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

Don’t Waste Sour Milk – Make Cottage Cheese

When I need milk, I always buy a gallon, but rarely finish it before it starts to go sour. Why not buy half gallon?

Provo River Fishing Report Late July & Outlook for August

Since the last fishing report, the flow is back down on the Middle and Lower Provo Rivers making it easier for everyone to spread out and find places to fish. Overall, fishing has been fairly good despite the high flows, but it hasn’t been easy to find places to fish that weren’t crowded. The current […]

Provo River Fishing Report Mid June & Outlook for Late June

The Spring Runoff on the Middle Provo is in full swing and has been running at over 940 cfs since the first of June. The water below the dam is running clear and cold (about 40° F).

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