performs well when you need it most. You must take the time necessary to discover the limitations of your firearm. You can do several things to find out how well your gun will work at the moment when you need it to perform.

Pattern, experiment with different loads and chokes, and practice real hunting situations on the range. These actions will help you learn when to shoot and when to hold back. Certain shots are risky, and you are better off holding your fire. If you are using a 20-gauge shotgun, you must be within 25 yards of your target for your ideal shot. Very young hunters, or those hunters who lack experience, should follow the same distance. Knowing your limitations as a hunter is as important as knowing how well your shotgun will perform. This knowledge is the difference between success and disappointment. Finding the right shotgun for your spring turkey hunting will take a fair amount of experimentation and practice. Your goal will be to determine the best choke constriction, load, shot size, and distance.

You want a gun that is comfortable. You want a gun that fits your body size. Do not always go for the largest gun, as a bigger shotgun does not always equal a better shotgun. The best way to discover the shotgun that best fits you is to practice with different ones. There is a perfect shotgun out there with your name on it. Simply take the time to find it. Once you have discovered your ideal shotgun, you will be able to kick off a safe and rewarding turkey season. Word count: 558

Basic turkey hunting tips

Turkey hunting is challenging, exciting and in some cases becomes addictive. Turkey’s senses are extremely keen - even your heart pounding can make the turkey vanish like a puff of smoke. Basic help in turkey hunting Before you can hunt a wild turkey, you have got to find them. The easiest way to do this is by locating the general areas of the turkey’s habitat. • Get a good map of the area you plan to hunt. • Wave or use a locator call like an owl hooter or crow call or even a turkey call to try to get a response. When you hear a gobbler, mark the locator map. • Scout for the best location on foot. Check for signs of the bird’s scratches, droppings of feathers. This information can help you locate some areas. Check along mud holes, creek banks, pastures, log roads, fencerows etc. as many trips as possible. • Never try to get too close to the turkey. A turkey’s eyes, ears and awareness are many times better than yours. • Choose a tree that is wider than your shoulders. This will protect you from other hunters that might come behind you and mistakenly assume that you are a real turkey. • Camouflage is almost a must to avoid being seen. Wild turkeys have such keen vision. Many turkey hunters usually wear camo suit, cap, facemask, gloves, vest with many pockets to carry calls and maybe a snack. Also do not forget to wear dark colored socks so that when you sit down, they would not show you. But the main thing to remember: your movement is more important; regardless of how well you are camouflage. It doesn’t make you completely visible. Even though you are camouflage, you are still an unnatural form in the woods. Movement is the greatest enemy of the turkey hunter. A turkey can detect you 10 times faster than you sense the turkey. • The best shotgun and ammunition for turkey hunting is the combination that delivers a dense, hard-hitting pattern at 40-45 yards. Practice with a target that portrays a turkey’s vital head and neck area. These parts are the ones that you should be shooting. You should have at least 8-10 pellets in the vital area at 40 yards. • Do not hide so well that you cannot see what is happening. Blinds are useful for the turkey hunter, but when constructed so well that vision is obstructed, it is no longer a blind, and it is a hiding place, as beneficial to the turkey as it is to you. • Cease from using gobbler calls. Although this call can sometimes be productive, it is also very dangerous. In areas where many hunters are located, you can attract hunters to you rather than turkeys. • Never wear any red, white or blue clothes. These are the colors of the gobbler’s head - the main target of a turkey hunter. • If another hunter is working a bird, do not mess everything up by trying to call the bird to you or spooking the bird. This is very unsportsmanlike. The true and experienced hunters do not do that kind of thing.

Limousine treasure hunt a corporate team building event worth cherishing in oxfordshire

: Limousine treasure hunt is a magnificent corporate team-building event that makes you feel elated after tired monotonous days of constant work pressure. With the cool ambience of Oxfordshire laced with hints of pleasant rain, this corporate event evokes wonderful feelings of fun, interaction and imbues a team building spirit amidst all. In this hilarious activity, you can actually laugh together, enjoy together and know your colleagues better. In the corporate world, the words “aspiration” and “integration” play magic on people inhabiting the world. As limousine treasure hunt is designed to test team’s corporate event planning, delegation, communication, team management and time organization skills in a hugely fun environment, this event is truly encouraging for corporate people. Chillisauce is a fully bonded corporate tour event organizer that specializes in organizing corporate tour events for stag weekends, corporate clients and hen parties. With the growing importance of the company, you cannot simply ignore the wonderful activities that help to improve work environment as well as individual efficiency. The limousine treasure hunt – a great experience The team about to participate is given a detail outline of the objectives, scenarios and relevant clues for taking part in the hunt in Oxfordshire. You can experience a truly mysterious event - treasure hunt, with your team members. You have to form a group of 8 to 10 people and equip yourself with training notes, Polaroid camera, torch, compass and binoculars before you begin with the game. The main aim of this treasure hunt in Oxfordshire is to evoke and test the team-building attitude within every corporate person.

The game starts with simply searching out remarkable landmarks like pubs, bars and phone boxes along a chosen path way and take challenging and funny photographs that will not only evoke interests but offer you to indulge into fits of laughter. Another important factor is, you can go searching for the treasure relaxing luxuriously in the limousines. Chillisauce also offers you to visit other interesting places like ancient churches, Gothic castles, royal museums and entertaining parks and take spectacular photographs that will impress all. As you are offered to indulge in to activities like clay pigeon shooting, archery wonders and Honda pilots, your evening becomes more and more interesting. This happening corporate event management culminates with a presentation where runners up and winners are awarded profusely with medals and treasure chests of prizes. Limousine treasure hunt offers -- To maintain team spirit -- To know others better -- To achieve personal satisfaction A corporate event like limousine treasure hunt in Oxfordshire promises an instant break from the daily monotony to which corporate people often get succumbed. Participate in these corporate event ideas to feel special and relaxed after tired days.

Basic turkey hunting information knowing your prey and their behavior

Fall was the preferred time to hunt wild turkeys by most of the famous old time turkey hunters and is still favored by many traditionalists. These turkey hunting experts liked it best because it was a lot more difficult and therefore more rewarding to call in an old turkey in the fall rather than the spring. Gobblers in the late summer, fall and winter become very solitary animals with very little interest in females. They do, however, gobble in the fall and there have been a few mornings in October and November that you would think that it was spring with the huge number of gobblers around. On rare occasions, gobblers will even come in strutting and gobbling just like it was spring. More likely though, you won't even notice a fall turkey reacting to your calls. He will just appear silently, looking for companionship with another long beard but not really caring whether he finds it or not. This is a real fall gobbler. The fall season has regained its popularity recently with the ever-increasing numbers of turkeys. Over 40 states now host fall turkey seasons and more and more hunters are discovering the excitement of hunting in the fall. Turkey hunting is a pleasurable and enjoyable sport people are starting to like.

This sport requires seperate permits for hunters during the fall, along with the applications for spring hunting permits. Turkey hunters are allowed only to take only one wild turkey of either sex during that fall season each day. Turkeys are usually found in open, mixed hardwood and pine forests. Others are scattered in brush land. Others prefer to roost in trees larger than the surrounding vegetation and will often choose place to stay on sites facing slopes where they can shelter from the existing strong wind. They will use open fields and meadows as feeding and boasting sites and wooded areas are roosting sites. If few or no roosting sites are available, the turkey may leave the place and not use it. Basic Turkey Characteristics Turkeys’ ears are also placed on both sides of their heads. And because they have no outer ear to develop the sound in one direction, they hear sounds all the way around them. Sounds received by only one ear can help the turkey find out which direction the sound comes out but not any indication of distance. Turkeys turn around to be more alert. With a highly developed sense of smell, they can determine the direction of danger by scent and wind direction. The clever beasts generally flee away from the danger, not toward it. Besides their sense of smell, they rely heavily on both their eyes and ears to determine the direction of danger before they run away from it.

Police flashlights tactical light used by professionals

Ever since the concept was first introduced in or around the 1930’s, the use of tactical flashlights to aid the police and military in identifying targets before firing has saved countless lives and made the jobs of soldiers and officers much easier. Though now commonplace, when the use of these lights was first introduced it was a major tactical innovation. In the years since, tactical lighting has evolved greatly and now a variety of bulb, battery, and case technologies allow for one-handed or hands-free lighting in a number of greatly differing tactical situations. Police Use The original innovators of the tactical flashlight were police departments who needed an easy way to correctly identify suspects in low-light situations while still being able to fire a gun if necessary. Specialized tactical flashlights were developed that could easily be held along with a firearm, allowing officers to see clearly whatever the gun was pointed at. As tactical gear has improved over the years so have these lights; the majority of police-issue tactical flashlights make use of LED’s to allow them an unprecedented bulb life with minimal battery usage, while using custom-designed cases which are resilient against damage and that can be physically attached to the gun itself so as to allow the officer to either have a free hand or to use both hands on the firearm. Military Use Much like the police force, the military has a great need for specialized tactical lighting that won’t interfere with a soldier’s duties. Military tactical flashlights can come in a variety of styles, some of which are similar to those which are used by police officers while others are designed with specific uses in mind. Many military tactical flashlights can be attached to clothing instead of firearms, allowing soldiers a wider view of the area while keeping their hands free to handle their gun or other weapons. Most of these lights will have specialized filters or in some cases specialized bulbs which will allow them to illuminate an area for night vision or infrared goggles without giving away their position by the bright light. Sportsmen and Other Outdoorsmen Tactical flashlights and similar tactical gear aren’t just used by soldiers and police officers, of course. Many hunters, sportsmen, and other outdoorsmen will make use of this same equipment when hunting early in the mornings, letting them maneuver through wooded areas without having to carry a larger flashlight or lantern. This can be especially useful when setting up a deer stand or establishing a hunting location in low-light situations, as they will be able to have their hands free to work while still ensuring that they have enough light to see what they are doing. A number of these dedicated sportsmen will use light filters or specialized bulbs similar to those which are used by soldiers to keep from spooking wildlife; the light is changed to a shade which won’t be noticeable by deer or other animals that they may be hunting. These tactical lights can also help to prevent potential legal problems that could be caused by larger lights, as their smaller size makes them nearly impossible to use for illegally spotlighting game in order to stun it. ~ Ben Anton, 2008

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