More than 300 million people in the world participate in recreational fishing every year, becoming a rising trend with the addition of fishing kayaks on the market. What makes fishing enjoyable and fun is not only reeling in the catch, but also what type of boat you choose to use. People’s expectations of fishing boats are as different as their choice of colors, and what is convenient for one person may not be right for another. This may be due to different fishing waters, storage capacities, the loading capacity or sometimes even the speed.

If you are new to fishing, it may be difficult for you to decide which type of boat or kayak to buy. Well, this article will introduce you to a few to get started. Here are three great boats that you yould really consider buying for a comfortable, fun and safe fishing trip.

 

1. The Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon

 

Outcast Fish Cat 13 Pontoon

 

The Outcast Fish Cat 13 is a beautiful boat that can be used for a wide range of water activities, including fishing. If you are looking for a boat with a low budget, but top notch quality, then you can never go wrong with this boat. You will be able to cruise through popular fishing hot spots easily because of the boat’s high stability. Once inflated, the Fish Cat measures about 13 feet long and 6 feet wide. The tubing is made up of lightweight aluminum, making it less prone to punctures.

The capacity load of this inflatable pontoon is 750 pounds, with 4 storage bags built in. Although the boat is meant for two people, you can easily remove the front seat to turn it into a one man craft. Read a Outcast Fish Cat 13 Review to get a more in-depth picture of what this boat is made of and how it can serve you well during your fishing excursion.

 

2. The Pelican Premium Enforcer 120X Angler

 

Enforcer 120X Angler Kayak

 

The Pelican Premium Enforcer 120X Angler is a fishing kayak structured for speed, comfort and stability. This amazing boat has a flat bottomed hull that is capable of navigating large bodies of water easily. The Enforcer is 12 feet long and 30 inches wide, with a load carrying capacity of 350 pounds. It has ample storage, sufficient for a solo fishing excursion.

This kayak’s footrests are adjustable and the seat has a large backrest, making for a very comfortable fishing trip. The Premium Enforcer is made up of two layers of polyethylene and resin, which helps to provide rigidity to the boat and also ensures that it lasts through many years of fishing trips.

 

3. The Ranger 1880 MS

 

Ranger fishing boat

 

If you are someone who is looking for style, speed and comfort in fishing boats, then the Ranger 1880 MS is the right choice for you. The boat comes in a wide range of durable colors that are not easily scorched by the sunlight. You can be sure of this boat looking fresh and sleek throughout the years. This brilliant monster has a solid hull that offers a comfortable and stable ride through the toughest conditions.

Unlike other small boats, the Ranger 1880 MS has a deep cockpit, complete with a full windshield to guard you from splashing water and wind. The boat has ample storage space, with rod hangers and a locker for skis and coolers. Furthermore, it comes with a trolling motor and a casting deck, which is not only big, but also carpeted. Measuring a little more than 18 feet long, with a load carrying capacity of more than 1700 pounds, the 1880 MS can easily accommodate up to 6 passengers. This boat is ideal for the whole family.

 

There are many great fishing boats and new models that come out every year with different changes, but you can never go wrong with any of the above 3. If you are a simple fisherman with only one rod and basic supplies, and you just want to have some fun with the catch-and-release type of fishing, there is a handy boat for you too. You can carry it on your back in a backpack while carrying your rod and tackle with you, then unfold the kayak and head out on the water. If this is you, research this Oru Kayak Review to see if it would suit your needs better.

hunting with paint

There are those days when you go camping or find yourself in a cabin with a group of friends, where there is no tv and the cell phone reception is terrible. Well, there is a fun, adventurous, physically enjoyable game/sport you can play to pass the time. Paintball is a sport that is played almost the same as military combat. The participants are split into teams, when you are then required to shoot members of the rival team(s) with balls of paint fired from a special gun. Once a person has been shot, they are eliminated from the game. The paint leaves quite a mess on the victim so the other team knows they’ve been hit and therefore eliminated.

paintball hit

In order for you to play the game, you require a paintball gun (or marker), paintballs, a face mask, a loader and a compressed-air tank to power the marker. Also useful are boots, overalls, padding, and gloves to reduce chances of physical injuries. Paintballing has low chances of receiving any serious injury, as the propellant does not generate enough force to cause physical harm. The main problem that could be encountered is minor physical injuries such as bruises, sprains or eye injuries. In other unique cases, the injuries may be caused by defective products or a negligent rival shooting you in the wrong spot. The terrain could also be an issue, as the woods may have cliffs, sharp drops or trees with big roots that can trip the players.

group of players for woodsball

There are various types of paintball games, the most common being capture the flag. For these games, there are different strategies to use, including:

Flanking – Split your team and advance on both sides of the oppressors. They will either be shot or they will fall back and lose the front protection.

Leap-frogging – Involves covering you teammates while they advance. Communication is vital in this area to know who is covering and who is moving ahead.

Retreat – You can always withdraw and re-position yourself (or your team) for a better chance to ambush the opposing team later.

Find cover – The trees will offer cover for players on both sides. The trick, however, is to hide colored equipment such as guns and masks. You can also set up barriers to hide behind.

Runners – This strategy focuses on the fastest in the group, who are tasked with getting the flag quickly. As soon as the game starts, two or three runners will set out separately to head for the flag.

Paintballing can be done for fun and adventure with family or friends. It can also be done as a form of exercise, as the running burns calories and improves blood circulation. It is a good way of socializing in camps or get-togethers and anniversaries. Paintballing is a sport which can be used to teach the importance of teamwork and strategy among different teams. It also nurtures constructive competition as the main aim of the game is to outlast the rivals.

Running while shooting

For people n the military, paintball can be used as target practice, to work on speed and the importance of communication in the field. So the next time you are planning a trip to the woods or you need a recreational activity, acquire the equipment and enjoy paintballing with your companions. Happy hunting! Here’s a video of good gun/mask setups for beginners who don’t want to spend a lot of money to begin with:

 

Here at Bugaboo, we want to share awesome hunting and fishing tips, plus so much more.  In today’s video, beginning hunters can pick up tips on how to hunt pheasants.  Yes, time to hunt birds:

All beginner hunters should have some tips to cut their learning curve time. If you listen to seasoned hunters, you may get a nice amount of tips, but you have to figure out where to start on your own.

The following hunting tips may be just what you need to kickstart your hunting adventures.

1. Remember: Early Bird Gets the Buck!

It is pertinent to know that there are specific guidelines that every hunter must follow all the time. Only particular periods of the year and day are allowed for hunting. Hunters are also expected to refrain from hunting at night and dawn. These are common sense rules that have been enforced to ensure that no one else is ever harmed.

hunting in camouflage

This, however, doesn’t imply that you can show up for the task at a particular time. You can be in the woods at dawn, provided you don’t make any attempt at shooting an animal before sunrise. It is very crucial that you show up early enough to familiarize yourself with the surroundings and get yourself a desirable place closest to your target.

2. You Should Keep Hunting Until Sunset

Some people do best with an early morning hunt, but you should also consider going out in the early afternoon to set things up. Late afternoons are a crucial time for both the animals and the hunters. Most hunters are more likely to get focused shots and a variety of animals to choose from during those two time frames.

hunting in the evening

The main reason why late afternoons are a perfect time to hunt is that the animals must adjust their sight to the environment that is getting darker. You can take advantage of this natural state to hunt them, because they may not quickly notice you, which is especially true with deer. Many animals also tend to gather at this time. This is the usual period when they have to get out in search of food and water.

3. Smell Neutral

deer sniffing

You should keep in mind that you are going to hunt, not to a party or a date. To smell neutral means that you should avoid using scented soaps perfumes, chemicals, and other products. Instead of attracting the animals, these scents will only alert them that there is something in their surroundings that smells strange. The perfect practice is to be neutral regarding smell so that you can merge into the surrounding environment without setting off any alarms.

4. Be Quiet

silence is necessary for hunting

Keeping quiet is the best tip that every hunter should know at all times. It does not only mean that you don’t talk, but also making sure that the movements your are making don’t invoke even the slightest rustles. According to the laws of nature, most animals are very sensitive to any rustle including a pin drop. They are very careful too, will hear the lightest sounds, and then quickly run away.

Beginner’s Guide To Hunting Advice…

The details explained here are great hunting tips for starters but don’t just stop here. There are more lessons you must learn to become a professional hunter. Just remember to keep practicing and listen to what the more experienced hunters have to say. It will not be long before you have perfected your hunting skills and can achieve the success you have dreamed of.

You can never be too prepared for this horrible situation of becoming lost in the woods. What if you’ve lost your cell phone (or reception), ran out of food, or the sun has set and now you have to survive not just a day, but days, upto a week?

We are happy to share this video with you!

 

Recently, we shared tips on how to survive in the wild but what if you have set out for the day to go on an awesome hike and all of a sudden, you realize you are lost?

Do you know how to survive hours in the day time, in the wilderness?  What if you got lost at night?

Let’s watch!

 

If you’re stranded in the wilderness, the key to your survival is finding three specific things: shelter, food, and water. Now, in some outdoor situations where the elements are not too severe, you can survive without shelter. But it is impossible to survive without food and water. Knowing what to do in the case of an emergency situation can go a long way towards making sure you get home in the best health possible.

wilderness survival

What To Have With You

If you plan on taking a retreat in the wilderness by yourself, you must consider carrying a couple of things with you. You have to get a knife, as it is used for many jobs. The rope is also useful for camping, especially if you find yourself in a survival situation. No matter the climate, always bring a jacket or windbreaker. They will keep your body warm at night, and staying warm is crucial. Also, bring water so you don’t become dehydrated.

knife for survival

You might find yourself in a survival situation while camping, since you are in the wilderness and have no way of reaching anyone if you don’t have a phone. First-aid kits will be necessary to heal injuries. Having a compass will help you find your way to the city. If you have a map of the area you will be camping at, it will be even more helpful. If you are in a survival position, having that safe place to sleep for the night is a great thing. The shelter will keep you dry and warmer. If you weren’t camping, you could build a simple lean-to with rope, some branches, and a tarp.

shelter

What You Can Do If You Didn’t Bring Anything…

Scan what is nearby and what you have on you right away. This will let you decide what you can make and how quickly you can make it. Look for tree types, plants that would work as rope, and possible combustible sources. Construct a roof as soon as possible. You can use a large tree with shelter underneath it or a cave.

a cave to hide in

Next, you would have to find food until an hour before sunset. Drink water from the cleanest possible rivers and as far from infection sources as possible. Build a fire using the tools around you. Start one by rubbing one end of a dry stick into the groove of the larger piece of wood until you see glowing embers in the channel, then blow softly while putting moss and leaves on it.

making a fire with wood

What To Eat Or Drink

Keep in mind that water in stagnant sources is often infected. If you find moving water, it is less likely to be contaminated. If you are not familiar with the fruit you find, a good rule of thumb is to evade any berries that are red or white. It’s those colors that are usually poisonous.

Avoid eating wild mushrooms, unless you can clearly identify them. Most wild mushrooms are perfectly safe to eat, but several varieties are poisonous. If you do not know how to determine the safe ones, it is best to stay away.

red mushrooms

Remember that insects such as grasshoppers and locusts are edible. You can eat them live or roast them. Frogs, lizards, and turtles are other sources of protein that are moderately easy to catch. While these foods might not be your first choice, remember your goal is survival!

archer in sunlight

According to historical records, it is believed that archery has been in existence longer than we might think. Archery was practiced for combat and hunting purposes. It has since evolved into a modern recreational sport. We will essentially cover the basics that you need to know when learning archery.

Brief History Of Archery

The word archery comes from the Latin word ‘arcus’. It is believed that the oldest sign of using the bow and arrow may have been in Europe. Bows and arrows have likewise been present in Egyptian culture dating back to its predystanic origins. Archery became highly advanced in Asia later on and has gradually but steadily evolved into a modern competitive sport and a means of recreation.

archery

How To Start Learning Archery

For anyone interested in giving archery a shot, the bow and arrow may be intimidating at first glance. But before you muster up the courage to try it out, there are key things to consider that will aid you greatly as you begin.

Firstly, identify a club that you can take classes from. Secondly, you should ensure that you buy or rent the correct equipment that assures safety, as this cannot be overlooked. Also, find a bow that fits you perfectly.

sizes of bows

Master the basics of archery and try out various target types and angles. This cannot be emphasized enough, but practice, practice, practice. Do this as much as you can once you get started to quickly transform into a decent archer.

Qualities Of A Good Archery Coach

The game of archery has, in the recent past, increased in popularity, hence the rise in the number of archery coaches. How can you find a good and efficient coach and what should you consider before paying for lessons? This is the common question always asked by archers.

being coached

To find a coach that can effectively assist you in this regard, you must first establish your need. The coach that will best suit you depends on whether you are an aspiring or advanced archer. For the advanced archers, getting a coach to help you out will require that you search far and wide, as these coaches are not easy to come by. The reverse is true for the aspiring elite beginner.

The first thing that you will need to check are their credentials. While the experienced and credentialed coaches may not be exactly what you are looking for, you are better placed knowing that you are in good hands. It is also important to ask for references, as this will give you an inside scope on what to expect while training with him/her.

archery coaching

If they have had successful students in the past, chances are high that you will also be on the list of the successful students. Another feature to guide you while in the search for your preferred coach is the fees and availability. Are the fees reasonable and can you afford it? Can the coach avail himself/herself frequently or occasionally? Considering these factors is a sure way to finding yourself a good and reliable archery coach.

In summation, archery is a recreational sport that can help with mental fitness, enhance focus and is fun and enjoyable. It is a sure way to improve your overall life.