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Show Circuit 2013

As many of you who follow us on Facebook and the like, know we typically participate in a few consumer Outdoor shows each year.   In the past couple of years,  we have been at a variety of venues in NH, VT, MA and yes even WI.  Each of these events provides us with the opportunity to meet a few folks and hopefully spread the message of Beagle Outdoor Wear and allow hunters and outdoors people from other areas to be exposed to our product line.

In addition to meeting some great people we also typically have some sort of adventure along the way and this February in Worcester MA was by far the most interesting of them all.  Winter Storm Nemo (I am not sure when we started naming snow storms but anyway that is another matter) decided to join the NE Fishing and Outdoor Expo for a couple of days.  As a parting gift the storm left the area under more than 2' of snow and crippled the state.  The Gov of MA issued a state wide travel ban so we were confined to our hotel and the scho was forced to close early on Friday and open late on Saturday.  As you can imagine the weekend was pretty much shot after that. 

Most vendors made the best of a bad situation and rolled with the punches.  There were a few die hard folks who came out on Saturday evening to see the show and take a break from digging out.  As I write this we are 90 minutes away from opening for the final day of the show.  It is sunny and cold outside but the roads are clear and we could see some activity today....let us hope so.

For the remaineder of 2013 our show schedule is completed and we will be focusing on development of new product, launching our contract manufacturing and embroidery business and further expanding the Beagle Outdoor Wear market.  We will see you all in Essex VT in January of 2014 and going forward we will make appearances at other shows with our dealers and friends at Big Woods Bucks and Big Woods Adventures TV. 

If you are a retailer and looking for a new line of high quality US Made gear for your loacation, please contact us, we would love to speak with you. 

VT Turkey Season is less than 3 months away!!!!

First Big Storm of the year in VT brings great opportunities

At long last the first big snow storm of 2012 has come and gone leaving most of VT blanketed a much needed coating of white.  The arrival of snow in the north country is welcomed by many and cursed by others, however you cannot discount the great benefits both for the economy of the region and the psyche of Vermonters who love to spend time outside in winter.  Many folks who visit our site and read our blog are hunters, however I am one who also believes that we are all NOT JUST HUNTERS.  Many of us snowshoe, ski, ice fish, snowmobile, hike, ice climb and yes even winter camp.  All of these activities and many more require or are infinitely more enjoyable when there is snow on the ground.

Even the nature photographers, sketchers and painters, both professional and amature alike, find the arrival of snow a fantastic opportunity for one of a kind pictures of the beauty of Vermont.  The state in which we are so blessed to live is maginficent in winter and any opportunity to enjoy its beauty and splendor should not be missed or taken for granted.

Winter in Vermont is not for the faint of heart.  It is by no means the northern tundra of Alaska or Canada, however when taken lightly it can be no less unforiving.  Driving can be hazardous, shoveling mountains of snow can exhausting and lets face it...not fun at all.  However these are momentary spaces in time which are surrounded by the greatness of what we are blessed with.  So this winter, get outside, grab your skis and hit the sloaps, gas up your sled and enjoy the hunreds of miles of the VAST Trail system throughout VT, or pick up some bait at your favorite shop and when the ice is ready, spend a little time on the stiff water pulling up Northerns. 

If you are looking for dare I say a FREE something to do with your family and friends, there are endless acres of woods and mountains just waiting to greet you on your snowshoes, and it is a great opportunity for a little late season scouting and shed hunting.  Remember your camera though, views of VT in Winter can take your breath away.

Enjoy every minute of this great season, and remember to share it with someone, take a kid with you.  They will nevery forget it.

A Company That Is More Than Meets the Eye

Most of the folks who follow us on Facebook, Twitter and visit our website know Beagle Outdoor Wear.  You are all aware of the high quality US Made outer wear from the mountains of Vermont made for hunters by hunters.   Well I am sure you are not aware of the rest of the story.  C.A.B.N Outdoors, LLC is the mother ship of sorts for Beagle Outdoor Wear.  Derek and I formed the company in December of 2010 for the purpose of purchasing the exsiting Beagle Outdoor Wear product line and expanding the company to a leader in the industry.  Our commitment to maintaining a Vermont base of manufacturing, producing the finest wool garments available on the market is the foundation of our company. 

Over the past two years we have been extremely blessed by the reception our products continue to receive across the country.  Our focus on growth of the product and market reach remains as strong today as in December of 2010.  In 2013 we will be launching new Beagle Outdoor Wear product lines and we are looking toward a stronger future for our organization. To that end we are expanding existing  CONTRACT MANUFACTURING as well as CUSTOM EMBROIDERY services.   Our staff of professsionals is excited to be working with a variety of companies with the commitment to US manufacturing to bring their products to market. 

Our embroidery department is putting decades of experience to work for municipalities, private businesses, school systems and individuals throughout our area.  Whether the project requires logo digitization, design assistance or the simplest of embellishment, our staff welcomes every opportunity. 

So as you can see there is some real wizardry behind the Beagle Outdoor Wear brand.

Vermont Moose Hunt

Well the Vermont moose population will be reduced by some number this year however I can assure you I will not be to blame.  Yup you guessed it, I am one of the majority who applied but was not drawn for a tag in 2012.  Make no mistake, I am not bitter, nor do I think there is some sinister conspiracy at work keeping me from my "right" to kill a moose.  As a matter of fact I am quite lucky when it comes to the moose lottery in VT compared to some hunters.  In the decades the lottery has been held I have drawn two tags and my wife one.  We have not one moose on the ground to show for our efforts but the hunts are great fun and I will continue to apply as long as they have the drawing.

Now I know there are those of you out there who have not been selected in all the years of the drawing even though you have not missed a single year.  Chin up fellow hunters it will happen eventually.  Granted with fewer tags being given and the multiple points being collected, the odds may not be in your favor but what the heck it is a good thing to toss your $10 in the pot and see what happens. 

For the many like myself who will be going to Island Pond on opening day to see the moose arrive in all manners of trailer and truck, and listen to the "So there I was, just me and him in the swamp" stories, we must march on.  This is not the end of the world as a matter of fact it is just start thinking of deer season and imagine all the moose you will see while chashing whitetails...then next summer play the lottery again.

Procrastination...

For many of us the actually doing of something is far less time consuming than the time we spend procrastinating.  Think about this for a minute, how many times have you put off cutting the lawn, getting your oil changed, going to the dentist or shoveling the deck in the dead of winter?  You put it off like that New Years resolution you make every year to lose that extra 20 pounds, or quit smoking - dare I say avoid it like the plague? 

Ladies, please do not read anything into this, like I am only focusing on the men out there in Beagle nation, but honestly when it comes to procrastination men are pros.  As a gender our ability to put the necessary off until the last possible minute is stuff of legend.  This blog post is a perfect example, I started it last week and here we are...finally putting fingers to the keys while parked on the couch watching the ball game.  Really?  What was the hold up?  Well there is a fair amount that goes into owning Beagle Outdoor Wear, but honestly...prioitizing, ok procrastination.   So now you wonder why am I spending this time finally posting my blog entry and doing so to discuss how we guys are slackers and put things off, right?  Well here is the answer.

In just a few short weeks (10 to be slightly more accurate) we will be seeing the first of the leaves change on the tree down the road on Mrs. Kiser's lawn (always the first around here).  The nights will start to get colder, and that darn skunk that has given me the slip all summer will be out digging ankle breaking holes in the lawn.  I will be wrapping up the summer tune up for Oakley my trusty shorthaired pointer readying her for the season, and the coed beer league softball season will be over.  Moose hunters will start scouting in earnest and some guys will get treestands hung. 

So of all the preparations, what is left out?  Oh yeah replacing those old woolies that have holes in them.   You know who you are, Mr.  Oh S*&% it is opening day and I can read the paper through the seat of my pants or Uncle "Honny I think you put my woolies in the drier last year...they wont button".  Don't be in that position again, get it taken care of now, and if you are reading this, I am sure you know what gear to get into.

Ask any of your buddies who have Beagle Outdoor Wear, make the investment, but do so now.  Don't wait or you will be cold and wet again this fall.

Selecting the Beagle Outdoor Wear Series that is right for you. THE STALKER

In our last post we highlighted the Tracker Series of gear and the conditions and activity levels forwh ich the Tracker is best suited.  In this; the second installment we will discuss the Stalker and how to best utilize our mid weight product to get the very best our of the garment.

The Stalker Series Coat, Pants and Bibs are designed fof those cold, less than ideal weather condition days that really test a hunters resolve.  Those days when the morning greets you with a howling wind, freezing rain or snow - those are Stalker days.  When your activity level is less, such as still or stand hunting, ice fishing, water fowl hunting, times in the field where static movement is the norm, is perfect for the Stalker weight gear. 

So, what makes the Stalker the choice of hunters in the nastiest of weather?  It is the 22 oz wool with it's tight weave and water repelling treatment, coupled with the wind and water barrier laminate that will keep you warmer and drier than any product on the market today.  The Stalker coat is equipped with a cavernous storage compatment in the back, which makes it easier to carry the extras you will need for a day in the woods. 

The Stalker is available in all of our normal colors.  Check it out for this fall.

Selecting the Beagle Outdoor Wear Series that is right for you.

If there is a question we are asked perhaps more than any other when folks visit us at our Factory Store, email us or catch up with us at one of the many shows we attend throughout the country it is "Which Beagle series should I get?"  The first tongue in cheek answer is ususally, "One of each", but then threr is a serious answer to this question.

Providing our customers with the "Next Generation of Wool" means to also provide you all with the necessary information to make an informed decision relative to the Beagle Outdoor Wear Series that is best for you.  To do this, we also ask questions: What type of hunter are you?  Do you track, still hunt or sit on stand for hours on end?  What type of climate do hunt in?  Are the seasons in your state running later into the year?  These are all important pieces of information which will lead us to the perfect gear for you.

Over the next several posts on our blog we will explain the various options available to you in the hope to allow you to make the most informed decision possible. 

TRACKER SERIES

The Tracker Series is designed for the active hunter in cool temperatures.  Ideal for, tracking, hiking, and periods of higher activity this series of pants, and coats provides the inherent warmth and breathability of wool, along with the water repellency of our Beagle Outdoor Wear 22 oz. wool.  As with all Beagle products the Tracker is available in a variety of colors (Red and Black Plaid, Green and Black Plaid, Solid Green and Mossy Oak Break Up Camo), and is fit with our moisture wicking fabric.

We recommend this series for the ACTIVE hunter and outdoorsman. 

Vermont Moose Lottery

For those interested in such things (such as myself) the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife has posted the 2012 Moose Permit Lottery Applications online.  This year the numbers of permits being drawn is down from last year with rifle permits numbering 385 and the archery opportunities remaining at 50 permits.  This years deadline for application is July 5th.  Be sure to consult the VT Fish and Wildlife website for season dates and details.

As far as we know the hard copy applications will be made available though Lic Agents in June, so if you are more of a pen and paper type person, we should have the applications in the shop sometime next month. 

Remember, to apply for your points even if you are not going to hunt or you drew a tag within the past three years, and are not eligible to draw a tag as a result.  You can still obtain the points.

Good luck everyone. 

ALL NEW BEAGLE BLOG

At long last the winter (or what there was of it) is over and with the arrival of May comes the Spring Eastern Wild Turkey Hunt in Vermont.  As many in the Northeast will remember, last spring was frought with rain, and the devistation of Hurricane Irene.  The storm that left destruction is it's wake, which to date is still evident throughout parts of the state, in the opinion of many has also impacted the turkey season this spring.  Personally I feel (and make no mistake I have no scientific data to support this hyothosis) that the early spring this year has as much to do with this seasons challenges as anything.

The birds are just quiet this year according to many reports as hunters stop by the Beagle Outdoor Wear Factory Store in Johnson to discuss the season.  Many folks are bemoaning the weather, some are blaming the early spring which caused the breeding to start earlier than usual...perhaps.  Regardless of the reason, it is a fact that the birds are quiet and it will be the hard working turkey hunter who bags his or her bird this spring.  All of this said, those that have tagged a bird in the 2012 Youth Season or so far during the regular season have harvested some outstanding birds.  The take home lesson from this year is to stick with it, work hard and have a great time in the woods. The jakes are bigger, the toms are bigger and all of them are smarter.   Best of luck to everyone out there this spring.

New Web Site

If you are reading this, our very first shot at the all New Beagle Blog you have certainly noticed the new and tricked out Beagle Outdoor Wear web site.  We are very proud of the new site and the many exciting opportunities it will provide for us to interact with our valued customers and friends across the country.  When we purchased the company in December of 2010 we immediately decided our new site needed to be interactive, clean and easy to use, both for the customer and us.  This new beaglewear.com does just that.  We hope you enjoy the site, the up coming additons; such as our Beagle Blog, videos and the many picutres shared by our customers and friends all over the US and Canada.

Thank you to everyone who has visited us on Facebook and who supports our product and our business.  We will continue to work hard to offer the best product possible to our customers, and strive to honor your loyalty with outstanding customer service, and the highest quality product.  US MADE, by hunters for hunters. 

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