Bass Pro Shops buys Cabela’s

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TTN- Bass Pro Shops has bought Cabela’s for $5.5 billion. The two outdoor retailer giants can now better position themselves against lower cost dealers like Wal Mart and online retailers like Amazon. We have heard that the strong point of sales for the companies is firearms over the last few years, as clothing and other sales have flattened out.

The sale price is almost twice as much the original asking price. It remains to be seen if Bass Pro can recoup that staggering payout.

It appears as if Cabela’s will continue to build new stores in 2017, with as many as 7 slated to open. This will keep pumping money into the taxidermy industry as the 7 stores account for hundreds of new mounts and habitat displays.

Bass Pro and Cabela’s provide another important service to the taxidermy industry….they inspire countless sportsmen to increase their personal taxidermy displays. Hopefully taxidermy mounts will continue to be a fixture in their stores into the future.

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Aaron Stehling is a second-generation full time taxidermist from Jefferson, WI. He is co-owner, with his brother Austin, of Stehling’s Taxidermy, LLC, a studio that specializes in wholesale/sub contract work that has been in operation for over 40 years. Stehling’s Taxidermy also offers a turkey head freeze dry service. You can learn more about his services at www.stehlingstaxidermy.com or check out their online video training web site, www.taxidermyinsider.com. Aaron is also the administrator on www.taxidermytalk.com forums. He is a regular contributing author for Taxidermy Today Magazine.You can contact him at 920.674.3724 or email a.n.stehling@gmail.com.

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