Hunting and Shooting – Learn the Basics

Learning from expert hunters and a few of my own personal experiences is a precious thing. Basically there is no definitive hunting textbook and you learn the basics, and then learn the rest when you’re out in the field. You can’t learn everything in books or class discussions.

 

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Here are a few hunting tips that I want to share with you.

Adjust your Learning with the Right Pacing
The first thing to learn in this quick hunting course is learning how to shoot a rifle. Regular hunting rifles use 0.22 caliber munitions which is lethal at 100 yards or less for beginners and much much further away for pro hunters. Whitetail animals tend to have a quick foot and can sprint so fast that they’ll be out of sight in less than 5 seconds, so don’t rush the shot. This is the part where you need to take your time to aim right in order to get the kill-shot. For instance, deers and elks have relatively large body size where you can pick a spot to aim, and in most cases the bullet wound it will get from your rifle is deadly.

 

You can also learn from the pro hunters at our Pursuit Channel hunting shows on how to aim and make that lethal shot in hunting animals.

 

As much as possible, aim your crosshairs near or at the vital organs of the animal, which is right behind the front legs – that’s a 90% kill-shot. Aim right then, follow through. Support the butt of the rifle adjacent to your shoulder and squeeze the trigger, don’t pull too quickly. Loosen your grip before firing up a shot and only hold the gun steady after you make the shot. Prepare to fire another shot in case the animal is still moving as it might try to get away if the bullet wound is not fatal. Big game hunting can be a tricky business but it’s all fun and games once you’ve learned how to do it.

 

Essentially, you can apply these methods to target shooting also. Try not to take too long to aim your hunting rifles or bow before you take the shot as this will mess up your aim more and will cause you to miss.

 

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Watch Your Step
Not being careful while out in the field hunting big game and other animals could cause you injuries and some might even lead to death (God forbid). Watching where you land your feet and your immediate area could save your life! For instance, what if you were so focused on your target that you forgot there’s a poisonous snake on your path just a few feet away from you? Yes, although this doesn’t occur often it is better to be safe than sorry. Might as well bring with you some hunting dogs to warn you in advance.

 

Pro hunters in our Pursuit Channel hunting shows always emphasize awareness and presence of mind. You’ll often see them talk about the basic rules in hunting while in their camps or hunting lodges before heading out into the wilderness.

 

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Do not use the Gun Sparingly
You didn’t bring your hunting rifles and a bag load of ammo just to get that one clean hit now, did you? Even seasoned hunters and expert marksmen would prefer to have more bullets than they need. That’s because of the unpredictability of things and you can never be too sure always. I will be blunt and honest in this hunting course, you will make mistakes out there hunting animals, the law of averages will have its way one way or another; and that’s a fact.

 

Sometimes even a direct hit, the animal can survive a 0.22 caliber bullet wound and escape, but if you fired a second and third shot, then that will kill ‘em dead. Let loose and don’t hold back! Your goal is to bring that buck home with you and not let it escape.

 

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Gun Care is Paramount for Effectiveness and Gun Safety
The chances of hunting rifles or hunting bow malfunctioning will be greatly reduced if you keep them in the best shape possible. In my five years as a big game hunter, I’ve always used the Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather SS. During hunting season I would always remove its individual parts, clean and lubricate them and then put them back together again; and I do this every dawn around 4am just 2 hours before we set out to hunt. As a result, I have a high hit ratio and am one of the best hunters among my buddies. I took good care of my gun and it took good care of me while hunting.

 

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Use your Five Senses and Instincts to know when Game is Coming your Way
Around 150,000 years ago, before we relied on technology to survive, we first developed our five senses to hunt food or defend ourselves from predators. And now that you’re back in this hunting course once more, I would advise you to use them for this purpose again. Your eyes and ears would be the primary game detectors when they’re coming your way. While your sense of touch, smell and taste are used for when you are the one chasing the animal that you’re hunting.

 

If the animal is coming your way, then that’s a better deal for you as you just have to lie and wait until you get a clear shot. Aim your rifle in the general direction where you hear or see the animal is coming from; however, do not point it straight right away. Instead aim it to the ground or up towards the sky until the animal gets into the clearing and you can identify it; otherwise you might shoot another hunter or an innocent camper/hiker. As for me, I do what the experts do in those Pursuit Channel hunting shows – get hunting dogs to aid me in hunting. But do use your five senses, it helps a lot too!

 

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Lower Your Aim
For conventional sights such as scopes and iron sights used on hunting rifles; it’s good to lower your aim slightly in order to anticipate the “kick” when you fire off a shot. But not so much with tree stand sights as used on bows as they work differently. If the angle of the shot is particularly steep and precise shot placement is required, then you need to aim lower at about 1 or 2 degrees. For example, when you’re hunting smaller animals like the squirrel, you’ll need to aim and hit precisely. But when you’re hunting a big game this is not required as your hunting rifles are quite accurate within a 5-inch diameter.

 

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Expect the Unexpected
It isn’t always sunny in Minnesota and it sure ain’t gonna stay the same in British Columbia either, so be ready for anything. You need to be able to roll with the flow whenever the situation calls for it. When you go out hunting always have the initiative that at some point in time you might be camping also. It be better if you have sleeping bags, rain coats, tents and other camping supplies, but the safety of hunting lodges is unbeatable; as they serve both as a staging point and base camp for you and your fellow hunters. Bringing along hunting dogs would be essential too!

 

Be the Last One Out
Don’t leave early because you’ll never know what you will miss. It’s simple math: less hunters in your area means more opportunities to come across a game.

 

From firsthand experience, I’m always the last one to leave the hunting grounds and I often go back to the hunting lodges with a catch – sometimes bigger ones! These days ever since my buddies found out my secret to success, they would stay late too but we spread out at about 400 yards apart from each other. Now almost all of us has a catch when we go back to the cabin.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this hunting course and picked up a few lessons worth learning. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Pursuit Channel hunting shows in Roku, Direct TV and Dish Network as well.

Elk Decoy Setup Guide

Elk decoying is an art that requires knowledge from a thorough study of elks and skills which are mostly acquired from field experience. A lot of men and women have found leisure and excitement in elk decoying. More often than not, despite the careful planning, meticulous strategies and costly equipment, the decoying and elk hunting tips still goes terribly wrong. Perhaps what you need is a simple to deploy elk decoy and a quick setup guide that will give you a clear shot at decoying a bull. This elk decoy setup guide is concise and effective in every way.

 

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There are some Pursuit Channel shows that have very similar tips on hunting whitetails and elks and you can subscribe to them at Dish Network, Direct TV and now over the internet via Roku.

Here’s how to do it with these elk hunting guide:

Situation Numero Uno: You know the precise area where the elks usually feed, but they only come to that place after the sun goes down and all the light fades.

Decoy setup: Situate two to four cow elk decoys on that same area before dark. They should be visible and positioned somewhere near the path wherein the elk would enter. Quick elk scent sprays in the air should do the trick. Find cover some 20 to 40 yards away and patiently await your bull. Remember that usually a bull will tend to come from downwind, so try as much to take advantage of this. Hunting elks is not usually easy but elk decoys make it more efficient.

Situation Numero Dos: The elk’s annual recurrent sexual period has started but they just wouldn’t settle within your bow’s range.

 

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Decoy Setup: Ask your partner to entice a bull towards your position by calling early in the morning. Settle yourself at a strategic position. Avoid calling too much before sunrise, this marginally decreases the possibilities of a satisfying response. You can opt to spray a scent of a cow in estrus state around the area for maximum results. The bull will eventually notice the decoy and come towards it and as soon as you get a clear aim, release the arrow.

Pursuit Channel’s “Bow Hunting Addiction” TV series are also available in their YouTube channel where you can watch YouTube hunting videos about elks. There are more Pursuit Channel shows that give you expert advice and tips on how to hunt elks.

Make sure that you have a know on the herd’s activity patterns and the area’s thermal changes. When the direction of the wind alters, consider changing your current position too. Thorough observation on the mentioned factors may help you a lot on your endeavor.

Situation Numero Tres: All the cows in the area have been knocked up and bred already but you are extremely sure there are a number of them that are still in estrus, attracting bulls in search for a rut ender routine is one of the best elk hunting tips that you can get from the pros.

 

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Decoy Setup: Set up a cow decoy some 25 to 30 yards away from the area where you sight a bull continuously getting rejected. Cow call at this distance for a while and sit tight for it will only take a jiffy to get a bull stomping your way. When hunting elks; position yourself where the bull won’t notice you but would only walk past you as it approaches the decoy. Once you get the chance, aim straight and hit that bull with your best shot. Don’t forget to watch the Pursuit Channel shows where you’ll learn about trap hunting animals and hunting decoys and tactics.

With careful assessment of each situation, patience, perfect timing and this easy to follow but reliable hunting guide, you won’t miss a chance at a beautiful bull.

Learn Better and Faster Self-Defense through these 5 Tricks

When it comes to self defense there’s only one absolute: it’s either you take down the other guy or he takes you down. There is no middle ground, so you better make sure that you will always have the advantage in every sticky situation. I’ve prepared 5 best tips on how to learn self defense the better and faster way and it can help you successfully defend yourself in real life situations. So read them and put them to practice to sharpen your self-defense skills. Practice them in your mind many times before your practice them in real-time. Generally you can use these tips to learn anything besides martial arts; they are more for the mind than the body. You can catch the TV show called “Fired Up TV” on Pursuit Channel on Roku and learn more about self defense.

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1. Empty your Mind

Most people are unaware that their minds are like a cloud of thunderstorms. Too much noise and it’s hard to focus, in fact, only those who learned meditation techniques will understand how to empty their minds. If you haven’t tried this before, then I invite you to stop whatever you’re doing and close your eyes and focus on one thought for 1 minute.

Did you try it? How long were you able to focus?

For beginners, I have to say that clearing your mind of all those useless thoughts is a pain in the neck. The few days will be struggle and you’ll mostly think about so many things and even thinking about not thinking! That’s the essence of practicing self defense techniques.

It’s crazy, I know, but it’s necessary.

A clear, chatter-free, and focused mind is what it means when you want to be “in the zone,” it is the optimal state for all action/performance. The Samurai warriors of feudal Japan are familiar with this kind of state of mind and they called it “Mushin.” Watch more shows at Pursuit Channel on Roku and learn self defense too! Today extreme sports athletes and master martial arts experts have different names for it as well, but the meaning is one and the same. When you empty your mind you’ll be able to learn like a little child learns stuff and boy do they learn quickly! Less chatter and noise in your thoughts will make you like a hawk, able to see clearly for miles and without distractions and your efficiency will dramatically increase. When you learn self defense you must first learn how to achieve the “mushin,” then you’ll be able to excel at learning anything.

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While more practice will result in “mushin,” it is also possible to force your state of mind into it at the start of the practice. You don’t necessarily have to rely on chance all the time.

Every time you practice, spend between 5 – 20 minutes of silence (you can sit down or just stand in a corner), adjust your breathing so your mind and body could relax and then clear your mind. It may take a while before you can master this technique, so be patient. In time you will see that getting into the zone or “mushin” becomes almost routine. Aside from practicing getting into the state of mind of “mushin,” you also need to stay in there throughout your martial arts training. The “mushin” state of mind will help you develop self defense techniques efficiently. If for some reason you’re slipping in and out of the zone, then pause your training and restart the mind conditioning meditation.

Some people like to opt for guns used for self defense but that’s more like for survival than just simple self defense.

2. Go the Extra Mile

Think of a water cannon spraying several cubic feet of water on you and you just want to fill a small cup for a drink; how will that work out for you? It would tear the cup apart and pin you to a wall. The amount of water coming at you is too much and it’s being jettisoned – there’s no way you can do it.

Now imagine you go ask a neighbor to give you some water and she hands you a pitcher. Isn’t that easier? It’s natural, I mean, you’ve been doing that all your life and there’s nothing to it. All you have to do is pour the water from the pitcher slowly to fill the cup and drink it.

Let’s say you’ve just started to learn self defense and you’re a white belt Karatedo student and you spar with a red belter; you’re going beyond your means and you won’t learn anything. You try again but this time you spar with your fellow white belter. What will that do to improve your skills? Nothing. You master each “kata” in your training and spar with someone just a notch or two above your level and you are going to definitely improve! In this case it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you can see and understand your mistakes and improve on them in the next sparring session. Have the enthusiasm to improve each time you spar in order to correct those mistakes.

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The book called “The Talent Code” has a unique and effective approach in training to improve your skills:

1.    Aim for a specific skill that you want to learn
2.    Practice to achieve it
3.    Evaluate the gap and then bridge the gap
4.    Start over

Mistakes keep you focused. That’s because you’ll do a lot to avoid committing it over and over again and thus, you improve.

3. Do not Rush Mastering a Special Skill

When you attempt to push the envelope you’ll notice there are things you want to learn that are quite difficult, but you know and believe that they’re not impossible to achieve. When you do notice them, do not multitask and fix them all in one time. Resolving something by multitasking will get you nowhere as our mind can only focus on one thing at a time. You should instead break them down to chewable parts and learn to surpass each difficulty until you have mastered every portion of that skill.

For instance, you’ll be practicing a martial arts technique that involves footwork, a spinning kick and a left or right hand movement, then rehearse each movement individually and in repeated slow motion.  Work out each maneuver until you get comfortable with them and then execute them in the exact manner that your “sensei” showed you. Mastering complicated self defense techniques that requires several movements may be daunting, but once you’ve done it you will indeed become an expert.

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4. Employ Contextual Variations

Doing one thing in a very specific manner is not learning a new skill. What it does is simply memorizing a move; however, in a real life combat situation your opponent will not stand still like a dummy and just let you hit him so easily. No, he will be fighting back and countering your every move. So, what you need to do is to practice your moves in a functional way in order to gain new skills.

Here’s how to do it:

Instead of the usual – leaning one’s body forward with a punch/jab attack – try to use some agility with it and train to throw a jab while moving in different directions. Spar with another boxer and see if your moves are working.

This tip can also be applied to writers and if you’re a newbie writer, then you should practice using word synonyms and try to write a paragraph in different ways to make it more eloquent and poetic, but not dull.

You can also employ it in music. For instance, you’re learning the guitar and the basic technique is how to strum the strings. First learn the chords and hand placement as well as transitions and then do variations and explore.

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5. Practice each Special Technique Alternately

Even though you will make certain improvements in training with a single move for a thousand times or so, it may not really stick or make a difference. It gives a negative kind of satisfaction to find yourself being very good at something at one point, and then suck at it the next day or week. To ensure that you will learn and even better improve on what you’ve learned, you must practice alternately and not routinely.

Let’s you want to learn the high kick maneuver, the reverse punch and the flying kick technique. If you practice the high kick maneuver for 7 days, then you’ll do the reverse punch for another week and the flying kick on the third week; you will not be able to put them into good use at all. The better way to do it is to practice the high kick for 2 hours, then the reverse punch on the next 2 hours and finally the flying kick in the last 2 hours. But on the next day you need to shuffle them so you’ll get used to them completely that you will be able to execute all 3 moves in half a second!

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Now that’s what I call learning and improvement.

Bringing it All Together

Using all 5 tips to develop your martial arts skills for self defense or whatever skills you need to learn will show dramatic results. You can do it this way: Begin by allowing your mind to enter a state of “mushin.” Practice right past the edge of your ability. Observe your mistakes and then improve on one mistake at a time. Practice each component of your mistakes in isolation. Remember to practice individual component parts of your mistakes alternately to avoid sticking to one part for a long time while practicing and become redundant. After a while you should be comfortable in deploying each technique and then variate your moves and excel in it in order to move to the next level.

And as always don’t forget to subscribe to our shows at Pursuit Channel on Roku.

Four Camping Tips on Avoiding Wildlife Habitat while Outdoors

One of the cardinal rules of camping in the wilderness is to first do no harm to animal habitats – kinda like medical doctors. Even though part of the priorities of camping outdoors is to see one or more wild animals as part of a sightseeing adventure, most outdoor enthusiasts consider damaging animal habitats as an irresponsible act. In fairness, campers do not intentionally displace animal habitats; especially the novices and they have to be walked through everything about camping just to get them started. Some newbies deliberately ignore signs of animal habitats and attempt to get a closer look, which scares the poor animals away. We have outdoor adventure shows in Pursuit Channel that teaches how to protect the animals and their habitats while camping and hiking.

 

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Those animals might get so scared that they might leave their homes permanently in order to seek safer shelter elsewhere. That is why it’s very important that camp leaders educate their team members on camping and animal safety rules besides training them to handle outdoor camping gear properly.

Here are a couple of camping rules that you should know before setting out to camp in the wild:

1. Natural Pathways – Spots where wildlife congregates are usually ideal to setup camp and unload your camping gears, but if you know best you shouldn’t camp there. There are ways to tell when a path has been cleared by animals and if happen to see one, then better move your campsite somewhere else. Typically you will see chewed-on material along the trail, mangled brush as well as hoof or foot tracks – show courtesy to animals and find some other place to settle. A Pursuit Channel show called “Winchester & Drury’s Natural Born,” showcases hunting and camping tips for beginners and experts alike. You can get more tips from them if you watch the show regularly.

 

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2. Bedding Areas – Animals such as deer, raccoons, foxes, and other mammals often seek shelter to protect themselves from the elements just like humans do. Areas with low lying tree branches overhanging natural clearings are typical animal shelters, so be extra careful when you’re around them. When camping and hiking, look for evidence of habitation before setting up camp under softwood trees like pines and cedars as they are the most likely places that animals seek shelter to, because these trees protect the animals from wind and rain.

3. Burrows – Digging out burrows in soil or organic material such as tree trunks is the common survival instinct of smaller mammals. You can spot these burrows easily as they don’t cover it with leaves or other stuff. Be sure to check for these entry and exit points if you’re setting up camp next to any large trees or dead logs. Newton wasn’t wrong when he said that every action has an opposite reaction, you know and if you disturb the animal’s den, then they’ll disturb your camp as well. They would most likely smell your food and go after them. I mean, if they can get an easy meal, then why go to the trouble of catching one? Plus your meal is more delicious than their normal food servings. This has happened many times with novice campers on some Pursuit Channel shows.

 

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4. Watering Holes – Other common camping spots people pick are creeks and rivers, but often they’re not aware that these places have watering holes for animals too! You have to understand that these creatures need water besides food to survive and you’re in their way when you camp near these places while enjoying your outdoor adventure. You can actually find other natural bank-side clearings that are preferable to setup camp on where you don’t have to scare animals away or get in their way to find food and shelter.

Expert campers are actually the ones who are very concerned about the environment they get into. To start becoming a pro-camper, you’d need to be aware of your surroundings and more importantly always be sympathetic to the animals that live there. Using these four camping tips will greatly help you tip-toe your way into forests and wilderness and not harm anything there. Remember to buy only genuine camping gears from a reliable camping equipment company. And as always don’t forget to watch our outdoor and hunting shows on Pursuit Channel on Roku.

Securing Your Dorm Room and Yourself While Away At College

School shootings and other unfortunate incidents are now creeping its way closer and closer to unsuspecting students. You can no longer be so naive and think that college campuses are risk free or “bad guys-free,” and suddenly your grades and fun activities in school are not just the things to mind about. At any given time there could be disasters or a gun-toting psycho in your school and that’s why you have to be prepared. If you have started to consider this need, then good for you because that means you’re a notch less closer to getting shot at or mugged or be the latest victim of a fire, earthquake, hurricane etc. Also the survival skills you learned will be very useful in this case; however, preparing yourself for it can be demanding and you may have to push yourself a little further than you usually go.

 

 

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What you Need to Do:

•    Secure space where you’ll stash emergency supplies: Learning some nifty survival tactics in this case is very important. Most college dorms these days have small apartments or rooms which are inadequate to save food and emergency supplies. Use a small space in your closet to put your emergency supplies in or ask the tenant if they have a spare space where you can place them.
•    School policies that don’t favor your safety: With the media going hysterical over guns in America, almost schools now prohibit firearms and other weapons to be carried in schools. All the while it is the students who ultimately become the victims of school shootings because they had nothing to protect them with – even when there are school police. This isn’t really a handicap because you can still learn self-defense and protect yourself and, if things are favorable, those around you as well. Still you must know whether or not the school allow survival firearms like conceal carry hand guns.
•    Familiarizing your new surroundings and identifying dangers: Understanding danger requires keen eyesight and a sharp mind. You have to understand that both people and things may threaten your safety; sometimes even a situation that you’re in could quickly become dangerous. Your best defense in this case is how you respond to people, things and situations – the difference can save your life.

 

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Always have a Stockpile of Emergency Supplies and Food that Lasts for 3 – 6 Months
You may want to prioritize food, water and your emergency gear when it comes to allocating storage space to individual items on your survival list. Even though space can be scarce in your college dorm, you have to make every effort to have a whole bunch of survival equipment that will help you last through a critical situation. Normally, a 1 – 3 weeks emergency supply of food, water and helpful stuff is good but since you’ll be in college for 3 months at least, then it would be good to store as much emergency supplies as the length of your stay.

 

 

•    Keep a “Quick-Escape” Bag also Filled with Survival Supplies in the Trunk of your Car. In emergency situations like disasters, your first priority is to make a quick escape from the affected area and get home to your family. The trunk of your car has ample space to accommodate your emergency supplies and it can take you anywhere you need to go quickly too!

 

 

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•    If you don’t have a Car or Closet Space in your Dorm Room, then Opt for a Bug out Bag. This is a nifty bag. It has lots of spaces divided for specific purposes like food, water, medicine, matches, bottle of gas, clothing, items for personal hygiene and more. Ready to eat meals like protein bars, instant noodles, canned food and protein bars would be most preferred items in your food supply. They’re easy to prepare and will keep you functional until you will get help. Look up some of Pursuit Channel’s survival TV shows for more information.
•    Buy Storage Boxes that Fit Under your Bed. You may not have thought about it but it’s actually a good idea. Pacific Islanders and Asians commonly use boxes to store their stuff in and if you’re keen to observe the news you will see them carry it in times of disasters and emergency situations.
•    Take Every-Day-Carry (EDC) Items with you at All Times. You’ll be on the move 70% of the time while in college. You go from class to class, frat house to grocery stores outside the campus, field trips and more. So keep those handy emergency devices with you just in case. A hiking bag or military pack would be a good option to trade in for your ordinary book bag. You’ll be able to carry survival items with you at all times.

 

 

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Have an Evacuation Plan
Before you even step into the campus of the school that you’ll go to college to, get to Google Maps and start planning an evacuation plan in case of disasters or threats. This is a very important thing to consider in your survival skills during disasters.

 

•    Make sure that your Drawn up Map Includes more than 1 Exit Routes. Memorize the plan but always bring it with you just to be sure. You can also create a PDF or a JPEG version of it so you can put it in a more handy stuff, like your smartphone or laptop computer.
•    Create a Communication Plan as Well. Instinctively your first response in any threat or disaster is to call your parents and notify them of your situation. However, you must also consider having a reliable contact person to call or text to in case your family isn’t available or you can’t communicate to them directly due to network coverage issues because of the disaster that happened near your area.

 

 

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•    Recon your Environment as Far as 5 Miles in Diameter from your School Campus. Normally you would travel 2 – 3 miles from your school campus to any point in your immediate neighborhood and you’ll be doing this for months. During each time you traverse the distances remember to take notes of the routes you take – both in your notepad as well as in your mind. You may refer to your detailed map to plan efficient routes to get around and out of the area in case of emergency.
•    Take the 50% Initiative on Fuel. Never let your car’s fuel tank fall below 50% as this could cause serious problems. Your first response to any threat or danger is to get as far away from it as possible, in fact, the only time you really need to be a hero is if you have no way out. So always remember the 50% fuel initiative.

 

 

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Take Self-Defense Lessons and Pay Attention to College Safety Orientations
For your own sake I hope you will take time to get firearm and self-defense training, college or no college. You may also want to take survival training and choose a school that allows students to carry concealed firearms inside the school campus. It’s just unfortunate that these days gun-free zones exist all over America which undermines the student’s safety.

 

•    Check the Crime History of the School that you’ll be Attending. Matching previous crimes that occurred inside the school’s campus versus the precautionary measures that they have taken to prevent such things from happening again is crucial to your safety, so do research.
•    Check if they Allow Guns in their School. Like I said before, most schools nowadays have designated themselves as gun-free zones in order to curb gun violence. In my opinion you should only go to schools that prioritize your safety and not promote some liberal political views, which does everything but stop gun violence.

 

 

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•    Develop your Situational Awareness. Last but not the least to include in your survival skills is situational awareness. No matter how much you’ve trained and prepared for disasters or threats if you let your guard down or become shocked at the first sign of trouble, then you may not survive at all. That’s because you forgot one crucial thing – situational awareness. If you’re oblivious to what’s going on around you because you’re distracted by your phone, video games or daydreaming, then your mind will have processing too much information at once and will shut down for a few seconds. Unfortunately, those few seconds are precious as it will determine whether you live or die. Even though luck can play its part at times but how lucky can you get in dangerous situations? At best probably once or twice, so unplug, be a ninja or something or sleep with one eye open.

Gun Safety – The Mainstream Media Plot Twist

The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently responded to the media frenzy about the shooting accident involving a 9-year old girl and her instructor, Charles Vacca, who got shot in the head. The NSSF feels that the mainstream media is once again coercing the public through their news broadcasts to advocate gun-control. The NSSF furthermore, pointed out that credible, effective firearm safety efforts doesn’t need to sanctimonious rhetoric, involve divisive tactics and videos that are catered to parents in order to scare them off of responsible firearm ownership.

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Bloomberg plans to fund a pro gun-control group called “Everytown for Gun Safety,” over $50 million to pursue stricter anti gun legislation. Bloomberg’s other gun-control lobbyists which include Shannon Watts’ Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns will join hand-in-hand with this new group to lobby for more gun laws. According to NSSF what this group will accomplish is nothing short of an enhancement of the already existing gun laws in America. The worst case scenario is it will cripple businesses who are selling firearms as their primary function. The firearms industry is worth $31.8 billion annually and if legislation will make it hard for gun sales to thrive in the US, then this will not go without consequences economically.

Experts now predict that the new group’s slogan and mission will most likely be the same as every other gun-control groups’ mission, which is to curb guns from law abiding citizens. Sadly this will have no credibility as gun owners know responsible gun ownership.

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All major firearms manufacturers as well as the NSSF have their own separate effective gun safety initiatives year-in and year-out and they’ve been doing this for decades; however, the tests does not – in any way – result in confirming that there is a need for more gun-control. The safety programs of the NSSF, NRA and other similar organizations have yielded fruitful results. They even participate in hunter safety training. In fact, in the last 10 years alone it has decreased firearms accidents down to 22% which gun-control lobbyists completely ignore. According to the FBI statistics about less than 1% of all firearm accidents in the United States are fatal and those involved in such accidents did not have proper gun safety training.

This is a major blow to the incessant ranting of gun-control lobbyists and is the reason why the right to bear arms could never be repealed.

Gun safety statistics in America:

  • Firearms manufacturers mandated new gun locks for all their products and over the past 15 years there were over 70 million gun locks included with every purchase.
  • NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program successfully distributed more than 36 million free firearm safety kits that include a gun locks to thousands of communities across the United States with the help of over 15,000 law enforcement offices.
  • Last year alone, NSSF has also successfully sent out 3.6 million firearm safety materials as per request from responsible gun owners. The NSSF constantly receives inquiries from various communities regarding expert advice and gun safety materials, which in turn promotes safe handling of firearms and secure storage.
    NSSF’s new slogan is “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” which is very appropriate for their Project ChildSafe campaign.
  • According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last May 2014, only 1.5% of accidental fatalities among children below 14 years of age involve a firearm. The report also showed that poisoning, drowning, motor vehicles, fires, falls and suffocation rank higher than firearm-related fatal accidents.
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Despite safety training and precaution, tragic accidents are unavoidable. However, organizations like the NRA and NSSF are always at the forefront when it comes to gun safety in order to prevent such accidents. Gun-control advocates only see it one way and turn their blind eye on the good efforts that these groups have done to keep people safe. Had they attended a safe direction firearm training, then they wouldn’t be as much as a gun-control freak as politicians with gun-control agenda would have them believe. By design, a gun is meant to immobilize or kill any living thing and there have been many instances where guns saved people’s lives from intruders and psychopaths, but the media only focus their cameras on gun-related incidents or accidents. With budgets as high as $50 million, who wouldn’t twist the truth for a handsome fee?

Tahiti Bound

It is said that the South Pacific waters of Tahiti is the best place to catch Marlins and it’s true. Dozens of sportfishing magazines, open sea anglers and marine biologists all agree that the natural coral reefs of the South Pacific islands make marine life thrive in millions! It’s the best catch and release adventure anyone could ask for. The food chain is constantly replenished here that there’s more than enough room for humans – especially anglers – to pry. Even the great Zane Grey was so pleased when he reached Tahiti while he was looking for the most pristine waters to fish during his early expeditions. Lucky for us today logistics in that part of the world is now within reach, in fact, Tahiti has become one of the best tourist destinations in the world too!

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Zane Grey caught the world’s first 1,000-pound Blue Marlin somewhere off the coast of Tahiti back in the 1930s; Tahiti boasts some amazing blue-water and open sea fishing. Grey’s exploits about the capture of that fish is recorded in his book and is very exciting to read, even more so exciting was the chance to get to fish in the same waters almost a hundred years later. However, it was in the outer French Polynesian island groups where his real adventures were realized, particularly in the Austral Islands to the south and Tuamotu Archipelago to the east.

Sportfishing is now among the most sought after commercial amenities in the French Polynesia these days and you can book a trip as well as a reservation for a sportfishing adventure also. The hotels and resorts are world class with matching white sand beaches and breathtaking natural forest in the backdrop. Specially designed 40 – 90 foot long boats for anglers are always at your service! The boats are equipped with the latest sonar technology to scan for schools of fish and even cater to some of your fishing equipment needs. Experts would easily spot a Blue Marlin and let you know when to cast your fishing poles and fishing reel. When heading out into the reef the captain would blast the engines at over 30 knots, but once you get to where the fish are lingering then he’ll slow it down to 12 knots to prepare the bait and allow the fish to follow the lures behind the boat.

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With a lot of buzz about this place and my feet itching every day to get there and see and feel what it’s really like, I finally book a flight to Tahiti. I made hotel reservations and of course joined a team of amateur and pro anglers on a boat trip for 3-4 days. Captain Timish took us out in a pre-planned excursion in his boat – the Eloise II – where we’ll start off to fish the blue-water walls and drop-offs surrounding Hao for about 1-3 days tops, then head east looking for coral atolls to catch a variety of tropical game fish. But our final destination was Fakarava Island where the Captain thinks is where the Blue Marlins occasionally feed. Some of the anglers on board even taught me their secret fishing techniques.

So off we went with about 15 other anglers, one of them named Matt Siu, who has been fishing in those areas for more than 4 years now, told me that the giant Trevally and Dogtooth Tuna will give me the fight of my life. Matt has been in salt water fishing for almost a decade now. No matter how much preparation I made Matt was eventually right and I was nearly pulled overboard by a 900 lbs Dogtooth Tuna monster! As the boat went off the shore, the crystal-blue waters beneath reveal dozens of fish silhouette and we were even able to identify some of them like the Wahoo, Skipjack and Yellow-fin Tuna. A true champion of sportfishing and he’s not even competing. Indeed Capt. Timish knows these waters like the back of his hand! And with the highly sensitive sonar equipment there’s no way we’ll miss the Blue Marlin today.

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It took no more than 4 hours for me to haul in my first catch with my fishing reel and it was like the catch of a lifetime for me, even though the fish was only a decent 300 – 400 pounder Blue Marlin. Edmund, who is the Captain’s first mate, was on deck and reassured us that the 700 – 900 pounders were common in that area and all we have to do is be patient and wait. So we let five Accurate 130s and three Shimano’s from our fishing equipment tethered to our lures just to be sure. Captain Timish and his crew have prepared us live baits even before we departed; however, the artificial minnows worked so well with the Blue Marlins that I got my first bite at around 6 hours after we left port.

From day 2 up to our last day in Tahiti, I was able to catch 2 Blue Marlins which were a 600 and a 800 pounders respectively; 1 Dogtooth Tuna (740 lbs), 4 giant Trevally (400, 650, 830 and 908 lbs) and 1 unlucky 250 lbs Grouper fish. The other 15 anglers made a lot of healthy catches too but we only kept 1 or 2 fish as our prize and we released the rest of them back into their natural habitat. I can’t wait to book my second sportfishing vacation next summer.