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Outdoors Xtras: Archery targets, oatmeal recipe and more

Everybody Adventures
| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, 6:24 p.m.

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 time 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.

GEAR of the week

Six Pack

Company: OnCore Targets (

Gear type: Archery targets

Product description: Probably everyone who has 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.

Sugg. 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.

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 water to boiling. Add oats and simmer until tender. That can take 10 minutes or so.

About halfway through that time, add spices, apples and syrup. Continue cooking until the oats are done and you have a sweet, tasty breakfast.

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