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Steven Rinella's Video Game Contract for Kids

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Steven Rinella's Video Game Contract for Kids

I hate video games. My radicalization began years ago when I watched a friend of mine, who was eight months pregnant, physically struggle to make dinner and set the table while her husband sat on the couch in his living room playing a golf game. Just as the sight of a junky might lead you to hate...
Steve's Garage: Glassing Kit

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Steve's Garage: Glassing Kit

Optics are a critical component of any hunter's tool arsenal, and this is the standard setup I take on most of my hunts. I use an FHF Bino Harness to keep my Vortex rangefinder and binos easily accessible on my chest. For most western hunts 10x42mm is a great size, but if I’m doing something a...
Steve's Garage: Backcountry Water Management

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Steve's Garage: Backcountry Water Management

Preparing for a backcountry hunting trip requires a reliable setup for water. While sidecountry or car camping, 6-gallon water jugs typically do the trick, but when you’re in remote areas you need to be able to safely prepare, drink, and store surface water from a variety of sources. I always have a...
Steve’s Garage: Wall and Ceiling Organization

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Steve’s Garage: Wall and Ceiling Organization

Psychological peace can be found in many places; the side of a mountain, the bottom of the ocean, even in your own garage. So, how can a place that holds the most gear, tools, and stuff provide any sense of mental clarity? Thoughtful organization. I like to keep items handy that make it out on every...
MeatEater Pro Tips: Pants Layering Systems

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MeatEater Pro Tips: Pants Layering Systems

Layering systems are a lot more important than most folks realize. There’s a particular way that I like to layer my pants depending on the conditions and what I’m able to bring along. Take a look at the video above, I hope my system can help you out next time you’re in the market for the right...
Tips on Marksmanship With a Rifle or Airgun

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Tips on Marksmanship With a Rifle or Airgun

Practice makes perfect.  This saying holds very true concerning our ability to make a good, lethal shot on an animal with a rifle.  Our hunting ethics dictate we respect the animal enough to know our limits and capabilities when considering a shot. There is no substitute to trigger time.  This can...
Trail Cameras

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Trail Cameras

Up until the advent of the trail camera, a hunter had to do most of his scouting on foot.  Guesses on the whereabouts of certain animals had to be made by studying sign.  Then along came this new technology and, suddenly, a hunter can be in two places at once. The use of trail cameras is easy. If...
Hydration on a Backcountry Hunt

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Hydration on a Backcountry Hunt

Hunting in the backcountry requires extreme amounts of knowledge.  Two very basic things that anyone going into the backcountry should know about are, water and fire.  Without water you won’t be able to stay hydrated. Without fire warmth will be hard to maintain, making it incredibly hard to stay...
Tips for Cooking on a Backcountry Hunt

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Tips for Cooking on a Backcountry Hunt

My dad always liked that old Napoleon quote about how an army marches on its stomach. During hunting season, he kept a plastic milk crate full of assorted goodies, jarred venison, corned meat, dried fruit, jerky, coffee nips, crackers, and toffee peanuts in the back of his Jeep Cherokee so that he...
Tips for Staying Comfortable on a Backcountry Hunt

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Tips for Staying Comfortable on a Backcountry Hunt

No matter how grueling a hunt gets, I can usually hack it as long as I’m able to get a decent amount of sleep at night. There are certain tips to keep you comfortable on a backcountry hunt to keep you out longer. Sounds simple enough, but in the backcountry, it can be a never-ending challenge.  Wet...