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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.

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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.

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.

Camping Mistakes

April 2, 2009

New campers sometimes learn things the hard way, and even experienced campers overlook things from time to time.New campers frequently find themselves in a crowded tent.Be sure to make space and comfort a priority in your choice of tents.For family camping I recommend getting a tent with a capacity rated two higher than the number of campers that will use it.So for a family of two I would recommend a 4-person tent, for a family of four a 6-person tent, and so on.Be a smart camper, buy a tent that is big enough.

New campers often overlook things.It’s no fun getting to the campground and finding out that you forgot the family camping tent or picnic basket.Stay organized and make sure nothing is left behind by keeping a camping gear checklist.Use it while packing and check off each item.Update and revise the list as needed.Be a smart camper, use a checklist.

One of the most common mistakes of new (and old) campers is not trying out new gear at home.The point is to become familiar with your gear before going on a camping trip.Assemble tents in the yard. Sleep in your sleeping bags on the floor for a night. Use any cooking items for a home cooked meal. Put batteries in and test any electronics.It’s all about being prepared.

Mistakes are not something we should regret, they are something we should learn from.While it’s good to learn from our own mistakes, nobody said we cannot learn from others. So on your next camping trip,always keep these common mistakes in mind and try your best to avoid them.

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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