Getting Out in The Great Outdoors

There are times when people feel like getting away from it all. A few hundred years ago, that wasn’t a problem. People worked and lived a great portion of their lives outdoors. Riding horseback wasn’t an occasional recreational outing. It was the best way to get around! Hunting and fishing put, along with vegetables and fruits from the garden, wholesome, fresh food on the table. Outdoor gear, unpolished and unrefined as it was back then, wasn’t optional. It was a necessity. Things have changed tremendously since those days, but you can still get outdoors, with a little bit of know-how and a good outfitter, like Hinterland Outfitters, for example, to make sure you have what you need.

A Way of Life Revisited

There’s really no going back to the “old days.” Most people wouldn’t want to anyway. There are a lot of good things to be said about modern amenities. But many people still have the desire to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life every now and then. They like to:

  • Fish
  • Hunt
  • Hike
  • Camp or Simply Observe Nature

Fishing

Anyone who’s fished will tell you it can be a peaceful experience, punctuated by moments of exhilaration. Whether you dip a cane pole in still water or get out on an open gulf, fishing can be fun. And there is nothing like fresh fish for dinner! But fishing, like hunting or camping, requires the right tools and knowledge. A mentor helps, and the right outfitter for your gear is important, as well.

Hunting

There are so many varieties of game it is impossible to more than mention hunting in a general way. But, again, the right skills and tools are vital. If you haven’t hunted or fished much, it’s wise to go a few times with someone who has and knows what they’re doing. The right weapon and training for your particular hunting outing are very important. Familiarity with the safety and general characteristics of any weapon utilized, rifle or handgun, is an absolute necessity. And, really, important as well, is making sure you have all the rest of the gear essential for your outing.

Hiking

One enjoyable aspect of hiking is the opportunity to get a bit off the beaten path. But, like the rest of these outdoor activities, it pays to be prepared. Some training in areas that are closer to civilization is beneficial before you attempt anything grand, like Angels Landing at Zion or Appalachian Trail! Get familiar and comfortable with your gear. A well-built backpack and dependable hydration source are essential. Comfortable hiking shoes are a must. Your level of physical fitness should be equal to the challenge. A First Aid kit is a necessity. So are a compass and a basic survival kit. Weather forecasts should be checked. Someone should be notified where you plan to be and for how long. That might sound trite, but people die out in the wilderness every year.

Camping or Just Observing Nature

This country has a multitude of areas that are still wilderness, thanks to our national parks and wilderness preservation policy. So many of these are worth visiting. Zion National Park is an excellent place to combine outdoor activities and camping. Many other areas, such as Yosemite National Park, are wonderful, as well. When utilizing an unfamiliar or new tent, it should be set up in the backyard or somewhere for a test trial before your trip. All other gear should be tested. Those who have experienced getting out in the great outdoors, whether it’s to hunt or fish or just enjoy a small piece of the wilderness, know how satisfying, peaceful, and just plain fun that can be when you are properly prepared.

The Great Outdoors

Folks today come from ancestors who lived in areas that were wild. They were of hardy stock, self-reliant and independent. Much of their food they either shot or grew themselves. The right weapons and gear were a necessity for many then, and they still are today. Mastering the necessary skills for any outdoor endeavor can be both fun and rewarding. A respected and knowledgeable outfitter such as Hinterland Outfitters can help you make sure you have the equipment you need to enjoy the great outdoors. The rest is up to you. Nature calls!

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