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 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

Hunt Elk in Utah with Over-the-Counter Permits in 2017

The Utah Division of Wildlife (UDWR) manages elk in 29 management units in the state, but these units are sub-divided in such a way, there are really 50 elk management areas. Over-the-counter (OTC) elk permits are available for both

2017 Big Game Application Deadlines in Western States

This is a reminder so you don’t miss the application deadlines to hunt big game in Western states. Different states have different species of big game

DIY Western Elk Hunt for $1,000 Budget in 2017

This post is based on a chapter from my DIY Elk Hunting Guide. The most common reasons people give for not going on a DIY elk hunt to the West comes down to three reasons:

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

DIY Fly Fishing the Blackfoot River Valley Montana

The Blackfoot River is a well know “Blue Ribbon” fishery in Montana, so I perked up when Sonia said she booked a cabin

Provo River Hatch Chart – Catch Chart

I have a different take on a hatch chart. Instead of thinking about what insect is supposed to be hatching at a given time of year,

Beginner Fly Tying – How to Tie a Sow Bug Nymph to Bounce for Trout

My cousin Grayson came to visit and to learn how to fly fish. With the help of my fishing buddy Jim O’Neal, who happens to be one of the best fly fishing guides on the

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