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.

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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

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Food Safety of Homemade Sausage and Cured Meats

You have probably heard that curing your own meat and making your own jerky and sausage can be dangerous. Just like making potato salad, if you allow food to get contaminated and then allow bacteria to incubate, it can

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Basics of Making Sausage

We have been trying to expand our skills at curing meats, making specialty meat products and making sausages especially from wild game. We started with the simplest versions of

sliced elk pastrami

Corned Elk and Elk Pastrami Recipes

Corned meat has nothing to do with corn. The word corn was an old English word for wheat, but was also used to describe grains of

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

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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.

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 –

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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

Wildlife Conservation and Management

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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

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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