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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
Bike Canoe Trailer: It's a Cinch!
July 06, 2016 - (BUMP FROM May, 31, 2009.)
I've long wanted to create a simple trailer for towing a canoe behind a bike.
A lot of times when I'm biking and I come across some tasty water I suddenly want to get paddling---especially when the waterway is going my way or when it's a shorter way to go my way.
To me, the two joys fit together--the glide of a... > Read
Lollygagging: Fishin' and Floatin'
June 08, 2016 - I'm usually not so big on just hanging loose. I'm relaxed when moving. But there's a time for just sittin' there.
Normally I like using a boat, a canoe, and having a boat that's meant to be used. But there's a time for A FLOAT.
So much of water culture is based around floating already that it rankles. Because it's not really water culture: ... > Read
Weird eBay Listing...
May 27, 2016 - A kinda neat photo of one of my stranger eBay listings. Maybe the weirdest yet?
"A couple dozen broken arrows."
...Just sold for $10.
(I even like the concrete texture above and below the box. Dang, actually, that texture is the bomb. The glove kind of throws off the whole thing, though. Well, it's all wrapped up and shipped. No do-overs!)... > Read
OYB Retro Pannier -- from Vintage Swiss Army!
April 14, 2016 - [$60 postpaid. Out of Stock!.]
Presenting the Original OYB Retro Pannier! Out of stock. What an awesome product this was! I'll just leave up the listing. I sold hundreds of these, to dozens of countries. Never seen anything like it. Recently, though, interest dropped off to near-zero even at a price that only gave me $5 pro... > More Info > Purchase
Backyard Biathlon Ski Party! ...has it all!
February 20, 2016 - We've had a low-snow winter. Last week the forecast was for coming days of 55degF that would nuke what little snow we had. Suddenly we got a dusting of fresh snow. The yard had a solid inch of semi-firm base.
Our local ski gang suddenly realized that this would be our last night of good snow after the work-day. So we sprang into action and text... > Read
Announcing: Type B Coaching!
February 08, 2016 - You're not a Type A personality? Don't worry! Oh, you don't worry, anyway. Good!
You still might benefit from some skills development if you wanna do outdoor sports. They do all involve skills after all! Nobody can do them automatically, except at the total-duffer not-actually-using-the-gear level. But you don't have to buy fancy stuff or suffer... > Read
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