Handy Bucket Builder at Smith and Edwards

Take a look at the Handy Bucket Builder in our Paint Department

- posted by Rose Marion

This little lid is the coolest thing to hit our Paint Department since we can remember!

Handy Bucket Builder shelf and display at Smith and Edwards

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We use these bucket lids ourselves in the store

Randy, our Paint department manager, thinks you'll love this product - and he'd know, he's used it himself to build a whole nursery!

Yep, our outdoor garden center this spring and summer was built with Handy Bucket Builder lids, our Smith & Edwards Ace buckets, and 2 x 12 plywood placed flat on the lids, letting us set out our plants and flowers in tiers outside.
Forget-Me-Knots stacked on Handy Bucket Builders at Smith and Edwards

We used to build our garden center using lumber and cinderblocks. The cinder blocks were heavy - and they'd take up a ton of space, pallets and pallets, when it was time to take the garden center down for fall.

Pansies on Handy Bucket Builder at Smith and Edwards

Metal 2x4s work just as well as wood ones!


These lids stack up on top of each other in a column, and they're lightweight - we hardly have to clear out any room to store them!

Come see these bucket lids in action

The Handy Bucket Builder Lid snaps on either the top or the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket. The buckets can be used upside down or not, so it's ok if your bucket has trash, paint, wood, gravel, or sawdust in it. In fact, adding weight to the buckets will help them stay in place.

We built this sturdy shelf with just scrap wood and the Handy Bucket Builder lids and 5-gallon buckets.

We built this sturdy shelf with just scrap wood, stacked on Handy Bucket Builder lids and 5-gallon buckets. Come see for yourself!

We've got a display here at Smith & Edwards between aisles 9 and 10 so you can come see the Handy Bucket Builder lids in action. To make the display you see, we stacked one pair of buckets on top of another pair of buckets, with the lids inbetween. Then, we placed two 2 by 4s in the handy bucket builder lids. Lastly, we topped with a sheet of plywood. Simple as that, we've got a steady shelf that can hold a lot of weight - and it hardly took any time at all! You can make a more secure fit with screws and a drill - we didn't have to, it was steady enough as-is.

You can also use 2x3's, which will do the same job with less weight to carry.
Build a table for your Chop Saw with a Handy Bucket Builder from Smith and Edwards

Uses for the Handy Bucket Builder Lids

This is great for camping, taking to kids' soccer or lacrosse games, and for bringing on trips with your RV or trailer. Storage is simple - simply stack up your buckets, stack the lids on top, and stand your lumber next to them.

Handy Bucket Builder lids are also a great way for you to store your Emergency Preparedness supplies as well as Food Storage.  Keep your canned or emergency food on shelves you can build quickly with lids, buckets, and lumber. Anywhere you need shelving that might have to get taken down or moved around - the Handy Bucket Builder lids are gonna do the job.

And they're infinitely reusable, too.

You can build your setup to be as temporary or long-standing as you like.

The lids are made from a flexible and shatterproof type of plastic that'll hold up through countless uses. You can even drill through the lid at indicated points for the best security.
Come visit our Handy Bucket Builder Lids at Smith and Edwards

Come in and get your lids today!

Come on in and get your lids at Smith and Edwards, they're located between aisles 9 and 10 on our main aisle of the store. And, you can also order yours online!

Handy Bucket Builder Lid: $10.99
Smith & Edwards Ace 5 Gallon Buckets: $3.50

Check out a Handy Bucket Builder lids demo:

Sitka waterfowl jacket

Duck Hunting Season is here - We've got what you need

- posted by Rose Marion

First day of duck season and we've got what you need here at Smith & Edwards!

Come on in and you'll find camouflage shirts, pants, hats, gloves, warm boots, and much more. All types of hunter orange gear that you can use the rest of the season, too. We stock a huge variety of camouflage patterns and accessories - the ducks will never see you coming in your duck hunting camo. And we've got Under Armour and hoodies as well as good socks to keep you warm on those cold mornings.

We know hunting gear because we hunt, too. Craig, our camo buyer, and Scott, one of our Hunting buyers, gave us all the details on what gear you'll need for a great waterfowl trip.

Craig and Scott know all about duck hunting - just look at the proof! Get their gear and advice at Smith and Edwards.

If you take their advice, maybe you'll have as great a day duck hunting as Craig and Scott did!

It can be tough to keep track of all the gear you need for a simple morning of duck hunting, so take a look at what we've got for all your waterfowling needs.

Smith & Edwards' Duck Hunting Picks

If you haven't been to Smith & Edwards for hunting gear before, come on in the front doors and head to the north wall, on your left. You'll be able to find the waterfowl hunting gear you need fast.

Waterfowl camo shirts

Waders

We've got the waders you need for a dry socks after a long, successful morning of duck hunting. You'll keep your feed warm and dry with insulated boots. Even if you're in the marsh rather than in a blind, a good pair of camouflage waders can be a solid investment - and the difference between a good hunt and a real success.

You'll find several types of camo waders, including blades camo, at Smith & Edwards. We also carry regular fishing waders in solid colors for fishing.

Browning Blades Waterfowl camo

Blades waterfowl camo by Browning

Waterfowl Camo

You'll find great waterfowl camo at Smith & Edwards - camouflage that has natural grassy shapes and a lot of earth tones and shading, compared to blocky, solid camo. This will help you blend right in with the blind and the swamp. We've got lots of camo patterns so you can see what works for you.

Blades, Max 5, and Sitka are our best-selling waterfowl camo patterns.

Browning Realtree Max 5 waterfowl camo

Browning Realtree Max 5 waterfowl camo

Sitka's got a very different take on waterfowl camo and camo in general than other brands. Sitka's scientists are interested in what the ducks' eyes see, rather than how humans see camo.

This Sitka waterfowl jacket is designed to look like a wetland when viewed from overhead.

This Sitka waterfowl jacket is designed to look like a wetland when viewed from overhead.

So that's why Sitka's camo has a honeycomb or mesh look to it: Sitka's betting that the birds will see Sitka camo as a more realistic view of the environment, because the camo is designed to blend in when viewed from overhead - so the ducks don't see you as they fly.

Sitka waterfowl jacketRemember, you might have camo on, and you might be in a blind, but the most important thing is to keep still! Try to only move your eyes and keep your head as still as possible for the best shot at your birds.

Gamehide waterfowl pants

Gamehide waterfowl pants

Duck Hunting Gloves

Sitka waterfowl gloveWhen you're duck calling, you don't want your hands to stand out. Keep warm and put a bit of camouflage on your hands with these hunting gloves.

Waterfowl gloves are waterproof, so you can go in and get your decoys or get your ducks out of the water without getting your hands wet! Again, Sitka makes its own special camouflage gloves so you're even more hidden, since they're designed for how ducks see you rather than how animals on the ground see us.

Sitka's gloves are great as stand-alone gloves, or, you can wear them as a base layer because they're form-fitting and not at all bulky, so almost like a second skin. You can slide on another pair of gloves on top of them when it's really cold.

Camouflage Gloves at Smith and Edwards

Keep your fingers warm in the blind with these camo gloves. You'll find your size in a variety of patterns and levels of warmth.

Duck at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Hat

For the best chance of success, use our lucky Smith & Edwards hat. And we've got tons of styles of hats so you can pick your favorite. Black, Hunter orange, and several patterns of camo hats that'll keep your head warm on those cold mornings.

Sitka waterfowl beanie hat

Sitka waterfowl beanie hat

Hand Warmers

Keep warm with handwarmers in your gloves. We've got both reusable hand warmers and single-use handwarmes. Both will give you several hours of nice, glowing heat. Put 'em in your gloves, with or without a liner, to keep your fingers flexible and ready for action.

Now that you've got your camo and you know you'll be warm next time, let's make sure you've got all the gear from sporting goods you need. Head over to our east wall to our Sporting Goods department for decoys, duck calls, and shot.

Dog

We don't stock dogs, sorry. But we do have nice dog treats and bones for your hard-working retriever.

We've also got training dummies, whistles, leashes, training collars, and scents - both duck and pheasant scents.

Working on training your own retriever? Check out this video lesson:

 

Decoys

Sure we've got decoys! Get your ducks in a row with duck decoys and a mesh decoy bag to pack them out.

Tanglefree Mallard Duck Decoys and Bag at Smith and Edwards

This Tanglefree® mesh decoy bag and mallard decoys are a great place to start with decoys.

We've got duck decoys and geese decoys. The ducks above were a favorite in 2013. In 2014, we now carry Deek Decoys made here in Utah! Call 801-731-1120 for any questions, we'll be happy to help.

Duck Calls

You knew all about duck calls way before Duck Dynasty was cool.

We've got Duck Commander duck calls that will work great on your next waterfowl hunt. If you prefer Primos duck calls, we've got those, too.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Shotgun and Ammo

We've got the shot and ammunition for all kinds of hunting this season at Smith & Edwards, and we'll be happy to recommend the ammo as well as guns for your hunt - whether you're duck hunting, turkey hunting, or looking at four-legged game.

Come on back to the Sporting Goods counter - we know the guns and ammo you'll need because we hunt ducks ourselves - as well as elk, deer, and more game. We'll get you what you need.

For shells, you need to use steel shot for waterfowl. 3" is a good place to start - you want to use 2s, 3s, or 4s for ducks. We've got a huge selection, and we're happy to help you choose the best shot.

For shotguns, Scott's pick is the Benelli Nova, hands-down.

If you're looking at semiautomatic, take a look at Benelli, Winchester, Beretta, and Browning. You'll want a gun with a synthetic stock, and we've got those in black and camouflage. You'll get a gun you can rely on to function well in cold weather.

Remember to give your shotgun a good cleaning after a day in the swamp. Mud, grit, and all sorts of crud can build up on your gun. Doesn't hurt to carry some cleaning equipment and a cleaning rod with you into the blind, too, so you don't have to go back to the truck or worse, home, if your equipment gets too dirty to function.

Duck hunting at Bear River Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Duck hunting at Bear River Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Cooler and Thermos

Nothing like hot cocoa or warm soup after a long morning of duck hunting. We've got both thermoses and coolers, so you can keep your hot drinks hot and keep your ducks on ice til you get home.

Duck Stamp

You can get your federal duck stamp right here at our Sporting Goods counter. They're $15 and they'll get you in to all the waterfowl areas here in Northern Utah, like Farmington Bay and Ogden Bay. When the federal government gets its act together, check out Bear River up by Brigham City - it's a federal wetland, so it's not open at the moment, but it's a great location for duck hunting.

Duck hunting camo pants

Get duck hunting gear in our web store

Do you have a good bag for all your gear? We've got a great selection of gear bags in the store, and you can find our favorites online, like our 5.11 tactical bags and Voodoo tactical bags.

You might also want to bring a headlamp and a compass so you don't wander around the swamp longer than you have to. And we've got a huge selection of paracord in-store and in our online store, so you can keep your gear where you need them.

Hunting Camouflage Paracord at Smith and Edwards

Choose from camouflage paracord as well as bright and solid colors of paracord, both in-store and online.

Come in for great deals on hunting gear!

Don't forget to stop by our Sporting Goods department for all your shot, too. They've got some great sales and rebates for the beginning of hunting season, so come on in today.

Hunting camouflage at Smith and Edwards

Whatever season you hunt, we've got the camo and gear to help you have a successful hunt. Maybe you'll bring us back a souvenir!

What are your duck hunting tips?

Leave us a comment below with your duck hunting tips & tricks. What gear do you use year after year? What are your favorite spots? We want to hear what works for you!

Horse with saddlebags and coolers for a day of trail riding.

Western Department Hosts a Horse Packing Clinic

- posted by Rose Marion

Today we had a great in-store demonstration in our Western Department at Smith & Edwards. Duane LeRoy and his son Scott LeRoy came to give us a Pack Clinic. Duane and Leroy know all about packing horses and trail riding because they love trail riding - and they're members of the Back Country Horsemen of Utah. (Check their group out on Facebook)

Duane and Scott shared their knowledge and expertise about packing horses for trail riding, and demonstrated some of the great systems you can use to pack food, water, and supplies while you’re out riding on a trail.

Several people were here to get knowledge out of the hour-long horse packing demonstration, and there was time to ask questions and trade stories after the demonstration.

Packing with Horses for Trail Riding

Duane and Scott had been up at Ben Lomond just yesterday to support folks on the trail. Then this morning, there was the Skyline Mountain Marathon! Up in the pines, it’s much cooler than down here, but it still got hot. They were able to pack in 20 gallons of water, with dry ice to keep it cool, on each horse using this system!

Adding a bag to our packhorse at Smith & Edwards

Scott adds a bag to our packhorse.

Scott LeRoy telling us about the rope, bags, and coolers you can use for horse packing and trail riding here at Smith and Edwards

Scott LeRoy telling us about the rope, bags, and coolers you can use for trail riding.

You can hold one 10-gallon cooler on each side of this canvas sling pack. Scott and LeRoy loaded theirs full of water bottles, but you can keep your favorite drinks and cold food in these coolers. Then make sure they stay cool by packing the coolers with ice or dry ice, depending on your level of adventure! Load up your top packs with food, supplies, and Easy Boots just in case. We've got all this gear in-store for your next adventure... waterbottles too!

Horse with saddlebags and coolers for a day of trail riding.

All packed and ready to go!

We carry all the equipment to load your horse and have a nice day of trail riding. Marty and the folks in our Western Department in the northeast corner of Smith and Edwards will be happy to help you get all the gear you need - as well as tack and supplies. We know Western Tack because we use our gear ourselves! All our folks in our Western Department know and love horses, from trail riding to work to rodeo.

Did you know we make a lot of our Western Tack right here in the store? And if there's a real special saddle or set of spurs you've got your eye on, we offer Layaway, too.

We’d love to have the Back Country Horsemen back here next year to demonstrate packing techniques again! Will we see you here? What do you like to use when you're trail riding with your horse?