Hiking Safety Tips

We live in a world full of modern conveniences, and, while that certainly makes life easier, it has also made us lazier. Schedules can be busy, and it can be difficult to find time to make it to the gym. However, there is an activity you can enjoy doing while spending time with loved ones all while burning calories.

According to Statistics Canada, Canadians’ most popular leisure-time physical activity is walking with approximately 70 percent of adults reporting walking in their leisure time in the past three months. If you’re included in this majority, hiking could be a great way to have fun and get exercise. When you do go hiking, however, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

Bear Spray

Bear SprayBears are no stranger to this country. According to Born Free, there are three primary species to be aware of:

  • American black bear (named as such to differentiate from the Eurasian black bear)
  • Polar bear
  • Brown bear

While these animals don’t typically take much interest in humans, the fact remains that they are highly territorial, and a close encounter could result in tragic consequences. In order to ensure this doesn’t happen to you, consider carrying bear spray. It’s lightweight and can give you the time you need to seek safety with just a quick spritz. In order to stay safe while hiking, start your shopping now and find the best product to meet your needs.

Prepare for Inclement Weather

heavy rainsIf you plan to incorporate camping into your hiking trip, it’s important to be prepared for inclement weather. Despite increasing research and developments in the field of meteorology, Mother Nature can still throw a curveball.

There are some steps you can take to best ensure you’re prepared for weather including:

  • Scope out your campsite thoroughly upon arrival. This allows you to orient yourself under good weather conditions rather than scrambling for shelter in the middle of the night.
  • Have a vehicle close by in the event lightning occurs. This is the safest place to take refuge.
  • If a car is not an option, make sure not to remain in the tent when lightning is present as the metal poles can attract a direct strike. Instead, head out into the woods.
  • Pack extra clothes in case of cold temperatures.

Ticks

tickWith a growing number of serious diseases from parasites, it’s a good idea to take time to consider ticks. According to The Public Health Agency of Canada, there are known tick populations in parts of Ontario, B.C., Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec. In order to discourage them from using you and your group as hosts, you should:

  • Wear light clothing that covers as much skin as possible
  • Wear appropriate socks and footwear that covers the feet
  • Wear insect and tick repellent paying special attention to the following areas:
    • Groin
    • Armpits
    • Scalp

Fun the Entire Family Can Enjoy

While there are many potential potential dangers when hiking through the Canadian wilderness, there are measures you can take to best ensure you are able to avert issues along the way. Whether you’re planning a hiking trip soon or have simply had the thought cross your mind, these tips can help you stay safe, have fun, and get the exercise we all need.

What To Look For In A Red Dot Sight

So, you decided you want to purchase a red dot sight, but do you know what it is you need to look for? If not, no big deal, that is what I am here for. I have compiled a bunch of useful information for you to help you figure out what it is you need to get out of your red dot sight.

Reticle Size

When I say reticle size, I mean the size of the dot that you will be looking at and which pattern. Sizes vary with different sights. Some are adjustable, some are big and some are small. When choosing the size, it is important to be aware of how much room you have on your firearm. The size of the dot is measured in something called MOA’s or “minutes of angle”. You should also consider your target when choosing a reticle size because the larger ones will block the view of a target that is far away. The larger ones would be better on small game at close distances or purely for target practice.

Battery Life

Red dot sights are battery powered and this is why it is important to consider the relationship between the sight and the battery. If you are going to be using the sight while hunting you should remember that cold weather will drain your battery. Also, some hunters accidentally leave their sights on the whole time they are on their hunting trip. Once they go to aim at a target, they find that their battery has died. If you plan to use it for long trips, I recommend a red dot sight that has an auto shutoff or extended battery life.

Price

Price is also a huge factor when choosing the right red dot sight for you. If you are going to use it for target practice or a quick hunt here and there, you could get away with one from the shelf at your local Walmart or other large chain retail store. If you want something that has the auto shutoff and protection against environmental mishaps, you are looking to spend over $100-$200 or more. A few good examples of the top red dot sights would be:

  • Bushnell Trophy TRS-25: $79.96- As one of the simpler red dot sights, there aren’t many bells and whistles. It does offer an easy target acquisition, 1 x 25mm red dot, and a tilted front lens.
  • Burris 300208 AR-332-$333.00- This is one of the more expensive red dot sights. This sight has a lifetime warranty, made from the highest quality materials, waterproof, and compact.
  • Aimpoint Carbine Optic- $392.99- Another expensive one but this one is designed specifically for newer sporting rifles. It is completely waterproof and has up to one year of constant single battery use.

 

You can find more highly recommended sights at http://www.gungods.net/best-red-dot-sight-reviews/.

As you can see, there are quite a few things that need to be considered when looking for a red dot sight. Most of them are not cheap, which is why it is important that you know exactly what you need. If you are only using it once in awhile, go for the cheaper ones.