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Geocaching: A New Way to Explore the Great Outdoors

No matter your age or fitness, geocaching is great way to experience nature. Now, what exactly is geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure-hunting activity using GPS-enabled devices, like your smartphone or other smart device. Like a pirate seeking treasure, you will navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates in an attempt to find a geocache — a container that comes in various shapes and sizes — hidden at a given location. There are more than 2 million official geocaches hidden around the globe.

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Tom Severin

Fire Below!

Skid plate - Aftermath of the skid plate fire that nearly destroyed a Jeep Unlimited.

Jim and his buddy Tim were doing a pre-run on permitted but seldom-used trails in the vicinity of Tonopah, Nev. back in August. They stopped to check the map and both noticed the smell of burning grass. They did a 360 inspection and found nothing. Wildfires blazed in the Sierras, but were too far away to be the source for this odor. They resumed their drive.

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Audrey Mason

Why I Fight to Preserve Everyone’s Off-Roading Right

Pack it in, Pack it out OR Lose the Right to use it!
The Sad but Real Truth about the Endangered Off-Road Lifestyle

Hi, my name is Audrey Mason.  I have been an active off-roader my entire life. I currently ride a Honda 400ex, and cruise in an YJ jeep with my husband K.J. Mason. I was introduced to SDORC, a non-profit political coalition of volunteers dedicated to protecting and preserving off-roading, through our family Rob & Kathleen Smith. The Smith’s are long time active members of SDORC (San Diego Off Road Coalition) coordinating large events, raising awareness and spreading the word of important current issues and top legislation endangering our off-roading lifestyle. For example, land closures, lawsuits, potential endangered species, most issues that off-roaders are facing and are unaware of. 

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John Stewart

USFWS Announces Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the agency will expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 13 refuges throughout the Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. The final rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations on more than 70 other refuges and wetland management districts. This includes migratory bird, upland game and big game hunting, and sport fishing.

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USFWS Releases National Survey of Economic Activity

Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities contributed more than $144.7 billion in economic activity across the United States according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, published every five years.

The final report of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation has detailed information on the number of U.S. residents 16 years of age and older who fished, hunted or wildlife watched (fed, observed, or photographed wildlife) in 2011. It also provides information on their expenditures for trips, equipment, and other items. Individual state reports will be available on a flow basis beginning in January 2013.

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