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Know the Common Wilderness Survival Mistakes to Avoid

Know the Common Wilderness Survival Mistakes to Avoid

By http://whatisprepping.net

It is a fact that an unexpected wilderness survival situation is frequently born from innocent daily activities such as fishing and hunting trips with a family or friends. More often than not, good activities go off without any hitch. But, there are times that things may go wrong and once they do some things could escalate quickly. Before embarking some fun activities, below are some of the mistakes you should avoid when it comes to wilderness survival:

Lack of Knowledge

Most preppers and survivalists would tell you that while it is important to have basic survival tools. Your skills, ability, and knowledge are the most valuable tools you should have. For instance, if something goes wrong on a fishing trip and you have found yourself stranded in a wilderness environment, you’ll need the following skills and knowledge:

-Have a first aid kit and knowledge to use it.

-Learn to make a fire to cook and give warmth. 

-Knowledgeable of the wild edibles and some food sources.

-Know how to create a shelter that will protect you.

-Knowledgeable on how to purify water for drinking.

-Ability to signal and navigate

You might think that you don’t need those skills or knowledge since everything happens as you planned. Never make this mistake as it might result to your peril. So, learn those basic skills above.

Not Able to Prepare

Some people who come off worse once such situations happen are the ones who are not prepared. The truth is that though you do not consider yourself full pledged prepper or survivalist. If you will go hiking, camping, embarking some activities or hunting in the wilderness, you will need basic knowledge and skills to have the best chance to survive. If you’re not prepared, you’re actually making a perfect recipe for disaster.

Not Having the Right Clothing and Kit

It’s good to have your own survival tools and kit at your disposal when you are going on a camping trip, fishing or hunting. In many cases, your kit could make life much easier in a survival situation. But, you have to ensure that the clothing and kit you have are suited for the wilderness. 

Not Having Equipment and Knowledge on Navigation

The locations in the wilderness may frequently be difficult to navigate, particularly if something occurs that causes you to be disoriented. It is important that you know how to use your own compass and take at least one with you during your trip as you might end up with unfamiliar territory. Once you find yourself hiking in dense woodland, you can get lost easily or go round in circles. It could be both exhausting and demoralizing once it happens.

Taking some time to learn the basic wilderness survival skills and knowledge would make you better prepared for unexpected. You must also make some contingency plans. It will provide you the chance to survive through making smart decisions that are based on what you’ve learned and planned.

When is the Best Time for Walleye Fishing?

When is the Best Time for Walleye Fishing?

The season of walleye fishing is best during springtime. But, fall months and summer nights are as good for fishing walleyes. Like a weatherman predicting weather that doesn’t seem to be correct, the proper fishing time can’t be predicted too. 

The best season is when walleyes seem to be hungry. It would be after the spawn during the spring season. After the spawning period, walleyes rest for several days before they venture out for foods and the starting journey to open waters. It’s the best time for walleye fishing.

Although the season is chilly, you’ll find that you have a lot of strikes after spawning compared to what you have throughout the year. Walleyes have had slow feeding winter and spawn will take everything they’ve left. They don’t feed during spawning, so they’re going to get hungry. In this time, it is best to use some small baits. Walleyes are ready to feed and hungry, yet they’re eating in particular amounts to build up almost dormant appetite. Through watching the weather reports, temperature reports, and water condition, you may also pinpoint the best time to look for walleyes by the lakeshores and in rivers.

Through tracking water temperatures, you’ll have more knowledge on when you should start and get out of fishing. Late month of April to early month of May is a great time in some northern states like Wisconsin. The water temperatures are getting right for spawning period and there are countless of areas to fish where walleyes are present. Small lakes, rivers, and bigger lakes with lots of weeds and underwater rock formations are a good place to begin walleye fishing. The mouth of the rivers is a great place to sit while catching walleyes as they begin their venture back to lake waters.

During the month of May, a good place to start walleye fishing is by the weed beds. You may use a minnow and slip bobber to drop in right above the weeds’ tops. It’s a great time to stay in shallow waters since the temperature of water is warmer and weeds grow well. Walleyes would stay there until the perfect time to head to deep waters. A good time of the day is at dusk and dawn in shallow waters.

Some months of the year will be great for walleye fishing. Nevertheless, you have to contact several local bait stores for local reports on how walleyes are biting. Other areas are much better at various times. Still, the best time to catch walleyes is after and during spawning season in April to May.

If there is one thing that every angler does have to remember when it comes to walleye fishing during spawning period, it’s the fact not to keep females before spawning. It will only hurt the population of walleye in the future. Majority of anglers would go walleye fishing at post spawning period when everything’s done and over. During spawning, females don’t feed anyway, yet males to do a bit. Through waiting until after spawning, you’ll need more fish to select from the verses when fish that’s spawning.

7 Ways To Practice Quality Deer Management

Quality Deer Management

While taking down big bucks is what hunters look forward to when they go out into the backcountry, itís important to give back to nature as much as we take. That is what quality deer management or QDM is about. Ensuring that the population of deer continues to thrive and is not negatively affected by hunting. Letís consider 7 ways you can practice quality deer management.

  1. Setting goals

This is the first step towards QDM. You need to decide what you want to accomplish. Have a plan of getting there and set the plan in motion. If you want to achieve more deer numbers, hunters in an area can agree to refrain from hunting for a couple of years. This will make the next time you go hunting even sweeter.

  1. Provide water

Deer need water to survive. If there isnít sufficient water for them on your property, they will move on to areas that do. In case there isnít enough water, make a pond that is 10 feet in diameter and 5 feet deep. It should be located close to the bedding areas.

  1. Ensure adequate food

For a successful deer hunt the location you are hunting in needs to have a sufficient source of food. In case there isnít one, an alternative is to provide a food plot. This should be located further away from the boundary of the land you are hunting preferably in the middle.

  1. Ensure sufficient cover

Deer take cover very seriously. They need it to avoid natural predators as well as to keep hidden from us hunters. Deer will most likely stay in a location that provides cover for them to use when bedding down. If yours is mainly low-level grasses, you can start by planting trees, shrubs and bushes as well as cutting down large trees.

  1. Make deer paths

A proper deer path is one that is surrounded by thick cover. If you’ve spent enough time observing deer, you will notice that they like to stay hidden even when they are moving from one feeding ground to another. You can create your own traffic channels that you can also use when setting up an ambush.

  1. Make use of trail cameras

While this doesnít sound like a QDM technique, trail cameras let you see what is happening on the land. You can see if your QDM practices are bearing fruits and the adjustments and corrections you need to put in place for better results.

  1. Learn more about the deer

Anyone who has spent enough time in the woods on a hunt will tell you taking down a whitetail is anything but easy. The more you educate yourself on habits and behavior, the better you will be at being a successful hunter.


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