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Lollygagging: Fishin' and Floatin'
June 08, 2016 - I'm usually not so big on just hanging loose. I'm relaxed when moving. But there's a time for just sittin' there. Normally I like using a boat, a canoe, and having a boat that's meant to be used. But there's a time for A FLOAT. So much of water culture is based around floating already that it rankles. Because it's not really...  > Read Article

A Quick Defense of Hunting, Just in Case
October 23, 2012 - At this colorful and autumnal time of year many hunting seasons are in full swing with more set to come on. It's a great time of year to be outside as much as possible, 24/7, ideally. I've posted little defenses of hunting here before, all googleable, I hope. But it bears repeating and refreshing. Just like it shocks me to ...  > Read Article

Dan's Tackle Shop: Best Fishing Lore in Chicago!
September 18, 2012 - One of the coolest things I experienced this summer was visiting Dan's Tackle Shop in Chicago. There are two great kinds of shops in the world: old ones with wood floors, and cluttered expert dens. Dan's is the latter. His shop is in his house, upstairs, near Bucktown. Several rooms are jampacked with decades-worth of the best ...  > Read Article

Fishing Tip: Change COLOR If Getting Half-hits
September 03, 2012 - Fishing tip, ahoy! I've been fishing a couple times lately and I notice that the fish KINDA like the lure I've been using. They hit it PRETTY hard and rather often, basically every bit of water that has fish gets a swirl, tug or kinda-hit. So I keep trying. I've landed a few, but I've been curious about the half-hearted hits. T...  > Read Article

Trouting in the Driftless
April 16, 2012 - My pal Chris and I just got back from a weekend of trouting in the Driftless area of SW Wisconsin. Beautiful valleys, farms, and cold limestone creeks galore. The creeks seem like they should be warm, due to all the greenery and cows, but there's all this limestone shelving -- and cold springs upwelling. Neat! It's a worldclass...  > Read Article

"Tarpon": a Lost Movie Starring Jim Harrison (of all people) & Friends
March 21, 2012 - Here's a clip/trailer from a lost 1972 movie called "Tarpon," found in a barn in France, starring Jim Harrison, McGuane, Brautigan, featuring the music of a young Jimmy B. (Ya know, there's no reason why hot outdoor dudes can't be partying like this today. I mean, locally and with beer. It's unlikely they'd be able to hook up wi...  > Read Article | Go to Website

How About an American Drilling? (What's a Drilling, you ask?)
February 03, 2012 - "One gun to rule them all." A perennial hook'n'bullet campfire discussion is "If you could only have one gun..." I admit I'm happy to go there. And, like many, there are Swiss Army Knife influences on my gun interests. Versatility is something one can easily pine for. Most hunting is actually quite specialized, howeve...  > Read Article

Marbles Reissues Classic "Game Getter" Pack-Gun!
February 03, 2012 - I just found out that Marbles has re-issued their classic combi-gun, the Game-Getter. I've been posting and harping about this gun for years. I can't believe I missed this new item. Maybe I overlooked it because it's pricey and the barrel is too long, but whatever, it seems clearly like news. The Game-Getter has always been "...  > Read Article

Recycled Ice Shanty
January 20, 2011 - by Layne Cameron [Layne lives in Okemos and sometimes says that he can't go skiing because he has to go ice-fishing! But, ya know, fresh fish from a lake without using a boat is a good thing. The ice-fishermen are really onto something, I bet -- notice how quiet they are. --JP] First of all, I have a confession to m...  > Read Article

Idea: Classy Multi-pocket Vest? Pivoting Blazer?
November 02, 2010 - I'm thinking of offering a line of improved, versatile clothing items. Martha already goes to the best thrift stores in the Midwest on her wool-sweather mission for her fabric art biz. I'd just have her add a few items to the list of things she's looking for. She already shops for me and the kids, as it is. W...  > Read Article

Venison Sashimi! ...And the Smell of Meat
September 24, 2010 - A friend was prepping venison for the grill last night and I said working with such rich red meat has been reminding me lately of tuna sushi. And that the smell of raw meat has been getting more and more appealing, too. So he sliced off a few pieces and dosed em with a bit of S&P and olive oil and we popped em on down. Darn...  > Read Article

Crayfishing! -- Fun Down at the River
September 19, 2010 - I'd been meaning to take the kids fishing this summer. We finally had the chance so we dashed down to the river a half mile down the street. It's the Red Cedar. Not a famous or popular river. Kind of a muddy ditch of a thing. The miles near our house are jammed shut by dozens of falldowns so it's no good for canoeing. But i...  > Read Article

Compton's Traditional Archery Meet: June 18-20
May 21, 2010 - June 18-20 is the 10th big traditional archery campout in Berrien Springs, MI. A friend tells me that it's the biggest bow event anywhere and a great time for the family. Lots of kid activities, lots of everything, bowmaking, you name it. People camp for 3-4 days. Set along the St. Joe river. We'll try to check it out this year.  > Read Article | Go to Website

Gun Shows: Whew! ...Great for looking, but a bit Rackety
April 12, 2010 - I don't know about the Gun Shows in your area, but around here, they're great for looking but not so much for buying. I think there's a certain dynamic at play in Shows in general which applies to these as well. Correct me if I'm wrong. At a Hobby Show you have a 100 dealers set up in an arena. Before the Show opens the deal...  > Read Article

Traditional Archery Expo: Huge Annual Event 1/29-31, Kalamazoo
January 28, 2010 - The huge annual traditional archery expo is happening this weekend in Kalamazoo. All kinds of displays, booths and workshops ongoing from Fri-Sun. Flintknapping, whittling selfbows, laminating recurves, horn, wood, primitive, hightech epoxies, historic, reenacting, fantasy, Indian, Asian, -- you name it, it's going to be the...  > Read Article | Go to Website

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