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09 Apr


Although there may be may aspects of hunting that we find enjoyable, for me it has largely been the thrill of the hunt. Those of us who have used calls to lure various game know how cool it can be to have a "conversation" with your prey. It's so cool to hear the game you are hunting and to begin calling them closer into your location. Whether it's birds or four-legged game, when they begin to respond and are attracted to your calling attempts, you're doing something right.

After a number of years that I did not hunt at …

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30 Mar

When I first moved to Chicago 30 years ago, my friends Tim and Kathy would come up from our shared hole-in-the-cornfield hometown in Indiana to visit me at my rockin’ third floor walk up bachelor pad near Wrigley Field.  One of the things I really enjoyed was the question they always asked me upon arrival.

Kathy would jump out, ring my doorbell (this was pre-cellphone) and I would jump in the car with Tim and we would circle the block until a parking spot opened up.  Then we would all go up to my aforementioned bachelor pad, and the question …

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27 Mar

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I will be making a return to Germany and Austria this summer.  I do apologize if the subject is getting tired but for being away for two weeks and 4,510 miles (not in km mode, yet) from home, a lot of planning goes into the trip.  Luckily we sell a lot of things I’ll need so I won't need to get up from my desk to do a lot of my shopping.  Not until lunch, at least.

Daydreaming, I like to imagine my return kind of like an Ancient Roman triumph.  Think of Julius …

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20 Mar

Night vision can be complex and overwhelming. Between the various specs to compare and the intimidating price, it can make selecting the right product for your application a bit daunting. So we like to provide as much perspective and insight as we can to simplify the process. A hot topic right now in night vision is digital night vision.

Digital night vision essentially uses a camera and an image sensor that is sensitive to infrared light. Traditional night vision uses an image intensifier tube, which uses an electron plate to multiply the light photons and create a visible image. Two …

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13 Mar

One of the most fun winter activities anyone can do is snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the United States, and for good reason. It’s a lot of fun, keeps you in shape over the winter, and allows you to see sights you wouldn’t believe. Many people I know go into a kind of hibernation over the winter months which I find depressing. The winter offers lots of opportunities for recreation, with snowshoeing being one of the best.

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Snowshoeing is different from cross country skiing. If you will be camping and are …

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05 Mar

The end of winter, that is! Cabin fever has taken its toll and I can't wait for the weather to level off a bit and become more comfortable. Sub-zero temperatures and double-digit drifts of snow are getting to be too much for these "old bones"! 2014 was a year that started with considerable left hip pain which resulted in total hip replacement and pretty much healing for the balance of the year. Now in 2015, I'm ready to "rock & roll" and I can't wait to get out and partake in some fun activities!

First of all, I'm a little …

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23 Feb

I wear glasses.  It is winter in Chicago.  A poor combination, at best.

It’s 7 below this morning (actual temperature) and if I have to walk any distance at all – from the car into a store, say, I have two choices when I get inside.  I can A> keep my glasses on and see absolutely nothing because they fog up, or B> take them off and see absolutely nothing, because I need glasses to see.

Since it looks a little goofy (and can be painful) to walk around with opaque lenses, I normally take them off and stand still …

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20 Feb

In my last blog I complained about the cold and was looking forward optimistically to warmer weather.  As I sit here typing this, it’s -1 degrees outside and with the windchill anywhere between -20 and -30.  I’m going to complain again about the cold and keep on looking forward optimistically to warmer weather in this blog too because what the hell else am I going to do?  Ten minutes outside and my jeans feel like they’re frozen to my legs and the feeling in my face is pretty close to non-existent.  I guess that doesn’t matter though because without gloves …

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13 Feb

Well, it’s Friday here and not payday so to stop myself from buying a new folding knife I am going to write about folders instead. Since I was young, I have been overly interested in knives. To me, they are the oldest form of functional art. From workhorses to show pieces, there’s a knife out there for every purpose and I have yet to find a knife that can do it all. That’s the recipe for a collector’s dream.

My first knife was a Buck knife lockback folder given to me by my grandfather. It was a modest length clip …

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04 Feb

One of the most important and overlooked items in your night vision set up is the helmet. Most PVS-14s come with a plastic head mount that is called the “skull crusher” and for good reason. Wear the skullcrusher for more than an hour or so and you’ll be ready to wear a helmet. A good helmet supports the weight of the monocular on your head and allows you to be in the field longer without neck fatigue.

The Skullcrusher – A great way to try hands-free use, but not a long term solution.

There are many options for helmets available …

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