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Dick's Sporting Goods(423) 892-3122
Rock Creek Outfitters Inc(423) 338-1075
1680 Highway 64
5993 Highway 153 (South of Highway 27)
Express Athletics(423) 728-6000
15 Broad St NW
Hixon's Fashions for Men(423) 479-4545
Bradley Square Mall
Nantahala Outdoor Center - Ocoee Outfitting Store(828) 488-2176
2220 Hamilton Place Blvd Suite 150
Cards One(423) 472-3161
Coopers Hometown Sports(423) 472-2831
201 Keith St SW Ste 19
Hibbett Sports(423) 339-2060
200 Paul Huff Pkwy NW
Make Glassing More Comfortable
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad. Not only do I carry the self inflating pad but I also carry a chair that the mattress folds and fits in to. That eases the pressure on my back when I'm sitting and glassing. It resembles a camp chair or stadium chair that lots of campers use instead of sitting directly on the ground. I have found that this little addition of weight to my load allows me to sit and glass longer and keeps me from tiring as fast. That allows me to hunt longer and harder which just might make the difference between putting game in the freezer or eating tag soup.
As I talk with plenty of other hunters I am amazed at the number of hunters that have never tried this soft spot tactic or even try to sit on a piece of old rug. The chair feature allows one to relieve pressure on their back. That reduces fatigue, which in turn reduces aches and pains. When the idea struck me it was like an epiphany and I'm only sorry that I hadn't thought of it before.
I was lucky in that I had the pad and chair from my b...