Field Dressing and Butchering Deer

Depending on where you live and your weapon of choice, you may already be getting ready for deer season. If this is your first hunt, you probably should peruse a copy of Field Dressing and Butchering Deer: Step-by-Step Instructions, From Field to Table by Monte Burch first. This handy book contains clear instructions and a…

Mushroom Rock State Park

As the many etched names attest, Mushroom Rock was an object of interest long before it became part of a state park.  Native tribes met there frequently, and explorers ranging from John Frémont to Kit Carson probably passed by on their travels. On the heels of the explorers came the groups of covered wagons.  The…

An Egg of a Different Color

Perhaps before you started raising chickens, you always bought the cheap carton of uniform white eggs at the grocery store.  Then somewhere along the line, maybe you became more health-conscious and upgraded to the carton of brown free-range eggs. Even after you started keeping your own flock of laying hens, a little bit of color…

Gator Cases

There’s peace of mind in knowing that you have a good instrument case. So what makes a “good” instrument case?  It has to be sturdy and reliable.  It needs to have a hard shell that will hold up to bumps and shocks. There are some incredible indestructible cases out there, but the nonprofessional musician sometimes…

Milford State Park

The Republican River has had a long history of floods, dating back to the time of the Pawnee Indians.  As white men settled and developed the area, however, the floods became more and more devastating, as property was damaged and lives lost. The last straw was the Great Flood of 1951, which swept through Topeka,…

What is Kobe Beef?

Many direct marketers like to have a distinctive edge, something that sets their products apart from the rest.  In the home-raised beef realm, distinctiveness can take many forms.  As pointed out in How to Direct Market Your Beef by Jan Holder, direct marketers can stand out by selling beef that is anything from gourmet grassfed…

Storey’s Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America

Too many horse breed encyclopedias neglect the breeds that have originated in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.  They are thorough enough, containing numerous foreign breeds that most Americans will never see, but they overlook the amazing and useful horses right under our noses. If you want to learn more about the horse breeds found…