East vs West Lands

Loudoun-VAHunting Public Land in the West to Private Property in the East

I have read a lot of articles surrounding the preparation, tricks and work needed to be performed to hunt public land in the western part of the US. But, I have not read any articles on how to locate and gain access to hunting land in the East which is usually private. Is one scenario easier than the other? [Read more…]

Best Lightweight Gear for Backcountry Hunting

Best Lightweight Gear for Backcountry HuntingHow do you define what is the Best?

How do you begin the search for the “best” camping, hiking or hunting gear? This question and the results are a bit subjective and personal. As everyone has a different way of “researching”. Some may just use referrals, read their favorite magazines, blog or forums to get their information and let’s not forget the “gearheads” as they try everything themselves! And the results may not suit everyone as what my fit or exceed my needs and wants, may not fit or exceed yours. [Read more…]

Packing Contents

Mystery Ranch NICE Crew Cab, Hilleberg Soulo

Mystery Ranch NICE Crew Cab, Hilleberg Soulo

 

As some of you head out for your elk hunt this year or begin packing for your upcoming backcountry hunts, hopefully you use a checklist of some sort. I have a spreadsheet with all of my gear on it with multiple columns. The columns dictate the type of hunt, then all I need to do check the items as I pack them and as a bonus, it spits out the total weight of what my pack should weigh. [Read more…]

Mobile Campsite

Testing Hilleberg Soulo

Testing Hilleberg Soulo, Exped Mat, Valandre Mirage

A few years back I was on a hunting trip and it took us several days to get into the elk. But, it was late in the day and we didn’t want to spoil our chances for the next day. So, we made the decision to back out and hit again in the morning. After marking our location on the GPS, we realized that we were almost 6 miles from camp. We discussed whether to head back to camp and make the hike back with only a few hours rest. Or do we just rough it on the ground and get an early start on the elk, we chose the latter.  [Read more…]

Wood Could Lower Your Blood Pressure

campfireDid you know wood could lower your blood pressure?

Well, maybe not directly but sitting around a crackling campfire may indeed lower your blood pressure!

Our enjoyment of gazing at fire is in our DNA, as the act of gathering around a fire dates back to prehistoric times. As humans we, socialized around camp fires, a place where we fell safe and warm.

When we sit around a fire, we are in a multi-sensory state utilizing auditory, heat, olfactory, visual, and smoke/food taste.

The studies showed that people who stared at and or listened to a fire for at least 15 minutes, had both their diastolic and systolic level drop 1.9 and 1.3 points respectfully.

Dr. Lynn believes it the comforting vibe and fire’s light spectrum, that puts one in a trancelike state.

Darn Tough Hiker 1/4 Cushion – Review

Vermont Darn Tough Hiker 14 Sock CushionI have tested the Darn Tough Hiker 1/4 Cushion socks are day hikes along the Appalachian Trail.

And I have to say that I am very pleased with the results. [Read more…]

Firenock APS (Arrow Preparation System) – Review

Firenock APS Spin Testing Broadhead

Firenock APS Spin Testing Broadhead

Like some of you, I like to “tinker” with archery gear.

Some of this gear is brand new to the industry, some just appear to more to my liking in design and function and some I have never heard of but found during my research, this brings me to Firenock!

Several years ago, in my search for a reliable lighted nock, I came across the Firenock S1. I tested against two other brands and found the Firenock S1 to be hands-down better, more reliable and easier to use that the other two lighted nocks that I tested. Unfortunately, my hunting rig was stolen that year, so I was never able to complete my review of a full hunting season with photos…

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Bear Camp 2017

YCBHA Bear Camp Movie Poster

DATE: April 21, 2017
LOCATION: Cody Theatre, Cody Wyoming
TICKETS:  Available online at www.YCBHA.org 
COST:  $20 for Adults and kids 12 and under are free
-Games, Raffles, booths and Fun!  WIN an APA BOW!
-Townhall Style Intermission with the following: Joe Kondelis / Jason Matzinger / Wyoming Game and Fish Bear Management Team
-Kids are welcome and encouraged!
FILMS BY: Jason Matzinger of Into High Country!
Doors open at 6pm and the first film will begin at 7pm!
INFO CONTACT: joekondelis@gmail.com
Join us in this inaugural event!!!

Siberian Coolers Unveils New ALPHA Series

Siberian Coolers ALPHA SeriesAll New Features and a Low Price Highlight the ALPHA Series

BOZEMAN, Montana – Siberian Coolers, a company dedicated to meeting the needs of outdoorsmen who push themselves and their gear beyond the normal limits, is pleased to announce that, after a year in development, the new ALPHA Series of Coolers is now available.

Built upon the success of their existing proven line of coolers, the ALPHA Series has been designed from the ground up to be the best built cooler on the market for the best price possible. The ALPHA series features heavy duty roto-molded walls that are filled with up to 2.75″ of insulation, keeping your catch, wild game, or favorite beverages chilled to the max. This extremely durable construction allows you to take it out in the elements and put it through the most strenuous day in the field or on the water with 100% confidence. [Read more…]

Mystery Ranch Backpacks Names 2017 Ambassador Team

Mystery Ranch Jason MatzingerLaunches new microsite to celebrate the select outdoor visionaries who reflect the brand’s values and fuel the company’s product development

Bozeman, MT. – MYSTERY RANCH, makers of superlative backpacks, just announced their 2017 Ambassador Team. Comprised of cutting edge climbers as well as hardcore backpacking hunters, what really sets these individuals apart is how they blend their respective outdoor prowess with higher purpose. Be it fighting tooth and nail for the protection of public lands or simply offering the highest quality, locally sourced foods, the MYSTERY RANCH Ambassadors are so much more than their V-grades or Boone and Crockett scores. These understated, over-achieving athletes are both low-key legends as well as inspirational advocates. [Read more…]