• 3 Tips to Improve the Quality of Your Hunt

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    Not every hunt is going to be what you’re hoping for. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still do your best to make the most of every hunt. There are plenty of strategies you can use to help improve the quality so you can enjoy it.

    Choose Your Group Carefully

    If you decide to go on a group hunt, you should go through careful consideration when selecting members for your hunting group. First and foremost, you want to make sure you’re on the same page as your group members. This includes having the same goals for hunting. You should establish this beforehand so there aren’t any disagreements later. Next, you should think about the skill level of everyone in your group. While variation in skill level is okay, you might prefer to have a group with similar skill levels. This allows you to have a more enjoyable time. Lastly, you can think about the friendships in your group. As with any activity, you’ll have a better time with friends.  

    Change Your Routine

    Sometimes it all takes to improve a hunt is to make some changes. In some cases, these changes may be necessary. For example, deer are very routine creatures but they also pattern hunters. This means that if you hunt in the same spot every time, eventually the deer will move away from you. Changing up your routine means you are more likely to see some game. A new hunting spot can also offer you some new perspective.

    Store Your Meat Properly

    After all that time hunting, you want to be able to enjoy your efforts. This means you need to properly store your meat. During your hunt, do your best to keep the carcass clean and quickly get to a point where the meat can be stored at 40 degrees Fahrenheit. When you prepare your meat for storage, you need to keep everything clean. This includes your hands and arms as well as any knives, cutting boards, and utensils you’ll be using. You must keep out any air to have a fresher product. Vacuum sealing is often the preferred method of storing high-quality meat. If you don’t have access to vacuum sealing, you can wrap your meat tightly in plastic wrap and then in freezer paper.

    When hunting, you can end up with diverse experiences. Fortunately, you can take some measures to control the quality of your hunts. Employing these tactics can be very beneficial to you in the future.

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  • Common Insects You Need to Worry About in the Outdoors

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    The beautiful spring is coming, and after a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a welcome sight! But, after a warm winter in much of the country, there’s a host of bugs headed your way. Many are gorgeous and wonderful to study, but a few are problematic to humans. Which ones are going to be a problem to avoid? Here are a few bugs you should watch out for if you want to enjoy the outdoors safely.

    Ticks

    The worst, perhaps of all insect-borne illnesses are carried by ticks. Besides rocky mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, there are at least fourteen coinfections that they carry that can infect humans, which is far too many. With Lyme cases increasing exponentially every year, and testing for it less accurate than medical professionals would prefer, deterring ticks is critical. They thrive when there are not forty or more freezing days per year and walk towards anything emitting carbon dioxide. Lyme disease and other bacterial infections carried by ticks can go into chronic infections, so using a bug spray with DEET whenever you’re outdoors is particularly important.

    Mosquitoes

    Far from being a slight annoyance that leaves itchy marks, mosquitoes are among the most dangerous pests because of the diseases they carry. Besides things like malaria and Zika virus, almost any blood carried virus can also be carried by mosquitoes. Dengue, chikungunya, and others can also be transmitted. Lyme disease has been found in the blood in mosquitos’ stomachs, though studies are still ongoing as to whether it’s transmitted that way.

    “Kissing Bugs” and Chagas

    There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about Chagas disease. Over 28 states have documented cases of this illness caused by a parasite carried by the kissing bugs, and there’s good reason to want to avoid it. Besides gastrointestinal symptoms, head and body ache, and fever, this parasite can cause ongoing chronic infection, which is only treatable with medication after the CDC releases specific drugs to use.

    Insects are your friends, and important both as pollinators and food for much of the animals of the world. Using an excellent DEET bug spray on yourself and your family members helps immensely. Avoid bites and do tick checks after outdoor excursions. It’s critical for your future health.

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  • Things You Don’t Want to Forget Before Going on an RV Trip

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    You’re preparing for your RV trip, but what could you be forgetting? Because RV trips are often relatively longer than normal trips, there are more details to keep track of. Thinking about some of the suggestions in this article can ensure that you have a truly comfortable and enjoyable vacation.

    Entertainment

    When it comes to going on an RV trip, you’ll want to make sure that you are prepared to have a good time. As you’re packing, be sure to remember games and other activities to do during the long hours of driving. Think about bringing games that are easy to clean up and that your kids will find fun.

    Another important thing to do when it comes to ensuring you will be entertained while on your RV trip is to make sure that you’ve downloaded a significant amount of music on your phone before you head out.

    This might be something that slips your mind but having your music downloaded will ensure that you don’t have to stream music while driving which could really use up your data quickly.

    Maintenance Tools

    While there are a variety of important tools that you should have on hand, you’ll want to be especially sure that you bring tools in case you have mechanical problems on the road. When it comes to having a comfortable RV trip, there are fewer things that can make it more uncomfortable than not having access to water.

    In order to prevent leaks while on your vacation, be sure to bring a hose repair kit. A hose repair kit will give you the tools to repair pin holes that may develop or stop full-on leaks.

    Emergency Supplies

    In addition to bringing maintenance tools to address potential mechanical problems, you’ll want to ensure that you bring supplies to prepare against potential emergencies. As you’re thinking about what types of supplies to bring, think about where you are planning to go and any conceivable emergencies you could anticipate happening in those locations.

    You should also make sure to have an extra supply of canned food, bottled water, and a first aid kit on hand. Having these things will ensure that you have basic necessities in the case of injury or being stranded.

    Extra Fuel

    You don’t want to forget fuel for heating stoves and backup generators. In the case of an emergency, having this extra fuel could make a big difference. When it comes to storing it, it can be a bit more complicated.

    Make sure that you store the fuel in a safe way. If you’re storing a fuel tank in your RV, keep the tank at a full level so it is less likely to combust. When it comes to having propane tanks, you may be considering whether to rent or to buy one. There are benefits to owning your propane tanks rather than renting them. It’s more expensive to buy a new tank each time you need more propane than to simply fill your already existing tank.

    Extra Pillows and Blankets

    In addition to thinking about important supplies like extra fuel, make sure that you bring extra comfort essentials like pillows and blankets. During the course of your vacation, you may find yourselves staying the night in a place that ends up being colder than anticipated. Having a few extra blankets can make a huge difference and can help you have a comfortable night’s sleep.

    Bathroom Organizer

    If you’re traveling in your RV with your family members, there will be a lot of bathroom supplies to store in a relatively small space. One of the best ways to keep everything organized and to ensure that everyone has designated space is to invest in a good bathroom organizer.

    You can get a hanging bathroom organizer to hang on the shower head. Some hanging organizers have more than two shelves which can allow you to effectively store the majority of your family members’ bathroom supplies.

    On the other hand, you may consider having at least some members of your family store their bathroom supplies and/or makeup in their own bathroom caddy. These are especially functional and can then be stored elsewhere if necessary.

    Cleaning Supplies

    While it might seem intuitive to bring cleaning supplies for your RV, it’s important to know which supplies are important enough that you should have a good amount of them. For starters, you should definitely plan on bringing lots of trash bags and something to clean your floor with.

    When you’re traveling in an RV for extended periods of time, things can get kind of messy. And when it isn’t always possible to stop frequently to get rid of trash, you’ll want to ensure that you can dispose of your junk in those bags.

    In addition to packing a good amount of trash bags, you should also plan on bringing something to clean your floor. You may not have the ability to bring a vacuum, so think about bringing a good broom or a Swiffer. Having one of these cleaning tools can help you keep your floor clean which will make a big difference in your comfort while traveling.

    Extra Space if Possible

    When it comes to packing for an RV trip, thinking about having extra space may not be on the forefront of your mind. But it is definitely something that you shouldn’t forget about. Why? Because if you are planning on going away for a while, there is a high likelihood that you will accumulate additional items as you go.

    Even if you don’t end up purchasing a lot of different souvenirs during your trip, you will likely find yourself needing more space for groceries after an especially large grocery run or for a basket of wet swimsuits after swimming in the lake.

    It can sometimes be overwhelming to plan an RV trip. With so many details to keep track of, it can seem easy to potentially forget something. Taking these suggestions into account can help you ensure you are adequately prepared for your vacation.

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  • How to Be Prepared Before Camping in the Wilderness

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    There is a reason that the Scout Motto is “Be Prepared.” When you are out in the wild, you must be safe and have a tool for any situation—just in case. If you are prepping for a camping trip, here are some tips you can start doing now to be safe.

    Pack Efficiently

    To be prepared, you should bring as much as you can. Efficient packing methods are the best way to carry a lot of material on your person at one time. For example, when packing clothing, roll them instead of folding. Though your clothes might not look as nice, you will be able to pack more items in your bag—which is essential for maximum preparedness.

    You should also invest in camping gear that is more collapsible—so you can easily store them in your bag. Your backpack should also have many pockets and spaces to store items, and should be able to remain cool and dry inside.

    Know the Wildlife

    Before you leave for your camping trip, you should know the kinds of wildlife that live in your adopted, outdoor home. Thankfully, because of the Internet, it has become simple to figure this out. The tougher part is knowing how to handle the different animals and insects once you get there.

    Ask for advice on the area before you go. You should understand the insect pain index to know which insects are dangerous. Brush up on your basic first-aid skills so you can be prepared to help a friend or yourself in an emergency.

    Bring an Emergency Kit

    While this may seem obvious, you should always have an emergency kit on-hand. Though you hopefully will not have to use it, many outdoor survival kits can make the difference between life and death. An emergency kit should include at least some type of first aid, but should also include a pocket knife, whistle, thermometer, flashlight, and many other things.

    You can easily build your own emergency kit instead of paying for a pre-packaged one online. Most emergency kits consist of everyday items that are lying around your home. This will save you money and potentially your life. Ask people who have camped in your future spot what they recommend you bring.

    As you improve your emergency preparedness, you will feel even more excited for your camping experience. The wilderness provides one of the most satisfying places to feel free and relaxed. By following these tips, you can make sure you can have a safe and enjoyable camping trip that everyone will remember.

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  • How to Motivate Yourself to Get Outside More

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    With technology increasingly working its way into every part of our lives, humans are finding more and more ways to distract themselves with screens. This can prevent us from finding the time to go outside and experience the outdoors. You may think that this isn’t so bad, but it is. Humans need the sunlight. It is a very important source of Vitamin D. Some suggest that lack of sunlight is also a contributing factor to conditions like depression. If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself to go outside, try the following.

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