New Womens Spring & Summer Apparel

Spring is finally here! We have in lots of new spring wear for women. One of our new favorite spring lines is our women’s Columbia spring line. With our selection of bright spring & summer colors and the many styles, there is something for everyone. Our women's apparel lead, Kimberly, went through the department and picked out some of the most popular items we carry.

 

Some R Chill Dress:

  • It has advanced cooling technology. This makes the use of moisture to lower the temperature of the fabric, so it feels cool to the touch and you can stay comfortable in hot conditions.
  • Omni freeze
  • Color “Groovy Pink”
  • Price $55.00

This dress would be perfect a summer picnic, a light walk in the park, an outdoor sporting event, fishing, and to the pool. With the omni freeze the fabric stays cool to keep you comfortable in the heat.

 

Real Beauty Short Sleeve Dress:

  • This dress has Advanced Evaporation. This moisture transferring technology moves & dispenses sweat away from the body for quick evaporation, keeping you comfortable during physical activity.
  • Omni wick
  • Color “Geyser”
  • Price $55.00

This dress would be great to wear hiking, dancing, and to play croquet. This advanced evaporation in the fabric moves the sweat away from the body  to keep you comfortable in any physical activity.

 

Splendid Summer Dress:

  • Omni wick
  • Advanced evaporation
  • Color “Razzle”
  • Price $45.00

This dress you be perfect to get dressed up and go play golf in. The purple color is easy to accessorize with. This dress is also perfect to go fancy, or to go casual.

 

Siren Splash Print Tank Top:

  • Omni wick
  • Advanced evaporation
  • Color “Geyser”
  • Price $34.95

This tank top is perfect for any outside activity. It fits loosely, making it easy to move around. Also with its omni wick & advanced evaporation it will keep you cool all day.

 

Real Beauty Skirt:

  • Omni wick
  • Advanced Evaporation
  • Color “Geyser”
  • Price $35.00

This skirt goes perfect with the Siren Splash Print Tank Top. You could wear this combination to go out and play tennis or bad mitten. The shirt has a nice length. The material is also designed to keep you cool is physical activity throughout the day.

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Zero Rules Columbia shirt

As a Bass Pro Shops employee I have the opportunity to see some of the best Tech shirts come to our store. I truly have to say that one of the best shirts I’ve ever bought for fishing is the Zero Rules Columbia shirt. I was out all day on my husband’s boat, I mean ALL day from sunrise to sunset; and we did not feel hot or sweaty even once. I never thought a shirt like this could make me feel so comfortable. I’ve tried many different brands and styles but I will stick to this style shirt for the rest of my fishing days because they’re great for the sun protection and keep me extremely cool. If you are out in the sun all day fishing, kayaking, or enjoying any other activity you should make a point to stop by our store and check out the Zero Rules Columbia shirts.
 

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Ananay M. Rodriguez

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Kiddos Columbia gear is here!

Its summer time in Texas, which means it’s hot and time to dress your kids in our light and cool Columbia collection.

This is the perfect collection to have your kids wear anytime and anywhere, including going fishing, going to the beach or just being outside at home.

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For our little men we have an assortment of short and long sleeve fishing shirts in a variety of colors, which range from white, yellow, light blue to even a light purple. We also have crew neck shirts and polo shirts that look and feel awesome in our Texas weather. To accompany our shirts we have three different types of shorts in neutral colors like kahki and navy to bright colors like orange and lime green. This is the perfect collection for our little men to dress up like dad. 

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For our outdoor princesses we have an assortment of long sleeve fishing shirts, shorts, pants, and even a few dresses. This collection contains the colors bright pink with lime green, bright blue with purple and pink with blue.

The collection ranges anywhere from $24.95-$40.00 and with how handsome and cute your kids will look you won’t be able to stop yourself from buying more than one outfit.

Jessica Walsh

Ladies apparel- Team Lead

http://www.basspro.com/Columbia-Bonehead-Shirt-for-Boys-Short-Sleeve/product/13020905262016/

http://www.basspro.com/Columbia-PFG-Terminal-Tackle-TShirt-for-Boys-Long-Sleeve/product/13101106312412/

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Don't Become A Statistic: Always be Prepared When You Go For A Hike

The nick name bestowed upon me for a couple of decades now by those who know me best, has been Little Miss Preparedness.  I always had everything that might possibly be needed stowed somewhere in my pack. The one thing that motivated me above all else was a desire to NOT be a statistic, to NOT be the person written about in the newspaper article. You know the type…the ones that are embarrassing. Experienced back country hiker found frozen….It seems every story about stupid choices are written about those who should have known better. THAT was NEVER going to be about me.

But when hiking near home, I developed a bad habit. I became complacent. And one day not so long ago it caught up with me. That date was December 7th, 2013.

I had an unusual afternoon off, and a brief window to take my dogs out for some exercise and spiritual renewal. It was to be a brief 45minute excursion that would put wags on their tails and increase the oxygen circulating in my bloodstream. We went to a local run of woods that we had visited in the fall, where we would be less likely to run into others. I wanted to let the furbabies off leash to run for maximum expenditure of energy and didn’t want anyone else to feel imposed upon.

I wasn’t worried about losing sight of them since outfitting them in their Redhead Safety Vests. The bright orange with florescent yellow stripes not only assured me that hunters wouldn’t mistake them for targets, but also that I’d be able to spot them at a distance while enjoying the woods. Since I have 4 dogs, the price of $11.99 each at Bass Pro made this an affordable investment in peace of mind.

Things started out relatively well, but within 30 minutes the light sprinkling of snow, changed to massive globs of white dotting the sky, and covering everything including our tracks. I still hadn’t calculated any threat since this was ME, and I NEVER got lost, and this was SO CLOSE to home. I just continued to follow frolicking furbies as we ventured further into the thicket.

It wasn’t even that much longer when I decided that we should turn around, and my decision, quite honestly had everything to do with other things needed to be accomplished and nothing to do with the whiteout conditions that were descending quickly. These conditions were initially enjoyable.

As I continued to video and photograph the doggers, I thought we were on the way out. We were after all, following tracks, our tracks, back to a trail. Wasn’t that a trail? Wait a minute….

Here is where things went frightfully wrong… for four hours. Yes, four hours. And little miss prepared had NOTHING that she always advocated that everyone should have no matter what, when they venture into the woods. I should of refered to My top 10 Survival items but I was to create my own teachable scenario, getting lost in woods, so very close to my home.

As I trudged around looking for where to go, my glasses and sunglasses fogged up. I tried reading the GPS and Compass on my phone but wasn’t able to see through the lens.  How many times had I looked at the Nikon Fog eliminator and thought what a useful way to spend $7.99? That price was a bargain taking my current situation into consideration, and it became even more winsome desire as in my struggle to orient myself, I was wearing the battery on my phone down.

Had I brought along a Ray-O-Vac instant charger or 7 hour power charger, another useful purchase I considered but passed on, I might have been able to use my electronics to determine my whereabouts. Instead, I knew my general location, but not my relative location, which would get me back to my vehicle and home. My phone was now dead and I had no idea which way was what. I own both a Silva Scout, a survey compass and a Brunton orienteering compass. Neither was in my pack. I also didn’t have a Coglan ball compass pinned to my coat, something I sold every day to others. Relying on my cell phone compass just made me look more the fool.  I was really starting to kick myself.

Luckily, I was able to stay somewhat warm since I was dressed in layers. Starting with my Redhead base layer that wicked the moisture away from my skin so that I wouldn’t get the chills, I followed up with a mid-weight XPS zip collar and bottoms long underwear. Columbia Storm Surge Pants stuffed into my Bogs, good to -40 were keeping my lower half warm and dry, my Columbia Omni Heat Down Jacket was keeping my trunk pretty toasty. But I was starting to worry about my dogs…and about how well this would all do should we not make it out before dark. The Sun, despite not being able to see it, was setting.

 I found myself calling out for help. I knew full well that my voice would blend in with the wind, carried away unrecognized. How many times had I encouraged customers to spend a mere $4.99 to purchase a whistle? The sound of such a small instrument could always be recognized above nature, assuring to draw the attention of those who might seek out the inhabitants of a remnant car left in a parking lot. I could have also benefited from having a signal mirror, using the hole in the center to target my best guess towards civilization. Perhaps someone would have seen the pattern of light dance in their family room as they watched TV and called authorities….

The temperature was starting to drop. Typically I would have at least one 9 hour candle with me, a Sparkie fire starter and an SOL silver heat blanket. With these, I could set up a heat station for myself and the doggers, trapping the heat from the candle and reflecting it back with the blanket. If I’d had two of these blankets, or a Scout Kit that included duct tape and some fishing line, I could have set up a lean to with closed in walls and a roof, maybe even a floor, to keep our collective body heat from escaping.

Once shelter was established, I might have even been able to gather enough wood to build a fire in the entrance using a wet-pack, guaranteed to burn even in conditions like these. While waiting for the smoke to draw attention, I could have used ESBIT hexamine tablets and stove to melt snow in my GSI Soloist. We’d have water to drink after filtering it through a sawyer squeeze filter. Staying hydrated would mean less chance of becoming hypothermic, while staving off injury and exhaustion.  Extra melted snow water could have then been used to cook some dinner with dehydrated mountain house dinners.

But instead of surviving with confidence and in style, I struggled for four hours, trying to break free of circling back upon my own tracks, while being unsuccessful, navigating out of this in a whiteout.

Eventually I found a fence and was able to follow that out to a main road to be rescued, ice frozen in my hair. The dogs were no worse for the wear, and they would have never shared my secret shame. But I would rather use my foolhardiness to encourage others to be prepared.  The extra weight of the items I’d left behind is minimal, take up as much room, and will never be left behind again!

So, whether it’s a brief hike in a local woods or a more adventurous excursion, it is important to always be prepared for the worst case scenario. Everything you need can be found affordably in the camping section of Bass Pro. Knowing its available doesn’t mean you’ll have it when you need it.  So plan ahead.

Whether you buy supplies individually or in a preassembled kit, your Bass Pro Professional Staff can help you outfit your pack to be prepared so that you don’t become a statistic or write your own teachable moment.

We have what you need. This is Bass Pro Tammie and your adventure starts HERE.

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Fishing, Not Just For Men Anymore!

When you think of fishing, you might envision two men sitting in a john boat with poles out each side. Well, let us be the first to tell you that this sport is quickly crossing the gender lines!  Here at Bass Pro, we have all the clothing needed to keep you women protected from the elements as well as looking good in the meantime!  An all-purpose polo that is great for fishing, hiking, golfing and more!  The 100% polyester bird's eye mesh World Wide Sportsman Polo Shirt is soft and lightweight with an easy drape.  Moisture-wicking properties transfer perspiration to the fabric's surface, where they dry quickly, they include antimicrobial properties, as well as built-in sun protection.  This short sleeve polo will go great with all of our fishing pants or shorts.  This polo shirt also has a UPF rating starting at 20 and go up to UPF 45.  They come in 6 great colors: Grapemist, Blue Curaco, Teaberry, Spring Bouquet, Shell Pink and Sunshine.  How about some great pants to go along with the Polo shirt?  These Sarasota Convertible Multi-functional pant converts to both a short and a capri as needed - just zip off the legs or use the roll-up tabs to fit the conditions!  With a UPF sun protection rating of 50, these pants are a great addition to your closet.  These pants also feature a side-elastic waist for added comfort and hook n' loop pockets.  Being 100% nylon construction, they offer quick-drying performance.  Need to complete the outfit? We have a wide selection of hats from Columbia.  The Columbia Sun Goddess Booney Hats for ladies' 3" front brim broadens to 4" at the back for added coverage.  Omni-shade UPF 40 provides sun protection while the Omni-Wick advanced evaporation fabric and sweatband keep you cool and dry.  Adjustable chinstrap for a custom fit.  100% polyester ripstop.  Machine was, one size fits most.  Imported.

So, HAPPY FISHING GIRLS!  Now, get out there and show those boys how to catch a big one IN STYLE!

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Be stylish in our new Omni Freeze Gear guys!

The Fishing Classic starts the end of February and that means it's time for Omni Freeze Zero from Columbia.  Let me give you an idea of just what that is: As you sweat the blue rings in the fabric lowers the temperature of the material and therefore you feel cooler.....a lot cooler.

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    We have sort sleeve polo’s for $80.00 which comes in 4 great colors.  There is a roll sleeve shirt for $100.00 which has nice detailing and comes in Bright Peach, Vivid Blue, and White.  My husband's favorite is the long sleeve crew that retails for $45.00.  He plays a lot of racquet ball and he swears this shirt makes his game even better!  (He is the coolest on the court)http://www.basspro.com/Columbia-Airgill-Chill-Zero-Shirt-with-OmniFreeze-Zero-for-Men-Long-Sleeve/product/12102605165841/

 

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    There are more accessories this spring as well.  There is a neck gaiter for $30.00 that can be worn 5 different ways.  There is a bandana and an arm sleeve for approximately $30.00.  This year there are even 2 types of caps.  The 1st is the Coolhead ball Cap in white and 2nd is the cap which also covers the back of your neck from the sun.  My brother is an avid fisherman and will only wear this cap when he is out on the water.  

    You have to come into the store and let us demonstrate why the Omni Freeze Zero is so popular with everyone who is active and outdoors.

Sandee Pearson

Men's Apparel- Team Lead 

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Silver Linings: Omni-Heat Reflective Technology

They say every cloud has a silver lining… Unfortunately, here in the Midwest, it seems lately that every cloud is lined with winter weather.  In the past week alone, we’ve seen far below freezing temperatures and there's much more winter precipitation in our forecast! Lucky for me, the silver lining in this snow cloud has come in the form of a silver lined jacket; the new Columbia® Whirlibird Interchange Jacket for Ladies.

Equipped with two interchangeable pieces; an insulated “inner” jacket and wind/water resistant “outer” jacket, this coat has become my new go-to.  Columbia Whirlibird Interchange Jacket for Ladies

The thin inner jacket is easily my favorite piece of clothing. It comes fully lined with Columbia’s new Omni-Heat Technology, designed to lock in warmth by reflecting your own body heat (much like that of a Mylar blanket) while keeping moisture out. It’s a perfect combo of “not too hot—not too cold”. The inner layer also features super soft, fleece lined pockets and pre-cut thumb holes that help keep your hands warm when you forget your gloves. Plus, there is a slight tapering around the waist that helps give the coat a feminine look.  (Note: I actually liked the inner jacket so much, that I purchased one for my Mom as a Christmas gift.)

Don’t think that I’m playing down the outer-shell, though. I love having it as an option when it’s raining or really windy. The sturdy fabric helps to keep the elements from permeating through, and the hood has just enough room to keep your head warm without messing up your hair. Plus, as an added bonus, it can also be worn solo as a rain coat in the spring.

Overall I give both the Columbia® Whirlibird Interchange Jacket for Ladies 5-stars. The coat keeps you comfortably warm without being stifling hot, and the small details such as embroidered logos and adjustable sleeves/waistbands, exhibit quality and craftsmanship. It is undoubtedly well worth the cost. 

Columbia Baselayer Midweight Mock Turtleneck for LadiesI also had the pleasure of testing Columbia’s Baselayer Midweight Mock Turtleneck for Ladies.  Fully equipped with omni-heat, as well, it is a definite must-have for runners, hikers, and hunters.  Tested on a hunting trip in 30 degree weather, I wore this base layer under a camo tee shirt without a coat or jacket. (I know, I know, you’re thinking I’m an idiot for trying this, but I really wanted to see how well the omni-heat performed in a shirt so thin...) Surprisingly enough, the shirt did a great job of retaining my body heat while still letting my sweat evaporate. After the long hike to my tree-stand I wasn’t even slightly sweaty, and although I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes after sitting in my stand for 4 hours, my torso and arms were both nice and warm. Additionally, the quiet, light fabric was non-constricting, giving me free range of motion. I will definitely be using this on cold morning runs. Overall I give the Columbia® Baselayer Midweight Mock Turtleneck for Ladies 5-stars. It came in almost $20 cheaper than other Baselayers in its class, and had it not been for the turtleneck, I would wear it as a typical long-sleeved shirt.

Find your own silver lining this winter and check out Columbia's great line of Omni-Heat gear!

By: Ashley Sims

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Great Apps for Your Outdoor Adventure

Great Apps For Your Outdoor Adventure

By Jeremy H.

 

Anymore it’s hard to find anyone without their smart phone. While heading to the outdoors is a great way to relax, get some exercise, and get away from everyday modern technology, there are several great features on your phone that come in handy while in the open country. With features like built in GPS, Camera, and quick access to your favorite Social Media you can make the most out of your outdoor adventure. These 10 apps will help to find a trail, share your adventure and make sure that you stay safe.  Go ahead, try them out and give us your feedback. 

 

EveryTrailEveryTrail

By GlobalMotion Media, Inc

 

TRACK, SHARE, EXPLORE... EveryTrail is the best way to share trips, connect with other travelers and find great new things to do. Plot your trip, photos and videos right on the map and upload it to EveryTrail.com, Facebook and Twitter.

TRACK
Create an interactive trip map while you walk, bike, run, hike, drive, sail, ski or travel other ways. You can plot pictures and videos that you take along the way directly onto the map you make. Add your own colorful commentary for a complete travel story.
 
SHARE
Share your adventures with friends by uploading directly from your phone to Facebook, Twitter and EveryTrail.com, the leading online GPS travel community. You can also update your own personal blog or website with the map you make from EveryTrail.com.
 
EXPLORE
Take along over 400,000 trips from other global travelers that will inspire you on your next adventure—and guide you along the way. You can leave those heavy outdated guidebooks at home, because EveryTrail route maps and travel tips will be right at your fingertips wherever you go.
 
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AllTrailsAllTrails

Hiking & Mountain Biking Trails, GPS Tracker, & Offline Topo Maps By AllTrails, Inc

AllTrails is THE app for finding trails nearest you.
Going on a trip to a national park? Looking for a place near home to hike, bike, or run? Searching for something new to do on the weekends?
Even in a big city you might be surprised by how much nature surrounds you, and never has it been easier to discover!
Browse through 50,000 trail guides complete with photos, reviews, etc. for outdoor activities including everything from hiking and mountain biking to fly-fishing and snowshoeing.Know a good trail that's not in our database? Go out, track your hike or ride with our GPS tracker, and add the trail for others to view and follow.

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GaiaGaia GPS

Topo Maps and Trails for Hiking, Biking, Camping, and Skiing By TrailBehind

Gaia comes from Greek mythology - she is the Goddess of the Earth, or Mother Nature.

►► Maps
• preview all maps online at www.gaiagps.com/maps
• download worldwide topo, road, and aerial maps
• includes the best government topo maps for the US and Canada (USGS, USFS, NRCan)
• unlimited downloads for offline use - no extra charges

►► GaiaCloud
• use Gaia everywhere - iPhone, iPad, iPod, and online at cloud.gaiagps.com
• sync your tracks, photos, maps, and waypoints to all of your devices
• share links to import tracks and photos, via email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and more
• keep your data backed up, effortlessly

►► Map Tools
• record tracks, waypoints, and take geo-tagged photos.
• display NEXRAD radar, track data, and TrailBehind waypoints on the map.
• search for nearby waypoints and reports about places.
• import and export GPX/KML files, by iTunes, Safari, DropBox, and email.
• Customize all aspects of Gaia, including units, coordinates types, color and sound, and more. 

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Columbia's GPS PALColumbia’s GPS PAL™

By Columbia Sportswear Co.

A GPS enabled journaling app that gives you the ability to preserve memorable outdoor experiences on the go. Enjoy and explore the outdoors freely with GPS PAL.

• Use videos, photos and notes to set GPS tags at favorite spots.
• Track and store route, distance, time, pace, and elevation automatically
• Dynamic journaling using time and location to automatically organize your entries
• Capture and create media
• Rate and describe events
• Organize entries with the associated website
• Send and share adventures via email and social networks
• Create a free account to view and back up your journal
• Use videos, photos, and written journaling to create your entries
• Create and save paths, trails, and adventures for later reflection
• Store data in the app, and in your online account
• Use filters to sort through your entries
• Automatic sync with website account
• Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life
• For the best experience, use GPS PAL on a gps-enabled device.
 

 

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Geocaching By Groundspeak Inc.Geocaching

By Groundspeak Inc.

Unlock the exclusive coordinates and detailed information for 2 million hidden geocache containers across the globe. Join the search for geocaches and the growing Geocaching.com community of families, urban explorers, and spontaneous outdoor adventurers.

Use the Official Geocaching.com App to guide you to cleverly hidden containers just around the corner and in more than 180 countries. Tap into your treasure-hunting skills, the in-app descriptions, and available hints to make the final find! Start your location-based GPS-powered adventure now, or combine it with other activities like biking, hiking, or camping. Find even more information on Geocaching.com.

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Compass GoCompass Go

By Tommy Westerberg

Find your way back or the direction to a specific place, in the easiest way! Use Compass Go whenever you find it easier to follow an arrow to your target than to read a map. Perfect for finding your parked car or a place on a festival, in the forest, on a beach or any situation where a map doesn't work well. When used together with a friend who also has Compass Go, you can send your position so your friend can easily find you without having to figure out the map. If they don't have Compass Go, there is a link to Google Maps as well.

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Army SurvivalArmy Survival

By Double Dog Studios

 

The U.S. Army knows how to train their personnel to survive. Their field manual is the most authoritative guide on survival. This app provides a complete reference guide on basic survival, evasion, first aid and recovery information. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, this app may be essential to your survival.

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Knot TimeKnot Time

By 7Zillion

 

Have you ever fumbled around with a rope, nervously trying to tie some sort of knot that you hope will hold? "Knot Time" is meant to serve as both a learning tool and a field guide for tying knots. Each of the knots has a brief description and an instructional video to walk you through how to tie the knot. The videos make it very easy for you to actually see how the knot is tied – much better than some “connect the dots” kind of pictures. Knots are grouped into five categories: general, boating, mountaineering, fishing, and scouting. The general category contains 11 basic knots that can be used in a variety of situations. There is no simpler way to improve your perceived outdoorsmanship (or outdoorswomanship).

"Knot Time" will have you tying the following 33 knots: alpine butterfly, anchor bend, arbor knot, bowline, bowline on a bight, cleat hitch, clove hitch, diagonal lashing, double fisherman's bend, double overhand stopper knot, double surgeon's knot, dropper loop, figure 8, figure 8 with a follow through, lark's head, monkey's fist, nail knot, one handed bowline, overhand knot, Prusik knot, rolling hitch, round turn and two half hitches, sheepshank, sheer lashing, sheet bend, square knot, square lashing, surgeon's loop, timber hitch, Trilene knot, tripod lashing, trucker's hitch, and water knot. More to come...

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Mosquito DeviceMosquito Device

By Patrick Giudicelli

Mosquito device uses high pitch sound waves to keep away mosquitoes. Almost silent, you won't notice it working.
Working frequencies: 16-22 KHz
Environment-friendly, no smell and harmless to human beings, pets and plants.
Ideal and reliable companion for camping, hunting, fishing, farming, and sleeping.

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GotoAID First AidGotoAID First Aid

By Jaargon Ltd.

 

GotoAID is a member of the Health & Safety Institute. With a database of over 400 topics, interactive tools, and report generators, GotoAID brings immediate access to first aid information for you and your pets. It also provides a full disaster preparedness section on what to do before, during and after a disaster.

Created for the non-professional responder, GotoAID's easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations walk the first aid provider step-by-step through the appropriate responses for everything from bee stings to weather related emergencies to a complete Sudden Cardiac Arrest incident. GotoAID is also an outstanding resource for those who want to enhance their emergency care training by providing instructions for many types of emergency situations not traditionally included in a basic first aid course.

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Pet First AidPet First Aid

by American Red Cross

 

Take care of your furry family member. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.                                                     

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Staying Toasty in the Frozen North

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Winter fishing in the Great Lakes region brings up some problems we don’t normally have down south, namely; snow, ice, and temperatures well below freezing.  Deciding what kind and how much clothing I should take was one of the most pressing problems for me while preparing for my last trip.  And I really don’t care how many pairs of shorts or Columbia short sleeve fishing shirts you put on, standing in freezing water while dressed improperly would be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.

Getting a new pair of waders made of neoprene would have been a good idea but budgetary constraints wouldn’t allow for a complete refit of equipment.  So looking into some quality layering materials seemed to be the most fiscally responsible route to take for a once every few years type of trip.  Thank to modern technology and layering materials I was able to remain toasty while fishing in temperatures between 14 and 24 degrees.

Now before anyone starts saying that I sound like an info-mertial on TV, I don’t normally write about specific products, but in this case I think they really proved to be worth the money, and a few words of recommendation.

The real trick seemed to be choosing the right combination of clothes starting with a base layer of Redhead Enduraskin, then a layer of Redhead XPS 2.0 Midweight Thermals, a long-sleeved shirt, a sweatshirt, and finally an outer jacket with a quilted liner.  Mobility wasn’t too bad despite six layers trying to maintain a core temperature somewhere above freezing.  I’ve found in subsequent usage that the Redhead shirts make for great casual dress underlayers on cooler days here in Florida.  They insulate well, breathe to allow perspiration out, and are so light that I really don’t notice that I’m wearing anything extra.  The XPS Thermals come in multiple weights allowing you to choose from a 1.0 Baselayer for moderate to cool temperatures, up to a 4.0 Extreme for severe cold and prolonged exposure.

Elk Creek SteelheadMy toes could have been a bit warmer but that was more a function of needing properly sized boots that would have allowed for more effective layering.  So take it from me when I say that you need to allow for additional socks when purchasing boots to go with your stocking foot waders.  Otherwise, my legs were fairly warm inside the waders with a pair of medium weight pants and a layer of 3.0 Expedition weight thermals.

So, hopefully someone will benefit from my recent adventures into the frozen north and can find some quality layering gear that will keep them toasty on even the coldest days on the water or in the field.  Stay comfortable by shopping smart and trade up so some of the modern materials available on the market today.

Brian “Beastman” Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando

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Clearance! A Thrifty Shopper's Paradise

Are you a thrifty shopper when it comes to buying clothes? Are you constantly looking for a good deal? I know that I am. I browse thrift stores, consignment shops, and clearance racks. It is hard, sometimes, for me to pay full price for an item. (Especially if it is one that I don't NEED, I just WANT)

As a parent, (I feel) one of the greatest lessons that we can teach our children is to become an economical shopper. It is not always an easy task to handle. Especially when all of their friends are wearing the name brand clothes and they just want to fit in with the crowd. It has taken me a while but, I am proud to say that 2 out of my 3 children have become money conscientious shoppers. (Please note: the youngest one is 16 years old and is just now working his first job. The other two are responsible for their own car payments!)

It is funny how kids and adults alike start changing their shopping habits when they are responsible for the bill. Well... if you are like me and always looking for a good deal, you need to check out the apparel section at the Bass Pro Shops in Leeds. We have hundreds of items that are on clearance throughout the store. Anything from bathing suits, shorts, blue jeans, long sleeve shirts, short sleeves, tank tops, hats, hoodies and jackets can be found on a clearance rack. We have several racks of clearance clothing available in men's women's and children. And believe it or not... some are even name brand. Our selection includes Ascend, Red Head,World Wide Sportsman, Northface, and Columbia, just to name a few. Whether you are stocking up cold weather clothes for the remainder of winter or want to get a jump start on the summer, come in and check out the great deals. Below is a small sample of what you can find.

For the fisherman in your life:

wwsp                                wws

 

For the ladies:

l3      l3       lady 2       lady

 

For the men:

    men2                                men         

 

And of course, who can live without their favorite hoodie?

      hoodie 2                          hoody

For our online selection of clearance, visit www.basspro.com

 

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Monster Fish Sweepstakes

Are looking to start the New Year off with a new boat? Why not try to win one? Check out the Monster Fish sweepstakes that is going on now until April 15th, 2014. Below are the details:

  • No purchase necessary to enter or claim prize.
  • Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States or District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older.
  • Promotion began on January 3rd and ends on April 15th

To enter: Visit www.basspro.com/monsterfish to complete the entry form and submit as directed.

You may also enter by completing an official entry form including your name, complete address, daytime phone number, email address and date of birth and depositing it in an official ballot box at the Bass pro Shops in Leeds. LIMIT one entry per person per calendar month, regardless of method of entry.

Grand Prize: a 2014 Nitro Z-6 with 115 hp OptiMax and trailer valued at approximately $22,499. Prize includes freight and preparation. Winner will be notified by phone, email, and/or mail at Sponsor's sole discretion.

For a list of winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by 5/30/14 to: Bass Pro Shops "Monster Fish" Sweepstakes Winners, PMI Station, PO Box 750, Southbury CT 06488-0750

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Top Unique Products of 2013 - Ladies' Apparel

A new year typically means taking time to reflect on the previous year. With that thought in mind, I asked the various departments what their top "unique" products were in 2013...unique in technology, usage, and features.

Ladies' ApparelColumbia Tech gloves

  • Touch Tip gloves - With smartphones and other electronics these days, touch tip gloves are one of theTouch Tip gloves best accessories to have. How many times have you gone to use your smartphone but had to take your gloves off first? With a touch tip thumb and index on both hands, these gloves allow you to use any touch screen device without removing your gloves. The technology is also available in men's and hunting apparel. 
  • Thumbholes on cuffs -  These have become very popular in Ladies' apparel and many vendors are on the Ladies Ascend with Thumbholesbandwagon, including Columbia, The North Face and Ascend.  In most cases, it is on an interior cuff, allowing you to have additional built-in protection in your coat.  If you are wearing gloves, the thumbholes help stop wind and/or snow from going up your sleeve.
  • Omni-Heat Gloves-  Columbia brought their lightweight, yet warm technology, to more gloves this year. The Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining uses your own body heat, trapping and retaining it to keep you warm.
  • Infinity Scarves - These scarves have been extremely popular for our cold weather blasts this season! Natural Reflections Infinity ScarfAre you all about function or do you lean more toward fashion? There are some designed for all tastes!  

 

Next up - Camping!

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Bumble Busting Technology

Rudolph & HeremeyDo you remember that classic scene in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer where Rudolph and Hermey the Elf are trekking through the North Pole in the middle of a blizzard? Rudolph and Heremy are ill-prepared for the conditions (other than Rudolph’s navigating nose). Their lack of gear to deal with the elements is clear. I typically fall into this category when Jack Frost skates his figure eight around the Midwest. Residing in Springfield, MO, I get ice, snow and extreme wind that feels like it will never quit. In early December, Springfield didn't even considered reaching 32 degrees and accumulated nearly 11 inches of snow. In previous winters I would have felt much like Rudolph and Heremy. This year was different. While Rudolph and Heremy are staggering through the blizzard, the well-prepared prospector Yukon Cornelius dashes (literally) into the scene equipped with all the wintery essentials you could ask for, along with a positive outlook on the gloomy forecast. This year I felt much more akin to Yukon than I did Rudolph and Heremy thanks to my Columbia® Lhotse Mountain™ II Interchange Omni-Heat® Jacket.Yukon

This futuristic jacket contains Omni-Heat®  thermal technology. The reflective lining helps keep my own body heat inside the jacket, while removing excess humidity and moisture. The ‘Warm, Breathable Outerwear’ tagline sums it up very well. During our recent winter madness, I wore this coat every day. Being a morning person, I typically pack up for work well before the sun rolls out of bed. This means my morning commute rarely marked double digit temperatures and consistently encountered double digit wind gusts. My coat kept me toasty without suffocating. The outer shell blocked the wind while the liner kept my body heat from escaping. It allowed me to move easily while clearing the ice off my truck… I looked eerily similar to Yukon’s Cornelius with his ice pick. One aspect that I honestly wasn’t expecting was what happened after I got in my truck. My heat was on full blast during my 25 minute drive into work. I was trying to defrost my windshield and prevent more snow from sticking. The surprising aspect was still being bundled up in my jacket, but not overheating. The jacket seemed to be adapting to my environment. I didn’t have to sit uncomfortably roasting in my coat. Nor did I have to do that awkward red light attempt to remove the coat in limited space while hoping other drivers weren’t watching me. I rode comfortably all the way to work.

LhosteWhen I first tried on the coat I was very happy with the style. It has a casual but professional look. The fit is a little smaller than other coats, so if you are a fringe medium/large, I suggest going with the large. It does come with a drawcord hem and adjustable cuff tabs to help with the fit. This coat is really three-in-one. The liner can be separated from the shell for a great lighter jacket for those mild to cold days. Add the liner back into the waterproof shell for those cold to so-freezing-I-am-thinking-about-moving-states-days. Then you have the ability to just use the shell to keep you dry on those rainy days. Three coats for the price is a great deal.

With winter just starting, a great coat can make all the difference. Make sure you can ‘defeat’ your Bumble (The Abominable Snow Monster of the North) with the Columbia® Lhotse Mountain™ II Interchange Omni-Heat® Jacket.

Dalie Hand

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Brrrr

The cold weather is definitely here, but don't worry we have plenty of jackets, pants, hats and gloves for the whole family!

We have a beautiful Columbia Carson Pass jacket for ladies! Omni-Heat® Thermal Reflective, Thermal Insulated, and advanced repellent.100% poly Sherpa lining, Adjustable belt, Zippered hip and chest pockets,Thumbholes to keep your hands warm! last but not least a fashionable detachable faux fur trim on hood.

Omni-heat  fashion belt                         

 

And don't forget about the Columbia Modern Mountain pants for ladies! These also have the Omni-Shield® advanced repellency with Insulating lining. They have an adjustable waist, Internal leg gaiters, lower leg snap gussets and zippered pockets! Along with the Modern Mountain pants you may want to think about gloves for the freezing weather. Columbia has many options for gloves. A favorite would be the Pearl Plush gloves. These gloves are beautiful. They are made of soft 100% polyester Luscious pile with a PU grip palm patch. Elastic at wrists and a security clip to attach to your jacket!

omni heat pant   pearl plush

 

 

For the little princess running out and about in the snow, Columbia has Triple Run jacket. Nice Insulated jacket for girls with waterproof Omni-Shield® fabric an adjustable storm hood and reflective detail.  Shell: Omni-Shield 100% nylon HC 3000. Lining: 100% nylon 210T taffeta. Insulation: 100% polyester, Farenhot 240g. And for that active little boy of yours Columbia has many jackets available! For the both of them, Columbia has Core gloves in many colors. They are elastic at the wrists, PU grip palm patch, waterproof and breathable 100% polyester fiber fill 150 gram insulation, 100% nylon dobby ripstop and 100% polyester chamois touch tricot lining.

little girlscore gloves

 

 

For dad, Columbia has a Heat Mode soft shell jacket. It comes in black and grill. Omni-Wind™ Block ultrabreathable windproof softshell: 100% polyester 3L Interlock, Omni-Heat® thermal reflective and Omni-Shield® advanced repellency treatment wards off rain and stains. It's a 2-way comfort stretch fabric with a drawcord-adjustable hem, zip chest pocket, 2 zip hand pocket and a abrasion-resistant chin guard. Also the Snow Gun pants go well with the jacket and are also extremely warm with the Omni-Shield® advanced repellency and them being 100% nylon with 100% polyester insulation. They have 6 pockets, adjustable waist tabs, internal leg gaiters and belt loops which are very convenient. The Armoury col gloves are something you won't want to be outside without.  Again with theOmni-Tech® waterproof/breathable shell material - 100% nylon Legacy twill, Omni-Heat® thermal reflective lining with durable synthetic grip palms. The insulation: 150gsm microtemp XF II with neoprene cuffs and a 3-Point precurve™.

soft shell snow   gloves

 

 

 

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Winter Trout Fishing

Trout fishing is back in Columbia! We asked fishing associates Larry and Steven for their advice about ice fishing at Bethel Park. Here's what they said:

The catch and release dates for trout started Nov. 1 and it goes until Jan. 31. During this time you may only use flies and artificial bait. After Feb. 1st, you may keep the trout you catch and use live bait.

It is encouraged to keep the trout after the first of Febuary because trout need cool water to survive.

If it is really cold, fish will be deep so use mini jigs, ultra light tackle or inline spinners.

*In order to fish for trout, you must have a Missouri fishing license AND a Missouri trout permit, both of which you can get at our store.

 

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Rewards and More!

Did you know we have free gift wrapping available on weekends? From 11-8 near the checkouts, across from Customer Service,Free gift wrapping various organizations provide free gift wrapping for a donation.

This weekend it's Katie's Crusaders on Saturday and the Norwalk 10U baseball team on Sunday - Let's help them out!

Friday, December 13

Outdoor Rewards Night, 6-9 p.m.

Another fun event just for our Outdoor Rewards card holders!

  • The first 100 attendees will receive a FREE ornament
  • $25 gift cards given away every 15 minutes beginning at 6:15.
  • Grand prize drawing of a RedHead ground blind at 8:30 p.m.
  • Outdoor Rewards customers will receive DOUBLE POINTS on their purchases that night, but ONLY if you present the coupon that is in your email invitation or in the sales flyer!
  • 5x points on all Columbia Omni-Heat purchases
  • 10% off photo packages in Santa’s Wonderland

 

Saturday, December 14

Santa's Wonderland Hoursfree craft santa's wonderland

o FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
o Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, December 15

Santa's Wonderland Hours

o FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
o Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Local Hero Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. - For military, emergency services, and law enforcement.
o First 100 Heroes receive a free ornament.
o Santa’s Wonderland hours extended (Santa available for photos until 9pm).
o 10% discount on photo packages for Heroes only.
o $25 gift card drawings every half hour from 7:30pm – 9:00 p.m. (enter in the front lobby).

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Super Saturday/Super Sunday Event at Cincy Bass Pro Shops

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Super Saturday and Super Sunday Event is back again this year and even bigger and better !! More great free giveaways and chances to win some great prizes the weekend of November 30th and December 1st.

The first 100 customers to visit our prize table on Satuday will get a FREE Bass Pro Shops Knife. On Sunday, the first 100 customers will receive a 3-pack Cotton Cordell Bait package

Registration for drawings will begin at 9:00am on Saturday. We will give away two prizes each hour on the half-hour, and you will not be required to be present to win. At the end of the drawings on Saturday the box will be emptied, you must register again on Sunday for a chance to win those prizes. One entry per customer per day.

Saturday’s Drawing Times and Prizes:

10:30am – Buck Folding Knife / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

11:30am – Strike King KVD Square Bill Kit / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

12:30pm – Therma Cell Heated Rechargeable Insoles / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

1:30pm – Columbia Omni-Heat Base Layer / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

2:30pm – Original Muck Boots, Wetland / $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

3:30pm – SOG Seal Pup Fixed Blade Knife / $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

4:30pm – Costa Tuna Alley 580P Polarized Sunglasses / $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

5:30pm - $500 Prepaid Debit Card / $200 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

 

Sunday’s Drawing Times and Prizes

10:30am – Duck Commander Plug & Play Video Game / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

11:30am – Rapala Birch & Salmon Collector Fillet Knife / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

12:30pm – Plano KVD 3600 Tackle Bag / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

1:30pm – Mitchell 300 Limited Edition Spinning Reel / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

2:30pm – Oculus 5.0 10x42 Binoculars / $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

3:30pm – Danner High-Ground 8” 1000G Hunting Boots / $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

4:30pm – Oakley King’s Camo Gas Can Sunglasses / $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

5:30pm – GoPro Hero 3+ / $200 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

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Double-Duty Weekend!

Things are going to be getting a little crazy here at our store, and we love it!!! The weekend of November 30th and December 1st we are going to be pulling double-duty with all the stuff we have going on! Here’s the breakdown:

Both days the store will be open from 8:00AM-10:00PM. Starting at 10:30AM-5:30PM we will unleash a Drawing Sweepstakes that would put any other to shame! Every hour, we will be drawing for a prize and a gift card! (Two chances to win at each drawing!) Best part, winners do not need to be present to win! Just fill out your entry form and you are good to go! And yes, we are doing this both days!!!!

November 30th: Super Saturday!

The first 100 customers will receive a FREE Bass Pro Shops Knife. Customer must be at least 18 years old.

10:30AM- Buck 110 Folding Hunting Knife // $25 Bass Pro Gift Card

11:30AM- Strike King KVD Square Bill Kit // $25 Bass Pro Gift Card

12:30PM- ThermaCell Heated Rechargable Insoles // $25 Bass Pro Gift Card

1:30PM- Columbia Omni-Heat Base Layer // $25 Bass Pro Gift Card

2:30PM- The Original Muck Boots (Wetland) // $50 Bass Pro Gift Card

3:30PM- SOG Seal Pup Fixed Blade Knife // $50 Bass Pro Gift Card

4:30PM- Costa Tuna Alley 580P Polarized Sunglasses // $100 Bass Pro Gift Card

5:30PM- $500 Prepaid Debit Card // $200 Bass Pro Gift Card

December 1st: Super Sunday!

The first 100 customers will receive a FREE 3-Pack Cotton Cordell Bait.

10:30AM- Duck Commander Plug & Play Video Game // $25 Bass Pro Gift Card

11:30AM- Rapala Birch & Salmon Collector Fillet Knife // $25 Bass Pro Gift Card

12:30PM-Plano KVD Tackle Bag// $25 Bass Pro Gift Card

1:30PM- Mitchell 300 Limited Edition Spinning Reel // $25 Bass Pro Gift Card

2:30PM- Oculus 5.0 Binoculars // $50 Bass Pro Gift Card

3:30PM- Danner High-Ground 8” 1000G Hunting Boots // $50 Bass Pro Gift Card

4:30PM- Oakley King’s Camo Gas Can Sunglasses // $100 Bass Pro Gift Card

5:30PM- GoPro HERO3+ // $200 Bass Pro Gift Card

Now let me go ahead and let you know that you will have to be 21 years or older to claim any of these prizes. If you win either pair of boots, we will provide you with a way to order yours through the mail to ensure proper sizing. Also customers are limited to one entry per day, and the entry is only good for the day of the drawing. So looks like you have the best excuse to come visit us twice in the same weekend! You are welcome, Arizona!

I bet some of you figured that the fact that we have two awesome days of some sweet sweepstakes is what makes this weekend “Double Duty”. NEY! Ney I say! What makes it double is that we are also going to be holding a Toys for Tots drive in our store!

Customers who bring in a toy donation for Toys for Tots at our store will receive a FREE Photo Package as a thank you from us! The Photo Package is worth $20 and includes 2-6x8, 1-5x7, 2-4x6 and a digital download! Drop off the toy donation (must be in original packaging and not look like a realistic weapon) and pick up the voucher for this Photo Package at Customer Service. 1 voucher per donation and 1 voucher per family.

You will also have until December 7th to redeem this voucher for your free photo package! (It might be a little crazy in-store that weekend, for obvious reasons, so it might be a better bet to receive the voucher and come back another day.)

Toys for Tots provide a great service for our communities nationwide. There would be a lot less children smiling without the contributions this organization makes. So why not make sure you get on the “Nice” side of Santa’s list?!

We hope to see you all soon. Keep posted as Santa’s Wonderland will be getting some new times shortly after this weekend! 

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Archery from a pro

Charlie and BonnieWe have many unique and talented associates here at Bass Pro- Columbia, and one of them is certainly Charlie Langreder.

You may know him as the very knowledgeable associate behind the hunting counter, but what you may not know is just how accomplished he is in archery.

Charlie has been bow hunting for over 60 years.  Archery has been his passion since he was a kid on a farm and he still has his first bow from when he was 12 years old. Now, he has a collection of 57 bows and travels the country bow hunting.

He enjoys going out West the most with his wife, Bonnie, to hunt Pope and Young Antelope. They enjoy each other’s companionship in the deer stand while doing something they both love. Charlie got his wife into bow hunting years ago and now they each have one record book kill. His second favorite animal to hunt is the white tail deer and turkeys are a close third.

Charlie still shoots competitively sometimes, but not as often as he used to. His next competition will be in January or February after hunting season.

He sees archery growing in popularity, especially with women. He thinks it has something to do with recent movies featuring the sport such as Brave and The Hunger Games.bows

“It gives hunters another opportunity to get into the woods and hunt for another season,” he said.

Among his many accomplishments are the titles 2010 Volunteer of the Year award at the Show-Me State Games and 2009 Bass Pro Associate of the Year. Charlie is also now an instructor for National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).  

Charlie's advice

Come to a pro shop because there are three important things you need to think about- eye dominance, draw length and draw weight.

The best bow to start with is the Diamond Infinate Edge 51-70lbs draw length 12-30 inch

You need patience. The distance of shot is close range so it’s a bit of a challenge. Charlie likes the challenge so he rarely shoots firearms anymore unless it’s with the kids.

If you have any questions or are thinking of getting into archery, come in and ask for Charlie!

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Keeping Dry for the Ducks

For a long time I have sat and listened to my father, brother, uncles and cousins talk about the amazing experiences they have had waterfowling on cool autumn days. At a young age I would sit around in the living room listening to stories about large swooping flocks of mallards, graceful formations of Canada geese and missed shots as well as triumph successful hunts. As I hung on to every word I picked up on a common theme. The best hunts and most fruitful outings occurred in weather that some would say is only fitting for a duck. Torrential down pours, screaming winds and bone chilling dampness would all be present when flocks of ducks would land in our family kept secret honey holes. I would look to my dad and say “I can’t wait until I can duck hunt, but that weather does not sound very enjoyable”. He would always reply with the same statement, “If you want the best, then you have to prepare for the worse.” As I got older and started collecting my own hunting gear I came to my own conclusion that comfort was the most important.
Recently I purchased a pair of Columbia Trophy Shot Bibs in Mossy Oak Infinity Break up pattern. This past weekend I put them through the ultimate test run. 3 Straight days of raining, cold and windy weather mixed while dredging around in knee high water were no match for the bibs. My lower extremities stayed dry, warm and most importantly comfy as I stood in my blind for over 7 hours each day. Their lightweight breathable material made moving from the blind to the boat and into the water a smooth and effortless endeavor. When each day was done, I would hang the bibs in my basement to dry and within a few hours it was as if they had never even been out facing the elements. The large pockets became a much needed essential for holding extra shells, spare duck calls and a variety of other odds and ends needed in the duck blind. As we made our final trip out of the pond on our final day, my bird hunting buddy looked at me and proclaimed that we had just battled through some of the harshest duck hunting weather he has seen in a long time. I simply smiled and said “I didn’t even notice it was cold.” The Columbia Trophy Shot bibs will continue to be in my arsenal of cold weather apparel. No matter what Mother Nature throws at me, I know have confidence that no undesirable weather condition will deter me.
 

 

The Duck Man;

Adam Field

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