>>641347 I personally thought that Starved Rock was one of the worst Midwest hikes I've done. The canyons are REALLY cool, but the hike to the canyons is completely disgusting with trash and paved paths all over the place. I hear Matheson state park is better though.
One hidden gem is Governor Dodge state park. Lots of hills, lake, outlooks, and a few waterfall canyon areas, and pretty raw.
>>641144 Do you like: Investigating atv crashes? Pulling the bodies of drowning victims from a lake? Investigating hunting accidental shooting? Digging through the carcass of an animal looking for the bullet of a poacher? Killing wild hogs? Riding on 4 wheelers looking for poachers in a woods? Driving a boat looking for people fishing without a license Teaching hunter education to kids? Helping land owners keep trespassers off the property?
I live near a residential inlet that leads into Lake Pontchartrain. I know that there are largemouth bass in this lake, but every attempt to catch them has failed. I did catch one with my cast net though. I cut him up to see what they have been eating, and I found a small crab in his stomach. Should I look for imitation crab lures instead of jerk baits and spinners/crankbaits?
The inlet is manmade, it starts at the bulk head, then depth drops to 10 feet, and it keeps sloping until it hits 60 feet in the middle. I'm pretty sure the bass stay in... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>640559 >And here we spot one of the organic counting piles used by the prehistoric Oil Peoples. This system of discs was capable of over 90 calculations per hour. Based on this "close and tall" configuration, we can infer that it was operated by 11 men (or 28 dogs), and likely used to predict missile trajectories, rain patterns, and Super Bowl outcomes.
I am wanting to buy my neighbors boys (6-8 not exactly sure) something for Christmas. I am hoping you all have run into some cool items out on the internet, that would make cool gifts for outdoorsy kids. We live out in the country, and they spend most of their time when its warm outside with their dad gardening or just playing in the dirt.
MREs would actually make the parents laugh but arent much fun to play with, so those sorts of joke ideas are welcome for lulz but mostly looking for something original and cool for some kids that already have tonka... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>640776 RC cars are cheap now, and they can have a lot of fun with.
What about a cheap tent? They're cheap at walmart. Maybe they'd just sleep outside one night with their dad, or just pitch it up in the yard and pretend camp. They're pretty young to really enjoy it properly, but never too young to start.
A few questions, really I suppose. First off, what are the main things you look for in a knife you'll take with you on a hike? Secondly, why do you guys hate partially serrated blades so much? Just because it cant do a full sawing motion as smoothly? Thirdly, do you guys prefer to have a go-to blade that will last you a long time, or does it make more sense to buy knives to beat and throw out (moras)? Maybe I'm wrong about moraknivs, though. If I am, please, correct me.
For a belt type knife that could be used as a one tool option:
#1 5-6 inches long, so you can work with natural materials ~ 4 inches wide. A longer blade than that is typically unweildly for finer work #2 High carbon steel so I can strike it with natural materials to start a fire. Stainless steel is acceptable if corrosion will be a big problem. #3 90 degree spine so I can use it as a scraping tool, especially useful for using a ferrocerium rod. #4 Minimum of 3.175 mm thick, for robustness and maximum tool usage #5 Full tang. The weight savings are not worth it for a one tool option. Increases strength of the knife and easier to replace handle scales if broken. #6 Plain edge, no serrations. Plain edge is more useful and easier to maintain.
>>640435 I carry a folder with a half serrated blade and tonto tip on me regardless of whether I'm out or not for general cutting/utility, a military knife without serration on my shoulder strap when I'm out for minor wood processing, and a fishing knife when I'm out at the lake. So I may have as many as three, for different purposes.
There really isn't one knife that will do everything you want. If there was, there'd only be one knife in stores.
>>640444 also forgot no cross guard. a single guard on the blade side is acceptable but a guard on the spine side serves no purpose outside of melee combat and will only get in your way as you use it as a tool and not a weapon.
>>640369 Depends entirely where you live and what kind of /out/doors you have within reach. Since transportation seems to be an issue for you, maybe some sort of cycling would empower this more (cross country, road biking, bike touring, DH, etc.)
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