Tips for Traveling with an RV

Have you ever dreamed of packing the entire family in an RV and just start driving? I’m sure you did and so have others, but for many, the RV dream is just that: a dream. Now, if you’re truly passionate about the outdoor and you’d like to enjoy yourself on the road for a few weeks, the RV is the best way to do it.

It’s accessible, it’s a lot cheaper than staying in hotels, and allows for some amazing bonding moments. However, it’s not all roses and unicorns, especially when you travel with the entire family! The space in an RV may be well-designed, but it’s still compact and tight, which tends to get very annoying when anxiety hits.

I learned this from years of RVing around with the kids, and now I have a nice guide for anyone who wants to optimize the experience.

Learn how your RV Works

While they’re not that difficult to maneuver (especially modern ones), they have a lot more controls and gadgets than a regular car. So, before you start a few weeks long trip, take the time to drive it around the home base and learn what every switch and button does.

Also, have a look under the hood and pay attention to the waste disposal system. Learn how to hook it to a power line and how to add fresh water, play with the cleaning system, and always do a bit of tinkering around the engine. This way, you’ll be able to solve most of the possible problems yourself and avoid spending unnecessarily on mechanics and towing services.

Invest in Comfort

I already mentioned that space is crowded, but it can get really crowded after one or two weeks of constant living in the RV. So, to reduce the discomfort, I strongly recommend getting some high-quality beds (https://www.mattressmatchers.com/best-rv-bed/) – after all, if everyone sleeps well, it’s less likely to feel irritated.

Also, try to create a system where everyone gets to use the shower and the facilities without having to wait around. Keep things clean and every item in its place to avoid cluttering the small space – organization should be the word of the day!

Get Creative with Cooking

While the kitchen area is not fantastic, by day four you’ll all be fed up with no-cook meals! So, bring out your creativity and look for some meals that can be cooked over a camping fire or a small stove. The kids will appreciate a warm meal and the atmosphere around the fire will be a lot more pleasant than being crammed in the RV.

Also, if you like fishing, you now have a fantastic opportunity to show off your skills! Pull the RV near a river and become the proverbial meal provider of the family by bringing home some freshly caught fish. It will be delicious on the grill or cooked in a pot.

Additional Power Source

Usually, the RV uses power from the battery or from the main line (when hooked up), but you can also use solar panels specially designed for campers. They don’t occupy much space and you can easily install them on the roof of your RV. Furthermore, some are powerful enough to power up several gadgets at a time, so the kids could charge their phones and tablets, while you’re using a laptop.

It’s a great way to save battery life and get some green energy out of your trip!

In Conclusion

RVing is a wonderful experience that will teach the kids about being outdoors and will reinforce the bonds between travelers. But, to have the best trip, it’s important to be creative and tolerant of the others.

A Guide to Starting Bow Fishing

Do you love hunting or shooting with bows? Or, do you enjoy fishing? Have you ever thought about fishing with a bow or bow fishing? Bow fishing is a fun and rewarding sport. Here is my personal experience practising bow fishing.

As I was growing up in a place not too far from a wonderful creek in the farmlands of the Midwestern United States, I got to learn that if you can’t catch’em with a hook and line, just shoot’em. So, I decided to try bow fishing to catch some Carp.

How I Started Bow Fishing

Like most kids, I was very adventurous in my early years. I used to try everything from making weapons to shooting arrows with makeshift bows. I was lucky to have shot some rifles and shotguns as a kid. I also made slingshots and even made a sling very similar to the one David used on Goliath in the bible. But, somehow the bow and arrow seemed to be my weapon of choice. There was one issue however. I couldn’t make a good bow and arrow all by myself and I didn’t have enough cash to purchase them as a kid.

On one summer vacation while in Carr Lake in Northern Indiana, my dad and I went to a local hardware store to look for some supplies. The store had the usual tools and equipment, some fishing gear and even some bows and arrows. While looking around,  I stumbled on a fine 45 lb pull recurve bow that was being sold for $20. I immediately decided to gather some money from doing chores like cutting grass and come back for the bow.

I ended up mowing lawns all across towns for several bucks each and after a few weeks, I had gathered enough money to buy the bow. I went back to the exact hardware store where I had seen the bow only to find that it’s price had been increased. I was very disappointed, something that even the hardware store attendant realized and asked if everything was okay. I told the attendant that I had seen the bow a couple of weeks back and it was being sold for $20 but now the price had gone up. I explained that I had to work really hard to get the money for the bow but now I didn’t have enough to get it. Helplessly, he told me that he was sorry and that there was nothing he could do about the price.

Luckily, the owner of the hardware store owner was present and overheard our talk. He came over and talked to the attendant. The attendant apologized  and told me that the bow had been mispriced and that the price had been adjusted. The store owner then approached me and asked a few questions, and then instructed the attendant to let me purchase the bow for $20. At first, I didn’t believe it. I was very ecstatic and I guess that is why I ended up becoming such an excellent bow hunter. I quickly rushed home and started teaching myself how to shoot. I set up numerous targets all over my back yard. It didn’t take long before I had mastered the art of shooting. My bow became my weapon of choice for all manner of sports and games.

Use A Longbow or Recurve Bow For Instinctive Bow Fishing

A longbow or recurve bow is perfect for bow hunting. I found that with practice I could instinctively hit targets with ease. I didn’t need to do much to hit targets. Later on, I purchased a compound bow that I now use to hunt big game but with it, I could never hit targets instinctively. I know that there are many people who currently use compound bows for bow fishing but from experience I have learned that this is not the best bow for fishing. This is because when shooting fish swimming under water, you don’t shoot directly at the target lest you miss. With bow fishing, you must learn to shoot beneath the target.

Learning Bow Fishing – The First Carp I Caught With An Arrow

I learned about bow fishing as a sport through a magazine article. It seemed fun and after checking the local fishing regulations, I found that it was okay to catch carp using a bow and arrow. I remembered how there were plenty of big carp swimming in the creek and so I decided that I would go bow fishing. There was one problem though, I didn’t have the bow mounted string reel, string and fiberglass arrows that were described in the article. I asked myself what would happen if i shot a carp with one of the wooden arrows that I had commonly used for target practice.

There was only one way to find out. I went to the creek which was medium in size meaning water could not go past the knee. The holes in the creek were also not that big and so the water could not go past the waist. I was not afraid to walk through the water. I was already used to fishing that way. it was much more convenient and easier this way than to maneuver through brush and weeds along banks. I was able to identify where the holes were and find the best places to fish with my bow steadily in hand.

It was not long before I came across some carp swimming around my vicinity and I immediately took my shot. Wow, I missed! I didn’t understand how I could miss that. The fish was right there. I saw another one and took my shot only to miss again. What was going on? I thought I was a dead shot by now. How could I be missing targets that were so close. Next I saw a carp that was right at the surface of the water with its dorsal fin perfectly visible, I took the shot and got him.

Off he went on swimming fast with the arrow sticking out of his body. I quickly chased after him but he couldn’t swim fast enough and decided to hide in the deepest hole he could find. The arrow was protruding from one of the holes so I grabbed it and pulled it upwards forcing the fish out of the water. I finally caught one and he didn’t manage to escape.

How To Hit A Fish – Aiming Underwater Targets

That day, I learned a couple of things. I went back home and read up all I could on bow fishing. I learned that because of refraction in water, fish are not always where they appear to be. Fish in water appear to above their actual position. With this new found knowledge, I learned that I should shoot about 3 inches below the position the fish appeared to be. I hardly missed a target from then henceforth.

The deeper the position of the fish, the more refraction you can expect. You must always remember this fact in order to make the necessary adjustments to your bow and arrow. It may seem a little awkward shooting at a location where nothing appears to be but after some time, you will be able to know instinctively where to position your bull’s eye.

Is All That Bow Fishing Equipment Really Necessary?

Something else I learned is that you do not necessarily need a whole bunch of bow fishing equipment especially if you are fishing in a small or medium sized creek with shallow holes. However, If you are bow fishing in a big river or lake, you may need to have some barbed arrows, reel and string so that you do not have to chase after the fish after you have caught them.

Cheap fishing lures work for Pike – Do they work?

It’s common knowledge that angling or sport fishing is one of the world’s best hobbies and game fishes such as the northern pike provide a mix of thrill and excitement.

However, pike fishing does pose a challenge to avid anglers all over and it’s not just these are aggressive swimmers that put up a good fight when they’re hooked, but that the lures aren’t exactly wallet-friendly.

It doesn’t exactly help either that the pikes are rather finicky creatures that won’t bother with a terrible looking low-class lure.

Luckily, this post has the remedy for all your woes. Below are just a handful of the most legit types of lures that are crafted to please even the big ones and won’t poke a hole in your money-holder either.

 

  • Lixada Fishing Bass Lure

 

 

At $5.99, the Lixada Fishing Bass Lure is a 7-segment multi-jointed bionic fishing bait with lifelike 3D eyes, realistic swimming action, durable fabric made from high quality eco-friendly ABS material, and a pulling force of up to 17 kg that is capable of nabbing any vicious sea predator.

With those kinds of pros, the scent of a bargain isn’t far away from happening. And other than pikes, this little fella can also hook up yellow perches, basses, trouts, roaches, muskies, walleyes and more. It is pretty much the ideal bait for netting saltwater and freshwater swimmers.

 

  • Supertrip 5/8-Ounce 5-Inch 8 Segment Swimbait Lures

 

 

Here’s another one of the best cheap fishing lures for sale that provides a slew of possibilities to any angler that uses it. This 8-segment multi-jointed number brilliantly mimics the colors, patterns and movements of an actual bait fish that no fighter fish can resist.

This lure can do well at any speed and water column. It’s rigged with 2 highly durable treble hooks with flexibility hinge. An suitable all-rounder capable of hooking mandarin fish, weever, trout, snakehead and catfish among others.

 

  • Lixada Multi Jointed Segment Pike Muskie Hard Minnow Bait

 

Lixada strikes again, this time with a multi jointed segment pike muskie hard minnow bait. Realistic body details, swimming movements, rapid and smooth diving actions made with durable ABS material that can last a good long while.

It can create S-swim at any speed to provoke the hungry biters. And whether you take it back slowly or quickly after throwing, it will display realistic fluttering action.

 

  • Abu Garcia Tormentor Floating Lure

 

Pikes, zanders, basses, perches and trouts have all fallen under the spell of this magnificent lure. It requires a steady retrieve as it has a Rapala lip or a diving vein with different wobbling action and diving depth that is dependent on the size and shape of the lure.

 

  • Savage Gear 3D Topwater Duck

 

Pretty lifelike wouldn’t you say? And that’s exactly what the pikes at the end of its hook thinks so as well. The Savage Gear 3D Suicide Duck does an excellent job of mimicking the swimming actions of an actual fleeing duckling with extreme precision.

Its spinning feet action causes water to be splashed in all directions that is enough to get the attention of game fishes from a great distance. Because it is rigged with both top and bottom hook configuration, anglers are able to customize the bait for any fishing condition.

It is due to all of the aforementioned features and facilities that this bait had the honor of being the recipient of the 2016 ICAST Hard Bait category.

 

  • Savage Gear LB 3D Bleak Paddle Tail

 

The Savage Gear LB 3D Bleak Paddle Tail can perform some stellar kicking and rocking action on the drop and the retrieve. It also sports strikingly authentic baitfish details that is able to indulge any big game fish without a moment of resistance.

It is available in 3 variety of colors – bleak, rudd minnow and firetiger and is a simplistic bait that can draw saltwater and freshwater species.

Jig baits such as this need to be cast out from shallow to deep waters.

 

  • Storm WildEye Live Pike 04 Fishing Lures

 

The Storm WildEye Live Pike can capture the attention of any predator from a distance thanks to its swimming actions that are as good as the original and natural color schemes. But the real deal closers are its holographic WildEye and the holographic swimming flash foil.

It has a secure I-Bolt system, that can be rigged with a high-quality VMC needle point hook and a and treble belly hook.
Author Bio: Laraib Shahzad is a content marketer who specializes in ghost blogging, email marketing campaigns. She worked with iconic brands like AT&T and other top advertising agencies. She helped hundreds of business owners to define their ideal clients and create a marketing message that speaks directly to those clients.

How And Where To Catch A Grand Slam In Destin Brackish Waters

In the angling world, a Grand Slam means you have caught a collection of different game fish in a single day. Although the IGFA has a list of official Slams, anglers have come up with their own versions over the years.

In inshore waters, especially in the coastal Gulf of Mexico states, a Grand Slam means you caught redfish, speckled trout, and flounder on the same day.

Landing a Grand Slam is a feat in itself, and more so if you do it in the one of the top fishing spots in the world. If there’s one place where you can hope of achieving this, it’s Destin alright. So, here’s what you should know before your next fishing trip.

Where Can You Land A Grand Slam?

Destin lies between the Gulf of Mexico on the one side and a network of coves, bayous, bays, and rivers that make the Choctawhatchee Bay, on the other. This maze of brackish waters, lagoons, and marshes is buzzing with fish that move from the inshore Gulf waters through the Destin Pass into the Bay waters. Redfish, speckled trout, and flounder are in the water throughout the year.

You will have the best chances of a catch by seeking artificial reefs scattered throughout the bay – or by looking for potholes (sandy patches) around the flats.

Here are the places you should check out:

Choctawhatchee Bay

The Bay is a mashup of bayous, creeks, and estuaries which hold bait fish. Shrimp and mullet are especially active in summer months, and that’s when game fish feed aggressively too. You should seek out grass beds, oyster bars, and bridge pylons for reds, specks, and flounder.

Make sure to check out the flats in the top north stretch of the Bay. You can get both reds and specks in no time – but be warned. They can be fussy sometimes, and if cut or live bait isn’t working, switch to spoons.

Hogtown Bayou

The Bayou is home to flats and grass beds where you can sneak up on mullet and then stalk redfish. You will find schools of fish here at almost all times. It’s a popular spot for kayak fishing too. You can easily spend an hour chasing the reds along the bayou. Look at the birds flying over the water – that’s where the fish are likely to be tailing. And the rule of the thumb is – if you can find mullet, you’re most likely going to find redfish nearby.

But reds aren’t the only fish in the pond. Schools of trout also move around the grassy waters looking for prey. There is a 40 ft deep spot in the bayou where you could easily be reeling in 30 trout in under an hour.

Rocky Bayou

Once you’ve landed your redfish, head north of Destin, to Niceville. The Rocky Bayou waters are excellent for trout fishing, especially the south side. You can do jigging with dead shrimp and it should produce good results.

East Jetty

When the tide is heading out of the Choctawhatchee Bay into the Gulf, it carries a lot of bait fish towards the East Jetty, which you can reach on foot. It’s a busy spot as it can produce superb fishing on almost any day. Come the tide, and it’s a feeding frenzy. You will be reeling in one redfish after the other, with a good chance to land trout as well.

Destin Bridge

The bridge on Hwy 98 stands right at the intersection of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. That’s where you can benefit most from the tide as it carries baitfish and crabs all across the water. You can get redfish, speckled trout, and flounder on the same trip.  

How To Get Your Grand Slam?

Redfish

Come late summer, the waters around Destin will start glowing like a pumpkin. That’s when redfish are all over the place, foraging from inshore Gulf waters, to bays, creeks, and rivers as well. Redfish are spooky so you will need long casts to avoid losing your catch. They often move in schools so if you lose one, you should easily get another.

Redfish eat off the bottom, so you should add just a light sinker to keep your bait near the seafloor. Mullet, shrimp, and pinfish work really well. As for the time of day, almost any hour is a good hour to be looking for redfish around these waters.

Speckled Trout

Probably the tastiest of the “Slam fellas”, speckled trout are on any angler’s bucket list. They live across a variety of waters, from marshes, to brackish waters, backcountry waters, and the Gulf of Mexico inshore fisheries. You can get them in Destin throughout the year, with warmer months being more productive.

 For the best chances, you should bring natural bait, including shrimp, muller, or pinfish. Once they strike, trout will make a run towards shelter, grass, or any other nearby structure. They have a soft mouth, so make sure not to pull too strongly and give the line some slack.

Flounder

While flounder may seem like an easy catch, they are no piece of cake. They like to hide near the bottom and often camouflage so it’s difficult to discern them from the sandy or muddy bottom. Most anglers prefer to catch them at night time, using LED lights and often from the surf or piers. You don’t have to wait until dusk to have a go at them.

When they are hungry, they will strike at any time. Pinfish, minnows, croakers, and mullet will do the trick. They may not be the smartest of fish, but they won’t give up just that easily. Make sure to be patient and let them swim away from you before you start reeling in. The best time to catch flounder is throughout spring and summer.

We hope that you have found these tips useful. Have you landed an Inshore Grand Slam in Destin before? What bait did you use and where did you fish? Let us know in the comments below!

6 Must-Haves For A Perfect Fishing Weekend

Life is much severe than it once was. With time the needs and requirements of daily life are increasing.in this new era of modernization due to innovations and renovations the everyday life items are being updated and upgraded.

 Every day the stock market releases a new gadget or a new accessory. Due to the increase in needs and due to increase quantity and quality of products the daily usage of such devices is increasing so is the budget required to use these gadgets.

As the capital and the revenue required is increasing so is the job time increasing. Due to the burden of work a trip outside is necessary.

Fishing can be the best option for the relaxation of your mind. Fishing helps us with various advantages. These advantages may be physical or mental. But for fishing, some equipment is essential which may vary with the time of indulging in the trip.

There are six must-haves for a perfect fishing weekend

1- Boat

About may seem unessential and waste, but it can turn the tables. Fishing is most expected at seashores or river banks, but there is a very low probability of catching a fish instantly while being seated at the same place.

 But through about you can enjoy boating and fishing simultaneously and a constant movement provided through a boat can help you cover a waste region and can increase your chances to catch a fish immediately.

2-First aid kit

Though fishing can be a very entertaining and thrilling act at times fishing can turn costly. Fishing is a bit dangerous and requires some care. You can be easily injured while fishing. It can be natural, or the sharp equipment for the fishing can cause it. It may be due your carelessness.

It may be due to any underwater beings which may cause scratches, and harmful or poisonous organisms can create an impact of a sudden requirement of first aid. The fishing equipment like knife or needles can cause you with some minor injuries which may need some bandages so we must have first aid available.

3- Needle nose pliers

It is a much needed equipment. It can be used with the hooks of either getting them off your body or off a fish. It can also be used for displacing a net if you aren't utilizing a fishing road. This needle can be necessary during use of any nail or hard items.

4- Sunscreen

As there is a harsh environment in venues of fishing, so sunscreen is needed both for the fairness.

5- Lures

It is one of the essential items as lures are the best way to attract the fish towards the rod.

6- Fishing equipment

Fishing is not even possible without proper equipment. Baitcasting reel, spincast and other items are necessary to implement fishing. Click here to get the best ones!

About the Author:

Tom is a blogger and a nature lover. He is obsessed with traveling and adventures and that too with his family. He believes that water has a steady hold of him. He regularly writes about his experiences at http://kayakcritic.net/.

10 Uses And Applications For Thermal Image Camera

A camera is a device used to capture the images of your interest based on the amount of the visible light. Pictures taken without enough visible light always seem to dark and obscured. In the same way, thermal image cameras use the infrared radiation of an object to capture the scenes.

All objects emit infrared radiation in the form of heat. This heat produced is not same in all objects and these diverse heat radiations are termed as heat signatures.

These heat signatures are meticulously sensed by the sensor which itself is the thermal camera and sent to the electronic section which produces a clear picture about the eclipsed images in the dark backdrop. 

Although, thermal cameras are available in various expenses, what exactly is the difference between them? It is the focal length which is mentioned as f-number near the lens. Increase in the focal length of the lenses shall increase the clarity of the images.

 With a thermal camera of a superior focal length a clear image of the object beyond the normal perception is also possible. These thermal cameras are used in various applications which are of great support to humans. Let’s go through some practical applications of thermal imaging cameras in various fields.

1. Firefighting

Firefighting is a dangerous and valorous activity done by fire fighter’s to prevent the spread of the uncontrollable fire thereby protecting lives and property.

Thermo gears can be of great help for firefighters to examine the fire beneath various concealed areas like doors, cupboards, broken wooden materials. In some fire accidents, the fire seem to have subsided but there shall be lot of fuming embers building enough pressure to explode the entire location.

Thermo gears shall be of extreme support in such situations to detect the unseen temperatures thereby saving many lives and property. Moreover, after putting out the fire, rescuing the people trapped under various frayed and damaged items shall be easy with this thermal imaging camera.

2. Heat Leaks

Heat leaks occur in various types of industries, houses, pipelines, electrical outlets etc. Detecting this heat with eyes is not possible. At the same time, one cannot dare to touch any hotspot which can prove to be fatal.

Moreover, delayed response to heat leaks can also cause loss of lives and property. Industrial leaks shall be catastrophic if it is not discovered as fast as possible. Thermal imaging camera shall be a remedy to all these hassles by which you can find hot spots and leaks in no time. 

3. Health

The normal body temperature of human is 98.6 °F and this temperature is provided by the constant circulation of blood in its vessels. Abnormal temperature in the body can be a symptom of various sicknesses like SARS, bird flu, Ebola etc.

Usage of thermal imaging camera at the airports can be helpful in screening the passengers visiting our nation in order to prevent epidemic and pandemic diseases. Moreover, thermal imaging camera can also be used in diagnosing disorders in neck, limbs, back and various muscular, circulatory and skeletal problems.

4. Hunting

Hunting is a bold and exciting task which serves as a stress reliever. It also bestows people with an imitation of a military man at the first line of defense.

While guarding your house or any other property, you shall not be able to see anything in the dark and so you cannot hunt any animal invading your house or garden. Using thermal imaging cameras, you can witness any animal in the dark by detecting their heat signatures which makes hunting easier.

5. Camping

Camping is nothing but staying outside your home, very close to nature. Personal safety, fire safety plays a crucial role in camping. Invasion of wild animals is more prone while camping in the vicinity of the wildlife habitats.

 Defending you from those animals with naked eyes is almost useless. But thermal imaging camera can help you to tackle such animals by providing you a clear image about your environment. 

Moreover, concealed fuming embers in the campfires can also be properly put out using thermal imaging cameras when you are about to leave your campsite. 

6. Maritime navigation

The word maritime refers to something related with seas and navigation refers to movement. When a coastal ship is ferrying, looking for any other enemy vessel by using ordinary lenses does not seem to be decisive. There also possibilities for the enemy vessels to be camouflaged to escape from your sweep.

 But, thermal cameras with a standard f-number can easily detect the presence of another hot object in the sea. There are also thermal cameras which can be operated in both hot and cold mode to do the job at the night time.

7. Electrical issues

Heat and electricity are intimate and inseparable friends. An electric wire always produces heat as it travels through a wire but, naked human eyes can’t be helpful in detecting that heat.

Sometimes, there may improper power dissipation, hot and lose electrical connections and many other associated problems in your home which can be dangerous to handle.

 In such situations, thermal imaging camera allows you to see the presence of electricity by its images. Moreover, thermal imaging camera shall be very helpful to those who repair PCB boards to check the availability of power.

8. HVAC performance

As we know all electronic components, emit heat while they work. Transformers, Air conditioners, and compressors are made up tightly wound coils. These coils when supplied with enough electricity, produces flux which in turn does its assigned job.

 Sometimes, there shall be heavy loss of heat in the coil which may be due to electrical or mechanical disturbances. These disturbances hinder the performance of the system.

 But when, repairing those items, thermal imaging camera helps you very much to identify the exact point of the heat dissipation thereby making your job easier.

9. Road safety

In areas of dense vegetation, commuting in a car shall be hindered by the wild animals. When the car is travelling fast, the driver may not be able to see animal beyond the limit of the headlight causing severe accidents to the wild animals like foxes, wolves, and deer’s, etc.

 Thermal imaging camera is a fantastic solution to this issue as it can make the driver, see the animal far beyond several yards thereby preventing accidents. 

10. Aircrafts and hydraulics

Thermal imaging cameras are very much useful to detect the complication in hydraulics also. The temperature of the oil used in hydraulics can be monitored by a thermal imaging camera thereby detecting the blocks, breaks and worn outs in the hoses and cylinders.

Moreover, they are also used in detecting cracks, de-bonding in the fuselage of aircrafts too.

5 Best Knife Techniques You Should Know

Knife techniques are never learned and used for fighting but they are used against attacks for survival and to defend ourselves. A person needs balance, intelligence, and precision if he is willing to learn the techniques to defend himself.

The knife can be carried legally and safely for protection from potential attacks. For carrying a knife a person must be well-aware of the laws to carry a knife as different places have different rules. If a person wants to carry a knife for self-defense here are 5 best techniques that you should know.

  1. Academic Study

You have to study the topic of knife fighting in thickness. Yes, you have to get a strong comprehension of what's happening and what it is you're doing. Just like you need to research, do it. Reading books and articles in addition to studying DVDs are critical.

Be careful, there's a fantastic quantity of garbage on the market which has been marketed to the general public. This is where you have to be wise and take a look at what it is you're currently studying or viewing in common sense and practicality's glass. 

In most areas, it is legal to take all types of knives, either in the open and hidden, but if you would like to begin carrying a knife to get self-defense it is vital that you make certain that you be aware of the law of this property to safeguard yourself, physically and legally.

In many areas, Bowie knives, foldable knives, along with other hunting-style knives are nearly universally legal to possess and to take. Switchblades, Dirks, stilettos, balisongs, bark collars as well as other "deceptive" types of the knife have been treated holistically.

 In some regions, it is legal to have these kinds of the Survival Knife but not authorized to take them.

  1. Suitable Training

The vital component required to learn the art of knife fighting demands you to locate, practice and get trained assisting a trusted partner. This could possibly be accessible to you via networking or via your teacher.

You need to your battle instructor should have armed you with a vast array of world knife exercises which will develop and polish your abilities that were fighting.

Many knife fighting drills are lively and will ask that you purchase a rubber training knife so that you may work on both defensive and offensive methods.

Pick a suitable knife to get yourself. Ordinarily, knife fighting and knife shield are done using fixed blade knives, usually with blades 5-7 inches (12.7-17.78 cm) long, however, it is important to dimension your defense knife into your hands and your fighting style.

The techniques will apply if it is a fixed blade knife, a hunting knife that is cushioned, or other types of knife. You desire the grasp of a fantastic defense knife to accommodate that size traction as tightly as you can.

  1. Pick a suitable knife to protect you and make it nicely preserved

Ordinarily, knife fighting and knife shield are done using fixed blade knives, usually with blades 5-7 inches (12.7-17.78 cm) long, however, it is important to dimension your defense knife into your hands and your fighting style.

The techniques will apply if it is a fixed blade knife, a hunting knife that is cushioned, or other types of knife. You desire the grasp of a fantastic defense knife to accommodate that size traction as tightly as you can.

 You should also maintain your knife clean and nicely preserved. A dull knife is an a bit more dangerous knife, and it is important to keep all of your knives strategic, searching, or kitchen sharp, clean, and well-maintained.

You must how to hone and sharpen your knives, to maintain them in good working order. Ergonomic knives will need to be oiled regularly to maintain the action as easy as possible.

  1. Exercise with markers, paint brush or pointer

For practice, you must be having a small brother, a sparring partner, or your kid whoever is weaker than you and provide them a marker/brush using the cap away. Take your shirt off and let them attempt to indicate you as you attempt to prevent them.

 Count the mark lines in the end up even when you're experienced in self-indulgent, or perhaps MMA, or karate, you are likely to rapidly come up from a tough fact: it is fairly simple for somebody to acquire a blade for you in close quarters, along with a knife makes for a mortal attacker, even if you do not understand what you are doing.

]This really is a great method of practicing your knife fighting abilities in excellent safety. Never try to exercise knife. Use clinic knives or markers.

  1. Judge your attacker

If you are likely to take a knife, then you need to be sure that you don't introduce it in the fight. Knives should be attracted as your competitor has drawn a knife, gun, or another weapon if you fear for the own life in a physical altercation.

Use your knife to try to prevent the altercation if needed, to defend yourself. Do not draw knives, unarmed attackers. Learn how to defend yourself without using a weapon, and also prevent physical fights at any cost.

If a person comes up for you in a threatening fashion, take a look at their palms and in their pockets. Draw your own knife if you find a weapon. Use your knife for a diversion. 

Most attackers will not be interested in really attacking you personally, particularly if you just pulled a knife which you look just like you understand how to utilize.

No one wishes to get into a knife fight. You have pulled a knife return and if a person has pulled a knife, which should be its end. 

Ideally, pulling on your knife and deflecting your competition should be the fight's conclusion. Each evening, it sharpens. Trust me, you do not wish to come.

Keith Richards a famed knife enthusiast, liked to say that the sole goal of pulling a knife was supposed to find someone to check out the knife for a diversion until you finished the fighting kicking them involving the legs. Perhaps not the worst thing.

5 Essential Bushcraft Knife Skills To Learn Before You Pick One Up

Here’s the thing that most people tend to forget - you may have bought one of the best bushcraft knives out there in the market right now, but that alone does not guarantee the fact that it will be useful in the wild because the definition of best is subjective.

The bottom line is that you need to learn how to use it in a smart and efficient manner to ensure that when the time is right, you don’t shiver like a baby; rather fight like a man. That is the only way in which you can make sure that the knife is useful when it really counts, else it is just a useless piece of sharp metal. 

Learning how to use a bushcraft knife effectively includes learning as well as practising some basic bushcraft knife skills. Contrary to popular belief, there is no need to go into a forest literally to improve your bushcraft knife skills. You can even practice with a bushcraft knife in your backward. Not only will the element of practice become fun to do after a while, but you will even become more and more proficient as time goes by because when you are an amateur, you get bored or disheartened easily, but when you are able to use it like a pro, the possibility of getting bored completely disappears. You can definitely be sure of this fact.

Hence, whenever you are in the wilderness or in any survival situation, you can be sure that your skills are efficient enough to fight it because you are prepared for anything that comes your way. On that note, let’s take a look at some of the essential bushcraft knife skills:-

  • Batoning: Now this process can mainly be done by splitting wood. To make sure that you get it right, select a bushcraft knife that happens to be a few inches longer than the wood you are attempting to split.Make sure that you keep batoning the knife till you split the wood. Then, you can focus on making deeper notches in the wood. It is a good exercise for your upper body; enhancing your strength significantly.

  • Carving: This is one of the main uses for your knife. Not only will this enable you to construct useful tools such as bowls and spoons, but the process itself is great fun, and will ensure that you maintain a better control over your knife. It also helps you to make use of whatever lies around in your surroundings, if you get stuck in the wild.You can also try your hand at some of the smaller tasks as well. In this regard, a thick, long blade is not the ideal option for carving in general. It basically makes you familiar with the length and width of the knife; allowing you to use it more effectively when the need arises.

  • Fire Starting: As far as general bushcraft and survival situations are concerned, knowing how to make a fire is absolutely essential in every sense of the word. In order to determine whether or not your knife can handle such a task, you can even practice at home in your own backyard. You never know when you might need such a skill, so if you are an adventure lover, then this is a must for you.Practicing with dry as well as wet materials is a must. Even the option of a ferro rod to start a fire is extremely efficient. It is also extremely cool to start a small fire with your knife; a skill which you can boast around among your family and friends.

  • Feather Sticks: This is an important bushcraft skill to learn. Using this skill, you will be able to start a fire even when it is damp and all other methods have failed. Practicing it with carving and fire starting skills would be the ideal way to go. It is not rocket science but is not easy as well, so don’t be disheartened if you are not able to even get sparks, let alone a small fire. Practice makes a man perfect! Period.

  • Chopping: Once again, this is a skill best honed at home itself. You will also need to make sure that you have a firm grip on the knife at all times as well as considering the use of an axe or saw, else your hand might get strained or someone else might get severely injured, if it slips from your hand. So to protect your loved ones and the expensive household items, grip stronger to last longer.

Finally, do make sure that you practice all of these skills at home itself. That way, you will truly find out what your bushcraft knife is capable of doing, as well as improve on your very own bushcraft skill set. Basically, it is much better for a mediocre bushcraft knife to be in the hands of an expert, as opposed to a great bushcraft knife in the hands of an unskilled person.

One of the essential concerns that you should take care of is the fact that handling a knife can be dangerous for yourself too. Practicing any of the above skills can be as lethal as using it against someone else. What you need to make sure is that you guard yourself with thick clothes or a light-weight armour, and the pointy-end should never face towards your body. Practice slowly if you are afraid of hurting yourself because it is better to be safe than sorry.

That is the main fact that you need to remember as well as the fact that once you acquire all of the necessary skills, you will be in a much calmer and less stressed-out state of mind when you find yourself in a survival situation.

The Best Boat Trailer Parts & Accessories You Must Have

If you own a small or medium-sized boat, you probably already have or are thinking about buying a boat trailer. Your trailer is an essential element if you plan on hauling your boat around, when the time to winterize your boat comes, or when you want to store it for whatever reason.

Whenever we think about taking our boat out, we want it to be as easy as hooking the trailer to the car and go. We all also want our boat trailer to be reliable and easy to use, and there are some accessories that help us accomplish just that. Some accessories can make your use of the trailer simpler; others can make it safer, while others, both.

Here are some of the best boat trailer parts and fishing boat ac​​​​cessories to make your life easier and taking your boat out and around safer.

1. A Trailer Jack

The trailer jack is an accessory that makes towing the boat safer and easier. The jack keeps the trailer leveled when it is not hooked to the car; it makes it steady, which is handy when you need to load or unload the boat and when it is parked. It also raises and lowers the trailer when you need to attach it or detach it from the ball. There are two main types of trailer jacks: fixed and swivel. Depending on your budget and the type of trailer you use, you can choose the one that best works for you.

Fixed jacks, such as the DL tongue jacks, are easy to install, you can mount them in several different ways and their Zinc plating makes them very durable.

Swivel jacks, such as the Fulton trailer Jack F2 TWIN TR, have the advantage of reducing the effort you need to use when moving the loaded trailer. This particular swivel jack is virtually maintenance free.It was designed so that it does not need lubrication and it’s corrosion-resistant.

2. Wheel Chocks

Your trailer wheels should be secured whenever your trailer is parked.This is a safety measure that prevents the trailer from accidentally rolling away. Additionally, using wheel chocks when your trailer is winterized or if you will not be using it for a while will increase the lifespan of your trailer’s tires by distributing the weight’s pressure between the tires and the chocks. There are many brands for you to choose from such as theFloTool Wheel Chocks, these wheel chocks are lightweight, made of polypropylene -a strong and long-lasting material that is rust- and corrosion-resistant. They have a treaded surface which grips the tires and serrated teeth on the bottom so it properly grips on the ground, guaranteeing the stability of the trailer.

You can always opt to take on a DIY project and make them yourself using wood blocks and rope.

3. An Adjustable Wrench

This is an extremely versatile tool –even if you don’t own a trailer or a boat. An adjustable wrench is useful when you need to adjust the trailer’s bolts. It is advisable to check them all once or twice a year if it is frequently used, or if it has been stored for a while. An adjustable wrench will let you do this quickly.

However, don’t just go buying the first one you come across at Walmart or BestBuy. Since you will be using this tool near the water, you should buy a durable, well-known brand, made with top quality materials and a fitting design, such as this Campbell adjustable wrench. This beauty is chrome-plated, which makes it corrosion- and rust-resistant and has a non-slip grip.

4. A Wheel Dock

A wheel dock is essential for stabilizing the trailer’s tongue wheel. The wheel dock prevents that the tongue wheel sinks when you are parking your trailer on soft ground. The Camco Wheel Dock, for example, is a heavy duty, easy to handle Wheel dock that comes in bright yellow, so you won’t stop your foot while walking around the trailer. It is also easy to store and transport.

5. A Coupler Lock

This is what secures your trailer to prevent thievery. When the lock is in its place and secured, no one can lift the receiver or unhitch the trailer.

This is particularly useful if you travel a lot and/or if you travel long distances with your boat. You will not have to worry about anyone stealing it when you need to do stopovers.

One of the most popular coupler locks within trailer users is the REESE Towpower Universal Coupler Lock. This lock is made of aluminum and heavy-duty steel. It fits most trailers and it is bright yellow to discourage thieves.

Another favorite is the Gorilla Guard, manufactured by Cequent. This lock offers excellent protection for unattended trailers. It is designed to shield the lock from tampering devices and has a push button lock. This one also fits most couplers.

6. Safety chains

When taking your boat on long-distance trips, you should attach the ball to the hitch using safety chains. This provides and extra protection against the trailer detaching from the vehicle. In some states, it is mandatory for safety chains to always be in place while traveling.

These six items will make your life easier while helping you use your boat and trailer safely. Remember it is always important to use high-quality trailer accessories and boat motor parts when improving and fixing your boat’s trailer. This will guarantee that your trailer will always be in the best condition and maximize its lifespan.

The Best Hiking Trails in the World That Are a Must on Your Bucket List

If you’re looking for a life of adventure, chances are hiking would be a good hobby for you. If you're already a hiker, maybe you’re looking for more thrilling experiences than your local trails. If you're interested in challenging your survival skills, then here are five of the best hiking trails in the world that are a must for your bucket list.

However, do be careful and stay sharp, as according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hiking is the third leading cause of injuries in terms of outdoor recreational activities.

  • Bright Angel Trail in Arizona: The sheer beauty of the Bright Angel Trail in Arizona makes it any hiker's dream destination, but it's just as dangerous. Hiking unprepared has led others to be extremely exhausted and dehydrated as they may not have brought enough water, they start too late, or they don’t get enough rest prior to the hike. In fact, the Bright Angel Trail has become such a risk to the unprepared that the National Park Service has a rescue crew on standby. This is because the hiking trail can reach temperatures of up to 110 degrees.
  • The Maze in Utah's Canyonlands: If mazes are your thing, then the Canyonlands National Park's Maze is the test of survival for you. The labyrinthine trail has attracted hikers worldwide for its difficulty level, but it's also twice as deadly due to dangerous rockfalls and flash floods. If you're attempting to conquer this trail, be sure to maintain constant communication with your peers. If you get lost on the trail in the event of an unforeseen weather condition, your life may be at risk.
  • Mount Hua Shan in China: Some pilgrims take a spiritual journey to vast lands to reflect on their spirituality. Others go to the temples at the summit of Mount Hua Shan. The mountainous trail has numerous iron chains, vertical stairways, and plank trails to support hikers. At some point, however, the supports disappear and hikers have to rely on small divots that are located in the rocks. Your instincts and your senses will be put to the test, as you'll have to make it through with thick fog blocking your path. Make sure you study the path well.
  • El Caminito del Rey in Spain: If you're up for a trip to the past, then El Caminito del Rey is the hike for you. The trail, which is over a century old, is built on a steel path designed for workers to reach a hydroelectric power plant. Imagine being one of the workers that were required to cross this narrow ridge every day. Be wary of every step, as while the path is made of steel, harsh winds and distractions can spell your doom. Take time to know the area and ask locals just what equipment to bring to keep yourself safe.
  • Angel's Landing in Utah: If narrow and steep paths are your thing, then Utah's Angel's Landing is for you. The hike, while short, has been a must-do experience for hikers due to its challenge. The hike begins with a narrow sandstone ridge surrounded with steep drop-offs, which foreshadows the rest of the tricky hike. In fact, the path to the final ascent is just a stone staircase narrow enough for a person. Be careful when crossing the last portion of the hike, as more than five people have actually lost their lives by falling to their deaths.


                           

A knack for a challenge, sharp instincts, and a sense of survival are three of the best traits a hiker can possess. Those characteristics can make any hiking experience a fruitful one. Up the ante with the challenging trails above, especially if you want your survival skills to be tested. After all, if it's you versus the wilderness, you've got to know what to do to make it out alive. If you're in the mood for sharing your experiences, perhaps making a hiking blog can also inspire others to take up hiking as a hobby.

Bio Author:

Ray Jennings is a former steel mill worker who currently writes about work safety at Comfort Work Boots. He also shares his passion about hiking that can be useful to his readers.

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