Check It Out List: Fly Fishing Pack

A growing passion of mine has definitely been fly-fishing. It will never fully replace the way regular fishing has hooked my heart, but it definitely gives a new aspect to the thrill of fishing. As many will tell you, it is much more technical than spin-fishing. With fly-fishing you really have to focus on what the fish are doing, how the water is moving and so on. The process to simply change baits can take minutes as opposed to mere seconds. One easy way to ensure a fun and simple trip is to make sure you have a pack that is as ready as you are. So this month’s focus for the Check it Out List blogs will be your fly-fishing pack.

Fly Fishing Pack

Flies and Fly Boxes

Scissors/Clippers

Forceps/Pliers

Tool Retractor

Extra Tippet/Leaders

Small Magnifying Glass

Net

Fly Treatment

Line Cleaning Pad

Camera

 

So before you go out you should have a good idea of what fish species you are after. From there you should be able to pick out an assortment of fly patterns and read any current reports for the areas. Be sure to have a few of each pattern, varying in sizes, and have them stored safely in boxes.

Scissors or clippers make cutting line a breeze. Some people prefer clippers as you can get a little bit closer to the knot before cutting the line and others prefer scissors for their utilitarian applications. Forceps or pliers can help get that hook out and makes it less harmful to the fish. Since the work is rather delicate when fly-fishing many use forceps over pliers. But having pliers to help fix any other problems with tackle/gear can be a big help. Of course we humans are tinkerers and have done a good job at putting both scissors and forceps into the same tool. This can be like one-stop shopping in this application.

Depending on whether or not you have a vest or pack to carry your gear, will affect the accessibility of your stuff. Either way, having your tools on a retractor can be a big help so that way you are not always unzipping a pack or reaching into a pocket.

Along with having extra flies, one should always have extra tippet and some leaders. We all know too well that line can get caught or cut on many of the unseen objects in water. It would be a shame to have to cut a trip short because you forgot to bring these cheap and light products.

A small magnifying glass can be a great tool when tying on flies or inspecting items. The one pictured above is even lighted which will help in those early morning and later in the day setups.

Don’t forget a good net to land your catch with and a camera to capture the memory. Remember to spend the extra money for a good quality net that will last for years and not harm the fish. Those rubber baskets make the chance for survivability of released fish so much greater.

And then of course having fly treatments to help the fly float are essential. Make sure to bring that line cleaner and leader straightener as well, because we all know how the tiniest of flaw in a fly-fishing set up can ruin the chances to catch the king of that water!

-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 Bowfishing Minor Maintenance

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FOXPRO Ultimate Predator Hunter

Last year we had an amazing variety of professional hunters come to our store as part of our Fall Hunting Classic event. This was one of the best Fall Hunting Classics I have ever seen, and a good part of it was due to these speakers and their seminars. Word got to me a little while ago that we were going to get to have one of those speakers come back. And our store is excited to welcome back FOXPRO Pro Staffer Al Morris!

On June 1st, at 7PM, Al will be holding a free and full-of-information Predator Hunting Seminar at our store! This man knows how to successfully harvest predator-animals all over the country. He is an avid hunter and caller, with the track record to prove it. It’s not an easy task becoming a FOXPRO Pro Staffer and it’s even harder to become a host for FOXPRO FURTAKERS TV show, but Al has made it to both!

He grew up in Utah (a sportsman’s paradise) with a love for fishing, the outdoors and hunting. His passion grew though after reading an article from game-calling legend Wayne Carlton. Eager to try his own capabilities at this art, Al quickly found out he naturally had some talent. This led him to follow his passion professionally.

Al has competed in calling contests all over the country and holds numerous titles. He has won: World Coyote Calling Championship (Three Times!), Best of the West contest, Northeastern Elk Calling Championship, Utah State Bugling Championship and World Elk Calling Championship.

What gets me the most excited though about having Al back in our store is how excited he gets when talking about predator calling and hunting. The man gets fired up about the subject and you can see the audience feel his energy. This will definitely be a seminar you do not want to miss. It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to the sport or consider yourself a seasoned hunter, you can definitely learn something from him.

-Giddy-Up!!

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Why it Matters: Leave No Trace

So back in March I told the story of when a group of us Bass Pro Shops associates went out to a local trail and picked up trash along the hike. We had a lot of fun, got a great workout in and did some good for our beloved outdoors. Before we all took off on the adventure one of our managers explained the basics of Leave No Trace. I listed out the basics of this concept but did not give a break down or better explain what they meant. Now for this month’s Why it Matters blog I can think of no better subject than Leave No Trace.

Leave No Trace started to form during the 1960’s. Over the decades it grew and transformed but always taught the basics of leaving a minimal impact on the land. Many people never thought about how their recreational habits could have such strong impacts on nature. Leaving trash, discarded food and not controlling campfires could potentially change entire ecosystems. Think back to the old footage of people feeding bears from their vehicles in the National Parks. At the time it was considered fun, cute and even kind to the animals. Now we know that this changes their habits and brings them into closer contact with humans more often.

Federal agencies have had a long history of educational tools to teach people how to safely enjoy the outdoors, and preserve them for generations to come. Such characters as Smokey the Bear gave a face and slogan to the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. It wasn’t until 1987 though that a pamphlet on Leave No Trace was created by the majority of federal agencies who run our land services. And it wasn’t until 1994 that the organization was “formed” as a non-profit.

Leave No Trace has seven principles for “outdoor recreation decision making”. These principles were first created for the “backcountry”. Years later a version for the “frontcountry” was created. They both have a majority of the same principles with slight variations.

For the backcountry:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare: Poorly prepared people, when presented with unexpected situations, often resort to high-impact solutions that degrade the outdoors or put themselves at risk. Proper planning leads to less impact.
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: Damage to land occurs when surface vegetation or communities of organisms are trampled beyond repair. The resulting barren area leads to unusable trails, campsites and soil erosion.
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly: Though most trash and litter in the backcountry is not significant in terms of the long term ecological health of an area, it does rank high as a problem in the minds of many backcountry visitors. Trash and litter are primarily social impacts which can greatly detract from the naturalness of an area. Further, backcountry users create body waste and waste water which requires proper disposal according to Leave No Trace.
  4. Leave What You Find: Leave No Trace directs people to minimize site alterations, such as digging tent trenches, hammering nails into trees, permanently clearing an area of rocks or twigs, and removing items.
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts: Because the naturalness of many areas has been degraded by overuse of fires, Leave No Trace teaches to seek alternatives to fires or use low-impact fires.
  6. Respect Wildlife: Minimizing impact on wildlife and ecosystems.
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors: Following hiking etiquette and maintaining quiet allows visitors to go through the wilderness with minimal impact on other users.

For the frontcountry:

  1. Know Before You Go
  2. Stick to Trails and Camp Overnight Right
  3. Trash your Trash and Pick Up Poop
  4. Leave It as You Find It
  5. Be Careful with Fire
  6. Keep Wildlife Mild
  7. Share Our Trails and Manage Your Pet

Leave No Trace has done a good job at staying at the forefront of outdoor ethics for years. Many schools and groups teach this program almost exclusively. Leave No Trace has also kept up with the times by embracing new technologies. Going to their website you can look into taking an online awareness course. They also have organized hot-spots where one can get involved with a large group and even receive training. One of my favorite things they are doing is the Bigfoot Challenge. Just look into it.

Of course no organization can go unchallenged. During the 2000’s a few wrote articles speaking against Leave No Trace. The issues pointed out about Leave No Trace ranged from it having its own branding of products or not being nearly effective enough. One must keep in mind that this is also the time when global impact was being heavily spotlighted. Films like “An Inconvenient Truth” brought forth this topic to a whole new generation of audiences. This was also the time when people who drove a Prius thought they were better than you because of their fuel efficiency. (Too bad those “awesome” batteries have a radioactive decay life of about a century.) A big outcry was that Leave No Trace did not do enough to target the real issues with what was going wrong with nature. Because of this a “Beyond Leave No Trace” was created. Their seven principles are:

  • Educate yourself and others about the places you visit
  • Purchase only the equipment and clothing you need
  • Take care of the equipment and clothing you have
  • Make conscientious food, equipment, and clothing consumption choices
  • Minimize waste production
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Get involved by conserving and restoring the places you visit

Clearly they have a much stronger “affirmative” position. While doing all that you can to protect nature and the outdoors is important, you also have to look at the big picture. The core concepts of Leave No Trace are something that many can process and get behind. Looking at some of the principles in Beyond Leave No Trace can be overwhelming and even be off-putting. Throwing those seven principles might scare kids away from getting involved in any way whatsoever. So perhaps the best would be to introduce someone to Leave No Trace and if they truly feel compelled to get more involved I am sure they will get into going “Beyond”. No matter what though, pick up your trash and anyone else’s and be mindful about preserving the great outdoors for our next generation.

-Giddy-Up!!

Previously:

Getting Outdoors Picking Up Hunting Fishing Hiking Camping Rangefinders

Physical Preparation Slowing Down Passing it Down

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Tracker Time: Tahoe 195

OK so when it comes to the Tracker Time blogs I have covered boats from Tracker, Mako, Grizzly, Regency and Ascend. That has left me with a couple companies that I have not taken a deeper look at concerning just one of the many awesome vessels they offer. This month, with the weather so nice my mind slips to thinking about getting away for a trip. A trip to Tahoe sounds nice, and so does taking a look at the Tahoe brand of boats. But where to begin? I mean we have a few of them at our location and they always get my attention. But when I started to check out the Tahoe 195, I knew I had my star for this month’s Tracker Time blog.

The Tahoe 195 is considered a deck boat, which makes it great for a few different options. You can fish out of it, you can be towed behind it and you can just lay out on it! You can calmly cruise the water or tear it up with the 220HP Mercury® engine. You’ll notice quickly how easy it is to fall in love with this boat and then fall asleep in it. The interior is comfy and very roomy. This makes it especially nice for the do-all boater because you never know who you are going to be taking out with you.

  

It comes with a removable table and plenty of storage. There is storage under most of the seating and there are even special in-floor storage spots for skis or a trolling motor! Head towards the back and you will find a refreshment center that even has a 5gal sink with sprayer! For the fishing trips there are two moveable chairs that can be stowed while not in use. There is also an aerated live well and 3 rod holders. The boat itself is roughly 20 feet. It can hold up to 8 people. It comes with a 36 gallon tank. The aft swim platform with boarding ladder and Bluetooth®-capable AM/FM stereo with MP3 & USB ports might just be your favorite parts about this boat.

   

So next time you are thinking about hitting the water in style, think about the Tracker 195. It may be the best decision you have made in quite some time!

-Giddy-Up!!

Previous Tracker Topics

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

Tracker History ProGuide V175 Ascend FS10

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Capturers of the Outdoors: Peter Hathaway Capstick

If you had followed my Africa’s Big Five series, you probably could have seen this coming. In those blogs I wrote about the “five most dangerous game” of Africa, which included Lion, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard. The articles were about the nature of these animals and the history/future of hunting them. Things have changed a lot since the original “African explorers” first traveled the “dark continent”. One man though was able to contain this essence of adventure and excitement in his writings, Peter Hathaway Capstick. His books would inspire a new generation of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. So for the month of May he will be the focus of our Capturers of the Outdoors blog.

I should preface, after the first preface, with the fact that he is one of my favorite authors. So yes, there will be biased shown in this blog. Just the same if I was to write a blog on why A-Wings are cooler than X-Wings or why Jurassic Park is the best movie ever.

Peter Hathaway Capstick was born in New Jersey in 1940. He passed away in 1996 in South Africa. When you look at those two things you see that he didn’t reach the age of 60 and didn’t pass on American soil. At firs this could be considered confusing, but once you read his works and know his own story it makes perfect sense. Capstick was born and raised in the United States. He attended University of Virginia and had a career working on Wall Street.

While selling and buying stocks can be its own adventure in its own kind of jungle, Capstick yearned for more. So he left the urban jungle and went to the Latin American jungle. He pursued his lifelong passions of fishing, hunting and traveling at this time. He also learned Spanish, which would be one of the several languages he would speak in his lifetime. After a couple years he returned to New York began a business arranging professionally guided hunting trips which caught the attention of Winchester Adventures. He worked there as a director.

From this he took his first trip to Africa and from then on his life would be forever changed. Many who take a trip to Africa can tell you just how amazing it is. A few different associates at our store have spoken about his, even though they didn’t have the words to explain it. You quickly realize that it is something you have to experience. Capstick would eventually become a professional hunter (PH) and game ranger in three different African countries.

Close to a decade after his first trip to Africa, Capstick published his first book: Death in the Long Grass. This books covers the dangerous game in Africa in several chapters. He fills his chapters with stories of his own, taken from others, historically documented cases and more. Being both a PH and a game ranger he clearly would have constantly been in close proximity to dangerous situations or others who had been in them. Death in the Long Grass was a success and is considered one of the quintessential books of African hunting.

When you read his work you can tell Capstick was well-educated and extremely passionate about his topics. His words can clearly bring a mental picture to mind as you read them. He would eventually write thirteen books and even dabbled in film, where his story-telling mastery came to life in front of you. He published six hunting videos, which before the time of every hunter having a TV show or YouTube channel was quite impressive.

His subjects ranged from the animals of Africa to the men that hunted them. One of my favorite books of his though is Death in a Lonely Land. This book is a compilation of some of his favorite and forgotten writings, so it ranges from fishing to playing with BB Guns. Besides publishing books and videos, Capstick wrote for Outdoor Life, Guns & Ammo, Petersen’s Hunting and American Hunter.

The last thing he did to share his passion with the world, was one of the last things he ever did. He was a keynote speaker at a banquet for Safari Club International. He suffered exhaustion and eventually collapsed. They were able to get him back to his beloved and adopted home of South Africa for an operation that in the end did not work. He is still remembered through his writings and honored through a special award given out for the promotion of responsible hunting and wildlife conservation.

Before my hunting trip to Tennessee I would find myself reaching for anything by Capstick. I took a few of his books with me on my trip and in between times in a blind or handling tasks around the farm I was deep into my book. His writings continue to inspire the passion and imagination of hunters. He truly captured the outdoors in every aspect of his life.

-Giddy-Up!!

Previous Capturers

Zane Grey Disney Nature

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Look at That! Weather Vanes

One of my favorite movies has to be Open Range with Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. One of my favorite characters is Percy, the stable worker. At one point a huge storm rolls into town and Percy warns the main characters to get inside. “Big-un’s comin!” I love it. Phrases like “Storms a-brewin’!” and “Best get the livestock in!” have pretty much made themselves home in any kind of discussion considering a storm. Fun fact, as my buddy and I were driving down the highway he noted an incoming desert monsoon. I put all those phrases together and it caught him just as off-guard as the storm did!

Now there are many ways to have a heads up with the weather. Listening to the radio, watching the Weather Channel, checking your smartphone or reading the newspaper all provide hints at what the day will be like. Two of my favorite ways though are to look at the sky and check your weather vane!

Looking at the sky gets us away from technology and lets us take in the world for its true beauty. Checking your weather vane lets you utilize an older technology and probably appreciate your front or back yard for a few extra moments during the day. And the style/topper of your weather vane can say a lot about yourself.

There are two companies that we carry a bunch of different options online of weather vanes. The first we will take a stroll through is Good Directions, Inc. They make a ton of attractive options that would look great in any number of places in the yard. I am quite partial to the rooster myself. They may come with a higher price-tag than one would expect but you know you are getting something that will last for seasons.

The second company is EZ Vane Inc. They have quite a number of options, including colleges. As flying your school’s logos/colors have become more and more popular, this company might offer something your front yard would not do without. I’ll let you look online to see what schools they currently offer, but let me just say this, if you aint a gator… you’re gator bait!

-Giddy-Up!!

Other Nifty Things to Look At!

Propane Fire Ring Hand Towels Rainproof Camo She Outdoor PETT

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

Traeger Smoker/Grills Casio Pathfinder RedHead Wellington Boots

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“Wear It” Campaign Event and Record Setter

Here is a little statistic that I find quite shocking, according to the CDC “Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.” I have no doubt that with better safety education and situational awareness; this horrible statistic could be worked down. That is why groups that preach water safety are so important. Recently we were contacted by the local chapter of the Wear It Campaign, and are very glad that they did.

The Wear It Campaign is a national organization dedicated to water and boating safety. The first step begins with education. Their website is full of information that can help anyone ranging from a single parent to whole school systems that may be looking for where to start on water safety. Whenever we teach anything concerning kids being near the water at Bass Pro Shops, we always suggest and insist that children have life jackets.

Part of our community outreach at our store will be bringing the Wear It Campaign in-store. On May 16th from 12:30-2:30 we will be having the organization come in to raise water safety awareness. We will also be helping them hopefully set a new world record for most people in a life jacket. So grab your life jacket and come on down because at 2:15 we will be taking a group photo of all participants! This photo along with others being taken nationally will be submitted for the goal!

Now we really do need to give credit where it is due, and this whole amazing thing is all the work of the local groups and people that are a part of the Wear It Campaign. This would not be possible without the people at Mesa Fire and Medical Department and those at The Ryan Thomas Foundation. These people, along with all the other great organizations, deserve our thanks for what they do. And hopefully you will get to thank them in person when you come down for the event!

-Giddy-Up!!

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RedHead Select Outfitters: Ducks N Bucks

If you have been reading my blogs over the past couple years you would know that I am a fan of rhyming and alliteration… and puns… and Jurassic Park. If you have been reading my blogs over the past couple of months you would be aware about our RedHead Select Outfitters. These outfitters are those that our professional hunting teams have hunted at and proved themselves to be worthy partners of ours. Besides offering great hunts with amazing memories, signing up with one of these outfitters can also pay off thanks to the points earned on your Outdoor Rewards account. Last month I highlighted one of the outfitters in Texas. This month I will combine my love of rhyming with the focus of this blog and have chosen to highlight Ducks N Bucks.

First off, love the name. Simple and fun. They let you know exactly what they are about. But it’s not all fun and games, as they state they are “a professional hunting guide service dedicated to providing quality hunts for the serious hunter.” They are based out of Burlington, Oklahoma which they call the “friendliest town in Oklahoma”. If you have ever gone to Oklahoma, you know how friendly the people there are already but it is quite something to earn this title.

Because of their location they are a great spot for trophy deer and ducks. In fact some of their deer come from their northern neighbor, Kansas. Kansas has been a pride for prized deer and some of them head down South putting them in the cross hairs of those at Ducks N Bucks.

One of my favorite things with the set-up of these RedHead Select Outfitters is how they have their own checklist for the hunts. This gives hunters an honest idea of what they will need to bring with them. Which we all know, extra items for a hunt can add up quickly.

For Ducks they say to bring:

  • Warm waders
  • Warm and cold weather clothing
  • Face mask or face paint
  • Gloves
  • Stocking hat
  • Gortex coat
  • Waterproof clothing (Be prepared for the elements.)
  • Shells
  • Gun
  • Proper licensing

For Bucks they say you’ll need:

  • Knee boots
  • Warm and cold weather clothing (Be prepared because it can get real cold.)
  • Rangefinder
  • Good optics
  • Scentlock suits if you own any
  • Rifle
  • Bullets
  • Orange, proper tags

I like that for both species they are sure to mention the elements and weather, which can be a huge deciding factor for some hunts. One thing that is on their website that you would probably like to know beforehand is that their deer hunt is that “You DO NOT have to apply for a draw to obtain a license for these hunts. Tags are available over the counter in most sporting goods stores throughout the state.”

So next time you are thinking about that dream trip with some family or friends, maybe the rhyme will be a great time and look no further than Ducks N Bucks!

-Giddy-Up!!

The Basics

Mellon Creek

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Rustic Recipes: Bacon Cornbread

We all have those few recipes or foods that are so good but enjoyed so few times throughout the year. Certain season or holiday specific foods can make our mouths water but only at the right time. And some meals take so long to prepare that they make themselves unwanted from a weekly regimen. One such food for me is my cilantro-bacon-cornbread stuffing. This stuff is amazing. Sure after eating it you could sink to the bottom of the Dead Sea, but it is a once-a-year item.

The flavor of mixing cornbread and bacon is something one must experience. But with the holiday season still months out I went on a quest to discover a simpler and more everyday friendly way to mix the two. So without further ado and much assistance from decimals:

Bacon Cornbread

1.5 cup Cornmeal

1.5 cup Buttermilk

.5 cup Flour

.25 cup Vegetable Oil

2 Eggs

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Sugar

.5 teaspoon Baking Soda

.5 teaspoon Salt

4 (or more) slices of Bacon, cook crisp and crumble up

Grease desired pan and heat oven to 450.

Mix all ingredients together and stir for half-a-minute.

Pour mixture in pan and cook for 25 to 30 minutes.

Garnish with extra bacon, because we know you cooked up a ton more than needed.

Enjoy!

-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 Moose 2nd Helping of Squirrel

From Our Restaurant

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

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Go Outdoors Event 2015- Mesa, AZ

It seems like only a couple weekends ago when we hosted the awesome Workender Event here in Mesa, AZ. And we are not slowing down as far as our events go! We started May off with the Set Your Sights Event and now we are already looking towards the future! And our future has one simple message, “Go Outdoors!”. That’s right from May 11th through the 25th we will be having our world-famous Go Outdoors Sale and Event!

This is a perfect time to stock up and get geared up for your adventures this summer with both awesome deals and great activities! We will have all sorts of awesome items and great products on sale in-store. But even more essential for a fun and stress-free adventure than great products is solid knowledge. Which is why we will be having demos, seminars and other free activities going on as well!

On May 16th and 17th we will start things off for the kids! We will have our Catch and Release Pond, which is one of my favorite activities. I have worked this probably close to a dozen times and it is awesome. Helping kids catch, what is sometimes their first, fish is truly a blessing. It really makes me remember what the passion of the outdoors is all about. And best part is, it’s going to be our store’s Custom Big Boy Pond! We will also have our Free Photo Download going along with a scavenger hunt and crafts. We will also have cooking demonstrations and samplings. Word is that there might even be a Boy Scout Troop or two doing some demos.

The kid’s activities will be from 11AM-5PM both days. The Catch and Release Pond will be open from 11AM-4PM though. Participants under 18 years of age will need a parent/legal guardian to fill out a waiver for them. There will be two different Crafts so if you are lucky enough to come both days, you will get to color different items! The Scavenger Hunts will start at 4PM both days, and kids who complete this activity will receive a giveaway while supplies last. And besides that, kids who complete a punch card with certain activities will get a different giveaway, while supplies last.

The following weekend of May 23rd and 24th, we are looking to include the whole family and not just the youngest generation! We will be teaching several How-To Seminars. Those include:

May 23rd

11AM- Capable Kayaking

2PM- Local Trails and Treasures

May 24th

11AM- Conquering Campfire Cooking

2PM- Kids and Camping

For those who might get a little rumbly in the tummy, we will also have food demos and samplings both weekends. On Saturdays we will be doing Funnel Cake Demos from 11AM-2PM and Fish Fry Demos from 2PM-5PM. On Sundays we will have Dutch Oven Demos from 1PM-4PM.

This is sure to be an awesome event that you will not want to miss! We hope to see you there!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Goin’ Rural: Water Features

When my wife and I bought our first house last year, there were a few things we looked for. It needed to be updated, ready-to-move in, have a yard for our dog and a few other items. But being two different people we both had our eyes on a few more specific items. She of course paid attention to things like closet-space, hardware, appliances and finishes. I wanted to make sure we could fly an American Flag out front, raise chickens in the back and possibly have a water feature. I don’t know why, but I have always had something for water features. No matter the size. Whether it be a simple half whiskey-barrel with a fountain or a lake to fish in, I love them! So for this month’s Goin’ Rural blog we are gonna take a look at Water Features.

Apparently I am not alone in my fascination with water. Many people insist on living their lives near it, some work all their lives just to retire by it and others make their living from it. For those of us that are land-locked, we can still get our aqua-escape on. And that is a big part of our fascination and attraction to water features. They let us escape, whether it is for a few seconds or an hour. We can get lost in the hypnotic trance of all of water’s awesome abilities. Just the sound of water moving can create a relaxing sensation.

One of the biggest deciding factors when it comes to creating a water-feature is the size of it. You will be more than likely limited to the area available for it. If you have a few dozen acres, maybe you can have your world-class fishing lake. If you are limited to an apartment’s balcony, maybe a table top feature is all you can have. And there is nothing wrong with starting small. Everything is a learning experience so if you slowly work your way up to larger projects, you are definitely going to have learned something earlier that will help you in the future.

Some examples of smaller projects include pre-built features or containers. You can find one of those small plug-in water features that range from a bamboo theme to garden-gnomes. These are easy to clean, carry and enjoy but also can be cheap and break rather easily.

The next step up would be some kind of container feature. This could be a bird bath, half whiskey-barrel or planter of some kind. Bird baths tend to hold still water, so plan on changing it regularly to prevent mosquitos. Remember to put a bird feeder nearby to also help attract our feathered friends.

If you use a pump to circulate the water, this helps keep down this problem. One can pick up a half whiskey-barrel at most hardware stores. These can either be wood, which looks better but harder to maintain, or plastic, which doesn’t look as good but doesn’t swell or shrink like wood does. So you will want to weigh your options. Or you can take a pot and add a pump into it. You can vary the size of the pot and the pump. Most pumps come with an attachment nozzle where you can add pipe and a head that will give off a distinct patterned spray. Or you can run flexible hosing from it to create a waterfall or hook it into a “spitting” feature.

From these basic water features, comes dozens of other options. Usually the only limits are on how big you can make, what you can imagine and what you want to spend. I have seen some extravagant koi ponds that are beautiful, with fish worth tens of thousands of dollars in them. I have also seen livestock water troughs surrounded by stone that are just as enjoyable. You will want to find your happy balance.

If you are thinking about incorporating fish, read up. Information is essential for your enjoyment and the lifestyle of your fish. Many people have begun raising tilapia in backyard ponds. They are avid breeders, grow rapidly and taste pretty dang good as well. You can certainly have fun catching a few for dinner just moments before hand.

Check out websites, YouTube channels, books and magazines that focus on water features for some great information and tips. I can’t believe I am saying this, and hopefully my wife does not read this blog, but check out Pintrest for ideas. You never know what will be said in a Bass Pro Shops blog, do you?!

-Giddy-Up!!

Mason Jars Chickens Bird Feeders Gardening Food Preservation

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Big Game Basics: Roosevelt Elk

When it comes to the world of big-game animals there are a lot that have several subspecies. When you go all the way back to our article on caribou there are five subspecies of the animal. There are three for moose, five for deer and so on. During our Arizona Animals series of state-specific animals we discussed elk. This was about the Rocky Mountain Elk, the most prolific of the subspecies. The other two subspecies are the Roosevelt and Tule. This month’s Big Game Basics will be focused on the Roosevelt Elk.

The Roosevelt Elk is actually the largest elk of North America. The males average 900 pounds and the females sit around 500 pounds. Now these are averages and both can grow much larger than that. They are herbivores and travel in herds. Their range is much smaller than the Rocky Mountain Elks and is mostly confined to the Pacific Northwest.

They can be found in Vancouver Island and on mainland British Columbia. As far as the U.S. goes they are found in Washington, Oregon, Northern California and Alaska. These animals were actually introduced in Alaska. Another herd was also introduced onto Santa Rosa Island.

The Roosevelt Elks antlers tend to be more rugged and massive when compared to those of the Rocky Mountain Elk. But the Roosevelt Elks antlers are shorter and closer together, when compared to the long and wide-spread of the Rocky Mountain Elk. Also the Roosevelt Elks antlers tend to palmate or are webbed on the top. This gives the animals a distinct antler.

They favor dense rain forests that hold evergreen trees. They eat a variety of foods that is mostly dependent on the season. They will consume anything ranging from grasses to elderberries to blueberries and even mushrooms and lichens.

They do get their name for famous hunter/conservationist/President Theodore Roosevelt. (Ever notice how hard it is to give a single title to that guy? What an amazing person.) They also are attached to another famous name, Olympic National Park in Washington State. Preservation of these animals in that area helped push to establish this national park.

Conservation and preservation of these amazing animals has always been on the public’s mind. Most herds are considered under governmental management. Of course hunting these animals is also a part of management. The money paid out for hunting licenses, tags and trips for these animals help fund their preservation. Groups like Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation also do a great job of fundraising and hands-on project to help all elk. All hunters should look at joining this and other national conservation groups that do a great amount of good to protect our animals for the future generations.

-Giddy-Up!!

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Healthy Hunter: Everyday Switches

When looking at your overall health there are many things to consider. What you eat, how you live, activity level, body performance, mental stress and so much more. It is really “a big picture” concept. But there are so many ways to make little switches that can improve your health on multiple levels. Some are so simple that you might be rolling your eyes at them, but that’s not to say others won’t find it extremely helpful. So for this we will look at a few different aspects of “health”. That will be diet, activity and overall mood.

When it comes to diet, there are tons of small everyday switches you can make. Instead of drinking a can of soda, down a bottle of water. Take the plunge and fall in love again with the flavor of your meat and buy some grass-fed beef. Make sure the wrap in your lunch is on a high-fiber tortilla and not an overly processed flour one. Celery instead of chips. Just make the choice to choose healthier and you will be happy with your decision.

Activity can be a tricky thing, but little switches can help with that. Stairs instead of an elevator are a good start. Spending a break walking around in fresh air instead of sitting in a break room can also work wonders. Make a pact that when you get home, somebody is on leash duty and the other is on poo-bag doody and the whole family along with the noble hound is off for a stroll to decompress from the day. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Boxing clubs have been growing in popularity lately, mostly for their cardio aspects as opposed to the “fight-game”.

And for overall mood, just breathe. I have been there, where you are so busy trying to juggle a dozen work projects and home life that breathing seems to get skipped. Take some time every day for yourself. And make some time for your family and friends. This is something I drastically need to work on myself. But acknowledging that you need to slow down is the first step for a fresh start! You would be amazed at what sitting outside for fifteen minutes can do for your brain. I learned about this little trick a while back, when you get stressed or anxious over something just slow your roll. Focus on an object in the room and just start describing it. Pretend that you have to explain and describe that object to someone over the phone like their life depended on it. And make sure the object isn’t a picture of who you are mad at, that’s not the point of the exercise.

When it comes to everyday switches, there is no such thing as too small of one. Please share any everyday switches you do or have heard about below.

-Giddy-Up!!

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Fishy Facts: World Fish Migration Day

Ever hear about World Fish Migration Day before? Well get ready to, because that will be this month’s focus on our Fishy Facts blog. I chose it for May because that is the month when World Fish Migration Day (or WFMD) happens. But before you get too excited to purchase your WFMD Trucker Caps or post any #WFMD tweets just know that we are a year out. That’s right, sad face; the next WFMD will be May 21, 2016. But that is no reason to wait to learn about this awesome event.

The upcoming WFMD will actually be the 2nd one in history. The first took place on May 24, 2014. It was considered a huge success around the world. Internationally there were over 270 events held by over 1000 different organizations in over 50 countries that participated. Social media helped build the buzz surrounding the inaugural event, and there is hope to double the size of this event next year!

But what exactly is it?  Basically it can be summed up by their core concept and that is “connecting fish, rivers and people”. Worldwide there are numbers of migratory fish that provide the livelihood for millions of people. The fish need open waterways in order to migrate safely and reproduce. With so much development going on, fish are finding it harder than ever to get to where they belong. The waterways of the world looked very different before the creation of dams and other structures.

As usual the best way to battle something is with knowledge and public attention. That is exactly what WFMD does. Their game plan was to have local groups set up their own participatory-effort all under the WFMD goal. As the statistics above show, they had a success with their one-day global initiative. It had lasting effects though as some places are seeking changes. One organization is even opening up a permanent education center for school kids to teach them about the importance of this matter.

Now any subject like this can get red-hot pretty quickly. Think about the discussion of Global Warming. I bet that just by reading that term some sort of emotion came to you personally. The thing with WFMD is that it is looking to raise awareness, secure commitments, build communities and share ideas concerning this issue. They aren’t asking you to buy a Prius and yell at diesel drivers or anything like that. And you don’t have to be a scientist to see how much fish populations have been affected by water developments.

Can you get involved? Heck yea! That is what it is all about, anybody and everybody doing their part to raise awareness. They encourage you to be creative with your events which means have some fun! Hopefully reading this blog and the fact that you will have a year until the next WFMD will get you and some friends into action!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Why it Matters: Passing Down

Remember your first fishing or camping trip? The anxiousness and excitement all rolled up into one? Who took you? Do you have anyone that thinks of you when it comes to their first fishing or camping trip? When was the first time you got on a boat? Who made sure you had a life jacket and some water to drink? Have you been that person? What was the biggest rule about safety when it came to handling firearms? Who taught you that? In many aspects of the outdoors, there are hundreds of firsts. And usually for your firsts, seconds and even thirds you had someone there. Some form of mentor to show you what to do and how to do it. Maybe it was a family member, close friend or enthusiastic neighbor but more than likely someone showed you the way.

Nowadays you can watch YouTube videos, read a book or browse Wikipedia to become an expert on anything. But in no way is that the same as being shown by someone passing down a tradition to you. When it came to my first big-game hunt I had all the resources: TV, friends, online articles, YouTube and people at work. But it all clicked together out in the field as my uncle showed me hands-on how to handle a downed animal.

And that is what the outdoors is all about, passing it down. Being good stewards of the land so the next generation can enjoy it is woven into our makeup. Making sure the youth learns about firearm safety above all else when it comes to shooting is standard. Teaching people to pick up trash should be the number one rule for hikers and campers. You teach good and responsible behaviors because that is what you learned.

Many online articles will tell you how the number of hunters in America is declining. I have no doubt that this trend also includes fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts. I am sure this directly relates to the advances in electronics and other distractions. Don’t get me wrong, it is nice being able to take a few seconds to access some information but there is a time and place for that. The outdoors should not be a place, unless under emergency, for that.

In Hunter’s Education they teach you that a hunter goes through several stages in life. They end as a hunter who cares more about sharing the passion and teaching skills than any other part of hunting. Do you have to be old and gray to be at this point? Nope! Start sharing with others and doing outreach as soon as you’re comfortable and know how to.

I am sure many of you have favorite memories of learning about a passion of yours. And like I said above I am sure you had someone showing you the way. At Bass Pro Shops we hold several free events a year geared towards the youth. We know that without them, the outdoors will not be around forever. We are always proud to be a part of their memories.

-Giddy-Up!!

Previously:

Getting Outdoors Picking Up Hunting Fishing Hiking Camping Rangefinders

Physical Preparation Slowing Down

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Tracker Time: ProGuide V-175 Combo

Growing up in Arizona you see all kinds of boats out on the water. Bass boats, paddle boats, cigarette boats, sailboats and even deep-ocean yachts can share the same body of water out here. I have always been fascinated by boats and open water, and I guess it runs in my family. For some reason though, I love the look of Deep-V boats. Considered more of a Midwest standard boat, especially for walleye fishing, I don’t think I have ever seen one out here in Arizona waters. But for some reason I love them!

When strolling through our Tracker Department I always take a few seconds longer to pass by the Deep-V model boats. They just look awesome. These boats are designed for larger bodies of water and to handle the more volatile conditions that can occur on them. Our Tracker Deep V’s have steep sides to take on larger swells and chop. They also have an extra-wide bottom that adds to stability.

I don’t know about you, but my gut doesn’t take too kindly to a rockin’ boat.

Another thing that I like about Deep V boats is that you get to sit in them instead of on them. You know what I mean? I feel a little more at ease and not so much worried about the cooler going overboard when there is some more to the boat. Also, a little less likely to get wet.

The guys at Tracker HQ do a better job than I could about explaining all the little things they put into their Deep V’s. So here’s what they have to say about the handling, “Reverse chines help provide increased stability, better steering handling, additional lift (even with lower horsepower engines) and a drier ride by deflecting water downward. Lastly, formed-in performance strakes along the running surface help the boat plane faster and track straighter.”

One thing I can tell you is how their Deep V’s come like all other Tracker Boats, fully loaded. Each boat comes with a trolling motor, fish finder, aerated live-well, trailer, storage areas and outboard motor. But within their line of Deep V’s there are dozens of models. So which one would I choose?

The ProGuide V-175 Combo of course! This is actually the best-selling Deep V model that Tracker makes. With Deep V boats you kind of have the best of both worlds as far as boating goes. You have a solid platform from which to fish or partake in water sports. This is a great feature for families, and a selling point for the missus as well. It has an aft swimming platform with boarding ladder. You can seat up to five crewmates comfortably, and have plenty of storage for everything you need. Of course no trip to the lake is complete without tunes, and this model comes loaded with a music-player that is all-weather ready.

My nominees for must have boating music:

America, Loggins and Messina, The Eagles and of course upbeat/party country!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Cool Calibers: 16 Gauge

With the third installment of our Cool Calibers blog I will be successful at focusing on a more-obscure and less appreciated caliber in rifle, handgun and now shotgun. I am hoping to continue this pattern for the following installments, but I might just run out of shotgun calibers to focus on. Which actually let me apologize for my incorrectness concerning this. Shotguns are measured in gauges, not calibers. Gauge refers to the diameter of the barrel. There is more to it but that is not our focus today, what is will be the 16 gauge shotgun!

The two most popular shotgun gauges are the 12Ga and 20Ga. The 16Ga sits right in between them. It was originally known as a “gentlemen’s gun” with the 12Ga being marketed and used more heavily by rural people. It is also considered a European firearm, as it originated there and has retained popularity. The gauge is perfect for upland bird which is the majority of its use.

Once conservation and wildlife agencies got their acts together in early America, bag limits and seasons were set to protect animals. This significantly reduced the number of birds hunted and protected many species from extinction. But what is a shot gunner supposed to shoot at if not birds?! That is where skeet came into play. Such shooting activities as skeet and trap provided shooters a recreational way to keep firing. Unfortunately the rules were written to not include 16Ga in them.

Because of this and the majority of shooting turning to sporting instead of sustenance, manufactures produced more of the 12Ga and 20Ga. And so slowly the 16Ga disappeared from American fields. Manufacturers of 16Ga products tried to step up their game with the quality and diversity of the gauges possibilities. Unfortunately all was too little too late and further pushed the 16Ga from American minds and gun cabinets.

I remember growing up and the 16Ga was mentioned as if it was a legend. When I learned that my best friend’s Belgian grandfather had a side-by-side 16Ga (still in Europe) I knew to look upon it would have been like finding the Holy Grail. For years I grew up listening to my friend’s father talk about the firearm, and I will tell you what: It was beautiful!

This adds to the majesty of the round. The “gentlemen’s gun” was given high praise and often handed down through generations. The nicer guns always survived adding to the “nobility” of the gauge.

A couple years back though I noticed something interesting on the shotgun ammo shelves. It was a box of 16Ga. And then I noticed some more. Yes, there has been new life breathed into this classic firearm. Manufacturers and shooters are bringing it back into the public’s conscious. The fact that you can shoot the 16Ga a hundred times and not be sore, and carry it all day and also not be fatigued makes it a great upland bird gauge.

-Giddy-Up!!

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Healthy Hunter: APP-Etite Help

So a few months back I focused on tracking goals, meals and workouts for a certain health/fitness goal. I was very old school with this article. I mean I suggested using pen and paper for goodness sakes! And I was suggesting generalized tracking, not so specifics. In this day and age with smartphones and whatnot, how could I offer up something so retro?! Well simple actually, I hadn’t found an app that was good enough to do what I needed done. I remember downloading a couple workout apps a few years back and they were absolutely horrible. The worst.

But fast forward a few years and thousands of people are trying to get healthier and hundreds of companies are looking to help/make a buck or two. Nutrition and exercise applications for smart-devices have never been better. There are hundreds of options to choose from. Just remember to think about what you are looking to get out of it.

If you are more concerned with nutrition, then find an app that focuses on that. Make sure it has a weight-tracking feature, a way to add food into a daily diet log and other helpful information. Some apps have the ability for you to plug out your desired macronutrients. This is where you specify what percentage of your daily diet you want in the form of carbs, proteins or fats. I would look for an app that feature a calorie tracker up top, so you can always quick reference it and know where you are at and if you should have that second slice of pizza. Any app that you look at should have a huge database or way to upload a quick-food. You’ll want a large database of food to be able to plug in because smart-devices are designed to store infinite amounts of information that we could not hold onto. I don’t know about you but I can’t give you the complete nutritional content for 2/3 cup of green beans in a second, but an app can and should.

Maybe your diet is solid but you’re having trouble at the gym. Look for an app that has hundreds of exercises pre-loaded (because there are that many) that you can modify to enter. You should be able to specify number of sets, reps and the weight/resistance used. Most workout-apps are also sure to feature a cardio tracker. Most of us listen to music while at the gym, and it’s usually on a smart-device. Being able to update your app with previous set information, while resting and listening to tunes is a huge help. I’m bad about resting between sets, so giving myself something to do helps a lot. Plus this way you aren’t trying to write awkwardly around machines and weights. And its private. Sometimes people will try and “peak at your notes” if you are writing down weight-lifting information. I’ll yell at people to “do their own work” or tell them that “I’ll let the teacher know!” just to embarrass them. It’s fun.

As far as I go, I have been using the “MyFitnessPal” app for a few months now. It is actually a solid combination of both nutrition and exercise app. It has all those little features that I mentioned above and even more. One feature that I love is being able to scan a barcode for a food product and then have it uploaded into my phone. And while the app doesn’t feature all the exercises that I do, I have the ability to create my own.

Be sure to do your own research as you will have your own specific needs and wants.

-Giddy-Up!!

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.22’s Catch .22

Think back to the first gun you ever shot. What was it? Dad’s first rifle? Or perhaps your great-uncle’s squirrel gun? Well more than likely it was a .22 of some kind. There are several variations of .22 which includes Short, Long, Long Rifle and Magnum. It is the most commonly owned caliber in the world. This is usually the first firearm one shoots as it is a step above from a BB gun but not nearly as powerful as a center fire rifle cartridge. They use this caliber in the Boy Scouts and for Hunter’s Education purposes.

That is not to say that .22’s are kids play. Far from it. I have heard from several retired officers that it is the most common cartridge used in crimes. There are also countless stories/rumors of it being the “assassin’s choice” for handgun. Which may or may not be true but let’s not put any faith into that. You can put faith though into the fact that .22’s are lethal out to far ranges and should be treated with all the seriousness as any other firearm. It may not kick as much but it can still cause serious damage.

A few years ago you could walk into almost any sporting goods store and pick up a box of .22. It was no harder to find .22 ammo at a sporting goods store than it was to find bread at a grocery store. Nowadays though, good luck. Finding .22 ammo on the shelf is like successfully hunting a unicorn. OK, maybe not that bad but it is a rare sight. At our store, the most common phone call from a customer is about the status of .22 ammo. I am sure this is the same for other Bass Pro Shops and other sporting goods stores nationwide.

It all started with the usual fear of gun-bans. There had been some prolific mass-shootings that took place and even some legislation proposed though our government. This caused a rush on the market and people began buying up everything. Handguns, long guns (especially AR-15 style platforms), high-capacity magazines, accessories and ammo were being bought up by the truckload. Certain calibers like 9mm, 45ACP, 223Rem, 308Win and of course .22’s of all kinds were the most sought after.

For months after the initial scare you could come to our store and see a line of people waiting to get in as soon as we opened to see what we had on our shelves. Talking to people at other stores, this was the same state-wide and more than likely nationwide.

But so what’s the deal? As people will say “it’s only .22” and you begin to wonder why you can’t find it. It’s not like they aren’t producing it anymore. On the contrary! Ammunition manufacturers saw what calibers consumers most wanted and started just focusing on those. More obscure rounds have stopped being produced commercially as those machines are now needed for your common calibers. So where are they all going?

I have heard some people say it’s the government, that they are buying it all up so the youth can’t get into shooting. Like we said earlier, it is the most common caliber for kids to learn to shoot. Really the next step up is .223Rem which honestly has enough kick to be reserved for kids ten years of age or older. Remember if kids don’t enjoy shooting when they are young and get bruised up by too large of calibers, they probably won’t be lifetime shooters or gun owners.

Others point towards the “preppers” as they are stockpiling food, water, supplies and ammo. These certain types of people are misunderstood by many who do not know what they do. It is understandable though. Most people who are preparing for some kind of catastrophe are considered “weird” or “crazy” by others. That is until a disaster strikes and your family doesn’t have any can-goods because you didn’t even think about what may happen in this crazy thing called life. TV shows that document preppers and their lifestyles point out how they store products like alcohol, ammo or medical supplies to be used as a bartering system after money has no value.

Then you also have the people who purposely buy it all up just to sell on the internet for a profit. Don’t think people would actually do that? Think again. People were paying for magazines and firearms at way above decent mark-up on products. An AR-15 magazine for $60? Yea and people paid it. So if you haven’t been able to buy any .22 in-stores for a year or two but find some online at a higher price, you know you probably would pay it.

And outside of government conspiracies, people profiting like pirates and those crazy preppers you had your normal gun enthusiasts who want to get their hands on .22 ammo. People who own several firearms in their home and more than likely a .22 or two. You yourself may be such a person, and until recently you never thought about stockpiling up thousands of rounds of ammo. But now with how scarce it is, you buy up as much as you can when you get the chance. You’re not trying to gouge people online or are concerned with zombie-tornadoes, but you don’t want to not have any .22 either.

Because of all of this, you have .22’s very own Catch 22. People who weren’t stockpiling it before are now. Preppers hear about these government buy-outs and are now more determined to acquire as much .22 as possible. And shoppers/shooters like me and you who now pick up an extra box or two of the ammo when we don’t need it are making it scarcer. No one wins. And to boot, unlike 9mm or 308Win that you can reload .22 is almost impossible to. There are ways to do it, but none of them are very practical or safe so it is best to avoid that altogether.

Will this Catch 22 ever end? I honestly don’t know. All I do know is that if you ever have the chance to teach a kid how to shoot that it is not the time to be stingy with your stockpile.

-Giddy-Up!!

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Look at That! RedHead 11” Wellington Boots

Ever wonder where certain names or types of things come from? Me too. I am curious little critter and always like to know more about anything. One name I have seen thrown around a lot lately is Wellington, most specifically for Wellington Boots. It’s not a brand-name specific product, like Kleenex or Jacuzzi, but a style that many different footwear companies produce. So where does this term come from? I must know! And of course when we unveil a brand new RedHead 11” Wellington Boots my thirst for knowledge increases ten-fold.

Well believe it or not, the term Wellington Boots comes from royalty. Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington, was the first to wear these boots and made them extremely popular. They were a leather boot that he used while hunting and participating in other outdoor sports. Most paintings of him are sure to show him wearing these boots and in short time they were the standard for the British aristocracy.

It is said that Wellesley was very much involved with the original design of the boots. His shoemaker was given specific directions to match up to the Duke’s high standards. But slowly over time these boots would change time and time again. After the process of vulcanizing rubber was invented, they went from being made of leather to rubber. This made them extremely popular with farmers and other outdoor workers who had previously been doomed to wet feet from wooden clogs. They went through several changes during the two World Wars, which forever endeared them to wearers.

After the wars these boots found themselves being worn all over the world by all kinds of people. To this day they are one of the most popular forms of work wear. They are truly an international icon and have been incorporated into sports, dances and song. The rubber Wellington Boots can be found in some way connected to just about every single industry.

The new Wellington Boots from RedHead keep the same spirit of hard-work, durability and comfort that probably millions of workers have experienced with Wellington Boots. Not only will these boots work hard but they will look good doing it!

-Giddy-Up!!

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