Essential Sporting Goods You Need for Summer Adventures

April 20, 2017

Summer is coming, and if you’re into more active pursuits than sitting on a beach, here’s some planning tips for your warm-weather adventures. So make a plan, make a list and visit an outdoor retailer to geared up right. Backpacking Carrying your shelter, bedding and food on your back all day is one of the […]

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A Few Early Spring Fishing Tips to Keep in Mind This Season

March 30, 2017

Spring is a transitional time. Water temperatures are warming, we have sunlight later in our day, and the moon’s influence on tides increases. All that and other factors mean one thing is certain: Marine life is becoming more active, and better fishing is on the way. In fact, it’s happening now. So as you reach […]

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Stop Wasting Your Life Away Inside: 3 Ways to Spend Your Free Time

February 23, 2017

Here in Florida, it’s always a great time to be outdoors. You can pursue just about any outdoor sport or hobby and have something really exciting to look forward to every weekend. So if you’re looking to spend more free time outside and improve your relationship with nature, here are a few activities to consider […]

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How to extend the life of your camping gear

February 17, 2017

You spent hours, maybe days or weeks, researching brands, reading reviews and even handling potential gear in a store. Finally, you laid out a fair bit of money to amass all that camping gear for all those epic trips. It seems a pity to spend so much and then not spend just a little (time […]

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Meet Our Staff: Melissa

February 8, 2017

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. “I absolutely love […]

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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 guide explaining basic archery supplies and how to choose the […]

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Best Archery Bows for Kids

December 7, 2016

The popularity of archery among kids remains high. A bow under the Christmas tree will likely bring as much joy as Ralphie’s vaunted Red Rider BB gun in A Christmas Story. But which archery bows are good for kids? Traditional bows make great starters for young children. They have a reasonable draw length (the distance […]

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Meet Our Staff: Brant Bowers

December 7, 2016

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 courses), environmental […]

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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. So here are some tips […]

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Meet Our Staff: Mike Love

November 14, 2016

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: Eleuthera in […]

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