Hunting Tools Can Make All The Difference

No matter what kind of hunting you’re into, there are many tools of the trade. This season at Dunham’s Sports, you can find a variety of tools to make the trip more enjoyable.
 
Outdoor Edge specializes in high quality knives and tools to help you get your game from the field to your freezer with ease. Colin Wayne of Outdoor Edge says it’s important for hunters to always care for tools properly to get the most use out of them. He offers specific advice to care for knives.
 
“Storing the knife wet will certainly cause the blade to rust,” Wayne said. “If you have a folding knife, we suggest adding a drop of light oil to the blade pivot after the knife has been cleaned. If cared for properly, your knives will last you a lifetime.”
 
You can find Outdoor Edge products at Dunham’s this fall, including the Skin N’ Bone set. This four-piece set comes with a gut-hook skinner, a boning/fillet knife, a carbide sharpener, and a black nylon pouch that converts to a belt scabbard.
 
Andrew Gritzbaugh of Gerber Gear said there is no tool more important to a hunter than a quality knife.
 
“Every hunter or sportsman needs a knife on them at all times,” Gritzbaugh said. “This might be obvious to the experienced, but the reality is that many folks go into the field ill-equipped, expecting to only use the knife back at the truck or camp. Your blade will serve you in many tasks beyond cleaning and gutting. You never know, it might just save your life.”
 
New to Dunham’s for fall is Gerber’s Vital Fixed Blade. This knife features an easily replaceable blade and bright orange rubber handle for good grip. The knife comes with six replaceable blades.
 
Taylor Brands knives are also available at Dunham’s. Their products include the Old Timer and Uncle Henry lines. Andrew Bledsoe from Taylor said the Old Timer Sharpfinger is a favorite among hunters. They also offer multi-tools, such as the Shrade Tough Tool 21-Function Multi-Tool.
 
The Schrade channel on YouTube (www.youtube.com/schradeknives) features helpful videos on how to care for your hunting tools.
 
“Above all else, customers should enjoy the look and feel of their knife in the hand, and they should look for it from a company that stands behind their product,” said Bledsoe. “Taylor Brands LLC prides itself on its world-class customer service and all of our products come with a limited lifetime warranty.”
 
Whatever type of game you’re after this season, make sure to stop by your local Dunham’s to get everything you need. You might discover a new favorite!
 
-Deer Abby
 
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To The Hunt!

It’s autumn and hunting season is upon us. Let Dunham’s help you prepare.
 
From the green hills of Appalachia to the forests of the upper Midwest, sporting men and women look forward to autumn and the hunt. Nature paints the forest in gold, brown and red, the weather turns cool, and there’s a crispness in the air that says it’s time to get out of the house and into the field. For most, the prey of choice is a big buck and the rewards are the thrill of the hunt and a deep freeze packed with meat.
 
Most meteorologists expect El Nino to keep temperatures relatively mild this autumn and winter through the upper Midwest, the Ohio Valley and Appalachia with moderate snow cover in the northern sections. That should be good news for hunters. An early and frigid winter can make things uncomfortable for outdoor activity and may reduce cover. A light snowfall can help you move quietly and the contrasting background makes it easy to spot deer.
 
While some states in the region saw a decline in deer harvest numbers in recent years, mild weather should contribute to a stronger and larger whitetail population. Most Midwest and eastern states anticipate good herd numbers.
 
So if you’re a hunter, it’s time to make sure you’re ready for the field, and that means more than just cleaning your weapons and picking your vacation days. In this issue we touch on a number of different topics that can help you prepare.
 
Where The Whitetail Live
 
We checked the herd reports for a number of states in the regions Dunham’s serves to determine where you might have the best chance of filling your tag. We discovered there are great places to hunt in every part of the region.
 
The Crossbow Revolution
 
Crossbows are becoming the weapon of choice for bow season hunters. That’s due in part to changes in regulations that have made them available to more hunters. But it’s also a result of improved materials and better engineering. Both of which have made crossbows more accurate and useful.
 
Our bow hunter customers are excited about the new Grizzly Matrix from Excalibur, an affordable bow that offers a lot for your money. Another popular choice is Excalibur’s new Micro 335, a remarkably compact bow.
 
Also drawing a lot of interest is Barnett’s Quad Xtreme crossbow. Again, it offers both value and performance. The same company’s BC Raptor Reverse is another very popular bow. Read the article to learn more about all these great products.
 
You Can See Clearly Now
 
Being able to accurately target prey with a rifle while aiming with metal sights and mentally calculating bullet-drop compensation is an admirable skill. It’s also a very difficult challenge that requires years of practice. Almost all of today’s firearm hunters rely on riflescopes, we take a look at what’s available and tell you how to choose the right scope for your hunt.
 
While higher magnification might seem desirable, our article explains why a high power scope might not be the best choice. We also explain how bullet-drop compensation works and why it’s desirable.
 
Of course we fill you in on some of the best Nikon scopes available at Dunham’s, including Prostaff and Buckmaster models. Our in-store sales consultants can help you choose the one that’s best for your hunt.
 
Tools of the Trade
 
Every hunter needs a quality knife, and we offer some great options. Not only do we point out the best blades, but we provide some tips for taking good care of your hunting tools as well.
 
Among the products we review are some great knives from Outdoor Edge, Gerber and Taylor Brands. You’re going to need one or more of these.
 
Accessorize, Accessorize
 
Hunting should be fun, and having the right equipment can help make it so. That includes a comfortable place to sit, some illumination and — for when the hunt is over — a great way to cook that game. We found there are some great hunting accessories available from some of the best names in the business, like Ameristep, Zippo and Masterbuilt.
 
Handgun Help
 
A lot of the hunters we know are firearm collectors, while others have to keep a handgun available for protection and security. Still others just enjoy target shooting and find it a great way to pass time once hunting season is over. Various kinds of handgun ammo are available at Dunham’s. Our experts tell you what’s best for each application.
 
Well, it’s time to quit talking and get ready for the hunt. Your Dunham’s sales consultants are ready to help you do that. Stop by today and get in the game.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Bicycling

[Written by Peter Nielsen].
 
Bicycling is a popular activity — especially in the summer — and it’s gaining popularity. It’s a great, low-impact, aerobic exercise that can be just as effective as running, without the knee pain. A 135-pound woman who bikes 6 miles a half hour burns 242 calories in a half hour, add another mile to that and you’ll burn 311 calories in a half hour!
 
Cycling works the hamstrings, back of the thighs, and quadriceps.The core muscles help with control and balance, while they power your turns. Calf muscles help you pedal. Stand up and cycle for some intervals, it will add some intensity and extra work for your glutes! Try riding up steep hills while pulling up on the handlebars to really activate those glutes and biceps! As always, there’s more!
 
• Think Clearer. A study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research found that people scored higher on memory, reasoning, and planning tests after 30 minutes of spinning on a stationary bike than they did before they rode … and they finished the tests faster!
 
• Get Energized. A study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics found that bike riding improved energy levels by 20 percent and decreased fatigue by 65 percent by triggering the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
 
• Prevent Heart Disease. The American Heart Association suggests a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week. In a recent study, 32 women cycled three times a week for a minimum of a half hour at moderate to high intensity. The study found that the women had lowered their blood pressure, their LDL cholesterol and increased their aerobic fitness.
 
• Sleep Better. A study out of Stanford University School of Medicine had sedentary insomnia sufferers cycle for 20-30 minutes every other day. As a result, participants found the time it took for them to fall asleep was reduced by half, and they slept for an hour more!
 
New bike lanes on thoroughfares make it easier for cyclists to commute to work and beautiful bike paths in parks offer a calming and enjoyable outdoor environment for your fitness routine. Give it a try … you’ll be stronger, fitter and happier!
 
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Controlling Your Body Temperature

[Written by Peter Nielsen].
 
Working out in the heat creates additional challenges for our ability to maintain fitness regimens. After a cold winter of longing for summer, we can find ourselves overwhelmed when summer really kicks into high gear. That’s because of how we normally regulate our temperature. Knowing how your body regulates its temperature can help you make better choices for your summer workouts.
 
When your body is cool, vasoconstriction — the narrowing of blood vessels to skin capillaries — keeps blood away from the surface of the skin, reducing the loss of heat from the skin. If your body is too warm, blood vessels leading to the skin capillaries dilate, allowing blood to flow near the surface. Heat is then released through the skin by radiation. To further reduce body temperature, sweat is produced by the sweat glands and evaporates, cooling the skin. The importance of your body’s ability to regulate temperature becomes even more important when your muscles produce more heat during exercise and the environment becomes hotter, causing radiation to become less effective in reducing body heat.
 
Any time we exercise, the working muscles call for more energy through an increase of blood supply and oxygen. The heart works harder to accomplish that. Additionally, the working muscles also create heat by using the oxygen in your blood’s hemoglobin to convert the glucose in your bloodstream into usable energy. This increase in core body temperature can put the the functions of the your central nervous system and muscle cells at risk, especially when heat loss is challenged by warmer environmental temperatures that make it difficult for the skin to cool.
 
At this point, our bodies direct more blood to the skin for cooling at the same time it is needed for the increase in the muscular workload when you’re working out. Skin and working muscles compete for the limited blood flow (think oxygen) that the heart produces, raising the risk of heat stroke or muscle fatigue. The good news is, we can acclimate to the weather and improve our overall performance at the same time.
 
Professional and high-level athletes often exercise in warm conditions to improve performance and prepare different climate factors. For people engage in light or medium-level exercise or have increased risk of heat-related illness, avoid exercising in peak heat. Instead, develop a gradual and incremental workout that increases your cardiovascular and thermoregulatory tolerance.
 
Take precautions to reduce the likelihood of heat illness.
 
• The time of day is important. Avoid exercising from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s the hottest part of day. If the weather is particularly hot, the best time of day is early morning.
 
• Wear loose, light-colored clothing. Lighter colors help reflect heat. Cotton material helps sweat evaporate. Try some running shirts and shorts that are designed specifically for working out.
 
• Protect your skin. Use sunscreen with SPF of 45 or 50.
 
• Cool off with water sports. Swim some laps a couple days a week instead of running. The variety will refresh you in more ways than one!
 
• Stay hydrated. Before you go out, drink a glass or two of water. Carry a bottle of water. Take a drink every 15 minutes, even when you’re not thirsty and When you’re done with your workout, have a few more glasses of water.
 
• Check the weather forecast before you start your workout. If there’s a heat, pollution or high ozone advisory, protect your lungs and think of working out indoors.
 
Listen to your body. Stop immediately if you’re feeling dizzy, faint or nauseous. Take precautions and have a great workout!
 
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