Snapshot: Ft. Niagara State Historic Site

Ft. Niagara was established nearly 300 years ago at the mouth of the Niagara River. France, Great Britain (twice) and the United States have claimed ownership. The 22-acre site is soaked in history. It’s worth a visit.

Schedule an extra day because the fishing on the Niagara River is fantastic. Contact Capt. Frank Campbell. Capt. Frank will put you on fish.

From USA Today

Kentucky’s New Sporting License Year Arrives with Price Hike

Kentucky’s 2018-19 sport license year begins March 1. Prices have gone up.

There has been considerable grumbling about this across the outdoor fabric of the Commonwealth. The price hike is across the board and is fairly hefty. Example: beginning today the resident combination hunt/fish license will be $42. A year ago it was $30.

Non-residents won’t generally see a boost in fees. Non-resident rates were raised in 2014. The most previous hike in resident license fees was 2007.

Details and a full rundown of the new pricing is at You can also buy your license at this site.

If you’d like to voice an opinion about the fees contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife headquarters at 1-800-858-1549. If you’d like to voice an option with someone who actually made the decision about the price hike contact your district commissioner. You’ll find their contact information at

Notes on Genesis (stove not scripture)

One of the perks of my job is testing new gear. A Genesis Base Camp Cooking System recently arrived. I immediately set it up on the tailgate of my F-150 for a brief test run.IMG_2413

The Genesis stove is a two-burner system. High tech, high heat output and simple to use. Boiling water on the tailgate is hardly a thorough field test. That will come later. I simply heated water and made a cup of tea to see how the stove worked, which was very well. The quality of construction is evident. The base camp system includes a 10-inch frying pan and 5-liter pot and wind shield, all of which nest together in a handy, easy-to-handle soft carrying case. The Genesis stove can be purchased without the pots. A HalfGen (one burner) model is also available.

More later. But until then check it out at Jetboil is part of the Johnson Outdoors family of products.

And my thanks to Sam Petri at for helping with this project.