If you are hunting in the southwest you are familiar with the Javelina roaming the desert plains. Javelina evolved from the South American tropics and now frequent Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. In 1974, permit-only HAM (handgun, archery, and Muzzleloader) hunts were initiated to better distributer hunters and limit the ever growing demand to hunt javelina in the spring and fall seasons.
While these animals usually travel in herds and are recognized for their gregarious personalities they’re poor eye sight is your best advantage. However, the javelina kill zone is fairly small, just behind the collar and above the front leg. Depending on your weapon of choice the shooting tactic obviously changes due to the javelin kill zone being fairly small. If your weapon of choice is a firearm your kill zone is the lung area just behind the shoulder area above the front leg. While with archery it is common to aim for the heart it is best to aim for the larger lung area.
There are a few things that are important to remember when hunting javelin in the desert and although they may seem common they are often overlooked.
- Movement (Stalk when you approach)
- Due to javelinas commonly traveling in herds, take a few steps slowly and look for those you haven’t spotted yet. There can always be more that will appear when you least expect.
- Noise (Silence is key)
- Be conscious of how well noise travels. The rhythmic sounds of footsteps, pants brushing desert scrubs, or the sound of hard sole shoes on gravel and desert brush can easily grab the attention of javelina.
- Scent (Always approach from downwind)
- If the wind is wrong change approach and move 400 – 500 yards to a downwind position.
When it comes to shaping a life, few things are as powerful as good examples set by others. Hunting has been a tradition in many families going back generations; we are inspired by our fathers as they demonstrate strength and skill. We compete against our peer’s over our latest kills but most importantly we learn from our peers and grow from each experience. In some families hunting is the element that brings everyone together and motivates the kids to stay out of trouble. The possibility that the opportunity to hunt can be taken away if a kid does not complete their responsibilities keeps kids motivated.
Popular shows like Duck Dynasty, Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures, and Raised Hunting have shown the world that hunting is more than a sport it is a family affair. It is an opportunity to bond with your kids and teach them to appreciate nature, patience, the value of a hunt and respect for one another. One of the most important elements it does teach is to respect a weapon whether it is a gun or a bow; they are powerful, simple machines that can end a life.
For those who grow up in a family of hunters yet choose not to hunt are still heavily impacted by it being such a large part of their environment. It is incorporated into diets as we add it to family meals, barbecues, wild game jerky, and the seemingly endless recipes that come to mind. Hunting is a part of family history it is a unique bond amongst family members, friends, and acquaintances while we are out in nature. What we learn about ourselves from hunting helps us to grow as individuals and develop future relationships.
With the rising popularity of how to survive a post-apocalyptic situation, one may begin to actually think are they really prepared. If something happened tomorrow, do you have the means to survive a day, a week or are you the weakest link? Some may deem this style of thinking as an act of paranoia but having the essentials to survive is what separates you from those who aren’t prepared in the face of natural disasters.
As you develop the mindset of being a survivalist, understand that it will take time and it will be a constant learning experience. Therefore, it is important to be thorough with the simple details before you go on to practice the important survival tactics. Be prepared, as your response times and overall success will be hindered greatly by the lack of reliability of your everyday items.
When building your bug out bag and strategizing a plan it is important to not skimp on quality. So many details can be overlooked when you buy a cheap product especially the most common factor which is that the lifespan is dramatically shorter with low quality products. That is why when you do your prep we recommend you do the research! Choose products that are multi-purpose and reliable.
The everyday wearable gear is an essential element to survival and often overlooked. As someone who will be carrying gun, a sturdy tactical belt is essential. An everyday leather belt will bend and lose its form due to the weight of carrying a fully loaded firearm and its magazines let alone the wear of excessive draw and holstering. However, a Wilderness Original Instructor’s belt is specifically built to maintain its structure through excessive wear and tear. This is due to the two layers of webbing and the flat design that keeps your holster from moving in or away from your body.
Our belts have been adapted for emergency rappelling or maintaining safety while working on top of buildings at the MOUT site. The belts are created to withstand a minimum of 5,900 lbs. of static stress without failing, to more than 8,000 lbs. of static stress without failing. We have also developed the Wilderness Money Belt which will help you keep your valuables on you and safe while in far flung lands or just the backwoods of home. The versatility of our products allow for everyday usage
We all have our go to meals we make when we embark on a camping/hunting trip, but we’ve assembled some recipes that will no doubt keep your belly’s full and happy while out in the wilderness. Each of the recipes utilizes what we consider to be a key necessity in camping; if you haven’t guessed its tin foil! It prevents messes, holds flavor, and is excellent for use over a campfire. Here are a few quick tips and a few recipes that we love for their simplicity and the fact that you can add and subtract ingredients as you see fit.
- Use heavy duty foil or double up.
- Spray the side of foil that you are going to place the food.
- Layer your food by length of time to cook. Put whatever takes the longest on the bottom.
- Don’t place your foil packets directly in the fire; place it on the hot coals or on a rack above the fire.
- Fold then crunch the foil to seal in the steam and ensure no leakage.
The All-In-One Breakfast
This recipe can go by many names ranging from “Breakfast Trash” to “Lumberjack,” but what we love about it is that everyone can make their own and the prep can be done before hand. Serves 4
- 1 bag Hash Brown Potatoes
- 8 Eggs
- 1 package Sausage, Ham, or Bacon
- 2 Cups Grated Cheese
- ¼ cup Green Onion
- 1 cup Bell Peppers (optional)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Spray the foil with cooking spray to prevent stick, Lay the meat on the foil, add a handful of hash brown potatoes, 2 eggs, cheese, green onion, and bell peppers (optional). Carefully wrap up packet and place on hot coals or grill for 15- 20 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked. Make sure there are no open air pockets the steam helps heat the ingredients.
We have all grown to love S’mores and the novelty of roasting them over the fire, but sometimes it is okay to venture and try something new and equally gooey and delightful. That is why we love Banana Boats they’re versatile, add on whatever sweets you like for the roasting or add some whipped cream at the end! This insanely delicious treat should make an appearance on your next trip despite they’re ugly appearance post roast. The recipe serves 4 but can easily be multiplied or divided to serve different size groups.
- 4 bananas
- ½ bag of mini marshmallows
- ½ bag of chocolate chips or preferred chocolate
- Graham Crackers, Nilla Wafers, Cookies
- Whipped Cream
- Candy Pieces
- Use a knife to cut down the curved length of each banana, making a pouch, but take care not to cut through the back.
- Start stuffing your banana boat with chocolate and then add marshmallows and any other nuts or sweets.
- Carefully place the stuffed banana boat on a sheet of tin foil and carefully wrap to keep all the ingredients together.
- Place foil packet on coals (6-8minutes) or grill (10minutes)
- Use wafers or graham crackers as edible scoopers
- Top with whipped cream and a cherry for an unofficial banana split
Camp Fajita Quesadillas
- 2 tsps oil
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- ½ yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 yellow pepper chopped
- 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
- 4 flour tortillas
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- Lay out a piece of and center onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Drizzle with oil and generously dust with taco seasoning. Bring up the sides of the foils and fold in the ends to make a packet. Place on hot coals or grill and cook until veggies are tender. (Can be done ahead of time)
- Lay out four pieces of foil and place a tortilla on each. Divide the veggie mixture amongst the four tortillas and coat with cheese. Fold the two sides into the center and wrap the quesadilla in foil. Seal Package
- Place packets on grill and cook for a few minutes on each side, until cheese is melted.
Not everyone as heard the story of Eva Shockey, to some she’s the daughter of Jim Shockey on his show to others she’s the beautiful blond in the most recent Ram commercial, but to us she’s a model of change for the hunting realm. Eva didn’t officially begin hunting until she was twenty years old, but the day she officially entered the hunting world we all could see she was here to stay. Her time is now spent traveling roughly 250 days of the year co-hosting “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures” as well as representing the Outdoor channel at various locations. Eva has appeared in numerous promotional products, but most importantly she is the first woman in almost four decades to appear alone on the cover of Field & Stream magazine, second to Queen Elizabeth with her hunting dogs in 1976.
With fans all over the world and recognition for being an amazing hunter there’s no doubt that Eva Shockey is said to be the next face of the female hunting movement. The 27 year old professional hunter is continuously drawing women to the male-dominated world of hunting as she and other female hunters have been driving controversy through social media. Eva has received thousands of death threats through various media sites, but still stands by the traditional values of hunting. Women are ignoring the stigma that stamps hunting as only for men and investing in the sport. Sales have demonstrated this change as stores like Bass Pro Shop and Cabellas have seen dramatic increases in female hunting gear.
Having such a close relation to the hunting realm has led her to see it as a family tradition and helped her to develop a sense of respect for the sport. She told Fox News, “I believe with every part of me that what I’m doing is right, so there’s nothing that I apologize for.” Eva serves as a role model for young women everywhere because of her ability to stand up to so many nay-sayers on the internet and demonstrate the versatility of being a hunter and also to be recognized for her femininity. She appreciates the life of an animal and after receiving so many death threats from people who know little to nothing about hunting, she is able to maintain strength in the face of so many anti-hunters.
Eva Shockey shared with reporters, “As a hunter, if you don’t feel remorse, if you don’t feel reverence for that animal that just gave you a life, then I think you should maybe rethink it. That’s a living animal, and it’s now become food for people.” She may stand as the next face of female hunters, but there are so many women that stand beside her and revel in this development in the sport. As a hunter it is sometimes hard to explain the lifestyle, but as one gets more involved and develops a passion for the sport it’s almost impossible to hold back stories and pictures of these experiences.
There’s no helping it, mosquito season is almost here and there’s nothing we can do from keeping the vile little creatures from reproducing. Mosquitos are among the most annoying and potentially dangerous insects we have to live with daily. They carry and spread some of the most deadly diseases known to humans and leave nasty, itchy bites.
While you may feel helpless as the peak of the mosquito season approaches, there are various small changes you can make to decrease your chances of being bitten:
- You hear it every mosquito season. Get rid of standing water. If you can avoid it, make sure you do as this is a breeding ground for mosquitos. Keep your pools clean and properly chlorinated and keep an eye on pet water bowls and other places with still water as these can also attract mosquito.
- If you prefer to keep your doors open, look into getting a screen door installed to help with ventilation and keep out the bugs. If you’re worried about an unsightly screen door at the front face of your home, consider installing one on your backdoor rather than front.
- Setting mosquito traps can also be a useful way to get rid of some of the mosquitos that are overpopulating your home or yard. There are plenty traps you can purchase at the store that are already set and ready to go or you can also make one.
- Mosquito repellant is also a great way to keep them at bay and avoid some of those annoying and itchy bites. Spraying yourself is a fast and easy way to distribute the product all over yourself and your clothes.
- Sleeping with a canopy is one of the best ways to ensure you won’t be bitten night. During the day you have the ability to swat away mosquitos or any other annoying pests, but as you lay down for the night, you’re a sitting duck just waiting to be a mosquito’s dinner.
- Have you noticed some people are more prone to mosquito bites than others? While many would say that eating certain foods such as bananas, garlic and beer can attract mosquitos, there is really no proof that this is true.
It is true, however, that carbon dioxide and people that breathe more heavily than others attract more mosquitos due to the amount of CO2 they exhale. Other factors that may attract mosquitos include the scent of your skin’s secretions and other compounds of the skin, though there is no clear evidence of which they prefer.
Your senses play a crucial role in a successful hunt. Sight is particularly important for hunting. While not everyone is equipped with 20/20 vision, there are measures you can take to ensure your visibility is as clear as possible when you go out into the wild.
The first step is making sure you take the proper vision-correcting eyewear, whether it be contacts or glasses, these aren’t something you want to forget at home, at least not if you actually plan on shooting anything.
Be aware of weather conditions for the day you are going hunting. But also be prepared for changes in weather. Even if the forecast calls for cloudy skies all day, bring sunglasses! The last thing you want to have to worry about when you’ve got your eye on the prize is a nasty glare.
If you’re wearing goggles, remember there is such thing as fog. Unless you purchase vented eye gear or look into some alternative options, you’re going to experience some uncomfortable fogging within your goggles. Having to lift your goggles off your face repeatedly might mean losing sight of your kill, make sure you’re prepared!
- Make sure you choose the right tint for your glasses. Keep in mind different tints enhance different colors so depending on where you’re hunting and what you’re hunting, you may want to evaluate which tint would benefit you the most.
- Choose glasses that provide maximum safety. After all, eyewear is meant to protect your eyes. Whether you’re shooting or just standing by, accidents can occur and when and if they do, they can cause a lot of harm.
- Binoculars are quite the investment but they can provide years of quality and help on all your hunting trips. When you’re ready to purchase a pair, consider their performance in low levels of light, their magnification and performance in harsh weather, though most of them are equipped to handle it.
- If you wear bifocals, get a single vision prescription at least for hunting. Of course you can’t wear single vision lenses for your everyday tasks if you require bifocals, but it’s good to have these on hand for seeing through a shooting scope.
It’s important to find eye gear that is the most comfortable for you. Everyone’s vision is different and if you can see your target, we say, “That works, too!”