Introducing True Timber HTC Green for this Turkey Season

HTC GREEN The Bass Pro Hunting Clothing department is excited to present a new camo pattern to the world of Turkey Hunting! In season's past, we have offered two camo options: Mossy Oak Obsession and Realtree Xtra Green. This year we have added True Timber HTC Green to our assortment of turkey hunting apparel!


True Timber HTC Green has incorporated lots of greenery into the original HTC pattern to give it a vivid spring and summer look. With plenty of white, to break up a turkey's vision, added into the branches, it will be perfect for hunting these elusive birds.

True Timber HTC Green is available in the following items: Lite Apparel

Keep your cool on any hunt with the RedHead® Tec-Lite Shirt for men. This high-tech shirt features ultra-lightweight 95% polyester/5% Spandex ripstop construction, moisture-wicking, and fast-drying capability for ultimate all-day comfort when the temperature rises. The vented back enhances breathability while a hidden button-down, adjustable collar completes the perfect fit. The RedHead Tec-Lite Shirt also features 2 button-down chest pockets and a 7-button front.

Stalker Lite Apparel

Whether you're hunting in high temperatures, on the job, or kicking back at camp, RedHead® Stalker Lite Pants for Men keep you cool for the long haul. These lightweight men's hunting pants feature 100% polyester construction designed for rugged reliability and lightweight, moisture-wicking, fast-drying, all-day comfort. 2-way stretch design improves mobility on the go. RedHead Stalker Lite Pants feature a zip fly with button closure, hidden elastic waistband, 2-button cargo and rear pockets, 2 upper hand pockets and belt loops.

Our RedHead® Striker Turkey Vest is packed with useful features that keep everything you need within easy reach to minimize movement, plus a comfortable, quick-deploying fold-down seat. It's got pockets for a box call and a striker, a mesh mouth call pocket, 2 slate call pockets, and additional accessory pockets. The magnetic, fold-down seat is cushioned with memory foam for remarkable comfort on the ground, and the padded, adjustable shoulder straps are comfortable and ergonomic. The RedHead Striker Turkey Vest adds an adjustable game bag in the back to hold decoys or your trophy gobbler, and a detachable blaze orange flag adds a measure of safety to your walk in and out of the woods.

RedHead Striker Turkey Vest

Our RedHead® Striker Turkey Vest is packed with useful features that keep everything you need within easy reach to minimize movement, plus a comfortable, quick-deploying fold-down seat. It's got pockets for a box call and a striker, a mesh mouth call pocket, 2 slate call pockets, and additional accessory pockets. The magnetic, fold-down seat is cushioned with memory foam for remarkable comfort on the ground, and the padded, adjustable shoulder straps are comfortable and ergonomic. The RedHead Striker Turkey Vest adds an adjustable game bag in the back to hold decoys or your trophy gobbler, and a detachable blaze orange flag adds a measure of safety to your walk in and out of the woods.


RedHead Mesh Outback Hat outback-style hat, our RedHead® Mesh Outback Hat for men features an embroidered RedHead logo front and center, a contrasting hatband, and vent eyelets in crown sides for cool comfort. The RedHead Mesh Outback Hat makes a great gift for the outdoorsman or woman in your life—including yourself.

An outback-style hat, our RedHead® Mesh Outback Hat for men features an embroidered RedHead logo front and center, a contrasting hatband, and vent eyelets in crown sides for cool comfort. The RedHead Mesh Outback Hat makes a great gift for the outdoorsman or woman in your life—including yourself.


Check out our newest pattern and get all of your Turkey Gear at your local Bass Pro Shops! (Or your favorite Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville)



Check it Out List: Dove Hunting

I love bird hunting. Especially dove. Some of the best times I have had outdoors with a shotgun in hand, has been while dove hunting. Typically dove hunting is done in one spot. You know where the birds are going to be flying from and when. Some farmers even encourage hunters to come to their land to help reduce the number of birds affecting their operation.

Some areas though allow one to walk and hunt the birds. This method is quite enjoyable as well because its lets one be more active. But as always, safety should be the top concern so always be in eyesight and conscious of shooting areas.

Arizona has been doing a good job at improving dove hunting over the past couple of years. Our Game and Fish Department has opened up areas to dove hunting that have been closed for years now. They are trying to bring back dove hunting like it was in “the good old days”. This year they even opened up the bag limit to 15 birds a day! This means that Game and Fish is getting extra generous or we have a serious dove issue… or both. These steps along with the improved license structures are going to work wonders for Arizona’s outdoor enthusiasts.

But in order to have a successful hunt, one must have their trip planned out. And so here is this month’s check-list. Please note it will be for a stationary dove-hunter.

Dove Hunting

-Proper permission to hunt in a desired spot.


-Plenty of Shells

-Seat of some kind



-Proper Clothing

-Sun Protection

-Game Bag


-Bag for spent shells and trash


No matter where or what you are hunting, make sure it is OK to do so. If hunting on someone’s property, always be respectful of the land and anything on it. One farm we used to hunt had to close it off to hunters because they were being careless and leaving trash and spent shells.

The shotgun will depend on the hunter. Typically a semi-automatic is preferred as these birds fly fast and erratic. It’s usually not a question of if you will miss but how many times. Which is also why you want to bring plenty of shells.

Seats can be a variety of options and just depend on personal preference. 5 Gallon Buckets are a standard and great tool. This one in particular comes with a padded seat. You can throw in a few boxes of shells and your spent ones as well. This stool gives one a little extra back support, but is not too obstructive to stop one from rotating for a shot. It also has a small storage area below… to store stuff in.

But please always be safe when hunting or handling firearms for any reason. And don’t forget some Blaze Orange!!




Gun Cleaning

Game Care

First Aid


Day Pack

Trip Prep

Range Time

Fishing Pack

Boating Day Trip

Camp Cooking


Ten Hunting Tips from our Team

We asked some of our Bass Pro Shops Altoona team members for some hunting tips. No matter what, no matter where, here are some never-fail tips they'd like to share. Maybe it's something YOU'VE never thought of - here we go:

10.  I always take a spare bow release with me when bow hunting. Lose one going into the stand and you'll soon know why!

 9.   While getting ready for the season, try and practice shooting your bow/gun Deer in Woodsin the same gear in which you'll be hunting. The more realistic the practice the more confident you'll be in your shots.

 8.  Aim small, miss small. Aim big, miss big. In other words, pick a small aiming point. You may miss the small point, but more than likely still make a very accurate shot. If you aim at a big target, such as the entire deer, you may miss the entire deer!

 7.  Keep it in perspective. In the grand scheme of life, hunting is a great activity, but does not need to consume you.

 6.  Washing clothing in scent free detergents.

 5.  Store all clothing in air tight bags or totes to keep foreign odors off of them.

 4.  Dress in the field to ensure you don’t pick up any odors on the way to your spot. Sometimes hunters are tempted to stop at the gas station to get a coffee early in the morning. Likewise, remember this may mean that you are getting dressed in freezing temps!

(These next two are somewhat redundant, but that's simply how important they are!) HSS Patriot Reversible Safety Harness Vest

 3.  Safety first. Remember those whom you love who are expecting you to come home after the hunt!

 2.  Safety is #1 for me and anyone that hunts with us. We always wear our safety harness' (especially while hanging stands) and during gun season blaze orange is a must! Coming home safely to my family is my #1 priority.

 1.  HAVE FUN! Take someone with you and enjoy God’s great outdoors together!


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Dog Safety

You are all excited about hunting, but have you thought about your dog?  Make sure your best friend is ready with what they need when you go scouting.

The Redhead Double Ply Safety Collar has a center ring that will allow your dog to slip free if hung up on a obstruction.  Good quality and a  excellent value. Perfect collar to keep your dog safe.







If your dog needs a vest, take a look at the  Ruffwear Track Jacket in blaze orange.  Highly visable during hunting or a low light condition, this vest has three attachment points and reflective trim.  The fabric is durable and bright while being waterproof.














Consider the Sport DOG Brand Tracking Locator BeaconThis bright long range light is good for 250 hours.  You can set it to blink or stay solid.  Waterproof and submersible makes this the perfect item to keep on your dog so you can see him/her.










Don't forget that while your dog is working and running , they may get some cuts or scratches.  The Creative Pet Products Sporting Dog First Aid Kit has everything you could possibly want.  Small and compact this will fit nicely under your seat until you need it.  Another item you may want to consider is Pro-Sense All-Purpose Pet Balm.  We do not realize how hard it is on your dog's paws when they come in contact with brush and hard ground.  This will sooth, protect, and heal dry cracked skin and paws during extreme weather and activity.


























Don't forget your dog will need water and food while running.  Consider getting the Portable PET Food Tote.  This convenient food and water carrier is all you need to keep that pet happy.
















Finally, when you get home and your dog has given his best for the day: consider a nice pet bed.  The Redhead Weathproof Camo Pet Bed is soft and comfortable.  It is filled with a polyester fiber and cedar shavings to combat odor.  The best part is it wipes clean with a damp cloth.







So don't forget about your best friend after hunting or working.  They deserve to kick back after a long hard day just like we do.

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator




Preparing for Your Elk Hunt Part 3

Practice Your Shooting

It really doesn’t matter what you shoot, whether if it’s a rifle, muzzle loader or bow (compound, re-curve, or long bow) you need to shoot year round. I know it gets very expensive to shoot a rifle or muzzle loader all the time but to stay proficient you need to shoot more than just a couple times a year. That’s not really the case with archery, we can shoot our arrows over and over unless you are a beginner and then you ruin a lot of arrows practicing. I can shoot my Carbon Express arrows over and over as long as I don’t miss and jack up an arrow which very rarely happens unless we are getting stupid and trying almost impossible shots.  Another advantage with archery is I can shoot in my back yard and no one cares, but if I started popping off with my 30-06, oh man look out, the cops will be there in a heartbeat with their guns drawn and aiming right at me. For the rifle and muzzle loaders if you can’t shoot a lot during off season you need to at least get out once a month or every other month before season and make sure your gun is still sighted in, plus if your gun is in a gun safe for extended periods of time you might start to have a rusting problem. When you do go shoot you may find something is wrong or broke or something breaks while you are at the range, if it does you can get it fixed before you go on your hunt. I had this happen a few years ago, I hadn’t shot my bow for a couple months because of an injury and when I pulled my bow out of the case and started waxing my string, I noticed that my cable guard slide was broke. I don’t know about you but most of the places I hunt it’s a long drive to a town that may or may not be able to fix the problem. If I wouldn’t have caught that broken slide I would have had a very long drive to find a place that would have one for my bow. The bottom line here is to shoot as much as possible so when that moment of truth comes along you’re ready.

Staying Organized

Keeping all your hunting equipment organized is one of the most import things to do that I can’t stress it enough. A lot of hunters when they get home throw everything in the corner of the garage, clean their gun, put it away in a gun safe and they're done until their next hunting season. Well the next hunting season arrives and you are going through everything trying reorganize and make sense of everything when come to find out, you left a pair of used socks in one of the bags, and the worst part of it all is there’s no laundry detergent made on this earth that’s going to take that smell out of everything you had in with those socks. This may be a little over kill but I think you get the picture.

I’m not much different but when I unload my truck I put everything into three different piles. One pile is all my hunting clothes, another is my regular clothes and then the third pile is all my other hunting stuff like my bow, boots, and that sort of stuff. My hunting clothes go straight into the washer and are washed with Hunter’s Specialties Scent-A-Way Laundry Detergent and then hung out side to dry. When it has all dried completely it is all folded and put back into my Hunter’s Specialties Scent Safe Travel Bags with one Primetime Fresh Earth Scent Wafer in each bag. Now I’m ready for my next hunt. I go as far as all my shirts are in one bag, my pants in another, and my coats in another. Each bag is marked so if I’m looking for a pair of pants I don’t have to go through all the bags to find them. While everything is washing I’m putting all my other stuff away down in the basement where it all has its own place, this way when I go looking for something I know where it is. Now my wife will disagree with this but at least I know where it is.  If something is broke I will fix it right away and if it’s something I can’t do I’ll get it to someone who can. There’s nothing worse than having something broke and forgetting about it and then as you’re getting everything out and ready for your hunt and you find it, well I know the words you’re going to use because it happened to me and it was a good thing there was no kids around when I found it. If you can fix it, fix it, but if it’s one of those items you can’t fix take it to someone and get it fixed right away.

Everything I have talked about organizing so far has been all about when you get home. Don’t forget about staying organized while hunting. I’m just as guilty as the next when it comes to staying organized. When I get back to camp after hunting all day all I can think of is getting something in my stomach and going to bed. Now the next morning comes and I’m scrambling to get a lunch made, make sure my hydration bladder has water in it and off I go with a pop tart in one hand and a soda in the other.  It's really frustrating when you’re about a mile from camp and all of a sudden you hear a bugle and you go to grab your cow call that normally hangs around your neck and it’s not there along with the rest of your calls. Been there, done that, but it only took that one time for me to learn that lesson the hard way.

Check Off Sheet

A check off sheet is something I feel every hunter should have, get one of those generic ones that you find in magazines or at the game and fish department and modify it for you. A rifle hunters check off sheet would be different then a bow hunters as would a muzzle loaders. Some of the items will be the same like your licenses, GPS/Maps/Compass, but a bow hunter doesn’t need blaze orange and a rifle hunter doesn’t need camo. I have my list broke down into categories, day pack, hunting clothing, camp clothing, camp accessories, and camping equipment. Like with my day pack, I have a list of everything I carry in it, my camp clothing is what I wear around camp and it’s broke down as far as how many pair of socks and underwear I bring.  It took me quite a while to come up with my lists, but I started with one of those generic lists a long time ago and went from there. Sometimes I may add to the list or I may remove some thing. Once you start don’t stop unless you feel everything you have is sufficient. I’ve been using these lists for a long time and things are constantly changing as to where I’m adding and subtracting all the time. I even have a needs list and a want list. The needs list is stuff I need before next year’s hunt. My want/wish list is a whole lot longer than all my other lists combined. I don’t think I need to explain what kind of list that is but you know, like a new AR15 to whack a few coyotes. Maybe if I’m real good this year Santa might bring me one.

Hunt Hard & Shoot Straight

Mark Campagnola







Turkey Season is Upon Us!


We are quickly approaching Spring Turkey Season, Are you ready? Do you have your turkey vest, decoys, calls, ammo, bug repellant, the perfect  camo, a tick key, and any other minor detail to make your next hunt perfect? Never fear, swing into your local Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and let our great Team of associates help you find everything you will need to make your first hunt of Spring Turkey season 2014 a blast!

Try the All New RedHead Striker Turkey Vest,  This vest has been redesigned with some awesome feature to make your hunt comfortable and safe; shell loops, maganetic flip seat, memory foam seat, hydration pack compatable, detacable blaze orange flag, padded back, adjustable game bag, accessory pockets, mesh mouth call pocket, box call and striker pocket, and double slate call pocket.  It can be yours for the price of $59.99.

One thing you do not want to over look is the pesky bugs. Try Sawyer Permethrin,,  to keep all those pesky insects away from mosquitos to black flies to gnats to chiggers and so many more. This is made in the U.S.A, lasts up to six washings, and is super easy to use; you simply go to a well ventilated area and spray one side of your clothing, let it dry, flip it over, spray the other side, let it dry, and you will be bug free.

As you get ready for the kick off of this Spring Turkey Season, swing into your local Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and let our knowledgable team help you get ready!






My Letter To Santa

My Letter To Santa

Dear Santa,

It’s that time of year again and I just started making my list of things I need.  “Want” is the more correct term according to some members of the family who shall remain unnamed.  Let’s just say they wear dresses, have long hair, and have more shoes to wear with black skinny jeans, than I have total.  Regardless of what we call it, there are a few things on my list this year.

  • 12’ 7weight Switch Rod.  I sure could use one even though I have no idea how to throw it.  Spey and TFO Deer Creek Switchswitch rod casting just looks so cool that I can’t be left out.  A bunch of guys and I plan on taking a trip to Michigan for salmon and steelhead and I figure it would be a great addition to my fly rod collection.  I guess while we’re talking about fly rods, we could add an 8’ 8weight for peacocks in Miami, an 8’6” 5weight for trout in Georgia, and a decent 9’ 10 weight for fishing the beach next fall.
  • New kayak:  Theresa really wants to join me a bit more on kayaking trips so putting a new one in my garage would be greatly appreciated.  If it just happened to be “TOO BIG” for her to handle that wouldn’t be a big disaster.  I’d just have to make the sacrifice and take it off her hands.  Oh yeah, she could use a new Bending Branches paddle, a high-back paddling seat with gel padding for my (I mean her tush), and a bunch of rod leashes so she doesn’t drop any rods overboard.
  • Thermal underwear:  After all these years of freezing my butt off while hunting or fishing in the cold weather, I’d really appreciate some warm clothes.  I still think my father believed the snowmobile suits we wore during deer season in Pennsylvania were “warm enough” for sub –zero temperatures.  Effective layering with micro fiber materials wasn’t around yet, but it’s still a wonder that he didn’t find me frozen to a tree like John Torrence in “The Shining.”  I’d have looked like a 13 year old, blaze orange creamsicle stuck to the base of a Hemlock tree on the first day of deer season.
  • 6’ Ultra-light action spinning rod:  Theresa wants to begin trout fishing and she could use a new rod.  I’ll make sure it works as advertised during the upcoming shad season so I won’t argue if you want to add it to my rod rack for safe keeping.
  • An AR-15:  Theresa is a bit concerned about home defense so she has been shopping for a weapon she M&P 15can use for repelling the attacking hordes whether they’re zombies or apocalyptic raiding parties.  Oh who am I kidding?  I want one too, so you may as well bring a matching pair.
  • Fly boxes:  Despite my best efforts to whittle down my fly collection, it continues to grow each month as I find more and more patterns to tie.  I’ve got a pretty sweet collection of flies for Giant Trevaly, and Golden Dorado even though there aren’t any in Florida and the prospects of making a trip to Seychelles or Argentina seems pretty remote right now.  You never know when they’ll come in handy.
  • A new Kindle:  I seem to have misplaced the last one and despite looking in all the normal places (the freezers, jelly cupboard, clothes hamper, the kayak hold, under the bed, under the truck seat, under the couch, on top of the refrigerator, etc…) I can’t seem to find it.
  • Hearing Aids!!!!:  These aren’t so much for me as for my loving wife.  She’s getting tired of repeating herself and I’m getting tired of her yelling.  At least then I can blame my not paying attention on the “DEAD” batteries.

Well Santa, you can see there are a few things on the list this year that would come in handy and I would be grateful if I got one or more of them.  I’ll even leave it up to you to decide which of the gifts would go the furthest towards maintaining family harmony so don’t feel any pressure.  Marriage counseling is much cheaper than it was 20 years ago.

I hope you and the family have a blessed holiday and a prosperous new year.  Be safe while gallivanting across roof tops and please wear your seatbelt while flying.  I’d hate to hear that you fell out of the sleigh while doing barrel rolls at 20,000 feet!

Thanks in advance for the gifts.  Oh, and by the way....  If you're looking to do some fishing in Florida once the holiday season is over, you could check out the fly shop newsletter for some nifty tips and info.  Not that I'm trying to move myself up the "NICE" list or anything.  But, every little bit helps.




First Hunt of the Year!

By: Jerry Costabile

With the changing leaves and the waterfowl migration starting, I finally got out on my first hunt of the season.

I really needed to get out and watch the sunrise, get the smell of fall in my nose and put the everyday stress on the shelf, even if it was for a single morning. Sadie, my Yellow Lab, has been giving me that look for weeks. It’s that “If you don’t get me out hunting soon, we are going to have problems” look. So with my son Jake, home from college, and a morning off, it was ON!

We went and purchased our license’s, got the gear ready, decoys out of the garage and the dog crate into the truck. As I loaded the crate, I heard a noise inside the open back door of the house, there was Sadie standing at the top of the stairs. I think I heard her say, “It’s about time!” She has a sixth sense when it comes to knowing I am getting the hunting stuff ready, I have never been able to get ready without her knowing it!

So after I got the truck loaded and the dog calmed down, it was time for a good meal and off to bed, 5:00am comes early! When the alarm went off and I finally woke up, I realized that I had been dreaming of the hunt that was coming up in a few hours. Guess I am still a young hunter at heart!

With Jake up and me half awake, we made our way down stairs to the basement to the man cave. This is the room that contains all of the necessities to survive as an outdoorsman. Camo and blaze orange color scheme makes it a beautiful room. The air freshener is a combination of WD-40, Rem Oil, and a hint of natural earth scent from my bow hunting clothes. Truly a room only I can appreciate.

After getting dressed in my waterfowl camouflage and ready to walk out the door, I picked up Sadie’s camo collar and she knew it was finally time as she sprinted past me to the back door and jumped up and down until I opened it. Without missing a beat, she ran right to the back of the truck and waited for me to open the tailgate so she could get into her crate. We have worked on a way to get her into the crate without running anyone over, “Sadie sit!” I open the door to her crate looked at her and she is shaking uncontrollably. “Kennel! I said” with one leap she was in the crate and ready to go hunting!

After a quick stop at the gas station for coffee, we had about a 15 minute drive to the recently cut soybean field that has been holding geese a few days ago. In the darkness of the early morning, I pulled off of the paved road onto the two track road that the farmer uses to get his equipment in and out of the fields. With recent rains, the road that is usually dry and easy to navigate has become muddy and the pot holes deep. I guess my truck will have a new color tone added free of charge! As we approached the spot in the field that I wanted to hunt, I swung the trucks headlights into the field to have light to set the decoys.

Before I could get out of the truck, I heard a whimper from the back. Sadie was ready to come unglued! I let her out and she ran as fast as she could out into the field and ran in circles until we got the decoys out and set.

Using the new Wisconsin DNR shooting time App. on my phone, I was able to determine that shooting time was 6:34am. With about a half an hour to wait, Jake and I set up our natural blind, and enjoyed my coffee and watched as the sky showed just a hint of daylight on the eastern horizon. 6:34am and we are loaded and watching the marsh behind us, there has to be ducks that roosted for the night out there.

As that thought entered my head, Jake grabbed my arm and said, “Dad, ducks!” We both got down behind the tall marsh grass and waited for our chance. The first ducks which were teal, went to our right out of gun range. But the next flock lifted and were headed right at us! When they got within range, I hollered “Take’em Jake!” With a flurry of three shots each, two wood ducks were down. Not the best average, .333 if you are a baseball fan, but for the first hunt not bad.

After getting Sadie back to where I could send her out to retrieve the first duck, she made a leap into the water and stayed on line to recover the woodie without any problem. The second duck turned out to be a little more difficult, it sailed to the far side of the field before hitting the ground. Jake took Sadie and headed in the direction of the duck and Sadie was up for the challenge. After a walk of about two hundred yards, Sadie headed into the cover on the field edge and returned proudly with the drake wood duck.

It was now getting time for the geese to start flying and we were watching and listening for the honks of the Canadian goose. It was about 8:00am when the first geese flew over head, and I started my best effort to call them into our decoy spread. But that flock like the next three or four flocks didn’t like what they saw. After a few adjustments, we had the decoys looking like they should bring in the next birds.

We finally had three geese coming in from the southeast and they look interested in joining our decoys for breakfast! As I called, and the birds got closer, I could feel Sadie start shivering with excitement. The big wings of the geese locked up and just as they started to put the landing gear down, I shouted to take’em. Well our batting average didn’t get any better, but we did have one of the three down. Sadie raced out to the big honker and found the right location on the bird and made a perfect retrieve. When she retrieves a bird she take sole ownership of it, why not she deserves it.

The morning ended with that, and we packed up the gear and headed home. I pulled into the driveway and Sadie knew she was home and would get her breakfast and that I would reward her with a couple of treats. When I left for work about an hour later, she was asleep and probably dreaming of the next hunt. Just like I will.

First Hunt!



The Colorful Side of Women's Archery Products

Stroll through the Bass Pro Shops Altoona Hunting Department and you're likely to find loads of blaze orange, camo green, black, Pink? Yes, pink...and red, blue, green. The archery aisles, in particular, are beginning to bloom with color.

From arrow parts to archery accessories, Gun Vault Specialist Alicia Bricker says the women's archery products are growing in leaps and bounds with variations of pink to appeal to the increasing number of women who are bow hunting.

"We have several different arrows to choose from and now even a few different ones in pink, such as the Mayhem Hot Pursuit arrow by Carbon Express. We also have pink fletchings that can be used to accent an arrow, as well."

Ladies' Archery Products from Bass Pro Shops

From pink lighted arrow nocks, to pink arrow wraps, fletchings, and pink broadheads, such as the Queen Wasp (100 grain, 3-blade fixed blade, 1" cutting diameter), there are plenty of ways for women to dress up their bow. Lighted nocks are also available in blue, red, green, and orange. Wraps and fletchings are available in a wide assortment of colors and styles, as well. Bricker uses the pink Montec G5 85 grain fixed broadheads because she uses a smaller bow, with a smaller draw length and draw weight.

"The 85 grain is lighter than a higher grain and the fixed broadhead gives better penetration than an expandable broadhead for shooting a lighter draw weight combined with my shorter draw length. My draw weight is 50 lbs and length is 22.5”. My draw weight is actually pretty good now, but when I started with the broadheads I was only pulling back 40 lbs. My draw length is really short compared to most people. With my draw weight and length being small the lighter grained broadhead allows me to make up some speed and then the fixed blade allows for an ensured penetration since I don’t have enough “UMPH,” let’s just say, behind mine."

Ladies' Archery Products
For accessories, Bricker points out the Cobra Bushwacker Sight  in pink camo, with light, four fiber optic pins, and a level for holding your bow steady and at the same angle each shot. She'll be using it this season. For wrist straps, she uses the Outdoor ProStaff black with pink deer prints. With the wrist straps, a hunter won't have to grip the bow after the shot to keep it from falling. It will still drop forward, but you won’t drop it to the ground. It allows your shot to follow through. The strap will catch and slow down some of the fall.  
Other pink bow and shooting accessories include:
  • G5 Meta peep - Multiple colors are available.
  • Pink String Chubs - helps with string vibration making one less sound to spook the deer! Multiple colors available.
  • Pink Ultramax and String Leech -  Limbsaver by SVL - Another noise/vibration energy dampening system. Multiple colors available.
  • Pink cable slides - Multiple colors also available
  • Releases - single caliper and dual caliper. Bricker prefers a spring-loaded release since it only needs one motion Ladies' Archery Products from Bass Pro Shops Altoonato open and close the release rather than having to push the trigger back up. She also prefers a stiff shaft on a release, instead of the cloth strap, so that the release stays up in her  hand and is easier to get into her hand when she's ready to shoot.  Some people prefer the cloth strap, so that they are more hands free when they are wearing the release. Fox brand also has a blue one and they all have camo or black, of course.
  • Treestand Harnesses - Gorilla G-Tac Air safety harness and the HSS (Hunter Safety System) Lady Pro Series. Specifically designed with women in mind, they are contoured for a women which provides a more comfortable fit than a regular harness.

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Ladies' Archery ProductsBows? Bricker shoots a Diamond Razor Edge, which is a youth bow instead of a women’s, mainly because her draw length is smaller than most people. The bow gives her the range she needs with weight and length, so she is able to go down to 30 lbs and up to 60 lbs. Since most bows don't have under a 24 inch draw length, this one fits her perfectly.

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Redhead Striker - The Only Turkey Vest You'll Ever Need!

vestRun, do not walk, to your nearest Bass Pro Shops. Once inside, head directly to the Hunting Clothing Department. As soon as you see them, grab yourself a Redhead Strike Turkey Vest.  These vests are one of the most useful tools you will have for spring hunting. The vest has numerous pockets on the outside for all your calls and accessories. There are two zippered pockets on the inside as well as additional pouches for accessories and shells.  The vest comes with a padded back and shoulder strap, fold-down seat and removable blaze orange safety flag.  summer

Justin Little, Hunting Clothing associate at Bass Pro Shops - Macon, recommends the vest, saying "the Striker vest is an all-around good buy and comes with a good seat." Priced at under $50, this is one hunting accessory you can't afford not to have! For detailed information on the Striker Turkey Vest, visit our website at:


Turkey Hunting Tools, Part 1

toolWith turkey season just days away (March 23 - May 15), it's time to take a look at your equipment and make sure you're all set to bag your three gobblers. Head over to Bass Pro Shops - Macon to check out the variety of turkey hunting tools we have available, including blinds, seats, hunting clothing, scents, calls and more.

When you're stocking up on shotgun shells, take a look at the Real Avid Turkey Tool. This all-in-one tool replaces multiple items in your vest. The tool measures 4 1/2" by 3/4" and comes with a belt sheath to make it easy to keep up with.

Real Avid Turkey Tool Features:

• Brush/game saw
• 440 SS drop point knife
• .10ga - .410ga choke wrench
• Gun pin punch
• Carry hook
• 15” beard/spur ruler
• Toter Sheath
• Rubber side grips
• Black nickel coated SS implements

bagAnother item to add to your equipment list is a game bag, such as the Hunter's Specialties Blaze Orange Game BagThe bag is 27" x 18", providing plenty of room for your turkey. Transporting in a bag like this keeps the turkey hidden, so it can't be mistaken for a live bird, putting you at risk. The bag folds for easy storage, is bloodproof and washable.





Essentials to Go With Your Hunting Clothing

Essential Accessories: Your hunting clothes are part of a total system that the well-equipped hunter uses to maximize his or her effectiveness. Here are some ideas for accessorizing. . . . . .

  • Thermals Thermals: Nothing dulls the senses like the biting cold of a frosty morning in the woods. Thermal underwear is available in several weights to help keep you comfortable in varying conditions. Don't go heavier than you'll need most of the time; you can always add layers for additional warmth. Look for materials that wick moisture away from your skin, to prevent clammy discomfort. Scent protection available.
  • Headwear: From ball caps to boonies to balaclavas to face shields, a hunter's choice of headgear is an important decision.  Do you need camo or blaze orange? Warmth or heat relief? A bill to shade the sun, or all -over wind protection? You will find plenty of choices in the hunting department at Bass Pro Shops for every situation. Scent protection available.
  • Gloves/Mittens: Gloves offer form-fitting protection from the cold. Some styles are "fingerless," which allow you to shoot or perform tasks without removing your gloves. Others have a pullback trigger finger (great when it's really cold). Mittens offer maximum warmth, but less dexterity; for the hunter, glo-mitts (hybrid fingerless gloves with pull-back mittens over the fingers) may be preferable. Scent protection available.
  • Backpack/Fanny Pack: How to carry your gear? For the footbound hunter, a well-designed pack is worth its weight in gold.  The type you choose will depend on the amount of storage you need, how far you'll hike, and where you're headed. Look for a large main compartment to hold primary gear, plus well-placed pockets and pouches for accessories. Some styles feature special holder and attachments for carrying additional gear. Scent protection available
  • Scent-A-WayScents/Detergents: Regardless of whether a garment has built-in scent protection, most will benefit from the use of special laundry detergents designed to remove human odors during cleaning.

At Bass Pro Shops please see one of our knowledgeable associates for all of you hunting needs and all of the accessories as well. If you have any questions they are always happy to help you choose the right equipment/accessories to fit your needs.


Choosing Deer Hunting Clothing, Part 3

Blaze Orange

Third, in some cases, hunting clothing is designed to advertise your position to other hunters. Most states require hunters to wear a minimum amount of hunter orange clothing during the modern firearm seasons. Hunter orange has been shown to greatly reduce the number of hunting accidents that occur each year, so be sure to wear it if it’s required in your area.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t make you visible to the deer. Studies have shown that deer do not see colors in the orange spectrum.

In most cases, a blaze orange vest and/or hat will meet the required amount. Vests are a great way to go because you can just put them on over your other layers. Make sure your vest is made of quiet material so you don’t spook deer when you brush up against bushes or tree branches. It can also be quite worth it to spend a few extra bucks and get a vest that has some conveniently placed pockets. This can help you keep small items that you use frequently right at your fingertips.

You might also consider going with blaze orange clothing that includes a black camouflage pattern. Solid colors can make your human outline stand out against the forest backdrop. It’s sort of silly to go through the trouble of wearing camouflage clothing that breaks up your outline, only to then throw on a vest with a solid color.

Blaze orange with a black camo pattern will complete your outline-shattering outfit and ensure that you don’t stand out to deer like a sore thumb (be sure to check your state game regulations, though, because some states require solid orange).

Choosing Your Deer Hunting Clothing

deerClothing is one of your most important pieces of deer hunting gear. When chosen well, it can last a lifetime (or at least a good part of a lifetime). But with all the options available today, it can be difficult to narrow your search down to the best options.

Deer hunting clothing serves three basic purposes:

  1. Keeping you warm, dry, and alive.
  2. Concealing you from deer.
  3. Advertising your presence to other humans (in the case of  blaze orange).

Comfort and Survival

First and foremost, clothing for deer hunting keeps you warm, dry, and alive. You need protection from the elements when you’re out in the field pursuing deer. The better your clothing is at keeping you comfortable, the longer you’ll be able to hunt, which will translate into more success. And in extreme conditions, quality clothing can make the difference between a safe and an unsafe hunt.


The concept of layering is pretty much considered gospel these days for any type of outdoor activity, including hunting. The idea is that you wear multiple thinner layers of clothing (rather than one thick one) so you can add or remove layers as your body temperature fluctuates. This allows you to stay warm and, at the same time, not overheat.

 If you have too many layers on, then overexertion will lead to overheating. Overheating leads to sweating, which can then make you colder once you stop moving. Sweating also increases the amount of human scent you give off, which can increase the likelihood of deer smelling you. Dressing in layers can keep your scent level down and keep you warm and dry at the same time.

 Layers typically consist of a base layer, a mid layer, and an outer layer. Base layers (sometimes referred to as long underwear or long johns) are usually relatively thin and excel at holding warm air close to your body. Mid layers are usually thicker and provide a greater degree of insulation. Outer layers are often waterproof and designed to keep moisture from soaking the mid and base layers (the more expensive waterproof outer layers also allow your perspiration to escape).

 Of course, in warm conditions, you may sometimes wear less than three layers. And, in cold conditions, you may wear more than three. It all depends on your regions, the time of year, and the particular weather that day.

 Types of Fabric

There are quite a few options when it comes to fabrics that will keep you warm, dry and alive. One fabric you’ll definitely want to avoid is cotton. Cotton has a terrible habit of holding water next to your skin when it gets wet (some say you’re better off being naked than wearing wet cotton in cold conditions). As long as you’re not wearing cotton, most any fabric designed for hunting or the outdoors in general will work.

 Here are some of the more common fabrics used to make deer hunting clothing:

  • Wool
  • Merino Wool
  • Fleece
  • Down
  • Synthetic Down
  • Gore-Tex
  • Gore-Tex-Like Fabrics
  • High-Tech Fabrics

Before You Buy New Clothing for Hunting; Consider This!


Performance Features: Hunting clothing is specifically designed to provide concealment and/or comfort under tough outdoor conditions. Depending on your needs, here are some things to look for.  . 

  • Silent-Hide Quietness - Silent-Hide - For stalking or stand hunting, or any close-range work. look for soft, easy-moving cotton or polyester based material that don't "crinkle" or rustle when flexed.

  • Breathability - Free air exchange is important in any weather. Breathable fabrics allow perspiration to evaporate off your skin, eliminating the clamminess that makes you uncomfortable cold or warm.
  • Scent ControlScent Control - Some styles incorporate a layer of activated carbon to absorb human odors, keeping them contained inside your suit. The idea is to keep your scent off the breeze, so you can move in from any direction and get more shot opportunities. Though pricey, scent-control camo is very popular these days.
  • Temperature Control - Do you hunt in cold weather? then you'll want an insulated style designed to fend off those unwanted drafts.  But for warmer conditions, choose an ultra-light style that promotes enhanced air circulation; these are general made of polymesh.
  • Moisture Management - Waterproof styles prevent outside moisture (snow, rain, dew) from entering. Water-resistance styles slow moistures progress, but will keep you dry forever. Waterproof/breathable styles allow perspiration to escape without letting water in.
  • Abrasion Resistance - For hunting in heavy cover or upland fields, look for tightly woven synthetic-based fabrics such as Silent-Hide. there materials resist tearing and easily fend off burrs and thorns.
  • Insect Control - Mesh-based overclothing designed to seal off potential entry points. essential in some areas.

Construction Features:

  • Materials - Check the labels and hang tags. Synthetic fabrics (such as polyester and nylon) offer the greatest balance of performance features, and thus are pricier than natural fabrics (cotton, wool).
  • Stitching - For outerwear, look for double- or triple-needle stitching; this method of reinforcement virtually guarantees long-wearing durability.
  • Hardware/Closures - As with all things, brand names (VELCRO, YKK) command higher prices. In general, metal snaps are tougher and more dependable than plastic; 4-hole sewn buttons last longest; hook 'n' loop-type closures offer super-quick adjustability and seldom wear out over the life of the garment.
  • Insulation - Thinsulate insulation by 3M offers maximum heat with minimum bulk. Other synthetics (DuPont, Hollofil fiberfill) efficiently trap warm air, but end to loft higher. Natural goose down is unique in that it holds its warmth even when wet, but although it's extremely light in weight, it's also very bulky. Weigh your need for warmth against your activity level, and choose accordingly.
  • Pockets - Check not only the number of pockets and ouches, but also their size, placement, and types of closures. will you be able to easily retrieve an accessory while sitting in a treestand, without making a commotion?  Meanwhile, most hunters agree that the more interior pockets the better.
  • Fit, Comfort, Durability - You'll find a wide range of detailing on these types of clothing. Generally, you want a roomy, non-binding fit so you can move and shoot with ease.  Special features such as articulated sleeves, gusseted underarms and crotches, bi-swing backs and specially constructed hoods are designed to accommodate a hunter's need for comport and mobility.  Pants with snap-up or zip-up legs go on easily over your boots.  Draw cords and ties help seal out cold air, insects and debris.

Special Fabrics :

  • RedHead GoreTex JacketGORE-TEX - The standard for 100% waterproof, breathable performance in outdoor clothing.  Thousands of ting perforations per square inch keep water molecules out (they're larger), yet allow perspiration vapors to escape. Pricey, but proven-the best wet-weather protection available.
  • Durable Water Repellent (DWR) - A surface treatment that causes water to bead up and run off the fabric. Not necessarily waterproof.

General Hunting: Blaze - Most states require that you wear safety blaze orange during the gun deer season. Check local regulations. For economy, reversible styles (camo to blaze) are available at your local Bass Pro Shops.



What Everybody Ought to Know About Turkey Hunting Equipment

Turkey Hunting Equipment

There are only four days left to get yourself a turkey before the season is over. Do you have the right equipment to make the last days of the season successful? Proper equipment can make the difference between an enjoyable or miserable hunt.

 Shotgun selection is the first concern of most new turkey hunters. Most turkey hunters use a 12 gauge shot gun because using a smaller gauge may increase the chance of crippling. Although, using a smaller gauge has its advantages because more pellets can be delivered and could possibly make a cleaner kill. But, a smaller gauge will not substantially increase your effective range. Shooting at a turkey at more than 40 yards in not recommended, regardless of which gauge shotgun is used.

The choice of choke may make the difference between a crippled bird and a clean kill. The trendiest is an extra-full choke, which gives the tightest pattern. It is important to have a tight pattern to ensure a strike at the head-and-neck area. Research has shown that after 18 inches, the length of the barrel does not affect the shot pattern. Consequently, many hunters now use shorter-barreled shotguns that are lighter and easier to maneuver. The most common shot sizes are No. 6 and No. 4. Missouri regulations prohibit the use of shot size larger than No. 4 for turkey hunting.

An additional technique of hunting turkeys in Missouri is with a bow. Only some hunters are successful with this technique because it can be difficult. However, with practice and patience you can get the kill. While aiming at a turkey with your bow, you should focus on the junction of neck and body. If a turkey is hit at this spot, it will break the backbone. You want to use the sharpest arrow possible to make certain you get a clean kill.

A turkey call is another important piece of equipment that you will need. There is a wide range of turkey calls but they basically fall into two categories, air- operated and friction calls. Friction calls are the easiest to use, two surfaces are rubbed together and create friction that produces sound. Slate and box calls are examples of friction calls. The three basic air operated calls are the yelper, tube call, and the diaphragm call. The air operated calls create sound when air is passed through the call.

All turkey calls require practice to become proficient. There are audio and video tapes that are available to demonstrate calls and can be a big help for a beginner. Still, listening to a wild turkey or learning from an experienced caller is the best method.

Some other equipment you may need consist of: a knife, compass, maps, first aid kit, insect repellent, rain gear, and turkey-hunting permit. Your camouflage clothing and blaze orange vest is recommended when moving through the woods.

Turkey hunting in Missouri can be physically trying. You should plan for long walks, steep hills, and weather conditions, be prepared for the unexpected.




Spring Turkey Hunting in Missouri

Montana 2010First I would like to introduce myself, I am one of the Hunting Department Team Leads at the St. Charles Bass Pro Shops store. My name is David and I actively engage in several of the hunting and fishing seasons here in Missouri and in other states around the country. I enjoy the freedom and the serenity that is provided by actively engaging in such activities through out the year.

As spring begins to blossom, the weather begins to break and the temperatures increase, it sounds the signal on the spring turkey season. Spring turkey hunting this season promises to be more of a challenge than it has been in the previous few years. According to the MDC; several breeding seasons of foul and unfavorable weather conditions have reduced the number of birds per acre on average, and as such the large gobblers are more scarce and harder to call in and the jakes are even scarcer and are smaller on average. Though the overall numbers remain strong the competition for food, space, and hens is not as aggressive; setting the stage for a challenging season.

This year's season runs from April 18-May 8th, so now is the time to get equipped and get that essential must have gear:
  1. Shotgun
  2. Call
  3. Camouflage
  4. Permit
  5. Other items that I suggest you take but are not entirely necessary:
    • Knife or Knives for cleaning your bird
    • Camera- to capture that great moment
    • Binoculars- its a great help to spot those distant birds
    • Bug Repellent as often it can be damp and humid
    • Rain gear for those days when mother nature just doesn't cooperate

First lets look at the Shotgun, its the most essential part of your gear. There are a number of suitable choices from brands such as Mossberg, Remington, Browning, Winchester, and Benelli. While there is a dizzying array of choices, just keep in mind that there a a few specific features that make a "Turkey Gun" different from just another shot gun. Most are customized to some degree to take full advantage of the condition that most turkeys are hunted in, there fore they have shorter barrels that allow for great movement and ease of handling in dense foliage. They have more constrictive chokes either full or extra full to maximize the killing potential at the greatest distance possible by controlling the spread of the shot pattern. Many also make use of fiber optic rifle style sights to aid the shooter in aiming and making that perfect shot. Many now also make use of collapsible or pistol grip stocks to give the shooter greater comfort and control; and number one single defining factor is that a turkey gun sports a dense foliage camo pattern. Some of the best choices this season for a turkey gun are the Mossberg 500 series "Thug", and the Remington 887 Turkey Magnum- which is a Bass Pro Shops Exclusive. Both feature a dense woodland camo pattern, with fiber optic sights, and chokes optimized for turkey hunting. The Mossberg also sports a Choate Inc. Pistol grip stock.

The ammunition also makes a big difference on your success. Winchester, Remington and Environ-metal Hevi-Shot all make turkey specific hunting loads designed to exploit the advantages of the full and extra full chokes. These loads maximize effective range and killing power while being easy on the shooter and reliable in all conditions.

Next, we will look at the call. Once again this can prove to be a harrowing experience. To simplify your life there are two basic types of calls, the diaphragm call and the friction call.
  • The diaphragm call produces sound by the user forcing air through either a silicone of latex reed. The diaphragm call will often be referred to as a mouth call.
  • The friction call produces sound by rubbing two pieces of material against one another. The most common of the friction calls are the box and slate.
The diaphragm is most likely the hardest for the beginner to use, as it requires conditioning and hours of practice to master. Then it requires a different call for each type of sound you are wanting to produce. The box and slate calls however are rather user friendly and you can produce many types of sounds of varying length, volume and urgency from a single call. The box call is the simplest of the calls and can be used by anyone with little to no experience. The slate is a bit more advanced and its benefits far outweigh its learning curve. I suggest that even the greenest novice learn to use a slate call as its versatility lend itself to the varying conditions that are often encountered on a hunt. You can call soft and subtle or loud and aggressive, from a simple yelp to a full blown mating call. New for this year and one of my favorites is the Knight & Hale Warlord diaphragm call- quickly becoming a customer favorite. Its a full featured call ideally suited to the conditions that many face hunting spring turkey in Missouri. In the box calls the RedHead RTX box calls are a great value and are built to last through years of punishing use! In the slate call arena there are several great options; One of my favorites is the Primos Jackpot Slate, however there are some others that are great options as well: the HS Strut Lil Deuce II is a great beginners slate call as well as the all new for 2011 RedHead Cherry Friction slate call.

On to the camouflage, many times you can simply use what you have for early season bow hunting. However if your starting from scratch you will want to look at a thinner weight camo clothing that will provide comfort and concealment for those cool mornings but won't overheat you in the early afternoons. Ideally you want to be looking at something in an Mossy Oak, or a Real Tree pattern, as this best matches the Missouri foliage conditions. You also might want to purchase a blaze orange vest to wear when traveling to and from your hunting area. A face mask is also a good idea for a couple of reasons. One, it keeps the pestering bugs from your face. Two, turkey have particularly strong eye sight and your face and eyes are most often the portion of your body that give your position away when the rest of you is concealed.

The permit is just that: the state issued hunting permit that is required to be on you at all times while you are in the field hunting. It is available at any sporting goods retailer and now through the MDC website for an additional dollar. Its amazing just how many people forget just how important this piece of gear is. Its arguably the single most important piece of gear in your assortment. Don't risk your hunting privileges, get your permits on time and guard them like cash!

The other category is where many people go overboard and collect a lot of useless items. You have to remember everything you pack takes up space and adds weight, so pack sensibly. I prefer to keep my other items as light and compact as possible. For a knife I carry either a Buck Alpha Hunter with the Gut Hook feature or a Knives of Alaska Muskrat. For a camera I rely on either a Nikon or Canon pocket size digital camera. When using binoculars I prefer to carry the Nikon Monarch 8X36's. They are robust and have great light transmission for those early morning birds that are just out of naked eyesight, but be careful because you don't want to use them when there is a change of shadowing or prismatic reflection which may give away your position.

As far as bug repellent goes the best thing going right now is the Therma Cell. If you want or require bug repellent look no further; its light, compact, highly effective, and refillable. For those wet mornings quality rain gear is a must. I prefer a product with Gore Tex, as I have had great experience with it. However there are some new fleece materials on the market that are just as effective. Both the RedHead Storm Tex and Bone Dry backed clothes are great, as well as the Storm Kloth branded products.


Women's Hunting Clothing Buyer's Guide

By Alyssa Haukom

Proper-fitting clothes will make your days afield more comfortable.

Women's hunting wear has come a long way over the last two decades. We've gone from virtually no options to a quite large collection of styles and patterns of hunting wear designed specifically for women.

The first hunting garments made for women often focused more on style rather than function. What these clothes boasted in fit, they severely lacked in features. However, over the years, many options and useful features emerged as women's involvement in the sport increased. The industry listened to our requests and took our demands to heart by producing clothing designed for serious hunters and styled for the female form.

Yet, when looking for hunting clothing, many women still ask, "Where do I begin?" Whether you're a seasoned hunter or anticipating your first day in a treestand, stop and ask yourself a few of the following questions; this will make your hunt for quality clothing less confusing and your day afield more rewarding.

What Are You Hunting?

The hunting clothing you look for largely depends on the game you pursue. Consider all the game you might hunt. Will you be after deer, elk, turkey, pheasant, bear or a combination of these animals?

Women hunters need clothes that fit their female form, clothes that don't bag or sag or interfere with shooting their weapons.

Consider what methods you'll use for each animal. You'll dress differently when bowhunting bear or deer from an elevated treestand than you will shooting ducks from a marshy duck blind.

Camouflage patterns should change to match your surroundings. Perhaps you'll be pursuing mule deer and elk on foot in the fall, but turkeys out of a blind in the spring. A varied pattern of branches and leaves is great for treestands, but you'll require a marsh grass or wetlands pattern while duck hunting.

Use your answers to the following questions as your criteria when it comes time to search for hunting clothes. Do you need clothing that protects your legs when walking through heavy brush and thickets? Do you need clothing that "breathes" as you continually move throughout the day? Or will you spend several hours motionless in a treestand, requiring insulated clothing to retain body heat. You may be surprised to find that some clothing manufacturers incorporate several of the features you desire into one versatile garment.

What Kind of Hunting Will You Do?

Will you be bowhunting, gun hunting or both? Will you hunt with a handgun, crossbow, muzzleloader or shotgun? All these factors need to be considered when choosing your clothing. Bowhunters prefer less bulk in the front of their clothing (snaps and storm flaps may interfere with drawing a bow), more radial arm and shoulder movement for pulling back their bows, and sleeves that fit snug so as not to interfere with bowstrings when released.

Gun hunters, on the other had, need jackets and shirts that don't bind and that allow for a comfortable shoulder mount. Jackets and shirts that incorporate gusseted arm seams are ideal for increased mobility.

Both types of hunters may or may not do a lot of tree climbing. But if you're a treestand hunter, you'll want to be certain your pants don't bind so that they allow for easy climbing in and out of trees. Articulated knees are a great feature that keeps pants from riding up when climbing. Reinforced knees and rear-ends and double-stitched seams are a must -- women, like men, are hard on their hunting clothing.

Finally, don't neglect to research the state and county hunting laws and regulations in which you're hunt will take place to find out if blaze orange is required. 
Where Will You Hunt?

The time of year you hunt will determine whether you need insulated or non-insulated clothing. Some garments, such as this All-Season Jacket, work in nearly all conditions.

Geographically speaking, determine where your hunts will take place. Will you be hunting turkeys in the Deep South, deer in the upper Midwest, elk in the mountains of New Mexico or javelina in Arizona? Where you'll be traveling on your hunts is perhaps the foremost factor when determining what gear to purchase. It will determine which fabrics you'll need and what camouflage patterns to consider. Fabric options can range from 100-percent brushed cotton or poly-cotton blends, to fleece, scent control or waterproof finishes.

Do you hunt in the hardwoods or along fencerows beside a cornfield? Maybe you prefer river bottoms or marshes? While the patterns available are as varied as the terrain around the world, women's clothing options still aren't nearly as numerous as the men's. But the camouflage patterns that are available are researched and developed to be used in specific cover -- whether it's the desert southwest, the cornfields of the Midwest or in the northern forest. You need to be smart and choose the pattern that best matches your hunting environment.

When Will You Hunt?

Consider the climate you'll be hunting in and the time of year you'll find yourself outdoors. Some deer hunters enjoy early season, others primarily hunt the rut, and others get out as much as they can the entire season. Turkey hunters in some states have several months to hunt, making for a long season, while other states have hunts lasting only days.

The time of year you'll find yourself in the woods will determine if you need insulated or non-insulated clothing, a single layer or several layers, waterproof or windproof features and brown camouflage or green. Research the geography and weather conditions in your hunting zone to better educate yourself on the type of clothing and camouflage you'll need. Staying warm and dry is key. Regardless of the climate, consider waterproof clothing or waterproof finishes for your outerwear and footwear -- you can't go wrong guaranteeing you'll stay dry in unpredictable weather.

Why Not Purchase Men's Clothing?

Simple answer: the fit.

Men and women are physically different. The average man is approximately 5'10" tall and 190 pounds; the average woman is 5'4" tall, 135 lbs. Because of these differences, there is much more fabric used to make men's clothing than the female's -- that's extra fabric we don't need.

Additionally, men's chest and waist sizes are nearly 2 to 3 inches larger than a woman's, while a woman's hips are approximately 2 inches wider than a man's. This all translates into big problems for women who try to fit into men's clothing.

Women hunters want to hunt and be comfortable; they want clothes that fit their female form, clothes that don't bag or sag or interfere with shooting their weapons. We don't want jackets and vests that hit below our waist or hang down to our knees. We don't want to purchase pants that need hemming or to be held onto our bodies by a tightly cinched belt. We want clothes that eliminate bulk where we don't want it, but "give" where we do need it.

Over the years manufacturers of women's hunting wear often sacrificed function for style. Yes, they acknowledged our desire to look good in the field, but they often underestimated our love of hunting and our dedication to the sport by leaving off essential features needed in quality hunting wear. In recent years women's clothing has improved and we're now seeing features included that have been requested for a long time.

When shopping, expect the following "female-specific" features to be advertised on women's clothing. (If not advertised, ask customer service for confirmation of these features.)

Shirts and Jackets

Shorter length (from shoulder to waist) in jackets and vests Gusseted underarms (a triangular insert in the underarm seam for increased mobility) Tapered waist or mid-section (to accommodate our smaller waistlines, this eliminates bulk you'll encounter when wearing men's "boxy-cut" shirts) Darted chest (accommodates our bust lines) Pleated back/shoulder yoke for better arm and shoulder movement Extended shirt-tails (stay tucked in better) Heavy-duty YKK, two-way zippers (not often found in women's clothing, but a great feature to have) Adjustable Velcro wristbands Zippered insulated liner (a nice option for jackets); adds great versatility in unpredictable weather


Wider fit through the hips Smaller waist sizes  Adjustable tab or elastic waistband (a great feature for layering) Hem-to-desired-length option  Belt loops (yes, women like to wear a belt and carry a knife too!) Adjustable Velcro, ties or snap-tabs on pant legs

Jackets & Pants

Pockets! Pockets! Pockets! We hunt and we bring lots of gear with us. Double check the clothing for pockets, whether it's jackets, pants or shirts.  Zippered "license" pocket Waterproof outerwear (not water-resistant!) Windproof fabric options Scent containment options Insulated/non-insulated choices   A variety of camouflage patterns available (very often, women's choices are still quite limited in comparison to men's options)

Thankfully, women's hunting clothing options are continually increasing, as are the camouflage patterns, and they not only look good, they fulfill our hunting requirements as well. With concerns about baggy, cumbersome clothes eliminated, you can now focus on your hunt. Take advantage of clothing manufactured and designed for women and see for yourself the difference that good fitting clothing can have on your hunt.

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Choosing A Turkey Decoy

By Alyssa Haukom

Nothing ensures success more than using the right decoy setup with the right calling tactics.

Any turkey hunter will tell you that decoys can be an effective hunting tool, utilized best during the spring turkey season. When the timing is right nothing can ensure a successful end to your hunt more than using the right decoy setup combined with the right calling tactics. The question is, how do you pick the correct decoy or group of decoys to use, and what are the decoy options available? Here's a quick review of your choices and how they can best work to make your time in the field well spent.


Decoy Materials


Decoys are manufactured from a variety of materials. The most simplistic designs found in stores are simply turkey images on cardboard. More sophisticated are lightweight one-dimensional fabrics with either the hen or gobbler image on both sides, and the most sophisticated designs are three-dimensional vinyl, foam, or polyethylene turkey bodies with extremely realistic feathers and colors impregnated onto the material used.  Any of these styles may work in the right situation, but there are obvious choices as to which style to choose based on ease of use, weight, and weather conditions.


Obviously, the cardboard and fabric one-dimensional styles may appear realistic head-on, but as a turkey approaches to investigate your setup, it may become wary at the lack of "volume" these decoys display as they're circled by an approaching bird. Another drawback is the deterioration of the cardboard in wet weather. Not a good, reliable decoy to use in inclement weather.  If you're heading out on a long hunt, you don't need your hunt to be cut short by an unsuspected rain shower which ruins your decoy.  While the cardboard styles tend to be lightweight to carry, they can still be awkward in shape to easily pack. The fabric styles are extremely lightweight and fold up for easy transport while taking up minimal space in a fanny pack or backpack.  They are also excellent for wind-induced movement in the field, although once again, they lack volume and can put a smart old tom on alert when detected at close range.


By far, the optimum decoys to use are the realistic and weatherproof three-dimensional vinyl, foam or polyethylene styles.  While some "molded" designs may be more cumbersome to carry and best used for hunting at nearby locations, the majority of these new 3-D decoys feature lightweight, compact, collapsible bodies which literally "pop" right into shape once shaken or punched-out from the inside cavity. Inflatable styles are generally made of vinyl and can be quickly inflated or deflated for easy transport in and out of the woods. These newer materials are waterproof and extremely realistic in appearance but an added bonus for these 3-D decoys are their ability to move with even the slightest of breezes, mimicking actual turkey behavior in the field and thereby calming any wary hens or toms in the immediate area. The three-dimensional decoys come in a variety of poses and configurations, which can all be used to your advantage in the field.


Nothing can infuriate a mature Tom more, than to see some young boy chasing after "his" hens.

Turkey Decoy Styles 


Next to consider when choosing your decoy or group of decoys, are the different styles available.  For the males, you'll find Jakes, "hot" or "aggressive" Jakes, full strut Toms or even a breeding pair setup, with a Hen below and Jake positioned on top. 


Hen decoys are sold as "alert" hens (standing upright), "feeding" hens (bent over) or "breeding" hens (low to the ground).  Moveable hen decoys

can be purchased that will mimic all three positions which increases your flexibility to use it effectively in the field and reduces your need to carry several different styles. 


One of the best choices to make when purchasing a decoy is a hen.  An even better choice would be to purchase several hens of various positions.


Generally, you're trying to attract a big old Tom turkey.  In the spring, a mature Tom is usually in search of a hen to breed, regardless of the timing...whether it's early, mid or late spring.  When he sees a hen, he's going to gravitate toward it.  Simply placing a standing or feeding hen approximately 15 to 20 yards in front of your position will usually lure that Tom right in. Several hens are even better, since they commonly travel in flocks, and can add to the "natural" look of your setup.  Consider placing a few standing and a couple of others feeding; start your yelping and cutting, and you're set!

If you're after a more mature Tom, consider adding a Jake to the group or a breeding hen with a Jake positioned nearby.


Nothing can infuriate a mature Tom more, than to see some young boy chasing after "his" hens.  A "Full Strut Tom" or "Breeding Pair" can both be used to lure a mature Boss Tom who doesn't appreciate a stranger moving in on his harem. 


These "challenge" setups may work best during early season when the mature gobblers are ready to fight each other for the available hens, but don't hesitate to experiment with different setups; sometimes the tried and true setups can work, other times they won't.  Remember too, that while these setups can provoke an older bird earlier in the season, it may also deter an older bird later in the season when their urge to breed has waned a bit and their eagerness to fight has dwindled. Later in the season you might consider simply using a variety of hens placed in a group, without adding a Jake to the setup.


Moving Decoys


Several decoy manufacturers have catered to hunter's requests for lifelike movement in their decoys, as found in the Buckwing LifeLite Bobb'n Head Series Decoys and the MOJO Outdoors Turn Around Remote-Controlled Turkey. (A word of caution: before utilizing these styles in the field, be sure to check turkey hunting regulations and state hunting laws where you'll be hunting to be sure use of moving or electronic decoys are legal.)


The added naturalness displayed by moveable decoys is just what's needed to bring that old Gobbler within shooting distance.

Some decoys feature "moveable" bodies, allowing the hunter to choose which of several positions he wishes to place his decoy, such as in the alert, breeding, or feeding positions. More advanced moveable styles enable the hunter to tie string from decoy to hunter (the string is usually sold with the decoy and wound onto a "reel" which is also included) and with a twitch of the string, the hunter can rock the entire body up and down, or pull it to the side, or pull just the head down, to mimic a feeding turkey.  With the electronic models, simply pushing a specific button will result in a desired movement.


While a bit more work and more movement will be required by the hunter, the added naturalness displayed by these moveable decoy setups is often just what's needed to bring that old Gobbler within shooting distance.


Decoy Accessories


While decoys are fun to experiment with, it's imperative you make using them and transporting them a pleasure as well. When purchased, most are usually sold with a decoy stake or stand.  The easiest to carry are the two-piece collapsible rods, best if attached with a bungee cord to ensure the two pieces don't get separated from each other.  A nice option for the 3-D decoys, are the "umbrella" type expander stakes which feature several prongs at the top which help maintain the decoy's 3-D shape, especially in a stiff wind which can otherwise collapse them if attached to a thin rod.


If you wish to create movement with any decoy, simply purchase and tie some monofilament fishing line to your decoy and use it to create a bit of movement as a gobbler approaches -- often just some simple wiggling detected by the approaching bird is all it takes to keep it coming and prevent it from "hanging up" just out of range. 


Be sure to use a quality turkey vest with padded hunting seat, plenty of accessory pockets and built-in backpack large enough to hold several decoys.  Rods can be placed at the bottom of the backpack pocket and decoys folded and stacked.  Be sure to never leave a decoys head, especially a red or blue painted head, poking out from your backpack when walking, as this could potentially attract the attention of an eager turkey hunter in the woods, unaware of your presence. Too avoid accidents, the best choice is to wear a blaze orange hat or blaze orange piece of clothing whenever walking in or out of the turkey woods. 


Upon returning to camp, be sure to use a dry cloth to wipe any dirt or water from your decoys and stakes, and to dry them thoroughly to preserve them and prevent damage or decay from moisture.  Repair any rips or holes with either glue or tape, and store decoys in a clean, dry place out of direct sunlight. 


With the proper care and storage, your decoys should last a long time and serve you well on many successful turkey hunts.


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