Posts Tagged ‘equipment’

Choosing the Right Axe

When it comes to the outdoors, the tool most often associated with camping has got to be the axe. Axes were the first tools invented for chopping trees and building shelters-but the usefulness doesn’t stop there, axes can also be used for splitting wood, hammering in tent pegs, and according to legend even shaving.

There are as many different styles of axes as there are regions in the world. The axe has evolved over the centuries into what we commonly see today. There are three different sizes of axes. The hatchet, the long handled axe, and the splitting maul. Each axe has its own place in the outdoors and if properly cared for by keeping the splitting edge sharp and the axe dry, will last a lifetime.

choosing the right ax

Hatchets are used for splitting small logs or kindling of about 2” in diameter.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Camouflage Techniques

Camouflage is the art of blending yourself or an object into the surrounding environment. Animals and armies around the world have been using these techniques for centuries, but now photographers, paint ballers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts are using camouflage techniques as well.

camouflage clothing for hunting outdoors

Commercially available crypsis patterns such as this are effective at camouflaging a person who is not moving in the woods. Ideal for hunting.

Camouflage is the main defense of many sea and land animals. Skin and fur colours allow animals to hide from, and seek their prey with ease by either blending into their surroundings, or by distracting other animals as to their location and speed.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Buying Snowshoes

Snowshoes were invented centuries ago by the aboriginal peoples of North America. Snowshoes made it easy for people to walk through the winter conditions without sinking into the snow with every step. This was important both for nomadic tribes and those which needed to hunt to survive the cold winters. The first European settlers quickly adopted snowshoes to help travel around the many trap lines they established.

buying snowshoes for winter hunting

These traditional snowshoes are based on Algonquin, Huron and Ojibwa designs however the bindings are modern versions of the original leather bindings.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Outdoor Survival Basics

outdoor survival basics.

Know what to do when you get lost in the outdoors. Ten steps to outdoor survival basics.

Getting lost whether travelling on vacation, or out hiking in the woods can be a frustrating and even scary experience. While most people are found within a few hours of getting lost, others can spend much more time stranded.

There is no single reason people become lost and the reasons can vary from sliding off the road in winter weather, losing track of direction while driving or boating, to accidents while hiking or hunting.

Following these 10 simple steps and carrying the proper basic equipment will help keep you safe until help arrives and ensure your survival.

While actual priorities may change based on the situation, the topics listed below represent the most important things to remember and are listed in the order they should be addressed. When this survival series is complete, each section will link to a more complete article on that step. Make sure to read through them all.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

The Compass

using a compass when outdoors

A magnetic compass has a needle to point North or South, a capsule dial with degrees printed around it, a sight mark, and index line.

The magnetic compass has been used for hundreds of years as a navigation tool both by hikers and sailors. It is almost completely infallible and doesn’t rely on batteries or satellites to function. Using a compass to find your direction of travel through the woods or over water is very easy once you learn the basics. When it comes to outdoor skills most people think of building a camp fire or pitching a tent, but one of the most important skills everyone should learn from an early age is how to use a compass.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Arrow Points and Tips

choosing arrow points for archeryArrow points are the sharp tip that attaches to the front of an arrow. Without a good point on the arrow it will not stick in to targets very well, if at all. Arrow points are an important part of the arrow selection process and should not be over looked when choosing your new archery gear.

Arrow points come in two main types, field points for target shooting and broad head points for hunting. Field point tips are round and sharp like a pencil tip. They tend to resemble the tip of a bullet, so much so that some field points are known as “bullet tips”.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Fish Finders

Fish finders are electronic devices that let fishermen and fisherwomen see what is going on under water. Some might say that fish finders take the fun out of fishing, since most people who fish for the sport of it know that spending time out on the water drifting from spot to spot is sometimes more than half the fun of fishing. Experienced fishermen and women also know that some days not matter what they do, a glimpse of what is happening under the water even if it is electronically can definitely speed up the catching.

using fish finders

New generation fish finders display the image on your smart phone and send the info wirelessly from transducers which are getting smaller and smaller via Bluetooth

Fish finders although small and simple to use are actually quite complicated inside. Fish finders work by sending out a wave of sound which travels down through the water and bounces off any fish, weeds, rocks, and the lake bottom that are in the path of the sound wave. The fish finder then measures how long it takes for the sound wave to reflect and bounce back up to the transducer. Any areas of the sound wave which are “shadowed” can be interpreted as fish or other underwater structures. The results are then displayed on a viewfinder which is located in the boat above the water level which shows in good detail what is swimming around your bait.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

How to Choose Arrows

Bows and arrows go together like bread and butter, but choosing the right arrow to go with your bow is somewhat more complicated than choosing butter over margarine. Shooting accurately is the result of three factors: the archer, the bow, and the arrow. Once the arrow matches the bow all that’s left is getting the archer up to speed.

how to choose arrows for archery

For an archer to shoot well, all arrows must be as close as possible to the same weight and spine.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson