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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Minn Kota MKA-44 Telescopic Extension Handle.Product Review

Minn Kota MKA-44 Telescopic Extension Handle.Product Review

Boats are not cheap, they require attention and maintenance to keep them in ready to go shape.  Capitol Outdoors purchased a 14 foot aluminium boat, we had to purchase the odds and ends like; life jackets, anchor, etc but we also had to purchased a new trolling motor.

While we wanted a foot operating trolling motor our budget allowed us to get a Minn Kota 30 pound thrust motor instead.  We quickly realized that having the trolling motor in the back led to small issues and problems, but that all changed when Capitol Outdoors purchased a Minn Kota MKA-44 Telescopic Extension Handle.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Illinois Bait Shops - Big Red's Bait and Tackle

Springfield, Illinois bait Shop

Illinois Bait Shops - Big Red's Bait and Tackle

As we talked a steady stream of phone calls and customers came in to Big Red's on Stevenson Drive in Springfield, Illinois.  "I've been in business for eight years and I'm the only shop that's left here in Springfield."  Owner Trevor Miller said.  Before all the other local bait shops closed up, there was a friendly relationship among the owners. "Now its just me and the big box stores". he continued.    Located just a few minutes down the road from Lake Springfield, most of Miller's customers head out to Sangchris.  "Many of my customers call me once they leave the lake to inform me about the action." he said.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

5 Tips for Dove Hunting.

Mackinaw Dove Hunting

5 Tips for Dove Hunting. 

We still remember the first permit that was issued to us by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to dove hunt.  That was seven years ago and we've learned a great deal during that time. Here are a few things we wish to share with you before you head into the field.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Illinois Hunters possibly affected by El Niño

Illinois Hunters possibly affected by El Niño

As waterfowl hunters, we are always watching the weather.  Will there be a cold front? When will the birds push?  What will the wind direction be? All of this effects the hunting season.

In the tropical Pacific Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates a network of buoys that measure temperature, currents and winds in the equatorial band. The collected data are evaluated by complex computer models designed to predict an El Niño.

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