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Tricks & Tips For Ice Fishing

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Ice fishing sounds easy enough, but getting continued success can be surprisingly difficult. Typically, there will be some early catches, but then, the fish will mysteriously “just stop biting.” Here are some tips for ice fishing to keep your bucket full for the duration of the trip.

  1. Vary jig types. According to Steve Ryan of Lake Link, most anglers start out with a vertical jig. This is initially successful, but eventually, all of the nearby fish willing to react to it will have been caught. That’s when it’s time to switch to a horizontal jig to draw in other species.
  2. Change the bait. Live bait is often seen as king, but some fish just won’t fall for it. Once the live bait stops working, switch to plastic. Panfish like bluegill often prefer it, perhaps because of its novelty. The best plastic bait uses a tiny head with a long finesse tail. It reacts to even the smallest movement of the rod, which gives the impression of plenty of action.
  3. Stop jiggling the line. It’s standard practice to bob the bait up and down while jiggling the line, but fish soon become accustomed to the motion and stop seeing it. Twisting the line while leaving it at the same depth will wake up bored fish and attract their attention.
  4. Chum the water. There’s no need to be fishing for sharks for this trick to work. Grind up some bait worms or minnows and throw them down the hole. This will draw more fish over and get them feeding. Then surprise them by putting some of that bait on a hook.
  5. Stay safe. Every year, some ice fishermen drown because the ice gave way. To be fully safe, the ice must be 4″ thick. Some chance going out when it’s thinner, but this increases the chance of breaking through. Also, be aware that ice on the Great Lakes can break off in big floes – with ice fishermen helplessly along for the ride. Fishing Tips Depot recommends that anyone going out fishing keep a charged cell phone handy. Fishermen should also let people know where they’re going and when to expect them to return.

With these tips, ice fishing can be safer and much more productive. Give them a try and see how many more fish end up in the bucket!

Also be sure to protect yourself from the elements with a Litefighter shelter!

 

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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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Tips On How To Start A Fire Without Matches

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Learning how to start a fire without matches or a lighter is one of the most basic outdoor survival tips for campers. Fire is not only used to keep campers warm, but it is also useful for cooking food, providing light, repelling insects and boiling drinking water. Below are some useful strategies for campers who don’t know how to start a fire without a lighter or matches. Keep in mind that all of these methods require tinder, which is a material that will catch fire easily.

Flint and Steel

Carrying flint and steel is an excellent way to make sure that fire is always attainable. To start a fire with flint and steel, hold the flint and steel close to the tinder and strike the steel against the flint to create a spark. This procedure should be repeated until the tinder catches fire.

Lens/Magnifying Glass

This method requires a lens or magnifying glass that will be used to magnify the rays of the sun and create a hot spot. To use this method, hold the lens approximately 12 inches away from the tinder and angle it until the beam is focused on the smallest possible area. Hold the lens in place until the tinder smolders, then blow on the tinder gently to start the fire.

Friction (Fireboard and Plow)

When none of the above tools are available, a fire can be started using resources available in the woods. First, obtain a suitable fireboard, which is a piece of softwood that will serve as a base for the fire. Next, obtain a plow, which is a stick made of hardwood that will be used to create friction. Both the fireboard and the plow must be dry.

To start fire using this method, carve a 6-inch by 1-inch groove in the softwood, then carve a point on the end of the hardwood plow. Place the plow in the groove on the fireboard and rub back and forth until a small amount of dust is created. Angle the board and rest it against your knee, allowing the dust to collect in a pile at the bottom. Rub the plow back and forth and fast as possible until the dust smolders. Blow gently on the smoldering dust to start the fire. Transfer the fire to your tinder.

Knowing how to start a fire in the woods is helpful for campers, but reliable shelter is essential. Don’t be left in the cold, get a shelter from Litefighter!

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Tips How To Purify Water In The Outdoors

 

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When hiking and/or camping, water is a necessity. Although campers can go weeks without eating anything, a person can only live a few days without drinking an adequate amount of water. However, carrying enough water for an entire trip camping trip can be difficult, especially if the trip will last three days or more. For this reason, it’s important to learn how to purify water in the outdoors. Below are several methods campers can use to purify water on a camping trip of any length.

1. Chemicals

When added to water, certain chemicals will destroy bacteria and other harmful substances that could make you sick. Suitable additives include chlorine, iodine and potassium permanganate. Keep in mind that, although this method is relatively inexpensive, water purified with chemicals may not taste as good as water that was purified using other methods.

2. Filtering

This method requires a specialized water bottle or other small piece of equipment designed to filter dirty water. These filters typically use charcoal or ceramic to remove particles. They may also purify the water by adding chemicals to kill off any bacteria or viruses that remain.

3. Boiling

Campers who don’t want to purchase or carry any extra equipment just for water purification can purify their water by boiling it. This method requires bringing the water to a rapid boil in a basin and allowing it to boil for at least ten minutes in order to kill all harmful organisms. After the water has been boiled, it must cool before the camper can drink it, which can be time consuming. For this reason, some campers decide to boil extra water at meal times and store it for later.

Of all the outdoor survival tips available, learning to purifying water is one of the most essential. However, bringing along sturdy, reliable shelter is also important.

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