Top Reasons People Carry a Concealed Weapon While Hiking

Concealed carry helps keep you and your hiking party safe. Whether you’re in a remote area or somewhere more populated, a firearm can offer you protection and peace of mind. Learn the top reasons people carry a concealed weapon while hiking.

1. Protection From Wild or Violent Animals

One of the best reasons to carry a firearm while you hike or backpack is to fend off wild or violent animals. Fighting a wild animal with your bare hands isn’t a reliable option for securing your safety. Sometimes, just the loud sound of your firearm is enough to frighten a wild animal and prompt them to run away.

Even if you’re not facing a wild animal, encountering a violent domesticated pet is still dangerous. Every year, there are millions of dog bites from aggressive dogs in the US, and some of those cases prove fatal. Hopefully, you’ll never have to defend yourself from an aggressive animal, but if you do, a gun will help.

2. Protection From Human Aggressors

The next reason to carry a concealed weapon while hiking is to protect yourself from human aggressors. Whether you’re in a remote area or on a popular trail, stay aware of the people around you. While most people you encounter will be genuine outdoor enthusiasts such as yourself, some bad actors take advantage of trail conditions to attack people.

To increase your safety, hike in pairs and let a third party know about your plans. Also, stay visually alert and listen to your surroundings. If you wear earbuds, keep one out so that you can still hear clearly.

Learn to feel comfortable carrying a gun so that you can keep your weapon concealed from potential attackers. If someone chooses to attack you, you can defend yourself with your firearm.

3. Emergency Signaling

If you get lost or stranded in the wilderness, you’ll need all the help you can get to return to safety. Many times, you can’t rely on your cell phone in a remote area. You’ll need to signal for help.

Perhaps the most common distress signal is the signal fire. If you build a proper signal fire, you can attract attention from miles away. But in addition to this popular option, you can use your weapon to create an auditory signal.

Fire three spaced-out shots to signal distress. By spacing the shots five seconds apart, you help other people around your area identify the sound as a distress signal and identify the location it’s coming from.

Tips for Setting Up the Ultimate Campsite

Camping isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re planning on roughing it in the wild, you need a certain level of resilience. Picking up some necessary survival skills will set you up for a fun and exciting outdoor experience.

First, you need to know how to make your camping ground work for you. Setting up the ultimate campsite will save you from having a horrible adventure. Those new to the world of camping can use these tips to start on the right foot.

Get Off the Ground

There’s nothing wrong with sleeping on the ground. However, you’ll feel more at ease if you’re able to elevate your campsite. You can use a variety of tools and resources to get off the ground and create a more comfortable arrangement.

Bring an extra layer of sleeping material, like a cot or foam padding, so you don’t have to sleep in the dirt. If you want to get really fancy, invest in a truck camper and rest on your roof. Either way, make the most of your camping trip by setting yourself up for a good night’s sleep.

Build the Perfect Campfire

It’s not a real camping trip if you don’t maintain a fire. However, newcomers might not have the experience necessary to build the perfect campfire. You need this feature to stay warm, cook food, and keep the critters away.

Be sure to keep your fire a safe distance away from your campsite; you should also keep factors like wind and rain in mind so you don’t lose your hard work. Your tinder should be dead and dry, so collect plenty of sticks, twigs, grass, and leaves to keep your fire going.

Create a Stellar Kitchen

No campground is complete without an amazing kitchen. If you want to set up the ultimate campsite, you need a place to refuel. After a long day of hitting the trails and exploring the terrain, you’ll want an area to make all your favorite meals.

Bring a portable grill to cook lean meats and high-fiber veggies that provide plenty of nourishment. And assemble your meals downwind to avoid attracting predators. You should also hang your trash and food scraps from a tree away from your site so you don’t invite any unwanted guests.

If you do it right, camping could become your new favorite pastime. Use these tips to prepare for your adventure, and you’ll always have a good experience.

AB Kennels/M2 Breeding; Port Lavaca, TX.

Hi folks, my name is Nathan Beabout. My wife Margaret and I own and operate AB Kennels/M2 Breeding.

It doesn’t seem all that long ago, 2007, that I became a fishing/hunting guide here on the Middle Texas Coast based out of Seadrift, Texas, and live just north of Port Lavaca. I quickly learned the ins and outs for a successful day on the water. I am still obsessed with the saltwater, and for the first few years you couldn’t hardly pull me off it.

Once duck season rolled around, I knew I needed a trusted dog. With help from an older guide who had been in the game for many years, I learned to train my first hunting partner. From then on and each dog I have hunted over, I have more fun watching them work then the actually shooting part. When my wife became pregnant with our first child, we decided our family would benefit from her being a stay at home mom.

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Best Places To Paddleboard in the United States

The US is a big place, meaning it has ample opportunity for you to explore on your paddleboard. While some places are certainly better than others, we have compiled some of the best places to paddleboard in the US. Look below to get some ideas for your next vacation getaway!

Arizona’s Black Canyon

Pass through desert mountains where huge horned sheep graze and arrive at Black Canyon with hot springs and wild camping. There, you can explore the Colorado River’s clean waters on your paddle board. This somewhat long stretch of the Black Canyon Trail, running across Arizona and Nevada from Willow Beach to the Hoover Dam, doesn’t require a canoeing or camping permission. That is, if you start from Willow Beach. This is a great area to soak up some sun or have fun in a canyon trip through some of Americas most beautiful river canyons.

Glacier Bay, Alaska

Glacier Bay, an Alaskan biosphere reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located west of Juneau and is only accessible by boat or a 30-minute flight from Juneau. It provides a variety of paddling conditions, from tranquil lakes where you can fish or do yoga on your board to tough coves that serve as arctic surfing and windsurfing spots. Glacier Bay gives ample opportunity to view wildlife, from bald eagles to arctic moose. Bring your binoculars if you decide to go!

Ladybird Lake, Texas

Visit Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas, and enjoy live music while paddling beneath the well-known bat colony. Since motorized boats are not permitted on the water, the lake’s longest water path from Red Bud Beach to Festival Beach is completely undisturbed, making it perfect for a calming getaway. Getting into the water is simple from anyplace close to the lake thanks to eight official access sites and many more unofficial ones. Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, so as you paddle, you should anticipate hearing music coming from someplace on land, making this a memorable experience.

We hope you have enjoyed our recap of the best places to paddleboard in the US. While it can be hard to choose a destination, picking the right paddleboard is your first big decision. Make sure you bring the proper gear for your paddle boarding trip before getting on the water!

5 Common Causes of Wildland Fires To Avoid

Nature is a beautiful thing to experience and impacts humanity in many ways. And just as nature affects us, we also affect it and cause harm. Wildfires are common occurrences in the natural world, with multiple factors that cause them to break out, both natural and human. People should do everything they can to avoid starting wildfires to help preserve nature and keep people safe.

Lightning

Lightning is a common natural cause of wildland fires. A lightning bolt is about 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit; when it strikes the ground, it burns any nearby objects. When lighting sets a patch of earth ablaze, that fire spreads with extreme heat and begins to take the land in a blazing sweep.

While lightning is a natural phenomenon, people can put away or cover fire-prone objects such as machines or metal wiring before a thunderstorm. Doing so can decrease the chance of lightning striking and causing a fire.

Hot Coals

Lots of people have BBQs in Texas, especially during the summer, and at some point, a person may dispose of the hot coals too quickly. A fire may start if the ashes from the coals make contact with the leaves in a tree or a pile of papers. Hot coals are especially dangerous in places such as parks where plenty of trees and bushes may catch fire. Make sure your coals are completely cool and don’t have any glowing red bits before you dispose of them.

Malfunctioning Machines

Our machines are susceptible to malfunctioning and short circuits, potentially producing wildfires. Factories and plants located in grasslands and forested areas may be at risk of a wildfire if they don’t have proper safety measures such as sprinklers and fire extinguishers. If dried leaves are present around burning machines, this may cause a type of wildland fire called a surface fire that burns along the surface of the ground.

Arson

Unfortunately, arson is another cause of wildland fires. When a person burns a house or building, the fire could spread to other buildings or parts of nature and cause a wildland fire. Arson occurs more often than you may think. Thankfully, we can prevent the fire from spreading with the proper safety protocols.

Improperly Built Campfires

It’s always important to practice campfire safety to ensure people remain safe while camping. Uncontrolled campfires are a common cause of wildland fires and are an immediate threat to forested areas. Learning proper campfire safety and having items like a pale of water will help you avoid dangerous fires that may put your life at risk.

There are many causes of wildland fires, and we should always be prepared for them. Practice safety and precaution as much as possible to prevent a fire from starting in your area.

Laguna Custom Rods

The popularity of high-end fishing rods has continued to evolve through the years. In the past, you were forced to choose mostly between mass-produced rods and custom-built rods. My Dad had a nice workbench where he built up custom rods on Fenwick blanks with decorative thread wraps. Now, the serious angler on the Gulf Coast has a number of great options. Today, we take a look at Laguna Custom Rods.

We were looking for new rods to be used primarily wade-fishing for trout. I am familiar with a number of professional guides who use Laguna so I decided to visit their shop in Katy to check them out.

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Laguna Custom Rods

Laguna Custom Rods is a cool shop founded by two hard-core professional tournament fishermen who wanted the best. The blanks are manufactured in a separate facility but the final production work is all done at this location. The showroom is through the front door with the shop on the right. You can see for yourself first-hand how the rods are assembled.

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The Most Helpful Tips When Camping in an RV

Everybody loves a good camping trip. Setting up your tent and cooking over an open fire is a common treat. However, sometimes you want to try camping with a little more comfort and accessibility. Here are some of the most helpful tips when camping in an RV that you can utilize on your next big trip.

Check Out the Campsite

Recreational vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s a good idea to learn a little bit about where you’re camping before you try to drive your RV out there. You’ll want to ensure your RV can safely reach the campsite and double-check that you will have room to set up camp around the parking space. Accounting for the size of your vehicle and the dimensions of the camping spot is essential before you make any reservations.

Ensure You Have Enough Power

You don’t need to concern yourself with this too much if your campground of choice has adequate hookups for your RV, but a proper power supply is essential when you’re boondocking out in the wilderness. Knowing how to conserve battery power in your RV ensures you don’t strand yourself in the middle of the woods. Additionally, it always helps to have a backup battery source.

Arrive Before Nightfall

Getting to your destination before the sun goes down is a valuable piece of advice no matter what form of camping you choose, but it’s an especially helpful tip when camping in an RV. When you arrive after nightfall, you’ll probably be tired and ready for bed, but you’ll still need to set up camp. Trying to properly park your RV in the dark and take care of any necessary hookups without sunlight is a hassle you don’t want to deal with. Even if it means waking up an hour earlier to get on the road, it’s a good idea to reach your destination during daylight hours.

Wade Fishing Seadrift, TX. 7/24/22

This week we were met with the same S-SW winds and extreme low tides. This has changed our game plan up a bit. We would chase trout first couple wades in the morning before the sun broke the morning clouds. Then as the day quickly heated up and we lost the trout bite, we turned our attention to stalking shin deep grass flats. Rigging Down South Lures burner shad on the Laguna Rod we proceeded to inch quietly along looking for reds tailing and cruising the edge of sand pockets.

This is just as much fun as Sight Casting off the tower when done correctly. Walking without a sound you are able to get within feet of these reds and they have no idea. It’s just like stalking that monster buck through the brush. Once you’re in their wheelhouse it’s game on. We had some fish refuse or simply spook as soon as we made the cast. Others would jump on it, I think the trick is once you find them, just stand there and let them work into your range. Be patient and don’t rush towards them. Lots of fun this week and finally today the SE wind kicked in, by the time we got back to the dock this afternoon the water had come up a bit. Hopefully this week’s SE wind forecast will continue to bring in the water, I think it will change our trout bite for the better.

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Best Fishing Spots in Texas To Visit This Summer

Few things are better than an afternoon of fishing. Casting your line out and enjoying the serenity of nature by yourself or with a few friends is one of the most incredible sensations on earth. When planning your next fishing trip, consider some of the best fishing spots in Texas when visiting over the summer.

Falcon Lake

Falcon Lake is one of the best bigmouth bass fishing spots in the entire Lone Star State. This reservoir is situated off of the Rio Grande. The secluded location makes it a great spot to get away from the city, if you’re up for the challenge of getting there. Falcon Lake is a good source of three-pound bass, making it worth planning a fishing trip here.

Lake Travis

Lake Travis is the place for you if you’re seeking a livelier experience enjoying a little partying alongside your fishing. Lake Travis is famous for summertime festivals, party boats, and a more festive atmosphere. Aside from hosting white bass, largemouth bass, and Guadalupe bass, Lake Travis offers plenty of sights to see when you put your rod away for the day.

Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake stands out as one of the natural lakes of Texas, and is one of the best fishing spots to visit this summer. Between the hanging Spanish moss and lily pads out on the water, Caddo Lake is a gorgeous spot for those looking to spend some time in nature. This lake offers bass, crappie, and sunfish; if you’re a fishing enthusiast, this is a spot you have to experience at least once.

Guadalupe River

The Guadalupe River is only a short drive from Austin and an excellent location for a weekend camping trip. Thanks to the Texas parks department, this iconic river remains full of trout—Brown and Rainbow trout fill these waters. And when you’re done fishing and want to explore the lush Texas forests, this is a great place to set up camp.

Essential Sun Protection for Summer Hikes

While the summertime sun is beautiful and provides light for all our fun seasonal activities, too much direct sunlight can be damaging to the skin. Therefore, taking the proper precautions when spending extended time out in the sun is important, especially when hiking. You should know general hot-weather hiking tips and how to stay safe when climbing in the mountains if that will also be part of your treks. Here are some examples of essential sun protection for summer hikes.

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Bart’s Bay Armor Protective Wading Boots

As an avid wade fisherman on the Texas coast I am always looking for gear that can up my game. Sometimes that means the shiniest new lures that don’t really work better than everything else in the box but we all know how that works! Sometimes it is about comfort out on the water or in this case, a little bit of comfort and safety rolled into one. If you have spent much time in the water you know about stingrays and the danger they present. I grew up fishing Rockport down to the Laguna Madre and was taught to always shuffle your feet to avoid stepping on a stingray.

I never really gave a whole lot of thought to the boots I had seen at Academy made by Everlast until one day at Estes Flats about 5 years ago and we were drifting and I touched the back of a stingray with my rod tip, holy crap that thing EXPLODED! I expected like a rattlesnake strike, a quick jab and that was it. NOPE. This thing thrashed it’s tail for several seconds. Before my next trip out I went to Academy and bought a pair of Everlast boots. I felt much more protected from not only stingrays but also underwater hazards like oysters and I have seem all kinds of debris that could cut you up. With the apparent rise of Vibrio which is a flesh eating bacteria in the hot months, protecting your feet and shins against cuts is a damned good idea as well. Growing up we used to go into the saltwater if you got a cut, but that stuff is scary. It’s not going to prevent me from going fishing or wading but I am also not going to knowingly put myself at risk. We carry antiseptic soap on the boat that is used for surgeons should someone get a cut.

While I liked the protection the Everlast boots provided I also rather hated them. They were heavy and a pain to put on and off. First time out my shins got shafed badly too. Fast forward a few years and I hear about the Bart’s Bay Armor boots made of soft kevlar. No buckles to mess with and made of a soft impenetrable kevlar. There was a video of the owner stabbing them with a knife while wearing them! I ordered a pair as did my brother Mike. We both immediately fell in love with them. Lightweight, easy on and off and VERY comfortable. I don’t even feel the need to wear socks with them on shorter wades.

I waited a year to write this review as I wanted to see how they held up and I am happy to report they are doing great and I like them so much I am ordering a pair for my son for an upcoming trip and will retire his old Everlast boots for guest use.

Highly recommended 5 stars