Bountiful harvest means bountiful hunting

Finding the “hot” or most preferred food source has always been important for archery hunters in October. That’s even truer this season, when most areas of Missouri hold fewer deer than they did just a few years ago.

Deer seek and eat white oak acorns like candy, and those small nuts have been hitting the ground for nearly a month around my hunting property. But I’ve found another treat that my deer can’t resist: fresh fruit. This has been an exceptionally productive year for fruit trees, and many landowners I know with orchards have experienced an abundance of apples and pears on their trees this fall.

I have a pair of pear trees, and both the quantity and quality of this year’s fruit is off the charts. My family has enjoyed eating our share of fresh pears, but we’re not alone. The ground around those two trees is littered with deer tracks and droppings. It’s the hottest feeding spot I have on my property right now.

If you’ve been struggling to find deer in your neck of the woods this month, look for the most preferred food source. And then look for the trails leading to and from that spot. It’s almost a guarantee that you won’t kill a big buck at that smorgasbord, because he won’t be feeding there during daylight hours. But if you position a stand along the trail he will walk on his way to eat in the evening, you’ll have a great chance to put your tag on him. Good luck out there!

- Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro

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Teal Season Necessities

It's finally here, teal season! We asked hunting team lead Landon for some tips for this season.

-This is going to be a great teal season, the population is up compared to the long-term average. It'll be a 6 day season starting Sept. 6 running until Sept. 21st.

-Hopefully you've been doing this already, but make sure to scout before you go hunt so you know where the birds are going and where their food sources are. That'll help you when it's time to go out.

-A couple great places to go teal hunting around here include Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area or Grand Pass Conservation Area about 45 minutes away from Columbia near Marshall.

- Make sure to match your camo to the terrain you'll be in. You're probably going to want wear green camo because the leaves are still on the trees.

-Use a 12 or 20 gauge gun with steel shot ammo. Anywhere from 4 to 6 shot is sufficient.

-Make sure you have a teal call, which sounds a little different than a duck call. We have a variety of options, just stop by the hunting counter if you need assistance choosing a call.

-Because it's still so hot out and there are a lot of mosquitoes, get a ThermaCELL to repel the bugs while you hunt. It repels mosquitoes mosquitoes for up to 12 hours by creating an invisible, orderless protection by heating a chemically treated repellent mat that covers up to a 15' diameter. It's powered by a butane cartridge that's included, repelling more powerfully than mosquito coils. It's also cordless and portable.

-Best time to go teal hunting is first thing in the morning or in the evening (check with MDC and the landowner, some don't allow hunting in the evening.)

-Ducks land into the wind, so make sure to place your decoys accordingly.

If you have any other questions feel free to comment below or visit our hunting department. Good luck this season!

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Missouri conservationist receives prestigious Hornaday Gold Medal Award

Glenn Chambers

Conservationist of the Year in 2001, Conservation Federation of Missouri in 2002, Who’s Who in America in 2002, Lifetime Achievement Award Conservation Federation of Missouri in 2002, Faculty-Alumni Award, University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004; it’s safe to say Glenn Chambers is well-accomplished.

Because of his work, “Boy Scouts of America approved Glenn Chambers for the Hornaday Gold Medal award which recognizes meritorious service to Scouting and conservation.” The award began in 1914 and became what it is today in 1937 when it was named after the founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Dr. William T. Hornaday. Chambers is the first recipient of the award from central and northeast Missouri.

"(receiving the award) was awesome is all I can say," Chambers said. "It was a real surprise. That award is given out very seriously and recipients have to be something special and I didn't realize I qualified for it."

Chambers found his love for the outdoors while growing up on a farm in rural Missouri and hunting with his father. From that his interest in photography sprouted and he ended up combining his two passions.

After attending a one-room school in his early elementary years, he chose to earn his Master’s degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Missouri, Columbia. About 30 years later in 2001 he received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Central Missouri State University.

He managed the August A. Busch Memorial Wildlife Area at Weldon Spring for the Missouri Department of Conservation and was promoted to Wildlife Research Biologist researching pheasant range extension in Missouri. Later he added cinematographer for MDC to his work and became Motion Picture Specialist producing feature-length award-winning motion pictures including “Return of the Wild Turkey.” A few years after, he served as Corporate Wildlife Photographer with Ducks Unlimited.

Once he “retired,” he began to present live River Otter programs to schools and other audiences throughout Missouri with MDC. He and his wife Jeannie travelled more than 800,000 miles reaching more than 1,000,000 people (mostly children). He also contracted with National Geographic Television to produce a feature-length film titled “Otter Chaos.”

Among his other great accomplishments, he had his photographic exhibits at the Department of Interior, Washington D.C. and a traveling exhibit with the prestigious Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.

The Hornaday Gold Medal Award will be presented at a dinner Friday, Sept. 12 in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol Building.

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Win a Half-Dozen New Arrows!

 

Archery season is right around the corner, and you have a chance to win a half-dozen new BlackOut X1 Pro Carbon Arrows this month (a $59.99 value). Send us your favorite game picture via Twitter (@BassProComo) or Facebook, and you'll be entered into a chance to win. I've attached one of my favorite game camera shots, I can't wait to see yours.

-Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro

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Aim small, miss small

If you want to be an accurate archery hunter, follow this simple aiming tip when your practicing hunting from our local hunting pro Todd Pridemore.

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Sunglass Spotlight

 

Here at Bass Pro Shops in Columbia we offer a wide selection of products you may need for your outdoor adventure from your head wear to your foot wear. An often overlooked but critical piece to help you enjoy the great outdoors are sunglasses, and here at Bass Pro Shops, we offer a wide variety of styles and brands like Strike King, Jimmy Houston and Bill Dance for fishing, and Smith Optics for shooting. Fish eyes, guidelines and all terrain are reader lenses, and XPS offers a wide variety of polar sensor lenses.

Haven and Cocoon will take care of your prescription glasses with clip ons, flip ups and fit over glasses. We continue our selection with NASCAR, Ironman and plenty of youth styles. In addition, we offer a high end selection including Maui Jim, Native and Costas sunglasses (We are one of two who sell Costas in Columbia). As always, we thank you for shopping at your local Bass Pro Shops, where you always receive more outdoors for your money.

 

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Giggin' Season Tips

frogMany of our favorite childhood memories come from catching frogs at the nearby pond or lake with our friends and family. Recipes for frog legs are passed down from generation to generation and the thrill is just as strong as we get older. Whether you’re catching them with your hands or use giggin’ gear, we have some tips that might help you this season. Larry from our fishing department has some unique strategies you can try out.

-During the day, use a fly and dangle it in front of them. They’re likely to bite.

-Try using a fishing gig instead of a frog gig. Because it has 5 prongs, is larger and has larger barbs, the frog may stay on it better for you.

-Ever have the problem of having the frog get away in the mud when you try to stick it? Try using a longer pole. Larry uses an 8-10 foot pole and says he’s able to push down in the mud farther so they don’t get away.

-If you’re froggin’ at night, use a strong light that blinds them. We have a lot of lights to choose from in our camping department that range in size. Because it’ll be dark, use a white, fairly big fly so the frogs can see it.

-Larry sometimes likes to use a .22, but a bow or pellet gun works as well if you have a hunting permit.

-Use waders for an easy way to stay clean and dry. You can find them in our fishing department.

Check out the Missouri Department of Conservation regarding regulations. You must have fishing or small game permit. The season runs June 30- Oct. 31 with a daily limit of 8 and possession limit of 16. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask one of our associates.

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Product Review: BlackOut Deer 3D Target

 

I’ve never been a big fan of 3D archery targets. My biggest complaint is that they generally are a real pain to pull arrows out of. But I recently tried out a new BlackOut Deer 3D Target and had great results. Check out this short video of this archery target in action:

-Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro

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Meet our accomplished Hunting Manager Marq

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Marq has been our Hunting Manager for 8 years and has been in the outdoor business for 12. He went hunting for the first time when he was 4 years old and bagged his first buck, a 10-pointer, when he was just 10 years old. Marq loves to travel in pursuit of his favorite game- frequenting Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and, of course, Missouri. His favorite destination is his childhood stomping grounds in the Appalachian Mountains. This Virginia mountain range is where Marq made some of his favorite memories hunting with his brother and kids. This year, his biggest accomplishment was taking a 170 inch deer with his son in Howard County. Stop on by to get some expert advice from Marq in our Hunting Department, he’d love to talk to you!

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The Best Father's Day Gifts

 

Father’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a few gift ideas for your dad, keep reading.  These are three gifts that every outdoorsman would love to have.

 

Special Socks – This isn’t a very flashy gift, but if your dad is the kind of down-to-earth, practical man who appreciates a gift that he’ll use for years, this might be it. Bass Pro carries a wide variety of specialty socks for every season and occasion.  My favorites are the RedHead Pro Team 16” Socks with Scent Control – which are ideal for warm-weather hunting trips – and RedHead Extreme Cold Socks  – which are great for colder weather.

 

BlackOut Ground Blind  – I own two of these blinds. They work great for deer hunters, turkey chasers, and photographers.  And this is the perfect gift for a man who is looking forward to taking his child or grandchild on a hunt with him next season.

 

BONE-DRY Rain Jacket – Two years ago my wife bought me a Bass Pro Shops HPR BONE-DRY Waterproof Bone Jacket , and it’s the best gift I’ve ever received. The name of the jacket is true… it’ll keep you bone dry. I wear mine every chance I get.

 

If you would like to get some more ideas, don't hestitate to ask any associate, they'd be happy to help. We'd also love to see your outdoors photos with your dad, so post them on our Facebook wall or tweet them to us!

 

-Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro

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Family Summer Camp 2014

Mark your calendars! Our annual Family Summer Camp will be June 7-July 13 every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Free activities include a BB gun range, archery range, kids’ fishing, a free 4x6 photo, workshops, scavenger hunts, crafts and more!

-Free 4x6 photo from noon-5p.m. June 7-8 and 14-15 noon-5p.m.
-Crafts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon-2p.m.
-Scavenger hunt noon-5p.m.
-Homemade ice cream sampling Saturdays only from 5-6p.m. and other food sampling on the weekends

Workshops:
Tuesday:
Noon- bird watching
1p.m. fishing
2p.m. archery
3p.m. kayaking
4p.m. backyard adventure

Thursday:
Noon- archery
1p.m. shooting and hunting
2p.m. travel safety
3p.m. water safety
4p.m. camping and conservation

Saturday:
Noon: fishing
1p.m. water safety
2p.m. shooting and hunting
3p.m. kayaking
4p.m. bird watching

Sunday:
Noon- shooting and hunting
1p.m. archery
2p.m. travel safety
3p.m. camping and conservation
4p.m. backyard adventure

Family Summer Camp sweepstakes 7-15- enter online or in-store for your chance to win a VIP weekend camping trip for 4 in an RV at Richmond International Raceway complete with driver meet-n-greets, VIP access to pre-race and post-race activities, plus a photo with the 2014 NASCAR Spring Cup Series. Enter online here: www.basspro.com/summercampsweeps
 

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3 Lessons Learned from a Spring Gobbler

On the first Saturday in May, I proudly wrapped my tag around the scaly leg of a northern Missouri gobbler. His 1 ¼” spurs confirmed that he was no spring chicken, which explained why he was no pushover to harvest. He taught me a few lessons that all spring turkey hunters need to remember.

Lesson #1: It’s important to have a turkey call that you can use with confidence. As soon as I moved to within 140 yards of my roosted target that morning, I pulled out my Redhead RTX Deluxe Slate Call. Out of all the calls in my hunting vest, that slate call allows me to easily and confidently make any turkey sound that I want to produce. After I heard turkey wings gliding through trees in the gulley where the tom remained roosted, I used the wooden striker to send a series of soft tree yelps and clucks in the direction of the bird I was after.turkey

Lesson #2: When conventional tactics don’t work, make a bold move.  After the gobbler I was after left his roost, his gobbling told me he was still interested in the calls I was sending his way. But after several minutes of sweet talk, it became clear that the distance between us was growing, instead of shrinking. So I did what most hunters would do: I moved. After looping back about 120 yards to the head of the gobbler’s gulley, I was happy to discover that his path was almost parallel to mine. So I set up and called again. And my prey started closing the distance. He moved to within 40 yards, but then cautiously remained concealed behind a thick patch of buck brush. And then he stopped.

Our standoff lasted close to 30 minutes, and then my trophy – realizing that something wasn’t quite right with his potential blind date – started slinking back down the valley. So I moved again. This time I crawled on my hands and knees directly away from the gobbler I was hoping to tag. I only moved about 20 yards, but it served two purposes. First, moving to a new spot gave a more realistic illusion that the sweet talking hen (me) was a real bird worth following. Second, moving away from the gobbler was a last-ditch hope to play on his competitive and curious nature. As soon as I reset in my new position, I let loose with my most intense, passion-filled series of cuts and aggressive clucks that I could muster. Which leads to…

Lesson #3: Always be ready for the shot. When my oldest brother introduced me to turkey hunting decades ago, he taught me to always have my shotgun shouldered and propped up on my knees – so when a tom showed himself, I’d only have to move my barrel a few inches before taking a shot, instead of having to move it a couple of feet. Within seconds of setting my slate call down that morning, I heard footsteps moving through the dry leaves and heading my direction. I was only able to lay eyes on my wily old bird for a few seconds before I slapped my trigger and my 3” load of HEVI-Shot knocked him off his feet. It was the end to a challenging and rewarding hunt.

Did you learn any lessons after chasing gobblers this spring? Please share them in the comment section below. We’d all love to hear them.

Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro

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Go Outdoors Event and Sale


Come join Bass Pro Shops- Columbia for our largest Outdoor sale and event of the year May 16 through 26 for lots of great sales, FREE seminars, giveaways, Oakley/GoPro Sweepstakes and kid’s events! We will host FREE summer fun seminars May 17 and 18th. Learn useful information of water safety, geocaching, outdoor cooki...ng and the priorities of survival in cooperation with Bear Grylls. The following weekend, May 24 and 25th, will be our free kids’ summer kick-off event! We will offer FREE photo downloads, NEW Bass Pro Shops/ Daisy shooting range, metal detector treasure hunt, adventure scavenger hunt, kids’ outdoors seminars, crafts, prizes and kids’ fishing on the deck!

Workshops May 17 and 18 from 11a.m.-5p.m.
-pack, pitch, play 11a.m. and 3p.m. each day
-first 25 customers to attend pack and play workshop will receive a blue Go Outdoors tumbler
-priorities of survival seminars
-first 50 customers to attend priorities of survival seminar receives survival whistle which includes a compass
-wear it right
-Ultimate Outdoors Getaway Sweepstakes May 16-20
-Cooking demos 1-5p.m.

Kids Adventure Weekend event May 24-25
-Bass Pro Shops Daisy Shooting Range (certificate of completion)
-adventure scavenger hunt begins at 11a.m.
-kids' seminars/workshop
-safe passage Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 3p.m.
-kids' adventures in camping Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 4p.m.
-Free photo download
-Craft: color a wood magnet
-Coloring sheets
*first 100 to fill punch card receives free whistle and water bottle

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Turkey hunting product review: RedHead Reality Series Remote Crazy Jake Turkey Decoy System

To see this decoy in action click play on the video above.

I’m really excited to give this new decoy system a try once turkey season arrives. This jake decoy is 30% smaller than most other strutting decs, which means there will be a much smaller chance it will scare off any real longbeards that might be easily intimidated. The artistic details on the head, body, and wings are impressive.

But the most prominent feature of this product is the motion that it provides… as if the jake is really alive. With a simple touch of the button on the small remote control unit, the decoy slowly turns one way, and then automatically moves in the opposite direction – in a half-circle, 180 degree arc. The motion will continue until you push the remote button a second time. And the range of the remote is very impressive. The signal works from 100 yards away and is strong enough to carry past some obstacles when the line-of-sight between the remote and decoy is blocked.

I was concerned if the battery-powered motor would produce any sound that might scare turkeys. And, at a very close range, the motor does make a slight humming sound. However, I couldn’t detect the sound when I was six feet or farther from the decoy itself. (I’ll want to make sure I remember that when gobblers approach it for a close-up visit later this spring.)

This is a fun and high-quality product for you to consider adding to your turkey hunting arsenal this spring!

Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro

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How To Choose the Perfect Turkey Hunting Vest

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Spring has finally arrived and that means it’s time for warmer weather. Buds will begin blooming and forming a beautiful shade of green across the land and for many avid hunters, it means spring turkey season!  For most hunters there is nothing better than the sound of a spring gobbler sounding off through the morning fog, roosted in a nearby oak tree,  looking for his next lucky lady to try a woo.  Gobblers are sometimes unpredictable and there is nothing more important than being able to set up at a moment’s notice to bag that bird of a lifetime. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just beginning, Redhead has a great line of turkey vests and chairs to always have you prepared for whatever that wise ol’ gobbler throws your way.

If you are just beginning to get into the wonderful world of chasing turkeys or don’t want something “too fancy” a great vest to start with is the Redhead Classic Turkey Vest. This vest is economical in price at only $29.99, while still being very functional. This vest offers an upper portion that is constructed to provide full range of motion, it features two large external pockets that give you plenty of space for calls, masks, gloves, etc., a rear game bag for when you bag your trophy bird, fully adjustable shoulder and chest straps, a drop-down seat cushion to help aid in comfort no matter when you have to set up, and a detachable blaze orange safety flag.  This vest available in Realtree Xtra Green and Mossy Oak Obsession, it is made of 100% microfiber polyester and is a one size fits most.

The best bang for your buck turkey vest on the market anywhere is the Redhead Striker Turkey Vest.  This vest is priced right at only $59.99, while giving you many great features to help give you all day comfort and also give you plenty of storage space to harbor every tool needed to fool that tough old tom! The Redhead Striker vest features individual pockets for a box call and a striker, a mesh mouth call pocket, 2 slate call pockets, and additional accessory pockets. A magnetic fold down seat cushion made of memory foam will give you unmatched comfort on any terrain. We have also given you a thick foam padded back cushion to protect you from the uncomfortable ridges that tough old oak bark can present. An adjustable game bag in the back holds decoys or your trophy gobbler, and a detachable blaze orange flags adds a measure of safety to your walk in and out of the woods. When you’re running and gunning you need to stay hydrated which is why Redhead has made this vest 100% hydration compatible (Bladder not uncluded). This vest is offered in two great camo patterns, Realtree Xtra Green and Mossy Oak Obsession to help keep you hidden from the best eyes in the woods!

Are you a seasoned turkey hunting veteran? Then you understand how hard it can sometimes be to find a good tree or brush pile to set up against, until now! I’d like to introduce to you the Redhead Bucklick Creek Turkey Lounger Vest. This patented vest/chair system features a dropdown, self-supporting seat that gives you the freedom to sit comfortably and in excellent shooting position, regardless of terrain. Adjustable shoulder and sternum straps assure you a custom fit every time, while a Smart Pocket System makes your calls and other accessories easily accessible. This great vest is assembled from tough, waterproof mircofleece fabrics, which all your external pockets are highly water resistant, which will help protect your valuable tools from the elements. This vest features a hydration compartment (Bladder not included) to keep you from getting thirsty and a roomy game bag, to carry decoys into the field and carry that gobbler of a lifetime out of the field!

Spring turkey hunting is a fun and sometimes difficult thing to do and having the right tools and equipment can help you have a successful hunt. There is not much more as exciting as bagging a spring turkey, and whether it is your 25th gobbler of a long hunting career or your 1st gobbler of many future birds, Bass Pro Shops and Redhead can’t wait to go along with you on your journey and be a part of the memory of a lifetime.

By Landon Perry- camo team leader

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Turkey hunting product review: RedHead BlackOut turkey choke tube

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This afternoon I took my new BlackOut Turkey Choke Tube, screwed it into my old Benelli 12 gauge, and slapped the trigger while aiming at RedHead Turkey Targets that I positioned 30, 40, and 50 yards away.  I was shooting 3” shells with number 4 shot.

The results at 30 yards were what I was expecting, and there would be no doubt that that “bird” wouldn’t be going anywhere (see the top target in the accompanying photo). The 40 yard shot was comparable. My first shot at 50 yards put fewer shot in the kill zone than I wanted, but I changed from Remington to Winchester turkey shells and that made a big difference (the bottom target in the photo).  I’m also confident that I could improve the pattern even more if I opted for size 5 or 6 shot in the future.

Overall, I’m happy with the performance of the BlackOut Choke Tube. It lessened the amount of kick I feel when I pull the trigger, and it gives me the confidence I need to reach out and tag a longbeard that’s standing half-a-football field away.

Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro

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Bowfishing- gear up!

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With the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately, we’ve been gettin’ the itch to fish. Here are some bow fishing tips and tricks to get you ready for the season.

-Look for large rivers or streams like the Missouri or Mississippi because they'll have more invasive species for you to catch.

-Flooded fields are good places to go bowfishing because the fish will go up there to eat. You can use a boat or walk in waders depending on the depth

-There are three different types of bowfishing. Arial bowfishing is when the fish jump out of the water and you shoot it. Night bowfishing is usually with a boat, using the generator for light. At night fish come up to eat bugs and more active, so a lot of fish can be caught then. Lastly, wade fishing can be done on banks or shallow waters.

Gear you’ll need

-The AMS Kit will get you started bowfishing with great equipment. It is $159.99 and includes a bottle, line, retrieving system, 2 arrows, beginners DVD, Arrow nest and an arrow holder.

-You can use any bow, but it needs a stabilizer attachment.

-If you want a boat, use a Grizzly 1860 Sportsman that has a bow fishing platform. We have one on display right now that is for sale, come on in and check it out.

-You’ll need fiberglass or carbon fiber arrows that run from $15 to $50. Don’t worry about losing them though; they have string attached to them so you can get it back, unless you hit a stump of course.

-The best reel for bowfishing is the Zebco 808 Bowfisher or using the AMS bowfishing kit ($40-80).

To practice:

- To practice arial bowfishing, fill a 2 liter of soda with water. Throw them in the air and shoot to practice hitting your target. Bowfishing in water is a bit tricky. Because of the reflection on the water, you have to get used to shooting at an angle which can be difficult. To compensate, shoot in front of the fish. Use a milk jug or something similar to float in water and practice shooting in front of it.

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Our final tips are to make sure you an Ascend dry bag to put your phone and other valuables in to keep them from getting wet. Always ask permission before going in a field (it’s polite), and most importantly, be safe. Bring a buddy to make sure if anything goes wrong, you’re not alone. No special license is needed, just a regular fishing license.

For info on regulations and species you can bowfish for, visit Missouri Department of Conservation's website.

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Spring Fishing Classic

Join us for our annual Spring Fishing Classic! Here is a list of events and activities that will be held in our store.

Local fishing tips seminars: Feb. 28- March 16

Fried fish sampling: March 8- 2p.m.-4p.m.

Women’s workshop: March 15- 3p.m.
with giveaways and a raffle
*see seminar list below

Feb. 28- March 16- Win a Nitro Z7 and fish with elite angler Edwin Evers sweepstakes: Enter for a chance to win a Nitro Z7 Bass Boat, 3-day/3-night stay at Big Cedar Lodge, and fishing trip with B.A.S.S. Elite Series Professional Angler Edwin Evers.

Feb. 28-March 5: Reel tarde-in: Donate your functioning used reel and receive a coupon towards a discount on a new reel.

March 6-12 Bonus Bucks: Use your Bass Pro Shops Master Card to purchase new gear and receive up to $100 in Bonus Bucks

March 7-11 Rod trade-in: Donate your functioning used rod and receive a coupon towards a discount on a new rod.
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Next Generation Weekend: Saturday and Sunday March 15 & 16
-Crafts 1p.m.-4:30p.m.
-Catch and release pond- Noon-5p.m.
-Photos: Noon-5p.m.: Free 4x6 printed photo of your kids
catching fish in our catch and release pond
-Kids workshop: 2:30 and 4:30 each day
-Free crafts
-Coloring sheets
*first 150 kids to get their Next Generation Card punched will receive a free tackle box
*each child will receive a “Keep America Fishing” Bass Pro Shops certificate
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2/28
-6p.m.: Mike Webb- Electronics & Deep Water Fishing
-6:30p.m.: Tips for Fishing the Lake of the Ozarks
-7p.m.: Brian Snowden- Seasonal Patterns for Jigs
-7:30p.m.: Techniques for Fishing Bass
-8p.m.: Rick Clunn- Square Bill Crankbait & Jerkbait Techniques
 

3/1
-10a.m.: Selecting the Right Hardbait for Different Conditions
-11a.m.: Fish Finders: Tips and Tricks
-12p.m.: Soft Plastics: Different Rigs for Different Conditions
-1p.m.: Fundamentals of Trolling Motors
-2p.m.: Crappie Basics
-3p.m.: Fish Finders: Tips and Tricks
-4p.m.: Features and Benefits of a Tracker Aluminum Boat
-5p.m.: Tips for Fishing the LAke of teh Ozarks
 

3/2
-10a.m.: Selecting the Right Hardbait for Different Conditions
-11a.m.: Fish Finders: Tips and Tricks
-12p.m.: Features and Benefits of a Tracker Aluminum Boat
-1p.m.: Tips for Fishing the Lake of the Ozarks
-2p.m.: Features and Benefits of a Nitro Fiber Glass Boat
-3p.m.: Fish Finders: Tips and Tricks
-4p.m.: Fundamentals of Trolling Motors
-5p.m.: Tips and Trends for Bass Fishing
 

3/7
-6p.m.: Soft Plastics: Different Rigs for Different Conditions
-7p.m.: Bowfishing for Beginners/ Rigging for Bowfishing

*FREE travel mug giveaway to the first 25 customers to attend this seminar
-8p.m.: How to Use the Bass Pro Boss Shad and Other Swimbaits
 

3/8
-10a.m.: Selecting the Right Hardbait for Different Conditions
*11a.m.: Locating Bass in New Waters
-12p.m.: Soft Plastics: Different Rigs for Different Conditions
*1p.m.: Topwater Techniques for Bass
*2p.m.: Spinning Reel Tactics for Bass
*3p.m.: Does the Color of Your Bass Lure Matter
*4p.m.: Become a Smallmouth Specialist
*5p.m.: Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Crappie
*FREE travel mug giveaway to the first 25 customers to attend these seminars

**2p.m.-4p.m. Free Uncle Buck's fried fish samples!

3/9
-10a.m.: Selecting the Right Hardbait for Different Conditions
*11a.m.: Locating Bass in New Waters
-12p.m.: Soft Plastics: Different Rigs for Different Conditions
*1p.m.: Topwater Techniques for Bass
*2p.m.: Spinning Reel Tactics for Bass
*3p.m.: Does the Color of Your Bass Lure Matter
*4p.m.: Become a Smallmouth Specialist
*5p.m.: Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Crappie
*FREE travel mug giveaway to the first 25 customers to attend these seminars

3/15
-10a.m.: Selecting the Right Hardbait for Different Conditions
-11a.m.: Features and Benefits of a Nitro Fiber Glass Boat
-12p.m.: Soft Plastics: Different Rigs for Different Conditions
-1p.m.: Fish Finders: Tips and Tricks
-2:30p.m.: Thinking Like a Fish
-3p.m.: Women's Fishing Workshop
-4:30p.m.: Thinking Like a Fish
-5p.m.: Fundamentals of Trolling Motors


3/16
-10a.m.: Selecting the Right Hardbait for Different Conditions
-11a.m.: Fish Finders: Tips and Tricks
-12p.m.: Features and Benefits of a Tracker Aluminum Boat
-1p.m.: The fun of Fishing
-2:30p.m.: Thinking Like a Fish
-3p.m.: Soft Plastics: Different Rigs for Different Conditions
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Snaggin' season

snagging

Photo from Tracker parts associate Jim

 

There's a lot of excitement in our store for the upcoming snagging season March 15- April 30. We have an entire display (near the deck) dedicated to the sport, stocked with everything you'll need to snag that big one including snagging combos for $59.97.

Tips and need-to-knows:

-You'll need a heavy rod and reel to snag those fish.

-Your line capacity should be at least 150 yards of 80lb line.

-It's easiest to snag from a boat, but it is possible without one.

-You'll need a 12 to 20oz bank weight at the end of the line. About 1ft up your line, use a treble hook, and tie another every 3ft up (depending on depth of water). Make sure if you're in Missouri you have no more than three hooks size 8/0 or 12/0.

-If you're on a boat, idle at a constant forward motion, letting out the line to the depth of the lake plus 50 yards (depending on the depth of the lake). You should feel the weight hitting the bottom. Lift your rod up and put it down, constantly working the rod.

-Once you hook into a fish, pull it up and reel him in.

-If you don't have a boat then use a heavy action casting style rod 10ft in lenth.

-Cast it, allow it to set, reel in tight while picking it up and setting it down, reeling in the slack. Continue casting and retrieving until you snag a fish.

-To make sure the fish you caught is in the legal limit, measure from the eye to the fork of the tail. If the fish is under the limit, return it to the water.

-The only lisence needed is your Missouri fishing lisence

-Use a fish finder to help. Ask an associate in our Marine department for more advice about which is the right one for you.

-Paddlefish are migratory so they're not always in the same spot, but once they reach the upper end in the Lake of the Ozarks later in the season, they'll pretty much stay there.

-The use of a gaf is allowed, and you'll probably need one.

- The best boat to use for snagging is a Tracker all-welded Grizzly Green 1448 to 2072 with no carpet- it can get messy.

-230lbs is the largest recorded Spoonbill, and the largest caught is 160lbs. It's like reeling in a human!

-For reports and more information, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation's website: http://mdc.mo.gov/fishing/places-fish/paddlefish-snagging-report-and-advisories

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