Uncle Buck's Deli welcomes you to the spring fishing classic!

We would like to invite you to visit Uncle Buck's Deli as you shop at the Leeds, AL Bass Pro Shops. Our friendly staff looks forward to satisfying your appetite with a tempting array of items.

It's that time of year - the fishing classic is back!  While you are in the store stocking up on your fishing needs, come on over to have lunch or dinner with us! We have a variety of made to order sandwiches, including: Black Forest Ham, Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Corned Beef, Pastrami, Bologna, Roast Beef, BLT, Tuna Salad and our signature sandwich - freshly made Chicken Salad. We are proud to serve all -beef Nathan's Hot Dogs as well! Grilled Cheese and peanut butter and jelly round out our sandwich offerings.

Any of these sandwiches can be made into a Big Bass Combo with the addition of any of our sides: potato salad, our own pasta salad, fruit salad, chips, a dill pickle or a cookie, and a 16 oz. fountain drink.

In the mood for something a little lighter? Try one of our salads - we would be glad to make you a  Caesar, Chef, Greek or Southwestern!

Did you know that we make all our fudge on site? Stop in for a free taste - maybe you'll catch our fudge makers whipping up a kettle or two of the best tasting fudge you've ever tried! Take home one piece or a special of buy four, get two free!

Enjoy some hand-scooped ice cream to top off your visit or take home some of our Bavarian roasted nuts!

Keep up with our store on facebook - we will be posting our weekly deli specials.

We look forward to visiting with you in the Deli!

Mary Heaven

Team Lead

Uncle Buck's

 

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Prepare For The Invasion!!!

While many of us in Alabama (myself included) have enjoyed the unusually mild temperatures this winter, there is an unfortunate consequence coming our way-BUGS, BUGS, BUGS!!!

If you plan on spending time outdoors in the coming months, whether it be hunting, fishing, camping (you get the idea) these bugs could become a real problem for you and your family this year. If you are like me, you don't like the idea of smelly lotions, sprays, or oils containing chemicals on your family's skin. So, what to do?

ThermaCELL products may be the solution for you. These specially designed products use a butane cartridge to heat up a mosquito repellant mat. The heat vaporizes the repellant, allowing it to rise into the air, creating a 15x15 ft. mosquito-free zone. This repellant is a synthetic form of allethrin, a repellant that occurs naturally in chrysanthemum flowers and is not harmful to humans and pets.

Why should you use ThermaCELL products?

  • They are extremely effective and virtually odorless
  • They are small and portable
  • There is no open flame
  • There is no chemical contact with skin or clothing
  • They can be reused (with refill)-all ThermaCELL products use the same refills
  • Available in both lanterns and appliances

Available accessories:

  • Appliance holsters
  • Swivel light
  • Refills

The appliance holsters fit all standard size ThermaCELL appliances and secure to your belt or another object for hands-free carrying. They easily attach to a tree-stand, branch, boat, or backpack. There are two colors available-olive and Realtree APG Camo.

The swivel light clips to ThermaCELL appliances, hats, belts, and most outdoor gear. They emit a 15 ft. beam of white or green light, one color at a time. The light swivels to direct  the beam and has 4 green and 4 white LEDs.

Refill butane cartidges and mosquito repellant mats are available. Each cartridge lasts approximately 12 hours and each mat approximately 4 hours. A single refill pack comes with 1 butane cartridge and 3 insect repellant mats. Each value pack comes with 4 cartridges and 12 mats.

Finally, ThermaCELL products are easy to operate.  You simply load the butane and pad, slide the switch to the on position, and click the start button a few times to light the butane. A light at the top of the device indicates it is working properly. When you are finished, simply slide the switch back to turn the device off.

For more information, please visit www.thermacell.com or come on down to your Leeds Bass Pro Shops and check out our selection of devices and accessories. We look forward to helping you make your selection.

As always, stay safe and GO CAMPING!!!

Tracye

 

 

 

 

 

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Hog Hunting From Helicopter Video!

Welcome Bass Pro Shoppers!!!!Today I am going to introduce you to the best hog hunting with crossbow video that's out there right now. It's a killer video and you've got to watch it. Plus with Predator Hunting coming up soon i figured why not get the buzz on this video out there. Hope you enjoy it as much as us at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, Alabama did!!!

Thanks again stopping by to see the latest buzz from Hunting.Hope to hear from all using the comment box. Rebecca in Hunting in Leeds, Alabama

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Look What's in Camping!

Last month, I gave you a little bit of information about our gifts department. I hope that you read and enjoyed "It's All About the Gift"  (http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-leeds-al/its-all-about-the-gift) published on January 16th. This month I would like to focus on our camping department.

Bass Pro Shops camping department has it all! Whether you are gearing up for a camping trip, planning an outdoor barbeque, processing your own meat, or simply looking to accessorize your vehicle, our camping department can help you with any task. If you haven't had a chance to take a stroll though our camping department, let me tell you what all you are missing! You are missing hundreds of items featuring various name brands at bargain prices. Now, in order to see them all, you will have to come into the store and stroll isle after isle, but, I will try to highlight what I can (until you can make the trip)!

Tent

Our camping department has a vast selection of your basic camping needs. We feature a variety of tents to fit your needs including cabin tents, backpacking tents, and dome tents. Whether you're looking for a tent to fit just one person or a whole family, I am sure we have one that is sure to be the right size. We carry great name brands such as Boulder Creek, Ascend, Coleman, http://www.coleman.com/Products/11000/tents and (of course) Bass Pro Shops.  We also carry all of your tent accessory needs including, but not limited to, extra stakes, tent fans, tent lights, and replacement poles. In order to sleep in your tent, you must make a decision about a sleeping bag. Come check out our hugh selection of sleeping bags from Ascend, Bass Pro Shops, Coleman, Redhead, and North Face. If a sleeping bag is not in the cards for you, we have other alternatives including cots, sleeping pads, and air beds.            http://www.basspro.com/Brand-Boulder-Creek/Camping-Tents/_/N-1z0vai1Z1z0ux88

 

   First aid kit               

After the decision of what type of tent and sleeping bag suites your needs, don't forget about all of the other camping accessories. We offer a variety of toilets and showers. (Which my daughter believes are the absolute must-haves for camping!) We also have various sunblocks, repellents including ThermaCell, water treatments, vacuum bottles, and heaters.You definitely do not want to leave home without a map and a compass. Our camping department has a variety of maps available for you! One thing I know is a must have on my check list, when we go camping, is a first aid kit. Our camping department has an assortment of first aid kits to fit your needs.

yeti

 

Coolers are also a must have for the camping trip. We offer a variety of sizes and name brands of coolers, including the indestructible Yeti! Camping stoves, camping cookware, camping tableware, and flashlights should round out your list of supplies. We have a vast selection to choose from including our extensive collection of Lodge cast iron cookware. If you are in to the simple side of meals, check out our freeze dried meals. They are lightweight and easy to pack.

 

Canoe

If your camping trip takes you into an area of rugged terrain, try picking up a couple of trekking poles to help you make the climb. If you do plan on taking a long hike while you are camping, don't forget to check out the backpacks that are available in our camping department. If your walk leads you to search for treasure, don't forget to take a metal detector with you. Regardless of whether you are taking a short trip or long one, don't forget to get a camel back to help you with your hydration. If you find that hiking is not on your list of things to do, maybe you would be interested to know that we sell a variety of canoes and kayaks.

Grill

 

Did you know that our camping department is more than just camping supplies? We also offer a large variety of grills. Yes, I realize that the two are connected but, you don't have to go camping to use a grill and you don't have to own a grill just to go camping. Our grill selection includes names such as Brinkman, Browning, Char-griller, Coleman, and Masterbuilt. We have grills that are made for propane, charcoal, or both. We sell flavored wood chips and lump charcoal, along with marinades and seasonings. We offer fryers, as well. We have deep fryers, fish fryers, and turkey fryers for all your wild game cooking needs.

 

dehydrator

Along with our selection of grills and fryers, we have all your essential needs to process your own meat. We carry meat grinders, meat slicers, wild game processing kits, food savers, and dehydrators. We have all of your processing needs including sleeves for sausage and seasoning mixes. Once the meat is processed, you can freeze it using one our our food savers or get it ready to fry by using a breader.

 

truck

 

Last, but certainly not least, our camping department offers a variety of accessories for your vehicle. From floor mats to seat covers, we have the vehicle accessory that you are looking for. We carry steering wheel covers, key chains and air fresheners from names brands like RedHead, Browning, and Bone Collector. Don't forget to check out our decals, license plate frames, and car covers. We also have deer alert sets for your vehicle. While you are here, check out our GPS selection in the marine department.

Well, I hope that the next time you are in the store, you will check out our camping department. Until next month.... Enjoy the outdoors!

 

http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/camping/checklists.htm

http://www.coleman.com/checklists/

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Backyard Birders...This is for you!

According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, more than 62 million Americans are backyard birders. 

Most people believe bird feeding to be a winter activity as winter migrants travel through Alabama and flock to our feeders, but true birders look upon it as a year- round  hobby. 

Winter feeding is more appreciated by birds than summer feeding.  This is especially true of those species that would normally migrate further south but instead stop briefly here in areas with feeding stations.  So, in all fairness to the birds, winter feeding should not end until well into spring months when other food sources are plentiful or until the birds have begun to migrate to northern breeding areas.

If you are interested in seed feeders, many different feeders are available and should be chosen according to the birds you want to attract.  Platform feeders are favorites because they generally hold a lot of seed and provide a perching area for several birds at a time.  Covered platform feeders are recommended because they protect food from rain.  Hanging feeders, especially those with small perches, attract smaller songbirds and will be used less frequently by larger birds like cardinals and blue jays because they tend not to like the swaying feeders.   Whatever type of feeder you choose, make sure to keep it clean and free of wet and moldy food.  Moldy food can poison birds.  A tip about bird seed, if you end up with bugs in your bag of bird seed, put the bag in your freezer.  This will kill the bugs and let's face it, that's just added crunch for the birds.  We carry Oil Sunflower Classic, Black Oil Sunflower,  Finches Favorite, Nyjer Seed, Safflower Spree, Sunflower Hearts, Premium Blend and Wild Bird Food

For those birds who may not be attracted to seed feeders, suet feeders may be their food of choice.  Suet can be dispensed in cages, baskets, bags, logs, pinecones and other imaginative dispensers and will attract birds that normally eat insects.  Here at Bass Pro Shops we carry a vast variety of suet, including Apple Dough, Hot Pepper, Hearty Suet Mix,, Woodpecker, Bird's Blend, Blueberry Dough, Orange Burst, Berry Blast, Peanut Cake and Peanutty Raisin.  I hear that the birds love the Hot Pepper suet but the squirrels do not, so if you're having a problem with squirrels you may want to try this one.  By the way, our suet cakes sell for $1.19.  I hear that that beats the prices at the local big box store.

All your supplies for winter bird feeding are available in the gift department at your Leeds Bass Pro Shops. 

The above information was provided by Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Jan Denard

Team Lead Gift Department

OW32, Leeds, AL

 

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Bass Fishing For Beginners

Fishing is about as wholesome and pure as it gets in the world today. I personally was introduced to fishing at a young age when my dad took me down to our dock and waved a fish in front of my face. I have been hooked ever since, not just on fishing but also on anything related to the outdoors. I still thank my Dad as often as possible for helping to instill that passion in me. I am also grateful for the bond that it created between us and the many great memories neither one of us will ever forget. As a parent, an introduction to the outdoors is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give to your child.

It is very important to know where to start if you're thinking about getting yourself or your family into fishing. The best way is by taking a trip to your nearest Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. At Bass Pro Shops you will find yourself surrounded by the cutting edge in fishing and outdoor gear as well as all the products that a beginner would need to get started. Associates that are experienced in their departments in which they work in will always point you in the right direction.

If you are an adult looking to get started bass fishing, the best rod and reel type you can get is a spinning combo such as the Pflueger Trion GX-7 Spinning Rod and Reel Combo. This is a great quality set up for a affordable price. For a beginning set up for a child, I would recommend a spin cast combo. Spin cast combos are easy to use and hard to mess up making them perfect for a child who is just getting started. A Zebco Bill Dance Select 33 Rod and Reel Spincast Combo would work out great with good quality and again the undeniable plus of affordability. These rod and reel combos are just what any angler needs to get started.

Bass Pro Shops is full of fishing lures which can make the task of selecting the proper fishing lure to use extremely overwhelming. There are so many great options but in my mind the very best choice is a soft plastic stick bait. The original model of the bait I am referring to is the Gary Yamamoto 5" Senko. Bass Pro shops also has their very own model of the bait which is called the Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series Stik-O-Worm Soft Plastic Jerkbait. These are both great options and work best when rigged with a size 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG Worm Hook. This lure is simple and works best when it is fished very slowly letting the lure fall down all the way to the bottom and then lifting the rod tip and repeating letting it fall back down. Now don't be fooled by it's simplicity the soft plastic stick bait also catches big bass, and has been used to win bass tournaments as well.

So take a trip to Bass Pro Shops and get all of your fishing needs taken care of. If you are having trouble finding any of the things mentioned in this article just simply find a fishing associate and ask them where you can find the products mentioned here. There is no better time to get started fishing then in the spring of the year, and coming soon to all Bass Pro Shops across the country is the annual Spring Fishing Classic from February 22 through March 10. There will be educational seminars given as advertised by some of todays top pros. This will be the perfect opportunity to ask questions and to hear some incredible insight on how to become a better fisherman.

I hope to see you there!!!

Joey Nania

 

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Don't miss out on the "GREAT YEAR-END DEALS" on "NITRO Z6"

ALL ANGLERS WELCOME!

We have a few 2012 models left and the price is right with lots of extras.  Not only do you get V.I.P New Boat Owners Discount Card that gives you 20% discount on Bass Pro brand products and 10% on other name brand items, but this package comes with a 5 year motor warranty, a free strap on cover and a $500 Gift Card to spend as you wish.  Whether you are a weekender or a tournament fisherman this is a great boat to get out on the water and enjoy what mother nature has to offer.  So stop by and visit any of our knowledgeable boat consultants.

Nitro Z6 Year End Close Out

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Gearing Up For Turkey Season! The Gun You Have To Have!

Welcome Bass Pro Shop Customers!

Ok ladies and gentlemen we have a gun that once I tell you about it you're gonna want it in your gun safe!!

 

gun

This is the Remington 870 SPS Super Mag Camo Shotgun with Thumbhole Stock!

Overview:

The most dependable slide action of all time in a design that will go the distance with deadly precision, whether your target is the crease behind a buck's shoulder, a wily coyote or a big red head. The model 870 SPS Super Magnum Turkey/Predator w/scope is an all inclusive, all-camo package put together with devastating implications for birds at extended range and predators that close the distance. Along with the ambidextrous freedom and handling ease of our supshot pistol grip stock with grip-enhancing overmolds, it features a highly maneuverable 20" barrel and a TruGlo® red/green selectable illuminated sight mounted atop its pre-installed Weaver-style rail. It handles 2 3/4", 3" and 3 1/2" 12-gauge rounds interchangeably. A black padded sling and Wingmaster HD™ Turkey/Predator Rem™ Choke are included.

Key Features:

  • 12 gauge, 2 3/4", 3" and 3 1/2" chamber

  • 20" barrel Turkey/Predator Extended Rem Choke included

  • ShurShot pistol grip stock with black overmolded grip panels

  • TruGlo 30mm Red/Green Dot Scope (Model TG8030DB) pre-mounted

  • Fully Mossy Oak Obsession camo coverage

  • Includes padded, quick-attach sling

 

The Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, Alabama we were listing it for $599.97. Now it's on sale for $579.95!! What a steal! But, if you come in before March 24th...you can really get a good buy for $549.95 after mail-in rebate!! Hope you come on out and see us soon.

Thanks, Rebecca in Hunting!

 

 

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Four Reasons I Succeed at Turkey Hunting

Welcome Bass Pro Shoppers!

Today i would like to talk about some surefire ways to succeed in your turkey hunting season. Bass Pro is going to have some free events and workshops in the month of March. Some Very talented guests will be here showing you how to turkey hunt ike a pro. More information and details are listed below.

 

Selecting the Right Gun and Equipment and Proper Maintenance

(March 2nd & 3rd 2pm-3pm)

Let our gun experts show you how to choose the right gun and accessories for a successful hunt. The will also instruct you on how to properly care for and maintain your firearm for safety and proper function. It would also be a great way to teach young coming up hunters some safety tips.

 

hunting cleaning

 

Turkey Hunting Accessories Including Blinds, Seats, and More!!

(March 9th & 10th 2pm-3pm)

Our hunting experts will demonstrate the newest equipment available for a successful hunting season.

 

blind

 

Choosing Camo Clothing for Spring Turkey Hunting

(March 16th & 17th 2pm-3pm)

Let us help you in selecting the right camo pattern or hunting vest for you hunting style. Our expert hunting staff will walk you through the pattern that works best for your needs.

 

camo

 

Turkey Calls and How To Use Them!

(March 23rd & 24th 2pm-3pm)

Join our experts as they demonstrate a variety of turkey calls and how to use them to get that big boy in.

calls

 

Thanks again for all the readers and the chance to serve yall!

Rebecca in Hunting.

 

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Introducing the New Terminal Tackle Short Sleeve Polo by Columbia

Bass Pro Shops has a wide selection of name brand clothing in our men's apparel. This selection includes apparel made by Columbia. Check out our newest addition to the Columbia family. Introducing the New Terminal Tackle short sleeve polo by Columbia:

This Shirt is part of Columbia's Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) Series.

  • Features include: Columbia 's Omni - Shade Technology.
  • This shirt offers an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50
  •  You can enjoy the benefits of Sun Protection in all of your outdoor Adventures.
  • Columbia's Omni - Wick Technology will also help to keep you dry and comfortable by working to move and disperse sweat away from the body.
  • The Terminal Tackle Polo is available in sizes Small to 2X large. Available in 6 colors:
  1. Sunlit (golden yellow)
  2. cool grey
  3. black
  4. white
  5. bright peach
  6. vivid blue
  • The Terminal Tackle Polo is priced at $30.00 and is sure to keep you looking good and feeling cool no matter what adventure you're on.
  • The Terminal Tackle shirt is available in long sleeve, as well.
  • For more information, check out www.columbia.com or www.basspro.com

So, stop by men's apparel and see more of this great collection. Vickie, Pat, Gail, Denise, Kara, Kathy, Lacey, and Amber would love to assist you, in our men's apparel department, for all your apparel needs. Also, while you are shopping, don't forget to check out the great clearance deals starting at only $14.97!! Stock up now for your next year's winter wardrobe.

Columbia

 

 

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Sannibel Shirts

For the woman that loves to fish or enjoys the outdoors,but wants to look good and keep cool while doing it, check out our Sannibel Island or Plaid Sannibel Nylon Shirts by World Wide Sportsman at Bass Pro Shops Leeds. Both shirts feature: 

  • 2 vents on front above chest pockets
  • 1 vent across upper back
  • Long sleeves with a tab to secure sleeves in a rolled up position
  • These shirts utilize the latest in Ultra-Violet Protection Technology

The Sannibel Island Shirt comes in 4 solid colors each with a UPF of 50: White; Teaberry; Margarita; Blue Curacao.

The Plaid Sannibel Nylon Shirts have a UPF of 15 and comes in 2 colors: Blue Curacao; Teaberry.

The prices of these shirts range from $34.99 to $39.99.

Stop by and see Becky, Jessica, Joy, or Leia for more information on these particular shirts, or anything that catches your eye!

If you would like to preview these shirts, as well as other items in our apparel department before you visit the store, visit our website at www.basspro.com

 

Sannibel

 

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Spring Time Lipless Crankbait Fishing

Spring is here for the southern half of the United States, bringing with it a variety of opportunities to catch hungry, healthy bass. You should notice this time of the year that most of the fish you catch will have huge protruding bellies. The reason is that the water is warming and the bass are aggresively feeding to get ready for the spawn that will soon follow. This aggresive feeding, along with eggs in their bellies, makes the winter to spring transition an anglers best opportunity to catch a true trophy. Many of the fish are easily accessible, staging in shallow water on small gravel and clay points near spawning pockets. While there is a variety of different ways to catch these aggresive fish, one of the most effective is on a rattling bait, also called a lipless crankbait.

The originator of this style of bait is the Bill Lewis Original Rat-L-Trap. Many other companies have now created their own version of the lipless crankbait, such as  Bass Pro Shops very own Bass Pro Shops® XPS® Rattle Shad. All brands of the  lipless crankbaits will catch fish, and often large numbers of them. This creates a tremendous opportunity to catch fish that are bunched up together on back to back casts. Many tournaments are won this time of year on one area in a very short period of time.

Now here is the key to making these lipless crankbaits work for you. The old standard technique is just casting the bait out and reeling it steadily back to the boat, but the thing that seems to drive fish truly crazy is pumping and hopping the bait. For some reason spring time bass have a hard time resisting this presentation and they will often inhail the bait as it falls back to the bottom. This technique successfully immitates a wounded bait fish and creates a perfect opportunity for the  fish to get an easy meal that drops in front of there face. 

Specific equipment is always very important in bass fishing. The settup I like to use for my lipless crankbait fishing is a 7'6" Medium action Temple Fork Outfitters Gary Loomis Signature Series Freshwater Trigger Rod. I prefer a medium action rod for the reason that it allows the fish to make runs and not pull the generally small treble hooks out of the skin of their mouth, and the 7'6" length lets you make long casts maximizing your possibilities of getting the bait in front of a fish. I like to accompany the rod with a high gear ratio real such as the 7.1:1 Pflueger Patriarch Baitcast Reel, and 15 pound Bass Pro Shops® XPS® Signature Series Fluorocarbon. This set up will give you the best opportunity of landing the big one when she eats your lure.

So stop by Bass Pro Shops and get all the gear you need to enjoy the beautiful warming spring weather and catch some great fish while you do it. Also, remember that these fish are very close to spawning, making it very important that you protect the resource by releasing the big trophy bass that you are bound to catch. The smaller more plentiful male fish are generally much better tasting anyways, and in properly keeping some of these smaller fish you will be doing nothing but enhancing the resource. So be safe and catch a big one.

 I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 


 

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YETI OR NOT?

Tired of spending money year after year to purchase yet another cooler? Having trouble keeping the contents in your current cooler cold? It may be time to consider purchasing a YETI cooler.

Unlike ordinary coolers, which are glued together and come apart at the seams over time, the lid and body of a YETI  are built with a seamless, one piece construction.

YETI coolers keep ice longer. They have thicker walls with more than twice the insulation of ordinary coolers. They have a full-frame freezer quality gasket that locks in the cold. 

Because of the material used in the construction of YETI coolers, they are dry-ice compatible. They do not become brittle and crack with the extremely low temperatures of dry ice like most coolers do.

YETI coolers feature non-slip feet that keep them elevated off hot surfaces, minimizing heat transfer.

YETI coolers are certified bear-proof. They have been tested both in controlled situations and with wild grizzlies.

 

There are many accessories available to help personalize your YETI:

  1. Tie-down kit-secures your YETI in a truck bed, boat , or trailer
  2. Security Cable Lock & Bracket-keeps your YETI secure in places where it can be vulnerable to theft
  3. Aluminum brackets-keep YETI in place on your boat
  4. Drain plug hose connection-allows you to drain your YETI with a garden hose while it remains in place
  5. Bear-proof lock-protects your contents

 

YETI coolers are available in two series:

  1. Tundra series-available in 35 qt.-420 qt. sizes
  2. Roadie series-20 qt.- features a stainless steel handle with textured grip that locks upright for easy carrying
  3. Both are available in white and desert tan

 

For more information about the many features and accessories of YETI coolers, visit www.yeticoolers.com or come on in to your local Leeds Bass Pro Shops to see our selection. You won't be disappointed.

Until next time, stay safe and GO CAMPING!!!

Tracye

 

 

 

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Canoe or kayak? Which is right for you?

As warmer weather approaches, thoughts begin to turn to outdoor activities once again.  Maybe you have watched others as they paddle down the river or across the lake and have decided to try this for yourself, but have no idea where to begin.

 Before choosing a kayak or canoe for yourself, there are a few things that you should think about:

1) Where do you plan to go?

Canoes are generally  better for water that is calm, such as lakes and slow moving rivers. They sit  lower in the water than kayaks, so they are limited to where they can go.

Kayaks are more useful in swifter water, such as larger, more open lakes and whitewater. They sit higher in the water, so they can go where there is very little water, such as a small stream.

2)What do you want to do?

Kayaks tend to be best for one to two day trips. Since they are smaller than canoes, they do not hold as much gear.

Canoes are usually best if you plan to be gone for several days, such as a camping trip.  There is usually plenty of room in a canoe to carry tents, coolers, etc.

3) How many people will be going?

While kayaks are mostly for one, sometimes two, people, canoes can carry up to four. 

 

In addition, before making a purchase, you will want to consider the following:

How will you carry your boat?

Where will it be stored?

How much money do you want to spend?

 

Remember, there are exceptions to every rule when looking at canoes and kayaks, and no single boat can do everything well.

For more information, visit www.oldtowncanoe.com or www.basspro.com .

Come on in and visit us at Leeds Bass Pro Shops and check out our great selection of canoes and kayaks, as well as paddles,  personal flotaton devices, and many other accessories.

Enjoy the great outdoors, and remember, SAFETY FIRST!!!!

Tracye

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Items in Bass Pro Apparel

New in Mens Apparel:

Are you still dressing in the same old drab colors of winter? Do dark colors darken your attitude? Do you need something new and bright to lighten your closet's mood? Well, now is the time to hop over to Bass Pro Shops men's apparel section. We have our spring colors out and ready for the taking. With colors like yellow, salsa, stone, golden oak, willow green, and Aegean blue, your mood is sure to change, Partner these shirt colors with a pair of our cargo, Rock Bridge, or Ripstop shorts and you are guaranteed to turn many heads. Beach weather is just around the corner and you will look great in these hot colors. If you are looking for a comfortable T-shirt, check out our large selection of T-shirts that can be found in our T-shirt shop.

Also, if you are stuck in that winter time rut, we do have a large selection of winter apparel still available. Many items are on clearance and can be purchased at a very low price. So, no matter if you believe that we have 6 more months of winter, or spring is just around the corner, we have the men's apparel that will fit your needs. Come by and see Vickie and her Men's Apparel team and they will be happy to help you jump into Spring.

New in Redhead

 

Spring is here in Ladies Apparel:

Come in and check out our new Spring Collection....Natural Reflections, Bayside Living gets you ready for spring with its beach themed collection. This collection will look great on anyone who is ready to hit the beach for the spring or summer, or anyone who may have the time to stroll around the lake, or simply stay at home. This great collection includes polka dotted ribbed tanks that can be worn underneath tops or all by themselves. The new light-weight, roll up, plaid shirts are just right for the walk along the beach. If you are planning a casual night out, the slub terry hooded dresses are sure to make heads turn. Partner either a plaid shirt or even one of the nautical looking knit sweaters with a pair of the draw string cropped pants and your outfit is complete. In the event that your evenings turn a little colder than the day, French terry hoodies are available in this collection, as well as drawstring jackets. Don't forget to accessorize this collection with the straw hats and beaded jewelry. Regardless of whether you are looking for a new look to wear to the beach or just want something to help you lighten your mood, this collection is sure to be what you are looking for.

If you are still hunting for that winter sale, we have great savings for you and your family on clearance rounders.  

Becky, Joy, Jessica, and Leia are ready to help you get outfitted for Spring.

NATURAL REFLECTIONS  BAYSIDE LIVING COLLECTION

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New Spring Fashion in Ladies Apparel

Are you ready for a change? According to the good old' groundhog, we should see spring come early this year! Well, the Bass Pro Shops in Leeds is already ready for the spring time weather. Come in and check out our new Spring Collection! Natural Reflections, Bayside Living gets you ready for spring with its beach themed collection. This collection will look great on anyone who is ready to hit the beach for the spring/summer, or anyone who may have the time to stroll around the lake, or simply stay at home. This great collection includes polka dotted ribbed tanks that can be worn underneath tops or all by themselves. The new light-weight, roll up, plaid shirts are just right for the walk along the beach. If you are planning a casual night out, the slub terry hooded dresses are sure to make heads turn. Partner either a plaid shirt or even one of the nautical looking knit sweaters with a pair of the draw string cropped pants and your outfit is complete. In the event that your evenings turn a little colder than the day, French terry hoodies are available in this collection, as well as drawstring jackets. Don't forget to accessorize this collection with the straw hats and beaded jewelry. Regardless of whether you are looking for a new look to wear to the beach or just want something to help you lighten your mood, this collection is sure to be what you are looking for. Don't forget to come out to see Becky, Joy, Jessica, and Leia.

 

Bay Side Living

 

 

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Alabama Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

The State of Alabama recently announced their 2nd annual “Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.”  This is a 3 day sales tax holiday that starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, February 22nd and goes through midnight on Sunday, February 24th.     Please go to the attached Alabama Department of Taxation website, ADOR - Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday , to read more about this upcoming holiday and print out the information provided there.

 

The sales tax holiday applies to all locations in Alabama (store locations in Prattville, Spanish Fort & Leeds).  The sales tax holiday is on the State portion of the sales tax (which is 4%), and in some locations, the local sales tax as well and then only on applicable items.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  This exemption applies to the STATE piece of the sales tax rate and only the LOCAL pieces of the sales tax rate when the local governing body has chosen to participate.  It is up to the local jurisdictions to decide if they want to participate.  The City of Prattville and Elmore County have elected to participate in this exemption program.  The City of Spanish Fort and Baldwin County have also elected to participate.  However, at Leeds, the City of Leeds has elected to participate, but Jefferson County has elected to not participate in the holiday.  Therefore, depending on your location, eligible items of clothing and footwear may not be fully exempt, but will be subject to a reduced tax rate during the Holiday.  Below is a list of location with their regular tax rate and the reduced tax rate for the sales tax holiday.

 

                                               Normal Rate            Holiday Rate                 

Prattville Store:                      11.00%                           0.000%

Leeds Store:                           10.00%                          2.000%

Spanish Fort Store:               10.95%                          0.000%

 

 

The Holiday exempts from sales tax only certain categories of items and only on items that have a selling price of $60 or less (the one exception is on generators which is available on those selling for $1,000 or less).  If any item sells for more than $60 (or $1,000 for generators) then the whole sales price is taxable.  For example if a radio sells for $60 it is completely exempt, however, if it sells for $60.19 then the whole thing is taxable.  The list includes:

 

  • Blue ice or artificial ice  
  • Battery powered flashlights and lanterns (excludes kerosene or other fuel supplied lanterns)
  • Gas or diesel fuel containers
  • Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, and 9-volt only – excludes car/boat batteries)
  • Non-electrical coolers and ice chests
  • Cell phone chargers/batteries
  • Tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, ground anchor systems, tie-down kits
  • Radios (portable and self-powered), Two-way radios, weather band radios, and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Storm shutter devices
  • Duct tape
  • First-aid kits
  • Portable generators

 

 

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Spring Fishing Classic

Calling all people who like to fish! Calling all people who want to fish! Calling all people who would like to learn about fishing! That's right! We are calling on all our customers to come out to the 2013 Spring Fishing Classic! The Spring Fishing Classic will be held from February 22nd to March 10th. During this time, we will have fishing tips and techniques from our local fishing pros, BassMaster University (tips and techniques from professional fishermen), and finish it all up with a weekend full of kid's events!  Join us to start the weekend off with free fishing seminars. Below is the seminar schedule:

Friday, February 22nd      6:30 pm Tips for Fishing Logan Martin Lake

                                              7:30 pm Techniques for Fishing Bass

Saturday, February 23rd  1:30 pm Tips for Fishing Logan Martin Lake

                                              2:30 pm Techniques for Fishing Bass

                                 3:30 pm Spring Fishing Tips Given by Dustin King

Sunday, February 24th     1:30 Baits for Success, Such as the Alabama Rig

                                 2:30 Best Tackle & Equipment for Fishing Guntersville Lake

                                 3:30 Tips & Trends for Crappie Fishing

                                 4:30 Tips for Fishing Logan Martin Lake

During the Fishing Classic, don't forget to register to our sweepstakes. You could "Win a Fishing Trip with Tony Stewart". This prize is awarded at the national level. Each store will be awarding a first place prize. You could win a fishing bundle that includes a KVD Plano Tackle System, a Bass Pro Shops Stainless Steel Tool Set, a Bass Pro Shops Enigma Smart Cast Baitcast Reel, a Strike King KVD 11-piece Angler of the Year Kit, a Coca-Cola Package, and two ticket to a local race.

Other promotions, during the Spring Fishing Classic, include Reel Trade-In days February 22nd-February 27th. Rod Trade-In days March 1 - March 5th.

The second weekend of the Fishing Classic, our store will feature a line-up of professional fishermen that is sure to get you off that couch and into the store! Here is the list of the second weekend seminars and the teacher's who will be teaching them:

March 1st         5 pm PreSpawn Tactics - Tommy Martin

                           6 pm PreSpawn Techniques - Dave Lefebre

                           7 pm It's PreSpawn Season - Stacey King

                           8 pm Springtime Fishing in Alabama - Chris Lane

 

March 2nd       11 am Fishing Around the Spawn - Tommy Martin

                          12 pm It's The Pre-Spawn Season - Stacey King

                            1 pm Ledge Fishing Techniques - Terry Bolton

                            2 pm Techniques for Pattern Fishing - Roland Martin

                            3 pm The Little Things that Make Big Differences in Fishing - Scott Martin

 

March 3rd          1 pm Spider Rigging with Plastics for Monster Crappie - Dan Dannanmueller

                            2 pm The Use of Crawfish Colors - When & Why - Dennis Tietje

 

Then, last but, certainly not least, our third weekend is our kid's weekend! We will host the Next Generation weekend on March 9th & March 10th. Events will include a catch & release pond, free 4 x 6 picture, kids seminars, free crafts, and coloring sheets. Kids seminars will be held on both Saturday and Sunday and will be taught by our Bass Pro Shops fishing team. Here are the class times: Sat. & Sun. 1 pm The Fun of Fishing

                                                                                                                                            Sat. & Sun. 3 pm Baits for Bites

Make plans today to come out to our 2013 Spring Fishing Classic this year! Watch your sales papers for daily deals and more information. As always, you can follow us on Facebook and check out our store web page at www.basspro.com

 

 

 

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To Give or Not to Give .... That is the Question!

As Valentine's Day quickly approaches, that same old question lingers in your mind... "Do I give a gift or not"? Well, if you are married or have a special significant other that you've been with for a while, you already know what your expectations are for your relationship. What about a new relationship? What amount of time actually classifies as a "new" relationship? I have been married to my husband for 10 years and Valentine's Day is not a big holiday at our house. It's probably all my fault! Let me tell you why!

When my husband and I first started dating, I wanted to do something special to surprise him for Valentine's Day. (Also note: his birthday is February 20th) I figured that since it was a new relationship (dating less than 6 months), I could get away with combining the two! As the week leading up to Valentine's Day approached, I told him (repeatedly) that I felt like Valentine's Day was overrated. I told him that as the holiday rolls around, people view it more of an obligation to do something nice and special instead of having the joy of doing something for your loved ones because they want to. Now keep in the back of your mind that I am still planning a special night for Valentine's Day. 

At the time, my (now) husband was working night shift. Getting to see each other and spend quality time together was few and far between. As fate would have it, the Saturday before the big day, he was scheduled off. I immediately put my plan into action. I cooked a homemade dinner, put on a nice dress, and bought a Valentine's Day/Birthday gift. Needless to say, when he came over, he was very surprised and caught off guard. He also could not believe that after I down-played the whole idea of Valentine's Day, I actually did something to celebrate it. We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed the evening. However, when Valentine's Day did roll around, I did not receive a card, a gift, or anything, for that matter. He reminded me that I stated that Valentine's Day was overrated. I will admit.... I deserved what I got! I am happy to say that we survived the first Valentine's Day together and have enjoyed spending 12 additional ones since that day.

If you are in a new relationship or even one that you have been in for years and you are not sure what to do for that special day, let me give you a few gift ideas that we have here at the Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, AL. For the ladies who love to hunt, check out our selection of camouflage lingerie. We have a nice selection of sleep wear and lounge wear. We also carry a wide selection of camo purses and wallets. If you believe jewelry is on her wish list, we carry rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, pendants, and charms. Just in case you do not know her size or style, you can't go wrong with a nice scented candle. We have a diverse selection of candles to choose from.

If you are looking for a gift with a man in mind, come check out the large selection of watches. We have watches to fit just about any type of person or need. If your man's wallet is looking a little ragged, how about a new wallet for Valentine's Day? We have a wide selection of trifolds and billfolds, as well as, checkbook covers available in deer leather, bison, and elk leather. Colors include brown, black, leather, and camouflage. Car accessories are also a great idea. Our camping department features anywhere from decals, steering wheel covers, seat covers, to floor mats. Of course, if your man is a hunter, you can always fall back on the old faithful sure gift. Check out the selection of knives, gun cleaning kits, or hunting clothing.

No matter what you do this Valentine's Day, I hope you enjoy it. If you are with a significant other, I hope that you make the right choice on whether you should give or not. If you are a single person on this holiday of love, there is no rule that states that you cannot enjoy a gift from you.... to you.

If you would like to preview any of the gift ideas mentioned in this blog, please go to www.basspro.com to check them out.

 

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Predator Hunting Rules and Regulations

BOBCAT

No Bag Limit - Daylight Hours Only - Guns only in areas of and during dates of turkey and/or gun deer season. Bow and Arrow - in areas of and during dates of open bow and arrow seasons for deer and turkey.

DOGS ONLY - NO GUNS OR BOW AND ARROW OR CROSSBOW- No Closed Season except no running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 A.M. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

NOTE: See "Tagging Requirements" under trapping seasons.

 

COYOTE

GUNS AND BOW AND ARROW ONLY (NO DOGS)

No Bag Limit - No Closed Season. Daylight Hours Only.

 

GUNS, BOW AND ARROW AND CROSSBOW WITH DOGS - Only during daylight hours in areas of and during dog deer season.

 

DOGS ONLY - NO GUNS, BOW AND ARROW, and OR CROSSBOW- No Closed Season except no running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 A.M. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

 

BEAVER, NUTRIA, AND GROUNDHOG

No Bag Limit - Daylight Hours Only No Closed Season

 

STARLINGS, CROWS, AND BLACKBIRDS

No Bag Limit - Daylight Hours Only No Closed Season

 

FERAL SWINE (WILD HOGS)

GUNS, BOW AND ARROW, CROSSBOW, OR SPEARS (NO DOGS)*

No bag limit daylight hour’s only. No Closed Season

 

GUNS, BOW AND ARROW, CROSSBOW OR SPEARS WITH DOGS*

No bag limit, daylight hours only - No Closed Season, except during and in areas of stalk only

Deer season which includes counties and areas listed under the dog deer hunting exceptions

(See page 5) and except during and in areas of spring turkey season.

 

DOGS ONLY- NIGHTTIME (NO WEAPONS)*

No bag limit - No closed season, except after 3:00 A.M. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

 

TRAPPING BY LANDOWNER OR HIS AGENT

No bag limit - No Closed Season *No hunting on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the Talladega (Talladega Division) National Forest during the dates of the deer season except hunting shall be allowed on November 20 -21,

 

December 18- 19, and December 25 - 26.

 

Once reduced to personal possession of the landowner or agent, feral swine will no longer be considered a game animal. However, feral swine will be treated as a game animal at any time they are hunted.

 

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