Best outdoor pursuits in New York

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Best outdoor pursuits in New York

When people think of New York City, they usually have buildings and a concrete jungle in mind, with nothing to do all day, except to walk the overcrowded streets all day. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth, as we give you some pursuits that you can follow while being in the outdoors of New York, and feel the nature inside one of the biggest cities in the world today.

1 – Bouldering in Central Park

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Central Part is a great place where New Yorkers come to relax and feel the nature. However, many people don’t know that this park has become the very center of this city’s climbing community. Also, many people don’t know what bouldering is. Well, if is a type of climbing, but without ropes. There are three locations for this activity in Central Park: Rat Rock, Wave Rock and Car Rock, where you can find many followers of this activity.

2- Hiking in Inwood Hill Park

This park is neither that big nor famous as Central Park, but it remains the only untouched part of the land in the area. It is a beautiful park with a beautifuBlue+Enduro+2013+022l view on the city. The trails are paved, sou you’ll have no trouble walking; however some uphill trails may be a bit steep. Also, this environment is great for the vast number of birds you might see while you’re there.

3 – Biking through Wolfe’s Pound Lake

Staten Island is home to great parks where mountain-bikers get together and go off-road in this park that is densely wooded. There are various types of trails, both for beginners and for experts, plus there also is a place where you can get training courses if you’re not that good with a mountain bike. So, you’ll see a beautiful nature, lots of interesting people, and have fun. Great, isn’t it?

4 – Paintballing

It’s not something that you may associate NYC with but paint balling can be done inside. This is usually known as Speedball as opposed to Woodsball which is usually in forests/fields. IES (Indoor Extreme Sports) offers one of the most popular speedball experiences in their state of the art facility. You can hire equipment there and for a great low down on rentals then this cool site has reviews for the best paintball gun.

5- Canoeing on Gowanus canal

When people say Brooklyn, not many people think of canoeing. But, there is a place in Brooklyn where you can canoe, and while you’re doing that, see the old cityscape. This canal had been thoroughly cleaned and is now home to many types of aquamarine species, so you have to make sure you stay inside the canoe.

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6 – Bird Watching in Prospect Park

If you’re a type of person that enjoys bird watching, then Prospect Park is the perfect place for you. This park is extremely popular with New Yorkers, who enjoy jogging and cycling there. But don’t worry; they won’t get in the way of your bird watching. There are over 200 species of birds there. There are also tours for bird-watchers, led by experienced watchers.

tumblr_lform4utcf1qgxqibo1_5007 – Sleeping under the stars

There is a new program in the New York City’s tourist offer that lets you sleep under the stars in any of the abovementioned parks. It is great if you’re busy, like everyone else in New York City, but still want to have a peace of mind and go out to the nature. Just pitch a tent, bring a person you love with you, and experience a romantic getaway under the stars.

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Great Hunting Tips

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Great Hunting Tips

Many people would like to go hunting, but there is just one problem – they don’t know how to hunt or what to do during hunting! What to do then? Well, no need to worry, because we are going to give you some tips that will make you a great hunter, even thou you are just a beginner. So, just sit back, relax, and start reading and practicing, and you’ll be pointing that weapon in a wild animal in a no time.

The first thing you need to learn is that this cannot happen instantly. This is a process that might take some time, and you must be dedicated to this, in order to succeed in it.

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First of all, you should get familiar with your equipment. That way, you’ll know exactly how it works what the time you need to use it comes. Pick the weapon you’ll be using. Most people choose either a gun or a bow. Figure out which one suits you the best, and begin using it.

1340860568-James+1.JPG-originalNext, you should take a course in hunting education, and start learning about hunting in general. This will be a great base for all the future things you’ll learn, both in the field and in the classroom. On these courses you can meet people like you, and exchange experiences and advices, as well as getting an official education. Most courses also offer shooting practices, so you’ll have that covered too, if you were wondering about where to learn how to shoot if you didn’t have a mentor growing up.

After doing that, you could try being an apprentice for a while, and follow a licensed hunter while he is in the field and hunting. That way, you’ll get more practice, and learn how things really work in real life, not just in theory. Just make sure you follow all the previous steps first, so you’d get a good idea what to do in the hunting field.

Then, you should find out what kind of requirements you should meet in order to get a hunting license. You can ask the licensed hunter you were following about this, or go ask around in the Fish and Game department. If you can meet all the requirements, you should follow your path towards becoming a hunter.

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Also, you should review your local Gun Safety Rules, and see if you can get a gun (of a bow) and what are the licenses you should have in order to take it hunting. And remember, never go anywhere without your licenses!

And lastly, you should practice, practice and practice! Practice makes everything perfect, and it will make your hunting perfect too. Fire some rounds from your gun or a bow, and learn how to use it properly. Hire an instructor if necessary. Do whatever it takes to learn how to handle it properly and safely. Go to a shooting range and shoot the targets. Don’t be shy to ask for help if you don’t understand something, and most people will be more than willing to help you.

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How to Track Animals in the Wilderness

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How to Track Animals in the Wilderness

Many people enjoy hunting, observing, or just want to know more about animals in their own natural habitat – the wilderness. That’s why, if you wish to find wild animals, you need to know how to get a hold of them. So, basically, you need to learn how to track the wild animals, and that’s not an easy task; especially if you’re doing it in the wilderness.

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So, what is animal tracking? Well, animal tracking includes figuring out how to read animal signs such as animal pathways, their footprints and fruits and vegetables that they’ve been nibbling. If you learn that, you’ll be able to find those wild animals with much greater ease. This skill is pretty useful for people who are taking part in the abovementioned hobbies, and if you want to know how to track these animals properly, just follow the following steps.

tracksFirstly, you need to identify the animal. Start by examining its footprint that you’ve found. Make sure the print is fresh. Remember that no two animals share the same footprint, so this will be a straight give-away. You can determine to what animal the footprint belongs to by looking: at its size, the number of toes, if there is a nail imprint, if there is an opposable toe, if the front and back legs are the same, if the animal has hoofs… Next, try to examine the pattern of the animal’s movement. It can help you figure out the type of the animal, and also tell you where the animal is headed to. Then, you should take all those observations you have made, and compare them to a field guide, of any other book that helps people distinct various types of animals. You can find these types of books in libraries or bookstores, or nowadays, you can even download it from the internet straight to your iPad and take it with you to the wilderness.

Secondly, you should search for animal trails – A.K.A highways. These natural paths can be found in the wilderness, and are being used by the animals because that way they are creating a familiar terrain for themselves. You can find these highways by looking for trails that look just like human dirt trails; only these trails are much narrower. Usually, these places lead animals to locations that include food, cover, water, etc. Also, you could search for places the animals use to sleep in; and they shouldn’t be too hard to find – they look like basic nests. Because these places are far from human settlements, so look for them in places where meadows and forests meet.

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Now all you have to do is to get on it! Start tracking them in the morning, because that’s when the tracks are the freshest. Also, if it’s possible, try to think like an animal, and determine where it would go next. Other important thing is to look with your hands more than with your eyes. Use your fingers to touch, and that way you’ll get a better understanding of the animal.

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Why You Should not Go Shed Hunting

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Why You Should not Go Shed Hunting

Across the country, shed hunting is the spring activity for many thousands of serious deer hunters. In February and March, these guys and gals flood the woods with backpacks, binoculars and good boots—all of them hoping to catch a glimpse of “white gold” on their treasure hunt of whitetail antler.

You must doubt what all the fuss is about, if you have never gone shed hunting before. In this article we are more focused on to share a few reasons why you should not go shed hunting.

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  1. You do not want to know what bucks made it to the New Year

You could get a head start on the new season and begin putting a plan in place by finding the antlers of a buck you have seen in recent years. You could make a strategy especially for him deer with the knowledge that deer will probably be roaming your property again—instead of having to wait until you spot him in the fall or summer. A great motivation for the new season can be provided by shed hunting success, as few things can get you as excited for the next hunt such as a pile of antlers on the mantelpiece from the deer you are after.

And you probably shouldn’t bother if all that sounds like it will give away the surprise of sitting in a stand.

  1. You do not like understanding how deer use your property

It is a great opportunity to learn more about your local deer herd and how they use your land by getting out and walking your property for sheds in the spring. At that time of a year, with the snow just melted you will be able to see rubs, trails, scrapes, and bedding areas from past fall, together with the approaching gleaned from locations of individual shed antlers. And shed hunting isn’t probably for you if you’re sick of learning new things about your hunting property.

  1. You aren’t getting cabin fever yet

Are you sick of the cold and ready to take pleasure in the great outdoors with some nicer weather? You probably do not care for a reason to get out and hike on an early spring day if you have been happy as a clam stuck in the house, hibernating during these cold winter days.

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The first warm rays of spring sunlight, the return of songbirds and a little fresh air – who needs that? Don’t go looking for bone if you aren’t getting cabin fever.

  1. You do not like antlers

At the core of it, shed hunting is simply a great way to get your hands on antlers. There is a delicate kind of magic to antlers, for some of us. Getting to wrap your hands around them, spin them about, and run your fingers along their long ivory tines—they’re beautiful. Mesmerizing. Inspiring. You will eventually develop a collection of awe-inspiring antlers if you put in enough time looking for sheds, and you will be able to look back on and admire for years.

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Tips to Make You A Better Deer Hunter

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Tips to Make You A Better Deer Hunter

Hunting in the great outdoors can be fun, but not if you can’t get anything. That’s why we’re going to give you some tips about deer hunting, and if you follow them, you’ll be a much better hunter, and have a lot more things to show off with in your trophy room.

First of all, you must understand that deer can scent human odor, and it spooks them. That’s why you must mask your odor by showering with a soup that has no odor. Also, wash your clothes with a non-odor cleaning formula.

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If you’re hunting during the peak of a rut, you can try applying the estrous of a doe. A male deer should follow that scent, and arrive right in front of you.

Bring some odor eliminator with you to the stand, or the place from which you are hunting, and apply it. Pay more attention to your head, and especially your hair and the hat you’re wearing.

Place a tape at the end of your muzzleloader if you’re hunting in the winter. After doing so, the moisture won’t affect your gun, and you can easily shoot right thru the tape when it’s time to shoot.

Before you actually go hunting, you can try practicing getting to the stand as quietly as you can and setting up as quietly, in order to be better at it when the real hunt begins.

If you wish to find a new place for hunting, try searching for aerial photos of a new place you are checking out. These types of photos provide the best possible overview of the hunting ground.

Do not, in any way, disturb the place from which you’re hunting. That includes trimming some branches or cutting the grass, because the deer might realize that something is different, and start avoiding that place.

Try concealing yourself as best as you can. The best thing to do is to hunt from a tree stand, because it helps you fool the deer, plus it provides shelter from strong winds and other elements. However, you must make sure that you arrive to that tree stand unnoticed! It is best to get there during the night.

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If a deer does not want to come over to you, but you can still see him, try calling him with a caller. This can fool the deer in thinking there is another deer out there, and will get him straight if front of you.

What to do when you’ve taken a shot and a deer is gone? How to know where you’ve hit him? Well, search the ground. If you find some hair or blood with bubbles, it is very likely that you have shot him in a lung. If you find hair and dark red blood, you’ve hit him in the back, maybe even in the liver. But if you find white hair and blood that is too watery, you hit was probably rather bad.

Make sure you don’t fall of your tree stand. Make sure you bring all the safety equipment with you, including a safety harness.

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