Sometimes it's the really seemingly basic questions that keep you up at night. While we've done plenty of really specific articles on important topics like telling copperheads apart from mimics, properly ID'ing water moccasins, or spending over 100 hours compiling the most complete list of venomous U.S. snakes found anywhere online, sometimes it's the basic questions that … [Read more...] about Why Do Snakes Have Forked Tongues?
If you grew up on a property that was overrun by snakes like my brother and I did, then it was only a matter of time before running into a big snake that could pose serious issues. While we were relatively lucky, venomous snakes were rare in our area and we only saw one rattlesnake over 15+ years, having good tools to handle big bull snakes that looked grumpy all the time - … [Read more...] about How to Make Homemade Snake Tongs
There are some brands that just stick out as being premium among active outdoor enthusiasts. Some of these will be very niche that serve a small but passionate group of obsessed followers while other brands might aim for the type of incredible quality demanded for one type of outdoor adventure but which makes it versatile enough for many others. We are firm believers that … [Read more...] about The Best ALPS Mountaineering Tents: Some of the Best in the Business
Kayaks are not especially lightweight, nor should they be. If you're going to enjoy the water you need to make sure that the boat you use can hold your weight and handle any challenges that the outdoors bring your way. Portable kayaks often come in two forms: inflatable models and folding models. So how much does a portable kayak actually weigh and how much of a difference … [Read more...] about How Much Does a Portable Kayak Weigh?
Snake hooks and tongs are an important piece of gear, especially when you are looking at removing a problem snake from your property. Or in my case more than once, when you're terrified of snakes and need to move a nasty looking one, and your realize you don't have the right gear. While snake tongs are extremely helpful for dealing with large snakes who tend to be nasty, … [Read more...] about How to Catch Snakes with Snake Tongs
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
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'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?
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?