Look at That! Casio Pathfinder

It is my firm belief that there are three products that a man should be the only one to buy for himself. Those being wallets, watches and sunglasses. These three items are not just accessories but tools that serve a purpose. Important purposes. Sunglasses protect your eyes from all the possible harmful rays of the Sun, and styles can look great or not so much depending on the guy’s face. Wallets hold cash, cards and other important items. Some men prefer big honkers with dozens of photos and loyalty cards crammed into it and others prefer a simple money clip with the basics. And watches tell the time and come with certain features. Some watches are a little more advanced than others and that is why today we are going to talk about one in particular: Casio’s Pathfinder.

Casio has been a trusted name for decades. They have a strong and loyal customer base that will purchase nothing but their products. The Pathfinder is not a new watch by any means, but always continues to impress those that check it out. Please note this watch is not intended for those that just want one that can tell time and maybe has a backlight feature. This thing is fully loaded.

To be honest, it probably has more computing power than my Suburban. It has two forms of energy, one is a high-capacity battery and the other is solar. That’s right. Solar. And not some dinky cheap solar feature but a strong and sturdy setup. These watches are built tough because Casio expects you to put it through a lot of stuff throughout the years of use.

My good buddy was a mechanic in the Air Force. He did a tour overseas a couple years back and had a Pathfinder. Between all the standard wear and tear, add on sandstorms, workouts, being knocked around inside jet engines and more. This watch is still working to this day.

The watch of course tells time, in both 12 and 24 hour modes, and has a backlight feature. It also has an hourly time signal, the option to have five daily alarms set, water and temperature resistance, a stopwatch and what they call a Triple Sensor. This sensor is set up for the weather and direction. It gives you the features of a thermometer, altimeter/barometer and a compass. All of this can help you anticipate weather and adjust course if needed.

Another buddy had a watch with a similar weather warning feature. It would give off a distinctive beep when the air pressure changed. It usually meant that a storm was moving in. This was an extremely helpful thing when we would be out off-roading or such.

So like I said before this watch is not meant for everyone. But for those that are looking for such a feature-loaded and heavy-duty wrist-wear they should look no further than to the Casio Pathfinder.

-Giddy-Up!!

Other Nifty Things to Look At!

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BPS Extreme Qualifier Tackle Bag RedHead Gun Rack Chicken on a Stick

Traeger Smoker/Grills

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Take Someone: Scouting

An ever important part of a hunt is scouting. You want to be successful so you’ll want to know where the animals will be. Thanks to resources like DU’s Duck Map or Field and Stream Rut Reporters, there is a lot of information to be found online. Trail cameras help us watch areas 24/7 and now can even send images via text to your phone! Looking at weather forecasts will also pay off, but there is something about getting out into the field and scouting on foot that beats all the rest.

When you have someone that is interested in going hunting, one of the best places to get them started is scouting. You can look over maps and pictures all you want, but you really can understand terrain and the animals that live in it by being out there. Anyone who is interested in any kind of hunting should learn this practice. It is also a great way to measure how truly interested they might be in going hunting, and if you want to take them out with you.

Hunting can be hard work. All the extra efforts that you put forward usually helps to pay off in the end. In the West it is common practice to scout your area well in advanced. Since we have miles of open terrain to cover, it is a big help. Hunters in the Midwest or South might not have miles of open terrain but still game trails to watch.

You’ll want to get dressed up somewhat in your gear when you go scouting. Perhaps not head-to-toe camo but at least some. You can teach your accomplice the importance of using scent-elimination products, not smoking in your gear and other things that can tip of your location. Have them wear a pack with some of the gear so they get a feel for what it would be like when it comes to the real thing. Let them pack some food and drinks to take out with you. They will learn quick if they should have had an electrolyte filled drink over a soda or some kind of energy bar over potato chips quickly.

A big part of scouting is of course optics. Our human eyes are quite excellent, but having some form of optic with you will be a big help. Have a couple different optics with you. Bring a pair (or two) of binoculars, a rangefinder and a spotting scope. From what I have seen, newcomers prefer using binoculars because they are probably most familiar with it. Having a rangefinder will be a great tool to help them learn distancing and be able to use it on a hunt. Spotting scopes are an amazing tool and can provide an eagle-eye perspective on things. These can be intimidating though to newcomers. Especially if you have the whole tripod with weight setup. Limit the time spent on spotting scopes if using one. Also don’t give the newcomer some beat-up old junker set of optics. If they can’t see anything they won’t appreciate the usefulness of having a good pair. It might be expensive but it is well worth it. Plus this way you can “gift” your old pair to your friend and get yourself that new pair you have your sights set on. Yup. That was a pun.

Be sure to point out little things and teach them to your newcomer. Stuff like looking for tracks, scat or other markings. Teach them how to step quietly around objects. Definitely point out things to avoid like snakes, bugs or plants. And you don’t have to be 100% technical/scientifically accurate on things. There’s a bush out here that we call the “waitaminute” bush. It has a bunch of little thorns and claws on it that snag onto you and catch you causing you to “wait a minute”. What its proper name is, I couldn’t tell ya. Little stuff like that will be what they take with them and remember.

The goal with all of this is to be safe, have fun and inspire a new hunter into what can become a lifelong hunter. And one day they might just do the same for another newcomer, like you did for them.

Previous Trips

Fishing Shooting Hiking Clay Shooting Boating Prospecting Camping

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Tie One On: San Juan Worm

We’re getting back to the roots of Tie One On blogs this month. We’re going to focus on a specific fly pattern, which has not happened for a couple months. The pattern I chose is actually quite controversial to some. Many people consider fly-fishing an art as opposed to a sport. You know the kind. They’ll have a one-piece bamboo rod and be dressed straight out of some Thoreau. And that’s OK because to each their own. Honestly anyone can appreciate the delicate work it takes to fly fish, but that is the thing: fly. This month’s pattern is not a fly but a worm. The San Juan Worm.

Fly patterns are created to mimic the natural forage of fish. Some are specific and other can imitate numerous things, but that is their purpose. They are designed, crafted and worked to catch fish. And to catch fish, it needs to look like food.

The San Juan Worm was designed for part of the San Juan River in New Mexico. Here, part of the fish’s natural forage is small aquatic worms. They are roughly a couple inches and found on the bottom of the riverbed. It is quite common to be able to flip over a rock, stir up some mud and see the little creatures moving. So the fly pattern was designed to imitate those worms.

The San Juan Worm is typically tied onto hooks sizes 6-10. The standard is a red chenille tied on the shank of the hook and formed to resemble a worm. Some will use copper wire to add weight to their fly in order for it to sink faster. Of course there are some in different colors or sizes or variations, but the standard is just that.

Most new fly-fishermen would see this pattern in a shop and instinctively purchase some. I mean the night crawler is such standard bait in regular fishing, that it has to be the same in fly-fishing. Right? Eh. Not so much. Will it work in the San Juan River? You betcha. Other waters? Maybe. Don’t know until you try. But if there are no small aquatic worms present in the body of water you are fishing, I’d say try a different pattern.

Honestly some of the biggest controversy with this pattern is that it has the word worm in it. A long time ago fly-fishermen and regular fishermen started a kind of rivalry. Regular fishermen would use a simple hook and worm technique to catch fish, whereas fly-fishermen would spend minutes if not hours preparing to fish. Sure worms caught fish, but in a much less artistic and personal way. When you get a fish on a fly-rod you can feel the fish so much better and almost get an understanding of it. Sounds weird I know, but it’s true.

Not buying it? Well don’t hate until you try. And what’s the worst that could happen? You spend a day on the water, trying to fly fish and don’t catch anything? You can do that with regular fishing as well!

-Giddy-Up!!

Woolly Bugger Royal Coachman Pheasant Tail Nymph Crawshrimp

Trilene Knot The Adams Dropper Loop Spinner

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Tracker Time: History

So Tracker Boats has been slaying it over the past couple years. Our in-store Tracker Department has been as well. From the products to the service to our people, everything is solid! And something this good could not have happened over night. I believe it is important to know where things have come from, which is why this month’s Tracker Time blog will not focus on a boat in particular, but the company itself!

Tracker Boats has been around for over 30 years. They were first introduced in 1978 by Johnny Morris. As in the Johnny Morris, who also founded a little thing called Bass Pro Shops.  The company’s headquarters is in Springfield, Missouri. Most people call it Tracker Boats, like I do, but its proper name is Tracker Marine Group.

Their first claim to fame was the introduction of the first ready-to-fish boat, the Bass Tracker.  The boats came with a trailer, fish finder, trolling motor and outboard motor. Nowadays these kinds of setups are pretty much the only ones you see, but back then it blew everything else out of the water. And they still continue to do so with improved materials and technologies.

From this humble beginning the Tracker Marine Group grew to include several brand names. Those being Tracker Boats, Nitro, Mako, Sun Tracker, Tahoe and Grizzly. Recently it has also grown to include Regency and Ascend. And the newest edition to the group is Ranger. A legend in their own right, Ranger Boats was purchased and has become a part of the family.

Each different brand has their own kind of specialty. Ascend has been making some of the best kayaks out there for a few years now, and have also started making canoes as well. Mako is our inshore and offshore brand of boats. Sun Tracker specializes in pontoon boats and barges. Regency is our luxury line of pontoon boats. So there is literally a Tracker Marine Group boat out there for any and every kind of boater.

      

No matter what, Tracker Marine Group has stuck to their roots. They make amazing boats and great prices. We have what is known as No Haggle, No Hassle pricing. All of their boats and trailers are also made here in the United States. They have made three-quarters of a million boats since 1978. Along with great boats and prices, they come with a solid guarantee. As our founder says and sticks to, "Build the best fishing boat value possible. No compromises, no excuses and no shortcuts. That’s the TRACKER® way."

-Giddy-Up!!

Previous Tracker Topics

Mako 17 Skiff Grizzly Sportsman 1860 CC Wildcat Special Edition Regency 254 DL3

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Check it Out List: Bow Fishing

OK! I promise this will be the last bow fishing blog for a while! Sheesh! I know it was bad enough doing this month’s Fishy Fact blog about bowfin, but you can’t blame me. Bow fishing is really awesome. It is one of the few sports that combine two distinctly different outdoor passions into one (archery and fishing). It is also one of the few things that have gone from survival technique to big-league sport. I haven’t seen the International Fire Starters Championship, but there definitely is a U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship!

 

Bowfishing

Bow

Reel

Line

Arrows/Points

Accessories

 

Your bow can either be a recurve style or a compound style. (I believe Burt Reynolds had a recurve in Deliverance.) Both have their advantages. The recurve is very easy to learn and pretty simple. The compound has more features and gadgets. Crossbow options are available as well. It all depends on you. You won’t have to take 70 yard shots or anything like that, so really just figure out what works for you. Most people go with a compound though.

Hey, ever wonder what happens to all those bows we get from trade-in specials? Well we donate ours to a non-profit group that turns them into bowfishing rigs. So if you can get your hands onto an older bow for cheap, this might be a good option too!

The reel attaches to your bow and holds the line. The line is attached to your arrow. So hypothetically you would spot a fish, fire your arrow and (hopefully) hit the fish. You would then reel your line in, bringing the arrow and fish right back to you. This is nice, because if you miss you can simply reel it back in. Anybody who shoots archery will tell you what a pain it is losing arrows. Now the reel itself can be your standard set up, or one that closer resembles a spin-casting reel used for fishing.

Lines are pretty standard so it is whatever works best for you and your bow. Archery gear can be like anything else where it seems to prefer certain products. Just like your rifle might prefer certain manufacturer’s ammo.

The arrows don’t have any fletching, mostly because they don’t need them. The shots taken while bowfishing really are not that far. Once again, you’ll figure out what your bow likes as far as arrows go. Once you start looking at the different points, you’ll see a wide variety of options. It all kind of depends on what fish you will be going after and what you like shooting. But basically you will hit the fish and the blades will keep the fish from getting off as you reel in.

A big thing lately has been bowfishing for gators. Please note that you will need some heavy duty stuff for that, and it is best done with a guide. Seriously.

Accessories for bowfishing include gloves, scales, sunglasses, hats and all of your standard fishing accessories. Whether it be tools or apparel these are things you can pick up over time or use what you already have.

-Giddy-Up!!

Checked-Lists

Picnics Gun Cleaning Game Care First Aid Kayaking Day Pack Trip Prep Range Time

Fishing Pack Boating Day Trip Camp Cooking  Dove Hunting Upland Hunting Tactical Clothing

Winter Camping Reloading

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Why it Matters: Slowing Down

Busy, busy, busy. That is what we are nowadays. Gotta get to work, gotta go to the gym, we need groceries, don’t forget to check your emails, etc. Along with being busy affecting our lives, so is having things be instantaneous. What movies are playing tonight? When does the store close? How to you make the best baked potato ever? How is that one dude from high school doing? BOOM! The internet and smartphones can give you all of those answers and more in seconds. I remember hearing that the average time someone is willing to wait for a webpage to load is four seconds. FOUR SECONDS!!! Back in the day you would have to bust out something called a book to learn about baking a potato, or talk to someone. Now more than ever it is important to take a breath and slow down.

Slowing things down has been a core concept of this blog series. Many of the activities and hobbies I have discussed get us outside and back to nature. Back to basics. Hitting the reset button on an alarm clock isn’t enough to recharge our bodies and minds. Take the time to watch a sun set. Set up a bird feeder outside and watch what comes by for a few minutes a day. It’ll work wonders.

Life has never been more fast-paced for us humans, than it is now. Everything is about being on schedule or meeting some deadline. Being able to unplug and not worry about stuff for a day or two shouldn’t be a luxury when it is such a necessity.

Usually people only get a couple days off during the week and those are usually spent doing chores. Make sure one of those days gets devoted to getting outside or doing something that brings you pleasure.

And literally slow down. Ever notice how fast people are driving nowadays? People seem to be much more important than traffic laws or the safety of others on the road. I remember I took a driver’s class and a lady asked “Don’t cops usually let you go ten miles over the speed limit before they pull you over? So I could drive 55 miles per hour in a 45 zone before I was considered speeding?” The instructor simply said “The speed limit is what is posted.”  My favorite is watching people speed and cut through traffic just to usually end up at a red light. I call it “speeding to stop”. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened, where somebody HAD to get around me only to then have to stop. Sure gas is getting cheaper, but still no reason to waste it driving like a dork.

Just taking a few extra minutes to appreciate the little things can pay off big. Whenever they interview couples that have been together for decades or people that are living well in an older age, it is preached not to stress about the little things. They always say make time for yourself and especially those you care about.

-Giddy-Up!!

Previously:

Getting Outdoors Picking Up Hunting Fishing Hiking Camping Rangefinders

Physical Preparation

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Easter at Bass Pro Shops, Mesa AZ

We will be having our world-famous and one-of-a-kind Easter Event again, here at Bass Pro Shops! We will be having FREE: Photos with the Easter Bunny, Crafts and Activities for kids of all ages! Check out below for an exact schedule of the activities.

Photos

3/28 & 3/29- 11AM-4PM

3/30 THRU 4/2- 6PM-8PM

4/3- 2PM-8PM

4/4 & 4/5- 11AM-4PM

This year kids will be sitting next to the Easter Bunny, unless they are too small to support themselves. Now just like with Santa’s Wonderland, things are going to get really busy here, really quick. Try and get here at the earliest date possible and call ahead to see how busy we are. Our store’s phone number is: 602-606-5600.

Easter Egg Hunt

3/28 & 3/29- 2PM-3PM. Registration will begin at 1:30PM

4/4 & 4/5- 2PM-3PM. Registration will begin at 1:30PM

Kids will want to find 5 eggs and bring them back to the registration table, to turn in for candy! The eggs will be hidden throughout the store and parents/guardians are allowed to help!

Crafts

3/28 & 3/29- 1PM-4PM

4/3- 2PM-7PM

4/4 & 4/5- 1PM-4PM

As always our delightful Crafts area will be going for this event. We will have two different crafts to be done on the two weekends this event covers, so come back a couple times. Especially if you haven’t met Rocky’s (our constant Craft Cart Attendant/Mascot) new partner!

Be sure to call ahead to see how busy we are: 602-606-5600 and plan on it being very busy on the last weekend of the event.

-Giddy-Up!!

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Rustic Recipes: Moose

I have noticed that I write a lot about food. Whether it be recipes, products we have in-store, dishes from our Islamorada Fish Company or suggestions on the health/fitness blogs food is a pretty common subject. In fact this blog will be roughly my 25th article about food. Considering that I have written over 250 blogs that means roughly 1/10th of them are about grub. And there’s no real secret as to why, food is awesome! I remember hearing somewhere that food is a universal language, and straight-shootin’ is that right! No matter where you come from, something delicious can always be appreciated and bring people together.

I am a huge fan of game meats. My buddy gave me a venison steak for my 17th birthday (from his first deer). Our family will use meat like currency. If any of us guys got dumped in high school, it was straight to the Toad for the best fried chicken in Arizona along with singing to the song “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast. (If that didn’t get your mind off of the heart-breaking hussy, nothing would!) A newer game meat though that has made its way onto our tables, is moose.

Moose is probably one of the most delicious and nutritious game meats out there. A whole pound of it contains about 450 calories and close to 100 grams of protein. Compare that to 90/10 ground beef and the beef has more calories and less grams of protein. Moose is also a very lean animal, so their fat content is minimal. Commonly people will mix their game meat with beef or pork when grinding it, but this should be avoided with moose. You went through all the trouble to either purchase or (better yet) hunt your moose meat, so you should enjoy it as is.

So for this Rustic Recipe we will look at making a Moose Steak.

Ingredients

Your cut of moose meat

Olive Oil

Minced Garlic

Salt/Pepper

Yup, that’s it. Just drizzle some of the olive oil onto the meat. Rub in a little bit of garlic (any kind will do, just not salt or powdered). Salt and pepper to taste. Grill to your form of perfection and enjoy.

The best way to cook this meat is the simplest way to cook it. The flavor of the animal will speak for itself, you don’t need a dash of cumin and a glaze of capers of whatever. Pair it with either a baked potato or yam and some other simple side. No one ever said things had to be difficult to be delicious.

-Giddy-Up!!

Other Nibbles

Squirrel Rabbit Quail Goose Grouse Crappie Buffalo Chicken Chile Verde Venison Stew

Hunter’s Delight Chicken Fried Bacon Tipsy Little Birds Wait, What? Burgers Catfish

Summer Sausages Deer

From Our Restaurant

Grouper Sandwich Appetizers Clam strips Mussels Trout Gator Wahoo Wrap Shore Lunch

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Capturers of the Outdoors: Zane Grey

In so many ways the outdoors can provide us with the greatest memories in the world. Whether it be the old family camping trips, a hike where you proposed to your spouse, the first fish you caught or stargazing under the night sky in fresh air there are so many reasons to celebrate being outside. The beauty alone of the outdoors will take some to extreme lengths possibly to see a rare sight or capture it for generations to come. A while back I had the Game Changers reoccurring blogs, all about those who have changed how we connect with nature. One of them was about Ansel Adams, and no one can deny how well he captured the outdoors on camera. The practice and art of capturing the outdoors has been going on for generations, whether it be in book, art, film, song or almost any other form of medium. This was the inspiration for this series of blogs: “Capturers of the Outdoors”. We will take a look at influential individuals who saved and stirred a bevy of emotions and memories we have by capturing the outdoors in some manner. To start us off will the famous writer, Zane Grey.

Zane Grey was born in Ohio in 1872. He was born a Pearl Zane Grey but dropped his first name as he never was a fan of it. He however was a fan of almost all things considered American at the time that included baseball, history and fishing. He was most avid though about being a writer. He tried his hand at dentistry for a while but wanted nothing more than to be a writer.

Like many of the greats, Grey went through several failures before reaching success. Several of his first writings were rejected by publishers. This did not help that Grey suffered from depression and other mood swings. Once he began writing in the Western genre, he found success. His novels focused on topics like Western Expansion, Manifest Destiny and other such subjects. His first bestseller was The Heritage of the Desert from 1910. Two years later he wrote his most well-known book Riders of the Purple Sage.

Riders of the Purple Sage would not only be Grey’s best known book but also his best-seller and one of the all-time best selling western genre books. It made him a household name. This book would spur a movement for more western literature, keeping imagery and stories from the Old West still alive for generations to come. It was even adapted into a movie giving a new medium to the work. It has been remade countless times and for many it is the quintessential western story. No library collection is complete without a copy of it.

From the success of this book, Grey was able to afford his true passion in life of fishing. He spent as much time as possible fishing wherever he could. He bought a boat that he would take lengthy adventures on. He helped make big-game fishing what it is today. Saltwater fishing was a huge part of his love affair with the sea and caught many prolific fish throughout his time. There are now even a few tournaments that bear his name.

All the while he continued writing, mostly contributing to Outdoor Life magazine. Some stories were true, others were fictional and some seemed to be a little bit of both. There is a great book out there called Best of Zane Grey, Outdoorsman. It is a collection of hunting, fishing and other outdoor tales. It also offers some facts about the writer’s life that many may not know about. Like how he tried to start a Dolphin Club that would work in the same way as a fishing club but for harpooning dolphins. Or how he “battled” a whale shark while on a sea-faring trip looking for a “sea monster” in the Pacific Ocean. Probably the best thing though is how he tried to write off all of his hunting, fishing, sea-faring and other outdoor trips and gear as tax-deductions because they were so important to his writings. He even went in front of the Supreme Court!

Zane Grey loved the outdoors and it is beautifully portrayed in his writings. The fact that he wrote not only about outdoor sporting for many years for magazines but wrote novels on a genre that is so entwined with the outdoors and open-air country. He truly was a capturer of the outdoors.

-Giddy-Up!!

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Healthy Hunter: Hunt Ready

So last month I talked about why it is important to be physically prepared for a hunt. This goes right along with the Healthy Hunter series of blogs. And one of my absolute favorite things to do is create workouts. I love it. Before I went on my first deer hunt I did a six-week regimen to make sure I was going to be ready for it. Sure I was mostly hunting out of stands and blinds, but still I wanted to be ready for anything! And besides, we have talked a lot about nutrition with these blogs so it’s about time to focus on the other part of health/fitness goals. Exercise!

So a little background before we get into the workout plan. This program involves both weight-lifting and cardio. Both are important to focus upon and can be a big help on a hunt. This workout is designed for inside a gym, but can also be done at home if you have the space/equipment. In one of the earlier blogs I wrote about how it is important to track yourself. Same goes for here. The goal is to increase time of cardio and weight/reps when lifting.

The human body is amazing at recovery. I remember hearing how we can withstand workouts that would kill a race horse. But be sure you know what you can handle before going all out. And if you need to change certain exercises, do so. Just be consistent whatever you chose to do.

Never lift weights on consecutive days. Give yourself a day of rest from lifting. I like to fill the rest-days with cardio. Make sure your exercises work from your largest muscle groups down to the smallest. So it’d be something like: Legs-Back-Chest-Shoulder-Triceps-Biceps-Core. Some will argue that your core is a larger group, but I like to finish focusing on this.

Don’t be afraid to take some of your gear to the gym with you. I did. Part of the workout is doing cardio with your hunting pack on and adding weight to it. This is a great way to see how noisy your zippers may be, or if the pack rubs on you or how to best distribute weight in it. Just be sure to spray your gear down with scent-eliminator.

This workout is for four days, which should anyone should be able to work in. This gives you plenty of time to rest. The workouts shouldn’t last longer than 45 minutes. Any longer than that and you probably aren’t doing your body any good.

Lifting Days

Aim for 3 sets of each exercise with 10-15 reps. Slowly increase the weight each week. Track your numbers. And like I said earlier, change any exercise that you need to. If you don’t want to do barbell rows then maybe dumbbell rows, just be consistent. Machines or body-weight variants are also completely acceptable.

Cardio Days

Use machines that you can adjust both resistance and positioning on. This way you can practice for going uphill and how hard the terrain might be. Wear your hunting pack on your back. (Leave the bow/rifle at home.) Figure out how much the pack will weigh for the majority of your trip. Use weights/rocks for half of that weight and work your way up to the full weight and then some over the six week period. If you would prefer to not do cardio in a gym then go hit the trails. That is a hundred times better than being stuck inside. Plus, you might get to climb over trees or stumble over rocks just like in the real world!

Hunt Ready Workout

Lifting Day One:

Squats – Pullups – Bench Press – Shoulder Flies – Triceps Extensions – Barbell Curls - Crunches

Cardio Day One:

30 minutes minimum. Increase speed, position or resistance every 5 minutes.

Lifting Day Two:

Deadlifts – Rows – Chest Flies – Shoulder Press – Dips – Hammer Curls - Planks

Cardio Day Two:

30 minutes minimum. Increase speed, position or resistance every 5 minutes.

 

Don’t know what those exercises are? Bodybuilding.com has a great library online full of these and more! Many of the exercises are also known as compound, because they hit a couple of muscle groups at the same time.

Be sure to think about any health concerns and probably talk to your doctor before beginning this program. But the benefits from doing this workout, or any before the hunt, could prove itself one of your most important tools out in the field.

-Giddy-Up!!

Proper Motivation Personal Push Habits Track It Limits Simple Sides

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Big Game Basics: Blacktail Deer

Wow. Now here is a complete blast-from-the-past! Big Game Basics?! What the WHAT!? Last time we had one of these specifically was March of 2014! Yes we strayed somewhat back into this topic with the Africa Big Five blog series, but we are back in action with American hunting and the awesome animals that make it on our slams and hunting checklists. And to kick it off we are going to take a look at the blacktail deer. Black-in-Action, Baby!

Now there are actually two different kinds of the blacktail deer. There is the Columbia and the Sitka blacktail species. Both are found on the western side of the United States. The Columbia blacktail is found from Northern California up to Coastal British Columbia. The Sitka blacktail is found in Southeast and South Central Alaska, as well as in Coastal British Columbia.

They share many of the same traits as the other deer species of America. They are a member of the ungulate family and are more closely related to mule deer than whitetail deer. They are more active during dawn and dusk. Both are a separate species as part of the North American Grand Slam. One would need to bag both of these species, a mule deer, whitetail and a Coues in order to achieve a North American deer slam.

They prefer to live on the edges of forest as opposed to deep within them. This is because they favor underbrush for food. Using their excellent sense of sight and smell, they do well at avoiding predators. Also their large ears can help sense danger, especially as they can move independently from the other.

The easiest ways to tell blacktail deer apart from mule deer are their antlers, coloration and tail. As their name implies these deer have a characteristic black tail.

The main predators of Columbia blacktail are coyotes and mountain lions. This is the same for the Sitka blacktail, but they also fall prey to wolves. This put them in some controversial light when there was a big discussion regarding the status of wolves in a certain area. Along with this issue, an ever-growing problem are the increasing vehicle collisions that these animals fall victim to. With more and more people being on this planet it is completely understandable that this is happening. One key thing to know when driving in deer territory is that if you see one deer cross the road you can expect a couple more behind it.

Many times this deer is overlooked as a game species. Most of the time people focus on the wonderful whitetail and monster muleys. I don’t think I have seen a lot of literature on these awesome animals. But with more and more people getting into hunting, I am sure they will be discussed more.

The one thing that I do remember about them is that I was looking at booking a hunting lodge in Alaska as my bachelor party. One of the options was to go on a Sitka blacktail deer hunt.  And somehow it got brought up that Sitka blacktail deer is the best tasting game meat. Well, only one way to find out!

-Giddy-Up!!

Other Big Game Blogs:

Mountain Goat White Tail Deer Moose Caribou Buffalo Bear Dall Sheep Walrus

Mule Deer Coues-Deer Pronghorn Antelope Turkey Elk Bighorn Sheep Javelina

Lion Cape Buffalo Elephant Rhino Leopard

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Leave No Trace – Butcher Jones Recreation Area

Last year I started my blog series about Why It Matters. Second one in was about cleaning up the outdoors. There are a few big organizations that preach this practice and a ton more of small grass-root groups as well. Basically it is all about picking up after yourself and others to ensure our beautiful outdoors stay beautiful. One of the largest organizations of this ethic is Leave No Trace. It is extremely important to collect trash and other items that do not belong in nature as they have harmful effects on the ecosystem.

Did you know it takes an apple core roughly two months to decay? Or that an orange peel can take as long as two years? Guess how long aluminum cans can take? If you guess between 50 and 100 years you would be right! And those are just a few of the most common items people will leave in the outdoors. Many city-dwellers know how their urban landscapes can be riddled with debris, but they might be just as surprised to see how much there is in national parks and other such areas.

Leave No Trace has about six main practices for when you are outside. These are ethical and practical points that can ensure you have a safe trip. Those practices are:

Leave it as you find it.

Keep wildlife wild.

Be careful with fire.

Share our trials and manage your pet.

Trash your trash and pick up pet waste.

Know before you go.

Now I want you all to look more into Leave No Trace and other such organizations, so I am not going to give you a real breakdown on what those practices mean specifically. An interesting experiment might be to write down what you think those practices are talking about and then add to your notes when you fully research them.

Now I have always been an avid lover of the outdoors and have always tried to do my best to clean up after myself and others when I go out. If you look at a number of my checklist blogs I usually include a trash bag or two specifically for clean-up. But towards the end of February I got to take a trip with several other associates to do our part.

We decided to go to the Butcher Jones Recreation Site, which is a part of the Saguaro Lake area. It is an awesome place with great amenities. There is a beach to enjoy the sun in or launch your kayak/canoe from. There are numerous spots to fish and bird-watch from. The hiking trail is also quite extraordinary as you get to see spectacular views of Saguaro Lake and tons of local vegetation.

Equipped with “grabbers”, trash-bags and buckets the eight of us took the trail and started collecting trash early. In fact we already had two full buckets before leaving the parking lot! We picked up as many foreign objects as we could. They ranged from spent cigarettes to fishing line to even a Carharrt jacket! The things people leave in the outdoors would astonish you!

We got there early and only passed a couple groups on the trail as we ventured in. On our way out though we passed numerous groups who were interested in what we were doing. We told them and hopefully that inspired them to take up the practice themselves.

Not only did we do something good for nature, but also for ourselves! The hike was a fun and great way to get some physical activity in. Being outdoors helped refresh us all and remind us why we love working at the store. We also had a great time and made some great memories. From a reoccurring joke revolving around every plant being a juniper to coming up with our own Johnny Morris Junior Adventurers club (or called Junipers for short). You and your own work-party or group of friends can do the same. Just be sure to bring water, strong trash bags and gloves.

-Giddy-Up!!

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Goin’ Rural: Gardening

In a continuing effort to keep ya’ll from becoming yuppies, we are going to look at getting our hands dirty for this month’s Goin’ Rural blog. There is something to be said about getting mud on your hands, dirt under your fingernails, cuts on your fingers and not trusting people who don’t know nothing about none of that! Shaking hands with a soft-handed guy is like eating turkey bacon, something you don’t want to get known for. So looking at getting back to our rural roots will have us digging up and planting some roots of are our own with gardening!

Gardens are truly a thing of beauty. And they become that way with planning, hard work and attention. It doesn’t matter how big or small a garden is they will need all three of those things. Same goes for the fact if it is for consumption or enjoyment. You’re just looking for two different things when deciding between those factors which is the first thing you should figure out.

If it is going to be for food, then figure out your area and effort amounts. Are you looking to go completely off the grid and have some acreage? Get to it buddy, zombie-hurricanes are a comin’! Stuck in an apartment but sick of dried herbs? You can easily fit a table-top herb garden somewhere. Or maybe you are right in between and a raised garden with a few different vegetables is the perfect harmony for your goals.

If you don’t care about consumption but want pretty flowers to encourage birds and other critters to come by, then you’re looking at a different attack plan. That is not to say growing flowers isn’t hard work, but you aren’t going to possibly starve if the birds get your petunias. Once again start with your space and effort amounts. Looking to redo your front yard? Have fun! Only have room for a succulent garden in the condo? Check out any social media or DIY site for awesome ideas.

The best parts about gardening nowadays are all the resources. Before you were doomed to learn from your elders or a book. Bleh. Now there are complete websites, YouTube channels, DVDs, TV programs, magazines and so much more that focus on gardening. And all kinds of gardening too! It doesn’t matter what kind of gardening you want to get into, and you may discover a kind that you had no idea about. GardenGuides.com has a very nice layout and great information to look into.

Learning about where the best place in your home to put certain plants will be a learning curve. But knowing stuff like Arizona’s soil is horrible for planting can prevent you from wasting time and effort on an in-ground garden.

I usually suggest starting with some kind of above-ground garden at first. This can be as simple as a couple pots or full raised planter. Either way it is usually easier and cheaper than starting in-ground. Also it will give you a good gauge to see if you are made for gardening. All “born with a green thumb” theories aside, if you don’t take care of a few flowers in a pot then what makes you think you can take care of a full homestead of veggies in your backyard?

My honest suggestion is this, start with garlic. You can take a head of garlic from the store, bust out a clove and peel back the skin. Place it in a pot (that is roughly 18” deep) about 3” inches down. Cover and water. It doesn’t take long before you see some green. I have this going on in my backyard right now in fact. So your initial investment is a pot, good soil, a clove of garlic and some time. Not bad. And you needed fresh garlic anyway.

Also as many people will tell you, there is a peace that comes with gardening. Which may be even healthier for you than fresh veggies!

-Giddy-Up!!

Mason Jars Chickens Bird Feeders

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Cool Calibers: 357 Sig

Whenever one is discussing firearms and hears “357” they usually finish with “Magnum”. The 357 Magnum is one of the most popular calibers of handguns and has had a strong-loyal following for years. I have even heard people say that a house is not complete without a 357 revolver in it. While other handgun calibers can produce better ballistics, people still swing towards this round. Being able to shoot the lighter-recoil 38 Special, availability of information/ ammunition and almost an Americana aspect for the caliber keeps this round cooking.

But this time around the “357” is followed by “Sig”. The 357 Sig is a much newer round when compared to other pistol calibers, but it has grown its own die-hard fans.

The 357 Sig was created by two legendary companies in the arms business, Sig Sauer and Federal Ammunition. Developed in 1994, the basic goal was to give specific ballistic performances found in the 357 Magnum but be able to be fired from a semi-auto pistol.

In the shooting world you have pistol-guys and revolver-guys, and of course the good ol’ guys like me who enjoy everything! Revolver-guys swear their handgun is more reliable and accurate and pistol-guys preach how they can carry more rounds and have lighter weapons. Both sides have their own valid arguments, but here are my two-cents: shoot what you like and what you can shoot accurately and comfortably.

For a long time police officers used revolvers as their service weapon. Then when polymer/high-capacity pistols came out there was a big switch. But many shooters found the 9mm round “too weak”, so the two parent companies had a great idea when it came to making the 357 Sig. That “bigger bang” that revolver fans like and the “higher capacity” that pistol fans enjoy. This round in fact was the first modern bottleneck commercial handgun cartridge since the early 1960s. After its success, others tried to create their own similar wildcat calibers but never reached the success the 357 Sig has.

It competes against the 40S&W, which has been losing popularity steadily over the past few years. Online there is common chatter about being able to convert a pistol that shoots 40 S&W to 357 Sig quite easily, but I do not suggest this. To me a firearm is a tool and has a specific purpose. You wouldn’t buy a portable band-saw only to learn about swapping out a gear to then make it into a plasma cutter and do so. Very obscure analogy but it works and I think this may have been the first time I have gotten to reference a portable band-saw in my 250+ blogs I have written now.

As far as recoil goes it is about the same as the 40 S&W but less than that of the 10mm and 357 Magnum. It shoots at a higher velocity than other pistol calibers which gives it a longer effective range. Since the cartridge has a bottleneck shape, extraction errors are rarely experienced. But because of all of this the handgun firing it must be able to handle those higher pressures. (Another reason why not to simply convert a different pistol.)

Now before you run out and get one, keep in mind that ammunition for this caliber can be hard to find. At our store it is usually not a “permanent fixture” on the shelves and its seems to be the same at other retailers. It will show up, get to our shelves and sit for a while and then BOOM it all gets purchased at one time. Thanks though to the internet, acquiring rounds is much easier than it was years ago.

Sig first utilized the round in their P229 pistol. As usual, shooters and organizations were hesitant to adopt a new firearm, especially one with a new caliber. In 1998, the first government agency to deploy this caliber was the Texas DPS. It was the solitary choice of pistol for commissioned officers. Following that, dozens of other agencies have adopted this caliber. Police departments in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Ohio, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Missouri, New Mexico and more all use the 357 Sig.

-Giddy-Up!!

Other Caliber Related Blogs:

What We Would Take

Gunnin’ for Moose

7mm-08 Remington

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Browning BAR LongTrac

When it comes to the world’s history, firearms have played a major role. The history of the United States alone is one full of firearm heritage. Anyone who owns a historical firearm will tell you that you can almost feel the history when holding it. The NRA has a museum with firearms that have literally changed history. The NRA museum that was recently built inside the Springfield Bass Pro Shops has its own impressive arsenal. Specific firearms themselves can bring a multitude of emotions when mentioned. Winchester Model 94, Colt 1911 and AK47 all have impacted history in one way or another. One of the more under-acknowledged guns to me though, would be the BAR.

BAR stands for Browning Automatic Rifle, and currently I am talking specifically about the M1918. It was a military automatic rifle/light machine gun chambered in .30-06 Sprg. Anyone who has shot a .30-06 Sprg could only imagine what it would be like to shoot one that has a 20 round magazine and automatic fire. Quite impressive as was the service life of this firearm. It was used in World War Two, Korea and for a little bit in Vietnam. It is a highly sought after firearm and collectors will pay huge bucks for one. It is an iconic weapon that has earned its place in history and our hearts. (As a running joke my best friend’s dad said he wanted to name his son after the firearm.)

Now not your average hunter or shooter can afford the thousands of dollars it takes to own an original BAR. Luckily Browning has been producing a civilian/hunting version of the BAR rifle for years. Unlike the original M1918, these rifles are a semi-auto. They have been chambered in standard hunting calibers: 270 Win, 300 Win, 243 Win, 308 Win and 30-06 Sprg.

Browning is currently offering a BAR LongTrac in .270 Win, .30-06 Sprg and .300 Win. As they state their guns “are rugged, reliable hunting rifles, capable of cycling magnum cartridges, providing you the firepower needed to bring down any big game species in North America.” These guns are gas operated and utilize “a 7-lug bolt that locks directly into the barrel, giving it incredible strength, while providing exceptional accuracy. A buffering mechanism reduces wear and stress on the rifle's receiver for longer life and greater reliability”.

To many a gun is just a tool and to others it is a piece of art. This firearm provides both. It has beautiful walnut wood in the buttstock and forend. It also has a safety in the standard location for most semi-auto shotguns, making it a breeze to engage/disengage while maintaining proper grip. The floorplate is also hinged, giving access to the detachable magazine that much easier.

I would personally love to pick one up in the .30-06 Sprg. I already have a Remington 700 chambered in this caliber and my wife enjoys shooting it. This way we can consolidate calibers while adding to our collection. And while it might not be the original BAR, I am sure I would still feel part of the firearm’s impressive history. And I can always use it in the future to teach my son about how important firearms have been to history and why the United States is the greatest country in the world.

-Giddy-Up!!

PS- While .30-06 Sprg might be a little big for predator hunting I have known to use bigger.

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Fishy Facts: Bowfin

OK. I know, I know. It seems like “bows” have taken up a lot of my writing lately. From focusing on that beastly bow-fishing boat to the fact that bow-fishing was last month’s Fishy Fact blog, I’ve been writing a lot about the topic. But this month’s subject, the bowfin, is a fish and a rather interesting one. So let’s get back into the water and focus on this swimming-star for the month, the bowfin.

The first thing you will notice about this fish is its appearance. The bowfin looks like it came from the time of the dinosaurs, because it did. Well kind of. It is the sole-survivor of an order of animals that dates back to the Jurassic era. You will also notice that it looks like the invasive species of the extremely-aggressive snakehead. Please note that these are two different fish, and while they share very similar characteristics that the bowfin have been a part of the ecosystem for years (millions) and probably won’t have B-grade sci-fi horror films produced about them.

The first time I saw this fish was hanging on a bar’s wall during my father-in-laws birthday. The place was loaded with awesome taxidermy and is by far the best place to get walleye in Arizona. And at first I mistook it for a snakehead. Months later I was waiting for a flight and somehow got talking to a guy from Minnesota who loves to fish. I asked him about the bowfin and he said that they were ugly ************ but put up a strong fight. He also said he lived in the same complex as the brother of Pablo Escobar who was in hiding in the US…. That may have supposed to not end up on a Bass Pro blog. My bad.

These fish are native to North America and are rather common through the eastern US. They prefer to live in lowland rivers and lakes, swamps and backwater areas. You can also find them occasionally in brackish waters. They are predatory fish and are known to move into the shallows at night to capture their prey. Their diet includes fish, aquatic invertebrates and aquatic insects.

These fish can breathe in both water and air which has helped them survive for so long. Other notable characteristics are the long dorsal fin and the characteristic eyespot by the caudal fin. They grow to an average length of 20 inches, but the females usually grow a little bit larger. There is a record of one being as long as 43 inches and weighing 21.5 pounds! Would I like to swim in the same water as that? Nope!

These fish are extremely fast swimmers but also rather silent. This helps them tremendously and they are quite voracious predators. This goes along with the fact that the airport-guy said they were strong fighters. These fish were considered a nuisance for a long time and were handled as such. Now with a better understanding of their role, these fish are respected for what they provide in an ecosystem. But they are still not a desirable target for sport-fishing. Mostly because they have a mouth full of sharp teeth that can either cut line or your fingers if not careful. They are an interesting fish which finds them in many aquariums, both public and private. Commercially these fish do not hold a strong position in the market, but their roe is sold as Cajun caviar in Louisiana.

So here is to you, bowfin! We may have not treated you right or understand you for many years, but that’s OK. You’ve been here before us and will more than likely be here after us.

-Giddy-Up!!

Former Fishy Facts:

Grayling

Northern Pike

Rainbow Trout

Largemouth Bass

Peacock Bass

Walleye

Billfish

Dolphinfish

Crappie

Catfish

Bull Shark

Tilapia

Smallmouth Bass

Brook Trout

Bow Fishing

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Airsoft 3-Gun Expo at Bass Pro!

When you look at the world of shooting sports there are dozens of different activities. There is skeet, trap, action-clays, defensive pistol, long range rifle, silhouettes, IDPA, cowboy action and many more. One sport that has been growing tremendously over the past years has been 3-Gun shooting. This is known as a “practical shooting” event where the shooter transitions from pistol, rifle and shotgun. Hence the “3-Gun” name. While many adults find this sport extremely fun and engaging, it can be harder to get the youth involved. But where there is a will there is a way and that’s when airsoft can save the day.

Airsoft is where one can shoot spherical non-metallic pellets out of guns that are replicas of traditional firearms. In no way should these be considered toys and safety should always be the main focus when handling them. What many people think of just simple “plastic toys” have evolved to be full metal replications. Certain airsoft guns will weigh the same as their origins and feature blow-back to replicate recoil.

The local non-profit group Shoot Right AZ will actually be holding an airsoft 3-gun expo at our store on Saturday March 21st, 2015. It will start at 9AM and run until 5PM. We have been working with this organization for several years and even wrote a blog about them back in 2013.

They will hold several clinics/seminars going over the basics of 3-Gun Shooting, rules, safety and more. There will be a 3-Gun setup where participants can actually hold and shoot the different airsoft guns. It won’t be as intense as a normal 3-Gun competition, but it will be just as fun. It is geared towards kids ages 10 and up and all adults are more than welcome to participate as well. There will be a $5 fee for participants and they or a legal guardian will have to fill out a waiver as well.

This is a great way to possibly discover a new passion. Not only will it teach gun safety but also “practical” aspects of handling them. Kids will love the experience and parents will love the cost difference between BB’s and ammunition. Just always be sure to get “Bio-BBs” as they are way more eco-friendly than the other kind.

And that is one thing that Shoot Right AZ covers, is our responsibility to others and the environment. We hope to see you out there! I know I will be!

-Giddy-Up!!

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RedHead Select Outfitters: The Basics

We hunters tend to have a number of dream adventures we would like to go on. From wanting to bag local game to traveling off to a distant land for exotics, we hunters just want to hunt. Last year one of our associates got to fulfill his dream of an African safari. Like many who travel overseas to hunt, he relied on an outfitter. An outfitting service offers help and accommodations for hunters. These kinds of services can range from “we’ll meet at the gas station and go from there” to five-star luxury lodges and such. Their main goal is to provide you with a safe and successful hunt.

There are probably thousands of different outfitters internationally. (And it is not just hunting, but fishing or other outdoor adventures as well. We are going to focus on hunting outfitters for this blog.) First you have to figure out what kind of hunt you want to go on. Is it an eight-day backpacking hunt for elk or an upland bird lodge that you can leisurely enjoy? Are you interested in hunting exotic animals but can’t swing the high-cost of international hunting? Well, Texas can solve that. But doing your research on an outfitter is crucial.

Luckily for all of us, Bass Pro Shops has its own professional hunting team. These hunters have been all over the world and hunted probably thousands of animals. They used outfitters for a good many of them, and have created their go-to list. These selected outfitters are part of the RedHead Select Outfitters.

This group of outfitters offers hunts ranging from upland birds to brown bear in Alaska. Currently there are nine outfitters that make up the RedHead Select group. Their sections include all contact information, species to hunt, accommodations, how long they have been operating, pictures and more. One of my favorite things about this set-up is that they include checklists of what to bring. This gives you an immediate reference to what you need, how much you’ll have to take and so on. It simply provides great logistics.

It is very popular for friends and families to book hunts together. Especially when they live in different states and share the hunting passion. The worst thing would be to book a bad outfitter and ruin time that was meant to be cherished with loved ones. Using any of these outfitters would not give you that outcome.

Hunting trips can be expensive. I believe that they are worth every penny of it, especially if it is a success. Memories made are worth more than what many people stress over. If you book with these outfitters you actually get a little something back. 5% of your total hunt cost will be given back to you in Bass Pro Shops® Outdoor Rewards® points. Not a member yet? What’s wrong with you?! It’s free!

We’ll take a look at the specific outfitters coming up over time. But you can start drooling over your dream hunt before then!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Spring Hunt 2015 – Predator Hunting

Hunting in Arizona can sometimes be a struggle. The dove and quail season are only so long and don’t get me started on the odds of getting drawn for big game here. Luckily hunters can get into archery to increase their odds at being drawn for big game and that allows them to buy over-the-counter tags as well. So what is an Arizona hunter to do? Predator hunt!

We have an almost yearlong predator season in Arizona. Besides certain regulations, we have almost no limit on hunting coyotes. We also have some of the best and hardest to hunt coyotes in the nation. Because of this, one could go out numerous times and not get one. So (once again) what is an Arizona hunter to do? Come on down to Bass Pro Shops on March 7th!

On Saturday March 7th we will be hosting two different seminars on predator hunting.

1pm – Tips on Predator Calling
Learn tips on the use of various predator calls and selecting the right call for your hunt.

2pm Predator Hunting – Decoys and Electronic Calling Devices
Let our experts help you choose the right decoy and update you on the various electronic and hand calling devices for a successful predator hunt.

Attendees of this seminar can also enter in for a chance to win a Caldwell Dead Shot Field Pod, valued at $109.99 retail. Drawing held at the completion of the last seminar at 3pm. Winner must be present to win.

So whether you are an expert or just beginning, there will be some great information for you. And you may even be able to bestow your own knowledge on others. Last year during our Fall Hunting Classic we had a couple customers actually connect to go hunting together. And that’s the best part of being into the outdoors, sharing that passion with others!

If you’re wondering why you should hunt coyotes or other predators, reading my blog about them from last year could provide you with a few answers. We have an overly-healthy population of coyotes in this state, and they are destroying populations of deer and other animals. You could honestly shoot one a day for an entire year and these animals would still be fine. Besides coyotes you could also bump into a bobcat while out predator hunting. And that is also a huge part of the fun, just seeing what is out there.

We hope to see ya’ll come down and join us!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Tracker Time: Regency 254 DL3

I remember hearing several years back that Arizona had the most boat-owners per capita in the United States. This is weird, because we live in a desert. But when you actually start to think about it, it makes sense. Arizona has several large lakes throughout the state and one can drive to Mexico or California for the ocean in hours. Also we have a lot of people from the Midwest that have moved here and brought their passions with them. So really it makes sense, but still weirds me out.

While writing up the blog about the sweet bow fishing boat last month, I couldn’t help notice another newer boat to our store. And honestly, no one can help not noticing this boat as it is probably the largest one we have ever had! I’m talking about the Regency 254 DL3. This thing is a pontoon boat like you have never seen before.

Regency is a newer name to our line of boats, but it is making quite the splash. It is our line of luxury pontoon boats. There are currently three different models, and the 254 DL3 sits right in the middle of them.

The 254 DL3 sits at 27.5 feet and can hold up to 15 people. Now immediately I am sure you brain gives you the visual of over a dozen people on a boat looking like cattle in a chute, but nothing could be farther than this. This boat has several spacious seating areas for you and your passengers. There are two lounges in the front. A L-shaped lounge in the middle. And in the back there is a huge sun lounge facing aft.

And speaking of what else in in the back, this baby has some serious giddy-up! Using the super powerful but also quiet Mercury Verado 200, the 254 DL3 can get up to 35 mph! That is the smallest model Verado though, so upgrading to the larger ones will get you going even faster. (The boat we have in-store can get up to 50 mph.) To help handle this power, the boat uses three pontoons instead of the normal two. This gives the boat better buoyancy, lift, speed and handling.

What really sets the 254 apart from other pontoon boats is the interior. For the captain this boat has an adjustable captain's chair, tilt power-assist steering, multifunction gauges, back-lit switch panels, depth finder and chart plotter. For the crew they can enjoy the built in sound system, starboard aft refreshment center (including on-demand freshwater sink and food-prep area), LED accent lighting located throughout the interior, ample storage for everyone's gear and more!

Of course with something like this, it is a bigger investment. You’ll want to take care of it, and we will help you with that! This boat comes with our 10+Life™ Warranty. That is a 10-year bow-to-stern warranty plus limited lifetime structural and deck warranty. It is also completely transferable to a second owner!

All of the features for the Regency 254 DL3 are available online, but really the best way to get the facts is by checking one out in person. Our Tracker Team will take care of you! The cool thing about our company is how it lets us share our passions with you. (Just let us know when the maiden voyage will be and if there’s room for one more!)

Giddy-Up!!

Previous Tracker Topics

Mako 17 Skiff

Grizzly Sportsman 1860 CC

Wildcat Special Edition

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