Outdoor Gear Reviews and Buying Guides

Spotting Scopes Comparison: 22 Scopes Priced under $650 for 2020

Below you will find a spotting scopes comparison chart of 22 scopes under $500. As I mentioned in the post about Choosing Outdoor Optics, I found myself without a spotting scope with the hunting season

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 Garmin/Delorme InReach a Good Alternative for PLBs?

When we bought our first PLB, 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 brought two-way satellite messaging to the market and then […]

Hunting Tips, Trials and Tribulations

5 Western States with Over-the-Counter Elk Tags for Non-residents for 2020

By now, it shouldn’t be a secret that you can do a DIY elk hunt without winning the lottery. So, if you want to hunt elk in the West, why does everyone tell you have to start building points in the various lottery or draw systems?

DIY Western Elk Hunt for $1,000 Budget in 2020

This post is based on a chapter from my DIY Elk Hunting Guide and is updated every year to reflect changes in license fees and fuel costs. The most common reasons people give for not going on a DIY elk hunt to the West comes down to three reasons:

Hunt Elk in Colorado with Over-the-Counter Elk Tags in 2020

Want to hunt elk every year in Colorado without having to draw a tag? Residents and Non-residents can buy Elk Licenses Over-the-Counter (OTC) in many GMUs in Colorado

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, canyons and deserts of the Western U.S. are amazing places 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, they can also be

Fishing Tips, Trips and Catching Great Ol’ Biggerns

Provo River Winter Fly Fishing Report and Outlook for January 2021

It has been a while since we published a fishing report. We’ve been doing plenty of fishing, just have not taken the time to collect data and write a report. Last week Mike asked me when I was going to start writing reports again. I told him I would post them if he would write […]

Provo River Fishing Report and Outlook for Late June

The high spring flow on the Middle Provo is finally behind us. The flow has been steady between 630 – 640 cfs since June 12 (2020). Now that the highest (and the yo-yo) flow is over, the fishing and hatches should quickly return to what we consider normal.

Provo River Fishing Report Late May and Outlook Early June

It has been an eventful and turbulent couple of weeks since the last fishing report on the the Middle Provo River. I was preparing a new report last week when someone sent me a text that the flow had increased to 1,200 cfs. I stopped what I was doing and walked out to look at […]

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 was learning 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