Ship Me a Building: Used Shipping Containers as Architecture

A cool idea to recycle used shipping containers. I was thinking of how many containers are produced each year to replace the rusty, damage ones that come from overseas. My idea project is more of a theft proof storage for motorcycles, ATV, or an outdoor workshop instead of a urban home. You can certainly (with help from engineers) construct an underground shelter or above ground Eco friendly low cost home.

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Tough economic times, and a growing desire to be more “green” has led to a renaissance from creative architects looking to find cheaper, more creative ways to design spaces. Ports around the world are overflowing with used, empty shipping containers, but now they are being repurposed to create funky residential and commercial structures.… Read More

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Top Fishing Tips

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  • Practice tying knots before you go fishing. Late at night when there’s nothing on TV or when you are bored.
  • Buy a hook sharpener and don’t be afraid to use it. Maybe buy 2, keep one stashed away in a vest pocket.
  • Buy a rod case or make 1 out of PVC pipe, and transport your rod in it every time you head out.
  • Fish are motivated by barometric pressure. When its high, they become very, aggressive and will grab anything on the surface.
  • If fishing in a low pressure, try to fish when the pressure is on the way up or if it is holding and steady.
  • In thunderstorms, you feel air getting cooler. Cool air increase surface tension on water surfaces & hatching insects can’t hatch.
  • Degrease The Leader…Flat calm conditions, bright sun & hardly a ripple on the water is a curse for many summer anglers.
  • When fishing subsurface flies, degrease leader. The grease left on mono when it was manufactured helps to keep line floating.
  • All summer long, a surface caddis is hard to beat for rising fish. Cast out and let the fish find the fly.
  • Fish will pick up scent from insect repellent, sun block, aftershave, perfume. Wash your hands with non perfumed anti-bacteria soap.
  • A rod case can be made from plastic plumbing pipe with caps and a rag stuffed into each end.
  • A hook sharpener is as essential as your rod and reel. Dull hooks won’t catch fish.
  • If you tie a fly to the tippet watch for small kinks in the line just before it enters knot, its good sign that you have weaken the mono.
  • Keep a log of the daily barometric pressure, it won’t take you long to see the best time to fish.
  • Sharpen the fly before you start fishing with it and more importantly sharpen the fly every time you get snagged.
  • If you need to fish near or on the surface, go with small flies. For trout, this might mean sizes 18 and smaller.
  • Fill the gas tank the night before you head out. Wash your hands, and then rub your hands in moss before you start fishing.
  • To check if a hook is sharp, lightly run it across your thumbnail. If it scratches the nail or sticks. It is sharp.
  • You can make degrease mud by filling an empty 35 mm film canister with dirt and mix in some dish soap to make a homemade paste.
  • If your hook point slips across your nail leaving no trace, that’s exactly what it’ll do when you try to set it into the jaw of fish.
  • A dull hook is a great tool for releasing a fish, just before you manage to get it to a net or grab it for a photo.
  • Check & replace your tippet after each big fish. A big fish will stretch it every time.
  • At the end of the day in saltwater, rinse all your fishing gear with freshwater.
  • When In Doubt, SET THE HOOK! – If you feel anything unnatural in your drift, it’s a good idea to set the hook.
  • If you’re not moving enough to find fish, your success at catching fish can be tough.
  • When the fishing season ends, clean your boat & change all the lubricants so it can be stored.
  • A good casting basket can be made from a square low plastic tub, then you can clean your line at the end of the day.
  • Study your home water. It’s very important that you know the water conditions of the river you fish regularly.
  • Having leaders pre-tied, changing leaders are quick when a leader gets snapped off or needs to be replaced.

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Top Hunting tips

General hunting:

 

  • While Deer Hunting, try dragging a cover scent behind you while you search the area.

  • Try to put your stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the winds for that time of the year to your face.

  • It has been proven that a deer has an attention span of about 3 minutes. Stay still.

  • Many times a hunter can stop a moving deer by using a short sharp whistle.

  • A spray bottle filled with Hydrogen Peroxide is a good tool to have when tracking a wounded animal.

  • Baking soda or talcum powder in a used Dristan nasal bottle makes a good powder for checking wind direction.

  • Open and store food in a zip-lock bag before leaving camp, it seals in odor and is quiet compared to the original rapper.

  • Keep a supply of rubber gloves handy. Whether it is for gutting an animal or just filling up the truck with gas.

  • Wash your clothes in baking soda to eliminate odors, just add it to your machine without laundry soup.

  • Your aim is different from ground level compared to a tree stand. Practice shooting from an elevated position, preferably sitting down.

  • Sit in the stand as long as you can, so you do not spook game, not just in the morning and evening.

  • Tie an old neutral colored wash cloth to your stand, that way the game get used to the movement.

  • Cut pop can in 1/2, make 3 holes near bottom, use scent free candle. Put bottom part of can on top half, add scent and let burn.

  • Always have plenty of batteries for your electronic devices (gps, frs radios, cameras, etc…)

 

Most important of all:

  • If you are going to hunt out of a tree, make sure you are always tied to the tree going up or down with a safety harness.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Great End To Summer

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The end of summer and beginning of fall usually spells rain for months on end for British Columbia. This day was great for me and my guests from Calgary and Hawaii. As promised I would be tour guide and take them to the top of one of Vancouver’s top ski hill, Grouse Mountain. On the agenda for the day, was the zipline adventure.

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The zipline experience will give you a unique perspective of Grouse Mountain, combining heart-pounding thrills with an exploration of BC’s old-growth forests. Along the way the friendly guides will look after your safety, and share stories with you that will leave a lasting impression. And then you’ll strap yourself in and off you go. Make sure to enjoy every second of this jaw-dropping scenery. Because it goes by fast. Crazy, awesome, and fast.

 

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  • - Five-line circuit is fully dual-track.
  • - Speed reaches up to 80km/hr.
  • - Lines are up to 70m/200ft high.
  • - Participants must be between 32kg (70lbs) and 114kg (250lbs) – including clothing/footwear.
  • - Appropriate footwear required (no open toed shoes).
  • - Not recommended for expectant mothers or people with spinal injuries.
  • -  Arrive at the base of the mountain 60 minutes before the scheduled time and go ahead to the Flight Center (on the plateau) 15 minutes before your scheduled tour.
  • - Weather conditions vary.
  • - Cancellations must be 24 hours in advance otherwise the full activity rate will be charged.
  • - Mountain zip-lines run during inclement weather.
  • - Guests under 19 years of age must have a legal parent/guardian to sign the exclusion of liability waiver prior to the activity.
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Great View From Zipline

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Geocaching: Fun for the whole family

What is Geocaching?

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Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to find the geocache.

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How do I get started?

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First create an account (free) on Geocaching website. Then spend a few minutes reading the Geocaching guide page. This explains everything you need to know about geocache. Familiarize yourself with the terms used on the geocache by visiting the glossary page and reading some of the logs posted by people who found caches.  A good starting point is to read: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching

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What you need to start?

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The main necessity is a GPS device or a GPS enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache coordinates. Not familiar how a GPS works or how to use one, the Outdoor Navigation with GPS book will help get you up to speed. Other items can be found in a starter kit, but it is not essential.

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Tool of the Trade.

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Things I like to carry:

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 SEE VIDEO HERE

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WARNING: This adventure could be addictive and fun, so get the family involved. If you have kids who think their cell phones are only for text messaging or playing video games with their friends. Tell them they can use the GPS feature in the cell phones to pinpoint the cache location using coordinates posted on the website for each geocache.

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A project, a long time coming. Pt.2

Continuing from part 1 of the smoker build project.

After all the welding was finished, I took it outside to give it a test burn. This will check the flow of smoke from the firebox to the cook chamber. I coated the interior of the chamber and racks with cooking oil and added charcoal and wood the firebox. After an 8 hour burn and the exhaust bellowing smoke like an old coal train, I was satisfied.

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Smoker First Test Burn

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Approaching the finishing steps of the build, were the temperature gauges with guards, a front folding shelf, and finally the high-heat paint.

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A quick video of the finished project, ready to fire up and add meat, for smoke goodness.

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Burgers Done To Perfection

Summer and grilling go hand in hand to most families and friends. To me there is nothing better and faster on a hot day, than burgers and beer.

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Over the years I tasted  lots fast food burgers, none compare to a well prepared burger made from your own hands. You know the care you take into using the right ingredient. If you buy the frozen burger patties from a grocery store, you will have to cook it through so no red juice comes out. That is because the ground meat is from trimmed meat of different parts of the beef. If you like your burgers medium, you need to buy a chuck steak or roast and grind it yourself, then you can eat it to medium done.
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I don’t mind store-bought frozen patties, but I  buy Angus beef 1/3 to 1/2 pound burger patties. If the local wholesale store carries them, I will also buy bison burger patties, but they are a leaner patty so I wrap in bacon (because everything taste better with bacon).

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To get the perfect restaurant style grill marks, I start with a medium hot grill 350-375 degrees. I clean the grate with a bbq brush, then use a paper towel soaked in vegetable oil and wipe where the burgers are going.
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Medium Grill Temp

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Lay the patties on the grill and take note of the time. I rotate it at 45 degree after 4 minutes. After another 4 minutes I flip the burger, and continue cooking another 4 minutes. The last rotation and wait 4 minutes and your ready to rest.

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Burger with perfect grill marks

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I like mine simple with a little mustard and a raw onion ring on bottom and bbq sauce and spinach leaves on top. (Above picture has cheese on bottom to show grill marks.)

 

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A project, a long time coming. Pt.1

A start of a project that I have thought about for a while. After using my Weber and UDS for bbq, smoking meat, ribs, and everything else. I needed a bigger surface for myself, my family and friends. Since my addiction to low and slow bbq four years ago, I had to use both of my Weber and drum to smoke a lot of meat. Well this new project will make things easier for me to cook more meat in one place.

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It starts with a used compressor I got on Craigslist. It’s a 60 gallon air compressor that is 3/16″ thick, that measures 20 inches in diameter and 48 inch long. This will allow me to make this project for half the cost of a professional model. Also I will use a stove I built for a wall tent, as the firebox. I designed the bbq smoker on a CAD program, to get the basic shape, and I used a bbq smoker calculator to find the right volume for the smoker.
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First step is to get the tank stripped of the motor, brackets and feet. Then a quick power wash to get the grease and grime off. I left the fittings on until I decide which needs to be removed. The use of masking tape to create the cut line, makes the job easier. Here’s a quick time-lapse video showing me cutting the door of the cook chamber.

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After cutting the door, I tacked it back in place in two spots, and added flat bar to create the door frame. My next step was to weld the hinges, and test it out to see if it opened without interference. To create the stand for the smoker, I used 2 inch square tubing. By drawing the layout on the floor, I made it easy to tack and weld the stand.
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The fire-box is a 1/8 inch steel stove for a Wall Tent I built that is 16x16x24 inches long. This is a reverse flow build, so one of the things I’ve decided  is a 1/8th inch plate with an angle iron down the middle, to use for the baffle plate. It will help drain the grease.

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I cut  4 inch tubing at a 45 degree, and 24 inch long. Reversed the pieces, and welded to create the exhaust. I aligned it between where the two racks are going to be, and added a shut down cap. This will allow the cook chamber to fill with smoke, adding more smoke (which means flavor) to the meats.
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The next step of the build was to put a handle to open the cook chamber, a firebox grate for the wood and temperature gauges to keep track of the temp across the racks. I ordered some bbq gauges from Amazon and it arrived in about one week.

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Fishing Without A Boat

As a teenager, I hung around with a group of buddies who spent a lot of time fishing. We marveled at people with the nicest boats and equipment, who probably didn’t spend as much time on the water as we did with little equipment.

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The old days we didn’t bother watching television shows to find out what the pros were using, or going to outdoor shows to see the new line of boat motors or electronics. Our time outdoors taught us to appreciate what we had and not take anything for granted. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with boats that cost more than cars and fishing rod and reel that cost more than some shotguns or rifles.

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What I am saying is that a boat is not needed gear for fishing, and lots of money on equipment doesn’t guarantee success. I’ve owned boats, but enjoy dozens of days fishing along the shore of rivers and lakes.

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From shore your access to get at fish in deep water is restricted, but the result is simply adjusting your possibility to fall in with what shore fishing time offer. You might find that you can increase fishing spots without the need of a boat. Many anglers target huge waters where some great shore and bank fishing is available, most often in spring and later fall.

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The simple route can work just as well, and there is still a fair amount of summer remaining to give it a try.

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Top Camping Tips

For starting a campfire:

  • Save your dryer lint. It will make great tinder and catches fire quickly. It also stores in 35mm film canisters.

  • Cotton-ball rolled in Vaseline or hand sanitizer will burn for about 3 minutes giving you plenty of time to get your fire started.

  • When starting a camp fire keep water nearby in case of emergency and to soak coals when done.

  • Clear at least a 3 foot area free of leaves, pine needles, and dry grass around your campfire site.

  • Pitch your tent at least 15 feet away from the fire. Closely supervise your children at all times.

  • You can make waterproof matches by dipping normal wood matches in melted paraffin.

  • Save cardboard tubes from kitchen and toilet rolls, stuff with waste paper and use as fire-lighters.

  • Make fire starters by filling paper condiment cups with saw dust and pouring paraffin into the cup.

Tents and sleeping:

  • If you must sleep on a cot in cold weather, insulate yourself from cold air under the cot with several layers of newspaper.
  • Use a large zip lock bag, filled with air, as a pillow. An old closed cell foam exercise pad will make a good sleeping pad.
  • Plastic juice bottles makes a good latrine for cold weather camping. You don’t have to go very far from your sleeping bag.
  • Old shower curtains make a great ground cloth.
  • When sleeping in a tent, a ground pad or air mattress should be considered for comfort against the cold ground.
  • After returning from a trip, set up and clean your tent in the backyard. Use a damp sponge and mild soap. Let it dry before putting it away.
  • Store your tent in a cool dry place. Your attic gets very warm and this can damage the coating.
  • Beeswax applied on your sleeping bag or tents zipper will allow it to close much easier.
  • Never use candles or matches inside a tent – only battery-powered light.

Insects and other critters:

  • For biting bugs a good insect bug spray with DEET keeps most of them away.

  • Animals are drawn to campsites by food left out. Raccoon, porcupine, skunk, and chipmunk don’t try to catch or pet them.

  • Snakes are not likely to bother you if you don’t bother them. Leave them alone and stay away.

  • To keep mosquitoes away rub the inside of an orange peel on your face, arms and legs.

Utensils:

  • Channel lock pliers make good pot holders.
  • Use a cookie tin as a dutch oven.
  • Make a camp oven by lining a cedar box with aluminum foil, push coat hangers through both sides about half way up to form your grill.
  • Canning rings can be used to cook your egg in for egg sandwiches. (Works well for English Muffins or Hamburger buns).
  • A length of chain and a piece of coat hanger bent into an S-shape will allow you to hang your lantern from a tree limb.
  • A Frisbee will add support to cheap paper plates when the plate is placed inside the Frisbee.
  • Keep the water in your canteen cold by wrapping the canteen in foil.
  • To remove smells from canteen, put 3 tsp. of baking soda in canteen with a bit of water. Shake & let sit for an hour, then rinse.
  • Use 1 gal. plastic jugs that you buy milk or water. Fill with water almost all the way to account for expanding ice & freeze.
  • To keep things cool, blocked ice lasts longer than cubed ice. Make sure the cooler is closed tightly.
  • Plastic butter tubs make good storage containers for your camp kitchen.
  • Plastic bottles can be used for canteens. Make sure the lid does not leak before using in a backpack.
  • Keep batteries in a proper size prescription bottle to insure that they cannot run themselves down by accident.
  • 35mm film container makes a good storage places for small items of all sorts.
  • To prevent batteries from draining down if a flashlight is nudged on, put the flashlight batteries in backwards.

Safety:

  • Learn to recognize poison ivy, sumac & poison oak, stay away from them. Never eat anything unless you know exactly what it is.

  • When swimming in a lake watch for holes and drop-off. Don’t get too far out or you could get tired.

  • Alert others before leaving camp for any reason. Keep a whistle in your pocket or wear around your neck.

  • If you get lost, blow your whistle and stay put. Try to sit down & relax. Blow your whistle periodically.

  • Twist ties can be used to hold up another tarp from your dining fly to form a wind screen.

  • Drill a hole in the bottom of nested poles and put a screw in to stop inner poles from sliding out.

  • If your hand warmer came without a bag or the bag has been lost, replace the bag with a sock.

  • To protect your feet from blisters, smear soap on the inside of your inner sock at the heel and underneath the toes.

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These are some of my favorite camping tips I’ve learned over the 30 years of being in the outdoors.

 

 

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Dealing With Spring Black Bears

Black bears are curious, persistent animals, and after hibernation bears are hungry. During the spring and summer, bears search for food constantly to put enough fat to survive the winter. Bears travel over large areas in search of food. Once bears find a food source, they remember its site and return regularly. When berries and vegetation are scarce, bears are often drawn in by dog food, livestock feed, birdseed, barbecues, compost or garbage.

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Spring is a good time for residents who live close to bear habitat to check their property for food sources that could attract bears. Bears that are trapped because they have become a nuisance are destroyed and not relocated. Relocated bears rarely stay where they are released, and they may return to where they were caught or become a problem somewhere else.

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If a bear enters your yard, don’t panic and don’t approach the bear. Always leave the bear an escape route. You should leave the area and go inside until the bear leaves. A treed bear should be left alone as well and it will leave once the area is quiet. Bears are normally shy and usually flee when encountered.

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Tips for avoiding bear conflicts:

 

  •  do not leave food from barbeques and picnics outdoors
  •  do not use bird-feeders or hang them 10 feet up and 4 feet out from the nearest trees
  •  store pet food inside and feed pets inside
  •  clean and store barbeques grill after each use
  •  pick fruit from trees as soon as its ripe
  •  limit compost piles to grass, leaves and garden clippings
  •  store garbage in bear-resistant garbage cans

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People should always be cautious around bears,they are unpredictable wild animals.

 

 

 

 

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Things to know before going fishing

I’ve found few activities that are more relaxing than spending an hour or even a minute casting a line. Even while typing, I can hear the rustle of the river and see a lure breaking the plane of water and sinking toward my next catch.

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Trout, salmon, steelhead to me it doesn’t matter what bites, or if anything bites. The key is just getting out and enjoying time fishing – alone or with friends or family. Fishing can and should be an enjoyable hobby. If you’ve spent any appreciable amount of time fishing, chances are you’ve had a question or two about what you can or cannot legally do.

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You might be surprised that one of the more common question is who needs a fishing license, and if I have kids along, do they need a license and can they catch their own limit? The simple answer is anyone age 15 and younger does not need a fishing license. Once you reach age 16, you need a fishing license. That’s pretty simple and does not allow much room for confusion. The key here is that it must be the kids who catch the fish. As an adult, it would be a bad idea to catch your own limit of fish, then catch and keep more fish as part of a child’s limit.

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The difference between daily and possession limits is also a common question. A daily limit is a limit of fish taken between midnight of one day and the following midnight. No matter what time you begin fishing, the time frame for you’re daily limit ends at midnight. That means it’s not legal to catch a limit of fish in the morning and then head back out for another trip in the afternoon or evening to catch more fish.
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The possession limit is the most number of each legally taken fish species an angler may have in his or her actual possession during any phase of any single fishing trip of more than one day. Say you head out for an extended fishing trip. The limit on fish is five daily and 10 in possession. No matter how many days you’ll spend on the trip, you can only keep five in one day and have 10 fish in possession. You can eat some of the first day’s catch, but the fish do count in your daily limit. If the fishing trip is planned for three days, you’ll only be legal to transport 10 fish home.

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Before your next fishing trip, take a few minutes to check the regulations.

 

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Looking for a gluten free meal, here is my favorite.

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What’s gluten? Well, it’s the elastic protein that is in wheat, barley, rye etc. Even that’s confusing. Some people refer to the  proteins in cereals or grains as “gluten.” Some people will also use the phrase “corn gluten,” which confuse those with gluten allergies.

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Technically, the proteins in wheat that cause damage in someone suffering from celiac. The medical community and the food industry decided on the phrase “gluten-free” to refer to food without any of those potentially damaging proteins.

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Enough about the technical details. Here is a video on a gluten-free meal you can make, minus the bread of course. I like to make it in my smoker, but it can be made on a grill. By far my favorite thing to make on my smoker, and your guests will love it.

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BACON EXPLOSION from Burnt Finger Barbecue:

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Dealing With Nuisance Critters.

The best method for dealing with critters ( raccoons, squirrels, mice, etc.) in the spring is prevention. Trim trees, over-hanging branches close to the home and close off any external openings, that will allow entry to a home or structures.

Repellents such as mothballs or ammonia soaked rags are an option to convince a critter to leave. Care should be taken to make sure that the family are not affected.

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Once the critter is out, one-way openings, such as an 18-inch section of 4-inch diameter PVC pipe placed at a 45-degree angle pointing toward the ground, can help keep critters from returning.

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Bucket traps may be lethal or non-lethal. Both types have a ramp which leads to the rim of a deep-walled container, such as a bucket. The bucket may contain a liquid to drown the trapped mouse. The mouse is baited to the top of the container where it falls into the bucket and drowns. In the non-lethal version, the bucket is empty, allowing the mouse to live, but keeping it trapped. The unharmed mouse can be released outdoors far away from the home or cottage.

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Another frustration, for homeowners close to wooded areas, is deer and their attraction for gardens. Whether city or country, any gardener will relate that a deer can turn summer plants to shreds in a short time.

 

Whether it’s deer-proof hay yard, or high plastic fences surrounding gardens, there are no easy cure, or end, as dealing with wildlife involves few guarantees.

 

In early spring as you plan your garden, take several factors into consideration. First, if the goal is to protect your garden, an 8-foot-high, completely enclosed, mesh or chicken wire fence is the best deterrent. A less costly alternative is dividing your garden into smaller plots with four-strand smooth-wire fence. Deer can easily jump over such a barrier, but they’re less likely to take the leap if they’ll wind up in a small enclosure.

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Choosing the right tent

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Camping can give you a great chance to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the big city, for a chance to experience the great outdoors with the people who you love. There are many different kinds of tents available for sale, and the more that you know about the different types available, the better chance you have of picking the tent that is right for you. Here is some basic information that you need to know before you buy a tent.

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The first thing to consider when purchasing a tent is the amount of space that you need. While tents commonly advertise how many people that they can sleep, you have to take into consideration that not everybody is the same size. As a general rule of thumb when estimating how big of a tent you need, you should consider 1-1/2 X the room for every person that will be sleeping in the tent.

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You are also going to need room for clothes that you bring with you – be sure to make a realistic estimate when it comes to the size that you’ll need. NEVER put food in the tent. Also, you’re going to want to think about the level of privacy that you and you’re traveling companions would need – there are tents available that feature separate rooms, allowing for a decent level of separation between travelers.

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In addition, you need to decide how much trouble you want to go through setting up the tent. While some involve complex systems of poles and stakes that you need to assemble, there are many different types of tents that feature collapsible poles that make putting them together a breeze.

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When it comes to actually picking the one tent that you wish to buy, you should test its durability while you’re still in the store. Run the zippers on the tent up and down, being sure that they don’t catch or break. You’re also going to want to consider the quality of the material that the tent’s made of – check if it’s waterproof, and feel the fabric to make sure that it’s thick enough to hold for a while.

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Now that you know a little more about the qualities of a tent that you need to consider, you can make a more accurate purchasing decision.

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Keep a fly fishing journal

I found a good article about keeping a fly fishing journal. I have done this for years.
I have made a small booklet type that contains short descriptions to check off with a pen. Things I have entered are:

Weather
Water clarity
fishing conditions
fly used
leader length
line choice
amount caught
size

I  draw or download  a map of the lake or river and mark on the map where the fish were caught.

Then at the end of the trip I enter it in a spreadsheet on my computer for future reference.

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Fishing – a Family tradition

Introduce someone whether it’s an adult or child, to fishing and start a tradition. I remember as a boy watching and reading all I can about fishing. It turned out to be an obsession. Later on family members asked questions about how to catch fish and I was eager to share what I have learned.

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When my father retired, he said “what do I do now?” Well I thought about it for a minute and replied “You could come fish with me, we can learn together” That started a tradition that lasted til his early 80’s. Now he does not have the enthusiasm or strength to wake at the crack of dawn and fish all day.

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As I grew older, every summer was spent camping and fishing with the family, brothers family and friends families. I would take the kids out fishing on the boat and teach them the simple joys of the outdoors.

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If you are planning on fishing with a young person? Here are a few tips to get started:

 

  • Keep it simple. A simple rod, live bait or canned corn, bobber, split shot and tiny hook, make the perfect kid’s fishing rig. Teach patience, by telling them to watch the bobber. Panfish are the most cooperative and can usually be found near shore, to a kid, any fish is a trophy.

 

  • Distractions. Pack snacks, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cookies or just a bag of crunchy granola and juice boxes. A pair of binoculars, bird books or even a bucket of minnows can delay the sound of “I bored, I wanna go home” for hours.

 

  • Safety. Wear a life jacket. Kids look at what you do – if they see adults wearing a life jacket, they’ll wear theirs. Be sure to pack band-aids, pliers, a handkerchief, sunscreen and rain gear.

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  •   Next, write this phrase down on your tackle box: “It’s not about me, it’s about them.”

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Have fun, fishing is about making memories. Be willing to stop and turn over rocks, feed the ducks or just wander around looking for frogs, it doesn’t matter. Wonderful memories will be formed when people make fishing fun. The philosophy is that kids who spend time associated with the act of fishing will grow to accept this as simply part of life. And that’s a good thing.

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How to make a paracord quick deploy bracelet with the blaze bar.

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I found this video a great tutorial on making a quick release paracord bracelet. I’ll be making it before my camping trip. This is great for needed cord around the campsite.

How to make a paracord quick deploy bracelet with…

 

 

 

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Lubricating Knots

I see a lot of fishers, be it fly or bait fishers, use saliva to lubricate their leader or tippet material to cinch a knot. After doing this for a several years I found that depending on what you eat, your saliva becomes more or less acidic. Adding knots to your leader, to reduce to a smaller tippet size or just adding a longer tippet section reduces the strength of your overall leader as much as 20 – 30%. Why reduce your chances by using saliva to lubricate your knot?

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The last couple of years I found that people were asking me why I keep dipping my hands in the water I fished, when tying a new fly. “This is to keep my hands cool when I fish” I replied.

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Meanwhile, I see them eating their lunch and heaven forbid ORANGES (yuck) adding to the acid in their saliva. Then they go ahead with tying new flies to their leaders, which they lubricate with their saliva. The result would be a weak knot. In the summer when you are fishing, the weather is beautiful and you become very thirsty, your mouth becomes very dry. This is the worst time to use your saliva to lubricate a knot, I found that my knot used to fail 6 out of 10 times. You can actually see the leader near the knot kinked or stretched, due to heat when you pull the 2 sections apart. By dipping your knot (at the stage that you would be adding saliva) in to the water you are fishing, it cools and lubricates the leader so you can tighten your knot. I found that my percentage of successful knots went up to 95%. This has worked for me for the last 2 years. I still see people using saliva, but I keep telling them “I’m keeping my hands cool”.

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Tight lines and strong knots – Frank

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