10 Essential Hunting Tips: Strategies


Hunting is an incredibly fun and exhilarating sport, however, it can also be a very dangerous sport at the same time. That is why it is important to be familiar with and understand all the different strategies, rules, and safety measures. With the help of this Outdoor Life article, I would like to provide a running list of hunting tips so that we can all be better hunters. First, I would like to provide you with some key hunting strategies.

1) Go Slow, Have Patience

When still-hunting, most of us do not move slowly enough or stay in position long enough. Next outing, you should try using a watch as a guide. Decide on a period of time to stand still, such as 5-7 minutes. This way you will be forced to remain quiet and silent for this minimum amount of time. Having your eye on the clock will make sure you are not moving too quickly.

2) Stay Quiet

If you make a loud noise while you are outside, stop and stand there as long as you can if you suspect animals to be close by. A deer might stand a long time and stare in your direction, and if it sees you moving then it may run away. But if it doesn’t see or smell you, then it might go back to feeding or whatever else it was doing before it was disturbed. So when you accidently make a loud noise, stay put and wait it out.

3) Quick-Stepping For Deer

Deer are very good at detecting a human cadence as we talk through noisy leaves. Next time, try taking quick steps in a short sprint (10-20 yards), pause, and then do it again. If you can keep your footfalls as light as possible then you will likely sound much like a squirrel scrambling through the leaves instead of a human.

4) Design A Better Drive

All too often hunters will place standers in front of and alongside the area being driven. The problem is that deer will often wait for hunters to pass and then sneak back and run off in the opposite direction. Therefore, it is a good idea to position a stander in the rear where the drive originated to prevent the deer from sneaking away.

5) Judge the Quarry’s Place

You should always try to anticipate where the animal will be when you finish your stalk. Before you start, watch the quarry long enough to determine its direction and rate of travel if it is actively feeding or walking. You should then pick your destination accordingly.

6) Follow With Care

When you are tracking an animal, remember that the quarry will be alert to its back trail. A fresh track requires you to practically still-hunt, as opposed to merely following. This is especially true if the animal is not “lined out” but is taking bites of browse as it goes.

7) Clear Shooting Lanes

When you get into your tree stand, practice taking up shooting positions for all the directions where an animal may appear. After you have a good idea of your shooting lanes, try to remove any branches that are in the line of fire. You should then take up the position that requires the least amount of movement to turn in any direction to your desired shooting lanes.

8) Sweep Away Blind Clutter

If you are sitting in a ground blind or standing next to a tree, then you should sweep away leaves and brush with your boot so that the area is clean of forest debris. Clearing the area will help to eliminate unnecessary noise if you make a move when an animal is approaching.

9) Pick Better Landmarks

While you are stalking an animal, making a big circle and coming up behind it, it’s easy to become confused as you change your location. Pick a distinctive object on the skyline that you can recognize from the back, such as a tree, fence line, rock, or other landmark that you can use to help guide you to the correct spot.

10) Drive Solo

If you are hunting alone then you should try a one-man drive. Purposely walk into an area with the wind at your back. The goal is to stir deer up and get them moving. Once you have passed through, make a circle and do it again. This should be able to confused the deer as to your location. If this doesn’t work then you should take a position on the flank of the area you walked through and wait an hour or two.

10 Facts You Should Know About Hunting & Conservation


Hunting is a great sport that provides you the opportunity to reflect on life in some of the most beautiful places on earth. One problem that surrounds hunting, however, is the fact that many people do not understand what it really means to be a hunter. Those not familiar with the sport think that hunters are simply looking to kill animals. In actuality, hunters will often times come home empty handed. Even if a hunt is successful, there is much more to the sport than killing. As you will see below, hunting actually is an influential part of conservation. Here are 10 facts that you should know about the sport of hunting.

1) President Theodore Roosevelt, an avid hunter, created our national forest and grasslands. 230 million acres of nature and wildlife are now forever protected for everyone to use and enjoy.

2) Approximately $371 million a year is generated for conversation, though an 11% tax on guns, ammo, bows and arrows. This money puts a lot of people to work and helps fuel a number of great conservation programs.

3) Hunting supports 680,000 jobs, including game wardens, waitresses, biologists and motel clerks.

4) Through state licenses and fees, hunter pay, on average, $796 million a year for conservation programs.

5) If you tally up all the various fees, licensing and taxes, hunters raise over $1.6 billion a year for conservation efforts.

6) In a world that loves to go all natural and eat organic, hunting is the purest form of organic eating. Most game is high in protein and provides great nutritional value.

7) Over the past century, the populations of elk, whitetails, turkeys and ducks have grown from thousands to millions thanks to the help of hunters and programs funded by hunters. Without the efforts of hunters, many of the animals that are abundant today would have dwindling populations.

8) Hunters keep nuisance species in check and keep herd numbers healthy for a number of different animal species.

9) A study done by two individuals found that sport hunting offers great benefits to the inhabitants of the land. Most times, the rural natives are happy when a dangerous animal is harvested because the village becomes safer.

10) Eva Shockey, a Canadian hunter, said it best: “As hunters, we need to stand strong, unite as one and NEVER apologize for being who we are! We should focus our energy on being the best hunters we can be by challenging ourselves to be ethical, respectful and responsible so as to humbly uphold our proud heritage. Now, let’s get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!

Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips

When I am back in Texas, one of my favorite things to do is spend time out on the water fishing for largemouth bass. These fish have a distinct appearance and are actually one of the most popular game fish in North America. If you are new to fishing or interesting in trying your hand at largemouth bass for the first time, I have compiled a list of some great tips, tricks and tactics to help make your fishing trip as fun as possible.

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1) Fish During The Pre-Spawn

The best time of the year to fish for bass is during pre-spawn, which starts in the spring when the water begins to heat up to around 55 to 65 degrees. During this time of the year, both the male and female bass will move to shallow waters, begin aggressively feeding and looking for the best place to next. The bass will actually move to such shallow waters, that you can usually locate the bass right from shore. There is no question that this is the best time of the year to catch your trophy bass.

Note: Remember to catch and release female bass so they can finish their spawn and continue the cycle of life for bass.

2) Know Bass Habits

If you want to have success out on the water, then it is important to understand the habits of the bass. The type of weather dictates where bass may or may not be, so you should base your location off the weather conditions. When the sun is out, the bass will look for shelter. When it is cloudy or there is little sun, the bass will move out from their protective shelter. Having an understanding for where bass would look for shelter in the water can help you locate the best place to fish.

Mack Prioleau3) The Best Time Of Day

The best time of the day to fish for bass is either during the early hours of the morning or the last few hours going into the evening. If it is a cloudy day, the bass will feed during the afternoon time. It is recommended that you get to your fishing hole of choice about an hour before sunup and/or sunset.

4) Always Keep An Eye On The Line

It is easy for your fishing line to get frayed from contact with rocks, gravel, branches, stumps or any other objects in the water. Therefore, you should frequently check your line right above the lure you are using. The last thing you want to do is lose a bass because your line broke.

5) Size Doesn’t Matter

The size of the lure does not dictate the size of the bass you could catch. A largemouth bass will strike prey that is 25% to 50% of its length. A large lure can also catch small bass. If you are not catching any fish on the lure you start with then you should try a smaller lure and see if that can produce some bites.


Info courtesy of Fishing Tips Depot.


Victoria Falls & The Gorge Swing

Victoria Falls: Mack Prioleau

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, is a waterfall located in South Africa on the Zambezi River. It is truly one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. Measuring up to 107 meters in height and dropping an average of 550,000 cubic meters of water every minute, the thunder from the falling water is loud, expressing its power to all of those in the surrounding area. The waterfall is 1,708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world.

The falls has been declared a National Park and a World Heritage Site, which has helped preserve the area from excessive commercialization or destruction.

We visited Victoria Falls during September, which is when the dry season begins to take effect. The dry season lasts until January and during this time the islets on the crest become wider and more numerous.

When flood season comes around, it is impossible to see the foot of the falls and most of its face. The spray from the falls rises to a height of over 300 meters and sometimes as high as 600 meters.

Gorge Swing – Victoria Falls from Mack Prioleau on Vimeo.

While visiting the falls, we went to the Gorge Swing which is suspended across the gorge. It is about a 70 meter free fall into a 85 meter long pendulum swing. It was an incredible adrenaline rush and offered a unique perspective of the river and the gorge.

Surfing In Cape Town, South Africa

The surfing in Cape Town, South Africa has been incredible. There are plenty of great spots to go in the area, including Long Beach, Witsands, Dunes, and Muizenberg. It is a great variety of conditions, from coves with small swells to large beaches with massive waves. While the water can be icy, it does not discourage anyone from throwing on a wetsuit and getting out in the water.

Long Beach 15253835941_eee48ae4bb My favorite place so far has been Long Beach in Kommetjie. The small town is located just outside Cape Town just down the Cape Peninsula on the west coast. Long Beach is an incredibly friendly area and it is a very popular spot for surfers in the area. It breaks all year round to both the left and right making it the perfect place for both natural and goofy footers.

Dunes Dunes Mack Prioleau Dunes is a little bit more challenging location and takes some effort to get too. After a 40-minute drive from the city, you will need to hike down a long stretch of beach, which will take about another 30 minutes. But it is certainly worth the trip if you get out there on a good surf day. With a south-easterly wind, you should expect to see six to eight foot waves with world-class tubes.

Muizenberg Muizenberg Surfing Jul 18 (1) If you are looking to learn to surf or simply looking for a calmer ride then Muizenberg is the place to be. The waves are gentle, making it a  great place to learn or brush up on your skills. Muizenberg is best when there is a north-westerly wind. When it is time for a break, there are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops nearby, making this a fun place to spend the day.

Witsands Frame-09-08-2015-08-33-37 Witsands has a consistent surf that is ideal during an offshore wind from the northeast. The beach breaks both right and left, making this a fun surf for all riders. This location is also rarely crowded, so it is nice to be able to get a little space and not worry about other riders. It is important to mention, however, that strong rip currents can make this a very dangerous surfing location.

Shark Diving Off Seal Island In False Bay

We went shark diving at the infamous Seal Island in False Bay. The island is a small land mass off the northern beaches of False Bay near Cape Town and derives its name from the large number of Cape Fur Seals that occupy the area. There are well over 60,000 seals on and around this land mass. It was truly an incredible sight to take in.


The seals attract their main predator, the great white shark, to the area making this an amazing place to shark dive. This location has attracted many television shows and documentaries to film the great white sharks as it is a great place to observe the interactions between these animals and the attacks by the great white sharks.

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The water surrounding Seal Island provides an amazing opportunity to witness these sharks in action. Having the opportunity to go underwater and watch these animals in their natural habitat was surreal. It provides an amazing rush to be face to face with these enormous sharks.

Check out some video from the shark dive and get a look at the sharks from underwater.

Shark Dive in South Africa from Mack Prioleau on Vimeo.

Wall Street Tumbles – Creates Opportunity

Wall Street - Mack PrioleauWall Street continues to drop at an unnerving rate as traders unload stocks amid concerns of the struggling global economy. There has been a massive selloff of Chinese stocks, as it’s economy has faltered, leaving the government struggling to correct the problem.

China’s struggles, in addition to the Greek debt crisis, has now begun to create problems for people around the world, including the United States.

As mentioned in this article, The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) tumbled 302.7 points, or 1.8%, to 16158.4, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) dropped 43.4 points, or 2.1%, to 1929.6, and the Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) fell 103 points, or 2.2%, to 4600.6.

Furthermore, China’s volatile Shanghai Composite (000001.SS) fell 8.5%, wiping out its gains for the year, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 (^N225) took a hit of 4.6%.

Traders have begun to position their investments in safer assets, such as the U.S. 10-year Treasury bond. The yield of this treasury bond has already fallen 0.06 percentage point to 1.988%, because when traders bid-up the asset, the yields of these assets begin to fall.

While these economic uncertainties have created a great deal of panic, many see a sharp drop in the market as a great opportunity for investment. When there is a widespread negative outlook of the economy, great stocks are often undeserving punished as well.

Peter Kenny, chief market strategist at Clearpool Group, is one of many investors who has remained positive through Wall Street’s tumble, stating that he remains positive on U.S. equities overall. “Great stocks get sold, and in some cases punished, not because of their lack of value but simply because the trend line for the broader market has faltered,” he wrote in a message to clients.

The current landscape has created an opportunity to purchase good stocks at an even better value, if you are willing to ride out this economic storm.

United States Economy Is Better Than Advertisted

Over the last several years, the United States economy has experienced steady growth. While growth has been slow, it is evident that the American economy is making positive improvements.

Since President Obama’s first year in office, the unemployment rate has gone down from 10 percent to 5.3 percent. Gross domestic product expanded at a rate of 2.5 percent. Furthermore, the federal deficit is estimated to be $486 billion this year, which is about a third of deficit total in 2009.

However, as this article points out, if you follow the current political discussion, you would be likely to believe the economy is in horrible shape. Much of the discussion has centered around stagnant wage growth and growing income inequality. So why is there so much negative rhetoric surrounding the economy when we have clearly seen positive growth and encouraging signs?

This election cycle has no incumbent president running for re-election. The incumbent party has the difficult task of highlighting the successes of the party, but at the same time not appearing to be complacent. Therefore, the are more likely to highlight the weakness of the current policies and the president. In addition, the opposition party will focus on pushing the belief that the economy is in turmoil — as a result of the current president’s policies — and presenting their ideas for change.

The views of the United States economy are, undoubtedly, affected by the current outlook of the world economy as well. European nations are currently unstable, in large part due to the debt crisis in Greece. The future of the Chinese economy remains uncertain, as the currency has plunged and growth has slowed. Many are worried the troubles in China will begin to negatively impact the United States economy.

Lastly, the growth of the economy has not translated into any positive benefits for most Americans. Private investment has remained sluggish as companies struggle to generate more revenue for the top line. The investments are the main driver of productivity and as a result, wage growth. Therefore, wages have remained stagnant for many Americans leading to a negative outlook on the economy by many Americans.

Over the remainder of this election cycle, we will be sure to continue hearing about the many problems of the United States economy. Each presidential hopeful will continue to address and exploit these problems and introduce their plans and policies to address the concerns. However, it is important to understand that the economy is currently moving on a positive path while listening to these plans.

If you would like to learn more about the economic plans for some of the top presidential candidates, check out this website.

Google Transitions to Alphabet

Google has recently announced that it will be reorganizing into a holding company, taking on the name Alphabet. The company known as “Google” will now be one of the company companies within the broader organization, as there are numerous projects under the alphabet umbrella.

Over the past several years, Google has expanded far beyond its initial business of Internet search and online advertising. Reorganizing the structure of the company will allow some of its more experimental and far-reaching to have more autonomy moving forward.

“Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable. So we are creating a new company, called Alphabet,” stated Larry Page. “This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google.”

So what exactly is Alphabet comprised of? Under the plan announced yesterday, in addition to the core Google business (Internet search, mapping, and Youtube), there will be the separately managed entities of Google Fiber, Next, and Google Ventures (the investment business).

There will be slight shifts in the management of Alphabet and Google, with CEO Larry Page transitioning to CEO of Alphabet and co-founder Sergey Brin serving as president. Sundar Pichai, who has been a longtime executive with the company, will become the CEO of the core Google Business. But overall, not much of the responsibilities will change from this perspective, as Pichai has been overseeing much of Google’s core business for years now.

For those with investments in Google as the publicly-traded entity, all shares with automatically be converted into the same number of shares of Alphabet. The two class shares — GOOGL and GOOG — will continued to trade on Nasdaq under the same ticker name as well.

Despite Promising Progress, Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Not Finalized

transpacific agreementThe Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership hit another roadblock this past week, as the United States and 11 other Pacific nations failed to reach a final agreement. The partnership, which would create the largest regional trade agreement ever, has been met with a great deal of complications.

The trade partnership has been in the works for over a decade, with America taking the lead back in 2009. The Trans-Pacific agreement, which involves so many countries, each with their own set of priorities, has proven to be even more complicated than anyone had originally thought. The representatives working on the deal, however, are still optimistic and believe they are closing the gaps, meaning a final agreement could be reached fairly soon.

“There are an enormous number of issues that one works through at these talks, narrowing differences, finding landing zones,” said Michael B. Froman, the United States trade representative. ”I am very impressed with the work that has been done. I am gratified by the progress that has been made.”

Final agreements were reached in a few key areas this past week, including broad environmental protections for some of the most sensitive, diverse and threatened ecosystems on Earth. This had been one of the more problematic sections of the agreement. In addition, agreements on how to label exports with distinct “geographic indications” and a code of conduct and rules against conflicts of interest for arbitrators who would serve on extrajudicial tribunals to hear complaints from companies about whether their investments were unfairly damaged by government actions.

Representatives will now be returning to their home countries to iron out the remainder of the agreement before they reconvene again. In order for the agreements to succeed, all countries involved will need to find ways to narrow the differences that remain.

The failure to not finalize the deal in its entirety means that the next round of negotiations will now likely force presidential candidates to voice their opinion on the agreement, a topic some of been avoiding. Republican candidates are likely to support the agreement but high profile democratic candidates, particularly Hillary Clinton, have shied away from taking a stance.

The progress made this past week is promising, as the countries have been able to keep the momentum going on this agreement. Although the longer they continue to go without reaching an agreement, the chances of the plan unraveling may increase.

To learn more about the Trans-Pacific Agreement, check out this CNBC article.