It's Almost Turkey Frying Time!

Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? This year has absolutely flown by for me!

So, with Thaksgiving comes a turkey. How are you going to prepare yours? Some folks like to do it the old fashioned way and bake it....for hours and hours. I have even heard that some put it on the grill and cook it that way. Then there's the best way, and unfortunately not the healthiest of ways, deep frying!  If you haven't had one cooked this way it is something you have to try.  They are delicious!

First of all, you need your turkey and your deep frying unit...of course. Right now, here at Bass Pro Shops, we have a 30qt Turkey Frying Kit for just $49.97 .  It has 58,000 BTU's and also a 20 minute timer. No your turkey won't be done in 20 minutes, but this safety feature shuts off the flame after 20 minutes in case you forget about it or have something else you're doing at the same time. All you have to do is reset the time and restart the flame. Simple.

Bass Pro Shops® 30-Quart Propane Turkey Fryer$49.97

Next you'll need to determine how much oil to use. Do this by placing your turkey in the pot and filling it with water to the appropriate line on the inside of the pot. That should tell you how much oil to use. Then just take out your turkey, dump the water and refill with oil to the same line as the water was at. Set the timer, start the flame, insert the thermometer onto the pot and wait until it gets to 350°F.

oil$36.99

Unwrap your turkey and clean out ALL of the cavities. Trust me, there are more cavities with hidden items in a turkey than you might think.  Wash Tom Turkey off really well and dry it off. Next, you'll want to inject it with some marinade.

Cajun Injector® Marinade Injector Kit from $4.49- $24.99

 

Cajun Injector has provided us with many flavors to choose from. We have everything from hot to sweet to smokey flavored....the choices are almost endless. When injecting your bird, try not to put alot of holes in him. Remeber, the more holes he has, the more marinade will come back out and we don't want that to happen. Insert your injector needle into a meaty part, like the breast, thigh or even drumstick. Shoot some marinade in and then pull it back out slightly and reroute the direction of the needle and give it a little more marinade. I usually use the entire jar, but if you don't know if you will or not, I suggest pouring some of it in a bowl. That way you don't contaminate the entire jar. Perhaps shake a little seasoning around the outside and inside of the bird.

When the temperature of the oil reaches 350°, place the turkey on the rack that comes with your frying kit. I would suggest putting on an oven mit or some type of long gloves for putting the turkey into the hot oil. most importantly... SHUT OFF THE FLAME AT THIS POINT! I promise you will thank me later for saying that. With the hook provided, grasp onto the rack and SLOWLY...oh so VERY SLOWLY, lower your turkey into the hot oil. When the cold of the bird hits the hot of the oil, instantly it will start boiling up and over if your not careful. This is why I suggested turning off the flame beforehand. If you think it may boil over, then just raise the bird up a little until it goes back down. It may take you a little bit to be able to fully emerge it in the oil, but it's better to be safe than sorry, right?

When you finally get him in and unhooked, you may restart your flame at this time and the timer. I have always used 3 1/2 minutes per pound of turkey when cooking mine. This seems to work pretty well. Another way to tell if its done is if it floats. If it's floating before 3 1/2 minutes per pound is up I'd either check with a meat thermometer or wait out the time. It may look as if it's burning, but that's just the seasoning on the outside.

Remove this yummy goodness from the oil when it's done and let it drain and rest for about 5 minutes. Then carve away!

When the oil cools completely, you can return it to the container or another container with a lid and reuse it the next time....if your unsure if it's still good to use, take a little taste or even smell of it.

I can smell 'em frying now!

Let me know how your turkey turns out! Happy (and safe) frying!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead (and Chief Turkey Fryer @ Bass Pro)
 

 

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Goal Zero Promotion

lanternI am pleased to announce that Goal Zero is running a promotion from November 1st through November 15.

 

It is Goal Zeros' mission to help the east coast receive power and get back to normalcy after Hurricane Sandy.

 

The have started a campaign named the You Buy One, We Give One Relief Program.  Any Goal Zero product we sell in these 15 days, they will match the sales, sending the same amount in relief via Goal Zero products. 

 

What we sell as a store, and all other BPS stores, will be donated to the relief effort in the stores name.  If a customer would like their name included, they need to send a copy of their receipt to support@goalzero.com.

 

Please get the word out and get the North East up and running again.  God Bless Goal Zero for helping out many people that need assistance at this time.

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Santa’s Wonderland: The Magic Returns!

 

Do you remember when Christmas was magical? We can all get back there again; beginning on November 10, 2012 at 5 pm Santa will arrive at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville. Join us at 4 pm outside for carols, hot chocolate and cookies while we await the arrival of the jolly old elf. Santa will arrive by boat, of course, at 5 pm for our kick-off event. 

As soon as Santa arrives we will start our festivities; magical tree lighting, carolers, unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland and Santa will even be giving away a $25 Gift Card to one luck winner every half hour (5-7:30 pm). There will also be a Special Preview Night Free Craft from 6-8 pm - color your own Santa shaped stocking *while supplies last.

And of course get your free studio quality 4x6 photo with Santa from 6-8 pm.

We have fun for the whole family- laser and soft gun arcades, moving trains, slot car racing, remote control trucks and The Wildlife Carousel!

Come out and enjoy the magic of Christmas with us inside Santa’s Wonderland...

 Check out www.basspro.com for a full schedule of all activities.

                                                        Santa's Wonderland

   

 * There is a misprint on page 218 of the Bass Pro Shops Christmas Catalog. The ad states that the 2012 Santa’s Wonderland will be opening on November 3rd at 5 pm. This is a misprint and should read the opening date of November 10th at 5 pm. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused. We look forward to seeing you during our 2012 Santa’s Wonderland Season.

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Winterizing Your Boat

lubeThe boating season is winding down.  Its time to start thinking about winterizing your boat and getting it ready for next spring.  The best place for your boat to be during the colder weather is out of water, under cover and in a climate controlled area.

You should first check your owners manual to see what their recommendations are for winterizing.  Make a list of all the items you will need.  Head to your nearest BPS store to gather everything on your list.  If you don't feel confident in doing it yourself, please make an appointment with a professional.

Inboard Engine - Run the engine and change your oil out while it is warm.  Change your oil filter at this time too.  Flush your engine with water.  Circulate antifreeze throughout the manifold.  Restart your engine until water starts exiting the exhaust..  Change fluid in your transmission at this time too.  Remove your spark plugs and use fogging oil to spray each cylinder.

fogflushOutboard Engine - Flush engine with fresh water using motor flushers.  Wash engine down with soap and water.  Disconnect fuel hose and run engine until it stops.  Use fogging oil in the cylinders to lubricate the walls and pistons.  Apply water resistant grease to prop shaft and threads.  Change the gear oil in the lower unit.

 

Fuel - Make sure you fill your tank up to avoid condensation over the winter months.  Add a fuel stabilizer.  Change the fuel filter and water separators.

fuelBilges - Clean your bilges out with soap and hot water.  Once clean and dry, spray with a moisture displacing lubricant and add a bit of antifreeze.

Interior - Remove all valuables from your boat.  Any electronics, fishing equipment, vests, extinguishers etc.  Also remove battery and recharge it every 30-60 days.

Pressure wash your hull, clean barnacles off props, shafts, struts and trim tabs.  Clean all thru-hulls.

 

Following these steps will help you take care of your boat for the season.  Again, please follow your owners manual and if unsure, seek a professional.  Now comes the hard part of waiting for spring to arrive.  Happy boating!

Ginger Bridges

Marine Team Lead

Bass Pro Shops

Kodak, TN

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Some of God's Greatest Blessings

When you think of all the blessings in your life, do you just think of the personal blessings? Of how you have a roof over your head, a job to pay for your roof, food on your table and a healthy, happy family? Most of us do think that way. But think about this; God gives us four different times of the year where He creates a whole new life of sorts. I'm talking about the seasons; Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall.

Let's start first with Spring. That's the time of year that everything is renewed. New grass, new flowers, new leaves on the trees and alot of people spring clean, giving their homes a new look on life. People also start their first of many camping trips in the Spring.

Trees in the Spring     flowers

Then comes Summer. I absolutely love Summer! Mostly I don't care how hot it gets, as long as it's NOT cold :). With Summer comes cookouts, swimming at the lake, boat rides, and vacations. The kid's are out of school so there's more time to enjoy the beautiful days. Just an all around time to enjoy this particular Blessing we've been given.

summer    summer vacation

For a few reasons, Winter is my least favorite season, although I do still see it as a Blessing. As you know already, I don't like to be cold...never have...never will. I hate the snow and ice that sometimes comes this time of year. I hate when school has been cancelled due to cold and snow and ice. Its ok, you can admit that you hate that part too! :) But think about this; there's a different kind of beauty in the Winter months. All the critters have gone into hibernation so it's quite "still" and quiet outside. We're about ready to start this whole renewal thing over again by this time.

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I saved the best for last, Fall!  I just have to sigh even when I think about this time of year. The new is wearing off of everything. 
It's amazing to see how "life" goes by so quickly right in front of your eyes and falls to the ground and dies away. I'm talking about the life of trees of course! Fall is the opposite of Spring. You "spring forward" and then you "fall back" to the ground again. The hot of Summer is cooling off by now and everything just seems so crisp outside: the air, the grass, the leaves....everything. It's time to bring out the hot chocloate and take long walks in the woods or cuddle up on the deck and light up the fire pit.

Fall also means it's Football Time! Tailgating parties and all! Hey I can hook you up here at Bass Pro with the ideal tailgating accessories. From grills, to seasonings, to coolers, to canopies, I've got it here waiting for you to come on by.

helmet  Go Vols!

 

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The pictures above are ones that I took from my back yard.  So, when everyone else is driving miles on end to see the "turning of the leaves", I just step out my back door, take a deep breath and say a silent thank you for the beauty and the blessings of yet another season.

Thanks for allowing me to take a few minutes of your time to help you remember that we are Blessed beyond our usual thoughts and processes. He blesses us with every single season!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro
Kodak, TN

ddasmith@basspro.com

 

 

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Bass Pro Shops East Tennessee Fly Fishing

Welcome to Bass Pro Shops and our East Tennessee Fly Blog! The fishing is much like the weather that we have been experiencing as it has been equally great! Leaves are in full color and so are the trout, especially the brook and brown trout. The temperature has been chilly over night and into the morning but has been warming quite nicely by mid afternoon. As November approaches, the temps will gradually become cooler, however, a mild winter has been predicted. So get out there and blue line while the weather and leaves allow it!

 

Brookie

 

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains has been good, but not great. Yet, it is better than it has been in some time. Waters are still and gradually falling so look for your trout to be hiding the riffles and deeper runs. Until we receive some rain to increase the flow of our mountain streams, you may want to consider fishing some of the higher elevation streams. These streams offer classic plunge pool fishing and give trout cooler water temps, more oxygenated water, and more places to hide. Fishing will probably be best in the afternoon once the sun has slipped below the horizon. As seen above, the brookies will be showing off their fall colors and make prospecting these streams worth your while. Dry flies are working as well as nymph patterns. Stick with yellow/orange caddis and stimulators for dries and a Caddis Assortmentparachute Adam's would be a good choice also. For nymph patterns I would suggest green weenies, hares ear, pheasant tails and Tellico nymphs. Around here, it isn't as much about having the right fly pattern as it is presenting the fly in the right way so be certain to make that first cast count and get a really good drift!

 

 

 

Tail waters of the area are fishing good as well. Smallmouth in the lowland rivers should be active and can likely be found in the deeper runs and pools. Reports from the Clinch River are saying that the only bugs present are midges, scuds and occasional sulphurs. Midge fishing is a constant producer on the Clinch. The water temp should be falling and putting the brown trout on the move so we should see some fish begin to make their way upstream closer to the dam. For fly patterns, I would suggest olive, red, and black midge patterns. Try to find something that will stand out rather than blend in with thePheasant Tail water color. A size 16 pheasant tail would be a good choice too and maybe even with a flashback. Be sure to have sulphur patterns in your box in case you're on the river and a hatch begins to take place. I haven't heard any reports on the Holston River, but I would venture to guess that conditions are about the same as the Clinch. You probably won't see any sulphurs there. Don't overlook terrestrial patterns such as ants, beetles, and San Juan worms. These can be good producers this time of the year on bigger rivers.

 

Thanks for being here with us and tight lines!

Seth French

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Gen 2 HDS 7 Touch Screen

The anticipation is over! Well at least for some, with the new 7 inch Gen 2 HDS Touch Screens.

 

hds7The units have built in Broadband Sounder, Structure Scan HD, and Side and Down Scan capabilities.  Moving from sonar to scan to chart is pretty easy.  You can even customize your own screen!  If you want just one picture up of structure scan, you can.  Or you can split it 4 different ways.

 

All units come preloaded with InSight USA inland.  You can also purchase a HotMaps or Navionics chip if you prefer.  The 7 has one SD slot while the 9 and 12 have two SD slots.

 

These units are capable of SonicHub marine audio server and Sirius satellite weather/radio receiver.  It has 3D perspective view for the built in Insight USA.  These three new units will launch us into a new dimension of fishing and boating.

 

It has been interesting watching people use it and play around with it.  People really seem to like it.  Their smiles tell me quite a bit!  Stop on over to the Marine department and check one out.  Its well worth it!

 

 

Ginger Bridges

Marine Lead

Bass Pro Shops

Sevierville, TN

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Tackle Organization: A Simple Way to Increase Success

Often times, success or failure is determined by the existence and quality of efficiency.  This seems to hold true in the workplace, the home, or even out on the water for a day of fishing. The ability to be efficient and productive is increasingly crucial to success in today's hectic society and should also not be ignored when looking for ways to become a more successful angler!

Tangled Fishing Lures  Messy Tackle Box

There is nothing more frustrating, tiring, or discouraging than being unable to find a lure or tackle that you just know you possess somewhere in your collection. I have listed just a few helpful products and tips below that may help you begin on the path to becoming a more efficient and organized angler.

 

Utility Boxes

Utility Boxes have been a staple in the fishing industry for generations, but have become much more specialized of late. As an example, there are now many of these boxes produced by Plano which are designed specifically to effectively and securely store spinnerbaits, crankbaits, line, or terminal tackle such as hooks and sinkers. A small portion of utility boxes are also being offered in waterproof versions which are great for storing valuables or simply for prolonging lure life! Also, don't forget to throw some silica gel packs or Flambeau Zerust Plastabs in those boxes to soak up excess moisture and prevent rust!  A wide variety of utility boxes are available at Bass Pro Shops and I have displayed a few options below.


Bait Bucket Topper  Medium Crankbait Organizer  Leader Spool Box

 

Utility Box Labeling & Racks

After organizing the utility boxes to the point of satisfaction, be sure to label each one so that you can quickly grab the one you require when filling your tackle bag or reaching for that go-to bait while on the water. This will prove incredibly beneficial in both conserving time and saving you from the frustration of being unable to find exactly what you need. Also, if you store extra boxes of lures in your home or garage, be sure to put them in a utility box cabinet or rack for safe and convenient storage. I have linked an option below along with utility box labels made by Bass Minder.

Utility Box Rack    Bass Minder Box Labels

 

Rod & Reel Organization

The most difficult component of fishing tackle to organize and transport is definitely the rod & reel combo. These are the most costly pieces of fishing tackle and can be very difficult to transport outside of a boat rod locker. Reel Covers and Rod Socks are vital to the longevity of a rod and reel regardless of where they are stored. Combo caddies, rod wraps, and rod totes are great for transporting several combos to the water as a co-angler or to your favorite private pond. The practice of regularly swapping line on spools is also pivotal to success and simply knowing what line is on each reel is the key starting point. Bass Minder's Line Labels are incredible for this as they reserve a spot for date, type, and test of line for each reel. Below, I have listed a few options to assist you in organizing and transporting rods and reels.


Combo Caddy  Rod Tote  Reel Tote

 

These are just a few simple ways in which to improve the organization of your fishing tackle and increase your efficiency on the water; whether you are a tournament angler or a novice fisherman. There are many other product options to increase efficiency such as lure wraps to reduce tangles and millions of tips such as writing diving depths on crankbait lips with a sharpie! There are so many other products and tips available from Bass Pro Shops and other anglers just like you that I encourage all readers to try these products and also develop ideas of your own to share with us as a part of this discussion. If you find yourself bored this upcoming winter, work toward the improvement of your fishing tackle organization! Also, adding products such as these to a Christmas list isn't a bad way to begin!

 

Tight Lines,

Gary G. Garver

Fishing Team Lead

Kodak, TN

 

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What's new at the Gun Counter??

Nothing excites a gun enthusiast more than these two words, New Gun! The same thing applies to us who work at the gun counter at Bass Pro Store. A new gun, or long awaited gun, causes a lot of stir and excitement. Modern sport rifles caused a buzz when we got that category last year. With the anticipated arrival of the DPMS line, once again it was like Christmas time.

 

DPMS is a top quality AR made in the USA by America since 1992. Before that the company made accessories. They manufacture 500,000 per year, which represents 1/3 of the entire AR market. These guns come with a 3 yr warranty, 2 magazines, and the end of the barrel is custom cut. The receiver that Bass Pro sells features a hand anodized triple coat plus a Teflon coating which aids in scratch resistance. These firearms have many of the features of a custom made gun.  There are many different models and one for every budget. We will carry 7 models, 2 of which are C.A. compliant. All test firearms had different sight systems including open sights, Eotec, Acog, Nikon and Leopold. These guns sell themselves and will not last long.

 

All weapons are test fired 10 times to assure a quality product.  We actually put hundreds of rounds through all 7 models Bass Pro is going to carry and I did not see any misfeeds or jams. As a matter of fact, four of us ran through 600 rounds as fast as two guys could load them. Talk about Black Rain! By the way, if you will need someone to load when the Zombies come, you will want that DPMS rep with you! Wow he is fast!

 

Other excellent selections include the new Ruger 5.56, several Colts, Remingtons, Smith & Wessons, Bushmasters and Mossberg .22s. Most of these come in 5.56 / .223, and some come in .308. Remingtons are available in .243 also. At our Sevierville, Tennessee, Bass Pro store we also have Remington ARs that are camouflaged. They have fully floated and fluted barrels with hand guards.  Some even have adjustable stocks. They are perfect for hunting and super accurate. All of our Colts come with Magpul accessories already on them, including their popular Law Enforcement model. But, if that isn’t enough, we carry a full line of aftermarket goodies including Magpul, Tapco, Blackhawk, Promag and others.

 

While our firearm selection has always been top notch, the addition of ARs has increased our variety of great hunting, target, and self-protection guns. Bass Pro is a leader in all categories of firearms due to our in store selection of available guns and the ability to special order anything from the manufacturer. Go to www.basspro.com to see the great selection that we carry or call 865-932-5600 and ask for the gun counter.

 

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Where are the Deer? Follow the Food!

   The Great Smoky Mountains- Fall Color

With the weather getting cooler, hunting season is underway. Most hunters’ thoughts turn to that looming question, “Where are the deer?” Well, I’m not sure about where you are hunting, but here on the farm, the deer have LOTS of food to choose from this year.  There is a doe that hangs around here, usually with twins. I have seen her eating green leaves off of bushes and trees on the edge of the woods. That seemed odd, considering the huge variety of available food that she had to choose from back in the woods and the nearby fields. But, then I remembered that young buds and leaves of maples, dogwoods, viburnums, and sumac are preferred high quality food for deer. Also, there is still growing clover, rye grass, wild roses, pokeweed, blackberry, and honeysuckle along the fields at the edge of the woods.

Recently, my wife and I went for a walk in the woods behind the house. With all the recent coyote activity, we each packed a handgun for protection. She had her Smith and Wesson .357 and I had my FNH 5.7. (Just in case!) This hike led to the discovery of more available food for the wildlife

Wild Persimmon Tree

 The wild persimmons are ripe and falling to the ground. They provide food for many animals such as raccoons, skunks, opossums, coyotes, deer, turkeys, and also the horses

The acorn mast is so enormous and the oaks and chestnuts have dumped so much on the ground that it is like walking on marbles in the woods. Also, our ancient Buckeye trees have dropped a substantial number of excellent buckeyes on the ground. Don’t forget that those buckeyes are poisonous to humans, cattle and most animals. But, sometimes the squirrels will eat them. Let’s not forget the hickory nuts, which normally do have a good mast. They also have a record number of nuts on the ground.

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Well, with writing this I realized two things - one good, one bad. The good thing is that the animals have a lot of feeding opportunities close by. The bad thing is that there is a massive amount of food deep in the woods which may keep the animals out of sight.

While asking neighbors if they have seen many deer lately, only one said he had. This guy has 100 acres of standing corn in his field and he said that “the deer are wearing it out.” So, until he harvests his crop, we know where the deer are.

After his harvest, all feeding patterns and travel routes will change. We will be ready for that with technology.  That’s right...trail cameras! I can hear some of you now, “That’s what I’m talking about.” But which camera is the best?  That’s an excellent question.  We have a good selection here at the Kodak, Tennessee Bass Pro. You can look at them online at http://www.basspro.com.   A great subject for my next blog…. Come and see us and we will show them to you or give us a call if you have any questions about them at 865-932-5600. Ask for the hunting department.

 

 

 

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The Next Generation.....

Here we are in the middle of October. The leaves are changing colors, days getting shorter, and the weather is turning cooler. Before long, it will be the best time of the hunting season; The Rut!

The does will be running around and the bucks will be chasing them and letting their guard down. This is THE best time of the season to be in the woods.

This year I challenge every adult hunter out there to take a kid hunting. We all need to pass on our hunting heritage to the next generation. If we don't it could be taken from us. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing the look in a child's eyes when they see their first deer from a stand or blind. I have hunted since I was a boy and harvested more deer than I can remember. But some of my favorite hunts were ones when I had my kids with me, especially when I watched my son harvest his first deer. 

 

Take a kid hunting

My children are grown now and have kids of their own. I am so looking forward to taking my four grandchildren on their first hunts. The child you take hunting doesn't have to be related to you. It could be a child that you know that doesn't have a father figure to introduce them to the wonders of the outdoors. Please do yourself a favor and take a child on a hunting trip this season. I promise you that you will get as much, if not more, enjoyment our of it as they do. We owe it to the next generation to pass it on like our parents did for us. Be safe, shoot straight and Happy Hunting!!

 

 

Willis Arnett

Hunting Lead                                       The Next Generation

Sevierville, TN

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It's The Great Pumpkin!!!!

Gather all your ghosts and goblins and bring them out to Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville. Beginning October 19- 31 you can have your photo taken with the Peanuts gang, crafts, grab an apple activity, scavenger hunt and trick or treating.

Oct 19 and 26   5-8 pm

Free Photo

Coloring Sheets

Trick or Treating

6-7 pm   - Costume ParadeHalloween Event

 

Oct 20 and 27, Saturday   12-5 pm

Free Photos

Coloring Sheets

1-3 pm    Grab an Apple

1-4 pm    Free Craft

Oct 21 and 28, Sunday   12-5 pm

Free Photo

Coloring Sheets

1-3 pm    Scavenger Hunt

1-4 pm    Free Craft

 

Oct 22-25, 29-30

5-8 pm   Free Photo

                Coloring Sheets

Oct 31  5-8 pm

FREE Photo

Coloring Sheets

Trick-or-Treating

 

 

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Deer Camp/Camping Necessities

It's that time of year...the time when you deer hunters go out into the unknown and sit and sit and sit, waiting for the perfect deer to come by so you can snag him. I'm not a deer hunter, but I am a camper so I do have an idea of what you're going to need for your deer camp site.

Along with a "earthy" colored tent, you're going to need a few other things. Did you ever think about a 5 gallon bucket? Your probably thinking, "what in the world would I need a bucket for?" Well, what else are you going to put your Lugable Loo on? A Luggable Loo is the perfect thing to put on top of said bucket to do your business on.....your PRIVATE business! 

What about strike anywhere matches? Got those?

Let me ask you a question. Have you ever gone deer hunting and dropped something important...something like your map or license...only to pick it up and you can hardly even see what's written on it because just as it so happens, you dropped it in the ONLY puddle of water for miles around. Then your going to need a Coghlan's waterproof pouch.

Maybe a portable heater for those cool nights? Right now, here at Bass Pro, we have a Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater on sale for only $79.97. Don't forget your 1lb propane tanks in order for your heater to work!

Adventure Medical has an awesome first aid kit just for hunters. It has everything you'll need for a 2-3 day trip.

Lighting is a must! Your going to want to see where your going and also perhaps, if you find yourself in a position of luck, you'll need a blood light. We have several different types of flashlights, and batteries to go with them, and for tracking your kill, a Mini Blood Light.

Along with sleeping bags, emergency blankets, freeze dried food, cooking and eating utensils, cots, chairs and tables, we have everything your going to need to make this hunting trip the best yet!

Why don't you come on over to Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville and let me show you how to make this hunting trip the best yet! I can't promise you a profitable trip, but I can help you have a safe and fun trip.

So, before you load up and head out, remember the camping staff here is waiting for you and your questions and/or suggestions. My list isn't all inclusive, but it'll get you started for sure.

Safe hunting...and camping!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops

 

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Fall Fashion inspired by the great outdoors.....

I was looking at my calendar and I couldn’t believe it, fall is here. We have really begun to see the changes in our weather already this past week. It won’t be long before the leaves start changing into brilliant shades of red and orange. The warm summer days are fading and its time to look ahead to campfires, football games, hunting and cooler weather.

 I was touring the apparel departments, as I often do, and realized we have some pretty great clothes coming out for the fall /winter season. I felt it was my obligation to share them with youNatural Reflections Chenille Zip SweaterNatural Reflection Heritage Bloom CollectionNatural Reflections Everyday V-NeckNatural Reflections French Terry Dress

 

Bob Timberlake Natural Reflections Jacquard Sweater HoodieNatural Reflections Favorite Flannel Shirt

This is just a few of this seasons hottest  looks. Come in and take a peak for yourself or shop online at www.basspro.com .

 

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It's Fall! Time to go Camping!

I went out my back door the other morning to let my little dog do his business and just about froze to death! My mind was already fuzzy because it was so early but when the blast of cold air hit me, I thought I must be about to stroke out or something! How could it be this cold? It was only September. Then I noticed all the leaves that are usually on the trees were mostly on the ground. Wait a minute.....it's Fall already? What happened to the leaves turning the bright red, gold and yellow before they turn brown and plummet to the ground? Oh, that's right....we haven't had a whole lot of rain in the past few months. That MUST be why they lie dead on the ground instead of hanging on and giving us some of natures beauty to look at. Still, the naked trees (or almost naked anyway) give a sort of beauty that only a nature lover can admire.

With Fall already here, that doesn't mean that you have to pack up your camping gear and wait until next Spring to go Camping again. In fact, right now is probably the best time to go Camping. Sure your mornings are going to be quite crisp, but we still have the afternoon to warm up. There are many pluses to going Camping in the Fall. NO MOSQUITO'S is a big one for me! Not a lot of people can understand the joy of pitching a tent and waking up to seeing their breath when the exhale. The sunrises are so much better this time of year. I'm not sure why....maybe it's because you can snuggle down into a blanket and watch it rise and feel all comfy and cozy in knowing that a new day has dawned. The smell of breakfast cooking on an open fire seems to explode when its a bit chilly and that same smell travels so much farther in cold air, so no matter if you're right by it or off into the woods doing your own business, you can still smell the beginning of your day cooking away. If you're a campground camper, you can pretty much enjoy most of the campground all to yourself because a lot of people just don't enjoy the afore mentioned experiences. Last, but certainly not least, you can sleep peacefully and not wake up constantly in a pool of sweat because it's still so hot outside even though it's 1:00am....been there done that!

Here at Bass Pro Shops, I can hook you up with some fall camping gear that will make you wonder why you've never gone camping in this type of weather before. Don't get me wrong. I hate with a passion cold weather! We just DO NOT get along at all. But Fall is different....it's cool, not bitter cold. All of natures critters are readying their little homes for colder weather and that's a sight to behold in itself!

Come see me here at Bass Pro Shops in Kodak,TN. and I promise you won't be sorry you did. You can start experiencing life on a whole new level.

Spread the word....Fall is here.....time to Camp!

 

Enjoy life as it is intended...Camp A LOT!

 

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Bass Pro Shops
Kodak, TN

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Fall Fishing Event

I know its fall and A LOT of people hunt in the fall, but it’s also the perfect time to fish. Cooler air means the fish are bitin’ again.

If you need Fall Fishing tips we have the event for you.

Bass Pro Shops is partnering with Keep America Fishing to bring you two weekends of tips and educational seminars.

 This event is for WHOLE family, on Sept 22,23,29 and 30 we have a beginning fishing for kid’s workshop at 12-1 pm taught by our Pro-Staff team to get your lil’ minnows fishing. After they learn to cast be sure to let them paint a fish sun catcher from 1-3 pm.

 

Have you ever wondered where do the fish in our lakes come from?

Sept 22

2 pm   Fish Hatcheries- Where do these fish go?                                                                                        TWRA will be onsite to tell us how they operate their hatcheries and their importance in keeping our lakes stocked.

 3 pm     Select the Right Baits for the fall season.

 

Sept 23

2 pm    Knowing your Lakes and Streams for Fall Fishing

3 pm    Changing Water Condition and Finding Fish

 

Sept 29

2 pm    Knowing your Lakes and Streams for Fall Fishing

3 pm    Electronics and Finding Fish

 

Sept 30

2 pm   Fish Hatcheries- Where do these fish go?                                                                                        TWRA will be onsite to tell us how they operate their hatcheries and their importance in keeping our lakes stocked.

3 pm   Fall Fishing Tips from the Pros

 

 Fall Fishing Event

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Bass Pro Shops: A Family Business

August 24, 2012.....a day I won't soon forget. Myself, along with 11 other members of my "family" were invited to join the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bristol, TN Bass Pro Shops. I say "family" because these are members of my Bass Pro family. Below is a picture of my "family" and me along with John L. Morris, owner and founder of Bass Pro Shops.

John L. Morris and part of the family from BPS #29

 

 

We all met at our store in Sevierville, TN at 4:30 am to travel the 1 1/2 hours to our destination...exit 74B. I think we were all somewhat nervous but very excited at the same time. Only a very few of my family members had ever been a part of something like this and I surely wasn't one that had!

The usual attendees were expected; John L. Morris, owner and founder of 58 Bass Pro Shops across the country and Canada and legendary fisherman Bill Dance of Bill Dance Outdoors. Jaimie McMurray, driver of the Bass Pro Shops #1 racecar, Richard Childress and Ty Dillion were also on hand for this ceremony.

I was completely blown away by the kindness and generosity of EVERYONE there! Dignitaries that were present talked to us "little people" like they had known us all their lives! The locals too!  People you would think would be a little on the "stuffy" side because of their powerful positions, were as kind and genuine as can be. I have honestly never met a group of nicer people anywhere.

One of my "sisters", Vickie, and I were posted at the media table to hand out hats, posters, raffle tickets and "media stuff". Our first visitor was a older gentleman who walked up to the table, took his cap off and threw it in the trash can nearby. He proceeded to take a Bass Pro cap and place it on his head and proclaimed, "That's better!"

We had catered Catfish, grilled chicken, cole slaw and potato salad with Ice Tea to drink. It was divine!

I wanted to share my day with you because of one reason; the opportunities that have been put before me and my "family" here at Bass Pro. I can honestly say that I have NEVER in my life (and that's a long time!) worked with a company that presented me with more opportunities to learn and experiences to share than right here at Bass Pro Shops Sevierville, TN. I have been with BPS for almost 7 years now and I can't think of any other place that I would rather work. I have learned so much and have met so many people in my time here. It's a never ending thing! Every day I find something new to learn or see and look forward to learning and seeing every day.  I am proud to say that I am a part of the family here at Bass Pro.

My point being; it doesn't matter who you are or where you are, if your an associate at Bass Pro Shops....ANY Bass Pro Shops...you are family! I look forward to meeting my new brothers and sisters coming to the Bass Pro in Bristol next year.

 

See ya soon!
Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
BPS Sevierville, TN

 

 

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Fun with Fall Fishing Feeding Frenzies

I already know what you're thinking when reading the title of this Bass Pro Shops blog. Fall Fishing? It's August and the forecast calls for highs in the 80s over the next week! I know, I know, but you must admit that these cool nights and brisk mornings do create a sense of excitement in many fishermen anticipating the impending beginning of what can be a tremendous season for fishing! Autumn brings not only picturesque views and overwhelming scenery, but also opportunities for fishermen to land numerous quality bass during a time of schooling fish and buffet style feedings.

Fall Fishing Image

 

During the Fall, nights become longer, days become cooler, and slowly the water temperature follows triggering a time of transition for most species of fish. The key forage during this time of year is generally shad or minnow type eats and treats. The shad generally make their way slowly into the backs of creeks and wherever you can find bait, you generally find the bass nearby. Bass in most areas tend to essentially gorge themselves as the weather and water cools in preparation for the winter which creates an excellent chance to catch large quantities of fish as well as quality fish. Below, I will mention just a few of the most effective baits for the Fall season!

 

An increasingly popular style of bait to use during the Fall is the swimbait. This type of lure definitely mimics a shad visually better than any bait on the market and they are available in hardbaits, softbaits, lipped, slow sinking, fast sinking, prerigged, single hooked, and treble hooked! The options are vast just as the potential for your day on the water with one of these tied on and with the arrival of the Alabama Rig, Deadly 5 Shad Rig, and Yumbrella Rig, you may have many more than that on the end of your line! I have listed a few of my favorites of this bait below!

Berkley PowerBait Swim Shad    Bass Pro Shops Z9R Mini    Lake Fork Live Magic Shad    Bass Pro Shops Swimmer Kit

A second effective approach to targeting bass in the fall is using the tried and true method of cranking! A comforting fact about fall cranking is that the fish are generally much shallower in creeks and along creek channel breaks which allows for much less effort than throwing DD22s and 6XDs in the summer. Crankbaits mimic a wounded shad or minnow very well and can be fished rather quickly which allows a fisherman to cover more water during their day on the water. It is also common for the larger fish to feed below a feeding frenzy created by smaller fish and a crankbait can be ideal for targeting those fish at a specific depth. Lipless crankbaits are also very effective as they can be counted down to a specific depth and fished at various rates of speed. These baits are incredibly popular in the fall with the most commonly fished colors being chrome blue/black, silver, or bone. I have some great fall crankbait options pictured below!

Bass Pro Shops Nitro Crank - Medium    Strike King KVD Redeye Shad    Rapala DT Series Crankbaits    Bass Pro Shops Knocker Shad Kit

The last method of fall fishing that I will mention is definitely the most exciting and addicting way to catch any fish! I am, of course, speaking of the art of fishing topwater baits! This genre of lures continues to grow and although the majority of the topwater options available are hardbaits, softbaits, particularly soft frogs, are an ever growing trend. Topwater baits are fantastic for mimicking an injured baitfish slapping the water's surface and any active fish will surely be unable to resist such an easy meal! The strikes when fishing on top are always intriguing and exhilarating, but don't forget to wait when setting the hook or applying pressure or your bait will almost definitely be yanked out of the predator's jaws! Below are just a few of my favorite fall topwater options available here at Bass Pro Shops.

Bass Pro Shops Slim Dog    Strike King Sexy Dawg    Smithwick Devil's Horse    Bass Pro Shops XPS Topwater Kit

 

These are just a few options that are appropriate for Fall fishing. I advise every angler to take advantage of this beautiful season with the mild temperatures and aggressive fish feeding behaviors!  Each person has an approach that works and gives them confidence and I encourage all of you to find that pattern this Fall!

 

Tight Lines,

Gary G. Garver

Fishing Team Lead

Kodak, TN

Bass Pro Shops

 

 

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Bass Pro Shops Hometown Festival!!!

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We all try to hold on to every last bit of summer; the pool, sun, fireworks, camping, hiking- just being outside. And before we know it school starts back, and vacation and playtime seems to be put on back burner. But we do have one last chance to enjoy our family and make lasting memories….LABOR DAY!!!!

 

This year Bass Pro Shops will be celebrating that last blast of summer with The Hometown Festival!!!

 

The Hometown Festival will be September 1-2, loaded with fun family activities, and the best part it’s FREE.

 

The kids will enjoy our Net-a-Fish Game, Metal Detector Treasure Hunt, Bean Bag Toss, Casting Buckets, Face Painting and oh yeah, crafts. Who am I kidding? I love that stuff too.

 

Just like your hometown fair we will have food samples, product demos and FREE HOT DOGS from 1-3 pm.

 

We will show you all the trends for the fall fashion season in our Fashion Show in front of the aquarium at 2 and 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Make sure you sign up for our Gift Card Giveaways.

We will give away three $25 gift cards each day (September 1-2) just for being at the store.

 

Take advantage of our Pro Staff and knowledgeable associates as they bring you the seminars that will help with your own last blast of summer.

 

Saturday

      1 pm        Smokin’ and Grillin’

      3 pm        Power vs. Finesse Fishing

Sunday

      1 pm        Dutch Oven Cooking Techniques

      3 pm        Smokin’ and Grillin’

 

So don’t get out those pumpkins and hay bales just yet. Come on in and enjoy the rest of YOUR summer here with us at The Hometown Festival- Bass Pro Shops, Sevierville, TN.

 

 

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Camo Auto Accessories

 I've got just the right stuff to help you out.

I have steering wheel covers, seat covers, air fresheners, various decals, stainless steel emblems, windshield decals, hitch covers, license plates and frames, windshield sunshades, key chains, rearview mirror hangers, seatbelt covers and lastly floor mats.

Browning, Bone Collector, Redhead, Mossy Oak, Ducks Unlimited and RealTree seat covers are all universal..

Browning  bucket seat covers start at $39.99 for the single bucket seat. The 2 pack bucket seat is $59.99, the bench seat is $44.99 and the single neoprene cover is $59.99. We do carry the pink Browning for the ladies and it is $29.99 for the single bucket seat. In the store we don't carry any of the other styles in the pink color.

Ducks Unlimited seat covers come in single buckey $34.99, 2 pack bucket $59.99, bench $44.99 and neoprene single bucket $59.99

Mossy Oak seat covers come in single bucket $34.99 and bench $44.99

Real Tree seat covers come in bucket single $39.99 and bench $44.99

Bone Collector seat covers come in single bucket $39.99, bench $44.99 and neoprene $59.99

Our Redhead seat covers right now only come in single bucket $39.99

 

We carry matching steering wheel covers in all the above brands. Browning has 4 different styles and Ducks Unlimited has 2 different styles while the others only offer 1 style each. These covers range in price from $12.99 (Pink Browning) to $24.99 (all Leather Browning).

But don't stop there! Your going to need floor mats to match, right? The front floor mats are $34.99 and the back floor mats are $12.99 and each comes in all the above brands. These floor mats are fully sizable with a simple snip of a pair of scissors.

          Air Fresheners   are $2.99             Signature Automotive Browning® Buckmark Automotive Air Fresheners

Bone Collector Air Fresherner $4.99    All of these come in Cinnamon, Vanilla,Pine, Citrus, Leather and Cherry.

You can get your matching key chains at $5.99 and $7.99 and various decals for the back window or your windshield.

Come see me, Deedee, at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville and I will help you pimp your car or truck.

 

Hope to see you soon!

Deedee

Camping Team Lead
Bass Pro Shops
Sevierville, TN
865-932-5600

 

 

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