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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.

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.  

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

by Craig Caudill | 26 December, 2019

There are...so....many....names....for....things 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.....