Rustic Recipes: Moose-loaf

So one of my favorite foods is meatloaf. And one of my favorite meats is moose. So when I discovered this delicious recipe that combined those two things together, I decided it had to be the next focus on our Rustic Recipe blog series. For those of you, who don’t know the flavor of moose, get on that! This meat is delicious and extremely healthy. It is usually a special occasion kind of meat, unless you happen to have a freezer full of it (in which case, call me), so making the most out of it is important.

Anyone who has ever tried to introduce people to game-meat, know that this can be a touchy and delicate situation. Hence why people usually get their first taste of game-meat via a chili or burger. I could think of no better way to be inducted into the word of moose than with this recipe. Enjoy!

Dry Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of parsley

1 teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of ground sage

½ cup of bread crumbs

Wet Ingredients:

1.5 pounds of ground moose meat

½ medium sized onion- finely chopped

2 eggs

¾ cup of skim milk

Sauce Ingredients:

¼ Ketchup

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 teaspoon dry mustard

In a mixing bowl, combine all dry and wet ingredients. Mix together well and then put into desired cooking tray. (Typically a loaf pan.)

Bake in oven for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. You will want an internal temperature of about 150 degrees.

While that is going, mix together all the sauce ingredients. After you hit the 50 minute mark, put the sauce on top and continue cooking for 10 more minutes.

And bada-bing bada-boom, you have a delicious treat full of nutritious meat.

-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 Bacon Cornbread Poultry Balls Skirt Steakabobs

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Ascend Your Gear: 3 Piece Backpack Cooking Set

I have noticed that outdoor enthusiasts seem to go through trends. And I am not talking about people pursuing the newest or hottest upcoming outdoor activities. I mean like how they like to enjoy the outdoors. Decades ago, you went camping and it was basically you and the tent. You had your base camp and it was into the woods for entertainment. Then toy-trailers and RV’s hit the scene, and this became the “norm” for camping for a while. Your base camp started to include several multi-wheeled items and cable TV. Now though, people tend to be going for a mix of the two.

Another trend I have seen is in gear. First you start with big, bulky and numerous items for a trip. Then you whittle it down to lightweight and multi-purpose gear. Then you work some of the older and proven pieces into the space age. But no matter what part of that trend you are in, quality gear has always been something well appreciated. Which is why I bring you “Ascend Your Gear” where we take a look at awesome equipment that will help you ascend to the next level.

Now one of my favorite things to do outdoors is cook. And I have gone through the trend of starting with several large pieces of equipment to working down to a blender bottle with a scoop of protein. And I knew there had to be a middle-ground. And that is exactly what I found with the Ascend 3-Piece Backpack Cooking Set.

This backpack cooking set comes with two pots and a lid (that will fit both). One pot holds .7 liters and the larger one holds 1.5 liters. They both come with collapsible (or huggable) handles. I use the term huggable, because when the handles are closed around the pot, that’s what they look like they are doing.

Both are also coated with the Quantum 2 system, which resists sticking and abrasion. The total weight for everything is only 12.7 ounces! And it also includes a mesh bag to help you carry it. With space being a big importance for people going outdoors, the fact that these will stack neatly inside each other is a great help. There is even enough room to put an isobutene fuel canister inside as well.

Immediately I think about using this set to prepare a nice cup of soup or maybe some hot cocoa. Also just using it to boil natural water to help kill any hidden bacteria is a nice bonus. Plus the teal accents… who doesn’t love teal accents?

-Giddy-Up!!

Previous Reviews:

Toxik XT Bow Package Arrow Tips Blackout Ground Blind 8 Tray Dehydrator 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  Weather Vanes

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RedHead Select Outfitters: Hampton & Hampton Guide Service

So far in our RedHead Select Outfitters blog series, we have been giving a lot of focus on whitetail deer guides. To be honest though, this has been one of the most popular kinds of services available for years now. But for this month, I felt we should take a look at a more tropical location. For a couple reasons: One- my brother-in-law is back in Florida right now and I miss him. Two- I just remembered how awesome Swamp People is! So we are going to take a look, from a safe distance, at a world class American Alligator guide service: Hampton & Hampton Guide Service.

Hampton & Hampton (to be known as H&H from hence forth) has been in the business for over twenty years. They are based out of Melbourne, Florida and alligator hunting is what they do. Many guides and outfitters will offer a variety of game to go after, but these guys are strictly all about the gator. Which is good, because having competent and confident guides is essential when going out after these mighty animals.

Not only are they well noted and made it to the top-notch list of being a RedHead Select Outfitter, but they have been getting attention and coverage for years now. They have been featured in writings for books and magazines, one article was written by world famous hunter Jim Shockey. They have also been featured on over two dozen television shows. Oh yea, that article written by Shockey was about a SCI record 12 foot alligator taken by muzzleloader.

All this recognition and publicity has not gone to their head though. Safety is their biggest concern and they know where issues might occur. Their guides are well-equipped and prepared for any emergency situation. They have also maintained a magnificent relationship with outdoor conservation groups. H&H work very closely with groups like SCI to help protect and educate people. They also help educate local Law Enforcement on how to handle alligators and alligator hunting. H&H has donated numerous hunts for fundraisers and has participated in programs like “Hunt of a Life Time”.

When hunting with H&H you can opt for a rifle hunt during the day or a bow/harpoon hunt at night. Swamps really come alive at night, and while TV might do a decent job at capturing what it’s like, there can be nothing else like firsthand experience. H&H has everything you will need for any kind of hunt.

Along with having a safe hunt, they want you to have a memorable hunt. And from just one bit of writing they used, I can tell without a doubt that hunting with them would be a good time. “Each of our hunts are performed on private lakes and canals. These gators were not previously trapped and released before it was time to hunt. Rather, they are 100% free range, tail slapping, mouth snapping, boat biting gators with an all-around bad attitude. (They have a worse attitude than your mother-in-law did the night she showed up at your bachelor party).”

So next time you are thinking about an awesome trip, think Florida and Hampton & Hampton Guide Service. (Plus if you have to bring the family, think about all the other places they can go while you hunt!)

-Giddy-Up!!

Other Adventures:

The Basics Mellon Creek Ducks N Bucks Blue River Whitetails

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Goin’ Rural: Aquaponics

You know what I love? When a “new idea” comes out and it totally blows everyone away… And then to only find out that the concept has been around for years. Like the movie Avatar. That film pretty much could have saved the entire United States economy if the federal government had invested in James Cameron. Visually the movie is as stunning and engaging as anything else out there. But the plot was pretty much Dances with Wolves moves to Ferngully and adds in tiger-striped pterodactyls. In our world where goin’ rural has become the new in-thing we have seen many older concepts reemerge as popular sensations. From people raising backyard chickens or repurposing pallets, all of these trends come from older wisdoms. And nowhere is that more apparent than in aquaponics.

What is aquaponics? Basically it is a form of farming that involves a sustainable ecosystem with minimal impact on the area it is being practiced in. There are three major components to it: plants, fish and water. It is then broken up into sections but basically it flows like this:

The fish are in the water, where they eat and then do what we all do after we eat.

The water from there is brought up to another area, where the plants are located in some form of laying material. The plants are not kept in soil, but more often than not some form of porous rock/gravel.

The water, full of the “good stuff”, flows through the roots/laying material which fertilizes and feeds the plants. This causes the plants to grow.

As that water passes through this area, it is purified and oxygenated as it makes its way back to the water with the fish in it.

So that is basically it. It has also revolutionized the “green-scene” and urban farming. Because there is no soil or chemicals involved it is much safer on the environment. Also because the water is continually circulated you do not have to use gratuitous amounts to “water” the crops like you would normal farming. And wouldn’t you know it, but many people use fish species that reproduce and mature rapidly. This then gives you a replenishing supply of new fish as you are able to harvest your older fish after a while.  So you get your greens and protein in a one-stop shop!

Now, you can see aquaponics popping up everywhere. To match the growing trend, numerous states now have their own specialized aquaponics stores. Online there are dozens of sites (this one is pretty good) and numerous YouTube videos dedicated to this subject.

But back before the Internet, yes that was an actual time, aquaponics was in practice thousands of years ago. Evidence of this farming practice has been seen in ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs and in areas like Southern China, Indonesia and Thailand.

Now this practice can be seen on both the individual and the industrial scale. Commercial farmers are finding great success with this practice, as are the backyard enthusiasts. A month back I found a little 3-gallon table-top aquaponics set on clearance at a local retailer. I have been fascinated with this concept and decided to give it a try. It came with: the tank, rocks for the bottom, a small pump with tubing, laying tray, porous rocks, seeds and rock and water treatments.

 It took me about thirty minutes to set up. I purchased additional rocks and a structure for my little fishy friend that would inhabit the tank. The manufacturer recommended a beta fish for the tank. I picked up a nice healthy blue one, and being inspired by Jurassic World I named him Blue… he’s the beta… who is the alpha? You’re looking at him kid.

The kit came with seeds for wheat grass and radish sprouts. It took only about eight days from set-up to being able to harvest my first crop! That was then fed to my chickens. And they loved it! Looks like it is time to start setting up a full-scale effort in the backyard. I give it about a week before the missus notices anything.

Giddy-Up!!

Mason Jars Chickens Bird Feeders Gardening Food Preservation Water Features Stock Tanks

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Cool Calibers: 5.7x28

I don’t know about you, but to me there is one firearm manufacturer that always seems to just come up with the coolest stuff. It is one of the oldest and most recognizable names in the industry as well. That being FN Herstal. (Commonly called FNH or just FN.) They make some of the most recognizable firearms for military, police and civilian shooters. They have also played a major impact on the development of new calibers. And today, we are going to take a look at one of their finest and most controversial creations: the 5.7X28mm.

You know the phrase “One size fits all”? Well it doesn’t. And this is extremely obvious when it comes to the world of firearms. Not everyone likes .45ACP and other rounds leave “more to be wanted”. Whenever an army or agency standardizes something, it is always met with praise or despite. NATO has its standard calibers, and they went with the 9mm for their side arms. Of course, people being people, there are many who dislike this caliber and want something better. NATO put out the request for a replacement cartridge to be created and FNH stepped up with the 5.7.

The 5.7 is a smaller-caliber round that has quite impressive velocities. Testing of the 5.7 started in the early 2000’s and was put up against the 4.6X30mm (which was designed by Heckler and Koch). The 5.7 got much higher marks for superior performance during the testing process. Shortly after it began being adopted by numerous militaries and agencies in close to four dozen different countries.

Originally NATO wanted a caliber that would outperform the 9mm in several aspects. They wanted the new caliber to have better accuracy, range and terminal performance. Just to spice it up, they also requested that the new caliber be able to penetrate body armor, which the 5.7 does along with all other requests by NATO. To fire the round, FN designed two firearms specifically for it. They made the P90 (a shoulder-fired personal defense weapon) and the Five-Seven (a semi-automatic pistol). Because of the smaller nature of the cartridge both of these weapons would be considered “high-capacity” due to the number of rounds they are able to carry.

All of these aspects that make the caliber and its carriers so impressive, also adds to the controversy. It did not take long after the development and revealing of these products to militaries for the public to want the same. And while what civilians get are not nearly as “impactful” as their military counterparts, it has been extremely dramatic. Many anti-gun groups immediately sought to ban these firearms from civilian use. If there are two things we can learn from whenever anti-gun groups make public cries against something they are: sales will immediately increase dramatically and no matter what those who would look to use such products illegally will still be able to get access to them. It is just that simple.

Sales of the Five-Seven has been astronomical, and actually seeing one inside of a store is considered a rarity. All of the things that make them so desirable to militaries are also what a defensive-carrier looks for as well. This firearm does have a “stained history” with it being used in prolific mass-shootings. The P90 has not come under such high scrutiny, but in fact finds itself being used exponentially more and more in film and television. The P90 is a fascinating firearm that probably will get its own blog one day, but later perhaps. And yes that is MacGyver with one below.

For certain users, this caliber may have the perfect application purposes you are looking for. Just know that you will be continually looking for the ammunition or firearm to shoot it with. It is able to be found every now and then, but usually gets wiped off the shelves when it is in-store.

-Giddy-Up!!

Other Caliber Related Blogs:

7mm-08 Remington - 357 Sig - 16 Gauge - .22’s Catch 22204 Ruger10mm Auto

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Simple Steps with Wes: Military Lessons

One of our oldest running blog series, and by far one of my favorites, has been Simple Steps with Wes. These started all the way back in 2013. They were the brain-child of one of our amazing associates, Wes. He was a Lead in our store and has extensive survival knowledge. He loves sharing this information and passion with others. Earlier this month, he was back in action at our store and was handling the seminars for our Family Summer Camp.

And that is one of things that I admire about him. He can give seminars to crowds of kids just as easy as talking to a classroom full of adults looking for helpful hints and tricks. Some of that ability to adapt, had to come from his military background. And that is where this month’s Simple Step comes from, his military background. Enjoy!

“I have learned many lessons in the military and in this edition of Simple Steps I hope to convey some specific ones about hiking and backpacking. “Rucking” is the military term for hiking with a full pack or “Rucksack”. As you can imagine, this is a huge issue for the military, as soldiers must wear body armor and carry weapons, ammo, water, communications equipment, and other gear critical to complete the missions. During my last training event I was carry just over 85 lbs. not including my weapon and ammo.

In order to maintain optimal capabilities military service members learn very valuable lessons along the way which can help keep you at your best when you decide to hit the trail.

1. One pound on your feet equals five pounds on your back.

Aside from selecting the proper footwear (which we covered during an earlier edition of simple steps), the weight carried at the shoe takes five time more energy to maintain the same pace of travel  as it would carrying the weight at the torso level. Simply put, lighter footwear equals less strain on the body and is more energy efficiency. In practical terms, this means you could carry half a gallon more of water if you buy boots that are a pound lighter.

2. Managing pack weight needs to be a conscious effort 

Packing what you need, not everything you want, will keep weight out of the pack. Researching potential weather conditions can also help you make decisions in what you leave at home as well. Ideally, a backpack should not weigh more than 30% of the carrier’s body weight. Each 1% of your body weight carried in your pack makes you 6 seconds slower per mile. Small changes such as flashlights that use smaller and less batteries, proper sleeping bag selection, aluminum cookware, and smart food selections can all help subtract pack weight quickly.

3. Comfort starts in how you pack

Packing lighter items lower and heavier items closer to the top of the pack helps keep better posture. As you hike, your upper body naturally leans forward. Weight at the top of the back will work with your body and lessen muscle fatigue in your shoulders and back. Properly adjusting should straps and belt straps will allow the back weight to be supported more evenly, rather than straining just shoulder and back muscles alone.  

4. Downhill is harder on the body than uphill

Going downhill places twice as much strain on your body as going uphill. Why? Braking forces. As you descend, you have to brake your speed with your quads to keep yourself under control. The steeper the downhill, the more braking. This added load on your muscles further affects your uphill performance if you have repeated bouts of up and down work. This also adds to the risk of knee and ankle injuries.

By selecting the proper footwear, bringing only what you need and packing it properly, you can keep the strain of your body and sustain yourself for longer distances and with lower risk of injuries. Read, research and ask questions and you can experience more of life in the great outdoors.

If you have questions or would like to see a topic covered in a future edition of Simple Steps with Wes, submit them to dtkurtz@basspro.com. “

Thanks, Wes! With all the upcoming big-game hunting seasons and just people going out into the woods more this is really good stuff to know. Until next time! Get more of Wes at his Facebook and Webpage.

-Giddy-Up!!

Previous Steps

Floods Dehydration Halloween Edition Survival Kit Daylight Estimation

Determining Direction Eye Protection Nature Calling First Aid Kits

Epi-Pens Scorpions Edible Fruit Search and Rescue Clouds Traps Celestial Navigation

Footwear Communication Trick or Treating Fire 12 Steps (Reboot)

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Tie One On: Blue Winged Olive

When it comes to the “Big Two” of dry flies for fishing in North America, there really is no debate. The two most popular patterns have earned their rightful place in the heart and fly box of just about every fly fisherman. The wide range of their uses is astounding and they have been proving themselves for decades. The first of the “Big Two” would be the Adams, which we covered last year. So this month we will be focusing on the second half of this dynamic-duo, the Blue Winged Olive .

The Blue Winged Olive (or BWO) is one of the most common aquatic insects in North America’s cold waters. Like many other “common names” this bug actually refers to not just one specific species, but several. Depending on who you ask BWO could include at least three species or up to 21 species! These insects have a monopoly on the marketplace for cooler temperatures and are even known to hatch through winter.

Because of the extended length of hatching, they are an essential food source for trout. And therefore an essential pattern to have in your fly-fishing arsenal. At certain elevations they will even hatch in late or early winter, so while the bite may have turned off in some areas, it can still be found higher up. The pattern is typically tied anywhere from a size 14 through 24.

The BWO has been slightly modified over time and the new generations of fly fishermen love adding twists to the classic pattern. But because the pattern is so universal and so productive it is usually left alone. Just remember: “When in doubt, cast a BWO out!”

-Giddy-Up!!

Woolly Bugger Royal Coachman Pheasant Tail Nymph Crawshrimp Own Creation

Trilene Knot The Adams Dropper Loop Spinner San Juan Worm Elk Hair Caddis Royal Wulff

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NRA Freedom Days at Bass Pro Shops- Mesa, AZ

Well it seemed like just last month when we rolled out a brand new event for 2015. Oh wait, that’s cause we did! And while we are this roll of awesome and new events, let’s keep things going with our NRA Freedom Days here at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa, AZ. The NRA Freedom Days will run from July 20th through August 2nd. On the weekends we will be having special activities. I mean the last weekend of July is the last chance to catch our Family Summer Camp, but while that comes to a close things are about to go off with a BANG!

The NRA (National Rifle Association) is one of the oldest organizations in the United States and is focused on protecting and preserving one of our oldest rights. Because of all that they do to help ensure this heritage gets passed down through the generations, we here at Bass Pro Shops are more than happy to do whatever we can to help them! That is what inspired us to create the NRA Freedom Days.

During the NRA Freedom Days we are going to be “fully loaded” with specials, savings, seminars and giveaways! We will have: 2nd Amendment Savings on firearm purchases*, Free Plano Gun Case with purchase of any handgun $300 or greater*, Triple and Quintuple Extra Reward Points on purchases of select products* and on the weekends of July 25th and 26th and August 1st and 2nd we will have some awesome and educational seminars. There will be free handouts for those who attend!*

Saturdays:

11AM- 3 Gun Competition Basics

2PM – Accessorizing your MSR

3PM- Women and Self-Defense

Sundays:

2PM- Choosing the Right Home Defense System

3PM- Gun Safety in the Home

On the weekend of July 25th and 26th we will also have our Daisy BB Gun Shooting Range going and seminars focused for the younger generations. Parents/Legal Guardians will have to fill out a waiver for participants of the BB Gun Range that are under the age of 18.

I love that a lot of these seminars are going to focus on subjects that we have not really ever covered at our store. With the trends that are happening in the firearm industry as well, I think that these are spot on! Especially the last two for each day. I strongly believe that everyone should be entitled to the knowledge and know-how to protect themselves and their families.

This is an event that you do not want to miss!

-Giddy-Up!!

*Restrictions Apply. While Supplies Last. See Store For More Details.

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Take Someone: Trail Cleaning

Right now all around the country some of the best hiking season is starting. (Not so much in Arizona with the whole thousand-degree by 5 in the morning thing.) People are out visiting national parks, touring their local spots, meeting up with friends for outdoor fitness or discovering a new passion. The main thing is that people are getting outside and experiencing the outdoors once again! And while you are out doing something good for you both physically and mentally, why not pay it forward and do some good naturally!

Earlier this year I talked about the trip our store took to a local area to learn and practice Leave No Trace. I hope it encouraged you all to get outside and start picking up. And I hope it went one step further and has encouraged you to start taking family and friends! Which is why this month’s Take Someone blog will be all about trail cleaning.

What You Need:

Trash Bags (Strong Ones)

5 Gallon Bucket (With Handle)

Gloves

“Grabbers”

Proper Apparel (Footwear, Clothing, Sun Protection, etc.)

Hydration

The awesome thing about trail cleaning is that you can participate anywhere! Whether it be at a local park or some far off reserve, any place could use a little bit of help! And there’s no specific time limit. You could be out for ten minutes or several hours, either way it is helping.

But when taking someone with you, you’ll need to make a few considerations. Do they have to be back at a certain time? Are they afraid of wild animals? Will there be issues with them and the terrain? All of these things and more needs to be considered and discussed before you go. I have seen it where people are taken on such a trip and quickly lose interest. It can quickly become a chore if you do not handle it right.

You also don’t have to get every single little piece of trash. Maybe make a game out of it and on the trip in you only grab cans/bottles and the trip out it’s something else. You are out there to enjoy the outdoors, after all. Make sure you pay attention to the scenery and not just the ground level.

Having the proper equipment will also be very important. You’ll want strong trash bags because you never know what you will find. Having that 5 gallon bucket is nice if you pick up something that might poke a hole in the bag. In that same regard having gloves to protect yourself and a “grabber” can be the difference between a trip to the hospital or not. That grabber will also be a life saver on your back.

Make sure your companion knows to wear proper clothing for wherever you are going. Flip-flops really aint the best choice. And bring water! You will get thirsty. You will need water. Keep an eye on your companion for one of two things: boredom or dehydration.

Once you really get into it, make competitions with prizes. The person who finds the most plastic bottles gets to pick out lunch or the next place to go trail cleaning or whatever. This really is a great way to improve yourself and the world we live in.

-Giddy-Up!!

Previous Trips

Fishing Shooting Hiking Clay Shooting Boating Prospecting Camping Scouting Tailgating

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Healthy Hunter: Know Your Numbers

So last month we talked about the power of willpower and how knowing how your thought process works plays a big part in any health or fitness goal. And hopefully you have figured out how your mind and willpower works, but it is also important to know your numbers. Now what numbers exactly? BMI? Weight? Calorie Intake? Cholesterol Levels? Average Steps in a Day? How Many Hours do you Sleep? Well, it all matters. But knowing where to start with your numbers if the first step to figuring them out.

The first thing to take a look at is your goal. For our example we are going to say weight-loss. After all, that is the most common health goal. First, get a good idea of your weight and diet. Your weight will fluctuate throughout the day, due to numerous issues so take an average. Weigh yourself in the morning and at night. See where you sit in the middle of those two numbers and then work from there. Now what weight do you want to be at? Subtract that from your weight and you have your goal of how much to lose.

It is important to set reasonable goals, and losing two pounds a week is an attainable one. You don’t want to set your goals too high and never reach them. So, next let us look at the numbers of your diet. How many calories do you eat in a day? Most nutritional information is for a diet that is 2000 calories a day. The percentages of daily intake on labels is based on that. But if you are not consuming 2000 calories a day, then those percentages are off.

So next you need to figure out your percentages. How much of your diet do you want to be: carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats? Once you get that established, you can start perfecting your meal plans. Protein is always noted for being extremely important in your diet and to help lose weight. We have covered this before in previous blogs.

Now remember, when calculating your numbers keep your goal weight in mind. So let’s say I want to weigh 180 pounds. And since I am not looking to add muscle, I am not looking for 1 gram of protein per pound of body-weight. Let’s say I am looking at ½ gram of protein then. So that would put me at 90 grams of protein a day. And rough estimate that each gram of protein will equate out to about 10 calories. This means I would consume 900 calories a day.

Ah, but what about that magical term of “net”? Because after all I am going to be adding in exercise, mostly cardio. And if I burn about 100 calories in six minutes of cardio, and run for half an hour that is -500 calories. So my net calorie intake would be about 400 calories. Now if that is what you are looking for, be sure to consult your doctor first. They know how your body works and have a history with you. They will know what to point out and what to look out for.

There are other numbers that come into play as well. Let’s say you don’t work out at a gym, but walk a lot during the day. Maybe you should invest in one of those nifty-monitor gadgets to help track your daily progress. And sleep! Sleep is essential for weight-loss and overall health. Most people lack sleep, so just try to get more. If that means you are going to bed earlier, I am sure anyone you live with will understand that its ok if they see less of you for a bit while you work on being less of you.

And water intake. Keeping yourself hydrated is extremely important at all times of the year. It is summer now and you are looking at lowering your daily intake and increasing your physical activity, so increase your water consumption as well. I remember hearing that 5 liters a day is a good number to shoot for. Liters?! This is America! What is that in ounces?! Well it’s about 34 ounces, so times that by five!

The biggest tools in any health goal is always going to be: education and preparation. Make sure to get others on board to help motivate and keep you accountable!

-Giddy-Up!!

APPs Proper Motivation Personal Push Habits Track It Limits Simple Sides Hunt Ready Everyday Switches Willpower

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Why it Matters: Beating the Heat

Growing up in Arizona, there is one thing that just about everyone dreads. Summer. The average temperatures we experience here can make your mouth dry just by hearing them. The Sun is just brutal. And it’s not just Arizona. All over the country, there have been numerous cases of “unusually high temperatures”.There are a number of ailments that can come from too much sun and that’s why for this month’s Why It Matters we are going to be all about beating the heat!

First I would like to show a little list of some of the Sun related ailments people end up with:

Dehydration

Sunburn

Heat Exhaustion

Heat Stroke

Heat Cramps

Skin Cancer

And More

Each one of these has a varying degree of severity, ranging from minor to extreme. Take into consideration your family history as well. There seems to be a history of skin cancer on my mother’s side. I know this but have still let myself get burnt. Almost all of these are also avoidable and preventable to some degree though. It just takes a little preparation and thought process to mitigate these issues. One very easy way to avoid all of these is to just stay indoors. But that sounds like a waste of a day to me. So what are some easy ways to prevent over exposure from the sun?

Shade

Hats

Sunglasses

Clothing

Sun Screen

Water (and Electrolytes)

Simply getting out of the Sun and into shade can be a huge help. A decently common tree out here is the cottonwood. Cool thing about the cottonwood is that the cellular structure of the leaves will actually take in heat and dissipate cooler air. So not only does it give you shade, but it also can be 15 degrees cooler up in one.

Wide brim hats provide great shade and cover when it is not available otherwise. Keeping the sun out of your eyes is extremely important. That’s why having sunglasses is also important. More and more research is showing how important it is to make sure your sunglasses have adequate protection from the Sun’s rays.

What may seem contradictory to common knowledge is that having more clothing can keep you cooler than having less on. Wearing long sleeved shirts provides protection to your arms as does wearing pants for your legs. Keeping the Sun off of you is the first step to keeping cooler. Many shirts now are made with wicking materials that take the sweat off and many also have UV protection built in as well! Drive around most construction sites in Arizona and you will see most workers are wearing jeans and long sleeve shirts. I found using a buff/face cover while out at Lake Havasu a real life-saver.

Of course if you don’t have full cover, sun screen can help with that. Apply it liberally and to all areas. Don’t forget the back of your neck, your nose and ears! There are all sorts of sun screens, just make sure you pick one with plenty of protection and that it is not expired.

And lastly, it all comes back to that thing that makes our world so special… water. Keeping well hydrated is essential. Your body needs water, and when it sweats out significantly more you need to replenish it! Adding in electrolytes is also important because it will put back in important nutrients that you have lost.

Got a suggestion yourself? Post it below!

-Giddy-Up!!

Previously:

Getting Outdoors Picking Up Hunting Fishing Hiking Camping Rangefinders

Physical Preparation Slowing Down Passing it Down Leave No Trace

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Four Dream Fishing Trips

Let me tell ya a couple things about Dreams: One- Killer song by Van Halen. Two- Gotta have them. Everybody needs to have a dream of some kind. Whether it be owning a certain place, meeting a celebrity, inventing some new form of transportation, winning an arm-wrestling contest against someone or whatever. Just gotta have a dream.

People who love the outdoors have a lot of dreams. This world we live in offers so much to see and experience. And I have noticed that fishermen tend to have a lot of dream trips. They usually focus on two things: the species of fish and the location. So in the effort of getting our minds to escape the humdrum of everyday life, let’s start daydreaming about these four dream fishing trips.

Trip One- Fly Fishing in Alaska

Every fisherman needs to take a trip to Alaska at some point in their life. The land there is so expansive and beautiful, that it is worth the trip alone. Sure, you could make a point for this trip being for deep-sea halibut, but I’d say fly fishing would be the ideal dream trip. Grab a good guide and its fish on!

Fly fishing there puts you on some of the most amazing streams in the most gorgeous surroundings. It also puts you into bear territory, and every fisherman needs a good bear story. Depending on when you go you can catch the salmon as they run or the other year-round fish population. Just think of all the fish you can catch: salmon, trout, arctic char and so much more! Plus taking a float plane with one of them crazy bush pilots is always a good time!

Trip Two- Peacock Bass on the Amazon

Now if you have watched any of the episodes of River Monsters involving the Amazon, you know it can be a dangerous place. But there is mystery and beauty in that danger, and luckily most outfitters are well equipped for emergencies. I can think of no better quarry than the peacock bass to go after in such an epic landscape.

Peacock bass (not bass, but cichlids) are some of the hardest hitting fish out there. Be prepared to use heavy duty gear for some tough fighting fish. They are beautifully marked fish that will leave an everlasting impression to any who encounter this fish. Plus you have the chance to see some of the most elusive wildlife while fishing. My buddy’s dad actually caught a small caiman while fishing there!

Trip Three- Billfish (Anywhere)

Stories from Zane Grey and Ernest Hemmingway have longed captured the allure of big billfish. All members of the billfish family are built for speed and display some of the most amazing feats of physicality when caught. And of course, no dream fishing trip list would be complete without one deep-sea trip.

Now, different billfish inhabit different areas at different times. So when you pick out your exact quarry, you can start figuring out the specifics for your adventure. Personally, I am hungry to catch and conquer a marlin. I would like to advocate that all billfish should be returned to the ocean to help preserve their populations, but be sure to get a picture with your trophy. These fish can flash colors to startle prey and communicate with other fish. You will likely never forget the image of a sailfish leaping out of the water, and your body will likely never forget the effort it took to bring it in.

Trip Four- Spear Fishing with Namor the Submariner

And look, if we are talking dream trips… I am going all out! Sure, Namor the Submariner is a comic book character and the chances of spear fishing with him are next to non-existent. But think of the awesome adventure you could have!

Namor is the Marvel version of Aquaman, and much more moody. He is the king of the oceans and hates most land-dwellers. So the fact that he would go spear fishing with me is awesome in itself. But we are talking the whole ocean! Who knows what epic battles we might ensue in?! Perhaps we decide tackling a giant squid is in order, or no Wednesday is complete without taking on an orca pod or two! All I am saying is that it would be a dream trip.

 

So what about you? What is your dream trip? Or have you already been lucky enough to go on one of these? Share your thoughts or stories below!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Fishy Facts: American Paddlefish

Sometimes I cannot help but be amazed by nature. Just look around at all the beauty found in the land, plants and animals all over the world. And at other times I cannot help but be puzzled at some of the weirdness nature provides as well. Certain characteristics about plants or animals are downright ridiculous. Any funny-looking animals keep meme-generators going at full steam ahead. The largest concentration of unusual animals would have to be found underwater. And for this month’s Fishy Facts blog we will focus on one such interesting finned-friend: The American Paddlefish.

The American paddlefish is a prehistoric looking fish that is closely related to sturgeon. The term prehistoric is well earned for this fish as some of their fossil records go back hundreds of millions of years ago. They are a smooth-skinned fish that used to inhabit wide ranges of freshwater in North America. Currently there are only two species of paddlefish left in the world (the American and the Chinese) and both of which are considered vulnerable or critically endangered (respectively).

They are named after the characteristic front snout (or rostrum) that is shaped like a paddle. This rostrum is loaded with sensory receptors that are key for finding their main food source. The paddlefish’s main diet consists of zooplankton. They are filter-feeders, so they will swim around with their mouths wide open collecting their microscopic meals.

American paddlefish were once common throughout the Mississippi River Basin. Due to habitat loss, pollution and overfishing their numbers are significantly depleted. Their once native range has been reduced to being found in only twenty-two states and are protected in all of them.

Fishing for paddlefish is still legal, just where sustainable. Some areas rely on governmental restocking programs to keep these fish present. While these fish eat the most miniscule of food, they grow quite large and are impressive fighters. (You would have to be, to survive millions of years of sharing water.) But because they are filter feeders, paddlefish will not go after baits or lures. (Have you ever tried hooking into zooplankton?) Fisherman actually try to snag their targets in order to catch them. In several states the record for these fish is well over 120 pounds! In fact, the largest on record catching of an American paddlefish was about 200 pounds and over 6 feet long!

Huge efforts have come into place to keep the paddlefish around. They are commonly raised to keep their numbers going. They are also sources of consumption, for both their meat and caviar. Because of this they are also raised in other parts of the world, including China.

Of course without knowledge, there can be no education. Many people have become more aware of these magnificent fish lately. Paddlefish are becoming more and more common in aquariums as an example of why we must protect our most precious resources.  

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Big Game Basics: Muskox

Looking back at the two years or so of blog writing, we have covered numerous topics. One of my favorite topics has always been the animal ones. And of all those we have covered numerous species. But this month’s Big Game Basic might cover the smelliest animal yet! I mean I’m sure moose don’t smell like roses and if you have ever smelt a gut-shot deer you probably will never forget it. And even our pesky little javelina are like moving trash cans, but this month may just take the stinky cake. And their name says it all, muskox.

Muskox are a large Arctic mammal that are a part of the family Bovidae. Knowing this and looking at these magnificent creatures, one assumes that they are a cow of some kind. When in fact, they are more closely related to goats and sheep! Muskox are the only animals in the genus Ovibus, which means “sheep-ox” in Latin.

They are well known for their distinctive thick coats, large horns, defensive strategies and smell. That is where most of the muskox gets their name. The males emit a powerful odor during the mating/rutting season to attract females. (Hence “musk—ox”). This may sound funny to us, but when you think about it not so much. We as humans will spray ourselves with cologne or perfume to smell nice, and so it kind of all works out. Just don’t expect any “MUSKOX by Calvin Kline” to be hitting your local scent-parlor anytime soon.

Muskox naturally live in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. They have been successfully introduced in smaller populations to Norway, Sweden, Alaska and Siberia. These animals live in extremely cold parts of the world, but have adapted to this lifestyle quite well. Their long and thick coats keep them plenty warm during winter. Also during the colder season muskox will form into groups of a dozen or two for protection and warmth. During the warmer seasons they are usually found in smaller herds.

At first look these animals may look large, clumsy and slow. Muskox are actually capable of reaching speeds of over 35 miles per hour. They are also not nearly as large as they appear, this is due to their large and thick coats. Muskox weigh on average between 400 and 900 pounds. The American bison usually weighs double that.

The history of these animals goes way back and is full of speculation. While the muskox are the only living genus of Ovibus, their ancestors go back millions of years. They are believed to have been around during the Ice Age and lived alongside all of those mega fauna. (I.E. wooly mammoths, stag moose, etc.) But this is all heavily debated. It doesn’t take much thought to picture these large beasts walking around with those other animals.

Typically the predators of muskox are the Arctic wolves. It is hard to mention these animals without the characteristic “circle-protection” coming to mind. The muskox will get into a circle to protect their young who are on the inside of the circle. The muskox face out towards the danger and lunge forward to strike back at any predator with their large, curved horns. Besides wolves only large bears (grizzly or polar) really attempt to take muskox on, and usually they target young or weak members of the herd.

Muskox also put on great displays in order to establish dominance. Males will tear up the ground with their hooves, release scent, make loud noises and ram into each other. They will back up about 60 feet from each other and run full speed until the two collide. Once one gives up, he will become the subordinate male. This subordinate male will be treated like a female until he becomes dominant.

It is still legal to hunt muskox, and many big game hunters wait their lifetime for a chance. The hunting is well regulated due to large harvests being taken in the 19th and 20th century. Other than on a hunting trip, these animals are commonly kept at zoos. They are also ranched in some places. They are prized for their milk, meat and especially their wool. Their wool is warm, soft and average at $60 an ounce for yarn.

While exactly where these animals come from is unknown, but with conservation and education hopefully the muskox will be around for generations to come.

-Giddy-Up!!

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

Lion Cape Buffalo Elephant Rhino Leopard

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Rustic Recipes: Skirt Steak-abobs!

One of my favorite things about summer is all the flavors that come with it! Those flavors are attached to some of my favorite food, like anything from the grill. And the grill has some of my most favorite sounds and smells attached to it. It is all one delicious circle that keeps me heading out and firing up the grill despite the 100 plus degree heat.

The other thing I love is how healthy grilling can be! It is way healthier to throw a fresh cut of meat or thing of veggies on the grill than just zapping them in the microwave. And instead of frying up fish, try searing it! Still tastes great but with way less calories! I am a big fan of fajitas but also a big fan of using less dishes. So that is why kabobs hold a special place in my heart, because when you think about it… they are kind of like fajitas on a stick.

Kabobs are an awesome choice because of the wide variety of options you can go with. Almost any cooking cuisine can be put on a stick and grilled up to tasty perfection. It is a great way to get fresh veggies into your diet, and a great way to include seasonal veggies as well. Any kind of meat works great on them and so your options are almost endless!

A while back I decided to bust out the ol’ skewers and made up a batch of Skirt Steak-abobs! They were so good that they will be the flavor for this month’s Rustic Recipe.

Skirt Steak-abobs:

2 pounds Skirt Steak

2 Green Bell Peppers

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Orange Bell Pepper

1 Onion

Garlic Salt

Olive Oil

This recipe will make about eight kabobs. I like to use metal skewers as they are reusable and you don’t have to spend 30 minutes pre-soaking them like you would with wooden skewers.

First wash all the peppers. Then core them. Cut up each pepper into multiple “squares” or pieces. You will want to keep everything about the same size so it cooks evenly. I like to have all of the veggies ready before I start sliding them onto the skewer.

Then cut up the onion into similar sized pieces as the bell peppers.

Season the skirt steak how you would like it and then cut up into pieces. I love skirt steak. The flavor and tenderness of it is amazing. It goes great on the grill, and since it is a thinner cut it doesn’t take that long to cook. This is nice because you won’t burn your veggies waiting for the meat to cook.

Then start loading up each kabob. I like to start and end with veggies. It adds color and if it falls off, I won’t be as upset as if I wasted steak.

Once each kabob is loaded, sprinkle garlic salt over everything and then lightly drizzle the olive oil over it.

Fire up the grill and turn it to about medium-heat. Toss down the kabobs and turn as needed.

Once ready, take them off and let them sit for a few minutes. Those metal skewers get up to high-heat and you don’t want anyone burning their fingers on them.

And there you have it! Skirt Steak-abobs! Enjoy!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Tie One On: Royal Wulff

So usually when it comes to our stars of the Tie One On blog, there really isn’t much drama. Basically, here’s the star and here’s their deal. Whether it focuses on a fly-fishing pattern, knot or regular tackle lure, it’s pretty much hassle-free. Besides the occasional back-spooling. I mean yes, there was some drama about the San Juan Worm being considered a real fly pattern or not, but whatever! This month, however, there seems to be a little bit of debate over the origins of the star: The Royal Wulff.

Now anyone who knows this pattern will simply tell you how great it is. It is a dry fly and is rather similar to the Royal Coachman. It works an affective attractor due to the red body, white fluff and its ability to ride high in water. For these reasons alone many will tie it on in faster water. It is also considered a classic pattern. Just like the Woolly Bugger, no fly box is set without one.

Because of its success and versatility, and the never-ending tinkering mentality of most fishermen, there are numerous variations on the original pattern. But basically the pattern mimics mayflies and other terrestrials.

Now then, to the “juicy stuff”. (My wife has shows like Revenge and Scandal; I have debates about the history of fly patterns for my drama fix.) Many credit Lee Wulff with being the original creator of the Royal Wulff. Besides that he was an avid fisherman, filmmaker, writer, pilot, outfitter (with his own fly-fishing school), conservationist and artist. The impact he made on fly-fishing as a sport is still felt and recognized to this day. But according to some, he was not the first to tie the pattern. Instead he suggested having a Royal Coachmen given more robust wings. Apparently impala tail was the perfect material and that was the origin of this classic pattern.

Now look, personally I do not care whose idea it was or who actually tied the first one. All I care about is having a few in varying sizes in my fly box. Because like I said above, no fly box is complete without one!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Healthy Hunter: Willpower

So here might actually be one of the most important topics when it comes to getting healthy, willpower. The human body is an incredible and complex working machine. The human mind is just as baffling and engaging. It is impressive to see what people can think of or what people can do. The human body can endure more physical stress than a race horse and the human mind came up with the concept of Jurassic Park. I mean, we seriously rule. But a big issue where we all tend to struggle is willpower. And struggling with that can have drastic consequences on one’s life.

So here is a little scenario. A young man is informed that he is close to having diabetes and a whole life time of health issues if he does not lose weight. That young man has an addiction for Coca-Cola and orange juice and prefers his veggies in the form of French fries. But over eight month’s period of time, he drops roughly 110 pounds. All thanks to dedication and willpower. (And watching calorie intake and minimal cardio exercise as well.) But like so many that lose incredible amounts of weight, he struggles to keep it off. The biggest tool to be used, or muscle to be flexed, to keep this issue away and the weight off would be willpower.

So how much willpower do you have?

What if I were to tell you that a study showed it like this: In a normal day, the average person makes roughly 100 decisions. Of those 100, ten that are made can be considered “the right one” or a “good decision”. After that number is reached, each decision made could be considered “the wrong one”. Your willpower has a certain amount of uses if you will. So making important decisions (like working out, setting up a budget, etc.) need to be done in the morning so you make the best choices possible.  And that would explain why after going to work you are less likely to want to exercise or make big decisions. Think about how many times you have come home and have not wanted to decide what is for dinner. And that over time you can work your willpower muscle up to being able to make a few more “good decisions”. Makes a lot of sense

Now what if I were to tell you that willpower is in your head. And that there is no finite amount of “good decisions” and that your brain has unlimited access to making “the right decision”. Some people insist that they need to have a “boost” to help them get through the day (coffee, soda, etc.) and maybe there is something to that. One thing I have learned is that this world is just one case of “Different strokes for different folks” after another. You just need to figure out what works for you and what does not. I’m not saying you should sign up for Luminosity and I’m not saying you shouldn’t. You’ll figure that out on your own.

No matter how much willpower you have or don’t, or when it runs up for the day, or whatever just know yourself and use that to your advantage. Willpower is one of the most impressive muscles in the human body, but you have to know how to flex yours.

-Giddy-Up!!

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Check it Out List: Weekend Camping

So I honestly had figured that by now I had covered the topic of Camping on one of the Check List it Out blogs. But in the wise words of an ancient Narnian fortune-telling pheasant, “Nope!” But considering we are now looking at our twentieth of these blogs, its about time to start looking at the basics for camping! I mean we took a look at winter-camping at the beginning of the year, but this is different. I’m talking about a weekend trip, up to an area set up for people to come use and you aren’t battling the harsh elements and/or yetis. And personally this works out because my wife is going on a work retreat and “no husbands allowed” so she’ll need all the help she can get! So let’s take a look at what you might need to be ready.

Camping Checklist

Tent

Sleeping Bag/Cot

Folding Chairs

Work Table

Cooler(s)

Plenty of Water

Food

Any Camp Cooking Items Needed

Flashlight (Extra Batteries)

“Mountain Money”

Minor Maintenance Kit

First Aid Kit

Games/Activities
 

Ever notice how many “way-back-when” and “used to be” stories you hear when people start talking about camping gear? That’s because the technology and materials have come a long way since older generations first started the tradition of recreational camping. You’ll hear horror stories of the tents-of-olde with their deadly poles and madness-driving complexity. Nowadays, tents are almost as easy to set up as pop-up canopies. This is a necessity when you think about sending out non-experienced campers, it needs to be as easy as possible for them.

A sleeping bag is a must, but a cot is a nice addition (and according to some campers also a must.) Just like tents, these things have gotten much lighter and easier to set up over the past years. You’ll need a place to sit and enjoy the outdoors so be sure to bring a few folding chairs. Why a few? Because you know the others in your party are going to forget theirs.

Work tables are great for at a campsite. Whether you need to prepare food or fix gear, it just gives a sturdy and elevated workplace to do so at. And of course bringing enough water and food for the trip (and then some) is a must. Depending on your style/skill level of camp cooking will determine exactly what you bring with you. Sometimes simpler the better, just be sure to have enough fuel for whatever you are using.

I wouldn’t dream of sending out my wife on a camping trip without a flashlight and extra batteries. While I am enjoying the bed to myself she’ll probably be kept up by the noises of the night. So having a flashlight will be a must. And along those lines you get to toilet paper, aka Mountain Money. I will also be sure that she has a good knife, duct tape, hammer and other tools that would provide themselves extremely useful if needed.  As is the ever-essential First Aid Kit. This is one of those items where over-packing is approved. You never know what might happen.

And last but not least are the games and activities. I know most of the people at her office enjoy a nice game of bags, so that’ll probably be up there with them. And while enjoying nature should be enough, we all know that we’ll need to have a few activities to fill in all that free time in the fresh air. And don’t forget to look at the weather!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Goin’ Rural: Stock Tanks

When I think of stock tanks, a lot of things come to my head. I think of the term “cowboy bath tub”. I remember the smell of the algae that grows in them when not maintained. I can feel the heat from their sides while moving them to make sure a rattlesnake isn’t curled up underneath one. I know they are a great place to hunt out here in the desert. And I remember the happy look on our guide’s hunting dog that jumped in one to cool down after a day of flushing’ birds.

Then I start to think about all of the potential uses of one, and how they just give any setting a really rustic flare. Now a galvanized tub used to hold ice-cold beverages during a party is a classic sight. The fun metal ringing noise they give off can almost be addictive. But a stock tank is much more than just a drink-holder, but it does make quite the statement when used as one.

Basically a stock tank is a large container used to hold water (or feed) for your livestock. They are available at most farm supply stores and specialty retailers. Looking online for used ones is a good way to save some cash. They vary greatly in their sizes, ranging from 30 gallons all the way out the several hundred gallons. They are typically made of metal but stronger plastics or structural foam models are becoming quite popular. All offer their own advantages or disadvantages.

Depending on the main use of yours, will determine which one you want to go with. If you are planning to use it for decoration, then galvanized steel is almost the only way to go. It offers a much more aesthetically pleasing look compared to the other options.

 Like let’s say you were to want to make an above ground pond… With the galvanized tank you wouldn’t need to cover up the tank all the way with brick, rock or whatever. Whereas with the other options, you probably would not want to leave any of the unattractive tank showing. But that galvanized steel might heat up and harm whatever is inhabiting your pond, so that is another thing to consider.

Like I mentioned above, most people immediately think about the gross green growth that commonly occurs in anything that contains stagnant water. You could have a pump to help keep the water flowing or use specially designed products to help maintain the water. These products are also safe for anything drinking the water or living in it.

Other awesome ways to use stock tanks around the home include: set up as a table, storage bench, hot tub, small pool or garden. Just let inspiration hit you and roll with it!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Cool Calibers: 10mm Auto

I am an avid handgun shooter. Semi-auto, single-action, double-action or whatever, it does not matter to me. And caliber doesn’t really matter that much either. I’ll shoot 45ACP, 38Spcl, 9mm or whatever is available. I love it all. But for years I have been hearing about 10mm Auto. I have heard about it from fellow shooters, friends and even Ted Nugent. Yes, Uncle Ted more than approves of 10mm. But I have never gotten the chance to shoot one yet, so I decided it should be the caliber for this month’s Cool Caliber blog. Let’s start firing away, shall we?

This caliber was first developed in 1983 by shooting legend John Dean Cooper, most people call him Jeff though. Cooper served in the Marines, was firearms instructor, writer and a little bit of a bunch of other things. He is credited with having created the modern technique of handgun shooting. He served in World War II on the same battleship that my grandfather did, and came back to the service during the Korean War. Besides being a shipmate of my granddad, there are several reasons why I like Cooper. His thought-process and writings on handgun shooting are staples of education. The principles he developed also stand the test of time. And he liked the 1911 and 45ACP. I would definitely buy the guy a beer.

Back to the round though: The 10mm Auto was originally designed for the Bren Ten handgun, which was based off of the CZ 75 design. Looking at the Bren Ten you can definitely see the 1911-inspiration for the handgun. The caliber was developed to give more knock-down and stopping power for individuals than previously available. There has been a long history of criminals “outgunning” justice officials. The 10mm was developed with “the good guys in mind”.

In 1986 there was a horrific gun battle between the FBI and two armed robbers in Miami. Two agents were killed in the ensuing battle before the two criminals were stopped. Because of this the FBI and other agencies took a look at other calibers to better equip their officers with. The FBI adopted the 10mm in 1989, but eventually phased it out. There were numerous complaints about excessive recoil, which just goes to show the right caliber handgun for a person is the largest one that can be shot accurately and comfortably.

While the FBI ended up not going with the 10mm for the long-run, many others have. There is a huge group of 10mm Auto advocates. Just spending three minutes talking to one of our Hunting Associates, who owns/shoots the 10mm, he had nothing but praise about it. He did interject that your average shooter would not enjoy the caliber, but it is a serious piece of hand gunning. He also stated that a couple Texas whitetails will also agree to his statements.

10mm will fly flatter than 45ACP and has more knock-down/stopping power than most handgun calibers. It produces energy levels in between the .357 Magnum and .41 Magnum. All out of a semi-auto platform. Currently the most popular offering for a handgun chambered in this beastly round is the Glock 20. Numerous police departments and other agencies equip it or allow it as a sidearm. Denmark even issues it to certain groups that come into frequent contact with polar bears.

This caliber almost became one of the many numerous more-obscure rounds to fade away into history, were it not for the production of the Colt Delta Elite pistol in 10mm Auto. This is considered a collector’s item, with many enthusiasts paying more than top dollar for one. And what many don’t know is that this is where the 40 S&W came from. After the 10mm was deemed “too much” they engineered it down to the 40 S&W which is the standard for hundreds of justice agencies and police departments. To those that shoot the 10mm though, the S&W stand for “short and weak”.

Before jumping the gun and pulling the trigger on purchasing a 10mm (yes, that was two firearm puns in one sentence) one should try shooting one first. This caliber is definitely not for the novice shooter. Like any decision considering caliber choice, this should be well studied and considered by an individual. All I know is that I want to try shooting one now more than ever.

-Giddy-Up!!

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