Family Camping

Every family should camp at least one time.  It is a great way to spend time alone with your kids without the phone, TV, or video games.  You want it to be a good memory, and one they will talk about with their kids.  Preparing is important to make sure your family memory is one you will always remember.

Many people feel they are not outdoor people.  You don't have to be a mountain man/woman to enjoy camping.  Just getting outside and getting that fresh air is good.  With proper equipment and food you will be all set.  People also are concerned about the expense.  Everything does cost money, but once you get the initial equipment it is extremely inexpensive to camp.  If your kids feel it may be boring, get them involved.  Planning meals, looking at the equipment you will need is a perfect way to get kids involved and excited.  Bring a camera for them to take pictures of what they do, or draw pictures of what they see.  Always have a board game or book for evening events.

Where should you go?  In New York State we are fortunate to have so many state parks loaded with a large amount of activity at our disposal. They are all close by.  Please visit www.parks.ny.gov and take the virtual tour to see what park is best for you and your family.

Depending on the size of your family and your vehicle, here are a few essentials your need.

Tents: There are so many to pick from, so you need to talk with someone about the size of your family and what you are looking for.  A family of four might be interested in the Bass Pro Shop 5 Person Speed Frame Tent.   Quick and easy to set up, this tent is a nice size and will fit 2 queen size air beds.  It comes with tent stakes, guy out ropes and a heavy duty zip carry bag.  Sleeping Bags: Now you may some already, but if you don't the Bass Pro Shop Rectangular Oversized 50 degree sleeping bag  will give you the warmth and space you need to move.

http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-5Person-Speed-Frame-Tent/product/1212080600569/

http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Regular-50-Sleeping-Bag/product/10207183/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On to cooking. A camping stove is a good investment.  The Coleman Perfect Flow Insta Start Even Temp 3 Burner Propane Stove is perfect.  Lightweight, easy, and well made this stove will keep you going.  What to bring for food? Have fun with it and have the kids participate.  Pie Irons are great.  You can use them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  At Bass Pro Shops we have a few you may want to consider.  The Rome Round & Pudgy Pie Iron  which is 28"'s long and made of cast iron.  Also the Bass Pro Shops Double Camp Fire Iron will do double duty to get their food to them quick.  Here are a few quick fun recipes that you can use your pie iron.

http://www.basspro.com/Rome-Round-and-Pudgy-Pie-Iron/product/60333/

http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Double-Camp-Fire-Iron/product/14052806512531/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ham & Cheese Sandwiches:  Butter 2 pieces of bread and put them on the pie iron butter side down.  Add ham & cheese and put in the fire for approx. 5 minutes rotating.

Bring a Tube of Refrigerated Biscuits, pizza sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella.  Spray or grease your pie iron well and flatten your biscuits so they cover each side.  Add everything and pop into the fire.  5-7 min. Rotating. Pizza !

Breakfast?  Get that pie iron out again.  Butter your bread (buttered side down) and place on pie iron.  Scramble a egg.  Push down in the middle of each piece of bread so the eggs don't run all over.  Add a Brown and Serve sausage patty (I break it up) and a slice of cheese and pop into the fire! 5-8 minutes.

Last but not least try pie filling of your choice and a marshmallow on buttered bread. 5-7 minutes rotating in the fire.  What a mouthwatering treat for after dinner.

Don't forget to bring snacks for in between meals.  Long day you say no time to stoke that fire.  Prepare this ahead and I know this will be a hit.  Brown 1 pound of ground beef before you leave and mix in a package of taco seasoning, refrigerate and put in a zip lock bag.  Chop up lettuce, tomato, cheddar, salsa and put in zip lock bags.  At the store get the Doritos or Fritos that you would put in a child's lunch (snack size).  Now here is dinner.  Open Doritos or Fritos have the kids spoon meat and their favorite toppings into their bags.  Drizzle with a little Italian dressing and crunch everything on outside of bag and shake to blend.  Plastic fork and dinner is done and fun!

Night has come your stomach is full, time to tell ghost stories or play a board game.  The Coleman LED Quad Lantern has 4 removable sections to use individually or as one.  Total run time is 75 hours.  Don't forget, insects come out at night.  Look in to the Therma Cell Mosquito Repellent.  Its silent, hands free, odorless and portable.  It will cover a 15' diameter.  This baby doesn't stop at mosquitos, but sand flies, black flies, and no-se-ums.

http://www.basspro.com/ThermaCELL-Mosquito-Repellent/product/10225749/

http://www.basspro.com/Coleman-LED-Quad-Lantern/product/104408/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few additional things important to camping.

Air Mattress - Pillow - Personal Kit (soap, toothbrush etc.) - stove fuel - Cook kit- Mess kit or paper plates and Plastic utensils - clean up kit - cooler - charcoal and starter fluid - drinking water - first aid kit - Firewood or fire starting materials like matches, newspaper - sunscreen -  small shovel and ax.

 

Always remember you are not the only ones on vacation,  it is good camping etiquette to remember to be courteous  to other campers around you with noise or garbage.   If you are camping where the bears are, try to put food in tight rubber containers, and always take out what you brought in.

Most important is to have fun and if you need more visit www.basspro.com

R. Piedmonte

 

 

 

 

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Fast - Easy - Family Fun Dinner

 

Busy day?  You say you don't have any idea what to serve for dinner?  It's such a beautiful evening and all you can think of is having a beer or glass of wine.  But.... the kids are hungry.  How about having a easy fun family dinner over the fire pit or grill?  It does not take much, and the memories from it will last forever.  Plus - you get your wine or beer!

At Bass Pro Shops, we get it!  Here are a few ideas to help you take life down a notch and enjoy your family as well as have fun during dinner.

The Landmann USA Northwoods Outdoor Fireplace is perfect for a family roast.  Large, sturdy, and it has a cooking grill.  Once you get that fired up here as some ideas.

http://www.basspro.com/Landmann-USA-Northwoods-Outdoor-Fireplace/product/11120405012417/

 

 

 

 

Start off with a Hotdog Bar

Roast Hotdogs over the fire pit or grill.  Put out mustard, ketchup, relish, salsa, cucumber, onion, cheese, maybe some hot peppers.  So much for dinner, the kids cook their own dinner and have fun doing it.  The Firebuggz Fire Fishing Pole is perfect for hotdogs.  It's fun durable and it flips food with a flick of the wrist.  Another fun idea is the Hand Crank Marshmallow & Hotdog Camo Reel Roaster.  It has a crank handle with a telescopic steel skewer that can be removed for easy clean up.

http://www.basspro.com/Firebuggz-Fire-Fishing-Poles/product/14070506114836/

http://www.basspro.com/Firebuggz-Fire-Fishing-Poles/product/14070506114836/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/Hand-Crank-Marshmallow-and-Hot-Dog-Camo-Reel-Roaster/product/10228987/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rome Dog 'N Brat Cooker has a long handle made of cast iron and will hold 3 dogs or bratz at once.

http://www.basspro.com/Rome-Dog-N-Brat-Cooker/product/99403/

 

 

 

 

The best part is dessert and what is better than roasting marshmallows.  Smores are always popular, but perhaps its time to vary it a little.  Instead of a Hershey bar try a peanut butter cup, or a York peppermint patty.  Why you can even put a rolo mini in the middle of your marshmallow before you cook it for something extra special.  Need a lot of marshmallows done at one time?  Check out the Rome Marshmallow Tree.  With a rosewood handle and non stick coated steel wire construction this will do the trick.

http://www.basspro.com/Rome-Marshmallow-Tree/product/95390/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special for the adults.  Roast a marshmallow and then dip it into Bailey's Irish Cream.  Addictive!  Something a little different but oh so good is to take a roll of Cinnamon Rolls you buy in the can.  The dough is usually spiral (if not just slice).  Twist the dough around the top of your stick and pinch the ends to prevent falling off during roasting.  Once the dough is brown slide it off and drizzle with the frosting they give you.

 

On the healthier side, Campfire cones are great!  Use a waffle or sugar cone.  Fill them right up with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, bananas, strawberries.  Roll them up with foil and put them on the grill for 5 minutes.  Need I say more but unbelievable when you spoon them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you have relaxed and full finish off the night with a book perfect for fire pits and fires.  Ronald Dahl's book of Ghost Stories.  Cute and not too scary!  So stop on by the Camping Department to make that family night a great one or order it  on line at www.basspro.com

R. Piedmonte

 

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Do You Have A Flashlight Obsession?

Do you have a flashlight obsession?  I know of many who will never have too many.  Did you start when you were young?  Perhaps reading under a blanket until you fell asleep?  Do you always go for the brighter, lighter flashlight?  Do you purposely turn off lights just so you can run around with your flashlight?  Perhaps you hide your favorite flashlights.  Do you have more flashlights than you can count?  You feel faint when you hear of a new flashlight on the market.  Don't panic this just means that you realize just how wonderful flashlights are and you shine at night.

Most of us grew up with one flashlight that was placed in one location that was used for emergency situations such as when the  pilot light goes out or power outages.  You will be surprised how often you use this simple device. Flashlights have evolved.  They are smaller and brighter and so much lighter.

Why should you carry a flashlight?  How about self defense?  Shine it in your attackers eyes. Perfect for walking on dark nights you can always see what is around you.  Camping, boating, hiking why just about any reason is a good one for carrying a flashlight.    People collect watches, why not flashlights.  During a hurricane would you like a flashlight or a watch?

At Bass Pro Shops, we understand the Flashlight obsession.  We carry a flashlight for every reason.  Here are just a few that we have right here you may want to look at.

IProtec 280 Lite LED Flashlight is compact with a bezel face for self defense.  It has a glow in the dark on/off button and 280 lumens.  With a 4x adjustable zoom head that changes from spot light to flood light and a magnetic base for hands free lighting you are ready to go. At just $44.99 you get a great value.

http://www.basspro.com/iPROTEC-280-Lite-LED-Flashlight/product/14070207320517/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern will light up your world.  Whether you are hunting, fishing camping, or boating, this lantern is waterproof, shatterproof, and it floats.  This lightweight lantern is charged by sunlight and can go 12 hours.  The rechargeable battery is included. The price is just $14.99 what a deal.

 

http://www.basspro.com/MPOWERD-Luci-Inflatable-Solar-Lantern/product/14100808184715/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streamlight has the Waypoint Pistol Grip LED SpotlightCompact and hand held with 3 light modes.  This spotlight is portable and has 210 lumens. The price of $79.99 is great for what you get!

 

http://www.basspro.com/Streamlight-Waypoint-PistolGrip-LED-Spotlight/product/10207338/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about a small flashlight pack to keep flashlights all over the house?  The Bass Pro Shops Mini LED Flashlight Combo 6pack is exactly what you need.  6 mini flashlights to use in your car, kitchen, backpack, purse, emergency, boat, tackle box etc.  These little lights are super bright and dependable and at $9.97 what a bargain.  

http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Mini-LED-Flashlight-Combo-6-Pack/product/10222625/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunting?  Check out the Primos Bloodhunter HD flashlight.  This light will help you spot blood on the ground and is visible on any terrain.  Batteries are included.  Two power settings for tracking and extended battery life, as well as it gives out 600 lumens.  At $79.99 it also includes a holster with belt straps.

http://www.basspro.com/Primos-Bloodhunter-HD-Blood-Trailing-Flashlight/product/1310110631232/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the serious Flashlight owner, take a look at the Streamlight ProTac HL3 LED.  Lightweight, compact with three settings  (high/high low/high strobe low) , add waterproof and 1100 lumens.  It is a good buy for all that power at $119.99.

 

http://www.basspro.com/Streamlight-ProTac-HL-3-LED-Tactical-Flashlight/product/1402140936316/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop on by to check out a variety of flashlights for that flashlight lover of yours.

R.Piedmonte

www.basspro.com/auburn

 

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Lets go Kayaking!

The weather is finally getting warmer.  What a great time to consider getting out on the water and kayak. Bass Pro Shops has a large variety of kayaks to pick from depending on what activity you are planning to do.

Why kayak?  One of the first ideas that come to mind is you get back to the basics of life.  Its quiet, relaxing, you have a sense of freedom when out on the water. You dont need to fill it with gas. You can launch your kayak just about anywhere.  It is cost effective and healthy for you.  Easy, fun and can be done solo.  It is lighter than a canoe to load on a roof rack. There are no age limits.

How about exercise? You are breathing in that fresh air.  Trim your stomach paddling working that core.  It is great for upper body due to the resistance of the water.  Sculpt those arms, shoulders and chest.  You would not think your legs would not get a workout but that is just not true.  Steering and guiding the kayak works your core and legs.  Great cardio a hours worth of kayaking can burn up to 400 calories, while it does not put impact on your knees and ankles like other sports.

Just the stress reliever alone is a reason to kayak.  Think about the friendships you make, the adventures you can go on.  The access to hard to find fishing holes you can get at.  Camping trips to remember all your life and just a way to stay cool during the hot summer temperatures.

At Bass Pro Shops we want to make kayak shopping easy and stressfree.  Our associates in our Camping Department can help you find the kayak that works best for you and your family.

If it is fishing you are looking for, look no further than the Ascend FS128T . The FS129T has a solid casting platform and  pull up assist strap for stable switch to stand up fishing.  This kayak has a removeable 360 degrees swivel.  Deep side storage trap, easy access storage hatches, catch trays, cup holders, and a recessed tackle tray storage under the seat.  There are four flush mount rod holders, anchor trolley and adjustable foot braces, and 8 large scupper drains.

 

http://www.basspro.com/Ascend-FS128T-SitOnTop-Angler-Kayak-Desert-Storm/product/12102505321115/

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ascend FS 12 (sit in or sit on).   This kayak is very user friendly for someone who has never kayaked before or someone who has been doing it for years.  The deluxe seat is removeable and has deck plate storage which is great for small items like your wallet.  A multipurpose sternwell will accept most full size coolers, and it has deep catch trays and cupholders.  You also have adjustable footbraces that fit someone who is 5'2" to 6'2"'.

 

http://www.basspro.com/Ascend-FS12T-SitOnTop-Angler-Kayak-Blue/product/13110707113414/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ascend makes a great sit on or sit in kayak a little smaller than the FS 12's.  The Ascend D10 has excellent tracking, stablility, and maneuverability.  Multipurpose sternwell and a deck drybag storage system.  It also comes with a deluxe padded adjustable seat to reduce wear and fatigue.

 

http://www.basspro.com/Ascend-D10T-SitOnTop-Kayak-Purple/Black/product/13110707113415/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The smallest of the Ascend kayaks is the A10.  This kayak comes with a removeable seat, deep molded cup holder, and steel frame mesh seat.

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/Ascend-A10-SitIn-Kayak-Blue/product/11081905012220/

 

 

 

 

If you are buying a kayak you will need a paddle.  The Ascend Tournament Kayak Paddle is durable and lightweight.  Don't forget a life jacket.  The Ascend Deluxe Paddling Life Jacket comes in sizes small to XL or OSFM.  Mesh shoulders will keep the air flowing, while being extremely light weight.

 

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If you are bring lunch, cell phones and clothes you don't wish to get wet, we would suggest the Ascend Heavy Duty Round Bottom Dry Bag.   This heavy duty dry bag is a great price and can take rough treatment.  It has a built in "D" ring to secure the bag to the watercraft, and quick release buckles as well as a shoulder strap.

 

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/Ascend-HeavyDuty-RoundBottom-Dry-Bag/product/10227450/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you carry that kayak to and from areas.  Here is a great idea, the Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Rack.  This rack is universal, installs in minutes, stows in a trunk when not in use and easy to use.  The weight capacity is 180 pounds and it includes a travel bag, pump and load straps.  What more can you want?

 

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/HandiRack-Inflatable-Roof-Rack/product/10216545/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So stop on in and see us at Bass Pro Shop.  You may need a few trips to make up your mind on which kayak is best for you.  We are here to help you not just sell you the item.  There is no stupid question, so ask away!

R.Piedmonte

www.basspro.com/auburn

 

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Cooking with Suzanne - Dutch Oven Style

Did you know that anything you can cook in a oven you can cook in a dutch oven?  Suzanne from our Camping Department knows her Dutch Oven Cooking.  Here is one of her recipes.

Dutch Oven 3 Bean Casserole

1/2 pound Hamburg

1/2 pound Sausage

1/2 pound Bacon

2 cups diced onion

Can of Pork & Beans or Baked Beans(not drained)

Can of Butter Beans

Can of Kidney Beans

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 cup BBQ Sauce

1/2 tablespoon chili powder

2 tablespoons mustard

1/2 cup Ketchup

Small can of crushed tomatoes

Brown hamburg and sausage until browned.  Drain and set aside - Fry bacon and cool

In a bowl, mix onion, can of pork and beans, butter beans, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, chili powder, mustard and ketchup.  Stir together.  Drain small can of crushed tomatoes and add to bean mixture.  Add in hamburg, sausage and crumbled bacon and stir.  If you feel its a little dry add a littly more BBQ and ketchup. (you dont want too much liquid)

Grease your dutch oven and cook at 350 degrees (see charcoal chart) or put in the oven for 55 minutes to a hour or until bubbly.

Baking Temperature Chart                                                                                                                     

Dutch Oven Sizes                                                                                                                            

Temp.

8 inch

 Cast Iron Dutch Oven
 

10 inch

 

12 inch

 

14 inch

 

16 inch

 

°F

Top

Btm.

Top

Btm.

Top

Btm.

Top

Btm.

Top

Btm.

300°

9

4

12

5

15

7

19

9

21

11

325°

10

5

13

6

16

7

20

10

22

12

350°

11

5

14

7

17

8

21

11

24

12

375°

11

6

16

7

18

9

22

12

24

13

400°

12

6

17

8

19

10

24

12

27

13

425°

13

6

18

9

21

10

25

13

28

14

450°

14

6

19

10

22

11

26

14

30

14

500°

15

7

20

11

23

12

28

14

32

15

 

Number of Coals per Baking Temperature for Dutch Oven Cooking
by Lodge® Mfg.

 

 

Oven Size
(Second column is the # of coals on top/bottom)

 

 

8"

10"

12"

14"

T
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p
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e

325°
(slow)

15

10/5

19

13/6

23

16/7

30

20/10

350°
(slow - moderate)

16

11/5

21

14/7

25

17/8

32

21/11

375°
(moderate)

17

11/6

23

16/7

27

18/9

34

22/12

400°
(moderate - hot)

18

12/6

25

17/8

29

19/10

36

24/12

425°
(hot)

19

13/6

27

18/9

31

21/10

38

25/13

450°
(very hot)

20

14/6

29

19/10

33

22/11

40

26/14

 
Suzanne will begin cast iron dutch oven cooking soon.  Please watch our website and facebook as to when she will begin all her tasty recipes.  Any suggestions to try?  Suzanne is always looking for a challenge. We welcome any suggestions!
 
Shop Dutch Overs and accessories at basspro.com!
 
R.Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

 

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The WorkEnder Event & Social Hour

 

 

What are you doing on April 25th from 6-7pm?  How about planning a family friendly and affordable vacation right here in New York State?  Bass Pro Shops is all for getting that family outside. Please join us for a social hour featuring members  from the Montezuma Wildlife Preserve and New York State Parks and Recreation.  They will be here to answer any questions you may have on planning that family vacation in the outdoors.  Find the park that best fits the age group going, as well as which hiking trail is short or long to accommodate any family member.

You can spend a lot on a hotel room this summer, or you can rent a cabin, campsite, RV and travel to a State Park.  New York State has so much to offer, and lets face it this past winter was a tough one.  Can't afford to take a vacation?  How about some hiking?  From Montezuma Wildlife to any one of the State parks,  they offer you a wide range of activities.

Close by is Montezuma Wildlife Preserve.  Operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.  The preserve is designated as a national natural landmark.  It is one of the best examples of undisturbed swamp woodlands.  With over 240 species of birds on the refuge along with 43 species of mammals, 15 species of reptiles and 16 species of amphibians.  This will keep any child busy looking for them all.  Canoe or hike, look for the Bald Eagles or Osprey, or go to the observation deck.  You wont be disappointed with the fun you can have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York State has absolutely the most beautiful parks that give you a large variety of fun.  With 113 state campgrounds, you can work your vacation around your family's needs.  Do you want to swim in a waterfall, tent, RV, rent a cabin?  How about hike a gorge with 200' cliffs and 19 waterfalls.  We have it here in New York State.  So please join us on April 25th from 6-7pm for a social hour with Montezuma Wildlife Preserve and New York State Parks and Recreation as they show you how to vacation without spending a bundle.  Enjoy some snacks for the trail as well as Coco-Cola Life products. The first 100 people to attend the social hour will receive a bottle opener.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to our Social Hour please consider taking the 20/20 Challenge :  Simply pledge to get out and log 20 hours of outdoor activities, or 20 miles of outdoor activities and enter to win a Outdoor package valued at $7500.

Can't make the social hour but you are interested in camping outside?  Please consider attending seminars on Friday, April 24th 6-8pm and April 25th 12-5pm.  Here is a list of the seminars we will have on both days.

Cooking Down and Dirty - A presentation of the best backcountry cooking sets and Mountain House freeze-dried food tasting

Slumber by Number - Learn useful tips and tricks for staying comfortable and warm as you sleep

Pack Right - Demonstrations on how best to pack a Ascend backpack for optimal comfort and load distribution

Beat the Bugs - Learn the differences between Deet, Picardin, Permethrin, Thermacell and more.

Pick Out and Get Out - How to pick the Kayak best suited for you

Streamline Your Kayak - Learn how to rig a kayak for fishing, including what gear you may need

So stop on by Bass Pro Shops for all the information you need to have a fun, relaxing family vacation this summer.

Visit our store website for additional information at www.basspro.com/auburn

R. Piedmonte-Events Coordinator

 

 

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Bow Fishing 101

What is Bow Fishing?  Do we have a season for it?  If so what are the dates.  Do you need special equipment?

Bowfishing is a method of fishing that you use special equipment to shoot and then retrieve the fish.

Season:  May 15th thru September 30th

Who can bow fish?  Any person who has a fishing license or a small game hunting license can take carp of any size and in any number by long bow, recurve or compound bow.  This can be done in any water where fishing and discharging a bow is permitted.  Please always check your DEC website to see if the lake you plan to go bow fishing is restricted or not.

On May 2nd at 4pm we are pleased to have Captain Jason Barnes one of our Bass Pro Shop Pro Staffers here to give a Bow Fishing seminar.  Jason has grown up in the area and has been hunting waterfowl since the age of 5 with his dad.  Jason received his Master Captain's license and New York State Guide's license in 2000.  Jason formed Frontenac Fowlers Guide Service and enjoys taking young, old and veterans on guided tours while teaching them the sport.  Now as part of the Pro Staff with Gator Trax, Jason does fishing charters in the summer.  This seminar will talk in detail about the sport and what equipment is needed as well as how to get started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few bows that Jason will touch base on.  The AMS Bowfishing Fish Hawk Compound Bowfishing Package  perfect with all the equipment needed with the exception of arrows.  A smooth draw and it weighs 3.4 pounds.

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/AMS-Bowfishing-Fish-Hawk-Compound-Bowfishing-Package/product/13020105362111/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PSE Archery Discovery Bowfishing Package includes everything you will need as well as 2 arrows.

http://www.basspro.com/PSE-Archery-Discovery-Bowfishing-Package/product/13090706012615/

 

 

 

 

 

So plan on stopping by May 2, 2015 at 4pm for a fun fact filled seminar on bowfishing with Captain Jason Barnes.

 

 

 

 

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Fishing the FingerLakes with J. Michael Kelly

We are pleased to welcome J. Michael Kelly author of Fishing the Finger Lakes to Bass Pro Shops in Auburn, New York on April 18th from 12-4pm.

Kelly breaks down each one of the Finger Lakes while talking about what he has caught, advice and humor.  This book is full of interesting, fun and educational information on the Finger Lakes as well as major tributaries, rivers, and streams.  Kelly also includes smaller lakes and ponds.

Whether you are just beginning to fish or have been fishing your entire life, you will enjoy hearing about each lake and what it has to offer along with how to catch fish on each particular lake.

Kelly uses not only his lifetime fishing experience, but incorporates knowledge from DEC biologists, other anglers, and fishing guides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly worked for 36 years at The Syracuse Newspaper and the last 16 years he was a outdoors columnist for the Post Standard.  Living in Marcellus, New York he has had the opportunity to venture all over the Finger Lakes and learn strategies to increase the chances of catching fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly will mix detailed research, memories, and fun stories he has heard.  All through the book he will guide you directly to each specific Finger Lake and get you to the water's bank.

This is a great gift idea with Father's Day right around the corner.  Anyone who is interested in fishing the Finger Lakes whether it is ice, pan, trolling, or shore will get the information they need.

So stop on down on April 18th between 12 and 4 to meet J. Michael Kelly and get a personnally signed copy of  Fishing the Finger Lakes.

R. Piedmonte

 

 

 

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Carpenter's Brook Month at Bass Pro Shops

For those of you who have been to our store, you will remember our trout pond .  Watching kids learn to fish as well as watching their faces and the faces of the parents as they catch a large trout.  I don't know who has more fun, the kids or the parents.  For all of you who have had a chance to do this, Carpenter's Brook is how we get the fish to teach kids how to respect and enjoy the sport.  Thanks to this worthy organization, kids who have never picked up a pole are now anxious to hop on down to a watering hole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carpenter's Brook has been in operation since 1938.  They produce over 80,000 brown, brook and rainbow trout yearly.  Thanks to the small staff and many volunteers, Carpenter's Brook will release trout in 100+ miles of streams as well as over 10,000 acres.  Always working with the DEC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a child I remember having fun feeding the fish and touring the facility.  It's a wonderful activity to do with kids.  Here are just a few things that Carpenter's Brook have going on.

Go Fish!  This is a Spring program that offers fishing for families, small groups and individuals.  The program accomodates a max of 30 per session.  All bait, rods and reels are provided and it is just $5.00 per person.  Saturdays, April 11,18, 25 and May 2,9,16,23.  Call 315-689-9367 to pre-register, then plan on bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy after.

How about Grandparent/Grandchild Fishing Days?  What a perfect time for spending quality time.  Only $3 per child and everything is provided.  Monday thru Friday July 20-31st.  Call 315-689-9367 to pre-register and get the dates of availability.

There are many more programs available, just stop on down or call to see what they have going on.  We are proud to consider April as Carpenter's Brook month here at Bass Pro Shops in Auburn, NY. Please consider donating $1.00 to help fund Carpenter's Brook so it can continue to provide us with trout, and outside activity for young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

R.Piedmonte

See our online selection of trout products on basspro.com.

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Turkey Weekend - Learn all about Decoys, Calls and More!

Spring Turkey hunting is right around the corner.  May 1st to be exact.  April 25th and April 26 are the Youth Hunt.  Why not stop on in to Bass Pro Shops and attend our turkey seminars.

April 18th we are please to have pro-staff Captain Jason Barnes.  Jason was brought up on waterfowl hunting from the age of five as he followed his dad.  Years later Jason established Frontenac Fowlers Guide Service.  Jason will be giving two seminars on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1pm - Spring Turkey Calling Tips for Success - There are a variety of calls out there, let Jason help you select the right call and how to use it for a successful hunt.

2pm - Selecting the Right Turkey Decoys - Let Jason help you make the right choice in turkey decoys and placement tips that will help you bag that trophy turkey.

On Saturday only Bass Pro Shops will be giving away three prizes and if you attend the seminar you may enter.  The drawing for the prizes will be right after the 2pm seminar.  Here are the three prizes:

Avian - X Turkey Decoy (retail value $80)

Power Hen Thunder Ridge Slate Call (retail value $35)

Triple Pak Diaphragm Turkey Call (retail value $30)

 

April 19th we are please to have John Arneth.  John is a pro staff representative for Mossy Oak, Ol' Tom, Avian, Zink and more. With over 32 years of hunting turkey and deer, John has harvested 54 longbeards.  John will be happy to answer any questions you may have before you go out hunting!

1pm     Hunting Stubborn Gobblers

2pm     Hunting Field Turkeys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So make sure you are prepared when turkey season comes.  Get all the tips and advice from the pros.

R.Piedmonte

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Opening Day of Trout Season in New York State

Opening day of trout is April 1, 2015.  Do you have your license?  Everyone must have a fishing license with them while fishing or helping someone to fish if you are 16 years of age or older.  The license can be obtained right here at Bass Pro Shops!  Stop at our Customer Service counter.  Your license is valid for 365 days after purchase.  Here are the 2015-2016 prices for fishing in New York State.

Resident for a year

Fishing (Age 16-69)             $25

Fishing (Age 70+)                $ 5

7 Day (Age16+)                  $12

1 Day (16+)                        $ 5

Fishing(military/disabled) *  $  5

(*Military Disabled persons with a 40% or more disability)

 

Non-Resident

Fishing (Age 16+)                     $50

7 Day (Age 16+)                       $28

1 Day (Age 16+)                       10

Always check your current New York Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide which you receive free of charge when you purchase your license.  You may also go on www.dec.ny.gov at any time to view all the regulations.

You may also replace your license if lost for $5.00.

Fishing is good for any age.  It brings a sense of delight to children and peace to adults.  Bass Pro Shops is dedicated to children fishing.  Teach them young and they will have the sport for the rest of their life.   Fishing teaches patience, skill, you learn about conservation and best of all it gets you outside.

R. Piedmonte

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Lets Cook Some Perch!

Who doesn't like perch?  All winter you have braved the cold, ice and snow. Huddled over the ice as you catch one perch after another.  Now is the time to reward yourself for all the perch you got. Jake V. from our Hunting Department is always fishing when he is not hunting.  I asked Jake if he has a favorite perch recipe.  Here is an easy way to prepare and cook your perch with lots of flavor.

Ingredients:

10-12 pieces of perch

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 tablespoon High Mountain Venison Rub

1 tablespoon Dill

2 tablespoons parmesan

3 tablespoons Uncle Buck's Fish Batter

In a 9x13 dish soak all perch in the melted butter for 5 minutes.  Mix the High Mountain Venison Rub , dill, parmesan, and the Uncle Buck's Fish Batter in a bowl.  Take the perch out and place it in the bowl, coating both sides then place it on a greased or sprayed cookie sheet.

Cook at 500 degrees 10 minutes or until the fish is flakey.

 

 

 

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Serve with some macaroni and cheese or a side salad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Piedmonte

 

 

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Dog Days Family Event

Did you know that Bass Pro Shops is a dog friendly store? Well we are and we just love our dogs!  Those who bring their dogs in know you just can't come in and out quick here.  Why ?  Everyone stops you to talk about your dog, pet your dog, and of course any owner and dog, know to stop at the greeter because treats are always available.  Because we love our dogs so much we will be having a Dog Days Family Event at the store!  Check out what we have going on.

Dates:  March 6, March 13     6-8pm

            March 7, March 14    11-4pm

During the Event:

Enter for a Chance to Win 1 of 3 prizes!

(Need not be present to win)

 

1 GoPro Fetch Dog Harness with camera mount and a GoPro Hero 4 Silver Camera

2 PetSafe Drinkwell Stainless Steel Fountain

3 Petmate Dog Bed, Bowl, and Toy

 

Friday March 6 & March 13  6-8pm

6pm Seminar  Socializing & Crate Training Your Dog with Beth from Cayuga County Highland Search & Rescue

(1st 20 people with a dog  to attend the seminar get a Nite Ize S-biner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Made Dog Treats with Recipe to the first 50 people with dogs

Craft:  Make a balloon dog

TBF Service Dogs in the Lobby

 

 

 

Saturday  March 7th and March 14th 11-4pm

First 100 people with dogs receive a doggie bag with a Hyper Pet tennis ball and a doggie bag dispenser with 1 roll of bags inside

Seminars:

11am - Teach Your Puppy to Sit and Heel

2pm - Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Outdoors

FREE Home Made Dog Treats to the first 100 people with a dog!

Dr. Heather Wiedrick will be here from the Rome Animal Hospital doing micro chipping for $20 and you get a 1 year registration FREE. on March 7th

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Thomas Gill will be here from the Brookside Veterinary Clinic on March 14th

Dr. Gill will be doing micro chipping for $76.  This includes all paperwork and he will mail it in for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max 200 Dog Obedience and Agility will be here from Port Byron, NY on March 7th and March 14th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBF - Service Dogs  March 6th, 7th & March 13th, 14th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muddy Paws Dog Grooming will be here Saturday March 7th.  Talk with professionals on why grooming is so important to your pets health!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wag In Tail & Bubbles & Bows Dog Grooming will be here on March 14th to talk about pet health and why grooming in the winter months are so important!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cayuga County Highland Search & Rescue will be here with one of their search & rescue dogs! March 14th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to go on our Bass Pro Facebook page and join our Dog Event. The picture with the most likes will receive a doggie gift basket!  www.facebook.com/bpsauburn

 

 

March 7th & March 14th

Receive a FREE Photo of you and your dog as well as a certificate with your dogs paw print on it.  All ink is baby safe and we will have dog approved wipes to take the ink off.

 

So stop on down to Bass Pro Shop and share with us the celebration of dogs!

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

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Sunglasses Year Round Protection

Ice Fishing, Skiing, Hiking, Kayaking, Boating, Running the list can go on and on for a reason to wear sunglasses.  You only get one pair of eyes in a lifetime so make sure you protect them as good as you can year round.  Here in Central NY, when we do have weather with sun we don't always think to put our sunglasses on.

Many people don't think about UV (ultraviolet light) protection, but it does matter.  UV light can damage the skin of your eyelid and it can also damage your lens, and cornea.  So when buying a pair of sunglasses always look for a product that will block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB.  What does UVA stand for?  Think ultra violet burn, this radiation is the most potent.  UVA is ultra violet and think aging.  This radiation will penetrate into your skin deeper.

What should you look for with lenses?  It all depends what you need them for.

Blue Blocking lenses make objects far away easier to see.  Especially when you are skiing.  These lenses are extremely popular with hunters, and anyone on the water.

Polarized lenses reduce reflected glare.  People who drive or fish find these helpful.

Mirror coated lenses reduce visible light.

What type of tint should you get?

Brown/Gray/Green tint do not change the color of objects, but cut down on the brightness.

Yellow/Amber tint are great for snow because they provide excellent depth perception.

A great idea is to purchase sunglasses with interchangeable lenses.  This way you get the eye protection you need and the clarity for the activity you are doing. Another idea are wrap around sunglasses. Keep that sun from sneaking in while getting the best protection you can.

What materials should you get when buying your glasses?  Glass is great and clear, the negative is they are also a bit heavy.  NXT polyurethane offer great clarity are flexible and lightweight, but they also tend to be on the expensive side.  Polcarbonate are great for sports.  Afforable, clear, and good with impact, but they are also less scratch resistant.

How should they fit?  Snug on your nose and ears.  Your eye lashes should not touch the frame.  You don't want anything too heavy.  If you are active look for rubber nose and ear pieces.  Last but not least protect your investment.  Look for a protective case, use a cleaning cloth not facial tissue to clean them.

Take a look below to see a few of the different kinds of sunglasses we have here at Bass Pro Shop that just might be the right one for you!

XPS by Fisherman Eyewear Grander Polarized Sunglasses  offer 100% UV protection, lightweight, scratch resistant and comfortable.  Great for fishing and priced in the $20 range.

 

http://www.basspro.com/XPS-by-Fisherman-Eyewear-Grander-Polarized-Sunglasses/product/10207992/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you wear prescription eye wear?  Check out the Cocoons Over-Glasses-Pilot .  Lightweight, and 100% UV protection they come with a floating case and a manufacturers lifetime warranty.  Priced in the $40 range makes this a must see.

http://www.basspro.com/Cocoons-OverGlasses-Sunglasses-Pilot/product/59022/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going just a bit higher in price will give you more protection.  The Costa Straits 580P Polarized Sunglasses are semi rimless.  These come with adjustable nose pads, are lightweight and impact resistant.  Best feature they offer 100% UVA and UVB protection. Priced in the $180 range.

http://www.basspro.com/Costa-Straits-580P-Polarized-Sunglasses/product/12100305282444/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least consider the Costa Salbreak 580G sunglasses.  100% UVA,UVB & C, protection.  Scratch and impact resistant lenses make these sunglasses great for water and outdoor activity.  The price is in the $240's but you won't be disappointed in the quality.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/Costa-Saltbreak-580G-Polarized-Sunglasses/product/1211131518/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop on in and talk with our associates in our Sunglass department.  Try them on, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Robin Piedmonte

Events Coordinator

 

 

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Fish Finding Made Easy

Transducers, Flashers, Sonar, Echoe, keep it simple so I can get a Fish!  In this fast world of ours when we want to relax, we want to relax not try and figure out our fishfinder. Do you have questions?  Here is a little information that we hope help you, but feel free to always stop down and talk with the experts.  Tell them exactly what you fish for, and the associates here at Bass Pro will be happy to direct you to the fishfinder that fits your budget and need.

Frequency:  The higher the frequency.   192-200 work well in shallow water, low 50 KHZ use in deep water.  The higher the frequency the more in depth detail will show up because of more sonar waves sent and received by the transducer.  The greater the wattage the faster your element will show readings.

Screen Resolution:  Pixels - The greater the pixels the better the picture.  Minimum should be 240(v)x160(h).  If you can afford it go with the largest screen you can.

Transducers:  This is the main component that sends and receives sonar waves.  They bounce off the objects and are then picked up by transducers.  This gives you your picture.

The power of the sonar, how clear the the screen is, GPS, chartplotting, quality and price.  All things that are important when looking for a fishfinder that fits you.

The Humminbird899ciHDSI fishfinder with GPS and Chartplotter has a 7" screen with side imaging.

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Two fishfinders that have 5" screens are the Garmin Echo Map 53DVHD and the Hummingbird Helix 5 DI .  Both are rugged and reliable as well as have a chartplotter in them.

http://www.basspro.com/Humminbird-Helix-5-Fishfinder-and-Chartplotter/product/1409251012/

http://www.basspro.com/Garmin-EchoMAP-53DV-HD-Fishfinder-and-Chartplotter-U-S-Lakes/product/1409081210/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So stop on by and talk with our Fishing/Marine associates to help you find the right fishfinder for you.

 

Robin Piedmonte-Events Coordinator

 

 

 

 

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Wading Through Waders

What do you use waders for?  Do you use them to hunt?  Outdoor work?  Fishing?  Whatever your reason to use waders, let the associates at Bass Pro Shop help you find the right wader for the right reason with the right budget.

Finding the right wader is important, not only can it ruin your mood, but it may ruin your entire day if you get wet.

There are three styles of waders to consider, hip, waist, and chest.  Common materials used for waders are rubber, neoprene, waterproof, breathable fabrics, and nylon.

Hip waders are very comfortable in warmer waters.  Very easy on and off they are great for small streams, they pack easy. The Redhead Bone Dry Hobbs Creek Hip Waders have a lug sole and are tough, comfortable, and affordable.

 

 

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-BoneDry-Hobbs-Creek-Hip-Waders-Lug-Sole/product/31398/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waist high waders wear just like a pair of pants.  Belt loops and a belt to hold them up.  Your upper body is exposed so again very comfortable for the warm weather.

 

Chest waders are all around waders that provide the most coverage.  Water can be unpredictable so when trying these on make sure you are covered allowing a few extra inches higher than you need.  The Redhead Classic Series II Brown Neoprene Boot Foot Waders are flexible with 200 grams for warmth and come in men, ladies, or youth sizes.  Need a plus size?  Check out the Redhead Bone Dry Big Man Neoprene Boot Foot Wader with 600 grams, fits up to a shoe size 15.  Chest goes to 58.5", waist 61" and a inseam of up to 41.5".

 

 

 

 

 

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What materials do you want?  Breathable uninsulated waders are lightweight and comfortable.  The fabric locks out moisture while allowing perspiration to vent at the same time.  The knees and seat are reinforced. Neoprene waders are tough and hard to beat in the cold weather.  Comfortable and durable but not breathable.  The material reminds you of a wetsuit.  Nylon waders are durable and inexpensive.  Rubber is tough durable and heavy.  It all depends what work or fun you will be having with these.  Simms Freestone Stocking Foot Waders are breathable, waterproof and convert to waist high waders easy.  Add the Simms Freestone Wading Boot with leather upper which are comfortable, durable and are able to lace up for stability.

 

 

 

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http://www.basspro.com/Simms-Freestone-Wading-Boots-for-Men-Lead/product/1408280346416/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you need a extreme wader?  Look no farther than the Redhead Bone Dry Extreme Waders, with 1000 grams of pure warmth.  One piece construction makes this durable, comfortable and ready for whatever extreme you give it.

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-BoneDry-Extreme-Waders-for-Men/product/41036/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Footwear, do you want a Boot foot wader that is all one construction?  Quick on and off they have a rubber or felt sole.  The only negative is you cannot lace them up for stable footing.  The Stockingfoot waders need a boot for better stablility and some even come with a option of what sole you may want.  Felt soles are great when the rocks are slippery, while a hiking sole is better if you need to walk a distance to your fishing spot.  Metal studded felt is considered the best traction for slippery bottoms.

Which ever wader you choose, taking care of them is a must.  Hang them to dry.  If storing them, make sure the boot is completely dry and then store them in a cool, dark place with no sun.  Something that might help you dry is the Peet Wader Dryer  .  This book dryer has a gentle thermal convection that dries sweat and moisture quickly.  It also neutralizes odors brought on by perspiration.

 

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/PEET-Wader-Dryer/product/10225598/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop on by and check out the large variety of waders we have.  We will have one to fit your need, and budget.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

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Tackle Boxes - Memories in the Making

Tackle boxes, there is something about a well stocked tackle box that make a person stare at it  for some time.  Perhaps it is the memory of your father or grandfather.  Remembering all the time spent with them waiting for that fish to strike.  Great conversation about solving the worlds problems or just not talking at all.  Life is simple when out on the water just enjoying life.  Certain lures bring back memories of the big fish caught or lost.  Either way it brings a smile to ones face.

Looking at that old tackle box you have lures from friends, relatives each one with a story of its own.  Some people say fishing is a hobby, but working here at Bass Pro Shop I see it as a passion for many. Tackle boxes can be wood, plastic or metal.  You may not remember the lake but will always remember the thrill that one lure gave you.

How do you pick out the right tackle box?  This is a personal decision which plays a important role in your fishing trips.  If you are new at fishing going to a large store can be overwhelming.  Something to remember is your tackle box should be strong and able to handle wear and tear with ease.  The latch must be sturdy as well as strong.

Here are a few ideas that are popular here at Bass Pro Shop.

The Bass Pro Shop Extreme Qualifier 350 Tackle Tote Bag or System comes with just the bag or with five 350 boxes.  This bag has multiple pockets and pouches.  Made of heavy duty water repellent material with a very rugged vinyl bottom.  Perfect for the first time fisherman it is durable and the price is great!

 

http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Extreme-Qualifier-350-Tackle-Tote-Bag-or-System/product/90054/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little larger is the Bass Pro Shop Extreme Qualifier 360 Backpack or System.  This easy to transport organization pack has 4 pockets, rod tub straps and will hold up to ten 360 utility boxes.  The zip off bottom section has lots of storage and is top quality.

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Extreme-Qualifier-360-Backpack-or-System/product/10204414/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Plano 6134 Three-tray Tackle Box has two top access areas for quick find bait.  There are structual grooves to strap down the box to a bike or boat and a large brass latch.  The box is not too heavy and it comes with 29-39 compartments.

 

 

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Make your own memories by starting your own tackle box incorporating your dads or grandfathers old lures.

Check out Luke Bryan's lyrics to his song "Tackle Box" and remember.

 

It was two shades of brown, scratched up plastic
It held extra line, lures, hooks and matches
And his last name engraved in brass
Right there by the handle on the top

I'd slide it out of the back of his station wagon
Lug it down the bank with my arm draggin'
And I could hardly wait for him
To lift the lid on that tackle box

'Cause I'd sail with him across the South Pacific
Stand beside him on the bow of that battleship
See him kiss the ground and thank the good Lord Jesus
And watch him run to grandma cryin' on the docks
He opened up, every time he opened up that old tackle box

He'd bait my hook and keep on tellin' stories
About nickel cokes, girls and sandlot glories
Pickup trucks and peanut fields
Long before this town knew blacktop

I was almost ridin' with him shotgun down those dirt roads
Takin' turns on a jug of homemade shine
As he raced his buddies down through Mason Holler
Fillin' the sky with dust and kicked up rocks
He opened up, every time he opened up that old tackle box

He's been gone twenty years tomorrow
And I'm still holdin' on to this one wish
That God above can let me borrow grandpa
For one more afternoon and one more fish

And I'd sail with him across the South Pacific
Stand beside him on the bow of that battleship
See him kiss the ground and thank the good Lord Jesus
And watch him run to grandma cryin' on the docks
He'd open up, every time he opened up that old tackle box
Yeah, I sure loved, every time he opened up that old tackle box

It was two shades of brown, scratched up plastic



Read more: Luke Bryan - Tackle Box Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

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Lifetime Socks - Great Value

During these tough economic times, it is good to know that there are products out there that no matter what you do to them will always be replaced FREE.  Lifetime socks at Bass Pro Shop does just that.  Purchase a pair of our Redhead or Natural Reflections Lifetime socks and never worry about them ripping, tearing, small holes, or wearing out.  When they get that way just bring both of them back to our Customer Service Department, and go get yourself another pair.  It is as easy as that!

Personnally I have 8 pairs of the all lifetime all purpose mens socks, and could not be happier.  I started thinking why people wear socks other than for sanitary reasons.  Here are a few tid bits to ponder over before I show you our lifetime socks.

Your foot is the heaviest producers of sweat in the body.  The socks absorb the sweat and then draws it to areas where air can evaporate the perspiration.

Years ago animal skins were gathered up and tied around the ankles for socks.  During the 8th century the Greeks wore socks from matted animal hair for warmth.

Did you know the English word sock is derived from the old English word Socc meaning "light slipper".

The Swiss did a study that showed when we sleep,  blood flow is redirected to our hands and feet.  When these areas are warm the blood vessels dilate and allow for greater blood flow.  Which helps you sleep better.

With all that information, why not check out our lifetime socks.  You have nothing to loose!

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

Natural Reflections (Ladies) Lifetime Socks

http://www.basspro.com/Natural-Reflections-Lifetime-Guarantee-Socks-for-Ladies/product/96791/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redhead Lifetime Lightweight Quarter Socks For Men

 

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Redhead Lifetime All Purpose Socks for Men

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Redhead Lifetime Midweight Crew Socks for Men

 

 

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Ice Fishing - Great Fun and Conversation

Thinking about ice fishing?  Some people cannot imagine toting a sled with supplies all bundled up to sit over a hole in the ice as the wind blows through them.  Many fisherman find this time to relaxing, not to mention having a bbq over alot of hot coffee and conversation to stay warm.  Strategy and patience is what you need for ice fishing.  Here are a few ideas to help you find a place to fish, what to wear, what to bring, and how to stay safe while you enjoy your time outside.

New York State has a variety of fish that people enjoy fishing for during this cold weather.  Perch, sunfish, pickerel, walley, and trout to name some.

How do you get started?  The best way to get started is go with a friend or stop at a local tackle shop to find a popular ice fishing area.  At tackle shops they can tell you where the fish are being caught.  Watch for announcements on ice fishing tournaments.  Stop in and talk with Bass Pro associates to see what they recommend.  Ice fisherman tend to share tips, techniques, and stories.  They are very social.

Cutting the Ice:

The simplest way to cut through the ice,  is the "Spud Bar". Inexpensive and it works well on the  ice up to a foot thick.

Hand Powered Augers are slightly more expensive than spuds and are very easy to operate.  This is the best compromise for moderate ice conditions.  Pan fish people favor 4,5, or 6" because they are light weight and faster.  For a larger fish go to a 8".  People who go ice fishing on a regular basis or for a extreme ice condition use a more expensive option or a gas powered ice auger. 

What pole do you use?

Jigging Rod:  This is a short light fishing rod used with tip-ups.  Bass Pro Shop has many different types of tip ups and jigging poles.  Any associate in our Fishing Department can direct you to the one that is best for you.  Jigging involves use of a jigging rod or hand line and a small jigging spoon or lure with bait.  It is designed to move in different directions when jerked up and down.

Tip Up:  A tip-up is a spool on a stick holding a baited line that goes through the ice.  When the fish grabs the bait,  the pull on the line releases a signal that you have a fish (example: red flag).

Clothing:  Pay attention to the weather and dress in layers.

Ice Safety:  Minimum 3 to 4 inches of solid ice is the rule.  The ice thickness differs on the water.  Always use good judgement.  Avoid moving water, including where streams.  The ice thickness table below is based on clear, blue, hard ice on non-running waters.  Slush ice is 50% weaker.

Stay away from docks with bubblers.  They can produce thin unsafe ice a distance away.  Always fish using the buddy system.

The American Pulpwood Association has a Ice Thickness Table they suggest you follow when out on the ice. This is based on clear, blue, hard ice on non-moving (running) waters.

Ice Thickness                                                      Permissible Load

2"                                                                       One Person on Foot

3"                                                                       Group Single File

7.5"                                                                     1 Car (2 tons)

8"                                                                        Light Truck (2.5 tons)

10"                                                                      Truck (3.5 tons)

12"                                                                      Heavy Truck (7-8 tons)

15"                                                                      10 Tons

20"                                                                      25 Tons

Regulations for Ice Fishing:

You have a limit of 2 jigging lines (or hand lines) and five tip ups in most waters.  Each tip up is marked with the operator's name and address.  The operator must be present when lines are in the water and you must have your fishing license on you.  Always review regulations before you go by visiting www.dec.ny.gov.

Beginner Equiptment List:

Thermal Long Johns

Thermal Socks

Jeans

Snow Pants

Sweatshirt or Warm Flannel Shirt

Warm Hunting Coat

Gloves/Mittens

Waterproof insulated boots

Knit Hat/Mask

License

Commercial ice fishing rod, tip-up, or dowel rod

20-50 yards of 6 pound monofiliment fishing line

Hooks, Flat Hooks, Treble Hooks

Split Shot assortment, Mousies, Maggots, Mayfly Larva

Bait, Swedish Pimple (lure), Minnows, Wax Worms

Auger, Ice Spud, ladle, bucket, 25' nylon rope

Don't forget some food and coffee

Here are a few products we sell here at Bass Pro Shop that will make your ice fishing experience enjoyable.

The Clam Vista Thermal Ice Shelter can accommodate 2 to 3 people.

 

 

 

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How about the Soroc Sports Sled?  Perfect to pull all your supplies, it is made of thermoform construction.

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The Bass Pro Shop Hand Ice Auger, comes in a 6" or 8" with soft rubber handle.  Lightweight and portable.

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Need something with power?  Check out the Strike Master Chipper Lite Ice Auger.  This unit has a pointed chipper blade tip to keep the unit from bouncing around.  Lightweight and powerful

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We have many tip-ups to pick from, but check out the Bass Pro Shop Ice Artic Angler Tip Up.  Highly Visable with indicator and flag, measuring board and weather resistant molded base and spool.

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The Clam True Blue Ice Fishing Spining Combo comes with a oversized spool, cork grips and is solid graphite.

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Finally stay warm with the Clam Corp Ice Armor Edge Cold Weather Parka and the Clam Corp Ice Armor Ultra Insulated Bibs.  Waterproof, breathable, reflective safety piping and windproof.

 

 

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Consider taking up a little Ice Fishing this year.  Stop on by and talk with any of our Fishing associates who will be happy to help you get started.

Robin Piedmonte

Events Coordinator

 

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Escape New York - Luggage

This is the time of year in Central New York, when we all get the Winter blues.  The need to ESCAPE to a warmer climate.  Did you know that Bass Pro Shop makes light, high quality, durable luggage?  The Bob Timberlake line of luggage has a collection that even the most finicky person will like.  Here are just a few pieces of the collection we offer.

The Bob Timberlake 24" Wheeled North South Hinged Trunk, is unique with a zippered removable top half to help meet airline weight restrictions.  There is also a large bottom compartment with clothing straps and a removable suiter inside

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When traveling a nice shaving kit is a must.  Check out the Bob Timberlake First Class Leather Shaving Kit.  Spacious, sturdy and made of top grain leather.  There is a mesh organizer inside so everything will be organized and clean.

 

Perfect for daily business or just a one or two day trip, take a look at the Bob Timberlake Flight Bag.  Individual zippers to keep business and personal separate.  There is a padded bottom for laptop protection.

 

 

Some people just need something to put small items in without a large luggage.  The Bob Timberlake Rucksack, has just what you need.  Easy access main compartment with a laptop sleeve.  Top loading with a zipper and magnet closure flap.  Zippered side pockets and a easy access handle strips for that grap and go need.

 

 

 

 

So travel in style with the Bob Timberlake luggage when you decide to ESCAPE New York State.

Robin Piedmonte

Events Coordinator

 

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