Outdoors extras, including a tip for staying in hunting shape

Posted on: July 10, 2018 | Bob Frye | Comments

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Gear of the week

Gear name: Target spots

Being in hunting shape helps with good shooting.

Target spots

Company: Birchwood Casey (https://www.everybodyshops.com/birchwood-targets-asst.html)

Gear type: Targets

Product description: Targets don’t have to be fancy. After all, the goal is to punch them full of holes, right? So it doesn’t always make sense to spend a lot of money on them. Target spots are a good, affordable option because you can turn any piece of paper or cardboard into a target by just adding one of these orange bulls eyes. It gives you an aiming point quickly and cheaply.

Available options: each pack contains 110 target spots. There are 60 1-inch spots, 30-2-inch spots and 20 3-inch spots. The bright red color provides good contrast for sighting in. Bullet holes are easy to spot, too.

Suggested retail price: $7.99.

Notable: Each target spot is self-adhesive. They peel and stick to whatever you put them on.

Tip of the week

It pays to stay in good physical shape year-round. But if you’ve let things slip a bit, now is the time to start preparing for the fall hunting seasons. There are some specific things you should be working on to get in hunting shape. Good cardiovascular health is one. Walking, running, elliptical machines, stair climbing, all can help. Do some weight training, too. The idea is not to look like a bodybuilder, but to prepare arms, legs and backs for carrying or dragging game out of the field.

Recipe of the week

Fish tacos



  • 1 quart of fish
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 box Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon season salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • red and yellow bell peppers


  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced capers
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Here’s a recipe, from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, for fish tacos that includes a special sauce.

It’s often made with bluegills or other panfish, but any kind of fish will work really.

To prepare the fish, mix the breadcrumbs, season salt and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Place the flour on a plate. Mix the eggs and milk in a small bowl.

Coat the fish in the flour, dip it in the egg wash and run it through the breadcrumb mixture so that both sides are covered. Cook in hot oil until golden brown.

For the sauce, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Serve the fish on soft shells, covered in sauce.

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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.