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.

Land Navigation Scientist

by Craig Caudill | 27 July, 2020

Stump Removal

by Tracy Trimble | 26 May, 2020

As some of you know, I am clearing some woodland in order to grow a garden and build a greenhouse.  The garden will be raised beds due to our soil and slope of the ground.  You can hear more details by listening to Podcast #24 where Craig and I.....

Summer time is Paddling Time!

by Craig Caudill | 19 May, 2020

I will never forget getting into a canoe for the first time.  I guess my dad and his brother decided to do some fishing around Leatherwood Boat Ramp on Cave Run Lake.  I do not remember exactly why but they allowed my cousin and I to paddle around in the Grumman Canoe by ourselves.  They told us not to splash one another when we got in.  We followed that directive for about 3.5 seconds. 

Environmental Stewardship

by Craig Caudill | 09 May, 2020

The Greeks have a word, sympathea, that translates as mutual interdependence of all things past, present and future.  It is an interesting concept for sure and I like the idea of it.  In today’s world, particularly here in our small town of Winchester, we do not seem to agree with the Greeks, do we?

DIY Wheelbarrow Handles

by Craig Caudill | 07 May, 2020

"Value-added living" is a common phrase one of my mentors used to say to me on a regular basis.  His teaching point was for us to find ways to develop new skills or enhance old ones in daily life.  One way that....

Wild Turkey Restoration Success

by Craig Caudill | 21 April, 2020

As I write this for you, turkey season is upon us.  As you are reading this, I hope to be in the woods somewhere, either hunting turkeys, morel mushrooms, or both.  The fact that wild turkeys are abundant enough to pursue is a fantastic feat and cooperation between hunters, conservation groups, and dedicated biologists from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (KDFWR). 

NRS Discount Codes!

by Craig Caudill | 19 April, 2020

Lots of great discounts here only for the NRS family!  Take advantage of these when looking to buy outdoor and survival gear.

Embracing the Timeless: The Enduring Spirit of Our Logo

by Craig Caudill | 07 April, 2020

With the launch of the Shemanese a few months ago it quickly became apparent that people really enjoyed the "new" logo that LT Wright Handcrafted Knives put on the blade for us.  We have since put it on some hats and will very soon add it to..... 

The Four "Poisons" of the Mind

by Craig Caudill | 31 March, 2020

There are four poisons of the mind and each of those poisons can leave a person in a place where they can allow their thoughts to spiral out of control.  We should avoid these.  I will share each poison with you and some strategies that relate to COVID-19 that will help you overcome them.

Georgia Bushcraft Virtual Gathering 2020 - 3 Bs of Bushcraft

by Craig Caudill | 28 March, 2020

Adapt, improvise and overcome...we should all be better at doing this, it applies to so many things in life.  

I was invited to teach at the Georgia Bushcraft Spring Gathering....

COVID 19 Discount Bonanza

by Craig Caudill | 17 March, 2020

Kick COVID 19 in the teeth with these discounts.   Take that Cornhole virus!!  


Harbingers of Spring

by Craig Caudill | 11 March, 2020

Harbinger  - a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.

There are not too many people in rural America that do not have a family or friend that talks about the “signs”.  In this writer’s opinion......

The Evolution of 12 Hard-Use Hatches and Axes - a "A Dirty Dozen"

by Craig Caudill | 02 March, 2020

When you pick up an axe for hard use, you pick up a piece that is part of a long line of history going back thousands of years.   Our ancestors had the habit of using both small cutting tools and large ones.  There is ample evidence to prove that it was the development of the axe that helped propel us forward into the world that we live in today. 

Fast forward those thousands of years, and I find...........

Gun Sales Fund Wildlife Conservation

by Craig Caudill | 12 February, 2020

f you enjoy seeing game and non-game species of wild animals, you should, at some point, thank a gun owner for it.  Gun owners, including hunters and non-hunters alike, provide....

TSS Podcast: I don't know?!?!?!?!? Do you?

by Craig Caudill | 20 January, 2020

Is Craig FINALLY stumped? Is Craig confused? Whats going on? Find out what he doesn’t know - and why...

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.