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The annual Fall Hunting Classic has returned to Bass Pro Shops - Macon!  "The Greatest Hunting Sale & Show" takes place at all Bass Pro Shops stores, August 1 - 17 (August 1 - 24 in Juneau), and the fantastic sale is accompanied by a ton of activities.

First up is the Bass Pro Shops Hunting University.  This year, our featured Hunting Pros are Ryan Klesko and Walter Parrott.  Ryan is the co-host of the "Hardcore Hunting" television program and will speak on "Big Game and Bow Hunting Tactics."  Walter is one of the original members of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team for Bass Pro Shops as well as a co-host for Bass Pro Shops' "100% Real Hunting" program.  He will give tips on "Whitetail Deer Hunting."

  The second weekend, August 9-10, is our Next Generation activities. This weekend features activities for kids (our "next generation" of hunters), such as the Daisy BB Gun Range, Kids Workshops, Free Crafts and Free Giveaways.  We are even hosting our first Women's Hunting Workshop!

The final weekend, August 15 - 17, is all about our Local Pros. Friday night's workshop takes place at 7:00 p.m.; the workshops on Saturday and Sunday, run from 1 - 6 p.m. Topics include bow hunting, cooking venison, selecting a camo pattern, hunting predators and more.  Click here for the daily schedule.

Other activities include the 2nd Amendment Instant Savings on Guns and Safes (when you use your Bass Pro Shops MasterCard; August 1 - 5 and 13 - 17 only); Bow and Crossbow Trade-In (August 1 - 6); Binocular and Rangefinder Trade-In (August 7 - 12); and Scope Trade-In (August 13 - 17).  We will also have Daily Specials on select dates (while supplies last) and you can register to win a helicopter hunt with "Pigman" Brian Quaca. 

Make sure you plan to join us for this year's Fall Hunting Classic!


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Celebrating the Pecan Pie

Did you know Saturday, July 12 is National Pecan Pie Day? Here in Georgia, we tend to know a thing or two about pecans, so we are going to share one of our favorite pecan pie recipes.  This recipe can be found in the Best of the Best from the Deep South Cookbook, available at your local Bass Pro Shops. 

The Best Pecan Pie

1 stick butter

1 cut light Karo syrup

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs, beaten

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

Dash of salt

1 cup of pecans

1 (8- or 9-inch) unbaked pie shell

Brown butter in saucepan until it is golden brown; do not burn; let cool. In separate bowl, add ingredients in order listed; stir. Blend in browned butter well. Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then lower to 325 degrees for 40 minutes.

That's all there is to it!  Take a few minutes this weekend and enjoy one of the Deep South's favorite treats!

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Summer Fun at Family Summer Camp

fscDoes your family need something to do this summer?  If so, then head over to your local Bass Pro Shops for Family Summer Camp!

Family Summer Camp runs now through Sunday, July 13.  Activities and workshops take place each Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday during those dates.  We have nine Kids Workshops to participate in including Archery, Camping & Conservation Awareness, Travel Safety, Bird Watching, Kayaking, Shooting & Hunting, Fishing, Backyard Adventure and Water Safety.  Go to www.basspro.com for daily workshop schedules.

We also have an activity area where kids can shoot a Daisy BB gun, use a soft bow and arrow, try out a fishing rod or make a free craft project. We even make homemade ice cream on Saturday afternoons (5 - 6 p.m.)

Join us this summer at Family Summer Camp!

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Kids Take the Challenge

Head over to your local Bass Pro Shops this weekend for the Kids Outdoor Sports Challenge!

Activities take place noon - 5 p.m. on Saturday May 3 and Sunday, May 4.  We will be out on the lawn with hands-on activities and demos including:  archery, casting, and knot tying.  These are all valuable skills for any outdoor activity. We will also have free crafts (turtle magnets) and free gifts (kids' tackle boxes). Kids can even spin the prize wheel for an additional prize!

We have activities going on inside as well - a scavenger hunt and kids fishing seminars.  The scavenger hunt takes place from noon - 5 p.m. both days. Simply pick up a checklist from the greeter and complete at your own pace. The "Think Like a Fish" kids workshops take place at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at our aquarium.

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Fill Your Easter Baskets at Bass Pro Shops

Easter is just a few days away and it is time to get serious about the contents of your Easter baskets. Your local  Bass Pro Shops has a wide variety of items for kids of all ages.

First, let's start with the candy.  Our Uncle Buck's line has a huge variety of nostalgia-type candy such as burnt peanuts, caramel bullseyes, cherry sours, maple nut drop and orange slices.  You can also find circus peanuts, chocolate-covered peanuts, malted milk balls and peach rings.  These are some of the options available in individual 3-ounce packages, typically located near our cash registers.

candy If you need bigger packages, then keep an eye out for our candy cart.  Here you will find bigger packages (16 - 24 ounces) of the items listed above, plus many more. Additional options include Smarties, gummie bears, and jawbreakers. We even have multiple flavors of licorice and taffy to choose from.

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If you want to provide a gourmet treat (for someone the Easter Bunny is particularly fond of), then check out our selection of Jelly Belly jelly beans.  Jelly Belly Jelly Beans come in over 50 flavors, not including licensed flavors from Tabasco, Harry Potter and sugar-free varieties among others.

Finally, no Easter basket is complete without a stuffed animal. You will find all types at your local Bass Pro Shops, from large to small, realistic to camo-wearing.  Many even have sound boxes to play authentic animal or bird calls.

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Head over to your local Bass Pro Shops for all of your gift-giving occasions.  You're sure to find something for everyone!

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The Women of Duck Commander

The Duck Commander merchandising behemoth forges onward, but this time the focus is on the women of the Robertson family. The new book The Women of Duck Commander focuses on Miss Kay, Korie, Missy, Jessica and Lisa.

The book details how each of the women joined the Robertson clan and reveals some of the difficulties and challenges each have faced. The women also discuss the spiritual foundation that guides their lives and their love for Phil and Kay.

women The book contains a number of fun and inspiration stories including Kay's relationship with Phil and Korie's wedding to Willie. Missy tells the story of her daughter being born with a cleft palate, while Jessica details her first meeting with Jep. And Lisa provides tips on a successful marriage.

There are 16 pages of photos included in the book with pictures of each of the women along with their children, parents and grandparents.

Miss Kay even includes her biscuit recipe in the book:

Homemade Biscuits

2 cups Pioneer Original Biscuit and Baking Mix, plus a little extra

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup Sprite or 7 Up

1 stick of butter

Mix all ingredients except butter with a pie blender (pastry blender)

Pour a little biscuit mix on wax paper.

Put a cup of dough in the middle of the biscuit mix.

Form a ball and pat it down so you can cut the biscuits with a glass.

Cut just enough to fill a skillet or cake pan with biscuits (I use a skillet).

Melt a stick of butter in the skillet or cake pan.

Roll biscuits in butter and place them in the pan.

Bake at 375 degrees until brown.

To find this book or any of the other Duck Commander books, head over to the Gifts Department at your local Bass Pro Shops.

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Spring Fishing Classic Meets Generation NeXt

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As we move into the final weekend of our annual Spring Fishing Classic, it's time to focus on the kids for awhile.  March 15 & 16 is our Generation NeXt weekend, designed to introduce the next generation of outdoorsmen/women to hunting and fishing activities.

Activities run noon - 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The featured event is Kids Catch 'n' Release Fishing. Kids 12 and under can use a real cane pole to catch a bass, bream or crappie in our own "County Line Creek."  We will also have free souvenir pictures, free crafts (color a magnetic fish) and free tackle box giveaways (while supplies last).

We will also present two kids fishing workshops, where kids can learn to "Think Like a Fish."  These workshops take place at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at our aquarium. Each child that attends will receive a copy of "My Fishing Journal" provided by Shakespeare Fishing.book

Finally, Bass Pro Shops is presenting our very first "Women's Beginning Fishing Workshop." This workshop is being taught by women for women and takes place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.  This is a great opportunity for all women and/or girls that have an interest in fishing but don't know how to get started. We will have refreshments, giveaways and prizes - you could win one of two fishing combos! Sorry guys - this one is for ladies only!

Bring the whole family to your local Bass Pro Shops this weekend - you'll find something for everyone!

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Local Pros Take the Stage

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As we head into the second weekend of our annual Spring Fishing Classic, the spotlight shines on our local pros and their tips and techniques for successful bass fishing.

Workshops begin on Friday, March 7 and run through Sunday, March 9. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, February 7  
7:00 p.m. Flipping & Pitching for Bass
   
Saturday, February 8  
11 a.m. Locating Bass in New Waters
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1:00 p.m. Topwater Techniques for Bass
2:00 p.m. Spinning Reel Tactics for Bass
3:00 p.m. Does the Color of Your Bass Lure Matter
4:00 p.m. Become a Smallmouth Specialist
5:00 p.m. Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Bass
   
Sunday, February 9  
11 a.m. Locating Bass in New Waters
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1:00 p.m. Topwater Techniques for Bass
2:00 p.m. Spinning Reel Tactics for Bass
3:00 p.m. Doles the Color of Your Bass Lure Matter
4:00 p.m. Become a Smallmouth Specialist
5:00 p.m. Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Bass

Make sure you head over to your local Bass Pro Shops to find out the latest tips and techniques for effective bass fishing. All of our workshops take place in the center of our store adjacent to our aquarium. For more information on our annual Spring Fishing Classic, click here.

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Hey Jack! Try the Duck Dynasty Deluxe Adventure Playset

If your kids (or you) have been clamoring for one of the many Ducky Dynasty playsets, but you can't decide which one, then this is the choice for you!

The Duck Dynasty Deluxe Adventure Playset incudes Willie, Jase, Phil, and Si action figures, as well as a truck, a trailer, an officially licensed Tracker Jon Boat, and more. Kids even get awesome Duck Dynasty accessories like Si’s tea cup, 2 frogs, a duck, and a beaver. Even better, if you already have some of the action figures or playsets, this one is fully compatible with them all.

The truck has a removable camper shell and Duck Dynasty detailing and it comes with a fully-licensed Tracker jon boat! The Deluxe Playset comes with over 20 pieces to provide hours of entertainment for the entire family.

Head over to your local Bass Pro Shops to take a look at this and other Ducky Dynasty merchandise, including t-shirts, books, cookbooks, DVDs, socks, video games hats, puzzles and much more.

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Annual Spring Fishing Classic at Bass Pro Shops - Macon

The annual Spring Fishing Classic, a 17-day event, kicks off on Friday, February 28 and runs through Sunday, March 16.  The event features workshops from national fishing pros, seminars from local fishing pros and a weekend full of kids activities.

The opening event is Bassmaster University - a series of free workshops presented by nationally-known fishing pros.  This year we have five pros here, at Bass Pro Shops - Macon, to share their tips and techniques with you:

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Friday, February 28

6:00 p.m.    Tommy Martin

7:00 p.m.    Scott Martin

8:00 p.m.    Stacey King

Sunday, March 2

1:00 p.m.    Travis Johnson

2:00 p.m.    O'Neill Williams

This is sure to be a "standing-room only" event - so plan to head on over and learn from the best.  Watch this column for even more details on upcoming events (such as workshops from our local fishing pros, fishing activities for kids and even a class designed for introducing women to fishing) during the Spring Fishing Classic or take a look at our Facebook page.

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NASCAR '14 is Here!

NASCAR '14, the brand-new game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is available as of today! 

nascarThe video game puts you in the middle of NASCAR racing action, allowing you to race against your favorite drivers and on your favorite tracks!  There's even a Career Mode, where you can build your car, acquire sponsors and do the research to put your team in the victory lane.

NASCAR revealed that more than 700,000 votes were cast worldwide in the "Drive for the Cover" contest as fans voted Tony Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion to appear onto the cover of NASCAR '14. The injury that kept Stewart off the track didn't stop fans of the driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet for stewartStewart-Haas Racing from beating another fan favorite, four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Stewart plans to return to the track for the Daytona 500 race in February, the same month NASCAR '14 hits store shelves.

Pick up your copy today!

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Pop Into Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops may not come right to mind as a snack food destination.....but you couldn't be more wrong!  Next time you are setting up to watch the big game, hosting the Friday night poker game or sitting around a fire, stop by your local Bass Pro Shops and pick up one of our many varieties of popcorn treats.

whirleyIf you are a traditionalist, then the Bass Pro Shops Popcorn Popper Gift Set if for you!  The Whirley-Pop stirring mechanism keeps the kernels moving, so virtually romeevery kernel pops. Clean-up is a breeze - simply wipe the inside out with a paper towel. Movie theater-style popcorn couldn't be easier. If you're "roughing it" and want to pop some corn over a roaring fire, we can help you with that too!  The Rome Popcorn Popper is designed for use over a campfire. It will pop up to two quarts and has a removable 27" handle for easy storage. 

kettleWhat's that you say?  This sounds good, but a little boring? If you're ready to strap on your waders and jump into the unknown territory of flavored popcorn, we can help you there as well.  To ease you into it, we'll start with the Uncle Buck's Cinnamon Kettle Corn. The salty-sweet kernels with the warmth of the cinnamon glaze will bring back memories of the county fair! haba

If you're feeling more adventurous, check out the flavored options from the Ass Kickin' product line.  You have your choice of four bold flavors:  Chile-Lime, Habanero, Chipotle,  Barbecue and Kettle Corn.  If you like your popcorn with a little "zing" accented by a taste of citrus and spice, southwest seasoning or  the smoky warmth of a BBQ, one of these flavors will "kick your popcorn experience up a notch."

popcornAnother option to perk up your standard popcorn is with Ass-Kickin' Popcorn Seasoning. The blend of chili powder and habanero pepper will add maximum flavor and kick....especially when you add butter!

"Pop" in to your local Bass Pro Shops and pick up some snacks for your next get-together.

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Crappie Champions at Bass Pro Shops - Macon

williamsThe father-son crappie fishing team of Scott & Billy Williams won the Crappie Masters tournament again last week. The team was named the 2014 Florida State Champions on February 1.  This is the second year in a row they have won this tournament; they were also the 2013 Florida State Champions.

The Williams, were spider rigging with double minnow rigs in 21-foot waters, catching fish near the bottom at 20 feet. They will share their crappie fishing knowledge this weekend at Bass Pro Shops - Macon, during our "Crappie Madness!" event.

Their crappie fishing workshops take place on Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m.; then again on Saturday, February 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at our aquarium.  In addition to workshops from champion anglers, on Saturday we will also have kids catch 'n' release fishing, free photos, fried fish sampling and giveaways for our seminar participants.

Come on out this weekend and pick up some tips on crappie fishing!

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Head Down to the Beach!

BaysideOkay, it is still snowing in portions of the country, but it is never too early to head to the beach and squish the sand between your toes (or at least dress like you are at the beach)!  Natural Reflections "Bayside Living" collection is perfect transition clothing from the heavy coats of winter to lighter spring fabrics and patterns.

The collection features a nautical theme, both obvious and understated. Prints include a Nautical Graphic Tee with an anchor boldly emblazoned on the front and stripes on both tee shirts and sweatshirts. A variety of plaids are available in a Plaid Roll Up Shirt. Being a transition collection, "Bayside Living" includes a Hoodie Sweater and a Drawstring Jacket, as well as Knit Waist Capris and Elastic Waist  Shorts.bayside2

There are plenty of accessories available as well, from a selection of colorful jute beach totes and military-style caps. There's even an assortment of marine-themed jewelry to give your outfit that finishing touch.

Head over to the Apparel Department at your local Bass Pro Shops to take a look at all the ladies apparel we have available.

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A Lantern for Every Occasion

Whether you need a lantern for camping, stocking an emergency kit or for spelunking....your local Bass Pro Shops has a wide variety of lanterns to fill every need.

lantern1If you're looking for something small, yet powerful, check out the Streamlight Siege 3D LED Lantern.  This compact unit provides 360 degrees of soft even lighting, provided by four C4 LEDs. For even more light, simply take off the polycarbonate cover to light a larger area. It is also equipped with a red LED for night vision and a flashing SOS setting for emergencies. There's a hook in the handle and D-rings on the top and bottom for maximum hanging versatility. The rubber molded base helps reduce slippage. The lantern lanternis 7.25" tall and weighs less than two pounds. This lantern runs on three D batteries (not included).

Another option to consider, especially for emergency kits, is the Bass Pro Shops Wind Up Lantern and Flashlight Combo Set.   This lantern provides 20 minutes of light for one minute of winding, requiring no batteries or power cords. The lantern has a protective metal frame and the flashlight is compact enough to fit in a camp pack or emergency kit.

lantern3The Coleman LED Quad Lantern  has four removable sections which  provides light without removing the entire lantern - perfect for the camp site! The base runs on 8 D-cell batteries, that recharge the removable sections when attached to the base. The 24 white LEDs provide a light range of up to 26 feet. Run time is 75 hours.  lantern4

Last, but not least, the classic Coleman lantern gets a 21st century makeover with the Coleman 4D CPX 6 Classic LED Lantern. This "classic"-look lantern delivers plenty of light from a personal-sized lantern. The lantern operates on 4 D-cell batteries: 25 hours on high, 60 hours on low.

Head over to the Camping Department to take a closer look at these and many other styles of lantern. You are sure to find one that will suit your needs!

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Costa de Mar Launches New Spring Styles

Head over to your local Bass Pro Shops to check out two brand-new styles from Costa del Mar sunglasses.  The popular Blackfin and Isabela models are available in brand-new styles for spring 2014!

blackfinThe Blackfin has an over-sized fit providing plenty of coverage from harmful sun rays when you are out on the water. The Hydrolite lining reduces slippage for all day comfort. The lenses, available in plastic or glass, block 100% of UV light and provide 100% polarization to minimize glare and eye strain. The Gunstock finish, reminiscent of woodgrain, is a brand-new finish for this year, sure to please any outdoorsman.tortoise

Don't worry - Costa has new designs in their women's line as well.  The Isabela is also available in a brand-new look:  Retro Tortoise with Black Temples. An over-sized fit provides maximum coverage and protection from harmful UV rays.  Glass and plastic lenses provide 100% polarization to reduce eye strain. A vibrant tortoise-shell pattern is featured around the Morenalenses, accented by black legs.  There is a second new finish, Morena, also available.  The Morena features a striated earthy color palette, reminiscent of beach sand. The neutral color scheme provides a stylish look on or off the water.

 

All Costa sunglasses carry a warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for the lifetime of the product. For more information on these or any other Costa del Mar sunglasses, visit the Sunglasses Counter at your local Bass Pro Shops.

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It's Crappie Madness!

crappieCrappie are one of the most fun fish to catch and are definitely one of the best-tasting fish available.  Both species (black and white) are found throughout North America, in the 48 contiguous states, allowing practically everyone the opportunity to fish for them.  Crappie are versatile feeders, eating most types of insects, worms, and small crayfish and minnows - even the young of their predators!

Being such a versatile feeder means they may be attracted to a number of different baits. Some of the most common crappie baits are maribou jigs, curly-tail grubs and small spinners (generally 1/16 oz.). Crappie move into shallower water, in the spring, to spawn. This makes them a lot easier to find, however, crappie can be caught year-round.kit

The Fishing Department at your local Bass Pro Shops has a huge variety of poles, lines and baits for your crappie fishing outings.  One item to take a look at is the 115-piece Crappie Magnet "Best of the Best" kit. It includes a huge variety/color schemes of split-tail grub bodies, double cross heads and E-Z crappie floats. This entire kit is less than $12.

The crappie is so popular, Bass Pro Shops has now given them their own event!  Our inaugural "Crappie Madness" event takes place February 7-8 & 14-15. This brand-new event features workshops from professional and local crappie experts, fried fish sampling and even a kids catch 'n' release pond.  Bring the family and head on over for a good time!

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It's National Chocolate Cake Day!

cakeWho doesn't love a good chocolate cake? Varieties have been around for hundreds of years and it is currently the single most popular flavor. Pillsbury revolutionized chocolate cake baking when they introduced the first chocolate cake mix in 1948.

The Duck Commander family is no different when it comes to chocolate cake. In addition to the huge amount of merchandise available in toys, gifts and apparel, they also have a cookbook available. In the Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen cookbook, Kay Robertson presents a recipe for chocolate sheet cake, which is dessert staple in the south.

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Makes 1 (9x13-inch cake * 9x13-inch cake pan * Wax paper * Medium saucepan * Nonstick cooking spray, for the cake pan

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2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup buttermilk or sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 stick (1/4 pound) butter

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup water

Icing

1 stick (1/4 pound) butter

6 tablespoons evaporated milk (I use Pet)

1 tablespoon whole milk

1 package (16 ounces) powdered sugar

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease the cake pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with wax paper; grease the paper.
  2. Make the cake: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, then stir in the baking soda, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  4. Put the cocoa powder in the saucepan, add the butter and shortening, and melt over medium heat. Whisk in the water, bring to a boil, and pour over the flour mixture. add the egg mixture and mix thoroughly by hand.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake until the cake starts to pull away at the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack. Run a spatula around the sides and invert the cake onto a serving platter.
  7. While the cake is cooling, make the icing: In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter with both milks (do not boil). Remove from the heat and beat in the sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Stir in the pecans until well mixed. Spread over the cake immediately.

Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen cookbook is available in the Gifts Department at your local Bass Pro Shops. Pick up a copy the next time you're in and enjoy this recipe and many others, as well as Bible verses and inspirational stories written by Miss Kay.

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Winter Bird Feeding Tips

feedBelieve it or not, birds need to be fed throughout the winter months as well.  The sight of colorful birds at your feeders isn't just to be enjoyed during the spring/summer months. In fact, it is even more important to provide a reliable food (and water) source for them in the winter, as naturally occurring fruits, plants and insects will not be available.

Whether you are experienced at bird or are just beginning here are are some popular items for bird feeders: Black-oil sunflower seeds provide more food per seed than other sunflower varieties and is very economical price-wise.  Peanuts are a high-protein, high-energy food source. They should be shelled, dry-roasted and unsalted.  Suet, a rendered fat product,  is an excellent source of fast energy for birds. It should be noted that the more variety of foods you offer, the more species you are likely to attract.

seedA quality mixed seed (with little to no filler) is always a good bet. Look for a mix that contains mostly sunflower seeds, cracked corn, white millet and peanuts. Avoid varieties containing dyed seed, wheat or red milo.  Small finches enjoy nyjer/this seed.  It is expensive and requires a thistle feeder, but will attract a variety of smaller birds including goldfinches, house, purple and Cassin's finches, among others. Safflower is a good choice. It is enjoyed by a variety of birds, but squirrels don't seem too attracted by it. Cracked corn will attract practically any feeder species. You can can expect to see sparrows, jays, doves, quail and squirrels.

Mealworms (which are actually beetle larva) are an excellent source of protein for all bird species. These are kept live, under refrigerated conditions. Fresh fruits, such as grapes, citrus, apple and banana are an excellent treat as well.

To enjoy your yard birds year-round, simply continue to feed them. A variety of foods will attract a variety of birds, providing a flurry of activity during the cold days of winter.  Don't forget the squirrels - they love dried corn on the cob. Give them their own feeder and take the proper steps to keep them out of your bird food - everyone will be happy!

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Do You Have a Weather Radio?

No matter which part of the country you live in, you are sure to be affected by severe weather at some point. Whether it's the occasional polar vortex, tornado or hurricane, being prepared is imperative to remaining safe.

One way to remain aware of adverse weather conditions is with a weather radio.  The National Weather Service, an agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) broadcasts continuous weather information acuritefrom their offices. They broadcast warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day. It also broadcasts alerts of non-weather emergencies such as national security, natural, environmental, and public safety.

Your local Bass Pro Shops offer a variety of NOAA weather radios to choose from. One such option is the Acurite NOAA Weather Radio.  The unobtrusive unit automatically notifies you of emergency alerts broadcasted by the National Weather Service (NWS), including hurricane, tornado and thunderstorm warnings and AMBER Alerts. With "Specific Area Message Encoding," you receive advisories, watches and warnings for your area only. In case you miss part of the alert, there's a "Listen" button, which allows you to play the local weather report at any time. eton

In the event you are subjected to severe weather and lose power, the Eton Red Cross FRX3 Self-Powered Weather Alert Radio may be just what you need.  This rechargeable weather radio boasts multiple power-up options: solar panel, hand crank, built-in rechargeable battery, or traditional batteries. To charge via hand crank, simply crank the hand turbine for several minutes to get 15–20 minutes of music, news and weather.

Plan ahead for severe weather so you and your family remain safe. Please visit the Gifts Department, at your local Bass Pro Shops to take a look at these weather radios and many more.

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