Fishing rafts are top choice for river floats

Floating a beautiful river is my favorite way to spend a day. It doesn’t matter the season. Throughout my life, I’ve floated rivers in canoes, kayaks and jon boats, but my favorite floating vessel is a fishing raft. Rafts float in very shallow water, bounce off obstacles, are hard to flip, and hold a lot of weight. Fishing rafts include seats, oars in the middle, an anchoring system and gear storage. They are the Cadillac of river floating boats.    

The sections of river where fishing rafts are the best are non-motorized. Fishing rafts look and function like drift boats. They have grown in popularity amongst fishermen over the last decade. These rafts are effective at…READ MORE.

The Mythical Beast and the Harvest

Chicago, IL (March 13, 2023) – A manticore is a mythical creature that features the head of a human, the body of a lion, and a tail of a scorpion and was first mentioned around 400 B.C. However, there is another, contemporary beast amongst us – Minelab’s new metal detector of the same name. With confidence, I can say that the MANTICORE is a beast, and with its new metal-detecting technology – especially Multi-IQ+ – the modern machine provides an edge in finding both more and deeper targets.

I’ve retrieved a lot of coins and vintage items in the last several weeks with my new MANTICORE. Finding targets as deep as…READ MORE.


Nate Elsey Williams was always interested in starting a business, but never knew what that business might be until he had an awful experience at a music festival. During the event, Elsey Williams became dehydrated, disoriented, and ill; plus, he was separated from his friends and his cell phone battery had died. After that awful day, he had discovered his direction: to create a solar hydration backpack that can simultaneously charge electronics and transport water.

Northside Bags, Elsey Williams’ start-up, was formed in Duluth, Minnesota, in 2018.

“In college, after having that bad musical festival experience, I just wanted to create something that could prevent that from happening..READ MORE

by Megan Plete Postol

Hammock Improves Outdoor Camping Experience

“It’s March now, and that can only mean one thing: it’s camping season. 

Wait, wasn’t that the first thing to come to your mind? 

Truth be told, I don’t consider March prime camping time. However, it is the month when staying out starts to get a lot easier, temperature-wise.”…READ MORE

by Roy Heilman

Rifle Stocks Built to Take a Beating

On a two-lane road in two nondescript buildings housing intricate tools and about 75 dedicated employees, some of the toughest, lightest carbon fiber composite rifle stocks in the world are being made. 

These beige buildings are about 25 miles from one of the country’s growing tech, space defense and biogenetic research cities. Huntsville is now the largest city in Alabama, and long a hub for engineering-minded development of creations great and small. Known as the Rocket City, it is where Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team of dedicated engineers developed rockets and missiles that helped the military from after World War II until today, along with putting the first U.S. satellite in space and men on the moon. 

When brothers Dave and Matt Tandy founded …READ MORE.

by Alan Clemons

Achieving a better edge: What to look for in a knife sharpener

“Hunters, anglers, and just about all other outdoor enthusiasts need knives – and sharp ones at that. Unfortunately, dull knives are an inevitability. It’s easy to tell when a blade has gone dull, but is there any such thing as one that is too sharp?

Probably not. That’s why knife sharpeners should be close at hand whenever doing knife work like skinning, filleting, etc.

The proliferation of sharpening implements on the market today can leave a person feeling overwhelmed. However, the vast majority fit within a few categories. With a little knowledge, anyone can choose the right sharpeners for their needs.”….READ MORE

by Roy Heilman

Product Review: ECW N-1B Mukluk Boots

A little over a year ago, I rolled the dice on a completely new kind of boot. On the recommendation of a wilderness survival/winter camping expert I know, I acquired the U.S. military issue Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) N-1B boot, styled after the time-tested mukluk. After a proper break-in period, I can say the gamble has paid off handsomely.  READ MORE.

by Roy Heilman

Great Buys: Compound Bows of 2023—ATA Show

Affordable compound bows in years past were no-frills versions of their more expensive siblings. Today’s models are anything but, with the best affordable compound bows sporting top features found on some higher-priced models and excellent value.

If you’re looking for a great, affordable compound bow for hunting, consider one of these models. They’re loaded with rib-smashing power along with noise- and vibration-reducing technology, but with a friendly price. You may not get all the bells and whistles as the models with a dollar sign in front of four digits. But you’ll have…READ MORE.

by Alan Clemons

The Do-All Shotgun Lives On

On the fourth station of the skeet range one of the older club members mentioned something about my semi-automatic 12-gauge. It sported a battered camouflage finish and well-used sling. Nothing fancy. At the time it was one of two scatterguns in my safe and my go-to for almost everything I pursued while hunting. 

Another club member told the first to shush, remarking that I’d only missed two clays so far in the round. I was holding the gun and shouldering it as I would for dove or quail, instead of shouldering before calling “pull.” Apparently, that wasn’t copacetic to the Skeet Gods or something. But that was my familiar routine. I only shot skeet a few times a year. I shot how I hunted: reactionary, finding the bird and, hopefully….READ MORE.

by Alan Clemons

Mackenthun: Al’s Goldfish lures becoming more popular

Jeff and Mandy DeBuigne are bringing back a classic lure – the Goldfish. This year marks the 70th anniversary for the lure. For Minnesotans and Midwesterners at large, the name may not ring bells. But that’s going to change.

Al Stuart invented his Goldfish, originally called Stuart’s Goldfish, in the late 1940’s. His small, fish-shaped spoon really went big in 1952, when his Stuart’s Sports Shop in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts offered the lure and distributed it across the region, along with other product offerings.

By 1954, Stuart changed the….READ MORE.

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