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Contributors to this thread:
No Mercy 02-Jan-19
scndwfstlhntng 02-Jan-19
Franklin 03-Jan-19
Surfbow 03-Jan-19
Topgun 30-06 03-Jan-19
Overland 03-Jan-19
Trial153 03-Jan-19
Scar Finga 03-Jan-19
midwest 03-Jan-19
Missouribreaks 03-Jan-19
Pat Lefemine 03-Jan-19
drycreek 03-Jan-19
Ken Moody Safaris 03-Jan-19
Genesis 03-Jan-19
Ken Moody Safaris 03-Jan-19
Ken Moody Safaris 03-Jan-19
midwest 03-Jan-19
No Mercy 03-Jan-19
Bea 03-Jan-19
Ken Moody Safaris 03-Jan-19
Bea 03-Jan-19
Brotsky 03-Jan-19
Jaquomo 03-Jan-19
flyingbrass 03-Jan-19
Buffalo1 03-Jan-19
Franklin 03-Jan-19
Zbone 03-Jan-19
Bea 03-Jan-19
Leatherneckgrandpa 03-Jan-19
ground hunter 03-Jan-19
Rut Nut 03-Jan-19
Ken Moody Safaris 03-Jan-19
RutnStrut 03-Jan-19
Buffalo1 03-Jan-19
SDHNTR(home) 03-Jan-19
Scar Finga 03-Jan-19
Ken Moody Safaris 03-Jan-19
BadlandsRoger 03-Jan-19
Bow Bullet 03-Jan-19
Jaquomo 03-Jan-19
Franklin 03-Jan-19
From: No Mercy
02-Jan-19

No Mercy's Link
This is very interesting

02-Jan-19
It would be very interesting to see if we could get a corporate statement on their position on this. As if Dick's wasn't enough.

From: Franklin
03-Jan-19
I firmly believe Cabelas was gobbled up to either change it or to eliminate it. Just look at their camo clothing selection. It`s virtually non-existent.

From: Surfbow
03-Jan-19
Cue the "toilet flush" sound effect for the legacy of Cabelas...

From: Topgun 30-06
03-Jan-19
This is what happens when the FTC allows huge takeovers and there is now only one bigshot in the country that will do whatever they want. I'm glad I closed my account several months ago and will not buy a single product sold through BPS and Cabelas! I strongly suggest that everyone else do the same as I would suspect that with the way they have dropped their better Cabelas clothing lines, forced people to go with another credit card, etc. that this is only the beginning.

From: Overland
03-Jan-19
This would be a poor time to invest in Cabela's/BP. Diluting their image will likely be a net negative for them. If this trend continues expect to see the removal of all African mounts from their stores, of course followed by all other mounts, then the removal of certain types of firearms. It's a slippery slope and they have begun slipping.

From: Trial153
03-Jan-19
FCC is a joke at this point. It's a lobbyists cash cow. We can buy our way out of any antitrust ruling.

From: Scar Finga
03-Jan-19
Not much I buy from them now, maybe some fishing stuff or ammo if that's the only store that has it. BPS has never been that great, the Walmart of hunting stores. Cabelas was going in the toilet long before they sold out! Overpriced, no inventory, horrible shipping. not honoring the returns like they once did. Bad business all the way around.

Oh well. Sportmans and small local businesses for me, oh wait, I already o that as much as I can!

From: midwest
03-Jan-19

midwest's embedded Photo
midwest's embedded Photo
Dick must be spinning in his grave...

03-Jan-19
Times are changing, and for Cabelas too. No surprises here.

From: Pat Lefemine
03-Jan-19
i can’t imagine there isn’t more to this. The part about her being banned from the store raises questions in my mind. Is she the problem or is this truly a corporate policy? If the latter, Cabelas is making a value judgements about what hunting is acceptable and which is not. That’s an exceptionally dangerous position for a company who’s entire existence rests on sportsmen as their customers.

From: drycreek
03-Jan-19
I'm with Franklin. I've always believed Cabelas was bought to be eliminated as a competitor.

03-Jan-19
I just contacted Bob Foulkrod this morning who is a primary Pro Staffer for BPS. He has not heard anything from them referencing African photos but he is contacting them today for clarification. Sounds like this woman was just a local store pro staffer and was let go and is possibly just causing trouble. I can’t imagine BPS would take such a stupid stance but we will see.

From: Genesis
03-Jan-19
Sorry,but some of the pettiness about this staffers’ lack of discounts makes me take a wait and see approach.

03-Jan-19

Ken Moody Safaris's embedded Photo
Ken Moody Safaris's embedded Photo
From Bob...

03-Jan-19
Social media can be a powerful weapon...I’d urge people to not pass along rumors from a disgruntled pro staffer.

From: midwest
03-Jan-19
Fake news! :-)

From: No Mercy
03-Jan-19
Disgruntled former Pro-staffer decided to do her own press release.

Sorry-Pat, feel free to delete the post.

From: Bea
03-Jan-19

Bea's embedded Photo
Bea's embedded Photo
i was a local pro staffer for BP/cabelas this last year...I opted not to re-new the new contract for various reasons....but I did not see anything about not posting African pics. So there's that to consider. I note tho she is sharing what she says is part of the contract....and it does mention it....weird.

03-Jan-19
She was a store staffer not national. This may be some garbage from the local store but rest assured I have forwarded this to the appropriate people. I know Johnny Morris and John Paul and I can’t believe they would endorse this. Bob Foulkrod shot the Big 6 with me years ago and all the mounts are displayed in a BPS store in PA. Are these to be removed now? Can’t believe this is a corporate policy.

From: Bea
03-Jan-19
yes...I'd say you are correct....I'm just saying ( and I have no idea if what she produced is legit) it did appear for her .....either national or just at store level. But again....I think its local...I too would be surprised if it wad corporate policy.

From: Brotsky
03-Jan-19
It seems they are just asking that no "safari animals" are posted to their social media sites. With the chit storm that seems to accompany these pictures now I can see that being a legitimate request from a national company in order to keep their head down.

From: Jaquomo
03-Jan-19
The Pro Staff media guidelines clearly specify "North American animals". I think Brotsky is on it.

From: flyingbrass
03-Jan-19
Americans just don't understand hunting in Africa.

From: Buffalo1
03-Jan-19
She will surely be at SCI Convention next week. Maybe someone who participates on Bowsite could ask her in person about the situation and report their findings.

This could be helpful before we boycott and shut yet another business down.

I’ve got Dick’s, Yeti and Sitka so far that we have got in a stranglehold at present. Are there any other businesses I’ve missed?

From: Franklin
03-Jan-19
Regardless of the outcome of this issue....it doesn`t change my opinion of them. Back in the heyday they were a great company....not so much anymore.

My daughter bought me a pair of Wooltimate pants and pullover for Christmas before it`s discontinued or the Outfitter camo is gone. I have older pieces of this camo. The pullover was so tight in the arms and forearms you couldn`t wear it. The pants were on BO for a size 36 waist...lol....when she called to check on the status they told her they cancelled the order as they have no idea when they will be restocked.

No thanks.

From: Zbone
03-Jan-19
From the link - "Many people assumed I got gear for free from Cabela’s. FALSE. I was never even given so much as a hat. I had to pay for everything. While I got a small discount on branded items only, everything else was full price."

Hmmm, I have a hard time believing that... Doesn't "Pro" Staff, mean profession or professional meaning you are being paid?...

From: Bea
03-Jan-19
I did it as about the lowest store level PS entry level as possible. And I received Tee's. hat's and a few other little things....along with the agreed upon compensation. The compensation wasnt that much....but I agreed to it and it was perfect for a retired dude just looking to fill a few hours a month. I didnt re-new for a few reasons.....but imo they treated me more than fair and honored the contract that I agreed to. There were other higher compensated spots such as regional and national type PS positions.

03-Jan-19
Pro staff does not refer to professional. It means "promotional."

03-Jan-19
ah the internet, land of truth

From: Rut Nut
03-Jan-19
Look at the last line in Bea’s post above:

“Animals shots that are excessively bloody or FEATURE EXOTIC ANIMALS will NOT be permitted”

03-Jan-19

Ken Moody Safaris's embedded Photo
Ken Moody Safaris's embedded Photo
From corporate....done.

From: RutnStrut
03-Jan-19
Well that's fixed. Now if only Cabela's was restored to its former glory.

From: Buffalo1
03-Jan-19
So we have not gotten two written statements. One statement from each party- the accuser and the accused.

I still stand firm with my original post, “She will surely be at SCI Convention next week. Maybe someone who participates on Bowsite could ask her in person about the situation and report their findings.” It always good to look somebody in the eyes when seeking the truth.

As we say in the The South, “There is a monkey wrench in the engine somewhere” on this issue.

From: SDHNTR(home)
03-Jan-19
Methinks one version was an attempt at a privately communicated policy, intended only for "internal" pro staffers. In other words, "be diplomatic and don't post stuff that might make us look bad to the non-hunting public."

Then once that private policy got out publicly and rattled their customer base, the second statement comes out as damage control.

From: Scar Finga
03-Jan-19
^^^Sounds About Right for Corporate America^^^

03-Jan-19
Some villagers just can’t wait to light those torches....

03-Jan-19
I've never been a fan of BPS. I once guided Johnny Morris on a fishing trip and he was a complete prick. Middle of August and over 100 degrees on the river and he was expecting lights out fishing for trout. I worked my ass off for him and got stiffed on the tip. I was a Cabela's fan, and I've still got the card but I'm looking at my options. I was thinking about starting a new thread about hunting friendly credit cards.

From: Bow Bullet
03-Jan-19
Looking at Bea's post, in addition to the last line which says don't post pics of exotics, the first bulleted point under "Don't" specifically says no safari animals. Sure doesn't seem to align with the corporate statement.

From: Jaquomo
03-Jan-19
I'm glad I was never a "store pro staffer", whatever that is. Had a much better deal as a field tester because everything was free. Of course, that gig went away with the merger. Too good to be true.

From: Franklin
03-Jan-19
I also agree with SDHNTR.....I am very skeptical of what companies do and say AFTER they have been busted.

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