• Fishing

    DIY Dry Fly Floatant

    August 24th, 2016
    Float High and Dry in High Mountain Country or Anywhere Else When my friend and coworker, Mark Van Patten, gifted me with a made-to-order fly rod in honor of my retirement a couple of years ago, I was honored and a little intimidated. Mark comes from a long line of fly-fishers and began throwing dry flies not long after taking his first steps. He had his own television show, The Tying Bench, for years. Fly-casting is so deeply etched in his muscle memory, I suspect he could cast in a coma. Naturally,...
  • Hunting

    Consider a Spike Camp This Fall

    August 17th, 2016
    Choosing to hunt deer and elk without a guide from a tent camp in the heart to game country is high adventure and an affordable option. Shooting light had barely arrived when a bull elk stepped from the edge of the park 200 yards away. Although I only caught a glimpse, the animal’s creamy colored coat caused my adrenalin to noticeably rush. Four days of hunting had brought incredibly close calls, yet finally, would I get a shot? Crouching low against a log to steady my aim, I turned the...
  • Shooting

    What’d ‘Ya Say Partner?

    August 16th, 2016
    Ear Protection is Important! How to be “Ear Safe” in Moments Hear more When Not Shooting A group of us outdoor hunting friends from all around the Midwest get together every year and this time we went on a turkey hunting trip to Parsons, Kansas, this past spring. I’m not sure it was not the most important trip of my short six-decade long hunting career. I learned how to protect my ears and at the same time, learned how to hear game coming from an even longer distance away. It happened...
  • Guides & Outfitters

    Mercer Wisconsin is a Fishing Destination

    May 26th, 2016
    Wisconsin Musky Season opens Saturday, May 28, 2016! When folks from across the United States think about easy and fun fishing, most consider they need to head for Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan or other parts of Canada to “get away from it all” and be assured of fish-catching action.  Not so anymore! Since I live in New York State and have never had a chance to visit northern Wisconsin before, my visit here was an eye-opener, and it is “Made in the USA”. Iron County is a beautiful...
  • Conservation

    Florida Springs Get Restoration Help

    August 22nd, 2016
    Unique Ecosystems Florida Springs Support All Florida Life Each year when winter travelers head south to Florida, one place that many seek to visit are the gin-clear spring-fed lakes and waterways. Visitors can see fish 25 feet down and they appear to be just a few feet away. The water is clear and uncontaminated, and the Florida conservation folks and legislators seem to share one common goal to assure that these unique ecosystems are maintained for future generations. According to the...
  • Travel

    Lake of the Ozarks – Part 2

    August 23rd, 2016
    Ozarks Attractions Abound Above and Beneath the Water, and Below the Ground Too Leaving Alhonna Resort on the shores of Lake of the Ozarks was bittersweet. We felt we had only scratched the surface and we begged for more as we pulled away in our Chevy Tahoe. The Tahoe was made for this terrain. Every driveway seemed perpendicular along the lake, dealing with the tops of the hills that now surrounded the lake after the valleys below were flooded back in 1931. We were driving the 2016 LTZ version,...
  • Cooking

    Walleye Fish Chili

    July 1st, 2016
      Tasty, Delicious, Healthy – makes 10-12 servings Cut fish fillets into 1 x 1 inch cubes and lightly coat with Badia Adobo seasoning (no msg). Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes while preparing the remainder of the recipe. In a 1-gallon cooking pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions and sweet pepper, adding the salt, chili powder, pepper and oregano. Stir gently until soft. Aroma is so sweet! Add the diced tomatoes, kidney beans and tomato paste, stir occasionally...
  • Love of the Sport

    Tales of Sharing Summertime

    August 8th, 2016
    With local villages and townships across the country enjoying the summertime, the outdoors in 2016 has become a main theme for many. People travel from near and far to enjoy the receptive energy that visiting new destinations can offer. I visited a small town USA village last week, East Aurora, New York, and found a town fair atmosphere with Main Street shut down so that local artists, authors, vendors, coffee maker folks and many others could share time in the brilliant sunshine of the day. There...
  • People Places Products

    A Yeti for Your Drink

    August 1st, 2016
    Serve Yourself Comfort, Hot or Cold! By Doug Howlett Every year, companies develop and introduce new products that serve an entirely new purpose or make minor enhancements to an existing category of products. Few products ever redefine an entire market, but that is exactly what Austin, Texas-based Yeti has done with the cooler industry. Until Yeti arose from the minds of two brothers, Roy and Ryan Seiders, coolers were pretty much one-inch thick or less molded plastic containers that held...