North Carolinian hunters start pursuing deer today in the Eastern, Central and Northwestern zones as the 2013 Archery season has opened up in those zones, with the Western zone opening up on Monday. I'll be heading out for my first hunt of the year this afternoon, off to a Central zone gameland you've heard me mention many times before known as Alcoa. I just finished getting all the final details put together in the previous few days so I can just grab my stuff and go when I pull up to the parking area, so bear with me in the following video as I go over what I pack into the woods. Enjoy!
The unusually warm temperatures (yes, even down here in the South it is way above normal!) this winter have me itching to get out on the water while I am home next week and catch some of those largemouths I hear are biting as if it isn't February 2nd. Before doing so however, I have got to go through my fishing equipment and, most importantly, give my boat a look over. That being said, I just wanted to share some tips for preparation this year, just in case you haven't been lucky enough to have already been out on your favorite lake.
Well, I've been saying that there would be video blogs ever since the first blog post. We have finally reached that point in time now, as the video below gives you a look at what I carry in my turkey vest every Spring.
I am going to deviate a little with this post and focus on something we all need reminding about: Doing things to stay healthy and take care of ourselves. It may not be something you care to think about, but keeping ourselves in shape and protected against the elements is a key component to making sure we can enjoy our love of the outdoors for years to come.
"Let me guess, you're going to tell me I need to eat better and be more active?" Well, yes, that is very important to maintaining health and our active lifestyles. Don't believe me? Sit around on the couch for a month in your free time, eat all junk food and strap a 50 pound pack on your back. Now go for just a mile-walk up a moderately sloped trail. Not as easy as it was a month ago was it? But that is not what this "soap box" is about, it's about the other things we often don't think about. Take for example carrying bug spray with you on summer camping trip. Sure it may not be life or death, but dealing with horse flies and mosquitoes most likely will a) leave you covered in bug bites, b) itch and c) make you cut your trip short.
"But I eat healthy, workout 5 times a week and am always prepared!" While that may be true, I bet I can think of one thing that 90% of the people reading this forget to do or don't think about doing until it is too late. Can you guess what that is? No, it's not carry a jacket, though that will help keep you dry and fight off a "summer" cold when ever a thunderstorm pops up while out in the middle of the woods or on the lake. One word: Sunscreen. I am as guilty as the next person about not putting any on while out fishing or waiting until I am already getting sun burnt to put it on. Skin cancer is a growing concern in the world and something that can easily be prevented with the simple use of one product. You can also use clothes to protect you from the sun and as long as they are not dark colored, you won't overheat (which is another point - be sure to take frequent breaks to cool off when the summer heat arrives). And be sure to apply that sunscreen on your ears, face and back of the hands too, as these are all places most of us overlook when applying it.
A few other quick hitting tips are:
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