Mountain House Educates Consumers: When Long Term Emergency Food Isn’t

rp_Mountain_House_Just_In_Case_Bucket_Classic__21821.1410912291.1280.1280.jpgAlbany, Ore. – February 16, 2015 – Mountain House, the best-selling brand of camping, backpacking, and emergency preparedness meals, released results today of a recent study designed to inform consumers how popular brands of emergency meals manage oxygen levels, a critical element in long term emergency food.  This information is increasingly important as consumers continue to move from tried-and-true #10 cans to flexible pouches. The study, conducted by Fres-co System USA, Inc., tested the oxygen levels found in Mountain House pouches as well as those of six other brands. [Read more…]

Winded Bowhunter Continues Partnership with Global Rescue

Global Rescue For HuntersWinded Bowhunter is excited to announce its continued partnership with Global Rescue, the leading provider of medical advisory, field rescue and medical evacuation services for hunters. [Read more…]

Winter Dehydration

Winded Bowhunter Sitka HydrationMost people think that dehydration occurs only during the hot temperature months of the year. You can suffer from dehydration in during the winter when temps dip to frigid temps!

It’s very easy to become dehydrated in the winter, especially if you’re participating in activities such as backcountry skiing, hiking, snowshoeing or hunting and the like. In fact, dehydration can occur faster in cold temps due to the fact that the air you are breathing in drier. [Read more…]

Mountain House In Buckets

Mountain House Just In Case Bucket ClassicYou asked and Mountain House listened! Mountain House is proud to introduce 2 new “Just in Case…” pouch assortments in super-convenient buckets, perfect for emergency preparedness, camping, backpacking or at-home use!

What makes these buckets so special? [Read more…]

Kelly Kettle – My Kettle

Kelly Kettle

The first kettle dates back to the 1890’s to County Mayo, Ireland. A young lad named Patrick Kelly, made his first kettle from Tin after a cold winter of tinkering and experimentation.

Now, brothers Patrick & Seamus Kelly, are proud to be the fourth generation of Kellys to produce their popular kettles and camping equipment. The Kelly brothers continue to develop the Kelly Kettle Brand and bring you their loyal customers, new and exciting products & gear. [Read more…]

Hot Hands, Warm Feet

I have used the Hot Hands for a few years and always keep a few in my Jeep during the cooler months. I use them for cold mornings and having to scrape the windows of our vehicles, hunting, playing with the kids and even our cousin Jimmy’s hockey games! I have even given them to children waiting for their school bus in front of our house.

I am an avid bowhunter, I hunt on stand for and average of 3 hours for morning and evening  hunts in the early season. Once the rut gets started it is an all day affair! I am on stand 1 hour before light to 30 past dark which is about 9 to 11 hours, depending on the weather. It can get downright cold in Virginia! I do a lot of backcountry hunting in Montana and Idaho which is just the opposite of stand hunting and some of buddies from out west don’t understand how cold it can get on stand.  I try to explain to them that sitting still for 3 hours, in 30* temperatures, 20 feet up on a piece of aluminum with the thermals swirling or a breeze is “tough”!  Oh, and don’t forget that moment when its time to draw on your deer after setting on stand freezing for 2 hours…good luck! [Read more…]

CPR on Your Dog

Jarett and Stella

Most of you reading this blog probably have pets. Of that group a good portion of you probably have dogs. Now these dogs may be considered a pet, best friend, part of the family and the highly praised hunting buddy!

 

This though comes to me while sitting in the vets office this past weekend. The very same place that I saw my vet perform CPR on my dog Gonzo 8 years ago. [Read more…]

Hunters, Be Prepared for Bears

Bears are still out and active throughout big game hunting season in much of Montana and they are extending their ranges in some areas where populations are growing.

Hunting is a prime time to encounter a bear, especially if your are calling game, using scents or have harvested an animal. Here are a few important safety tips for hunting in bear country:

  • Always carry bear pepper spray, have it close at hand and know how to use it.
  • If you are going to be alone in bear country, let someone know your detailed plans; better yet, don’t go alone.
  • While hunting, pay attention to fresh bear sign.
  • After making a kill, get the carcass out of the area as quickly as possible.
  • When field dressing the carcass, keep your can of bear pepper spray within easy reach.
  • Use special precautions if you must leave and then return to a carcass, including placing the carcass where you can easily observe it from a distance when you return.
  • Do not attempt to frighten away or haze a bear that is nearby or feeding on a carcass.

For details on how to hunt safely in grizzly country, check the Deer, Elk and Antelope Hunting regulations available online and at FWP offices, or go to FWP’s Living with Wildlife web page.

Flu-Prone Elk Hunters: It May be Altitude Sickness

MISSOULA, Mont.—Flu is on everyone’s mind this autumn. So for hunters who start feeling lousy upon arrival in elk camp, the diagnosis may seem obvious. But, like skiers and mountain climbers, elk hunters at high elevations also are prone to altitude sickness with symptoms that look and feel like the flu—headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, coughing, shortness of breath and trouble sleeping.

Ways to prevent the flu are well publicized, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is offering the following tips for avoiding altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness is caused by thin air at high elevations. Your body must work harder to maintain normal oxygen levels in the blood. Breathing and pulse rates increase. Still, the lack of oxygen can knock a hunter down especially if they go too hard too soon.

“Most of us live at a much lower elevation than elk do. That alone puts many hunters at a disadvantage even before they begin their first stalk,” said Cameron Hanes, a fitness and bowhunting authority as well as TV show host and columnist for RMEF.

Hanes says most sufferers adapt to high altitude by the fourth day. The following tips can help you make better use of your first three days in elk country.

• When you arrive in high country, avoid physical exertion for the first 24 hours. This can be tough when you’ve been looking forward to the hunt all year, so if you can’t or won’t take a full day to adjust, be smart. Don’t go full bore right out of the gate.

• Hunt high, sleep low. At elevations above 5,000 feet, try to gain no more than 2,000 feet per day. You can hunt higher as long as you go back down 2,000 feet to sleep.

• Ascend very slowly past 8,000 feet. Acclimatize yourself. Acclimatization helps cells get along on a smaller oxygen budget. By gaining altitude slowly, your body will adjust gradually with few if any symptoms of altitude sickness.

• If traveling by air to a hunt above 8,000 feet, try to incorporate a layover of one to two days at an intermediate altitude.

• Drink water copiously and constantly.

• Avoid alcohol for the first few days. Alcohol dehydrates you and drinking at high altitudes amplifies its affect.

• Consume a high-carbohydrate diet. Lots of granola bars, trail mix, etc.

• The prescription drug acetazolamide (Diamox) can be helpful as a preventive treatment but always consult with your doctor first.

• Fitness at sea level doesn’t guarantee an easier time when you’re at 10,000 feet, but being in good shape makes it more likely that your lungs can cope with the challenges of the high life.

If these tips don’t work, and if your symptoms persist even at lower altitudes, you may indeed have the flu.

Hanes serves RMEF as host of “Elk Chronicles” on Outdoor Channel and as a columnist for “Bugle” magazine. His second book, “Backcountry Bowhunting, A Guide to the Wild Side,” is currently in its fifth printing and is available at www.cameronhanes.com.

Avoid Bear Conflicts: Store Food, Garbage Properly

IdahoFish-Game

As hunters venture into the woods this fall, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking them to be mindful of their food and garbage.

The same cautions apply to homeowners in bear country.

The past two weeks, local Fish and Game officials have relocated several young bears that have become accustomed to living off garbage and scraps left by campers and even homeowners.   Most bear complaints happen in later summer and early fall when bears are traveling in search of food.

“Anyone who leaves food out are actually baiting in hungry bears,” said Barry Cummings, Fish and Game conservation officer based in Deary. “Bears have a tremendous sense of smell, and once they get used to finding an easy food source, they’ll keep coming back and problems will occur.”

Tips around camp:

  • Keep a clean camp. Pick up garbage and store it in a closed vehicle, bear- resistant container, or in a bag tied high between two trees. Store all food the same way. Coolers are not bear-resistant and never keep food in a tent.
  • Don’t cook near tents or sleeping areas, and never wear the clothes you cook in to bed.
  • Don’t bury food scraps, pour out cooking grease, or leave anything that might be tasty on the ground or in the fire pit. Also, store barbecue grills or other smelly cooking gear inside your vehicle or within a sealed bear resistant container.
  • Make game meat unavailable by hanging it at least 10 feet high and 4 feet from the nearest tree.
  • If you see a bear, watch it from a distance and leave it alone. Black bears are not usually aggressive, but the danger may increase if a bear loses its fear of humans.

Tips around home:

  • Keep garbage in bear-resistant containers or in a closed building.
  • Empty and remove bird feeders during the summer months when songbirds are able to forage on food provided by nature.
  • Clean up fruit that has fallen in your yard. Rotting fruit will attract bears as well as raccoons and skunks.
  • Feed pets inside or during daylight hours; don’t leave pet food or food scraps outside of your home or camp, as it can attract bears, raccoons and skunks.
  • Store horse and livestock grains inside closed barns.
  • Keep barbeque grills stored in closed buildings.