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 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 […]

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

Top 25 Montana General Elk Rifle Hunt Districts

In previous posts I have ranked the archery and rifle hunt districts (aka hunt units) for the General Elk seasons for various western states. I would like to do the same for the General Elk season in Montana, but

2019 Big Game Hunt Application Deadline in Western States

This is another reminder so you don’t miss the application deadlines to hunt your favorite big game animal in your favorite western state again in 2019. Different states have different species of big game

Top Utah General Rifle Elk Hunt Units for 2019

I’ve had more questions recently from non-resident elk hunters asking about the Utah General Elk Season. Utah has plenty of elk and many units are above the population objectives, so why not hunt in Utah? But not all general units are good bets for hunters not

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 Fishing Report and Outlook for May 2019

The Middle Provo is running clear at about 325 cfs clear and is very cold (about 40° F near the dam). There is a good Baetis hatch

Tips for Hooking and Playing Big Fish on a Fly Rod

As a fly fishing guide, I have the opportunity to teach new fly fishing techniques or more commonly, to correct bad technique. Many folks seem to think they do everything wrong. Not true

Provo River Fishing Report and Outlook for Late August

Jim and I guided folks twice this week on the Middle Provo River. We fished all the way from below the railroad tracks near Charleston, above the River Road area and also below the Jordanelle Dam in the “popular” spots. Bouncing worms and sow bugs worked well and fish are getting very excited about chasing […]

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