Posts Tagged ‘camping tents’

Fishing For Catfish In The Summer!

July 8, 2009

Catfish often are thought of as opportunistic bottom feeders primarily because they are. But they can be more predatory than some anglers realize. If you plan to fish moving water streams and rivers, regardless of size, your approach should be to look for areas where deeper holes meet flats, bars or shallower riffles, because at this time of year, cats will move from one area of water to another. That idea is most valid from dusk to dawn. It’s a reason that night-fishing at this time of year is among the most popular approaches to catching cats. Take your camping tent along with you and spend sometime fishing and I’m sure you will connect with some nice whoppers.images
If you choose to fish during the day and endure the August heat, you can still catch fish in the heat of the day as well. The biggest drawback to this daytime fishing is it is much less comfortable for the angler. To locate the catfish during the heat of the day, rely on shadows, and just a bit deeper water. I will be looking for water that is 10-15 feet deep and has good cover. Looking for boat docks, standing timber and other such cover during the day will help you find the catfish lurking in the shadows. Stand out in the sun for 10 minutes in the August heat, and you will have a pretty good idea why these cats are up in the shadows.
During this heat, the catfish will be best caught at night after dark in the shallow water. They will bite just about anything that moves or smells and if you do some chumming, you will help draw the catfish in a more concentrated area. Don’t be afraid to move up in the shallow waters and fish right up towards the banks in just a few feet of water. The last several months have been producing nice catches of big fish for me in less then five feet of water.

Advertisements

Camping At Lake Of The Ozarks

May 21, 2009

Camping at lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is a great way to spend some time with family and friends. I have been camping there for many years, I can remember the first time my father took me there. One of the main reasons I like to go to the lake besides camping is to go boating and fishing it is one of the best fishing lakes in Missouri. The best time to go is the hottest part of summer. If you get to hot you can take a swim in the lake. They have many different swimming locations that are kid friendly that you can go to and enjoy the day swimming if you wanted to.

It is a very nice place to take a family vacation, there is so many different things to do and try at the lake. This is a huge lake, it covers four counties in Missouri. You never have to worry about finding a camping spot. They have many different camping parks in all four counties you can even just go pick a spot just about anywhere you wanted to. We never have a problem finding a place to pitch our family camping tent.

If you have a boat you shouldn’t have a big problem finding a launch to unload and load your boat. If you are looking for a nice vacation spot in Missouri to camp, fish, boat and just about anything else you can think of I recommend Lake Of The Ozarks. It is a wonderful place to take your family or just get away and do some camping and fishing and relieve all that stress.

If you are looking for any camping gear or family camping tents check out campinggearstop.com . We also have a good friend that has some pretty nice wicker picnic baskets for them summer time picnics coming up.

Part Three Of Hunting Trip

May 13, 2009

The next morning we got up early and crawled out of our sleeping bags and looked out the door of the family camping tent and snow covered everything the trees were beautiful covered with snow. It was a picture perfect morning for deer hunting. This was going to be the day to get our bucks if it was going to happen. So we got dressed for the cold and snow that covered the forest and grabbed a cup of hot coffee and headed down the hill with our deer rifles. The guys were going to head to the north side of the forest the direction the deer was headed the night before. I was going to head over to my favorite spot. My favorite spot was a acorn forest and I knew that after all the snow we got that the deer were going to be looking for food there.

It was still dark and was hard to find the acorn feeding ground but I found it about an hour before daylight. I put up my deer blind about 300 yards from the spot because I didn’t want to spook any deer off before it got daylight. I crawled in my deer blind and waited for light to arrive, It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Right at day break it seemed the forest started to come alive with critters. I could hear weird things in the woods if you have ever been there at that time I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. I got out my new buck grunt caller and got it ready. I also checked my rifle and made sure it was loaded and ready to go. Now all I had to do was wait for the big one and I knew it would just be a matter of time he was sure to show today with all the new snow.

No sooner than it got daylight I heard a shot in the direction the guys were hunting maybe they got one. I started to use my grunt caller to try to call a buck in but had no luck. About that time I saw a doe walking around some brush and she was headed right for the acorn feeding ground. Then I saw 4 more big does coming down a hill beside me and they was also headed for the feeding ground. That was sure a good sign that a buck would be around soon. During the rut which is the mating season for deer the bucks will follow the does around and check them to see if they are ready to mate. The buck always stays behind the does and shows last. I started to get hungry so i took a sandwich out of my picnic basket and ate while watching the does.

About an hour latter I heard crashing and loud noises coming from the forest on the back side of the feeding area. It was sure to be a buck I thought to myself. Then all a sudden I saw a big deer coming out of the thickets and was heading right for the other deer. As the deer got closer I could see horns it was a 8 point buck for sure. Then another deer came out behind that one and he looked like a monster I counted 12 points. It was going to be my lucky day. As soon as the two bucks got to the feeding area they started fighting. It was a awesome site that I never saw before in the wild. The smaller buck lost his battle with the monster buck and starting to leave the area. This was the time to take the monster I had been waiting on. I had a clear shot so I raised my rifle and put the crosshairs right on this chest and pulled the trigger. The monster fell to the ground right in this tracks.

Part two of hunting trip

April 29, 2009

We arrived at hunting camp at around 4:00 on Friday. The sun was just beginning to set to our west. The sky started to get gray and the northwest wind began howling through the trees. We had to get our camp set up quickly because it was going to get dark soon and a possible winter storm was heading our way. I was in charge of pitching the camping tent while the others looked for the firewood.

About 20 minutes later the tent was up and my friends were walking up the trail carrying plenty of firewood for the whole weekend. My friend John said that they jumped three big bucks in the valley as they searched for the wood. He said they ran straight for the north side of the woods crossing a dry creek bed. Now we knew where we were going to start our hunt early on Saturday morning.

Before we could think about hunting, we had to get a fire started because the storm was approaching fast. We built a simple fire ring out of big rocks then started the fire and got the rest of our stuff unpacked and setup. As soon as we got the fire built to a roaring blaze it started to snow like crazy. It was very cold out so we decided to leave our sandwiches in the picnic backpack and barbecue some thick strip steaks. Since John had just gotten new bbq tools, he got to do the honors. Besides, none of us will ever complain about John’s steaks. He really is the master of the grill.

The snow began to build up very quickly. In an hour or so we had two inches on the ground. My new four season camping tent was holding up to the weather conditions very well. Soon the steaks were cooked and we could get out of the weather and enjoy our dinner. We grabbed the cooler out of the back of the truck and climbed into the tent for an evening of storytelling, food and beer.

As we ate, the snow and wind picked up even more. The tent was shaking hard but we weren’t worried. I was very happy I had gotten the four season tent instead of the three season one I had thought about. If I had gotten the other one, we would have either cancelled the trip or we’d have been sleeping in the truck. A little while later the steaks were just pleasant memories and it was time to head for the large family camping tent and crawl in our warm sleeping bags and get some sleep. The alarm clock was going to go off early because tomorrow we would hunt!

Please come back soon for part 3 of this story about my winter hunting trip. In part 3 I’ll tell you all about the hunt and the huge buck I got that day.

Ticks And Camping

April 23, 2009

A big camping concern is ticks which can carry several types of infections, including Lyme disease. If left untreated, these insect bites can be threatening. You cannot avoid the ticks in the woods, but can take some precautions from tick bites. Common types of ticks are wood ticks and deer ticks. The deer ticks carry Lyme disease.

Finding and removing a tick early is key to the prevention of Lyme disease. If a tick is attached to your skin, grab it with tweezers as close to your skin as possible and pull it straight out. Do not use Vaseline. It will kill the tick and cause more harm. Also do not squeeze the tick, it can cause all the infected material of the tick to enter into your skin. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and use a disinfectant.

Five Step Tick Preventions For Campers

1.Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, boots or sturdy shoes and a head covering. Ticks are easier to detect on light-colored clothing. Tuck trouser cuffs in socks. Tape the area where pants and socks meet so ticks cannot crawl under clothing.

2. Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Do not spray directly to the face; spray the repellent onto hands and then apply to face. Avoid sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth and nasal membranes. Be sure to wash treated skin after coming indoors. Use repellents containing permethrin to treat clothes especially pants, socks and shoes but not skin. Always follow label directions; do not misuse or overuse repellents. Always supervise children in the use of repellents.

3.Walk in the center of trails so weeds do not brush against you. In camping areas, individuals who sit on the ground or disturb leaf litter on the forest floor may encounter ticks.

4.Check yourself, children and other family members every two to three hours for ticks. Most ticks seldom attach quickly and rarely transmit disease organisms until they have been attached four or more hours. If your pets spend time outdoors, check them for ticks, too.

5.If ticks are crawling on the outside of clothes, they can be removed with masking tape or cellophane tape. A ring of tape can be made around the hand by leaving the sticky side out and attaching the two ends. Ticks will stick to the tape which can then be folded over and then placed in the trash.

Are you looking for a new family camping tent or a inflatable camping air mattress? Also check out our friend they have a nice selection of wicker picnic baskets.

Morel Mushroom Hunting While Camping

April 14, 2009

Morel mushrooms are one of the most prized edible wild mushrooms in the world. They look like a sponge on a stem, morels don’t look like any mushrooms you get at the store or taste like ordinary button mushrooms. Morels have a rich, woodsy flavor that is deliciously earthy, nutty, and it’s this awesome taste that makes the morel mushroom rank number one with mushroom lovers. We find many pounds of them every year in early spring when we go on weekend camping trips in southern Missouri. We hunt for morel mushrooms from early April through May depending on the weather conditions and location.

morel2

Most mushroom hunters around here will agree that the weather has the most effect on the availability and quality of these mushrooms. Typically the day time temperature around 60 to 70 degrees, night temperatures not less than 40 degrees and the soil temperatures of about 50 to 60 degrees with good ground moisture levels are ideal for moral growing. Morel Mushrooms like it warm and moist. Morels grow where soil is moist but well drained not oversaturated. If you have a dry spring, the crop will be sparse. If you have ample rain but not an unusually wet spring the crop will be plentiful. Many mushroom hunters know to head out after receiving warmer rains. Morels need moisture, warm days and warm nights.

Most people in southern Missouri will tell you to look for certain trees like elm (dead), ash, apple, and maples and look around the drip line to the base in a circle. My experience has been that the larger in diameter trees seem to have proven to be better luck. I’ve never had much luck just walking around in the woods with my head down just hoping to find some. They have always been for the most part found around dead elms and ash in my area. I also look around old creek banks and down very old fence lines I have found many morel that way also. If you are going to be camping during the morel mushroom season try to find some and if you find many share them with friends and family they will love you for it.

Are you looking for a new family camping tent for the new camping season.Check out our friend if you need a new picnic basket.

Choosing The Best Sleeping Bag

April 10, 2009

The last thing you want to happen when you’re twenty miles into the woods is to find your sleeping bag is not warm enough. You will be facing a very long and restless night which can ruin your spirits and drain your strength for the next day. So how do you make sure you’ve selected the best sleeping bag for your needs? Everyone knows what a sleeping bag is, but not everyone knows the many different styles of sleeping bags that are available, nor the importance of picking the right one. Different camping situations call for different sleeping bags. Choosing the right sleeping bag is easy once you understand what’s involved. With recent innovations in fill material and fabrics, there has never been a wider range of sleeping bags to choose from. In my camping gear store we primarily supply sleeping bags for warm season family camping.

There are two considerations when choosing a sleeping bag. However, there are several additional features that can help you narrow in on the perfect bag for you and your family. This post will help you decide what you need in a camping sleeping bag and so you can make the proper selection among each type for your needs. Sleeping bags keep you warm by trapping your body heat in tiny air pockets in the bag’s fill or insulating material. Your body is the furnace and needs fuel or you’ll get cold regardless of your sleeping bag. Consume enough food and water before going to bed or while in the sack. Dress comfortably, wearing enough layers for warmth without taking all of your space up which will come in handy if you cool down during the night and want to put on more clothing.

Bag temperature ratings are not the final word on warmth. They’re set by the sleeping bag maker, so a twenty degree bag from one manufacturer might be warmer than sleeping bags from another. But ratings do provide a general guideline. Summer bags are usually rated higher than thirty degrees, three-season bags between ten and twenty five, and winter bags under five, but there’s great variation within those ranges. Rectangular shaped sleeping bags are suitable for camping in tempered climates. Mummy-shaped sleeping bags offer more protection in colder climates because they are shaped to the body and do not allow as much cold air to enter the sleeping bag. Synthetic fiber insulation is more appropriate for wetter climates. Down fiber is a good choice when weight of the sleeping bag is an issue. Cotton is a good choice for casual campers who want comfort and do not have to worry about weight or weather issues.

If you need any camping gear for the new season check us out.If your looking for a new picnic basket for that spring picnic check out our friends.

Choosing a family camping tent

March 30, 2009

Camping is one of the best ways to bring the family together and have fun in the outdoors.Even the youngest kids can benefit from a camping experience.Every part of a camping trip provides an opportunity for teaching.Even pitching the family camping tent offers good teaching tools for kids.Before you go make sure you have the right family camping tent from the start.

Camping tents for the family come in many shapes, styles, colors and sizes.There’s one for every family depending on their needs.Tent manufactures have made camping tents better with longer lasting and weatherproff materials.Sometimes you may get caught in bad weather and these tents can help make your camping experience much better.

Before anything else, find a family camping tent that is of the best quality.A good family camping tent is durable and can withstand even severe weather conditions.Find several possible choices, Choose one that fits your family’s needs and preferences.It could be a large room design or one with tunnels between rooms for the kids to have fun.

If camping is going to be a lifelong hobby, you probably want your investment to last as long as possible.Are you planning to have more kids? Factor this into the size of family camping tent you plan to buy.If your kids are small, they will certainly need more room five years from now.Consider buying a larger tent that will accommodate your family longer.

Camping tents come in many styles and types of materials.Whatever family camping tent you choose, you’re off to a great start for making camping memories that will last a lifetime.

5939tent1

If you need a family camping tent check us out and if you are going on a family picnic and need a picnic basket check out our friends.

Camping with poisonous snakes

March 27, 2009

Poisonous snakes are one of the most dangerous things you may encounter on a camping trip.Poisonous snakes of one variety or another are found in many locations, around the United States while camping and hiking.If you plan to spend time in the woods, and areas they live you need to take sometime to think about the dangers.

copperhead3

Most all poisonous snakes are quite shy and will hide to avoid people if all possible.In most cases if you go out looking for them, you may have a hard time finding any.Most poisonous snakes in my state of Missouri, hide under rocks or in old hollowed out stumps and logs.Sometimes you can find them laying around in the sun on warm days.Most of the poisonous snakes i have seen while camping are during the day.

Each year a few people are bitten by poisonous snakes.Most bites happen because the snake was stepped on or approached to closely before the person even saw them.Some bites happen because untrained people try to catch them and showoff in front of friends.

Poisonous snakes are warm blooded and can be very active during hot and sunny days.Be carefull on these days for snakes on the move.If you are a camper, be carefull when you gather firewood.I have many times picked a log, and found a copperhead under it or laying around a wood pile.

If you are camping in the woods you should take precautions around your campsite.Don’t set camping tents up in areas of tall weeds, or dense undergrowth if possible.Keep all your tents doors zipped up while away from your campsite.Snakes can and will crawl inside your camping tents, and even in your sleeping bags.Don’t let poisonous snakes keep you from camping and the outdoors.Learn to deal with them when you have to.

If you need any camping equipment check us out and if you are going to on a picnic check out our friends.

Dutch Oven Cooking

March 23, 2009

The dutch oven is a versatile piece of cooking equipment that dates back to the early frontier days.This handy cooking device looks like a big deep frying pan with a lid.The good dutch ovens are made of cast iron and are very heavy.It’s great for cooking on an outdoor camping trip or in the backyard.I think there is nothing quite like a dutch oven dinner when camping and having fun with others.The food smells great and it’s easy to prepare and really good when it’s done.

dutch-oven-over-open-fire

Dutch oven outdoor cooking provides the opportunity to cook a wide variety of foods.Dutch ovens are extremely versatile, and can be used for just about every cooking need.Dutch ovens can be used to boil, steam, fry, and bake, among other things.They can be used to cook meats, soups, breads, and deserts.

You can cook anything in a dutch oven that you can cook at home in the oven or on the stove top.You really don’t need special recipes for a dutch oven but their are many good ones.You need to learn some basic procedures and how to control the heat.If done properly, you can place the food in a dutch oven and go fishing while your meal cooks.

Dutch oven outdoor cooking requires hot coals.These can come from a wood or charcoal fire.Charcoal is a bit more easier to use, since they burn and heat more evenly.I like the smoke from a real campfire like oak, or hickory.To me it adds more flavoring to the cooking.There is nothing like food cooked over a real smoking campfire.

If you need a camping family tent check us out or if you are planning a picnic check out our friends.