February 5, 2023

Goodbye Cabela’s – Hello Bass Pro Shops

“Bass Pro Shops has reached a deal to acquire outdoors retail competitor Cabela’s and take the company private in a deal valued at $4.5 billion,  the companies said Monday.”<<<Read More>>>


The Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation needs your help!

Press Release from the Sportsmen’s Alliance:

The Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation needs your help! We are seeking event coordinators to help plan activities and recruit volunteers for a national family event being held on July 9 at the following Cabela’s locations.

Event Coordinators will work with individual stores for the event and be responsible for the recruitment of event volunteers. Volunteers need to be experienced in archery, shooting, fishing, game calling, hunting dogs or other outdoor related activities. Volunteers can be recruited from local gun clubs, sporting clubs, fishing clubs, and local conservation group chapters (DU, Delta Waterfowl, RMEF, NWTF, etc.)

Coordinators will receive compensation for their efforts and some expenses will be covered.

If you’re interested in voluntering as an event coordinator, please contact Frank Price at fprice@sportsmensalliance.org.


Frank Price

SAF Director of Education


Cabela’s Supports Sportsmen’s Alliance with $1 Million Donation

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, has renewed its pledge to support and protect America’s heritage of hunting, fishing and trapping with a $1 million donation to the Sportsmen’s Alliance and Foundation.

Through Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, which began in 2010 and is largely funded by retail customers who round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, Cabela’s has been able to support conservation and advocacy organizations that leave a long-lasting impact on the outdoor community by providing and enhancing opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

The $1 million grant will support the Sportsmen’s Alliance mission of protecting and advancing hunting, fishing and trapping in all 50 state legislatures, at the federal level, in the court system and at ballot boxes when animal-rights groups attempt to pervert the political system to advance their own agendas.

“We are very thankful for the support Cabela’s executive leadership and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund board provides.” said President and CEO of Sportsmen’s Alliance, Nick Pinizzotto. “Sportsmen are the nation’s true conservationists, and as more resources are dedicated to protecting their rights to hunt, fish and trap, sportsmen will be able to give back more to the outdoor passions we all share.”

The partnership between the Sportsmen’s Alliance and Cabela’s is nothing new. Dick and Mary Cabela became involved with the Sportsmen’s Alliance in the 1980s and Cabela’s has provided funding since 1995. Dick joined the Sportsmen’s Alliance Board of Directors in 1999, and served as the Chairman of the Board from 2001 until shortly before his death in 2014.

“Cabela’s Outdoor Fund is proud to support the Sportsman’s Alliance and the positive impact it has on the interests of outdoor enthusiasts,” said Scott Williams, Cabela’s Chief Commercial Officer. “For decades they have shared Cabela’s passion for preserving the outdoor lifestyle and we are pleased to continue supporting their efforts.”

“The renewed pledge and increased support from Cabela’s has a significant impact on carrying forth the Sportsmen’s Alliance mission.” said Sportsmen’s Alliance Vice President of Membership and Development, Sean Curran. “We are able to enhance existing youth and advocacy programs and devote resources to expanding new initiatives that benefit sportsmen across the country.”

Due to Cabela’s consistent support for protecting America’s outdoor heritage, including hunting, fishing and trapping, in 2005 the Sportsmen’s Alliance established the Cabela Lifetime Business Achievement Award. The award is presented to companies that demonstrate the same passion and commitment to defending and advancing those outdoor activities.


Trailblazer Featured at Cabela’s Stores Nationwide

Looking for a way to introduce your family to the great outdoors this weekend? Look no further as the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is partnering with Cabela’s on Saturday, May 3 for the Cabela’s Outdoor Adventure Day presented by the Trailblazer Adventure Program.

For the third consecutive year, Trailblazer has teamed up with Cabela’s to give thousands of youth and their families an opportunity to experience outdoor activities such as target shooting, archery, fishing and much more. In all, 48 Cabela’s stores will be hosting an event.

“This is a great chance for youth and their families to experience hands-on activities that will leave a lasting impression,” said Frank Price, USSA education director. “We are happy to be teaming up with Cabela’s again this year to provide an introduction to the outdoors.”

Participants of Cabela’s Outdoor Adventure Day presented by the Trailblazer Adventure Program will be entered to win great gifts such as air rifles and fishing combos. Activities and event times vary by store. Contact your local Cabela’s store for details.


Cabela’s NRA Weekend




RMEF’s Hunter Christmas Exposition Coming to Las Vegas in 2014

MISSOULA, Mont.–The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is proud to announce the all-new Hunter Christmas Exposition, presented by Cabela’s, coming to the Las Vegas Convention Center on Dec. 4-7, 2014.

“We are extremely excited to bring the Hunter Christmas Expo to Las Vegas during the first four days of the National Finals Rodeo in 2014,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “Judging by the reaction so far, others are excited as well. This news release marks the first public announcement of the show and we are nearly halfway sold through our 560-plus available booth spaces.”

The National Finals Rodeo represents one of the largest gatherings of Western lifestyle enthusiasts in the United States. In 2012, Cowboy Christmas and Cowboy FanFest welcomed more than 186,000 attendees over the 10-day event and so far this year they are on pace to exceed last year’s numbers. Las Vegas Events reports the number of visitors in Las Vegas during what many refer to as the ‘Super Bowl of rodeos’ is actually 2-3 times that number because of all the watch parties and NFR-related activities outside the arena.

“Hunting and fishing rank among the highest activities enjoyed by this fan base, but there are currently no hunting or outdoor shows in Vegas during the NFR,” said Decker. “We feel Hunter Christmas fills a much-needed niche for these fans.”

The Hunter Christmas Exposition will take place alongside the established Cowboy Christmas and Cowboy FanFest Shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Hunter Christmas will be in the Central Halls while the Cowboy Christmas and Cowboy FanFest will be in the adjacent North Halls of LVCC.

Hunter Christmas will be presented by Cabela’s and feature industry leaders like Browning, Buck Knives, Leupold, Nosler, Remington, Federal Premium and many others. It will bring the best in firearms, optics, outfitters, archery, and hunting apparel, and all things hunting and outdoors to tens of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts. Additionally, Hunter Christmas will feature a full archery range conducted by PSE, the NASCAR Experience from Nationwide Insurance, the Gun Genie from Gallery of Guns allowing firearm purchases from the show floor, special television coverage by RFD-TV and seminars from top hunting pros.

“Las Vegas Events is proud of the partnership that we have created with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “They have been one of the core components of Cowboy FanFest since its inception in 2012. Offering new and exciting elements for rodeo fans each year is a goal for both of our organizations, and we look forward to working with RMEF in the future.”

RMEF is also moving its annual convention, Elk Camp, to the same dates of Dec. 4-7, 2014, also in Las Vegas at The Mirage.

“We feel this will bring a new level of energy and excitement to Elk Camp allowing us to do things unlike we have ever done them before at our annual event,” added Decker.


Does Cabela’s Customer Service Basically Suck?

I’m not a huge Cabela’s fan, but I have purchased about as many products from the “World’s Foremost Outfitter”, that I can count on one hand and still tie my shoes. Therefore, I am no authority on whether or not Cabela’s, as a whole, has lousy customer service or whether the following incident is endemic and relegated to just the Scarborough, Maine store.

I received an email from a friend asking if somehow I could help in order that other sportsmen doesn’t run into the same problems that he has in attempting to buy a particular gun. I emailed back with a couple of questions and am awaiting a reply. What I wanted to know was whether he and his wife have any idea of his claim that Cabela’s, “service basically sucks”, is widespread throughout the entire Cabela’s corporation and whether or not he had contacted or attempted to contact corporate offices to resolve his problem. If and when I get that information I will share it.

I am going to post the majority of the email, hopefully without taking something out of context. I am blanking out the names for right now as I don’t see any need for that. I will say that I have known this person and his wife for perhaps 40 years and they are exceptionally trustworthy people.

Here’s the email:

Hello Tom,

Maybe some of your readers can help me with my dilemma with Cabela’s. Before last hunting season I twice called the Scarborough, ME Cabela’s looking for a Remington 750 carbine in a .308 cal.. Twice I was told that the gun buyer would get back to me and it never happened, so I went the season without that firearm. So this year I thought I would start earlier and called on Monday. The person in the gun dept. told me that they didn’t stock that model and that I should call Remington and purchase the gun from them. I was then supposed to have it shipped to Cabela’s and they would transfer it to me at a nominal cost of $25.00 to $35.00.. I was always under the impression that Cabela’s was a retailer and not a transfer agent and with that kind of representation Cabela’s cannot possible be “The World’s Foremost Outfitter”. Cabela’s customer service basically sucks and I hope one of your readers can point me to a customer service person at Cabela’s headquarters. XXXXX and I have Cabela’s Signature credit cards but that shouldn’t matter since all customers should be treated equal. That is the way we run our business and the way all businesses should run.

L.L. Bean is looking better all the time,


I find the story puzzling for a number of reasons but I will tell you this. As I have said, I have known this man for about 40 years and among his hunting buddies at camp he is teased because it seems everything he owns comes from Cabela’s, even the seat covers in his truck, etc. etc. etc. With the amount of time he has spent at this store and the amount of merchandise he has purchased through them, he should have a good sense of what their customer service is like.

In this day and age of economic struggles, a large retailer like Cabela’s, I would think, would NOT want to find their name plastered across the Internet in a negative fashion.

If there are any readers who can provide him/me with a contact person at Cabela’s headquarters, please email me the information or I can put you in contact with this guy. You can also express your experiences with Cabela’s, good and bad, in the comment section below.

Thank you.


Squawking Like Chickens, Assault Guns Are Pulled Out of PA Gun Show

*Editor’s Note* The original posting of this notice wrongly accused Cabela’s of deciding not to sell assault weapons. It was the decision of the event organizers to prohibit the display and sale of such weapons and Cabela’s in return pulled out of the event in protest. My apologies.

Cabela’s has decided not to attend the largest Pennsylvania outdoor sports show because the event organizer opted to ban the sale and display of “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines.