The Guide to Selecting a Quality Muzzleloading Rifle

A Little History: 

  • Muzzleloader HistoryBlack Powder: Black powder, an older form of gunpowder used in muzzleloaders, is well known by antique gun enthusiasts. It's a composition of saltpeter, charcoal and sulfur ground to a powder consistency. it was originally used by the Chinese in the 1300's, but the Englishman Roger Bacon is given credit for actually developing black powder in the 1600's. Bacon refined the Chinese version of gunpowder to use it in muzzleloaders of the day.
  • Muzzleloaders Firearms: The development of firearms was actually made possible by the invention of gunpowder. The first firearms were cannons. When hand-held firearms were made, they became tools for warfare, protection and hunting. These early firearms were loaded from he muzzle end, thus the designation "muzzleloader" - a term still used today.

As popularity of muzzleloaders increased, replicas were made like the traditional style rifles used by American frontiersmen. Along with the traditional style muzzleloaders, new designs sprang up making the rifles lighter, more accurate, quieter and more reliable for the competitive hunters of today.

Muzzleloader Parts/Firing Mechanism:

  • Parts of an In-line MuzzleloaderThe Flintlock: To load a flintlock, the proper charge of black powder is first-poured down the bore. The shooter then seats a pre-cut, lubricated patch and ball over the muzzle.  Using a starter, the patched ball is moved down into the barrel. With a ramrod, it is pushed the rest of the way down until it is seated firmly against the powder. Very fine black powder (usually the granulation designated as FFFg) is dropped into the pan; this is the primer. The pan cover, or frizzen, is closed.  When the flint held cock is pulled all the way back, it is ready to fire.  At the pull of the trigger, the cock is released and the flint strikes the frizzen, producing a shower of sparks to ignite the fine powder in the flashpan. The flash goes through a small touchhole to ignite the main charge and fire the piece.
  • The Caplock or "Percussion": With a caplock gun, the percussion cap performs the same function as a modern primer in a cartridge.  The cap is seated on a nipple at the end of a little tube leading into the barrel.  When the hammer falls, it ignites the priming compound in the cap, driving sparks down the tube to the powder charge. the loading process is the same with a percussion gun as with a flintlock, except that the cap replaces the loose priming charge and flashpan - and the hammer replaces the cock and flint. Caplock rifles are more popular for hunt than flintlocks. the caps are faster and more convenient to use than loose priming powder; there is no need to replace flints; and ignition is faster and surer with the caplock.


  • Pyrodex Powder Grades: There are a number of substitutes for black powder, and Black Powders for Muzzleloadersperhaps the best known is Pyrodex. Pyrodex is cleaner burning than black powder and harder to ignite. It is not recommended for flintlock rifles. Pyrodex is available in P for Pistols, R-S for rifles and shotguns and CTg for cartridges and pellets. Pyrodex pellets will give you more consistency, better performance, faster second shots and less waste. Seat it. Cap it. Shoot it. It's that easy! Guns using black powder or Pyrodex must be cleaned after firing.
  • Black Powder Grades: Black powder is available in four grades for a variety of uses. Fg is a coarse granulated black powder for cannons; FFg is for mid range calibers such as .50, .54, .58 and .62: FFFg is designed for pistols and small caliber rifles like .36 and .45 and FFFg is flash powder, used for priming flintlock muzzleloaders.
  • Black Powder Loads: Always use a good adjustable powder measure to prepare charges in correct amounts. Because no two muzzleloaders are alike, you must determine the best load for each gun and each use.

Bullet Selection Guide:

Game                                        Caliber          Bullet

Small Game (rabbit)               .32-.40           Round Ball

Medium Game (deer)             .40-.50           Round ball or conical bullet

                                                    .50-.62           Round Ball

Large Game (Elk)                    .50                  Conical Bullet

                                                    .54-.62           Round Ball or Conical Bullet

Black Powder Loading Tips: Getting your frontloader to hit where you're aiming begins with good loading practices. Here are a few tips that will help to ensure that you achieve optimal accuracy and performance.

  1. Always use your ramrod and cleaning jag with a dry patch to wipe the bore of your rifle clean of oil before pouring in a powder charge.
  2. If the patched round ball, conical, or saboted bullet you are loading fits so tightly that it is deformed by the time it's forced into the muzzle with a starter, it's not likely to shoot accurately.  Try a different combination.
  3. Seat the projectile with the ramrod in one continuous stroke. Trying to ram the projectile down the bore with shot jabs only deforms the ball or bullet and increases the chances of getting the projectile stuck in the bore before it's properly seated.

Safety Guidelines: Because blackpowder and Pyrodex are both highly explosive, safety rules must be followed closely.

  • Never store or use black powder or Pyrodex near direct heat or flames.
  • Always store them in a dry place in the original container, a flask or powder horn.
  • Never dry black powder that has gotten wet.
  • Don't smoke or allow others to smoke around blackpowder or Pyrodex.

Remember to follow safety rules and be especially careful when working up hunting loads for a new rifle.

As always when shopping at your favorite outdoor store Bass Pro Shops for all of your muzzleloading needs, please see our knowledgeable associates in the Hunting department to answer your hunting questions. They are happy to give you tips on how to get started in the exciting sport of muzzleloading and help you select all the components needed.






How to Choose the Right Outdoor Footwear

Rugged footwear





At Bass Pro Shops we can help you find the style right for you. Stop by our Footwear department and let our knowledgeable associates answer all your questions and help you get the right footwear and the right fit. Here are some things to consider when purchasing your next outdoor footwear.

 Basic footwear styles are built for specific conditions and activities. . . . .

  • Rugged Footwear: Long-wearing hunting or upland field boots, made to handle extremes of weather and terrain. Both insulated and non-insulated styles are available.
  • Rubber Bottom Footwear: For hunting in marshes or wet conditions, these waterproof, scent-free boots have no equal. Ideal for many other activities as well. Heavily insulated "pac boots" shine in cold snowy conditions.
  • Hikers/Trail Shoes: Designed for lightweight, long-wearing comfort and support to help you negotiate challenging outdoor terrains, Non-insulated.
  • Workboots/shoes: Where ever today's busy workplaces can dish out, this rugged footwear can take it. Most styles have steel toes for protection and slip-resistance outsoles to guard against falls. Very supportive.
  • Athletic Shoes: For indoor/outdoor sports and physical training, as well as all-around active wear, these lightweight styles offer superior support, comfort and traction.
  • Boat Shoes: Much needed traction for wet surfaces. Some styles feature classic leather uppers; others, the latest quick drying materials. For fishing and marine use.
  • Mocs/Clogs/Slippers: Casual, easy-wearing knockabouts. The ideal choice for campsite, home, lounging.
  • Sandals: When hot weather hits, these wide-open styles keep feet cool, yet protected form surface dangers.
  • Dress/Casual Shoes: From the office to the patio, these styles are built to make you look good, with premium leathers and classic comfortable styling.

Premium Features: Some things to look for that will impact overall comfort durability and support....

  • Waterproofing: Many styles, from hunting boots to dress shoes, are designed to keep moisture from entering the interior of your footwear. This translates to increased comfort and warmth for your feet-although it will add significantly to the price. If you will be spending time outdoors in any weather, you'll probably want waterproof footwear.
  • Moisture Wicking/Breathability: Dry feet are comfortable feet. Some footwear fabrics greatly reduce the clamminess and discomfort caused by perspiration dampness. Moisture-wicking fabrics pull perspiration away from foot and toward outer fabric surface, where evaporation occurs naturally.
  • Insulation/Temperature Regulation: Cold weather calls for insulated footwear. The amount of thermal protection varies greatly, so you'll need to evaluate your needs and compare several styles. From comparison, some insulating materials are rated by weight per square meter; thus, a hunting boot with "1000 gram insulation" would have about 5 times the insulating power of a similar boot with "200 gram insulation." Some footwear (primarily hunting boots) is available with temperature regulating insulation, fabrics designed to store your natural body heat then release it back as conditions dictate. Though pricey, temperature regulating footwear may be a good option for 3-season use.
  • Scent Control: Again, mostly in hunting boots; some styles are designed to inhibit the release of human scent, in order to keep sharp-nosed game from detecting you. Field reports indicate that this membrane-based technology is very effective. Pricey, yes- but it's a great feature for the stand hunter!
  • Traction/Support: Generally, the softer the sole the deeper its pattern, the better the traction due to its greater gripping surface. Some hunting boots and hikers feature "self-cleaning" soles, designed to shed mud and debris so as to retain their gripping power. many styles feature dual-density outsoles and /or multilayer midsoles, which offer combinations of specialized materials that add extra cushioning, shock absorption, torsional stability and arch support, or antibacterial protection.  Styles with steel or fiberglass shanks in the footbed, plus rigid molded lasts at the back and sides of the foot, deliver sturdy, long-term support all around.

Specialized Material: Fabrics and sole material used in high-performance footwear. . . .

  • Blown rubber - Air impregnated rubber used in outsoles. 40% lighter than solid rubber; excellent traction and cushioning.
  • Cambrelle - Soft, breathable, moisture-wicking nylon used in linings and footbeds.
  • Cordura - High-denier, printable nylon developed especially for rugged use. Extreme abrasion resistance; holds camo patterns well.
  • Dri-Lex - 3-layer lining material designed to maximize air circulation. Breathable, moisture wicking, self ventilating.
  • Full-grain leather - Full-hide thickness. Tough, strong, waterproof in the outer layer.
  • GORE-TEX - 100% waterproof, breathable membrane.
  • GORE-TEX Supprescent - 100% waterproof, breathable membrane that won't transmit scent.
  • Suede - Leather in which the fibers have been buffed down to a velvety finish.
  • Thinsulate Insulation - Lightweight, low-loft heat-retaining material. Delivers maximum insulating power per gram of weight.
  • Vibram - High-strength molded outsole material; noted for traction and durability.




Put a Sock in It! Your footwear That Is!

Redhead Lifetime thermal sock


Get the most from your footwear with socks that match the performance characteristics. . . . . . . .

Why are there so many different sock styles? These days, there's a sock made for virtually every activity. It's not just "dress or casual" anymore; now you can choose highly specialized styles for hunting, hiking, wading, athletics-you name it. Different fibers and technologies combine to create specialty socks that perform particularly well in certain situations.

  • Thermals - For hunting, fishing or camping in could weather. Most have a wool or acrylic base for maximum insulating power, and rise to a least mid-calf for wearing under cold-weather cold-weather boots or pacs.
  • Hikers - For extended wear in rough terrains. Well cushioned, strongly reinforced, good moisture management for non-chafing comfort.
  • Liners - Base layer for extra comfort, thermal efficiency and blister prevention. High moisture wicking ability. for hiking and cold weather.
  • Specialty - Waterproof socks are great for wading, swamps or deep snow. Boot covers form a blanket-like outer cold barrier.

Materials: Sock construction makes a big difference in your comfort. Some of the more common materials include:

  • Wool-  A very dense natural fiber. Extremely warm; insulates even when wet.
  • Nylon - Light, breathable, smooth and comfortable. Good stretch and shape retention.
  • Acrylic - Synthetic fiber; an efficient insulator.
  • Cotton - Natural fiber; soft, warm and comfortable, but does not wick well. Do not wear next to your skin in ultra-cold weather.
  • Outlast and CoolMax - Breathable, synthetic temperature-regulating insulation materials designed to store your body heat and release it back to you when temperatures drop. High wicking ability.

 When shopping for footwear at your favorite outdoor store, Bass Pro Shops, please be sure and ask our knowledgeable footwear associates which sock is right for your outdoor activity.


Pick the Perfect Tent for Your Camping Needs! (Part II)

Tent Features: After comparing construction and fabrics you will have a pretty clear idea of what you can expect for your money. Your last consideration should be the features that accentuate the tent. Bass Pro has updated many tents with unique features that make them fun and easy to use as a shelter. (Not all tents have all features.) 

  • Hoop awning design for added shelter and ventilation
  • Clear view skylight roof panels
  • Door/mud mat to aid in keeping tent floor accessible through front exterior of tent
  • Inside storage pockets and gear loft/organizer

Special Features: Once a tent is erected it should have additional features that help to stabilize it should winds become strong. Bass Pro brand tents have the following features built in to their tents to ensure that they remain strong against inclement weather.

  • Delta Guide Wind Guides on rainfly. These are extra tabs that are sewn into the fly. Guy ropes are tied through the tabs and then anchored with stakes to secure the tent.
  • Pin and ring assembly. We use the pin and ring assembly on our tents to provide tension on the tent floor and walls to create added tension to withstand strong winds. The ends of each pole assembly are slipped into a ring that is sewn into a tab on the floor of each tent. by attaching the pole to the tent floor the walls have much more stability against the forces of nature.
  • The taffeta polyester that makes up the tents is treated with polyurethane so that the force of driving rain will not permeate the fabric. However, needle holes in the seams can allow water to seep through. Nothing is more uncomfortable than having all of your belongings soaked. As an added safeguard against leaking, Bass Pro Shops tapes every seam on our tents. Even the seams on the tent fly are taped for added security.

Helpful Hints: Make sure that you take all of you needs into consideration when purchasing a tent. What are you using it for? How many people will be using it?

A quality tent will be designed so the rain fly does not touch the tent itself.

Seal all floor and fly seams with sealant before use.

Familiarize yourself with the tent by setting it up before actually using it. This will be a great aid in getting erected at the campsite where your attention to other details is needed.

To prevent mildew from forming, always air out after use. It should be as dry as possible before you pack it away. If you are not able to get it dry at the campsite set it up after you arrive home and let it dry completely.



Make Bass Pro Shops your one stop shopping for all of your camping needs. Your adventure starts here!


Pick the Tent Perfect for Your Camping Needs! (Part I)

Tent Sizes & Styles:

Dome Tent

 Dome Tent: dome tents are quick to set up and quick to take down. They usually feature shockcorded fiberglass poles that are threaded through loops or sleeves beginning at one corner of the tent and going up and over the opposite corner. The two pole sections at the top give the tent its dome shape and good stability, even in inclement weather. Dome tents have a center height that peaks at the center of the roof. An optional rainfly rests on the exterior frame providing shelter from precipitation while allowing for circulation. Dome tents are great for short stays with 2-3 people and for taking into remote locations or areas where setup space is limited.

Cabin Style: Cabin style requires more time to erect and take down but they are larger in overall floorCabin Tent size and the roof has more overall height allowing them to more easily accommodate several people comfortably.The doors also are larger allowing for easy mobility in entering and exiting and for setting up camping equipment inside. many of the cabin style tents have room dividers to create separate sleeping areas or to allow for sleeping/living areas to be separated.  Cabin tents are ideal for camping excursions that go beyond a weekend stay and for situations that might require more than just sleeping space.  Once you have narrowed down the tent style that would best suit your needs, use the following features to help sort out what makes a tent a good one.

Fabrics: This is one of the biggest factors to pay attention to in determining the value of a tent. Bass Pro line of tents are all constructed of polyester taffeta, a fabric that is abrasion resistant and has exceptional UV and acid rain resistance. Polyester retains more strength when wet, eliminating stretching and sagging and it dries as quickly as nylon. Tent fabric should be treated with a polyurethane coating. The heavier the coating the more waterproof it will be in driving rain. Tent floors that are made of lightweight polyurethane coating, or a heavy duty polyester, will wear longer since those fabrics are waterproof. tear resistant, mildew and abrasion resistant. We always recommend that a tarp be placed over the ground where the tent is to be set up to prevent punctures and to deep the floor clean.

Windows: A quality tent will utilize mesh window material that gives you clear visibility from the inside out. Windows should have storm flaps that are easy to open and close. Zippered flaps are fast and easy to open and close and seal the window completely when needed. They can also be left partially open to help with ventilation. 

Rainflies: On a dome tent, a rainfly is a must. It provides an additional barrier from rain and from the hot sun. It can also help to hold in heat when the window and doors are closed. Rainflies should not completely cover windows and doors. A pitched fly over the door makes for easy entry and exit.


  • Tarps - Using a heavy-duty tarp under your tent floor will protect it from abrasions and tears and will help guard against the effects of a heavy rain. The tarp should be slightly smaller than the floor of the tent to prevent pooling of water.
  • Stakes - If you are considering using your tent in terrains where the ground consists of rocks you would do well to consider purchasing heavy-duty metal stakes. And it is always a good idea to purchase replacement stakes in case of loss or emergencies. The use of a mallet will be helpful in harder ground.
  • Seam Sealers - The use of seam sealers will extend tent life and can save your camping vacation during heavy downpours.

 See the knowledgeable associates at you local Bass Pro Shops  in the Camping department for answers to your questions. They are always happy to give you information on tents and camping equipment to help you select the best equipment to fit your camping needs. 


Your Guide to Selecting the Best Pair of Sunglasses for Your Active Lifestyle!

Sunglass Counter


Choosing the right pair of sunglasses is often a chore all by itself. The style, the lens, and the shape all have to be just right. Here are some other options to think about when choosing a pair of sunglasses at Bass Pro Shops.



Picking a Good Pair:

  • Provide protection from ultraviolet rays.  Ultraviolet (UV) light damages the cornea and the retina.  A good pair of sunglasses can eliminate UV rays completely.
  • Provide protection from intense light. When the eye receives too much light, it closes the iris. Once it has closed the iris as far as it can, you begin  to squint. If there is still too much light, as there can be when sunlight is reflecting off of snow, the retina can become damaged.  A well-crafted pair of sunglasses can block light entering the eyes by as such as 97%.
  • Provide protection from glare. Certain surfaces, such as water, can reflect a great deal of light. Quality sunglasses can completely eliminate this kind of glare using polarization.
  • Eliminate specific frequencies of light. Certain frequencies of light can blur vision, while others can enhance contrast. Choosing the right color for your sunglasses will allow them to work better in specific light and environmental situations.


The Perfect Pair:

Sunglasses come in many shapes, colors and sizes. In order to find the perfect pair of sunglasses, you need to match the features to fit your lifestyle.  Here are some important features to compare when buying a pair of sunglasses.

  • Lens Material
  • Lens Quality
  • Special Coatings
    • Anti-Reflective Coating
    • Lens
    • Polarizing Film
    • Scratch Resistant Coating
    • Mirror Coating
  • Frame and Lens Design
  • Frame Material

 Lens Tinting:

  • Gray Tints
  • Yellow or Gold Tints
  • Amber and Brownish Tints
  • Green Tints
  • Purple and Rose Tints

Ultra-Violet Coating:  Several serious eye problems can be linked to one cause: UV light. Intense and prolonged exposure to UV radiation can cause cancer of the eye.

A good UV coating on your sunglasses can eliminate UV radiation, and you should check to make sure that your sunglasses filter out 100 percent of UV rays. There should be a statement on the label telling you how much UV protection the sunglasses have. You want 100% protection.Oakley

Polarized Lens: Polarization can occur either naturally or artificially. You can see an example of natural polarization every time you look at the surface of a lake or river. The reflected glare off the surface is the light that does not make it through the water, and is the reason why you often cannot see anything below the surface, even though the water may be very clear. 

CostaBass Pro Shops has  the best selection of the most popular brands of sunglasses available including our own Bass Pro Shops brands, Maui Jim, Costa, Ray Ban and Oakley just to name a few. Please see the knowledgeable associates in the Sunglass Department for answers to your questions. They are happy to give you tips on sunglasses and help you select the best pair that fits your needs.


Enter for Your Chance to Win!

 Win this Boat! July 5, - July 31, 2012.

Tahoe Q5

Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  All entries must be legible to qualify,  You can enter at your local Bass Pro Shops or go online











Outdoor Summer Fun with Bass Pro Shops!

Lawn Darts Summer is always a great time for outside family fun time. Everyone loves a little friendly competition with the family. With Bass Pro Shops selection of yard games you'reLED Ladder Toss covered! In our gifts department we've got lots of fun games to do with the kids, your friends, or your friends' kids!

New this year is a  Lawn Darts outdoor game for a great price. It comes with everything you need to start up a game as soon as you get home! And for the cooler times, late evening to night time fun we've got LED Lighted Ladder Toss. In this game, you throw the bolas and try to wrap them around the highest rung on the ladder.  LED lights in the ladder and glow sticks for the bolas make it ease to keep playing to the wee Footballhours of the morning. The newest addition to our outdoor fun is a Bass Pro Shops brand football! It's green and gold and perfect for tailgating or a quick game of catch. It's a great buy at only $9.99.

If the weather outside isn't cooperating don't forget to check out our selectionThe Strike of Nintendo Wii games. We have The Hunt Trophy Showdown, which has you looking for big bucks, and The Strike Tournament Edition for those days when you just can't get to the lake. 


Denise B.

Special Events Coordinator


Summer Fun on the Water = Summer Safety!



How are you going to be spending your summer? We all want to stay cool and the best place to do that is on one of our beautiful local lakes or rivers. With so many  lakes to choose from safety should be part of your summer fun on the water.

Keeping safety in mind, you should stop by your localBody Glove Vest Bass Pro Shops marine department for all of your summer fun equipment.  The variety of personal flotation devices, PFD* (life jackets) available is great, from the Body Glove Vortex Vest**  for skiing or riding your jet skis, to the Bass Pro Shops Automatic/Manual Inflatable Vest***, they have it all.  And don't forget the kids, we want everyone to be safe, ask one of our associates at the marine counter and they will make sure everyone is fitted to a tee. 

 If you are active on the water in your kayak or canoe an Ascend Paddling Vest ** is just what you Mesh Top Vestneed. For the fisherman who needs to be able to cast without any restrictions the Bass Pro Shops Mesh Top Vest** could be your new favorite while fishing. 



Don't forget:

Mandatory Education

All persons born after January 1, 1994, must complete a boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower. The person may operate the boat if accompanied by someone over 18 years of age who if required has completed the course.

*PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE - *Louisiana law requires that all children 16 years of age and younger wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD while underway on a vessel less than 26 feet long. The PFD must be fastened and of the proper size for the child.

**USCG - approved Type III

***USCG - approved Type V with Type III performance


Denise B.

Bossier City, LA










Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops!



Guess what Mom's and Dad's, summer is here, the kids are out of school and you have to keep them entertained. Let us help you at Bass Pro Shops. We are having a FREE Summer Camp, June 9, through July 15, with kids workshops, games, crafts and more! We will also have be making s’mores every Saturday at 6:00pm! Bring the kids in for a fun learning experience on the great outdoors!


Schedule of Fun:

1pm – 5pm – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sundays


1pm – Dogs in the Outdoors
2pm – Archery
3pm – Wildlife Exploration
4pm – Camping
5pm – Exploring Hunting & Shooting


1pm – Outdoor Discovery & Conservation
2pm – Bird Watching
3pm – Fishing
4pm – Backyard Adventures
5pm – Archery


1pm – Fishing
2pm – Camping
3pm – Wildlife Exploration
4pm – Backyard Adventures
5pm – Archery


1pm – Outdoor Discovery & Conservation
2pm – Bird Watching
3pm – Fishing
4pm – Dogs in the Outdoors
5pm – Exploring Hunting & Shooting
Free Photo – Have the opportunity to receive a FREE photo download – Weekends only 1-5pm

Shooting Range –Try out a youth bow, soft strike foam bow or a BB gun.
Free Shooting Arcade – Take aim at the shooting arcade to see who hits the most.
Free Casting Targets – Test your skills using a rod and reel in our casting area.
Free Catch and Release Pond – June 9 & 10 and June 16 & 17, 2012.

S’mores – Saturdays Only 6-7pm

FREE Crafts

June 9, 10, 12 &14 – Decorate a Seedling Pot
June 16, 17, 19 & 21 – Paint a Wiggle Snake
June 23, 24, 26 & 28 – Create your own Catch-a-Fish game
June 30, July 1, 3, & 5 – Paint a Bear Track
July 7, 8, 10 & 12 – Stamp a Leather Wristband
July 14 & 15 – Paint a Birdhouse


Denise B.

Special Events



YETI - the Ultimate Father's Day Gift

Happy Father's Day!


After all those years of working hard, playing catch, and teaching you to hunt and fish, doesn't your Dad deserve the best?  This year get him what we wants: his own YETI Cooler.  

YETI Coolers make perfect gifts for deserving Dads on Father’s Day. From the portable Roadie 20 to the all-purpose Tundra 65, there is a YETI for every family man. Plus, this is the best time of year for coolers - the fun in the sun is just getting started!Yeti Cooler

Visit your local Authorized YETI Coolers Dealer, Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City  today. Our associates  will work hard to help you find the perfect gift for Dad, but don't wait until the last minute.

With the the best selection in town come to Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City, and check out all of our other great Father's Day gifts. And if you just can't make up your mind, remember our Bass Pro Shops gift cards are a great way to tell Dad how much you love him!

Wildly stronger! Keep ice longer!


Best Regards,

D. Bonnevier

Bass Pro Shops - Bossier City





Finding Buried Treasure: Metal Detecting Basics for Beginners

How many times have you passed by old foundations where houses once stood? Or past a construction site where a new building is being erected and thought to yourself, "I bet there's all kinds of treasures just waiting to be found in that pile of dirt". Metal detecting is a growing and popular activity in the world; and if you are interested in doing the same thing, there are simple basic things that you first need to be concerned with.  Here are some tips that you may consider to help you pick the metal detecting equipment most suitable to your needs.

Metal detecting on the beachPurchasing The Right Equipment

Obviously, the ultimate and basic thing you will need for metal detecting is the metal detector. Bass Pro Shops has a variety of metal detectors in store as well as online.  With varying prices you can't help but find the one just right for you. Whether you only do your metal detecting on the weekends or you have made it a everyday event, Bass Pro Shops has what you need. So before you purchase one you need to be knowledgeable on the different kinds as well as the various uses of these metal detectors. So do your research and get the one just right for you.



Finding The Best Placesbeach

The next thing that you need to find is a suitable place where you can conduct your metal detecting. At first, you can simply practice in your backyard. It will give you the chance in becoming comfortable with you metal detector and also gaining detecting skills. What is more, since your are already familiar with your backyard, you can anticipate the areas where you will most likely find a discovery. This will prepare you in the future especially if you are already in territories that are not familiar to your eyes.

  • Local Parks
  • Old Schools
  • Old Churches
  • Forests and Woods
  • Revival Meeting Areas
  • Camp Sites
  • Back Yards
  • River Banks, beaches, and swimming holes

Other great sites for detecting metals are playgrounds, battle fields, ghost towns, and old picnic areas.

war findings on a battle field with metal detectorIn metal detecting, it is important that you keep an open mind about the area that you are searching and also with the different items that you may find. Remember not to be afraid of getting dirty as metal detecting will require you to dig out the items that you have detected with your equipment. Even though the items you may find are not necessarily worth a fortune, the simple joy of finding them anonymously is definitely worth the dirt.



Denise B.

Bossier City, LA


Bass Pro Shops and Mothers Day? Yes, We Have What She Wants!


Pink/Camo purse

Let me start first by saying "Happy Mothers Day" from Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City! 

If you are looking for that special gift for mom, the one you know she will love and never forget, come to Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro Shops is not just a store for men like everyone thinks. If you've never been in a Bass Pro Shops you don't know what you're missing.  The versatility of the merchandise we sale surprises many men and women alike who come into the store for the first time. We can clothe you from head to toe with the latest fashions and accessories.

Mothers Day display Bossier City, LAOur Gifts Department has something every mother will love. From bird feeders to wind chimes, jewelry to candles, as seen in the mothers day display in our store. If you can't find what your looking for,  please ask one of our associates and they will be more than happy to help you find that special gift.

So let's have a history lesson on Mothers day:  Anna Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mothers Day in the United States. Inspired by her mother Mrs. Anna Marie Jarivs, an activist and social worker, used to express her desire that someday someone would honor all mothers. To honor her mother and her wishes, Anna and supporters wrote letters to people in positions of power lobbing for the official declaration of Mothers Day holiday. The hard work paid off. By 1911, Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day

Let us all  take Mother's Day as an opportunity to pay tribute to our mothers and thank them for all their love and support.

Happy Mothers Day


New in Camping; Bass Pro Shops and Igloo a Winning Combination!

Igloo Yukon Series Cold LockersBass Pro Shops is thrilled to be partnered in business with Igloo Products Corp, and we are eager to help launch the series of four new performance "Cold Lockers" that promise ultimate performance for the serious outdoorsman. The new roto-molded series, Yukon, comes in 50, 70, 150, and 250 quart sizes and was designed by and for hunting and fishing enthusiasts.

Igloo cooler consumers run the gambit from the occasional weekend recreational users to serious, hunting in the high mountains, fishing the ocean for the big ones. The new Yukon series is definitely for the latter, these coolers employ all the Igloo technology that we've developed over 65 years they are:

  • rugged
  • hold temperature for seven to fourteen full days
  • virtually indestructible
  • have a oversized tethered drain plug to prevent loss and for easy draining and cleaning
  • have a textured, non-skid working and standing surface integrated into their lids and unique  dual, reversible skid/anti-skid pads on the bottom
  • the lid is secured with durable, yet flexible rubber latches with finger grips
  • all stainless steel hinges, hardware and dual lid locks for maximum security

All of these features make the Yukon series the most durable cold lockers in the woods or on the water. For marine users, the new 70-quart Yukon is designed on the Igloo 94 quart Marine footprint, so it fits readily into racks or under leaning posts on boats.

All four Yukon models are white and include a fully foamed lid with an integrated fish measurement ruler and UV inhibitors to guard against sun damage. The MSRP for the 50-quart is $329.99. The MSRP for the 70-quart is $389.99. The MSRP for the 150-quart is $569.99 and the MSRP for the 250-quart is $799.99.  

The new Yukon series cold lockers arrived to Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City in early March 2012. Come in and find out why Igloo is the nation's largest cooler manufacturer and why we are proud to carry their product in our stores.


Denise Bonnevier

Bossier City, LA



They're Back! That's Right the Bass Pro Shops FLAG T-Shirts!

Bass Pro Shops Flag T-ShirtsI don't know about your family but in ours we look forward to the Bass Pro Shops Flag T-Shirts coming out every year.  For only $5.00 a shirt you can't beat the price or the quality.  My dad has some from six years ago he still wears, says they just get better with age.  The display this year in the Bass Pro Shops-Bossier City is really great! It's has everything you could need for the up coming 4th of July. They have towels, flip flops and hats and coolers all in Red, White and Blue.  You can't miss it when you come into the store.

The flag t-shirts have a new design this year, let us know what you think on our Facebook page.


 Become a Fan!


If your looking for that shirt that really shows your patriotic spirit and the men all love to wear, Redhead Red White and Blue ShirtsRedhead Stars and Strips Shirts, is the shirt you are looking for. You can find them in the Men's department and for only $24.99-$27.99, all men should be sporting one. Don't let your man be the only man on the block without one of these classic Red, White and Blue shirts this summer.





Denise B.

Bossier City, LA


Pink Just Makes it Better: A Woman's Point of View

BPS Pink/CamoTalk about womans revolution, there is one on the horizon of all the outdoor that used to be just for men. The manufacturer knows it and it's happening at your favorite outdoor store, Bass Pro Shops. What's new in PINK, for the outdoors women.  Let's see who's joined in the revolution:

  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Browning
  • Eliminator
  • Handall
  • Mossy Oak - Break up
  • Primos
  • Radians
  • Realtree
  • Redhead
  • Remington
  • Shakespeare
  • SHE Outdoor Apparel
  • Weber's

Bulldog Pink Ammo bagWatch out, here they come. Women throughout Louisiana and neighboring states will be shopping your hunting, fishing, fly shop, marine, and archery departments getting ready for the next "Becoming an Outdoors-Women" (BOW) workshops. 

Pink Bow

If you are a woman 18 or older and like the outdoors, you will love this three-day skill's workshops. Participants will enroll in four classes from a selection of more than 30 topics. These subjects include bucks, does, shotgun, rifle, fly-fishing, canoeing, camping, archery, horseback riding, fishing, boating/trailering, map and compass skills, outdoor photography, camp cooking, and more. Expert instructors donate their time and skills in classes taught in and around the nearby streams, lakes, wooded ridges,a and forest trails of beautiful Louisiana.

Natural resource scientist Christine Thomas of the University of Wisconsin founded the "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" program. She completed a survey in 1991 entitled Barriers to Women Participating in Hunting and Fishing. it documented that the most obvious problem for women was lack of instruction and encouragement.

To receive more information contact LDWF at


Denise B.


Set Your Sights Event

Bass Pro Shops has created the "Set Your Sights Event" to assist customers who are first time gun buyers, and to help them choose the firearm that is right for them. In addition, to address questions customers may have on reloading, proper care of firearms and questions on Laws and Permits.

Seminar Schedule

Friday, May 4 – 6pm-9pm

6:00 pm – “Guns and Accessories for your Modern Sporting Rifle Project”
7:00 pm – “Conceal-Carry – A discussion of Laws, Permits, and Equipment”
8:00 pm – “Reloading Basics”

Saturday, May 5  & Sunday May 6, 1pm-4pm

1:00 pm – “Guns and Accessories for your Modern Sporting Rifle Project”
2:00 pm – “Conceal-Carry – A discussion of Laws, Permits, and Equipment” 
3:00 pm – “Reloading Basics”
4:00 pm – “What is a CCW?” Learn what you should expect for a conceal carry class.

Give-a-ways – Drawings

Bass Pro Shops exclusive Remington 700 ADL rifle – 1 winner per store
Remington 700 ADL



Reloading Kit


Otis Technology Elite Gun Cleaning System – 1 winner per store




Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

You will have a chance to win a $25.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card just for attending one, or all of the seminars! The drawing will take place after each seminar for those who attend the seminars.




Denise B.

Special Events Coordintor

Bossier Ctiy, LA


Mosquito Season is Upon Us - What to do?

This year the mosquitos are out in force and earlier this year, than the past few years. If you've been out working in your yard, or just walking from your car to the house, you've been the victim of one ofMosquito those pesky little blood suckers.

As we all have been, I've been looking for a repellent that really seems to work and work well. What I hope will be the solution to the problem is ThermaCELL Portable Mosquito Repellent.  While shopping at my local Bass Pro Shops - Bossier City, in the camping department I spoke with the reliable associates who swear by this product. I've tried lots of things to get rid of the little pests, hoping to enjoy sitting on my terrace or have a good night's sleep while on vacation.

 Let's have a look at what's on the market today:

  • DEET - That you apply to your skin: They're very effective against mosquitos, but you'll repel most human beings as well; they're not pleasant to apply, not healthy, and you can't wait to shower.
  • Mosquito Coils - When you light these, they start spreading poisonous fumes containing pyrethrins and other compounds that kill the mosquitoes. They're very effective, but not very healthy, and they don't smell too good either. If you need them buy "serious" brands to make sure they're at least tested for minimal health impact.
  • Citronella Candles - Cozy on your terrace, but probably more of a placebo effect than it is real repellent, if you ask me.

 ThermaCELL The ThermaCELL mosquito repellent , starting at $23.99 @ Bass Pro Shops - Bossier City, is supposed to work differently. It uses tablets that release a natural insecticide and insect repellent (allethrin) found in chrysanthemum flowers. The dose is sufficient to repel the insects, but not to kill them, so I can only suppose that it's not very harmful to humans either. They claim that they create - within 10 minutes - a 15 x 15 ft (225 sq ft) "Mosquito-Free Zone," I've been reading user feedback from several sources, and so far the feedback supports their claims. Besides mosquitoes, it's also effective against no-see-ums, sand flies, and black flies.ThermaCELL Refills

To give off the active compound, the device uses heat. And that's where it's really clever. Instead of requiring you to find an electric outlet or to charge batteries, it uses butane cartridges which can generate heat for up to 9-12 hours per cartridge. That way you can use the device in your tent, or even when fishing or hunting in the open - ThermaCELL sells holsters to carry the device around. Refills are also available at all Bass Pro Shops, your favorite outdoor store.


Denise Bonnevier

Bass Pro Shops - Bossier City, LA




Your Favorite Rewards Program Just Got Better!

Outdoor Rewards


While you are shopping  in your favorite outdoor store, Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City, remember we have a rewards program that just got better!  Let me tell you how with 3 ways to earn points:





Outdoor Rewards Card:

Outdoor Rewards Platinum Plus Visa card:

  • Earn 3% on every dollar you spend at Bass Pro Shops **
  • Earn 1% on all purchases everywhere else you shop **
  • non minimum annual spend to reach Rewards
  • 10% or $15 off first purchase in-store upon approval for new accounts

New Signature Visa Card







All NEW Outdoor Rewards Visa Signature Card:

  • Earn 5% on every dollar you spend at Bass Pro Shops **
  • Earn 1% on all purchases everywhere else you shop **
  • No minimum annual spend to reach Rewards
  • Purchase Replacement - Repair or replace covered purchases within 90 days of the date of purchase **
  • Travel and Emergency Assistance - A 24/7 network service providing emergency medical, legal, travel and transportation assistance **
  • Roadside Dispatch - 24-hour, toll-free referral dispatch for emergency roadside assistance services like towing, fuel delivery, locksmith and more in the US and Canada **
  • Visa Signature Concierge - Personal assistance service by making entertainment, gift, personal and getaway arrangements for hunting & fishing trips **
  • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver - Receive auto coverage for damage due to collision or theft **
  • Lost Luggage Reimbursement - Up to $3000 per covered trip **

**Certain restrictions apply to the rewards program and program benefits. Details accompany new account material. 

The top 5 reasons to be a cardholder:

  • 1 - Rewards for being a cardholder
  • 2 - No Annual Fees
  • 3 - Customers get great perks during the Classics
  • 4 - Exclusive Outdoor Rewards Member Events
  • 5 - Conservation*

*With each Visa card purchase, BPS contributes to help conservation efforts. Cardholders have contributed more than $12 million since 2002.

For all of our customers in the Military, remember that we have the Military 10%  discount from the 15th - 22nd of every month, so combined that's a 20% discount off your purchase.

For more information on any of our 3 Ways to Earn Points please stop by Customer Service and ask to speak to one of our credit card associates.

Be sure to check out our new Bass Pro Shops - Bossier City Facebook page and Like us!


Denise B.

Bossier City, LA



Bass Pro Shops is Your One Stop Shopping for the Zombie Epidemic!

It’s inevitable that with the growth rate of the world, a Zombie epidemic is looming. Whether you believe the previous statement or not, for the sake of this blog, let’s say there is an imminent “Zombie” threat, how would you prepare? Zombie Max

First get to your nearest Bass Pro Shops and talk with the experts in the hunting department. They will be sure to tell you for tips on how to prepare for the Zombie epidemic you should trust Hornady.  Hornady has placed on every box of high quality ammo a Zombie 101 tutorial, and posted videos on their Web site. Dealing with an uprising of something that has already been declared dead once, we cannot use just any ammunition. Luckily for us Hornady has designed a CZA (Certified Zombie Ammunition) round just for the flesh eating undead. Hornady’s Zombie Max (11.99-24.99) is available in almost all calibers and provides a quality round you can trust.

Winchester Defender 12 ga.Zombie experts agree that the 12 ga. Shotgun is the best choice for a primary weapon to hold off any zombie revolt. Our weapon of choice for an impending uprising is the Winchester Defender SXP (399.99). With a compact feel and an 18 inch barrel, this 12 ga. pump shotgun is easy to pack or carry for maximum zombie stopping power.

Major manufactures everywhere are helping consumers prepare for the rise of the living Darkotic dead.Birchwood Casey has developed an entire line of high visibility Zombie splattering targets; which could represent everything from your Pizza delivery guy, to your neighbor’s dog. 

Plano has created an ammo box for you to keep all of your supplies together and ready. Bass Pro Shops is your one stop shop for all your outdoor, shooting and Zombie needs. One last thing, if all else fails, AIM FOR THE HEAD!

Plano Zombie



 James Sullivan

Shreveport, LA