Ladies, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

I love the outdoors...camping, gardening, hiking, cooking wild game, and enjoying wildlife photography and wildlife in general. I don't hunt, nor do I fish very often...my super outdoorsman husband does plenty of that. This may be the fall that I actually go out in the blind with him...we'll see. I don't know if I can sit still that long!

But, does being an outdoors woman simply mean that you know how to hunt and fish? Although that might be a big part of it, to me being an outdoors woman means being semi-knowledgeable, at the very least, about a variety of outdoors skills, their challenges, nature's challenges and respecting it, and respecting the equipment. To me, you don't have to be an expert...just have a basic working knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment. It means taking the time and effort to learn...and having someone to teach you.

Sometimes it's nice to learn with other women who are in the same boat...and two great opportunities for women to do that exist right here in Iowa and other locations around the world.  

So, grab your girlfriends, daughters, moms, or just come by yourself, explore the outdoors, learn new skills, do some networking of a different kind, and become a wild outdoor woman!

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Iowa logo - courtesy Iowa DNR

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) is an international program. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources sponsors a BOW weekend in September. Anyone 18 years or older (it's geared towards women) can take advantage of this great chance to learn outdoor skills and activities, whether they've tried them before or are completely new to the experience, and they learn with people who are in the same mind set..."what is this, how do I do it,  will I make a fool of myself?" (Okay, that last one is what would be going through MY mind.)

Photo courtesy of Iowa DNRThis year's Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop is September 20-22 at Springbrook State Park. Lodging is available in dormitories with eight-person rooms...it's not required, but that's part of the fun and camaraderie!  The line-up of workshops over the course of the weekend includes Introduction to Firearms, Basic Shooting, Wild Edibles, Wild Game Cooking, Dutch Oven Cooking, Basic Motor Boat, Fly Fishing, Bow 5k - courtesy of Iowa DNRRiver Fishing, Archery, Survival Skills, Geocaching, Bird Watching, Stand Up Paddling, and so much more.  Of course, you HAVE to have a campfire at night, too! The first night includes an optional, relaxing 5k run/walk through the woods and around the lake...a great way to meet other participants and the instructors.

For more information on registration costs and deadlines for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program in Iowa,  visit www.iowadnr.gov/bow/index.html. There are BOW programs around the world and you can get more information on other locations at www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/bow/Pages/default.aspx.


Wild Women of the WoodsWild Women of the Woods

New this year is the Wild Women of the Woods program sponsored by the Story County Conservation Office. Story County Conservation Naturalist Emily Herring says this year's event is October 4-5 at Hickory Grove Park . While it's the first year for Story County, she's confident from past experiences it will be a hit.

"As a naturalist, I have coordinated other several events in different counties. It is always a good time and women come back year after year.  It truly is a comfortable learning atmosphere and a great place to meet new friends."

She says there will be free camping for the event, with bathrooms nearby and showers available at the campground. She says if you want to bring a camper or have electricity, that's okay...you'll camp in the main campground, but WILL have to pay for the campsite. You can also just do the Saturday event, if you're not able to stay Friday night.

Herring says they plan on having different session each year and if a session is really popular and fills fast this year, they will try to offer it again the following year. A diverse program will be offered for women of all different interests - this year's offerings include: Wild Edibles, Kayaking, Silk Painting, Fly Fishing, Archery, Nature Photography, "Leave no Trace", Tree Identification and Ecology Hike, Rock Climbing, Bike Maintenance, Nature Drawing, Fire Building, Yoga, and Fossil Hunting.

Since the sessions fill up on a first come, first serve basis, Herring encourages those interested to sign up as early as possible!

For more information and to register for Wild Women of the Woods, visit www.storycountyiowa.gov/index.aspx?NID=1040!

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Set Your Sights for the Fall Hunting Classic

You read that title correctly; it is time once again for Bass Pro Shops to hold its Fall Hunting Classic. This is the best time to come in before heading out this upcoming hunting season. Whether you got drawn for an elk hunt (which several of my friends did, so looks like I get to be camp wife… bust out the Coleman stoves!) or are about to get into hunting in general, there is something for everyone.

It will run from August 2nd to the 18th. This event will be filled with what I call S’s. There will be sales, seminars, sweepstakes, swaps, savings and the Second Amendment!  (Like I said: something for everyone.)

The sales are awesome. Everything from firearms to camouflage will be on sale so now is the time to stock up or refill your gear. There will be a number of one-day only sales, which include some pretty nice items. Just be sure to be here the day of that specific sale, as it really is one-day only. Along with these sales, we are looking to save you even more. When you pay using your Bass Pro Shops credit card we will engage the “2nd Amendment Instant Savings”. This means the savings are equal to the value of your sales tax! It is valid on in-stock guns and gun safes only. (Fellas, this is a great way to justify a new .270Win or safe to store it in!) This will run from August 2nd to the 11th.

Now what exactly did I mean by swaps? I’m talking trade-ins! From August 2nd to the 7th, we have our Bow and Crossbow Trade-In. August 8th to the 13th will be the Scope Trade-In. Last but not least will be our Binocular and Rangefinder Trade-In from August 14th to the 18th. Pretty much bring in your old bow, scope or binoculars during those times and save some dough on a new one. (Example, I want a new Leopold scope so on August 10th I will bring in my old Redfield and trade it in to save some cash… Which hopefully I can sneak by the fiancé without her noticing.)

On August 4th the seminars will be held in-store by a number of local pros. It is part of our Bass Pro Shops Hunting University. Topics will range from 3-Gun competition to filming your hunts. The following weekend (August 9th to the 11th) will have even more seminars with a wider array of topics being touched upon. Our very own Christian will be hands on in helping ya’ll get ready or get into hunting. That’s him below with a nice Coues buck.

Now then, the sweepstakes. Get ya some! We are offering the chance to enter for a once-in-a-lifetime hunting trip to a private club for you and seven guests! It will be hosted at Broadfield, an exclusive 5,800 acre property carved from one of the South’s earliest hunting clubs. It has an array of hunting, fishing and shooting activities. The trip will include 2-night accommodations for winner and guests, farm-to-table meals, 5-stand and pistol range shooting, morning quail hunt, afternoon falconry  hunt (YES PLEASE!), fishing and more. See our website for full rules and regulations and check out Broadfield’s site to start drooling over the place.

On the final weekend we are going to set our sights a little shorter. August 17th and 18th will be our Next Generation Weekend. From Noon until 5:00PM we will have a number of free activities for kids. It will include free: craft, archery, BB gun range, photo download and seminars. First 100 kids to complete both archery and BB gun range will earn a free collapsible water bottle each day.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’m excited! This is a great chance to learn some useful information and snag some awesome gear at great prices. (Gas aint gettin’ any cheaper, ya hear?) Grab a buddy or snag the whole family, just make sure you are ready to have some fun when coming down to see us. Head ‘Em Up, Rawhide!

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The Largest Hunting Sale of the Season!!!!

Whether you need hunting gear or just stay on top of the latest trends..... Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic is the place to get you ready for the season!!!

Our annual Fall Hunting Classic is August 2-18, if you have hunting fever already this is where you need to be. 

If you need a new bow, scope, rangefinder or binoculars be sure to check out our trade-in days.....

Bow Trade-In is August 2-7

Scope Trade-In is August 8-13

Binocular and Range Finder Trade-In is August 14-18

That's just the beginning, August 2-11, we have 2nd Amendment Instant Savings on guns and safes. You will save your taxes on the purchase of any in-stock gun or safe and you use your Bass Pro Shop Credit Card to pay. If you don't have a credit card yet from your favorite outdoor store stop by the stand with the blue lights at our front entrance and those lovely ladies can help you out.... plus new cardholders may also save 10% off their entire first purchase after the rebate is applied.

On August 3rd, don't miss out on our Hunting University. We will have special guests Phillip Vanderpool from Hunters Specialties National Pro Staff/ Host of "Dominator 365" TV Show at 1 pm and The First Lady of Hunting - Brenda Valentine at 2 pm. They will be spending the day with us so stop in and say hi.

Phillip VanderpoolBrenda Valentine

 

 

The second weekend will be just as action packed as the first. August 9 kicks off our Hunter Appreciation Weekend..... Seminars and Daily Specials are just a few things we can mention.....

 
        Friday, August 9
    6:30 pm    Tips for Bow Hunting
    7: 00 pm    Tactics for Hunting Deer


        Saturday, August 10
    1:30 pm    Shed Hunting
    2:30 pm    From the Field to the table- how to fry turkey
    3:30 pm    Hunting Tips and Techniques
    4:30 pm    Exploring the Shooting Sports
    5:30 pm    Choosing the Correct Camo Clothing


        Sunday, August 11
    1:30 pm    Exploring the Shooting Sports
    2:30 pm    Tactics for Deer Hunting
    3:30 pm    Hunting Tips and Techniques
    4:30 pm    What’s new in Scent Control
    5:30 pm    Choosing the Right Optics
 

FHC CalendarThe last and final weekend is the best of all.... Next Generation Weekend. We are getting the kids involved in an on-target challenge with our Daisy BB Gun Tent and Archery Range. We will also have free crafts and a photo you can download. Our  Red Head Pro - Staff Team will teach 10 Safety Tips to our next Generation at 1:30 pm, 3 pm and 4:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and they will get a free Next Generation collapsible waterbottle.... all FREE. 

So come on in to your favorite outdoor store and enjoy all three weekends of seminars, talk with pros and vendors, let the kids play and save some money too!!!

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Bow Season - Ready or Not, Here it Comes

“You may delay, but time will not.” 
― Benjamin Franklin

 

Bow season starts October 1 in Iowa and as early as mid-September in surrounding states. Ready or not, opening day will be here before you know it. Are you ready...or have you even THOUGHT about getting ready? It is mid-July...and NOT too early to start preparing. For many bow hunters, the "I've got plenty of time" train of thought quickly turns into the "WHAT? Shoot! Oh man!" crisis response because they wait too long to check their gear and be prepared.

So, once again, our hunting team offers these words of advice - "Do it NOW!"  Don't procrastinate! Here's our annual 

Five Things Bow Hunters Should be Doing Now

to prepare for bow season

1. Check your bow strings - Get your new strings now to make sure you can break them in before season.

2. Using lighted nocks? Check them to make sure they're working. Some are able to have the inserts changed, some not.  Know what you have and need.

3. Arrow overhaul - Check them out and replace broken or missing shafts from last year.

4. Set your tree stands - Check them for parts, safety, and correct working order. Buy new stands and climbing sticks NOW before we sell out! New this year? The Big Game Platinum Collection!

Prodigy Fixed Position TreestandBig Game Prodigy Fixed Position Treestand Available at Bass Pro Shops Altoona

  • Fixed-position stand
  • 21” wide padded seat
  • 24x30” platform
  • Flex-Tek™ Zero-Gravity seat design and Spring-Back lumbar support

 

Horizon Fixed TreestandBig Game Horizons Fixed Treestand Available at Bass Pro Shops

  • Fixed-position stand
  • Adjustable up to 60 degrees
  • 14x8” padded seat
  • 20x23” platform

 

Big Game Phoenix Fixed Position Available at Bass Pro Shops

Phoenix Fixed Treestand

  • Fixed-position stand
  • 5-position adjustable
  • 14x8” padded seat
  • 20x27” platform
  • Height to seat: 23”

 

Diamondback HarnessBig Game Diamondback Harness available at Bass Pro Shops

  • Featherweight design - weighs ONLY 2 lbs.!
  • 30” anti-shock bungee extension
  • 2-way chest strap adjustment

 

G5 Montec Available at Bass Pro Shops

 

5 - Broadheads - Buy them now while they're in stock! The new Rage Hypodermics, Muzzy Trocars, and G5 Montec in pink are bound to be leaving the shelves quickly!

It all boils down to preparedness:

If you need to replace or replenish, buy now. There is more product available on the shelf.

If you need something fixed, changed, or tweaked - do it NOW and avoid the wait and lines at the Archery counter.

 

Start your bow season on the right foot and AHEAD of the game! You can put it off, but the clock keeps ticking.
 

 

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Free Family Summer Camp

Free Family Summer Camp

shootingHave you heard about our Free Family Summer Camp that is going on at Bass Pro Shops between June 8th and July 14th?  If you haven’t, let me tell you about the eleven different seminars that we are presenting during the camp.  Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from Noon till 5:00 a different topic will be discussed.  You can earn a free pin for every workshop (seminar) you complete! All of the workshops will be approximately 20 minutes in length.  The schedule will be:

 

Saturday:

Noon – Fishingarchery

1:00 – Water Safety

2:00 – Hunting and Shooting

3:00 – Outdoor Discovery

4:00 – Bird Watching

Sunday:

Noon – Hunting and Shooting

1:00 – Archery

2:00 – Wildlife Exploration

3:00 – Camping

4:00 – Backyard Adventure

birdTuesday:

Noon – Bird Watching

1:00 – Fishing

2:00 – Archery

3:00 – Outdoor Discovery

4:00 – Backyard Adventure

 

Thursday:

Noon – Archery

1:00 – Shooting and Hunting

2:00 – Wildlife Exploration

3:00 – Water Safety

4:00 – Camping

Here is a brief explanation of each of the seminars:back

Shooting and Hunting – We’ll discuss the history of hunting and conservation benefits along with safety tips.  Learn interesting facts from the experts from the Quality Deer Management Association.

Bird Watching – Our Feathered Friends – What birds will we discover this year?  Learn about the function of different types of feathers.

Fishing – Hook, Line & Sinker – We’ll discuss saltwater vs. freshwater.  Learn about saltwater species and tackle.  Do you know how to choose the right lure for different water conditions?

Archery – Aiming High – Learn about bowhunting, equipment and safety tips.  This year we’ll also learn more about the sport of bow fishing.

Outdoor Discovery & Conservation – Listen to tips on how to enjoy the outdoors while hiking.  We’ll discuss comfort, safety and ways to conserve the beauty of the outdoors.  Have you heard about geocaching?  Learn how to enjoy this fun activity.

Camping – Family Outdoor Adventures – We’ll review what to expect when you go camping.  Learn how to set up a tent and what to bring to keep things comfortable.

Backyard Adventure – Discover animals and insects you find in your own backyard.  Learn about their homes and what they eat.  Are they harmful or helpful?

waterWildlife Exploration – We’ll discuss mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.  Learn about their habitats and how they survive in the wild.

Water Safety, Fun and You! – Prepare for your summertime adventures around the water.  Learn about how to play it safe while swimming and boating.

All of the workshops are geared towards 8 to 12 year olds, but anyone can attend.  We hope to see you here soon.

Jettie Whittington

Denham Springs

 

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Not Your Father's (or Mother's!) Summer Camp

Family Summer CampI never went to summer camp when I was young. Not complaining, just stating a fact. However, my family camped every summer, which made up for it in my book.

Now I'm catching up on all those lost summer camp opportunities by being a part of Bass Pro Shops' Family Summer Camp every year. But, this is not your father's summer camp...

Bass Pro Shops' Family Summer Camp combines learning with a dose of fun and rolls them into five-weeks of free activities for young people and their Famiy Summer Campcaretakers. At Bass Pro Shops Altoona we see large numbers of day care groups, babysitters and nannies with their young charges, dads, moms, or grandparents with the kids on weekdays, and on weekends, it is often a family outing.

Workshops geared towards children ages 6-12, free crafts, and activities are offered every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, starting June 8 through July 14.

From bird watching, to archery, to exploring wildlife around the world and the creepy crawlies in your backyard, our workshops introduce and enlighten children on the outdoor world around them, along with conservation and how they can play a part in preserving the great outdoors. Children also receive a special pin for each workshop they attend. 

As a workshop presenter, this is one of my favorite aspects of working at Bass Pro Shops. To see the same children coming back each week, eager to catch the workshops they may have missed and earn their next pin, excited to be here, and enthusiastic about learning. Likewise, I have learned from them that:

  1. A pin is very important.
  2. Fake scat has an "e-e-e-w-w" factor of 10, but it's funny at the same time and a great way to gross out your little sister.
  3. Apparently, there are an enormous number of robins outside bedroom windows that wake up little kids way too early in the summer.
  4. Change your socks after hiking - So your feet don't stink and your bedroom doesn't smell.
  5. Don't wear new shoes when hiking - NOT because you'll get blisters, but because they'll get dirty.Family Summer Camp - BB Range

I can't wait to find out what I learn from them this year!

At our summer camp, kids learn basics of archery, how to shoot a BB gun in our Daisy BB gun range, and get to ride on a wildlife carousel.

At our summer camp, you beat the heat, nix the sunburns, and dodge the mosquitoes.

At our summer camp, the wild animals are all around you, but won't hurt you.

At our summer camp, you can have homemade ice cream every Saturday at 5 p.m. for five weeks...and you don't have to be the one cranking the handle.

At our summer camp, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, cousins, and caretakers are welcomed. The more the merrier!

At our summer camp there is no pre-registration. Walk-ins are welcomed and we have visitors from all over the country!

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In this world of seemingly ever-growing expenses, especially when you have children, Family Summer Camp provides another opportunity for free, family-friendly fun in a comfortable environment. So, take a look at the calendar and plan your visits to our Family Summer Camp...and we'll see you at the workshops!

For a detailed listing of the Family Summer Camp events at the Bass Pro Shops nearest you, visit www.basspro.com and select your store location.

For a detailed listing of the Bass Pro Shops Altoona, Iowa, Family Summer Camp events, visit www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona or our store page.

 

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NC VS TN 704 Outdoors/Bass Pro Shops Archery Shootout Series!

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With archery season a couple of months away, we have decided to dust off the ol' 3-D targets and set'em up out back for an old fashioned North Carolina vs Tennessee shoot out! We are teaming up with our sister store in Concord Mills and 704 Outdoors for a battle between states.....we need to show them who's #1! BASS PRO SHOPS in Sevierville- of course!

So grab your bow and arrows boys and girls and get ready !!!!

There will be 4 Tournaments in this series- 2 here and 2 at the BPS Concord Store.

The dates are as follows:

Bass Pro Shops Sevierville Location- June 8th & August 3rd

Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location- June 15th & August 17th

Championship Shootout at Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location- August 31st

 

 The Top shooters will be invited to shoot in the Championship Shootout hosted at Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location!

For Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location:

* There are 4 classes: Men’s Class, Women’s Class, Traditional Class and Youth Class

* Registration starts at 10am. Cut off for registration is 8pm, however we will shoot until the last shooter has completed their session.

* Registration is $10 per session (You can shoot as many sessions as you want to better your score)

* There are 2 rounds within each session, the first round will consist of five 3D Pop Up targets and the second will have five 3D Pop Up targets with one stationary target. The stationary target must be shot sometime after the first 3D target pops up but before the last 3D target falls.

* It is an indoor range, all shots are within 25yds.

 

For Bass Pro Shops Sevierville Location:

 

* There are 4 classes: Men’s Class, Women’s Class, Traditional Class and Youth Class

* Registration starts at 10am. Cut off for registration is 8pm, however we will shoot until the last shooter has completed their session.

* Registration is $10 per session (You can shoot as many sessions as you want to better your score)

* There are 2 rounds within each session, the first timed round will consist of five 3D targets and the second timed round will have five 3D targets, with one motion target. The motion target must be shot sometime within the timed session.

* It is an outdoor range, all shots are within 25yds.

 

The prizes for each shoot will be announced before each shootout. We are getting different prizes from different sponsors so they will not be the same each shootout! Keep checking in to see what prizes are going to be awarded the Friday before each shootout! As for the Grand Prizes, you MUST attend 2 of the 3 regular Shootout Series before the Championship Shootout in order to be eligible for the Grand Prizes. The Grand Prizes for the 704 Outdoors/Bass Pro Shops 3D Pop Up Archery Shootout Series are:

Option one for Men’s, Women’s & Traditional Class: Georgia Hog Hunt with 704 Outdoor’s Hog Dogs! We will take care of your permits, licenses, food and all! You will get to hunt with us, using our Hog Dogs. We will take care of everything you need for the trip.

Option two for Men’s, Women’s & Traditional Class: 3 Day North Carolina Archery Deer Hunt with 704 Outdoors. We’ll take care of your food and lodging while you get to hunt with us in some of our hot spots here in NC! Dates to be worked out with the winner of the Championship.

Option three for Men’s, Women’s & Traditional Class: 3 Day North Carolina Archery Hog Hunt with 704 Outdoors. We’ll take care of your food and lodging while you get to hunt with us in some of our hog sites here in NC! We will furnish all the lights, bait and gear needed to lower the boom on a nice NC Wild Hog! Dates to be worked out with the winner of the Championship.

Youth Class Grand Prize NC Youth Turkey Hunt with 704 Outdoors. We will take you and your guardian on a youth turkey hunt. We will take care of the food, lodging and transportation to and from the places we will run & gun those thunder chickens!

 

Bass Pro Shops Sevierville, TN Location Information:BPS SHOOT OUT

3629 Outdoor Sportsman Pl

Kodak, TN 37764

Phone: (865) 932-5600

 

 

Bass Pro Shops Charlotte, NC Location Information

8181 Concord Mills Blvd

Concord, NC 28027

Phone: (704)979-2200

 

 

 

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This Weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - "Snow" Kiddin'!

Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Welcome to our crazy Iowa weather - record snow in May.  What???

 

We're gearing up for our BIG Go Outdoors Event that starts May 17!  Watch for details in upcoming blogs and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona!

This weekend we have the following happening!

Saturday, May 4

2:00pm  YOUTH ARCHERY WORKSHOP

 Great opportunity for kids to learn the hands-on basics of archery in a free one-hour workshop.  Pre-registration is required by e-mailing kjvoss@basspro.com before 4:30 p.m. today.  After 4:30 p.m., call the Archery Department at 515-957-5500.

Saturday and Sunday, the Gifts Department will sampling Uncle Buck's Summer Sausage and the Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce. Also, stop by the Jerky Shack for some samples and a great sale on Jerky!

 

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Why Not Try Bow Fishing!

Bow fishing in New York State is May 15 thru Sept. 30. Anyone who has a fishing license or small game license or who may be entitled to fish without a license may take a carp of any size and any number.  They may take the carp by longbow, recurve or compound bow.  This method of fishing uses archery equipment to shoot and retrieve fish.  The fish are shot with a barbed arrow that has a special line and a reel mounted right on the bow.  Rumor has it, bow fishing at night is the best!

Have I held your attention?  Well this just may be a sport worth looking in to.  The largest carp hooked and recorded in New York State is over 50 pounds.  Which makes for a fun outting.  Tournaments for carp fishing are all over New York State.  Before going out make sure you check your regulations.  Keep in mind that you cannot discharge your bow within 500 feet of a inhabited structure.  Stop by our Archery Department and talk with our associates on bowfishing.  They have the knowlege to get you started.  Whether you have done it before and need one or two things, or you are brand new and want to look into the full setup we have all the bowfishing gear to meet your needs.

Robin Piedmonte

Events Coordinator

  KITARROWSAFETY SLIDE

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April Free Seminar Offerings

We have some exciting Free Outdoor Skills Workshops coming up in the month of April.  Fly tying, Beginners Archery, Turkey Hunting Seminars, and knot tying are just a few of the seminars we will be offering this month.  Please see below for dates, times and descriptions and how you can pre-register for these classes!

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Fly Tying: 

Ever wondered how to tie flies? We have informational and hands-on training sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm in our fly shop. Come learn a new hobby! Registration is required. Please call 816-795-4300 and ask for a fly shop associate for more information. Class sizes are limited; classes are free but you will need to bring or purchase your own supplies.

 

Choosing the Right Camo For Turkey Hunting:

This seminar will take place upstairs near the Optics counter on our bridge at 2pm on Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th.  Come and discover which camo is going to work best for Missouri turkey hunting.  Make sure you have all the right gear before heading out. You will not need to pre-register for this class.

 

Take Aim!  Beginners Archery:

This class will focus on the basics of archery:

• Learning the safety first

• Importance of the parts of the bow

• Proper stance

• Achieving a good shot

This is a great family activity – they are open to the public, FREE, and taught by some of our seasoned Archery Staff in the store. Take Aim is a class for those who want to explore the sport of Archery. You are more than welcome to bring your own equipment, but it is not required.  Please call or e-mail April at 816-795-4307 or amvertako@basspro.com to reserve your spot. Classes will take place in our Archery Range in the Hunting Department on April 9th and April 16th at 7pm. Class size is limited and you must sign a waiver to participate. 

 

Advanced Turkey Calling:

Join us for instruction on Advanced Turkey Calling on Saturday, April 13 & Sunday April 14 at 2pm. This seminar will be taught by Norbert, who is an active member of NWTF and a very seasoned turkey hunter and caller. This seminar will be held upstairs on our bridge near the optics counter.  No need to preregister for this seminar. 

 

Basic Knot Tying For Fishing:

Friday, April 19th at 7pm in the Conservation Room

Knots do not have to be difficult, but you need to make sure you have the right one on there to reel in that big fish.  Come discover some basic knots and bring your questions.  There will be hands on demonstrations.  We ask that you please preregister for this seminar by emailing April at amvertako@basspro.com or by calling 816-795-4307.

 

 

Youth Archery:

We will be having a Youth Archery seminar on Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21 at 2pm in our Archery Range.  No supplies needed.  Bring the kids up to learn proper stance, safety, and how Archery can be a fun sport.  Please preregister for this class by calling April at 816-795-4307 or e-mail at amvertako@basspro.com

 

 

Hiking 101:

Thursday, April 25th at 7pm

Come join Jeff as he talks about everything you need to know about making your next hiking trip the best trip of your life.  He will discuss proper footwear, hiking packs, and what to pack.  Please preregister for this class by e-mail - amvertako@basspro.com or by telephone at 816-795-4307.

 

 

Spring Food Plots:

Come join us as we talk about getting Spring Food Plots planted on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 at 2pm.  These seminars will be held upstairs on the bridge near our optics counter.  No need to preregister for this seminar.

 

Camping Critters:  Let’s Talk Fishing!

Tuesday, April 30th in the Conservation Room at 10:30am

Open to toddler's aged 2 - 5 years.

Come in and have some fun with our new Toddler Program - Camping Critters!  This month, we will talk about how much fun fishing can be.  Some of our topics include local fishing, learning the different parts of a fishing pole, and let the kids try their skills out at casting.  We have some drinks and snacks as well and will finish up the morning by reading a story.  This program normally lasts about an hour long.  Space is limited - we ask you call or e-mail April for preregistration - amvertako@basspro.com or 816-795-4307.


 

We hope you will be able to come in and join us for one of these fun free seminars soon!

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Spring Turkey Techniques

Turkey season is right around the corner, and for those of you who are gearing up for the upcoming season, read on.  Turkey hunters are a passionate and dedicated group. Those that chase turkeys with archery equipment take the challenge of harvesting a nice tom or jake this spring to the next level. Getting a bead on a tom with a shotgun can be hard enough but when you decide to do it with your bow, that difficulty becomes significantly higher.

What is the best type of broadheads for bowhunting turkeys? This can be a tough one. Just like when choosing the best broadhead for other types of hunting seasons, much of this decision is based primarily of personal preference.  With this being stated, my preference is mechanical broadheads. They fly like field tips and due to the “mechanical” expansion, they normally will stay within the turkey opposed to getting a complete pass-through.  When shooting turkeys with broadheads, if they run/fly after the shot, they usually do not leave the best blood trails. The ideal shot is to accurately place an arrow that penetrates at least one wing, if not both, while hitting the vitals. This will ensure a quick kill and a bird that is unable to fly.

When hunting for turkeys with a bow, your setup is critical. I often get the question regarding which is better, hunting from a blind or from the ground? In my opinion, both are effective options, the real question is what type of “turkey chaser” are you, and what is the situation. If you are bow hunting turkeys for the first time, the first thing you will learn is truly how impressive the wild turkey is at picking up movement. It was not until I started toting a bow in the turkey woods that I really began to appreciate the eyesight of a turkey. It takes practice getting your setup right on a turkey with a bow. With a bow, I want them within 20-30 yards to increase my odds on such a small target. Therefore, your setup is everything. For me, if I know where a gobbler likes to hang out and strut and have the ability to setup a blind without him seeing me, than this is a great option. What is interesting about turkeys and blinds is in my opinion turkeys are not as “forgiving” as whitetail deer. A turkey will notice just about anything out of place and are easily spooked. It is important to get your blind tucked into brush so that it blends in with the terrain around you.

Every person is different, and for me, I enjoy walking the woods and trying to strike a “hot” bird. Therefore, I prefer the ground setup mainly because of my style of turkey hunting. Again though, if I have a bird roosted, and I know where he likes to strut, I would jump at the opportunity to be sitting in a blind at daylight in hope he would come to my calling and decoys 15 yards in front of my blind.

Hunting from the ground, as I have already mentioned, is very difficult for many reasons. You need the bird to get within that 20-30 yard range, and you really cannot draw your bow until they do. This requires attention to detail on your camouflage, your setup, and your decision on when to actually draw. What I have found works best for me, is to setup on my knees with my left shoulder facing towards the direction I think the bird is going to come. I try to find a bush or tree that will allow me to have good visibility in front of me, but be completely blocked on my sides and back. If coming to full draw on a tom is not hard enough, add a few hens or a subordinate or two, and the challenge has just increased dramatically. Finding the right time to draw, as it is with hunting any animal with a bow, will be the toughest challenge when hunting without a blind. If you love bowhunting, there is a very good chance you will enjoy bowhunting for turkeys as well.

 

2013 Iowa Spring Turkey Season Dates

  • Archery Only (Resident)
  • April 15 - May 19, 2013
  • Combination Shotgun/Archery
    • April 6-14             (Youth Season – Resident)
    • April 15-18           (Season 1)
    • April 19-23           (Season 2)
    • April  24-30          (Season 3)
    • May 1-19             (Season 4)

2013 Nebraska Turkey Season Dates

  • Archery
    • March 25-May 31, 2013
  • Youth Archery
    • March 25-May 31, 2013
  • Shotgun
    • April 13-May 31, 2013
  • Youth Shotgun
    • April 6-May 31, 2013
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Were You a Part of the Record?

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If you harvested a Missouri deer with your bow this past season, you helped set a record. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation , archers took 53,997 deer with some combination of stick and string during the 2012-13 season. And if you put an arrow in a turkey, you had a hand in the 3,217 turkeys that were harvested statewide between September 15 and January 15, which is the second-most ever.

I was thankful to harvest two deer on my southern Boone County property during the season – one in late October and the other just before Christmas. They were the first deer I took using my Redhead Blackout Bow, and I certainly don’t expect them to be the last.

One of the reasons mentioned by the Conservation Department for the growth in bow hunting success is the high-quality archery equipment that’s available nowadays. And if you’ve walked through the hunting department at Bass Pro recently, you know that the variety of archery gear available is pretty amazing. If you have always wanted to give bow hunting a try, this is a great time to stop by Bass Pro and get your feet wet. You have several months to select your bow, pick out the arrows you’ll shoot, and – most importantly – spend time on the practice range before bow season opens again on September 15.

For me, nothing is more of an adrenaline-filled thrill than bow hunting. Join the excitement, and you could even help us set a new record in the 2013-14 season!

 

Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro Team Member

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Beating the Winter Blues - Outdoor Style

Things you can do to beat the winter blues (and get ready for the new year)

  1. Clean your reels and get them ready for the 2013 fishing season.  It’s crazy how dust can gunk up the gears and insides of your equipment.
  2. While you are cleaning your reels, make sure you oil up the gears and replace your fishing line.  It is amazing how tangled your inside can get over a season of fishing.
  3. Clean your guns.  Those can build up on dust and residue as they sit over long winter months.  Time to clean out the shotguns in preparation for Spring Turkey season.
  4. Join our Redhead Shooting Range!  We offer a great deal on range time for a year.  This includes both our pistol range in the store as well as our Archery Range. 
  5. Learn how to tie flies.  We offer twice a week fly tying classes at 6:30pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings in our fly shop. 
  6. Take a CCW Class.  We have classes here twice a month for $70.  Check out this website for more information.
  7. Interested in Ducks, Quail, Elk, Turkey, Deer, Bass or Pheasants?  Join your local chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Quail Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, Bassmaster club, or Pheasants Forever.  They are always recruiting new members and these groups do a lot to conserve conservation for years to come.
  8. Nice weather?  Take someone out to do something in the outdoors – whether it be a short hike, a bit of fishing off the dock, or a short bike ride.  Winter is not always cold!  If it is – there is always sledding!
  9. Start researching fun getaways for the warmer months.  This could be a family vacation (Big Cedar Lodge anyone?), fishing trip, or hunting trip.  Some places if you book early trips, you often get a discount.
  10. Come visit us here in the store.  It is always nice and warm with lots of friendly faces to help you discover what you might be missing for your next outdoor adventure.  We have free Outdoor Skills Workshops held here on a monthly basis, as well as much, much more!
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World Class Bucks and the Rut: What you need to know to re-write the record books!

I’m not a morning person.  Never have been, never will be.  Ok, with the exception of the first two weeks of November; and, maybe the last week in October.  Somehow my body just knows.  It accepts its destiny of an early morning rise and defies the snooze button by injecting not only a quick up and at ‘em but more importantly the pep in my step that can only signify one thing…the rut is on!  Over the last decade I have had the opportunity to live and hunt some of the best trophy buck states in the Midwest.  Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and now I find myself smack dab in the middle of what is arguably the best of them all, Central Illinois.  I mean, come on man, the Mel Johnson Buck, the typical archery world record deer was taken right here in Peoria County, not to mention the crossbow world record deer, the Jerry Bryant Buck, which was shot just southwest of Peoria, in Fulton County.  Both of which I might point out are on display in the grand entrance of our store in East Peoria, IL that opened up in September of 2011.  For many who visit our store, these deer are merely an exhibition of the hunting heritage of this region.  Perhaps a photo op, or a brief discussion of the hunters whom made these monarchs famous.  But for me, (and some of you,) these two giants represent something greater. 

Jerry Bryant Buck

Beyond my own personal obsession with monster bucks, these two world records represent hope.  Not just for the possibility of an unassuming hunter similar to the likes of Johnson or Bryant to harvest a giant that will once again transform the record books, but for the future of this sport and the deer hunting traditions that have roots back to our beginning.  It is our responsibility as sportsmen and women to pass along that passion to our youth and keep that flame burning.  And there is no better time to do this than when the opportunity to harvest one of these giants is at an all time high. 

It seems to me that every year in early October someone tells me that the rut is already in full swing.  They have seen bucks chasing does, rubs, scrapes and the like.  This always sets in to motion a debate that usually ends in the two sides agreeing to disagree.  In my unswerving pursuit to appease, I would like to once and for all clear the air. 

At least for the Midwest, the largest determining factor for deer breeding activity is photoperiod, or day length.  A small gland deep inside a doe’s brain called the pineal gland is constantly keeping track of the amount of daylight and as the days become shorter it influences the release of sex hormones which ultimately lead to the deer coming into heat.  This process happens at the same time that the buck’s testosterone levels are at an all time high which is the time that we refer to as the rut.  Photoperiod makes the peak breeding times very predictable from year to year.  Why does this matter?  There are 3 phases of the rut and understanding them and using this information judiciously will increase your odds for success.           

  1.  The Seeking Phase:  At this point in the game bucks are starting to look for estrous does.  This is typically the first time a hunter will start seeing the more mature bucks mingling with the does.  You will start to see more rubs and scrapes while buAPI Climbercks prepare to breed.  A buck is approaching the peak in his testosterone level and is willing and ready to pick a fight to establish his dominance.  This is a good time to break out the rattling antlers and give it a try.  Bucks are starting to get on the move and looking for a receptive doe.  The rut has started and you want to be in the woods, period.    My recommendation would be to get the most comfortable deer stand you can find and sit all day long.  I have found that our API climbing deer stands are extremely comfortable due to the way the seat hangs.  It’s like you are sitting in a hammock. 

 

  1. The Chasing Phase:  Does are very close to coming into heat and the bucks just cannot stand it.  They are now actively chasing and checking every doe on a regular basis.  At this point many of the older does have already started to come into estrous.  Most of us have seen this phase.  You have been sitting for hours with nothing going on.  Then all of the sudden a doe crashes through followed closely by a buck or sometimes even two.  This can be a very exciting time to be in the woods.  Deer activity is at a peak, however, getting a shot at a monster will require your ability to get that buck stopped which can be difficult if the doe keeps going.  Some of the most intense fights can happen during this period as bucks solidify the pecking order.  One of the largest bucks I have ever missed, and there have been a few, came during this phase.  I haPrimos Buck Roard a legitimate booner at thirty yards that I brought in with a Primos Buck Roar grunt call by using the snort wheeze.  If you have never used the snort wheeze, come see me in the store today.  That call has changed the way the game is played.

 

  1. The Breeding Phase:  Finally, the doe has entered estrous and breeding has begun.  This phase can last up to two weeks and in my opinion is the toughest phase to hunt.  Bucks are locked down onto does and they don’t move much.  But don’t give up if you haven’t had a shot at a big boy yet.  During this period bucks will break off from does that come out of estrous and hit the trails again in search of another mate.   Again, an all day sit should not be out of the question.

In looking at the days in which the Mel Johnson Buck (October 29th) and the Jerry Bryant Buck (November 15th) were taken, I believe it is only a matter of time until those world records are replaced.  In many aspects it is about being in the right place at the right time.  And those who better understand the timing as it relates to the three phases of the rut and use this information to their advantage have already solved half of the equation.   Mel Johnson Buck 204 4/8 inch Archery World Record

 

In their annual publication of the best days to hunt of the rut, Field & Stream highlights this year’s days that you’ll want to be in a tree.  Here are a few important days you will want to note.

October 24th:  This date is being predicted as the kickoff to the seeking phase given the rising afternoon moon and the expected cooling temperatures.  Look for bucks to finally get moving in daylight as they begin their early search for does.

November 2nd:  According to Field & Stream the photoperiod will trigger a hormone around this time that should really kick bucks into high gear.

November 6th:  Around this day should be the transition between the seeking and chasing phase.  Calls, scents and decoys can be very effective during this time.

 

November 10th:  This day is Field & Stream’s predicted “best day of the rut”.  They predict a lot of daylight activity and mature bucks will be out and about.  The breeding period will go for a week and a half to two weeks from this point.

 

Good luck and good hunting!

Jim Goff, Store Manager
East Peoria, IL Bass Pro Shops

 

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FUN FAMILY ACTIVITIES AT THE CLARKSVILLE BASS PRO SHOPS!

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:

FREE FAMILY PHOTO:

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!

TRICK OR TREATING

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

GRAB AN APPLE ACTIVITY

Saturdays October 20 and 27 - 1pm – 3pm

SCAVENGER HUNT

Sundays October 21 & 28 - 1pm – 3pm

COSTUME PARADES

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.

 

FLY TYING WITH DERBY CITY FLY FISHERS – OCTOBER 25

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

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Fall Hunting Season

I don’t know about you, but I am counting down the days to October 1! Are you ready for the open of archery season? Checklists are done and everything is good to go? Come in to Bass Pro Shops and get those last minute items that you have been putting off.
 
shirt We know that scent control is extremely important and we have just what you need. Our AXE Endura Skin is effective in keeping your scent controlled. It is also great for moisture wicking. It is available in Realtree AP, Mossy Oak Break-up Infinity, and black. All are available in a relaxed fit or fitted. hat We have mock or crew neck, short or long sleeve so it’s up to you to decide which fits your style best. We offer several accessories as well from beanies, balaclavas, arm guards, and neck ups.


A great addition to your gear is our Rut Zone glove. Rut Zone gloves are tight fitting with a great gripping ability but most important, scent control. Another great feature offered is sensitive touch thumb and fingertip for easy texting or sending photos of those big trophies! It also has a pocket on the back for warmers to keep your hands warm and ready to take the shot.


Good luck in your 2012 archery season!
Bass Pro Shops, Hanover County
 

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Woods or Water?

    Early fall is a significant time of year for anyone that has a passion for the outdoors.  Several hunting seasons are coming in and fish are really starting to bite.  If you are here in Indiana, dove and squirrel season are in full swing and our archery season for deer is just around the corner.  The early season for teal and geese has already come and gone.  With the addition of crossbows as a legal hunting method during our archery season, folks are really starting to gain some options.  Managing your days off work to fit all of this in can be difficult at times, but it can be done.  Combo hunts are some of my favorite.  For example, some friends and I spent one Sunday morning hunting geese and  when that was done, we re-tooled and shot our limits of doves.My lab Woody looks on after a successful combo hunt on a September Sunday morning.  Watching football on Sunday afternoon after a morning like that is very satisfying.  

    Don't limit yourself to just hunting though, fishing is awesome right now, too.  Whether you are soaking a wax worm under a bobber to catch a mess of bluegill or gunning after some largemouth,  you are bound to find some kind of success.  Look for the bass to begin moving shallow and chasing bait around.  The Alabama Rig is an excellent selection for bass right now.  Mix it up with crankbaits, topwater, and spinnerbaits as well.  Focus on looking for bait and fishing near the bait.  Try different colors and depths until you find what they want.  If you have done all of that and can't figure out a way to catch them, you can always head home and finish the afternoon with a bow shoot.

   There are no shortage of options right now when it comes to enjoying yourself outside.  The beautiful weather we have been blessed with this month is just an extra incentive to be out doing something.  The hardest part will be choosing what to do with your time off.  Make sure to plan a trip to Bass Pro Shops on your way out so you can be geared for success.  Nothing is as bad as finding out you don't have enough shotgun shells or the kind of baits you need to be successful on these nice days.
 

-Brian Eickholtz

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What's that Smell? Scent Control for the 2012 Season

Realtree fitted AXE Endura SkinMossy Oak Endura Skin relaxed fitI don’t know about you, but I am counting down the days to October 1! No more procrastinating. Are you ready for the open of archery season? Check lists are done and everything is good to go? Come in to Bass Pro Shops East Peoria and get those last minute items that you have been putting off.

 

We know that scent control is extremely important and we have just what you need. Our AXE Endura Skin is effective in keeping your scent controlled as well as a great moisture wicking. black short-sleeved relaxed fit endura skin shirtWe offer it in Realtree AP, Mossy Oak Break-up Infinity and black. All are available in a relaxed fit or fitted for those looking for a tight layer. We have Mock or crew neck, short or long sleeve so it’s up to you to decide which fits your style best. balaclava

 

 

We offer several accessories as well from beanies, balaclavas, arm guards, and neck ups.

 

 

A great addition to your gear is our Rut Zone glove.Rut Zone gloves Rut Zone Gloves are tight fitting with a great gripping ability but most important, scent control. Another great feature offered is sensitive touch thumb and fingertip for easy texting to your buddies or sending photos of the trophies taken. It also has a pocket on the back for a pocket warmer to keep your hands warm and ready to that the shot.

Good luck in your 2012 archery season!

Theresa Baior, Camo lead
Bass Pro Shops, East Peoria

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Know Your Store: The Mel Johnson Buck

Mel Johnson Buck
From a makeshift ground blind, Mel Johnson harvested a typical whitetail in the fall of 1965
that no one has been able to approach with archery gear since.
 

At 204 4/8 net inches, the deer stands today as the World Record archery typical whitetail. Only two typical have been taken since that officially score higher – both with firearm. The buck weighed 270 lbs. field dressed and an estimated 340 lbs. live.

Mel used a 65-70 pound Howatt recurve bow, Micro-Flite fiberglass arrows with Zwickey  broadheads and little else in the way of equipment. Mel’s deer received both the Ishi Award (Pope & Young) and the Sagamore Hill Award (Boone & Crockett), a distinction no other game animal can claim.

Mel is retired from his career as a Caterpillar mechanic and lives in Woodford County, Illinois. He continues to bowhunt for deer and enjoys turkey hunts.

Location: Foyer
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Preparing for a Scent-Free Hunt

The opening of archery season is less than two weeks away in Missouri. If you’re planning to climb into a tree stand or sit in a ground blind this season to harvest deer, I bet you’ve already invested a good amount of time in getting ready. You’ve probably been shooting your bow more than Robin Hood, and you may have spent your summer weekends hanging stands and trimming shooting lanes.  But there is something else that you can’t afford to forget about as you prepare for September 15: scent control.
If you haven’t already done it, make sure you wash all of your clothes – including your socks, hats, and underwear - in a special scent-free and UV-free laundry detergent

Hang them outside to dry – away from any strange smells like smoke, gasoline, or a BBQ grill – and then store them in an air tight storage container like this one.

Since there are almost always cedar trees in the areas where I hunt, I always throw a few small cedar branches in the bottom of the container as an extra way to ensure that my clothes won’t smell out of place once I put them on and enter the woods. And don’t forget to wash and store any other accessories you take with you, like backpacks and safety harnesses.
For those things that you can’t wash and store – like binoculars, range finders, deer calls, and even your bow – make sure you have a good supply of scent-eliminating spray on hand to apply to your gear before you hit the woods. Personally, I prefer to use Wildlife Research Center’s scent-eliminating spray 

But a new product this year that I’ve heard great things about and am excited to use is Wildlife Research Center’s “Gold Spray” which claims to be beyond 99% effective at stopping replicated human odor , based on testing at Rutgers University.
Finally, make sure you take a shower prior to each hunt using scent-eliminating soap and shampoo.  There are a wide array of these products available at Bass Pro.  For several years now, I’ve used Hunter’s Specialties Scent-A-Way Liquid Antibacterial Soap with nothing but good results.
If you’ve hunted deer before, you know that the biggest obstacle we face in being successful is fooling the deer’s nose. Make sure you enter the woods as scent-free as absolutely possible for each and every hunt this fall, and you won’t regret it.
I’d love to hear what your favorite scent-reduction products are. What do you use that I didn’t mention?

Scent Control
 
Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro Team Member

www.BassPro.com

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