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How to Clean Tactical Boots

Keeping your tactical boots nice and clean is something you should do on a regular basis and you need to do it right, if only to extend the lifespan of your tactical boots. If you’re not in the military, cleaning them regularly is going to make all that initial investment worth for longer time.

As tactical boots are quite diverse, let’s take a closer look at how to clean them properly, depending on their type.

The tan suede desert boots

This type of tactical boots is a bit more challenging to clean. They need both patience and time from you as soft suede does soak up oils and dirt a lot easier. Therefore, they stain easier than waterproof boots.

Nevertheless, you can still keep them clean and pretty for quite some time. Here’s how to do it:

  • The daily cleaning of your tan suede desert boots starts with letting the mud dry. You don’t want to scrub the damp mud deeper into the shoe, which is why the drying is so important. Once the mud is completely dry, simply knock your boots together to get rid of the mud as much as you can. Use a coarse brush and scrub your boots for removing all the dirt you can.
  • Use a Dawn dish detergent if your boots are stained. It’s going to be a lot easier to pull out the stains like this.
  • If your boots are oil stained, use a mix between half a box of baking soda, two quarts of hydrogen peroxide and a cup of Dawn dish detergent. Soak your boots into the mix in a sink full of hot water and scrub them with a good nylon brush. Your boots may need a couple of days to fully dry, but the results are impressive.

Here's how to clean a pair of USMC boots:

The waterproof leather boots

Most of the tactical boots out there are waterproof, which comes with a twist. Dampness from waterproofness may cause athlete’s foot, increased discomfort and even ulcers. This is why you always need to have clean and dry tactical boots. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Let your boots completely dry and start by hitting the heels of the boots together
  • Remove the dirt and mud with a horsehair brush
  • If any dirt and debris are still on your boots, use a damp cloth to get rid of them
  • Use the waterproofing conditioner and use a soft cloth for buffing it
  • Let your boots completely dry until putting them back on

The boots made with synthetic fibers

This type of tactical boots is, by far, the easiest to take care of boots as most synthetic materials do repel water and stains. A simple and easy wipe is going to be enough most of the time. This doesn’t eliminate the need for a deep cleaning, every now and then. What’s to keep in mind for the thorough cleaning:

  • As always, you should let the mud dry completely. Try to knock off as much as you can by hitting the heels of your boots together.
  • If your boots are stained, use some water and vinegar for remove the stains from the rock salt.
  • If you need to get rid of some lodged-in dirt, get an old toothbrush dipped in a mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Side note

As in everything else, it’s better to be safe than sorry so you need to prevent as much as you can your tactical boots to get awfully dirt and impossible to clean. Here are some of the things to do for easier cleaning later on:

  • Get rid of dirt on regular basis
  • No matter how rugged or durable your tactical boots may be, keeping them clean on daily basis is going to extend their lifespan. Once sand and dirt get into the fabric and stitching (or the seams, in the case of all-leather boots), the small particles within dirt and sand are going to abrade things in your boots.
  • Always keep them dry
  • Never in the history of tactical boots moisture wasn’t bad for them. It’s important to leave your tactical boots damp for a good amount of time, so that you don’t end up with some unpleasant bacteria growing in them.
  • Have your Plan B always ready.

As tactical boots do need more than a couple of minutes for a complete drying, you should always have prepared a second pair of tactical boots. Even though you’re going to have to pay the extra buck, go the extra mile and get two pairs of tactical boots that have the same quality (preferably, the same high quality). Get the tactical boots that don’t empty your pockets and keep in mind to break them in and rotate them from time to time. Last thing you want when out on the field is to get some blisters from your tactical boots.

 

ANSTAR Mini GPS Tracker Tracking Device

If ever in need for a small, yet dependable, tracking device, put your trust and faith into the ANSTAR Mini GPS Tracker Tracking Device.

The tracking device comes with a built-in GPS module and it’s great to take when hiking or climbing some mountains. It’s very easy to use and quite reliable, but you need to be patient with it until it gets the satellite signal.

There are many great features on the tracking device and the Family Sharing is just one of them. You may track and ring the same Track device from various phones and track accounts.

The build of the tracking device is good and there’s a durability feel to it. The shape is comfortable and the device feels so nice in your hand. It takes storage temperatures from -86 to 185F degrees, and it works in extreme temperatures as well, ranging from -68 to 167 F degrees. As for the humidity aspect, the tracker presents up to 80% non-condensing ability.

The Anstar Mini tracker comes with a built-in Li battery and it may run for 6 hours without needing charging.

The display is easy to read and clear, whereas the letters and numbers are quite large.

Easy to use, easy to carry around and dependable, you should consider this one to add on your hiking gear.

Keep Mosquitos Away When in the Outdoors

Going in the outdoors is great and fun but you need to be meticulous about it and always go prepared. This doesn’t mean just go with the right clothing or the comfortable hiking boots, but also get informed and take with you protection for all sorts of hazards.

From the dangerous ticks to the quite annoying mosquitos, there are plenty of things you need to take care of before hitting the trails.

Mosquitos aren’t just annoying and loud as they buzz a lot, but they do bite and it does itch a lot.

Keep them at distance

It’s always better to be safe than sorry so it’s definitely easier to keep the mosquito away and not treat their bites.

It’s important to use DEET-based insect repellent in a 20% solution. You need to spray this on your exposed skin so that the mosquitos don’t land on you. Don’t forget to wash it off when you get home, though.

You may also wear some Permethrin treated clothe and you may have your pick from pre-treated shirts to pre-treated pants. If this doesn’t fit your likings, treat your clothes with some permethrin spray instead. The boots should be safe from mosquitos, but sometimes they may be able to bite even through tough materials.

It’s also a good idea to hike especially in the morning and early afternoon as the mosquitos peak especially before sunset. Stay on the open, sunny trails and avoid the shady, protected forest. The drier the air is, the harder it is for the mosquitos.

If you’re at home, burn some citronella candles as they really don’t like its smell.

How to treat mosquito bites

Once you’ve been bitten, there’s not much left for you to do. You may get an intense itching feeling but here are some soothing tips:

  • Wash the bite area with some soap and water
  • Don’t itch it as you may cause an infection
  • Apply some anti-itch medicine. Calamine lotion is a good option but you should have on you some anti-itch sticks as they’re quite efficient too

The ABC on Frostbite

One of the risks you’re exposing to when going into the outdoors during winter time is getting frostbites. If ever get lost, among all the things you need to take care of (finding shelter, sending surviving signals, making a fire and so on), you should also know a thing about frostbites.

What are frostbites?

Even though frostbites are treatable, doesn’t mean they’re less dangerous as they do affect the skin. They appear when a body part isn’t properly covered and you’re staying out in freezing temperatures for too long.

As water turns to ice when temperatures go way below zero, your toes, fingers, feet, even you ear and nose may freeze too. The farther they are from your core, the higher the risk for them to be affected by the low blood flow, as an answer to cold.

The longer you stay outside and the colder and windier it is, the higher the risk for a frostbite to appear. Sometimes, it can happen in just 5 minutes.

Know the symptoms

As you’re standing in freezing temperatures, your skin may get sore or red, a symptom known as “frostnip”- the early sign of a frostbite. The second you notice it, you need to find warm shelter.

There are three stages of frostbite and they all depend on how deep it goes into your body.

  • Early stage

In this phase, your skin changes its color to white or a pale yellow. You may also notice a burn, itch or sting, just like when you’re feeling “pins and needles”.

  • Intermediate stage

You may start noticing how your skin gets shiny/waxy and becomes hard. As your skin is melting, blisters filled with blood or fluid may appear.

  • Advanced stage

By this time, your skin darkens and it’s already very hard and cold to the touch. it may even look blue and you’re only minutes away from turning black.

How to keep frostbite at a distance?

It goes without saying that the layering principle is one of the most efficient ways to stay warm when out in the outdoors in the winter. You never want to wear tight clothing as it’s only going to increase the risks of frostbite. You should go with loose layers so that your body heat gets all over your body.

You may want to go with three layers, as it follows:

  • You want material that keeps you dry for the first layer
  • An insulated material (wool and fleece are good options) is great as a second layer
  • Always go with a wind- and waterproof material on top as a third layer

It’s also important to wear a hat that covers your ears and head and wool/fleece keep you very warm.

Feet are also very vulnerable to frostbite which is why you should go with a pair of wool socks over some that wick moisture, or wear some Gore-Tex boots.

Don’t forget about the insulating mittens/gloves that you shouldn’t take off even when you’re using your phone.

Last tip? If you’re feeling sweaty, you may want to unzip for a couple of minutes. Wearing wet clothing (whether it’s from snow or sweat, it’s all the same) is only going to increase the risk for you to get frostbite.

How to Become an Ethical Hunter

Just because you’re good at shooting game, doesn’t necessarily make you an ethical hunter and there are plenty of ethical rules to follow if you care enough about becoming one.

When you’re hunting on someone else’s property, it’s important to thank them for their good will and offering them a gift bag from the game bag is quite a good idea. After all, you may want to come back there and hunt a bit more.

There are some ethical principles that you need to follow if you’re committed to becoming an ethical hunter, as you’re into hunting not only for the game, but also for the nice principles that are involved.

  • Be ready

Hunting well means hunting good and an ethical hunter not only practices his shooting skills, but also improves his physical abilities and skills.  You need to come back from time to time over the rules of firearm safety, to choose carefully your equipment and to take care of your firearm. You don’t want to go out there in the field with a firearm that doesn’t work properly and only wounds your prey, not killing it.

You need to rely on your firearm so that game is never wasted. You respect more your quarry if you’re equipment is working fine every single time and if you never miss out a shoot.

  • Know about game

You can’t be a good hunter unless you know about wildlife and really understanding it. The more you know about your game, the more you’re going to respect it and enjoy hunting even if you come back home empty handed. It takes good skill and amazing persuasion to get to shoot, and also high ethics to only take game that you need. An ethical hunter also takes his well-trained dogs to find downed game, taking hunting to its highest level.

You also need to clean and dress your game accordingly so that no game is ever wasted. The skills, the respect and patience are what makes you a good and ethical hunter, altogether.

  • Take some friends with you

Choosing your hunter mates is important as they should share the same values as you, when it comes to ethical hunting. A good hunter doesn’t put his own needs and interests on first place, but helping others instead. A good hunting companion is ready to take the shoot for you or to help you find your game, even though this could make him lose his own.

  • The Hunter’s Law

When you’re hunting, you know you have to play by the written and non-written hunting rules. If the first one is governmentally enforced and you may go to prison for not following it, the second one is based on morality and you’re the only one to judge-most of the time.

For instance, you shouldn’t take game more than you can or you need. As for an unwritten law as shooting at too long range, using the wrong equipment or ammunition- it takes morals to follow them even when there’s nobody watching.

KA-BAR Jarosz Choppa Knife

Made in our USA with 1095 cro-van steel, the Ka-Bar Jarosz Choppa Knife is a great tool to add in your survival kit or simply to take while in the outdoors. You can keep it tucked in your boot.

The build and design of the knife recommend it for the camp and woods, but this is one good chopper to take with you. It has a good power and doesn’t feature a clipped point, but this only means there’s a little more weight at the chopping end.

The knife comes with a finger coil so handling the smaller tasks is going to be easy. The grip is good and you may easily close your fingers all the way around it for sturdier feel. It’s a contoured knife that lets you try various grip positions.

We really like the versatility of the knife and its strength too. The design is good and the thin edge geometry makes it a great chopper. The sharp angles in the pommel area are a main flaw and the grip scales dig into your hand as you chop. The handle could be a bit bigger, but none of these minor issues don’t make it as deal breakers.

The knife comes with a Molle-compatible sheath and even though the sheath isn’t the best quality out there, it still does its job.

All in all, the knife is great and may be a dependable addition to your survival kit.

How Not to Stay Hungry When in the Outdoors

This may sound unbelievable to many, but it seems that we may survive for even three weeks without food. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to put something in your stomach though, but you should also be positive about what you’re eating.

  1. Look for the greens

You may want to look for some dandelion leaves or some chickweed, but you may also combine them with some wood sorrel. This is going to give you a tasty salad and adding some primrose, wild violets or flowers of dandelion is going to keep hunger away for some hours. Keep in mind to never pick a plant unless you’re positively sure of its identity.

  1. Go fishing

If you’re not quite into fishing but still would like not to starve to death, use a cane fishing pole in order to have dinner. Get a strong and flexible 10’ long stick, about 1” on one end and only ¼” on the other end. You continue by tying a string 12” from the fat end of your stick, securing the line in multiple places all the way of the pole, using an arbor knot.

Wrap the line multiple times at the tip of the pole and secure it with a knot. Attach your bobber/float and the fishhook at the end of the fishing line.

  1. Weave some vines

Baskets may of great help when in the outdoors, and you may use some vines, cattail leaves, tree bark or pine straw to weave them. Stay away from poison ivy though and practice every time you have the chance.

  1. Remember Rotisseries?

The traditional campfire technique, cooking on a rotisserie that is, lets you cook even if the flame is low. You need two sticks with branches on the end, forming a “Y”, sturdily sticking them into the ground vertically. Get a green branch with “Y” on one end, but look for one that is long enough to span the other two vertical sticks.

Sharp the end opposite the “Y”, but only after your stripped the bark from the stick. Skewer the meat using the sharp end and turn the meat with the “Y” shaped handle from the other end.

  1. Use the aluminum foil

Take with you aluminum foil (some heavy-duty type) and place your ingredients in the center. Continue by carefully folding the short sides together twice and seal the whole thing with the remaining sides.

Aluminum foil is great for conducting heat and for even heat distribution. It’s also great for holding in moisture and you may use the foil packets for cooking some fish, vegetables, or even some apple dumplings.

Tips For Searching And Outdoor Lovers

Hunting remains one of the most popular outside pursuits both in the United States and other nations worldwide. It permits those who select the pastime to delight in a few of the most unspoiled surroundings on the planet, the adventure of the hunt in addition to the possibility to supplement their households diet with fresh meat that has actually not been passed from supplier to supplier till it reaches a supermarket rack.

Nevertheless, the reality remains that just like any outdoor pursuit there are potential risks. Even hikers and campers can fall nasty of Mother Nature - add to this the risks of handling high powered weapons and these threats increase.

However, there are some good sense suggestions that can minimize the likelihood of injury, along with make the outdoor experience more fulfilling.

1. Be Prepared.

As the Boy Scout motto goes 'be prepared' should be top of the list for outdoorsmen and females. Make certain that your equipment remains in leading shape. Review what you are taking with you the day before you set out. Unpack each bag and see that absolutely nothing has actually gone missing. Just because it existed on your last journey does not imply that it exists still.

2. The Right Emergency Equipment.

There are some tools that every hunter, camper or hiker should have in their bag. Make certain that you have emergency situation food through energy bars (jerky is likewise terrific) and that you have likewise packed a portable water cleanser. Likewise, ensure that you can construct a fire if necessary. An emergency situation blanket and a small medical set are absolute basics.

3. The Basics.

In addition to emergency equipment, there are particular standard pieces of equipment that every hunter and those going outdoors for an extended duration should have. First amongst these is a dependable knife. A map of the area and a compass. Insect repellent is always a good addition. A great length of paracord, rubber gloves for cleansing and skinning, a headlamp and something lots of people forget - bathroom tissue.

4. Clothes.

If you are going to be investing at any time in the outdoors you need to pay additional focus on what you are using. keep in mind even if temperature levels are warm (for example) doesn't suggest they're going to remain that way. to start with use natural fibres or choose man-made material that is warm and able to wick away moisture from the body. A terrific set of boots is a financial investment that you will never be sorry for. Use comfy long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Above all make certain that you have extra warm products in your pack must the weather condition modification. A hat to protect from the sun is important. Hunters also need to ensure that they load a high presence vest or similar.

5. As soon as Out There.

Understand your surroundings at all times. Move thoroughly and gradually. Not only does this boost your chance of identifying and not scaring video game, but it also minimizes the chances of a mistake that might cause a severe injury. Be weapon safe - safe gun managing practices prevent injury.

How to Clean Tactical Boots

Keeping your tactical boots nice and clean is something you should do on a regular basis and you need to do it right, if only to extend the lifespan of your tactical boots. If you’re not in the military, cleaning them regularly is going to make all that initial investment worth for longer time.

As tactical boots are quite diverse, let’s take a closer look at how to clean them properly, depending on their type.

The tan suede desert boots

This type of tactical boots is a bit more challenging to clean. They need both patience and time from you as soft suede does soak up oils and dirt a lot easier. Therefore, they stain easier than waterproof boots.

Nevertheless, you can still keep them clean and pretty for quite some time. Here’s how to do it:

  • The daily cleaning of your tan suede desert boots starts with letting the mud dry. You don’t want to scrub the damp mud deeper into the shoe, which is why the drying is so important. Once the mud is completely dry, simply knock your boots together to get rid of the mud as much as you can. Use a coarse brush and scrub your boots for removing all the dirt you can.
  • Use a Dawn dish detergent if your boots are stained. It’s going to be a lot easier to pull out the stains like this.
  • If your boots are oil stained, use a mix between half a box of baking soda, two quarts of hydrogen peroxide and a cup of Dawn dish detergent. Soak your boots into the mix in a sink full of hot water and scrub them with a good nylon brush. Your boots may need a couple of days to fully dry, but the results are impressive.

Here's how to clean a pair of USMC boots:

The waterproof leather boots

Most of the tactical boots out there are waterproof, which comes with a twist. Dampness from waterproofness may cause athlete’s foot, increased discomfort and even ulcers. This is why you always need to have clean and dry tactical boots. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Let your boots completely dry and start by hitting the heels of the boots together
  • Remove the dirt and mud with a horsehair brush
  • If any dirt and debris are still on your boots, use a damp cloth to get rid of them
  • Use the waterproofing conditioner and use a soft cloth for buffing it
  • Let your boots completely dry until putting them back on

The boots made with synthetic fibers

This type of tactical boots is, by far, the easiest to take care of boots as most synthetic materials do repel water and stains. A simple and easy wipe is going to be enough most of the time. This doesn’t eliminate the need for a deep cleaning, every now and then. What’s to keep in mind for the thorough cleaning:

  • As always, you should let the mud dry completely. Try to knock off as much as you can by hitting the heels of your boots together.
  • If your boots are stained, use some water and vinegar for remove the stains from the rock salt.
  • If you need to get rid of some lodged-in dirt, get an old toothbrush dipped in a mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Side note

As in everything else, it’s better to be safe than sorry so you need to prevent as much as you can your tactical boots to get awfully dirt and impossible to clean. Here are some of the things to do for easier cleaning later on:

  • Get rid of dirt on regular basis
  • No matter how rugged or durable your tactical boots may be, keeping them clean on daily basis is going to extend their lifespan. Once sand and dirt get into the fabric and stitching (or the seams, in the case of all-leather boots), the small particles within dirt and sand are going to abrade things in your boots.
  • Always keep them dry
  • Never in the history of tactical boots moisture wasn’t bad for them. It’s important to leave your tactical boots damp for a good amount of time, so that you don’t end up with some unpleasant bacteria growing in them.
  • Have your Plan B always ready.

As tactical boots do need more than a couple of minutes for a complete drying, you should always have prepared a second pair of tactical boots. Even though you’re going to have to pay the extra buck, go the extra mile and get two pairs of tactical boots that have the same quality (preferably, the same high quality). Get the tactical boots that don’t empty your pockets and keep in mind to break them in and rotate them from time to time. Last thing you want when out on the field is to get some blisters from your tactical boots.

 

ANSTAR Mini GPS Tracker Tracking Device

If ever in need for a small, yet dependable, tracking device, put your trust and faith into the ANSTAR Mini GPS Tracker Tracking Device.

The tracking device comes with a built-in GPS module and it’s great to take when hiking or climbing some mountains. It’s very easy to use and quite reliable, but you need to be patient with it until it gets the satellite signal.

There are many great features on the tracking device and the Family Sharing is just one of them. You may track and ring the same Track device from various phones and track accounts.

The build of the tracking device is good and there’s a durability feel to it. The shape is comfortable and the device feels so nice in your hand. It takes storage temperatures from -86 to 185F degrees, and it works in extreme temperatures as well, ranging from -68 to 167 F degrees. As for the humidity aspect, the tracker presents up to 80% non-condensing ability.

The Anstar Mini tracker comes with a built-in Li battery and it may run for 6 hours without needing charging.

The display is easy to read and clear, whereas the letters and numbers are quite large.

Easy to use, easy to carry around and dependable, you should consider this one to add on your hiking gear.

Keep Mosquitos Away When in the Outdoors

Going in the outdoors is great and fun but you need to be meticulous about it and always go prepared. This doesn’t mean just go with the right clothing or the comfortable hiking boots, but also get informed and take with you protection for all sorts of hazards.

From the dangerous ticks to the quite annoying mosquitos, there are plenty of things you need to take care of before hitting the trails.

Mosquitos aren’t just annoying and loud as they buzz a lot, but they do bite and it does itch a lot.

Keep them at distance

It’s always better to be safe than sorry so it’s definitely easier to keep the mosquito away and not treat their bites.

It’s important to use DEET-based insect repellent in a 20% solution. You need to spray this on your exposed skin so that the mosquitos don’t land on you. Don’t forget to wash it off when you get home, though.

You may also wear some Permethrin treated clothe and you may have your pick from pre-treated shirts to pre-treated pants. If this doesn’t fit your likings, treat your clothes with some permethrin spray instead. The boots should be safe from mosquitos, but sometimes they may be able to bite even through tough materials.

It’s also a good idea to hike especially in the morning and early afternoon as the mosquitos peak especially before sunset. Stay on the open, sunny trails and avoid the shady, protected forest. The drier the air is, the harder it is for the mosquitos.

If you’re at home, burn some citronella candles as they really don’t like its smell.

How to treat mosquito bites

Once you’ve been bitten, there’s not much left for you to do. You may get an intense itching feeling but here are some soothing tips:

  • Wash the bite area with some soap and water
  • Don’t itch it as you may cause an infection
  • Apply some anti-itch medicine. Calamine lotion is a good option but you should have on you some anti-itch sticks as they’re quite efficient too

The ABC on Frostbite

One of the risks you’re exposing to when going into the outdoors during winter time is getting frostbites. If ever get lost, among all the things you need to take care of (finding shelter, sending surviving signals, making a fire and so on), you should also know a thing about frostbites.

What are frostbites?

Even though frostbites are treatable, doesn’t mean they’re less dangerous as they do affect the skin. They appear when a body part isn’t properly covered and you’re staying out in freezing temperatures for too long.

As water turns to ice when temperatures go way below zero, your toes, fingers, feet, even you ear and nose may freeze too. The farther they are from your core, the higher the risk for them to be affected by the low blood flow, as an answer to cold.

The longer you stay outside and the colder and windier it is, the higher the risk for a frostbite to appear. Sometimes, it can happen in just 5 minutes.

Know the symptoms

As you’re standing in freezing temperatures, your skin may get sore or red, a symptom known as “frostnip”- the early sign of a frostbite. The second you notice it, you need to find warm shelter.

There are three stages of frostbite and they all depend on how deep it goes into your body.

  • Early stage

In this phase, your skin changes its color to white or a pale yellow. You may also notice a burn, itch or sting, just like when you’re feeling “pins and needles”.

  • Intermediate stage

You may start noticing how your skin gets shiny/waxy and becomes hard. As your skin is melting, blisters filled with blood or fluid may appear.

  • Advanced stage

By this time, your skin darkens and it’s already very hard and cold to the touch. it may even look blue and you’re only minutes away from turning black.

How to keep frostbite at a distance?

It goes without saying that the layering principle is one of the most efficient ways to stay warm when out in the outdoors in the winter. You never want to wear tight clothing as it’s only going to increase the risks of frostbite. You should go with loose layers so that your body heat gets all over your body.

You may want to go with three layers, as it follows:

  • You want material that keeps you dry for the first layer
  • An insulated material (wool and fleece are good options) is great as a second layer
  • Always go with a wind- and waterproof material on top as a third layer

It’s also important to wear a hat that covers your ears and head and wool/fleece keep you very warm.

Feet are also very vulnerable to frostbite which is why you should go with a pair of wool socks over some that wick moisture, or wear some Gore-Tex boots.

Don’t forget about the insulating mittens/gloves that you shouldn’t take off even when you’re using your phone.

Last tip? If you’re feeling sweaty, you may want to unzip for a couple of minutes. Wearing wet clothing (whether it’s from snow or sweat, it’s all the same) is only going to increase the risk for you to get frostbite.

How to Become an Ethical Hunter

Just because you’re good at shooting game, doesn’t necessarily make you an ethical hunter and there are plenty of ethical rules to follow if you care enough about becoming one.

When you’re hunting on someone else’s property, it’s important to thank them for their good will and offering them a gift bag from the game bag is quite a good idea. After all, you may want to come back there and hunt a bit more.

There are some ethical principles that you need to follow if you’re committed to becoming an ethical hunter, as you’re into hunting not only for the game, but also for the nice principles that are involved.

  • Be ready

Hunting well means hunting good and an ethical hunter not only practices his shooting skills, but also improves his physical abilities and skills.  You need to come back from time to time over the rules of firearm safety, to choose carefully your equipment and to take care of your firearm. You don’t want to go out there in the field with a firearm that doesn’t work properly and only wounds your prey, not killing it.

You need to rely on your firearm so that game is never wasted. You respect more your quarry if you’re equipment is working fine every single time and if you never miss out a shoot.

  • Know about game

You can’t be a good hunter unless you know about wildlife and really understanding it. The more you know about your game, the more you’re going to respect it and enjoy hunting even if you come back home empty handed. It takes good skill and amazing persuasion to get to shoot, and also high ethics to only take game that you need. An ethical hunter also takes his well-trained dogs to find downed game, taking hunting to its highest level.

You also need to clean and dress your game accordingly so that no game is ever wasted. The skills, the respect and patience are what makes you a good and ethical hunter, altogether.

  • Take some friends with you

Choosing your hunter mates is important as they should share the same values as you, when it comes to ethical hunting. A good hunter doesn’t put his own needs and interests on first place, but helping others instead. A good hunting companion is ready to take the shoot for you or to help you find your game, even though this could make him lose his own.

  • The Hunter’s Law

When you’re hunting, you know you have to play by the written and non-written hunting rules. If the first one is governmentally enforced and you may go to prison for not following it, the second one is based on morality and you’re the only one to judge-most of the time.

For instance, you shouldn’t take game more than you can or you need. As for an unwritten law as shooting at too long range, using the wrong equipment or ammunition- it takes morals to follow them even when there’s nobody watching.

KA-BAR Jarosz Choppa Knife

Made in our USA with 1095 cro-van steel, the Ka-Bar Jarosz Choppa Knife is a great tool to add in your survival kit or simply to take while in the outdoors. You can keep it tucked in your boot.

The build and design of the knife recommend it for the camp and woods, but this is one good chopper to take with you. It has a good power and doesn’t feature a clipped point, but this only means there’s a little more weight at the chopping end.

The knife comes with a finger coil so handling the smaller tasks is going to be easy. The grip is good and you may easily close your fingers all the way around it for sturdier feel. It’s a contoured knife that lets you try various grip positions.

We really like the versatility of the knife and its strength too. The design is good and the thin edge geometry makes it a great chopper. The sharp angles in the pommel area are a main flaw and the grip scales dig into your hand as you chop. The handle could be a bit bigger, but none of these minor issues don’t make it as deal breakers.

The knife comes with a Molle-compatible sheath and even though the sheath isn’t the best quality out there, it still does its job.

All in all, the knife is great and may be a dependable addition to your survival kit.

How Not to Stay Hungry When in the Outdoors

This may sound unbelievable to many, but it seems that we may survive for even three weeks without food. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to put something in your stomach though, but you should also be positive about what you’re eating.

  1. Look for the greens

You may want to look for some dandelion leaves or some chickweed, but you may also combine them with some wood sorrel. This is going to give you a tasty salad and adding some primrose, wild violets or flowers of dandelion is going to keep hunger away for some hours. Keep in mind to never pick a plant unless you’re positively sure of its identity.

  1. Go fishing

If you’re not quite into fishing but still would like not to starve to death, use a cane fishing pole in order to have dinner. Get a strong and flexible 10’ long stick, about 1” on one end and only ¼” on the other end. You continue by tying a string 12” from the fat end of your stick, securing the line in multiple places all the way of the pole, using an arbor knot.

Wrap the line multiple times at the tip of the pole and secure it with a knot. Attach your bobber/float and the fishhook at the end of the fishing line.

  1. Weave some vines

Baskets may of great help when in the outdoors, and you may use some vines, cattail leaves, tree bark or pine straw to weave them. Stay away from poison ivy though and practice every time you have the chance.

  1. Remember Rotisseries?

The traditional campfire technique, cooking on a rotisserie that is, lets you cook even if the flame is low. You need two sticks with branches on the end, forming a “Y”, sturdily sticking them into the ground vertically. Get a green branch with “Y” on one end, but look for one that is long enough to span the other two vertical sticks.

Sharp the end opposite the “Y”, but only after your stripped the bark from the stick. Skewer the meat using the sharp end and turn the meat with the “Y” shaped handle from the other end.

  1. Use the aluminum foil

Take with you aluminum foil (some heavy-duty type) and place your ingredients in the center. Continue by carefully folding the short sides together twice and seal the whole thing with the remaining sides.

Aluminum foil is great for conducting heat and for even heat distribution. It’s also great for holding in moisture and you may use the foil packets for cooking some fish, vegetables, or even some apple dumplings.

Tips For Searching And Outdoor Lovers

Hunting remains one of the most popular outside pursuits both in the United States and other nations worldwide. It permits those who select the pastime to delight in a few of the most unspoiled surroundings on the planet, the adventure of the hunt in addition to the possibility to supplement their households diet with fresh meat that has actually not been passed from supplier to supplier till it reaches a supermarket rack.

Nevertheless, the reality remains that just like any outdoor pursuit there are potential risks. Even hikers and campers can fall nasty of Mother Nature - add to this the risks of handling high powered weapons and these threats increase.

However, there are some good sense suggestions that can minimize the likelihood of injury, along with make the outdoor experience more fulfilling.

1. Be Prepared.

As the Boy Scout motto goes 'be prepared' should be top of the list for outdoorsmen and females. Make certain that your equipment remains in leading shape. Review what you are taking with you the day before you set out. Unpack each bag and see that absolutely nothing has actually gone missing. Just because it existed on your last journey does not imply that it exists still.

2. The Right Emergency Equipment.

There are some tools that every hunter, camper or hiker should have in their bag. Make certain that you have emergency situation food through energy bars (jerky is likewise terrific) and that you have likewise packed a portable water cleanser. Likewise, ensure that you can construct a fire if necessary. An emergency situation blanket and a small medical set are absolute basics.

3. The Basics.

In addition to emergency equipment, there are particular standard pieces of equipment that every hunter and those going outdoors for an extended duration should have. First amongst these is a dependable knife. A map of the area and a compass. Insect repellent is always a good addition. A great length of paracord, rubber gloves for cleansing and skinning, a headlamp and something lots of people forget - bathroom tissue.

4. Clothes.

If you are going to be investing at any time in the outdoors you need to pay additional focus on what you are using. keep in mind even if temperature levels are warm (for example) doesn't suggest they're going to remain that way. to start with use natural fibres or choose man-made material that is warm and able to wick away moisture from the body. A terrific set of boots is a financial investment that you will never be sorry for. Use comfy long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Above all make certain that you have extra warm products in your pack must the weather condition modification. A hat to protect from the sun is important. Hunters also need to ensure that they load a high presence vest or similar.

5. As soon as Out There.

Understand your surroundings at all times. Move thoroughly and gradually. Not only does this boost your chance of identifying and not scaring video game, but it also minimizes the chances of a mistake that might cause a severe injury. Be weapon safe - safe gun managing practices prevent injury.

How to Clean Tactical Boots

Keeping your tactical boots nice and clean is something you should do on a regular basis and you need to do it right, if only to extend the lifespan of your tactical boots. If you’re not in the military, cleaning them regularly is going to make all that initial investment worth for longer time.

As tactical boots are quite diverse, let’s take a closer look at how to clean them properly, depending on their type.

The tan suede desert boots

This type of tactical boots is a bit more challenging to clean. They need both patience and time from you as soft suede does soak up oils and dirt a lot easier. Therefore, they stain easier than waterproof boots.

Nevertheless, you can still keep them clean and pretty for quite some time. Here’s how to do it:

  • The daily cleaning of your tan suede desert boots starts with letting the mud dry. You don’t want to scrub the damp mud deeper into the shoe, which is why the drying is so important. Once the mud is completely dry, simply knock your boots together to get rid of the mud as much as you can. Use a coarse brush and scrub your boots for removing all the dirt you can.
  • Use a Dawn dish detergent if your boots are stained. It’s going to be a lot easier to pull out the stains like this.
  • If your boots are oil stained, use a mix between half a box of baking soda, two quarts of hydrogen peroxide and a cup of Dawn dish detergent. Soak your boots into the mix in a sink full of hot water and scrub them with a good nylon brush. Your boots may need a couple of days to fully dry, but the results are impressive.

Here's how to clean a pair of USMC boots:

The waterproof leather boots

Most of the tactical boots out there are waterproof, which comes with a twist. Dampness from waterproofness may cause athlete’s foot, increased discomfort and even ulcers. This is why you always need to have clean and dry tactical boots. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Let your boots completely dry and start by hitting the heels of the boots together
  • Remove the dirt and mud with a horsehair brush
  • If any dirt and debris are still on your boots, use a damp cloth to get rid of them
  • Use the waterproofing conditioner and use a soft cloth for buffing it
  • Let your boots completely dry until putting them back on

The boots made with synthetic fibers

This type of tactical boots is, by far, the easiest to take care of boots as most synthetic materials do repel water and stains. A simple and easy wipe is going to be enough most of the time. This doesn’t eliminate the need for a deep cleaning, every now and then. What’s to keep in mind for the thorough cleaning:

  • As always, you should let the mud dry completely. Try to knock off as much as you can by hitting the heels of your boots together.
  • If your boots are stained, use some water and vinegar for remove the stains from the rock salt.
  • If you need to get rid of some lodged-in dirt, get an old toothbrush dipped in a mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Side note

As in everything else, it’s better to be safe than sorry so you need to prevent as much as you can your tactical boots to get awfully dirt and impossible to clean. Here are some of the things to do for easier cleaning later on:

  • Get rid of dirt on regular basis
  • No matter how rugged or durable your tactical boots may be, keeping them clean on daily basis is going to extend their lifespan. Once sand and dirt get into the fabric and stitching (or the seams, in the case of all-leather boots), the small particles within dirt and sand are going to abrade things in your boots.
  • Always keep them dry
  • Never in the history of tactical boots moisture wasn’t bad for them. It’s important to leave your tactical boots damp for a good amount of time, so that you don’t end up with some unpleasant bacteria growing in them.
  • Have your Plan B always ready.

As tactical boots do need more than a couple of minutes for a complete drying, you should always have prepared a second pair of tactical boots. Even though you’re going to have to pay the extra buck, go the extra mile and get two pairs of tactical boots that have the same quality (preferably, the same high quality). Get the tactical boots that don’t empty your pockets and keep in mind to break them in and rotate them from time to time. Last thing you want when out on the field is to get some blisters from your tactical boots.

 

ANSTAR Mini GPS Tracker Tracking Device

If ever in need for a small, yet dependable, tracking device, put your trust and faith into the ANSTAR Mini GPS Tracker Tracking Device.

The tracking device comes with a built-in GPS module and it’s great to take when hiking or climbing some mountains. It’s very easy to use and quite reliable, but you need to be patient with it until it gets the satellite signal.

There are many great features on the tracking device and the Family Sharing is just one of them. You may track and ring the same Track device from various phones and track accounts.

The build of the tracking device is good and there’s a durability feel to it. The shape is comfortable and the device feels so nice in your hand. It takes storage temperatures from -86 to 185F degrees, and it works in extreme temperatures as well, ranging from -68 to 167 F degrees. As for the humidity aspect, the tracker presents up to 80% non-condensing ability.

The Anstar Mini tracker comes with a built-in Li battery and it may run for 6 hours without needing charging.

The display is easy to read and clear, whereas the letters and numbers are quite large.

Easy to use, easy to carry around and dependable, you should consider this one to add on your hiking gear.

Keep Mosquitos Away When in the Outdoors

Going in the outdoors is great and fun but you need to be meticulous about it and always go prepared. This doesn’t mean just go with the right clothing or the comfortable hiking boots, but also get informed and take with you protection for all sorts of hazards.

From the dangerous ticks to the quite annoying mosquitos, there are plenty of things you need to take care of before hitting the trails.

Mosquitos aren’t just annoying and loud as they buzz a lot, but they do bite and it does itch a lot.

Keep them at distance

It’s always better to be safe than sorry so it’s definitely easier to keep the mosquito away and not treat their bites.

It’s important to use DEET-based insect repellent in a 20% solution. You need to spray this on your exposed skin so that the mosquitos don’t land on you. Don’t forget to wash it off when you get home, though.

You may also wear some Permethrin treated clothe and you may have your pick from pre-treated shirts to pre-treated pants. If this doesn’t fit your likings, treat your clothes with some permethrin spray instead. The boots should be safe from mosquitos, but sometimes they may be able to bite even through tough materials.

It’s also a good idea to hike especially in the morning and early afternoon as the mosquitos peak especially before sunset. Stay on the open, sunny trails and avoid the shady, protected forest. The drier the air is, the harder it is for the mosquitos.

If you’re at home, burn some citronella candles as they really don’t like its smell.

How to treat mosquito bites

Once you’ve been bitten, there’s not much left for you to do. You may get an intense itching feeling but here are some soothing tips:

  • Wash the bite area with some soap and water
  • Don’t itch it as you may cause an infection
  • Apply some anti-itch medicine. Calamine lotion is a good option but you should have on you some anti-itch sticks as they’re quite efficient too

The ABC on Frostbite

One of the risks you’re exposing to when going into the outdoors during winter time is getting frostbites. If ever get lost, among all the things you need to take care of (finding shelter, sending surviving signals, making a fire and so on), you should also know a thing about frostbites.

What are frostbites?

Even though frostbites are treatable, doesn’t mean they’re less dangerous as they do affect the skin. They appear when a body part isn’t properly covered and you’re staying out in freezing temperatures for too long.

As water turns to ice when temperatures go way below zero, your toes, fingers, feet, even you ear and nose may freeze too. The farther they are from your core, the higher the risk for them to be affected by the low blood flow, as an answer to cold.

The longer you stay outside and the colder and windier it is, the higher the risk for a frostbite to appear. Sometimes, it can happen in just 5 minutes.

Know the symptoms

As you’re standing in freezing temperatures, your skin may get sore or red, a symptom known as “frostnip”- the early sign of a frostbite. The second you notice it, you need to find warm shelter.

There are three stages of frostbite and they all depend on how deep it goes into your body.

  • Early stage

In this phase, your skin changes its color to white or a pale yellow. You may also notice a burn, itch or sting, just like when you’re feeling “pins and needles”.

  • Intermediate stage

You may start noticing how your skin gets shiny/waxy and becomes hard. As your skin is melting, blisters filled with blood or fluid may appear.

  • Advanced stage

By this time, your skin darkens and it’s already very hard and cold to the touch. it may even look blue and you’re only minutes away from turning black.

How to keep frostbite at a distance?

It goes without saying that the layering principle is one of the most efficient ways to stay warm when out in the outdoors in the winter. You never want to wear tight clothing as it’s only going to increase the risks of frostbite. You should go with loose layers so that your body heat gets all over your body.

You may want to go with three layers, as it follows:

  • You want material that keeps you dry for the first layer
  • An insulated material (wool and fleece are good options) is great as a second layer
  • Always go with a wind- and waterproof material on top as a third layer

It’s also important to wear a hat that covers your ears and head and wool/fleece keep you very warm.

Feet are also very vulnerable to frostbite which is why you should go with a pair of wool socks over some that wick moisture, or wear some Gore-Tex boots.

Don’t forget about the insulating mittens/gloves that you shouldn’t take off even when you’re using your phone.

Last tip? If you’re feeling sweaty, you may want to unzip for a couple of minutes. Wearing wet clothing (whether it’s from snow or sweat, it’s all the same) is only going to increase the risk for you to get frostbite.

How to Become an Ethical Hunter

Just because you’re good at shooting game, doesn’t necessarily make you an ethical hunter and there are plenty of ethical rules to follow if you care enough about becoming one.

When you’re hunting on someone else’s property, it’s important to thank them for their good will and offering them a gift bag from the game bag is quite a good idea. After all, you may want to come back there and hunt a bit more.

There are some ethical principles that you need to follow if you’re committed to becoming an ethical hunter, as you’re into hunting not only for the game, but also for the nice principles that are involved.

  • Be ready

Hunting well means hunting good and an ethical hunter not only practices his shooting skills, but also improves his physical abilities and skills.  You need to come back from time to time over the rules of firearm safety, to choose carefully your equipment and to take care of your firearm. You don’t want to go out there in the field with a firearm that doesn’t work properly and only wounds your prey, not killing it.

You need to rely on your firearm so that game is never wasted. You respect more your quarry if you’re equipment is working fine every single time and if you never miss out a shoot.

  • Know about game

You can’t be a good hunter unless you know about wildlife and really understanding it. The more you know about your game, the more you’re going to respect it and enjoy hunting even if you come back home empty handed. It takes good skill and amazing persuasion to get to shoot, and also high ethics to only take game that you need. An ethical hunter also takes his well-trained dogs to find downed game, taking hunting to its highest level.

You also need to clean and dress your game accordingly so that no game is ever wasted. The skills, the respect and patience are what makes you a good and ethical hunter, altogether.

  • Take some friends with you

Choosing your hunter mates is important as they should share the same values as you, when it comes to ethical hunting. A good hunter doesn’t put his own needs and interests on first place, but helping others instead. A good hunting companion is ready to take the shoot for you or to help you find your game, even though this could make him lose his own.

  • The Hunter’s Law

When you’re hunting, you know you have to play by the written and non-written hunting rules. If the first one is governmentally enforced and you may go to prison for not following it, the second one is based on morality and you’re the only one to judge-most of the time.

For instance, you shouldn’t take game more than you can or you need. As for an unwritten law as shooting at too long range, using the wrong equipment or ammunition- it takes morals to follow them even when there’s nobody watching.

KA-BAR Jarosz Choppa Knife

Made in our USA with 1095 cro-van steel, the Ka-Bar Jarosz Choppa Knife is a great tool to add in your survival kit or simply to take while in the outdoors. You can keep it tucked in your boot.

The build and design of the knife recommend it for the camp and woods, but this is one good chopper to take with you. It has a good power and doesn’t feature a clipped point, but this only means there’s a little more weight at the chopping end.

The knife comes with a finger coil so handling the smaller tasks is going to be easy. The grip is good and you may easily close your fingers all the way around it for sturdier feel. It’s a contoured knife that lets you try various grip positions.

We really like the versatility of the knife and its strength too. The design is good and the thin edge geometry makes it a great chopper. The sharp angles in the pommel area are a main flaw and the grip scales dig into your hand as you chop. The handle could be a bit bigger, but none of these minor issues don’t make it as deal breakers.

The knife comes with a Molle-compatible sheath and even though the sheath isn’t the best quality out there, it still does its job.

All in all, the knife is great and may be a dependable addition to your survival kit.

How Not to Stay Hungry When in the Outdoors

This may sound unbelievable to many, but it seems that we may survive for even three weeks without food. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to put something in your stomach though, but you should also be positive about what you’re eating.

  1. Look for the greens

You may want to look for some dandelion leaves or some chickweed, but you may also combine them with some wood sorrel. This is going to give you a tasty salad and adding some primrose, wild violets or flowers of dandelion is going to keep hunger away for some hours. Keep in mind to never pick a plant unless you’re positively sure of its identity.

  1. Go fishing

If you’re not quite into fishing but still would like not to starve to death, use a cane fishing pole in order to have dinner. Get a strong and flexible 10’ long stick, about 1” on one end and only ¼” on the other end. You continue by tying a string 12” from the fat end of your stick, securing the line in multiple places all the way of the pole, using an arbor knot.

Wrap the line multiple times at the tip of the pole and secure it with a knot. Attach your bobber/float and the fishhook at the end of the fishing line.

  1. Weave some vines

Baskets may of great help when in the outdoors, and you may use some vines, cattail leaves, tree bark or pine straw to weave them. Stay away from poison ivy though and practice every time you have the chance.

  1. Remember Rotisseries?

The traditional campfire technique, cooking on a rotisserie that is, lets you cook even if the flame is low. You need two sticks with branches on the end, forming a “Y”, sturdily sticking them into the ground vertically. Get a green branch with “Y” on one end, but look for one that is long enough to span the other two vertical sticks.

Sharp the end opposite the “Y”, but only after your stripped the bark from the stick. Skewer the meat using the sharp end and turn the meat with the “Y” shaped handle from the other end.

  1. Use the aluminum foil

Take with you aluminum foil (some heavy-duty type) and place your ingredients in the center. Continue by carefully folding the short sides together twice and seal the whole thing with the remaining sides.

Aluminum foil is great for conducting heat and for even heat distribution. It’s also great for holding in moisture and you may use the foil packets for cooking some fish, vegetables, or even some apple dumplings.

Tips For Searching And Outdoor Lovers

Hunting remains one of the most popular outside pursuits both in the United States and other nations worldwide. It permits those who select the pastime to delight in a few of the most unspoiled surroundings on the planet, the adventure of the hunt in addition to the possibility to supplement their households diet with fresh meat that has actually not been passed from supplier to supplier till it reaches a supermarket rack.

Nevertheless, the reality remains that just like any outdoor pursuit there are potential risks. Even hikers and campers can fall nasty of Mother Nature - add to this the risks of handling high powered weapons and these threats increase.

However, there are some good sense suggestions that can minimize the likelihood of injury, along with make the outdoor experience more fulfilling.

1. Be Prepared.

As the Boy Scout motto goes 'be prepared' should be top of the list for outdoorsmen and females. Make certain that your equipment remains in leading shape. Review what you are taking with you the day before you set out. Unpack each bag and see that absolutely nothing has actually gone missing. Just because it existed on your last journey does not imply that it exists still.

2. The Right Emergency Equipment.

There are some tools that every hunter, camper or hiker should have in their bag. Make certain that you have emergency situation food through energy bars (jerky is likewise terrific) and that you have likewise packed a portable water cleanser. Likewise, ensure that you can construct a fire if necessary. An emergency situation blanket and a small medical set are absolute basics.

3. The Basics.

In addition to emergency equipment, there are particular standard pieces of equipment that every hunter and those going outdoors for an extended duration should have. First amongst these is a dependable knife. A map of the area and a compass. Insect repellent is always a good addition. A great length of paracord, rubber gloves for cleansing and skinning, a headlamp and something lots of people forget - bathroom tissue.

4. Clothes.

If you are going to be investing at any time in the outdoors you need to pay additional focus on what you are using. keep in mind even if temperature levels are warm (for example) doesn't suggest they're going to remain that way. to start with use natural fibres or choose man-made material that is warm and able to wick away moisture from the body. A terrific set of boots is a financial investment that you will never be sorry for. Use comfy long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Above all make certain that you have extra warm products in your pack must the weather condition modification. A hat to protect from the sun is important. Hunters also need to ensure that they load a high presence vest or similar.

5. As soon as Out There.

Understand your surroundings at all times. Move thoroughly and gradually. Not only does this boost your chance of identifying and not scaring video game, but it also minimizes the chances of a mistake that might cause a severe injury. Be weapon safe - safe gun managing practices prevent injury.

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