Posts made in December, 2014

3 Beneficial Things to Utilize When Duck Hunting

If you enjoy hunting, one of the best things to hunt is ducks. In order to make your duck hunting adventures more enjoyable, these three things can be utilized.

Hunting Dog

After shooting a duck, you may not be able to find it in shrubs or tall grass. This is where a hunting dog comes in. When the duck lands on the ground, you can send these dogs to go get them. This saves you time and stress.

One of the best types of hunting dogs to utilize is the German shorthaired pointer. These dogs are easy to train, and they are extremely obedient. They also have a thin coat, which makes them ideal when you are shooting ducks near ponds and rivers.

It should be noted that your shorthaired pointer will need to be trained early on when it is a pup in order to be effective as a hunting dog.

Duck Kayak

If you are going to be hunting ducks on a lake or pond, it’s a good idea to invest in a duck kayak. These kayaks let you hunt from the water, so you can get as close to them as possible to get an accurate shot.

These kayaks can hold more than one person, and they have an extremely durable hull. This hull can support the additional weight of hunting accessories like decoys.

Thanks to a low profile design, storing these kayaks in your vehicle isn’t going to be that hard. They also have a water-tight storage compartment, giving you a place to protect personal items like your phone or wallet.

Floating Blind Bag

If you are traveling on foot to hunt ducks, it’s a good idea to keep a floating blind bag with you. These bags have multiple compartments on the inside, making it easy to keep hunting accessories and personal items organized.

Thanks to a waterproof design, you don’t have to worry about the bag or items inside getting damaged if the bag gets wet. These bags even have the ability to float on water, which lets you set them down in waters while you are trying to hunt. They come in many different colors, and have hand straps at the top. These straps make the bag easy to carry on your hunting journeys.

If you enjoy duck hunting, the things above are important to take with you. They will help you enjoy duck hunting more. 

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Wilderness Survival: Patches For Your Leaking Boat

When your boat has a leak, you could buy commercial leak patches as a temporary fix. However, in the wilderness you do not have the option of running into the nearest boat and marine retailer to buy what you need. Here are some substitutes that you can find in nature to patch your boat and survive in the wild.

Pine Pitch

For hundreds of years, Native Americans collected the sap from pine trees and boiled it into a dark sticky mess. This pine tar, or pitch, was then used to cover their canoes and keep them together. If you are all alone with your boat in the middle of nowhere, try to get to shore. you can tap a pine tree in much the same way you would a maple for syrup. Collect at least three cups’ worth of the pine tree’s sap and then set it on a fire to boil. When it condenses down and gets dark and thick, take it off the fire and slather it over the leaking area. Put a layer of pine pitch on the outside first, let it dry, and apply a thin layer on the inside over the same area. Your boat is ready when the pitch is hard and does not move when you poke it.

Beaver Skins and Deer Pelts

The Native Americans of the past also used skins and pelts, wrapped tightly about their canoes, to prevent leaking. Beaver pelts are best because beavers have naturally waterproof fur. The beaver pelts are ideal for smaller holes, and the deer pelts for the bigger leaks. The downside to skins is that you will have to hunt these animals down, skin them, tan their hides, stretch them out in the sun, and then repair your boat with them. Unless you have a few weeks to spare, or you live in the wild already, the pine pitch may be a better and quicker solution.

For the Seriously Damaged Boat

Surviving in the wild means that you will have to dump a boat you cannot patch. If you decide to give up your life as mountain person and survivalist, you can always bring your boat into a boat repair shop like Idaho Water Sports and have it fixed. Professionals who work with wood and aluminum can use modern instruments to seal the holes up and seal off the leaks that spring from the seams of your metal boats.

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