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Portable water filters

A portable water filter is a must have if there is any doubt about the quality of the water source.  This could be hiking, backpacking or a camping trip. With so many portable water filter options on the market, narrowing it down to just one can be a daunting task.   Do you need a filter[.....]

Crappie jigs 2

Fishing with crappie jigs is a science all its own. I learned more about fishing white perch with jigs last year than I ever thought I wanted to know. Jerry Gross from Arkansas is the owner of Meatgetter Jigs, an appropriate name for a fish lure company I thought. He and his wife sit for[.....]


Right now is a great time to buy a new ATV or UTV. Whether you have a farm, ranch, construction business, or you hunt, fish, ride for recreation, there has never been a better time to purchase a new 4-wheeler than this month. Why? The model year change is already underway and most all-terrain Read More…


Michigan and Wisconsin Sea Grant leaders are working to improve fisheries data collection through a citizen science-based effort known as the Great Lakes Angler Diary program. A new Great Lakes Angler Diary web tool builds on the success of the Salmon Ambassadors program. While Salmon Ambassadors Read More…

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin

Weather is starting to warm up and snakes are coming out. Spring time activities will sometimes bring people and snakes into contact, so let’s be careful out there. By understanding the behavior of snakes, we can help predict the types we will run into. One of the easiest ways to predict a Read More…

Vargo wood stove

Do you ever see a wood stove marketed as the ultimate backpacking stove? The selling point is, all you need is wood, no fuel canisters required. Then there is usually a picture of people smiling, sitting around a wood stove cooking something. The question is, do the wood stoves live up to the hype? Read More…