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Hunter defends viral mountain lion video and photo - posted 1 week ago

When my 11 year old daughter shot her 10 point buck it was the highlight of my hunting life. I couldn't wait to share the news. So, I texted and emailed some family and friends. But, I didn't post on any social media and asked them to not post it as well. I specifically didn't send the photos to some of my family that is vegan/anti-hunting/anti-gun. My anti-hunting family members are well aware that my daughters and I hunt as much as possible. But, I don't try to inflame/offend them, like I would have with a picture of my daughters deer. Not because I'm ashamed or hiding anything. I'm just trying to be respectful of their point of view, even though I disagree with it. They have shown respect towards my point of view, by not getting into the whole anti-hunter thing with my daughters, which I greatly appreciate. Too often, it seems like mutual respect and healthy debate does not occur in the social media parts of life. So, I choose to not have those types of discussions in that forum. Not trying to tell anyone what to do or not do. Just what works for me.

PS - Glad to see a woman hunter out there getting it done. We need more of you.

The skinny on sleeping pads - posted 1 month ago

Good article Josh. Like you I went full circle on the sleeping pad. I went without one or with some super thin piece of junk. Now that I’m a bit older, this is an area I dont mind spending the money. I’ve carried the Exped Downmat UL7 for many years. Then last year I switched mainly to the Big Agnes Q-core SLX. I also had Nemo pad that was good as well. Sleeping on a nice pad after a long day hunting/hiking, is some of the best rest I get all year.

The February INSIDER Last Chance! 40 Marsupial Gear Bino Packs - posted 1 month ago

If you haven't used a front binocular pack, you need to give it a try. It's a game changer. Wish I would have discovered these sooner.

Five must-have pieces of gear for under $45 - posted 1 month ago

Couldn't agree more on the pillow and the Z seat. The Sea to Summit pillow is nice. I carry the Exped version which is very similar. I'm going to have to give the Bino Bandit a try. One pieces of cheap gear I would put on the "must have" list is a merino wool Buff. Very versatile and can really help you regulate your temperature if you are doing a lot of alternating between sitting and hiking.

What style of backcountry stove is right for you? - posted 1 month ago

I have a Firefly UL wood stove from It is only 3 ounces and packs down very small. I use it for a lot of extended trips. As Bendrix mentioned, there are some downsides to the wood stove. I would add that the soot that you get on your pot from a wood stove is another drawback. But, the overall savings on weight is worth it. The Firefly doesn't give you the charging capabilities of the Biolite. But IMO, the lower weight more than makes up for that. I also have a titanium grill that attaches to my Firefly. Great for grilling a small trout or warming up some tortillas.