I Got My Tail Kicked

White River Flyshop Newsletter

May 2014

“I GOT MY TAIL KICKED”

I am sure most of you have had this experience—getting your 'tail kicked' by the person fishing downstream or upstream from you—but perhaps not, because you are such excellent fishermen that you 'always' catch the most fish.  For me, sometimes I am the windshield and sometimes I am the bug—said for you Mary Chapin Carpenter fans.   (If not a fan, google it and look it up.)

This last week, my wife and I walked into the cold water of Taneycomo to catch a few fish on our way home from Bull Shoals.  Wasn't suppose to rain—but of course it was!!   My wife is a novice—just two years of some experience on the stream.   I tied on what I hoped would be two great flies, and on my first cast I had a fish.  Wow!   Look at me, I am a hero!   However, things then slowed down.  Several casts later with the same flies and no fish.  What happened?

Then what appeared to be a beginner walked in just downstream of us.  Could hardly cast a fly.  Threw  his cast sidearm.  His casting was mediocre to say the least.  But then he proceeded to catch fish after fish.  He had no idea how to land a fish.  I was afraid he was going to break his rod several times as he bent it double getting fish off his fly and back into the water.  He caught a fish on 'almost' every drift.  The only reason I say 'almost', is that I had to watch my drift some of the time!!  He probably caught a fish on every drift!!

Meantime, with my superior skills and knowledge, my wife and I had only caught a few.   My wife was watching all of this.  After 42 years of marriage, my approval rating was dropping to that of a Congressman.

So being the noble person I am, I shouted downstream, “Man you are slaying them!”  “What are you using?”  This was said, in desperation, of course.  I didn't want my marriage to break up after 42 years.  He replied, “a maroon midge emerger”.  Immediately, as a guy, I am processing what in the world is the color maroon?  So I tied on, for my wife or course, the only maroon midge emerger I had.   Immediately she hooked up with a good fish.  After several minutes of fighting the fish it broke her line.  Obviously the fish wasn't concerned about saving the marriage.

Well, I struck up a conversation with the guy downstream.   He was great.  He had only been fly fishing for a year or so.  He was an experienced hunter and outdoorsmen but had not been fly fishing very long.  I looked at his equipment and it had all been purchased at Bass Pro.  His waders, his rod, and his reel.  That made me feel very good.   So I moseyed downstream and asked if I could look at his fly.   He said, “Of course.”  The fly had been hammered.  Not much left.  Just a small hook with about two turns of thread and a little dubbing.   His comment to his buddies was, “This is the best day I have ever had fishing.”  

While we don't always have all of the right answers, we want you to have your best day on the stream! Be sure to check out our free fly fishing classes and fly tying classes.  

Call 913-254-5200 and ask for the fly shop to schedule.

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CatfishSeminars May 31 @ 1:00pm

Catfish Seminar on May 31st at 1:00pm

 

 

"Captain Catfish" aka John Trager and Steve Green from TopCat Fishing Tackle will be conducting seminars on catfishing local waters.

John Trager specializes in targeting catfish within river systems and has developed specialized techniques that allow him to consistently put his clients on both numbers and quality fish.

Steve Green specializes in targeting catfish in lakes. Again, as a guide, he has to put his clients on fish, so he has developed techniques that work day in and day out on lakes that allow him to do just that.

Having both of these catfish specialists together at the same time will give our guests the opportunity to glean information from them that will allow them to be successful in their outings regardless of the waters they are targeting.

The plan is to have each of them present on each of their specialties for 30-45 minutes, and then follow up their presentations with a question and answer sessions with the seminar attendees.

 

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Set your sights event April 25-27

    

Set your sights event April 25-27

 Set Your Sights Event Components

  1. Set Your Sights Event Seminars
  2. Drawing for 1 Bass Pro Shops® $25 Gift Cards at each advertised seminar
  3. Enter for a Chance to win 1 of 2 prizes-

SAVAGE® 64 F CAMO .22 L.R. RIFLE$189.99

CALDWELL® AR-15 MAG CHARGER $79.99

2 Winners At Every Store – need not be present to win/ must be 21 to enter

X4 Bonus Points:  In order to receive 4X points, the customer must be an Outdoor Rewards member and have the purchase put on their Outdoor Rewards account. If the customer is not an Outdoor Rewards member, they will need to sign up for the program prior to making the purchase, so that the purchase may be tied to a Rewards account.

This will be a coupon, valid only for these select brands:

  • Streamlight
  • EOTech
  • Beretta
  • DPMS Panther Arms
  • Remington
  • Savage Arms

Friday, April 25

  1. 6:30PM -Conceal-Carry A discussion of laws, permits, and equipment.
  2. 7:30PM -Gun Care, Maintenance, and Storage Products to keep your guns safe, secure and functioning properly.

Friday, April 25 only

Tumbler with Bass Pro Shops Logo

To the first 25 customers to attend each advertised seminar on

Friday night only – April 25!!!!

 

Saturday, April 26 and Sunday April 27

  1. 1:30 PM -Guns and Accessories for Your Modern Sporting Rifle Project
  2. 2:30 PM -Conceal-Carry A discussion of laws, permits, and equipment.
  3. 3:30 PM -Gun Care, Maintenance, and Storage Products to keep your guns safe, secure and functioning properly.
  4. 4:30 PM -Guns and Accessories for Your Modern Sporting Rifle Project

Questions? Call (913) 254-5200

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=49&tab=3


 

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Tony Stewart Appearance

 

Come on down to meet Tony Stewart at the Olathe Bass Pro Thursday, May 8th starting at  6:00pm! MUST HAVE WRISTBAND TO SEE HIM.  We will be handing out wristbands begining at 9:00am Thursday, May 8th.First come first serve! There will be a limmited number of wristbands!

If there are any questions please call (913) 254-5200
 

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=49&tab=3

 

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NWTF Donation Month @ BPS Olathe, KS

NWTF is a conservation partner that Bass Pro Shops supports with a variety of initiatives. Durring this in-store conservation month, we higlight the organization and encourage our customers to donate with the NWTF to ensure future generations of wild turkeys for the enjoyment of our future generations of hunters.

The sweepstakes rules will be posted at customer service, but also they are as follows:

In-Store:

Between the dates of 4/1/14 and 4/30/14, you may enter in-store at one of the participating Bass Pro Shops locations. To do so, you may donate $2 at the register to receive an official entry form. Complete the entry form and deposit it in an official ballot box at one of the participating Bass Pro Shops locations by close of business on 4/30/14. Each $2 donation will provide you with one entry form, each allowing one entry into the sweepstakes.

Online:

You may also enter by visiting www.basspro.com/nwtf ("Web Site"), between 12:00 am CT on 4/1/14 and 11:59 pm CT on 4/30/14, and donating $2. Each $2 donation will earn one entry into the sweepstakes.

Phone:

You may also enter by calling 1-800-BASSPRO between 12:00 am CT on 4/1/14 and 11:59 pm CT on 4/30/14, and donating $2. Each $2 donation will earn one entry into the sweepstakes.

Mail:

You may also enter without making a donation by hand printing your name, complete address, daytime phone number, email address and date of birth on a 3" x 5" piece of paper and mailing it to be postmarked by 4/30/14 and received by 5/7/14 to: Bass Pro Shops "NWTF Month" Sweepstakes, Source Code RNWTF014DG, PO Box 19090, Phoenix, AZ 85005-9090, USA. No mechanical reproductions permitted. Each entry must be mailed separately.

We have the donation slips at the registers and the sweepstakes box next to the exit doors. We appriciate your support for this donation month and our collective conservation efforts!

If there are any questions concerning the contest or how to donate please call (913) 254-5200
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easter Event 2014

 

Fun Easter Activities at Bass Pro Shops!

Come on out and join us for our Easter events April 12-20! We will be having tons of fun out here with crafts, egg hunts and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Here's a rundown of what we'll have going on down here at the Olathe, KS Bass Pro.

 

1.Pictures with the Easter Bunny!!

 Saturday& Sunday April 12- 13 as well as 19- 20

11:00am-4:00pm

Monday- Thursday, April 14-17

6:00pm-8:00pm

Friday, April 18

2:00pm-7:00pm

 

 

 

2.Crafts!!

Saturday, Sunday April 12,13 as well as 19,20

1:00pm-4:00pm

Friday April 18

4:00pm-7:00pm

3. Easter Egg Hunt throughout the store! Ages 10 and under

We will be having an Easter Egg Hunt where children can collect up to 5 eggs and exchange them for candy.

Saturdays and Sundays April 12-13 & 19-20 ONLY

2:00pm-3:00pm (Registration @ 1:30)

Any Questions? Call (913) 254-5200
 

 

 

 

 

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Countdown to Santa's Wonderland

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Christmas tree is up and we are a little over a week away from Santa's Arrival!

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Be sure to join us Saturday November 9th for Santa’s Arrival and the opening of Santa’s Wonderland! Santa will be arriving at 5pm! Crafts will be from 6-8pm! See you there!

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Hunting Seminars

Hunting Seminars!

Be sure to join us October 26th and October 27th for Tips on Archery Basics and Scent Control!

Our Hunting Experts will be teaching the following seminars:

Archery Basics
October 26 & 27 11am: We’ll discuss bow basics, arrow choices, reliable releases, and selecting the right broad head.


Scent Control
October 26 & 27 Noon: We’ll discuss the latest in scent technology for a successful hunting season. Learn where and how to use cover scents, rut scents, and more

Be sure to stop by Olathe Bass Pro to get some last minute tips for your hunting season!
 

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The Great Pumpkin

Join us for some FREE FAMILY FUN!! The Great Pumpkin returns to Olathe Bass Pro Shops!

 

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Saturday October 19 - Thursday October 31

FREE PHOTOS:

Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm - 5pm

Monday - Friday: 5pm - 8pm

 

FREE CRAFTS:

Weeknights (Monday - Friday) 6pm-7pm - Monster Craft

Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) 1pm - 5pm - Lollipop Spider

Halloween Night Only  6pm - 8pm Color a Ceramic Jack-O-Lantern

 

Trick-O-Treating

Weeknights (Monday - Friday) 6pm - 7pm

 

Costume Parade

Saturdays Only October 19 & 26 - 4pm

Ages 12 and under

Costume contest will be judged to have 1 winner each day.  Each participant will receive a necklace!

 

Scavenger Hunt

Sundays Only, October 20 & 27 - 2pm - 3pm

We will have some fun halloween items hidden in the store, it will be your job to find them!

 

Questions about our activities should be directed to 913-254-5200

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DU Donation Month

October is Ducks Unlimited Donation Month! Be sure to stop by Olathe Bass Pro today and donate $2 and be entered for a chance to win one of 10 $500 Bass Pro Gift Cards!

DU is a conservation partner with BPS. It is one of five such non-profit conservation organizations that BPS supports with a variety of initiatives. During this in-store conservation month, we highlight the organization and allow them access to our customers for both memberships into their organization as well as donations at the registers. We are promoting  Ducks Unlimited and positive influence in environmental and habitat restoration programs throughout the United States and Canada.

Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Their mission: Habitat Conservation.

 

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It's Jerky Time!

Jerky Sale!!! Now through the end of September!!! Be sure to stock up on a high protein snack before your next outing! We have a variety of flavors such as turkey, maple brown sugar, teriyaki, peppered, buffalo, BBQ, jalapeno and even bacon for all the bacon lovers out there!

Sale prices are as follows: 3oz bags are 2 for $8 and the 6oz bags are 2 for $12. What a bargain!

This is a great snack for day trips, camping trips, watching the big game, or just to munch on. Plus the shelf life for jerky is well over a year! Stock up while you can!                

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Be sure to stop by your Olathe Bass Pro Shops and get your jerky while it lasts!

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Toyota Test-Drive

YOU'RE INVITED TO GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE LATEST VEHICLES FROM TOYOTA AT BASS PRO OLATHE!

Thursday Sept. 12th through Sunday Sept. 15th, 2013

Here's your chance to test-drive a variety of Toyota products on the streets of Olathe.* The vehicle line-up includes the Tundra, Tacoma, 4Runner and RAV4** .
Product Experts will be on hand to answer all of your questions. As a thank you, everyone who completes a test drive will receive a $10 Bass Pro Gift card courtesy of Toyota.
The event takes place from Noon to 6 pm Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Bass Pro Shops in Olathe.
*Drivers must be 18 years or older with a valid driver's license. ** Vehicle lineup subject to change without notice
 
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Fall Fishing Event

Join us at the end of September for our Fall Fishing event! We will have fishing seminars, and kids activities! The agenda is as follows:

 

Saturday September 21, Saturday September 28:

Fish Hatcheries; From Hatcheries To Lakes

September 21 & 28- 1pm

Learn information about fish hatcheries and how our lakes are stocked

These fish are used to stock our lakes. Many customers do not stop to think about the

importance of hatcheries and how the system works to keep our lakes stocked.

 

What You Should Know About Fishing Using Electronics

September 21 & 28 - 2pm

Learn how to use your GPS to find the best catch

This is an opportunity to teach about any changes in the Fall Season and to sell product related to the seminar subject

 

Best Baits; Baits That Work For Successful Fall Fishing

September 21 & 28 – 3pm

Visit with experts on what’s hot in baits for fall

 

Sunday September 22, Sunday September 29

Area Fishing; What You Should Know

September 22 & 29 – 1pm

About area lakes; where they can fish, how they are maintained/stocked and anything else they can share with our customers that they may not know. They may be able to help with both of these seminars

 

Expert Tips; Best Fall Fishing Practices

September 22 & 29 – 2pm

Learn about local fishing and selecting the right equipment

 This is an opportunity to teach about any changes in the Fall Season and to sell product related to the seminar subject.

 

Changing Water Conditions; How It Effects Fishing

September 22 & 29 – 3pm

Water conditions change when weather shifts. Learn the effects.

 This is an opportunity to teach about any changes in the Fall Season and to sell product related to the seminar subject.

 

Fishing Towel Giveaway to first 50 Customers to attend 2pm Seminars each day

 

We will also have the Kids Catch and Release Pond from 12-4pm each day of the event as well as a craft (1-3pm) and a photo opporunity!

 

Be sure to bring out the whole family for some fun with Fall Fishing!

 

For more info please call: 913-254-5200

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Labor Day Event

It's hard to believe that Labor Day is right around the corner! If you are looking for something to do with the family be sure to stop by Olathe Bass Pro for our Labor Day Hometown Festial on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1st!!

Family Activities from 12-5pm: Casting Buckets, BB Gun Range, Metal Detector, Duck Pond Activity, Craft, Face Painting, and much more!

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We will also have seminars on Saturday August 31st:

1:30pm Smokin’ – Tips for successful meat smoking

2:30pm Outdoor Grilling Choosing the right grill

3:30pm Dutch Oven Cooking Tips for outdoor cooking

 

Last but not least: Gift Card Drawings each day!!!

 

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Fore more information: 913-254-5200

 

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A Day at Camp

I'd like to share a special moment with you.....

Imagine for a minute, where Kids with Cancer and other Illness can go and be kids for a week. No Doctors, No worries, Just fun.  A place where kids, can just be kids.

I had the recent opportunity to visit such a place. Camp Quality, a camp where kids, just for a week, can forget that they are dealing with life threatening illness and have loads of fun. The theme that week for camp was “Imaginarium”. As I spent Wednesday volunteering I was overwhelmed with emotion at the sight of all of the campers as well as companions doing what normal kids do. Having Fun. Activities included Fishing, Canoeing, Paddle Boating, Crafts, Face Painting, A Zip Line, A Game Room and many, many other fun activities. As a Fishing Lead here at Bass Pro Shops, I get to do a lot of fun and rewarding activities. But I can honestly say, none have been more rewarding than spending a few hours volunteering to help with the fishing activity. To be able to share a few hours in a Child's life, particularly one who is dealing with such traumatic issues, is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I want to personally thank Ray Delia, Crystal, Joyce and ‘ALL ‘ of the other volunteers and companions as well as the Campers for allowing me to be a part of camp Quality and for allowing me to IMAGINE. 
                    
“No one can do anything about the quantity of one’s life, But, ALL of us can do something about the Quality “ 
Camp Quality         

 

Troy McKinney

Fishing Lead
 

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2nd Amendment Savings

 

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2nd Amendment Instant Savings on Gun Safes

Starting August 2nd, we will be doing an instant savings on guns and gun safes that is equal to the amount of the sales tax on the item when they use their Bass Pro Shops Mastercard. If customers apply and are approved for a new account, they save 10% off of their entire purchase up to $1,500 on top of their tax savings on the gun and/or safe. For instance, if a customer buys a $1,000 safe, they will save $100 for the new account and $95 for the 9.5% tax amount. The 2nd Amendment Savings promotion goes through the 11th of August which gives customers two weekends to take advantage of such a big savings offer. Not only does the customer get the instant savings, they also earn up to 5% back when they use their Bass Pro credit card. This is one of the many offers that the Bass Pro Shops Mastercard offers throughout the year. There are big savings opportunities! Don't miss out on this one! Stop by your Olathe Bass Pro Shops to take advantage of this great deal!

 

 

 

 

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Go Outdoors!

Let's get ready for warmer weather, and summer months! Join us as we Kick off Summer with our Go Outdoors event! We will have free seminars, food demos, kayak demos, and activities for the kids! The event will be May 17-27!!

May 18 and 19

11:30, 3:30 Wear it Right: Learn the important steps of choosing and fitting a life jacket.

                                       *seminar attendees will be entered for a chance to win a life jacket

 

12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 Priorities of Survival: If you enjoy watching Bear Grylls on TV, this seminar is for you!!!

1:30, 4:00 Geocaching: Our experts will teach you the ins and outs of Geocaching for fun with friends and family. *Seminar attendees will be entered for a chance to win a Geomate.jr GPS Unit

12-5pm Food Demos: Enjoy FREE cooking demos!

 

May 25, and 26

KAYAK DEMOS: Saturday May 25, 11-4pm, and Sunday May 26, 12-4pm!

12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 Priorities of Survival: If you enjoy watching Bear Grylls on TV, this seminar is for you!!!

Kids’ Activities

             Daisy BB Shooting Range                  11 am-4 pm

             Metal Detector Treasure Hunt             11 am-4 pm

             Adventure Scavenger Hunt                  11 am-4 pm

             Photos                                                  11 am-4 pm

             Crafts                                                   12 - 4 pm

 

   Kids’ Seminars

            11 am & 2 pm            Safe Passage: Tips on being safe around the water

            1:30 & 3:30 pm         Kids’ Geocaching: Learn the basics of Geocaching for fun-indoors or out!

 

We also have the Oakley/GoPro Sweepstakes! You can enter for the sweepstakes at Olathe Bass Pro Shops May 17-27!

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Kids Outdoor Skills Challenge

Join us this weekend and next, April 20,21 and April 28,28 for our Kids Outdoor Challenge! We will have a variety of activities for the whole family to participate in! The event will be from 12-4pm!

  • Knot Tying – Learning to tie a proper knot is essential when camping or enjoying the outdoors. However, it also simply comes in hand round the house! Kids will learn some basic knots and receive one knot-tying instruction card while supplies last.
  • Packing a Backpack - Kids are given the opportunity to properly pack a backpack, learning to determine what is essential and non-essential.
  • Archery - Kids can test their skills hands-on at the outdoor archery range, learning the proper stance, how to aim, and safety.
  • Casting - Children will learn how to cast at our portable catch and release pond. But there are no fish...just the opportunity for them to practice their aim and casting technique. 
  • All participating kids will get a punch card...the first 100 kids to complete a punch card will receive a Bass Pro Shops flashing wristband!  All kids get to take a spin at the prize wheel, too!

So get the kids and yourself out of the house and bring them down to Bass Pro Shops for some fun AND outdoor education.

 

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April is NWTF Donation Month

By donating $2 you are entering in the chance to win 1 of 10 $500 Bass Pro Shops Gift cards, and helping out a great conservation group. Stop by your Olathe Bass Pro Shops today and donate $2 to help NWTF! You can donate now through April 30th!

 NWTF is a conservation partner with BPS. It is one of five such non-profit conservation organizations that BPS supports with a variety of initiatives. During this in-store conservation month, we highlight the organization and allow them access to our customers for both memberships into their organization as well as donations at the registers.

NWTF is a national nonprofit organization, the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. NWTF was founded in 1973 and is made up of sportsmen, women and children who care deeply about our natural resources and the wild places we love to hunt. They cherish the memory of the ridge top gobbler we hunted last spring and fondly remember the cornfield where we saw that big buck at sunset two years ago.

According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history. Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $412 million to conserve nearly 17.25 million acres of habitat.

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Spring Hunting Seminars

Be sure to join us this Saturday and Sunday, March 23 & 24 for our Spring Hunting Seminars!!

The seminar line up is as follows:

Saturday/Sunday March 23, 24 1pm: Selecting the Right Gun and Accessories and Proper Maintenance: Let one of our knowledgeable hunting associates show you how to choose the right gun and accessories for a successful hunt. They will also instruct you on how to properly care for and maintain your firearm for safety purposes and proper functioning! 

Saturday/Sunday March 23, 24 2pm: Turkey Calls and How to Use Them: Join our hunting experts as they demonstrate a variety of turkey calls and how to use them, just in time for Turkey Season!

Saturday/Sunday March 23, 24 3pm: Reloading Basics: Our hunting experts will talk about the benefits of reloading along with tips, techniques, and equipment selection to ensure a successful hunt!

Saturday/Sunday March 23, 24 4pm: Choosing Camo Clothing for Spring Turkey Hunting: Let us help you in selecting the right camo pattern or hunting vest for your hunting style. Our expert staff will walk you through the pattern that works best for your needs.

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