When you walk into Bucks & Bass, chances are you’ll run into co-owners Jamie Henderson and Bradley Taylor. Both are Yanceyville natives who graduated from Bartlett Yancey High School.
After graduation, Henderson attended Forsyth Technical Community College majoring in auto body. Taylor attended Gardner Webb University on a football scholarship, majoring in business.
However, one thing brought the two friends together: their love for the outdoors.
Taylor said they were thinking of ways to bring the community together and share their passion for hunting and fishing.
“We both like to hunt and fish, so we put our heads together and decided a hunting and bait shop would be the best way to reach those who enjoy the sport,” Taylor said. “We’re in a good location for outdoorsmen to come in and get bait or shells.”
Henderson said some individuals who hunt and fish around here are from outside of Caswell County, and need a resource like Bucks & Bass.
“Some of these hunters are from out of town and have to travel to Danville or Reidsville to get supplies if they lose something or run out of supplies,” he explained. “Having this shop in Yanceyville, they won’t have to travel far.”
Caswell County offers plenty of places to hunt and fish and both Henderson and Taylor want to share that experience with others in the area or from out of state.
Henderson and Taylor both began hunting at a young age and the passion carried into adulthood, leading them to where they are now.
“I was about 7-years-old when I started hunting,” Henderson said smiling. “It just stuck. My dad never hunted and my grandfather did a little, but me, I always liked it.”
Taylor added, “I was about 9, and I remember when video games were becoming popular, but I did both play video games and hunt, but I enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing.”
Both men believe between 7 and 9 years old is the perfect age to start hunting and shooting a rifle.
“I think kids even younger than that can go hunting, not necessary shoot a rifle, but go out and watch how it’s done,” Taylor explained. “The same thing goes with fishing, get them started at a young age.”
Henderson added, “hunting and fishing kept us out of trouble. This is a good way to get them involved in the outdoors and keep them out of trouble.
When customers enter the shop they can spend time in the stores lounge. Customers can come in and watch hunting or fishing videos. Henderson and Taylor have plans to add on to the shop.
“Eventually, we want to add snacks and drinks in the lounge area and in the other part of the building we are thinking of making it a place were hunters can clean their bows”, Henderson said. “We have wi-fi, where kids can come in and do their homework and also ask us questions about the outdoors.”
Bucks & Bass may have what you are looking for except for one thing: hunting and fishing licenses.
Henderson and Taylor are both looking forward to December, because they will be able to sell them to customers.
“In North Carolina there is a law in place were businesses have to wait a year to do so,” Henderson said.
They hope doing so, will bring in new customers and more people from the community. Both men said they are thankful for the community’s support.
“We are thankful for the support we get from the community,” Henderson said. “It makes us feel good knowing we have their support.”
“It’s a blessing,” Taylor added. “I think one goal is being able to sponsor teams through Parks and Recs. That’s only one goal of many.”
Both men credit also their faith and dedication for their success opening the shop.
“If you are driven and put in the time and dedication and have the love of Christ anything is possible,” Henderson said. “If you can dream it, it can happen.”
Taylor added, “Ask questions along the way, do not be scared to ask for help. You can do it, but it takes drive. It isn’t always easy, but you have to keep pushing forward. “
Bucks & Bass opened in December and is located on 1536 N. Main St. The shop is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offer a variety of fishing bait and hunting supplies.