Last Minute Shopping Ideas

Nothing is more frustrating than those pesky last minute gift ideas.  What do you get someone who has everything?  Does not go outside much, or who you don't know very well but have to get a quick holiday gift for.  Here are some cute gift ideas that might just fit the bill.

 

Check out the Rednek Party Cup.  Top rack dishwasher safe and what a conversation starter with either a bottle of wine or a 6 pack of beer. 

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The Bass Pro Shops Popcorn Popper Gift set is always great for a quick family gift.  The wooden handle stays cool and the pot is simple to clean.  This popper is top quality and will last for quite some time.

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Big Sky Carvers has a Bear Chip and Dip Set, that is quite whimsical.  Bring a salsa and a bag of taco chips and what a cute gift this will make.

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Now you say you need a gift for holiday party people?  Well we have exactly what they can use.  Check out the Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker.  This drink maker is unbelievable and makes 48 restaurant quality cocktails.  There is a digital display that shows you the ingredients you need to make the drinks.  A rotate center wheel gives you the drink of your choice.  Why there is even a dial to make your drink stronger.  Great idea for a wedding gift or heck how about a retirement? 

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Candles always make a nice gift.  Here are a few ideas.  Swan Creek makes the Coffee Mug Candle.  Very warm and inviting this candle comes in warm cinnamon buns, pumpkin vanilla, and roasted espresso.  The Whispering Woods Jar Candle has 8 different scents  from spring rain to campfire. 

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What do you get that person who does not need anymore little things around their house?  Someone who does not get out as much as they used to.  Well here is a cute idea - try the Magnet Works Mailwrap.  Perfect for that bland old metal mailbox.  This one is for the holiday season, but imagine getting them one for every season as it comes up.  Why you could even pick one up for different holidays like July 4th, Halloween etc.  This won't add to clutter in the house, but will bring a smile to their face as they look outside.

 

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Remember  if in doubt you can always give a Bass Pro Shops gift card.  They never expire and as you can see we have a large variety of different items to pick from. So stop on by Bass Pro Shops and have a Happy Holiday!

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

 

 

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Come and Get Your Bass Pro Shops Stocking Stuffers

Here we go!  It's stocking stuffer time.  I don't know about you but my kids find their stockings the best gift ever. Whether you are a child, a teenager, a young adult or a 50+ adult who can resist stockings?   Here at Bass Pro Shops we have a HUGE variety of stocking stuffers.  Now I can put just so much on this blog, but I will try to break it down to Camping, Hunting, and Fishing ideas to throw in that outdoor buff's stocking.

Fishing:  How about a selection of Bass Pro Shop Fishing Hats or a fillet knife?  One can always use a fish skinner or fillet gloves.  Bass Pro Shops has a fish scale that would be perfect for a stocking.  You can always use fishing towels or a stainless steel hook remover.  Throw in some jerky, a fish can cooler with a beer/soda  in it and follow that up with a Bass Pro Shops Odor Bar. How nice is that with a little candy and your stocking is done!

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Camping:  For the camper in your life young or old consider a new water bottle or a fire starter.  A Lifestraw personal water filter is great to keep your camper safe when drinking out of a stream.  Jerky is always a must for the trail.  A misty mate Arctic Tie will keep them cool and the Therma Cell Mosquito Repellent will keep the bugs away.  Top it off with a few carabiners and for fun a Bass Pro Shops Flyshooter and there you have it.

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Hunting:  Warm or cold weather one can always use HS Scent A Way Lip Balm.  Add some Hunter Specialities Scent A Way Liquid Soap and of course some GumOFlage Scent Prevention chewing gum.  Throw in a Redhead travel pillow, a Bass Pro Shops Redhead can hugger, and some Bass Pro shops mini LED Flashlight combos.  A few Hunter Specialities Camo Gun Socks, and of course don't forget the Duck Commander survival bracelet.  Last but not least jerky.  We have it in many different varieties, but perhaps bacon might go best .  Finish it up with a hunter's stocking and what hunter young or old would not love that stocking?

 

 

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To make it easy just click on the pictures to get you right to our website to order, or stop on by and check out all the great stocking stuffers we have.  These are easy fun gifts to get for people and I guarantee they will love them.

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

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The Perfect Lodge Gifts

Do you find it difficult to get a gift for someone who lives and breaths the lodge look?  How about a person who has a camp or just needs to be reminded of days gone by when they did have a get away?  Well look no further,  we have exactly what you need.   When you think of the lodge look you think outdoors but cozy, and warm.  Here some great ideas that won't break the bank but will give that lodge a warm and inviting feel to it.  Actually these gifts would look great in any home.

To start off with, check out the Swan Creek coffee candle in pumpkin/vanilla, roasted espresso, or warm cinnamon buns.  This is a gift that anyone would love to have.  The scent is not overpowering and it has a kitchen or lodge look to it.  Another great idea might be the Moose Metal Lantern Hanging Candle Holder.  This candle holder has laser cutouts on all four sides ,and is finished with a rustic metal exterior.  Worried about a candle?  This lantern holder will hold a flameless candle or a LED light.

 

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Vicki Cianciarulo has some beautiful gifts for that lodge enthusiast in your life.  The Antler Accents Waste Basket is just perfect for any home.  If you are giving wine, consider the Antler Accents 3 bottle wine rack.  Top it off with the  Antler Accents Coaster Set

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How about a game chest?  The Vintage Edition Game Chest is hand crafted and a perfect fit for any family room, den, or basement. Kids will just love it and you can store the checkers inside.

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You say you just want to bring a little something?  How about a Laser Cut Metal Night Light Buck?  This nightlight has a on/off switch, that gives just enough light so you won't be stumbling around in the dark.  Another idea might be a small bag of coffee and a Deep Woods Latte Mug.  This stoneware mug is diswasher and microwave safe.   How about a rustic wind chime for that outdoor lover?  Sunset Vista Designs Rustic Lodge Wind Chime is great for the indoors or the outdoors.  Now if you know they love pictures of family, how about the Rivers Edge Fir Wood Picture Frame - Deer Antler?  This frame says it all, rustic and charming.

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If it is a lamp that might interest you, take a look at the Vintage Verandah The Catch of the Day table lamp.  Made of wood and metal this lamp is charming and unique.

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As you can see this is just a small sampling of what we have here at Bass Pro Shops.  So don't let the Christmas season get the best of you.  Stop on by and check out what we have to make your season enjoyable.

 

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Christmas Gifts - Bedding Bass Pro Style

It is December 1st  already.  Your mind has begun to get cluttered with what to get people.  Do you have a male or female hunter in your family?  How about that perfect gift for someone who loves the lodge look?   Take a look at the Bass Pro bedding collection.  We have just what you want .  Here are just a few of the great ideas in bedding that might interest you.  

 

Real Tree APC Lavender Bedding Collection

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Bass Pro Shops Realtree APC Pink Camouflage Bed Collection

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Bone Collector Bedding Collection Brown

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Browning Buckmark Reversible Pink/Brown Bedding

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Browning Buckmark Bed Collection - Green Camo

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Browning Whitetails Bed Collection

 

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Bass Pro Shops Bass Country Bed Collection

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Bass Pro Shops Happy Camper Bed Collection

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Bass Pro Shops Mossy Oak Break Up Complete Bed Collection

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Did you enjoy that gift idea?  Well read on.   We have drapes, pillows, and throws to top it all off with.  Do you have a bathroom attached to that bedroom?  I believe we can even help you with that one.

 

Vicki Cianciarulo Bathroom Antler Accents Tooth Brush Holder

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Vicki Cianciarulu Bathroom Antler Accents Lotion Dispenser

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Vicki Cianciarulu Antler Accents Waste Basket

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Replica Antler Toilet Paper Holder

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Replica Antler Towel Rack

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Stop on by to check out what we have.  Here at Bass Pro Shops we hope to take the stress out of the holiday season so you can enjoy what a beautiful time of year it really is.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

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Base Layers - Not Just For Hunting

Winter is here and whether you hunt, work outside, hike or just shovel your driveway, the outdoor weather can make you feel cold right to the bone.  Here are a few different base layers that will help you get through that long day working or just enjoying your time outside.

The Redhead EnduraSkin Relaxed Fit Hunting Shirt is moisture wicking and has odor control.  The relaxed fit makes movement easy with a 4 way stretch.  It comes in Mossy Oak Break Up or Real Tree.  If you don't want camo we also have black.  Add the Redhead EnduraSkin All Season Pants for a complete set.

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The Scentblocker Super Skin Shirt made of merino wool and polyester fabric, is free moving and comfortable.  With technology to inhibit odor even under heavy use this shirt is durable and worth looking at.  Add the Scentblocker Super Skin Pants and you are all set.

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So remember in order to enjoy that time in the woods, or just stay warm while you are doing the essentials stop by and look at the base layers we have at Bass Pro Shops.

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Safety First - Find The Tree Harness That Fits You

Everything you need for Hunting is all organized.  From your boots to your rifle everything is locked, loaded, and ready to go.  You are ready to climb into that tree stand and can only think about that monster you've scouted coming your way.  But before you climb don't forget about one important piece of equipment: your safety harness.  Make sure that your current safety harness is in good working order.  Are the straps in good shape? Are the buckles secure and adjusted correctly?  Falls from a tree stand are the leading cause of injuries during gun season. 

Nothing can kill a hunting season quicker than not being safe.  Make sure that the tree you select is substantial enough to carry your weight.  Can you climb into or out of the tree stand either with two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand at all times?  Have you let people know where you are hunting?  Do you have a cell phone with you and is it in a pocket you can reach in the event you fall?

Comfort is important and you want to choose a safety harness that fits you and the situation.  At Bass Pro shops we have different varieties of Safety Harnesses, and one is bound to fit you wallet as well as your need.

The Big Game Treestands EZ-ON Basci Safety Harness is one size fits most.  Padded shoulder straps quick release buckles on the leg straps, and a built in deer drag is just what a hunter needs to stay safe and comfortable.  Now - add that this harness is easy to use and a great value for the money and you have it made.

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Hunter Safety Syrem HSS Pro Series Vest Harness is another great idea to check out.  Rubber coated buckles, lightweight with mesh back ventilation this safety harness comes small to 2xl/3xl.

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The Hunter Safety System HSS Treestalker Safety Vest/Harness also comes in youth.  Non-bulky and easy quick on,  and off makes this a sure choice.  Add four large storage pockets with a relief strap, and linemans climbing stand.  Durable and performs well.

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Try the Muddy Outdoors Safeguard Harness with comfortable leg straps and integrated binocular system.   Greal value for the money as well as high performance and quality.

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Stop on in to Bass Pro Shops to take a long look at what safety harness will work for you.  Then - get out there and have a great safe season hunting.

 

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Tree Stands - Comfort and Safety

Today's tree stands are pure luxury from days gone by.  With enhancements to maximize comfort and safety, hunters can look forward to sitting in a tree all day!  There are so many  stands to pick from, and the right one can truely be an asset to your hunting arsenal.  Take the time to stop on in and take a good long look at them and ask questions.   Here are a few you might find interesting.

 

The API Outdoors Hi Point Climbing Tree Stand has padded armrests.  Combine that with a attached back rest, full body harness, and a camo accessory bag.  Quality and great value makes this tree stand something to think about.

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Summit has  The Crush Series Viper SD Ultra Climbing Treestand with great sound reduction technology.  Cushioned armrests, seat bar and a full body harness with quick and easy adjustments.  

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Gorilla has the Greyback Climbing Treestand with padded camo climbing bar, stirrups, adjustable back pack straps, and a full body harness.

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The Ameristep Non-Typical Rapid Rail Ladder works on small trees or  crooked trees.  V steps for increased footing,  this treestand is easy to use and performs well.

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How about a treestand that fits two?  The Big Game Treestand The Sky Rise  has removeable seat cushions and 2 full body harnesses with a max weight of 500 pounds.  Durable, high quality and a great price.

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Are you a mobile hunter?  The Muddy Outdoors Climbing Sticks are perfect for mobile hunters.  There are steps on both sides which allow for quick and easy climbing.  Very quiet and high quality make this a must.

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So stop on down to Bass Pro Shops and let one of our Archery associates show you the perfect stand that fits you.

 

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Which Deer Call is Right For You?

Calling deer.  Everyone has their own way of doing it.  How do you know without spending alot of money which call might work for you?  Well word of mouth is still the best way to find out.  Talk with people around your area to find out what they are using.  Watch hunting videos, TV shows, or go on the internet.  Here at Bass Pro Shops we have many calls that might interest you. 

The experts say that during the early season - try rattling.  Not hard but gentle and easy.  This sound is meant  to imitate two bucks sparring.  The Knight & Hale Pack Rack Rattling System Deer Call twists back and forth to create a lifelike sound of two bucks in combat.  Easy to use and not expensive you may just want to give these a try.  The Primos Big Buck Rattle Bag creates the sound of two different size bucks fighting.  Again very easy, durable and a great value. Not to mention they fit in a pack much easier than a set of antlers!

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Many people prefer the can which produces the sound of mating bleats of estrus does.  The Primos "Original" Can Mating Bleat Call is simple to use, performs well, and is a great price.

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It takes a great deal of patience to get that monster.  Don't be afraid to use your deer call.  Sure you may just spook one or two, but this is how you learn.  In order to be successfull you need to know deer behavior.  Have that arrow nocked or your gun in hand before you start calling.  Dont get frustrated after 10 minutes or even a hour.  How many hunters have relaxed their guard only to have that giant buck appear.

Primos has the Uproar Deer Call that has three proven effective calls in one.  You can switch between two main chambers to produce aggressive grunts or loud estrus.  Also there is a wheeze tube to challenge a large buck.

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 The Primos Hardwood Grunter Deer Calling System is a 6 in one adjustable reed system.  This system produces extra loud calls from deep grunts to doe bleats.

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These are just a few calls to consider when deciding what you need.  Talk with your friends then stop on by and talk with our hunting associates to find what call will work best for you.

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Broadheads

What broadhead is right for you?  How do you decide with so many options on the market.  Do you go with traditional fixed broadheads? Is it best to get set or replaceable blades? Should you give mechanical broadheads a try? It can be a little confusing.  All in all it is a personal decision that one has to make.  Here is just a little information on broadheads that may help you.  

Fixed broadheads are the oldest.  They are simple with no moving parts and they offer good penetration.  They are durable, rugged and a often offered at a good price.  When they get dull you sharpen them. These features make fixed broadheads a popular choice. 

Fixed replaceable broadheads need no sharpening and are extremely convenient.  They tend to be a little more expensive than fixed.

Mechanical broadheads fly straight then spring open on impact.  This broadhead produces more trauma which can lead to a faster kill.  They are extremely accurate and often produce a better blood trail.

For a fixed broadhead check out the Thunderhead Fixed Blade Broadhead.   It is a great value and high quality.

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Would you like a replacement broadhead?  Try  the Muzzy MX3 Replacement Practice Blade.  Durable, easy to use, and it performs well.

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If your preference is a mechanical broadhead take a look at the Grim Reaper Razor Tip Whitetail Special .  This blade sits flush with point during flight.  Then expands upon impact.  

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We have many different broadheads to look at,  and if you are even a little confused our Archery associates are ready and willing to take the guess work out of the uncertainty. 

 

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Protect Your Bow

When you make the investment of a good bow, then add all the accessories you have spent a fair amount of money.  Don't take a chance of damaging it.   The most important thing in buying that bow case is size, padding, and security.  Bring your bow with you when you purchase a case, make sure it fits properly.  Cases should have protective padding in them.  Last, make sure there are enough secure straps to keep it in place when you carry it.  Here are a few cases that meet that criteria.

 

The Redhead Bow Case 2.0 will hold up to 2 bows 40" axle to axle.  17 pockets and 5 security straps will keep that bow secure.  Wait I am not done yet - add two interior pockets and protective padding on all sides, and you have one amazing case for the money.

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A case that is made to fit the modern crossbow is the Plano Manta Crossbow Case.  With multiple tie down straps and thick foam lining, your crossbow will be safe and secure.  A plus to this case is you can carry it in two ways, either 2 handles or a removable shoulder strap.

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Do you want a hard case that stores your bow and quiver?  One that accommodates most parallel limb bows?  Well SKB has the Hunter Parallel Limb Bow Case.  With plenty of padding this case is pure quality as well as a great value.

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So stop on by with your bow and find the case that best fits and protects your investment.  You want to enjoy it for years to come.

 

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Practice Makes You Perfect - Targets

Remember all those teachers who said practice makes perfect?  Well that is true when it comes to landing that 10 point buck.  Here at Bass Pro Shops we have many targets to look at, and I am sure one will fit your need.

The Field Logic Glen Del Full Rut Buck target is very life like.  A large insert gives you four sided shooting and off set shooting zones.  This target is ready to be around for a long time.  Give it broadheads, expandables, field tips and crossbow bolts.  It can take it.

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All targets should be able to take a beating.  The Morrell Yellow Jacket Crossbow Field Point Bag, is ready and waiting to take the heaviest weight to the fastest crossbow.  With 4 bulleyes to pick from, you will love its quality and how well it performs.

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Rinehart makes the Rhino Block Archery Target.  40 target zones, 4 sides for field points, and 2 sides for broadheads.  Self healing foam with easy arrow pull technology is high quality and great value for the money.  Replacement inserts are also available.

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Team Realtree Shotblocker is one target that is easy to transport with 4 sides.  Easy release for broadheads and field points.  This durable target is one to check out.

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The Redhead Deer Target is extremely durable and tough.  The self healing foam will help you keep your skills in order all year long.  A replacement insert is also available.

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So stop in and check them out!

 

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Hiking in the Finger Lakes

There are not many people who would disagree with the statement that Fall is absolutely beautiful in the Finger Lakes.  Instead of feeling low thinking about the snow, why not get outside and enjoy the beauty that this time of year has to offer.  There are great hiking paths around the Finger Lakes region and up north.

 

Harvest time in the Finger Lakes usually starts in mid August, and can continue into November thru January for the ice wines.  For the people who live here, we consider Fall one of the most exciting times to hike.  If you are not into hiking, consider going apple picking or walk through pumpkin patches.  Many areas offer easy walking roads.  Anything that gets you outside is worth it.

 

If you are interested in doing some hiking, you will need a comfortable pair of hiking boots.  The Ecco Kiruna GTX is a great shoe.  Waterproof, lightweight, and comfortable, this boot gives you great quality and a good price.  Perfect for hiking in the Adirondack region or any trail around the Finger Lakes.  

 

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A day hike is great to see all the beautiful bright orange, reds, golds, and russet colors of Fall.  Make sure you bring a jacket.  The Bass Pro Shop Lightweight Packable Rainsuit is perfect for this time of year.   100% waterproof, breathable, large pockets with a attached hood.  The word for this jacket is comfortable and packable.  No extra weight, it is a "just in case" item.

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The Finger Lakes region is at about 40 percent of its peak so now is the time to think about a nice fall hike.  Whether you walk through the woods or drive down the road, bring along a few treats.  Perhaps some jerky and a water bottle.  You can always buy a day pack to carry everything in.  The Redhead Stream Hydration Pack has a large main compartment.  Very comfortable and roomy,  this pack even has a binocular attachment. 

 

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New York State has a longer window of opportunity to see the fall foliage than up north.  October is a great month to smell grapes in the air.  With all the wineries pressing you just can't help it.  A great time to hike, camp, kayak or take a plane for a overall view of everything.  This is a picture perfect time of year.  So get out there and enjoy what New York State has to offer.

 

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Archery Season is Here and We Have a Bow for You!

At Bass Pro Shops we are all about getting you outside.  We have such a nice variety of bows to pick from that it was hard for me to highlight just a few.  As many of you know,  your bow is unique to you.  You have to feel comfortable with the draw and ease of use.   Bow hunting creates a different challenge than hunting with a firearm.  This type of hunting is more silent and peaceful.  You also need to be closer to your game.  Anyone of our associates in our Archery Department are happy to spend as much time as you need to find the right bow for you.  Here are a few you might want to take a look at.

The Bear Archery Apprentice.   This bow is great for a young archer.  13 different draw lengths, draw weights adjust 15-60 pounds.  Nice and light at 2.9pounds.  This will accomodate a young archer longer than other youth bows.

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The Bear Motive 6 Compound Bow is light, quiet, and extremely fast.  Very smooth draw cycle.

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The easy to use Redhead Kronik XT Compound Bow  is also lightweight and strong.  This bow package also includes a 3 pin sight, hostage capture style arrow rest, and a 5 arrow quiver.

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Last but not least is the Redhead Toxik XT Compound BowThis bow has a smooth draw and is extremely accurate.  Lightweight at 3.8 pounds this bow is also great value for the money and high quality.

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Believe me that a quick look here just does not do these bows justice.  You have to look at these quality products to see just how great they are.  So stop on by, and take a good long look at what we have.  Ask a lot of questions this is not just a great investment, but a wonderful time spent outside enjoying nature at its best.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator 

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Boat Covers - Protect Your Investment

October is almost here.  Time to think about winterizing and protecting that boat from the Upstate winters.  At Bass Pro Shops we have a variety of boat covers to pick from.  You want to feel comfortable during those cold blustery frigid days ahead.

 

The Bass Pro Shop Weather Safe Storage Tite boat cover is mildew resistant with a urethane coating to protect against UV damage.  Take a look on line to see all the positive reviews.

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The Bass Pro Shops Exact Fit boat cover is lightweight and reinforced at critical points.  The fabric is 100% sharkskin plus polyester.  With a 7 year manufacturers warranty with 3 year FREE replacement you cannot go wrong.  This exact fit cover fits the following boats:  Nitro NX750-Nitro 640LX-Nitro 288 Sport-Tracker TX- Nitro 185 Sport-Tracker/Super Guide-Tahoe 228 - Nityro 188 Sport - Tahoe 204 - Tracker Panfish - Nitro NX 929 - Tahoe 254 - Nitro NX 896 - Tracker-Crappie

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Bass Pro Shops has a Semi Custom Boat Cover that will cover the Tracker Targa V18 - Panfish - 175TF - and the Pro Guide V16 Walk Thru.  This cover has OEM marine grade fabric, reinforced stress points, easy to use trailer strap system, and urethane coatings to provide water repellency with minimal weight.

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Looking to cover your pontoon boat?  Take a look at the Classic Accessories Storm Pro Extra Heavy Duty Pontoon Boat.  This cover has a universal fit, and resists mildew.  Made durable this is one cover you should take a look at.

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You can also take a look at the Stearns Hurricane Polyester Canvas Boat CoverThis cover will not shrink or stretch.  Universal fit for all season with a 4 year manufacturer's warranty.

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So stop on by to Bass Pro Shops and take a look.  I think you will find something to fit your need.

 

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                          

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DEC Fish Hatcheries In New York State - Come Visit!

 

Fall is a beautiful time of year for foliage as well as sightseeing.  What a wonderful time to visit some of New York States Fish Hatcheries.  Take the kids they will love it..  All hatcheries are open to the public.  Many spring through fall not to mention some year round.

Here is a list of the DEC Fish Hatcheries in New York State.

The Adirondack Hatchery is 12 miles from the Village of Saranac.  They specialize in Atlantic Salmon, which they distribute statewide. 

The Bath Hatchery is 1 mile from the Village of Bath in Steuben County.  This hatchery has lake, brown and rainbow trout.

The Caledonia Hatchery is located in Livingston County.  This is the oldest hatchery in New York State.  Brown trout and Rainbow trout are raised  here.

In Sullivan County near the Village of Livingston Manor is the Catskill Hatchery.  This hatchery specializes in brown trout.

The Chateaugay Hatchery has quite a mix of brown, rainbow and brook trout.  This also includes the Temiscamie x domestic which is used in the lakes and ponds of the Adirondack Mountains.

In Chautauqua County near the Village of Mayville is the Chautauqua Hatchery.  This hatchery is the only one raising a pure strain muskellunge.  The also have pond raised walleyes.

The Oneida Hatchery is in the Village of Constantia.  They focus on walleye fingerlings.  They also raise rare or threatened fish such as round whitefish, lake sturgeon and paddlefish.

The Randolph Hatchery in Cattaraugus County takes care of five to six million brook, brown and rainbow trout eggs.

North of the City of Rome, NY is the Rome Hatchery.  One of the largest hatcheries,  this contains brook, rainbow and brown trout.  Why this hatchery plays a role in providing fish to remote waters by airplane or helicopter.  On the grounds of the Rome Hatchery is the Rome Fish Disease Control Center.  This lab contains a stock of disease-resistant strains of brook and brown trout.  Research is always being done to test stocks of cultured and wild fish for the presence of parasites.

The Salmon River Hatchery in the Village of Altmar have many visitors who come to watch egg collections from steelhead, coho, and chinook salmon.

On to the South Otselic Hatchery which is in the Village of South Otselic.  This hatchery raises the statewide supply of tiger muskellunge.  They also produce and raise walleye fingerlings, as well as a wild heritage strain brook trout.

Finally, the VanHornesville Hatchery in southern Herkimer County raises rainbow trout.

So as you can see there is a hatchery near you.  So, get out there and check it out.  It just may encourage you to pick up that pole again with your kids and relax.  Need a pole or supplies remember we are here to help in any way we can.

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Life Straw Water Filter

     The Life Straw is a personal water filter.  This filter allows a person to drink water safely from any water source.  One would think that this is used primarily for a camper or hiker, but consider a home emergency.  Local flooding can contaminate water.  This unit is lightweight and compact.  It is also great for travelers who do not rely on the quality of water away from home.  The lifestraw brand surpasses the EPA guidelines as well as extreme standards for water filtration.  It has been used in developing countries and the United Nations since 2005. 

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    The life straw can filter up to 1000 liters or 264 gallons of water and contains no chemicals.  To add to its great quality consider it is BPA free, does not need batteries, it has no moving parts, easy to clean, durable, high flow rate, no after taste and finally it has a shelf life of 5 years.

     Planning on hiking or camping?  It is critical to have good water while hiking.  The life straw will last 250-330 days.  Dip the straw right into the lake or creek then drink till you feel hydrated.  It cannot be any easier.

     A purifier or a pump filter is great, but it does take a fair amount of time to wait for purification or filtering to finish.  Only 10 inches long with a simple design makes this even better.  Within the straw there are several layers that contain iodine beams and active carbon.  The filters remove 99.99% of all disease causing bacteria, viruses and parasites left in untreated water.  

     Very affordable and efficient the life straw is the way to go.  Great for emergency use or natural disasters, consider it a very low cost security.  So pick one up and put it away.  Keep your mind on other things without worrying about water. 

 

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Salmon Fishing in September

The Salmon River is waiting for you.  You can fish from shore, by wading or by drift boat.  Anyway you look at it, what a exciting time to be fishing.  At Bass Pro Shops we have exactly what you need to enjoy that fighting fish experience.  The right equipment, and knowledge is important so your encounter with that large salmon is safe as well as fun. Salmon fishing will keep you coming back year to year.

New York Salmon are some of the largest gamefish found in the northeast.  The salmon have small scales, soft-rayed fins, and a lobeshaped fin on its back.  They are slender and streamlined.  This body shape makes it possible for them to hold their position in tumbling rivers as well as make swift movements when seizing their prey.  Salmon range from a delicate shading of spots and irregular markings to silver metallic.  They can also be bright and bold during the spawning season.  Salmon thrive in freshwater as well as sea water.

Never been Salmon Fishing?  Well stop by our Fly Shop to talk with our associates, and they will set you up with what you need.  To start off with check out the Temple Fork Outfitters Signature Series II.  This two piece rod includes a rod, reel, line, backing and leader.  Just great for beginners.

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We recommend a breathable wader.  Try the White River Eco Clear Waders 100% waterproof waders with ECO clear technology.  ECO clear are a crushed walnut and dynamic rubber compound.  This compound helps keep organisms from attaching on to your gear.  Add a wading belt and you are covered.

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Don't forget your floatation vest.  The Simms G3 Guide Fishing Vest is great with 22 pockets, and a breathable mesh liner to keep you cool.  This fishing vest will keep everything from your flies and tools to your license and cell phonevest

Our associates in the Fly Shop always recommend a wading staff.  The White River Wading Staff, is lightweight, collapsible, and provides just the right amount of stability for those slippery rocks.

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On to bait - Roe Flies or Glow Bugs as some call them are fantastic for spring and fall salmon fishing.  You want something to immitate egg patterns.  If it is estaz  flies you are looking for, stop on down and talk with Mike DeTomaso our associate in the Fly Shop.  He will be happy to tie the flies you need.

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Finally, Don't forget sunglasses.  Bass Pro Shops has a large variety of sunglasses to pick from.  One that you might find interesting are the polarized Fish Eyes Bifocal sunglasses .  They add just a little bit of bifocal so you can tie what you need on quickly.

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Enjoy the month of September salmon fishing, and remember we are always here to answer any questions you may have.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

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Take It Slow - Old Town Canoes

Sometimes you just have to take it slow.  Life is hectic - people can always find you anywhere.  TV has the same old re-runs on.  Constant stimulation is all around us.  Well try to tune it out, by getting out on the lake with a Old Town Canoe.  Watch the leaves turn or the loons on the lake.  Why in just a few hours you will feel rested and relaxed.  

 

The Old Town Saranac 146 XT has 2 contoured padded seats and seatbacks.  The center bench seat has storage inside.  There are molded rod-holders, paddle rests, and in cup holders.  The length is 14'6" and it weighs 79 pounds.  This canoe is stable with a flat bottom and straight sides. 

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You need room for your best friend?  The Old Town Saranac 160 XT gives you more room at 16' and 89 pounds.

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It always pays to be safe so don't forget your life jacket.  The Ascend OSFM Paddling Life Jacket is lightweight.  Don't forget you best friend with the Bass Pro Shops Life Jacket For Dogs in sizes xsmall to xlarge.

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At Bass Pro Shops we also have a variety of paddles to pick from, but the Caviness Boat/Canoe paddle is durable and a great value.

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After a few hours, it is time to take a drink and quick lunch.  Reach into your Ascend Round Bottom Lightweight Dry Bag which will keep everything dry and safe.  The  Ascend 1L water bottle  is perfect for holding just enough water.  Hunger has set in so grab the package of  Uncle Buck's Premium Beef Jerky and the sandwich you packed.  Don't forget your best friend,  Bass Pro Shops Jerky Bites Dog Treats are great.

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Stop on by and take a look at what we can offer you in line of relaxation and enjoyment.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lanterns - How do You Pick The Right One For You?

Lanterns - There are so many to pick from, so how do you pick one that is right for you?  First thing to do is stop on down to Bass Pro Shops.  We have Camping associates who are knowledgeable, and willing to tackle as many questions as you throw at them.  Our job is not just to sell you a product, but help you find one that fits your need.  In the meantime, take a look at a few lanterns here that can be bought in the store, catalog or internet.

Bass Pro Shops has a Wind Up Lantern & Flashlight Combo SetLED bulbs burn bright with 20 minutes of illumination for every 1 minute of winding.  It has a on/off switch to conserve power.  The flashlight is compact for emergency kits, camping or home use.  Earth Friendly.

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Coleman has been a household name for years.  Take a look at the Coleman 8D Pack-Away Lantern with Remote Control.  This unit is collapsible for easy storage and transport.  The remote will work up to 50 feet away, and runs 24 hrs on low or 12 hours on high.  Weather resistant construction makes this lantern a great value.

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The Coleman Four in One Mini Lantern is lightweight.  It can be used for 360 degrees of lighting or you can remove all four micro lights to use individually.  Snap on shields allow for different color lighting.  The microlights can hang with built in lanyards.  It also has a magnetic base and is water resistant.  Very practical and great for family camping.

 

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Coleman's North Star Dual Fuel Lantern has a electronic ignition and burns white or unleaded gas. 

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Last but not least check out the Coleman Dual Fuel Two-Mantle Powerhouse .  This unit uses Coleman Fuel or Unleaded Gas.

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So make sure to stop on down to look over the entire variety of lanterns we have in stock.   I am sure we have one that will fit your needs.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

 

 

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Fire Pit Accessories - Have Some Fun In Your Own Backyard

August is almost over, time to start thinking about kids going back to school, and summer vacations are put to the back of our mind.  Kids are depressed to be going back to reading, writing and arithmatic.  Well how about a mini roasting party in the backyard with the firepit or grill?  People forget you can squeeze a summer night out during the school year.  Check out some of our accessories that may just bring your child's frown upside down.

The Charcoal Companion Mini Burger Slider Set are great for parties or gatherings.  Best part, it will make 9 sliders at a time.  Great size for kids - let them use whatever toppings they want.  A little lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, or ranch dressing.  They will have a blast.  

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Now if hotdogs are their favorite campfire food we have that covered too.  Try  Coghlan's Telescoping Fork.  This extends to 34 inches and has a thumb roller which allows you to rotate the food so it will cook evenly.  I cannot imagine a child or adult that would not have fun with this idea.  Again put out their favorite toppings and let everyone enjoy.

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Lets see you have covered vegtables with your toppings, carbs with the bun, protein with the hamburgs or hotdogs.  Now on to what really counts and that is dessert.      

The Rome Company has a few different things that would be alot of fun.  A cast iron square pie iron.  This cast iron is great for sandwiches loaded with chocolate, pie filling, or marshmallows.  Why they even have a double one. 

 

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Kids will love the Marshmallow Tree by Rome.  Cooks 10 marshmallows at a time and is non-stick.  Now I like to do smores one at a time but Rome has even thought about the impatient person, and came out with a Smore Maker.  This basket makes three at a time.

 

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So stop on in to Bass Pro Shops  - I think you will be happy with all the fun accessories we have to help you bring that summer fun back for months.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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