How to Choose the Correct Insole!

 

When hiking, backpacking or running your feet hurt, you get blisters or hotspots that

might mean it is time for new insoles.

Types of Insole

 

Comfort Insoles

 

These can be flat or shaped and can be made of gel or foam.

There are different size choices for insoles. Full length, 3/4 length or

arch or heel inserts.

 

Support Insoles

 

These are made of a harder material for structural support and stability.

Comfort is from the stability rather than the cushioning.

They are not customized to an individual foot, support insoles come in

different styles to suit most foot shapes.

 

Tips for Fitting Insoles

 

First stand on the insole outside of the shoe.

Check to see how stable you feel, and how much

pressure you feel.

Then try it in your shoe. Always remember to remove the insole that

comes with your shoe. Be sure to check stability of the shoe with new

insole make sure it takes up the right amount of space: not to much

or to little. Your shoe should feel comfortable not to loose or to tight.

 

Insole Care Tips

 

Most insoles will last up to 12 months if used daily or on a regular basis.

They may last a few years in footwear that is used on an occasional or seasonal

basis.

 

Air them out:  Remove your insoles regularly to dry out moisture

trapped between insole and foot bed.

 

Wash them:  Use a mild detergent and air dry.

 

Inspect them:  Periodically remove and inspect for signs of deterioration.

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Boat Maintenance Tips!

                                                                                                

Maintenance is one thing every boat needs. Fortunately, routine maintenance and even small repairs aren’t that tough. And in the long run, a little elbow grease will definitely pay off.

The first and simplest task is to wash your boat regularly. If you boat in saltwater or fresh water, rinse your boat thoroughly with clean water after every outing to remove salt residue, dirt and algae build up.

A long-handled boat brush or a spray wand make the job pretty easy, you can find it at your local Bass Pro Shops. To protect your boat’s finish, be sure to use soaps and cleaners made just for boats.

If you’re tempted to let this chore slide consider this fact: a boat with a clean hull bottom is more fuel-efficient than a hull that’s covered with algae or other aquatic scum. A dirty hull can easily add up to 30% of fuel cost.

Just like cars, boats need to have their oil changed. Four-stroke outboards, inboards and stern drive boats require regular oil changes. The frequency will vary by model, but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or at least once a year.  I strongly recommend using marine grade oil in your boat engine.  Boat engines work much harder than car engines and automotive oil isn’t made to protect marine engines.

With the season coming to an end, completing these basic maintenance steps will save you money and pay you back in the long run. Check out some of trackers awesome and fast boats!

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Choosing a Turkey Shotgun!

Turkey season is just around the corner.  Whether you already have a turkey shotgun or are currently looking for one, there are some important things to consider- how the shotgun shoots, how comfortable you are with it, and where you will be hunting.  Many hunters will debate on everything from the best choke, barrel size and ammo till the end of time. However, it is important that hunters realize that a specialty shotgun, like for Turkey, as just as much to do with the shooter as the gun itself and there is no right or wrong answer to the argument.  The argument about shotguns can relate to the argument about beer “taste great” or “less filling!”

The most important thing is to choose a shotgun that is best for you as an individual.  The more comfortable you are shooting a shotgun the more confident you will be- thus making you a better shooter.

                That being said, factory guns are fine out-of-the-box, but a few modifications based on your individual skill and type of firearm can make things easier for you.  It is important to base those modifications on your ability and the shotgun itself and not to compare it to you buddy’s situation. For example, your buddy might have a Winchester with an extra full choke that patterns Winchester long beard #4 very tight. This does not mean that your 870 with an extra full choke will do the same.  Moreover, barrel lengths and choke restrictions affect patterns.  It is important that you do some range time to determine which ammo shoots best in your shotgun.

                 This can be a time consuming as well as hard on your wallet. You can save time and money by doing some research first.  There is an abundance of resources on the internet to help you determine a narrow list of possibilities for ammo selection.  However, just like a said before about listening to your buddy, the same goes here. Look for repeated patterns in what people are saying. If 10 people are saying the same thing about how a size load patterns in the same type of shotgun you have than you can take that as quantitative evidence. If only one or two people say it, than you do not and would have to test it for yourself.   From my experience, if you research enough you will find that quantitative evidence you need.

 

                One of the biggest markets for Turkey hunting as well as all shooting sports is accessories. Accessories have more to do with the individual person than performance of the firearm.  If you feel more comfortable with a pistol grip stock then go with it-if you are not comfortable then don’t.  The same idea holds true with sights.  Remember you are shooting the shotgun and not the sight. The sight is there to aid you. Therefore, the site fits your ability and style of shooting.

                Camo patterns are the latest craze in firearms.  Regardless of what you see on your favorite hunting show or how camo patterns of guns are advertised, camo is determined by where you will be hunting- period.  You should not care what a professional hunter in Texas on television says about Brush camo by Mossy Oak if you live in Indiana.  Moreover, it is important on what season you are hunting.

If you have a Realtree Xtra camo which actually represents the Fall season, it might not be suitable for spring.  So if you are going to choose a shotgun that has been dipped or you are thinking about getting your current shotgun dipped, realize that you will be limiting that firearm to a season and a specific geographical are.

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Backpacking for Beginners!

If you’re a first time backpacker you need to make the decision of who you would like to team up with, if anyone at all. Partner up with an experienced backpacker or a  group (4-6 people typically) Someone with knowledge is good for peace of mind and also makes it more fun than going it alone.

You should have a backpacking checklist which should include  “The Ten Essentials”. Make sure that whatever gear you take you and your partner know what it is for and how it is all used.

Pick an appropriate destination, something that won’t be too long for your first time and the terrain is something you’ll be able to handle.

For beginners a one night trip to start makes more sense than being out longer and not being too sure or confident.

Start by making a list. Here are just a few things that are essential to make your first backpacking trip a success.

 

  1. Map or Compass
  2. Sunglasses or Sunscreen
  3. Emergency Shelter
  4. Extra Water
  5. Extra Food
  6. Extra Clothing
  7. Flashlight and or Headlamp
  8. First Aid Kit
  9. Repair Kit/Tools/Knife  (and last but not least)
  10. Waterproof matches/lighter/candles

Now the fun starts by picking out a backpack, tent, sleeping bag or pad, clothing, hiking boots or shoes, food,  a satellite phone or two way radio,

Insect repellant  and bear spray. A trip itinerary left with a friend or  even under your car seat would be wise, in the case of an emergency.

These are just a few things to get you started. Make sure you do your homework by picking the right area, the right equipment and essentials.

The most important step above everything else is to be Safe and have a GREAT time…

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Spring Hunting!

Hunting in the Spring you never know what the weather is going to be like. Not only do you have to make sure you have all your hunting gear but dress accordingly as well. Depending where you are hunting and for how long you should take an extra layer just in case.

Getting ready for the hunt in the spring time you want to wear something that's a little more durable, breathable and long lasting. If you are going thru any brush or briars you want to have your arms and legs covered to help protect from any scrapes or scratches. The silent-hide shirt is long sleeve with buttons, reinforced darting in shoulders and elbows, doubled zippered chest pockets and articulated arms. The material is remarkably quiet so no matter what the hunt is you won’t be heard. The silent hide pants has a reinforced seat, extra-wide belt loops, Ergonomic pockets, double-reinforced articulated knees and kick plates. The pants will let you hunt comfortable and in silence. For those little extra chilly nights or the early chilly mornings you can layer with a insulated silent hide jacket. The jacket has reinforced articulated elbows, silent tactical performance to stalk and hunt in warm silence, zip front pockets for plenty of room and has a zip out fleece vest that lets you wear the jacket in 3 different ways. If you are the type of person that wants a all in one, then you can pack the silent hide insulated hooded jacket. This jacket provides you with a 3 panel hood with draw cord, zip chest pockets, 2 front pockets with storm flaps. Both of the jackets have a comfort rating of 100 grams of thermolite insulation, perfect for the spring hunting days.

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Now you will be ready, quiet and comfortable for your spring hunting days to come.

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April Showers bring May Flowers?

 

However you describe the new season, one thing for sure is that with Spring comes unpredictable weather. Hot, cold, rainy, windy, tornados… the list goes on.

The Gift Department at Bass Pro Shops offers a great selection of Weather Stations and Weather Radios.

The Weather Alert Radio by Midland is NOAA rated and can display alerts in English, French and Spanish. Help keep you family safe with early warnings. Receive alerts for ONLY your local area with specific area message encoding technology. Stay protected during power outages with battery backup and offers a convenient alarm clock and weather radio all in one. An AC power adapter is included. This radio is recommended by the Department of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness.

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For everyday weather monitoring, Acurite offers the Professional Weather Center with Easy Mount 5 –in – 1 Sensor. Enjoy Indoor and Outdoor temperature readings, Indoor and Outdoor Humidity Readings, Wind Speed, Peak and Average, Wind Direction with Last Reading Indicators, Rainfall Tracking and Rainfall Rate, 12-24 Hour Weather Forecast, Barometric Pressure, Wind Chill, Dew Point, and Heat Index, and Daily, Weekly, Monthly and All Time Highs and Lows. Programmable Alarms can be customized to notify you when conditions change. Alerts include temperature, humidity, wind, rainfall, dew point, heat index and more. The Sensor is totally wireless and easy to install.

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The Wireless Forecast Station made by Lacrosse Technology, offers the Indoor/Outdoor temperature and Humidity readings, Sunrise/Sunset, Moon Phase, Latitude and Longitude settings, Atomic Time, Date and DST that sets itself and an LED backlight. Have fun watching the advanced

fisherman forecast icon help you decide what to wear and how to prepare for the day.

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A wide assortment of weather stations is on display in the Gift Department at Bass Pro Shops. Browse through our selection – the associates in gifts can help you in your decision.

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Basic Boat Care!

Nothing wakes up the spirit of a boater than to see the ice disappear from the area lakes and rivers. Hallelujah, this is now happening all around us in the Midwest! But before you hunt a new lunker for your wall or fill up the freezer with fresh fish, proceed with caution and protect your boat.

My boat, a 2014 Nitro Z8, is not only my toy; it is my office for much of the open water season. It is imperative I protect it to insure not only success but also safety. Like other investments, such as a vehicle and home, it is important to safeguard. Think of your home. Chances are it is loaded with safety features taken for granted: airbags, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, locks, alarms, etc., and your boat needs to be fitted for protection too.

Fiberglass damage on a boat can turn into thousands of dollars for repair quickly. Damage can come from anywhere - the shoreline as you launch or while traversing the water from floating debris. The easiest and most effective way to protect against this damage is with a KeelGuard. This product is my top recommendation for all boat owners to have. If the KeelGuard gets damaged, that means you saved potentially thousands of dollars in fiberglass damage. And these suckers are tough. Look at what I put my boat and KeelGuard through this past December: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puJTwTmjkBs (would be effective to embed the video in the blog). This proves the durability and the effectiveness of this product.

Loading a boat is a pain, especially if you are by yourself, and all boat owners know that dreadful thud of boat hitting the trailer too hard. My boat’s bows have always been notorious for having scuff marks on the gel coat. Luckily for me, I discovered a remedy and preventative product: the MegaWare Scuff Buster Bow Guard. It has covered up most of my scuffs (see photos) and protects it from future marks. If I beat it up to the point where it looks poor (very likely!), I can replace it knowing I saved hundreds of dollars from removing scuff marks or even more with fiberglass damage.

While pursuing shallow water fish, my boat comes in contact with all sorts of obstructions just waiting to destroy my investment. Case in point is the skeg on my motor - the image shows the damage a miscalculation cost me. It is not always possible to avoid every obstacle, but avoiding this damage was. Had I installed a Skeg Guard beforehand, there would be no damage. Luckily, installing one now will cover my damage, improve performance, and add value to my motor.

I will admit that my Z8 gets a lot of second looks on the road, and I like it. It is no surprise - she’s beautiful and I keep her that way. My boat receives a scrubbing weekly with Bass Pro Shops Premium Boat & RV Wash.  Do not underestimate how a little TLC goes a long way. Not only does it keep the boat sparkling, but it helps me discover loose screws, minor scuff marks, and other miscellaneous repairs that could lead to larger issues. In addition, scrubbing seats and other hard to reach places prevent mold and mildew from growing.

No doubt you will be heading to the taxidermist several times in 2015, but be sure these moments are not at the sacrifice of your boat and wallet. Before you head out on your favorite body of water, be sure it is ready for the obstructions that await it. A minor investment and a little time can save you from thousands of dollars in damage.

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Hiking Boot Buyer's Guide

When To Replace Your Shoes

 

A pair of standard running shoes will last about 6 months. However, there are many factors that

influence how often to replace your shoes. If you use running shoes for everyday use they will not

last as long. Running in old or worn out shoes can lead to running injuries. When you run in worn-out shoes it increases the stress and impact on your legs and joints.

  

 

How to tell when to replace your running shoes

 

The general rule, most running shoes will last 300-400 miles depending on your height, weight and terrain you run on.  If you run on the trails you'll need to replace them sooner than running on a treadmill. If you take care of

your running shoes you will get alot more miles out of them.

The feel of the shoe will tell you before any other way. If your feet start to hurt or your knees ache it is time to replace your shoes. The soles last longer than the cushioning of the shoes. If the soles are worn down it is

definitely time to replace your shoes.

  

 

 

Making Your Shoes Last Longer

 

Removing your shoes properly will extend the life of your shoe. For example by unlacing them and using

your hand to remove them instead of kicking them of with the other foot they'll last longer.

Rotating your shoes will also extend the life of your shoe.

 

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Female Historical Participation in Archery!

Archery has been part of the American social fabric since the early 19th Century. Moreover, feminine participation is nothing new but rather women are responsible for weaving much of this fabric and can take credit for what it is today.

 

Figure 1 “New York Times November 12, 1916 from the Library of Congress digitized archives.  Top Left Circle Photo – Basket Ball 17 Year Old Girls.  Photo Below Female Archery Tournament.

(Figure 1)

The school system is the mechanism for which female participation of archery, among other sports began and thrived. Female participation was usually much higher than male participation.  Back in the early 20th century, many states instituted laws in which it was required the girls complete all four years of high school. Boys were only required to go for two years and then would either go to work or go to a trade school.  Since the majority of junior and senior classes were made up of females it created the environment in which girls participated in all sports- archery being one of them.  This high-level participation continued for over half a century until the conformity period after WWII and today it has reemerged once again at a high-level of women participation.

 

On the world level this participation decreased earlier than in the United States. Archery was admitted in the Olympic Games in 1900, 1904, 1908, 1920. Women competed in the 1900 and 1908 games.  Archery disappeared from the Olympics for 50 years until the Munich games in 1972.

The Great Depression and the social negative attitudes towards women during the suffrage movement also decrease the participation levels. However, because of the mechanism mentioned before at the grassroots high school level, women archery still thrived against this adversity.

What was the conformity period? From the battle field to the home front the war was an emotionally exhausting time for the world that was affected by it.  Conformity period was a way for our society to be “normal”. Moreover, communism was the new enemy and setting our culture apart from theirs- in which women were doing the same tasks as men for the sake of the motherland-was important to the American cultural attitude. Some women went back to homemaking and left the world of sporting. However, unlike many of the other sports Archery was still in large numbers done by women.

 

 

Figure 2 Library of Congress Digital Archives. Office of War Information/Farm Services Administration.

(Figure 2)

In the early 20th Century women took the center stage in the world of competition archery. For example Dorothy Smith Commings was a seven time Archery National champion in 1921, 1922, 1924-1926 and in 1931 (Figure 2).  These competitions were huge events in which newspapers across the country would report on the results and the contestants. It must be understood the time period; even simple things like taking photographs shown here was an expensive venture. The quality of these photographs is another indication on how important women Archery was to the American social fabric.  People took the sport very seriously in which many would travel great distances to watch the matches. Moreover, young men were attracted to the participants. Magazines and prints a like would use attractive images of women to attract male counterparts to sporting events. http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/agc.7a01116/

 

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This phenomenon kept moving forward.  Even advertisers jumped on board. The image a female shooting a bow attracted many and was-and still is-appealing. Possibly due to the image that it portrays- beauty and power (Figure 3 & Figure 4).  Also, in this late 40’s Crest Commercial here: https://youtu.be/O8bSN7-ASyg

 

 

 

Figure 3

Figure 4

            Today Female Archery is still going strong. Movies like Hunger Games and Brave are not the cause of females being interested in archery, but merely a continuation of a long standing American tradition.  I invite all women- young and old alike- to stop in Bass Pro Shops and speak to one of our Archery Pros, we have girl pros too!

And of course, check out our extensive online selection of Archery on basspro.com:
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For more further reading...... http://thesportjournal.org/article/a-history-of-women-in-sport-prior-to-title-ix/    

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Ladies, It's Time To Get Your Skorts on!

You are probably asking yourself what is a skort and why should I put one on.  Well I will tell you.  A skort is a pair of shorts with a skirt surrounding it.  Sometimes they were called a scooter or a scant.  Skorts were developed in the 1960's when women began to play golf in large numbers.  They were developed by the famous Leon Levin as the "Q" skirt or skort.

Skorts provide you with alot of freedom to do such activities as sports, bike riding, hiking, fishing, and gardening all while giving the appearance of wearing a skirt.

Here at Bass Pro Shops we offer three brands of skorts. The first brand is our own Ascend Tech Skort.  This active skirt has hidden mesh shorts underneath made out of a combination of spandex and polyester to give you a four way stretch.

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It has an UPF rating of 50 to protect you from the sun's damaging rays, moisture wicking to keep you dry, two zip pockets on the outside and one internal pocket for cash or keys.

Our second brand is also our own called World Wide Sportsman Trek Skort. The skirt part is very sleek looking and the shorts are comfortably stretchy.

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It has double snap closures, two hand pockets, and front and back zip pockets.  The skirt is made of nylon and is seventeen inches long.

 

 Our third skort we offer is from Columbia and is called Anytime Casual Skort.  This skort resists rain and stains while protecting you from harmful UV rays.

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The two way comfort stretch briefs ensure active comfort and the sides have adjustable ruching.  Pull up on the ruching to make the skirt go shorter for biking or hiking. Lengthen it back to the seventeen inches for a dressy look.

 

All these skorts will become your favorite summer staple in your wardrobe.  Think about how much more room will be in your suitcase because you don't need to pack both skirts and shorts. You can be as active as you want and still look dressy at the same time.  All these skorts can be found in our stores and at  www.basspro.com

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Ladies, Want to Carry your Secret In Plain Sight?

 

Here at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World we now are carrying handbags and satchels capable of housing your favorite weapon of choice. You no longer have to leave it at home.  Concealed Carry Handbags are a logical choice for women because there are no clothing styles suitable to allow holsters to be worn on the body.  We have one handbag and two styles of satchels to choose from.  All three are made by Emperia and are made out of 600D polyester.  

Inside all three products are large main compartments for carrying all the usual things you would normally carry in a handbag or purse.  The secret to all three is a separate zippered pocket on the backside of the bags designed specifically to carry a handgun where it is readily accessible without any fumbling.  This quick draw zippered compartment holds a removable concealed holster that is attached with Velcro.  This dual zipper design provides ambidextrous access.  All three styles come with a detachable adjustable shoulder strap.

Each of these concealed carry handbags are tastefully unique in their own way and are sure to get you compliments just on their style alone.  That will certainly make you feel good, but if you think about it you really can't deny the real fact and that is  knowing you are now going to be safe in your daily travels.

These handbags can be found in our retail stores and at Basspro.com so go and get yourself some peace of mind.

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Bring it on Jacket Season!

What is coming you ask?  Spring of course and you will need to be ready for it by updating your cool weather jacket.  Here at we have three styles in our Natural Reflection brand you will simply want.

Who wouldn't want to be warm and cozy with our Spring themed Full Zip 100% polyester soft fleece jacket.  This jacket features two secure zip pockets and a toggle adjustable hem to keep those drafts out.  The collar can stand up and it comes in five colors.  You will receive compliments when wearing it but you will also feel great about the price.  For under twenty dollars you could get more than one.  Complete the look with one of our infinity scarves.

Option number two is our Shadow Stripe Soft Shell jacket.

It comes in four muted colors so the grey stripe stands out to give you that sporty look.  It has two zip front pockets, a toggle adjustable hem, and a curved dropped back which adds detail and dimension to your silhouette.  Raglan sleeves finish off the look and also gives you enhanced mobility.

Last but certainly not least is our Essential Parka.  It is the perfect three season jacket that repels both wind and rain. The drawstring at the waist helps regulate how much you want to feel the wind.  Light weight 100% polyester is enhanced with zip and snap pockets.  The back belt and cuffs also are adorned with snaps.  The hood has adjustable draw cords to keep that wind out.  Top off your look with one of our cute Infinity scarves.

 

 

All of these jackets can be found in our stores and at www.basspro.com

Don't hesitate come check out these jackets so you will be ready when that first warm day is here.

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Dressed to kill: Spring Turkey Hunt Edition

              

Turkey hunting is a pleasurable and exciting form of hunting.  Confronting turkeys is what hunters live for to have that exhilarating conversations with fellow hunters, family and friends.

Turkey Season is April 22nd thru May 10th with a bag limit of one bearded or male turkey for the spring season. To be able to hunt wild turkey, a valid hunting license and a valid game bird habit stamp privilege are required. But a separate turkey license is required when hunting during each turkey hunting season.

Getting ready for turkey hunting after you have your license, calls, firearms, and anything else you need for your hunt, you need to have proper attire when going out on the field. You want to make sure you are covered head to foot in camouflage to blend in with the environment as best as possible. You don’t need to worry about scent control with the turkeys but you do need to make sure you cover your face, hands and anything else exposed to cover up. Starting from top to bottom you need a hat or a leafy hat with a spandex ¼ face mask to cover your head, face and neck. Next, you need to wear lightweight breathable shirts and pants, like the stalker lite series comes in long sleeve shirts, ¼ zip pullover, pants and shorts for what you prefer. It’s a lightweight, moisture wicking, breathable and rugged material. There is also a Tec-Lite style that comes in a long-sleeve button up shirt and pants. This style is breathable, moisture wicking and durable with the rip-stop material made to stop the tear from spreading. There is also strut zone turkey gloves that are spandex gloves and are lightweight, moisture wicking and breathable that you will need to cover your hands.

There is nothing fun about sitting out there waiting for your turkey and you don’t have the proper attire on and you’re uncomfortable or the turkey sees you. Once you are all covered, have your license and all your necessities you are ready for your turkey hunting season. Just make sure you are all covered so the turkey doesn’t see you.

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Bowhunting Gobblers

Setting up a good headshot on a Tom has more to do with preparation than actual archery skill. The four areas to concentrate are; equipment and setup, coverage and presentation.

Equipment:

During the deer season many archers have their bows set up on a high draw weight. This is not necessary beneficial with hunting turkeys- especially headshots. Remember, you will be shooting at a closer range and therefore knowing your angle is more important than power of the bow. Moreover, in order to make a good headshot you will have to be already drawn back for a minute or two before the shot can be made. So therefore, a high-let-off bow would be more beneficial. You can top off your equipment with a good broad head. One that gives you 4inches in diameter coverage is perfect and more forgiving than small coverage types.

 

Coverage:

No matter what blind you choose, try setting it up the night before your morning hunt. Ensure that the blind is not silhouetted in a field by the morning sun or that you are not silhouetted inside the blind. Turkeys are very observant creatures and they pay attention to the finest details. For safety, make sure you have enough room in the blind to be confortable as well as shoot safely.

Presentation:

One of the most important elements is the decoy spread. You want that Tom to get close enough and sit still long enough to make that great headshot. Setting the Jake behind a submissive hen with 2-3 feeder hens in the spread could be the way to go. Finally, finish off this great spread with some good sound. Now, turkey calls have a lot to do with the user than the actual call. Some people are just not good at using some calls. Make sure you are using a call and practice using it to ensure that you are producing an authentic sound. Just like setting up a good fishing rig- presentation is everything. Wait for the shot! Wait until the Tom approaches the Jake and assumes his dominant position- it will be his last.

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Think Camo!

                                                                                                                        

SHE Outdoor is a rugged hunting line for women that is stylish with a feminine cut. The way it fits with the right material makes it functional and durable for that outdoor hunt. Also with SHE Outdoor apparel and it's proper fitting clothing, now women can be more comfortable in it, to have that proper movement. Women will now be able to climb tree stands, bow hunt, use firearms and to be able to even just walk.

    SHE Outdoor is offered in a styles to meet every need of every hunting atmosphere and activity. When it comes down to it women now have a lot more to choose from to be able to be ready and prepared for what's to come out in the field.

                                                                                                                 

    There is now plenty to choose from when getting dressed and ready to hit the road, from light weight, mid-weight and heavy weight clothing options. SHE Outdoor heavyweight has a Insulated Jacket that are waterproof, breathable, lined hand warmer pockets and detached hood with adjustable draw-cords. Insulated waterproof and breathable pants include knee high side-leg zippers with exterior storm flap, hook n' loop closure ankle adjustments and back pockets with magnetic storm flap. A mid-weight option is the insulated bibs or jacket, the bibs have 2 hand warmer pockets, 2 button down rear pockets, reinforced knees and kick plate and 2 upper zipper bellowed chest pockets. The insulated jacket has a hook n loop adjustment cuffs, 2 ykk zippered hand warmer pockets and 3 panel draw cord hood and waste.

SHE also has a fleece full-zippered jacket and a pullover hoodie for the little extra coverage you might need. There is plenty to choose from in the light-weight items, the SHE enduraskin is moisture wicking and compression fit. The SHE tech shirts are odor control, loose fit that's polyester and breathable that comes in short sleeve or long sleeve.

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Perfect Fit!

  • When To Replace Your Shoes

 

A pair of standard running shoes will last about 6 months. However, there are many factors that

influence how often to replace your shoes. If you use running shoes for everyday use they will not

last as long. Running in old or worn out shoes can lead to running injuries. When you run in worn-out shoes it increases the stress and impact on your legs and joints.

 

  • How to tell when to replace your running shoes

 

The general rule, most running shoes will last 300-400 miles depending on your height, weight and terrain you run on.  If you run on the trails you'll need to replace them sooner than running on a treadmill. If you take care of

your running shoes you will get alot more miles out of them.

The feel of the shoe will tell you before any other way. If your feet start to hurt or your knees ache it is time to replace your shoes. The soles last longer than the cushioning of the shoes. If the soles are worn down it is

definitely time to replace your shoes.

And Bass Pro Shops has a great selection of running shoes and athletic shoes: http://www.basspro.com/Shoes-Boots-Shoes-Athletic-Shoes/_/N-1z0usu0

 

 

  • Making Your Shoes Last Longer

 

Removing your shoes properly will extend the life of your shoe. For example by unlacing them and using

your hand to remove them instead of kicking them of with the other foot they'll last longer.

Rotating your shoes will also extend the life of your shoe.

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Don't forget our Feathered Friends!

Chirp, chirp

Bringing the Flock to your Backyard

Bass Pro Shops Gift Department

Birding connects you with nature in a fun, inexpensive and educational way. With a little knowledge of birding, you will have a fulfilling and rewarding connection with wild birds.

Most birds will come to a backyard that is well equipped, and the right supplies can help you maintain a bird-friendly backyard easily. From basic birding supplies to specialized equipment, having the proper tools will make backyard birding rewarding. Birds may seem to be everywhere, but they'll only visit backyards regularly if their basic needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites are met. By adding features to meet those needs, you will find more birds willing to join your backyard flock.

Birdfeeders are the easiest way to enjoy watching birds in your yard. Not all feeder styles are appropriate, however, and understanding what feeders and foods will work best for the birds in your backyard can help you offer a scrumptious bird-friendly buffet.

There are numerous styles, designs, sizes and shapes of bird feeders available, so which one is best for your backyard birds?

Large basic feeders, such as hoppers and platforms are best for mixed flocks or larger, ground-feeding birds, while more elaborate feeders are designed for certain birds' feeding preferences. Clinging birds such as goldfinches prefer mesh feeders or feeding socks that allow them to use their natural feeding habits and postures.

 Perching birds such as sparrows, titmice and chickadees enjoy tube feeders with perches placed near feeding ports.

If you are planning on offering a specific type of food, you will need specific feeders. If you decide on suet , use a mesh or cage feeder that has room for suet-loving birds such as woodpeckers and nuthatches to prop themselves while feeding, just as they would prop themselves along a tree trunk. If you are choosing a seed feeder, be sure the feeding ports are the correct size for the seed you are offering.  Tiny seeds will fall through the holes meant for whole sunflower seeds, for example, and poor port size leads to much wasted seeds.

Starting with easier, simpler feeder styles to attract more birds, then specialize with feeders for the birds you enjoy the most.

Try for a variety of feeder styles, sizes and designs to make your feeding stations more attractive to different birds and to reduce competition at one feeder.

Not sure where to start – Your first list should include one simple tube feeder; one bag of black-oil sunflower seeds; one suet cage feeder and a suet cake and sit back and enjoy your new flock.

Now you may be wondering what birds are coming to your backyard.

''The Joy of Birding: A Beginner's Guide'' by Kate Rowinski teaches birders how to identify bird species by body parts, and then attract more to their yard!

 Rowinski uncovers the reasons behind birds' behavior and gives advice on creating a good home for these winged creatures. Written with the home birdwatcher in mind, this birding book also includes information on destination vacations.

 After reading this bird watching guide, you'll be amazed at what you've been missing! ''The Joy of Birding'' features 100 beautiful color photographs and can be found in Bass Pro Shops gift department at the birding tree.

All of your birding needs are available and the Gift Department associates will be happy to assist you in choosing your supplies.

 

Choose well, and you'll have a feeder you and your birds can enjoy for years.

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Wild Turkey

License Requirements

To hunt wild turkey, a valid turkey hunting license and a valid game bird habitat stamp privilege are required.

Those that have a lifetime comprehensive hunting, lifetime comprehensive hunting and fishing, or resident youth hunt/trap license can hunt turkey and do not need to purchase the game bird habitat stamp because it is included with those license types.

A separate turkey hunting license is required when hunting during each turkey hunting season — one for the spring season and one for the fall season.

Game bird habitat stamp privileges are good for both spring and fall seasons in the same calendar year.

You can assist another hunter by calling only if you are licensed to hunt turkeys, regardless of whether or not you have harvested a turkey yourself.

Season and Bag Limits

Spring 2015 - The spring season is April 22 through May 10, 2015. The bag limit is one bearded or male turkey for the spring season. Spring turkey hunting is allowed statewide.

Fall 2014 - The bag and possession limit for the fall seasons is one bird of either sex, regardless of hunting equipment used or what portion of the season. Fall archery season is statewide. Fall firearm season has specific dates for specific counties (see below).

  • Fall archery (including crossbows):
    Statewide from Oct. 1 – 26, 2014 and Dec. 6, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015.
  • Fall firearm: Oct. 15 – 19, 2014 in the following counties only:
    • DeKalb, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben.
  • Fall firearm: Oct. 15 – 26, 2014 in the following counties only:
    • Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dearborn, Dubois, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Gibson, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Orange, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Ripley, Scott, Spencer, Sullivan, Switzerland, Union, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren, Warrick, Washington.

Youth Season

Information about the youth season is on page 13.

Legal Equipment

Turkeys can be hunted only with:

  • A 10-, 12-, 16- or 20-gauge shotgun loaded with pellets of size No. 4, 5, 6, 7 or 7½.
  • A muzzleloading shotgun not smaller than 20-gauge and not larger than 10-gauge, loaded with pellets of size No. 4, 5, 6, 7 or 7½. Combination loads using shot sizes other than these are illegal.
  • Bow and arrow
  • A crossbow

Hunting Hours

Wild turkeys may be hunted only from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. All DNR-managed Fish and Wildlife Areas, Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes have spring season hunting hours one-half hour before sunrise until noon for properties on CDT and until 1 p.m. for properties on EDT. Call the property for additional information.

Tagging & Checking

Immediately upon killing a turkey, the hunter must complete a temporary transportation tag on paper stating the hunter’s full name, address, sex of the turkey, license number (if applicable), and the date the turkey was taken before transporting the turkey from the field.

The hunter must register the turkey at an official check station or online through the CheckIN Game system (www.CheckINgame.DNR.IN.gov or call 800-419-1326) within 48 hours of the kill.

Go to www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/6271.htm for a searchable list of available check stations in each county.

If the turkey is taken to a check station, a permanent seal will be given and must be fixed to the leg of the turkey. If the turkey is registered online through the CheckIN Game system, a confirmation number will be generated and must be recorded on the temporary transportation tag.

For an online printable version of a temporary transportation tag, see www.wildlife.in.gov/files/turkeytag.pdf

Hunter Orange

Archery hunters must meet fluorescent (hunter) orange requirements while hunting turkeys Dec. 6-21, 2014 and from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015.

Fair Chase

While hunting wild turkey, it is illegal to use or possess: a dog; another domesticated animal; a live decoy; a recorded call; an electronically powered or controlled decoy; or bait. An area is considered baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait, but an area is not considered to be baited that is attractive to wild turkeys resulting from normal agricultural practices.

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Winter Hiking Tips!

                                                                                 

Winter can be a dangerous time to hike or camp in the backcountry, but with planning and proper preparation, a winter hike can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Please keep the following in mind when planning an outing:

  • For safety, never hike alone in winter. The potential consequences are simply too high.
  • Daylight hours are short in the winter and the sun goes down quickly. Begin your trip early in the day and be prepared with a headlamp and extra batteries. Lithium batteries are more reliable in cold weather than alkaline ones.
  • Leave a trip itinerary with a friend who knows who to call if you are late in returning.
  • Deep snow may obscure trail blazing or trail markers. Topographical maps, a compass, and knowledge of how to use them is essential. Do not rely on a GPS.
  • Be prepared to keep warm with nothing more than the equipment you can carry. Dress in layers and assess whether it is prudent to bring along extra clothing or an emergency shelter in your pack.
  • Make sure you understand avalanche dynamics and know how to safely travel in avalanche terrain. If you are traveling on snow, be constantly aware of what is happening to the snow around you. If this all sounds foreign, take a class with a local club that offers winter hiking training and offers excursions to practice these skills.
  • Never count on a fire or stove to keep you warm. Learn how to build an emergency shelter.
  • Stay alert for the signs of hypothermia, frostbite or trench foot. Know the signs and symptoms and how to treat them before you set out. Take a Wilderness First Aid class to prepare yourself better.
  • Use skis or snowshoes. Post-holing is tiring and makes the trail unpleasant and dangerous for the next hiker.
  • If you are not an experienced winter hiker, make your initial trips day hikes in areas that you are familiar with. Go on trips with experienced winter hikers who are familiar with the area and local conditions.
  • Dress in layers. While you are hiking add and remove clothes to minimize sweating.
  • Eat and drink frequently. Dehydration hastens the onset of hypothermia. Do not underestimate the amount of food that you’ll need. Snowshoeing for example, burns about 600 calories an hour and winter backpacking requires 4,000-5,000 calories a day.
  • Make sure your feet are nice and dry.
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A Winter With Bite!

Call me nuts, but my favorite time to bass fish is not in the spring when the flowers are blooming; nor is it during the summer when I can wear sandals, shorts, and a t-shirt; and it is not late fall when the leaves are displaying incredible beauty. Nope. My favorite time of year to bass fish is when the trees are void of leaves and required clothing includes boots, bibs, parka, and a stocking cap. Am I nuts? You be the judge.

            Before the ice blankets our lakes, bass get amazingly predictable. This normally begins in late November and lasts up until the lake is completely covered with ice. Even when the lake is half froze over, bass are still willing to bite. When the water cools into the 40’s, all game species begin migrating to their winter haunts. Contrary to the idea that these cold blooded creatures rarely eat in the frigid water, I can assure you, these fish eat! Granted, finding them can be a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack, but when you find them, it can be one of the best days in your life. In 38 degree water, I have caught over 60 smallmouth bass as well as over 40 largemouths in a single outing. These are good numbers any time of year.

            Finding these fish can be surprisingly simple if you are familiar with popular ice fishing locations. Bass follow bluegill throughout most of the year, but especially during the winter. If you know where the ice is annually carved in to Swiss cheese by ice anglers, you need to look no further. The bass will be there too.

            If you do not know where the ice fishermen congregate on a lake, or perhaps you want to target a river system, the search is more challenging, but feasible. Spend your time on the northern side. The north shoreline protects the water from brisk cold northern winds and is often a degree or two warmer. It also receives more sunlight. Study a map and locate the sharpest breaklines and inside cuts creating a deep pocket. Once on the water look for signs of any green weeds. Bluegill will use these weeds for protection. Finding baitfish on your electronics is confirmation you are in the right area. If this recipe can be located, you are certain to find bass.

            Perhaps the best aspect of fishing this time of year is that the fish will return to the same spots every year and remain there all winter. Unlike other seasons when the fish are constantly moving, they will remain in the same area all winter.

            Arguably the best bait for cold water fish is a blade bait. Wide varieties are available on the market today, but the ½ ounce gold Lazer Blade is always my first choice. It takes no time to reach bottom and produces an awesome vibration with the slightest rise. Working this bait is easy. Simply cast it as far as possible and let it sink to the bottom. You will know when it hits bottom as your line will have slack. Now place your rod in the 9 o’clock position and raise it to 11 o’clock and drop it back down to 9 o’clock. Once the bait settles, repeat all the way to the boat. Rarely will you feel the fish strike. It will suddenly have some resistance as you lift it, which will feel like weeds. Upon feeling this resistance, do not set the hook; just continue pulling the rod as far back as you can, keeping pressure on the fish.

            Swimbaits are growing in popularity in cold water. An endless supply now saturates the market, but not are all created equally. Some are made of a plastic that will not elicit good action in cold water. The cold temperatures actually stiffen them up. I rely on a Speed Shad. I match them up with a ¼ ounce leadhead jig and choose bluegill color schemes.

Retrieving this bait is also easy. Cast as far as possible, let it sink to desired depth, and maintain a slow, constant retrieve all the way back. Keep an eye on your line, a slight bow should be prevalent between your rod tip and the water. Also, be patient when a fish bites. It will feel like a bluegill pecking at your bait and then suddenly you will feel the weight of the fish. Do not set the hook during the pecking, wait until you feel its weight.

            Typically you will hear anglers suggest sleeping in all morning because the bite gets better once the sun has the opportunity to warm up the water, but my experience suggests the complete opposite. This may because most winter articles are written from southern anglers where shad is the primary forage, but in Northwest Indiana, the best bite occurs the first three hours after dawn. Yes, it is cold outside, but you will be amazed at how quickly you warm up when the fish are biting.

            Am I nuts? Perhaps, but I will not be watching fishing programs on the television this winter; I will be experiencing it live with simple tactics and predictable fish. Plus, I will likely have the entire body of water to myself. Not to mention, my rapid heart rate caused by the fish catching will keep me plenty warm.

  

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