Gear for Cave Exploring

Cave exploring is a guaranteed adventure for almost anyone. While exploring alone is attractive to some taking the whole family on a cave diving adventure is just as fun. Exploring a cathedral room or finding a hidden chamber deep underground is the kind of stuff stories are made of, and in the Ozarks caves are definitely not in short supply. But a cave exploring expedition can become treacherous if the right gear is not on hand to deal with situations that might arise along the way.

First thing any caver is going to need while underground is a good light source. This needs to be not only a steady source of directional light but also a solid design that can take a beating and will not need constant maintenance while in the cave. It is also a good idea to take a few forms of light for exploring underground. A headlamp is the first order of business. For the new caver a simple light that is rugged should be used. The Primos Top Gun LED Headlamp is a good starter headlamp because it has both high and low settings for while in the cave and an easily adjustable head strap to keep the light in place.

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After the headlamp a good idea would be to have a regular flashlight that can be stored in a pocket just in case the headlamp goes out. For this job the Bass Pro Shops® Mini LED Flashlight Combo - 6 Pack, because there are 6 lights in this pack it is easy to put one in a pocket, one in a backpack and hand one to each child in the cave exploring. Also these little lights are very bright and durable making them perfect for the cave!

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Another light source that could be used in an absolute emergency would be a chemical light stick or glow stick. A good choice for glow stick would be the Texsport® Glo Lite Stix™, these glow sticks provide 6 hours of continual low light making them good for an emergency in a cave.

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The next stumbling block that many cavers will run into while exploring underground, will be dehydration. While the temperature in the cave might be cool and moist, the physical exertion of climbing over rocks and crawling through narrow passages does tend to cause sweating and dehydration. An easy way to avoid this would be to carry a hydration pack with at least a liter of water in it. This pack will need to be durable enough to make it through the cave without tearing a hole in it and keep the water drinkable for an extended period of time. A good pack for the job is the CamelBak® Rogue™ Hydration Pack, with a coated nylon outer casing this hydration pack is great for the scrapes and bumps a caver is going to run into while exploring. Another pack that is great for the job is the Bass Pro Shops® XPS® 1.5L Hydration Pack, this pack has a low profile and durable polyester coating making it perfect for climbing through tight spaces and over rough surfaces.

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In a cave, regular clothing tends to be ripped to shreds on the limestone and gravel that is throughout. So finding the right clothes to cover softer underclothes is needed. Styles that tend to work well for the cave are the coveralls and bib overalls. What a caver should look for in coveralls and bib overalls is the durability and wear ability. If the coveralls are going to fall apart after crawling on knees for a few hundred yards then they are not going to be caving material. While at the same time if the overalls ride up or chafe when walking then they will definitely not be usable in the cramped spaces of a cave. Carhartt® Sandstone Bib Overalls are a great set that fits the bill for the rigors of crawling around a cave. The double ply knees make this pair great for being down and dirty while still remaining comfortable in tight situations.

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Now that the clothing is covered it is time for the boots that will be needed in the cave. These boots need to be tough and most certainly waterproof, while also having the traction needed for walking on the slick limestone and loose gravel of the local caves. A good pair of boots that fits the bill is the Columbia Woodburn Mid Waterproof Camo Hiking Boots. This pair of boots has a solid hard sole made for hiking over rough terrain, and is comfortable enough to wear on a long walk, making these boots great for being in a cave environment. Another good set of boots for this job is the RedHead® Osprey Hiking Boots. These waterproof boots have a good set of removable insoles that keep the feet comfortable while providing the support and stability needed for walking and crawling around in a cave environment.

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Now that the gear is gathered and clothing is ready to go it is time to head to the cave and go over a few tips and tricks for being in a cave. Before leaving for the cave, it is a good idea to let a friend or relative know the exact location of the cave that is going to be explored. Also tell them how long the trip will take and to contact the proper authorities if a certain amount of time has passes and they don’t get a confirmation that everyone is alright. Keeping a phone turned off in the car is a good idea, while taking a phone into the cave is also important, if more than one phone is available. Note that some phones are able to work well in certain caves so having a phone can come in handy. Keeping a small stock of chemical stick lights is a good way to assure that even if all electronic lights fail there will still be enough light to find a way out of the cave. Finally keeping a length of cord handy, so kids and adults have something to hold on to while walking and keep from getting split up from the group. Now that the gear and tips are dispensed it is finally time to go into the cave! As always happy hunting and good luck! 

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Makin' Jerky

The technique of drying meats, fruits and vegetables is one of humans oldest way to preserve food. Drying meat doesn't just protect against decay and insects but is also lightweight and has a long "shelf life" making it aLEM™ Backwoods® Jerky Seasonings Variety Pack                                                                         perfect for on the go and transport. Being a dense form, it also provides a concentrated source of nutrients.

Ways to prepare the meat: One of the most simplistic methods is to slice muscle meat into strips. These strips can be dry mix cured or in a liquid marinade.  For instance This variety cure and seasoning pack by LEM is just $11.99 and has 4 packets containing enough to do 5 lbs of meat a piece. You can also use this on ground meats before dispensing through a jerky gun Jerky Gun®                                                                                                                  $29.99.

Other spices and cures are available such as Hi Mountain® Jerky Seasoning Variety Pack                                                                                   Hi-Mountain brand variety pack. For only $10.99 you get 5 flavors with enough material of each to make 4 lbs of meat a piece. The LEM backwoods and Hi-Mountain seasonings also come in single packs once you find your favorite flavor.

You can dry the meat product using a dehydrator RedHead® Six Tray Food Dehydrator                                                                                           Redhead 6-tray for $69.99 is a great choice for a person who may just want to make smaller batches. But for someone who who would like to make large batches Redhead makes a larger commercial size stainless steel 10 tray unit RedHead® Stainless Steel 10-Tray Food Dehydrator                                                                            for $299.99. Besides meat you can also dry fruits and vegetables by simply adding clean a screen $12.99 just cut to size and these screens keep your food from sticking to the actual racks.

Another method is in your oven by using the oven rack and pan by LEM $17.99 or just the rack  for $9.99.

Jerky Rack and Pan                                                                                                              Preheat oven to 165 degrees F. Any less could cause the meat to spoil and would not kill the bacteria. The process will take about 1-3 hours depending on the cuts of meat. Let it bake for about an hour and a half, then check every 30 minutes until you achieve the consistency you wish.
 
You can also use your smoker, which is a wonderful method because you can also add a touch or smoke to the jerky. Just use similar to the oven and don't add water to your water pan, though instinct tells you to when using a smoker. After all it's purpose is to pull the moisture from the meat, not add moisture.
 
All the tools you would need to make jerky is all available in the camping department at Bass Pro Shops or online at http://basspro.com also see Choosing the Right Dehydrator or Outdoor Cooking Primer - Making Your Own Jerky  for more options.

 

 
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Ascend Rainwear to Uganda

Bass Pro Shops Altoona once again recently had the opportunity to assist the Des Moines Blank Park Zoo with a special partnership.

The Zoo supports the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) and provides much needed everyday materials to its team of Ambassadors. These 27 people work tirelessly in the African rain forest, monitoring wild chimpanzee troops and other rare animals; protecting them from poaching and capture for the illegal pet trade. They also educate the local communities about preservation of the precious habitat and reforestation techniques.

Blank Park Zoo adopted this courageous team in 2012 and has provided donations of needed gear and equipment to ensure success of this program. things we often take for granted, everyday items like quality hiking boots, flashlights, rainwear, GPS units, and cameras are often unavailable and expensive in Uganda, so the Zoo collects them through donations and sends them to the team in Africa. 

Bass Pro Shop Altoona has been involved since the beginning, helping two years ago by assisting with a supply of waterproof RedHead boots for the workers. This year we contributed Ascend raingear at a discount. Each member of the team was outfitted with durable rain jackets and pants that will help them carry out their important work in the forest!

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Product Spotlight - RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spray

When we enter September in Iowa, we are usually not looking back at a wet August. This year is different. We had the third wettest August on record...instead of scorched and brown, we are green and beautiful. Wetter weather, coupled with RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spraysome new children's outerwear that has just arrived for fall, created a lesson on waterproofing spray at a recent morning meeting that we'd like to pass along.

Our Apparel Department was showcasing some new Bass Pro Shops children's jackets that are water resistant, but not waterproof. Bass Pro Shops Altoona General Manager Jason Truman says his family uses the RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spray on just about anything they use outside...even an umbrella! 

"Having kids, it works to help keep them dry, but it also helps to keep stains from setting into their jackets.  Every time we buy a new jacket, coat, pair of shoes or boots, backpack, etc., we hit it with the waterproofing spray.  It probably sounds crazy, but I’ve even used it on an umbrella...now my wife doesn't have to leave an umbrella in my spot in the garage to dry out...it's a win-win for both of us!"

On items that don't have taped seams, which allows water to come in a bit, the spray still does a great job of repelling most of the water. 

Truman says one of his favorite features of the RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spray is that it is NOT a silicone-based product. It can be used on Gortex® and Gortex®-like products, without losing the breathability that is so important to those products. Why put waterproofer on a Gortex® product, since it is already waterproof? 

"Good question - I do on things like boots, because it protects the leather on the outside of the boot and keeps it from absorbing water. The Gortex® in shoes and boots is usually not on the outside, but a liner contained in the construction of the product. That means the outside of the shoe or boot is not really waterproof, but your foot should not get wet because of the liner. To protect the materials on the outside of the boot, keep it from absorbing the water and adding extra weight to your feet, the waterproofer works wonders."

Truman says before covering an entire item, always spray a little on an inconspicuous part of the product, to make sure it doesn’t discolor it.

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Let's Talk Hunting!

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

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

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

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Product Spotlight - Last Minute Dove Gear!

Dove season starts Monday, September 1, in Iowa. Here are a couple of last minute dove hunting items our Hunting Manager Shaun Bequeaith recommends:

RedHead Dove StoolRedHead Dove Stool

The RedHead Dove Stool in RealTree Xtra gives you the best seat in the sunflower field! Easy to carry and has a built-in, zippered compartment under the seat. Perfect for ammo and other important gear...like jerky, sun protection, and water...while you rest your legs and wait for the doves to come in! Made of heavy duty, water resistance polyester fabric, and has a built in carrying strap for easy transport. Folds up nicely too for storage!

 

CamoFX Face PaintCamoFX Face Paint System

Doves have extremely good eye sight. Put on your best game face, so they don't spot you! Easy to apply, this three-color system was designed by hunters and has been field tested in a variety of hunting situations. It allows you to put the high-def paint on evenly, quickly, and it doesn't crack, dry up, run or smear.

 

RedHead Rubber Dove Decoy 4-packMake sure to check your decoys...if you need new ones, the MOJO Outdoors VooDoo Dove Decoy runs on batteries, so the wings are always moving...NOT just when there is a breeze. Plus, the new RedHead Rubber Dove Decoy 4-pack provides a realistic option for perched doves. The spring clips on the bottom allow you to clip them to tree branches and fences, providing a realistic atmosphere for your hunt.

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Fall Shed Hunting

Fall is the time of year when everything is changing, the leaves are falling, the grass is becoming brittle and the temperature is on the way down. This is the time when deer hunting is at its best. Rifle season and bow hunting is well underway and the deer are on the move. But there is another great sport to engage in that doesn’t need tags or a rifle. Shed hunting, or hunting for a deer’s shed antlers, in the fall is a difficult but often times a rewarding undertaking. To help new shed hunters find sheds in the fall here are some helpful tips and tricks.

Even though deer lose their antlers in the mid-spring the sheds tend to stick around all year. Many times these sheds will be worn down by little critters like squirrels nibbling on the stumps and other animals tromping over them throughout the year. But even though there are some degraded antlers on the ground it is still possible to find great sheds in the fall. The first thing to know is where to look. At this point the sheds in the fields have been destroyed often times by tractors and replanting of crops over the summer so looking instead on the edges of the field at the fence lines and on the tree lines is a good idea. The easiest way to do this is to use a pair of binoculars. A good pair for this job would be the RedHead Rubber Armor Binoculars - Porro Prism, these binoculars are built to be carried around in rough terrain and still work great, so they are perfect for scanning the tree lines and the edges of fields for those elusive fall sheds. Another good set of binoculars for shed hunting is the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Binoculars, these binoculars are perfect for shed hunting because they have such a clear and crisp sight pattern it is easy to spot anomalies on the ground like a little white antler sticking out of the foliage. A great idea to consider in the fall when looking for sheds is that the shed is probably partly buried by debris so looking for an entire shed during the fall is not the way to proceed. Instead look for the tines or points of a shed poking through the brush or from under leaves. This entails looking for white and brown shaded points along the ground or suspended in light brush, this is where a lot of deer tend to lose their antlers as they get stuck in the foliage.

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Now that the human aspect of shed hunting is done it is time to get some help from man’s best friend. Having a dog on the hunt for sheds is a great way to increase the number of sheds found and have fun with the family pet. A good way to get a dog ready for the shed hunt is to get them used to the smell of the shed and the shape of the shed. One of the best ways to do this is to get an antler scent and a plastic antler to train with. A good antler scent to use is the DogBone Antler Scent, this scent helps the dog associate the scent of an antler with the sport of finding stuff in the back yard making it fun for both the owner and the dog while actually hunting sheds. Another shed kit to use for this same purpose would be the DogBone Shed Antler Retrieving System. This allows a shed hunter to hide the shed in the backyard with the scent of an actual shed on the plastic antler. The dog then gets to go find the shed in the yard training them to find sheds while having fun in the backyard. This is a great training tool but a potential shed hunter needs to make sure to teach the dog to hold the shed lightly or it might be damaged while the dog is retrieving an actual shed in the field.

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While shed hunting in the fall is fun and a good challenge shed hunting can be done all year long. The skills learned in the fall can be applied to all seasons especially the winter when looking under leaves can be substituted for looking for points in the snow. As always happy hunting and good luck!

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Must Have Footwear For Your Hunting Adventures

With summer on its way out that can only mean one thing…. Yep, you guessed it hunting season is just around the corner! With Archery and Rifle season coming up so fast it is safe to say that it is time to get geared up, and what better way to do that than with a new pair of hunting boots. Here at Bass Pro Shops of Independence we have many choices to cater to all of our Hunters and Huntresses.  We carry many different brand options all the way from Danner to RedHead to suit anyone’s needs. One example is the Danner Pronghorn. We carry this boot in a non-insulated, 400 gr, and 800gr. Danner is well known for quality as well as comfort and is sure to make your hunting season warm, comfortable, and dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also carry our RedHead line of hunting boots we have many styles that range in height and insulation, I could talk about them all day but for now I’ll just have to choose two great options that any hunter would love. The first is our Redhead 7” RCT, this boot is non-insulated and GORE-TEX making it both Waterproof and breathable, what a perfect match! Some other features include a non-slip outsole, reinforced toe, and a lug outsole.

 

The next RedHead boot I would like to tell you about is the Bighorn. The RedHead Bighorn has Bone-Dry waterproof technology along with 800 grams of Thinsulate providing you with a warm dry boot that is sure to keep you comfortable into the colder months of the season. This boot is made out of tough abrasion resistant cordura so, those pesky twigs and corn stalks that try to snag you won’t stand a chance!

 

And now for all our Huntresses out there let’s talk about our Line of SHE boots exclusively made for woman, we have several styles here at your local BassPro Shops but for now I’ll just tell you about two. The first is my personal favorite, the SHE Cami 9” insulated hunting/hiker. As the name states this boot is a cross between a Hunter and a hiker making it perfect for your tracking needs as well. This boot features a 100% waterproof/moisture wicking membrane and 600 gram thinsulate that is sure to keep your feet warm, dry, and comfortable so you can keep your mind on bagging that Prize winning Buck or Doe.

 

 

We also carry the SHE Expedition. This boot sports 1000 grams of thinsulate to comfortably carry you through the later months of the season. It is also 100% Bone-Dry waterproof with an aggressive non-slip outsole.

 

And last but not least, I have to mention our lifetime socks. They will pair perfectly with any of our hunting boots. They come in men’s and woman’s and feature 100% itch free wool that is sure to keep you warm and comfortable all the way through the season as well as for everyday use and did I mention they have a LIFETIME warranty? It doesn’t get much better than that.

As you can see, we have many choices to suit any hunter or huntresses needs. Come visit your Independence Bass Pro Shops to see our full selection as well as the before mentioned styles. Happy Hunting everyone and as the famous Ted Nugent says, “Whack em’ Stack em’, and Pack em’!”

-Chelsea McDaniel Team Lead Footwear

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Who Else Wants Awesome Dove Vest?

Dove hunting season is fast approaching and the best gear you can have is a lightweight, breathable vest.

The Redhead Dove Hunting Vest is made of a durable material that also features a mesh backing to allow for maximum ventilation. During the hot summer weather this vest is a lifesaver, you can pack ammo, calls, and any other thing you might need in its deep pockets.

The zipper is durable and will stand up to rough tugging on it and will not easily break. Its lightweight material makes it perfect for throwing in your pack until you are ready to use it. The Redhead Dove Hunting Vest has oversized front shell pockets, an accessory pocket on the left chest, padded neoprene panels on both shoulders, and two individual shell quick access loops.

The back of the vest also features a built in bag that you can easily stow your game in. With a quick rinse the back bag is easily cleaned. The entire material is made out of 100% polyester and machine washable. This vest comes in the Realtree Xtra pattern and can easily be carried across the seasons to carry any additional accessories you may need on other hunts. These popular vests are going fast at only $19.99! Pick yours up in store or online to start getting ready for Dove Season.

 

 

 

 

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Hiking Trails for Beginners

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Hiking on local trails is a great way to see nature and learn about the surroundings while relaxing and having a good workout. For beginners finding the right gear that is suited for the trails and is comfortable is always a struggle. While at the same time finding the right trails for beginners is also a challenge simply because building the stamina that is required for good hikes takes time and a concerted effort on an easy trail.

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Gear is one of the most important parts of any outdoor expedition and hiking is no different. The gear a hiker uses has to be top notch or a hike can become a nightmare quickly after it starts with blisters and chaffing becoming a huge problem. When it comes to boots there is a big difference in the type of boot for the terrain that will be traversed. If the trail is a very well kept paved trail having a hiking shoe like the RedHead® Granite Peak Hiking Shoe or the Columbia Helvatia Waterproof Trail Shoe for ladies is good because there is very little ability for a hiker to roll an ankle so the comfort of a shoe is preferred to the support of a bigger boot. If the trail is well kept but still a dust trail then going with a hiking shoe like the Merrell® Yokota Waterproof Mid Hiking Shoe or the RedHead® Gaston 5'' Hiker Shoes for Ladies, is a good idea. This hiking shoe rises a little higher than the other hiking shoes so it is able to offer more ankle support for the trail that may have a little less stability than the paved trail. For a trail that is a little wilder with rocks and tree roots, a bigger more sturdy boot is a must. RedHead® Everest Hikers are a great boot for the job, these boots are built sturdy and are meant for everything from walking around the block to the heaviest of trails. For those heavy trails with many rocks and roots a good boot for the ladies would have to be the RedHead® McKinley Hiking Boot, the boot is lightweight and durable enough for a long hike making these boots great for a long trek through rough terrain.

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The next challenge for the new hiker would have to be the right socks for hiking on any trail. When looking for socks a good pair needs to be made from crew to quarter length so the ankle and at least the lowest part of the calf is covered. This keeps the boot from rubbing any exposed skin raw while walking or hiking. A good sock for this purpose is the Ascend™ Hiker Quarter Socks, these come fitted for both men and women, the socks are made from merino wool which keeps the feet comfortable and wicks away sweat very effectively.

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Now that socks are taken care of it is time to address one of the most important components of hiking clothing, chaffing. Chaffing happens when skin is rubbed raw and can be painful for even the most advanced hikers. One of the worst spots for chaffing is the inner thigh. The only blessing is that this is also the one place where chaffing is the easiest to prevent. A good pair of compression or hiking underwear is purpose made to keep chaffing from happening and can make a hike easier for all involved. A good pair for the money is the Under Armour® The Original 9'' Boxerjock® Boxer Briefs, these boxers breathe very well and wick away sweat making them great for reducing or eliminating chaffing.

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Since the clothing is now left in the dust it is time for the fun part of hiking, finding the right trail for the hiker. Here locally there are great examples of all three kinds of trails covered earlier. For the paved hiking trail in Springfield would be the Sequiota Park Trail is a great example of this type of trail. When talking about a dust trail or cedar chip trail a good local example would have to be the Nature Center Trail. This trail is a cedar chip trail that is perfect for a new hiker who wants to break in hiking boots or get a feel for a short hike. For those new hikers that want a challenge there is always a good trail close here in Springfield! Busiek State Park offers several long trails that are perfect for getting used to hiking in the Ozarks!

Now that the hiking boots are bought, the socks fit, the chaffing is dealt with and the trail is picked it is officially time to hit the trail and have some fun out hiking! Don’t forget to enjoy the outdoors and the scenery all around while getting a good workout! For more information about socks, check out our blog, "The Right Sock for the Right Hike":http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-springfield-mo/the-right-sock-for-the-right-hike. As always happy hunting and good luck! 

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Stay Sharp With The Right Broadhead Style For You

Are you thinking about switching broad-heads this year or are you new to bow-hunting?  Well, lets talk broad-heads for a few minutes.  You can break them down into three groups or styles of heads.  Fixed blade, Replaceable blade and Expandable style, each has their Pro’s and Con’s and a situation that they work best in.  I have used all three at one point or another in my archery career and have taken deer with all of them.

I would start out with fixed Blade. That is what I started with and what I am shooting now. I like them because I can touch them up and re-sharpen them with little effort.  I also like that as a whole they are the most rugged of the three since they have no moving parts. Downside if you miss and tear up a blade you have to chuck the whole head.

Blackout Broadhead

Blackout Broadhead

Second would be Replaceable Blade models. These are nice if you are not that great at sharpening  blades or don’t have the time to do it. You just get a set of replacement blades and swap them out before you head for the stand.  And if you miss your mark and break a blade off it is no big deal just swap it out.  The downside to these is they have thinner blades and are not as rugged as the fixed blades.

RedHead Blackout Replacement

RedHead Blackout Replaceable Blade

And the newest to the market is the expandable. The pro’s to these are they have a smaller profile so they fly more like a field point so they take less time to tune them in, as the name states they expand which give you a huge cutting area which can cut down on tracking and recovery.  The Con’s would be the moving parts. If they can move there is always the chance that they won’t or won’t at the right time. Also bows with lower poundage should stay clear of these. It does take a good amount of kinetic energy to get them to work correctly and lower poundage bows usually don’t have that.  With the lower poundage I have always found that 1/3 cut fixed heads work the best.

Blackout SS Gator Expandable Blade

Any other questions feel free to stop by and speak with one of our trained Archery Staff.

 

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Fall Hunting Classic Continues!

Fall Hunting Classic - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

The Fall Hunting Classic continues this weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona and we have activities JUST for the kids - our Next Generation of hunters - and our new Women's Hunting workshop!

Thursday, August 7Binocular/Rangefinder trade-in

August 7 - The Binoculars & Rangefinder trade-in begins! Trade in your old binoculars or rangefinder and save up to $100 on a new one. Savings are based on the purchase price. Limit one coupon per new item. All items will be inspected to make sure they are in good working order, so we can donate them to local youth organizations.

Friday and Saturday, August 8 & 9 - Daily Specials! - Limited quantities - While Supplies Last - No rain checks!

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Saturday, August 9

  • Next Generation Kid’s Weekend
    • Inflatable BB Gun range from Noon – 5pm
    • Free Craft Noon – 4pm located outside next to the BB range weather permitting - Rain location is inside in front of the aquarium
    • Free photo download (be on the cover of Bass Pro Shops Adventure Kids magazine) from Noon – 5pm located in the Fly Shop
    • Free fox drawstring bag to the first 100 kids to complete a punch card - which is the BB gun range and the photo.

Plus these exciting new workshops!

2:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. – A workshop just for kids - Fall in the Outdoors!

Women's Hunting Workshop - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaWomen’s Hunting Workshop – SATURDAY ONLY - 3 p.m.- Join us to welcome Maria Young from Dressed to Kill TV!  Attendees can enter for a chance to win a pair of Oculus binoculars and a Redhead folding knife - two winners will be drawn.

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Sunday, August 10

Next Generation Kid’s Weekend Fun continues!

  • Inflatable BB Gun range from Noon – 5pm
  • Free Craft Noon – 4pm located outside next to the BB range weather permitting - Rain location is inside in front of the aquarium
  • Free photo download (be on the cover of Bass Pro Shops Adventure Kids magazine) from Noon – 5pm located in the Fly Shop
  • Free fox drawstring bag to the first 100 kids to complete a punch card - which is the BB gun range and the photo.
  • 2:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. – A workshop just for kids - Fall in the Outdoors!

Try Before You Buy

Saturday, Noon-4 p.m. - Sample Uncle Buck's Batter with fried pickles
Sunday, Noon-4 p.m. - Sample Uncle Buck's Chicken Batter from Noon – 4pm

Coming Up?

The Fall Hunting Classic wraps up with one more weekend of great in-house seminars on a variety of hunting topics August 15–17. Customers who attend each seminar get a great free giveaway!

Bad Boy Buggy test drive available on August 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.!

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Camo for Fall

The weather in the fall is all over the place. There could be 100 degree days followed by a freak snowstorm the next week. So finding the right camouflage for the season is a must in any area. The camo needs to not only be functional at hiding a person’s outline but must have the added ability to protect the wearer from the elements on any of the crazy days that often times happen in the fall. As the leaves start to turn it is a good idea to change to a more open pattern on the camo like the Realtree Xtra. This pattern specifically has a lot of twigs and branches in the pattern mimicking the openness of the surrounding woods very well.

Now that one of the patterns that is good to use is established it is time to look for the right camo for those warm days at the beginning of the fall. These shirts and pants should not only be comfortable and breathable but also have to have a little greenery in the print, as all the leaves on the trees have not completely turned. A good shirt for this is the RedHead® True Fit Camo T-Shirts Long Sleeve. This shirt comes in the Realtree Xtra Green, which hPants for the early fall are next on the list for the guys and a great pair would have to be the RedHead® Stalker Lite II Camo Pants. During the early fall this pair of pants is great at wicking away sweat and breathing while allowing for the full range of motion for hiking or hunting. Another great feature for these pants is that they are easy to get in smaller sizes for those outdoor kids!as a few green leaves thrown into the more open pattern making it perfect for the outdoorsman who wants to stay hidden in the early fall.

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For the ladies, a great shirt during this early fall period would be the SHE® Outdoor Tech Tee - Long Sleeve. This long sleeve shirt is great for hiking or hunting and is specially fitted for the ladies making it more comfortable and breathable during the warmer days in the early fall. In the beginning of fall a good pair of pants for the ladies would have to be the SHE® Outdoor Utility Pants. In the early fall these pants for ladies can’t be beat giving the rugged durability of hunting clothing while at the same time being light and breathable for a warm day in the outdoors.

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Now for the kids. A great shirt for the early fall has to be the Carhartt® Work Realtree Xtra® Camo Pocket T-Shirt Long Sleeve. These shirts are great for the outdoors kid who enjoys any activity outside during the early fall. The shirt wicks away sweat from the body so warmer days are no problem in this shirt while at the same time this shirt is comfortable and durable making it perfect for the rough and tumble kids!

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While early fall is all well and good being warm and all too often a very humid, late fall tends to be chilly and windy. The pattern for the camo that hunters and plain outdoorsmen will want to wear will also change. The green from the early fall is now completely gone and a more open pattern with twigs and branches that are bare, with a cedar branch mixed in is now far more appropriate. For the guys a good light jacket for those chilly days is the Scent-Lok Full Season Velocity Bowhunter Hunting Jackets. This jacket is great for the late fall season because it has both the warmth for the chilly mornings and the waterproofed with the durable water repellent. A good pair of camo pants for the late fall is the Badlands® Hybrid Hunting Pants.These are perfect pant given that they are not only warm and waterproof but breathe like a much lighter pair of pants.

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For the ladies a great camo top is most definitely the SHE® Outdoor C2 Hunting Jacket, the jacket is cut for a feminine form for better comfort in the field and warmth even on those chilly late fall days. Another great aspect of the Outdoor C2 is they come in a set. The SHE® Outdoor C2 Hunting Pants are great for mornings sitting in the chill of fall with a weatherproofed fleece that keeps an outdoors lady warm while still being flexible and breathable in all conditions.

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For the kiddos a good late fall jacket that is both warm and comfortable is the Under Armour® ColdGear® Ayton Hoody. Even in the cold wind of late fall this great hoody is able to keep kids dry and warm so a hunt in the morning can be as long as needed without having to head back to the cabin. A good set of pants to go with this hoodie for the kids is the Under Armour® ColdGear® Ayton Camo Pants for Youth, these pants are able to bend and move like kids while staying dry even in the wettest conditions.

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The craziness of the fall season makes finding a good camouflage a pain. But knowing the different patterns and how effective they may be during different times of the season can help pick the best camo pattern for the event. While knowing the conditions that are almost always associated with fall can help pick out the proper gear for the dry season or the wetter part of the season. As always happy hunting and good luck! 

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Women's Hunting Workshop

You Are Invited!

Where: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

1972 Power Plant Parkway Hampton, Virginia 23666

When: Saturday, August 9, 2014

3:00 P.M.

*The first 25 women 18 years of age and older to attend this workshop will receive a FREE Bass Pro Shops Tumbler

Learn all the latest and greatest techniques and find all of the hottest new gear to help you on your next big hunt.

Plus! Register for a chance to win a RedHead Folding Knife or a pair of Oculus Binoculars!

So grab all your girlfriends and head out to Bass Pro Shops for a great afternoon, we can't wait to see you!

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Fall Hunting Classic

 

 

The annual Fall Hunting Classic has returned to Bass Pro Shops - Macon!  "The Greatest Hunting Sale & Show" takes place at all Bass Pro Shops stores, August 1 - 17 (August 1 - 24 in Juneau), and the fantastic sale is accompanied by a ton of activities.

First up is the Bass Pro Shops Hunting University.  This year, our featured Hunting Pros are Ryan Klesko and Walter Parrott.  Ryan is the co-host of the "Hardcore Hunting" television program and will speak on "Big Game and Bow Hunting Tactics."  Walter is one of the original members of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team for Bass Pro Shops as well as a co-host for Bass Pro Shops' "100% Real Hunting" program.  He will give tips on "Whitetail Deer Hunting."

  The second weekend, August 9-10, is our Next Generation activities. This weekend features activities for kids (our "next generation" of hunters), such as the Daisy BB Gun Range, Kids Workshops, Free Crafts and Free Giveaways.  We are even hosting our first Women's Hunting Workshop!

The final weekend, August 15 - 17, is all about our Local Pros. Friday night's workshop takes place at 7:00 p.m.; the workshops on Saturday and Sunday, run from 1 - 6 p.m. Topics include bow hunting, cooking venison, selecting a camo pattern, hunting predators and more.  Click here for the daily schedule.

Other activities include the 2nd Amendment Instant Savings on Guns and Safes (when you use your Bass Pro Shops MasterCard; August 1 - 5 and 13 - 17 only); Bow and Crossbow Trade-In (August 1 - 6); Binocular and Rangefinder Trade-In (August 7 - 12); and Scope Trade-In (August 13 - 17).  We will also have Daily Specials on select dates (while supplies last) and you can register to win a helicopter hunt with "Pigman" Brian Quaca. 

Make sure you plan to join us for this year's Fall Hunting Classic!


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Fall HUnting Classic 2014

Fall Hunting Classic- August 1-17 2014
Free Hunting University Friday, August 1st
National Pros Seminar & autographs
*Marty Fischer- Wingshooting 7pm
*John O'Dell- Ground Blinds & Scent Control 8pm

2nd Amendment Instant Savings on Guns & Safes with BPS Credit Cards August 1-5th & 13-17th

Sweepstakes- August 1-17th (Grand Prize Only)
Enter for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime hunting trip to go on a 2-hour helicopter hunt in Texas with Brian "Pigman" Quaca.

NEW! Women's Hunting Workshop- Saturday, August 9 @ 3pm

Giveaways for women's hunting workshop:

  • First 25 women to attend workshop receive BPS tumbler
  • Only women can register for a chance to win a RedHead folding Knife or a Pair of Oculus binoculars.
  • Two women will be announced at store to receive their prize.

Local Pro Seminars- August 15-17


Friday August 15th
7pm- Big Game are ALL around you: Hunting Near Home- BPS Hunting Pros Jason Morris & Kevin Smith

Saturday August 16th
1pm- Autumn Hunt: New Approaches to Fall Success- BPS Hunting Pros Jason Morris & Kevin Smith
2pm- Tender Venison? It’s Easier Than You Think!!
3pm- Does Camo Pattern Really Matter??- BPS Hunting Pros Jason Morris & Kevin Smith
4pm- Why Should You Be Hunting Coyote (or predator)- BPS Hunting Pros Jason Morris & Kevin Smith
5pm- How to Integrate Your Game Camera With Mobile Devices

Sunday August 17th
1pm- Autumn Hunt: New Approaches to Fall Success- BPS Hunting Pros Jason Morris & Kevin Smith
2pm- Tender Venison? It’s Easier Than You Think!!
3pm- Does Camo Pattern Really Matter??- BPS Hunting Pros Jason Morris & Kevin Smith
4pm- Why Should You Be Hunting Coyote (or predator)- BPS Hunting Pros Jason Morris & Kevin Smith
5pm- How to Integrate Your Game Camera With Mobile Devices

Giveaways for Local Pro seminars: First 25 to attend each seminar each day will receive a BPS tumbler on Friday & Saturday and a Survival Whistle on Sunday.

Bad Boy Buggy Test Drive August 1-17th

August 1-6th Bow & Cross Bow Trade-In

August 7-12th Binocular & Rangefinder Trade-In

August 13-17th Scope Trade-In

Next Generation Weekend August 9 & 10th NOON-5pm each day

  • Free BB Range (release forms need to be signed by parent or guardian)
  • Free Photo Download-"bee a BPS Adventure Kid"!!
  • Fall In The Outdoors Seminars @ 2p & 4p
  • Craft- Color a wooden Squirrel or Fox clip
  • Free giveaways- First 100 kiddos to complete punch card each day will receive a BPS Fox drawstring bag.

 

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Next Chance for Next Generation

So for those of you who do not know about Next Generation, it is our outreach to get the youth interested in the outdoors. We at Bass Pro know that it is vital to get kids into the outdoors to preserve them. Every year we run several events that are focused towards the Next Generation.

This month, as part of our Fall Hunting Classic, we are having your next chance to get your kids involved in the Next Generation. As usual our events are 100% free! Here are the details below:

 August 9th and 10th

Noon-5PM each day we will have our Daisy BB Shooting Range up and running and our free photo download. Parents/Guardians will have to sign a waiver for children under 18 years of age to participate in the Daisy BB Shooting Range.

Noon-4PM we will have a craft available to be colored both days as well. While supplies last of course, and they are super cute so don’t delay!

The first 100 kids to complete the activity punch cards each day will receive a free giveaway!

There will also be two seminars about “Fall in the Outdoors” held both days at 2PM and 4PM.

What is also awesome is that this weekend we will also host a Women’s Hunting Workshop on Saturday, August 9th at 3PM. I love this. I believe it is essential, just as much with the youth, to get women interested in outdoor sports. The first 25 women to attend the workshop will receive a free giveaway (must be 18 years or older). Attendees will also be able to register for a chance to win a RedHead folding knife or pair of Oculus binoculars. The winners will be drawn at the end of the workshop so don’t be late.

-----Now this goes straight out to the fathers/husbands right now. Guys. Seriously. Take this opportunity! Think about it, you get to go to Bass Pro Shops. You get to hopefully inspire your children and wife to get into your passion. It’s free. They can win stuff! They will be busy for hours, WHICH! gives you enough time to get up to the Hunting Department and snag that firearm that you’ve been wanting without getting busted. (Have blankets in the back of the car to hide it of course!)-----

We hope to see  you there!

-Giddy-Up!!

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2014 Fall Hunting Classic

Fall Hunting Classic 2014 - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

It's the Fall Hunting Classic at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - 17 days of great sales and events to prepare you for the hunting season!  Here's the linup of Hunting Classic Events!

First Weekend - August 2 - Free Hunting Classic UniversityHunting University - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Join us for these great, nationally-recognized speakers!
1 p.m. - Bric Steward, Drury Outdoors Team, Bow Madness - "Hunting Mature Whitetails"
2 p.m. - John Dudley from the Nock On TV Show and Under Armor Arsenal Hunter - "Guaranteed to Always be Lethal"
3. - Jeremy Moore, Renowned Dog Trainer and Developer of the DogBone Training Products - "Developing Your Deer Dog."

Second Weekend - August 9 & 10 - Next Generation Weekend for Kids!

As usual, we've included a weekend JUST FOR KIDS!

Noon- 5 on Saturday and Sunday:

  • Youth Seminars - "Fall in the Outdoors" - a special workshop for just youth
  • BB Shooting range
  • Free photo download- Like you're on the cover of Adventure Kids magazine!

Noon - 5 on Saturday and Sunday Crafts Noon - 4pm - Wood fox and squirrel craft!

Free giveaway to the first 100 kids who get their cards punched each day - a Bass Pro Shops Fox Drawstring bag!

 

NEW THIS YEAR! August 9 - 3 p.m. - Women's Hunting Workshop!

Seminar attendees can register to win a pair of Oculus Binoculars or a RedHead folding knife!

 

August 15-17 - Local Pros Weekend - Free Seminars with Local Hunting Experts
Friday, August 15

7:00pm – So You Think You Know How to Bow Hunt?

Saturday, August 16

1:00pm – Autumn Hunt: New Approaches to Fall Success

2:00pm – Tender Venison? It’s Easier Than You Think

3:00pm – Does Camo Pattern Really Matter?

4:00pm – Why You Should be Hunting Coyote

5:00pm – How to Integrate Your Game Camera with Mobile Devices

Sunday, August 17

1:00pm – Autumn Hunt: New Approaches to Fall Success

2:00pm – Tender Venison? It’s Easier Than You Think

3:00pm – Does Camo Pattern Really Matter?

4:00pm – Why You Should be Hunting Coyote

5:00pm – How to Integrate Your Game Camera with Mobile Devices

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2014 Fall Hunting Classic Featuring Lee & Tiffany Lakosky

Our Annual Fall Hunting Classic and Sale will be held from August 1st through August 17th this year. We have filled this year’s event with great seminars and activities for the whole family. Check out what we are featuring this year:

August 1st @ 5pm to 9pm - Bass Pro Shops Hunting University featuring a meet and greet with Lee & Tiffany Lakosky, co-hosts of “The Crush” TV Show and members of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team

August 1st to August 17th – Enter to win a “Helicopter Hunt” !! During our Classic, enter to win a two-hour helicopter hunt in Texas with Brian “Pigman” Quaca !!!

August 1st to 6th – Bow and Crossbow trade-in: Trade in a bow or crossbow and get a coupon towards the purchase of a new bow or crossbow

August 7th to 12th – Binocular and Rangefinder Trade-In: Trade in binoculars or rangefinder and get a coupon towards  the purchase of new binoculars or rangefinder

August 13th to 17th – Scope Trade-in: Trade in a scope and get a coupon towards the purchase of a new scope

August 9th & 10th – Next Generation Weekend

                Noon to 5pm: Free BB Gun Range, Free Archery Range, Free Photo Download

                Noon to 4pm: Free Kid’s Craft

                2pm and 4pm: “Fall In The Outdoors” Kids Workshop

August 9th @3pm – NEW !! Women’s Hunting Workshop – first 25 women to attend this seminar will receive a FREE Bass Pro Shops Tumbler

August 15-17 :FREE Hunting Workshops – The first 25 people to attend the Friday and Saturday workshops will receive a FREE Bass Pro Shops Tumbler. The first 25 on Sunday will receive a FREE Survival Whistle

August 15th @ 7pm – So You Think You Know How To Bow Hunt?

August 16th & August 17th:

                                1pm – Autumn Hunt: New Approaches to Fall Success

                               2pm – Tender Venison? It’s Easier Than You Think

                                3pm – Does Camo Pattern Really Matter?

                               4pm – Why Should You Be Hunting Coyote?

                5pm – How To Integrate Your Game Camera With Mobile Devices

August 16th- 10am to 2pm: Free Bad Boy Buggy Test Drive in our Tracker Boat Lot

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Geronimo!

    So maybe that's the last thing you want to be yelling as you jump from a bridge held by only a piece of bungee cord. It's not exactly an everyday word (unless your The Doctor)

But it is something that many thrill seekers like to do- jump. Jump out of planes, jump off of bridges or jump out of a cake. There are TONS of adventures out there for the wild spirits that grace this planet- therefore, there are many things that can go wrong on such dares. Such as getting lost, or being trapped. In these instance it is smart to have something that can come in handy pretty quickly! A growing popular item is emergency paracord threaded throughout clothing. It comes in a variety of colors, and items such as bracelets, hats, belts, and even knives.

  Our two items in the Hunting Apparel department are the RedHead Camo Paracord cap for 14.99 and the Straw Paracord Hat for 24.99. Both these hats feature and extended paracord rope with a clasp that attaches straight to the hat. At Bass Pro Shops we also sell a multitude of color Paracord bracelets ranging anywhere from 14.99-17.99 as shown below:

You may be asking yourself, "How do I even use something like this to survive?" The Site Survivor Geek breaks down multiple uses for the simple string! You can see the list at their website here:http://www.survivorgeek.com/pages/Emergency-uses-for-Paracord.html

Bass Pro Shops carries a wide variety of Paracord and devices to be used with them. Emergency Paracord is becoming an item that everyone should carry on them because of the vast things it can do, and it may just save your life.

Just remember, the next time you're cliff diving, skydiving, or on a wildly crazy adventure: look down at your paracord bracelet, and shout geronimo!

 

Come check us out!

Ainsley

Camo Lead

Sevierville  Bass Pro Shops

865-932-5600

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