Diving Sparrow Kephart— REVIEW

DSC_0071

Most folks don’t know who Horace Kephart is, but to a lot of us he embodies what traditional camping is—a time when leather and canvas were synonymous with camping.

Horace Kephart, undoubtedly, romanticized camping with his book, “Camping and Woodcraft”, written in such prose as to spark the imagination of any young person in the field of camping.

Kephart, to many, is considered the dean of camping and as such has created a cult following of sorts.

I can’t deny he hasn’t affected me as well and as an homage I wanted a way to pay back the inspiration that was Kephart.

Every October there is a set of dates put aside for the commemoration of Kephart, known as Kephart days.

Posted in Uncategorized

How to Make Your Own Bacon

Hardly anything can compare with the sweet sound of bacon sizzling over an open campfire on a cool crisp morning as you quietly gaze over an open mist covered lake, as you sip on a hot cup of coffee.

Let’s face it, bacon is so awesome we even have a national bacon lover’s month. But what is even more awesome is making your own bacon.

Here’s an easy recipe that will have you licking your chops after you cook them up.

The recipe below is from Michael Ruhlman, with process modifications based on the guidance of our local charcuterie expert,

Posted in Uncategorized

Decoding California Trapping Law

Though California has major restrictions for many things, trapping being one of them, it is still possible to pursue it here, legally. In fact, trapping licenses can be gotten after taking a test and paying a fee to the DFG. The big thing for any budding trapper, here in California, is decoding the laws.

I’ve gone through the manual many times and have arranged important parts in an order that makes sense, as it relates to they methods of take and the animals.

To begin, throughout the manual one will find reference to fur bearing animals, so lets figure out which animals are considered fur bearing

According to the manual Fur Bearing mammals are the falling:

Posted in Uncategorized

Live Free or Die

live free

As if one is not already overwhelmed with the litany of survival type shows currently on television, NatGeo has introduced yet another to the already popular genre. But does it live up to the name? Tonight’s premiere episode introduced us

Posted in Uncategorized

34 Delicious things You can Cook Over a Campfire

As much as I enjoy camping and the sight and smell of a campfire, you’d be hard pressed to get me to make a campfire in the heat—not even for cooking. But, as fall is knocking on our door and the whether cools, oh baby, I’ll use any excuse to make a fire. And if I can cook something over it, even better.

Yeah I know we’re still in summer—Hell (pun intended), we are stepping into a heatwave this week, with the temps climbing, according to some websites 108 degrees—but I had to repost this great article I found. If nothing else for the images and the idea that in the next few short weeks I’ll be gett’n my outdoor cook on and trying out some of these.

Posted in Uncategorized

Foraging Apples

Nothing makes my mouth water like a good cold crisp Granny Smith Apple sliced up and dashed with a little hot sauce and salt. Of course Granny Smith Apples aren’t the only apples around. In fact, as we quickly approach fall, one can take delight in some wild apples.

Green Dean, one of my favorite bloggers, has a great article on apples in general, including wild ones

Wild Apples are one of the most common over-looked foraging foods. People take one taste, spit it out, and go on their way.

Because of the story of Johnny Appleseed (who was a real person) most folks think apples aren’t native to North America. There were plenty of apples here when Europeans arrived, but they were Wild Apples not cultivated apples. What’s the difference?

Posted in Uncategorized

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Fishing Rod

Yeadon_(5792787533)

Have you ever gone fishing and noticed the person fishing next to you seems to be able to cast a country mile, yet you can’t, even though it seems both of you are using the same length rod? The truth is a little science in rod selection was behind his/her ability to do so.

Not too long ago, I was on the hunt for a new rod to match my reel (Like I needed another setup), so, reel in hand, I set out to a sporting good store that has a good selection of rods.

After using the new guide concept method and checking to see if the guides lined to form a bullseye, by sighting down the stripper guide, I quickly was disillusioned by the many offerings of even some of the more expensive rods…

Posted in Uncategorized

Campfire Club of America

Welp, it looks like our friends over at Masterwoodsman.com have hit it out of the park with this one, yet again!
The videos contained in the article are priceless, in my opinion

I’d no idea of such club, and after reading the article I have only one question… Where do I sign up?

….

Last year I wrote an article which included an excerpt from the book,On Your Own in the Wilderness by Townsend Whelen and Bradford Angier. In that article was a quote mentioning the Camp-Fire Club of America (CFCA). I, and my friends who study and appreciate Classic Camping, have seen mention of the CFCA in text from the early 1900′s and obviously up to the late 50′s; however, we assumed they simply did not exist these days. And little did we know the extent to which they have and what they continue to do for conservation.

Posted in Uncategorized

Edible Wild Plants for Survival, Not So Fast

here is an article I found interesting and eye opening. Some of the stuff Mors Kochanski was talking about I’d not heard before, like “Fasting usually brings on greater clarity of thought and improved recall” I will say this, when I’m hungry and glucose drops I can’t think straight and get grumpy.

Anyway, here is the article

…….

One of the Survival 101 maxims is “Learn my top edible wild plants for survival!” Equipping yourself with this knowledge is empowering according to most instructors, whether it is a fight for survival or a recreational walk through the woods. Whichever experience is being sold, it comes down to being self-reliant. Therefore, many put learning edible wild plants at the top of their “must learn” list.

Posted in Uncategorized

Bushcraft 101… A book review

dcbook

Dave Canterbury is arguably one of the most popular survival instructors in the general public eye. This is in no small part due to the popularity of his role as one of the original co-stars of Discovery channel’s “Dual Survival” and his online videos. With the success of his school and personalized products, along with his breadth of knowledge, writing a book was a natural progression for Canterbury.
“Bushcraft 101, a Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival”, authored by Dave Canterbury, is yet another book to enter the survival community, but when one opens to the title page, one is greeted with a long list of topics, some common and others not so common in this type of book.

Unfortunately, this long list is the detriment of the book. In an effort to squeeze as much information as possible between the pages, many of the sections were left lacking. Many times, it seemed topics were just given a cursory overview, simply for the purpose of inclusion, but did little in the way of teaching.

Posted in Uncategorized