Outdoor Gear Reviews and Buying Guides

deloreme se and explorer

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.

spot messenger and g3

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

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Comparison of One and Two-Way Satellite Messengers to PLBs

Given the choice between one-way or two-way satellite messaging, the choice is simple if the options are similarly priced and if the alternatives are equally reliable. But they are not equally priced

Hunting Tips, Trials and Tribulations

smoker drip pan

Make Smoky Gravy from Smoker Drippings

What do you think when you see a mess like the one shown in the photo below? If you recognize that mess as the drippings from a smoker, then you know exactly what to do. Yes, that’s right. We’re going to

Mule Deer Buck in Velvet

A Hunter that Misses on Purpose

I have a friend (name withheld for his protection) that hunts mule deer and elk every year with his family, but has never killed an animal in over twenty years. His uncles and brothers tease him

cow elk

2014 General Elk Hunt with My Wife

It was the third day of the 2014 General Elk Hunt. I did not hunt that morning, but was preparing to go out during the afternoon and asked my wife, Sonia if she wanted to go. At first she said she had other things to do, but at the last minute, she changed her mind […]

Survival Tips

mcmurdo fast find plb 210 with gps

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 45 acp reloading kit

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

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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

nymphing bounce rig

Catch More Trout on a Bounce Rig

As a fly fisherman, there’s nothing as satisfying as achieving a good cast, a perfect drag-free float and the feeling I get after fooling a trout into taking a dry fly. But dry fly fishing does not always work in all conditions or all seasons. As my fishing buddy/fish coach often tells me –

from fish to fish and eggs

Fish and Eggs To Make Your Tongue Beat Your Brains Out

Several years ago, my wife cooked Chef Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. It was absolutely delicious. I have eaten pan fried fish and eggs

trout skeleton after fillets removed

Dont’ Waste that Fish Carcass – Quick Trout Salad Recipe

I hate to see wild game and fish wasted. Lately, I have seen people throw away the skeleton away after filleting fish. There is a lot of meat left on those bones. If you want to salvage

Wildlife Conservation and Management

fly fishing

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

golden eagle

Open Letter Protesting Department of Interior Rule Allowing Wind Farms to Kill Eagles

Below is a letter I sent under my name to President Obama at the White House, the Department of Interior (DOI), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, both of my U.S. Senators and to my Congressman.  The DOI has issued a ruling that allows wind farms to kill eagles without penalty

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State Fish & Wildlife Mission Statements Purpose for Existing

Every organization should have a purpose, a reason for being, a mission. That mission should be expressed in their Mission Statement.  State Game Agencies were originally created to protect “valuable” species that were disappearing due to overharvesting. They were also created to destroy