Since 2001 it seems like every year there are more and more rules about what you can and can't bring onto a plane, and it can be hard to keep track of any of it. In fact, for an outdoorsman it can be downright confusing as you're suddenly looking at things like barbed hooks on fishing lures, fillet knives, propane tanks attached to camping stoves. If you're like me at that … [Read more...] about Can You Take a Camping Stove on a Plane?
I've always heard about the chances of being struck by lightning being tiny, but after two close calls in the outdoors, a crazy fishing experience, and meeting someone who lived through getting struck by lightning I started wondering just how uncommon it really was. Was it really a long shot to get struck by lightning, or would be an outdoors freak actually raise my chances up … [Read more...] about How Many People Get Struck By Lightning Outdoors?
Boot knives are an extremely popular type of survival (and potential self-defense) tool. However there's a lot that many people don't know about these knives. Are they effective? Are boot knives legal to conceal carry? Do you need special boots or holsters to carry a boot knife? Or is carrying a boot knife a bad idea that is just begging for an excuse for the police … [Read more...] about Carrying Boot Knives: Best Boot Knives Reviewed
If you have been following our website recently, you have probably noticed I have been using a lot more spincast reels here recently since I've been teaching my youngsters how to fish. You also probably noticed I'm also a big fan of KastKing and their fishing gear. So, I was very excited to see KastKing starting to produce spincast reels! What are the best KastKing spincast … [Read more...] about The Best KastKing Spincast Reels
Admittedly, I've always been more of a spinning rod and spinning reel angler. That is why you have seen so much of our site dedicated to fishing stories and spinning rod and reel reviews. However, now that I'm teaching my young children how to fish, I've taken a dive right into the world of spincast reels. This means that it is easier for me to pick up an already paired … [Read more...] about The Best Abu Garcia Spincast Rod and Reel Combos
When you do a lot of camping and outdoor activities like we do, you understand the importance of having good outdoor equipment. One very important piece of camping equipment is going to be your lighting sources - either flashlights or lanterns or both. We always recommend having a good solar lantern around to ensure you have a reliable light source no matter what situation … [Read more...] about The AGPTEK Solar Lantern Reviewed
When I first heard this "rumor" about walleye actually being perch, I didn't believe it, either. How could two fish that looked different and grew to such vastly different sizes be in the same family? However, far from being a rumor, that idea turned out to be fact. The walleye does belong to the perch family and thus would be considered a perch. Walleye belong to the fish … [Read more...] about Are Walleye Really a Perch?
One of things I remember about fishing with my Grandpa was that he always had spincast reels on his fishing rods. My dad however, never owned a single spincast reel and made me learn how to cast with a spinning reel by sending me into a field with a heavy sinker tied to my line and having me cast away. Teaching my younger children (ages 5 & 3) how to fish has led me back … [Read more...] about The Best Abu Garcia Spincast Reels
The first time I heard that people used other lures other than crankbaits when fishing for northern pike, I was actually confused. Why would anyone use anything other than crankbaits when they caught so many dang pike? There's no question that crankbaits are consistently some of the best lures around for pike fishing. Veteran anglers, guides, and professionals all have … [Read more...] about Are Crankbaits Good for Pike Fishing?
The term panfish is one you're going to hear a lot if you spend time fishing or any amount of time around anglers. While this is a very commonly used term that can be heard in many parts of the country, or even across the world, it doesn't refer to one species of fish. There is no "panfish" species. Even as a kid this made me wonder, just what is a panfish? What makes … [Read more...] about Complete Panfish Guide: What Is a Panfish?
At first I thought this was an odd question for so many anglers to be asking, but the more I thought about it the more I realized just how many memories I had directly tired to the clarity or muddiness of water. Sometimes the water was so clear you could see exactly where the large fish were hovering whether in the trout stream or bass sunning themselves in the shallows of the … [Read more...] about How Does Water Clarity Affect Fish?
Solar showers are a neat invention. The concept behind them is so simple. You fill up a specially designed bag with water, you leave it in the sun, the sun warms up the water, and you can use that water to rinse yourself off! We are often asked what are the best solar camp showers? The answer to that question is the Advanced Elements Summer Shower - and that is why we wanted … [Read more...] about Advanced Elements Summer Solar Shower Review