Tent Sale is the cure for your outdoor list!





We know you’ve got a list. We’ve all got a list… guns, bows, shells, arrows, clothing, fishing gear, decoys, deer stands….and on and on. All hunters, fishermen, shooters and folks that love outdoor to just look great in the latest outdoor fashion have a list.

It’s the list of things you need to make those outdoor trips complete.

So, what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to take care of that list at Simmons Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get better at the giant sporting goods store in Bastrop, it does. How? The annual Tent Sale, where thousands of dollars of merchandise are priced so low you’ll have to stop and double check the tags to make sure the price is right.

And it starts next week. Expect to see shoppers from all over our region  come to shop the sale and see all the latest and greatest in sporting gear!

This year’s Tent Sale will begin Wednesday,  July 25th and run through Sunday, August 12th.

Come check out the deals under the tent and in the store.  Store hours  are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Noon  5 p.m. on Sunday.

Wait, there’s more? How about all the great deals listed in 48 pages of the special Tent Sale flyer? You can pick up a copy at the store or start checking items off your list by clicking on the flyer at simmonssportinggoods.com  home page.

Hello, Tent Sale. Goodbye, list!

A Few Traits To Look For In Your Next Hunting Dog



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You wouldn’t walk into a sporting goods store and purchase the first firearm you saw without doing some form of background research first, so why then would you skip that step when selecting a puppy that you’ll be hunting with for the next 10 to 12 years? Many hunters make that mistake and end up regretting later.

Also, being your most valuable hunting asset, your hunting dog is likely to become your closest companion. Not only will it share some of the best moments of your life with you, it’ll make many of them possible. You’ll spend hours with your dog during training and in the field, so you want to take great care in choosing the puppy that is perfect for you!

Not every puppy has what it takes to become an outstanding hunting dog, says Tim Nichols of Fall Flight Retrievers. So you need to know what qualities and traits to look for, specifically when it comes to health and trainability.

“The most important tip I can give you is to go look at several litters of puppies and don’t take your checkbook with you,” Nichols said. “You need to do some considerable research before selecting a puppy. If you bring your checkbook with you, you’re likely to purchase a puppy before you should because they’re cute, and they’re hard to resist.”

Health, Pedigree, and Performance Titles all play a huge factor in puppies becoming great hunting dogs. Look in to what Titles the parents of the puppy have received. It’s also very important to look into all health related issues due to the lack of trainability that the dog may have.

Knowing When It’s Time to Select your Puppy

Be Sure to ask yourself these questions:

Are the parents on site?

Is the area clean?

Is the breeder reliable?

Do they look healthy?

Odds are that if you can’t answer yes to these questions, then you need to keep looking. Do yourself a favor and take your time in the purchasing of your new hunting companion!

A Few Reasons Bow Hunters Should Consider Bowfishing This Summer




 Today’s world, unfortunately, doesn’t give us the opportunity to pursue large game year round. So what’s an avid hunter and archer supposed to do in the downtime between seasons? One way archers have recently been staying on top of their skills is by bowfishing the summer months away.


Bowfishing is very similar to bowhunting. Except that you get to shoot a whole lot more! And it’s warm. And you can talk to your buddies. And you don’t have to worry about the wind. And you get to reel in a bunch of big fish… which is a plus for any avid sportsman!


It’s an inexpensive sport that requires minimal gear. Also, it is available in some form almost everywhere. Most states also afford plenty of fish to target in their waters. Bowfishing is definitely for the adrenaline junkie and it’s safe to say just about any bowhunter would enjoy it.


From the lowly common carp swimming in a drainage ditch to major-river trophies like paddlefish and alligator gar, freshwater bowfishing targets vary greatly in location, temperament, appearance, and size. Believe it or not, Most of these make for pretty good eating!


Bowfishing is a fun and relaxing way to keep shooting throughout the year. The basics of bowfishing are easily learned, and the basic bowfishing gear is generally affordable! Call the store at (318-283-2688) with any bowfishing questions. Micheal and Richard in our Archery Department will be glad to help!



Hey Guys, as all of you probably know Summer Bass Fishing takes persistence, especially when living in any of the Southern States. Fishing takes Self-control, but that’s also part of the allure! Don’t give up so easy the next time you’re out on the water. Reeling in a “brag worthy” bass in the Early Spring doesn’t require much effort. Late Summer bass fishing, on the other hand, may require you to use a few extraordinary tips, along with the best Summer bass fishing lures.






If you’re wondering when to fish for bass during late summer, the key is to get out on the water before sunrise to beat the heat. If you can’t go early, plan to fish around dusk. The best times to fish for bass will be during the cooler periods of the day. This is one of the most key fundamentals of summer bass fishing for beginners.



Get out your heavy spinnerbaits, soft plastic rigs, and deep-diving crankbaits.  Use your Texas-rigged or Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms in the shallows early, but then break out the deep-diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits to work around deep drop-offs and ledges during the warmer mid-morning hours.



Consider lakes, ponds, or reservoirs that are either full of vegetation, or that are relatively deep. Vegetation contributes to higher levels of dissolved oxygen, and bass need more oxygen as water temperatures rise. Also, as you can imagine, deeper water is generally cooler. Meaning that bass can often be found on the deep side of drop-offs and ledges as air and water temperatures rise.

How to Increase the Buck Density Where You Hunt

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Sometimes deer densities are too high. Other times, they’re extremely low. During times of the latter, it’s important to know how to manipulate the situation to improve things for the deer, and for the hunter. Here are a few helpful tips to increase the buck density where you deer hunt.

Create More Bedding Cover

Bucks might love each other’s company during summer and early fall months. But that quickly changes come fall. It’s important to have several bedding options on the property you hunt. This allows bucks to spread out. If you only have one or two good bedding options, it’ll be much harder to hold numerous mature bucks.

Add Additional Food Sources

The more food you have, the more deer you can support. Simple mathematics! It’s priority to improve and increase the natural vegetation available to deer and plant food plots, too.

Place New Water Sources

This is one thing that often goes overlooked. It will have the most impact if you don’t already have water on the property. However, even adding additional water sources to your property is one of the best investments that you could make. You’d be smart to implement it. On a small scale, you can add water troughs, tubs, etc. Or, you can go big and put in a pond!

Supply Minerals

Deer need minerals throughout the year. Having a year-round supply will only add value to the tract of land you hunt on. Providing your deer the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients on a year round basis can not only produce larger antlers but it can have a positive impact on your whole deer family.  The right minerals in the right proportion are important for increasing body weight, antler size, milk production, immune system health and disease prevention.

Give Them Something They Can’t Get Elsewhere

It’s simple. Try something New! Give bucks something they can’t find on your neighbor’s properties. Whatever that is, figure it out and immediately implement it where you hunt. If old tricks just aren’t cutting it, don’t be scared to try new products on the market!

Establish Sanctuaries

You need to have specific locations marked off as no-go zones. Having a sanctuary will leave an area of the property that deer feel extra safe living in. Hunting around these areas, and not within, will mean more mature bucks live there. As for size, it’ll be different for every property, but many have found 5 to 10 acres is a good number. You don’t want sanctuaries to be too large (or small).

Did somebody say fish fry?

PICT2320Louisiana is the land of great food and this time of year, there’s nothing better than a mess of fried fish you caught yourself. If you’ve gone to the trouble to catch them, you might as well go to the trouble to clean them and cook them.

Do it right and it’s worth the effort.

If you are going to eat fresh fish, start by keeping them that way — fresh. Keep them alive in a live well or iced down in a cooler to keep the meat fresh. Then when you clean the fish, make sure you keep the fish meat cold at all times. It does make a difference. We’ve got lots of fish to choose from — bass, crappie, catfish, bream. Most people eat filets, but it’s hard to beat a batch of whole fried bream if you know how to pick the bones out to eat them.

It’s really simple to fry fish. Add a shake of salt and pepper, or your favorite seasoning, to each piece of fish. You can shake a little Cajun seasoning or hot sauce on them as well if that’s the way you like them.  Put them in a bowl or plastic bag with plain corn meal or seasoned fish fry of your choice. Cover each filet well.

Heat up some peanut oil in a fish cooker or just an old black iron skillet and heat the oil to about 350-360 degrees. Using a thermometer is really important for consistent frying. Ease the filets into the oil so as to not knock off the coating. Fry each batch for 3-4 minutes. Believe it or not, the fish will begin to float to the top when they are done. If you like them extra brown and crunchy, cover your fish in some plain mustard before seasoning them, then continue with the process outlined above. Here’s an important tip: Cook them too long and they will be chewy and tough.

Drain the excess oil off the fish on a rack or a pan with several layers of paper towels. Racks work better. Combine them with some french fries, hushpuppies, some fried green tomatoes and whatever else you like and you’ve got a supper that is hard to beat.

Put a picture on Facebook and you’ll find out how many jealous friends you have!

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Online Bow Sales vs Purchasing Through a Local Pro Shop


Online Bow Sales vs Purchasing Through a Local Pro Shop





Hey Guys, Richard and Michael here from the Archery Department. Are you in the market for a new bow? We want to give you a few helpful hints before you make that next purchase!
Everyone wants to save a buck or two, unfortunately purchasing a bow online can be deceiving. All bows sold through a local pro shop will come with a warranty. This warranty will be handled through your pro shop staff, giving you a peaceful mind about your New Investment! While purchasing a New model bow online may be appealing due to a small decrease in the price, in the long run it may end up costing you more! Buying through a local pro shop insures more than just a warranty. Pro Staff Members are educated in all the latest accessories that you need to set up that perfect bow.
Here at Simmons’ we’re avid archery hunters. Combined, Michael and I have over Thirty Years of Experience in specializing bows. You will not receive that expertise when you open a boxed bow that was ordered over the internet. Every bow must be “tuned” to fit the specific needs of the owner. What works for one person will not work for the next. A few factors that influence this are Draw Weight, Eye Dominance, and Draw Length. Don’t expect to order a bow and it be ready to use right out of the package!
So, the next time you place an online order, consider leaving that new bow out of your cart! We would love to help guide you in specializing your next Bow. Simmons Sporting Goods has the latest technology for all your bow hunting needs. Come by and see us or give us a call at 318-283-2688 regarding all things Archery!


How Color Selection of Crappie Jigs Can Be the Key to Success


If you hang around a crappie fisherman long enough without a doubt, the subject of jig colors will arise. The Key to staying on top of the game is knowing your gear! Avid crappie fishermen choose to carry a variety of colors on them at all times on the water. This makes it easier to experiment when a certain color isn’t working. Also, remembering that crappie are sight feeders will help your next fishing trip out tremendously. They will only strike at what they can see! Three Important Factors involved in jig color selections include color of the water, intensity of the sunlight, depth you are fishing.

Water Color is certainly a prime element in crappie work.

When the water is dark ( less light penetration or cloudy water) brightly colored jigs will be easier to spot. When the water is clear or there is lots of light penetration, darker jigs will better contrast. The fact that this theory and the previous one directly oppose each other, both equally being used by plenty of crappie fisherman, really shows that it’s up to you to find out what works for the crappie and conditions you are fishing. Remember to keep your jig size relatively small!

Crappie jig color isn’t rocket science by any means, but by choosing a jig color based on the theory that makes most sense to you, you will have a place to start. The same crappie may choose to strike completely different colors from one day to the next so it’s important to remember to experiment when one color isn’t working. If one theory doesn’t work, change it up and try another and soon enough you’ll figure out what reals them in! In conclusion, Fish with what you feel comfortable with. Every fisherman will have a different favorite jig and that’s okay! 



Hey guys Hunter Simmons here from Simmons Sporting Goods. Since the season is winding down here in Louisiana, there’s a high possibility that a gobbler has left the woods with you. Here’s a few of our favorite ways to cook a wild turkey. There’s several ways to cook your bird but of course, being raised in the South, Our Favorite way is Fried!

There are two forms of turkey frying: whole and strips. Both are a hit for any occasion and it’s hard to say whether one’s more delicious than the other. Breasting a bird and cutting the meat into strips to fry is simply making chicken fingers minus all the fat and hormones. Salt and pepper the meat (a little Tony’s is always welcomed), dredge in flour and fry in vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet. For a sweeter or spicier approach replace the salt and pepper with honey and cayenne.
Unfortunately, Frying the entire bird is a bit more of a process. You’ll need a pot, burner and a propane tank. Not to mention a roomy outdoor area in which to cook it. Most people insist to brine a turkey before any form of cooking. This helps to add flavor to the meat and keeps it moist. Whether you brine or not, here are the steps to frying a whole wild turkey: Weigh the cleaned the turkey.

• Place the turkey inside the pot (with basket if that’s what you’ll use for removal) and pour in water, gallon by gallon, until the turkey is covered. This will tell you exactly how many gallons of oil to use so that there’s no overflow and ensuing grease fire.

• Remove the turkey from the water, pat dry with paper towels and set aside.
• Remove all water from pot and wipe dry with paper towel.
• Add exact amount of oil to the pot and start burner.
• Once the oil reaches 350 degrees, place turkey in basket and lower into the oil. Note the temperature will cool periodically but will rise back to 350.
• Cook the bird for three minutes per pound or until the inside temperature reaches 165 degrees.
• Set aside to rest for at least 20 minutes.


Please feel free to post your favorite recipes in the comments. We would love to hear from you and pick of some tricks along the way!