Winter Car Kit

When it comes to severe winter storms with SNOW, we've been pretty lucky so far. However, we know the worst could be yet to come. It's easy to put together a winter survival kit for your car and let's hope the opportunity never arises for the need to use it. But, it's always better to BE PREPARED! As I drive Interstate 80 every day back and forth to work, I'm thankful my husband always reminds me to have these supplies in case I ever went in the ditch.

Snowbrush/ice scraper (common sense on this one - no one who lives in a state that has annual snowfall should be without one of these in their car. Absolutely no reason)

Small shovel - to dig yourself out or to clear the snow away from the tailpipe if you go in the ditch.

Boots
Tote with the following:

  • LED Flashlight
  • Stocking cap
  • Thick scarf
  • Face mask
  • Two pairs of gloves
  • Hot Hands
  • Toasti-Toes
  • Hot Hand Body Warmers
  • Two blankets
  • Food - Jerky, some sort of granola or protein bars, candy bars (DON'T sneak into the tote and eat them!)
  • Water
  • Candle/matches
  • Toilet Paper - and I have a Go Girl "feminine urination device."
     

I think I will a small power bank for my phone, like the Realtree Ultra Slim Power Bank. While I try to make sure my phone is fully charged before heading out, you never say never! Another good addition may be the Eton® Self-Powered Weather Alert Radio, which comes with an LED flashlight and USB charger. It would be handy to have for spring and summer severe weather, too!

Take time to throw together even some basic items before the next snow/ice storm hits. You may be thankful you had the one extra blanket and bag of jerky!

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Duck Hunter be prepared for Cold Weather with a Quality Pair of Waders from Redhead...

I just got back from a duck hunting trip to Arkansas and learned quality waders are a must. I was warm for the duration of the hunt, almost to warm at times. A few of my hunting buddies came home and went straight to Bass Pro Shops to purchase a new pair waders. Why you might ask? Because warm and dryness are extremely important when duck hunting.  I would recommend the new RedHead Canvasback Extreme Waders because they are really comfortable and will keep you dry. The breathable material allows for the most freedom of movement of any waders I’ve worn. The upper chest area has a small hand-warmer pocket that is an incredible idea. The shoulder straps are neoprene and were very comfortable.

The facts: Built to last for men with great durability and protection in the blind or marsh. Laminated, ultra-rugged SpanTough outer material and waterproof 5 mm neoprene naturally insulates and offers great resistance to punctures and abrasion from brush and briars. A generous cut and new crotch design delivers a more comfortable fit and greater movement while bending and squatting. The wader's boots feature wool felt midsoles and 1,600 gram 3M Thinsulate Ultra insulation to shield your feet from the cold. These waders also feature a fleece-lined handwarmer pocket, chest pocket with waterproof cell phone pouch, zip utility pocket, and magnetic utility pocket. 3 mm neoprene fully lines boot foot. Molded rubber outsoles provide superior traction. Average weight: 13 lbs.

  • Warm, waterproof, and durable waders for hardcore waterfowler hunters
  • Rugged uppers made of SpanTough laminated to 5 mm neoprene
  • Generous cut for comfortable fit and easier movement
  • Wool felt midsoles and 1,600 gram 3M Thinsulate Ultra insulation in boots for warmth
  • Fleece-lined handwarmer pocket
  • Chest pocket with waterproof cell phone pouch
  • Zip utility pocket
  • Magnetic utility pocket
  • Molded rubber outsoles

 

Overall, I give these waders an A+ on the Branch scale. The suggested retail is $249.99 at your local Bass Pro Shops or online at http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Canvasback-Extreme-Waders-for-Men/product/15020408220142/

 

About the Author:

Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and prostaffer for Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville, GA. He retired as a Lieutenant/Paramedic/Firefighter with Gwinnett County Fire, GA after 29 years of service in 2013. He is currently a contracted employee with NAVICO/Lowrance working as the College Fishing Recruiter. He has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab Jake. They volunteer with Operation One Voice (501c3) (www.operationonevoice.org)

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Take a Couple Hours: Quail Hunting

So months ago I wanted to start up a new blog series about getting in some good outdoor activities with only a few hours to do it in. I started it with an urban fishing trip but unfortunately have not been able to follow it up. Until now! Or should I say this past weekend? A group of buddies and I set some time aside to take part in one of my absolute favorite outdoor activities, quail hunting! We all needed a little break and a lot of fresh air, and this trip did just that! Let’s begin…

Well, first things first let us look at the gear. There were five of us going, and this was going to be the first trip for my buddy’s father’s bird-dog. He had to bring all sorts of other gear that, luckily, I didn’t need to hassle with. The rest of us needed: a hunting license, shotgun, ammo, appropriate clothing, snacks and water.

Don’t have an Arizona Hunting License yet? Pick one up at Game and Fish’s website. You do not need a Migratory Bird stamp to hunt quail, but of course read over the rules and regulations before you head out. (Limit is 15 birds a day this year… good luck filling that though!)

When I talk about appropriate gear, you need to consider where you will be hunting and when. What is the weather going to be like? Is it snake season? (It was cold out so we didn’t have to worry so much about those, but I was still looking where I was stepping.) Dress in layers so you can add on or take off clothes accordingly. Make sure to have some sort of blaze on you (hat, shirt, vest, etc.) so you are easier to spot by your own group and others. Bring a bird/shell vest! Only two of us had bird-vests, so we were doomed to be the pack-mules. I picked up the Browning Upland Strap Vest a year or two ago. Just like the new bird-dog, this was her maiden voyage as well. And I absolutely loved it! Fit nice and secure. Everything was able to be adjusted to me. Held plenty of shells and miscellaneous gear, including water bottles and snacks in the back pouch.

And wear good boots! The areas we hunted had a whole mix of landscapes and ground. Soft sand, hard rock and everything in between. And everything up and down! We went over too many hills to count. Having on my good boots made a world of difference that day… and the ones that followed.

We had a few 12 gauges and a couple 20’s between us. We made sure to keep the two kinds of shells separate, as everyone should! Don’t just rely on the concept that “yellow shells = 20 and red shells = 12”, always double-check! Most of us were shooting size 8, but I had a couple random 7.5s to shoot through as well. Good ol’ Dori the Citori will pretty much eat anything I toss down her!

We pulled off to our first location, and after squelching a minor political discussion we were engaged in, my buddy’s father started the hunt off with a safety meeting. Everyone should do this every time. We talked about watching line-of-fire, when to load/unload, who was going to be where and so on.

Also to not shoot his dog. (There is a special level downstairs for those who break this commandment. Somewhere between lawyers and people who leave shopping carts all caddy-wampus in cart corrals.) This meant no aiming at ground birds, no matter the circumstance, so the plot thickened.

And then to make sure we kept our line consistent. You should always be able to see the person to either side of you and them like-wise. This is where wearing blaze comes in handy. Only two of us were in blaze and with all the hills, washes and whatnot it was easy to lose sight of one another.

The hunt began literally with a BANG! Not more than fifteen yards from the truck, I flushed a couple quail and showed the rest of the group how good I am at shooting under flying birds! We kept moving. It is always a delight watching a bird dog work, and she was no different. This was her first time though, so she was rather timid and not used to the terrain. She had been trained by a professional and graduated top of her class, but the real world is different.

As we made our way, we bumped into something quite large that was just as startled by us. It was a small herd of wild horses! They wanted nothing to do with us and quickly scurried up a hill. One hung out long enough for me to get a picture. He probably knew that I worked for Bass Pro and would include him in a blog. We also bumped into an owl a little ways down the area.

We kept on the flurry-sound of a covey of quail that proved to everyone how hard those little guys are to hunt. They led us all the way to the border of state land, where all we could do is watch as they lounged about in the safety of their new home for the next short while.

We worked our way back towards the trucks and kicked up a few more birds, but no one was able to connect. One bird might have a sore rump though! At the trucks, we caught our breath, rested our feet, hydrated, snacked and started the next game plan. The bird-dog had had quite enough and was done for the day (ground birds are good-to-go!) but had well-earned her rest! She, and a few of us, would have some sore feet the next day.  She may not have gotten on point, but the experience from this trip and those to follow was important for her to gain.

Our next destination wasn’t that far up the way, but did give us plenty of time to talk guns and country music. We came to the revelation that the song Parking Lot Party is more or less the sequel to Redneck Yacht Club, because the people who were partying on the lake weren’t ready to go home yet and just moved it to some asphalt. This probably also gave ample time for my buddy and his dad to discuss such important topics like marriage and what arguments they let us think we win, because the one buddy has his wedding in a couple months.

At the new spot we hopped out and loaded up. We chose a hill in the distance and worked our way towards it. Those on the right side of the line took a few steps before bumping into a mule deer doe, which is pretty neat. I bumped into a rock.

Nothing was really moving until we had gotten over a few more hills and then it was a flurry of excitement. I noticed a nice sized covey moving along in front of us and something caught my peripheral. A couple mule deer does gave me the “See ya!” by bounding away, white rumps shown proudly. Watching the wonders of nature always makes me smile, but we were on a mission! With targets in sight, we closed in on them but came just about as close as the last place.

Clouds moved in and rain started trickling down. It was time to start heading back. In one area, I bumped a few and was able to put down a quail and recover. My buddy’s dad got one in the same area, but couldn’t recover it. One of the guys got himself a nice sized jackrabbit as well! He didn’t have a vest, so being the sport he is, the other of us two pack-mules hoofed it out for him. On the final leg of the trip back, my buddy got a bird and recovered it. And he found a nice little deer shed! Not a bad way to end the day.

We cleaned the animals and headed back towards town. After some grub I had to rush home. The missus wanted to take Christmas card photos, and I was definitely not going to be allowed to have bloody jeans in them! But before I took off, we all were able to take a second and breathe while appreciating what an awesome day we had. And make some verbal semi-contracts to get out next weekend!

-Giddy-Up!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Santa Arrives!

The elves are working hard to prepare Santa's Wonderland for Santa's arrival on November 14.

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12 and 13 - Poppies!

Members of VFW Post 738 will be on hand to answer questions and distribute Buddy Poppies. The Buddy Poppy is the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Free will donations will be accepted.

 

Saturday, November 14, 5 p.m. - Santa arrives and we cut the ribbon on Santa's Wonderland 2015!

For the 7th year in a row, we are using the Bass Pass system at Santa's Wonderland. Due to the popularity of Santa at our store, the Bass Pass holds a virtual spot in line for you, so you can avoid long waits in line!

 

 

While you're shopping, why not donate to our Warm Kids Campaign!

 

Warm Kids Campaign!

Bring NEW hats, gloves, and boots for ages 4-12 to Bass Pro Shops Altoona for distribution in the Southeast Polk school district! Our kids need to be warm this winter and the schools need the "extra" warm items to help out the students. We'd like the public to donate, but we've also started the Warm Kids Challenge and are asking some of our community partners to step up to the plate! Join us the fun and help keep our kids warm!

 

 

Coming Up?

Super Saturday/Super Sunday Weekend with Toys for Tots!

 

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A Simple Guide to Ice Fishing Gear

Gearing Up for Ice Fishing

We have collected a list of essential products you’ll need for gearing up for Ice Fishing this winter. We think this may be the last list you'll ever need!

Eagle Claw Retractable Safety Picks

  • Essential safety gear for ice fishing (in case the ice gives way beneath you)
  • Pull yourself to safety over slick, wet ice
  • Retractable heads cover the sharp picks
  • Super-grip EVA handles provides a secure hold
  • Full-length, non-stretch lanyard for instant access
  • Compact, lightweight, and convenient to carry

Eagle Claw Stainless Steel Chain Ice Cleats

  • Easy on, easy off over-the-boot design
  • Provides traction to help prevent slipping and sliding on ice
  • Durable stainless steel cleats will never rust
  • Made tough for extreme conditions
  • Comes in 2 sizes (Large fits 6-10, XLarge fits 10-13)

Plano 725 Bucket Top StowAway Organizer

  • Ideal for ice, shore and pier anglers
  • Fits on top of standard 5-gallon buckets
  • Two levels of storage
  • Top two storage tray with six compartments apiece (great for weights, bobbers & other tackle)
  • Second level can be used for bulk storage space
  • Cut-out detail for interior bucket access
  • Can be used as a live bait bucket
  • 12”x12”x2.75”

Bass Pro Shops® Bucket Caddy

  • Easy-access storage pockets for essential tackle & gear (lures, gloves, tools)
  • Adjustable strap to ensure the caddy fits tightly on a 5 gallon bucket
  • Includes beverage holder

Bass Pro Shops® Ice Hole Skimmer - 18''

  • ·Practical choice for an economy-minded ice fisherman
  • ·Strong, durable & lightweight
  • ·Features a large plastic scoop and a long aluminum handle and hook for ease-of-use.

 

Bass Pro Shops® Chipper Skimmer Ice Fishing Tool

  • Corrosion-resistant metal
  • Convenient because it combines an ice-chipping chisel and ice skimmer
  • Easy to transport
  • Measures 24”

Bass Pro Shops Ice Rod Holder

  • Sturdy wire construction allows it to stand up to the elements, season after season
  • Puts rod in position
  • Designed to fit most ice rod handles
  • V shaped base to keep everything steady

Bass Pro Shops Excel Ice Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

  • 100% fluorocarbon (it’s pure PVDF line, not just coated, so its abrasion resistance is outstanding)
  • Consistent diameter
  • Invisible to fish
  • Sinks exceptionally fast helping anglers acquire jigging rhythms easily
  • Low stretch provides maximum sensitivity making it easier to detect bites

Shakespeare Glacier Ice Combos

  • Equip ice anglers to fish a variety of situations for a variety of species with lightweight, sensitive rods that are convenient to use, even in the close quarters of an ice shelter.
  • Use a Shakespeare Glacier Ice Combo for Trout & Walleye

Reel features:

  • Long-stem for more convenient fishing with gloves
  • Angled rotor design
  • Ball-bearing drive
  • Aluminum spool
  • Cold gear lube for extreme conditions

Rod features:

  • Solid fiberglass construction
  • Stainless steel guides
  • EVA handle with graphite rings

 

Frabill Panfish Popper Ice Fishing Spinning Combo

  • These high-performance Panfish Popper Ice Fishing Spinning Combos from

    Frabill® are engineered to deliver increased strike detection and a solid hookset.
  • Comes in Ultra Light, Light & Extra Heavy Actions
  • For smaller trout/whitefish you’d want an ultralight/light action because they are light biters

Reel features:

  • 1 + 1 ball bearings
  • Infinite anti-reverse
  • Multi-disc, front-load drag
  • Chrome-plated, ABS spool
  • Tapered drag knob reduces line catch
  • Sub-Zero lube
  • Ambidextrous handle

Rod features:

  • Solid composite blank
  • Lightweight micro ice guides
  • Ultra-sensitive spring bobber
  • Tapered cork handle with blank-through construction

Ugly Stik® GX2 Ice Fishing Rod and Reel Combos

·Use this combo for  Trout/Walleye & Small Pike

Reel features:

  • 1 ball bearing
  • Lightweight reinforced graphite body for stability in the cold
  • Cold forged aluminum spool for long term durability

Rod features:

  • Ugly Tech Construction
  • Ugly Tuff Guides
  • Graphite/fiberglass hybrid blank
  • 1-piece stainless steel hood
  • Clear tip for strength and sensitivity

 

 

Bass Pro Shops Extreme Spinning Reel

  • The EXS10 model can be paired with BPS 3’ Graphite series rod for pike & lake trout

  • Designed for mono or braid
  • Mag Spool Technology which utilizes a 30% wider spool than most standard spinning reels to deliver longer casts, better line lay, smoother drag & less twist.
  • Skeletonized rotor and frame for smooth resistance-free performance
  • 6-bearing system with Powerlock instant anti-reverse
  • Type ABEC 3 stainless steel bearings
  • Ultra-slim body design
  • Sealed aluminum frame and side cover
  • Carbon fiber sealed drag
  • Machined aluminum handle with Soft Touch PVC knob
  • Forged aluminum spool
  • Bass Pro 3’ Graphite Series Rod Benefits:
    • 3’ length makes it an excellent rod for pitching lures under docks, working areas with thick brush, kayak fishing & ice fishing for larger fish.
    • High-performing IM-6 Graphite blanks for strength and sensitivity
    • Complete with aluminum oxide guides & comfortable cork handles

Bass Pro Shops® Ice Arctic Angler Tip-Up

  • Affordable
  • Durable, weather resistant molded base and spool
  • Corrosion resistant stainless steel components
  • Integrated measuring board allows you to size up your catch quickly
  • Super sensitive trip mechanism
  • Highly visible strike indicator
  • Highly-visible and freeze-resistant strike indicator felt flag

 

 

Frabill® Pro-Thermal Tip-Up with Lil' Shiner Light

  • Unique shape seals the hole to keep blowing snow and slush out
  • Thick insulation covers the entire hole to prevent freeze-up & blocks unnatural light that could spook shallow water trophies
  • E-Z stow design allows you to stack tip-ups in a 5-6 gallon pail
  • Pre-lubed with Sub-Zero™ low-temp lube for smooth performance in icy temperatures
  • Flag lock keeps flag in an upright position and visible regardless of wind conditions
  • Spinner marker, reel handle, trip bar offers two trip settings-light or heavy
  • Large bait clip holds oversized baits to prevent false trips
  • Patented hook holder keeps hooks and terminal tackle from tangling
  • Removable spool shaft
  • Built-in tackle box

For more information and alternative options visit our website by clicking HERE but note that all prices are in USD.  For shipping within Canada we're more than happy to process orders at the store so make sure you give us a call!

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Deer Hunting Tricks

Deer Hunting Tricks That Will Make You A Better Hunter

 

  1. Keep boots Dry

One of the quickest ways to dry them without heat is to set them on their side and stuff them full of newspaper. Putting them on their side increases their exposure to moving air and the newspaper will soak up the moisture. This method also has the added advantage of not shrinking your shoes like a fire can.

 

2. Lock up stands and remove climbing sticks

Nobody likes having their stuff stolen, especially not when you put in weeks of scouting and preparation. The easiest way to prevent tree stand theft is to put a cable lock around it and remove the lower portions of your climbing sticks. If you have a ladder, take that away as well. The key is to make it look like stealing your stand is not worth the effort.

3. Quite

How quiet are you when stalking of getting to your stand? One method to test that is to put half-empty containers of Tic Tacs in your pockets and go for a stroll. If you are making too much noise, you should slow down your gait until the jumbling mints are barely audible. If you can hear it so can the deer.

4. Sick? Stay Home

 Many hunters will  crawl their way to the treestand when they’re sick. After all, who wants to miss the season opener? Well, if you can’t stop coughing  you may want to stay at home. The noise you make will also drive away any deer regardless, and could spoil a hunting spot you have worked hard to establish.

5. Change into your hunting clothes after reaching the field

When you put on your hunting clothes at home, you give the fabric more time to pick up your scent, and just about every other scent that doesn’t belong in the woods. This is especially important if you plan on driving long distances to get to your favorite hunting spot. Wait until you get to the field and put on your camo clothes there. Be sure and use a good scent destroying spray. The best are dual powered with enzymes and some sort of nano silver.

6. Wind indicators

If a deer smells you will never see him. Be aware of the wind direction, swirling winds and direction changes due to weather patterns. Wind indicators such as the powder form and feathers seem to work the best and take up very little room in your gear.

7. Patience

Good things come to people who wait. Be prepared to stay out all day. Deer during the rut and pre-rut will move at different times, patterns will be thrown out the window if a hot doe is near by. Packing water and protein snacks will help keep you alert and out in the field.

 

 

 

 

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Finding the right pair of rubber boots

With fall officially here and temperatures dropping that can only mean one thing... Winter is quickly approaching and snow will be on the ground before we know it.  Time to gear up!

What better way to get prepared than with a new pair of rubber boots? Rubber boots have many benefits and are very versatile. They are easy to slip on, easy to clean, completely waterproof.. the list goes on and on. 

We have many choices when it comes to rubber boots: Various brands, colors, heights, and insulation factors. As you can see there are many things to consider when looking for the perfect rubber boot.

First you want to decide on height... height ranges from clog style all the way up to a 16” (knee high) boot. Next you want to consider insulation. Do you want thinsulate which is an insulator or Neoprene that works with your body to keep you warm and cool you as needed.  The third most important is print. Do you want camouflage or a solid color? Once you have decided these 3 main things your search will become easier.

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Like before mentioned, Rubber boots are a great winter boot because of there versatility and ease of wear. They can not only be used for a wet snowy day but also for your hunting excursions. They are extremely easy to slip on and off and they also offer the feature of being able to tuck your pants in so they also stay dry.  For more information and help with getting the perfect fit in the perfect new boot stop by your local Bass Pro Shops of Independence where we would be happy to assist you!  AND as always enjoy the great outdoors.

Check out these other great articles on boots!

Warm Boots - Protecting Your Feet

How to Insulate Properly: Hunting Boots

Chelsea McDaniel

Team Lead of Footwear

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - 2015 Fall Hunting Classic

It's the second and LAST weekend of the Fall Hunting Classic! We welcome all those sportsmen and sportswomen who are ready for hunting season to begin! Be ready for dove, deer, and waterfowl!

This weekend it's all about the kids with another fantastic Next Generation Weekend, PLUS our popular Women in Hunting Seminar!

Next Generation Weekend - Aug. 29-30

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days!

  • 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day - Free youth archery workshops: "Let's Try Archery!"
  • Plus the BB Shooting Range and Archery Challenge!
  • Free Photo Download - Kids get a free photo on the cover of Bass Pro Shops Adventure Kids magazine or look like you're being photobombed by a deer! Your choice!
  • Free Crafts and giveaways, too!

While you're here take advantage of these trade-in opportunities and help others!

August 29, 3 p.m. - Women in Hunting

Join us to welcome Maria Young - Dressed to Kill TV, for our Women in Hunting seminar! Wife, huntress, mom of three young huntresses - she does it all and so can YOU! Learn about the fun and the challenges she has encountered being a woman in hunting and how she is getting her girls involved in hunting, too!

Trade-ins:

Hunting Boot Trade-in: Save up to $40! Donate hunting or rubber boots and receive a discount certificate to use towards the purchase of hunting boots Aug. 21-30. Boots MUST be in good working condition and will be donated to Soles 4 Souls.

Game Camera Trade-in: Donate a working game camera and save up to $100 on a new camera Aug. 21-30. Donated cameras must be in good condition and they will be donated to local organizations.

Scope Trade-in: Donate working riflescopes and receive up to $100 off the purchase of a new one! Donations will be passed along to local organizations.

Complete details on all promotions and events at www.basspro.com/classic!

Second Amendment Instant Savings on Guns and Safes!

Purchase a gun or safe with your Bass Pro Shops MasterCard and receive an instant saving up to $100!
 

Plus, enter for a chance to win a hunting trip to Argentina with Doug Koenig!

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6 Reasons The MUCK BOOT™ Brand Tops Its Competitors

The Original Muck Boot Company™ story began in 1999 with the main purpose of designing the most comfortable, best performance footwear on the market. The demand for a comfortable boot for use in muddy and hard conditions while working for a long time led to the design of The Original Muck Boot Company™ brand footwear. Each boot in the line is expected to give the same 100% waterproof quality and comfort that inspired the original boot design. In just a few years, the Muck Boot line has grown to nearly 40 styles of rubber and leather footwear, all designed to tackle tough conditions in markets including: work, agriculture, lawn and garden, outdoor sporting, equine and pet care. Today, the MUCK BOOT™ brand defines a standard of comfort and quality that is known to exceed the expectations of customers. Quickly establishing a strong and loyal customer base, the brand has become one of the fastest growing lines in the waterproof footwear market.

                               

The MUCK BOOT™ brand is known for their high quality boots. They use the most premium rubber, neoprene (CR-Foam), and Airmesh™ linings in the footwear market. They do not skimp on their materials! Their CR-Foam bootie has a different construction, unique compared to their competitors, that provides the most extreme comfort. This allows the user to have comfort all day long. Unlike most boots, the MUCK BOOT™ brand products keep their original shape unlike other brands that become flimsy and wear down. They are easy on and off because of their shape and construction. Due to their products and shape of the boot, they tend to outlast the competition.

      

The MUCK BOOT™ products have a variety of features that sets them above other boot brands.

1. They are 100% Waterproof - Thanks to their CR-Foam Bootie Construction they are 100% Waterproof. The products are lightweight, flexible, buoyant and waterproof from top to bottom. It is self-insulating and keeps the user's foot and lower leg warm and protected in cold and wet conditions. Whether you are cutting down trees in the snow or jumping in puddles, your feet will stay dry, warm and protected.

    

2. They Let Your Feet Breathe - They feature a Breathable Airmesh™ Lining. This lining gives extreme comfort and breathability by wicking away humidity and perspiration. It is made up of thousands of tiny vertical fibers that let the air circulate throughout the interior lining surfaces.

                                 

3. They Feature a Durable, Yet Lightweight Shell - The footwear brand features a Natural Rubber Upper Overlay in which the vulcanization bonds the rubber pieces together to form an exceptionally durable shell that also remains lightweight. It acts as the protective skin for the upper bootie and it is made of high abrasion natural rubber so the boot remains flexible for years. No matter how hard you are on your boots, they will hold up for years down the road.

                                          

4. They are the Perfect on the Go Boot - They are Hands-Free Easy On and Easy Off. The 10 mm kick rim and pull tab makes it easy to remove. At the same time, the sturdiness and stretch of the boot from the CR-Foam bootie makes it easy to step into the boot without having to pull it on. This is perfect for when you are on the go or have your hands full when heading out. There's no more laces and the boot will slide right on.

    

5. Easy Cleaning for the Hard-Worker - The boots are easy to clean after a hard, messy days of work. The rubber shell and nylon upper are very durable and can be cleaned simply by a spray of water or gentle scrub of soap and water. Armorall® can be used to protect the upper overlays. They can easily be cleaned even after the messiest of jobs.

                                                    

6. The Additional Comfort - The Removable 6 mm Nitracel TM EVA Sock Liner is added for additional support and comfort.

                    

The MUCK BOOT™ brand fits standard U.S. sizes for men, women and kids based on unisex sizing. They are only available in whole sizes, but they will stretch to fit half sizes. There is a 15 mm toe allowance built into the sizing and they also fit wide widths. The boots are made to standard widths, but the materials will stretch comfortably to fit up to EE. For narrow feet, it is suggested that wearing a thicker sock or putting in an additional sockliner to take up room for a comfortable fit. The MUCK BOOT™ brand is the perfect footwear brand for those of all different professions and lifestyles.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - 2015 Fall Hunting Classic Begins!

The Fall Hunting Classic kicks off this weekend on Friday, Aug. 21! We will welcome all those sportsmen and sportswomen who are ready for hunting season to begin! In town for the last weekend of the Iowa State Fair, stop on by and be ready for the FIRST weekend of hunting season!

Our first weekend features the workshops you need to be ready to hit the field!

Aug. 21-23 - Local Pro Hunting Tips and Seminars

The first 20 to attend each Friday and Saturday seminar will receive a free Fall Hunting Classic tumbler!

Friday, Aug. 21
7 p.m.Advanced Game Camera Strategies for Year-Round Scouting


Saturday and Sunday, Aug. & 23
1pm - Archery Tune-Up:  Prepare Your Gear For The Hunt
2pm - Get Close: Scent Control And Scent Products That Give You The Edge                            Presented by Rick White, Hunter's Specialties Pro Staff
3pm - Boots 101: Choosing The Right Footwear For Your Outing Experience
4pm - Knives And Tools To Guide Your Hunt From Field To Freezer

 

While you're here take advantage of these trade-in opportunities and help others!

Trade-ins:

Hunting Boot Trade-in: Save up to $40! Donate hunting or rubber boots and receive a discount certificate to use towards the purchase of hunting boots Aug. 21-30. Boots MUST be in good working condition and will be donated to Soles 4 Souls.

Game Camera Trade-in: Donate a working game camera and save up to $100 on a new camera Aug. 21-30. Donated cameras must be in good condition and they will be donated to local organizations.

Scope Trade-in: Donate working riflescopes and receive up to $100 off the purchase of a new one! Donations will be passed along to local organizations.

Complete details on all promotions and events at www.basspro.com/classic!

Second Amendment Instant Savings on Guns and Safes!

Purchase a gun or safe with your Bass Pro Shops MasterCard and receive an instant saving up to $100!
 

Plus, enter for a chance to win a hunting trip to Argentina with Doug Koenig!

Coming up?  Next Generation weekend and Women in Hunting seminar - Aug. 29-30!

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Simple Steps with Wes: Snake Bites

So back in June I wrote a blog about rattlesnakes! As per my forte, the article was more about education and entertainment. But what would you do, if you really encountered one? And not just a rattlesnake, but any of the venomous snakes we have in North America? Well lucky for us, Wes is covering that specific subject for this month’s Simple Step blog:

“North America has two kinds of venomous snakes:  The pit vipers (rattlesnakes, water moccasins) and Elapids (coral snakes).  One or more of these snakes can be found almost everywhere in the continental U.S

Many snakes are active at night, especially in warm weather. In the wilderness, it’s important to look where you’re putting your hands and feet.  Be especially careful around areas where snakes might like to hide, such as hollow logs, under rocks, or in old shelters. Wearing heavy gloves would be a reasonable precaution. Be sure to wear good solid high-top boots and long pants when hiking in the wilderness. Walking heavy creates ground vibrations and noise, which will often cause snakes move along.

Not every bite from a venomous snake transfers its poison to the victim; 25-30% of these bites will show no ill effects. Snake bites that cause a burning pain immediately are likely to have venom in them.  Swelling at the site may begin as soon as five minutes afterwards, and may travel up the affected area.  Pit viper bites tend to cause bruising and blisters at the site of the wound.  Numbness may be noted in the area bitten, or perhaps on the lips or face.  Some victims describe a metallic or other strange taste in their mouths.

 With pit vipers, bruising is not uncommon and a serious bite might start to cause spontaneous bleeding from the nose or gums.  Coral snake bites, however, will cause mental and nerve issues such as twitching, confusion and slurred speech.  Later, nerve damage may cause difficulty with swallowing and breathing, followed by total paralysis.

Coral snakes appear very similar to their look-alike, the non-venomous king snake.  They both have red, yellow and black bands and are commonly confused with each other.  The old saying goes: ”red touches yellow, kill a fellow; red touches black, venom it lacks”.  This adage only applies to coral snakes in North America, however.

Coral snakes are not as aggressive as pit vipers and will prefer fleeing to attacking.  Once they bite you, however, they tend to hold on; Pit vipers prefer to bite and let go quickly. Unlike coral snakes, pit vipers may not relinquish their territory to you, so prepare to possibly be bitten again.

A snake doesn’t always slither away after it bites you and it’s likely has more venom that it can inject. If bitten move out of its striking range, which can be twice its body length or mitigate the hazard in any way you can. Killing the snake, however, may not render it harmless: it can reflexively bite for a period of time, even if its head has been severed from its body. Removing the head and bury it 10-12” deep.

The treatment for a venomous snake bite is “Anti-venom”, an animal or human serum with antibodies capable of neutralizing a specific biological toxin. This product will probably be unavailable in a long-term survival situation.

The following wilderness treatment strategy will be useful:

 • Keep the victim calm. Stress increases blood flow, thereby endangering the patient by speeding the venom into the system.

 • Stop all movement of the injured extremity. Movement will move the venom into the circulation faster, so do your best to keep the limb still.

 • Clean the wound thoroughly to remove any venom that isn’t deep in the wound

 • Remove rings and bracelets from an affected extremity as swelling may occur.

 • Position the extremity below the level of the heart; this also slows the transport of venom.

 • Wrap with compression bandages snug but do not restrict blood flow. Begin two to four inches above the bite (towards the heart), winding around and moving up, then back down over the bite and past it towards the hand or foot. Do not use tourniquets.

 • Draw a circle, if possible, around the affected area.  As time progresses, you will see improvement or worsening at the site more clearly. This is a useful strategy to follow any local reaction or infection.

The limb should then be rested, and perhaps immobilized with a splint or sling.  The less movement there is, the better. Keep the patient on bed rest, with the bite site lower than the heart for 24-48 hours. This strategy also works for bites from venomous lizards, like Gila monsters.

It is no longer recommended to make an incision and try to suck out the venom with your mouth.  If done more than 3 minutes after the actual bite, it would remove perhaps 1/1000 of the venom and could cause damage or infection to the bitten area.  A Sawyer Extractor (a syringe with a suction cup) is more modern, but is also fairly ineffective in eliminating more than a small amount of the venom. These methods fail, mostly, due to the speed at which the venom is absorbed.“

Thanks, Wes! Remember, you can always request a subject or topic by emailing it to dtkurtz@basspro.com . Get more of Wes at his Facebook and Webpage.

-Giddy-Up!!

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Determining Direction Eye Protection Nature Calling First Aid Kits

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2015 Fall Hunting Classic!

The greatest hunting show and sale is back! The 2015 Fall Hunting Classic features tips and seminars from local pros, great savings, and our always popular Next Generation weekend just for kids.

Plus, this year, join us for our Women in Hunting seminar featuring Iowa's own Maria Young, from Dressed to Kill TV!

Here's the lineup of events!

Aug. 21-23 - Local Pro Hunting Tips and Seminars

The first 20 to attend each Friday and Saturday seminar will receive a free Fall Hunting Classic tumbler!

Friday, Aug. 21
7 p.m.Advanced Game Camera Strategies for Year-Round Scouting


Saturday and Sunday, Aug. & 23
1pm - Archery Tune-Up:  Prepare Your Gear For The Hunt
2pm - Get Close: Scent Control And Scent Products That Give You The Edge                            Presented by Rick White, Hunter's Specialties Pro Staff
3pm - Boots 101: Choosing The Right Footwear For Your Outing Experience
4pm - Knives And Tools To Guide Your Hunt From Field To Freezer

 

Aug. 29-30 - Next Generation Weekend

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days!

  • 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day - Free youth archery workshops: "Let's Try Archery!"
  • Plus the BB Shooting Range and Archery Challenge!
  • Free Photo Download - Kids get a free photo on the cover of Bass Pro Shops Adventure Kids magazine or look like you're being photobombed by a deer! Your choice!
  • Free Crafts and giveaways, too!

 

Aug. 29 - 3 p.m. - Free Women's Hunting Workshop

Join us to welcome Iowa's own Maria Young from Dressed to Kill TV! Free tumbler to the first 25 people, 18 years or older, at the seminar.

 


 

 

Trade-ins:

Hunting Boot Trade-in: Save up to $40! Donate hunting or rubber boots and receive a discount certificate to use towards the purchase of hunting boots Aug. 21-30. Boots MUST be in good working condition and will be donated to Soles 4 Souls.

Game Camera Trade-in: Donate a working game camera and save up to $100 on a new camera Aug. 21-30. Donated cameras must be in good condition and they will be donated to local organizations.

 

Scope Trade-in: Donate working riflescopes and receive up to $100 off the purchase of a new one! Donations will be passed along to local organizations.

Complete details on all promotions and events at www.basspro.com/classic!

 

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Fall Hunting Classic 2015- Mesa, AZ

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It means that another successful and egg-frying-on-the-sidewalk summer has come to a close. It also means that the holiday season is coming around the corner, which is always a great time. But for those of us who like to pursue game, get mud on our boots, take pride in filling our freezer with our own meat and have just cause for not showering know that Fall means hunting season! And we at Bass Pro Shops always kick this season off with what is one of our best sales and greatest events of the year: The Fall Hunting Classic!

Many of the hunting and outdoor enthusiasts come to our store as part of their hunting preparation. And who can blame them? We get inspired by the taxidermy around the store, can share stories with each other, learn new tips and tricks and find great deals on many essential items. Last year we had a great Fall Hunting Classic, but to be honest this year’s looks even better!

Trade-Ins:

Our bow and crossbow trade in will end on the 16th, but we have a few more going on for our Fall Hunting Classic. We are going to have a Riflescope and (for the first time ever) Game Camera trade-in running from August 21st to the 30th. Bring in any working riflescope or game camera and receive a coupon to save on your purchase of a new one! For each one you bring in you will receive a coupon, but you can only use one coupon per item purchased. See below for a breakdown of the savings!

We will also be having a Hunting Boot trade-in as well! This will also run from August 21st to the 30th, and works basically just like the Riflescope and Game Camera trade-ins. Bring in some old hunting boots and receive a coupon to save on a new pair! The boots that we receive will be donated to Soles4Souls which is an awesome organization! See below for a breakdown of these savings.

Sweepstakes:

Customers who are 21 years or older can enter in for a chance to win a hunting trip in Argentina with Doug Koenig! That is our grand prize, and let me already say how jealous I am of whoever wins that! And at each store there will also be a winner for a Prize Package that includes: 1 Plano Pro-Max Pillar Lock, 1 Leupold 10X25 Rogue Binoculars and 2 Boxes of Hornady American Whitetail Ammo in .308 Winchester!

Seminars:

On August 21st we will have a seminar on year-round Game Camera strategies at 7PM.

On August 22nd we will have four separate seminars:

1PM- Archery Tune-Up

2PM- Scent Control and Scent Products

3PM- Boots 101

4PM- Knives and Tools for Hunting

For the Family:

We will have our Next Generation weekend going on the weekend of August 29th and 30th. It is going to run from 11AM to 4PM both days. There will be youth seminars at 2PM and 4PM, crafts, an archery challenge, BB Gun Shooting Range*, free photo download and giveaways. *All participants under the age of 18 must have a parent/legal guardian sign a waiver.

We will also have an awesome Women’s Hunting Workshop at 3PM on August 29th! This should not be missed by any ladies, looking to get some great tips and tricks!

Overall I am super excited about this and hope you all make visiting the Fall Hunting Classic part of your traditions!

-Giddy-Up!!

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2015 Fall Hunting Classic

 

 

 

Fall will be here before you know it and with fall comes hunting season. Where do you go for the newest gear? The best sales? The most knowledgeable associates? Well, Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic, of course!!

This year our Fall Hunting Classic will be August 21-30. We have savings on guns and safes, trade in days- the best way to upgrade your old gear, hunting tips from our local pros and Next Generation Weekend -just for the kiddos.

2nd Amendment Instant Savings August 21-30 on guns and safes!

  • Purchase a gun or safe using our Bass Pro Shops Credit card and receive an instant rebate up to $100!

 

 

Trade in your old gear and save $$$$!                           

  • We have three different trade-in days this year: Game Camera, Hunting Boots, and Rifle Scopes.

Limit 1 coupon per new item. Donate all working game cameras, hunting or rubber boots and riflescopes August 21-30 , and receive a discount coupon toward the purchase of a new game camera, hunting boots or rifle scope (Aug 21-30 only). All trade-ins will be inspected to ensure good working order, and then donated to local organizations to help with their outdoor education programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Local Pro Workshops

August 21

  • 7 pm  Advanced Game Camera Strategies for Year-Round Scouting

August 22 & 23

  • 1 pm  Archery Tune-Up: Prepare Your Gear for the Hunt
  • 2 pm  Get Close: Scent Control and Scent Products That Give You the Edge
  • 3 pm  Boots 101: Choosing the Right Footwear for Your Outing Experience
  • 4 pm  Knives and Tools to Guide Your Hunt From Field to Freezer

August 29

  • 3 pm  Women’s Hunting Workshop

Next Generation Weekend

August 29-30

             FREE Kids’ Archery Challenge- Hit the target for a chance to win a prize

                         FREE BB Shooting Range

                         FREE Photo Download

 FREE Craft

 FREE Giveaway- to the first 100 kids to complete all activities each day

 2 and 4 pm  FREE Kids’ Archery Workshop  

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Ascend Your Gear: 3 Piece Backpack Cooking Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Giddy-Up!!

Previous Reviews:

Toxik XT Bow Package Arrow Tips Blackout Ground Blind 8 Tray Dehydrator Propane Fire Ring Hand Towels Rainproof Camo She Outdoor PETT BPS Extreme Qualifier Tackle Bag  RedHead Gun Rack Chicken on a Stick Traeger Smoker/Grills Casio Pathfinder RedHead Wellington Boots  Weather Vanes

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Simple Steps with Wes: Military Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Managing pack weight needs to be a conscious effort 

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

3. Comfort starts in how you pack

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

4. Downhill is harder on the body than uphill

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

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

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

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

-Giddy-Up!!

Previous Steps

Floods Dehydration Halloween Edition Survival Kit Daylight Estimation

Determining Direction Eye Protection Nature Calling First Aid Kits

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

Footwear Communication Trick or Treating Fire 12 Steps (Reboot)

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Look at That! The Pyramid Store

So a lot of the time, I have to admit what a cool company I work for. I mean from simply saying I work at Bass Pro Shops and hearing people light up about their experiences there or working an event an making an awesome experience for a family, it is just great! But as I am sure you all have seen, there was a certain unveiling in May that really made me stop and go “Would you look at that?” That’s right. It is none other than the Pyramid store!

Now working here, I always heard rumors about this, that and the other about this store. It is the fifth store we have opened in Tennessee, but surely not the last. In fact, another one is on its way. It is one of the largest Bass Pro Shops (if not the largest) and one of the largest retail stores in the world.

This store holds several features, besides being in a gigantic pyramid that sets itself apart from the rest. It has an Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill. It has its own hotel, The Big Cypress Lodge. At the top, you have to sneak a peek from The Lookout. It has a Berretta Fine Gun Center, for all your fine gun needs. Then there is the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Heritage Center, with all sorts of awesome features for any enthusiast. And if that aint enough, there is also the huge cypress swamp habitat that even has an alligator exhibit! I would love to take Troy from Swamp People just to see his expressions and hear what he would have to say about it!

I mean, a picture says 1000 words but even those don't come close to explaining this place. But seriously, would you look at that?!

-Giddy-Up!!

Other Nifty Things to Look At!

Propane Fire Ring Hand Towels Rainproof Camo She Outdoor PETT

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

Traeger Smoker/Grills Casio Pathfinder RedHead Wellington Boots Weather Vanes

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Look at That! RedHead 11” Wellington Boots

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

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

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

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

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

-Giddy-Up!!

Other Nifty Things to Look At!

Propane Fire Ring Hand Towels Rainproof Camo She Outdoor PETT

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

Traeger Smoker/Grills Casio Pathfinder

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"Do you want to build a snowman?"

    This is the infamous question this week in East Tennessee, with the weather being so uncooperative. Snow and ice seems to be creeping into every corner, crack, and crevice leaving nothing untouched by it's frozen clutches.

    When you decide you're going outside, you dawn your heaviest parka (after throwing on a few more layers than normal) and thickest pair of jeans you own. After lacing your snow boots and tucking your socks into your jeans, you drape a scarf around your face, and pull down a thick, fleece lined beanie over your ears. As you boldly step out into the cold, frost bitten landscape, you realize you look exactly like "Randy" from A Christmas StoryIt's not long before that chilly air starts to break through your wall of insulation and you just get COLD! What then?

Well you could turn to the average Hot Hands, not a bad item in the least, but just a temporary fix. Why get a simple temporary item when you could have the same heat, in a form that's more durable, structured, and doesn't get tossed away when you're finished using it? What could this dream heated device be? The Celestron Elements ThermoTrek Rechargeable Hand Warmer (Isn't that a mouthful? Let's call it the TRW)

The TRW is a rechargeable, pocket sized heater that can last up to 6 hours. Rugged and rechargeable, with up to 6 hours of continuous heat, this pocket sized warmer promises to keep your fingers frost free for the long haul. The durable aluminum body and silicon caps mean weather resistant, worry free use for years to come. The TRW charges via a USB 2.0 connection and its compact design means plenty of room in your pack for other tools of the trade.

You can find this item in action here:

http://www.basspro.com/Celestron-Elements-ThermoTrek-Rechargeable-Hand-Warmer/product/140620095636103/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

 Our Bass Pro customers have raved over this item, leaving 5 star reviews and passing along this item as a perfect gift to others! One customer said, " I bought this a couple weeks ago to see if it would really work. It was great, stayed very warm all evening and kept my hands warm. I'll need two, as I may drop these into my gloves when it gets very cold. It recharged in about 2 hours. I spend a ton on Hot Hands, and I always run out just when I need one. I figure this will save me a couple hundred bucks this season, so way to go! Highly Recommend!!"

A newer "sister" product by Celestron is the elevated FireCel Portable Power Pack/Flashlight/Hand Warmer (Another doozie on wording)

The Celestron® Elements FireCel® Portable Power Pack/Flashlight/Hand Warmer is a 3-in-1 multi-tool including a LED flashlight, 2500 mAh power pack, and compact hand warmer. Whether you're hunting, fishing or camping space can be limited, making the FireCel Portable Power Pack a perfect companion. The flashlight feature boasts high intensity red and white LEDs, perfect for camp light or walking to your favorite hunting spot without spooking wildlife. The hand warmer features an aluminum heating element and is compact enough to carry in your pocket for all-day access. The power pack includes a USB port and charging cable.

This little bad boy can be found on our website here:

http://www.basspro.com/Celestron-Elements-FireCel-Portable-Power-Pack/Flashlight/Hand-Warmer/product/140620095636102/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

 

These items are smart and proven necessary companions against frost monsters or evil queen provoked blizzards, to stay the absolute warmest and safest, while working, traveling, or just being outside for large amounts of time during this weather.

Always stay safe, and never risk un-necessary driving in these conditions, so we can see your smiling face again at our Bass Pro Shops when it's warmer!

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Baby It's Cold Outside

If you haven't noticed yet....it's cold outside. Old man winter came to visit here in east Tennessee on Monday and he's staying for a little while it seems. He's the houseguest that won't leave. When times like this happen, and if you're like me, you forget to plan ahead. We've had tons of people needing heaters! I'm guessing nobody anticipated that the weather people to actually get it right this time!
While we are currently sold out of ALL heaters at this time, we do still have in stock, items of necessity for times such as this. Take, for instance, a cooking source if your electricity goes out, like mine did.

This little thing is only $34.99 and works great especially at times of distress....like now! Of course you can use your regular pots and pans on this stove and eat like a king! Just....don't forget to get propane for it.....

Something that saved me this morning....YakTrax! A couple of years ago, my husband purchased these awesome things here at the store and I'm so thankful this morning that he did...and thankful he forgot about them so I could snag 'em.

For only $19.99, you too can walk on ice like I did! :)  I wasn't about to walk across the parking lot here at BPS Sevierville without them!  Along with these awesome contraptions, you will, of course, need some of our Lifetime Guarantee socks to keep those tootsies warm!

$11.99 and let me just tell you....worth.every.penny!!!!

 

I promise you, you can find everything you will need, except heaters right now, at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville! We even have food! !!!!!!

Look...the meteorologists can't be counted on to get the weather right...the weather itsself can't be counted on. But you can always count on Bass Pro to help you out in times of need. We have cooking sources, warm clothes, freeze dried food, warm socks and boots/shoes, warm sleeping bags, fire starters and the list goes on and on.

Come see me and see what I have that you just might need while Mr. Bad Weather is visiting. One word of advice though...PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME! Ok so that was 4 words, but you get it. Lots of people without electricity right now are also without heat because they waited until the last minute to get a backup heater and unfortunately most everybody is sold out now.

Come on in and lets prepare together!

See you soon!

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