Spring Time Catfish


Many know fishing is a favorite pastime of mine. What they don’t know, however, is that catfishing is my favorite.

With spring upon us, there is plenty of great spring cat action available. Here are a few tips to get you going for some big cats


It was late March when a fishing buddy called to tell me the white bass were making their spawning run up the tributaries of a local lake.

“They’re swimming up the creeks and piling onto the shoals,” he said. “We need to get out there soon if we’re going to catch some.”

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25 Most Incredible Survival Stories of All Time


We all hear of harrowing stories of survival. Sometimes, survival instructors even use them as an example of the mental fortitude that may be required to push beyond your limits in order to stay alive.

Here is one such story, but there are countless others


Hugh Glass was a mountain man on a fur trapping expedition led by Andrew Henry in August 1823. The expedition planned to proceed from the Missouri River, up the valley of the Grand River in present-day South Dakota. Glass surprised a mother grizzly bear with her two cubs and sustained massive injuries.

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Confessions of a Sharpshooter: How a Deer Cull Actually Works


The last place you would expect to see an animal rights group is protesting alongside a hunters’ rights group, but that’s exactly what is happening on Long Island’s East End. When town, state, and federal authorities announced the plan to remove as many as 3,000 deer from the local population, it polarized the community—and created unlikely allies. This is the first landscape-level cull in the region, and it has certainly garnered its share of opposition.

Local sportsmen were outraged over the use of hired guns to manage the local whitetail population. As with a lot of areas, access for hunters is extremely limited on Long Island. Now taxpayers are going to fund a service that hunters would happily provide for free?

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A Clash of Two Truths


For many, their dogs are an extension of their family. In some cases, closer than their kin. But, what if, without warning, someone came on your property and shot and killed your dogs? What if that someone was the police? In the 1950s this is exactly what happened to the Inuit, in Northern Canada, effectively flipping there lives upside down, as they depended on these dogs for survival.

Inuit have long claimed that RCMP officers based in the eastern Arctic systematically killed thousands of their sled dogs — known in Inuktitut asqimmiit — as part of a government plan to force Inuit to abandon their traditional camps and move into western-style permanent communities.— CBC NEWS, Oct 20, 2010

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Getting Flat Feet Ready to Hike 2650 Miles


A couple of weeks ago, someone I know was sharing their excitement with me about getting going into the Army. It been a long time dream and now it was finally happening. When asked how the physical went, she laughed and said, “I felt like a lab rat”.For what ever reason, she brought up they also checked the arches on her feet.

Sometime ago, I ran across an interesting article, on Brian Green’s backpacking site and when this conversation about flat feet came up, for some reason I remembered it, not that this newly sworn in soldier had flat feet. At the time, when I read the article, I did some quick research and found this.

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Easy Homemade Buttermilk and Dutch Oven Biscuits

dutch oven biscuits

A staple of the camp cook is some buttermilk biscuits. Just the aroma wafting through the air is enough to make a person salivate. With all things camping, however, one has to be fairly selective in what to carry, because things can get pretty out of hand, gear and food wise, fairly quickly.

I’m a big fan of making my food from scratch, meaning I don’t like using special purpose items for one use only. That means, I also like making my buttermilk from scratch.

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Origins of the Whelen Lean to


The baker tent, wall tent, and Whelen Lean-to are all synonymous with traditional camping— that golden era of the late 1800s to 1930s when leather and canvas seemed to propagate the camp scene.

Col. Thompson Whelen, credited with designing the Whelen Lean-to, was a United States Army Colonel, Hunter, outdoorsman, avid writer and designer of the Whelen Sling and Various rifle cartridges.

It is the Whelen Lean-to that is the subject of this article and the question to whether indeed Col Townsend Whelen actually did invent that version of Lean-to, or did he actually ripoff the design.

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Thistle: It’s That Spine of Year


My favorite foraging ground is bounding with edible flora. That means one of my favorites, thistle, is at the perfect growth stage, where it is delicious and palatable.

I like the wide eyed look people get as we collect the young thistle and carefully cut away the spines so we can get to the tasty tender stem. Once they bite into it, they often exclaim in wonderment, “Wow, it tastes like celery!”… Indeed it does!

There is a lot more to this plant than just eating it. For one, it is packed with rich nutrients. And, here is a great article written by one of my favorites to go over some neat things about this delicious plant

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How To Dye Rip Stop Nylon


It seems inevitable, you find a piece of gear that fits all of your needs—The size is right, the price is right, the pockets are in the right place. Everything is right, except the color. Regardless, you grin and bare it, trudging along with your ill colored perfect pack. Unfortunately, at some point, it becomes too much for you and doff your pack, because of its color, in exchange for an ill fitting pack.

For a long time, people have pursued different ways of changing the color of their gear—some successful, some not so much. Here is a great article on dyeing ripstop nylon. It may just be the way to breath new life into your gear.


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Healthy Fat: An Illustrated Guide To Rendering Fat


There have been a fair amount of information, both past and recent, regarding the benefits of animal fat for health purposes as well as functional uses, such as candles, soap, and other things.

Woodsmen and homesteaders understand the value of animal fat and take advantage of its many virtues by processing it down into something they can use.

Here’s a great little article on some of the value and how to easily render the fat

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