Americana Outdoors E-Magazine - October 2019

Enjoy our October 2019 edition of the Americana Outdoors Presented by Garmin E-Magazine!


OCT 2019 - 23 RD EDITION I n this issue ... Garmin® Introduces The Newest Instinct Watch Sunline’s New FC Leader and NIGHT FC Fishing Line Performance Center® M&P® 380 Shield™ EZ® M2.0™ Gold Ported Barrel BOATU.S. : Help is Only an App Away SPRO Little John Crankbait Meet the New Yamaha Viking EPS & Viking VI EPS for 2020 Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Awards over $86,000 Bradley Smoker Recipe: Smoked Beef Stew Adrian College’s Hunter Schneider Takes Big Bass Honors Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s BlackOut Compound Bow Lineup Anglers for the Bahamas How Wade Protects His Hearing on the Range ConQuest Scents Unveils New Products Hunting Made Easy Launches New 3-Person Blind and Knife Line Opening Day Bow Hunting in Kentucky Hoyer / McCarthy Win 2019 National Walleye Tour Championship ATTENTION 04 07 08 10 12 14 16 18 22 26 28 32 34 38 40 42




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Fall is one of our favorite times of the year. We begin to see the fruits of all our labors from the Spring and Summer starting to pay off at our deer leases. The heat of Summer is slowly fading away. Cooler temperatures are now lead- ing to the big schools of bull reds showing up and the bass starting to bite shallow again. Since early September, we’ve covered a lot of ground. Bow hunts in Kentucky, muzzleloader hunts in Kansas and handgun hunts in Texas along with a mix of other hunts elsewhere are already in the books. We’ve also been to several great fishing events as we wrapped up the 2019 National Walleye Tour Championship at Devils Lake, North Dakota as well as the IFA Redfish Tour Championships over in Louisiana. On the college fishing front, the 2019- 20 season is well underway with events on Kentucky Lake already completed and one just ahead on Lake Dardanelle. WHEW and Fall is just now kicking off! Still ahead are sev- eral great trips with friends and partners as we head into the field, as well as catch some awesome fishing, too. This E-Magazine is loaded with lots of exciting new prod- ucts from some of the best in the industry – I hope you enjoy this edition as much as we’ve enjoyed putting every- thing to the test!






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Garmin recently announced the Instinct Tactical Edition , a rugged, outdoor GPS smartwatch with tactical function- ality. Building on the proven reliability of the Instinct se- ries, the Instinct Tactical Edition adds enhanced features of Garmin’s tactix® series including night-vision compat- ibility mode, Jumpmaster, dual-position GPS formatting, preloaded tactical activity, and waypoint projection. The Instinct Tactical Edition also includes a new stealth mode for off-grid functionality. “The Instinct series has quickly proven itself to be the watch for individuals who need a piece of equipment as tough as the conditions they face,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice-president of global consumer sales. “Incorporating tactical features from the Garmin tactix series, the Instinct Tactical Edition combines the best of both product lines to provide tactical and multisport features for people who spend their time outdoors and demand a watch they can depend on in even the most challenging terrains.” Packed with features for navigation and training, the In- stinct Tactical Edition includes multiple features specific to tactical operations including Jumpmaster and tactical preloaded activities, projected waypoints, dual-position GPS formatting, and night-vision compatibility. For

airborne operations, use Jumpmaster for three jump types: HAHO, HALO, and Static. Set the watch to dual-positioning mode, and the watch will simultaneously display two sets of coordinate systems, such as MGRS and latitude/longi- tude, on a single data screen. When night vision mode is activated, the backlight settings of the screen will reduce to a level that won’t interfere with the function of night vi- sion goggles. Enabling stealth mode prevents storage and sharing of GPS position and disables wireless comms. When oper- ating in stealth mode, GPS location position is visible on device; however, locations are not saved to device memory or shared.

This allows for training functionality in areas with location security concerns without revealing the location in the event a device is physically captured or if the recorded ac- tivities are shared. Stealth mode also quickly disables all wireless communication to and from the device. The Instinct Tactical Edition is constructed to military standards (MIL-STD-810G) for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters) with a fiber-reinforced polymer case. It’s built with a chemically strengthened and scratch-resistant display that’s easy-to-read, especially in direct sunlight. Plus, the fully vented silicone bands in- clude two independent, removable keeper loops to ensure a secure fit. While in the field, feel confident exploring new paths thanks to the Instinct Tactical, which features multiple GNSS satellite networks to help track a user’s location in more challenging environments than with just GPS alone. Before venturing out, use the Garmin Explore™ app to plan the trip in advance and when it’s time to head back to camp, the TracBack® feature on the watch can navigate the same route back to the original starting point. Whether camping, training or in day-to-day activities, the Instinct Tactical Edition keeps track of heart rate, steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and more1. Hik- ing, running, biking, swimming, kayaking, and skiing are just a few of the activities supported on the device. When paired with a compatible smartphone, Instinct Tactical Edition users can leave their phone packed away and pro- tected while they receive smart notifications like texts, emails, and other alerts right on the wrist. The Instinct Tactical Edition is also compatible with other Garmin de- vices including inReach Mini and dog devices . The Instinct Tactical Edition features a battery life of up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode. The Instinct Tactical Edition is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, diving or training dogs, Garmin outdoor devices are essential tools for out- door enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, click here .

When you’re ready to train, we’ve got you covered with preloaded activity profiles for running, biking, swimming and more.

Take the guesswork out of your return journey by using the TracBack feature to navigate the same route back to start.

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Get Your Boat Winterized This Fall As boating season comes to an end for some, with fall and winter quickly approaching, you’ll want to keep one thing in mind and that is winterization. Now, you can do this yourself or you can take it to your local Yamaha dealer and they will be more than happy to take care of this for you. If you want to do this yourself, then Yamaha will also provide all the products you will need to get the job done. To winterize your boat all you need to do is follow the six steps:











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Once these steps are successfully completed your boat will be in excellent condition while it’s in storage and will be ready for use again next year, or if you want to take it out on the water, it will be in excellent condition for the cooler temperatures. Be sure to contact your local Yamaha dealer to get your boat winterized and ready for the winter!

SUNLINE’S NEW FC LEADER & NIGHT FC LINE Sunline is proud to introduce the new FC Leader . These 50 yard spools are designed specifically for being used as leader material. The smaller spools are easier to store and keep track of! These products is explicitly for leader and top shot applications. Sunline’s new FC Leader features Sunline’s TPR processing for better abrasion resistance and improved by knot tying. The FC Leader also uses Sunline’s new E3 rawmaterial that makes the perfect proportion of tensile, and knot strength combined with stretch for excellent leader performance. The new FC Leader comes in a 50yd spool in the following sizes: 8lb, 12lb, 16lb, and 20lb! Continuing with new FC lines, Sunline will be lighting up the night this summer with the release of their new Night FC . The new Night FC provides a fluorocarbon option for an- glers who enjoy fishing for their favorite species after dark. For years, only nylon lines were available in high visibility colors that were visible under black lights. New for 2019, Sunline has designed the ultimate night fishing fluorocar- bon line. Night FC was specifically designed for angling at night. It is highly visible under black light, so an angler is able to see his lines at all times. Night FC is 100% fluorocarbon providing all the benefits of fluorocarbon lines like high abrasion resistance, lower stretch and greater sensitivity while featuring a high visibil- ity blue coloring. The blue coloring glows under black light for easy visibility during night or day. Night FC comes in a 165yd spool and is available in 12lb, 15lb, 17lb, 20lb and 25lb line sizes.

Click the PLAY button to learn more about Sunline’s FC Leader!

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The reality of protection is that you never know when you’ll need it. We took the power and features of our full sized M&P pistols and put them into a slim, lightweight pistol the size of your hand. The M&P SHIELD is an easy to conceal pistol that offers professional grade features with simple operation and reliable performance day or night. The Performance Center SHIELD offers discerning shooters premium features including a factory ported barrel and slide. One million Shield owners can’t be wrong. FEATURES PERFORMANCE CENTER® M&P®380 SHIELD™ EZ® M2.0™ GOLD PORTED BARREL

• Ported barrel to reduce muzzle flip • Lightening cuts in slide for reduced weight

• Easy to rack slide • Performance Center action, crisp, lightweight trigger with tactile and audible trigger reset • HI-VIZ® Litewave H3™ Tritium/Litepipe Sights • Tactile loaded chamber indicator (TLCI) - see and feel if there is a round in the chamber • Picatinny-style rail • Two easy-to-load, 8-round magazines

• PC flat face, gold colored anodized aluminum trigger • PC enhanced gold colored anodized aluminum grip safety • PC ported, Titanium coated, gold finish barrel

PERFORMANCE CENTER® MODEL 460XVR™ HI VIZ® FIBER OPTIC FRONT SIGHT Smith & Wesson’s Model 460XVR™ has the highest muzzle velocity of any production revolver on earth. The Model 460XVR™ is so revolutionary that it required an entirely new designation...XVR, X-treme Velocity Revolver. Performance Center guns originate from standard designs or are created from the ground up. From hand-cutting and fitting to fine tuning for pre- cision, these firearms are top performers. Products from the Performance Center are the ultimate expression of old-world craftsmanship blended with modern technology.


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HELP IS ONLY AN APP AWAY! When your boat is down, needs fuel, needs a jump start or has run onto ground you can request assistance right through your phone using the Boat U.S. App . Here’s how it works: Simply press the red button that ap- pears on your screen. Then, answer a couple questions regarding your situation so we will know exactly how to help you. Lastly, tell us what’s wrong with your boat and where you would like to be towed. Once that is all completed just simply submit your request, and a BoatU.S. representative will be on their way. They will also send you an ETA text mes- sage so you will be able to know their time of arrival. This app can be used 24/7 all year long. Be sure to download the Boat U.S. App for free today!




The new HIVIZ CompSight has become the classic for competitive shotgun shooters. Not only is it the official CompSight for hunters, but is it also the choice for national and Olympic champions. Handling a low-profile steel base, LiteWave CompSight offers all resources of the light gathering technology of LiteWave incorporated with the ultimate durability that the “wave” exoskeleton provides. The new HIVIZ LiteWave CompSight includes various diameters of LitePipes in red, green, and white along with a LitePipe changing/storage key. Lastly, this product fits most vent-ribbed shotguns with removable front bead. Sight includes five screws in varying thread sizes to fit nearly any shotgun: 3-56”; 5-40”; 6-48”; 3mm x .5; 3mm x .6. The LitePipes come in the following diameters: .110, .120, and .135. Be sure to visit their website here and scroll down to the “Shotgun Application Chart” to make sure that this product will fit your shotgun.


The SPRO Little John is a great crankbait that’s avail- able in a wide range of sizes and models. With a depth range of 4-24 ft., the whole lineup offers something different for the angler. Listen as Drew Cook tells you more about the Little John. Moving onto a few of our Little John Crankbaits we’ll start off with the Super DD 90 . The Little John Super DD 90 Deep Diving crank- bait was designed by B.A.S.S. Elite Series Angler John Crews. The Little John Super DD 90 crankbait dives 24 ft. on 12 lb. mono line and features a streamlined body that reduces drag in the water and creates less resis- tance while cranking. The Little John Super DD 90 has an individual vibration, a subtle sound and a major vi- bration in the water with a soft tungsten weight trans- fer system for better cast ability. Next, we have the Little John DD 70 Deep Diving Crank- bait that was designed by B.A.S.S. Elite Series Angler John Crews. “I designed the Little John DD 70 to be the best deep diving crankbait ever created!” Dives Deep- er, casts further and fishes easier than any other deep diver. A unique Tungsten weight transfer system and an aerodynamic streamline design make this deep diver easy to cast and retrieve. Now we have the Little John MD 50 crankbait which was designed by B.A. S. S. Elite Series Angler John Crews. This medium diver crankbait runs about 9 feet deep on 10 lb monofilament line to get down to those fish hanging in the mid depth zone where predators like to feed giving you the ultimate bite!

Last but certainly not least, we have the Little John XL 70 crankbait that was designed by B.A.S.S. Elite Series Angler John Crews to be a greater sized hard vibrating crankbait. The larger size and increased diving depth really improve your chances to catch greater trophy bass. The Little John XL 70 crankbait features a soft tungsten weight transfer system that does three things, one increases casting distance, two with increased distance bait stays in the strike zone longer, and three, it has a subtle thumping sound that drives larger fish crazy. All of these Little John Crankbaits come with sticky sharp Gamakatsu treble hooks that will ensure you will not lose your fish once they bite, and these baits also come in a variety of fishing colors to choose from! Be sure to check them out on their website!

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WEIGHT: 3/4 oz. SIZE: 70 mm TREBLE: Gamakatsu #2 Round Bend Treble hooks DEPTH: 16-20 ft.


WEIGHT: 1.25 oz. SIZE: 90 mm TREBLE: Gamakatsu #1 Round Bend Treble hooks DEPTH: 24 ft.


WEIGHT: 1/2 oz. SIZE: 50 mm TREBLE: Gamakatsu #5 Round Bend Treble hooks DEPTH: 7-9 ft.


WEIGHT: 3/4 oz. SIZE: 70 mm TREBLE: Gamakatsu #2 Round Bend Treble hooks DEPTH: 7-9 ft.


2020 Viking EPS

Yamaha has introduced its 2020 Viking EPS and Viking VI EPS SxS vehicles, available in Realtree EDGE camo. The new Vikings are value-packed, with Proven Off-Road capabilities and Real World Tough durability. Viking SxS models are well-appointed with a reliable and powerful 700-class engine, along with Yamaha’s Real World Tech features including an Ultramatic transmission, On-Command 2WD / 4WD with full differential-lock and EPS. Combined with a comfortable and confidence-inspiring ride in its class-leading cab with room for three to six people, Vikings are the toughest and hardest working utility-based SxS vehicles that are also fun to drive. The Viking and Viking VI’s reinforced rear steel cargo bed incorporates accessory mounting points on the bed rails and a rugged rubber cargo-bed mat for further sound and vibration reduction. Sizeable enough to carry a standard pallet, the piston-assisted dump bed can pack up to 600 pounds of equipment and supplies while retaining its supple ride and off-road capability. The Viking’s standard two-inch receiver hitch is rated to pull 1,500 pounds – with or without a full load in the cargo bed. Every Yamaha SxS and full-size ATV is proudly Assembled in the USA at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facil- ity in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution.


Room for Six: This 6-occupant machine achieves driver and passen- ger comfort with a class leading 115.6″ wheelbase that smooths the ride and allows for best-in-class interior space. Both front and rear center seats are offset, as are the middle headrests, allowing for unmatched middle pas- senger comfort and convenience. All passengers have a 3-point seatbelt for riding comfort, and extensive noise and vibration reduction measures provide a smooth and quiet ride. High Volume Intake: The Viking VI EPS features a large-capacity air intake sys- tem that improves overall engine performance. The air cleaner box is easily accessible from inside the cabin for improved serviceability. Roomy Cabin and Cargo Capacity: The chassis design includes a convenient pass-through floor for greater ease of on-board movement, making it possible to enter and exit the vehicle from either side. The rear cargo bed is made of steel and is designed for a hefty load capacity of 600 pounds. Torquey 700-Class Engine: The Viking EPS is ready to conquer whatever comes its way with a powerful 686cc, liquid-cooled, fuel injected, SOHC power plant. This engine produces strong low-end accel- eration and pulls hard through the rpm range to deliver ex- cellent power for getting the job done or when hitting the trails. High Volume Intake: The Viking EPS features a large-capacity air intake system that improves overall engine performance. The air cleaner box is easily accessible from inside the cabin for improved serviceability On-Command® 4WD: Industry-exclusive three-position On-Command® 4WD system lets you quickly dial between 2WD, limited-slip 4WD and fully locked differential 4WD. 2020 VIKING EPS TOP FEATURES


Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces it is awarding more than $86,000 to five organizations as part of its pledge to fund up to $500,000 in Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grants in 2019. Supporting the company’s commit- ment toward deploying essential resources to those meet- ing the challenges of accessing public lands for outdoor recreation, Yamaha encourages outdoor enthusiast groups and land stewardship organizations to apply for funding at For more than 10 years, Yamaha’s industry-leading OAI program has contributed nearly $4 million in funding and equipment to more than 300 deserving grant recipients across the country. Yamaha continues to seek OAI grant recipients for projects from ATV, Side-by-Side, motorcycle, snowmobile, and outdoor enthusiasts and associations – all of whom share the common need for land access to enjoy their lifestyle. Projects receiving a Yamaha OAI grant often have a strong stewardship component, as well as an inclusive community of users working together, ensuring all types of outdoor recreationists can access public land sustainably and safely. For 2019, Yamaha OAI is pledging up to $500,000 in advancing land-access efforts.

Yamaha is awarding more than $86,000 in the current funding cycle to support efforts protecting and improving admittance to public land and educating the public on its safe, sustainable recreational use by all. The second quar- ter OAI grant recipients received Yamaha’s support for proj- ects with a variety of benefits to outdoor enthusiasts, in- cluding restoring entry-to-land ravaged by recent wildfires, ensuring visitors have adequate information to access public land safely and responsibly and making improve- ments to the popular recreation sites. Grants were awarded to the following organizations in this latest funding cycle: • Arizona State Association of 4-Wheel Drive • Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance • Save the Rider’s Dunes • Southern California Mountain Foundation • The Great Outdoors Fund For further information on Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative program, or to submit a grant application, visit .

“There are so many outdoor recreation organizations needing assistance in their work to protect, restore, and improve access to public land,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports marketing manager. “With pledging up to $500,000 in 2019, we want all of those fighting for access to know Yamaha is here to help and we’re committed to ensuring public lands are available to everyone.”


A lot of people love to smoke food in the summer, but the smoky flavour is also a nice comfort on those cold long dark winter days. Try this recipe for Smoked Beef Stew and you’ll have your Bradley Smoker running all year round!


DIRECTIONS 1. Make the rub by mixing together the sugar and all the spices. Generously rub the spice mixture all over the stewing beef cubes. 2. Set the smoker to 250°F using wood bisquettes of choice. 3. Smoke the stewing beef cubes for 2 hours. 4. Dump the beef cubes with remaining ingredients (minus corn starch and water) into a slow cooker. Cook on low for about 8 hours. 5. With about 15 minutes remaining, whisk togeth- er the corn starch and water to create a slurry. Whisk that into the stew to thicken it. 6. Serve the stew with some fresh bread.

• 2 pounds stewing beef, cut into inch cubes • 1 tbsp sugar • 1 tbsp paprika • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp ground black pepper • 1 tsp garlic powder • 2 tsp dry oregano • 1/2 tsp thyme • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper • 2 onions, diced • 6-8 carrots, peeled and diced • 6-8 medium potatoes, peeled and diced • 1 can (28oz) diced tomatoes • 5 cups beef broth • 1-2 tbsp corn starch for thickening • 1-2 tbsp water


The new BS1019 takes food smoking to the next level. Crafted for the professional chef and the outdoor connoisseur. This world-class bad boy boasts a large cooking area, comes with 4 racks (with space for 6 racks), and a built-in smoke generator for your Bradley Flavor Bisquettes™ . And with precision temperature controls and programmable settings – this will be an unrivaled food smoking experience! ORDER YOURS TODAY CLICK HERE!


CHECK OUT THE PODCASTS FROM THE LATEST EVENTS! On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Pod- cast we talk to Fletcher Nutt and Dustin Reid from Arkan- sas Tech University. They won a recent FLW College Fish- ing event on the Arkansas River. The event took plac out of Little Rock, and anglers took to the Arkansas River to see who could catch the five best bass. Nutt and Reid weighed in five fish for 15 pounds 2 ounces. That total bested sec- ond place by roughly two and a half pounds. While we have these two Arkansas Tech University anglers on the phone, we take a minute to talk with them about the upcoming AF- TCO Collegiate Bass Open. The event will be held on Lake Dardanelle from October 26-27, 2019. ATU is located in Russellville, AR which is near the host site at Lake Darda- nelle. Tune in to hear what these anglers have to say on the latest episode!

The School of the Year standings are set as we enter our first event of the season at Kentucky Lake. Adrian College holds a firm grip on that first place spot. For today’s show we will be talking with anglers from the leading school. They are also preparing to compete in the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley this weekend. Hear what they have to say about that event and the School of the Year Race.

On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Pod- cast, we will be talking with Hunter Schneider from Adrian College. Hunter took home Overall Big Bass honors at the first ACA event of the season with 5.16 pounds. Tune in to hear him talk about that fish catch, and all of the great priz- es he took home. At the start of this episode we will also introduce the top 10 in the most recent update to the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. And at the end of this episode, listen to win a Rapala prize pack- age giveaway!


SCHNEIDER TAKES BIG BASS HONORS The Association of Collegiate Anglers held their first event of the 2019-2020 season on the Bass Pro Shops Colle- giate Bass Fishing Series. College anglers from all over the nation competed for two days on Kentucky Lake in the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. This Big Bass format event creates an exciting and fast paced tournament setting with four fishing sessions two hours in length, occurring each day. For Adrian College angler Hunter Schneider it was during Day 2 Session 2 presented by Solar Bat that proved to be a memorable one. Hunter, a member of the number 1 ranked Adrian College team, hooked into a largemouth bass weigh- ing 5.16 pounds to claim Overall Big Bass honors. For Overall Big Bass winner Hunter Schneider, his bait of choice was the Berkley Power Swimmer. “Can’t be any more excited you know. I was fortunate enough to get bit on a Berkley Power Swimmer. I just can’t be any more hap- py,” the Adrian College senior stated. Leading up to the event, members of the Adrian College Fishing Team got together and made up a list of various Berkley baits they would like to have for the event. After looking at the products and sizing up the lake condi- tions, Schneider had his eye on the Power Swimmer. “We saw the Berkley swimmer, and we just got like a $1,000 order in last week. We’ve been testing them out, and we came out here to Kentucky Lake and figured those swim- baits would work. They’re chasing shad right now, so it panned out for us,” added Schneider. The Berkley Power Swimmer was one of four products to be featured in The Bash Stash, an online series put together by the ACA that provided an in-depth look at key baits for the Big Bass Bash on Kentucky Lake.

Hunter Schneider from Adrian College holds up his prizes from Day 2 Session 2

When Schneider came to the stage during Session 2 of Day 2, one could tell that he was very excited about the fish he was weighing in. After hearing him tell the story of how he caught the fish, it’s easy to see why he was so pumped up. “I sat into that fish and I was like, ‘Oh boys, if this isn’t a carp…it’s a big one.’ And. Blake’s like, ‘Oh my gosh this is a big one.’ And it comes to the back of the boat and jumps like six foot in the air. Then Blake went and jabbed for it and it dug under the boat. We were all freaking out thinking it was going to break off,” he explained. After struggling to get it into the net on the first attempt, the team of Adrian anglers finally wrestled the five pounder into the boat. “We finally got it in the net. And when it got in the boat, we all just looked at each other and we were like, ‘We just won the tournament. We did what we came here to do.’ I just started tearing up. I’ll never forget it until the day I die,” added Schneider.

The win by Schneider also goes a long way towards Adri- an College’s chase for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. That first-place finish earns Adrian College 1,000 points that will add to their first place leading total. Hunter says that the team’s results at Ken- tucky Lake last week demonstrate the drive and determi- nation this team has. “It just says a lot about program. We were 1,500 points ahead or so before this tournament. We’re not letting off the gas, we’re just getting started,” he said. Staff members are currently working on tallying up School of the Year points from the most recent events. The current updated standings will be released later this week. Making the right decisions on fishing location and bait selection helped Schneider to fulfill a lifelong dream. “This is what I’ve been dreaming of since I was 12 years old you know, since I first casted a bait caster…is being up on a big stage and being able to win a tournament, or win something big,” he said. The college senior went out and claimed Day 2 Session 2 with 5.16 pounds. The victory validates Schneider’s effort and determination to compete at the highest level in college fishing. “I was just able to prove to myself and my family, and everybody that told me I couldn’t do it, I’m here now and I’m living proof. Just one bite and I’m here,” Schneider concluded. The win by Schneider also goes a long way towards Adri- an College’s chase for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. That first-place finish earns Adrian College 1,000 points that will add to their first place leading total. Hunter says that the team’s results at Ken- tucky Lake last week demonstrate the drive and determi- nation this team has. “It just says a lot about program. We were 1,500 points ahead or so before this tournament. We’re not letting off the gas, we’re just getting started,” he said. Staff members are currently working on tallying up School of the Year points from the most recent events. The current updated standings will be released later this week. For more information about the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, please visit the Associate of Colle- giate anglers wbesite by clicking here .

Hunter Schneider from Adrian College holds up his win- ning bass of 5.16 pounds to claim 1st Place in the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented By Berkley.

The winning moment. Hunter walked away with thousands of dollars in prize money which included: $2,000 Power-Pole Gift Certificate, $1,000 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card, Thompson Center T/CR22 Rifle, 1 Revo STX Cast- ing Reels, IKE Spinning Rod, 1 HydroWave, Mustang PFD, TH Marine Product, $100 Ranger Wear Gift Card, One 80 QT Engel Cooler.


The final day of a major bass fishing tournament is one of the most exhilarating moments of an entire event. Ev- erything is on the line, and the sole goal of each and every angler is to go out and win the whole thing. Day two of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley lived up to that hype. Using only Berkley baits to catch their fish, these college anglers hauled fish after fish across the stage, including the Overall Big Bass of the event. During today’s competition, anglers were permitted to fish with solely Berkley baits. Berkley, a long time sponsor of the ACA and Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, is known for their quality fishing lures and soft plastics. Those Berkley products proved to be a key contributor to anglers who weighed in fish today. Bennet Kudder from 16th ranked Bryan College won Ses- sion 1 presented by Abu Garcia with 4.20 pounds. Entering today with limited expectations, he was not sure that the morning bite would produce a quality fish. “It was a big surprise, I wasn’t really expecting to do well today. Having a good fish early was a surprise,” said Kudder. Following in compliance with the regulations for tourna- ment action on day two of the event, the Bryan College angler caught the session winning fish on a Berkley bait. Bennett was chunking the Berkley Cane Walker to shallow cover when the bass decided to strike.

“We pulled back into a pocket with some rocks in it, and there were some shad there. I threw a Cane Walker, I was reeling the thing in…and it ate my Cane Walker as I was reeling it in,” added Kudder.

Bennet Kudder of Bryan College poses with his Berkley Cane Walker.

Session 1 weights here on the final day resembled those from Session 1 on Day 1. There were a few fish over the four pound mark, numerous fish in the two pound range, and the session was capped off in 10th place with 1.96 pounds. The morning bite out on Kentucky Lake this week proved key. Those anglers that were able to dial in a solid topwater bite left home with a boat load of prizes both yesterday and today.

The second session of Day 2 was the most eventful of the day. Hunter Schneider from 1st place Adrian College weighed in 5.16 pounds to win the session and claim Over- all Big Bass honors. He couldn’t contain his emotions as he talked about the win following weigh-in. “Can’t be anymore excited you know. I was fortunate enough to get bit on a Berkley Power Swimmer. I just can’t be any more happy,” noted Schneider. We will provide a more in-depth look at Schneider’s catch next week when we put together the final overall recap of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. Here is a look at the complete standings from Day 2 Ses- sion 2 presented by Solar Bat. Similar to Session 1, there were a great deal of two pounders that claimed prizes. And once again, a one pound class fish claimed the 10th and final spot. The top three of this particular session were all awarded a pair of Solar Bat Sunglasses. Also, each angler to place in this session earned an Abu Garcia Ike Series Casting Rod.

Taylor Owens with her 4.79lb bass

Armed with a Berkley topwater bait, Owens had a gut feeling that a big fish just might eat that larger profile lure. “I knew that if I could get one to blow up on a topwater bait it would be pretty big. So I just chose a J-Walker or a Cane Walker, and rotated between them all day,” added Owens. Her intu- ition paid off in the form of a four plus pound largemouth bass. Owens is grateful for that fish, and the opportunity to compete here this week. “We were so excited. That’s the first keeper fish that I’ve caught all week. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to be here,” she added. The final session ended with a last-minute flurry of anglers rushing to the stage to weigh in their biggest fish. Once the scales closed, this proved to be the best session of the day. It took a minimum of a 3.48 pound fish to place inside the top 10. Bethel University, the 5th place team in School of the Year, freshman Thomas Millraney weighed in with 4.77 pounds to take the top spot. “This is my first college tournament ever. It’s really reward- ing,” said Millraney. With family, friends, and teammates in attendance, Millraney closed out the final session of the week with a first place finish. This was a moment that had been a long time coming for the young angler. “It’s really nice after fishing the same boat docks two days, I fished them Friday too…finally paid off,” he added. At one point today, he was ready to pull up the trolling motor. Yet with one flip of a Berkley bait to the same boat dock he’s fished for two full days, Millraney set into a prize winning fish. This week at Kentucky Lake has been an amazing experi- ence. The best anglers in college fishing conquered a dif- ficult and finicky Kentucky Lake in the fall time to bring in some really nice fish.

Day 2 Session 2 results presented by Solar Bat

At all ACA ran college events, there is always a large crowd of supporters that gather at weigh-in to cheer on these student anglers. In Session 3 presented by Bass Pro Shops and Abu Garcia, that crowd let out the loudest cheer of the event when Taylor Owens from Blue Mountain College came to the stage. She got the crowd ignited with a 4.79 pound Kentucky Lake largemouth. The freshman lady angler was very proud to catch that par- ticular fish. “I’m a freshman, this is my first college tourna- ment. I worked really hard to get here, and I’m really proud of myself,” said Owens. Both Owens, and her fellow Blue Mountain College teammate Ty Cox, struggled to catch a keeper fish all week. That Session 3 winning fish was the first keeper she boated all week.


For this hunting season if you’re wanting to change up your hunting style from shooting to archery, be sure to check out Bass Pro Shop’s line of BlackOut Bows. First we will go over the BlackOut Intrigue Com- pound Bow package . With this one you will get all the features you want in a high performing, grow-with-you bow with the BlackOut® Intrigue Compound Bow Package. Giving you excellent performance eliminat- ing the high price you face with corresponding bows, the Intrigue is a delight to shoot with its 80% letoff, compact 31” axle-to-axle mea- surement, smooth fast draw, and solid back wall. Highly changeable and capable (up to 313 fps), this lightweight bow gives developing bowhunters everything they need to make the shot when the opportu- nity arises this fall and for years to come. Support height: 7”. Weight: 3.3 lbs. Draw weight adjustment from 20-70 lbs. Draw length adjust- ment from 23”-30”. Package includes: 3-pin Apex sight, stabilizer, peep sight, Hostage Capture arrowrest, quiver, D-loop, and wrist sling. Moving onto the next BlackOut Bow, we have the BlackOut Toxik BC Compound Bow Package . This bow combines big versatility and es- tablished BlackOut® performance with new Binary Cam Technology, the BlackOut Toxik BC Compound Bow Package delivers bone-crush- ing power and speed with superior accuracy and versatility. The Black- Out Toxik is a pleasure to shoot in any hunting situation, the Toxik BC combines a lightweight performance BlackOut platform with Bow- tech®’s Synchronized Binary Cam System to fire arrows downrange up to 323 fps. Powered by two perfectly symmetrical cams slaved to each other to curve in perfect synchronization, this highly accurate cam system delivers tack-driving accuracy, stability, and speed on ev- ery shot. Weighing just 3.4 lbs. and measuring 31.5” from axle-to-ax- le, this ultra-maneuverable bow offers all-day comfortableness for high-mileage hunts or a long day in a tight space. Rotating draw length modules make it simple to customize the bow for a clean fit, offering draw lengths from 18”-30”. 80% letoff. Brace height: 7”. Draw Weight: 15-70 lbs. Package includes: Tru-Glo Tundra site, Hostage™ Max arrowrest, 1-pc. 5-arrow quiver, 5” Ultra-Lite Octane stabilizer, in- stalled String Suppressor, installed peep sight, and sling.

The last BlackOut Bow on our list is the Bass Pro Shop’s BlackOut S3 Compound Bow Package . This will give you the lightweight and blinding fast BlackOut® performance you love with the ultra-accuracy and simple maintenance of Synchronized Binary Cam Technology, the BlackOut S3 Compound Bow Package puts matchless speed, accuracy, and consistency in your hands. The latest result of our con- tinued partnership with the experts at Bowtech®, this bow gives bowhunters ample power with a consistent accuracy other bow designs cannot match. The design with this bow combines the proven BlackOut performance with BowTech’s hard hitting Synchronized Binary Cam System to launch arrows towards game at high speeds up to 338 fps. Pow- ered by 2 perfectly symmetrical cams slaved to each other to turn in perfect synchrony, Bowtech’s most accurate cam system gives tack-driving accuracy, stability, and speed on every shot. Measuring 32.5” axle-to-axle with a high perfor- mance brace height of 6.5”, this versatile and dependable bow meets bowhunters’ needs as they chase mountain elk, prairie antelope, or midwest whitetail. Rotating draw length modules make it easy to customize the bow for a clean fit, offering draw lengths from 26.5”-30.5”. Built around a powerful riser fully machined to the highest tolerances, this lightweight 3.8 lb. bow is built to perform on long hunts without wearing you out. 80% letoff. This package includes: 4-pin sight, Hostage™ Max arrowrest, 1-piece 5-arrow quiv- er, 7” Hunter Max stabilizer, installed String Suppressor, in- stalled peep sight, and sling.


“Anglers for the Bahamas” campaign aligns anglers with worldwide relief leader, Convoy of Hope

FISHIN’ FOR A MISSION Bass Pro Shops founder and noted conservationist John- ny Morris today announced “Anglers for the Bahamas,” a campaign to support the Bahamas in the wake of cata- strophic devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. Togeth- er with fishing industry partners, the initial donations are approaching nearly $2 million after a Thursday morning launch event.

Bass Pro Shops is contributing a minimum of $1 million toward relief efforts, including $500,000 worth of donat- ed goods and $500,000 in cash donations to Convoy of Hope, an international humanitarian relief organization. As part of the donation, the outdoor retailer is contribut- ing thousands of essential supplies including family-sized tents, outdoor cooking kits, and protein-rich Jack Links Beef Jerky. Other partners like Tyson Foods are donating 125,000 meals. Uniting the angling community with Convoy of Hope, a re- spected worldwide leader in relief efforts. “All of us at Bass Pro Shops are heartbroken by the devas- tation in the Bahamas, which hold a special place in the hearts of all anglers.

We understand anglers and many others may feel the same way and want to help but simply don’t know where to start. This was our inspiration to create Anglers for the Ba- hamas: Fishin’ for a Mission,” said Johnny Morris. “Beyond our pledge of financial support, we feel we can play a far greater role in supporting the Bahamas and its wonderful people by uniting anglers with an efficient and highly re- spected relief organization, Convoy of Hope.” To reinforce this effort, Bass Pro will directly appeal to its database of over 200 million outdoor enthusiasts, vendors and industry partners to make donations through anglers-, its stores, email database and on so- cial media. Convoy of Hope is a highly regarded 501(c)(3) not-for-prof- it charity with emergency responders currently plugged in on the front lines throughout the Bahamas. Based in Bass Pro’s hometown of Springfield, Missouri, the international relief organization has built a reputation over the past 25 years of efficiently and effectively assisting communities impacted by natural disasters, crises and areas of extreme need around the world: - Worked on the ground in 48 states and more than 126 countries;

North America. Customers can also donate through the company’s web sites, emails and on social media chan- nels. “Last Friday, I toured the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas by air and saw firsthand the devastation of the Abaco Islands and Marsh Harbor,” said Florida Gover- nor Ron DeSantis. “This week I was proud to announce our state has teamed up with Florida Power and Light to donate more than half a million bottles of water along with the $11 million in generous donations from Floridians and corpo- rations. Today, I’m proud to be with Bass Pro as they launch recovery efforts and raise significant funds to assist the people of the Bahamas in their time of need.” Angling industry partners step up to support the Bahamas Since initial outreach began just two days ago, several high-profile individuals and business partners have al- ready pledged to donate to Convoy of Hope’s efforts as part of “Anglers for the Bahamas.” Bass Pro’s goal for the campaign is to have a multiplying effect to do good. Pre- liminary support includes: Tyson Foods – donating 125,000 servings of canned chicken valued at $150,000 in honor of the late Don Tyson, former Chairman of the Board, President & CEO, a world-re- nowned fisherman, founder of the Billfish Foundation that promotes conservation of marlin and other billfish and a member of the International Game Fish Association Fish- ing Hall of Fame Jack Links Beef Jerky – donating 5,000 bags of high-pro- tein jerky and an equivalent matching cash donation for a total gift of $50,000

- Responded to more than 370 disasters;

- Served more than 100 million people in need;

- Delivered 15,890 truckloads worth of food, water and re- lief supplies;

- Mobilized more than 622,000 volunteers

Engel Coolers – donating $25,000 in products

- Earned a “Four Star Charity” rating from Charity Navi- gator 16 years in a row, ensuring more than 90 percent of every dollar raised goes to support on-the-ground relief. “The Morris family and Bass Pro Shops have supported us for more than 20 years because of our extensive expertise supporting disaster relief efforts and making a difference where it’s needed most,” said Jeff Nene, national spokes- person for Convoy of Hope. “With the massive effort under- way in the Bahamas, everyone who cares about this spe- cial place can feel confident their dollars will go where they are needed most.” Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s customers can round-up their purchases to support relief efforts in impacted areas at all Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s locations across

To donate directly to relief efforts, please visit click here .


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When it’s time to go hunting safety is always the key element when going out in the field. You can never have too much practice. The more practice you have, the more confident you will be and you will find success. When you’re out prac- ticing out at the range a key tip to ensure safety is that you always want to know what’s in front of you. Look down range and make sure the coast is clear, so if you were to pull the trigger no one or animal will be injured. While practicing the top safety priority is you. You always want to make sure that you are protecting your hearing and vision. This is where our friends at Walker’s come into save the day. With Walker’s XCEL Electronic Muffs , you are able to wear them the entire time you’re out at the range.

These electronic muffs will allow you to adjust the audio to where you can carry on a conversation with someone right in front of you, and at the same time adjust the audio to where the ear muffs will block the sound of the gun shot. This makes it easy and very convenient to wear out on the field so you don’t need to constantly take off your ear muffs when conversing with someone and when someone or even yourself is getting ready to shoot.

The Walker’s XCEL Electronic Ear Muff is also available with Bluetooth


The leader in hearing protection and enhancement, has just released a new web-exclusive electronic ear muffs designed to let shooters announce their support for our 2nd Amendment rights. The new Right to Bear Arms Razor Digital ear muffs are the latest in the company’s line of special-edition Razor muffs featuring a pro-shooter, pro-2nd Amendment design. The Razor series is one of the most popular sound suppression systems offered for serious shooters and hunters thanks to its comfortable design and advanced sound management performance.


The new Right to Bear Arms Razor muffs come with all the in- novative features of the standard Razor muffs, such as excep- tionally comfortable, low-profile ear cups to prevent interference when shouldering long guns, a wide and soft headband for easy all-day wear, dual hi-gain microphones, fast sound-activated compression, and an ergonomic control knob. The difference is the attractive cup design featuring a distressed-color US flag motif with blended U.S. Constitution overlays. The Right to Bear Arms Razor muff joins other special-edition muffs designed to make a statement on the range. These include Don’t Tread on Me, Come and Take It, Texas flag, and American flag designs. All special-edition Razor muffs are available as web-only purchases exclusively through this website .





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