Americana Outdoors E-Magazine - March 2023

Please enjoy this issue of the Americana Outdoors E-Magazine!

MAR 2023




MAR 2023 - 41 st EDITION I n this issue ... Duck Hunting with Garmin 04 08 Garmin Expands Popular ECHOMAP UHD2 Chartplotter Series Montevallo Extends 1st Place Lead 12 Yamaha Introduces Upgraded 450HP XTO Offshore Outboard 16 Wendlandt Wins an Extra $2,500 From Yamaha 19 2023 Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship 20 Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel 22 Big Bite Baits: SCENTSATION Baits 25 AFTCO 2022 Conservation Report 26 Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Elite Rod and Reel Spinning Combo 34 NEW Stealth Cam Deceptor Wireless Camera 38 Umarex® AirSaber Elite X2 42 Yamaha Outdoors Winter Accessories 46 Introducing the Competitor® from Smith & Wesson 48 Outdoor Action Giveaway 54 The Fastest Compact Crossbow Ever Created 44




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Winter is quickly fading away and spring is in the air! That means trees will be blooming soon, turkeys will be gobbling, and the fish are spawning. All of that equals a lot of reasons to go outdoors and the Careco team has certainly been doing that! We’ve been duck hunting in Arkansas, deer hunting in Texas, and ice fishing in Minnesota. Not to mention hitting the trade show circuit with stops at trade shows like ATA, Shot Show, and the Miami Boat Show. Looking ahead, we’ve got trips to Africa, coverage of nearly 30 fishing tournaments, and a lot more as we get outside and enjoy the outdoors.



Wade Middleton President - Careco




Duck Hunting with Garmin

When people think of duck hunting, one of the first places that come to mind is Arkansas. In early January, we joined Rehan Nana from Garmin International in Brinkley, Arkansas, for a multi-day duck hunt with On the Deck Outfitters. We came to Arkansas for a few different reasons. One, we wanted to check out the fantastic waterfowl hunting Arkansas is known for, but also we were looking forward to seeing the dogs in action. Glenn Scarborough, Vice President of the Hunting Retriever Club arranged this whole hunt and said he was bringing his dogs. To see the incredible dog work in person is just as amazing as the hunt itself! Another reason we were down here is Garmin is known for having so many different products. But for outdoors people, one of the things that they really closely associate Garmin products with is their dog training products.

Garmin Delta SE

Delta SE handheld is a lightweight, screen-free remote trainer that leverages a simple, three button operation. Individuals can choose tone, continuous, or momentary correction settings using dedicated buttons on the handheld. A tactile dial on the top of the handheld is used to quickly change between 10 different stimulation

Recently Garmin just launched the Delta SE, a really simple and easy-to-use remote trainer. The

levels to meet the dog’s temperament and the training situation, as well as an auxiliary setting to change the tone button to a vibration setting. The palm-sized handheld weighs only 3 ounces, making it small enough to slip into a pocket when not in use or light enough to be clipped to a lanyard. Glenn Scarborough (Hunting Retreiving Club) and Kevin Redman (On the Deck Outfitters) loved using it on this hunt. At times the birds weren’t committing as close as we wanted them to. So we had to take a little bit longer shots occasionally. At one time, it turned into a 350-yard retrieve. Luckily, those collars we had running on the new Delta SE, have a half-mile range, so we were able to correct the dogs when needed. That’s one of the really great things about an e-collar, is that it allows for communication from the handler to the dog in those off-leash situations and hunting situations where the dog is 350 yards away. Sure you have whistles and everything else, but if the dog is not responding accordingly, you can use that e-collar, and then the dog can focus their attention back on you and can send them where you need them to go.

It just served as a reminder that whatever you love doing in the outdoors, Garmin has a product for that.

On the first day, we were going after speckled belly goose and it was everything we could have asked for! Almost immediately after shooting, we started having birds coming in and Kevin shot the first bird. When it got back to the blind, it turned out to be a collared, banded, speckled belly! That’s a once in a lifetime bird, and we’re pretty sure it’s already at the taxidermist because you don’t want to let that one get away! We can’t wait to share the rest of the action from this hunt! So be sure to follow us and Outdoor Action TV on social media and be on the lookout for this epic waterfowl adventure!

Multiple Garmin products were used on our hunt! People often associate Garmin with one singular product, but Garmin has an ecosystem of products that work hand in hand to maximize your enjoyment out in the field. Besides the Delta SE, the Garmin Fenix and Instinct crossover smartwatches along with the handheld GPS devices made for a fun time knocking down birds.

Garmin expands popular ECHOMAP UHD2 chartplotter series with new features and touchscreen design to help take your fishing to the next level. Garmin, the world’s most innovative and recognized marine electronics manufacturer, today announced new ECHOMAP™ UHD2 series chartplotters that offer anglers premium features like Ultra High-Definition sonar, preloaded Garmin Navionics+™ mapping with an included one-year subscription to daily map updates, wireless networking for data sharing and support for Garmin’s award-winning LiveScope™ live scanning sonar. Available with a 6”, 7” or 9” bright, sunlight-readable touchscreen display with keyed assist, anglers can easily control and operate the functions they depend on for a successful day on the water, including zooming in or out on the map or quickly toggling between different sonar views.

angler,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “They’ll know the water better than a local thanks to our best-in-class sonar and mapping which come preloaded in the new units, and revel in the lightning-fast map redraw speed and convenience of the ECHOMAP UHD2’s all-in-one design.” BEST-IN-CLASS SONAR For crystal-clear imaging of fish and structure, the new ECHOMAP UHD2 chartplotters are available bundled with an Ultra High-Definition GT54UHD or GT56UHD transducer that provides brilliant ClearVü™ and SideVü™ scanning sonar images and amazingly clear CHIRP traditional sonar. Garmin offers the choice of 16 vivid color palette options, so it’s easier to distinguish fish

“The ECHOMAP UHD2 series has the power and functionality to meet the demands of today’s

and structure based on the user’s preferences and fishing conditions. These plotters are also compatible with Garmin LiveScope, so anglers can see real-time sonar imagery of fish and structure below and around their boat up to 200’ down. MUST-HAVE MAPPING FOR BOATING AND FISHING Pinpoint the perfect honey hole or navigate to the next destination with enhanced situational awareness thanks to the built-in Garmin Navionics+ U.S. inland mapping or coastal charts. This all-in-one cartography solution features vibrant colors and a streamlined interface, plus a one-year subscription to daily map updates to deliver superior inland or coastal coverage from the world’s No. 1 name in marine mapping.1 Garmin Navionics+ mapping is designed to smoothly guide boaters on the water, or quickly lead anglers to where the fish may be hiding. It also features color-shaded target depth ranges, up to 1-foot depth contours, shallow water shading and access to ActiveCaptain® community content for valuable insight on points of interest, along with recommendations and advice from fellow boaters. Thanks to the built-in Garmin Navionics+ mapping, ECHOMAP UHD2 users can also use the ActiveCaptain app to download Auto Guidance+ technology2 on their smart device for faster route calculations and improved routing detail. After selecting departure and arrival points, Auto Guidance+ considers a variety of factors— overhead clearance, chart data, popular routes and desired depth—then creates a suggested route for mariners to follow to their destination. For more advanced features, boaters and anglers can upgrade to premium Garmin Navionics Vision+ using the ActiveCaptain app or Garmin. com, to discover more about the coasts they

cruise or lakes they fish. Premium Garmin cartography includes all the standard features found in Garmin Navionics+, with the addition of high-resolution relief shading, sonar imagery, unique 3D views, high-resolution satellite imagery, aerial photography and more. WIRELESSLY SHARE SONAR AND DATA ACROSS DEVICES Whether fishing with a friend or wanting the flexibility to add another chartplotter on board, built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity allows anglers to wirelessly stream sonar and share user data, such as waypoints and routes, between two ECHOMAP UHD2 units. Customers who already have an ECHOMAP UHD or an ECHOMAP Ultra chartplotter on board, can add a new ECHOMAP UHD2 and take advantage of the wireless networking capabilities across the full system. REFRESHED HARDWARE AND DESIGN With an attractive hardware redesign to serve the needs of the modern angler while maintaining a clean and classic touchscreen with keyed assist interface, the ECHOMAP UHD2 also features Garmin’s latest user interface and graphics that provide a more modernized look with intuitive handling and control. For added convenience, the newly redesigned quick release brackets make it simple to remove the unit from the boat at the end of the day. The new 9” ECHOMAP UHD2 also adds a high-resolution display with improved detail, clarity and viewing angle compared to previous models. The new 6”, 7” and 9” ECHOMAP UHD2 chartplotters are available now with suggested retail prices ranging from $799.99 to $1299.99. Visit to learn more about the full ECHOMAP UHD2 series and compatible accessories.








Montevallo Extends 1 st Place Lead in Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia

The Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia is the most sought after title in all of collegiate bass fishing. College fishing’s only all-encompassing National Rankings system, the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia is a year-long race in which thousands of college anglers representing hundreds of colleges and universities across the country compete to be inside of the Top 25 and even have a shot at finishing the year ranked number one. The Association of Collegiate Anglers just released the latest update to the standings in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. This particular update includes points awarded to one school-run event and a major collegiate National Championship.

View a complete list of points qualifying events here.

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Click the photo to watch the latest video update!

Current TOP 10 standings as of 03.06.2023

1st place - 26,895 pts University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL)

6th place - 21 , 145 pts Carson-Newman University (Jefferson City, TN)

2nd place - 24, 160 pts Auburn University (Auburn, AL)

7th place - 19,680 pts Murray State University (Murray, KY)

3rd place - 23, 160 pts Adrian College (Adrian, MI)

8th place - 18,670 pts Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, GA) 9th place - 18,450 pts University of North Alabama (Florence, AL)

4th place - 22 ,570 pts McKendree University (Lebanon, IL)

5th place - 21 ,940 pts Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, KY)

10th place - 17,530 pts Bryan College (Dayton, TN)


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NEW XTO OFFSHORE 450 To help meet the extreme electrical demands of today’s larger boats, the Yamaha XTO Offshore 450 now boasts more charging power, featuring a three-phase, simultaneous charging system that delivers an incredible amount of net amps at low rpm, where it’s needed most. Using Phase Angle Control (PAC) componentry to create a super-strong magnetic field, XTO Offshore 450 models produce up to 96 net amps per engine in neutral – plenty of power for today’s popular, high-demand devices such as gyro stabilizers, air conditioning and sound systems. The Phase Angle Control charging system on the new XTO Offshore 450 is so powerful, it can even eliminate the need for an on-board generator. The system also prioritizes charging to the starting batteries, keeping them charged and ready for action at all times.

Yamaha Marine kicks off 2023 with new product offerings including an updated XTO Offshore outboard which delivers greater convenience, enhanced technology and 450 horsepower. Featuring the same 5.6-liter of big block displacement and long list of features as the original XTO 425, the updated XTO 450 improves upon the powerful platform that changed the offshore boating game. “The XTO 450 allows boaters to enjoy the convenience and ease of operation associated with the XTO line – in addition to more torque and power,” said Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit. “In addition, Yamaha’s esteemed F200 and F150 DEC and Mechanical outboards now feature integrated electro hydraulic steering for the 2.8L DEC models and integrated hydraulic steering for the 2.8L and 2.7L mechanical models. Helm Master EX also gets new features that take boat control to a new level in 2023. In a nutshell, these new products all work to elevate boating experiences for customers.”

Every XTO Offshore 450 comes equipped with Yamaha’s exclusive TotalTilt® feature for faster,

to engage the under cowling Steering Control Unit and to control the hydraulic pump, tucked neatly into the bracket, outside of the boat. Boats equipped with electro-hydraulic steering models offer smooth, responsive power steering that’s fully compatible with the complete Helm Master EX system, including the Full Maneuverability Joystick package. The compact construction of integrated Electro-Hydraulic Steering also provides more bilge, splash well and transom space than conventional steering systems. Also new for 2.8-liter F200 and F150 DEC models is the addition of Yamaha’s TotalTilt feature for faster, easier engine tilting (see details above).

easier engine tilting. When enabled, it allows complete tilt up from any position with a simple double-push of the “UP” trim/tilt button, or full tilt down (until trim ram contact) by the same double push of the “DOWN” trim/tilt button. A warning horn sounds just before and during these operations. Movement and the horn can be stopped anywhere in between by pressing the tilt button again. New raised chrome graphics on the sides, a re-styled panel in back, a new flush-mounted manual flush connection up front and hidden external wiring near the bracket add to the premium look of this powerful outboard. There’s also an optional built-in propeller light (rather than transom mount) that illuminates when using Helm Master® EX SetPoint® features. New XTO EC® propellers are now available for applications where propeller ventilation may be an issue due to the power and torque of XTO Offshore outboards. Yamaha also adds a 27-inch pitch to its XTO OS® line of propellers for lighter weight XTO applications that have the available wide-open throttle rpm to potentially drive more top speed. YAMAHA F200/F150 INTEGRATED STEERING MODELS Yamaha’s F200 and F150 DEC and Mechanical outboards now feature a newly designed look and integrated steering. Available in Yamaha’s traditional gray, the modernized F200 and F150 outboards bring new delight to boating. Integrated Electro-Hydraulic Steering: 2.8-Liter F200/F150 DEC Models This plug-and-play electro-hydraulic steering system uses less rigging component space. The electric helm employs steer-by-wire technology The new Yamaha XTO Offshore 450 will become available starting in the spring of 2023.

Integrated Hydraulic Steering: 2.8-Liter F200 & 2.7-Liter F250 Mechanical Models

Featuring the same new streamlined look as the Electro-Hydraulic Steering models, these outboards combined a conventional hydraulic helm and lines with an integrated hydraulic cylinder. Simple in design yet offering all the space-saving, premium benefits of integrated steering, new 2.8-liter F200 and 2.7-liter F150 mechanical models offer a fresh look and smooth, precise non-powered control. Available for single and twin outboard applications, the new integrated hydraulic steering system propels one of Yamaha’s most popular outboard families into the next generation of enhanced boating experiences. The new Yamaha F200/F150 Integrated Steering models will become available starting in the spring of 2023. HELM MASTER EX UPGRADES Helm Master EX now includes an improved, space-saving Digital Electronic Control (DEC) design with increased functionality and new trim and lighting options, the availability of integrated bow thruster control, and a new joystick with new functionality and trim and lighting options. With the addition of the recently introduced joystick only control station, Helm Master EX continues to offer the most premium boating experience. The new Digital Electronic Control binnacle delivers a new level of boater convenience and console space savings. Now equipped with integral Power and an All Start/Stop switch directly on the unit, this binnacle eliminates the need for separate Power and All Start/ Stop switches on the console for both main and second stations. The new Digital Electronic Control grip echoes the soft tech grip used on Yamaha’s popular Helm Master EX joystick. To further enrich the boater experience, customers can also choose between optional black trim or traditional chrome trim to customize the binnacle to taste.

The new joystick is now available with the same optional black trim as the new binnacle, to match a console fitted for the sleek, black look. Boaters also have the ability to customize the look of the console with new joystick trim and nine new LED light color options including: Blue, Sky, Mint, Green, Yellow, Red, Sakura (which means “Cherry Blossom” in Japanese), Purple or White through a simple adjustment in the CL5 or MFDI-equipped MFD. Yamaha also introduces integrated bow thruster control through the Helm Master EX joystick. When activated, the integrated bow thruster is an on-demand, self-activating feature that works in concert with the Helm Master EX joystick to enhance lateral movement and pivoting by automatically engaging the bow thruster in variable speed to match operator input. The bow thruster automatically compliments SetPoint® functions and helps keep the boat on track when using autopilot functions. Available for twin and triple engine configurations, operators can selectively activate this feature to integrate power and operation of the bow thruster and Helm Master EX system through the joystick. Independent bow thruster control remains possible by simply using the conventional bow thruster controls at any time. Boaters can now access full maneuverability with Yamaha’s Joystick Station. Accompanied by the CL5 gauge, Emergency Stop switch, All Start/Stop switch and a newly designed harness, the Helm Master EX Joystick Station reaches new heights in functionality using a minimum of space. Boaters now have access to all joystick and SetPoint Full Maneuverability functions from a location away from the main helm, which is helpful when pulling boats into slips, steering on the-fly while chasing a fish or circling a favorite fishing hole.

The new Yamaha Helm Master EX upgrades will be available in the spring of 2023.


Clark Wendlandt has been a pro angler for 30 years, so when he noticed intense fishing pressure among fellow Elite Series competitors in massive Lake Okeechobee’s northern waters, he opted to make a long run south to have productive waters largely to himself.

get me there. Yamaha is all about reliability. It was a 35-mile run and I made it in 38 minutes,” says Wendlandt. He caught the vast majority of his weight in Okeechobee’s South Bay by reeling a junebug colored Strike King Cut-R worm on a 5/0 Owner hook with a 3/16-ounce bullet weight on 20-pound Sunline. You don’t have to be a Bassmaster® Elite Series pro to cash-in on Yamaha’s Power Pay. There are dozens of amateur and semi-pro tournament trails sanctioned by the program. But you do have to make sure you are registered to be eligible. It’s free to sign-up and anglers don’t have to place first in their tournament to cash in on the Power Pay money. To learn more, click here.

The veteran’s move allowed the 2020 Bassmaster® Angler of the Year to land

83-pounds of largemouth in four days, and a second-place finish that paid him $35,000, plus $2,500 additional dollars because he took time to register for Yamaha Outboards Power Pay contingency program. “I needed every minute I could get each day to catch my limit, and never once did I doubt my Yamaha 250-horsepower V6 V MAX SHO® would

They’ll excel with topwaters, crankbaits, jerkbaits and spoons. The innovative “Magic Eye” design features a beveled hook eye, so they slide right onto split rings without the need for tools. Click the photo on the left to learn more.

Michael Neal Reviews the Gamakatsu G Finesse Feathered Treble Hook Based largely on the input of the late great Aaron Martens, the G-Finesse Feathered Trebles feature either white or chartreuse premium feathers and complementary tinsel, hand selected by Martens to tempt even the most finicky fish. The G-Finesse Feathered Trebles feature TGW (Tournament-Grade Wire) construction, which is thinner, stronger and sharper than the standard wire. That means anglers will use fewer of them while ensuring better hook up percentages as the fishing day goes. To complete the job, they come with a Nano Smooth Coat finish that makes penetration even easier. Add them to any fast-moving lure to create a fluid appearance or to lures that demand pauses so the motion will continue in place.

Kyle Welcher’s Favorite Hooks for Bass Fishing Gamakatsu makes a fish hook for every scenario! Whether you’re replacing trebles on your favorite crankbait, finesse fishing a drop shot out over deep water, or flipping a Texas rig in heavy cover...Gamakatsu has a hook that will fit the job. Watch this quick video as professional angler Kyle Welcher walks us through his five favorite Gamakatsu hooks!


Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel

Some things have a value far beyond what you paid for them. If you’re serious about your fishing, your Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® Platinum Signature baitcaster will probably be one of them. You may never want to part with this reel, because it simply outclasses all the others. Built for performance, the Johnny Morris Platinum features only the finest construction detailing: a solid machined aluminum frame, aluminum side plates with an unbreakable titanium deposition finish, a double-anodized aluminum spool. The internals are especially tight and well protected, with a drive system consisting of a super-light, high-strength Duralumin drive

gear, Duralumin crankshaft, and a premium 11-bearing (10+1) system built around 10 double shielded Japanese stainless steel ball bearings plus Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse—smooth perfection for the long haul. With its adjustable Dual Braking System, high performance carbon drag, and 90mm Recurve aluminum handle with EVA grips, the Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel is primed to become one of your most valuable on-the water assets.

• High performance, incredible value

• Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse

• Solid machined aluminum frame and sideplates

• Adjustable Dual Braking System

• Smooth, powerful carbon drag system

• Titanium deposition finish

• 90mm Recurve aluminum handle with EVA grips

• Double-anodized aluminum spool

• Duralumin drive gear and crankshaft


• 100% double-shielded 11-bearing (10+1) system

• Premium Japanese stainless steel ball bearings


Part of the Essential series, the SPRO® engineers worked diligently to create the Flappin Frog, ex tending the company’s footprint in the world of topwaters with a frog meant to be buzzed. The skirted legs have been replaced by paddle tailed appendages that can be buzzed across the sur face or retrieved in a stop-and-go pattern. They’re deadly over thick cover and in open water alike. The frog is made of elastomer material, which makes it float and stretch. They’re deadly over thick cover and in open water alike. As with the other SPRO frogs, a vital part of the Flappin’ Frog’s effectiveness is that it’s built around a Gamakatsu Nano-Coated Superline Double Frog Hook that gives a weedless presen tation as increases hookup percentage without risk of bending out. The frog’s body is built of a floating elastomer material, so when a fish strikes half-heartedly or misses the lure, you can stop it in its tracks and tempt it to come back. The Flappin’ Frog makes a ruckus, whether re trieved at rocket speed, or slowly walked back. The legs kick and buzz with only the slightest forward movement, and savvy anglers can mix up their retrieves until they find out what bass want

on a particular day.

The Flappin’ Frog will initially be offered in 11 of SPRO’s proven frogging colors so any angler can imitate any forage.

Click the photo above to watch Wade’s review on the SPRO Flappin’ Frog

Bassmaster Elite Series angler Clifford Pirch is known for his prowess with finesse techniques, especially his mastery of the drop shot. Pirch, along with other Western anglers, have been utilizing custom hand poured worms for years to entice fish under pressured conditions. Big Bite Baits tapped into Clifford’s decades of knowledge to help them develop the Cliff Hanger 5 Worm and the Ramtail 35 along with providing input on the other new Scentsation shapes, and he is extremely pleased with how the final product has turned out. “It’s been awesome working with Big Bite Baits on their new lineup of Scentsation soft plastics. The new scent formula has a strong drawing power for both smallmouth and largemouth and causes the fish to hold onto the bait longer resulting in more fish catches,” says Pirch. While scented plastics have been a known commodity for smallmouth for quite some time, Pirch is equally excited about its effectiveness on largemouth. “I’ve gained an enormous amount of confidence during the development process of the Scentsation line of baits on how effective they are on largemouth. The willingness of largemouth to bite these new baits has been an eye opener for me, and I am looking forward to utilizing them in largemouth scenarios as much as I am for smallmouth. When you can combine the characteristics of good hand poured plastics and an awesome fish attracting scent you have a serious player, and Scentsation is just that,” Pirch concluded.

Click the photo above to watch Clifford Pirch’s review of Big Bite Baits Scentsation Formula

2022 Conservation Report

Every year through our 10% Pledge to Protect and Conserve, AFTCO and the Shedd Family contribute at least 10% of company profits towards fishing conservation, protecting our resources, and ensuring future generations have access to a sustainable fishery. Our largest contributions in 2022 were to the following longstanding conservation partners: Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI), Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP), International Game Fish Association (IGFA), FishAmerica Foundation, Captains For Clean Water, and B.A.S.S. Nation. In 2022, we donated $426,465 in cash contributions through the 10% Pledge. Additionally, AFTCO donated approximately $400K in product and contributed employee time to support causes we believe in. Below we have highlighted three projects that were new in 2022, each receiving $25,000 from AFTCO. IGFA Great Marlin Race

Recreational anglers, armed with cutting-edge satellite tag technology, become citizen scientists and deploy tags on the billfish they catch. These tags transmit data to researchers who learn more about billfish biology and how the fish interact with their habitat. Understanding where these animals go and how they utilize their habitat provides invaluable data to scientists and resource managers to help ensure long-term billfish conservation. The IGMR has fundamentally changed the way that scientists, anglers, and policymakers understand billfish.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources AFTCO contributed to the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, helping stock 300,000 largemouth bass into the Ohio River, Kentucky River, and several other rivers and reservoirs across the state of Kentucky.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation We have partnered with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation to improve bass habitat. AFTCO recently sent its first of four annual $25,000 checks to the NCWRC which will be used toward developing an aquatic plant propagation greenhouse. This new facility will help produce the specific types of vegetation needed to improve bass habitat in North Carolina waters and will potentially increase the NCWRC’s vegetation production by 400-500%.

How Does AFTCO Determine 10% Pledge Partners & Projects?

The basic buckets for our 10% support fall into these categories: fishing conservation advocacy, saltwater habitat, freshwater habitat, fish hatcheries, protecting public fishing access, youth fishing engagement and education, clean water, scientific research, and fish tagging. Some of AFTCO’s donations are project-based, and some go to support the overall mission of our partners.

How Are Donations Accounted For?

Our 10% Pledge model dictates that the more successful our business is in a year, the larger our contribution. AFTCO’s annual donation goal is equivalent to at least 10% of total company profits as represented on company financial statements. In 2022, the Peggie Shedd Marine Trust made a $50,000 donation on behalf of the Shedd family who own AFTCO.

The Value of Donated Product and Time Is Not Included in This Total

AFTCO often provides support through the donation of product and time. In 2022, we estimate that we contributed approximately $400,000 in product to support our partners, disaster relief, and charities. Additionally, AFTCO staff donates a considerable amount of both personal and employee time towards conservation and sustainability efforts, including volunteering at fish hatcheries, CCA events, and cleanup events. AFTCO Chairman Bill Shedd has spent over 400 hours a year on conservation and fishing access issues for 40+ years.


HIGH-POWERED Force trolling motor has the power to move you from spot to spot more quickly and stand up better to winds and currents — and it’s still whisper quiet. REMARKABLE EFFICIENCY The high-efficiency brushless motor operates at either 36 V or 24 V. When running at 24 V, it delivers comparable thrust to our competitors’ 36-V motors. QUIET ABOVE AND BELOW THE WATER The ultraquiet motor doesn’t scare fish and is nearly undetectable to sonar, so it won’t fuzz up your sonar screens with static. ROBUST AND EASY TO USE The Force trolling motor is rugged and durable, easy to deploy, and easy to retract and stow with dual gas springs. It’s backed with a 3-year warranty and a limited lifetime warranty on the shaft. WIRELESS CHARTPLOTTER INTEGRATION Wirelessly connect Force to your Garmin chartplotter, so you can create routes to your favorite waypoints and follow tracks while you fish.


an alternative method of carrying when buckled in its upright position. With its foam padded back support, ventilated mesh padded shoulder straps, and chest strap, the BP25 was designed for ultimate long-wearing comfort. In addition, the backpack cooler can also be carried by one of its three grab handles for short-distance convenience. The BP25 has a capacity of 25 quarts and has the ability to retain ice for up to 3 days in ideal conditions. Like other Engel soft-sided coolers, this backpack cooler comes with an integrated bottle opener, a water-resistant front pocket, a solid base for stability, and our patent pending vacuum valve technology for optimum performance. Engel Coolers has also added d-rings and side straps for extra utility, and a mesh side pocket for your Engel Tumbler! INTRODUCING THE REVOLUTIONARY NEW ENGEL BP25 HIGH-PERFORMANCE BACKPACK COOLER

What separates the Engel High-Performance Backpack Cooler from its competition is the fact that the Engel BP25 is entirely welded while most of its counterparts are sewn. By welding all seams, warm air is kept out, dramatically increasing the life of the ice or ice packs inside. The welded seams ensure there will be no air or water leaks and will allow the soft sided BP25 to keep beverages cold for 3.5 days, according to an independent review. The BP25 boasts an outer shell composed of durable 840 denier fibers, which provide maximum strength and abrasion resistance. The exterior is laminated with a Thermal Plastic Urethane (TPU) film, adding another layer of strength and puncture resistance. The cooler has 1-inch of closed-cell foam insulation, preventing air from passing through it and improving the thermal range of the cooler.

It’s innovative, easily accessible, roll-top closure makes for a watertight seal as well as

Learn more here.


Earlier this year, we bundled up and strapped on our snow boots to brave the harsh winter weather of northern Minnesota for an ice fishing adven ture! Scott Newby from Yamaha brought several models of Yamaha ATV and Side-By-Side vehi cles to make traveling across the iced-over lake a breeze. Garmin’s Danny Thompson and the rest of the Garmin crew showcased their new Livescope™ Plus Ice Fishing Bundles to locate schools of crappie early and got us off to an ex citing start! Click on the thumbnails to see a preview of the ice fishing action, or click here to watch the entire episode!

Cold Weather’s No Match for Garmin Livescope and Yamaha ATVs and Side By Side Vehicles (Click the photo to watch)

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The 2023 Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Texas Team Trail presented by Progressive kicked off the season on legendary Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Anglers were greeted by frosty boat decks, and air temperatures in the 30s at take-off. After a long day of bright bluebird sky conditions, water temps in the mid 50s, and little wind, Marshall Hughes and James Franklin brought a five-fish limit to the scales, totaling 28.06lbs. In reward for their efforts, the duo walked away with $51,795 in cash and prizes, including a new 2023 Nitro Z18 with a 150hp Mercury Marine motor. “We covered history today and ran a lot of areas we knew would be holding big pre-spawn largemouth in [Sam]Rayburn,” said Triton boat owner Marshall Hughes. “A big key to our success today was using forward-facing sonar to locate fish relating to pre-spawn areas on brush piles. Once we found fish wanting to react, we relied on a Rat-L-Trap ScopeStick in the Cajun Pearl color to catch most of our weight. Also, throughout the day we were able to mix in throwing a lipless

crankbait and a swimbait to catch other keepers.”

One other key to Hughes and Franklin’s success was upgrading their jerkbait technique to using Short Shank EWG Gamakatsu Treble Hooks and fishing 14lb Sunline Shooter fluorocarbon. “I am so fortunate to be partnered with Marshall and be able to compete with him in Texas Team Trail events,” Franklin said. “We fish this circuit because there is a boat giveaway at each event and with the championship being held at Choke Canyon, we really want the opportunity to be there.” The team took home several contingency prizes, including Triton Gold ($8,000) Mercury Marine ($1,000). The team also reeled in the Big Bass honors and was awarded a new Power-Pole Pro Series II unit. The 2023 Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Texas Team Trail presented by Progressive returns to Sam Rayburn Reservoir on March 25th.

2023 SEASON $250 Entry Fee Per Event + $50 Membership


SAM RAYBURN February 18th - Brookeland, TX SAM RAYBURN March 25th - Brookeland, TX RAY ROBERTS April 22nd - Sanger, TX RICHLAND CHAMBERS May 6th - Corsicana, TX **CHAMPIONSHIP** CHOKE CANYON June 3rd-4th Hosted by Bass Pro Shops Calliham, TX * Top 75 Teams Qualify Based on Team of Year Standings * 2 boats will be awarded at end of Championship. 1 for Winner of Championship and 1 for Team of the Year * Visit website for more info

REGULAR SEASON EVENT Top 30 Places Payout (200 boat field) 1st Place awarded boat/motor package Big Bass sponsored by Power-Pole CONTINGENCY BONUS

Owners of Ranger / Nitro / Triton Boats Top 40 Places Payout (200 boat field) 1st Place Eligible Boat Owners Win Ranger, Nitro, Triton Brand Bonus

2nd - 20th receives $250 each 21st - 40th receives $125 each

Other Contingency Programs Nitro Tournament Rewards, Ranger Cup, Triton Gold, Mercury, Garmin, Power Pole, TH Marine, and more For more information visit website: TEAM OF THE YEAR 1st receives Ranger Z518 w/ Mercury motor, free entries to ‘24 season and more 2nd receives $2,000 cash, entries to ‘24 season and more 6th-10th receives $500 cash payout per team

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Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Elite Rod and Reel Spinning Combo Light and sensitive, Bass Pro Shops® Micro Lite™ Elite Spinning Combos are ideal when fishing for trout and other panfish. Built on a rigid graphite frame, our Micro Lite Elite Spinning Reel boasts a smooth and precise, 7-bearing system that includes Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse. Its double-anodized aluminum spool has a machined aluminum folding handle. A carbon fiber drag system applies smooth and consistent pressure to land your catch. The Micro Lite Elite Spinning Rod features RT2 Graphite composite blank construction. RT2 Graphite has a unique, fiber-layering pattern designed to reduce weight and improve sensitivity. Rods built with RT2 Graphite offer sound, reliable performance to anglers of all skill levels. Fitted with lightweight stainless steel guides, this spinning stick also features a cushioned reel seat and a comfortable EVA split-grip handle.



A FLAGSHIP 55 YEARS IN THE MAKING When you’re stronger than ever after more than a half-century, there’s cause to celebrate. And we’re celebrating the only way we know how - by releasing a limited-edition boat worthy of this milestone. The 55th Anniversary Limited Edition Z521R and Z520R Z-Comanche boats feature the complete Ranger Cup Equipped package



elevated with a one-off color scheme inside and out, commemorative 55th badging throughout, RGB carpet trim lights, custom black chrome accents, and a premium heated driver’s seat with shock-absorbing air bladders in the bottom and seat back. The trailer features custom-matched fenders, 17” black Challenger wheels, and matching smoked taillights for a complete package that’ll turn heads for another 55 years.



For over two decades, Stealth Cam has been the pioneer of cutting-edge trail camera technology, delivering high-quality still and video captures with reliability that exceeds industry norms. Now, Stealth Cam further refines the cellular camera segment with the introduction of the all-new DECEPTOR cell camera. Unlike conventional cellular-based trail cameras, the new Stealth Cam DECEPTOR merges two network carriers — AT&T and Verizon — into a single unit. The camera comes with SIM cards pre-installed for both carriers and includes an auto detect feature that senses the best available signal and selects that carrier to maintain network communication. With this dual-band capability, the DECEPTOR is better able to overcome changing signal propagation and to maintain that critical link between the camera and the user’s mobile device. Along with this dual network capability is the ability to deploy the DECEPTOR’s ON DEMAND function. Working through the Stealth Cam Command Pro App, users can send a command through the app to the DECEPTOR to acquire near-real-time still and video imaging. Now, hunters can check their target zone any time, anywhere for local weather conditions and game presence before entering the area. As for imaging and capture performance, the DECEPTOR leaves nothing on the table. Users can choose to record sharp and detailed still images from 4MP to 40MP and take high-resolution QHD 1440P video with audio. A 36-piece 940nm NoGlo LED array offers a detection and flash range out to 80 feet. Coupled with a lightning fast 0.4-second trigger speed and a selectable 5-second to 180-second recovery timeout, the Deceptr ensures you’ll never miss the action. For more information on the new DECEPTOR dual network trail camera by Stealth Cam, click here.



You found a killer deal on Stealth Cam, Muddy or Wildgame Innovations cellular cameras and couldn’t wait to get them up and running in your hunting area. While they connect, maybe the reception is not as ideal as you had hoped. Even with today’s proliferation of cellular transmission networks, there is no guarantee that a strong and stable signal is available where you need to place your camera. Now, Hunting Make Easy (HME) comes to the rescue with the all-new Cell Cam Signal Booster. The Cell Cam Signal Booster is an auxiliary antenna designed to work with all Stealth Cam, Muddy, and Wildgame Innovations cellular camera systems. Featuring a rugged, weather-resistant housing that can be rotated on an included steel mount for maximum signal strength, the Cell Cam Signal Booster improves both signal strength and range by up to 50-percent when compared to a cell camera’s native antenna. A lengthy 10-foot weather- and “critter-resistant” cable easily connects the antenna to the cell camera. This allows you to place the antenna well above the camera to optimize line-of-sight reception and transmission. A sturdy cinch strap secures the antenna mount to multiple-size trees. Compatible for use with AT&T and Verizon networks, the Cell Cam Signal Booster requires less power to establish a stable signal than conventional cell camera antennas. This translates to longer camera battery life and saves money by reducing battery swaps.

For more info on this and other innovative solutions from Hunting Made Easy, click here.

Cabela’s Stainless Steel Tabletop Propane Grill A great choice for grilling at tailgates, campsites, or a gathering in the park, the Stainless Steel Tabletop Propane Grill from Cabela’s ® helps deliver delicious food anywhere. LEARN MORE


Nutrient Max. Calcium 12.5% 13.5% Phosphorus 3.0% - Salt 56.0% 61.0% Sodium 22.0% 26.0% Cobalt 30 ppm - Copper 600 ppm - Cobalt 30 ppm - Iodine 46 ppm - Manganese 2,300 ppm - Selenium 10 ppm - Zinc 2,400 ppm -

CORN WON’T CUT IT. MINERALS HELP PRODUCE SERIOUS RESULTS! Throwing corn out isn’t enough. Deer require different nutrients at various times of year. Mother Nature can’t always keep up. That’s why supplementing with a mineral has become such an important practice for professional game managers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. If you want to see a healthier herd and monster bucks, then BAM, here you go!

Irresistible Berry Aroma: Deer can smell this from miles away. Why let those monster bucks stay roaming around on someone else’s property? Entice them in and keep them coming back! Flavor Deer Can’t Resist: The smell draws them in, but the TASTE keeps them coming back for more! BAM ® includes a proprietary nutrient formulation that delivers a unique and consistent blend of ingredients that ensures maximum palatability and consumption. Improved Antler Production: Phosphorus is the most limiting major mineral in antler production due to low levels found in native forage. BAM ® is heavily fortified with trace minerals at levels found to help improve antler production and support overall herd health. Increased Water Consumption: Water is the most limiting nutrient for deer. BAM ® has higher levels of salt to encourage more water consumption.

IT DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER! Just open up the bag of Record Rack ® Big Antler Mineral ® supplement, pour and BAM! Place mix directly on the ground or in mineral feeders. Place mineral near trails, rubs or watering spots. When fed on the ground, dig a hole or trench and cover mineral with 4-6 inches of soil. Or, simply pour mineral on a rock or log close to trails and feeding areas.

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UMAREX® AIRSABER® ELITE X2 The leader in air gun innovation, Umarex USA, is setting the pace once again with an industry-first double barrel air archery gun, the Umarex AirSaber Elite X2 double barrel air archery gun is powered by air-- 4,000 psi of it.


ATSKO has created the ZERO™ line of scent eliminators that stresses the features you depend on to maxmize your success and comfort in the field. ZERO N-O-DOR spray deodorizes clothing, hair, skin, and all wetable surfaces quickly and safely. It does so by permanently oxidizing all organic molecules into odorless, non-volatile compounds. ZERO N-O-DOR does not mask odors, it completely destroys them. With ZERO N-O DOR you are able to remain scent-free all day. ZERO N-O-DOR works equally well on pet accidents, bathrooms, nurseries, and vehicles.




TenPoint Crossbows continues its dominance in crossbow speed, accuracy, and shoot-ability with the fastest compact crossbow the world has ever seen – the NEW Flatline 460! Designed to deliver elite performance from the smallest footprint possible, the Flatline shoots a blistering 460 feet-per-second, measures only 26.5” short, and is equipped with all-new Scope Struts that provide rock solid mounting for the scope – delivering unrivaled durability and accuracy. The Flatline 460 is designed for the hardcore hunter who walks further, sits longer, and needs to make the most of that split second opportunity when it presents itself. With its micro footprint – including shorter 16 inch arrows – the Flatline 460 provides all the advantages of a low profile without sacrificing speed or accuracy. At the heart of the Flatline’s speed and power is a patented reverse-draw bow assembly and 13.5” power stroke and the RX8-Cam™ system allows for maximum rotation to produce speeds of 460 feet-per-second with the included 400-grain arrow. The Flatline 460’s ultra-light, two-piece TEC TACTICAL™ stock is built for comfort for shooters of all sizes and includes an adjustable butt plate that adjusts 1” to provide ideal fit. The Flatline 460 is equipped with TenPoint’s Sentry Bowhanger that allows you to easily hang your bow in the stand or protect your broadhead from dirt and grit in the ground blind. Capable of precision down-range accuracy out to 100-yards, the included EVO-X® Marksman™ Elite Scope is a variable speed scope compatible with crossbows shooting up to five hundred feet per second. The scope’s external Target Turrets

provide easy windage and elevation adjustment and drive unmatched long-range accuracy.

The NEW, longer dovetail and NEW Scope Struts provide a rock-solid foundation for scope mounting – leading to enhanced durability and long-range accuracy. The dual aluminum Scope Struts increase strength and rigidity by 80%. In addition, the dovetail allows for more scope adjustments, heavier scope options, and provides the strength of a full-length rail without the added weight. The patented ACUslide™ Cocking and De-Cocking System features the Auto-Brake Gear System that separates TenPoint from all other de-cocking crossbows on the market. The patented Auto Brake eliminates the potential of losing control during de-cocking which can lead to injury or costly bow damage. The Flatline 460 features the S-1 trigger. This 2-stage, zero-creep design features an advanced roller-sear system that delivers a consistent crisp, three and a half-pound pull. The trigger is equipped with a Dry-Fire-Inhibitor and is fitted with a nylon-filament arrow retention brush that improves arrow grip and alignment to reduce noise and vibration. An integrated string stop system is also included to further reduce noise and vibration.

Learn more about the Flatline 460 here.

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