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Five Ways to Celebrate Independence All Year Long

July 14th, 2017 No comments

On the heels of one of the great American holidays, the fourth of July, we are still riding the coattails of celebration and trying to squeeze as much ‘merica out of this month as we can. The signing of the Deceleration of Independence proceeds the many events throughout history that have occurred both on our soil and internationally that have taken place to maintain our country’s freedom.  So, it’s only right that we should celebrate with a whole day filled with family cookouts, amazing food and fireworks. But, we don’t think it should stop there. In an effort to maintain patriotism through July and the rest of the year, here are five ways that you and your family can celebrate our country’s independence all year long.


1. Send a Care Package to Troops

Although we have the opportunity to eat great food and spend time with our loved ones all year long, many of our service members don’t get to enjoy the same luxury. You can share a little bit of your family with a service member who might be missing theirs by putting together a care package to send overseas. Bake some homemade goodies, send some nonperishable foods that remind them of home, you can even include those cute flag crafts you and the kids worked so hard on.


2. Go to a Parade

Pack the popsicles and the SPF and head downtown and attend local parades in your area. Celebrate our nation’s freedom with your fellow community members and support the veterans who participate. Wave to the firefighters, dance to the marching band and make a stop at a shop and support a local business owner’s American dream. A fun and free way to celebrate all year long.

3. Take a trip to Washington

We all know of our nations’s rich history- a lot of which can be witnessed and relived in our country’s capitol- Washington, D.C. You can catch a baseball game, visit a museum, or one of D.C.’s many monuments. There are plenty of activities for you and the whole family in D.C., and you might even learn something in the process!


Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III delivers his remarks during a wreath laying ceremony honoring Air Force Vietnam Prisoners of War and Missing in Action at the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Va., March 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

4. Support Local Veterans

Supporting those who serve is a fantastic way to show your appreciation for all they do to maintain our country’s freedom. However, we don’t want to leave out those who have previously served our country and returned home as veterans. Finding ways to support veterans throughout the year is a great reminder that freedom is free!


5. Family Flag Activities

Over years of school, there are many things that your children have learned and will learn about U.S. history. One thing they might not learn about is proper flag etiquette. Guidelines on how the flag should be displayed, how it should be properly folded and stored, all of the ways you can treat the country’s flag with respect. This could also be great opportunity to share the story of the flag’s changing faces during the Revolutionary War, or even a fun craft activity for the kids. They could color pictures or make their own paper flags for the picnic table.


The 4th is a favorite holiday for many all over the country, it brings us all together for a common cause and we want to keep that feeling going throughout the summer and all year long.



5 Tips for Catch and Release

July 13th, 2017 No comments

Now that deer hunting season is officially closed for the summer, we’ve officially moved on to our favorite summer fishing holes. Even though we’re racking up as many Big Mouth Bass as possible, there will always be a few fishing holes where we’ll need to catch and release. Just in case you’re gotten too used to bringing them home, here’s a refresher on catch and release.


1. Bring the Right Tools

When you head out on a lake or a river where catch and release is mandatory, you have to make sure you’ve got the right tools.   In addition to your regular gear and tackle box, at the very least you’ll need a set of needle nose pliers and a knife or some scissors.  But, while we’re on the subject it’s equally important to make sure you have extra line, additional hooks and various lures and bobbers (depending on which type of fishing you’re doing.)


2. Remove the Hook

After you land your catch and take your picture for proof, the first thing you’ll need to do is remove the hook. Especially when it’s one of your good lures, you’re going to need your pliers to to get that hook out. If you can’t get the hook out easily, the best thing to do is leave the hook in place and cut the live with your knife so you don’t rip the fishes’ gills. A good reminder is to use a single hook rather than multi-point hooks when you know you’ll be catch and release fishing.


3. Hold the Fish in Water

Once you get you’ve removed the hook, you’ll need to get the fish back in the water as quickly as possible. But, before you can fully release the fish back into the water you’ll need to relief the shock.One additional note, when holding your fish, don’t just hold it by the bottom lip. Be sure to use your other hand to support the fish under it’s belly and behind its pectoral fins.


4. Fish CPR

If you took a little longer trying to rescue your favorite lure, your fish may need a slower reintroduction into the water. Once your fish is in the water move it around in a figure eight pattern to move water across the gills and get your fish breathing properly again.


5. Release the Fish into the Water 

Now that you’ve properly retrieved your lure and reintegrated your fish into the water, you can finally let it go, and hope you don’t catch it again a few minutes later.
Now that you’ve remembered how to actually let a fish go somewhere other that your cooler, you’re ready to hit any fishing hole and fish the summer away.
Where are some of your favorite catch a release spots?