Outdoor Gear Reviews and Buying Guides

A Personal Water Filter Lightens the Load

I live in the high,dry Inter-mountain West. In warm weather, I carry at least four liters of water each day when hiking, scouting, hunting or fishing. On several occasions, I drank all four liters of water before noon and had to

Is Delorme InReach a Good Alternative for PLBs?

When we bought our PLB three years ago, we also I looked at the Spot Satellite Messengers as a possibility for sending messages home when were were out of cell phone coverage. The reviews for Spot were so bad we decided not to buy one. Since then, Delorme has brought two-way messaging to the market.

Are Spot Satellite Messengers Good Alternatives to PLBs?

I’ve been looking at the Spot Satellite Messenger for years thinking it would be a good idea to be able to send messages home when I was in the back country

Hunting Tips, Trials and Tribulations

Why Hunters Quit Hunting

This is a companion piece to an earlier post about Women’s View of Hunting. Now that some of the women in your life hunt with you, it might help to understand

Women’s View of Hunting

Many of the preeminent hunters on this planet are cats and birds of prey.  Females do most of the hunting in the cat world and while male hawks and falcons bring

Hunting – The 12th Most Popular Outdoor Activity

Until the last few years, the numbers of people that hunt and fish have been dropping, so I am always curious about the numbers of hunters, anglers or other

Survival Tips

Nevada Family Found Alive, but People Still Don’t Know about PLBs

The family that has been missing in the Nevada mountains were found alive Tuesday afternoon. Two adults and four children were taken to the hospital for mild hypothermia and dehydration and are expected to be released today. They were lucky. They did things wrong that put them at risk and

Lee Loader Reloading Kits are Perfect for Beginners and Survival Kits

Lee Loader reloading kits are great for anyone that wants to try reloading without spending a lot of money for equipment because each kit only costs about $30. I bought the 45 auto

Survival Tips: Tell Someone Before You Go

The mountains of the Western U.S. is an amazing place to live. With over 360 million acres of public land in eleven states, people come from all over the world to enjoy outdoor activities here. But like all mountainous areas, it can also be

Fishing Tips, Trips and Catching Great Ol’ Biggerns

Rubber Landing Nets: Better for Fish and Fishing

If you are a hook and cook’em person, it doesn’t much matter to the fish what type of landing net you use. But if you are a

Only 48% Participate in Outdoor Activities

I just read the 2015 Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report, which led me to the complete 2013 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report

Still Learning to Fly Fish

Last June, I was fishing one of my favorite spots on the river. I was casting a small dry fly (PMD) and wasn’t having much luck. I noticed a guide from the local fly shop and his client were catching fish regularly, but they were not fishing dry flies.

Wildlife Conservation and Management

North American Development and Wildlife Conservation Timeline

We constantly hear that many species are threatened with extinction. Extinction is a fact of life for every species as much as death is for every individual. More species (99%) have gone extinct in the past than exist on our planet today and most of those extinctions were due to

The Real Problem with Nature-Deficit Disorder

Several years ago, I heard of the term Nature-Deficit Disorder and trying to to learn what it was all about. I found a story, from Last Child in the Woods – Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv about an organization

Will You Choose Grass or Fish?

Before I moved to the arid American West more than 20 years ago, I was told water was short and the west could not sustain the population growth and the water intensive, lawn watering life style. After I got here, I was surprised to see irrigation water running down the streets as people