Outdoors Information


Outdoors Information

Topographic Maps 101


The intricate details on a topographic map can be befuddling, even frustrating, if you are learning while out in the backcountry. But once you get familiar with the markings and symbols, reading maps will become a friendly aid, rather than a dreaded assignment.

True North & Magnetic Declination - A Trick to Make it Stick


Magnetic declination is an essential principle to understand when navigating your way through the wilds with map and compass.Yet it's a tricky thing to remember, at least the way it has traditionally been taught, using an addition / subtraction method.

On Safari in Northern Tanzania - Back to The Sixth Day of the Creation


Tanzania's natural endowment as a wildlife safari destination is unrivalled. Wild animals roam in vast areas as God intended on that sixth day of the creation.

Things to Make Your Gap Year in Africa Easy!


The kind of things you pack when you go on a trip says a lot about where you're heading and what you're going to be doing.Taking a warm top and a 'blanky' is OK if you're going to stay at Granny's house, but when you're taking a gap year in Africa, these items come highly recommended.

Catch Another Falling Star


Recently we stayed at a state campground in Michigan near a couple of lakes and the Kalamazoo River.The sites were large and wooded and secluded and it was soooooo relaxing to be there.

Edible Wild Plants For Backpackers


Knowing a few edible wild plants can make your next backpacking trip, or any trip into the wilderness, a lot more enjoyable.You can pack lighter if you eat wild berries every morning for breakfast, for example, and leave your oatmeal behind.

Alternatives to Pressurized Fuel


Recently I attended a Boy Scout Leader Roundtable meeting where they held a Pressurized Fuel Training session. The focus of this training was to teach leaders what they should be teaching boy scouts about safety rules for using primarily cooking stoves, but also lanterns and heaters that use propane or liquid fuels under pressure.

Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park


If anyplace on earth is a natural paradise, Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is that place. Of all Croatia's eight National Parks, Plitvice is the oldest and most visited.

How To Buy a Used RV - Part 1


If you are on a tight budget and can't afford a new model RV you might consider buying a used RV. Here are a few suggestions for finding a used, affordable RV:1.

How To Buy a Used RV - Part 2


The key to getting a good bargin, instead of a lemon, when buying your used RV is knowing what to look for. Here is a useful checklist to help with your search.

4 Steps to an Enjoyable Hike


Some people have fought many years of their lives to preserve the rich heritage of the outdoors and nature we now enjoy. That dedication and effort has been rewarded by fantastic hiking opportunities in our local, state, and national park systems.

Camping and Outdoor Activities: Get Involved with Nature


Camping mixed with outdoor activity is a great way to get ourselves involved with nature. National Parks can provide an excellent backdrop for some of your outdoor activities.

Great Family Camping Trips Make Excellent Traditions


A wonderful way to invest in your families' treasure trove of memories is by spending time in the great outdoors. Camping trips can be an excellent tradition that your family will look forward to and in time, look back upon with fond memories.

Packing a Backpack - A Guide


With so many different designs, packing a backpack will vary considerably. Generally though, the key to packing your backpack is to achieve even weight distribution.

Student Travel - Backpacking In Europe


For the fortunate few, life isn't complete without a backpacking trip through Europe. This right of passage is believed to further the maturation process of college students, according to sociologists.

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Outdoors notes | Outdoors  Observer-Reporter

Charleroi Sportsmen Club's 2019 Winter Trap League begins Jan. 6 at noon and runs for 12 weeks plus a shootoff. The league is open to the public. The cost is.


Check the Outdoors calendar for meetings, events and hunting season schedules  The Advocate

RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room B, Goodwood Library, Baton Rouge. Call Sydney Dobson (225) 892-1613. Website: ...


Recreation and outdoors calendar (Dec. 16)  Baltimore Sun

A calendar of recreation and outdoors events in Central Maryland.


Action Outdoors: First ice angling | Outdoors  Kokomo Perspective

Every angler knows that “first ice” is the best time of the season to get on the fish. Gamefish tend to really put on the feedbag as the ice is.


May: Outdoors for the holidays and beyond  Carroll County Times

Cold weather and the holidays may curtail some outdoor activities, but they open up others. Here are some options.


Outdoors calendar: Dec. 16, 2018 | Hunting & Fishing  Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia's muzzleloader season will end, one-half hour after sunset. Monday. The third segment of West Virginia's three-part duck season will begin, ...


Outdoors: Working with nature can be 'luxury of simplicity'  Burlington Times News

Those who appreciate the outdoors the most enjoy the “luxury of simplicity.” No words I could choose would better describe little Clyde Mitchell. We called him ...


Go local for a can't-miss gift  The Advocate

It's that most wonderful time of the year — again — and lots of loving family members and friends are just as stumped about what to get their favorite ...


New ODNR director Mary Mertz brings outdoors and political experience – D’Arcy Egan  cleveland.com

The appointment of Mary Mertz to ODNR director is being praised by Ohio outdoors enthusiasts. (State of Ohio photo) ( State of Ohio ). Comment. By D'Arcy ...


OUTDOORS digest  Youngstown Vindicator

Lowellville gun show. Lowellville. The Mahoning Valley Gun Collectors is having a winter gun show Dec. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 ...


Nearby Nature encourages neighborhood kids to explore outdoors  OnMilwaukee.com

Nearby Nature is an after-school program at the Lighthouse Youth Center, where students can dive more deeply into the realm of science, Milwaukee ...


Gander Outdoors to open for business in Augusta Friday  WRDW-TV

The store formerly known as Gander Mountain will open its doors to shoppers Friday under a new name - Gander Outdoors.


Outdoors: No ice fishing happening yet  Galesburg Register-Mail

November temperatures were pretty chilly here in the Galesburg area. The weather folks said the average temperatures we had were below normal. Now that ...


Outdoors | Westerville team hooks 4th in Bassmaster event  The Columbus Dispatch

Six ounces don't pull as much weight in the grand scheme as they can in a professional bass tournament, so the two are not to be confused.Nonetheless, six ...


OUTDOORS: Family heirloom will be treated with respect from now on  Tuscaloosa News

Moving, particularly when it involves moving some of your possessions a considerable distance, can be trying. And no matter how careful you are, some things ...


Outdoors: Deer management will continue until February  Daily Record

This year's deer harvest is up over last year's, and winter seasons will continue until February.


Warm temps encourage outdoor winter fun | Outdoors  International Falls Journal

RANIER — The fire was blazing, and kids were sledding and skating at the Ranier Rink Wednesday afternoon.


Gift suggestions for outdoors enthusiasts  Lima Ohio

With a little more than a week left before Christmas, there is still plenty of time to get some gifts for the outdoors lover on your list.Stocking stuffers.


Best holiday gifts for the outdoor junkie on your list  Digital Trends

Want a unique gift for the outdoorsy person on your holiday shopping list? Look no further. We've hand-picked some of our favorite outdoor items to help you ...


OUTDOORS: State's eagle population on the rise - Sports  Enterprise News

We don't always see deer while hunting, but we usually see some sort of wildlife while traversing through woods, fields and swamps. Squirrels, small birds and ...


How European Outdoor Industry Coalition Grants Help Young People To Explore Life Outdoors  Forbes

Established as an International Non Profit Association, the It's Great Out There Coalition (IGOTC) of European outdoor companies aims to encourage more ...


Outdoors brand Fjallraven boosts spending amid parka battle  AdAge.com

For three winters in a row, parka-marketer Fjallraven has pushed its product with a Times Square billboard and other out-of-home and print ads. But amid rising ...


Meet Pattie Gonia, the Backpacking Drag Queen Promoting Inclusivity in the Outdoors  Self

Instagram drag queen Pattie Gonia is spreading positive vibes and a powerful message about inclusivity in the outdoors, one high-heeled hike at a time.


Outdoors: Clam Company's Ice Fishing Team live for the outdoors  ECM Publishers

Scott Seibert and Shelly Holland, both members of the Clam Company's Ice Fishing Team, have learned to squeeze every free moment of time into the outdoors.


Wrap up the 12 Days of Deals with sports/outdoors gifts  Chicago Tribune

For kids, trained athletes, and general fitness enthusiasts, sports and outdoor gifts are hard to beat. They can provide hours of entertainment, exercise, or.


Active Outdoors: Christmas gifts for the outdoors lovers  Concord Monitor

Getting Christmas gifts for Active Outdoors folks can be a real challenge. If you surprise someone with something they really want and can really use and enjoy, ...


Jerry Davis: Wisconsin's 2019 deer hunting season begins ... now  Madison.com

Adrian Alan, range manager at Vortex Optics and a former officer in the Madison Police Department, believes from experience that the moment a hunter comes ...


Academy Sports + Outdoors partners with Columbus Police Dept. for bike giveaway  WTVM

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Academy Sports + Outdoors partnered with the Columbus Police Department to give way bikes to children for Christmas. Thirty bikes ...


Noonan: News & notes from the outdoors  The Daily Gazette

In less than two weeks, jolly St. Nick will be coming down your chimney with his bag of goodies. Have you dropped hints on what you want to see under the tree?


Marine veteran loved outdoors, sports  Tribune-Review

John Mott of Norvelt was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, which he taught his daughters along with teaching them about athletics. 'He taught us ...


As temperatures drop for outdoors debate, Tampa's mayor's race heats up  Tampa Bay Times

Seven candidates will gather at Sparkman Wharf tonight to debate transportation issues, the latest sign that activity in advance of the March 5 election is picking ...


Outdoors calendar: Dec. 9, 2018 | Hunting & Fishing  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Today. n The West Virginia Clays skeet and trap club will hold a Christmas shoot, noon, at the club's range near Hernshaw. Call 304-549-7250. n West Virginia's ...


Outdoors in Maine  Lewiston Sun Journal

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High Plains Outdoors: Air Gun Hunt  HPPR

This week, Luke takes us on a big bore airgun hunt to Ranger Creek Ranch www.rangercreekranch.com . Luke's hunted here for many years and loves the ...


Curious Idaho: Ask us your questions about the Gem State’s outdoors lifestyle  Idaho Statesman

What do you want to know about Idaho's outdoors? Idaho Statesman outdoors reporter Nicole Blanchard wants to hear your questions about the state's outdoor ...


Outdoors Holiday Gift Guide  Duluth News Tribune

Santa Claus was checking out new routes for his reindeer recently when he stopped in the Northland and tried his hand at ice fishing. Being Santa, he of course ...


Manitowoc outdoors news: Wisconsin Outdoor Recreation Plan — your chance to sound off  Herald Times Reporter

Public meeting on Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan will be Dec. 19. Comments can also be made online through Jan. 4.


First he got healthy, then he went elk hunting  Lewiston Morning Tribune

How 12-year-old John Gegen found himself in a cabin in the Colorado mountains on a recent evening receiving a personal video message from Philadelphia ...


Outdoors Happenings: Dec. 13, 2018  Yakima Herald-Republic

The Ginkgo Petrified Forest interpretive center in Vantage will be open for special winter hours for the first time, Washington State Parks announced this week.


Naples Baker Museum moves outdoors with minimalist prize: Buren work  Naples Daily News

The Baker Museum's newest exhibition is outdoors at Artis—Naples: Daniel Buren's "The Colors Above Our Heads Are Under Our Feet as Well."


'She was sold on it.' How smartphones are helping hunters bag deer in Mississippi  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Adapters help overcome vision, physical challenges.


Man rescued after steep fall off Drinking Horse Trail  KBZK Bozeman News

GALLATIN COUNTY, Mont. – A man hiking on the Drinking Horse Trail was rescued after slipping and falling about 30 feet, according to the Gallatin County ...


Find places for outdoor fun with free with new MDC “MO Outdoors” app  Bolivar Herald-Free Press

Finding places to discover nature and enjoy outdoor activities in Missouri has just gotten easier. The Missouri Department of Conservation now offers its new, ...


Former Gander Mountain will reopen under new name Gander Outdoors  The Augusta Chronicle

Gander Outdoors, the store formerly known as Gander Mountain, said Tuesday it will re-open its Augusta store on Friday at 9 a.m.The 52000-square-foot store, ...


Podcast aims to bring scientific foundation to outdoors discussions  Laramie Boomerang

Conversations about hunting, wildlife management, public lands and conservation have moved squarely into the podcasting world in the past few years, with the ...


Unique gifts are a perfect option for lovers of the great outdoors  Pike County News Watchman

COLUMBUS, OH – As Ohioans celebrate the holidays and create memories with loved ones, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has great ...


Outdoors: Social media needs to get a grip  Waco Tribune-Herald

Social media can be a great and powerful tool. Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms connect people who have similar interests, went to high school ...


Winter in outdoors presents many opportunities  Lincoln Journal Star

It's December. Snow has fallen. It's winter, for all practical purposes.


Find new outdoor places with app  Daily Journal Online

Finding places to discover nature and enjoy outdoor activities in Missouri has just gotten easier.


Johnson Outdoors (JOUT) PT Lowered to $75 at Imperial Capital Following 4Q  StreetInsider.com

News and research before you hear about it on CNBC and others. Claim your 2-week free trial to StreetInsider Premium here.


Gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast  Las Vegas Review-Journal

For some of us, buying Christmas gifts can be a rather arduous task. Not because we don't care about our loved ones and friends, but because holiday shopping ...


Outdoors column: Working the waterways to put a stop to invasive species  Mankato Free Press

Two recently installed electric barriers east of Mankato will help protect several thousand acres of water, including a number of popular fishing lakes, from the ...


Outdoors, Vol. 2  Willamette Week

My Happy Place Camp Fire Mug | Tender Loving Empire | $22. This 14 oz. steel mug is perfect for your next camping adventure! Inspired by love for the outdoors ...


Outdoors: Gun season harvest improves  South Bend Tribune

The 2018 deer firearms season in Michiana won't break any records, but it certainly was better than last year.


OUTDOORS: East Texas Fishing Report for Dec. 6, 2018 | Sports  Huntsville Item

Fishing guide Jim Brack says fishing patterns remain unchanged from last week. Bass are slow. A few fish in the 2-3 pound range taking Carolina rigs fished ...


Salvation Army Captain to sleep outdoors to help homeless News  The Sheboygan Press

Salvation Army's Capt. Daryl Mangeri will sleep outside for five nights to highlight the plight of the homeless.


Recreation and outdoors calendar (Dec. 9)  Baltimore Sun

A calendar of recreation and outdoors events in Central Maryland.


Kids 'Bring the Outdoors In' at Family Fun Day  KPIC News

EUGENE, Ore. — Today was family fun day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum at the University of Oregon. The activities had a environmentally friendly theme.


Arkansas Outdoors calendar  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Calendar. NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Information on events also may be emailed to ...


Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County  The Daily Herald

GET OUT. Guided snowshoe hikes: Washington State Parks is offering guided snowshoe hikes this winter at Lake Easton Park, a camping park 17 miles east of ...


Eva Shockey Brings Her Adventures Outdoors to a New Facebook Watch Series  Cheddar

Acclaimed outdoor enthusiast Eva Shockey is starring in her own outdoor lifestyle reality series. The six-episode series takes viewers on an adventure into the ...


NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: Hawkeye Wildlife Area Refuge Opens Dec. 18  KIOW

The wildlife refuge at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County will be open for public use, including hunting and trapping, on Dec. 18. The main purpose of ...


Outdoors in Maine: Longtime game warden John Ford lived a long, happy life  Lewiston Sun Journal

Jonny Law is gone. That is what he called himself — at least with his email address. Retired Maine Game Warden, two-term sheriff of Waldo County, author and ...


4 more deer test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease  KBZK Bozeman News

Test results from the final CWD surveillance samples sent after the close of Montana's general hunting season showed four more deer along the Hi-Line to be ...


Tossing out the tree? Donate it for wildlife habitats  News-Press Now

Conservation officials at Smithville Lake will begin collecting Christmas trees next week that will be used for wildlife habitat.


Best gift for the adventurer in your life: Outdoor experiences  Times Union

My inbox is filling up with emails from product companies. They're urging me to buy the latest in gear – backpacks, clothes, boots, bathing wipes. You name it ...


Outdoors Calendar: Dec. 13, 2018 | Sports | journaltimes.com  Journal Times

The Richard Bong State Recreation Area in Brighton offers the following naturalist programs. A vehicle admission sticker is required for entrance to the park.


Outdoors briefs: Snowmobile trails and roads closed down for weekdays  Great Falls Tribune

Information meeting set on mountain lion management. A public information meeting on the conservation and management of mountain lion populations in ...


Enjoying Iowa's great outdoors  Fort Dodge Messenger

What is important to you? The most important things in my life are my family, friends, faith and the time I spend outside. My family and friends are the cente.


OUTDOORS: Christmas gift ideas for hunters and fishermen  Tuscaloosa News

Outdoorsmen always like getting Christmas presents that help them enjoy their favorite sports.There is an endless variety of gadgets and old reliable items that ...


Lone Star Warriors Outdoors annual hunt  ConchoValleyHomepage.com

Lone Star Warriors Outdoors hosted their fifth annual hunt this past weekend in Christoval. The veterans flew in to San Angelo before being presented with their ...


Girl Scouts still get outdoors in cold weather  Indiana Gazette

Girl Scouts stay busy and get outdoors during colder weather. The recent snowfall might keep some people inside, but local Girl Scouts haven't been deterred.


Whoopers, Smidt’s, foodies, ethanol, deer harvest: Notes around Chicago outdoors  Chicago Sun-Times

Whooping cranes mixed with sandhill cranes, ethanol issues, deer harvest and Phil Smidt's are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.


Womp, Womp: 5 Gifts You Should NOT Get for the Outdoors Person  GearJunkie

There are 1001 gift guides out there. But whatever you do, avoid these common bad outdoor gifts.


OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: New DNR conservation officers go to work,...  Grand Forks Herald

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' 18 newest conservation officers began working at their field stations Wednesday, Dec. 5. The new officers ...


Outdoors: Doing the Riverdance  Tallahassee.com

Even though winter doesn't officially begin until Dec. 21, the fish (and fishermen) believe it happened this week. Air and water temperatures have plummeted, ...


World Outdoors: Bird-watching opportunities in Savanna  Quad-Cities Online

The US Fish and Wildlife *Service*, in conjunction with the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge, will be hosting a bird-touring event inside the closed ...


Johnson Outdoors Inc. (JOUT) CEO Helen Johnson-Leipold on Q4 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transcript  Seeking Alpha

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ:JOUT) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call December 07, 2018 11:00 AM ET Executives Patricia Penman - VP of Marketing ...


Outdoors: CRITTERS OF NORTH IDAHO: The Ring-necked Pheasant  Coeur d'Alene Press

I was riding in the backseat of my car one day and I saw a gorgeous long-tailed bird with a plump body and fie.


Whitefish summit focuses on Montana's outdoors economy  KBZK Bozeman News

WHITEFISH – If you hear more about Montana's tourism economy in the coming year it's likely because of the spark that was ignited this week in Whitefish.


Don't hide from winter, embrace the outdoors  Mesabi Daily News

It always makes me chuckle inside when someone who lives in northern Minnesota says they don't like winter.


Oregon Outdoors: Snowshoe hiking at Crater Lake  KTVL

Take a guided snowshoe hike with a park ranger at Crater Lake National Park this winter! The Mail Tribune's Mark Freeman shows us how this adventure is ...


Outdoors notebook  Lebanon Democrat

Deer management plan: The Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission outlined a five-year “strategic deer management plan” last week during its final meeting of ...


Matt Ryan Could Be a Fantasy Playoff Bust Playing Outdoors Down the Stretch  The Duel

Matt Ryan's fantasy football numbers are extremely different based on if he's playing outdoors or indoors.


Outdoor briefs for Thursday, Dec. 6 | Outdoors | bismarcktribune.com  Bismarck Tribune

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and North Dakota Department of Agriculture are opening the Coyote Catalog, a statewide effort designed to ...


Enjoy an outdoors break in the season | News, Sports, Jobs  Minot Daily News

As reported on in Wednesday's Minot Daily News, we are not just approaching Christmas, but also annual Christmas Bird Counts. It's beginning to look a lot.


How the Outdoors Makes Your Kids Smarter  Outside

Playing outside isn't just good for your kid. It's essential.


12 gifts under $25 for outdoorsy people on your Christmas list  The Tennessean

Finding good holiday gifts for outdoorsy friends or family members can be a challenge. But with some help from area retailers that specialize in the great ...


Rent a yurt to maximize on winter outdoor fun  Idaho Press-Tribune

It's time to book a yurt in the Idaho backcountry to ensure that at least for one long weekend this winter — or more likely, several days during the week.


Agriculture Today & Outdoors | www.wilsoncountynews.com  Wilson County News

Read about Brian Lowak of La Vernia and. Thank you for reading some of our articles, please login or subscribe if you would like to read more. Username or ...


Get Outdoors | Local  Herald Palladium

Sarett Nature Center. Junior Naturalist Club: 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, May 4. Club for children ages 7-12 who are interested in nature.


REI Closes on Black Friday, asking shoppers to #OptOut and go outdoors instead  WTVC

The day after Thanksgiving is often associated with door buster deals. But this Black Friday, some locals chose peace and quiet in the great outdoors. Outdoor ...


Outdoors: What's a little wind when there are fish to catch?  Waco Tribune-Herald

On the plus side of Saturday's Fish On Texas! Toys for Tots fishing tournament at Lake Waco, the temperature was above the 20s — unlike last year. On the ...


Former Nike, SC Johnson CEO joins Johnson Outdoors board  BizTimes.com (Milwaukee)

Racine-based Johnson Outdoors Inc. has added a former president and chief executive officer of S.C. Johnson and Son Inc. to its board of directors.


BLANE KLEMEK OUTDOORS: Keeping a sharp eye out for the 'shar...  Bemidji Pioneer

Living where I do, I only observe one of Minnesota's four species of native grouse—ruffed grouse. The other three native grouse species, which occupy habitats ...


OREGON OUTDOORS VIDEO: Snow walk, pt. 1  Mail Tribune

Strapping on snowshoes is a great way to discover parts of Crater Lake National Park that you normally wouldn't see. Each winter, the National Park *Service* at ...


Clam Outdoors Turns Ice Into Gold  Building Design + Construction

In the state of Minnesota, winter is unavoidable. Every year Minnesotans can look forward to each of the state's 10,000 lakes freezing with a topcoat of ice solid ...


Where to find outdoor ice skating this winter  SW News Media

When the dry, freezing part of winter hits, Minnesotans aren't the type to skirt away indoors. We get out and cross country ski, ice fish, and of course, skate.


Twin Citians have healthy access to outdoors; survey’s sponsors want you out there on Black Friday  St. Paul Pioneer Press

If new hiking gear is on the holiday wish list, customers of REI, the outdoor apparel and goods chain, will have to wait until after Black Friday to check the items ...


Share your Outdoors story with News-Press Storytellers  The News-Press

The Southwest Florida Storytellers Project is hosting "Great Outdoors" on Feb. 20 at Bass Pro Shops.


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