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Reservations Due by Jan. 31 For Seasonal and Monthly Camping at Minnesota State Parks

It may be a tough time to think about camping with the cold and the snow, but you must plan ahead if you'd like to nab one of the few campsites available for longer stays, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Photo credit: Ken Hayes
Photo credit: Ken Hayes
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Why A Good Fishing Guide is Worth The Money

I consider myself a pretty decent fisherman.  I have my favorite fishing spots.  I catch fish more often than I get skunked.   I'm nowhere near pro, but I've never thought about having a guide.  After my first guided trip, I've changed my mind.

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Yeticoolers via YouTube
Yeticoolers via YouTube
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Have You Heard of A Yeti Cooler? They’re Tough Enough To Take on A 500 Pound Man [VIDEO]

When Chris Janson's song "Buy Me A Boat" came out, Cathy and I started wondering what the lyrics "a Yeti 110 iced down with silver bullets" was all about.  I knew he was referring to Coors Light in the song lyrics, but I was unaware of Yeti coolers and how cool they are.  Check this pretty funny video out to see how tough they are.

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Homie Kates
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Cathy Kates Trades Yellowstone Vacation In For Local Camp Dale

We were SUPPOSED to go to Yellowstone.  We had been planning this vacation since the gas prices had dropped.  We nervously watched the gas prices rising but after months of planning nothing was going to stop us now, except a broken camper axle.  That prompted us to choose a much closer camping location that bears a bit of explaining.

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Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR
Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR
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Learn Camping Basics at Lake Bemidji State Park

Having just returned from a camping trip, I was reminded of how fun camping can be.  It's also a great way to spend time with your family and friends.  However, if you're not used to doing it, it can seem like quite a hassle, which is why this program from the Minnesota DNR is so cool.

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Here’s Why You Need A LED Light for Your Truck Bed! [VIDEO]

People have been asking what I did on my week off from work.  A lot of the time I was sitting around a campfire at the cabin, or hanging out in the woods.  This was the first time I got to try out my new toy:  a bed LED light for my truck.  It's awesome, check it out!

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RV Camping
Homie Kates
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4 Best Places To Camp Near Duluth And Superior

Many people will argue that what I do isn't camping.  Ken made that painful obvious when he blogged the differences between his camping trip and mine entitled Tent Camping Versus RV Camping a few years back...

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Sean Gallup - Getty Images News
Sean Gallup - Getty Images News
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Another Sign That Winter Is Gone, the Cloquet/Dulth KOA Campground Opens Friday

I know many people who can't wait to get out and start camping, and officially turn the page on winter.  This weekend, the campground I go to the most is turning their water back on for the season which is great news.  Another great bit of camping news involves a campground closer to home.

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Cups & Cakes Photography
Cups & Cakes Photography
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Reservations Due This Month For Minnesota Seasonal and Monthly Camping

Enough with the cold and snow.  Let's think warmer weather and camping!  You know the feeling when you get back from a camping trip that you wish you would've stayed their longer?  Well, make it a reality this year and hold your spot long term.  To do that, however, you do need to act now to secure one of the few Minnesota campsites available for longer stays.

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Cathy Kates
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Why Was Cathy Kates’ Weekend Bittersweet? [VIDEO]

So, this was the weekend to pack the camper up for the winter.  Bittersweet for lots of reasons (plus, I'm coming down with a cold and didn't feel like doing ANYTHING).  What are you doing to get ready for the Fall and Winter seasons?

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Wisconsin Offers Free Weekend of Camping, Fishing, ATV Riding, and Fun in June

The Wisconsin DNR has announced plans to give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor activities like fishing, visiting state parks, or riding on ATV trails without having to pay any fees or licenses.

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Homemade Mosquito Trap Could Help Keep Your Family Comfortable this Summer

I've never liked the smell of mosquito repellent like Off or Skin-So-Soft.  I never thought the Citronella candles worked very good and short of fumigating with a canister of insecticide fog like they use to do at the drive-in movie theaters, what's left to try?  DIY Mosquito Trap! 

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