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5 Things To Do Before Going On A Deer Hunt

5 Things To Do Before Going On A Deer Hunt

People do not need to hunt for food anymore but there is a certain charm to eating fresh deer meat that you worked so hard to kill. It must be this charm that many enthusiastic hunters gather their hunting gear every year and walk into the wood looking for action despite all the hardship awaiting them.

If you are one of those people interested in hunting your own fresh deer meat, here are 5 things you must do before going on a hunt.

1. Get your license and tag.

First thing first: Get yourself a hunting license. If you want to hunt, you are legally obliged to obtain a hunting license. Forget hunting, even if you are not hunting, you will need a license to be armed in the field during the season.

The paperwork and requirements to get a license differ depending on where you plan to hunt. State hunting regulations specify the area, time periods, and the weapons you may use to hunt among other things. In addition to the license, you may also need to purchase a tag to hunt a deer.

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Most states will make you take a course on safety. The purpose of the course is to make hunters safe and responsible as well as to educate them about wildlife conservation.

2. Get familiar with your tools.

This one is pretty obvious. In order to hunt, you need to have a weapon. Whether you hunt using a rifle or a bow, be comfortable with the weapon of your choice. In addition, make sure they are in accordance with state deer hunting regulations and are in excellent condition. Get your gun checked for any faults and ensure they are operating properly and shooting straight.

In order to improve your shooting ability, confidence, and familiarity with your weapon, practice a lot. Get into a firing range and shoot from a range of distances regularly. Know your shortcomings and try to improve on them. Find out the limitation of your gun so you can know exactly when you can rely on your gun and when you cannot.

Finally, but on a very important note, always practice gun safety. You should always be sincere while handling guns.

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3. Scout the area.

Knowledge about the area you will spend your time hunting will give you a considerable advantage in landing a deer. You will know what to expect from your surrounding which itself is a big advantage. Furthermore, you can make an educated guess about the whereabouts of deer.

You can start your research of the hunting region with a look at satellite and topographic maps which are just a click away. However, you will need to scout the area in person or with trail cameras days before the opening day if you’re serious about hunting.

When you’re scouting, look for signs like tracks and deer droppings that indicate whether deer are present in the area. Place trail cameras in the woods to spy on deer and find out places where they are most likely to wander.

Also, check the weather forecast of the area before you make your trip. Weather will determine the dress you need to wear and things you’ll need to pack for your hunt.

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4. Pack other hunting essentials.

Aside from the obvious arms and ammunition, there is an array of other hunting equipment that you need to carry in your backpack. For example, after you hunt a deer, you’ll need tools for field dressing and carrying your prize home for which you will need a sharp knife.

Likewise, your hunt will most likely take a few days which means you will need to set up a camp. Tarps or tents and sleeping bag are necessary for you to get proper sleep.

Your hunting checklist must include items like binoculars to spot deer, ropes, flashlights with extra batteries, maps and compasses, matches/lighters, camouflage smear, first aid kit and toiletries like oil, toothbrush, wet wipes and toilet papers among others.

5. Wear proper clothes.

You will have to pay sincere attention to two things when you go on a hunt. First, make sure your clothes are in accordance with the weather. Second, do not wear something that will scare away your prey.

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Once you scout the area and figure out the surrounding and weather, you can choose your clothes appropriately. The nights and mornings are colder, but days can get hot. So take warm clothes and make sure to wear clothes in layers.

You can always remove a clothing if it’s hot. Wear caps, neck warmers and gloves with yourself to keep your head, neck and hands warm. Get yourself a comfortable pair of hunting boots. In the case of rain or snow, take waterproof clothes as well as a waterproof backpack to keep your clothes.

Your clothes can be the difference between you catching a deer or returning home empty handed. Choose the right camouflage pattern so that you can easily blend in the surrounding. Deer can’t see orange, so wearing oranges is highly recommended. On the other hand, do not wear blue as deer’s eyes are more sensitive to them. Similarly, wash your clothes in scent free soap to remove odor that the deer might smell.

The aforementioned pointers are essential if you are serious about hunting. However, they will not bring you overnight success. In order to be a successful hunter, you will need a lot of practice, patience, intelligence and on-field experience.

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Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

“For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

Primal Therapy

Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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How it Started

“During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

“I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

Delving deeper

Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

Some Methods To Practice Screaming

If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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  • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
  • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
  • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
  • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

Scream Sing

Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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  • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
  • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
  • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
  • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
  • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
  • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
  • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

Scream into a pillow

Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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