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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Getting Ready for the Heat of the Summer

As the hottest portion of the year approaches, it is time to start thinking of ways to acclimate to the hotter weather and ways to stay hydrated as you are enjoying the outdoors.

Water and protection from the sun are some core things to consider, and whether you are hiking, fishing, running, or even just relaxing in the sun, you need to have water present.

You may note I say “water” and not “beverages” because water is the key to appropriate hydration. And as you sweat in the sun and outdoors you must replace what you lose.

My favorite water container is the Nalgene Tritan 32oz Bottle ($10.99), followed by a hydration bladder as a back up. I prefer the bottle to the bladder for the sake of portability and durability, the Nalgene bottle is nearly Indestructible and I can feel safe knowing my water vessel is not going to be punctured, cracked or compromised in any way when I am backpacking or fishing. My second choice for water is a Camelbak hydration bladder ($36.99-$39.99), I like using one for day hikes or in any instance where I will be on my feet in the heat for an extended amount of time. The stand alone Camelbak hydration bladder is compatible with most new style internal frame backpacks (example: Kelty Coyote 80 $199.99) and outdoor oriented daypacks (example: North Face Recon pack $99.99). You can also opt to purchase a Camelbak backpack that is built around the hydration bladder (example: Camelbak Rim Runner $99.99).

 I personally do not choose to use a hydration bladder on backpacking trips because they are more fragile than I feel comfortable with in wilderness, and tend to carry multiple Nalgene bottles instead.

When choosing Protection from the sun, you may want to seriously consider your clothing options, different fabrics will affect your comfort and when I plan to spend much or all of the day in the heat I tend to choose a technical synthetic shirt like the Columbia Meeker Peak T-shirt ($24.95) and a synthetic sun hat like the Columbia Bora Bora hat ($26.95). These synthetic clothing items are extremely lightweight, breathable, and packable; they also dry very quickly, unlike cotton which tends to stay wet for a very long time.  Another option is to add a cooling towel like the Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad (14.99) which can be saturated with water and worn folded across the back of the neck whole, or cut into sections for multiple people.  Sun block and Sunglasses are also very important to extended outdoor activities, and you may even choose a lightweight long sleeve option like the Columbia Skiff Guide shirt ($45.00).

No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, try acclimating as you travel to the activity, if you are going for a day hike, try leaving the air conditioning off on the way there, you may even try drinking hot beverages like hot tea or coffee throughout the day. 

The most important thing to remember is to be safe, know your limitations, and go prepared, and then you will be able to enjoy yourself in the heat all summer long.

 

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Choosing the Perfect Bow

When choosing a bow, the first thing you need to do is research the different bows that are out on the market.  There are many different makes and styles of bows.  A few we carry are the Diamond’s Infinite edge $349.99, PSE’s Stinger $399.99, and Bear’s Outbreak $399.99.  They may have a lot of the same things in common. As you compare all makes and models, you will begin to narrow it down.  You have to decide what your main priorities are.  Do you want speed? Are you concerned with noise? How about comfort?  These are just a few things that you should consider.  Then, talk to people that you know who own bows.  Get their opinions. This will also help narrow the bows down. 

Before going in to pick out a bow, you must determine what your dominate eye is.  This can be done by holding your hands out in front of you.  Make a triangle by overlapping the space between your index finger and thumb with the same space on your opposite hand. Look at an object through the triangle hole made by your hands, preferably something round like a door knob. Focus on the object not your hands. Now close one of your eyes. If you still see the object with your left eye open, you are left eyed dominate. If you still see the object with your right eye open you are right eyed dominate.

Once you have found out your eye dominates the fun part begins. Getting the bow in your hands and shooting.  I would recommend that you try out as many as you can.  Now keep in mind you only want to try a few out at a time, because it can start to get very overwhelming.  Get a couple, and shoot them side by side.  Once you have come down to the bow you want, it has to be set up for you.    

When setting the bow up to fit you, we have to decide what your anchor point is going to be. This can be done by using the tip of your nose.  You can also use the corner of your mouth with a kisser button.  If you can get more than one anchor point, is even better.  This helps in finding out where to set your draw length.  Another thing to think about is will you be using a release or shooting with fingers. It will also help later on when you begin the sighting in process. 

The next step is to find your correct draw weight.  There is no mathematical equation to determine what your draw weight should be.  This is something that must be comfortable to you. Some people opt for a draw weight that is slightly lighter, with the idea that they can hold the bow at full draw longer in a hunting situation.  Others want the increased arrow speed a heavier draw weight can allow. 

Once your draw length and weight have been adjusted, you will have to purchase arrows.  Much like bows, there are many makes out there. Arrows are determined off of what your draw length and draw weight is.  You have to also decide what you are going to do with those arrows.  Are you going to hunt with them, or is it just for target shooting only?  Once that is decided we can measure the arrow to your bow.

As you start this journey in choosing a bow, remember to do as much research as possible.  Shoot the different makes and models. Find your dominate eye. Pick the bow that meets your needs.  Determine the arrows that are going to work the best for you.

Feel free to come in to your local Bass Pro Shops and we will be glad to assist you!

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Get that Buck!

It's that time of the year again. Time to start thinking about those monster bucks. There are some really great new items this year to get you started on your quest to a wall hanger.
 
The first being mineral supplements. Mineral in my opinion is one of, if not the best tool you can use to grow and keep big bucks on your farm. It's best if you run your supplements year round. I know a lot of hunters just use them for one or two months of the year, usually fall which is fine. However, you'll miss out on your deer herd development throughout the year. From spring to early fall, your bucks are going through antler growth. Even if given the correct diet of food and mineral, he can grow up to an inch of antler a day. If you start doing the math, it doesn't take long to make that 130" turn into a 150, 160 or even bigger. If you are wanting to help your deer, try these items on your farm.
 
My favorite year round items are the Trophy Rock and Big & J cubes or bag. I use all three year round and it has made a huge impact on the bucks that roam my farms. If you want the most bang for your buck (pun intended), it has to be Trophy Rock ($17.99). Packed with over sixty trace minerals, Trophy Rock is also natural to boot. It's the perfect attractor/supplement you can get. A 1lb block of Trophy Rock generally lasts three to four months. This makes your management cheaper, and less time consuming. New for 2013, Trophy Rock has their Four65 ($16.99), which is a 30lb bag of crushed T-Rock. Big & J also has a competitive block ($24.99) and bag ($19.99 and for the BB2XX $21.99) which should not be over looked. Fully endorsed by QDMA, it is loaded with everything a growing buck needs. Another new product for 2013 is Rack 1 Whitetail Systems. They have five new products from $14.99 to $34.99, depending on if you want it to dispense through your feeder or to just pour on the ground. I have not used this product myself, but after my research on the products, it has everything your herd needs to grow. I think it would be well worth your time to give it a try.
 
Along with minerals, there is another important thing to manage to achieve that wall hanger. Food plots are just as important as minerals are for deer. As long as you have some food source on your place, the big bucks will stay. You can not turn on a hunting video without seeing a lush green field that is knee high. There has to be a hundred different plots to choose from also.
 
There are a couple of things that I use that will really help on the short side when paired with food. If you have a tiller and a big area to cover, one of my favourite plots would be Biologics' Winter Bulbs and Sugar Beets ($21.99 for a 2.25lb Bag). It will cover a 1/4th acre and is a great one two punch for early fall and late season. Lots of grain topped brassica bulbs early seasons and a nice sweet treat for those rut starved bucks for late season. Another awesome feed would be Biologics' Last Bite ($29.99 for 11.25lb bag) It is a great mix of oats, wheat, clover and two different brassicas plants. It's an awesome fall plot. Now, for the hunter that does not have a way of planting a big plot but instead is looking for a private little plot, Biologics' Hot spot ($16.99) and Evolved Harvests' Throw and Grow ($15.99). Both are easy to use and are very fast at germinating. Perfect for those out of the way stand sites.
 
Last but not least, once you grow your deer, you need to know what you have. Trail cams are essential and have come a long way. One of the best would be the Bushnell's Trophy Cam HD ($199.99 to 249.99). One of the most customizable game cams out there. It's 8MP and runs on 8 AA batteries and has GPS/Temp/Time/Date/Moon phase. Everything you need to track down that big buck. They have very fast trigger speed, HD video and up to one year battery life. Great small pack everywhere type cam. I currently have eight of them and would not trade them for anything in the world. If you are looking to upgrade your game camera, you have to check them out. Well, that's all the time I have for now. Great Hunting and Fishing from all of us at your local Bass Pro Shops!
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Getting Ready for the Heat of the Summer

As the hottest portion of the year approaches, it is time to start thinking of ways to acclimate to the hotter weather and ways to stay hydrated as you are enjoying the outdoors.

Water and protection from the sun are some core things to consider, and whether you are hiking, fishing, running, or even just relaxing in the sun, you need to have water present.

You may note I say “water” and not “beverages” because water is the key to appropriate hydration. And as you sweat in the sun and outdoors you must replace what you lose.

My favorite water container is the Nalgene Tritan 32oz Bottle ($10.99), followed by a hydration bladder as a back up. I prefer the bottle to the bladder for the sake of portability and durability, the Nalgene bottle is nearly Indestructible and I can feel safe knowing my water vessel is not going to be punctured, cracked or compromised in any way when I am backpacking or fishing. My second choice for water is a Camelbak hydration bladder ($36.99-$39.99), I like using one for day hikes or in any instance where I will be on my feet in the heat for an extended amount of time. The stand alone Camelbak hydration bladder is compatible with most new style internal frame backpacks (example: Kelty Coyote 80 $199.99) and outdoor oriented daypacks (example: North Face Recon pack $99.99). You can also opt to purchase a Camelbak backpack that is built around the hydration bladder (example: Camelbak Rim Runner $99.99).

 I personally do not choose to use a hydration bladder on backpacking trips because they are more fragile than I feel comfortable with in wilderness, and tend to carry multiple Nalgene bottles instead.

 

When choosing Protection from the sun, you may want to seriously consider your clothing options, different fabrics will affect your comfort and when I plan to spend much or all of the day in the heat I tend to choose a technical synthetic shirt like the Columbia Meeker Peak T-shirt ($24.95) and a synthetic sun hat like the Columbia Bora Bora hat ($26.95). These synthetic clothing items are extremely lightweight, breathable, and packable; they also dry very quickly, unlike cotton which tends to stay wet for a very long time.  Another option is to add a cooling towel like the Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad (14.99) which can be saturated with water and worn folded across the back of the neck whole, or cut into sections for multiple people.  Sun block and Sunglasses are also very important to extended outdoor activities, and you may even choose a lightweight long sleeve option like the Columbia Skiff Guide shirt ($45.00).

 

No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, try acclimating as you travel to the activity, if you are going for a day hike, try leaving the air conditioning off on the way there, you may even try drinking hot beverages like hot tea or coffee throughout the day. 

 

The most important thing to remember is to be safe, know your limitations, and go prepared, and then you will be able to enjoy yourself in the heat all summer long.

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Summer Outdoor Skills Workshops

One of the best classes that we have to offer (and only in the summer) is our Kayaking 101 seminar.  It is completely free, and our seasoned camping staff is here to help teach and assist!  All equipment is provided, even if you do not have a life jacket, we can provide it! 

This seminar does not cost and simply opens up the world of kayaking.  Many people are not sure if it is a sport or activity they would like to pursue, so this is the perfect opportunity for exploration!  We have several different models of kayaks that we take out, so you can try one out and see if it is the right fit for you!  Our class size is limited to 10 people and will occur on the 2nd Saturday of the month through August.  You are required to pre-register for the classes. 

You can pre-register for the class by calling 816-795-4300 and ask for seminar sign up.  If there are thunderstorms in the area, this class will get canceled due to safety precautions. 

 

We also have a seminar that is for Dutch Oven Cooking.  We usually have this the 4th Saturday of the month (with the exception this month of it falling on June 28th).  Come join us out back around our fire pit as we cook up some yummy campfire/dutch oven food and we even sample it out!  We explore anything from breakfast, to lunch, dinner and dessert!  Each class is a different kind of meal, so it should spark your taste buds!  This class also requires you to preregister by calling 816-795-4300.

 

We hope you can join us for these 2 exclusive summer classes!  They are always fun and free!  Please check out our other seminars by clicking here as well.

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Best Camo Patterns for Spring Turkey & Bowhunting

These are the two best and most used patterns for spring turkey hunting.

Mossy Oak Obsession

Obsession quickly proved itself to be the standard by which all turkey camouflage is measured.  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 enhanced, lighter background and the addition of carefully selected leaves and spring tones.

 

Realtree Xtra Green

Realtree Xtra Green camo is the best early-season pattern.  Use it from early fall bowhunting, muzzle loading and gun seasons until the leaves change, and then again from mid to late spring.  It's also perfect any time the season or situation calls for green camo.  The pattern combines leaves, colors, open areas, and extreme contract in a multidirectional design that blends with nearly any green habitat.  Realtree Xtra Green camo provides ultimate versatility. 

 

Make sure you come in and visit our camo department for more information on camo patterns and to find what suits your needs for the next upcoming hunting season.  We have alot more patterns that are not listed both for men and woman and even children.  We hope to see you in soon!

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-Jesse, Camo Team Lead

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