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Where to Find Inexpensive New & Used Guns for Sale

Most people I know are not willing to spend hard earned money on items they don’t feel are important. This is true in so many ways and it includes hunting and shooting sports. To thoroughly enjoy shooting activities, the enthusiast needs the necessary equipment. For some, it’s not always easy to pursue a shooting activity due to its expense. This includes guns for sports and recreation. It is unlikely that firearms be made affordable all the time, however it’s still possible to find inexpensive quality firearms for sale.

Many households perceive firearms to be expensive. Factually, nothing could be farther from the truth. While it is true that many guns are expensive, that expense is mainly due to high demand in the consumer market. Highly coveted firearms are in short demand therefore the price is increased to meet the supply level. Alternately, as supply levels rise, down come the prices.

There are many manufacturers of firearms that are less known than the major manufacturers such as Colt, Ruger, Smith & Wesson and Winchester, to name a few. These lesser known manufacturers offer quality firearms at very competitive pricing. Most of these firearms come with a lifetime warranty as well. Think of it in this regard: An inexpensive firearm that carries a lifetime warranty versus a brand name gun that carries the same warranty yet costs many hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars more. Either way, if the firearm breaks, it is covered 100% by its manufacturer. That being said, it is not intended to discredit the brand name firearm manufacturer whose quality standards may be to a more exacting standard. Let me add this disclaimer however: if the purchase in question is for a self or home defense firearm, I would certainly save my pennies for the “stricter” manufactured firearm mainly due to potential lives being at stake. That being said: the content of this article is aimed at the budget conscious individual seeking to purchase recreational firearms for sport or hunting.

So how do you find inexpensive guns for sale? There are many ways for you to find the right gun that suits your personality. The easiest method available today is right at your fingertips, literally: the “internet”, of course. Today’s smart shopper can easily research just about any item ensuring they get the best deal they can find online. The internet is without a doubt, a superb tool. However, if you don’t find desirable results online, you can try trusted firearms dealers. It is possible to easily contact some of the most well known online gun sellers and their stores by asking around. Check with your friends or co-workers that participate in shooting activities. They are a great resource and can provide you with a multitude of knowledge. Gun shows or auctions are great sites to search as well. Though you may need to travel, it may still be your best bet in locating the firearm you seek or dealing with the trusted firearm expert you desire.

Hearing Protection is Essential Gear

Ever return from a day at the range or hunting to find your ears are ringing from sounds that you’re faced with when engaging in shooting activities? The effects can last for hours, days or even weeks and in worst case scenarios, longer still. That is why it is important to use protective devices to safeguard your hearing and ensure you’re ears aren’t ringing when you arrive back home!

Arguably, the most effective hearing protection available today is an electronic hearing device that is easy to use and is comfortable. The biggest benefit to an electronic hearing device is that it filters out noises such as a rifle blast while allowing low decibel sounds safe passage.

These devices allow sounds up to 25 decibels to transmit through to your ears, and block out noises exceeding 82 decibels. Not only do these devices preserve your hearing, they offer the added benefit of amplifying faint sounds which many hunters find useful a field. Another possible benefit may be that these devices may help you if you’re one of the millions who suffer from low level hearing loss.

The experienced hunter understands the sense of hearing must be in top order to be alert to what’s going on around them.

Many types of hearing devices are available today from foam ear plugs, to electronic headphones, to noise-canceling phones, to molded ear plugs, etc…. There is a variety of devices to choose from and thorough research should be conducted before making your purchase. Many shooting ranges offer free hearing protection to range users [must be returned at the end of your shooting session]. This is the perfect time to test different devices regarding fit, functionality, comfort, etc… and what better place to test-drive a potential purchase.

In closing, hearing protection, similar to eye protection, is essential gear and must be seriously considered. These safety devices are relatively inexpensive and worth looking into.

Knives: How to choose which is right for you!

All hunters know that a quality hunting knife is worth its weight in gold. It is a vital piece of equipment that must not be over-looked. A quality hunting knife is normally heavier [though not always] in weight than a traditional kitchen knife and usually come equipped with a sheath or pouch to carry it. Most hunters will carry a combination of knives afield as blade shape plays a vital role when field dressing an animal.

To determine which knife is correct for you, we must begin with the type of hunting you will engage in. A knife suitable for cleaning a rabbit may not as easily dress out an Elk. I personally carry along a kit [one of many offered] by Outdoor Edge.  It contains all the blades necessary for game preparation.

Once we determine what species we will hunt, we consider the blade design needed to field-dress the animal. For example, a moose will not only require a “caping” blade to make surgical incisions, but will also require a “deep-bellied skinning knife equipped with gut hook” and also a “bone saw” or “cleaver” for quartering the carcass. Remember, when decision making, that the knife needed afield may not be the knife needed at home when preparing the “quarters” for final packaging and storing. While it is possible, a “caping” knife is hardly suitable for “boning/filleting” or a “skinning” knife considered acceptable for “carving” roasts, when a butcher’s knife is the wiser choice. Plan to purchase knives for both afield and for home preparation.

In addition to the design of the blade, the butcher should consider the entire knife’s design as well. The knife should be well balanced for easy wielding and the handle should be made to fit the hunter’s hand. The tang should run the full length of the knife, including through the handle. Other style knives are double edged stabbing design. Gut hook knives for “zipper-like” hide separation. As well as assorted Bowie, skinning, and drop point knives. A good hunter identifies the type of knife that best fits their needs and uses them correctly.

The hunting knife comes in many shapes and sizes and can be useful in variety of jobs. When buying a hunting knife, the hunter must choose the one that best fits the needs of a hunting excursion. They are important pieces of gear that should accompany every outdoorsman into the wild.

Habits of Western Deer

Why would we want to have an understanding of deer habits you might ask? Answer: the male “Buck” is the trophy all hunters covet when deer hunting. A quick look at harvest rates across the country indicate the majority of deer taken annually are bucks. The female “Does” are managed very carefully, state by state, and only a limited number of them are legally harvested each season, and for good reason.

Learning the habits of deer will certainly increase the chances of you “filling” your tag. Generally speaking, if you plan to just walk into the woods knowing little to nothing about the animal you stalk, you will likely spend a peaceful quiet day enjoying the surroundings but failing to bag, or even spot, a deer let alone harvest one. To increase odds in your favor, you must observe habits that deer exhibit which will likely increase your chance of a successful hunt.

First and foremost, we need to find where the deer community dwell. We want to locate areas more heavily populated by Western Deer and avoid the areas they do not. Before ever stepping foot into the forest, I like to research areas that I believe will have higher concentrations of deer. I do this at home from my computer. Water is an essential all deer yearn for. When I know which “Big Game Unit” I will be hunting, I locate that units topography on websites such as “Google Maps” and search the landscape for water sources shown from aerial views. If you can find a water source, you can be certain wildlife drinks from that source.

Western deer require adequate food sources, shelter, coverage for hiding and areas uninhabited by human activity. Learn what diet Western deer adhere to. Research what foods in the area they consider enticing then locate the area where those foods are plentiful. Areas of shelter and coverage can be researched from your computer, similar to your search for water. I also find that speaking with the local forestry and/or DNR personnel result in tips and locations to the whereabouts of trophy animals.

Next, we need to learn the Western deer’s schedule. Deer perform certain activities at different times of the day. Grazing in fields and pastures predominantly occur during dusk, late evening and/or dawn. On lowlight days under heavy cloud-cover, deer tend to be spotted in wide-open areas as opposed to their presence in the same location on a bright and sunny day. Deer conduct watering activities under cover of darkness. They do this to avoid human contact and predators. Western deer will likely repeat their habits over and over again provided no unsuspected interference.

Find scrapes and rubs. Deer season, in most parts of the country, occurs coincidently with “the rut”. Bucks create “scrapes” and/or “rubs” to attract does. In addition, some claim it to be a sign to warn off other bucks. During the rut, bucks are mainly interested in mating, often going without food, water or rest for long periods of time. Keep in mind that a “scrape line” will be checked by a buck several times a day.

Throwing together all the knowledge you have gained through research and visual cues should greatly improve your odds at harvesting the deer of your dreams!

Rationale for hunting “Songdogs”?

The summer has brought about an increase of coyote attacks on pets across the nation. Scientists speculate coyotes may be losing their fear of humans and pets because they are exposed to them more often. Many believe that an unlimited supply of food coupled with no natural predators is mainspring for the increase in attacks. Many pet owners across the nation are displaying concern about how to avoid pet entanglements with wild coyotes. Local response officials are stating that pets must be contained and supervised by their owners in efforts of reducing encounters between domestic animals and their wild counterpart.

Reports of 4 roaming cats, in a quiet Florida neighborhood, resulted in their demise and shortly thereafter, 3 more felines were confiscated by coyotes in Massachusetts. Coyotes have been sighted in NYC’s Central Park and a puppy was rescued by a pit bull in Colorado after the puppy was apprehended by a coyote.

Reports of home owners leaving pet food outdoors, as well as unsecured trash in easily accessible locations, tends to draw coyotes into urban landscapes. Avoid potential pet catastrophe’s by ensuring food and food waste are securely contained and out of reach of wild animals.