Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 21, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Create Your Great Outdoors Month Playlist Using These Songs

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Since June is National Great Outdoors Month, it’s the ideal time to create a great new summer playlist using music that fits the outdoor theme. Whether you’re fishing, boating, hiking or camping, having the right music along sure seems to make time spent with friends and family even more memorable. Here are seven songs that are perfect for creating a great outdoors month playlist:     Pontoon, Little Big Town — This catchy song about…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 10, 2015

Tom Keer

Great Outdoors Month

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Great Outdoors Month is upon us, and without question Great Outdoors Month is a thoroughly American idea.  The month celebrates our country’s natural heritage by encouraging us all to take advantage of the open space that we all enjoy. One attribute that makes USA such a unique nation is that we have the opportunity to explore the natural resources of open-to-the-public land. This month we’re celebrating National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 7, 2015

Debbie Hanson

10 Of The Most Incredible Places To Go Camping And Fishing

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What could be better than a day of fishing? Well, that would be multiple days of fishing in a row at a prime spot near a campground, of course! With the assistance of state fish and wildlife agencies, Take Me Fishing.org recently named over 250 family-friendly places to go fishing and boating in the country. This list was then voted on by outdoor enthusiasts, and further refined down to the 2015 top 100 places to…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 28, 2014

Debbie Hanson

Camping and Fishing Can Be More Refreshing Than a Hotel Stay

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It may have happened to you once or twice, but you won’t let it happen again. Yep, you know what I’m talking about… those days of yore when you would plan a family vacation, only to come back feeling like you needed a second vacation to rest and recover from your “vacation.” For many, there are times when hustling and bustling suits their circumstances or likings given busy work or social schedules. However, if you…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 22, 2014

Tom Keer

Affordable Fishing Vacations

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Two weeks ago the frame on my Toyota 4-Runner broke when one tire bounced through a pot hole.  I wasn’t angry for the truck was a 2000 model and I had put nearly 250,000 miles on the odometer.  The truck took me through rivers to get to bird hunting coverts, down the beach in search of pods of blitzing bass or blues, and many points in between.  In looking at new/used vehicle prices I am…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 7, 2014

Debbie Hanson

Ways to Take Full Advantage of Free Outdoor Events

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It may not be the holiday season just yet, but did you know something? The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offers us a gift each year that many outdoor-lovers don’t know about, or take advantage of. Next week, October 12 through the 18 is National Wildlife Refuge Week. And, on Sunday, October 12 (the first day of National Wildlife Refuge Week), free admission will be offered at many refuges to help you get better acquainted…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 22, 2014

Debbie Hanson

One of the Easiest and Healthiest Fresh Fish Recipes Ever

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If you’ve been looking for tips on how to cook fresh fish in the healthiest way possible, look no further. One of the easiest, tastiest and healthiest ways to prepare fish is by allowing the filets to steam inside of a banana leaf. Banana leaves create perfect natural “cooking pouches” that help to seal in the flavors and moisture of the fish (without the need for oil or butter) and can be found at most…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 15, 2014

Debbie Hanson

How Does Time Spent in the Outdoors Contribute to Creativity?

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Do you find yourself struggling to come up with new ideas when they used to seem to pop into your head fairly easily? Do you need to think “out of the box” for an upcoming school or work project, but aren’t sure how to get your creative juices flowing again? You may want to start by planning a boating or fishing trip since time spent outdoors has been proven to help boost levels of creativity.…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 11, 2014

Tom Keer

Why Leaf Peep when you can get a Full View?

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Sometimes it’s great to do things up close and personal, and hiking through the mountain trails are a great way to see autumn’s changing leaves.  But sometimes a close perspective means we lose our vision, sort of losing the ‘forest through the trees’ (sorry, I couldn’t resist).  Taking a few steps back gives that broader perspective, and looking at maples’ orange and reds, the yellows in the white birch, and the browns from the oaks…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 10, 2014

Tom Keer

For Space, Beauty, and Good Fishing, Nothing Beats a National Park

According to the National Park Service, our country (including Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) has a whopping 7804 parks for us to visit.  The largest is in the Adirondacks, and there are some 6 million acres for Upstate New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy, and enjoy they did.  In 2009, some 700 million visitors vacationed in all such parks, which means if you’re looking for a great fishing vacation, one that can also provide…




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