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Surviving the Wild Like a Pro

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Outdoors |

Reading a book like those published by Tamara Allen allows us to remove ourselves from our daily responsibilities and lets our minds to drift away with the characters who capture our hearts. While we enjoy the feelings of excitement and adventure as these heroes face dangerous challenges, we don’t often stop and think of how we’d react in similar circumstances.

If you’re planning any extensive outdoor activities such as camping or hiking, you could very easily find yourself in just such a position, and it’s important that you prepare for this possibility. In fact, according to an article published in USA Today, various areas of the country have been experiencing an increase in the number of people who become lost in the wilderness while hiking.

Brian Duffy, president of the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, reports that, over the past ten years, the number of those who become lost to the point that rescue is necessary has steadily risen. Before you head off on your next outdoor adventure, there are a few tips you can employ to ensure you don’t become a statistic and handle the situation like a pro.

Have the Right Tools

Survival Kit

In the event you were to become lost, it’s important to have the proper tools in case your stay in the wild lasts longer than you had expected. One of the best things to have on hand is a knife or machete. These allow you to employ a number of survival tasks such as building a fire or constructing temporary shelter. It’s important to find the right machete for the job, and you can find everything you need to know when it comes to finding the best survival machetes all in one place.

While your machete is a versatile tool, there are others you should consider bringing along just to be safe including:

  • A lighter or matches to build a fire
  • A water filtering bottle
  • Extra food and snacks
  • A pair of binoculars

Plan Quickly and Strategically


It’s important to understand that every minute counts when you’re lost in the wilderness, and that’s why you need to think quickly and strategically as soon as you realize you don’t know where you are or are otherwise compromised from arriving at your destination. For example, if you know the nearest town is ten miles away and you’re best bet is to try to get there, don’t wait for three days before heading out. As you walk, you can begin to formulate backup plans and seek out other means of rescue. Whether or not those pan out, at least you’ll have been headed in the right direction in the meantime.

Prepare Adequate Shelter

It will eventually become obvious help won’t be coming anytime soon. When you come to this realization, you should begin considering what type of shelter you’ll be taking for the night. Just a few things you should consider as you take this step include:

  • Overnight low temperatures
  • Weather forecast
  • Available resources

When you’re prepared with the proper tools from point one, you should be in a good position to construct some type of shelter.

Respect Wildlife

While you’re out in the wild, you’re a guest in the territory of a variety of animals and other creatures, and it’s important you take steps to avoid contact both for your safety and theirs. A few tips to keep in mind include:

  • Avoid touching, feeding or getting near wildlife
  • Keep any food items stored tightly and kept elevated
  • If you happen to have a family pet along for the ride, keep them on a leash and keep an eye on them to best ensure they don’t attempt contact with wildlife.

More tips like these are available at the Center for Disease Control’s website.

Be Ready When Things Go Wrong

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Life |

As with any sport, there is a risk of danger when you’re facing the outdoors prepared for a day or more of hunting. While preparation can go a long way, there is always the possibility of an unexpected circumstance changing the entire course of your outdoor adventure. There’s nothing you can do to eliminate these possibilities, but you can make yourself prepared for survival when things go wrong, and these tips can help you get started.

Come Prepared With Survival Equipment

You don’t have to carry it wherever you go during the trip, but it’s a good idea to come prepared with basic survival gear, especially if your trip will be lasting several days. Long trips can prove especially dangerous if friends and family aren’t expecting you back home anytime soon. The following checklist should be examined and carefully considered as you plan your next hunting trip: Checklist

  • Survival machetes to be used for:
    • Cutting
    • Opening packages
    • Creating weapons
    • Building emergency shelter
    • Cutting cloth and other material to be used as bandages
  • Cordage for:
    • Lasing poles
    • Tent repair
    • Climbing
    • Making splints for broken bones
    • Building emergency shelter
  • A toque to keep you warm during the cooler evening hours
  • A water bottle with filter
  • Pepper spray
  • Meals ready to eat to last at least one week
  • Signaling equipment such as flashlights and whistles in case you are unable to attain a cell phone signal

Standing Your Ground


When you’re left to fend for yourself in the great outdoors, you run the risk of an encounter with a wild animal such as a bear. When this happens, we naturally would tend to panic and run. However, once the animal senses your fear, they will often pursue you, and the danger increases. Various species react differently to human behaviors. In the event you encounter not-so-friendly wildlife, you should:

  • Assume an aggressive stance such as putting your arms above your head for mountain lions and other large cats as they prefer not to pursue prey that will fight back. Create a presence of intimidation by making loud noises or increasing your height if you have a companion you can put on your shoulders. You should also consider throwing rocks. If you have pepper spray, use it.
  • If hunting in an area known for bears, use whistles and other noisemakers to scare any in the area away. If one approaches you, it’s best to play dead.
  • Wolves and wild dogs see eye contact as a sign of aggression, so if you should encounter them, it’s best not to look them directly in the eye. You should also appear submissive by slumping your body and lowering your head.

Wildlife is a natural part of the outdoors, and it’s for this very reason that you’re out in the first place. However, when you find yourself in a position where your defenses are down, understanding these crucial factors can mean the difference between life and death. You can find more valuable information about safety precautions to take regarding wild animals at Parks Canda’s website.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Safety FirstWhile most hunting trips don’t result in devastating situations, the truth is that, according to the International Hunter Education Association, approximately 100 fatalities occur every year in Canada and the United States during hunting excursions. While these numbers are relatively low, the fact remains that you could find yourself a statistic if you fail to take the proper precautions. By following these useful tips, you can significantly reduce your risk and give yourself the best odds in the event that things go wrong.

Find The Right Rifle Gear And Scopes When Hunting Your Game

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Outdoors |

A rifle scope is an accessory used to locate and then target quarry by a marksman. Every hunter depends on unique itinerary during the hunting mission. A scope is essential to a hunter since it has advantages over iron sights. A variety of scopes are available in the market, and the right choice greatly depends on the shooting you intend to do. For example, when hunting a gazelle, you need different type of gun gear compared to a person who hunts big game.


Lenses are the most critical part of a scope. The larger one is known as the objective lens and rests at the end of the scope, farthest from the rifles stock. The lens nearest to your eye is the ocular lens; it receives light from the objective lens. The ocular lens is housed in the eyepiece while the objective lens is part of the objective bell. Most lenses in rifles are water and fog proof.

How It Works

Telescopes and rifles operate on the same principle. The light passing through the objective lens focuses on a point on the scope. Light from the focal point passes through the magnification lens, creating a vivid image when you look through your scope. The scopes also have an added feature known as the crosshair. The crosshair indicates the exact spot of your shot, helping you to achieve a perfect target.


There are scopes that enable the shooter to observe targets at adjustable magnifications. For instance, using your scope you could view a target at a magnification of 3x to 9x.the 3x magnification is where images appear to the shooter at three times the size of the shooter would be able to see with the naked eyes. Adjusting the magnification is done by use of a power ring.


Aiming a target that is 100 yards away yields the shooter with a perfect image because most of the scope manufacturers set the scopes to a default 100-yard focus. When you alter this magnification setting, the result could be a parallax error. A parallax error is when the aim of a scope changes after you have changed the position of the eye. A shift in the shooters’ position could make it seem like the shooters’ aim is off even though the rifle remained still. The issue of parallax error only occurs at large magnification, and most experienced hunters are not troubled by this at all.


A shooter can also perfectly align the scope with the rifle by adjusting the scope using the various controls that come with some of the scopes. The sight of the scope can be affected by the elevation adjustment which alters the vertical settings and the windage adjustment which modifies the horizontal settings. Some of the manufacturers produce scopes equipped with variable objective lenses that help to deal with the parallax error issue.


The right mounting rings must be used to fix the scope on to the rifle. You must know the size of your scopes diameter to be sure about the rings you will use. Primarily, only two sizes of the scopes tube exist, 1-inch tubes and 30-millimetre tubes. Tubes are the main body of the scopes.

Review: The Only Gold

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Literature |

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Jonah Woolner’s life is wisely directed like the bank where he vigorously works. It’s a fantastic life until he’s neglected for promotion because of the new recruit that goes by the name of Reid Hylliard. Hasty and venturesome, Reid overwhelms everybody aside from Jonah, who’s persuaded Reid’s dynamic thoughts could be the bank’s ruin. At the point when Jonah starts to find there’s something else entirely to Reid than meets the eye, he dangers succumbing to Reid’s charms—however opening the way to the majority of Reid’s mysteries could bring him down a perilous way.

Losing his promotion and his heart, is the slightest of Jonah’s troubles. At the point when the vindictive child of a Union armed force vet plummets upon the bank to take an administration store of a large portion of a million dollars amid the deadliest tempest to ever clear New York, Jonah and Reid are caught, at odds and battling for their lives.

The book is composed from Jonah’s POV and right from the first sentence – “Jonah was late” – one can see that he’s a man who lives on his nerves. Exceptionally able, exact, composed, he takes after schedules by heart and is as fastidious in his way to deal with his dress, his conduct and his ethics as he is to representing the bank’s cash and accounts. That he is attracted to other men is something he has curbed just like an appalling variation. Life is continuing as arranged and his energies are limited to the renown of the bank and his place inside of it. He is all around enjoyed by his staff, however he is to some degree, not too sociable, and as associate clerk, he is plainly esteemed by the bank’s Board Members. He knows his place and is content with it yet now the clerk has resigned he is expected a stage up and is certain of accepting it. He is expecting advancement, yet this desire doesn’t appear to be happening, all thanks to the new comer Reid.

Beyond the story, I would like to comment on the cover of the book. I have a somewhat of a “thing” about spreads or covers so pardon me if I dwell on it in my review. It truly merits seeing in the pop out rendition on the grounds that I don’t think the craftsman, has overlooked anything. Spreads are so imperative as a hit on potential readers and frequently one doesn’t welcome the fine detail until well into the book. This one is warm and inviting with two great figures whose wonderful expressions yet uncontrollably varying positions and designs get over the amiable threat with which they at first view one another. Out of sight is the enormous romanesque building design that recommends that the bank’s financial establishments are likewise shake strong, then a window with driving snow past and a shadowy secret figure in outline that I can’t exactly make out.

The period subtle element of the dress of Reid and Jonah are taken straightforwardly from the depictions in the book and appear spot on to me. Unquestionably a cover that made me feel the need to read on.

You should all read on and find out what happens with this love-hate relationship they will spark.

Book Review: Whistling in The Dark

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Literature |

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Firstly, I’d like to express gratitude toward a special friend, for alarming me about Tamara Allen’s Whistling in The Dark. I may not appreciate it as much as she did, but I’m happy I get the opportunity to peruse this sweet gay sentiment. By “sweet”, I imply that sexual scenes are not graphic in details for this particular book.

Set in 1919, we see Sutton Albright, a previous soldier whose service term was rashly and prematurely ended after he was discovered taking part in an extramarital entanglements with his educator. He chooses to attempt his fortunes at New York, resolved to make it by one means or another in that huge city. At that point we have Jack Bailey, attempting to spare his late folks’ business, even when he presumably doesn’t have the cash or capacity to do as such. Encompassed by a cast of beautiful characters prepared to break out with pom-poms when needed, these two will participate in angst and become hopelessly enamored with each other.

The setting is astonishingly nitty gritty, from the depiction of spots to the combination of occasions of that time, (for example, seasonal influenza, the ascent of the radio, and the underground universe of the gays in the city). However, one thing that truly emerges when I read this story is the manner by which I discover its pace to be – very slow. Ms Allen has a tendency to spend words after words working over each and every little thing included in her characters to the point that it is as though she’s resolved to tell readers of everything that her characters experience, regardless of whether the scene being referred to does not even play any huge effect on the general story line. The story moves far too slowly for me – it’s similar to watching a five-hour long stretch show made by some film understudy with more yearning for significance and for showing-off than the capacity to self-edit.

But then again, that is how Ms. Allen writes. Because she wants readers to be focused on her characters, that are simply not your typical romantic characters. They are both males, and that is something society does not easily accept, therefore making Ms. Allen feel the need to make sure they are well drawn in the minds of the readers.

The setting is a rarely used one, and I really appreciate that about this book. However, despite the new setting, the “love” story in this particular setting is still almost typical and almost the same with  other “love” stories, which I understand, are harder to make unique because love stories are difficult to renew, especially because there are a lot of it out there already.

The front cover is stunning too, if I may add.

Overall, this book is not as great as other works by Ms. Allen but it is still her book and I really still find it worth the read, not just because she is one of my favorite writers, but because she is brave enough to focus on these kinds of stories.