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Caption Contest: Win a Grab Bag of Berkeley Havoc and Gulp Bass Baits

Photo by Richard Jones Welcome to the first-ever Field Notes photo-caption contest. This photo of a raccoon riding an alligator may or may not be real, but it is caption-contest gold.  The picture was sent to a central Florida TV station...Show More Summary

Dollar Store Finds

Cards on a blog, words on a screen. I rarely send out-of-the-country packages these days due to outrageous shipping costs, but I'll always make an exception for Sportscards From The Dollar Store. Did you know that the ubiquitous Dollar...Show More Summary

Tomato – Damaged by Leaf-footed Bug

Q: I have a bug that has wreaked havoc with my tomatoes for two years now. I kill every one I see but cannot keep up. They pierce the skin of the tomatoes and inject something that causes the tomatoes to have green areas that taste funny and later in the season the tomatoes will […]

English Ivy – Adult Form

Q: I was told this is poison sumac. It is growing up two of my trees to the point they are almost covered. Looks to be some type of ivy. A: It’s not poison sumac…it’s mature (“adult”) English ivy. Gardeners easily recognize the typically three-lobed leaves of English ivy in the landscape but they are […]

Muscadine, Scuppernong – Flowers

Q: For the past seven years I have been unsuccessful at growing muscadines. I am not sure why the vines are not allowing the berries to mature, but each year I have blooms and small berries but by mid-June they disappear and leave only stems. The vines are in direct sunlight, getting lots of water […]

Cucumbers – Orange

Q: My daughter has her first garden this year and she has gotten orange cucumbers. She says they never turned green. What could be wrong? A: There are actually cucumber varieties that are yellow when mature. ‘Sunsweet’, ‘Chinese Yellow’ and ‘Lemon’ are real conversation starters. Naturally yellow-fruited cucumbers are said to be more nutritious than […]

High Fire Danger, Tighter Fire Restrictions

It’s hot and dry and the fire danger is extermely high. To help prevent fires all visitors are being asked to adhere to the following guidelines: No Smoking No smoking below 6,000 feet, except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in...Show More Summary

Fire Updates July 6, 2015

New lightning caused fires: It’s a hot, dry summer and the fire danger is extermely high in the Sierra. Several fires were spawned by last weeks thunderstorms and are now being actively monitored. Most of the fires are small; single tree strikes that amount to less than a tenth of an acre. Show More Summary

CSF Hosts 2nd Annual ‘California Wine, Wings & Wildlife’ Event in Sonoma

July 1, 2015 (Washington, DC) – On June 29, in the heart of California’s wine country, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) gathered members of the sportsmen’s conservation community and other supporters for the 2nd Annual ‘California Wine, Wings & Wildlife,’ western regional event. Show More Summary


Cranston, Rhode Island – SWAROVSKI OPTIK NORTH AMERICA, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, announces its SWAROVISION Savings Event. SWAROVSKI OPTIK manufactures optical products of the highest quality for outdoor enthusiasts...Show More Summary

New Project: Build a Motorized System for Raising and Lowering Hanging Plants

Hanging plants are a great way to add some green to your house. I designed a simple system for raising and lowering hanging plants with an electric motor. Read more on MAKE The post Build a Motorized System for Raising and Lowering Hanging Plants appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.

Lively formality in the garden of Deborah Hornickel

7 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

If you admired the beautiful details of James David’s grand Rollingwood garden, which I had the privilege of visiting last spring, you may have wondered what a smaller, more economically built garden of his might look like. And I’m here...Show More Summary

Bitten: When a Bull Shark Strikes

Illustration by David Hollenbach On Good Friday this April, a friend, Julian Cruz, his girlfriend, and I headed out from Jupiter Inlet in his 20-foot Contender. We were out 21?2 or 3 miles on an artificial reef. I’d already shot a 51-pound cobia, but there were 3- or 4-foot swells, which made the visibility underwater poor. Show More Summary

Lost: Six Nights Alone in the Wilderness

Illustration by Max Temescu Day One: Wednesday  My son Kyle and I were hunting the Yolla Bolly–Middle Eel Wilderness. Our plan was to split up in the morning, then meet at base camp for lunch. But things didn’t go that way. I saw a nice buck and started stalking him, but every time I prepared for a shot, he moved. Show More Summary

Mauled: A Fight to the Death with a Black Bear

Illustration by Steven P. Hughes A stick snapped, and I said to my friend Trevor, “I think I hear it.” I took three steps to the left, and then…all I remember is lying on a plush mattress, staring at the stars, just kind of floating....Show More Summary

Fight to Survive: Three Outdoorsmen Face Their Worst Nightmares

Illustration by Steven P. Hughes   LOST as told to Ben Romans Last October, Dave Stornetta, 59, was hunting in California when he found himself in unfamiliar wilderness. He was missing for six nights.   BITTEN as told to Bill Heavey In...Show More Summary

Camping And Music Festival Survival Guide

Inspired Camping... Smoothing the edges of roughing it! Cool Camping and Glamping UK and Worldwide If you’ve been wondering what to take to a festival when you’re camping and you need a festival survival guide, then you’ve come to the right place. Show More Summary

4 Of The Best New Motorhome Models For 2015

Inspired Camping... Smoothing the edges of roughing it! Cool Camping and Glamping UK and Worldwide If you’ve simply had enough of tent camping and your old camper van keeps letting you down, you might be feeling the temptation to invest in a new motorhome for your future trips to the campsite. Show More Summary

Printable: Origami Beach Ball

8 hours agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Who likes beach balls?  I designed this week’s paper to look like a beach ball when folded into the traditional origami ball.  Make them for fun or use them for decoration.  You can find the free printable plus origami directions below. Click here for beach ball printable. Your paper should look like the picture above […]

A Quick PWE

I'm back from vacation. It was incredibly relaxing. So relaxing, in fact, that I've been having a tough time finding the motivation to get back into my hobby and the blog. Let's get back on the horse with a quick PWE that arrived from Canada not long before I left. Show More Summary

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