Hi-Ho A Camping We Will Go

Camping is something people from all walks of life can do. It can be a really cheap vacation, or it can be an expensive getaway. The experience all depends on how we do it; the real prize to be won is the memories made. If we’re ready to make some memories then let’s get ready to go!

The first thing we want to think about is what we want to do. Do we want to spend as little as possible and still have a good time or do we want to go glamping (this an excessively comfortable form of camping that we will discuss in a later article)? If money is no obstacle and we want to take the house with us then we want to go glamping. If we want to relax and deal with minimal extra and /or unnecessary stuff then we want to go a more traditional route. There’s nothing right or wrong about either of these choices, which can be intermingled at will, and we should always pick what we can afford both money wise and time/effort/ability wise. The point of this is always to make good, positive memories that we can share with others either in the moment or later on.

After we choose how we want to camp we can pick a location. The location will determine what gear we need. The other thing that determines what gear we need is weather. We should always check the weather as we plan for an outing because it can determine not only what gear we need but how long we want to stay. So we have picked a location, checked the weather, and decided how long we’re going to be gone. Let’s start thinking about what all to pack.

Packing can be easy or packing can be difficult. We’ve decided how and where we want to go camp, we’ve checked the weather, and hopefully in doing all that we’ve decided how long we want to go camping. All these things need to be decided first because they influence what all we need to take with us which in turn can decide how difficult a trip or easy our trip will be barring unforeseen experiences. 

Let’s create a scenario together. We’re going to go camping at Kelly’s Pond Campground for 3 days and it is supposed to be sunny all weekend. Now we all know that the weather can change on a dime and almost no one wants to go camping in the rain. To those who do: best of luck and fun in the rain! So, 3 days at Kelly’s Pond can be a relatively small trip or it can be a super busy weekend. Kelly’s Pond offers lots of stuff to do including: tent camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, if we want to we can ride our ATV if we have one or want to buy one, they even offer  picnic tables and fire rings so we can cook s’mores safely!

Now it’s time to plan what we’re going to take and where to get it if we don’t have it already. Suppose we want to go and have a fun filled week packed with adventure. Here’s what we want to do:

To do all that we need to run by our local Bass Pro Shops and get what we need. Now we’re being hypothetical so we’ll say we’re in Houston near the Katy, Tx Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro Shops in Katy is great: it’ll have everything we need to go camping.

When we first walk in we can go to Customer Service to get our hunting and fishing licenses. Then we can go to the back right of the store from the entrance to get fishing gear and on our way back there we can get that ATV we’ve been wanting. After we get all the fishing gear we need we can head back towards the entrance to get any clothes we may not have and then we can head to the back of the store for a potty break since we’re human and we may or may not have little ones with us. After that we’ll already be standing in camping so we can get all the camping gear we’ll need: tent, cooking store, survival gear, and even a backpack to put it all in! Next to camping is camo so we can get camouflage for hunting and speaking of hunting the hunting department is right next to that on the way to the register so we can get guns, knives and ammo along with decoys and anything else we need to get that prize shot. We’re finally heading to the registers up front to check out and we’ll pass by the boot wall, what’s more important than proper footwear?Now, we should have everything we need besides food to make a memorable camping trip!!!

We can get to packing! Now we have all of our gear and licensing so we can go hunting and fishing. We got an Arctic Cat so we can use the ATV trails. We got clothes appropriate for the temperature and weather predicted. We want to pack everything as conservatively as possible so we don’t have a lot of extra to carry. We need to print a map of the grounds and a map of how to get to the grounds before we head out as well as food and any other supplies we may need.

By now everything should be researched, bought, packed, and printed. The vehicle should be loaded and everything is ready to go.

Let’s go have a great time!

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Teal Season Necessities

It's finally here, teal season! We asked hunting team lead Landon for some tips for this season.

-This is going to be a great teal season, the population is up compared to the long-term average. It'll be a 6 day season starting Sept. 6 running until Sept. 21st.

-Hopefully you've been doing this already, but make sure to scout before you go hunt so you know where the birds are going and where their food sources are. That'll help you when it's time to go out.

-A couple great places to go teal hunting around here include Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area or Grand Pass Conservation Area about 45 minutes away from Columbia near Marshall.

- Make sure to match your camo to the terrain you'll be in. You're probably going to want green camo because the leaves are still on the trees.

-Use a 12 or 20 gauge gun with steel shot ammo. Anywhere from 4 to 6 shot is sufficient.

-Make sure you have a teal call, which sounds a little different than a duck call. We have a variety of options, just stop by the hunting counter if you need assistance choosing a call.

-Because it's still so hot out and there are a lot of mosquitoes, get a ThermaCELL to retract the bugs while you hunt. It repels mosquitoes Repel mosquitoes for up to 12 hours by creating an invisible, orderless protection by heating a chemically treated repellent mat that covers up to a 15' diameter. It's powered by a butane cartridge that's included, repelling more powerfully than mosquito coils. It's also cordless and portable.

-Best time to go teal hunting is first thing in the morning or in the evening (check with MDC and the landowner, some don't allow hunting in the evening.)

-Ducks land into the wind, so make sure to place your decoys accordingly.

If you have any other questions feel free to comment below or visit our hunting department. Goodluck this season!

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Product Spotlight - Last Minute Dove Gear!

Dove season starts Monday, September 1, in Iowa. Here are a couple of last minute dove hunting items our Hunting Manager Shaun Bequeaith recommends:

RedHead Dove StoolRedHead Dove Stool

The RedHead Dove Stool in RealTree Xtra gives you the best seat in the sunflower field! Easy to carry and has a built-in, zippered compartment under the seat. Perfect for ammo and other important gear...like jerky, sun protection, and water...while you rest your legs and wait for the doves to come in! Made of heavy duty, water resistance polyester fabric, and has a built in carrying strap for easy transport. Folds up nicely too for storage!

 

CamoFX Face PaintCamoFX Face Paint System

Doves have extremely good eye sight. Put on your best game face, so they don't spot you! Easy to apply, this three-color system was designed by hunters and has been field tested in a variety of hunting situations. It allows you to put the high-def paint on evenly, quickly, and it doesn't crack, dry up, run or smear.

 

RedHead Rubber Dove Decoy 4-packMake sure to check your decoys...if you need new ones, the MOJO Outdoors VooDoo Dove Decoy runs on batteries, so the wings are always moving...NOT just when there is a breeze. Plus, the new RedHead Rubber Dove Decoy 4-pack provides a realistic option for perched doves. The spring clips on the bottom allow you to clip them to tree branches and fences, providing a realistic atmosphere for your hunt.

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Who Else Wants Awesome Dove Vest?

Dove hunting season is fast approaching and the best gear you can have is a lightweight, breathable vest.

The Redhead Dove Hunting Vest is made of a durable material that also features a mesh backing to allow for maximum ventilation. During the hot summer weather this vest is a lifesaver, you can pack ammo, calls, and any other thing you might need in its deep pockets.

The zipper is durable and will stand up to rough tugging on it and will not easily break. Its lightweight material makes it perfect for throwing in your pack until you are ready to use it. The Redhead Dove Hunting Vest has oversized front shell pockets, an accessory pocket on the left chest, padded neoprene panels on both shoulders, and two individual shell quick access loops.

The back of the vest also features a built in bag that you can easily stow your game in. With a quick rinse the back bag is easily cleaned. The entire material is made out of 100% polyester and machine washable. This vest comes in the Realtree Xtra pattern and can easily be carried across the seasons to carry any additional accessories you may need on other hunts. These popular vests are going fast at only $19.99! Pick yours up in store or online to start getting ready for Dove Season.

 

 

 

 

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Hunting Story Told Right: Mike’s Safari

So what is cool about this story is that it combines a lot of things I have talked about before and rolls it into one big awesome adventure. This is the story of our very own Mike’s hunting trip to Africa. And he knows how to tell it right!

Mike has been with us for a while now and it seems like he has been talking about this trip ever since he joined us. I’ve had the pleasure to talk with him about where he is going, what he is taking and so on. Well he took that trip, not too long ago, and came back with some awesome trophies!

So let’s go over the basics of his gear. Mike only wanted to take one rifle with him, so the caliber he chose needed to be able to cover all of his bases. And his choices of animals ranged from kudu to warthog and a bunch in between! He went with the .300 Win Mag! (Hey didn’t I write a blog about that caliber? Or two?!) Mike picked out the Winchester Model 70 (a classic) and it served him well! It was the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation anniversary edition. On top of that bad boy, he threw on a Vortex scope. I have spoken before about how awesome these products are and Mike backed that up. His scope only needed three clicks to be dialed back in after all that travel. His Professional Hunter (PH) also said how impressed he is with their scopes are… and that he personally owns four.

Also, get the luck of this guy! He entered in for a chance to receive a case of ammo (your choice of caliber) and WON!!! Seriously!? My best friend and his dad took a trip to Africa and a huge expense was the rounds they needed to practice with before their hunt! Mike used Barnes Triple Shock in 180 grain and they worked like magic. They dropped every animal taken, except one, in one shot where they stood. This is great for the animals because it is humane and it is good for the PH so they don’t have to chase after a wounded animal.

It was a two week trip, four days of which were lost to travel. After landing in South Africa, they spent days at Kruger Park. Here they went over spotting and stalking basics. The PH wanted Mike to know what he was going to be looking for and how to get close to it. This is a simple concept but is something everyone should do! The things you learn at that time can make a huge difference later. Mike also insisted on doing all the hunting in a stalk. There was the option to shoot from the vehicle, but Mike abstained from this. Good for him! Mike also was able to see a lot of the wildlife he was not there to hunt and got a lot of awesome pictures. This is great so he can have something to show people who do not condone hunting. You always want to be mindful and respectful of people’s mindsets. Don’t go showing bloody pictures to anti-hunters because it only makes us more enemies!

From Kruger, Mike hunted in an area west of Kimberly. He took seven animals while there. Most of them were taken at least two hundred yards away. This speaks highly of Mike and his skill and the caliber, firearm and scope he had with him. Below will be pictures of Mike with his animals, the kind of animal, range it was taken (if he could remember) and what it would have scored. Over there, they have their own form of scoring. The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa  (PHASA) has guidelines for each different animal and what it would rank as. Hunting there is extremely different than here as Mike was able to take three animals in one day!

Mike noted that there was a lot of walking involved, and that they found a poacher. This individual was “looking for firewood” but just happened to be carrying around a bow and arrow… and didn’t have any wood… kind of illegal.

Anyways, enough words. Let’s bring on the pictures! Enjoy!

Red Hartebeest (200 yards) Bronze

Black Wildebeest (297 yards) Silver

Springbok (X) Silver

Warthog (500 yards, rested position) Not scored

Gemsbok (200 yards) Didn’t score

Blesbok (240 yards) Bronze

Kudu (200 yards) Didn’t score. It was missing three inches from one horn but would have been a Silver. This is Mike’s favorite trophy because just look how thick its horns are and how cool it looks.

Awesome job, Mike!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Girl Power

Although many believe that women and the sport of shooting is a new trend, it is quite old. Before WWII women and young girls were not only involved in shooting sports but other sports as well. This was due to many state laws that required girls to complete all 4 years of high school and boys were only required to finish 2 and had a choice to go to work or go to technical school. Since many high schools had rifle clubs and girls made up the majority of the junior and senior classes, they had seniority of such clubs. The few boys that remained in high school belonged to clubs that had to do with military service.

During WWII, these clubs were converted into Victory Corps. It was a seamless transition.

Below Rifle Club and Victory Corps- Roosevelt High School Los Angeles. Library of Congress- Office of War Information

 

 

From recreation to actual competition, women have been involved starting before the turn of the 20th Century.  For example, Marie Grant from 1928-1941 earned 9 Grand American Trophies- including the lady’s Title in 1928 and the 1941 Clay Target Championship.

The Bass Pro Shop’s hunting department has a vast array of products for the women shooter at any age. Moreover, older shotgun gauges like the 28 are making a comeback. Popular in the 40’s and 50’s, this gauge is small, light, but its ballistics are superior to the .410 and close to an equal to the 20 gauge. Ammo availability has not been an issue. The 28 is a perfect gauge for young girls and women of any age, size or skill.

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Turkey Season is Upon Us!

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We are quickly approaching Spring Turkey Season, Are you ready? Do you have your turkey vest, decoys, calls, ammo, bug repellant, the perfect  camo, a tick key, and any other minor detail to make your next hunt perfect? Never fear, swing into your local Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and let our great Team of associates help you find everything you will need to make your first hunt of Spring Turkey season 2014 a blast!

Try the All New RedHead Striker Turkey Vest, http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Striker-Turkey-Vests-for-Men/product/13082106113916/.  This vest has been redesigned with some awesome feature to make your hunt comfortable and safe; shell loops, maganetic flip seat, memory foam seat, hydration pack compatable, detacable blaze orange flag, padded back, adjustable game bag, accessory pockets, mesh mouth call pocket, box call and striker pocket, and double slate call pocket.  It can be yours for the price of $59.99.

One thing you do not want to over look is the pesky bugs. Try Sawyer Permethrin,http://www.basspro.com/Sawyer-Permethrin-Insect-Repellent-for-Clothing/product/10223263/,  to keep all those pesky insects away from mosquitos to black flies to gnats to chiggers and so many more. This is made in the U.S.A, lasts up to six washings, and is super easy to use; you simply go to a well ventilated area and spray one side of your clothing, let it dry, flip it over, spray the other side, let it dry, and you will be bug free.

As you get ready for the kick off of this Spring Turkey Season, swing into your local Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and let our knowledgable team help you get ready!

 

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Matching the Gear Bag to the Event

One of the best feelings in the world is being able to go to the shooting range and just plink away for a couple hours. The problem is that many times people are not aware of how heavy their equipment is until they are at the range and lugging it from the car. The right equipment is needed for each type of shooting a person could be doing in a day, whether that be testing out the new shotgun or plinking with the old .22 there is always a bag for the job. The right range bag can make all the difference when the activity is shooting.

A day out shooting pistols is definitely a favorite of many shooters. A gear bag that has many compartments for those extra magazines is a must. Also a good gear bag for the day out shooting pistols is going to need a large main compartment where ammo boxes can be stored easily. The last thing a day at the pistol range bag needs is a good storage area for the pistols themselves. A great range bag for the day out at the pistol range is the RangeMaxx® Pistol Range Bag. With its extra pockets and large central compartment this bag has everything a shooter could need for a day at the pistol range, and the bag has a convenient shoulder sling to keep the weight manageable.

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When the air starts to warm many people start their routine of taking the shotgun out to the range for a day shooting clays. This day at the range is a little easier to prepare for because there are fewer needed components for the shotgun. So what is really needed in a good shotgun range bag is a large compartment where different boxes of shells can be kept separate from each other, and the spent shells can be carried. A good example of a shotgun range bag is the RangeMaxx® Deluxe 4-Box Carrier. This carrier has the extra pockets needed for those pesky choke tubes and the large central compartment for a few boxes of shells and room enough for the empty shells when the shooter is finished.

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After a day of work and running around town isn’t it nice to just grab a few guns and head out to the range. There are gear bags specially designed for these days, where multiple firearms will be used of all different calibers. When the day calls for pistols, shotguns and rifles a gear bag needs a lot of space. The pistols need safe storage as do their magazines. The ammo needs a large area for the different boxes to be stored and there needs to be some extra space for the spent casings after the trip is over. A great bag for this all around shooting day is the RedHead® 1856 Range Bag. This bag has the space needed for the storage of multiple boxes of ammunition as well as side pockets large enough to hold pistols and their magazines, as well as room enough for the spent casings after the day is out.

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A day at the range is a great joy for many people. Finding the range bag of choice should not be the hassle that keeps someone from going. Here are some great choices for different kinds of days at the range. As always happy hunting and good luck! 

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Product Spotlight - Benjamin Trail NP XL 725 Air Rifle

New at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - this is not your Daisy BB gun. This is the .25 caliber version of the Crosman Benjamin Trail NP XL 725 Air Rifle, which also comes in .177 and .22 caliber.

But, as our air rifle expert and Hunting Lead Wes Gudenkauf explains this is not a toy, but an ADULT air rifle that can easily take care of those varmints for you!

One big advantage for this air rifle is it's fairly quiet. The advantage to a Nitrogen Piston gun over a spring-operated is that the NP guns are about 20% quieter.

Wes explains more about the Benjamin in this YouTube video clip:

For more information on air rifles, check out this blog post that Wes wrote. It has some great basic information and explains the differences and how it could be a viable alternative to hunting down .22 ammo!

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Spring Turkey Season

It is that time of year again to get ready for the spring turkey hunting season. Preparation is key to an enjoyable and successful harvest of a wily gobbler. Usually this means gathering up all the gear you will need for a successful hunt. Such as decoys, calls, turkey vest, turkey ammunition, camouflage clothing and boots, bug repellant, hunting license, etc.  Making sure that everything is in great working condition before we head off into the woods helps increase our success in bringing home a big tom. Before you start to load up, these are questions you should ask yourself before your hunt, “Are all your calls and decoys in good shape? Have you patterned your shotgun with the new ammo or choke you bought? Are there any tears or holes in your boots?” Making a checklist a few weeks before your big hunt pays off immensely when you are out away from home and deep in the woods.

 

Speaking of preparation, be prepared to calm yourself from the excitement when that old gobbler shows up out of nowhere from behind you. Being still and not spooking turkeys is one of the hardest parts of turkey hunting except for calling. When it comes to calling turkeys, practice makes a big difference in how they respond. They have excellent hearing and know exactly where the calling is coming from. A naturally sounding call makes for gobblers responding and coming in for your decoys and bad calling will make them go quiet and spook them.

 

Planning out your hunt will make a difference on how successful your hunt will be. Doing a little preseason scouting and getting knowledge of where the turkey’s location will likely to be, helps in deciding what area to hunt. Also it is a good idea to have a second and maybe third choice of areas scouted out. Weather can also play a major factor in how much the turkeys are moving and responding to your calling. Calling can change from hour to hour or day to day. Sometimes soft purrs or clucks may work, sometimes loud excited calling does better and sometimes you can use a mixture of the two.

 

So in your preparation for spring turkey, make a list of all the equipment you will need for a successful hunt. From your gear, to practicing calling, to scouting your hunting areas, doing a proper preparation is a must to having not only a successful hunt, but a fun one.

 

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Why Air Guns?

by Wes Gudenkauf, Hunting Lead, Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Over the past year or so, as we all know, rimfire ammunition has been in short supply. With spring fast approaching, everyone is ready to get outside to do some shooting. An air rifle makes a great alternative to the never-ending search for .22 Long Rifle.

An air gun can come in just about any configuration that a person could want. From the beginner's Daisy Red Ryder to Gamo Whisper Fusion and even on to Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) rifles capable of extreme accuracy, better than their rimfire relatives, at only a fraction of the cost to shoot. Calibers include .177, .20, .22, and .25, just to name the most common. 

  • Multi-pump rifles. These are common just about anywhere that sells air guns, ranging from around $50 to $100. They generally shoot dual ammo, meaning pellets or BBs, in .177 caliber. These are a great option for backyard can plinking or the occasional pigeon hunt at close range. However, the Benjamin 392 is a .22 caliber that I think stands out in this category.  It fires a .22 caliber Rabbit in the crosshairspellet at 950 fps (feet per second) with eight pumps and is extremely accurate at ranges of 20-30 yards. At a price of $189.99, it is at the top of its class. 
  • The next step up will be the single-stroke, spring gun. These are the guns like the Gamo Silent Cat all the way up to their Varmint Hunter. These guns are also usually in .177 or .22 caliber, but do not shoot BBs. They can fire anywhere from 900 all the way up to 1450 fps. Yes, that's faster than a .22 Long Rifle. These are popular for pest control under 40 yards, and can be extremely accurate with the right pellet. 
  • Most manufacturers are developing Nitrogen Piston (NP) guns as well. Contrary to popular belief, some of the spring guns I talked about above are actually quite loud, with decibel readings up over 100 decibels. A .22 Long Rifle operates at 134 decibels with standard 1200 fps ammo. With that being said, even the loudest air gun is still considerably quieter than a .22. Just don't be deceived when an air rifle is advertised to be "quiet." The advantage to a Nitrogen Piston gun over a spring-operated is that the NP guns are about 20% quieter. With a .22 caliber pellet, the Benjamin Trail NP can operate at 950 feet per second -- more than enough energy to dispatch squirrels and other varmints!
  • The final category are the PCP or Pre-Charged Pneumatic. They have an internal reservoir that is filled with either CO2 or High Pressure Air (HPA) from a paintball tank, scuba tank, or high-pressure pump. Once these guns are filled, they provide anywhere from 20 shots in a .25 caliber capable of taking down coyotes less than 50 yards, to 70 shots in .177 caliber, making it easy to fill the rifle up with air for an afternoon of hunting or an hour at the range honing your shooting skills. Prices range anywhere from $120-$500 for commercially available rifles, like the Crosman RepeatAir 1077 with a 12 round rotary mag, and, just like regular firearms, the sky is the limit. Pre-Charged rifles often come with a shrouded barrel, which acts to muffle the report of the rifle. These guns can be so quiet you may wonder if they even went off until you see the target fall. 

Pellets for these rifles usually run about $12-$15 for 500, with more or less expensive varieties available. With that being said, it's about half the cost of .22 long rifle and they're always available. 

One last thing about the air gun - they might be neighbor friendly. Many cities allow the use of air guns within city limits. Please check with your local law enforcement before air gunning in city limits. 

Happy Shooting!

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Wes has been shooting and hunting since he was seven and, like most other hunters, his first rifle was a pellet rifle. He always enjoyed airgun hunting and recently became involved with the sport again. Wes is a competitive shooter in trap and skeet, USPSA (United States Pistol Shooters Association) open class, and IDPA (International Defense Pistol Association).

 

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Spring Fishing Classic Begins!

Spring Fishing Classic

Friday, February 28

The Spring Fishing Classic begins when the doors open at 9 a.m.! 

The Reel Trade-in runs February 28-March 5...trade in your old reel and save even more on a new one! The trade-ins must be in good working condition and we donate them to local youth organizations and the Lake View Camp in Pella, Iowa.

6-9 p.m. Preferred Rewards Night - A members-only event, with prizes, giveaways, extra rewards points on all purchases made at the event, and the chance to win a Nitro Z-7 Boat! Entry slip and coupon for double points are in the mailed invitation you will receive. You must bring your invitation to enter.

 

Saturday, March 1SFC Speakers

Join us to welcome our national pros during Bassmaster University! Seminars will be back in the Fly Shop area.

1 p.m. - Win Stevens - Missouri B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Angler - Using Your Humminbird Electronics
2. p.m. - Chase Parsons - Host "The Next Bite" TV show and Walleye Tournament Champion - Walleyes 2014
3 p.m. - Casey Scanlon - Bassmaster Elite Series Pro - Jig Fishing


Saturday, March 1 & Sunday, March 2

What a Spring Fishing Classic without a fish fry! Our Gifts Department will be serving up samples of Uncle Buck’s Fish Batter on Saturday and Uncle Buck's Hot and Spicy Batter on Sunday! Try the Uncle Buck’s Cammo Ammo or Peach Pepper hot sauces for dipping!


Saturday, March 1 & Sunday, March 2

Girl Scout Troops will be selling those famous cookies!
March 1 - Troop #881 from Johnston
March 2 - Troop # 672 from Experience Church

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THE SHARPEST KNIFE IN THE DRAWER

My dad used to say, "A dull knife is like having a gun with no ammo!"  I say that to say this: With our Spring Fishing Classic getting kicked off this week, we have so many great things going on in our store to check out!  For example, we will have our knife enthusiast, Brandon Spencer, pictured below working on a knife sharpening demonstration for a customer in our Bossier City store, Which he will be doing this weekend, be sure you come watch these demonstrations while you are here!  As in this photo, Brandon is using the WORK SHARP knife and tool sharpener  also pictured below.  

This WORK SHARP knife and tool sharpener is designed to sharpen every knife you own, it uses flexible abrasive belts for a razor sharp edge, it sharpens straight, serrated, or any other type of blade.  This product also has sharpening guides which apply proper angles every time.  While you are in the knife section of our store, also, be sure to stop by and see Brenda  Stewart.  Brenda can tell you all about what's new in our REDHEAD knife collection if you like pocket knives...And let's face it, you can never have enough pocket knives! One for the pocket, one for the tackle box,one for the hunting bag, and so on

 

This knife for example, is a really great choice for that fishing, camping, or whatever trip you may take!  This is our RedHead  Function Skeleton EFX-RB Folding Knife.  It is stainless steel, high-chromium blade which is specially-balanced to maintain its edge, hardness and sharpening ability.  This knife is also resistant to corrosion.  The blade length is 3" and overall length is 7", weight is 2.9 oz.  So come see us this week during the Spring Fishing Classic and be sure and visit our knife counter while you are here so you can take advantage of our great sales....and you will be the "sharpest knife in the drawer!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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Ever wished to shoot 22LR ammo with no limit to see which fits best? Here is one result!

Every firearm owner wishes they could shoot and train without limits, but recent ammo prices and availability, range fees, and other economical obstacles continuously affect the opportunity to pursue their passion.   It’s just not as simple as it was years ago, when firearms, whether for sport or hunting purposes, were considered a part of everyday life.  One solution to this is the simple installation of the CMMG AR Conversion kit.  This is a drop-in conversion bolt, with included magazine, that will get you putting .22lr downrange in just minutes!  In the desire to provide information to the consumer on this product, it was tested in a direct-impingement AR15, fitted with a mid-length gas system, free-floated barrel, collapsible stock, and EOTech sight.     

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            The kit tested was the Bravo model.  Now, expectations were actually quite low, I’ll admit.  I was prepared for jams, mis-feeds, mis-fires, and failures to eject.  I had a healthy variety of .22lr ammo; everything from budget, target, hunting and the costlier premium ammo from a multitude of manufacturers.  Given my extensive firearms knowledge, I decided the only unbiased way of reviewing the product would be to have someone with a different perspective fire a few hundred rounds, while I observed, and took notes of every comment and reaction…but more importantly, I had the duty of providing plenty of loaded magazines!  With that, I elected my wife to run the actual test, which would give me a great perspective from a female’s point of view, with familiarization of the platform.

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            The test was begun by loading 10 rounds of every different type/brand of ammunition on hand into the magazine.  Five rounds would be fired in slow fire, and the last five would be fired in rapid mode.  The test would conclude with a re-shoot of those rounds we found borderline acceptable, or unpleasant, and those we felt were the best performers.

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            Federal American Eagle, Winchester Super X, CCI Mini-Mag all performed well, with no jams, or failures to eject.

            CCI LR22, CCI STINGER, CCI LR HP, and Winchester Western all performed exceptionally well! There were many ‘wows,’ and praise as to how smooth it cycled, over and over.  Accuracy also seemed to be slightly better with the CCI brand ammunition.  

            Remington 22 Target, Remington 22 Viper, and Remington Thunderbolt came in as the most unpleasant, in regards to smell, perceived recoil, gas blowback, and particulate that seemed to foul shooter’s face.  Recoil on the Viper was also noted as being the most intense, however, still only a fraction of the recoil of your standard .223/5.56.

            Magazines where then loaded to the max, and fired from different shooting positions, and while moving.  Not one mechanical issue was noted, and there were zero failures one could classify as ‘catastrophic’ in a self-defense, combat, or training situation.

 

            The overall impression was a very positive one.  The product was very simple to install.  Anyone with a very primitive understanding of the AR system can easily open their rifle, remove the original bolt carrier group, and simply drop the CMMG Conversion Kit right in! No tools are required.  The system is low-noise, low-recoil, and can easily reduce your investment on ammunition.  50 rounds of decent .223/5.56 will run you about $25 on today’s market; while a box of .22LR will set you back five dollars on the average, and weigh significantly less.  The round is already a proven small game load and plinkster, and in addition to the AR’s versatility plus the adaptability to smaller framed shooters, you can count on this add-on being perfect for youth and smaller statured shooters looking to spice up their training with some ‘tactical’ flavor. 

The only downside was the general foul nature of .22lr ammunition.  It does ultimately mean that you will be cleaning more often than usual, but the lower muzzle velocities will prolong the life of any profile barrel, military or commercial.

Lower priced ammunition will only result in positive outcomes; more range time, training, and most importantly; safe fun on the range that any aged and size shooter can appreciate.  The CMMG AR Conversion kit is a great tool seasoned vets can add to their training regiment, as well as instructors, parents, and significant others, who are looking to maintain that edge, teach a new student who has never handled a firearm, or introduce their family member to a lifetime of responsible shooting.

Abelardo Román

Hunting Team Leader

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Geocaching 101

What is Geocaching?  Why, it is a outdoor treasure hunt using GPS devices.  People move to a specific set of coordinates and then try to find the geocache container hidden in that location.  Great for one person or families this is a true hit!  Here are a few simple steps:

1.  Register for a membership on a geocaching site.

2.  Enter your postal code and search.

3.  Choose any geocache from a list provided and click on the name.

4.  Enter the coordinates of the geocache in your GPS

5.  Use the GPS to assist you in finding the geocache which is hidden.

6.  Sign the log book and return the geocache to its original location.

7.  Remember if you take the treasure replace it with a treasure you have brought for the next person.

It really is just that easy.  Geocaches can be found all over the world.  It is amazing just how many we have in this area alone. Geocaches vary greatly in size and appearance.  You may see plastic containers to fake rocks with a compartment. Do not put explosives, ammo, knives alcohol, food or scented items. Ideas range from unique rocks, coins, to key chains.

Bass Pro has a few GPS ideas for geocaching that might interest you.  

Perfect for kids and adults the Geomate Jr. is very user friendly.  Pre-loaded with over 250,000 caches all around the US.  All you have to do is turn it on and follow the arrow.  Great family fun especially with young kids.  You can even buy a update kit to cover outside the US. 

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A idea for the first timer is a Geomate Geocaching Starter Kit.  This inexpensive kit has everything you need to get started.  Guidebook, pencil, pad, lock box and many prizes to hide.  

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The Magellan Explorist GC GPS is another preloaded easy to navigate unit.  Great price and rich graphics make this one to think about.

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You are never to old to geocache this is easy and a wonderful way to spend time outside.

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Check It Out List: Range Time

Well I made a little New Year’s Resolution and it was to simply do more. I have truly been blessed with all the amazing people in my life, but unfortunately have not been able to spend much time with them. So 2014 is going to be a year of just doing more. And that of course is going to mean some more trips to the range!

Now a lot of my families own firearms and shoot, but not everyone does. So it will be my pleasure to share this passion of mine with them (and help them relieve stress, which shooting is one of the best ways to do so). Safety will of course be my first priority, but there are a number of other things to consider when it comes to going to the range, which makes it the topic of this month’s Check It Out List blog.

Range-Time Items:

Firearm(s)

Proper Ammunition

Hearing Protection

Eye Protection

Targets

Case

Range-Time Bag

Gun Tool

So let us break that down a little bit more. For the firearms, you should know what kind of shooting you are going to be doing. (Pistol practice, trap and skeet, sighting in a hunting rifle, etc.) That will also dictate the kind of ammo you are going to bring. You really don’t need to bring the shotgun shells when dialing in that new Vortex 4-16x44 on your old Remington 700. Also certain ranges have restrictions on what ammo can be fired there, so it is always best to call before hand and check.

    

I do not know of a firing range where eye and ear protection is not necessary and would not want to visit one that is lax on this. Always have a few sets of “eyes and ears” in your bag at all times. Also have a variety of styles of protection for people. It is not a bad idea to have both foam plugs and over-the-ear hearing protection. This way people can have their choice or even double up if they have sensitive ears.

A nice range-bag is great as many come with multiple compartments. This is nice for storing and separating items. Always be sure to load the right ammo with the right firearm. A gun tool is nice in case you need to make a quick little fix or such. Also be sure to have a number of targets as they will need to be replaced.

And let me dish a little on a couple pet peeves of my own when it comes to range-time.

First… if you have a number of pistols out that are different calibers; just store the ones not in use at that moment. I personally can’t stand seeing a pile of firearms along with a pile of magazines that is all next to a stack of different ammo. Somewhere you will make a mistake and try and load the wrong ammo or wrong magazine or so on.

Second… if you are taking a new shooter out for their first time: be kind. It is your responsibility as a gun-owner to ensure everyone has a safe and fun time. I was just at the range and heard a group behind me discussing rifles, so I joined the conversation. The adult male in the group was talking about having a younger girl shoot a .270Win or .30-06Sprg at the range. (Mind you this was an indoor range that goes to about 75 feet out, so not really a long-range rifle setup.) Hearing this I assumed she was a seasoned shooter as those calibers can pack a nice punch, but naw this was her first time. She was as lean as a desert grasshopper and even admitted to being intimidated by everything. And “the chaperone” was going to have her shoot a .30-06?! I don’t think so! So I had her join my fiancé and I for a quick little lesson. I took her over importance of eye and ear protection, safe handling of a firearm and proper operation of one. The firearm I had her shoot was a lighter caliber out of a heavy revolver so the kick was minimal. What do ya know? She had a great time and was much less intimidated by everything. This means that she would not be scared of guns and might even come back!

Like most things in life, take the time to plan ahead for the little stuff. There is nothing wrong with double-checking either!

Grinnin’ Like a Possum Eatin’ a Yella Jacket! Giddy-Up!

Checked-Lists

Picnics

Gun Cleaning

Game Care

First Aid

Day Pack

Trip Prep

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A Fine Nine: Glock 19

So last month I introduced the topic of finding a 9mm handgun for my associate, Katie-Kins. (You can read it real quick by clicking any of the words in between these parentheses.) So for the first of these “Fine Nines” I am choosing what many consider one of the best carry options: the Glock 19.

Now this is one of the most popular carry guns out there. A quick search of “most common ccw gun” gave me to sites that had the Glock 19 in a top 10 list. (Handgun Mag and Human Events) For those of you who do not know what “CCW” is, it stands for: carrying a concealed weapon. Many states require a CCW permit in order to legally carry a concealed weapon. Arizona no longer does, but still many responsible gun owners still attend the class and acquire the permit. (Katie-Kins and my fiancé will be two such responsible gun owners and I suggest everyone else should as well.)

The Glock 19s size makes it a good concealed carry weapon as well as a practice pistol. Now let me clarify that. Many great ccw firearms are not great practice pistols. I just bought my fiancé a Smith and Wesson 642. While it is an awesome concealable firearm it will not be one that we put many rounds through each time we go to the range, whereas the Glock 19 you can shoot comfortably all day. (Heads up I will be using the information for the fourth-generation of these firearms when discussing specifics.)

Glock really revolutionized the firearms industry. The lightness of their polymer frame and the reliability and durability has proved itself for decades now. Many armed forces and police forces alike carry the Glock. It is affectionately called “Gun Tupperware” as while it may not look like much, it gets the job done. In fact they seem to always get the job done. Some firearms tend to feed and shoot specific brands of ammunition. Glocks are notorious for not being picky-eaters and seem to feed any kind of ammo with indifference.

The Glock 19 has a standard magazine that holds 15 rounds. There are options for magazines that hold 17 or even 33 rounds. The firearm is 7.36” long and 4.99” tall. It is 1.88” thick and the barrel’s length is 4.01”. This makes it an accurate firearm in a compact size.

Now for everything that can be considered good with a firearm it seems to also be able to be considered bad. There are no external safeties on the Glock 19. This means there would be one less thing that could snag the firearm while being drawn and one would not find themselves having to work a safety off in a self-defense circumstance. Both of these are positives, but for first time gun owners or even novice owners this can be intimidating. It does have the double-trigger safety though. 

The Glock 19 breaks completely down with relative ease and does not have nearly as many internal parts as say a 1911 model handgun does. Also due to their wide distribution and production, finding parts for one is easier than having a more obscure firearm.

Glocks have what is known as a “trigger reset”. This means after one fires the weapon they can slowly release the trigger to a certain point. The Glock has an audible click that helps let one know when they reach this point. It can then be fired again by squeezing backwards, but it cuts the distance for that trigger pull. I had no idea about this until my uncle showed me. The difference is quite amazing and is also a positive for the Glock.

The grip of the handle is usually what will turn people away from owning a Glock. The reliability, durability, simplicity, functionality and great price point don’t mean much if one does not like holding the thing. Just like I am pointing out all these things and more to Katie-Kins, I hope I am helping others when it comes to a decision like this.

Wise as a Tree Full of Owls! Giddy-Up!!

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Finding the Perfect Gift for Your Hunter

My husband is a hunter. He hunts for food, not horns just to let you know J So, I asked him what a hunter would want for Christmas. Would they want gifts pertaining to hunting? He told me they definitely would. Together we came up with the top items that hunters would definitely want for Christmas this year!

The main item a hunter wants is a good weapon. A shot gun, a muzzleloader, a bow. Most likely they'll want all three! Consider one of these items for this year, the next, and the next. The receiver will NOT complain...

Another thing a hunter wants for hunting season is to be warm. Hunters always wear camouflage. The Sportsman's guide is packed full of great two piece jacket and pant sets. They are available in many styles of camouflage and made by the top makers of hunting gear. You'll find Mossy Oak and the rest of the best through the Sportsman's Guide.

Hunters also love to get little items that keep them warm such as long johns and socks! Any man will appreciate a good pair of long johns on a cold day. Same goes for a nice, warm, fuzzy, thick pair of winter socks. Beware though, if you only get them one pair they may never take them off!

Hunters also need a pouch or small carrying bag of some sort. My husband has a waist one and loves it because everything he needs is right there and ready. This item is needed to hold the ammo, hunting knife, those little hand warmer packets, scents, etc. It is very handy and helps the hunter you love enjoy their hunting time to the fullest because they aren't wasting it searching for lost items!

Speaking of scents, hunters need scents. Doe scent, buck lure, etc. They smell absolutely awful to us but the deer come right too them. Hunters also appreciate the special scent remover spray the eliminates all human orders from their bodies and clothing which helps keep them undetected by the deer!

Hunters also love to collect calls. Turkey calls, doe calls, buck grunts, even squirrel calls are available. There are many other animal calls available too. These calling devices really do work very well. It's amazing. Any hunter would love to find one in their stocking or under the tree this year!

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"A Daydream Come True"

A Daydream Come True

By: Jerry Costabile

Going back to when I was a young boy growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, I was fascinated by the late season divers that would appear in late December and January.

Hunting in the southeastern Wisconsin, I saw and hunted mallards, teal and occasionally we would see a diver or two late in the duck season. But I couldn’t wait until those later months when the big water divers started showing up on the lakefront and in the harbors. Goldeneyes, Buffelheads, Redheads, and the duck that fascinated me the most, the oldsquaw.

When I saw a beautiful drake oldsquaw, I watched him dive and reappear 20, 30, 40 yards or better away from where he disappeared. I don’t know why, but I would watch him dive over and over, always hoping to one day to be able to hunt them.

By luck or fate, in early October, I met a gentleman while walking thru the fishing department who was looking at salmon lures. Being the salmon fisherman that I am, (and I love to talk fishing!) I approached him and we learned that we had a lot in common, including duck hunting. Within minutes of introductions, we were on the subject of hunting oldsquaw! Without a hesitation, my new friend, invited myself and my sons to hunt with him and his son in November. This was too much too believe, I wasn’t going to get my hopes up just yet. I have been here before and could only hope that this stranger was going to take us out on this duck hunters dream hunt.

Well, the first week of November I get a call and it is him with the invitation still alive, asking me when we could come up and hunt. I couldn’t believe it; I was going to get to hunt oldsquaw! When I got home that day, I told the boys that this hunt was on and we were going to go on the hunt in the next two weeks. I showed both of my boys what an oldsquaw looked like and how we were going to hunt them. You see this time of the year, these birds are miles off the shores of Lake Michigan and we would be hunting them in lay-out boats in the open water. This is something else that I have always dreamed of doing. Hunting divers from a boat that is about 10 feet long and is only about 6 to 8 inches above the waterline. Most of the boat is below the surface of the water, this allows the hunter to lay very low to the water and create a low profile helping to hide from the ducks. I was coming apart at the seams waiting for that day to come!

With a phone call the evening before we were leaving, I found out that we were going to have good weather and an ideal wind to hunt the big water. The Dodge Ram was packed and ready the night before and I got no sleep with anticipation of the hunt I have thought about every time I saw a drake oldsquaw swimming in the harbor during the winter for all of those years. We pulled out of the driveway at 2:30am and headed north to Two Rivers, Wisconsin. I had a cup of coffee and pure adrenaline to keep me awake for the 2 hour drive, this was it, I was going to be hunting oldsquaw and it looked like nothing was going to stop me!

Upon arriving at the boat launch, there was our crew setting up the boat and equipment for our hunt. To say I was excited was an understatement, I was beside myself! But I had to keep myself under control because I had two teenage boys who were also on a first time hunt. For my youngest son, this was his first real duck hunt, and what a way to be introduced to duck hunting!  After loading our gear into the boat, we were headed down the ramp and launching the tender boat, a 25 foot Duck Water Ocean. This boat is a beast! Loaded on the tender, is a 10 foot Waterfowl-Works UFO layout boat and a 14 foot Bankes Hercules layout boat.

The boat was in the water and we boarded with excitement! Decoy bags stacked everywhere, camouflaged bags and cased guns tucked under the shelves that line the inside of the boat. There were milk crates lined up filled with anchor line and buckets loaded with 100’ and 50’ decoy lines. This boat was well equipped and ready for work!

  With the sun just making a thin line to the east, we headed out for our spot already marked on the GPS. We were in a two to three foot waves and the boat was cutting thru them like a Naval U- Boat.  I must have looked like a dog with its head out of the truck window, I had my chin up and my eyes closed. At that moment, I was thinking how lucky I am to be there and with a prayer and thanks to the man upstairs, I was ready!

Once we determined what the morning flight pattern was going to be that the ducks would use, we started to set up. Layout boats in and anchored, and then the lines of decoys were stretched out to form a perfect pattern that would later pull in hundreds of ducks. When the man said that I would be one of the first in a layout boat, my heart started racing! This was it, I was about to live out a hunt that I have daydreamed about since I was kid. I was watching thousands of ducks flying all around us and knew that we were in the right location.  I want to confess that I studied Outdoor Life and Field & Stream while I was in school, like a valedictorian studied all of those other books! Even though I had never done this before, my long days and nights of cramming and memorizing was about to be put to a test. I knew I was going to pass this one!

I was given a quick rundown of how to enter the layout, and over the side I went. Once I got in and lay down comfortably, my gun and ammo was handed to me and that fast, the tender boat was gone. The other layout would be occupied by my youngest son Kyle. I was a bit nervous with him about thirty yards to my right and this being all new to him. I guess being a dad and not being there to guide him every step of the way, had me feeling a little uneasy. But within minutes, he showed me he was up for the challenge. He dropped his first ever duck, a drake oldsquaw at that, with a beautiful shot! Man was I pumped, now it was my turn, the first pair came in on my left and banked into the decoys perfectly. As they reached the decoy spread, I sat up, took aim, and missed. Not once, but twice! “OK Jerry, calm down and figure it out!” I said this out loud and reloaded. Then another pair came beautifully into the spread, and flying directly at me. When they got into about twenty yards, I sat up and followed the lead duck and fired. Bingo, first bird down! Just like Kyle had done, I radioed the tender boat that I had a bird down and they pushed the throttle of the 250 hp Mercury Optimax Pro X/S down and raced into scoop up my bird with a fish net and raced back out to about 400 yards to wait for the next downed bird.

This went on for about 45 minutes until we both had three birds. The last bird I shot was a gorgeous drake oldsquaw and when the tender crew picked up the bird, over the radio I heard “Jerry, you will want to have this one mounted, it’s a beauty!” If my day would have ended right then, I was happy. The one duck that I had wanted to harvest since I was a young boy was now waiting for me.

After the next two guys got in to the layout boats, and I was on board the tender boat, I held in my hand, this amazing bird that I had so much respect and admiration for. I bowed my head and thanked its creator for allowing me to fulfill a dream with this beautiful bird.

The morning finished with a limit of oldsquaw for everyone, and after the gear was stowed in the tender, we headed back to shore. Once pictures were done and everything loaded back in the Dodge, we headed north to hunt the next day in a new location and another species of duck. But that’s another story.

Thank you to my boys, Jake and Kyle, for living this lifelong adventure with me. As I get older, these times together mean a lot to me. I love you guys.

Mike and Greyson, you guys are true ambassadors to the waterfowl nation!

 JJ, of JJ’s Guide Service, nobody works harder to see that the job gets done.

 

 

 

 

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Geocaching: A Guide to the World-Wide Scavenger Hunt-Part 1

Part 1-
Provided By Kevin Ballantine

 

 

Geocaching (geo-cash-ing) is a scavenger hunt based game for outdoor enthusiasts, or anybody looking to find a hobby outside that is safe and fun for the entire family. Heck, you can even learn something about the environment. Geocaches (cache for short) can be a wide range of containers hidden in any spot a geocacher (someone who looks for geocaches) deems worthy. It can be fun, it can be creative, and yes, it is addicting.


What is a geocache?

Geocaches are containers that are hidden outside for anybody to find. They are not in the open, hence why this game has been around since 2000 and so little is known about it to non-geocachers. More on the history of geocaching can be found here. Why such a weird name? Geo means Earth-think geography, and a cache is a container that holds items. Geocache.

Most caches must contain a log for a person to sign it as proof of their finding it. Also, there are cool items called "swag" that cachers put inside. These can be calling cards or just something brought over from a different country. It's supposed to be something unique. For example, I live in Florida, and have found numerous trinkets brought over from Germany. One such item was a McDonald's toy taken out of a kids meal. Couldn't read a single word on the packaging, but the toy was cool. A few of the items I've also seen, but are definitely not limited to, are buttons, cards, pendants, and even a cell phone from the 90's. The best items a cacher can hope for, besides the log, are items known as a "trackable," which I will go over in a future article.


How big are they and where can they be found?

The great thing about geocaches is their uniqueness. They can be any size, any shape and can literally be hidden anywhere all over the world-it is all up to the person doing the hiding. However, they cannot be buried underground, hidden on private property (unless the cache hider got permission to do so), or interfere with any laws. I think it goes without saying that these are secured in their hiding spot so they don't wander off during bad weather. There are 5 official listings for the sizes and I'll go over each from my own experience, and I'll try to avoid spoilers:

  1. Micro: it can be anything from a pill bottle, a magnetized key holder, to a container the size of a bolt. Yes...a bolt that goes on the end of a screw. These cannot hold anything but the log.
  2. Small: these are usually small Tupperware containers, cookie containers or small keepsake boxes. They are large enough for a log and smaller items like coins, stamps, or even the McDonalds' toy I mentioned earlier.
  3. Regular: I've found ammo boxes, larger Tupperware containers, and even small buckets. These can handle most items and the log.
  4. Large: Usually larger-sized buckets or I've even found a polyester bag that held enormous amounts of swag in it and trackables-as well as the log.
  5. Other: The dreaded "other." This can be anything. You have to really pay attention to the cache page as well as its clues. If you're lucky you will get a hint from the hider to go along with the cache description. Usually, when it falls under this size, it is not a normal cache. By that, I mean that it could look like something that belongs to a structure right out in the open, that bystanders don't even know are there, like a power box. Geocachers can be tricky that way. One example would be a bolt screw on a stop sign, which many geocachers consider to be unlisted size six...:
  6. *Nano: This one doesn't technically exist and falls a lot of times under "other." A nano is smaller than a micro. A popular cache I'm seeing more and more of are bolt-like containers. The "bolts" look like the same thing that goes on the end of a screw, but doesn't necessarily have to be anywhere near a screw. It is magnetic, so it can be placed on any metal surface. It seems tough, but only if the cache hider doesn't nicely list it as "nano" in their description. If it is listed as "other," then I hope you like challenges.


How does someone even get started?
It's simple to become a geocacher:

  1. You need to register at geocaching.com for free or for a premium membership ($10 for three months or $30 for a year). I'll go over premium benefits in the next article. The name you select is a unique geocaching name. Much like a screen name, it protects your information. Groundspeak.com, the nice people in charge of geocaching take great care in keeping your information private; never asking anything vital or making it even close to a social media website.
  2. After registering, it is vital that you type in your actual address on your profile (only viewable by you), that way when you click on the map, it shows every single cache in your area.
  3. Click on a cache, it will take you to a cache page with its description, coordinates of its location, and any possible clues to finding the cache. This page will give you the cache size, the difficulty of the terrain, and the difficulty of finding the cache once you reach the listed coordinates. For beginners, this is vital so you don't lose interest in the game right out of the gate. You can sift through caches until you find a beginners cache with lower difficulties. An example of a cache page can be found here.
  4. You need a GPS to put in the coordinates, a cell phone with GPS capabilities, or buy the very helpful, time saving geocaching app ($10). You will not find the cache without at least one of these items.
  5. In most cases, the posted coordinates will take you within 10 feet of the cache location. There are special circumstances, which I will post further down this page, when they are not. Once you find the cache, you must sign the physical log that's found inside the cache with your geocaching name. Personal information does not need to be floating around. If there is any swag or trackables inside the container and you want it, the rule is that if you take something, you leave something. The fun of the game is leaving something unique (like a McDonald's toy from Germany, in a cache found in the U.S.).
  6. Once you've successfully found the cache, sing-in to Geocaching.com and go to the caches page. At the bottom, sign the online log to mark a cache as being found. Once found, it's counted toward your geocache finds that is associated with your geocaching profile. Bragging rights galore! The physical log inside the cache is to prove you actually found it. If your name is not found, the cache hider will delete your find.

    6.1. In this same area, if you are unable to find the cache, you are also supposed to log it as "did not find." This way, if numerous people cannot find the cache, the cache owner will know something is up and look for it to make sure it wasn't tampered with.

 

That's it! You've successfully learned how to geocache. In short: register online, buy a GPS or use your Smartphone, find the cache, sign the physical log, then sign the online log.

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