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?
I'm embarrassed to admit that for much of my life, I had no idea red lights were anything other than Hollywood special effects for horror movies or submarine war movies. Then a friend who had served in the armed forces and minored in photography in college informed me I was an idiot. Okay, she was way nicer than that, but learning red lights, red lenses, and red flashlights … [Read more...] about What Is a Red Flashlight Used for?
My interest in how to take care of canvas tents almost certainly started during my scouting days. At Camp Wakonda we'd sleep in basic canvas tents that had two cots per tent. One summer we were to help clean them on the last day, which was rather fascinating to be. A "simple" piece of canvas, but with just a basic cleaning that a bunch of 10 to 15 years could be trusted with … [Read more...] about How Do I Clean a Canvas Tent?
Growing up in the time before the Internet was widespread, well before Google was a thing, information wasn't quite as reliable as it is now which is why every kid running by the river somehow saw a water moccasin every summer. Because of course, every brown or black snake had to be a cottonmouth, right? But considering I lived in a state that didn't have cottonmouths (Iowa) … [Read more...] about How Do You Identify a Water Moccasin?
Camping can never be complete without the nightly ritual of a good campfire. The crackle of burning wood, dancing yellow, red, and blue flames that draw the eyes in, giving a hypnotic and peaceful sway unlike anything else. Staring into the flames, to wood that turns a ghostly white glow as it turns into ashy coals - the flames still dancing all around it. Ah, the best … [Read more...] about How to Build a Better Fire: The Best Firewood for Campfires
Setting up a good campsite involves more than just having a flashlight on hand. There's no denying the benefit that a couple of well set up and placed lanterns can have when it comes to setting up a decent nighttime campsite. Many of my childhood memories involve summers full of camping out, the campfire supplemented by lanterns that were strategically placed to give us … [Read more...] about Best Camping Lanterns Reviewed
Whether you're dealing with a tricky Y-bone while carving up a northern pike or creating large fillets from your latest catch of bass, walleye, or salmon, you'll find your entire fishing trip experience becomes much more enjoyable when you have a truly quality knife that will help you cut up the fish and de-bone those fillets quickly, easily, and accurately. There is a huge … [Read more...] about Best Fillet Knives Reviewed
Sure, Jon and I don't spend much time in the jungles. In fact between the two of us I'm the only one who has been in the jungle and that was once. The one on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. On path. In the tourist area. With lots of other tourists around the well-kept Mayan ruins. Not surrounded by shrubs or snakes. So needless to say we don't need machetes all that … [Read more...] about Best Machetes Reviewed
This is a quick product review of Wild Zora's soups - great for camping, hiking, and backpacking. If the name Wild Zora looks familiar then chances are that you read our review of the best Paleo meals for backpackers. Their brand basically took all but one spot because this is an area where they simply dominated. That's the advantage of really knowing your audience and making a … [Read more...] about Quick Hitter: Wild Zora Soups Reviewed