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I don’t consider myself an expert, never will. I will forever be a perpetual student of the outdoors. I do enjoy sharing my experience and teaching others skills that will help them become more self-reliant and proficient in the outdoors.

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Botany in a Day Book Review

Part of your outdoor survival and self-reliance education should include knowledge of plants. The learning, however, can be overwhelming, so much so that it can scare some people off from…

Jimson Weed

Jimson Weed, Jamestown Weed, Thornapple, Loco weed, Devil’s Weed, etc. These are all but a few names given to Datura Stramonium, who’s history is embedded with mystical and religious acts….

Water Hemlock

During the summer of ‘85, I spent 2 months in Spain, specifically, a small neighborhood (barrio) on the edge Segovia where my grandmother lived. I recall all the time I…

Mosquito Facts

As the weather begins to warm, people look for more things to do outside — more picnics, camping, fishing, hiking, sports, etc. The warmer weather also means the flight of…

Native American Ethnobotany Review

Not too long ago, I received an email from a student, asking if I could point her in the right direction of a resource that could help her with the…

Flip Flop Winch

Though Mors Kochanski popularized the use of the flip flop winch, it appears it was used during World War II, by the British Army to help them get their vehicles…

Brown Recluse Spider Bite

I woke up bright and early, like I usually do. Unlike other days, however, I noticed a little soreness in my hip.  Along with that soreness, I noticed what appeared…

Son of A Bitch Stew

Though no one really knows where the stew got its name, it was fairly common fare for cowboys, cooked up by cookie, out on the range. Though its name was…