American Outdoor Guide March 2021

Prepare yourself family for when disaster strikes. Step-by step instructions on how to provide energy to your home, grow and preserve your own food, prepare a first-aid kit, make water drinkable.

United States
Engaged Media
USD 6.99
USD 27.99
12 Números

en este número

4 min.
hunkered down or on the move, we have you covered!

Even though it’s the first week of December as I write this, winter has yet to really make its presence known across the land. It’s gotten chilly, and there’ve been some decent snowfalls here and there, but autumn weather has hung on with a dogged persistence for the most part. So, I can only imagine what the intervening weeks and months will have been like before you’re able to read this. That being the case, I’m going to make some assumptions based on the many winters I have under my belt. Most of this issue’s articles relate to the ability to get back outside after a long period of hunkering down inside your home, especially when you don’t want to leave home. The concept of “bugging out” and having the ability to do…

8 min.

Spring has sprung, as they say, and we look forward to crawling out of hibernation and preparing for the warmer, longer days ahead. The sun is shining brighter, and there might even be some green starting to pop up along the trail. Critters are waking up and shaking off winter. Their various calls, whistles and grunts form the soundtrack as we venture down the path to see what we can see. 1 Knog Bilby Headlamp Headlamps have come a long way in recent years. This model is silicone, making it extremely comfortable. Its five LEDs provide lots of options, from a seriously bright 400 lumens to a red light for night use and even downlights that are perfect for reading. On the “high” setting, the Bilby Headlamp will run a full five…

13 min.
bug-out boats

“IN CRITICAL TIMES, WATERWAYS CAN STILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A VIABLE, SAFE ROUTE TO GET TO YOUR SANCTUARY. AND YOUR BEST MODE OF TRANSPORTATION ON THOSE WATERWAYS WHEN THE SITUATION FORCES YOU TO ‘GET OUTA DODGE’ JUST MIGHT BE A CANOE OR KAYAK.” Early in this nation’s history, before we had the spiderweb of pavement we rely on now, waterways were the highways. The Great Lakes, rivers such as the Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi, and the Erie Canal all served as transportation pathways-of-least-resistance. In critical times, waterways can still provide you with a viable, safe route to get to your sanctuary. And your best mode of transportation on those waterways when the situation forces you to “get outa Dodge” just might be a canoe or kayak. WHY BY BOAT? Every time there’s a mass…

1 min.
old town saranac 146 canoe—lots of value

If you’re on a tight budget, you can get an inexpensive, entry-level kayak that might be all you need. I found one at Walmart for $148. Or, you can spend well more than $1,000 and get something you’ll have more confidence in for years to come. Taking the middle ground, one canoe that I think provides excellent value is the Old Town Saranac 146 that sells for a suggested $699.99. As its name denotes, the Saranac 146 is 14 feet, 6 inches long. It’s a flat-bottomed, polyethylene canoe that weighs 79 pounds and has a weight capacity of 750 pounds. As a result, it would be large enough for two people and gear. And, once it’s on the water, it’s small enough so that you can handle it fine on your own. It…

8 min.
‘fishing’ fora fillet knife?

“MANY THINGS COULD—AND USUALLY DO—HAPPEN ON A FISHING TRIP. FISHING RODS BREAK, REELS FAIL, AND KNIVES GET MISPLACED. IT’S ESSENTIAL TO ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP.” My survival toolbox is full of items I need to keep my family and me fed and healthy. Knives of all sorts are part of that kit. Some of them include fillet knives, a style of knife that often isn’t what one thinks of for survival (and the focus of this article). Some might say that any knife can be used to fillet a fish, and this is true to a point; but that’s like saying a rock can be used to drive a nail: Although a rock will do the job, the proper hammer will do the job better. The same can be said when it comes…

1 min.
fillet knife care

Many people believe that if a knife has a stainless steel blade, it doesn’t need care. That’s not true. Keep it Clean After each use, make sure to carefully wash your knife in warm, soapy water. Pay close attention to the area at which the blade meets the handle to ensure you remove any debris from nooks and crannies. Any bits of flesh, blood or scale can lead to bacteria that can be transferred directly to you or to the next fish you fillet. Bacteria will also make your knife stink! Thoroughly dry the knife and apply a light coat of vegetable oil to the blade. Keep it Sharp A sharp knife is not only a safe knife, it also makes your job much easier. Before I begin cleaning and filleting any fish, I make sure…