Attracting Wildlife

Hunting is a waiting game. But that wait can be lessened by attracting animals to your position. A variety of food and mineral products will do just that.
Animal are naturally attracted to food, so anything they want to eat will generally attract them.  Minerals, on the other hand, contribute to long-term animal health.  Calcium and salt help promote antler and bone growth in deer and elk, and a variety of minerals will contribute to the general health of animals (just like with human).
Knowing Where to Put Attractants…
While food and minerals will attract wildlife, knowing where to put them will improve effectiveness.  The key is to put the material where animals feel comfortable.  “The biggest mistake hunters usually make with attractants is to put them out in the open, where animals are going to be skittish,” says Tim Carnahan of Evolve Habitats.  “You want animals to feel protected, so choose places that have natural cover and where the animals will naturally gravitate.  You don’t want to just put them out in the middle of a field–the animals won’t feel safe.”
Some liquid gel products can be effectively spread over a decaying log or stump and will slowly soak into the wood, making the whole thing a treat that your deer will consume.  Reapply until the entire stump or log is consumed.  It can be used to create a lick on bare ground by just pouring over the site and letting it soak in.
…And when to Put Them Out
Feed can be put before or during the hunting season, while minerals tend to have a longer lasting effect.  Putting a mineral mix in the ground will bring animals back over and over.
Time release products mean you don’t have to keep going back to a site, which adds convenience.  Place one or two blocks of the attractant product in an established mineral site to provide months of attraction without having to return to the site.  To establish a new site, place one or two blocks in the middle of a bare spot, 4′ in diameter.  Rainfall will be needed to activate the site, allowing the minerals to fully leach into the ground.
Mineral supplements attracts deer by application, moisture will cause these minerals to keep reacting and attracting deer.  Bucks seeking minerals for overall health and rack development will drawn to site to lick, paw, mark and consume the minerals.
Bucks will want to protect the sire by rubbing, scraping and rolling in the mineral site to mark it as their own.  The buck’s action will naturally lead to the attraction of more deer.  Over time, a large deer wallow will be created as many deer develop the habit of frequenting the site to consume the beneficial minerals.
*Regulation vary from state to state ( and even from county-to-county) on feeding wildlife. Be sure to check with your appropriate government agency before developing your feeding plan.
-Deer Abby
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Gun Safety Starts At Home

You’ve spent a lot of money on your guns. You want to protect that investment. You want to protect your family. You need a gun safe — a good gun safe. A haphazard collection of guns around the house is a recipe for disaster, especially if you have children. Anyone with more than a single rifle or shotgun should invest in a high quality, secure and fire resistant safe to store weapons and appropriate hunting paraphernalia.
Size — Buy More Than You Need
The first thing to decide is how big the safe needs to be. Experts agree here — buy more size than you need, at least more than you need right now. Your gun collection is bound to grow over time. A good safe is more than just a gun locker — it becomes a secure storage device for your family’s other valuables as well. You’ll find you quickly fill up even a large safe. Spend the money for the size, protection, and features you want. Your gun collection may be worth many tens of thousands of dollars. Some people who visit Dunham’s wouldn’t hesitate to spend $450 on a EOTech Sight or $1100 for a custom action, yet they don’t want to spend more than a few hundred dollars on a safe. That’s not common sense.
“The most common mistake gun enthusiasts make in buying a safe is to not plan ahead,” says Ken Wolowicz of Stack-on-Safes. “People will think ‘I have 10 guns, so I need a safe to hold that many.’ But just because you have 10 guns, doesn’t mean you won’t get more. You can always use the extra space now for other items — hunting accessories or even other family possessions.”
Fire Protection
One of the biggest reasons to have a gun safe is to protect those guns in case of fire. Fire protection ratings vary a great deal among safes. That rating is usually expressed in terms of temperature (degrees) and time. A safe rated at 1200 degrees for 30 minutes means that a fire of 1200 degrees (typical for a house fire) can burn for a half hour without the interior exceeding 350 degrees — enough to damage contents. Considering that most house fires are put out in 15-20 minutes, that half hour protection is usually adequate.
To be especially cautious, if you keep other valuables (jewelry, documents, etc.), consider having a smaller safe within the gun safe — that way you are doubly protected.
What Kind of Lock?
Standard combination locks remain the most popular with gun safes, but electronic versions are becoming more popular. Both kinds of locks offer security, so it really comes down to personal preference. Electronic locks tend to add a bit to the cost, so you pay for their convenience — it’s up to you.
Be Flexible
Ken Wolowicz says the most important consideration in shopping for a gun safe is to be flexible. “You want a safe that you can modify to fit your own particular needs,” he says. “You might want special shelving, and you might want to change things around based on new purchases you make, or new things you want to store. Look for a safe that lets you be creative in how you arrange things inside.”
You can easily build a replacement that fits the guns you own, not the guns some marketing director thinks you have. For scoped guns, you need to increase clearance from the sidewalls 3” or more (assuming scope-side faces the safe wall). To ease access, you should also increase the spacing between guns. If you have a number of benchrest rifles with square, 3”-wide fore-ends, consider building a shelf with 3.5” rectangular slots instead of the typical tight half-circle cutouts. This will give you a rock-solid mounting point that won’t allow the rifle to bang into its neighbor.
If you have a variety of AR-type rifles, some long and some short, you can build a simple stepped box that sits on the safe’s floor. Place your 20”+ ARs on the bottom step and the short-barreled ARs on the upper step.
Water Protection
One much overlooked aspect of gun safe performance is the ability to protect the contents from water damage (due to floods, plumbing leaks, or water from fire-fighting). In the aftermath of the flooding in New Orleans, more people are thinking how they can keep water out of their safes. The first thing you can do is create a raised concrete platform. This will also make it easier to access items in the bottom of the safe.
Then, you should ensure that all holes in the safe base or sides are sealed with heat-resistant silicone or similar caulking material. This will also help safeguard the contents from fire damage.
-Deer Abby
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Joint Pain

[Written by Peter Nielsen].
Joint pain can have a debilitating effect on your everyday life.  Whether it appears as a discomfort when touched, swelling or inflammation of an area, or limited  movement, there are several possible causes. Extended discomfort should be seen by a doctor.  If you already know what causes your joint pain, you may have a standard treatment you use.  The most common causes of joint pain are:

  • Injuries such as broken bones, sprains and strains can all cause pain in the affected joint which can bother you long after the injury has healed. Stress caused by overuse may lead to joint pain.  For instance, excessive force on the knee, overuse, or injury, may lead to degeneration of the cartilage beneath the kneecap, a condition that commonly causes joint pain in adolescents and young adults. Careful attention to safety when participating in sports or a fitness regimen is the best preventative measure against sports-related injuries that lead to joint pain.
  • Up to 22 million Americans have autoimmune disorders. Nearly 80% of them are women — many in their childbearing years, and the numbers are growing. Severe autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues in your body. Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive, inflammatory disease that attacks the joints, while lupus is a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the joints, kidneys, blood cells, skin, lungs and heart — both may cause severe joint pain. An anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce the discomfort and flare-ups caused by this disease.
  • Arthritis causes progressive, chronic joint pain. The most common form is osteoarthritis, which causes pain in the joints of the hips, knees, hands or spine. Septic arthritis is an infection that has spread from another location of the body to one joint, causing severe pain. Gout is a type of arthritis that causes severe attacks of pain in the joints–usually in the big toe. A heathy diet and exercise will help maintain joint health. 
  • Bursitis is characterized by swelling of fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, found between tendons and skin or bone. It can cause acute or chronic pain in the joints, especially with movement.

Autoimmune disease, arthritis, buristis and gout all have shown to be alleviated by anti-inflamatory diets.  Try colorful fruits and vegetables, such as berries, leafy greens and broccoli, for rich amounts of antioxidants to promote strong immune system function, and fiber and water, which support appetite control. Vitamin C, prevalent in bell peppers, citrus fruits and tomatoes, may enhance tissue repair and healing from bursitis. Additional sources of fiber and glucose — your body’s main dietary source of energy, include oatmeal, whole-grain breads, brown rice and legumes.  Although research is limited, switching from a meat-rich diet to a plant-based diet may improve symptoms of gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Cold-water fish, such as salmon, herring, halibut and mackerel; flaxseed; walnuts; and canola oil contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce inflammation.
Joint pain can seriously hamper your ability to enjoy all life has to offer, there are many options, eat healthy, stay active and see your doctor if the pain persists!
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