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

Wildlife Conservation and Management

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

Louisiana black bear with cubs

Louisiana Black Bear Recovery Plan

The Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) (LBB) is a Federally Threatened subspecies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) found in three states; Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, with additional evidence that they were also in Arkansas. Louisiana is the primary state responsible

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

22 inch 4½ pound rainbow trout

Basic Knowledge of Fly Fishing Leaders Cures Beginner Casting Woes

When I started fly fishing, I spent weeks researching about different fly rods and reels and constantly bugged everyone in sight about what flies the fish were hitting. But I spent very little time learning about leaders. In fact, I skipped over

brown trout in net

Learning to Fly Fish

Want to learn to fly fish? There is much to learn, probably more to learn than you can imagine, but you don’t have to know it all to start. My first few fly fishing trips were with borrowed equipment and with experienced fly fishermen or guides. I flailed away with barely a clue

cutthroat trout

13 Large Arbor Fly Reels less than $200

For catching small fish, almost any fly reel will work, but if you plan to hook and land big fish, then a quality reel becomes very important. I was looking for a reel that could handle some of the big

Hunting Tips, Trials and Tribulations

maximum point blank range for 10 inch kill zone

Intelligent Maximum Point Blank Range Method

The Maximum Point Blank Range Method is designed to simplify aiming when you may be under a lot of stress. Imagine the largest buck or a monster bull elk you ever saw in the cross hairs at 350 yards.

effect of error in distance estimation on bullet impact

Effect of Distance Estimation Errors on Bullet Impact

In the last post, I showed that without a rangefinder, I under-estimated the distance to a 403 yard target by 12%. Some of my colleagues under-estimated the same distance by as much as 49% and the average error was -32%. So, how much can 10%, 20% or 30% errors

elk in rangefinder

Distance Estimation Errors and Why We Need a Rangefinder

I used to consider myself an expert at estimating distances, because as a wildlife biologist we used a common survey method that estimated the distance from the survey points