Health Benefits Of The Great Outdoors

Health Benefits Of The Great Outdoors

outdoor pathBeing the “care taker” of our stores Facebook site I am constantly looking for new articles and information I can share on our page. While “Googling” ideas for something different I came across several article about health benefits of being in the outdoors. After reading these articles it has made me more determined to get into the outdoors.

In an AARP article they share the experience of Marti Erickson who always carries two collapsible chairs in her car and on bad days she “finds a grassy spot, plops down, and breathes deeply and soon is soothed by the nature around her.” The reason she has two chairs is because she also has a grandchild that enjoys “nature breaks” also.

Based on research mentioned in the articles one of the cheapest, most available stress reducers is time spent in the great outdoors.

We could go on and on about test and research about studies that have proved that people who spend time in the outdoors have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Catharine Ward Thompson, director of the OPENspace Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland believes that “wide open spaces mean more opportunities to boost your health. For one thing, getting outside forces you to get a little exercise, and exercise is the best natural mood booster there is. For another, being out and about makes you more likely to encounter neighbors and friends, and social contact is another no-fail way to cut stress”.path trees

Most people spend over 90% of their time inside. We sometimes tend to think that in order to get into the outdoors you have to be a hunter, fisher, camper, hiker, etc., but there are many missed opportunities to get out. What about a swing to sit in and just enjoy the breeze? A friend of mine has a table on the front porch where she read her paper each morning. According to another study a short walk outside “perks” a person up more than a cup of coffee.

So if you are like me and have been a bit reluctant to make a New Years commitment to something new, why don’t you join me in the resolution to spend at least 15 minutes more outside on weekdays and an hour more on weekends? We cannot help but agree that it will do us all good.

http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-07-2012/health-benefits-of-nature.html

 

http://www.athleta.net/2011/02/23/reduce-stress-in-the-great-outdoors/

 

http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/emotional-health/spending-time-outside-relieves-stress

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Knit Your Bit

Knit Your Bit

soxThe Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs recently held an informational meeting in conjunction with the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and their “Knit Your Bit” launch.  Knitting for American soldiers became very popular during World War I and World War II when citizens wanted to do their part.  The answer was to knit.  Thousands of Americans picked up their needles to knit socks, mufflers and sweaters to keep American soldiers warm and provide them with a handcrafted reminder of home.”  The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is currently accepting handmade scarves to be distributed to veterans this holiday season.  Knitters and crocheters of all experience levels and all ages are invited knitto attend the next meeting on November 12th, 2013 in the Seminar Room located on the 2nd floor.  The event is scheduled for 6pm to 9pm the second Tuesday of every month.  If you do not know how to knit or crochet, please attend anyway – there will be somebody there to teach you how.  For more information on the museum and the “Knit Your Bit” campaign, please visit http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/knit-your-bit/index.html.  We would also like to thank Starbucks in Watson, LA for their donation of cookies and coffee for this event.  As always, their treats are yummy!

Cindy

Administration

Denham Spring

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The Big One

The Big One

 

LonnieHey guys, any of you ever heard of a place called Okhissa Lake?  Me Either.  Well I looked it up on the internet and it is about 40 miles east of Natchez in Mississippi.  My friend Lonnie Boudreaux and his grandson go fishing there all the time.  He recently sent me this picture.  When I asked him how he caught such a big fish, this is what he said.

“This past Saturday, I was fishing on Okhissa Lake, which is just west of Bude, MS with my 13 year old grandson, Galen Bergeron.  Earlier that morning, Galen hooked a really nice bass that wrapped his line up in a submerged tree standing in about 15 feet of water. So when we returned to the lake to fish late that afternoon, I decided to concentrate on certain trees standing in about 15-20 feet deep water, throwing a Zoom 10-1/2” Magnum worm. I was fishing with a Johnny Morris Signature rod & reel combo, spooled with Seaguar 17 # InvizX fluorocarbon line. I like this line for the transparency and low memory characteristics.

At around 7:30 P.M., I made a cast to a standing submerged tree that I have previously caught large bass from occasionally. My worm had just went over a limb that is about 3 feet off the bottom. As the worm began to fall back down, I saw my line twitch, & immediately set the hook. I could tell that the bass was headed for the tree, so I put a lot of pressure on the bass & turned it away from the tree. The bass then headed straight for the surface, & when it headed back down, I had my trolling motor on high, heading  away from the tree. The bass made 2 good runs, pulling a little drag at times, but when it surface the last time, it was pretty worn out, and Galen netted the big lunker.”

Vickie C.

Administrative Assistant

Denham Springs

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Tying The Knot

Tying The Knot

tiesHey ya’ll, it’s Jettie again.  I took my mom fishing last weekend and we had a really good time.  I never tire of watching her fish.  She is not like me, I just used a regular old rod and reel.  She fly fishes.  To watch her cast is amazing.  I have tried a thousand times and my mom keeps showing me different techniques she thinks will help me, but every time I just end up all tangled in the line or the hook in my hair.  She, on the other hand, looks like a line out of that old song “Poetry In Motion”.  And let me tell you something else.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you are too old to do something cause my mom is living proof that you are never too old.  I won’t be so crass as to tell you her age, but suffice it to say that I am considered a “senior citizen” and am the 5th child in a tribe of 8.  So that should give you some idea.  But enough about my mom, this was supposed to be about fly fishing so let me go back to our fishing trip last week.

There we were, me using my casting rod and here using her fly rod.    She went to change her bait, sorry, in fly fishing you call it a fly (go figure) and I noticed it was a gorgeous purple speck.  I looked at the fly closer at it really did look like a little purple fly (you know, the annoying bug that flies around your house in the summers).  When I asked her where she got it, she told me that a friend of hers made it for her. fly

The next day I checked with our fishing guys and they tell me we have a group that meets here in the store.  They get together down in the fly shop and teach beginners how to tie flies or the old times just enjoy learning what’s new.

Here’s the e-mail they sent me to post:

 

 Good morning,

     We will hold our monthly fly tying class this Saturday 09/28/13 beginning at 9:30 a.m. We will again meet in the fly shop downstairs. We had several beginners last month so we will continue on some basic patterns to tie. Please bring your tying tools if available.

Thanks,

Ron Brooks

Come on over to the Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs and see what you’ve been missing.

Jettie W

Administration

Denham Springs

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Selena The Milk Snake

Selena The Milk Snake

 

milk snakeMany of our customers know about Donnie the raccoon and Fred the turtle but many don’t know about Selena the snake. Selena is a Louisiana Milk Snake that resides within our store.

The Louisiana Milk Snake’s scientific name is Lampropeltis Triangulum Amaura.  It is a member of the king snake family. It is considered a mimic snake since the non venomous milk snake is one of four coral snake pretenders.  They have alternating bands of color, in order, of black-wider red-black-yellow-black.  Its black head is slightly pointed and its snout may be black or red.  Their scales are smooth, shiny, and in rows of 21.  They are normally between 14 – 30 inches in length.

 

snakeThe Louisiana Milk Snakes are secretive burrowers and prefer to remain concealed within and under rotting logs, dead trees, and in the holes of live trees.  They are found primarily in swampy areas from the Gulf Coast barrier islands extending into mixed pine and hardwood forest in northern Louisiana.  Unlike other snakes, Louisiana Milk Snakes can withstand cooler temperatures in spring and fall, and are often found moving about quickly and easily at night.  They normally feed on small snakes, lizards, and newborn mice.  They are prayed upon by larger snakes, bullfrogs, owls, hawks, skunks, raccoons, and other mammals.

 

The Louisiana Milk Snake seldom bites, although they may nip.  You should never disturb snakes in the wild.  Always remember the old saying “Red to yellow, kill a fellow; Red to black, friend of Jack. So stop on by and visit Selena and the rest of our animals in the Denham Springs Bass Pro Shop.

 

Julie Borne

Whitney Triplett

Chelsea Smith

Front End

Bass Pro Shops

Denham Springs, La

 

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The Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety

The Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety

gunIt’s the middle of July and 110° in the shade here in Louisiana but it is never too early to start talking about Hunting.   Dove hunting is only six weeks away and then there is always squirrel, rabbit, duck, deer, etc.  For all of you old timers, I’m sure you know how important it is to be safe out there in the woods.  You newbies need to take it very seriously.  To get you started here are the Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety as stated by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department.

 

  • Watch that muzzle!  Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.
     
  • Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.  It might be, even if you think it isn’t.
     
  • Be sure of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it.  Know the identifying features of the game you hunt.  Make sure you have an adequate backstop – don’t shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.
     
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.  This is the best way to prevent an accidental discharge.
     
  • Check your barrel and ammunition.  Make sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions; and carry only the proper ammunition for your firearm.
     
  • Unload firearms when not in use.  Leave action open; carry firearms in cases and unloaded to and from the shooting area.
     
  • Point a firearm only at something you intend to shoot.  Avoid all horseplay with a gun.
     
  • Don’t run, jump, or climb with a loaded firearm.  Unload a firearm before you climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch. Pull a firearm toward you by the butt, not the muzzle.
     
  • Store firearms and ammunition separately and safely.  Store each in secured location beyond the reach of children and careless adults.
     
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting.  Also avoid mind- or behavior- altering medicines or drugs.

 

Be safe and have a fun, exciting hunting season.

 

Jettie Whittington

Denham Springs

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Easy Reds

Easy Reds

redIt’s that time of year again.  Inside fishing time, that is.  On a recent trip to lake Ponchartrain, my brother and I took 2 fine limits of Redfish and a couple of speckled trout to boot.  That’s no surprise right?  Well, the kicker was a small thunderstorm blew us out of Ponchartrain 3 fish shy of 10.  After making it back to Manchac & Lake Maurepas, we tied on lipless crank baits and made a pass trolling around a point on the lakeshore and quickly finished our quota for the day!  The next morning, we again limited on Reds.  The key was slow trolling (2.6 knots on GPS), and getting as close to the shoreline as possible.  I’m looking forward to my next day off work to go catch em again.  And Oh yes, you Kayak folks, it’s just a 10 – 15 minute paddle to this HOT action.  Good Luck and don’t tell my brother I gave away our little secret!

 

Darren Burns

Camping Lead

Denham Springs

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Chiggers, Ticks And Mosquitoes

Chiggers, Ticks And Mosquitoes

rynoIn Louisiana if you’re not complaining about the unpredictable weather, it’s the bugs.  When I’m in the woods hunting I worry about ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes. Once the sun begins to sink down, I begin worrying about the mosquitoes.  While I’m sitting in my deer stand I worry about being lunch for all of those little critters, especially when you can catch different types of diseases from these biting insects.  After spraying cans and cans of bug repellant chemicals, I was ready to find a safe alternative to these toxins.  That’s when I discovered the Rynoskins and Quagga brands.  These two brands provide clothing that prevent bugs from biting you.

Wow!  To prevent these worries I never go into the woods without wearing my Rynoskins.  Rynoskins is a brand that makes clothing to protect you from biting insects such as ticks, black flies, chiggers, sand flies and ants.  Rynoskins are a light weight, breathable base layer.  Their clothing comes in two types of camo patterns, Mossyoak and the Realtree Xtra Green.  If camo isn’t your style, it is also available in black, tan and green.  Rynoskins shirts and pants go for $22.99 and the gloves and socks can be purchased for $10.99.

Quagga brand provides the best mosquito protection around.  They make a mosquito net shift, pants and headnet.  All of the clothing can be slipped over your clothing and it doesn’t over heat you.  The Quagga long sleeve shift can be bought for $14.99, the pants go for $19.99 and the head net piece is sold for $9.99.  However, when purchasing some Quagga gear, be sure to have it loose fitting so the mosquitoes can’t get near your skin!

Be sure to protect yourself from biting insects “chemical free” with the Rynoskins and Quagga gear at Bass Pro Shops

Hayley Allen

Camo Apparel

Denham Springs

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Have A Rip Roaring Time

Have A Rip Roaring Time

PBR logoIt's time to dust off the Stetson and lasso a heap of family fun at Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs where we are having their Free Annual PBR Event.  You will be amazed at the variety of events that are available to you.  There will be Bull Riding (stick), Bull Roping (stationary), Leather Wristband Crafts, Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest (July 28 only - judging at 2:30 – prizes awarded at 3:00), Flint the Entertainer Face Painting (face painted like a rodeo clown) and PBR/BPS Logo Cow Bells given away to the first 100 customers each day. face

Timmy Josey, a local area Professional Bull Riding Expert will be here to visit with you and tell you about his bull riding experiences.  He will also sign autographs for you.  Timmy will only be here Saturday July 27th from 1:00 to 2:00 so make sure you make arrangements to be here on time.

So come on down to Bass Pro Shops on July 27th and 28th from noon to 4pm for free family games and activities.flyer

Laura Gordon

Promotions

Denham Springs

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Be Prepared

Be Prepared

hurricaneWith the height of hurricane season right around the corner it is important to make sure you and your family are prepared in case of an emergency. The key to being ready is to buy a little at a time in advance. I know I’ve personally been caught shopping at the last minute and I always find empty shelves or forget something on my checklist. Some major things you must have are:

  • 1 gallon of clean drinking water per person per day for 3 to 5 days. You should also consider extra water for pets and personal hygiene. In addition to clean drinking water you should also have basic chlorine bleach (no added scents or color blockers) to dilute any contaminated water you may have to use.
  • Each person should have 3 to 5 days of non perishable food.
  • Each person in the household should have a clean change of clothes.
  • Flashlights and lanterns
  • Battery operated radio
  • Batteries for electronics
  • Fully charged cell phone and car charger
  • Gas for your vehicles and generators (if applicable)supplies
  • First aid kit

In addition to having the necessary supplies it is also best to know where you would go in case of evacuation. You need to know all available routes and how the contra flow system works if it is initiated. The key to getting through a hurricane is having a plan. Bass Pro Shops hopes each and everyone of you has a safe and “hurricane free” season.

Whitney Triplett

FrontEnd Lead

Denham Springs

 

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A Lifetime Of Socks

A Lifetime Of Socks

life crewOne of the pleasures of working at Bass Pro Shops is meeting new people. 
Because we are located on a main interstate, we get visited by travelers from all over.  They love to talk about their travels and their plans for the adventures they are undertaking.

Our store is getting ready for the Fall Hunting Classic.  That is when we get our hunters in.  Young and old, they have wonderful stories and ideas to share.  They are always willing to share helpful hints and ideas with us.  Since we are the footwear department – we get the people that are getting their boots, socks & other accessories for their hunt.  They are filled with excitement, which carries over to us.life

One of the most frequently requested items is the Lifetime Sock by Redhead.  They sell for $9.99 and have a lifetime warranty.  This year we are getting two new styles of Lifetime socks.  One is a light weight hiker & the other is a light weight crew. 

So – get ready – The Fall Hunting Classic is coming in August and our store will be filled with excited hunters of all ages

Cathy Buras

Footwear Lead

Denham Springs

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American As Apple Pie

American As Apple Pie

Apple           When we think of July, we think Independence Day, fireworks, BBQ’s, America.  What could be more American than Apple Pie?  During the month of July we are offering Apple Pie Fudge.  So why do we associate America and Apple Pie?

            During World War II a journalist asked the American soldiers why they were going to war.  The stock answer that the journalist received from the soldiers was “for Mom and Apple Pie”.  Advertisers exploited the patriotic connection.  Hence the phrase “American As Apple Pie”.

            Apple Pie Fudge is made with real cream and butter.  It is a vanilla based fudge with apple cider, real apple pieces and a hint of cinnamon.  It will be here for a limited time only.  Stop by the fudge shop and try a free sample.

Melissa Carter

Fudge Lead

Denham Springs

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Cooking Around The Campfire

Cooking Around The Campfire

lodgeSummer is the time when families spend a lot of time out of doors.  Hunting, fishing and camping are just a few of the things that we do.  If your spending any time cooking around the campfire this summer, you should consider purchasing a good set of cast iron cookware.  Lodge gives you a large selection of pots to choose from. 

My friend, who is a Boy Scout Leader gave me this recipe.  It is one he uses when he takes his boys camping.  They all love is and it is easy for them.  

 

Campfire Goulash

1 lb ground round

1 lb lean ground pork

1 package thin sliced bacon

2 cups combination of chopped onions, bell peppers and celery

2 – 26.5 oz. cans Hunt’s “Original Style Traditional” Spaghetti sauce

1 large package small pasta shells

Salt and pepper to taste (add red pepper flakes or Cheyenne pepper for additional heat).

 

  • In heavy cast iron pot slowly fry bacon until very crisp but not burned.
  • Remove bacon and save drippings in pot
  • Add chopped celery, onions and bell peppers; cook until translucent
  • Leave all dripping and juices in pot and add Hunt’s Spaghetti sauce, lower heat and bring to slow boil.
  • Add pasta, mixing well and just enough water to maintain the consistency desired.
  • Slowly cook until pasta is tender, remove from heat, add bacon pieces, cover and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

Camping Associate

Denham Springs

 

 

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New Southern Inspired Menu

New Southern Inspired Menu

Have you been to our restaurant lately?  Or maybe you didn't know ifcwe had a restaurant in the store? Well let me tell you, our in-store restaurant, Islamorada Fish Company, has a new menu.  Now you can get things like Oysters On The Half Shell or Fish Tacos.  The best thing of all is that the new menu comes with a southern twist.  Just wait till you try some of our Shrimp and Grits - Mmmm Mmmm.  Along with the new adult menu, there is a new kids menu.  It features a lot of the basic stuff you would expect to see on a kids menu but we have included a kids portion of some of the adult selections the kids love.

And if that isn't enough to get you in the door, let me tell you about the new dessert they have.  It's chocolate - chocolate cake with chocolate mousse topped with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate and raspberry sauce.  Wow, can it get any better than that?

Come by and check it out!!

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Honor Thy Father

Honor Thy Father

Fudge

           Did you know that Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington in 1910 by Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd.  Her father was the Civil War Veteran William Jackson Smart, a single parent who raised six children.  After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.  The holiday was not officially recognized until 1972 when President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance for Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

 

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            Today we love to honor our fathers.  I know shopping for the men in your lives is now an easy task.  Don’t fear, here at Bass Pro Shops we’ve got you covered.  Whether the Dad in your life is a hunter, fisherman or just loves the great outdoors, we have something he is sure to love.  If you just find yourself not being able to decide, well you just can’t go wrong with a Bass Pro gift card or maybe some of our delicious fudge in the shape of a tie or a baseball bat.  We even have some in LSU purple and gold.

Melissa Carter

Fudge Lead

Denham Springs

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Free Family Summer Camp

Free Family Summer Camp

shootingHave you heard about our Free Family Summer Camp that is going on at Bass Pro Shops between June 8th and July 14th?  If you haven’t, let me tell you about the eleven different seminars that we are presenting during the camp.  Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from Noon till 5:00 a different topic will be discussed.  You can earn a free pin for every workshop (seminar) you complete! All of the workshops will be approximately 20 minutes in length.  The schedule will be:

 

Saturday:

Noon – Fishingarchery

1:00 – Water Safety

2:00 – Hunting and Shooting

3:00 – Outdoor Discovery

4:00 – Bird Watching

Sunday:

Noon – Hunting and Shooting

1:00 – Archery

2:00 – Wildlife Exploration

3:00 – Camping

4:00 – Backyard Adventure

birdTuesday:

Noon – Bird Watching

1:00 – Fishing

2:00 – Archery

3:00 – Outdoor Discovery

4:00 – Backyard Adventure

 

Thursday:

Noon – Archery

1:00 – Shooting and Hunting

2:00 – Wildlife Exploration

3:00 – Water Safety

4:00 – Camping

Here is a brief explanation of each of the seminars:back

Shooting and Hunting – We’ll discuss the history of hunting and conservation benefits along with safety tips.  Learn interesting facts from the experts from the Quality Deer Management Association.

Bird Watching – Our Feathered Friends – What birds will we discover this year?  Learn about the function of different types of feathers.

Fishing – Hook, Line & Sinker – We’ll discuss saltwater vs. freshwater.  Learn about saltwater species and tackle.  Do you know how to choose the right lure for different water conditions?

Archery – Aiming High – Learn about bowhunting, equipment and safety tips.  This year we’ll also learn more about the sport of bow fishing.

Outdoor Discovery & Conservation – Listen to tips on how to enjoy the outdoors while hiking.  We’ll discuss comfort, safety and ways to conserve the beauty of the outdoors.  Have you heard about geocaching?  Learn how to enjoy this fun activity.

Camping – Family Outdoor Adventures – We’ll review what to expect when you go camping.  Learn how to set up a tent and what to bring to keep things comfortable.

Backyard Adventure – Discover animals and insects you find in your own backyard.  Learn about their homes and what they eat.  Are they harmful or helpful?

waterWildlife Exploration – We’ll discuss mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.  Learn about their habitats and how they survive in the wild.

Water Safety, Fun and You! – Prepare for your summertime adventures around the water.  Learn about how to play it safe while swimming and boating.

All of the workshops are geared towards 8 to 12 year olds, but anyone can attend.  We hope to see you here soon.

Jettie Whittington

Denham Springs

 

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Protect Yourself

Protect Yourself

 baby            Did you know that more than 1 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every year? This statistic makes it the most common form of cancer in the country. Most skin cancers can be prevented through sun protection. One major part of sun protection is sunscreen. You may be wondering, what kind of sunscreen is right for me? After a few Google searches I have come up with some basic sunscreen facts that can help you choose what is right for you.

            Before we can explore sunscreen we must know what it is protecting us from. Sunscreen helps to block some UVB rays and UVA rays. UVB rays are partially absorbed by the ozone layer and affect the surface of the skin. UVB rays also cause discoloration, or the glowing tan that all of us pale people dream of. UVA rays are not absorbed by the ozone and penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. UVA rays contribute to wrinkling, sagging, leathering of the skin and can also cause cataracts in the eyes.

            Most sunscreens contain avobenzone or a benzophenone to help sunblock rays. All sunscreens block out some UVB rays but sunscreens that help block both UVB and UVA rays are “broad-spectrum” and are highly recommended. Each sunscreen is given an SPF rating. Sunscreens with at least and SPF of 15 is recommended but the higher the SPF the higher the protection. A common myth is the higher the SPF the longer a person can go without reapplying. This is not true; all sunscreens should be reapplied every 90 to 120 minutes. In fact a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 will block out 93% of UVB rays while an SPF 30 will block 97% of rays when used correctly.

screen            So in conclusion, pick a sunscreen that is at least an SPF 15, but the higher the number the more rays that are blocked. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen when available. Reapply generously, about 1 ounce, every 90 to 120 minutes. Make sure to use sunscreen before the expiration date or about 3 years, expired sunscreen might fail to block rays. Stop in to your Bass Pro Shops to pick some up today so you can safely enjoy the great outdoors.

 

           

Whitney R. Triplett

Front End

Bass Pro Shops

Denham Springs, La

 

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Auto Inflating PFD

Auto Inflating PFD

vest          Hi guys – Jettie here.  Well I don’t know how it is around where ya’ll live, but summer finally got here with a vengeance.  The high is going to be in the mid nineties with rain every day this week.  It doesn’t bother my husband a bit though.  Just as soon as he gets a minute free, that boat is attached to the back of his truck and out the driveway he goes.  We’ve been together a lot of years and it never used to bother me for him to go off fishing by himself cause I knew he was having a good time, but recently he had a little heart trouble and now I worry about him a little.  What if something happened and he fell overboard? 

            I wanted him to wear a lifejacket while he was fishing but I knew that there was no way he was going to agree to wear one of those big bulky ones.  He is too serious about his fishing and it would just get in the way.  I can just hear him complaining now.  I had seen those new auto inflatable life vests in the store and thought I might do some research and get all my ducks in a row and spring it all on him at one time.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought.  It seems he was having some of the same thoughts I was.  I guess when you’ve been married over 40 years you start thinking alike. 

            Anyway,  here’s some of the things I came up with that you need to know if you are considering getting a auto inflatable PFD (Personal Flotation Devise).

Auto-inflating PFDs come in several variations but they basically work the same way. A gas-tight bladder is folded into a compact shape and is covered with a durable shell. The shell is held closed with Velcro until the PFD is inflated. Attached to the bladder is an oral inflator tube and an auto-firing mechanism containing a CO2 cartridge. The vest is worn at all times by the user and may be inflated in any of three ways:

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1) it will automatically inflate if the wearer enters the water,

2) it may be orally inflated by blowing into the oral inflator tube, or

3) it may be manually inflated by pulling on a “rip cord.”  

 

The auto inflator device has a spring-loaded firing pin that punctures the high pressure CO2 cartridge.  A “bobbin” in the mechanism keeps it from firing until needed.  Once wet however, the bobbin (sometimes called a ‘pill’) rapidly disintegrates, tripping the firing pin.  The manual “rip cord” also activates the firing pin.

If inflated by any method other than the oral inflation tube, the vest needs to be rearmed before it can be put back into service.  If the manual lever (pull cord) was used, then a new CO2 cartridge and possibly an indicator pin must be installed.  If the auto-inflator was used, then a new bobbin/pill must be installed as well as the CO2 bottle.  Everything you need to rearm these vests are available as kits from their manufacturers.

Most auto-inflator PFDs are classified as type V devices. This means that they meet federal carriage requirements for PFDs provided that they are used as directed, and that they are worn at all times while on board. In addition, they are not approved for persons less than 16 years of age.

            There are some things to consider before you switch to the Auto Inflators.

1) As opposed to conventional, inherently buoyant PFDs, these are high-tech devices.  They will not provide buoyancy until they’re inflated. This imposes a higher level of responsibility on the user. They MUST be carefully inspected before each use to see that the inflator mechanism is armed and in good condition. The bladder must not leak, and the user must be familiar with its use and operation. This is a big difference from using a conventional PFD. That's also why they’re not approved for use with persons less than 16 years old. 

2) They are not recommended for swift water sports (white water) or any activity where the user will probably get soaked (personal watercraft, sailboards). 

3) Cold weather adversely affects the operation of these PFDs.  While the CO2 cartridge will fully inflate the vest most of the year, in extremely cold temperatures the same amount of gas will not expand to the same volume, reducing the vest’s buoyancy. 

4) While they are designed to auto-inflate only when immersed in water and not by rain or high humidity, the ‘pill/bobbin’ material can break down under these conditions and activate the inflator. vest3

5) Inflatable PFDs provide no protection from hypothermia. 

6) Since there is a slight delay from immersion to inflation, they are not recommended for non-swimmers.

7) An inflatable MUST be worn as the outermost layer.  Never wear a coat or rain gear over these vests.

 

Come on by Bass Pro Shops and talk with our guys in the Marine Department and let them help you decide which PFD is best for you.

 

Jettie Whittington

Denham Springs

 

 

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Sunny Saturday Sensation

Sunny Saturday Sensation

kidsThe kids are out of school now and I know you parents are always looking for things you can do with them that are 1) Fun, 2) Exciting and 3) Free.  Right?  So now you are asking yourself and me “Where do I find this Oh so wonderful place where I can take my kids for the day and let them play?”fish

            Bass Pro Shops sponsors a Free Kids Fishing Rodeo every year at Waddill Pond in Baton Rouge.  This year the rodeo will be on June 8th from 8 am until 11 am with the awards ceremony to follow. 

 

FREE KID’S FISHING RODEO

 

When:  Saturday, June 08, 2013

Time:    7:00 – 11:00 am     Registration:  7:00 - 8:30 am

Place:    Waddill Ponds         4142 N. Flannery Rd.  Baton Rouge, LA

 

Children ages 6 & under

 

  • 1st Place    Prize to be determined
  • 2nd Place    Prize to be determined
  • 3rd Place    Prize to be determined

 

Children ages 7 – 9

 

  • 1st Place    Prize to be determined
  • 2nd Place    Prize to be determined
  • 3rd Place    Prize to be determined

 

Children ages 10 – 14

 

  • 1st Place    Prize to be determined
  • 2nd Place    Prize to be determined
  • 3rd Place    Prize to be determined

 

prizesWe will supply the bait and cane poles or you may bring your own rod.

Weigh in at 11:00 am with prizes awarded after judges have tallied all final results.

Drinks will be provided for this event.

 

Rules and Regulations will be handed out at the time of registration.

 

Contact us at (225) 271-3100 for any questions

 

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It’s a Bug’s Life

It’s a Bug’s Life

bugAs kids, my cousins and I would chase dragonflies through the grass and clover in our grandparents’ backyard.  I can remember the shrieks of laughter when we finally caught one. My brother Casey always insisted on trying to put one on my nose. (God bless little brothers.)  We collected them in mason jars, clear drinking cups, or anything we could get our hands on in Paw Paw’s shed.  We would watch them chew on blades of grass or flowers and wonder where their little wings have taken them. It’s a memory that will stay with me forever; we had so much fun spending time outside while the adults drank coffee and chatted over the Sunday paper.

Kids today have many more options than just mason jars to collect and observe their insect friends. At Bass Pro Shops we have a great selection of fun insect observation toys.  Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm is a live ant habitat. Ant farms are a classic toy that has been enjoyed by generations of children and are a great way to observe the fascinating underground world of the ant. You can watch as they build tunnels and bridges, and even move mountains! This set sells for $14.99 and includes an order form for ordering live ants in the mail.roly

Uncle Milton’s Bug Jug lets kids observe insects super close up. It can be used as a safe and secure capture and transportation container. It can accommodate “residents” for hours, or even weeks. Food and water can be added through the detachable feeding tower. Perfect for caterpillars, ladybugs or any other creepy crawlers, this is a great place to keep them under glass. They have plenty of room to move around and grow. The Bug Jug sells for $14.99.

For just $19.99 you can raise your very own butterflies in your very own Butterfly Garden! This award-winning habitat is great for kids to learn about metamorphosis, or the process in which a butterfly grows from larvae. This pop-up habitat includes a coupon for ordering butterfly larvae and their special food.  After your beautiful Painted Lady butterflies have fully grown, they can be released into your backyard.

butterflyIn my opinion, roly polies are the cutest members of the bug family. Catching and observing them is easier than ever now thanks to a little product called the Roly Poly Playground. This portable, domed habitat has brightly colored playground equipment for the little guys to play and scurry on. The snap tight lid keeps them safe and secure, while the air holes provide some breathing room. This playground isn’t just for roly polies; any small bug can make call this place home. Think of how cute little ladybugs would be tooling around this cool environment!

Make some outdoor memories with kids of all ages with these cool and fun bug collectors and habitats. They are great for future school projects and the little scientists in your life. Bass Pro Shops is a great advocate for getting outside and teaching the next generation about the wonders of the great outdoors.

Lainie Falgout

Gifts Lead

Denham Springs

 

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