Like many others, I've long come to realize that hammocks aren't just for backyard relaxation a la Homer Simpson. Whether relaxing in the backyard or wanting a comfortable way to sleep while camping or hiking, hammock camping, aka "hammocking" is a great way to go. That being said if you don't have the right hammock straps to go with the perfect hammock, you could be in for a … [Read more...] about The Best Hammock Straps Reviewed
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
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