Two cars in the snow after an auto accident.

Winter Preparedness: Building Your List

Due to a recent move, I now have to consider cold weather in my preparedness calculations. Prior to the move, I lived in Florida for more than a decade; three months of freezing temperatures initially had me off balance. For me, there are 3 layers of preparedness outside of the home: Vehicle, Every Day Carry, and extended. I will touch on all three; however, for me the distinction between them is important.

Taylors Cattlebrand revolver and Randall Trailblazer Bowie knife

Handguns and the Backcountry

America is far from tame, as we have seen recently. Despite the advance of civilization, there are places that are wild and free and not occasionally, but daily dangerous as a matter of course. Intense aridity, sweeping blizzards, terrible heat, dangerous wildlife and natural disasters come often. There are many challenging landscapes. Those who live in Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming on a permanent basis are prepared but sometimes make a misstep. God help the occasional visitor such as myself. Resident or visitor, you need the right caliber handgun for the backcountry.

Some things just say DON'T PLAY WITH ME


Guest post by Ed Head, contributor for Shooting Gallery, Gun Stories and Down Range TV.

“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” — Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones and I have something in common—we don’t like snakes.

Man in orange ballcap stands behind a woman with long brown hair, pink ballcap and black ear protection teaching her to shoot at a target

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman: Learn to Shoot

It is no secret that men and women are different on every level, especially when it comes to learning new skills. So developing a program that embraces those differences, instead of downplaying them, is one of the keys to the success of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program.

A stack a cut wood for the smoker

More People Picking Up the Smoking Habit

In the last decade, grilling food has become extremely popular thanks to improvements in barbecue equipment. It seems like everyone has a grillmaster in their family and grilling is certainly a great option for creating tasty meals. However, smoking (as in smoked food) is as equally satisfying as any other cooking method, and it is quickly gaining in popularity.

Ruffed Grouse with hunter wearing orange hat and vest.

The Royal Flush…

I am fairly certain whoever named the highest hand in poker the “Royal Flush” was an avid ruffed grouse hunter. Either that, or the person who designated the ruffed grouse the “King of Game Birds” was an avid poker aficionado…