Deer Calls

Which deer call is right for you.  It is hard to pick the right one.  You have to try some out, talk with friends or stop on in and talk with any of the Bass Pro associates in our Hunting Department.  Here are a few different calls that have been tried and have had positive reviews on line.

The Flextone Buck Collector Deer Call is flexible and natural sounding.  It has labeled buttons that allow you to adjust the tone.  Pick from fawn, doe, buck bleats or wheezes.  If you want a all in one call, look at the Flextone All In One Deer Call.  This call will mimic grunts, estrus, bleats, fawn bleats, fawn distress, mature or young bucks








































Knight & Hale has been in the game call business since 1972.  The Knight & Hale EZ Grunter Xtreme Deer Call can be used all season for buck or doe.  This call makes a life like hyperventilating sound that mimics a buck on a chase.  If a rattle bag or system appeals to you, take a look at the Knight & Hale Pack Rack Magnum Rattling System or the Knight & Hale Ultimate Rattle Bag Deer Call.  Both are very popular and the price will not break your bank account.  With the rattling system you twist back and forth which  replicates the sound of bucks or elk fighting.  Great for windy days and long range calling.  The rattle bag creates a light sparring sound,  or mimics a mature buck fighting.  Both are light and easy to use.



















































Primos has a few calls you may find interesting.  The Primos Up Roar Deer Call, offers three sounds in one.  This call will give a deep aggressive grunt, loud estrus bleat, and a wheeze to challenge any large buck.



















The Primos Hardwood Grunter Deer Call is a 6 in 1 adjustable reed system that produces a wide range of extra loud calls.












The Primos Great Big Can Estrus Bleat Call, produces deep loud estrus bleats for a long range.


















Talk with your friends, stop on in and ask as many questions as you want.  Then go out and call those deer.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator







Tips For Successful Deer Hunting

Here are a few tips from the pros on deer hunting:

1.   Always carry a flashlight

2.   Do not scout before or during the rut.  You need to know where the buck lives, so scouting during pre-season will uncover tracks, rub lines,deer scrapes, and bed thickets.  It will also show  travel routes between their bed and their feeding areas.

3.   Always check your equipment before heading out into the field.

4.   Check with your friends every few hours or so for safety reasons.

5.   Use buck urine during early October.  Take advantage of the bucks territorial instincts.

6.   Take some odor eliminator to your treestand.  After you get to your stand, re-apply it.

7.   Practice setting up your treestand and taking down your treestand before the season begins.

8.   Pop up blinds : These are great for the hunter that does not feel comfortable in a tree. Most deer dont give ground blinds a second look as long as they are not in the open.

9.  Wash all your clothes in scent free detergent.

10. Wear a full body harness when hunting from a treestand.

11. Always check the weather for wind change, air temperature, and storms to see how this could affect the way you hunt.

12. Bring snacks and liquids with you especially during the rut.  You could be out there all day.

13. Don't count on using your scope during the season to see deer.  Consider buying a pair of  binoculars, this is safer than moving the rifle around.

14. Use your scents and lures carefully.  Many grown bucks have made the connection between man and scent during the fall.

15. If you want to land a buck during the rut, find those does.

16. Don't use a call or grunt when a buck is heading your way.  Be still and let the buck move to you.

17. Try not to make human or noises which could startle the deer.  Ex. banging, coughing, or using your cell phone.

18. Deer can see movement from a long ways away, use slow movement while in your stand.

19. Stalking deer is most successful during the rainy weather.  Their sight and hearing is minimized during these conditions.

20. Last but not least bring a empty plastic bottle just in case you have to go.  You don't want to ruin getting a buck during the rut because of that.


Be Safe - Be Happy - Enjoy Hunting


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator








Scent Elimination


You have your gun, ammo, camo, and tree stand.  Have you thought about making sure that deer cannot smell you?  The best defense against having that deer realize you are watching him is your scent.  Odors that we find nice are very offensive to a deer.  That is why it is important not to have any smell that might alert them.

We do not realize how odors may affect hunting.  Aftershave, soap, cooking odors and many more scents attach themselves to clothing and us. Bass Pro Shops has a wide variety of scent elimination products that will appeal to you.  Here are just a few items you may want to consider.

If you want a soap that can be used on your hair as well as your body, consider Hunter's Specialties Scent A Way Liquid Antibacterial Soap.  This soap will deordorize and neutralize human odor.  It has been around for years. Just look on our website to see all the positive reviews.
















Don't forget that you need protection from scent in your clothing, boots and gear.  The Dead Down Wind Scent Prevent Evolve Field Spray works well and can be applied upside, down to make sure you get it everywhere.

















Make sure you wash your hunting clothes in a scent eliminating laundry detergent soap.  The Hunter's Specialties Scent A Way Laundry Detergent has a rinse and stain guard that prevents the re-depositing of dirt.  This detergent is very concentrated so a little goes a long way.















Once that laundry is done consider the Hunter's Specialties Scent A Way Odor Control Dryer Sheets.  This will work on all fabrics and helps prevent static cling.  These sheets will also leave no residue in your dryer.  Another good idea is when you put your clothes away for the season put a few of these inside your box or large zip bags.














Something as simple as brewing coffee or making breakfast in the morning leaves a scent on your hands.  The Hunter's Specialties Scent A Way Antibacterial & Deordorizing Bar Soap  will eliminate odors and  is fragrance free
















Last but not least protect your lips from the UV rays with a SPF15 lip Balm.  The Hunter's Specialties Scent A Way Lip Balm will do all that without giving you a scent.










So there it is, scent elimination at its best.  Stop on down and check out all the products we have to help you get closer to that buck.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator












Tips For Turkey Hunting in the Fall

Here are a few turkey tips that you just may find interesting during the Fall Turkey season.

1.   Turkeys can't smell humans, but their eyes are quite good.  Head to toe camo is the way to go in clothing.  Don't forget a facemask.  If possible camouflage your gun also.

2.   Locate toms in the evening.  Listen for cackle and fly up before dark.

3.   Use a locator call in the evening/mid morning before fly up then use your call from then on.

4.   Try to sneak into your covering and hit some hen yelps this will get the tom going.

5.   Learn to use as many calls as you can (slate/box/mouth).  This will make you  more successful as a hunter. 

6.   Use a smaller shot.  A #4,5, or 6 work better than larger shot.

7.   Turkeys hate the rain and prefer open fields during the rain.  The noise on the trees make it hard to hear and gets them nervous.

8.   In the Fall you can use dogs to hunt turkeys.  Dogs disburse the flock.  Use a regroup call or a kiki call to draw them back in.

9.   Never wear red, white or blue since these are the gobblers head color.

10. Never stalk turkeys, assume any call you hear could be another hunter.

11. You should always wear orange.

12. When calling, learn to create a distressed sense of hurry.  As soon as your receive a call back .  Repeat it again.

If you are in need of some decoys, take a look at the Redhead Reality Series Remote Crazy Jake Turkey Decoy System.  Very realistic this decoy comes with a remote controlled moving support stake.  70% the size of the standard strutting decoy, this will not intimidate a young gobbler.

















The Dakota Decoy X-Treme Hen Turkey Decoy, has a relaxed body position which will entice that tom.









With a forward stretching body, receptive pose, and lowered head, the Avian X LCD Breeder Hen Turkey Decoy is what you may be interested in looking at.  This also comes in a feeder or lookout hen model.












If you are looking for a tom, check out the Redhead Strutting Tom Turkey DecoyRealistic and durable, you can use your own tail fan or the folding Redhead Tail System.

















Have a safe and happy Fall turkey season.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator




DEC Crossbow Hunting Regulations

Crossbows are flying off the shelf here at Bass Pro.  Make sure that you are aware of the regulations, so you can hunt safely and correctly. Straight from the NYS DEC regulation guide here is something you should read:


Age Requirement:  Crossbows may be used only by licensees who are 14 years of age or older.

Without landowner permission, crossbows may not be discharged within 250 feet of any home, school building or playground, public structure, farm structure in use, or occupied factory or church.

A crossbow may not be possessed in or on a motor vehicle unless it is un-cocked.

While on lands inhabited by deer or bear, and in or on a motor vehicle using artificial lights, a crossbow may not be possessed unless it is unstrung or taken down or securely fastened in a case or locked in the trunk of the vehicle.

Crossbows may not be used for hunting in Suffolk, Nassau, or Westchester counties.


There are 3 options to choose from in order to complete the required crossbow qualification & safety training.  All must accompany a NYS hunting license and in some cases a muzzleloading privilege.

Option 1:  Review the DEC online crossbow qualification training and complete the Crossbow Certificate of Qualification.*

Option 2:  Review the DEC crossbow qualification training and complete the Crossbow Certificate of Qualification* found in the 2014-2015 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide.

Option 3:  Complete a Hunter Education or Combination Education course to receive a Hunter Education Certificate of Qualification. * Certificates must be dated on or after April 1, 2014 to meet crossbow qualification and safety training.

*NOTE:  The Crossbow Certificate of Qualification from 2012-2013 is no longer valid.

CROSSBOW SPECIFICATIONSBarnett Quad 400 Crossbow Package

A legal crossbow consists of a bow and string, either compound or recurve, that launches a minimum 14 inch bolt or arrow, not including point, mounted upon a stock with a trigger that holds the string and limbs under tension until released.

The trigger unit of such crossbow must have a working safety.

Minimum limb width:  17 inches (outer tip of limbs, excluding wheels and cams, uncocked)

Minimum peak draw weight:  100 pounds

Maximum peak draw weight:  200 pounds

Minimum overall length:  24 inches from butt-stock to front of limbs


Big Game

License requirement:

The new law essentially treats crossbows as a muzzleloader. Hunters must possess a muzzleloader hunting privilege to legally hunt with a crossbow during any muzzleloader season OR during open portions of the early bowhunting seasons.  Muzzleloader privilege is not required when hunting with a crossbow during the early bear season or the regular firearms seasons.

Bowhunting privilege is not required for use of a crossbow at any time.

Crossbows may be used during the following seasons:

Crossbows may be used to take bear during the early bear season, early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone, regular firearms seasons in the Northern and Southern Zones, and the late muzzleloader season in the Southern Zone.

Cross bows may be used to take deer during:

Early and late muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone and late muzzleloader season in the Southern Zone using       Bow/Muzz tags, DMPs, DMAP tags, or an unfilled Regular Big Game tag (late season only);

Regular firearms seasons using a Regular Big Game tag, DMPs, or DMAP tags.

Crossbows may also be used to take deer or bear during limited portions of bowhunting seasons as follows, provided that the hunter possesses the muzzleloading privilege:

During the last 14 days of the early bowhunting season in the Southern Zone (i.e., November 1-November 14, 2014);

During the last 10 days of the early bowhunting season in the Northern Zone (i.e.,October 15-October 24; this includes the 7-day early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone);

Only Bow/Muzz tags, DMP's or DMAPs may be used during these times.

Crossbows may not be used under the following conditions:

To take deer or bear in the following areas of the state:

Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 4J in Albany County

WMU 8C in Monroe County

In the counties of Suffolk, Nassau or Westchester

Junior big game hunters (age 14-15) may not use a crossbow to take a deer during the Youth Deer Hunt weekend (October 11-13, 2014). Adult mentors who accompany a junior big game hunter on the Youth Deer Hunt weekend may not possess a crossbow (or firearm) while afield on those days.


License Requirements: A hunting license is needed to use a crossbow to hunt small game species.  A turkey permit is also required to hunt turkeys.  All crossbow specifications remain in effect.

Crossbows may be used to take the following small game species during their respective open seasons.

Wild Turkey

Any other small game or upland game birds.

Unprotected wildlife ( squirrels and woodchucks) at anytime.

Crossbows may not be used under the following conditions.

To take waterfowl or other migratory game birds.

While hunting with a dog for any small game (except for coyotes in the Northern Zone).


Crossbows may not be used to take carp or any other fish species.

We hope this helps you plan your hunting in a safe correct matter.

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator




Turkey Hunting

Do you have a turkey vest yet?  Here are a few new vests that we have at Bass Pro Shop.  Check them out!

The Redhead Striker Turkey Vest for Men has a magnetic flip up seat which is cushioned with memory foam, and padded back and shoulder straps for comfort.  Lots of accessory pockets to keep all calls in and a detachable blaze orange flag.  This vest also comes in ladies.   The vest for ladies has spacious pockets inside and out but is alot less bulky.














Ol'Tom Dura-Lite Performance I-Beam Vest, has a gun cradle with a thick seat for comfort.  Along with many pockets, pouches and a blaze orange safety flag, the blood proof game bag seals the deal.  This vest also has a decoy bag and a blaze orange safety flag.











Under Armour has come out with its own vest for turkey hunting.  The UnderArmour Turkey Trax Hunting Vest, has a compression molded back panel which is channelled for ventilation and then folds down as a seat.  Very roomy with lots of pockets and pouches, this pack also has a one handed magnetic front closure for convenience.











The Redhead Turkey Vest for Youth is perfect for a young beginner.  This vest has a adjustable waist, shoulder and sternum strap.  Large pockets and a built in fold down padded seat.  It comes in Realtree Xtra Green or Mossy Oak Obsession.













I think you will be happy with any of the vests we have here at Bass Pro Shop.  So stop on in and check them out.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator


Weekend and Evening Games

School is back in session.  How many of you parents/grandparents go to football games or cross country meets?  How many of you stand due to not having enough bleacher space or no bleachers at all?  Well we have the answer for you.  Stop on down and take a look at our camping chairs.  They are not just for the firepit.

September can be cool, warm or rainy.  The Bass Pro Shop Canopy Chair has a cupholder and is easy up and down.  The added plus is the canopy on top.  It has a water resistant polyester fabric perfect for those light rainy nights.

















The Bass Pro Shop Folding Director's Chair has a folding side table with padded arm rests.  The table also has a drink holder.  Easy up and easy down makes this a great idea.

















If you want a oversized chair that holds up to 400 pounds, check out the Bass Pro Shop Big Outdoorsman XL Fold Up Chair.  This chair is wide, sturdy and it has a padded seat with a cup holder.  Top quality is the word for this chair.













Here are a few other things that might make the evening more comfortable.  Always have a throw in the back of the car, and top it off with some Bass Pro Shop Uncle Bucks Premium Beef Jerky with a can of soda/water you can place in one of the Fish & Wildlife Can Coolers.  There you go, you are all ready for the September sport season.  Enjoy and have fun!











Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator






Dog Safety

You are all excited about hunting, but have you thought about your dog?  Make sure your best friend is ready with what they need when you go scouting.

The Redhead Double Ply Safety Collar has a center ring that will allow your dog to slip free if hung up on a obstruction.  Good quality and a  excellent value. Perfect collar to keep your dog safe.







If your dog needs a vest, take a look at the  Ruffwear Track Jacket in blaze orange.  Highly visable during hunting or a low light condition, this vest has three attachment points and reflective trim.  The fabric is durable and bright while being waterproof.














Consider the Sport DOG Brand Tracking Locator BeaconThis bright long range light is good for 250 hours.  You can set it to blink or stay solid.  Waterproof and submersible makes this the perfect item to keep on your dog so you can see him/her.










Don't forget that while your dog is working and running , they may get some cuts or scratches.  The Creative Pet Products Sporting Dog First Aid Kit has everything you could possibly want.  Small and compact this will fit nicely under your seat until you need it.  Another item you may want to consider is Pro-Sense All-Purpose Pet Balm.  We do not realize how hard it is on your dog's paws when they come in contact with brush and hard ground.  This will sooth, protect, and heal dry cracked skin and paws during extreme weather and activity.


























Don't forget your dog will need water and food while running.  Consider getting the Portable PET Food Tote.  This convenient food and water carrier is all you need to keep that pet happy.
















Finally, when you get home and your dog has given his best for the day: consider a nice pet bed.  The Redhead Weathproof Camo Pet Bed is soft and comfortable.  It is filled with a polyester fiber and cedar shavings to combat odor.  The best part is it wipes clean with a damp cloth.







So don't forget about your best friend after hunting or working.  They deserve to kick back after a long hard day just like we do.

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator





Summer Over?  Absolutely not!  Now is a great time to kick back and kayak around the Fingerlakes. Nothing relaxes a person more than gliding through our beautiful Finger Lakes.  Each lake offers a different view.  Why not take advantage of the Fall before it gets cold. 

New to kayaking?  Here are a few lakes you may not know about,  but are smaller and perfect for the beginner .  Lamoka and Waneta lakes are small which makes them perfect for the beginner.  Both of these lakes are between Keuka and Seneca, and due to their size, the wind is not as bad but the scenery is still just as beautiful.  A kayak you may want to consider is the Ascend FS10 Sit-In Angler Kayak-Titamium.  A durable high quality kayak with a seat that is comfortable, and you can remove the seat for land use.  The kayak has a hands free adjustable foot brace that moves to accommodate a person 5'2" to 6'6".  Just check out our reviews on-line to see just how great this kayak is.



How about a Finger Lake that is close to home with a Lighthouse?  Try Cayuga Lake, but don't forget a good paddle such as the Carlisle Magic Kayak Paddles.  Reliable, tough and lightweight with a pushbutton take down you won't be disappointed.  Don't forget to bring along a dry bag.  The Ascend Round Bottom Lightweight Dry Bag is waterproof, lightweight, durable and best of all you can see what is inside it.












Want nature in its fullest?  Take a look at Hemlock Lake which is south of Rochester.  This lake will remind you of the Adirondacks.  Don't forget your life jacket.  The Ascend Deluxe Padding Life Jacket for Men or the Ascend Deluxe Paddling Life Jacket for Women  is lightweight and comfortable.  The jacket has  mesh shoulders with open sides for ventilation.  Very easy to get off and on. 







I mentioned just a few lakes, but take the time to really explore what the Finger Lakes region is all about.  We live in a picturesque area.  Is'nt it worth looking into kayaking every single one of them?  It brings us back to the basics which as you know is needed in this stressful world of ours, so stop on by and talk with one of our helpful associates in our Camping Department.

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator




Targets - Practice Makes Perfect

Remember the saying "practice makes perfect"?  When it comes to being ready for archery season it could not be truer.  We have a great variety of targets to practice with at Bass Pro Shop.  Here are just a few you may want to consider.

The Field Logic Glen Del Pre-Rut 3D Deer Target has a polyfusion core.  You can use this target with field points, broadheads, and mechanicals.  Extremely lightweight and life like, this target is just what you are looking for..  The removal of arrows is easy and this target is quite durable.











If you want a block target, take a look at the Rinehart Target Rhino Block.  This target has four sides, 2 conventional and 2 display 3D sculpted.  Easy to carry with a rope handle and 40 target zones as well as self healing foam.















How about a portable target?  The Rinehart Target 18-1 is a long lasting portable target with 18 zones.  This target will stop field points, broadheads, and expandable blades all with self healing foam.











The Delta Kill Zone Archery Target for Bear/Boar is compact, durable, and  lightweight.  Perfect for your backyard or a campsite.












Best value of all,  take a look a the Redhead 4 Sided Layered Foam Archery Target with high density foam and 4 sided shooting.  If you are looking for a 3D target, check out the Shooter Buck  .  This target is designed to stop any field tip, broadhead or expandable while being a great value.













So stop on down and take a look at the variety of targets to pick from then get out there and practice, practice, practice.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator



Whats New in Game Cameras

Is your old camera giving you problems?  Well stop on down and take a look at whats new in game cameras.

New this year is the Cuddeback Seen IR Game Camera.  Compact and its size is perfect for monitoring new rubs or scrapes.  You can choose from wide angle or centered subject mode 5MP infrared images will give you night or day pictures with no motion blur or washout. The color images are superior and there is a 1/2 second trigger so you don't miss anything.











Fast trigger, high definition video and longer night range, the Moultrie Game Spy M880 is the camera for you.  This camera is a 8 megapixel with a low glow infrared flash.  There are four modes IR game camera, time lapse, plot camera in day/infrared at night, and HD video.  The video does come with sound and the motion freeze technology reduces nightime blur.  You can take 1-4 pictures per second and view your images and video on a 16:9 widescreen.













Another new camera this year is the Moultrie Game Spy M9901 No Glow.  This 10 megapixel camera has four operational modes, HD video with sound day and night, motion freeze while having a built in 2" LCD viewing screen.  You have shooting options of fastfire continuous, multi shot and picture delay of 5,15, 30 seconds or 1-60 minutes.













Stop on by the Archery Department and check out what we have in game cameras.  What a great way to watch and learn before Hunting Season.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator




Dogs & Travel This Summer

Summer is a perfect time to take a vacation with your best friend along.  If you plan on driving or hiking for any length of time you may want to take a look at a few handy items we have that will make life alot easier. 

If you plan a trip in the car, dont forget about your pet.  The Portable PET Waterboy is perfect to hold water.  It is great in a RV, or SUV.  This holds 3 quarts of water, and  it is easy to fill.  Best part about this is it is designed not to splash.  If you need something to hold food and water take a look at the Portable PET Food Tote.   Easy to carry, compact and lightweight, this is perfect if you are traveling.  This will hold 8 cups of food.




























If you have ever traveled with a pet.  First there is the hair, then add the mud.  Consider the Classic Accessories Heritage Rear Seat Protector.  This fits most cars, minivans or SUVs.  Installs quickly and will stay in place.  It folds up nice and flat for easy storage.  Protecting that car from smell, mud, scratches and moisture is important. 

















Traveling with a older dog makes things a little more complicated.  It is hard for them to jump in and out of a vehicle, yet they want to participate with everything you do.  The Portable PET Twistep Pet Step is here to help.  This helps your dog get into your car or truck easier.  Installing is very easy and it will hold up to 400 pounds.  When finished it swings under your bumper.  This way your back is saved and your dogs joints don't stress as much.



















Lets not forget that when you travel, I bet you have a first aid kit.  Well your dog is no different.  Take a look at the Creative Pet Products Sporting Dog First Aid Kit.  Whether you are on a trip or out in the field on a hunt, your pet may need a little help once in a while.  This kit is designed to give you quick access to a first aid kit designed for them.  Here is what this complete kit has:  Staple gun, thermometer, stainless scissors, forceps, hydrogen peroxide, 3 ply towels, alcohol prep pads, cotton balls, cotton swabs, eye wsh, surgical scrub brush, saline solution, syringe, first aid ointment, gauze pads, flexible cohesive wrap, iodine solution, hydrocortisone cream, iodine pads, styptic pencil, tourniquet, vinyl gloves, pill gun, cold pack, and a first aid book for dogs.This kit is compact and will fit under any seat.














As you travel or camp,  your dog is coming in contact with different scents and can become a little pre-occupied.  The Nite Ize Spotlit LED Collar Light For Dogs,  is a battery powered LED collar light.  Visable up to 1,000' away, this is great for your dog when you camp, hike or travel.











So remember your best friend when you are exploring and enjoying the summer months.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator 





Fly Fising In August

Fly fishing opportunities for the month of August can be somewhat limited if your area streams suffer from high water temperatures.  Trout get very lethargic in warm 70 degree water temps unless there are hatches worth expending energy for.  One of these "hatches" worth fishing is a trico spinner fall that occurs around 8-10 am on many local streams.  Trico mayflies hatch and convert to spinners almost immediately usually within an hour or two.  Spinner falls can start as early as mid July and last through September.  These flies are small, sz.20 to 24.  Light weight rods from 1-3 wt loaded with a 9 foot 7x leader will give you the delicate presentation needed to catch trout during this hatch and spinner fall.

Salmon season on the Salmon River will begin in about a month.  Usually after Labor Day, there are plenty of salmon in the river.  If you are thinking about tangling with these tackle busters stop in and see us for the right equipment and some tips on how to catch them.  Salmon and other lake run species like browns and steelhead are easy to catch when you are properly equipped.  Fall is an exciting time of the year to be fly fishing so don't hang up your equipment and wait for next year's season to begin.  If you do you'll miss out on the best fishing of the year.  We have plenty of outfits to fit your budget.

Michael DeTomaso




Why We Fish

Why would anyone fish?  Why would someone sit in a boat for hours on end staring into the water waiting for movement on their line.

Do we do it to relax, and calm our nerves?  Do we do it to compete and win a prize?  Do we do it to develop a good relationship with our kids?  Do we do it to keep kids out of trouble?  Do we do it for food?

Whatever the reason you have to fish, keep on doing it.  You can fish at any age.  It is good for your health and well being.  The fresh air and all the vitamin D from the sun.  It rejuvenates your head and your soul,  as well as it tastes fantastic.

At Bass Pro Shop we believe that anyone of any age is never too old or young to not fish.  Anyone who has ever caught a fish, and eaten it that day knows there is nothing better.  All it takes is once to get addicted to fishing.  When you reel in that first fish you want more.  You want larger fish then you want to catch different fish. 

Sitting on the boat you watch the water ripple and wait for that fish.  You forget about the office, money or anything that might be bothering you.  It is truly good for your mental health.  With all the stress in the world what a perfect time to teach your kids how to kick back and fish.  Teach them something that they will have with them forever.  Fishing teaches patience,  it will reward them for paying attention and doing something correctly.  The best part is that it develops a bond with you,  that will be passed down to their children. 

So take a little time while this warm weather is around and fish.

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator 



Dutch Oven Cooking

Do you remember Grandma's old cast iron packed away in the basement?  Well you most likely thought that cast iron was a thing of the past, but wrong you are.  Cooking with cast iron brings out the best flavor in meat or poultry.  Making it a fun family activity is what it is all about.  You could be making stews, pies, cakes, or chili.  Do it in your own back yard or at a camping site. Let us show you just how easy it can be.

Cast iron distributes heat evenly.  When buying a dutch oven consider one with legs.  These are easier to use.  Make sure the lid lies flush with the lip of the oven.  Also make sure the lid has a loop handle that is secured to the center of the pot.  Last, check out the wire handle.  Is it movable and strong?  Remember you will be carrying it with a full pot of stew. 

The Lodge Logic 6 Quart Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven  fits all the criteria and it is ready to use.  You don't have to cure it yourself. The lid on this dutch oven also flips over to use as a griddle.



















Don't forget about lifting that oven.  The Lodge Logic Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven Lid Lifter allows you to lift safely.  Made of quality cast iron this lid lifter has a good grip and is extremely durable.













Cooking over a fire or on a cook table?  First thing are gloves.  Take a look at the Lodge Dutch Oven Gloves.  Brushed red leather, these gloves have extra insulation and are heavy duty.  Perfect for dutch oven cooking or even when you BBQ.











The Lodge Camp Dutch Oven Cooking Table With Tall Windscreen  is made of durable steel.  There is a three sided windscreen, and it has adjustable feet and folding legs.  Made to last this table is easy up and down and quite a value for the money.















If it is open fire cooking you are looking for, consider the Lodge Tall Bow Camp Dutch Oven Tripod.  Made from hot roofed half inch bar stock.  










To get the charcoal burning faster try the Charcoal Companion Chimney Charcoal Starter.  This convenient unit will get charcoal or wood chunks to start burning quickly without the taste of lighter fluid. 












Once you have everything set up and heated, the suggestion for placing coals is two coals per inch of the oven diameter.  On the lid you will place two more coals than the oven size and two less under it.  The placement should be done in a circular pattern, this way the heat is even.  Do not place coals under the center of the oven.

So stop on in and talk with Suzanne in our Camping Department.  Suzanne uses her dutch oven all the time.  I bet she can give you some great ideas to try.












Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator




Fishing Like A Grown Up


Your kids are beyond the Toy Story Fishing Pole, and you know you have a future tournament winner on your hands.  The question now is  where do you start?  You want the right pole, but they are not ready for a too advanced one.  The Ugly Stik GX2 Youth Spincast is a rod and reel combo.  Metal gears and already pre-spooled this is one reel combo you should look at.  The name Ugly Stick means it is rugged and tough.  Make of a fiberglass construction  means it will hold up.





















How about a new tackle box?  This box is easy to carry but more grown up.  The Plano "take me fishing" Tackle Box has 10 compartments,  and is a full size tackle box.  This Plano comes with a small assortment of starter tackle.  Perfect for the beginner and a great value.





















While you can use a life jacket one would use in a boat, perhaps your young one is ready for a Bass Pro Shop Mesh Fishing Vest.  Breathable and lightweight this vest comes with two roomy pockets and is USCG approved.  Perfect for their first fishing vest.







Now they are ready for a great day fishing.  What a perfect time to bond.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator



Safety First - Make Sure Your Life Jacket Is In Good Shape

How old are your life jackets?  Do they fit?  Are there any tears in them? Are the clasps working?  If not,  you certainly do not want a ticket or worse to happen .  Stop on down and take a look at the large variety of life jackets that will fit your need.

When you have people visiting it is important you have a life jacket for them.  The Adult Universal Life Jacket 4 Pack comes in a storage bag.  The size is OSFM and they are durable as well as USCG approved.













For adults take a look at the XPS Nylon Life Jacket or the Bass Pro Shop Dual Sized Recreational Life Jacket For Adults.  Both are secure as well as comfortable.  The XPS comes in sizes XS to 2XL/3XL  while the Bass Pro Dual Sized is either 2xl/4xl or 4xl/7xl.









The XPS Neoprene Life Jacket For Youth is comfortable and easy to move in.  Size:  50-90 pounds  This jacket is great for skiing.







Don't forget about infants.  The Bass Pro Shop Recreational Life Jacket For Infants.  Very comfortable with a leg strap for added comfort.  Weight:  Under 30 pounds.















Last but not least don't forget about your best friend.  The Bass Pro Shop Life Jacket For Dogs have sizes X-small to X-large .  These life jackets even have a grab strap for easy recovery out of the water.  Check out the reviews on-line.










So make sure all your friends and family are safe this summer.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator







Towables and Skis - Fun in the Sun!

Summer is in full swing.  Time for towables and water skis.  Take a look at some fun items we have here and then get your friends and family out on that lake to enjoy the short season of summer.

The Bass Pro Shop XPS D70 is a two-person towable designed for speed and great air on jumps.  There is a large neoprene pad on top to help you stay put.  The tube is easy to inflate and deflate.







Check out the SportsStuff Speed Zone 3 with recessed cockpit seating.  Durable and comfortable for young or old.  This will keep you stable while enjoying the waves.












Would you like to get your young ones started with skiing?   Check out the Connelly Cadet Training Skis For Kids.  There is a removable stabilizer bar for when they feel comfortable to be on their own, and it includes a two handle rope system for control.













If you need a pair of basic skis that will entertain teens to adults, Connelly Quantum is perfect for the family.  They have good control and stability which is what you want for any age.

























Lets not forget the rope to pull everyone.  The Airhead Bungee Tube Tow Rope with Rope Keeper is great for tubing.  This rope adds alot of snap when your riders want a thrill.












So before you head out to the lake, stop on by to grab a few items.  Then go out and have a safe fun time.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator




If your grill is starting to sputter let me tell you about some great grills we have here at Bass Pro Shops.  Grilling is fun, easy, and leaves far less mess in the kitchen.  Unfortunately lets face it,  the grillee gets stuck behind the grill all day during the party, but with the great grills we have it won't be a chore.

Planning on having a graduation party, or reunion.  Do we have the grill for you.  The Browning Cowboy Fire Pit Grill, is the one you need. With 730 square inches of cooking capacity this grill is just made for a party.  There is a swivel work table, adjustable pot hanger, and a double nickle plated cooking grate.  A drain pipe on the bottom is convenient for removal of grease.  Let the party begin with this baby.














If tailgating or the need for a portable grill is what you are looking for, take a look at the Brinkmann Tailgate Portable Propane Grill.  With four stainless steel tube burners, this grill sets up in minutes.  490 square inches of grill to cook on makes this convenient and durable.















During the summer, I find that the hotdogs and hamburgs seem to increase with all the traffic at our house.  Time for the Char-Broil 6 Burner Gas Grill.  This grill is perfect with a side burner and 5 stainless steel burners.  Add a searing burner to seal in juices of your favorite steak, and  porcelain cast iron grates to cook on.  This way you are not always at the grill when you should be enjoying your meal with the rest.













Another great idea for your cook, is the Weber Style Wireless Grill Thermometer.  Wireless and already loaded with preprogramed temperatures and times, this easy to use system makes cooking a breeze.  Why this even comes with two probes so you can monitor two different meats at a time.
















I think you have to agree that we have you covered at Bass Pro Shop.  Whether you have a graduation party, enjoy camping,  tailgating or just have a large family, we can get you off the grill faster so you can enjoy the party.



Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator


White River Fly Shop

The big annual brown drake hatch that hundreds of fly fishers look forward to every June is in full swing but beginning to wind down. Successful fly anglers looking to hook that large rainbow or salmon have learned to fish over deeper water off shore and look for cruising or "porpoising"  fish. Anglers fishing closer to shore are more likely to hook rock bass, smallmouth bass or perch but few trout and salmon.While most hatching activity begins around 8:00 in the evening don't overlook the early morning.Trout and salmon can often be found scooping up dead spinners and cripples between daybreak and 7:30 am over deep water. Look for this hatch to end around July 4th and the larger Hexagenia regida hatch to begin. This hatch will be prolific for about 3 wks.  

If you are looking for the perfect rod/reel combo to do this with we have several. Our Hobbs Creek 9ft. 5 and 6 wt. combos are equipped with a large arbor reel , floating line 100yards of backing and are 4pc IM6 graphite with a case. A great value and outfit for under $150.00. Come in and check them out anytime. We have several other brands of rods and reels in stock and available to cast as well.

Mike DeTomaso

Fly Shop Team Leader