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Up in arms over arms?

June 18th, 2013



As a shooter you've probably noticed that ammo is getting scarce and more expensive lately.  We have too - at the wholesale level, and up and down the supply chain.  We're seeing this locally, regionally and nationally too.  People are driving around the country hitting every mom and pop outdoor store looking for ammo… it's non-existent.

In fact, the shortage here is now affecting shooters across the world - (


There's all sorts of rumors and stories flying around the internet and other places about how the government is buying up millions of rounds for whatever reasons. Manufacturer Hornady recently said its "all fueled by rumors and conjecture." 

And there may be some truth to this, but there's also an understandable human reaction of folks grabbing what all they can, when they can, during a shortage, feeding the frenzy and driving up prices. 


Why is this really happening?  No one will answer the question.


We've come to know and trust and respect our customers over the years, and would to love to hear your thoughts on this matter.  Chime in here, or on our Facebook page, or drop me an email at and make your voice heard!


They're messing with your Second Amendment Rights already - don't let them take your First!


Pulling on our (heart) strings


If you've ever been in our store, you know we've got a lot of stuff for what you're doing.  Nobody's got a better selection of guns, rods, reels, tackle, camo, or sporting gear than we do. 

But what we started with - and what we're most passionate about - is archery.  Our in-house bow shop stocks the best names in the game, including Mathews, Mission, PSE, and Parker.

These bows are built with the latest and most bad-*ss technological and engineering advances available.  They're light, they're silent, and they'll blow through 300fps without breaking a sweat.  It's been a long time since a buck 'jumped the string' on one of our customers, and these bows are a big reason why. 

The team we've got in our pro-shop have all been bowhunting for years, and these guys know their stuff like you know the food plots on your lease.  They can set you up with the top of the line gear or troubleshoot and improve the rig you're currently shooting, no matter if it's compound, traditional, or a crossbow.  They're also pretty good guys - they're always ready to hang out and swap stories.  Even when they're getting paid by me.

So come see us now, and check out what we've got in archery, and in the rest of the store, too.  I can tell you by the time mid-July or August gets here, these guys will have their hands full between working and scouting and practicing. 


But then again, you should too.


Even as I sit here writing this, there's another line of red and yellow heavy rain on the radar making its was way east across northern Mississippi and Alabama. This is the coolest, wettest spring in memory. What's going on?  Even the mildew has mold growing on it!

It hasn't been a total washout, but if you're fishing anything like me, the water's been pretty much high and fast and muddy since the end of winter. The downside to this is (obviously) the fishing's been off this spring and really won't return to normal until we get some decently dry weather and regular rainfall and water levels.

So what can you do with the fish either scattered or chasing bait way back in the sloughs and flooded bushes? Plenty. 

Try some spring cleaning.  No, seriously.  When was the last time you cleaned your gear? Goo builds up on everything, even when you don't use it.  Check and strip your firearm actions, reels, cams, camo, hull, cables, battery terminals, etc.

Conduct a safety inspection.  If you're like me, your climbers and other stands are in the garage or shed collecting pollen and mud dauber nests.  Check for cracks in welds, frayed safety belts, bad buckles, that sort of thing.  And get some extra bolts for your climbers now for when you will need them then.

We can't undo this rain, but we can make the most out of it. All this liquid sunshine will make for a dandy food supply this fall, so get a jump on next season's hunting. Find the good places.  Scout more now, and you'll sweat less in July and August.


Everything's an opportunity.

Big Daddy's Outdoors
52680 U.S. Highway 72 | Bridgeport AL 35740 | p. 256.495.9225 | toll free 877.498.9444