by: Ronny Cast , Colorado2/15/2013
If your intention is to grab your shotgun from the safe and stick it in the case on your way out the door without considering some safety measures in advance, you’re just looking for trouble. Do your homework! Study the requirements and procedures applicable to your trip before you travel so that you are prepared and won’t have any surprises.
If you’re traveling by airline to San Antonio or another destination, that is especially important. Here are some considerations:
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, make sure your guns are insured before you travel. Have you bought a new gun or other equipment? Is your coverage up-to-date? SIAI has provided discounted, worldwide firearms insurance to NSSA and NSCA members since 1991, and we highly recommend their coverage and service. See theSIAI website for more information.
Photo Credit: Geoff Tischbein, Colorado Division of Wildlife
A Species in Trouble
Only seven small populations of Gunnison sage grouse exist in Colorado, the birds are just one step away from being listed as an endangered species.
In 2010, 15 Gunnison sage grouse were trapped, banded and transferred from Gunnison to a site near Crawford, an area of critical environmental concern. Improvements made to the Bureau of Land Management-owned lands include installing a 4,000-gallon water storage tank, a 25,000-gallon tank with drip lines to provide wet meadow habitat for wildlife and installing devices to deter raptors from perching near the Gunnison sage grouse spring breeding grounds.
The deer is the most sought after game animal in North America, and its popularity is ever increasing. The reason for this popularity is because of the vast populations and the somewhat easiness of the hunt. It is practiced by all sorts of hunters, starting with youngsters and ending with the expert experienced hunters that have been around for ages and know all the tips and tricks of this activity.Deer hunting is a sport that requires all the basic necessities as any other hunting kind: patience, preparation and strategy, but at the same time, a higher determination level because the results often appear long after you would expect.
The first issue that must come in our minds when choosing a gun for deer hunting is what the gun will look like. Bolt action is considered by many as the best solution, while others use on a regular basis pumps, semi-auto loaders and levers.
Deer hunting with gun is done usually less than 100 yards but there are areas where shots are taken from 200 yards and beyond. When browsing the selection of deer hunting guns, the barrel length is something to be taken seriously into consideration.
A shorter barrel for deer rifles will be more maneuverable and will result in a quicker shot in heavy brush at running game. These barrels are also lighter, very good for steep country. The disadvantages are loss in stability and velocity. Our users have come to the conclusion that the best all-around model of a deer hunting rifle would have to be the following: Winchester M94, Marlin 336, Savage Model 110, Winchester Model 70 and the Browning A-Bolt.
For those of you interested in deer hunting with shotgun, the choice of barrel is very important. The accuracy of rifled barrels and saboted ammunition is incredible, but many smoothbores still prove very efficient in many various circumstances. Many experienced hunters have killed more deer with a 12 gauge smoothbore than most guys take with rifles. As always, it is where you put the slug that counts. A deer hunting shotgun must be light weight and offer enough power to take down the animal. Our trusted users recommend the following deer shotguns: Mossberg’s 930 Slugster, Lightfield’s Hybred, Beretta 391, Mossberg 935 and Winchester Super X2.
Regarding the deer hunting scopes used, there is a lot to consider. Magnification should be 3x-9x, more than enough for deer. Brands to take into consideration would have to be Sightron (the most affordable) and Leupolds (the most expensive). It is recommend to acquire models that have a matte finish so that they will not shine when going into the woods. When it comes to choosing a crosshair or reticle (that is what you will actually see - usually a cross - when you look through the scope), it is quite hard to beat the tried-and-true cross with lines that are thicker towards the outer ends of the "hairs" and thinner in the center, where they cross. Different manufacturers call them by different names, but usually they will be named "plex" or some variation thereof. From the long list of available scopes suitable for deer rifle, visitors of the site recommended the following 5: Leupold 2.5-8x Vari-X III, 7mm-08 Leupold VX III 1.75-6, 270 WSM Nikon 3-9, Nightforce NXS and the BSA Huntsman RGB.
The topic of best rifle for deer hunting has been discussed for a thousand times and hunters have come up with a thousand answers. There is no such thing as the best deer hunting gun, but of course some are them are more recommended in comparison with others. However, from all of the options available today, it is worth mentioning that the Marlin Model 336C is without any doubt, the most reliable and popular deer rifle of all times. With its 20” barrel and full length magazine, it is capable of targeting fast and swing quite smoothly. This astonishing famous lever action carbine offers a rock solid top receiver for strength and easy scope mounting, forged steel parts, and a checkered, pistol grip stock made from genuine American black walnut. When you heft a Model 336 and cycle the action you can feel the quality. For these reasons many avid hunters consider it to be one of the best, if not the best deer hunting rifle available today.
As a conclusion, the development of deer hunting guns has come a long way and the variations today are quite impressive. Here are other reliable examples of efficient deer guns: Browning A-Bolt II Medallion, Remington Model 798 and the Remington Model Seven CDL/LS. Guns are now very accurate, lightweight and efficient, exactly what an avid deer hunter needs.
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What’s not to like about Bass Pro Shop? They have anything and everything related to the great outdoors that you’d ever want. Plus they bring the great outdoors indoors with their ponds, waterfalls, fish, and animals scattered throughout the store!
I met with John McLaughlin, the General Manager, and it was immediately apparent to me that he really cares about his customers and employees. Throughout the interview John would refer to his employees in the hunting department as guidance counselors, and I’d have to say he’s so right! While watching the employees interact with store customers, there was not even a twinge of impatience on the “counselors” faces as they answered question after question from inquisitive customers. Actually, you see nothing but a sea of smiles in the hunting department and that sea reaches quickly and effortlessly from corner to corner of the store as you stroll down each aisle taking in everything Bass Pro has to offer. That type of positivity and cohesion is a direct result and testament to John’s great leadership. He actively seeks input concerning his sprawling store and implored me to pass along any feedback I receive from this post. He was especially interested in hearing any bad comments, which I doubt we’ll get, so he could make Bass Pro even better!
For 13 years, Bass Pro Grapevine has been a family friendly environment with places for kids to hang out and play throughout the store as well as equipment, apparel, and accessories for the entire family. If you’re looking for a fun way to get your kids playing outdoors bring them in on Saturdays to meet Aunt Mikki. Every weekend Aunt Mikki takes kiddos out to the pond and they go fishin’ off the dock.
Bass Pro does a lot to promote firearms education. In fact, Miss Pistol will be exhibiting at the upcoming “Set Your Sights” event May 4th-6th. The event goes from 6pm Friday until 5pm Sunday and is geared toward introduction and education of firearms and related topics. Here are a few seminars that will be happening throughout the event:
-Guns and Accessories for your Modern Sporting Rifle Project
-Concealed Carry-laws, permits, and equipment
-What is CHL
It’s hard not to be attracted to a store that has literally everything you could ever need for any outdoor venture that suits your fancy, and a wonderful and friendly staff!
Summer is approaching us fast and with it comes outdoor fun with family and friends. One of our favorite outdoor activities is to have a fish fry. Bass Pro Shops has all the ingredients you will need to have an amazing time.
Choosing the right fish batter to use is one of the harder decisions to make, at Bass Pro Shops we have a variety of batters to choice ranging from Mild to Hot & Spicy. The Uncle Buck's Original Fish Batter is a popular style. It has a classic taste with a little extra kick! Uncle Buck's Original Fish Batter Mix brings a little spice and another layer of flavor to your favorite fish. You'll find instructions on the label for baking, deep frying, and pan frying methods. Try this mix on french fries or vegetables to liven up an ordinary side dish! Only $3.99 for a 19 oz re-sealable container.
One important item is the Better Breader. The Better Breader is easy to use, now you can bread or batter the entire fryer-load at once, quickly and cleanly, with just a shake of the pan with the Bass Pro Shops® Better Breader Pan. This handy breading tool features a removable sifter that keep the food being breaded out of the dry mix to keep it from clumping up. This separation helps ensure a perfect, even coating for fish, chops, chicken, onion rings, corn dogs or vegetables. This dishwasher friendly item is priced at only $14.99.
The Masterbuilt Electric Fish Fryer is an easy to use fryer that even a first time user will have no trouble. Plug it in, fill it up, and start frying! Countertop-safe design makes frying easy with an extra-large basket, one-gallon oil capacity, and a powerful 1,650-watt electric element with a breakaway magnetic power cord. The digital timer helps you cook your batch of fish, fries, chicken, and more for just the right length of time, and the adjustable thermostat maxes out at 375ºF to prevent the possibility of overheating. Basket features a detachable handle for easy storage. Priced only at $99.99.
Come into Bass Pro Shops and visit with our camping associates they will find the right fit for your summer cook-out needs.
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
There is a new and exciting item to the Bass Pro Shops footwear world, SKELE-TOES by FILA.
Whether kayaking down a river, hiking through the great outdoors, or enjoying a day at the lake Skele-toes is great for all types of outdoor activities. It combines the comfort and benefits of Skele-toes' individual toe slot design with a shoe that's not afraid to get wet. Skele-Toes are lightweight and very flexible.They features individual toe slots with combined two smallest toes, a integrated heel pull tabs and EZ slide 4-way stretch/2-ply nylon upper with bungee cord lacing and hook'n'loop straps for a custom fit.
Skele-Toes comes in Men's and Women's style's with a variety of colors pink, blue, black and camo. Whole size's only Women 5 - 12 Men 7 - 14. Price range from $59.99 to $49.99.
Also stay comfortable while wearing your Skele-Toes shoes with the Fila Skele-Toes No Show Socks for Men and Women. Sporting a five toe design that aligns the toes for improved posture/balance, this sock helps prevent friction and blistering while you enjoy the natural feel of barefoot running shoes. Sock features Fila's QWICK-DRY moisture management to draw perspiration away from the skin and keep your foot dry and comfortable. The built-in mesh ventilation panel allows moisture and heat to escape to help keep your feet cool and dry. Priced at only $9.99.
Find these items at http://www.basspro.com and in our store.
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Hello once again everyone.
Recently, I accepted an opportunity in our Bass Pro Shops Tracker Service Center and let me tell you, I am extremely pumped about this opportunity to serve our customers.
In this post, I'm writing about something I knew about because I own a boat and fish every chance I get. Many of us, boat owners, that have owned a boat for at least a few years are familiar with the acronym associated with "BOAT" - Break Out Another Thousand". Today, I have a good example of how managing the little things can prevent them from building on one another when they go wrong and eventually make a mountain out of a mole-hill, or a $1,000 expense rather than a $100 expense.
We all burn fuel in our Outboard engines and this fuel can contain anywhere from 3 to 10 percent Ethanol and this Ethanol is having adverse affects on our fuel lines. If you do not have an Ethanol resistant fuel line that runs from your tank to your engine, you have a potential problem on your hands.
Hello again friends! Today's piece is titled Kids and Fishing.
One of the bonuses about being an associate of Bass Pro Shops is the opportunity to network and establish relationships with like-minded individuals - people who genuinely love to fish. I have found that these same people also love to pass on their experiences and knowledge of the outdoors and fishing to kids - and you KNOW Bass Pro loves kids! That's why we have kid-fish events.
In my particular case, I have had the opportunity to help with our Kid-fish events and it is truly a rewarding activity...for the kids who successfully catch a fish but for me, as well, as I get to see first hand the excitement and joy with each kid. I've also enjoyed the good fortune of being involved with helping a group of special needs children and students with disabilities go fishing at a local pond in Denton, Texas. In each of the past 5 years, it has been my honor to help this group of kids go fishing. The first year included only about 30-40 kids on a Saturday morning from about 9 am-2pm. The kids used equipment and tackle donated by our Bass Pro Shops store in Grapevine. After each kid had tasted the success of catching a fish, (yes, bass and bluegill alike succumbed to our tasty offerings of worms and hooks), we had a hot dog lunch and then a brief but special presentation of an Angler Certificate to each kid who caught a fish. Now, 5 years later, the program has grown to 5 fishing dates with 30+ kids at each event. Remember, these are special needs kids...and each one of them loves fishing just as much as any individual without the challenges they face every day. In fact, seeing the level of excitement of these kids when they catch a fish is...well, as they say, PRICELESS.
Thank You! to my good friends Linda and Helen for getting me "plugged-in"!
Til next time - catch one for me - Michael Lawson