Coronavirus in Florida: 4 Rules for Visiting Local Parks

June 4, 2020

After a month of strict quarantine orders, some local parks in Florida are reopening. This is good news for everyone stuck at home but it doesn’t mean you should let your guard down when leaving the house. Keep reading below to learn the four essential rules for visiting local parks. 1. Practice Social Distancing at […]

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Recent Gun Owner: Safety Tips & Classes

May 26, 2020

So you’re a recent gun owner… In recent months, many people have become firearms owners for the first time. Many of these customers have never before thought of purchasing a gun. They want it for home defense, and not necessarily for concealed carry. As such, Bill Jackson’s is developing a new firearms safety and maintenance class for […]

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First-Time Paddler? 4 Kayaking Tips for Beginners

May 15, 2020

Thinking of taking up a new healthy hobby? More people are starting to consider taking up kayaking. It’s not only a fun way to pass the time in the outdoors, but it’s also good for your health. Did you know that you can even kayak in the snow? If you’re new to the world of kayaking, it […]

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Top 7 Best Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tips for Beginners

May 5, 2020

At Bill Jackson’s, we love helping beginners as they embark on new adventures. One such adventure for which customers seek our help is standup paddle boarding (SUP). The sport can be traced as far back as the 18th century, but has really taken off in the past two decades. It can seem a daunting task […]

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Backyard Habitat and Birding: What you Need

April 8, 2020

During this pandemic, many are staying home, and have chosen to pass the time by working in their yards. Since so many parks are closed, I recommend turning your yard into a park. The National Wildlife Federation has a program to certify your yard as a backyard habitat. This gives you a convenient place to […]

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COVID-19 Update: Which National & Local Parks Are Still Open?

April 1, 2020

You might start to be getting stir crazy if you are in quarantine or social distancing yourself from others. This new normal is not only impacting our day to day lives, but it’s also impacting our national and local parks. In this article, you’ll learn which parks are still open and any updates about other […]

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Tarpon Fishing Season: How to Target Tarpon in Tampa Bay (3 Tips)

March 25, 2020

Tarpon, aka the Silver King, are one of the most prestigious and challenging gamefish to target in the Tampa Bay area. This is because they’re a large powerful fish that can perform acrobatic leaps out of the water. In addition, tarpon make far runs and go toe-to-toe with some of the heaviest tackle. Here are […]

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6 Camping Essentials Never to Forget

March 11, 2020

Since 2014, over 6 million people have taken up camping and it’s a trend that isn’t going anywhere soon. All the facts point to a huge upsurge in overnighting in the great outdoors. Before you plan your next adventure, consider this list of 6 camping essentials. Hiking, fishing, and hunting are all awesome ways to spend time […]

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Hook, Line, and Sinker: Expert Tips for Speckled Trout Fishing

February 13, 2020

Fishing for speckled or spotted sea trout is popular in Florida.  At the posting of this blog, speckled trout are out of season for harvest until May 31, 2020.  They are still fun to catch and release.  When in season, they are a deliciously sweet fish If you want to catch some spotted trout in Florida, you’ve got to know […]

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7 Tips for Using Binoculars This Spring

February 3, 2020

40% of Americans 16 or older participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016. If you’re part of this demographic, then you most likely have a pair of binoculars or are looking to purchase one soon.  But without knowing how to use them properly, you may just miss out on seeing that rare specimen you’ve been looking for. […]

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