What’s open, what’s closed, where can you go — or not go — or kind of go? Those are all questions people in general and outdoor people in particular are asking — especially, those fishermen wh…

I still remember the slogan (and song) from the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union: “Look for the union lable....” It was a jingle written to convince people that pants, shirts and o…

Not long ago, but long enough to predate the virus-crisis, my wife was bemoaning the weather and what she then thought the term “cooped up” meant. I told her to quit whining, pack a bag and we…

Most insurance seems straightforward, until you make a claim. That’s when what you thought was understandable and straightforward comes back stamped “denied” or perhaps with a pay out amount f…

If there’s one silver lining to the Covid-19 pandemic, it could be the training of the masses to wash their hands often, use sanitizer and to employ other techniques to avoid or diminish poten…

Though I was probably only seven or eight years old the first time I went on a “fishing trip” I still have many vivid memories of that experience. My grandparents loaded me in the backseat of …

Recently, President Trump signed an Executive Order aimed at increasing U.S. seafood markets. It’s a part of his “America First” ideology, since a large portion of the fish, shrimp and shellfi…

It’s Safe Boating week. I knew it was coming so in the weeks leading up to this I looked for a recent event which could serve as a real life anecdote showing how boaters can easily adopt certa…

America was slapped upside the face in late winter when the COVID-19 pandemic showed up. Nothing was as apparent as the lack of personal protective equipment available to both health care work…

Every professional bass fisherman and inland lake walleye guide has an electric motor on his or her boat. So do millions of other anglers fishing for anything from sunfish to sailfish in some …

I’m not trying to sell anyone on a firearm made by the Remington Arms Company, but since my favorite shotgun is a Remington, when I see a headline featuring the name of this storied gun maker,…

There are very few silver linings to the dark cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though I’ve heard people extolling the ability for families to spend more time together, for people to re-examine …

For some people the sight of a robin hopping around in the yard is a sure sign of spring. I’ve seen too many robins on snowy days to believe them. Other species of birds, absent all winter, ar…

Barrack Obama won many awards while he was president. I’m sure he was proud of most of them. Probably not so much when the decidedly pro-Obama news network, CNN, named him Gun Salesman of the …

The headline isn’t totally true. I’m sure there are viruses which do occur outside or even commonly outside, but from what I can tell from all the media reporting, the Covid-19 is mostly sprea…

The popularity of kayak fishing is at an all-time high and B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization, has formed a new tournament trail aimed specifically at kayaking enthusiasts. The…

The water levels in the Great Lakes have cycled from high to low to high and back countless times in the 10 thousand years since the glaciers gouged the land, then filled the filled the trench…

I’ve written upbeat columns detailing how certain portions of the outdoor industry is booming. New and used boat sales are up. Two decades ago so many people embraced the then new GPS technolo…

Fishing can be as simple as heading to a pond with little more than a pole, hook, line and can of worms, and if you are like many fisher-folks, that simplicity is a part of the fun. But it’s e…

The first time I met Forrest Wood was in 1973. Ranger boats was a tiny, but growing boat building business located in Flippin, Arkansas. When we met, Wood was at the same table with Ray Scott …

Last week I described three ways travellers can get out on the ocean to have a saltwater fishing experience. This week, I’m dialing in on the most affordable method, and for a Midwesterner, pe…

For many Midwestern anglers, fishing either comes to an end in the winter, it switches to ice fishing, or it becomes a road trip. There are plenty of places snowbelt citizens “flock” to (thus …

The Superbowl will soon be over, what little ice fishing going on around these parts is in the doldrums or non-existant and whether or not the groundhog shadow myth is true, it’s a long time u…

European explorers came to North America for one reason — to get rich. Sure, they were adventurers, some just wanted to find what was out there, but remember, Columbus thought he could go west…