Learning to Hunt With a Recurve Bow and Arrow

I grew up in a family of hunters, but was never a big fan of rifles. It just didn’t seem right to me that such a powerful weapon be used against unarmed animals. After years of turning down invitations to join in on hunting trips, I finally found the solution that helps me spend time with my family, but doesn’t hurt my conscience.

It was my father who got me the recurve bow and arrow when I was a beginner. I started taking practice shots in the yard and realized that there is a lot of skill involved in archery. This, I thought, would make hunting more of a challenge.

Now there have been technological advances in recurve bow and arrow hunting that I did find useful. You can mount an electronic sight to one and even a camera to help you see better and record the hunt. You should however check your local legislation to find out if these types of add ons are legal in the state you are hunting in.

A bow sight for your recurve bow is another useful device that can improve on your shots. This helps with accuracy and precision. For a pro, they have had the experience with knowing exactly what to look for, but for me it took some time to find a bow shot that I found to be useful. Check the reviews for these carefully. Hunters can offer great insight into what makes one better over another.

If you don’t know, a bow sight is an automatic device that is attached to the riser of your bow to help you pinpoint the target with more accuracy. It works like a scope on a rifle, allowing you to take clear aim by placing the target at its center. This gives you a slight advantage in your shots compared to trying to aim without one.

I attribute my fast learning of the recurve bow and arrow to having the bow sight attached to it. As an amateur I think that my hit percentage is above average. I go to a local range to practice and find that I am just as good as many of the archers there who have had years of practice using the recurve bow.

I don’t now have this great love of hunting of course, but I can enjoy it better by putting myself close to the same level as the animals that I am shooting at. For me, there is more of a challenge this way, which makes it a more acceptable sport.

Does Anyone Use a Compass Anymore?

For centuries the magnetic compass has been used for navigation at times being the only reliable means of finding your way with no sun or stars to guide you. Now that is all types of sophisticated tools and apps and should have made the compass obsolete, and yet they haven’t. Hand over fist, it is still the better tool for navigating small crafts or when on foot.

This realization hit me this fall while out on a camping trip. I had all my gear, camping tent, sleeping bag and camping stove but didn’t think about the compass. I figured with a cell phone with GPS what was the worst that could happen?

So we went hiking with our backpacking backpack stocked filled with everything you would think we could need, except a compass. But that trusty iPhone was there so what could go wrong.

What went wrong was that we got lost, really lost. Like standing in the middle of the woods turning in circles and scratching our heads lost. Well, I figured, the lodge would be on the GPS on my phone and from there we could get back to our camping tents.

I still don’t know if the lodge was on the GPS because I had no signal to get it. Worse, I had hardly any juice in the phone to keep it on, and that big Hemlock tree sure didn’t have a place where I could plug in my charger. So we wandered, lost, with no viable means of knowing which way our camp site was. The only thing working in our favor was a clear sky, which helped us figure out that we were at least heading in a consistent direction, albeit the wrong one.

 

Long story short, we found the road that led to the camp grounds that got us finally to the lodge and then back to our campsite, and the safety of our camping tents.

So, the moral of this tale is that sometimes simpler is better. A magnetic compass needs no signal, it gets that from the center of the earth. And that’s not running out any time soon. It needs no juice to keep it going, it operates entirely on mechanics, imagine that. And it is weatherproof. Just think about that for a second. You’re stuck in a rainstorm and need to know how to get home. Would you rather pull out your very water sensitive $400 phone and hope you have a signal, or do you want a compass to look at?

So as much as GPS and apps and the tech heads will want you to believe the compass is obsolete, they couldn’t be further from the truth. This centuries old tool is likely to still be around hundreds of years from now, while the Galaxy phone will be long forgotten.

Looking for a Christmas present for your tech-interested child? Think about an air rifle

It is the time of the year, the Christmas rush. Have you ever thought of what to give your child? Well, for one, you have to know what kind of stuff your child likes. Most of the children today are so interested in hi-tech toys. And with that in mind you can consider buying your kid an pellet gun. It is not the usual gift you can give a child because of the common assumptions with guns. But it is the perfect gift to give for a child who is adventurous and loves hi-tech toys.

When a child grows up, the fondest memories stem from the activities parents spend with them. Taking your child out for air rifle hunting is an exciting way for you to bond, and a great way to create memorable moments that will surely be cherished by both of you. Hunting with air rifles is also a wonderful way to introduce the world of outdoor adventures. There are plenty of small games available to hunt outdoors and at the same time, besides the excitement the activity brings, it gives them the sense of fulfillment for providing an evening meal for the family.

As a parent I know that your major concern about giving air rifle is centered upon the safety of your child. This is normal and we will cover this issue in depth to remove all hesitations you have about air rifles. Below are things you should consider why air rifles are a perfect Christmas present for you hi-tech child.

Firearm Education

A child that is not exposed to shooting sports grows up to be adults that don’t hunt. Introducing air rifles to a child as early as now reduces gun accidents. A child we be able to learn how to properly handle guns and will instill in him discipline regarding shooting.

Develops Marksmanship

Air rifle shooting provides an opportunity to practice and develop marksmanship. You should allow them to practice shooting before their first hunt. Support them by setting up some targets in a safe location and let them be accustomed with the air rifle. This will instill precision and marksmanship that will benefit them as an adult in the future.

Learns Safety

Air rifle is a serious business and hunting with them is likewise a serious venture. Giving a child an air rifle and get them to attend safety training is a must. This will teach your child to take precautions and adhere to safety guidelines. It will also instill in them that an “air rifle is not a toy” – they will be responsible enough in handling such.

Responsible Act

The presentation of the media regarding guns shows that it is a powerful object that gives power to a person handling it. A child exposed to air rifles at an early age learns about the seriousness of the object. With an air rifle at hand, comes an important responsible act.
There you have it! There are more good things about air rifles as a Christmas present. It teaches your child discipline and proper hunting etiquette. So get your child one, shoot with them and create wonderful memories they will cherish for life. Happy Holidays!

Reviewing an Online School For Ultrasound Techs

I’ve been looking at these reviews being done online for a while now, and can definitely see where some have more value over others. Still, it can’t hurt to check out what other people have to say about anything you are planning on spending your hard earned money on, online or in a brick and mortar.

One of the more important reviews that you will find online are the ones that are letting you know how these online school and classes are. I have had a few buddies put their money into these types of programs only to find out they didn’t learn anything of value.

You absolutely have to find a site where real people who actually took classes are posting their opinions. Star ratings are good too, but you want to make sure that this guy isn’t just complaining because he never logged in so got a failing grade. The reviews are going to help you identify any problem areas to see if they are something you can live with.

An Ultrasound Technician School

Here’s one that I was looking into recently for my girl friend. She wants to do something meaningful with her life and thought that looking at tiny babies would do the trick. I was skeptical at first, but once I started doing research online I found a few things out:

  • Ultrasound tech salary: They can make a lot of money if you get in with a reputable doctors office.
  • Ultrasound tech hours: Again, if in a private setting they are typically 9 to 5 gigs, maybe a Saturday. If you work in a hospital setting though the hours are all over the place.
  • Ultrasound tech school: I find a really good one that had great reviews from former students and covered all of the required class work and lab work.

So how does one become an ultrasound technician? It looks like it takes a lot of work and studying. I guess I won’t be seeing my girlfriend too much for a little while. But I like to look at the silver lining; once she lands a job I’ll be getting some great Christmas gifts.

Whatever the class is that you are considering, do your research first. Even schools that offer basic GED certificates are figuring out ways to mess that up. Some things to look for are an ease in getting in touch with your instructors, detailed class requirements and a program that has been reviewed positively by the vast majority who took the time to do a review.

My girlfriend is stoked about her new venture and is already asking me to buy her a lab coat. I’m going to do it since I am proud of her taking the initiative to try and learn a career that can sustain her future (and mine).

Aromatic Electric Essential Oil Diffusers

If you are looking for ways on how to increase your time for relaxation after a hard day’s work, you don’t have to have a hard time going to spas and go through therapy session out there. Nowadays, it is possible to experience relaxation in an aromatic sense even if you are at home. All you need to do is to make use of aromatic oil diffusers to help you create a relaxing ambiance at your work place or at home.

Most of us are aware that essential oils have been used to promote healthy well being and to aid those who are practicing therapeutic massages. Today, it is not necessary for you to actually go to various expensive spas and go through therapeutic sessions from time to time. With the variety of aromatic essential oils and by using electric aromatherapy diffusers, you can now make you can now have more time to relax your mind and body.

More and more people are aware of the essential oils and diffuser combo which is making it a popular option for individuals who have less time to spare on therapeutic activities. These oil diffusers allows the aromatic fragrance spread through the air which helps in changing the usual stressful ambiance of a workplace to a more relaxing space for the mind and the body.

What makes it more interesting is that these diffusers can even match the theme of your office or your home as they are available ion various sizes, shapes and colors. These diffusers as well vary when it comes to functionality. Some are capable of not only diffusing aromatic fragrances throughout the air but it can as well act as an ionizer or an air freshener.

Everybody needs a little taste of tranquility either if you are in the office to work overtime or you are at home resting yourself from a busy day at work. With the help of essential oils such as lavender, chamomile and other popular essential oils, you can free your mind from the stressful activities you have encountered throughout the day and keep your mind and body at peace for awhile.

Through the help of these electronic diffusers, you can now have your own therapeutic session without having to pay for somebody to perform the therapy session for you. All you need to do is to put a couple of drops of essential oil into your diffuser, sit and relax until you smell the aromatic air spreading throughout the room to keep you refreshed and full of energy.

 

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Playing around with my dog, Zapper!

Just me and my dog zapper playing fetch around the home compound. We really had fun. I could almost feel zapper speak to me whenever I hesitated throwing him the stick to fetch, as if saying, “dude, throw that stick already!” We got along just fine today – unlike in the past when zapper would just ignore me and run, fast as he could, wondering into the neighborhood and scaring the lights out of the little children playing out.

Zapper!

Zapper had just completed his training for the wireless dog fence I bought to keep him from K9FenceReviews.com within a fifty-foot radius of the house. He was quite the naughty one I tell you – but not today! At first I thought he would just ignore the trainer and the whole gadget (which was rather costly) and resort back to his usual playing and running around anywhere. Other times I feared if I let this unruly behavior continue he would one day run raging like a loose cannon and attack someone!… Something!

Well, today he seemed obedient. Was it the fence, I wondered! It must have worked then! Very pleased with the training and the PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System I got, I fully switched to game mode and threw the fetch stick with more energy. I must have had a sudden unusual surge of energy when I threw the stick far…really far I tell you. By the boundary flags, it landed past zappers play zone! But, did I need worry? I had the fence yeah?

Zapper jumped paws first, running to fetch the stick. He almost got to it when he stopped and rolled on the ground a bit, as if to shake off something of his back. He wiggled a bit and left the stick –lying about 4 inches of his reach- running back towards me. Attaboy!

Ok It’s a fence…not only did it make playing around with my dog zapper more fun, but also worked to ‘tame a bad dog!’ Now I knew zapper would always stick around the house. It’s amazing how the gadget worked. I was impressed that it worked and was safe both for me and for zapper.

I first learnt of the wireless dog fences through a dog blog post and different searches for dog fences. I thought the idea for a wireless dog fence was great. I tried it…and it worked.

The PetSafe wireless fence I bought had a wall-mounted transmitter, an AC adapter for the transmitter, a receiver collar, some boundary flags and extra collar probes. What ’s more, it also came with a comprehensive easy-to-follow training manual. For me, I left zapper’s training to my dog walker.

The PetSafe wireless pet containment system establishes a circular boundary around your house allowing your dog freely run and play within the safe zone. The transmitter is centrally located and is used to adjust the safe zone. For zapper I set it to a fifty-foot range – subject to adjustment. The lightweight receiver on the collar receives a signal from the transmitter whenever your dog goes beyond the set safe zone and will sound a warning beep. In case your dog strays further past the boundary, the collar –through the contact point- delivers a safe, static correction that keeps running until your dog returns into the safe zone.

Tactical Pens: Necessary or a Gimmick?

tactical pensIf you have seen the Jason Bourne series or many other actions movies, you’ll know that unexpected and dangerous situations can arise at any moment. Many times, our favourite action movie heroes are required to use whatever is in their immediate surroundings to defend themselves. This has included magazines, toasters, fly swatters and of course pens. Pens make natural great self defence tools as they are relatively sharp and there seems to be a pen lying around in most places you go. In real life though, is a pen really a reliable self-defence tool?

Introducing the Tactical Pen; a line of pens which are designed with a number of purposes in mind including self-defence. The primary use of great tactical pens though is still as a writing device however they also double as multi-use gadgets to get you out of sticky situations. Ranging in price from about $15 upwards of $100 a tactical pen is marketed for those who want a self-defence tool with them at all times and for professionals who need a robust writing for any situation. Visit tactical tech devices for more reviews.

As a writing tool, tactical pens are extremely functional. They are designed to withstand any amount of stress as they are generally made of anodized aluminum which will prevent any fracturing from taking place in rough conditions. Even if your tactical pen gets run over, it’s tough exterior should still hold up.

Tactical pens are also designed to write in any condition as well. Weather its hot or cold, rainy or snowy, the best tactical pens will allow you to write in any extreme condition. Need to write upside down? Not to worry, tactical pens are designed to work in any condition.

The secondary function of the tactical pen is to in most cases provide you with a self-defence tool. Most models will have a glass-breaker tip on one end in case you end up in a situation where you need to break a window. This glass-breaker tip is functional in a tactical pen as the weight and material of the pen will hold up when introduced to increased stress.

The tip of the pen is also chiseled to pierce objects as necessary. If you were ever attacked, a tactical pen is designed to be used similar to a knife in that it can pierce the skin of whoever is attacking you. I can definitely see how this can provide piece of mind when walking through dark parts of the city at night. Even if you never have to use it, the piece of mind of having something on you which can scare away an attacker is calming.

Further features in some models include a hand-cuff key and other little helpful devices (lights, lasers, ETC) in the case you might need them. As people generally like to carry a pen with them anyways, a lightweight tactical pen can be a good investment to deliver some peace of mind.

 

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The Beard Craze – What’s Happening Lately

Cool mustache, bro.

As I’m sure you’ve all seen lately if you’ve been anywhere in public (but particularly in the bar scene and music scene), beards and mustaches are making a massive comeback.

There was a time in the 80s and 90s where iconic mustachioed men were going clean shaven, and it was really one of the worst periods for facial hair and style in general. I don’t think you will find many people who will tell you that the period between the 70s and early 2000s were any good for style. The thing is, these men went back to growing a tache or a beard after awhile and it seemed all was right with the world.

As these things go, facial hair has come back with many a demographic. Sure, there are more ‘hipsters’ with beards, but businessmen and teenagers a like are starting to sport various whisker styles, and the acceptance for that has been skyrocketing simply because of the massive cultural shift towards stubble.

There are always winners and losers in these interesting, seemingly meaningless social changes, and in this case, the companies making trimmers and grooming products are having an absolutely killer time with all the new customers entering the market looking to find the best beard trimmer.

One of the things I’m noticing, actually, is a shift towards all sorts of grooming. It is slowly permeating the culture around us that ‘grooming’ isn’t a girly thing to do. There is something proper and manly about taking care of one’s appearance, even if that means using waxes and shampoos and oils and combs. One of the biggest things we’re seeing is all these beard grooming tips telling you how to style your whiskers and what you need in a maintenance kit, etc.

Many people are even getting full sets, or all in one units, to include things like the best nose hair trimmer in their daily (or at least somewhat-weekly) routine.

All sorts of new high tech, gadgety devices are showing up, including some clippers with a laser to help you get a perfectly straight line! It’s usually completely useless, but there are some interesting gimmicky things like that popping up that will surely lead to real breakthroughs before too long.

For now, let us just suffice it to say that there is certainly an underdeveloped industry that is expanding right before our eyes and I will not be surprised when some new tech and science advancements are made in the men’s grooming and facial hair sector.

I’ve got a secret and it begins with motorcycle…

motorcycle helmet woman

Me on my bike…LOL! Not…

So I’ve been derping around with a new interest lately and I thought it was about time to share it here on the blog. Any guesses?

No, not streaking, you pervs.

I’m actually part of the way through my motorcycle training that I signed up for the other week after months of thought and research.

It’s actually a pretty big deal for me because I’ve always said I hated bikes, would never get on one, and don’t see the point of them when you could be riding in the delightful comfort of your enclosed (and safe) car.

So what happened?

Well…check out the picture to the right. A gal happened! (That’s not her, but its a pretty good representation :) ).

After chatting and hanging out a bunch of times, she convinced me to go for a ride on her bike. Now, it was a tough battle because I didn’t want to ride on the back and look like a doorknob and all the rest of it, but to tell you the truth, I have never felt so wrong in my life!

Not only did I not hate it…I loved it! And my entire life of thinking it was terrible was totally wrong. What a crazy feeling, ha.

Anyway, I got a bit hooked and after a few more rides decided that I needed to do this myself. I researched so much stuff it’s not even funny, from all sorts of motorcycle gear to motorcycle brands to the history of the darn things. Then I got myself registered for a training class like I just said above. So far it’s been really awesome. There is a certain sense of freedom that comes from being behind those handlebars and I’m really excited to get my license and buy a bike of my own.

Safety Stuff Is Pretty Slick

One of the things I have noticed is the safety gear that you can get for your bike. Sure, all you really need is a helmet to ride legally in most states (and even no helmet in a few states!), but do YOU want to have nothing but your bare skin to save you if you get chucked off going at 60 miles per hour? I sure don’t!

I’ve seen helmets anywhere from $40 to $800 with an insane amount of different features, fits, looks, etc. There are heated gloves and jackets for cold weather riding. There are all sorts of cool things out there now, even inflatable clothing that inflate to cushion your fall if you get knocked off the motorcycle.

Basically, it’s come a long, long way, and also doesn’t look like it’s all been made for a dude who wears a fanny pack and black socks with sandals! Know what I mean? A lot of the older stuff that might have kept you safe made you look like a total dweeb. Luckily they’ve made it easier to make the decision to wear this stuff lately because it looks a lot better and honestly that is a huge factor in many guys’ decision to use some of the items.

Anyway, if you want more info on the safety stuff, read the hard core organizational stuff here. It’s pretty dry but man, I read so much there and I feel like I know a ton about safety and proper motorcycle riding.

More to come in the future, I’m sure, thanks for stopping by!

 

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Biometric Technology – Fingerprint Recognition

Advancements in technology continue to astound us; continually coming out with new devices, computers, phones, and even security advances. The newest advance on the market right now is the fingerprint recognition.

This refers to the method of verifying a match between two human fingerprints. You just place the pad of your finger onto a device (like an iPhone or gun safe) and it confirms that you’re you by the unique patterns in your fingerprint. Gone are the days of confusing patterns to trace or trying to remember that complicated password.

So what products are offering fingerprint recognition? Let’s take a look at a few.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft now offers a device for fingerprint recognition that is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. It can be used to access websites and other features on your computer that you want to keep secured away from prying eyes. The Microsoft fingerprint recognition also eliminates sign in hassles.

iPhone 5 with Fingerprint Technology

Along those lines, the iPhone is now offering fingerprint scanners on their iPhone 5C smart phones . The feature is called TouchID and allows you to open your phone with a swipe of your finger; no more typing in pass codes. If you lose or misplace your phone, you won’t have to worry about it falling into the wrong hands or your sensitive personal information becoming public knowledge.

Security and Gun Safes

Also getting onboard with the fingerprint recognition technology, many gun safes now offer biometric fingerprint locks. The safe will not open until it recognizes the fingerprints of the owner. This ensures safety in a home that has firearms; no one can open the safe except the owner of the fingerprints.

No more worries about children accidently getting hold of your firearms, or worse, a thief or an intruder. Many gun enthusiasts also like the biometric fingerprint locks because it is a quick and easy way to get to your firearm in the event your home is broken into and you need access to your gun for personal protection. They claim this is much faster and easier than fumbling with a key and a lock or a pushing in a pattern on buttons (which also make a tell tale noise), especially at a time when adrenaline is high and you’re in a scary situation.

As it becomes more common, we’re sure to see many more companies and products offer the fingerprint recognition in the near future. In the meantime, I think I’ll wait for them to work out all the bugs first and buy the items after the initial sticker shock has worn off and prices come down.

How about you? Will you be among the first consumers to own a product with fingerprint recognition, or will you wait until fingerprint recognition is more commonplace and affordable?