Monday, June 25, 2012

Button Buck - Review

Original Button Buck Shirt
Fynch Sporting His New "Deer Shirt"
If your kids love the outdoors as much as my son does, then you want some clothes to reflect that. Now you can go pick up some cheesy outdoor stuff or you can pick up some Button Buck clothes. All of the designs that are on their clothing line are simple and not cheesy at all. It represents the love for hunting and the outdoors without being in your face and loud. Which in my opinion a lot of shirts can be. I love the approach that Brad and Lauren have taken to the outdoor clothing line of Button Buck.

Playing with worms - Button BuckSo with that being said my son was super excited when he saw his new shirt. He'll be turning 3 this August and he loves to be outside. He loves to go fishing, hunting, and camping so when he saw his "deer shirt" his face lit up. It was kind of funny because I think I was just as excited as he was. I personally couldn't wait to get him into the shirt.

Fynch (my son) had received the Original Button Buck T-Shirt and the first thing I noticed when I held the shirt was how soft it was. Having a soft shirt but quality material is key for comfort for kids. If you're kids aren't comfortable in their clothes they won't enjoy it and they'll let you know. He wore his shirt all day long with no complaints. I think one of the main reasons was the fact that there wasn't a tag bugging him. The shirts come with a printed tag to avoid the nuisance of a constant itch or poke from a tag.

So if you have kids, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. be sure to head over and check out Button Buck. You won't be disappointed, and neither will your kids. Get them some clothing that represents what they enjoy without being cheesy.

Button Buck Clothing
Fynch out Fishing
Button Buck Shirt Fishing
Catching Fish with Mom
Button Buck Clothing
Fynch and his Catch

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

First Bowfishing Trip

For Father's Day weekend my brother and my dad decided to spend the afternoon chasing carp. This was the first time any of us had been out bowfishing but have always wanted to go. We had never been to the reservoir that we were headed to but had heard that there were just hundreds of carp in this reservoir.

We found a boat dock and asked one of the guys where the best place to see carp would be. He mentioned that there was a 54 pounder shot right in the bay we were launching from. This gave us pretty high hopes. Just as we launched the boat out and headed back into the bay, we noticed a little carp up near the surface but it was just as we were motoring over top of him so there was no shot. We took this as a good sign for the day.

As we were motoring around slowly to find a spot to anchor down, we realized that we were in some very shallow water. We looked and we couldn't even see the bottom because it was so muddy and the carp were swimming around but we couldn't even see them. We were getting frustrated as we sat there waiting to see some carp near the boat but they decided to jump out of the water tempting us just out of shooting distance. We finally decided to walk the bank to see if we could see some carp near the edge. It was extremely muddy and luckily I had packed my rubber boots to trudge through the mud because my brother had to take his shoes off and go barefoot.

I found a good spot to sit and watch the water for carp and I watched as the mud would swirl around but I couldn't see the fish. I finally caught a glimpse of a fin and watched as I was poised to shoot. I finally decided it was either shoot or watch the fin swim away and so I pulled my PSE King Fisher back and let the arrow fly. I couldn't tell if it connected or not until I saw my line being stripped from my reel. I pulled the fish in and was excited! He was just over 8lbs. I waited about 10 minutes later and along came another group of carp and I did the same thing, just saw some fins and let an arrow fly. This time it was a 9 pound carp! I was on a roll!

Bowfishing American Falls
My 9 Pound Carp

American Falls Reservoir Carp Bowfishing
Left: 9lbs Right: 8.4 lbs
American Falls Reservoir Bowfishing
My Brother and his Carp
Bowfishing American Falls Idaho
My dad and I with some of our carp
Unfortunately I never got a shot at another one but I was excited to have finally gone out and see some carp. It was a blast. My dad in the meantime was fishing for carp from the boat and I never heard him holler so much in my life. He caught three of them and each one he said fought like they were 50 pound fish. My brother also was able to arrow a carp on this trip! It was a great way to spend Father's Day weekend by spending it with my dad and my brother. Unfortunately my youngest brother had to work but we sure missed him out there. The only draw back was when I had to go to the hospital and get stitches. I had a knife close on my hand while cleaning some fish and I had to get 6 stitches in my index finger. But I guess I will have something to always remember Father's Day 2012.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cobrabraid Paracord Bracelet Review

I have seen many people with paracord bracelets on and wondered what all the hype was about. So when the Outdoor Blogger Network presented the opportunity for a chance to review one; I was hoping my luck was still running strong. Fortunately the random number generator new I wanted to review one as well and I was chosen to receive a Cobrabraid Paracord 550 bracelet.

Paracord Bracelet
Cobrabraid Paracord Bracelet 

When I received the bracelet in the mail I was surprised how stiff it was. I had never worn one before and when I put it on it was pretty stiff. Once I worked with it a little bit, it loosened up. When I had it on I noticed it was just a hair too big for my wrists. I never gave them a size so this should not be an issue if you order one from them and give them your size. The way that I fixed this was through a tip that someone had mentioned to me by soaking it in water and letting it dry. This did the trick and it sized it down just enough.

I began to wear the bracelet everywhere. I personally like the looks of the paracord bracelets. The Cobrabraid came equipped with an adjustable strap which was very convenient. It definitely made it easy to put the bracelet on and take it off without any worries of it falling off. It was very comfortable to wear as well. I thought that maybe with the adjustable strap with the plastic buckles that it would dig into my wrist or the Velcro would scratch me. It was never uncomfortable to wear.

The tough part of this review was when and how to use the bracelet. I was hoping that it was not a life or death situation and luckily it wasn't. This last weekend I had some free time so I quickly went out to try and catch some fish. I grabbed my pole and my tackle box and was fishing in no time. It turned out to be a great night for fishing and I hooked into a couple decent fish and man were they feisty.

German Brown Trout Idaho
German Brown on the Henry's Fork
German Brown Henry's Fork
Another Brown Trout

So what does me fishing have to do with the Cobrabraid bracelet? Well I wanted to take home some fish to eat and reached into my tackle box for my stringer and there was no stringer. I decided that now was a better time than any to give the paracord a shot. So slowly I started to unravel the bracelet and it was very simple to unwind as you can see from the pictures below.

Paracord Bracelet Cobrabraid
Before Unwinding

Cobrabraid Paracord
Starting to unwind

Cobrabraid Paracord Bracelet
Eh you get the idea

Paracord Bracelet Unwound
9 feet of 550 Paracord

So once I unwound the cord it was very easy to use and  I started attaching fish to my new stringer. This worked out really well.

Cobrabraid Paracord Stringer
Brown Trout on the Paracord Stringer
Although it was not a life or death situation, the cord came in handy and I was able to carry my dinner home. it is now kept in my tackle box as my new stringer. I guess you could say that I have hopped on the bandwagon for the paracord bracelets. The one thing I do love about Cobrabraid is right on the website it says "Made in America". They use paracord that is made in America and all the bracelets are made in America. Overall an excellent product!

As with all reviews on Idaho Bone Collector, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Cobrabraid Paracord 550 Braceletfree of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Cobrabraid and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.