Posts Tagged ‘family camping’

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.

Looking For The Right Camping Gear

June 12, 2009

Camping gear comes with a wide variety finding all these camping items on one website and that too with some of the most experienced and reliable manufacturers like Eureka, Gigatent, and Chinook sounds a bit unbelievable. But it is true infact you could do it online, enjoying the comforts of home. Get all of the latest camping gear and equipment, ranging from camping tents to inflatable boats. Our camping gear which we supply, ranges from camping tents, camping lanterns, camping stoves, camping sleeping bags and a lot more camping items, you name it and we have it.

Choosing the right camping equipment can be overwhelming if you are not sure about the different types of gear available. In order to make your shopping experience easier, it is important to keep certain factors in mind. When looking for camping gear, the options are almost endless. Price and budget restrictions may also play a role in the decision making process. Deciding ahead of time how much your budget will allow can definitely make the decision making process easier. Remember to keep your needs in mind while shopping because purchasing the right camping gear will definitely make your camping experience fun, relaxing, and enjoyable.

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.

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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.

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.

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Don’t Let the Weather Ruin Your Hunting Trip

April 8, 2009

Don’t you hate it when you have a hunting trip planned and the forecast calls for lousy weather? Have you ever postponed a camping trip because it was too cold or rainy? I don’t have that problem anymore.Last November I decided to go to deer camp with my brother and some friends. We made our plans a few weeks in advance so we’d have plenty of time to get our camping equipment ready. As opening day of deer season got closer, I kept an eye on the Weather Channel and things didn’t look very promising. The forecast was for a cold and snowy weekend but we were sure it wouldn’t stop us from bagging our deer.

You see, I had canceled too many camping trips in the past and recently purchased a four season family camping tent and some thermal sleeping bags to prevent it from happening again. The camping tent sleeps eight people so I knew there would be plenty of room for the four of us and our gear. I also knew we’d be protected because the four season camping tent is built to conquer all kinds of bad weather.

As Friday approached, I packed all my supplies with complete confidence that we’d be going camping as planned. What’s even better is that hunters without the right camping equipment would be staying home. Less hunters in the forest would mean more deer for us. Also, you know how it seems like the deer know exactly when hunting season starts? Well, maybe because of the bad weather they wouldn’t be quite so careful.

Friday finally arrived and we packed our camping gear in the car and headed for the woods. All of a sudden it dawned on me that we forgot the picnic backpacks with the sandwiches for our first day in it. We don’t cook on Friday because by the time we get to camp and set up our gear, it’s too late to bother cooking. After the first night though, we take out our barbecue tools and grill up dinner on our portable grill.

Finally we were on the highway. I couldn’t wait to get to hunting camp and set up our camping equipment before the bad weather set in. For me there’s nothing better than a weekend at hunting camp with my best pals and the anticipation of the hunt to come. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you how we did on our bad weather hunting trip.

How to build a campfire

April 4, 2009

If you plan to take your family on a camping trip this summer and you expect to have that wonderful memory of sitting around the campfire, you’ll need to know how to create and maintain your campfire safely for your family and loved ones as well as the wooded areas you’ll be camping in. Building and enjoying a campfire safely is not difficult, but you’ll want to follow all the steps appropriately. Start with a clear, open spot away from your family camping tent and make sure no trees or vegetation is overhanging above.

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If you don’t have an existing fire ring, you can dig your own fire pit that is roughly 2 feet in diameter and 12″ deep. The area around the fire pit should also be cleared by at least 8 feet. Use the soil that you’ve dug up to form a wall around the perimeter of the pit and act as a windbreak. You can also use rocks to build this wall, but take care to never use any rocks that have been near water, as the moisture trapped inside can boil and cause the rock to explode.

Kindling is the base foundation of a fire. It is made of lightweight materials that are capable of burning quickly and igniting heavier materials. Kindling is best made of a mixture of dry sticks, chips or shaved wood, dried leaves or newspaper can also be used You can also use the bark off trees like hickory or oak. Using small sticks to form a tepee then light your fire and get it started. Sticks will be used to hold your fire structure together and light even larger pieces of wood. Properly aligning sticks will allow oxygen into the fire. Sticks used should be 1-2 inches in diameter, and broken to fit inside the fire pit. It’s important that sticks are dry. Now it’s time to start placing your logs onto the fire.

The type of logs you use is important in the next step. Evergreen woods like pine, spruce and cedar should be your last choice for wood. These trees have a lot of sap and crackle and smoke more than hardwoods like oak. So go for the hardwoods when planning your campfire. Naturally, you need dry wood. You will not be able to build a fire that can dry logs well enough to burn. Hopefully you will have a source of dry wood. If your campfire goes out start over with the same process and remember to practice patience. Throwing loads of trash and paper plates in a campfire that was not planned well from the start will do little for your efforts. Also remember to not throw plastics in your campfire. This material is not biodegradable, it is toxic and it leaves a horrible mess for the next family to use the fire pit.

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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.

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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.

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Camping With Poison Ivy

March 21, 2009

Poison ivy, is a very common plant found in most areas of the united states.One form of the plant grows low to the ground and is usually found in patches of plants and looks like weeds growing.The size of the plant range from 6-30 inches high.The other form is a hairy vine that grows up a tree.Both have stems with three leaves.You may have heard the old saying, Leaves of three, let it be.This is because most people are allergic to poison ivy.

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Between 25-40 million people in the United States need medical treatment for poison ivy dermatitis every year.People of all races and skin types are at risk for developing it.The severity of a person’s reactions tends to decrease with age, especially in people who have had mild reactions.People that camp,hike,fish and hunt are at a higher risk because of the repeated exposure to the toxic plant.

Signs and Symptoms

After contact with urushiol, the oil of the plant approximately 50% of the people develop signs and symptoms of poison ivy dermatitis.The symptoms and severity can differ from person to person.The most common signs and symptoms of poison ivy dermatitis are intense itching, swelling, and skin redness.These symptoms usually develop within four hours to four days.After the initial symptoms, the person develops fluid filled blisters that are often arranged in a streak like pattern.

Treatment

Poison ivy dermatitis usually resolves within one to three weeks without treatment.The most common complication is bacterial skin infections, the risk of infection can be reduced by not scratching and keeping the rash clean.Treatments that may help the itching, soreness, and discomfort caused by poison ivy, are calamine lotion, antihistamines, topical steroids,and other steroids.

Homemade Remedies

Get quick relief for poison ivy with home remedies using ingredients direct from your kitchen or camping tent, especially when there is no calamine lotion on hand.Learn how to use remedies such as oatmeal, vinegar, baking soda, and other effective and soothing treatments.

Oatmeal

Simply boil up some oatmeal in water.Let it cool for a few minutes, then apply warm to the effected area, the mixture should be applied until a thick layer forms.Let it harden and dry.Most people swear by this treatment, Which is sometimes combined with a tablespoon or two of baking soda for extra relief from itching.

Baking Soda

This treatment has also become a classic home cure, made by mixing 3 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water until a thick paste forms.Apply to the rash and let dry.Another tried and true method is the baking soda bath.

Vinegar

Just sprinkle small amounts of vinegar on the poison ivy rash for instant relief from the itch.It smells bad but it does seem to draw out the poison in the rash.White distilled vinegar seems to work best.

Dishwashing Soap

Perhaps the most practical treatment of all, dishwashing soaps have a anti-grease agent in them and make it a common sense remedy for poison ivy when applied liberally from the bottle to the rash.Wash off with clean cool water and dry.

I am no Doctor and don’t claim to be.I’m just a camper that has heard of and used some of the remedies.Try them if you like they may work for you they may not.Just remember not to go to the restroom, after being in contact with poison ivy until you clean your hands like i didn’t do.

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