Look at That! Traeger Pellet Grills/Smokers

So usually when I do a Look at That blog it is about a product that can’t help but catch your eye. This time though, your nose would be the first to alert you if the product was in use. And there are few better smells (to me) in this world than that of a smoker. Not a tobacco-user, but the meat-cooking kind. Simply knowing that some cut of animal has been slowly cooking for possibly hours makes my mouth water.

My stepdad is quite the avid meat-cooker. The grill was usually fired up for any and every family event or get-together. A couple years ago though the angels of meat-heaven brought him a Traeger smoker. And then there was light! That smoker has created some of the best tasting meals, and memories, that you could ever imagine. And would you look at that? We are carrying them at our store!

There are several different forms of smoking food. There are pellets, bisquettes, wood chips, wood pieces, charcoal and some others. The Traeger uses pellets which you load into the feeder. Once you set the temperature the electronic feeder will take it from there. You can literally set it and forget it. Of course you will want to check on it occasionally just to be safe but more so to marvel at the process.

There are several different sizes that can meet almost any need. There is the Lil’ Texas Pro, Tailgater and Texas Pro. I believe my stepdad started with the Tailgater but worked his way up to the Texas Pro as well. That is literally how amazing these things are, he has two!

This past Thanksgiving we had a couple special visitors to our table. Neither one I had met yet at the home. One was Uncle Andy from the South, who knew a thing or two about cookin’. The other was a Tur-Duck-Hen, or however you spell it. All I know is that it was home-made, wrapped in bacon, stuffed with home-made Cajun style stuffing (including Andouille sausage) and had been on the Traeger for hours. It was amazing!

What is really nice is that Traeger really reaches out to you for all of your needs. Their website has a section devoted to delicious and proven recipes. They also have a section about why you should choose them, that isn’t all statistics heavy. I don’t know about you but when a company starts spurting out random numbers and stuff I don’t care. When I see delicious food and smiling faces, I’m interested.


Other Nifty Things to Look At!

Propane Fire Ring

Hand Towels

Rainproof Camo

She Outdoor


BPS Extreme Qualifier Tackle Bag

RedHead Gun Rack

Chicken on a Stick


Turkey Tech Talk

This turkey season, are you going to bring home that feathered trophy? Or will you be walking back empty handed? One of the best things you can do to prepare is take time to find the turkey vest perfect for you! In our Camo Department at Bass Pro Shops, you can find a wide range and variety of turkey hunting equipment, accessories, apparel, and other needs. We pride ourselves on having everything you will need to assist you on your turkey hunt and offer many versions of apparel and vests, even for ladies and youth! The number one seller of ours, is the RedHead Classic Turkey Vest

This Vest features an upper portion that is constructed to provide full range of motion, and it features two large external pockets that offer plenty of room for gear. As well as a rear game bag, fully adjustable shoulder and sternum straps, drop-down seat cushion, and detachable blaze orange safety flag. The best part yet, is how completely affordable it is at the price of $34.99

The next vest to look at would be the RedHead Striker Turkey Vest  This vest is a huge hit with majority of the hunters I come in contact with daily. It's easier to maneuver in, durable, and has multiple pockets and a comfortable fold down seat.

 It has pockets for a box call and a striker, a mesh mouth call pocket, 2 slate call pockets, and additional accessory pockets. The magnetic fold-down seat is cushioned with memory foam for remarkable comfort on the ground, and the padded, adjustable shoulder straps are comfortable and ergonomic. An adjustable game bag in the back holds decoys or your trophy gobbler, and a detachable blaze orange flags adds a measure of safety to your walk in and out of the woods.

This vest ranks higher with experienced turkey hunters. One fellow hunter, who rated it 5 stars, wrote on our website, "I went directly to bass pro and bought this vest, it was amazing. The space and storage is great. It had pockets for all my calls and room in the game bag for many decoys. The seat is great [and] it is really comfortable. A great vest for the price."

The last vest we will preview today is the RedHead BuckLick Creek Turkey Lounger Turkey Vest

This vest is highly recommended and superior to our other RedHead Vests. It features our RedHead® patented vest/chair system features a drop down, self-supporting seat that gives you the freedom to sit comfortably and in excellent shooting position, regardless of terrain. Light yet durable, it’s the perfect organizer for your hunt.  The adjustable padded shoulder and sternum straps assure a custom fit, while the Smart Pocket System makes your calls and accessories easy to get to. The vest is crafted from tough, waterproof micro fleece fabric; all outside accessory pockets are highly water-resistant. It is priced at $99.99

Another one of our Bass Pro hunters stated online, " I was given a Bucklick Creek vest the second year they were made and found a vest that fit all my needs. I've can't say enough about the built in seat,its helped me kill more turkey's by keeping me comfortable.When your comfortable you stay still,a must in turkey hunting.The layout of the pockets and call holders are spot on and the fact you don't have to have a tree to lean against is great! The seat can open up more set ups that you normaly wouldn't consider. With out a doubt I'll always have a Bucklick Creek Turkey Lounger in my turkey hunting gear."

As I mentioned before, we also carry vests for the ladies

and youth, which can be found on our website at the links listed below:




Don't miss out on your hunting win by not being prepared for your hunt! Come see us at Bass Pro Shops and talk to the associates in our Hunting and Camo department to get you set up for a victorious hunt this turkey season!


Your toes can be warm too!

You love your feet right? But you love to wear boots, and don’t love the blisters they leave?

Try our Lifetime Guarantee All-Purpose socks. They come with a merino wool blend that provides all-day comfort by combining a dense layer for moisture control and cushioning with seamless toes and reinforced bottoms.  No more seams or stitching grinding against the tops or sides of your tosies. These socks keep your feet oh-so comfortable for a day in the woods or even just around the house.

They are available in the original heavyweight mid-calf, mid-weight crew and lightweight quarter socks for Men. They are also available in Natural Reflections mid-weight mid-calf sock for Women. 

When we say Lifetime Guarantee we back it up, if they ever wear out just bring them in to the store for an instant replacement. It’s just that easy.

Socks come in many sizes, shapes, types, textures, weights, lengths, and comfort levels. Ours are top of the line in comfort and durability. They’ll not only keep your toes comfortable, but they’ll also keep them warm and depending on what boots you’re wearing your toes will stay dry as well.

You may ask, “What do you mean it depends on what kind of boots I wear?” Different types/styles of footwear have different needs. At Bass Pro Shops we sell different socks depending on what type of shoe you’re wearing and for what purpose. There are every day socks, athletic socks, hunting socks that are insulated to keep your feet warm, toes socks, socks with scent control, socks for snake boots, and more. We even have RedHead Diabetic Comfort Crew Socks.

Most of our brand RedHead socks are made in the U.S.A and are engineered for toughness. Come and try some on today.


Wading Through Waders

What do you use waders for?  Do you use them to hunt?  Outdoor work?  Fishing?  Whatever your reason to use waders, let the associates at Bass Pro Shop help you find the right wader for the right reason with the right budget.

Finding the right wader is important, not only can it ruin your mood, but it may ruin your entire day if you get wet.

There are three styles of waders to consider, hip, waist, and chest.  Common materials used for waders are rubber, neoprene, waterproof, breathable fabrics, and nylon.

Hip waders are very comfortable in warmer waters.  Very easy on and off they are great for small streams, they pack easy. The Redhead Bone Dry Hobbs Creek Hip Waders have a lug sole and are tough, comfortable, and affordable.



















Waist high waders wear just like a pair of pants.  Belt loops and a belt to hold them up.  Your upper body is exposed so again very comfortable for the warm weather.


Chest waders are all around waders that provide the most coverage.  Water can be unpredictable so when trying these on make sure you are covered allowing a few extra inches higher than you need.  The Redhead Classic Series II Brown Neoprene Boot Foot Waders are flexible with 200 grams for warmth and come in men, ladies, or youth sizes.  Need a plus size?  Check out the Redhead Bone Dry Big Man Neoprene Boot Foot Wader with 600 grams, fits up to a shoe size 15.  Chest goes to 58.5", waist 61" and a inseam of up to 41.5".






















What materials do you want?  Breathable uninsulated waders are lightweight and comfortable.  The fabric locks out moisture while allowing perspiration to vent at the same time.  The knees and seat are reinforced. Neoprene waders are tough and hard to beat in the cold weather.  Comfortable and durable but not breathable.  The material reminds you of a wetsuit.  Nylon waders are durable and inexpensive.  Rubber is tough durable and heavy.  It all depends what work or fun you will be having with these.  Simms Freestone Stocking Foot Waders are breathable, waterproof and convert to waist high waders easy.  Add the Simms Freestone Wading Boot with leather upper which are comfortable, durable and are able to lace up for stability.























Do you need a extreme wader?  Look no farther than the Redhead Bone Dry Extreme Waders, with 1000 grams of pure warmth.  One piece construction makes this durable, comfortable and ready for whatever extreme you give it.















Footwear, do you want a Boot foot wader that is all one construction?  Quick on and off they have a rubber or felt sole.  The only negative is you cannot lace them up for stable footing.  The Stockingfoot waders need a boot for better stablility and some even come with a option of what sole you may want.  Felt soles are great when the rocks are slippery, while a hiking sole is better if you need to walk a distance to your fishing spot.  Metal studded felt is considered the best traction for slippery bottoms.

Which ever wader you choose, taking care of them is a must.  Hang them to dry.  If storing them, make sure the boot is completely dry and then store them in a cool, dark place with no sun.  Something that might help you dry is the Peet Wader Dryer  .  This book dryer has a gentle thermal convection that dries sweat and moisture quickly.  It also neutralizes odors brought on by perspiration.


















Stop on by and check out the large variety of waders we have.  We will have one to fit your need, and budget.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator



Chicken on a Stick

Like many outdoorsmen I find myself continually thinking about my next adventure. Whether it be a fishing, camping, hunting or whatever trip. It is a passion that runs deep and brings us all to a better place. What is really awesome is the fact that there are so many resources for us out there nowadays. We have websites, blogs, magazines, radio shows, YouTube channels, online stores, brick-n-mortar stores, relatives, friends, DVDs and TV to help get our fix.

 The outdoor industry has been blowing up lately, especially on television. From what once was only a few TV shows on certain subjects, there are now whole channels devoted to outdoor programing. It is awesome! In one hour you can watch and feel a part of an adventure going from marlin fishing to bow hunting moose.

Of course though we still have to deal with commercials. Now mind you, watching an ad for a crossbow is way better than one for the next Kids Bop CD, but still it is a commercial. But one popped on a while ago that had me so intrigued I needed to know more. Because let’s be honest when you hear an announcer talking about “Primos’ new Chicken on a Stick” your curiosity gets peaked.

BOOM! Primos Chicken on a Stick, ladies and gentlemen.

Now why they call a turkey a chicken, I don’t know but it is dang good marketing! Literally say the words “Chicken on a stick”. It’s catchy. That’s probably why those “Chicken in a Biscuit” crackers are still in stores.

Any-who, this turkey decoy is pretty legit. The quality of the product and the realism of the decoy is exactly what you would expect from Primos. This company has been doing an awesome job and making amazing products for years now. They are a name that people trust and look for. While the decoy might actually look like a normal one, how Primos wants this product utilized is a little different.

Typically in turkey hunting a decoy is set up and the hunter is a little ways from it. The hunter then calls the turkey in hoping to get the bird even closer once it sees the decoy. The decoy usually enrages the turkey and sets them into attack mode. Don’t believe me? Watch a video online, or the full documentary “When Turkeys Attack!” It’s real. I watched it. With my family.

But with the Chicken on a Stick a hunter literally sets up right behind the decoy. There is a versatile 2 piece stake that features a built-in gun rest and hand grip that the hunter uses. Keeping hidden behind the decoy and fan, the hunter can shoot the rushing turkey. And be quick, because those things are like raptors!

All joking aside, this is a really nice product and would definitely take your next gobbler hunt to the next level.


Other Nifty Things to Look At!

Propane Fire Ring

Hand Towels

Rainproof Camo

She Outdoor


BPS Extreme Qualifier Tackle Bag

RedHead Gun Rack


New Items for Spring Turkey Season!

Spring turkey season is about to be in full strut starting in mid February and Bass Pro Shops has all the new gear to help you be more successful on getting that Old Tom. For most of Alabama spring turkey season runs from March 14 thru April 30, but there some counties that vary from these dates. Be sure to check out Outdooralabama.com for the season dates and bag limits.

Bass Pro has several new turkey hunting items this year to aid in making the hunting experience more fun. The list starts out with:

These items are just the beginning of what Bass Pro Shop has to offer for this years turkey season. Be sure to check out our website at Basspro.com  for upcoming new items and events.




"Hooked" On You Valentine



This Valentine's Day, Bass Pro isn't just for the boys, ladies. With a chic line of camouflage and hunting products lined in pink and glittering with sequins, you can find something just perfect for that lovely "deer toting" lady in your life. Our infamous Heart Stopper by Scent Lok is now carried in jackets, pants, hoodies, hats, and gloves. Featuring scent control technology, a warm interior, and superior camo with pink details that will proudly show off your love of hunting whilst still showing a bit of femininity.
You can find the complete line at our website here:


Our Camo department also carries an array of ladies Under Armour. As of late last year, we began carrying ladies Under Armour Hoodies in Pink AP, Snow AP with Pink, and Realtree Xtra with Pink. Under Armour also carries a complet line of ladies hunting apparel as well as every day wear like sweat pants, shirts, and hats featuring the neon pink emblem. Check out these items here!


As always, you can find other assorted "girlier" items in our hunting department such as bedazzled pepper spray, redhead pink hunting and pocket knives, amd pink lined soft pistol cases!

We look forward to seeing you at our Bass Pro Shops this Valentine's Day!


My Quest: Can the AR platform effectively take a Whitetail?

Hunting is a passion I was raised on by my father. He started me as a very young boy and, as I got older, my passion for hunting the great American whitetail grew and grew.  I have hunted them from the southeast all the way up into to the midwest. As with hunting, so too did my love of firearms and even more recently, my love for the much debated AR platform rifles.  I have read many internet postings going back and forth about whether an AR could effectively take down a whitetail deer or not.  The more I research I did, the more it sparked my interest.  After much debating inside my head, I decided I wanted to give it a shot. I looked at many different AR platforms before purchasing a CMMG AR chambered in 300 Blackout from my local Bass Pro Shops. While there, I also bought one of the Redfield scopes, scope mount and a box of Hornady 110 V-Max ammo.  Once everything was all sighted in and ready to go, it was time for the hunt.

It was an unusually cold morning in Northern Alabama as we set out to Freedom Hills Management Area located in Cherokee, Alabama.  I remember reading the temperature gauge in the truck, a whopping 6 degrees.  I zipped up my Redhead jacket and headed out on my quest.  The morning was cold and quiet as the sun started to come up and nature started to come to life.  It was still early morning as I watched the squirrels chase each other through the trees.  "This is the life," I sat there, thinking to myself.  Right then I caught a shadow silently moving through the woods to my left.  As I turned to see what it was, I saw this nice mature doe emerge through the trees.  She moved quietly through the woods without the slightest hint that I was even there.  I got ready to take the shot when behind her, I could see another body moving in the brush.  There he was, a very nice six point moving right in behind her.  I waited for him to step out, put the cross arrows on and squeezed the trigger.  As I regained my composure, the deer jumped right back into the thick brush followed by a loud crash of leaves.  Had the much debated AR done it's job?  I gave it a little time and walked over to see what the results were.

There he was, not 45 yards from where I had first seen him.  In the end, I had answered my question:  Yes the AR platform can effectively take a whitetail.

I look forward to my next hunt as I have now chambered another AR in the mighty 450 Bushmaster.


Justin K., Apparel Associate

Bass Pro Shops, Nashville



Lifetime Socks - Great Value

During these tough economic times, it is good to know that there are products out there that no matter what you do to them will always be replaced FREE.  Lifetime socks at Bass Pro Shop does just that.  Purchase a pair of our Redhead or Natural Reflections Lifetime socks and never worry about them ripping, tearing, small holes, or wearing out.  When they get that way just bring both of them back to our Customer Service Department, and go get yourself another pair.  It is as easy as that!

Personnally I have 8 pairs of the all lifetime all purpose mens socks, and could not be happier.  I started thinking why people wear socks other than for sanitary reasons.  Here are a few tid bits to ponder over before I show you our lifetime socks.

Your foot is the heaviest producers of sweat in the body.  The socks absorb the sweat and then draws it to areas where air can evaporate the perspiration.

Years ago animal skins were gathered up and tied around the ankles for socks.  During the 8th century the Greeks wore socks from matted animal hair for warmth.

Did you know the English word sock is derived from the old English word Socc meaning "light slipper".

The Swiss did a study that showed when we sleep,  blood flow is redirected to our hands and feet.  When these areas are warm the blood vessels dilate and allow for greater blood flow.  Which helps you sleep better.

With all that information, why not check out our lifetime socks.  You have nothing to loose!

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator


Natural Reflections (Ladies) Lifetime Socks









Redhead Lifetime Lightweight Quarter Socks For Men











Redhead Lifetime All Purpose Socks for Men

















Redhead Lifetime Midweight Crew Socks for Men
















Wind proof hoodie

The best hoodie for when it's a cold windy day.i keep it my boat for cold rides or for when it's real cold on the lake.

Name: Randy Reel
ProductDescription: RedHead Windproof Fleece Hoodie for Men

Store it Right: Browning Rod Cabinet

Earlier this month I did a little diddy on the RedHead 1856 Gun Rack. A fine specimen of some of the great storage products we sell here at Bass Pro Shops. But it got me wondering about other storage products. And as fishing was my first passion for the outdoors I went back to my roots. As any fisherman knows there is the eternal struggle between owning tackle and putting it somewhere. What once was OK to be in the coat closet is now banished to a shed or garage because the little missus doesn’t like it there or that apparently size 18 treble hooks get caught too easily in their favorite parka… pssh, parka-the attitude I say! But because of the eternal bonds of love and the fact that divorces are way too common and expensive, everyone makes sacrifices. But can’t there be some way to store and display your fishing gear in a tasteful manner? Well thanks to those bad-boys at Browning, there is!

The NEW Browning Rod Storage Cabinet will please anyone who is going through such a predicament as described above. This thing has ten rod holders on it, which should be able to fit most fishermen’s arsenals. If you have more than you probably also have a man-cave or aren’t married. Just sayin’.

Of course though, it is such a pain to have your fishing poles in one area and the tackle in another. Luckily this cabinet comes with plenty of storage space, and apparently ten was the number that day for Browning product designers. It has enough space to hold ten tackle trays/utility boxes. There is also a small felt lined storage compartment on top.



Racking Up The Rewards

How many of you frequent shoppers use your Rewards Card when shopping at Bass Pro Shops? How many of you don’t?

Did you know that every time you shop at Bass Pro Shops and use your Rewards Card you are earning points toward free gear?  


  • For standard purchases (non-Bass Pro Shops® branded items)
    from the Bass Pro Shops Catalog, Internet, Retail Stores or Outlet Stores:

You earn 1 point per dollar @ 2 cents per point = 2%
Example: $100 purchase = 100 points x $.02 = $2.00 toward a future purchase

  • For purchases of Bass Pro Shops® branded products
    from Bass Pro Shops, including RedHead®, Ascend™, Bob Timberlake®, Natural Reflections®, World Wide Sportsman®, & more from the Bass Pro Shops Catalog, Internet, Retail Stores or Outlet Stores:

You earn 1.5 points per dollar @ 2 cents per point = 3%
Example: $100 purchase of Bass Pro Shops® branded product = 150 points x $.02 = $3.00 toward a future purchase


The Rewards Card is FREE and easy to sign up for. 

Having the Rewards Card is a HUGE benefit; especially for those of you that shop at Bass Pro Shops frequently. Your Rewards Card can also link you to your purchases. Have a return & forgot your receipt? Not a problem, our Customer Service can look up the purchase by your Rewards Card making your return easy.

Want to spend those points you've earned? Once you have racked up 500 points you will have an equivalent of $10 to either use towards your next purchase or you can choose to save the points for a future purchase.

Don’t have a Rewards Card yet? You can sign up at our Customer Service desk here in the store or you can sign up online. Just go HERE, and create a new account.


Thinsulate vs. Primaloft Insulations

The choice of insulation in a coat, pants and boots is a big decision and needs a lot of consideration before the choice should be made. When it comes to these two types of insulation there is a lot of information on both, so finding the right insulation should be easy for anyone. But using the information that is given to find the right insulation can be a pain. Here are some tips and tricks to finding the right insulation for activities.

When talking about thinsulate the material that is used is a synthetic hollow fiber woven like a sandwich in between two outer layers. The outer and inner layers of this material hold air close to the body. This sandwich design also allows the moisture from the body to pass through the material. At the same time this hollow synthetic fiber holds air away from the body allowing there to be a barrier between the body and outside temperatures. This type of design is very good for a very moist environment where the air temperature is very cold. When looking at activities where the thinsulate should be used in comparison to other brands the differences in the materials make the choice simple. Thinsulate is a material that can be used while working in the cold, or for when a person is doing something where there is a lot of physical activity involved. A great use for something like the LaCrosse® AlphaBurly Pro 18'' Waterproof 800g 3M™ Thinsulate™ Ultra Insulation Hunting Boots, would be a day out hunting where the hunter needs to walk a distance to their stand in tall wet grass. Since the boot in insulated and waterproof the boot will readily keep the hunter’s foot warm while keeping all the water off the skin. Another great use for thinsulate is for yard work. When out in the yard working in the winter having the wind on the face not only causes wind burn but is cold and uncomfortable for anyone. This makes using something like the RedHead Thinsulate Insulated Mask great for using during yard work. During the work the material allows sweat to be wicked away through the material without soaking the thinsulate, while also keeping the workers head warm against wind and biting cold.

RedHead Face MaskLacrosse Hunting Boots

Now talking about primaloft there are a couple major differences when comparing to the thinsulate. Primaloft to begin with is a synthetic down material that mimics the insulation of a down feather on a bird. This material is made up of hollow tubes in small structures that hold air against the body while letting a little air pass through the fibers to allow the wicking away of sweat. This difference appears subtle on paper, but when applied in practice the differences are quite substantial. This material is a little heavier than the thinsulate and also is not as water resistant as thinsulate. That being said when wearing primaloft a person is able to sit for long periods of time in the cold without having to move, while still keeping warm and toasty. Using something like the pair Browning® Hell's Canyon™ PrimaLoft® Bib and Browning Hell's Canyon Primaloft Jacket will allow a hunter to sit in their tree stand with a brisk wind for hours at a time without having to get up and move around. While this is great the single problem with the material being prone to soaking is easily remedied with a thin layer of waterproofing like an Outdry Membrane. The Browning Hell's Canyon PrimaLoft Outdry Gloves, are a great example of the waterproofing in action. The only drawback to this is the gloves are a little less able to breathe and wick away sweat.


The choice of insulation in a set of outerwear is a big decision when a person is going to be out in the cold. Thankfully there are two different types of insulation that give great coverage of most every type of activity in the cold. So when sitting in the tree stand all day wearing a little Primaloft is the better choice. When working out in the yard on a cold day the best insulation for the money is thinsulate. As always happy hunting and good luck!



Good product, good service.

Name: Ron Merle
ProductDescription: Redhead socks

Look at That! RedHead Gun Rack

There are certain stereotypical items that complete the visual when it comes to rustic living. There is the pair of rocking chairs on the front porch. A bird feeder full of visitors. Either a “Welcome to the Lake House” or lodge themed wooden sign. A stack of fishing poles by the back door. A gun rack on the wall. All of these items can make one forget about the worries of today’s modern world and take a step back to something much simpler.

And would ya look at that?! Thanks to RedHead 1856 4-Gun Rack, now you can own a piece of it!

Now please note that while a gun rack is a method of storing firearms, they should never be kept loaded and better protection/prevention should be used if children/strangers are present.

This tasteful take on an old favorite is a modern-day crowd pleaser. It is constructed out of pine and has a nice brown-cherry finish to it. It can hold four long-guns and has a bonus feature on the bottom. There is a storage area that can be used for ammunition, cleaning supplies, eye and ear protection or whatever. The storage area also locks, which is a nice touch.

Now gun racks are designed to keep firearms where they are easier to access. Many people from more rural parts of the country have them as you never know when dinner might go by or if you need to give a 12-gauge reminder to the local bear population to stay away. That is just the way life is. With how removed people are from nature nowadays it is understandable why some people couldn’t understand the need for this.

Gun safes are very nice. Not only can you safely store firearms and ammunition, but also important papers and other goods. But they are heavy and take up what could be precious room. If you are going to stay at a cabin with a group of trusted friends for a weeklong hunt, a safe could be a little much whereas the gun rack would be just right.


Other Nifty Things to Look At!

Propane Fire Ring

Hand Towels

Rainproof Camo

She Outdoor


BPS Extreme Qualifier Tackle Bag


Layer it on! Winter is here!

Winter has finally arrived in Nashville!

With that, we’re seeing temperatures drop into the teen’s and even a couple of single digit days.  Being from Arizona, I am not at all prepared for this surge of cold weather and my chilly drive to work this morning reminded me that I need to get myself some warmer clothing for these cold days.  Good thing I work for Bass Pro Shops!

We’ve got a great selection of fleece, jackets and hoodies to top off your winter look.  But my personal favorite thing about the cold is getting to layer all those comfy clothes for some extra warmth.  Here’s a look at some of our Top Sellers from the online shop.

For the guys, let’s start with the RedHead Thermal Henley Shirts.  They are currently on sale starting at $19.97 and are available in 8 colors.  The 3 button Henley look is popular and stylish and the waffle texture is soft and comfortable.

Sticking with the Henley look, we also have RedHead Layered Henleys in five colors for Men currently on sale for $14.97.  These shirts are 100% jersey cotton, have a chest pocket and feature a double collar for the layered look.

Both are perfect for an extra layer when spending time outdoors or just a weekend working around the house.

For the ladies, our Bob Timberlake Waffle Pintuck Henleys are pretty and comfortable.  They have a smaller waffle texture that’s easy to wear and front embellishments that make them a little more feminine.  These start at $26.97 and come in four colors.

I also love our Ladies’ Natural Reflections Flannel Shirts.  They currently start at $24.99 and also come in four colors.  They are 100% flannel for a soft, flattering fit.  Perfect with jeans and boots!

Hopefully this gives you an idea of our great cold weather clothing selection at Bass Pro Shops.  Stop in and get ‘em before it’s too cold!


Last Minute Christmas Ideas for the Outdoorsman who has it all…

To make it easier on everyone, I have decided to post my favorite last minute Christmas Gift ideas for the wives, girlfriends, parents and children who might need a little help buying their man a Christmas present. Here are my suggestions this holiday season.

Costa “Cortez” Sunglasses
Costa’s Cortez offers a large fit with a bold wrap shape, meant to block glare from entering from the sides. The linear venting system alleviates lens fogging, and the temple tips feature open slots for a retainer cord. “Anglers who use our sunglasses know they’re going to be able to see the fish faster, and their eyes are going to be more relaxed, even after a full day on the water in harsh conditions,” said Chas MacDonald, president of Costa. The frames are built of nearly indestructible co-injected molded nylon, with sturdy integral hinge technology. The hypoallergenic rubberized interior lining and nose pads keep the sunglasses comfortably in place all day, providing a “forget-they’re-on” fit. The price starts at $169 MSRP

ThermoCell Heated Shoe Insoles
Cold feet are miserable. Here is a cool product from ThermoCell, heated insoles that you control wirelessly with a remote control. Rechargeable batteries are imbedded in the soles. The remote allows you to pick between two heat settings or no heat. MSRP is $99.99. 


Seaguar Smackdown Tournament Braid - 150 Yards
This is the most awesome new fishing line to come out in years. This braided line is sleek, ultra-strong tournament quality braid is so thin that the 20-lb. test has the diameter of 6-lb. monofilament line! Smackdown Braid features 8 ultra-thin, micro-weave strands in a round, smooth-casting profile with extra sensitivity. In addition to Smackdown's unparalleled abrasion resistance, it provides exceptional knot and tensile strength. You cannot go wrong picking up a pack of the Seaguar. $32.99 MSRP for 150 yards of 20lb test.

Bass Pro Shops GripMaster™ 9 inch Fillet Knife
This is an affordable, tough, and super sharp fillet knife. Featuring the 420 stainless steel thru handle construction for long-term usability, the GripMaster Fillet Knife's razor sharp blade includes a serrated section that's perfect for tackling really tough jobs. The rubber handle provides outstanding cutting comfort and control. The GripMaster fillet knife includes a durable, molded hard plastic sheath designed with vents and a convenient belt clip. MSRP $5.99

Wave Away Sonar GPS Screen Cleaning Kit
This is an incredible, safe cleaning product for your marine electronics, smart phones, tablets, LCD television, or sunglasses. Wave Away Sonar & GPS Cleaner is made without alcohol or ammonia, which can remove the protective coating from your screen. For best results, spray the screen with a couple pumps of the cleaning solution, and then wipe it off using a microfiber cloth (included). Afterwards go over the screen once more with a dry section of the cloth. For hard water spots, leave the cleaning solution on longer, so it can really dislodge the grime. The Wave Away Sonar & GPS Cleaner can also be used for non-waterproof electronics, just spray the cleaning solution on the cloth rather than directly onto the item itself. MSRP $9.99
RedHead Lifetime Guarantee All-Purpose Socks for Men 
I have been wearing these socks for 3 years in the winter; there is no better sock on the market for the price. If ever they wear out, just return them for a FREE replacement to your closet Bass Pro Shops! They are made with 100% fine grade itch-free wool against the skin from top to toe, which makes these socks softer and our stitching technique adds double-reinforcement to all stress zones. 81% wool, 17% stretch nylon, 2% spandex. Leg length: 13”. Made in USA with MSRP of $11.99
Strike King MOISTURE WICKING long sleeve shirt 
Strike King new clothing line has some good looking shirts. My favorite is the moisture wicking shirts for the winter time.  100% Poly interlock moisture wicking performance tee shirt. It has a smooth collar, tagless and comes in long sleeves only. The new Strike King logo appears on the chest and back of the shirt. MSRP $ 28.00

 Yamaha Pro Fishing Hat
Out at sea or on land, shield your face from the sun and show your Yamaha Pro Fishing Pride. This Yamaha Pro Fishing hat is made from a royal blue cotton twill and four black or white mesh panels. The Yamaha Pro-Fishing logo is featured on the front. MSRP $19.99


Lastly, what not to buy your favorite outdoors-man this Christmas:

  • ·        Fishing rods and reels
  • ·        Lures
  • ·        Bass boat or kayak
  • ·        Rain suits
  • ·        Shoes or boots
  • ·        Guns
  • ·        Thermal Underwear
  • ·        Fishing Electronics


Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! May this joyful season greet you with health and happiness. Please continue to pray for our military….


About the author:

Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and prostaffer for Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville, GA. He retired as a Lieutenant/Paramedic/Firefighter with Gwinnett County Fire, GA after 29 years of service in 2013. He is currently a contracted employee with NAVICO/Lowrance working as the College Fishing Recruiter. He has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab Jake. They volunteer with Operation One Voice, a 501c3 supporting Special OPS soldiers (www.operationonevoice.org)



Creating a Winter Emergency Bag for Your Vehicle


Beautiful right? Winter not only can bring beautiful scenery but dangerous road conditions.Having an emergency bag for situations in which a survival situation is brought about by natural means is always a good idea. Since there are so many different types of emergency bags and so many types of situations it is good to keep in mind every situation is different and may call for different equipment. Here are some good ideas for an emergency bag that can be kept in the car during the winter.

The first thing needed when talking about an emergency bag is the actual bag. This bag needs to be big enough to hold the emergency supplies while at the same time not taking up the entire trunk of a car. A great measure of the bag is to set it in the floorboards of the car. The bag should lie comfortably in the floorboards without coming over the lip of the seat. A good bag for this specific need is the RedHead Canvas Luggage Collection - Rugged Gear Bag, this gear bag is made to hold gear for a hunting trip or a camping trip giving it the durability to stay in the car for an extended period of time. The size of the bag also allows for a lot of gear to be stored in a relatively small total area being taken up. Another good idea for helping store the gear is to have a water resistant bag similar to the Bass Pro Shops Deluxe Stuff Sacks, these simple storage sacks are great for keeping water off of clothing and other fabrics that will be in the emergency bag.

Deluxe Stuff SacksRedhead Duffle Bag

Next on the list for the gear pack is to take care of the bitter cold when talking about a winter emergency situation. So for an emergency pack the first thing to pack would be a warm blanket or sleeping bag liner like the Bass Pro Shops Fleece Sleeping Bag Liner. This sleeping bag liner is perfect for an emergency bag because it easily compresses to a small size while retaining its integrity and ability to keep a person warm. The next thing on the list for keeping a person warm in an emergency situation would be a good set of gloves. These gloves need to be warm and functional for work that inevitably comes with emergency situations. So something like the RedHead Mammoth GORE-TEX Waterproof/Breathable Gloves for Men, these gloves not only are water resistant but also have great dexterity. It is advisable to have more than one pair of gloves since losing a glove in the middle of an emergency is always a problem. The next bit of clothing that should always find its way into an emergency bag would be a good pair of wool socks. These socks keep feet warm while wicking away sweat and keeping the wearer generally comfortable. A great set is RedHead® Lifetime Guarantee All-Purpose Socks, these socks are great because they compress well into a small size, so keeping a few pairs in the emergency bag is never a problem. Also these socks keep the wearer warm while wicking away sweat and keeping moisture off the wearer’s skin. Lastly, in the winter, an emergency bag needs a jacket or coat in order to keep the person in need from losing to much body heat. This coat or jacket needs to be small and easily compressed for the emergency bag while still being durable and warm. Keeping with this a good jacket is The North Face Chromium Jacket, this jacket keeps wind off the wearer while also being water resistant and giving the wearer the dexterity needed for many emergency situations. Also this jacket is easily compressed into a bag and takes up a lot less space than other jackets with the same capabilities.

RedHead Lifetime socksNorth Face JacketGlovesSleeping Bag Liner

Next on the list of things needed for an emergency situation in the winter would be food and water. Having a case of water just sitting in the back of the car is always a good idea during the winter (the human body uses up to 2 liters of water in a couple hours in the cold). Also having food for an emergency is very much needed in the winter. This food needs to be high in calories while still having protein and some electrolytes. That being said having something like the Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Extra Large Virginia Peanuts, having peanuts in the emergency bag is great because they are relatively light and are packed with vitamins and much needed protein. Another good food for this type of emergency bag would be a jerky of some sorts. This can be beef jerky or pork or even turkey or chicken. A great proportioned beef jerky bag for a car emergency bag would be the Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Premium Beef Jerky, since this jerky comes pre-packaged it is easy to toss in the emergency bag and have ready in case of any situation.


Finally the items needed for an emergency bag in the winter are mostly for signaling emergency personnel while stuck on the side of the road. A great easy way to signal emergency personnel from the car, when there is snow, is to use a boating flag stuck to the outside of a car window. One of the best flags is the Bass Pro Shops® Stik-A-Flag™ Skier Down Flag, these flags are perfect for emergency personnel signaling while in snow because the flag is water resistant while still being highly visible even in the worst conditions. The suction cup on the flag allows a person to stick this flag to the outside window of a car to signal emergency personnel in a snowstorm when conditions for standing outside the car are not conducive to signaling. Also the flag will fit perfectly in an emergency bag along the side or on the bottom of the bag without any problems. Another great thing to have in a winter emergency bag would be signaling flares. These flares burn hot while having a highly visible flame that will alert rescuers as to a person’s position. Also these flares are great for starting campfires in case the car is abandoned and a fire is needed for warmth (hazard note, this type of flare should never be used from inside of a car). A good set of signaling flares for this purpose is the Orion® Alert/Locate Signal Kit, this kit comes with aerial flares, roadside flares and smoke signaling flares making this package perfect for signaling any emergency personnel in the area. Another thing that is needed in any emergency bag would be cord of some kind. Recently the most popular has been Paracord since it is light durable and easy to use in an emergency situation. A good length of Paracord for the money is Bass Pro Shops 100' Paracord, using a bright color of this cord will increase the likelihood of being found by emergency personnel in case of an emergency situation. Lastly in the emergency bag is always needed, a pocket knife. The best pocket knife for this job will have a strong durable blade as well as a portion of the blade that is serrated in order to cut through tough material. A good blade for this purpose would be the RedHead Function Skeleton EFX-S Folding Knife, this knife is good for multiple functions from simply cutting cord to stripping bark from twigs for kindling.

Knifeskier down flagParacordflares

Now that all the materials for the emergency bag are gathered and in the car it is time to test out the size of the bag. Usually these bags should be able to fit through the opening to the trunk of a car from the inside. If the pack can’t be easily accessed through the passenger compartment of the car the bag is fairly useless in some circumstances so make sure the bag is easy to move from the trunk of the car to the interior of the car (in trucks and SUVs this is not a problem since the entire vehicle is accessible, though having multiple of everything in the bag is a must when traveling with a group). As always happy hunting and good luck!

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Waterfowl gear: Quickly and Easily

Extreme Waterfowl System  - The Canvasback Waterfowl System ranks among the finest waterfowl gear on the market. All of our styles are featured with our Bone Dry membrane for an unbeatable breathable, windproof, and waterproof performance. It comes with a Ripstop fabric and reinforced stress areas in the shoulders, elbows, and knees. Our system is insulated with 150 gram ThermoLite, except for our Canvasback pants, which are non-Insulated. Canvasback Wader Jacket and Parka- Convertible designs that include magnetic pockets and a warm zip-out reversible liner that can also be worn alone.

The parka is hip length and features 100% waterproof/breathable Bone Dry Membrane with a 150 ThermoLite insulation. The top layer of the jackets include a full nylon mesh lining, side seam adjusters, hook and loop neoprene cuffs, 2 large storage pockets with snap closures and magnetic chest pockets for easy access. The inner layer is water resistant with 100% poly microfiber that reverses to solid brown. It has built in shell holders on the camo side, knit wrists and micro tricot lined hand warmers. Comes in 2 Camo Patterns (Max5 and Mossy oak Shadow Grass Blades) Prices For Parka Prices For Wader Jacket 169.99 159.99 2XL-3XL 179.99 2XL-3XL- 169.99.

Canvasback Bib-The Redhead Bone Dry Canvasback Insulated Bibs feature a reliable two-way zipper and an incomparable 150 ThermoLite insulation. They are fully lined with nylon taffeta on the body, chest pockets, back pockets, and cargo pockets, with reinforced Ripstop fabric protecting the knees. This ideal bib also includes a license loop. Comes in 2 Camo patterns (Max5 and Mossy oak Shadow Grass Blades) Prices- 119.99 2XL-129.99 Canvasback Pants-Canvasback Non-Insulated pants are 100% Bone Dry with breathable, waterproof, and windproof performance. These pants have easy to use elastic draw cord waists and belt loops. There is also a mesh drainage system along with knee-high length zipper to easily put on and take off boots. These pants have durable rear pockets, reinforced Ripstop knees and a durable and comfortable outer Taslon Shell. Comes in 3 Camo patterns (Max5 and Max 4 and Mossy oak Shadow Grass Blades) Prices 79.99 2XL-89.99










Fall Apparel Must Haves

When the weather starts to change and the leaves begin to fall it is time for some more practical clothes for the new season. As the nights begin to get colder and the days become shorter finding something that is warm and fashionable is always a must. So here are some outfits for the family that will make this fall comfortable and fun!

For the guys, the fall wardrobe is wide open and just about anything that is warm and can stand up to the punishing weather changes is practical. For many guys a nice set of jeans and a flannel button up is the way to go for the fall. Something like the Ascend Denim Jeans for Men paired with the RedHead Fleece-Lined Flannel Shirt for Men, this combo is great for colder weather while still looking great during a night out on the town. The flannel shirt lets guys roll their sleeves during the warmer part of the day then during the colder night roll down the sleeves for a more comfortable evening. These jeans on the other hand are comfortable in almost any weather and in just about any conditions the fall season can throw at you.

RH Mens FleeceAscend Jeans

For the younger boys in the family something like the Bass Pro Shops Camo Cargo Pants for Boys with Carhartt Hunting is My Sport Fleece Hoodie for Boys. This combo keeps boys warm while holding up to the rough and tumble of outdoor play in the fall.

Boys Carhartt HoodieBoys Camo Pants

For the ladies in the fall anything that keeps the body warm and is comfortable enough to walk around the block in works well. So a nice set of jeans with a nice sweater and comfortable undershirt is comfortable and looks great. A good outfit would be the Natural Reflections Contrast Embroidery Slim Bootcut Jeans for Ladies paired with the Ascend Sweater Knit Hoodie for Ladies. The great thing about this outfit is that just about any kind of shoe or boot comfortably fits into a set like this. Just like the guys this light sweater allows the wearer to roll the sleeves during the day while it is warm and then in the evening to roll the sleeves down and button up the sweater for a warmer fit during the evening. Also the pair is comfortable in just about any weather and temperature fall can dish out on any given year. For the younger girls, the must haves are similar to the boys. These clothes need to be comfortable and tough to put up with a lot of running and climbing in the outdoors in the chilly air.

Ascend sweater hoodieNR Slim Bootcut Jeans

Another good option for the ladies would be Natural Reflections Flannel-Lined Jeans paired with Bass Pro Shops Applique Hoodie. This set will keep ladies comfortable and warm while still being able to keep up with everyone outdoors.

BPS HoodieFleece Lined Jeans

There are many different body types and body temperatures. Some people like to wear shorts and a t-shirt through the cold months of fall while others like to keep their heavy coat on all day and night. These are just some ideas on the types of different combinations of warm and rugged clothing that go well with the fall colors and are comfortable enough to wear on an outing without having to worry about the cold. Remember that sweaters for the ladies are always in and for the guys a little flannel can be warmer than a jacket on a chilly evening. As always happy hunting and good luck!

Check out this blog post from last year about apparel for cold weather! http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-springfield-mo/apparel-for-cold-weather