Posts tagged: Cabela's
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HUNTING — Outdoor Channel TV hunting show host Steve West will be at the Post Falls Cabela’s store on Thursday, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. for a meet and greet with viewers.
Steve's Outdoor Adventures is a big game hunting program plugging guided western big game hunting for moose, grizzly and brown bear, caribou, muskox, trophy mule deer, elk and more.
BOATING — Starting this year, all Washington residents age 50 and under must complete an approved boating safety course in order to operate water craft of 15 horsepower or more.
Materials for the course can be picked up in advance in Spokane at West Marine, 5306 E Sprague Ave.
Info: Bill Asbell, (208) 777-0220.
SHOOTING — Just in case you'd planned to take your kid out target shooting with a small-caliber rifle this weekend, you'd better have your own hoarded supply of ammunition.
Dan Hansen had that in mind when he went shopping the other day.
The photo above indicates the lack of ammo he found on the .22 caliber shelf at Cabela's.
FISHING — Todd Young of Spokane used PowerBait to catch this 27-inch rainbow weighing 6.8 pounds at Sprague Lake on Saturday.
Had Young caught the fish one week earlier, he would have easily won $500 in prizes offered for the biggest fish in the Sprague Lake Trout Derby, reports Scott Haugen at Four Seasons Campground and Resort.
The 202 anglers entered in the derby weighed in a bunch of fish in the 4-pound range, and the three top fish were separated by only 1 ounce, with the winner coming in at 4 pounds 9 ounces
FISHING — A mere ounce separated the top three rainbows caught Saturday in the first Sprague Lake Trout Derby.
Despite a nasty day of wind and rain, 202 anglers participated. Many anglers went home with fish, but the one with the largest trout also bagged prizes and gift cards totaling $500.
While KHQ TV weatherman Dave Law didn't win, he should at least get a prize for knowing how to present a 4-pound 5-ounce rainbow to the camera (above).
Meanwhile, the winners are pictured at left:
“We weighed in a lot of fish in the 4-pound range,” said Dave Broxson, derby organizer with the Sprague Lake User Group.
The wind was so bad on the 1,840-acre lake, the Sheriff's marine patrol pulled off the water at noon because they couldn't make any contacts with boaters on the lake, said Scott Haugen at Four Season's Campground Resort.
“But people just kept fishing,” he said, noting that he snapped Law's photo as the weatherman tied up his boat briefly at the resort docks as he fished up the lake. “Most of the rainbows were in the 3- to 4-pound range. I weighed in one over 5 pounds before the derby. I also had a fisherman who caught a largemouth bass over 17 inches long.”
“We had a wonderful turnout and hope it can get better next year,” Broxson said.
FISHING — A prize totaling $500 awaits the angler who catches the biggest trout Saturday (June 9) during the first Sprague Lake Trout Derby.
Fishermen have boated some huge rainbows out of the 1,840-acre lake since it was rehabilitated in 2007. The derby gives them a chance to cash in on their luck.
It's scheduled for Washington's Free Fishing Weekend, so NO FISHING LICENSE IS REQUIRED.
And don't forget to fuel up at the Fishermen's Breakfast by the Sprague Volunteer Fire Department (details below).
Bonus: Nine rainbows were tagged and released in Sprague Lake in March as part of Cabela's “Wanna Catch a Million” fishing contest. Most of the bass state biologists caught while electroshocking to caputre the fish for tagging were in the no-kill slot size. So they chose to put all the tags allotted for Sprague Lake into rainbows.
All Sprague Lake Trout Derby participants will be eligible for prize drawings, and kids especially will have a chance to win fishing rods, said Dave Broxson, co-organizer.
The angler weighing in the second largest fish caught between 6 a.m. and the 6 p.m. weigh-in will win $100 in gift cards and merchandise provided by Cabela’s and Wholesale Sports.
Third place gets goodies totaling $50.
Tickets will be available the day of the derby at the two resorts on the lake:
The Main Derby Station and weigh-in site will be situated just outside Sprague Lake Resort.
Both resorts offer camping, boat rentals, boat launching, docks and tackle.
To participate, anglers must purchase a derby ticket, $7 for adults, $5 for youths 16 and under.
Read on for more details about the derby and the Fishermen's Breakfast.
OUTDOOR RETAILERS – Cabela’s announced this morning it is introducing a new store format that will bring the outdoor sporting goods retailer to Washington Plaza, a shopping center under construction at the former Costco property near Yakima.
The news was reported by the Yakima Herald-Republic.
The Sidney, Neb., company announced the Union Gap store, the first under its smaller “Cabela’s Outpost Store” format, during its fourth-quarter earnings call to shareholders.
Cabela’s plans to open the 40,000-square-foot store by this fall. The Post Falls Cabela's store, by comparison, has 125,000 square feet of showroom space.
Despite Cabela’s popularity, local businesses that have served Yakima Valley’s outdoor and hunting community remain optimistic.
Gary Fairbanks, owner of Fairbanks Outfitters, a fly fishing shop in Yakima, said he can compete on price, noting that he has ordered product for customers at a lower price than listed in the Cabela’s catalogs.
“They have a huge selection,” he said. “But (its) prices are quite high compared to mine.”
Read on for more details from the Yakima Herald-Republic.
RETAILING – Outdoor equipment store Cabela’s fiscal third-quarter profit rose 65 percent in the period, propelled by the elimination of an unprofitable store promotion and the strong performance of what the company calls its ”next-generation” stores, according to the McClatchy-Tribune News Services.
The Sidney, Neb.-based company, which operates a store in Post Falls, Idaho, earned $35.6 million in the quarter, up from $21.6 million in the third quarter of 2010.
CEO Tommy Millner said the elimination of a store promotion that offered customers a $150 discount on a $500 purchase helped to significantly increase its merchandise gross margins.
Millner said sales of firearms, ammunition, power sports, fishing gear and men’s apparel were strong, while weaker for optics, archery, tree stands and hunting equipment.
One analyst asked Millner what effect slower firearm and ammunition sales might have on the business. Millner said he thought that was going to happen five years ago, but sales remain strong. The company expects that trend to continue next year because it’s an election year.
FISHING — A day of fishing is never wasted, but perhaps there was no reason for anglers to get their hopes too high for catching a $1 million fish since the weekend in Lake Coeur d'Alene. At least not yet.
On Friday, Cabela's announced the Saturday opening of a “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?” promotion involving tagged fish in 19 states including Lake Coeur d'Alene in North Idaho and Sprague and Potholes in Eastern Washington.
However, Cabela's officials would not confirm this afternoon that any fish had been caught, tagged and released in Lake Coeur d'Alene.
“I can assure you a number of fish are going to be tagged now or in the next day or two,” said Ron Brekhus, general manager of the Post Falls store.
Jim Fredericks, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager, said he could not confirm that any fish had been tagged. However, he said the agency had received a request this week to help Cabela's tag some smallmouth bass.
John Whalen, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department regional fisheries manager said state fisheries biologists had inserted Cabela's tags into rainbows and largemouth bass last week in Sprague Lake and Potholes Reservoir.
More than 60,000 people have registered online to participate in trying to catch about 1,000 tagged fish in 67 waters in 19 states for prizes.
The goal is to encourage more people to enjoy the great outdoors, Cabela's officials said.
Register online to qualify for the prizes should you catch a tagged fish. Read on for more details.
Meantime, Cabela's officials said they would contact me to let you know when they could confirm that tagged fish have been released in Lake Coeur d'Alene.
FISHING — Starting Saturday and running through July 14, registered anglers have a chance to win valuable prizes by catching tagged fish in designated waters in 19 states, including Washington and Idaho.
Cabela's, partnering with the Outdoor Channel, has just announced that Sprague Lake and Potholes Reservoir in Washington and Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho will be among the waters that might have tagged fish anglers can turn in for valuable prizes — including a grand prize of up to $2.2 million — in the company's “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?' promotion.
Nearly 1,000 fish that have been caught, tagged and released in 67 lakes or reservoirs, company officials say. The goal is to encourage more people to enjoy the great outdoors, they said.
Register online to qualify for the prizes should you catch a tagged fish.
At least one fish is worth $1 million, but an angler can more than double the prize by catching the fish while using gear from contest sponsors including an Abu Garcia reel spooled with Berkley line, Costa sunglasses and Sperry Top-Sider shoes.
Cabela’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary by offering a $10,000 shopping spree to the angler who redeems the 50th tag.
Additional prizes are designated for the first tag redeemed in each participating state.
Read on for a list of all the waters involved in the contest: