Category: Sports

Big Game Hunting – Deer

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Big Game Hunting
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Troy Biddix, a partner with Deloitte Tax in Detroit, Michigan, enjoys spending much of his free time outdoors. An experienced hunter, Troy Biddix likes to pursue big game, particularly deer.

When hunting big game, one of the most important factors to consider is the behavior of the target animal. Understanding the species’ habits, such as where they eat, sleep, and travel and what types of other animals they like and fear, can help the hunter track the quarry down.

Deer, for example, feel most comfortable around other prey animals. Many hunters take advantage of this preference by using a turkey call to tell the deer that other vulnerable creatures are comfortable in that place.

Deer hunters also know to target high ground near heavy cover. Deer tend to bed down in these areas, particularly in the middle of the day. To avoid being seen or heard, the hunter attempts to approach from a downwind area and move very slowly.

Hunters may be able to track a deer heading for a bedding spot by circling away from the path and then moving alongside it. The hunter must continue to move with caution and look out for motion. Fleeing deer are afraid and have noticed something amiss, whether that is the hunter or another party.

A hunter may in some cases be able to take advantage of fleeing deer. Startled animals often head for high ground, and the hunter may be able to follow them if he or she can remain unseen. Similarly, a hunter who goes out after a weather event may have the chance to catch deer in an area with plentiful food, where they are less likely to be on their guard.

Basic Paddle Handling for Kayakers

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Paddle Handling for Kayakers
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Troy Biddix is an accomplished Detroit partner with Deloitte Tax who guides the delivery of a host of coordinated, client-focused services. Troy Biddix is a member of the Detroit Athletic Club and enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, sailing, and kayaking in his free time.

One of the key aspects of learning to kayak involves mastering basic paddling techniques, which enable the kayaker to control the boat and minimize safety risks. When kayaking, the paddle should be gripped in a relaxed manner, with the hands spread out approximately shoulder width. The knuckles are positioned upward with the thumbs and index fingers oriented in a way that enables the shaft to be comfortably pushed in forward strokes.

For beginners, matched blades, with the paddle blades set in a parallel orientation, are the most common option. Intermediate kayakers often use feathered blades, which have a button in the middle that allows the blades to be arranged at 30°, 45°, and 60° angles. This is particularly useful in windy conditions, when the flat blades will meet significant resistance with every paddle forward.

In addition to the forward stroke, kayakers commonly use a sweep stroke, which avoids the loss of momentum caused by dropping the paddle into the water to make a turn. It involves a combination of leaning toward one side of the kayak while making a wide arcing sweep with the paddle.