Quick and Easy Trout Dinner!

Trout - Who doesn't enjoy catching them as well as eating them.  Bass Pro Shops would like to take all that hard work of catching and cleaning and have you enjoy a easy dinner with next to no clean up.

Uncle Buck's Fish Batter Mix is perfect!  Whether you like the original, mild, hot & spicy, or lemon, I know one will suit your taste.  Instructions are printed right on the back and you can mix the batter with water, milk, or for a different and great taste beer.  Our mix comes in a waterproof re-sealable canister which makes it great for camping.  What I like best is this mix is great with chicken, chops, vegetables, or how about corn dogs. Gluten FREE













If you are lucky enough to have a lot of trout to fry.  Take a look at the Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Batter Box.  Bread and batter the entire fryer at once.  The sifter is great for consistent coating each time with next to no clumping.




If you don't want to pan fry, our most popular fish fryer is the Bass Pro Shop Aluminum Fish Fryer.  Powerful and easy on the wallet this fryer comes with a 10.5 aluminum pot, 18" tripod stand, 5" deep thermometer, and a lightweight strainer basket.



It is very important is to fry your fish in the right oil.  We recommend the Cajun Injector Peanut Frying Oil Blend.  This oil is smooth and while it is great with fish, vegetables, chicken, turkey and more we also recommend it on salads and for baking.







While cooking your fish, consider throwing corn on the grill with the husks on.  Place the corn on the grill and close the cover.  Grill for (medium heat) 20 minutes (turning every 5 minutes).  Cook until the kernels are tender (you can tell this by piercing them with a fork or knife).  Remove the husks and eat plain or with a little butter.



To finish up your meal consider the Uncle Buck's Fruit Cobbler Mix.  Talk about easy - Spray the bottom of a 9x13 pan or a aluminum pan.  In a large bowl combine the Fruit Cobbler Mix and milk.  Pour it into the pan.  Drain two large cans of peaches (or whatever fruit you enjoy) and pour on top.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until batter rises to the top and is golden brown.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.










There you have it quick and easy.  Visit our website at www.basspro.com for additional seasonings!

R. Piedmonte





Empire Farm Days - Fun For the Entire Family!

George Washington said "I'd rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world".  With that,  we are proud to say that  the Empire Farm Days is one of the largest farm shows in the state.  With over 600 vendors and 300 acres this is a event worth attending.  Located on the Rodman Lott & Son Farms at 2973 Route 414 in Seneca Falls, NY they are just a short distance from Auburn, NY.  Last year there were over 65,000 people who attended the farm days from the United States and Canada.  This year Bass Pro Shops has been invited to participate in Empire Farm Days, and we are looking forward to it.

The dates of the Empire Farm Days are August 11, 12, and 13th.  The cost is only $10 per vehicle. In 1931 this event was called the Empire State Potato Growers ,and then was changed to the Empire Farm Days in 1967.  The Rodman Lott & Sons' Farms have hosted it since 1988.

See the latest tractors, farm implements and dairy innovations. Here is just a small taste of what the 2015 Empire Farm Days has to offer:

Live Beef displays


Grape Juice Testing

Haw Mowing

Field Demos

Kiddie Tractor rides

Sewing and Spinning

Cattle Handling

Wine Sampling

Hay Raking, and Hay Baling

Antique Tracker Parade

Skin Cancer Screening

You can see they cover a little bit of everything.  All that walking and looking gets you hungry.  No worries.  Try Chicken BBQ's, Beef BBQ's, Pork BBQ's, ice cream, taffy  and other short order food booths. Have a hard time walking or getting around? The staff will take care of you whether you need a golf cart or something else.










Bass Pro Shops will be there with utility boats and vehicles.   It was a honor to be asked and we could not be happier with attending such a large event. Exhibits, seminars, and demonstrations from milk quality to reinvesting for the next generation of dairy farmers.  Soil health testing innovator Will Brinton, founder of Woods End Soil Laboratory, representatives from Cornell Pro Dairy Program, Western New York Crop Management Association, Seedway, and Kings Agriseeds will be there as well as many others.

For the young farmers of the future 12 and under there are Kiddie Tractor Pulls that benefit the NYS 4H Foundation.  Visitors 18 and older can test drive wheel loaders, backhoes, skidsteers, 4 wheelers and utility vehicles.  This is fun for the entire family.


Once you walk around the Farm Days and take it in, you see that life is better on the farm.  Yes, very hard work and farmers take life very seriously.  They also train their kids to become hard working adults.  Farmers work in the winter and in the summer so that the world can eat.  The Empire Farm Days is a salute to farmers and their families while showing them the newest technology and having a great time doing it!






To be successful in life you need to fall in love with your work and life.  I cannot think of anyone who gives to the community and appreciates his life like a farmer.  So stop on by to the Empire Farm Days on August 11, 12, and 13th and say hello!  Finally, John Denver says it best!

"Thank God I'm A Country Boy"


Well, life's on a farm is kinda laid back,
ain't much an old country boy like me can't hack.
It's early to rise, early in the sack thank God I'm a country boy.
Well, a simple kind of life never did me no harm,
raising me a family and working on the farm.
My days are all filled with an easy country charm, thank God I'm a country boy.
Well, I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle.
When the sun's coming up, I got cakes on the griddle.
And life ain't nothing but a funny, funny riddle, thank God I'm a country boy.

When the work's all done and the sun's setting low,
I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.
The kids are asleep so I keep it kinda low, thank God I'm a country boy.
I'd play Sally Gooding all day if I could,
but the lord and my wife wouldn't take it very good.
So I fiddle when I can and I work when I should, thank God I'm a country boy.
Well, I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle.
When the sun's coming up, I got cakes on the griddle.
And life ain't nothing but a funny, funny riddle, thank God I'm a country boy.

I wouldn't trade my life for diamonds or jewels,
I never was one of them money hungry fools.
I'd rather have my fiddle and my farming tools, thank God I'm a country boy.
Yeah, city folk driving in a black limousine,
a lotta sad people thinking that's-a mighty keen.
Son, let me tell you now exactly what I mean, thank God I'm a country boy.
Well, I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle.
When the sun's coming up, I got cakes on the griddle.
And life ain't nothing but a funny, funny riddle, thank God I'm a country boy.

Well, my fiddle was my daddy's till the day he died,
and he took me by the hand and held me close to his side.
He said, "Live a good life and play my fiddle with pride,
and thank God you're a country boy.
My Daddy taught me young how to hunt and how to whittle,
he taught me how to work and play a tune on the fiddle.
He taught me how to love and how to give just a little,
thank God I'm a country boy.
Well, I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle.
When the sun's coming up, I got cakes on the griddle.
And life ain't nothing but a funny, funny riddle, thank God I'm a country boy.

R. Piedmonte














Are You Obsessed with the Weather?

Are you obsessed with the weather?  You are not alone.  People want to see what is going on 24/7.  The technology we have today will keep you updated as it is happening all around the world.

Entertainment - yes it is! Hanging on to each second as to what may or may not happen.  This is pure drama in the sky.  Watch a real life movie as it unravels before your eyes.   How should you dress? Do you need to get groceries for a few extra days?  Do you need to check how many flashlights or batteries are needed?  Water?  We watch TV, computers or phones to see in advance what the weather will bring us.  Although people watch weather as TV, there is a far more serious side to this.  Knowing when you need to evacuate an area or take shelter, how it will affect crops and your livelihood.

How about some weather related sayings.  Have you ever heard?

Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight - Red Sky in the Morning, Sailors take warning

When the moon raises red and appears large, with clouds, expect rain in twelve hours

A sunny shower won't last an hour

Mares' tails and mackerel scales make tall ships take in their sails

A wind from the south has rain in its mouth

Birds flying low, expect rain and a blow

If the rooster crows on going to bed, you may rise with a watery head

Do you know how big a raindrop is?  Usually they are very small about one hundredth of an inch.  Large raindrops are one tenth of a inch in diameter.  Small rain drops fall approximately  2 miles per hour.  Large rain drops are 18 miles per hour.

Lightening can travel 136,000 miles an hour.  You can figure out how close lightning is by counting the seconds between the flash of lightning and a clap of thunder.  One mile for every 5 seconds.  An example would be if you count 10 seconds between the lightening and the thunder the lightening is two miles away.  Lightning can be very dangerous.  Do not use land line phones during lightning storms.  Do not go out on the water or play golf during a thunderstorm.  If your hair stand on end get close to the ground with your hands on your knees, then put your head between your knees.

Thunderstorms are usually in the summer when the weather is hot and humid.  You may also witness thunderstorms during the winter months as a cold front approaches.

Bass Pro Shops has a large variety of weather instruments you can use to help you with the weather.  Here are just a few ideas that are great fun and we have much more at www.basspro.com.

The Bass Pro Shops Acu Rite 5 in 1 Weather Center has a illuminated color display and a backlight that always stays on.  This unit has a strong signal that works through walls and long distance.  Check out all the other features by clicking on the picture or visiting our website www.basspro.com.


Never miss a beat with the Eton Corporation FRX4 Rugged Weather Radio.  NOAA weather alerts, solar, crank, and red beacon light are just a few features this unit offers while being tough and durable.










Want something portable?  The convenient Lacrosse Technology Handheld NOAA Weather Radio is high quality while being portable!



Do you follow lightning?  Why not look at the AcuRite Instruments Portable Lightning Detector.  Water resistant for outdoor or indoor use. This component will detect the presence of lightning and the speed it is approaching at.  25 mile range









While your obsession with the weather keeps you informed, get your kids involved in the fun too.  Explain to your kids the safety that is needed and why you follow the weather.  Here is a quick and easy way to simulate a tornado.  All you need is 2-2 Liter Bottles, Duct Tape, and water and perhaps some glitter to simulate debris.  Here is all you do!  Fill one 2 liter bottles up about 2/3 with water and some glitter.  Place the other bottle on top and secure with duct tape well.  I would do this outside in case of leaks.  Turn the bottle upside down so that the water is on the top and spin counter clockwise. Watch as your tornado form and repeat!          R. Piedmonte - Events Coordinator





Bass Pro Shops presents Freedom Days along with the NRA!













Take a look at what we have going on - This is an event that should not be missed.

July 20th - August 2nd

2nd Amendment Instant Savings on guns in stock

Up to $150 equal to the value of your sales tax!

You will get a FREE Plano Gun Case with any handgun purchase of $300 or more.  (In store only)








 July 25th - July 26th - August 1st - August 2nd  

NRA Membership Drive - Sign up to be a member in the store or visit joinnra.org











July 25th thru August 2nd

Enter for a chance to win a NRA Freedom Days Experience

1 winner and 7 guests will stay 1 night at the Big Cedar Lodge

Private shooting experience with the Gould Brothers

Exhibition Shooting at our exclusive Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy










A visit to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Bass Pro Shops Springfield, MO.  In addition to this 1 winner per store will receive a NRA Lifetime Membership!










July 25th & July 26th Kids get a change to shoot BB guns in the Daisy shooting range.








FREE Seminars

FREE  Mug giveaway to the first 15 people to attend seminars

Saturday - July 25th & August 1st

11am - 3 Gun Competition Basics - MSR's, handgun, shotguns, and ammo

2pm - Accessorizing your MSR

3pm  - Women and Self Defense - How to train and defend.  Learn about handguns, revolvers, and gun cases


Sunday - July 26th & August 2nd

2pm - Choosing the Right Home Defense System - Shotgun, handgun or MSR

3pm - Gun Safety in the Home - Gun safes, handgun vaults, and cleaning accessories


July 20th through August 2nd

Receive  triple rewards points  on Hornady and Federal Premium ammunition as well as Quintuple rewards points on Hornady storage, Smith & Wesson knives, and Magpul.












Keeping your Best Friend Cool

Summer is upon us and while we cannot wait to jump into the lake, pool, or stream to stay cool, lets not forget about your best friend.  Whether you are driving, swimming, basking in the sun our dogs need special care, and we cannot forget that they too get over heated.

It is always better to exercise you dog early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is at its lowest.  If you do need to exercise your pet during the hot hours always have water and a few treats to give them.  The Portable Food/Tote is made just for that as well as travel. If the pavement is too hot try dog booties.  Remember you would not like to walk bare foot on that hot pavement and neither do they.



It is always important to watch for signs that your pet may be dehydrated.  Dogs do not sweat, and they cool themselves by panting.  Signs of dehydration are lethargic behavior, drooling excessively, bloodshot eyes.  You may also want to look at their skin.  Lift it up and if it doesn't fall right back into place that is a sign of dehydration.  Keeping a dog dish in your car or backpack is a great idea.  The Redhead Collapsible Dog Dish can be stored neatly in your glove compartment until it is needed.






Remember that overweight dogs are always higher risk for dehydration and that a darker coat dog will soak up more heat than a lighter coat dog.  When out in a park or beach look for a shaded spot.  At home have a fan going, or keep them in a cool part of your home.  Many people love to spray their dogs when it is hot.  That is great, but always make sure you spray their paws and under their stomach as well. Dogs cool from the bottom up.

Many dogs will dig, not always because they are bored but as a way to keep cool. Dogs will know instinctively that the weather is too hot.  They won't walk as long or they won't want to walk at all.

Going on the boat?  This is exciting for you and your pet.  If your pet is not used to swimming and is hesitant of the water, consider the Bass Pro Shops Life Jacket for Dogs.  It comes in sizes XS to XL.  The heat can bother the skin on your dog,  whether from bug bites or dry skin.  Take a look at the Pro Sense Itch Relief Hydrocortisone Spray.  Perfect to keep in a backpack or in the car for just the right time.  Non stinging spray!













Keep your dog groomed during the summer months to help them stay cool and comfortable.  Bass Pro Shops has a variety of de shedding tools that will help you in this category.  Try the  Redhead Shedding Blade or the FurGOpet Deshedder  .











Finally, here are a few easy ideas that will be fun for your friend and easy for you to do.  Get a bowl (plastic) and fill it with water, chicken, vegetable or beef broth along with some treats and a toy.  FREEZE !  Once you pop it out watch your buddy go crazy trying to get their toy or biscuits free.  Great way to stay hydrated and fun for them.



Another great idea is to blend plain yogurt, some peanut butter, and a mashed banana together.  Put it in a Dixie cup with a milk bone biscuit in the middle of the cup.  FREEZE!  Can you say pupsicle!






Most important have fun this summer and enjoy your best friend.  They just want to spend time with you.  Feel free to visit www.basspro.com for additional items just for your dog.

R. Piedmonte - Events Coordinator
















What Do You Use Camp Chairs For?

Camping chairs, what do you use them for?  Not just camping.  Portable chairs can be used for a variety of things.  Yes they are great for campfires.  Easy pick up.  But why not consider them for other things.

Sporting Events - use them at soccer games, and other events that are outside

Fireworks - perfect to keep in your car.  July always has a festival or fireworks  going on

Watching the stars - we have portable chairs you will be so comfortable in you may just fall asleep watching those stars outside

Tailgating - Perfect and compact for stowing away until you start cooking in the parking lot

Extra seating for company - How many times do extra people show up at your house?  Perfect way to have extra chairs on hand for a low price

Use in the water - Sit at the shore and put your toes in the water

Backyard movie night - Hang a sheet bring out the projector and chairs and watch a movie right in your own back yard.













Country Wedding - It is the big thing right now to attend a wedding and either bring your own chair or the wedding party has a different of variety of chairs set up.

Chairs are easy on those knees - I don't know about you but a portable chair is a lot easier on the knees than a blanket

Date Night - What a perfect chair to bring in the back of the car with a picnic dinner







Check out a few of the chairs we have on hand here at the store.  We also have a great deal of other chairs at www.basspro.com .




Bass Pro Shops Big Outdoorsman XL Fold Up Chair - Nice, durable and comfortable.  Comes with a built in cup holder and ohttp://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Big-Outdoorsman-XL-FoldUp-Chair/product/12081605474847/rganizer pocket.  Will hold up to 400 pounds


Bass Pro Shops Outdoorsman Rocker - Thick foam padding in the seat and back for extra comfort.  This rocker will fold flat and will hold up to 350 pounds.http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Big-Outdoorsman-Rocker-FoldUp-Chair/product/12081605474848/







Bass Pro Shops Big Outdoorsman Lounger Chair - With a 24" wide seat, multiple positions that recline, padded seat and back along with a pillow and side tray and cup holder.  I dare you not to fall asleep in this chair. Will hold up to 400 pounds.



Bass Pro Shops Big Outdoorsman Hard Arm Recliner Fold Up Chair - The hard arms make this chair an easy in and out.  Foam padding at the headrest, seat and back. This chair has a cup holder and is multi position reclining.  A very popular chair here in Auburn, NY  it will also hold up to 350 pounds. http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Big-Outdoorsman-HardArm-Recliner-FoldUp-Chair/product/12120506304657/



I have to throw this one in.  Perfect for the beach, camping, or any outside event.  The Folding Picnic Table with Umbrella will seat 4 adults, it is lightweight and easy to store.

















Make sure you visit us or check out www.basspro.com for more ideas.

R. Piedmonte




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





Try the fastest growing water sport - Paddle Boarding

Did you know the fastest growing water sport is paddle boarding?  It improves your core strength, cardio fitness, balance, and flexibility with no impact.  All fitness levels as well as all ages can have fun with this.

How do you start?  All you need is a paddle board, paddle, and a life jacket.  The initial cost is a little high, but the years of enjoyment will out last the initial investment.

Where should you paddle?  Anywhere you kayak or canoe.  A river, stream, or lake.  Paddle boards are light and easy to transport.  They are also easy access to water.

If you have ever been in a canoe or kayak, you have a head start with balance. Stand up paddle boarding is not hard.  Try to learn on calm water .

What should you wear paddle boarding?  If it is warm use shorts, and a t-shirt, or a bathing suit.  Cold weather try a wet suit.

This is a fun relaxing way to play on the water with a minimum of gear.  Great family recreation.  There is yoga paddle boarding, racing with paddle boards.  What a great full body workout similar to the popular cross training activity.

We have three paddle boards that are great for the beginner to intermediate level.  Take a look at the Pelican Flow 116 Angler or the Pelican Rush, and the Pelican Flow 11.6.  All have a padded non-slip deck and are great to use on flat water or light surf.

















We also recommend having a leash attached so if you were to fall off it would be right next to you.  The Sportsman's Paddle Leash is easy to use and has a coil-less design.




The Lavika Vortex Stand Up Paddle is adjustable with a T grip handle for maximum control.







The Ascend Deluxe Paddling Vest   comes in a few sizes.  OSFM, Small/Medium, and L/XL.  This vest is ultra lightweight with mesh shoulders and a open side design.



Don't forget the sunscreen, sunglasses, and a safety whistle.  Enjoy the summer months, while getting into shape with stand up paddle boarding!

For other paddle boards, vests, and paddles please visit www.basspro.com

R. Piedmonte










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.



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.


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.









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








Help your Body and Mind by Metal Detecting

Summer is officially here.  You want to do something different this summer, but not sure what?  Here is a great idea to try, metal detecting.  What a way to get those legs moving and explore.  There is history all around you, why even if you stay home there is history right in your own back yard!.  Metal Detecting teaches patience, perseverance, may get you a little money and it is good for any age!

A lot of people think of metal detecting as someone on the beach, but history is all around.  Why we went camping up near Ticonderoga, NY and found old stone houses that were crumbling.  I wish now we had that metal detector around.

The first recorded use of metal detectors was in 1881 when Alexander Graham Bell tried to find a bullet lodged in President James A. Garfield's chest.  It was also used a great deal during WW II.  In the 1960's the military used them to find land mines.

1976 - Alabama  while searching for coins, a man found a LIVE .75 millimeter tank shell fro WWII.  It was removed by a military  demolition crew.

1977 - California  a 4.9 kg gold nugget with 132 pieces of gold inside.  It is called the Mojave Nugget.

1997 - Virginia - 2 young boys using a metal detector unearthed a LIVE Confederate Army artillery shell in their grandfathers back yard

2008 - Key West - a diver found a gold chalice from a Spanish treasure ship that sank in 1622

2010 - Virginia a 7 year old boy received a metal detector for his birthday.  He found a Civil War sword and bullets










Many people find things in ordinary places.  Not everyone is going to get rich with this.  But think about the knowledge and the history tied to the object.  Where should you go?  How about camp grounds, school yards, picnic areas, beaches, battlefields, parks, historic sights, piers etc.  Also talk with grandparents or neighbors who have lived there for many years.

Bass Pro Shops have a variety of metal detectors you may find interesting.  Check them out below!

For the younger metal detector, check out the Bounty Hunter Junior Metal Detector.  Perfect for the junior it is lightweight, water resistant and very easy to use.




For the beginner adult, check out the Bounty Hunter Quicksilver Metal Detector.  Extremely easy to use with a 3 tone feedback and a LCD display for easy viewing.












As you get more involved, check out these three detectors that are easy to use yet give you the additional features you want.

Bounty Hunter Lone Star Pro Metal Detector - High end features in a mid range detector.  Adjustable sensitivity and discrimination.  Touch Pad operation with LCD screen and 8" waterproof concentric coil








Teknetics Delta Metal Detector - 3 operation modes, 5 level running depth readout.  Discrimination and notch systems with 3 tones.











Bounty Hunter Camo LS Metal Detector - 4 mode operations, waterproof coil, touchpad selection with 4 level discrimination and pinpoint target control
















Now that we have your interest in metal detectors here is a little fun.  Lets talk Metal Detecting Jargon

Nine-Two-Five - means you have found .925 silver (high quality)

All-Metal - Most likely you are digging a lot of junk

Black Dirt - Organically rich dirt is common in old home sites.  This makes for good hunting

Bling - Fancy Jewelry

Bust Coin/Draped Bust - Old US coin minted late 1700's to early 1800's.  Rare and considered a good find

Cache - Coins or jewelry deliberately buried together.  Usually in a jar, box or can.  Good find

Can Slaw - Shreds of aluminum cans that may of been hit by a lawn mower which can give too many signals and make a find hard to detect

Cell Hole - Remains of old home site.  Many times it is just a depression in the ground or have stone lining

Dirt Fishing - Metal detecting on soil not beaches

Tear Out - When side walks or parking lots have been removed due to repair or new construction.  This makes for good hunting

These are just a few of the lingo that  Metal Detector hunters use. Stop on down and talk with any of our Camping Associates about metal detectors or check our website at www.basspro.com . Then soak up all the history our area has.

R. Piedmonte




Kids and Fishing

Kids and fishing.  What child doesn't love splashing in puddles?  Kids just love to play in the water.  Make their first time fishing fun so they want to go again and again.

Before you head out here are a few things for you to look in to.  Bring a extra pair of gloves for handling the fish, some sunscreen, snacks and a extra hat and coat (if it gets cool).  Look through your tackle box and take out the expensive tackle or any antiques that might find their way to the bottom of the lake. Also, kids may not focus as long as you do, so bring a book or something to occupy them for short periods of time.

Kids love to have options and they love to participate.  Have them pick out a fishing pole that is good for them.  The Shakespeare Poles come in Iron Man to Barbie for the young ones and they have a practice plug that can help them cast before you go out.















There are many different kinds of tackle boxes to pick from.  Pink, Red, Blue or how about one that will grow with them.  The Plano 3-Tray Tackle Box.  has adjustable dividers and a large bulk storage area for larger tackle.




Perhaps the kids are a little old for Iron Man or Barbie.  Check out the Bass Pro Shops Lunker Gear Rod & Reel Spincast Combo Kit.  This comes with a spincasting reel and plenty of tackle to start off.








By involving kids right in the beginning they get excited and feel responsible for their own gear.  This is a great time to have conversation with your kids.  Tell them about the environment, how to tell the what port, starboard, stern and bow mean.  Teach them about how to handle a fish and look at its colors and how pretty it looks.  Have them bait their own hook with a earthworm.  Earthworms are easy to hook and they can be bought or found.

Most important, always have a snack ready for them, and water to stay hydrated.  Here are a few fun ideas to pack:

Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches cut out with a fish cookie cutter


Celery filled with peanut butter or cream cheese while gold fish crackers swim on top







Fish 'N Rods - snack bag filled with goldfish and stick pretzels


Cheese slices cut into triangles and put in a snack bag.  Label them Shark Teeth


Get a see thru tackle box with a few compartments and fill them with gummies, goldfish, pretzels, raisins, M&M's, animal crackers.






Have fun with this.  Fishing is easy to learn and you don't have to get a lot of expensive equipment.  It is a great way to have fun with your kids and watch them grow.  Check out www.basspro.com for more great ideas!

Don't forget New York States FREE Fishing Weekend is June 27th & June 28th!

R. Piedmonte


Fun in the Sun with Towables

The weather is getting warmer.  You  hear the boat calling your name.  Ready to plan vacation?  The kids can't wait for time in the boat and what it can offer to them. It is important to have everything you need, before towing anyone.

New York State Law states that any vessel towing a water skier, parasail, towable tube or similar device must have their boater safety certificate on them as well as they must have a boat operator, observer or spotter 10 years or older in the boat.  The hours in which you can ski or tow are between sunrise and sunset.  Effective 2002 anyone towed by a vessel must wear a securely fastened coast guard approved floatation device.

Buying a towable is cheap entertainment.  They are relatively inexpensive to buy and one size will fit most people.  It is a simple to do and requires no technique to learn.  All you need is just a little common sense to avoid any accidents.

Always look for the weight limit on the tube you buy.  Make sure the rider knows all hand signals for fast, slow, go around again, or take me home.  Your spotter/observer needs to know exactly what they need to look for.  A driver must always stay on a safe path and pay attention to what is going on around you.  Boats too close, don't go too close to shore, docks, rocks, and other water hazards.   Before starting off with your rider, make sure they are ready and give you the thumbs up before going.  If towing multiples, make sure the weight is distributed correctly, so if a large wave comes up, the lighter person is not flying off.  Pulling multiples can also tangle the line more.  This adds a risk of colliding, so always exercise caution.  Crossing wakes and sharp turns at high speeds may be fun for some, but small children and others could get injured.  Take all of this into consideration before you get behind the wheel.

When buying a tow rope, buy one that is right for what you are doing with it.  Skiing, tubing etc. From experience this is important.  I cannot  tell you how many ropes we have gone through by not paying attention to the instructions.

Last but not least always pay attention to the regulations that govern the water you are in.  Also wear your personal floatation device.

At Bass Pro Shops we always want you safe when you get outside to enjoy the weather.  Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Camping  is a wonderful experience just be safe when doing it.

Here are just a few tubes, skies, wakeboards, and kneeboards that might interest you.  For more of a variety stop on by or visit www.basspro.com

The XPS 75' 8-section Water Ski Rope & Handle Combo  handles the harsh conditions you give it, while it exceeds the 2375 pound WSIA weight conditions.


XPS D80 3 Person Towable











XPS D70 2 Person Towablehttp://www.basspro.com/XPSD-70-2-Person-Towable/product/11110305010021/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT





O'Brien Super Screamer 2 Person Towable Tube











Bass Pro Shop XPS Revolution Kneeboard  -  Smooth easy ride with deep knee wells & padded belt for control








XPS Water Ski combo with Binding  Includes a slalom toe so you can drop a ski










Hydro Slide Wide Track Trainer Water Skis - Perfect trainer for a beginner









Hydro Slide Relic 142 Wakeboard Package  - Great for all levels includes chaser bindings, ski rope, and handle









Last but not least don't forget your sunscreen and water.  I can testify that if you are a operator or a spotter you will be in that boat for a very long time.  Enjoy that time on the water.



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.



















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.















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.















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






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.






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.






















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






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.














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



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.














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.













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!
















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.  











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.














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.
















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





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.









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"'.










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.










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.








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.













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.














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?













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!





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.

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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





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




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.













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







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






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