Dan's Tackle Shop: Best Fishing Lore in Chicago!
September 18, 2012 - One of the coolest things I experienced this summer was visiting Dan's Tackle Shop in Chicago. There are two great kinds of shops in the world: old ones with wood floors, and cluttered expert dens. Dan's is the latter. His shop is in his house, upstairs, near Bucktown. Several rooms are jampacked with decades-worth of the best fly-fishing stuff. Da... > Read Article
"Hey, I'd Eat This At Home!" -- BEST Camping (and quick at home!) Cooking $18.00 (inc. S/H) Purchase |
From the Desk of OYB HQ...
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
OYB Action on Facebook! ...and eBay!
August 21, 2012 - OYB has a couple other big ways to keep in touch or to shop the indie outdoors.
I have an OYB Facebook Page where I post more timely items and event dates. (More people leave comments there, too -- even though it's cinchy to do so here.) -- https://www.facebook.com/outyourbackdoor
OYB also has a huge eBay Store which lists 400+ items by topi... > 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 Looking for Freelance/Part-time Work!
May 13, 2013 - Do you have any projects that the OYB skillset can help you with?
Bikes, boats, skis, skills ... and media/web/biz/social/event/hand work relating to same.
That's the resume'! : ) 20 years of it!
Want to do something together? Lemme know!
...Or if you know of anyone, please pass the word along.
Thanks. > Read
OYB Retro Pannier -- Modified Vintage Swiss Army!
April 09, 2013 - [$59 postpaid in USA for ONE pannier. The postage part is about $10, so the pan part is $49. Internat'l customers pay excess postage.]
Presenting the Original OYB Classy Retro Pannier!
Dang, they're sharp.
(Thanks, "Bicycle Times," for your nice review!)
[UPDATE: Hooray! Thanks to Robert we now have a fresh supply of ba... > More Info > Purchase
OYB Bike Bag -- Modified Vintage Swedish Military Surplus
April 08, 2013 - [$45, postpaid in US. Postage is about $8, so bag cost is only $37.]
The OYB Bike Bag is ready for action!
This bag used to be the 7-Way Bag but now it's the Bike Bag.
(I only have a few 7-Ways remaining.) You can use it anywhere on a bike, but it has no shoulder or waist straps. And it comes by default with a superb stick m... > More Info > Purchase
Fur Catching on Again?
March 20, 2013 - I've seen notices about how fur is now part of hipster culture. How is that? Is it coming from vintage, re-use? I've also seen mention of roadkill fur. Maybe those vectors put fur into an affordable class. ?
Fur = monster no longer seems the trendy equation.
Folks might even come around again to the idea that fur-trapping is humane and sustai... > Read
Why Trap? -- Reasons for Fur Trapping
March 11, 2013 - Why trap?
Trapping has gotten a reputation in recent decades as being fair game to hate. It's possible that this is changing. I wasn't in favor of the hate then and am not now. I suspect that like many things that it's a relative good or bad.
I trapped, farmed, hunted and fished as a teen. I earned money from the trapping and farming. I made... > Read
The $500 Drilling?
February 19, 2013 - Would a budget drilling ever be cool, likely or appropriate?
You know what I mean: a triple gun.
For my variant I envision a: 20-gauge; .22; .300 Sav.
Make it short and handily take-down, why not.
Where would it be good?
Gosh, I guess for places that are somewhat open-terrain where you might want to pot a: *flying grouse or duck; *s... > Read
Hear of "3 Gun" Shooting? Sounds Fun!
February 19, 2013 - 3 Gun competition sounds pretty neat! I like this recent trend to versatility in outdoor sports. (The "Total Outdoorsman" being the main player here -- other than my own "Backyard Olympics" events. : ) )
3 Gun is big now. It has its own TV show and its own magazine.
The event has you shooting: *pistol; *rifle; *shotgun.
What's not to li... > Read
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