Tell us about your favorite sporting goods / hardware store from back in day.

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  1. MarshmanDon

    MarshmanDon Senior Refuge Member

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    I have aload of them Guns and Goodies got my 870 wingmaster there no tax no paper work back in the "HEY DAY" When geese were still laying Gold Eggs.!
     
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  2. callinfowl

    callinfowl MEGA.

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    For me it was all Herter's catalogs until our little local joint expanded. It started out as Hogan's Ski Barn in Pleasant Hill CA. It started off as a snow ski rental and Water ski rental store that also sold clothing and gear for each sport. I live in the heart of CA 3 hours north and I could be in the snow on 10 minutes from house be water skiing on the rivers of the CA delta. So Hogan's Ski Barn expanded and Mr Hogan opened up Hogan's Sporting Goods it started as an old corrugated steel Quonset hut, then they expanded and added onto it, so they could start selling hunting, fishing, gun sales and darn near anything else an outdoors man could ever need. If they didn't have what you needed you could always find something that would work until you Herter's shipment came to your house. There are some CA forum guys that used to work for Mr Hogan and I just sold some decoys and gear to one of the kids that used to work at the store, he's close to 40 yrs old now.
    I miss hanging out there and BSing with the guys in the area that hunted and fished the same stuff I did and still do.
     
  3. take'm

    take'm Elite Refuge Member

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    Had a Herters store that I absolutely loved as a kid.guns,traps,waterfowl gear.
     
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  4. OneShotBandit

    OneShotBandit Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    It was a Cabela’s, Dunn’s or a Gander Mountain catalog! The only “Sports” store was in Wabash, IN called Dick’s Trading Post. Bought all of our shells & dekes there. Bought my job boat there, too! That was in 1975 I was 20! :cool:
     
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    4tule Senior Refuge Member

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    Tulelake Hardware-Tulelake California
     
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    fowlwhacker Elite Refuge Member

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    Growing up here in maryland I don't recall any big sporting goods/hunting stores nearby but do recall many of the small private places and miss many of them that have since closed. Despite being smaller than the big chain stores they were usually cluttered with an array of waterfowl and deer hunting specific stuff.
     
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  7. MarshmanDon

    MarshmanDon Senior Refuge Member

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    Mine was also a Herters catalogue
    Man couldn't wait for it to get here
    We were not old enough to drive we always had money saved up . Started on
    The Phyllis Lee crab potting age 10
    $15.00 a day all the Nehi Soda you could
    Drink so lwas rich before l could drive
    Tracy and l had a rig of 200 divers mostly
    Herters plenty of wooden they were
    Worth more money then we thought
    Not many Decoys ride like a Herters !:flame
    All single no long lines point system
    Scaup were 10 points all l can say is
    HECK YEAH!:flame:flame
     
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  8. MarshmanDon

    MarshmanDon Senior Refuge Member

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    Rogers on Kent Island gone
    Anglers still here
    Bert's Kent lsland gone
    Bears Den Chestertown gone
    Vonnies gone now its Molly's
    Guns and Goodies Dover Delaware gone
    Miss the Herters catalogue the most!
     
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  9. MarshmanDon

    MarshmanDon Senior Refuge Member

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    Grant Yates gone he was definitely a
    Hardware/Sporting good store he would trust us to go out back with a dozen calls
    At a time. Mostly Olt 8oo or 77 goose call
    DD120 OR DR 115 OLT Duck They still work old
    School means alot to me.
     
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  10. duckbuster06

    duckbuster06 New Member

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    Uncle Lee’s in western Kentucky, before he sold to Bud’s. He had an unimaginable amount of hunting “stuff.” Old school stuff in the sale section that I don’t think you could even order at the time. You could spend days digging through the isles.
     
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