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By Jason Kellerman

This simply smart camping accessory allows you to cook and carry hot game recipes.

Very rarely do we find a product that gets us as excited as this one, for a variety of reasons. First among them is simplicity.

It’s just a very well-insulated bag. No chords, no electronics, no solar panels, nothing to break or wear out. Its uses, however, are pretty complex and varied.

Take this while you’re hunting for more game to put in your wonderbag. It’s a delicious cycle.

It keeps hot things hot, and cold things cold, so you could, for instance:

1) Heat chili in the morning, take it into the field (still cooking) and leave it at base camp, shoot a deer, cube some meat, and slow-cook the venison in the hot chili hours later.

2) Take frozen fish into the field and keep it frozen until you make camp at night, heat it over a fire, and keep the leftovers hot overnight for breakfast the next morning.

3) Shoot a couple squirrels, keep them fresh with ice in the Wonderbag, get to camp, heat them over a fire, and let them slow cook while you go out for bigger game.

With this handy list of red meat recipes, for which I’d imagine you could easily sub your game of choice, you don’t have to eat like a caveman just because you’re out in the woods.

Did we mention the philanthropy? There’s also philanthropy.

Wonderbags cost about $50, and for every Wonderbag sold, one gets donated to a family in Africa. These slow-cooker bags can save up to 30% household income a year in some villages, and are otherwise cost-prohibitive for families in need to purchase on their own.

So we’re not sure about you, but we’re having a hard time NOT buying one of these for the office. We only have one question:

How do we get one in camo?

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By Johnny Certo

Bring the Freescape Camp Kitchen Knife by Gerber on your next camping trip for next-level food prep possibilities.
Made by Gerber, the Freescape Camp Kitchen Knife is designed with the cooking camper in mind.

See how the Freescape Camp Kitchen Knife will give you the edge you need to prep great food in the woods.

This knife is made for the adventurous cook who needs a solid blade in the woods.

Manufactured with a sheepsfoot point and a flat belly middle section, this knife will be great for all your food prepping needs. The super-grippy material of the handle and the green accents on the knife provide control and much needed visibility in low light settings, respectively. Gerber constructed the Freescape Camp Kitchen Knife with high grade steel, so you know it will tackle any task you throw at it.

Weighing a mere 6.5 ounces, there’s no reason this knife should be left at home on your next camping adventure.

Retail: $52.99.

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By Molly Carter

Being prepared is important, but if you’re making these survival mistakes, it’s time to reevaluate.

If you’re a survivalist, you know how important it is to be prepared. But are you really? Or are you one of the many who makes these simple oversights which can lead to huge survival mistakes?

1. Not Practicing Your Skills

Four of the most important things in any survival situation are building a shelter, making a fire, finding food, and securing safe water to drink. And while many of us understand how these things are done, if you’ve never tried to do them youself, you’re setting yourself up for a huge survival mistake.

Knowledge is important, and it shouldn’t be underestimated, but actually having the skills and knowing physically what to do is just as important. So practice your survival skills often. Make a fire from scratch, build a pine shelter out of boughs, use a snare to catch dinner. That way, if the time ever comes and you need to utilize your skills you can do it without a second thought.

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2. Gathering Supplies Instead of Skills

Sometime people focus too much on having enough supplies instead of having the skills they need to survive. While having a surplus of food, water, and medicine can save your life, what happens if you’re not at home when you find yourself in a survival situation? What happens if you have to leave your house with nothing but a backpack?

Yes, having a basement full of food is important, but knowing how to catch, kill, and cook an animal may be more important.

3. Miscalculating Risks

You never know when you may end up in a survival situation. Most happen when people are going about, doing things they do on a regular basis. That’s why so many people are underprepared when a survival emergency happens. You may just be on a hike, hunting, or ice fishing, when suddenly, you’re fighting for your life.

That’s why you always need to be prepared for the worst case scenario and always expect the unexpected. Think about what could go wrong and make a plan for each circumstance. Don’t overestimate your abilities, because you never know what can happen.

4. Not Knowing What Water is Safe

Water: it’s the life source of survival. Without water, you can suffer from dehydration within a day, but drinking water that’s not safe can be just as dangerous. Due to microbacteria and protozoa, unsafe water can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting, which in turn not only makes you dehydrated, but makes you unable to work on other areas of your survival.

Learn what water is safe to drink and know at least two ways to purify it. Because without water, you won’t survive.

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5. Forgetting About Signaling

When you’re caught up in a survival situation, it can be easy to forget about signaling for help. After all, there are immediate survival needs to be met. But signaling for help can also save your life, especially if you have deviated from your initial plan, or if no one knows where you are.

It’s unrealistic to think that people are out looking for you and it’s irresponsible to just wait to be found. As soon as your immediate needs are met, set up some sort of signaling device to help people see you.

6. Not Knowing How to Navigate

If you’ve never spent a lot of time in the woods, you may not know how difficult it can be to find your way and how easy it is to get turned around. Knowing how to navigate, both with and without a compass, is essential to survival. Learning how to follow the sun and locate the North Star be more beneficial than you think. Make sure you practice using a compass and learn how to use it for navigation.

7. Clothing Choices

A survivalist always layers, no matter where he’s going. You never know when a survival situation can strike and clothing is your first defense against the elements. Always dress warm and in layers, ideally always have one more layer on than necessary so you’re not only prepared for weather changes, but you’ll have extra protection when you need it. Being cold in the wilderness can be deadly.

Being prepared is one thing, but knowing how to use your preparation and skills in the time of need is another. Having the practice and the equipment is imperative in survival situations. Don’t get caught in the wilderness making these mistakes.

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For the saltwater fishing that I do, it’s not uncommon to rig two different lure presentations on the same line. What I’ve found is that this sort of setup works best when the combination is greater than the individual parts. This kind of rig becomes a powerful weapon when the lures work in tandem to present an overall picture to the targeted species.

An example of the presentation is what we call the jig-and-fly setup, where we use a metal jig at the end of the line and a shrimp fly positioned 12 inches or so above it. The hope is that shrimp fly looks like it is being chased by a fish just below it (the jig).

I didn’t think that the ultimate finesse presentation, flyfishing for trout, would employ this same idea, but this article from Field & Stream shows how to employ a two-fly setup to ignite a finicky trout bite.

tandem_outdoorcaTwo-fly rigs allow anglers to present double the meal options to discerning trout. The best fly pairings, however, are no given. Trout streams and trout feeding behavior are dynamic. What works in the morning can just as easily strike out in the afternoon. Check your watch, and try these three killer combinations when the time is right.

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Tie a No. 6 weighted stonefly nymph to a 3X leader. Next, add 2 feet of 4X tippet to the bend in the nymph hook, and finish with a trailing No. 12 caddis pupa. Drift this combination below a strike indicator behind rocks and in eddies where natural nymphs are stirring. A large and small offering gives trout options prior to any hatch activity starting. Choose a stonefly in black or brown, as dark colors show better contrast in low light.

Photos: Field & Stream (top); Outdoor Canada (above)

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Spring seems like it’s in sight and I’m sure that many of you are beyond ready for it. Are you ready enough to head out of town for a little fishing vacation? Florida is a hot spot for all kinds of fishing. A great Florida fishing spot this time of year is Mosquito Lagoon. Mosquito Lagoon is located on the Atlantic side of the state, east of Orlando. Winter inshore fishing here features redfish, bluefish, speckled sea trout, and sheepshead… something for any level of angler.

Capt. Michael Savedow, a guide in the Indian River/Mosquito Lagoon area posts this report in the NBS Sportfishing Forums.

inshore_speckWinter fishing patterns finally came to East Central Florida by late December into February 2015 with water temperatures dropping to mid even lower 50’s, crystal clear water on the flats of Mosquito Lagoon, beautiful dark green color in the deeper spots, schooling Redfish and Seatrout up shallow, with Sheepshead, Snapper, Seatrout and more in the deep holes. Water levels remain higher than normal for our chilly months after an unusually wet late fall and early winter. On colder days we search the flats for schooling Reds with sight fishing techniques, casting select size live shrimp, a winter time food of choice, live finger mullet will also catch them while holding back off the fish when they become skittish. Craig from Sanford, Florida brought his family to fish the flats with me on a chilly morning last week, targeting bigger fish we only caught a few but they were good ones, Redfish from 28” to 33” at 14 lbs, great battles on the 10 lb test spin tackle. Craig with the smallest 28” spot tail, photo showing the clear cold water in the foreground.

Son McLean with one of the bigger ones which we caught at midday after a beautiful cold morning sun warmed the water up a degree or two and got the fish feeding better.

My Indian River backcountry fishing trips are always much fun with winter mixed bag catches targeting Seatrout, Sheepshead, Bluefish, Redfish, and always a few more species. As spring arrives the Jack Crevalle and Ladyfish will arrive back in our waters after wintering in south Florida adding more fun target game fish starting in March. Young Dominick and family had a great time recently backcountry fishing with me.

Photos: Capt. Michael Savedow

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As an angler, it’s easy to always look for the latest and greatest lure. New lures to an angler are like new shoes to some ladies. I believe that part of the reason behind new-lure obsession is that we’re always trying to get an edge over our fellow anglers. In our drive to feed this obsession, it’s easy to forget the tried-and-true basics. No matter what kind of fishing you do, there are go-to lures that have stood the test of time.

When it comes to walleye fishing, you can’t go wrong with the seven crankbaits detailed in this article from the North American Fishing Club.

cranks_reefrunnerCrankbaits are to walleye fisherman what shoes are to women. We may not need as many as we have, but we have to have them just the same. While the latest fancy finish or popular color can steal our attention, serious walleye anglers know that having a selection of cranks in various diving depths, floaters, suspenders and profiles is more important as you fish in different parts of the country or as conditions change throughout the season on your favorite lake or river.

Here are 7 go-to cranks for walleye recommended by tournament professionals and guides that you should have in your walleye tackle regardless of where you fish.

Reef Runner 800

When the first Reef Runner hit the shelves in the mid-90s, it was an instant hit. The hump design that helps move more water over its back and provide a hunting action made it an instant and lasting favorite of walleye trollers. The hundreds of wacky named color options probably didn’t hurt its appeal either. The addition of the “Bare Naked” series a few years ago has caused yet another trend with transparent bodies and a copper colored prism insert.

Photos: NAFC