Spring Turkey Techniques

Turkey season is right around the corner, and for those of you who are gearing up for the upcoming season, read on.  Turkey hunters are a passionate and dedicated group. Those that chase turkeys with archery equipment take the challenge of harvesting a nice tom or jake this spring to the next level. Getting a bead on a tom with a shotgun can be hard enough but when you decide to do it with your bow, that difficulty becomes significantly higher.

What is the best type of broadheads for bowhunting turkeys? This can be a tough one. Just like when choosing the best broadhead for other types of hunting seasons, much of this decision is based primarily of personal preference.  With this being stated, my preference is mechanical broadheads. They fly like field tips and due to the “mechanical” expansion, they normally will stay within the turkey opposed to getting a complete pass-through.  When shooting turkeys with broadheads, if they run/fly after the shot, they usually do not leave the best blood trails. The ideal shot is to accurately place an arrow that penetrates at least one wing, if not both, while hitting the vitals. This will ensure a quick kill and a bird that is unable to fly.

When hunting for turkeys with a bow, your setup is critical. I often get the question regarding which is better, hunting from a blind or from the ground? In my opinion, both are effective options, the real question is what type of “turkey chaser” are you, and what is the situation. If you are bow hunting turkeys for the first time, the first thing you will learn is truly how impressive the wild turkey is at picking up movement. It was not until I started toting a bow in the turkey woods that I really began to appreciate the eyesight of a turkey. It takes practice getting your setup right on a turkey with a bow. With a bow, I want them within 20-30 yards to increase my odds on such a small target. Therefore, your setup is everything. For me, if I know where a gobbler likes to hang out and strut and have the ability to setup a blind without him seeing me, than this is a great option. What is interesting about turkeys and blinds is in my opinion turkeys are not as “forgiving” as whitetail deer. A turkey will notice just about anything out of place and are easily spooked. It is important to get your blind tucked into brush so that it blends in with the terrain around you.

Every person is different, and for me, I enjoy walking the woods and trying to strike a “hot” bird. Therefore, I prefer the ground setup mainly because of my style of turkey hunting. Again though, if I have a bird roosted, and I know where he likes to strut, I would jump at the opportunity to be sitting in a blind at daylight in hope he would come to my calling and decoys 15 yards in front of my blind.

Hunting from the ground, as I have already mentioned, is very difficult for many reasons. You need the bird to get within that 20-30 yard range, and you really cannot draw your bow until they do. This requires attention to detail on your camouflage, your setup, and your decision on when to actually draw. What I have found works best for me, is to setup on my knees with my left shoulder facing towards the direction I think the bird is going to come. I try to find a bush or tree that will allow me to have good visibility in front of me, but be completely blocked on my sides and back. If coming to full draw on a tom is not hard enough, add a few hens or a subordinate or two, and the challenge has just increased dramatically. Finding the right time to draw, as it is with hunting any animal with a bow, will be the toughest challenge when hunting without a blind. If you love bowhunting, there is a very good chance you will enjoy bowhunting for turkeys as well.

 

2013 Iowa Spring Turkey Season Dates

  • Archery Only (Resident)
  • April 15 - May 19, 2013
  • Combination Shotgun/Archery
    • April 6-14             (Youth Season – Resident)
    • April 15-18           (Season 1)
    • April 19-23           (Season 2)
    • April  24-30          (Season 3)
    • May 1-19             (Season 4)

2013 Nebraska Turkey Season Dates

  • Archery
    • March 25-May 31, 2013
  • Youth Archery
    • March 25-May 31, 2013
  • Shotgun
    • April 13-May 31, 2013
  • Youth Shotgun
    • April 6-May 31, 2013
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Were You a Part of the Record?

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If you harvested a Missouri deer with your bow this past season, you helped set a record. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation , archers took 53,997 deer with some combination of stick and string during the 2012-13 season. And if you put an arrow in a turkey, you had a hand in the 3,217 turkeys that were harvested statewide between September 15 and January 15, which is the second-most ever.

I was thankful to harvest two deer on my southern Boone County property during the season – one in late October and the other just before Christmas. They were the first deer I took using my Redhead Blackout Bow, and I certainly don’t expect them to be the last.

One of the reasons mentioned by the Conservation Department for the growth in bow hunting success is the high-quality archery equipment that’s available nowadays. And if you’ve walked through the hunting department at Bass Pro recently, you know that the variety of archery gear available is pretty amazing. If you have always wanted to give bow hunting a try, this is a great time to stop by Bass Pro and get your feet wet. You have several months to select your bow, pick out the arrows you’ll shoot, and – most importantly – spend time on the practice range before bow season opens again on September 15.

For me, nothing is more of an adrenaline-filled thrill than bow hunting. Join the excitement, and you could even help us set a new record in the 2013-14 season!

 

Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro Team Member

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Beating the Winter Blues - Outdoor Style

Things you can do to beat the winter blues (and get ready for the new year)

  1. Clean your reels and get them ready for the 2013 fishing season.  It’s crazy how dust can gunk up the gears and insides of your equipment.
  2. While you are cleaning your reels, make sure you oil up the gears and replace your fishing line.  It is amazing how tangled your inside can get over a season of fishing.
  3. Clean your guns.  Those can build up on dust and residue as they sit over long winter months.  Time to clean out the shotguns in preparation for Spring Turkey season.
  4. Join our Redhead Shooting Range!  We offer a great deal on range time for a year.  This includes both our pistol range in the store as well as our Archery Range. 
  5. Learn how to tie flies.  We offer twice a week fly tying classes at 6:30pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings in our fly shop. 
  6. Take a CCW Class.  We have classes here twice a month for $70.  Check out this website for more information.
  7. Interested in Ducks, Quail, Elk, Turkey, Deer, Bass or Pheasants?  Join your local chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Quail Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, Bassmaster club, or Pheasants Forever.  They are always recruiting new members and these groups do a lot to conserve conservation for years to come.
  8. Nice weather?  Take someone out to do something in the outdoors – whether it be a short hike, a bit of fishing off the dock, or a short bike ride.  Winter is not always cold!  If it is – there is always sledding!
  9. Start researching fun getaways for the warmer months.  This could be a family vacation (Big Cedar Lodge anyone?), fishing trip, or hunting trip.  Some places if you book early trips, you often get a discount.
  10. Come visit us here in the store.  It is always nice and warm with lots of friendly faces to help you discover what you might be missing for your next outdoor adventure.  We have free Outdoor Skills Workshops held here on a monthly basis, as well as much, much more!
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World Class Bucks and the Rut: What you need to know to re-write the record books!

I’m not a morning person.  Never have been, never will be.  Ok, with the exception of the first two weeks of November; and, maybe the last week in October.  Somehow my body just knows.  It accepts its destiny of an early morning rise and defies the snooze button by injecting not only a quick up and at ‘em but more importantly the pep in my step that can only signify one thing…the rut is on!  Over the last decade I have had the opportunity to live and hunt some of the best trophy buck states in the Midwest.  Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and now I find myself smack dab in the middle of what is arguably the best of them all, Central Illinois.  I mean, come on man, the Mel Johnson Buck, the typical archery world record deer was taken right here in Peoria County, not to mention the crossbow world record deer, the Jerry Bryant Buck, which was shot just southwest of Peoria, in Fulton County.  Both of which I might point out are on display in the grand entrance of our store in East Peoria, IL that opened up in September of 2011.  For many who visit our store, these deer are merely an exhibition of the hunting heritage of this region.  Perhaps a photo op, or a brief discussion of the hunters whom made these monarchs famous.  But for me, (and some of you,) these two giants represent something greater. 

Jerry Bryant Buck

Beyond my own personal obsession with monster bucks, these two world records represent hope.  Not just for the possibility of an unassuming hunter similar to the likes of Johnson or Bryant to harvest a giant that will once again transform the record books, but for the future of this sport and the deer hunting traditions that have roots back to our beginning.  It is our responsibility as sportsmen and women to pass along that passion to our youth and keep that flame burning.  And there is no better time to do this than when the opportunity to harvest one of these giants is at an all time high. 

It seems to me that every year in early October someone tells me that the rut is already in full swing.  They have seen bucks chasing does, rubs, scrapes and the like.  This always sets in to motion a debate that usually ends in the two sides agreeing to disagree.  In my unswerving pursuit to appease, I would like to once and for all clear the air. 

At least for the Midwest, the largest determining factor for deer breeding activity is photoperiod, or day length.  A small gland deep inside a doe’s brain called the pineal gland is constantly keeping track of the amount of daylight and as the days become shorter it influences the release of sex hormones which ultimately lead to the deer coming into heat.  This process happens at the same time that the buck’s testosterone levels are at an all time high which is the time that we refer to as the rut.  Photoperiod makes the peak breeding times very predictable from year to year.  Why does this matter?  There are 3 phases of the rut and understanding them and using this information judiciously will increase your odds for success.           

  1.  The Seeking Phase:  At this point in the game bucks are starting to look for estrous does.  This is typically the first time a hunter will start seeing the more mature bucks mingling with the does.  You will start to see more rubs and scrapes while buAPI Climbercks prepare to breed.  A buck is approaching the peak in his testosterone level and is willing and ready to pick a fight to establish his dominance.  This is a good time to break out the rattling antlers and give it a try.  Bucks are starting to get on the move and looking for a receptive doe.  The rut has started and you want to be in the woods, period.    My recommendation would be to get the most comfortable deer stand you can find and sit all day long.  I have found that our API climbing deer stands are extremely comfortable due to the way the seat hangs.  It’s like you are sitting in a hammock. 

 

  1. The Chasing Phase:  Does are very close to coming into heat and the bucks just cannot stand it.  They are now actively chasing and checking every doe on a regular basis.  At this point many of the older does have already started to come into estrous.  Most of us have seen this phase.  You have been sitting for hours with nothing going on.  Then all of the sudden a doe crashes through followed closely by a buck or sometimes even two.  This can be a very exciting time to be in the woods.  Deer activity is at a peak, however, getting a shot at a monster will require your ability to get that buck stopped which can be difficult if the doe keeps going.  Some of the most intense fights can happen during this period as bucks solidify the pecking order.  One of the largest bucks I have ever missed, and there have been a few, came during this phase.  I haPrimos Buck Roard a legitimate booner at thirty yards that I brought in with a Primos Buck Roar grunt call by using the snort wheeze.  If you have never used the snort wheeze, come see me in the store today.  That call has changed the way the game is played.

 

  1. The Breeding Phase:  Finally, the doe has entered estrous and breeding has begun.  This phase can last up to two weeks and in my opinion is the toughest phase to hunt.  Bucks are locked down onto does and they don’t move much.  But don’t give up if you haven’t had a shot at a big boy yet.  During this period bucks will break off from does that come out of estrous and hit the trails again in search of another mate.   Again, an all day sit should not be out of the question.

In looking at the days in which the Mel Johnson Buck (October 29th) and the Jerry Bryant Buck (November 15th) were taken, I believe it is only a matter of time until those world records are replaced.  In many aspects it is about being in the right place at the right time.  And those who better understand the timing as it relates to the three phases of the rut and use this information to their advantage have already solved half of the equation.   Mel Johnson Buck 204 4/8 inch Archery World Record

 

In their annual publication of the best days to hunt of the rut, Field & Stream highlights this year’s days that you’ll want to be in a tree.  Here are a few important days you will want to note.

October 24th:  This date is being predicted as the kickoff to the seeking phase given the rising afternoon moon and the expected cooling temperatures.  Look for bucks to finally get moving in daylight as they begin their early search for does.

November 2nd:  According to Field & Stream the photoperiod will trigger a hormone around this time that should really kick bucks into high gear.

November 6th:  Around this day should be the transition between the seeking and chasing phase.  Calls, scents and decoys can be very effective during this time.

 

November 10th:  This day is Field & Stream’s predicted “best day of the rut”.  They predict a lot of daylight activity and mature bucks will be out and about.  The breeding period will go for a week and a half to two weeks from this point.

 

Good luck and good hunting!

Jim Goff, Store Manager
East Peoria, IL Bass Pro Shops

 

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Why Not Try Bow Fishing!

Bow fishing in New York State is May 15 thru Sept. 30. Anyone who has a fishing license or small game license or who may be entitled to fish without a license may take a carp of any size and any number.  They may take the carp by longbow, recurve or compound bow.  This method of fishing uses archery equipment to shoot and retrieve fish.  The fish are shot with a barbed arrow that has a special line and a reel mounted right on the bow.  Rumor has it, bow fishing at night is the best!

Have I held your attention?  Well this just may be a sport worth looking in to.  The largest carp hooked and recorded in New York State is over 50 pounds.  Which makes for a fun outting.  Tournaments for carp fishing are all over New York State.  Before going out make sure you check your regulations.  Keep in mind that you cannot discharge your bow within 500 feet of a inhabited structure.  Stop by our Archery Department and talk with our associates on bowfishing.  They have the knowlege to get you started.  Whether you have done it before and need one or two things, or you are brand new and want to look into the full setup we have all the bowfishing gear to meet your needs.

Robin Piedmonte

Events Coordinator

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FUN FAMILY ACTIVITIES AT THE CLARKSVILLE BASS PRO SHOPS!

Did you know our store is one of the most family and fun oriented establishments in the area?  We have some upcoming events that are sure to be a big hit with the entire family at the Clarksville Bass Pro Shops!

Family Fun for all ages.

In October and early November, join us for the following:

Outdoor Rewards Night – Sunday, October 7

For all of our customers, this event will take place from 6pm to 9pm.  Not an Outdoor Rewards Member?  It’s easy to sign up on your next visit to a Bass Pro Shops.  Just stop at the Customer Service Desk, and tell them you want to be an Outdoor Rewards Member!  There is no cost and you earn points which that can be used on future purchases!

2012 Waterfowl Migration - October 13 and 14:  There will be factory representatives in the store to answer all of your questions as well as give you tips and tricks on products. Vendors such as Zinks , Final Approach, and Haydel,  just to mention a few.  All you waterfowl fans won’t want to miss this event.

PBR Event for the Kids!  October 13 and 14

The Professional Bull Riders has partnered with Bass Pro Shops to develop this event that will be a great family outing!

Activities as part of this event are:

Stick Bull Riding

Bull Roping

Crafting a Free Leather Wristband

Best Dressed Cowboy or Cowgirl

Color your Kickers

Free Face Painting

Face painting for the young fans!

Bandana Giveaway to the first 100 customers to attend the event!

Meet a Professional Bull Rider!

This event will take place from Noon to 4pm on October 13 and 14!  Check the Clarksville Store Website for times and additional details! 

Visit with use October 19 through the 31 for Halloween!

Once again the Peanuts gang will be joining us for festive Halloween Events beginning October 19 and continuing through October 31!

Activities Scheduled are:

FREE FAMILY PHOTO:

Weekdays October 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 - 5-8pm 

Weekends Sat. & Sun. October 20, 21, 27, 28 - Noon-5pm

CRAFTS & Coloring Sheets

Saturdays and Sundays, October 20, 21, 27, 28 – 1pm – 4pm

Crafts, costumes, and more!

TRICK OR TREATING

Fridays October 19 & 26, Wednesday October 31 – 5pm – 8pm

GRAB AN APPLE ACTIVITY

Saturdays October 20 and 27 - 1pm – 3pm

SCAVENGER HUNT

Sundays October 21 & 28 - 1pm – 3pm

COSTUME PARADES

Fridays October 19 & 26 - 6pm-7pm

 

2012 Fall Deer Tab

For the avid hunter, beginning October 22, we will be starting our 2012 Fall Deer Tab.  Seminars and activities will be going on between October 22 and November 18.

Archery Basics

October 22 - 3pm Learn about bow basics, arrow choices, reliable releases and selecting the right broad head.

Selecting the Right Gun & Ammo

October 24 - 3pm Choosing the right gun and caliber can be tricky. Our experts will answer your questions and help you decide which rifle shotgun, or handgun meets your need

Dress for the Hunt

November 10 - 3pm Our experts will show you the latest in camo patterns and technologies. We will cover extreme weather gear, scent and insect control as well as the variety of patterns available.

Optics for Your Hunt

November 11 - 3pm Our experts will help you find the perfect scope, range finder, or pair of binoculars for your next hunt. We’ll match products to fit your specific needs.

 

FLY TYING WITH DERBY CITY FLY FISHERS – OCTOBER 25

Join us in the theater at 6:30pm and learn all about fly tying with the local experts!  You won’t want to miss this exciting and informative hand-on workshop!

 

Conservation partners.

October is National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Month.

Throughout the year, Bass Pro Shops partners with different conservation groups to help support the mission and legacy of outdoor conservation.  There will be opportunities for you to donate $2.00 for a chance to win hundreds of dollars in gift cards to Bass Pro Shops! Various chapters will be in the store during the month to introduce you to the mission of the NWTF.  On October 27 and 28, the NWTF JAKES trailer will be at the Clarksville Store for the Kid’s to try their hand at BB Guns and air soft.  You won’t want to miss this educational and informative event!

To check on times, and any other events, please call 812-218-5500.   Our friendly staff will be glad to assist you and let you know what is happening at your local Clarksville store.

Tina Tucker,  Special Events Coordinator, Bass Pro Shops, Clarksville, Indiana

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Fall Hunting Season

I don’t know about you, but I am counting down the days to October 1! Are you ready for the open of archery season? Checklists are done and everything is good to go? Come in to Bass Pro Shops and get those last minute items that you have been putting off.
 
shirt We know that scent control is extremely important and we have just what you need. Our AXE Endura Skin is effective in keeping your scent controlled. It is also great for moisture wicking. It is available in Realtree AP, Mossy Oak Break-up Infinity, and black. All are available in a relaxed fit or fitted. hat We have mock or crew neck, short or long sleeve so it’s up to you to decide which fits your style best. We offer several accessories as well from beanies, balaclavas, arm guards, and neck ups.


A great addition to your gear is our Rut Zone glove. Rut Zone gloves are tight fitting with a great gripping ability but most important, scent control. Another great feature offered is sensitive touch thumb and fingertip for easy texting or sending photos of those big trophies! It also has a pocket on the back for warmers to keep your hands warm and ready to take the shot.


Good luck in your 2012 archery season!
Bass Pro Shops, Hanover County
 

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Woods or Water?

    Early fall is a significant time of year for anyone that has a passion for the outdoors.  Several hunting seasons are coming in and fish are really starting to bite.  If you are here in Indiana, dove and squirrel season are in full swing and our archery season for deer is just around the corner.  The early season for teal and geese has already come and gone.  With the addition of crossbows as a legal hunting method during our archery season, folks are really starting to gain some options.  Managing your days off work to fit all of this in can be difficult at times, but it can be done.  Combo hunts are some of my favorite.  For example, some friends and I spent one Sunday morning hunting geese and  when that was done, we re-tooled and shot our limits of doves.My lab Woody looks on after a successful combo hunt on a September Sunday morning.  Watching football on Sunday afternoon after a morning like that is very satisfying.  

    Don't limit yourself to just hunting though, fishing is awesome right now, too.  Whether you are soaking a wax worm under a bobber to catch a mess of bluegill or gunning after some largemouth,  you are bound to find some kind of success.  Look for the bass to begin moving shallow and chasing bait around.  The Alabama Rig is an excellent selection for bass right now.  Mix it up with crankbaits, topwater, and spinnerbaits as well.  Focus on looking for bait and fishing near the bait.  Try different colors and depths until you find what they want.  If you have done all of that and can't figure out a way to catch them, you can always head home and finish the afternoon with a bow shoot.

   There are no shortage of options right now when it comes to enjoying yourself outside.  The beautiful weather we have been blessed with this month is just an extra incentive to be out doing something.  The hardest part will be choosing what to do with your time off.  Make sure to plan a trip to Bass Pro Shops on your way out so you can be geared for success.  Nothing is as bad as finding out you don't have enough shotgun shells or the kind of baits you need to be successful on these nice days.
 

-Brian Eickholtz

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What's that Smell? Scent Control for the 2012 Season

Realtree fitted AXE Endura SkinMossy Oak Endura Skin relaxed fitI don’t know about you, but I am counting down the days to October 1! No more procrastinating. Are you ready for the open of archery season? Check lists are done and everything is good to go? Come in to Bass Pro Shops East Peoria and get those last minute items that you have been putting off.

 

We know that scent control is extremely important and we have just what you need. Our AXE Endura Skin is effective in keeping your scent controlled as well as a great moisture wicking. black short-sleeved relaxed fit endura skin shirtWe offer it in Realtree AP, Mossy Oak Break-up Infinity and black. All are available in a relaxed fit or fitted for those looking for a tight layer. We have Mock or crew neck, short or long sleeve so it’s up to you to decide which fits your style best. balaclava

 

 

We offer several accessories as well from beanies, balaclavas, arm guards, and neck ups.

 

 

A great addition to your gear is our Rut Zone glove.Rut Zone gloves Rut Zone Gloves are tight fitting with a great gripping ability but most important, scent control. Another great feature offered is sensitive touch thumb and fingertip for easy texting to your buddies or sending photos of the trophies taken. It also has a pocket on the back for a pocket warmer to keep your hands warm and ready to that the shot.

Good luck in your 2012 archery season!

Theresa Baior, Camo lead
Bass Pro Shops, East Peoria

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Know Your Store: The Mel Johnson Buck

Mel Johnson Buck
From a makeshift ground blind, Mel Johnson harvested a typical whitetail in the fall of 1965
that no one has been able to approach with archery gear since.
 

At 204 4/8 net inches, the deer stands today as the World Record archery typical whitetail. Only two typical have been taken since that officially score higher – both with firearm. The buck weighed 270 lbs. field dressed and an estimated 340 lbs. live.

Mel used a 65-70 pound Howatt recurve bow, Micro-Flite fiberglass arrows with Zwickey  broadheads and little else in the way of equipment. Mel’s deer received both the Ishi Award (Pope & Young) and the Sagamore Hill Award (Boone & Crockett), a distinction no other game animal can claim.

Mel is retired from his career as a Caterpillar mechanic and lives in Woodford County, Illinois. He continues to bowhunt for deer and enjoys turkey hunts.

Location: Foyer
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Preparing for a Scent-Free Hunt

The opening of archery season is less than two weeks away in Missouri. If you’re planning to climb into a tree stand or sit in a ground blind this season to harvest deer, I bet you’ve already invested a good amount of time in getting ready. You’ve probably been shooting your bow more than Robin Hood, and you may have spent your summer weekends hanging stands and trimming shooting lanes.  But there is something else that you can’t afford to forget about as you prepare for September 15: scent control.
If you haven’t already done it, make sure you wash all of your clothes – including your socks, hats, and underwear - in a special scent-free and UV-free laundry detergent

Hang them outside to dry – away from any strange smells like smoke, gasoline, or a BBQ grill – and then store them in an air tight storage container like this one.

Since there are almost always cedar trees in the areas where I hunt, I always throw a few small cedar branches in the bottom of the container as an extra way to ensure that my clothes won’t smell out of place once I put them on and enter the woods. And don’t forget to wash and store any other accessories you take with you, like backpacks and safety harnesses.
For those things that you can’t wash and store – like binoculars, range finders, deer calls, and even your bow – make sure you have a good supply of scent-eliminating spray on hand to apply to your gear before you hit the woods. Personally, I prefer to use Wildlife Research Center’s scent-eliminating spray 

But a new product this year that I’ve heard great things about and am excited to use is Wildlife Research Center’s “Gold Spray” which claims to be beyond 99% effective at stopping replicated human odor , based on testing at Rutgers University.
Finally, make sure you take a shower prior to each hunt using scent-eliminating soap and shampoo.  There are a wide array of these products available at Bass Pro.  For several years now, I’ve used Hunter’s Specialties Scent-A-Way Liquid Antibacterial Soap with nothing but good results.
If you’ve hunted deer before, you know that the biggest obstacle we face in being successful is fooling the deer’s nose. Make sure you enter the woods as scent-free as absolutely possible for each and every hunt this fall, and you won’t regret it.
I’d love to hear what your favorite scent-reduction products are. What do you use that I didn’t mention?

Scent Control
 
Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro Team Member

www.BassPro.com

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“No Taxes”

Hunting and shooting can be expensive. In fact, when you add up the price of guns, ammunition, tree stands, decoys, clothing, calls, boots and optics, they can be quite expensive. And that is before the store clerk adds in state and local sales tax.  That’s why ya’ll should come on over to Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs and take advantage of the 2nd Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday.  The 2012 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday* takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7th, 8th, and 9th. No matter what, we are ready to help you get all of your hunting wants and needs to make 2012 your best hunting year ever?

Some of the things the Holiday apply to:

  • Firearms: meaning a shotgun, rifle, pistol, revolver, or other handgun that can be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana.
  • Ammunition: means a projectile with a fuse, propelling charges, or primers fired from a firearm or gun that can be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana.
  • Archery items used for hunting, such as bows, crossbows, arrows, quivers, and shafts.
  • Off-road vehicles, such as all terrain vehicles, designed and intended primarily for hunting. (Note: this doesn't mean all ATV's qualify, the customer has to declare that they are primarily using the ATV for hunting purposes).
  • Accessories designed to be used for hunting.
  • Animal feed for consumption primarily by game that can be legally hunted.
  • Hunting apparel.
  • Hunting shoes and boots designed and used for hunting.
  • Bags to carry game or hunting gear.
  • Binoculars, only if purchased to be used for hunting.
  • Firearms or archery cases.
  • Range finders.
  • Knives that are primarily used for hunting.
  • Decoys.
  • Tree stands.
  • Blinds.
  • Optics, such as rifle scopes and impact resistant glasses for shooting.
  • Holsters.

Some things the Holiday does not apply to:

  • The holiday only applies to sales made for personal (non-business use). If merchandise being sold is going to a customer who is using it for business, trade, or professional use, then the sale is not eligible for exemption.
  • Food for animals kept as pets.
  • Knives used for recreational purposes.
  • Toy guns or other items used as children's toys.


*Act 453 of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature enacted the "Annual Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Holiday Act" that provides an exemption from the state and local sales and use taxes on individuals' purchases of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies on the first Friday through Sunday of each September.

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Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend No Tax Holiday!

National RedHead Pro-Hunting Team

 

Attention Hunters! The 2012 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday* takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7th, 8th, and 9th. Let me tell you, we are excited here at Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City, whether you need a Nikon Laser Rangefinder to set up your stand in just the right location, or the Bushnell GPS to find your stand on your hunting property. We are ready to help you get all of your hunting wants and needs to make 2012 your best hunting year ever?



Some of the things the Holiday apply to:

  • Firearms: meaning a shotgun, rifle, pistol, revolver, or other handgun that can be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana.
  • Ammunition: means a projectile with a fuse, propelling charges, or primers fired from a firearm or gun that can be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana.
  • Archery items used for hunting, such as bows, crossbows, arrows, quivers, and shafts.
  • Off-road vehicles, such as all terrain vehicles, designed and intended primarily for hunting. (Note: this doesn't mean all ATV's qualify, the customer has to declare that they are primarily using the ATV for hunting purposes).
  • Accessories designed to be used for hunting.
  • Animal feed for consumption primarily by game that can be legally hunted.
  • Hunting apparel.
  • Hunting shoes and boots designed and used for hunting.
  • Bags to carry game or hunting gear.
  • Binoculars, only if purchased to be used for hunting.
  • Firearms or archery cases.
  • Range finders.
  • Knives that are primarily used for hunting.
  • Decoys.
  • Tree stands.
  • Blinds.
  • Optics, such as rifle scopes and impact resistant glasses for shooting.
  • Holsters.

Some things the Holiday does not apply to:

  • The holiday only applies to sales made for personal (non-business use). If merchandise being sold is going to a customer who is using it for business, trade, or professional use, then the sale is not eligible for exemption.
  • Food for animals kept as pets.
  • Knives used for recreational purposes.
  • Toy guns or other items used as children's toys.


*Act 453 of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature enacted the "Annual Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Holiday Act" that provides an exemption from the state and local sales and use taxes on individuals' purchases of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies on the first Friday through Sunday of each September.

Denise B.
Special Events Coordinator

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Fall Hunting Classic 2012

Fall Hunting Classic 2012 Events and Activities

 

.Bow Trade-In Runs August 3 - August 8.  Take advantage of your coupon for an amount off your new bow depending upon the price of the new bow. 

 

Sunday, August 5th - National Pro Seminars

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1pm - Bart & Blair Goins Present:  Filming Hunts and Our Experiences as Cast Members on "Dream Season" TV

2PM - Allen Morris Presents:  Call More Preditors Using Both Electronic and Hand Calls

 

Scope Trade-In Runs August 9th - August 14.  Take advantage of your coupon for an amount off your new scope depending upon the price of the new scope.

 

Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 - Vendor Booths

Join us as we welcome several vendors from many of the hunting products we carry in store.  These guys are great experts and will be able to answer questions about products that you present to them.  Hours are:

Friday, August 10:  10am - 8pm

Saturday, August 11:  10am - 6pm

Sunday, August 12:  10am - 5pm

 

Local Pro-Staff Seminars

Friday, August 10

6:00pm – “Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively”

7:00pm – “Gear Choices in Holsters, Tactical Clothing and Personal Defense Accessories”

8:00pm – “Scent Control for the 2012 Hunting Season/What’s New in Scent Control Apparel and Sprays”

Saturday, August 11

1:00pm – “Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively”

2:00pm – “Gear Choices in Holsters, Tactical Clothing and Personal Defense Accessories”

3:00pm – “Scent Control for the 2012 Hunting Season/What’s New in Scent Control Apparel and Sprays”

4:00pm – “Choosing the Right Optics”

5:00pm – “Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting”

Sunday, August 12

1:00pm – “Tips for Game Camera Placement”

2:00pm – “Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting”

3:00pm – “Field Dressing, Transporting & Processing Game”

4:00pm – “Choosing the Right Optics”

Women In The Outdoors Annual Event - Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11

Friday, August 10th kicks off the WITO annual Women's event.  This group is a division of the National Wild Turkey Federation.  The kick off on Friday evening includes a Fashion Show and Weanie Roast.  Saturday morning the group continues their 2 day event with all day seminars, fun raffles and activities. 

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ATV Ride and Drive

Meet with our professional staff and test drive ATV's from Noon to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, August 11th and 12th.

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Binocular Trade-In Runs August 15 - August 19.  Take advantage of a coupon for trading in your binoculars or rangefinder towards the purchase of a new pair of binoculars or rangfinder dependent upon the price of the new item you are wanting to purchase.

August 17-19 - Next Generation Weekend

Noon - 5pm

Turkey Craft 1pm - 4pm

  • *NEW* Airsoft Target Shoot
  • Paintball Cage
  • Bass Pro Shops Next Generation Youth Seminars - Learn the basics for safe, fun and accurate airsoft shooting and archery!  (Friday:  4:30pm-Archery Basics, Saturday: 2:30pm-Airsoft Shooting Basics, 4:30pm-Archery Basics, Sunday: 2:30pm-Archery Basics, 4:30pm-Airsoft Shooting Basics)
  • Free Photo Opportunity at the Airsoft range
  • Free Giveaways for the first 100 kids to complete the activities!

 

BONUS PRO APPEARANCE!

Sunday, August 18th from 1pm - 3pm

Heartland Bowhunters Shawn Luchtel and Mike Hunsucker will be present to discuss tips and tricks for a successful bow season. 

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Any questions regarding any of these events can be sent to April at amvertako@basspro.com.  Hope to have you join us for some fun!!!!

 

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2012 Fall Hunting Classic at Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops

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The 2012 Fall Hunting Classic will be held here at Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops August 3rd through the 19th, 2012. These 17 days of activities and sales will include workshops held by national pros and local experts, ATV test drives, a chance to win a Utah  hunt for mule deer or antelope, and an entire weekend dedicated to our up and coming youth hunters including Free AirSoft shooting range and FREE paintball shooting cage. You can also trade in your used bow, scope, binoculars or rangefinders to upgrade your equipment !!!

Here is the schedule of events:

Friday, August 3rd – Bass Pro Shops Hunting University w/National Pro Appearances and Workshops

6:00pm – “Patterning Bucks with Trail Cameras” by Dr. Grant Woods, Co-Host of “GrowingDeer.tv” TV Show and a member of our RedHead Pro Hunting Team

7:00pm – “Hunting the Elusive Whitetail” by Bill Epeards, member of the Mossy Oak Pro Staff

8:00pm – “”Hunting Whitetails” by Walter Parrott, Champion Caller & member of our RedHead Pro Hunting Team

Travel permitting the pros will be here before and after their appearances for autograph and photo opportunities as well

We will have vendor booths here starting at noon on Friday and running through Sunday afternoon. These vendors will be answering questions and displaying their latest products as well as providing demos and workshops on Saturday and Sunday

Starting on Friday you will be able to register to win a Utah Hunt for mule deer or antelope guided by a member of the Under Armour Buck Commanders and the UA Hunt Team in Central Utah. You provide the gun and ammo and you will be treated to the rest including round trip air fare, transportation, and accommodations for 3 days and 2 nights and one hunting tag. Please see details at the store. In addition, one winner at our store will win a RedHead Spotting Scope and RedHead Large Gear Bag. This drawing will be held at the conclusion of the Classic.

Hunter Appreciation Weekend will be August 10 – 12 with local pros and experts teaching workshops, and a FREE ATV obstacle course test drive on Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.

Workshops schedule:

Friday August 10

6:00pm – Using Big Game Scents Effectively

7:00pm – Gear Choices in Holsters, Tactical Clothing & Personal Defense Accessories

8:00pm – Scent Control for the 2012 Hunting Season – What’s new in scent control apparel & sprays

Saturday August 11

1:00pm – Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively

2:00pm – Gear Choices in Holsters, Tactical Clothing & Personal Defense Accessories

3:00pm - Scent Control for the 2012 Hunting Season – What’s new in scent control apparel & sprays

4:00pm – Choosing the Right Optics

5:00pm – Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Sunday August 12th

1:00pm – Tips for Game Camera Placement

2:00pm - Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting

3:00pm – Field Dressing, Transporting & Processing Game

4:00pm – Choosing the Right Optics

Bring in your used bow, scope, binoculars or rangefinder and receive a coupon towards a purchase of a new one. We in turn donate these items to local youth groups and other charitable organizations.

Bow Trade In (including crossbows) – August 3rd to 8th

Scope Trade In – August 9th to 14th

Binoculars & Rangefinders – August 15th to 19th

Our Classic will concluded with the Next Generation weekend that is designed to introduce local youth to the outdoors through awareness seminars, crafts and outdoor activities.

Friday 8/17 to Sunday 8/19

Noon to 5pm

FREE Airsoft Range

FREE Paintball Cage

FREE Photo Opportunity at the Airsoft Range

1:00pm to 4:00pm – Free Turkey Craft

FREE workshops to learn the basics for safe, fun and accurate Airsoft Shooting and Archery

Friday 8/17 @ 4:30pm – Archery Basics

Saturday 8/18 @ 2:30pm – Airsoft Shooting Basics

Saturday 8/18 @ 4:30pm – Archery Basics

Sunday 8/19 @ 2:30pm – Archery Basics

Sunday 8/19 @ 4:30pm – Airsoft Shooting Basics

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2012 Fall Hunting Classic Show and Sale!

FHC 2012

 

The Fall Hunting Classic is an annual traditional event which gives customers a chance to explore features and benefits of new, as well as, existing Hunting Product. The Fall Hunting Classic highlights the Hunting Department with informative and enjoyable classes and opportunities.

 

Hunting U

 

The Bass Pro Shops Hunting University will kick off the classic in Charlotte with Pro Appearances by:

Hunting U appearances

Come learn about the art of deer hunting with a focus on scent control and lure products.

 

Fall Hunting Classic Hunter Appreciation Weekend

Vendors booths: come check out the latest product from all the vendors and ask questions from the pro staffers.

Booths

Booth dates and times:

Friday August 10th 10-8pm

Saturday August 11th 10-6pm

Sunday August 10-5pm

 

Seminars given by local pro staffers!

Friday Evening August 10

6pm Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively

7pm Gear Choices in Holsters, Tactical Clothing and Personal Defense Accessories

8pm Scent Control for the 2012 Hunting Season - What’s new in scent control apparel and

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Saturday August 11

1pm Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively

2pm Gear Choices in Holsters, Tactical Clothing and Personal Defense Accessories

3pm Scent Control for the 2012 Hunting Season - What’s new in scent control apparel and

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4pm Choosing the Right Optics

5pm Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Sunday August 12

1pm Tips for Game Camera Placement

2pm Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting

3pm Field Dressing, Transporting & Processing Game

4pm Choosing the Right Optics  

                          

 

ATV OBSTACLE COURSE

Saturday and Sunday - August 11th &12th

Atv course

 

Come check out the Arctic Cat ATVs from noon - 5pm! Bass Pro Shops customers, who have shown a valid driver’s license can test drive the atvs to learn about the comfort and performance an Arctic Cat can give you! Each customer is required to wear a helmet during test driving and customers must sign a waiver prior to test driving an ATV.

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Customers enjoying the Arctic Cat ATV test drive at last years Fall Hunting Classic!

 

Next Gen

 

Next generation activities will be Noon - 5pm August 17th - 19th

Activities will include Crafts from 1pm-4pm, paintball cage, airsoft Range and Free Photo at the airsoft range. Bring your young hunter to try out paintball guns and airsoft guns in our ranges. After your child completes the activities the first 100 kids will receive a FREE Next generation draw bag!

 

Bass Pro Shops Next Generation Youth Seminars

Come let your kids experience the basics of these sporting topics during Next Generation Weekend August 17th - 19th.

Friday

4:30pm Archery Basics

Saturday

2:30 Airsoft Shooting Basics-

4:30 Archery Basics

Sunday

2:30 Archery Basics

4:30 Airsoft Shooting Basics-

 

Come join us for all the fun informative and educational opportunities that we will have during the classic!

For more information or clarification on events contact the store at 704-979-2200. or email mgholland@basspro.com

Happy Hunting

~Matt Holland

Events and Promotions Coordinator

Bass Pro Shops, Concord, NC

 

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2012 Fall Hunting Classic

Fall Hunting Classic
(August 3 - 19)

August 5
Bass Pro Shops Hunting University!
Join us for these special guest speakers!

Fall Hunting Classic Pros

2 p.m. - Keith Burgess, Team Primos - "Mastering the Art of Deer Hunting"

3 p.m. - Rod Owen, Drury Outdoors Pro Staff - "Hunting Trophy Whitetails from the Ground"

 
August 10-12 - More Great, Free Seminars from our Local Pros!

Friday, August 10

6:00pm – “Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively”

7:00pm – “Gear Choices in Holsters, Tactical Clothing and Personal Defense Accessories”

8:00pm – “Scent Control for the 2012 Hunting Season/What’s New in Scent Control Apparel and Sprays”

Choosing the Right OpticsSaturday, August 11

1:00pm – “Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively”

2:00pm – “Gear Choices in Holsters, Tactical Clothing and Personal Defense Accessories”

3:00pm – “Scent Control for the 2012 Hunting Season/What’s New in Scent Control Apparel and Sprays”

4:00pm – “Choosing the Right Optics”

5:00pm – “Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting”

Sunday, August 12

1:00pm – “Tips for Game Camera Placement”

2:00pm – “Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting & Shooting”

3:00pm – “Field Dressing, Transporting & Processing Game”

4:00pm – “Choosing the Right Optics”ATV Course

 

August 11 and 12 - ATV Obstacle Course!

 

August 17-19 - Next Generation Weekend!

 

  • Airsoft Target Shoot
  • Paintball Cage
  • Bass Pro Shops Next Generation Youth Seminars - Learn the basics for safe, fun and accurate airsoft shooting and archery!
  • Free Photo Opportunity at the Airsoft range
  • Free Crafts
  • Free Giveaways for the first 100 kids to complete the activities!
     

 

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Preparing for Archery Season in Florida

I hope by now you have been practicing with your archery equipment because in just a little over a month from now, archery season opens in Florida.  I also hope you have had some family outings in the woods looking for signs of wildlife movement.  The acorn crops are starting to mature and will be falling soon which means the deer are going to move back into their summer-early fall feeding patterns.  I have seen some bucks in South Florida where I am working and they are starting to rub their antlers.  This means they are back to visiting those rub lines from last year. I have found that year after year bucks seem to follow the same patterns even if a buck is harvested in a scrape area another one will move in and take over.  So start your summer scouting in areas where you have seen deer sign before. 

 

Now is the time to clear those shooting lanes too!  If you clear them now the deer will get used to them and all the scent you leave behind will be long gone when the season opens.  By the way if you have not tried the Bass Pro Shops Redhead Ratchet Pruners you should because they work great for making those shooting lanes!  If you are going to hunt from a climbing stand now is a good time to climb the favorite tree and make sure there are no limbs in the way.

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Let’s talk a little bit about tree stands.  My favorite is the Grand Slam by API.  This stand is very easy to set up and use.  Find your favorite location, set up this stand and it will give you many hours of comfortable seating.  Also remember to get an API Gear Reel.  It makes life a whole lot easier by allowing you to pull up your “stuff” after you get in place and don’t forget to wear that safety harness, which is why they supply it with the stand!

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Back to practicing with the bow…you need to check out all of your archery gear and get it back into shape for the upcoming season.  Be sure to check your string for wear and wax it.  If it needs to be replaced the associates in the archery department at the BPS-Outdoor World in Orlando will be happy to help out.  Make sure your sight pins are set and tight, your arrows are straight and feathers or vanes are in good shape.  Practice with field points that match your broad head weight and remember to change back to broad heads before you head back into the woods to hunt. Some fellow hunters have asked what type of broad heads I use.  I like and have had good success with the Redhead Blackouts as have a number of folks that I talk with during seminars and campfire conversations.

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I hope this information helps with your preparations for the upcoming archery season and I wish you great success!  Remember to take that camera with you and when you have a successful harvest, send us your photo or bring it by the Orlando store.  We always love seeing your pictures and listening to your stories!

 

For now…head outside, have fun in the great outdoors and be sure to take family and friends along with you!

Mikey Blanton

Bass Pro Shops Orlando- Hunting Pro Staff

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Bass Pro Shops Presents Summer Camp 2012

 

Summer Camp June 9th- July 15th

The 2012 Family Summer Camp Event is geared to offer families a way to spend an enjoyable summer together with free crafts, interactive displays and outdoor skill workshops, in an atmosphere much like the summer camps many of us attended as a kid ourselves.

Bass pro shops will be presenting the following

  • FREE Shooting Gallery
  • FREE Archery Shooting Range
  • FREE Fishing Pole Casting ChallengeCraft Time
  • FREE Crafts!! – like the ones you used to make in summer camp – custom leather crafting, painting a bear track mold, painting a wiggle snake, decorating a seedling pot, creating your own Catch-A-Fish game, painting a birdhouse… a different craft activity each Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday through the event dates. While supplies last
  • FREE photos Saturdays and Sundays – enjoy getting a picture of the kids or the whole family made in front of an outdoors backdrop
  • FREE S’mores each Saturday, 6:00 – 7:00 pm.


Workshop Schedules:

Presentations are geared for kids 8-12

Get a FREE lanyard at your child's first workshop. After completion of the workshops your child will receive a unique pin for their lanyard.

 

Workshops

Tuesday's

Thursday's

  • 1:00 Dogs in the Outdoors
  • 2:00 Archery
  • 3:00 Wildlife Exploration
  • 4:00 Camping
  • 5:00 Exploring Hunting & Shooting
  • 1:00 Outdoor Discovery & Conservation
  • 2:00 Bird Watching
  • 3:00 Fishing
  • 4:00 Backyard Adventure
  • 5:00 Archery

Saturday's

Sunday's

  • 1:00 Outdoor Discovery & Conservation
  • 2:00 Bird Watching
  • 3:00 Fishing
  • 4:00 Dogs in the Outdoors
  • 5:00 Exploring Hunting & Shooting
  • 1:00 Fishing
  • 2:00 Camping
  • 3:00 Wildlife Exploration
  • 4:00 Backyard Adventure
  • 5:00 Archery
  • 6:00-7:00 pm S’mores

 

 

 

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Memphis Pyramid to become 220,000 sq ft Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

 

Memphis, Tennessee-(June 21, 2012)-- Bass Pro Shops representatives and officials from the City of Memphis held a “Construction Kick-Off”  ceremony, Thursday, June 21st, to mark the official beginning of construction on the new Bass Pro Shops retail store in Memphis, Tennessee.   Officials attending the event included Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, legendary angler and television host Bill Dance, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton and other city officials.

The store will be located inside the famous Memphis Pyramid-- former sports arena for the University of Memphis men’s basketball program and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. 

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At 321 feet tall (about 32 stories) it’s considered to be the seventh largest pyramid in the world.  The new  Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World retail space will be approximately 220,000 square feet.

“I remember trying to make up my mind about putting our store in the Pyramid,” said Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris.  “I was on the Mississippi River fishing with my buddies Bill Dance and Jack Emmitt and said if we catch a big catfish it’s meant to be—it’s an omen.  Sure enough, with about one hour to go, Jack got a bite and caught this catfish in the shadow of the Pyramid and I said it’s a deal—we’re gonna do it!” laughed Morris.

“We are all excited to have a chance to use this incredible space to create one of the most visually unique and exciting retail stores in the world,” said Morris.  “We have assembled a team of remarkably talented artists and craftsmen to work on this project.  We believe it’ll be one of the most dramatic retail stores ever created,” he continued.

“When you’re fishing or hunting, you often have to be patient.  But the wait is almost always worth the while,” said Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. “We’re so pleased that Bass Pro Shops and Johnny Morris had a vision for what the Pyramid could be. They are taking an empty building, one that even at the height of its life wasn’t used every day, and turning it into a hunting, fishing and sporting paradise.”

Features unique to the Bass Pro Shops Memphis Pyramid store include a floating dock, an island, an aviary and zip line stations.  The company is also planning a 3-story hotel that will offer balconies allowing guests to step out and view the store, nature scapes and giant cypress trees swamp area below.

Another key feature of the Bass Pro Shops Pyramid store will be a Waterfowl Museum as a salute to Ducks Unlimited.  “We’re particularly  excited to partner with DU President Dale Hall and all the members of  Ducks Unlimited to celebrate the proud history and good work they do,” said Morris.  “We will utilize the unique retail environment we’re creating to celebrate the Delta Flyway and make this store the Waterfowl Center for the whole company.”

“I know that this is just the beginning of a long relationship with Memphis that will highlight the importance of the Mississippi River and, from our point of view, the tremendous Mississippi Flyway for migratory birds and the economy driven by hunters and bird watchers,” said Dale Hall, Ducks Unlimited CEO.  “The advancement of natural resource conservation and economic growth go hand in hand,” he continued.

Bass Pro Shops visitors will be able to purchase most everything they need while visiting and enjoying the many outdoor opportunities in the Memphis and Mississippi River area by shopping selections of fishing, hunting, camping and marine items, and visiting clothing, gift and footwear departments. 

Regarded as part museum, art gallery, education, conservation and entertainment center, the new Memphis Bass Pro Shops store will offer the same signature features of other Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World stores.  However, as typical in stores in other geographic locations, this newest Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World will be uniquely designed to pick up the local flavor of the area’s outdoor heritage and will include state record fish and wildlife exhibits as well as historical pictures and artifacts from local hunters and fishermen. 

The store will offer an archery range, shooting range, rifle tube and a fun laser arcade for kids of all ages.  A uniquely designed 24,000-gallon aquarium will showcase native fish Tennesseans love to catch while a boat showroom will featuring Tracker, Nitro, Tahoe and Mako boats all built by Tracker Marine Group—the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing boats. 

Three-dimensional, museum-quality wildlife dioramas will feature animals such as deer, wild hogs, turkeys and more that will immerse each guest in the abundant bounty of this area.  In the fishing department, murals will engulf the viewer in dramatic, historic Mississippi River scenes capturing the beauty of the area and showcasing record catches from the area.

This store will also feature the much- acclaimed Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill. This nearly 27,000-square-foot nautical-themed entity, located within the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store, features a truly unique atmosphere and design geared for family fun and dining. 

Offering an outside as well as an in-store entrance, visitors will approach a wooden ship-like desk to obtain shoes and a lane.  Sixteen lanes, divided into two separate areas, offer customers the chance to bowl ‘in the ocean.’  Dock wood lanes feature beautiful under-water scenery of sea turtles, sharks, stingrays and other saltwater species which will also glow in the dark during cosmic bowling.  Hand-painted murals depicting oceanic life line the walls and fish hang suspended from the ceiling.  At the end of the lanes, huge TV projection screens allow viewing of sporting events.

Ball returns resemble sharks and alligators while the bowling balls themselves are custom made and bear the likeness of shark, seagulls, bobbers, octopus, leopards, mermaids, camouflage and more. 

Casual family dining will be available in the Grill where customers can select from a menu featuring a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and burgers.   An island-theme bar area will feature a 750-gallon aquarium with scores of beautiful, exotic fish. 

Recognized many times for their conservation efforts and outdoor education programs, Bass Pro Shops will staff approximately 200 – 250 plus associates from the area that have a passion for the outdoors so customers will be assured of getting local skilled, knowledgeable assistance with product selections and questions.  The store will also offer free Outdoor Skills Workshops for adults, kids and families that will help maximize outdoor fun by teaching new skills and improving existing ones.

“Our company has won more awards for our conservation efforts than any other outdoor retailer in America,” commented Director of Conservation for Bass Pro Shops Martin Mac Donald.  “Bass Pro Shops’ commitment to environmental stewardship will be evident in every aspect of the Memphis site design to the interior of the store and especially in our community involvement where we will work with local conservation efforts to help preserve our outdoor traditions for future generations.”

"Its pretty cool to have this new store so close to North Carolina! For all Bass Pro enthusiast this one will be a must see!" ~ Matthew Holland

 

About Bass Pro Shops®:
Bass Pro Shops® operates 58 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 112 million people annually.  Bass Pro Shops® also conducts an international catalog and internet retailing operation—the American Rod & Gun® wholesale division--which sells to more than 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide.  Outdoor World® Incentives also sells Bass Pro Shops® gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America.  The Bass Pro Shops® restaurant division has 28 locations.  The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (www.trackerboats.com) manufactures and sells Tracker®, Nitro®, SunTracker®, Tahoe®, Grizzly® and Mako® boats through Bass Pro Shops® retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide.  The Resort Group (www.bigcedar.com) includes Big Cedar Lodge® and other resort properties including restaurants and golf courses. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops® store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com.  To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO.  Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.
 

 

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