Women's Basic Handgun Class: A MUST!

So last year Bass Pro Shops partnered with Solutions Group International to start offering classes at certain locations. Our store here in Arizona was one such store. (I did a little blog on this last year.) Solutions Group International (SGI) are experts when it comes to training both civilians and professionals in a multitude of tactical and practical skill sets. One that we will be holding again in our store is the Women’s Basic Handgun Familiarization Course.

For 2014 we are looking at holding a class at our store every over month. We are looking at the following dates:

Feb. 19 - April 20 - June 8 - Aug. 10 - Oct. 19 - Dec. 7

 Here is a little breakdown of the class as well:


This is a beginner program designed specifically to empower women who have had little or no exposure to firearms. The course starts in the classroom with a general discussion on the familiarization of firearms, safety, and the fundamentals of marksmanship. We gradually develop the new shooter to a level where they are able to safely and confidently handle and fire their handgun in a controlled environment.

Course Topics: Firearm Familiarization, Safe Handling of Firearms, Fundamentals of Marksmanship, Weapon Presentation, Loading / Reloading, Malfunction Drills, Range Safety Rules and Range – live fire exercises.

Gear List:

Handgun (if you have your own bring it – if not, they will provide one for you along with the necessary equipment at no additional charge), holster, stiff pistol belt, three magazines, speed loaders, moon clips or speed strips for revolvers, magazine holders, wraparound eye protection, ear protection, water bottle.

Handgun, Ammunition, Eye and Ear Protection, and Range Fees are included for all women shooters. SGI has some of the best male and female firearm instructors in the country.

I would strongly encourage any woman or anyone who knows a woman interested in firearms to take this class. I intend for my fiancé to attend one of them.

To schedule a class contact Solutions Group International at: 877-844-8744 Or at:



Fly Fishing: New Technique or Ancient Practice?

“They have planned a snare for the fish, and get the better of them by their fisherman’s craft…. They fasten red wool… round a hook, and fit on to the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in color are like wax. Then they throw their snare, and the fish, attracted and maddened by the color, comes straight at it, thinking from the pretty sight to gain a dainty mouthful; when, however, it opens its jaws, it is caught by the hook, and enjoys a bitter repast, a captive.”

Were these the words of an English country gentleman? Actually, they were credited to the Roman Claudius Aelianus near the end of the 2nd century as he described the practice of Macedonian anglers on the Astraeus  River. Other authors give credit to another Roman some two hundred years before Aelianus who wrote “who has not seen the scarus rise, decoyed and killed by fraudful flies…”

Great Britain

Other than a few fragmented references little was written on fly fishing in Great Britain until the late 1400s. The earliest English poetical treatise on Angling by John Dennys, said to have been a fishing companion of Shakespeare, was published in 1613. Imagine how a tragedy could have been averted had Shakespeare written these words instead of his more famous ones… “O Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou, Romeo?”  “I’m down here, Babe, but I’m going fishing with the guys”.

British fly fishing continued to develop in the 19th Century, with the emergence of fly fishing clubs and the appearance of several books on the subject of fly tying and fly fishing techniques. Dry-fly fishing gained an elitist reputation as the only acceptable method of fishing the slower, clearer rivers but to the horror of dry-fly purists, nymph and wet-fly techniques were developed and actually became more popular especially in Scotland and northern England. In Scandinavia and the United States, attitudes toward methods of fly fishing were not nearly as rigidly defined, and both dry- and wet-fly fishing were soon adapted to the conditions of those countries.


The traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing is known as “Tenkara”, which literally means “from heaven”. Tenkara is the only fly-fishing method in Japan that is defined by using a fly and casting technique where the line is what is actually being cast. Primarily a small-stream fishing method that was preferred for being highly efficient, where a long rod allowed the fisherman to place the fly where fish would be.

Another style of fishing in Japan is Ayu fishing. Fly fishing became popular with Japanese peasants from the twelfth century onward … fishing was promoted to a pastime worthy of Bushi (warriors), as part of an official policy to train the Bushi’s mind during peacetime. Ayu was practiced in the lowlands (foothills), where the Bushi resided while Tenkara was practiced in the mountainous regions.

North America

In the United States, fly anglers are thought to be the first anglers to have used artificial lures for bass fishing.  After using fly patterns and tackle designed for trout and salmon to catch smallmouth and largemouth bass, they began to adapt these patterns into specific bass flies. Many of these adaptations are still used today.

In the late 19th century, American anglers, such as Charles F. Orvis, continued to develop and distribute novel reel and fly designs. His 1874 fly reel was described by reel historians as the “benchmark of American reel design”, the first fully modern fly reel.

Participation in fly fishing peaked in the early 1920s in the eastern states of Maine and Vermont and in the Midwest in the spring creeks of Wisconsin. Along with deep sea fishing, Earnest Hemingway did much to popularize fly fishing through his works of fiction, including The Sun Also Rises. It was the development of inexpensive fiberglass rods, synthetic fly lines, and monofilament leaders, however, in the early 1950s, that revived the popularity of fly fishing, especially in the United States.

In recent years, interest in fly fishing has surged as baby boomers have discovered the sport. Movies such as Robert Redford’s film A River Runs Through It, starring Craig Sheffer and Brad Pitt, cable fishing shows, and the emergence of a competitive fly casting circuit have added to the sport’s visibility.

S. Hardin                                                                                                                                                           

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Wax On, Wax Off Daniel-San

OKAY, So no this isn't about Karate. But for all of you "wax" enthusiasts Bass Pro has a brand new candle line that is absolutely marvelous! Similar to the wood wick candles these candles have a wooden wick and are approximately 18 oz.

They are displayed in an adorable mason jar for all our country home decor lovers, and even better, once they are burned through you can reuse the jar! The jar has a metal lid and features our iconic Bass Pro shops fish on the front of the glass. These candles come in an assortment of fragrances such as cinnamon roll, hazelnut coffee, granny's cookies, camping memories, blueberry muffin, lemon and black cherry.

and to top if all off these candles are made in...

You can find this brand new assortment of candles in our gifts department or at the link to our website found here:http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&searchTerm=candles

Come check out our incredible shop here in Sevierville Tennessee and see everything we offer for all of your hunting, fishing, and outdoor needs...and in the words of Mr. Myagi, "Bonzai!"

Ainsley at Bass Pro

Store 29 Sevierville




Facebook Q & A -Fly Fishing

It's another LIVE Facebook Q & A with Bass Pro Shops Altoona! Hop on your computer, tablet or smartphone and join us Friday, May 9, at 1 p.m.!

Fly fishing is one of the oldest forms of fishing - artful and often used for its therapeutic effects, too. Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff Fisherman Rod Woten says:

"Fly fishing has a rhythm that’s much slower than almost every other type of fishing.  From the cadence of the cast to achieving the perfect dead drift with your fly, it forces you to slow down and work through each step thoroughly and methodically. To those unaccustomed to fly fishing it seems like slow motion, but for those who practice the art, it’s therapy." 

Join Rod and Bass Pro Shops Altoona Fishing Lead/Fly fisherman Bryce Witt for our LIVE Facebook Q & A and find out what you need to know about fly fishing - how to get started, where to go, tips, and techniques!


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Tuesday Savings for Bass Pro Shops MasterCard Holders

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards MasterCardDuring the month of May, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards MasterCard holders get a special treat plus continue to earn rewards and help conservation efforts!

Every Tuesday in May all current Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards MasterCard holders will receive 10% off their entire purchase!

So, on May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 27, just visit our store and use your Bass Pro Shops MasterCard and get even more savings with a maximum discount of $150. Your entire purchase must be placed on the card and it's only available on aforementioned listed dates in May.

Of course, not only will you receive the extra 10% discount on those days, but you will continue to reap the benefits of being a Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards MasterCard holder by earning rewards points. In fact, with our card you earn points no matter WHERE you shop...not just at Bass Pro. I know. We just used it on a trip to Montana, earning points along the way as we filled up our gas tank!

  • Earn 5% on every purchase you make at Bass Pro Shops with the World MasterCard credit card (or 3% with the Bass Pro Shops Platinum Plus MasterCard credit card).
  • Earn 1% on all other purchases.
  • Receive $5 standard shipping for online and phone purchases if you don't live close enough to a Bass Pro Shop to take advantage of our free ship-to-store option.
  • Take advantage of special savings throughout the year, such as discount coupons sent through the mail.
  • Receive exclusive offers during our Spring Fishing and Fall Hunting Classics.
  • With each card purchase you make, Bass Pro Shops and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will make a contribution to help conservation efforts with a guaranteed yearly contribution of $1 million, at no additional cost to you. Cardholders have contributed a whopping $12 million since 2002.
  • What's also very cool is that you can track your rewards points online at basspro.com/rewards. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation logo

Remember, the 10% Tuesdays are ONLY for CURRENT Bass Pro Shops MasterCard holders.




Cabana Islander Inflatable Water Lounger

Here at Bass Pro Miami we want you to get the most out of your summer, and I think I have just the way to do it.

Take a look at this fully inflatable SportStuff Cabana Islander. Anywhere you go in the water this impressive portable cabana will turn heads. Once inflated this cabana features a center swim porthole, a boarding platform and a floating 16-quart cooler. Featuring a removable cabana shade, a heavy gauge PVC lounging area and a speed safety valve, not only are you going to have a great time with friends and family, but will continue to do so for a long time.

A small word of caution, and I can attest to this because I restock it daily, this product is surprisingly heavy. Make sure you also keep in mind that once you are done using the cabana that you get as much water out as possible since those small pockets of water will both impede your progress of rolling the inflatable up in addition to making it that much heavier.

Inside our Marine department you can also find several different ways on inflating your new Cabana (though I do not recommend going the hand pump route unless you want a serious workout).

Ruben M.



Stylish Boots for Memphis in May

Memphis in May is here and Bass Pro Shops Memphis is known for helping get everyone ready for  the crazy rainy weather and all the mud it brings! For ladies we have our knee high Natural Reflections rubber boots in green, red, navy, and black all just $39.99! Not to worry if solid colors aren’t your style we also have the Natural Reflections boots in classic camouflage and pink camouflage! Guys, we didn’t forget about y’all, we have our ProLine black and red rubber boots for $39.99 and the RedHead hardwoods green 17” Utility boot for just $49.99! For kids we have the Tyler boots in navy with a pink strap or solid red for $29.99 and the ProLine black and red boot for $34.99.

These boots are also perfect for ladies doing rainy day chores from looking stylish while running errands to even walking across campus to get to class! For the guys they are perfect to wear while getting the spring cleaning list done, to wear turkey hunting, hiking, and even yard work! They are great for kids to wear to school, while playing in the yard or jumping in mud puddles!

While you’re here, you may want to also check out our Redhead Lifetime that would be a great purchase with the boots when the weather decides it’s not quite ready for spring yet and drops back down into winter temperatures!







Mother's Day

Mother's Day is on May 11th this year.  Why not stop on in and check out the assortment of gifts we have that mom would love.

It's hard to figure out what to get mom at times.  If you don't know her size in a shoe or shirt it makes things even more difficult.  Here are a few ideas that might work and mom would be thrilled when she gets them.

The Swan Creek Candle Coffee Mug is a delightful smelling candle of warm cinnamon buns or roasted espresso.  The candle is 100% soybean wax and the mug is made of marbled stoneware.  This candle would look nice in a kitchen or family room. 














For those moms who love the lodge look, new this year,  we have a few ideas that would fit right in with the lodge theme.  Check out the Big Sky Carvers line.  The Big Sky Carvers Fly Rod Clock is great.  Made of iron and wood, anyone would love this on the end table of a lodge inspired room.      Following the lodge look,  Big Sky Carvers Creel Basket Coaster Set  is adorable with a creel basket to hold the coasters,  it also goes along with that cabin look.  Finish it up with the Big Sky Carvers Fly Rod Photo Frame made of iron and wood.  Put a picture of the family in, and you are all set.





































If mom enjoys looking outside and watching the birds consider the Iron Stop 10" Wind SpinnerThis produces beautiful light effcts.  It can be used inside or outside and is weather resistant for all seasons.spinner












A great way to decorate your mailbox seasonally is the Magnet Works Mailwraps.  This is a perfect way to make mom smile year round.  Easy to apply and remove.  The covers are made to be put up all year round.  There is a magnet strip along the side to keep it in place as well as a cut out for the flag.  Start her out with one for spring, then start building them up for seasons, or holidays. 





















So you see it is not hard to find something at Bass Pro Shop that mom will appreciate and love year round.


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Your Outdoor Memories

Have you ever wanted to be in a Bass Pro Shops commercial?



To celebrate our 10 yr "Go Outdoors" campaign we are calling to you , our customers..... How do you enjoy the outdoors???

If you have any photo images or footage showing us how you enjoy the outdoors with your family or friends send to us at

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We will pick some of our favorite stuff and put it all into a commercial that will air later in the year. If we choose your content you have a chance to win a shopping spree on us !

So .... Upload Your Photo. Be in Our Commercial. GO SHOP.



Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation is fast approaching for high school seniors and college grads! Of course, money is always the quick and easy way to get a graduation gift crossed off that list of invitations and announcements. However, we asked Associate Terrence Ross, graduating this month from Grand View University, for his tips and thoughts on what a graduate might like OR what a graduate may want to consider buying with all that gift money!

Bass Pro Shops Altoona graduation gift ideas1. Coffee mugs - Whether headed off to college or headed out to the "real world," a mug is important not just for coffee, but for hot chocolate, soup, ramen noodles, and other staples of living on a budget!

2. Water bottles - Whether hiking across campus, across the city to your new job, or up a mountain trail on vacation, a water bottle is a must have.

3. Living Quarters - Bedding, bath, towels, a lamp, and rugs. Terrence knows that a dorm room, or that first apartment, can be pretty "blah" until you put your own touch to it. If you're an outdoorsy person, consider an outdoor touch with Browning or camo bedding, towels, and even a rug. Needing to deck out a new bathroom? We have shower curtains and other bathroom accessories, too.  Terrence reminds everyone that a dorm room or apartment needs to not just look good, but should SMELL good, too...not like dirty socks. Bass Pro Shops has scent warmers to do the trick. Remember, check your college residence hall rooms regarding candle usage...many don't allow, due to fire hazards, but if they do, then we have those, too!Backpacks - graduation gift ideas - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

4.  Towels - From bath to beach, don't forget the towels!

5.  Gear - Let's face it, not all treks across campus are going to be under sunny, blue skies and 70 degrees. Make sure you have good rain gear, like a hooded, waterproof jacket, and an umbrella. Don't forget good shoes, boots, and, of course, some comfy casuals.

You'll need a good quality backpack for your books and electronics, too. While you're at it, invest in a good (or new) laptop or iPad case, and waterproof protection for your smart or iPhone, like the Otterbox line.

6. Emergency supplies - Terrence says a couple of things often overlooked are emergency items, like a good flashlight and batteries. Well, actually, he said the batteries were for the XBox controls, but admitted they would be handy in power Graduation Gift - Slow cookeroutages, too. He had several opportunities to experience power outages during storms and was glad he had the light source! Snacks come in handy during emergencies, too.

7.  Cooking - Terrence likes the slow cooker as a gift idea. Honestly, I think that would be REALLY handy in a residence hall! Beats the little "hot pot" of my college days. Plus, there are many soups and chil fixings that you can get to throw in the slow cooker. Don't forget the snacks! Stock up on jerky and nuts for munching and also for those emergency, non-electric times.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor games7.  Last, but not least, it's not all work and studying. Take time to play and pick up some outdoor games (some would work fine in a dorm hallway, too!) for study breaks and tailgating!

The list can go on and on when it comes to setting up a new apartment or dorm room. Just remember, comfort is key and you never know WHAT you might find at Bass Pro Shops that will fit your needs...just ask Terrence.


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Who said sandals were for the beach?

Spring has finally sprung and the hot days of summer are right around the corner.  So, if you are looking for a pair of new sandals, water or casual shoes, Bass Pro Shops in Independence a lot of choices to choose from.  We have received many new items this year.  The biggest additions to our assortment are the new styles of women's casual shoes. 

Natural Reflections has a new slip on shoe called the Malibu which we have in four colors, including this color: 




Our Women's Sperry collection has now expanded to over 25 shoes and includes the Katama and Danica styles.  



So along with our other Bahama, Angelfish and Bluefish styles we have many colors and designs to offer.  Within the Angelfish style we now different designs including the "Perforated", "Serape", and "Bretton Stripe".

Bretton Stripe


We also received a few new men's casual shoes including the World Wide Sportsman Balboa Bay which we have in two colors including:  


A few other new shoes we have are the Sperry Seakite, the Merrell Jungle Moc Ventilator which is a casual shoe and the Columbia Bahama Vent which is a casual/water shoe.


So come into the Independence Bass Pro Shops and get a new comfortable pair of shoes to enjoy this summer!



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3 Easy Techniques For Spawning Spotted Bass

In the great state of Alabama we are blessed to have the opportunity to fish for all three of the major species of bass. In north Alabama on the Tennessee River System all three species can actually be caught on the same day. Lakes such as Pickwick, Wheeler, and Wilson while having strong populations of largemouth are also home to some giant smallmouth bass that would rival any lake in the country! Further south the Coosa River System is loaded with both largemouth and some world class spotted bass. The spotted bass found throughout the Coosa River System actually is considered by many as its own sub species. Unlike spotted bass found in other bodies of water across the country the Coosa River spot is a longer, stronger, and meaner species that will put even the best equipment to the test! They are an absolute blast to catch and the months of April and May are possibly the easiest months of the year to catch large numbers of spotted bass.

Generally in the month of April the spotted bass are in a full spawning mode. Unlike largemouth which generally spawn in protected pockets or on key pieces of shallow structure the spotted bass more like a smallmouth is comfortable spewing in more open areas closer to deep water such as long flat points and road beds near the main creek channel. On the Coosa River the water clarity 99% of the time will not allow you to see these spawning spotted bass but with a few simple techniques you can learn how to load the boat without even looking at them.

When searching for key points, gravel flats, or road beds holding spawning spotted bass I generally start my search with the Carolina Rig. I rig my set up my Carolina Rig with a 3/4 oz brass Bass Pro Shops Carolina Rig Weight followed by a bead and a small Spro Power Swivel. To the other end of the swivel I connect a leader approximately 18 to 24 inches long with a 3/0 Gamakatsu EWG Hook on the end of it. I like to use 17lb test Bass Pro Shops XPS KVD Signature Series 100% Fluorocarbon Fishing Line for my main line as well as my leader. The new KVD Signature Series Flouro is one of the strongest lowest memory fluorocarbon fishing lines on the market, and the low stretch quality will allow you to feel subtle bites as well as allowing you to drive the hook home on a long cast. As far as the bait goes just about any soft plastic that you have confidence in will work! Baits such as lizards, brush hogs and stick baits will all put plenty of fish in the boat! I like to use a TFO Gary Loomis tactical Series 7'3" Heavy Casting Rod accompanied by a Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier high speed reel. The 7'3" heavy rod will allow you to drive the hook home no matter how the bass bites the bait. Always be aware that spawning bass will often pick up your bait and quickly move off with it directly towards you. Always be ready to quickly reel up your slack and set the hook because if you wait too long there is a high probability that the fish will move off quickly and then spit your bait out before you even know it.

Another great technique for catching spawning bass you have already located is with a shaky head. The way a shaky head makes your bait sit directly nose down really provokes a protective aggressive spotted bass into striking. This time of year I like to use a shorter worm than normal in order to eliminate the problem of the spawning bass just picking up the tail and not eating the entire bait. I generally use a 1/8oz to a 1/4oz Gamakatsu Skip Gap Shaky Head Hook on 8 to 12lb KVD Signature Series Fluorocarbon with a TFO spinning rod. The reason I don't use the Shaky head when searching for the spawning fish is because of the weight of the bait. The nature of the Carolina Rig is what makes it a perfect option for making long casts and dragging the bottom to get a good feel of what is going on!

The final technique and one that is often overlooked is using a topwater bait to locate aggressive fish whether they are spawning or post spawn. My very favorite bait to use while searching with a topwater is a walk the dog style bait such as a Spro Dawg 100, or a Zera Super Spook. I like to focus my search on shallow gravel points and don't be afraid to utilize the topwater all day long. Some of your biggest spotted bass of the year can fall victim to a well worked topwater bait. Not only is it effective it is extremely exciting. Unlike when I'm using the subsurface slower moving baits with fluorocarbon, on my topwaters I always use monofilament, for the reason that it floats and will allow you to efficiently walk your bait back and forth to the boat.

Not only is the fishing good in April and May in Alabama but the weather is beautiful as well. So get the family rounded up and head on out for an action packed day of fishing that will make memories that will last a lifetime! For information a guided trip visit my website at www.joeyfishing.com! I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania




Splish, Splash, Water Shoes

Summer is quickly approaching and that means perfect weather to be by the water! Come on in and get your water shoes, a summer must have necessity for our outdoor adventures!  Perfect for everything from wading in rivers, to running through sprinklers, and even good for out on the boat! The World Wide Sportsman Copper Rivers are perfect for Men and Women stating at just $49.99 but come in now through May 4th they are on sale for $34.99! These waterproof shoes are great for floating down the river or fishing! The go on easy with a pull tab in the back for assistance, and have a bungee strap to keep you from having to worry about tying your laces or them coming undone. The soles are slip resistant and non-marking, which it great for a day out on the boat! Come in and check out our wide selection of water shoes for men, women, and kids!

We also have several over water shoes, so check out our selection online at Bass Pro! If you have any questions, call one of our Footwear specialists today at 901-213-5800!


The World Wide Sportsman Copper River water shoe:

*On Sale until May 4th! Hurry in today!


The Incredible Red Head Boot Tray!


Have you been in our Footwear Department and noticed this amazing Boot Tray? It has sooooo many uses beyond just keeping the mud and water off of your floor- for me that's enough but wait to see all the things you can do with this handy tray. And the best part it is only $9.99!

Next time you stop in at Bass Pro Shops be sure you pick one up!







 Catching poop in your chicken coop







Two-tier boot tray idea for our small mudroom.








                            Under the truck








                 Keeps spills from spreading








          boot storage  








Protect the car






               Pet’s food station





And these are just a few.....

Be sure to share your ideas with us on how you use your boot tray !


Turkey Hunting Tips


Safety First

  • DO NOT wear red, white, or blue underneath your garments, as these are colors of turkeys heads.
  • NEVER stalk a turkey! There is a good chance the sound you're hearing is another hunter.
  • Position yourself behind a tree wider than you in case another hunter stalks your calls.


  • Early bird doesn't always get the worm. Sometimes you'll have better luck sleeping in and going out after 9 when everyone else is out of the woods.
  • Find birds that no one else knows about.
  • There is a good chance if you see birds on the side of the road, so has everyone else!
  • If there is a vehicle parked in the spot where you were going to hunt, go somewhere else.

Camo Selection

  • (Real Tree Xtra Green or Mossy Oak Obsession)


  • If you use them, use them right! Make sure they are visible to the boys.


  • Don't be too aggressive but make yourself known!
  • Remember you are trying to call the boys to the girls but natures way is the girls go to the boys!



Ryan Mercer

Hunting Department Lead

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Mummy Bags vs. Rectangular

Choosing the right sleeping bag is crucially important, it can make or break your whole camping trip.  If you choose a bag that’s not warm enough or too confining, the result will be a restless night because of cold temperatures and lack of space.  Besides temperature rating misjudgments and size issues, more major concerns that are often overlooked are the weight of your bag as well as amount of space it occupies when rolled up. It may just so happen you may be camping with an unnecessarily heavy bag that takes up much space.  To ensure you pick the right bag for you it is important to know a few differences between the two major types of sleeping bags, mummy and rectangular.



Mummy bags are typically used in very cold temperatures. They are form fitting to eliminate the amount of air around the body, so less heat has to be generated to maintain a constant temperature.  This type of bag also has a type of “hood” around the top to ensure maximum heat retention since the majority of body heat is lost through the head.  Mummy bags are light weight and compact, this makes them ideal for backpacking.  The compression bags that typically accompany mummy bags are great space savers.  In comparison with rectangular bags, lower degree mummy bags are noticeably lighter, warmer, and more compact.  This may be a great benefit for lower degree bags, but rectangular bags used in warmer temperatures have a few advantages over mummy bags.



Rectangular bags are better suited for car or tent camping, not backpacking.  This type of bag is usually a little heavier and bulky but is better as far as comfort and room to move.  When size and pack ability is not an issue then this bag is most commonly the best choice.  Because this type of bag has much more room to move it can be a great benefit in warmer weather.  The airflow and openness of this bag allow for more circulation and reduce uncomfortable heat.  These bags by no means are strictly used for warmer temperatures even though they do much better in heat than mummy bags.  Lower degree rectangular bags can be extremely warm and allow for room for sleeping bag liners for added warmth which is a not an option with mummy bags.


All in all both rectangular bags and mummy bags have their pros and cons.  Hopefully this will help make the decision for the perfect sleeping bag a bit easier to make.  Whether camping or backpacking finding the right sleeping bag is extremely important to ensure your trip is a success.   Bass Pro Shops has a large variety of both types of bags.  Stop in and visit the camping department where friendly and knowledgeable associates will make sure you find the bag you need and will love.


Outdoor Cooking Primer - Wild Turkey Tenders

We had the opportunity to cook wild turkey recently for the first time. My husband hunts, or has hunted, everything, including turkey, however spring turkey hunting may not happen this year. Not enough time...AND it interferes with fishing if the weather is warm!

Fortunately, a friend brought us two turkeys his party shot, since he didn't want the meat and we are gluttons for wild game! My husband boned them out and vacuum sealed the breasts. In doing so, he ended up with about six remnants of the breast...about 3-5 ounces each and long pieces. Not having cooked wild turkey before besides just roasting a breast, and not wanting to waste, we winged it! (We brined them, so allow that for your prep time!)

Wild Turkey TendersWild Turkey Tenders

1/4 C Teriyaki Sauce
1/4 C Worcestershire Sauce
About 1/2-3/4 C Poultry Rub
2 eggs, beaten
1 C Italian Panko
All-Purposed Pepper Blend Seasoning (or make your own with fresh ground black pepper, garlic, onion powder)
Oil (just enough to cover the bottom of the skillet about 1/2 inch.)

For the brine:

Mix the Teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, poultry rub together in a large bowl. Add water about half way up the bowl and mix well. Add the meat and make sure it is all covered by water. If not, add more water. Brine for 8 hours.

Mix together the panko and the pepper blend. Lightly rinse the pieces off in a colander and pat them dry. Dip each piece in the beaten egg, letting the extra drip off. Then roll each piece in the panko/pepper blend and shake off extra.

Place each piece on a paper plate until you get them all done. Then put them all in the hot oil and cook on medium about 15 minutes on each side. Don't turn them until they are golden brown.

I was blown away when I took my first bite. They were SO tender; I could cut it with a fork. No strong game flavor...you could sneak them past any of those "E-e-www, wild game" people!

Of course, there is a pan of crunchy drippings, so you know what that Wild Turkey Tendersmeans. You COULD be forced to make gravy to go with them.



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Gear Review: Crappie Maxx Crank

I bought these crappie crank-baits primarily as a "catch everything" (largemouths, crappie, white bass) bait for early to mid-spring. In the past, we used the small, straight-backed L&S minnow but that product seems to be no longer manufactured. The good story is the bass and white bass hit the crappie cranks! I was pleased that I could get 6-7' depth when trolling them on ~60' of 8Crappie Maxx Crank# line; that is deeper than the old small L&S minnow. They are good small-fish catchers. This summer, I'll test them for river bass.
Name: Roy Washam
ProductDescription: Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Crank


Turkey Hunting Continued

It’s that time of the year again.  Spring; even though we just had snow on April 14th. The lakes and ponds are starting to warm rapidly. Already hearing some reports of mushrooms being found and of course the turkeys are starting their annual courtship. The youth turkey season just finished up over the weekend with booming results: A grand total of 4,332 birds taken during the two day season on the 12th and 13th. This is the highest total ever recorded in our great state of Missouri and only the second time ever being over the 4,000 mark. We have to credit the great hatches we had in 2011 and 2012 for all of the luck. I heard mixed results because of the storm that blew through on Sunday. But the numbers don't lie. The regular season opened on Monday the 21st.  It opened with warm temps and clear skies. It was to be another stellar opening day. With that being said, if you are getting a late start on digging all your turkey gear out and you realize that you are missing that favorite call or striker or maybe those decoys don't shine like they once did and you want to upgrade - now is the time!  If a new call is what you seek, Redhead has two special edition calls for this year. One is the NWTF Walnut/Glass Reality Series pot call priced at $49.99. This is a great sounding call that can produce a full range of hen turkey language with easy to control volume. The second Redhead also has is the NWTF Special Edition Purple Heart/ Yellow Heartwood Box call priced at $49.99. This is more of a high-end sweet talking call that is versatile - the double-sided box lets you change pitch and find that right sound. Also, when you purchase one of these great calls included is a free 1 year Membership to the NWTF which is a $35 Value.


If you are looking to upgrade your decoys and you want the best bang for your buck? You have to try our Reality Series Decoys. We have two hen postures and a jake.  Prices run from $22.99 for the hens and $24.99 for the jake.  They include taxidermy eyes and a perfect color scheme and UV-resistant copolymer. With these qualities they will be looking top notch for years to come.

If you are looking for a decoy that doesn't take up much room you should try the line from Montana Decoy Inc.  They have two new silhouette hen decoys, priced at $34.99 you choice! The Dinner bell is in the feeding posture and the spring fling is in the alert setting. The lightweight steel frame collapses in seconds to be easily stored in your cargo pocket or vest. A great way to have that flock set up without sacrificing weight and space. That's all the time I have for now. Have a great and safe turkey season from all of us here at your local Independence Bass Pro Shops.



Kids Outdoor Skills Challenge


Join us for our Free Kids Outdoor Skills Challenge at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, Tn. This special event on May 3-4 will give kids an opportunity to learn skills such as knot tying, rod casting and archery. Then we let them put their skills to the test.


  • CASTING     12-5 pm

How accurate is your casting? Test your skills at our bass casting bucket challenge.

  • ARCHERY     12-5 pm

Test your skills at our Youth Archery Range

  • KNOT TYING  12-5 pm

Learning to tie a proper knot is essential when camping or enjoying the outdoors. Test your skills in our knot tying challenge.

  • SCAVENGER HUNT    12-5 pm

Find conservation or wildlife items throughout the store in this challenge.

  • CRAFTS            12-5 pm

Color a magnetic turtle.


Kids can learn all about fish and their habitats during the "Think like a Fish" seminars at 1:30, 2:30 and 

5:30 pm.