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Indie Outdoor Lore 'n' More


Lollygagging: Fishin' and Floatin'

2016-06-08 I'm usually not so big on just hanging loose. I'm relaxed when moving. But there's a time for just sittin' there. Normally I like using a boat, a canoe, and having a boat that's meant to be used…

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Weird eBay Listing...

2016-05-27 A kinda neat photo of one of my stranger eBay listings. Maybe the weirdest yet? "A couple dozen broken arrows." ...Just sold for $10. (I even like the concrete texture above and below the box…

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My List of Favorite Guns

2014-02-04 People who like the shooting sports -- hunting, targets and the like -- often have lists of their favorite guns. OYB is no different! "Best guns of all time" lists are frequent -- and popular -- themes in outdoor magazines…

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Why Trap? -- Reasons for Fur Trapping

2013-03-11 Why trap? Trapping has gotten a reputation in recent decades as being fair game to hate. It's possible that this is changing. I wasn't in favor of the hate then and am not now. I suspect that like many things that it's a relative good or bad…

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The $500 Drilling?

2013-02-19 Would a budget drilling ever be cool, likely or appropriate? You know what I mean: a triple gun. For my variant I envision a: 20-gauge; .22; .300 Sav. Make it short and handily take-down, why not…

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Hear of "3 Gun" Shooting? Sounds Fun!

2013-02-19 3 Gun competition sounds pretty neat! I like this recent trend to versatility in outdoor sports. (The "Total Outdoorsman" being the main player here -- other than my own "Backyard Olympics" events. : ) ) 3 Gun is big now…

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Folk Art Firearms

2013-02-19 It's still what I want to do. I went to the local Mason Gun Show last week and had a dandy time. It's like visiting a gun museum, seeing all the variety of firearms both new, used and collectible…

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A Quick Defense of Hunting, Just in Case

2012-10-23 At this colorful and autumnal time of year many hunting seasons are in full swing with more set to come on. It's a great time of year to be outside as much as possible, 24/7, ideally. I've posted little defenses of hunting here before, all googleable, I hope…

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Dan's Tackle Shop: Best Fishing Lore in Chicago!

2012-09-18 One of the coolest things I experienced this summer was visiting Dan's Tackle Shop in Chicago. There are two great kinds of shops in the world: old ones with wood floors, and cluttered expert dens. Dan's is the latter…

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Vermin Sniping: Rascals vs. Teddies

2012-09-14 It's come to it. The red squirrels invaded our vintage travel trailer. We've been trying to live-trap them but they're ignoring peanut butter in favor of all the walnuts and pinecones laying around -- which they're loading into the trailer walls…

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