There really is just something amazing about chasing those hard-hitting freshwater fish - and bass can fit that criteria. While I appreciate the patience of trout anglers, the precision of fly fishing, or the insane obsession of muskie anglers, the feeling of a big largemouth bass slamming into a crankbait, for me, is hard to top. Our father was not a patient angler - we … [Read more...] about Best Bass Fishing Rods
For many of my fellow outdoor adventurers, the leaves changing color going into autumn can only mean one thing: it's time to start getting ready for the local bow hunting season. For other people the beauty of archery is its own reward and every day you can make it outside is a great day to polish off the bow and get some target shooting again. I mean let's face it - the two … [Read more...] about Best Compound Bow Sights Reviewed: Getting Ready for Bow Hunting Season!
There's no question that comfort is a pretty big factor for many people when it comes to how much they enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you're looking at a camping chair to give the legs a rest after a day of hiking, some extra seating for the tailgating before a college football game, or as a natural piece of gear for a weekend family camping trip to the lake, there are … [Read more...] about Looking For The Best Camping Chairs Reviewed?
When I was a really young kid my interest in rice was to absorb soy sauce and serve with Mom's stir fry. Obviously at a really young age I didn't realize how good a survival food rice was or that we ate it so much because it was so cheap on the food budget. However, the fact that I'd quickly grow to love the outdoors and survival meant it was only a matter of time until I … [Read more...] about Survival Food: Can Uncooked Rice Go Bad?
The Rule of 3 is a crucial, even foundational, bit of wilderness survival wisdom. There are many various pieces of wisdom out there when it comes to survival and not all of them are created equal. While modern society makes living easy, being able to survive in an emergency situation or wilderness survival situation is a chore. Even many educated & skilled individuals … [Read more...] about The Survival “Rule of 3” & Why You Need To Master It!
Despite our amazing 20,000+ word article that we still brag about being the most comprehensive blog post on US venomous snakes, or the follow up articles about how to identify a coral snake or copperhead look-alikes, there were still apparently plenty of questions remaining about venomous snakes. In fact, we receive plenty of e-mails asking what are actually some pretty good … [Read more...] about Rattlesnake FAQ: Do Rattlesnakes Hibernate & More!
There's something really satisfying about seeing that stringer of fish after a successful outing. Even more than looking back at the pictures in the future, it's hard to argue with the promise that the smell of freshly fried fish brings to the table! While it's easy to imagine jumping right from netting another beautiful walleye (or pike or trout or bass) to rolling it in … [Read more...] about Best Fillet Gloves For Fishing Reviewed
I've made no secret of my love for a good survival knife. Without question when you find yourself stuck in the forested or wild you'll feel much better having a saw than not. That being said, even the best survival saws tend to be larger pieces of equipment that don't exactly jump to the top of the list when you think "portable easy to pack essential survival gear." However, … [Read more...] about Best Survival Saws Reviewed
While family tents are certainly nice, and an absolute necessity when you're talking about four or more people hitting the great outdoors, what about those of us who do a lot of solo camping or tag along with groups? What if we're just looking for a 2 person tent or 3 person tent? I don't want to set up a 10 person tent for myself and furthermore, that just doesn't make any … [Read more...] about The Best 2 Person Tents Reviewed
Walleye fishing is something I’ve done with my family for about 25 years now (which is impressive since I’m only 34). Walleye fishing ranks right up there with Northern Pike fishing as one of my favorite outdoor activities. I’ve done serious week-long walleye fishing trips across the Midwest, casual 3 or 4-hour fishing trips at my favorite lakes, and more serious weekend … [Read more...] about The Best Walleye Fishing Rods
For years I wasn't actually aware that baitcasting reels were a thing, and a large part of that was due to Dad's preference to spinning reels, and was also in large part because we grew up in the Midwest where simple spinning reels just made more sense. However, once traveling out in the wider world, it became clear that in some places there was no question that high quality … [Read more...] about Best Open Face Baitcasting Reels
Fishing is one of my favorite outdoor activities, and I'm far from the only one who feels this way. Whether you love the fight of an aggressive fish like bass or northern pike, a solid pull like the walleye or many large carp, or the trickiness of the trout or muskie, a day out on the water is a good one. Fishing from shore is one option. Going out on a boat is another. That … [Read more...] about Best Fishing Kayaks Reviewed