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How to Select a GPS

  By Luke Brandenburg Before you head into any territory that you aren’t completely familiar with, you should always prepare for the worst case scenario. When the conditions suddenly change, navigation can become very difficult without a handheld GPS device. Washed-out and poorly-marked trails may lead you off the path …

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12 Must-Have Outdoor Items For Your Truck

  By David Link The pickup truck – It’s an American icon, work tool and adventure vehicle. More often than not, it’s also the thing that those without one are always asking to borrow, usually along with your muscle. A truck can be one of your most valuable allies, and …

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Vortex Diamondback 20-60x60mm Product Review

  By CoolGearSK You are looking at the great compact spotting scope from Vortex: the Diamondback 20-60×60. Vortex decided to show some love to Slovak and Czech outdoor enthusiasts and supplied me with this nice compact spotting scope with variable magnification. I am always amazed by the quality of Vortex …

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Tips And Tools To Keep Your Knife Sharp

  A sharp knife will be among your most important assets in the field, and if you’re not obsessing over keeping your knife as sharp as possible, then frankly you’re doing something wrong. A dull knife can be very dangerous as you have to apply more force to achieve the …

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How To Select A Sleeping Bag

  By David Link Selecting the right sleeping bag can make all the difference between a restful night under the stars and a frigid (or sweltering) night of tossing and turning. While selecting a sleeping bag isn’t exactly rocket science, there are some important factors to consider including temperature rating, …

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How To Select A Compass

  By Luke Brandenburg For hikers, hunters and general outdoorsman, getting lost in the field can be an extremely dangerous and frightening situation. To make matters worse, the chances of getting lost are much higher than most people would expect. Outdoorsman that spend a lot of time out in large …

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Basic Wilderness Survival Tips

  By David Link We just recently covered how to build a bug out bag in two parts, and stocking up a bug out bag for emergencies can get you thinking about wilderness survival. While your bug out bag won’t always be needed for wilderness survival, it should have all …

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Saving the Family Vacation… and Waging War Against Mosquitoes!

  By Jason Herbert Since I can remember, my family and I have taken at least one summer vacation into God’s Country- Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We love the UP for several reasons: the wildlife and scenery, new adventures and old favorites, and most of all- time together. Adventuring in the …

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Extra Items For Your Bug Out Bag

  By David Link In our previous article, we outlined the most important gear to put in your bug out bag and ranked it by importance. You can read the full article here. In this article, we’ll cover the second tier of equipment that may or may not make it …

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The Basics On Building A Bug Out Bag

  By David Link There may come a time where you have to grab a few things and go. Natural disaster, evacuation, or yes even the unexpected breakdown of society could force you out of your home and into a place where there are few if no resources. Time may …