Cures for the “Off Season Blues”
Jun22

Cures for the “Off Season Blues”

It’s that time of year for many hunters; we get the case of the blues with hunting season months away from opening.   Many hunters find themselves in that funk of what to do to keep their favorite sport active and alive. To keep my passion for hunting alive, I love to surf the great hunting posts on Facebook and it amazes me how many hunters share this passion.  It is easy to join hunting forums where you can keep the conversation going with hunters everywhere. For me, I love rocking my camo clothes as much as possible. Being a staff member of Prois has given me an opportunity to get the word out about this amazing line of women’s outdoor clothing and gear. After a year of wearing something camo (365 days!), I still like to  wear something such as a scarf, hair tie, etc every chance I get.  Check out these cute sandals I found at Francesca’s  Here are some other ideas that can help: Even if you don’t have acreage, set up deer cameras in your backyard and watch and learn about animals in their habitat.   It is a great family activity. Play fun nature games with the kids –  I found a wonderful outdoor game at Bass Pro called CAMP that is great for ages 4- 68! Set up some “critter” hunting.  Here in SC, hog hunting is year round as well as coyote. This will help the conservation of turkey, quail, and deer. Help a friend repair and maintain deer stands. Practice your turkey calls –  There are really great U-Tube videos to help perfect your calling skills. Pull out some game meat from your freezer and explore wonderful recipes and give thanks for the harvest.  Share with friends. Be sure to wear your “camo apron”! Learn a new skill – how about learning to use a tree climber? That might be ambitious for many of us, but there are so many new skills you can learn. Take up a hobby… I have met several amazing hunters who carry on their outdoor passion throughout the year with beautiful handcrafted wood art, paintings, & writings. Go to the range and fire that gun. Shooting clays is always a great way to keep up your wing shooting skills. Shop for great off season sales at sporting stores. Prois is having amazing summer sales on items you will wish you had when it comes to hunting season.  I love my new Prois Edition Jacket I just got on sale! Organize your hunting clothes and gear. Time to clean your guns?  Now is the time to make...

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10 Tips for Hunters Who Wear Contact Lenses
Nov13

10 Tips for Hunters Who Wear Contact Lenses

I absolutely love wearing contacts. I have been using mono vision lenses for years.  Even though most people have two eyes that work together like binoculars , one eye is usually dominant over the other. When looking at far away objects, the dominant eye is the one that is actually seeing more.  Here are some points to take into consideration:  If you wear mono vision contacts, establish which eye is your dominant eye.  Discuss this with your optometrist to make sure you are using your dominant eye for distance.  After struggling to see distance when hunting, It became apparent that my prescription had my reading lens in my shooting eye!  Looking back, I am amazed at how well I hunted turkeys and deer with that disadvantage. If you hunt birds, you may have some additional issues with depth perception with mono vision lenses.  Talk to your eye doctor to see if there is a way to work through this when hunting birds possibly with another set of contacts specifically to help with this problem.     However,  if you are making a change in your lens correction, it takes a good week to get your brain to adjust so you need to consider that before you change up your correction to hunt birds. I am the first to admit that I have a real problem when hunting doves, ducks, and quail because of the problem with depth perception. When getting ready to hunt, avoid the eye area as much as possible with sunscreen, moisturizers, or anything that can migrate onto your lenses and cloud your vision.  It is near impossible to change out your lenses while in a deer stand or turkey blind! If you are using a Thermacell, be mindful of the smoke and heat drying out your eyes. Remember to stay hydrated!  Make sure you drink more water in colder months as most of us tend to drink less water when it gets cold. Take a break from your contacts as often as possible in your daily use and switch to using your glasses.   Contacts tend to dry out your eyes so give them a break. If you don’t typically wear disposable contacts, I would have some on hand when you hunt.  It is so much easier if you go on a hunting trip not to have to worry about cleaning and storing your contacts Have a back up plan.  Just in case you have an issue with your contact lenses while hunting, have a spare pair of glasses in your backpack so you can continue hunting. A full hunting day starts before daybreak and ends after dark. You might consider...

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Take a Stand on Treestand Safety!
Sep14

Take a Stand on Treestand Safety!

Ladder Treestand Safety Tips by Dana Sacia, Guest Blogger If you are a bow hunter, you have heard time and time again … Safety first, Safety first, Safety first. You may even know someone that has had a treestand accident. The thought of that happening intimidated me so much that it took me years to climb up and get in one. I realized if I wanted to experience bow hunting from high ground, I was going to have to figure out how to over come this fear. The first thing I needed to do was to become educated on how to be as safe as possible. I wanted to ensure myself memorable and enjoyable hunts for years to come without an accident. It didn’t take long to realize it really is pretty simple. All I had to do was apply a little basic knowledge and become aware of the importance of safety. Once that happened, I was able to enjoy the excitement of hunting from a new view and perspective while remaining safe and sound. Safety Harnesses Wearing a safety vest or full body harness is one of the most important aspects to consider before climbing into a treestand. Statistics show that 30% of bow hunters will experience a fall or accident from lack of safety while hunting out of a ladder stand. Being in a hurry can be the number one result of an accident. As soon as you get into the stand, strap yourself in and then get settled. A strong and sturdy safety rope (or strap) should be attached to both your harness and the tree to prevent you from falling more than 12 inches. See more at:  Summit Journal  Safety harness should fit securely. Good harnesses have shock absorption and are made of highly durable materials. The comfort of safety harness has greatly improved over the last several years. Some brands of safety harnesses include: • Hunter Safety Systems: Contour • Summit Stands: Fast-Back Deluxe • Robinson Outdoors: Tree Spider • Big Game Trees: EZ On • Gorilla: G20 Setting up a Ladder Stand I personally hunt out of a ladder stand so the first thing to consider when preparing to set one up is finding a healthy tree. Try to pick a solid, strong, and heavy tree. Make sure you choose one that is nest free to any animals so you are not interrupting any home. Once you have selected the perfect tree, clean the debris at the base of it. This will eliminate tripping over any rocks or thick brush when you are entering or exiting the stand. It will also show you if...

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What to do when you gotta go… in the woods!
Sep07

What to do when you gotta go… in the woods!

Ok,  let’s face it…. girls have a distinct disadvantage when nature calls and you are no where near a bathroom.  So what are your options?  For me, I clearly know the necessity of keeping hydrated in hot or cold weather. Here are some good tips: Substitute coconut water for bottled water on hunting days.    Coconut water is highly nutritious and hydrating. Unlike sports beverages, coconut water is low in carbohydrates, while still rich in potassium. I love Harvest Bay– it has 35 calories and 6 grams of sugar. Stay away from fruit juices or sugary drinks, such as soda.  They can be hard on your stomach if you’re dehydrated. It’s also best to avoid drinks containing caffeine, which acts as a diuretic and causes you to lose more fluids. Eat fruit such as strawberries and  add some cucumber slices to your canteen.   So substitute fruit instead of fruit juices. Try BANa: Developed by an ER doctor, BANa capitalizes on the scientifically proven hydrating property of sodium while also replenishing the body’s store of of electrolytes—without the calories and sugar. Ok, so before you leave to go out hunting, go one more time just to make sure. You have skipped the coffee and opted for herbed tea  and fruit for breakfast.  You have your coconut water or electrolyte water packed in you back pack and you are off to your hunt. Luckily for me. I can go a long time without using the bathroom.  I actually amaze my husband with this feat.   If you need to go frequently, what can you do? Bring along your Go Girl!!! Simply put, GoGirl is the way to stand up to crowded, disgusting, distant or non-existent bathrooms. It’s a female urination device (sometimes called a FUD) that allows you to pee while standing up. It’s neat. It’s discreet. It’s hygienic . For those of you who are quite comfortable with the outdoors, you can always do it the old fashioned way and squat and go.  Just don’t forget your tissues and wipes!  Also watch out for ticks, and other critters! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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She’s Got Guns!!!!  Get your body ready to hunt
Jun04

She’s Got Guns!!!! Get your body ready to hunt

One of my friends said to me recently, “you just sit in a tree stand, right?” meaning that she did not think there is much physical demand to hunting. She got me started! “NO, I said… there is so much more to it.”   Let me explain. …  Sitting in the stand  if you are hunting deer or hogs or sitting in a ground blind if you are hunting turkeys is just one small aspect of hunting. Unless you are paying for a guided hunt where they drop you off at the stand or blind, you will have some walking to do.   If you are  hunting on private land, you may find yourself walking at least a half mile to get to your stand.  You will  need to park your truck a good distance away as a vehicle may signal that there is something out of place in their environment and will scare off your game. You are walking with boots, heavy backpack, and your gun so you are carrying a pretty heavy load.  If you are in a tree stand, you need to navigate the steps with great agility and position yourself where you make as little noise and movement as possible.  Sometimes you are in the stand for 4-5  hours so it takes a lot of stamina. If you are running and gunning as in turkey hunting, you may find yourself sitting motionless up against a tree for hours and then walking miles upon miles to get to where the Toms are located. Dove and Duck hunting calls for repetitive shooting so you will be lifting up your shotgun to aim at the birds and after awhile, your arms can get fatigued and shoulders sore from the recoil. So,  hunting does require some physical fitness!   I am obsessed with Pop Sugar especially the 8 minute VS workout for toned arms.   They have short but effective workout for every part of your body.   Hunting is an excellent way to stay in shape while enjoying the outdoors and the many rewards of the sport. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Dawn & Dusk Hunting… If Only I Could See Better!!!
Jan17

Dawn & Dusk Hunting… If Only I Could See Better!!!

Dawn & Dusk – Making the most of those Peak Hunting Times.…Impaired “night vision” has been a nagging issue for me.  Determined to make the most of these peak hunting times, my sweet and thoughtful  husband bought me a new scope for my birthday…  a Trijicon AccuPoint 2.5.10×56 . The reason for the larger scope is to provide more light through the scope’s eye.   It features a MilDot crosshair reticle with an illuminated center dot;  illuminated through the use of fiber optics. Since deer hunting season has come and gone, my next hunt will be  a hog hunt.   Hogs tend to move around a lot more during the day in the cold months. However, the early dawn and near dusk are the peak hours for the hunt.   I am so excited to try out my new scope and I have put together a plan to make the most of it focused on what will increase my accuracy and ability to see at critical times. To further improve my field of vision, I swapped my ball cap for a hunting beanie so that I have not shaded my eyes unnecessarily. I have experimented with shooting glasses but have not found one in particular that has made a difference.  I discussed my issues with my optometrist and we decided we needed to adjust my contact lenses for hunting… that’s right, I have hunting contacts. Since I have mono vision contacts and my right eye (shooting eye) is my reading lense, I reduced the prescription from 3.25 to 2.25 so that I had a longer range with my shooting eye.   I have found that in extremely cold weather, my daily contacts are very thin and seem to  shrink making it very irritating and uncomfortable  I have not been able to figure out how to improve that so if anyone has any ideas, let me know. Do you have any ideas to improve peak hunting times?  I would love to hear from you.   Please share!   Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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