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Pre-Hunt Scouting With a Hand-Held GPS

Pre-Hunt Scouting With a Hand-Held GPS

Is obtaining a Big Game Tag in your state as hard to draw as it is in Arizona?  You probably think that you may win the lottery before drawn.  With tags so hard to draw, you’ll want to do everything possible to grow it.  One of the biggest actions to produce this possible is by conducting a lot of pre-hunt scouting.

Scouting Techniques

The more times you can get inside the field, the better.  When you need to do move out within the field, you need to make sure that your scouting techniques produce effective results.  One of the methods I have found in improving my scouting is by using a hand-held GPS unit.  A hand-held GPS unit is an efficient tool to have with your arsenal, regardless of whether it is just a basic unit.

Knowledge of Use of the Functions of GPS

Before the first scouting trip, it is critical that you just learn how to make use of the functions of your GPS.  On a basic level, you must learn how to add waypoints.  Waypoints are a set of longitude and latitude coordinates that identify a certain point, for example where your truck is parked!  Knowing the basics will make inputting information without headaches while you are out within the field.

Now that you know how your GPS works, it’s about time to escape inside the field.  Along using your typical scouting gear, you need to will include a small notepad and pencil, a good map, a set of binoculars, and some extra batteries for your GPS.

Familiarizing Yourself While using Forest Service Roads

I normally spend the initial scouting trip familiarizing myself while using area forest service roads.  I hold the GPS on while driving with the area, which lets my unit display tracks for my travels.  I add waypoints for that forest service road numbers I run into.  This allows me to pinpoint specific areas for my future scouting trips.  When I encounter easy to get to water holes, those points are entered into the GPS having a small description inked my notepad.  This first scouting trip gives me an elementary lay with the land and potential areas to look into on foot.

Google Earth Help

At home after my first trip, I upload the GPS waypoints to your Google Earth map.  This shows me an excellent aerial view in the unit, as well as an elementary layout of the terrain.  With Google Earth, I can discover with the way water holes, canyons, ridges, saddles, open fields, and other tourist attractions.  Google Earth displays longitude and latitude coordinates of the areas, which I enter into the GPS.  I will then find these areas while hiking through an area of on future scouting trips.  I also enter waypoints of interest found while out hiking, including feeding areas, bedding areas, game trails, animals I encounter, sources of water, and potential camping spots for my upcoming hunt.

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Outdoor Equipment - Things to Consider on a Trip

Outdoor Equipment – Things to Consider on a Trip

If you are planning an excursion, then you will decide to bring some outdoor equipment. It is mandatory to stick with all your equipment before deciding to go for a walk.

Now, you will think of the equipment that will be brought with you. Here are the details of some of them for you to bring :

Sleeping bag

This is the most important equipment to carry because this is the only way to get a comfortable sleep during outdoor travel. This sleeping bag comes, basically in two forms and between the two; one abbreviated as a mummy-shaped bag. This sleeping bag gives you a warm feeling as you feel in your mother’s lap. The other has a rectangular shape but is less effective in terms of warmth. If you need more places to turn and toss, then you should choose it.

Tents

Buying tents as outdoor equipment is not a big deal at all because tents are available in various types. The most interesting aspect about tents is that tents are available for various purposes such as seasonal adventures, dead mountains, weekend camping, etc. However, it would be wise to buy a tent by seeking detailed knowledge relevant to its durability and longevity. eternal. For example, if you compromise on the quality of the tent, then you may have to face the worst situation you have ever thought of. You must bring a superior quality tent to deal with unexpected weather conditions.

Hiking shoes

It is impossible to think of a perfect trip without hiking shoes. These boots are needed for all types of sightseeing. Although it is necessary to bring hiking shoes with you, but also the fact that this is very expensive. Expenditures for hiking boots are a big investment. Therefore, try to buy a high-quality boot so you can use it for a long period. One type of hiking shoe is Lightweight and is considered the best because of its two features – perfect footing and pleasure. Another type of hiking shoe is made for someone according to the shape and size of the foot. These boots are a little expensive because they are made for your personal use. And finally, to deal with the rainy season or cross-country areas, there are also special waterproof hiking boots.… Read More

Equipment For Backpacking or Hillwalking

Equipment For Backpacking or Hillwalking

A backpacking load does not need to be a back-breaking load even though you have to carry everything you need for camping as well as walking. Keeping the weight down can be done in two ways.

The Weight Of Each Part Of The Equipment Is Very Important

The weight of each part of your equipment, from the tent to your spoon, is important. For days of walking the weight difference between, say, one jacket and the other doesn’t matter much. For backpackers, on the other hand, a little extra weight on each tooth bit can add a sizable amount on the back. If you can’t decide between two dental items, always choose the lighter one. Most stores can tell you how heavy a tent is (though not always accurate) but few know the weight of the clothes they stock.

Taking along a small spring balance for weighing gear when you shop is well worthwhile. Those who intend backpacking in the future would do well to pay careful attention to the weight of any items like waterproofs they buy for day walking. Those who camp at roadside locations must do the same. It might not matter how heavy your tent or sleeping bag is if you arrive at the location by car but if you plan to use the same equipment for backpacking, the weight will be very important.

Everything You Take Is Really Needed

Ask yourself if everything you take is really needed. Be cruel. If you are not sure leave it at home. Then after each trip, check your equipment and see what you don’t need and decide to leave it at home next time other than emergency items such as a first-aid kit (and even the weight here can be saved if you cut a few extra pieces – blister cover or plaster).

As a guide, a summer backpacking load for a solo walker should weigh no more than 251b (11kg) without food or non-essential accessories such as books or camera gear. Adding food at around 21b (900g) a day gives a total of 301b (14kg) for a weekend and 401b (18kg) for a week. Sharing gear can bring this down a little. Very careful attention to weight can do so too; it is possible to get down to around 201b (9kg) for a weekend or 301b (14kg) for a week.

Paying such attention to weight may seem almost obsessive, but the time spent will be welcomed when out on the hill. The difference between a 251b (11kg) and 351b (16kg) rucksack is very noticeable. I have carried some extremely heavy loads over the years, mostly in remote wildernesses where extra gear and many days’ worth of food have to be carried, but I still check the weight of everything carefully. I also know from carrying that burden – some more than 701b (32kg) – that there is a direct connection between how far you can walk and how much you carry.

The Heavier Your Load Is The

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Camping Equipment for Your Next Adventure

Camping Equipment for Your Next Adventure

So you have finally decided on your next hiking trip. That’s going to be fun, indeed. But you need to make sure that you are careful when deciding on the camping equipment you will select for your trip. You should take time and think about what outdoor equipment was missing from your last camping experience. If you want your next hiking adventure to be more exciting and comfortable, you should make sure that you have all the necessary camping equipment with you on your trip.

Carrying a Stove is An Important Thing For Hikers

Did you carry a stove for camping on your last adventure? If not, then you may understand quite clearly how difficult it is to enjoy the hike without an outdoor kitchen. You probably found it difficult to cook your meals or even prepare a cup of coffee. If you are successful at catching some fish from a nearby stream, it will be difficult and time consuming to cook them. This can create problems that could spoil your trip completely.

Outdoor Stove is The Option

Unlike the common perception, an outdoor kitchen is not a luxury. It is one of the most basic camping requirements and is as important as blankets or flashlights. If you have a stove for camping, your life in the backwoods will be a lot easier. When you are hiking, it’s not necessarily about one or two days. The camping trip may last for several days and it’s difficult to survive all these days without a good outdoor stove. The amount and type of food that you bring with you is always limited and it’s important to find a good way to cook your meals while you are in the backwoods.

An outdoor kitchen is much more than convenience. If you are one of those people who are passionate about cooking, you won’t want to be without a stove for camping. These stoves will not only simplify cooking, they’ll make it a lot more enjoyable. While you are in the backwoods, you can try new recipes and improvise with available ingredients. With outdoor stoves, you can rest assured that you won’t have to say no to a recipe just because you don’t have the proper equipment.

Many Model’s Of Stove Will Work For You Just Fine

People often ask which camping stove is appropriate for hiking. Well, a lot of outdoor equipment is tailored to the needs of a hiker, many model’s of stove will work for you just fine. There is a single burner stove, canister stove and liquid fuel stove to choose from. Canister stoves are powered by propane gas, which is stored in canisters. These outdoor stoves are easy to carry on your back and a wide range of hikers choose them for their adventure.

Fuel of Stove

Liquid fuel stoves can use a variety of different fuels such as white gas, kerosene or diesel, and the newer designs are much more compact, lightweight and are specially designed for hikers. … Read More

Assisi is One of the Best Places in Italy to Visit

Assisi is One of the Best Places in Italy to Visit

When you look up from the valley floor to the hill town of Assisi, perched on Mt Subasio, the first impressions are lasting and impressive. The towering walls at the north end of town, the Rocca Maggiore, The spires of the basilicas all stand above the valley harkening back to the thirteenth century. Assisi is one of the Best Places in Italy to Visit.

Assisi is one of the most beautiful of the hill towns in Umbria, and sacred ground for tens to hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Famous for figures like St Francis and St Clare as well as painters and poets Assisi has a history going way back into antiquity. Settled in the iron age and influenced by the Etruscans Assisi became a Roman Municipium in 69 A.D., was conquered by the Goths (c. 545A.D.) and finally falling under the influence of the Lombard Dukes of Spoleto. Assisi formed an independent (Ghibelline) commune early in the 12th century and fought with Perugia as well as the Hohenstaufen Emperor Fredrick Barbarossa. At the end of the 12th century St Francis was born (c.1198 A.D.) and from the 13th century Assisi fell under Papal protection. Much of the look and feel of Assisi comes from this period of Church rule and you can easily visualize life here in the high medieval and renaissance periods.

Today, Assisi maintains its vast boundary walls, the powerful castles of Rocca Maggiore and Minore, as well as the beautiful Basilica Di San Francesco, the final resting place of the founder of the Franciscan order. The streets and shops are among the finest representations of Umbrae’s medieval hill towns and the feeling here, among its 25,000 inhabitants is contemplative.

Assisi is a must see for anybody visiting Umbria. It is a great day trip or home base with many wonderful sites to see in the town itself as well as many great sites to see in the surrounding area. Hotels have been updated with the most modern comforts and there are many shops selling traditional crafts from Assisi and Umbria.

As you approach Assisi you will be struck by the vast and powerful Basilica Di San Francesco, an apparent manmade cliff dominates one end of the town. Assisi rests on the western slopes of Mt Subasio covered with medieval structures and topped off by the very imposing Rocca Maggiore. There is parking available in lots located around the towns curtain wall with lifts and stairs to access the town above.

Once inside there are several sites of interest such as the Roman Temple of Minerva, now a church, and the Piazza del Commune with the towers of the medieval city hall. You can visit the home where St. Francis was born and wander through the Cattedrale di San Rufino and Chiesa Nuova. There is also a large well at the other end of town has a double helix staircase to allow one way traffic both down to and up from the well.

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