Yamaha Marine Receives Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellors Award for Excellence in Philanthropy

 

Yamaha Marine Receives Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellors Award for Excellence in Philanthropy
DONATIONS OVER LAST FIVE YEARS “REFLECT TRUE SPIRIT” OF AWARD

Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it was named the recipient of the Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellors Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. The award recognizes Yamaha’s contributions to the Motorcycle and Marine Service Program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Chattanooga.

“Recipients of the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Philanthropy are selected based on their generous donation of resources to a Tennessee Board of Regents institution,” said Flora W. Tydings, Chancellor, Tennessee Board of Regents. “Yamaha Marine’s body of work over the last 14 years with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Chattanooga, and especially in the last five years with donations totaling more than $150,000, reflects the true spirit of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.”

“As our technical education program grows and expands, we are pleased to extend our resources to the Motorcycle and Marine Service Technology Program at TCAT Chattanooga,” said Joe Maniscalco, Division Manager, Yamaha Marine Service. “We are honored to receive the Chancellors Award for Philanthropy as we work toward our goal of preparing students for a fulfilling, high-demand career in marine service.”

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s CSI Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

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Original Source: Yamaha Outboards.com 

Lowrance provided Serious Excitement on and off the Water at the Bassmaster Classic

 

Lowrance provided Serious Excitement on and off the Water at the Bassmaster Classic

Lowrance® continued its domination of America’s tournament-fishing circuit late last month as Lowrance Pro Jordan Lee won the 2017 Bassmaster Classic Championship on Lake Conroe in Houston, Texas. A 25-year-old professional angler from Guntersville, Alabama, Lee became the sixth consecutive Lowrance angler to win the Classic when he finished with a three-day total of 56 pounds, 10 ounces, taking home $300,000 and the most coveted trophy in the sport. Steve Kennedy, who also competed in the event with Lowrance marine electronics, finished second with a total weight of 55 pounds, 1 ounce.

On the final day of the Classic, 15 of the top 25 competitors — including seven of the top 12 anglers – were using Lowrance HDS fishfinder/chart-plotters to navigate and find key fish-holding areas. For Lee, 2017 was his second appearance at the Bassmaster Classic. He finished 6th in the 2014 Classic at Lake Guntersville in Alabama.

During practice at Lake Conroe, Lee used his HDS-12 Gen3 with StructureScan® 3D imaging to identify an underwater “point” with a hard-bottom area that he thought would hold fish. He returned to the spot on the final day, where he was limited by mechanical issues on his boat, which held him in the same spot all day. Staying in that spot proved to be the difference as Lee jumped from 15th to first place with a 27-pound, 4-ounce, five-fish limit, the biggest single-day catch of the tournament.

At the tournament, there was plenty of excitement off the water as well. Lowrance announced the production of the HDS CarbonTM 16, a new high-performance fishfinder/chart plotter with a 16-inch screen – the largest ever produced by Lowrance.  

The massive 16-inch high-definition screen on HDS Carbon 16 displays provides an even bigger stage to showcase the clarity, high resolution and superior target separation of SolarMAX™ HD technology, exclusive to the HDS Carbon series. Setting up a four-panel split on the HDS Carbon 16 gives anglers the equivalent of four seven-inch screens on a single display.

Anglers in the market for a do-it-all, integrated system need a processor that can smoothly drive high-tech features like StructureScan® 3D with SideScan and DownScan Imaging™, StructureMap™, Broadband Radar™ and SiriusXM® Weather Chart Overlay. HDS Carbon 16 delivers on that front, taking processing power to the next level with a dual-core processor that allows anglers to switch between applications and simultaneously view independent sonar feeds with ease.

Lowrance SolarMAX HD display technology features high-definition views and clear visibility in all conditions with the widest available range of viewing angles – even when wearing polarized sunglasses. The new displays feature 1920×1080 HD resolution and are engineered to withstand higher temperatures than conventional units, offering enhanced reliability in warmer climates. The secret behind the new SolarMAX HD displays come from the implementation of the most advanced IPS (in-plane switching) screens in fishing electronics. With superior color accuracy and boosted high-definition reproduction, IPS screens are perfectly designed for viewing picture-like sonar images. Whether viewing menu panels or onscreen fish targets, the improved clarity and sharpness of SolarMAX HD displays are clearly evident from any viewing angle.

With Live Network Sonar, HDS Carbon 16 gives anglers the capability to view and control two independent, live sonar sources at different locations — like the front and the back of the boat — from a single display. This powerful feature provides anglers with a comprehensive picture of underwater activity with convenient and complete control. 

In addition to integrated wireless connectivity, HDS Carbon 16 features Bluetooth® control of multiple Power-Pole® shallow water anchors and Bluetooth audio streaming from the SonicHub®2 marine entertainment system. Anglers can navigate with ease behind proven Lowrance navigation technology, high-resolution mapping with enhanced coverage of coastal and inland waters, a 10 Hz internal GPS antenna, and a multitude of mapping options accessible from the unit’s dual microSD card slots. HDS Carbon 16 is compatible with the most expansive selection of optional cartography on the market, including Insight Genesis™ custom mapping, C-MAP Insight PRO, C-MAP Lake Insight HD, C-MAP MAX-N+, Navionics® and more.

HDS Carbon 16 supports radar, SmartSteer™ control of Motorguide® Xi5 trolling motors and the Lowrance Outboard Pilot and full engine data integration highlighted by compatibility with Mercury® VesselView® Link.

Congratulations to Jordan Lee and all the anglers competing in the tournament. And look for more exciting developments from Lowrance in the near future.

Catch more fish, learn more at Lowrance.com  Today!

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Turn an Average Day on the Flats into an Epic One!

 

Turn an Average Day on the Flats into an Epic One!

The sight of a cruising redfish nosing down on a well-presented artificial bait is enough to get any angler’s heart pumping at a rapid pace, but stalking redfish in skinny waterfalls outside the comfort zone of many fishermen.  Whether fishing the Laguna Madre, Biloxi Marsh, Everglades, or Carolina coast – or anywhere in between – following a few common guidelines will help turn an average day on the flats into an epic one.

First and foremost, silence is the key when hunting redfish, as these finicky predators spook very easily from the slightest sound or vibration.  In windy conditions or in turbid waters, a trolling motor may allow you to get close enough to spot and cast to pods of reds, but savvy anglers rely on push poling to quietly ease across the shallows in search of signs of life.  A stealthy approach is critical, particular when fish are pressured or in unusually calm weather, so keep splashing and moving around the boat to a minimum.

In terms of spotting fish, just a few inches of added elevation off the water can make a world of difference.  Most flats boats offer raised poling and casting platforms, but anglers without such specialized craft can enhance their fish-spotting capabilities using a sturdy, roto-molded cooler or small stepladder to gain a better vantage point.  Even in cloudy conditions, a pair of quality, polarized sunglasses are a must, and most inshore guides prefer those with amber lenses that match the tint of backcountry waters.

When scanning for signs of redfish, anglers must keep a sharp lookout for a variety of clues that could lead to paydirt.  Redfish tails are the most obvious giveaways, of course, and indicate fish tipped nose down rooting for crustaceans or cruising slowly through very shallow water.  In clear water, the dark outlines of fish can be spotted, sometimes easily against the contrast of a light-colored sand or mud bottom.  While V-shaped head wakes, or sometimes a series of wakes in the case of schooling fish, are surefire signs of active fish, sometimes a small patch of slightly riffled, ‘nervous’ water can be a dead giveaway to the presence of laid up or milling fish.  Skittering shrimp or baitfish also signify the presence of larger predators like redfish.

When casting to redfish, there is little room for error, as a cast too close to the fish will spook it and send it scurrying, but a cast too far away from the fish will seldom get noticed.  The objective is to lead the fish, casting beyond the fish’s path and bringing the bait into its field of vision, all while being careful not to swim the bait towards the fish in an unnatural manner.

While redfish are opportunistic feeders that eat a variety of crabs, shrimps, worms and baitfish, choosing the right bait is not so simple.  Redfish will take a variety of soft swimbaits, hard baits, spoons, and spinners at times, but rarely will they pass up a slow-moving shrimp meandering in their path, so a soft plastic shrimp imitation gets the nod as the most versatile lure for sight casting to redfish.

At the top of the list of shrimp, baits are the new EZ ShrimpZ from Z-Man Fishing Products.  When rigged with the company’s EZ KeeperZ weighted hook, the pairing is aerodynamic and easy to cast accurately and lands softly in the water, so as not to spook the fish.  In fact, its re-entry sounds similar to a shrimp skipping across the surface.  When twitched slowly, the segmented tail comes to life, and when paused on the bottom, the buoyant ElaZtech body of the bait floats up and hovers just off the bottom, just like a real shrimp.  Unlike most other artificial baits, this combination can be presented very slowly while still maintaining a natural look, allowing the bait more time in the fish’s field of vision than other baits that must be fished more quickly.

While sight-fishing redfish can be a tricky undertaking, employing stealthy approaches, precision casting, and ultra-realistic bait presentations will certainly tip the odds in your favor.

Visit Z Man Fishing.com Today!

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

What to Tip the “Tipper”

 

What to Tip the “Tipper”

He or she is your guide into those woods, out on that river, etc. They are the ones who have gone to school and been educated in this particular sport/pleasure you are delving into for your vacation time, and they are the ones with companies that make it easier than ever to plan a guided hunt or trip for you, family and friends. They are also the ones with just the right “tip” that could allow you to have the most successful hunt you’ve ever had.successful hunting, proper, appreciation, long-standing relationship, service, quality, the right 'tip'

Over the internet, a lover of the hunt (or fishing, boating, etc.) can log on and go through a list of outfitter websites that contain everything about their company and their team. They will offer up information that all prospective sportsmen and sportswomen need to know: from accommodations provided to equipment to pictures of the areas being utilized for the sport, animals harvested in the past, as well as various packages and prices.

But, oddly enough (unlike the rest of American business and industry in the 21st-century), you will most likely never find anything about what specific dollar amount or percentage of the hunt cost to give the guide as a tip. And because each package is so completely different, coming up with an average tip can be extremely tough. This is a gray area for many sports people, especially those who have never been on a guided hunt/tour before.

It is understood that a tip is not a requirement. However, it is important to realize that if you “land” a quality service and a guide who truly loves what they do and knows the ins-and-outs of everything they happen to be doing, than offering your guide a tip is the best way to offer thanks to them for their service.

It is important to remember as well that if the guide is not the outfitter, they are usually told what to do by someone higher up in charge. They may not have any say when it comes to choosing the location or what your accommodations will be during your stay. That is the outfitter’s responsibility, and your guide should never be “hung out to dry” if that outfitter has made errors in your trip. The guide’s tip is always based on the job that they did for you and your friends/family. If for the duration of your event they work as your partner – such as, on a hunt, if they help fill your tags, make sure you have a safe hunt, and offer those stellar, helpful ‘tips,’ than they should be rewarded with a “thank you.”

If the outfitter is both the owner and your guide, then it becomes a different story entirely. They are the ones responsible for every detail during your trip – from being the guide to making sure your hunt is set up well and your accommodations and other details promised have been delivered. This becomes another gray area for some because why tip the owner when you have already paid them for everything in full? Most hunters and sportsmen will agree that if the guide does everything in an A+ manner, it doesn’t matter if they own the company or not, they should still get the “thank you.”

When thinking about the prices, start with something easy. At a restaurant the approximate tip for your waiter/waitress is 15% (if the job is done well, of course). When it comes to the guide of your trip, most hunters begin in the neighborhood of 8-12% of the cost of the hunt when it comes to tipping the guide. (Example: For most waterfowl hunts that comes out to approximately $25 per day; for a 5-day big game hunt you are closer to the $250-$350 range. And if we are talking about a guide that has literally shown you and your guests a truly incredible week, then giving a little extra is definitely a good show.

Above all, remember the fact that the guide is not responsible for you shooting correctly, being able to “land that big one” right, and definitely are not responsible for anything that Mother Nature decides to throw in your path. Certain things will always be out of a human’s control, but hard work most definitely matters and should be appreciated. Just think, you may have such a successful expedition that you will want that particular guide the next time around, so saying “thank you” is a great way to start a long-standing relationship.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Cape Cod Deep Sea, Sport Fishing & Pleasure Cruises: The Dancing Squid Offers it All!

 

Cape Cod Deep Sea, Sport Fishing & Pleasure Cruises: The Dancing Squid Offers it All!

 

When any species of ‘fish’ is mentioned in the same sentence as the beautiful location of Cape Cod, everyone seems to drool. Half of that group are those who want to set out upon the water and catch something ‘this big’ to either mount on the wall or take a picture of that they can carry in their wallet to let all their friends know that they ‘landed’ a true treasure. The other half drool because they think of the stunning, delicious array of seafood that Cape Cod has to offer.

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Looking for a guide to help you in Cape Cod? Look no further. The name is Dancing Squid Sport Fishing and the Captain of it all is Cape Cod’s own Cap’n Bill. Name a species you’re after: Seabass, Scup, Tautog, Squid, Fluke, Striper, Bluefish, Cod, Tuna, Shark…you name it, Cap’n Bill can bring you to it. An avid recreational and commercial fisherman his entire life, he went striper fishing for the first time at the age of nine and was literally ‘hooked’ after that.

 

Let’s start with the vessel. Parker 2520 XLD, Twin Yamaha 150 Outboards, cruises at 30 knots, with a live baitwell, sink and washdown. This is a boat that offers two Pilot stations: one in the wheelhouse, one on deck. Lowrance 10 inch sonar, radar, GPS on deck. Lowrance 12 inch touch with side scan sonar, radar and GPS in wheelhouse.

With a private head and outriggers for Tuna fishing, although only 25′, The Dancing Squid fishes like a much larger boat. Parker’s have a compact wheelhouse which leaves more deck space for guests, and should the weather permit, two people can fish on the bow.

 

Want to get on board for some Deep Sea Fishing? Trips begin in early May and end in early November. What you’re going after includes: Squid, Tautog (Blackfish), Seabass, Scup (Porgy), Fluke (Summer Flounder), Bluefish, Striped Bass, Cod, Haddock, Monkfish, and Pollock.

(You can head to the site for details on specific species, open seasons, state regulations, and catch limits.)

Cap’n Bill and crew provide all fishing equipment (poles, jigs, lures, weights, bait, etc.), but feel free to bring your own gear if that’s what brings you ‘luck’. Make sure to pack those warm clothes, comfortable shoes and rain gear because even though weather forecasts may be optimistic, Mother Nature in Cape Cod can be a little fickle at times. In other words, trips in May and October can be chilly.

Also bring your own food and beverages (alcoholic beverages permitted), but try to avoid bringing glass on the boat. Bring along those coolers and ice for your catch, and large Ziploc bags for your fillets. But if you flew in on vacation unprepared, just let the company know when you book your trip and they’ll do their very best to accommodate your needs.

Legal requirements mean that no more than 6 passengers can come aboard, and you’ll be a lot more comfortable with room to spread out if tour numbers are 4 or 5. When it comes to trip rates, if the target is: Squid, Tautog, Seabass, or Scup: ​4 Hours at $500; 5 Hours at $625; or, 6 Hours at $700.

 

​If focusing on either Striped Bass or Bluefish: 6 Hours at $675, and 8 Hours at $875.

 

If headed out for Fluke: 10 Hours at $875. It is also important to note that on these trips, Jumbo Seabass is normally caught as well.

 

If your target happens to be, Cod, Haddock, Monkfish, or Pollock: 12 Hours at $1125

 

And the company also offers combination trips for multiple species.

Oh…it is Sport Fishing you want? Not a problem at all. You can chum and drift for Sharks, including Mako, Blue, Porbeagle and Thresher. Or you can troll for Tuna, including Bluefin, Big Eye and Yellowfin. The sport fishing trips begin in late June and end in early November.

And, yes, last but certainly not least, you can book a Pleasure Cruise that is beyond a pleasure to experience.

 

There are many reasons to choose Cap’n Bill. Whether a novice or an avid fisherman, if you and your guests are interested in a great experience and fishing on a boat that is built for safety, speed, comfort, and adorned with state of the art electronics, then The Dancing Squid is the boat for you!

The Dancing Squid and Cap’n Bill guarantee that after experiencing Sport or Deep Sea fishing, or simply taking that amazing Pleasure Cruise with the family that you will be booking your next trip the second you return to the dock.

 

In other words, it’s time for Cape Cod. Let the drooling begin!

 

For more information, head to: http://dancingsquidsportfishing.com

Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle

From Mild to Wild: The Top Three Whitewater Rivers in the U.S.

 

From Mild to Wild: The Top Three Whitewater Rivers in the U.S.

Although there are arguably many stunning locations for fans to explore – from Nenana River in Alaska to Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania – there are always three rivers that rate the highest when it comes to experiencing the most thrilling whitewater rafting in the United States.

Although there are arguably many stunning locations for fans to explore – from Nenana River in Alaska to Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania – there are always three rivers that rate the highest when it comes to experiencing the most thrilling whitewater rafting in the United States.

Boating down the Colorado River below Havasu Creek in Grand Canyon National Park. NPS photo by Mark Lellouch.

Whitewater rafting is a truly amazing adventure. Whether a beginner or a true experienced rafter, there are guides to be utilized and trips to take that will provide you with everything from the most scenic areas to the most adrenaline-filled thrills.

Number one remains the Colorado River in Arizona. Talk about a challenge to the nth degree. The water on the Colorado River can be more than challenging, but the views are worth all the hard work. Here, people see the Grand Canyon from a whole different point of view as they travel down the winding, heart-pumping river to their final destination.

One of the principal rivers of the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico, the Colorado River measures 1,450-miles-long and drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states. The best, most amazing vantage points are given to whitewater enthusiasts here, but it is also not for the faint of heart. When it comes to the 2017 whitewater rafting season in Arizona, people can enjoy everything from half-day trips to week long excursions. You can also experience spectacular rafting in the Upper Salt River Canyon. Here, you can paddle through an incredible 2000-foot deep canyon as you go up against rapids such as, “Maytag,” “Overboard,” and “Mescal Falls.” The high Sonoran Desert scenery and fun-filled whitewater rafting makes the Colorado River in Arizona the place to create awesome memories.

Whitewater lovers also cheer loud and clear for the Gauley River in West Virginia. Continuously seen by paddlers as one of the top ranked rivers in the entire world, Gauley’s technical rapids, inaccessibility and scenic quality capture the imagination. Dropping more than 650 feet in 24 miles, the Gauley River features over 100 rapids.

A dam-controlled watershed ensures optimum flows, making this a world class rafting experience. When summer water flows on the Gauley River, intermediate to advanced rafters love the challenges they find. While inhaling that clean mountain air, they go up against the Gauley River’s rafting flows at their very peak. With thirty-five miles of heavy duty challenges, rafters are thrilled with this river as it winds through gorges and valleys – the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else on the planet.

Coming in third is Rogue River in Oregon. Traveling from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, the scenery on the Rogue River is nothing short of spectacular. Multiple areas, such as Rainie Falls, Blossom Bar and Upper and Lower Black Bar Falls, provide challenging rapids for the experienced rafter. For the rafter just starting out, Rogue River also supplies calmer areas, such as the Argo rapids located between Hog Creek and Grave Creek.

It is not a surprise that the Rogue River is one of the most famous in the American West. River rafting trips can be taken through this incredibly scenic area that flows directly through the heart of a wilderness inundated with everything imaginable: deer, black bear, cougars, osprey, river otters and more. It is also the perfect place to spot that bald eagle soaring up above. Not only are the rapids exciting and the scenery gorgeous, but there are also superb hiking trails, placid pools, towering cliffs, and historic homesteads that all come together to create absolute magic.

From mild to wild, these are most definitely the top three whitewater rivers in the U.S. to explore, experience and enjoy!

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Catch More Bass in the Grass

 

Catch More Bass in the Grass

Fishing for bass in shallow, grassy lakes can be either incredibly productive or incredibly frustrating.  While most anglers associate aquatic vegetation with prime bass habitat, pinpointing specific locations to focus efforts can be quite the challenge in lakes with vast expanses of submerged grass.  In these types of scenarios, Identifying subtle environmental cues can make the difference between hitting paydirt and coming up empty.

One consideration often ignored by bass fishermen on grass lakes is the importance of stealth.  In shallow water, sound can be a more significant factor, and using a quiet approach can be absolutely critical.  Rather than grinding through vegetation using a trolling motor, anglers are better served by allowing wind and current to move the boat whenever possible, using the trolling motor to make directional or boat positioning adjustments.  Planning a course based on wind or current direction before entering a grass flat is advisable.

Generally, bass reside in areas with the cleanest water that offer a mix of aquatic vegetation.  Efforts are best focused in areas with a healthy mix of submerged vegetation like hydrilla or eelgrass.  Scanning for visual cues on the surface, like the present of hyacinth mats, for instance, is easy and is often a dead giveaway to a healthy mix of grasses.  In addition, the presence of other structure – such as pole timber or laydowns – increases the odds of bass being present.  When several of these features are present in an area with cleaner water relative to the rest of the lake, it’s time to slow down and work the area thoroughly.

The fact that transition areas hold fish is elementary to bass anglers, but on shallow water grass flats, these transitional zones may be quite subtle.  Even in water only three or four feet deep, it is wise to pay close attention to the graph, watching for subtle depth changes that may signal a shallow ditch or channel that bass use as highways.  Also, areas that transition from one type of subaquatic vegetation to another are worth fishing thoroughly, as bass often position themselves in seams where different grasses meet to ambush prey.

While a variety of soft plastics, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, and bladed swim jigs can be effective in grassy areas, the most versatile bait is one that can be presented quickly as a moving bait when in search mode or fished slowly when a concentration of fish is located.  A creature bait like the Boar HogZ from Z-Man Fishing Products meets all of these criteria.

When pinned to a size 4/0 straight shank hook with a pegged tungsten weight, a bait like the Boar HogZ can be retrieved rapidly to create in a swimming motion through the middle and upper portions of the water column or flipped and pitched into cover and then dragged slowly across the bottom.  It’s textured, twin curly tails swim in a lifelike manner and emit fish-attracting vibrations at both fast and slow retrieve speeds, while it’s streamlined body shape slides through cover and penetrates even thick grass.  In addition, the naturally buoyant, 10X Tough ElaZtech construction of the Boar HogZ holds up better when pulled through heavy cover repeatedly and allows the tails to float up off the bottom at rest, mimicking the natural defensive posture of a crawfish, one of a bass’ favorite foods.

Understanding how bass position around different types of vegetation, utilizing a stealthy approach, and choosing a versatile bait that allows for both covering water quickly and slowing down to capitalize on concentrated fish are all critical to breaking down the bite on grass lakes.

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Eat Well While Enjoying the Great Outdoors

 

Eat Well While Enjoying the Great Outdoors

 

The Great Outdoors is a stunning place to hike, explore, and commune with nature. It is also a haven where you can stop, take a breath, and inhale everything Mother Nature has to offer. However, the one thing many do not understand is that they can also ‘inhale’ come extremely good food, if only they had the right information and tips when it came to planning and preparing food for their backpacking trip. Even the backpacking fan knows that, other than water and some extremely comfortable shoes, food is something you have to have. It is a piece of the outdoor “gear” that must be taken into consideration before venturing outside, because your body needs that fuel to keep going in order to enjoy each and every step of your journey.

It is a fact that you can eat far more than oatmeal and granola bars out there. When it comes to nourishment, pack those food items that weigh the least but deliver the most calories. The market for these particular foods is growing each and every day, by the way. From pre-prepared soups (which are great for their water content) to freeze-dried and powdered foods that actually taste good and add minimal weight to your pack, stores like Whole Foods and others provide choices you never even imagined.

 

As you think about your outdoor menu, think about dumping the original container and cutting meals down into serving-size amounts that you can carry in sealable bags. Less bulk and less trash will be had.

 

If you take those fresh fruit and veggies along, make sure to eat those first to get rid of the weight as soon as possible.

 

Not to mention, always remember to pack just enough food to get you through your planned trip, plus an extra cold meal or two in case you run out of fuel. Packing too much can hurt the body.

 

Then comes the backpacking stove. “Stove” is a difficult word to deal with when thinking about what you need to carry. But a backpacking stove is perfect for those who want to enjoy a little flavor with their scenery.

 

The best method to use when cooking dried foods with your backpacking stove, is called boil-soak cooking. Not only is it extremely efficient for the backpacker, but it also allows you to conserve both fuel and water.

 

When using the boil-soak method, set up your backpacking stove on level ground in a location that’s insulated from the wind. Add the required amount of water to your cooking pot and light your stove. After putting the lid on the pot, bring the water to a rolling boil, then turn off the stove and insulate (a fleece jacket or pot cozy can be used) around the cooking pot to retain as much heat as possible. Leave it alone to rest at least 10 minutes (or as instructed on the meal pack). After that, simply lift the lid, stir in those beloved herbs and spices to make it taste absolutely delicious, and enjoy!

 

This method always prepares food the same way: with the lid on tight, the steam is absorbed into the food to help it cook, rather than dissipate away into the atmosphere. From soups to stews to pasta, you can practice before heading out on the trail and end up becoming a super backpacking chef.

 

There is also, of course, no-cooking backpacking for those who do not wish to carry the stove, or for those who have run out of fuel and the crackers and granola bars are long gone. Again, with the outdoor industry growing, there are more than a few dry foods on the market that supply a hearty meal for the backpacker. All you have to do is soak the food in cold water and enjoy. From rolled oats to couscous, there are definitely choices.

 

As far as snack foods are concerned, everything from pretzels to some hard sausages and cheeses will keep for several days on that exciting hike. In addition, peanut butter is a great backpacking supply. Just take it out of the jar, put it in a baggie, cut one corner off so you can squeeze the peanut butter on your bread, and then re-store in another baggie. And never forget breakfast, while on your hike. If you need extra warmth, make sure to take along a few flow-through coffee and tea bags, instant coffee packets or hot chocolate to really enjoy that sunrise.

 

Just make sure that your stomach never has to pay for your great day. When heading out on that trail, be safe, have fun, and learn that you can definitely have great meals while also having a great time.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Whitetail Hunting in Illinois is About Making Memories in the Heartland

 

Whitetail Hunting in Illinois is About Making Memories in the Heartland

 

Whitetail hunting is the most popular area of the hunting universe in this day and age. When it comes to the great state of Illinois, there is one guide that is all about making your trip not only a success, but one of the most memorable experiences you can possibly have. And seeing that most of the dates sell out quite quickly, now is the time to research, review and then reserve your 2017 incredible whitetail hunt.

www.heartlandlodge.com

If you are looking to have a whitetail deer hunting trip with a premier outfitter,Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is the place for you. Specializing in archery deer hunts, along with gun hunts, Heartland is the original deer hunting outfitter and lodge in Pike County – and they can absolutely boast the fact that trophy whitetail hunts have been their specialty for the last 21 years…and counting.

 

Harpole’s is rated the absolute best in all areas you can think of when it comes to having a hunting trip that is nothing short of spectacular. Even the outfitter staff deserves and receives an A+ across the board, offering you a truly dedicated and full-time whitetail manager, full-time assistant whitetail manager, support staff and guides who work year-round in order to ensure that your hunt is off-the-charts.

 

Beginning in the winter, Harpole’s staff scouts bucks that survived the fall hunting season and are looking for new tree stand locations. The staff then moves on to late winter and early spring which is filled with tasks, from walking the woods looking for whitetail sheds to over-seeding the clover food plots. Early spring is spent planting new food plots, while summer is spent maintaining the plots, glassing and videotaping deer that come into the fields, and checking trail cam photos. When the late summer months arrive, planting the brassica food plots and new clover plots take over the daily work, so that when fall once again appears, every single step of the process has been done. All that’s left is to guide you to the perfect spot so you can have the best hunt imaginable.

 

Harpole’s diehard crew also makes archery hunting available. This is a passion absolutely shared by the entire whitetail staff who shoot their bows year-round, always practicing and always looking forward to when that next archery “party” arrives.

 

Pike County Illinois deer hunting has become legendary, and Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is the reason for the unbridled thrills that whitetail hunters experience when they utilize Heartland as their chosen guides. It doesn’t hurt that you are talking about one of the most stunning areas in the country. Located in the middle of incredible Illinois deer hunting country, centered between the Mississippi and Illinois River drainages, Heartland has always provided large whitetail bucks the perfect habitat. They understand the four key ingredients to having a quality deer herd: genetics, food, habitat, and a good age structure. By understanding this, they have been able to produce huge bucks and quality whitetail deer hunting for over two decades. And with their strict management program in place to preserve growth, Heartland continues to be at the top of the list for hunters who are searching for whitetail bucks not found anywhere else.

 

Harpole’s Heartland Lodge also provides first-class accommodations. Even though hunters may not think this is as important as the hunt itself, having a good night’s sleep and a great meal are just as important as the aim you bring with you. And at Heartland, receiving a comfortable bed after a long day’s hunt is the perfect way to “cap” off the day.

 

Various archery and gun hunting packages are available to one and all, but booking needs to begin as soon as possible, seeing as that Heartland’s customers continue to be repeat customers who will make sure they snag one of the pristine packages. Packages run from the Four-Night, Three-Day November Packages to Five-Night, Four-Day December Packages; Four-Night, Three-Day Muzzleloader Packages to Seven-Night, Six-Day Archery-Muzzleloader Combo Packages; Four-Night, Three-Day Firearm Doe Hunts, and the list goes on!

 

Harpole’s also rolls out the red carpet every year and welcomes both seasoned veterans and those who are just learning how to deer hunt. With deer hunting tips and strategies from Heartland’s professional and talented guides, everyone is sure to have an incredible time.

 

Memories are ready to be made, so head to www.heartlandlodge.com today to view everything from private rooms to luxury suites, and make your reservation. The only difficult part will be waiting for the months to go by so you can get to that beautiful Illinois country and bag that champion whitetail you’ve been dreaming about.

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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Former Classic® Winner Jones Has a New Competitor on the Water

 

Former Classic® Winner Jones Has a New Competitor on the Water

This Season Alton Jones Jr. Joins His Father to Fish the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® and the Elites

Never, in all of his previous 26 seasons of bass tournament competition, has Alton Jones been concerned with how many fish any other anglers may be catching, but that will change this year. That’s because the Yamaha Pro’s 24-year old son, Alton Jr., will be joining him on both the Bassmaster® Elite circuit and in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® as he begins his own full-time professional career.

They will be the fifth father-son duo to compete against each other in a Classic,® but the first to do so in the Elite Series. Although they have been fishing together for years, they have never before actually competed against each other.

“He’s a better fisherman than I am, too,” admits Alton, Sr., winner of six B.A.S.S.® events during his career, including the 2008 Bassmaster Classic.® “He’s more versatile, and he understands the fish better than I do. He may not have as much experience as the other pros, but he’s still going to be a tough competitor.”

“Little Alton,” as many know him, graduated from Baylor University with a degree in marketing in 2014, all the while planning to start fishing professionally as soon as he graduated. He spent the next two seasons fishing the Bassmaster® Open Series just to qualify for the Elites and did so through his consistently high finishes in the Central Division this past year. By winning one of those events on the Red River in Louisiana, he also qualified for the Bassmaster Classic® to be held next month at Lake Conroe near Houston.

“Dad had me in the boat with him when I was still an infant,” laughs Alton Jr., now also a Yamaha Pro, “and later I traveled with my parents to each tournament and fished every practice day with him for years. I always thought becoming a bass pro sounded good, but it wasn’t until the 2008 Bassmaster® Elite season that I made up my mind.

“That year, I fished eight Elites as a co-angler and loved every minute. It was an incredible experience because I got to fish with a lot of the top bass pros, and afterward I knew without a doubt I wanted fishing to be my career. I was ready to start immediately, but my parents wouldn’t let me until I earned a college degree. That was a long four years, but I’ve already realized the benefits of having that degree, particularly a degree in marketing.”

Understanding his son’s desire to turn professional, as well as to add extra incentive to complete his college education, Alton, Sr. made a fully rigged bass boat available for Little Alton to use anytime he wanted to, as long as he maintained good grades. Little Alton took advantage of the opportunity, fishing numerous weekend tournaments throughout Texas during his time at Baylor. Those events, in which he won several boats and cash prizes, helped prepare him for the Opens, and ultimately, he believes, for this season’s Elites

Although both father and son visited Lake Conroe before the impoundment went off-limits, they did so separately. The discussions they’ve had about the Classic® lake, as well as about other lakes they’ll fish during the season, have only been about general overall strategies. The experienced father has not given his son any specific information.

“He really doesn’t want any information,” emphasizes Alton, Sr. “He is his own man on the water, and he’s very confident in his own abilities to locate and catch fish. He’s proven that many times over, and besides, our fishing styles are completely different. He doesn’t need my advice.

“When I started taking him fishing with me, I wanted him to grow to love fishing just so he and I could spend time together,” says the long-time Yamaha Pro. “When B.A.S.S.®changed their rules about tournament practice partners, it ended that opportunity for both of us. 

“Honestly, what I’m most excited about this upcoming Elite season is being on the road together and having more father-son time. Am I concerned about fishing against Little Alton? Of course not. Naturally, I’m his biggest fan.” Y

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