Spring Means Chacos!!

SPRING HAS SPRUNG, so of course that means it is time for some outdoor adventures. But, don’t forget the most important thing…. You guessed it, a good pair of outdoor sandals. Here at your Independence Bass Pro Shops we have MANY wonderful choices to say the least. Although, there is one brand that will be sure to be a hit this year, CHACOS! They have many great features that will meet your needs for your family’s spring and summer adventures.  We carry a wide selection of Men’s, Woman’s, and Kid’s in a variety of colors and style choices.

Now, to highlight a couple of ladies styles; The Z Volv2 Orbit is a great choice featuring fully adjustable straps to achieve a “custom” fit, 25% recycled rubber outsole, and “LUVSEAT PU” heel cups for superior comfort.


$99.99 Z Volv2 Orbits

Another great ladies option is the Z Volv X2 pink diamonds, this sandal sports a stylish toe ring design as well as all the before mentioned features which are sure to please.

            To point out some the Men’s Styles; we have the Z/Volv, this sandal design will deliver superior performance for all of your outdoor activities, Giving your feet and body comfort all day. The men’s chacos also provide the LUVSEAT PU heel cups, and great arch support. 


$99.99 Z/Volv

            We can’t forget those little kiddos! For the girls we have the ZX/1. This features the double strapped webbed uppers making for a truly customized fit. There is also a durable foot beds specialized for those young feet, making sure that the alignment and support is just right.

Having sandals for youth that are just as supportive and durable as adult styles is very important, and something that Chaco does well. In the Boys we have the Z/1, they have a diamond pattern surface to help prevent slipping. The outsoles are made of 25% recycled rubber featuring 2mm lugs to help with walking on land and in water.


As you can see, Chacos have out done themselves and are definitely a top of the line sandal. Stop by your Independence Bass Pro Shops to see our full selection of not only Chacos but many other great brands. We hope to see you soon!!


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Summer with Sanuks

With summer starting up, and all kinds of outdoor adventures on your mind, it’s time to gear up! Starting with your footwear!


Sanuk Sandals are the shoes to get for your summer! It’s made out of comfortable yoga mat material, and fits the summer time feel! Too many people are venturing out without comfy foot attire! Give your feet a rest this year; come in and get yourself some Sanuk Sandals today!  

We have a very unique collection of sandals for men and women both!

For women, the hot item this year is the “Yoga Sling”. A flip-flop like footwear, without the inconvenience of a flip flop! They have the luxurious yoga mat feel with sturdy fabric straps that comfortably wrap around your foot. Not to mention the multiple colors and patterns available!

The popular Sidewalk Surfers, “These are not shoes, their sandals!”, are available in women and men styles! How many times have you wished you had a more comfortable slip-on without the stiffness of a regular shoe? This Sneaker-inspired shoe is easy to slip on and lightweight for an everyday wear. Sanuk uses an antimicrobial insole, which helps with odor control. The insole is also rubber for easy cleaning. For all the men and women that want to have fun in the sun without the hassle, these sandals are for you!

And of course, we can’t forget about the men and women’s classic Flip-Flop. Like every sandal from Sanuk, you are guaranteed to have the best quality! This sandal provides their signature comfy yoga mat feel with the easy slip-on feature, along with the various colors and patterns available!

All of these Sanuk brand selections and more are available at your Bass Pro Shops in Independence, MO! If you stick with them for your footwear this summer, you are bound to enjoy the summer a little more this year!


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Camo Choices in Spring Weather

Spring has arrived and has brought with it some rainstorms. Our camouflage department has hunting clothing for any sort of weather, to prepare for the springtime showers that lie ahead it may be a good idea to invest in a waterproof jacket and pants.


Squaltex II jacket

Our camouflage department has a variety of new styles of camouflage rain suits. For supreme protection from the elements, keep a lookout for the RedHead Squaltex II Jacket and pants. The Squaltex II jacket combines our waterproof, windproof and breathable BONE-DRY membrane with the camouflage designs of Realtree Xtra. This rain suit will not only keep you dry but will keep you comfortable while on your next great hunt. Staring at $69.99 or the jackets and $59.99 for pants, his option will is relatively affordable and worth every penny.


                For the Female hunters out there The SHE outdoor brand has a good selection of rainwear that keeps you dry but also breathes to provide a comfortable hunt, no matter the weather. SHE strives to make Premium hunting gear for women. The jacket and pants are a Realtree Xtra design. The jackets start at $79.99 and the pants start at $69.99.

                Come on down to your local Bass Pro Shops and stop by our camouflage department. The associates will help pair you with the best hunting clothing for you.  Hope your turkey season goes well and happy hunting.

                For more information check out this article about preventing bug bites.


Beginners Guide to Hiking

Spring is here! The warm weather has finally arrived and if you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether it is hiking one of our local trails, kayaking on a pond or stream, or even just sitting out and enjoying the weather, Bass Pro Shops encourages you to go out and have fun.

                Your local Bass Pro Shops is your go to destination to prepare for fun outdoor activities. If you need to upgrade some of your old gear or even purchase a whole new set of outdoor equipment our friendly associates at bass pro shops will be happy to pair you with the product that will work best for you.

                One fun activity that anyone can do outdoors this season is hiking. We have all the essentials you will need to have a fun and successful hiking trip. Whether you are new to hiking and need to start from scratch or you’re an experienced hiker with lots of equipment, Bass Pro Shops has gear that will help you enjoy your hiking experience.

                For those who may be new to hiking we have created a set of products perfect for the new hiker.  With these products anyone should be properly prepared to take an overnight hike.  When hiking there are a few essential things you will need those are, shelter and sleep systems, water, food, storage,  first aid and illumination. These are the most important factors that you must take into consideration when purchasing gear and preparing for a hiking trip.

                The first group that most people explore when getting into hiking is storage.  For storage of all your hiking essentials you will need a backpack. We recommend that for an overnight trip you bring at least a 35 Liter Pack just to be sure that you can fit everything.  The most recommended pack that we sell in our store is the Kelty Redwing 50L pack. The Redwing 50 is an all-around perfect backpack. The fifty liter capacity makes it perfect for one to two overnight stays. The pack opens up like a duffel bag making it easy to load and unload and removes the need to top load the backpack with the most essential gear.  This bag is on many magazines top lists and is one of the bestselling backpacks in our store.



                Once you have your backpack the next logical step is to look for a tent. When looking for a backpacking tent you must look for light and small tents. Lighter tents are much easier to carry and many backpacking tents are made to be extremely light and portable. We recommend the Eureka Solitare tent.  It is a single man tent and weighs only 2 pounds and nine ounces making it perfect for a single hiker.  If you are hiking with friends or family you can buy a two or three person tent and split it up between two or three back packs to help keep the weight down.


                Sleeping bags are another important part overnight hiking.  Having a good sleeping bag and sleeping pad can make a big difference on the quality of sleep you have while hiking. We recommend a self-inflating Thermarest sleeping pad. Thermarest fuses the comfort of an air mattress with the heat retaining properties of a closed cell sleeping pad. The result is a comfort able pad that will keep the heat or cold from seeping up into your sleeping bag. Pair this sleeping pad with a The North Face Wasatch 30 sleeping bag. This sleeping bag will keep you warm through even the coolest summer nights. It also compresses very well and will not take up much space in a backpack.

                The next sections are about your survival in the woods.  Hiking can be a very strenuous activity so it is important to stay hydrated. It is important to bring lots of water with you while hiking. For water storage we recommend purchasing a couple Nalgene Bottles or a water bladder for your pack. If necessary you can purchase a water filter and filter your own water from streams and ponds as you go. This can decrease the amount of water you have to carry on you at all times and filtering water can provide you with a nice rest from hiking which is very important.


                Food is another important thing to remember while hiking. Keeping your energy up is very important. Even on short day hikes always pack a nutrition bar or trail mix to give you an extra boost of energy. For longer overnight trips a camp stove is a necessity. The easiest way to get protein and energy while hiking is freeze dried meals. Companies such as mountain house and backpackers pantry create delicious meals that you simply have to boil water and rehydrate. To heat your water re recommend purchasing a small camp stove such as a MSR pocket rocket stove and a set of cooking pans such as our new Ascend 3 piece cook setJetboil also makes the flash unit which combines a cook stove and a cookware set.  All of these sets will provide you with great heat and cookware all while being ultra-portable and lightweight.

                It is important to remember to bring a first aid kit on whatever outdoor adventure you may go on. You never know what sort of situation might arise. For hiking first aid we sell a great day hiker and family first aid kits that should be able to treat many outdoor injuries.

                Lastly you cannot forget your flashlight. For hiking we recommend a headlamp. You can wear it on your forehead so they are out of the way. They can be very bright and are extremely important. You can even combine a headlamp with a Nalgene bottle and make a makeshift lantern to light your tent or campsite. We recommend the byte headlamp. It is inexpensive and provides a great amount of light and versatility.  It last s over 80 hours on one set of batteries and even has a red light function which can help keep bugs from being attracted to it.

                With these recommendations you can go out and have a fantastic hike in our great outdoors. Many of these items can be replaced with items you may already have. If you already have a great backpack, feel free to use that instead.  A handheld flashlight can work just as well as a headlamp. Use what you have to create a backpack system that works perfect for you. These recommendations are great if you are looking to upgrade what you already have. These products are selection of some of the best the camping department has to offer.

                Come on in to your local Bass Pro Shops and check out these products. Our friendly camping staff will be able to help you chose the products that will work best for your needs. So go get out and enjoy the great outdoors and we hope to see you soon!


Camping Associate

Bass Pro Shops, Independence Missouri


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Keeping The Bugs Away While Hunting

Springtime weather has arrived! Spring turkey hunting is just around the corner so it is time to refresh our hunting gear. One important step many may forget is insect repellant. Unfortunately, bugs come paired with the warmer weather.  An easy way to protect yourself from bites and annoying flying bugs is to treat your clothing and gear with a good insect repellant. Luckily, your local Bass Pro Shops has a variety of different bug repellants that are safe for you and your gear

Our most popular insect repellant for hunters and any other adventurer is Permethrin. Permethrin is a naturally occurring insect repellant found in chrysanthemum flowers. The scientists over at Sawyer have extracted it from the flowers and made a repellant that is as effective as 100% DEET. Permethrin is made for use on clothing and gear, and will not plasticize like some other bug repellants. When applied the Permethrin material bonds with the material providing insect protection for 42 days of exposure to sun and air or six washes. Once dried the treated material will kill ticks and mosquitoes on contact while repelling many other insects. On top of the great repellant properties, once dry Permethrin is completely odorless so any treated items do not have to be treated with any additional scent block to remove the odor of the repellant. You can simply treat the garment as you would any of your other hunting clothes.


Sawyer brand Permethrin is by far the most popular repellant that we sell. It is extremely effective at warding off insects while being versatile enough to work on virtually any material. Once applied, the Permethrin molecules bind with the fabric providing long lasting protection. Sweat and water does not deteriorate Permethrin so you don’t have to worry about reapplying throughout the other day as you would with other repellants.

As a pro tip make sure to treat shirts pants and socks while hunting, this will keep ticks from climbing up your shoes but will also protect from any ticks or bugs that rest on bushes and other higher surfaces. The more surfaces that you treat with Permethrin the better the protection, so if you have a backpack you can treat it to boost your insect protection. While Permethrin works wonders on fabric and other porous materials, it is not effective on your skin. We advise that you use a small amount of skin safe repellant such as Sawyers maxi-DEET (hyperlink) on any exposed skin to maximize your protection.

Come on in to your local Bass Pro Shops to check out our collection of bug spray to help prepare you for the spring hunt ahead. Our Camouflage Department will have a display of the Sawyer products we sell, including Permethrin. While there make sure to check out some of the newer styles of camouflage clothing we have received. Any of our friendly Bass Pro Shops associates will be able to assist you in pairing you with whatever hunting items you may need.

With help from Bass Pro Shops you can have a great, and bug free, hunt in our great outdoors.

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Broadheads and Turkey Hunting


Turkey season is rapidly approaching! Missouri will open for youth season on April 11th and 12th. The primary Spring Turkey season will open April 20th and go through May 10th. For you Kansas hunters out there, the archery only season opens up on the 6th of April and runs through the 14th. Archery/firearm will run April 15th through May 31st. Time to get your bow tuned up, check your arrows, broadheads and camo gear!!  A little preparation now will go a long way towards success and gives you that extra confidence in your equipment!

Now granted, there are more than a few that prefer to hunt turkeys with a shotgun…I get that, but there are those completely hardheaded individuals such as myself that will inevitably find themselves gravitating towards pursuing these challenging birds with a bow. With that undertaking, the difficulty greatly intensifies. The subtle movements and smooth swing of that shotgun barrel are exchanged for the motions of panning and/or drawing your bow to anchor at the same time. Oftentimes having to adjust your height or body position to clear limbs and surrounding brush. It’s a trial in patience. But the reward is worth the frustrations!  I’m going to run through a few broadheads, old and new, that will ensure clean, quick kills when that opportunity arises.

There is an increasing market for broadheads akin to the now famous Arrowdynamic Guillotine™ broadhead (SKU#’s 1346231, 1346213). These include the Tom Bomb™  from  Flying Arrow Archery, the Turkey D-Cap™ from Solid Broadheads , Turkey Tearror™ from American Broadhead and Rage Turkey™(SKU# 1875509)to name a few. Each offer insane cutting diameters and/or massive wound channels.  These are fantastic broadheads for that neck or headshot.

Not all will fly and perform the same though. Many of the drastic blade designs will require the extra stabilization of a Flu Flu arrow such as the Carbon Express(SKU# 1690454) or Gold Tip’s Twister (SKU#’s 2006844, 2013190, 2006842). Shooting a standard blazer will greatly decrease the accuracy you will want to make such a precise shot with large surface area broadheads. Blades such as the Turkey Tearror and Rage broadheads have lower bearing surface area’s and will do fine  with standard fletchings.

Regardless of the broadhead you choose, whether it be some new monstrosity or an old single edged 2 blade, there’s no substitute for good shot placement. Take your time and make some awesome memories!

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A. Herzog


Independence, Missouri


Crappie Fishing From The Shore



I have only been crappie fishing for a few years now in Missouri and thought I would share the rods and reels That I have had success with fishing from the shore.  As for the rod, a Bass Pro Shops Extreme 5’ 6” light spinning and an Extreme 6’ 8” medium-light rod seem to work the best for shore fishing.  The 5’ 6” is best for short casting along shore and also for maneuvering around low handing trees.  The 6’ 8” for longer casts around submerged timber, as well as large areas of shallow flat bottoms where the crappie may spawn in Spring time.  The reels that work for me are either a 1000 or 1500 series size.  Due to the fact that I lose quite a bit of line crappie fishing, I prefer reels that hold a bit more land than an ultralight 500 series reel.  The line I have had the most success with, and recommend it every chance I get is P-line Floroclear, a fluorocarbon coated line with a low memory, low stretch, smaller diameter-per-pound test and higher abrasion resistance than traditional mono-filament line, it has proven longer casts and significantly less wear when fishing timber than any other similar line.


With all of the proper equipment, styles of baits and techniques, the search for evasive slab can be the most aggravating fish to find, or it can be literally like fishing in a bucket where you just can’t keep them off your hook.  Good Luck and wishing you all tight-lines!


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Spring is hopping with Sperry!



With March here that can only mean one thing, SPRING! With the countdown in full swing what better way to get Spring kicked off right than with a new pair of boat/casual shoes? Here at the Independence Bass Pro Shops, we are already starting to receive casual shoes for the spring and summer season, which we are eagerly awaiting. The footwear team is excited to share these new shoes with you, along with a few that we continue to hold that have become customer favorites.

One of the most anticipated shoe styles for spring and summer months are Sperry’s! We have many new women’s Sperry styles that have yet to hit the Bass Pro Shop’s website, but we have a sneak peek for you here in the store. Now to narrow it down to just a few to highlight…….

The Seacoast’s are a great casual shoe that easily slip on and have a cushioned midsole. They also come in the colors navy and charcoal with easy to clean canvas and “no tie” laces.

Next up, The Angelfish Cane Linen is one of a kind! With its gold mesh sides, it also has a 360 degree lacing system and EVA Midsoles for comfort and stability. With its neutral color its sure to match into anyone’s wardrobe. (Not yet available online)

Sperry is also bringing a new style to their shoes with this Angelfish Silver Cork boat shoe. Also coming in a Bluefish style, and the color gold, these shoes bring a new edge to the original Angelfish Sperry. If you are looking for something fresh and new to sport this spring then these are the shoes for you!

Another new take on the new 2015 is the mesh styled Sperry’s, the Angelfish Cotton Mesh is sure to become a new favorite! It may not be completely opened on the sides, but the cotton mesh will help cool the foot down, and wrap your foot with soft comfort.

The Angelfish Linen Breton Mesh is also a part of this collection, that puts a new twist on the classic Sperry look. This shoe comes in a few different solid colors but the tan, red, and blue is sure to be a holiday favorite with Fourth of July creeping up!

We also continue to carry styles that are still loved!

The Bahama is a great choice for anyone with its classic boat shoe design. This shoe comes in many different solid colors, from neutral to bright bold colors for the summer season, sure to match anyone’s style. Complete with wet dry traction and easy to clean canvas.

This Angelfish still competes for the favorite style of all the Sperry’s. Coming in many different colors and a couple different designs, they are extremely comfortable. With their stylish short nose design they offer the “classic” Sperry look.

The Danica is another great style to highlight, with its slip on design that will go great with shorts or capris for the spring and summer seasons. Also coming in a variety of colors, from neutral to vibrant, any of which are sure to make a statement.

Last but not least, for the Ladies styles we have the Bluefish. It is one of our top selling styles, coming in a couple different colors and lace choices. These Sperry’s have a cushioned insole and 360 degree lacing feature which are sure to please.

A favorite of the men styled Sperry’s, the Top-Sider Sea Kite leather Moc will be showing itself on the shelves again.  With its sleek leather upper and mesh sides, this boat shoe is not only stylish but is comfortable and a great shoe for the warmer seasons.

As you can see, we have MANY great styles of Sperry’s, and to think we only talked about a few. Stop by your Independence Bass Pro Shops footwear to see the full assortment of all 30 styles, and get geared up for Spring!

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Michelle L.

Footwear Associate

Independence, MO


This turkey vest has it all

With Spring Turkey season right around the corner it is time to think about the turkey vest that is right for you. The RedHead Striker turkey vest might remind you of your first vest. The beauty of the Striker vest lies in its simplicity. It is a well laid out vest and very functional, it is quiet and has specialized pockets for box calls, slates, strikers, mouth calls and accessories. It has a magnetic fold down seat that is great for when you are on the move or when you are quietly looking for that perfect place to set up.


RedHead Striker Turkey Vests for Men - $69.99

  • Box call and striker pocket
  • Mesh mouth call pocket
  • Double slate call pocket
  • Accessory pockets
  • Shell loops
  • Magnetic flip-up seat
  • Memory foam seat
  • Adjustable game bag
  • Padded back
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Hydration compatible
  • Detachable blaze orange flag

The RedHead Striker Vest has adjustable shoulder straps that are comfortable and an adjustable game bag in the back holds decoys or your trophy gobbler. It has a detachable blaze orange flag that adds a measure of safety to your walk in or out of the woods.


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T. Schafer

Camo GSM

Independence, Missouri



Staying Cool with Columbia

Omni Freeze Zero is a technology created by Columbia. This is a technology you can see. There are little blue rings on the inside of the clothing that activate when they make contact with your sweat to lower the temperature of the material you are wearing, which then cools down your body temperature. It’s material is light weight and soft. It’s made for men and women. Not only is Omni Freeze Zero made in shirts but also head gear, gloves, and sleeves. So if you want an item that is light weight and will also keep you cool Columbia Omni Freeze Zero is the product for you.

Here are some of the products that Bass Pro Shops carries in the Omni Freeze Technology:


Columbia Freezer Zero Neck Gaiter - $30.00; featured in Vivid Blue

  • Omni-Freeze ZERO fabrication lowers fabric temperature
  • Omni-Shade UPF 50 ultimate sun protection
  • 92% polyester/8% elastane
  • Protects neck and face
  • Pull-on style


Columbia Cool Catch Tech Zero T-Shirt for Men - $55 featured in Jade Lime Color

  • Omni-Freeze Zero sweat-activated super cooling
  • Omni-Wick technology keeps you dry
  • Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection
  • 100% polyester
  • Antimicrobial treatment resists bacteria
  • Length from center back: 29"



Columbia Coolhead Cachalot Cap for Men - $38 pictured in Fossil color

  • High performance cap that delivers more protection than a standard ballcap
  • 86% polyester/14% elastane
  • Venting on crown: 100% polyester mesh
  • Omni-Freeze® ZERO sweat- and moisture-activated cooling
  • Omni-Shade® UPF 50 provides ultimate sun protection
  • Adjustable draw-cord and toggle at back
  • Vented mesh on crown for cooling air circulation
  • Bill and side and back flaps provide shade and protection


Check out what others are saying about this great gear! 

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"Sweat-activated Super Cooling"



J. Rayborn

Apparel Team Lead

Independence, Missouri




3 Questions to Ask Yourself - Canoe or Kayak?


If you want to get on the water and fish, but want to keep things as simple as possible you may consider purchasing a canoe or kayak to fish out of this summer. 

Here is an offering of a couple crucial things that may be considered prior to purchasing a new canoe or kayak:


How many people will be going?

If you are intending to bring a family fishing (this includes dogs), you want to make sure you are buying a craft that is made to handle the load.  We get many people asking if they can put their children with them in a single person kayak and often it is not a safe idea. Small dogs may be an option on a single person boat with a larger weight capacity but if you want to bring children or larger dogs it is wise to purchase a craft made for more than one person. Tandem kayaks offer options for two people and more weight capacity, Canoes can often fit 3 people and some gear, and often have significantly higher weight capacities than kayaks that only weigh a few pounds less.


 Can I transport it out of water?

Most canoes and kayaks are swift and nimble on the water, but not so much out of water, before you buy a boat, make sure you can handle it, or have the means to move it about.

10 foot kayaks are small and light, and often fit into the bed of a pickup truck without much hassle or equipment, larger kayaks and canoes can often be transported in longer beds with flags, or you can purchase trailer hitch carriers that carry the longer boats roof height and balance the load between the roof and the carrier on pickups.

Getting a larger boat on the roof of a car or SUV can be more difficult, Roof Racks help with loading kayaks and minimizing damage to vehicles roof, but even with these, the boat still has to be lifted up to the roof - often this can be eased by going out with another paddler, and assisting one another with the boats.  If you go out by yourself, especially with a large kayak or any canoe, make sure you can safely lift the weight of the boat before you find yourself struggling underneath it.

 If you have physical limitations, this needs be considered prior to purchasing a boat, be realistic, because if you cannot move it about out of water, you cannot get it to water. 


A cart can greatly assist moving any boat, but especially larger boats to water.

I personally, have started using a cart to get my boat to water when I go solo paddling with my 17’ Canoe, and it has improved my enjoyment with the launching of the boat a great deal.


Can I store it?

Make sure you have a safe place to store the boat, outside is not usually the best option, especially with rotomolded boats.

Pick a place in your home to keep the boat before purchasing, even if you really like a 12 foot fishing kayak, if you are unable to store or transport that boat, consider compromising for a 10 foot fishing kayak.

No matter what you choose , remember to lift safely, don’t rush, and always wear the appropriate PFD’s on the water, if you choose what suits your needs best, you will find yourself experiencing the outdoors in a wonderful new way.

Jeff L. Camping Lead


Important Marine Electronic Update Seminars Coming Soon

Once again, we are proud to announce our electronics classes for Spring 2015:

Humminbird – Tuesday, February 24th at 5pm


Garmin – Monday, March 2 at 5:30pm



Lowrance – Tuesday, March 17 at 6pm


Classes will be held in our Conservation Room and will feature techs and representatives from the manufacturers.  The classes feature “hands-on” training and overview of the systems including chirp technology from Lowrance, the new side view entry from Garmin, and a host of new bells and whistles sure to make our fishing trips more productive and fun!

Preregistration is advised.  Simply call 816-795-4300 and ask for the marine department and we will get you squared away!

Impressions from this year’s marine university which I attended down in Florida a couple of weeks ago:

Really impressed by the following:

Minn-Kota Ulterra Trolling Motors with auto stow and deploy and power trim control both functions with IPilot (Pre-Installed) or IPilot Link. 

Garmin SU Series Fishfinders:  Features built-in downvu and sidevu sonar with preloaded lakevu maps

Lowrance Elite Chirp Series:   Chirp Sonar with Down Scan Imaging makes it easier to identify and distinguish bait and game fish.  Compatible with Navronics, Insight and a host of other mapping programs.

Humminbird Helix Series:  Super affordable units with 5” screen and down-imagining side imaging with or without GPS.  Compatible with LakeMaster, Navionics and Auto Chart PRO.


Choosing the Right Broadhead for Your Setup

With all the Broadhead choices on the market, it’s easy to get caught up in all the “latest and greatest” technologies, advancements and applications. The thing to remember is that EVERY broadhead on the market will kill given the right tuning and setup. The challenge is making certain that you are matching your broadhead with the capabilities of your bows setup. My goal here is not to beat a dead horse, or even to offer my own personal preferences. We see far too many people coming in with stories of poor penetration or performance. My hope is that by pointing the reader in the right direction, perhaps we can minimize the disappointments and maximize our results.Steel Force Sabertooth Broadhead

    Steeply angled fixed blade broadheads (eg. Muzzy Phantom, Steel Force, etc.) will offer very little resistance as they penetrate, making them ideal for lower poundage (40# K.E. and under). There are a couple of expandable broadheads on the market designed for lower kinetic energy bows as well. The Grim Reaper Whitetail Special and Fatal Steel, will perform well at lower poundages. The new Rage SS is another that is specifically designed for shorter draw length, lower kinetic energy bows. A good guideline is 40# minimum draw weight for large game. Can it be done with less? Yes. In most cases, these are young, new shooters. I want the experience to be one that sticks out in their minds for years to come. I’d personally rather see that be due to an efficient, quick kill rather than an injured animal and questionable recovery.

   Stepping into your higher poundage bows opens up infinite possibilities. The decisions here are really based on the game you’re after and the ability to tune your setup into optimal performance for that broadhead. The personal preferences are going to vary greatly here. We all have a favorite. If it fly’s well, you like the results and it’s reliable…shoot it!!

Stay Sharp With The Right Broadhead Style For You

Shoot Straight!!


Let's Talk Hunting!

It’s that time of the year again. Archery season is fast approaching and time to get last minute prep work finished.  Mother Nature has been very nice to us with the abnormally low temperatures this summer. It has been perfect weather to get out in the woods and do a little bit of trimming around your stands or put out some trail cams, mineral or even build a food plot or two. With the increase of big buck sightings on my farms this year, I think it’s going to be a great season for us all. The deer numbers have really bounced back from the die off we had a few years ago. I still don't have the numbers on my north Missouri farm as I did before the event but it has improved dramatically. My farm here in central Missouri has improved even more. It depends on where you hunt, but I think it will be a much improved year. With more rain to come, hopefully we can put the drought behind us for now. Make sure you pick-up a copy of the 2014 Fall Deer & Turkey Booklet here at Bass Pro or visit the Missouri Department of Conservations website for all of the harvest changes here in Missouri. It will mostly affect gun hunters.  It’s still a great idea to grab one and catch up on all the changes so you are not surprised when you go buy your tags this fall.

A few pointers to get your season started: If bow hunting is your passion, my best advice I can give you is to HUNT EARLY!!!!!!!!!!! I used to be really bad at not spending enough time hunting September and early October. I got caught up in watching all the hunting shows of Bucks chasing Doe's all over the place during the rut. So I thought that would be the absolute best time to hunt. I would take my vacation around that time every year. Here in Central and North Missouri, the rut is right around the 1st and 2nd week of November. Don't get me wrong, it is a great time to be in a tree and there are a lot of really big deer harvested every year from trick or treat day (Oct 31st of course) to November 14th. But, and that's a big but, little do most bow hunters know that they have past some of the best hunting of the year in September and early October. Mostly because of the hot temps that are present at that time of the year. But the deer are still there and they have to feed and drink. When archery season starts on September 15th, you can bet that this guy will be in a tree or ground blind overlooking a food source or water hole. The best thing about September that you don't normally have in November is that you can pattern that big ole buck in daylight hours near a food or water source. Sometimes you can set your watch by it. In November that same buck is up on his feet during daylight but he more than likely is running all over God’s green earth looking for that perfect girlfriend. That could take him right off your farm and into someone else's sights. Spending some time now with the help of a few game cams, like Bushnell's Trophy cam ($229.99) or Moultrie's M990i ($199.99) you should be able to get a good idea of when, where and what time those deer are coming through and still have plenty of time before season to get a couple of stands or ground blinds set-up and ready to go. Tips for Game Camera Placement

Ground blinds can be really effective this time of the year because they will help control your scent and cover any movements. Redhead Blackout Hub Blinds are a great choice to help your blend right in ($139.99 - $279.99). There are three different models to accommodate multiple hunters if you decide to share your experience with family or a friend. Also, always try to give yourself options for different wind directions. Early season can be full of surprises. I have seen 3 different winds in 3 days. Always play the wind and brush in those stands and with a little luck your taxidermist will have a little more work this fall. That's all the time I have for now.  From all of us at your local Independence Bass Pro Shops, have a fun and safe hunting season.


Must Have Footwear For Your Hunting Adventures

With summer on its way out that can only mean one thing…. Yep, you guessed it hunting season is just around the corner! With Archery and Rifle season coming up so fast it is safe to say that it is time to get geared up, and what better way to do that than with a new pair of hunting boots. Here at Bass Pro Shops of Independence we have many choices to cater to all of our Hunters and Huntresses.  We carry many different brand options all the way from Danner to RedHead to suit anyone’s needs. One example is the Danner Pronghorn. We carry this boot in a non-insulated, 400 gr, and 800gr. Danner is well known for quality as well as comfort and is sure to make your hunting season warm, comfortable, and dry.












We also carry our RedHead line of hunting boots we have many styles that range in height and insulation, I could talk about them all day but for now I’ll just have to choose two great options that any hunter would love. The first is our Redhead 7” RCT, this boot is non-insulated and GORE-TEX making it both Waterproof and breathable, what a perfect match! Some other features include a non-slip outsole, reinforced toe, and a lug outsole.


The next RedHead boot I would like to tell you about is the Bighorn. The RedHead Bighorn has Bone-Dry waterproof technology along with 800 grams of Thinsulate providing you with a warm dry boot that is sure to keep you comfortable into the colder months of the season. This boot is made out of tough abrasion resistant cordura so, those pesky twigs and corn stalks that try to snag you won’t stand a chance!


And now for all our Huntresses out there let’s talk about our Line of SHE boots exclusively made for woman, we have several styles here at your local BassPro Shops but for now I’ll just tell you about two. The first is my personal favorite, the SHE Cami 9” insulated hunting/hiker. As the name states this boot is a cross between a Hunter and a hiker making it perfect for your tracking needs as well. This boot features a 100% waterproof/moisture wicking membrane and 600 gram thinsulate that is sure to keep your feet warm, dry, and comfortable so you can keep your mind on bagging that Prize winning Buck or Doe.



We also carry the SHE Expedition. This boot sports 1000 grams of thinsulate to comfortably carry you through the later months of the season. It is also 100% Bone-Dry waterproof with an aggressive non-slip outsole.


And last but not least, I have to mention our lifetime socks. They will pair perfectly with any of our hunting boots. They come in men’s and woman’s and feature 100% itch free wool that is sure to keep you warm and comfortable all the way through the season as well as for everyday use and did I mention they have a LIFETIME warranty? It doesn’t get much better than that.

As you can see, we have many choices to suit any hunter or huntresses needs. Come visit your Independence Bass Pro Shops to see our full selection as well as the before mentioned styles. Happy Hunting everyone and as the famous Ted Nugent says, “Whack em’ Stack em’, and Pack em’!”

-Chelsea McDaniel Team Lead Footwear


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


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


                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.


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.



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. 


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


Trophy Rock


Anthony Alkire – Hunting Lead


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


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.  



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!



Team Lead in Footwear