Like many other outdoor enthusiasts, I really like knives. These versatile cutting tools are handy around camp and vital in a life-or-death scenario. But what kind of knives do you need for survival? Everyone has their own opinion, and these thoughts may vary wildly from expert to expert. I’m a proponent of carrying two different knives in your kit. Here...
This is a good time to remind outdoor enthusiasts about the dangers of ticks! While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra careful in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1) Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks• Avoid wooded and bushy...
Michael Cavanaugh was kayaking on Irondequoit Creek in East Monroe County, NY. when he was attacked by one of the most dangerous animals known to man…the North American beaver. Nate Reynolds, Baycreek Paddling Center trainer, witnessed the attack. “I heard my name called out from the shop and I ran out the door to see a guy getting pulled into the...
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, entrance to National Park Service sites across the country on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, is free! Click here to find your nearest National Park. The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and it says it want everyone to join the party! It is the first of 16 days in ’16...
Inspired by the surging popularity and comfortable, all-terrain ride of fat tire bicycles, Under Armour® has developed Fat Tire Boots, a funky new style of hiking boot that is sure to be one of the hottest products of Spring 2016. Finally, fatter is better, which is feel-good news for those of us who will never be in danger of being...
Disc-O-Bed is proud to offer the Camo-O-Bunk, featuring America’s No.1 Camo and the official camouflage of the Quality Deer Management Association, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. This versatile ready-to-go bunkable cot – with its patented lock-in disc system – makes for an easy, one-person assembly that is tool-free and only takes a few minutes to set up using the step-by-step...
Newsworthy items from around the world, for the Sportsman like you! First protected in 1864, Yosemite was the inception of an idea that would later be the mission of the National Park Service…that it “preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations”. The Yosemite...
One of the hardest aspects of winter camping is the ground itself! Frozen soil can be as hard as cement and often so dense that it can’t even be broken up enough to get a stake to hold. Here’s a rundown of the most common anchoring methods used for pitching/securing a tent when cold-weather camping. Stakes come in various...
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has advice that goes for many residents in much of the United States: Avoid Tick Bites! The KDHE notes spring and summer are hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking seasons. It is also the time of year when ticks are out! Here are some...
It’s the opportunity to put one’s skills to the cold-weather test that makes winter camping attractive to so many back-country campers.  One of those tests may be in dealing with all the snow in and around the campsite. Under most conditions, a mantle of the white stuff can be put to use in many ways. Snow’s insulating qualities (over 90% air...

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