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Weekly tips for the area outdoorsmen

Bob Frye
| Sunday, July 10, 2011


Every hunter's been there: you dress for one kind of weather, then conditions change and you're left either too hot or too cold.

A new product that's meant to handle just that situation has been introduced. The IWOM — Inner Warmth, Outer Mobility — is a hands-free carry bag in Mossy Oak camouflage that transitions to a parka and then to a waterproof, breathable garment designed for sitting or standing in the most frigid temperatures.

It starts out looking like a fanny pack. It takes just a few seconds to turn it into a parka. Remove a tube from the waistband, zip it closed and it becomes something that looks almost like a wrap-around stadium blanket.

It features an integrated microfleece head net and facemask and a step-in and zip-close bottom panel. It's designed to be worn to shoot a gun or draw a bow in any configuration.

Suggested retail price is $299 to $349, depending on size. For information: call 814-272-5400 or visit .

Lure of the Week

Shad Dart

Company: Cabela's ( )

Type: Jig

Sizes and colors: Available in 1/16-, 1/8-, 1/4 and 3/8-ounce models in a variety of colors, including chartreuse, red/white, red/yellow, glow orange/striped, green/chartreuse and glow orange chartreuse/striped.

Target species: Striped bass, white bass, shad, walleyes and crappies.

Technique: Wide, flattened heads produce a darting, erratic action, while the bucktails are tapered from front to back to create lifelike movement.

Notable: Originally designed specifically for shad, these lures have proven effective on a variety of other species.

Sugg. retail price: $2.99 for a pack of four.

Tip of the week

Keeping minnows lively during a day of fishing can be a challenge, but there are some things you can do to help. For starters, put ice cubes in a baggie — your tap water might contain chlorine, which can kill minnies — and put it in the bait bucket to keep the fish cool. Later, on the water, when you open the bucket to take one minnow out, close the lid immediately afterward. That will keep the water cool.

recipe of the week

Campfire snakes


• 1 can refrigerated biscuits or crescent rolls

• 1/4 cup sugar

• 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon

• 1/4 stick butter


This is a fun little snack very similar to glazed donuts that kids can make on campouts.

Take the rolls or biscuits and roll them between your hands until you form "snakes." Wrap the snake around the top of a stick and cook it slowly over the campfire, being careful not to burn it.

When the "snake" is toasted through, rub it with butter, then drop it into a plastic bag in which you've combined the cinnamon and sugar. When it's coated, pull it out and enjoy.

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