What to Include in Your Field Dressing Tool Kit

It’s more important to immediately field dress certain animals over others. Javelina, wild hogs and other animals that eat just about anything fall into that category, because there’s an increased likelihood of bacteria growing on the carcass. Having the proper equipment and knowing a few best practices makes all the difference in taking home good table fare.

For example, the scent (musk) gland on javelina is used by the animal to mark its territory and recognize other herd members. It must be carefully removed with the hide to avoid tainting the meat with the smelly liquid that comes from it. And don’t contaminate the meat by touching it with tools that have come in contact with the gland. The same idea goes for paunch shots on deer — avoid puncturing the gut and releasing all those nasty liquids.

Every hunter loves the excitement of hitting a target after hours of sitting in a treestand. But that euphoria can quickly morph into anxiety if you have to drag the animal back to your truck for field dressing. You can put together a good kit with every necessary tool for field dressing in a backpack and make the entire hunting experience that much easier for you.

Sharp Knife

This is by far the most important tool for your field dressing kit. A dull knife leads to tearing and all the aforementioned messes. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a high-quality, long-lasting knife for field dressing, either.

The Buck 110 folding knife is small (less than five inches folded), sharp, durable and a long-time favorite of avid hunters. This model has been around since the early 1960s, with many hunters still using the first one they ever bought. Cabela’s carries the Buck 110 for $45.

LED Headlamp

Nightfall starts creeping up quickly, particularly in November when most hunters get in their first deer action. The USDA typically allows one hour after killing any meat animal for it to be processed to prevent E-coli, salmonella and other contamination. This is a good rule of thumbs for hunters in the field as well, whether it’s high noon or midnight.

Headlamps enable hands-free operation and complete control as to where the illumination is directed. Don’t be fooled by name brands and other “perks.” A good headlamp can be had for under $20. The fact it will most likely be thrown in a backpack with bloody knives and other equipment is more reason not to spend a lot on one.

Miscellaneous Items

Never carry a deer carcass over your shoulders. Other hunters could mistake it for a live deer and take a shot at you. Once the initial field dressing has been done, drag the carcass back to your truck. Drill holes in a plastic sled and tie ropes to it, and transport it that way. Otter makes sport sleds starting at $45.

Nitrile or latex gloves should be worn at all times while field dressing to prevent the spread of disease. Individually wrapped wet wipes also come in handy. There’s no need to hang the deer and bleed it out, as this will happen in the course of regular field dressing. A corrosion-resistant stainless steel hand saw is useful for those who quarter the deer for transport.

The colder it is outside, the longer you have before the meat of your harvested deer begins to spoil. But it’s best to be prepared for immediate field dressing in all situations.

Ammo Ambassador Program Offers Free Ammo to Shooting Mentors

AmmoToGo.com and Magtech Ammunition are offering up free ammo to seasoned shooters who help grow the shooting community.

On Tuesday, the first-ever ammo ambassadors program will start and reward shooters with free ammo for taking the time to share the joy of the shooting sports with new shooters. In all, 100,000 rounds are reserved to inspire seasoned shooters to help grow the shooting community.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people already familiar with shooting and guns to bring somebody who has never shot before to the range and safely teach them about firearms,” AmmoToGo.com said in a company statement.. “With an election just around the corner, the more people we can inspire to get familiar with what gun owners actually do with their firearms, the better – especially in this political environment.”

AmmoToGo.com has 2,000 boxes of Magtech 9mm ammo earmarked for the program. To take advantage of the offer, shooters can simply head to the 9mm ammo page at AmmoToGo.com to sign-up and follow these simple steps:

  1. Download the one-page target
  2. Take a new shooter to the range
  3. Snap a photo of the new shooter with the target
  4. Upload the target back on the AmmoToGo.com website

At that point, the Ammo Ambassador will receive a coupon code that’s good for 2 boxes of Magtech 115 grain full metal jacket 9mm ammo with free shipping, just for helping grow the shooting community.

Executive Actions On Gun Control

The White House confirmed that President Obama was preparing a series of executive actions on gun control to match his recent passion on the issue after the latest mass shooting in Oregon.

“It’s a high priority and will continue to be until we start to see more progress on this issue in this town,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today at the press briefing.

Earnest said he would “quibble” with anyone who criticized the president for not voicing any specific gun control proposals during his press conference, asserting that the White House was working behind the scenes for more executive actions on guns.

“I can tell you that they’re not stumped, they’re continuing to review the law that’s on the books and continuing to consult with legal authorities but also others who may have ideas about what steps that can be taken to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” Earnest said.

He admitted, however that he had no details for what the White House was working on, but asserted that the process was a “scrub” that was “ongoing.”

Earnest welcomed Hillary Clinton’s own gun control proposals announced this morning, but admitted that he hadn’t seen the full details of the proposal.

He also pointedly criticized the “gun show loophole” for allowing criminals and people with mental problems to buy weapons, blaming organizations like the National Rifle Association for blocking action in Congress on the issue.

Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/05/white-house-obama-preparing-executive-actions-gun-control/

Barrel Length and Accuracy

When trying to build an accurate firearm there are several things that play. Two of the most important characteristics of an accurate build is the barrel length and the twist rate. The barrel is the heart and soul of the firearm, without a good barrel it is nearly impossible to build an accurate firearm. The barrel length directly correlates with the speed of the bullet once it leaves the chamber, for example; a 55 gr. FMJ bullet will have a greater velocity coming out of a 20 in. barrel than out of a 16 in. barrel. One of the biggest factors of accuracy is the twist rate. The twist rate is a ratio of how many complete revolutions the riffling makes in a certain length. For example a 1:7 twist spins the bullet faster than a 1:9 twist. Choosing a twist rate depends on the operator’s needs and or preferences. The 1:9 twist is perfect for “plinking” and shooting lighter weight bullets while the 1:7 twist is meant for heavier bullets such as 62-77 grains. For the best accuracy and reliability of your firearm please follow the guide below.