The History Of Fox Hunting
Fox Hunting has always been seen as a British activity during which highly trained dogs, as well as human hunters on horseback, pursue the red fox. Animal rights activists find the 'blood sport' to be barbaric. However, its participants and proponents see it to be a traditional equestrian sport, as well as an important aspect of England's aristocratic history. In fact, even though it does take place in several countries, its roots can be traced to the British.
Known as venery, the use of scent hounds to track prey dates way back to Assyrian, Babylonian, and also ancient Egyptian times. But, it was in England, using the Agassaei breed of dog, that fox hunting was really popular, taking place before the Romans even arrived.
Later, the Romans brought over the Castorian and Fulpine breed of hounds, as well as the brown hare and several species of deer to use as quarry. Wild boar was also known as a hunted animal.
Norman hunting traditions began when William the Conqueror arrived, using Gascon and Talbot hounds. In fact, the cry of 'tally ho' is the Norman equivalent to the French 'il est haut,' meaning he is up.
1534 marks the first known attempt at fox hunting, taking place in Norfolk, England. There, farmers used their dogs to chase foxes as a way of pest control.
It wasn't until the 17 th century that organized pack began to hunt hare and fox, while it those used specifically for the sport of fox hunting weren't used until the 18 th century.
The Industrial Revolution saw people moving out of the country, instead settling in towns and cities where they could find work. Even though roads, rails, and canals split up the hunting land, it made it more accessible to people who wanted to hunt. Also, the improvement of shotguns during the 19 th century allowed for game shooting to gain popularity.
Even though it is viewed as a usually typical rural British sport, hunting using hounds does take place all over. Those hunts in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and also India are considered to be, to some extent, a British Empire legacy. However, some do claim that the first pack that was used solely for fox hunting was in the United States.
Other countries, influenced by the Greek and Romans, also have a tradition of fox hunting using hounds. For example, both France and Italy still have fox hunts. But, in countries such as Switzerland and Germany, fox hunting has been outlawed.
As of 2004, 170 registered packs found in the United States and Canada were included by the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America, as well as many more farmer, or non-recognized, packs.
When fox hunting is done in the United States, the pursued fox is often not caught. In fact, they are trained so they aren't caught during the fox hunt.
During the late summer, young hounds are taken on hunts called "cubbing," during which puppies are taught to hunts while the young foxes are taught to give chase. The proper season usually begins in early November.
Whitetail Deer Hunting For Beginners
Whitetail deer hunting is one of the most popular hunting genres in the entire world with more and more enthusiasts every year. For a first time whitetail deer hunter it can be a rather difficult thing to do that is why a few tips and tricks about this type of activity are needed in order to start out with decent results.
Experienced hunters recommend checking the hunting equipment when going into the stand, not later when a buck will eventually walk out. Check if your scope is clear, the shells in the chamber or if you use a bow, check if your bow will draw back properly. There are many issues to take into consideration that is why we strongly advise to prepare well ahead.
If you plan on hunting whitetail deer in a food plot or a large field it is recommended to do it during the late hours of the day. Remember that deer like heavy cover so it is advisable to try and clear a path through the cover that you consider these animals might be using. The whitetail deer usually prefers using the easiest routes possible. Once you have set up a path, hunt over the built path in a hunting tree stand.
If using deer calls isn't your cup of tea ( mainly because you are afraid of scaring these animals ), it is advisable to use it only after you see a deer that you are not willing to shoot. Once you have done so, you will notice that it doesn't scare them and you will observe their reactions. Be sure to use the most suitable calls, otherwise the animals will get suspicious.
The best advice possible is to hunt whenever you have the possibility. Experience is crucial, only by going out there in the wilderness you will learn more about their habitat, feeding habits and other characteristics that you will eventually use in your advantage. We strongly suggest that you follow our advice and the next time you have the possibility to hunt, don't hesitate, you know what they say: practice makes perfect and this is statement is entirely applicable for hunting not only whitetail deer but other animals as well.
When you are about to hunt in a new area, it is advisable to hunt at a new stand each day for a short period of time as this is the most efficient way to learn about the deer movement routes. If you spot a deer and shoot it and afterwards you jump it up a very short distance from the position you have made the shot, it is advisable to stand back and give it time to take its last breath, if you shot it during the late hours of the day it is recommended to wait overnight.
If you plan on hunting whitetail deer with a bow, experienced hunters recommend doing it from a tree stand because it is way more efficient in comparison with hunting from ground level. Another advice, use only one pin because it is easier to aim high or low on the whitetail deer than attempt to remember to use a specific one when the large one walks out.
We hope that our suggestions will come in hand and on your first attempts on hunting these animals you will get at least decent results. Remember; practice every time you have the chance.
An American Legend Dies Winchester S Demise
On March 31, 2006, with very little notice, an American Legend died and a big piece of Americana quietly faded into the dustbin of history. On that day, U.S. Repeating Arms Co., maker of Winchester Rifles closed their New Haven, Connecticut plant for good, ending the life of a product so closely intertwined in the growth and history of our country that the two are almost inseparable. This involvement began in 1857 when Oliver Winchester acquired and restructured the failing Volcanic Repeating Firearms Co., subsequently changing the name to Winchester. During a large part of their 149 year existence, the name Winchester was synonymous with rifles, especially the lever action rifle, which began with the Henry Rifle, a lever action rifle that fired a metallic cased cartridge and held 16 rounds. It began appearing in the hands of Union Soldiers in 1862 and was quickly cursed by Confederate Troops as "that damn Yankee rifle they load on Sunday and shoot all week."
Next came the 1866 model, dubbed "Yellow Boy" by the Indians because of its bright brass frame, protected the pioneers on their trek during the Westward Migration after the Civil War. The Yellow Boy was followed by the Model 1873 known as "The Gun That Won The West" and was found over the fireplaces of settlers cabins and in the teepees of some Indians. It rode in the saddle scabbards of cowboys and armed lawmen and outlaws alike.
The culmination of all of this was the introduction of the model 1894, destined to be one of the few firearms to be in continuous production for over 100 years and the best selling center fire rifle Winchester ever made. More deer have been taken with the Winchester 1894 Rifle than any other rifle made.
In addition, Winchester made the Model 70 bolt-action rifle that became known as "the Rifleman's Rifle". Found in hunting camps the world over, it has taken every species of game animal on the planet. Winchester also worked 24/7 producing rifles for our Doughboys in World War I and for their sons, the GI's of World War II.
Please pardon my nostalgia, but it saddens me to think my grandsons and other boys will never know the thrill of opening a long narrow box and finding their first rifle therein with Winchester stamped on the barrel, as this writer did on his 15th birthday.
Thanks Winchester, not only for the memories, but also for playing such an important and integral part in this Nation's history. You will be sadly missed.
How Led Flashlights Make Hunting Easier
While in the wilderness, a hunter has only his wits and hunting gear to rely upon. It is only through sheer cunning and the proper equipment that a hunter can hope to successfully complete a hunting objective safely. Not every hunter may have the smarts and skill necessary to achieve a hunting goal, but all hunters have the potential to have the proper hunting gear to help them.
Starting with the basic hunting gear and making sure that it is appropriate is the best first step toward a successful hunting trip. Where safety is concerned, one primary piece of hunting gear is a reliable, high quality flashlight, like and LED tactical torch or professional flashlight.
There are many different aspects that set professional quality hunting flashlights apart from your everyday flashlight. Lesser quality lights use inefficient poor quality incandescent bulbs. For an activity like hunting, LED technology really is the better option. High-intensity LED bulbs give off a brighter, clearer light for greater distances. They also have a much longer bulb and battery life, making them more energy efficient and less expensive to maintain in the long run.
Many professional hunting flashlights also include a variety of different LED light colors to help preserve night vision. With lower quality incandescent flashlights, you will rarely find multiple light functionality. However with professional hunting flashlights there are many options available that include more than one light bulb color within the same flashlight housing. For instance, a professional LED flashlight may include a hyper bright white light, and then a dimmer green or red bulb for use when reading equipment, maps or instructions in the dark. These alternate colors help sustain night vision without creating light noise in the surrounding area. This is a highly important feature for sportsmen looking for versatility in a compact form factor, virtually eliminating the need to carry around multiple light sources.
Many hunting LED flashlights also offer dimming light functions so that hunters can choose the exact light level necessary to complete whatever task. Dimmable bulbs are important for preserving night vision, as well as the ability not to spook nearby animals with overly bright lights. This focusing and dimming of light beams is usually controlled by a simple switch or knob that can be operated with ease using one hand.
Form factor can also play a large role in what separates a professional quality hunting flashlight from a standard flashlight. Sportsmen are usually overrun with the hunting gear that they have to carry. Having a small, durable, and light weight flashlight is highly important. Additionally the flashlight must be easy to grip in all kinds of conditions - hunters may need to operate a flashlight with wet or muddy hands or while wearing bulky gloves.
Lights for hunting don't always have to take the form of a flashlight or torch. Many hunters will take a sturdy lantern or lamp with them to help bathe a larger area in light, like a base camp area or a kill site. LED lanterns offer the same simple switch capabilities, bright light, and battery efficiency as their flashlight counterparts. Others wear a headlamp or flex light on their head or attached to their vest so that they have a small, powerful light at the ready and still have full use of their hands.
Hunting takes skill. It takes practice. It takes appreciation for nature. It also takes quality equipment. Don't settle for anything less than the best hunting light available when putting together your hunting fear.
Deer Hunting On The Move Stillhunting For Deer Or Get Off The Stump
Deer hunting on the move, or stillhunting, is commonly misunderstood as to what it is and how to go about it. It is stalking deer, not waiting on a stump or in a blind for the deer to come to you. It can be the most rewarding deer hunting experience you can do. It can also be the most frustrating, since it is a skill which requires you to slow everything everything - your sight, your breath and your walking gait. But the payoffs go beyond the hunt to your better enjoyment of nature itself.
This article will talk about some things I've learned while hunting deer in the Vermont woods and oak mast ridges of Wisconsin. These few simple techniques can be used on your next hunt - whether you choose to stillhunt or not, the principles are the same. These techniques will also make your deer hunt a richer experience. It's all about: you're outdoors - enjoy the scenery, hunting or not.
Generally, as deer hunters, we think of one thing when we hunt, and that is deer. Not deer in general, but that deer. We are aided in this compulsion by our brains, and our eyes. Let's talk about eyes first.
Hunt Deer with Soft Focus - See Them as They See You
We see as all predators do - forward, and tightly focussed. Take a look at your average housecat and watch it stalk something. It pursues its object with its eyes narrowed and every muscle relaxed, yet steeled at a moment's notice to pounce. We share with the cat and all predators having our eyes in the front of our head, designed to focus on a single thing.
However, deer, and all prey species, have eyes designed to detect motion. Deer and all prey species have eyes on the side of their head, and this aids in perceiving motion first, long before the animal can make out whether what they see is a threat, or just some pattern-breaking motion in the woods. When stillhunting for deer, we must adopt to the way they see. We must see motion first, patterns out of sync second, and the deer last. The only way to do this is to relax our focus and broaden our field of vision.
Here's how to practice. Stand facing a wall, about six to eight feet away from it. Stare hard at a spot on the wall. Raise your arms, index fingers extended, fully out to the side from your head (and slightly behind). Now, keeping your arms straight and your index fingers extended, bring your arms slowly in front of your face. Notice the moment when your fingers come into view - this is your field of vision (FOV).
Now, turn to the wall again. This time, soften your focus so that your eyes, while seeing objects or spots on the wall, do not lock on any one spot. Repeat the index-finger practice. You should see your fingers enter your FOV much earlier than before. It is this type of sight - gained through practice, for it isn't natural to us anymore - that allows us to see changes in woods patterns, motion - in short, to see deer out in the distance, possibly before they see us.
Now, onto walking.
Walk Toe-Heel, not Heel-Toe
You see it all the time - the hunter walking through the woods as if he's hunting on rice paper.
It doesn't work. As a hunter, you're going to make noise. But then, so do deer and other game. So does anything living and breathing in the woods. What you want to avoid is making the rhythmic gait a hunter makes when he's running, usually after a deer, or doing everything he can to be quiet, when he doesn't yet see one.
Walking toe-heel is the way to walk, because the palm of your foot can be more flexible in its response to the softwood twigs and deadfall underfoot - like deer, whose hooves make relatively light contact with the forest floor. Walking heel-toe makes for a heavy, stiff step - a human step. Walking heel toe, take a few steps, pause, and, using the soft-focus described above, take in the environment, in a holistic way. Above all else, if you find yourself entering in to a steady, rhythmic gait, break it up. You also want to avoid any obviously human sounds sounds coming from anything man-made, such as metal or hard plastic. Bottom line - brushing past an oak stump is o.k. Marching in cadence is not, nor is that canteen banging against your hunting rifle strap buckle.
Know the Wind
Finally, walk into the wind. Yes, this is rule 1. But many hunters, especially those used to staying in a relatively insulated hunting blind, forget this cardinal rule. I've stood with my bow drawn on a buck 10 yards away, with the buck clearly trying to figure out what the heck this would-be rambo was up to - only to watch it spring to life once the wind shifts, and thanksgiving was a bit - thinner that year.
Don't even bother still hunting on blustery days, with no prevailing winds.
The bottom line, when you are hunting deer in this way, is to get used to is slowing yourself down, for hours at a time, and softening your focus to "deer hunt" for motion - not deer.
But act like, see like, deer, become more a part of where you are, and you will reap many rewards - whether you take a deer or not.
Safety Precautions For Boating And Hunting
Boating and hunting are certainly two of the most popular outdoor activities. In the following article we will take a look at each of them and discuss some of the safety risk involved.
The term boating usually refers to the recreational use of a pleasure craft. Fishing and waterskiing are two common boating activities along with many other sports. Millions of boaters can be found all around the world as it is an incredibly popular activity.
For most people when they go out boating on the water the last thing on their mind is emergency preparation. This is a mistake which over time has cost many people their lives. Being prepared for an emergency is absolutely vital if you are going to go out boating. Common boating emergencies include someone falling overboard, boat breakdowns, boat leaks and capsizing.
Proper safety equipment is not only recommended but is mandatory in most places. Boating safety equipment includes life buoys, life jackets and ladders. A horn and bailer are also recommended and/or required in most areas. Survival suits are also recommended especially when boating in cold water where the risk of hypothermia is greater.
Proper maintenance of your boat is essential to ensuring a safe trip. Without proper maintenance your boat has a much greater risk of breaking down which will put the lives of everyone on board including yourself at risk.
Hunting can be defined as the practise of pursuing some type of animal while attempting to capture or kill it. Hunting dates back many, many years and is a very celebrated pastime.
Unload all firearms when not in use. Although you may know that your firearm is loaded, the people around you may not. Never hop over a fence or climb into your tree stand with a gun that is loaded. When travelling on an ATV or other vehicle unload the gun as well.
Be sure that not only do you know what is in front of your target before shooting but also be aware of what is behind it. Many hunters leave this part out as they assume that they will not miss. That however is not the case.
The most important safety tip that we can offer you is to use common sense at ALL times. While hunting, do not at any time allow your emotions to override common sense.
Taking a compass and map with you will aid if you get lost. Even a flashlight is a good idea in case you become lost in the dark. The flashlight will also help in avoiding snakes and other potentially dangerous animals.
Following these tips will allow you a much better chance of having a safe and enjoyable time boating or hunting.
Treasure Hunt In Derbyshire A Team Building Activity
Derbyshire, with its scenic beauty and perfect backdrop for exciting outdoor activities looks like the best place for planning your corporate events. With more and more emphasis being laid on relaxation and team spirit amid work environment, Chillisauce takes you to the ideal place to rediscover the importance of teamwork through outdoor corporate team building activities across the green plains of Derbyshire.
GSP Treasure Hunt Expedition in Derbyshire
Get ready for the hunt of the season. If you have an energetic and adventurous corporate team with a limited budget, then GSP treasure hunt in Derbyshire is just the right thing for you. The corporate teams are given a briefing session and the instructions are handed over to them. The whole game if filled with mysterious twists and turns. The corporate teams have to select their own treasure hunt route by using the global positioning systems. All the corporate team members put their brains together in finding and analyzing the clues from different places to locate the treasure. The more clues they gather, the more points they score. Don't worry, you won't get lost. There is an instructor who constantly follows the corporate teams for security without showing himself. Moreover, the corporate teams carry with them a radio to pass on information between the team members. It's exciting, fun and filled with surprising evidence at every turn you take.
Influence of Treasure Hunt on Team Building
It's only when all the brains of the corporate team works together that you find the treasure. Treasure hunt in Derbyshire, which can last for half a day or one full day according to the nature of the hunt, teaches you to be patient, analytical, zealous and most importantly it reveals the values of team spirit. It is one of those corporate activities that cannot be performed alone. You need to work as a team where all the corporate team members share equal importance. Corporate events organized by Chillisauce wins you not only the treasure you are hunting for, but also the biggest treasure of all - a perfect understanding and unity in work amongst the members of the corporate team.
Tactical Flashlights High Performance Leds Make The Difference
Law enforcement officers and other emergency service providers need reliable equipment that can serve them well as they serve others. Many of the tools that officers use are becoming more flexible. They are able to operate in several different modes that can change as the situation warrants. When a police officer is writing a ticket at night, he is going to want different light from a flashlight than when she is chasing a criminal down a dark alley. Sometimes a high performance flashlight may have to stay lit for hours without being able to change the battery.
Police officers and rescue crews must take into consideration the amount of they can carry on any given day. They need to be prepared for any situation in which they might find themselves. This is another reason that having multifunction tools is so important. If one piece of equipment can do the job of three or four, it is going allow them to still perform all of their duties without being weighed down by a ton of equipment.
There are newer flashlights on the market which are leaps and bounds above flashlights of the past. In many of these cases, LED lights are the bulb of choice. There are several positives to LED lighting. In older flashlights and spotlights, an inefficient bulb is used. Some of these bulbs put off a great deal of heat, making them less efficient and very susceptible to breaking easily when they receive a sharp blow. An LED bulb is much different. It does not produce much heat at all, which means more of the energy used is converted to light. There is no filament surrounded by gas that produces the light, but a small diode that emits light when power is supplied. These diodes are much more resilient in the face of abuse and can stand up to some harsh treatment.
LED lights can also have variable light output, either by varying the number of bulbs, the amount of power applied or both. Light at higher lumens is very bright and can produce a lot of discomfort when it hits someone in the face. These lights are often used to momentarily blind and intimidate suspects. At lower lumens the light is going to be very soft. It may be used, for instance, to allow an officer to see their surroundings but not make them conspicuous to others. There are also going to be intermediate levels of light for writing a traffic ticket or helping a stranded motorist change a flat tire.
Another great feature to these new lights is the relationship of the bulb(s) to the reflector. In the new LED Lenser High Performance flashlight, you can twist a knob and adjust the beam size of the light. In other words, if you need a full floodlight, a twist of the knob will widen the beam of light as much as you need it to. Another twist will bring the light back down to spotlight proportions. Combine this feature with the adjustable light output, and you have a fantastic, high performance, multifunction light that can be used in a wide variety of tactical situations. It is flashlights with these types of new functionality that are finding their way to law enforcement, fire and rescue and other professional personnel.
Steel Hunting Blades And Other Options Available To Hunters And Fishermen
Hunting knives, tactical knives and pocket knives are the type of tools that every hunter needs at some point or another. When it comes time to prepare your game for transport off the mountain or to take care of some camping basics like cutting or chopping, it is important to have a sturdy, reliable hunting knife that you can count on to last for several hunting seasons. If the tactical knife or pocket knife is perpetually dull or flimsy it is very unlikely that you will enjoy your time hunting and may in fact result in a lack-luster hunting season. That is why it is important to make sure to always have the right blade on you at all times, and to choose the right blade. Many people do not know that there is more than one blade type, when really there are three main blades that a person can choose from, depending on their individual needs.
Drop Point Blade Hunting Knives
The drop point blade is the most popular type of tactical knife blade on the market today. The drop point has a sharp curve to the blade and it is forged of a thick, durable steel blade that can stand up to just about anything. The edge of the drop point blade makes it one of the most utilitarian of the three knives mentioned here. It can be used to jab or point as well as slice, and it is very useful for efficiently skinning game after it has been killed.
Clip Point Blade Hunting Knives
The clip point blade is another one of the more popular types of hunting knives out there. Although the clip point is not nearly as popular as the drop point blade, the clip point blade is made of thinner steel and the blade is flat, with a point to it. The clip point blade is perfect for skinning game as well, but the clip point blade is also perfect for other uses that are not related to hunting, like cutting ropes or branches or other things of that nature. The clip point blade is a useful knives for hunters to have, and is one of the most commonly used and carried types of hunting blades out there.
The Skinning Knife
Skinning knives are other popular hunting knives, although they are not nearly as multipurpose as some of the other tactical knives on the market. Skinning knives are just for that, removing the skin of a game animal from the meat. Skinning takes a certain type of blade in order for the meat to be as well preserved as possible. If you find that you lose a lot of your game during the skinning process, you may want to consider purchasing a skinning knife in addition to a more tactical blade.
Having reliable hunting knives is an important element of successful hunting, whether you are a big game hunter, waterfowl hunter or fisherman. By knowing the various blade types available you can determine which best fits your needs and your use level. Remember that there is more to a knife than the style of its handle or its price. The craftsmanship and style of the blade are the fundamental elements that will make the hunting knife a valuable addition to your hunting equipment.
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