Maybe the original inspiration was a childhood dare, or maybe it was the popular children's book How to Eat Fried Worms. Whatever the reason, I can't be the only one who has wondered about eating earthworms in a survival situation. Do they actually have a bunch of calories? Protein? Is that really safe or...well maybe "or" and trailing off is the best way to end a question … [Read more...] about Can You Survive Eating Earthworms?
While most people who are lost for a short amount of time in the wild should just stop and wait for rescue, that's not always a viable solution to your current situation. Having to take control and rescue yourself by moving until you find civilization can be intimidating and challenging. Add in the fact that science has shown that people tend to wander in circles when lost … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Going in Circles When Lost in the Wild
Everyone likes to imagine themselves surviving the zombie apocalypse, or any other apocalypse for that matter, like a boss. Finding a great hideout to call Home Base, building it up to the ultimate compound, and maybe even recreating society along the way. Don't forget the sappy and overused trope name like "Hope," "New Hope," or "Utopia." But let's face it, you're probably … [Read more...] about 50 Ways You’ll Die in the Wild
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?