The Perfect Picnic Sites

Hiking is a great way to explore the areas around you and find out more about the history of our great nation and states. Most places that have hiking have great over looks of beautiful lakes, prairies, rivers and other neat geological formations. I find there is a lot of beauty to be seen and I always try to make a day of it with friends and family.

Finding a spot can be quite easy. I have a lot of friends that go hiking often, so I just ask them where a neat place is. State and National parks have websites you can visit to find new places as well if you do not have many people to ask. I recently visited http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/parks/guides/parksearch/findpark.asp to see what parks were near me. Some state  and national parks have facebook pages as well. Nebraska, for example, does and they keep you updated for any free days for families where you can learn archery, if they have fishing days where you can use equipment for free, group hikes, living history acts and other fun activities. 

After finding the place you want to go, you should always plan out your day. Tell someone who is not going with you where you are going and times you are going and coming back in case of inclement weather or in case other emergencies arise. Always check the weather before the days you are planning on going and on the day you are going to make sure you are going to have good weather or are prepared if there is a chance of rain.

I make sure all people in the group have water with them. I carry a few nalgene bottles, which hold one liter(32 Ounces) of water and are darn near indestructible.(http://www.basspro.com/Nalgene-Everyday-Tritan-Wide-Mouth-Bottle-32-oz-/product/10207661/) where my brother prefers to have his camelbak which already has a hydration system installed into a day pack. 

I make sure I have all the essentials in my personal day pack like a camera to keep my photo journal up to date, a rain poncho, compass and a first aid kit in case of an emergency. When I check into the park I make sure I get a map of the park so I know where the trails are. I usually drive around the park, with who ever is with me, till we find a trail that we both agree upon or one that looks good to both of us. You can also ask the ranger when you check in if there is an easy/medium/hard trail (depending on your level of comfort) that they would recommend for you. Make sure you read the map to see how many mile that particular trail is so that you are fully prepared with enough drinking water and food. Most of the time the trails on the map will have special look outs or features marked on the trail on the map to make it easy to find the best features of the park easily.

  I like it when places have benches to sit and enjoy a snack or lunch. Most scenic outlooks have benches or picnic tables so you can enjoy your view longer. They don't always have grills however, so make sure you have something simple to eat just in case. The maps usually have symbols to tell you if they do, I prefer not to carry too much while hiking though.

I bring along sandwiches that do not need refrigerating so they do not spoil. I also bring along granola bars, chips, jerky, fruit or something else to snack on while walking. You may have to walk several miles to get to some wonderful views. I also keep a cooler in my car with things I can cook over a grill when I get back from the trails. Hiking makes me hungry!

Some parks have grills readily available near parking for trails some do not. I pack a small grill and extra propane with me just in case. It always feels good to to have a full belly on the way home!

I hope you get a lot of good pictures out there!

 

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Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas!

Time is running out, and men can be really hard to buy for!  I know I rarely wait for someone to buy me a gift of something I really want, I simply go buy it and it drives my wife crazy!  Gift cards are easy, but they lack imagination.  This year, get your father something he would never think about, but he likely carries with him every day: a good knife.

If you asked every guy you ran across if he carries a knife, I'd bet that almost all of them do, and it's likely that almost all of them could REALLY use a new one!  Obviously, there are A LOT of knives to choose from, but some of my personal favorites come from Case Knives.  

Case makes about every style of pocket knife that a guy could dream of, but they also do a lot of commemorative and special edition knives.  My two favorite sets of knives they have done are the John Deere series and our newest edition, Harley Davidson!  

These are great Father's Day gifts because it is likely that yours hasn't thought to buy one for himself, not to mention that there is a $5 Rebate on all Case Knives through the end of the month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Man Named Browning

In today's firearm market we have a lot of different choices in what we purchase, but what makes each manufacturer different from all the rest?  Is it machining?  Quality of metals?  Or perhaps simply how much love they put into their product?  Or is it all a matter of opinion?

With the research I have done one manufacturer caught my attention above the rest: Browning.  There is quite an interesting history behind Browning and how they became what they are today.  Not to mention, they are responsible for producing my favorite shotgun: the A-5. 

In 1855 a boy was born who would change the world of firearms. This boy would eventually design some of the most well known and arguably the best designed guns in modern firearms history.  We credit the design of firearms like the 1911 pistols and .50 caliber machine guns to the boy we all know as John Moses Browning.

Browning started making guns at a vary young age, the first gun he created was when he was 13. He contributed in furthering the design and quality of many different kinds of firearms including lever actions, single shots, and side by side shotguns.  What he is best known for, however, is his auto-loading firearms. He made many different kinds of auto-loading firearms like the .50 Caliber BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) and the 1911 to name a few, and my all time favorite the Auto-5.    

The Auto-5 was created in 1895 and was put into production in 1900.  The Browning Auto-5 is a long-recoil operated semi-automatic shotgun.  Shells are stored in a tubular magazine under the barrel.  When a chambered shell is fired, the barrel and bolt recoil together (for a distance greater than the shell length) and re-cock the hammer.  As the barrel returns forward to its initial position the bolt remains behind and thus the spent shell is ejected through a port on the top of the receiver.  Then the bolt returns forward and feeds another shell from the magazine into the action.  So as Remington Model 11 Shotgunyou are firing the gun, the barrel slides into the receiver, (an action which is still seen in firearms such as the Barrett family of long-range weapons).  The A-5 has a system of friction rings that control the rate of recoil.  Setting these rings correctly is vital to optimal shotgun performance; and also to ensure a long life of the weapon by controlling excessive recoil.  The friction rings are set based on the type of load to be fired through the gun.  If you wanted to shoot a low brass round you can adjust the spring to fire without any hang ups or jams, and when you're ready to hunt with high brass you set the spring back and can have the same feeding reliability.

The Auto-5 came with lots of extras for its time as well.  One of these features is a magazine tube stop which stops any shells from loading in to the receiver when the action is cycled and the chambered round is removed.  This is a very useful feature, and adds safety when crossing fences, as you can safely de-chamber a round without completely unloading the firearm.  It also helps to change different loads with quickly and easily.  This feature is still in use today on the Browning Maxus.

The Auto-5 remained in production for nearly 100 years, stopping in 1998.  Browning has since re-released a very similar firearm, although it is now simply called the A5.  This shotgun has stood the test of time and has influenced the hunting world as we know it.  Although the design of this firearm is old and it may not win any beauty contests, its hump back design makes it very unique (and identifiable) and its reliability is still nearly unmatched.  If you're looking for a great gun with an even more impressive history the Auto-5 is a no-brainer.

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SPY Sunglasses - New to Council Bluffs Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops in Council Bluffs is excited to be featuring a new line of sunglasses in our Caseline assortment!

SPY Eyewear features a new pair of sunglasses for everyone.  A great feature of the sunglasses is their "Happy Lens" technology.  SPY's color and contrasting "Happy Lens" is the only lens to maximize the transmission of the sun's good rays.  This will allow you to see better, feel better and perform better!

Bass Pro is featuring a large selection of the Dale Jr. collection.  These come in different frame styles that have the Dale Jr logo on the frame.

 

At this point we feature 8 different styles of sunglasses with multiple frame colors and lens colors.  We are looking at adding additional styles to our assortments, but for the time being we are able to order anything from SPY's large catalog of sunglasses.

For more information on this new line of Sunglasses, visit our Council Bluffs Bass Pro Shops or visit  https://www.spyoptic.com/.

 

 

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Is that Branch in the way? Using your Multi-Pin Bow sight to determine arrow flight.

Last month we talked about arrow speed in regards to trajectory and deer jumping the string at a given distance.  This month we take that data and look how it applies to aiming at your target with obstacles between you and your target.

How many times have you been up in a tree-stand or at a 3D tournament and there was a branch in your way or at least your first impression was that it was going to be struck by your arrow as it traveled towards your target?  I have setup many 3D shoots with these shots being a part of the course.  Many times I have heard that these are impossible to be shot because a tree branch was in the way.   Nope, that shot was designed that way and if you are like me when it comes to golf I will focus on the water and that is where my ball ends up.  It is true with any shooting sport, if you focus your mind on the branch or tree you are most likely going to strike it and take a big fat zero or have a miss on your deer.  But if you know your arrow flight path towards the target and know that you won’t hit that branch, you can focus on the middle of your target and catch that 12 or heart.

Most people NEVER practice or shoot their bow at very close distances.  I have won more hotdogs at three-yard shots that I have lost count and have become fat.  More deer are missed right below the tree stand than at any other distance.  This is due to very few people practice or understand how there arrow trajectory works at very close distances.  My hunting setup shoots at around 280 FPS.  I know that at 3 yards I have to hold my 50-Yard pin about and inch high of where I want my arrow to hit.  WHAT???, Do I have your attention now?  Yes for me to shoot a pinwheel “X” I have to hold my 50-Yard pin 1-inch high.  I have witnessed that most people will either hold there 20-Yard pin ON or even a little low to take that shot and then miss the target either completely or shoot very low.  Funny, most people who take the shot again in disbelief will shoot the same way and miss again.

Why is this?  Think about where your arrow is compared to your 20-Yard pin while in your bow.  It rests somewhere between 4 and 5 inches below the 20-Yard pin.  Think about what has to happen for the arrow to hit where your 20-Yard pin is at 20 yards.  The arrow has to rise, or shoot upward to get to that mark after it is shot.  In fact most arrows will climb to their highest height at about 13 to 14 yards then start to descend again from that point.  With that being said, at very close ranges your arrow has not reached its apex or highest part of its trajectory yet, but rather is climbing through the longer yardage sight pins until its apex at 13 to 14 yards.

 

 

 

Okay now let’s put this information into practical situations. 

Below is a picture of a 3D deer target at 22 yards.  The tree branch is 5 yards in front of me. Would you take this shot?

Knowing that my arrows flight at 5 yards is just below where my 30-Yard pin is, the answer would be “NO”.  I would hit that branch dead center.   

The picture below is the same deer at 22 yards with the branch at 5 yards.  Would you take this shot?

Knowing that my arrow will be well below the branch and somewhere just below where my 30-Yard pin is I would easily take this shot.

 

The picture below, now let’s say that branch was at 13 yards and deer was still at 22 yards.  Would you take the shot? 

Knowing that my arrow in flight at 13 yards is above my 20-Yard pin, I would NOT take that shot as my arrow would graze the bottom of the branch sending it into the ground in front of the target.  

The picture below, Scenario now is the deer is at 30 yards and the stubby branch is at 10 yards in front of me.  Would you take the shot?  

I know most people will focus on that stubby branch and tag it and state that was an impossible shot.  Knowing that my arrow in flight would be at the top of my 20-Yard pin as it passes over that stubby branch at ten yards and just drop into the middle of the 10 ring at 30 yards, I would take that shot.  I might aim just a hair to the right to make sure I avoid that little twig coming off from the left of my 20-Yard pin though. 

All of these are real world scenarios and if you know your arrow flight and trajectory you will have the confidence take that shot. 

Practice those really close shots and learn where your arrow is compared to your sight pins and your scores will go up.

Next month we will be learning how to use your multi-pin sight as a range finder on the 3D course and during hunting situations. 

Until then, Shoot Straight.                                                                                  

 
   
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Recreational Trap Shooting

Trap shooting; a hobby that anyone can enjoy, from old to young it's a hobby that has stood the test of time. In its infancy, live pigeons were used, but it was determined glass was more ethical. Glass soon became too expensive and now clay has become the material of choice.

All you need to partake in the hobby is a shotgun, a clay thrower, and a box of clays.

The most difficult part about this sport is choosing the right gun/choke combination.  There are a lot of guns to choose from: single shot, double barrel, pump and semi-auto.  All of which will work as long as you have the right set up. One thing that will help ensure you have the right shotgun for the job is the choke, but how do you know which one is best for your needs?

I have been shooting trap for a while and it seems every person I shoot with seems to have a different preference of choke.  

A choke is simply a device that uses a tapered constriction of a shotgun barrels bore at the muzzle, whether it be the entire barrel that is tapered or a tube that screws in to the muzzle.  Chokes are usually measured in terms of how much constriction they offer in thousandths of an inch difference from the nominal bore diameter.  The most common chokes (in order from least constriction to most) are: Cylinder, Skeet, Improved Cylinder, Modified, Full, and Extra Full. 

 

CONSTRICTION NAME
CONSTRICTION MEASUREMENT (.000 of an inch)
Cylinder
.000 (Bore Diameter which vary on manufacturer/model)
Skeet
.005
Improved Cylinder (IC)
.010
Light Modified (LM)
.015
Modified (MOD)
.020
Improved Modified (IM)
.025
Full
.030
Extra Full (EF)
.040
Turkey (TKY)
.045+

 

The chart below gives an idea of the effective yardage for most loads:

 

CHOKE
LEAD YARDAGE
STEEL YARDAGE
Cylinder
0-15
0-20
Skeet
5-20
10-30
IC
10-25
15-30
LM
15-30
20-35
MOD
20-35
25-45
IM
25-40
30-50
Full
30-45
40+

 

Now which one of the chokes will work the best?  Most of your shots will take place anywhere between 16-25 yards, so you will want one that will be effective at these ranges.  What you are looking for out of the choke is a pattern that is wide enough to easily hit the target but not have so large of a pattern that you have holes in your pattern.

With all that in mind we will look to the charts. With open cylinder and skeet constrictions, the pattern tends to be a little too wide. Improved cylinder seems to be effective enough to have a consistent pattern at the needed ranges, which should make for a good selection.  Modified chokes are also very popular, however adding constriction will begin to narrow the pattern, but it will increase pattern density.

When it comes down to it, personal preference is the key, and as with any type of shooting, practice and patterning are a must.

The only thing left to choose is your shells.  The two prevalent shot sizes are 7 1/2 and 8. The biggest difference between these two shots are how heavy and how many pellets are in each load.  Pellets are rated inversely, so the bigger the number, the smaller the shot.  That means the 7 1/2 is the heavier of the two pellets, which will carry energy further, but the 8 being smaller will allow for more pellets in the pattern.  My personal preference is 7 1/2's, as I seem to have better luck with those on windier days where the higher pellet count of the lighter 8 shot doesn't help out as much.

Trap shooting makes for a great past time as long as you are hitting the clays.  There is a new product on the market called Winchester AA Tracker .  These are a specifically designed shell for the purpose of training new shooters.  The shell contains a wad that tracks right along in the center of the shot string.  This allows for a spotter to stand behind you and see exactly where it is that you are missing.

Making sure you hit the clays makes for a great time but nothing beats practice and patience. With all the hustle and bustle of today's life, make sure you always set aside time to enjoy the little things and take part in a past time that has been entertaining people for over a hundred years: trap shooting.

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Choosing the right fishing line for you.

Its getting to be that time of year again. The days are getting longer, warmer, and you're tired of staying in the house, you want to go fishing. By now you've already been through your tackle box about thousand times to determine what you need. Everything from new lures, tools, replacement hooks, weights, soft plastics, and fishing line. So you head down to your local Bass Pro Shops, go to the fishing section, look for the fishing line and find out there's more of a selection than there was last year. Monofilament, flourocarbon, braid, what are all these lines? Which line is best for me?

The type of fishing line you choose needs to be matched with the conditions you're fishing in. When choosing the right fishing line, the following criteria should be considered: Strength, Stretch, Abrasion resistance, Diameter, Stiffness, and Visibility.

Monofilament fishing line is made from a single fiber of plastic. This type of fishing line comes in a wide range of sizes and colors. You can find everything like a 2lb clear ice fishing line to 40lb high visual yellow for going after those big cats on the river. Monofilament fishing line is made by melting the plastic then extruding through tiny holes. These holes control everything from the diameter of the fishing line to the tensile strength or test. The advantage of monofliament fishing line is it can be used in a wide variety of fishing situations. Monofilament however does posses a memory to it causing it to coil over time. This type of line needs to be changed often as it will degrade when exposed to heat and sunlight. For all you monofilament lines visit Bass Pro Shops website to fins the right one for you.http://www.basspro.com/Fishing-Terminal-Tackle-Fishing-Line-Leaders/Type-Monofilament/_/N-1z0uxahZ1z0xd10

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Flourocarbon fishing line has been around for sometime, being used in saltwater fishing and fly fishing. It is relatively new to bass fishing though. This line is named after the chemical used to make it flourocarbon. There are many advantages to flourocarbon line over traditional monofilament fishing line. Flourocarbon is virtually invisible in water, has a higher density causing it to sink faster, lack of stretch and resistance to abrasion. As with everything there are some draw backs to this fishing line; stiffness, brittleness, density making it hard to fish top water, and knot strength.  It is best to use flourocarbon in times when stealth or finesse in needed. Another great application for flourocarbon is to use as a leader when bass seem to be easily spooked.http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&searchTerm=flourocarbon

Bass Pro Shops® XPS® KVD Signature Series 100% Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Braided fishing are one of the earliest types of fishing lines. But with advances in technology braided line is now made out of different stuff than it used to be. Braid is known for its high knot strength, low stretch, and its over all power in relation to its size. On average a 20 lb test braided line is the diameter of a 6ob test monofilament. One drawback of braid is that it can be seen by fish in the water. It is best to attach a monofilament leader from your lure to the braid. Anglers have complained about other problems when fishing with braid, such as the line burying itself in the spool, losing fish on the hook set and other issues. The following article should address any issues you've been having along these lines. http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPage?mode=article&objectID=30041&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051 . If you have any other issues just contact your local Bass Pro Shop with questions. You can read more about uses for braided fishing line by visisting Basspro.com and viewing bother blogs written by the prostaff. Here is an example link.  http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BPSIFrameView?catalogId=10051&tab=2&langId=-1&storeId=10151&targeturl=http://www.basspro1source.com/index.php/blogs&ddkey=http:BPSIFrame&tab=2

Bass Pro Shops® XPS® 8 Advanced Braid Fishing Line - 300 Yards

After looking at the three most popular types of fishing line out there on the market today; with their advantages and disadvantages you should be able to make a relatively informed decision on which line to get. If you're still unsure ask a Bass Pro associate  which line would be best for you.

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It's Smokin'!

With nice weather this spring the smell of smoke is in the air. You go to pick out a new smoker and realize there is a lot of options, but which one is right for you? In this article I will go over some pros and cons to help you decide...electric or propane?

Economically, electric smokers are more effective in the manner that they only use about 11-13 cents worth of electricity per hour. While propane tanks, which can run $20-$30 to refill, yield about 30-40 hours or 6-8 good smokes. Both, however, are similar in efficiency of using wood chips. Depending on the consumer's preference in the amount of smoke, you can expect to use 1/4-1/2 a bag of wood chips per smoke, 2-4 smoking sessions per bag.

Which leads us to the time old struggle between Bradley and Masterbuilt for electric. Bradley is a very good smoker but throughout time, I have heard people describe that they were having a hard time getting the temperature up and maintaining it. Also the bisquettes run about $21 per box (per flavor) so trying all the flavors they have to offer can be pricey. While Masterbuilt uses wood chips, which run about $6 a bag and also have variety boxes with 4 bags, a dvd, and smoke box all for around $16. This allows people to openly try all the flavors and still not spend much.

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Back to the maintaining temperature, propane smokers are thinner and not insulated, which could lead to a hard time smoking in the winter. Digital (not analog) smokers are double-wall insulated and have a rubber gasket like your refrigerator which aids in retaining valuable heat and smoke. The Masterbuilt line of electric smokers also has the side chip feed scoop which allows users to add wood without opening up the unit, unlike propane, where you have to open the unit every time. Your smoker can lose about 50 degrees in just a few moments of opening it.

Tips: when you first get your smoker home it is best to "preseason" it. To do this crank it to max. temp for 2-3 hours and add wood chips for about 30 minutes of it. this will get out the "new car" taste of things and season racks and walls, similar to prepping cast iron. Also with the Masterbuilt electric with the window, it's best to use a food safe cleanser to keep it clear, such as vinegar, so you don't get a chemically taste next time you cook.

Another benefit of using Masterbuilt digital electric is the fact that you can get an addition of cold smoke. If you have ever been though the deli cheeses and smoked dairy products, they can be expensive. This unit allows you to smoke your favorite cheeses for a fraction of the cost of buying it at the store. Cold smoke usually ranges 90-120 degrees, which can be a dangerous temp for food-borne bacteria, but to dairy products and select meats that will be cooked further later, it can be safely done. Warm smokes run about 165-180 degrees.    

Here is some basic information that may help you determine smoke times: 

You can find all of these products on http://basspro.com or stop by Bass Pro Shops and an associate will help you find what smoker is best for you. Smokers: a Great Way to Cook is also a great link to see more views and tips on smoking meats. Happy Smoking!

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Mushrooms Everywhere!

Its that time of the year! Spring! This is the time to get out, stretch your legs and enjoy nature beginning anew. It is also that time of the year for the food delicacy of the Morel Mushroom!

There are many ways to know if the time is right. My grandmother told me that then the violets pop up and start flowering, other people have told me that it is when the lilacs are beginning to bloom. Really its when we have had at least 2 weeks of non freezing temperatures and have a lot of rain This occurs in late April and early may and lasts only a few weeks. April showers bring May flowers and mushrooms!

 

I have only been going out for a few years. Before that I had no idea what to look for and how to look. The way my friends explained it to me was that you are looking for a very well camouflaged Mushroom near fallen trees. It is kind of like looking at a magic eye picture, where if you stare long enough, the picture pops out at you. Once you have found one or two you will see them all over the place! As you can see in the pictures above(and this was a close up) you could walk right by it and not see it because the colors of the leaves and mushrooms are so close together.

Since you will be trampling in the woods off the beaten path looking for these delicious morsels you will need a few things since they are not the only plant growing. I personally spray my clothing down with Permethrin because it keeps the ticks and mosquitoes off of me. Permethrin is made out of Chrysanthemums that is made for clothing. This is a great product that lasts 90 days on gear and 6 washings on clothes. So if you are looking for a more natural repellent, this is a good one. http://www.basspro.com/Sawyer-Permethrin-Insect-Repellent-for-Clothing/product/10223263/ Any bug repellent is good though. Wear long pants so you do not have to worry about bushes scratching you since you will be off the beaten path. I wear long sleeved shirts as well and bring a light jacket.

You will need a few things while hunting these tasty morsels. First you will need a mesh bag. This helps the mushrooms drop their spores and drop any insect hitch hiker that tried to come along for the ride. You may see some people who use plastic grocery sacks or canvas bags, this is just not appropriate and some times you may be ticketed or fined from the park depending on their rules. This stops the propagation of the mushrooms and every time someone does this, it makes the mushroom population shrink till it could become non-existent in that area. Always check with the park employees, when you check into the park, about the rules of that area. Even if the parks are in the same state, they all have different rules.

 

The best way to find Morels is to look off the beaten path. Look for fallen Elm trees, mushrooms love Elm trees. These trees have rough coarse bark who have diagonal lines(possibly intersecting) cut into it, the leaves are oval shaped with saw toothed edges, so if you find a live one, the fallen trees around it are more then likely the same tree, just look at the bark. They will also grow in other dead underbrush and trees but not near as often. I bring a walking stick with me to brush away any leaves while looking in the piles near downed trees.

After you have found your treasure of tasty Morel Mushrooms and get back to your campsite, or home if it was just a day trip, you do have to soak them in a salt water brine for a few hours. I always do it overnight. This gets rid of all the bugs and dirt, which you do not want to eat. 

Now you are ready to prepare and eat. I like mine deep fried so I bring my dutch oven and fry basket, my friends mom does it on the stove in their camper. I have also tried them cut up and used in a mix of hamburger for burgers and meatballs(this was to trick the picky eaters into trying them, but darn tasty). The possibilities are endless! This is a great spring time hobby,a great way to get out doors and fun for the whole family. Enjoy! 

 

 

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It's A Camping "Potty! (Party)"

Does a bear "go" in the woods? Yes he does! But us humans should pack it up and dispose of waste properly. Here are some tips and tools to make life more "bearable" on your next camping trip.

Go Girl Feminine Urination DeviceFor you ladies that love the outdoors, but still want to feel clean, the "Go Girl" is a nifty little device.$12.99

Solution for female outdoors lovers facing crowded, dirty, distant or non-existent bathrooms. This allows females to urinate while standing up and is neat, discreet, and hygienic. Made of flexible, medical-grade silicone designed with splash guard to eliminate mess or spills. It is reusable and comes with small storage tube.Coghlan's Tissue on the Go

Matched with "Tissue on the go" $1.79, which is 2-ply paper and also in a small convenient container that can fit in your purse or pocket, females can feel confident they are ready for anything.

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Archery by the Numbers: Does a Faster Bow = More Deer + 3D Tournament Wins?

Do I need a new bow this year?  Will that faster bow help me get my next deer or win my next 3D tournament?

Often I get a customer that comes stating that they have 1 pin on their sight because their bow shoots flat out to 40 yards.  I bite my lip each time because I know Physics just never lies.  Everything falls to the earth at the same rate, it does not matter if it is a bowling ball, a marble, an arrow or even a bullet shot out of a rifle.  The “Acceleration of Gravity Law” states that an object will fall to the ground at a rate of (32 Feet per Second per Second) or in other words the first second an object will travel 16 feet down and it does not matter if it has forward velocity or not.

Let me break it down for you eggheads and naysayers.  Go get your calculators and follow me…..  Oh and by the way…. This is why the Trophy Ridge React Sight DOES work and works perfectly.  The math doesn’t lie.

D=Distance Traveled
T=Time in Seconds
G=32FPS
Acceleration of Gravity is D=.5GT² or Distance Traveled = .5 x 32FPS x Time in Seconds Squared

Example 1: Let’s say I want to see how far an egg will drop in 3 seconds if I were to drop it of off a bridge.
D=.5x32x3² or D=.5*32*9 or D= 144 Feet the egg drop in 3 seconds.

Now lets put this in practical terms for my archery friends who have that flat shooting bow that is so fast that their single pin hits the same mark at 10/20/30/40 yards.

We measure arrow drop in inches so we need to change 32 Feet to Inches which is 32*12=384 inches for the G value in our formula.  Now we need to figure out how much time elapses after we shoot an arrow for 10,20,30,40 and 50 yards.  Since we are having a little fun here let us do it for 400, 350, 325, 300, 280 and 250 Feet per second shooting bows.  Keep in mind we are just doing the simple math here without figuring in deceleration of the arrow due to surface tension applied on the arrow shaft by passing air and the drag that our vanes are causing to slow down the arrow.

 

So let’s say you have one of the quickest bows on the market shooting 350 FPS.  As you can see in the chart above the arrow shot out of that bow will have dropped a total of 22.57 inches at 40 Yards.  Even if you take in to account that your Apex of arrow flight is somewhere between 10 and 20 yards you are still going to have around 18 inches of drop past 20 yards as seen in chart below.  This is not what I would consider “FLAT” out to 40 yards.

I am asked the question often, “Since this bow shoots so fast I bet the deer never has a chance to jump the string?”  Okay, lets put the math to this question as well.  We know that sound travels at around 767 MPH or about 12.78 miles per minute or about .213 miles per second or around 1125 feet per second, the number we need.  So knowing that sound travels 1125 feet per second we can figure out the time it takes sound to travel 10/20/30/40 and 50 yards.  Now this time I have included data with deceleration on a 19/64”-diameter shaft and 3 Blazer Vanes set 120 degrees apart with 3 degrees helical on the arrows.  Speeds in FPS are listed in each column. We also know that a deer has a reaction time of just shy of a ¼ second, I used .22 seconds of reaction time for the chart below.

 

All values in RED in the chart above show that the arrow will impact the deer before he hears the sound and can react or jump the string.  In ALL cases the sound will get to the deer’s ears before the arrow will.  In other words, the deer will always hear the shot before the arrow impacts him.  This is different with a rifle as most rounds are far above 1125 feet per second.  As so long as the projectile is above 1125 fps the project will hit target before the sound of the report will.  Not true with a bow and arrow, nor will it ever be.

So what does all this mean to a bow hunter?  First if you want to limit the chance of having a deer jump your string during a shot, keep your shots under 25 Yards.  I know many of you will think, “Well I will just aim a little low at distances beyond 25 yards then.”  Okay, but do you really know what that deer is going to do?  Is it going to drop, turn or simply do nothing?  You don’t know.  So if you keep your shots under 25 yards you will eliminate that variable.

Some of the other things you can take from the data might be, “Does a faster bow really gain me much advantage in judging distance or the amount of arrow drop at longer distances?”  If you are just bow hunting and you keep your shots under 25 yards, then, NO, is the answer.  Save your money and maybe look at purchasing some better scent reduction clothing or tools like the Ozonics machine.  Maybe a better use of that money would be better arrows or sights with smaller, easier to adjust and brighter pins.

Most people are shooting bows at around 280 FPS.  If you are an occasional 3D shooter you know that most of your targets are at 40 Yards.  Look at the data a bow shooting 280 FPS drops 1.33” more at 30 yards than a bow shooting 330 FPS.  A bow shooting 280 FPS drops a total from 20 yards to 40 yards only 3.26” farther than a bow shooting 330 FPS.  Is your money better spent on speed or forgiveness?  The choice is yours.  Keep in mind that the way bow manufactures get speed is making the brace height shorter, which causes a higher chance of arm or jacket slap while hunting.  Another way to gain speed is a harder cam.  These are harder to pull over while sitting for hours or at awkward angles in a tree stand.

I am not saying don’t go out and purchase a new bow.  What I am saying, is look at the data, and decide where your HARD EARNED money is best spent.  If it is a new faster hot-rod bow, that’s great.  If you choose a better sight, rest, stabilizer, clothing, blind, scent elimination items, then that’s great too.  We here at Bass Pro Shops can help you in whatever you choose.

Shoot Straight!

 

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Fish Fry It Up!

Going into Spring, the itch for fishing is kicking in. Be prepared for your first fish fry of the season! This article will walk you through tools you will need as well as time and temperature to cook your fish.

Choosing your fryer: Decide if you want to cook inside or outside. The indoor options consist of Masterbuilt fish fryer

Masterbuilt Electric Fish Fryer                                                                                                 $99.99

or for smaller batches Elite makes a single basket 3.5 Qt

Elite Cuisine by Maxi-Matic® 3.5-Quart Electric Deep Fryer                                                                  $49.99 and Dual Basket

Elite® Dual Basket Stainless Steel Deep Fryer                                                                               $79.99

Outdoor methods are Cast Iron Bass Pro Shops Fish Fryer Bass Pro Shops® Cast Iron Fish Fryer                                                                                        $89.99.

We also carry an Aluminum model for $49.99 and Stainless Steel for $69.99. All our outdoor models come with a pot, burner stand, thermometer, and regulator hose. For large gatherings or frying enthusiasts there is an option. The Cajun Fryer 8.5 gallon propane deep fryer

Cajun Fryer by R & V Works® 8.5 Gallon Propane Cooker Deep Fryer                                                            $629.99

There are two options for cooking oil sold at Bass Pro Shops. Cottonseed oil Turkey Gold Cotton Seed Oil                                                                                                     starting at $12.99 and is available in 1 or 3 gallon jugs and Peanut oil

Cajun Injector® Peanut Blend Frying Oil                                                                                     also available in 1 or 3 gallon jugs and starts at only $14.99. After adding oil to your fryer, heat to 330-350 degrees Fahrenheit. Check using an oil thermometerDeep Fry Thermometers                                                                                                           starting at $9.99 . All though you have a lifting basket with your fryer, it's not a bad idea to have a skimmer handy  Large Fryer Skimmer                                                                                                             sizes are small and large and range $11.99-$16.99. Fish generally takes at least 5 minutes to cook thoroughly, depending on the thickness of the fillet.

Prepare your batter, either an heirloom recipe or one of our delicious batters by Uncle Bucks here at Bass Pro. They are only $3.99 and comes in a waterproof container for convenience on trips. There are many flavors to choose from. Uncle Buck's® Fish Batter Mix - Original                                                                                Original, Mild, Hot n' Spicy, Beer Batter, and many more. To make breading easier, the "Better Breader" is an awesome little contraption   Bass Pro Shops® Better Breader Pan                                                                                          and it's only $14.99.

In addition to your fish, don't forget the chips! A french fry cutter will make things a lot easier French Fry Cutter

ranging from $19.99-$109.99. Also, fun additions are Hush puppies and jalapeno poppers. We carry a large variety of racks, pans, batters, cutters, and frying needs to help make your fish fry the best it can be. So stop by your local Bass Pro Shops camping department and have one our friendly associates help get geared up. Or visit http://basspro.com or see Fish Fry Like a Pro

Have fun catching your fish and even more fun sharing with friends and family!

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Ascend Kayaks and Accessories

When choosing a kayak there is a lot to think about. What will you be using it for the most? Leisure or fishing? Here are some tips and information to make the process a little less overwhelming.

Understanding model names: FS=Fishing, T=Top-sitting, the numbers indicate the length. So for instance FS128T= Fishing model 12'8" and top-sitting. If the model is does not indicate the FS such as D10, it is a sit-in model 10' long.

Ascend® FS128T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak - Desert Storm                                                                       This is the FS128T (top-sitting)

Ascend® D10 Sit-In Kayak - Purple                                                                                           This is the D10 (sit-in)

Weight of your kayak can be something to consider if you will be adventuring out alone. So here is a breakdown of wt. on Bass Pro Shops Ascend series. FS128T is 84 lbs. FS12T is 56 lbs. and a great option for a semi sit in/top sitting. D10T is 52 lbs. D12 is 74 lbs. A10 and D10 are both 47 lbs. one of our easiest to carry solo. The FS12 is 79 lbs. and our FS10 model weighs in at only 51 lbs.

When choosing a paddle the width of the kayak and the height of the passenger are the two components to think about. This chart will help assist you.

Kayak Width Under 23" 24" to 28" 29"+
Paddler Height Recommended Paddle Length
Under 5'5" 210-220 cm 230 cm 230-240 cm
5'5" - 5'11" 220 cm 230 cm 230-240 cm
6'+ 220-230 cm 230-240 cm 240 cm

Keep in mind all of our ascend kayaks are minimum 29" wide. So your paddle length will be at least a 230cm.

Now you think about which life jacket is best for you. Standard life vests for boating are designed with ample padding all over up to the armpit area. Due to the motion your arms make while kayaking, the extra padding can cause the issue of rubbing on the sensitive skin on your upper arm. Kayaking vests are designed to be open down the side and padding that sits lower to prevent rubbing and make the motion of paddling more fluent.

PFD or personal floatation devices are required on every boat 16 ft. or longer. They indicate on all vests the pounds of buoyancy, but what does that mean? Example, a 200 lb. person is made up of about 80% water so 200X .20%= 40lbs. Then consider about 15% body fat on average. So 200X .15%-30lbs=10lbs. So a 16 lb. buoyancy should be more than sufficient for a floatation device.

Now that you have most of the essential information you need, feel free to stop by at your local Bass Pro Shops store and have a friendly camping associate get you equipped to hit the water, or simply visit http://basspro.com to order online, shipping to store is free shipping! Also see http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BPSIFrameView?catalogId=10051&tab=2&langId=-1&storeId=10151&targeturl=http://www.basspro1source.com/&ddkey=http:BPSIFrame&tab=2 to see for on fishing from your kayak.

 

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The Knockdown and Dirty of Turkey Broadheads.

It won't be long and we will be sitting during a clear crisp morning waiting for a crow to call and then the Thunder Chickens to begin gobbling.  We have carefully chosen the proper location to setup.  We have put out the perfect set of decoys and have practiced hours becoming experts in calling in that weary Tom.  You have shot many arrows and have tuned your bow to hit a mark at forty yards.  Everything has come together and that big Tom is strutting only 15 yards in front of you, but wait........ do you have the proper broadhead at the tip of your arrow to do the job quickly?  Do you?

Turkeys have a relatively small vital to hit.  I have seen many turkeys hit perfectly with a pass-through arrow and yet the turkey flies off decreasing odds of you finding your bird.  So how do you increase your odds?  Simply by changing  your broadhead to a over the top or front deploying mechanical broadhead.  I am normally not an advocate of mechanical broadheads as I feel they are an excuse for archers trying to get their hunting arrows to hit the same as their field tipped arrows instead of super-tuning their hunting setup.  In other-words a quick fix.  Though for turkey hunting a front deploying broadhead not only creates a larger hole increasing your odds of hitting the vitals but also creates much harder hitting arrow transferring kinetic energy to killing the turkey instead of just passing through the bird.  I have literally rolled and taken big Tom's off their feet, killing them in their tracks. 

 

Below are a few great choices to take your next Tom.

 

NAP Spitfire Broadhead SKU 536662Rocket Aeroheads Hammerhead Expandable Broadhead SKU 1589345Wasp Jak Hammer SST Broadhead SKU 4499038

 

Good Luck this Spring and Shoot Straight!

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Curing Your End of Season Waterfowl Blues

If you are anything like me, this time of year is a very sad time, as this past weekend marked the close of almost all the duck seasons across the nation.  Some states still have dark goose seasons running until the first week of February, but as the season winds down you don't have to worry about hanging up your lanyard just yet!

Some of the best goose hunting of the year is quickly approaching, and it comes in the form of the Light Goose Conversation Order (LGCO) season, more commonly known as the Spring Snow Goose Season.  For those who are unfamiliar, the Spring Snow Goose season is a nuisance season for light geese (includes Snows, Blues and Ross' geese), and exists for the sole purpose of trying to curb the massive population of these geese, which are literally eating themselves out of their tundra nesting grounds.  The LGCO is a very liberal season, allowing for unplugged shotguns, electronic callers and no bag or possession limits, all in hopes that hunters will take as many of these birds as possible to keep the population in check.

There are many methods hunters will use in attempt to take snow geese; pass-shooting, jumping and even stalking using plywood cow decoys to name a few, but the best way to put big numbers down, like always, is to decoy them.

Decoying snow geese can be a tricky ordeal, as everything you do is multiplied and magnified.  Instead of flocks of 2-300 birds, it is not uncommon to have flocks of 2-3000 (and larger!), which is just that many more eyes to pick apart your spread.  The way to combat such a large number of birds, is with an equally large number of decoys.  If you can afford/store/haul enough full bodies to do the job, more power to you, but by far the most economical way to build a successful (and transportable) spread is with a sock-style decoy, such as the Tanglefree Slammer Socks.  Most sock-style decoys can be purchased in small or large quantities, in Tanglefree's case: dozen or 4 dozen.  The advantage of the sock-style decoys is that they are much cheaper than their full-body brethren (usually $50-75/dozen vs. $300 or more for full body) not to mention they are much easier to store, as you can usually fit about 10 dozen socks in a large storage tote.

 

 

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When purchasing your decoys, you should consider what area of the country you will be hunting.  The Midwest (Central and Mississippi Flyways) will see a much larger portion of Blue Geese than either of the Coasts.  If you plan on hunting the Midwest, a good rule of thumb is to have about a 50/50 mixture of Snows and Blues, perhaps leaning a little heavier on the snows.  Those who are hunting the coasts should have a spread of almost entirely Snows, with just a few Blues mixed in.

If you have ever watched a large flock of Snow Geese feeding, you will notice that they are almost never all sitting still, and quite frequently "jump" each other towards the head of the spread (where all the untouched food is).  This means that you should invest in some sort of flyer, such as the Edge Snow Goose Magnet, to simulate geese jumping and trading for new food.  There really is no such thing as too many flyers, as they give the illusion of a very active feed, and will help draw attention away from your hide.

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To fully appreciate all the benefits of the LGCO, one should also consider (although they are not necessary to be successful) a magazine extension (if your gun will accept one) and an electronic caller.  If you were already thinking about purchasing an electronic caller for your winter predator hunting, consider upgrading to one of the more high-output models such as the FoxPro Shockwave or Prairie Blaster, as Snow Geese are very loud birds and you will want to make as much noise as possible to simulate the real thing.  If you already have an electronic predator caller, it will likely work just fine, as most of them have downloadable sounds, you will just likely need more of them, as the lower-output 1 and 2 speaker models simply won't put off as much noise.

This spring and summer saw a record hatch of light geese, so juvenile geese will be plentiful and ripe for the picking. Spring Snow Goose hunting can be a lot of work, but when it pays off, it pays off big, and there really is nothing quite like a tornado of geese circling mere yards above your head.  So don't put your shotgun to the back of the safe just yet, some of the best hunting of the year is just weeks away!

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Can Cookers (Cream Can Cooker)

Many people have heard of the product "CanCooker" or "Cream Can Cooker" throughout the years but have yet to use one or know exactly how it works or uses for them. In this article I will hopefully clarify somethings from the history of them to modern day uses.

The History: Ranchers would get together and everyone, even their families would participate. Before they started their day of work, each family would bring food which all went into a cream can, this can was put onto a fire to cook while they worked. At lunch time, they would come back to a hot, hearty, homemade meal that easily fed the entire group and included something for everyone. In modern days it can be difficult to find a cream can and if you can it is pretty big holding about 50 lbs. of food. With the weight involved, while removing the can from the fire, the bottom can drop out. Advances in technology and research have brought us to today's modern can cooker.

CanCookers allow you to do what it is you need to do with your day instead of preparing and cooking food. Clean up is easy too due to the steam keeping the food from sticking to the sides. And, unlike the original cream can which took half a day to cook, CanCooker cooks a meal in about an hour. CanCooker also works on any heat source for use at home or outdoors.Since it cooks with steam so you get a healthier, better tasting meal as well!

How To Use It:

Like any new cooking device, you need to wash your CanCooker with soap and water before using.

• If your lid doesn’t quite fit – soak the lid in warm water. This will allow for a better fit. Then simply choose a recipe, load it up with the food you choose, attach the lid, fire up your heat source, look for steam, set a timer. When Done remove carefully using oven mitts. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. When you remove the lid be careful! Steam will burn. Serve and enjoy, then to clean just use soap and water.

CanCooker $99.99CanCooker BC - 002 Bone Collector

 
Cancooker Jr.CanCooker Jr. $59.99
These items along with some accessories are available at Bass Pro Shops. To views more products please go to http://basspro.com or see Product Spotlight - Elite 8.5 Quart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker for similar products if CanCooker is not for you.
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Safety and Turkey Frying

For many years people have been preparing their holiday bird in many ways trying to find the perfect recipe to please the whole family. One method that many have turned to is frying the turkey. It sears in the juices and leave a crunchy skin. This method, however, can be dangerous and causes many accidents each year.

According to a report released this month by the National Fire Protection Association, deep fryers as a group are involved in about 1,000 home fires each year, causing an average of 57 injuries, or nearly twice the injury rate of any other type of cooking fire.

Further, each deep-fryer fire causes an average of $14,500 in property damage, or nearly three times that of any other form of cooking fire.

This article will hopefully educate you on tips and methods to start or continue a tradition in a safe way.

10 Steps on how to prepare and cook:

Start first by removing neck and giblets from cavity. Also remove pop-up timer and wire or plastic truss that holds legs in place. Make sure the bird is completely thawed and pat dry inside and out.

 

1)Season the turkey. Begin by sprinkling your seasoning of choice over the top of the bird and around the legs, rubbing it in as you go. Then turn it on its side, sprinkle more seasoning and rub it in. Completely turn the turkey over upside down before sprinkling and rubbing the underside. Continue until the entire body has been well covered and rubbed.

2)Make the metal handle. This method is recommended if you do not have a deep frying basket. Place the turkey on its shoulders (where the head would be) and begin to spear the wire through it, just underneath the breast and by the wings. Carefully pull the wire through and loop the wire around about three times to make a metal handle. Twist the ends of the wire around your handle so there are no sharp ends. It is very important to do a little test to make sure that your handle is totally secure when lifting up the turkey. Only when you are convinced that the handle is strong enough should you move onto the next step.

3)Prepare the burner. The frying of the turkey must be done outside, in a dry and well ventilated area and not near anything flammable. Set the gas burner on a level surface because this is one of the safest options so that the fryer doesn't tip over. Keep the propane tank as far away from the fryer as possible and make sure it is not on, under or near any flammable materials. When not set up properly, a deep fryer can explode. Please read the instructions that came with your fryer.

4)Prepare the oil level. Fill the pot halfway with water. Then roughly half fill the bucket with water, which should represent the same weight as your turkey. Place the bucket into the pot to make sure the water does not go past the top of the bucket; it should be at least 5 or 6 inches below the rim. If it is too high, then discard some of the water. The water line will represent the quantity of oil you will need, so make a note of it. Remove the bucket and tip away the water from the pot.

5)Dry the pot. It is extremely important to thoroughly wipe the pot dry with some kitchen roll. You must not leave any water in the pot as hot oil and water can be a very dangerous combination.

6)Add the oil. Pour the oil into the pot to the level where the water was. You should have somewhere between 3-5 inches of oil in the pot. Light your gas burner to a high setting and place the pot carefully down onto the burner plate. Place the thermometer into the oil and allow the oil to heat to a temperature of 350 °F (175 °C). The time it takes to heat to cooking temperatures varies. The outside temperature and conditions can heat oil to dangerous levels quickly. Consider protective apron, gloves and goggles.

7)Check the temperature. Once the oil has reached 350 °F (175 °C), you're ready to fry. Make sure you have on your protective gloves and jacket when handling the turkey or working around the hot oil. With the metal hook attached to the wire loop handle of your turkey, lower the turkey with extreme care into the hot oil. Even with the bird patted dry, there will be a violent reaction when it hits the hot oil. Do this very slowly and be aware of any hot splashing oil. It is strongly recommended to turn off the burner while the turkey is being submerged, then to turn it back on once the turkey is in. Boiled over oil hitting the burner is the cause of most accidents.

8)Fry the turkey. Allow 3-4 minutes of cooking for every 500g grams (1lb). Monitor the temperature by leaving a candy thermometer in the oil (hung from a copper wire) as the turkey cooks. Never leave the hot oil unattended during the cooking process! When the bird is dropped and the fluids begin to cook out, the boiling off of these fluids tends to cool the oil, after which the oil temperature may tend to rise. Halfway through the cooking process, check to see how the turkey is doing by briefly lifting it out of the pot, again using the metal hook attached to the wire handle. Then lower it back into the pot for the rest of the cooking period. If oil begins to smoke at any time, or if it begins to rise adjust the burner and  lower the heat.
 

9)Finish the frying. Once the turkey begins to float to the top of the oil, allow it cook for an additional 15 minutes. Once cooked, carefully remove your turkey from the pot, give it a little shake to disperse the excess oil and transfer it back onto its platter. Check the internal temperature with the meat thermometer. The temperature should be at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), but preferably 170 degrees F (77 degrees C) in the breast and 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) in the thigh

10)Turn off the flame. Let the oil cool completely, making sure it's in a spot where nobody (especially kids and pets) will run into it. Remove the wire and serve.

How to Dispose of all that grease:

Store the oil in the original container for reuse. Strain out any particles and freeze. Oil can
be kept for up to six months and reused for up to six hours of fry time.

Freeze it and then throw the hardened oil away on trash day.
Mix it with unscented kitty litter, sawdust, or sand to solidify the oil. Dispose of it in the trash.
Avoid scented or disinfectant types of kitty litter as they can react with the oil and cause a
fire. Or another option is to recycle it at your community’s transfer or recycling center. A list
of centers is available at www.hrclean.org (click on
Household Hazardous Waste).

Where to buy tools needed:

Seasonings:Butterball Garlic and Savory Herb Turkey Seasoning Kit                                                                          $6.99

Oils:Turkey Gold Cotton Seed Oil                                                                                                     Starting at $12.99Cajun Injector® Peanut Blend Frying Oil                                                                                     Starting at $14.99

Fryer:Bass Pro Shops® 30-Quart Propane Turkey Fryer                                                                               Bass Pro 30 Qt. $49.97

These are just a few options to start you out. Please visit http://Basspro.com to view more products or stop by the store and ask one of our friendly associates for assistance. With these tips and a little precaution you are sure to have a wonderful meal to serve your loved ones with a little help from Bass Pro. Also see A Good Holiday Turkey is a Fried Holiday Turkey! 

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Commonly Asked Camping Related Questions

Walking into the camping department, you have an idea of what you're looking for and think it should be just a grab and go item, but when you think you've found what you're looking for you realize there's more to it than you thought. What are Lumens? Btu's? You begin to realize you need some assistance on the knowledge of these products. This blog will cover some of these common questions and try to clarify some things for you to make your next shopping trip a little easier.

What is a Lumen? Simply put it's a measure of total "amount" of visible (to the human eye) light emitted by a source. With LED becoming the primary source, some people still using watts are not sure how the conversion works. Watts (incandescent) to Lumen (LED) rule of thumb for replacement is: 100 watt = 1600 lumens, 75 watt = 1100 lumens, 60 watt = 800 lumens, and 40 watt = 450 lumens. Streamlight® Super Tac® X C4® LED Flashlight

What is a BTU? British Thermal Unit is a traditional unit of energy equivalent to about 1055 joules. It is the amount of energy needed to cool or heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. BTU describes heat value of fuels. There is no universal conversion factor for the number of BTU to volume. One standard cubic foot of natural gas yields 1030 BTU (depending on the quality when burned.)Mr. Heater® MH45T Triple Tank Top Propane Heater

What is Candlepower?  (candelas) is an absolute unit expressing luminous intensity in terms of light emitted by candle of specific size and constituents. It is sometimes used to describe the luminous intensity of high powered flashlights and spotlights. Most packages will show both lumens and candlepower. For instance a 2,000,000 candlepower spotlight is also referred to as a 250 lumen spotlight, a 3,500,000 candlepower is equal to 600 lumens. Bass Pro Shops® 2 Million Candlepower Camo Spotlight

What are the dimensions on an air mattress? Twin 39"X75", Full 54"X75", Queen 60"X80", King 76"X80". Now you'll know if it will fit in your tent!Coleman® Double High Air Mattress With 120V QuickPump™ Unit

What is the best pepper spray to get for my loved one? There are many varieties and manufacturers of pepper spray on the shelves today. In all reality all of them have the same amount of pepper (capsaicin) by law 10 %. Even bear sprays have just 10%. The only differences is the container style you choose and how far and with what force the product is dispensed. For instance bear spray can be sprayed from 35 feet away while most pepper sprays for humans spray only about 10 feet. There is also pepper gel. In my opinion i believe this to be a safer and more effective spray. Not only does it "stick" to the perpetrator better, but is safe to use in a closed environment such as an elevator, or around other people without the risk of blow-back onto yourself or  onto someone else nearby    Campus Safety Pepper Gel - Pink                                                                                                 $11.99

 

For other questions you may have on any subject that was not covered in this article or for more details about this content feel free to ask any of the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Bass Pro Shops. Or go tohttp://basspro.com. Also see Product Spotlight: Pink Pepper Spray  for more information on pepper sprays.

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Great Ice Fishing Gear

With the changing of the season comes the changing of the fishing conditions. In many of the central and northern states this means the transition of open water to fishing on a big slab of ice. This has long been a favorite winter tradition for many residents of the northern states; however, there is a new generation of anglers out there looking to get involved in the sport of "Ice Fishing". The following is a guideline to some of the current products on the market that make this past time easier and more enjoyable.

First thing you will want to think of before venturing out on early season ice is safety. Here are a few things that are good items to consider. The first is some sort of life preserver. I prefer to use something lightweight and non restrictive like the Bass Pro Shops auto/manual inflatable life vest. http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Auto/Manual-Inflatable-Life-Jacket/product/11090805012133/

life vest

The next safety item is a pair of ice picks. These will help you pull yourself back up onto the ice should you happen to fall through.http://www.basspro.com/HT-Enterprises-Deluxe-Retractable-Polar-Ice-Picks/product/10228938/

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The last and most used safety item is a good pair of ice cleats or traction aids. These will help you keep from slipping and falling almost constantly on clean ice.http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&searchTerm=ice+cleats

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Good gloves and boots will make dealing with the cold and wet conditions bearable, make sure whatever you select are waterproof. The next thing you will want to think about for your ice fishing expedition is a way to access the fish under your feet. This can be achieved with a variety of tools the following are most common; a ice chisel, a hand auger, or a power auger. There is even an attachment to make your drill into an ice auger. http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&searchTerm=ice+auger

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The next few items are where the selections may become overwhelming for the new angler because of all of the options on the market. I will try to narrow down some top choices and give brief explanations why.

Next I would recommend  a sled of some kind to assist in transporting your gear onto the ice. Just about any sled will work but the deep sleds or the ice fishing sleds carry the gear much more efficiently. Combine that with a bucket and you should be able to easily carry everything you need onto the ice. The bucket will serve as your livewell and a seat for you.

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Another essential item would be an ice rod and reel combo. There are all kinds of options to choose from and all of them will work, but one I really like and recommend is a large spool reel that does not wrap the line around a fixed spool, instead the spool roles the line up onto it. The reason is so you have less coiling in you line making your jig more responsive and your jig will not spin upon retrieve.

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This inexpensive schooley reel works great for this application.http://www.basspro.com/Schooleys-Spring-Bobber-Pole-Package/product/12082905321612/

The next item you will need is some sort of jig or bait, there are many options but a good variety in your arsenal is recommended. http://www.basspro.com/Fishing-Ice-Fishing-Rods-Reels-Accessories-Ice-Fishing-Lures-Baits/_/N-1z0ux9f?cm_sp=IceFishEnchPgBaitsSep2013_CFM

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There are a few more products like heaters, shelters, and fishfinders that make long days out on the ice more enjoyable and cold days more bearable but they are not as essential for getting involved in the sport.

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Here is a list of all of the items that are in my ice fishing sled, hopefully this helps with your next adventure.

1. Sled

2. Ice fishing bucket

3. Heater

4. Rods and reels

5. Tackle Box with ice jigs

6. Wax worms/ Minnows (bait)

7. Pop-up shelter

8. Flasher (fish finder)

9. Ice cleats & picks

10. Ice Skimmer

 

For many more products used for ice fishing please visit us at www.basspro.com . There are many great ice fishing articles and blogs from our prostaff if you would like to view them please click on the links provided. http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-altoona-ia/prepping-for-ice-season, http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-council-bluffs-ia. Thank you for your business. Good luck and be safe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preparing a Hotspot for Ice fishing Season

Now is the perfect time of the year to start preparing for the ice fishing season. The days are getting shorter, colder and before too long the ice will start to form over some of your favorite fishing holes.

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Here are a few preparations you can make to help ensure your long months of ice fishing are some of the best you may have all year.

The first thing I like to do is to get out on the boat and do a little research. The things I’m looking for are different types of underwater structure. Wether it is submerged trees, rock piles, or just rapid changes in water depth, these are all different types of structure that baitfish will congregate around once the underwater vegetation becomes scarce.  

In order to find different types of structure I will typically get in a boat and simply start searching with a fish finder. The reason you want to do this before there is several inches of ice on the water is simply to cover more water much faster.  There are many great products on the market that help with this process and Bass Pro Shops has a wide variety of these devices to choose from.   http://www.basspro.com/Boating-Marine-Electronics-Fish-Finders-Navigation/High-Price-200-399/_/N-1z0ux98Z8ir

The other vital tool I use for this process is a simple handheld gps devise like the Garmin eTrex 10.etrex gps

There is a wide variety of these type of GPS's available at http://www.basspro.com/_/N-0/Ntk-Search_All/Ntt-gps?Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&actualSearchTerm=gps. The reason for the handheld devise is that it is compact and accurate, making it very easy to find your marked waypoints once you have ice that is safe enough to fish on.

If you are planning on ice fishing a body of water with little or no subsurface stracture to it, and it is a body of water where it is legal, I strongly recommend creating your own structure to fish over. One of the most common ways to do this is to create a brush pile, if you want make structure that will last of years and won't breakdown overtime I reccomend artificial structures like the "Honey Hole Tree"

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http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&searchTerm=honey+hole

These are wonderful structures to fish over because they promote aquatic growth throughout the summer months, but they also attract baitfish which in turn attract predatory fish, and the best thing about this type of structure is that it is much harder to get snagged on while fishing.

Please check out more Ice Fishing related topics at http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/ice-fishing-gear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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