Outdoor Gear Reviews and Buying Guides

A Personal Water Filter (Life Straw) 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 in 2011, 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

How to use Harvest Data to Choose an Elk Unit for a DIY Public Land Hunt

If you were hunting elk with a local friend or family member, they should know where to hunt. But most DIY non-resident elk hunters will have to use basic hunting statistics to help choose the elk unit(s) they want to hunt.

DIY Elk Hunters – Choose an Elk Unit in a National Forest

There is no substitute for having local knowledge of an area, but few first time DIY elk hunters have that local knowledge. To increase the odds of finding elk, I recommend that first time DIY elk hunters start by hunting in one of the National Forests.

How to Choose an Elk Unit for a DIY Public Land Hunt – Part II

In the previous post, I mentioned there are four basic first steps for a DIY elk hunt. First, choose a State, Learn the Rules and the Lingo, Choose a Unit and then Scout and Prepare. I covered some factors to consider

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

Provo River Fishing Report
July 22, 2017

The Provo River flow has stabilized in the 500 cfs range. We aren’t used to this much cold water this far into the summer, so the hatches are sparse and relatively unpredictable. No matter, the trout are feeding actively on whatever comes along,

Provo River Fishing Report
July 16, 2017

Both the Middle and Lower sections of the Provo River are still higher than normal, but are headed back towards more normal summertime flows. The snow melt from the high country is basically over, yet the water managers continue to release more water

Provo River Fishing Report
July 10, 2017

We missed last weeks fishing report because I was visiting relatives. Jim fished by himself on the Lower and Middle Provo, while I got to catch smallmouth bass on the New River in Virginia,

Wildlife Conservation and Management

Don’t Spray Dandelions, Eat Them – A Recipe You Will Actually Like

Too many homeowners today freak out and unleash chemical warfare at the first sign of a weed or bug in their lawn or garden. Why do we do that? Because that is all we know.

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