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Take Action Contact Your Senator To Support the 2016 Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act

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The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2016 has passed out of committee and now it is up to us to do everything we can to see that it gets passed.
The Bills that make up The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act include the most critical items for the hunting and conservation community. This includes a key provision sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R- Montana) directing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species List. Despite greatly exceeding population targets for delisting, anti-hunting groups have, for years, successfully used the Federal Courts to keep wolves protected.
The Act revises a variety of existing programs to expand access opportunities for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting. The bill would require land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service must by default, be open for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting unless the managing agency finds cause to close the land. The language will protect hunting and increase hunting access on millions of acres of public land. Perhaps most importantly, trapping would be included under the definition of “hunting” for the first time in Federal Law.
The attempt by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to include a ban on trapping on the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System failed after committee members received a deluge of emails and letters from trappers, the fur industry and state wildlife agencies
The committee also rejected an attempt by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) to remove language preventing the EPA from regulating lead in ammunition.
Sen. Boxer is a regular opponent of pro-hunting measures. She has committed to publicly fight the
Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act on the floor, and is seeking to organize a filibuster.
Sportsmen calls are needed immediately.
Please contact both your Senators and encourage them to support the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2016. You can find the contact information for your Senators at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

LaCrosse AeroHead Boots

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LaCrosse Boots

This is not going to be your typical product review where I give you manufacturing specifications and include other boring crap no on cares about. Do you care about a revolutionary manufacturing process? Me either, I just want my boots to be warm, dry, and comfortable. This review is based on personal experience and not internet research.

To say the LaCrosse AeroHead boots are great would be a huge understatement. I have used these boots for the last two years and absolutely love them! I have the 7 mm version of these boots, which I find to be perfect for a multitude of applications during a typical Wisconsin winter. The boots are knee high, made out of Neoprene, are waterproof, and scent free.

I start wearing my LaCrosse boots during the whitetail rut starting around early November and wear them through out the entire winter. The boots have done a great job keeping my feet warm on all day sits with the temps running 25 to 40 degrees, without over heating. The boots also do a great job on later season whitetail hunts as well. I remember missing a Packer game a few years ago for a deer hunt on a cold snowy December day with a high of 9 degrees. My feet did not get cold once during the 3 hour sit. I shot a deer with my muzzleloader, but that story is for another time.

What I really appreciate about these boots is how lightweight and comfortable they are to walk in compared to other knee-high boots. A few weeks ago I went on a pheasant hunt in 0 degree weather and wore them for 4 hours of hunting. My feet were warm and dry, but just as important I did not become overly fatigued. I was also able to get a rooster no one else had a chance at. The weather had only recently turned cold causing us to break through the ice on the marsh. I was the only one wearing knee high boots and was able to walk across the small water filled ditch to put myself in a position for a shot.

I have used my AreoHead boots for checking traps, small game hunting, snowshoeing, snow blowing, and playing with the kids outside. I have other pairs of quality boots, however when push comes to shove I usually grab these. In addition to all of the other qualities of the boots they appeal to my lazy side where I can quickly slide them on and off.

On the Internet the price of the 7mm LaCrosse AeroHeads range from $125 to $170. If my memory serves me correct I paid $139 including shipping. I think it is important to note I am not affiliated in anyway with LaCrosse Boots nor do I receive any compensation from them.