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Ladies Day Out Coming Up Oct. 4 At Many Northwest Cabela’s


Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the growing number of women enjoying the outdoors with Ladies’ Day Out, October 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This event encourages women to become an outdoor enthusiast in style, focusing on the latest outdoor apparel, camping gear, personal firearms and more. The first 100 women to check in at the store on event day will receive a free gift and all who participate in the event will qualify for the employee discount on all purchases.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, new target shooters–those who have taken up the sport in the last five years–are younger, female and urban when compared to established target shooters, or those participating for more than five years.

Ladies in attendance will have an opportunity to meet and greet with local celebrities and outdoor enthusiasts.  Classes will be taught by local experts and are always free of charge.

Ladies Day Out will be held at Cabela’s locations in Tulalip, Lacey, Union Gap and Springfield, OR stores. For more information visit Or contact your local Cabela’s.

Free Kids PFDs At Seattle Boats Afloat Show This Weekend


What better way to spend a sunny end-of-summer weekend than walking the docks down at South Lake Union?

The Boats Afloat Show brings you all the best of boating in one place. But it’s not just for adults or for mom and dad to shop for the boat of their dreams. The show is full of free activities for kids of all ages. Kids 8 to 16 can get on the water and be introduced to the thrill of small boat sailing with 60-minute free sailboat lessons and hands-on toy boat building.

Since safety on the water is an important boating lesson to teach kids, Stearns Life Jackets will be giving away 500 kids life jackets on Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14.

Boats Afloat is open through Sunday, Sept. 14. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Going to the show won’t break the family piggy bank. Kids under 11 are free, and ages 11 to 17 get in for $5. Discount parking vouchers are available here.

Free Sailing Lessons Courtesy of Sail Sand Point
The free sailing lessons will be on 13-foot Hobie Waves. The Hobie Wave is a singlehanded catamaran that can hold up to four people and is a great cruising boat for all ages and ability levels. There will be four Hobie Waves at the show and Sail Sand Point will take out 12 to 16 kids at a time.

Mom and dad can get future sailors out on the water, then go cruise the show at their leisure while the kids learn skills that will last a lifetime. They are also welcome to join the kids.

Lesson Schedule:
Friday, Sept. 12 – 1 p.m.: Kids only. 3 p.m.: Parents welcome
Saturday, Sept. 13 – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Kids only. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.: Parents welcome
Sunday, Sept. 14 – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Kids only. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.: Parents welcome
To sign up for free lessons in advance, email

There are also free sailboat rides for all ages courtesy of Discover Sailing. Rides are approximately 45 minutes and run continuously every day throughout the show.

Radio Disney
Radio Disney Seattle will be on-site hosting water fun and safety activities and giving away prizes throughout the day. The Radio Disney Seattle road crew will be there for this family-friendly event bringing exciting games, dances and giveaways, including Seattle City Light’s summer promotion “Cookin with Kilowatts.”

Free Toy Boat Building for Kids
Kids will use traditional tools provided by The Center for Wooden Boats to build and decorate their own wooden boats.
Saturday, Sept. 13: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 14: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kids Life Jacket Giveaway
Water safety awareness in and around the water is an important lesson for kids. And because kids are important people, the show will be giving away 500 kids life jackets Sept. 13 and 14.

Life Jacket Sizes
Infant: 30 lbs. and under
Child: 30 to 50 lbs.
Youth: 50 to 90 lbs.
There is a limited supply. Kids must be present to receive a life jacket.
The 2014 Lake Union Boats Afloat Show is sponsored by Word Yachts.

Cabela’s, West Marine, Bass Pro Shops Opening New NW Stores

Three new sporting goods stores are set to open in the Northwest in the coming weeks and months, two in Pugetropolis, one in Portland.

The first of those to swing open to the public will be the new West Marine in Seattle on 15th Ave. West between Elliott Bay Marina and Fishermen’s Terminal.

The 11,000-square-foot boating and fishing supply store will have its grand opening this Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.

Next up is the new Cabela’s in Tualatin, at 555 SW Nyberg Street,on Thursday, Sept. 18. The 100,000-square-foot store will be the Nebraska retailer’s seventh in the Northwest.

It features the mount of a giant sturgeon, and more, reported Bill Monroe, outdoor columnist for The Oregonian, who got a sneak peak inside during a media tour last week.

He wrote:

… (I)t is finally a place where hunters and shooters in the Portland area can find much, if not most, of what they need. And yes, right down to hard-to-find .22 ammunition (although sales will be limited).

In the rear, for example, are half dozen stations specifically designed to conduct computerized background checks with little or no wait.

There is an entire women’s camouflage clothing section, a gun library, an archery range (for purchase and repair customers). Rows and rows of ammunition lead to a large waterfowl department.

On the other side of the store, a major camping section offers almost every necessity on the eve of fall hunting seasons.

The fishing section is large, but not quite as extensive as Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor outlets. Prices seem more competitive than I’ve seen in other Cabela’s (Lacey and Everett in Washington and Springfield, Oregon).

Unlike the hiccuped opening of the larger (this store is 100,000 square feet) outlet in Lacey, Wash., in 2007 (185,000 square feet), the Tualatin store is not overloaded with non-native fishing gear. It’s there, certainly, but there are plenty of aisles devoted to salmon, trout and saltwater fishing.

Back up in Tacoma, the Bass Pro Shops being built alongside I-5 at 72nd is slated to open in late October. The 170,000-square-foot facility will be the first in the entire northwestern corner of the United States.


Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops are also opening two new locations near Vancouver, BC., this month.

Happy shopping!


Seven Meadows Archery Expands Product Line, Community Outreach

Seven Meadows Archery, the Washington-based distributor of Istvan Toth horsebows of Hungary, would like to announce participation in the ELS Fall Festival Fundraiser. Visit the Seven Meadows Archery Range at the ELS Medieval event in Bothell, Wash., on Sunday October 5th.


The event also includes the Seattle Knights’ dinner performance & mounted archery by the Flying Duchess to benefit Equine Life Solutions. For more information, visit

Among other news, Seven Meadows Archery is proud to announce the addition of three styles to the Toth horsebow line in 2014. We anticipate the addition of more new styles, including Toth wood laminate recurves and longbows, in 2015.


While expanding our product line, we also wish to expand our outreach. We have availability this fall and winter to schedule at archery and sport venues, clubs and educational facilities to introduce our products and provide our portable archery range including basic archery instruction. Contact us for details.

Visit our new website: for our selection of horsebows and traditional archery crafts, events and distributors.  Use Coupon Code: NWSport for 5% discount on web orders!

Established in 2002, Seven Meadows Inc, is the sole importer of Istvan Toth horsebows of Hungary and distributor of traditional archery products handmade in Hungary and USA . For more information call: (253) 651-5807  email: or visit:



CRKT Introduces Two New Hoists For Big Game Hunters


CRKT breaks new ground in the hunting category with two hoists that lock things high above it.

The company announced that it is extending its offering in the hunting category with the Hoist’N Lok Tree Stand Hoist and Hoist‘N Lok Big Game Hoist designed by professional hunting guide, Russ Kommer. Using a unique, and now patented*, locking system, they’ll provide greater safety and ease of use for hunters everywhere.


The hoists feature a patented lobe mechanism on the pulley that locks the rope into place by simply moving the rope to the side and letting the rope slide up and lock. No looking for something to attach it to. No tying it down with one hand. More importantly, no letting go of your tree stand or game as you try to move it into place.

The Tree Stand version comes with a capacity rating of 100 lbs. (45.3 kg) and a hoist that easily mounts to a tree. Which means hunters can be more efficient and safer with this new hoisting option.


The Big Game version comes with a capacity rating of 500 lbs. (226.8 kg) so it can handle the largest of deer. It’s also equipped with a carabiner and a gambrel for a complete kit for hoisting up your trophy game.

Kommer, a long time professional hunting guide, said the products were born out of a safe and simple solution to a very common hoisting problem. Simply put, “where to tie off”. “Well, now you don’t have to tie off at all, just hoist and lock”.

This patented new hoisting system again proves CRKT is the one company willing to take a chance on an entire new design and drive true innovation in the hunting category.

The Hoist ‘N Lok Tree Stand Hoist manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $59.99.

The Hoist ‘N Lok Big Game Hoist manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $59.99.

*U.S. Patent No. 8,596,615


The Hoist ‘N Lok Big Game Hoist

SKU:                       HOIST 1

Specs:                      1 6061 Aluminum Lobed Pulley Wheel

CNC Machined Knurling on Pulley Wheel for Secure Lockup

3 POM Plastic Pulley Wheels

Powder Coated Steel Housing

Grade 8 Bolt

Pulley Housing:      Length 7.5” (19.0 cm)

  Width 2.2” (5.6 cm)

Depth 1.8” (4.6  cm)

Gambrel:                 Length 25.0” (19.1 cm)

  Height 6.38” (16.3 cm)

Rod Diameter .39” (0.95 cm)

Weight:                    Pulley & Carabiners: 1lb. 8oz (680.4 g)

Gambrel 1.8” (4.6 cm)

Capacity: 500 lbs. (226.8 kg)

Includes:                  2 Carabiners

  40 ft. (12.2 m) of 8mm rope

Hoist ‘N Lok Tree Stand Hoist

SKU:                       HOIST 2

Specs:                      1 6061 Aluminum Lobed Pulley Wheel

CNC Machined Knurling on Pulley Wheel for Secure Lockup

Powder Coated Steel Housing

6.5 ft. (1.9 m) of Heavy Duty Nylon

Ratchet Strap

Pulley Housing:      Length 7.5” (19.1 cm)

  Width 2.2” (5.6 cm)

Depth 1.8” (4.5 cm)

Capacity: 100 lbs. (45.3 kg)

Includes:                  1 Carabiner

  45 ft. (13.7 m) of 6mm rope

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

Cookshack offers deals on smoker ovens, PLUS $120 valued smoked jerky & cold smoke baffle

Cookshack proudly manufactures smoker ovens in the USA. Featuring stainless steel construction, Spin-Glas insulation, and electric temperature controls these smokers are built to last. Cookshack is offering a Sportsman’s Special which begins September 9th and runs through September 26th. With the purchase of the selected models, you will receive a free set of Jerky Rods and Cold Smoke Baffle. That is savings up to $120!

Use Promo Code SPORT14 when the order is placed online at or when you call 800.423.0698 to place an order with a Cookshack professional sales representative.


The four models that are eligible for the special are the Smokette (SM009-2), the Smokette Elite (SM025), the Super Smoker Elite (SM045) and the Amerique (SM066). These smokers oven are built to cook low and slow using wood chunks to make even the toughest cut of meat fall of the bone tender and succulent! Slow cook a brisket from morning to evening and then dinner is as easy as stopping by the deli for baked beans and coleslaw.

The Jerky Rods and the Cold Smoke Baffle are free with the purchase of a smoker and are the perfect accessories for the avid sportsman. Prepare smoked cheese and lox-style salmon using the cold smoke baffle. If you love smoky jerky, you will love the Jerky Rods. Hang meat strips on the rods that fit onto the smoker’s side racks or use them as skewers for kabobs.


Cookshack customer Tom F provided the following review, “SM025….best investment I ever made! I use it all the time; it was built to last decades and did everything Cookshack says it will do! Worth every penny!”

Cookshack’s believes in a 3-point quality and service pledge of 100% customer satisfaction. Cookshack gives you products that give you value for your money, Cookshack offers serious customer service and offers a 100% satisfaction, 30-day no-risk money back guarantee. Visit


Swarovski Announces 65th Anniversary Pricing On Binocs, Spotting Scopes


Swarovski Optik North America, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, announces its 65th anniversary of constantly improving what is good.

Swarovski Optik manufactures optical products of the highest quality for outdoor enthusiasts worldwide, as part of the celebration they will offer loyal customers an “anniversary special” on selected products.


This year marks 65 years since company founder, Wilhelm Swarovski, placed the company’s first binoculars on the market.

To celebrate this milestone there will be special anniversary pricing on all Swarovski Optik binoculars, spotting scopes and the EL Range from August 1 – September 30, 2014, at authorized Swarovski Optik dealers in US and Canada only.

Over the years, Swarovski Optik has established itself as the premier optics producer in the world. All products combine diamond-bright optics, perfect ergonomics and a slim design with unique functionality and ruggedness. Thanks to their innovative technologies and high precision construction, sport optics from Swarovski Optik will last for generations.

Dustin Woods, Director of Sales for Swarovski Optik North America said, “We are extremely excited to bring this great promotion to our dealers and end consumers. Swarovski Optik has now been in the field with men and women who are passionate about the outdoors for 65 years! Showing our appreciation to our customers by offering an unprecedented promotion is a great way to celebrate. Swarovski Optik dealers all over North America are offering very special incentives on many of our most demanded products. There has never been a better time to purchase Swarovski Optik binocular, spotting scope, or range finding binocular.”

Cabela’s Announces Sept. 18 Grand Opening For New Portland-area Store


Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the official grand opening of its Tualatin, Ore., store Thursday, Sept. 18 with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela’s executives and special guests, will begin at 10:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow. Doors will open for business at 11 a.m.



Opening day will kick off a weekend-long celebration highlighted by special appearances, family events, giveaways and more. A complete schedule of events will be available on when finalized.

The 100,000-square-foot store will be Cabela’s second location in Oregon, joining the 58,000-square-foot Springfield location opened in 2011. It will be located at 7555 SW Nyberg Street in a redeveloped retail center near Interstate 5 and the Nyberg Woods shopping center. The new area, being developed by CenterCal Properties, is planned to include approximately 300,000-square-feet of retail space.

The store is being built in Cabela’s next-generation layout, designed to surround customers in an outdoor-like experience with museum-quality wildlife displays and a large mountain replica. In addition to thousands of quality outdoor products, the store will include an indoor archery range and archery tech room, Gun Library, Bargain Cave and Fudge Shop.

Upon opening, the store will become Cabela’s 63rd location across North America. The company currently operates 59 stores across North America and has announced plans to open an additional 19 stores over the next two years.


13th Annual South King County-PSA Derby Just Two Weeks Away

The largest Chinook derby in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area is coming up in less than two weeks.

Over $25,000 in cash and merchandise are up for grabs at the 13th Annual South King County-Puget Sound Anglers Derby in south Puget Sound on Aug. 2.

The largest fish will take home at least $3,500; the second largest will win $1,500; and the third largest $1,000.


In addition to over $6,500 in cash, top quality tackle and merchandise will be won by anglers out to at least 50th place. Prizes include Scotty and Cannon electric downriggers, trolling motor, Rivers West kokanee jackets, smokers, guided fishing trips, lots of top-quality rods, reels and  tackle.

If you don’t catch a fish, you can still win.  Derby ticket holders stand a chance of drawing into great prizes at the awards ceremony.

You can purchase tickets online at

(Everyone purchasing a ticket will have their name included in the drawing for a free boat, motor and trailer too.)


Tickets are $35 and youths 14 and under may fish for free for kids prizes.

Weigh stations are at Point Defiance Boathouse, Narrows Marina and Des Moines Marina, with the awards ceremony at Point Defiance.

Green Mountain Pellet Grills, Because Food Tastes Better Cooked Over Wood


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!


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


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.



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,