A Simple Guide to Bows

The familiar "thwang" of a bow string can set many an archer's mind at ease and relieve stress or tension. Archery is a sport practiced around the world. It is so popular that there have been world archery competitions at least five times a year every year since 2006 according to the World Archery Federation's website, which will be referred to as WAF. Countries all over the world including "China, India, Korea, Japan, Great Britain, Italy, France, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, USA, Mexico, [and] Australia" compete to see who has the best archers. (WAF) They have multiple types of archery competitions: Olympic Games, World Cups, World Championships, Ski Archery, Run Archery, Universiades, World Games, World Master Games, Para-Archery, and much more.

Archery started around the time people started walking, and walked its way through the Shang and Zhou dynasties to eventually make its way through Asia to Europe. There it got into Greek, Egyptian, and Norse Mythology and then Roman soon after that. Diana of the Roman Mythology, Athena of the Greek Pantheon, the Huntress, she hunted with a longbow in the traditional style. Many in the Eurasian cultures had at least one deity that carried a bow of similar fashion as the weapon of choice.

Longbows are as many hands high as their archer and without any bells and whistles or additions to help with aim or draw. According to livestrong.com "longbows are much more difficult to aim than other modern bows and do not have nearly the same velocity as compound or recurve bows. " Yew is the traditional wood but other lighter woods are known to be used to make the bow. (“The Longbow”) More modernly used is the compound bow which is like an assisted or easier to use bow.

"The sleek, uncluttered lines of traditional equipment speak volumes on old-school simplicity and tradition. On the other hand, a compound bow -- with its system of cables and wheels and adorned with accessories like a stabilizer, wrist strap, multiposition arrow rest and fiber-optic bow sight -- screams modern-day technology". -www.sportsmanguide.com

The compound bow is set up on a system of pulleys that make the bows stiffer limbs assume the desired shape. The pulley system allows the archer to manipulate potential and kinetic energy for a swifter and more accurately precise shot.

               

The recurve bow is an older style usually used by horsemen that has also been modernized so that it comes apart into three pieces for convenience.  The recurve bow "gets its power from the unique curve at the limb tips, a design first developed by Egyptian archers thousands of years ago" per discoverarchery.org. The recurve bow may be suggested as a beginners bow due to affordability.

Bass Pro Shops is a great place to buy traditional, recurve and compound bows. We have a wide selection and a staff that can help anyone pick the right bow for the archer.

Resources:

"Facts and Figures." World Archery. World Archery Federation, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.

"History of Archery." World Archery. World Archery Federation, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.

"The Longbow." The Longbow. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.

Carmichael, Lindsey. "The Recurve Bow – What You Need to Know." Discover Archery. The Easton Foundations, n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.

Robb, Bob. "The Modern Compound Bow." Sportsman's Guide. The Sportman's Guide Inc., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.

Unger, Kristen. "Four Types of Archery Bows." LIVESTRONG.COM. Demand Media, Inc., 21 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.

WAF http://www.worldarchery.org/

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Daddy's little mini me

Isn’t it cute when you hear your little one wanting to be just like you? To see them mimic you, from how you do little habits, to how you dress. The greatest thing I know, is to hear from you son and daughter that they want to hunt and fish just like you! For you to know that it will be awesome quality time, a special bonding moment you will forever cherish. We have some ideas to help you and your kids to be the best little mini me! (most of these items that are shown are in boy and girl colors/characters)

 

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Bass Pro Shops® Toy Pump Shotgun for Kids- 

Before they are ready to really go out and shoot, this gun is a great way to look just like dad and have them used to how to load and shoot. http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Toy-Pump-Shotgun-for-Kids/product/11080405012027 / 

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Bass Pro Shops® NXT Generation® Rapid Riser Toy Compound Bow for Kids-

This is a pefect way to teach the kids about target practice and to have a steady eye. Right for the bulls eye! http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-NXT-Generation-Rapid-Riser-Toy-Compound-Bow-for-Kids/product/1307221044/

 

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Outdoor Hunter Sports Style Walkie Talkie and Binocular Set for Kids-

What is cuter then seeing the kids pretending to be out in the woods hunting, spotting a deer with the binocular and radio each other on if the other is ready to shoot! http://www.basspro.com/Outdoor-Hunter-Sports-Style-Walkie-Talkie-and-Binocular-Set-for-Kids/product/12083130/

 

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Shakespeare® Disney® Princess Purse Rod and Reel Kit for Kids-

A way to daddy's heart is when his little girl wants to spend time out at the coast with him catching fish. This is a way to get her even more excited plus learn the basic release and reel form. http://www.basspro.com/Shakespeare-Disney-Princess-Purse-Rod-and-Reel-Kit-for-Kids/product/100748/

 

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Shakespeare® Little Princess™ Tackle Box for Kids-

Don't forget the tackle box! To store all her little play worms or other items princess need. Great way to start their fishing advertures! http://www.basspro.com/Shakespeare-Little-Princess-Tackle-Box-for-Kids/product/104666/

 

We are here to help you make those memories and easy to teach them at an early age how to hunt and fish. At the same time have fun and excitment with their equipment.

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Top 5 Ways to use your Bass Pro Gift Card you received for Christmas

Top 5 Ways to use the Bass Pro Shops gift card you received for Christmas.

(In no particular order).

 

  1. Save up for the Jon Boat you’ve been eyeing. Picture it now: you are out on Lake Mead water splashing up all around you.  What’s that? A tug on your line? You just caught yourself some dinner. Don’t live anywhere near water? That’s fine. Park it by your back door and instant porch. You can have your kids spray you with a water bottle so you can get the full effect.
  2. Camouflage. Best disguise ever. You can’t see me.
  3. Stock up on Lifetime Guarantee Socks.  Everybody needs socks, but who wants to ask for socks for Christmas because instead of getting fun new toys like a new compound bow or that Pink Camouflage purse with matching wallet you are getting socks.  Lifetime Guarantee Socks have just that, a Lifetime Guarantee. Go ahead try to wear them out? Bring them back and we will give you a brand new pair just like that.  Now you will never need to buy anymore socks.
  4. 2 Words: Bacon Jerky. It’s Bacon. It’s Jerky. Need I say more?
  5. Clearance. Remember that RedHead shirt you wanted? Or was it a Natural Reflections sweater? Guess what…chances are…it’s on sale.  Yep that’s right better get down here while your size is still available, because once it’s gone, it is gone.
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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!

Follow this link to start browsing Bass Pro Shops Archery department now! http://www.basspro.com/Archery/_/S-12425001000

 

 

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Redhead Toxik is your next Archery adventure!

Redhead is a brand we have all grown to love. Our Redhead Toxik XT is an outstanding, performance driven compound bow. The engineers have really done a number on this amazing bow. It’s shooting a blazing 330 FPS and can be adjusted from a 26.5 to a 30.5 draw length. So teenagers from full grown adults can fit into this package. The Toxik XT is a ready to hunt package. Which means, it comes with a 3 pin apex sight and an octane rest, stabilizer, and quiver. That’s most of the essentials already. All you would need is some arrows and a nice target. The Redhead X1 Pro arrows are one of the best on the market. They are made by Goldtip and have .001 straightness. They come in 340 and 400 spine strengths which cover 40-70lbs shooters. And lastly, you need the Redhead layered target. They are guaranteed for 750 shots and have a 10 dollar rebate which brings the price down to only $39.99. So, the next time you are looking for a bow hunting rig stop into bass pro shops and pick you up a Redhead Toxik XT!

    Package Details:

  • Re-engineered to generate even faster flight—up to 320 fps
  • Effortless draw cycle
  • Compact, lightweight machined-aluminum riser
  • Parallel limb technology
  • Rotating cam module
  • No-press draw-length adjustments from 26.5"–30.5"
  • 80% let-off
  • Axle-to-axle: 32"
  • IBO speed: 320 fps
  • Brace Height: 7"
  • Weight: 3.8 lbs.
  • 3-pin sight
  • Hostage® capture-style arrowrest
  • 5-arrow quiver
  • 5" stabilizer
  • Wrist sling
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Bows On The Little Delta

Thank you Glenn St. Charles

Pope and Young

There have been many archers through time who have helped promote the sport of archery and worked to help show bowhunting as a healthy, viable hunting method and management tool for wildlife. The previous chapters have specifically pointed out those individuals who have impacted bowhunting and its perception to the general public. Of course, there are many, many more lesser known, albeit no less important, archers and bowhunters, both men and women, who have devoted much of their lives doing the same. However, there is one man whose tireless, continuing efforts have brought bowhunting out of the back woods and into the main offices of fish and game departments all across the United States. Without a doubt, his ideas and life's work is why we have the privilege to enjoy the liberal bowhunting seasons we enjoy today. That man is Glenn St. Charles, the last of the true bowhunting pioneers in North America.

 

GlennGlenn St. Charles was born in Seattle, Washington, on December 15, 1911 to Phillip Joseph (PJ) St. Charles and Coral Barbara St. Charles, nee Rouse. Phillip St. Charles was a timber cruiser. He had moved his family from Alpena, Michigan, to Seattle believing the vast amount of untouched forest land in the Northwest would allow him enough work to best support his family. The Cascade range, just east of Seattle, provided unlimited work for such a profession, and the family settled in to their new home quite comfortably.

A decade later, in 1921, Phillip moved his family to Spokane, Washington, where ten-year-old Glenn was allowed to spend time with his father and his brother, Ray, while they worked in the Kanisku National Forest in northern Idaho. Time spent in timber cruising camps allowed Glenn to learn about the ways of nature, both flora and fauna. While he learned of logging, he also learned to hunt and fish. His job while the men were out working was to wash dishes, cut wood and keep "...a back burner crock of sourdough happy, bubbling, and burping by feeding it potato peelings."

In 1924 the family moved back to the Seattle area, making residence in the suburb of Fauntleroy where the elder St. Charles changed careers from timber cruising to real estate. It was here, in 1926, that Glenn had his first contact with the bow and arrow. Along the shore of Puget Sound, housewives would toss their garbage off the seawall, attracting local sand sharks. Glenn and his young cronies had bows made of hazelnut, strung taut with meat wrapping twine, and arrows of willow shoots upon which were fixed sharpened nails. With these crude weapons the boys spent hours stalking the sharks, occasionally scoring a hit.

 

At the same time Glenn was getting interested in the Boy Scouts. In his Boy Scout's manual he read about the yew tree and how its wood would make a good bow. Since the Seattle area is near some of the finest Pacific yew one could find, he promptly set out and harvested some branches from a tree near his home, made his first yew bow, and earned his merit badge in archery.

Through his association with the Boy Scouts Glenn was able to purchase a seasoned Tennessee cedar stave and proceeded to build a bow from it with nothing more than a spokeshave and rasp. Soon more of the scouts became interested in what Glenn was doing and more staves were ordered, bows built, and Glenn spent the next two years teaching archery at Camp Parsons, the Boy Scout summer camp on the Olympic Peninsula. These two years would cement the love of archery in young St. Charles, a love that has consumed his entire life.

After graduating from high school in 1930, Glenn and three of his buddies took a Model T Ford to Wyoming where they spent each of the next few summers working for the parents of one of his friends, Sandy Stewart, building the Kilbourne Dude Ranch. Glenn married Marjorie Ernestine Kneisel of Sheridan ,Wyoming, and the two of them moved back to Seattle where Glenn, along with his new bride, renewed his interest in archery.

Glenn's Elk1942 found Glenn working for Coates Electric Company in Seattle, a company that was building submarine parts for the U.S. Navy. He was still dabbling in his archery, but the war effort kept everyone busy. Then in 1948, his wife Marjorie passed away, leaving Glenn alone to raise their nine year old daughter, Linda.

After the war Glenn quit Coates Electric and went into the archery business full time. He opened his shop on Airport Way in Seattle where he met Margaret Lorraine Remick and married her. Together they worked in the shop, many nights staying up until 2:00 a.m. filling orders. Glenn had been talking with Fred Bear and soon became a Bear Archery dealer. Then in 1949, he and Margaret sold their place in Seattle and purchase five acres of wooded land south of the town where they built a two story building that would serve as their home and archery shop. It was remote, and quite crude. "We didn't even have a toilet here. We had to go out in the woods, you know. Margaret likes to tell the story about the time some fancifully dressed lady got out of a car out here on the highway and ran into here and wanted to use the bathroom. Margaret told her we didn't have one.

"Well, what do you use?' she said."

"Well, we use the woods."

"The lady asked, 'Could you tell me where the woods are?"

"You could sit out here on the highway for an hour before another car would come by. It was out in the country back then."

Glenn and Margaret continued to build Northwest Archery into one of the largest archery shops on the West coast. In the 1940s he learned a new process of laminating wood and fiberglass to make bows that worked much better than self wood yew bows. In 1952, he designed his finest shooting recurve, the Thunderbird, in both 63" and 67" lengths. The Thunderbird had working recurve limbs, as opposed to the static limbs on all the other bows on the market, and was an instant success. But Glenn became concerned about getting too deep into bow building, and eventually made the decision to stop production after 400 bows. He showed two of them to Fred Bear in 1953, but Fred wasn't too impressed since he was already producing two static recurve bows_the Grizzly and the Kodiak. Interestingly, in 1954 Bear Archery introduced their first working recurve bow, the Kodiak II.

Glenn and FredGlenn had been talking with Fred Bear for several years over the phone. They had a lot in common. Both of them were writing about bowhunting and bows and arrows. Fred was getting yew from Glenn and Glenn was getting Osage from Fred. It was a back and forth thing. But they never met until 1953 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, at the NFAA Field Tournament. They discussed a lot of things, but the main gist was Bear's interests in the Northwest and the bowhunting possibilities Glenn could set up for him. Since Glenn was starting to expand his business as well, he was interested in being represented back east. The two men agreed to expand their business ties and Glenn became Bear Archery's West Coast Warehouse.

Glenn designed his own broadhead that he named the Mickey Finn. It was a 2-blade design with an 11/32" ferrule and weighed a hefty 175 grains. Released to the market in 1953, it gained a reputation of being a hard hitting and extremely strong broadhead. But, as Glenn had done with his earlier Thunderbird recurve, he stopped production and the head dropped from wide-spread use. Today, it is an extremely rare broadhead and can be found only in collections.

Ever since the era of Saxton Pope and Art Young, bowhunters had been struggling to gain national recognition in the outdoors community. They had prove that their method of hunting was, "...truly a manly, efficient way of hunting." The going had been slow and labored, and many individuals played important roles. Bowhunting became recognized as a legal hunting method in Wisconsin in 1931, thanks in large part to the efforts of Roy Case, Aldo Leopold and Carl Hubert. Then, in 1934, a Wisconsin bowhunting-only season was established. Within a few years other states followed: Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, eventually leading to several western states establishing bowhunting seasons as well. But bowhunting was still not widely accepted.

In 1940 the National Field Archery Association established the Art Young Big Game Award System. It was at this time that Glenn became active in the NFAA and together with bowyer Kore Duryee of Seattle the two men went to the Washington State Game Commission to help preserve the young bowhunting seasons and expand new ones. The results of this meeting determined the direction of bowhunting across the entire nation. As Glenn recalls:

"I accompanied Duryee to a two day Washington State Game Commission meeting in the spring of 1941. The Commission was in the process of setting the season dates and we had gone to present our proposals on behalf of the bowhunters. Washington had enjoyed three previous bowhunting seasons and we believed an annual archery season would continue. However, for no apparent reason, the Commission suddenly decided to do away with bowhunting. Of course, we were shocked and went away disappointed. After talking it over, we decided to return the next day and try again. We were successful, but the humiliation of this second effort left me with a determination to commit myself to changing the bowhunter image."

The result was a push by Glenn and a few others to bring bowhunting into the spotlight of the game departments, and show them that bowhunting was indeed a viable tool for harvesting big game and aiding in wildlife management. Glenn was the Vice President of the NFAA in 1956. His role was that of Big Game Chairman. He had been upset for many years with the role bowhunters played and how they were being treated "...like trash...laughed at, called doe killers...[we] were ridiculed."

Glenn was aware of the Boone & Crockett Club and what they had accomplished for gun hunting. There was a fellow named Connors who was in the NFAA and was also a member of the Boone & Crockett Club. He mentioned to Glenn how the organization had helped the sport of hunting, and Glenn thought the same concepts could be used to help bowhunting. So he contacted the president of the Boone & Crockett Club and asked him how they started their Club. From that moment the seed was planted....

John Young, the NFAA secretary, gathered all the information for Glenn, and by 1957 they had the program outlined. They presented the idea of game scoring to the directors of the NFAA. In the meantime, Glenn went hunting on the Little Delta with Keith Clemmons and told him about his idea of a scoring system for bowhunters. When Glenn returned from the hunt, the NFAA still hadn't addressed the idea. "They were too involved with how far shooting stakes should be, how they should be marked, the size of the targets and so on. They weren't receptive to the idea."

Seven months after Glenn had presented the idea, the NFAA board finally approved it. So in January of 1958 they launched the program. All hell broke loose! Mail suddenly began to pour into Glenn's office. People finally felt they had a place to hang their hat, something to prove. It was so overwhelming Glenn started to charge .50 to enter an animal in the records. From this point on it was all on Glenn. He and his local committee ran the records program by themselves. "I had a hold of something I couldn't let go of...like an electric wire...so hot that I couldn't move, couldn't do anything...I didn't have any time without help."

As soon as the program was up and running Fred Bear wanted to have a trophy display in Michigan in 1958, that same year. So Glenn and his small committee figured out which animals were the new World Records and shipped all the information back to Michigan, contacted everyone who was involved, and put the show on.

When Glenn returned from Michigan the NFAA agreed that the records program should be a separate group, so for the next two years Glenn and his committee trained new measurers and entered animals into the records.

GroupIn 1960 another Awards Banquet was held in Grayling, Michigan, where about 35 bowhunters gathered to discuss the future of the awards program. It was agreed that this new program needed its own identity-it needed to be its own organization. The group decided to name this organization in honor of the late Saxton Pope and Arthur Young. Since all the existing records to date had been compiled under the NFAA, Glenn approached the Executive Committee and expressed the desires of the newly formed Pope & Young group. After much debate, the NFAA agreed to release all the records. Six months later, on January 27, 1961, the newly formed Pope & Young Club was born.

The Club continued to evolve under St. Charles' leadership and by 1963 there were thirty Regular members and eighty Associate members. The total number of animals entered into the records was 361. The Club was moving in the direction Glenn had foreseen, and on June 5, 1963, the Club incorporated.

In 1966, the Club's bylaws were approved and adopted allowing the first elections to take place. On November 20, 1967, Glenn St. Charles was elected as the Club's first president. His leadership had taken the Club from just an idea into a growing entity, one that would be used to prove to the nation's fish and game departments that bowhunters were not just doe killers, but were capable of harvesting mature big game ethically. It opened the doors for all bowhunters, and in a few years almost every state in the nation would follow suit and develop archery seasons.

The compound craze hit around the mid to late 1960s, but it never took hold until Tom Jennings got involved and honed the device into a real shooting machine. The compound bow had come of age and archers everywhere were making the change from their traditional bows to this new device that allowed the user the ability to add lots of accouterments. And even though most archers began to embrace this new device, many questioned its effect on the outdoor ethic and what was happening to the traditional aspect of bowhunting. By the late 1980s, there was a strong movement back toward the traditional ways, and Glenn and his family were once again harvesting yew from the coastal mountains to meet the demand for longbows of this sweet shooting wood. They also imported Osage orange from the Midwest to make selfbows. "We are going full circle back to the basics of the old reliable yew and [O]sage that relate to rawhide, sinew, glue, beeswax, and the smell of cedar and burnt feathers."

One of Glenn's most important contributions, in addition to his formation of the Pope & Young Club, is the Northwest Archery/Pope & Young Museum in Seattle, Washington. The museum was created more by accident than by any determined pursuit. Throughout his life, Glenn acquired everything he could that had to do with the history of archery. He eventually ran out of room and one day loaded up a truckload of old magazines and was headed to the dump. His son, Joe, saw the truckload of magazines and decided they should hold on to them a little bit longer. He was concerned about it, reflecting on all the information in those magazines. He persuaded his father that they should build an addition to the house and archery shop to hold and display all this archery history.

While contemplating the costs and feasibility of adding on the exiting building, Joe had been conversing with Dr. Grayson, who had some of Saxton Pope's bows that he had bought several years earlier. Dr. Grayson was getting up in years and was concerned about it. He drove up to Seattle one day to see what Joe was doing about all this archery history. Joe told him about his idea to build a museum where all the history could be on public display. Well, Dr. Grayson liked the idea and offered to sell all his Saxton Pope collection to St. Charles for the exact same price he had paid for it many years before. The problem was the St. Charles family couldn't afford the price tag of $2,500. Glenn told his hunting partner, Bill Jardine, about his dilemma and Bill whipped out his checkbook and wrote Glenn a check for the entire amount, then drove down and picked up the collection himself. When Bill returned with the collection, Glenn opened up a box of arrows that belonged to Saxton Pope and in there were several arrows made by Ishi. This was the start of the museum.

The museum has since been sold to the Pope & Young Club and has moved to their new office headquarters and museum in Chatfield, Minnesota. But for many, many years this wonderful museum has had tens of thousands of visitors, from all over the world, come thorough its doors in Seattle. This collection of bowhunting history is the most extensive to be found anywhere, and was made possible by the dreams of Glenn and his son Joe.

Over the course of his archery career - a span of some sixty plus years - Glenn managed to hunt all across America and Canada, taking several exceptional animals and sharing his love of the outdoors through his writings and lectures. His first book, Billets To Bows, is a masterpiece in the art of taking raw yew and turning it into a finely crafted bow. It is the written version of his excellent video of the same name, which shows the same process in a wonderfully choreographed film.

In 1997, Glenn released his much anticipated biography, Bows On The Little Delta. This book covers the entire story of Glenn's life, both personal and archery related, and is richly illustrated. His writings have moved many people over the years, and he has been a tireless promoter of bowhunting and of our traditional values of the chase.

Glenn ShootingGlenn had always been a tireless promoter of bowhunting, he was the last of what we term The Old Guard. He and his cronies, and all the men in the previous chapters, were the true pioneers of bowhunting in America. For the most part, everything we, as bowhunters today, experience has been done before by these great men.

 

Getting Started

If you are interested in getting in the outdoors, you should check out the Bass Pro Shops website and the Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World in Oklahoma City. Ok.

We look forward to seeing you in our store and as always, thank you for shopping Bass Pro Shops. Good luck and have fun.

 

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Easing into Archery

A recent study showed that Americans spend roughly $70 a month on a hobby. That means in a year we would roughly spend $840 doing something we love. With that in mind I started thinking about something that I have always wanted to get into. Archery!

The only two things I know about archery are this: 1- There is a hole in my mother’s hallway from when I was little and got a hold of her longbow. 2- I prefer my Robin Hood characters to be portrayed as a fox.

I went over to our Archery Department and asked them, “What should I get to start practicing archery?”… “Oh and I only got $840 to spend… college, man.” After a few seconds of pondering they sprang into action.

Archery, like most things in life, all comes down to personal preference. What is great about our Archery Department is that they will take the time to help you find what works best for you. It is completely free to try out any of the bows, and all work done in-store is also free. I can afford free.

They let me know all I need to get into archery is the following: a bow, arrows, tips, a release and a target. The target is optional as you can always find a local range to practice, but if you have the room at your home… why not?

After testing out a number of options here is what I left with:

Bow: Red Head Toxik XT Compound Bow Package – Just go with a package. It’ll come with most everything you’ll need. This bad boy comes with 3-pin sight, Hostage® capture-style arrow rest, 5-arrow quiver, 5" stabilizer, and wrist sling. I like how it felt and the price point didn’t merit me selling a kidney. $500.

Arrows: Red Head Black Out X5 Envy Carbon Arrows – Besides the name being awesome they let me know these arrows will stand up for a while and do me right. $35 for a half dozen and $60 for a full dozen. Splurge for a full dozen.  Just remember, I do not intend to take a 425 point Elk with these. (I’d love the chance though!)

Tips: Martin Archery Tapered Hold Field Points – These are basic practice tips. At $10 for a dozen, who could resist?

Release: Cobra Pro Caliper Loop Lock Release – It felt good around my wrist and the leather look to it satisfied my “man”nerisms. $37? Not bad…

Target: Field Logic The Block Gen Z Archery Target – These are new and I was doing a favor for the boys in Archery by trying it out. This company has received good marks for the animal targets. $35

So roughly $642 later I had myself good to go. (Note that I still had roughly $200 to spend on something to distract the fiancé with.) But like I and the guys at Archery said, it is all personal preference. Take the time and talk to one of our associates if you are serious about picking up a new lifetime passion.

 

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Fish on the... Arrow? Bowfishing 101

Here at Bass Pro Shops in Garland, Texas we have had many questions about bow fishing. Questions ranging from when and where to go bow fishing to what is the best equipment to use. I am not an expert but I have learned many expensive lessons in the last two years and if this helps at all I accomplished my goal.

Equipment

I personally own an AMS Retriever, a Muzzy reel, and a Zebco 808 bow fishing reel. All three have handled every fish I've ever shot and I would recommend each of them. There are some differences that I would like to elaborate on. The AMS reels have Zero Drag so when you shoot there is no resistance on the line other than the line's own weight. This will allow the arrow to carry its speed further. To reel in the line on the AMS reels you have to squeeze a lever. The Muzzy and Zebco are simply closed face reels that have a larger reservoir for the line. Before you shoot each time you have to press the release button to allow the line to spool off. This task seems pretty simple but when you get into fish it's easy to forget. For this reason I would suggest the AMS reels to any one who is new to archery and is learning while bow fishing. However the Muzzy and Zebco have more torque as far as reeling in fish fast.

The difference between the AMS Retriever and Retriever Pro is the Pro has a quick detach bracket to take the reel off of the bow without having to remove screws,it also has a single arrow quiver for transport. Both Retriever and Pro Retriever are lined with 200# line. The  AMS Big Game Retriever Pro is as far as I know the same reel as the Retriever Pro but it has 500# line. 

I have shot recurve and compound bows for bow fishing. I have two compounds set at 45# and one set at 30#. I also have a 50# recurve. I've had success shooting fish from 5# carp to 6 ft needle nose gar. Any compound will work however if the bow has a longer length from axle to axle it pinches your fingers less.

We carry the AMS Fish Hawk which has a 30-40# draw weight and has a AMS Retriever Pro reel on it. If you want to get into bow fishing this kit will do the job well.

 

Where?

I have found that Buffalo Carp like shallows with rocks or sand and Grass Carp like weeds and grassy bottoms.  I have shot gar all over. 

 

Well good luck. I hope I helped and remember to AIM LOW.

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Archery Season is Here and We Have a Bow for You!

At Bass Pro Shops we are all about getting you outside.  We have such a nice variety of bows to pick from that it was hard for me to highlight just a few.  As many of you know,  your bow is unique to you.  You have to feel comfortable with the draw and ease of use.   Bow hunting creates a different challenge than hunting with a firearm.  This type of hunting is more silent and peaceful.  You also need to be closer to your game.  Anyone of our associates in our Archery Department are happy to spend as much time as you need to find the right bow for you.  Here are a few you might want to take a look at.

The Bear Archery Apprentice.   This bow is great for a young archer.  13 different draw lengths, draw weights adjust 15-60 pounds.  Nice and light at 2.9pounds.  This will accomodate a young archer longer than other youth bows.

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The Bear Motive 6 Compound Bow is light, quiet, and extremely fast.  Very smooth draw cycle.

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The easy to use Redhead Kronik XT Compound Bow  is also lightweight and strong.  This bow package also includes a 3 pin sight, hostage capture style arrow rest, and a 5 arrow quiver.

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Last but not least is the Redhead Toxik XT Compound BowThis bow has a smooth draw and is extremely accurate.  Lightweight at 3.8 pounds this bow is also great value for the money and high quality.

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Believe me that a quick look here just does not do these bows justice.  You have to look at these quality products to see just how great they are.  So stop on by, and take a good long look at what we have.  Ask a lot of questions this is not just a great investment, but a wonderful time spent outside enjoying nature at its best.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator 

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Turkey Time

Spring Time Means Turkey Time

By Mark Campagnola

Eastern Turkey

If turkey season opened tomorrow would you be ready? Have you been out shooting your bow or making sure your shotgun is patterned? How about your turkey calls, camo clothes, and boots?  Are they ready?

Well if you said no to any of the above I wouldn’t get too excited about it yet (other than shooting your bow) since the earliest turkey season doesn’t open till mid-March and others Mid April. But if you don’t start now opening day will be here before you know it and then you will be scrambling to get everything done and hoping that you didn’t forget something.

Now I wrote above in parentheses “other than shooting your bow”. It’s what I call the three P’s practice, practice, and more practice year round to keep your skills and proficiently very high no matter what type of bow you shoot. A turkey’s broadside kill zone is about the size of a grapefruit, and the size of a tennis ball for a head on or rear shot. If you’re going for the hardest shot of all, a head neck shot, you’re looking at a target the size of a golf ball that’s moving 95 percent of the time.

One question I’m asked a lot in my seminars is what type of broadhead do I use? My answer is I shoot the same broadhead I use on big game and that is the G5 T3 all steel replaceable razor sharp 3-blade expandable with a 1 ½ inch cutting diameter. G5 Outdoors T3 BroadheadThe T3 puts a devastating entrance and exit hole and flies like a dart out of my Quest Torrent bow. Myself, I prefer body shots with a bow instead of a head neck shot. A head neck shot is an awesome quick kill shot but I feel more comfortable with a body shot.

If I couldn’t shoot an expandable broadhead my second choice would be the G5 Striker fixed bladeG5 Outdoors Striker Broadhead. The Striker also is all steel, has three replaceable fixed razor sharp blades with a 1 1/8 inch cutting diameter. Go to WWW.G5outdoors.com for more information. For a head neck shot you would want a broadhead with four long razor sharp fixed blades like the Guillotine that would slice a turkeys head off for a quick clean kill.

 

 

There’s also a lot of debate about what poundage you should set your bow at for turkey. Some Bowhunters take the same bow they use for big game and drop their poundage down around 40 to 50 pounds. The idea behind this is with lower poundage your arrow won’t blow thru and your arrow stays in the bird hoping to pin one or both wings so it won’t fly away and makes recovery of your turkey easier. Now the flip side of the coin is not to drop your poundage and not worry about a complete pass thru.Unless you have two bows and you can dedicate one just for turkey or small game there’s a few problems with dropping your poundage. Most compound bows are designed to perform best at their upper poundage range. If a compound bow has a range of 50 to 60 pounds it will perform best at 60 then at 50. So if you drop you poundage to 50 your bows performance is also going to drop. This is where long bows and recurve have a huge advantage over compounds. Another big problem will be arrow size! If you were shooting 60 pounds your current arrows may be too heavy or over spinned. This won’t hurt your bow mechanically like shooting to light of an arrow or under spinned arrows will. Shooting too light of an arrow is really hard on your riser and limbs, so find an arrow chart online like Easton Arrow or Carbon Express so you will know 100% whether the arrows you have will work or not. Plus factoring in your broadhead weight, you are going to have problems with arrow flight. If you shoot with sights they are going to be off so you will have to re-sight your bow in all over again. And then do it all over again when you change your bow back for fall big game season. 

Well we have only scratched the surface on preparing for your turkey hunt(s) this spring. There’s still more I want to cover on patterning you shot gun, turkey calls and a lot of the other stuff that goes with chasing those thunder chickens. Also March 23rd & 24th are the dates for Turkey Weekend at the Denver Bass Pro Shops. It will be two full days of nothing but turkey hunting and everything that goes with it. Bass Pro will have some of the best turkey hunters around doing seminars all day both days. So if you’re new to the sport or even if you have been hunting turkeys for 30 years come on down,make some friends and sit in on a few seminars. You never know what little secret you may come out with

                                                                                                                                                                                                        My first Texas Rio Grande

Mark Campagnola

Hunt Hard and Shoot Straight

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Christmas Wish Lists from our Customers

We asked customers what Bass Pro Shops items are on THEIR Christmas wish list -- here are their ideas and dreams!

Mud ProSara M. would like - "an Artic Cat Mud Pro & Siren compound bow by Bear!"

John K. - "a Springfield XD 40!"

James K - "Power Pole"

Brant A. did his own early shopping - "Smith & Wesson M&P9. Oh wait, I got that for myself during your sale last Wednesday!"

John H. says - "Diamond Razor Edge compound bow package with Rage broadheads."

Regina R. says - "My sons were begging for your paracord bracelets that are $5. Perfect for a stocking stuffer. I'd like a 4 Wheeler!"  Great suggestion, Regina!Diamond

Jon G. - "Arctic Cat Mud Pro 1000 in orange "

Zac P. is another Diamond Razor fan - "Diamond razor edge compound bow package!"

Keri H. knows what she wants -  "I want the black Arctic Cat on mags...I will have it some day. Because I need something to help me out on the farm and make me look good doing it...LOL!"

Annabel N wants "North Face and Under Armour apparel."

Kalie W. - "Team Real Tree bedding set :-)"

Armadillo wine bottle holderHeather V. wants "a new canoe."

One of the best, Kat W. says, "Aside from a deep freeze filled with bacon, my other Christmas wish is for a drunk armadillo (aka armadillo wine bottle holder)!"  May ALL your bacon wishes come true...maybe some Uncel Buck's Bacon Jerky???

...and may everyone's wishes and dreams come true!

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Why Not Try Bow Fishing!

Bow fishing in New York State is May 15 thru Sept. 30. Anyone who has a fishing license or small game license or who may be entitled to fish without a license may take a carp of any size and any number.  They may take the carp by longbow, recurve or compound bow.  This method of fishing uses archery equipment to shoot and retrieve fish.  The fish are shot with a barbed arrow that has a special line and a reel mounted right on the bow.  Rumor has it, bow fishing at night is the best!

Have I held your attention?  Well this just may be a sport worth looking in to.  The largest carp hooked and recorded in New York State is over 50 pounds.  Which makes for a fun outting.  Tournaments for carp fishing are all over New York State.  Before going out make sure you check your regulations.  Keep in mind that you cannot discharge your bow within 500 feet of a inhabited structure.  Stop by our Archery Department and talk with our associates on bowfishing.  They have the knowlege to get you started.  Whether you have done it before and need one or two things, or you are brand new and want to look into the full setup we have all the bowfishing gear to meet your needs.

Robin Piedmonte

Events Coordinator

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A Simple Guide to choosing the right braodhead

A fair amount of your success in the field can hinge upon your broadhead of choice, and now, more than ever, bowhunters have a seemingly endless list of options to choose from. When selecting the right broadhead for this upcoming hunting season there may be a few factors you'll want to take into consideration before settling in on one particular design. 

Today's compound bow is much faster, more aggressive, and incredibly efficient when compared to models of the past. With this progression, you may want to reconsider the accessories you use with this type of equipment. The majority of newer broadhead designs use a smaller ferrule to achieve less wind resistance, allowing the broadhead to mimic the flight of your a field-tip.

Due to this increased performance, the vulnerability of certain broadhead's flight characteristics may become heightened, making than less than ideal for some bowhunters. Before choosing a broadhead, you'll want to consider the pros and cons of the two major categories:

Fixed-blade broadheads are the oldest and simplest of designs. Some feature a cut-on-contact tip, like the Slick Trick RazorTrick, or the Magnus Stinger, that generally penetrate better than other styles. Other types feature a chisel point, like the Muzzy MX-3, and can be absolutely devastating when they encounter a shoulder blade, rib-bone, or any other hard object upon entry. Both types would be very good choices for tough-skinned game like elk, bear, and big whitetails.

Disadvantages: The blades may need to be re-sharpened, or replaced after use, and their flight can suffer on some fast-shooting bows.

Mechanical (or expandable) broadheads offer superior flight characteristics, making them the best choice for finicky bows. Quality models have outstanding penetration, like the G5 T3, or Rage broadheads, assuming the game you're shooting at is thinner-skinned and standing at, or near broadside. Expandables are slim and aerodynamic, designed to mimic your field-point, and fly very accurately because of their sleek profile. They also sport generally larger cutting diameters than a fixed-blade. When their blades are deployed, this results in excellent entry and exit wound because of the exceptional blade-volume. This leads to better blood trails and a faster recovery.

Disadvantages: Penetration and performance can suffer on deflections, or if the head enters at a sharp angle, making disciplined shot selection essential.

In ideal circumstances most any broadhead on the market will be more than sufficient, and in some cases the choice is subjective. Hopefully after having read this you will find the right choice of broadhead to take with you into the field this fall and get you closer to harvesting that trophy you've been after all year long!

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Youth Archery on the Rise

Today's youth archery population has sky rocketed due to new movie releases and video games involving the sport. Along with the rising demand follows a rising market available for youngsters to enjoy. There are options at very affordable prices, as well as bows that can be used from age 8 and grow with the individual until adulthood.

A good starting point for a young beginning archer would be the Bear Goblin. This product comes with a friendly price, and is a good way to simply get a young one involved. With a draw weight of 15-18 pounds, this bow would best fit children from ages 5 to 10.

The next choice for the young and growing archer would be the Bear Brave 3. This bow has a draw weight up to 20 pounds, which will fit children in the 8 to 12 age class. This bow is in the compound class, with cams on each end and "let off," making the draw weight peak about half way back then get easier to hold. This bow comes with a Whisker Biscuit rest that prevents the arrow from falling off during the draw back. The package includes a forearm guard, a two piece quiver, and two arrows.

For the youth archer that wants to make the next step and get a product that can be used for years to come, the Diamond Razor Edge will give them that option. This bow has an easily adjustable draw length from 19-29" and a draw weight option from 15-30 pounds or from 30-60 pounds. The package includes an Octane Hostage arrow rest, a 3 pin sight, peep, and two piece quiver. With the average adult draw length being about 28", it will take a lot of growing before this bow will be outgrown.

With so many good options to get young people away from the video games and outside enjoying archery, a trip to the youth archery section at Bass Pro Shops can't wait! Come in and see one of the archery technicians with any questions, and look on our website for information on an upcoming youth archery class here at Bass Pro Shops Memphis.

- Jimmy Washam

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Family Summer Camp Rocky View

Family Summer Camp

Family Summer Camp
 

JUNE 9TH TO JULY 15TH

The 2012 Family Summer Camp Event is geared to offer families a way to spend an
enjoyable summer together with free crafts, interactive displays and outdoor skill
workshops, in an atmosphere much like the summer camps many of us attended as
kids ourselves. The Event offers(1:00-5:00):
 Free Shooting Arcade

-FREE Shooting Gallery
-FREE Casting Pond and Targets
-FREE Archery Shooting Range
-FREE Crafts like the ones you used to make in summer camp—custom leather crafting,
painting a bear track mold, painting a wiggle snake, decorating a seedling pot,
creating your own Catch-A-Fish game, painting a birdhouse….a different craft activity
each Saturday and Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday thru the event dates, while
supplies last.
-FREE photos Saturdays and Sundays (1:00pm-4:00pm)—enjoy getting a picture of the kids or the whole
family made in front of an outdoors backdrop
-FREE S’mores activity each Saturday night between, 6:00pm-7:00pm throughout the event

In addition, Free Family Summer Camp Workshops(no registration needed) will be held Tuesdays and
Thursdays, and Saturdays and Sundays featuring:
 

-Bird Watching: Listen and identify various bird sounds and learn about threatened species.
-Hunting and Shooting Basics: Learn about hunting seasons, clothing, ammunition and safety
-Fishing Basics: Covering different kinds of lures, bait and the fishing seasons.
-Outdoor Discovery and conservation: Learn about the importance of conserving the beauty of the Great Outdoors.
-Backyard Adventure:  Learn about the different trees, insects, animals and pests you should avoid.
-Archery: Learn about Bow Hunting and the different parts of a compound bow and important tips!
-Camping Basics: Learn what to expect when camping and what you need to bring to be comfortable.
-Wildlife Exploration: Learn how to identify more common animals that you can encounter on your outdoor adventure.
-Dogs in the Outdoors: Learn how to keep your best friend comfortable, and discuss different dog breeds and the different activities that’s dogs enjoy.

Kids will earn a collectible pin for every workshop completed and a Bass Pro Lanyard, again, while supplies last.Catch and Realease

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FREE Family Summer Camp

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Family Summer Camp
 

JUNE 9TH TO JULY 15TH

The 2012 Family Summer Camp Event is geared to offer families a way to spend an
enjoyable summer together with free crafts, interactive displays and outdoor skill
workshops, in an atmosphere much like the summer camps many of us attended as
kids ourselves.

ShootingThe Event offers:
 

  • -FREE Shooting Gallery

  • -FREE Casting Pond and Targets

  • -FREE Archery Shooting Range

  • -FREE Crafts like the ones you used to make in summer camp—custom leather crafting,
    painting a bear track mold, painting a wiggle snake, decorating a seedling pot,
    creating your own Catch-A-Fish game, painting a birdhouse….a different craft activity
    each Saturday and Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday thru the event dates, while supplies last.

  • -FREE photos Saturdays and Sundays (1:00pm-4:00pm)—enjoy getting a picture of the kids or the whole

  • family made in front of an outdoors backdrop

  • -FREE S’mores activity each Saturday night between, 6:00pm-7:00pm throughout the event

In addition, Free Family Summer Camp Workshops(no registration needed) will be held Tuesdays and

Thursdays, and Saturdays and Sundays featuring:
 

-Bird Watching: Listen and identify various bird sounds and learn about threatened species.
-Hunting and Shooting Basics: Learn about hunting seasons, clothing, ammunition and safety
-Fishing Basics: Covering different kinds of lures, bait and the fishing seasons.
-Outdoor Discovery and conservation: Learn about the importance of conserving the beauty of the Great Outdoors.
-Backyard Adventure:  Learn about the different trees, insects, animals and pests you should avoid.
-Archery: Learn about Bow Hunting and the different parts of a compound bow and important tips!
-Camping Basics: Learn what to expect when camping and what you need to bring to be comfortable.
-Wildlife Exploration: Learn how to identify more common animals that you can encounter on your outdoor adventure.
-Dogs in the Outdoors: Learn how to keep your best friend comfortable, and discuss different dog breeds and the different activities that’s dogs enjoy.

Kids will earn a collectible pin for every workshop completed and a Bass Pro Lanyard, again, while
supplies last.

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3-D Archery Shooting

McKenzie ElkWhere can I go to shoot elk, caribou, deer, bear, boar, and even African game species all in one day?  How about trying a 3-D archery tournament in your area?  I’m sure there’s one somewhere close by and all you need is a bow, some target arrows and a little bit of gas.

I got into target archery in the early nineties when I lived up in Pennsylvania and was looking for something to do on the weekends during the summer.  I hadn’t yet discovered my love of fly fishing but I had quite a bit of archery equipment and a lot of time on my hands.  My wife was gracious enough to give me Sunday afternoons to get out with a bunch of buddies I convinced to join me in the field.  We did it for hunting season practice in the beginning but I ultimately discovered that I liked to shoot targets more than I liked shooting animals.

Just about any bow setup will work including longbows, recurves, hunting compounds and specialized target equipment.  Regardless of what you shoot, there’s a division set up for you.  Even youth and women can participate without worrying about competing against men with higher draw weights and flatter shooting bows.  Your scores are only compared to those within the same division and because the equipment is standardized to create a level playing field, skill determines score, not the amount of money spent on gadgets and gizmos.

McKenzie BlesbokCheck out organizations like the IBO (International Bowhunting Organization) and the ASA (Archery Shooters Association) for a local club and their upcoming shoot schedule.  Whether or not you get serious about shooting for score, for practice, or just for fun, local clubs and these national organizations can lay out some very realistic target sets that will challenge your shooting and range estimating abilities.  Maybe like me you’ll really get into shooting exotic animals without actually drawing blood.  Either way, shooting a 3-D course is a great way to spend the afternoon, bond with friends or family, and hone your shooting skills.

Stop in to the Archery Shop and the guys will help you get everything tuned to perfection so you can shoot your best.

Brian "Beastman" Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando

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Crossbow Seminars at Bass Pro Shops

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has revised its archery season to now include the use of crossbows throughout the regular archery season.  The season has also been revised to run from October 1st to January 6th with no week-long break after gun season as there has been in the past.  I, along with the entire Bass Pro Shops team, am very excited about these changes.  Hunters will now have more options for harvesting deer and I believe that a crossbow is a great way to get kids and
other beginners involved in the outdoors.  Crossbows are easier to shoot and take less practice than compound bows.  Additionally, October offers some great weather to accommodate those beginners that might not have the best equipment for when it gets cold.  We all know how miserable it can get in the woods when you end up cold!

In response to these changes, our Archery Department will be offering a seminar on crossbow training in the coming weeks and months.  Crossbows are very easy to use, but can become very dangerous if used inappropriately.  Therefore, they will go over all of the safety aspects of using a crossbow and offer hands on experience with several different styles and brands of bows.  This will include having the chance to cock, load, and shoot various crossbows that we have available here at Bass Pro Shops!  Additionally, they will explain how to properly maintain your bow so that you get the most out of your investment.

The first seminar is scheduled for May 12th and will be every Saturday until the final one on June 2nd.  All of the seminars will start at 2:00 p.m. and last until 4:00 p.m..  The first part of the seminar will deal with safety, maintenance, and other tips for using your crossbow.  They will also familiarize you with the crossbows that are available at Bass Pro Shops and show you some of the accessories that can add to your success with a one.  The best part is that the rest of the seminar will be dedicated to offering everyone hands on experience with these bows.  We have an outstanding range set up and nothing can replace actually getting to handle and fire the bows.  

Finally, I would like to reach out to all of the traditional archery and compound bow shooters.  Some of us, including myself, were fortunate enough to be introduced to the outdoors at a young age.  I got my first "real" compound bow that could pull the proper weight for hunting when I was 9 and harvested my first deer with it when I was 12.  I will never forget the  excitement tied to that experience as I drew on that 8 point buck standing mere feet away.  Absolutely nothing could compare to it.  Now, nearly 15 years later, you will still catch me in the woods wearing hunters orange toting a compound bow even
during our gun season.  Being able to observe, elude, and harvest an animal like the whitetail deer or even a wild turkey with a bow is an unexplainable feeling.  The close proximity to your quarry sends your stomach to your throat and your knees close to buckling, not to mention the emotions that overcome you after you shoot.  Thousands of archers have had the opportunity to experience this and crossbows will be a gateway for people who haven't had these experiences.  Additionally, anyone who is disabled or unable to use a regular compound will now have the opportunity to go back to doing what they love.  I, myself, love shooting crossbows.  They have a level of power to them that is surprising for a couple sticks and a string.  The wallop they pack when they hit the target is motivating to say the least.  I would highly recommend you guys coming up here and trying one of these out if you never have before.  You might be surprised by how much you like it, and you may find another way to diversify your archery hunting or shooting.

To sign up for the seminar please call Bass Pro Shops at 812-218-5500.  Tell the operator that you would like to sign up and they will get your name in!  Again, the seminars are every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. starting May 12, 2012 and lasting until June 2, 2012.  They will be held at our Clarksville, IN store upstairs in the archery range.  Ask for Wayne in the Archery Department if you have any additional questions.  
 

-Brian Eickholtz

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Keeping in Tune

The end of each archery season seems to leave us with the “what if” syndrome.  What if, I let him take one more step?  What if, I made a better shot placement?  What if I took the shot?  The list goes on, ending the season with mixed emotions on our performance and perhaps doubts about the next season.

Good ShotAs hunters, we need to hone our skills and equipment to their absolute best.  Bows need to be at their maximum potential.  Hours at the range will build confidence in order to make the next shot count.  We owe that to the quarry we pursue. 

Bow hunting is a game of nerves, testing us each time we draw on an animal, evaluating our own destiny every time we pull the trigger.  Hunting a mature whitetail closes the window of opportunity, sometimes only giving a hunter few sightings throughout the season.  When it happens, your heart skips a beat, opening room for error.

In the off season, hunting rough fish, such as carp and gar, can give you the confidence needed to excel in the sport of bow hunting.  Shooting paper and 3D courses will help you to become one with your bow, but leaves out the determining factor as to how will you react in a live situation.The Shot

May showers begin warming the waters across the country, sparking the annual migration of invasive species, fish that serve no purpose in our ecosystem, and, in many cases, devastating our precious fisheries and waterways.  One doesn’t have to go far to find such sport.  Most tributaries and lakes supply hunters with more than an ample supply of these lake terrorists.  Equipment is minimal.  An older compound or recurve outfitted with a bow fishing reel and arrow will do.  It’s not necessary to use your high-tech hunting bow.  The mechanics and instincts are the same.

Cleaning up the watersLaunching an arrow accurately at a moving fish demands concentration and an awareness of everything going on at that single moment in time.  Refraction caused by surface tension, water depth, and knowing the limits of your bow all come in to play.  Details need to be double-checked before each shot, fins or fur.

Bow fishing will give you the insight on anticipated shot placement and helps with follow-through on moving targets.  Above all, it lets you know which shots you can make in certain situations, the same reflection required while overlooking a buck on high alert.

Over time, primal instincts will come into play.  Hand-eye coordination and reaction time will improve.  Confidence levels will rise, giving you the best advantage in any hunting situation, leaving you without doubt when quick decisions are required. 

Dave Lee
Bass Pro Hunting Staff

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