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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 ...  > Read Article

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 ...  > 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; be...  > Read Article

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: *flyin...  > Read Article

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....  > Read Article | Go to Website

Folk Art Firearms
February 19, 2013 - It's still what I want to do. I went to the local Mason Gun Show last week and had a dandy time. It's like visiting a gun museum, seeing all the variety of firearms both new, used and collectible. There is also a ton of nifty accessories, like reloaders and bullet-casters plus vintage books and military surplus luggage. A pl...  > Read Article

Vermin Sniping: Rascals vs. Teddies
September 14, 2012 - It's come to it. The red squirrels invaded our vintage travel trailer. We've been trying to live-trap them but they're ignoring peanut butter in favor of all the walnuts and pinecones laying around -- which they're loading into the trailer walls. We didn't want to poison due to birds of prey eating carcasses and becoming poi...  > Read Article

How About an American Drilling? (What's a Drilling, you ask?)
February 03, 2012 - "One gun to rule them all." A perennial hook'n'bullet campfire discussion is "If you could only have one gun..." I admit I'm happy to go there. And, like many, there are Swiss Army Knife influences on my gun interests. Versatility is something one can easily pine for. Most hunting is actually quite specialized, howeve...  > Read Article

Hybrid Guns, Ahoy!
February 03, 2012 - Freak guns, ahoy! Weird gun hybrids are popping up a lot these days. Budget gunmakers Rossi, Taurus, and H&R seem to be leading the charge. What's up with those guys? Who's in charge? I sense wild characters at work. Some "car guys" have been given the keys to the factory and is cranking out some seriously creative firearms t...  > Read Article

Marbles Reissues Classic "Game Getter" Pack-Gun!
February 03, 2012 - I just found out that Marbles has re-issued their classic combi-gun, the Game-Getter. I've been posting and harping about this gun for years. I can't believe I missed this new item. Maybe I overlooked it because it's pricey and the barrel is too long, but whatever, it seems clearly like news. The Game-Getter has always been "...  > Read Article

DIY Adventure Race
June 19, 2011 - A month ago, Layne, a local pal, put out the word that he was hosting an Adventure Race for 5 of his nuttier friends -- Kent, Greg, Carmen, my brother Tim and me. Of course, we were all in! Here's what we ended up doing: We rode mt-bikes from the MSU campus out about 10 miles to the Rose Lake State Game Area, riding a mile or ...  > Read Article

History Channel's "Top Shot": shooting sports galore!
September 15, 2010 - Anyone see the grand finale of "The Top Shot" last night? On the History Channel. I lucked onto it. Dang, all the shooting sports in one elimination-format reality show contest, for $100k prize. It was sweet! You had knife-throwing, archery, pistols -- old and new, rifles --old and new, and military firearms -- old a...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Gun Shows: Whew! ...Great for looking, but a bit Rackety
April 12, 2010 - I don't know about the Gun Shows in your area, but around here, they're great for looking but not so much for buying. I think there's a certain dynamic at play in Shows in general which applies to these as well. Correct me if I'm wrong. At a Hobby Show you have a 100 dealers set up in an arena. Before the Show opens the deal...  > Read Article

NYT: Urban foodies turn deerhunters
January 27, 2010 - Here's a link to a NYT story about how urban foodies and "locavores" (those who like to eat locally sourced food) are starting to take up hunting to get in better contact with the roots of the food they eat. Michael Pollan's recent book "The Omnivore's Dilemma" had an essay about his experience as a cityslicker in taking the plun...  > Read Article | Go to Website

JP's First Muzzleloader Deer
January 03, 2010 - Act One I went out one morning [Dec. 20 or so] because I like the idea of hunting around here in fresh snow. It feels more wildernessy than usual -- the snow transforms this exurban area. There's open land near here where I used to play as a kid so it means a lot to me to keep in touch with it before it gets built up. ...  > Read Article

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