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California Sportsman brings you some updated news and events happening in the Northern and Southern parts of California.

Rooster Ranch: Hunting Birds In Central California

ROOSTER RANCH WINGS & CLAYS

Rooster Ranch Wings & Clays is located at the confluence of the Merced and San Joaquin Rivers. We offer nearly 1,000 acres of natural river bottom environment to the upland bird hunters (pheasant, chukar, and dove). Additionally, we have access to nearly 2,000 acres of pasture and alfalfa fields. Hunts are by reservation, and parties have exclusive use of their reserved fields.

Clay shooters are offered all of the shotgun sports — trap, skeet, 5-stand, and sporting clays. Target presentation on our 15-station sporting clay’s course is regularly changed to keep the course fresh and challenging. NSCA registered tournaments are held monthly as well as several charity and benefit shoots.

Rooster Ranch Wings & Clays is also a preferred venue for private, public, and corporate events. Meal service, simple to lavish, is also available on site. No membership is required. We are open to the public, offering shotgun sports to beginners and accomplished shooters alike.

(209) 667-0483 /roosterranchonline.com

Dream Sportsman Ranch For Sale

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The following property is courtesy of Rancheria Realty (www.rancheriarealty.com; 707-895-3333), located in the Anderson Valley of Northern California:

2371 McNab Ranch Road, Ukiah, CA – Fifteen minutes away from Ukiah, yet a world away from civilization! Stunning Land.  Gorgeous views, rolling hills, meadows, oak and madrone studded forests, seasonal creeks, waterfalls and spectacular outcroppings with miles of trails for hunting, hiking, ATV or horseback riding.

Deer, pigs, turkeys and other wildlife have been enjoying the solitude of this ranch for many years.  As properties around it were developed, this one remained untouched, providing a hunter’s paradise.  The topography offers ridgetops, meadows, benches, rolling hills and some steep spots for the bucks to hide. A cute 1B/1B solar cabin can be called home while enjoying the ranch.  Bring the horses, use the corrals and ride for days!

The 480-acre ranch is zoned Upland Residential 40-acre minimum.  The County of Mendocino has approved a Minor Sub-Division pending completion of the Conditions.  This sub-division creates four 40-acre parcels and a remainder of 314-plus Acres. Miles of ATV trails lead the way to many special ranch features.  Indian petroglyphs welcome you to the ranch.  A large cave provides excitement for the explorer in the family.  Drive to the ridge, park near the face of Falcon Cliff and watch the falcons come and go.  In the winter and through spring enjoy seasonal streams and a lovely waterfall. There are six developed springs on the ranch.  One of them is the water source for the cabin.  The 40-acre parcels that can be created through the minor sub-division each have a spring.  The remainder parcel retains the largest developed spring.  There are three large cement water tanks that are brimming with sparkling spring water but have never been put in use. The property is zoned Upland Residential.  This zoning allows resort and recreational facilities with a Major Use Permit.  A perfect property for a retreat…very private (no easements), yet only 15 minutes to Ukiah. $1,450,000

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What’s New At Precision Fly And Tackle

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Hot Products at Precision Fly and Tackle

Precision Fly and Tackle is a custom fly fishing and tackle shop owned and operated by disabled U.S. Veterans. With a brick-and-mortar location in Puyallup, Wash., as well as a popular online shop, Precision Fly and Tackle custom ties their flies to meet customers’ needs and has all the gear you need for a successful fishing adventure.

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“The rubber wax worms are our hot seller,” says Larry Cluster, the shop’s founder. Cluster explains that Precision Fly and Tackle’s online eBay shop (http://stores.ebay.com/Precision-Fly-and-Tackle) is getting tons of orders for the rubber wax worms, which come in over 90 different colors.

Adds Cluster, “We’re getting many reports of trout and pan fish being caught on them.”

For more information on this full-service custom fly shop with over 50 years of experience creating and tying effective flies, visit www.FlyRoddersHeaven.net.

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GREEN MOUNTAIN PELLET GRILLS, BECAUSE FOOD TASTES BETTER COOKED OVER WOOD

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL COMES FROM GREEN MOUNTAIN GRILLS

We discovered something we loved, REALLY loved. It was grilling with pellets…so much better than either charcoal or gas!

But the pellet grill we owned needed some improvements, so we decided to make our own! Then loved it so much we ended up starting our own company!

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Green Mountain Pellet Grills is now the top-of-line … the best-of-the-best, but not the highest in price!

HOW IT WORKS

A motor turns an auger which feeds pellets into a firebox. There, a hot rod automatically ignites the pellets, and a combustion fan keeps them burning.

A fan inside the hopper maintains positive pressure which prevents burn-back in the auger tube. A sensor mounted inside the grill sends data to the on-board computer ten times every second, and the controller adjusts the air and pellet flow to maintain the temperature you set.

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IN GRILLING, TASTE RULES

The reason that pellet grills win far more than their fair share of BBQ competitions is that the food simply tastes better when cooked over real wood.

Propane has absolutely no taste, and the process of making briquettes destroys the flavor molecules in the wood they are made from.

Our pellets are made from clean, kiln-dried sawdust, with the flavor molecules totally intact!

And what could be easier than pushing a button – set it and forget it!

Now you can “turn pro” in your own back yard.

For more on Green Mountain Grills, see our website, greenmountaingrills.com

CRKT’s Release Of The Hi Jinx Knife

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PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
Contact: Lindsey Phelps, 1-800-891-3100 or 503-685-5015
Fax: 503-682-9680 E-mail: info@crkt.com

Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— June 12, 2014

New knife released for collectors honored at the BLADE Show in Atlanta.

CRKT® released the limited edition Ken Onion-designed Hi Jinx™ knife at the 2014 BLADE Show in Atlanta and won the 2014 Overall Knife of the Year Award. Like some of the finest art prints, only a few are available to the public with 525 being built.

A high-end everyday carry knife for the distinguished gentleman, Ken spared no expense handcrafting it with only the finest materials. A 6AL4V titanium handle looks good to the eye while a modified drop point style blade made with Böhler-Uddeholm Sleipner blade steel looks good in use. The knife also features an easy-opening IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system to make this one of the smoothest flippers on the market. Crafted in Italy, the new Hi Jinx™ isn’t just a blade. It’s a work of art.

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The Hi Jinx™ knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $500.00.

 

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

 

SKU:     K280TXP

Blade:    Edge: Plain

Length: 3.320” (84.3 mm)

Steel: Böhler-Uddeholm Sleipner, 58-59 HRC

Thickness: 0.200” (5.0 mm)

Finish: Satin

Closed:  4.780” (121.4 mm)

Open:     8.000” (203.2 mm)

Weight:  6.4 oz. (181.0 g)

Handle:  6AL4V Titanium

Style:      Folding Knife w/Frame Lock

Founded in 1994, CRKT® is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative designs. For more information, call: (800) 891-3100, email: info@crkt.com, on the web: www.crkt.com.

LifeTank is a great way to store water for emergencies; won’t stagnify

Most people don’t realize you can’t live more than three days without water. This could be a serious problem if there is a disaster like Hurricane Katrina. This new storage tank stores three weeks of clean water that does not expire. Check out this video with the founder of LifeTank and the president of the company to hear about it works. Made in the U.S. Visit lifetanks.com for more information.

DAVE’S TAKES LEAD, TANGLES OUT OF FISHING WEIGHTS

 

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On a yearly basis new products arrive on the fishing scene. Rarely does one make a splash like Dave’s Tangle Free.

Lead has long been the standard for weight in terminal gear setups for Salmon & Steelhead. Drift fishermen, float fishermen, side-drifters, back-bouncers all utilize lead in their tackle boxes to accomplish one purpose – to get the bait/lure in front of the fishes face.

It’s really a simple concept – weight is used to target specific depths & water types.

So where does Dave’s Tangle Free fit in to this?

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Dave’s Tangle Free is a brand new alternative to lead. It has burst on to the scene with a few claims to fame. Here are three benefits:

1    Lead-Free : This alone sets Dave’s Tangle Free apart as a forward thinking, innovative company. States that have outlawed lead as a fishing weight will need high-quality alternatives to lead. Dave’s Tangle Free fills that need.

2    Tangle-resistant : The swivel system in place on these weights allows for “wiggle-room” and movement when caught up. Also, the rubberized outer layer (the core is steel) does not “grab” rocks like lead would. These two factors make for a weight that pulls out of snags more often than lead. We at Fishing Addicts Northwest have seen the benefit of this. Many times when a weight seemed a lost cause snagged-up, they pulled out without breaking the line or losing the weight. This is ultimately a money saver in the end and a relief to the fisherman.

3    Easy-to-Use : Besides the obvious benefits of being tangle resistant, the weights themselves come attached with a top “swivel” piece that is easily attachable to a snap-swivel or tie-able to any line. These weights have totally replaced my previous bobber weights as I prefer a three-way swivel with attachable weight when fishing a sliding float. Also, for those that would attach a “slinky” to a snap swivel, the Dave’s Tangle Free weight works great in place of that.

The feel of these weights on the bottom is different than “slinky’s” or traditional lead. This may be slightly off-putting at first for drift-fishermen but they will find quickly that the weights are super effective as well as stealthy. Back-bouncers have found huge benefit in the “tangle-resistant” qualities of these weights. The method of back-bouncing is prone to placing lead in precarious positions. With the rubberized outer core and versatile swivel, it’s simple: you will lose less weights.

Does this mean you’ll never lose a Dave’s Tangle Free weight? No, logs & certain other obstacles can still claim a weight or two, but every single person that I’ve spoken with has retained more Dave’s Tangle Free weights than any other lead option hands down. They simply come back easier. I’ve even started making my lead-line heavier so that I can apply more pressure to it and many times the weights have pulled out of difficult positions.

With that in mind we have seen a move in recent years to eliminate lead in many states. Certainly this comes as no surprise due to the “state of California” perspective on it and the simple fact that we’re filling our river-bottoms with lead. This alone may be one of the largest reasons for why Dave’s Tangle Free is a great option for your tackle-box. The Smallmouth bass guys in the Columbia river are already picking up on them too, not to mention numerous other fishing applications in our area.

Dave’s Tangle Free brings a fresh perspective to the weight world. No doubt the benefits of these weights will continue to be seen & shared in years to come.

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Ed Fast, a highly respected Portland-area Salmon & Steelhead guide had this to say about Dave’s weights:

“The slickest and trickiest weights you can buy! Dave gave me some back-bouncing weights to try and my clients and I loved them! I ordered a bunch more in all of the sizes I use and we only lost a few during my fall Chinook season. I also like them for my bobber rods.”

Ed mentioned to me how much lead he used to lose back-bouncing lead in upriver, bouldery situations, with the new lead he’s had considerably less lost weights and consequently; saved money on weight!

“When it’s available, I always try to use and promote local, quality, made in the U.S.A products. Dave’s weights meet all three of those criteria.

The fact that there is a functional, lead-free weight for some fishing situations is another thing I like about them.

And hey, they look really cool, too and let’s face it, that’s pretty important.”

For more, visit the website, http://www.davestanglefree.com/.

Not sure which weights to get? Check out the products page. The “Handi-Pack” retails at only $19.95 and features the perfect assortment of weights and sizes. We love these weights and we know you’ll find them to be an essential part of your tackle-box!

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Bi-Mart is now stocking Dave’s Tangle Free! Keep an eye out in the Fishing Department.

You can follow them on Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/DavesTangleFree

Stay Addicted! -Lucas

Editor’s note: This product review first appeared on the Fishing Addicts Northwest website under the the title Introducing Daves Tangle Free! and is used with permission of the author, Lucas Holmgren.

Absolute Archery’s On Target

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 Absolute Archery: Celebrating the Rhythm of the Seasons in the Beautiful Foothills since 1994
If you’re a pro target archer, a hunter or new to the sport, Absolute
Archery in Shingle Springs, Calif., has the equipment, the knowledge, and
the experience to help make you as accurate as you want to be.

Darin Mack, co-founder and CEO, has 27 years of experience and passion for
the sport of archery. An experienced hunter, he holds the archery SCI World
Record Moose in Alaska. He was on the professional circuit for 13 years and
hosted a show on the Outdoor Channel. Deborah Mack, his wife, is co-founder
and CFO.

Absolute Archery Range

Some bows are $1,500, but a $300 can still be accurate. Archery is
something anyone can do, regardless of age. As the cost of ammunition
increases, archery is becoming a more inexpensive alternative.

Absolute Archery offers archery leagues, private lessons (equipment for
beginners free of charge), bows on consignment, a family-owned retail pro
shop, and visitors may test all products
before they buy.

HOURS
Tue - Fri 9-7 pm
Sat & Sun 9-5 pm
Closed Monday

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Wallas XC Duo Diesel Stove/heater Now Available For RVs, Trailers

By Andy Walgamott on May 9, 2014

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL COMES FROM SCAN MARINE EQUIPMENT, U.S. IMPORTER OF WALLAS STOVES, OVENS AND HEATERS.

Twenty years ago, a small Finnish company set out to do what no one ever had before – build a diesel-fired marine stove that could be controlled and that could be converted into a cabin heater with one simple motion.

The next year, Wallas Oy of Kaarina, Finland, introduced the 95D/25, predecessor to the current Nordic Dt stove/heater. Clean, simple and using the safest and most power-dense of all available fuels – diesel No. 2, these products have revolutionized the business of providing clean, controllable cooking and heating in the limited confines of small boats.

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Now for the first time, Wallas has turned their attention to the building of a product based on the same principles, but developed for on highway and off-road vehicles. The result? The XC Duo diesel stove/heater.

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Simple, quiet and safer than pressurized fuel devices, an XC Duo will assure your vehicle needs no pressure tanks or concern over regulations forcing it away from parking garages or tunnels during federal or local alerts.

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A Wallas XC Duo draws less than an amp of DC current for every hour it runs. It uses between 3 and 7 ounces of fuel per hour, depending on where the power is set. The XC Duo has a room temperature sensing feature that will allow it to hold temperature in the room accurately and steadily without user intervention, and it is capable of operation from below sea level to over 9,500 feet.

Able to reach surface temperatures over 1,100 degrees F, a Wallas XC Duo is a great cooking system, with an easy-to-clean Schott Ceran ceramic cooking surface. It is truly an efficient and elegant solution to the needs of a serious camper and anyone wanting freedom to roam.

The XC Duo will be on display for the first time at the Overland Expo May 16-18 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Have a look for yourself and tell us what you think!

For more, see our website, scanmarineusa.com.

Sweet Deals On Two Most ‘Overlooked’ Weeks At Katmai Lodge

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By Andy Walgamott on April 30, 2014

Fly fishing season is upon us. Presently we are very busy loading up supplies and making sure Katmai Lodge is ready to open in June. We are very excited to begin this season with you.

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Katmai Lodge would like to offer you a ONE-TIME SPECIAL PRICE of $5,000 for a SEVEN-NIGHT STAY on two of the most overlooked weeks of the year.

JUNE 28-JULY 5
This week was last year’s BEST for king and sockeye fishing as well as great trout and grayling. With the mild winter and early spring, the Alagnak River should be in prime shape for another early arrival of kings en masse.

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Coupled with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wanting to get sockeye escapement into the river, this is the most consistent week for non-stop numbers. It’s also a perfect time for trout and grayling on mice and other dry flies.

JULY 26-AUGUST 2
Always wanted to learn to fly fish? Catch that king salmon on the fly? This week of transition is the time 90 percent of our king run is already here and the chum salmon run is at its peak. With the onset of the pink salmon run and shots at silvers, the river will be boiling with fish (only sockeye are unavailable at this time) – and it is all here waiting for you, all at a time without pressure on the river though not for a lack of great fishing!

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Katmai Lodge offers personalized fishing adventures for groups of all sizes and experience levels. Accessed through its private airstrip with its own amphibious equipped de Havilland Turbine Otter, the main lodge rests atop a bluff overlooking the Alagnak River, offering hundreds of miles of fishing in Alaska’s only designated Trophy Fishing Area.

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Already one of the great fishing ecosystems in Alaska, fishing on the Alagnak continues to improve. The pristine river is uniquely home to all five Pacific salmon species along with native stream fish such as rainbow trout, Arctic grayling and Dolly Varden/char, with four or five salmon species spawning within 2 miles below and 45 miles above the lodge.

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The region is also home to a diverse array of wildlife, which provides amazing photo opportunities.

An experienced guide staff personalizes each guest experience, making use of the lodge’s 40 boats to explore the full range of the Alagnak. Our river-based lodge is only 10 minutes away from tidewater. Its diverse fleet of both jet and prop boats allows for both sea-fresh salmon and rainbow trout fishing, while the lodge’s floatplane enables easy access to Katmai National Park for viewing the renowned Brooks Falls brown bears and for fishing the area’s many blue-ribbon trout streams.

When off the water, anglers are encouraged to enjoy the unrivaled amenities of Katmai Lodge, which boasts more square footage per guest than any other lodge in Alaska. World-class chefs prepare hearty breakfasts and gourmet dinners in the central dining room.

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The main lodge includes a fully stocked fly-tying area complete with expert instruction, central gathering place, a clothing and gift shop as well as Internet access. Adjacent guest cabins welcome anglers to rest and relax, offering the privacy of individual common areas.

The high season for Alaskan salmon fishing at Katmai Lodge runs from late June through September, with trout season opening June 8th. For reservations or to inquire about group packages, anglers should visit the newly launched website at www.katmai.com or call 1 (800) 330-0326 for more information.