Fall weather means it's time to head outdoors!

It’s the time of the year again to “Head to the Outdoors” and what better way to do that than hunting. Deer hunting in the South East is at its prime in Georgia and South Carolina. Make sure you are equipped with the best and correct merchandise for a great outdoor experience. For camouflage clothing we carry various brands including our own RedHead brand. To keep warm and dry we also carry a variety of under garments. If you are a deer hunter we carry a variety of Firearms and Bows. We also carry a large assortment of treestands , tree climbers and ground blinds. Don’t forget deer attractant. One of our best sellers is the Wildgame “Acorn Rage”.

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Along with this you need to get cover sent. Our cover sent smell ranges from pine scent to earth scent. We also carry a variety of deer feeders, some of our top brands are Moultrie and American Hunter. If you want to see what deer are roaming on your property look at the various manufacturers we have for game cameras; Moultrie, Primos, Bushnell, just to name a few. After you bag your game, we have a variety of cleaning supplies.  Last but not least, if you have a number predators on your property, we have electronic and decoy predator calls.

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Let's Talk Hunting!

It’s that time of the year again. Archery season is fast approaching and time to get last minute prep work finished.  Mother Nature has been very nice to us with the abnormally low temperatures this summer. It has been perfect weather to get out in the woods and do a little bit of trimming around your stands or put out some trail cams, mineral or even build a food plot or two. With the increase of big buck sightings on my farms this year, I think it’s going to be a great season for us all. The deer numbers have really bounced back from the die off we had a few years ago. I still don't have the numbers on my north Missouri farm as I did before the event but it has improved dramatically. My farm here in central Missouri has improved even more. It depends on where you hunt, but I think it will be a much improved year. With more rain to come, hopefully we can put the drought behind us for now. Make sure you pick-up a copy of the 2014 Fall Deer & Turkey Booklet here at Bass Pro or visit the Missouri Department of Conservations website for all of the harvest changes here in Missouri. It will mostly affect gun hunters.  It’s still a great idea to grab one and catch up on all the changes so you are not surprised when you go buy your tags this fall.

A few pointers to get your season started: If bow hunting is your passion, my best advice I can give you is to HUNT EARLY!!!!!!!!!!! I used to be really bad at not spending enough time hunting September and early October. I got caught up in watching all the hunting shows of Bucks chasing Doe's all over the place during the rut. So I thought that would be the absolute best time to hunt. I would take my vacation around that time every year. Here in Central and North Missouri, the rut is right around the 1st and 2nd week of November. Don't get me wrong, it is a great time to be in a tree and there are a lot of really big deer harvested every year from trick or treat day (Oct 31st of course) to November 14th. But, and that's a big but, little do most bow hunters know that they have past some of the best hunting of the year in September and early October. Mostly because of the hot temps that are present at that time of the year. But the deer are still there and they have to feed and drink. When archery season starts on September 15th, you can bet that this guy will be in a tree or ground blind overlooking a food source or water hole. The best thing about September that you don't normally have in November is that you can pattern that big ole buck in daylight hours near a food or water source. Sometimes you can set your watch by it. In November that same buck is up on his feet during daylight but he more than likely is running all over God’s green earth looking for that perfect girlfriend. That could take him right off your farm and into someone else's sights. Spending some time now with the help of a few game cams, like Bushnell's Trophy cam ($229.99) or Moultrie's M990i ($199.99) you should be able to get a good idea of when, where and what time those deer are coming through and still have plenty of time before season to get a couple of stands or ground blinds set-up and ready to go. Tips for Game Camera Placement

Ground blinds can be really effective this time of the year because they will help control your scent and cover any movements. Redhead Blackout Hub Blinds are a great choice to help your blend right in ($139.99 - $279.99). There are three different models to accommodate multiple hunters if you decide to share your experience with family or a friend. Also, always try to give yourself options for different wind directions. Early season can be full of surprises. I have seen 3 different winds in 3 days. Always play the wind and brush in those stands and with a little luck your taxidermist will have a little more work this fall. That's all the time I have for now.  From all of us at your local Independence Bass Pro Shops, have a fun and safe hunting season.

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Whats New in Game Cameras

Is your old camera giving you problems?  Well stop on down and take a look at whats new in game cameras.

New this year is the Cuddeback Seen IR Game Camera.  Compact and its size is perfect for monitoring new rubs or scrapes.  You can choose from wide angle or centered subject mode 5MP infrared images will give you night or day pictures with no motion blur or washout. The color images are superior and there is a 1/2 second trigger so you don't miss anything.

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Fast trigger, high definition video and longer night range, the Moultrie Game Spy M880 is the camera for you.  This camera is a 8 megapixel with a low glow infrared flash.  There are four modes IR game camera, time lapse, plot camera in day/infrared at night, and HD video.  The video does come with sound and the motion freeze technology reduces nightime blur.  You can take 1-4 pictures per second and view your images and video on a 16:9 widescreen.

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Another new camera this year is the Moultrie Game Spy M9901 No Glow.  This 10 megapixel camera has four operational modes, HD video with sound day and night, motion freeze while having a built in 2" LCD viewing screen.  You have shooting options of fastfire continuous, multi shot and picture delay of 5,15, 30 seconds or 1-60 minutes.

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Stop on by the Archery Department and check out what we have in game cameras.  What a great way to watch and learn before Hunting Season.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

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Game Camera Basics


 
What is the best game and trail camera? What is so great about the $ 250.00 camera compared to the $79.00 one?  Which one gives me the best value for the buck? All common questions regularly asked here at Bass Pro.
 
Here's my first question and comment to almost everybody. What are you using it for? Is it wildlife, security, or both?  What is your budget?  My first comment is a reality check. This is technology. It changes every year, so buy the best that you can afford and plan to have the camera for 3-5 years. Mine is a Moultrie D-40 that still works and is at least 5 years old. It has virtually none of the features of today's cameras, but still is a well built camera. Common features : all are water resistant, have the ability to turn off flashes, some type of battery power, SD card, a port, and the most important feature,  ease of use.     
 
Most cameras are getting smaller. Moultrie has a variety of sizes from the Panoramic to the A5 providing a camera for every budget. Primos has the smallest camera and most extensive battery pack. This 24 AA pk. coupled with a 32gb SD card gives the user the ability to leave the camera alone and not contaminate the viewing area with human scent. Other manufacturers offer large battery packs or rechargeable batteries with solar chargers.
 
The size of megapixel is always a question. The larger the megapixel, the better the clarity, but at 5 megapixels your clarity is great even at night. Clarity at night is reduced with a digital camera, so that's why you see so many 8 mp or 12 mp cameras. Remember, animals aren't bothered by flashes, but a flash will show poachers or trespassers the location of your camera in the dark or in low light situations.

 

At this time of year, more cameras are sold for security reasons. They work great for this purpose. We sell cameras with a black out lens that do not give out any flash and have good low light capability. Other cameras have a low glow feature that works when the flash is off.
 

 

Trigger speed is important for getting pictures of animals on the move. If a deer walks by, 1 second is too slow. The faster trigger speed, the better. To capture the deer fully, try setting the camera at 3 or 5 frames per trigger. 3 frames at a time seem to work the best for me.
 

 

Moultrie, Primos, Cuddeback, Stealthcam, Bushnell, Eyecon, Wildgame, Reconyx, and Plotmaster will all be adding new and improved cameras at affordable prices between now and August. Once again with technology you get what you pay for. From the basic camera to the top of the line, you can be assured we here at  are here with quality and some of the newest cameras on the market, year in and year out.

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Fall Deer Hunting with Trail Cameras

Well summer has ended and it is time to get ready for the upcoming deer hunting season. One of the most important parts of preparing for deer season is scouting. Now if you are like me there are always too many demands on your time which limits you ability to get out in the woods and go scouting. With the cooler but comfortable days of early fall there is nothing I like better than to be out looking for deer sign and trying to locate the best spots to hunt in the approaching season. I do this as much as time allows as it the best way to locate deer. Unfortunately there just doesn’t seem to be enough time. Whitetail buck

An excellent tool that we have available to help us in our scouting efforts is the game camera. These cameras can monitor and pattern deer activity 24 hours a day seven days a week. Once you have identified an area where the deer are active, placing a game camera  there will not only identify the deer coming through there it will also tell you the exact time and date that they were there. There are many brands and models available with varying complexity, features and prices. Some of the more popular brands are Primos, Wildgame Innovations, Moultrie,  and Bushnell. Most of the basic units have infrared light for black and white night pictures along with the capability to take color pictures in the daylight. The infrared light  does not spook the deer as a white flash can sometimes do. I have actually got a beautiful close up picture of a deer’s nose this season on one of my cameras so obviously the infrared light did not spook it. Some of the cameras allow you to review the pictures right on the unit and others require the pictures to be viewed on a computer with a SD card. The units have different levels of mega pixels with the higher the mega pixels the clearer the pictures.Crush Cam 8

It is not really possible to cover all of the various features available here in the blog so just be sure to come visit your Bass Pro Shop and come see these and more of the different models we have in stock. Our knowledgeable hunting associates will be available to make recommendations and answer your questions about game cameras and their set up and use.

Hunt safe,

Don Nelson

Bass Pro Shops Hunting Associate

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Wave of the Future for Elk Hunting

 Wave of the Future for Elk Hunting

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Trail cameras are one of the best tools to use for finding elk or any other type of game you may hunt 24/7. Trail cams price out from a little under $100.00 to over $500.00 depending on what features you want. If you have three trail cams it’s like having four hunters out in the field with three of them looking all the time night and day. The problem I have is that where I hunt elk is over a three hour drive, or if I was to go out of state to hunt, I can’t afford to be driving there every two or three weeks just to look at some pictures. So what I have figured out for this little dilemma is this.

The areas that I archery hunt I don’t always know very well, so what I do when I get to elk camp is take my trail cam and set it up in an area I know the elk like to hang around. Like this water hole, it’s a long way from any road and at the top of a ridge of heavy timber. On the second day after my morning hunt I’ll go in and check it to see what kind of action I have. In a little over twenty-four hours I would have four areas covered, two morning hunts and one evening hunt, all in different areas with one trail cam taking picture after picture of elk, I hope. After retrieving those images and down loading them on my lap top computer, I can make a good educated game plan on where I would want to concentrate my time hunting. Even if I was hunting out of state on a do it yourself hunt this plan would still work.

These three pictures where from my Moultrie M-880 IR trail cam at elk camp this year. While I was setting it up at this water hole I accidentally reset the date and reversed the AM/PM on the time. I didn’t catch it until I downloaded these pictures plus 42 more on my lap top the next day. This was not a mechanical malfunction, this was operator malfunction. The actual date these pictures were taken was September 7, 2013. What was cool was that morning of the 7th around 6:30am about three quarters of a mile northwest of this water hole, that spike that is standing in the water; I had called in to no more than twenty yards from me. Then about ten hours later he’s getting his picture taken. That day was a great day for information and really made me wish I had the new Moultrie Panoramic 150. This trail camera out does my M-880 IR in all categories and I do not have one single complaint with it either but, the 150 has three motion sensors instead of one, a lens that will rotate with no sound to take pictures or HD video with a 150 degree wide angle view.  Plus, it has a built in 2” viewing screen. No more changing out SD cardsSpike bull elk with cow elk.

Now rifle or muzzle loader hunting it is a little more difficult on public land because of the pressure from all the other hunters.  For rifle and muzzle loader hunters on  public land, get deeper into the woods where other hunters aren’t. Remember, pressured elk are going to go where the hunters are not. This could be walking one or two more ridges farther, or going down lower in elevation because most of the other hunters are up higher, just get away from them. Once you have done this and you have found fresh sign, set your trail cam up and keep hunting if time allows and then come back after about twenty-four hours and see what it has to offer. Now I know what you’re saying, I’m not going to carry my lap top five miles back to those spots just to see some pictures. Well I won’t either, but what I do here is I have an extra SD card for each trail cam and then just swap them out,  then when you get back to camp you can look and see if there was any action in that twenty-four hour period. If you know you are going to be hunting like the suggestion above, I would recommend the trail cams that have a display screen so you can review your pictures right there, or get a trail cam viewer. If you come up with nothing and you’re seeing sign that they are in the area find another spot and try it again, if there’s no fresh sign pack them up and try a different area completely. Trail cams are a little too expensive to lose or have stolen. Wes someone will take them, so when you do set them out make sure they are locked no matter where you set them up at. Then make a way-point on your GPS so you can come right back to them. There are a lot of variations with what you can do with trail cams; it’s just a matter of figuring out what will work for you and your type of hunting.

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Mark Campagnola

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Trail Camera Common Questions

I have been getting a lot of questions here lately about trail cameras.

Which ones to buy? How do you use them ? Where do you put them?

So, I have put together a list of list of my favorites. If you are looking to purchase a trail camera for the first time, you maybe in for a big surprise. There are hundreds of makes and models out there to choose from. My best advice to you would be just keep it simple. What I look for in a trail camera, also known as a game camera, is 4 simple things:

First - The last thing I want is to show up to check my cam and realize my batteries are dead. So I try to pick a camera that uses AA batteries. AA's will hold their power so much better when the temperature falls into the 30's or colder. Especially when you use lithium's batteries.

Second -  IR capable. Most of your cameras will be IR today instead of white flash. It is a highly debatable question in the industry over whether or not a flash will spook game. I have used both and I will say that I have had deer shy away from a flash compared to an IR, but I also have had a lot of deer not notice it. So the jury is still out on that. My main reason for choosing a IR cam would be to keep them unseen from the two legged mammals. I have had my fair share of cameras come up missing or damaged from someone trying to take them. The IR LED'S do put off a slight glow when they take a pic. But nothing over barring like a white flash. You have to be right on top of it to see them.

Third - Trigger speed. Trigger speed is another highly debatable thing. Most cam's will have at least a one second trigger speed, with some at a half second. How you set your camera on the tree will help or hurt you with. If you are getting a lot of tail end shots it is normally because the camera is pointing across the trail instead of slightly angled. Angling it up the trail more will allow the target to be in the cameras field of view longer giving the slower speed cam's ample time to power up and take the picture.

Fourth -  Consider mega pixels. Higher mega pixel cameras will give you that sharp image when you need to zoom in when your viewing your pictures. You won't have that real grainy look that you get with the lower pixels. It may be the difference between your million dollar picture of Bigfoot and a dark blob.

With all of that said Moultrie, Primos and Wildgame Innovations all have new dependable cam's on the market.  

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Wildgame Innovations Crush 8 Lightsout  ($199.99) 8mp, black flash, video w/ audio and up to a 70' flash range and with 12 AA'S needed, it is sure to be a great battery life cam.

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Moultrie's M880 IR. ($159.99) is a much improved version in their game spy series. Long battery life with 8 AA's and up to 100' night range is sure catch anything walking by. 

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Primos Truth Cam Ultra 35 ($119.99) is by far the easiest game camera I have ever set up to use. This is a perfect camera for the beginner. The toggle switch design is a snap. Just slide the color coordinated switches to you desired setting and your done. 8AA's,4mp,40' night range, time lapse/w video. Very good camera for the budget hunter.

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Now, the one camera I rely on year end and year out is Bushnell's Trophy Cam. ($199.99-$249.99) They have been the best i have ever used. 1/2 second trigger speed,8mp, HD video/w audio and 8AA's. This will be season number 5 for me using them. I have nothing but great things to say, I have had up to 7 months of battery life out 1 set of lithium batteries. Yes that's 7 months of taking a ton of pictures. If you are in the market for a cam. You have to check out Bushnell's line.

If you are interesting in reading more, check out this blog as well written on game cameras - Trail Camera Time is Here

That's all the time I have for now. I hope i could shed a little light on the subject for you. From all of us here at your local Bass Pro Shops. Have a Happy and safe hunting season.

 

Hunting Lead - Anthony Alkire

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Game Cameras by Moultrie

There is a new waves of cameras hitting the Bass Pro shelves this month that will be sure to please the hunters who use them.  We will go over three new cameras from Moultrie and discuss why they are a must have for this season.

Moultrie has released three new cameras for the 2013 season.  The first one is the A-5 IR camera.  This 5.0 megapixel, infrared camera is a well designed camera at an affordable price.  At 74.99, hunters can afford to buy several of these cameras to outfit an entire property.  Covering more ground and seeing what game you have on your property is critical in scouting.  It has a night range of up to 50’ and claims to take 8,000 images on just one set of 4 C batteries.

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The next Moultrie camera is the M880 IR.  This 8.0 megapixel, infrared camera has less than a half second trigger speed.  Guaranteeing that if an animal walks or runs in front of your setup, it will most definitely have its picture taken.  With an impressive 100’ night range, this camera can reach out and capture images other cameras may miss.  This unit claims to take 9,500+ pictures on just one set of 8 AA batteries. Price of this camera is 159.99

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The third camera released by Moultrie is the M-990i.  This new camera features the newest technology in game cameras, it is offers the new No Glow night time illumination.  This camera is undetectable at night because there is no flash, no strobe and zero illumination of LED bulbs.  Meaning, animals do not know they are being watched and scouted.  This also helps for security as well.  Land or homeowners can use these cameras as security cameras because the trespasser is unaware their picture has been taken.  For $199.99, you can get a durable and stealthy game camera that doubles as a security camera.  That is tough to beat!  The M-990i has a nighttime range of 70’ and has a 2” viewing screen for quick photo looks.  This unit claims to take over 9,500+ images on a single set of 8 AA batteries. 

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All three of these NEW, great cameras can be picked up at Bass Pro Shops.  The hunting associates are very knowledgeable and if you have any questions please feel free to give us a call or come on in and see us.

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GAME CAMERAS - gear up for your hunt or around your property!!

Got your eyes on?  Get your Game Camera!!!

     Fall is a great time to find out what is going on and through your yard or property. A good variety of animals are getting ready for winter, searching for fall fruit and nuts, trying to fatten up for the long winter months ahead.

     Through my yard I have had Bears, Coyotes, Raccoons, and sometimes even a Mountain Lion, have yet to catch deer on camera.

      One of the cameras to buy is the Moultrie M-80xt Game Spy Digital Camera. It comes with an array of features like: 5.0 mega pixel infrared, night range up to 60-ft, Motion Freeze technology to reduce infrared blur.

Medium priced at $159.99.

      CHECK IT OUT, and the other varieties we carry at http://www.basspro.com to see what you can't see at night!!  

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7 Places to Relocate Missing Bucks (Part II)

Here are the rest of the tips on using trail camera placement to locate the mature bucks.

Scrapes and Rub Lines5. Scrapes and Rub Lines:  you can get some of your best buck photography this time of year on licking branches over scrapes. As soon as the velvet drops and the first scrapes appear, bucks will start to scent-mark these spots almost daily, and you can quickly inventory the individual bucks using your hunting area. You will find that the majority of scrape activity occurs at night, but you can still learn a lot about which bucks are using which general areas where you hunt. Combine this information with photos from food sources and other sites mentioned here, and you can quickly dial in on likely stand sites. Rub lines can also be productive camera locations, especially larger rubs that are used repeatedly by multiple bucks. Some rubs are used less often, so if bucks don't show up after a couple of days of monitoring, move your camera to the next line.

6. Pinch Points: As the weather cools, deer start to move more and more. Place your game camera's, Moultrie, Bushnell, and Primos to name a few available at your local Bass Pro Shops, on trails in major pinch points for funnels between bedding cover and food sources. When placing your camera on a trail, orient the camera at a 45-degree angle to the trail, or straight down the trail (a camera placed in perpendicular to a trail may only get you pictures of half the deer, as the deer may already be moving out of the image frame by the time the camera triggers). Start with the main trails leading to food sources, and if you don't get the buck you're looking for, move the camera to the next trail. The heaviest used trails will generate the most trail-camera pictures, but I have found the mature buck you are looking for is often using more secretive trails with less traffic.

7. Water Holes: Don't overlook a simple water hole. There are a lot of areas still faced with drought conditions this year, and water will be a key factor in those areas this fall. Look for small ponds or even seasonal wetlands next to prime food sources to place your trail-cameras. It should be easy to tell if deer are hitting these water holes by the amount of tracks around the edges. Some of the coolest pictures can be from around a watering hole, and they can also alert you to some great stand set-ups.

Scent Control and Timing:  Using a trail-camera in the fall can give you a huge scouting/huntingScent A Way advantage, but don't forget to keep a low profile when checking trail-cameras as too much human activity and scent can spoil what would otherwise be a great hunting area. Before hunting season, I only check my trail-cameras every two to three weeks, and i practice scent-control techniques by using Scent-a-Way products available at all Bass Pro Shops, just like I am going hunting. However, during the season I'll only check or move a camera on my way out of the woods after a hunt. I will also move trail-cameras more often in the fall. this allows me to keep the human pressure evenly distributed and not concentrated in certain areas while I try to get a handle on buck movement.

Attracting and producing mature bucks through quality deer management and quality habitat management is one thing; killing those mature bucks is another! A well-placed trail camera can help you stay in touch with those mature bucks as their movement patterns change throughout the fall, increasing your hunting success.  So, use these scouting devices to your advantage.

Good luck this season!

 

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Trail Camera Time is Here

If you haven’t already started your deer scouting it is probably time to start thinking about getting started. Nothing can replace actually walking the woods and getting first hand knowledge of the areas that you plan on hunting. Once you have identified potential areas where whitetails are frequenting then it is time to determine the actual deer patterns. Trail cameras make a great tool to bring your scouting to a new level. A trail cam can be used to tell you the deer that are coming through (bucks, does, sizes, how many, and also when they are there.

Selecting a trail camera that fits your needs is important as there are many options available. There are a number of things that you should consider before buying a trail camera. One is ease of use. This is an important characteristic for me personally as I want a unit that is simple to operate. I don’t want to be fumbling around in the woods trying to read the owner’s manual while I am setting it out. Another important consideration is the megapixels of the unit which basically determines the quality of the pictures. The rule is the higher the megapixels the better the quality of the pictures. Usually there is also a direct relationship between the number of megapixels and price. Battery life is also an important consideration as you don’t want to be changing batteries every week. Another consideration is an infrared trail camera vs a flash camera. The pictures will generally be of a better quality and in color with the flash type, but trigger speed may be a bit slower and battery drain will be greater. Another potential problem is that the flash may spook some game. On the other hand the Infrared trail cameras will have a lower battery draw, a faster trigger speed and will not spook game. Range of the unit can also be an important consideration based on where you are using your trail camera. Another concern is price with these units, more money does not always yield better results you have to ultimately decide what you want and don’t want in a trail cam as there is no point in paying for capabilities you don’t need. One final consideration that you will want to consider is reliability.

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 One good way to determine which unit(s) are best for your needs is to read online reviews. Bass Pro Shops maintains a large collection of customer reviews and ratings on its website which can be a valuable resource in deciding which unit to buy. Bass Pro Shops carries a large selection of the popular brands of trail cams such as Moultrie, Primos, Bushnell and Reconyx. So don’t put off your scouting any longer stop by and get a trail cam and get started. One hunting associates are ready to help you make the right choice.

 

Good hunting,

Don Nelson

Bass Pro Shops

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Tips for Game Cameras - Not Just For Deer!

Trail Cameras are not just for hunters.  Although most people use them to bag that monster buck, they have helped some catch a thief. Others, enjoy nature when they can't get in the woods themselves.  Cameras come in a wide variety of prices.  Bass Pro can help you determine what you want and expect from the camera.  The people at Bass Pro have the knowledge to help you find what price range you are looking for, as well as what camera will suit your purpose.

Lets start off with the Hunting Master.  Like most hunters, my husband starts scouting right after muzzle season ends here in Upstate New York.  He places cameras in different spots way before hunting season and waits for the chance to catch a glimpse of  a monster.  That buck knows you are out there and you have to be creative in order to find him.

The most common game camera that people like have infrared technology.  Infrared prevents scaring the animal, because a flash does not go off, and scare them.  Not to mention if you have unwanted guests (people or animal) on your property they also will not see the flash and you can figure a plan from there once you get a good shot of them.  Now this is also good for those who are not looking for their trophy buck.  Bird enthusiasts can take pictures of their feathered friends, or forest animals they normally would not sit in the woods to watch and wait for.  What about that bothersome raccoon getting into your garbage? Well with the infrared you can figure out his strategy without frightening him then figure out how to get rid of him.

The battery life with a trail camera is important.  First, batteries are expensive not to mention if you have to run back in to the woods you waste your time and disturb the area making the deer/animal apprehensive about coming back to that site for a while.  The other thing to take into consideration is a lot of the smaller game cameras take AA batteries.  They tend to be less expensive and have a longer life than the larger batteries.

If you do decide to go with a expensive model, I would suggest getting a security box . It just makes it harder for thieves to get at your camera.

If your camera does not have a on-board viewer (high end) then you want to get a SD card.  Most people recommend two.  The extra allows you to study your pictures way before hunting season begins. Once you find a good spot you can get it set up and then not disturb the area again.

Now it's time to find that spot.  For deer,  focus on high volume areas.  Where they bed, feed, thick cover, deep woods.  Heavy cover is good because the mid-day sun won't trigger the sensor.

Found that spot?  Make sure you spray scent control on your clothing, gloves, and wear rubber boots.  Then spray the scent control on the camera making sure your don't get it on the lens.  Scent control leaves a residue and will blur your photos.

Make sure the lens area is free of twigs, weeds, vines and especially leaves.  Anything that may blow in front and trigger a picture.  This will waste your batteries, and most of all your time.

Place the camera in a tree higher than the deers' sight.  Keeping them unaware of the camera's presence.

If possible face the camera northward or southward to prevent the sun from backlighting your subject and making it a silhouette in the photo.

Now here is the hard part,  Get out of there and leave it alone!  For mature bucks leave the camera for 8-12 days.  This gives enough time to let human scent disappear.  The deer gains security and starts using that spot again

So - You got a great picture!  Here are two questions to ask yourself!

1.     Where do I think he is bedding down.  You can go on earthgoogle.com they have aerial photos and maps to help you gather information and find him.

2.     Did I get any pictures in the morning?  If yes, you need to go further in and up trails you suspect he is using.  You want to find his day spots before he beds down.  Mature bucks move during darkness. 

By preparing, and watching you will be ready for hunting season.  Not hunting? you will enjoy your pictures for hours on end, or get rid of the pesky animal or thief  by being smarter than they are. 

Bass Pro has a large variety of Game Cameras to pick from.  The Bushnell Trophy Cam, Moultrie Game Spy M80xt, and Stealth Cam Archer's Choice are just a few that our people in Archery recommend.

Bushnell is 8.0 megapixel, has a easy to read LCD display. A time/date stamp to keep track of when the picture was taken in case you journal year to year.  It has up to a one year battery life and takes 4 AA batteries.   The case is weatherproof and has infrared technology. 

Moultrie Game Spy has a night range up to 60 feet. It's a 5.0 megapixel with motion freeze technology.  This reduces infrared night time blur of your photos. 

The Stealth Cam Archer's choice is a 8.0 megapixel with infrared technology.  This camera takes great night and day pictures.  This camera also takes AA batteries.    

So whether you are going after that monster buck, enjoying birds, catching troublesome animals or humans who should not be on your property, a game camera comes in handy. 

Stop in to Bass Pro Shops and check out the wide selection of cameras.  Ask as many questions as you need,  you will never be disappointed.  The know how and skill of our associates will make you feel confident with your purchase and how to execute what you need to do.

 Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

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Tips for Game Camera Placement

The digital game camera,  like Big Game Eyecon Black Widow or Primos Truth Cam Ultra sold at yourPrimos Truth Cam local Bass Pro Shops, really has given hunters one of the best scouting tools available for white-tailed deer and other game. However  most users fall short of using their camera to its potential. The game camera can be a great tool for seeing what's out there, but like any tool, it must be used properly for the user to get the full benefit of using the "hunter that never sleeps."

First and foremost, a digital game camera will let you see many of the bucks you have available for harvest in the area where you hunt. Most of the bucks you probably would have never seen otherwise. The most common practice employed by game camera users is to set a camera adjacent to their feeder or food plot. Although this usually gets hunters lots of pictures, all it really tells you what deer are present.

You're probably thinking, "Well, if I know a certain buck is coming to my feeder, then I will just sit there and wait for him." But, if you really intend for the camera to help you not only get a look at your deer, but also want it to help you bag "your" buck, then you will have to get a bit more creative, so pay attention.

By keeping your camera's moving, such as to different locations, trails, watering areas, etc, you can get a better idea of which bucks are using which trails - and at what time of day - thus helping to pattern your buck. This data then allows you to identify the area where a specific buck  is spending the majority of his time. We've all had this happen before: You see a really nice buck prior to the season,  but then once hunting season kicks in the buck just seems to have disappeared. At first you think someone else tagged the big boy, but then camera shots after the season show that he is in fact still there. So what gives?

Bucks may avoid certain areas at times (like when you're there), but they will not abandon their home range altogether. So, to gain more knowledge about the habits of the bucks or a specific buck in your area, you will want to set out your cameras in various locations, but of course not just randomly Moultrie Tripod Deer Feederthrough the woods and hills. Yes, mineral blocks, (Redhead On Track PremiumHunters Specialties Vita-Rack Protein Block, Big & J BB2), and feeders (American Hunter, Moultrie Easy Fill Tripod Feeder and Primos Flat-Out Ground Feeder), will allow you to rapidly photograph a large number of deer, and that will give you a better handle of what is available, but you still need to identify a particular area to hunt for your buck.

Once the season starts and people enter the woods, the deer know you are there. you may be very careful going into and out of your hunting area, but you are likely not the only hunter in a buck's home range. With that said, bucks will not behave the same into the hunting season as they have prior to the season, especially in areas with high hunting pressure. What you need to learn is where the buck you are looking for is when he's not at the feeder. He has to move and he has to eat, but you want to find out how he gets from point A to point B and where to intercept him.

Be very specific when placing out your cameras. If there are deer trails between areas of good bedding cover and food sources, there are the places you definitely want to investigate. Also, patches of woods with thick cover or areas that people/hunters avoid all together should be examined. Deer can pattern you too, you know.

Deer scrapeA good place to set up your game camera would be over a deer scrape. Scrapes are like magnets to white-tailed bucks and does - and scrapes will serve to concentrate the activity of deer moving through an area. With a scrape you know exactly where the deer will be, so getting a high quality picture of the deer is not a problem.

In addition, look for funnels when placing your camera out. Funnels can be either natural or man-made. Funnels can include anything from strips of woods, areas where larger wooded areas narrow down, overgrown fence lines, river bottoms, or even roadways through thick cover. Deer can be lazy, too. Of course, it's usually when you're not there - but at least you will have the photos! Also, don't overlook water holes and creek crossings. Deer will frequent water holes, especially during hot weather, and deer know where to find reliable water. Once you get away from a stable water supply, deer spread out in the woods and the movement of individual animals become more difficult to predict water sources are great places to hunt prior to the rut. Use your cameras to cover as many trails as possible and you will be surprised at what you find.

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Outdoor Essentials - Trail Camera Basics

Learning about wildlife, tracking game in potential hunting sites, protecting your personal property...a trail camera can be useful for hunters and non-hunters alike. At Bass Pro Shops, during the Fall Hunting Classic and always, customers have the opportunity to shop our best sellers from the likes of Moultrie, Primos, Cuddeback, and Wildgame Innovations, just to name a few. But where do you start when buying a trail camera? Stephany

Several factors come into play. Distance, surroundings, lighting, quality of pictures desired, and purpose, are just some of the things to think about. BPS Hunting Lead Dan Stephany walks you through the key "ingredients" for buying a trail cam in this Outdoor Essentials video. Post your questions and we'll have Dan answer them!

 

 

 

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Whats Going On In Hunting!!

 Hey Hunters!!!Coming up this week we will have our NEW! Moultrie Game Spy M-80XT on sale for the incredibility low price of $139.97!!

  • Night range up to 60 ft.

  • 5 MP resolution camera

  • Infrared triggered game camera, hybrid time-lapse plot camera, plot camera by day/infrared camera by night

  • New Motion Freeze technology reduces infrared night-time blur

  • Illumi-Night Sensor provides the brightest and clearest nighttime infrared pictures

  • 16:9 widescreen images and videos provide a wider field of view than other cameras

  • New FastFire continuous shooting mode captures up to 3 pictures per second

  • Picture delay: 5/15/30 seconds, 1-60 minutes

  • Easy-to-read photo strip with temperature

Click on the link below to check out these sweet steal!!!

Moultrie M-80XT

Hunting session is just around the corner, so come on in and see our special deals and steals this coming up week!!!Hope to see yall soon!!

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Big Buck Hunt in September

Written by Patsy Keckler, Tracker Marine Boat & ATV Sales Consultant.

Rod and I had an opportunity to hunt for a monster buck within 45 minutes from the Bass Pro Shops store in Harrisburg, PA in September 2011.  The outfitter, Mountaintop Whitetail Haven, is located on 300 acres in Lykens, PA and with careful herd management, they offer monster buck to rival any outfitter any where in the country.  They offer different types of hunts and you can choose the size of the Boone & Crocket buck you would like to harvest or you can take a doe.  Some of the hunts include lodging at a beautiful log lodge at the very top of the mountain overlooking two valleys on both sides of the lodge.  The view is spectacular and the food is incredible.  They cater to disabled hunters and they honor U.S. veterans by guaranteeing a hunt of a lifetime.  You have the choice of using your bow or gun to take down your trophy buck.  Make sure you bring a good set of binoculars because you will see deer all the time.

Here's the trophy buck Rod took with his Ruger 7mm Mag at 150 yards.  Little Hoss, as we lovingly call him scored 234-2/8 with 29 scorable pts. (2 pts were broke off) and he weighed 234# (live weight).  He was a 5 year old cull buck and he had everything Rod wanted for his trophy buck of a lifetime.  He had good mass (7" around at the base of the right antler), high G-2's, split eye guards and an 8" drop tine.  

Rod's trophy buck of a lifetime.

Since spring gobbler season is right around the corner here in PA and I'll leave you with some pictures from our Moultrie game cameras around our feeder.  We have never had turkey in our area and were shocked when we saw these pictures.  Witnessing wildlife feeding and interacting in your own backyard is amazing and worth every penny you spend to do it!  And NO.......you can't hunt them!

Turkeys surrounding our deer feeder

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Can't wait for Labor Day!

I love Labor day for several reasons; the end of hot weather, hunting season is almost here, and the Louisiana second amendment weekend. The second amendment weekend means completely tax free shopping for hunting supplies.  I have a shopping list ready to get my supplies. Last year I bought a Walker's Game Ear hearing muff. The clarity is amazing, I used them when I took my son hunting and he never got bored listening to all the animals like they were in the blind with us. This year I'm going to try the Buck Jam. It has been so hot and dry I don't think that I can plant a food plot, and I want something that will make my corn stand out. The guys in the hunting department have raved about how many pictures they've gotten on their trail cameras.

The trail camera I'm picking up this year is the Moultrie M-80. The camera has bright infrared, and a 1.5 sec trigger speed. I hope to get as many pictures as I've seen some of the hunting guys bragging about. I'm planning on this being the best hunting season I've ever had...as long as my wife doesn't come up with some honey dos! Even with the honey dos, I'll still find time with the help of my friends at Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City.

James
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Fall Hunting Classic 2011 - Get Ready!

The Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic is just a few days away starting August 5 and going through August 21. Seminars from national pro staff, a special hunter appreciation Weekend, and a weekend just for kids are just some of the reasons to join us for Bass Pro Shops greatest hunting event ever!

What are some of the new items to look for in hunting this year?  For crossbow users, it's  the Parker Concorder Perfect Storm Crossbow Package - the first ever automatic cocking crossbow, powered by a replaceable 9 oz. CO2 cartridge. 

BPS Hunting Manager Shaun Bequeaith says trail cam users will want to check out three new models.  The Moultrie M80 trail camera offers three different ways of use - IR triggered game camera, time-lapse plot camera, or plot camera by day, infrared camera by night! He says also new this year is the Bushnell HD Trail cam , as well as the Primos TRUTH Camera Blackout, which is designed to be undetectable by animals or humans!

So, what's happening for seminars and activities throughout the Fall Hunting Classic?

Saturday, August 6, 1 p.m. - Iowa's New Dove Hunting Season - What you need to know! - Presented by Rick Trine, Central District Wildlife Supervisor, Iowa Department of Natural Resources


Sunday, August 7 - Bass Pro Shops Hunting University

2 p.m. - Hunting with Trail Cameras:  Improve Your Odds
Presented by Brad Mormann – Co-Host of “GrowingDeer.tv” TV Show
 
3 p.m. - Mastering the Art:  Deer
Presented by Chris Ashley – Team Primos

Hunter Appreciation Weekend is August 12-14. The weekend features many seminars, with one $25 gift card given away at the end of each seminar, and a free BPS key ring to the first 100 people each day who sign the Hunter's Pledge!  Seminars will be presented by BPS Associates and experts from local organizations.

Friday, August 12

6pm           Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively
7pm           Hunting Public/Leased Land: The ins-and-outs of finding places to hunt
8pm           Food Plots & Land Management: Managing Food Plots in order to Harvest Trophy Whitetail

Saturday August 13

1pm           Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively

2pm           Hunting Public/Leased Land: The ins-and-outs of finding places to hunt
3pm           Food Plots & Land Management: Managing Food Plots in order to Harvest Trophy Whitetail
4pm           Choosing the Right Optics

5pm           Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Sunday August 14

1pm           Tips for Game Camera Placement

2pm           Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting

3pm           Field Dressing, Transporting & Processing Game

4pm           Choosing the Right Optics



ATV Obstacle CourseAugust 13 and 14 you can also drive the ATV obstacle course and enter for a chance to win a prize!  Must have a valid driver's license to drive.  Under 18 must have waiver signed by parent or guardian.




Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21 is Next Generation WeekendCamping Basics Workshop for Kids
Designed with kids in mind, this weekend allows children to learn more about the outdoors through free activities, such as the Deer Camp Challenge, free crafts, and youth seminars on Archery Basics and Camping Basics.  (Seminars are geared for 8-12-year-olds.) 



The paintball cage will be open, as well as the PictureU screen -have your picture taken like you're holding a turkey on the cover of Outdoor Life magazine!


So, head on over to Bass Pro Shops for the greatest hunting event ever this coming weekend!
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Boating and fishing in rivers and ponds

Our service guys in Tracker have out done themselves in customizing a Grizzly 1648 Jon and turning it into a sweet river boat for the Susquehanna river . Our sales lead calls it the river that's a mile wide and a foot deep. But what he forgot to mention is the superb fishing and water sports you can do anywhere on this river that runs through the capital city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "The river" (as the locals affectionately call it) is tricky to boat and fish but with some practice and the right equipment, like one of the many depth finder/fish finders available in our marine department you'll be sure to have a good time. Check out these 2 YouTube videos about the custom boat our service technicians built that works great on "the river":

Our service technician lead, Scott Lucas, included this description. "We added a center console to the boat with a windshield, added a seat/livewell (20 Gallon). Installed a trolling motor and put the battery up under the front deck. Installed aerator and bilge pumps, navigation lights, fire extinguisher and paddle, cranking batter and 6 gallon tank. After shooting video, 2 fishing seats were installed. One in the front and another in the rear of the boat.

 

Because of the heavy rains in the spring and other factors that the PA Fish and Boat Commission are researching, the bass fishing has been regulated to catch and release only in certain areas of the river this year. Because of this, some of our local bass fishermen have been looking elsewhere to go fishing. This brings me to my VERY IMPORTANT message to all outdoorsmen and women. There are many land owners who don't mind people hunting, fishing, swimming, etc. on their property as long as those people have permission to be there and use their property RESPECTFULLY. Recently, Rod and I were fishing in his uncle’s private pond and there were two men fishing along the bank of the pond. We were unsure if they had permission so we decided to stay in the area and watch them. One of them named, Randy, caught a nice largemouth bass and had no problem with releasing it back into the pond to be caught again some day. Rod's uncle came by later on his ATV to talk to all of us and see if the fishin' was any good and that the area was left clean of garbage. He is constantly on patrol because of people sneaking in and leaving broken glass and their trash behind and tearing up the property that he worked his lifetime to own and enjoy in his retirement. THIS IS WRONG AND HAS TO BE STOPPED. Parents....please teach your children to respect other's property and be responsible for their actions. Not only in the summertime but also during hunting seasons where farmers and property owners may allow you to hunt.

 Rod and a largemouth bass from private pond caught and released 

July is also the month for PA hunters to buy their hunting licenses because the PA Game Commission begins to offer it’s antlerless deer licenses on Monday, July 11. Since we’ve put up the deer feeder last year we’ve been able to watch the buck’s antlers begin to grow back this summer. Here’s some pictures taken from our Moultrie game cameras that we placed by the feeder that I have been promising you.  
Another young buck in velvet One of the bigger buck


Two young buck protecting their tender antlers while in velvetUnder the feeder and always vigilant

Until next time, have a safe and enjoyable summer and get out of the air conditioning and enjoy the natural, cool shade and summertime fun in our national and state parks.
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Scout Out Your Archery Buck Today

Summer is off-season for most deer hunters.  We are busy working and trying our best to stay cool.  However, you could be missing some of the best scouting of the year!  If you're in the Midwest the bucks are in bachelor groups right now and are coming out regularly to feed on the delicious beans and alfalfa.  I'm sure some of you guys have food plots that are beginning to get chewed up as well.  The best part is that the bucks have had enough antler growth at this point to be able to see their potential and know what you have running around your hunting area. 

Setting up a ground blind on a likely field and getting video footage is fun to do this time of year.  It also serves as good reference to see how your deer develop and how their habits may have changed from summer to season.  I like to look for an area that has alfalfa or young beans with several woodlots in the vicinity.  Second crop beans will be the best choice for deer season, although you may see a lot of deer in early beans in July.  If you can find an edge that has some white oak trees around it, that is the best spot to start.  Monitor the field to see where the deer enter and exit the field and set up a spot to watch them from a blind one hundred to two hundred yards away.  Sometimes it can get hot, so pick you up an Ameristep Blind Fan.  They run quiet and even have a LED light system built in.

If you do not have the time or means to set up and video deer during the summer, the next best option is to set out game cameras.  Really, you can get better surveillance on deer using a game camera because it captures everything that happens for multiple days, even when you can't be there.  In addition, you can fine tune your scouting by pinpoint certain deer, which we will talk about later.  Choose a spot just as you would if you were going out to video deer.  Walk the edge of a woods along the field and look for trails leading into the field.  Again, you will probably find that an area with white oaks is a preferred route.  The acorns have not really fallen at this point, but later in the summer and early fall, big bucks will stage just inside of the woods and eat acorns and green briar while they wait for the cover of darkness to enter the field.  Whenever you find a good trail, set your game camera up either facing into the woods down the trail or straight out into the field.  This will allow your camera to take multiple pictures as the deer come or go.  Of course, some of the new game cameras, like the Moultrie® Game Spy® M-80 Mini, have a time-lapse feature.  This is really neat because instead of taking pictures every so often, it takes a constant video of the area during daylight hours.  It will automatically switch to an infrared camera at night and begin taking photos again.  You can stream the entire daylight video on your computer whenever you view your SD card.  Although not available with the time-lapse feature, Wildview Cameras and Wildgame Innovations cameras are also great choices at a lower price. 

Now we will talk about fine tuning your scouting to pinpoint certain deer and locate their bedding areas.  Deer are willing to enter the fields freely during the summer. As season draws near and the days grow shorter, the deer stay in their bedding areas longer into the evening and begin using the fields more after dark.  They will leave their bed closer to dark each day.  I believe that they try to time it so that they are entering the field right at dark each night.  This is why it is important to find their bedding area and the trail they use to get from there to their feeding area.  What you can do to accomplish this is adjust your game camera down the trail, into the woods a little bit at a time.  You start out covering the entry point of the field.  Move your game camera back the trail into the woods to the first good split or crossing in the trail.  Usually this should be no more than 50-100 yards back, depending on the terrain and type of woods you are hunting in.   Set your camera up there and watch it for several days.  If you lose track of the deer your were trying to scout, move your camera closer to the field on the first trail, and confirm that the deer is still using the area.  If you kept contact with the deer on your second game camera setup, continue to move your camera down the direction that it came from until you feel comfortable that you know where it is bedding.  Resist the urge to enter the bedding area as you can spoil your chances if it is a mature buck that you are chasing.  Even though it is early in the summer, you may spook him just enough to make him change his habits and you would have to start over with your scouting.

You can now add all of this homework up and make a good decision on stand placement.  Obviously, you want to be between the bedding and feeding area.  Furthermore, it is ideal to get as close to the bedding area as possible without spooking the deer you are hunting.  With the right conditions (strong wind, wet ground, etc), you may be able to slip inside of one hundred yards and climb a stand without the deer knowing you are there.  If you happen to find a staging area inside the woods that the deer are using, put a stand there.  Remember, you are looking for white oak trees and green briar as a staging point identifier, along with heavy deer traffic.  I have had many encounters when deer slipped into a staging area, stayed there until it was dark, and then entered the field.  Some deer do not make these mistakes and stay close to their bedding area until the light is gone.  It is absolutely critical to hunt these areas only when the wind is right for it, even if it means letting your stand sit empty for opening day. These deer have been in a feeding pattern all year and see the same things everyday, so anything out of the ordinary may throw them off.  Get your stands in now so they have plenty of time to adjust.   

Good Huntin'
-Brian
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