Our blogs are written by NRS instructors and guests to offer you the reader insight into engaging in the great outdoors. Topics range from homesteading to huntervationism (our word) and everything in between. Whether you want to know the best app, or the best pack, we will do all we can to offer you our decades of experience to inform you.

Podcast # 15 - Oooops! - Common Mistakes (Part 2 of 3): While on the Trail

by Craig Caudill | 08 January, 2020

Some are simple, others are just plain ridiculous.  Whatever the root reason, there are many common mistakes made while on the trail.  Join Tracy and Craig as they discuss some of the ones they have come across over the years.....

TSS Podcast: Is China REALLY an Existential Threat to the USA and World?

by Craig Caudill | 08 January, 2020

Have you ever heard the word BIOECONOMY?  When you think of that word do you think of terrorism?  If you were like me, most likely no.  It should give you pause for consideration.  After listening to my podcast, you may come to the same conclusion that I did.  That China's use of BIOECONOMY as a weapon......

On Patriotism and Dog Poop

by Craig Caudill | 08 January, 2020

I originally titled my latest article for The Winchester Sun the title you see here.   I also wanted to use the photo I have used here.  However, I knew my local paper would not like it. For good reason, they have standards of journalism that they adhere to maintain professionalism.  

Podcast #13 - Nature Notes: Carl Linnaeus is my homeboy

by Craig Caudill | 26 December, 2019

There in nature.  How is a person to remember them all? The simple truth is that you cant. 

Look up, down, left and right

by Craig Caudill | 18 December, 2019

Learning how to safely setup a shelter for camping, survival, or just a recreational hammock hang is easy to do...if you have a system to cover all the dangers.  This blog piece does exactly that.

Podcast #12: 2017 National Parks Search and Rescue (SAR) statistics.

by Tracy Trimble | 17 December, 2019

46,609 people required search and rescue services within the US National Parks between 2004-2014 with 1,578 deaths and 13,957 injuries/illnesses.

Podcast #11: Myth of the "Dark and Bloody Ground Pt 2

by Craig Caudill | 13 December, 2019

Part 2 discussing the myth of Kentucky as "A Dark and Bloody Ground".  In part 2 Craig discusses the persistence of this myth and how you can learn about native and abo skills and tools in the Red River Gorge.

Symbiosis=Mojo, Say What?

by Craig Caudill | 12 December, 2019

Symbiosis - a mutually beneficial relationship between different organisms, people or groups.

Mojo - personal confidence and charisma as it relates to relationships.

I dont know

by Craig Caudill | 12 December, 2019

.......there is a tremendous amount of ego floating around. Instructors who have no business teaching others, students whose own skill sets are over-inflated simply because they have a large social media presence, or something as simple as "little man's disease", false bravado, or something similar.

Podcast #10: Myth of the "Dark and Bloody Ground Pt 1

by Craig Caudill | 10 December, 2019

The idea that Kentucky was a "Dark and Bloody Ground" is one that is grounded in storytelling and myth.  Why does this still exist today?  Join Craig in this look back into history.  

Self-reliance through hunting! Part 1

by Craig Caudill | 10 December, 2019

In this part 1 of 3, I discuss some of the reasons to consider hunting as a way of providing food for you and/or your family.  It includes my thoughts on: 

  • The hunter's paradox, why many hunters kill the things they love.
  • Venison as a superior organic protein source
  • Some of the great things I have seen from the deerstand.

10 Simple Knots and Hitches Sportsmen Need to Know

by Craig Caudill | 08 December, 2019

You are going to love these.  Our favorite knots are easy to remember and crazy easy to tie

Stay Warm and Dry With These Improvised Tarp Shelters

by Craig Caudill | 08 December, 2019

If you're caught in the elements and don't have a tent, you'll want to know these expert shelter building tips.....

Podcast #8: How to sleep better in the cold

by Tracy Trimble | 08 December, 2019

In this episode Tracy and Craig discuss thermoregulation.   Big word for "how to stay warm".  We talk mindset, skills, tactics and LOTS of gear.  Another good one where you have two very experienced outdoorsman who sometimes do the same thing, and sometimes do things differently.  All the time we do what we can to help you learn from our successes and mistakes.    

Podcast #9: Historical Look at Thanksgiving, Fact vs. Fiction

by Craig Caudill | 08 December, 2019

In this podcast, I share some insight into the first Thanksgiving.  Actually, it wasn't called that at all.  I share a piece from the journal of one William Bradford (artistic representation here), who was present at the get-together.  I then share some "fact vs fiction" factoids that you will enjoy.

Did you say Karst?

by Craig Caudill | 08 December, 2019

Yes, I said karst.  For many years I heard this word “karst” when I was around geologists, engineers, surveyors, spelunkers, and such.  To be quite honest, until more recently, I only had the smallest of insight into what a karst system is.  When people think of Kentucky, there are many things that come to mind.

11 Rifles for Survival

by Craig Caudill | 26 November, 2019

If you join a discussion on the topic of dependable camp guns, you will get as many differing opinions as there are guns available. Everyone has their favorite, and for various reasons, some of which are obvious, others are not......

The Top 25 Life-Saving Survival Skills

by Craig Caudill | 26 November, 2019

From maintaining a positive mindset to knowing how to start a fire without matches, survival experts share their go-to advice for making the best of any bad situation in the wild