Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bow Vs. Gun: The Hunters Debate

Bow Vs. Gun: The Hunters Debate

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USA Archery, the governing body that oversees the Olympic sport, reported that overall membership for its organization more than doubled from 2011 to 2013. Denise Parker, CEO of USA Archery, told NPR the 2012 movie “The Hunger Games” has been the catalyst in America’s new found interest in the sport. Hunters are also picking up on the phenomenon.

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A 2012 poll taken by Field & Stream asked deer hunters about their preference when it comes to hunting with a gun or bow. Though more hunters reported exclusively using guns compared to bows, 37 percent of those who use both said they were more passionate about bow hunting. This is compared to 17 percent who said they were more passionate about gun hunting.

The choice inevitably comes down to personal preference. But here are a few things to consider to help you decide.

Training and Preparation

Most handguns and shotguns are relatively easy to learn how to load and fire. Shotguns are more powerful and have more recoil (kick), so it will take some extra time to master shooting them comfortably. Regardless, a gun is still a “ready, aim, fire” mechanism.

Whether you choose a traditional (recurve) or compound bow, a single shot requires several different muscles in your body working simultaneously and precisely. MyArcheryClasses.com points out 12 basic fundamentals to an archery shot. Drawing the string and anchoring are easily the two most important — and most difficult — steps to master. Your fingers, shoulders and elbows will be put in positions you are not accustomed to them being in. The release is also very important with a recurve bow, as you’ll need to learn to let your fingers relax to execute the shot, as opposed to consciously “pulling the trigger.”

Training your hunting dog will be different as well. A gun-shy dog (one that gets startled by the noise) will require extra training time. A bow is silent and thus eliminates that potential extra step. Using a training collar to reinforce commands can reduce overall training time for your dog, but training a gun-shy dog also requires patience and lots of practice

Logistics

Buying your first gun, depending on where you get it, can feel like buying your first home due to all the paperwork and time it takes to complete the transaction. A bow requires no background check and the only paperwork you’ll need to fill out consists of warranties and other manufacturer requests. Also, bow hunting seasons are typically longer than their gun counterparts. Oklahoma, for instance, had deer hunting season with guns from November 23 to December 8 (about two weeks) last year. Deer hunting with bows, however, goes from October 1 to January 15.

Price

There is really no clear winner when it comes to economics. A brand new Mossberg hunting rifle with a 3X9 scope, for instance, will cost around $350. Likewise, a PSE Stinger compound bow without a quiver or release will run you around $300. Regardless, it is much easier to purchase a used bow for a lower price than it is a used gun. There is also little-to-no paperwork necessary to transfer ownership.

Whatever route you choose to go, its always best to rent and test before you buy. Test out your potential gun or bow and ask questions before making a final decision.



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Buying A House? Watch Out For These 5 Red Flags When House Hunting

Buying A House? Watch Out For These 5 Red Flags When House Hunting

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The process of house hunting can be very exciting but also exhausting at the same time. You might easily fall in love with the best features of a house; however, it is very important to also be vigilant and watch out for warning signs. These red flags might be able to stear you away from much trouble down the road.

Remember that not all sellers disclose the whole truth to potential homebuyers, especially the motivated sellers. With that said, you need to figure out if there are any problems and issues that might prevent you from closing the deal. This means making inquiries and proper inspection of the house. Discovering flaws might help you negotiate with the selling price. It also helps you consider how much the potential repairs are going to cost you. Lastly, it allows you to decide whether you want to live in the neighborhood and in that house.

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Red Flags You Should Watch Out For

There A Lot Of For Sale Properties In The Neighborhood: Just because the house looks exceptionally appealing doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look around the neighborhood. Are there other houses in the area? Are there a lot of homes for sale? Are nearby establishments closed or vandalized?

It is also a good idea to talk with residents in the neighborhood. If most of them want to move out of the area, maybe you shouldn’t even think about moving in. Properly weigh your decision before you are stuck with a bad investment.

The Roads Are Too Busy: When evaluating a property, you must also find out how busy the road is. As a tip, you should visit the house during rush hour. In doing so, you will be able to observe what the roads are like and whether you can still find a parking space for your vehicle. In addition, you should also check whether you can hear traffic noise inside the house. If you can hear car engines, honking, and other noise from the traffic, you might not enjoy a peaceful and quiet home environment.

Non-Functional Electric System: Although you are not a professional electrician, you should still make sure that all the switches and outlets in the property are functioning properly. You should watch out for signs of wiring problems, such as flickering lights, warm outlets, and non-functioning circuits. Other things you should take into account are the following:

  • Can you easily understand how to operate the fuse box?
  • Is the neighborhood prone to power outages?
  • Are there enough outlets in the property?
  • Are the outlets placed in preferable places throughout the house?

Improper Home Improvements: Home renovations are not uncommon; however, if the house has been renovated poorly, you might encounter problems in the long run. For instance, if you notice that the previous homeowner removed a load-bearing wall without properly adjusting the framing, the weight might shift to other parts of the house. As a tip, bring a structural engineer with you when visiting the property, and if you believe that the house has been renovated in the past.

Infestation In The House: No one wants to live in a property with a pest problem, be it termites, roaches, mice, or bedbugs. With that said, you should be on the lookout for creepy crawlies as your visit and tour the property. Check for any signs of infestation. In addition, you must also consider a termite inspection if you are thinking of purchasing the property.

These are just a few of the red flags you should watch out for when house hunting. Remember that you might spend more money and face potential headaches in the long run if problems inevitably occur. Therefore, you must perform a house inspection first, and look around the neighborhood as well. These may sound tedious; however, it is worth it in the end.

This guest post is written by Kris Hopkins. She is a blogger who offers house hunting tips and tricks. In this article, she lists a few warning signs to help her readers learn more about what to watch out for when buying a house.

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