Turkey Season is Upon Us!

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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, http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Striker-Turkey-Vests-for-Men/product/13082106113916/.  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,http://www.basspro.com/Sawyer-Permethrin-Insect-Repellent-for-Clothing/product/10223263/,  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!

 

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How To Choose the Perfect Turkey Hunting Vest

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Spring has finally arrived and that means it’s time for warmer weather. Buds will begin blooming and forming a beautiful shade of green across the land and for many avid hunters, it means spring turkey season!  For most hunters there is nothing better than the sound of a spring gobbler sounding off through the morning fog, roosted in a nearby oak tree,  looking for his next lucky lady to try a woo.  Gobblers are sometimes unpredictable and there is nothing more important than being able to set up at a moment’s notice to bag that bird of a lifetime. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just beginning, Redhead has a great line of turkey vests and chairs to always have you prepared for whatever that wise ol’ gobbler throws your way.

If you are just beginning to get into the wonderful world of chasing turkeys or don’t want something “too fancy” a great vest to start with is the Redhead Classic Turkey Vest. This vest is economical in price at only $29.99, while still being very functional. This vest offers an upper portion that is constructed to provide full range of motion, it features two large external pockets that give you plenty of space for calls, masks, gloves, etc., a rear game bag for when you bag your trophy bird, fully adjustable shoulder and chest straps, a drop-down seat cushion to help aid in comfort no matter when you have to set up, and a detachable blaze orange safety flag.  This vest available in Realtree Xtra Green and Mossy Oak Obsession, it is made of 100% microfiber polyester and is a one size fits most.

The best bang for your buck turkey vest on the market anywhere is the Redhead Striker Turkey Vest.  This vest is priced right at only $59.99, while giving you many great features to help give you all day comfort and also give you plenty of storage space to harbor every tool needed to fool that tough old tom! The Redhead Striker vest features individual pockets for a box call and a striker, a mesh mouth call pocket, 2 slate call pockets, and additional accessory pockets. A magnetic fold down seat cushion made of memory foam will give you unmatched comfort on any terrain. We have also given you a thick foam padded back cushion to protect you from the uncomfortable ridges that tough old oak bark can present. An adjustable game bag in the back holds decoys or your trophy gobbler, and a detachable blaze orange flags adds a measure of safety to your walk in and out of the woods. When you’re running and gunning you need to stay hydrated which is why Redhead has made this vest 100% hydration compatible (Bladder not uncluded). This vest is offered in two great camo patterns, Realtree Xtra Green and Mossy Oak Obsession to help keep you hidden from the best eyes in the woods!

Are you a seasoned turkey hunting veteran? Then you understand how hard it can sometimes be to find a good tree or brush pile to set up against, until now! I’d like to introduce to you the Redhead Bucklick Creek Turkey Lounger Vest. This patented vest/chair system features a dropdown, self-supporting seat that gives you the freedom to sit comfortably and in excellent shooting position, regardless of terrain. Adjustable shoulder and sternum straps assure you a custom fit every time, while a Smart Pocket System makes your calls and other accessories easily accessible. This great vest is assembled from tough, waterproof mircofleece fabrics, which all your external pockets are highly water resistant, which will help protect your valuable tools from the elements. This vest features a hydration compartment (Bladder not included) to keep you from getting thirsty and a roomy game bag, to carry decoys into the field and carry that gobbler of a lifetime out of the field!

Spring turkey hunting is a fun and sometimes difficult thing to do and having the right tools and equipment can help you have a successful hunt. There is not much more as exciting as bagging a spring turkey, and whether it is your 25th gobbler of a long hunting career or your 1st gobbler of many future birds, Bass Pro Shops and Redhead can’t wait to go along with you on your journey and be a part of the memory of a lifetime.

By Landon Perry- camo team leader

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Product Spotlight - Award-Winning RedHead Striker Turkey Vest

RedHead STrikler Turkey Vest"The beauty of the Striker lies in its simplicity."
Strut Zone - Gear Review: 5 New Turkey Vests for Spring 2014

 

Well laid out - fully-functional - quiet. These are just some of features that have earned the RedHead Striker Turkey Vest the Great Buy Award from Outdoor Life!

The new RedHead Striker Turkey Vest for men is a high-quality vest with features hunters need at an affordable price - a variety of pockets include a mesh mouth call pocket, double slate call pocket, and a box call and striker pocket, plus additional accessory pockets. Bass Pro Shops Altoona Hunting Manager Shaun Bequeaith likes the fold-down seat and the way its magnets quickly closed the seat. The detachable orange square gives just a little added protection on your walk into and out of the woods.

As the Strut Zone blog calls it, the RedHead Striker Vest is an "inexpensive starter vest and a great value."Striker Turkey Vest

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Giving Back

By: Jerry Costabile

On February 8th, I was part of a “Learn to Hunt Rabbits” program that was put on by the Wisconsin DNR, at Richard Bong State Recreation Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin.

The hunt was put on by the Richard Bong Naturalist Association and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It was held on the park property, which has hundreds of acres of hunting open to the public. I know for a fact that the area we were going to hunt is loaded with rabbits, and I was just as excited as if I were going to hunt! There were five hunters and five mentors. The hunters for the day were Ben, Nathan, Hunter, Annie and Jay. Our Mentors for the day were Adam, Brandon, Michael, my son Kyle and myself.

Being a certified Hunter Education Instructor, I was asked to teach a firearm safety class and a class on hunting rabbits. Along with my classes, there would be classes on state laws and regulations that would be instructed by two state Conservation Wardens, Brandon Smith and Michael Katzenberg. There was a class on the biology of rabbits by Adam Holcomb from the Naturalist Association.

We had a special guest speaker, Mike Corbett, on hunting with beagles. Mike was to bring a really special guest, but because of the snow depth, we didn’t get to meet his dog, Nugget. He still gave a great presentation with a film of an actual rabbit hunt with Beagles.

After a lunch provided by the Naturalist Association, we were ready to hunt! After everyone was given a blaze orange vest, complements of the Naturalist Association, and blaze orange hat, complements of Bass Pro Shops, Gurnee, IL, we were off! I was concerned about the new snow on top of the old snow, and the ability to hunt in a way that we could flush the rabbits to the hunters that were positioned ahead and in safe locations. Well when we got to the first area to be hunted, the snow was deep; I was in snow up to my mid thighs! It was all that we could do to just get thru the drifts and get to the cover. The rabbits were there, lots and lots of tracks and rabbit m&m’s (droppings), but it was very difficult to get into the thickest cover where there was less snow. This is where all of the fresh sign lead to and we were not going to get there, too much snow. The effort was there, but the opportunities were not.

A group decision was made to go back to the classroom for a short break and rehydration and then to head to another location. The snow was already taking its toll on us, we only hunted for about an hour and we looked like we had been at it all day!

When we headed out for round two, I was feeling a little disappointed because with the conditions, I didn’t think our opportunities would be many if any. Upon arriving to our hunting destination, we grouped up and made the walk a few hundred yards back to a heavy brush covered area that had good rabbit sign everywhere. I could see that if we were going to see a rabbit, this was the spot! While everyone was getting into position to start, I could see a very fresh set of tracks that led into the cover we were about to get into. I put Nathan, my hunter, into a good position to see and it was open enough that if Bugs showed himself, he would get a shot. Our “dogs” Kyle and Ben, were just about to the brush that the fresh tracks led into and I told Nathan “Be ready” and sure enough, out he came, the first rabbit of the day! Nathan did a great job getting his gun up and because of the rabbit’s speed, a very ethical decision not to shoot. It just wasn’t a good shot opportunity and because of the deep snow, I knew that the rabbit wouldn’t go far and might give us another chance. As we moved to get ahead of the “dogs”, there was a shot off to our right. It might have been the same rabbit, but we weren’t sure so we kept moving ahead. Once Nathan and I got to an area that gave us a good vantage point and a safe location, we got ready only to see the guys walking up to us and no rabbit ahead of them.

Well we regrouped with the others and found out that Annie got the shot, but the rabbit got away! We made our way to the nature center took some pictures, shook hands and said good buy. I was hoping to demonstrate field dressing and share a couple of recipes, but the rabbits at Bong Recreation Area survived the first “Learn to Hunt Rabbits”.

On the way home, I had some mixed emotions, I was a little disappointed because I am usually successful at rabbit hunting and really wanted the day to be a great memory for our first time hunters. But I was also very proud of the fact that maybe, just maybe, I helped in a small way to keep a tradition alive. I reflected on the introduction to the sport to my boys and the fun we had, even when the rabbits were better than we were. I am now completely into the sportsman stage of my outdoor life, this is where the success is based on the experience, the memories, the friendships and the feelings of satisfaction of just being able to show others why I love what has been created for us all, the great outdoors.

There is something special in giving back to something that has rewarded you with so much. From teaching others, to protecting the resources, I know that for the rest of my days afield, it won’t be about what I harvest, but about what I can do to give back.

 

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Turkey Hunting

Do you have a turkey vest yet?  Here are a few new vests that we have at Bass Pro Shop.  Check them out!

The Redhead Striker Turkey Vest for Men has a magnetic flip up seat which is cushioned with memory foam, and padded back and shoulder straps for comfort.  Lots of accessory pockets to keep all calls in and a detachable blaze orange flag.  This vest also comes in ladies.   The vest for ladies has spacious pockets inside and out but is alot less bulky.

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Ol'Tom Dura-Lite Performance I-Beam Vest, has a gun cradle with a thick seat for comfort.  Along with many pockets, pouches and a blaze orange safety flag, the blood proof game bag seals the deal.  This vest also has a decoy bag and a blaze orange safety flag.

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Under Armour has come out with its own vest for turkey hunting.  The UnderArmour Turkey Trax Hunting Vest, has a compression molded back panel which is channelled for ventilation and then folds down as a seat.  Very roomy with lots of pockets and pouches, this pack also has a one handed magnetic front closure for convenience.

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The Redhead Turkey Vest for Youth is perfect for a young beginner.  This vest has a adjustable waist, shoulder and sternum strap.  Large pockets and a built in fold down padded seat.  It comes in Realtree Xtra Green or Mossy Oak Obsession.

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I think you will be happy with any of the vests we have here at Bass Pro Shop.  So stop on in and check them out.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

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Staying Safe While Hunting

Are you aware that each state has different requirements for the amount of hunter (blaze) orange to wear? Here in Georgia, the requirement reads as follows: 

"All deer, bear and feral hog hunters, and those accompanying them, during firearm deer seasons must wear at least 500 square inches of Hunter Orange on outer garments above the waist."
 
A standard safety vest will cover 400 square inches of the requirement.  Add an orange cap and you'll be all set! One of many options, at your local Bass Pro Shops is the Redhead Blaze Cap and Vest Combo.
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A number of different price points and options are available.  Vest models range from utilitarian to deluxe, with additional features including zippers, pockets, license loops, antimicrobial treatment, hook 'n' loop closures and even lighted caps.
 
Anytime you decide to hunt out of state, make sure you check the orange requirements before you head out.  You can locate those requirements on the International Hunter Education Association website.
 
Make sure you take the proper safety precautions before you head to the wood. You've checked your firearms and your camo - don't forget your safety gear!
 
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Turkey Season

For Miami-Dade County the 2013 Spring Turkey Season runs from March 2nd to April 7th.  The firearms allowed during this season are shotguns and muzzle loading shotguns, using a shot no larger than No.2.  Bows and Crossbows are also allowed during this period.  There is a limit of two turkeys for the spring season with a daily bag limit of one.  Some beneficial items for your hunting trip include the following:

RedHead® Classic Turkey Vests for Men

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This vest is made with full range of motion in the upper portion, two large pockets for gear, a rear game bag, a seat cushion that drops down, and an orange safety flag.  The shoulder straps and sternum straps are fully adjustable so it is one size fits most.  All the great features of this product make it great for turkey season!

Turkey call

There are a few different types of turkey calls which can be used.  There is a reason for that; you never know what a gobbler or hen will respond to on any given day.  Sometimes they are attracted to a normal call and sometimes to the rarely used sounds.  The diaphragm calls are used inside the user’s mouth and create the most lifelike sound.  Box call turkey sounds are created by sliding a lid across the surface of a box.  These calls produce the most volume than any other turkey call.  Turkey friction calls are created by the user drawing a peg across the surface.  Friction calls create lifelike turkey sounds and are one of the most common turkey calls.  And the push-pull calls are the simplest because all you have to do is push or pull a button on the end of the call.  These calls also create realistic turkey sounds. 

Here at our store we have a variety of choices to choose from.  One of the choices to pick from our store has a combination of two different calls.  The H.S. Strut® Legacy Glass Friction Turkey Call comes with a turkey friction call as well as a diaphragm call.  This product produces high-pitched hen (female) sounds with great volume. 

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Hunting license and Turkey permit

Do you have your hunting license and turkey permit?  You’ll need it if you want to hunt this spring for turkey!  You have till the 7th of April to enjoy this opportunity.  Stop by our store and buy your hunting license and turkey permit and you’re set!

 

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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:  http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Striker-Turkey-Vests-for-Men/product/11100805013010/

 

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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.

 

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Red Head Classic Turkey Vest

The Red Head Classic Turkey Vest is a basic turkey vest that is great for everyone. It is one size fits most with adjustable straps and sports an affordable price of only $29.99. This vest has two large front pockets with snap closures. A quick release padded seat cushion is also included for your comfort. The Red Head Classic Turkey Vest also features a removable blaze orange safety flag and a rear nylon lined game bag. Spring Turkey Hunting starts in March.  Make sure you stop by the Bass Pro Shops in Dania, FL to check out all our turkey hunting gear.

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For hunting dates and information you can always visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Website.

 

 

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Stay Safe this Holiday Season while in the woods

Stay safe this holiday season while in the woods

By: Tom Branch, Jr.

For many families, including mine, the holiday season is about hunting and eating home-cooked meals, but safety should be as high a priority. I would rather be in a deer stand for the holidays than in the hospital from an injury. So all of us hunters must show some common-sense and follow safety precautions.

Did you know the majority of accidents occur while ascending or descending from a tree stand?

Every hunter should wear a safety harness system while climbing a tree and while sitting in a tree stand, no matter how high up a tree you are. Many of the current tree stand manufactures are providing a safety harness when you purchase a new deer stand. Make sure the safety harness you are wearing secures your shoulders, waist and legs all together as one system. Prior to any climbing, make sure your tether strap is attached to your harness and to the tree.  

Another danger is when climbing into a deer stand when the hunter steps over onto the stand from the ladder section. At this point, all of your weight is on one foot when you access the stability of the sitting area of the stand.

Another big mistake hunters make is not properly securing themselves into their stands once they have ascended the tree. Remember, you can fall out of your stand just as easily as you could going up the tree, or coming down it.

We all know that using a firearm can present a variety of dangers and safety hazards. Remember the firearm safety tips and guidelines you were taught in your Hunter Safety course. Make sure what you’re aiming at is what you want to hit. Identify your target prior to pointing your gun at it, and you must be 100 percent sure of your target before you pull the trigger.

All deer hunters in Georgia are required to wear at least 500 square inches of unbroken fluorescent orange when hunting deer during gun season (others should check their state regulations for more details). This also means when you are sitting in the deer stand you must wear your orange vest. Remember you are visible to other hunters and not to the deer.

All hunters need to follow the state’s legal requirements. To read more go to:
http://www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations

Please use what GOD gave you in the form of common sense and have fun in the great outdoors.

Happy Holidays from my family to yours..... BRANCH
 

About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a full time Firefighter, Paramedic/Lieutenant in Georgia for the past 28 years and he is a part owner of Wave Away, LLC.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 18 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and he participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.

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Are You Ready for Hunting Season?

Hello Bass Pro Shops Customers! Are you doing last minute shopping for this year’s hunting season? Listed below are some checklists you need to be looking over to make sure have everything you need this cold hunting season.

 

Preseason Checklist

Purchase hunting licenses

Secure landowners permission

Take hunter safety courses

Preseason scouting

Get physically fit

Sight-in rifle

Schedule vacation time

Vehicle maintenance

Camp repair

Purchase or reload ammunition

 

Clothing Checklist

Check weather report for proper dress

Hat (Be sure it has the required amount  of fluorescent orange)

Coat 

Jacket

Vest

Pants

Shirts 

Sweater

Boots

Extra socks

Rain Gear 

Face Mask

Field Gear and Accessories

Knife sharpened

Flashlight and batteries

Drag rope

License and holder

Pencil string or plastic tie down for tagging

Field dressing kit

Compass

Masking scents

Deer/Turkey calls

Water bottle

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First-Aid kit

Whistle

Hunter's seat cushion

Tree stand (with safety belt)

Hand warmers

Daypack with lunch and snacks

 

Personal Checkpoints

Prescription medicine

Wallet with ID money and credit cards

Keys to camp, gun cabinet, and extra vehicle keys

Leave details of your hunting itinerary with your family

Cellular phone if possible

 

After the Hunt

Mail in harvest report card (if you got lucky!)

Process deer, turkey, etc.

Taxidermy arrangements (hope you saved some money!)

Clean and store all your gear

If you hunted on private property share you harvest with the landowner and send the landowner a thank-you note.

 

A few Other Things to Check....

Don’t wait until the night before the season opens to start gathering all your hunting gear. Here’s a look at how to avoid first-day glitches that could cost you a shot.

We’ve all done it at one time or another: It’s the day before deer season and you’ve waited until the last minute to round up all the gear you’ll need for tomorrow’s hunt. You’re nearly in a panic as you go through a mental checklist while you rummage through closets, attics and the garage.

You fill the pockets of your hunting coat and your daypack with everything you think you’ll need for the next day, dust off your favorite tack-driver, and pile everything by the back door. The next morning, you’re halfway to your stand before you realize you’ve forgotten some essential item – a facemask, gloves or even ammunition!

Forgetfulness and haste have probably saved the lives of more game animals than just about any other hunter’s gaffe you can think of. Perhaps the most frustrating part is that most of these glitches are preventable. What follows is a rundown of essential and non-essential items to help you avoid the pitfalls of poor preparation this opening day.

Batteries

Its opening morning and you head off down that long trail through the woods to your stand. Halfway there you notice your flashlight beam seems to be growing dimmer. At first you think it’s just your imagination, but before long the light fizzles, and though you’re only a few hundred yards from your stand, you might as well be a mile away. You won’t find it now until the sun comes up.

Dead batteries top the list of common opening-day glitches. Deer hunters have come to rely on a number of battery-operated devices, including flashlights, range finders, hand-held GPS units and two-way radios, to name a few. We love them when they work, but curse them when they don’t, even though it’s usually our own fault.

A little preventive maintenance can save a lot of frustration. Always check every battery-operated tool before the season opens. Test each device to see if it works. If you have a battery tester, use it. If you don’t, get one. One alternative is to buy batteries with built-in strength indicators. And remember this simple rule: When in doubt, throw them out. Batteries are cheap. It also doesn’t hurt to keep spare batteries in your pack, just in case.

Guns and Bows

“It shot fine last year when I put it away” is a common lament heard at deer camps all around the country, usually after opening day misses. This is one of the most common blunders hunters make. There are hundreds of reasons why your gun or bow’s point of aim could change between seasons. Maybe you, or someone else, bumped it unknowingly. A different bullet weight, a different brand, even a different batch of ammunition could make a difference. Maybe you left too much oil in the barrel when you cleaned it. Or maybe you didn’t clean it and a drop of water turned the fine grooves inside your barrel into a spot of rust.

Leave nothing to chance. Make sure all the moving parts are in working order. Clean off the heavy coat of oil you applied for storage and replace it with a fine coating of synthetic lube that won’t freeze or gum up. Next, check all screws for tightness, especially on scope mounts and rings. Finally, take it to the range and fire it, using whatever ammunition you’ll be hunting with. Shoot enough to make sure your point of impact is correct and consistent.

If you’re bow hunting, sight pins can come out of alignment. Check all cams to make sure they’re turning freely and lubricate any moving parts that might make noise with a scent-free lube. When you’re done sighting in with field points, shoot a few broad heads to make sure your bow is still on. (Broad heads will often shoot differently than field tips, and this is a common source of “pilot error.”)

A Miscellany of Other Items

Whether you stuff them in your pockets, hang them off your belt or put them in a daypack, there’s an endless list of miscellaneous items you can take into the woods. Some are necessary; others merely make your endeavor more comfortable or efficient. First, let’s take a look at the essentials.

If I had to pick one item from my daypack that I would never be without, it would have to be a compass. You may be very familiar with the area you hunt and only headed out for an hour or two, but what if you decide to pick up a hot track on your way in, or end up following a long blood trail? Good outdoorsmen never get “lost,” but they sometimes get turned around. A compass will help you find the shortest route to get in and out of the woods. You can also use it to take a bearing on an animal’s direction after the shot and while tracking to help in recovery.

Obviously, you’ll need field-dressing supplies that are in good condition, particularly a sharp knife. I recall one opening morning when I was not so well prepared. I made a good shot and found the fallen buck easily, but my elation quickly turned to frustration when I realized I’d forgotten my knife.

I only made that mistake once, but I’d need all of my scarred fingers to count the number of times I’ve field dressed a deer with a dull knife. I now carry two knives, and I sharpen them before the season and after every use.

Other field-dressing supplies you may want to include are rubber gloves, a small length of cord to tie-off innards or attach your tag, and a small sealable plastic bag with some moist wipes for cleaning up your hands.

The list of what could be considered non-essential gear is limited only by your own needs or desires. Binoculars and range finders are particularly helpful in locating and judging game and accurately estimating distances.

Many hunters now use scents and calls to help draw game closer. You may need a saw for limbing or boning. If you’re a tree-stand hunter, you’ll need a rope to haul your bow or gun up with and something to hang them on.

You may want to include some sort of wind-checking device, such as a bottle of fine powder or tufts of silk.

Two items that could arguably be considered essential are a water bottle and a survival kit. Under moderate conditions water will help quench your thirst and in hot weather it will keep you hydrated. A survival kit is an insurance policy you hope you’ll never need. But if you do have a need for one at some point, it’s nice to have it.

LICENSES

A hunting license is one of those things you should take care of well before the season begins, particularly if you’re traveling out of state. Every state has different license sales procedures. Some may require you to purchase your hunting license from your local town office, which may only be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. Others require that you apply by mail, which could take several weeks, provided nothing gets lost in transit. Even if the local license vendor is just around the corner and open 24 hours a day, leave nothing to chance. He could run out of licenses, particularly as it gets closer to opening day.

CHECK THE REGULATIONS

As I sat in my tree stand watching the forest slowly come to life, I waited anxiously for the first distant shots that would announce the opening of another deer season.

Thirty minutes after first light I still hadn’t heard a shot. I suddenly began to get a very uneasy feeling that maybe I’d somehow jumped the gun. I fumbled through my pack searching in vain for the rulebook that wasn’t there. It was another half hour before I finally heard the first shots that put me at ease, but that first hour was one of the least enjoyable opening mornings I’ve ever spent.

Since that day I’ve learned to take nothing for granted. Regulations often change from year to year, and though state fish and game agencies do their best to keep us informed, it is ultimately up to the hunter to know the current laws and seasons.

MAKE A CHECKLIST

Even though I always go over a mental checklist, I still manage to forget something. I finally remedied that by making a written list. That way it’s all there in black and white and I don’t have to rely on memories of last year’s hunt

 

-Rebecca

Hunting Department

Leeds Alabama

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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).

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THINK CAMO!

It's the Hunting Classic here at Bass Pro!  I know its August in Central New York, but it is never too early to start thinking about Hunting.  Why husband starts thinking about next season right after Muzzle season ends here in New York.

With the Hunting Classic in full swing, camo is a must.  RedHead has a great camo jacket, overalls, vest, and bibs you may just want to try out.

I talked with Bridget, our Team Lead in the Camo Department, who recommended RedHead's Mountain Stalker line.  After talking with Bridget,  I too am convinced this is a great product and moderately priced whether you are a first time hunter or long time enthusiast.  

The RedHead Mountain Stalker Hooded Jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Medium insulation keeps you warm and is great for fall.  What is nice about this jacket,  is it comes down low in the back so rain or wind does not sneak in and deter you from what you are in the woods for.  The jacket is comfortable, has a removable hood, neoprene wrist sleeves, and two front pockets as well as two front  zippered pockets.  

Still interested?   Well read on!  Keeping with the RedHead Mountain Stalker line, the insulated bibs are quiet and soft.  Just like the jacket,  they are also waterproof, windproof, and breathable.  The bibs have full length leg zippers with snaps at the cuff.  Great for getting off and on, and customers say they are just plain comfortable and have a generous fit.  This even has a built in gusset for a relaxed fit across the chest. Don't forget they also have two front handwarmer pockets as well as two back pockets.

Don't want a jacket and bibs but prefer coveralls.  Well, RedHead Mountain Stalker has them.  Same protection as the jacket and bibs.  They have a three piece zip off hood, front zipper, knit collar turtleneck,  and  hook 'n' loop adjusters.  As with the bibs, they also have the leg zippers with snap bottom for comfort.  Finally, don't forget two chest pockets, two hip pockets and two lower pant pockets.

Did someone say I want orange?  Last but not least, you may want look to the RedHead Mountain Stalker reversible vest.  Same Bone-Dry protection as the jacket, bibs, and coveralls.  This vest has a full-zip front, rib knit collar, license holder, and two patch pockets.

So stop on in to our Camo Department and look for the RedHead Mountain Stalker line.  Great product and you don't have to spend a fortune to be comfortable and dry.  Ask for Bridget, she will help you in any way possible.  

 Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator 

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PETS - SUMMER AND FALL

It's Summer and while we are enjoying the heat, hiking, swimming and the good old outdoors, our pets want to be right beside us enjoying time also.  We worry about our safety on boats and keeping ourselves hydrated, so lets not forget man's best friend.

Bass Pro has a few ideas for Summer that keep your pet safe, fed, and hydrated while you both enjoy the outdoors and get the most out of your day.

Out in the boat for the day?  Well don't forget a flotation vest for your dog.  Bass Pro has one that performs great! This vest fits large chested dogs as well as small.  A plus is that this vest is a great price so you get more bang for your buck!  Now, with your pet safe and comfortable you can relax on that boat.

Going to take a day hike?  Well your best friend will be right beside you and while you are taking a snack break with some water and GORP (good old raisins and peanuts), your pet is needing the same. Bass Pro sells a few different things that will make it easy to carry water and food for your pet..  A great idea for hiking is to put a Ruff Wear Approach Pack on your dog.  This recreational dog pack has external gear loops, waterproof zippers, and reflective trim.  Great for day hikes and overnights.  Not camping or hiking but planning on a long car ride to your destination? One item to get your pet through the long journey is a PortablePET food tote.  This tote is very easy to carry.  It will hold eight cups of food, it has a bowl for water, and one for food. The tote has a canteen to hold water while traveling.  I know most people use flea and tick control on their pet this time of year, but you should always be aware of ticks regardless.  I personally love the Tick Key.  The key is very easy to use and can be attached to your keychain, leash, or dog collar.   

Its hard to believe that Fall is right around the corner.  August is a great time to think about training.  Hunting or obedience Bass Pro has what you need. 

Electronic dog training collars are good for training that stubborn but loveable pet.  Bass Pro has many to pick from, but one in particular that is popular would be the Red Head RH2.   It has 16 levels of stimulation.  Now if your dog is sensitive, this collar has a Gentle Touch option that tickles the dog to get his attention.  It has a orange collar which is extremely durable and waterproof.  Read our customer reviews on line to see you won't be disappointed.

Red Head has a great camo neoprene dog vest.  This lightweight rubber vest is exactly what your dog needs to avoid any briars, thorns, or barbed wire he/she may come in contact with.  If its orange you want, Red Head has a a durable vest with a padded high density foam chest protector. 

On with the training!  Bass Pro has a variety of dead fowl trainers.  Dokken makes mallards to pheasants which are great way to stop dogs who may shake their game too hard.  The body of these trainers are made from a soft natural feel foam.  The head and feet are free-swinging, the body floats on water, and the weight is lifelike.  It also have the ability for internal scenting. Speaking of scents!  Remington has a selection of scents such as duck, rabbit, quail, and grouse.   

Now that was a lot of information to take in. You say "I am just starting out and don't want to invest in absolutely everything until you I see how my dog reacts to training"!  Remington has a dog training kit for under $30.  It comes with a canvas dummy, scent, whistle with thermometer and compass.  It also has a 25' nylon check cord and training book with techniques.So you can start slow.

So keep your pet safe whether its Summer or Fall.  Remember, they are loyal friends who just want to spend as much time as they can with you.

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Preparing for upland bird hunting seasons

Hello All,

If your gearing up and practicing your marksmanship for the upcoming upland bird seasons, then don't forget about Bass Pro Shops for all your hunting and marksmanship needs.

Camoflage

The proper camouflage and hunter's orange is always something to consider before you begin your hunt. Bass Pro Shops carries several different brands when it comes to hunter's orange clothing so you're seen by other hunters. One great product is the Browning Upland Canvas Vest. This vest has 4 large pockets for calls and ammunition on the front as well as one large pocket on the back for holding any birds taken while hunting. The vest also has pockets in the shoulders for Browning Reactar recoil pads. These pads are sold separately but are a great addition when considering shooting all day.

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Another great product to consider when going bird hunting is a quality pair of briar pants or snake chaps which can also be found at Bass Pro. Bass Pro carries several different styles of briar pants made by Browning and RedHead. The Redhead pants give several different patterns to choose from such as blue jean with khaki front, a solid brown pant, or a full mossy oak break up pants. Next would be a pair of quality snake chaps, because I have run across a few rattle snakes in the field also. The snake chaps made by WhiteWater are of great quality and are made of a very tough polyester fabric, they really are a lifesaver when your eyes are focused on the air for the birds and not on the ground where the snakes are. Bass Pro carries snake chaps in either a RealTree AP camouflage or just a tan color. The snake chaps as well as everything else mentioned above can be found in the camo department at your local Bass Pro Shops.

 RedHead Briar Pants                                              WhiteWater Snake Chaps

Best Regards and Safe Hunting,
Ethan Aycox,
Bass Pro Shops,
Camo Pro Staff,
Spanish Fort, Al.

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Turkey Vest- What you need to know

Turkey Vest- Introduction

  • A good comfortable turkey vest is needed to carry your gear, especially your calls.
  • Look for a variety of sized pockets to accommodate your gear, accessible and organized. Ex. ( Box, mouth slate calls, strikers, shells, GPS, lunch, water bottle, binoculars, rangefinders)
  • Pockets should have zippers, snaps, drawstrings, or elasticized pockets to secure contents of your pockets and to prevent them from moving around to make noise
  • Mesh pockets for diaphragm or mouth calls allows calls to dry when you are not using them.
  • Turkey vests are usually oversized, (one size fits most)
  • Fitted turkey vests are sometimes a little challenging as to what you are going to wear underneath (due to weather conditions. This plays a huge factor
  • Zip-off sleeves are great for cool mornings with the ability to remove them when warmer. (Just remember to have a long-sleeve t-shirt on to cover your arms)
  • Make sure when you are sitting that you are comfortable, as a turkey hunter you may be sitting for long periods of time and don’t want to squirm around and spook your turkey.
  • Padded back/ padded seats offer comfortable sitting for back and backside. Keeping you off the damp cold ground.
  • *SAFETY TIP*- always sit against tree that’s wider than your shoulders.
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  • Concealment:

 

  • Essential as turkeys ability to have visual acuity, see colour.  
  • Camouflage is mandatory and camo colours should fit the terrain you are hunting in
  • Early spring brown/ gray before new vegetation have sprouted.
  • Fall season- as per the terrain and colours of vegetation

Turkey Vests:

                Bucklick Creek Turkey Lounger

  • Easily the Cadillac of turkey vests
  • Vest/ chair system which is self supporting
  • Adjustable shoulder and sternum straps
  • Waterproof micro fleece fabric
  • Adjustable game bag
  • Hydration compatible (bladder sold separately)
  • Easy access to shell loops
  • Dual mesh mouth call pocket
  • Double slate call pocket with waterproof zipper
  • Box call pocket with waterproof zipper
  • Elastic open-top striker pockets
  • OSFM, Mossy Oak Obsession or Realtree APG patterns

Redhead Striker Turkey Vest

  • Thick padded seat
  • Double slate call pocket
  • Mesh mouth call pocket
  • Box call and striker pocket
  • Adjustable decoy bag
  • Adjustable padded shoulder and sternum strap
  • Detachable blaze flag
  • OSFM
  • 100% polyester micro fleece
  • Hydration compatible (bladder sold separately)  
  • Mossy oak obsession or Realtree Apg patterns available

 

Redhead Strut Zone Vest

  • 100% polyester microfiber construction
  • Numerous pockets; mesh pocket for mouth calls
  • Large zip pocket converts to a shelf with shell loops
  • Double striker holder
  • Slate call pocket
  • Detachable foam seat converts to a bird carrier
  • Adjustable padded shoulder straps
  • Padded back
  • Blaze orange safety flag
  • Adjustable waist straps/sternum straps
  • OSFM
  • Mossy oak obsession or Realtree APGpatters

Redhead Classic Turkey Vest

  • 100% polyester microfleece
  • Adjustable shoulder & sternum straps
  • Drop down seat cushion
  • Detachable blaze orange safety flag
  • Rear game bag
  • 2 large external pockets for gear storage
  • OSFM    patters: obsession/ Realtree APG

 

Whitewater Cut N Run Vest

  • Padded shoulders & Back
  • 2 large Zip Pockets
  • 2 Zip slate call pockets
  • 2 striker pockets
  • 2 diaphragm call pockets
  • 2 side mesh pockets
  • 2 elasticized pockets inside front panels
  • Molded foam flip-down seat cushion
  • Blaze orange flag- Tuck away
  • 100% polyester
  • Pattern: Realtree AP
  • Sizes: M/L, or XL/2X

Primos Gobbler Vest

  • Wide comfortable shoulder pads
  • Locator call/ flashlight pockets
  • Box call pocket
  • Quick grab mesh pockets
  • Striker organizer pocket
  • 2 slate call pockets
  • Detachable foam cushion with magnet for easy release
  • 100% Polyester
  • Sizes: L/XL or 2XL/3XL
  • Patterns: Mossyoak Break Up/ Realtree APG

Russell Outdoors Super Elite III Vest

  • 23 custom pockets with easy access
  • Quick drying treklite 60/40 Poly/Cotton construction with mesh panels
  • Waterproof 2 ½ inch thick seat cushion
  • Shell loops
  • Blaze orange flag
  • Back foam pad pocket
  • Full mesh game bag
  • OSFM
  • Realtree AP Pattern/ MOBU
  • Sizes : M/L or XL/2XL

 

Hunters Specialties Deluxe Sportsmen’s Utility Vest

  • Padded shoulder straps
  • 2 pan call pockets
  • Box call pocket
  • Water battle/ gobble call pocket
  • Detachable triangular seat cushion
  • Zip out compartment with blaze orange flag
  • Gun stock buddy- (Holds gun stock on shoulder hands free)
  • Zippered game pouch
  • 100% brushed polyester construction
  • Colour: Realtree APG
  • Sizes: M/L  or XL/2XL

 

 

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The Best Dressed Turkey Hunter

Turkey season is fast approaching and every hunter needs his hunting vest to carry all the necessary accessories.  For spring 2012 Bass Pro Shop has a RedHead Turkey Lounger vest which makes it easy to set up anytime, anywhere without hesitation Adjustable sternum strap for a snug, comfortable fit Neoprene box call pocket with waterproof zipper Mesh dual mouth call pocket Double slate call pocket with waterproof zipper Large storage pocket with waterproof zipper Patented self-supporting lounger seat system Large zippered storage pocket on both sides Elasticized open-top striker pockets Large zippered nylon pocket Three individual zippered mesh accessory pockets The RedHead Turkey Lounger for Men is no ordinary lounger. Its patented design lets you set up anywhere and anytime! Our vest/chair system is fully self-supporting, allowing you to sit immediately, wherever you choose. Light yet durable, it's the perfect organizer for your hunt, regardless of terrain. Adjustable padded shoulder and sternum straps ensure a custom fit, and the Smart Pocket System makes your calls and accessories easy to get to when that gobbler is ready to come in. Meticulously crafted from tough, waterproof microfleece fabric; all outside accessory pockets are highly water-resistant. It features an adjustable game/decoy bag, built-in shell loops, and a separate hydration compartment (bladder sold separately). It also has a built-in handle for easy carrying at the end of the day. One size fits most. For safety the vest is outfitted with a built-in Blaze orange safety flag.  The RedHead Turkey Lounge Vest is available at your friendly neighborhood Denham Springs Bass Pro Shops for $79.99.

 

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