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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Kentucky

5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Kentucky

Getting outside during the fall months in Kentucky will prove to be a rewarding adventure. Trails provide the opportunity to take in the crisp autumn…
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5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Kentucky

5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Kentucky

When most people think of Kentucky, they think of bourbon, horses, and bluegrass music, but that’s not all for which the state is known. Part…
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9 Best Outdoor Fall Activities in Kentucky

9 Best Outdoor Fall Activities in Kentucky

Festivals, food, and fun is what you’ll find in Kentucky any time of year, but there’s something special about autumn. With the changes…
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A Guide to Fall Foraging in the U.S.

A Guide to Fall Foraging in the U.S.

It’s September, and the coming of fall equals an abundance of autumnal harvest…in the woods. Foraging is currently all the rage at top…
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10 Ways to Celebrate National Shooting Sports Month in August

10 Ways to Celebrate National Shooting Sports Month in August

Breaking a flying clay target or knocking over a steel plate and then sharing the fun of that experience awaits all who participate in National…
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6 Targets for Archery Beginners

6 Targets for Archery Beginners

Practice is the best thing a beginning archer or bowhunter can do to improve her or his skills. A beginner may practice more frequently than a…
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17 Wild Game Chefs Who Bring More Flavor to Hunting

17 Wild Game Chefs Who Bring More Flavor to Hunting

The number of hunters and gun owners increased throughout 2020 and the trend continues in 2021. In uncertain times citizens are realizing that not…
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8 Common Sense Tips for Buying Your First Boat

8 Common Sense Tips for Buying Your First Boat

A boat, even if it’s a small used one, can be a big purchase. Boat ownership entails a lot of responsibility and can be expensive, as well. If…
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5 Must-Have Trail Running Accessories

5 Must-Have Trail Running Accessories

Trail runners don’t need much, but what they do decide to bring along on a run must be lightweight and essential. From breathable jackets for…
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Early Summer Smallmouth: 6 Tips for Landing a Lunker

Early Summer Smallmouth: 6 Tips for Landing a Lunker

Early summer is prime time for chasing smallmouth bass across most of their range. Anglers—especially those who fish lakes—may encounter…
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5 Basic Rules to Follow for Kayaking Safety

5 Basic Rules to Follow for Kayaking Safety

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, anytime you head out onto the water, safety must be a primary concern. Water and weather…
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The 10 Most Scenic Motorcycle Routes in the U.S.

The 10 Most Scenic Motorcycle Routes in the U.S.

There’s nothing that feels quite as free as exploring the United States’ spectacular landscapes from behind the handlebars of motorcycle.…
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Respect Nature: 6 Tips for Keeping Your Campsite Clean

Respect Nature: 6 Tips for Keeping Your Campsite Clean

It doesn't matter whether you’re staying at a fully electric campsite in a modern campground or backpacking in a designated wilderness area,…
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7 Fishing Lures to Try this Spring

7 Fishing Lures to Try this Spring

With gamefish shaking off their winter torpor, anglers across the United States are gearing up for springtime fishing. Hungry and thinking about…
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This Year’s Best Turkey Loads for Spring Gobblers

This Year’s Best Turkey Loads for Spring Gobblers

Time was that hunters went after gobblers with No. 2 lead shot and whatever shotgun they owned. And for those just getting in to turkey hunting,…
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Long-Range Target Scopes

Long-Range Target Scopes

I lay prone behind the trigger of one of my favorite target rifles, a Savage Model 116 in 6.5-284 Norma, during day two of the SAAM…
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National Parks: How To Book The Best Campsites

National Parks: How To Book The Best Campsites

If you’re planning a spring or summer camping trip to one of our national parks, now is the time to book your campsite reservations. Whether…
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How to Pick the Perfect Campsite

How to Pick the Perfect Campsite

Choosing the right campsite for our backcountry excursions can be surprisingly more challenging that you might think. Sure, it’s nice to…
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10 Great Pet-Friendly Campsites in the U.S.

10 Great Pet-Friendly Campsites in the U.S.

Can’t bear the thought of leaving your furry friend behind while you set off for adventure? Bring them along for the ride and make memories…
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8 Things to Consider Before Buying an RV

8 Things to Consider Before Buying an RV

Investing in a recreational vehicle (RV) is a big decision. Whether you're buying an older model that's used but still reliable or a shiny new Class…
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Campfire Eats: 7 Simple Summer Campsite Recipes

Campfire Eats: 7 Simple Summer Campsite Recipes

For many folks, meal planning is the biggest thing to worry about when getting ready for a camping trip. Whether you’re backpacking, car…
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How to Choose the Best Times to Fish

How to Choose the Best Times to Fish

The best time to go fishing is whenever you can. While that old maxim has merit and speaks to the value of fishing just for the fun of it, there are…
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5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Gas This Summer

5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Gas This Summer

Fuel prices are a lot like the weather: Lots of folks talk about them, but there’s not much you can do about them. The price at the pump…
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Car Camping--5 Amazing Destinations for Ultimate Adventure

Car Camping--5 Amazing Destinations for Ultimate Adventure

There’s something downright elegant about stripping life down to its basic elements: shelter and food (and, ideally, good company). We’re…
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Paddling With Your Kids—How To Get Started

Paddling With Your Kids—How To Get Started

Whether you head out for a day across the bay or a jaunt into the wilds for a week-long adventure, paddling is one of the best outdoor activities you…
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How To Get Started In The Paddlesports

How To Get Started In The Paddlesports

Welcome to the wonderful world of paddlesports, where water whisks you away into a magical paradise and pastime you can pursue forever with family…
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5 Great Early-Spring Camping Destinations

5 Great Early-Spring Camping Destinations

Spring may be just around the corner, but many parts of the country are only now starting to thaw out from a long, cold winter. If you’re…
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10 Best 4x4 Vacation Adventures in the USA

10 Best 4x4 Vacation Adventures in the USA

We go four-wheeling for many reasons. One is the challenge of traveling tough terrain armed with driving skill and the mechanical capabilities…
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Get Started In Archery The Easy Way

Get Started In Archery The Easy Way

If you're a newcomer to archery and just getting ready to make your first bow purchase, the great news is that there are plenty of new bows available…
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Paddleboarding Made Easy—Get Started Now!

Paddleboarding Made Easy—Get Started Now!

Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is the fastest growing watersport in the world for good reason: It’s easy to learn, fun, refreshing, awesome core…
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How to Catch Really Big Fish With Kids

How to Catch Really Big Fish With Kids

When it comes to fishing with kids, conventional wisdom says to find a place where they can catch any fish with a high level of frequency and…
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Learn To Drive Your 4x4 Like A Pro

Learn To Drive Your 4x4 Like A Pro

Four-wheeling is a hands-on experience. You can gather a lot of driving tips from online stories, magazine articles and books, but to really get a…
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10 Best Bass Waters Off The Beaten Path

10 Best Bass Waters Off The Beaten Path

The names of some bass fisheries resonate with anglers on a national scale: Okeechobee, Kentucky Lake, Guntersville, Havasu, Clear Lake, Lake Fork,…
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4 new ways to tag public-land turkeys right now

4 new ways to tag public-land turkeys right now

Hunters who consistently kill turkeys on public land each year have adapted their own set of tactics through trial and error. After five years of…
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How to Choose Your First Handgun—Step Outside

How to Choose Your First Handgun—Step Outside

The term “handgun” covers a lot of ground, from easy-to-conceal pocket pistols to specialty single-shots designed for hunting big game.…
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10 Tips For Going Ultralight on the Trail

10 Tips For Going Ultralight on the Trail

One of the hottest trends in hiking and backpacking over the past few years has been the shift toward going ultralight on the trail. Typically, this…
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5 Best Whitewater Day Trips In America

5 Best Whitewater Day Trips In America

Summer is here and now is the best time to enjoy a whitewater adventure with friends and family. Outfitted trips can be found all across the U.S. and…
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4 Easy Ways To Enjoy Mountain Biking On Your Vacation

4 Easy Ways To Enjoy Mountain Biking On Your Vacation

If you’ve been on a vacation to an outdoor destination in the past few years, you’ve likely noticed a new phenomenon: cycle paths, single…
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7 Simple Rules Every Paddler Should Know

7 Simple Rules Every Paddler Should Know

Getting out on the water is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy summer days outdoors. To keep everyone safe and to enjoy your paddling days even…
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ATVs—Here’s How to Find The Best Riding Trails

ATVs—Here’s How to Find The Best Riding Trails

“Where can I ride my new ATV?” That’s the number one question fielded by the nation’s powersports dealers and approximately…
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6 Tips To Make Family Paddling More Fun

6 Tips To Make Family Paddling More Fun

Getting your kids into the paddle sports is all about keeping the fun quotient high and the hassle factor low. Our water sport expert shares his…
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Shoot Like A Pro With These 7 Simple Steps

Shoot Like A Pro With These 7 Simple Steps

The key to becoming a good shooter is that you and your rifle must work in unison. Good shooting starts by learning to control your breathing and…
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Scope Mounting—How to Get It Perfect Every Time

Scope Mounting—How to Get It Perfect Every Time

Scopes are a fixture on today’s rifles and one primary factor in how they will perform is how well they are installed. It’s not all that…
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How to Kayak: The Basics Made Easy

How to Kayak: The Basics Made Easy

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need many technical skills to go paddling because today's craft are more stable than ever. The hardest part is…
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Trail Cameras: How to Choose the Best for Deer Hunting

Trail Cameras: How to Choose the Best for Deer Hunting

A couple of years ago I walked up to a trail camera in north-central Wisconsin to check the images. When I opened it up to retrieve the SD card, I…
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Paddle Games—3 Fun Games To Play On The Water

Paddle Games—3 Fun Games To Play On The Water

“I Spy”: (“I spy something green, something wet, etc.”) – perhaps make a rule that it can only be something people…
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Best Tips for Catching Spring Bass Right Now!

Best Tips for Catching Spring Bass Right Now!

Bass are America’s favorite sportfish and also the most accessible. Whether they’re the largemouth, spotted or smallmouth variety, bass…
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Why You Need to Take Your Kids Paddling Today

Why You Need to Take Your Kids Paddling Today

Note: The following was adapted from Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids, By Eugene Buchanan, which is available on the author’s website.  It…
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Hiking Boots—Six Great Choices Your Feet Will Love

Hiking Boots—Six Great Choices Your Feet Will Love

Proper footwear is one of the many keys to a successful hike. Here are six boots that will coddle your heel and arches while performing admirably on…
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5 Awesome DIY Hunts You Can Take This Year

5 Awesome DIY Hunts You Can Take This Year

Is there a greater gift—or a more appealing challenge—for an American hunter than chasing game across public land, using only your…
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