Effective Camouflaging Techniques for Hunting

Animals, in many cases, have extra-heightened senses in comparison to humans. While humans can be skilled hunters, animals have been conditioned through thousands of years of survival and evolution, leaving them with some of the best senses of smell, hearing and sight there is. A great part of the thrill of hunting is knowing you’ve mastered the ability to disguise yourself and camouflage into your surroundings in a way that not even such skilled senses can detect. Not only have found your kill, you’ve outsmarted it.

Hide your scent

The first step in disguising yourself in the wild is hiding your scent. This is an important step as it’s one of the biggest giveaways for animals of imminent danger. While you may perceive yourself as scentless, it should be very clear that you’re not. Think of when someone enters your home, you most likely can smell their unique “home scent” even if they can’t. The same rule applies when you enter an animal’s territory. So then what are your options?

-          Wash your clothes in scentless detergent

-          Don’t smoke

-          Use odor-free shampoos and body washes

-          Rub acorns, pine leaves and other natural scents (from the site, this won’t work if you bring your own as they carry different smells) on your clothing

*Keep in mind that while these methods will help reduce your scent, they can’t eliminate it completely.

Hide from sight

Once your scent is out of smelling range, you can proceed to worry about disappearing from sight. This part of the camouflage process is very dependent on what you’re hunting. Get familiar with the animals of the area. Some would argue that camouflage clothes aren’t as dire if you’re hunting deer, however, keep in mind that much of this is relative to where you’re hunting. If you’re around younger and less experienced deer, it’s probably not as big of a necessity, but when in doubt, come prepared. So where do you begin the camouflaging process?

 

-          Wear camo clothing

-          Camouflage according to where you’re hunting

-          Cover up hands and face, especially if you are hunting in snowy areas where things particularly stand out against the snow

Be still

And finally, remember that scene in Jurassic Park where Dr. Grant tells Lex that the T-Rex can’t see them if they don’t move? Well, hunting non-giant lizard kings doesn’t quite work like that, but remember, eyesight across the animal kingdom has developed to immediately spot movement and identify it as a threat or non-threat. So your best bet? Get ready to be very, very still.

New Walkabout Pack the Perfect Accessory to Reach Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution

Wilderness Tactical Products introduces new “perfect sized” carry-all for fitness enthusiasts or anyone on-the-go.

Phoenix, AZ— Modern day life is hectic and people have more gadgets and accessories than ever before.  For those who lead an active lifestyle or for those who want to “walk off the holiday pounds,” the question often arises: “Where do I keep all my stuff?”  The answer lies in Wilderness’ new Walkabout Pack.

Available in two convenient sizes, medium and large, (because according to fast food joints, there is no small) the Walkabout Pack features an intentionally brightly lined interior which provides a handy backdrop to your keys, phone, wallet or even a pistol for personal protection.

As with all quality Wilderness Tactical products, the Walkabout Pack is proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. and is built to last a lifetime. Currently offered in Black or Marine Blue and featuring an adjustable shoulder strap, the Walkabout Pack is perfect for that brisk walk after dinner or hike up your favorite mountain.

Our new Walkabout Pack is actually a seasoned idea we’ve had for quite a while. In fact most of our Wilderness staff has had one for years, so we decided to introduce it to the public,” explained Ralph Holzhaus, founder of Wilderness Tactical Products.

About Wilderness Tactical Products:

Wilderness Tactical Products, LLC 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 more than 30 years and they have proven themselves time and again. Wilderness-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 www.TheWilderness.com

 

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Joan Holzhaus

602-242-4945

 

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Phoenix Marketing Associates

602-282-0202

Hunting: Best Ways to Lure Your Kill in the Wild

Some days in the wild are good days, others not so much. Sometimes your prey comes right to you, and others you may find yourself hiding behind a bush somewhere practicing your best turkey mating call. There are a variety of different methods that have proved effective in luring your kill. But just like any other technique, they require a little practice and some skill to master them.

The Call

There are several ways to make calls in the wild. It all depends on the type of animal you are trying to attract. First, determine what you wish to attract. Make yourself familiar with their calls. You can find videos online that will help you get an idea of what to sound like. It’s best to practice at home and make sure your calls sound authentic before you go and give yourself away in a forest.

There are many mouth techniques that can create different sounds, but if you need to master a sound that is difficult to achieve with just your mouth, there are also many tools you can purchase to help you perfect it.  You can find these in many different forms including mouthpieces, whistle-like devices and small wooden boxes. While these make the process simpler, they also require some practice.

Your call should sound authentic. Practice it, but remember, even the best call isn’t always a sure way to get the animal’s attention.  Sometimes they’ll be drawn to it, other times they’ll run away.  For this reason, it’s best to have other methods for backup.

Decoys

Decoys are an efficient way to attract game and in the past several years, they have become more and more realistic.  You can now find decoys for almost anything you’re hunting, big game or small. Some have even taken to creating decoys from molds of real turkeys. The colors are closer to the real thing and the size and posture are more convincing. If you’re willing to put out the bucks (no pun intended), you’re going to get the quality.

Scents

Finally, be sure to cover up your own scent. This alone can be a dead giveaway for yourself and might end up scaring away any game you are trying to lure.  You can do as little as avoiding smelly situations such as smoking, pumping gas and spraying cologne or as much as showering with odorless body wash or spraying scent-eliminating sprays before you go hunting.

 

Prepare for the Cold Months: Keeping Warm While Camping

The cold hasn’t quite hit the Valley yet but in some parts of the country, cool winds are already creeping in. When you go camping, you can almost always expect the temperatures to be a little lower than in populated areas, so if you’re camping in the cold seasons, prepare to bundle up.

The last thing you need on a camping trip is lots of extra items that take up precious space. Here are some tips for staying warm and packing savvy on your winter camping trip:

  • Layer clothes- Bring thermals and long johns. If you’re wearing several layers of clothing, use the middle layer as the next day’s first layer. This may sound funny but it’s probably the cleanest layer of clothing on you.
  • Buy windproof jackets- Windbreakers are a must if you’re camping in cold climates. Even if you’re not expecting wind, this material makes it more difficult for the cold to penetrate into your clothes.
  • Bring a survival blanket- Even if the place where you’re camping doesn’t experience much fluctuation in temperatures, it’s good to have one of these on hand. They are lightweight and reflect up to 90% of your body heat back to you.
  • Drink plenty of water- You may not associate cold weather with hydration, but water is extremely important for helping our bodies regulate temperature. Staying hydrated is essential, even if you might not feel thirsty in colder environments. You body will fail to remind you to drink water because you are less likely to sweat or have thirst.
  • Bring a warm pack- Your extremities, including feet, toes, nose and hands are likely to get the coldest the easiest. There are many reasons why this happens, some say it’s due to poor circulation; others say it’s simply the body doing its best to keep your vital organs (in your torso) warmest. Either way, they’re going to get cold. These handy little packs can stay warm for hours. You’ll be glad you brought them.
  • Drink plenty of warm liquids- Hot chocolate, soup and tea are all good options. Unless you’re willing to make a few extra cold trips to the restroom (or bush), it’s probably a good idea to steer clear of coffee for the duration of your trip as caffeine is a diuretic and will likely make you have to go more often.
  • Be active- Take advantage of this time to do some exploring and stay active. This is the best and most fun way to stay warm on your next camping trip.

Tips to Avoid Dangerous Plants in the Wild

With as much plant wildlife as there is in the woods or any other area in which you’re camping, it can be very difficult to keep track of what can be harmful and what’s safe. Unless you have a good amount of knowledge on plant life, it can be hard to distinguish between many species of plants. There are, of course, measures you can take to prevent uncomfortable or even dangerous encounters with plants in the wild.

 

If you don’t recognize it, don’t touch it:

As you may have already noticed just from every day encounters with plants, a lot of them look alike –very alike. Don’t trust that just because a plant looks similar to one you are familiar with and think is safe, that it doesn’t present a threat.

 

Watch your step:

This isn’t to say you should be afraid of everything that’s green with roots, but you should be very aware of the plants around you. Watch where you are walking and avoid touching plants you don’t immediately recognize. It’s also wise to wash your hands whenever possible and make sure you do not touch your face. If you are doing hiking in the area, it’s also a good idea to wear pants for added protection.

 

Watch your pets:

If you are bringing your little companions on your trip into the wilderness, remember to keep a close eye on them as they can be very curious and could ingest something toxic. While the wild is a nice place for pets to roam free without the constraints of a leash and dangers of passing cars, there are dangers for them all in their own. Be watchful of what they are sniffing and make sure to have a proper kit in case of an emergency.

 

Watch for the signs:

Many plants can be deceiving. Remember that like animals, plants also have defense mechanisms. Vivid colored berries and beautiful flowers can sometimes be a warning sign and it’s best not to take them lightly. Their attractiveness is not an invitation for a passerby.

 

Do your research:

It never hurts to familiarize yourself with the types of plants you will be encountering. The best thing you could do is research the campsite where you will be staying if you are camping. Get to know the plants that are native to that area and learn to identify them. Purchase a guide to identify plants and keep it on hand in case you need to learn more about it or you need to read up on treatmeant in case of an emergency.

 

Here is an online guide to help you identify some species: https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/simple/

 

 

 

 

Camping Tips to Practice on Your Next Trip

If you are one with the wild, then you’ve more than likely mastered your own hacks of the wilderness. When trying to become one with nature, it’s important to remember why you’re out in the wild to begin with. It can be tempting to bring all of your appliances and try to make your stay as comfortable as possible, but this could very soon defeat the purpose of your whole escape. However, there are ways to make things easier on yourself and your family. Here are some tips for making your next camping experience a little easier without bringing too much of home:

Tip #1: Roll, Don’t Fold

Choose your outfits and lay all of the items on top of each other and roll them into a burrito. You’ll end up with less wrinkles, more space and pre-made outfits.

Tip #2: Freeze Gallons of Water

Rather than using an ice block that will eventually melt and soak everything, or an ice pack that will melt even faster and most likely leak, freeze gallons of water to put in your cooler. At most you’ll end up with a little condensation and cold drinking water.

Tip #3: Pre-Make Every Meal You Can

If there’s a way to preserve it, prepare it beforehand. It will save you space and time when you’re trying to feed a hungry mob. Preparing meals at home will also save you from having to bring extra kitchen utensils and cookware that will take up even more space.

Tip #4: Buy Mini Everything

As you’ve probably come to find out you don’t need a full size bottle of anything when going on vacation (unless you have a big family). Pack travel sizes of shampoo and other hygienic items. You will find you’ll save space and it will force your to be resourceful.

Tip #5: Bring Items to Get a Good Fire Going 

Starting a fire doesn’t sound like it should be too hard, but you’d be surprised. There are many elements that need to align to start a good fire. Wind, proper firewood and rain can all make it near impossible to start a fire. Dip cosmetic cotton pads in wax before you head out on your trip. These are an easy way to get a fire going. Another method that seems to work for many is an empty egg crate filled with charcoal.  Use these instead of fire wood and they should get a pretty good fire going.

 

 

Tips to Avoid Dangerous Plants in the Wild

With as much plant wildlife as there is in the woods or any other area in which you’re camping, it can be very difficult to keep track of what can be harmful and what’s safe. Unless you have a good amount of knowledge on plant life, it can be hard to distinguish between many species. There are, of course, measures you can take to prevent uncomfortable or even dangerous encounters with plants in the wild.

If you don’t recognize it, don’t touch it:

As you may have already noticed just from every day encounters with plants, a lot of them look alike –very alike. Don’t trust that just because a plant looks similar to one you are familiar, that it doesn’t present a threat.

Watch your step:

This isn’t to say you should be afraid of everything that’s green with roots, but you should be very aware of the plants around you. Watch where you are walking and avoid touching plants you don’t immediately recognize. It’s also wise to wash your hands whenever possible and make sure you do not touch your face. If you are doing hiking in the area, it’s also a good idea to wear pants for added protection.

Watch your pets:

If you are bringing your little companions on your trip into the wilderness, remember to keep a close eye on them as they can be very curious and could ingest something toxic. While the wild is a nice place for pets to roam free without the constraints of a leash and the dangers of passing cars, there are other types of dangers present. Be watchful of what they are sniffing and make sure to have a proper safety kit in case of an emergency.

Watch for the signs:

Many plants can be deceiving. Remember that like animals, plants also have defense mechanisms. Vivid colored berries and beautiful flowers can sometimes be a warning sign and it’s best not to take them lightly. Their attractiveness is not an invitation for a passerby.

Do your research:

It never hurts to familiarize yourself with the types of plants you will be encountering. The best thing you could do is research the campsite where you will be staying if you are camping. Get to know the plants that are native to that area and learn to identify them. Purchase a guide to identify plants and keep it on hand in case you need to learn more about it or you need to read up on treatmeant in case of an emergency.