New Camo from Under Armour

With hunting season just around the corner in September, we are excited to announce the new camo pattern that Under Armour is now carrying in our store. With light weight 1/4 zip jackets, tees and pants, we are happy to bring in Mossy Oak Treestand to our department in this given brand of clothing. Come rifle season, we also have the perfect heavy weight bibs, hooded sweatshirts and coats to match.

Under Armour® ColdGear® Infrared Scent Control Rut Camo Jacket for Men in Mossy Oak Treestand Camo

($179.99)

Sitting in the freezing cold waiting to harvest that whitetail you’ve been tracking down will not be a problem in this comfortable gear. Containing infrared, scent control and cold gear it is the perfect technology  for hunting down your big game in the woods. We are also offering realtree camo logo hooded sweatshirts for the ladies, something we have not done before.  Which brings us into our new pink camo bibs in toddler sizes. Little girls like to hunt too!

Bass Pro Shops® Camo Bib Overalls for Toddlers

($24.99)

                Our tent sale is coming up in July, and both the men's and women's departments are offering a lot of clearance merchandise. It is never a bad time to shop for a nice summer wardrobe at a cheaper price. Come in and check us out. We would be more than happy to show our customers the new and exciting merchandise that has made its way into our store.

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One Less Thing to Worry About

Comfortable Footwear

 

No matter were you go this summer on vacation it's important to have comfortable socks and shoes to make your experience in the outdoors enjoyable.  Bass Pro Shops in Independence has a great selection of comfortable socks and shoes.  We have low and mid height hiking shoes for men and women and mid height hikers for children.  We carry Redhead, Merrell, Keen, North Face, Columbia, Mountrek, Timberland and HI-TEC brands of hikers.  They range in price from $29.99 to $134.99 and come in various styles (all leather upper, leather/mesh uppers) to accommodate many needs.  So if you need a mid height hiker for long rough trails or a low height hiker for short easy trails we have you covered.

Some of the more popular Men's Hikers are the 

RedHead Caliber Mid ($49.99)

Merrell Moab Mid  ($119.99)

and Timberland White Ledge.

For Women the RedHead Caliber Mid ($49.99)

Merrell Moab Mid ($119.99)

North Face Storm Mid ($109.99)

 

To maximize your comfort level while hiking it is important to have a good pair of socks on.  We have many socks to choose from and a few are specifically designed for hiking.  These hiking socks are designed to wick any moisture away from your feet and keep your feet dry and comfortable all day.  The RedHead Lifetime Guarantee Lightweight Wool Quarter Socks ($9.99) and Lifetime Guarantee Medium Weight Wool Crew Socks are made of itch free Merino Wool, Made in the U.S.A., and are great options.  We also have the RedHead Ultra Silver Polyester (Quarter of Crew) Hiking Socks and RedHead Merino (Quarter or Crew) Hiker Socks which are thinner sock, however they don't have the Lifetime Guarantee.

 

My personal favorite socks for hiking are the RedHead Lifetime Guarantee Wool Socks. 

 

Did I mention that they have a lifetime guarantee?  How would you like to never have to buy another hiking sock again?

 

So come into the Independence Bass Pro Shops and pick out a new pair of socks and shoes so you can walk around in comfort.

 

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Let's Talk Food Plots!

It is that time of the year again. With turkey season in the rear-view mirror, it is time for all of us die hard hunters to start looking forward to fall. Because what we do now could really pay off for us when the leaves start to drop, it can be hard to get out this time of year and go into the woods and think about deer season. Many think about the hot temperatures and the bugs, but I would rather take my time and get as much done as possible now and give the deer tons of time to forget about that guy they see hanging in a tree or planting their tasty summer and fall treats. With that being said, it is a perfect time to start getting your food plots in the ground if you haven't already.

Mineral is something I feed year round on my farms and I also will incorporate my mineral in or near my food plots. If you can get your deer a good supply of mineral, food and nutrients a Whitetail buck can grow up to 1'' of antler a day. Think about it - that buck that was 120'' last year, Could be 150 or 160'' this year!!  But you will need to supply him with what he needs to grow. If I had to choose between what to spend my money on, between the food plots or the mineral, I choose MINERAL hands down. It’s nice to be able to do both and in most cases you can. There are minerals on the market that are long lasting that do not take a ton of green backs to purchase as well as food plots. Food plots scare some hunters because they don't have a tractor or 4-wheeler to disk and plant.

There are several products on the market that you can simply throw and grow. All you need to do is bare the ground to allow the seed as much contact as you can give it. A weed eater and some sort of trenching tool are handy items to have as well.  It is a lot harder work; however it can be done and the rewards are pretty amazing.

An easy first time plot would be clover.  Clover is a very hardy plant that doesn't need a lot of sun and is a great deer and turkey attractant.  It has a very fast germination period of about 2 weeks and it will look like a golf course. If you use good quality clover and some fertilizer you will be set. You can simply throw it on bare ground and you will get some growth.  However, it may not be as tall and thick as with fertilizer, but it will grow. My best clover seed I have used to date is Biologics Clover Plus. $21.99 for a 2lbs. bag that will do up to a 1/4 acre plot. I will also mix this seed with my other plots like Biologics Winter Bulbs and Sugar Beets which is $21.99 for a plot thickener and for some add on attractiveness.  The winter bulbs and beets are my favorite fall and winter plot to use. They take a little more effort than clover to plant but are a great mid to late season plot. 

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Example of a nice clover field

 

As far as mineral goes, if you want something that lasts then The Trophy Rock is the way to go. It runs $17.99 for a 12lb Rock that has over 60 trace minerals and nutrients packed inside. And since it is 100% natural, it is legal to hunt over. It will also last up to 4 - 6 months in the field.  This is a great way to keep your deer in mineral all year long.  A second mineral I use and have had great success using would be Big and J Products. Their block costs $24.99 or you can get the bag supplement at $19.99 for 20lbs. Both are a great tool for you to grow them big. They both have a real sweet smell that brings them running and they are packed with protein and minerals. They are sure to help you build you deer herd up. Big and J also has two new products out for 2014: The Meltdown and Liquid Lick. These both run $12.99. The Meltdown is a powder that mixes with water and sends out a sweet smell to attract them from afar.  Liquid Lick is how it sounds – it’s a liquid form of meltdown that will be a great item to pour on stumps or the ground for a quick and easy mineral site. The powder form should last a little longer then the liquid, but I would suggest refreshing these products once a month to make sure you have constant source for your herd. Well. That's all the time I have for now. Until next time - have a safe and fun hunting and fishing season from all of us here at your local Bass Pro Shops

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Trophy Rock

 

Anthony Alkire – Hunting Lead

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Starting Right

Remember your first bow?  Chances are high that you probably do.  Mine was a bright red fiberglass Bear with matching red arrows.  Even had a fancy little tube quiver.  Yeah, I was hot stuff!  Dad didn't know much about archery, but how hard could it be right?  We had just finished stacking our hay for winter so we had the perfect backstop.  We set up our big paper target, stepped back 20 paces and started flinging arrows.  Pretty sure we had to pull the pickup over to climb up and retrieve a couple of them, but we had fun anyway.  Those were some good times and I would never trade them.  Looking back though, I realize just how much we both would have benefited from an experience mentor.

Properly fitting equipment to the shooter and ensuring consistency in form and release will all help make the experience that much more addictive.  As a mentor, learning proper shooting form and tells of fatigue that affect them are critical for new archers.  If a bow's draw length is too long or too high in draw eight, it can not only create bad form habits, but it can be potentially unsafe for the shooter (and those around them).  Everyone has a specific dynamic range of motion.  Because no two are created the same, it is vital that the draw length, draw weight and peep sight are set to the individual who will be shooting.  This will allow the shooter to develop a solid anchor point (point which you consistently draw to) and is a fundamental requirement for consistent performance.

Regardless of the equipment you choose, be it a $20 fiberglass Bear or a $1,000 set-up, compound bow or recurve/longbow, starting with these small steps will lead to a faster and more consistent development as an archer.  The more consistently we perform, the more confidence and fun we have while shooting.  Finding a qualified technician or Pro Shop to help properly set up your new archer may be the first step to their next lifetime pursuit!

Straight Shooting!

A. Herzog

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Who said sandals were for the beach?

Spring has finally sprung and the hot days of summer are right around the corner.  So, if you are looking for a pair of new sandals, water or casual shoes, Bass Pro Shops in Independence a lot of choices to choose from.  We have received many new items this year.  The biggest additions to our assortment are the new styles of women's casual shoes. 

Natural Reflections has a new slip on shoe called the Malibu which we have in four colors, including this color: 

 

 

 

Our Women's Sperry collection has now expanded to over 25 shoes and includes the Katama and Danica styles.  

Katama

 

So along with our other Bahama, Angelfish and Bluefish styles we have many colors and designs to offer.  Within the Angelfish style we now different designs including the "Perforated", "Serape", and "Bretton Stripe".

Bretton Stripe

 

We also received a few new men's casual shoes including the World Wide Sportsman Balboa Bay which we have in two colors including:  

 

A few other new shoes we have are the Sperry Seakite, the Merrell Jungle Moc Ventilator which is a casual shoe and the Columbia Bahama Vent which is a casual/water shoe.

 

So come into the Independence Bass Pro Shops and get a new comfortable pair of shoes to enjoy this summer!

 

~Jason

Team Lead in Footwear

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Turkey Hunting Continued

It’s that time of the year again.  Spring; even though we just had snow on April 14th. The lakes and ponds are starting to warm rapidly. Already hearing some reports of mushrooms being found and of course the turkeys are starting their annual courtship. The youth turkey season just finished up over the weekend with booming results: A grand total of 4,332 birds taken during the two day season on the 12th and 13th. This is the highest total ever recorded in our great state of Missouri and only the second time ever being over the 4,000 mark. We have to credit the great hatches we had in 2011 and 2012 for all of the luck. I heard mixed results because of the storm that blew through on Sunday. But the numbers don't lie. The regular season opened on Monday the 21st.  It opened with warm temps and clear skies. It was to be another stellar opening day. With that being said, if you are getting a late start on digging all your turkey gear out and you realize that you are missing that favorite call or striker or maybe those decoys don't shine like they once did and you want to upgrade - now is the time!  If a new call is what you seek, Redhead has two special edition calls for this year. One is the NWTF Walnut/Glass Reality Series pot call priced at $49.99. This is a great sounding call that can produce a full range of hen turkey language with easy to control volume. The second Redhead also has is the NWTF Special Edition Purple Heart/ Yellow Heartwood Box call priced at $49.99. This is more of a high-end sweet talking call that is versatile - the double-sided box lets you change pitch and find that right sound. Also, when you purchase one of these great calls included is a free 1 year Membership to the NWTF which is a $35 Value.

 

If you are looking to upgrade your decoys and you want the best bang for your buck? You have to try our Reality Series Decoys. We have two hen postures and a jake.  Prices run from $22.99 for the hens and $24.99 for the jake.  They include taxidermy eyes and a perfect color scheme and UV-resistant copolymer. With these qualities they will be looking top notch for years to come.

If you are looking for a decoy that doesn't take up much room you should try the line from Montana Decoy Inc.  They have two new silhouette hen decoys, priced at $34.99 you choice! The Dinner bell is in the feeding posture and the spring fling is in the alert setting. The lightweight steel frame collapses in seconds to be easily stored in your cargo pocket or vest. A great way to have that flock set up without sacrificing weight and space. That's all the time I have for now. Have a great and safe turkey season from all of us here at your local Independence Bass Pro Shops.

 

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Spring Clothing Line 2014 - World Wide Sportsman

 

Bass Pro Shops is gearing up and making it easier on you to make sure you’re fully equipped with the newest clothing options for 2014. The weather is starting to warm up and thoughts of getting back out on the water are creeping back into our minds. Embark on your water adventures with new clothing from World Wide Sportsman for the whole family. WWS offers a wide variety of technical shirts; including polo shirts, button up shirts (long and short sleeve), tees (long and short sleeve), and hoodies; which deliver line-casting comfort, built in capes, venting, roll-up sleeves, and UPF protection. Pair any of these tops with the World Wide Sportsman’s quick drying water shorts, which boast mesh lined pockets and drain holes, while our zip-off convertible pants offer UPF 50+ and quick-dry construction.  Here are a few of the selections that we recommend:

World Wide Sportsman Nylon Angler Shirt

$29.99

  • 100% quick-dry nylon
  • Built-in UPF sun protection
  • Vented-cape back with mesh lining
  • Two large multi-function chest pockets
  • Handy rod loop
  • Roll-up collar for sun protection
  • Hidden button-down collar
  • Utility loop on the right pocket

World Wide Sportsman Hybrid Angler Pant

$29.99

  • Wrinkle-resistant 100% nylon
  • NANO-tex® Resists Spills Technology for stain resistance
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Zip-off legs convert pants to 9" shorts
  • Half-elastic waist
  • Total of 6 pockets
  • 2 security pockets with zippers
  • Reinforced belt loops
  • Double-stitched seams

World Wide Sportsman Tech Knit Hoodie for Ladies

$29.99

  • Sleek, stretchy hoodie
  • Crossover v-neck
  • Kangaroo pouch pocket
  • 100% cotton construction

World Wide Sportsman Sarasota Convertible Pant

$34.99

  • Multi-functional pant
  • UPF sun protection rating of 50!
  • Zip off the legs for shorts
  • Use roll-up tabs for capris
  • Side-elastic waist
  • Hook 'n' loop pockets
  • Quick-drying 100% nylon

 

Come down to Independence Bass Pro Shops and let us show you the great quality of our WWS brand! 

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It's Almost Gobble Time!

With Deer Season over and Waterfowl season all but over and with old man winter's grasp keeping us from doing to many outdoor activities. Its time for all of us outdoorsmen and woman to start thinking towards springtime adventures. My favorite spring time tradition has to be chasing those big ole long beard turkeys. Now is a great time to staring digging out all of your turkey gear and see what you need to replace. If you are like me then your can bet that you lost a few call strikers or a few shells out of your turkey vest last spring. Seems I can never get through a season without miss placing something. Or maybe you have everything but you just need to upgrade those old decoys that the paint is coming off of or replace that old call that doesn't quite sound as good as it used to. Whatever it may be, I would rather find it now with time to shop instead of the night before and every place is sold out. Plus. shopping now with smaller crowds gives you the time to study all the new products that have come out for 2014. From guns to decoys, the list is long. A couple that I'm real exited about are: Zink's new look hen decoys ($79.99). Have brand new postures and paint for 2014. They by far the most realistic decoys out there with out it being a real bird. A must have for all you die hard hunters. If you are looking for a new turkey load  this year. You have to check out Winchesters new long beard XR.  ($23.99)

Its a lead load with there new Shot-Lok Technology is sure to have your favorite gun shooting Tighter patterns in no time. And another item to go with it is Redheads new Blackout turkey tubes.($39.99)

We have a tube to fit just about any gun you may have in your safe. It is sure to help your turkey gun get all of its BB'S on target your next time out. Redhead also has come out with 2 new calls: A Reality series walnut/glass slate style and Box call.

 

Your choice ($39.99).

 

They are special edition NWTF calls that sound as good as they look. With the Reality series turkey logo and the NWTF logo. You wont know if you want to hunt with it or just display it. Also, when your purchase one you will find a card inside for a free 1 year membership to the NWTF. A $35 value. What a deal. Great call and a membership to a great organization. A must have for any serious turkey hunter. 

The NWTF is also helping with an event here at your Independence Bass Pro Shops on  April 5th. The store with the help from the local Jacomo Strutters NWTF chapter with be holding its first ever Turkey calling competition - open to all ages. There will be 2 divisions: Youth Division will be 17 and under and a Open Division for adults. There will be trophies and prizes for the top 3 in each division. Mark your calendars. Its going to be a fun day for all. For info and registration, please check us out on Facebook or feel free to contact April in the promotions dept. here at the store - amvertako@basspro.com. 

Also, here are a couple more dates to put on your calendars. On March 29th at the lake Lotawana Sportsman club, the Jacomo Strutters are having their 13th annual Jakes Event for kids 6 thru 17. It is an all day event that will have every youngster wanting more. They will get to do everything from Trap to archery and even get some calling pointers from someone who hunts for a living. They serve breakfast and lunch to all.  Also, if your are lucky enough, you may get chosen for a giveaway: A fully guided hunt this spring. There is also a fun night for mom and dad. On May 9th, they will hold there 16th annual Heritage Supper Banquet which includes a great catered dinner and live and silent auctions and tons of raffles. It will be a great night of fun and relaxation. It will also be at the Sportsman's club. We Hope to see you at all of the events. For info for the events, you can locate the NWTF Jacomo Strutters Chapter on there Facebook Page. Or stop by the store and pickup a flyer at are gun counter or see them here on the weekends. They will have a table near are hunting dept. Make sure you sign up early as seating will be Limited. As always, from Your local Bass Pro Shops, have a safe and fun hunting season!

 

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Wading Around For Spring?

Spring is fast approaching and now is the time to check your waders and wading boots to see if you need to replace your old ones or upgrade them.  Bass Pro Shops in Independence, MO has a wide selection of waders and wading shoes to accommodate a variety of outdoor activities.  Whether you are trout fishing at the trout parks in the Ozarks or crossing a small creek to get to your favorite turkey hunting area we have many options for you. 

If you haven't been in to our store for awhile come in and browse around and see what we have to offer.  We have stocking foot chest wader/wading boot combinations that can accommodate various needs.  Some of the wading boots even have interchangeable soles you can instantly switch to adjust to the terrain you are walking on.  We carry various waders made with either breathable, neoprene or 3-ply canvas material.  And if you want the basic cleated boot wader we also have them in chest and hip waders.

If you would like to make your outdoor experience more enjoyable then consider our assortment of wader accessories.  For example, if your clothing pant legs move around in your waders and make you uncomfortable we have pant keepers that will help hold them in place.

Or if you need a wading staff to help you walk across the rocks in the water we have one of those also.

We also have various tall socks if you need to add warmth or cushion your feet.

So come in to the Independence Bass Pro Shops and check out what we have to make you next outdoor adventure enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

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Arka Lantern Product Review

One of the latest products from the outdoor company UCO is the Arka lantern.

 

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Priced at $69.99 this product is a cross between a lantern and a flashlight, and also acts as a portable charger. The lantern boasts a 180 Lumen beam paired with a seven to eight hour run time on high. The white light setting is fully adjustable and can dim from full brightness to as little as 20 lumens by holding down the button. In addition to the white light setting it also comes with three red LEDs which can we switched on with a simple long press of the button. These come in handy at night as the red light does not attract bugs. The red light has three modes: a continuous red beam, a strobe, and a SOS signal.

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The design of this lantern is very simple, yet very smart. The transition from the flashlight mode to the lantern mode is done by simply pulling the top section of the light upwards. Impressively they have managed to pack both the versatility of a flashlight and a lantern into this product, as well as a USB charger, without increasing the size. This product is about the standard size of a typical D-cell flashlight. A set of feet rotate out of the base for added stability and a simple hook is included on the top of the lantern so it can be hung virtually anywhere. Weighing in at a little under a half of a pound this flashlight/lantern is perfect for car camping and could be included in a short backpacking trip.

The main selling point of this lantern is the USB charger that is built in. Powered by a 4Ah rechargeable Lithium-ion battery this can easily be charged in three to four hours by the included charging cable (this process can be sped up by plugging it into a USB outlet with a higher energy output). With an output of 3.7 volts this lantern has no problem charging most electronic devices. From a full charge you can charge your phone in a couple hours and still have around 5 hours of high output light left.

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 Overall, this lantern is a great buy; versatility wise there aren’t many other products like it. The added feature of the USB charger improves this to a sort of all in one product, perfect for car campers, backpackers, as well as fisherman and hunters.

If the $69.99 price tag scares you off we also sell two variants also made by UCO.

The Lumora, a copy of the Arka but without the USB charging capabilities, it has the same 180 Lumen beam and eight hour runtime. In replacement of the Lithium-ion battery it runs off of four AA batteries. The Lumora costs $29.99 and is a great replacement for those who forfeit the rechargeable battery option.

The Clarus, a smaller version of the Arka’s lantern/flashlight design that has a one hundred and fifty lumen beam that will last around two hours and a low setting with a seventy hour run time. It runs off of three AAA batteries and costs 19.99.

All these lanterns are available in our store and we hope to see you soon.

 

- Mr. Caleb Stockham, Camping Associate

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PBR is coming!

One of our favorite events is coming back to the Independence Bass Pro Shops

The 2014 Professional Bull Riders will make their way into our store on Saturday, February 22 from 10am - 3pm.

We will have lots of fun and free activities for families to join!  The newest addition to the line up will be the "Outside the Barrel Show" featuring none other than Flint the Entertainer!  This show will be presented from 11am - 11:45am

If you are a member of the Fan Club, we will have an exclusive autograph signing from 11:30am - Noon with the PBR Riders.  Non-fan members will get to have their items signed from Noon - 1pm.

From 1 - 1:30, Clint Adkins - PBR Announcer and Experienced Angler will take to the tanks and provide us with a fun seminar! 

From 10am - 3pm, we will have a free mechanical bull.  We will ask that you sign a waiver before riding.

We will also have some fun kids activities including:

Bull Roping & Stick Bull Riding from 10am - 3pm

 

All activities will be held indoors and downstairs near our Fish Aquarium.  For more information regarding this event or other events held at the Independence Bass Pro Shops, please call 816-795-4307.

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Camo Patterns for Turkey Season

Cabin Fever?  The perfect time to start planning your Spring Turkey Season!  With turkey season around the corner, here is a little help with the Camo pattern used for Spring Turkey Season.

Mossy Oak Obsession:  Being invisible to turkeys has been a lifelong goal for Toxey Haas, founder of Mossy Oak.  The result of this relentless drive is the single best turkey hunting pattern available, appropriately named Obsession.

Obsession builds on the success of the elements used in Break-Up, like ghost shadows and realistic limbs, to expand effectiveness when the woods are taking on spring colors.  These elements include a digitally enhance, lighter background and the addition of carefully selected leaves and spring tones.

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Mossy Oak Obsession

RealTree Xtra:  The Xtra in Realtree Xtra stands for extra effectiveness in the field.  This new camo pattern blends perfectly year round in a variety of habitats.  It blends best from the leaf change of fall through winter, then again in the early spring before green-out. 

Using proprietary printing technology, we layer sharp foreground elements over a progressively ghosted mid-ground and very soft background.  The versatile new camo design includes tree trunks, large and small limbs, leaves of many types and colors, and large open areas. 

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RealTree Xtra

 

Shop online or visit us here in Independence for help finding the perfect pattern for your Spring Turkey Season!

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Fish finding 2014 and a little bit of winter

Store Marine Department Update:

The marine department has geared up with winterizing supplies for getting the boats ready for winter.  We also have plenty of boat covers to protect your boat from the weather.

We are starting to get in some of the new fishfinder units this past week for 2014.

We also have several seminars coming up –

Hummingbird will be on February 18 at 6pm.  This class is already full, so we can no longer take reservations.

Garmin will be in on March 5 at 6pm.

Lowrance will be March 12 at 6pm.

If you are interested in these classes that remain open, we ask that you call the store at 816-795-4300 and ask for extension 4081 to be connected with a Marine Associate.  You do need to pre-register for these seminars!  We are excited for these classes as this will be the first time that we will have these large seminar classes and look forward to everyone who will be in attendance.

The classes will make it easier to operate your units especially if you are lucky to get a new 2014 unit.

We have started to carry Ray Marine fish finders now at our location.  Another new item we have started carrying is the new Garmin VIRB HD Action Camera.  This item is easy to use and to play back.  It will hold up to a 64 GB SD card (not included) and the battery will hold up to three hours.

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We also have plenty of sleds for the kids who are enjoying our snow fall amounts this year!  We also have the Snowblaster, a fun new item that is a must have for anyone who enjoys playing in the snow!

We hope to see you in soon!

--The Marine Department

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Harvest of the Deer

As firearms season comes to a close and the deer have been harvested and processed, many people wonder what to do with the meat that now fills their freezer.  Why not try sausage?  Italian, brats, summer, breakfast, salami, bologna, the varieties are endless.  With the right tools, making sausage is not as daunting as one might think.  Whether using a hand stuffer or electric grinder, the process is actually quite simple. Add seasoning and ground pork (if desired) to your ground venison and stuff in casings. Casings range in size from snack stick size to bologna size- depending on what kind of sausage you want to make.  You may then choose to smoke your sausage or freeze uncooked until ready to use.

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Bass Pro Shops Electric Meat Grinder by LEM Products (Reg $269.99, Sale starting at $239.97)

LEM makes a wide variety of seasonings that I found to be quite good. I am particularly fond of the Sweet Italian mix.  Kits are also available that contain the casings and pre-measured packets of seasoning and cure.  With the holidays approaching, sausage is an easy and great gift for family and friends. What could be better than saying you made it yourself? 

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Sausage Kit - $69.99

 

Come in and visit with our friendly camping associates to gain more knowledge on sausage making and meat processing!    

 

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Got Cold Feet??

Our footwear department carries many different products that can help keep you warm during the harsh cold temperatures about ready to hit us in Missouri!  Besides the usual insulated boots and heavy weight socks, we carry many accessories to keep your feet warm during the winter months.

 

We offer a variety of Heat Max products including Toasti-Toes which are air activated warmers that you wear inside your boots, either as an insole or toe warmers.  Most of the warmers have adhesive to help them stay in place.  They are designed to be worn on the outside of your sock on the bottom of your foot.  They provide a lot of warmth so it is important to read and follow the directions listed on the package.  The toe warmers provide up to 8 hours of heat and the insole warmers provide up to 9 hours of heat.  They are great for helping warm your feet on extra cold days.  Whether you wear them for winter outdoor adventures, work, watching sporting events, or shoveling snow, they will keep you warm. 

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Another option we have is the ThermaCell Heated Insoles.  These insoles operate with a remote control and have two temperature settings which provide 5 hours of warmth.  They are powered by a rechargeable battery so you don't have to worry about keeping disposable ones on hand, you just simply recharge them.  They come in 5 different sizes to provide warmth for a range of shoe sizes including women's size 4.5 to men's size 13.  Here is a link to take a look at them: 

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One thing also to consider is a boot dryer.  Once you are done wearing your boots for the day it is important to entirely dry them out so you can wear them again the next day and to prevent odors and bacteria from building up.  We have two different boot dryers at the store:  the Original Peet Dryer and the Advantage Peet Dryer The Original Peet Dryer has 2 drying ports and the Advantage Peet Dryer has 4 ports with a fan and timer.  We also carry the extensions and glove dry ports that can be used with them.

 

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So come in to the Independence Bass Pro Shop and take a look at our selection of foot warming products.

 

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Humminbird Will Guide Your Way

My name is Rosie and I’m a Marine Center Team Lead here in the store.  My husband and I own a Humminbird 1198C HD SI Combo and love it.  Humminbird is very user friendly and easy to pick up on how to use them.

We use our sonar and down imaging a lot and have it set as one of our short cuts.  The down imagine will show the fish as specks, the trees really show as trees.  You can see a fish in drop offs.  We have caught more fish with this unit than ever.  We also use side image when looking for Hybrid Bass.  Side image is really cool when you learn how to read it.  It’s not hard to understand it.

This unit will take either the Lake Master or Navionics Mapping Chip.  With Lake Master you can change the depth of the water when the lake is either high or low.  You can also do color change for certain depth which will show humps better.  There is so much this until will do if you get it set up right.

The Humminbird 798CI HD SI Combo and up will also work with Minn Kota Terrova or Powerdrive V2 Trolling motor with the I-Link to have the unit talk to the trolling motor.  You can have the unit set up to follow the contours all day were you would have more time to fish which is very nice.

These four units could also work with the 360 imaging.

If you would like to learn more about these units or any of them come in to our store and I would love to show you how they work.

We will get you comfortable with the units and help you get the right one picked out.

You can go on You Tube and see more on Humminbird and how they are used.

I have set a class up with Humminbird for February 18, 2014 here at our store and they will be going through every page of the units.  This is a very good class to attend even if you are just shopping around for a depth finder.

This is a sign up class you can either get a hold of myself or April Vertako in promotions by calling 816-795-4300.  We would love to have you attend this class!

We also have classes set up on March 5, 2014 with Garmin and Lowrance is scheduled for March 12th, 2014.  All of these classes you need to preregister for. 

If we can help you with any of your needs please come into our store and we will be happy to assist!

----Rosie and the Marine Department

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Staying warm without the bulk!

We all know that the most frustrating thing about the winter season is not ever being warm enough but also being over-dressed.  Well that all stops this year!  North Face is now offering customers the Thermoball Full Zip coat.  This coat includes their most recent technology that is very similar to the Omni-heat technology that Columbia has to offer.  Both which are extremely reliable!  This North Face coat has what we call thermoballs.  Each cotton ball-like shape creates pockets of air that retains heat.  Although this coat is pricy, all North Face coats come with warranties (explained on North Face website).  This coats warmth-to-weight ratio and ability to stay warm when wet make it an excellent choice for cold back country pursuits.

 

Our apparel department just keeps improving!  We have more to offer this fall/winter than ever before!

 

For instance, both men's and women's departments present our fall flannels.  These are perfect for late night campfires or even lounging around a chilly house!  All with a wonderful selection of bright colors from both of our Bass Pro brands, Redhead and Natural Reflections..  Not only that, but the prices are unbeatable!  Redhead flannels are a shocking price of $12.97 and the Natural Reflection flannels are only $24.99.  

 

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These flannels are more than perfect for the fall weather, but with this Missouri weather you never know when the temperatures will go from 55 to 20 in a matter of hours.  That's why we want to introduce you to our ladies $19.99 fleece jackets.  These are bound to keep you warm and keep you looking lively with our beautiful selection of colors!  As for you men, our popular Klamath fleece pullovers by Columbia now come in tall sizes so make sure to keep yourself ward and stock up on our winter fleece!

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Sanuks and Reefs

Summer is officially here, and with it comes a need for trendy looks that allow you to keep cool and comfortable despite the sun's determined heat.  Bass Pro Shops carries a wide selection of mens, womens, and kids flip flops and casual shoes created by Sanuk to optimize comfort.  Their sleek designs offer fresh new technology including foot beds made from real yoga mat material that will leave you feeling like you're walking in paradise even if you're miles away from the beach.  Styles of both open and closed toed shoes offer a selection that can meet everyone's needs.

Woman's Sanuk Castaway Slip-On ($54.99)

Men's Sanuk Yogi 3 Sandal ($34.99)

 

Youth Sanuk Castaway Slip-On ($39.99)

To help beat the heat, Bass Pro Shops also carries a wide selection of Reef's sandals for everyone in the family. While capitalizing on comfort, these water friendly styles also feature anatomical arch supports that compliment their compression molded EVA foot beds.  The performance sandals are also designed with a light weight construction while select styles feature bottle openers embedded in the out sole for additional convenience during summer fun! 

Men's Reef Fanning Leather Sandal ($54.99)

Woman's Reef Love Crochet Thong Sandal ($49.99)

Stop by Bass Pro Shops in Independence and check out these new summer styles!

 

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Trail Camera Common Questions

I have been getting a lot of questions here lately about trail cameras.

Which ones to buy? How do you use them ? Where do you put them?

So, I have put together a list of list of my favorites. If you are looking to purchase a trail camera for the first time, you maybe in for a big surprise. There are hundreds of makes and models out there to choose from. My best advice to you would be just keep it simple. What I look for in a trail camera, also known as a game camera, is 4 simple things:

First - The last thing I want is to show up to check my cam and realize my batteries are dead. So I try to pick a camera that uses AA batteries. AA's will hold their power so much better when the temperature falls into the 30's or colder. Especially when you use lithium's batteries.

Second -  IR capable. Most of your cameras will be IR today instead of white flash. It is a highly debatable question in the industry over whether or not a flash will spook game. I have used both and I will say that I have had deer shy away from a flash compared to an IR, but I also have had a lot of deer not notice it. So the jury is still out on that. My main reason for choosing a IR cam would be to keep them unseen from the two legged mammals. I have had my fair share of cameras come up missing or damaged from someone trying to take them. The IR LED'S do put off a slight glow when they take a pic. But nothing over barring like a white flash. You have to be right on top of it to see them.

Third - Trigger speed. Trigger speed is another highly debatable thing. Most cam's will have at least a one second trigger speed, with some at a half second. How you set your camera on the tree will help or hurt you with. If you are getting a lot of tail end shots it is normally because the camera is pointing across the trail instead of slightly angled. Angling it up the trail more will allow the target to be in the cameras field of view longer giving the slower speed cam's ample time to power up and take the picture.

Fourth -  Consider mega pixels. Higher mega pixel cameras will give you that sharp image when you need to zoom in when your viewing your pictures. You won't have that real grainy look that you get with the lower pixels. It may be the difference between your million dollar picture of Bigfoot and a dark blob.

With all of that said Moultrie, Primos and Wildgame Innovations all have new dependable cam's on the market.  

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Wildgame Innovations Crush 8 Lightsout  ($199.99) 8mp, black flash, video w/ audio and up to a 70' flash range and with 12 AA'S needed, it is sure to be a great battery life cam.

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Moultrie's M880 IR. ($159.99) is a much improved version in their game spy series. Long battery life with 8 AA's and up to 100' night range is sure catch anything walking by. 

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Primos Truth Cam Ultra 35 ($119.99) is by far the easiest game camera I have ever set up to use. This is a perfect camera for the beginner. The toggle switch design is a snap. Just slide the color coordinated switches to you desired setting and your done. 8AA's,4mp,40' night range, time lapse/w video. Very good camera for the budget hunter.

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Now, the one camera I rely on year end and year out is Bushnell's Trophy Cam. ($199.99-$249.99) They have been the best i have ever used. 1/2 second trigger speed,8mp, HD video/w audio and 8AA's. This will be season number 5 for me using them. I have nothing but great things to say, I have had up to 7 months of battery life out 1 set of lithium batteries. Yes that's 7 months of taking a ton of pictures. If you are in the market for a cam. You have to check out Bushnell's line.

If you are interesting in reading more, check out this blog as well written on game cameras - Trail Camera Time is Here

That's all the time I have for now. I hope i could shed a little light on the subject for you. From all of us here at your local Bass Pro Shops. Have a Happy and safe hunting season.

 

Hunting Lead - Anthony Alkire

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Preparing for Late summer

Preparing for late summer/fall camping.

 

The end of summer is drawing near, and as we plan our outdoor activities, we want to be prepared for possible cool weather that may spring up faster than expected, so as you plan a late summer camping or backpacking trip, make sure that you bring a few extra layers and protective garments along. We will review a few things that you will want to remember.

 

Rain Shell:  A rain jacket is crucial for any kind of cool weather outings, most rain jackets can go on over other layers or even other jackets.

Staying dry is critical for preventing hypothermia in a cool or cold weather situation as wet clothing will pull heat from the body 25 times faster than cold air.

 

Fleece Jacket/ Sweater: A synthetic fleece jacket/ sweater will provide significant warmth for the weight and will insulate somewhat even if wet.

A fleece jacket can be worn underneath a rain jacket to make a decent cold weather system, especially if other synthetic layers are included.

 

Wool / Fleece hat: when sleeping at night outdoors prepare for the temps to fall quickly, a wool hat can help prevent a substantial amount of body heat from escaping during the night.

 

Light gloves: It may sound silly, but the weather can turn very quickly and in late summer it never hurts to pack a pair of light gloves, especially if you plan on camping near a lake where there could be a significant amount of cool wind.

 

Plan ahead: Check the coldest part of the day when checking the weather forecast, most people are not accustomed to living outside, and you must be prepared to deal with all outside temps on your trip, don’t just look at the highs, and plan for variation in the forecast.

 

Leave the cotton at home: Cotton hooded sweatshirts are heavier, less efficient at insulating than synthetic fleece and can be hazardous in cool weather if they get wet.  Cotton holds water like a sponge and it does not dry quickly. Cotton socks can create their own issues as they, too hold moisture and dry slowly, so opt for wool, synthetics, or a blend of the two.

 

Hopefully by following these tips you will not have any unpleasant surprises on your late summer camping trip.

 

 

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