200 Days In A Kayak

Could you spend 200 days on a Kayak?

Well, two brothers, Graham and Russell Henry, did just that. According to an article posted on TheProvince.com, the two brothers, both under the age of 25, spent nearly 7 months kayaking from Brazil to Juno Beach, Florida.

At times, the duo would spend 27 hours straight in their kayak, paddling and paddling between rest stops, the author writes.

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“You’ve been in your boat for 15 hours and you’ve got another 12 hours to go,” Graham told reporters at The Province. “You just do everything in your power to not think about how much you don’t want to be paddling.”

Russell, the younger of the two brothers, was more concerned about the various tropical storms and the enormous waves the pair encountered along the way.

“You can see the storms coming,” Russell said. “It would be blue skies. Then the wind and rain comes and you’re in the middle of this massive, dark, brutal thunder storm… And our paddles are carbon fiber, so they’re conductive. We’re just hoping we don’t get hit [by lightning].”

Forget the lightning, the waves, and the long hours… What about the company? Two brothers together 24/7 for 7 months?

According to the author, Graham addressed the issue by saying, “I might have wanted to kill Russell on more than one occasion, but I couldn’t because I wouldn’t have finished the trip.”

So what drives a pair of 20 somethings to take 7 months out of their lives, just to sail through giant storms along the South American Coast, through the Caribbean, and finally into Florida?

“For the first month, I kept thinking to myself, ‘Why are we doing this?’” Graham told the Province. His answer was simple and bold: “For the hell of it.”

Drones and Deer

According to CBS Denver, there is an ongoing argument over whether or not drones should be used in deer hunting. Drones are not only being used in hunting, but also in everyday life. Amazon, in fact, announced plans to use drones to deliver its products to consumers rather than using a mailman. Apparently, hunters are using these flying devices to track their game.

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This obviously is causing controversy amongst hunters and big game management. In general, people have anxiety about drones and the idea of being watched, so understandably they have concerns about drones spying on them. Drones are a fast growing technology and are being used more and more in a variety of areas including outdoor sports like hunting.

Most hunters like the idea of using drones so that they can keep an eye on their game without tracking them all day or sitting waiting for a deer to wander by. Yet some critics such as Tim Brass from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers find hunters’ drone use to be unfair because it gives hunters arguably an unfair advantage in that it is relatively simple for them to find deer without using the traditional techniques of tracking and stalking. In fact, drone usage would change the entire process of hunting because usually the point is to spend a significant time walking through the words trying to find the deer rather than using an unmanned drone to do all the work for you.

As Tim Brass points out, once you remove the effort and time it takes to actually track the deer yourself, what’s the point of hunting? Hunting is about not just achieving the kill (which the drone allows hunters to do much faster) but is more importantly about the hours spent tracking the deer through the woods. Also, critics are concerned over drone use not being an ethical way to hunt game.