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Hunting

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Midland GXT1000VP4 & GXT1050VP4 GMRS Radio Review

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Alex Marshall

There are a plethora of great license free FRS two-way radios on the market. However, these radios are limited in …
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.308 for Elk Hunting: Pros, Cons, & What to Consider

Elk may be a species of deer, but they’re not like the …
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Best .308 Rifles of 2023 (Hunting, Bolt-Action and Semi-Auto)

There are dozens, if not hundreds of different models of rifles chambered …
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Shotgun Shot Size and Shells Explained (What to Use When)

Shotguns are suitable for all sportsmen, from novice hunters to experienced sporting …

Fishing

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Fishing Reel Sizes Explained! All Reel Types with Charts

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Ian Standard

Every bit of fishing gear has an effect on what you can catch and how easy it’s going to be …

Fishing rods

Fishing Rod Size Guide: How To Choose Fishing Rod Length

The perfect cast isn’t always just about the person behind the rod. …
Caught sturgeon

How to Fish for Sturgeon: A Complete Guide to a Huge Catch

Covered in armor-plating and spiked scales to deter predators, it’s surprising to …
Tubefishing bass

What Makes a Good Tube Fishing Rod (3 Best Tube Rods)

Anyone hoping to catch bass can get the most out of fishing …

Conservation

Camping

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How Much Camping Tents Cost in 2024 (Budget to High-end)

If you’re starting your journey into camping and looking to purchase your first tent, you …

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Don’t Ruin Your Cooler: How to Avoid the 9 Most Common Cooler Mistakes

In the world of outdoor adventures, a quality cooler is your trusty sidekick, keeping your …

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6 Best Wheeled Coolers of 2023 and 3 to Avoid

Ever tried to lug a fully loaded cooler all by yourself? All too often once …

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Differences and Use Cases of Camping vs Backpacking Tents

The world of camping gear is filled to the brim with variations of similar products, …

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6 Easy DIY Ways to Make Ice Packs for Coolers

Are you tired of buying store-bought ice packs that can be expensive and unreliable? Making …

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Tent Too Hot? 13 Proven Ways to Keep a Tent Cool

Last summer, I paddled on the Noatak River, a river above the Arctic Circle where …

Hiking

Midland gxt1000vp4 and gxt 1050 in action

Midland GXT1000VP4 & GXT1050VP4 GMRS Radio Review

There are a plethora of great license free FRS two-way radios on the market. However, …

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4 Best Cheap Walkie Talkies That Are Still Useful

We tested four budget-friendly two-way radios and rated them by range, clarity, ease of use, …

Cobra acxt345 walkie talkie review

Cobra MicroTalk Walkie Talkie Review (ACXT345/ACX390)

Due to the plethora of license-free radios available, choosing a walkie talkie can be confusing. …

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