RedHead Select Outfitters: Southeast Alaska Guiding

I remember reading an article a number of months back about the two adventure destinations for hunters. Those two places were Alaska and Africa. The writer did an awesome job talking about the destinations, their quarry, pros and cons, costs and more. More often than not a hunter usually only ends up going to one of these two adventures-of-a-lifetime. This got me thinking about what options one would have for taking just such a trip through the amazing services of a RedHead Select Outfitter. And while we currently don’t offer an options for an African safari, we do have the option of an Alaskan Adventure through Southeast Alaska Guiding.

Southeast Alaska Guiding is owned and operated by Hans Baertle, who has been guiding in Alaska since 1978 and opened his own outfit in 1988. You know how they say a hunter learns something new every trip? Well when you take into consideration how many trips this man must have been on in his time, he must be a honey-hole of information!

He operates out of Douglas and utilizes a boat to get hunters to and from their hunting spots in the area. It is a 50 foot boat with a ton on amenities. There are such luxuries as hot showers, electricity and comfortable places to sleep. There are also home cooked meals that his wife prepares!

Southeast Alaska Guiding offers hunts for brown bear, black bear and mountain goats. (I have no reason why I am so fascinated by mountain goats, but the opportunity to hunt one is definitely on my dream-trip list.) Each species offers their own unique and exciting challenges when it comes to the hunt. Many of the animals that his guiding service harvests are impressive and in record books.

For mountain goat, he suggests a rifle chambered in .300 Win Mag. For the bears he suggests something a little bit bigger, either .375H&H or .338 Mag. I would take his suggestions to heart as the man knows what he is doing, and I would never want to be “under-gunned” on a bear hunt. (My buddy’s dad took an Alaskan brown bear trip many years ago and utilized a Weatherby chambered in .375H&H. He said it was the perfect amount of gun for the hunt. He also had his firearm coated in a special product to help protect it from rusting. He made the note that while everyone is camp was busy scrubbing their guns trying to protect them, his showed no signs of issues.)

You can find the full list of gear on both his website and our own. I love it when these are included because there is so much that goes into a hunting trip, that having something to refer to is a life saver. (I also love that he included bringing extra glasses/contacts for those who need them.) His website is also up to date with the hunting seasons, trips and expenses.

So when it comes to considering which of the “two great hunting destinations” you want to go to, I cannot help you there. But, should you choose Alaska… I think it’s quite clear who to go with. Until next time!


Other Adventures:

The Basics Mellon Creek Ducks N Bucks Blue River Whitetails Hampton & Hampton  Timbers at Chama Quail Creek Plantation


2015 Fall Flannel Fest


Flannel is a staple of the Fall season and you know the best place to get flannel is Bass Pro Shops! We have a wide selection from all of your favorite brands; RedHead, Ascend, Natural Reflections, Bob Timberlake, Carhartt, Columbia and more! You can choose from flannel shirts, flannel-lined shirts, flannel-lined pants, flannel jackets, and more! Other than getting cozy by the fire, staying warm at football games, and enjoying the comfort of flannel, the best thing about these flannel options is the price! Kids' Flannel Shirts are starting at $14.99, RedHead Flannel Shirts are starting at $19.97 and Natural Reflections Flannel Shirts are starting at $24.99. So stop out and pick up your favorite flannels during the 2015 Fall Flannel Fest!





Product Spotlight - RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spray, Part II

In a previous product spotlight on the RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spray, we shared the features and benefits of this terrific product. It can be used on Gore-Tex and most other waterproof/breathable fabrics, and with rain and snow in our fall/winter future, that's a plus.

However, what better way to educate about the product than to SHOW you how it works? AT a recent morning store meeting, Footwear Lead Jeremy gave a quick demo of the spray. Check it out in this brief video clip:

You'll find RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spray in the Footwear Department or online at!


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Three Things I Wish I Would Have Had

We asked some of our team members - "What are three things you wish you would have had when you first started hunting?

Gun Vault Specialist Alicia Bricker offers up this advice:

1.Rechargeable Hand Warmers – I bought one at the store last year. I get cold easily and they stay warm for a long time, so I can keep it in my pocket and just switch hands. The warmer helps keep my hands from getting stiff, while out in the extreme Iowa climate. I hunt under any conditions, so this helps give me some warmth during those frigid days.

2.  Climbing Treestands – when I started hunting when I was younger, I would just sit under any tree or anything I could find to help give me some cover. With age comes wisdom, the say, and I started using tree stands for bow hunting and soon discovered climbers were the way to go. If you get a lightweight climber, you can hunt almost anywhere and just carry your stand in with you, and you don’t have to set it up ahead of time. This keeps you from being limited to only hunting places that you had already picked out to hang a stand.

3.  Neck Gaiters - This may seem like an odd product to pick, but, as I mentioned in #1 above, I get cold easily and in Iowa’s extreme cold and wind a neck gaiter really helps me stay warm. Since I started bow hunting, I am out in more of the frigid weather than I used to be. On the ground you can somewhat get out of the wind, but with bow hunting mostly from tree stands, you are right up there in the wind with nothing to block it. I picked up one of the thick RedHead neck gaiters two years ago and won’t leave home without it now, especially on the cold windy days. They hold a ton of heat in and help keep the cold from seeping down the top of your coat. Plus, if you are like me, on the really cold days I like to cover my face with the gaiter until I am ready to shoot. I don’t like face masks when bow hunting -  I feel they throw off my shooting. I use the gaiter in a similar manner, until I am ready to shoot.

We hope these tips will help you as hunting season continues and the days get colder. What do you use now that you wish you would have know about "back then?"


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True Timber: The Difference Between Looking Real and Being Real

Every year, like most hunters, I look at the newest hunting products and hunting clothing to see what I want to spend my hard earned money on. It isn’t very often that I decide to spend that money on the newest products. This year, however, something has caught my eye and I have to spend the money. Since it involves switching my choice of camouflage pattern, I’m going to be buying all new hunting clothing. So what has me this excited? Two simple words: True Timber.

Companies are always trying to create the most realistic patterns when compared to the geographic locations we hunt. True Timber has done exactly that. There is a “difference between looking real and being real.” True Timber uses high definition digital images to create their variety of patterns. There is nothing painted into the pattern. This allows for the pattern to be ultra-realistic to different natural environments and to break up a hunter’s silhouette.


So which pattern of True Timber am I turning to this fall? It’s the High Tech Concealment Fall, or HTC Fall, pattern. The pattern features oak branches, leaves and twigs. The leaves are a mixture of green, aged brown, and golden brown leaves, making the pattern great for mid to late season hunting. The HTC Fall pattern is ideal for the hardwood forests that I hunt in Northwest, Central and West Central Ohio. It is also versatile enough to fit into a variety of other landscapes throughout the country.


The HTC Fall pattern is the only pattern I have seen in person, but the True Timber website currently shows 15 patterns available that are usable in multiple hunting situations and another 4 patterns that I would consider fashion patterns. When these other patterns hit the store, I’m positive I will be adding them to my closet.

DRTâ„¢ - Dead Right There HTC Spring New Conceal

 XD3 / Extreme Detail, Depth, and Deception Flooded Timber Conceal Brown Conceal Green DS1 Harvest Mixed Pine

   MC2 Snow / Maximum Concealment Snow MC2 Blaze / Maximum Concealment Blaze MC2 Cobalt MC2 Purple MC2 Pink Snowfall Snowfall Pink

If you have not seen this pattern in person, you need to stop into Rossford Bass Pro Shops and check it out. The pattern is currently available in a variety of products such as the Mountain Stalker Series, the Redhead Tech Windproof, all of the Silent Hide products, long-sleeve and short sleeve True Fit T-shirts, a variety of boots, and the Blackout Hybrid 180 Hunting Blind.


True Timber has stepped up the game and created what I believe to be the ultimate patterns available. They have blown everyone else out of the woods with the most realistic pattern that I have seen and True Timber has me hooked! It really is for true hunters and I cannot wait to see the new patterns in the store.


Jay Hollis

Hunting Clothing Team Leader


RedHead Select Outfitters: Quail Creek Plantation

So when it comes to checking out our RedHead Select Outfitters, the big-game-boys have really been stealing the show. Which is sad, because small game have been keeping us out in the fields for decades! So this month we are going to take a look at an outfitter that focuses on the “little guys”. Let’s see what Quail Creek Plantation has to offer!

Quail Creek Plantation is situated down in Okeechobee, Florida and has a lot to offer. They specialize in bob-white quail, pheasant and Osceola turkey hunting. The quail and pheasant season usually runs from October 1st until mid-March. The turkey season lasts for six weeks after the third Sunday of March. Besides those two seasons, they do have a full clay-shooting center that would delight any shot gunning enthusiast.

The quail hunts are broken down into half days and full days. Half day hunts come with 12 birds and the full day hunts come with 24. They are completely guided as well. They provide drinks and snacks during the hunt, and if you wish to partake in a breakfast or Southern style quail lunch they can be added on for a little extra, but worth it, charge. All of your birds will also be cleaned and packaged. They also have the option to add on extra birds if desired. Please note that hunters must be at least 14 years of age to hunt and they must have completed the hunter safety course prior to the hunt, but a Florida Hunting License is not required.

Their pheasant hunts are a little different, but something that should be on every hunter’s bucket list. They hold what is known as a “continental pheasant tower shoot”, which is where 400 pheasants and 300 wild pigeons are released from an elevated tower. This tower is surrounded by twelve shooting stations, which can hold two shooters. This hunt is held on only a few select days, so if you are serious about this contact them as soon as possible. All of your birds will be cleaned and packaged as well and it includes a gourmet meal.

And for those big ol’ gobblers, a lot is included with their package. The turkey hunts are 100% fair chase. This hunt is set up for three nights which includes: lodging, meals and two and a half days of guided hunting. During the down time you are also allowed to partake in such activities as: fishing, quail hunting, hog hunting and sporting clays. This is an awesome opportunity for any hunter.


Besides the amazing hunting opportunities, the place itself is beautiful! It has all of the characteristics and charm that you would expect out of a world-class Southern hunting plantation. They also have a Décor store on the property that features one-of-a-kind rustic, lodge and western furnishings. Their website is full of a bunch of commonly asked questions and helpful hints to prepare you for an amazing time. Some of my favorite times outdoors have been with good friends watching dogs work the field, this would definitely be a trip of a lifetime.

Hey wait… aren’t the holidays coming up? Hey, hunny!


Other Adventures:

The Basics Mellon Creek Ducks N Bucks Blue River Whitetails Hampton & Hampton  Timbers at Chama


Product Spotlight - RedHead Canvasback Waterfowl

Waterfowl season has arrived in some areas! We have some new products, and redesigned favorites, you should know about - and we have you covered for early, mid, and late season hunts!

The RedHead Canvasback Waterfowl series has been redesigned for 2015 in Max-5. Additionally, there is a new item this year - the new Canvasback Wader Pant. There's no doubt you'll need big time warmth during what can often be a cold and damp waterfowl season and layering is key. Dump the sweatpants and grab the heavyweight construction of these wader pants to give you an added layer of warmth. The foot stirrups keep them from moving around underneath your waders. They have a draw cord, zippered fly and a small zippered back pocket.

Early season waterfowl wear includes the Canvasback Shell Jacket and Shell Bibs. This lightweight gear is 100% Poly Ripstop fabric and the famous BoneDry construction keeps you dry and warm, so you can concentrate on the hunt - 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable. The jacket comes with two hand warmer pockets and the bibs come have reinforced knees and 18" leg zippers for easy put on and removal.

For mid-season, we have the Canvasback 1/4 Zip Pullover. Once again BoneDry- 100% Waterproof, Windproof and Breathable -and it's fully fleece-lined. One more layer of warmth!

The Performance Hoodie BoneDry 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable fabric is also fully fleece-lined, and has an internal cuff with a new adjustable cuff, and a three-way adjustable hood. Throw in two upper AND two lower hand warmer pockets and you are ready for whatever the mid-season weather throws you!

Canvasback Waterproof Pant protects your lower half with 100% poly ripstop and the BoneDry 100% construction. The pants are fleece-lined to the lower knee and a lighter weight lining below the knee for easy entry, assisted by the 18" leg zipper. The Grip Strip waist band helps keep your shirt tucked in, adding to your comfort and warmth level.

Later in the season, you're bound to need more upper body warmth. Here's how to get it:

The Canvasback Insulated Jacket is BoneDry and also 150 gram ThermoLite Micro in torso and 100 gram ThermoLite Micro in sleeves! Two upper & two lower hand warmer pockets, a three-way adjustable hood, and internal cuffs with exterior adjustments keep you warm from top of your head to the tips of your fingers.

The Canvasback 3 in 1 Parka ups the ante by throwing in 200 gram ThermoLite Micro in torso and 150 gram ThermoLite Micro in sleeves along with a waterproof removable liner jacket!

Don't forget the decoy gloves -- and every accessory you might need, all at Bass Pro Shops!


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Fall Hunting Boots

It sure is a beautiful time of year, fall is quickly approaching. The leaves will soon start changing, crisp cool air, and of course HUNTING SEASON! What better way to gear up for the season than with a new pair of hunting boots.

With hunting boots there are a few things you need to consider. First consider what time of year you will be wearing them:  Early season, mid-season, or late season. This will affect how much insulation you need. Also consider the terrain you will be hunting on and how much walking you will be doing, this will affect height as well as how aggressive of tread you will need.

Last but not least you will want to think about socks, a good sock with a good liner is very important. We have many choices when it comes to socks and liners, but my favorite is our RedHead lifetime warranty wool sock. It sports 82% wool to keep you warm and comfortable as well as reinforced heel and toe stitching, and the BEST part of all is the LIFETIME WARRANTY. Paired with a polypropylene sock liner you are sure to keep warm, dry, and comfortable on your outdoor adventure.  What gets better than that?!?!


We have MANY choices as far as hunting boots are concerned so I will only highlight a few. We carry several different brands here at your Independence Bass Pro Shops: Danner, RedHead, Rocky, SHE, and Wolverine.

Within these brands we have many choices to meet the needs of any hunter. We have insulation ratings from non-insulated all the way up to 1600 grams. All of our hunting boots are 100% waterproof and some may be available in wide widths. We also have heights ranging from 6 in to 12 in with many different types of tread. As you can see we have many great options.

Stop by your Independence Bass Pro shops to see our full selection, we would love to help you find the perfect boot to fit your needs! See you soon!

Must Have Footwear For Your Hunting Adventures

Hunting Boots for Women


Best Sellers and Whats new in Archery!

Now is the time to stop in and check out the new compound bows, as well as crossbows we have in.  We also have a variety of our best sellers to take a look at.  Questions on what to buy?  Our expert associates in the Archery Department will help you with your decision.  I asked one of our Archery associates what to look for when buying a crossbow or a compound bow.

With both bows you need to take into account your budget, draw weight, and the features it may or may not come with.  This is a large investment and you need to feel comfortable with it and confident using it.  Bob from our Archery Department stated that with a crossbow you have to really try cocking it to see which way you prefer. Do you prefer manual, crank, or rope. Another important fact is when buying a crossbow , are their weights.  Some are very heavy and you should take this into account when walking a long ways into your hunting spot.

Finally Bob, from our Archery Department says you just have to come in and try try try.  Hold them, shoot them until you find the one that is just right for you.

Take a look at the new Compound Bows we have in stock:

BlackOut Intrigue Compound Bow Package and the Diamond Provider RAK Compound Bow Package



















Tried and True Best Sellers!

Blackout SS Compound Bow Package

Redhead Toxik XT Compound Bow Package

Redhead Kronik XT Compound Bow Package

















NEW in Crossbows!

Ten Point Titan Xtreme Crossbow Package

Ten Point Shadow Ultralight Crossbow Package with Acu Draw

Ten Point Wicked Ridge

Barnett RAZR ICE CRT Crossbow Package

Horton Storm RDX Crossbow Package with Dedd Sledd

Horton Storm RDX Crossbow Package with ACU Draw

Barnett BC Raptor Reverse Draw Crossbow Package

Barnett Wildcat C6








































Stop on out and try a few of the new products we have.  Also check out our website at to see what other varieties there are.

R. Piedmonte




RedHead Select Outfitters: The Timbers at Chama

So over the past month or so, most people in Arizona have figured out if they got drawn for any big game hunts this year. Many associates got pulled, or have family/friends that got pulled. It is always an exciting time of the year, and people start to plan their trips, relive old hunts and salivate over the delicious game meat they will hopefully get. Now I didn’t put in this year, my stepbrother got pulled so hopefully I’ll get to go out with them, but as usual I start to daydream about a possible guided hunt. And I know not to look anywhere else but at the RedHead Select Outfitters.  And I caught myself spending a lot of time looking at The Timbers at Chama.

The Timbers at Chama is a full-service guide out of New Mexico. And when I say full-service, I mean it. They offer hunts for bull and cow elk, mule deer and Merriam turkey. They also offer a fishing service for rainbow, brook and brown trout as well. Beyond that they have horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, wildlife watching/birding and more.

Now being a proud Arizonan and a hunter, I have to maintain the fact that Arizona does produce the best bull elks in the world. BUT! I will admit that there have been some amazing animals to come out of New Mexico. And to be honest, some of the elk that I have seen taken at this place are more than impressive. The quality of the mule deer as well is something to be admired. (Check out their photo gallery!)

As usual with our RedHead Select Outfitters, we include several important tips and a checklist for what to expect on the hunt. The three tips below are exactly what anyone looking to go on a hunt should know.

“In elk country the primary guide to clothing is to dress in layers. You may also want to avoid wearing newly purchased footwear that has not been broken in. Camouflage scent-proof clothing is optimal and strongly recommended.”

The latter part is extremely important, as animals have a keen sense of smell and will pick up the smallest hint of a scent. I have had good success with washing my clothes in this product and then spraying it down with this one. And remember, sometimes it is better to not have a cover scent, but just to be sure to eliminate any.

Ready to book? (So am I!) Remember to book them through our RedHead Select Outfitters because you'll get 5% of your total hunt cost given back to you in Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards points.


Other Adventures:

The Basics Mellon Creek Ducks N Bucks Blue River Whitetails Hampton & Hampton  


Camo and New York State - What Hits the Spot!

Do you think August is too soon to think about buying hunting clothes for the fall?  Absolutely not!  Let the experts show you what they suggest that will hit the spot for specific seasons.



Redhead Canvas Back Shell Jacket

Redhead Canvas Back Shell Bibs

Redhead Canvas Back Fleece Lined 1/4 zip

Redhead LED Lighted Cap










Drake Est Heat Escape Waterproof Full Zip

Drake Est Over Pants

Drake Cotton Camo Cap

Drake Est Refuge Gloves




















Redhead Canvas Back System Parka

Redhead Canvas Back Insulated Bibs

Redhead Caliber Gloves]
















SHE Outdoor Waterfowl Jacket

SHE Outdoor Waterfowl Bibs










Redhead Scent Control Tech Soft shell Jacket

Redhead Scent Control Tech Soft Shell Pants

Redhead Rut Zone Gloves

Redhead Form Fit Facemask

















SHE Outdoor C2 Hunting Jacket

SHE Outdoor C2 Hunting Pants

SHE Enduraskin Outdoor Camo Hunting Cap

Redhead Strut Zone Touch Tip Gloves for Ladies



















Scent-Lok Heartstopper Hi-Tech Hoodie

Scent-Lok Heartstopper Jacket

Scent-Lok Heartstopper Pants

Scent-Lok Heartstopper Beanie

Scent-Lok Heartstopper Fleece Gloves





























Scent-Lok Savanna Quickstrike Coveralls

Scent-Lok Savanna Crosshair Jacket

Scent-Lok Savanna Crosshair Pants

Scent-Lok Savanna Lightweight Head cover

Scent-Lok Full Season Release Gloves

Scent-Lok Savanna Light Shooter Gloves




























Remember to wear camo to break up your shape so I cannot see you, and orange for safety.  I do not see orange and I lack the ability to see fine detail.  I do however, have better night vision than humans.  Good Luck!









Waterfowl Decoy: Shallow Water vs Open Water

In Part One we discussed Duck decoys and in Part Two we talked about Geese.

Shallow Water

Most ducks and geese are in shallow water for one purpose;  feeding. An effective decoy spread should reflect that in the form of the poses the decoys are in. Decoys like Avian-X Backwater Mallards simulate the head down poses of surface feeding mallards perfectly. Combining these with a motion decoy such as the Higdon Pulsator 2 creates the first part of the feeding illusion. The next step is to work in secondary species after Mallards that are common to your area. Often these include Wood Ducks, Gadwalls, Pintails, or Black Ducks and in some instances even diver species like Ringnecks or Bluebills. These species can be rotated based on weather and stage in the migration to add a great amount of realism.

Open Water

Open water for the most part signals safety and relaxation to ducks, they face few (if any) threats here and can usually see any danger coming. Decoys that are sleeping, relaxed and otherwise look unmolested signal 'all is well' to birds looking for a safe quiet place to rest. Most of the standard puddle duck species will work, but adding diver decoys like Tanglefree Migration Edition Redheads and Bluebills with their high contrast colors as well as geese and even swans will increase your decoys visibility out in the void of water. Adjust the size of your decoy spread to the numbers of birds in the area to increase the realism of your blocks.


Ascend Your Gear: 3 Piece Backpack Cooking Set

I have noticed that outdoor enthusiasts seem to go through trends. And I am not talking about people pursuing the newest or hottest upcoming outdoor activities. I mean like how they like to enjoy the outdoors. Decades ago, you went camping and it was basically you and the tent. You had your base camp and it was into the woods for entertainment. Then toy-trailers and RV’s hit the scene, and this became the “norm” for camping for a while. Your base camp started to include several multi-wheeled items and cable TV. Now though, people tend to be going for a mix of the two.

Another trend I have seen is in gear. First you start with big, bulky and numerous items for a trip. Then you whittle it down to lightweight and multi-purpose gear. Then you work some of the older and proven pieces into the space age. But no matter what part of that trend you are in, quality gear has always been something well appreciated. Which is why I bring you “Ascend Your Gear” where we take a look at awesome equipment that will help you ascend to the next level.

Now one of my favorite things to do outdoors is cook. And I have gone through the trend of starting with several large pieces of equipment to working down to a blender bottle with a scoop of protein. And I knew there had to be a middle-ground. And that is exactly what I found with the Ascend 3-Piece Backpack Cooking Set.

This backpack cooking set comes with two pots and a lid (that will fit both). One pot holds .7 liters and the larger one holds 1.5 liters. They both come with collapsible (or huggable) handles. I use the term huggable, because when the handles are closed around the pot, that’s what they look like they are doing.

Both are also coated with the Quantum 2 system, which resists sticking and abrasion. The total weight for everything is only 12.7 ounces! And it also includes a mesh bag to help you carry it. With space being a big importance for people going outdoors, the fact that these will stack neatly inside each other is a great help. There is even enough room to put an isobutene fuel canister inside as well.

Immediately I think about using this set to prepare a nice cup of soup or maybe some hot cocoa. Also just using it to boil natural water to help kill any hidden bacteria is a nice bonus. Plus the teal accents… who doesn’t love teal accents?


Previous Reviews:

Toxik XT Bow Package Arrow Tips Blackout Ground Blind 8 Tray Dehydrator Propane Fire Ring Hand Towels Rainproof Camo She Outdoor PETT BPS Extreme Qualifier Tackle Bag  RedHead Gun Rack Chicken on a Stick Traeger Smoker/Grills Casio Pathfinder RedHead Wellington Boots  Weather Vanes


RedHead Select Outfitters: Hampton & Hampton Guide Service

So far in our RedHead Select Outfitters blog series, we have been giving a lot of focus on whitetail deer guides. To be honest though, this has been one of the most popular kinds of services available for years now. But for this month, I felt we should take a look at a more tropical location. For a couple reasons: One- my brother-in-law is back in Florida right now and I miss him. Two- I just remembered how awesome Swamp People is! So we are going to take a look, from a safe distance, at a world class American Alligator guide service: Hampton & Hampton Guide Service.

Hampton & Hampton (to be known as H&H from hence forth) has been in the business for over twenty years. They are based out of Melbourne, Florida and alligator hunting is what they do. Many guides and outfitters will offer a variety of game to go after, but these guys are strictly all about the gator. Which is good, because having competent and confident guides is essential when going out after these mighty animals.

Not only are they well noted and made it to the top-notch list of being a RedHead Select Outfitter, but they have been getting attention and coverage for years now. They have been featured in writings for books and magazines, one article was written by world famous hunter Jim Shockey. They have also been featured on over two dozen television shows. Oh yea, that article written by Shockey was about a SCI record 12 foot alligator taken by muzzleloader.

All this recognition and publicity has not gone to their head though. Safety is their biggest concern and they know where issues might occur. Their guides are well-equipped and prepared for any emergency situation. They have also maintained a magnificent relationship with outdoor conservation groups. H&H work very closely with groups like SCI to help protect and educate people. They also help educate local Law Enforcement on how to handle alligators and alligator hunting. H&H has donated numerous hunts for fundraisers and has participated in programs like “Hunt of a Life Time”.

When hunting with H&H you can opt for a rifle hunt during the day or a bow/harpoon hunt at night. Swamps really come alive at night, and while TV might do a decent job at capturing what it’s like, there can be nothing else like firsthand experience. H&H has everything you will need for any kind of hunt.

Along with having a safe hunt, they want you to have a memorable hunt. And from just one bit of writing they used, I can tell without a doubt that hunting with them would be a good time. “Each of our hunts are performed on private lakes and canals. These gators were not previously trapped and released before it was time to hunt. Rather, they are 100% free range, tail slapping, mouth snapping, boat biting gators with an all-around bad attitude. (They have a worse attitude than your mother-in-law did the night she showed up at your bachelor party).”

So next time you are thinking about an awesome trip, think Florida and Hampton & Hampton Guide Service. (Plus if you have to bring the family, think about all the other places they can go while you hunt!)


Other Adventures:

The Basics Mellon Creek Ducks N Bucks Blue River Whitetails


Waterfowl Decoy: Ducks

I love decoys. For me, decoys are one of the most enjoyable aspects of waterfowl hunting and as such I am a decoy junkie much to the chagrin of my better half. More than once have I heard the phrase “How many decoys do you need?!?” The answer typically is just a few more, which we both know is only true for that given year. In my travels, I have been fortunate to hunt waterfowl in several states, latitudes and flyways and am going to attempt to help you build an adaptable, multi-purpose waterfowl spread.  Follow us over the next few weeks while we discuss waterfowl decoys at further length.

Part One:  The Ducks

In most parts of North America the Mallard is King, and our area is no exception. They are the most widespread and universal of all ducks today, but there are others out there that are equally challenging and exciting to hunt. Puddle Ducks are the group of ducks that are most common and sought after by duck hunters.  In the marshes, crop fields and flooded timber of the Mid-South, wood ducks, gadwalls, pintails, widgeons, black ducks and green wing teal are the most common to join Mallards on the hunters strap. The second group is the diver ducks. These include bluebills, redheads, canvasbacks, and ring necks and are common to the bigger rivers and reservoirs of the area often in massive flocks. They live life finding both food and sanctuary in the deeper areas by diving under the water to find a meal. While not credited with an overabundance of brains, divers make for challenging shooting and contrary to the misconception of some, fine table fair among these four species in particular.

Stay tuned for Part Two:  The Geese!

Cory Brown,  Hunting Associate


Keeping your Best Friend Cool

Summer is upon us and while we cannot wait to jump into the lake, pool, or stream to stay cool, lets not forget about your best friend.  Whether you are driving, swimming, basking in the sun our dogs need special care, and we cannot forget that they too get over heated.

It is always better to exercise you dog early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is at its lowest.  If you do need to exercise your pet during the hot hours always have water and a few treats to give them.  The Portable Food/Tote is made just for that as well as travel. If the pavement is too hot try dog booties.  Remember you would not like to walk bare foot on that hot pavement and neither do they.


It is always important to watch for signs that your pet may be dehydrated.  Dogs do not sweat, and they cool themselves by panting.  Signs of dehydration are lethargic behavior, drooling excessively, bloodshot eyes.  You may also want to look at their skin.  Lift it up and if it doesn't fall right back into place that is a sign of dehydration.  Keeping a dog dish in your car or backpack is a great idea.  The Redhead Collapsible Dog Dish can be stored neatly in your glove compartment until it is needed.





Remember that overweight dogs are always higher risk for dehydration and that a darker coat dog will soak up more heat than a lighter coat dog.  When out in a park or beach look for a shaded spot.  At home have a fan going, or keep them in a cool part of your home.  Many people love to spray their dogs when it is hot.  That is great, but always make sure you spray their paws and under their stomach as well. Dogs cool from the bottom up.

Many dogs will dig, not always because they are bored but as a way to keep cool. Dogs will know instinctively that the weather is too hot.  They won't walk as long or they won't want to walk at all.

Going on the boat?  This is exciting for you and your pet.  If your pet is not used to swimming and is hesitant of the water, consider the Bass Pro Shops Life Jacket for Dogs.  It comes in sizes XS to XL.  The heat can bother the skin on your dog,  whether from bug bites or dry skin.  Take a look at the Pro Sense Itch Relief Hydrocortisone Spray.  Perfect to keep in a backpack or in the car for just the right time.  Non stinging spray!










Keep your dog groomed during the summer months to help them stay cool and comfortable.  Bass Pro Shops has a variety of de shedding tools that will help you in this category.  Try the  Redhead Shedding Blade or the FurGOpet Deshedder  .









Finally, here are a few easy ideas that will be fun for your friend and easy for you to do.  Get a bowl (plastic) and fill it with water, chicken, vegetable or beef broth along with some treats and a toy.  FREEZE !  Once you pop it out watch your buddy go crazy trying to get their toy or biscuits free.  Great way to stay hydrated and fun for them.



Another great idea is to blend plain yogurt, some peanut butter, and a mashed banana together.  Put it in a Dixie cup with a milk bone biscuit in the middle of the cup.  FREEZE!  Can you say pupsicle!






Most important have fun this summer and enjoy your best friend.  They just want to spend time with you.  Feel free to visit for additional items just for your dog.

R. Piedmonte - Events Coordinator
















How to Do 4th of July for men in Just 3 Steps

Dear Gentlemen Customers,

I would like to first introduce myself, I am Marcie Melendez, a lead in the Men’s Apparel department at the Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, California. I would like to take a moment to tell you all about the RedHead Americana Prints Collection and the RedHead Stars and Strips Polo Collection. With 4th of July and all of the other national holidays, this is a great collection to find the perfect shirt to show your American pride and the love of the good ol’ United States of America!


The Ameriana Prints collection is an assortment of button up shirts featuring landmarks such as Mount Rushmore, the Lincoln Memorial and our Nation’s Capitol; Lady Liberty with the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell; Digital Camo with a Digital Camo pattern along with Army vehicles; Military Planes highlighting America’s military might and the Greatest Generation. All of these shirts are perfect for a night on the town especially the 4th of July!


For the more casual customers, we have our Starts and Stripes Collection. Featuring Polos and button ups that has highlight of our Great American Flag. This collection will not last long so hurry into Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga and pick up yours up today. You can find these 2 great collections conveniently located at the front of the Men’s Apparel Redhead Department.


Gear Up For Summer!

The kick off to summer has officially begun with the Memorial Day weekend.  If you collection of outdoor gear is ever growing, organization is always a constant struggle.  Such as packing for a trip, keeping gear together, or just a day at the lake, the solution is the line of Redhead Deluxe Gear Bags to ease the clutter and to make your journey as easy as possible.


Redhead has designed three bags to fit the needs for all outdoors people. The medium measures 24” x 12” x 12”, large is 32”x15”x15” and the extra large measures 36”18x18. All of these bags come in Realtree Xtra and come with a lifetime warranty.

Some other features include: 

  • Heavy-duty water-resistant fabric
  • Large loading capacity
  • U-opening with heavy-duty two-way zippers
  • 2 large side pockets
  • Weather-resistant storm flap-covered zipper closures
  • Comfortable webbed shoulder harness
  • Handy pull wrap handle on each end
  • Water-resistant extra-heavy-duty bottom
  • Compatible with Tech-Lok accessories

You can keep these bags fully loaded and ready to go for your next outdoor adventure packed in the back of your vehicle or in a closet. They are a great value and they look similar to a premium product but are priced well below what one would often pay.

RedHead Deluxe Gear Bags


RedHead Select Outfitters: Blue River Whitetails

Now look, there has been a lot of talk about Kansas whitetail deer over the past few years. And for good reason! We have seen some excellent animals coming out of that state, many that defy expectation! So it is no wonder that Kansas hunts have grown in popularity tremendously. In fact, my stepdad and his best friend have made a newer tradition to get out there every year. And every year they come back with some awesome trophies. But with awesome trophies come some outstanding costs. Which is why I was interested in what Blue River Whitetails had to offer.

Blue Rivers Whitetails is a hunting guide that made it to our esteemed RedHead Select Outfitters group. And their mission statement (if you will) is simply that they want to “give you an opportunity to take home a Kansas trophy whitetail or turkey at a fair price.” Good stuff. And considering that the owner/guide has over 36 years of experience hunting Kansas deer and 12 years guiding turkey hunters, you can rest assured you’ll be in good hands.


When it comes to looking into a hunt, there are so many things to consider. And depending on your level of skill as a hunter, there can be even more thought-plaguing issues. I am one of those people that believe in information. Knowing what to expect, what you will need and how to do it can save so much time and headache. I mean there are so many uncontrollable variables when it comes to hunting, so having your A-game ready for the pregame is greatly appreciated.

Many of us dream about hunting whitetail or turkey in Kansas, but don’t know where to start. Blue River Whitetails gives you a great deal of information to consider and start working at before coming out.

“Prior to your arrival in Kansas, you will need to send in your turkey permit application. A turkey permit is $32.15 and an additional permit can be purchased for $22.15. The application is available for download, and can be purchased online, at the KDWP website. A Kansas hunting license is $72.15 and can be purchased via the KDWP website as well. Permits and license can be purchased over the counter, but permits are not valid until the next calendar day. Hunter education is required if you were born after July 1, 1957. You must carry your card with you. While hunting in Kansas, you must have a hunting license plus your permit. The hunting license is good for the calendar year, and entitles you to hunt small game and game birds also.”

The fact that they provided us with a paragraph of solid information that gets us going in the right direction, tells us the caliber of the service you would be getting through them.

One day I hope to be able to carry on the tradition of best-friend annual Kansas deer trip when I get to that place in life, and I bet you all could guess who I’d be looking to give my business to.


The Basics Mellon Creek Ducks N Bucks


Ten Amazing Father's Day Gifts

In honor of Father's Day on June 21st, we've put together a list of awesome Father's Day gift ideas.  Take a look!

1)  Bass Pro Shops Aluminum Fish Fryer

2)  Hobb's Creek Polos and Poplins

3)  Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite Series Extra Wide Propane Smoker

4)  Ascend FS12T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak

5)  Char-Broil 6-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner

6)  Nikon ProStaff 3i Rangefinder

7)  RedHead Toxik XT Compound Bow Packages

8)  Portal 10 Person Cabin Tent

9)  Bass Pro Shops Big Outdoorsman Lounger Chair

10)  Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier Spinning Reel

You can also check out our first time gun buyers guide for additional gift ideas.  And as always, we have a great selection of Father's Day cards and gift cards to choose from.  It's the perfect way to make sure Dad gets exactly what he needs for his next outdoor adventure!