It's Smokin'!

With nice weather this spring the smell of smoke is in the air. You go to pick out a new smoker and realize there is a lot of options, but which one is right for you? In this article I will go over some pros and cons to help you decide...electric or propane?

Economically, electric smokers are more effective in the manner that they only use about 11-13 cents worth of electricity per hour. While propane tanks, which can run $20-$30 to refill, yield about 30-40 hours or 6-8 good smokes. Both, however, are similar in efficiency of using wood chips. Depending on the consumer's preference in the amount of smoke, you can expect to use 1/4-1/2 a bag of wood chips per smoke, 2-4 smoking sessions per bag.

Which leads us to the time old struggle between Bradley and Masterbuilt for electric. Bradley is a very good smoker but throughout time, I have heard people describe that they were having a hard time getting the temperature up and maintaining it. Also the bisquettes run about $21 per box (per flavor) so trying all the flavors they have to offer can be pricey. While Masterbuilt uses wood chips, which run about $6 a bag and also have variety boxes with 4 bags, a dvd, and smoke box all for around $16. This allows people to openly try all the flavors and still not spend much.

Bradley Smoker® Flavor Bisquettes®                                                                                      $20.99WW Wood Smoking Chips                                                                                                           $5.99

Back to the maintaining temperature, propane smokers are thinner and not insulated, which could lead to a hard time smoking in the winter. Digital (not analog) smokers are double-wall insulated and have a rubber gasket like your refrigerator which aids in retaining valuable heat and smoke. The Masterbuilt line of electric smokers also has the side chip feed scoop which allows users to add wood without opening up the unit, unlike propane, where you have to open the unit every time. Your smoker can lose about 50 degrees in just a few moments of opening it.

Tips: when you first get your smoker home it is best to "preseason" it. To do this crank it to max. temp for 2-3 hours and add wood chips for about 30 minutes of it. this will get out the "new car" taste of things and season racks and walls, similar to prepping cast iron. Also with the Masterbuilt electric with the window, it's best to use a food safe cleanser to keep it clear, such as vinegar, so you don't get a chemically taste next time you cook.

Another benefit of using Masterbuilt digital electric is the fact that you can get an addition of cold smoke. If you have ever been though the deli cheeses and smoked dairy products, they can be expensive. This unit allows you to smoke your favorite cheeses for a fraction of the cost of buying it at the store. Cold smoke usually ranges 90-120 degrees, which can be a dangerous temp for food-borne bacteria, but to dairy products and select meats that will be cooked further later, it can be safely done. Warm smokes run about 165-180 degrees.    

Here is some basic information that may help you determine smoke times: 

You can find all of these products on or stop by Bass Pro Shops and an associate will help you find what smoker is best for you. Smokers: a Great Way to Cook is also a great link to see more views and tips on smoking meats. Happy Smoking!


Mushrooms Everywhere!

Its that time of the year! Spring! This is the time to get out, stretch your legs and enjoy nature beginning anew. It is also that time of the year for the food delicacy of the Morel Mushroom!

There are many ways to know if the time is right. My grandmother told me that then the violets pop up and start flowering, other people have told me that it is when the lilacs are beginning to bloom. Really its when we have had at least 2 weeks of non freezing temperatures and have a lot of rain This occurs in late April and early may and lasts only a few weeks. April showers bring May flowers and mushrooms!


I have only been going out for a few years. Before that I had no idea what to look for and how to look. The way my friends explained it to me was that you are looking for a very well camouflaged Mushroom near fallen trees. It is kind of like looking at a magic eye picture, where if you stare long enough, the picture pops out at you. Once you have found one or two you will see them all over the place! As you can see in the pictures above(and this was a close up) you could walk right by it and not see it because the colors of the leaves and mushrooms are so close together.

Since you will be trampling in the woods off the beaten path looking for these delicious morsels you will need a few things since they are not the only plant growing. I personally spray my clothing down with Permethrin because it keeps the ticks and mosquitoes off of me. Permethrin is made out of Chrysanthemums that is made for clothing. This is a great product that lasts 90 days on gear and 6 washings on clothes. So if you are looking for a more natural repellent, this is a good one. Any bug repellent is good though. Wear long pants so you do not have to worry about bushes scratching you since you will be off the beaten path. I wear long sleeved shirts as well and bring a light jacket.

You will need a few things while hunting these tasty morsels. First you will need a mesh bag. This helps the mushrooms drop their spores and drop any insect hitch hiker that tried to come along for the ride. You may see some people who use plastic grocery sacks or canvas bags, this is just not appropriate and some times you may be ticketed or fined from the park depending on their rules. This stops the propagation of the mushrooms and every time someone does this, it makes the mushroom population shrink till it could become non-existent in that area. Always check with the park employees, when you check into the park, about the rules of that area. Even if the parks are in the same state, they all have different rules.


The best way to find Morels is to look off the beaten path. Look for fallen Elm trees, mushrooms love Elm trees. These trees have rough coarse bark who have diagonal lines(possibly intersecting) cut into it, the leaves are oval shaped with saw toothed edges, so if you find a live one, the fallen trees around it are more then likely the same tree, just look at the bark. They will also grow in other dead underbrush and trees but not near as often. I bring a walking stick with me to brush away any leaves while looking in the piles near downed trees.

After you have found your treasure of tasty Morel Mushrooms and get back to your campsite, or home if it was just a day trip, you do have to soak them in a salt water brine for a few hours. I always do it overnight. This gets rid of all the bugs and dirt, which you do not want to eat. 

Now you are ready to prepare and eat. I like mine deep fried so I bring my dutch oven and fry basket, my friends mom does it on the stove in their camper. I have also tried them cut up and used in a mix of hamburger for burgers and meatballs(this was to trick the picky eaters into trying them, but darn tasty). The possibilities are endless! This is a great spring time hobby,a great way to get out doors and fun for the whole family. Enjoy! 




It's A Camping "Potty! (Party)"

Does a bear "go" in the woods? Yes he does! But us humans should pack it up and dispose of waste properly. Here are some tips and tools to make life more "bearable" on your next camping trip.

Go Girl Feminine Urination DeviceFor you ladies that love the outdoors, but still want to feel clean, the "Go Girl" is a nifty little device.$12.99

Solution for female outdoors lovers facing crowded, dirty, distant or non-existent bathrooms. This allows females to urinate while standing up and is neat, discreet, and hygienic. Made of flexible, medical-grade silicone designed with splash guard to eliminate mess or spills. It is reusable and comes with small storage tube.Coghlan's Tissue on the Go

Matched with "Tissue on the go" $1.79, which is 2-ply paper and also in a small convenient container that can fit in your purse or pocket, females can feel confident they are ready for anything.

Bass Pro Shops® Shower and Privy Shelter                                                                                    Showering can also be an issue with, at times, limited resources such as water and privacy. Bass Pro offers non-rinse cleansing productsNo Rinse® Body Bath                                                                                                         . However, if you do have other soaps and such that do require the use of water and some privacy, other options consist of  Privacy Shelter $79.99, Solar Shower $59.99, plus a lot more models and sizes of showers and hot water carry bags available by simply going to At this sight you can also view our selection of potties. Campsites sometimes don't provide restrooms or you are in a decollete area.

Luggable Loo Seat and Cover                                                                                                     Texsport® Portable Folding Toilet or Toilet Bags                                                                            The Luggable Loo is only $13.99 and the seat can be attached to any 5 gallon bucket. A portable folding toilet is another great option. This item and the bags it uses starts at only $6.99! Again there are a lot of options to be viewed by either stopping into your closest Bass Pro Shops or by going to our website.You can also see the link: You Go Girl! 



Archery by the Numbers: Does a Faster Bow = More Deer + 3D Tournament Wins?

Do I need a new bow this year?  Will that faster bow help me get my next deer or win my next 3D tournament?

Often I get a customer that comes stating that they have 1 pin on their sight because their bow shoots flat out to 40 yards.  I bite my lip each time because I know Physics just never lies.  Everything falls to the earth at the same rate, it does not matter if it is a bowling ball, a marble, an arrow or even a bullet shot out of a rifle.  The “Acceleration of Gravity Law” states that an object will fall to the ground at a rate of (32 Feet per Second per Second) or in other words the first second an object will travel 16 feet down and it does not matter if it has forward velocity or not.

Let me break it down for you eggheads and naysayers.  Go get your calculators and follow me…..  Oh and by the way…. This is why the Trophy Ridge React Sight DOES work and works perfectly.  The math doesn’t lie.

D=Distance Traveled
T=Time in Seconds
Acceleration of Gravity is D=.5GT² or Distance Traveled = .5 x 32FPS x Time in Seconds Squared

Example 1: Let’s say I want to see how far an egg will drop in 3 seconds if I were to drop it of off a bridge.
D=.5x32x3² or D=.5*32*9 or D= 144 Feet the egg drop in 3 seconds.

Now lets put this in practical terms for my archery friends who have that flat shooting bow that is so fast that their single pin hits the same mark at 10/20/30/40 yards.

We measure arrow drop in inches so we need to change 32 Feet to Inches which is 32*12=384 inches for the G value in our formula.  Now we need to figure out how much time elapses after we shoot an arrow for 10,20,30,40 and 50 yards.  Since we are having a little fun here let us do it for 400, 350, 325, 300, 280 and 250 Feet per second shooting bows.  Keep in mind we are just doing the simple math here without figuring in deceleration of the arrow due to surface tension applied on the arrow shaft by passing air and the drag that our vanes are causing to slow down the arrow.


So let’s say you have one of the quickest bows on the market shooting 350 FPS.  As you can see in the chart above the arrow shot out of that bow will have dropped a total of 22.57 inches at 40 Yards.  Even if you take in to account that your Apex of arrow flight is somewhere between 10 and 20 yards you are still going to have around 18 inches of drop past 20 yards as seen in chart below.  This is not what I would consider “FLAT” out to 40 yards.

I am asked the question often, “Since this bow shoots so fast I bet the deer never has a chance to jump the string?”  Okay, lets put the math to this question as well.  We know that sound travels at around 767 MPH or about 12.78 miles per minute or about .213 miles per second or around 1125 feet per second, the number we need.  So knowing that sound travels 1125 feet per second we can figure out the time it takes sound to travel 10/20/30/40 and 50 yards.  Now this time I have included data with deceleration on a 19/64”-diameter shaft and 3 Blazer Vanes set 120 degrees apart with 3 degrees helical on the arrows.  Speeds in FPS are listed in each column. We also know that a deer has a reaction time of just shy of a ¼ second, I used .22 seconds of reaction time for the chart below.


All values in RED in the chart above show that the arrow will impact the deer before he hears the sound and can react or jump the string.  In ALL cases the sound will get to the deer’s ears before the arrow will.  In other words, the deer will always hear the shot before the arrow impacts him.  This is different with a rifle as most rounds are far above 1125 feet per second.  As so long as the projectile is above 1125 fps the project will hit target before the sound of the report will.  Not true with a bow and arrow, nor will it ever be.

So what does all this mean to a bow hunter?  First if you want to limit the chance of having a deer jump your string during a shot, keep your shots under 25 Yards.  I know many of you will think, “Well I will just aim a little low at distances beyond 25 yards then.”  Okay, but do you really know what that deer is going to do?  Is it going to drop, turn or simply do nothing?  You don’t know.  So if you keep your shots under 25 yards you will eliminate that variable.

Some of the other things you can take from the data might be, “Does a faster bow really gain me much advantage in judging distance or the amount of arrow drop at longer distances?”  If you are just bow hunting and you keep your shots under 25 yards, then, NO, is the answer.  Save your money and maybe look at purchasing some better scent reduction clothing or tools like the Ozonics machine.  Maybe a better use of that money would be better arrows or sights with smaller, easier to adjust and brighter pins.

Most people are shooting bows at around 280 FPS.  If you are an occasional 3D shooter you know that most of your targets are at 40 Yards.  Look at the data a bow shooting 280 FPS drops 1.33” more at 30 yards than a bow shooting 330 FPS.  A bow shooting 280 FPS drops a total from 20 yards to 40 yards only 3.26” farther than a bow shooting 330 FPS.  Is your money better spent on speed or forgiveness?  The choice is yours.  Keep in mind that the way bow manufactures get speed is making the brace height shorter, which causes a higher chance of arm or jacket slap while hunting.  Another way to gain speed is a harder cam.  These are harder to pull over while sitting for hours or at awkward angles in a tree stand.

I am not saying don’t go out and purchase a new bow.  What I am saying, is look at the data, and decide where your HARD EARNED money is best spent.  If it is a new faster hot-rod bow, that’s great.  If you choose a better sight, rest, stabilizer, clothing, blind, scent elimination items, then that’s great too.  We here at Bass Pro Shops can help you in whatever you choose.

Shoot Straight!



Fish Fry It Up!

Going into Spring, the itch for fishing is kicking in. Be prepared for your first fish fry of the season! This article will walk you through tools you will need as well as time and temperature to cook your fish.

Choosing your fryer: Decide if you want to cook inside or outside. The indoor options consist of Masterbuilt fish fryer

Masterbuilt Electric Fish Fryer                                                                                                 $99.99

or for smaller batches Elite makes a single basket 3.5 Qt

Elite Cuisine by Maxi-Matic® 3.5-Quart Electric Deep Fryer                                                                  $49.99 and Dual Basket

Elite® Dual Basket Stainless Steel Deep Fryer                                                                               $79.99

Outdoor methods are Cast Iron Bass Pro Shops Fish Fryer Bass Pro Shops® Cast Iron Fish Fryer                                                                                        $89.99.

We also carry an Aluminum model for $49.99 and Stainless Steel for $69.99. All our outdoor models come with a pot, burner stand, thermometer, and regulator hose. For large gatherings or frying enthusiasts there is an option. The Cajun Fryer 8.5 gallon propane deep fryer

Cajun Fryer by R & V Works® 8.5 Gallon Propane Cooker Deep Fryer                                                            $629.99

There are two options for cooking oil sold at Bass Pro Shops. Cottonseed oil Turkey Gold Cotton Seed Oil                                                                                                     starting at $12.99 and is available in 1 or 3 gallon jugs and Peanut oil

Cajun Injector® Peanut Blend Frying Oil                                                                                     also available in 1 or 3 gallon jugs and starts at only $14.99. After adding oil to your fryer, heat to 330-350 degrees Fahrenheit. Check using an oil thermometerDeep Fry Thermometers                                                                                                           starting at $9.99 . All though you have a lifting basket with your fryer, it's not a bad idea to have a skimmer handy  Large Fryer Skimmer                                                                                                             sizes are small and large and range $11.99-$16.99. Fish generally takes at least 5 minutes to cook thoroughly, depending on the thickness of the fillet.

Prepare your batter, either an heirloom recipe or one of our delicious batters by Uncle Bucks here at Bass Pro. They are only $3.99 and comes in a waterproof container for convenience on trips. There are many flavors to choose from. Uncle Buck's® Fish Batter Mix - Original                                                                                Original, Mild, Hot n' Spicy, Beer Batter, and many more. To make breading easier, the "Better Breader" is an awesome little contraption   Bass Pro Shops® Better Breader Pan                                                                                          and it's only $14.99.

In addition to your fish, don't forget the chips! A french fry cutter will make things a lot easier French Fry Cutter

ranging from $19.99-$109.99. Also, fun additions are Hush puppies and jalapeno poppers. We carry a large variety of racks, pans, batters, cutters, and frying needs to help make your fish fry the best it can be. So stop by your local Bass Pro Shops camping department and have one our friendly associates help get geared up. Or visit or see Fish Fry Like a Pro

Have fun catching your fish and even more fun sharing with friends and family!


Ascend Kayaks and Accessories

When choosing a kayak there is a lot to think about. What will you be using it for the most? Leisure or fishing? Here are some tips and information to make the process a little less overwhelming.

Understanding model names: FS=Fishing, T=Top-sitting, the numbers indicate the length. So for instance FS128T= Fishing model 12'8" and top-sitting. If the model is does not indicate the FS such as D10, it is a sit-in model 10' long.

Ascend® FS128T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak - Desert Storm                                                                       This is the FS128T (top-sitting)

Ascend® D10 Sit-In Kayak - Purple                                                                                           This is the D10 (sit-in)

Weight of your kayak can be something to consider if you will be adventuring out alone. So here is a breakdown of wt. on Bass Pro Shops Ascend series. FS128T is 84 lbs. FS12T is 56 lbs. and a great option for a semi sit in/top sitting. D10T is 52 lbs. D12 is 74 lbs. A10 and D10 are both 47 lbs. one of our easiest to carry solo. The FS12 is 79 lbs. and our FS10 model weighs in at only 51 lbs.

When choosing a paddle the width of the kayak and the height of the passenger are the two components to think about. This chart will help assist you.

Kayak Width Under 23" 24" to 28" 29"+
Paddler Height Recommended Paddle Length
Under 5'5" 210-220 cm 230 cm 230-240 cm
5'5" - 5'11" 220 cm 230 cm 230-240 cm
6'+ 220-230 cm 230-240 cm 240 cm

Keep in mind all of our ascend kayaks are minimum 29" wide. So your paddle length will be at least a 230cm.

Now you think about which life jacket is best for you. Standard life vests for boating are designed with ample padding all over up to the armpit area. Due to the motion your arms make while kayaking, the extra padding can cause the issue of rubbing on the sensitive skin on your upper arm. Kayaking vests are designed to be open down the side and padding that sits lower to prevent rubbing and make the motion of paddling more fluent.

PFD or personal floatation devices are required on every boat 16 ft. or longer. They indicate on all vests the pounds of buoyancy, but what does that mean? Example, a 200 lb. person is made up of about 80% water so 200X .20%= 40lbs. Then consider about 15% body fat on average. So 200X .15%-30lbs=10lbs. So a 16 lb. buoyancy should be more than sufficient for a floatation device.

Now that you have most of the essential information you need, feel free to stop by at your local Bass Pro Shops store and have a friendly camping associate get you equipped to hit the water, or simply visit to order online, shipping to store is free shipping! Also see to see for on fishing from your kayak.



The Knockdown and Dirty of Turkey Broadheads.

It won't be long and we will be sitting during a clear crisp morning waiting for a crow to call and then the Thunder Chickens to begin gobbling.  We have carefully chosen the proper location to setup.  We have put out the perfect set of decoys and have practiced hours becoming experts in calling in that weary Tom.  You have shot many arrows and have tuned your bow to hit a mark at forty yards.  Everything has come together and that big Tom is strutting only 15 yards in front of you, but wait........ do you have the proper broadhead at the tip of your arrow to do the job quickly?  Do you?

Turkeys have a relatively small vital to hit.  I have seen many turkeys hit perfectly with a pass-through arrow and yet the turkey flies off decreasing odds of you finding your bird.  So how do you increase your odds?  Simply by changing  your broadhead to a over the top or front deploying mechanical broadhead.  I am normally not an advocate of mechanical broadheads as I feel they are an excuse for archers trying to get their hunting arrows to hit the same as their field tipped arrows instead of super-tuning their hunting setup.  In other-words a quick fix.  Though for turkey hunting a front deploying broadhead not only creates a larger hole increasing your odds of hitting the vitals but also creates much harder hitting arrow transferring kinetic energy to killing the turkey instead of just passing through the bird.  I have literally rolled and taken big Tom's off their feet, killing them in their tracks. 


Below are a few great choices to take your next Tom.


NAP Spitfire Broadhead SKU 536662Rocket Aeroheads Hammerhead Expandable Broadhead SKU 1589345Wasp Jak Hammer SST Broadhead SKU 4499038


Good Luck this Spring and Shoot Straight!


Curing Your End of Season Waterfowl Blues

If you are anything like me, this time of year is a very sad time, as this past weekend marked the close of almost all the duck seasons across the nation.  Some states still have dark goose seasons running until the first week of February, but as the season winds down you don't have to worry about hanging up your lanyard just yet!

Some of the best goose hunting of the year is quickly approaching, and it comes in the form of the Light Goose Conversation Order (LGCO) season, more commonly known as the Spring Snow Goose Season.  For those who are unfamiliar, the Spring Snow Goose season is a nuisance season for light geese (includes Snows, Blues and Ross' geese), and exists for the sole purpose of trying to curb the massive population of these geese, which are literally eating themselves out of their tundra nesting grounds.  The LGCO is a very liberal season, allowing for unplugged shotguns, electronic callers and no bag or possession limits, all in hopes that hunters will take as many of these birds as possible to keep the population in check.

There are many methods hunters will use in attempt to take snow geese; pass-shooting, jumping and even stalking using plywood cow decoys to name a few, but the best way to put big numbers down, like always, is to decoy them.

Decoying snow geese can be a tricky ordeal, as everything you do is multiplied and magnified.  Instead of flocks of 2-300 birds, it is not uncommon to have flocks of 2-3000 (and larger!), which is just that many more eyes to pick apart your spread.  The way to combat such a large number of birds, is with an equally large number of decoys.  If you can afford/store/haul enough full bodies to do the job, more power to you, but by far the most economical way to build a successful (and transportable) spread is with a sock-style decoy, such as the Tanglefree Slammer Socks.  Most sock-style decoys can be purchased in small or large quantities, in Tanglefree's case: dozen or 4 dozen.  The advantage of the sock-style decoys is that they are much cheaper than their full-body brethren (usually $50-75/dozen vs. $300 or more for full body) not to mention they are much easier to store, as you can usually fit about 10 dozen socks in a large storage tote.



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When purchasing your decoys, you should consider what area of the country you will be hunting.  The Midwest (Central and Mississippi Flyways) will see a much larger portion of Blue Geese than either of the Coasts.  If you plan on hunting the Midwest, a good rule of thumb is to have about a 50/50 mixture of Snows and Blues, perhaps leaning a little heavier on the snows.  Those who are hunting the coasts should have a spread of almost entirely Snows, with just a few Blues mixed in.

If you have ever watched a large flock of Snow Geese feeding, you will notice that they are almost never all sitting still, and quite frequently "jump" each other towards the head of the spread (where all the untouched food is).  This means that you should invest in some sort of flyer, such as the Edge Snow Goose Magnet, to simulate geese jumping and trading for new food.  There really is no such thing as too many flyers, as they give the illusion of a very active feed, and will help draw attention away from your hide.

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To fully appreciate all the benefits of the LGCO, one should also consider (although they are not necessary to be successful) a magazine extension (if your gun will accept one) and an electronic caller.  If you were already thinking about purchasing an electronic caller for your winter predator hunting, consider upgrading to one of the more high-output models such as the FoxPro Shockwave or Prairie Blaster, as Snow Geese are very loud birds and you will want to make as much noise as possible to simulate the real thing.  If you already have an electronic predator caller, it will likely work just fine, as most of them have downloadable sounds, you will just likely need more of them, as the lower-output 1 and 2 speaker models simply won't put off as much noise.

This spring and summer saw a record hatch of light geese, so juvenile geese will be plentiful and ripe for the picking. Spring Snow Goose hunting can be a lot of work, but when it pays off, it pays off big, and there really is nothing quite like a tornado of geese circling mere yards above your head.  So don't put your shotgun to the back of the safe just yet, some of the best hunting of the year is just weeks away!

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Can Cookers (Cream Can Cooker)

Many people have heard of the product "CanCooker" or "Cream Can Cooker" throughout the years but have yet to use one or know exactly how it works or uses for them. In this article I will hopefully clarify somethings from the history of them to modern day uses.

The History: Ranchers would get together and everyone, even their families would participate. Before they started their day of work, each family would bring food which all went into a cream can, this can was put onto a fire to cook while they worked. At lunch time, they would come back to a hot, hearty, homemade meal that easily fed the entire group and included something for everyone. In modern days it can be difficult to find a cream can and if you can it is pretty big holding about 50 lbs. of food. With the weight involved, while removing the can from the fire, the bottom can drop out. Advances in technology and research have brought us to today's modern can cooker.

CanCookers allow you to do what it is you need to do with your day instead of preparing and cooking food. Clean up is easy too due to the steam keeping the food from sticking to the sides. And, unlike the original cream can which took half a day to cook, CanCooker cooks a meal in about an hour. CanCooker also works on any heat source for use at home or outdoors.Since it cooks with steam so you get a healthier, better tasting meal as well!

How To Use It:

Like any new cooking device, you need to wash your CanCooker with soap and water before using.

• If your lid doesn’t quite fit – soak the lid in warm water. This will allow for a better fit. Then simply choose a recipe, load it up with the food you choose, attach the lid, fire up your heat source, look for steam, set a timer. When Done remove carefully using oven mitts. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. When you remove the lid be careful! Steam will burn. Serve and enjoy, then to clean just use soap and water.

CanCooker $99.99CanCooker BC - 002 Bone Collector

Cancooker Jr.CanCooker Jr. $59.99
These items along with some accessories are available at Bass Pro Shops. To views more products please go to or see Product Spotlight - Elite 8.5 Quart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker for similar products if CanCooker is not for you.

Safety and Turkey Frying

For many years people have been preparing their holiday bird in many ways trying to find the perfect recipe to please the whole family. One method that many have turned to is frying the turkey. It sears in the juices and leave a crunchy skin. This method, however, can be dangerous and causes many accidents each year.

According to a report released this month by the National Fire Protection Association, deep fryers as a group are involved in about 1,000 home fires each year, causing an average of 57 injuries, or nearly twice the injury rate of any other type of cooking fire.

Further, each deep-fryer fire causes an average of $14,500 in property damage, or nearly three times that of any other form of cooking fire.

This article will hopefully educate you on tips and methods to start or continue a tradition in a safe way.

10 Steps on how to prepare and cook:

Start first by removing neck and giblets from cavity. Also remove pop-up timer and wire or plastic truss that holds legs in place. Make sure the bird is completely thawed and pat dry inside and out.


1)Season the turkey. Begin by sprinkling your seasoning of choice over the top of the bird and around the legs, rubbing it in as you go. Then turn it on its side, sprinkle more seasoning and rub it in. Completely turn the turkey over upside down before sprinkling and rubbing the underside. Continue until the entire body has been well covered and rubbed.

2)Make the metal handle. This method is recommended if you do not have a deep frying basket. Place the turkey on its shoulders (where the head would be) and begin to spear the wire through it, just underneath the breast and by the wings. Carefully pull the wire through and loop the wire around about three times to make a metal handle. Twist the ends of the wire around your handle so there are no sharp ends. It is very important to do a little test to make sure that your handle is totally secure when lifting up the turkey. Only when you are convinced that the handle is strong enough should you move onto the next step.

3)Prepare the burner. The frying of the turkey must be done outside, in a dry and well ventilated area and not near anything flammable. Set the gas burner on a level surface because this is one of the safest options so that the fryer doesn't tip over. Keep the propane tank as far away from the fryer as possible and make sure it is not on, under or near any flammable materials. When not set up properly, a deep fryer can explode. Please read the instructions that came with your fryer.

4)Prepare the oil level. Fill the pot halfway with water. Then roughly half fill the bucket with water, which should represent the same weight as your turkey. Place the bucket into the pot to make sure the water does not go past the top of the bucket; it should be at least 5 or 6 inches below the rim. If it is too high, then discard some of the water. The water line will represent the quantity of oil you will need, so make a note of it. Remove the bucket and tip away the water from the pot.

5)Dry the pot. It is extremely important to thoroughly wipe the pot dry with some kitchen roll. You must not leave any water in the pot as hot oil and water can be a very dangerous combination.

6)Add the oil. Pour the oil into the pot to the level where the water was. You should have somewhere between 3-5 inches of oil in the pot. Light your gas burner to a high setting and place the pot carefully down onto the burner plate. Place the thermometer into the oil and allow the oil to heat to a temperature of 350 °F (175 °C). The time it takes to heat to cooking temperatures varies. The outside temperature and conditions can heat oil to dangerous levels quickly. Consider protective apron, gloves and goggles.

7)Check the temperature. Once the oil has reached 350 °F (175 °C), you're ready to fry. Make sure you have on your protective gloves and jacket when handling the turkey or working around the hot oil. With the metal hook attached to the wire loop handle of your turkey, lower the turkey with extreme care into the hot oil. Even with the bird patted dry, there will be a violent reaction when it hits the hot oil. Do this very slowly and be aware of any hot splashing oil. It is strongly recommended to turn off the burner while the turkey is being submerged, then to turn it back on once the turkey is in. Boiled over oil hitting the burner is the cause of most accidents.

8)Fry the turkey. Allow 3-4 minutes of cooking for every 500g grams (1lb). Monitor the temperature by leaving a candy thermometer in the oil (hung from a copper wire) as the turkey cooks. Never leave the hot oil unattended during the cooking process! When the bird is dropped and the fluids begin to cook out, the boiling off of these fluids tends to cool the oil, after which the oil temperature may tend to rise. Halfway through the cooking process, check to see how the turkey is doing by briefly lifting it out of the pot, again using the metal hook attached to the wire handle. Then lower it back into the pot for the rest of the cooking period. If oil begins to smoke at any time, or if it begins to rise adjust the burner and  lower the heat.

9)Finish the frying. Once the turkey begins to float to the top of the oil, allow it cook for an additional 15 minutes. Once cooked, carefully remove your turkey from the pot, give it a little shake to disperse the excess oil and transfer it back onto its platter. Check the internal temperature with the meat thermometer. The temperature should be at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), but preferably 170 degrees F (77 degrees C) in the breast and 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) in the thigh

10)Turn off the flame. Let the oil cool completely, making sure it's in a spot where nobody (especially kids and pets) will run into it. Remove the wire and serve.

How to Dispose of all that grease:

Store the oil in the original container for reuse. Strain out any particles and freeze. Oil can
be kept for up to six months and reused for up to six hours of fry time.

Freeze it and then throw the hardened oil away on trash day.
Mix it with unscented kitty litter, sawdust, or sand to solidify the oil. Dispose of it in the trash.
Avoid scented or disinfectant types of kitty litter as they can react with the oil and cause a
fire. Or another option is to recycle it at your community’s transfer or recycling center. A list
of centers is available at (click on
Household Hazardous Waste).

Where to buy tools needed:

Seasonings:Butterball Garlic and Savory Herb Turkey Seasoning Kit                                                                          $6.99

Oils:Turkey Gold Cotton Seed Oil                                                                                                     Starting at $12.99Cajun Injector® Peanut Blend Frying Oil                                                                                     Starting at $14.99

Fryer:Bass Pro Shops® 30-Quart Propane Turkey Fryer                                                                               Bass Pro 30 Qt. $49.97

These are just a few options to start you out. Please visit to view more products or stop by the store and ask one of our friendly associates for assistance. With these tips and a little precaution you are sure to have a wonderful meal to serve your loved ones with a little help from Bass Pro. Also see A Good Holiday Turkey is a Fried Holiday Turkey! 


Commonly Asked Camping Related Questions

Walking into the camping department, you have an idea of what you're looking for and think it should be just a grab and go item, but when you think you've found what you're looking for you realize there's more to it than you thought. What are Lumens? Btu's? You begin to realize you need some assistance on the knowledge of these products. This blog will cover some of these common questions and try to clarify some things for you to make your next shopping trip a little easier.

What is a Lumen? Simply put it's a measure of total "amount" of visible (to the human eye) light emitted by a source. With LED becoming the primary source, some people still using watts are not sure how the conversion works. Watts (incandescent) to Lumen (LED) rule of thumb for replacement is: 100 watt = 1600 lumens, 75 watt = 1100 lumens, 60 watt = 800 lumens, and 40 watt = 450 lumens. Streamlight® Super Tac® X C4® LED Flashlight

What is a BTU? British Thermal Unit is a traditional unit of energy equivalent to about 1055 joules. It is the amount of energy needed to cool or heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. BTU describes heat value of fuels. There is no universal conversion factor for the number of BTU to volume. One standard cubic foot of natural gas yields 1030 BTU (depending on the quality when burned.)Mr. Heater® MH45T Triple Tank Top Propane Heater

What is Candlepower?  (candelas) is an absolute unit expressing luminous intensity in terms of light emitted by candle of specific size and constituents. It is sometimes used to describe the luminous intensity of high powered flashlights and spotlights. Most packages will show both lumens and candlepower. For instance a 2,000,000 candlepower spotlight is also referred to as a 250 lumen spotlight, a 3,500,000 candlepower is equal to 600 lumens. Bass Pro Shops® 2 Million Candlepower Camo Spotlight

What are the dimensions on an air mattress? Twin 39"X75", Full 54"X75", Queen 60"X80", King 76"X80". Now you'll know if it will fit in your tent!Coleman® Double High Air Mattress With 120V QuickPump™ Unit

What is the best pepper spray to get for my loved one? There are many varieties and manufacturers of pepper spray on the shelves today. In all reality all of them have the same amount of pepper (capsaicin) by law 10 %. Even bear sprays have just 10%. The only differences is the container style you choose and how far and with what force the product is dispensed. For instance bear spray can be sprayed from 35 feet away while most pepper sprays for humans spray only about 10 feet. There is also pepper gel. In my opinion i believe this to be a safer and more effective spray. Not only does it "stick" to the perpetrator better, but is safe to use in a closed environment such as an elevator, or around other people without the risk of blow-back onto yourself or  onto someone else nearby    Campus Safety Pepper Gel - Pink                                                                                                 $11.99


For other questions you may have on any subject that was not covered in this article or for more details about this content feel free to ask any of the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Bass Pro Shops. Or go to Also see Product Spotlight: Pink Pepper Spray  for more information on pepper sprays.


Great Ice Fishing Gear

With the changing of the season comes the changing of the fishing conditions. In many of the central and northern states this means the transition of open water to fishing on a big slab of ice. This has long been a favorite winter tradition for many residents of the northern states; however, there is a new generation of anglers out there looking to get involved in the sport of "Ice Fishing". The following is a guideline to some of the current products on the market that make this past time easier and more enjoyable.

First thing you will want to think of before venturing out on early season ice is safety. Here are a few things that are good items to consider. The first is some sort of life preserver. I prefer to use something lightweight and non restrictive like the Bass Pro Shops auto/manual inflatable life vest.

life vest

The next safety item is a pair of ice picks. These will help you pull yourself back up onto the ice should you happen to fall through.

ice picks

The last and most used safety item is a good pair of ice cleats or traction aids. These will help you keep from slipping and falling almost constantly on clean ice.

ice cleats

Good gloves and boots will make dealing with the cold and wet conditions bearable, make sure whatever you select are waterproof. The next thing you will want to think about for your ice fishing expedition is a way to access the fish under your feet. This can be achieved with a variety of tools the following are most common; a ice chisel, a hand auger, or a power auger. There is even an attachment to make your drill into an ice auger.



The next few items are where the selections may become overwhelming for the new angler because of all of the options on the market. I will try to narrow down some top choices and give brief explanations why.

Next I would recommend  a sled of some kind to assist in transporting your gear onto the ice. Just about any sled will work but the deep sleds or the ice fishing sleds carry the gear much more efficiently. Combine that with a bucket and you should be able to easily carry everything you need onto the ice. The bucket will serve as your livewell and a seat for you.


Another essential item would be an ice rod and reel combo. There are all kinds of options to choose from and all of them will work, but one I really like and recommend is a large spool reel that does not wrap the line around a fixed spool, instead the spool roles the line up onto it. The reason is so you have less coiling in you line making your jig more responsive and your jig will not spin upon retrieve.

ice reel

This inexpensive schooley reel works great for this application.

The next item you will need is some sort of jig or bait, there are many options but a good variety in your arsenal is recommended.


There are a few more products like heaters, shelters, and fishfinders that make long days out on the ice more enjoyable and cold days more bearable but they are not as essential for getting involved in the sport.



Here is a list of all of the items that are in my ice fishing sled, hopefully this helps with your next adventure.

1. Sled

2. Ice fishing bucket

3. Heater

4. Rods and reels

5. Tackle Box with ice jigs

6. Wax worms/ Minnows (bait)

7. Pop-up shelter

8. Flasher (fish finder)

9. Ice cleats & picks

10. Ice Skimmer


For many more products used for ice fishing please visit us at . There are many great ice fishing articles and blogs from our prostaff if you would like to view them please click on the links provided., Thank you for your business. Good luck and be safe!


















Preparing a Hotspot for Ice fishing Season

Now is the perfect time of the year to start preparing for the ice fishing season. The days are getting shorter, colder and before too long the ice will start to form over some of your favorite fishing holes.

frozen lake

Here are a few preparations you can make to help ensure your long months of ice fishing are some of the best you may have all year.

The first thing I like to do is to get out on the boat and do a little research. The things I’m looking for are different types of underwater structure. Wether it is submerged trees, rock piles, or just rapid changes in water depth, these are all different types of structure that baitfish will congregate around once the underwater vegetation becomes scarce.  

In order to find different types of structure I will typically get in a boat and simply start searching with a fish finder. The reason you want to do this before there is several inches of ice on the water is simply to cover more water much faster.  There are many great products on the market that help with this process and Bass Pro Shops has a wide variety of these devices to choose from.

The other vital tool I use for this process is a simple handheld gps devise like the Garmin eTrex 10.etrex gps

There is a wide variety of these type of GPS's available at The reason for the handheld devise is that it is compact and accurate, making it very easy to find your marked waypoints once you have ice that is safe enough to fish on.

If you are planning on ice fishing a body of water with little or no subsurface stracture to it, and it is a body of water where it is legal, I strongly recommend creating your own structure to fish over. One of the most common ways to do this is to create a brush pile, if you want make structure that will last of years and won't breakdown overtime I reccomend artificial structures like the "Honey Hole Tree"


These are wonderful structures to fish over because they promote aquatic growth throughout the summer months, but they also attract baitfish which in turn attract predatory fish, and the best thing about this type of structure is that it is much harder to get snagged on while fishing.

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Fall Jerkbait Fishing

Once the water starts dropping below the 60 degree mark, jerkbaits are a hot bait to throw.  The fish are stockin up for winter and you will probably have the entire lake to yourself.  There are many things to consider when throwing a jerkbait: water clarity, location, forage, line and rod are a few.  10 lb florocarbon is a good starting point, aiding in the suspending action of any given jerkbait. 


There are days where a tight wobble versus a wide wobble are preferred.  Running depth varies per brand of jerkbait.  A good medium action rod will not over work the jerkbait and allow the rod to load up on a strike.  Some jerkbaits will suspend evenly right out of the box, others may require a few suspend strips/dots. 


Jerkbaits are meant to entice those suspended fish relating to cover or depth changes into biting.  A natural match the hatch approach is always a good start, but that is not to say a brighter reflective finish will not coax a cold water bass into biting.  

Once you find some good structure ie rockpiles, brushpiles, channel swings, creek channels let the fun begin.  Pick a jerkbait that will run/supsend according to the depth of structure you are fishing and tie one on. (Retailers like Bass Pro Shops have a wide variety of Jerkbaits to choose from.)

   Monofiliament or Florocarbon line may help your choice if you need to help keep the bait higher in the water column a mono line will be better, if you need to help keep the bait down in the water column, a florocarbon line will be better.  Confidence is the best bait in your tackle box, if you have had success with a given color of crankbait, match that in a jerkbait.  Throw your jerkbait out, reel it down 5-6 times to get it in the strike zone, a good 5-10 second pause is a good rule of thumb to start with, the colder the water, the longer you may have to let it set.  You may give the bait 2-3 quick jerks with your rod tip down or you may just turn your reel handle 2-3 times.  Experiment with the retirieve and length of pause until you get bit, letting the fish tell you how they want it and how long it set each time, duplicate the retrieve and you are in business.

You can read more about Jerkbaits and Jerkbait selection at the following link: Jerkbaits

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The Traveling Bowhunter. Pack Smart and Light.

The other day a guy came into the archery department and showed me a very disturbing photograph.  He had been on a 10 day hunting trip to North Dakota and on his return flight the airline ran over his bow case with the bow in it.  The bow case was destroyed and his bow took a little damage.  Imagine if this would have been on the arriving flight and not the returning home flight?

We hear time and time again about misfortunes that hunter’s experience when traveling to hunt a new area or state.  These hunters sometimes have put in for tags for several years to get the chance for a “Once in a lifetime” hunt.  On their way to the hunting adventure, the airline looses their baggage or bow.  Sometimes the gear shows up destroyed and unusable.  What do you do now?

Plan ahead!  Plan for the worst.

Many of us have driven to hunting locations and load our pickup to the gills with everything we “Might” need.  This unfortunately doesn’t work well when dealing with the airlines or even more so, a fly in trip to Alaska or Canada where you are limited to maybe 50 or so pounds of gear plus yourself and what you are wearing.

Pack Smart!  Determine what you “Need” not what you “Want” on the trip.

Use a scale to weigh what you think you need.  Find out from the airline and the bush pilot what your max weights can be and how many bags you are allowed.  Pack and weigh.


Layering is by far the best way to achieve all of your goals here.  Comfort, and weight reducing.  Today there are many choices of high performance gear.  Start with moisture wicking under clothes.  The are very light, compact and effective in keeping you dry.

Next layer should be a Cold Gear type of clothing.  Clothing that allows moisture to pass from you out away from your body and yet retains heat during those chilly sits.

A wind proof jacket with plenty of pockets.

Full set of high performance pants and jacket, rain gear.  Many of these will fold and stow within their own pockets.  These pieces of gear are light, compact and very effective in keeping out the rain.  Tip… Cut a ¼ sheet of chamois and place in your rain jacket pocket.  This can be used to wipe off your lenses on your binoculars and rangefinders.

Socks are often a shortcut that many hunters take or don’t think much about.  Even if the rest of your body is dry and comfortable, if your feet are damp, you will be miserable.  Purchase yourself moisture wicking liners and wool socks.  Just like you layer your body to stay comfortable, layer your feet too.  They need to breathe and release moisture to be comfortable.  In the event your feet do get wet the wool will keep your feet warm so the rest of you warm too.  Wool also dries very quickly so will be ready the following day or twos days at the most.

Boots should be very comfortable and broke in before the trip.  If you hiking many miles a day, consider a lower gram weight of insulation like Thinsulate.  This will keep your feet from overheating.  I prefer a nice arch support or cork bed to keep my feet comfortable.  Boots with replaceable liners are a good choice as you can dry out one set one day and wear the other the same day.

Gloves and hats now come lightweight and with very effective wicking and warm materials.  Your head is the primary heat loss part of your body.  Keep it warm and dry and most likely the rest of your will be warm too.


Purchase a SKB bow case.  They are extremely tough and take much abuse.  These cases may cost a little more but they also come with a $1500 gear insurance policy, and worth the few extra dollars in the long run.

Pack a dozen arrows with broadheads removed and store in an arrow tube.  Broadheads will pack easier removed from arrows and are less susceptible of damaging your bowstrings or gear in transport.  An extra bowstring and cables are very light and might come in handy if you or your buddy dry fires your bow or you accidentally damage the strings.  With so many different bows on the market now and each having different sizes of strings and cables, you most likely won’t find the proper set at a bow shop in any part of the country.  Carry an extra set of “shot in” strings and you will be good.

With my bow I will mark my cams with a permanent marker so that I can make sure my cams are in time at all times and if I have to change strings and or cables I can get it back in time quickly not wasting valuable hunting time.  I also measure key parts of my bow such as Nock Height, Peep Height, Brace Height, Tiller, Draw Weight and Rest locations.  I write them on a tape on my limbs so not to loose or forget them.

Binoculars, rangefinders, GPS units, SPOT units and cameras should be packed in your carry on.  You will ensure they will make it there and safely.  GPS units are a place you can save a little weight.  Garmin produces units that have GPS and cameras built in one unit.  The Rhino unit even has radio capabilities, check local laws though to see if a radio is allowed when hunting.

Now to pack it all up:

Your carry-on you should use your backpack.  Place all of your heavy items like cameras, binoculars, GPS units and rangefinders.  Pack your rain gear, gloves and caps in the pack as well.

In your bow case pack your bow, arrows and extra set of strings and cables, broadheads, a change of clothes including some socks and a change of camo.  If your other luggage becomes lost at least you still have some clothes to wear for the first few days of the hunt until your bags arrive and it helps protect your gear in the bow case.  Print on- a piece of paper, your name, destination, flight number and your contact number, as well as the hunting location’s address.   Print one of these for both the outbound and return flight and lay it on top of everything before you close your bag. This makes it really easy for airlines to know where the bag needs to go should they get misplaced.

Once you have everything packed up label your bags.  Put hard labels on the outside of your bags identifying who you are and where you live.  Before you leave on your trip print out on full sheets of paper your name, flight numbers, contact numbers and final destination.  This is true for your trip home too.  Just before you leave place the sheets that have your destination info in the bag so that if it gets lost the airline can open it and see where it needs to go.  Then do the same thing on your flight home.

The best practice is to plan for the worse.  Once you find a system that works for you record it down so that the next trip will be easier to pack.

Good luck and Shoot Straight.


Hunting preparedness

Being properly prepared for your hunting trip is important. It can be the difference between life and death, not to mention just simply the comfort of your trip and peace of mind that you didn't forget anything. Make a checklist! 

-Waterproof bag- for cell phone, I.D., keys, money, license, medication, maps, etc. *Coghlan's starting at $3.59

-Flashlight and batteries * Browning tactical hunter catalyst flashlight $69.99/ Extreme batteries $4.99-$9.99

-Compass *Silva Huntsman 423 $22.99compass

-Water bottle, thermos, lifestraw, or camelback (hygdration bag) *Redhead Camo Teck-Lok bottle/pouch $14.99, Lifestraw $19.99, Redhead thermos $24.99

-Survival Kit, First aid kit, whistle * Adventure Medical kits Ultra light and water tight $17.00

-Hand warmers, gloves *Coghlan's disposable Hand Warmers 4 pack $4.29

-Matches or Fire starter ( magnesium, flint, starter sticks, etc.) *Coghlan's water tight match box $2.39

-Food: Lunch, snacks, Dehydrated meals * Tactical Bacon in a can $17.99, or Dehydrated pouches $4.99-$8.99Food

-Canvas Quarter bags- for field meat breakdown to transport more easily *Hide away 30X50 $9.99

-Knife or axe * Kutmaster Crush High Performance folding field saw $17.99/ Coghlan's camp axe $11.99

-Space heater * Mr. Heater Hunting Buddy Propane  $129.99Heater

Keep in mind these are just some of the items to consider when making your checklist. Everyone has different needs. All the items above can be found in the camping, hunting, and camo section at Bass Pro Shops or online at Prices and products vary, there are several options, these were just some of them to look out for. Have a safe and fun camping trip!

ALSO SEE these other helpful links: Purify Your Drinking Water with LifeStraw!, Are You Ready for Hunting Season? , Deer Camp/Camping Necessities




New Product Spotlight: Remington 2020

Too close for missiles, I'm switching to guns.

You may recognize that line from the 80's classic Top Gun, but the top gun on the market is the new Remington 2020, and the similarities do not end there.

Earlier this month, Remington announced the release of their new 2020 shooting platform, and it flew almost completely under the radar (pun intended).  The 2020 is offered in 3 configurations (pictured below): a 700 Long Range chambered in .30-06, a 700 SPS Tactical in .308 and an R-15 in .223/5.56.

Model 700 Long Range (LR)

Model 700 SPS Tactical AAC

Bushmaster Varminter


Set alone, these rifles are noteworthy, but not head turning.  No longer.  Remington has built these packages complete with a Digital Optic System from Tracking Point.  The Tracking Point optic system comes complete with a 3-21 variable power scope, laser rangefinder (capable of ranging up to 750 yards), an advanced ballistics calculator and audio/video recording.

The 2020 Digital Optic System features a Heads Up Display (HUD) which provides you with all the information needed to make that critical shot:  target speed, ammunition selection, inclination, rifle cant, compass heading and much, much more.



Each package comes complete with a hand-selected rifle mounted (and zeroed) with the Remington 2020 Digital Optic System, a wheeled SKB hard case with custom foam insert, 300 rounds of matched ammunition (and a pre-loaded ballistic solution for all three paired ammunition types), a sunshade, 4 rechargeable batteries and charging cradle/power supply.  With an MSRP of around $5000, the Remington 2020 isn't for everyone, but for those with a thirst for the most up-to-date technology, look no further, because the Remington 2020 has it in spades.

Visit Remington's site devoted to the 2020:


Choosing the Perfect Sleeping Bag

There are many shapes colors and sizes of sleeping bags, different degree ratings and are made of many different materials to accommodate for different circumstances. Things to consider when choosing your bag:

Weather: Think about how cold it might get on your hunting or camping trip. It is harder to warm up and stay warm than it is to vent and cool.

Comfort: If the bag is too snug it can feel restrictive and can compress the filling, which actually makes the bag less affective.

Moisture: Try to find one that wicks moisture away from the body and dries fast, so in most cases one made of synthetic materials.

Weight: Consider how far or long you will be toting the bag along. Hiking, hunting, etc. The lighter the better. This is a feature usually listed in the description on the box.

Size: How compact does it become to fit in or on your pack?

Fleece Liner: Try a fleece sleeping bag liner for additional warmth ( around 10 degrees ) and also keeps your bag cleaner!

Mummy BagRectangular BagFleece Liner

Fillers: Down filling good for a lighter option and also compresses better for size. It is often warmer than synthetics but is bad in wet conditions. A very bad insulator when wet.

Synthetic filling is great for wet environments, cost less usually and a great option for those allergic to down. They are bad however when it comes to weight and don't compress down as well so they take up more room in your pack.

Hooded: Also keep in mind about 50% of your body heat escapes from your head, so a hooded bag such as a mummy might be a great option for cold trips.

For more specifics such as images, cost, and features please go to Bass Pro Sleeping Bags.

Also see these links More Bag for your Buck Outdoor Essentials - Winter Camping Basics Sleeping Bag Buyer's Guide


Wild Game Recipe for the Masses!

So you had a great day in the field; you and your friends shot a limit of dove (or teal, or anything for that matter).  What now?  Obviously, you've got some cleaning to do but what follows next is very important:  the meal.  You have a decision to make, how do you prepare your bounty so that all will enjoy it?  The answer is simple:  BACON!  One of my all time favorite recipes, and a standby for the game-shy palate, is wild-game poppers. 

Once you have breasted and washed your birds, the first step is the marinade.  I like to use equal parts Worcestershire sauce and Italian dressing.  No real measurements required, just use enough to cover all the meat and refrigerate for a couple of hours. 

Once you have marinated for the desired amount of time, it's time to assemble the poppers.  When doing dove/teal sized breasts, I like to take a pair of kitchen shears and cut the bacon in half, as it does not take a full strip of bacon to wrap a dove breast.  Spread each piece of bacon out individually on a cookie sheet or piece of wax paper (for easy cleanup later).  Using a spoon or spatula, spread a layer of cream cheese on each strip of bacon (commence drooling).  Depending on preference, I will sometimes add a slice of pickled jalapeno on top of the cream cheese for an added kick.  Now place one breast on the end of a piece of bacon and wrap the bacon around the breast, doing your best to cover as much meat as possible.  Repeat until you run out of meat/bacon.

Now you have two options, you can either secure the bacon to the meat by running a toothpick through each individual popper or my preferred method is to treat the poppers like kabobs and run a few of them on a larger skewer.  The kabob method comes in handy for the next step (much easier to turn a few large skewers than several individual poppers).

All that is left is to cook these tasty morsels.  These are best prepared on a grill over medium heat, flipping one or two times as desired, and your basic gauge of when to pull them and eat them is the bacon.  When the bacon is done, the poppers are done (raw bacon-raw bird, crispy bacon-well done).  Like any red meat, such as beef, a little red/pink in the center of the breast is completely safe so no need to worry if some aren't brown all the way through.

Now Eat and Enjoy!



Worcestershire Sauce

Italian Dressing

Dove/Teal/Duck Breasts


Spreadable Cream Cheese

Pickled Jalapenos (if desired)







Dehydrated Foods

Dehydrated meals

Whether you are camping, hiking, hunting, or just preparing for weather or an emergency, dehydrated foods can be just the thing you need. They are light weight, compact and easily prepared. There are many companies that provide these items but here are a few of the top contenders.



Mountain House, a division of Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc, has been a backpacking, camping favorite since the 1960's. The Mountain House product line consists of over 58 selections, including single-serve, double-serve and four-serve entrees. The most popular sellers are our double-serve entrees, which includes over 25 flavors to choose from including:Beef Stew $7.39, Chicken Alfredo $8.69, Scrambled Eggs with Bacon $5.39, Raspberry Crumble $7.19 and Garden Green Peas $3.49. Plus many more in pouches. They also offer varieties in #10 Cans and Buckets.



Backpacker's Pantry is another brand that manufactures gourmet backpacking food.The company was founded in 1951 by Ann Benedict to supply the Girl Scouts with lightweight, nutritious food for the trail.  The Smith family purchased the company in 1971, and still owns and operates the company to this day out of Boulder, CO. They offer: One, Two and Four person. One person organic, Emergency preparedness such as 3 day meal kits and #10 cans, Gluten free and low sodium options, vegan, and snacks, spreads and oils.




Wise Favorites

You can't prevent certain events in life, but you can prepare for them.

Real Food . . . Prepared in minutes by just adding water. Wise Company takes an innovative approach, providing dependable, simple and affordable ready-made freeze dried and dehydrated entrees for emergency preparedness and outdoor use. Whether you are preparing your family for the future or planning your next outdoor adventure, Wise Company provides great tasting, high quality foods that are quick and easy to prepare. Finally a dependable, simple, and affordable choice for both your emergency food supply and outdoor needs.Wise Makes it easy to prepare!


All products range from just a few dollars for sides and desserts to and average of $6-8 for entrees and other desserts for 2 serving pouches. The #10 cans have a 25 year shelf life and range in price of about $20-$30 and about 20+ servings per can. The buckets are 120 servings and range in price from about $120-$150 depending on content. So in general you calculate under $2.00 per serving in most cases.


The following products are available at Bass Pro Stores or on their website also see links  such as:  Emergency Food Supply Options. and A Bucket of Food