NWTF is our April Conservation Partner!






Our Conservation Partner for the month of April is The National Wild Turkey Federation.

NWTF was founded in 1973, is headquartered in Edgefield, SC and has local chapters in every state and Canada.

According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America's wildlife history.

Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $412 million to conserve nearly 17.25 million acres of habitat.

That area is larger than the state of West Virginia.

Wild turkeys and hundreds of other species of upland wildlife, including quail, deer, grouse, pheasant and songbirds, have benefited from this improved habitat.

Our dedicated volunteers bring new hunters and conservationists into the fold. About 100,000 every year, through outdoor education events and our Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen and JAKES youth outreach programs.

Since its foundation in 1973, the NWTF has achieved some amazing accomplishments. With the help of its dedicated volunteers and partners, the NWTF has been able to facilitate the investment of $412 million dollars in conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage. These investments have helped improve more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and expose 100,000 people to the outdoor each year.

The NWTF is dedicated to having the same significant impact over the next 40 years as it did over its first 40. That is why the NWTF has created the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. Initiative.


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Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

The NWTF and its committed volunteers believe in doing what’s necessary to create more wild turkeys. We believe it is our duty to create vibrant and healthy upland habitat. We believe our hunting heritage is worth fighting for.

The Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. Initiative will help tackle these difficult challenges the sporting community is facing.

Save the Habitat.

We will increase wild turkey populations by conserving and enhancing 4 million acres of critical upland wildlife habitat. These habitat improvements will not only help support wild turkey populations but they will also benefit quail, deer and many other wildlife species that share the habitat.

The NWTF will:

* Focus our efforts based on the priorities established by science

* Work in areas where it is possible to have a meaningful impact on habitat and wildlife populations

* Begin the process at the local level, which will then build to support the regional and national goals

* Focus on four key habitat types

o Forests

o Streamside corridors

o Fields and meadows

o Scrubland and grasslands

Save the Hunt.

We will save the hunt by creating 1.5 million new hunters who will embrace the outdoors and protect our conservation legacy. It will include focused outreach opportunities for people of all ages, and increased hunter access. This includes creating half a million additional acres of hunting access across the nation.

The NWTF will:

* Evolve its outreach efforts from introduction to include hands-on hunting experiences and mentoring to create long-term hunting license holders

* There is no one-size-fits-all solution and each state will drive its approach

* Develop partnerships with a wide range of organizations, like state wildlife management agencies, hunter’s education instructors, mentored hunting and other organizations, that share the common interest of promoting our hunting heritage

* Make it easier for people to hunt by lowering barriers to introducing new hunters to the sport and increasing the number of publicly available acres

Get Involved

Your support is critical to making these lofty goals a reality. Join the NWTF today and contact your local regional staff to see how you can get involved and help make a real difference.

 You can start today...Donate $2 at our registers during the month of April to NWTF and be entered for a chance to win one of ten $500 Bass Pro Shops gift cards.















FREE Kids' Outdoor Skills Challenge Event

Kids Challenge

FREE Kids’ Outdoor Skills Challenge Event

April 20-21 & 27-28   Noon -4 pm

Our next family event is going test some of those outdoor skills you have been learning. The Kids’ Outdoor Skills Challenge Event will be April 20-21 and April 27-28, noon-4 pm. We have four challenges for you to try out; Casting, archery, knot tying and backpack challenges.

* How accurate is your casting? Find out at our casting pond??

* Take aim and shoot for the bull’s-eye at either the soft or youth archery challenge….

* Learning to tie a proper knot is essential when camping or just enjoying the outdoors!!!

* Can you pack a backpack safely and quickly??? Find out in our Backpack Challenge!

After you master all the challenge’s you will get a chance to spin the prize wheel and get a free flashing BPS wristband!!!

And no day at Bass Pro is complete without making one of our FREE Crafts from 1-4 pm!!!



Bassmaster 2013 Southern Open #2



Bass Masters




This is going to be one exciting week! We just got done with the PAA Douglas Lake Opener and now Bassmasters is making a stop in Dadridge.

Bass Pro Shops, Sevierville is proud to sponsor the Bassmaster 2013 Southern Open #2 on Douglas Lake. The tournament will begin on April 4 with a 7 am blast off from The Point Resort in Dandridge, TN.
Daily weigh-ins on Thursday and Friday will be at the The Point Resort at 3 pm. The Final Weigh-In will be located at the Bass Pro Shops located at 3629 Outdoor Sportsman Place, Kodak, TN at 4 pm for the top 12 anglers and top 12 co-anglers.
Who will be on top for the BASS Masters 2013 Southern Open #2? How many lbs will it take from Douglas Lake?  Join us on April 6 at 4 pm and catch a glimpse of some of the South’s top anglers and the fishing industry’s finest at the final weigh-in to find out!


The Point Resort


Easter Family Events




Easter means spring is just around the corner- and spring means it’s time to get outdoors!!!!

Bring all your lil’ peeps out to Bass Pro Shops and make some family memories this year with us at our FREE Family Easter Event!!!

Visit our store located in Kodak, TN Saturday, March 23 through Sunday, March 31 and bring the kids to take part in the free, fun Easter activities we have planned for the whole family. The kiddos will have fun doing the crafts and Mom and Dad will really enjoy the FREE photo of the kids visiting the Easter Bunny. And, of course, there’s the time-honored tradition of an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt.



Photo Times

Saturdays and Sundays         March 23-24 & 30-31           1-4 pm

Monday - Friday                        March 25-29                          6-8 pm

Craft Times

Saturdays and Sundays         March 23-24 & 30-31            1-4 pm

Friday                                         March 29                                 6-8 pm

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturdays and Sundays         March 23-24 & 30-31           1-2 pm


An old-fashioned Easter Egg hunt for kids ages 2-10 yrs will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-2 pm ONLY. Registration for the egg hunt will be located in the back with the Easter Bunny at 12:30 pm and will begin promptly at 1 pm and last until 2 pm. Each child should find 5 eggs on the main floor of the store (Fishing, Men’s and Ladies Apparel, Marine, Gifts Depts) and return to registration and exchange their eggs for candy.

Bring your family out to Bass Pro Shops this spring and enjoy making some lasting Easter memories with them. Visit www.bassproshops.com and click on Kodak/Sevierville (your local store) for more details on any event.





Pelican 15.5

The last time we talked, I told you I would be telling you about our new Pelican 15.5 Canoe. Well, here goes.....

It arrived a couple of weeks ago and looked like a Cadillac! It was all red and shiny! This is a REALLY nice looking recreational canoe. It's 15'6" long and weighs 81 pounds. The Pelican holds a weight capacity of 800 pounds! WOW!

Let me give you some details about this little puppy;

Its has three molded seats and each seat has a cup holder AND fishing rod holders!
It is constructed of a multi layer RAM-X that is UV protected.
The RAM-X combined with aluminum gunnels and protective sleeves make this a very durable canoe.
Integrated into the bow and stern are carrying handles that make it a cinch to carry.

The Pelican can accommodate one, two or three paddlers and is very low maintenance.
Because of the smaller size, the Pelican is also more maneuverable and tracks better than the bigger canoes.

So, pack up your family and gear and come by and let me get you into a NEW Pelican! They are priced at $449.99 so it's a steal of a deal!

See you soon!

Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops







PAA Fishing Tournament is making a stop on Douglas Lake!



Looking at who all has signed up so far, it’s an impressive list of pros!

PAA or Professional Angler’s Association will be making a tournament stop on Douglas Lake this March. Pro and Co-Angler Registration will be at the Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, TN on March 27 from 3:30-5:30 pm. Come on in and catch of glimpse of some of your favorite Pro Anglers and get their autographs as they complete their registration process to fish one of the BEST smallmouth lakes in East Tennessee!!!

Stick around for seminars from some of the fishing industries greatest names…..


Brian Snowden    5:10 pm

Ott DeFoe              5:30 pm

David Walker       5:50 pm

Mike DelVisco     6:10 pm



Make sure that you sign up for our $25 Gift Card giveaways after each seminar, must be present to win.


Thursday and Friday

March 28 & 29

Watch the Boats Launch each morning at The Point Marina, Dandridge, TN at 7 am. Daily Tournament Weigh-Ins will be both afternoons at 3 pm at The Point Mariana.



March 30

The final tournament day will begin Friday morning with the Tournament Boat launch at 7 am at The Point Marina in Dandridge, TN.

The Final PAA Tournament Weigh-In at 4:30 pm at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, TN.

Be here early to get a good seat and meet some of your favorite Pros at 12:30-3:30 pm.           




Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend!!!

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Turkey hunting is on the minds of many as the temperatures start heating up a bit; days start to get longer and red buds start to bloom.

We have dedicated a whole weekend to spring hunters...March 16-17 is our Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend.

On Saturday, March 16 join Red Head Pro Staff Larry Self and JR Adkins as they bring you some of their favorite techniques for bow hunting, calling and picking out the right decoy.


1 pm      Turkey Hunting with a Bow

   Learn how to select the right bow and equipment to get started as well as tips for a successful hunt.

2 pm       Advanced Spring Turkey Calling

               You've learned the basics; now learn advanced tops on the use of your turkey call and selecting the right call for your hunt.

3 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!


On Sunday, March 17 we will be hosting our Annual NWTF Sanctioned Calling Contest.

Registration is 10 am -12 pm, we will have a meeting at 12:30 pm in our seminar room and calling begins at 1 pm.

We have four divisions to choose from:


Jakes               15 and under      no fee

Amateur           16 and up           $10

Friction             21 and up           $30

Open                21 and up           $40


There will be three places awarded for each division.

All divisions with a fee will have a cash prize (60-30-10 split) and merchandise from your favorite store in Sevierville, TN.




More Boating Additions!

Remember a few weeks ago I told you about our newest addition to our kayak center? The Ascend D10T sit-on top?

Well, today I want to add to that. We have a Point 65° N Apollo Sit on Top Modular Kayak. Wait...what???? The kayak comes in three different pieces so it gives you the option of either a tandem kayak or a solo kayak.

 You can purchase the front section For $199.99, the middle section for $349.99 and the back section for $249.99. The Snap-Tab system makes this kayak easier to haul and store than traditional kayaks. You can go from a solo kayak to a tandem kayak with the simple addition of the extra middle section.

When you're solo, the kayak measures 8'10" and weighs approximately 40lbs with a weight capacity of 265 lbs. Want to take a friend along? Then just snap in the middle section and your kayak then is 12'9", weighs 67lbs and has a weight capacity of 530 lbs.

This kayak is very lightweight but durable and is made of a single layer of High Performance Thermoplastic. The Apollo has all the comfort features of a regular kayak like molded cup holders, storage pockets and foot pegs. It also has a padded seat back in the front section as well as the back section. The only color we have right now is red.

I had the opportunity to be the one to put this new boat together. Let me tell you it was so simple to do. You just add a couple of buckles to the front section and the middle section attaches to it. Then you add a couple of buckles on the back of the middle section and the back section attaches to it. These buckles work like a ratcheting system to hold the kayak together tightly. When you are ready to store it, you just release these buckles to take it apart.

Come on in and let me show you my new Point 65° N Apollo Sit-On -Top Modular kayak. You truly have to see it to believe it!

Next time, I want to take you on a virtual tour of our newest canoe; The Pelican 15.5.

Thanks for hanging out with me. Until next time...

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops






Our Newest Kayak Edition

It's that time of year! Time to make plans for Springtime! And with Springtime comes kayaking.

Allow me to introduce to you our latest edition to our kayak line. Ascend D10T Sit-on-Top. 

This is an awesome boat! It has a custom crafted tunnel hull design that ensures major stability in the water, so you will be sure to stay steady when the time comes that you need to stand up to fish. It has a padded and adjustable seat and adjustable foot pegs. For storage, the new D10T has a dry storage deck plate system, D-ring bow anchors for customizable storage and a large stern well for multipurpose storage. This area is large enough that you could pack a five gallon bucket, a 36 quart cooler or a dry bag or two. It also comes with  multiple drain holes and a drain hole plug,  recessed molded paddle holders and two scupper plugs. There are recessed spots on either side  with an anchoring system to store the paddle while loading or unloading and as always, a molded beverage holder within close reach of the seat.

There are deep molded storage places on both the port and starboard sides of the boat big enough to hold a standard tackle box.

The entire boat measures 10' x 34" and weighs 52 pounds with a weight capacity for 350 pounds. It comes in two colors Titanium and Red/Black.


This kayak is only a preview of what is to come here at Bass Pro Shops. We have the D10T Sit-on-Top in stock, on display and waiting for you to come get it. What are you waiting for?


See you soon!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops






Turkey Season!!

The calendar is showing that it's near the end of February, so that means turkey season is right around the corner. It's time to start getting all of your calls, decoys, blinds and firearms ready.

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There are many new calls and decoys on the market this year. Be sure that you go to www.basspro.com and check out the latest for all your spring hunting needs. Bass Pro Shops has a new Brand this year, Red Head Reality Series.In the Reality Series there are new mouth calls, friction calls and decoys. It's always good to try theRed Head Reality Series Turkey Decoy latest and greatest stuff on the market, but don't forget to keep using the things that you have been successful with in the past. I always purchase several new calls every year, but I always end up using my older stuff that is almost worn out.

With turkey hunting, as with anything your hunt, practice safety first. You need to be fully
camoed, but don't get careless. Make sure you are shooting at a bird and not another hunterRed Head Realtiy Series Calls who is sounding like one. Follow all of the rules you learned in your Hunter Education Course and you will be fine. Visit the TWRA website for all rules and regulations.

Happy Hunting
Willis Arnett
Hunting Lead
Sevierville, TN


Cook Out Versus Dining Out

Did you know that 70% of Americans prefer to cook out than dine out? They feel more relaxed when they stay at home and use their grill for eating. Why? Well, people just feel more comfortable and relaxed when they don't have to dress for a meal. Don't get me wrong! Don't go using your grill in your birthday suit....that's not what I meant. They just want to be able to cook and eat their meal even if they're in the pajamas. Plus the fact that you can save gas and wear and tear on your car AND you dont have to eat with strangers. With all the "bugs" and other germs going around today, that's a BIG plus for me!

Allow me to tell you about a new grill we have here at Bass Pro. It's called Brinkmann Smoke N Grill Professional 5 Burner Propane Grill and it's only $549.99. You get 5 burners and a side burner for a total of almost 700 square inches of cooking surface PLUS a smoker, PLUS PLUS an integrated rotisserie! There's 5 stainless steel burners at 10,000 BTU's each, a 12,000 BTU side burner, a 10,000 BTU back burner and a 6,000 BTU smoker....honey hush! That's 2 appliances in one and for the price of one! You absolutely can not beat that! It's primarily fueled with propane, but with a natural gas conversion kit, for only $69.99, you can use natural gas.

No matter how small a meal or how large a meal that you're wanting to cook, this grill can handle it with no problem. Just add a sink somewhere nearby and it's like a kitchen outside on your deck!

Additional features for this little baby include a bottle opener, easy to use electronic ignition, heavy duty porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates, a towel/tool bar, a griddle topper and smooth rolling casters in case you cant decide where to put it and need to move it around until it has that zen feel.

This truly is an amazing cooking contraption. I am so looking forward to showing it to you when you stop by.

As always, happy eating!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Bass Pro Shops

Sevierville, TN




More Fish!

More Fish





There are several months during the year that we try to raise conservation awareness in our communities.

For the month of February we have partnered with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in their More Fish! campaign. The NFWF wishes to educate the general public (us) about the perils facing our fish populations.Over 120 freshwater species have gone extinct since 1990 and nearly 40% of freshwater fish are at risk of extinction. The More Fish! Campaign promotes fish habitat protection and restoration. You can show your support by donating $2 at any of our registers this month and as a bonus your donation will double as an entry form into the More Fish! Sweepstakes where you will have a chance to win a $500 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card.

Money raised for the More Fish Campaign goes to protect, restore, and enhance our nation's fisheries with the ultimate goal of increasing the population of healthy fish. You can help!! For every dollar donated the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's More Fish Program will provide a matching donations well as Bass Pro Shops through the Johnny Morris Conservation Creel. Please join us and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in this important campaign.

So next time you visit see an associate for details on how you can donate and help the NFWF.

And maybe even win a $500 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card!!!


























Spring Fishing Classic 2013 !!!

Spring Fishing Classic

Spring is a little over a month away and its Spring Fishing Classic time at Bass Pro Shops!!!!

The Spring Fishing Classic is known to be the world’s greatest fishing show and sale- this year proves to be no exception.

If you are ready for some new gear?

 February 22-27 is our Reel Trade-In days. Bring in your old reel and save even more on a new one!!! If a new rod is what you are looking for our rod trade-in days begin March 1-5. 

*We donate all working reels and rods to local youth organizations to help with their outdoor education programs.


Daily Specials might catch your eye on March 1-2 & March 8-9. Get here early and take advantage of In-Store Only Specials!


BASSMASTER University will be on March 2 this year. Come by and check out BASSMASTER Elite Series Angler- Fred Roumbanis, host of “Timmy Horton Outdoors” -Timmy Horton, and 4-time Bassmaster Classic Champion and 7-time Angler of the Year- Kevin VanDam!

Kevin VanDam

Fred Roumbanis                                          Timmy Horton



The final weekend of the classic is dedicated to the Next Generation of anglers.


We will have the indoor pond stocked and ready for some Catch and Release Fishing from noon-4 pm.

After they land that catch of a lifetime get a FREE 4x6 photo and a Keep America Fishing Certificate so they can start some fish tales of their own.

While they won’t be able to take home a real fish our craft is sure close. Let the little ones color their own keepsake fish craft so they can remember the day.

Not only are there activities for the kiddos we have dedicated the weekend seminars to teach them some basics on fishing.

1 pm  The Fun of Fishing- Fun Fishing Tips to get you started

3 pm  Baits for Bites- Learn about different types of bait and how to catch fish


As you can see, 17days packed full of fun, savings, daily specials, and you might even learn a thing or two. So make plans now to visit Bass Pro Shops- Sevierville, TN for The Spring Fishing Classic!





Free Water!

Nope, I'm not giving away free water. I just want to tell you about chemical free/bacteria free drinking water.

Two words...Life Straw.              

Everybodies gotta have one! Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed water to drink but didn't have any clean water around? Maybe on a hiking trip or a hunting trip or maybe even in the midst of a natural disaster. Let me introduce to you the Life Straw Personal Water Filter. This thing is AWESOME!

The Life Straw filters up to 264 gallons of water (that's 1,000 liters!) down to 0.2 microns! That means 99.9999% of waterborn bateria, including Escherichia coli, Campylobacter, Vibrio cholerae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Shigella and Salmonella, are gone! 99.9% waterborn protozoa, including Giardia lamblia, otherwise known as Beaver Fever, Cryptospordium Parvum and Entamoeba histolytica,....gone! Life Straw does not, however, filter heavy metals or salt (as in sea salt).

Pros- Only weighs 2 oz so it's really easy to pack when you're going on a hunting or hiking trip. 5 year shelf life. Distributed as part of many health campaigns and emergency responses. VERY easy to use. You can drink directly from the lake, river or stream or filter it into your bottle and drink it from there.

Cons- They're not free! :) But the good news is, Bass Pro Shops has them for only $19.99

This system exceeds the EPA standards for water filtration AND it's chemical free! It only weighs 2 oz and has won many many awards including TIME Magazines Best Invention Award.

What are you waiting for? You never know when you're going to be caught in a situation that you might need this filtration system. I don't ever plan to be caught myself, but I have two of these at home...just in case because never say never!

Come see me and I'll get you hooked up with the best filration system you ever thought imaginable.


Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Bass Pro Shops



Bass Pro Camping Department Saved the Day!

January 17, 2013 is a day that will stay with me for quite some time. Nobody died...nothing spectacular (in a good way) happened and I didn't win the lottery or anything good like that. What happened was snow.....LOTS of snow!

My husband called and said I needed to head home because the roads were already starting to be covered. Finally after about 15 minutes I was on the road. What normally takes me about 35 minutes to get home, took me 2 hours and 10 minutes on this particular day. I won't bore you with the details....the part where I was so scared I was shaking and ended up getting stuck on the side of the road watching about 8 other cars sliding and spinning around. I want to tell you about how Bass Pro got my family and me through the night.

When I finally arrived home, the power was out, of course. My husband, not thinking that maybe, just maybe the power would go out, had stopped on his way home and got steaks for him and me and beef tips for our son, along with potatoes and asparagus and had planned on having a nice cozy supper while we watched it snow. Not gonna happen! Then things just kind of slowly fell into place. Our son suggested we cook our supper on the grill. The grill that I had purchased last summer from Bass Pro Shops! So, hubby lit up our Charbroil 3 burner grill and away we went. Until he thought we might not have enough propane to cook the beef tips on the side burner. Immediately a plan went into action! He pulled out his Pocket Rocket back packing stove and MSR fuel and we cooked the beef tips on top of this while it sat on my stove. We used his MSR cookset this time but I could have used his Pinnacle Dualist cookset if I had thought of it beforehand.

With supper out of the way, we have to find a way to sleep and be warm through the night. We decided our queen sized bed would work for the three of us but we added a Coleman sleeping bag on top for extra warmth. We donned our BPS sweatshirts and Redhead All Purpose Lifetime Guarantee socks and off to sleep we went.

Some time in the night the electricity came back on and with all this Bass Pro magic going on all over our house we woke up sweating...lol :) But honestly and truly Bass Pro saved us. Without the items we had previously purchased, we wouldn't have had a great supper and we wouldn't have been as warm as we were.

So, even though winter time is upon us, you still might want to purchase some back packing items (freeze dried food, nine hour candles, back packing stove and fuel and a warm sleeping bag) and even a grill because you never know when your going to need them just because your power went out on you.

If I can help you decide what you might need, just come on by and see me.

Justa little piece of advice....DO NOT get out of your car if your stranded on the highway in the snow and walk! DO NOT get in a strangers car after you've decided to walk.....trust me on this one....your husband won't be happy you did it.....   :)

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops


Choosing the Right Dehydrator

With Christmas and New Years out of the way, how are you planning on spending those Bass Pro Shops gifts cards you received? Many people are discovering the benefits of owning a food dehdrator.  Its a great way to save money and eat healthier in the coming year! Imagine being able to make your own jerky, dried fruit, dried herbs, and even fruit rolls!

We have six different styles here at our Sevierville location for you to choose from. Let's start with the bottom of the totem pole and work our way up. Also, I will give you my opinion of each one. But remember, it's only MY opinion and that doesn't really count :)                     

1. Open Country seven Tray     $44.99 

Pro's- seven stackable trays, easy to use because it only has one button to push in order for it to work. Doesn't take up very much space. Comes with two spice and cure packs.

Con's- Again, it only has one button to push...no temperature control and no timer. It has a 300 watt motor/fan that is located on the top. The trays are round and have a hole in the middle of them in order for the air flow to reach the bottom trays. This hole, in turn, removes some very valuable service area.

My opinion; If you are just getting into dehydrating and not sure if it's something you want to continue doing, this would be your best bet. Even though Open Country says you don't have to rotate the trays, I would because, again, the fan and motor are on the top, and the air is possibly not even reaching the lower trays. Which brings me to this thought, to check the trays underneath the top one, you have to unstack, taking precious time, heat and air flow away from the ones you have removed. It ONLY has a 300 watt motor...not very powerful if you ask me.

2. Open Country Dehydrator with Jerky Maker   $109.99

Pro's- four stackable trays. This one also has a temperature control knob and has a 500 watt motor. Small and you can add trays. It comes with several add on's for Jerky making including a jerky gun. Nice small size.

Con's- The round trays with the hole in the middle. Motor is on top thus making you wonder yet again if you really and truly should be rotating the trays. If you decide to take a peek at the lower trays, then again, you have to unstack the top ones.

My opinion; Between these two dehydrators, I would have to choose the second one. Here's why; adjustable temperature control and bigger wattage motor. Plus, there are all the extras that come with it; two screens, two fruit roll sheets, large jerky gun with three tips, jerky spice and cure seasonings, and instruction/recipe book. Well worth the price!

3. Open Country Gardenmaster Pro-  $139.99

Pro's- Much bigger. Also has 1000 watt motor/fan (on the bottom). Bass Pro does sell extra trays for this model and you can dry up to 30 trays at once. Has a clear lid so you can see the top tray at least while its drying. Comes with some extra's as well. Has adjustable temperature control.

Con's- Still has those round trays with the holes in the middle. Bigger size meaning less usable counter space. Having the motor/fan on the bottom, there is a risk of juices falling into them resulting in your machine being harder to clean in that area and also possibly not lasting very long. Probably should still rotate the trays and if you decide to do that, again, you will be unstacking trays and cutting down on drying time (in a bad way).

My opinion; Among these three models, I would choose this one! Why? Because it's bigger, you can add trays to it and it has a bigger motor. And again, the extra's; a 52-page recipe book, instruction book, one mesh sheet, one solid sheet, and one packet of jerky spice.

4. Redhead  Dehydrator  $69.99

Pros- six square trays instead of round gives more room for your items that you are drying, 550 watt motor, digital time and temperature controls and a clear vented lid.

Con's- Fan/ motor is on the bottom so there's the risk of juices falling in to it. No accessories. Larger so not alot of counter space left over.

My opinion; For the price, I think this is a good deal for starting out. I like being able to see through all the trays but still expect to have to rotate them since the motor/fan is on the bottom.

5. LEM Dehydrator  $159.99

Pro's- five trays, steel enforced frame, 7.5 ft of drying space, 500 watt motor/ fan on the back of the unit and slide out trays. LED thermostat and digital timer. Comes with recipe manual and instruction book.

Con's- It's BIG! That is the only con I could come up with!

My opinion; No doubt about it, I would buy this dehydrator! The motor on the back means everything gets hit with heat and air simultaneously so NO TRAY ROTATION! If you want to look at the very bottom tray, just pull it out and look away at it! You don't have to unstack anything else to see it! With the fan/motor on the back, the 500 watts is plenty to get the job done because it's not having to push any air through holes in the middle of the trays. Plain and simple...THIS dehydrator makes me happy just to look at it! :)

6. LEM Stainless Steel Dehydrator  $329.99

Pros- ten stainless steel trays and 16 sq. ft of drying space. 800 watt heating element and fan mounted on the back, adjustable thermostat  and a 12 hour timer shuts off automatically when time has run out. 110 volts. Instruction books included. No tray rotation!

Con's- Again this until is HUGE! It sits on casters so it's not a counter top unit. Alot of extra space needed for this puppy.

My opinion; I would have to really be into dehydrating food to buy this item. If your serious about it, then this unit IS for you. Again, I love how you can just pull out any tray you want without disturbing the others, thanks to the rear mounted motor/fan.

So, with all this said, I have two favorites; the Redhead dehydrator (for the size, shape and price) and the LEM five tray (for everything about it except size).

Now that you know everything there is about the dehydrator's at Bass Pro Shops, what are you waiting for? Come to get yours show me what you can do with it!

If you still have any questions, please let me know and I will be so happy to answer them for you.


As always, Thanks for stopping by,

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops


Venison Taco Pie

Wondering what to do with this year’s harvest?

The whole family is sure to enjoy this and its super easy.

Venison Taco Pie


         Venison Taco Pie Recipe


          1 lb ground Venison

          1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained

          1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

          1 envelope of taco seasoning

          1 tube refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

          1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


In a large skillet, cook venison over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the corn, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning; keep warm


For crust, press biscuits onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9- in pie plate.

Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Spoon venison mixture into crust. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until filling is bubbly and biscuits are golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings




It's the "Catch of the Day" at Uncle Buck's Grill

 Uncle Buck's Grill

Connected to the 130,000 square feet Bass Pro Shops is Uncle Buck’s Grill. The grill is named after Bass Pro Shops founder- Johnny Morris’s Uncle Buck, aka John Willey. Uncle Buck’s Grill is the ultimate outdoorsman’s dining experience…. Everything from burgers to gator, visit http://www.restaurants.basspro.com/unclebucksgrill to view the full menu. The grill hosts a 13,000 gallon salt water reef aquarium with an array of aquatic species swimming around in front of you while you relax at the bar with the beverage of your choice and one of our “Catch of the Day” dining specials.

 Lion fish


      Burger Your Way         $6.95

Fresh Steak Burger topped with your choice of two toppings and served with lettuce, tomato and fries. Topping Choices are Cheese, Sautéed Onions, Sautéed Mushrooms, Bacon, Crisp Fried Onions or Jalapenos.


      Sirloin Steak                 $10.95

  Make your Tuesday feel like the weekend with this indulgent USDA  Choice Top Sirloin.


                                                                       Uncle Buck's Grill                  All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Fingers     $13.95

Tender strips of catfish hand-breaded in seasoned cornmeal and served until you say to STOP!


      10 Shrimp for $10

Large shrimp butterflied and hand breaded in panko breadcrumbs are “shrimply” delicious!


      All-You-Can Eat Fish Fry            $13.95

Beer-battered flaky whitefish is our signature dish and today it keeps on coming...

           The Lodge Dining Room

If you are looking for a light snack, swing by Uncle Buck’s Coffee Shop. The coffee shop is located across from the main aquarium/waterfall for your convenience. You can get fresh fudge, roasted nuts, muffins, cookies and of course your favorite cup of coffee.

Next time you are shopping at Bass Pro Shops stop in at Uncle Buck's Grill and check out our "Catch of the Day".

Whether you are looking for a meal or a snack Uncle Buck's has you covered.

Eat. Drink. Go Shopping.


Take a Kid Outdoors!


I received this email at the beginning of December, I am so proud of my Pro-Staff here at Bass Pro Shops. One of our fishing Pro-Staff Team members, Nathan Light, donated a fishing trip to a fundraiser to auction off. The winning bidder was Bud Wingfield. Bud is a seasoned outdoorsman and expert fishermen/hunter. Uncle Bud saw a chance to share his passion for the outdoors with his nephew, Elijah.Uncle Bud and Elijah

Elijah, Bud and Nathan set out on a fishing trip to Cherokee Lake. It was a cold morning and the fish weren’t in the best of moods to say the least, but they caught enough to capture the moment.

Nathan was able to get Elijah started out right with some new fishing gear provided by some of  3B Outdoors sponsors, that made Elijah’s day.

In the email I received from Nathan he wrote” Sometimes in the big scheme of things, I lose sight of what’s really important. Trips like these bring back my childhood memories of the first fishing trips and those adults who took time to take me fishin'

The trip was designed to be all about Elijah and in reality; I was the one blessed and need to take more kids fishin’!”Elijah Crawford

We all have those memories of the first time we went fishing or hunting. Who took you?

My dad had three girls, but he made sure we knew how to fish, sometimes whether we wanted to or not. Looking back now those were some of the best days we shared.

I challenge each of you to take a kid fishing and/or hunting. You don’t have to be a professional sportsman, go outside and have fun! It’s all about the quality time together. Yeah fishing/hunting are fun too, but enjoy the time together in the outdoors.

Elijah and his NEW gearElijah Fishing   Hookin the fish     


The Great American Boat Show!

Cabin fever got you down??? Can't wait for those long, lazy days at the lake? Head on over to Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville and start dreaming about spring during our Great American Boat Show going on February 8-17.

Our BPS Fishing Pro Staff will be available to answer all your questions and get you started fishing. Join our local pros: Mark Mauldin, Nathan Light, Brad Burkhart, DeWayne Wilson and Joe Lee on both weekends for our FREE boating and fishing seminars.

Saturday, February 9, 16The Great American Boat Show
1 pm  Movement of Fish
2 pm  Using the Latest Electronics
3 pm Local Fishing Tips

Sunday, February 10, 17
1 pm How to Properly Fish a Structure
2 pm Fishing Techniques, Presentations and Retrieve Speeds
3 pm Local Fishing Tips

 On February 9 at noon don't miss the opportunity to get valuable insider tips from 7- time B.A.S.S. Champion & 12 - time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier, Edwin Evers.
On February 9 and 10 at noon pick up some key pointers from Bassmaster Elite Series Pro, Dennis Tietje.

Then if you are in the mood to buy a boat, it's a great time to save thousands of dollars. With any boat purchase you will receive a VIP Owner's Discount Card for up to 20% discounts on Bass Pro Shops product for two years! Buy a 2013 boat model and you will receive a complimentary maintenance plan for 12 months or 100 hours, whichever comes first (select models apply, see store for details). Plus, when you buy select boat models you can receive up to 20,000 points on your Bass Pro Shops Rewards Points Card!

Boating is a great sport for the entire family, so bring them with you. The kiddos can sign up for a free class to teach them how to bobber fish (class size is limited to the first 20 that register). Please call 865-932-5600 to Pre-Register for the class. They will also love the Casting Challenge where they can test their aim and win a prize. There is fun for Mom and Dad too- adults will want to put their prop changing skills to the test where they can also win prizes!

Register to win a free Ascend Kayak, retail value $499.99 that will be given away both Saturdays, February 9  & 16 or a $200 Bass Pro Shops gift card that will be given away on both Sundays, February 10 & 17. Winners will be announced both weekends at 5 pm each day.

Where else but Bass Pro Shops can you go to have so much fun for FREE on a cold winter's day??? For more information regarding The Great American Boat Show please visit www.basspro.com/boatshow.