American Outdoor Guide September 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

3 min.
bring the outdoors inside

September is the beginning of my favorite time of year. Ever since I was a child growing up in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley, this signaled another time of change that was, for me, a welcome one. The long, hot, humid summer gave way to cooler days and nights, and the autumn breezes were always something I looked forward to. There was a favorite state park in the Catskills we visited at that time of the year. It was far enough away from home to feel as if we were on a short vacation and close enough that we went there often to watch the leaves change color and eventually fall, making the views of the valley east to, and beyond, the Hudson nothing less than spectacular. On a clear day, it…

8 min.
new products

With fall right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gearing up for hunting seasons and more trips into the backcountry. This month, we’ve curated a variety of new products that are sure to make your adventures more enjoyable. As always, we have a variety of knives—from fixed blades to folders—as well as training opportunities, cookware and water purification tools to round out the collection. 1 WC Knives Master Bushman In a world in which it can be hard to tell a custom knife from a production knife, WC Knives products stand apart from the crowd. Their unique designs are created with specific intent and purpose and are made to work exceptionally well. The Master Bushman follows this design philosophy and is made from either 5/32-inch Nitro V stainless or CPM…

11 min.
one watch to rule them all

We’ve come a long way since the pocket watch. While society might not be flitting here and there in flying cars (yet), we do have wrist watches that can communicate with multiple satellites and give us our exact location. When GPS made it to the public (á la “Dick Tracy”), the battery life of a watch wasn’t sufficient for such a device to really be considered a viable survival tool. The folks at Garmin have been cramming valuable features into their watches for a while now. But, with the latest version—the Instinct Solar Tactical Edition—they’ve practically eliminated the ability to get lost for long. Being a watch enthusiast, I can “get lost” in the faces of some dreamy timepieces. The word, “horophile,” wasn’t recognized when I typed it into this article, but…

1 min.
garmin’s instinct solar tactical edition

Features • GPS, GLONASS and Galileo (dual-format GPS for improved accuracy) • “Stealth” mode disables wireless comms and hides GPS data • Phone sync with notifications • “Jumpmaster” mode—HAHO and HALO • High-contrast display with day/night modes; also compatible with NVG • Sports apps built in and downloadable • MIL-SPEC tough (standard) • Power manager • High battery life • Runs up to 54 days in “smart watch” mode • Wrist-based heart rate monitor • Pulse oximeter • Stress tracking • Body Battery Energy Monitor • Colors: Black or green MSRP: $449.99…

10 min.
beware of the dogs

“IN MY MIND, THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A BAD DOG; JUST BAD OWNERS. PEOPLE WHO DON’T TRAIN THEIR DOG—AND FRANKLY, JUST DON’T CARE—ARE THE REAL PROBLEM.” According to, each day, about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care for serious dog bite injuries, and more than 14,000 people are hospitalized during the course of a year because of them. I recently read a story in the local newspaper about an elderly couple walking their dog, a big, old golden retriever that they’d rescued, along a popular trail not far from their home. They are well-known to their neighbors for their daily walks. During this regular walk, the couple and their dog were attacked by a pack of eight large dogs. Trying to defend themselves and their dog, the man, woman and their…

3 min.
dogs that get a ‘bad rap’

While any dog can be potentially dangerous, according to information from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (JAVMA) and other sources, the following are among dogs perceived to be the most dangerous. Many factors contribute to the perception that these dogs might be more likely to attack or bite humans, so this shouldn’t imply that the breeds mentioned—or all dogs in these breeds—are inherently dangerous. Factors such as the number of incidents per the population of purebred members of a breed can’t be known, meaning that accurate statistics are impossible to calculate. Add to this the fact that the levels of news and social media coverage of all dog breed attacks aren’t equal. Greater volumes of coverage for certain breeds tend to skew public perception that those breeds are…