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Mack's Prarie Wing

Hadn't browsed Mack's Prarie Wing in a few years.  Was on their site yesterday and noticed they are selling Patagonia clothing.  I was shocked and a bit disappointed that a business (Mack's PW) that caters to waterfowl hunters would sell products from a company (patagonia) that has a long and well known history of being vocally ANTI-HUNTING.  Just wondering if anyone else has noticed that.  I wonder what Patagonia thinks of their products being sold to hunting sportsman. 

For years I received the Patagonia catalog.  Stopped getting it just prior to 9/11, when I requested they stop sending me anymore. I stopped buying their products based on their anti-hunting left-wing environementalist stance, that and the fact that I'd already spent way too much money their in my college years.  Thought they always offered very high quality functional outdoor clothing and I used their products a lot when skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, and rafting. But after too many years of reading every new cataloge that devoted a page or two of anti-hunting and tree-hugging articles, being an avid hunter I finally got political about it and just got fed up with their views. 

The North American sportsman's model of conservation just doesn't match up with patagonia's tree-hugging, anti-hunting, and neo-environmentalist views. I appreciate patagonia's stance on caring for the environment, but not at the high expense of being anti-hunting about it.  Conservation and wildlife habitat plays a major role in caring for the environment.  I hate to get political about it, but the more I see my gun rights and hunting privledges being attacked by these left-wing neo-environmentalist the more I think I need to be political about it. 

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However anti Patagoina's

However anti Patagoina's beliefs, they probably have built a large customer base and a loyal base at that. I've never heard of Mack's Pararie Wing; shoot, I've never heard of Patagoina!. I doubt Mack's customer base is near as large as Patagoina's. In order to keep business alive they have to sell, products people will buy. You don't have to buy them and Mack's may not like Patagoina's stance. But they need to keep the doors open. They can only do that with sales of products that give them more business and better return rate. Smith Wesson made some pretty damaging remarks concerning handguns years ago and everyone was predicting the end of Smith Wesson; didn't happen! The same people mad at them continued to buy their guns because they are really well made.

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The Difference...

Don Fischer wrote:

However anti Patagoina's beliefs, they probably have built a large customer base and a loyal base at that. I've never heard of Mack's Pararie Wing; shoot, I've never heard of Patagoina!. I doubt Mack's customer base is near as large as Patagoina's. In order to keep business alive they have to sell, products people will buy. You don't have to buy them and Mack's may not like Patagoina's stance. But they need to keep the doors open. They can only do that with sales of products that give them more business and better return rate. Smith Wesson made some pretty damaging remarks concerning handguns years ago and everyone was predicting the end of Smith Wesson; didn't happen! The same people mad at them continued to buy their guns because they are really well made.

Yeah but the BIG difference between Smith&Wesson and Patagonia is that Smith&Wesson has a long well established history in this country of manufacturing firearms for the armed citizen, lawman, and military personal, despite having only a very brief period of years under the wrong management that sided with the anti's.  Hell, Bill Ruger made some comments too that didn't sit to well with the gun owners in this country.  But those are all a far cry from Patagonia's "Committed to the Core" stance on pro left-wing environmentalism and severe anti-hunting propaganda.  Patagonia has never ever tended nor catered to the hunter sportsman, and I doubt they ever intend to.  Their products (as good as they are) have always been geared towards the rock climber, mountain climber, kayaker, surfer, and to a certain degree the angler. While NASA and some military units have used their base layers from time to time, the line has never been marked to hunters or shooters.  Granted their base layers perform just as well on a hunter as they do on an ice-climber.  My point is that Smith&Wesson (or Ruger for that matter) didn't begin nor spend the bulk of their history as anti-gun firearms manufacturers. 

By the way Don, Macks Prarie Wing is an outfit in Stuttgart Arkansas, that shop is entirely devoted to supplying waterfowlers with hunting gear. Mack's PW is to waterfowl hunting what Orvis is to fly fishing.

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I'll be! I don't hunt ducks

I'll be! I don't hunt ducks anymore. I did in Montana but that was back in the early 70's. Does that store have a web site? I won't buy anything but might be neat to look at.

Come to think of it, most sporting goods sites have a way to contact them. Might drop them a note and call them names.

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Yup they have a website, just google the name.  It's a great store and website.  They have just about everything you'd need for waterfowl.  Wish they has a store in my area.

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