Selecting the right weapon for bear hunting is important, and knowing how to skillfully use it is even more important.   Black bears often weigh 300 pounds or more; so using the right weapon for hunting may make the difference in a wounding or killing shot when a trophy finally makes an appearance. When hunting with a rifle, most experts recommend .30 caliber or larger. A .30-06 or 7mm Remington Magnum will do the job, but for more killing power, it may be best to use larger cartridges like the .300 Winchester Magnum or the .338 Winchester Magnum. Remember, too,…
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Did you ever wonder how the flashlight got its name? Early models were powered by energy-inefficient carbon-filament bulbs that "rested" periodically for short intervals. They could be used only in brief flashes, and thus were called flashlights.   The flashlight's inventor was David Misell of Great Britain. In 1899, he patented the first — just a paper tube containing "D" batteries, with the light bulb and a rough brass reflector at the end. The devices didn't gain popularity, however, until 1904 when the development of improved batteries and the more efficient tungsten-filament bulb made flashlights more useful and popular. Today's…
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Angling tactics are becoming increasingly more sophisticated. Not surprisingly, hooks are becoming more refined to keep up with these presentation innovations. The following is a sampling of popular specialty hooks. Specialty Hooks Drop-shot Hooks Drop-shot hooks are designed to be tied onto the line with a Palomar knot. They sit out at a 90-degree angle from the line, which has a sinker below the line and are rigged with finesse plastics. Weedless Hooks Weedless hooks feature plastic or wire guards that stand out in front of the hook point. They help keep weeds from snagging the point, letting you fish…
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Matching each rod to the technique for which it's best suited will make throwing baits and fighting fish much more efficient. Below are some rod suggestions for some of the most widely used bass fishing tactics.     Flipping and Pitching Most manufacturers have a flipping stick in their lineup. It is easily recognizable as it telescopes out to its full length. The added length will allow you to pitch and flip more easily, as well as winch fish in from heavy cover. Length — 7'6" Action — Fast Power — Heavy Style — Casting Buzzbaits & Spinnerbaits A 7-foot baitcast rod is…
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Once you've made all the purchases to complete your bow, you'll need to consider all the other accessories to go along with your new purchase. RedHead carries a selection of bow cases featuring easy-to-carry padded straps. Bow Case You made an investment in your bow, it's only right to protect that investment. Numerous bow cases are available, ranging from simple bow cases like the Plano Protector Compact Bow Case to the fancier SKB bow cases. Either way, having your bow stored in a case will better protect it from the hardships of travel or simply storing it in the basement.…
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    Caribou inhabit some of the most deceptively rugged country in North America. From a distance, the tundra looks flat and featureless, but as soon as you set foot on it you quickly realize that there is hardly a flat spot on it. Every step is rough and uneven and will challenge you. Boots Waterproof boots, like the RedHead Trekker III boots, are important for rugged country hunts. Tough, waterproof leather or rubber-leather combination boots with good ankle support are a must, and make sure they are well broken in. Unless you are planning a November hunt, these features…
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Few things stimulate the senses and rejuvenate the body like quenching your thirst with big gulp of cool water in the great outdoors. Staying hydrated is important, especially in extreme temperatures. Mild dehydration can lead to fatigue, irritability, lightheadedness and, if left too long, heatstroke or limit the body's ability to stay warm in cold conditions. Staying hydrated is as simple as carrying adequate water and drinking often. This guide overviews the many container options for transporting liquids. Banning BPA After it was found that BPA had health risks associated with it, many brands began marketing their plastic water bottles…
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When I first started big game hunting, most serious hunters handloaded their own ammunition. This was because the quality of the factory ammunition that was available was not always of the highest grade, and the selection of calibers, along with bullet weights and styles, was not the greatest either. Handloading is still very popular, especially for those who do a lot of shooting and are looking to save money by reusing the brass shell casings and buying the other components of ammunition in bulk, but fortunately the quality and variety of factory ammunition available today is no longer an issue.…
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Peek into any angler's tackle box and odds are it'll hold a few jigs. At first glance a jig can appear rather simple in design: a weighted hook matched with a body to add profile. Yet there's more to jig heads and jig baits than one might initially appreciate. This guide will overview the anatomy of jigs and discusses some popular jig bodies. Round jigs are the most popular, and basic jig used on the water. 1. The Anatomy of Jig Baits Jigs, except floating jigs, are weighted. The most common range of jig weights for freshwater angling include: 1/64,…
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Guide to Bug Repellents

Monday, March 10 2014 6:00 am - for General Outdoors
As nice as it is to walk in the woods in early spring, it does not take long with the rising spring temperatures for ticks, black flies and mosquitoes to start hatching. In fact in most midwest states, ticks can be found as early as March and April. If you do decide to use bug repellent, carefully read and follow all label directions before applying the repellent. Available on the market are a wide variety of products that claim to keep pesky biting bugs away for hours on end, but differ in the way they intend to do this. The…
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