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Harpers Tackle Celebrating 7 Years With Deals, Smoked Fish Contest

A fishing tackle shop just off the banks of Southwest Washington’s famed Lewis River is celebrating seven years in business with specials, free pizza Fridays and a smoked fish competition.

“We are doing games and prizes, and hosting a couple of vendors to do demos and giveaways,” says Janet Harper of Harpers Tackle and Outdoor in Woodland. “I have a lot of really big sales planned, so we are hoping for a huge turnout this year. We want to thank our customers for their continued support!”

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The day after Thanksgiving will feature Black Friday deals on Spin-N-Glos, Flying C Spinners, Sweepfire reels and much more, according to a flier.

And Saturday, Dec., 3, the shop will host a smoked salmon contest with a top prize of a $30 gift certificate to Harpers Tackle, and a hat and T-shirt.

To enter, bring in a good-sized chunk of your smoked salmon or steelhead by 7 p.m., Friday, Dec., 2.

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Customers and store staffers will taste each and select a favorite. A winner will be announced by 4 p.m. on Saturday, and prizes will also be awarded for second and third.

Harpers Tackle and Outdoors is located at 267 Millard Ave. in Woodland, just a couple hundred yards east up Highway 503 off Exit 21.

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Ontario Knife Company Launches New Website

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM ONTARIO KNIFE COMPANY

Provides Information, Resources and the Ability to Shop for Products Online

Ontario Knife Company (OKC) is excited to announce the launch of its new website which features an updated design and a streamlined user experience, enabling visitors a comprehensive mobile-friendly resource for all of OKC’s knives, machetes, edged products and specialty tools. The new website supports the company’s mission of creating quality products and ways to continually provide access to both those products and information with a multitude of new features including maintenance education, third-party products reviews, news and more.

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“Our website now mirrors the advancements we made in recent years improving our manufacturing processes, quality, and new product development,” said Deneb Pirrone, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for OKC. “The updated design aligns with the new look of our retail packaging and marketing creatives to provide customers with a consistent brand experience. The standardized design coupled with the site’s new UX makes it easier for customers to find – The Knife You Need When You Need a Knife.”

The main page of the new site allows visitors to easily navigate through the product categories of Home, Tools, Tactical, Survival and Hunting. This enables users to find the product or information they are looking for quickly and efficiently. Visitors can learn about the company, which employs advanced capabilities including a broad-spectrum of metal and plastic fabrication operations for OKC branded products as well as OEM manufacturing services. Additional content including knife maintenance recommendations and third party product reviews make the site a valuable resource of information both before and after a purchase of an OKC knife or tool.

Outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, campers, first responders, and chefs alike will find it a breeze to shop for their favorite OKC brands including Old Hickory, SPEC-PLUS, Agilite, Ontario Ranger, RAT, and Robeson. The improved shopping functionality of the site, along with thoughtful design, works to minimize the number of clicks making the shopping experience simple and straightforward. Visit the site at www.ontarioknife.com and see for yourself.

Founded in 1889, the Ontario Knife Company is an award-winning knife, cutlery, and tool manufacturer operating out of Upstate New York for over 125 years. OKC produces a wide range of tools, including cutlery and kitchenware, hunting and fishing knives, machetes, survival and rescue equipment, science and medical tools, and tactical knives. OKC has a long tradition of building knives and tools for the U.S. military, producing high quality equipment that has seen continuous service since WWII. In addition to being a major supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces, OKC leverages a network of distributors, dealers, and major commercial retailers to sell its products nationwide and internationally to over 30 countries. OKC’s custom manufacturing division Jericho Tool®, advances capabilities including a broad-spectrum of injection molding, tool and die, and machining operations to provide white label and OEM manufacturing services for consumer and industrial goods. Collectively OKC’s product lines and manufacturing services reach the house wares, sporting goods, tactical, security, law enforcement & first responders, education, science & medical, and industrial & agricultural industries.

For more information about Ontario Knife Company and its industry-leading line of advanced knives, machetes, edged products and specialty tools, contact Ontario Knife Company at P.O. Box 145-26 Empire Street · Franklinville, NY 14737 · Telephone (716) 676-5527 · Or visit www.ontarioknife.com. The Ontario Knife Company is a subsidiary of publicly traded Servotronics Inc. (NYSE – SVT).

 

 

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Nearly $50,000 Raised At NSIA’s Washington Banquet For Fisheries

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association is celebrating following a very successful banquet and fundraiser in Washington over the weekend. For the 17th year, more than 150 of Washington’s sportfishing industry leaders, advocates, and supporters of strong fisheries came together for an opportunity to build relationships with colleagues from around the state and raise important money that will go towards NSIA’s mission of enhancing fisheries across the Northwest.

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WASHINGTON MEMBERS OF THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION GATHERED AT TWIN LAKES GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB IN FEDERAL WAY FOR THE ORGANIZATION’S 17TH ANNUAL BANQUET. (NSIA)

Attendees joined NSIA at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club for a gourmet dinner and several raffles, auctions, and games. After dinner was served and all the auctions closed, those in attendance were successful at raising nearly $50,000 in support of NSIA, funds that will be used to advocate for restoring salmon and steelhead runs in important Washington rivers, increased fishing opportunities for all anglers, and to maintain the recreational fishing industry’s vital role in the region’s economy.

AMONG THE 150 WHO ATTENDED THE BANQUET WERE JOSH HUGHES OF MORTON AND ASSOCIATES, AND KELLY MORRISON OF SILVER HORDE, MAKERS OF TOP SALMON GEAR. (NSIA)

AMONG THE 150 WHO ATTENDED THE BANQUET WERE JOSH HUGHES OF MORTON AND ASSOCIATES, AND KELLY MORRISON OF SILVER HORDE, MAKERS OF TOP SALMON GEAR. (NSIA)

All the money raised would not have been possible without the dedicated work of all the volunteers, staff, and the banquet committee who put the event together, and a special recognition is in order for the event’s title sponsors, Sportco, Outdoor Emporium, and Cabela’s who donate significant staff time, products, and money to make the event a success.

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KILEY BREHM WAS HONORED WITH NSIA’S BUZZ RAMSEY FOOTSOLDIER AWARD, WHILE ASHLEY NICHOLE LEWIS DONATED A FISHING TRIP ON WASHINGTON’S CENTRAL COAST TO RAISE MONEY FOR NSIA. (NSIA)

Veterans of the sportfishing industry awarded Kiley Brehm, a rising leader in the industry and a sales representative for Don Coffey Company, with the Buzz Ramsey Footsoldier Award. The Buzz Ramsey Footsoldier Award is given each year to a person who has made outstanding contributions to enhancing Washington’s sportfishing industry, and Kiley has proven himself to be a strong industry member over the years by getting involved with important political causes and by organizing fundraising events.

NSIA VICE PRESIDENT GABE MILLER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LIZ HAMILTON VIE FOR ONE OF THE EVENING'S SILENT AUCTION OFFERINGS. NEARLY $50,000 WAS RAISED FOR SPORTFISHING ADVOCACY AND OPPORTUNITIES. (NSIA)

NSIA VICE PRESIDENT GABE MILLER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LIZ HAMILTON VIE FOR ONE OF THE EVENING’S SILENT AUCTION OFFERINGS. NEARLY $50,000 WAS RAISED FOR SPORTFISHING ADVOCACY AND OPPORTUNITIES. (NSIA)

Event attendees had the opportunity to participate in exciting auctions that included items such as guided fishing and hunting trips, vacation getaways, and one-of-a-kind pieces of outdoor themed artwork. Professional auctioneer and Washington duck hunting guide, Clint White, ran the auction and Seattle area ESPN radio star, Tom Nelson was the emcee.

A CONTESTANT TRIES TO TOSS A RING AROUND WINE BOTTLES, ONE OF SEVERAL FUN GAMES THAT ALSO HELPED RAISE FUNDS. (NSIA)

A CONTESTANT TRIES TO TOSS A RING AROUND WINE BOTTLES, ONE OF SEVERAL FUN GAMES THAT ALSO HELPED RAISE FUNDS. (NSIA)

Proceeds from the event benefit The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association which was founded in 1993 by a group of sport fishing industry business leaders who understood the need for a strong voice in the local, state, regional and federal governments. The NSIA is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and improvement of sport fisheries and the businesses dependent upon them.

AFTER SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS, RAFFLE WINNERS WERE AWARDED DOZENS OF JAM-PACKED TACKLE BOXES. (NSIA)

AFTER SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS, RAFFLE WINNERS WERE AWARDED DOZENS OF JAM-PACKED TACKLE BOXES. (NSIA)

NSIA’s 18th Annual Oregon Banquet is set for December 3rd at the Holiday Inn at the Portland Airport Hotel. For tickets, contact NSIA at 503-631-8859.

NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR OF FISHING AFFAIRS TONY FLOOR (MIDDLE) WITH CLINT KIRRY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & SALES (LEFT) AND ZACH ARNOLD OF WEST MARINE (RIGHT) IN FRONT OF MATT GRIFFIN’S 2016 GRAND PRIZE BOAT. (NMTA)

Derby Series Grand Prize Boat A ‘Game Changer’ For Winning Angler

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION

Matt Griffin was trimming his kiwi plant during a coveted moment of sunshine last Sunday, Nov. 6, when he got a call that would change his life.

That call was from Tony Floor, Director of Fishing Affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA). Floor had good news: Griffin’s name had been randomly drawn from 4,500 anglers following the conclusion of the 2016 West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series to win the grand prize, a fully-equipped 22-foot Hewescraft aluminum boat with trailer valued at over $85,000. Griffin’s name was entered into the drawing after fishing in the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby in February.

 

NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR OF FISHING AFFAIRS TONY FLOOR (MIDDLE) WITH CLINT KIRRY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & SALES (LEFT) AND ZACH ARNOLD OF WEST MARINE (RIGHT) IN FRONT OF MATT GRIFFIN’S 2016 GRAND PRIZE BOAT. (NMTA)

NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR OF FISHING AFFAIRS TONY FLOOR (MIDDLE) WITH CLINT KIRRY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & SALES (LEFT) AND ZACH ARNOLD OF WEST MARINE (RIGHT) IN FRONT OF MATT GRIFFIN’S 2016 GRAND PRIZE BOAT. (NMTA)

Griffin, who doesn’t own a boat, stuttered, dropped to one knee, and smiled at his wife standing next to him. She was elated.

Griffin, who co-founded Combat Flip Flops in Kabul, Afghanistan and now lives in Issaquah, Wash., could hardly believe it. His fishing team, “Game Changer”, fished a number of derbies without a podium finish. This finish ends the streak – winning weight: 3,200 pounds.

“It’s the perfect Northwest adventure boat,” said Griffin.

The boat is the 13th grand prize boat, motor, and trailer package that has been given away since the Series was created in 2004. This year’s Hewescraft 220 OceanPro boat is powered by a 225-horsepower Mercury Verado and a 9.9-horsepower Mercury trolling motor, on an EZ Loader tandem axle trailer. The boat came fully-equipped with top-of-the-line extras including Lowrance electronics, Scotty Downriggers, and a Dual Electronics stereo.

“I can’t wait to see Matt out on the water in this boat,” said Floor, who coordinates the Series. “There is nothing I like more than giving away top-of-the-line fishing packages like this.”

 

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The West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series is a fishing promotion program directed by the NMTA that encourages boating and fishing in the Northwest. In 2016, the Series included 14 derbies throughout the region. For each derby an angler competes in, they get one entry into the drawing for the grand prize boat held at the final derby in the Series.

“The West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series continues to be one of our best promotions for getting people out on the water,” said NMTA President George Harris. “Even in a year with limited fishing opportunities, the excitement and passion for boating and fishing continues to grow.”

Griffin plans to fish the boat throughout the Northwest. When not in fishing tournaments, he plans to use it to explore and fish Lake Chelan, chase salmon throughout the Puget Sound, and possibly commute to Vancouver Island for a black bear hunt.

“This boat can do anything,” he said.

For more information on the West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series, visit www.NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com.

 

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2017 Northwest Boat And Sportsmen’s Show Schedule

Here are the dates for this winter’s sportsmen’s shows around Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and southwestern British Columbia:

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Jan. 11-15 Portland Boat Show, Expo Center, Portland; otshows.com

Jan. 18-22 Vancouver International Boat Show, BC Place, Granville Island; vancouverboatshow.ca

Jan. 20-22 Great Rockies Sport Show, Metrapark, Billings; greatrockiesshow.com

Jan. 20-22 Tri-Cities Sportsmen Show, TRAC Center, Pasco; shuylerproductions.com

Jan. 25-29 Washington Sportsmen’s Show & Sport Fishing Boat Show, Puyallup Fair & Events Center; otshows.com

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Jan. 27-Feb. 4 Seattle Boat Show, CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union, Seattle; seattleboatshow.com

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SEATTLE BOAT SHOW GOERS PROWL THE AISLES AT THE CENTURYLINK FIELD EVENT CENTER. (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

Feb. 3-5 KEZI Eugene Boat & Sportsmen’s Show, Lane County Convention Center, Eugene; exposureshows.com

Feb. 8-12 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show & Sport Fishing Boat Show, Expo Center, Portland; otshows.com

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Feb. 17-19 Central Washington Sportsmen Show, SunDome, Yakima; shuylerproductions.com

Feb. 17-19 Servpro Douglas County Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, Ore.; exposureshows.com

Feb. 24-26 Great Rockies Sport Show, Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds, Helena; greatrockiesshow.com

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Feb. 24-26 KDRV Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show, Jackson County Expo, Medford; exposureshows.com

Feb. 24-26 The Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show, Town Toyota Center, Wenatchee; shuylerproductions.com

Feb. 25-26 Saltwater Sportsmen’s Show, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem; saltwatersportsmensshow.com

March 2-5 Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show, Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Redmond; otshows.com

March 2-5 Idaho Sportsman Show, Expo Idaho, Boise; idahosportsmanshow.com

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“SO WE COULD PUT A ‘RIGGER MOUNT HERE, AND A CUP HOLDER FOR OUR BABY BOTTLES HERE … (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

March 3-5 BC Boat & Sportsmen’s Show, and BC Hunting Show 2017, TRADEX, Abbotsford; masterpromotions.ca

March 10-11 Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo, Linn County Expo Center, Albany; nwexpo.com

March 10-12 Great Rockies Sport Show, Adams Center, Missoula, Mont.; greatrockiesshow.com

March 16-19 Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show, Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, Spokane; bighornshow.com

March 31-April 2 Great Rockies Sport Show, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Bozeman, Mont.; greatrockiesshow.com

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Big Game Hunting Adventures

John McAdams of Big Game Hunting Adventures (903) 702-1111; biggamehuntingadventures.com) offers guided hunts for everything from Cape buffalo, leopard and other Big Five species in southern Africa to trophy species in North America. Our sister site California Sportsman Magazine spoke with him about his operation:

California Sportsman How did Big Game Hunting Adventures get started?
John McAdams Prior to getting into this line of work, I served on active duty in the Army. During a deployment to Afghanistan several years ago, I started a hunting blog (The Big Game Hunting Blog) where I talked about some of my hunting experiences as a way to pass the time and keep from going crazy. The blog quickly grew and eventually I started getting requests from outfitters for me to help them market their hunts. So, I decided to start a business where I sold hunting trips full time and Big Game Hunting Adventures was born.

CS What’s the land you hunt on in Africa like?
JM We’ve got exclusive hunting rights on some prime hunting areas in Mozambique and South Africa. Our Mozambique hunting area consists of over 160,000 acres of unfenced land located in some of the best big game hunting country in all of southern Africa. It’s located in the “Crooks Corner” region of Mozambique, where the borders of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa all come together. Kruger Park in South Africa is just to the south and Gonarezhou Park and the legendary Sengwe Safari Area are just a short distance across the Zimbabwe border to the north and west, respectively. This is some really remote, wild, and unforgiving country. If you’re looking for a serious African adventure, where you’ll stalk herds of buffalo through the thick mopane bushveld during the day and hear lions roaring and hyenas cackling at night, then this is the perfect place for you. The area is known for great buffalo and leopard hunting in particular. We’ve got a large resident herd of buffalo that live there all year long and many more come and go throughout the year. The leopard in the area have historically received very light hunting pressure, so they get very large as well.

CS Talk about your Big Five hunts.
TM The term “Big Five” refers to the five most difficult and most dangerous animals to hunt on foot in Africa: the buffalo, leopard, lion, elephant, and rhinoceros. Sometimes people also refer to the Big Seven, which includes the crocodile and hippopotamus. Right now, we offer some hunting for all of these species except for rhinoceros on our hunting area in Mozambique. That being said, buffalo and leopard (with the occasional crocodile or hippo) are our main focus right now, but we’re planning on offering a few “Classic Big Four” hunts for buffalo, leopard, elephant, and lion in Mozambique in a couple of years.

CS You also book hunts in the Pacific Northwest. Where do these hunts take place?
TM I also book hunts for moose, caribou, grizzly bear, stone sheep, and mountain goat in the Cassiar Mountains of northern British Columbia and for black bear on the Quinault Indian Reservation in Washington.

CS What is the most popular hunt being booked these days?
TM Cape buffalo hunts are by far the most popular thing I book. There is something special about buffalo and they have a unique appeal among hunters because the hunts are so intense, and many hunters find that once they’ve matched wits with buffalo, it’s just not the same to hunt anything else again. Though Cape buffalo hunts aren’t cheap (our buffalo hunts go for $13,000), it’s also a hunt that many hunters can afford if they save for a couple of years. They are the most affordable species of the Big Five to hunt and a buffalo hunt is still a whole lot less expensive than outfitted hunts for many North American species like sheep or brown/grizzly bear.

www.biggamehuntingadventures.com / (903) 702-1111

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Bullpacs Hunting Packs

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An interview with Sam Kolb of Bullpacs hunting packs.

By Steve Joseph

Steve Joseph How did Bull Pacs get its start?

Sam Kolb About 20 years ago, some elk hunters out of Lewiston, Idaho, packed out an elk on some rickety old aluminum pack frames and swore there had to be better equipment out there for the job. Their search left them empty-handed, and since they ran a machine shop they decided they’d make their own. After several years and countless hours, they finally fine-tuned a frame that was super strong, pretty lightweight and much more comfortable for those long packs out of the mountains loaded with elk.

Though they weren’t really interested in making that part of their machine shop production, they had the production aspect all figured out. Their mother, Janice, moved back to Lewiston and was looking for work when the business idea was born; the shop would manufacture Bull Pacs and Janice began sewing the components, assembling packs and shipping orders. In 2014, Janice decided she wanted to retire from pack production, and after months of training and passing of the baton, our family moved Bull Pacs to Vancouver, Wash., where we have continued with pack production and started working on new accessories and ideas to go with the Bull Pacs.

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SJ What sets Bull Pacs apart from the other packs?

SK We’ve always had a passion for good, solid hunting gear. When I first laid eyes on the Bull Pacs, the solid design and workmanship definitely stood out. Once I tried it on, I loved the way it fit and was convinced it could comfortably handle any load I was able to shoulder. I couldn’t wait until the next season to try it out with a load of elk meat! That was 14 years ago and I have packed thousands of pounds of game on my original Bull Pac, with very few signs of wear and tear. I was actually surprised at just how tough and comfortable Bull Pacs really were, whether packing out elk quarters or just hiking the backcountry in pursuit of the next big adventure!

SJ What about accessories that are available?

SK We have started producing a number of new accessories to outfit new or old packs. Our most popular addition is the rifle mount, which mounts securely to the Bull Pac frame and provides hands-free use when hiking or packing meat, but still allows quick access to ones rifle without removing the pack. We have also developed a decoy extension that allows a person to securely strap on super-tall loads that are otherwise unwieldy to haul around.  We have started carrying RAM Mount accessories to facilitate attachment/use of flashlights, Go Pro cameras, spotting scopes and cameras or other similarly threaded electronic equipment. We have a couple different sizes of game bags for bone-in quarters or boned-out meat. We also have Bull Pac Straps for quickly cinching download on the pack frame for hauling meat and/or gear. And we are just finishing up an axe mount similar to the rifle mount to facilitate safe axe hauling. We have several other ideas we are working on, with things to come in the future.

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SJ  Speaking of, where do you see Bull Pacs heading in the future?

SK We are excited to continue the company’s legacy that’s built on quality, durability and personal customer service that Bull Pacs has provided to the outdoor community for years. While we love the Bull Pac, we are also working on a number of accessories and other innovative adaptations that will make your Bull Pac useful in a number of different applications.  We hope to continue to grow as a grass roots pack company that represents solid, no-nonsense gear that gets the job done and doesn’t let you down, for the everyday hunter.

SJ You have a lifetime warranty. How important is that for your customers?

SK We do our best to produce products that will provide decades of worry-free use. What good is a warranty if it craps out on you in the bottom of the canyon? However, as we all know, anything mechanical can break. If you have something break, slip and land on a rock and bust a weld or have something you don’t think held up as it should have, we will happily take care of it and make it right! We pride ourselves on customer service that’s second to none.  We treat our customers how we’d want to be treated and don’t make excuses if an issue arises. More people like a company that stands behind their product, and we make sure our customers feel appreciated and are well taken care of!

Bullpacs.com (208) 798-3299

The Springfield, Oregon store will host the weekend event. Photo Courtesy of Cabela's

Cabela’s To Be Bought By Bass Pro Shops

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM CABELA’S

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), two iconic American outdoor companies with similar humble origins, and with a shared goal to better serve those who love the outdoors, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Bass Pro Shops will acquire Cabela’s for $65.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.5 billion.

The Springfield, Oregon store will host the weekend event. Photo Courtesy of Cabela's

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In addition, upon closing Bass Pro Shops will commence a multi-year partnership agreement with Capital One, National Association, a wholly-owned national banking subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), under which Capital One will originate and service the Cabela’s CLUB, Cabela’s co-branded credit card, andBass Pro Shops will maintain a seamless integration between the credit card program and the combined companies’ retail operations and deep customer relationships. All Cabela’s CLUB points and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards points will be unaffected by the transactions and customers can continue to use their credit cards as they were prior to the transaction. Capital One intends to continue to operate the Cabela’s CLUB servicing center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A driving force behind this agreement is the highly complementary business philosophies, product offerings, expertise and geographic footprints of the two businesses. The essence of both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is a deep passion to serve outdoor enthusiasts and support conservation. The combination brings together three of the nation’s premier sporting brands: Cabela’s, a leader in hunting; Bass Pro Shops, a leader in fishing; and White River Marine Group, a worldwide leader in boating, which is part of Bass Pro Shops.

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and White River Marine Group represent the best of American entrepreneurship, innovation and devotion to customers. The combined companies will strive to provide a remarkably enhanced experience for customers, increased opportunities for team members and greater support for conservation activities.

CABELA’S

Founded in 1961 by Dick, Mary and Jim Cabela, Cabela’s is a highly respected marketer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports and related outdoor merchandise. Today, Cabela’s has over 19,000 “outfitters” operating 85 specialty retail stores, primarily in the western U.S. and Canada. Cabela’s stores, catalog business and e-commerce operations will blend seamlessly with Bass Pro Shops and White River Marine Group. Over the past 55 years Cabela’s has built a passionate and loyal base of millions of enthusiasts who shop both at its retail stores and online.

BASS PRO SHOPS

Bass Pro Shops, founded in 1972 by avid young angler Johnny Morris, is a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, with 99 stores and Tracker Marine Centers located primarily in the eastern part of the U.S. and Canada. Morris started the business with eight square feet of space in the back of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Mo., the company’s sole location for the first 13 years of business. Johnny’s passion for the outdoors and his feel for the products and shopping experiences desired by outdoor enthusiasts helped transform the industry.Bass Pro Shops, which employs approximately 20,000 team members, has been named byForbes as one of “America’s Best Employers.” The company also operates Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort, welcoming more than one million guests annually to Missouri’s Ozark Mountains.

WHITE RIVER MARINE GROUP

In 1978, Morris revolutionized the marine industry when he introduced the world’s first professionally rigged and nationally marketed boat, motor and trailer packages. Tracker quickly became and has remained the number one selling fishing boat brand in America for the last 37 years running. White River Marine Group offers an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading brands including Tracker Boats, Sun Tracker, Nitro, Tahoe, Regency, Mako, Ranger, Triton and Stratos.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

“Today’s announcement marks an exceptional opportunity to bring together three special companies with an abiding love for the outdoors and a passion for serving sportsmen and sportswomen,” said Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops. “The story of each of these companies could only have happened in America, made possible by our uniquely American free enterprise system. We have enormous admiration for Cabela’s, its founders and outfitters, and its loyal base of customers. We look forward to continuing to celebrate and grow the Cabela’s brand alongside Bass Pro Shops and White River as one unified outdoor family.”

“Cabela’s is pleased to have found the ideal partner in Bass Pro Shops,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “Having undertaken a thorough strategic review, during which we assessed a wide variety of options to maximize value, the Board unanimously concluded that this combination with Bass Pro Shops is the best path forward for Cabela’s, its shareholders, outfitters and customers. In addition to providing significant immediate value to our shareholders, this partnership provides a unique platform from which our brand will be extremely well positioned to continue to serve outdoor enthusiasts worldwide for generations to come.”

“This opportunity would not be possible without the contributions of the many wonderful Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops and White River team members,” Morris said. “All three companies are blessed to have been built by the extraordinary efforts of many tremendously talented, dedicated people throughout our respective histories, and we’re thrilled to consider what the combined team can achieve going forward.”

Following the closing of the transaction, Bass Pro Shops intends to celebrate and grow the Cabela’s brand and will build on qualities that respective customers love most about Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops. In addition,Bass Pro Shops recognizes the strength of Cabela’s CLUB Loyalty program and intends to honor Cabela’s customer rewards and sees potential over time to expand the program in the combined company.

Bass Pro Shops appreciates and understands the deep ties between Cabela’s and the community of Sidney, Nebraska. Dick, Mary and Jim Cabela founded their company inSidney in 1961, and the company has flourished with its base of operations there ever since. Bass Pro Shops intends to continue to maintain important bases of operations in Sidney and Lincoln and hopes to continue the very favorable connections to those communities and the Cabela’s team members residing there.

Bass Pro Shops Founder and CEO Johnny Morris will continue as CEO and majority shareholder of the new entity, which will remain a private company with a continuing long-term view of supporting the industry and conservation. Morris earned a reputation as a leading retailer and conservationist. In 2008, the National Retail Federation named him as Retail Innovator of the Year. In 2015, the same organization named him as one of 25 People Shaping the Future of Retail in America. In 2012, The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Morris CitizenConservationist of the Year.

“Conservation is at the heart and soul of Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s share a steadfast belief that the future of our industry, and the outdoor sports we all love, depends – more than anything else – on how we manage our natural resources,” said Morris. “By combining our efforts, we can have a profound positive impact on the conservation challenges of our day and help foster the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.”

PREFERRED FINANCING

Bass Pro Shops is proud to have secured preferred equity financing from the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and Pamplona to facilitate the transaction.Goldman Sachs has committed $1.8 billionand Pamplona has committed $600 million for a total preferred financing commitment of$2.4 billion.

The Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs is one of the leading private equity investors in the world, focusing on assisting large, high-quality companies with best-in-class management teams to achieve their growth objectives. The division brings significant experience and a strong track record of success in supporting industry-leading founder-led businesses. Pamplona Capital Management is a New York andLondon based specialist investment manager established in 2005. Pamplona is currently managing its fourth private equity fund,Pamplona Capital Partners IV, LP, which was raised in 2014. Pamplona invests long-term capital across the capital structure of its portfolio companies in both public and private market situations.

TRANSACTION DETAILS

The transaction provides Cabela’s shareholders with a premium of 19.2% to Cabela’s closing share price on Sep. 30, 2016, the day prior to announcement of the transaction, 39.7% to the closing share price on Dec. 1, 2015, the day before Cabela’s announced its exploration of strategic alternatives and 57.1% to the 90-day volume weighted trading average prior to Dec. 1, 2015. Immediately prior to closing, Capital One will acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Cabela’s World’s Foremost Bank. The cash proceeds from this transaction will remain with Cabela’s until it is acquired byBass Pro Shops.

The transaction agreements were unanimously approved by Cabela’s Board of Directors following a comprehensive review of strategic and financial alternatives.

The transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2017, will be completed through a cash merger and is subject to approval by Cabela’s shareholders, as well as regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

J.P. Morgan served as exclusive financial advisor to Bass Pro Shops and Latham & Watkins served as Bass Pro Shops’ legal counsel, with expert assistance from O’Melveny & Myers. Goldman, Sachs & Co.served as financial advisor to The Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP served as legal advisor.Goldman, Sachs & Co. also served as advisor to Bass Pro Shops on the bank transaction, and Morrison & Foerster served as legal counsel. BofA Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc.,RBC Capital Markets, UBS Securities LLC, andGoldman Sachs are providing debt financing to support the transaction.

Guggenheim Securities served as exclusive financial advisor to Cabela’s and Sidley Austin LLP and Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. served as Cabela’s legal counsel.

The Kessler Group and Credit Suisse acted as financial advisers to Capital One and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Chapman and Cutleracted as legal advisers.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE TRANSACTION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of Cabela’s Incorporated (the “Company”) or the solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction involving the Company, Bass Pro Group, LLC (“Bass Pro Group”) and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bass Pro Group. The proposed merger of the Company will be submitted to the stockholders of the Company for their consideration. In connection therewith, the Company intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a definitive proxy statement. However, such documents are not currently available. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to the stockholders of the Company. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR ANY INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the definitive proxy statement, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents containing important information about the Company, once such documents are filed with the SEC, through the website maintained by the SEC atwww.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company will be available free of charge on the Company’s website atwww.cabelas.com under the heading “SEC Filings” in the “Investor Relations” portion of the Company’s website. Stockholders of the Company may also obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy statement and any filings with the SEC that are incorporated by reference in the definitive proxy statement by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations Department at (308) 255-7428.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION

The Company and its directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of the Company is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016 and Amendment No. 1 thereto, which were filed with the SEC onFebruary 22, 2016 and April 29, 2016, respectively, and in subsequent documents filed with the SEC, each of which can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation of the stockholders of the Company and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the preliminary and definitive proxy statements and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document contains “forward-looking statements” that are based on the Company’s beliefs, assumptions, and expectations of future events, taking into account the information currently available to the Company. All statements other than statements of current or historical fact contained in this report are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “objective,” “seek,” “plan,” “confident,” and similar statements are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance, or financial condition to differ materially from the expectations of future results, performance, or financial condition the Company expresses or implies in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to the consummation of the proposed merger, including, without limitation, the receipt of stockholder and regulatory approvals; unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the proposed merger; legal proceedings, judgments or settlements, including those that may be instituted against the Company, the Company’s board of directors, executive officers and others following the announcement of the proposed merger; disruptions of current plans and operations caused by the announcement and pendency of the proposed merger; potential difficulties in employee retention due to the announcement and pendency of the proposed merger; the response of customers, suppliers, business partners and regulators to the announcement of the proposed merger; the state of the economy and the level of discretionary consumer spending, including changes in consumer preferences, demand for firearms and ammunition, and demographic trends; adverse changes in the capital and credit markets or the availability of capital and credit; the Company’s ability to successfully execute the Company’s omni-channel strategy; increasing competition in the outdoor sporting goods industry and for credit card products and reward programs; the cost of the Company’s products, including increases in fuel prices; the availability of the Company’s products due to political or financial instability in countries where the goods the Company sells are manufactured; supply and delivery shortages or interruptions, and other interruptions or disruptions to the Company’s systems, processes, or controls, caused by system changes or other factors; increased or adverse government regulations, including regulations relating to firearms and ammunition; the Company’s ability to protect the Company’s brand, intellectual property, and reputation; the Company’s ability to prevent cybersecurity breaches and mitigate cybersecurity risks; the outcome of litigation, administrative, and/or regulatory matters (including the ongoing audits by tax authorities and compliance examinations by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation(“FDIC”)); the Company’s ability to manage credit, liquidity, interest rate, operational, legal, regulatory capital, and compliance risks; the Company’s ability to increase credit card receivables while managing credit quality; the Company’s ability to securitize the Company’s credit card receivables at acceptable rates or access the deposits market at acceptable rates; the impact of legislation, regulation, and supervisory regulatory actions in the financial services industry; and other risks, relevant factors, and uncertainties identified in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) (including the information set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016, and in Part II, Item 1A, of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter ended April 2, 2016), and in subsequent filings, which filings are available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. The Company’s forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. Other than as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

A VIEW TO THE SOUTH AND THE REVERE GRAIN ELEVATOR. (KINCAID REAL ESTATE)

Whitman Co. Grazing, Hunting Land Up For Auction

Over 400 acres of pasture and/or recreational land in northwestern Whitman County, Wash., will be up for auction in early October.

The 423-acre parcel is located 8 miles south of Lamont, which is along Highway 23 between Sprague and St. John, and 55 miles southwest of Spokane.

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A VIEW TO THE SOUTH AND THE REVERE GRAIN ELEVATOR. (KINCAID REAL ESTATE)

Kincaid Real Estate describes its features:

Natural grass land;
Abundant wildlife inhabits the area;
Partially fenced;
Graveled county road access;
Borders the John Wayne National Recreational Trail;
Good opportunity for hunting or for expanding your grazing operation.

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For an aerial tour by drone, see this YouTube video.

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There will be a property preview Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 2-4 p.m., and the auction is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. at the St. John Community Building, 304 West Front Street in nearby St. John.

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Bidder registration is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the auction.

Also note:

  • 10 percent buyer’s premium added to the high bid to determine the final selling price;
  • Selling with no contingencies. Sale subject to seller’s confirmation;
  • Bidding requires prequalification and $10,000 bidder deposit. See terms and conditions;
  • 10 percent earnest money due from successful bidder on day of auction;
  • Cash and possession at closing — on or before November 2, 2016.

For more information, go to kincaidrealestate.com, e-mail kincaidre@colfax.com, call (509) 397-4434, or stop by 809 N. Main St. in Colfax.

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Large Acreage At Steptoe Butte In Washington’s Palouse To Be Auctioned

A real estate auction will be held in early October for roughly 437 acres of land around the base of scenic and historic Steptoe Butte, in Washington’s Palouse country.

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THE VIEW NORTH-NORTHEASTERLY FROM STEPTOE BUTTE. (KINCAID REAL ESTATE)

According to Kincaid Real Estate, the property 60 miles south of Spokane is covered in natural grasses with scattered patches of timber.

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ANOTHER VIEW FROM THE BUTTE. (KINCAID REAL ESTATE)

“Several species of wildlife inhabit the area, and hunting is allowed. Good access, partial fence, stock water well and two separate income-producing communication tower leases,” the Colfax-based agency reports.

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Steptoe Butte rises to 3,612 feet and is part of a state park heritage site.

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There will be a property preview Thursday, Sept. 29, from 2-4 p.m., and the auction is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. at the St. John Community Building, 304 West Front Street in nearby St. John.

Bidder registration is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the auction.

Also note:

  • 10 percent buyer’s premium added to the high bid to determine the final selling price;
  • Selling with no contingencies. Sale subject to seller’s confirmation;
  • Bidding requires prequalification and $10,000 bidder deposit. See terms and conditions;
  • 10 percent earnest money due from successful bidder on day of auction;
  • Cash and possession at closing — on or before November 2, 2016.

For more information, go to kincaidrealestate.com, where you can find access maps, legal documents, bidder registration info, etc.; e-mail: kincaidre@colfax.com; call (509) 397-4434; or stop by 809 N. Main St. in Colfax.