2015 Fall Hunting Classic

 

 

 

Fall will be here before you know it and with fall comes hunting season. Where do you go for the newest gear? The best sales? The most knowledgeable associates? Well, Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic, of course!!

This year our Fall Hunting Classic will be August 21-30. We have savings on guns and safes, trade in days- the best way to upgrade your old gear, hunting tips from our local pros and Next Generation Weekend -just for the kiddos.

2nd Amendment Instant Savings August 21-30 on guns and safes!

  • Purchase a gun or safe using our Bass Pro Shops Credit card and receive an instant rebate up to $100!

 

 

Trade in your old gear and save $$$$!                           

  • We have three different trade-in days this year: Game Camera, Hunting Boots, and Rifle Scopes.

Limit 1 coupon per new item. Donate all working game cameras, hunting or rubber boots and riflescopes August 21-30 , and receive a discount coupon toward the purchase of a new game camera, hunting boots or rifle scope (Aug 21-30 only). All trade-ins will be inspected to ensure good working order, and then donated to local organizations to help with their outdoor education programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Local Pro Workshops

August 21

  • 7 pm  Advanced Game Camera Strategies for Year-Round Scouting

August 22 & 23

  • 1 pm  Archery Tune-Up: Prepare Your Gear for the Hunt
  • 2 pm  Get Close: Scent Control and Scent Products That Give You the Edge
  • 3 pm  Boots 101: Choosing the Right Footwear for Your Outing Experience
  • 4 pm  Knives and Tools to Guide Your Hunt From Field to Freezer

August 29

  • 3 pm  Women’s Hunting Workshop

Next Generation Weekend

August 29-30

             FREE Kids’ Archery Challenge- Hit the target for a chance to win a prize

                         FREE BB Shooting Range

                         FREE Photo Download

 FREE Craft

 FREE Giveaway- to the first 100 kids to complete all activities each day

 2 and 4 pm  FREE Kids’ Archery Workshop  

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Tennessee Oakley Big Bass Classic


Dates: October 10-11

Location: Douglas Lake, Tennessee

Weight in Site: The Point Resort and Marina 122 Boat Dock Lane Dandridge, TN 37725

Registration: Friday October 9th 3 - 6 PM Bass Pro Shops Kodak, TN — If you have previously registered/paid online then you have an official entry into the tournament and are NOT required to attend any registration/meeting on Friday.  Friday's registration is ONLY for anglers who have not already entered/paid for the tournament.   *If you qualified to receive an early online entry rod (see below). 

 

Contingency Links: The following contingency programs have payouts for tournaments.  It's the entrant’s responsibility to register for each program and notify our staff of entry.

Nitro BPSwww.tournament-rewards.com

Optima: https://www.optimabatteries.com/en-us/experience/optima-true-blue

Talon Rewards:  http://www.minnkotamotors.com/talonrewards/

Toyota Bonus Bucks: www.toyotafishing.com

Start Time:  Due to the varying times of year that we host our tournaments, we will notify everyone of the start time on the Friday before the tournament.  We will notify you via text message and/or email.  Start time (first cast) for each tournament will be safe light and set by the tournament director.  You may launch and be on the water but you may not begin fishing until we notify you of first cast.  Please do not call our offices related to start time. 

Weigh in Times: 8-9am, 9-10am, 10-11am, 11-12pm, 12-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm.

$30,000.00 Guaranteed Overall Grand Prize: 2015 Nitro Z7 with a Mercury 150HP ProXS motor. 

$36,750.00 Guaranteed Total Hourly Paybacks: 1st $1000  2nd $500  3rd $300 4th $250  5th $200  6th $150  7th $125  8th $100. 

Free Quantum custom rods to the first 200 online 2 day entrants.  Early entry promo rods may be picked up at Friday registration from 3-7pm or after 3pm each day of the tournament.  Please do not call our offices related to early entry rods.  We will notify anglers on this page when rods are gone along with the cutoff date.  If you registered on or before the cutoff date then you will receive a rod.  If you register after, you will not. *Your co-angler may pick up your rod for you if you're unable to be present.

 

Text System: Text the word douglas to the number 25827 to receive text updates for the 2015 Tennessee Big Bass Classic.

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Bow Trade- In Days

 

Are you looking for new archery gear? Don't miss our Bow Trade-In Days at Bass Pro Shops!!!!

August 3-16 you can save up to $100 on your new bow or crossbow purchase just by trading in your old bow. All trade-ins will be donated to area youth archery groups that help teach our next generation the basic principles of archery.

 

 

We also have great instant savings using our Outdoor Rewards MasterCard!

 

 

We are ready to get you geared up for this years' archery season!

I can't wait for the Fall Hunting Classic!

 

 

 

 

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Freedom Days

 

 

Bass Pro Shops has partnered for an exciting NEW 2-weekend event- We are calling it Freedom Days!

We have 2nd Amendment Instant Savings on Guns- up to $150 equal to the value of your sales tax!

 

FREE Workshops!

Saturdays, July 25 and August 1

11 am 3- Gun Competition Basics

      MSR’s, handguns, shotguns and ammo

2 pm  Accessorizing your MSR

3 pm  Women and Self-Defense

      How to train and defend. Learn about handguns, revolvers and gun cases

Sundays, July 26 and August 2

2 pm  Choosing the Right Home Defense System

      Shotgun, handgun or MSR

3 pm  Gun Safety in the Home

      Gun safes, handgun vaults and cleaning accessories

 

Not a member of the NRA??

We will be giving you opportunity to sign up here in the store on these weekends or visit joinnra.org

 

Win a NRA Freedom Days Experience!!!

Enter for a chance to win July 25- August 2

1 winner and 7 guests will win:

* 1-night stay at Big Cedar Lodge

* Private shooting experience with Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting at our exclusive BPS Shooting Academy

* A visit to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Bass Pro Shops, Springfield, MO

And I can’t forget the Kids’ Corner

July 25 & 26

Kids' Corner

FREE Kids BB Gun Shooting Range

FREE Shooting Workshop

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Summer Family Camp

 

Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features fun games for kids, and activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together. And it’s all FREE!!

Family Summer Camp begins Saturday, June 27 and continues through Sunday, July 26 at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, Tn.

During Family Summer Camp, free workshops and Family activities will be held every Tuesday, Thursday Saturday, and Sunday- June 27- July 26. The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, archery and hunting. Other workshops include kayaking, water and travel safety, backyard adventures and bird watching.

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday

  • 12 pm    Bird Watching
  • 1 pm      Fishing
  • 2 pm      Archery
  • 3 pm      Kayaking
  • 4 pm      Backyard Adventure

Thursday

  • 12 pm    Archery
  • 1 pm      Hunting and Shooting
  • 2 pm      Travel Safety
  • 3 pm      Water Safety
  • 4 pm      Camping and Conservation Awareness

Saturday

  • 12 pm    Fishing
  • 1 pm      Water Safety
  • 2 pm      Hunting and Shooting
  • 3 pm      Kayaking
  • 4 pm      Bird Watching

Sunday

  • 12 pm    Hunting and Shooting
  • 1 pm      Archery
  • 2 pm      Travel Safety
  • 3 pm      Camping and Conservation Awareness
  • 4 pm      Backyard Adventure

In addition to all the workshops, kids can try a free craft from 12-2 pm

  • June 27-28                                          Make a wooden wind chime
  • June 30, July 2 and July 4-5            Create a kite photo frame
  • July 7, 9, 11-12                                   Color a plaster turkey track magnet
  • July 14, 16, 18-19                              Turtle Sun catcher
  • July 21, 23, 25-26                              Create a lady bug clip magnet

Other free hands-on activities include:

  • Fishing at the catch and release pond and Souvenir Photo - July 4-5 ONLY
  • Fish Casting Buckets
  • The Duck Shooting Range
  • Daisy BB Gun Range
  • Wildlife Carousel

 

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Fly Tying Workshop

 

 

Father's Day is quickly approaching. If you are looking for a way to spend an afternoon with your Dad - we have the perfect workshop for you!

 

 

On June 13 at 3 pm stop in at our White River Fly Shop - located on the first floor right beside our Fishing Department.

 

 

 

 Greg, our fly expert will demonstrate and help you tie your own Light Cahill Fly and a Stimulator Dry Fly.  If you need instruction on how to cast or where to fish Greg or one of our other friendly, knowledgeable White River Fly Shop Associates will be happy to help.

 

 

Treat Dad to an afternoon of learning how to tie his own flies and then take him fishing ! Fishing is not only about catching fish but spending time with others you hold dear and building memories that will last a lifetime.

Happy Father's Day from all of us at Bass Pro Shops !!

 

 

 

 

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Gone Fishing ...

 

Join the fishing movement….

We will be Gone Fishing June 13-14 & 20-21 at Bass Pro Shops!

We want the whole world to join the fishing movement this summer!

We will have our Catch and Release Pond filled with blue gill and ready to fish both weekends (June 13-14 & 20-21).  Kids can get a FREE photo download with their catch of the day and a first fish certificate award!

Bring in a working video game on June 13-14 & 20-21 and you will receive a coupon worth $5 off a new rod/reel combo (applies to combos $19.99 or more, one coupon per person).

All video games traded-in will be donated to AMVETS.

Just by visiting our Fishing Department the first 100 customers during our event weekends will receive a GONE FISHING Door Hanger! We will also have a FREE Fishing How- To Guide available – to help get you started.

 

GET READY, GET SET, FISH !!!!

11 am    Gone Fishing

                Best local destinations for group fishing

1 pm      Fishing- The Reel Thing

                Choosing the best reel for adults and kids for local fishing

2 pm      Fishing- Anyone Can Do It

                Best equipment to have for taking friends or family fishing for the first time

3 pm      Go Fish- Batteries Not Required

                Information on how to make fishing fun for kids

 

Join the Fishing Movement – Pledge to Take Someone Fishing

Take the pledge and enter for a chance to win 1 of 4 fishing outings with up to 20 of your friends and a special guest celebrity! Help someone experience the joy of catching their first fish whether they are young or young at heart. Pledge to take someone fishing in the next 90 days! Don’t forget to post a fishie!

#fishie- a selfie with a fish

Post a fishie at #gonefishing and challenge 5 of your friends to take a fishie and donate to Teach a Child to Fish, to learn more or donate visit teachachildtofish.net .

               

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Quality Deer Management Association

 

What can you do to help out conservation efforts in your area? The easiest way is to shop at Bass Pro Shops! We have several Conservation Groups that we choose to spotlight during the year to help them out with their efforts; June is Quality Deer Management Association Month.

 

QDMA is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage.

Founded in 1988, the QDMA has more than 60,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Since the beginning, QDMA has worked to educate its members and all deer hunters about the benefits of the Quality Deer Management (QDM) philosophy. This effort – aided by the support of numerous member-volunteers, corporate sponsors, and other QDM advocates – has rapidly increased awareness and implementation of QDM throughout North America, resulting in healthier, more balanced deer populations and more rewarding hunting experiences. As it grew in membership and influence, QDMA also began working to secure a sustainable future for wild white-tailed deer through practical research and by advocating for wise policy and regulation that will protect our hunting heritage. Additionally, QDMA works to attract, assist, educate and guide young and new hunters to ensure they become tomorrow's stewards of whitetails and all wildlife. 

QDMA promotes:

  • Safe and ethical hunting.
  • Adherence to wildlife and trespass laws.
  • Appropriate harvests of adult does where needed.
  • Restraint in harvesting young bucks.
  • Hunter involvement in education and management.
  • Cooperation with wildlife biologists and enforcement officers.
  • Education of hunters and non-hunters toward a better understanding of wildlife management.
  • Stewardship and appreciation of all wildlife.

 

 

During the month of June if you would like to help out QDMA all you have to do is ask your cashier to round up your purchase total to the nearest dollar.

 

If you would like to learn more about QDMA, please visit www.qdma.com

 

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Catfish Event

 

 

What’s your favorite game fish?

If you answered Mr. Whiskers (aka the catfish) this weekend is for you!!

Our first ever Catfish Event is headed your way May 16 & 17. Everyone can catch a cat- young, old, skilled or novice fisherman. Find out all you need to know here from our Bass Pro Shops Pro-Staff Anglers and Associates.

  • May 16, 2015

11 am & 3 pm

  • May 17, 2015

2 & 4 pm

 

Be sure to stop by the front stairs on Saturday from 2-5 pm and try a sample of fried catfish dredged in our very own Uncle Buck’s Fish Batter.

 

Hope to see you soon!!!

~ BPS Sevierville Events Team

 

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Are you ready to GO OUTDOORS?

 

We are gearing up for our annual Go Outdoors activities, May 11-25, 2015. We have everything you need to get you and your family outside!

You come by and get everything you need for your next outing and also have some family fun or attend one of our seminars.

May 16 & 17

FREE Catch and Release Pond                     11 am -4 pm

FREE Photo Download                                   11 am – 5pm

                Choose from capture the moment or be photo bombed by a raccoon

FREE Kid’s Crafts                                               11 am -5 pm

                Saturday              Color an Outdoor Draw Pack

                Sunday                 Color an Outdoor theme Frisbee

Free Giveaways

Kids’ Outdoors Collection Bucket with Magnifying Glass to the first 150 kids to complete a punch card each day- by participating in all activities.

May 16, 2015 Only

Boy Scout Demonstration            1:30 pm

Proper backpack preparation and packing

 

May 16-17 & 23-24

FREE Cooking Demos and Sampling

                Saturday              Funnel Cake Samples     11 am -2 pm

                                                Fish Samples                      2-5 pm

                Sunday                 Dutch Oven Cooking       1-4 pm

 

May 23-24

How-To’s For Family Outdoor Fun!

Saturday, May 23

                11 am    Capable Kayaking

                Family kayaking fun- learn the basics

                2 pm      Local Trails and Treasures: Where to go for Family Outings

                Ways and where to explore your local outdoors at parks, waterways, trails and more..

Sunday, May 24

                11 am    Conquering Campfire Cooking

                Want to cook tasty meals over the campfire? Best practices, procedures, and cookware

                2 pm      Kids and Camping

                Plan equipment and more to make camping fun comfortable and exciting for kids

FREE Giveaway!!!

BPS Carabineer Cup to the first 25 customers to attend a seminar each day. Must be 18 yrs or older.

 

 

 

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Set your Sights

 

 

Our best gun event of the year is within sight!!! Set Your Sights will be May 1 & 2, 2015- we have free seminars, giveaways and and GREAT prizes for you to win!

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

6:30 pm                Long Range Shooting: Guns and Optics for the 1,000 yd shot

7:30 pm                The Basics of Handgun Concealed-Carry and Home Defense

  • For the first 25 customers to attend each seminar on Friday night only – a FREE Bass Pro Shops Travel Mug

Saturday, May 2, 2105

1:30 pm                Optics and Accessories for your Modern Sporting Rifle

2:30 pm                Long Range Shooting: Guns and Optics for the 1,000 yd shot

3:30 pm                The Basics of Handgun Concealed-Carry and Home Defense

4:30 pm                Optics and Accessories for your Modern Sporting Rifle

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of each seminar register for a chance to win a $25 gift card – must be present to win!

Register for a chance to win one of two prizes!

  1.  Savage 64F Black .22 L.R. Rifle
  2. Caldwell Steady Rest NXT Shooting Rest

Drawing held May 2, 2015 at 5 pm, need not be present to win. Must be 21 yrs old or older.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Workender - Your Weekend Escape!

 

 

What are you doing this weekend??

We are gearing up for a weekend escape! April 24 & 25 will be our first ever Workender Event. Join us on Friday, April 24 6-8 pm and Saturday, April 24 12-5 pm to learn what you need to know about planning your next adventure.

  •  Cooking Down and Dirty - Jetboil and more
  •  Slumber by Number- Sleeping bags and Therm-A-Rest pads
  •  Pack Right- How to load a backpack
  •  Beat the Bugs- Staying comfortable in the backcountry
  •  Pick Out and Get Out- Picking the right shape and size kayak
  •  Streamline your Kayak - Rig and pack your kayak

 

 

Take the 20/20 Challenge and win a Workender Prize Package !

Sign up and pledge to get our and log 20 hours of outdoor activities or 20 miles of outdoor activities. The Challenge begins on May 1, 2015 and ends on July 26, 2015. Post your progress and experiences to Basspro.com/workender

 

20/20 Social Hour Saturday, April 25, 6-7 pm

Free Bottle Opener to the first 100 attendees

Outdoor experts on hand to discuss local trails, sites and more

Register for the 20/20 Challenge

Sample Coca-Cola Life*

Snacks *

*while supplies last

 

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FREE PBR Family Event!!!

It’s time for ropin’ and ridin’ at the Bass Pro this weekend!!!

That’s right this one is for all you rodeo clowns out there! This weekend April 11 & 12 from 12-4 pm we will have it all- ropin,ridin,and crafts!

  • Steer Head Roping- to test out your lassoing skills
  • Stick Bull Riding- challenge your friends to a race
  • Crafts- build your own bull-puzzle
  • And Face Painting!

 

Of course, we can’t leave out my favorite part of PBR- The cowboy and Cowgirl Contest!

Bring your lil’ buckaroo out on Sunday for the contest and the winner will receive a $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card. Judging starts at 2:30 and winner will be announced at 3 pm.

For more details check out the full event here....

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The Strut Is On!!

Spring Hunting is here! Turkey season is open in East Tennessee and the strut is on!

We have a day dedicated to helping you bag that monster bird. Our Red Head Pro Staff team will be here to help you select decoys and perfecting your calls.

Saturday, April 11

1 pm      Spring Turkey Calling Tips for Success

There are a variety of calls; let our expert’s help you select the right call and demonstrate how to use it for a successful hunt.

2 pm      Selecting the Right Turkey Decoys

Our experts will help you make the right choice in turkey decoys and share placement tips to help you bag that trophy turkey!

 

Sunday, April 12

ATTN ALL TURKEY CALLERS

State Sanctioned Calling Contest

  • Jakes Division                        15 yrs or younger             no fee
  • Amateur Division                    16 yr and older                  $10
  • Friction Division                      21 yr and older                  $30
  • Open Division                          21 yr and older                  $40

Registration will be 10 am- 12 pm in our hunting department. All participants must be a NWTF member.

Rules Meeting and drawing numbers and calls at 12:30 pm

Calling starts promptly at 1 pm

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Here Comes the....Doe?

Now that it's spring, wedding season is upon us. After being asked multiple times over the years for camouflage wedding apparel, and even seeing a few weddings held here at the Bass Pro,  I decided to compile a page of some items we offer for the perfect camo themed wedding.

We may not have dresses, but we offer ladies camo tees, perfect for invitation and save the date photos. Our SHE brand tee shirts range from 17.99 - 27.99 depending on whether you want a short or long sleeve camo top. Our sizes range from XS-2XL. You can see all of our SHE tops at the link below to decide on your favorites!

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&searchTerm=SHE+shirt

Our Men's RedHead True Fit basic tees come in 6 different camouflage patterns, as well as short sleeve and long sleeve. With a wide size range of Small to 6XL, a shirt can be found for any groom. The prices vary from 12.99-14.99 and up.

 

As for more formal shirts we offer button downs in RedHead, and Under Armour. The RedHead shirts we carry are the Tec-Lite and Silent Hide shirts.

Silent Hide button down shirts are perfect choices for outfitting the groomsmen. They're a comfortable, sharp fitting item that comes in many sizes. They start at 39.99 and are inexpensive compared to other groomsmen tailored shirts.

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Silent-Hide-Shirt-for-Men/product/12091805094126/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

The other choice of shirts would be the RedHead Tec-Lite button down shirt. Again, available in variety of sizes and pricing starts at 49.99. The difference with these, and why they are the more popular choice with wedding picks, would be that they are of a silkier material, and have a lighter more "dress shirt" feeling to them.

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Tec-Lite-Camo-Shirts-for-Men-Long-Sleeve/product/10211771/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

A step up, of course, would be the lightweight button down Chesapeake Shirt by Under Armour. A slimming lightweight button down, made of a smooth feeling polyester, is perfect for outdoor weddings and keeping cool. You can find it here: http://www.basspro.com/Under-Armour-Chesapeake-Long-Sleeve-Camo-Shirt-for-Men/product/14060507464517/

As for other wedding items, we carry:

Camo Suspenders Camo Belts (And don't forget the Camo Lingerie )

We also carry a wide variety of gorgeously designed rings! http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&searchTerm=rings

Make Bass Pro Shops a part of your wedding planning adventure!

And from all of us, Congratulations!

We can't wait to see you!

 

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Attn High School Anglers !!!

 

 

We are around a week away from one of the biggest high school fishing events EVER in Tennessee!

March 27-28 the city of Dayton will host The Battle of Chickamauga. You know the lake- Home of the first ever 2014 Bassmaster BASSFest and some of the largest bass around these parts, including the State Record bass!

Bass Pro Shops is the title sponsor of the March 27-28 event. Youngsters will be competing for a top prize that includes a $1,000 scholarship for the team, as well as $1,000 in Bass Pro Shops gift cards. The winning team will also earn an automatic spot into the Bassmaster High School National Championship later this year.  The winning school will receive a custom championship Battle of Chickamauga title belt (MMA style) to keep until next year’s event.

Every registrant will enjoy a pre-tournament meal with Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Ott Defoe headlining the evening.  Registration is $30 + an additional $10 for “Big Fish” cash prizes.  100% of all entry fees including “Big Fish” will be paid back to anglers.

As this is a Bassmaster High School sanctioned event, all registrants must be registered with Bassmaster HS.  Cost per member is $20. This includes your B.A.S.S. and B.A.S.S. Nation membership.

 Register or learn more about the Bass Pro Shops Battle of Chickamauga by contacting Dennis Tumlin with the Rhea County Economic and Tourism Council at 423-775-6171 or dennistumlin@rheacountyetc.com  or check out battleofchick.com .

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Hopping Down the Bunny Trail...

Spring has sprung and we are getting ready for that BIG white bunny to come hopping down the bunny trail straight to Bass Pro Shops Sevierville!

The Easter Bunny will be here from March 28- April 5 taking photos, hiding eggs, and making crafts with the kids!

Photos with the Easter Bunny

FREE 4x6 Photo

Saturdays and Sundays                   March 28-29, April 4-5                    11 am- 4 pm

Monday thru Thursday                      March 30-April 2                               6-8 pm

Friday                                                   April 3                                                  2-8 pm

           Easter photo packages will be offered and printed in-store

 

FREE Crafts

Saturday and Sunday                     March 28-29                                          1-4 pm

                Color an Easter Magnet

Friday                                                    April 3                                                  4-7 pm

                Color a Wooden Bunny

Saturday and Sunday                     April 4-5                                                  1-4 pm

                Color a Wooden Chick

FREE Easter Egg Hunt

Egg hunts will be on Saturday and Sunday of event- March 28-29 and April 4-5 for 1 hour only. Register in the Tracker Showroom at 1:30 pm, hunt will start promptly at 2 pm. Children ages 2-10 are invited to find 5 eggs and return them in exchange for candy.

 

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It's not ALL about that BASS !

I know it’s in our name (Bass Pro Shops) but we do specialize in ALL fishing here- it’s not all about that bass!

We have dedicated 2 weekends to all you trout fishermen out there.  The East Tennessee area is rich with streams and river systems that hold some of the best trout fishing in the Eastern United States.

The White River Fly Shop is where all the action will be March 7 and 14. Some of the best associates in the area will be there teaching you how to tie your own flies, the proper way to cast and what those illusive trout like to eat and when.

Saturday, March 7

1 pm                      Fly Tying                               Greg Kornichuk

4 pm                      Fly Casting                           Nick Oakes

Saturday, March 14

1 pm                      Fly Tying                               Greg Kornichuk

2:30 pm                Using Trout Magnets         Mark Pappas

4 pm                      Fly Casting                          Nick Oakes

 

We hope to see you soon in the fly shop!!!

 

 

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Every Dog Has His Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

The majority of us in the United States have at least one fur baby. Our pets are not only companions they are part of the family. They love us unconditionally and are the best listeners around.

 

 

Bring your fur baby in for a treat; Bass Pro Shops is hosting a new event this year- Dog Days Family Event.

 

 

We are a pet friendly retailer, your pets are always welcome here but the next two weekends is ALL about them.

 

 

 

 

 

There are giveaways and drawings just for our special friends. The first 100 dogs attending the event on Saturdays, March 7 and 14 (beginning at 11 am) will receive a FREE Doggie Gift Bag that includes a Fetch Ball and a Doggie Bag Dispenser.  While you here enter to a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes we are giving away!

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You are welcome to share your pet’s photos with us at #bassprodogdays – I know you have pictures of your dog on your phone- we all do!

 

 

 

If you don’t stop by our photo station back in the Tracker Showroom we will be taking a FREE 4x6 Photo of you and your dogs on Saturdays, March 7 and 14 from 11 am – 4 pm, plus get a free certificate with your dog’s paw print with each photo!

 

 

 

 

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If your puppy needs some schooling- we have get some seminars to get you started on the right track.

Friday, March 6 and 13

6 pm      Socializing and Crate Training Your Dog

                Free Nite Ize Clip for your dog to the first 20 customers attending this seminar!!!

Saturdays, March 7 and 14
11 am    Teaching Your Puppy to Sit and Heel

 2 pm     Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Outdoors

 

 

 

 

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Steak, Asparagus and Himalayan Sea Salt

Two of my favorite things to eat are steak and asparagus and what better way to cook them than with some pink Himalayan Sea Salt! I am going to share with you a couple of easy peasy recipes for these two favorites and also a different way to cook them. We're going to use a Pink Himalayan Salt Plate.

This one is made by Charcoal Companion and is only $34.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

First off, place your salt plate in a cold oven, bring the temperature of both the plate and the oven up at the same time.

While it's heating up, prepare your asparagus in the same way you would if preparing it in a more conventional way. Wash, dry, trim the "ugly ends" and then lightly toss with olive oil and ground black pepper.
Once a temperature of 400° is reached for the oven and plate, place your asparagus on the plate, careful to leave a small space between them. When the asparagus starts to brown on the bottom side, gently, using a metal spatula, turn them over and continue roasting until it's done. As it turns out, cooking it this way makes it less saltier than if you seasoned it as you normally would. Very tasty and healthy. Even my teenaged son would eat this!

Now, let's try cooking a steak on our salt plate.

As we've already seen, you can cook a variety of foods on this salt plate. Let's go from vegetables to meat. You can actually use the same plate you used when cooking the asparagus without even having to cool or clean it. But this time, we're going to pretend like we're just starting out for the first time.

So, lets start by heating up our brand new Himalayan Salt Plate. Place it directly on your stove over medium low heat. If you have a glass top stove, place a metal ring of sorts between the plate and the stove to give it a little lift. The slower you heat it, the longer it retains the heats. Heat on medium low for 15-20 minutes or until it has heated to 200°. At this point, increase the temperature every 10 minutes, going from medium low, to medium, to medium high, to high until the temperature reaches 500°. This should take about 30-40 minutes.  If you don't have an infrared thermometer, simply drip a couple drops of water onto the plate and if they sizzle and quickly disappear, then you're good to go.

Note: If the plate is not hot enough, you will end up over salting the meat and also cause the plate to degrade faster.

Place your thinly sliced steaks onto the plate and cook for approximately 5 seconds for medium rare steak. Using a metal spatula, turn the meat over and cook for 5 more seconds. Of course if you like it cooked a little more, just increase the time by about 5 seconds or so. When done, remove meat from the salt plate.

Note: Moisture in the food will pick up more of the salt and fatty foods will repel it. Take this into consideration when seasoning your food beforehand. Also, the salt will tenderize tougher cuts of meat.

At this point, you can continue to cook something else on this salt plate. All you have to do is scrape off any accumulating food as it builds up. Just remember, there are no lips on this salt plate so any moisture (water, juice, grease, etc.) will run off the side, so be sure to keep a towel hand to wipe this up.

To clean up, allow the Himalayan Salt Plate to cool to room temperature or at least 1 hour. Moisten a sponge and gently wipe any built up "crud" from your cooking experience. DO NOT USE SOAP!!!! No worries though, because the antimicrobial properties of salt keep your plate ready for future use. Use as little water as possible when cleaning. Dry thoroughly with paper towels and place in a drying rack. When completely dry, place in an area with little to no humidity.

Don't worry if it takes on the color of previously cooked food as this is natural.

Treat your Himalayan Salt Plate with lots of love and care and you'll have it around for a long time. Of course, since salt is a soft cooking surface, overtime it will get cracks and crevices until it finally breaks in to. But that's ok...it just means you're getting a lot of good use out of it!

 

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