luminAID PackLite Max USB Solar Inflatable Lantern Review

I generally hate lanterns. They can be so fussy. You have to have the right fuel, extra mantles, and you often get the fuel on your hands in the process of getting one going. Propane lanterns are easier to use, but sill a pain as they get hot and can make a lot of noise, and all traditional lanterns bring with them the dangers associated with carrying around a small, brightly burning flame.

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Memorial Day and Cabela’s “Missing Man” Table

A recent trip to the “city” allowed my son and I to stop by the local Cabela’s store and browse around. Stopping there is something we try to do every time we are nearby. I don’t know many outdoorsmen who wouldn’t do the same. I needed a few jig heads and a rod tip repair kit (don’t ask).

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6 Reasons to go Camping in the Spring

You know that feeling?

It’s not quite light. You have been awake on and off for the last two hours. Your head is buried inside your sleeping bag so that your breath can help keep you warm. You are dreading what is coming next. You know you can’t fall back to sleep, and exiting your sleeping bag to a rush of cold air while you scramble to put on enough layers to achieve the same level of warmth you have in your sleeping bag is NOT something you want to do. But you have to. Nature calls. Yup. That’s the feeling…the feeling of camping! more “6 Reasons to go Camping in the Spring”

Start A Fire With Junk Food

Do you remember in high school science class when you had to burn common food items in order to determine the caloric content? No? Well maybe I am just a bit of a nerd…but we learned that many food items ( assuming they aren’t loaded with moisture) will burn quite easily on their own. more “Start A Fire With Junk Food”

An Ordinary Outdoorsman

It’s a quiet summer morning on the lake. On the far side there is a cove with submerged timber, weedy shoreline, fallen trees, and a variety of other prime fish habitat. There’s a small aluminum jon boat tied up to a stump that sticks out of the water about 40 feet from shore but in prime casting range of most of the cove’s features. There’s a man and his young son fishing out of this very small 12 footer featuring nothing more than a thirty pound thrust transom-mount trolling motor. The boy is casting his usual bobber and worm on a spincast combo they picked up for $15 a few years before and manages to catch a bluegill every few minutes. The man is casting his spinning rod all around, trying one lure at a time, not satisfied with just catching gills. When he lands a good sized largemouth bass, he decides to stick with the Texas rig plastic worm he is throwing.

Shortly after the man catches the first bass, the quiet morning is disrupted by the roar of 150 horse motor slowing down to enter the cove and fish as well. It’s a much bigger and nearly new bass boat with one man on board. He sees the small boat, but the cove has plenty of room for both. He quickly cuts his gas motor and pushes a button to auto-deploy his bow-mount trolling motor. At the same time he looks over the eight baitcasting rigs he has ready to go and selects what he thinks will catch fish.

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