Location: Left Coast - the land of fruits & nuts
Re: California DFG Offers Wilderness Navigation Course
This is an AWESOME class!
I have military experience and have tried to teach my kids land navigation. Learning from some other VERY experienced ex-military/outdoorsmen, gave my kids fresh insight that "dad" doesn't offer (Why is it that your kids always listen better to others?).
This is a great 2 day course.
Day 1 covers basic map reading, land navigation and field work with a compass. "Compass?" you say? What will you do when your GPS batteries die?? It is actually a great lead-in & introduction to understanding maps & terrain features. Be sure that you have a GOOD military grade Lensatic Compass for this day (it's worth the $80 investment anyway - buy a tritium lit one so you can read it in the dark/low light).
Day 2 is an introduction into GPS and how it functions. They then turn you loose in a remote Tejon Valley to do some geo-cashe chasing. The kids loved this. It also gets you thinking... a straight line isn't always the easiest path (across a lake, over a steep hill, or down a treacherous ravine).
If you spend ANY time in the outdoors, this course is a MUST DO! I even found it to be a great refresher!
Plus, you get a glimpse into the "mysterious world" of Tejon Ranch - one of the most picturesque ranches in California. BRING A CAMERA - it's the only way you'll be shooting this weekend (we saw trophy deer, pigs, elk, and a bobcat).
I cannot say enough about this great course! For what little money the State of California and DF&G spends on this course, I'm sure that it has saved the hundreds of thousands of dollars on a few Search & Rescue missions (and buy yourself a SPOT GPS rescue locator for those serious "crash & burns").
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...