5 Wilderness Survival Skills ALL Hunters Should Know

Guest Post by Richard Douglas

Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer with my local Search and Rescue county and assist with training their tracking dogs. 

It was an amazing experience and I am very confident in the skills of both the dogs and their handlers. 

While I trust they would be able to find and rescue a person in the forest, I would never want to be in a real situation where I was the one needing rescue. 

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Common Firearms Handling Mistakes you’ve been making

Guest Post by Josh Montgomery

Firearms are both dangerous and useful. When used correctly, they make amazing outdoor recreational activities. If misused, they can cause harm to not only you but to other people and property around you. Before using your firearm for hunting or any other activity, you should familiarize with these mistakes that could cause death, unnecessary injury and theft.  

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12 Tips for Getting Permission to Hunt on Private Land

Guest Post by Ross Burgess

If it seems to you there’s less public land available to hunt, you are correct. In many states, 97-98% of the land is privately owned. Don’t take a chance by assuming untended land is open for you to hunt, as you could run into a posted sign or a disgruntled owner.

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How to hold and Shoot a Handgun Properly

Shooting a handgun/pistol might appear basic to a common person. However, once you get the handgun in your hands, you realize shooting properly and accurately is never easy. There are several fundamentals, tips, exercises, and practices required before one can shoot properly. 

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Essential Self-Defense and Safety Tips for Women Living Alone

Guest Post by Dave Artman

Despite the fact that women seem to be more self-defense savvy than ever, the violence against them continues to be a huge societal problem. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the prevalence of violent crimes against women is rising, with about 1.11 percent of women reporting one or more violent acts in the past six months. That means that about 1.5 million women surveyed experienced some violent act in the months prior to being surveyed.

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Best Gun Safe Dehumidifiers: Top 6 Electronic and Wireless

You’ve got your gun safe. You’ve spent time organizing your guns inside so it’s just perfect. Maybe you’ve even stashed a few other valuables in there like documents, jewelry or ammo.

So, your guns are being protected from theft, fire and from your kids getting in. But what about the damage that can happen inside the safe? It’s something that’s easily overlooked.

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Glock 26 Holster Reviews: Top 5 IWB & OWB Holsters

You can’t beat the reliability of a Glock. This is as true as ever with the G26, also known as the “Baby Glock” due to its size.

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2019 Car Gun Safe Reviews: Top 5 For Your Vehicle

You’ve got your everyday concealed carry pistol.

You’ve got the CCW permit too.

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Gun vs Bow Hunting for New Hunters

Guest Post by Norman Bobby

If you are just starting out as a hunter, you must be confused about gun and bow hunting.

Check out this comparison of the two options and pick one that you think works the best for you:

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Shooting Sports for Seniors: Tips for Getting Started

Aging adults have a unique set of considerations when it comes to hobby selection. Often, they seek activities that are mentally stimulating to keep them sharp, socially-driven to help combat loneliness and low-impact but still good for supporting their physical health. One activity that ticks all of the above boxes, yet is often overlooked by seniors, is sport shooting. Squaring up with a shotgun and taking aim at clay targets is one of few low-impact activities that requires a strong fusion of mental and physical fortitude with little experience needed.

Think you’re too old to shoot? That’s probably not true. While there are certain physical conditions that may bar you from taking a stab at the sport, by and large, if you’re strong enough to hold and balance a shotgun, you can take part in clay shooting. And it will pay off, too. Sport shooting is an excellent test of mental discipline, physical strength and focus, all things that will help you live a happier, healthier life as you age. It’s for these reasons that the activity is becoming increasingly more popular among older adults, with shooters age 55 or older making up over 20 percent of target shooting participants.

If you’re looking to get started in shooting sports, here are some great tips that will help you get ready for the range, even if you’ve never even held a shotgun.

  • Start with a Rundown on Safety—Even if you think you already know everything there is to know about firearm safety, ask for a rundown just in case before you get started. Since you might not have wielded a shotgun in years—maybe even decades—it’s best to start with a thorough rundown on firearm handling safety before beginning.
  • Join a Group with Other Seniors—As the aging population shows more interest in sport shooting, various seniors-only shooting groups have formed around the country. These groups cater to older shooters, so they may be more accommodating to those with physical concerns and anyone who may not move as quickly as they used to. Of course, joining up with people around your own age will help connect you with others who share similar interests, helping you grow your social circle.
  • Take it Slow and Dial Back the Power—As tempting as it may be, don’t reach for the most powerful shotgun on the rack when it’s your first time shooting (or your first time in a while). Heavy, powerful shotguns can injure those with physical limitations, previous injuries or weak bones, so always start with the least powerful gun available to you. Remember to move at your own pace and to take several breaks between shots if you feel yourself getting tired.
  • Turn to the Professionals—While there are plenty of backyard shooting setups that are perfectly safe and arranged by very competent, safety-focused shooters, the best thing you can do when you’re getting into any shooting sport is to head to the range. Not only will the pros know exactly how to warm you up for your first attempt at shooting, an actual facility will have services such as rentals so that you don’t have to borrow or buy your own equipment.

  • Don’t Worry When You Miss—Give yourself the freedom to underperform and you just might find that you have a lot more fun than you did when you piled on the pressure. Remember that in all shooting sports, misses are inevitable, and they shouldn’t deter you from trying again (and again and again). The fun of it is making tiny, micro-adjustments until you hit your target. Nothing is quite as satisfying!
  • Wear the Right Gear—One of the biggest differentiators between young people and older folks on the whole is that seniors know that the wrong gear or attire could seriously ruin an otherwise great outing. Ill-fitting glasses, sun in your eyes, a shirt that’s too hot—all of these things can prevent you from enjoying your visit to the range, so be sure to take some time to get your gear right. The same goes for the firearm. Make sure it’s the right fit before pulling the trigger and don’t compromise if something feels off.
  • Protect Your Eyes—Any shooting sport will require participants to wear protective eyewear to keep the eyes safe from blowback and shards of clay. Beginners typically rent these from the club or range when they don’t have their own, while seasoned shooters may have prescription shooting glasses made to ensure that their vision isn’t compromised by their safety gear. If you have contacts, be sure to wear them to the range (in addition to protective glasses or goggles) so that you protect your eyes without affecting quality of vision.
  • Buddy Up with Someone Your Own Age—You already know it’s a good idea to work with a professional or a guide, but it may also be smart to begin your shooting journey alongside another shooter around the same age, especially if you can connect with someone who has more (or more recent) experience than you do who may be interested in showing you the ropes.

You’re Never Too Old to Try Something New

If you’ve always wanted to try sport shooting but never had the opportunity, we’re here to tell you now’s your time. Not only can shooting help provide you with an array of positive mental and physical health benefits, it’s also a plain-old fun way to pass the time. If you’re concerned at all about your physical abilities, it may be a good idea to ask your physician for the go-ahead. Once you get the thumbs up, head to the range and show them what you can (still) do!