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5 tips for outdoor shooting range!
It’s very normal for anyone practicing outdoor shooting to miss the target at any given point during the exercise. Does it mean that you should be discouraged and give up? No, because this won’t be a good attribute for a great shooter. Great shooting calls for consistency in practicing and determination. Do you want to become an expert when it comes to shooting? Well down here are five easy to implement tips to make you an expert shooter.
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Canning is a fun and rewarding summertime activity that helps preserve your garden’s bounty, saves money and increases your self-reliance.
But it also involves work at a hot stove during the hottest part of the year, when fruit and produce are at their peak. Back in the day, when cooking was done on wood cook stoves, many households had a second detached “summer kitchen,” where summer meals were prepared without adding extra heat into the house.
Outdoor summer kitchens are mostly a thing of the past, but serious home preservers and canners can set up an outdoor “canning kitchen” to make their jams, jellies and preserves.
While you can use an old-fashioned wood cook stove to equip your canning kitchen, most people opt for the convenience of large portable propane burners. A simple high output propane burner (55,000 BTU or more) is available for under $40, and can connect to a standard exchangeable propane tank. These large burners can bring a five-gallon pot of water to a rolling boil in just a few minutes, which beats waiting as much as an hour for your indoor kitchen stove to do the same job.
A second, small scale camp stove to cook up your preserves is a necessary expense, as a high output burner would quickly burn preserves and wreak havoc on your small saucepans. These are similarly inexpensive and sell for as little as $20.
Assuming you already have canning jars and pots, the only other thing you’ll need is a propane tank for about $40. All total, for about $100 you have the basics of an outdoor canning kitchen that can be set up temporarily outdoors on a small table or even the ground in a pinch. With even a few batches of jam or pickles in a summer, you’ll be thankful for the investment, both for the cooler house and the reduction in humidity and mold potential, as all that water bath steam is released into your kitchen.
Canning on Wood Heat
If you’d like to further reduce your ongoing costs, or simply avoid the use of fossil fuels, it’s easy enough to can outdoors on wood heat, or with a hybrid method. For the least expensive option, try creating a small wood stove by making a U-shaped fire pit out of cinder blocks and topping it with a BBQ grate. With this setup, you’ll need to be careful not to damage your canning pot with the open flame. For a less primitive option, try a wood cook stove, which you can get, second-hand, for as little as a few hundred dollars.
If you’re truly looking for the best long-term outdoor canning kitchen solution, try a dual-fuel wood and gas stove. With a dual-fuel stove, you’ll be able to use wood as your primary heat source to bring canning water to a boil, but still use a more gentle heat from a small gas burner to gently cook down jams and jellies before they go into the water bath.
Temporary or Permanent Canning Kitchen
It’s easy enough to set up a temporary canning kitchen for the afternoon by simply hauling your propane burners out to a safe spot, but if you’re canning more frequently, it might make sense to set up a semi-permanent or permanent canning kitchen.
A semi-permanent option with a tarp or tent canopy roof means that you can leave your materials outdoors and can several times a week without exhaustive setup time. A simple sink built into a 2×4 framed countertop can be plumbed in with a garden hose. With this option, you’re still at the mercy of the weather to some degree, as tarps don’t fare particularly well in high winds and storms — and flies, honeybees or mosquitoes are sure to be a problem.
If you can afford it, the best option is a permanent screened-in outdoor structure that has a solid roof and fully screened walls to protect you from the elements and unwanted pests. Keep in mind: If you set everything up correctly, you could do just about all of your summer cooking in your outdoor canning kitchen to help keep your house cooler.
For a truly year-round option, try integrating your canning kitchen into a sugar shack. A sugar shack is already set up to vent heat and steam, and most are designed with a bit of counter space for making value-added maple products like maple cream and candy. If you’re considering building a sugar shack or summer canning kitchen, why not design them together into one structure to save both space and money?
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Behold, the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus in all its glory, but is it really all folks state that it is cracked up to be….?
Before we get into this, straight from the Goal Zero website.
With the Guide 10 Plus Recharger and Nomad 7 Solar Panel you have a portable, rugged charging kit as adventurous as you are. Charge AAs from the sun or any USB port, then power your phone, MP3, GPS, or perk up your tablet in a pinch.
Let’s cut to the chase here before I get into my detailed review. This thing is indeed great for power in a pinch but can be a chore, might not even be necessary for the simple weekend trip. Obviously we are not talking SHTF here because if that were the case, are we truly concerned about charging cell phones when the entire grid is down. Overall I’d have to say at this price point (around $100) it’s affordable, if you spend more than a few days out in remote areas it can be a nice to have item but don’t go out of your way to snag one up.
I spend a good amount of time out in the wilderness but never for more than a few days at a time (for the most part). In those instances I usually leave my electronic devices off because…there is no cell phone signal. I do carry a Delorme InReach Explorer on my person but the battery life of that device is more than sufficient for a 2-3 day trek. For me and what I do the Goal Zero is a nice to have but also not a necessity. I could hang it off my pack as an insurance plan knowing that power would always be there, no outlet needed, but again I’ve yet to run into an instance where I NEEDED power.
I charged up the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus to full power (indicated by the green LED on the device) and connected it to my cell phone which was sitting at 17% charge. 16 mins into this the battery pack was showing red, no more charge and my phone was up to 24%. Interesting. I then plugged my phone into the wall and 1 hour and 2 mins later it was at 76% (I had to leave). I set the Goal Zero back out on the deck to recharge.
Round Number 2
I decided to give the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus a second chance later in the day after letting my phone battery drain and the GZ battery pack charge. My iPhone was at 15% when I hooked up the GZ device, it only took 15 mins for the green light on the battery pack to turn amber (30% charge on my phone). It did last significantly longer this time, running a full 1 hour and 25 mins before turning red (no more charge) and bringing my phone up to 87% charge. Decent but not exactly earth shattering.
As previously stated I suppose one would benefit from having this device versus not having it for longer periods out in the wilderness. It will limp your small mobile devices along but isn’t exactly a power plant, nor was it probably designed to be. If you are the type to take a weekend trip I suggest making sure you have a full charge on your phone and bringing along a small power pack which will probably give you 1-2 full charges, less space than the solar panels and more effective. If you are the type to spend more than a few days out there, you probably already have this and have figured out a way to make it work. Personally I was a bit underwhelmed but hey, solar is…solar.
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Outdoor Adventure & Essential Skills! Josh “7 P’s of survival” This show in player below! On this episode of 7 P’s of Survival we are talking about one of my favorite survival handbooks. The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills For Outdoor Adventure. While this book has never made it into my pack it is without a doubt graphic intensive … Continue reading Outdoor Adventure & Essential Skills!
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Tools You Will Want in an Outdoor Emergency
When preparing an emergency kit for the car or camper, or for a compartment in your backpack, keep in mind that usefulness must be combined with situational likelihood. If a vehicle malfunction leaves you stranded on a forest service road in the mountains, you may need certain items that aren’t all that necessary if your car breaks down on the interstate highway. Likewise, if you’re on a backpacking trek, you might need to fend for yourself for longer than if you encounter bad weather and flooding at a campground.
In addition to the obvious inclusion of energy bars, dried fruit, Mylar thermal blankets, rain jackets, and matches, consider packing some special tools that will come in handy. The following list contains essential items that you may want to keep in a separate duffel bag in your car or SUV, or in a special container stowed in a larger backpack.
1) LED Flashlight
These are lightweight, the battery lasts far longer than a light with an incandescent bulb, and most of the outdoor-suitable models are practically unbreakable. In fact, it’s a good idea to have at least two LED flashlights on hand, one of which is head-mounted for hands-free use.
2) Collapsible Shovel
The best models are the ones that have a simple, pull-out handle that is then fixed tightly with a twist mechanism. The shovel head should be made of high-strength steel. This tool can be valuable if your car gets stuck in thick mud or gravel, and it can also be used to dig a fire pit. Choose a model that fits into a stowaway compartment on the SUV or laid flat in the bottom of an outdoor preparedness duffle.
3) Lighters and Fire-starter
Several disposable lighters should be packed in a watertight compartment in the emergency kit or in a zip-loc style bag in a backpack. In addition, invest in a Magnesium Fire-starter. These come as two blocks that are struck together and come on a chain. Make sure to practice using it before you head out into the wilderness. (APN recommends these fire starters. Jalapeno Gal has one and it is her personal favorite.)
4) Multi-Purpose Knife and Fixed Blade Knife
A Swiss Army knife or similar model is one of the most invaluable tools you can have with you should you become stuck in the wilderness. It only takes a little practice to memorize where the various blades are located. Make sure the model chosen has a mini-sized saw blade, a small pair of snippers or shears, and a metal file. Keep a fixed-blade knife with at least a five-inch blade in the emergency kit in addition to the folding knife.
5) Stainless Steel Water Bottle
It’s important to have plenty of water, and most of the supply can be stored in plastic bottles. However, keep at least one steel water bottle in the emergency kit as well. It can serve as a container for boiling water if necessary. Stainless steel has naturally occurring anti-septic properties that will keep your pumped water cleaner than most other bottles.
6) Outdoor Wallet
Although fashionable to carry in public, a camo wallet is actually designed for easy location of cards, folded maps, and small tools. Some of the best dual- and tri-fold styles have separate cash pockets and checkbook inserts. When taking one with you on a trip, keep a list of map directions to nearby destinations inside. If your phone or GPS goes dead, you’ll be glad you did.
7) Map and Compass
You might not think of these as tools, but they can save your life. Don’t rely on GPS devices if you get stuck in the middle of nowhere. Make sure you have a paper map that shows the area where you are traveling, and download a map onto your smartphone as well. Keep a compass in the emergency kit, separate from those you carry on your person. Remember to keep the emergency kit compass in its own container, and don’t store it next to anything else that is magnetic.
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Should cats be allowed to roam freely outdoors?
There is no single correct answer to this question, and multiple factors must be taken into account. As with many questions, the answer has changed over time and has as much to do with society’s perspective as it does the actual objects of the debate.
As recently as the turn of the last century, it was not unusual for a domestic breed of cat to spend its entire life outdoors and largely unencumbered by human rules. Some people could not abide with a cat in the house at all.
Fast forward just 100 years and almost the opposite is true. It has become increasingly popular to keep cats strictly indoors or to allow them out only on a leash or in a cage.
Much has changed over the past century, for both humans and cats. And whether or not your cat goes outside depends a great deal on your situation — your geography, your lifestyle and your immediate surroundings.
First, the obvious opposite ends of the spectrum: cats in an urban high-rise are going to spend their life indoors. There’s no easy open-the-back-door-and-let-kitty-out option. If an apartment cat goes out, it has to be carried or led on a leash. And then what? All that effort only to spend supervised time sniffing a sidewalk or landscaped shrubbery seems hardly worth it.
On the other end of things, there are barn cats. They often live a life more similar to livestock than pets, with sometimes only a cursory appreciation for human companionship.
If you and your cat do not live at one extreme or the other, but instead fall somewhere on the continuum between the two, you will have to choose.
I would like to begin the discussion of pros and cons by telling you a story about Ginny. She was a 10-year-old cat who came with us when my husband and I made the move to a rural farm several years ago. She had spent her entire life up until then at our home in the village, in a genteel neighborhood surrounded by oak trees and lawn and a 25-mph speed limit. The move landed us on an 80-acre patch of land where wildness came right up and rubbed against the back deck.
At the farmstead, we deliberated whether or not we should let her out anymore. Unlike our home back in town, stuff got very real here — thick forest and predators out the back door and a two-lane highway out front.
Ginny had always been allowed in and out at her own discretion, but she usually opted to laze in front of the wood stove. She had grown obese over the years, and didn’t take much interest in spending long hours outdoors. The truth is, she wasn’t overly enthusiastic about anything. At least, that’s how it was in town. On the farm, she seemed eager to go outside, and we decided to let her.
We were always outdoors, and Ginny was, too. On the lawn, in the garden, or in the barnyard — we would glance up from our tasks, and there she would be, sitting and watching contentedly.
She became a whole different cat. Back in the village, she couldn’t be bothered with mice. On the farm, she would bring them up to the back steps and lay them out in rows. She would sit and gaze over her new domain with satisfaction. It was as if she had been waiting her whole life for this place.
She lost weight, too, becoming fit and lithe. But as the months went by, we began to notice that she was getting downright skinny. She presented other symptoms as well, and a visit to the vet rendered a diagnosis of stomach cancer.
When she died a few months later, we buried her in the backyard that she loved so well, and cried. But behind the tears was a gladness that we had made the decision to let her roam outdoors. She had truly come into her own at the farm, and we were grateful that she had had that glorious last year outside. Going outdoors had not affected her mortality, but had greatly increased her quality of life.
Not all cats are Ginnys. And not all locales are suited for cats to freely wander in and out of the house. In many areas, traffic is just too heavy, or predators too numerous, for the risk. There are also the dangers of disease, parasites and fights with other cats. Statistics show that outdoor cats have a shorter life span.
That said, some people consider it a choice of quality of life versus longevity. An informal social media survey revealed that most people in my rural state prefer to let their cats go in and out. They have considered the possible consequences and decided it’s worth the risk, but take deliberate steps to mitigate the dangers. They keep kittens and new cats indoors until they develop a sense of home, walk the animals around the edge of the property to show them the perimeter, and keep them in at night.
One respondent remarked that she had no right to dictate her cat’s behavior, and that people are owned by cats rather than the other way around. Another said she would not deny a cat access to outdoors because she herself would not want a life stuck inside.
Whichever works best at your house or homestead, there are a few important steps you can take to minimize threats to your cat. Even if your cat is outdoors all or part of the time — or maybe especially if it is — it is essential to make sure the animal is up to date on shots, spayed or neutered, and provided adequate nutrition and shelter.
Cats are resilient, but still have basic needs. No animal deserves to suffer.
With that in mind, consider winter weather. Make sure your cat has access to a warm place, be it indoors on the couch or in an insulated outdoor hutch.
Remember that a cat cannot navigate deep snow. My cat doesn’t mind a few inches, but when it’s deeper than that he sticks to packed or shoveled trails around the back yard. I create a few paths just for him to access his favorite winter haunts — the garden shed crawl space, or the bare ground under the pile of log-length firewood.
In the end, the most important factor is that you genuinely care for your animal and make the best decisions you can in order to keep your cat safe, healthy and happy.
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