Welcome to Bat City Outdoors


News: Paddling Texas: A Guide to the State’s Best Paddling Routes available for order.

Waves of live music, heaps of barbecue, personalities like Kinky, tireless Texas fight football fans, electric get-downs on 6th Street, it’s all right here. And still people treat each other like neighbors – Austin is just right.

Even so, that urban just right can bake on like sun-dried mud. When it does, it can only be scraped off in the outdoors. Luckily, Austin has some of that too. It’s in the rivers and ravines and with the waterfolk and wildlife that are Bat City outdoors.

Here you’ll find stories about the outdoors in Austin and beyond. And, you’ll find information to help get you out there.

Thanks for reading,
Shane Townsend

Bat City Outdoors |
From Austin. For Outdoorsfolk Everywhere.


100 Deadly Skills: Straight from SEAL Team 6

How would you:

  • Detect tampering of your hotel room or personal effects?
  • Lose someone who is following you?
  • Or survive an active shooter scenario?

wpid-2015-10-05-07.17.13.jpg.jpegWhile few folks will ever need to know, even fewer of us would know where to start. And, that’s what Clint Emerson (Ret. Navy SEAL Team 6) set out to remedy with 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation available October 13, 2015 from your favorite faceless book monger and elsewhere. 

Find Clint on Facebook and Twitter@100deadlyskills


Two new pieces in USA TODAY Hunt & Fish Magazine

wpid-2015-08-14-18.56.09.jpg.jpegThe latest edition of USA TODAY Hunt & Fish is on newsstands now and available here:

Pieces include:


wpid-20150814_153448.jpgMany hunters are giving this updated hunting tool a try.

“Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger,” Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 5th Century BC.


wpid-20150814_153611.jpgHunt long enough and you’ll lose a deer. In the best-case scenario, you miss cleanly, so the deer moves on unscathed and you’re left embarrassed, angry or a little depressed. In the worst case, you wound a deer, never recover it and are tormented by how it all went down. Here’s what to remember when you’re in the field.

Cooking with Gator Queen Liz

Somewhere along the way, The History Channel has turned into The Farm-fur-fin-and-feather-to-fork Channel with shows such as Duck Dynasty, Mountain Men, and Swamp People and, in doing so, they have whet appetites of unlikely squirrel eaters everywhere.

Elizabeth “Liz” Choate, Swamp People’s hard charging, get-it-done-at-all-costs gator hunting royalty has just released a book “The Gator Queen Liz Cook Book” to put the taste of the swamp into readers’ kitchens across the country.


Find it here at my favorite faceless book mongor – or if you’re a good person – get it from your local book store. Then get in the woods and on the waters and procure a little of your own protein.

Chasing Rumor: A season fly fishing in Patagonia

Patagonia has published a fly fishing book about it’s namesake. Besides being a clever marketing idea, the book is a good read.

Written by smokejumper and fellow fly fishing nut Cameron Chambers, the book tells the story of Patagonia’s monster trout, how they got there, and the people who chase them. It’s a story well-told. And for travelers and anglers alike, a tale well worth a read.

We’ll see if this book’s success opens the door for other namesake-honoring books by Columbia Sportswear, Osprey, Marmot, Arc’teryx, and others in the industry.

wpid-2015-06-01-18.51.07.jpg.jpegPick up a copy at my favorite faceless book monger: Amazon.

At Home in the Woods: Living the Life of Thoreau Today

Inspired by hundred-year-old writings of Thoreau, Vena and Brad Angier abandoned their urban lives and took to the forests of British Columbia to start anew. In 1951, their story was published as “At Home in the Woods: Living the life of Thoreau today.” Although their “today” was a lifetime ago, their questions are contemporary, their compulsion alive in many of us, and their story is as captivating as ever.   

Pick up a copy of the latest edition at my favorite faceless book monger: Amazon.

New one in Garden & Gun: Mountain Showdown

Looking back, I’m not sure if he was my dog or if I was his pet gringo.

We met in Marquina, a freeze-dried and sun-scorched Quechua village in the foothills of the Andes in Bolivia. After a three-thousand-mile journey, I hopped out of a Land Cruiser and took one step toward what would become my new home for a short while. Lobo stood from the dust and debris, set eyes on me, and lorded over what he knew to be his home – permanently.

Illustration by John Cuneo.

John Cuneo Illustration

Read this Good Dog story in the June/July edition of Garden & Gun.

Get the digital edition here. Pick up a hard copy at Barnes & Nobles, national airport newsstands, or your local grocery store’s magazine aisle. Or subscribe here.

About Garden & Gun

Garden & Gun is the only magazine that moves from the sporting life to lush land and gardens, from architectural pursuits to adventurous travel, from food and drink to visual splendor. Garden & Gun is an idea about how to live— how to live a life that is more engaged with the land, the literature, the music, the arts, the traditions, and the food. It is about appreciating the richness of the South and knowing how that understanding can enrich one’s life and translate beyond Southern geography. It is about a life well-lived.


Preparing Fish & Wild Game

Preparing Fish & Wild Game

Food was the first motivator for hunting and fishing. And, while many of us catch and release most of the fish we catch and donate some of the meat we take each year, food is still at the center of our farm-fur-fin-and-feather-to-fork food chain and the traditions that, well, feed it.

Hunting and fishing families have long culinary traditions around how animals are processed, cooked, and served. Meanwhile, many people are coming to hunting and fishing –thanks in no small part to the writings of Michael Pollan, Jackson Landers, and others — and they are starting from scratch with game as food.

From either perspective, “Preparing Fish & Wild Game” is a worthwhile resource. The book presents more than 200 pages of images and instructions on how to process, prepare, and serve wild game.

Pick up a copy at independent booksellers or from my favorite faceless book monger: Amazon.