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
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?
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?
Watching my nephews (5 yrs old & 3 yrs old) discover new things is one of the really awesome joys of being an uncle. Remembering what it was like to have that unabashed sense of wonder and just find certain things so unbelievably interesting - even now as an adult that type of energy is infectious. One thing my nephews absolutely went nuts over: discovering multi-colored … [Read more...] about What Is a Blue Light Flashlight Used for?
I was in high school when our parents decided we were old enough to make the yearly one or two week fishing trips to an isolated Canadian lake, Lac De Millie Lacs. While there are plenty of memories and fishing stories of big aggressive pike and feeding walleye, and once even caught a 4 lb smallmouth bass, we also heard there were giant lake trout, as well, but we never saw … [Read more...] about Do Lake Trout Feed at Night?
There are many options out there when it comes to finding an outstanding fillet knife, but is more modern always better? Electric fillet knives definitely offer more speed and the ability to really dive through a large number of fish and make the actual cutting easier. However, is that worth giving up the control and precision from a regular fillet knife? I guess for me … [Read more...] about Best Electric Fillet Knives
There are few things in life better than hitting the hiking trails on a cool autumn day. Whether you're the type who loves trail running with nature all around you or thirsts for the hamstring burning challenge of some seriously steep trails to unforgettable scenic views, there's a lot to love about what a good fall hike has to offer. A good pair of women's hiking boots are … [Read more...] about Best Hiking Boots for Women Reviewed
After reading up on hunting wild hogs, raccoons, and coyotes the advice came up repeatedly about hunting at night. However, there are many obvious potential disadvantages to hunting at night. Since no one in my family did night hunting, just traditional early morning starts during deer season, I really had to go digging into figuring out what the answer was. Is it legal to … [Read more...] about Is it Legal to Hunt with Night Vision?