5 Essentials Tips for Camping in the Rain

Whether you’ve been warned or the rain caught you by surprise, it’s always good to be prepared for the elements. Rain or shine, there are several items that should be kept on hand for any emergency. There are several things to keep in mind when packing up for your trip and when setting up your camp.

These are some items you need to pack when leaving for the cloudy forest:

Be Mindful of Where You Set Up

The nice peaceful patch of grass at the base of the hill may seem like a beautiful place to camp out –until it rains that is. If you’re anticipating precipitation, the last place you want to be is the low ground. Try to set up camp on high ground, it will save you the trouble of puddles, soggy beds and soggy anything that sits on the ground, including you.

 Bring Your Micro Duffel Bag

The last think you want is to end up with a bag full of wet clothes and supplies. Having a waterproof bag, especially one as durable as the Micro Duffel Bag, can make or break you in the wilderness. There are just some things that need to stay dry during big storms, like your dry back-up clothes.

 Invest in a Good Scope

If you’ve ever attempted to hunt in cold weather with rain, you’ve probably had your scope fog up on the inside. You can purchase fog-proof scopes which will keep the inside from fogging. These scopes are filled with nitrogen on the inside which prevents the condensation from forming on the lens. Beware that you will still have to remove fog from the outside of your lens.

 

Don’t Cheap Out on the Boots

Your feet are among the most important parts of your body that should not remain wet for long periods of time. Wet socks and wet boots can result in nasty fungal infections or frostbite if you’re in a cold area. When you buy your boots, make sure they’re equipped for the type of terrain you will be camping in. While standard rain boots will keep the water out, they won’t do you much good in rough terrains and may even become slippery. Opt for more of the hunting boot-type shoe with water resistance and try to keep them as dry as possible.

Bring Plastic of Every Sort

Yes we mean it; ponchos, plastic bags and a plastic tarp if possible. This is just about the only way to keep the water away from everything inside your tent, especially if there is wind. It’s a good idea to wrap everything up if you’re going to be away from the site for long periods of time. While it may seem excessive, it’s always nicer to come home to a nice, dry pillow and blanket rather than a cold wet one. Better safe than sorry!

 

Gun Safety Devices and Techniques for Your Home

Owning a gun is an important part of ensuring the safety of you and your family. But whether your gun is used for protection, hunting or recreational shooting, it is important to make sure you use the proper precautions and safety measures necessary to avoid misuse or an accident in your home. There are various devices and techniques you can use to see that your gun remains in the right hands even when you’re not around.

Inform your kids about gun safety:

While it may seem that this would attract the curious hands of a child, it is important to let them know the dangers of a weapon such as a gun so that they are aware of the harm it could cause if not used properly or without adult supervision. Sit down with your kids and discuss what a gun is, what it’s used for and who should use it. If your kids understand the entire spectrum of weapon safety, they are less likely to be drawn to it and potentially try to use it without your consent.

 

Store your bullets somewhere else:

This tip is dependent on several things. If you live alone and own a gun for emergencies, it is up to you to decide whether or not you choose to store your bullets in or around your weapon. If you live with kids, however, this is something you may need to consider doing. A loaded gun, especially without a lock, is not something that should not be within your kids’ reach.

Get a safe:

This method is probably one of the safest depending on the use of your gun. Putting your gun in a safe in which only you know the combination to can be a very safe way to keep it out of the wrong hands. If you keep your gun around for safety purposes, this tip may not apply to you as you want to be able to access it quickly in case of an emergency. In any case, it is better to be safe (no pun intended) than sorry. If you live with children this is an excellent extra precaution to keep curious little hands off your weapon.

Buy a gun lock:

There’s quite a variety of products out there that can keep your weapon from firing at any other moment than when you tell it to. There are many things to consider when shopping for a gun lock such as: who uses it, what kind is it and of course price. Gun-locking devices are something you really want to inform yourself about before making your purchase. This is a product you want to make sure you know inside out before trusting it with your loaded gun and most importantly, with your family. Luckily, many gun locks are universal, meaning they fit a wide range of guns. Just in case, however, you should ask an expert for details and bring in your gun to make sure it fits properly before making your purchase.

Safety Tips for Your Next Camping Trip

Camping season is right around the corner and families all over the country are getting ready to spend some much needed quality time with the outdoors. If you’re experienced in outdoor recreation, you know there are some things you have to take care of before leaving your home. Among some of the most important precautions you must take is packing a good first aid kit. While there are obvious components that should always be included in your wilderness safety kit, there are some other parts that should be considered given the change in surroundings.

Here are some helpful items that you wouldn’t normally consider putting in your first aid kit:

Extractor Pump Kit

They work by suctioning the affected area to remove bee stings and some snake venom and they are reusable. While these do not in any way intent to replace medical attention, they can buy time in some cases depending on the severity of the wound.

Survival Blanket

Though you probably won’t be needing one of these with warmer climates, they are essential to have on hand when camping in cold seasons. Survival blankets reflect back body head and are often made in bright colors for emergencies.

Trauma Pack

You can purchase a trauma pack as a unit or compile one of your own. One of the most helpful items in these packs is a blood clotting agent. Of course these are not to be used unless extreme circumstances call for it, but in case of an emergency, a well-equipped trauma kit could save a life.

Handbook

Some good first aid kits include emergency handbooks, but if you are creating your own kit, this is definitely something you don’t want to leave out. First aid handbooks include plenty of valuable information that might come in handy in even the smallest medical crises.

Mirror

If your flashlight isn’t on hand and you’re in need of signaling someone, a mirror is an excellent, fool proof way of flagging down help. They are cheap and you don’t have to worry about them running out of batteries.

New Tactical Gear Dealers: Wilderness Tactical Products Now Available in Springerville, AZ, Prescott, AZ and Chapel Hill, TN

Off The Grid Survival Gear, Western Drug and Blackfox Tactical become newest dealers of Wilderness Tactical Products.

Phoenix, AZ, May 28, 2014—Joining over 200 dealers across the United States are three new brick and mortar locations carrying Wilderness Tactical Products’ quality line of tactical gear and accessories:  Off the Grid Survival Gear in Prescott, AZ, Western Drug in Prescott, AZ and Blackfox Tactical in Chapel Hill, TN.

All locations will offer local clientele Wilderness’ famed Original Instructor Belt available in black, coyote and foliage colors—universally known as the benchmark for quality and functionality within the tactical gear industry.  Additionally Wilderness’ popular frequent flyer belt will be offered in the same colors.  Each dealer will also carry additional products and select accessories.

Founded in 2011, Off the Grid Survival Gear in Prescott was developed as a result of the founders’ need for disaster preparedness and wanted to share that vision with others. Dedicated to carrying the highest quality products, Off the Grid boasts that their retail prices match others internet based stores.

Located just outside of Nashville, Blackfox Tactical serves the military, law enforcement and private security organizations exclusively.

Named one of the best Gun Stores in the State of Arizona, Western Drug and General Store was established in 1934 and has served the people of Springerville for over 75 years out of their 18,000 square foot store.

Samantha DeZonia, VP of Wilderness Tactical Products, LLC explained:  “We love adding new dealers to our growing network—it really gives folks an opportunity to look, touch and feel our products locally.”

About Wilderness Tactical Products:

Wilderness Tactical Products, L.L.C. was founded in 1981 to fill the needs of people who demanded durable, high-quality equipment. Their products have been tested from the icy mountain peaks of South America to the blistering Sonoran desert for nearly 33 years and they have proven themselves time and again. Wilderness Tactical Products’ branded products have consistently been favorites of serious outdoors people, mountain climbers, search and rescue, American Pistol Institute and Gunsite personnel, as well as armed military, intelligence, police, instruction and civilian professionals around the world.  For additional information please call 1-800-775-5650 or visit http://www.TheWilderness.com

 

 

Media Contact:

Christine Holtz

Phoenix Marketing Associates

602-282-0202

Kids Are Out for the Summer, Get Ready to Plan Your Summer Camping Trip

It’s finally summer time and while you may no longer get to enjoy summers off, your kids do. If you live in warmer climate areas, a camping trip to a cool forested area might be just what you need to escape the dry heat waves to come.

Before you hit the trees, there are a few things to consider. If this is your first camping trip or you are camping in a new area, you want to make sure you do your research on the camp grounds. It may also be a good idea to ask a few experienced campers, especially if you’re taking little ones with you. In the meantime, here are some things to think about before your big trip:

Where –The first thing you want to decide on is where you’d like to make your getaway to. Are you planning on staying in cabins or immersing yourself completely in the wilderness with a tent? This is a big determinant in what you will need. Factors like weather and terrain are also something to look ahead at as the day draws closer. Also keep in mind that some camp sites require reservations.

Prepare for the Elements –Even if you’re not anticipating rain or wind, make sure you come prepared. You never can be too sure with nature.

First Aid Kit –This seems like a given, but in the midst of gathering last minute items and getting everyone ready for the road, it’s something you could easily overlook.

Flashlights/Lanterns & Batteries –Even if you’re staying in a well-lit cabin, you never know what might happen or if you’ll be navigating in the dark (most likely).

Water –You can never have enough of it. Enough said. Decide what works best for you, whether that’s gallons or bottles; the key is to bring enough to spare. When you’re nowhere near a Walmart, you’d rather have extra water than not enough.

Insect Repellant –This is a must for long periods of time outdoors. Mosquitos can pack a nasty bite and bring some very uncomfortable reactions. Make sure you also pack some calamine lotion or hydrocortisone in your first aid kit in case they do get past your protective barrier.

Emergency Vehicle Supplies –The last thing you want is to get stranded in the woods with no signal and a car that won’t start. Make sure you have a reliable vehicle that can handle rough terrain if you’re going to be traveling in it. You also want to bring jumper cables and extra gas in case you need them.

Protection –Of course you want to make sure you are well-equipped to protect your family. Knives are a necessity in the wild, but you want to make sure you are clear on weapon laws in the area before you get to packing your fire power.

Entertainment –Not everything is strictly business when getting ready for your trip. Pack some items that the family will enjoy such as sports equipment or outdoor-friendly games.

 

Food/Grilling Items –One of the best parts of spending time in the outdoors is the food. Storing your food and keeping it cool may present a challenge as ice can only stay frozen for so long. Consider investing in a dry ice cooler or sticking to items that don’t require refrigerating. If you’re planning on finding your food in the wilderness, make sure you come prepared with a grill, propane and all the tools necessary for a good cookout.

 

The Reasons Why you Need to Carry a Knife on Outdoor Adventures:

Going on an adventure can be exciting, but you never know what you are going to run into. Having a good knife with you may just be a lifesaver. Below is a list of things that a knife can help you with:

  •  Cutting/slicing- you never know when you may need to cut a rope or slice off a branch from a tree.
  •  Digging- you can use a knife to dig holes and use it as a shovel.
  •  Splitting-use a knife to split the wood on trees
  •  Self-defense- It’s good to have a knife on you when you are outdoors just in case you have an unexpected visitor (lions and tigers and beers—oh my. Good thing you have that knife)
  •  First aid tool- there are a couple things knives can be used for when it comes to a first aid tool. You can use it too cut a bandage or even use it too dig out a splinter.
  •  Food prep-A knife can be used to catch fish and skin animals
  •  Shelter building- If you really want to experience the outdoors and ditch the tent then a knife will be perfect too help you build shelter for yourself and others.
  •  Fire making- a knife can be used to cut wood for a fire
  •  Prying tool-if you need to get something open, but you just can’t with your fingers. Use the knife to pry it open
  • Hammering- if you need to hammer something into the ground like a stake to hold up a tent then you can use the back of the knife as a hammer.
  • Make-shift screwdriver- When needing to assemble something and you have no tools, don’t forget the most important tool of all—your knife. That knifepoint works perfect for fitting into that screw.
  • Stake- use the knife as a stake to hold down your tent or canopy
  • Tool-making- you can use the knife to make a tool like an arrow to hunt
  • The knife is useful for many things. Next time you want to take an outdoor adventure, make sure to pick up a knife.

What to Look for in a Good Shooting Range:

You have all your guns cleaned and bagged up now you have to decide where to go to get some shooting practice. There are many things you need to look out for when picking a good shooting range.  Safety is a top priority when it comes to shooting ranges. Below are some safety features you should look out for when you are picking a shooting range.

  • Safety rules
  • What should be included in a shooting bay
  • Lighting
  • Range Officers
  • Importance of knowing the affects of lead

The first thing you want to be aware of when picking a shooting range is the importance of the shooting range displaying the four basic safety rules in an area that is highly visible.  The four basic safety rules you should see displaying are as follows.

  • Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded.
  • Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  • Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.

 

A good shooting range will also include a shelf or table in each shooting bay to rest your gun while you change targets or reload the magazines.

It is important for the shooting range to have good lighting and keep up with the maintenance in all areas of the shooting range. This is important so everyone stays safe.

The Range Officers should be knowledgeable to be able to give you tips, advice and any help if needed. They should also be demanding enough to stop any unsafe behavior. If you are in a shooting range where people are acting unsafe leave the range immediately!

Lead is a very popular ingredient used in ammunition and can be very harmful in certain situations. Lead is not something that you want to breathe in so make sure whatever gun range you choose has a high-quality air ventilation and an exhaust system using HEPA filters.  Keep in mind, outdoor ranges do not require good filtration and exhaust system, but they should have fans that direct the air away from the shooting bays. If the range lets you eat or drink inside the firing range, turn around and go somewhere else. Touching the lead bullets or eating and drinking right after shooting can expose your body to a harmful amount of lead. It is important also that the range has a sink with warm water nearby so you can wash your hands, arms and face right after shooting to avoid being exposed to the lead any more then you already are. The firing range and additional rooms within the area should have concrete or tiled floors.  The reason for this is because the lead dust can settle in carpet and cause a health hazard.

Take note of these safety features when you are choosing a shooting range to be sure that you have a safe and fun time!