CategoryDay Trips

Sometimes, I just go for a stroll and make a video on the way.

Tracking Small Game

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I was out hunting for rabbit, partridge and squirrel on a mild winters day so I brought the camera along. I did not have an opportunity to harvest anything on this day,  however I did have a chance to talk a little about gun safety, knife sharpening and tracking small game

While this is no comprehensive guide to tracking, I hope you can pick up a few ideas for your next trip out. The atmosphere was great and the time in the bush was very relaxing. Join me for a beautiful walk in the woods.

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Tons of Snow makes for easy tracking!

Late 2016 has seen an insane amount of snow fall here in eastern Canada. In and around the trees the snow often is 2 feet deep. This was shot in late December, it’s now January as I write this and I can’t wait to see how much snow we get in 2017!

Finding and identifying tracks and game trails is very easy in the snow. Having taken my trapper certification course in the summer of 2016, it’s a great way for novice trackers like me to learn.

Deep Snow

I do sometimes wear snowshoes, but I find them cumbersome for hunting. Needing sometimes to crawl in tight spaces to retrieve game.

On this day it was very warm and I was only wearing long johns and pants, with two layers of wool socks in insulated work boots. Additionally just a t-shirt and heavy sweater. I was actually sweating!




Tips on Gun Safety.

Walking about on uneven terrain with a gun can be very dangerous! It’s important to keep your safety on and your finger well out of the trigger at all times! With multiple layers of crust and differing snow densities, progress was often unpredictable and jolting. You could easily have an accident if not diligent about gun safety.

Gun Safety

Please please please be careful out there friends! One mistake could be fatal. Some mistakes you will not be around to make twice.




Small Game Tracking.

As I progressed deeper into the woods, the game signs became more and more evident. Here’s a few descriptive pictures showing some tips on tracking small game in the snow.

Natural funneling. Tracking Small Game

Notice how game is blocked left and right and passes through center of frame. This would be a great place for a snare.

Game trail near tree. Tracking Small Game

Notice how the snow is packed down into a trail as they move to go around this tree. You can also see under the fresh snow the dirty marks from their feet.

Rabbit Tracks Tracking Small Game

Hopping down the bunny trail! Notice the direction of travel as they land on their front feet first then rear feet before taking next hop. Tracking rabbits is really easy!

Real nice trail! Tracking Small Game

Again, really obvious rabbit trail. You can see the depression and the discoloration very clearly. This tells you that you are hunting in the right area.

Obvious Rabbit Hutch Tracking Small Game

This entrance led into a clump of downed trees and roots. With lots of snow insulating it I bet they are very comfortable in there.

The key to tracking is observation. You need to get used to the typical lay of the land, then look for where it has been changed by the passing of animals. This is obviously way easier in the snow! I had it pretty easy. As I grow in experience, I look forward to tracking in all seasons.




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My Stress Management Secret

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Have you ever felt just simply overwhelmed? So worn out and stressed you felt you just needed to escape?! Stress can be overwhelming, however, it’s perfectly natural to feel that way, we all feel that way sometimes. You are not alone. Join me for a relaxing escape to nature. Ease into a nice cup of tea with me and enjoy some bushcraft tips too. You won’t regret it.

I hope this little bit of time in the woods leaves you feeling refreshed and at peace.

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Sometimes You Just Need to Get Away from it All!

I wasn’t feeling the greatest so I decided to just take a little break and do something I enjoy just for a bit. Getting away from things even if just briefly can help you regain perspective.

Making Tea

Just taking a moment to have a bit of tea or coffee alone can really ground you. Very stress relieving.

Just the sounds of the birds, and crickets made me feel better. The smells of the outdoors, the light breaking down through the leaves and branches, all helped to sooth my tattered nerves.




Practice your Skills to find Peace

Just for fun and to relax I practiced my flint & steel technique too. In the video I share a little tip about extending an ember. I have used flint and steel in previous videos, but it was often not easy to see. In this instance I get up close and personal and I think the footage is really great!

Practicing Flint and Steel

Just taking some time to do some skill building can bring a deep sense of accomplishment. This is very rewarding.

Doing something you love in a stress free environment like the forest is the perfect recipe for coping with stress. Maybe your happy place is different from mine. That’s ok. Just find that place and do something that you know will bring you that sense of accomplishment. Maybe its’s reading a good book, or working on your art. Maybe its just going for a walk and listening to music. What ever works for you.

Just remember you can’t control everything. Learn to be ok with that, and with yourself. Remember… it’s ok to take a break, life will be there when you get back.




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OneTigris K9 Tactical Vest Review, Plus First-Aid Kit Loadout

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Hi everyone! I’m excited to bring you this product review of the OneTigris Tactical Dog Vest and Training Harness. Köpek and I love this product! I hope you can benefit from having a look at it with us.

I also do a load-out of the first-aid kit I put together for one of the included pouches. It’s designed with dogs and heavy trauma in mind and picks up the slack where some smaller kits leave off. Read on below for full article.

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Out for a stroll with Köpek in his new harness from OneTigris

A few months back, I found a nice overgrown path about 20 minutes from town. It’s heavily forested, quiet, and secluded… I have been frequenting it ever since. It’s an ideal place to take a dog for a walk. He can roam free off the leash, since there are no distractions for him.

OneTigris Tactical Dog Harness

Looking very smart and prepared in his tactical harness from OneTigris.

It’s a great trail for me too. It was likely a fire wood cutting road sometime in the last 20 years. Unused now and away from the city and suburbs, it’s and ideal location to play survivalist once in a while.

Abandoned Wood Road

Roads and trails like this can be found just off the main roads almost anywhere, if you keep your eyes open.

A Prepared Dog is a Safer Dog

The primary reason I approached OneTigris about doing this review was my concern for  Köpek’s safety in the woods. First and foremost, dogs have needs just like us. Those being shelter, water, and food. I wanted a way for Köpek to be able to assist me in caring for those needs. Secondly, First-Aid was a concern because, well, simply put, things can and do happen!

The OneTigris Tactical Vest and Training Harness comes with 3 pouches which easily attach and detach from the vest. The vest is built heavy and sewn well. I especially liked the large range of fit adjustment available in the straps. I found the system for attachment of the pouches to the molle webbing is well designed and easy to use.

One pouch I use to store his food in. This container can also double as a water dish. In the other main pouch I built a trauma oriented First-Aid kit.

Food Pouch

This large single section (no dividers) pouch makes a great place to store a meal or two for your pup. The food container doubles as a water dish for convenience.

First-Aid Pouch

Here we see a well divided pouch with many sections, ideal for building a custom First-Aid kit in.

Small Pouch

This additional small pouch makes a great EDC pouch for your dog. You could pack options like a flashlight, fire starters or cordage.

Köpek’s First-Aid Kit

As mentioned, one of the main interests I had in a  harness or vest for Köpek, was to have him carry a First-Aid Kit. One of the included pouches made a great place to start. I used the included subdivided pouch to help me organize the kit.

First-Aid Kit Closed

Here we see the pouch I choose to use to built the First-Aid kit in. I acquired a patch indicating that this was a medical kit. In addition to being functional, it looks awesome!

First-Aid Kit Open

I designed this kit to be primarily focused on heavy trauma or blood loss.

The kit is build to treat heavy blood loss or trauma. It would make an excellent kit, in my opinion, to treat wounds on the limbs or punctures to the chest or abdomen. The kit isn’t complete and will likely undergo many iterations, but here’s the loadout as it stands now:

  1. One 4″x15′ compression bandage
  2. Two 3’x5′ elastic gauze bandages
  3. Five triple layer non stick compression dressings
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide
  5. Polysporin Complete
  6. Quick Clot clotting sponge
  7. Aquatabs water purification tabs
  8. Two Glow sticks
  9. Two small Carabiners
  10. Five 3M Steri-strips adhesive strip wound closures

New training leash from OneTigris

In addition, my buddy Han over @ OneTigris sent me one of their awesome training leashes. The length of the leash is adjustable. The system allows for up to about 10″ to be taken out or added to the leash in 1″ increments. The shock absorbing section of the leash allows for easy training of the dog, providing gentle pressure in the desired direction. Last but not least, my favorite feature of the leash is the control handle near the buckle up close to where it connects to the collar. This allows for close tight control of your dog when needed.

Training Leash

A shock absorbing, adjustable leash with a few great features.

Review summary

After owning this harness for a few months I am very pleased with it! Köpek is very comfortable in it and it looks great on him. It’s built strong, yet light and the fit is outstanding. At $79, the price is great too, especially considering you get three great pouches included with the vest. I recommend this product for sure! THANK YOU ONETIGRIS!

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Hunting the Elusive Chanterelle

I needed an experienced guide!

Finding and identifying wild edible chanterelle mushrooms can be very rewarding, but requires experience and expertise. I had the reference material, I had done the homework, but I lacked the real world experience. I jumped at the opportunity to get some time out with someone who had experience in identifying the chanterelle mushroom. Having lived in the area nearly his whole life, Ken Budaker was well equipped and familiar with picking chanterelles. I was grateful for Ken’s time and experience.  Thanks to his guidance I was rewarded with a bountiful harvest of delicious delicacies.

Chanterelle

Chanterelle Pay Day! Our efforts were rewarded with a bounteous harvest of beautiful mushrooms

The Old Whopper Hollow Lodge.

Martin Budaker, 94 years young, built the Whopper Hollow lodge in the 1980’s. Closed now, it was once a hot spot for hunters and anglers from all over Europe and North America. Located on the serene Dungarvon River, it’s blissfully cut off from modern civilization.

Whopper Hollow Sign

A quaint hand painted sign identifying the lodge.

Ken Budaker, son of the original owner, maintains and manages the lodge now as a cottage and family retreat. Located deep in a predominantly coniferous forest it’s in an ideal location to start a hunt for wild chanterelle mushrooms!

Whopper Hollow Lodge

With 12 bedrooms, the Old Whopper Hollow Lodge makes a great family retreat! Thanks again Ken for your hospitality!

The Hunt Begins.

Unloading the troops for a mushroom hunt

Going on a mushroom hunt is a great opportunity to get the kids out to the woods.

Unloading the troops, Ken and I began searching while the kids ran amuck in the forest. Taking the kids on a mission like this is a great way to generate interest for the outdoors.

Some of our finds.

Chanterelle Patch

One of two very large patches of chanterelles we found

Larger Patch of Chaterelles

One of the other very large patches we found. In addition to a few big patches we found many other individual mushrooms and small clusters

Large Chanterelle

One of the largest we found. A beautiful specimen!

Our Day’s Adventure on YouTube

Check out my newest video offering on YouTube! Rather than trying to be an authority on mushroom identification, this video highlights the fun and adventure of searching for wild edibles.

Disclaimer

This video is not intended to be an authority on mushroom identification! This video is a documentation of my observations only. Any wild edible, mushrooms in particular can be difficult to identify. As such, identification requires careful examination and expertise. Wrong identification could lead to sickness or even death!

A True Delicacy

Getting those chanterelles home and cleaned up was a real treat! My first successful chanterelle hunt! Ken says his favorite way to cook them up is sauteed with onions and garlic. I didn’t have any onions but I did have lots of garlic and real butter!

Examining the Chanterelles

Once we got back to the camp we examined and cleaned the chanterelles, making sure all were of the right species.

Cooking Chanterelle

Slow cooking over low heat is recommended. This will give the flavors time to blossom and for the sweet taste to develop.

Delicious Chanterelles

I love sauteed mushrooms! Any variety! But this was new, a treat, a rare delicacy! I was excited to try them for the first time!

Since then I’ve cooked up the rest. My favorite way so far is sauteed with butter, onions, garlic, shao xing cooking wine with garlic salt and onion powder and then scrambled up with eggs and cheddar cheese! Amazing! Words wont do the flavor justice!

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Flint & Steel Fire on the Dungarvon River

Hello again everyone. Ever feel like you don’t get enough practice at your traditional fire making skills? For example flint and steel fire? Join me on this backcountry adventure and let’s practice together.

flint and steel fire

Practicing flint and steel fire along the banks of the Dungarvon River.

The Majestic Dungarvon

This weekend past I was able to get some serious dirt time in the Canadian Boreal Forest. We stayed at a remote hunting camp on the Dungarvon River called The Whooper Hollow Lodge. Only accessible by four wheel drive, over severely washed out roads, it’s blissfully cut off from the rest of the world. It’s closed now but in it’s hay day it was a popular camp for hunters from all over North America to come for guided hunting and fishing in the New Brunswick bush.

Heading west from the camp, Jesse and I found a nice bank along the river to sit and chill out on for a while. A peaceful spot to make some tea and practice our bushcraft skills. This gave me an opportunity to attempt a flint and steel fire. I am still learning the technique, and I can tell it’s going to take years to perfect.

Dungarvon River

On the banks of the Dungarvon River. Famous for it’s Atlantic Salmon fishing! Cut off from regular roadways, the area is pristine and unspoiled.

Using Flint & Steel

The basic premise to flint and steel fire is using a piece of flint to shave tiny pieces of iron off the striker. The tiny filings basically rust so fast they catch fire. There are more in depth scientific ways to explain it, but honestly that’s basically it.

One thing to always think of when starting any kind of fire is advanced preparation. Especially with more difficult methods like flint and steel. You’ll want to make things as easy for yourself as possible to turn that tiny spark into a roaring fire.

Step by Step Instructions:
  1. Prepare your fire pit, kindling and fuel ahead of time.
  2. Prepare a combustible birds nest shaped tinder bundle of dried grass, cedar bark or some other dry highly flammable tinder.
  3. Prepare a brush bundle as an early kindling method for when that tinder bundle catches fire. Brush bundle could be dead fir or spruce branches or some other stiff dry brush material.
  4. Place some char material on flint piece. Holding flint at a 45 degree angle,  strike flint with steel trying to get a spark to form an ember on the char material.
  5. Nurse char ember into the bird’s nest and blow gently to form a bright hot coal.
  6. Move nearly flaming bird’s nest carefully into the brush bundle nursing the coal as you go, ensuring it doesn’t go out.
  7. Blow starting easily then getting stronger as the smoke increases until the bird’s nest erupts into full flame igniting the brush bundle.
  8. Add to fire pit, then pile on small kindling and eventually larger fuel.
  9. Don’t forget to prepare more char material for your next fire.

 

Striking flint with steel

With char material in place on the flint, hold flint pointed up at 45 degrees and strike down with steel.

dry grass fire starter

Using a birds nest of dry grass to hold an ember in a piece of char cloth.

brush bundle

A bundle of dry brush makes excellent kindling for your newly started fire. This bundle is dead fir and spruce branches.

char material

Preparing char material for your next flint and steel fire.

A Video Demonstration

Check out my new video where you can see this demonstrated! Enjoy beautiful scenery on the Dungarvon river, learn skills and more at Outdoor Adventurecraft on YouTube!

OneTigris Review

I was also privileged to bring you guys another OneTigris review! They sent me a beast of a pack!  Check out the video for a full review.

OneTigris Pack

Check out my new bug out/bushcraft pack from OneTigris. I love it! Thank you so much Han@OneTigris

Making Friends

Take a look at this monster. Likely one of the biggest spiders in Canada. More info can be found at… https://arthropodecology.com/2012/08/13/canadas-largest-spider-sittin-on-the-dock-of-the-bay/

dock spider

This guy tried to kill me! We call them wood spiders around here. But I believe they are also called dock spiders. This guy was along the river so I guess that name makes sense.

See You Soon

Well I hope you enjoyed your time on the Dungarvon River with us! It was a great day and I was glad to share it with you.

Heading home

Now to trek back to the camp. We found it easiest to just commit early to having wet feet and just walk in the river. Its a great way to stay cool too!

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Two ideal ridge line knots

Two knots that I personally love for tying up ridge lines are the anchor hitch/bend and the alpine butterfly. When combined these two knots provide an ideal high tension ridge line that doesn’t bind and can be easily untied.

Now you can use any number of knots to tie up a line but I personally use these two mainly because of the ease of untying them and I’m able to remember them… lol.

This picture shows a completed Anchor Hitch or Bend it’s also called.

anchor bend knot

The anchor hitch or bend is an ideal high friction knot

Here’s a look at the first major step and then the completed Alpine Butterfly.

Alpine Butterfly setup

The starting setup for the Alpine Butterfly as demonstrated in the video below.

complete alpine butterfly

The Alpine Butterfly when finished. Its a pretty knot actually.

First attach your line to one tree with the anchor hitch, then use the alpine butterfly to tension the line at the other tree and complete by finishing with a second anchor hitch. You can see this demonstrated in my video here…

Please forgive a few errors in terminology. The formation of the knots and demonstration were completely accurate… In a few instances however, when going “under” part of the knots, I was saying underhand. In reality when you bring your working part “over” the standing part, even if you then go “under” and through, you started by going underhand. I’m sure you can see how it can be a bit tricky to use exact term every time. I always want to be as clear as possible. I will improve and get better with each video in this series.

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Eating Crow?

Join me for a relaxing walk and a little talk about hunting the common crow. Crow is a readily available survival food. Crows and Ravens can be found just about everywhere! When properly handled and prepared, crow can even be a delicacy!


This was my first try at crow hunting. Unfortunately I didn’t get one on this short trip, but we’ll get some next time! It was at least a very nice walk and I’m glad I could bring you with me!

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A Great Learning Tool!

Need a crash course in woodland survival? Join me for an inside look at Kullcraven Bushcraft’s “Lost or Stranded – Basic Survival” series! This is a no frills attached basic survival course packed into an almost 4 hour video series. Topics like gear, shelter, fire, water and rescue are covered and well demonstrated. It’s the real deal!

Whether you’re newly interested in woodland survival or an old pro, this series has something to offer everyone.

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Many Thanks!

Hi everyone, I wanted to take some time and just say thank you! Thank you all so much! Thank you to everyone on Facebook! Thank you to everyone on YouTube! Thank you especially to Steven, Tom, Wayne… you guys rock!


Each and everyone of you has made the experience of getting my channel started a good one! Without all of your support I simply wouldn’t be where I am now.

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Examining my recent Simulated Survival Situation

Join me as I look back at my video “Survival Situation: Fishing Trip Gone Wrong”, and pause to reflect on some of my strengths and weaknesses. I analyze the nights events looking for ways to improve.

I think it’s important to look at your past experiences and analyze what you could improve on and what you are proud of. Personal growth can only be achieved if you are humble enough to accept your weaknesses. In turn reflecting on your strengths can give you confidence in future endeavors. Deep stuff!

I hope you enjoy this video. Remember to look to yourselves for ways to improve everyday.

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