Top 10 Gun Safes

by on November 30, 2010

Here are some of the top 10 rated gunsafes on the market today.

1) Stack – On® 10 – Gun Safe with Combination Lock

Stack – On 10 – Gun Safe with Combination Lock… a top – of – the – line security chamber! Remove clutter and put away your valuable goods with this rock-solid Gun Safe from Stack-On! Built with solid steel, you can rest assured your belongings will remain safe with pry-resistant protection. A ram-tough set of 3 live-action locking bolts and 3 steel dead bolts provide 6 locking points which are retracted and suspended by a swiveling handle. The 3-number combination lock has a drill-resistant, hardened steel plate is located behind the lock for greater security. Not recommended for storing CDs or other electronic storage devices. Details: Exterior has a hunter green epoxy paint finish with gold accents; Holds 10 rifles or shotguns; Heavy-duty door frame and silk screen detail on the door give these safes a more robust look and feel; concealed hinges provide greater security; Interior of the safes are fully carpeted and includes a shelf for other belongings; patented barrel rests and standoffs for storing scoped rifles allow for better space utilization; A 2-tray organizer is included for storing ammo, cleaning supplies and more. Sturdy hooks are perfect for hanging duck calls or hats.; Dimensions: 20 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 55 1/8″; Weighs 206 lbs. Holds your guns and more with high-quality security! Order Now! Please Note: This item will be shipped by commercial carrier curbside. Ships in 1 box: 20 7/8″ x 12 5/8″ x 55 1/8″, weighs 206 lbs. High-value orders require a physical street address, otherwise insurance costs will be added to the shipping total. Stack-On 10-Gun Safe with Combination Lock - More info here

2) SentrySafe G0135 Black Safe 5 Long Gun Maximum Capacity Safe

Sentry Safe 5 – Gun Safe. Plenty of room for your hunting rifles! With years of experience on their side, Sentry Safe is interested in one thing: Keeping you and your family out of harm’s way when your guns aren’t in use! Place your guns in this secure spot… features an 8-lever security key with double-bit key to keep firearms on lockdown. The solid steel door with concealed hinges will turn away anyone from curious little ones to a sticky-fingered criminal! Fits 5 long guns. More: 2 live-locking bolts for more security; Carpeted interior keeps rifle butt unmarred; Sleek black exterior; Measures 11 1/2 x 12 x 55″ outside and 9 1/2 x 11 x 53 1/2″ inside. Weighs 70 lbs. Order yours today! Please Note: This item is shipped by commercial carrier curbside. Unloading is the customer’s responsibility, including off the back of the truck. Ships in 1 box: 55″ x 12″ x 11.5″, 76 lbs. No expedited delivery. High-value orders require a physical street address, otherwise insurance costs will be added to the shipping total. Sentry Safe 5-Gun Safe - See more here

3) Stack-On 28 Gun Total Defense Convertible Gun Safe

Stack-On® Total Defense safes provide protection against burglary, fire and/or water damage while providing ultimate storage options for your firearms and valuables. UL rated Type 1 electronic or Group 2 3-number combination locks are included on Total Defense Select safes, which provide an additional level of protection. These safes are ETL fire rated to manufacturer’s specifications for 30 minutes up to 1400°F. - see more here

4) Stack-On IWC-55 Full-Length In-Wall Cabinet

Steel Stack – On Full – length In – wall Gun Cabinet holds 2 rifles or shotguns up to 52″h. BIG BUCKS OFF! Bank-vault security for your home! Keep curious “little fingers” and thieves from messing with your valuables, ammo and firearms. Simply get this heavy-duty, In-wall Security Cabinet by famous Stack-On. Unlike other models, this in-wall unit doesn’t take up valuable floor space. Has pre-drilled holes for mounting into the wall between studs… built for standard 16″ on center stud walls. Hardware is included for easy do-it-yourself installation. Holds 2 rifles or 2 shotguns up to 52″ tall; Includes a removable steel shelf; Bottom of Cabinet and the shelf have foam padding to protect your prized items; Steel door has a 3-point locking system that secures the door at the top, bottom, as well as the opening side of the door; Full-length piano hinge for industrial durability; All-steel construction; Key-coded, double bitted keys provide top security.; External size: 15 3/8 x 3 7/8 x 54 3/4″h. Inside: 14 x 3 7/8 x 53 1/4″h. Weighs 27 lbs. California DOJ approved. Order Today! Stack-On In-wall Gun Cabinet- see more here

5) Stack-On GCD-9216-5 16-Gun Convertible Doube-Door Steel Security Cabinet

Stack – On Double Door 16 Gun Steel Security Cabinet keeps your guns and ammo under separate lock and key. 2 secure storage compartments, 2 separate locks! This Double Door Security Cabinet lets you keep your ammo and firearms in one handy location but under separate lock and key. Doors are keyed differently for greater security. More: Reinforced full sized doors with superior all steel 3 point locking system… different double bitted, key coded locks on each door; Full length welded and staked steel piano hinge; Right cabinet holds 16 rifles or shotguns up to 54″ tall… foam padded sides and bottom reduce the chance of scratching; Right cabinet also has Stack-On’s patented gun barrel rests and Standoffs… Standoffs allow scoped guns to stand upright in the safe, not at an angle, to maximize the safe’s storage capacity; Left compartment has 4 large foam padded removable steel shelves that are perfect for storing ammo and handguns as well as other valuables such as cameras, jewelry, etc… or install additional gun barrel rests (included) to add space for 15 more guns for a total capacity of 31 guns; Pre-drilled mounting holes allow easy attachment to the floor or wall… flush mount bottom for easier fastening to floor; All fastening and finishing hardware included; Pre-drilled top mounting holes align with Stack-On’s Pistol / Ammo Cabinets (sold separately); Durable baked epoxy finish in hunter green; Approx. 38 x 18 x 55″, 150 lbs. Lock up your guns and your ammo the right way! Order Today! Please Note: This item is shipped by commercial carrier curbside. Unloading is the customer’s responsibility, including off the back of the truck. Stack-On 16 Gun Double Door Security Cabinet, Hunter Green

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Top 10 Gifts Ideas hunters

by on November 30, 2010

The holidays are around the corner and holiday gift shopping is starting to pick up. In this Holiday gifts for men series we will compile a list of the top 10 gifts for men in the following categories: Hunting, Fishing, Camping, and Knives. These guides will help you in answering the question of what to get the guy who has everything. This edition of the gift idea for men is hunting based. If you are looking for gifts for the hunter in your family try some of these as a start to your holiday shopping.

Rage SlipCam Expandable Broadheads $39.99 see more here

Have a bowhunter in your family? The Rage SlipCam broadheads ( click here for the best prices) are great for any bow deer hunter. With a large penetration diameter this gift will help them get more deer and you get more venison!

Primos Truth CAM 35 Game Camera $80.99

The Primos Truth CAM 35 is great for any hunter who wants to find more deer, turkey, hog, or bear. You can get more than one so your hunter can scout many different areas at the same time.

Jon-e Fuel Handwarmers $15.99

As the weather turns from fall to winter and temperatures drop handwarmers keep you warm during those early morning hunts. The Jon-e is refillable so you can use it each time you hunt. Want to keep more then hands warm? Portable propane heaters heat larger areas quickly.

Spyderco Tenacious Folding Knife $30.99

Knives by Spyderco make a great stocking stuffer. The Tenacious is a small pocket knife that comes in handy when cutting rope or the plastic from all your new hunting gear this holiday season.

Summit Openshot Deluxe Climbing Treestand $209.99

The Summit Openshot Treestand is lightweight and can easily be carried to your favorite hunting spot. With a newly redesigned seat to give you more room the Summit Openshot is amazingly comfortable. If you hunter doesn’t hunt from a tree a ground blind provides them with the coverage they want.

Allen Electronic Hearing Muffs $28.99

From rifle hunting to loud rock concerts ear muffs are great for protecting your hunters hearing. The Allen Electronic Hearing Muffs filters out harmful noise while allowing the user to hear normally so they can still get the deer without damage to the ear.

Hunter Safety System Treestalker Safety Harness $83.99-$99.99

The best gift you can give this season is the gift of safety. Keep your hunter safe for holidays to come with a safety harnesses from Hunter Safety System. With sizes ranging from XS to 5XL you’ll be sure to find one that fits.

Bushnell Original BackTrack Personal GPS $54.99

Never get lost in the woods again with this personal GPS. The Bushnell BackTrack is small and fits in your pocket and only has two buttons for easy operation. Finding your way to your car or tree stand will never be the same.

Peet Advantage Shoe/Boot Dryer $59.99

Got wet feet? Keep your shoes and boots dry with the shoe dryer from Peet. The Peet Advantage can dry a pair of shoes in 1-2 hours so you won’t have that uncomfortable wet feet the next morning. Also works great to help prevent odors from things like mold!

Bushnell Falcon 10×50 Binoculars $49.95

Bushnell Falcon binoculars are affordably priced and provide great magnification for spotting any kind of prey. With several different magnifications offered the 10×50 is the most versatile option.

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Scouting Cameras for hunters

by on November 29, 2010

How do scouting cameras benefit good hunters? There are at least three ways. First they reduce time spent both in scouting and in hunting unproductive areas. A scouting camera is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year regardless of weather conditions. A hunter, on the other hand, has responsibilities to work and family that prevent that type of intense scouting. Proper use of a digital scouting camera will provide data on which to make hunting strategy decisions, such as stand placement, blind sites, where to still hunt, and when to wait for that big buck that has been captured by your scouting camera. In addition, you save time by not hunting in areas that looked promising, but yielded no photos over a period of time.

The second advantage is that they reduce human impact on the area in which you plan to hunt. A successful hunt requires countless hours of scouting, revisiting deer stands and the hunting area to devise a plan for harvesting that big buck. This actually works against the hunter by disturbing the area as they trample through it and leave their scent, decreasing the odds that he will even see a trophy buck in the area, let alone harvest it.

Finally, scouting cameras provide detail that only meticulously kept journal records would show. The time/date stamp on each image can help you to pattern the deer’s behavior. By reviewing the photos on your computer, you can determine when the animals enter and leave their bedding areas, when and where they feed, and what trails, scrapes and rubs are most used and by whom. The use of flash cameras show details that help estimate the age of the deer, while infrared images give you an idea of what’s happening at night. Video cameras sometimes show interactions among animals.

The weekend prior to Thanksgiving is designated as youth season for whitetails in Ohio. Our two young hunters, ages 9 and 7, hunted private land that has been equipped with scouting cameras since early summer. After viewing images throughout the fall with their father and uncle, they entered the woods early Saturday morning feeling confident that there were deer in the area. By 7:15 a.m., the seven-year old had harvested a doe. By Sunday afternoon, the nine-year old had successfully bagged a button buck. They are eagerly awaiting our annual deer camp to show their before and after photos – those they were hoping for and the ones they actually got.


Finding Where the Deer Are

by on November 29, 2010

Identifying tracks (two fat teardrops positioned like parentheses) and droppings (piles of brown-to-gray cocoon-shaped lumps) make a good start, but one of the best whitetail deer hunting tips is learning to spot a scrape.

The first telltale sign is a patch of ground that stands out because leaves and grasses have been pawed away and the ground churned up. Looking above the spot, you should see branch tips that would be within reach of the buck. The branches will be tattered and broken at the ends from the buck licking and tugging at them.

Scrapes are part of the rutting cycle, begun in the weeks before breeding time. The buck that starts the scrape marks the ground with his scent, a combination of urine and secretions from a gland in his leg. He also marks the branches with scent from a gland near the inner corner of his eye. Other bucks in the area soon catch the scent, visit the scrape, and mark it with their own distinctive scent. Does also visit the scrapes, though not as reliably. A buck can tell by the scent the doe leaves whether she is ready for breeding or not. Think of it as a singles bar for the whitetail set.

The more deer that visit the scrape, the larger the area of bare earth becomes. When a hunter spots a large denuded patch of ground, with telltale battered branches nearby, he can be fairly certain he’s found a target rich environment. Since scrapes aren’t visited after rutting season, it’s fairly easy to tell an active scrape from an old, unused one.

Once you find an active scrape, don’t venture too close or risk leaving your own scent. If deer sense something not quite right, they’ll stop visiting. Choose a hunting spot that’s up wind of the scrap has good cover. It’s a good idea to identify a few other scrapes as well, so you can try your luck elsewhere if a few days’ patient waiting don’t pan out. There are dozens of other whitetail deer hunting tips, but none as valuable as knowing where the deer are.


During the hunting season, hunters sacrifice the warmth and coziness of their homes to be out in the woods in cold and wet conditions. With the thrill of the hunt, the comradeship with other hunters, and the promise of bringing home a trophy driving them, one hunting trip, successful or not, never quite seems to be enough, and many (if not most) are back out in the woods at first opportunity.

Although most hunters would claim that it isn’t really about the trophy, bringing one home is still the ultimate goal, and good whitetail hunting tips can raise your chances of bagging one. Here are a few:

1) The first step towards having successful hunts within the season is doing a bit of pre-season scouting before it even begins. You have to find out where the deer are moving, and to that end, sitting atop some elevated spots with binoculars at dawn and dusk is a good way to start. Provided that you don’t give away your silhouette by skylining yourself, doing so, will allow you to watch for them, and observe their movements without being seen yourself. Additionally, if you should decide to put a stalk on a deer, be sure to move upwind, so that the deer does not wind you.

2) Another way to up your chances of bringing home a trophy during hunting season is to avoid places that are frequented by a lot of hunters. Oftentimes, this is as simple as avoiding the places that are accessible by car, and going a bit deeper into the woods than the average hunter is willing to go. If hunting from a tree stand, you should also be sure to hang your stand on a tree that is within a suitable hotspot frequented by deer. It should offer you a sound position in relation to the shooting lanes you plan to target, and also allow you to both reach it, and leave without crossing the deer’s trails (which can ruin your chances of a successful bag). Additionally, this tree must also be on the downwind side of the deer’s area of movement.

3) Lastly, having the right supplementary equipment (such as a deer call, grunt tube, and numerous scents such as deer urine, estrus, and buck in rut) can also make all the difference in terms of getting that deer to approach, and/or stop moving for a clean shot.


Mule Deer Hunting

by on November 29, 2010

Through time, mule deer hunting has gained popularity among most people because of the challenge of actually catching a mule deer, as well as in coming up with tactics that can give one a head start advantage over other hunters.

However, if you wish to be part of the growing number of people who enjoy mule deer hunting, there are several things that you need to remember first before you can go out and have your own hunting experience.

First, you need to remember that you need to prepare the hunting equipment that you will need for glassing, or “scouting” as it alternately called. For these particular equipments, it is advisable to get a good pair of binoculars in the 9 or 10 power ranges. You should not also forget to have with you your spotting scope. Glassing can be a tricky part of the process — but you just need to remember to initially use your binoculars well, since if you do so, it can help make the hunt easier for you. You can do this by checking on open spaces from a strategic vantage point early on in the hunt. After you do this, you can make another scan using your binoculars so you can be sure that you did not miss any obvious bucks and does.

The next equipment that you then need to use is the spotting scope. This can be very useful for you as you search for bits of a deer that may be hidden by expansive fields and grassy cover. You may be required to adjust your thinking, so that you would not be seeking for a whole deer, but just visible parts of a deer that may not be as concealed in cover. Naturally, this necessitates some learning, but you can always learn it through time — and you will find that it is easier to spot hidden deer as you gain more experience and acquire newer skills.

The last thing that you ought to remember about mule deer hunting is that it is necessary to take note of every deer that you spot with your binoculars. This can be pretty helpful because you will want this note/list for the next part of your hunt: stalking deer.

These are some of the things that you ought to remember about this particular activity — and you need to remember too, that although hunting mule deer may initially be hard, you can become better at it by constantly applying your present learning in the next hunting activities that you will be doing.


What to Look for in a Rifle Scope

by on November 29, 2010

Not sure what you really want or need when looking for your first hunting scope? They make entry-level riflescopes created for hunters on a budget. Educate yourself and look at how you think you will be hunting. Big game hunting like elk or bear, or will you be hunting pheasant and birds, rabbit or other small game? There is nothing wrong when you purchase your first hunting scope to go with inexpensive optics. Go hunting, is this something you enjoyed, hunting is not for everyone. So give it a try, don’t deck yourself out with all the latest and greatest hunting gear only to find out this was not for you. If you find out on the other hand you really enjoyed shooting and hunting then look for the features that make shooting more pleasurable. Decide what your sport will be, competition shooting, hand gun, varmint hunting, or big game, tactical?

The more features you have in a rifle scope the more expensive it will be obviously. Most optics will have the standard features such as waterproof and fog proof, but may not be shock proof. Does it have a wire or an etched reticle? A wire reticle can be knocked out of place making the scope unusable. Some reticles offer to illuminate red or green with multiple brightness settings. Green is the easiest light or color for the human eye to see and causes no typical “night blindness” associated with standard or high intensity flashlights. High power green laser light reflects intensely off the eyes of animals allowing quick detection this works well for both night hunting and game spotting. Is it compatible with every generation of night vision devices? Is there laser emission that could be harmful to your eyes? Camera quality glass is offered on some models. How the scope is mounted, by rings, rail and does the scope have the mounting system built in or is it separate? Weight is always a concern yet you want it to be rugged and of durable construction.

Is the rifle scope built for the intended purpose, rifles, carbines, shotguns, or handguns? Trying to adapt a scope to something it is not intended to be use for is trouble waiting to happen. Do the power ring and parallax adjust ring provide a firm, no-nonsense grip relief grooves? Are they built primarily for use in daylight and in low light conditions or for law enforcement and military applications? Any hazardous materials, nitrogen filled, built-in sunshade, scope covers? What is the warranty, limited, lifetime, replacement, repair?

As always it does not matter how much you’re optics cost if you don’t know how and when to use them. Practice makes perfect, knowing your equipment makes it safe, and everyone making it safely home should be in everyone sight.


Urban Fly Fishing

by on November 29, 2010

Although the prospects of traveling to a distant river or lake where there is solitude in the remoteness of the area can be exciting, many fly anglers really don’t have to travel far in order to enjoy their sport. Many have a perception of fly fishing as being on rivers that are far from the center of cities and towns in order to have good success. Indeed, many anglers do travel far from home. But did you know you don’t have to do that?

Many urban centers are built on or around rivers, lakes and ports. Good sources of water have always been of major importance to the development of communities that grow. While it is true that as these communities have grown, water quality of the rivers that flow through them and lakes that may be in close proximity have decreased, many efforts in recent years especially in North America have seen some excellent water quality improvements.

This has resulted in waters that fish can not only live in, but can also reproduce naturally.

The City of Toronto is one of the largest cities in North America and has several major rivers that flow through or near it. Some of these rivers include the Don, the Credit, and the Rouge. For many years, the Don River was considered a waste drain and carried polluted waters to Lake Ontario. Today, fly anglers can fish the salmon and trout runs it gets right in the middle of the city – something that was almost unthinkable a decade ago.

Guelph, Ontario is located above the confluence of the Speed and Eramosa Rivers. Both rivers contain fish such as smallmouth bass that can be easily caught on a fly rod and are within easy distance of the majority of residents of the city.

The Capital city of Canada, Ottawa, is situated on the Ottawa River which creates the border between the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec. As the river runs through Ottawa, it creates a beautiful backdrop to the city while holding many species of gamefish that can be caught on the fly rod. A resident of Ottawa does not have to travel far at all before putting on waders and wetting some flies with the potential of some excellent fly fishing.

If you’re interested in learning how to fly fish but think you need to get out of the city in order to do so, why not take a look at some of the waters that might be practically in your own backyard? You will likely find that you really don’t have to travel far at all to enjoy this wonderful sport.


Carp Fishing

by on November 29, 2010

With all of today’s high-tech equipment available for carp fishing, it’s no wonder anglers need a wheelbarrow to carry it all to the bankside – but does it really need to be like this? Do you actually need every piece of tackle bar the proverbial kitchen sink to catch a big carp? In a word; NO!

Many newcomers I speak to think they need to spend thousands of pounds on tackle in order to catch carp. Ironic really, as completely the opposite is usually the case. I may be a bit of a traditionalist at heart, but I don’t go out of my way to make catching big carp any harder than it already is! So a great tactic to get amongst the fish quickly is stalking, which requires very little tackle and allows me to cover large areas of water quite quickly in order that I can find the fish and angle for them in the limited time I have available. Common sense, when you think about it. The main advantage with stalking is that you are travelling extremely light, which allows you to cover vast areas of water with ease and what’s more, it doesn’t cost the earth to get out there fishing!

The first essential bit of stalking kit would be some waders, preferably chest waders and my advice would be to spend a few pennies and go for those made from neoprene. I’ve gone through countless pairs of PVC waders over the years as they tear really easily, whereas neoprene waders are much more durable, both in and out of the water. It may be the case that you don’t end up getting in the water at all during your session, but a good pair of neoprene chest waders will mean you can sit about on the banks without the need for chairs, brollies and suchlike (whatever the conditions may be!). Of course, when you are in the water, they are invaluable. I find the key to successful stalking is in being able to place a bait with the minimum amount of disturbance, and waders allow me to crawl through bushes on hands and knees, step into the margins, or wade right out in to the lake to place a bait; whatever is required to get that bait right under a carps nose without spooking it. Of course, you can go stalking without them, but your options when placing baits and playing fish may be limited.

Just as important is a good pair of Polarized glasses, as they help to reduce surface glare, which allows you to see beneath the surface; not just to spot the fish, but also to view likely feeding areas where the carp will be visiting on a regular basis. I tend to wear large wrap around polarising glasses, combined with a long peaked cap, which together help cut out peripheral light from above and around the sides of the glasses, this helps to concentrate the effect of the polarized filter enabling you to see even deeper beneath the surface.

Tackle is pretty basic, just a few odds and ends really. You can buy purpose built stalking rods, which are usually shorter that a standard carp rod, allowing you more manoeuvrability in confined spaces, my preference of late has been a 9ft stalking rod. I then have a small shoulder bag containing a small tackle pouch with a few leads, two or three hooklink materials, hooks, baiting needle, scissors, forceps, and a few general bits and bobs. I also have a mini rig wallet with a few rigs pre-made, which allows me to change approach in a matter of seconds. That’s about it on the tackle front, other than a set of scales, weigh sling, and unhooking mat. Oh, and of course a camera to ensure you get a snap shot of your new personal best!

The beauty of this kind of set up is that it only takes a second to grab your kit and be out of the door, so you can maximise any available time and get yourself on the bank at the drop of a hat. Speaking of which, the kids are in bed and I’ve got an hour ’til it goes dark… I’m off!


River Trout Fishing

by on November 29, 2010

Getting out of the busy grasp of city life and simply enjoying what nature can offer is one of the best thing any person or even an entire family can do during the holidays or weekends. One such example of an activity is trout fishing. This guide should give you some few tips that you can check on before going out to catch some trout. However, this is not limited to those who are going out on typical holiday or weekend but is open also to those who do trout fishing on a regular basis.

Now first things first, a fishing license. Fishing today isn’t like how it was during the old days where you get your gear, head to the river or pond and start fishing. Today there plenty of laws that govern fishing all for the sake of preserving the environment. It is likely you’ll be paying all sorts of fees but the bottom line is you need to have one. Now after you’ve got your license, it’s time to decide on location. There are plenty of bodies of water out there but it is important to check if there’s anything to catch, particularly a trout, as this is what this guide is all about. The best bodies of water of choice are those that aren’t rough and those that offer a clear view of the bottom. Well, at least you can still see something. These factors will affect the gear you will need later on.

Now, we go to the fishing gear you will need. If you have picked a shallow and clear water (or at least clear enough), a small bait will suffice on a clear water since the body of water is shallow. Since the water is clear, you can opt for a type of bait that floats. Now if the conditions of the water are the opposite, you need a large bait that sinks. As for the bait itself, you can either go natural or artificial. A natural type of bait can be anything that moves. Small fish, insects or worms will do. But again take note of the local laws. There are places that prohibit the use of small fishes to avoid the risk of spreading disease. Artificial bait can be anything that resembles an insect. On some occasions, the color and smell of the artificial bait adds chances of catching trout.

When casting the line, cast the bait upstream. The bait will travel downstream where the trout is located. Try to feel the line, any sudden movement or tugging either means you got a catch or the bait got snagged along some rocks. Patience is needed in order to catch a lot. If you managed to catch a trout, pull the line gently until it reaches forehead level. Scoop your catch with a net, basket, or any container big enough to contain it. If you are not satisfied with your catch and wish to return it, be careful when removing the hook. It should be removed opposite the way it went in. this prevents any injury to the trout.

When handling the trout, make sure your hands are wet or simply use the container to drop the fish back into the water. If you disturb the area, wait for at least half an hour before resuming the fishing session.