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How to repair a tent pole with quick and easy fixes.

Perhaps you’ve been there: you get to your perfect camping spot and you go to set up your tent but one of the poles is broken. You think, “wow, I thought this time I’d be able to sleep in a tent and not outside on a rock pillow. I was wrong.” Well, instead of letting that broken pole beat you, conquer it and sleep comfortably with these tips.

Aluminum Repair Sleeve

These can be found at most outdoor and camping stores. It’s a simple sleeve that can be wedged or taped into place over the broken section of a tent pole. It’s a handy little tool to always have for camping in case you need it. It’s a much easier and less expensive, however temporary, fix to a broken tent pole.

Tent Stakes

Stakes are a great tool to splint a broken pole. And think about it, somehow there are always leftover stakes even though you feel like you’ve staked down every piece of tent that touches the ground.

If something like a stake could save your pole, so could a screwdriver, allen wrench, or really anything sturdy. The factor here is having tape or strong string to splint the pole with whatever you wish to use.

If it really comes down to it and you need a quick fix, try using a branch.

Shock Cord

These are just a few ideas for repairing a broken pole on a tight budget or if you are out camping and can’t get to an outdoor retail store. But what if the actual cord is broken?

If the shock cord inside the pole is broken or torn, here is an easy fix:

Find the two ends of the cord and feed them through the pieces of the pole and the ferrules (the smaller metal piece connecting the bigger pole sections) until they meet with equal tension on each side. If you have a couple of washers, place them through each end of the cord and tie a knot in the cord. This prevents the knot from slipping through the ferrules or pole pieces, as the washer holes are smaller and can provide tension to keep the knot strong. If you do not have washers, try to tie the knot as big as possible so it can sit between two pieces of the tent pole.

So there you have it, a few ideas for cheap, easy and quick tent pole repairs. Next time this happens to you, hopefully you can remember some of these tips and end up sleeping inside your tent and not on top if it.

Do you have any other ideas for quick camping fixes, perhaps from experience? Leave them in the comments.

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A New York City apartment is up for sale, and the museum-worthy taxidermy collection is negotiable.

If you’ve got an extra $3.3 million lying around, and are a big fan of taxidermy, this apartment is exactly what you need.

Thanks to the New York Times piece written about Gregory Speck and his “Animal House,” outdoorsmen with an affinity for trophy game can get a glimpse at this incredible collection, even if they’d never have the money to buy it.

The most interesting thing about the listing is the pictures that show the rooms filled with game animal mounts right next to the same pictures with the animals edited out. You know, so someone could imagine what it would look like without a menagerie of taxidermy.

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Quiet movement in the woods is critical for hunting success.

Anytime you are moving through the hunting woods, you have to be vigilant about noise control and careless movement.

Every sound you make, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is a warning to all animals within hearing distance.
Of course, it just isn’t possible to move through a wooded area without making any noise at all. But, you can minimize noise and sound by following a few simple ground rules for movement while hunting.

Whether you’re headed to a treestand in the early morning hours, or practicing spot and stalk hunting from the ground, these tips can help keep you quiet and undetected.

Every Step You Take

Always remember that the noise you make while in a quiet setting is projected like it was being sent from an amplifier. If you snap a twig or stomp your way through a thicket, there is guaranteed to be a set of ears somewhere listening to your every move.

Deer and other game animals survive by knowing when a predator is close. If you move through the woods like you typically would, you won’t get close enough to see a deer much less get a shot at one.

Tread Lightly

When walking through the woods, you have to be aware of step placement every time you put down your foot. Place each step gently and with care.

The best way to do it is to lower either your heel or toe first and ease the rest of your foot down very slowly. By doing so, you can ideally feel a twig before it snaps or a rock before you kick it, and that will give you time to adjust your step.

Leaf Shaking

If you hunt early season deer or spring turkeys, you have to deal with a leafy environment when hunting a wooded area.

In these situations, small leafy trees can be your worst enemy. Carelessly shoving aside a leafy sapling is like shaking a pair of maracas. The rattling sound can be heard for hundreds of yards and lets all animals in the area know you’re coming.

When you’re walking through a thick, leafy area, it’s best to do so slowly and with an awareness of noise under your feet and at eye level as well.

Quiet Gear is a Must

It doesn’t do you any good to walk softly and quietly through the woods if your gear is clinking and clanging with every step. The metallic ring of a keychain or slide of a zipper is totally out of place in the wild.

Noises that are out place are like neon signs announcing the presence of humans in the area and there is nothing animals fear more than humans. Keep your gear quiet and you can eliminate half the battle of noise control while moving through the woods.

Turn Off Your Cell

It is a good idea to carry your cell phone while hunting in case of emergencies. However, the last thing you want is for your phone to chime in with the theme song from Star Trek while you’re trying to ease into your hunting area.

Turn off your phone or put it on silent until your hunt is over.

Watch the Coughing

Most hunting seasons happen during the height of cold and flu season. For that reason, hunters are often forced to hunt with a sniffle, cough, or both.

The problem is that a cough is one of the worst sounds you can make while hunting. There is absolutely nothing that screams danger to a deer more than the sound of a human cough. If you have a coughing problem when hunting season arrives, do all you can to suppress it while in the woods.

Take cough drops with you and carry plenty of fluids. If you end up in the middle of a coughing fit despite your best efforts, put your head down and do your best to bury the sound in your jacket or coveralls.

If you want to take your time, make your own stock out of a roasted wild turkey carcass and leg/thigh meat.

6-8 servings

Ingredients

If you want to take your time, make your own stock out of a roasted wild turkey carcass and leg/thigh meat.

6 – 8 servings

1/2 cup butter
1 cup carrot, peeled and diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup flour
5 cups chicken broth
2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 cups whole milk
1 cup cooked wild rice
2 cups cooked wild turkey breast, diced or shredded
salt and pepper

Instructions

Melt half of the butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add next 4 ingredients and cook until onions are translucent. Add remaining butter. When butter is melted, sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir often for 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup chicken stock and continue stirring until smooth. Add remaining chicken stock, a little at a time, while stirring. Add mushrooms and milk, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in rice and turkey to warm. Season with salt and pepper.

Photo: The Sporting Chef

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Anchovies and sardines have an inverse relationship. When the population of one is up, the other is down. In this way, nature is able to regulate itself. Southern California fishing has been in a sardine dominant cycle for decades now. It’s been so long that many anglers (myself included) have never fished with anchovies as the predominant bait.

To fish an anchovy and have a chance to successfully land an offshore gamefish requires special gear and techniques. Erik Landesfeind details how the latest tackle stacks up and even some cheats to get you fishing anchovies faster.

chovy_ytIt’s been a long time since any of us has had to fish with anchovies as bait. In fact, it’s been so long that a lot of the younger guys have never had to do it. Well, a lot has changed since the late 80′s when my go to finesse combo for tuna was a Penn Squidder 145 with a plastic spool full of 20-pound mono matched with a Sabre 800. While the return of the anchovy still requires the same finesse, today’s tackle is going to make it a whole lot easier to not just fish the bait, but land the fish you hook on it.

In hopes of getting some insight into anchovy fishing in the new millennium, I asked a couple of industry experts to share some tips on choosing and using the right tackle. My first call was to Robby Gant of Shimano who was more than happy to share. “When fishing the chovy there are a couple things that need to be looked at when putting together the proper rod and reel combo.”

Gant continued, “This past decade we’ve been spoiled with fishing the Sardine as it’s a heavy and for the most part lively bait. So, when fishing the Sardine you can use a heavier action rod and also use lever drag reels. The spools on these reels are much heavier than those on star drag reels so your start up inertia is much slower; but sardines are heavy enough that you don’t lose any performance in casting.”

Photos: SoCal Salty (top); BD Outdoors (above)

 

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By Jason Herbert

The bright, African sun beat down across sun-dried plains as a tribal elder quietly coached his grandson in their native tongue. Delivered in soft, short whispers, “…wait until the animal relaxes…. pick a target, aim at the target… now when your ready- shoot.” With a familiar “WACK!”- history had repeated itself once again. Heeding the advice of his grandfather, the young archer had successfully anchored a giant Kudu bull, and we were watching it fall as the celebration erupted.

“Yeah Wyatt! You got him… Congratulations! I’m so proud of you… You did great…” Smiles, laughter, and giant bear hugs (and not just directed at Wyatt) filled the mud colored hut. I had just been part of one family’s history- and was able to witness something truly special.

When I first met sixteen year old Wyatt Peary, I was truly impressed. Being a middle school teacher I have the chance to interact with many teenage kids. Wyatt is special, and immediately made a good impression on me. With a strong, firm handshake and direct eye contact, I thought he was a confident kid who had been brought up well. As I got to know him further, I learned that my first impression was spot on. Wyatt is the kind of kid that makes adults like myself excited for the future. Wyatt shoots with a mature grace not seen in many young archers and conducts himself socially in the same manner. He is easy to have a conversation with- yet wide eyed and young enough to know that he’s still learning from every experience. With a bold faith and strong character, Wyatt’s smile and healthy sense of humor put others at ease and show his great leadership potential.

President and CEO of Robinson Outdoor Products, Scott Shultz is busy accomplishing lots in his second career. He also accomplished much on his first career, and in his younger days Shultz was quite the competitive archer. Now in his new life, his demanding corporate lifestyle and dedication to family and friends leave little time for him to shoot for fun. Don’t get me wrong, Scott still shoots amazingly well, and as often as possible- just not competitively. Scott’s also a world traveled hunter, with trophy mounts and even bigger memories from all corners of the world. Being driven by his love for his family, strong faith, and a keen sense for right and wrong, Scott is a bull in the board room, and is proud of all of the families his company supports. But – like many of us, Scott’s an onion with many layers. Layers that sometimes can only surface on a wild African bow hunting adventure.

DSC_0017“Jason.” We were palling around in the airport on our way to Johannesburg, with a huge, earnest smile on his face and a slap on my back, “I like to say big plane ride equals big adventure.” Scott was explaining to me his philosophy on proximity to home in relation to vacations. For years I’d heard stories about Scott and his bow hunting endeavors. Now I’m proud to call him a friend, and often reflect on his impact on my life. Schultz has influenced me spiritually, and reassured me often that the way I’m bringing up my own children with a strong work ethic is the right way to do things. I often call Scott “a modern day Fred Bear” and he simply laughs. Not denying his passion for adventure, but always humble and never completely agreeing with me either.

On this particular trip, I got to witness his legacy in action. I got to see how Scott’s family values shined true through his grandson Wyatt. World traveled, corporate big wig, who serves on a number of committees and boards- Scott Schultz is really, behind the scenes, a loving and doting grandfather. The same man, who has traveled the globe taking all sorts of dangerous game with archery equipment is wrapped around his grandchildren’s little fingers. I remember the first time stepping in Schultz’s office. I was in awe of the exotic trophies from across the world, and listened intently as he shared their stories with me. Near the end of our conversation, he said, “Here are my real trophies,” and with a huge smile, pointed to several pictures of his family on his desk.

There were sixteen of us total, traipsing across South Africa with Wintershoek Johnny Vivier Safaris on the “ScentBlocker Safari.” People from all walks of life sharing one thing in common- an affinity for bow hunting adventure. I had the unique privilege of getting to know everyone well, as I hunted with my camera, with different parties each day. Scott organized the whole thing and the invite list showed a healthy cross cut of his life. There were old hunting/shooting buddies from back home in Pennsylvania, invited along to share in yet another adventure. Representatives from the Archery Trade Association were brought along to see the huge potential African bowhunting has to offer. Crews and hosts from outdoor television shows ScentBlocker’s The Chase and ScentBlocker’s Most Wanted were on-hand to share their hunts and continue to grow the sport. I was there to document the entire thing in picture and print. And of course, rounding out the guest list was Scott’s grandson, Wyatt. Wyatt was there to hunt with his grandfather. Or, more like… Wyatt was there to hunt with his grandfather at his side. If memory serves me right, Scott picked up his bow to hunt one time the entire two weeks, taking a beautiful Sable ram. As usual, Scott’s hunt was rather eventful, but I’ll save that vivid tale for another time. According to my calculations, Wyatt was “high hook” or in this case, ”high arrow” with a total of seven animals taken on the trip! I was along on a few of Wyatt’s hunts, heard the stories from the rest, and cannot honestly say who had more fun, Wyatt or Scott!

One lucky day, where God just kept blessing us with encounters and great shots, Wyatt had already taken a beautiful Springbok and his giant Kudu- he insisted that I take a turn to hunt. We went to a new blind and eventually had a mature Springbok ram make it in front of my sights. I was treated like family, with Scott whispering encouragement in my ear right before I released my arrow, and Wyatt slapping me on the back as the animal fell. We all recovered the animal together, I got properly initiated to Africa by Scott himself as Wyatt took pictures. I realized the family’s love of the sport wasn’t a selfish one. Both Scott and Wyatt were truly happy for me and rejoiced in my celebration as well. I felt privileged to be welcomed into such a primal brotherhood and welcoming family.

DSC_0019Amidst all of the hustle and bustle of the trip, the laughter and hugs, Scott and I had a chance to talk privately. Scott cares about me as a person, so I shared a few things for a bit and then the conversation shifted to him. I was explaining how impressed I was with Wyatt and ended with this, “Think about your legacy, what you’re going to leave behind after you’re gone. Imagine the stories he’ll have about his “crazy bow hunting” grandpa who invited him across the world to share in the hunt. What an impact you’re having on his life.”

Scott’s response was nothing more than a simple, peaceful smile, and a nod of his head.

Later in the week, when we all had to say our goodbyes at the Atlanta airport, I watched Scott and Wyatt one last time. Realizing what special events I had been able to witness, I paid particular attention to their body language. Exhausted and homesick like the rest of us, but working as a team, the two bowhunters grabbed their luggage and vanished in the mass of people, laughing and carrying on about the newest chapter that they shared in their lives. With all of the attacks on family values that we see in America these days, it was nice to spend time with a family who loves each other. Missing my family terribly, I couldn’t wait to get home and hug my own wife and kids. I was left with reassurance by Scott to keep plugging away with my own family, and doing my best to raise my kids the right way. I am happy to say that Scott’s influence on family values stretches beyond his own, and my family is better for it.