Go Hog-Wild for Wild-Hog Hunting

Mack Prioleau: Go Hog-Wild for Wild-Hog Hunting

When deer hunting season is over but you are yearning to be out in nature again, hearing a large game animal trample leaves in the distance, nothing can fill that empty space in your hunting-loving heart than a wild-hog hunt. In fact, in the Golden State, more Californian hunters are actually pursuing wild hogs than they are deer. And in states such as Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida, you can shoot wild hogs in the fall, spring, summer, and winter; there are no seasonal restrictions. These hogs can be found in more than 30 states, as far west as Hawaii and as far east as New Hampshire. Here are a few reasons to go wild-hog hunting, and a few tips for making your hunt a successful one, according hunting aficionado Mack Prioleau.

Wild-Hog Hunting Benefits

As mentioned earlier, wild hogs can be hunted year-round, so no urge to hunt has to go unfulfilled. The Northeast, outside of New Hampshire’s Blue Mountains, does not seem to have any wild hogs. However, no matter your location in the United States, you are just a day’s drive away from your dream wild hog — the kind that will fit perfectly on your grill.

Wild-hog hunting does more than just fill your belly with some scrumptious meat, however. It also gives you the chance to be a little patriotic. This is because wild hogs are considered a nuisance: They dirty clean streams, tear up habits, eat innocent turkey chicks, and compete with native animals for food. When you hunt these hogs down, you essentially do land owners as well as wildlife managers a huge favor.

Season

The best time of the year to go wild-hog hunting is during the spring, when the heat of the summer season has not crept in yet. However, sweltering summer days can lead to your biggest trophy hogs, as you can easily anticipate a wild hog’s patterns on a hot summer day when they will be pursuing critical water sources.

Senses

While a wild hog’s sense of smell and smell of hearing are excellent, it has poor eyesight. For this reason, it is common for hunters to stalk a hog after spotting it from a ridgetop or a road in the distance. If you are hunting on an open ranchland, you will have to work on spotting hogs from behind a windshield or via binoculars. Early in the day, check the sources of water that pigs frequent before they move to thicker country as the sun moves higher in the sky.

Stands

If you are extremely comfortable with stand hunting during deer season and wish to use a stand for wild-hog hunting as well, you are in good company. Many people have done this effectively. One method that will help to increase your chances of success during stand hunting is to use timed corn feeders to pull a wild hog into an open area, where it can easily be targeted. Also, consider searching for a wet area, as hogs must cool off in wet mud and water since they lack sweat glands. By following these tips, your next big-game catch may occur sooner than you think.

Mack Prioleau: Biggest Largemouth Bass Fishing Myths

Mack Prioleau: Biggest Largemouth Bass Fishing Myths

Largemouth bass fishing is an activity that offers many hidden benefits outside of the thrill that comes with reeling in the biggest catch of the day. It also cultivates patience, an appreciation for the outdoors, and ingenuity. However, admittedly, catching a fish is one of the most rewarding parts of the fishing experience. Unfortunately, there are several myths about largemouth bass fishing that prevent people from experiencing these rewarding moments more often, according to avid fisherman Mack Prioleau. Here are some of the most common myths about bass fishing.

Use Red Hooks

One common bass fishing myth is bass are attracted to red hooks since they look like blood. It is for this reason you will see red reel spools, red line, red blades and sinkers, and even lures featuring red hooks. Some professional fishermen have indicated that the red color simulates crawfish’s gills’ or baitfish’s blood. However, although research has shown that bass fish can spot the color red with ease, no studies show that these fish are instinctively attracted to this color. They essentially do not have the mental processes necessary to conclude that a red object may indeed be prey since bleeding baitfish are red and are vulnerable to being attacked.

All Bass Are the Same

Another common myth is that all bass behave in the same manner no matter where they are found. In reality, any knowledgeable angler would tell you that stark differences exist in largemouth and smallmouth bass’s behaviors, prey choices, and habitats. Largemouth bass include two distinct subspecies, which are the northern largemouth and the Florida largemouth bass. In addition, research shows that even fish from the same state have unique DNA, and differences in cover type, diet, and water color additionally make bass behave differently in different lakes. For instance, topwater lures can be effective in some lakes, while they are ineffective in others. In the same way, night fishing can be productive in some places and useless in others. This is why consulting local fishing guides and experts is wise when you are fishing in a new body of water.

All You Need is a Boat

People often think the presence of a boat can make or break an angler’s fishing experience. In reality, the skill level of the angler plays a much greater role in the angler’s success than his or her watercraft does. However, it can still be helpful to have a small boat. A small boat fits well in small bodies of water, the homes of large bass in states ranging from California to Iowa and Florida. A full-sized bass boat cannot enter shallow zones, and it struggles to navigate through dense vegetation and timber. Even when it can reach these hard-to-reach areas, the boat can end up spooking large fish. Small boats are even helpful in large bodies of water because they force you to go slowly and stay focused on your environment and the fish you are attempting to catch, which is necessary to experience success behind the reel.

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

Interlaken 

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In its glory days Interlaken was known as the watch making center of the world. They were known for their watchmaking around the world so there is defintely a lot of history here if you or someone in your family is into history. Tourist have been coming here since the 1800s to breathe in that fresh mountain air (which is probably more appealing now then ever) as well as utilize the spa treatments. Tourist looking for great photo opportunities defintely need to take advantage of the beautiful the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Monch. If there are any people who are looking for that adrenaline rush, there is also a lot of out door activities to take part in, especially in the winter.

Zurich

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Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city which can very appealing to tourist as it boast over 50 museums and over 100 art galleries looking for people who want to take in the culture. If you ever get tired of shopping for famous Swiss brand name goods (or you just run out of money) you can take part in the beautiful Lake Zurich or go hiking in the nearby mountains. The night life is probably the best here in the whole country with Zurich offering a diverse range of options from night clubs to restaurants. If your group varies a lot this is probably the best place to go as there is something for everyone.

Zermatt

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If you are looking for something a little more quaint then Zermatt is the place for you. It is a small town known for its skiing and its mountaineering due to the fact that it is incredibly close to Matterhorn one of the biggest mountains in Switzerland. An interesting fact about Zermatt is that gasoline-driven cars are not allowed in the city so any vehicle must be battery operated.

Best Snowboarding Spots Around the World

Best Snowboarding Spots Around the World

Whistler, Canada 

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There is a reason this place has constantly been rated the number one spot in North America. It hosted the 2010 winter Olympics along with Vancouver. The terrain is absolutely beautiful so when you combine that with the fact that it is extremely lose to Vancouver it makes it a must see destination. What makes it a great destination is that it has a lot to do for any people in your group who are not into snowboarding as well. But if you are it has 37 lifts that can reach over 8000 acres of varied and very challenging terrain for beginners as well as more advanced snow boarders. It has everything you could possibly want in bowls, steeps, a superpipe and much more.

Mammoth, California 

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Mammoth is gorgeous and a great excuse for any snowboarder who has not been to California to come to the sunshine state. Because of the great snow it get’s some times it is even possible to snowboard all the way up until May at this great resort. The Village is located at the edge of town and that in itself is a huge tourist spot. Once again if you are vacationing with a group that may not be as excited about snowboarding as you they definitely give them something to do as well. But the main attraction is definitely snowboarding and with over 150 trails set on a dead volcano, Mammoth delivers.

Davos, Switzerland 

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This is the best overall spot in Switzerland and it is not only a major snowboard resort it is also is a massive town and once again it offers things not just for snowboarders but the whole family as well. The deep powder, massive amount of trees, the big natural hits, half pipes and fun parks make this a must go to destination.

 

Surfing Destinations in the World for Beginners

4 Surfing Destinations in the World for Beginners

Best Spots to Surf for Beginners

With summer just a few months away, now is the best time to look for surfing destinations around the world. Whether you’re thinking about hitting the beach somewhere in the country or considering a surf-and-beach holiday abroad, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to the best beaches for beginner surfers.

To help you get started, below are a few recommendations you might want to consider.

1. La Jolla Shores, California. Situated in the upscale town of San Diego, the mild waves at La Jolla Shores are perfect for newbie surfers. Plus, the beach is patrolled by trained lifeguards to ensure the safety of all beach goers enjoying the waters off the beach. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to swim with dolphins. Surfing lessons are available.

2. Bali’s Legian Beach. With mellow waves breaking close to shore, this is the ideal out-of-country destination for beginner surfers. The beach offers a quieter counterpart to Bali’s popular tourist hotspot, Kuta, so you can enjoy your surfing lessons in a more private environment.

3. Clarke’s Beach, Byron Bay, Australia. Australia is famous for its surfing spots, with beaches offering waves of varying degrees for all levels of surfers. But for beginners, the recommended spot is Clarke’s Beach. Small waves at the beach are ideal for beginners who wish to practice. Lessons are also available.

4. Hanalei Town, Kauai, Hawaii. Last, but certainly not the least, is Hanalei Town. Surrounded by gorgeous beaches, the town is one of the most idyllic regions in Hawaii. For beginners, the Hanalei Pier is ideal. The swells are moderate and friendly for newbies.

There are various other surfing hotspots all over the world that are perfect for beginner surfers. It is recommended that you do a bit of research first before booking your holiday. And since you will be traveling in the summer, it’s best to plan ahead and make your reservations early on.

 

 

Mack Prioleau: South Africa Trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed writing my last list of animals you must see on safari, I decided to keep it going with another list and with more animals. Do not feel that you are limited to the animals you see on this list or any other list for that matter, part of going on safari is seeing animals in their natural environment so unlike the zoo there is no guarantee on what you will see but you will see something amazing that puts life in perspective for you.

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Elephant

This one almost made it on my last list but there was just not enough room to fit it….pun very intended! In all seriousness this is the largest mammal on earth and the rare combination of beauty and size will definitely leave you in awe after you see this creature close up and in it’s natural habitat. The best things about these animals is that they are very peaceful when left alone but as you can imagine disturbing these creatures is not the way to go because having 12,000 lb’s of straight power charging you is probably not a good idea. Their size can reach over 14 feet and can be 30 feet wide and because of this as you can imagine they drink and eat 30-50 gallons of water and veggie every day.

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Giraffe 

The Giraffe may seem like a strange animal to put on this list for their lack of “excitement” as the other animals. But just like the elephant there is just something awe inspiring but the size and beauty of this animal. They have blue tongues (be honest we all turned our own tongues blue at one point with candy) they have 5 inch knobs in their hand and obviously incredibly long necks which makes them the tallest mammal on earth. This is a must see for any safari.

Mack Prioleau South Africa Trip

Having just recently visited South Africa, I thought I would include a blog about some of my favorite animals to see on safari as well as some others that I heard are a must see from fellow travelers, or in my research leading up to the trip.

Lion 

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This should come as no surprise, whether you are a fan of Lion King or just want to see the true king of the jungle in it’s natural environment this is usually the main attraction to going on safari in South Africa. Since they sleep about twenty hours a day (what a life) you are most likely to see then snoozing then running about but nothing can replace seeing a lion in their natural habitat whether they are sleeping or not.

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Mountain Gorilla

I wanted to add this one to the list because most people may overlook this animal as they can visit a gorilla in most zoo’s across the United States. But this is not a normal Gorilla this is an extremely rare one that only exist in a tiny area in East Africa and you actually have to take a special safari to see. If you  happen to be in East Africa this is definitely must see and will blow all your expectations out the water

Crocodile

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This is one of the easiest animals to spot on safari as they can be found in almost every river across the continent. This is on the list because they have been around for over 200 million years and have that prehistoric look to it that I personally find so amazing. Not only that but the sheer size of them can be intimidating they can grow up to 18 feet. Because of their power they are actually responsible for a number of human fatalities so if you do see one be sure to proceed with extreme caution!

3 National Parks to Visit in 2016

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Yosemite National Park

This specific national park is probably one of the most well known across the country. It became even more famous last January when Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first ones ever to do a free ascent of El Captian’s Dawn Wall. It is even more impressive when you take into account that the 3,000 foot smooth granite wall is considered one of the hardest, if now the hardest rock to climb on the planet. For us regular people who just want to go and look at El Captian’s Dawn Wall I recommend going to El Captian Meadow where you can get the best view of El Capitan.

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This National Park is on my personal list of national parks, the 5,200 feet deep canyon is truly one of the most impressive displays of mother nature not just in the United States but the world as well. It should come as no surprise that this canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There are many things to do here but the idea that is recommended to me the most is rafting on the Grand Canyon’s 277 mile reach. I was surprised that the requirements for this make it accessible to pretty much any one over the age of twelve who has reasonably good health. The trip only takes six to seven days depending on the guide and does not require any padding experience. When I make my way to the Grand Canyon that is something I will do for sure.

Glacier

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Glacier National Park is known for its huge mountain peaks, gorgeous alpine lakes and its glaciers (as I am sure you put together by the name). Unlike the other national parks this one actually has an expiration date. As of today there are only twenty five glaciers of that original 150 that existed in 1850. Some estimates put that by 2030 there will be no more glaciers left. If there is one National Park that you plan to visit in the next year, this is it!

The Best Backpacking Trails

A backpacking trip is one of the greatest outdoor adventures you can partake in. A true backpacking trip provides you with absolute solitude from the outside world, bringing you up close and personal with nature. There are many different options when it comes to backpacking, from day trips to weekend explorations to thru-hikes from state to state. If you are looking to escape from your normal life and explore the breathtaking views and unspoiled wilderness, then grab your bag and hit one of the trails below.

Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail is nearly 2,180 miles long, spanning 14 different states. While most of us probably don’t have the ability to take six months to hike the entire thing, you can create your own custom journey along the trail. There is the 14-mile hike through Georgia’s Blood Mountain Wilderness, leading hikers to the top of the trail’s highest point in the state. In New Hampshire’s White Mountains you can climb 20 miles above the tree line for optimal views of surrounding peaks. If you are looking for complete isolation, Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness section never crosses a single paved road.

Continental Divide Trail

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The Continental Divide Trail is 3,100-miles long, cutting right down the middle of the United States. The more advanced hikers can be found at the Knife Edge, a 25-mile loop through the extreme Weminuche Wilderness area in southwestern Colorado. For a more tame experience, explore the trails where the Continental Divide Trail meets Glacier National Park. If you decide to hit the CDT then remember to pack cold-weather gear, as ice and snow are a possibility at any time of the year.

Uinta Highline Trail

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This is one of the more difficult trails, with hikers often facing rough and rocky stretches throughout the trail. Uinta Highline is also extremely remote, and you can expect to have the trail all to yourself for long stretches. If you have a week free to explore, go conquer the Highline Trail, which is nearly 75 miles of paths that pass serene lakes along the peaks of Utah’s Uinta Mountains.

Pacific Crest Trail

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The Pacific Crest Trail will bring you through some of the most diverse ecosystems that the West Coast has to offer, including dry desert land and high arctic-alpine country. The incredible 2,650-mile journey attracts around 300 die-hard hikers each year. Thousands of others can be found embarking on some of the shorter expeditions. In California, you will find a 270-mile stretch from Mount Whitney to Sonora Pass, offering a monthlong journey through the Sierra NEvada range with amazing views of deep canyons, enormous granite peaks, and rocky lakes. Oregon’s section of the PCT is much more level, with few elevation shifts, making it a great place for beginners.

Information courtesy of Travel Channel

 

The World’s Greatest Adventures

Adventure travel gets you up close and personal to the landscapes and people of the areas you are visiting. Having the opportunity to explore new areas on foot is an exhilarating experience, especially when you have the chance to interact with the local cultures on the journey. If you are interested in taking your next trip to the next level, I recommend that you consider making it a real adventure. With the help of this article, here are four of the greatest adventures this world has to offer.

Great Himalaya Trail, Nepal

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The Great Himalaya Trail consists of a network of existing paths traversing Nepal. It will eventually form part of a 2,800-mile super trail, linking Bhutan and Pakistan. The existing section is divided into a collection of smaller routes that pass in sight of the world’s largest peaks and most remote villages. The trail crosses mountain passes up to 19,685 feet in altitude while climbing a total of 492,125 metres. You can take a fully escorted, 157-day hike with World Expeditions, but it is pricey, costing $28,511. However, there are seven shorter connecting stages that you can hike, if you do not have the time or money for the entire trail.

Tour du Mont Blanc

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A 14-day circuit of Mont Blanc is probably the most spectacular walk in all of Europe. The path links the seven valleys that surround Western Europe’s highest mountain, crossing three borders in the process: France, Switzerland, and Italy. You will traverse beneath huge glaciers and across beautiful alpine meadows. Throughout your journey, you will also be treated to some of the most beautiful peaks in the Alps, including Mont Blanc, the Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, Les Grandes Jorasses, and much more. This hike is based on the supported camping concept, meaning  a vehicle will assist with transporting luggage, equipment and supplies.

Native American Experience

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Take a 16-day tour with Intrepid Travel to the heart of Native American country. On this journey, you will camp and hike in wilderness areas while exploring ancient ruins in the process. You will have the opportunity to meet with native Americans from communities (Navajo, Anasazi, and Apache) who are striving to preserve their centuries-old way of life. While on the tour you will visit Canyon de Chelly, with its 3,000-year-old tribal artefacts, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Navajo Lake State Park, White Sands National Monument, the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Santa Fe, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon.

Diving Safari, Borneo

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The volcanic island of Sipadan is regularly been voted one of the world’s top 10 dive sites. While taking a dive under water, you will find the legendary turtles and reefs that drop off thousands of feet near the shore. An 18-day diving safari with Aqua-Firma also takes in the Layang atoll and the islands of Lankayan, Mabul, and Kapalai, showcasing the best diving Borneo has to offer.