Friday, September 29, 2017

The Day Lease: An Alternative to Annual Hunting Leases

It was only a matter of time before the hunting lease industry got wise to the on-demand economy and threw its hat into the ring. And it is probably good that it did. With annual hunting leases becoming increasingly more attractive with every passing season, it is getting tougher and tougher for individual hunters and hunting clubs to secure one. Now they may not have to. The day lease is emerging as an alternative.

Day leases are to the hunting lease industry what Airbnb is to hotel accommodations. A number of enterprises have recently sprung up to connect landowners with hunters and hunting clubs. They charge fairly reasonable rates for day-long use of a piece of land and, if necessary, leases of several days at a time.

The attractiveness of the day lease is not all that important to hunters with annual leases already in place. But for those who cannot find an annual lease close enough to home, day leases do have some unique things going for them. For example, hunters can hunt a different piece of land every weekend if they want to.

How Day Leases Work

As a concept, the day lease is fairly straightforward. A landowner agrees to allow use of his or her land for a single day among a group of hunters. Like hotel space, groups of hunters can lease land for several consecutive days. Once the group leaves, the land is open for the next group to come in.

Protecting landowners under such arrangements is the responsibility of companies that organize and market the leases.  They act as the go-between for connecting owners and hunters. They may use technology, like smartphone apps for example, or just advertise in local hunting publications and among hunting clubs.

An article published by Outdoor Life on its website suggests that landowners set their own rates for as little as $9 per day up to several hundred dollars. Regardless of the rates, hunters have exclusive access to the land on the dates their leases cover. Hunters will pay more for larger lands and those with extra amenities like hunting cabins and tree stands.

Tips for Hunters and Hunting Clubs

Like everything else in the on-demand economy, day leases are offered on a 'buyer beware' basis. Hunters and hunting clubs have to tread carefully to make sure they don't get themselves into a bad position. It starts by doing a little research on whatever organization is being used to arrange a lease.

If dealing directly with landowners, it is important to do whatever is necessary to vet them. Hunters can bet that landowners are doing the same thing. This is not to say that people should not trust one another, but just that vetting owners and hunters protect the interests of both.

The American Hunting Lease Association also says that hunting lease liability insurance should not be ignored for the day lease. Landowners will have their own insurance in place, but hunters should be purchasing insurance as well. Adequate insurance on both ends of the lease protects everyone involved.

A good policy purchased by a landowner protects that landowner against liability in the event of injury occurring on his or her land. Insurance for hunters protects them should they do something that damages the owner's property. Hunters are also protected to a certain degree should they be injured while hunting.

Can you not find a long-term lease in your area? The day lease might be just what you're after. Day leases are an emerging part of a new on-demand economy for hunters.

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.

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