Outdoors extras, including a groundhog hunting tip

Posted on: June 13, 2018 | Bob Frye | Comments

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Gear of the week

Gear name: Gravity Water Treatment System

Groundhog hunting and camping can be fun.

Gravity Filter

Company: Sawyer Products (https://www.everybodyshops.com/sawyer-one-gallon-gravity-filtration-system.html)
Gear type: Water filter
Product description: Chances are when you escape to the backcountry – whether that’s a half mile from the road or 50 – you go there to fish or hunt or just relax and enjoy nature. Not to work. That’s one reason the Sawyer one-gallon water filter is so nice. It does the work for you. The way it works is, you get to your campsite, fill its bag with water from a creek or river and hang it up. Then, when you need water for drinking or cooking, you draw the water out through the hose and attached filter. That’s it. There’s no need to boil water or work it through a hand pump. Gravity and the filter do the job, allowing you to focus on fun or other camp chores.
Available options: This includes a 1 gallon – or 3.78 liter – bladder, a 0.1 micron filter, drink tube, attachments and cleaning and maintenance instructions.
Suggested retail price: $39.99.
Notable: This filter stands 14 by 6 by 3 inches. It weighs just 8 ounces.

Tip of the week

Summertime is groundhog hunting time. Where best to find woodchucks, though? They feed din fields, of course, on fresh green vegetation. But rather than just set up in a field and wait, look for den sites. Groundhogs will dig burrows around old foundations and buildings, near rock piles, steep banks covered in taller weeds and the like. If there’s an old apple orchard nearby, all the better. Groundhogs not only eat the apples, but will even climb trees to get them. So find where they’re living when not eating and you’ll do well.

Recipe of the week

Sloppy Joe biscuit bake


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 16-ounce package of refrigerator biscuits
  • 12 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 packages sloppy Joe seasoning mix


This is a relatively simple meal you can make it camp using your Dutch oven.

Start by browning the meat and the chopped up onion in the Dutch oven. Add the tomato paste, seasoning mix and water. Bring everything to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Put the biscuits over top of the mixture. Cover the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Bob Frye is the everybodyadventures.com editor. Reach him at 412-838-5148 or bfrye@535mediallc.com. See other stories, blogs, videos and more at everybodyadventures.com.

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Bob Frye is a storyteller with a passion for all things outdoors. He hunts, he fishes, he hikes, he camps, he paddles, backpacks and snowshoes depending on the season. If he’s not an expert at anything, it’s because he’s passionate to try a little bit of everything.