New Hampshire: best known for its fall foliage, terrific skiing and hiking, and its moose. This large, hairy, horse-like animal with antlers is seen everywhere in the state, gracing license plates and t-shirts, signs and coffee mugs. There are around 6,000 moose in New Hampshire, the largest concentrations being in the northern parts of the state. Here are […]
In 2006, it was discovered that one of our earliest fossilized ancestors, the 2.5 million year old Taung Child, was probably killed by a large bird of prey. The ancient bird left its telltale beak marks in the eye sockets of Taung Child, confirming what many of us already knew: Birds of prey have been tormenting earthbound creatures for millions […]
Contributed by Alex Vail, The Flying Kayak A few days back, I had the pleasure of taking a friend on his first kayak fishing adventure. The night before we left, he asked me a question that I’d never actually been asked before: “What should I bring?” I then realized that if you’ve never been kayak fishing, what […]
The most delightful sound when waking up has to be songbirds whistling in the morning, welcoming a new day. If you sleep near a window, it’s heavenly when their airy songs drift into your room. Birders recognize these winged singers as songbirds. There are 4,000 species of songbirds, amounting to about half of the world’s birds. This includes warblers, tanagers, […]
Whether you’re boating on the lakes or ocean this summer, here are our top 10 boating safety tips that’ll keep you ship-shape: 1. Learn up! Before your maiden voyage, get boat smart by taking a boating safety course. You’ll learn about important boating laws, navigation, first aid, and how to trailer, store and protect your […]
Swimming is an aerobic workout, but unlike other types of physical exercise, it works the body without harsh impact on the joints. There are pools, lakes and even the ocean where you can go swimming while being in a state park. Check out these steps to learn how to swim before summer is over! Step 1: Let Go of Fear […]
Oh, the South, the place of mud-ridin’ and sweet tea drinking folk. We’ve all heard the cute accents and know about the southern hospitality, but did you know the South is also known for its food, specifically southern BBQ recipes? No matter where you live in the U.S., you can try these tasty treats at your […]
America has always figured prominently in the history and imagination of discovery. From Lewis and Clark to Lance Armstrong, America has attracted and produced explorers in extraordinary number and variety. They range from early rough and tumble explorers of the Rockies and Yellowstone, to wizened Transcendentalists like John Muir, all the way to contemporary arctic trailblazer Ann […]
After a horrid, freezing winter with subzero temperatures and never-ending overcasts, the sun has finally graced us all with its beautiful rays of light. Stop telling Mother Nature to talk to the hand because summer is definitely here. Break out the sunscreen and sunglasses… it’s time to become reacquainted with the great outdoors. Summer ‘tis the season […]
Ready for your next adventure? If so, then let’s go crabbing! Crabbing is different from regular fishing. You need different catching gear and there’s tons of information you need to know before you try this activity. Here is a simple guide to help you get started. Important Tips: Crabs have sharp claws that will pinch […]
We love camping because it gives us a chance to leave behind all the stress, all the technology, all the appliances, all the people, all the social media, all the television and video games…all the things that are fun? Let’s face it, sometimes camping can be boring. There’s usually one surefire way to bring some […]
Contributed by Al Quackenbush, The SoCal Bowhunter Right out of the box the SOG Woodline fixed blade knife separated the elk hide from flesh like it was warm butter. It was sharp, fit perfectly in my hand and was a comfortable weight. Even though I had bloody hands, the SOG Woodline fixed blade knife is an […]
Just when you thought a busy mother of three young children couldn’t possibly add one more thing to an already jam-packed schedule, Tiffany Akin proves there’s always room for adventure. The Campy Mom, as Akin’s known in the blogosphere, not only makes time for the outdoors but she also makes sure it’s part of her […]
Bill Howard‘s second offering of free gear is here! To enter, tell us in the comments section what you need for your next outdoor—you might just win your very own! We’ll announce the winner next Friday after our third installment. Good luck! LifeStraw Personal Water Filter I once posted that I find it as a […]
Contributed by Bill Howard. I keep a backpack I use on those “special” hunting trips where I may be gone from home for several days in the wilderness. I keep things such as an extra fall restraint system (in case my safety vest were to either get damaged or get used for its purpose, I […]
Starting today, and running consecutively for the following four Fridays, our contributor Bill Howard (Bow America) will be sharing his suggestions for best hunting and fishing gear under $20. Do you agree with his favorite finds? Be sure to tell us in the comment below, as we will be giving away some of these items […]
Contributed by Jacqueline Basallo, The Basallo Brainery. I have a confession to make: I’m a born-and-raised Miamian who can’t swim. (Even those of us who live within close proximity to the water have a hard time staying afloat.) I’ve mastered the doggy paddle and my underwater skills are up to par with Ariel but, beyond […]
Contributed by Will Jenkins, The Will to Hunt I’m a wimp, I hate the cold. Unfortunately I love hunting too much to let the cold keep me away. If you’ve ever been hunting you know that keeping warm is the biggest challenge in the late season and one of the reasons many people don’t hunt a […]
Contributed by Al Quackenbush, The SoCal Bowhunter Over the past two decades I have seen hunting backpacks grow in popularity and size. Not only cubic inches, but number of pockets and where we can strap things. Don’t be sucked into the thought that you have to fill each and every pocket or empty space with something. […]
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Contributed by Katie Levy, Adventure-Inspired After growing up in Upstate New York and spending nearly two years in Alaska, I thought I knew how to enjoy winter. I’ve gone skiing, skating, ice climbing, sledding, snowshoeing and more. But even when we think we’ve explored every opportunity to play outside in the cold, odds are there’s […]
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