Alaska Moose Hunting

September 28, 2009 8:53 AM | Alaskan Photo Tours

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Choosing a hunting knife

The hunting season is almost here and now is the time to buy new equipment that you've been wanting – you decided a new knife? Is there such thing as a hunting knife "perfect" Probably not. But there are many knives on the market that will fill the bill nicely.

But why do you want to hear me talk of hunting knives. Well, a bit of me. I've been an avid hunter for 50 years and have large and small game hunted everywhere from Alaska to Florida, Europe and the Pacific. I've hunted, clothing and pigeon-killed squirrel-rabbit-turkey-raccoon-fox-coyote-waterfowl-mule Javalina white-tail deer, antelope, deer in the U.S. 48, the bear moose caribou brown hare, partridge, waterfowl snowshoes in Alaska, pigeons Waterfowl – Rabbit in the United Kingdom, and wild pigs / wild boar in Guam.

So how was I to choose the best hunting knife for me? First, determine what type of hunting you want to do and if I. Will you be hunting waterfowl, small game, big game, or a combination of all of them? In general, the bigger the game, the bigger the knife – but that does not mean that a smaller good sharp knife will not work fine.

Once the type of game you are interested in, you need to ask some additional questions. Would you like a knife just for hunting? Want to take your knife when you are not hunting?

Now that we have these questions answered, lets talk turkey.

BIG GAME HUNTER: If you is a big game hunter and wants a knife specifically for dressing big game, you should consider a fixed blade knife. By definition, these knives are permanently open so they are usually stronger and more reliable. Because the blade is always open, which usually come with a case to be safely.

But just decide on a fixed blade knife is not enough – now we have to determine the style of the picture most appropriate for their purpose. If this knife used exclusively for the game, I recommend a delivery point "road – a sharp curved blade ideal for skinning large animals. This design also heavy blade can be used for gutting, cutting and distribution of the pelvis and rib cage. Finally, you might consider a knife with a gut hook ", especially designed to open the abdomen when field dressing your game.

If you opt for a knife without a gut hook, you might consider a knife with a point of "clip" leaf – the leaves are usually thinner and have a sharper blade. That would be better to open the abdomen of his game without cutting too deep and penetrate the intestine.

SMALL Game Hunter: If your quarry is small game, anything goes, you can choose a small fixed blade knife, folder, or knife. Personally, I have always opted for a folding knife with a clip point blade (my favorite is my classic Buck Folding Hunter). However, for added flexibility, you may consider a multi-blade knife – Case Mini Trapper has both a point of the blade and a clip of "Spey" ideal blade for skinning small animals.

OCCASIONAL HUNTER: For the hunter who hunts occasional "what's in season, I recommend a good medium sized knife. My favorite always Ranger has been the Buck (112BRS). This classic knife is small enough to effectively address the small game, but sturdy enough to be just as useful in field dressing / cutting of big game. Mine has been my hunting knife throughout my career, including hunting for antelope in Wyoming, hunting deer in Utah, caribou and Brown Bear hunting in Alaska, the hunting of wild boar in Guam, and a myriad of small game around the world.

For the hunter who wants to carry A KNIFE DAILY: If you just want a knife to carry around, I recommend a multi-blade knife – like the "Stockman" or "traps" series. We also recommend that you consult your local knife laws leads – usually knives with blades 3 inches or less are legal – but remember all the knives are banned from many places including courts, government buildings, airports, etc. NOTE: I prefer the venerable razor shave, because the former takes in a pocket while knives are usually carried in a sheath visible to everyone.

IMPORTANT COMMENT: No matter what type or size of a knife that is, do not work unless it is good and strong. A knife may lose its advantage, while dressing the animal, so you need to have a good knife sharpener with you to keep the sharp knife from start to finish. It is not uncommon for a hunter to stop several times while dressing game to sharpen your knife. Moreover, in general, the more expensive the knife, the more time your edge – but it also means that the leaves more difficult to take more time to sharpen – so there is some solution commitment here.

SUMMARY: There are literally thousands of knives on the market, so you must prioritize their needs and choose the (two or even three) best to meet those needs. You can choose a knife for many purposes, but outdoors most people have at least two with them when they go street. To learn more about knives available go to my website and search for more knives type, leaf type, or brand. HAPPY SHOPPING AND HAPPY HUNTING.

About the Author

Larry Clark is President of Clark Unlimited, Inc, a Florida based family owned internet marketing firm which focuses on providing quality products and world-class service at highly competitive discount prices. He is the founder of the website – providing a wide variety of pocketknives, folding and fixed blade knives, as well as multi-purpose tools and sharpening tools from major manufacturers such as Buck, Case, Gerber, Kershaw, Leatherman and Victorinox.

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