Welcome to the Indie Field'n'Stream HQ for News, Stories and Goodies!
January 02, 2013 - Hook'n'Bullet is a shop that keeps hard-to-find indie outdoor books/media available and great old books alive. It's also a resource for fresh info on outdoor culture, heritage and lore. 100% of your purchases goes to supporting this mission.
Hi! I'm Jeff Potter and I keep things moving here. H'n'B is a spinoff of the Out Your Backdoor world of ... > Read Article
Robert Mosher: New OYB Staffer!
March 09, 2012 - I am pleased to mention that for the past while OYB has had the privilege of the assistance of an enthusiastic and talented outdoorsman, a fellow bike and boat buff (and old climber besides): Robert Mosher.
He is a local kindred spirit who wanted to pitch in. He's been making it possible for OYB to get twice as much done as before, on the much-n... > Read Article
OYB has an eBay Store!
March 07, 2011 - I've launched an eBay store for OYB.
I've had the Outyourbackdoor username there for a few years, which I've used to sell luggage, books, magazines and other goodies. Heck, Martha and I have been eBaying since it started and we together have 1000+ sales with a 100% rating since, like, 1994.
But I've ramped things up there, with over 100 items... > Read Article
Donate! Help the OYB cause...
March 06, 2011 - I've had several people recently ask how they can support the OYB cause. I've been relying on my offerings of great books'n'goodies that you can't hardly get anywhere else as being the best way. "Money for stuff" is the only way I can understand making a living.
But I can accept that OYB *stuff* isn't right for everyone. Also, I don't want to ... > Read Article
Let's See Your Comments!
December 01, 2010 - Each of our OYB articles is now followed by a brand new, easy to use "Reader Comments" section, hosted by the 3rd party provider, Disqus. If you have a reaction to the story or had a similar experience or a tip to pass on, please do! (No more tricky registering via my Forum.)
The OYB Forum is probably disabled right now, but really you should fe... > Read Article
OYB Wall Calendars?
November 30, 2010 - What if each year I started offering Wall Calendars in the various main OYB themes?
That is, diverse, candid, indie presentations of...
*outdoor activities (w/ XC ski come winter!)
*DIY fun in Michigan
*traditional seasonal outdoor subsistence sport (hunt, fish, trap, bow, gun, dog, snare, atlatl, flint, osage, net)
*XC ski ... > Read Article
OYB 10---Print Window to Modern Folkways
September 02, 2010 - [$6 postpaid.] This biggest-ever issue of OYB is a great way to get a full-figured view of the OYB scene! (I thought I was out of stock, but I just found a couple dozen. What fun! First come, first served...)
The OYB "catazeen" has to be the only magazine of authentic, informal, do-it-yourself, indy adventure and outdoor culture. It also gives d... > More Info > Purchase
Backyard Ski Biathlon: More Fun than You'd Think!
January 25, 2016 - Wow, what fun! We just did a little backyard ski biathlon yesterday with our Sheridan pellet gun. Our yard trail has good snow so I re-routed the course to leave half the yard free for a very simple shooting range.
So we'd ski a 5-minute main loop then come around by the house and shoot a couple times at plastic juice bottles that I hung from st... > Read
100+ Finnish Knife Items Coming Soon!
September 28, 2015 - I should get a shipment from Finland in a couple weeks of 100+ knives and blades and sheaths and kits. These will be unique, gorgeous, ever-so-handy knife things like are hard to find in the USA. Only a few places stock or promote them.
The Scandi blade shape and grind and especially the HANDLE shape are just so good for actual bladework, cutti... > Read
Team OYB's Hollywood & Radio Adventures
May 25, 2015 - Here's a little update about the cultural adventures we've had around here lately.
It's been a bit of a whirlwind. On a wide range of fronts. Where to start?
A couple years ago a food reporter heard about my roadkill tendencies at a Chicago cocktail party.
He wanted to write a story about roadkill and the OYB way of life. He first got inte... > Read
Review: Woody's Dutch Oven -- light, compact
November 21, 2014 - Dutch ovens are huge, heavy, cumbersome cooking tools that people love and have in their families for generations.
How do they fit in with canoeing and backpacking? ...Not very well. They weigh 15 pounds! They're round and take up a lot of space.
Well, outdoor guide pal Michael Gray and a friend revived a nifty old Dutch Oven that actually w... > Read
G/Flex: the Only Flex Epoxy, by WEST Systems
November 18, 2014 - ($22, mailed in the USA. Overseas pays excess. Postage is about $5 so my product price is about $17. Cheap, relatively.)
G/Flex is a miracle epoxy released by the famous Michigan epoxy makers, the Gougeon brothers of WEST Systems.
It is a *toughened* epoxy that is waterproof and flexs.
It deals really well with vibration and mis-matched sh... > More Info > Purchase
How to Save the Canoe? (Why?)
May 22, 2014 - How to save the Canoe? ...Maybe 3-seaters about 16-ft long with a rudder could do the trick. Can be paddled solo and gives both solo and tandem setups easy control.
To my mind kayaks are best for wind and waves, otherwise a canoe is best: the view, the ergonomics, weight-for-size, cargo/people capacity, haulability, seem better with canoe. ... ... > Read
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