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Do You Need Bear Spray In The BWCA?

Do You Need Bear Spray In The BWCA?

Do You Need Bear Spray In The BWCA?

My wife was asking me if I being bear spray on camping and hiking trips.  I have a solo trip planned where I will be heading into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area this coming spring, and she was wondering what I do about bears.

First and foremost my advice to people when in bear territory is this; respect the bear, but you don’t  need to fear the bear.

My cabin in Northwest Wisconsin is located in a region of the State with one of the higher black bear populations.  I see bears once in while there.  Over the years I have successfully hunted black bear as well.  I’m aware they are likely around when I am in the north woods, but I don’t fear them. CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

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Food Planning For A Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip

Food planning for a BWCA canoe trip. Don't bring too much!

Food planning for a BWCA canoe trip. Don’t bring too much, travel light!

Food planning for a boundary waters canoe area trip is no small thing.  My BWCA trip for May is coming fast, and recently I have been thinking about the food I should bring with me.  I plan on doing some fishing, mostly going after lake trout, with the intent to cook up a few for eating.  But I don’t plan on consuming only fish.  In fact I only plan on eating fish for a couple meals.

The plan is to spend four nights in the wilderness.  I will need to bring with me enough for four full days, plus half of another day.  While I do plan on catching fish to eat, it’s not a guarantee I will in fact catch anything (not likely, I have been fishing every year of my life since I was four).  So I plan on bringing enough food to cover all meals, just in case. CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

Outdoor YouTube Channels Worth Watching

Outdoor YouTube Channels Worth Watching

Outdoor YouTube Channels Worth Watching

When I can’t get outside in the woods, up to my cabin, or just outside in general to enjoy nature, I like to sometimes watch YouTube.  There are a lot of great YouTubers out there that are into the same stuff I am.

So in this quick short post I want to share some of the YouTube channels I watch when I’m stuck at home. CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

Girls In The Boy Scouts: Is It Good Or Bad?

Girls In The Boy Scouts - Good or Bad Idea?

Girls In The Boy Scouts – Good or Bad Idea?

Earlier this week the Boy Scouts of America announced that girls could now join the Boy Scouts.  From what I could tell this news has been responded to with more negative comments than positive.  Is integrating girls into Boy Scouts a good thing?  Or is this a very bad idea?

Jumping into this discussion there are a few things you need to know if you don’t already:  There are Cub Scouts and there are Boy Scouts.  Cub Scouts are kids in grades 1-5, Boy Scouts are for kids aged 11-18.  Here is how the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is planning to include girls from their own words:

“Under the BSA’s new plan, Cub Scout dens will be single-gender, either all boys or all girls.  The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to remain single gender or allow both girls and boys to participate.  A program for older girls which will be mirroring the Boy Scout curriculum, is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.” CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

Tips For Solo Camping – Is Solo Camping For You?

Tips for solo camping is all about safety, common sense, and getting outside into the wilds.

Tips for solo camping is all about safety, common sense, and getting outside into the wilds.

Have you ever tried or thought about solo camping?  Perhaps you had a camping trip lined up with a friend and last minute he or she cancels, did you decide to cancel the trip and not go alone?  Solo camping for me is a lot of fun, but it’s not for everyone.  In this blog post I want to hit on key tips for solo camping.  Perhaps you will discover if going solo on a camp trip is for you, or not.

This blog post is not about solo camping in a State Park or State Forest campground.  Such camping is not what I consider being alone when there are people likely to be fifty to one hundred yards away in another campsite.  What I’m writing about here is solo camping all alone in the middle of a wilderness setting far away from towns and other people. CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

Black River State Forest East Fork Campground

You can’t go wrong with a camping trip to the Black River State Forest East Fork Campground in Wisconsin.  I recently made a weekend excursion to this amazing state forest.

I wasn’t at all disappointed.

The Black River State Forest has three main campgrounds.  One of them has more modern amenities such as flush toilets, electric powered sites, and showers.  The East Fork Campground where I stayed does not have any of those things.

Black River State Forest East Fork Campground

Black River State Forest East Fork Campground

It does have vault toilets and water pumps.  But that’s about it.  It provides a more rustic camping experience.  All the sites have picnic tables and fire rings.  And you can buy firewood from the entrance to the campground. CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE