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.

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

A New Day is Dawning

by Craig Caudill | 25 November, 2019

I am back.  For the numerous people around town who have asked where my “outdoors column” has been, I have an answer.  The short answer is I have been in the outdoors.  No surprise there, right?  Since I last chatted with you in the pages of The Winchester Sun there have been two important things happen to me as they relate to the great outdoors and the environment.  The first, is that I started the certification process to become a Master Naturalist through the University of Kentucky. The second is that in our fine community some eager and active people and organizations have started an environmental education coalition.  Yes, a new day is dawning, and I want to tell you a bit about these two situations.....

Scientific Proof You Need To Be Outside

by Craig Caudill | 21 November, 2019

This is a repository of links to articles that share proof that being outside is good for you mind, body and spirit.  Join us for a class so we can help you be safe and enjoy, become enriched, and entertained by being outside. 

Lost and Found: Trout fishing on a cliff

by Tracy Trimble | 16 October, 2019

Have you ever climbed a cliff when you went trout fishing? These guys did. Join us on another Nature Reliance Media podcast episode of Lost and Found, where we break down an outdoor adventure gone awry.

Lost and Found: Burning socks to stay warm.

by Tracy Trimble | 07 September, 2019

Join us on another Nature Reliance Media podcast episode of Lost and Found, where we break down an outdoor adventure gone awry. Imagine if you have […]

Visual Mantracking

by Craig Caudill | 25 August, 2019

*Note from author – Due to space availability we abbreviated this piece in a recent newsletter.   I expanded upon it here to offer more and varied […]

Lost and Found – I followed a stream and got lost!

by Tracy Trimble | 22 August, 2019

Join us on our first Nature Reliance Media podcast episode of Lost and Found, where we break down an outdoor adventure gone awry.  We look at […]

The BEST Survival Training

by Craig Caudill | 10 March, 2019

Mindset, skills, tactics, and gear are puzzle pieces that make up any solid surival instructional curriculum.  Heck, not just survival, any sort of training progam.    […]

Lessons Learned from the Carrico Sisters Situation

by Craig Caudill | 06 March, 2019

This past Sunday there was an incredible sigh of relief across the nation as the two young Carrico sisters were found relatively safe and healthy after […]

Don’t Die Out There: How to Find Your Way AND Get Found

by Craig Caudill | 24 February, 2019

Time spent in the wilderness is of great value.  I am sure that comes as no surprise to anyone who follows our work at Nature Reliance […]

The BEST handcrafted survival and bushcraft knives

by Craig Caudill | 24 February, 2019

Someone asked me the other day, how many knives did I think a person should have.  My answer is pretty simple, “one more.” I am very […]

Do you want to die? Get ready to fight and survive

by Craig Caudill | 17 February, 2019

I have had the good fortune of working with some of the finest people this planet has to offer.  Dr. Brian Jones is one of those […]

Fast and Slow Thinking Survival

by Craig Caudill | 03 January, 2019

It is a sad state of affairs that most those in the survival community seem to be focused entirely on skills and gear and overlook the […]