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How To Prepare For Hiking A 14er: 3 Essential Tips

August 28, 2017

Hiking is an incredible experience. Whether you’re hiking to take in fresh air, get in a workout or summiting mountains for grand views, it’s important to prepare for the changing elements. This is especially true when you decide to tackle your first 14er. Continue reading to learn how to prepare for hiking a 14er. A […]

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Meet Our Staff: Joseph Newton

June 14, 2017

Meet Our Staff What I do: Gun Shop manager. At Bill Jackson’s: Nearly 17 years over several stints, beginning in 2000. Personal: 61 years old. Claim to fame: The shop’s Triple Crown hiker. Completed thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail (1999), Pacific Crest Trail (2002) and the Continental Divide (2012), totaling roughly 7,900 miles. Before Bill Jackson’s: Served in […]

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 9, 2017

Time to remember all those hard-working, hard-playing dads out there with something thoughtful this Father’s Day. We have some gift ideas for you. Here is a Father’s Day Gift Guide: Helio Pressure Shower from Nemo Equipment Everyone who lives here in Florida knows it gets hot and sand gets everywhere. Take pity on Dad and […]

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Meet Our Staff: Melissa

February 8, 2017

Meet Our Staff What I do: Kayak manager. At Bill Jackson’s: 22 years. “I love selling fun. And I love to buy the newest cool gear for the Kayak department.” Personal: Born Providence, R.I.; mother of twin boys. Before Bill Jackson’s: Went to St. Petersburg College and worked as a Radiology tech. I’m passionate about: Books. […]

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Archery for Beginners: Tips for Getting Started with a Compound Bow

December 22, 2016

Archery is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. It’s fun, it’s challenging, and it’s rewarding to see yourself improve with practice. But it’s also important to start off on the right foot by getting the proper archery equipment for beginners. Here’s a quick guid for archery for beginners, explaining basic archery supplies and […]

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Meet Our Staff: Brant Bowers

December 7, 2016

Brant Bowers: What I do: Camping manager At Bill Jackson’s: 12 years. Personal: Born Vienna, Va.; married, one daughter. I like to: backpack, paddle canoes and kayaks, geocaching with family, being outside in a natural setting. I also like contra dancing (New England line dancing). What I’ve done: Worked in outdoor education, teen development (ropes […]

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How to prepare properly for winter paddling

November 29, 2016

Living here in the Sunshine State we enjoy the outdoors year round. But despite the pleasant air temperature during our “winter” in Florida, the water in our rivers, lakes and the Gulf of Mexico does chill quite a bit. You can suffer from hypothermia if you don’t outfit yourself properly. Continue reading to learn how […]

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Meet Our Staff: Mike Love

November 14, 2016

Mike Love: What I do: General manager, since 2006. At Bill Jackson’s: 20 years in the Dive Shop. Personal: Born St. Petersburg. Fla.; married, one son. What I’ve done: Served in Army, went to St. Petersburg College, tax preparer, private pilot. Passionate about: Scuba diving, guns. Training: NAUI course director, NRA instructor. Favorite dive spot: […]

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Sun protection for the beach and the ski slopes

November 11, 2016

Floridians generally are pretty well-versed when it comes to sun protection. We spend a lot of time at the beach, so we know a thing or two about battling the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. But those rays can be a bit sneaky, can’t they? You can get burned quickly out on the water […]

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Ready to Buy Your Own Scuba Tanks? Here’s What You Should Look For

November 4, 2016

There are many reasons to purchase your own scuba diving equipment once you’ve attained your certification. For instance, now you have the freedom to dive nearly wherever you want, whenever you want. You get to dive on your schedule, spending less time at the dive shop waiting to rent equipment, or waiting for it to […]

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