Special Buy: Teva Gannet Mid Hiker Boots

Whenever I'm out hiking trails or I'm busy working on rough terrain for hours at a time, it is extremely important that I have footwear that's going to keep my feet comfortable--while I'm out in the field or walking through the various state parks Florida has to offer. I remember times when I would leave work and once I got home and took my shoes off, I would have pain running through my feet, up my ankles and into my shins.

After trying on a pair of these boots for my eight hour shift on flat pavement, my feet felt like they were sitting on pillows all day. There was absolutely no pain in my feet and the difference was night-and-day. Right now during our Spring Fishing Sale, we have Teva Gannet Mid Hiker Boots that are 100% waterproof and offer more ankle support so you can stay on your feet longer.They are built with impact resistant ShocPads in the heels that reduce the impact of rough trails and keep the strain off of your feet.


This $89.99 value is a special buy during the Spring Fishing Sale for $39.97


Teva Mid Hiker Boot




Spring Footwear Buying Tips

Spring on the calendar means warmer weather is approaching...time to update your footwear for warm weather!

Footwear Lead Miranda Atchison has some helpful tips for buying your lightweight footwear for land and water:Muck Boots

All-Purpose Shoe/Boot - From taking the dog for a walk during or after a rainshower to working in the garden, a waterproof all-purpose shoe or boot is a handy thing to have for the spring. Mucks and Bogs are popular. They are easy to just slip on and take off, and they get dirty so you don’t have to be...and Miranda says her Bogs are tops on her list!

"I have a pair of Bogs that I use when taking the dogs out at muddier times. They are probably one of the most handy in my personal footwear arsenal. I couldn't live without them!"

Hiking Shoes/Boots - Shopping for hiking footwear can be tricky. Start with thinking about where you would be using the shoe or boot and shop accordingly. Waterproofing? A deep-lugged sole for better traction? Heavy duty or lightweight upper? Additionally, think about the break-in time you need...every pair needs break-in.

Lightly Insulated Hunting Shoes/Boots - A waterproof and lightly-insulated shoe or boot for hunting in the spring is a good investment. Non-insulated or up to 600 grams of insulation is a good spring comfort range.

Water Shoes - A water shoe with sturdy protection will be safer for those days spent in or around summer waters. As your Adidas Water shoesfeet are in water for a while, and skin is softened, they are more susceptible to injuries than they normally would be when dry. Look for a pair of water shoes that allow the water to drain easily and that have a nice, slip-resistant outsole. Fast drying materials in a water shoe are important to look for when shopping, too.

Socks - There are socks for many different activities and using the right type will make all the difference. Hiking? Grab a good mid-weight hiker like the RedHead Merino or the RedHead Ultra-Silver socks. For good all-purpose work socks, check out the new RedHead Lifetime Guarantee Midweight socks.

Overall, comfort is a must. If it’s not comfortable when you first put it on you should move on and try a different pair.


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Hiking Half Dome at Yosemite National Park

The 16 mile hike to Half Dome and back begins at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley.  It is a grueling hike up to Half Dome from the Valleythe top of half dome with a 3800 foot gain in elevation to 8800 feet above sea level over approximately 8 miles.  Along the way, you'll see outstanding views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap and Half Dome.  From the summit  you will be treated to fantastic views of Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and other prominent points of interest along with panoramic views of the High Sierras. You will also most likely catch a glimpse or two of some of the native wildlife as you hike the trail to Half Dome.

Half Dome SummitTwo metal cables stretch up the last 400 feet enabling hikers to reach the summit without climbing equipment.   And while a relative few in number have fallen to their death during this part of the ascent, one must approach this area with utmost reverence.  It is not the place to be goofing , showing off or acting irresponsibly.  The journey up the cables is inherently dangerous but with the right precaution can be a safe and fun adventure.  The cables usually go up just before Memorial Day and come down the day after Columbus Day.

Most hikers take 10-12 hours to make the hike up Half Dome and back to the valley floor.  For this reason it Cables on Half Domeis best to start this hike very early in the morning.  One should also be in reasonable shape for this hike due to the length and elevation gain which make it somewhat strenuous.  I would also mention that for the last several years it has become necessary to obtain a permit from the park service to ascend Half Dome via the cable route.

There are some items you will want to make sure to include in preparation for your hike.  A good place to start is our Manteca Bass Pro Shop where you can gear up for the hike up Half Dome.  The first item probably being a good set of hiking boots with good ankle support.  Take a look at the RedHead Ridge Point Hikers or perhaps the RedHead Granite Peak Hiker..  Either one of these would make  a great choice for the hike up Half Dome.  While not mandatory, you might want to include a pair of gloves to grip the cables as you climb up the last 400 feet.  Another item you will want to have with you would be a small sack lunch.   You just might get hungry.  Probably most important would be water.  You will View from the Topneed approximately one gallon of water for the trek up and back.   In our camping department you will find the perfect item to carry your gear, lunch and water in the form of one of our many hydration packs.  The Ascend H1250 or Ascend H2000 are two excellent choices.

Now for a few safety tips.  Check the forecast before your trip.  The summit is a dangerous place to be during a lightning storm.  If you notice a storm moving in, do not attempt the summit.  And while lightning storms are more common during the afternoon hours, keep in mind that they can strike at most any time.  Do not attempt to summit during wet or rainy conditions.  The trek up the cables is no place to be slipping and sliding.  The summit is typically 15 degrees cooler than the valley floor and can be windy.  Be prepared and dress appropriately.  A few people experience problems with altitude sickness each year with symptoms such as severe headache or nausea.  If you experience these symptoms you must get to lower elevations immediately.  Last but not least one must stay out of the river above Nevada and Vernal Falls.  Nearly every year someone is swept over the falls because they do not follow this precaution.

The trip up to the summit of Half Dome and the views one encounters once you reach the top make this hike well worth the effort.  And while there are dangers one must be aware, the trek can be quite safe as long as the proper safety precautions are observed.  The hike up Half Dome is an adventure waiting to happen.  Have fun and be safe.


Phil Steele

Camping Dept.

Store 49, Manteca

Bass Pro Shop


One Antler On, One Antler Off

It’s getting to be that time of the year. Shed hunting season.

Depending on what type of animal shed you are looking for, and what part of the country you are in will depend on the best time for you to look. The most ideal time of the year to go shed hunting is in the spring. Most animals will start losing & dropping their antlers in late winter and early spring.

The best time to go hunting for sheds is when the sky is overcast. There are fewer glares from other objects, making it easier to spot the sheds.

The best places to look for sheds:

  • South facing slops/hills where the animals bed
  • Areas where the animals feed
  • The animals travel routes and trails
  • Fence & creek crossings

How to dress:

  • It’s best to dress light & dress comfortably. You may be walking/hiking around for long periods of time, so it’s best to have less weight on you.
  • Wear a good pair of hiking boots or shoes.

What else to bring:

  • Water. Since you will be doing a lot of walking you need to be sure to keep yourself hydrated.
  • A good pair of optics. They will help you to glass the area.
  • GPS. By having your GPS, you can mark the locations that you find your sheds to use in the future. Many times you will find the sheds in the same general areas year after year.
  • A pack or frame. You can use this to attach the sheds you find so you don’t have to carry them around.

Shed hunting is a fun way to get out in the outdoors, and a fun way to exercise. There are also endless possibilities once you have your sheds. You can collect them, paint them, mount the sheds, craft with them, and so much more!


Did You Remember To Pack The.....?

Go ahead and fill in the blank with any fishing, hunting, camping, or travel related item and I’ll bet we can come up with a couple thousand miscellaneous things we wish we wouldn’t have left on the kitchen counter, on the garage floor, or hanging in the closet.

I long ago adopted the mentality that I wouldn’t be the knucklehead wishing he hadn’t forgotten his boots like Stan in “The Deer Hunter,” and thankfully (knock on wood), I haven’t been that guy very many times.  Michael (played by the inimitable Robert De Niro) gave Stan one heck of a tongue lashing because it seems to have been a habit for him.  “Plan Carefully…..Execute Violently” is one of my favorite sayings and it applies pretty well to making trips or outings where resupply is difficult if not impossible.

My solution has always been to pack in phases and have staging areas for all the gear where I can take stock of the equipment to ensure that everything is accounted for.  And this has worked pretty well for the time being but it has gotten more difficult as my wife and I include more and more gear for each trip.  About the only problem we’ve ever encountered with my packing is the unwavering desire to pack more than necessary, which results in mountains of equipment in every corner of the house for about two weeks leading up to the outing.  There has to be a better answer.

Creating a list on the computer that’s flexible enough to be modified as necessary seems to be the way to go for our trips, and so far it seems to be working fairly well.  My wife has created a series of spreadsheets listing the equipment we plan on taking and she’ll print the list, then check off each item as it’s added to the staging piles.  Simple, smart, and efficient if you ask me.  We’ve even gotten to the point of dedicating storage containers and shelf space to the gear related to a specific activity.  It sure limits the need to search the entire house for a sleeping bag, hiking staff, or flats booties when you know right where they should be.  It also makes it easier to determine when gear needs to be replenished or replaced.

So, take it from a obsessive planner and over packer…  Make a list of things you need to gather for your next trip.  It may seem like a “no-brainer,” but how many of us actually follow our own advice?  Now if I could only make a list of flies to take instead of just taking all of them…

Brian “Beastman” Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando




Let's Take A Hike!

Looking for a great hiking boot, something comfortable, somewhat stylish, waterproof, and offers great support during a hike whether it be long or short? Well look no further the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX is offered in both men's,http://www.basspro.com/Breeze-2-0-GTX-Hiking-Boots-for-Men/product/1210020521508/ , and women's,http://www.basspro.com/Vasque-Breeze-2-0-GTX-Hiking-Boots-for-Ladies/product/1210020521509 .  This shoe is absolutely amazing, it has a vibram contact outsole, rubber toe bumpers, gore tex, offers great support, has a sole designed for rough and rocky terrian, waterproof nuckback leather, light, tough, EVA footbeds and midsoles, and an airmesh upper making for a cooler foot. They can be yours for just $159.99. 

"I bought this shoe to start going on hikes through the local park with my dog, 5 mile trail plus a lab plus uneven terrian makes for a bumpy walk.  I can honestly say this shoe has made a HUGE difference.  At the end of my walk my feet no longer hurt, i throw my Under Armour socks on which moisture wick and help prevent foot fatigue and bam I'm good.  I can enjoy myself with my amazing dog.  We have even starting hiking longer trails and planning vacations to parks instead of me to a fancy hotel, nights on the town, fine dining, and him at the kennel.  I know I was making changes in my life to be healthier and these shoes truely helped. I suggest them to anyone and everyone who wants to go for a hike no matter if its a short hike through your local park or a vacation to a national park. The are awesome!" -Katrina Newport News, Virginia

So swing into your local Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and let one of our AWESOME footwear associates help you find the perfect hiking boot.



Spring Cleaning ..... Getting Ready to Fly


Fish that is. It's time. Yes, I know that the thermometer still hovers somewhere in the vicinity of the Arctic Circle and you may need to call in an ice breaker to get on your favorite trout stream, BUT the return of outstanding fly fishing is getting so close we can almost taste it. To ensure you're prepared for that first miracle day when the temperature rises, the water flows, and you have the day off, you need to get things ready now.

If you have been lusting after a new fly rod, now is the time to acquire it. A new rod is a great way to start the season and the perfect excuse to go fishing, as in “I have this new rod I really need to go try out” The same “excuse” works for that rod you got as a gift that has been sitting in the corner taunting you all winter.

If your “old favorite” rod and reel have been waiting patiently since you put them away last fall, they probably could use a little attention. A bit of candle wax rubbed on the male ends of the rod segments will refresh the joints and help that rod fit together snugly.

Having spent the past couple of months wrapped around the reel the line has likely acquired a bit of memory. Find yourself a smooth pole (like a basketball pole, not a tree… too rough). Spool off your line around the pole, grab both ends and walk back to the point where you’re stretching the line; not too taut, just enough to straighten it out. This works best on a reasonably warm day with the line at room temperature.

This is also a good time to inspect and clean that line. If your line is more than a couple of three years old it may be ready to be replaced. Look closely for cracks or breaks in the plastic. Damage such as this will let water into the core and the line will not float very well, if at all it deserves to be retired (I usually relegate my old lines to the rod I use for pond fishing for bluegill and bass). Assuming the line looks to be in decent shape, a good cleaning will ensure it’s ready to go.

I have heard many different perspectives on how to clean and treat a fly line. For some (like me) a simple cleaning with a damp rag and dishwashing soap (a gentle detergent) seems to work just fine. Others, afraid the soap will remove the secret-sauce line coating, wipe off the line with clean water and then treat it with one of the many line conditioners available. Should you have any questions about how to clean and treat your particular line; most line manufacturers have recommendations for their products on their websites. Backing, unless it’s about 100 years old, rarely requires any attention or maintenance (as long as you didn’t put that reel away soaking wet which will cause the backing to acquire a nice coating of mold and mildew).

It is likely that your leader needs refreshed. By the end of the season the last one I used looks pretty sad; short broken sections with wind knots, abrasions, and long pieces of tippet tied on the end (hey, the fish were rising, no time to tie on a new leader!). A fresh new tapered leader will get you started right this year.

Now is also a great time to review your outfit. No, I’m not suggesting you reassess your sense of style, but rather the great load of tools, supplies, and implements of destruction we carry forth each time we head for the water. By the end of the season I seem to have added enough stuff to my kit that when fully outfitted in my waders and chest pack I look like a haz-mat team from the waist down and hardware store from the waist up.

Clearly we need a few things. Extra leaders, some spools of tippet, and the basic tools- nippers, forceps, and a zinger to hang them on- are of course required. Dull nippers are nothing more than a frustration. Some nippers may be sharpened, others should simply be replaced. Forceps last forever. Zingers, however, do tend to wear out and will break at the least convenient and most overlooked times. I don’t know how many times over the years I’ve looked down only to discover my favorite and most needed tools have disappeared on the end of a broken zinger. Give them a good look to see if they are frayed and worn.

Rummage through all the pockets of your vest or pack to see what treasures may be lurking there unnoticed. That granola bar you stashed last July may need refreshing; if you find a Twinkie it’s probably still good to go. Strike indicators, split shot, floatant, and other miscellaneous supplies may need refreshed or discarded depending upon how often you actually used them. A lighter load makes you a more nimble angler.aquaseal

Waders and wading boots usually require a bit of attention. That annoying little leak was probably tolerable last September, but will feel pretty uncomfortable in April’s 50 degree water. Small leaks, either punctures or in the seams, may be repaired with products such as Aquaseal. Simply clean the areas with rubbing alcohol, let it dry, and apply a small amount of AquaSeal. Rubbing in the sealant with a q-tip works well on leaky seams. Larger rips or tears are harder to repair and may necessitate replacement.

Wading boots can take quite a beating. Check-out your laces and replace as necessary. Synthetic laces, not the cotton ones designed for hiking boots, work best and will not deteriorate in the water. If you notice any seams that have separated on your boots, there are still a few cobblers about who can repair them at a reasonable cost (there is a great old-time shoe repair place in Fountain City-they do great work). If the uppers of your boots are in good shape but you’ve worn off the felt soles, these may be refreshed by grinding off the remaining felt and installing felt sole replacements. I’ve done this a couple of times and, if you follow the instructions provided with the repair kit, it works really, really well. For those with studded soles, check to see if the studs are worn or missing. Replacement packs of the screw-in studs are readily available. Then again, it may be time for new boots.

Last but not least, you need to take stock of your supply of flies. Remember what worked best last year?? Do you have enough?? If not...get busy tying. If you don’t tie your own, get to the store sooner verses later...once the fishing turns-on the fly shops tend to run out, at least temporarily, of the most popular flies fairly quickly. You don’t want to hit the water for the first time this spring without your favorite flies.

And there you have it, from rod to reel and head to toe, the things we all should be doing to get ready for the best fishing of the year that’s lurking somewhere just over the horizon. If you have any questions about the state of your equipment or what flies to acquire, just stop by the shop...we’ll be glad to look things over and offer suggestions. While I wouldn't go sit by the stream fully wadered with your fly rod in hand just yet - we do need to live through the rest of February - its close enough we need to READY!

Local fishing continues to be challenging, although tail water fishing has improved of late. The Clinch River has seen some favorable generation schedules on the weekends and we’ve talked with quite a few anglers who planned to take advantage of the opportunities. The Holston has also been fishing well with wader-friendly schedules. Remember you can check the tail water schedules, updated around 6:00PM every evening, by looking at the TVA Website.

The national park waters were bone-numbing cold, but the rains over the past weekend have warmed the streams a bit. Unfortunately, we got a little too much rain and the streams were pretty blown-out. Little River rose from about 200 cubic feet per second to near 4,000 this past Monday (it’s down to 904 right now-still too high to fish). Unable to fish the park waters I headed to one of the stocked catch-and-release streams and managed to catch a few big dumb rainbows...not exactly the same as catching a wild trout, but in February sometimes “ya just gotta catch a fish”, if for no other reason than to keep your spirits up.



Bass Pro Outdoor World

White River Fly Shop

3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place

Kodak, TN 37764







Simple Steps with Wes: Twelve Steps

The first Simple Step of 2014 may just be the best one yet. Wes took some time and effort to get everyone prepared for an awesome year. Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution to be more handy or useful in the outdoors, or simply to better prepare yourself for whatever life may throw at you. Well with what Wes whipped (alliteration at its finest right there) up for us, we all can breathe a little easier.

A Survival Twelve Step Program

Some people may look at me and say to themselves “Man that guy as got a problem, he should get some help”.  Well the first step to step to recovery from any problem is admitting you have one.  Well the last place to have a problem is out in the wilderness and off the beaten path so I’m here to help and the best time to turn over a new leaf is at the New Year.  To get your year started out right make a promise to yourself to learn a new skill every month this year that will help make you a better, more efficient, and a self reliant survivalist.

 Here is a list of suggestions that might get the wheels turning.  Some may take a little more time than others and some may be skills you already have.  There is no order they should be done so plan around your own lifestyle and replace proficient skills on the list with ones you want to learn.  Remember knowledge is power, but you cannot replace real life practice with just reading it in a book so get out and get your hands dirty.

1.       Land Navigation:  I would break this down into two categories, GPS & Map and Compass.  GPS units can be extremely helpful and most units are user friendly but getting the most from your GPS unit takes skill.  Learn how to set waypoints, understand what GPS coordinates are, and if you have one, update the map programs as needed.  Even though GPS is great technology fails and if your luck is like mine it will fail when you need it most.  Buy a good Compass and get some area maps of wilderness locations that you frequent.  Learn to ready the topographic maps and understand how to plot courses.  This skill will be worth its weight in gold if you ever run out of batteries in your GPS or “Smart Phone”.

2.       Fire Starting:  I cannot stress it enough how important being able to start a fire is for survival.  Fire covers all spectrums of survival from signaling rescue, to protection from elements and predators, to water purification to food preparation.  It is also a psychological booster in a time of despair.  I like to practice different fire starting methods every time I use my BBQ grill.  I pay attention to my technique and the environmental conditions, especially when it does not work.  The last thing I want to do is use a method in a situation that is not optimal and waist valuable energy and time.

3.       Identifying Wild Edibles: Living off the land is the key to survival.  Knowing what nature has provided is a skill that has to be practiced and photos in a book do not always properly represent the vegetation in your area so get out and see it firsthand.  Knowing what is poisonous is also just as important.

4.       Make a Survival Kit: Investing in a survival kit is like buying car insurance, you hope you don’t need it but it’s better to have it and not need it, than not have it and wish you did.  Keep it small and light weight.  To do this, select items that are multifunctional and cover more than one of the priorities of Survival (Protection, Rescue, Water, and Fire).  In Previous Simple Steps we have covered some great suggestions for survival kit items.  It does not have to be expensive but it does have to be reliable.

5.       Health and Fitness: It is common knowledge that being physically fit will expand your chances of survival.  You are already taking a step in the right direction by being active, getting out and going on a hike.  Start small and make simple changes to your lifestyle.  A very simple three step rule to follow is to never go three days without exercise, workout at least three days a week, and never miss a Monday.  You will be amazed at how effective this is.

6.       Water Treatment and Purification: If you have not already, purchase a water purification system.  I love the Lifestraw, but there are many other systems out there as well.  I also carry a bulk water purification system and tablets.  I would also practice making water still and a rain catch as well.  Water is top priority and without it nothing else matters.

7.       Snares and Traps: Once you have established a water source food is important.  Hunting takes a lot of time and energy you may not have.  If you are alone, there are a lot of tasks that need to be completes so having passive systems set up to catch small game and fish while you attend to other needs is a great skill to know.  The more you can set the better your chances to bag a meal will be.

8.       First Aid: Wilderness first aid, CPR, and any other medical skill training you can get help you and anyone else you may come across.  Having a first aid kit is not enough.  You need to know how to use it.  Take a class from the Red Cross, or another accredited source. This is not a wilderness survival skill this is a LIFE survival skill.

9.       Shelter Building: Shelters keep you safe from the environmental conditions and predators alike.  Identifying shelters nature has provided and having the ability to use materials you find to improve upon those shelters will not only help you from expending unneeded energy but will help you preserve what energy you do have.  Practice making basic shelters that are time and energy efficient.

10.   Search and Rescue: Knowing how search and rescue works and searches will help you understand how to make yourself easier to find.  Having equipment on hand to help signal for help can shorten your time in the wild and raise your chances of survivability.  Getting things such as a whistle, signal mirror and flares are a must have if you want out as quickly as possible.

11.   Communications: Most people today have cell phones but they are not always reliable in backcountry areas.  Carrying a hand held radio or CB (Citizen Ban Radio) are a great asset. Most off road vehicle clubs and hiking clubs use these and by scanning you may be able to contact someone in your area for help.  It is also good to have in case your group gets separated to link back up again.

12.   Weather prediction: Knowing how to read cloud formations and environmental conditions is a great skill to help keep you using Mother Nature to help you survive.  Seeing when a storm may be near can help plain when to set up rain catches, take shelter, and when to make fire and which method would be best.  

I hope that this list shows you that there is a lot more to hiking in the back country than just lacing up some boots, throwing on a pack and taking off.  Plan to be at your best when things are at your worst.  See you on the trails.    

Once again we cannot thank Wes enough for what he does for us. You all take care and be safe. Get more of Wes at his page. Until next time!


Previous Simple Steps:



Halloween Edition

Survival Kit

Daylight Estimation

Determining Direction

Eye Protection

Nature Calling


Resolution Solution- Keep Fit

Resolution Solution- Get Fit in 2014

The time has come to issue in a new year again and with that comes the dreaded New Years Resolution. Most people have trouble keeping their resolutions through January and the most common would be how to stay more active in the New Year. One way to stay active is to go hiking. Picking out the right hiking or trail running shoe to enjoy the outdoors is essential to making the most of your outdoor adventure. Most people think they have to pick the most expensive or up to date technology in a shoe to succeed with your resolution. That is not the case. The best advice I can give anyone the wants to enjoy the outdoors is keep it simple when picking a shoe. One feature to consider is to make sure its waterproof. This goes a long way with breath ability and keeps your feet cool and comfortable. Next you should pick a shoe that has a good sole or traction an example of this would be Vibram. It has good traction in wet terrain and won't break down in rough terrain. And lastly, the type of sock you should wear with your new hiking shoe. There are many options to choose from when picking out a sock from lightweight to heavyweight just make sure it can breathe(cotton does not) and make sure it does not make the shoe fit tight through out the time you are wearing it.

These are just a few things to remember in picking out a new hiking shoe along with many more we can help you out with at Bass Pro Shops. Remember if you’re a beginner to advanced hiking the most important thing is to have fun while you’re in the outdoors. My name is Billy. I am a Footwear Specialist in our Las Vegas Bass Pro Store. Come on down to Bass Pro and talk with one of our pros or visit our website.


Redhead Roark Hiker


Outdoors Outreach

Outdoors Outreach

On Tuesday, December 17th, I once again had an amazing day with Arizona Game and Fish. This time we went to Bartlett Lake. It was my first time there and we arrived around 7am as the sun was just coming to the horizon.

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The day began by boating to the north rim of the lake where we started hiking through the riverbeds. They were pretty dry and virtually no wildlife other than invertebrates in the pools and shallow streams.

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But soon to my surprise, I saw my first tarantula (in the wild that is). I had to take a double look at it because it appeared to be a clump of debris from a tree. And this wasn’t the only one. Two more down the river and I stopped looking after that. Too bad it was a little too cool out or we would have seen some snakes and reptiles.


Hiking along about 3 miles in now, we came across old barbed wire and some cow bones. Next to tha was an old trough that had water channeled to it from a spring nearby. Very awesome to see and to imagine what used to roam that mountainside. The terrain of the area around the lake is very pristine and is part of the Tonto National Forest as well as the Mazatzal Wilderness.

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We hiked a round trip of 10 miles for a total of 10 hours. We maxed out a little over 3,000 feet. The day ended with scratches all over my body, a bruise from a 10 pound rock rolling and hitting my shin and the need for new hiking boots.

Spending the day with these guys was one for the books. Being able to go out with any group of people with such amazing expertise and knowledge is a remarkable adventure. If you have a passion for the outdoors and are interested in wildlife as your career path, I strongly encourage you to reach out to anyone that can share knowledge and experiences with you.

Happy trails!!



Lifetime Socks? Really?

Lifetime socks?  What are you talking about?  Never heard of that before.  Well, we do have lifetime socks and they are worth it.  No receipt required when you bring them back.  No,  there is never a hassle what so ever.  Bass Pro Shop has come up with a universal gift that is great for anyone.  Why,  I even got my college girls each a pair to wear for slippers.  Comfortable and warm these socks will not disappoint.  Here are a few of the different kinds of lifetime socks we have:

Redhead Midweight Crew (men) are lighter weight for hiking and casual everyday use.  They are double reinforced in all stress zones.  These socks are made for all day comfort. 11 inches











The Redhead Lightweight Quarter sock for men are just like the crew but only 5 inches for those who prefer not that high of a sock.










Natural Reflections Lifetime Socks for Ladies are perfect for women with all day comfort and a itch free merino wool blend.








The Redhead All Purpose Lifetime Socks are the most popular for men and women.  Why I wear them under my rubber boots for the warmth!


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So stop on by today and check out the Lifetime Socks.  Then remember when they have a hole or are wearing out, just bring both of them back to Bass Pro Shops.  You will receive another pair no questions asked.  How can you go wrong?


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator



Winter Camping... The New Adventure

If you have never been winter camping, you are missing out on a new adventure! Good planning and packing will make your first winter camping trip safe and comfortable for the entire party.

Planning: Ask yourself a few questions; where would you like to go? How will you get there? What will you do once you get settled? Snowshoeing, skiing and hiking are great activities if you have packed the right equipment. Once you know your location, check out the terrain and weather. Get familiar with the area before you go. It is not hard to get lost in a blanket of snow. Be prepared for things to take twice as long due to the weather.

Caution Alert: Do some research before you go on your trip. Two biggest dangers in winter camping are hypothermia and frostbite. You will need to recognize the symptoms and know what to do.  Remember to pack supplies that will protect you against heat loss. Several changes of clothes (warm, layers and snug fits). Mittens keep your hands warmer then gloves. Protect your head against heat loss too. Wearing a toboggan or balaclava is best. Over half your body heat is lost through your head.  Your boots should be insulated, waterproof and at least a mid height.

Dress Warm: When winter camping, dress warm! Dress in layers so you can easily adjust your clothes to regulate your body temperature. Three types of layers are considered normal: a layer against your skin (longjohns), an insulation layer (fleece) and a water/wind proof outer shell. Polypropylene is a fabric that will wick away moisture and keep you warm. Down, Thinsulate, Microloft and Polarguard are more good choices. Wear polypropylene sock liners underneath your wool socks to add an extra layer of protection.

Shelter: A roomy dome tent is your best choice, only attempt to build an igloo or snow cave with an experienced winter camper. Flatten your surface where your tent will go and pack snow against the bottoms outside to provide extra insulation. Attach 4’ -6’ of cord to each end of your stake out points so you can use rocks or logs if the ground is too frozen. When camping in deep snow you can fill 1 gallon size freezer bags with snow and tie your stake out cords to them for anchors instead of stakes.

Warm at Night: A good sleeping bag will keep you warm at night. Choose a sleeping bag that is rated for a lower temperature than what you will actually be sleeping in. Mummy style bags with hoods are the best. If the bag is too loose or large it will let in cold air. Wear warm clothes even inside the bag. Your body temperature will drop as you sleep. A full length foam or inflatable pad placed underneath your bag will protect you from the snow.

Fuel for the body: When you become cold, your body uses a lot of calories to try to heat you back up again. Eat healthy, hearty meals to keep your energy level up so your body can fight the cold. As a general guideline, your winter camping diet should consist of 50% simple sugars and complex carbs; 20% proteins and 30% fats. Avoid taking fresh foods with you. They freeze easily and are hard to carry. Dried foods, baked goods and freeze dried ingredients are all great choices. Bring enough water for the entire trip, however never ever eat snow.


Winter camping is exciting and rewarding. Plan carefully and have fun!



What is Thinsulate Insulation?


Thinsulate Insulation is not your typical insulation. 3M manufactures products, such as boots, pants, jackets, gloves, and hats with Thinsulate Insulation. The microfibers that Thinsulate is constructed from traps air molecules between you and the cold air outside. Thinsulate traps the cold air molecules inside a smaller space, allowing for better insulation.

Thinsulate is lightweight that many manufacturers utilize in many products including footwear for work, hunting and hiking. The microfibers in the insulation are lightweight. This keeps the insulation from weighing the shoes down but keeps your feet warm at the same time. Thinsulate is available in different weights, depending on the insulation required. The weights start at 200 grams for less insulation and continue up to 1000 grams for extremely cold conditions.

200 to 400 grams: Thinsulate with a rating of 200 grams has a temperature rating of 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit and is advised for work boots, hunting boots, hiking boots, snowboarding boots and alpine ski boots in cool weather. Boots with 400 gram Thinsulate have a temperature rating of 35 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit for cold weather.

600-800 grams:  A Thinsulate material having a rating of 600 grams should be worn in very cold conditions at an estimated 15 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In extremely cold weather, individuals with light activity should select Thinsulate products of 800 grams, having a temperature rating of approximately 20 below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

1,000 grams: Thinsulate products with a rating of 1,000 grams should also be used in extremely cold weather conditions, at temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit. 

Thinsulate is breathable. It is ideal to use in items such as bedding, coats, hats and gloves due to its small fibers. The material keeps you insulated from the cold while keeping the sweat away from your skin at the same time.


Thinsulate is also moisture-resistant, machine washable, and dry cleanable. Due to the fibers absorbing less than 1 percent of their weight when submerged in water, they are ideal to be worn in wet conditions or washable.


The Traveling Bowhunter. Pack Smart and Light.

The other day a guy came into the archery department and showed me a very disturbing photograph.  He had been on a 10 day hunting trip to North Dakota and on his return flight the airline ran over his bow case with the bow in it.  The bow case was destroyed and his bow took a little damage.  Imagine if this would have been on the arriving flight and not the returning home flight?

We hear time and time again about misfortunes that hunter’s experience when traveling to hunt a new area or state.  These hunters sometimes have put in for tags for several years to get the chance for a “Once in a lifetime” hunt.  On their way to the hunting adventure, the airline looses their baggage or bow.  Sometimes the gear shows up destroyed and unusable.  What do you do now?

Plan ahead!  Plan for the worst.

Many of us have driven to hunting locations and load our pickup to the gills with everything we “Might” need.  This unfortunately doesn’t work well when dealing with the airlines or even more so, a fly in trip to Alaska or Canada where you are limited to maybe 50 or so pounds of gear plus yourself and what you are wearing.

Pack Smart!  Determine what you “Need” not what you “Want” on the trip.

Use a scale to weigh what you think you need.  Find out from the airline and the bush pilot what your max weights can be and how many bags you are allowed.  Pack and weigh.


Layering is by far the best way to achieve all of your goals here.  Comfort, and weight reducing.  Today there are many choices of high performance gear.  Start with moisture wicking under clothes.  The are very light, compact and effective in keeping you dry.

Next layer should be a Cold Gear type of clothing.  Clothing that allows moisture to pass from you out away from your body and yet retains heat during those chilly sits.

A wind proof jacket with plenty of pockets.

Full set of high performance pants and jacket, rain gear.  Many of these will fold and stow within their own pockets.  These pieces of gear are light, compact and very effective in keeping out the rain.  Tip… Cut a ¼ sheet of chamois and place in your rain jacket pocket.  This can be used to wipe off your lenses on your binoculars and rangefinders.

Socks are often a shortcut that many hunters take or don’t think much about.  Even if the rest of your body is dry and comfortable, if your feet are damp, you will be miserable.  Purchase yourself moisture wicking liners and wool socks.  Just like you layer your body to stay comfortable, layer your feet too.  They need to breathe and release moisture to be comfortable.  In the event your feet do get wet the wool will keep your feet warm so the rest of you warm too.  Wool also dries very quickly so will be ready the following day or twos days at the most.

Boots should be very comfortable and broke in before the trip.  If you hiking many miles a day, consider a lower gram weight of insulation like Thinsulate.  This will keep your feet from overheating.  I prefer a nice arch support or cork bed to keep my feet comfortable.  Boots with replaceable liners are a good choice as you can dry out one set one day and wear the other the same day.

Gloves and hats now come lightweight and with very effective wicking and warm materials.  Your head is the primary heat loss part of your body.  Keep it warm and dry and most likely the rest of your will be warm too.


Purchase a SKB bow case.  They are extremely tough and take much abuse.  These cases may cost a little more but they also come with a $1500 gear insurance policy, and worth the few extra dollars in the long run.

Pack a dozen arrows with broadheads removed and store in an arrow tube.  Broadheads will pack easier removed from arrows and are less susceptible of damaging your bowstrings or gear in transport.  An extra bowstring and cables are very light and might come in handy if you or your buddy dry fires your bow or you accidentally damage the strings.  With so many different bows on the market now and each having different sizes of strings and cables, you most likely won’t find the proper set at a bow shop in any part of the country.  Carry an extra set of “shot in” strings and you will be good.

With my bow I will mark my cams with a permanent marker so that I can make sure my cams are in time at all times and if I have to change strings and or cables I can get it back in time quickly not wasting valuable hunting time.  I also measure key parts of my bow such as Nock Height, Peep Height, Brace Height, Tiller, Draw Weight and Rest locations.  I write them on a tape on my limbs so not to loose or forget them.

Binoculars, rangefinders, GPS units, SPOT units and cameras should be packed in your carry on.  You will ensure they will make it there and safely.  GPS units are a place you can save a little weight.  Garmin produces units that have GPS and cameras built in one unit.  The Rhino unit even has radio capabilities, check local laws though to see if a radio is allowed when hunting.

Now to pack it all up:

Your carry-on you should use your backpack.  Place all of your heavy items like cameras, binoculars, GPS units and rangefinders.  Pack your rain gear, gloves and caps in the pack as well.

In your bow case pack your bow, arrows and extra set of strings and cables, broadheads, a change of clothes including some socks and a change of camo.  If your other luggage becomes lost at least you still have some clothes to wear for the first few days of the hunt until your bags arrive and it helps protect your gear in the bow case.  Print on- a piece of paper, your name, destination, flight number and your contact number, as well as the hunting location’s address.   Print one of these for both the outbound and return flight and lay it on top of everything before you close your bag. This makes it really easy for airlines to know where the bag needs to go should they get misplaced.

Once you have everything packed up label your bags.  Put hard labels on the outside of your bags identifying who you are and where you live.  Before you leave on your trip print out on full sheets of paper your name, flight numbers, contact numbers and final destination.  This is true for your trip home too.  Just before you leave place the sheets that have your destination info in the bag so that if it gets lost the airline can open it and see where it needs to go.  Then do the same thing on your flight home.

The best practice is to plan for the worse.  Once you find a system that works for you record it down so that the next trip will be easier to pack.

Good luck and Shoot Straight.


Sock Thermometers

RedHead SocksThere's a chill in the air. The perennial debate has begun and rages on in many homes regarding the firing up of the furnace - what temp, at what times, and for how long. I don't care that much about what the temperature is or how cold it is outside...it's Iowa. It gets cold. That's a given. 

I don't obsess over what the thermometer says. My RedHead Lifetime Guarantee socks tell me. If I pull them out of the drawer, cold weather has arrived. I pull them out of the drawer and they bring my feet up to the right temperature. I wear them with my boots in the snow, but most importantly, I wear them in the house. These are my house "slipper socks," so to speak. I wear the men's version, but they come in ladies', too. 

They're soft and double-stitched in all the stressed areas. A new pair will be in my future this year, I suspect, but that's okay. With the lifetime guarantee, I can return them and get a new pair. It doesn't matter what Bass Pro Shop I take them to; I can return them and get a free pair. No questions asked. 

What's new this year with the RedHead socks is that they now come in men's lightweight quarter socks and men's RedHead Lifetime Guarantee Socksmidweight crew!  Not as heavy, shorter, and easier for casual and hiking wear. I'm looking forward to purchasing some soon to wear to work...one day, my low cut RedHead athletic socks will tell me it's time to make the switch!

RedHead Lifetime Guarantee Socks






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Hiking in the Finger Lakes

There are not many people who would disagree with the statement that Fall is absolutely beautiful in the Finger Lakes.  Instead of feeling low thinking about the snow, why not get outside and enjoy the beauty that this time of year has to offer.  There are great hiking paths around the Finger Lakes region and up north.


Harvest time in the Finger Lakes usually starts in mid August, and can continue into November thru January for the ice wines.  For the people who live here, we consider Fall one of the most exciting times to hike.  If you are not into hiking, consider going apple picking or walk through pumpkin patches.  Many areas offer easy walking roads.  Anything that gets you outside is worth it.


If you are interested in doing some hiking, you will need a comfortable pair of hiking boots.  The Ecco Kiruna GTX is a great shoe.  Waterproof, lightweight, and comfortable, this boot gives you great quality and a good price.  Perfect for hiking in the Adirondack region or any trail around the Finger Lakes.  








A day hike is great to see all the beautiful bright orange, reds, golds, and russet colors of Fall.  Make sure you bring a jacket.  The Bass Pro Shop Lightweight Packable Rainsuit is perfect for this time of year.   100% waterproof, breathable, large pockets with a attached hood.  The word for this jacket is comfortable and packable.  No extra weight, it is a "just in case" item.







The Finger Lakes region is at about 40 percent of its peak so now is the time to think about a nice fall hike.  Whether you walk through the woods or drive down the road, bring along a few treats.  Perhaps some jerky and a water bottle.  You can always buy a day pack to carry everything in.  The Redhead Stream Hydration Pack has a large main compartment.  Very comfortable and roomy,  this pack even has a binocular attachment. 








New York State has a longer window of opportunity to see the fall foliage than up north.  October is a great month to smell grapes in the air.  With all the wineries pressing you just can't help it.  A great time to hike, camp, kayak or take a plane for a overall view of everything.  This is a picture perfect time of year.  So get out there and enjoy what New York State has to offer.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator











Michigans Fall Colors; Perfect Time for Hiking

fall colors

No season shows off Michigan’s true beauty better than fall. It’s the time of year when the weather gets cooler and the trees become inflamed with color. If you truly want to see awe inspiring picturesque scenery then you need to take advantage of the hiking trails in our Michigan parks. There are some do’s and don’ts when going hiking though, even if you’re only going for an afternoon. Below are a few of those do’s and don’ts.

Don’t Wear Cotton:

When we go hiking wearing cotton is not a good choice. This means no cotton t-shirts, cotton socks, blue jeans or denim jackets. Cotton will retain water and once it gets wet it takes a long time to dry, which is never a good thing. It doesn’t matter if its sweat or rain, moisture is something we want to avoid. When your body gets wet you will start to lose body heat. If you lose too much body heat you could face hypothermia.

Do Wear Clothing made of Wool or Polyester Fabrics:

These materials will wick the moisture away from your body keeping you dry and warm. So when you go out for that fall hike, remember that cotton kills and you need to dress appropriately in order to enjoy being out on your hike.

Wicking ShirtHiking Socks





Don’t Wear Boots Fresh from the Box:

Wearing untested brand new boots of hiking shoes is never a good thing. When wearing new footwear they are generally going to be stiffer and have not conformed to your foot yet. In some instances you can face hotspots or blisters on your feet making your hike a little less memorable and a little more painful.

Do Test and Break in Your Footwear:

You want to test out and break in your footwear before you go hiking. Try wearing them around the house, while walking your dog, mowing the lawn, or even to work. Sometimes you may have some sore spots and by Choosing the Right Hiking Socks it can make all the difference. Remember that rigid boots will require a longer period of break in time. When considering what boots to buy there are always things to consider. Hiking Boot Essentials is a good blog to read when considering what kind of hiking boots you want.

Don’t Start Too Late in the Day:

If you plan on hiking on longer trails don’t start too late. If you’re going on a trail that’s rated as a 5 hour hike don’t start too late in the day. We all fall behind schedule once in a while but if we start late on our hike we find ourselves in the woods when it’s dark out and not know how to find our way back.

Do Start on Time:

We want to always make sure we start our hike on time. If we do start late check and see if there is any way you can take a shorter route to make up for the time that you have lost. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Other things to remember: having plenty of fluids, an appropriate trail map, a first aid kit, and always plan your hike.

If you just don’t have time to take that trip up north, go on that all day hike or if you just getting into hiking and want to try shorter hikes, there are plenty of places in South East Michigan you can go. Some really good places to try that have great trails and plenty of fall colors are listed below.

Willcott Mill Metro Park:

This park is located of 27 mile rd just east of Romeo Plank. It has plenty of old hardwood trees that produce brilliant colors in an array of reds, oranges and yellow’s.

Highland Recreation Area:

Located at 5200 Highland rd in White Lake, this park has plenty to offer. Inside the main park is the location of the old Edsel Ford retreat manor. It contains every tree that grows in Michigan. Amazing colors and beautiful walks will keep you in awe.

Ortonville Recreation Area:

This park is located at 5779 Hadley rd in Ortonville and has considerable segments of old hardwood forests. The forests are set ablaze with amazing shades of reds, oranges, and yellows.

Metro Beach Metro Park:

Located off Metro parkway (16 mile) just past I-94 this park does have some extremely old hardwood growth and will surprise you with some amazing colors. One spot to stop and check is out on the point that jets out into Lake St. Clair. The sight from here provides a unique on of a kind experience.




Good Luck and Happy Hiking

Patrick M. Stringfield


Bass Pro Shops

Auburn Hills, MI


Is That a Snake in the Next Stall?

Earlier this month there was a snake found in a bathroom of a Starbucks in San Antonio.  It is a reminder that the continuation of the warm weather that we have a big snake issue in Texas this year. 

Seven species of venomous snakes occur in the Dallas Fort Worth area. However, it should be noted that the national average for fatal snake bites in the United States is only 2 per year. Also, a vast majority of bite victims are white males ages 18-25 who are capturing, handling or molesting a venomous snake. Oftentimes alcohol or other drugs are involved. While legitimate bites occur on occasion it should be noted that most snake bites are avoidable and are the fault of the bite victim. To help place the reality of a fatal snake bite into perspective, it is interesting to note that more people in the United States die from vending machines falling over on them (after being shaken), being struck by lightning, or due to an allergic reaction from an insect sting.

Most people living in the Dallas Fort Worth area rarely encounter venomous snakes. Also, vast amounts of habitat are being converted from a natural state to one suited for human use. Unfortunately, habitat loss is not only detrimental to populations of venomous snakes, but other wildlife as well.

Given such, it is important to recognize these reptiles should they be encountered. Traditional means of identifying snakes (based upon shape of the head, temperament, etc) are mostly inaccurate and unreliable.

The seven venomous snakes in the area.  The first three are the most common of the venomous snakes in the area.

Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix)

Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorous)

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)

*Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

*Massasagua (Sisturus catenatus)

*Pigmy Rattlesnake (Sisturus miliarius)

*Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus tener)


Safety tips for avoiding venomous snake bite

1. Do not attempt to capture or kill a venomous snake.

2. Do not attempt to capture or handle venomous snakes or any snake whose identity you are uncertain.

3. Wear shoes and appropriate clothing when walking through habitats in which snakes occur.

4. When hiking always pay attention to the ground and visually check logs, rocks, and other objects before stepping over them.

5. Watch where you place your hands and avoid placing your hands into rocky crevices, hollow logs, holes in the ground or any such location.

6. When lifting objects in places where venomous snakes occur, boards, logs or rocks should be moved with caution to avoid receiving a bite.

7. If you encounter a venomous snake in the wild leave it alone and move away.



Rattlesnake Avoidance Classes for you and your dog

Tips for the First Aid of a venomous snake bite

The survival rate for snake bite victims in the United States is high. Nevertheless, medical attention from a qualified physician should be sought immediately. Depending upon the the species of snake involved and severity of bite treatments can range from the administering of a pain killer and release from the hospital to several days of hospitalization and anti-venom therapy.

1. Do not try to kill or bring the venomous snake that bit the victim. This can sometimes result in another bite!

2. Remain calm. This is important as it allows for clearer thinking and lower blood pressure.

3. If bitten on the arm, hand, or fingers remove all jewelry, watches or long sleeved shirts.






9. Keep the victim calm and seek immediate medical attention from a qualified physician.

The bite from a venomous snake occurring in North Central Texas is an excruciating and painful experience. However, it is important to remember that there is a high survival rate for venomous snake bites in the United States.




How to Insulate Properly: Hunting Boots



               When most people go hiking they grab their lucky boots and hit the trail for a long trek. Most people don’t take into account their personal needs in boots. Yes a lot of people need arch support so they buy the proper insole to keep them comfortable. Or the person needs a lot of support for their ankles so they buy a higher boot to keep their ankle from rolling, but many people neglect their foot’s ultimate comfort by not considering the proper insulation for their boots.

               There are a lot more differences between hunting boots with insulation and without insulation than people actually know. For example, insulation can come in grams of Thinsulate, PrimaLoft or millimeters of neoprene. GORE-TEX often gets mistaken for an insulation material, although it is not; it is a waterproofing material. So whenever you see GORE-TEX on a product, it does not always mean it is insulated.  Another factor between using Thinsulate, PrimaLoft or neoprene is that all have different advantages over the others, which suit certain tasks better.  So let me delve into some of the advantages of Thinsulate, PrimaLoft and neoprene.

                Let's start off with some of the specs of a non-insulated hunting boot.  As non-insulated already infers it has no Thinsulate, PrimaLoft or neoprene insulation in its construction.  This usually makes non-insulated hunting boots fairly light weight and breathable, which makes them a great boot for warmer weather and higher level activities.  Now, you have to keep in mind that just because a boot may say it is waterproof does not necessarily mean that it is insulated or warmer. Waterproofing and insulation usually is a completely separate thing.

                Moving on to Thinsulate insulation, Thinsulate is a light weight synthetic material with fibers that absorb less than 1 percent of their weight in water; making it an optimal material to keep a boot warm but still fairly light weight.  Thinsulate is measured in grams per square meter, but is usually referred to as just grams.  The low Thinsulate boots we carry usually start at 200 grams.  200 grams of Thinsulate is optimal for mild weather and high activity levels.  400 grams of Thinsulate is usually for cooler conditions and moderate activity levels. Between 600 to 800 grams usually is recommended for cold conditions with light activity levels. If you are getting into 1000 grams and above, that is usually intended for extremely cold conditions or a minimal activity level, like tree stand hunting.

RH Uplander

                PrimaLoft is another great insulation material we offer. PrimaLoft is not used as often in our boots since it is more frequently used in cold weather apparel. However, since PrimaLoft excels in cold and wet conditions, it is mainly used in Pac Boots or cold weather Snow Boots. PrimaLoft also is not really measurable in grams or millimeters like Thinsulate or neoprene. They use their own performance levels like PrimaLoft Sport for Mid to high performance or PrimaLoft One for ultimate performance.

                Neoprene is a slightly different insulation material that is often used in waders. It is measured in millimeters of thickness and is naturally waterproof. Neoprene a very great insulation material, however; it is not a very breathable material.  Neoprene thickness is what constitutes its insulation levels. Usually a 3 mm neoprene will be optimal for mild to cool conditions or a moderate to high activity level. 5 mm neoprene of course will be a little warmer and is great for cold weather conditions with very moderate activity levels. Then you have 8 mm neoprene which is for extremely cold weather conditions or very little activity levels. 

                So next time you are out, remember the proper insole keeps your foot from aching. The correct boot height keeps your ankle from rolling. The right material keeps your feet dry. While at the same time the correct insulation can keep your feet not only warm but able to breathe. Shop now and check out what  Bass Pro Shops offers! http://www.basspro.com/Hunting-Boots/_/S-12500001001



Gear Up With Garmin

“Where are you going?”

So many possible answers…. That question could range from an extremely internal-life changing moment in life where a dear friend is concerned about you or as simple if the same friend is questioning if you really know where the Fry’s is. Deep stuff.

This question can be of great importance when outdoors. If you are planning a five-day hike you will probably want to let some people know where you are headed. Or let’s say you want to try your luck fishing somewhere else and decide to head upstream, this is stuff you should let others know.

Technology really has changed almost every aspect of life. This includes how we get around in the wilderness. No longer are we bound to maps and compasses, but have handheld GPS systems. These things have revolutionized how we navigate in this awesome world of ours. People love using their GPS systems so much that they have even spawned their very own sport, geocaching.

Garmin has been a leading brand in GPS units for a number of years now. Garmin has become a name that people trust. They have a wide variety of products that range all over. Their holiday commercial is still one of my favorites. They have also just revamped their popular Oregon 600 Series.

Once again, Brett let me know the down-low on these bad boys. (Brett is the man-of-the-hour in our Marine department and let me know all about our pontoon boats a while back.) He showed me three models, the: 600, 600T and 650T.

Now all three models are touch screen. Garmin added an extra ½” of screen to this series compared to the last. They use the transitioning screens and are activated by pressure. Back in the day, most of these worked off of heat for touch capabilities, but with these using pressure they are smooth. The image on screen glides effortlessly and faster than older models.  This also means you can wear gloves when using them. They do accept AA batteries, regular or rechargeable. Regular AA batteries should last for around 18 hours, which is pretty impressive.

The 600 is their base model. It is a great first GPS unit or upgrade for the seasoned user. The 600T comes with everything the 600 has and more! It comes loaded with topographic maps for the entire United States! The 650T comes loaded with all features mentioned so far, but with a little secret gem as well. An 8 megapixel camera! So while you are out exploring you can snap a few pictures and know exactly where you were when you took it.

Relative: “Oh what a cool picture! Where were you when you took it?”

You: “I was at 33.4369°N, 111.8671°W”

Relative: “Umm… what?”

Now Brett, the super star he is, pointed out a couple more things while I was there. For those with ATVs and UTVs, he had the Ram Mounts for this unit in-store. These things are heavy duty and great. The last thing you want to do while out riding is lose your new favorite toy!

He also noted that with hunting season coming up that boundaries are so important. If you are not sure of where you or the animal you just took is exactly, you can be in big trouble. HuntingGPSMaps.com has your solution! This site has some awesome choices for hunting maps. Their maps will let you know about public land, private land ownership and much more.

No matter what purpose you use your GPS for, just remember to be safe and take extra batteries! If you have a cool GPS story or tip, feel free to leave it below in a comment. Until next time Bass Proers… same Bass Pro Blog Website, same Bass Pro Blogger. Tacklin’ Trails and Dirtying Boots! Giddy Up Now!