Archery: Steadying Your Shot

There are many problems that new archers face when going out for the first time to shoot. One is the excitement of just being out shooting for sport, this excitement often compounds some other problems. Steadying for a good shot is often the most difficult part of the process.

The first step to steadying your shot is a simple one, find the right bow. If you are a competition shooter finding the bow that fits into the category you shoot is essential. While at the same time finding a bow that is the right draw length and poundage is also crucial. If you are having a hard time holding a steady shot with a 55 pound draw, like that on a Fred Bear Montana Longbow, it might be a good idea to move down five pounds in draw. This can help you steady your hand and give the shooter far more control over the arrows flight. This goes for compound bows also. If the initial draw is too stressful on the muscles your hands will tend to shake throwing off your aim. So finding the right bow with the right weight and draw length is important.

The problem of a steady shot is not just a hunter’s problem but also a competition shooters problem. A great way for hunters to get over the excitement of the hunt and steady your shot is simple practice with the bow. Practice taking easier shots you know you can always hit. This will help your body get accustom to the motion of drawing the bow and releasing on a regular basis. This in turn will help you slow down the shot and follow a routine when getting ready for a shot, which will steady your shot greatly.           

There are a lot of problems with the actual handling of the bow that may cause an unsteady shot. A great way to minimize this unsteadiness is simply to remove a hand from the bow. This can be done on a compound through the use of a draw assist and release mechanism. A great release for compound is the Redhead XPS Caliper Bow Release. These releases allow you to draw with your whole arm instead of putting all the pressure on your fingers. Using these releases allows you to keep the bow steadier while holding the draw for longer periods of time letting a shooter make the decision on a good shot without compromising the integrity of the shot at the same time.

There are a lot of opportunities to help shooters become better shots with a bow. The old saying that practice makes perfect is doubly important in the field of archery, where a simple mistake can injure an animal instead of killing it or move your shot one inch over causing a shooter to lose a competition. By finding the right bow, practicing regularly and using devices like the bow releases a shooter is able to turn a very unstable shot into a rock solid shot with practice and patience. Bass Pro sops has everything you need to steady your perfect shot! http://www.basspro.com/Archery/_/S-12425001000 Good luck on better shots and successful hunts!

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Safe Storage for Firearms

One of the problems many adults have with keeping firearms in their house, is not knowing the safest way to keep them from being stolen or used by their children. The safety of all peoples is always the top priority for any family or sportsman. There are simple steps firearm enthusiasts can take in order to keep their firearms and families safe.

A simple step that can keep firearms safely stored is to simply remove any rounds from the magazine or chamber of the weapon. This will keep accidents from happening even when the home owner is not around. Another quick and easy way to keep families safe is to store the firearms and ammunition separately. By doing this you put a barrier to curiosity for children and others who might be wanting to use the firearms. Another simple way to keep little hands from accidentally firing a rifle or pistol is to constantly keep gun locks on all firearms in a house. This again can will provide a barrier to children and others who might be too curious about the firearm. By keeping locks on all weapons the homeowner can feel safe having firearms in the home.

Another way to keep firearms secure is to use designated firearms safe. Personal stories have shown that when a safe is employed in a house burglars are not able to get inside the safe and in some cases give up on the house entirely when they are unable to break the safe. One such safe is the RedHead Ultra Fire Resistant 25-Gun Safe. These safes are built to protect your firearms from everything from burglars to small fires. In many cases these safes are able to keep everything inside the safe protected from any conditions on the outside. Now a good way to keep your firearms away from other forms of damage is to keep your firearms and ammunition in two separate safes. This makes sure that if something unthinkable happens your ammunition does not discharge or damage your firearms. While this might seem tedious, it will help prevent unauthorized access to both your firearms and the ammunition.

To keep your firearms safe and also in good working condition, storing them in the right place is key. In some cases having the firearms in the house is out of the question, but this might not be the best for the integrity of the firearm. Keeping a firearm in a shed or the garage is usually quite trying on the weapon simply because the conditions are not regulated like inside a house. When storing a firearm first take a look at the conditions where it will be staying, if the conditions are at all damp or the temperature fluctuates to wildly during the year, finding a place inside will be far better for the firearm. When storing a firearm in a safe inside a house it is always a good idea to invest in a good desiccant. These chemical blends pull moisture from the air and keep the conditions dry and moderated. A good and rechargeable desiccant is the Red Head Safe Dri Rechargeable Moisture Control. These chemicals stay in their packages and make the conditions far better for any firearm in a safe, and they keep firearms from rusting or destroying the blueing on rifles or pistols.

In the end it is up to the owner of the firearms on how they choose to store their firearms and who has access to them. Great ways to keep these firearms secure is to get a gun safe. While at the same time doubling up on safety might be a good idea, so putting some gun locks on the firearms in the safe is still a great idea. Storing your ammunition away from your firearms, while keeping your firearms unloaded in the house keeps accidents from happening. And one last thing to remember about safe storage of firearms is look at the conditions the firearm is in. If it is to moist in an area get a desiccant and make sure the temperature does not vary too wildly or the firearms finish and parts could corrode. Follow this link to see what options Bass Pro Shops has for storing your firearms safely http://www.basspro.com/Shooting-Gun-Storage-Safes-Cases/_/N-1z0ux5b Good luck on the hunt and stay safe!

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Hunting Blinds for Beginners

There are many ways in which to hunt in the woods and in fields. First you can set up a tree stand near the field so you can see over a large area and track your quarry as it slowly gets closer. Second you can stalk your prey over the land and try to sneak close enough to get a shot off.  Finally you can set up a blind and hide from your prey till it is so close you can almost touch it and get that perfect shot. All three are great ways to challenge yourself, but hunting from a blind takes a different set of skills and some general know-how to work properly.

Finding the right blind is often a challenge for new hunters. There are so many different kinds of blinds and styles that are used it can often saturate your search. Here are some tips to finding the right blind. First find out if you are planning to go bow hunting or rifle hunting. Then find the corresponding blind, archery blinds often times have a place to hang your bow while rifle blinds are generally lacking this. Then find out how many people will be present in the blind. Once those two things have been established finding a blind that holds your maximum amount of people and is made for the type of hunting you will be doing finding the right blind will be fairly easy. An awesome blind to use for beginners is the Primos Double Bull Blind, because it is easy to assemble and is large enough to move around in if need be.

One of the first things you need to do upon getting your blind is make sure to spray it down with a scent neutralizer. This needs to be done outside the home and preferably after it has been transported to the approximate area where the blind is going to be set up. A great product to use is Scent-A-Way, it covers and neutralizes scent very efficiently. After spraying down the blind it is also a good idea to spray yourself down with the scent neutralizer so as to keep from getting your scent all over the blind while you are setting it up. This keeps your scent from leaving a “trail” right to your blind and spooking any animals in the area. Then move the blind to the appropriate area where you want to hunt. The best place for a ground blind is usually on the edge of a clearing or field. Once the blind is set up and in the right place it is time to brush in the blind. This is a process of using local foliage to break up the outline of the blind and make it look generally like a new brush pile. It is often a good idea to use evergreen brush to cover the blind this is because it is light and easy to cut and also aromatic making it cover the scent of a person a little more than other brush. While doing this make sure to go inside and check to make sure your brush is not covering your shooting lanes. One last thing to do is place a gauze sheet over the “windows” in the blind to eliminate the dark spot that deer will see when they are around the blind and can often spook them. This is not a problem for turkeys because they seem to be unaffected by the entire blind. After the blind is brushed in it is a good idea to go inside and spray down the blind with a scent neutralizer, then go to the outside and spray down the blind again. This will keep the scent of a person off the blind completely. This all needs to be done a week or two before the beginning of your preferred hunting season.

The day of the hunt make sure to spray yourself with scent neutralizer after you leave your vehicle and are on your way to the blind. Once in the blind again check to make sure that the shooting lanes you are going to use are not obscured by your brushing in. Once you are confident of your job brushing in the blind and having your lanes cleared it is time to start hunting. In a blind getting ready for the shot is a little different from a tree stand. As you get ready for the shot you either have to be ready to shoot through your gauze screen or you have to carefully move the screen aside without spooking the animal. Either way is an effective way of harvesting an animal. With a bow it is often a good idea if you are using a broad head to fire through the gauze while if you are using a mechanical head it is better to have a partner or yourself move the gauze aside as to not prematurely activate the arrowhead.

Blind hunting can be one of the most fun types of hunting when done right. It gives you the ability to get so close to the game you can almost touch them while at the same time making you comfortable and generally out of the weather. After you have learned the basics of blind hunting it becomes easier to pick the right blind, find the perfect hunting spot, and brush in the blind properly. Click on the link to see the variety of hunting blinds we offer at Bass Pro Shops! http://www.basspro.com/Blinds/_/S-12425002012  We hope you have fun hunting from blinds and good luck on the hunt!

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Cold Weather Camping Tips

Camping in the fall and winter can be some of the most fun and scenic times of the year to get out of the house. These scenic views sometimes come with a little bit of a rough time with the weather. The cold fronts in the fall and winter are much harsher and being prepared for any scenario is always a must. While the cold might deter some people, the true outdoorsman can get through a rough night and enjoy the benefits of a nice chilly morning.

The first thing any seasoned or new camper can tell you is that watch the weather before you go on your camping trip. Check the temperatures you might be dealing with and always prepare for the cold you might not be expecting. A great way to do this is to bring a good sleeping bag along with a liner to match. The Ascend 0 degree Mummy bag is a great way to be prepared for the winter or fall cold. Bringing this along with a Bass Pro Shops Fleece Sleeping Bag Liner makes it so you are prepared for anything. If it is cold you can hunker down inside the liner inside the mummy bag, or if it is warmer than you thought you can sleep on top of your mummy bag inside your liner and still have a great nights sleep while being comfortable at any temperature. Another must have on a fall or winter night is a good sleeping pad. Sleeping pads keep your body off the ground and provide comfort while at the same time allowing you to retain precious body heat from being absorbed by the ground. The Ascend Hiker Tapered Air Mat is a great sleeping pad for the job, it is a light but effective pad for a hiker or a regular camper.

While sleeping bags are a big part of fall and winter camping so is finding the right tent and cooking equipment for the season. What is needed in a tent for fall and winter camping is zip up windows, a rainfly, and a tarp or reinforced floor. There are many tents that match this description but a great family tent for the fall and winter is the Bass Pro Shops Eight Person Family Dome Tent. This is great for any family that wants to camp in the winter while still having some space to move around and enjoy the time outdoors. There is only one way to go when talking about cooking in the fall or winter, this is cast-iron. Whether it be a Lodge Cast-Iron Dutch Oven or a Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet, the best way to cook in the winter is to use cast-iron. This material gets hot quickly and stays hot longer than other materials making it ideal for those people looking for a good hearty warm meal on a cold camp-out. While Lodge makes a good cast-iron line for cooking the best thing for camp lighting is hands down Coleman. This company has a huge line of lanterns and flashlights that are useful for any possible camp-out. The Coleman North Star Duel Fuel propane lantern has been a must have to campers and outdoorsman of all walks of life for years. The propane tanks are light and easy to carry while at the same time the price to keep the lantern running is quite low for those who have to camp on a budget.

Camping in the fall and winter is one of the most scenic things a person can do. Preparing for the weather during this time of year though is a must. Bringing a few different types of warm or cold weather clothing is always a good idea while at the same time bringing a few warm or cold weather sleeping bags is a must. There might be a few things you can leave off your winter camping list but food is not one. Bringing a lot of nutritious food that is high in calories will keep your body performing at optimal efficiency even in the bitter cold. While camping in the fall and winter can be a little frightening for some people, with a little help and some good gear it can be very rewarding. Bass Pro has all the gear you will need to make your camping experience comfortable and fun! Check out our gear here: http://www.basspro.com/Camping/_/T-12325000000

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Sighting in Your Rifle

When it comes to sighting in a rifle many people have a misconception that every rifle is the same and every scope functions exactly like every other scope. This is simply not true. There is a great difference between two different rifles, even if they are in a similar production model by the same company. Take the Remington 700 Series. A Remington 700 will act differently, when firing a 30 caliber 173 grain round at 100 yards, than its counterpart the Remington 770. Both are bolt action rifles produced by Remington but both will fire very differently.

The first trick to sighting in your rifle is finding the right rings and mounts for your rifle and scope. This can sometimes be tricky because each rifle might have a specific set of mounts that are sometimes non-compatible with other rifles. So first thing you need to do is look at the mount packaging, usually written on the packaging is either the rifle model numbers that this mount fits or a code that can be checked against a the companies database online. So now that you have found the right mounts finding the rings for your scope is essential. You don’t want your rings to be too tight or you risk warping the scope while you also don’t want the rings to loose or you will never get the scope sighted in correctly. Again scopes and rings come with information on the specifics of the scope. These specifics concern the diameter of the scope and where the rings should be mounted so matching up the rings to the scope is fairly easy. After the scope and rings are matched the scope must be mounted. This is essential to how the scope functions and needs to be precise. While tightening the screws on the mount and the scope, be sure not to over tighten the screws or strip the screws. The mounts and scope rings should be tight but no tighter than 25 pounds of torque.

Now that you have the rings and mounts all attached and your scope mounted the sighting in can begin. The most essential thing in sighting in your rifle while on the range is to bore sight the rifle. If you own many rifles that need to be sighted in regularly buying a bore sighting kit might be a good option. One of the best kits for bore sighting is the Pursuit Boresighting Kit. These bore sights are placed in the end of the rifle and pushed snugly into the barrel then the bore sight is turned on. Once the bore sight is on, you must look through the scope and line up the dot from the bore sight with the crosshairs on the rifle. Doing this at 25 yards is usually the easiest. Now that you have the rifle bore sighted you can take your first shot with the scope, after removing the bore sight. After each shot find how far off the hit on the paper was from the point which you were aiming and slowly move the cross hairs to the point you were shooting at with the directional movement tabs on the scope. After the rifle is sighted in at 25 yards take the rifle to the distance you wish to hunt or competition shoot. Then repeat all steps after the bore sighting.

Now that your rifle is sighted in you can hunt and shoot at a greater distance with ease. The great thing about sighting in your rifle is that there are infinite amounts of ways in which a person can customize their set up on their rifle. There are also so many companies to choose from when it comes to sighting in supplies from Pursuit, Red Head, Burris and Black Hawk to the most technically advanced of Armasight Night Vision. This ability to choose makes sighting in your rifle one of the most fun experiences you can have on a day at the range. Follow this link to see what shooting accessories Bass Pro Shops offer!http://www.basspro.com/Shooting/_/T-12400000000  Happy Hunting.Sighting in Rifle

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Archery: Finding the Right Bow

For many individuals who are thinking about getting into the world of archery, finding the right bow or the right information on how to select a bow can be difficult. There are hundreds of bows and many different companies competing to earn your trust and dollar. While looking for a bow may be hard finding the right company as well as the right price and style can be harder. There are a few simple steps that can be taken when getting ready to buy a new bow.

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The first thing any prospective bow shopper wants to look at is how much you are willing to spend on a bow. Archery equipment and bows start at an economic price and quickly rise from there. Choosing whether you want to spend $500 or $1000 is a big step in finding the right bow for you. Say you have a $400 spending limit and want a good solid compound bow. Looking at the Red Head Kronik XT might be a good place to start. Or say you are looking for a Recurve bow for under $250, starting by looking at the PSE Archery Mustang might be wise.  When you are a beginner, buying the most expensive bow on the market is not the best thing to do. Finding a bow that has few features and possibly a smaller draw weight will be a good choice for the beginner. That being said these bows tend to be less expensive. While a seasoned archer might want to look for a bow with all the bells and whistles, this might mean paying a little extra to get a great bow.

Now that you have found your price range, the next and possibly most important step is finding a bow that is comfortable for you to shoot. There are a lot of things that go into the comfort of a bow from the grip to the actual feel of drawing the bow. While looking at the comfort aspect of the bow one must also think about how the bow will be used. If the bow is for hunting you will want to think about the little comforts that come along with the bow. Many days while hunting it will be cold. So finding a bow that has a rubber grip or has the option of putting a rubber grip on the bow is always a good thing. While putting your hand on a cold riser does not seem like a big deal now, while in a tree stand or in a blind this little thing can actually affect your shot. If you are a new archer another thing to take into consideration is brace height. Brace height is simply the distance from the hand grip to the string. Having a longer brace height makes the bow easier to draw and makes the bow a little more forgiving during the actual shot making this a good feature for a beginner. Another feature many hunters need to look at is the height of the bow. This is measured from the center of the upper cam to the center to the lower cam. If you are in a tree stand a taller bow might not be a problem and might be preferable because of the increased accuracy this gives. If you are hunting in a blind on the other hand you might need to look for a bow that is slightly shorter so you can comfortably draw in the blind. The final feature that needs to be taken into account is the draw cycle. This is how smooth the bow is drawn. This has a lot to do with cams and limbs and can be the most important factor when finding a bow. You need to be able to draw your bow and shoot at your first deer or even at the trophy of a lifetime.

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Taking all of these things into consideration the selection of bows should have dwindled down substantially. Now the rest of the process of finding a bow is simply up to you. If you have a brand you love finding a bow from them is a good idea. Or if you are looking for the first time find a trusted friend or relative to give you a little nudge in the right direction never hurt. But always think about one thing when buying a bow. Does it work for you every time. If the answer is no keep looking! Good luck on your hunt for a new bow!

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Fall Fishing in the Ozarks

During the fall is one of the best times to fish, especially here in the Ozarks. September to November is one of the most productive times of the year. This is due to the fish in the area feeding at an increased rate in order to build up stores of energy for the winter. This makes catching fish much easier. At the same time this feeding frenzy makes landing that monster fish far more likely.

The cooling temperatures and shorter days tend to push small bait fish and shad into feeder creeks and tributaries of many local lakes. This in turn forces that bass to follow suit and move up to the areas around the tributaries. While the bait fish are moving into these areas the bass corral them around flats and into coves. So for anglers finding those surfacing fish around the tributaries the likelihood of finding a large amount of big bass is increased. Throwing a square bill Crankbait in this area and working it back and forth like a wounded shad will draw the attention of a lot of those larger bass. Another Crankbait that works wonders in this scenario is a lipless Crankbait. Again keeping this bait on the surface and giving it a jerky action will draw the attention of the bass in the area and get some spectacular bites. Other than Crankbaits the use of a Buzzbait can be equally as effective. Working this bait across a shallow flat at the mouth of a tributary or feeder creek will increase your chances of a bite.

When fishing in the fall find that flat where the sediment from a tributary has settled and sit on just off the top of it with the flat in between you and the tributary. By throwing an umbrella rig with plastics swim baits you can mimic the movement of a group of shad swimming away from the flowing water. As the baits get close to the flat the predatory fish will be waiting. If you are a shore fisherman this is also a wonderful way to fish but instead of having the umbrella rig swimming away from the tributary have them swim towards it. A very similar scenario will make the predatory fish lock on to your rig and take a bite. This technique will usually yield bigger bites making setting the hook all the easier. Follow this link to view Bass Pro Shop's Fall Into Savings sale going on now through October 6! http://www.basspro.com/EventPage-161054-100/_/N-1z0ua85?cm_sp=FallSavingsFBtSep2013_CFMLake Taneycomo Dam

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Hunting: Preparing for the Weather

The biggest problem many hunters run into is weather. The weatherman might say it is supposed to be 65 degrees with a slight breeze, when in reality there is gale force winds and it is raining sideways. Sadly the weather is a huge factor in how many hunters pick when they will hunt. This being said there are a few tricks of the trade that might make hunting a little more appealing to everyone.

            The first rule of preparing for the weather while hunting is, learn to layer. This simple step in the morning can save almost any hunt from the weather. Start with a base layer that is skin tight and will wick away sweat. Under Armor Charged Cotton Camo T-Shirt is a great way to keep the sweat or wet off of you as a base layer. After your base layer a light fleece camo jacket under a heavy coat can stave off just about any form of cold, while at the same time keeping you dry in case of the odd pop up storm or persistent rain. Now picking the right heavy coat to go over top of your jacket is key to the whole process. Many of the coats in the Red Head Mountain Stalker series are made for cold climates and come with the added advantage of being fairly water resistant. After you have found the right layers for your torso finding the layers for your legs is also important. Using a skin tight absorbent material under a pair of camo pants is a great way to keep your legs warm while in a tree stand or stalking. Also finding a good pair of coveralls to go over everything and keep in your body heat is a great way to feel warm while hunting.

            The next thing any aspiring comfortable hunter is going to need are gloves. In the same line of thinking as with the upper body, layering with gloves keeps your hands warm and the response time quick just in case you need to take that snap shot at a trophy buck. Starting with a thin glove lining, similar to the Scent Lok Level One Ultralite gloves you can keep your hands warm and dexterous when needed. Then on top of the liners having a heavy glove, that can easily be removed, is recommended. A good glove for this is the Red Head Insulated Fleece. Bass Pro shops has several options of hunting gear such as base layers, gloves, belts, head gear and outdoor gear! Follow this link to see what we have! http://www.basspro.com/Hunting-Clothing/_/T-12600004000.

 

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Camping: The Right Tent for the Right Place

There are many options when one is looking into buying a tent. Does the tent have a waterproof bottom? Does it hold the amount of people I am taking camping? And, of course, is it comfortable? These factors are very important in picking a good tent, but perhaps not the best criteria for finding a great tent. Here are some other factors a person might want to take into account when shopping for your next tent or looking at which tent to take out on your next adventure.

A great way to find a tent that is going to be suited for you is to look at the place you are camping and what kind of wear and tear are going to go on with the tent. For example taking a BPS 7x7 Dome Tent with a tarp bottom would be a great tent for an area where the weather is unpredictable. At the same time this tent would be great for campers who are hiking and staying on the trail because of the small profile coupled with its ability to be broken down into separate bundles that each hiker can share around with each other. This tent is also durable enough to be set up on rock surfaces with a simple ground cloth underneath, making it great for climbers who want to hike into a climb.

The BPS Dome Tent might be good for hikers, but taking the whole family camping is not an option with this tent. Instead look for a tent that has as large of an area as possible while being able to be divided into “rooms”. This gives you the ability to have some privacy in the evening or morning while still getting the camping feeling. A great example of a family tent is the Coleman 10-Person Vacationer. This tent comes with small hanging dividers as well as lights built into the frame. This tent is also big enough to walk around in without the need to stoop over. This monster of a tent is big enough to fit even the largest of families comfortably with some room to move.

This room to move is great but not what some people are looking for in a tent. Where the Vacationer is heavy and big for an entire family the Eureka! Solitaire Backcountry Tent and the BPS Hiker/Biker are light and meant for a quick setup in the most remote of locations. These tents are made from a durable material that is meant to take strong winds by flexing under the wind with their low profile. Both of these tents are ideal for back country hikers and hunters who need to have a light pack and the ability to take down camp and move on a moment’s notice.

Choosing the right tent may, for many people, be about finding the best overall tent that can last through anything and can be carried around for a while. For those of us who camp like there is no tomorrow finding the right tent for the right environment is what we live for. While hiking or biking a small easily put up tent that can take a beating from the wind and still go up day and night is what I need. If I am in the forest where the roots of a tree are going to shred my biking tent I look for my tarp floored tent. Finally if I am taking the family on a nice weekend away from the city I am definitely taking the biggest tent I can find. So next time you go out camping remember what you want from your tent and finding a great tent is always in your grasp. Check out the variety of tents we offer at Bass Pro Shops!  http://www.basspro.com/Tents/_/S-12325001000

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Local Fishing: Fishing Table Rock Lake

Summer is back in force making fishing as interesting as it gets. With water in the 80’s, the local lakes are getting a little harder to fish. Even for those with a lot of experience. The thermocline is set now that the temperature is finally at the summer highs, making the fish a little harder to pin down. Now that summer heat is finally here the humidity is making it hard for seasoned fisherman to be out on the water for too long or risk heat related illness. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your fishing fun and productive on one of our favorite lakes in the area!

As a general rule of thumb a fisherman on Table Rock should stay relatively close to areas where fish like to congregate. Some of these spots can be seen from your boat or shore. These formations are shallow spots or underwater hills. Whether these are man-made such as brush piles or simply submerged hills from when the lake was formed both are hot spots for fish during this time of year. Drop Shotting a 4” BPS Plum Cut Tail down in this area can bring up some large fish! This can grab both Crappie and Bass so be ready for some subtle bites and some big yanks on the rod!

If you are really out to catch some good size fish the best time of day is definitely the first few hours of sunlight. This not only is easier on the fisherman but also the fish are far more active and ready to feed. Simply by fishing from the crack of dawn to 10a.m. to 11a.m. you can make your chances of a catch higher. One of the best things to fish with in the morning is a White Strata Spoon. By running this lure in the morning the fish are more attracted to the actual lure as it flies over the water and lands. The fish being closer to the top of the water makes them far more likely to take a quick pass at the bait. Another great bait to use is the Chompers 4” Brown/Purple 1/2 oz. Drop Shotting this on a submerged hill or brush pile in the morning is an awesome way to attract fish and get some big strikes.

Fishing Table Rock Lake here in the Ozarks can be one of the most fun and exciting activities during the summer. While the summer heat might be here for a little longer you can still have a good fishing experience by fishing in the morning and knowing your fishing spots. Another great way to keep those morning hours a little less hot is by using one of Bass Pro’s Frogg Togg Neck Coolers. These little cooling towels have saved more than one trip and have made the summer far more bearable. Good luck on your fishing, stay cool, and take a look at what Bass Pro offers to make your fishing experience complete! http://www.basspro.com/Fishing/_/T-12100000000

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What’s New in Camo: Are You Ready to Get That Trophy Buck?

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For many years the way to get close to your chosen prey was to dress in earth tones and hope they didn’t see you. Now, with advances in technology we are able to get closer and closer to our quarry. With the advent new materials used in modern camouflage, colors blend seamlessly into the background while at the same time keeping visible movement down. An added bonus to these materials is that many help to absorb the majority of human odors.

To get close to that dear you have always wanted, scent control is the way to go. Scentlok technology uses carbon alloy for maximum scent control. This compound is comprised of activated carbon, zeolite and treated carbon. All three work together to attack many of the scents that ware commonly thought of as the human odor. Bass Pro offers this new technology in everything from the lightest of shirts to full winter one piece suits. For the best cover you need headwear, studies find that most scent is released from your head. So when looking into buying a new set of scent absorbing clothes, remember to grab a scent control hat on the way out! It is always a good idea to keep in mind the type of hunting you will be doing and where you will be hunting when buying your hunting clothes. Remember that weather is as big of an issue with your clothes as how well they fit.

Scent Lok

 Once you have bought your scent control clothes the first thing you will need to do is wash them. To do this it is recommended that you use non-scent wash or Scent Away detergents in order to get your clothes ready for the hunt. Remember to dry your scent controlling clothing well before they are worn. After you have been hunting for 30 to 40 hours is it a good idea to dry your clothes again, unless they are muddy or bloody in which case completely cleaning in Scent Away detergents is a good idea. After the wash go ahead and put your scent control clothes in the drier for 15 to 20 minutes, this reactivates the Scentlok and keeps you hidden.

 In all it is a good idea to invest in a little scent control clothing. Just by purchasing a scent control hat and shirt you can reduce your scent profile considerably and make more of your hunts successful. While at the same time taking good care of the clothes you have now can be equally as important. Washing regularly in Scent Away can keep your clothes fresh and animals oblivious. Check out this link to see what Bass Pro Shops has to offer!  http://www.basspro.com/Hunting-Clothing/_/T-12600004000 Good luck on your next hunt and be scent free!

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Alexander Hamilton’s Powder Horn

NRA Museum

For over 300 years the black powder rifle and pistol were the pinnacle of hunting privilege. Early in the Black Powder Revolution a musket fired a single round piece of lead down a long hollow tube. Since then the black powder rifle has come a long way. To see this one only has to look at the CVA Acura V2. This rifle shoots a Power Belt copper jacketed slug down a rifled barrel making this black powder rifle as accurate as a modern cartridge rifle.

While the rifles have become as technologically advanced as a cell phone one thing has remained a constant, the need to store your powder in a dry place. In the past a powder horn was a symbol for a family of how well off someone in society was. If you could afford to buy a horn with gold inlay or intricate scroll work you were seen as wealthy.  This remains true even today where powder horns are still sold in Bass Pro as a remembrance of the past and proving that sometimes the old ways were the best ways.

As a Founding Father of the United States and a military strategist Alexander Hamilton enjoyed the best equipment the world had to offer. Even though this influential figure is long gone his powder horn still baffles and intrigues even the best of scholars. The images drawn on the powder horn depict the young Alexander Hamilton’s idea of how to rise through the ranks of people and becoming both wealthy and influential while at the same time retaining his reputation and honor. In these images there are references to Sir Francis Bacon and Niccolo Machiavelli’s political philosophy. Another portion of the horn shows clearly Alexander Hamilton’s plan to develop the Western Ohio territory. This huge amount of information is all artistically designed into every single curve of the horn through intricate pictures.

Hamilton carried his horn throughout his entire military career. During this time Hamilton created his own artillery company and fighting for the independence of the American Colonies. Soon after this Hamilton’s career turned to a new front. Hamilton took the position of aide and field commander for General George Washington. After the war Hamilton became the first delegate from New York to the Constitutional Congress and even wrote his own draft of the Constitution. Throughout this entire time Hamilton always kept his powder horn close as a reminder of how he planned to keep his reputation and honor.

This horn was carried throughout Alexander Hamilton’s life making it a rare glimpse into the life of a man who helped shape a new world. This piece of history is now on display at the National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield Missouri. Come see Bass Pro Shop's big selection of black powder rifles and pistols.  Along with our period powder horns, holsters for re-enactors and even a do it yourself black powder pistol and rifle kit. Stain the wood, mount the barrel, and even work the trigger into a smooth shooting machine. Let your imagination take you anywhere with this personalized work of art.

Come check out the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri and here is a sneak peak of what you can expect!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xjdhMzrWoII .

Powder Horn

 

 

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How to Insulate Properly: Hunting Boots

 

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               When most people go hiking they grab their lucky boots and hit the trail for a long trek. Most people don’t take into account their personal needs in boots. Yes a lot of people need arch support so they buy the proper insole to keep them comfortable. Or the person needs a lot of support for their ankles so they buy a higher boot to keep their ankle from rolling, but many people neglect their foot’s ultimate comfort by not considering the proper insulation for their boots.

               There are a lot more differences between hunting boots with insulation and without insulation than people actually know. For example, insulation can come in grams of Thinsulate, PrimaLoft or millimeters of neoprene. GORE-TEX often gets mistaken for an insulation material, although it is not; it is a waterproofing material. So whenever you see GORE-TEX on a product, it does not always mean it is insulated.  Another factor between using Thinsulate, PrimaLoft or neoprene is that all have different advantages over the others, which suit certain tasks better.  So let me delve into some of the advantages of Thinsulate, PrimaLoft and neoprene.

                Let's start off with some of the specs of a non-insulated hunting boot.  As non-insulated already infers it has no Thinsulate, PrimaLoft or neoprene insulation in its construction.  This usually makes non-insulated hunting boots fairly light weight and breathable, which makes them a great boot for warmer weather and higher level activities.  Now, you have to keep in mind that just because a boot may say it is waterproof does not necessarily mean that it is insulated or warmer. Waterproofing and insulation usually is a completely separate thing.

                Moving on to Thinsulate insulation, Thinsulate is a light weight synthetic material with fibers that absorb less than 1 percent of their weight in water; making it an optimal material to keep a boot warm but still fairly light weight.  Thinsulate is measured in grams per square meter, but is usually referred to as just grams.  The low Thinsulate boots we carry usually start at 200 grams.  200 grams of Thinsulate is optimal for mild weather and high activity levels.  400 grams of Thinsulate is usually for cooler conditions and moderate activity levels. Between 600 to 800 grams usually is recommended for cold conditions with light activity levels. If you are getting into 1000 grams and above, that is usually intended for extremely cold conditions or a minimal activity level, like tree stand hunting.

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                PrimaLoft is another great insulation material we offer. PrimaLoft is not used as often in our boots since it is more frequently used in cold weather apparel. However, since PrimaLoft excels in cold and wet conditions, it is mainly used in Pac Boots or cold weather Snow Boots. PrimaLoft also is not really measurable in grams or millimeters like Thinsulate or neoprene. They use their own performance levels like PrimaLoft Sport for Mid to high performance or PrimaLoft One for ultimate performance.

                Neoprene is a slightly different insulation material that is often used in waders. It is measured in millimeters of thickness and is naturally waterproof. Neoprene a very great insulation material, however; it is not a very breathable material.  Neoprene thickness is what constitutes its insulation levels. Usually a 3 mm neoprene will be optimal for mild to cool conditions or a moderate to high activity level. 5 mm neoprene of course will be a little warmer and is great for cold weather conditions with very moderate activity levels. Then you have 8 mm neoprene which is for extremely cold weather conditions or very little activity levels. 

                So next time you are out, remember the proper insole keeps your foot from aching. The correct boot height keeps your ankle from rolling. The right material keeps your feet dry. While at the same time the correct insulation can keep your feet not only warm but able to breathe. Shop now and check out what  Bass Pro Shops offers! http://www.basspro.com/Hunting-Boots/_/S-12500001001

 

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The Importance of Wearing a Life Jacket

Water skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, white water rafting, and riding a jet ski are the most common water sports a person correlates needing a life jacket for to participate in. Not many people think of a life jacket as an important piece of equipment while canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming or just taking the boat out on the lake; but it is just as important to wear a life jacket for these activities.

To have a life jacket in the boat but not wear it is like not wearing your seatbelt in your car or not wearing a helmet on a bike or motorcycle. The life jacket may not be comfortable or fashionable but any situation can take a turn for the worse unexpectedly. Just like in driving a car or riding a bike, accidents happen so quickly you may not have time to put on your seatbelt, helmet or life jacket for it to do its job.

Aside from the usual wipe out that is expected while participating in extreme water sports, where a life jacket is a welcome accessory. There are several opportunities while out on the water a person could encounter a situation where a life jacket could save their life, i.e. the weather could change causing the water to become so rough that a person could be thrown from their boat. Also, a person could slip, fall and hit their head becoming unconscious; or run their boat onto unseen obstacles causing the boat to sink, or swerving to avoid an obstacle and throwing someone from the boat. In all of these situations wearing a properly fitted life jacket highly increases your chances of survival.

With many styles of life jackets available on the market today, comfort or lack of is no longer an excuse for not wearing one. There is a wide variety of nylon, neoprene and inflatable jackets available that come in a wide range of sizes and colors; to make finding the right fit much easier. Having the right fit will also make it an easier to decision to put your life jacket on, keep it on, and stay safe!

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Fishing in the Rain

The recent rains are creating some unusual conditions on area lakes, high water in August along with cooler than usual water temperatures. Fish in these conditions may be just as confused as the fishermen, in that they will likely be scattered. Meaning, there is so much cover in the water they are likely to be anywhere.

Some of the fish will stay out deep in their normal summer patterns at depths of 25 to 40 feet sometimes deeper. Also when the water rises a lot of the time some fish will stay on the old bank line. The fish are moving up to where the old bank used to be in order to stay in the slightly warmer water than the rain water that is being added to the environment.

Then you will have the fish that move up with the water. These are the fish that normally stay shallow most of the year. If you are targeting shallow fish you will want to fish up in the bushes and fish a lot of the bushes around the bank that were not underwater earlier in the year. Cover a lot of water until you determine what type of bush or what type of bank the bushes are on. Remember the fish are scattered so covering lots of water is a must in these wet conditions!

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Easy Meat and Potatoes Receipe for Campers

Ingredients:

½ pound ground beef (your choice of producer)

1 tspn table salt

1 large russet potato or 2 small red potatoes

1 green pepper or yellow pepper or red pepper (depends on your favorite type)

½ onion (red onions work best and have best flavor)

1tspn Greek Seasoning (the seasoning is your choice)

1 tablespoon butter

2 Tinfoil sheets

 

Instructions:

1: Take your ground beef and slightly brown it in a pan with 1 tablespoon of butter, this makes the meat easy to crumble.

2: Lay out one of your tinfoil sheets, the precut sheets are the perfect size for this.

3:  Clean and cut your potato into thin slices or dice the potato depending on your preference, if using red potatoes it is better to cut into thin slices then dice the ends.

4: Clean and core your single pepper, just a note a sweet pepper is preferred in this recipe while using a hot pepper does give this dish a Cajun note, after it is cored promptly cut the pepper in half and cut thin slices off the pepper. (Using the whole pepper is not required)

5: Clean your onion, if you run water over the onion right before you cut it causes less irritation for your eyes, after it is clean go ahead and dice it. (Again whether you want large chunks or more of a puree is up to you both ways taste good)

6: Take your pepper, potato, and onion and put them on the foil sheet.

7:  Take and add your meat to the foil sheet.

8: Add your choice of seasoning to the ingredients, at this point mixing around the ingredients to disperse the seasoning is a good idea.

9: Lift the corners of the tinfoil around the ingredients, after the ingredients are wrapped in the first tin foil sheet take the second sheet and wrap it around the ingredients around from the other side. (This keeps those leaks from happening while the food is cooking

10: Set the foil wrap with the ingredients in the hot coals of a fire for about 30 minutes. (this can either be leftover from a charcoal fire or a regular wood fire)

 

Lastly unwrap and enjoy!

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Spring Fishing Classic

 

It may not seem like it with the looming ice storm, but spring is just around the corner! That means it is time for our annual Spring Fishing Classic and Sale here at Springfield Bass Pro Shops February 22nd to March 10th. This year's event is going to be as exciting as ever with National and local pros and experts, free kids activities and a chance to win a fishing trip with Tony Stewart!

Our event starts on Friday, February with our Reel Trade In. Bring in your used or unwanted reels and trade them in for a voucher to get a discount on a new reel. Can’t make it in on Friday, don’t worry--this trade in opportunity runs through February 27th. Then from March 1st to March 5th you can do the same thing with your used and unwanted fishing rods. This is a great opportunity to upgrade your current equipment for the new fishing season.

The first weekend of the classic will also feature seminars with our local fishing pros in the boat showroom.The first 25 attendees of each workshop will receive a LED light key chain. The weekend schedule of workshops is:

Friday

6:30pm - Tips for Fishing Table Rock Lake

7:30pm - Techniques for Fishing Bass

Saturday

1:30pm – Spring Fishing Tips

2:30pm – Techniques for Fishing Bass

3:30pm - Baits For Success, Such As The Alabama Rig & Crank Baits

4:30pm - Best Tackle & Equipment For Successful Finesse Fishing

5:30pm – Fishing Pro Panel Discussion

Sunday

1:30pm - Tips for Fishing Table Rock Lake

2:30pm - Baits For Success, Such As The Alabama Rig & Crank Baits

3:30pm - Best Tackle & Equipment For Successful Finesse Fishing

4:30pm - Fishing Pro Panel Discussion

The second weekend of the event we are excited to have members of our Bass Pro Shops National Pro Staff here to give us their best tips and secrets for successful fishing. Here's the weekend lineup:

 

Friday March 1st

6:00pm – James Watson

7:00pm – Jonathon VanDam

8:00pm- Gary Parsons

Sunday March 3rd

2:00pm – Randy Howell

3:00pm-Brent Chapman

Our Next Generation Youth Weekend is back again for the last weekend of our Spring Fishing Classic. Starting at 12:00pm both Saturday and Sunday kids can try their luck at hooking a live fish at our Catch and Release pond. Families will have a “Keep America Fishing” Photo Opportunity to receive a FREE 4x6 photo and accompanying Certificate. This event will be open until 4:00pm both days.

We will also have Kids Seminars both Saturday and Sunday in the Boat Showroom.

             1pm – The Fun of Fishing

              3pm – Bait for Bites

              Free wristbands for the first 150 kids to complete the Fish Pond and craft

There will be a kids craft from 1 - 4pm both days where the kids will be making a Wooden Fish Craft.

Already a great lineup for the classic and there’s still more! Bass Pro Shops will have a Fishing Classic Sweepstakes where you can enter to win our national grand prize of a Fishing with Tony Stewart Package. In addition, we will be giving away one first prize in our store which consists of Bass Pro Shops and Kevin Van Dam fishing items, a Coca Cola Race package that includes race hat, chair, cooler and more, and 2 race tickets.

                First Prize – Fishing Package, Coca Cola Package, 2 race tickets

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Post Holiday Clearance!

Clearance Sale

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are over, winter has set in, and a new year of shopping deals have begun at Bass Pro Shops! It’s out with the old and in with the new, which means clearance prices that no one can pass up!

Starting at $11.97 there is a LARGE variety of T-shirts. Freshly marked down to $19.97 there are sweat pants, long sleeve henley shirts, fleece jackets, and insulated jeans. Has the cold weather dampened your spirits? There are now XPS soft shell jackets and RedHead quilted lined flannel shirts priced at $39.97! Assorted Columbia apparel has also been slashed in price along with Under Armor. So if you got a Bass Pro gift card for Christmas or a little extra cash there is not a better time to shop and save!

Oh! And let’s not forget that there are ladies fashion and pac boots on Sale as well!Boot Sale

 

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Your Christmas Tree has been the highlight of the Holiday season for the last couple of weeks and parting with it can be hard especially for families with children. Recycling your Christmas tree is a great way to make sure that your tree doesn’t go to waste and can be made into a great teaching lesson for kids!

In Springfield, there are several places where you can recycle your tree for little to no cost.

Bass Pro

Location: 1935 S. Campbell Ave, Trees will be accepted at the northwest end of the parking lot behind the store.

Dates accepted: Dec. 26Through Jan. 1

Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.

Fee: $2 per tree donation, benefiting the Boy Scouts

Uses: Trees will be used for fish habitat

More information: Larry Whiteley, 873-5022.

 

Wickman's

Location: 1345 S. Fort Ave. in Springfield and 10791 U.S. 60 in Monett

Dates accepted: Now through Jan. 13

Hours: Springfield: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday; 8am-5pm; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee: $5 per tree, proceeds donated to The Kitchen

Uses: Trees will be ground into wood chip mulch, which is available for free. Bring your own container.

More information: 862-3707 (Springfield) or 235-1112 (Monett)

 

City of Springfield Yard Waste, Recycling Center

Location: West on Sunshine (U.S. 60); south of Farm Road 115. Turn left on Farm Road 164. Follow signs to Yard Waste Recycling Center.

Dates accepted: Year round. The center will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sundays and Mondays

Fees: Donations are accepted; the brush recycling fee of $3 will be waived for residential Christmas trees through Jan. 26; otherwise, the $3 gate fee will apply. Existing commercial fees will apply to commercial loads, including Christmas trees.

 

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Christmas at Bass Pro

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and at Bass Pro it is just as wonderful! Our Santa’s Wonderland kicked off November 10 with Santa’s Grand Arrival and will continue until Christmas Eve.

All of the kids have had a wonderful time at Santa’s workshop. When children first arrive to the workshop they are greeted by warm, welcoming Santa’s elves. The elves help the children participate in all of the activities there are. Children can ride the carousel, make crafts, write letters to the North Pole and much more! Of course, Santa is available for the children to tell him their Christmas list and guests receive a free photo with Santa Clause, himself!

As you can imagine, Santa’s workshop is very busy and the lines for Santa can become very long. To make sure you see Santa you will need to stop by the Ticket Depot in our main entrance to receive a Bass Pass. On the Bass Pass is your special time to see Santa. Tickets are handed out in order, on a first come basis. Many guest have found it helpful to come in to get their ticket in the morning and then bring the family back later in the day around the time of their visit.

Christmas is a fun time to give and receive gifts, eat great food, and see Santa. With all of the holiday excitement, it easy to forget that this is a time of the year to be joyful, kind, and somehow maintain your sanity, despite all of the stress. We hope that you are able to do just that and can enjoy the rest of the season. From everyone at Bass Pro, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas this year!

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