Momentum

Momentum is the word of the day.  A lot of people seem to mix up KE (kinetic energy) and momentum when it comes to bowhunting (or one could say hunting in general, but today let’s focus on archery).  KE seems to be the big buzz word floating around nowadays which is great for marketing, but not so great when talking about actual application; it’s only HALF of the equation.  Yes speed is wonderful, a lot of compound guys (and gals) love trying to get that max IBO/ATA that their bows swears that they can get to.  But how did we go from shooting recurves (which if you hit 225fps that’s SMOKING FAST!) where we were pushing 500-600 gr arrows, to much faster speeds - the arrows are half the weight? What a lot of hunters, especially new ones, don’t really get exposed to nowadays is that other half of the equation of yes your bow is fast, but because it’s faster, it can push more weight faster too.  Think about it this way, you drive a zippy motorcycle into a side of a vehicle at around 130mph, and then take a large SUV and drive it into the side of a vehicle going 70mph, what’s going to do more damage?  I like to use Fred Bear’s arrow weight calculation, which is pretty easy, take however much draw weight you’re pulling, say 60#, and add a zero to it, now subtract 10%, which would be 540gr. I know what most of you are thinking, “Holy Toledo! That’s a log, no way can my bow shoot that monstrosity without serious drop!”  

Well, I hate to break it to you slick, but you know how most people sight their bows in for going at least out to 60 yards or so? The average distance that has been reported for shooting a deer with a bow, is a whopping 15-25 yards.  Wait, that’s it?  Yeah, that’s it.  Consider that next time you really feel the need to sight your 7 pin sight out to 80 yards, on a rig you plan on taking through east Texas where you’ll most likely never get a clear shot past maybe 35. And say if you are taking shots longer than that, what’s the matter, couldn’t get any closer? But in all seriousness, a closer shot is ideal, and of course there’s always some exception, like flat plains shooting.

Now consider this as well, sure you’re probably getting your 8.0gpi arrows with your rear deploying mechanicals into deer at say 30 yards or so and you’re killing them every time.  Awesome, but is the arrow going through, or is it just stopping inside of them?  You know what’s better than an entrance hole?  An exit hole.  You know what’s better than that?  Pass through.  Yes I understand the benefit of a broadhead swirling around inside, causing mayhem is fantastic, but you still have the shaft blocking a fair deal of potential blood loss, where a clean pass through will guarantee a great deal more blood loss which is definitely more beneficial and integral to a quicker death. Now a term that is thrown around a lot is FOC (front/forward of center), which actually effects arrow flight and impact. FOC is essentially a way of saying that there is more weight towards the front of the arrow rather than the back, or it balances more towards the front. This is important because your fletchings on your arrow are made to stabilize arrow flight due to the flex, which can be affected by anywhere from an improperly tuned bow, finger releasing, torqueing the bow, etc. The less work your fletchings have to do to compensate, the faster it will straighten. They do this by spinning the arrow to straighten out the shaft, which if the front of the arrow has a fair deal of weight or is stiffer; it’ll force the back end to balance quicker. To find your FOC just follow these steps:

1) Measure the length of the shaft from the throat of the nock to the end of the shaft, excluding the insert; this is lengthL”

2) Using a sharp edge, balance the arrow (including the point) and mark the balance point

3) Measure the distance from the throat of the nock to the balance point; this is length B”

4) Input B and L into the following formula:

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Typically speaking I’d say keep target arrows around 8-12%, hunting arrows 11-15%, but also bear in mind that it is not uncommon for some of the old school bow hunters (and younger ones such as me) to go on up to 30%! This granted is a lot, but just keep in mind, how far you’re trying to go, your draw weight, draw length, your bow’s speed capabilities, etc.

There are so many other aspects of arrow dynamics, such as smoothness of the shaft, what kind of inserts you’re using, your vein selection, nock weight (lighted nocks are heavier, so keep that in mind when trying to achieve a specific FOC), and of course the outside diameter of the arrow itself.  Generally speaking I do tend to prefer the micro diameter shafts because it’s less surface area to push through an animal, so it makes for easier penetration, but there aren’t too many really heavy micro diameter arrows out there, usually from what I’ve seen those top out at are around 10gpi (grains per inch). Of course you could cheat this by adding weights into your shaft, to offset FOC and increase overall weight but be mindful that you’re aware of exactly how much weight whatever you’re using is, you need to make sure your arrows all weigh the same.  I have used fishing weights, they seem to work okay, but making sure they stay in one place can be tricky if you’ve already put an insert into the arrow, which means you have to go from the back, but using certain kinds of epoxy because it doesn’t bond right way and a long thin device to push it down should typically work as long as you don’t allow the epoxy to seep in through the hole in the bottom of the insert.

Your arrows are an integral part of bow hunting, so just remember there are many things to keep in mind when picking out what kind of arrows you want, and practice and fine tune seeing what works with your particular rig and needs. Like, if you’re only drawing 50# and your bows rated fps is around 300, it’d probably be best not try and launch 700 grain arrows. Tinker around and see what kind of performance you get out of your arrows and remember, practice makes perfect, and most importantly, have fun out there and get yourself a nice rack, and a full freezer.

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Water Safety

 

"In the summertime when the weather is hot
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather's fine"* you can go for a ride...

 

In a Sun Tracker.

In aTahoe.

In a Nitro.

In a Mako.

In a Tracker boat.

In any of the above boats that we make. 

In a boat from Bass Pro Shops in Katy, Texas.

Come on in and ask any of our very knowledgeable associates: we can help you find one. While you're at it, we can also help you get ready to have your fun while being safe, we can help you keep your family safe:

Our Bass Pro Shops Adult Universal Life Jacket 4 Pack includes 4 USCG-approved Type III adult-universal-fit life vests in a convenient storage bag. Each life jacket has a durable shell made from 100% nylon, buoyant foam filling, and 3 belts with quick-release buckles. One size fits most.

Come into our Marine Department here at Bass Pro in Katy, Texas and ask a sales associate to help you pick out the right life jackets for all you and your family's boating needs.

We wish you happy, fun-filled boating.

*Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime" written by Ray Dorset

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Making Assistance Dogs Easy

Remi Kept telling everyone about the Dog Days family event. What he didn't tell you, is about his best friend Oliver. Oliver is a Labradoodle who is being trained by Hailey (the executive director of MADE - Making Assistance Dogs Easy) for mobility assistance and PTSD. Hailey and OliverHailey and Oliver Oliver has brothers and sisters at MADE that are also being trained to help people of all ages with disabilities. The dogs are grouped into four training programs so as to specialize in what their future partner will need the most asistance or awareness about: mobility, diabetes, autism, or PTSD. Most people only think of service dogs as assistance dogs for people with the more visible disabilities. What people don't know is that service dogs can also be of assistance pertaining to disabilities that cannot necessarily be seen by the eyes - PTSD, diabetes, autism. 

 

MADE is not the only organization that trains assistance dogs, AGS (Aggie Guide-Dogs and Service-Dogs) in College Station is another great organization, but today we're going to focus on MADE. Below is a pressrelease written by the executive director of MADE, Hailey Jumper Mauldin. Please read and consider what she has to say:

 

MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit service dog organization (Federal Tax ID# 46-3569037). Our mission is to train and place high caliber service dogs of all types to adults and children with disabilities in order to help them gain greater independence. We are committed to providing service dogs to the person in need and remaining a support resource throughout the working life of the team, while also increasing public awareness about the different types of disabilities and service dogs, and how these dogs assist their partners.

 

 

MADE was created in 2013 to expand the availability of service dogs for individuals with disabilities across the state of Texas and throughout the country. Upon entering our program, puppies are divided into four training sectors to assist individuals with a variety of conditions and impairments. The four training sectors are mobility assistance, diabetic alert, autism assistance, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  February Matching CampFebruary Matching Camp MADE is the only established non-profit service dog organization in the state of Texas to provide service dogs to qualified applicants under the age of 10, rather than providing dogs only to adult applicants, and we are one of the only programs nationwide to provide PTSD assistance dogs to civilians. We take pride in Making Assistance Dogs Easy for adults and children with disabilities.

 

The cost for MADE to acquire, raise, train, and place each of our assistance dogs with a disabled partner is approximately $25,000. We spend 18-24 months training our dogs to the highest standard to provide the best possible assistance for individuals in need. The 2010 census states that a little more than 11% of Texans have a disability that impairs one or more activities of daily living - and, as a result, nearly half of our fully trained assistance dogs either have stayed or will stay with native Texans to help mitigate their disabilities. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations made are fully tax-deductible, and go towards helping children and adults experience increased confidence and independence with a canine companion by their side. 

 

 

Hailey Jumper Mauldin

Executive Director and Head Service Dog Trainer

MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs

www.madeintexasassistancedogs.org

 

We're glad Remi put us in touch with Oliver and Hailey. We hope that they help as many people as they possibly can. We understand that part of that is based on donations from people to support the training of the dogs, we hope that they get enough to train as many dogs as possible so they can help as many people as possible.

 

Please like Bass Pro Shops - Houston, Tx and MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs pages on Facebook to spread information about helping others and enjoying the great outdoors.

 

Thank you to Amy Richards Photography for taking the photos used for MADE.

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On the Water

The summer is coming and it's just about always a good time to fish. But do you have the right boat for what you want to do? Come in to Bass Pro Shops in Katy, Texas and check out our boat show room and talk to our leading sales associates who can tell you most anything you'd like to know about our boats as well as pick out the boat for you! 

Test review from www.boattest.com 

2015 TRACKER Pro Team™ 175 TXW w/ 60 ELPT FourStroke and Trailer 
NO HAGGLE NO HASSLE™
National Price
$ 15,995* USA
-Backed by the Best Factory Warranty in Aluminum Boats
-TRACKER-exclusive all-welded Revolution™ hull w/Smooth Ride Guarantee™
-All-aluminum Power-Trac™ set-back transom for a quicker holeshot
-Diamond Coat™ finish w/industry-exclusive powder coat & clearcoat for a 3x harder finish, 70% longer lasting shine & 20x longer lasting color
-Minn Kota® 12V, 45-lb. thrust, foot-control trolling motor
-Bow 19-gal. & aft 16-gal. aerated livewells, 1 bait bucket
-3-across cockpit seats w/molded storage boxes below center and port seats
-NEW Lowrance® Elite-3x COLOR fishfinder 240x360 LED display & dual-freq. transducer
-NEW sport steering wheel
-8' (2.44 m) lockable center rod box, bow/aft storage w/aluminum lids
-Custom trailer w/Super Lube hubs, swing-away tongue, & all-welded frame w/GALVASHIELD®
-NEW 13" chrome wheels & matching hub covers

 

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Staying bug free on your turkey hunt

It seems that turkey season and mosquitoes arrive at about the same time but now there is a way of getting rid of the mosquitoes without spraying messy chemicals on your skin. The Thermacell Mosquito Repellent system creates an odorless and invisible barrier that mosquitoes will not cross, providing a mosquito free area 15’ in diameter.  It uses a butane cartridge to heat up a chemically treated repellent mat that lasts up to six hours (butane cartridges last up to twelve hours). Also great for bow season, dove season, fishing or anytime you want to keep mosquitoes away.

Another great product to use to keep bugs away is Premium Insect Repellent by Sawyer that contains permethrin. According to Sawyer.com, “The active ingredient Permethrin is a synthetic molecule similar to pyrethrum which is taken from the Chrysanthemum flower.” This spray is applied to your clothing, tents and gear before your hunt and when dry will last for up to six washes. This not only repels ticks, mosquitos, chiggers and mites but also kills them. These two products used together will give you hours of bug-free fun in the outdoors.

With spring warming up and making its way towards becoming summer, your kids will start wanting to go outside. Stay ahead of the bugs by buying Bug Repellant at Bass Pro Katy.

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RedHead Toxik XT Compound Bow Packages

The RedHead® Toxik® XT Compound Bow has been re-engineered to generate even faster flight—up to 320 fps!—with an effortless draw cycle and a compact, lightweight machined-aluminum riser that handles like a dream at the 3D range or in the tree stand. Parallel limb technology loads the bow with optimum power, for forgiveness and accuracy you'll appreciate as your arrow nails the bull's-eye. It all adds up to a precision hunting machine, at a price that will make you a happy archer. Rotating cam module for no-press draw-length adjustments from 26.5''–30.5''. 80% let-off. Axle-to-axle: 32''. IBO speed: 320 fps. Brace Height: 7''. Weight: 3.8 lbs.

Package includes 3-pin sight, Hostage capture-style arrow rest, 5-arrow quiver, 5'' stabilizer, and wrist sling.

-Re-engineered to generate even faster flight—up to 320 fps

-Effortless draw cycle

-Compact, lightweight machined-aluminum riser

-Parallel limb technology

-Rotating cam module

-No-press draw-length adjustments from 26.5''–30.5''

-80% let-off

-Axle-to-axle: 32"

-IBO speed: 320 fps

-Brace Height: 7''

-Weight: 3.8 lbs.

-3-pin sight

-Hostage® capture-style arrowrest

-5-arrow quiver

-5'' stabilizer

-Wrist sling

''The Toxik is a consistent performer, and at 320 fps, it’s faster than ever! It’s smooth, forgiving, and accurate, and it’ll put venison in the freezer and antlers on the wall.'' Jerry Martin, RedHead Pro Hunting Team

 

 

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Bass Pro Shops Extreme Boat Bags

Heavy-duty, water-resistant, PVC tarpaulin offers an extra-thick, removable, shoulder strap. Other features of the Bass Pro Shops® Extreme® Boat Bag include: a water-resistant, Deck-Tuff™ molded bottom; 2 EVA foam handles with neoprene knuckle guards; easy-to-grip zippers with rubber bumpers; D-rings for keys, sunglasses, pliers, etc.; 2 inside pockets; and rod tube straps. Imported.

  • Heavy-duty, water-resistant, PVC tarpaulin
  • Extra-thick, removable, shoulder strap
  • Water-resistant, Deck-Tuff molded bottom
  • 2 EVA foam handles with neoprene knuckle guards
  • Easy-to-grip zippers with rubber bumpers
  • D-rings for keys, sunglasses, pliers, etc.
  • 2 inside pockets
  • Rod tube straps

Sizes:

 

 

 

 

18" x 10" x 10" Small $24.99

24" x 12" x 12" Large $31.99

30" x 14" x 14" Jumbo $44.99

 

Reviews from www.basspro.com: http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Extreme-Boat-Bags/product/10205325/

Cajun22

" This bag is SOLID. Very well constructed. I keep my boat in storage shed. Living in Louisiana with high humidity causes life jackets to mildew. I purchased this bag to hold all my jackets along with the rest of my safety stuff: flares, throw pillow etc. When I'm not fishing, I keep the bag in my house in a controlled climate. When I take my boat out, I just bring my Bass Pro "safety" bag with me and put in my dry storage compartment in my boat. Comes in really handy when being checked by the Coast Guard or WLF agents, it's all there. It's worth the money! "

Halas 

" We love our new Extreme Boat Bag. It is the second of two we have. We do a lot of boating and fishing and this keeps things neat, tidy and dry. I love the zippered pouch in the top. For the price, we couldn't pass it up. "

Dogfish84

" Purchased this same bag over ten years ago and just wanted another one. Old one still great no rips or holes but well used. Get one you'll like it. "

 

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Staying bug free on your turkey hunt

 

It seems that turkey season and mosquitoes arrive at about the same time but now there is a way of getting rid of the mosquitoes without spraying messy chemicals on your skin. The Thermacell Mosquito Repellent system creates an odorless and invisible barrier that mosquitoes will not cross, providing a mosquito free area 15’ in diameter.  It uses a butane cartridge to heat up a chemically treated repellent mat that lasts up to six hours (butane cartridges last up to twelve hours). Also great for bow season, dove season, fishing or anytime you want to keep mosquitoes away.

Bugged While Hunting and Camping?

Another great product to use to keep bugs away is Premium Insect Repellent by Sawyer that contains permethrin. According to Sawyer.com, “The active ingredient Permethrin is a synthetic molecule similar to pyrethrum which is taken from the Chrysanthemum flower.” This spray is applied to your clothing, tents and gear before your hunt and when dry will last for up to six washes. This not only repels ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers and mites but also kills them. These two products used together will give you hours of bug-free fun in the outdoors.

With spring warming up and making its way towards becoming summer, your kids will start wanting to go outside. Stay ahead of the bugs by buying Bug Repellant at Bass Pro Katy.

 

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Offshore Angler Frigate Spinning Rod and Reel Combo

Offshore Angler™ Frigate® saltwater spinning reel is a masterpiece of design, performance, and rock-solid durability. This versatile warrior is built on an all-aluminum frame, with a carbon fiber-reinforced composite rotor. A specially-formulated, American-made Ocean Silk lubricant is designed to handle the rigors of saltwater fishing. The spool is forged, double-anodized aluminum, with a braid grip arbor to prevent slippage. Carbon fiber and Teflon® drag stack slows battling game fish with firm, smooth, pressure. Inside, you'll find 8-bearing system that includes Powerlock™ instant anti reverse that imparts ultra-smooth and stable performance, and the stainless steel main shaft provides a rigid and durable core. We've designed the Frigate to be the toughest, smoothest saltwater reel you can find. When you use it, we think you'll agree.

The Frigate Rod is built to handle the brutal conditions that saltwater fishing can bring. The blank is a hybrid of 24-ton carbon and fiberglass, with great response and just the right amount of flexibility. Stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts prevent saltwater corrosion, and the EVA foam handles are slip-resistant and lightweight.

Reel features:

  • All-aluminum frame
  • American-made Ocean Silk saltwater lubricant
  • Braid grip, forged, double-anodized aluminum spool
  • 8 bearing system including Powerlock instant anti-reverse
  • Stainless steel main shaft

Rod features:

  • 24-ton graphite/fiberglass hybrid blank
  • EVA handles
  • Stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide rings

Product Manual 

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Pursuit Tactical Defense Light

The Pursuit Tactical Defense Light is a high-powered flashlight emitting 220 lumens of blinding light in a tightly focused beam with sufficient peripheral lighting as well. A self-locking adjustable mount makes it easy to attach the Pursuit Defense Light directly to barrels of tactical rifles and shotguns, no tools required; the mount features an accessory rail mount for additional accessories. The Pursuit Tactical Light comes with a dual-mode pressure switch attachment with cable that allows you to activate the light and control the 4 lighting modes (100% light, 50% light, 10% light, and Defensive Strobe) from a normal shooting position. A fixed tail cap enables this Tactical Defense Light to be used without the pressure switch attachment as a normal flashlight. Made of water- and impact-resistant anodized aluminum, the Pursuit Tactical Defense Light will withstand years of rugged use. Runs on 3 AAA batteries (included).

  • Dual-mode pressure switch
  • Can be used as simple flashlight
  • Powered by 3 AAA batteries (included)
  • 4 lighting modes

Mounts easily on 12 or 20 gauge shotguns and most scopes or rifles. This is an item folks have been asking for months that is affordable and has the mounting hardware needed to attach to their firearm. Stop by and get yours before they sell out!

 

 

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Turkey Hunting Spring, 2015

Hello Texas Turkey Hunters. It’s time for the Spring, 2015 Turkey Season to begin. Here is quote from the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s website regarding sessions and dates and special limits in certain counties.

“Spring turkey hunting gets under way this weekend, March 14-15, with the special youth-only weekend season for Rio Grandes in the 54-county South Zone. The general season in the South Zone runs March 21-May 3 and culminates with another youth-only weekend May 9-10. In the 101 counties comprising the North Zone, the youth-only weekend seasons are March 28-29 and May 23-24. The North Zone general season opens April 4 and runs through May 17. A special one-gobbler limit season runs April 1-30 in Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee and Milam counties.”

To access TPWD’s full article on the Spring, 2015 season copy the link below and paste it in your browser:

http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20150311a 

 

At Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World we have all you need to make your hunt a successful one.

From decoys and turkey loads for your shotgun to camo clothes, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is ready to help you make this year’s season one to remember.

Stop by and check out our Camo Department for all your camo clothing needs and especially for our full body camo suits. We also have special turkey hunting backpacks with attached seats.

Visit out Hunting Department to see our full display of Turkey decoys, including this year’s big hit decoy: Redheads’s new motorized Jake and Strutting Gobbler. Don’t forget our Camping Department where we have a full selection of Yeti coolers, including Yeti’s new soft side coolers, along with lots of other useful outdoor gear.

Our Footwear Department even has a full line of boots and socks to get you through the season.

Before hitting the field, let’s talk about a few things.

First, be sure to check the TPWD website and check the requirements for the county in which you are hunting. Make sure your gun is cleaned and ready to use.

Next, check your shotgun to make sure it’s ready to go. A good cleaning is always a good idea before hitting the field. And be sure to check your choke tube to get the best pattern (Note: be sure to use a good choke tube lubricant before screwing the tube back in). At Bass Pro Shops we have a full selection of choke tubes, cleaning supplies, and we are fully stocked with “Turkey Loads” for your shotgun.

For those trying out bow hunting for this season, visit our Archery Department and check out our selection of arrow heads that can make your hunt a successful hunt.

And if you haven’t picked up that 2014 – 2015 Texas Hunting or Fishing License yet, stop by our Customer Service Department and they will make sure you are ready to hit the field.

At Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Katy Mills Mall we wish you the best for outdoor adventure. And if you have some luck, stop by and tell us all about it, send pictures and stories to our facebook, or email them to bassprokaty@gmail.com, we’d love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

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Coming Clean About MSR’s

Those of you with MSRs (Modern Sporting Rifles) have probably had the misfortune of experiencing a jammed or double fed round. The most common culprit of this issue is a dirty weapon.  More so than other firearms, proper cleaning is key to enjoying a day out on the range, or having peace of mind known that your weapon will function properly when it needs to.

First you will want to fully break down your rifle. Since not all MSR’s are the same, you will want to consult your user’s manual if you are unsure about how to do this. Most bolt systems will look like this. MSRs are notoriously dirty. The carbon from the rounds you shoot finds its way to all parts of your rifle. To remove this carbon you need a carbon cleaner as either an all-in-one, or a stand-alone cleaner such as Hoppes Elite Gun Cleaner

Cleaning the barrel - If you look down your barrel, you will notice a lot of carbon deposits down your barrel. First you want to run a wire brush with the cleaner on it though your barrel to scrape any stuck on deposits. Be sure to pull the brush through in the same direction as the bullet. After doing this a few times, follow up by using some cleaning patches. Keep using the patches until they come out clean. Now when you look down the barrel, it should be shiny, clean, and spotless. If you find yourself having a hard time seeing down the barrel, try this: Point the barrel at a light in the room or try one of these.

Breech aka “Star Chamber” – This is usually the hardest and most time consuming area to clean. It is also one of the most important areas since a dirty breech prevents the bolt from going in battery, and also prevents rounds from properly feeding causing those jams. There are several different methods in cleaning this depending on what you have to use. Just like with the barrel, you will want to make sure to hit it with some cleaner first.  Next you want to find a method that works for you to remove the carbon. Hoppe's Chamber Brush accomplishes this really well, as does using a pick. If you are without these try using a pipe cleaner to get those hard to reach places or use a dirtier method and get in there with some cleaning patches and your pinky finger. Once this is clean, a very light coat of oil will help keep carbon from crusting on during your next use.

The Bolt Assembly – With the hard part out of the way, you will want to focus on cleaning the many pieces of the bolt assembly.  Many of these can be simply wiped down with a patch and your cleaning solution. Use a pick if necessary if there are some tough spots and run a pipe cleaner through the bolt where your firing pin goes. If you are using a gas operated system, pay special attention to tube on top of your bolt carrier that connects to your gas tube. Carbon that travels down your gas tube will collect here, and it is a usually over looked area for cleaning. Get in there with picks or pipe cleaners. Once the assembly is clean, coat everything in a light layer of oil just as you did with the breech.

Buffer spring – Cleaning the Buffer Spring is often overlooked. The whole assembly is usually held in place by a pin and can be removed when that pin is pushed down. Wipe the Buffer and spring down with a rag that has your cleaning solution on it and follow up with wiping down the tube that the spring slides into.

Other areas – You can spot clean the rest of the firearm. Use brushes and rags to remove any other dirt on the exterior or in the magazine well. Pipe cleaners once again work great for cleaning any dust or dirt out of the trigger assembly. You do not have to go too far in depth in cleaning the trigger assembly, but removing the excess dirt and grime keeps your trigger functioning correctly.

With this these tips, your next hunt or range trip with hopefully go without failure. A clean rifle will be more accurate and function better than one that hasn’t been properly cleaned. If you have any questions, feel free to come into the hunting department at your local Bass Pro Shops and ask an associate. Happy Hunting!

 

Written by Michael Steiner, Hunting Team Lead

 

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Offshore Angler Redfish Extreme Rod and Reel Spinning Combo

Our Offshore Angler Redfish Extreme Rod and Reel Spinning Combo is currently on sale for $99.97.

Here is the information about it straight from our website!

 

Our Offshore Angler™ Redfish Extreme Rod and Reel Spinning Combo combine a Redfish Extreme Rod 

and a rugged Redfish Extreme Reel with the guts to handle any redfish you might encounter.

The Offshore Angler Redfish Extreme Spinning Reel draws strength and durability from an aluminum body and sideplate and uses a corrosion-resistant carbon composite rotor. Other features include a corrosion-resistant stainless steel main shaft and bail wire. A forged aluminum spool is double anodized to provide strength and corrosion protection and features a braid grip band to keep your superline from slipping, and a Teflon® and carbon-fiber drag helps tame your catch after the initial hookup. Built for the long haul, the Redfish Extreme owes its incredible smoothness to a 6-bearing system with Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse and double-shielded stainless steel bearings.

An Offshore Angler Redfish Extreme Spinning Rod was designed specifically to tackle the most popular inshore gamefish of the Gulf and the East Coast. The action built into its tough and sensitive IM6 graphite blank is specifically tailored to handle hard-battling big bull reds. The blank is topped with Fuji® aluminum oxide guides with durable black stainless steel frames, a sensitive graphite reel seat with stainless steel hoods, and lightweight cork split grips.

Reel features:

  • Aluminum body and sideplate
  • Carbon composite rotor
  • Stainless steel main shaft and bail wire
  • Forged, double-anodized aluminum spool
  • Teflon and carbon fiber drag
  • 6-bearing system with Powerlock instant anti-reverse and double-shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Ocean Silk lubrication

 

Rod features:

  • Redfish-specific actions
  • IM6 graphite blank
  • Fuji aluminum oxide guides
  • Cork split grips
  • Graphite reel seat with stainless steel hoods
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Cool, dry, protected with Columbia

The new 2015 Columbia Omni-freeze Zero is here at the Katy Bass Pro Shops and better than ever!

Columbia Zero Rules Shirt for Ladies

We have new styles and colors with the same great technology. We carry four great styles of Ladies’ shirts that have the Omni- Freeze Zero and Omni-Shade, the short cap sleeve shirt, the long sleeve shirt, the PFG tank top, and the Ultimate Chill II long sleeve shirt.

Columbia Zero Rules V-Neck Shirt for Ladies

Omni shade is built into the shirt for up to 50 UPF to guard against harmful rays and keep you safe from the hot sun. Award-winning Omni-Freeze Zero is sweat activated to provide unsurpassed cooling on hot days. Each shirt’s inside lining is covered with tiny blue circles that, when wet, react to lower the temperature of the shirt to keep you cool.  

PFG Zero Women's Tank Top

These shirts may be advertised for fishing but are very versatile! You can wear them fishing on the pier or out on the boat, in the deer stand or tracking in the woods under your camouflage, on long hikes in the mountains or leisurely walk on the beach, under a work uniform, working out, or even gardening! There are so many wonderful ways to use these shirts, so get out there and get to doing in the great outdoors; because as you heat up these Columbia Omni-Freeze Zero shirts will cool you down!

Columbia® Ultimate Chill™ II Shirt for Ladies

See our online selection of Ladies' Columbia clothing: http://www.basspro.com/Brand-Columbia/Clothing-Ladies-Clothing/_/N-1z0x8ndZ1z0usti

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Gobble, gobble, gobble

It’s not Thanksgiving but it is about to be spring season soon here in Texas, so we’re going to talk turkey anyway.

There are a lot of aspects and factors that go into any type of hunting and turkey hunting is no different. There are too many things that go into turkey hunting to talk about in one sitting so we’ll stick with turkey calls this go around.

There are five ways to call, that I’ve found so far, and three of those seem to be more popular or prominent ones to choose when learning turkey calls.

  • Types of calls
    • Friction calls
      • Crystal
      • Metal
      • Slate
    • Diaphragm (mouth) calls
    • Box call
    • Locator Calls
    • Push calls

Utilizing these tools there is a variety of call sounds you can make according to the National Wild Turkey Federation website which provided the exact following:

 

Calling Tips from the NWTF (Click this link to go straight to where this exact information is on their website.)

Listen and Learn

Practice the right way! Listen to these recordings of real wild turkeys as you practice your calling. Listen closely to the cadence, or rhythm, as well as the tones of these turkeys' calls.

Sounds provided by Denny Gulvas of Gulvas Wildlife Adventures.

Cluck

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The cluck consists of one or more short, staccato notes. The plain cluck often includes two or three single note clucks.

It's generally used by one bird to get the attention of another and a good call to reassure an approaching gobbler that a hen is waiting for him.

This is a great call while trying to encourage gobbler to come into range if he starts to hang up. It can also be used while birds are still on the roost to subtly let a gobbler know you are there.

Purr

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Purring is a soft, rolling call turkeys make when content.

It is a low vocal communication designed to keep the turkeys in touch and often is made by feeding birds.

This is not a loud call, but is good for reassuring turkeys as they get close to your position.

Cluck & Purr

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The cluck and purr is a cluck followed by a rolling, almost staccato call.

It is often associated with flock talk or the feeling of contentment.

Typically not a loud call, though sometimes it can be amplified, it is good for reassuring turkeys as they get close to your position.

Putt

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The putt is a single or several sharp notes.

The putt is generally associated as an alarm and usually means the bird has seen or heard something and is signaling danger.

This can be useful when you have a gobbler in range, but can't get him to raise his head or stop. However, before putting at a gobbler it is best to have your shotgun ready and on target. Once you raise the alarm by putting, you will have little time to shoot and the bird will take off at the slightest movement.

Tree Call

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The tree call is a series of soft muffled yelps given by a roosted bird that sometimes picks up in volume as fly down time nears. Maybe accompanied by soft clucking.

It is generally acknowledged as a call to communicate with others in a flock.

It can be used to let a gobbler on the roost know you are there.

Fly Down or Fly-up Cackle

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A cackle usually consists of three to 10 irregularly spaced notes, loud and staccato, increasing in pitch as the call nears its end.

The cackle is generally associated with leaving the roost, but can also be heard when a bird is flying up to a roost.

A fly-down cackle is good call to tell a gobbler that a hen is on the ground. However, a fly-down cackle often works best if the gobbler is already on the ground before you call. Otherwise, the tom may stay on the roost; waiting for what he thinks is a hen turkey to come to him before he flies down. A fly-up cackle can also be a good tool when trying to locate roosted toms, as it may get a roosted tom to gobble.

Assembly Call

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The adult hen assembly call is a series of loud yelps, usually a little more emphatic and longer than a standard series of yelps.

The assembly yelp is used by a hen to assemble her flock or young poults.

It is a good call in the fall when trying to call a scattered flock back together.

Plain Yelp

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The plain yelp of a hen is a basic turkey sound and is often delivered in a series of single note vocalizations.

The plain yelp can have different meanings depending on how the hen uses it, but it is basic turkey communication. It is also commonly used by a hen to communicate with a gobbler during mating season.

This is a basic turkey hunting call. If you can yelp, you have a chance of being able to call in a turkey.

Cutt

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Loud, sharp clucks that are often mixed with yelping.

Cutting is a sign that turkeys are excited, not alarmed.

Cutting has several uses in hunting. If a gobbler is henned up, and one of the hens is cutting, you can cutt back in an attempt to bring her to you. You will want to mimic her calls, while cutting off her vocalizations and being a bit more excited. The goal with this tactic is to lure a dominate hen to you for a fight, often times bringing the gobbler with her. You can also cutt when you have tried soft calling to a gobbler that is hung up.

Excited Yelp

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Similar sounds and notes as a plain yelp but much more excited, rapid and with more volume.

This is not a sign of alarm, but indicates that a turkey is worked up about something.

If a gobbler is henned up, you might be able to bring him to you by picking a fight with the dominate hen in the flock. Yelp at her excitedly, cut off her vocalizations with your own calls and you might lure the hen, and the gobbler with her, to you. You can also use an excited yelp when you have tried soft calling to a gobbler that is hung up.

Kee Kee Run

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The kee kee is usually a three-note call that lasts about two seconds. A variation of the call, the kee kee run, is merely a kee kee followed by a yelp.

The kee kee is the call of lost young turkeys and variations are also made by adult birds.

It's often associated with fall hunting and is used to reassemble a scattered flock. It can be used in the spring to make you sound more natural - especially on public land where it may set you apart from all the other hunters using yelps and cutts.

Gobble

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The gobble is a loud, rapid gurgling sound made by male turkeys.

The gobble is one of the principal vocalizations of the male wild turkey and is used primarily in the spring to let hens know he is in the area.

Hunters must be cautious using a gobble, especially on public land where it may attract fellow hunters to your position. It can also be a double-edged sword. A gobble may draw a dominate tom to you looking for a fight or you might drive away less dominant birds who want to avoid a beating. It is often used as a call of last resort. However, it can also be used effectively late in the evening when trying to get a tom to gobble on the roost.

Owl Hoot

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The eight-note hoot of the barred owl is often described as having the cadence of "who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all."

The owl hoot is used to locate a tom in the early morning or late evening hours by drawing a shock gobble. The benefit of the owl hoot is that it gets the bird to gobble without using turkey sounds, which might cause the gobbler to look for you before you are ready. You should begin owl hoots about 30 minutes before sunrise, or right when cardinals begin to sing, and stop when the crows begin to call.

Crow Call

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The crow call is made up of several harsh notes that sound like "caw."

This call is a good locator call to get a tom to shock gobble any time other than sunrise and sunset. Keep your crow call short, as a long crow call might drown out the sound of a turkey gobbling.

 

 

 

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