God Bless America

Looking for something for the 4th of July this 2015? Don't worry we've got you covered. 

 

Come in to check out flag and red, white, and blue themed items before July 4th gets here since it’s right around the corner!!! There are so many ways to show American pride and we’ve got so many options.

 

 

We have a great collection for the holiday called Americana by our Natural Reflections brand starting at $19.99. The collection has comfy tees, tanks, and shots for the ladies. Don’t worry gentlemen we didn’t forget you. We have some great flag themed shirts, tees, and even swim trunks that you’ll love.

 

 

We’ve got the kiddos covered too, well their feet that is. Lil' Durango Texas Flag Pull-On Western Boots for Youth are great looking and they’re not bad on the feet either. We also now have our Bass Pro Shops Flag T-Shirt for Toddlers or Kids.

 

 

Want a little something more for your July 4th? We’ve got hats. We’ve got chairs. We’ve got patches and coolies. We’ve got flags. We even have an EZ Vane U.S. Flag Weather vane. 

 

We’ve got it all and we want to help you have the best 4th of July this 2015 that you can possibly have! 

 

God Bless America!

 

 

 

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Smithville Fishing Report

Fishing Report


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Morgan McLain and I fished a tournament on Smithville on Sunday.  We got 6th place with 14.11 pounds and our biggest fish weighed 4.85 pounds.  The crank bait bite is on at Smithville.  If you find a point with a bunch of fish on it, just start cranking.  Square bills are always a good choice on Smithville.  I even caught a 22” walleye and a 15” white bass on a really old medium diving crankbait that I have not used in 10 years.  We caught all these fish but our big one on main lake points.  Later when the sun came out, we switched to flipping flooded willows to catch our big fish.  Look for little points or pass ways through the willows, just like when you look for points and saddles on a lake.  These will be your more product willows.  I try to put the bait in the middle of the tree if possible.  If the lure doesn’t go through the leaves right away, shake it a little and then it usually falls through.  Be aware of how deep you are fishing and count the lure down to the bottom.  If it normally takes 6 seconds and the line stop before 6 seconds or keeps moving after 6 seconds, set the hook!  I leave the lure set for 5 seconds and gently tighten the line to move the bait.  If there is a heavier than normally feeling, set the hook and get the fish out as fast as you can.  Hopefully the whole bush will shake and the water will boil with a good fish. Listed below are the items I used for each pattern.  The core is expected to start releasing water on Saturday which should make the main lake point bite even better.  You can get current lake conditions here. This page is updated daily.  If you visit the page often, you may need to refresh the page (F5 in Internet Explorer) to get retrieve the most recent information.  Good luck fishing and may all your fish be keepers!

Cranking

Rod: 6’ 6” Medium action Bass Pro Shops Crankin’ Stick

Reel: 6.4:1 Johnny Morris Signature Baitcasting Reel

Line: 15 pound XPS FlouroCarbon

Lures: Bass Pro Shops XPS Square Bill in Pearl Splatter Back

Bomber Fat Free Shad (Green back and white sides)

 

Flipping

Rod: 7’6” MH Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite Micro Guides Casting

Reel: 7.1:1 Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier Baitcaster

Hook: 4/0 TroKar Tube Hooks with TroKar Barb on Shank

Weight: ¼ ounce Tungsten Bullet Sinker pegged with Bass Pro Shops Bobber Stopper

Lure: 4.25” Watermelon Bass Pro Shops River Bug with tail dyed Chartreuse with SpikeIt.

 

Aaron Olsen - Fishing Pro Staff for Independence Missouri Bass Pro Shops

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Gore-Tex Grillin'

Gore-Tex Grillin

Natures a Motha'. One minute your steaks are marinatin', the sun is shining, drinks are cold, and life is good. Perfect for grillin' like a villain. You fire up your grill and boom:  torrential down pour. What do you do? Throw these beauties in the oven? Only if you are a fair weather griller. Grab your Bass Pro Shops raincoat and go Gore-Tex grillin'. You'll stay comfortable and the rain helps prevent grill flare ups. The steak smell that is on your coat will be a bonus next time you put it on in the boat.  Bottom line: if Mother Nature tries to rain on your parade, raise the steaks. Gear up and get out there.

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Why Does Hunting and FIshing Gear Cost So Much? The Skinny or (Fatty) on FET (Federal Excise Tax)

I constantly hear that the archery industry and Bass Pro must be making huge profits on bows, accessories, arrows and components.  “I could make this part for much less” or “How can you charge so much for something that costs only a few dollars to make”?   

One of the reasons is the high FET (Federal Excise Tax) that is imposed on the hunting and fishing industries.  This tax is not only imposed on imported products but hunting and fishing products produced here in the United States of America. IRS Form 720 is not a form most taxpayers are familiar with. It is the form for FET, and it is only filed by those taxpayers - usually businesses - responsible for collecting the excise taxes. The most important use for Form 720 is for businesses that distribute various kinds of fuel; however, it has a motley array of other miscellanea, including the “Tanning Tax” from Obamacare. For the most part this FET is determined by the MSRP (Manufactures Suggested Retail Price) of an item and not the wholesale price of the product. Because taxpayers don’t see these taxes on their own tax forms, they miss out on these peculiarities. One of the most peculiar of these is a whopping 11% tax on “bows, quivers, broadheads, and points.”

Review the link below to learn more about the RULES as it pertains to archery and sport fishing.

ARCHERY & SPORT FISHING REFERENCE GUIDE

Now you are starting to get the picture.  Below is a chart that reviews collected FET just the archery industry has produced over the past few years.

As you can see $55.7 Million dollars of FET generated in 2014.  Wow!, is right, that is a lot of money, and that is not including the sales tax charged on the products your purchase.

2015 there is a 49 cent FET on each arrow shaft produced, almost $6.00 / dozen arrows.

As with most taxes, it is very complicated for the manufacture to determine what the tax will be.  Take a look at the computation formula listed in the link below.

COMPUTATION OF ARROW SHAFT FET TAX

This sounds strange at first, but it turns out to make more sense in context. The Pittman-Robertson Act is an 80-year-old piece of legislation that helps fund game conservation efforts through these taxes on hunting equipment, including bows, firearms and fishing. The key is that the funds from the tax are to be marked for purposes that benefit those who are paying the tax. This is called the “Benefit Principle."

The Pittman-Robertson taxes are collected at a federal level and only then allocated in block grants to the states in proportion to their land area and the number of hunting license holders. In other words, it is clearly designed to work within the hunting community. Nonetheless, it is not a perfect user fee. For example, an archery enthusiast who does not hunt will still pay the tax, and mostly end up funding the activities of his or hers bowhunting counterparts.

So next time when you start thinking that an item you are about to purchase cost too much.... Keep in mind that you are also paying unseen taxes that are being utilized for the preservation of hunting and fishing.

 

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Family 4th with Summer Camp!

         

This July 4th weekend includes Bass Pro Shops Altoona in your family fun and celebrate our country's freedom to do so!

Family Summer Camp activities continue and we have something extra special for the Fourth:

The Catch and Release Pond is back for July 4 and 5 - ONE Weekend ONLY - Plus a Free Photo Download!

 

The second week of Family Summer Camp includes:

Free Family Activities - Noon-5 p.m.
Casting challenge, Daisy BB range, archery range and the foam shooting arcade

Free Craft - Noon-2 during Family Summer Camp Days:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Workshops for Kids
Each child receives a Summer Camp lanyard at their first seminar, then a pin at each seminar they attend! (While supplies last.) The workshop schedule for this coming week is:

Saturday - July 4
Noon  -  Fishing
1 p.m. - Water Safetyhttp://www.basspro.com/summercamp
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Bird Watching

Sunday - July 5
Noon  - Shooting & Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Tuesday - July 7
Noon  - Bird Watching
1 p.m. - Fishing
2 p.m. - Archery
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Thursday - July 9
Noon  - Archery
1 p.m. - Shooting & Hunting
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Water Safety
4 p.m. - Camping

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Family Summer Camp - Fun Family Activities

 

Have you ever attended Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp?  If not you are missing some great fun. What a wonderful opportunity to try activities while learning about things you have never done.

 

Have you ever wanted to shoot a BB Gun?  We have a Daisy BB Gun Shooting Gallery and people who will give you the right instruction on how to shoot as well as be safe while doing it.

Have you ever wanted to learn about archery?  Our indoor range is perfect for instruction, and all activities are free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafts are always fun to do in the summer.  Not only are they fun but our crafts have to do with nature.  These also tie in to our  workshops.

Bass Pro Shops has 9 different workshops that will keep you in your seat.  Learn all about nature, water, hunting and more.  Then go on a scavenger hunt find your answers and earn a pin for each different workshop available.  Having all this fun and learning at the same time is what it is all about.  Kids learning that the outside can bring them enjoyment and wonder all through their life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to all of these activities try our casting buckets.  These fun buckets will give kids a chance to try casting to see if they might like to fish.

A special event will be on July 4th and July 5th as we are lucky to have a small catch and release pond here in the store.  Stocked with small pan fish perfect for your young one to try.  Once they catch a fish we will be happy to take their picture on our IPAD and forward it right to your email.  Of course FREE!  So make sure you take advantage for this fun filled activity.  Do you have a group of people coming in?  Please feel free to give us a call at 315-258-2700 and ask for Robin so we can schedule a time that your group gets to do everything together!

Please feel free to check out www.basspro.com/auburn for all our other events and special activities to make your summer special.

R. Piedmonte

 

 

 

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The Power of Bacon

Bacon is Blowing Up at Bass Pro Shops! America loves bacon! The love of bacon has grown to surreal heights. Some say that bacon is more American than apple pie! The Bacon mania exists in American today is a new trend and can be found in anything anywhere… including here at Bass Pro Shops Rancho Cucamonga! You’ve heard the saying “Everything tastes better with bacon!” Now you can drink Bacon Hot Chocolate! We offer two different kinds of Bacon Hot Chocolate, John Wayne Bacon Hot Chocolate mix is a blend of your favorite hot chocolate drink and smokey bacon in a collectible 8oz John Wayne tin.

Redneck Café Bacon Hot Chocolate comes in a single serving packet. Each mix offers oddly delicious flavor combinations, chocolate and bacon offset each other with just the right balance of savory and sweet. We also have other bacon items such as Bacon Ketchup! Use it just like ketchup… on everything! Try it on meatloaf! Sizzlin Bacon flavored Sunflower Seeds and Uncle Bucks Bacon Jerky are also great additions to add to Bacon Mania. And not only can you eat bacon but you can wear bacon too! Show your bacon pride with the BACON 100% American t-shirt!

 

 

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Now is the Time for Bow Strings

Summer is in full swing, and between grilling, mowing the lawn, and fishing, it's also time for bow hunters to prepare their bows for fall. The proactive hunter plans ahead and inspects their bow now avoiding the onslaught of customers who said, "I'll do it later."

Many customers get new strings for their bows yearly. If you're unsure on what to look for, bring your bow to your local Bass Pro Shops and ask them to inspect your strings. Strings can dry out, stretch, and break over time, especially if the bow is not properly stored. The Altoona Archery Department team advises that a good rule of thumb for determining the need for new strings is:

  • You can't remember how old the strings are.
  • They're more than two years old.
  • They have visible strands fraying.

Unfortunately, many hunters delay repairs and come in the fall to get new strings. However, that is the busy season for string vendors. Right now, it takes 1-2 weeks (barring any unforeseen circumstances) for a string to arrive at our store, from the time someone orders it. As October nears, that time frame will grow.

The Bass Pro Shops Altoona Archery Department can order strings for compound bows, crossbows, and traditional bows -- take a look at all the available colors:

Be proactive and get your bow taken care of now. Then practice, practice, practice!

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Digs for Dogs 2015

Our annual event to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Iowa returns!

Digs for Dogs is a silent auction of custom doghouses with all proceeds going directly to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa to help them provide doghouses to needy dogs and families.  

We’re looking for individuals, groups, businesses - anyone who would like to help our furry Iowa friends and companions be comfortable, safe, and sheltered. The doghouses need to be functional, however, fun and creative, too! Also, all sizes are welcomed - some people may want a decorative doghouse for their patio or maybe even to use in the house. Entries will be displayed in the store from August 7-16 and the silent auction is open to the public.

The houses last year were impressive and this year we're looking for even more for our silent auction. They don't have to be huge...build a fun & functional doghouse – all sizes welcomed, be creative! Bring it to the store for display and then we'll have a public silent auction for a week, with all the money from the winning bids going to the ARL.

There will be a most creative doghouse contest, too!
1st Place - $150 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card
2nd Place - $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card


Deliver your doghouse to the store on Aug. 5 or 6. Contact the store for details at 515-957-5500 or send an email to glmcmahon@basspro.com!

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How to Do 4th of July for men in Just 3 Steps

Dear Gentlemen Customers,

I would like to first introduce myself, I am Marcie Melendez, a lead in the Men’s Apparel department at the Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, California. I would like to take a moment to tell you all about the RedHead Americana Prints Collection and the RedHead Stars and Strips Polo Collection. With 4th of July and all of the other national holidays, this is a great collection to find the perfect shirt to show your American pride and the love of the good ol’ United States of America!

 

The Ameriana Prints collection is an assortment of button up shirts featuring landmarks such as Mount Rushmore, the Lincoln Memorial and our Nation’s Capitol; Lady Liberty with the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell; Digital Camo with a Digital Camo pattern along with Army vehicles; Military Planes highlighting America’s military might and the Greatest Generation. All of these shirts are perfect for a night on the town especially the 4th of July!

 

For the more casual customers, we have our Starts and Stripes Collection. Featuring Polos and button ups that has highlight of our Great American Flag. This collection will not last long so hurry into Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga and pick up yours up today. You can find these 2 great collections conveniently located at the front of the Men’s Apparel Redhead Department.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Summer Camp Returns!

This weekend kicks off a favorite annual family event for Bass Pro Shops customers! Family Summer Camp is BACK!

Four weeks of outside activities, free crafts, and our educational and fun free workshops for kids...break up your child's summer with fun (and learning!) at Bass Pro Shops! All the fun happens from Noon-5 p.m. each Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday now through July 26.

Here's the schedule for this weekend and next Tuesday and Thursday:

Free crafts for kids - Noon-2 p.m., while supplies last.

 

 

 

June 27 and 28 - Make a Wooden Wind Chime
June 30, July 2 - Make a Kite Photo Frame

Free Family Activities - Noon-5 p.m.

Casting challenge, Daisy BB range, archery range and the foam shooting arcade

 

 

 

Free Workshops for Kids

Each child receives a Summer Camp lanyard at their first seminar, then a pin at each seminar they attend! (While supplies last.) The workshop schedule for this coming week is:

Saturday - June 27
Noon  -  Fishing
1 p.m. - Water Safetyhttp://www.basspro.com/summercamp
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Bird Watching

Sunday - June 28
Noon  - Shooting & Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Tuesday - June 30
Noon  - Bird Watching
1 p.m. - Fishing
2 p.m. - Archery
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Thursday - July 2
Noon  - Archery
1 p.m. - Shooting & Hunting
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Water Safety
4 p.m. - Camping

This is a great way to beat the heat - and we look forward to meeting new friends and seeing returning kids. Bring a friend!

Coming up next week at Family Summer Camp? The Catch and Release Pond returns for July 4th and 5th!

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International Sun-Day Astronomy Event at Destin Bass Pro Shops

The Northwest Florida Astronomy Association helped celebrate International Sun-Day on Sunday, June 21st at Destin Bass Pro Shops.  Volunteer members brought several telescopes equipped with proper filters for observing the solar disc.  Many of our Associates and our customers enjoyed seeing close up views of the sun, sunspots and prominences through the various telescopes.  Both white light and hydrogen-alpha filtered telescopes were available to anyone who wanted to look.

Club membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy, even those who don't own a telescope or for those who plan to purchase one soon and would like information before deciding what to purchase.  This is the best local organization to get one-on-one instruction before getting into astrophotography, including needed equipment, software, and post processing.  Periodic free public star gazes are planned throughout the year at various nearby State Parks; other gazes are scheduled for schools, boy and girl scouts; and basic astronomy classes are offered from time to time at the Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach.

The NWFAA meets on the 4th Friday of every month at the observatory on the campus of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.  Check out their website at www.nwfastro.org or call Mr. Bob Gaskin at (850) 585-9531 (cell) or (850) 837-1966.

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A Trout Fishing Rod and Reel Setup You Can Be Proud Of

 

             I recently went trout fishing with my father at Cedar Springs in Rural Retreat, Virginia and I had the opportunity to field test some fishing gear.

        The rod I used was the Browning 7 ft. Air Stream Ultra-Light Spinning Rod.  This rod is perfect for trout and panfish because it is lightweight and supersensitive.  It has a High-strength HTSC20 blank, stainless steel guides, premium Fuji reel seat and rubberized cork with a split-grip handle.  The reel I used was the Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Elite #10. It has a 7-bearing system, powerlock instant anti-reverse, double-anodized-aluminum spool, machined-aluminum handle and 5.2:1 ratio.  Understanding ratios and what it means is very easy.  The number before the colon is the number of rotations the spool makes per one complete turn of the reel’s handle.  So a 5.2:1 ratio means the spool revolves 5.2 times with each handle turn.  The larger the first number, the more line retrieved on each turn.  The Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Elite has about 20” IPT or (Inches per Turn) the amount of line reeled in with each full rotation of the handle.  The line I used was the XPS Fluorocarbon 6lb. which is perfect for freshwater spinning or baitcasting.  It has unparalleled abrasion resistance, and is virtually invisible under water.

          I used two different types of bait during my fishing trip.  The first bait I used was a Black Wooly Bugger Fly that was tied by our associates in the Fly Fishing Department.  The second bait I used was the BPS Gold Nitro Spinner bait which is compared to the Mepps #2 Gold Spinner.

        We fished from early morning to about mid-day, and the weather was nice about mid 80s and warm.  We caught about 20 total trout between my father and me.  About 6 were on the fly and the other 14 were on the gold spinner bait.  Overall the fishing trip was a success.  The reel did really well with the drag, and the rod had nice action to it.  I would recommend this rod and reel to anyone because it was successful and performed well.

        Stop by Bass Pro Shops Ashland, VA to talk with me about my trip, and feel free to ask me any questions or concerns you may have.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

Gear Review submitted by:

Patrick Farmer

Fishing Team Lead – Bass Pro Shops, Richmond, VA

Spring Trout Fishing Give Me 45 Minutes -- And I'll Show Unbelievable Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Elite Spinning Combo

 

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Fishing Flooded Lakes

Simple tips for bass fishing flooded lakes by Charles P.

Fishing flooded waters for bass could be intimidating if you just go out there and fish every piece of cover you can find.  But if you break down the area you want to fish, it could be the best day you have ever had.  If you know the area well enough to remember what it look like before it flooded will help a bunch, if not no big deal.  Look for things like picnic tables, trash cans, buildings, docks underwater and any other type of new structure.  Bass will hold to new structure waiting on baitfish to swim by.  I can’t tell you how many bass I have caught fishing flooded camp grounds, or park benches.  Fresh grass and saplings that are in some current seem to bring the bass streaming in.  Use baits like BPS Kermy Frogs, BPS Humpin’ Toads or XPS Squarebill cranks to cover as much area as possible until you can narrow it down to a few certain things.  Then slow down and throw some type of bug or creature, like the Tournament Series River Bug or Crack Craw.  Early in the year lizards work well but as the water heats up try crawfish style bait.  Remember you don’t have to hit every piece of grass or bush, find a clump of brush that has a mat of debris around it or a tree with small saplings underneath it.  Bass will be spread out in flooded waters, you can find the sweet spot if you look for something just a little different.  Maybe a bush that has tall grass around it or a clump of buckbrush that is surrounded by rock, or even a picnic table that doesn’t have a trash can nearby!  Find moving water, don’t fish stagnate water, most likely the oxygen will be low and fish won’t be there.  Try to find a steep ledge or flooded roadway, something that has a definite drop off.  Look for clearer water, try not to fish mud.  Look for mudlines and fish the edge, bass will tend to use these areas as ambush points. Basically there are tons of ways to fish flooded lakes but if you break down the area and look for something that is just a little bit different, you may just get lucky!  Remember to take a kid fishing and share the outdoors!

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Summer Family Camp

 

Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features fun games for kids, and activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together. And it’s all FREE!!

Family Summer Camp begins Saturday, June 27 and continues through Sunday, July 26 at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, Tn.

During Family Summer Camp, free workshops and Family activities will be held every Tuesday, Thursday Saturday, and Sunday- June 27- July 26. The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, archery and hunting. Other workshops include kayaking, water and travel safety, backyard adventures and bird watching.

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday

  • 12 pm    Bird Watching
  • 1 pm      Fishing
  • 2 pm      Archery
  • 3 pm      Kayaking
  • 4 pm      Backyard Adventure

Thursday

  • 12 pm    Archery
  • 1 pm      Hunting and Shooting
  • 2 pm      Travel Safety
  • 3 pm      Water Safety
  • 4 pm      Camping and Conservation Awareness

Saturday

  • 12 pm    Fishing
  • 1 pm      Water Safety
  • 2 pm      Hunting and Shooting
  • 3 pm      Kayaking
  • 4 pm      Bird Watching

Sunday

  • 12 pm    Hunting and Shooting
  • 1 pm      Archery
  • 2 pm      Travel Safety
  • 3 pm      Camping and Conservation Awareness
  • 4 pm      Backyard Adventure

In addition to all the workshops, kids can try a free craft from 12-2 pm

  • June 27-28                                          Make a wooden wind chime
  • June 30, July 2 and July 4-5            Create a kite photo frame
  • July 7, 9, 11-12                                   Color a plaster turkey track magnet
  • July 14, 16, 18-19                              Turtle Sun catcher
  • July 21, 23, 25-26                              Create a lady bug clip magnet

Other free hands-on activities include:

  • Fishing at the catch and release pond and Souvenir Photo - July 4-5 ONLY
  • Fish Casting Buckets
  • The Duck Shooting Range
  • Daisy BB Gun Range
  • Wildlife Carousel

 

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How to Shop for the Perfect Pair of Costa Sunglasses

Costa is a top notch brand when it comes to sunglasses and fishing on the water. They have technologies that blow away all other sunglasses brands with options best for all different types of outdoor activities.

When shopping for Costa Sunglasses, the first way to breakdown decisions is by choosing glass lenses or plastic lenses. Glass lenses have the greatest clarity and are scratch resistance which is perfect when you only have that dirty fish towel to wipe your sunglasses off with. Plastic lenses are more lightweight than glass lenses which can seem more comfortable. They are also impact resistant and extremely durable.

Glass lenses and plastic lenses are broken down by 400P, 580P, 400G and 580G. The 400P (400 plastic) consists of 100% UV blockage for max protection, 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain, and provides superior clarity. The 580P (580 plastic) has 100% UV blockage and 100% polarized for superior clarity, Costa C-WALL™ coating repels oils, water, dust, and scratches, and patented technology blocks blue and yellow light for better clarity and color. The 400G (400 glass) contains 100% UV blockage for max protection, 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain, and provides superior clarity. Lastly, the 580G (580 glass) has 100% UV blockage & 100% polarized for superior clarity, patented technology enhances colors by blocking yellow light, and eliminates haze and blur by blocking blue light. Based on customer feedback received in the Rossford Bass Pro Shops, on a scale from least clear to best clarity is as follow: 400P, 400G and 580P and 580P.

The next step is choosing the best lens color for the sunglasses. Costa sells a variety of 7 different lens colors to tackle any activities for your lifestyle. Common for our area are blue and green mirror lenses. Blue mirror lenses are gray based. The encapsulated mirrors deliver superior contrast and color in full sun while eliminating glare making them perfect for activities on open water especially on Lake Erie. Gray lenses maintain color saturation and natural contrast in medium to bright sun conditions. They are an all-around great choice, but are perfect for sports on water and land. Green mirror lenses are copper and amber based and their encapsulated mirrors offer enhanced visual activity. They are perfect for fishing inshore such as flats, rivers, and streams especially on the Maumee River. Copper lenses cut glares and enhance contrast and color, providing eye comfort in any condition. They are the perfect fit for sight fishing and everyday activities such as driving. Amber lenses are another color that are perfect for everyday activities, driving, and sight fishing because they are an excellent all-around lens that delivers the brightest field of vision. Silver mirror lenses are copper based with encapsulated mirrors to optimize light transmissions and enhance colors. They are perfect for freshwater sight fishing and any outdoor activity with variable light. The last lens color is sunrise. They are a high contrast specialty lens, allowing maximum light transmission which are perfect in low lights and to see more clearly during early morning or late afternoon prime fishing hours. These lenses do not pass ANSI Z80.3 traffic signal recognition and are not to be used for driving.

      

Once you have your lenses picked out, its time to choose the frames. Sure, a pair of sunglasses might look great, but how do they fit? Costa hinges, temples and nose pads are top of the line. Pushing the limits and rethinking what's possible. This attitude guides how they design their frames and choose the materials they use to make them. Wire core temples provide stability and durability that's adjustable with a simple tweak for the perfect fit. Co-injected templates utilize tough nylon and Hydrolite™ and fuse them together to make Costa’s most hardcore frames. Most makers glue or slip such material together to make a frame, but with Costa's co-injected frames the two materials literally become one. The result is a frame that grips the skin the more you sweat.The next part is the Stainless Steel Hinges. Costa hinges cost more than some of their competitors' entire frames. They are made of stainless steel so as to resist corrosion and they are flexible so that they keep their shape and adjust perfectly when worn. Lastly is the corrosion-resistant alloy that Costa uses in their metal frames and rimless sunglasses is a super tough material called Monel®. We know that you'll likely spend some time on the water and in humid environments; therefore, Monel® is up for the challenge.

Costa produces 58 frame styles in sizes small, medium, large and extra large which come in 54 colors. Frame colors depend on the frame style availability. In small sizes, Rossford Bass Pro Shops has Islamorada, KC, and Stringer frames. In medium sizes are Austin, Ballast, Caballito, Fantail, Fathom,Hammock, Inlet, Jose, La Mar, Loreto, Luke, Manta, Pluma, and Sea Fan frames. In large sizes are Blackfin, Boga, Brine, Cat Cay, Conch, Corbina, Cortez, Cut, Destin, Harpoon, Hatch, Indio, Isabela, Rooster, Saltbreak, South Point, Triple Tail, Tuna Alley, and Zane frames. In extra large are Cayan, Fisch, Hamlin, Mag Bay, Man-O-War, Permit, and Rockport frames.

Costas are built by hand and backed for life. If you have a manufacturing defect, the repair shop will fix them for a warranty processing fee of $11.95 to get you back on the water as soon as possible. They will be fixed by completing these steps:

  1. Complete a profile on the Costa website.
  2. Fill out the online repair form.
  3. Print the provided shipping label and send Costa your sunglasses.
  4. Costa will inspect them and give you options for getting them fixed.

In order to get Costa prescription sunglasses you must follow these steps:

  1. Go to your local Costa authorized prescription (Rx) retailer and ask for Costas. Not sure where to go? Feel free to use the Costa store locator. Look for the Costa Rx Logo under Dealer Type.
  2. Choose your frame and lens while there.
  3. Once completed, your Costa Rx lens will have the Costa lens etching and will come with an authenticity card. This authenticity card guarantees that your prescription Costas are the same great quality as non-prescription Costas.
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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Venison Cabbage Rolls

This recipe was spotted on the Food for Hunters Facebook page. While not typically a huge fan of cooked cabbage, there is fresh cabbage sitting in the garden, venison in the freezer, and home-canned tomatoes in the pantry, so I couldn't resist trying it. As usual, I changed up a couple of things, based on what I had available in my cupboards, including not using the saffron, but using yellow rice instead, which includes saffron in its seasoning. Of course, I also used a few shakes of smoked paprika and our pepper blend seasoning in lieu of black pepper.  Enjoy!
 

Venison Cabbage Rolls

1 pound ground venison
1 head of cabbage
1 Tbsp dried Thyme
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 egg
1/2 C uncooked yellow rice
1 large onion, sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp tomato paste ( I will use whole small can next time - to make the sauce a bit thicker)
2 1/4 C crushed tomatoes ( I used one quart of home-canned tomatoes and squished them with my hands in a bowl.)
1 14-ounce can low sodium beef broth
Black pepper blend seasoning or freshly cracked black pepper
Smoked paprika
3 sprigs fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine ground meat with thyme, kosher salt, garlic powder, and black pepper or pepper blend seasoning. Mix in the uncooked rice and egg. Cover and put in fridge.

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Remove any old or discolored leaves from the cabbage head and core it out. This makes it easier to remove the leaves when it's in the water.

Place the cabbage head in the boiling water. Turn it once in a while, but after about two minutes you should be able to start removing leaves. Use tongs to peel the leaf off. I put a colander in the sink and just dropped the leaves into it as I peeled them off. You should come out with about 12-15 leaves, all getting gradually smaller . I had 12 usable leaves off a medium sized garden cabbage. Run cold water over the leaves and let them drain. Careful - they may tear easily.

Take your first leaf (I used the bigger leaves first) and use a small paring knife to shave off the lower rib to make it lay flat. Then put about 2 Tbsps of the meat mixture (I used a soup spoon) toward the bottom of the leaf. Fold in the two sides, fold up the bottom and roll it up. Do this until you run out of meat. Put them on a platter or large plate and set aside.

In a French or Dutch oven, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions,and a pinch of salt, and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir for another minute. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, beef broth and thyme sprigs. Bring to a simmer.

Gently lay the rolls in the sauce in one layer, seam side down. Ladle some sauce over the rolls, the best you can. cover and bake in the 250 oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Make sure meat is thoroughly cooked and make sure the sauce doesn't cook down too low. I didn't have a problem with this, but if you do, add more beef stock...or a little spicy V8 would be good, too, if you want to kick it up a bit.

Serve warm with the sauce and onions...sprinkle with some Italian cheese if you'd like.  Throw some fresh snow peas in a bowl with a little warm Asian Honey Mustard dressing for a side and you've got an awesome introduction to summer garden eating!

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Family Summer Camp Returns!


June 27-July 26, 2015

One of the most popular annual family events at our store returns!  Four weeks of outside activities, free crafts, and our educational and fun free workshops for kids...a great way to break up your child's summer with fun at Bass Pro Shops!

Family Summer Camp activities take place every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Noon-5 p.m., June 27-July 26. Along with workshops, we will have the outside free archery and Daisy BB gun ranges for hands-on learning with our experienced staff. We'll also have the casting buckets and foam shooting arcade.

July 4 and 5 ONLY, Noon-5 p.m. - The Catch and Release Pond makes a special appearance and children again receive a FREE 4x6 photo download!

 

Free Workshops for Kids

These workshops are fun and educational! We look forward to seeing returning children each year and new attendees, too! Bring a friend!  The official Family Summer Camp lanyard will again be given out to each child at their first workshop (while supplies last) and, once again, every child receives a special pin after attending each workshop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Crafts each day of Family Summer Camp - Noon-2 p.m.!

                                           

We invite you to have your child bring a friend for Family Summer Camp and attend all the workshops! See you at camp!

Complete details also online at www.basspro.com/summercamp and on our Facebook page!

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IT'S HOT HOT HOT!!

Summer is beginning to heat up and at Bass Pro Shops we can help you beat the heat.  Here are just a few products that will keep you cool in the hot sun as well as some great ideas to keep you cool!

Keeping cool when it is hot and humid is tough.  Here are a few tips for staying cool.

1.  Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.  Never risk dehydration.

2.  Placing ice packs on your wrists to stay cool is a great way to feel cooler.  No ice packs try a ice cube.

Consider the Misty Mate Artic Tie.  Great for camping, hiking, golfing, working outside and sporting events.  Soak for a few minutes in hot or cold and it can be used over and over to keep you cold or hot for hours.

http://www.basspro.com/MistyMate-Arctic-Ties/product/10221684/

 

3.  In your house or apartment, turn off unnecessary lights, TV's or ovens.

4.  Shower or bathe frequently if needed in mildly warm or cold water to stay refreshed.

5.  Have a fan blowing at you if you do not have air conditioning.

6.  Wear a hat when outside.

Bass Pro Shops has a large variety of hats that are great for the hot hot weather.

World Wide Sportsman Lifeguard Rush Straw Big Brim Hat is vented at the crown for air circulation and has a 4" brim.  Sizes small to x large you can't go wrong.http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Lifeguard-Rush-Straw-Big-Brim-Hat-for-Men-Mossy-Oak/product/12031005010211/

 

Columbia Global Adventure Packable Straw Hat for Ladies has a Omni wick sweatband to pull the sweat from your brow.  It is packable for travel while it retains its shape.  UPF 50http://www.basspro.com/Columbia-Global-Adventure-Packable-Straw-Hat-for-Ladies/product/13080107113738/

 

 

Glacier Glove Long Bill Sun Hat w/shade has UPF protection, you may wear the shade up or down.  It also has a dark under brim that reduces reflected rays.  This is perfect for boating, fishing or hiking.

http://www.basspro.com/Glacier-Glove-Long-Bill-Sun-Hat-with-Shade/product/100728/

Consider the UV Buff Headwear.  Moisture wicking, UV sun protection and it reduces your skin temp.  This buff is breathable and lightweight.http://www.basspro.com/UV-Buff-Headwear/product/97319/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

7.  Eat well balanced light, regular meals and avoid the salt.  Grazing is best.  Also avoid caffeine or alcohol which promote dehydration.

8.  When outside always wear sunscreen.  Even if you are in the shade.

9.  Walk don't run.

10. Wear loose clothing. Check out a few of the wide variety of shirts and shorts we have to keep you cool.

Under Armour VA Fish Hook Polo for Men - Snag free finish, anti pill, 4 way stretch for easy mobility.  UPF 30 sun protection and a UA's moisture transport system that wicks sweat and dries fast.http://www.basspro.com/Under-Armour-UA-Fish-Hook-Polo-for-Men/product/14062009562312/

World Wide Sportsman Therma Cool Stripe Polo for Men - Ultra quick drying 100% polyester with moisture wicking.  UPF 50 sun protection and back shoulder vents.

http://www.basspro.com/World-Wide-Sportsman-ThermaCool-Stripe-Polo-for-Men/product/1410010737082/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Wide Sportsman Birds Eye Polo Shirt for Ladies -

Moisture wicking, UPF sun protection and many colors to pick from.http://www.basspro.com/World-Wide-Sportsman-Birds-Eye-Polo-Shirt-for-Ladies/product/10211114/

 

World Wide Sportsman Boca Nylon Shirts for Ladies - UPF 35, front vents, lightweight, 100% quick dry nylon this shirt is great for hot muggy weather.http://www.basspro.com/World-Wide-Sportsman-Boca-II-Nylon-Shirt-for-Ladies/product/14090306415537/

 

 

 

 

 

11.  Wear sunglasses that block 100% UVA and UVB rays.

Here are a few great ideas for staying hydrated.

Turn your waterbottle into a cooling mist.  You can take a refreshing shower or 25' squirting stream with the BPA Free Lunatec Aquabot.  With two modes stealth and pulse this aquabot will fit most 32-48 ounce wide mouth bottles.  http://www.basspro.com/Lunatec-Aquabot-Water-Sprayer/product/15012407321814/

Wrap a wet paper towel around a soda or water and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes.  The beverage will be ice cold!

Freeze grapes on a skewer.  Refreshing and healthy.

Don't forget your pet.  I love this idea.  Get a bucket or a Tupperware container.  Freeze water, chicken broth and add treats, dry dog food and a toy.  Watch how much they love this while staying hydrated.

Take a swim, have a water fight, dump water on each other.  Have popsicles, ice cream and have fun.  All you need is common sense.  Take a little extra time to check on neighbors to see if they are good.  Remember how long winter was this year?  Summer does not last long so get out there and enjoy what Upstate NY has to offer.

Check out www.basspro.com for many other products to help you stay cool.

R. Piedmonte

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hiking Boots

Basic Information about Hiking Boots

 

When planning our outdoor adventures, we must always consider, “What is the proper footwear for my outing”?  Beach sandals and flip flops, Casual and boat shoes or Trekking and hiking boots.  Many people are unaware that hiking boots/shoes actually serve you best when used in the proper hiking adventure.

 

This short blog is simply to provide a brief description of the types of hiking boots and their purpose in our outdoor lives.  Essentially, there are Hiking Shoes, Hiking Boots, Backpacking Boots and Mountaineering Boots.  Hiking shoes are generally low-cut light weight models designed for short walks or trail running.  These are used mostly by ultralight hiking enthusiasts.  Hiking boots typically are mid or high cut, providing more support, and are intended for day hikes and weekend backpacking trips involving light loads of gear.  Backpacking boots are designed for carrying heavy loads of gear, mostly used for multi-day backpacking trips deep into the back country.  These boots are durable and more supportive with stiffer midsoles than the lighter hiking models.  Mountaineering boots are much heavier than the lightweight hiking shoes, are more supportive, tough and durable and have some level insulating materials.

 

Bass Pro Shops carries a full line of Hiking Shoes and Boots to fit just about every outdoor adventure.  Our friendly, customer oriented associates are here to help you match your footwear to your adventure.

Matching our footwear to our outdoor adventure enhances our outdoor experience, and when we have the right shoe/boot in the right environment our feet are more comfortable and protected…and when our feet feel good, we can have a great experience in the Great Outdoors.

 

Michael Lawson

Bass Pro Shops

Grapevine, Texas

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