Getting Odors Out of Your Hunting Clothes

by Wade Middleton

Spraying Atsko Odor Destroyer on Hunting CLothes

When it comes to getting odors out of your hunting clothes before heading into the woods, I personally try to take every opportunity that I can. While knowing that I can’t totally eliminate odors, I can try to lessen them to gain a minor advantage at times. 

One of my first strategies is washing my clothes in detergent that helps lessen or eliminate odor. Then I like to place my clothes in Ziploc bags and put them in a scent control bag, I then try to never take those clothes out or into a hunting camp unless I have to.  I’ve stripped down and changed into my hunting cloths on side of road a lot in my day. 

After I get dressed, I then spray myself down with my chosen scent killer. Now, I know what you might be thinking; some hunters have successfully taken down impressive deer with a lit cigarette hanging from their mouth. However, on the flip side, there have been hunters who’ve been smelled by deer several hundred yards away. After I arrive at my spot I deploy a mix of items from Conquest Scents such as Evercalm or VS-1.   These are both cover and attractant scents.

I believe it’s simply a matter of taking advantage of what’s available to you to help reduce your scent profile, so to speak, in your favor. Whether I’m trying to conceal a camera guy in my hunts or when I get the chance to hunt solo, I want to stack the odds in my favor as much as possible while I’m out in the field.

Play the Wind

Playing the Wind is crucial. My strategy to do so is using as many things as I can to tip the scales in my favor. My goal is to hopefully keep a whitetail or other game animal from smelling me. The obvious plan is to play the wind and keep it in your favor but since deer and other game tend to not follow a script on what direction they come in from, you have to expect something to come in downwind at anytime and catch our scent.

We also all know that the wind will switch and swirl on us as well carrying whatever foreign smell there is in a direction that we don’t want it to go. I avoid hunting in risky stands unless it’s the last possible moment when bow hunting. We know deer are likely to come up close and personal often less than 10 yards away.

Furthermore, even as a rifle hunter, when you’re targeting deer at long distances, you can never be certain when a doe might sneak up on you while you’re focusing on your target buck 200 yards away.

But when your buck is at 200 yards and that doe suddenly spooks at 20 yards and blows, it alerts everything in the area and your hunt is over.  

Washing Your Hunting Clothes

ATSKO Sport-Wash Laundry Detergent

I use ATSKO Sport-Wash ZERO laundry detergent to ensure my hunting clothes come out of the washer without any scent such as the flowery smells my wife loves. My wife and I argue about this all the time. She says, “That’s not cleaning your clothes!” and I respond with “I’m not trying to make them smell minty fresh; I’m trying to eliminate all minty scents.”

After they’re done in the washer and dryer, I place them in Ziploc bags and then put those Ziplocs in my scent control bag.

Prepping Your Clothes in the Field

Hunter Spraying ATSKO Scent killer on clothing

Spraying your hunting clothes down is another important step. When I arrive at my hunting camp, I spray all my clothes with a scent killer. I particularly like ATSKO Zero N-O-DOR Oxidizer Spray. This time proven product deodorizes clothing, hair, skin, and all wettable surfaces quickly and safely. It does so by permanently oxidizing all organic molecules into odorless, non-volatile compounds, essentially destroying them.

We do a lot of early-season hunting where we start sweating even before climbing into the stand. Even in Texas, where we primarily hunt, it can still reach 90 plus degrees in December! In such situations, I want to use every advantage I can even if it’s just giving me a minor advantage while sweating in a tree stand I’ll take it.

Scent control can lead to spirited debates at deer camp, with everyone having their different opinions and views. But if I can increase my odds by 5, 10, or 15% to avoid getting spotted, I’m going to do just that.

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Mastering the Art of Hunting Around Rub Lines

Rub line

When it comes to hunting whitetail deer, success often hinges on understanding their behavior and the strategies that allow you to capitalize on it. One such strategy, which many seasoned hunters swear by, is hunting rub lines. In this guide, we will unveil the thoughts and even secrets behind this highly effective technique, ultimately helping you become a more skilled and successful hunter.

Understanding Rub Lines

rub line on a tree

What Are Rub Lines?

Rub lines for the purpose of this article are essentially paths or trails in the woods where bucks leave their mark, both literally and figuratively. These paths are distinguished by the telltale signs of rubbed trees, scrapes, and occasionally, deer droppings. The rubs are the result of bucks marking their territory and asserting dominance, which plays a crucial role in the whitetail mating ritual. They often are not along a well-worn path and can occur almost anywhere that a buck feels the need to make a rub or a scrape, however there are often in corridors that numerous bucks use to travel to and from feeding areas, bedding areas, water or a combination of all of those.

The Science Behind Rub Lines

Whitetail bucks rub their antlers against trees to mark their scent using the glands on their forehead. This action serves to strengthen their neck muscles and can also be used as a show of dominance. This fascinating behavior provides invaluable insights into deer patterns and their territories, which can be exploited by hunters to increase their chances of a successful hunt.

Why Hunt Using Rub Lines?

ConQuest Scents VS-1 on a rub line

Predictable Patterns

One of the most compelling reasons to utilize rub lines in your hunting strategy is that deer often tend to follow consistent paths. These paths become well-established as the deer move between feeding, bedding, and breeding areas. By identifying and monitoring rub lines, you can anticipate the direction whitetail are likely to travel, often see more deer and place yourself into position for a successful shot.

Uncover Territory Boundaries

Rub lines are also often thought mark the boundaries of a buck’s territory. Bucks will actively mark their territory by leaving more rubs in their core areas, making rub lines a crucial indicator of where you might find your target buck or other bucks. By identifying and following rublines, you can narrow down your search and increase the likelihood of encountering your more bucks as it’s not uncommon for more than one buck to rub on the same tree.

Enhanced Scent Luring

Rub lines are often accompanied by scrapes, which are patches of ground where deer have pawed and left their scent. By setting up scent lures in these areas, you can also increase your chances of drawing a buck to your location. This strategic use of scents can be a game-changer in your whitetail hunting success which many do by making mock scrapes.

How to Hunt Whitetail Using Rublines

hunter looking at a rub line

Scout and Identify Rub Lines

Before the hunting season begins, many seasoned hunters will scout a hunting area to identify old rub lines. Look for rubbed trees that have healed or even remnants of old scrapes and use them as indicators of deer activity. Consider using trail cameras to monitor these paths and collect valuable data on the movement of deer. When in the season itself look for fresh rubs on trees that have recently been made in an area and use those tell tale signs to help you make decisions on where to hunt.

Set Up Stand Locations

Once you’ve identified the rub lines and understood the patterns, it’s time to set up your stand locations strategically. Choose spots that offer a clear line of sight to the rub lines while keeping wind direction in mind to remain undetected. Pay attention to your scent control to prevent alerting the deer.

Timing Matters

Whitetail hunting is as much about timing as it is about location. Bucks tend to be most active during the rut at all times of the day.  This can be a prime time to hunt along rublines. It’s when they are most likely to be moving, marking territory, and seeking out does and often not as wary.

Patience and Persistence

Hunting along rub lines requires patience and persistence just like any style of hunting. Deer movement can be unpredictable, and bucks might not always follow the exact path you’ve anticipated so be prepared to adjust…Stay committed, and don’t be discouraged by a few unsuccessful outings. It often takes time to master this hunting technique and the more experience you get the more successful you’ll be and the only way to get that experience is more time in the woods hunting and learning. 

Time To Hit the Woods

In the world of hunting whitetail, rublines have played a role in many successful hunts. Learning to read them and how to hunt them can significantly improve your chances of a successful hunt. Understanding the behavior and patterns of these magnificent animals is key to becoming a skilled hunter.

By scouting, setting up stand locations, timing your hunts correctly, and maintaining patience and persistence, you can add the art of hunting whitetail using rub lines to your skill set and enhance your overall hunting experience. So, gear up, hit the woods, and get ready to put your newfound knowledge to the test during your next whitetail hunting adventure. Happy hunting!

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The New BlackOut Distinct Compound Bow

We shot and reviewed a lot of bows over the past two decades and one thing I can say without question is to find a bow that fits you and your style, so as you read this and watch the video keep that in mind. Recently we had a chance to look at a new powerhouse combination of performance and adjustability, the BlackOut® Distinct Compound Bow Package. Right off the shelf, this price point package bow offers an ultra-smooth draw cycle bowhunters will love.

Lightweight Design

Hunter in camo drawing the BlackOut Distinct bow

The BlackOut Distinct Compound Bow Package is the latest bow from Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s, known for its high quality and versatility. The BlackOut Distinct Compound Bow is designed to be lightweight and easy to handle. Weighing in at just 5 pounds, this bow’s compact 31″ axle-to-axle design makes it easy to carry and maneuver, making it a great option for hunting from a tree stand, ground blind, or thick cover.

Adjustable Draw Length and Weight

BlackOut Distinct product image

One of the standout features of the BlackOut Distinct Compound Bow is its adjustable 18″-31″ draw length and 25-70 lbs weight. This allows archers to customize the bow to their specific needs and preferences, ensuring a comfortable and accurate shot every time.

Smooth and Quiet Operation

Hunter drawing aiming with the BlackOut Distinct bow

The BlackOut Distinct Compound Bow is designed to operate smoothly and quietly, with an 85% let-off allowing hunters to hold their bow at full draw longer without getting fatigued. The bow’s cams are designed to provide a smooth draw cycle with a pleasant dead-in-hand feel on every shot.

High-Quality Accessories

BlackOut Distinct Accessories

The BlackOut Distinct Compound Bow Package comes with a range of high-quality accessories, including a 3-pin sight, BlackOut 5-arrow quiver, BlackOut Biscuit arrow rest, a Trophy Ridge stabilizer with a sling, Tru Peep, and a D-loop. These accessories are designed to enhance the performance and accuracy of the bow, making it a great value for the price, and allowing you to walk out of the store field ready for your next hunt.

The BlackOut Distinct Compound Bow Package is the latest bow from Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s, known for its high quality and versatility.

In conclusion, the BlackOut Distinct Compound Bow Package is a great option for hunters of all levels and interests. Its lightweight design, adjustable features, smooth operation, and high-quality accessories make it a versatile and high-performing bow at great value.  

A Hunting Mom’s Gift Guide for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if your mom is an avid hunter, it can be challenging to find the perfect gift. You want to show her how much you appreciate and support her passion for hunting, but you also want to get her something that is unique and useful. To help you out, we’ve compiled a gift guide for hunting moms that will make them feel special and loved.

SHE Outdoors Camo

SHE Outdoor® delivers field-grade women’s hunting clothes tailored to the female form and ready to live up to high expectations and active lifestyles. The SHE Outdoor adds a wide range of Base Layers, Pack and Bags, Footwear, and Accessories, all with performance-driven design and cutting-edge features that do everything but compromise. Check out the full line of SHE Outdoor Products here.

Hearing Protection

Whether the Mom in your life is out in the woods, hitting the shooting range, or getting in a workout, a bluetooth neckband headset may be the perfect gift for Mom with an active lifestyle.

Walker’s® Flexible Bluetooth® Neckband Headset combines passive hearing protection with Bluetooth wireless connectivity to listen to your favorite tunes or make phone calls. Durable aluminum ear buds feature high-dynamic-range speakers for vivid sound. Built-in rechargeable battery powers the headset for up to 15 hours on a full charge; 4 hours while Bluetooth streaming. Camo 22.5″ nylon cable stays concealed in the field and the flexible construction resists tangles and excessive twisting. Magnets keep the 2 ear buds connected when worn around the neck and not in the ear. Walker’s Flexible Bluetooth neckband includes 3 pairs of foam ear buds (S/M/L), 12″ USB charging cable, and EVA storage case.

Can’t Go Wrong with a Tumbler

An Engel Coolers tumbler is an excellent gift for all Moms out there. It’s a practical and useful item they can take with them on their hunting trips or when they’re hanging out in the back yard that will keep their drinks hot or cold for hours.

Engel Cooler’s 22 oz, stainless steel, vacuum-insulated performance mugs are built to keep your cool in the harshest conditions. Taking advantage of the latest vacuum technology, these cups perform better than any competitor on the market.

Whether you’re bringing a hot or cold drink along for the ride, the Engel “Ketch-It” lid will ensure you enjoy your drink, not wear it. The liquid-tight seal keeps your drinks in the cup when the boat bounces, the truck swerves…or you just happen to execute a perfect-form elbow-sweep and take that cup from vertical to horizontal in the blink of an eye. AND…that you can shake up that drink that requires…a little shakin’

ConQuest Scents EverCalm Scent Combo

The ConQuest® EverCalm® Deer Herd Scent™ Stick and Stink Stick Combo Pack has what you need to calm spooky deer down so they’ll come within shooting range. Deer Herd Scent includes scents from bucks, does and fawns from actual deer bedding areas where animals feel safe and relax their guard. The combo pack comes with one Deer Herd Scent Stick, similar to a stick of deodorant, that you can wipe on clothing, gear, or branches; and a Stink Stick Dispenser with 3 wax-stick refill tubes allows you to hang the same calming scent where the breeze will catch and disperse it. The EverCalm package can be used as both a cover scent and as a deer attractant.

Introduce Her to Hunting

For the mom in your life that wants to get into hunting, the Umarex Air Javelin can be just the introductory tool needed to get her into the woods!

This all-new arrow rifle comes equipped with 3 Umarex AirJavelin arrows with Straight Flight™ Technology, fiber optic sights, adjustable stock, and ambidextrous, straight, pull bolt action. Driven by an 88g capsule of air, the Umarex® AirJavelin™ can reach velocities of up to 300+ fps and 34+ fpe. Lightweight and versatile, the Umarex AirJavelin is more than a new way to shoot arrows, it is a great way to open up archery fun for the whole family.

No matter your budget or your mom’s hunting style, there are plenty of unique and thoughtful gifts you can give her to show your love and support this Mother’s Day. Whether it’s some new hunting camo or a new arrow rifle, your mom is sure to appreciate the effort you put into finding the perfect gift for her. So, go ahead and make this Mother’s Day one to remember.

Happy Mother’s Day!

How Turkey Hunting Makes You a Better Deer Hunter

Turkey hunting and deer hunting are two popular activities among avid hunters.  It’s not uncommon to find hunters across North America who are as passionate about one as they are the other. By spending time in the woods doing both you can become a better hunter by simply paying attention to what you’re seeing and doing when doing hunting either deer or turkey. 

Sharpen Those Woodsmanship Skills

Hunter carrying turkey back from turkey hunting

Turkey hunting requires a high level of woodsmanship skills, as hunters need to locate and stalk their prey in a variety of cover.  These skills translate directly to deer hunting, as both activities require hunters to navigate through the woods and locate their target animal. By honing your woodsmanship skills through turkey hunting, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the terrain come deer season and you’ll often have a better sense of the locations deer are using in certain seasons.

Scouting and Observation

hunter sitting while turkey hunting

Turkey hunting also requires scouting and keen observation skills to locate areas where turkeys are active and pay close attention to their behavior patterns. These same skills are essential for deer hunting, as hunters need to scout where deer are active and pay close attention to their movements and behavior patterns. Using your time during turkey season you can also keep an eye for deer sign as well. By honing your scouting and observation skills during turkey season, you’ll be better equipped to find and track deer during the fall hunting season. Often times during turkey season you’ll find rubs you didn’t know about, trails deer have been using as well as other sign that clue you in where deer have been wintering.

Calling Techniques

hunter using a turkey hunting call

One of the most important skills for turkey hunting is the ability to use a call to get those gobblers attention. Turkey hunters use a variety of calls to mimic the sounds of turkeys, to bring them into range. In some instances, hunters will use calls during deer season, as deer can be lured into range use grunt calls, rattling, and doe calls. Turkey calls take time to master. If you practice your calling techniques during turkey season, you can translate that sense of discipline to your deer calls to get that big buck to come in. 

Turkey Hunting Helps with Stealth and Patience

hunter aiming while turkey hunting

Turkey hunting also requires a high level of stealth and patience, as hunters need to remain still and quiet for extended periods while waiting for that Big Tom to come in. Once that Tom comes in, just like buck fever, your heart rate skyrockets and you begin to shake. Practice calming yourself down during these situations and control your breathing to make a good clean shot. These skills are also essential for deer hunting, as deer are notoriously skittish and are easily spooked by sudden movements or loud noises. By practicing patience and developing a stealthy approach during turkey season, you’ll be less likely to catch the eye or a weary buck or skiddish doe.

In conclusion, turkey hunting can be a valuable tool for deer hunters, providing opportunities to hone essential skills such as woodsmanship, stealth and patience, calling techniques, and scouting and observation. By practicing these skills during turkey season, you’ll be better prepared and more effective during the deer season. So, if you’re a deer hunter looking to improve your skills, consider getting out in the woods to go after some turkeys!

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What To Look For In A Spotting Scope

When hunting for whitetail or other big game in western states, having the right equipment can essential for a successful trip. One important piece of equipment that many hunters overlook is the spotting scope. These can be a game-changer when locating and tracking game, especially at long distances. But with so many options on the market, how do you choose the best one for your hunting needs? Here are some factors to consider when making your selection.


magnification dial of a spotting scope
The right magnification will help spot even the most subtle detail.

One of the most important factor to consider when choosing a spotting scope is the magnification. You want to be able to clearly see your target, even at a variety of distances. However, higher magnification doesn’t always equal better performance. A magnification range of 20-60x is a good range to look for, as it allows for a wide range of viewing distances.

Best Objective Lens Size

Hunter looking through a spotting scope
Larger optical lenses will provide a bright and clear image during low light situations.

Another important factor to consider is the size of the objective lens. The larger the lens, the more light it can gather, which will provide a brighter and clearer image, especially during low light hours. However, larger lenses also mean a heavier and bulkier scope. A lens size of 60-80mm is a good range to consider, as it strikes a balance between brightness and portability.


Hunter looking through spotting scope
From the range to the field you want a scope that can handle anything!

Hunting can be a rugged and demanding activity, so you want a spotting scope that can withstand the elements. Look for a scope that is waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof. Additionally, scopes with rubber armor or other protective coatings will be more resistant to damage.

Size and Weight

Cabela's Intensity HD Spotting Scope
Cabela’s Intensity HD Spotting Scope is fogproof and waterproof

While you want a spotting scope that is durable, you also want one that is lightweight and easy to carry. Compact and lightweight is ideal for hunters who will be hiking long distances to their hunting spots. Look for a scope that is less than 2.5 pounds and less than 14 inches long.


Spotting Scope
Cabela’s Intensity HD Spotting Scope

Spotting scopes can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. While you don’t necessarily need to spend top dollar to get a quality scope, you do get what you pay for. Higher-end scopes will generally have better optics, better durability, and more features. However, if you’re just starting out or have a limited budget, there are still plenty of good options available in the $300-$500 range.

To wrap up,  when choosing a spotting scope for hunting, you want to consider factors such as magnification, objective lens size, durability, size and weight, and price. By finding a scope that balances these factors to fit your specific needs and budget, you’ll be better equipped to locate and track your game, leading to a more successful hunting trip.

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Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops receive U.S. Army’s Highest Civilian Honor, The National Service Award from the Association of the United States Army

Johnny Morris, center, receives award recognizing Bass Pro Shops’ exemplary service and decades-long commitment to supporting veterans and the United States Army community. Award presented by AUSA President and CEO, General (ret.) Robert Brooks Brown (left) and AUSA Vice President, Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Haley.

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) today announced the awarding of its prestigious National Service Award to Bass Pro Shops and its founder, noted conservationist Johnny Morris. Presented in recognition of exemplary service and demonstrated enduring support to the American Soldier and the United States Army community, the National Service Award honors Johnny and Bass Pro Shops’ decades-long commitment to supporting veterans.

“We are honored to give one of our most prestigious awards – The National Service Award – to Bass Pro Shops and Johnny Morris. We recognize their incredible support to the U.S. Army,” said General Bob Brown (retired), President and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army. “Johnny’s selfless efforts have supported soldiers and their families and our great veterans. We thank him for the generosity and dedication to our Nation.”

Recognized as “the Voice for the Army,” the Association of the United States Army presented the honor to Morris and Bass Pro Shops “in grateful appreciation for their dedicated service to the men and women in uniform and their families.” Morris accepted the award during a special presentation at the Association’s 2022 annual conference in Washington, D.C. attended by more than 40,000 soldiers from across the United States and around the world, representing allied armies from 22 nations. The conference was not only the AUSA’s largest annual gathering, but celebrated the grand opening of the new National Museum of the U.S. Army.

“On behalf of the entire team at Bass Pro Shops, we are humbled to receive this National Service Award. It is a privilege and honor to serve those whose sacrifice lies at the foundation of our way of life in this great nation,” Morris said. “We thank the Association of the United States Army. It truly is a remarkable group that does great work for the U.S. Army community and veterans across the country. This is a true, heartfelt honor that I am proud to accept on behalf of my Father and our 2,600 veteran Outfitters.”

Bass Pro Shops’ Commitment to Veterans and

to the U.S. Army Community

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have a long history of support for America’s veterans. This commitment stems from the passion of Johnny Morris, whose father, John A. Morris, served in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

For decades, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have been committed to hiring those who have served our nation. Currently more than 2,600 of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outfitters are veterans or active-duty military personnel. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s also actively support veterans’ causes and the United States Army community in a variety of ways.

Partnering with the organization Helping a Hero, Bass Pro Shops is improving the lives of disabled American veterans and their families across the country. Through this partnership, Bass Pro Shops paid the mortgage on 10 specially adapted homes for disabled veterans and issued a challenge grant to fund 25% of the construction cost on the next 100 homes built by the organization.

Johnny Morris & Leigh Perkins

Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops and Helping a Hero presenting two American heroes with keys to specially adapted homes.

Last year, with the support of customers across the country, Bass Pro Shops donated $300,000 to Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to the families of fallen U.S. soldiers. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s also host a diversity of programs and events, including annual Fishing Dreams outings, being primary sponsor for the Shadow Warrior Project’s golf tournaments, and the 2021 Missouri Veterans Fishin’ Contest, that connect veterans with outdoor experiences. Earlier this year, Morris offered a free day away to more than 500 soldiers at Missouri’s Fort Leonard Wood, providing a visit to the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium for soldiers unable to be with their families during holiday block leave in December.

“My personal respect and gratitude for veterans is deeply rooted. It has been shared by my entire family, especially my dad, John A. Morris,” Morris said. “Growing up as a kid in Missouri, where I learned to hunt and fish, I always knew my father had served in the armed services. It wasn’t until much later in life that he shared with me that he fought in the Battle of the Bulge – one of the most intense conflicts of World War II. I am proud of my dad. His memory serves as an enduring reminder of the selfless courage shared by all who serve our country.”

Morris and Bass Pro Shops have donated more than $1.5 million to establish a series of veterans memorials at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri. The company has also been active in its support of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s military service initiative that focuses on helping post-9/11 veterans and their families. In 2011, Morris was awarded the prestigious Order of Saint Maurice by the National Infantry Association in support of his outstanding contributions to the Army Infantry.

Morris and Bass Pro Shops have a long and proud history of showcasing support for veterans through the donation of space on NASCAR cars during nationally televised races with millions of viewers. Morris, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s also support a variety of veteran-owned businesses, including Black Rifle Coffee Company and many others. With the support of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fund and retail stores across the country, Morris and Bass Pro Shops donate to more than 200 veterans’ organizations, including AmVets, the USO and many local veterans’ organizations in communities that host Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s retail locations across the U.S. and Canada.

In 2022, Morris and Bass Pro Shops entered into a partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Program. This initiative aims to not only increase the number of veterans the company hires, but to showcase the numerous workplace and cultural benefits of working with those who have served our nation. Through it all, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s continue to offer its standing “Legendary Salute” military discount in all Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s stores and online, with more than a million discounted transactions in the past year alone.

About the Association of the United States Army

The Association of the United States Army is a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Army and supporters of a strong national defense. AUSA’s mission involves supporting soldiers, their families and Army civilians, providing a voice for the Army, and honoring those who have served. As the Army’s premier, nonprofit, educational and professional association, the AUSA:

• Educates those it serves (soldiers and their families, Army civilians, retired soldiers and veterans, and the businesses and industries that support the Army) with programs, products, resources and events…

• Informs its members, Congress and the American public about issues affecting America’s Army – Regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and…

• Connects America’s Total Army, its industry partners, like-minded associations and other supporters at the national, regional and chapter levels.

For more information, or to support the Association of the United States Army, please visit:

About Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

Round Up at the Register to Support U.S. Veterans at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s

Customers of America’s Premier Outdoor Retailer to Support Folds of Honor this Veterans Day, Every Hometown Hero to Receive Legendary Salute in Appreciation

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are proud to partner with customers during the week of Veteran’s Day to support Folds of Honor, a renowned organization that pays tribute to the profound sacrifice of fallen and disabled servicemen and women. During the week of Veterans Day, November 7th – 13th, customers at all U.S. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s locations will have the chance to “round-up at the register,” with 100 percent of proceeds going to support Folds of Honor and the educational opportunities they provide.


Additionally, in special recognition of Veterans Day, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are doubling their normally offered “Legendary Salute” discount. Veterans and members of the military will receive 10 percent off their purchases November 11-14. And, to honor Hometown Heroes from across the country, this discount will be made available to all first responders and law enforcement officers.

“Our entire company takes tremendous pride in honoring and saluting the service of our veterans and members of the armed forces,” said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. “This Veterans Day, we are humbled to be able to support a great organization like Folds of Honor. Because of their dedication, the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans is honored through education – an everlasting tribute to their service. We appreciate all of our nation’s veterans and groups like Folds of Honor for their work to support our military.”

“We will also pause and say thank you to our country’s Hometown Heroes this week,” Morris continued. “Extending a Legendary Salute to law enforcement officers and first responders over the weekend will serve as a small demonstration of our gratitude for their service as well. May God bless and keep all of America’s heroes!”

The work of Folds of Honor breathes life into its powerful mission: Honor their sacrifice. Educate their legacy. Each scholarship honors the sacrifice of an American hero while giving hope to the bearers of his or her legacy.

Founded in 2007 by Col. Dan Rooney, an F-16 pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Folds of Honor was created to pay tribute the profound sacrifice of fallen and disabled service men and women. Upon returning from his second tour of duty in Iraq—with the remains of a fallen US veteran, Col. Rooney committed his life to easing the burden of families whose loved one has paid the ultimate price. From its origin in the painful realities faced by families whose loved one in uniform is fallen or disabled, Folds of Honor has been providing scholarships for more than 14 years. As President Calvin Coolidge once said, “The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.”

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have a long history of support for America’s veterans. This commitment stems from the passion of founder Johnny Morris. Morris’ father, John A. Morris, served in World War II, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. Bass Pro Shops’ dedication to veterans’ causes is matched by the commitment to hire those who have served our nation (nearly 10% of Bass Pro Shops Outfitters served our country) and the standing Legendary Salute—a 5% discount to veterans. Empowering the work of Folds of Honor is also a tangible way to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11.

For more on the Round Up at the Register support of Folds of Honor or how Bass Pro Shops is celebrating the Honor Your Hometown Campaign, please contact:

The BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package

We’ve been shooting package bow setups for some time, dating back to our days with Cabela’s and now with Bass Pro Shops and the BlackOut® Lineup of compound bows. The BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package is the latest addition to the already prestigious lineup of compound bows available at your local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. The great thing about the BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package is that you can choose to use it exactly as it comes, or you can customize it how you want once you purchase it.

When you look at this bow, it’s affordably priced ($599) so that you’re ready for your whitetail hunts or other big game hunts as soon as you walk out of the store with it.

Offering bowhunters proven BlackOut® performance with advanced versatility, the BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package delivers deadly power and accuracy for any type of hunting. Outfitted with highly adjustable SYNC Cam technology, this bow allows bowhunters to customize its let-off to 4 different positions (75%, 80%, 85%, or 90%) without sacrificing performance.

Combining this advanced adjustability with a compact design (just 32″ axle-to-axle), the BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package still offers hardcore hunters big power for whitetail, big game, and everything in between.

Anchored in high-powered limbs and a rock-solid riser, this specialized cam system accurately fires arrows at game up to 340 fps, giving the speed you need for any big game.

ShockWaves limb dampening device and compact string stop eliminate the vibration and shock to quiet every shot. Slim grip design for a better hand fit and comfort. Draw length range: 26″-30″.

BlackOut Compound bow

The BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package comes ready to hunt!

BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package Features

Volt 5-Pin sight, 5-arrow quiver, Whisker Biscuit® arrow rest, 6″ stabilizer and sling, TruPeep, D loop.

  • Great power, shootability, and adaptability from a compact hunting bow
  • Great hunting bow for whitetail and other big game
  • SYNC Cam technology – big power with 4 different let-off settings
  • Fires arrows up to 340 fps
  • Pick your preferred let-off without losing performance
  • Easy handling – 32″ axle-to-axle
  • Sleek string suppressor and Shockwaves limb dampening system
  • Factory-installed accessories: 5-Pin sight, 5-arrow quiver, Whisker Biscuit arrow rest, 6″ stabilizer and sling, TruPeep, D loop

The BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow is a bow that Wade will be using in the field this year from Kentucky to Texas! He’ll have it outfitted to fit him specifically (including the Garmin Xero Bow Sight). When you combine all this adjustability with its compact design (32” axle-to-axle) it’s a bow that offers the hardcore hunter what they need to take down that whitetail or big game trophy when it comes to heading to field this fall.

Tips to Further Conceal Yourself in a Box Blind

By Wade Middleton


Shooting Made Easy Window Gun Rest

There are a few things that I like to do when I’m in a box blind. I like to have a small shooting rest with me. Sometimes, I’ll even go bigger, but I just carry it in my backpack and put it in the different windows that I think I’m going to shoot out of.  Now, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be shooting out one of these other windows, but this is my primary window.  So, I keep it set up right here. It’s quiet to set the gun on. It gives me a good rest for those long distance shots.

When I do get in a box blind, one of the other things I do is, I kind of set it up, where my gun is leaning up against something.  I might have my range finder out, where I can quickly pop off some distances before that and my backpack and my water and any other supplies,  will be readily available as well.  When you get into these box blinds, it’s a whole different type of hunting that I really, really enjoy.

I also like to use either camo tarps or some of the different products that come with the blinds to blackout certain windows, so you’re not skylighted all the time. I think that’s really important, especially if you’re hunting on a food plot and you know that the action, is gonna be in these front five windows. We’ll then blackout two or three in the back. That allows us to be able to move and bob and weave in there a little bit. And from our standpoint, the camera guy is always moving, ’cause if he’s not moving, he doesn’t get the shot. I don’t even see what happens. So, you want those capabilities and abilities in there. And then, the ability to open and close windows silently and securely is really a key deal at the end of the day.  It’s something that a lot of people don’t think of that I think is really important. You wanna be able to lock those windows up and doors up airtight when you’re gone, so undesirable creatures are not in your blind when you get back there!