Informative video about how lighting acts - scary but informative. Thunder and lighting strike without warning in the high country. Be aware and know the safety guides.
Informative video about how lighting acts - scary but informative. Thunder and lighting strike without warning in the high country. Be aware and know the safety guides.
Add a pill bottle full of cayenne pepper to your prospecting survival kit. It just might save your life.
Using Cayenne For Wounds It’s simple really. Just pour the cayenne pepper powder directly onto the cut or laceration. There is no modification whatsoever required. Be liberal with it. The cayenne can also be dissolved in a bit of water and used to saturate a piece of gauze that is placed over the wound area. Alternately you can use a cayenne tincture and rub it into the wound with a clean cloth or cotton ball. Cayenne tincture would be used for smaller cuts and scrapes. If it is large wound and bleeding profusely, just start dumping cayenne powder directly on it. Internal Application Cayenne pepper can also be taken orally. Put a teaspoon of cayenne in one cup of water and drink it down. It is not necessary to wait for it to dissolve completely. Warm water works best, but cold water will work too. For those who don’t want their mouth on fire, dissolving a teaspoon of cayenne into the juice of half a lemon and a dash of maple syrup will take the edge off.
In the rugged Bitterroot mountains of northwestern Montana, wood’s wisdom, shared by locals, advises hikers to be more afraid of a moose than a bear. Moose are volatile, unpredictable and aggressive when challenged or protecting a newborn calf. This sound advice rang true when I encountered a “mean momma” moose as I forded the creek in Oregon Gulch, on a blustery day late last spring.
Outfitted with a day-pack, sturdy hiking boots, winter clothing, camera and rain gear, I was ready to brave the elements. My destination, the Oregon Lake trailhead, was a gentle three-mile hike. The first half-mile of the climb was sublime; the towering cedar trees wrapped in shrouds of silver mist. I savored the high mountain air, pungent with the scents of cedar, fir and balsam.
As I started to cross the stream, my attention focused on my feet. I attempted to find firm footing on the slippery, moss covered boulders. I had a solid grip on my walking stick and the hood of my slicker pulled tightly around my face to break the bite of the wind. I wasn’t paying attention to my surroundings.
Suddenly a piercing bellow, followed by several loud and aggressive snorts shattered the tranquility. Startled, I looked up and found myself face-to-face with a very large and very angry cow moose. Less than 10 feet away from where I stood, the cow moose had been feeding on the opposite bank of the stream. I interrupted her browsing. The moose was mad.
Violently thrashing her head, the disturbed moose flung long ropes of saliva from her flared nostrils. Petrified, I stood perfectly still, too frightened to attempt a retreat. I kept my head down, avoiding eye contact while the moose sorted out her options. A plaintive bleating, diverted the mother moose’s attention. Her calf was calling. With a final angry glare over her shoulder, the cow bolted up the hillside to protect her baby. I made a hasty exit in the opposite direction. I guess I scared the cow as much as she scared me.
My encounter with the moose could have had a very unhappy ending. Always remember to make plenty of noise when walking in the forests. A startled animal can be a dangerous animal.
By PERRY BACKUS Ravalli Republic, Hamilton, MT
Don Burgess loves a good outdoor adventure story. The former hunting editor of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Bugle magazine never imagined one of his best would happen right in his backyard. It’s been about a week and a half now since Burgess was awakened from a deep sleep at about 5 a.m. to the sound of an obvious struggle right outside his bedroom.
Burgess lives about 100 feet from One Horse Creek, just about one mile west of the only stoplight in Florence. “It was a pretty loud vocalization just outside the house,” he remembered. “It was a real alarming kind of sound. It was like someone was hollering with a gag in their mouth. I thought, ‘Gee, that dog is in trouble.’ ” He jumped out of bed and reached for his flashlight, but ended up grabbing a canister of pepper spray instead. “Ordinarily, I would have grabbed my pistol, but there wasn’t time,” Burgess said. “I ran downstairs in my skivvies and put on a pair of flip-flops and ran outside.”
He was met with a strange silence. “The noise had been going pretty strong all this time, but by the time I got out the door, it had gone quiet,” he said. He shone his flashlight around. One of his dogs was there sniffing the ground next to the back step, but he couldn’t see the other, a heavily muscled boxer that weighs about 65 pounds.
He walked over to the creek and shone his light there. “I didn’t see or hear anything,” he said. So he turned upstream and walked along a little trail that went back toward the creek. “I was starting to feel like it was too late,” he said. “I didn’t hear any sound any more. It seemed like such a bad deal. I mean, we both love our dog.” And then he heard something just across the creek.
It sounded like something was attempting to growl with its mouth full. In his flashlight’s beam, he spotted something on the other side of the creek. “It was a little spooky,” Burgess said. “It gave me a bearing where the dog was and so I waded across the creek.” He lost a flip-flop along the way. When he lifted his flashlight again, he spotted them five feet away up against the base of a big cottonwood tree.
“They were real close,” he said. “Way closer than I thought they would be. This thing was facing me with its head down and apparently holding my dog in its mouth. Nothing was moving. I popped the pepper spray.”
Immediately, the light-colored wolf let go of the dog and stood sideways to Burgess. “Here I was with this light looking through an orange cloud at this scene unfolding before me,” he said. “It was like a flash photo of this wolf with its head leaning forward and its tail standing straight out. “I had this little snapshot of him and then he was gone,” Burgess said.
Burgess was sure that his dog was going to be shredded to pieces. “I’ll be darn if it didn’t crawl out of the brush and slink back across the creek without even stopping to say hi to me,” he said. “It waded back across the creek and back to the house.” It was met by Burgess’ wife, standing there on the deck with a rifle in her hands. “The only thing she could find to grab was a pellet gun,” he said. “The dog was so traumatized that all it could do was quiver. It went under the kitchen table and stayed for a long time.”
The dog’s only injuries were two puncture wounds. One was on top of its muzzle and the other underneath one of its eyes. Later in the week, Burgess asked a state wolf biologist about the difference between the bite on the canine teeth of a coyote and a wolf. He was told a coyote’s teeth might span up to an inch and a half. A wolf’s would measure more than 2 inches wide. “I measured the span at 2 1/4 inches,” he said. “That sealed the deal for me that it was a wolf.“
His boxer is 65 pounds of muscle. “He’s a buff boxer. He looks like he’s half pit bull,” Burgess said. “He definitely more than met his match that night. Psychologically, it’s taken him several days to get over it. He still goes out on the deck and sniffs and looks around. He’s not very sure of himself any more.”
To this day, Burgess can’t be sure what it was that wolf wanted with his dog. “I still puzzled over what that wolf was trying to do,” he said. “My dog may have attacked it and it was just defending itself. It might just have been thinking how it was going to let this thing in its mouth go. “I’m still shaking my head about it all,” Burgess said. “It all happened so fast.
All of it probably happened in a span of two or three minutes.“ It will definitely be one of those stories told and retold. “It’s a good one to tell for a long time to come,” he said. “I can tell people to top that when they say they have a good wolf story to tell.” Reporter Perry Backus can be reached at 363-3300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My older model jeep is a dependable workhorse, getting up hardscrabble mountain roads and through the deep snowdrifts of Montana winters. Because it is an older vehicle, I hesitate to invest a lot of money in up keep and repairs. However, after a long summer of aggressive use, a couple of chores could be put off no longer. “Jessie” the jeep required an oil change, fuel filer, and a tune-up and brake adjustment.
In Montana, barter and trade are a way of life. We trade horses, services, talent and time. I am not mechanical, so I searched for someone who was. Lucky me, my auto mechanic is planning to add a substantial addition to his shop. He knows what he wanted to accomplish and was armed with plans and prices. His only problem was that he was a bit intimidated by the bank loan application and needed help writing a business plan. We talked a bit and agreed to trade services. I would prepare, type and edit his business plan. He would repair my vehicle. We are both happy with our agreement. No money changed hands, but we both achieved our goals.
Barter has been a method of exchange of goods and services since the days of the cavemen. Today, the technology of the Internet enables barter between individuals and companies all across the country. BarterQuest.com, an online exchange site, helps save time and money. They advertise, “With Barter Quest, you can trade what you have for what you want.”
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TradeAway.com is another site where you can trade just about anything including real estate, furniture, automobiles, boats, books or other miscellaneous goods or services. Most items are for sale or trade. You can find some great buys here, but it takes a lot of searching to find exactly what you are looking for.
The Barter Company is another online company website that facilitates barter between businesses.
Investigate barter opportunities in your local community.
Barter Quest: Welcome
Trade Away: Welcome
United States Internal Revenue Service: Bartering
Interesting story of man's will to survive courtesy; Los Angeles Times
Yon Chun Kim seemed none the worse for his chilly ordeal as he chatted amiably Monday night with a TV crew and rangers at Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington state. He had set off Saturday, leading a snowshoeing trip, but became separated from his group when he fell down a steep slope.
"I feel pretty good," he told KOMO-TV, crediting the more than 100 searchers who combed the icy valleys around the landmark peak in the Cascade Mountains. They finally found Kim and hauled him to safety.
"He was conscious and alert, able to walk, and appeared to be in stable condition when they found him," park spokeswoman Lee Taylor said in a statement.
Kim, a 66-year-old resident of Tacoma, Wash., is an experienced snowshoer who was well-equipped for a day hike. But he didn't have overnight gear, Taylor said, not with temperatures dipping into the teens, winds rising and several inches of new snow falling on the mountain's already deep drifts.
After falling and becoming separated from his group, Kim radioed his fellow snowshoers that he would make his own way back and meet them in the parking lot. "I can't go up, you know. I can't walk," Kim said he told the group.
When he didn't show up, fellow hikers alerted rangers. But being less familiar with the area than Kim, they initially weren't able to precisely describe Kim's location.
Teams of searchers and dogs fanned out across the valley, and finally found the stranded hiker Monday afternoon. From there, he had to be placed on a sled, pulled out of the valley and then loaded onto a snow machine for the trip back to the ranger station, where he arrived Monday night.
Kim told KOMO-TV reporters he had some fire starters but eventually had to resort to burning his socks and then some $1 and $5 bills to stay warm. He ate chocolate, ran in place and "dreamed of a sauna," he said.
Malcom An, Kim's son, released a statement through the park service in which the family expressed thanks to rescuers for bringing him back alive.
"I want to thank all of the volunteers and national park staff who worked so hard to find my father," he said. "It’s a miracle that he's alive, but it's an assisted miracle."
-- Kim Murphy in Seattle
Photo: Yon Chun Kim at Mt. Rainier National Park. Credit: Mount Rainier National Park
When you head for the woods or the desert, do not forget the bug spray. Mosquitoes, ticks and flies can take a lot of the fun out of prospecting. Plan ahead and avoid the irritation.
Mosquitoes, biting flies, chiggers and ticks can be annoying and sometimes pose a serious risk to public health. In certain areas of the United States, mosquitoes can transmit diseases like equine and St. Louis encephalitis. More recently transmission of West Nile Virus has become a major concern. Biting flies can inflict a painful bite that can persist for days, swell, and become infected. Ticks can transmit serious diseases like Lyme disease (the north western corner of Arizona is classed as a low risk area, it is only in this part of Arizona that the vector exists at all) and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. When properly used, arthropod (insects, ticks, mites, etc.) repellents can discourage biting arthropods from landing on treated skin or clothing.
Insect repellents are available in various forms and concentrations. Aerosol and pump-spray products are intended for skin applications as well as for treating clothing. Liquid, cream, lotion, spray, and stick products enable direct skin application. Products with a low concentration of active ingredient may be appropriate for situations where exposure to insects is minimal. Higher concentration of active ingredient may be useful in highly infested areas or with insect species which are more difficult to repel. Where appropriate, consider non-chemical ways to deter biting insects — window and door screens, bed netting, long sleeves, and long pants.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends the following precautions when using insect repellents:
EPA recommends the following precautions when using an insect repellent:
DEET (chemical name, N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the active ingredient in many insect repellent products. DEET’s most significant benefit is its ability to repel potentially disease-carrying insects and ticks. Products containing DEET currently are available to the public in a variety of liquids, lotions, sprays, and impregnated materials (e.g., wrist bands). Formulations registered for direct application to human skin contain from 4 to 100% DEET. DEET is designed for direct application to human skin to repel insects, rather than kill them. After it was developed by the U.S. Army in 1946, DEET was registered for use by the general public in 1957. Approximately 230 products containing DEET are currently registered with EPA by about 70 different companies. Skin sensitivity to DEET can develop after repeated use. EPA is no longer allowing child safety claims on product labels. These claims currently appear on certain products containing a DEET concentration of 15% or less. Use lower levels (<6%) of DEET on children and apply to clothing not onto skin. Do not use DEET on infants or if you are pregnant.
A chemical repellent that has been used in Europe for over 20 years, IR3535 was approved for use in the United States in 1999.
It is recommended that personal insect repellents such as citronella and oil of lavender not be used on children under 2 years of age.
Registered citronella oil repellents protect people against mosquito bites for less than one hour. The registered lavender oil repellent protects for half an hour or less.
The citronella-based repellents tested protected for 20 minutes or less. Slow release products do not provide significant added benefit.
Based on animal studies, citronella-based products appear to be potential dermal sensitizers. Therefore, allergic reactions may occur in some individuals .
Products containing eucalyptus oil were the most effective herbal repellents tested and lasted as long as low concentrations of DEET!!
As a treatment for clothing only. Use by itself or with skin applied repellents. Permethrin is a contact insecticide. That is, it kills ticks or other insects when it comes in contact with them. It is used on clothing and materials only. It uses the same active ingredient used in hair shampoos for head lice. Skin contact should be avoided and deactivates Permethrin within fifteen minutes. As a clothing, tent or sleeping bag application, Permethrin is very effective at keeping ticks from attaching to you and at reducing mosquito bites. Permethrin is an effective repellent against mosquitoes and flies and can be used in conjunction with a skin based repellent. Spray applications of Permethrin can remain effective up to 14 days of exposure to light or oxygen, or through two aggressive washings. By storing the treated clothing in black plastic bags between uses the fourteen days of protection can be extended considerably. If necessary a heavier application can remain effective even longer. Bed nets can be treated with permethrin.
Product data has been taken from:
Fradin MF, Day JF. Comparative efficacy of insect repellents against mosquito bites. New England Journal of Medicine. 2002. 4;347(1):13-8.
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by Filip Tkaczyk
How can you tell the different types of evergreen trees apart and which ones are your best allies in a survival situation? Where are they found and what do they look like?
In the Pacific Northwest we are blessed with a variety of evergreen trees. Three stand out as some of the best for survival purposes. These are species that you will want to get familiar with, so you can count on them if you get into a survival situation. These three types of evergreen trees also happen to be common and widespread in their preferred habitats and are often found growing together. The types of evergreen trees we are talking about here are Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and Western Hemlock(Tsuga heterophylla).
TYPES OF EVERGREEN TREES:
Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)
Overall: a statuesque tree which can grow to a incredible size of up to nearly 200 feet tall and with a massive, buttress trunk that can be up to 19 feet in diameter.
Leaves:The leaves of these types of evergreens are easily distinguished from the needles of other evergreens. They are compressed and scaly, closely hugging the stem. If closely observed, leaves can be seen growing in opposite pairs in 4 rows so that leaves in the first pair are folded, the next pair is not and so on.
Cones: Female cones are small, around half an inch long and formed of 8-12 large scales. The cones stand up on the branches. Male cones are minute, numerous, reddish and found at branch tips.
Habitat: Prefers moist to wet forested moistly in lowlands, but also up to mid-elevation.
Known as “the tree of life” by many, this incredible tree has provided a wealth of use to many Native people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Many of the peoples of the coast collected cedar bark in the springtime for many purposes. Cedar bark was then dried, pounded and separated into layers. Then these materials were used to make many different articles including: baskets, ropes, mats, blankets, canoe bailers, and clothing. The wood of red cedar was used to make things that included: dishes, arrow shafts, harpoon shafts, spear poles, barbecuing sticks, fish spreaders and hangers, dipnet hooks, fish clubs, masks, rattles, benches, cradles, coffins and paddles.
Red cedars make amazing tinder bundles for starting fires. Even when it is raining, you can collect the bark and then scrape the inner part of it back and forth with a knife or stone so that it forms a fluffy bundle of fibers. You can then ignite this bundle with a spark, coal or flame. It helps to make this bundle large enough to fill both of your hands. The wood of red cedar is also one of the best and most reliable woods for making friction fires using the bow-and-drill. The spindle, fire board, handhold and a temporary bowline (using a long, thin cedar rootlet) can be created from the wood of this wonderful tree! Hollow bases of standing old-growth trees and old stumps can provide good temporary survival shelters. This tree is arguably the most important of all the types of evergreens to know for survival.
Douglas fir (Psuedotsuga menziesii)
Overall: Potentially a tree of tremendous height, up to 300 plus feet and with a maximum diameter of over 15 feet. Almost matches the coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) as one of the tallest trees in the world!The bark of this tree is very thick, fluted, rough, with ridges and often dark brown.
Leaves: Flat needles that are green to yellowish-green, with pointed tips and about 1 inch long. Needles have two pale bands underneath and one groove on the bottom. Needles spirally arranged, though depending on the tree and location may appear more flattened in arrangement when viewed in cross-section. The buds are pointed.
Cones: Female cones 3 to 4 inches in length. Green when young, and at flowering, but browning with age. Scales are papery and overlapping. Papery 3 forked bracts project beyond scales. Can be described as hanging out like the bottoms of trapped mice (hind legs and a tail in between). Male pollen cones are small, reddish-brown at branch ends. The cones on these types of evergreen trees hang downward.
Habitat: Adaptable and found in a variety of locations including extremely dry and low elevation areas to moist mountain zones. Of the 3 types of evergreen trees mentioned here, Douglas firs are the most fire-resistant
Comments:This is an iconic tree of the west coast, found growing among the dry ponderosa pines of the eastern Cascade slopes and many other drier mountain areas. Just as much it is a part of the sopping, wet coastal temperate rainforests where it is often one of the towering giants.
Native peoples used Douglas fir for many things, including: fishhooks, caulking for canoes and water bearing containers, harpoon heads, spear shafts, torches from heartwood, spoons and spear handles. The pitch was used to make healing salves for wounds and skin problems.
The pitch of Douglas fir makes for an excellent asset to have when starting fires. Gather some of the pitch on a stick and carry it with you for easy fire starting with a lighter. The needles make a good, vitamin C-rich tea.
Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)
Overall: A very tall tree of up to nearly 200 feet, with a fairly narrow crown and often a drooping leader on top. The largest western hemlocks have a diameter at breast height of up to 8 feet. The bark of this tree is scaly, rough, reddish-brown to grayish and furrowed, especially with age.
Leaves: The needles are the key to identifying these types of evergreen trees. They are yellowish-green, short, flat, blunted tips, of variable lengths, widely and irregularly spaced. The needles have 2 pale lines underneath.
Cones:The cones are also a useful key to identifying these types of evergreen trees. Males cones are small and numerous. Female cones are also numerous, around 1 inch long, starting out purplish but maturing to a brown. Scales are rounded and papery.
Habitat: Moderately dry to wet areas. This is the most common coniferous tree you will meet in the coastal temperate rainforest. This tree is shade tolerant and also creates a great deal of shade when it matures, to the extent where a dense hemlock forest may have little undergrowth.
Comments: These types of evergreen trees are a classic part of the Pacific Northwest scenery, whether towering over you in the rainforest or growing as tiny seedlings underfoot. Much of the deep, mysterious shade you experience in the rainforest is provided by these wonderful trees. Hemlocks grow well on humus and decaying wood, and it is a common sight to see lines of hemlock seedlings growing in rows on top of decaying logs. These will eventually straddle the log as they mature.
Native people used hemlock for a number of things, including: wood for spoons, combs, wedges, children’s bows, hemlock-bark solution for tanning, dye for basket materials, and feast bowls. Hemlock branches were seen as a great bedding material, and were also used to collect herring spawn. The pitch was used as salve when mixed with deer tallow to prevent sunburn, made into poultices or poultice coverings.
You can chew young branch tips for short term hunger suppressant. The young growth of these types of evergreen trees contains a fair amount of vitamin C. Western hemlock is another great source of fire materials in survival situations. Because of the density of the foliage, the lowest branches are often shaded out and die back. This leaves very fine, dry materials for very fine kindling. This is especially useful when it is wet and rainy outside and you are struggling to find any dry wood anywhere. Under those conditions, it helps to look for dry wood on the trees, rather than under them.
Evergreens Are Your Friend
Whenever you are exploring the wonderfully lush forest of the Pacific Northwest, remember these types of evergreen trees. They are your best friends and assets, especially in a survival situation. Consider all the many things they provide, from fire and shelter to medicine and tools. Remember to practice good harvesting ethics, and take only what you need and when you need it.
Next time you see any types of evergreen trees, go and introduce yourself. The best way to get to know them is to fully immerse yourself with all of your senses. Feel its needles against your hands and face. Smell them. Run your hands up and down the trunk of the tree. Notice the shape, texture and look of all parts of the tree. Look at the way the light plays on the tree's overall form. Maybe sit under it for a while and enjoy its shade or protection from the wind or rain.
Go out and meet an evergreen tree today!
Learn survival uses of evergreen trees and other wilderness skills at theWilderness Survival Skills Intensive.
Courtesy: Alderwood Wilderness College
Winter winds are blowing and temperatures continue to change dramatically. Warm sunshine brightens the morning air, however the sun is deceiving and the bitter cold permeates one’s bones. Today, as I head for the high country, I am well prepared, wearing a soft-shell, North Face performance-fit jacket over two layers of thermal silk leggings, a cotton top and wool sweater. Thermal insulated boots, a snug fitting wool cap and to pairs of gloves complete my prospecting ensemble.
Dressing to meet the challenges of the elements is imperative to both comfort and survival. Practiced by miners, hunters and wilderness explorers for centuries, the multi-layered clothing system is the time tested way to support peak efficiency, protect your body from the elements and keep you comfortable regardless of changes in the weather.
Dressing in layers allows you to utilize the items of your outdoor wardrobe in ways best suited to keeping you protected and your body temperature regulated. Each layer of clothing can be removed or added as conditions change.
Heavy exertion can lead to overheating and excessive perspiration that can dampen clothing. Wet clothing looses its ability to retain heat. The ability to dress according to weather conditions is the key to body heat regulation, optimal comfort and survival.
Experienced woodsmen, will often wear relatively light clothing while exerting themselves in cold weather. They will pace themselves to limit the amount of sweat produced by their their labors so that the layer against their skin does not become wet. Removing clothing layers when your are too warm, and adding layers as the body cools will provide safety and comfort.
Keeping cool and dry is the secret to survival. Avoid becoming dehydrated, chilled, wet or exhausted which can lead to hypothermia.
Constructed from lightweight, breathable material, North Face Jackets block the wind and light precipitation to keep you warm and comfortable, even at high altitudes.
November is hunting season in Montana! If you or someone you know is new to hunting or if you know of someone who is going for the first time, please pass these tips along. Most would seem like common sense, but you'd be amazed at some of the hunter horror stories we hear every year. Be safe, be smart and good luck in filling your freezer. Happy Hunting!
By Anthony Meyers
If you plan a winter hunt when it might snow, don't purchase a white SUV or 4 wheel drive pickup. You want to be able to find your vehicle in a blizzard.
Leave a hunting plan with a relative. Cell phone service is spotty in many mountainous areas where hunting is allowed. If you don't return on time, your family needs to know where to send a search team.
Don't hunt on private property without permission. Posted No Trespassing signs mean no hunting.
Be familiar with the terrain where you plan to hunt. Take the family on a few picnics in the months before hunting season. Familiarity may help you hike out if you lose track of where you are as you retrieve the game you shot.
Have a pack animal or sufficient numbers in your hunting party to carry out an elk or a deer. Do not waste what Mother Nature has provided. It's not nice to only eat the choice cuts and leave the rest behind to rot. Eat what you shoot.
Be prepared for the weather conditions. Camouflage colors depend on the season. Always bring plenty of water. Wear sun screen and a hat to avoid sun burn. Layer your clothes so you don't get hypothermia when the sun goes down.
Leave the alcohol at home; it actually contributes to dehydration or hypothermia.
Be aware of other hunters. Be careful of ricochet events and that there might be another hunter behind that bush across the meadow.
Bird hunting can be disappointing for young hunters. You may want to pay to hunt on a pheasant or quail farm for a child's first hunting experience. These guided hunting parties may be expensive, but it ensures that the child has a positive first hunt. The guide dogs are able to retrieve birds saving time hunting for what was shot. The hikes will also be shorter and not too taxing for the youngster which lowers chances for someone getting lost.