|A Jack Daniels Fishing Story|
I went fishing this morning but after a short time I ran out of worms.
Then I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth. Frogs are good bass bait.
Life is good in the south...
|South Dakota Trophy Buck|
On December 19th, I set out with my smokepole in hand in search of a mature mule deer buck in South Dakota. The week prior I spotted some nice bucks the day before season, but as luck would have it, the opener was a nasty day with gusting winds, blowing snow, and temperatures well below zero. As I returned on the 19th, I had hopes of finding one of the bucks that I had seen the days prior. I was able to find a buck that I had a chance at earlier in the season and quickly began to trudge through the snow in hopes of closing the distance to the buck. Little did I know is that I would come across a much bigger buck in the process......
|Types of Hunting Knives|
There are 5 major types of hunting knives which every hunter worth his/her name should have in his/her arsenal.
Gut Hook Hunting Knives
A Gut Hook Knife is a specially designed hunting blade with a sharp edged hooked tip.
This makes it suitable for gutting (taking out the intestines and other internal organs) the wild game (including fish) without running the risk of damaging the meat in the process.
Many hunters look down upon Gut Hook Knife as it is not a general-purpose one. They prefer to do the gutting with Wyoming knives. But the crux of the matter is that Gut Hook Knife is a specialized knife which is like by hunters who love to do gutting.
As a bonus, you can use the knife to cut fishing line. It should not be used for any other purpose.
For sharpening a Gut Hook Knife do not sharpen it on a wet stone; instead, use a Round Knife Sharpener – which can reach this inside of the hook’s blade.
Bowie Hunting Knife
This is an ideal tool for hunting, fishing and camping. The tip of the blade has a curved portion which makes it useful for removing the skin of a carcass. A Bowie knife is also large enough for cleaning and butchering large game. In fact, this knife is a multi-purpose one which can also be used to cut down obstructing twigs and hack a few slender branches.
Drop Point Hunting Knife
This type of knife has a longer handle than the blade which is thicker than many other hunting knives. The blade is curved on the cutting side which allows the hunter to remove the skin of the animal using the entire blade instead of the point alone as is the case with some other knives. This saves the hunter time and extends the shelf life of the knife.
NOTE: Attempting to cut the skin of an animal using only the tip of a knife can often stress the tip, causing it to bend, dull, or even break.
The drop point knife has a stronger tip than most other types of hunting knives as well. The curved blade also allows the hunter to remove the skin while leaving the meat intact.
Clip Point Hunting Knife
A Clip Point hunting knife 90% similar to a drop point hunting knife. The easiest way to tell the difference is that the curve at the top of Drop Point knives will always be convex. You can use it for skinning, cleaning and butchering wild game. In contrast to the Drop Point, the Clip Point is only curved near the tip.
Clip Point hunting knife is a versatile tool that can used for any backcountry tasks. You can even use it for fishing tasks such as filleting fish or cutting bait, as well as all camping and backpacking tasks.
|How Do I Butcher My Deer?|
Before you start to butcher your deer you will need the following:…
… a Sharp Knife, Hacksaw, Cutting Board, and Butcher Paper. You may also want to keep a sharpening device to ensure that your blade does not loose its edge.
The first step is to cut the carcass in half…
…with your Hacksaw. While cutting through any bone, be sure to wipe off any small bone fragments from the blade as this prevents your meat from being covered in small pieces of bone. Wipe the area you have cut with a damp towel and then pat with a dry towel so the meat stays dry.
After this it’s time to butcher the Rear Legs and Rump. You want to cut around the hip joint…
…so if you need to, move the leg around and figure out where you need to cut. Use your hacksaw to cut below the ribs and remove the rear leg and rump. Use a sharp knife to cut through meat and a hacksaw to get through the bone.
Typically, the upper portions of the legs are used for round steak while the lower portions are used for pot roast. Also remember to cut as straight as possible because it makes the meat look more appealing.
With the rear legs and rump removed, you want to cut the most fleshy part of the meat, the loin. The loin runs along both sides of the spine. To remove the loin you want to cut following the edge of the spine down to the top of the neck. You can then cut the loin against the grain into smaller steaks if you so choose.
After the loin is removed, the next target is the front legs
Follow the leg up to where it meets the chest and cut between the leg and chest muscles with your knife. You can use the upper portion of the legs for pot roast or make it into smaller steaks.
The last butchering in on the neck and ribs
You can make chop the ribs individually or leave it whole. The remaining meat around the neck and legs joints can be trimmed away to make excellent stew or hamburger meat.
Now it’s time for proper storage of the meat
You can wrap the deer meat in Butcher Paper and put in the refrigerator. You may also adopt the smarter technique of vacuum sealing your meat.
But whatever you do, you must consume the meat in 6 months.
|How Do You Choose the Right Hunting Knife?|
Hunting involves knives of many types and for specific purposes. Knives are not used for killing animals or birds – but for skinning them and cutting up the meat. And for both these tasks you will need two different knives. You need to know about these hunting knives before you can make the right purchase for you hunting expedition.
First ask yourself what KIND OF A HUNTER you are?
Are you a seasoned hunter always out in the woods, all the time, skinning the kill and cutting saplings for shelter, or are you just a time pass hunter?
If you are a Seasoned Hunter who is constantly using knives should pick a good straight hunting blade, one with a quality sheath that attaches to the belt and leg. This way you can take it out and use it any time you want with just one hand.
Note: Never use a folding knife as you will wear out its locking mechanism, with constant use.
But if you are a Time Pass Hunter then you should purchase a good folding knife, just in case you may need it, occasionally that is.
Now you should take into account the LENGTH of the blade
Now not everyone is going to be out in the bush blazing new trails, so you probably won't need one of those Crocodile Dundee hunting knives that might as well be a machete. This too you really have to think about, since there are many different lengths and styles.
If you are indulging in fish hunting, there are blades with a hook at the end for gutting fish.
If you want to cut down small tree limbs and twigs, there are blades with a serrated side for sawing.
If you want to do a lot of skinning, use a knife with a wide blade & curved end.
If you want to do a lot of piercing and cutting use a pointed blade.
You should also take into account the MATERIAL the knife is made of
The blade should be hardened stainless steel. Stainless steel is going to hold an edge better, and won't rust. The blade should run all the way through the handle in one piece, because this will make the hunting knife stronger over all, and you won't run the risk of the blade breaking in the middle of a task.
Equally important is the knife’s handle. It should be made of any non-plastic sturdy material offering a good grip.
Never forget to take advantage of the product review websites which will give you a comparative picture of features & prices & uses. Many of these sites also have a comments section in which people who have actually purchased the products have left reviews and comments on the quality of knives they had purchased. You can get to know very valuable insider info on the standard of hunting knives. This will help you in making the right choice.
|Hunting Tools & Equipments|
Hunting requires a comprehensive set of tools, equipments & weapons to assist you in any successful hunting expedition. Hunting is not just about weapons but also about many other tools using which you can get more and more closer to your prey (Deer, Rabbit, Moose, Praire, Fox, Bear, Duck, Goose, Turkey, etc.) – without scaring it away. It is this that will help you in going for the kill! All of these hunting weapons and equipments are explained below:
To hunt an animal down you need to first spot it from faraway. And you can only do that using a powerful binocular. Most of the high-performance binoculars come with a variety of optics, magnifications, and styles. Some of them are Waterproof/Fogproof and have Multicoated lenses & Phase-Correction Coated Prisms.
Some of the popular branded binoculars are Nikon, Canon, Vanguard & Winchester.
This is basically used for skinning the animal and cutting up the meat, to prepare the catch for a meal. Hunting knives are traditionally designed for cutting rather than stabbing, and usually have a single sharpened edge. There is an assortment of hunting knives with many designs. These knives have two portions: a curved end for skinning (so as to not damage the skin) and a straight portion cutting slices of meat.
Examples of Hunting knives are the Puukko and the Sharpfinger.
Rifles for hunting are of various types:
The barrels of the guns are of vital importance as it is influenced by the kind of animal you want to hunt. For example, if you want to hunt a deer then a longer barrel will offer more velocity and good stability for the bullet.
And popular brands of hunting guns are: Browning, Winchester, Remington, Howa, Kimber, Ruger, etc.
A hunting rifle is incomplete without a mounted scope/binocular. Some of these scopes are compatible only with a certain type of hunting rifles. Hunting rifle scopes have these popular features/accessories:
Mind you, you’ve to read the exact specifications of a rifle scope to know what exactly it offers.
This is pole/stand on which you can mount your binocular or hunting rifle. The main purpose is to offer stability while you scan the surroundings or take a shot at your prey.
This offers more stability with two stands and with two axes of motion (side-to-side and up-and-down) for the hunting rifle. You have to lie down while taking aim at your prey.
GPS (Global Positioning System)
This gives hunters reliable satellite navigation through which you will be able to locate your position quickly and precisely, even in heavy cover and deep canyons & deep woods.
This is a handy tool for hunters to maintain proper coordination between members of the hunting group. If you plan to hunt in thick woods or brush, radio range needs to be a serious consideration. It also comes with either a headset or two ear pieces; otherwise transmission from your radio will scare away your prey. 2-way radios usually operate with standard AA or AAA batteries.
This protects your eyes and help increase your shooting accuracy. Some of these safety glasses have a yellow-green tint to improve your view of the target. In fact, Yellow hunting safety glasses lenses are known for enhancing detail and contrast against a steady background in low-light conditions.
Tree stands are open or enclosed platforms, attached to trees at some height, which gives hunters a 360 degree view of the scene inhabited by the prey. This position helps in taking proper aim at the prey or the hunter can give directions to other hunters on the ground, through the 2-way radio.