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Gear of the week
Gear name: Six Pack
Company: OnCore Targets (https://www.everybodyshops.com/2d-bottle-archery-targets.html)
Gear type: Archery target
Product description: Probably everyone who’s ever visited an amusement park or carnival has played the game. You know, you get a trio or softballs or a BB gun, depending on the variation, and you have to knock down a stack of bottles. It’s fun, even if the bottles are nearly heavy enough to withstand an earthquake. Well, here’s a way to play that game, but with a bow. This six pack from OnCore Targets includes six 2D, 5/8-inch self-healing foam targets. Pin them to a hay bale or some other backstop and each one can withstand shots from arrows tipped with field points or broadheads. Rings on each allow you to keep score.
Available options: Each bottle is 11 inches tall and 4 inches wide.
Suggested retail price: $17.99.
Notable: Made in the United States, these can be used indoors or out. The center ring can take hundreds of shots, the targets overall thousands, so it’s great practice for archery season.
Tip of the week
Backpacks with hydration bladders are convenient to wear when walking the woods much of the year. In the cold of winter, though, water can freeze in your drink tube. So when hiking, hunting or otherwise exploring at this kind of year, consider switching to a water bottle. Secure the lid tightly, so there are no leaks, and carry it in your pack upside down to keep the lid from freezing and sticking.
Recipe of the week
Maple apple oatmeal
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 apple, cubed
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Prison, that’s what I think of every time someone hands me a bowl of plain oatmeal as my camper breakfast. I’ll choke it down if it’s the only option, but I almost expect to do it surrounded by concertina wire and armed guards.
This recipe adds enough zest to oats to make them no only palatable, but good, especially if you’re camping in the cold.
Heat your water to boiling. Add the oats and simmer them until they’re tender. That can take 10 minutes or so.
About halfway through that time, add the spices, apples and syrup. Continue cooking until the oats are done and you have a sweet, tasty breakfast.
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