Photos by John "Doogie" Howell and Lance Schwartz
Up until a few weeks ago, if you were able to travel back in time to 2009 and walked into a Suzuki dealership, that six year old Suzuki King Quad 750AXi Power Steering could easily be mistaken for a new model. For lack of a more politically correct explanation, Suzuki has been on cruise control for the last five or six years with no game changing new models to offer. Although the 2014 King Quad 750 AXi looks like the same old King Quad Suzuki has been offering for half a decade, there's a little magic hidden underneath the plastic bodywork that shows Suzuki might finally be ready to dig in and fight.
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The humble garbage bag doesn't often get the recognition that it's due, probably because of its association with trash and other “worthless” items. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll see that this plastic pariah has loads of emergency uses. Here are ten of the most important reasons to add a few large trash bags to your survival kit.
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LED flashlights have come a long way over the past few years, and shrunk in both size and price. I recently received the Streamlight Microstream as a gift (thanks, Wes!) and here’s what I thought of it. Spoiler alert: great stocking stuffer, if you’re planning that far ahead already.
From the size of the light and the AAA battery enclosed in the package, I was expecting the Microstream to perform like a typical keychain light: Handy, but for short-range use only. But when I installed the battery and clicked it on, I realized that this little sucker is bright. [ Read Full Post ]
I own an ATV. It has proven to be one of the most useful tools I've purchased in recent years.
It wasn't so long ago, back when I used to spend a week every November hunting deer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (a time when there were deer to hunt in Michigan's Upper Peninsula), that I would have scoffed at the notion of owning an ATV for hunting purposes.
See, I had no exposure to the machines outside of the guys I'd see hauling loads of apples, carrots, and sugar beets to deer shacks scattered throughout the Ottawa National Forest.
For those of you who are careful readers, you'll notice that I mentioned seeing these guys using their ATVs on National Forest lands to haul bait to their hunting sites.
And you must be asking: "Is that legal?" [ Read Full Post ]
If you’re an ATV owner and a whitetail hunter, chances are that one of the reasons you bought an ATV in the first place was to haul a deer out of the woods.
You need to be realistic if you’re going to put that deer on the rack. Here are some points to consider:
If you have a smaller machine — allotment say under 300cc’s — you may well exceed the manufacturer’s total weight for the machine. Even if you meet the manufacturer's weight maximum, smaller wheelers will sag dramatically. If you bottom out the suspension, it will be very difficult to steer safely. And, in the case of loading deer on the rear rack, the bike’s front tires could be lifted off the ground. [ Read Full Post ]
I’ve been moving too fast lately. Bombing from one meeting to the next, missing deadlines, never enough time for all the details of the day.
That’s a flimsy excuse for why I showed up at my rifle range the other day in a dither, with a new rifle, plenty of ammo, fresh targets, but no earmuffs.
Well, that’s not quite right. I had a single foam earplug in my pickup—it was stashed with about 60 cents in old pennies and nickels—plus a 20-amp fuse, some .22 shells, and a few screwdriver bits—in my truck’s ashtray. [ Read Full Post ]
Traumatic injuries can end lives in minutes. Gunshot wounds, deep punctures, and long lacerations can leave the unprepared person helpless as precious blood spills onto the ground. These types of injuries require specialized gear, like the kind found in the new Chinook BleederPAK ($30).
Why carry a separate trauma kit? There are a number of good reasons to have this type of gear in its own container. First, it speeds up first aid application. You have the needed supplies in one pouch ready to go at a moment’s notice. Another point to consider is if someone is bleeding profusely, you’re going to get blood (and maybe other fluids) on all of the gear in a single-compartment medical bag. [ Read Full Post ]