Should You Be The Good Samaritan?

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Survive the Hunt

In 2012, Brad Lambert went deer hunting in Manitoba, and when his truck got stuck he assumed it wouldn’t be long before someone found him. It was deer season, after all, and there were hunters everywhere. Lambert followed the most well-known rule of getting lost: stay put. He didn’t stray far from his truck, used his blaze orange vest to flag low-flying planes, and attempted carefully-fired shots to signal other hunters. On the 22nd day, gripped with the realization he was perilously weak, Lambert stumbled away from his truck. On day 23, 40 pounds lighter, he discovered a road and a Good Samaritan who drove him to the nearest town. Lambert lived through sheer luck.

The Rule of Three

You’ve probably heard of the “rule of three”. It states people can live for: 3 minutes without breathing, 3 hours without shelter (in extreme climates), 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. These are only a general rule of thumb due to the many mitigating factors involved. Climate , such as inclement weather—the physical condition of the person in question—and the energy requirements during the time the person is lost must all be taken into consideration. The “rule of three” provides a starting point but isn’t a hard-and-fast guideline.

What the rules do is help you prioritize if you’re ever lost while hunting. What do you need? Air, shelter, water, and food. There’s more, though: mindset.

Mindset

According to Navy SEAL Master Chief (ret.) Ron Bellan, mindset is of the utmost importance if you get lost hunting. And with 25 years of military service behind him and a lifetime as a hardcore hunter, Bellan would know. Bellan has an outdoor show on the Pursuit Channel, Reaper Outdoors: Survive the Hunt, suited to his skills. Survive the Hunt combines hunting and wilderness survival to cover a multitude of related skills from skinning game, to navigating terrain, to living in the field with only what can be carried on your back.

When discussing survival and the mindset necessary for it, Bellan reiterated the need to “always be psychologically ready, because in order to survive you have to want it.” His other tips include staying positive regardless of the circumstances and being and remaining mentally prepared for the potentially lengthy process of surviving. “Rescuers may be coming, but your survival is not in their hands, it’s in yours. Sitting and doing nothing isn’t an option,” Bellan said.

Stay calm, make a plan, and take decisive action. Being positive doesn’t mean you perceive being lost in the woods as an opportunity to commune with unicorns; it means you refuse to allow fear to take over. It might not be easy, but it can be done. If James Scott can survive by eating caterpillars while lost in the Himalayas for 43 days, you can survive getting lost while hunting.

Move

Staying mobile may seem counterintuitive to the age-old rule of staying put but it isn’t.  We’re not suggesting you wander off into the woods. After all, hiking another two miles broadens the search grid 12 square miles. We’re saying there are benefits to staying active. Just restrict activities to a set area.

There’s a lot to do when you’re lost in the woods. Water should top your list; if you have none it’s going to become an issue sooner rather than later. A few tips on locating water: 1) stop and listen, 2) watch for converging animal tracks, 3) move downhill, 4) look for swarming insects such as mosquitoes, 5) get creative.

The last is reserved for times there seems to be no readily available water; in the winter, snow can be melted, and dirty water can be purified. In #5 scenarios, use tricks to collect water such as tying a plastic bag around foliage or tree limbs to collect dew or wrapping an absorbent cloth around your lower legs and walking through tall grass before the sun rises. Our bodies need between two quarts and one gallon of water per day but the minimum is 32 ounces daily. Do not sip water throughout the day or gulp it in one sitting; instead, divide your fluid into 4 to 6 servings and drink each serving all at once. This allows your body to utilize available fluids to its greatest ability.

Staying active keeps you warm and boosts bodily functions. Don’t break a sweat, though; sweating can make you cold (sweating also suggests you’re burning more calories than you can afford to expend in a survival situation). Remember, you need shelter, water, and food, and you’ll only have those things if you keep moving. If you must stray from your “lost in the woods” base camp, mark your trail either by tying flagging tape around branches or gouging the bark of trees with a knife. Always mark your path at eye level on your right and make new markings within sight of the previous one.

Be Prepared

You never know what might happen and being prepared could save your life. Ron Bellan advises hunters to “be prepared for long-term survival; you have no way of knowing whether you’ll be rescued in one day or ten. In fact, you might be forced to rescue yourself, so be ready for anything and everything.”

Readiness applies to mindset, training, and gear. Training comes in handy when it’s time to start a fire, apply a tourniquet, or field dress a deer, but that’s for another article. Today let’s consider the minimal gear to have in your pack:

Water filter. Filters like the Katadyn BeFree are portable thanks to the flask being collapsible and easy to use. The BeFree is effective against microorganisms and made for use with cloudy water. If you want a tougher filter, try the MSR Guardian. The Guardian purifier does take up more space but physically removes viruses like Norovirus and Hepatitis A, bacteria such as E. coli, and protozoa like Giardia in addition to the usual sediment. Its filter can purify up to 10,000 liters and it requires no batteries; simply operate the hand pump for clean water.

 

Fire starter. Yes, you can soak cotton balls in Vaseline and store them in a baggie, but there are better options. One great combination is UST Brands’ Sparkie Firestarter and WetFire Tinder. The Sparkie weighs in at 0.8 ounces, has a collapsible flint rod, and is designed for precise strikes so sparks go where you want them. WetFire Tinders are individually packaged, burn longer when wet, and have a 5-year shelf-life.

 

Knives. Carrying both a larger hunting knife and a smaller folding knife is wise. Hunting knives such as those made by Valavian Knives are a must-have due to their quality. Cheaply-made knives are prone to breaking and will not hold an edge while well-made knives such as Valavian’s bowies do it all. Using a Valavian hunting knife I’ve done everything from dressing deer and pigs to cutting branches. The company also hand-manufactures folding wombats and oversized folders which are handy to have in your pocket or pack for miscellaneous use.

Medical supplies. All hunters should carry tourniquets—and know how to use them. The North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) is reliable, durable, and simple to utilize. It can be stored in your pack or carried on your belt in a Voodoo Tactical Tourniquet Pouch. Get trained in proper tourniquet use.

First Aid Gear: Get it! Carry it!

Another first-aid item to have is an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit), or blowout kit. You can find our recommended blowout kit here which includes two tourniquets, chest seals, trauma shears, combat gauze, and other life-saving tools for survival. The ability to deal with medical emergencies is an absolute necessity. Have supplies on hand and have the necessary training to use them right.

Flagging tape. This one is self-explanatory. Throw a roll of blaze-orange Primos Flagging Tape in your pack to mark your trail and alert rescuers.

Compass. You cannot count on technology but you can rely on a good compass. Carry one like the Silva Ranger CL which has geared declination, a sighting mirror, and luminous points for use at night. Don’t know what those are? Learn how to use a compass.

Flashlight. The Bushnell T600L is bright and tough. Its aircraft-grade aluminum body is nice for rugged conditions, it has a Red Halo low-lumen mode to protect night vision, and there’s a lockout feature to prevent accidentally draining the battery. For hands-free light check out the Bushnell H250L AD Headlamp. One survival-friendly feature of that headlamp is the rear-mounted external battery which allows for more extensive use.

Paracord. Ideally, keep 50 yards of 550 cord stowed in your pack. Companies like Rock Paracord offer it in various forms: bracelets, knife handles, rifle slings, the list goes on. This paracord can be used for a wide variety of things including securing your shelter, fashioning a splint, and making snares. You can even pull out the cords within for fishing, assuming you include a hook in your kit.

Since you’re hunting you’ll have your rifle, but no matter how tempting it is, don’t fire recklessly into the sky. Follow the four rules of gun safety.

Other items to pack: extra ammo, a shemagh, beef jerky and nuts, gloves, spare socks, and a map. Wear quality boots. Dress in NOMAD camo for its blaze-orange lining. Always inform someone where you will be hunting and when to expect your return.

Survive

There are 640 million acres of public land in the United States and even more privately-held property. Texas alone is 167,624,960 acres, meaning there’s plenty of room to get lost. Being prepared is half the battle; surviving after the fact is the rest. If you’re a hunter or just interested in survival, take this opportunity to attend one of our new First Aid for Gunshot Wounds seminars. Learn what it takes to survive and to save others based on tactical medical treatments.

Do you know the hunting regulations in your state? U.S. & Texas LawShield is here to help. Members with the HunterShield add-on have access to attorneys to get the answers as needed not only about hunting and fishing, and where they can do it.

Members are also given discounted entry to informative educational events and information, such as Sportsman Law Seminars and First Aid for Gunshot Wounds seminars. Seminars include access to experts across a range of fields and attorneys who are seasoned hunters. Join today and broaden your hunting education as a sportsman while ensuring your hunting and fishing questions are answered by trustworthy sources who are familiar with the law. Click here to register for a seminar today.

 

 

By Kat Ainsworth, Contributor, U.S. & Texas LawShield Blog

Deer Gear: Getting a Leg-Up on Deer Hunting in Pennsylvania

Deer hunting is unsurprisingly the most popular of all hunting pastimes. Whether you want to chase whitetails, blacktails, or muleys, you need gear to get started. Here are a few of our picks for a successful hunt.

Mossy Oak Camouflage

Yes, you could hunt in jeans and an old shirt; I’ve certainly done so. However, you increase your chance of success when you dress appropriately. A deer’s vision is attuned to predators. While they might not see the array of colors we do, they spot movement instantly. More importantly, they don’t need details to decide something—or someone—is a threat. Blurring your human shape into something less threatening is done with good camouflage.

Mossy Oak Eclipse is the company’s latest pattern and ideal for the darkness of a ground blind. Eclipse is a dark overlay of their popular Break-Up Country pattern and good for those who prefer the darkness of a ground or raised blind.

Mossy Oak is one of the best-known camo pattern companies on the market for good reason. They offer a variety of patterns for every region and season. After all, fall in Pennsylvania doesn’t look like fall in Texas. One of Mossy Oak’s popular patterns for hunting from tree stands is Bottomland, the pattern designed by Toxey Haas three decades ago. Today’s version is enhanced to more closely mimic the dirt and bark of nature and is favored by many hunters. The company’s newest pattern is great for ground blinds: Eclipse. Eclipse is quite dark and overlays the Break-Up Country pattern. Want to stay hidden in a ground blind? Eclipse is the perfect choice.

In addition to camouflage, when it comes to hunting in Pennsylvania, U.S. and Texas LawShield Independent Program Attorney Justin McShane says, “Orange is the new black, but the orange you want in this case is hunter orange, not the orange of a prison jump suit.” While good camouflage goes a long way, safety always comes first. Plus, in Pennsylvania hunter orange is the law.

Looking to bring home the venison? Dress for the occasion.

Remington 700

The Remington 700 CDF SF is one of many Remington 700 options and comes chambered in a number of calibers including .35 Whelen and .30-06. Whatever your caliber of choice, the 700 platform has you covered.

If you’re a rifle-season hunter—and even if you aren’t—you’ve heard of the Remington 700. With more than fifty years in production the bolt-action rifle enjoys well-deserved loyalty from shooters old and new. These are accurate, reliable rifles, and since they’re bolts, there’s the added benefit of not needing to worry about semi-auto restrictions. Model variations are as numerous as available calibers: the Remington 700 comes chambered in everything from .308 Win to 7mm Remington Magnum to .35 Whelen and everything in between (and beyond).

Undecided? Check out the 700 CDL SF here. It even comes in .30-06 Springfield. One shot, one kill.

River’s Edge Treestands

Don’t trust just any tree stand with your life this fall: check out the River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger tree stand. Armrests are padded and can be raised for added movement; packing the stand in is simple since it folds flat.

Hunting from a tree? Invest in a quality tree stand from a reputable company. Hunting accidents involving homemade, unsecure stands take place every year so do your part to stay safe by paying attention to detail.

 River’s Edge Treestands are designed by guys with backgrounds in hunting, design, engineering, and fabricating. They understand what hunters want and know how to do it safely. A well-made tree stand is a vital piece of equipment and is not the place to cut corners.

 The River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger is a favorite because it offers more than just a small platform; this tree stand boasts multiple features. From its ergonomically-designed, padded seat—complete with armrests—to its curved footrest, the Tear Tuff XL Lounger makes sitting for hours in a tree significantly more pleasant. It has a cam strap and lever-action attachment for quiet mounting and folds flat for easy transport.

 Prefer a ground blind? Check out their Landmark 6×6 Permanent Blind.

 

Alps Outdoorz Traverse X

Alps Outdoorz’ Traverse X is made for comfort, stability, and performance on day or brief hunts. The Traverse X offers plenty of storage space for food and water and also has room for the meat you’ll be packing out at the end of your successful hunt.

The old backpack you have stashed in a closet won’t get it done—well, assuming you intend to bring home meat. Properly constructed packs provide both comfort and performance. If you want a pack from a company with a solid reputation for those things and more, you want Alps Outdoorz.

 While Alps Outdoorz offers quite a few fantastic packs, it’s their Traverse X that comes to mind for packing meat on a day hunt. The Traverse X is manufactured using 1680 Denier Nylon Ballistic Fabric throughout for superior strength with Hypalon at stress points and spots that might experience strain from lashing. The waist belt has pockets for easy access and anti-sway straps for a secure load as well as space for clip-style holsters. Wing pockets are fleece-lined to protect spotting scopes and a rain cover is included. And when you do score a deer, it has a stowaway meat shelf, so you can pack out the resulting venison.

Leupold LTO Tracker

The Leupold LTO Tracker is a compact handheld thermal tracker ideal for both tracking your deer and finding it. And, of course, Leupold offers a full line of high-quality optics for your rifle of choice.

Maybe you’ll get lucky and your deer will drop right where he stood, but it’s far more likely he—or she—will bound off into the woods. Your deer can travel anywhere from a few to 200 yards depending not only on shot placement, but on its constitution and adrenaline. It may not sound like much, but once you’ve given a deer time to stop and pass away, those hundreds of feet in any direction become monumentally large.

Enter the Leupold LTO Tracker. The LTO is a compact, handheld thermal tracker weighing under 10 ounces and measuring 5.6” long. It has a temperature detection range of -40˚ Fahrenheit to 572˚ Fahrenheit, a detection distance of 600 yards, and a 206×156 thermal sensor. Not only does it function as a tracking device, it also makes a great little spotting scope with its 6X digital zoom.

Want to find your deer without a drone and a team of guys? Try the LTO Tracker.

 

 HunterShield Protection

Do you know the hunting regulations in your state? U.S. and Texas LawShield is here to help. Members of U.S. and Texas LawShield’s HunterShield program have access to attorneys for answers about hunting and fishing. Join today and broaden your hunting education as a sportsman while ensuring your hunting and fishing questions are answered by trustworthy sources familiar with the law. Learn more here.

By Kat Ainsworth, Contributor, U.S. and Texas LawShield Blog

 

Special Report: 5 Things You Need to Know about FWC Officers

Just like kings and queens of old, the state of Florida claims as its own all the deer in the forest and fish in the streams. If you want to hunt, trap, or fish in the state, you have to do so by following the state’s rules—and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers (FWC officers) are there to enforce those rules.

It’s important that all sportsmen know what these men and women can do. Want to know more? Click to download the free Special Report, “5 Things You Need to Know about FWC Officers,” to learn about the vast powers FWC officers wield and how you can avoid getting snared in a legal misunderstanding.

 

HunterShield Protection

Let us share what we know. Learn the law from attorneys well-versed in wildlife laws, and gain access to up-to-date information you need to stay legal in the woods and on the water. Add HunterShield to your U.S. & Texas LawShield Membership today! Click here or on the graphic below to learn more.

 

The Wait is Over–HunterShield Available in 18 States!

Just in time for hunting season, we’re offering hunters and anglers new coverage in a handful of states. Don’t get caught on the wrong side of the law.

HunterShield is now available in the following states:

  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • Oklahoma
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Ohio
  • New Jersey
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Kentucky
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Louisiana
  • Wisconsin

Let us share what we know. Learn the law from attorneys well-versed in wildlife laws, and gain access to up-to-date information you need to stay legal in the woods and on the water. Add HunterShield to your U.S. & Texas LawShield Membership today! Click here or on the graphic below to learn more.

 

What is HunterShield?

 

Deer Gear: Getting a Leg-Up on Deer Hunting in Texas

Deer hunting is unsurprisingly the most popular of all hunting pastimes. Whether you want to chase whitetails, blacktails, or muleys, you need gear to get started. Read about a few items that could make for a successful hunt.

Mossy Oak Camouflage

Yes, you could hunt in jeans and an old shirt; I’ve certainly done so. However, you increase your chance of success when you dress appropriately. A deer’s vision is attuned to predators. While they might not see the array of colors we do, they spot movement instantly. More importantly, they don’t need details to decide something—or someone—is a threat. Blurring your human shape into something less threatening is done with good camouflage.

Mossy Oak Eclipse is the company’s latest pattern and ideal for the darkness of a ground blind. Eclipse is a dark overlay of their popular Break-Up Country pattern and good for those who prefer the darkness of a ground or raised blind.

Mossy Oak is one of the best-known camo pattern companies on the market for good reason. They offer a variety of patterns for every region and season. After all, fall in Wisconsin doesn’t look like fall in Texas. One of Mossy Oak’s popular patterns for hunting from tree stands is Bottomland, the pattern designed by Toxey Haas three decades ago. Today’s version is enhanced to more closely mimic the dirt and bark of nature and is favored by many hunters. The company’s newest pattern is great for ground blinds: Eclipse. Eclipse is quite dark and overlays the Break-Up Country pattern. Want to stay hidden in a ground blind? Eclipse is the perfect choice.

In addition to camouflage, when it comes to hunting in Texas, Independent Program Attorney Richard Hayes says, “Orange is the new black, but the orange you want in this case is hunter orange, not the orange of a prison jumpsuit.” While good camouflage goes a long way, safety always comes first. Plus, if you’re hunting on public lands in Texas, hunter orange is the law.

Looking to bring home the venison? Dress for the occasion.

 

Remington 700

The Remington 700 CDF SF is one of many Remington 700 options and comes chambered in a number of calibers including .35 Whelen and .30-06. Whatever your caliber of choice, the 700 platform has you covered.

If you’re a rifle-season hunter—and even if you aren’t—you’ve heard of the Remington 700. With more than fifty years in production, the bolt-action rifle enjoys well-deserved loyalty from shooters old and new. These are accurate, reliable rifles, and since they’re bolts, there’s the added benefit of not needing to worry about semi-auto restrictions. Model variations are as numerous as available calibers: the Remington 700 comes chambered in everything from.308 Win to 7mm Remington Magnum to.35 Whelen and everything in between (and beyond).

Undecided? Check out the 700 CDL SF here. It even comes in .30-06 Springfield. One shot, one kill.

 

River’s Edge Treestands

Don’t trust just any tree stand with your life this fall: check out the River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger tree stand. Armrests are padded and can be raised for added movement; packing the stand in is simple since it folds flat.

Hunting from a tree? Invest in a quality tree stand from a reputable company. Hunting accidents involving homemade, unsecure stands take place every year, so do your part to stay safe by paying attention to detail.

River’s Edge Treestands are designed by guys with backgrounds in hunting, design, engineering, and fabricating. They understand what hunters want and know how to do it safely. A well-made

 

tree stand is a vital piece of equipment and is not the place to cut corners.

The River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger is a favorite because it offers more than just a small platform; this tree stand boasts multiple features. From its ergonomically-designed, padded seat—complete with armrests—to its curved footrest, the Tear Tuff XL Lounger makes sitting for hours in a tree significantly more pleasant. It has a cam strap and lever-action attachment for quiet mounting and folds flat for easy transport.

Prefer a ground blind? Check out their Landmark 6×6 Permanent Blind.

 

Alps Outdoorz Traverse X

Alps Outdoorz’ Traverse X is made for comfort, stability, and performance on day or brief hunts. The Traverse X offers plenty of storage space for food and water and also has room for the meat you’ll be packing out at the end of your successful hunt.

The old backpack you have stashed in a closet won’t get it done—well, assuming you intend to bring home meat. Properly constructed packs provide both comfort and performance. If you want a pack from a company with a solid reputation for those things and more, you want Alps Outdoorz.

While Alps Outdoorz offers quite a few fantastic packs, it’s their Traverse X that comes to mind for packing meat on a day hunt. The Traverse X is manufactured using 1680 Denier Nylon Ballistic Fabric throughout for superior strength with Hypalon at stress points and spots that might experience strain from lashing. The waist belt has pockets for easy access and anti-sway straps for a secure load, as well as space for clip-style holsters. Wing pockets are fleece-lined to protect spotting scopes, and a rain cover is included. And when you do score a deer, it has a stowaway meat shelf, so you can pack out the resulting venison.

 

Leupold LTO Tracker

The Leupold LTO Tracker is a compact handheld thermal tracker ideal for both tracking your deer and finding it. And, of course, Leupold offers a full line of high-quality optics for your rifle of choice.

Maybe you’ll get lucky, and your deer will drop right where he stood but it’s far more likely he—or she—will bound off into the woods. Your deer can travel anywhere from a few to 200 yards depending not only on shot placement, but on its constitution and adrenaline. It may not sound like much, but once you’ve given a deer time to stop and pass away, those hundreds of feet in any direction become monumentally large.

Enter the Leupold LTO Tracker. The LTO is a compact, handheld thermal tracker weighing under 10 ounces and measuring 5.6” long. It has a temperature detection range of -40˚ Fahrenheit to 572˚ Fahrenheit, a detection distance of 600 yards, and a 206×156 thermal sensor. Not only does it function as a tracking device but it also makes a great little spotting scope with its 6X digital zoom.

Want to find your deer without a drone and a team of guys? Try the LTO Tracker.

 

 

HunterShield Protection

“The final thing you must have is an understanding of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code. Ignorance of the law is no excuse!” says U.S. and Texas LawShield Independent Program Attorney Richard Hayes. U.S. and Texas LawShield is here to help. Members of U.S. and Texas LawShield’s HunterShield program have access to attorneys for answers about hunting and fishing. Join today and broaden your hunting education as a sportsman while ensuring your hunting and fishing questions are answered by trustworthy sources familiar with the law. Learn more here.

By Kat Ainsworth, Contributor, U.S. and Texas LawShield Blog

Special Report: 4 Things You Need to Know about Conservation Police Officers

Just like kings and queens of old, the state of Virginia claims as its own all the deer in the forest and fish in the streams. If you want to hunt, trap, or fish in the state, you have to do so by following the state’s rules—and conservation police officers are there to enforce those rules.

It’s important that all sportsmen know what these men and women can do. Want to know more? Click to download the free Special Report, “4 Things You Need to Know about Conservation Police Officers,” to learn about the vast powers conservation police officers wield and how you can avoid getting snared in a legal misunderstanding.

 

HunterShield Protection

Let us share what we know. Learn the law from attorneys well-versed in wildlife laws, and gain access to up-to-date information you need to stay legal in the woods and on the water. Add HunterShield to your U.S. & Texas LawShield Membership today! Click here or on the graphic below to learn more.

 

Deer Gear: Getting a Leg-Up on Deer Hunting in Georgia

Deer hunting is unsurprisingly the most popular of all hunting pastimes. Whether you want to chase whitetails, blacktails, or muleys, you need gear to get started. Here are a few of our picks for a successful hunt.

Mossy Oak Camouflage

Yes, you could hunt in jeans and an old shirt; I’ve certainly done so. However, you increase your chance of success when you dress appropriately. A deer’s vision is attuned to predators. While they might not see the array of colors we do, they spot movement instantly. More importantly, they don’t need details to decide something—or someone—is a threat. Blurring your human shape into something less threatening is done with good camouflage.

Mossy Oak Eclipse is the company’s latest pattern and ideal for the darkness of a ground blind. Eclipse is a dark overlay of their popular Break-Up Country pattern and good for those who prefer the darkness of a ground or raised blind.

Mossy Oak is one of the best-known camo pattern companies on the market for good reason. They offer a variety of patterns for every region and season. After all, fall in Wisconsin doesn’t look like fall in Georgia. One of Mossy Oak’s popular patterns for hunting from tree stands is Bottomland, the pattern designed by Toxey Haas three decades ago. Today’s version is enhanced to more closely mimic the dirt and bark of nature and is favored by many hunters who hunt from stands. In the mood to hunt from a ground blind? Try the company’s newest pattern: Eclipse. Eclipse is dark and overlays the Break-Up Country pattern. Want to stay hidden in a ground blind? Eclipse is the perfect choice.

Looking to bring home the venison? Dress for the occasion but remember to wear your orange! According to Matt Kilgo, U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney, Georgia law requires it. “During firearm deer season, all hunters must wear a minimum of 500 square inches of blaze orange above the waist,” said Kilgo. This rule applies to all deer, bear, and hog hunters during firearm deer season and primitive weapons season, as well as anyone who may accompany a hunter.

 

Remington 700

The Remington 700 CDF SF is one of many Remington 700 options and comes chambered in a number of calibers including .35 Whelen and .30-06. Whatever your caliber of choice, the 700 platform has you covered.

If you’re a rifle-season hunter—and even if you aren’t—you’ve heard of the Remington 700. With more than fifty years in production, the bolt-action rifle enjoys well-deserved loyalty from shooters old and new. These are accurate, reliable rifles, and since they’re bolts, there’s the added benefit of not needing to worry about semi-auto restrictions. Model variations are as numerous as available calibers: the Remington 700 comes chambered in everything from .308 Win to 7mm Remington Magnum to .35 Whelen and everything in between (and beyond).

 Undecided? Check out the 700 CDL SF here. It even comes in .30-06 Springfield. One shot, one kill.

 

River’s Edge Treestands

Don’t trust just any tree stand with your life this fall: check out the River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger tree stand. Armrests are padded and can be raised for added movement; packing the stand in is simple since it folds flat.

Hunting from a tree? Invest in a quality tree stand from a reputable company. Hunting accidents involving homemade, unsecure stands take place every year so do your part to stay safe by paying attention to detail.

 River’s Edge Treestands are designed by guys with backgrounds in hunting, design, engineering, and fabricating. They understand what hunters want and know how to do it safely. A well-made tree stand is a vital piece of equipment and is not the place to cut corners.

 The River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger is a favorite because it offers more than just a small platform. This tree stand boasts multiple features from its ergonomically-designed, padded seat—complete with armrests—to its curved footrest. The Tear Tuff XL Lounger makes sitting for hours in a tree significantly more pleasant. It has a cam strap and lever-action attachment for quiet mounting and folds flat for easy transport.

 Prefer a ground blind? Check out their Landmark 6×6 Permanent Blind.

 

Alps Outdoorz Traverse X

Alps Outdoorz’ Traverse X is made for comfort, stability, and performance on day or brief hunts. The Traverse X offers plenty of storage space for food and water and also has room for the meat you’ll be packing out at the end of your successful hunt.

The old backpack you have stashed in a closet won’t get it done—well, assuming you intend to bring home meat. Properly constructed packs provide both comfort and performance. If you want a pack from a company with a solid reputation for those things and more, you want Alps Outdoorz.

 While Alps Outdoorz offers quite a few fantastic packs, it’s their Traverse X that comes to mind for packing meat on a day hunt. The Traverse X is manufactured using 1680 Denier Nylon Ballistic Fabric throughout for superior strength with Hypalon at stress points and spots that might experience strain from lashing. The waist belt has pockets for easy access and anti-sway straps for a secure load as well as space for clip-style holsters. Wing pockets are fleece-lined to protect spotting scopes and a rain cover is included. And when you do score a deer, it has a stowaway meat shelf, so you can pack out the resulting venison.

 

Leupold LTO Tracker

The Leupold LTO Tracker is a compact handheld thermal tracker ideal for both tracking your deer and finding it. And, of course, Leupold offers a full line of high-quality optics for your rifle of choice.

Maybe you’ll get lucky and your deer will drop right where he stood, but it’s far more likely he—or she—will bound off into the woods. Your deer can travel anywhere from a few to 200 yards after contact, depending not only on shot placement, but on its constitution and adrenaline. It may not sound like much, but once you’ve given a deer time to stop and pass away, those hundreds of feet in any direction become monumentally large.

 Enter the Leupold LTO Tracker. The LTO is a compact, handheld thermal tracker weighing under 10 ounces and measuring 5.6” long. It has a temperature detection range of -40˚ Fahrenheit to 572˚ Fahrenheit, a detection distance of 600 yards, and a 206×156 thermal sensor. Not only does it function as a tracking device, it also makes a great little spotting scope with its 6X digital zoom.

 Want to find your deer without a drone and a team of guys? Try the LTO Tracker.

 

 

HunterShield Protection

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By Kat Ainsworth, Contributor, U.S. and Texas LawShield Blog

Deer Gear: Getting a Leg-Up on Deer Hunting in Oklahoma

Deer hunting is unsurprisingly the most popular of all hunting pastimes. Whether you want to chase whitetails, blacktails, or muleys, you need gear to get started. Read about a few items that could make for a successful hunt.

Mossy Oak Camouflage

Mossy Oak Eclipse is the company’s latest pattern and ideal for the darkness of a ground blind. Eclipse is a dark overlay of their popular Break-Up Country pattern and good for those who prefer the darkness of a ground or raised blind.

Yes, you could hunt in jeans and an old shirt; I’ve certainly done so. However, you increase your chance of success when you dress appropriately. A deer’s vision is attuned to predators. While they might not see the array of colors we do, they spot movement instantly. More importantly, they don’t need details to decide something—or someone—is a threat. Blurring your human shape into something less threatening is done with good camouflage.

 Mossy Oak is one of the best-known camo pattern companies on the market for good reason. They offer a variety of patterns for every region and season – after all, fall in Wisconsin doesn’t look like fall in Oklahoma. One of Mossy Oak’s popular patterns for hunting from tree stands is Bottomland, the pattern designed by Toxey Haas three decades ago. Today’s version is enhanced to more closely mimic the dirt and bark of nature and is favored by many hunters. The company’s newest pattern, Eclipse, is great for ground blinds. Eclipse is quite dark and overlays the Break-Up Country pattern. Want to stay hidden in a ground blind? Eclipse is the perfect choice.

 If you are looking to bring home the venison, dress for the occasion.

 

Remington 700

The Remington 700 CDF SF is one of many Remington 700 options and comes chambered in a number of calibers including .35 Whelen and .30-06. Whatever your caliber of choice, the 700 platform has you covered.

If you’re a rifle-season hunter—and even if you aren’t—you’ve heard of the Remington 700. With more than fifty years in production, the bolt-action rifle enjoys well-deserved loyalty from shooters old and new. They’re accurate, reliable rifles, and since they’re bolts, there’s the added benefit of not needing to worry about semi-auto restrictions. Model variations are as numerous as available calibers; the Remington 700 comes chambered in everything from .308 Win, to 7mm Remington Magnum, to .35 Whelen, and everything in between (and beyond).

 Undecided? Check out the 700 CDL SF here. It even comes in .30-06 Springfield. One shot, one kill.

 

River’s Edge Treestands

Don’t trust just any tree stand with your life this fall: check out the River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger tree stand. Armrests are padded and can be raised for added movement; packing the stand in is simple since it folds flat.

Hunting from a tree? Invest in a quality tree stand from a reputable company. Hunting accidents involving homemade, unsecured stands take place every year. Do your part to stay safe by paying attention to detail.

 River’s Edge Treestands are designed by guys with backgrounds in hunting, design, engineering, and fabricating. They understand what hunters want and know how to do it safely. A well-made tree stand is a vital piece of equipment and not the place to cut corners.

 The River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger is a favorite because it offers more than just a small platform; this tree stand boasts multiple features. From its ergonomically-designed, padded seat—complete with armrests—to its curved footrest, the Tear Tuff XL Lounger makes sitting for hours in a tree significantly more pleasant. It has a cam strap and lever-action attachment for quiet mounting and folds flat for easy transport.

 Prefer a ground blind? Check out their Landmark 6×6 Permanent Blind.

 

Alps Outdoorz Traverse X

Alps Outdoorz’ Traverse X is made for comfort, stability, and performance on day or brief hunts. The Traverse X offers plenty of storage space for food and water and also has room for the meat you’ll be packing out at the end of your successful hunt.

The old backpack you have stashed in a closet won’t get it done—well, assuming you intend to bring home meat. Properly constructed packs provide both comfort and performance. If you want a pack from a company with a solid reputation for those things and more, you want Alps Outdoorz.

 While Alps Outdoorz offers quite a few fantastic packs, it’s their Traverse X that comes to mind for packing meat on a day hunt. The Traverse X is manufactured using 1680 Denier Nylon Ballistic Fabric for superior strength with Hypalon at stress points and spots that might experience strain from lashing. The waist belt has pockets for easy access and anti-sway straps for a secure load as well as space for clip-style holsters. Wing pockets are fleece-lined to protect spotting scopes and a rain cover is included. And when you do score a deer, the pack has a stowaway meat shelf so you can pack out your well-earned venison.

 

 

HunterShield Protection

If you aren’t familiar with the hunting regulations in Oklahoma, U.S. LawShield is here to help. Members of U.S. LawShield’s HunterShield program have access to attorneys for answers to their hunting and fishing questions. Join today and broaden your hunting education as a sportsman. Learn more about HunterShield protection here.

For example, we asked Robert R. Robles, independent program attorney, and avid hunter and fisherman, to make a few suggestions about the upcoming Oklahoma Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Deer Season. He said, for starters, that we might look at the Deer Hunting Season Regulations Fall 2017-Spring 2018, found at page 13 of the Hunting Regulations Handbook and also found online here. Since we didn’t have time to read the hundreds of rules and regulations, he agreed to help us with some important tips.

Here are some important dates, according to Robles:

  • Deer Archery: October 1, 2017 – January 15, 2018.
  • Deer Primitive Arms (Muzzleloading): October 28 – November 5, 2017.
  • Deer Gun: November 18 – December 3, 2017.
  • Deer Holiday Antlerless: December 22-31, 2017.
  • Youth Deer Gun: October 20-22, 2017.

Attorney Robles also said that:

  • Antlerless Deer may only be harvested according to a Zone Map found at page 17 of the 2017-2018 Hunting Regulations. Please review the zone map because it applies to hunts statewide.
  • Legal means of taking deer are limited to the following: Archery, Gun (includes Pistol and Shotgun/Slug) and Muzzleloader. Legal suppressors are okay both on private and public land.

Robles cautioned that a list of illegal devices for taking deer is found on page 13 and includes:

  • Fully automatic firearms, black powder firearms loaded from the breech, laser sights (unless the hunter is certified 100% disabled or legally blind), thermal tracking devices, and all light enhancement devices (including nightscopes) from sunset to sunrise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Kat Ainsworth, Contributor, U.S. and Texas LawShield Blog

Member Perks – Phantom Tactical

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