Whenever I’m bored and I can’t get out into the woods, I watch Ray Mears shows on YouTube, and dream about going on similar voyages. After you’ve done this for awhile – you find yourself wanting (and needing) a canoe.
I’ve never even been in a canoe before, so I had to do a lot of research before making my purchase. There are so many different variables to consider when deciding on a canoe! Continue reading
Nice little flick. Ray Mears is holding a gun to my head, telling me to get a canoe.
The other night I was jumping around on YouTube, looking at bushcraft videos. I came across a video of a guy cooking corned-beef hash and eggs together over a fire. His YouTube handle is Wilderness Rocks, and he has some pretty good videos. I haven’t had corned-beef hash since I went camping with my family as a little kid. I had to cook some up for myself and reminisce about the good ol’ days! Continue reading
Ever since I got into bushcraft, I’ve really missed my Labrador Retriever, Rocky – who passed away a couple of years ago. Having a dog with you when you’re in the woods, can be very beneficial in many ways. Obviously, they are a great companion. Aside from that, they have such keen senses of smell and hearing. They can help on a hunt, alert you of approaching animals or humans, and if they’re the right breed they can even protect you. Another option is to have them help pack-in/carry gear for you. Continue reading
There is a huge love affair with the Swiss Army Knife on BCUSA, for a lot of members. Because it’s only $30 on Amazon, I purchased one to see what all of the fuss is about.
First, I made a lanyard for it. Then a self-sewn sheath. Next, I attached a ferro rod by way of a braided and whipped piece of 550 cord.
Now, I’m set. Everything needed (except for the wood) to start a fire with! Continue reading
I finally set up an over-nighter with a buddy of mine, Greg. We have our sights set on the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas for a week long excursion someday, but we both need a lot of practice first. I took a Friday night off from the bar I work at, and we loaded up my pick-up with everything but the kitchen sink, and headed down to my land in rural Paola, Kansas (about 45 minutes south of Kansas City).
Since discovering bushcraft, I’ve only done “car camping”. Continue reading
Upon completion of my last basic Bushclass exercise today, I decided to jump into my first of five required outings. My plan was to take the kids to a nearby wooded area – to explore the great outdoors, look for reptiles to catch, play with, and release, and to cook up a little lunch. Continue reading
My brother got a call from our neighbor, alerting him to the fact that he had seen some Morels on our property. He asked me if I wanted to join him on the hunt – and of course I accepted! It was only supposed to get up to 51°F, so I was immediately planning on practicing my firecraft skills.
My brother carried my son and my possibles bag, and I loaded up my alice pack as if I was camping for days. I need the experience AND the exercise! Continue reading
What is bushcraft? Many people have never heard the term before. When I’m asked, I usually describe it as wilderness survival. But, it deserves much more than that.
With nothing more than a knife, a saw blade and a piece of paracord, I built a bucksaw. Continue reading
One of the requirements of the Bushclass USA basic certification is to cook bannock over a campfire. IA Woodsman serves up a video that covers 4 different cooking methods: frying, baking, planking, and boiling. My assignment is to choose one, and to have fun. Continue reading