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postheadericon Choosing the right carabiners for your climb

Choosing the Right Carabiners for Your Climb

Before going on any climb, you’ll need to access what kinds of equipment you’ll need for your trip and be able to pack your necessary gear accordingly. There are several different types of carabiners that you can choose from that vary according to size, shape and gate size. Having the right carabiners for your trip and understanding how to use them are very important, as your life may be depending on them. Here are some quick tips for choosing the right carabiners for your climb.

Consider Your Needs

Before choosing any kind of carabiner for your trip, you need to consider what you will be using them for. Different styles of carabiners are designed for different tasks, so you’ll want to ask yourself what kinds of climbing you’ll be doing, as well as the kinds of protections you’ll be clipping into. If you’re just starting out climbing, you may want to get the assistance of an expert or experienced salesman for some help.

Explore Your Options

Once you know what kinds of carabiners will be best for your trip, take a trip to the store and look at some examples of carabiners they have there. Try to get a feel for how they work, how easy they are to clip into, and how smoothly the gates work. If you’re looking at getting some locking carabiners, try to get comfortable with locking and unlocking the gate with one hand. You’ll find that different people prefer different models, so choose some that are easy for you to use and operate smoothly.

Does Weight/Size of the Carabiner Matter?

While it’s always best to climb light, be sure to consider the weight of your carabiner as well, as light weight carabiners aren’t always the way to go. Super light carabiners can result in lower gate-opening strengths and eventually a lower life span for your carabiner. Plus, narrow carabiners can harm your ropes as well. The size of your carabiners should really be based off yoru personal preferences. Larger shaped carabiners can be easier to handle and hold a lot of gear, but take up a lot of space and add extra weight to your gear.

Check Your Carabiners

It’s always important to continually monitor your climbing gear to watch out for cracks, sharp edges, corrosion, and other signs of excessive wear and tear. Even a small hairline crack in your carabiner makes them extremely dangerous and should be trashed. If one of your carabiners has a fall greater than 20 feet, it should also not be used.

Climbing is unique from many other sports in that a fall may severely injure or kill the climber. If you have any questions or are unsure about a piece of equipment, be sure to consult with an expert.

postheadericon Pheasant hunting with dogs – making best use of hunting dogs

Pheasant Hunting With Dogs – Making Best Use Of Hunting Dogs!

Owning a hunting dog isn’t something to be taken lightly. These dogs require a lot of responsibility if they are to be kept in top shape. When choosing a hunting dog, be sure that all of it’s vaccines are up to date, and that the dog has either experience itself with hunting, or it’s parents are proven hunters. The last thing, and maybe the most important when choosing a hunting dog, is to look for a good companion. A hunting dog should be loyal and friendly, and should like to please it’s master. Many hunters consider the addition of a hunting dog a priceless component to their hunt.

The one thing that sets a hunting dog apart from a family pet is it’s need to hunt. The dog, more often that not, has been bred for generations to be number one at it’s game, so getting a hunting dog and using only a part of the year during hunting season is a big mistake. Not only will the dog cause a lot of problems for the hunter with it’s unbridled energy, but it will be very unhappy. To keep your dog exercised in the off season, it’s best to try to mimic the conditions it will find out in the field. If hunting waterfowl, exercise your dog in wet areas or take him swimming. This will not only keep the dog accustomed to hunting conditions, but it will allow his muscles to acclimate to the type of exercise required come hunting season. Jogging and running are also great ways to keep your dog in top physical shape.

Another essential responsibility with a hunting dog is keeping it’s vaccines up to date. Often during hunting season dogs will encounter other dogs, along with many viruses and bacteria it could encounter in the wild. Having your dog vaccinated will protect it from many things it could come into contact with; specific things to vaccinate for are giardia and parvovirus. Booster shots will also be necessary for the immune system. Another thing a hunter can do to keep his hunting dog in good shape is a healthy diet; high protein diets are a great energy source.

The whole purpose of the pheasant hunting dog is to retrieve lost and wounded birds in the wild. The dog will save the hunter much time, and much energy. He will use his highly sensitive nose to track the kill, and many hunters find the use of a hunting dog invaluable. Keeping your best hunting companion in superior health will ensure a bond for many hunting seasons to come.

postheadericon Archery bow hunting – 8 useful tips to master this skill

Archery Bow Hunting – 8 Useful Tips To Master This Skill

Most hunters opt for firearms because they are easier to get used to. If a rare person wants to go in for archery bow hunting, he/she has to master the art first before attempting any real hunting!

Of course, plenty of practice is required. Additionally, the learner should be ready to recognize and accept his/her mistakes. Only then can steps be taken to improve upon those mistakes till perfection is achieved.

The dos and donts of archery bow hunting are listed as follows–

(1) All hunting gear should be carefully stored and maintained after every hunt, so that the weapons are in top condition for the next hunt. Before going archery bow hunting, it is necessary to check that the bow is functioning properly. To discover an out-of-tune bow at the hunting site itself is only going to bring sorrow!

(2) Many hunters fail to hit on target because they do not judge distance properly. The bow hunter can use a range finder to measure distances, before the actual hunt itself. This method is very helpful if the hunter is using a tree stand or a blind.

(3) The range finder also proves useful if the hunter prefers to be in a fixed position while archery bow hunting. It gives the correct distance and leaves no room for misjudgement. Trees act like natural distance markers, but rocks and branches can also be put to fair use.

(4) Accuracy carries more weightage than speed while archery bow hunting. So the draw weight should be something that the hunter can handle easily; going beyond that is sure to handicap the action of the hunter. Additionally, if a tree stand is being used, drawing the bow is not going to be easy. It is even more difficult in a sitting posture. Thus, draw weight should be assessed carefully.

(5) Some people do not have the patience to wait and get the target into their sights before shooting. Archery bow hunting demands slow and easy actions, not overconfidence.

(6) Where deer are concerned, the aim should be towards the broadside. The shot is bang on target if the animal’s head is behind a tree or it is turned away from the stalker. The deer is a swift animal and easily spooked–so the hunter gets only one chance for a straightforward shot!

(7) Another fact concerning deer hunting. Frequent visits to the same specific location by a hunter are enough to signal the animals not to come anywhere near the place! This is because during every visit, he/she is leaving his/her scent behind. And smart animals can smell it!

(8) The most dreadful mistake that can be committed during archery bow hunting is totally missing the kill zone. A hunter is expected to know the kill zone of every quarry that he stalks. If the prey is just wounded and manages to escape, the hunter has left it open to a large amount of suffering. And this is explicitly forbidden.