Omni-Freeze Zero Keeps You Cool

freezeEarlier this year, Columbia introduced what they claim is a "new revolution" in sports apparel. Their special fabric, called Omni-Freeze Zero,  uses your sweat as a cooling agent. When mixed with the fabric, your sweat actually makes it cooler to the touch. When exposed to sweat (or any moisture), thousands of little blue rings embedded in the Omni-Freeze ZERO fabric create an instant and prolonged cooling sensation.

Instead of just wicking away perspiration, Omni-Freeze Zero puts it to work. Your sweat (or moisture in general) reacts with the specially designed polymer contained in the visible rings in the material to create a cooling effect. The rings actually swell like goose bumps and create what Columbia classifies as a "prolonged cooling sensation."

Besides wicking away moisture and being cool to the touch, the Omni-Freeze Zero fabric is anti-microbial and provides protection from the sun with UPF 50 built right in. Omni-Freeze technology is available throughout the Columbia lines, ranging from performance shirts to athletic footwear, and from ball caps to snug-fitting briefs for both men and women.

Stop by the Apparel Department at your local Bass Pro Shops, and check out all of the sports apparel available from Columbia, including Omni-Freeze and Omni-Shade options.

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Enjoy Your Favorite Drink ...On the Grill!

When you fire up the grill this summer, don't forget to take along your favorite drink:  Budweiser, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Jim Beam Bourbon, Dr. Pepper or A&W Root Beer. Don't panic - we're not promoting adult libations today - we're talking about officially licensed barbecue and hot sauces.jb

budBudweiser, the "king of beers," has developed a line of sauces including Original, Smoked BBQ, Hot & Spicy Wing Sauce and a Basting Sauce. The line was developed by the executive chefs and brewmasters at Anheuser-Busch and actually contains Budweiser beer as a primary ingredient.  The sauces are available invidually or in a gift pack.

If bourbon is more your style, then check out the sauces from Wild Turkey  and Maker's Mark. The Wild Turkey Real Kentucky Barbecue Sauce and Maker's Mark Gourmet Sauce are both made with award-winning, barrel-aged bourbon. Once the food comes off the grill, spice it up with Jim Beam Original Hot Sauce, featuring the flavors of Tabasco peppers and Jim Beam Bourbon.

sodaFor the less adventurous, there are BBQ sauces and marinades from A&W Root Beer and Dr. Pepper. The A&W Rich 'n Hearty BBQ Sauce promises the "smooth, creamy flavor of A&W root beer on the grill."  The Dr. Pepper Sweet & Kickin' BBQ Sauce features "the 23 flavors of Dr. Pepper combined with slow-simmered, sweet and spicy seasonings."  There is also a Dr. Pepper "More Than Mesquite" marinade available to punch up your food before it hits the grill.

All of these licensed barbecue sauces, and more, are available at your local Bass Pro Shops.  Stop by the Camping and/or Gifts Department and check out the huge selection of barbecue and hot sauces we have available for you!

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Keys to Reading a Lake Map

Did you know a good paper lake map could be one of the most important things you take fishing? The key is knowing how the interpret the wealth of information found on a lake map.map

First, take a look at the body of water indicated on the map. You will notice a variety of shading in the blue. The particular map we are using as an example today shows shallowest water in darker blue and deepest in lighter blue. This map, from Atlantic Mapping Inc., also indicates GPS waypoints across this particular lake (some lakes have channel markers).  Marinas, boat ramps, bait stores and other points of interest may also be indicated.

Contour lines are another critical piece of information found on a map. The closer together the contour lines are, the faster or steeper the dropoff. The farther apart they are, the flatter the descent is to the bottom. These lines will show where humps or ridges or located in the body of the lake as well. Another key on the map may show submerged items such as brush, roads, ponds and  building foundations.

keyOnce you are familiar with reading your map, you can combine that with the seasonal movement of fish to predict where to find them. In the spring, they move to shallower areas for the spawning season. After the spawn they will move out to deeper areas, then in the summer they will seek the comfort of deep, cooler waters.

Before you head out on your next fishing trip, stop by the Fishing Department at your local Bass Pro Shops and take a look at the selection of lake maps that are available. A few minutes of pre-planning could result in a good day of fishing!

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Don't Leave Home Without It!

redNo, not your American Express card (even though you may want to have it on hand) - we're talking about The Little Red Fishing Knot Book!  Compiled by Harry Nilsson, this pocket-sized book features diagrams and directions on tying over 50 different fishing knots. According to Nilsson, "the most expensive fishing equipment cannot help you unless your line connections are properly made."

He also offers knot-tying tips specific to monofilament line and braided line, as well as a glossary of terms, at the beginning of the book. This prepares you before you get to the knot-tying portion of the book. The booklet also offers a alphabetical index, listing each of the knots, so they are easy to find.

 

The author recommends mastering the following knots first:

  • Improved Clinch Knot
  • Palomar Knot
  • Blood Knot
  • Nail Knot
  • Loop Knot
  • Steelhead and Salmon Egg-Loop

 

knotBesides the easy-to-follow diagram, Nilsson also explains the use of each knot. An example is the description for the Improved Double Loop Clinch Knot:  "An all-purpose knot for tying hooks, lures or flies to lines or leaders, especially fine ones." 

Pick up a copy of The Little Red Fishing Knot Book the next time you visit your local Bass Pro Shops. Don't forget - your adventure starts here!

 

 

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Make a Splash with Beachcomber's Grove

groveSummer has arrived in a big way in the Ladies' Apparel department at your local Bass Pro Shops.  Beachcomber's Grove is the vibrant new summer collection from Natural Reflections.  The collection consists of a variety of patterned and solid knit dresses, knit skirt, tanks and tees featuring prints and graphics reflecting summer on the beach. Featured designs include nautical stripes, exotic palms, postcards, shells and tropical hibiscus.

Beachcomber's Grove, along with the rest of the Natural Reflections collections, also comes with a variety of accessories. Straw hats with either bead or charm trim are featured, along with a selection mini-totes in six coordinating colors. Batik coin purses and shoulder bags are also available.  From a jewelry perspective, shells and beads are abundant. Necklaces come in a range of sizes from 18" to 48" in a variety of colors including lime, green, orange, pink, turquoise and cream. Bracelets are available in red or turqoise bangles and in two styles of beaded cuffs.grove

Jump in to summer with both feet, with something from Beachcomber's Grove. This casual, comfortable collection is  made of cotton or cotton blends for soft, easy-to-care-for comfort. Whether you are at the beach or just wish you were, take look at the Beachcomber's Grove collection.

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Emergency Food Supply Options

We recently gave you ideas on assembling a standard emergency kit, consisting of basic supplies to have on-hand in case you were involved in a disaster-type event (Preparing an Emergency Kit). One of the recommended items was to have a three-day supply of food, per person, on-hand.  How are you supposed to do that, you're asking?

foodHere's one convenient way - dehydrated or freeze-dried food products.  First up is a variety of products from Mountain House, available in individual portions packed in a mylar-type bag. Simply add boiling water, stir, wait a few moments, then eat right out of the pouch. A variety of breakfast and entree-type meals, as well as dessert options (such as freeze-dried ice cream) are available.  Their products are also available in cans for bigger servings.food

Products from Backpacker's Pantry are another option. Their meals also come in mylar-type pouches and are reconstituted with boiling water. Some of their meal options include Kung Pao Chicken, Louisiana Red Beans & Rice, and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake. Heater Meals, which are self-heating, are also available. The 3/4 lb. entrees include such options as lasagna, bbq beef and pepper steak. The special heater bag warms itself with the addition of water. Meals are hot and ready to eat in 10 - 12 minutes.

foodThe options shown above are available in single-servings and are designed for hikers and campers that are traveling light. When preparing an emergency kit and planning food supplies for several days, take a look at the products available from Wise Foods. These are multi-packs, packed in easily stored boxes or buckets. The "Wise Favorites" box contains six entrees and one breakfast (2 servings foodper pouch) for a total of 14 servings. Some of the items included in the "Favorites" box are teriyaki chicken and rice, chili mac with beef and apple-cinnamon cereal.  For long-term planning, the Wise Prepper Pack is packed with 52 servings of food:  five entrees, two breakfasts and two beverages. Meal options include stroganoff,  pasta and vegetable rotini, tomato-basil soup, brown sugar and maple multigrain cereal, orange drink and milk alternative. The Wise Food products can be reconstituted with about one cup of hot or cold water, even though hot water will speed up the process.

For more information on these meal products or assembling a disaster kit, please check with the experts at your local Bass Pro Shops.

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Shade on Demand

shadeHave you ever gone to an outdoor event and had the sun beat down on your neck?  How about your last trip to the beach? Had enough sun, but don't want to leave the peaceful waves? Then these are the items for you!  The Portal Instant Shade Shelter provides shelter from the sun wherever you need it. Measuring in at a roomy 9'x6'x5, the water-resistant polyster roof and side panels offer excellent shade protection, while mesh panels allow any breeze to pass through. The shelter is easily transportable, weighing a mere 5 lbs. and comes with its own carrying case.canopy

If you're tight on space, then take a look at the Bass Pro Shops Canopy Chair. The chair is constructed from water-resistant polyster and a durable powdered steel frame. The built-in canopy adjusts up and down to protect you from the harsh rays of the sun. The canopy chair comes with a convenient carrying bag with shoulder strap for easy transport and even features a built-in cup holder. The chair will support up to 225 lbs. in full comfort.  Both items are available in-store and through online ordering at www.basspro.com.

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Let's Go to Camp!

Bass Pro Shops' annual Family Summer Camp program starts this week and runs June 8 through July 14.  The program consists of workshops and activities, four days a week: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday,

campWorkshops cover a wide variety of outdoor activities and run from noon - 4:00 p.m. on each of the days shown above. Taught by our expert, in-store associates, the classes meet behind our aquarium. The classes being offered this year are:

  • Shooting & Hunting
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing Adventures
  • Archery - Aiming High
  • Outdoor Discovery & Conservation
  • Adventures in Camping
  • Backyard Adventures
  • Wildlife Exploration
  • Water Safety, Fun & You!

Besides the workshops, Family Summer Camp also features a variety of activities. Some of the featured activities include an inflatable Daisy BB gun shooting range, archery range, shooting arcade, and casting targets.  We will also make homemade ice cream every Saturday evening!  Free crafts will be available each day camp is in session and changes on a weekly basis.

In observance of Father's Day, our "Catch & Release" fishing activity will be offered the first two weekends of camp:  June 8-9 and June 15-16. Kids will have the opportunity to fish in our own County Line Creek for bass, bream and bluegill.

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Georgia Forestry Commission Visits Bass Pro Shops-Macon

gfcOfficers from the Georgia Forestry Commission recently paid a visit to Bass Pro Shops - Macon. They were on-hand publicizing their spring campaigns. Some of their campaigns are "Dont Move Your Firewood," "Selling Your Timber" and "Invasive Plants."

"Don't Move Your Firewood" is a simple exercise in invasive species control. Anytime you move firewood from one location to another, you are potentially moving insects and disease to a new location, where it may not be currently present. Examples are Dutch elm disease, Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer.  Once transported to a new area, these insects/diseases can become established  and kill local trees.

There are three ways to help with this initiative:

1.  Leave firewood at home - do not transport it to campgrounds or parks.

2.  Use firewood from local sources (i.e., buy where you burn)

3.  If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite.

For more detailed information, please visit: www.dontmovefirewood.org.Troy

Selling your timber can be a complex financial matter. There are several key steps to protect past timber growth and future productivity. First, hire a registered consulting forerester to help with the planning and sale of the timber; develop a management plan and plan the pre-harvest. Then, determine the selling method; establish a contract that defines:  description of harvest, type of harvest, payment/penalties and logging access. Finally, execute the sale and harvest; monitor the harvest and closeout the with the buyer/logger.

Invasive plant species was another topic the officers discussed with our shoppers. Plants, like animals/insects, are considerd invasive if it is not native to an area and causes economic or environmental harm. Invasive plants have no natural predators, parasites or competitors and will choke out native species. Invasive plant species are spread by planting and through contaminated equipment, soil, pine straw and mulch.

Examples of invasive plant species include autumn olive, Chinese privet, kudzu, tallow tree, cogongrass, mimosa, and English ivy. Herbicides are typically used to control infestations, but most will kill all surrounding vegetation and may harm aquatic systems. Always check with your county extension agent for the best way to combat an invasive plant species. You can also check www.invasive.org.

For more information on the Georgia Forestry Commission, visit their website at:  http://www.gfc.state.ga.us.  For more information on activities and programs at Bass Pro Shops - Macon, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bpsmacon.

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Don't Get Caught Without a Charge

solarAs much as would like to completely disconnect from technology when we are enjoying the great outdoors, sometimes it makes sense to not completely fall off the grid.  You may not want to hear your cell phone ring while you are hiking, but you may need one to call for help. If you do need it, you don't want to discover it needs to be charged.  If you are using a GPS, while hiking in unfamiliar territory, you don't want it to go dead on you.

How can you prevent your essential electronics from dying on you?  Pack a Nomad Solar Panel!  The Nomad Solar Panel clips on to your existing backpack to gather and store 7 watts of power, directly from the sun to charge your cell phone or other USB device. The Nomad Solar Panel will charge a cell phone in one - two hours. It can also be used to charge your iPod/mp3 player, Blackberry, Kindle or hundreds of other items using the Guide10 Battery Pack, USB cord or 12 volt car outlet (included). Weighing in at less than a pound (13 oz.), the Nomad Solar Panel is light and folds down to a compact 6"x9" when not in use.

Stop by your local Bass Pro Shops and take a look at all the Goal Zero Power Packs and Solar Panels that are available, providing the freedom to use your electronics anywhere in the wilderness you like.

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It's Time for Summer!

flagsWith the arrival of the Memorial Day holiday, summer has officially begun!  Memorial Day is a federal holiday, observed the last Monday in May. It is a day of remembrance for the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. Flags are flown at half-staff, until noon, in memory of those who gave their lives in service of the country. The flag is raised to full-staff at noon - their memory raised by the living, so their sacrifice isn't in vain.

Besides being a day of remembrance, Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer season.  It's time for barbecues, trips to the beach and being outdoors with your family - and your local Bass Pro Shops can help with all of these activities! First, make sure you look the part, in a Bass Pro Shops Flag Tee or Flag Polo.  Either will show off your patriotic side to your friends and family.  Then, fire up your Smoke Canyon 5-Burner Gas Grill with Side Fryer. This workhorse will feed the troops, with 5 stainless steel burners pumping out 60,000 BTUs of cooking power. The grill comes with a 12,000 BTU side fryer. You can grill your hamburgers and make your fries at the same time! 

Make sure you pack up your Coleman 62-Qt. Wheeled Cooler when you head out to the beach or lake.  This roomy cooler holds 85 cans of your favorite soft drink. It comes with wheels, so it easily rolls from place to place. Once you find the perfect location for your picnic or cookout, entertain the kids with a Bean Bag Toss game. The game comes with two challenge boards and 8 bean bags, enough to keep everyone busy. 

Finally, end the day with a bowl of homemade ice cream, stirred up in the Elite Ice Cream Maker. The 6-qt. canister makes enough creamy goodness to satisfy the entire family. The ice cream maker comes with an electric motor and a hand crank (allowing for ice cream at any location). Bass Pro Shops is your family shopping location, no matter what the occasion.

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Go Outdoors with Bear Grylls

bearThe Gerber/Bear Grylls “Priorities of Survival” seminars are one of the highlighted activities during our Go Outdoors Event & Sale. The seminars take place at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday of the event and highlight the information found in the “Bear Grylls Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide,” available with most of the Gerber/Bear Grylls knife collection.

Bear Grylls is one of the most recognizable faces of survival and outdoor adventure. A trained martial artist, he spent three years in the British Special Forces and is one of the youngest climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Bear went on to star in Discovery Channel’s Emmy nominated Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor TV series, reaching an estimated audience of 1.2 billion people.

The Gerber/ Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife can be found at your local Bass Pro Shops. The knife has a stainless steel pommel for hammering, and comes with emergency whistle, fire starter and nylon sheath. The handle features a textured rubber grip to reduce slippage. The knife also comes with a sharpener built into the sheath and is packaged with the “Gerber/ Bear Grylls Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide.”         knife      

A variety of Gerber and Bear Grylls-licensed knives are available for in-store and online purchases. See in-store schedules for more Go Outdoors activities.

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Every Day is Mother's Day at Bass Pro Shops!

Every day is Mother’s Day at your local Bass Pro Shops! Don’t wait for a random Sunday in May to show your Mom how much she means to you.

HHFirst off, if she enjoys hunting then head back to our Hunting Counter and take a look at the Haley Heath Buck Knife series. These knives are designed for users with smaller hands and come in a variety of colors. The knives were voted “Best of the Best” by Field & Stream in September 2012.

If fashion is more up her alley, then take a look at our Ladies’ Apparel department.  You are sure to find something she will like, no matter what her taste. From the breezy, casual collections of Natural Reflections to the classic, chic look of Bob Timberlake, you are sure to find something to please anyone, no matter what her style. Don’t forget coordinating footwear from Redhead, Natural Reflections, Crocs, Columbia and more.wind

Gift items abound at Bass Pro Shops. Artwork, candles, and cookbooks are available in our Gifts Department. You will also find a variety of bedding, throws, towels and decorative items for the home. A huge variety of wind chimes, night lights and garden decorations are available to enhance any area of your home, inside or out.

gcardBass Pro Shops is the perfect destination for gift-shopping, for any member of the family, anytime of the year.  If you just can’t decide on what to buy, then opt for a Bass Pro Shops gift card. They are available in any denomination and never expire. BPS gift cards can be used for online or in-store purchases.

 

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The Big Bobber Floating Cooler

bob1Has this happened to you? You are enjoying a warm, summer day on your pool float, completely relaxed, but then have to climb out of the pool to get something to drink. Even worse, you’re enjoying time in your hot tub and have to brave the cold night air when you get thirsty. Need to buy a gift for the person that has everything?  If so, then the Bass Pro Shops Big Bobber Floating Cooler is for you!bob2

The Floating Cooler is a roomy 14”x14”x15 ¾” and is insulated to keep 12 cans, and ice, cool for hours. The whimsical red and white bobber design really floats and works in any water setting or activity. It even comes with a built-in handle for easy transportation. Make sure you pick up your Big Bobber, the next time you’re at your local Bass Pro Shops or place an order online. It's the perfect gift for any water-sports enthusiast or the perfect centerpiece for your next cookout. Check them out at our Go Outdoors Sale & Event, taking place May 17 - 27.

 

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Go Outdoors!

GOGet ready to get up and Go Outdoors!  Our annual Go Outdoors event takes place May 17 - 27 and highlights numerous outdoor activities through workshops, seminars, product demonstrations, classes and kids activities.

Two activities that will be highlighted this year are geocaching and the correct way to choose a life jacket.  Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) to hide and seek containers containing small toys and trinkets.  Typically, a log book will be available, and the item taken or left will be noted for the next treasure hunter.  How to choose the correct life jacket will also receive a good bit of attention during the Go Outdoors event.  Using the correct lifejacket is extremely important (as it may save your life) anytime you are on the water. The different types of lifejackets and their uses will be covered.

Other activities include a survival seminar in cooperation with Bear Grylls, a sweepstakes registration to win a trip for two to the US Open Surf event, outdoor cooking demonstrations and an opportunity to win a Bounty Hunter Metal Detector on May 18.

The focus shifts to kids activities on May 25 - 26.  We'll haven an inflatable Daisy Shooting Range, a Metal Detector Treasure Hunt and a Scavenger Hunt.  We'll also have free, downloadable photos and free crafts. For more details and specific times for activities, please check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bpsmacon.

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Keep Your Feet Comfortable

socksBefore you hit the trails this summer, head over to your local Bass Pro Shops.  First take a look at the RedHead® Lifetime Guarantee All-Purpose Socks. These socks, made for rugged outdoor use, are made from a blend of 81% wool, 17% stretch nylon and 2% spandex. The wool makes the sock extra soft and the wool fibers wick moisture away from your feet to keep them dry and cool.  The nylon/spandex blend provides durability and fit, so they won't sag. The socks are also  reinforced in the heel and toe areas to make them long-lasting. However, if they ever do wear out, simply return them to Bass Pro Shops for a brand, new pair! hiker

Once you've secured your socks, find the Redhead®  Men's Granite Peak Hikers. These lightweight hiking shoes are suede with a nylon/mesh upper. It comes in olive green with camo accents. The interior is waterproof to keep your feet dry. The rubber outer sole is lugged for improved traction while hiking. The shoe is available in men's size 8 - 13 and comes with the Redhead Shoe Warranty. If the shoe is found to be defective, due to normal wear and tear within one year, simply return it for another pair. The Granite Peak Hiker is a featured footwear product during our annual Go Outdoors Event & Sale (May 17 - 27) and is on sale for 40% off.

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Taste of Summer

churnNothing brings back childhood memories of a sunny, summer day faster than a bowl of homemade ice cream. One bite of the creamy vanilla goodness and you're transported back to the backporch, cranking away as Mom's custard mixture turned in a slurry of rock salt and ice. Even though it seemed like it took forever, the lid was finally popped off and there it was.....homemade vanilla ice cream!

Luckily, progress has made the process a little easier and the Elite Maxi-Matic 6-Quart Ice Cream Maker comes with an electric motor. There's even a hand crank included for a real nostalgia trip. The bucket is hand-crafted pine and contains a heavy duty, 6-quart aluminum canister. Find the perfect spot, plug it in and you'll have homemade ice cream (with no tired shoulder) in about 45 minutes.

To speed you on your way to creamy goodness, here is a simple recipe for vanilla ice cream:

 

2 quarts hand-and-half

1/2 pint heavy cream

1 1/2 cups white sugar

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 pinch salt

Directions:  Combine ingredients in ice cream maker. Freeze according to directions.

What could be simpler? Stop by the Camping Department, at your local Bass Pro Shops and get to churning!

 

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Don't Forget Your Face

When you are preparing to head out for a day of hunting, whether the target is turkey or deer, don't forget to pack your camoface paint.  Camo face paint should be part of your hunting clothing routine. You don't want to miss a great shot, due to your face not blending in with your camo clothing.

Head over to to the Hunting Department at your local Bass Pro Shops and take a look a the Hunter's Specialties Woodland Camo Creme Make-Up Kit. The kit comes with three colors:  Mud Brown, Flat Black and Leaf Green.  With a little practice, these three colors can take you through an entire year of hunting, from the vibrant greens of spring to the stark browns of autumn. The Creme Make-Up is easy to apply, comes in 1 oz. squeeze tubes and washes off easily when you return home.

An asymmetrical pattern is recommended to break up the shape of your face. Turkeys, in particular, have excellent eyesight and will be able to discern your face if not adequately covered or camouflaged. Here's an example:

paintThere are other examples and technique videos available on the internet as well.

Take your camouflage to the next level and bag that bird!

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Duck Commander Like a Boss!

duckDuck Commander merchandise has taken flight at Bass Pro Shop! Duck Commander is the name of the duck call (and other licensed merchandise) featured on the wildly popular reality show "Duck Dynasty," shown on the A&E network.

Phil Robertson founded the company in 1972, when he began making duck calls in a family shed. The company has since grown into a multi-million dollar empire, which has grown beyond the duck calls made from Louisiana cedar.  In addition to the hit television series, additional merchandise now includes DVDs; CDs; a variety of calls;  and an apparel line, featuring hats, polo shirts and t-shirts for the entire family. There are even books, cookbooks, cookware, posters and huge variety of other novelty items available. You know you've become a cultural icon when you have your own bobble head.

Many of these items are now available at your local Bass Pro Shops.  Next time you're here, pick up one of Si's tea cups, a field box or can cooler.  For more information on the "Duckmen," visit their website at: www.duckcommander.com.   logo

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Preparing an Emergency Kit

twisterEveryone looks forward to the arrival of spring weather. It’s a chance to get out of the house after the cold winter and enjoy the great outdoors. However, spring weather can be fickle and is often tumultuous. Thunderstorms and tornadoes are a common, sometimes catastrophic occurrence.  Some pre-planning and a well-stocked emergency kit can help lessen the impact of a negative weather event.

First and foremost, your family needs to have a disaster plan.  Each family member should know where to go and what to do in case of an emergency.  This plan should include contact information for doctors, insurance companies, veterinarians and an out-of-state contact person.radio

Next, the single most important tool you need to have available is a weather radio. Weather radios can be programmed to broadcast alerts for storm watches/warnings.  A unit with a battery backup will sound an alarm even when the power goes out. Disaster kits are easily assembled, by purchasing a few items at a time.

Finally, you should assemble an emergency kit that contains your disaster plan and emergency supplies.  Keep it in an accessible location, so it is easily retrieved. Some of the very basic items that should be in every emergency kit are:  flashlights, extra batteries, battery-operated or hand-crank radio, a first aid kit and water. Work gloves, toiletries and a basic tool kit may also be included. It is also a good idea to keep supply of cash available in your disaster kit, as ATMs and credit cards may be available following a storm event.

Here is a quick look at additional items to be included in your disaster kit.  First, obtain a waterproof locker or plastic tote and find an easily accessible location for it. Stock it with three days supply of non-perishable food items and water for each family member. Food items include canned meat, fish, fruit and vegetables; cookies, candy, dried fruit; cereal bars, peanut butter, jelly and bread. Don’t forget a manual can opener.lantern

Make sure you have a basic first aid kit packed as well.  Contents should include bandages and gauze pads, antibiotic cream, alcohol, aspirin, bug repellant, sunscreen and any necessary prescription drugs.

Other items to consider including portable battery powered lanterns, emergency candles and holders, trash bags, duct tape, spray paint, rain ponchos and extra eyeglasses/contact lenses. If planning for small children, pack an appropriate amount of diapers, sanitary wipes, food and toys.  Space permitting, it is probably a good idea to pack some entertainment items as well, such as playing cards, board games, magazines, and books.

Tips

  • Plan for three to four days of supplies, at a minimum

  • Update your kit, with fresh food and batteries, every six months

  • Keep your kit safe from the storm, but easily accessible

  • Don’t pack more than you can transport, in case you have to evacuate

  • Resist the urge to pack non-essential items, such as make-up and extra toys

  • Don’t use kit items for everyday use – you’ll need them later

 

Visit the Weather Center at your local Bass Pro Shops. You’ll find a large selection of weather radios, to fit every budget, as well as numerous other disaster kit supplies. Checklists for assembling a variety of disaster kits are easily found online. A good place to start is at www.redcross.org.  Hopefully, you will never need to use an emergency kit, but you’ll be happy to have it, in the event you need it.

 

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