FoxPro Hellfire Predator Call

    Now that many Deer seasons have begun to end it is good to extend some hunting fun to other game that actually may harm your pursuit of Deer or Wild Turkey. Coyote hunting is both fun and useful as a management tool to keep conditions good for our favored game animals. We will look at what it takes to get started in predator hunting. The rifle, if you have any centerfire rifle from 30-06 or smaller you are set there. Yes you can go more specialized, but to start just use what you have. Look for ammo with smaller faster loads. Now for the main requirement, a good predator call. I cannot stress enough how this single part will lead to your success in this sport. You can buy mouth calls, or inexpensive electronic calls, you may waste time and effort for little results.

     FoxPro has been in this business for many years and is made here in the USA. The Hellfire model is a great middle of the road caller. It comes with 75 pre-loaded sounds and can hold 200. It has a 100 yard remote included. The unit only weighs 3 pounds so packing it into the field is pretty easy. One big feature for this model is called FoxBang. What this does is change the current sound to another of your choice just from the sound of your rifle going off. The reason for this is that many times you have not just one, but more Coyotes coming from other areas and they know sometimes there is wounded game that is shot by hunters, so they will continue into the call, provided you change to a sound that will peak their interest.

     OK now that we have covered the gear, let’s go hunting! What do I do to setup a coyote hunt? Remember they have excellent smell and hearing. Look at wind direction and guard your scent from keeping them away. Yes they see quite well also, so camo clothing is needed. The best locations are open areas near woods and swamps, or water. If you hunt this area keep notes when and where you see activity. Place your caller about 50 yards away from your position. This way as the coyote approaches he will be within a good shooting distance, say 100-150 yards. Use a rifle rest or some support to aid in shooting. I did not mention above of another item needed to help lure this animal, a decoy. This is often a moving little piece of fur or feather, that looks like a dying rabbit or bird. So now you have sound and sight to attract the coyote.  Work the spot for about 45 minutes to 2 hours, then move to another location.

Good luck!

~Bill Mellentine (Hunting Team Lead)


Six Simple Tips for Rifle Sight-In

Six Simple Tips for Rifle Sight-In

written by Ray Sasser

For most hunters, getting a shot at a deer or other big-game animal is a difficult chore that requires a lot of time, money and hard work. While you cannot control the movements of a wild game animal, you must make certain that your rifle shoots where it is aimed. Here are six simple rifle sight-in tips from Jim Ridings, owner of Outback Sportsman shooting range, custom ammo and rifle business near Dallas, Texas. Ridings has sighted in literally thousands of rifles in every popular caliber.

Sighting in a rifle

1) Don't rely on bore-sighting for rifle accuracy. Many gunsmiths use a mechanical device called a collimator to approximately align the crosshairs with the rifle bore. This is usually done when a scope is mounted on the rifle. The key word here is "approximately." Bore-sighting can be very precise; it will likely be precise enough to place the bullet somewhere on the paper target at 25 yards.

One memorable Saturday morning prior to the opening of deer season, Ridings had eight hunters fire new bore-sighted rifles on his range. The most accurate of the eight rifles placed the bullet within a foot of the bull's-eye at 25 yards. To be certain where your rifle shoots, you must fire at paper targets from a solid rest.

2) Fire your first shots at 25 yards. After sighting-in virtually every caliber and bullet weight commonly used in big-game hunting, Ridings has found that most modern calibers sighted-in to shoot 3/10 of an inch low at 25 yards are about 2.5 inches high at 100 yards.

Since most deer hunters sight-in a little high at 100 yards, the 25-yard rule of thumb is a good one to remember. Because of image size and ease of precision aiming at short distances, bullet placement is much easier at 25 yards than at 100 yards.

3) Ridings uses sandbags to hold the rifle absolutely steady when sighting-in. He then fires his first shot. He leaves the rifle sandbagged in position. To save ammunition, Ridings does not sight-in in typical fashion by adjusting the crosshairs to move the point of aim toward the bull's-eye. Instead, with the rifle still solidly on the sandbags, he adjusts the scope so the crosshairs are centered on the bullet hole he just punched in the target. That means the scope is now lined up with the bore.

The second shot should be pretty near the bull's-eye. A third shot may be required to fine-tune where the bullet strikes at 25 yards. You should then fire the rifle at 100 yards. For that matter, you should also fire the rifle at the farthest distance you expect to shoot at game, just to see where it hits at longer ranges.

From a practical standpoint, long-distance shooting at paper targets emphasizes human error in precision shooting. Those 1-inch, 100-yard groups you're so proud of open up considerably at 300 yards.

4) If your rifle gets out of whack while in the field, you can bore-sight it yourself. That's assuming you shoot a bolt-action rifle. Set up a target at 25 yards. Remove the rifle bolt and set the rifle up on sandbags in such a position that you can look through the bore and have it centered on the target. Then, without moving the rifle, adjust the crosshairs until they're likewise centered on the target. Again, fire the rifle to make certain of the alignment.

5) When you fire repeated shots at the same target, it's difficult to remember the sequence in which the shots were fired. Keep an identical target beside you on the shooting bench. As you fire each shot, locate the bullet strike on the downrange target. With a pen or pencil, locate and number each corresponding bullet strike on your shooting bench target.

Logging each shot in sequence makes it easier to determine the effectiveness of scope adjustments. If you flinch and shoot a "flyer," it's easier to identify its downrange location if previous shots were logged in sequence.

6) Use the same ammunition for hunting that you use when sighting-in. Not only does the brand of ammo make a difference in rifle performance, bullet weights and bullet designs within the same brand make a difference.

Ridings has found that premium factory ammunition outperforms standard ammo in most rifles. Premium ammo costs about three times as much as standard loads, but it approaches hand-loaded ammo in performance.

Fine-tuning loads to suit your particular rifle is the best method of improving accuracy. If you lack the time or patience for reloading, gunsmiths such as Ridings will work up loads for you and custom load your ammunition. Custom ammunition costs slightly more than premium factory ammo. Compared to other hunting expenses, however, the price of ammunition is insignificant.


Visit our Pink Display for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We’ve created a display in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!Pink Display at East Peoria Bass Pro

Columbia Pink Head RingSusan Goodman, later Susan Goodman Komen, was born in 1943 in Peoria, Illinois. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33. She died of the disease at age 36 in 1980. Komen's younger sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker, who believed that Susan's outcome might have been better if patients knew more about cancer and its treatment, promised her sister that she would do everything she could to end breast cancer. To fulfill that promise, Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Komen's memory in 1982.


In 2007, the 25th anniversary of the organization, the name was changed toSusan G. Komen for the Cure® Pink Nano Flashlight-Keychain Susan G. Komen for the Cure and trademarked a new logo in support of its promise "to end breast cancer forever." The new logo is a pink ribbon that resembles a runner in motion and is meant to reflect the importance of Komen's signature Race for the Cure event, which is currently the world's largest fund raising event for breast cancer education and research. The logo symbolically associates the organization with the values of the pink ribbon culture: fear of breast cancer, hope, and the charitable goodness of people and businesses who publicly support the breast cancer movement.Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Pink Pepper Spray Key Chain


Bass Pro Shops Pink Ribbon FudgeSome of the merchandise you'll find in the display includes the NEW Columbia® Baddabing™ II Headring for Adults, the Streamlight® Pink NanoLight® Key Chain Flashlight, and the Mini Range Ammo Bag. Many items benefiting Breast Cancer Research can be found on the display.


Bass Pro Shops, East Peoria, IL



Did you know our store is one of the most family and fun oriented establishments in the area?  We have some upcoming events that are sure to be a big hit with the entire family at the Clarksville Bass Pro Shops!

Family Fun for all ages.

In October and early November, join us for the following:

Outdoor Rewards Night – Sunday, October 7

For all of our customers, this event will take place from 6pm to 9pm.  Not an Outdoor Rewards Member?  It’s easy to sign up on your next visit to a Bass Pro Shops.  Just stop at the Customer Service Desk, and tell them you want to be an Outdoor Rewards Member!  There is no cost and you earn points which that can be used on future purchases!

2012 Waterfowl Migration - October 13 and 14:  There will be factory representatives in the store to answer all of your questions as well as give you tips and tricks on products. Vendors such as Zinks , Final Approach, and Haydel,  just to mention a few.  All you waterfowl fans won’t want to miss this event.

PBR Event for the Kids!  October 13 and 14

The Professional Bull Riders has partnered with Bass Pro Shops to develop this event that will be a great family outing!

Activities as part of this event are:

Stick Bull Riding

Bull Roping

Crafting a Free Leather Wristband

Best Dressed Cowboy or Cowgirl

Color your Kickers

Free Face Painting

Face painting for the young fans!

Bandana Giveaway to the first 100 customers to attend the event!

Meet a Professional Bull Rider!

This event will take place from Noon to 4pm on October 13 and 14!  Check the Clarksville Store Website for times and additional details! 

Visit with use October 19 through the 31 for Halloween!

Once again the Peanuts gang will be joining us for festive Halloween Events beginning October 19 and continuing through October 31!

Activities Scheduled are:


Weekdays October 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 - 5-8pm 

Weekends Sat. & Sun. October 20, 21, 27, 28 - Noon-5pm

CRAFTS & Coloring Sheets

Saturdays and Sundays, October 20, 21, 27, 28 – 1pm – 4pm

Crafts, costumes, and more!


Fridays October 19 & 26, Wednesday October 31 – 5pm – 8pm


Saturdays October 20 and 27 - 1pm – 3pm


Sundays October 21 & 28 - 1pm – 3pm


Fridays October 19 & 26 - 6pm-7pm


2012 Fall Deer Tab

For the avid hunter, beginning October 22, we will be starting our 2012 Fall Deer Tab.  Seminars and activities will be going on between October 22 and November 18.

Archery Basics

October 22 - 3pm Learn about bow basics, arrow choices, reliable releases and selecting the right broad head.

Selecting the Right Gun & Ammo

October 24 - 3pm Choosing the right gun and caliber can be tricky. Our experts will answer your questions and help you decide which rifle shotgun, or handgun meets your need

Dress for the Hunt

November 10 - 3pm Our experts will show you the latest in camo patterns and technologies. We will cover extreme weather gear, scent and insect control as well as the variety of patterns available.

Optics for Your Hunt

November 11 - 3pm Our experts will help you find the perfect scope, range finder, or pair of binoculars for your next hunt. We’ll match products to fit your specific needs.



Join us in the theater at 6:30pm and learn all about fly tying with the local experts!  You won’t want to miss this exciting and informative hand-on workshop!


Conservation partners.

October is National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Month.

Throughout the year, Bass Pro Shops partners with different conservation groups to help support the mission and legacy of outdoor conservation.  There will be opportunities for you to donate $2.00 for a chance to win hundreds of dollars in gift cards to Bass Pro Shops! Various chapters will be in the store during the month to introduce you to the mission of the NWTF.  On October 27 and 28, the NWTF JAKES trailer will be at the Clarksville Store for the Kid’s to try their hand at BB Guns and air soft.  You won’t want to miss this educational and informative event!

To check on times, and any other events, please call 812-218-5500.   Our friendly staff will be glad to assist you and let you know what is happening at your local Clarksville store.

Tina Tucker,  Special Events Coordinator, Bass Pro Shops, Clarksville, Indiana


Exclusive Members Rewards Night




Do you have your Outdoors Rewards Card?

Don’t know what a Bass Pro Rewards Card is?

Points for your purchase, this is how we say Thank you!

The Outdoor Rewards program is our way of saying "Thank you for being our customer!" Every time you make a purchase with your Outdoor Rewards card, you will earn a percentage of it back toward future cash purchases. You will earn 2% toward a future purchase on all non-Bass Pro Shops branded merchandise, and 3% on all Bass Pro Shops branded merchandise.( Points do not apply when purchasing with a Gift Card)

The Outdoor Reward program allows our customers to collect and redeem points on every purchase. There are special rewards evening dedicated to our loyal customer to thank them for their dedication to our store.

Join the Outdoor Rewards program today and start collecting!

Join us on October 5th from 6:00pm-9:00pm for an Exclusive Members Night, where we have FREE Giveaways to the first 100 members, so have your cards ready as you come into the store.

Also throughout the evening we will be holding a draw for 4 $25.00 Bass Pro Gift Cards at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00.point

When you get to the register be sure to have your rewards card ready and the 500 bonus coupon in addition to the DOUBLE POINTS.

Purchase any Hornady Superformance and Custom Rifle Ammo Purchases and receive 4X points offer.


But make sure you stick around for the

bino GRAND PRIZE DRAW at 8:30 for a Pair of Oculus 5.0 Binoculars.


Don’t have a Rewards Card?

See our Customer Service Associates or any Cashier and get signed up TODAY


Waterfowl Hunting - Passing on a Passion

Early duck season starts Saturday, September 22, in Iowa.  A new zone has been added and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates a fall duck flight at 48 million...the highest since they began surveying in the 1950's.

For one Bass Pro Shops Associate, waterfowl hunting is the fleeting chance to experience one of the greatest spectacles of nature. Migration.

Steve Staerk has been a waterfowl hunter for 26 years, starting when he was 12.  He hunts everything, but waterfowl is his biggest concentration.

"Seeing flocks flying in the distance for migration is a very cool experience. You're at peace with nature... the actual kill is secondary. It only happens certain times of the year that you get to witness nature’s natural movements through migration." 

Sataerk and daughterThe first time Staerk went hunting was as a young boy with his older brothers and he didn't even have a gun.

"It captured my imagination...I developed more of a passion for it without my gun than my brothers who were the actual hunters.  It never wore off and I will probably do it until my legs fall off."

Staerk says his tactics have changed as he gets older, and he has evolved from hunting in marshes to more field hunting.

"There are good points and bad points to both field and marsh hunting. If I put on waders now and hunted the way I used to when I was younger, then I's probably fall over, gasping for air."

Staerk says he uses more decoys hunting in the fields, so there may be more expense because of the variety of decoys needed. He says it doesn’t matter what he's hunting...he may set up to target geese, but brings along a Mojo just in case. 

"One Mojo duck in a flock of geese and I've had 200 trying to land."Staerk and Son

Staerk has already started the waterfowl hunting tradition with his kids...his 4-year-old son went with him last year for the first time.

"He was up before I was, getting camo on, and he made sure I got up. We went to the neighbors and set up decoys on his farm pond."

Staerk's preferences in regard to waterfowl hunting necessities? 

  1. Decoys – Big Foots – feeders, resters and sentries.
  2. Hevi-Metal ammo – Very effective on geese. Staerk says it adds a good15 yards of effective shooting range…he was really surprised by the results the first time he used it.
  3. Good concealment – whether a boat, layout blinds or digging in, you need GOOD concealment.

But Staerk adds there are some personal "must haves" that he likes to suggest:

  1. Goretex – I wish I would have had Goretex when I was younger.  Especially later in the season to help keep you dry and warm.
  2. Invest in a really good pair of waders or Goretex or Thinsulate-type boots, depending on where you’re hunting. Again, comfort is key.
  3. Calls – Everyone has their own type they like…the high end calls may cost a bit more, but it’s worth the investment and much more realistic. 
  4. Nourishment - don't forget water and easy snacks...goose jerky!

 For more information on waterfowl hunting seasons and regulations in Iowa, visit

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Traveling with Firearms for Hunting Season


Preparing to Travel with Firearms


If your intention is to grab your shotgun from the safe and stick it in the case on your way out the door without considering some safety measures in advance, you’re just looking for trouble. Do your homework! Study the requirements and procedures applicable to your trip before you travel so that you are prepared and won’t have any surprises.

If you’re traveling by airline to San Antonio or another destination, that is especially important. Here are some considerations:

  • Check the TSA website before you travel to verify your understanding of their requirements. Regulations and requirements change, so don’t assume the policies in place during your last trip still apply.
  • Specific airline requirements and procedures vary. Check with your airline before you go to the airport.
  • If you’re traveling with shotshells or other ammunition, be aware that it must be packed in an appropriate ammo container. Make sure there is no ammo in your firearm case. Specific airline requirements will vary, so check with your airline before you go to the airport.
  • Do not try to place any ammo or parts of your firearm, such as the bolt, scope, or bipod, in your carry-on.
  • If you are traveling internationally, do your research before you travel. Know the requirements of your destination country, plus the requirements of any countries that you will be passing through and the requirements of your airlines. Ignorance of the rules will only lead to disappointment and delay.
  • Do not decorate your gun cases or vehicles with shooting or firearms-related stickers or decals, i.e. no decals for NSCA, NSSA, ATA, SCI, or a brand of guns or ammo.
  • When flying with your firearms, place your gun case in a cardboard shipping container after the required inspections. Carry a small roll of tape in your carry-on for this purpose.
  • If you are shipping your guns to San Antonio or elsewhere via FedEx, UPS, or other carrier, be sure to declare it as a firearm and to follow their shipping guidelines.
  • Guns should be packed securely in their cases with no room to move around, especially along the length of the gun. If possible, remove bolts and scopes from your firearm and secure them in the case in order to prevent damage. Pack your gun case in a cardboard shipping container, if available.
  • Shipping addresses should avoid any reference to guns, firearms, shooting, etc. For example, instead of “National Shooting Complex,” use “NSSA Headquarters.” Or use the name of an individual at the recipient address, or initials or an abbreviation that deletes any reference to firearms.
  • Use appropriate cases when shipping or traveling with guns. Cases should be hard-sided, be lockable, and close tightly. Don’t use a $100 case for an expensive gun!

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, make sure your guns are insured before you travel. Have you bought a new gun or other equipment? Is your coverage up-to-date? SIAI has provided discounted, worldwide firearms insurance to NSSA and NSCA members since 1991, and we highly recommend their coverage and service. See theSIAI website for more information.


Quick zombie Survival Tips and Products You'll Need For Zombieland!!


First things first, some tips on how to stay alive....

Cardio: This one comes up in Zombieland and clearly makes alot of sense. How many people do you see at the end of the world when it's zombies doing the ending?
Beware of Bathrooms: Really not just bathrooms any good apocalyptic zombie survivor should know better then going into a bathroom, small closet or any other small room with only one way in or out.Go in bigger rooms..Lots of room to run around.
Seatbelts: It's a safe bet unless you wanna die, your not going to be hoofing it on foot in the event of a zombie outbreak. So when traveling on four wheels wear your seat belt. Nothing worse then finding yourself ejected out of your car into the loving and oh so hungry arms of zombies.
Doubletap: Carrying a gun is a great idea but it should never be your primary weapon. When you do end up using it for that last minute oh crap moment, remember to double tap. It's an emergency and thats why your using it and not your cricket bat, so why skimp? One bullet more in the head will go a long way to ensuring your survival.
No Attachments: This is a tough one but you can not have attachments. If you have kids or a wife you're less likely to survive then the gal or guy who has no attachments and nothing slowing him or her down. Or worse yet making bonehead decisions like "going back into the room"
Travel in a Group: The best way to increase your odds of survival when traveling in a zombie outbreak is to make sure your not going to be eaten. Going at it alone gives the zombies no choice but to eat you, going at it with the old man with the limp, the little kid who can't run and the middle aged woman with the plastic leg gives the zombies more options and you better odds, you can run away faster then they can.


Keep the "not so smart" Close at Hand: One of the most sure fire ways of making sure you survive is keeping the less intelligent as close at hand as possible. When you find somebody who asks you 'Whats going on? What Happened? Those are the ones you want with you. That way when the zombies come they are likely too stupid to realize it's zombies wanting to eat them.
 Kill with Efficiency: It's not about pretty its about efficiency. Alot of folks run for the gun cabinets where their looking for the most blunt and effective way to destroy the brain. That can be anything from a baseball bat... to a toilet lid! Kill with Efficiency... don't use weapons that need something to work and use weapons you can swing over and over and over again. You wont end up running into one zombie at a time.
Guns Are for Hunting, Not for Zombie Killing: This one is simple. Guns need bullets. When your running who has time to stop for bullets? Keeping a shotgun with buckshot on hand is important but only when your pinned in and need a quick getaway. Its not a proper means for killing zombies as they run out of ammo and need reloading. Remember a Cricket Bat, or Toilet Lid do not need loading!
Be Quiet: It's the end of the world as you know it so try to avoid squeeling like a 4th grade school girl and perhaps invest in some good sneakers. Nobody wants to end up being an undead happy meal.
Know Your Way out! Nothing worse then a poorly planned escape. If your going to be a hero it's always a good idea to plan ahead and as the rule states.. know your way out!
Limber Up: When either fighting a zombie or running from zombies it's not a great time to be pulling a muscle or throwing your back out. So limbering up is kind of a must. Stretch it out a little.. it may save your life.
Blend in: Much as Shaun did in Shaun of the Dead its important to blend in. When was the last time you saw a zombie try to eat another zombie? Not easily done but with the right odor and smearing of goo on your face it can happen.


Find The Right Shelter: Shelter is key to survival but since we are already traveling in a group you should ask yourself why the shelter needs to be stationary. For me a motor home or large all terrain vehicle that seats a half dozen would do nicely. Plus when zombies arrive in your neighborhood there is no last minute scramble to pack and leave. Just put it in drive and roll!
Zombies can't Climb. Much like you have never seen a zombie eat another zombie when was the last time you saw a zombie climb a wall? Zombies can't climb so find high ground if you do need to stop.
Be ruthless: Much like having no attachments being ruthless is key. When your bride turns into the undead, reach for the lid to the toilet seat and be ruthless. The weak and compassionate will not survive in the world of the undead.
God Bless Rednecks: Rednecks are loud, brash, well armed and ready to kill zombies. So when a redneck shows up in your group half drunk and rumbling louder then your humvee welcome him. Sure rednecks can attract zombies but they also are well armed and kill a whole lot of them when they do come for dinner. Best of all they are good bait for you to make your exit while he is making a mess of the zombies and before he realizes he just ran out of bullets and does the happy meal groan.
Check the Back Seat. Always check the back seat friends. Always!
Enjoy the Little Things: It's the end of the world. Dont sweat the small stuff. Loot a neighborhood or two, trash a car, speed! Do the little things and enjoy them. Who knows how long you have to live!
So there, now you know some tips on how to survive Zombieland. Leave any other tips you come up with in comments!

Now, some things we carry to help you stay alive!







Zombie Industries Bleeding Zombie 3-D Gun Targets


Birchwood Casey® Darkotic™ Zombie Splattering Gun Targets


Hornady Zombie Max Ammunition


 Crosman® Undead Apocalypse Z71 Zombie Eraser Airsoft Gun


Wanna see what else we have to offer..go check us out at the link below:




Essential Dove Hunting Equipment, Part 1


Big Game Treestands Dove Bucket

Keep a handy hunting seat and gear storage with you at all times with the easy-carrying Big Game Treestands Dove Bucket. Built around a standard five-gallon bucket, this handy accessory gives you lots of room to store and carry ammo and other essential hunting gear. The padded camo seat swivels quietly to give you a handy hunting seat whenever you need one. Bucket features a standard wire handle for easy transport.

Features of the Dove Bucket:

  • Hunting seat and gear storage you can easily bring alongbucket
  • Padded camo seat swivels quietly - 1'' thick foam padding for comfort
  • Five-gallon bucket - lots of space for gear
  • Handle for easy carrying

The Big Game Treestands Dove Bucket is available for in-store and online purchases at Bass Pro Shops.




Sale starts Friday at 9 a.m.! Free seminars and events each weekend to help you GEAR UP for the 2012 hunting season!
Sunday, August 5 - Join us as we welcome these National Pros for two FREE seminars!
National Pros
2 p.m. - Keith Burgess, Team Primos - "Mastering the Art of Deer Hunting"
3 p.m. - Rod Owen, Drury Outdoors Pro Staff - "Hunting Trophy Whitetails from the Ground"

Vendor Booths - Friday through Sunday, August 3-5

Visit with representatives from our top brands! Booth vendors:
ATK, Winchester Ammo, Vortex, Big Game, Browning/Winchester Arms, BSA/Gamo

Visit with these local conservation organizations August 4-5:
Dallas County Pheasants Forever – Selling raffle tickets for a barrel of Templeton Rye!
Two Rivers Timber Ghosts Chapter of NWTF
Central Iowa Delta Waterfowl chapter – The newest chapter to Delta Waterfowl!

Representatives will be in store from Mossy Oak Aug. 4-5, and 11-12, and Savage Arms on Aug. 11-12!

Events continue next weekend, August 10-12, with MORE free seminars...find the complete listing at!

___________________________________________________Second Amendment Savings

First time ever! 
Second Amendment Savings on Guns!



Also, Fall Hunting Classic - Bow and Crossbow Trade-in!
August 3-8 - Your chance to upgrade your bow or crossbow!Bow and Crossbow Trade-in





Watch for trade-in opportunities throughout the Classic on scopes, rangefinders, and binos, too!


Hunting Essentials - From One Customer to Another

We recently asked our Facebook fans - What are your essential hunting items?  What would you NOT leave home without when hitting the hunting trail?  Some we can help you out with, some not.  Here are the responses...from one customer to another. 

 Sara H. said  - "Handgun, license, extra ammunition, gear bag, hunting knife,
binoculars, & bug spray."
Sounds like Sara has all the bases covered...and good thinking on the license.  You definitely want to ALWAYS have that with you!  You can get them at the Customer Service counter at BPS!

 Mason says - "AR-15, warm dry clothes, warm dry boots, hunting knife, scent block, calls, whatever it takes to be comfortable...because if you're not comfortable you can't concentrate on hunting!" Toasti-Toes
Mason is planning on some cool, wet weather finally arriving sometime!  Eventually, it will get cool enough you may want to have some Toasti-Toes in your boots, too!

 Mike C. says - "Beyond the standard things, pliers are a vital part of hunting!" 
A Leatherman or Gerber multi-tool, perhaps?

 James O. - "Beef jerky!" 
Absolutely!  Need to keep the energy levels up with some protein!

 Jeff N. - "All the items sold at BPS!!! But I think the most important thing to take with you is a buddy...a wife, husband, son, daughter, your best friend or man's best friend like my black lab Belle...just seeing the look on a pal's face during a day in the field and/or watching my dog work for and making a solid retrieve keeps me going back out for more..."
Yes - Share the thrill of the hunt, introduce a friend or youngster to enjoying the great outdoors...or just spend the day with your four-legged friend! 

 Todd T. - A good dog!!!
Teach your dog to hunt sheds, too, and you've got an extra "hunting" season!

Joey F. - "Good friends and family make any hunt memorable."

              Kenny R. - I need ammo!! And a new Bennelli would be nice!!! 
We've got 'em both

Mandy R. - The right clothing, for me, either my Matthews bow or black powder rifle, knife/saw, flashlight, extra ammo, call and rattles, have your treestands in place. Rope is a must to drag that big buck out. My number one thing this year will be my son going with me for the first time.   
That's wonderful to hear - introduce the Next Generation!  We hope you'll share pictures!

 Uriah H. - "I think the most important thing to bring with is a cell phone. You never know when you'reiPhone - Pink going to get in a sticky situation where you may need to call for help. Whether it be an accident that you need medical help or to call a buddy to help drag a deer out of the woods. It also helps a ton when you're sitting in the treestand to help time pass :)"
Make sure the battery is charged, too. Plus, you can buy a cool foneGEAR iPhone 4 camo hardshell case...we even have them in pink!

 Gina G. - "Camo and comfortable boots"
Ah-h-h - Once again, comfort!  Lots of camo on clearance right now! 

ParacordAaron K. -  "Knife and a 4 ft length of 550 cord"
Have you checked out the Chums paracord keychains and bracelets yet?  550-lb paracord unravels to lengths from 3 ft to 21 ft.  Easy to pack/wear and perfect for emergency situations.

Rick G. - "Camo and Scent-a-Way"Scent-a-Way don't want them to see your OR smell you!  My husband had a deer peering in his blind last fall...about two feet from his face...and coyotes hanging out, too.  But his Scent-a-Way detergent, shampoo, etc., kept him undetectable.

James S. - Knife, gun, compass (no one thinks they will get lost until they do), bottle of water, coffee, and a nice cigar to smoke after you've finished the hunt and have the game in the truck.
James, you're so right about the compass....trail markers of some sort, too,
especially if you're in an unfamiliar hunting area.

No matter the season...remember, safety first!  Good luck out there and share your photos at!


PopUp Target for Kids!




New at Bass Pro Shops Olathe, this Pop-Up Game Target for Kids is a fun and challenging way to practice shooting! The target is double-sided and features a deer on one side and a standard target on the other.

Made of flame retardant tent material, this Pop-Up Game Target has Velcro connect straps that make it stand in place-plus you don't have to worry about tools to put it together! Designed for use with the Sportsman Revolver Toy Gun or Rubber Ammo. The Target is labeled with points on both sides of the target, so no matter where you hit it, it will always tell you a score!

The best part, this PopUp Target is great for indoor or outdoor use! So be sure to stop by your Olathe Bass Pro shops and pick up this target! This is great for ages 3+, so your little one can get started with archery early!


Simple Tips for Buying Hunting Boots

Hunting season is right around the corner.  As we buy our camo, ammo, bow and gun, we forget one of the most important items - our feet!  Walking into the woods, water, brush, sand, or rocks our feet take quite a beating.  So, take a little time to look into a boot that fits what you want and need.  

The first important item to talk about is socks.  The Redhead brand by Bass Pro Shops has lifetime socks.  Yes, I said lifetime.  Many people who come in to our store are amazed that we have such a item.  Redhead offers mens and ladies lifetime socks.  These socks are double reinforced thru all stress areas.  They are made of 100 percent itch-free fine grade wool.  If you wear them out, rip them, or snag them bring them back to the store for a free replacement.  You don't even need a receipt.  "FYI" I buy them for Christmas presents.  My girls are in college and they use them as slippers.  Very warm and comfortable.  Bass Pro Shops also has a large selection of hunting socks , you are guaranteed to find what you need.

Now on to boots.  Nothing can destroy a hunting trip worse than wet, sore or cold feet.  Once a boot starts leaking, they become worthless.  A few things to consider in a boot is are they waterproof?  How heavy are the boots to walk long distances in?  What type of insulation do they have?  Is there ankle support?

Here are a few tips you may want to follow when buying your hunting boots.  You should shop late in the day when your feet are tired.  This will give you a feel on how comfortable or uncomfortable the boots may be brand new.  The last thing you want is to be surprised after a few hours in the woods when your feet begin to get sore and blister.

When shopping take a pair of hunting socks that you use and like with you.  The associates in the Bass Pro Footware Department always recommend going up a size.  Remember your feet will not shrink so always move your toes to test if the length of the boot is correct for you.  If you are buying on-line always make sure you check the return policy just in case the boot does not fit or feel comfortable.

Always get a extra set of laces.  Keep them in a pocket or trail pack you never know when they can break.  Who wants to have to track thru the woods with one boot untied or worse leave the woods for something so simple it could have been prevented. 

Take care of your boots.  All boots should have manufacturer instructions.  Ask the associates at Bass Pro what they might recommend to keep your boots in tip top shape.

Always give your boots a test walk.  Wear your boots inside for a while, remember leather has to warm up and shape itself to your feet.

The trees are changing, the weather is getting somewhat cooler and true hunters are thinking about the return to the woods.  Your experience will be far more enjoyable if your feet are warm and comfortable not to mention dry.  Hunting boots come in three basic materials.  Leather, fabric and rubber.  Fabric boots are usually made of a nylon called cordura.  This fabric is light and is great for light trail walking and good weather.  Rubber boots are good when hunting in marshy or wet conditions but not for hiking.  Your feet will sweat a lot in rubber boots. The best boot for hunting is leather.  Leather will help you slosh thru the woods, run over rocks, and keep your feet comfortable.

Depending on what time of year you hunt, you may want to look into insulation in your boots.  A thin membrane such as thinsulate is inexpensive and takes up little space.  It comes in different weights the higher the weight in grams the thicker the insulation.

Leather boots are treated with silicon to seal them against moisture.   Your feet sweat and can soak your socks quickly.  A fabric such as Gore-Tex in a liner will keep your feet good and dry.  Outsoles are the rubber bottoms of your boots they will determine how the shoes will perform in a variety of conditions.  If you hike over varied terrain look for lugs they grip rock and give you traction in the mud.

Bass Pro has a variety of boots to pick from and our associates are always willing to work with you.  Just remember frequent hunters should buy quality hunting boots.  The boots need to provide durability, stability, grip and be waterproof.  This will keep you in the woods for as long as you want.

A few boots to look at are the Wolverine Espen.  These boots come with 600 grams of thinsulate, waterproof leather upper and they come in extra-wide.  Redhead has a Gore-Tex Treestand II for men and ladies.  This boot has 800 grams of thinsulate and is also Gore-Tex with a full grain leather upper.

As you can probably notice the grams are increasing so the boots are getting warmer.  Irish Setter Elk Tracker has 1000 grams of thinsulate, Gore-Tex protection and a durable worn saddle leather upper.  You may also want to look at the Danner Pronghorn.  This boot has Gore-Tex comes in 800 and 1200 grams depending on what you are looking for.  The LaCrosse Alpha 18" boot is 2000 grams of thinsulate it is 100% waterproof and it has good traction.  Last but not least try the RedHead Glacier Pac Boots.  This boot has 1200 grams of thinsulate.  It is 100% waterproof but this boot is great in snow and frigid weather up to -80 degrees.  The boots have Shur Trac outsoles so its great  traction on ice and slippery surfaces.  

So, stop on in, try on a few different boots and find what your feet need.  You don't want to miss that monster buck due to sore, cold, blistered feet.

Robin Piedmonte

Events Coordinator





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2012 Fall Hunting Classic at Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops


The 2012 Fall Hunting Classic will be held here at Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops August 3rd through the 19th, 2012. These 17 days of activities and sales will include workshops held by national pros and local experts, ATV test drives, a chance to win a Utah  hunt for mule deer or antelope, and an entire weekend dedicated to our up and coming youth hunters including Free AirSoft shooting range and FREE paintball shooting cage. You can also trade in your used bow, scope, binoculars or rangefinders to upgrade your equipment !!!

Here is the schedule of events:

Friday, August 3rd – Bass Pro Shops Hunting University w/National Pro Appearances and Workshops

6:00pm – “Patterning Bucks with Trail Cameras” by Dr. Grant Woods, Co-Host of “” TV Show and a member of our RedHead Pro Hunting Team

7:00pm – “Hunting the Elusive Whitetail” by Bill Epeards, member of the Mossy Oak Pro Staff

8:00pm – “”Hunting Whitetails” by Walter Parrott, Champion Caller & member of our RedHead Pro Hunting Team

Travel permitting the pros will be here before and after their appearances for autograph and photo opportunities as well

We will have vendor booths here starting at noon on Friday and running through Sunday afternoon. These vendors will be answering questions and displaying their latest products as well as providing demos and workshops on Saturday and Sunday

Starting on Friday you will be able to register to win a Utah Hunt for mule deer or antelope guided by a member of the Under Armour Buck Commanders and the UA Hunt Team in Central Utah. You provide the gun and ammo and you will be treated to the rest including round trip air fare, transportation, and accommodations for 3 days and 2 nights and one hunting tag. Please see details at the store. In addition, one winner at our store will win a RedHead Spotting Scope and RedHead Large Gear Bag. This drawing will be held at the conclusion of the Classic.

Hunter Appreciation Weekend will be August 10 – 12 with local pros and experts teaching workshops, and a FREE ATV obstacle course test drive on Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.

Workshops schedule:

Friday August 10

6:00pm – Using Big Game Scents Effectively

7:00pm – Gear Choices in Holsters, Tactical Clothing & Personal Defense Accessories

8:00pm – Scent Control for the 2012 Hunting Season – What’s new in scent control apparel & sprays

Saturday August 11

1:00pm – Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively

2:00pm – Gear Choices in Holsters, Tactical Clothing & Personal Defense Accessories

3:00pm - Scent Control for the 2012 Hunting Season – What’s new in scent control apparel & sprays

4:00pm – Choosing the Right Optics

5:00pm – Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Sunday August 12th

1:00pm – Tips for Game Camera Placement

2:00pm - Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting

3:00pm – Field Dressing, Transporting & Processing Game

4:00pm – Choosing the Right Optics

Bring in your used bow, scope, binoculars or rangefinder and receive a coupon towards a purchase of a new one. We in turn donate these items to local youth groups and other charitable organizations.

Bow Trade In (including crossbows) – August 3rd to 8th

Scope Trade In – August 9th to 14th

Binoculars & Rangefinders – August 15th to 19th

Our Classic will concluded with the Next Generation weekend that is designed to introduce local youth to the outdoors through awareness seminars, crafts and outdoor activities.

Friday 8/17 to Sunday 8/19

Noon to 5pm

FREE Airsoft Range

FREE Paintball Cage

FREE Photo Opportunity at the Airsoft Range

1:00pm to 4:00pm – Free Turkey Craft

FREE workshops to learn the basics for safe, fun and accurate Airsoft Shooting and Archery

Friday 8/17 @ 4:30pm – Archery Basics

Saturday 8/18 @ 2:30pm – Airsoft Shooting Basics

Saturday 8/18 @ 4:30pm – Archery Basics

Sunday 8/19 @ 2:30pm – Archery Basics

Sunday 8/19 @ 4:30pm – Airsoft Shooting Basics


Be Ready for a Zombie Outbreak with the right gear today!!!




Be Ready for a Zombie Outbreak with the right gear today!!!

Come in to Bass Pro Shops to get your latest in Zombie products!  Here are some featured products that we carry.

Zombie Plano Ammo can

• Top access storage
• Over molded handle
• Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo
The Plano Zombie Max Ammo Can features top access storage and over molded handle. Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo. Color: Black. Exterior dimensions: 15" x 8" x 10"; interior dimensions: 12.5" x 6" x 8.5"

Zombie Max Ammo
zom2Shot Shells:
• Lightweight, high velocity, high performance shotshells
• Loaded with hard-hitting OO buckshot
• Certified Zombie Ammunition
   Hand Gun/ Centerfire:
• Lightweight, high velocity, high performance centerfire rounds
• Loaded with super-accurate, polymer-tipped Z-Max™ bullets
• Dramatic accuracy, ultra-flat trajectories, and devastating expansion - even in low velocity situations 

• Novelty splattering gun targets add a bit of fun to shooting practice
• White halo forms around each bullet hole - plainly see each hit in between shots
• Full color 12'' x 18'' zombie image adds fun to practice

Pepper Spray:
• Compact and fast-deploy Spitfire® pepper spray
• Quick release key chain design
• Fire with less effort and greater accuracy from any direction
• Approximately 8 bursts that fire 6-8 feet in a cone spray pattern


Zombie Supplies
















Zombie Supplies

Bass Pro Shops has a new line of Zombie products!  Here are some featured products that we have in stock.

Zombie Pepper Spray

pepper spray 
The fastest deploying and most compact key chain pepper spray, Saber Red Zombie Pepper Spray delivers great accuracy from its ergonomic Spitfire design. It sprays in any direction; straight on, from the hip, or over the shoulder. Quick Release design with detachable key chain allows immediate access to your defense spray. Lightweight at 0.16 ounces, one Zombie Pepper Spray canister holds approximately 8 bursts and reaches 6-8 feet in a cone spray pattern.

 Zombie Plano Ammo can
• Top access storage
• Over molded handle
• Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo
The Plano Zombie Max Ammo Can features top access storage and over molded handle. Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo. Color: Black. Exterior dimensions: 15" x 8" x 10"; interior dimensions: 12.5" x 6" x 8.5"

bulletsZombie Max Ammo
Shot Shells:
• Lightweight, high velocity, high performance shotshells
• Loaded with hard-hitting OO buckshot
• Certified Zombie Ammunition
   Hand Gun/ Centerfire:
• Lightweight, high velocity, high performance centerfire rounds
• Loaded with super-accurate, polymer-tipped Z-Max™ bullets
• Dramatic accuracy, ultra-flat trajectories, and devastating expansion - even in low velocity situations

• Novelty splattering gun targets add a bit of fun to shooting practice
• White halo forms around each bullet hole - plainly see each hit in between shots
• Full color 12'' x 18'' zombie image adds fun to practice



Welcome to a world of Zombies

First there was a vampire and werewolf craze, thanks to the Twilight series of books. Vampire books and TV shows started exploding all over the world. Now, we have moved on to bigger and better things, Zombies. Yes, I said Zombies! Hornady Ammunition has started a huge trend in the outdoors industry, and that is Zombie Max ammunition. Hornady makes a huge line of Z-Max ammunition that completely intrigued, confused, and enticed the public. Just the other day, a customer held up a box of Z-Max ammo in front of my face and said, "This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen." He then proceeded to put four boxes in his cart as he chuckled and waved goodbye. Their products were selling so well that is has expanded to other things.

Birchwood Casey now makes Darkotic Zombie Splattering targets. You can't help wanting to unload your gone on these gruesome targets. Kids are especially obsessed with these targets. They are incapable of seeing them without begging mom and dad to get them one, even if they don't have a gun. However it doesn't matter, because now there are Zombie edition air soft guns, with Zombie airsoft targets. Zombies are everywhere!

If that isn't enough for you, Ruger is now making a Zombie Slayer edition LCP .380. So now, you can get the gun, the ammo, the targets, and even ammo cans! Don't like guns? Don't worry, because there is a Zombie Pepper Spray made by  Sabre Red.

We all know Zombies are not real, but I'm stocking up. Just in case!


Want to be a better Shot

Accurate shooting is an art.  Come on over the the Bass Pro Shops to learn more about proper shooting techniques and learn the secrets of accurate shooting from one of our local experts. We have a wide selection of rifles and ammo to get you dialed in and with practice you will be amazed of how well you will be shooting.

Most shooters recognize that there's no substitute for time spent at the range. They know that to become a competent rifleman, a shooter needs to practice. A whole lot, in fact.

Unfortunately, most of us can't get to the firing line as often as we'd like. Family commitments, work and life get in the way. So we don't pick up our rifles as much as we should and, when we do make it to the range, we're generally not as prepared as we should be.
Luckily, there's a whole lot a shooter can do during the off time. I'm referring to common sense preparations and practices that can, and will, promote better shooting. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions that will help you make the most of that precious range time when the blessed day finally arrives.

A User-friendly Caliber

Though it's rarely spoke of, one of the most important steps to better shooting is buying a quality rifle in a caliber that you can handle. Your rifle, after all, is the foundation on which you'll build your marksmanship.

Yes, it's nice to own a large caliber rifle that's capable of slaying a rogue elephant or two, but if you can't shoot it well, or if it's overkill for the game you hunt, where's the gain?

Your choice of caliber shouldn't be guided by the latest trends in your favorite rifle magazine or some macho notion of what constitutes a "real man's" caliber. Instead, it should be strongly influenced by your physical stature, sensitivity to recoil and the game you hunt. If you're an inexperienced shooter, it doesn't hurt to err on the side of lighter recoil either -- you can always buy a heavier caliber after you've gained more experience.

Simply put, you'll never develop good shooting habits if your chosen caliber punishes you every time you send a round downrange. Instead, you'll develop a flinch and, in time, a strong aversion to shooting it. That's why it's far wiser to get a rifle that you can manage; after all, when it comes right down to it, shooting is about shot placement. And a shooter who doesn't flinch places shots more accurately every time.


Zombie Apocalypse Supplies

Everyone knows the apocalypse is coming and it would seem logical to be on high alert for the day when the zombies will begin to take over.

What better way to prepare yourself than to prepare supplies to help you survive! A couple of supplies are listed below that will not only help you survive, but will help you in case of an emergency as well.


Zombie Pepper Spray

The fastest deploying and most compact key chain pepper spray, Sabre Red Zombie Pepper Spray delivers great accuracy from its ergonomic Spitfire design. Sprays in any direction; straight on, from the hip, or over the shoulder. Quick Release design with detachable key chain allows immediate access to your defense spray when unlocking a door, driving an automobile, or defending an isolated farmhouse. Lightweight at 0.16 ounces, one Zombie Pepper Spray canister holds approximately 8 bursts and reaches 6-8 feet in a cone spray pattern.


Zombie Plano Ammo can

  • Top access storage
  • Over molded handle
  • Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo

It’s a fact—well-organized zombie hunters have a higher kill rate. The Plano Zombie Max Ammo Can features top access storage and over molded handle. Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo. Color: Black. Exterior dimensions: 15" x 8" x 10"; interior dimensions: 12.5" x 6" x 8.5"

Zombie Max Ammo

  • Shot Shells:
    Lightweight, high velocity, high performance shotshells specially designed for zombies
  • Loaded with hard-hitting OO buckshot
  • Certified Zombie Ammunition

   Hand Gun/ Centerfire: 

Lightweight, high velocity, high performance centerfire rounds specially designed for zombies
Loaded with super-accurate, polymer-tipped Z-Max™ bullets
Dramatic accuracy, ultra-flat trajectories, and devastating expansion - even in low velocity situations



What better way to practice shooting zombies than to have your own zombie target? Come pick up some targets here at Bass Pro Shops and be prepared!

  • Novelty splattering gun targets add a bit of fun to shooting practice
  • White halo forms around each bullet hole - plainly see each hit in between shots
  • Full color 12'' x 18'' zombie image adds fun to practice

Come see our designs to help you be prepared! There's a lot more supplies and firearms where these came from!




HELP...we're being taken over by zombies!!!!



When did the craze all start? That’s a good question. Well at Bass Pro Rancho it seems to have started about 6 months ago.

I can remember years ago not being able to watch all kinds of zombie movies. Like 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. This movie seems to be the one that started it all.  I was two then, but when I was 12 and being watched by my grandmother, she let me watch my first zombie movie. It was 1978’s Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things.  I’ve never really been a big fan of the Zombie -type movies. But, I can’t deny there is a craze. During the 2000’s movies came out that would reach a more diverse crowd like the remake of Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil and Shaun of the Dead. 

You’re probably asking yourself...what do Zombie movies have to do with Bass Pro Shops?   Well, let me try and explain.

Several months ago we got a request for some Zombie Max™ ammunition.  This question seemed to be the start of a string of customers asking for zombie related products.

Be PREPARED – supply yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse with Zombie Max ammunition from Hornady! Loaded with PROVEN Z-Max bullets. Make sure your "bug out bag" is ready with nothing but the best! 

So, we were now in the Zombie Craze. Next thing you know we have Zombie ammo cans, Zombie Targets and just recently received Zombie Pepper Spray.

How to best ward off those zombies??  Everyone had to have a Short barrel Home Defense Shotgun. Kind of like the Remington 870 Marine Magnum.

How about a shotgun that has Skulls on it by Weatherby...yea...we got ya' covered.

Now don’t forget the most popular firearm to keep you safe from Zombies... The Modern Sporting Rifle, or M.S.R. The Colt AR 15 is one. The Bushmaster AR 15 is another.

So, let me try to wrap it all up. This Zombie Craze that everyone is talking about seems to have all started with a crazy black in white movie. Made before a lot of you were even born. With technology being what it is today, you can go back in time and watch things that were made when your parents were your age. So, if you’re so inclined to protect yourself from the Vicious Zombies out there, make sure you stop by Bass Pro in Rancho Cucamonga and we'll help you with all your zombie defense needs!!