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What To Look For When Buying a Tent

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What to Look for When Buying a Tent

When sleeping outside, having the right tent can make all the difference. If a tent is flimsy, too small or doesn’t provide adequate protection, the camping trip won’t be a success. To ensure that your next camping trip goes as smoothly as possible, consider all of the following characteristics as you select your tent.

1. Purpose

Before choosing a tent, think about how the tent will be used. For example, while three-season tents are designed to withstand the conditions typical of spring, summer and fall, extended season tents can also be used in early winter. For campers that plan to take trips in middle and late winter, four-season tents are recommended.

2. Capacity

Tents come in a variety of sizes and capacities. In most cases, tent packaging will include information about the number of people the tent is designed to hold. Remember to include extra space for any pets or equipment you will be bringing with you, as well as for people who are claustrophobic or tend to move a lot at night.

3. Durability

Chances are you will be using your tent on more than one occasion. For this reason, it’s best to purchase a tent that is able to withstand the elements with breaking or leaking. Some of the features that may indicate that a tent is durable include:

  • Heavy duty zippers
  • No-see-um meshing to keep bugs out
  • Waterproof floor material
  • Double stitching
  • A large rainfly
  • Aluminum tent poles (as opposed to fiberglass)

4. Price

Tents will vary considerably in price based on their design, size, durability, brand and other characteristics. Try to choose the most affordable tent that meets all of your other requirements. However, keep in mind that it is better to purchase a good quality tent for a higher price than it is to purchase a tent that becomes damaged after a single use. Weak tents must be replaced or repaired frequently and often end up costing more in the end.

Regardless of the size or type of tent you need, it’s best to buy from a brand you can trust. Buy yourself a durable & lightweight tent from Litefighter good for camping, hiking hunting & more

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How to Identify Poison Ivy

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More than half of people are allergic to poison ivy, a common plant found throughout North America. Because an allergic reaction to this plant can cause uncomfortable symptoms, knowing how to properly identify this common plant is recommended, especially for people who spend a significant amount of time outdoors. Below is some information people can use to properly identify and avoid poison ivy.

Why is it dangerous?

Poison ivy contains an oil known as urushiol, which causes a rash in people who are allergic to it. The rash typically consists of fluid-filled blisters that may itch and weep. To contract the rash, people must come into direct contact with the oil. The oil may be found on the plant itself, as well as on objects, people or pets that have touched the plant. Reactions may also occur among people who inhale smoke produced by the burning of the poison ivy plant.

Identifying Poison Ivy

Poison ivy plants can be found in a variety of locations, from vacant lots to deep in the woods. Poison ivy may grow as a single plant, a bush or a vine. Typically, poison ivy plants are characterized by various stems that each contain three leaves.

The leaves will be close together, and they may appear shiny. Leaves on poison ivy plants are usually bright or dark green in the spring and red or orange in autumn. If the leaf is turned over or viewed from below, the bottom will appear fuzzy and lighter in color. Poison ivy plants also produce dense clusters of berries, which are white in color and usually appear late in the summer and remain on the plant until winter.

Dealing with Poison Ivy

If you come across poison ivy in your backyard or on your next hike, avoid touching any part of the plant. If you accidently touch part of the plant, wash the oil off your skin immediately with warm water and soap. Keep in mind that not all soaps will effectively remove poison ivy oils. Special soaps are available for purchase, or you can simply use dish detergent. If you develop a rash, you can treat the symptoms with topical steroids and anti-itch creams. In severe cases, oral steroids may be necessary. Regardless of the severity of your reaction, you should not scratch the rash, as this can lead to skin damage and infection.

From special soaps for removing poison ivy oils to the right type of tent, having the proper equipment is essential for the success of any camping trip. For your next trip in the great outdoors, be sure to have a durable shelter from Litefighter.

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How To Properly Dress For The Cold In The Outdoors

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Learning how to dress for the cold in the outdoors is important not only for comfort, but for safety. Winter weather, especially in certain climates, can be unpredictable and dangerous. But even if one is not worried about scaling mountain passes, it still pays to be able to adjust one’s temperature throughout a winter day – with all of the variations in temperature that can occur.

How To Dress for the Cold Weather

The two key things one should remember when choosing winter clothing are materials and layers. Certain materials work better to keep one warm and dry than others, and knowing how to dress in layers is key to remaining comfortable in the cold.

Materials

White cotton socks and cotton t shirts are fine in the summer, but cotton is not a material well-designed for cold weather. When cotton becomes wet it loses its insulation properties. This means if boots fill up with snow, get doused in water or one just sweats from exertion, cotton goes from a comfort to a hazard.

Wool, on the other hand, is an ideal insulator even when wet. This is why it is still considered a prized material for winter weather underlayers – even with the creation of a range of useful synthetics. Merino wool in particular is used as an underlayer because it is both comfortable and warm.

Synthetics are perfect for outer layers. They can shed water and snow so well that one can remain completely dry in most circumstances – unless one falls in water or sits on snow so long it melts and soaks through the material.

Layers

With an understanding of materials, it is easy to start creating layers. A base layer is always recommended, such as long underwear made out of merino wool or a synthetic material. Then comes more layers – the number depending on how severe the weather will be. Warm footwear should also always be a priority, with waterproofing if possible.

For a walk in the woods it may be enough to put on a base layer, then a pair of outdoor pants or snow pants and a long sleeve shirt or sweater, and a jacket. Someone doing a serious hike in the snow might increase the layers and bring a backpack to store layers that he or she is shedding as body temperature rises.

So remember, know your materials and learn to dress in layers. And for your next hike or camping trip, be sure to pack a Litefighter tent to stay warm!

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Best Places To Go Deer Hunting In America

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Many states have a population of deer, so there’s no need to travel for the simple purpose of hunting them. Instead, the point of traveling is to get a chance to get a buck that is superior to the rest. Even though most hunters say they target deer for their meat, they also want a chance to get a trophy buck at least once.

Here are some of the top locations to visit to increase the chances of scoring one:

  1. Wisconsin – This state has produced over 700 trophies over the last 10 years, according to Boone & Crockett. That’s about 130 more than Illinois, which has the next-best record. Wisconsin also has plenty of state land, which makes it easy to find some hunting grounds.
  2. Illinois – As mentioned, this is the #2-ranked state for trophy bucks. Unlike Wisconsin, however, it doesn’t have many state-owned areas where hunting is allowed. Instead, hunters in Illinois usually have to deal with expensive private outfitters. Even so, the chance of scoring a once-in-a-lifetime buck is very good.
  3. Texas – The state known for its giant versions of everything doesn’t disappoint when it comes to deer. It has both big bucks and a huge number of bucks. Its number of hunters is also high, but thanks to the size of the state, that isn’t a problem. Over a million licenses are sold each year, and a season will usually result in about 600,000 kills.

Some hunters have different criteria for what makes a place a good location for hunting. Things like the number of other hunters present, the total deer population, and the requirements for getting to that population all factor in. Therefore, many people may be more satisfied with the “next best” places for deer hunting.

One such place is the suburban areas of Connecticut, where residents are often quite happy to have people lower the numbers of encroaching deer. There, gaining access to private lands will take some doorbell-ringing, but most land owners won’t charge high costs for access. Another good location is Lenape Farms in New Jersey. It used to be a hunting club, but the club has ceased to exist. The deer, however, are still there.

With these ideas, it should be easier to find a destination for a deer hunting trip. Even better, hunters will have a higher chance of scoring a record buck with a visit to one of the top three!

On your next deer hunting excursion, be sure to pick up a durable Litefighter tent!

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Finding The Best Wood For Starting A Fire by Friction

 

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There are seemingly endless modern tools to use to start campfires, but no one is properly prepared unless he or she also knows how to start a camp fire with no outside equipment at all. This is because mishaps can cause the original equipment to be lost or broken. When these things occur, it’s important to know how to start a fire by friction.

The friction method is sometimes known as “rubbing two sticks together,” but this is really just one way to do it. Usually, it’s actually done by rubbing a wood stick against a wooden base. No matter which specific method is used, the principle is the same: The rubbing must create enough friction to heat the wood until it’s hot enough to ignite materials that are then placed around it.

Even though it seems simple, many people find that when they attempt to make a fire this way, the wood just gets hard and shiny. The slick, shiny surface produces almost no friction when rubbed, so it won’t heat up. What causes this problem? It turns out that this is the result of using hardwood.

While different campers may prefer different types of wood, all agree that softwood is a necessity. They also prefer the bow drill fire starting method, in which a stick is quickly rubbed into a base. A hardwood stick can work, but the base must always be softwood. Using softwood for both parts works great.

One specific type of wood that has been mentioned as the best wood for a fire is white pine. Other types of pine are also commonly used where available. If there are no pine trees around, other softwoods are also acceptable. To determine if wood is soft enough, try to dent it with a thumbnail. If it dents, it’s softwood.

The other key is to make sure the wood is dry. Dead wood that has been on the ground will have absorbed water, so it won’t work. An easy way to get dry, dead wood is to look for a dead branch that’s still attached to a tree.

This may turn out to be one of the camping tips that turns out to be a lifesaver, but the ability to start a fire is just one of the things that’ll be needed on a trip through the woods. For your next camping trip, be sure to pick up a durable Litefighter tent for shelter and warmth.

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How to Sharpen Your Knife

How to Sharpen a Knife

Although it may initially seem like a sharper knife would be more dangerous than a dull one, but the opposite is actually true. Dull knives require you to apply more force in order to make a cut, which can lead to serious injuries. For this reason, it is important to keep your hunting knife sharp at all times. Below are some tips to help you sharpen your knife easily and effectively.

1. Get the right tools.

Whether you plan to sharpen a hatchet, axe or knife, you need to have the right tools on hand. Depending on your needs, these tools may include:

  • Coarse grit sharpener – best for blades that are extremely dull or nicked.
  • Medium grit sharpener – best for dull blades that have no nicks or inconsistencies.
  • Fine grit sharpener – best for fine sharpening on blades that have already been sharpened with coarser grit sharpeners or that are not very dull.

When choosing sharpeners of various grits, you must also decide between natural sharpening stones, sharpening steels and diamond sharpening stones.

2. Use the proper technique.

When learning how to sharpen your knife, whether it be a camping knife or a hunting knife, technique is the most important consideration. In general, the best way to sharpen a knife is to begin with a coarser sharpening tool and end with a finer one. The duller the knife is at the beginning of the process, the coarser your first sharpening tool should be. For an extremely dull knife with multiple inconsistencies, a coarse grit sharpener should be your first tool. After removing enough surface material to restore the knife’s proper shape, you can move on to a finer sharpener for honing.

3. Evaluate the end result.

Whether you are trying to sharpen an axe, knife or some other hunting tool, it is important to make sure that your tool is as sharp as possible once the process is complete. Not only will this make to tool more effective, but it will also extend the time between sharpenings. To check the sharpness of your tool, feel for micro serrations all along the blade. If you feel any micro serrations, continue sharpening until they have been eliminated completely.

Although learning to sharpen a knife properly will help you make your hunting trip a success, it is also important to bring along other essential equipment, such as suitable shelter. Make sure you bring a durable Litefighter Tent on your next hunting trip!

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Five Useful Camouflage Tips For Hunting

useful camouflage tips for hunting Avid and most casual hunters look forward to hunting season. It’s a time to be away from the noise and bustle of regular life, and to spend some reflective time alone or with a few trusted buddies. You probably get your gear ready weeks or months in advance, and you practice your survival and shooting skills when you can. But if your camo isn’t up to par, you’re not likely to catch much.  These five useful camouflage tips for hunting should help you  outsmart your prey.

1. Match the necessary color schemes

Before you go for the hunt, venture to your intended site to see the colors that are dominant. Check the shades of green, how much green there is compared to other colors, and what the other dominant colors are. Make sure you check out the site at the time of day that you’ll be hunting, since colors can appear different in different lighting. Buy camo clothes that match the landscape.

2. Prepare for temperature changes

You not only should layer your clothes so that you can take some off or add new layers when the weather changes, but also consider camouflage in each layer. A layer that starts out below the surface may become visible as the sun rises and you heat up and remove your top layer. Make sure that each layer has a camo pattern that you’re confident will hide you.

3. Don’t scare your prey away

Deer and other animals have sharp senses and will be wary as soon as they detect your presence. Use scent free soap and shampoo to clean yourself before each outing, and cover your clothes with baking soda. Rubber hunting boots can be a smarter choice than canvas or leather because they do not absorb your scent.

4. Use removable solutions when it’s snowy

When the landscape is snow-covered, you – and your targets – can see non-white objects from hundreds of yards away. However, you may also need non-snow camo within the same outing. The solution is to use removable snow camo. Cover the black stock of your rifle and your call and decoy with white cloth sports tape, and drape a white bandanna with holes in it to hide your digital call. You can remove the white color when needed.

5. Avoid the urge to apply face paint symmetrically

It seems natural to apply face paint symmetrically, just like women tend to do with makeup. However, you don’t blend in as well with nature when your camo face paint is symmetric. Instead, apply your greens, browns, and grays in a more haphazard-looking way. Make sure that whatever you do on one side of your face is not mirrored in the other side.

Be sure to pick up your camouflaged tent from Litefighter for your next hunting trip!