Hunting Slingshots Gone Wild! ...Meet Chief A.J.
June 01, 2012 - OK, I thought that things might be interesting in the land of slingshots because I recall some nifty target rigs with stabilizers and such. But when I googled it I had no idea what I would run into.
There's this guy, Chief AJ, who seems to be a big player in the sling scene. He's an old dude, but totally buff still. And he's gungho for hunting ... > Read Article
"Hey, I'd Eat This At Home!" -- BEST Camping (and quick at home!) Cooking $18.00 (inc. S/H) Purchase |
Canoe Pole: New! Aluminum, Light, Tempered, SUP $40.00 (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
My List of Favorite Guns
February 04, 2014 - People who like the shooting sports -- hunting, targets and the like -- often have lists of their favorite guns.
OYB is no different!
"Best guns of all time" lists are frequent -- and popular -- themes in outdoor magazines. I've seen all sorts of variations on this theme: reader's favorites; most popular; best-selling; best rated; personal l... > Read
George Herter: a biography would be nice...
December 27, 2013 - I'm thinking that it would be neat to see a biography of George Herter, the founder of the mega mail order outdoor sports catalog. I wonder if any of his relatives are alive and might be interested in such a project. The story of his company and his work would be fascinating, I would think.
He -- or his designers -- designed a huge amount of ou... > Read
Fixing a Hogged Canoe
September 25, 2013 - I have an old woodstrip pro-boat canoe that has acquired an inch of hogging due to hanging from ropes at each end, upside down, for decades.
It's an old race boat, 18.5 feet long, 3 feet wide, built to code. Fast and tippy. But nice. Well, nice in its own way. It floats, at least. (And leaks some.)
Hogging happens when the hull it turned ups... > Read
Free Camping! --Dispersed Camping in Michigan
September 23, 2013 - Hopefully most other states have Dispersed Camping as well. I'm pretty sure that it's legal on all Federal Forest land.
If you're tired of paying RV-like rates to pitch your tent just head to state or federal lands that are more than a mile away from an established campground and camp as you please for free for up to two weeks.
I've been not... > Read
Autumn Mushrooms: a bold new season
August 18, 2013 - Like many Michiganders I've long been a fan of Morel mushrooms. They're the most confident and easily ID'ed mushroom -- and one of the tastiest -- so that's what most locals pick. Spring is for mushrooms.
Well, autumn is a huge mushroom season as well, only the choice species of this time are less well known. Still, I've been studying them some ... > Read
The Demise of the Canoe -- Victory for Kayaks
July 12, 2013 - I've long wondered about the Demise of the Canoe in comparison to the Triumph of the Kayak. I note that with today's dominance of the kayak format in all types of paddling that we don't actually seem to have more people out on the water.
That's because kayaks aren't good for some of the more popular kinds of waterway. Doh! Yet they're what peop... > Read
OYB Looking for Work! --full/freelance/part-time
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/handwork 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
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