What is an Old School Winter Turkey Shoot Really Like?-Grab Your Recurve Bow to Find Out

Since the first Europeans touched North America, there has been an obsession with hunting wild turkey. A challenging sport in the winter, made even more challenging by the absence of hunting rifles. If you want to experience hunting turkey and other game the way our ancestors did, you are going to have to get out the bow and arrows.

Hunting is an all year sport that takes different skills in the winter. The woods are quieter, the air is cold and drifts of snow can be refuge for wild life. It is that quiet nature that makes so many winter hunting enthusiasts prefer the smooth shot of a recurve bow over the loud bang of a gun.

Turkey Shooting in the Winter

One of the first obvious differences is of course the camouflage that you wear. Bright green and brown khakis are going to make you stand out. White is of course the fashionable color for winter hunters, and usually in the form of a full snowsuit.

The snowsuit is necessary of course to help you keep warm in the cold and should be made with waterproof material on the outside. You could be spending some time laying in the snow waiting for that turkey, and don’t need to get wet in the process.


Like mention prior, a real turkey shoot is done using a recurve bow and arrow. This is what native Americans used until the musket was introduced to the new world. Check with your local sporting goods store about recurve bows and arrows that are meant for winter hunting. As many of the elements as possible will be colored white, to match the snow you are hunting in.

You also must make sure that the recurve bow is built for someone of your size and stature. An expert will look at your arm length and upper body strength to help find you one that fits your body type. Once you have all of your gear, you are ready to sit in the snow and wait until that fat turkey comes gobbling into your path.

Winter Rabbit Hunting

Surprisingly, recurve bow and arrow hunting has become popular for rabbit game as well. While you may think this is too small of a target to hit, rabbits have a tendency to hop and stop, or stop entirely to try and become invisible. These habits make them easy pray for the carefully shot arrow.

If you want to experience winter hunting the way it was when hunting was a necessity rather than a sport, then a bow and arrow is the way to do it. Winter hunting is a whole other type of sport that is well worth exploring.

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A Brief History of Dog Sledding and Modern Technology (AKA Wireless Dog Fences) That Can Help Train Your Dog Today

Dog sledding has a long and proud history, dating back thousands of years. Those ancient civilizations that resided in the snowy north quickly learned that harnessing the animals was a great way of traversing the land. Not only were dogs used for transportation, but they were depended on to help with hunting and trapping as well as companionship. Even then, dogs of all breeds were considered to be important members of the family.

Having dog sleds during that time was a great way of keeping those in the frozen north from becoming isolated with the rest of the world. There is even evidence of dogs being used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the 1800’s to patrol the icy frontier and by the postal service to help deliver mail.

During the 1925 diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska, dogs saved the day by transporting the essential anti-toxin that was desperately needed to stop the epidemic from spreading. There were a total of 22 dog sled teams used to brave the interior of snowbound Alaska, travel across the Bering Sea and get that necessary serum to the illness stricken town. Today you will find  a statue of one of those hero dogs in NY City’s Central Park. The inscription on Balto reads: “Dedicated to the indomitable Spirit of the sled dogs that relayed the antitoxin 600 miles over rough ice, treacherous waters; through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the winter of 1925. Endurance. Fidelity. Intelligence”. This is a testament to the true spirit of the sledding dogs, and their dedication to the men and women who drove them.


Today, dog sledding is more for sport than necessity, thanks to the invention of the snow mobile. Yet thousands of dogs are still in love with working in unison to get across the snowy terrains of Canada. As a result we see beloved pets and their owners participating in races and events all winter long. They are usually trained in the safety of their own home, with owners using and reviewing devices such as wireless dog fences to help them learn how to stay on track. This is an important skill to develop for dog sledders who are being trained individually or in a small group, as the snow usually covers the scent of any other clues they may use to stay in focus.

With the wireless pet fence system like this set up as a small trail, the dogs are forced to stay in line, a skill that comes in handy once they meet the rest of their sled pulling team. For dogs trained in this manner, staying focused on moving forward has been safely ingrained into them.

While dog sledding today is rarely used to save thousands of lives, it is still a lively and healthy sport for you and your pet. If you think your pooch has the stamina to handle it, contact a local race and see about signing him up. This is a great way for you and your companion to participate in a fun event together that is mutually gratifying.

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Sporting Introductions: Curling

What is curling? What is the objective? How is it played, and what are the rules? Well this post will help you understand the basics of curling and how it is played. Curling is generally played indoors on a sheet of ice. While it may look like an ice skating rink, it is not. A curling court has a regulation standard rink and is played with large objects that look like large, thick disks. These disks are made of stone. And are pushed down the ice with objects that look like large brooms, because that is generally what they are.

The stones that are used in the game are made of granite. Weighted heavily to give the game a boost. There are four players on each side and of course there is a goalie. The rules of curling are similar to shuffleboard and the end goal is the accumulate the most points per game and there are an average of eight to ten games total.

Curling has been around for hundreds of years. It was originally played in Scotland during the medieval era and the stones came from the river. Because of the nature of the stones many of the games were based on luck rather then precision. Now the game is purely based on precision due to the fact that the stones are of regulation size and weight.

Curling has become so popular that it is now an olympic sport. It has gone far beyond Canada to all four corners of the globe. There are woman’s teams and mens teams; even teams that combine men and woman. These are usually championship teams, meaning, the best winners play together. The sport was introduced into the Olympic lineup fairly early on; around 1924.

Curling may look like a simple sport with the sweeping of the brooms but it is not. Each team member guiding the stone down the ice has to sweep the ice just right to ease curl and trajectory. The constant sweep pattern of the broom creates friction on the ice and that helps ease the stone down the center of the ice. The shoes are also unique. Each shoe is different. One helps you slide down the ice and the other keeps you stable on the ice so you don’t go down the ice with the stone. The stone, broom and shoes are the main components needed to play.

There are amateur curling clubs and leagues all over the country. There are clubs just for beginners and specialty clubs for top-notch players but it is a great sport to learn and can be an excellent hobby. It does not take much to start and it can be a great way to make new friends as you are playing in teams, yelling at each other (players have to guide each other) and working together. Find a curling league in your neighborhood and start learning the fun yet challenging sport of curling. You won’t be disappointed.

Sporting Introductions: Lacrosse

In today’s modern world lacrosse is a sport you will find played everyday across the country at hundreds of schools and after school clubs. The sport of lacrosse is synonymous with young children and teenagers but the sport is much older then the typical high school player. The sport was eventually identified and named in the seventeenth century as what it is today. It was played across Canada in leagues and clubs until it became what it is today.
Primarily there are strictly mens teams and woman’s teams only. The rules for woman’s teams are rather different then rules for the mens team. Woman wear only a mouthguard although some teams do wear some sort of head gear, and there is not body checking. Men’s lacrosse however is a bit more aggressive. Just like hockey men’s teams are allowed to body check each other, obviously leading to more injury when all male teams compete. The only protection men’s teams have are mouth guards.

Lacrosse has a rather interesting history that should be forgotten about either. It was popularized in Canada hundreds of years ago. It was played by the native american Indians and then eventually transcended through out Canada. Also, originally, a stick and ball were used. It was just that simple. Eventually rules and standards were implemented. An amazing fact about this sport should be noted; there were up to one thousand people playing against each other at one time. And it was an all out battle. Now, teams typically have up to ten players on each side. Not including the goalie.

The sport spread from Canada to other countries, one of them being Australia and then became very popular throughout Eastern Asia. It is also played in clubs, leagues and in many division one high schools and colleges. It has become so popular that it is was featured at a few summer Olympic events but has yet to become a mainstay. Generally, lacrosse is played at an international level so it still has high notoriety.

Picking up the sport can be a great way to get exercise, prove your stamina and agility but also work together with other likeminded individuals in a great team environment. It is a successful sport that will bring people together for years to come. So, Join a team, find a club or a league and prove yourself on the lacrosse field. You may end up finding a sport you can really get behind.