Outdoor Cooking Headquarters

jamesOne of our recent in-store promotions called for cooking demonstrations. Our Camping Manager, James Fleullan, really showed off his cooking skills over the four-day event, preparing sample size portions of chicken nuggets, chicken wings, chicken tenders, french fries and jalapeno poppers, using equipment, spices and condiments sold at your local Bass Pro Shops!

The unique Orion Cooker was a big hit. The combnation smoker/convection cooker uses indirect heating methods to create convection currents, producing moist, tender meat. Our Camping Department also used the Bass Pro Shops Fish Fry Kit for their deep-fried options.  The 12" fry basket held a generous amount  of food, particularly french fries!  We used Cajun Injector Turkey  Gold peanut oil blend (cholesterol-free and no trans fat). The oil blend has a neutral flavor, so you can use it to fry any item and the properties of the blended oil keeps it from breaking down or burning at high heat.

We had a number of our barbecue sauces available for sampling as well.  Some of the more popular brands included sriracha, Budweiser Smoked BBQ Sauce,  and the Bob Timberlake Apple Cinnamon and Habanero Honey barbecue sauces. The fries and chicken were seasoned with KC Butt Spice (featuring brown sugar and savory spices) and Plow Boys BBQ Fin & Feather Grill Rub (featuring garlic, onion and chili pepper), as well as Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning.crowd

The cooking demos were a huge success during the event and gave our shoppers the opportunity to see the equipment  being used.  This gave us the ability to answer detailed questions about the use of the products, how they work, etc.  The sampling and use of different equipment, such as the Bass Pro Shops Better Breader Pan, allowed our guests to touch and literally taste some of our products.  For more information on any of these products, visit the Camping Department at your local Bass Pro Shops.



Picnic in Style!

cookbookWe all know that July 4th is the iconic holiday at the beginning of July. This is the one with the fireworks, flags and parades that everyone looks forward to.  But, did you know there are other lesser-known holidays in July, overshadowed by their star-spangled older sister? It's true - July is National Baked Bean Month.  Which is terrific, considering it is also National Picnic Month!

Since these two go hand-in-hand, we'll consider them together. First off, the key to any well-planned picnic is a serving of slow-cooked baked beans. These are the perfect side dish, no matter what's on the grill:  hot dogs, chicken or hamburgers. Since good baked beans are a matter of preference and recipes are often handed down from generation to generation, we suggest preparing whatever formulation your family likes best, whether it includes dry mustard, carmelized onions, brown sugar or molasses.

In the event you don't have Great-Grandma Mattie's heirloom recipe, hope is not lost. Stop by your local Bass Pro Shops and pick up a copy of the World Championship Dutch Oven Cookbook and stir up their version of Trail Beans:

1 large can of pork and beans

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons dry mustard

4 slices bacon, cut in small pieces

1/4 cup molasses

1/2 green pepper, cut in small pieces

1 medium onion, cut in small pieces

Mix all ingredients together and put in a 12" Dutch oven Cover and simmer over low fire for 2 hours.oven

What's that? You don't have a Dutch oven? Then head back to our Camping Department and take a look at the huge collection of cast iron cookware from Lodge.  Dutch ovens are available in a variety of sizes, to fit every need, from 1quart to 10 quart.

This summer, Bass Pro Shops is your picnic headquarters! You can find everything you need to spend a day outdoors with your family at your local Bass Pro Shops.







Stars & Stripes Forever!

chairAt a loss for what to wear to your July 4th picnic or fireworks display?  Worry no more - your local Bass Pro Shops has just what you need!!mug

First, swing by the Gifts Department and pick up a Bass Pro Shops Flag Beach Towel. Measuring in at generous 30" x 60", this is perfect for a trip to the beach or a picnic in the park. The towel is boldly emblazoned with American flag, flying eagle and a pair of crossed fishing poles.  A 64 oz. Bass Pro Shops Flag Mug will keep your beverage of choice cold all day, while you are relaxing in your Patriotic Flag Chair.

NRNext, head over to the Apparel Department where you can outfit the entire family.  Natural Reflections has a number of red, white and blue options available in Ladies' Apparel.  Take a look at one of their casual tee shirts, decorated with stars, stripes and metallic trim. Never fear, Redhead has a variety flag-inspired polo and twill shirts for men as well. Some even feature a military theme, the Statue of Liberty or the presidents featured on Mount Rushmore!  Don't forget, we also have our extremely popular Flag T-Shirt starting at $5.Tshirt

Bass Pro Shops can outfit you for any occasion, whether it is  a big game hunt or a patriotic picnic in the park.








Selecting Wood for Your Smoker or Grill

You know for sure that summer has arrived when the grills are lit in backyards across the country.  A good way to guarantee your food tastes like something besides lighter fluid is by adding wood smoke to your grill or Orion Charcoal Cooker. There are the old standbys, such as hickory or mesquite and even exotic woods such as guava and kiawe.  You can even find wood chips or chunks made from wine and whiskey barrels.

Choosing the right type of smoke wood is an important decision, as each type of wood will grant its own flavor to the item you are grilling. The table shown below will give you a good reference point on which wood and meats to pair together.


Historically speaking, most barbecuers use wood that is geographically  common to their area. If you don't feel like being a lumberjack, then  visit the Camping Department in your local Bass Pro Shops,  where you will find a variety of wood chips in boxes and bags. This is a great way to try out several until you find the type or create a blend that you like.


*The smoke wood chart can be found here.


The Wenger Nomad LED Compasss Watch

watchWenger, maker of the Genuine Swiss Army Knife, has worked their magic again. This time, they have made a watch as multifunctional as it is striking. The Nomad LED Compass Watch features a specialized Swiss movement and LED digital day, date, time and compass display module. The watch is sleekly designed in silver (brushed stainless steel), black and red and comes with a black silicone strap.

In development for six years, Wenger claims the LED markers are "ninja-like," leaving no trace when not illuminated. It requires a few minutes of easy-to-manage set-up, particularly for the compass function (which calibrates to magnetic north), but then it is ready to go.The watch also comes with a limited three-year warranty. 

This is a great gift idea for the outdoorsman in your family, stylish, yet practical.  Stop by the Gifts Department at your local Bass Pro Shops to take at look at the Nomad LED Compass Watch or any of the other watches we have available.




Boating and Severe Weather: Things to Know

Summer is in full swing - we have pulled out the boats and jet skis and are enjoying time with our friends and family on the nearest body of water.  Even though you are having fun, don't forget that summer is peak thunderstorm season. Make sure you know the signs of severe weather and are familiar with broadcast weather advisories and their meanings.

Anytime you're on the water in a larger vessel, such as a house boat or motor boat, make sure you have a NOAA weather radio available. if you're using a smaller craft, such as jet ski, canoe or kayak, make sure you check the weather forecast to see if there's any chance of local storms. Also, make sure someone on land is aware of your itinerary and expected return time.  This way, someone is available to start a search if you do not return, in case of a catastrophic event.

flagsWhen listening to advisories, it is important to understand the information being broadcast.  Here are a few of the important advisories you may hear:

A Small Craft Advisory indicates sustained weather or water conditions, either presently or forecast to be hazardous to small boats or water craft. Issued when winds of greater than 20 mph are expected.

A Gale Warning indicates a wind range of 37 to 54 mph; or tropical cyclone winds from 37 - 72 mph.

A Storm Warning indicates winds in excess of 55 mph.noaa

A Special Marine Warning is issued whenever a severe local storm or strong winds burst are occuring or are imminent, but is not covered by any other warning.

Stop by your local Bass Pro Shops and check out the variety of  NOAA weather radios that are available. One such radio is the LaCrosse Technology Handheld NOAA Weather Radio. The AM/FM radio features all seven of the NOAA Weather bands and a red alert LED that flashes when a warning has been issued.

Check out www.weatherbug.com for even more weather- and boating-related safety tips.



Marine Safety Equipment

safetyWhile a lot of fun, boating can be very dangerous if operators don't know the rules, follow the rules or have the proper safety equipment onboard. As a boater, you have the responsibility to keep  yourself and your passengers safe while you are in the water.  The boat operator is reponsible for making sure safety equipment is available, the boat is operated safely and in a courteous manner that respects other boaters.

Before launching your boat, check safety equipment and make sure it is all in working order. It is a good idea to have the following items onboard:

  • Binoculars
  • Boat Mirrors
  • Fire Extinguisher(s)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flare and Signaling Kits
  • Air Horn
  • Life Vests and PFD
  • Paddle and Boat Hooks
  • Throw Cushions and Ring Buoys
  • Whistles.

binoWhen it comes to binoculars, take a look at the Bushnell 7x50 Marine Binocular.  This optics workhorse is designed to be used on the open sea, with waterproof and fogproof performance under a variety of conditions. Resistant to saltwater corrosion, the binoculars are protected with non-slip, non-skid rubber armor for true durability.  When it comes to fire extinguishers, the quantity required depends on the length of your boat. Check local regulations to make sure you have the correct number and that they are easily available once aboard the boat.aid

Take a look a the Adventure Medical Kit Marine 100 Medical Kit. It comes in a rugged plastic case with a waterproof gasket, to make sure your supplies stay dry.  This is the perfect option for boats, kayaks and canoes. Life jackets/PFDs have been covered extensively in a previous article.  Every passenger should have one and throw rings should be available and easily accessible. Air horns, flares and whistles  are a great ideas to help rescuers locate you in the event of an incident on the water.

Head over to your local Bass Pro Shops to find these marine safety items and many more!



Try a "Bold, New Taste!"

curlsWe have a brand new snack item now available:  Crispy Curls!  Described as "fried out pork fat with attached skin," they are better known throughout the South as "cracklins." Cracklins are a Cajun snack made from cubes of pork  skin, fat, and meat. The pork skin is cut up into cube-sized pieces then dropped into hot grease until crispy.

Wes Evans, Customer Service Manager, describes them as having a "bold, new taste." There are two savory flavors of Uncle Buck's Crispy Curls available at your local Bass Pro Shops:  Red Pepper and BBQ.  The Crispy Curls are displayed with the Uncle Buck's Pork Skins near the Front End registers. Crispy Curls are the newest offering in the Uncle Buck's snack line which includes nuts, jerky, soup mixes, relish, preserves and more.







Camo for Every Season

Realtree has introduced two new seasonal camo patterns to take you through the entire year:  Realtree Xtra and Realtree Xtra Green

The Realtree Xtra pattern features sharp foreground images and softer mid- and background images, simulating a 3D effect. The overall color effect, made up of 12 individual warm earth tones, skews more toward brown/neutral. This pattern is best suited for ground, rocks, deadfalls and open areas. From a seasonality perspective, it is designed to carry you from the leaf change of fall through winter, then into early spring.  The design includes tree trunks, large and small limbs, leaves of different types and colors, and even large open areas.

xtraRealtree Xtra Green takes you from the greenout of spring through the bowhunting and muzzle loading/gun seasons of early fall. The pattern combines leaves, colors, open areas, and extreme contrast in a multidirectional design. Featuring tree limbs, tree trunks, different types of leaves and 12 natural colors, this pattern will effectively cause the human shape to blend in and disappear.xtra

The Hunting Clothing Department, at your local Bass Pro Shops, have these selections and so much more for you to choose from. Stop by and speak to one of our expert associates to find the camo clothing that best fits your needs.




Omni-Freeze Zero Keeps You Cool

freezeEarlier this year, Columbia introduced what they claim is a "new revolution" in sports apparel. Their special fabric, called Omni-Freeze Zero,  uses your sweat as a cooling agent. When mixed with the fabric, your sweat actually makes it cooler to the touch. When exposed to sweat (or any moisture), thousands of little blue rings embedded in the Omni-Freeze ZERO fabric create an instant and prolonged cooling sensation.

Instead of just wicking away perspiration, Omni-Freeze Zero puts it to work. Your sweat (or moisture in general) reacts with the specially designed polymer contained in the visible rings in the material to create a cooling effect. The rings actually swell like goose bumps and create what Columbia classifies as a "prolonged cooling sensation."

Besides wicking away moisture and being cool to the touch, the Omni-Freeze Zero fabric is anti-microbial and provides protection from the sun with UPF 50 built right in. Omni-Freeze technology is available throughout the Columbia lines, ranging from performance shirts to athletic footwear, and from ball caps to snug-fitting briefs for both men and women.

Stop by the Apparel Department at your local Bass Pro Shops, and check out all of the sports apparel available from Columbia, including Omni-Freeze and Omni-Shade options.




Enjoy Your Favorite Drink ...On the Grill!

When you fire up the grill this summer, don't forget to take along your favorite drink:  Budweiser, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Jim Beam Bourbon, Dr. Pepper or A&W Root Beer. Don't panic - we're not promoting adult libations today - we're talking about officially licensed barbecue and hot sauces.jb

budBudweiser, the "king of beers," has developed a line of sauces including Original, Smoked BBQ, Hot & Spicy Wing Sauce and a Basting Sauce. The line was developed by the executive chefs and brewmasters at Anheuser-Busch and actually contains Budweiser beer as a primary ingredient.  The sauces are available invidually or in a gift pack.

If bourbon is more your style, then check out the sauces from Wild Turkey  and Maker's Mark. The Wild Turkey Real Kentucky Barbecue Sauce and Maker's Mark Gourmet Sauce are both made with award-winning, barrel-aged bourbon. Once the food comes off the grill, spice it up with Jim Beam Original Hot Sauce, featuring the flavors of Tabasco peppers and Jim Beam Bourbon.

sodaFor the less adventurous, there are BBQ sauces and marinades from A&W Root Beer and Dr. Pepper. The A&W Rich 'n Hearty BBQ Sauce promises the "smooth, creamy flavor of A&W root beer on the grill."  The Dr. Pepper Sweet & Kickin' BBQ Sauce features "the 23 flavors of Dr. Pepper combined with slow-simmered, sweet and spicy seasonings."  There is also a Dr. Pepper "More Than Mesquite" marinade available to punch up your food before it hits the grill.

All of these licensed barbecue sauces, and more, are available at your local Bass Pro Shops.  Stop by the Camping and/or Gifts Department and check out the huge selection of barbecue and hot sauces we have available for you!



Keys to Reading a Lake Map

Did you know a good paper lake map could be one of the most important things you take fishing? The key is knowing how the interpret the wealth of information found on a lake map.map

First, take a look at the body of water indicated on the map. You will notice a variety of shading in the blue. The particular map we are using as an example today shows shallowest water in darker blue and deepest in lighter blue. This map, from Atlantic Mapping Inc., also indicates GPS waypoints across this particular lake (some lakes have channel markers).  Marinas, boat ramps, bait stores and other points of interest may also be indicated.

Contour lines are another critical piece of information found on a map. The closer together the contour lines are, the faster or steeper the dropoff. The farther apart they are, the flatter the descent is to the bottom. These lines will show where humps or ridges or located in the body of the lake as well. Another key on the map may show submerged items such as brush, roads, ponds and  building foundations.

keyOnce you are familiar with reading your map, you can combine that with the seasonal movement of fish to predict where to find them. In the spring, they move to shallower areas for the spawning season. After the spawn they will move out to deeper areas, then in the summer they will seek the comfort of deep, cooler waters.

Before you head out on your next fishing trip, stop by the Fishing Department at your local Bass Pro Shops and take a look at the selection of lake maps that are available. A few minutes of pre-planning could result in a good day of fishing!




Don't Leave Home Without It!

redNo, not your American Express card (even though you may want to have it on hand) - we're talking about The Little Red Fishing Knot Book!  Compiled by Harry Nilsson, this pocket-sized book features diagrams and directions on tying over 50 different fishing knots. According to Nilsson, "the most expensive fishing equipment cannot help you unless your line connections are properly made."

He also offers knot-tying tips specific to monofilament line and braided line, as well as a glossary of terms, at the beginning of the book. This prepares you before you get to the knot-tying portion of the book. The booklet also offers a alphabetical index, listing each of the knots, so they are easy to find.


The author recommends mastering the following knots first:

  • Improved Clinch Knot
  • Palomar Knot
  • Blood Knot
  • Nail Knot
  • Loop Knot
  • Steelhead and Salmon Egg-Loop


knotBesides the easy-to-follow diagram, Nilsson also explains the use of each knot. An example is the description for the Improved Double Loop Clinch Knot:  "An all-purpose knot for tying hooks, lures or flies to lines or leaders, especially fine ones." 

Pick up a copy of The Little Red Fishing Knot Book the next time you visit your local Bass Pro Shops. Don't forget - your adventure starts here!







Make a Splash with Beachcomber's Grove

groveSummer has arrived in a big way in the Ladies' Apparel department at your local Bass Pro Shops.  Beachcomber's Grove is the vibrant new summer collection from Natural Reflections.  The collection consists of a variety of patterned and solid knit dresses, knit skirt, tanks and tees featuring prints and graphics reflecting summer on the beach. Featured designs include nautical stripes, exotic palms, postcards, shells and tropical hibiscus.

Beachcomber's Grove, along with the rest of the Natural Reflections collections, also comes with a variety of accessories. Straw hats with either bead or charm trim are featured, along with a selection mini-totes in six coordinating colors. Batik coin purses and shoulder bags are also available.  From a jewelry perspective, shells and beads are abundant. Necklaces come in a range of sizes from 18" to 48" in a variety of colors including lime, green, orange, pink, turquoise and cream. Bracelets are available in red or turqoise bangles and in two styles of beaded cuffs.grove

Jump in to summer with both feet, with something from Beachcomber's Grove. This casual, comfortable collection is  made of cotton or cotton blends for soft, easy-to-care-for comfort. Whether you are at the beach or just wish you were, take look at the Beachcomber's Grove collection.



Emergency Food Supply Options

We recently gave you ideas on assembling a standard emergency kit, consisting of basic supplies to have on-hand in case you were involved in a disaster-type event (Preparing an Emergency Kit). One of the recommended items was to have a three-day supply of food, per person, on-hand.  How are you supposed to do that, you're asking?

foodHere's one convenient way - dehydrated or freeze-dried food products.  First up is a variety of products from Mountain House, available in individual portions packed in a mylar-type bag. Simply add boiling water, stir, wait a few moments, then eat right out of the pouch. A variety of breakfast and entree-type meals, as well as dessert options (such as freeze-dried ice cream) are available.  Their products are also available in cans for bigger servings.food

Products from Backpacker's Pantry are another option. Their meals also come in mylar-type pouches and are reconstituted with boiling water. Some of their meal options include Kung Pao Chicken, Louisiana Red Beans & Rice, and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake. Heater Meals, which are self-heating, are also available. The 3/4 lb. entrees include such options as lasagna, bbq beef and pepper steak. The special heater bag warms itself with the addition of water. Meals are hot and ready to eat in 10 - 12 minutes.

foodThe options shown above are available in single-servings and are designed for hikers and campers that are traveling light. When preparing an emergency kit and planning food supplies for several days, take a look at the products available from Wise Foods. These are multi-packs, packed in easily stored boxes or buckets. The "Wise Favorites" box contains six entrees and one breakfast (2 servings foodper pouch) for a total of 14 servings. Some of the items included in the "Favorites" box are teriyaki chicken and rice, chili mac with beef and apple-cinnamon cereal.  For long-term planning, the Wise Prepper Pack is packed with 52 servings of food:  five entrees, two breakfasts and two beverages. Meal options include stroganoff,  pasta and vegetable rotini, tomato-basil soup, brown sugar and maple multigrain cereal, orange drink and milk alternative. The Wise Food products can be reconstituted with about one cup of hot or cold water, even though hot water will speed up the process.

For more information on these meal products or assembling a disaster kit, please check with the experts at your local Bass Pro Shops.





Shade on Demand

shadeHave you ever gone to an outdoor event and had the sun beat down on your neck?  How about your last trip to the beach? Had enough sun, but don't want to leave the peaceful waves? Then these are the items for you!  The Portal Instant Shade Shelter provides shelter from the sun wherever you need it. Measuring in at a roomy 9'x6'x5, the water-resistant polyster roof and side panels offer excellent shade protection, while mesh panels allow any breeze to pass through. The shelter is easily transportable, weighing a mere 5 lbs. and comes with its own carrying case.canopy

If you're tight on space, then take a look at the Bass Pro Shops Canopy Chair. The chair is constructed from water-resistant polyster and a durable powdered steel frame. The built-in canopy adjusts up and down to protect you from the harsh rays of the sun. The canopy chair comes with a convenient carrying bag with shoulder strap for easy transport and even features a built-in cup holder. The chair will support up to 225 lbs. in full comfort.  Both items are available in-store and through online ordering at www.basspro.com.



Let's Go to Camp!

Bass Pro Shops' annual Family Summer Camp program starts this week and runs June 8 through July 14.  The program consists of workshops and activities, four days a week: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday,

campWorkshops cover a wide variety of outdoor activities and run from noon - 4:00 p.m. on each of the days shown above. Taught by our expert, in-store associates, the classes meet behind our aquarium. The classes being offered this year are:

  • Shooting & Hunting
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing Adventures
  • Archery - Aiming High
  • Outdoor Discovery & Conservation
  • Adventures in Camping
  • Backyard Adventures
  • Wildlife Exploration
  • Water Safety, Fun & You!

Besides the workshops, Family Summer Camp also features a variety of activities. Some of the featured activities include an inflatable Daisy BB gun shooting range, archery range, shooting arcade, and casting targets.  We will also make homemade ice cream every Saturday evening!  Free crafts will be available each day camp is in session and changes on a weekly basis.

In observance of Father's Day, our "Catch & Release" fishing activity will be offered the first two weekends of camp:  June 8-9 and June 15-16. Kids will have the opportunity to fish in our own County Line Creek for bass, bream and bluegill.

For additional information and schedules, please visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/bpsmacon. Information may also be found in-store and on our website.



Georgia Forestry Commission Visits Bass Pro Shops-Macon

gfcOfficers from the Georgia Forestry Commission recently paid a visit to Bass Pro Shops - Macon. They were on-hand publicizing their spring campaigns. Some of their campaigns are "Dont Move Your Firewood," "Selling Your Timber" and "Invasive Plants."

"Don't Move Your Firewood" is a simple exercise in invasive species control. Anytime you move firewood from one location to another, you are potentially moving insects and disease to a new location, where it may not be currently present. Examples are Dutch elm disease, Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer.  Once transported to a new area, these insects/diseases can become established  and kill local trees.

There are three ways to help with this initiative:

1.  Leave firewood at home - do not transport it to campgrounds or parks.

2.  Use firewood from local sources (i.e., buy where you burn)

3.  If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite.

For more detailed information, please visit: www.dontmovefirewood.org.Troy

Selling your timber can be a complex financial matter. There are several key steps to protect past timber growth and future productivity. First, hire a registered consulting forerester to help with the planning and sale of the timber; develop a management plan and plan the pre-harvest. Then, determine the selling method; establish a contract that defines:  description of harvest, type of harvest, payment/penalties and logging access. Finally, execute the sale and harvest; monitor the harvest and closeout the with the buyer/logger.

Invasive plant species was another topic the officers discussed with our shoppers. Plants, like animals/insects, are considerd invasive if it is not native to an area and causes economic or environmental harm. Invasive plants have no natural predators, parasites or competitors and will choke out native species. Invasive plant species are spread by planting and through contaminated equipment, soil, pine straw and mulch.

Examples of invasive plant species include autumn olive, Chinese privet, kudzu, tallow tree, cogongrass, mimosa, and English ivy. Herbicides are typically used to control infestations, but most will kill all surrounding vegetation and may harm aquatic systems. Always check with your county extension agent for the best way to combat an invasive plant species. You can also check www.invasive.org.

For more information on the Georgia Forestry Commission, visit their website at:  http://www.gfc.state.ga.us.  For more information on activities and programs at Bass Pro Shops - Macon, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bpsmacon.


Don't Get Caught Without a Charge

solarAs much as would like to completely disconnect from technology when we are enjoying the great outdoors, sometimes it makes sense to not completely fall off the grid.  You may not want to hear your cell phone ring while you are hiking, but you may need one to call for help. If you do need it, you don't want to discover it needs to be charged.  If you are using a GPS, while hiking in unfamiliar territory, you don't want it to go dead on you.

How can you prevent your essential electronics from dying on you?  Pack a Nomad Solar Panel!  The Nomad Solar Panel clips on to your existing backpack to gather and store 7 watts of power, directly from the sun to charge your cell phone or other USB device. The Nomad Solar Panel will charge a cell phone in one - two hours. It can also be used to charge your iPod/mp3 player, Blackberry, Kindle or hundreds of other items using the Guide10 Battery Pack, USB cord or 12 volt car outlet (included). Weighing in at less than a pound (13 oz.), the Nomad Solar Panel is light and folds down to a compact 6"x9" when not in use.

Stop by your local Bass Pro Shops and take a look at all the Goal Zero Power Packs and Solar Panels that are available, providing the freedom to use your electronics anywhere in the wilderness you like.






It's Time for Summer!

flagsWith the arrival of the Memorial Day holiday, summer has officially begun!  Memorial Day is a federal holiday, observed the last Monday in May. It is a day of remembrance for the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. Flags are flown at half-staff, until noon, in memory of those who gave their lives in service of the country. The flag is raised to full-staff at noon - their memory raised by the living, so their sacrifice isn't in vain.

Besides being a day of remembrance, Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer season.  It's time for barbecues, trips to the beach and being outdoors with your family - and your local Bass Pro Shops can help with all of these activities! First, make sure you look the part, in a Bass Pro Shops Flag Tee or Flag Polo.  Either will show off your patriotic side to your friends and family.  Then, fire up your Smoke Canyon 5-Burner Gas Grill with Side Fryer. This workhorse will feed the troops, with 5 stainless steel burners pumping out 60,000 BTUs of cooking power. The grill comes with a 12,000 BTU side fryer. You can grill your hamburgers and make your fries at the same time! 

Make sure you pack up your Coleman 62-Qt. Wheeled Cooler when you head out to the beach or lake.  This roomy cooler holds 85 cans of your favorite soft drink. It comes with wheels, so it easily rolls from place to place. Once you find the perfect location for your picnic or cookout, entertain the kids with a Bean Bag Toss game. The game comes with two challenge boards and 8 bean bags, enough to keep everyone busy. 

Finally, end the day with a bowl of homemade ice cream, stirred up in the Elite Ice Cream Maker. The 6-qt. canister makes enough creamy goodness to satisfy the entire family. The ice cream maker comes with an electric motor and a hand crank (allowing for ice cream at any location). Bass Pro Shops is your family shopping location, no matter what the occasion.