Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How to Heat a Tent: Things You Need to Have - Guest Post

One of the greatest experiences that you can enjoy is camping. This is because camping gives you the opportunity to accomplish an array of fun and exciting activities all-at-once. However, when you are camping, you will be one with nature.

As a result, during one of those chilly fall and spring nights, you may feel uncomfortable in your tent if you don’t keep it warm. But how can you ensure that your tent stays warm and toasty throughout the night? Here are tips on how to heat a tent.

  •        Electric Fan Heaters

These heaters are designed to work as electric fans. Having an electric fan heater is a good way to heat up your tent in no time. This is also a very safe method of heating up your tent since there are no risks of fire. However, electric fan heaters will only be suitable for you if you are camping in an area that has access to electricity but not when dry camping.
Using electric fan heater is the best method to keep your tent warmed up because it is very easy to use. This is because you can use this appliance by just plugging it into your car’s electric car outlet so that it can blow some hot air into your tent.

  •        Oil Filled Radiators

These electrical appliances are great for heating your tent quietly without making your tent to feel stuffy. One advantage of using oil filled radiators to heat your tent is that your tent will still feel warm even after you turn off the radiator.

However, its main drawback is that it is not easily portable. This is because of its size and also takes a bit of time to get your tent heated up. You will also need to carry some oil with you to fuel it up. It will, therefore, cost you more effort and money to bring your oil filed radiator to your campsite.

  •        Electric Tent Heaters

Are you looking for the easiest and the most basic way to heat your tent? Well, the electric tent heater is the most popular choice. However, you must have access to electricity wherever you are camping at. Electric tent heaters are so popular because they are very portable and are also very easy to use. Setting them up is also very easy, as long as you have some electric hookups within your campsite.
Some electric tent heaters also come with extra features like timers and automatic-off switch. This will enable the heaters to switch themselves off once the temperature in your tent is optimum. This will enable you to sleep peacefully with your heater on throughout the night without you having to worry about switching it off.

  •          Halogen Heaters

These heaters will not only heat up your tent but will also double up as a nightlight. They are also very light so that you can hang them on your tent to keep them away from children and other potential hazards that may lead to accidents.

How Can You Heat Your Tent without Electricity?

There are times when you will go for camping in an area without access to electricity. So what can you do when it’s cold, and you want to heat up your tent? You have to find a way of heating your tent without using any electrical gadget. Below are some tips on how you can safely heat up your tent without using electricity.

  • Using Catalytic Heaters

These are small and lightweight heaters that can heat up your tent with ease. They are also very easy to carry around. Catalytic heaters work together with propane cylinders to heat your tent. This heater is very safe since it does not produce any fire. You won’t, therefore, have to worry about risks of fire accidents in your tent.

However, it is advisable that when you are using a catalytic heater, you should switch it off before you sleep. This is to prevent any items within your tent from melting due to excessive heat. Switching it off before you sleep will also prevent your tent from breaking due to the extreme temperature. It does not also produce any poisonous gas hence very safe.

  • Gas Heaters

They are similar to catalytic heaters. The only difference between them is that gas heaters use gas instead. However, I would not advise that you use gas heaters for heating your tent as it can be dangerous when left on. It may also emit carbon monoxide that may poison everyone in your tent. 
  • Using Insulated Pads

You can use them to warm up the floor of your tent. You will, therefore, feel very comfortable and well heated in your tent. The good thing about insulated pads is that you won’t need any batteries or electricity to make your tent warm.

In a Nutshell

If you want to enjoy your camping without being affected by the weather outside your tent, then it is important that you keep your tent warm and toasty throughout the night. Every camper should, therefore, know how to heat a tent.

The next time you want to go for camping, ensure that you choose a good tent warmer and carry it with you. You can choose the best tent warmer that will suit you.

There you have it on how to heat a tent. Let me know if you have any question in the comment section below. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A guide to kayak fishing - Guest Post

Editors Note: Here is another guest post for you! This one is near and dear to my heart, kayak fishing!

Kayak fishing is something which dates from centuries ago, yet not one which is mastered by many. It is an activity which requires concentration and skill, so if you are a laborious and creative person, then you may be interested in it. In our kayak fishing guide we will provide you with basic advice and ideas regarding this type of activity, and how you can overcome challenges and become a successful fishermen.

Features that your Kayak should have:

- A quality rod holder

You won't be able to paddle and fish at the same time, unless you are Superman. Therefore, in order to practice this activity, your kayak will need to have a rod holder feature. Some models have this feature built in, while for others you will need to manually purchase and install it on top of the kayak.

- Anchor system

In order to improve your odds of capturing fish, you will need to be perfectly still. Therefore, consider an anchor system that is heavier and which will prevent your kayak from moving. In this way more fish will bite the bait, and you will get home with something good to fry.

- Paddle leash

When practicing kayak fishing it's actually quite easy to lose your paddle, especially when leaning too much or when capturing bigger fish. In order to avoid this from happening, you will need a quality paddle leash. If your kayak model doesn't have one pre-installed, then you will need to buy one separately from Amazon and install it (installation is simple).

- Plenty of storage space

Unless you want to walk home with just 2 or 3 fish in the bag, you need to ensure that your kayak has enough storage space for this activity. Typically you will need a two-person kayak if you want to go fishing alone.

Tips for Kayak Fishing:

- Watch and be prepared for the weather and unexpected events

You need to be prepared for bad or sunny weather as well as for accidental falls in the water. It's recommended to get a dry suit (half cotton half polyester) to use in your kayak fishing trips, a safety vest, and some floating waterproof bag (costs between 3usd and 15usd on Amazon) in which to store your essential goods; phone, wallet, keys.

- Make sure that you master both sports

In order to be good at this activity, you must be a master of both fishing and kayaking. Therefore, practice them separately in the beginning until you realize that you are good with both, and after that you can go kayak fishing with peace of mind.

- Avoid overburdening the kayak

If it's one of the first times when you go kayak fishing, then you will be tempted to carry plenty of useless stuff with you. However, it's best to empty your pockets and go with just the essentials, plus some little food and water, since you never know when you may take an unexpected fall in the water.

- Ask for information from the local fishermen

Unless you know the river or lake where you fish 100% by heart, it's recommended to get in touch with the local fishermen. They will help you understand the best swimming spots in the area, as well as further obstacles which you may need to overcome (bad areas, currents, etc).

These are the best tips that you learn from our kayak fishing guide. Remember to have fun, be patient and be prepared to take on the fish, and your success levels will rise along.
Best of luck!

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Memory of My First Compound Bow

Do you remember your first real bow? By real I mean one that you could hunt or compete with. I remember my first bow.

For my 15th birthday my dad bought me a used Brown Bear compound bow. For the past year I had been watching a hunting show every Saturday morning. I don't remember the name of the show or the name of the hunter, but he was a bowman. A very good bowman. Each week he would go on an exciting hunt. I still vividly remember the episode where he hunted antelope by staking out a fence corner and shooting one as it ran by. One of my favorites was the time he hunted geese with a bow, successfully shooting one out of the air.

I had dreams of going on bow hunting adventures with my dad. Now that I had a real bow, I could. Oh! The innocence of youth!

My new bow was beautiful. Unlike most modern compound bows, the Brown Bear was made almost entirely of wood.

Compared to modern standards it was archaic. Have you seen the latest bow technologies? Check out the best compound bows available now! Most of them look like something out of a sci-fi movie. Totally cool!

My bow was not like that, but I loved it anyway. I set the pull weight to 45 pounds (just like the guy on TV had his) and practiced, practiced, practiced. I originally could not afford a sight, so I taped hat pins to the bow with masking tape. You know what? Those hat pins served me well for months!

I also could not afford fancy aluminum arrows. I shot wooden arrows. Yes, wooden arrows out of a compound bow. I'm not sure if I was supposed to, but I never had problems with it. Probably because the bow was so weak and slow.

We lived in a very small town. The only place to get archery supplies was in an old guy's garage. He was an old fashioned bow hunter. Re-curve bows were the only way according to him. He convinced me that the only good broad heads were these long single bladed things. They looked like something out of a Robin Hood movie.

His reasoning was that when you shot something it would run away from you with the arrow still in it. As the animal ran the arrow would wiggle around, cutting it up in the inside. A broad head with more than one blade would get stuck and not wiggle around, causing less damage.

It made sense to me at the time.

Those were good days. I practiced and practiced, never getting very good, but improving little by little. I used a paper plate as a target and hay bales as a backstop. I finally got to the point where I could hit the paper plate almost every time from 30 yards. I also got pretty good at stump shooting. Every time we would go into the mountains I would take my bow and practice by walking through the woods and shooting at random stumps. This was great for teaching me to judge distance. Wooden arrows came in handy here as they did not bend when they hit a rock and were cheap to replace when lost.

I never really went on ant big bow hunting adventures. Bow hunting is much harder than it looks on TV. I did, however, go on some great bow fishing adventures! Including one where I received my worst injury while on an outdoor adventure. 

My bow came with a bow fishing kit that was essentially a spool of twine that screwed into the stabilizer hole and a fiberglass arrow. You simply tied the string to the end of the arrow and shot it at fish. It is so much fun!

I had days and days of fun shooing at "suckers" and "squaw fish" (what everyone called them) in the river on our local Indian reservation. Yes, it was allowed, and yes I had the proper permits. The squaw fish actually had a $2 bounty on them for eating salmon eggs.

My dad would drop me off in the morning and I would fish with my dog until the afternoon. My favorite tactic was to sneak up to a ledge and pop over the edge with my bow raised, shooting the fish sitting in the shade. It is seriously one of my favorite childhood memories.

Kinda dangerous when I think back on it. Once the twine got wrapped around the bows sight and slingshot-ed the arrow into my side. The nock of the arrow went in pretty deep. It happened so fast I had no idea what happened at first. I though that someone had shot me. There had been some racial unrest and some white men had been shot at while on the reservation that summer. I though someone saw me fishing on the reservation and decided to kill me. I honestly thought I was dying, so I curled up in a ball and waited for the end to come. After a while, I have no idea how long, I decided I was not actually dying, so I painfully sat up and checked myself out. It was ugly, but had stopped bleeding. Somehow I made it back to where my dad picked me up each time and sat there, slowly feeling better, until he arrived.

It's amazing all the memories one little object can bring back. 

If you are looking into starting bow hunting, or are currently an enthusiast, check out this site for some great articles and reviews, including bow hunting prerequisites

Advantages of Using a Pop-Up Tent While Camping or Hiking

Editors note: Another great guest post today that focuses on camping!

Advantages of Using a Pop-Up Tent While Camping or Hiking

Camping and hiking are great ways to get outdoors. But whether or not you do either of this often, having a good tent to rely on for a rest or to get out of the elements is smart planning. When you buy a tent, it really pays to do some investigating and choose one that suits your needs.

But it goes well beyond how many people the tent can host and whether or not it is waterproof, even on the bottom to keep from getting soggy all around. And while those are important factors, as is the ease of carrying it, one other thing you should consider is how quickly you can set it up.

That’s why pop-up tents are a brilliant solution. Here are the many advantages of using a pop-up tent on your outdoor excursions.

They set up fast

Let’s start with the most obvious advantage of employing a pop-up tent for your camping and hiking trips. It opens up, or pops up if you will, in an instant. That means that you don’t have to waste time setting up. It’s such a huge benefit if the weather has suddenly turned inclement and you need shelter fast. It’s also a blessing when you’ve got kids or dogs (or kids AND dogs) and you’re trying to set up camp while everyone is running amok.

They come in all sizes

Whether it’s just you and your love for a romantic night under the stars or you’re bringing along another family to join yours, there are pop-up tents in every size. You’ll be sure to find one that has enough room for everyone, and the best part is it opens up instantly so you can get started enjoying your camping adventure together.

They can be used for other outdoor adventures too

If you have a smaller pop-up tent which fits into a good backpack, you can get even more use out of it when you go to the beach or the park for a picnic. This is especially helpful on a windy day or if you think the kids could do without being in the sun for a spell. Unlike beach umbrellas, they’re easier to keep in one place and it provides shelter from the sand. If you’re at the park and the bugs are getting to you, you can also duck inside for a bug-free zone. And when everyone is out in the sun and sand, you can stow all the kids’ toys in there so no one will trip over them.

The kids can play in it at home

When you’re not outside on an adventure, you can use a pop-up tent to amuse the kids. If you have a yard, simply pop it open and let the kids play in there on a hot day. And who says you can’t camp out in your yard either? It’s a great distraction to change the pace of the day, plus if you’re having a party, the kids will be busy playing in the pop-up tent, leaving the adults to have a chance to converse like adults for a change.

They make pet-sized pop-up tents

Taking Fido along for the camping trip? Why not get him his own pop-up tent? As a bonus, you can use it at home on hot days so he has a shady place to duck into when the sun is a scorcher.

They’re durable and priced right

Pop-up tents are extremely durable and able to withstand some rough weather. Of course, you’ll need to compare brands for features, sizes, and quality, but they all offer a great value. Pop-up tents are no more expensive than traditional tents, so unless you truly have a thing for doing stuff the old-fashioned way, a pop-up tent really makes sense.

Whether you’re a novice camper or an old seasoned pro, a pop-up tent makes short work of setting up camp. Such short work that it’s open and set up in less than 60 seconds. That gives you more time to gather around the campfire and start grilling, take hikes, go for a dip in the lake or any other activity you wish to embark on.

Ready for a camping trip? Why not pop open a pop-up tent the next time you go so you can focus on the most important aspects of camping, like getting closer to family and nature.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Why Camouflage Is Important

Hunting can be as complex or simple as you want to make it. Most of us love gear and trying out new things, but the fact is you only need a few things to hunt. The best and most experienced hunters I know carry very little with them into the woods. In fact, a great way to tell if a person is a good hunter is to look in their hunting pack. The smaller it is, the more likely it is that they are a good hunter.

There are a few things you absolutely must have. You absolutely need a gun or bow, a knife, and your license. After that things become optional depending on what and how you are hunting. On the top of that list for me is camouflage.

You may not realize it, but the use of camouflage is controversial in some circles. A surprising amount of people do not believe it works or is necessary. Many states require you to wear blaze orange, and if you can still be successful with that, why not just wear blue jeans and a flannel shirt? It is not a bad point.  I will agree that it is not necessary for all quarry and types of hunting. Squirrel and rabbit hunting does not require it. Neither does hunting from a blind or tent (although it is a good idea). However, it is my opinion that camouflage can only help you, and it never hurts you.

To understand why, you must know how camouflage works. There are two basic things camouflage does. It matches your pattern with the background and breaks up your outline.

Blending in with the background is more complex than it sounds. To do this your camo needs to match the foliage (or lack thereof) that you are surrounded by. For instance, a marsh pattern would not work in a tree stand. In fact, that would make you stand out. This is why you may need several sets of camo, even if you only hunt in one area. The green camo you use in early fall will not blend well in the grey of winter. When the snow falls, you need some snow camo. Remember when I said it is a good idea to wear camo in a blind or tent? A simple all black outfit can be perfect for that situation. To find the best hunting jackets available right now, check out that link!

For the same reason all of your camo should match. A woodland set of pants and a marshland jacket will make you stand out, not blend in. Also, don’t forget your gun and pack. If they are shiny or look unnatural then your camo outfit will be wasted.

Blending in is especially important when bird hunting. Birds can see in color and have good eyesight.  Mammals, like deer, coyotes, and bear, are not quite as picky about the pattern. For them the most important aspect of camouflage is its ability to break up your outline.

Most mammals cannot see color like we can. It is a myth that animals see only in black and white. They do see color, but not quite as many as we do. Deer see blues, greens and yellows the best. They cannot see red well at all. To them, red looks very similar to green. They also cannot tell the difference between shades very well. Camo that is a bunch of different shades green and brown just look like a green blob to them.

So with that in mind, when deer hunting you should prioritize camo that breaks up your outline. The color does not matter as much. Things like wide belts, backpack straps, hat brims, rifle scopes, and boots all emphasize your outline and steps should be taken to minimize and camouflage these areas.
Deer have amazing peripheral vision and notice movement very easily. Keep this in mind when planning your camo. What do you move the most? Your hands, feet, head, and gun (or bow). Make sure you have good camo on these areas, especially your hands!

 While you are looking into the best camo pattern and type for your next adventure, check out Under The Open Sky. It has some excellent reviews!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Why a Red Dot is a Good First Optic

Editors Note: Going with our theme of guest posts this month, here is a great post about red dot sights!  

Do you want to improve your aiming speed and accuracy? Then a red dot sight is a good first optic to use, and it is because of the following reasons.
Different Red Dot Types at Your Disposal
There are two basic types of red dot sights, tube/tubeless and holographic. The tube type allows you to have an option of fitting dust covers and has the ability to add filters such as haze filters. The tubeless type is hollow, but resembles the tube type.  

The holographic design comprises of a flat base with a single loop of material that helps it support the reflective optics. The tube/tubeless types are heavy compared to the holographic type.
Fast and Easy Target acquisition
A red dot is a good first optic that allows you to sight your target fast and easy at both long ranges and close ranges.

With the red dot you will never have to keep the front sight aligned with a rear sight.  It is best when you wish to acquire targets precisely at close range.
Increased Situational Awareness
With a red dot, you will not have to shift your focus from the front sight to the target, but stay focused when taking shots. Keeping you focused ensures that you acquire fast shots and quick targeting.

Red dot sights are popular all over the world and are mostly used by shooters who compete in shooting sports. New shooters are also recommended to mount their pistols with the red dot sight. They are easy to learn how to use.
Can Be Used in Low light Conditions
In low light conditions, a red dot sight works well if its brightness is properly managed. Red dots feature either automatic brightness sensors or manual controls. In order for it to work in low light, the red dot has to be adjusted up to the right brightness; not too dim or too bright.

The red dot comprises of active or passive adjustments for the dot’s brightness. This allows a bright dot to be used in bright conditions for visibility and a dim dot to be used in low light conditions to prevent loss of night vision.

It is best suited for individuals with poor eyesight. Elderly shooters or those with eyesight problems may find it difficult to focus on a front sight. The red dot sight solves the problem by always appearing in focus, even when focusing on far distant targets.

You may also use night vision gears such as NVGS, when targeting at night. It is hard to shoot targets at night, but the red dot sight makes it easier by providing you with superior focusing.
Allows One-Handed Operations
Mounting the red dot on a pistol creates a right-angled projection on the slide that can be used to track the slide, reload and clear malfunctions with one hand. It its an easy to use sight that mounts well on various weapons
Comes With Versatile Reticle Patterns
Red dot sight reticles are measured in MOA (minutes of angle), which is best suited for shooters using English units. The most common reticle used in red dot sights is a small dot that is provided in different MOA sizes, such as 1 MOA, 3 MOA or 5 MOA.

The size you choose does mainly depend on preference and convenience with respect to the application. For instance, a 5 MOA is large so you can aquite your target quickly. With a 1 MOA reticle, the dot will cover 1.05 inches at 100 yards.

You get to experience a single point of focus when a red dot sight places the target and reticle near the same optical plane.  Red dots with small reticles are best for acquiring precise shots at a long distance range.

A small dot covers less space and does not obstruct your target, making it easy to use the red dot up to 200 yards. On the other hand, red dots with a large reticle are easy to see and fast at acquiring targets unlike the small reticles.

Another significant attribute of most high-end red dot sights is the ability to provide multiple reticle patterns, including a dot, a circle, crosshairs, or a combination of two of the mentioned reticle patterns.
You Get Superior Eye Relief
Eye relief is the functional distance that the optic is placed away from the shooter's eye. Red dot optics that are not magnified, offer you unlimited eye relief, meaning that the red dot can be mounted as far from your eye as you want.

A long eye relief prevents the site from impairing the user's vision during recoil. It also allows you to experience more peripheral vision and fast setup.

Generally, a red dot is the best first optic that will make your shooting experience more fun. New shooters and also experts can use it for fun, learning and in fast shooting competitions.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

5 must have power tools you should own

 Editors Note: I've focused on building things for my outdoors adventure, but I've never focused on the tools I use. This guest post does exactly that! 

Some tools may be expensive but if you have a plan to buy them on a priority basis, within a short period of time, you have a good stock. Only then, you will realize why you need to have these 5 Must Have Power Tools.

If you look back history you will find lots of carpentry and construction was done by a hand tool. But the era has changed and a power tool can perform multi tasks, thousands time better compared to previous handmade tools. You may find the hand tool performance is slower than US congress passing their budget.

Rotary Power Tool

Exceptionally designed for multipurpose uses by skilled mechanical engineers a rotary power tool is considered the revolutionary DIY working tool. The rotary tool lets you cut metal more easily and conveniently with it super power capacity. It has also the capacity of doing precise and small scale DIY tasks. You can also use one of the best rotary tools like a pencil.

They also have various rotary speeds from 5000 rpm-32000 rpm and have the ability to adjust the overall speed according to you task patterns and your job requirements. It is a versatile power tool has various attachments so you can use it for cutting, grinding, polishing, carving, and shaping all possible way of your needs.


Sanding is not a fun task but a good sander can make the process much less painless. Look for a palm sander for light work, a disk sander for moderate work and a belt sander for the heavy jobs. THis is one of those tools we don't enjoy using, but everyone needs.

Power Drill

A drill is indispensable, It is amazing how often you will need to make holes in stuff! A cordless drill is your best bet as it can easily drill holes and drive screws.

However, If you need to perform your work on a consistent area then you can buy a corded power drill. It offers higher power compared to cordless one but you may require an extension cord.

You have to keep in mind that the cordless power drill has 2 speeds but corded one has variable speed.

Table Saw

A table saw is strictly not necessary, but it is very useful. You can use a table saw for mitering, cross-cutting, and many more tasks.

A better quality table saw have integrated utility and safety features including rip fences, better blades, super power motors and flexible table. They can make your work much easier.

Screw Gun

This is more of a convenience item, but one worth getting. A screw gun is basically a screwdriver with a motor attached. It makes short work of tedious tasks and saves yout hands and writs from unnecessary strain.

The better tools you have, the better your work will be and the more you will enjoy doing it!

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