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A look inside Cabela's

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If you enjoy hunting, fishing, and camping then you probably recognize the name Cabela's.

Cabela's is known as the World's Foremost Outfitter and one of it's flagship stores is located in nearby Wheeling, West Virginia. The mega store for men is full of surprises. When it comes to the great outdoors, Cabela's is more than just a store, it is an experience.

More than four million people visit the store every year.

The store has a footprint of 176,000 square feet and an inventory of 385,000 products, but a surprising amount of space is not dedicated to selling merchandise.

"Cabela's is classified by the federal government as a natural history museum," said Bud Forte, a Cabela's guide.

One section of the store is like visiting an African savannah.

"Here in our African diorama, there are so many animals that kids from this area, adults from this area would never see," explained Forte.

The animals are not replicas, but real museum quality taxidermy. The center of the store features an airplane flying over a three story high mountain. Running through the store is a trout stream, featuring West Virginia's own Golden Trout. Another area features one most extensive white tail deer museums in the country. The display includes mountings of numerous record holders and one in particular.

"It's called the Hanson buck, it was taken in Alberta, Canada in 1993, and it is the reigning world record," said Forte.

Taking up another large area is a 55,000 gallon aquarium. Forte said it offers another opportunity for education,"People can see how fish behave in a natural environment."

There is also a restaurant where you can try an elk or bison burger, before moving on to test your skill at the laser rifle range, or try the latest cross bows on the archery range.

The fishing department seems to go on forever and Cabela's is known for it's huge firearms selection, and a special area called the Gun Library.

"Inside the library we have more collectors grade firearms and the more expensive firearms," said Forte.

Like a rare original 1860 Henry repeating rifle, for just under $42,000. There is also plenty of furnishings for the house or your cabin, a General Store and hunting apparel just for women.

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