Outdoorempire.com was built out of our love for the outdoors. Harnessing our passion for fishing, hunting, hiking and camping, our goal is to assist you in enjoying outdoor activities as much as we can by helping you find the best gear and equipment for your hobby.

Being avid outdoors hobbyists ourselves, we noticed how few reliable review sites there were for the products we regularly purchased and used. Not only this, but we noticed the misleading hype surrounding many new products that in practise had little to offer the committed enthusiast.

We decided to change this, setting up Outdoorempire.com to help readers get the most out of their outdoor hobbies. Here you will find articles discussing the best equipment and accessories for your needs, all created by those with a genuine love for the outdoors.


What We Do 

Having experienced the joy and satisfaction that outdoor pursuits can bring, we wish to make it as easy as possible for others to discover this themselves by writing quality reviews and articles. We are also aware that modern life and technology can offer many distractions that inevitably contribute to keeping more people inside for longer.

This is perhaps most important for children who are increasingly choosing iPads over sports and video games over fresh air. To address this we have a regularly updated family-friendly blog section that contains various articles on how to encourage your child to take an interest in the outdoors.

There are also posts that discuss why it is important for children to get involved with such activities and how it can benefit both your child and the environment.


How We Do It 

We want to make sure our site is as helpful as possible to you. We therefore take step to ensure all information is up to date and that everything is presented in an easily understood no-nonsense manner.

We only hire experienced writers to contribute articles and are committed to quality and usefulness at every stage.

Outdoorempire.com was created to promote a love for the outdoors and the various activities you can get involved in, helping you enjoy life and get the most out of your hobbies.

For questions, concerns, recommendations please contact us here.


Meet Our Team


Jon Sutton – Co-Founder & Content Manager

Jon SuttonSome people take the occasional fishing trip or have the odd summer camping holiday, while others take every opportunity they can to get their hands dirty and experience the great outdoors. Jon Sutton, the founder of Outdoorempire.com, is most certainly one of the latter.

Starting at a young age, Jon was committed to the outdoors since he caught his first bluegill as a child in a local pond. This began his love for fishing which carried through his teenage years and followed him to the present day.

As the years passed Jon pursued his interest in the outdoors, gaining plenty of experience in the process. He eventually became a skilled angler, taking on salmon and bass in his free time.

Jon’s interests did not stop at fishing, however, and once he had tasted the outdoors he became a committed hunter and hiker.

Jon set up Outdoorempire.com as a way to use his experience in outdoor hobbies to help others, watching it grow as he found an ever-increasing community of like-minded fishing, hunting, camping and hiking enthusiasts.

Throughout all this, however, Jon was tied to a world of spreadsheets and middle management due to his career in the finance industry. As bold as ever, Jon decided to quit his job and give Outdoorempire.com all his attention.

Jon continues presiding over Outdoorempire.com today, helping other outdoor hobbyists make the most of their interests.


Almo Gregor – Editor

Almo GregorAlmo Gregor is a firearm enthusiast, avid hunter and lifelong 2nd amendment supporter. Outdoors, hunting and shooting were big part of his childhood and he continues with these traditions in his personal and professional life, passing the knowledge to others through freelance writing.


Contributors & Writers

Aaron Phillips

aaron writer profile pictureAaron Phillips is an avid fisherman and hiker, and enjoys spending time in Michigan’s rugged northern forests. He’s been lucky enough to cast his line in lakes and rivers around the country.

Aaron loves to explore the outdoors and write about his experiences, telling stories and offering advice to anyone who will listen and to a lot of people who won’t.



Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson learned to walk in the mountains and has spent much of his life exploring the outdoors. He is equally at home in the woods, at the range, or on the gunsmithing bench, and loves to build guns almost as much as he enjoys shooting them.

His travels have taken him to the four corners of the United States. Though his favorite hunting spot is in Alaska, Kansas deer taste better.


Ben Team

author picture of Ben TeamBen writes about outdoor recreation, natural sciences and environmental issues. Read more by Ben at www.FootstepsInTheForest.com.



Bill Bernhardt

Bill Benhardt in outdoorsBill Bernhardt is a professional fly fishing guide and instructor with over fifteen years of experience. Also, he is a professional editor and outdoor author who has published eight books and written more than 1,500 articles and, he has contributed to both American Outdoor Magazine and Southern Trout e-zine.


Chris Waters

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Chris Waters was born and raised in a small town in west Arizona of around 5,000 people. At a very young age, he was introduced to hunting by his father. He has hunted everything from muzzleloader to archery, including deer, elk, antelope, ducks and more. He loves every minute of being outdoors.

Chris would prefer to kill a smaller deer or elk with his family right next to him, than hire a guide and kill a Boone and Crocket animal. Every spring Chris and his wife Janell toss their two kids on their backs and hike the hills looking for deer and elk antlers. Chris also loves to fish and has been to Alaska where he was able to catch halibut and king salmon.

Chris has a Bachelors of Science in Management from Western International University and he is an avid golfer with a few trophies on his shelf. On nice days he enjoys flying over his small town and the country he hunts in his powered paraglider.

He is self published author.

He is laid back and even with limited experience, he prefers to do all his own repairs, from fixing his own vehicles, to home projects allowing him to better his knowledge in everything he does.


Dakota Potts

Dakota PottsDakota is a school-certified gunsmith with experience in the firearms manufacturing industry. He is an avid long range shooter and firearm collector. His favorite topics include gunsmithing, ballistics, and precision shooting.



Dan Armitage

Dan Armitage Outdoor Empire authorDan Armitage has been a popular Midwest-based full-time freelance outdoor writer and radio show host (buckeyesportsman.com; @buckeyesportsmanradio) for more than a quarter century. As an avid angler, boater and USCG-licensed Master Captain, his byline appears regularly in major boating magazines. When not on the water, Armitage pursues whitetail deer, turkey, waterfowl and upland game, sharing his experiences, lessons and tips with readers and listeners.


Derek Goins

Derek Goins OE authorDerek Goins is a former designated marksman and infantry team leader with 3rd BN 5th Marines. He served a combat tour in Sangin, Afghanistan in 2010 in Helmand Province as well the 31st MEU.

After serving with the Marine Corps, Derek got an education at one of the top gun smithing schools in the nation and has worked as a gunsmith since 2013. Derek is also an avid hunter, traditional archer, outdoor photographer and general gun nut.


Erik Jutila

Erik Jutila bio pictureErik is a native of the Pacific Northwest and loves spending time in the woods and on the water. At a young age, his dad introduced him to hunting and fishing.

Since he caught his first trout as a toddler, he has grown into a full-fledged angler who pursues salmon and steelhead in rivers and streams.

His summertime passion is chasing albacore tuna 50 miles off the Oregon and Washington coast. He also enjoys hunting for deer, elk, and waterfowl. He has spent the last seven years working in the outdoor/sporting goods industry.


Gaby Pilson

Gaby Pilson Outdoor Empire authorA professional mountain guide and experienced outdoor educator, Gaby enjoys traveling and exploring the world’s most remote locales. As a writer and editor, Gaby has written for a variety of climbing and travel blogs, news sites, and climbing magazines. She is currently finishing a master’s degree in outdoor education but in her free time, Gaby loves a strong cup of coffee and searching for the next great adventure. You can check out more of Gaby’s work on her website: www.gabypilson.com


Joe Brennan

joe brennan outdoorempire authorJoe hails from Down Under and grew up in the Aussie outback, in a family of professional hunters. His passion is sharing his decades of outdoors experience to inspire others to find their own adventures. He’s fished and hunted around Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada; acted as a wilderness guide; and works as a wildlife ecologist. He regularly contributes to a range of fishing and hunting magazines.



John McCoy

Outdoor Empire author John McCoyJohn is a native of the Great Plains, having grown up under the spacious skies of the Flint Hills in Kansas, and has lived there his entire life aside from a four-year hitch in the Air Force. He considers it a great pleasure to be employed in both of his hobbies: flying and shooting.

John’s has built several AR-pattern rifles over the years, which he finds to be a far more rewarding a hobby than building models or collecting coins. While he could engage in a well-versed diatribe about the inherent right of man to arm himself, his borderline-infatuation with firearms is mechanically driven. The graceful, symmetrical lines, the ability to place a projectile through minuscule targets hundreds of yards away, just everything about it.

John currently resides on a 20-acre hobby farm with his wife and five children, and they can shoot any time they want. Chances are if they aren’t shooting, one of their neighbors is.


L.P Brenzy

L.P brenzy outdoor empire authorL.P.Brezny started writing and researching new load development in 1972.  At that time the shooting sports world was just starting to phase into the area of special non-toxic loads for waterfowl hunting.

As a part of this research Brezny designed and successfully tested some of the very first workable non-toxic shotshell loads, and developed user systems for the first chronograph systems that measured individual and payload payload charge of shotgun shells when fielded over recording screens from the muzzle out to 100 yards.

Also on the list of contribution to the industry Brezny designed and markets Metro Gun Systems TM, a low cost and very effective quiet shooting 12 gauge barrel ( www.metrogun.com. ) Metro has been sold to over 3000 shooters across the US and foreign countries as well.  Along with this Metro system Brezny has deigned a markets a full 12 gauge suppressor .724 Orion “ Can “, and the Dead Ringer TM choke tube as well. Couple this with both Winchester and Federals low sound and low recoil ammo in 12 gauge, with both in part designed by Brezny, and the world of silent shooting becomes paramount in this list of accomplishment.

Brezny has written hundreds of articles for just about every publication known in the industry today, but has also been a columnist for Wildfowl, Midwest Outdoors , and Outdoorsman SD.  Writing for The Varmint Hunter, Varmint Masters, Predator X, and Gun Digest Magazine Brezny has moved into the area of high power rifles for both game and varmints after leaving Minnesota in 2000, and relocating in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. As a direct result of this adjustment Brezny has currently authored three books on Long Range Shooting, as well as a combined very different and unique review of shotguns through Gun Digest books as well ( Modern Shotgunning .)

When hunting from Bela Russia to the Southern Cross ( Australia over many years.) and almost everything in between, Brezny has brought together a mass of information and hands of experience in terms of understanding the best guns and loads the hunter can select when taking on water buff in Australia by example, to mule deer in Wyoming or South Dakota. Today Brezny spends a great deal of time in the area of current long range shooting load development, as well as review both guns and optics for shooting out to the next zip code.


Mckinley Downing

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Mckinley lives by the hunting seasons. He shoots, hunts and is a patriot in the sense that he enjoys pissing off gun grabbers and anti hunters. He writes for several online outlets on the use of guns and ammunition to solve all sorts of problems both in and out of the woods.



Nicholas Oetken

Outdoor Empire author NicholasNick Oetken is an outdoor enthusiast and writer, specializing in writing about wilderness survival, disaster preparation, outdoor tips, and firearms/defense.




Patrick Morrow

Patrick Morrow is a true fisherman, starting at 4 years old, fishing for bream in his small home lake.

This initial childhood fun turned into an almost full-time hobby, often traveling the country to find out new exciting waters to fish in.

Favorite species to catch are pike and king salmon. When he is not fishing Patrick is a freelance writer and editor for outdoor blogs.


Thomas Burrell

Thomas Burrell

Tom is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fishing , hunting and kayaking in his native Pennsylvania and anywhere else he find the time to travel to. When not recreating outdoors he is protecting it as a full time conservation officer and spending time with his wife and 3 children.


Travis Pike

travis avatar imageTravis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army.

He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes