Getting the Gang Together

While many activities can appeal to the entire family, some are just naturals. They’re the kind of things you probably wouldn’t want to do alone, activities that have broad appeal and benefit from interaction. From among the many that fit into this category, we’ve decided to take a look at some of today’s family favorites: sledding, snowboarding, table games, and camping. 
 
Down We Go!
 
Hills were probably created with family fun in mind. That’s especially true of hills covered with snow — hills that are perfect for sledding and snowboarding.
 
My granddaughter and I spend a lot of time sledding in the winter. There’s a good-sized hill at our local park, and the city fathers thoughtfully place some hay bales in strategic locations to prevent sledding tykes from going off course and running into immovable objects or the frozen river. Right after a snowfall, the soft snow makes for leisurely trips downhill, but after several hundred kids have taken a turn on the hill, it becomes slick and fast. That’s how my granddaughter prefers it. She speeds downhill on her wooden sled at considerable speed and frequently comes to a stop only when she bumps up against the hay bales a few hundred yards away. Great fun.
 
While our sled is an old-fashioned wooden-runner type, we see all manner of sleds on the hill, ranging from plastic saucers to foam platform types with a channeled underside meant to optimize speed. We see wooden toboggans, inflatable sleds, and steerable sleds and plastic snowboards like Dunham’s hot seller the Big Fraction.
 
You can also see a wide variety of sleds at Dunham’s, and a sales representative will be happy to help you choose a sled that’s just right for you and your children.
 
For those who prefer a bit more adventure with their downhill dash, there’s snowboarding. A first cousin to skiing, snowboarding rivals its older relative in popularity in some parts of the country. Like skiing, it takes a bit of practice.
 
First time snowboarders should be prepared to face a challenge and a fairly steep learning curve. But once you get the hang of it, it’s exhilarating. If you’re already a skier, you’ll find that snowboarding requires a different set of skills because the dynamics of control are not the same.
 
Snowboards come in a variety of types, but the most common is the all-mountain board, which can be used on just about any kind of terrain — be it that hill at the park or a ski resort high in the Rockies. When choosing a snowboard, it’s important to match the size of the board to the size of the rider. In addition to a board, you’ll also need boots designed for snowboarding and bindings.
 
Among the most popular snowboards available at Dunham’s are the M3 Discord and the Avalanche Source. These affordable boards are engineered to shorten that learning curve. Your Dunham’s sales representative can help you choose a correctly sized board, binding, boot and other necessary gear for you and every member of your family. 
 
Together at the Table
 
No, not the dinner table, the game table. While it’s great to play outdoors, we all like to spend time at home as well. And what better way for a family to spend time together than playing some table games.
 
Pool or pocket billiards is the classic table game. Easy to learn and simple enough for children, pool is a perfect family game. Because players aren’t parked in a chair, pool is a great activity for active kids and adults. Table tennis or ping-pong is another great table game that adds an active element to home entertainment. Fortunately, you don’t need a massive game room to accommodate both a pool table and ping-pong table, because one table can do it all. Very popular at Dunham’s is the Medal Sports Legend Billiard Table with a removable table-tennis top. It’s twice as much fun, because it’s two games in one.
 
Also from Medal Sports is the Air Master Hockey Game with table-tennis top. Again, it returns double the dividends in family fun.
 
For those who really want to focus on their table tennis, there’s the Sportcraft ESPN Super Shot Tennis Table. With an electric scorekeeper, this table sets new benchmarks for ping pong.
 
Speaking of benchmarks, check out the Medal Sports Ultimate 4000 4-in-1 game table. With a flip-top table and accessories, it can be configured for pool, air hockey, table tennis or finger-flick football — a menu of games that can keep the family entertained for hours. See it today at Dunham’s. 
 
Smores and More
 
What better way to bring the family together than around the campfire, making smores and telling tall tales? Camping is a classic family activity, one that can be enjoyed almost anywhere at any time.
 
All you need is gear, and Dunham’s has that covered. Among the goodies you’ll find at Dunham’s are the portable buddy heaters that can provide heat inside a tent, at your picnic site, or even in your ice-fishing shelter; zero gravity chairs that offer the ultimate in relaxation; sleeping bags to fit every camper and budget; air beds that promise a good night’s sleep; and much more.
 
Oh, and one more thing: How about a metal detector for mom or dad? It’s not a camping necessity, but it can help the grown ups pass some time at the beach or campsite while the kids are playing. And who knows? They may just find some buried treasure.
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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Focus In on the Right Optics

Keeping your eye on the target is a whole lot easier with today’s optics. Optimizing your hunting performance with the right scope requires understanding optic features and assessing your hunting preferences.

Hunting optics can range in price from $30 to $2,000 . . . with plenty of choices in-between. The decision of what to buy is made tougher because a 4 x 32 scope that costs $30 may not appear to be much different than one that costs $200.

Lenses are the major difference between hunting optics. The least expensive scopes typically use plastic lenses. The next step up in quality and price involves the use of glass lenses.  Coatings added to glass lenses enhance brightness in low light situations and add a bit more cost. The most expensive optics use precision ground glass, similar to eye glasses.

Here are a few other tips to keep in mind when shopping for optics:

Power
The power of a scope is described by two numbers that indicate its magnifying ability and the size of the lens.
A standard 4 x 32 scope will magnify an object up to 4 times larger than you could see with the naked eye. The 32 indicates that the lens diameter is 32 millimeters.
The larger the second number, the lens diameter, the more it will help brighten the view.

Fixed Power
The magnification set by the manufacturer.
Fixed power scopes are adequate for hunters who need a good view of 50 to 100 yards.
The most popular fixed scopes are 4 x 32.

Variable Power
More applicable to a wider range of uses.
Variable power scopes can be adjusted according to the field of view needed as well as the available light.
Variable scopes range from 1.5 magnification up to 25 times for long-range viewing and shooting.

Field of View
How much you can see through your scope at 1,000 yards.
Generally, the higher the magnification, the less the field of view.
This information is always printed either on the instruction sheet or directly on the scope.

Eye Relief
The distance between your eye and the scope, which allows you to achieve the entire field of view.Can be adjusted once you have your scope and have it mounted.

The final key to selecting the right scope is assessing how you hunt. Hunting in the woods with shadows and less light requires a different scope than hunting in open fields with plenty of sun. Think about how you hunt, where you hunt and what the typical conditions are. Selecting the right optics becomes a lot easier when you can match your hunting needs with the right lens, power and view.

-Deer Abby

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