Day at the Beach Checklist

The summer months are quickly approaching and the weather is warming up. Its about that time that you start to gear up for the beach and at Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach, FL we have everything you will need.

Here are the beach day essentials:

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Campfire Cooking Gets an Upgrade

campfireNow that Spring has arrived, you will have even more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.  One of the best ways to commune with nature is, of course, a camping trip.  Many fond memories have been made, sitting around a campfire or even in a leaking tent.  And what's better than a meal cooked over a campfire?  What's that - hobo dinners and s'mores aren't your style?  Then check out these recipes that bring a whole new dimension to campfire cooking.

 

For Goodness Steak

1.5 lbs boneless top sirloin steak, about 1.5 inches thick

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

3 tablespoons steak sauce (whatever you have available)

2 tablespoons each of lime juice and brown sugar

1 tablespoon grated ginger root

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Trim any excess fat from meat. Pierce meat in several places with fork. Place steak in Ziploc bag. Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl and pour over steak.  Toss into freezer until ready to take camping, At your campsite, let steak thaw on top of cooler for same-day cooking.

To grill:  Remove steak from marinae and grill over hot coals or grill for 4 - 5 minutes per side, or until desired donesness is reached. Brush with leftover marinade while grilling. When done, remove steak from heat and let meat rest before slicing. Serve with salad.

Definitely not a hobo meal, right?  Check out this dessert recipe:

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple chunks, fresh or canned

Pound cake, cubed (you can also use plain cake donuts or donut holes)

Butter

Brown Sugar

Whipped Cream or ice cream, if desired

Cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired

Aluminum Foil

Cooking Spray

Spray a double layer of foil with cooking spray. Add a hanful of pineapple chunks. Add pound cake cubes on top of the pineapple. Place a dollop of butter and brown sugar on top of the pineapple and cake. Fold up the packet and place in hot coals or on a grill for about 15 minutes or until the butter has melted with the brown sugar and formed a sauce over the pineapple in the bottom of the packet. Open up the packet for the last few miutes to brown up the cake a little, then serve.  Add whipped cream or ice cream, and a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to finish it off.

As you can see, outstanding campfire cooking can be achieved with a little bit of preparation ahead. Enjoy the great outdoors and dine in style!

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Manteca Camping

Every spring I invariably get asked, at least 3-4 times per week, where can I go camping near Manteca.  So in this blog I have decided to review some of our local campgrounds.  All of these locations host both RV as well as tent camping and have centrally located toilet facilities.

First on the list is Caswell Memorial State Park.  The park is located along the Stanislaus River near the town of Ripon, California.  From 99, take the Austin Rd.Beach at Caswell exit. Head South on Austin Rd. and you will run into the park at the end of the road.  Several species of fish including bass, catfish, crappie and more await your most enticing fishing technique.  Campfire programs, Junior ranger programs and nature walks are given every weekend throughout the summer. The Stanislaus River meanders through the park, with beaches and swimming areas near the park’s day use and campground facilities.  One of the most magnificent aspects the park has to offer is its seemingly endless maze of nature trails. The trails allow a glimpse of what the riparian ecosystem of the valley would have looked like in pristine times. A majestic Oak Forest is surrounded by many other lush plant species, some of which are rarely found anywhere else in the Stockton Delta KOAarea.  The park also offers a rich variety of wildlife viewing.

The Stockton Delta KOA is located just minutes from Lodi and Stockton. it's a great place for a family reunion or any group gathering. There's something for everyone, including live music and dancing on weekends, all new children's playground and pet playground, movies under the stars, swimming pool and hot tub, banquet and meeting facilities and boat rentals.  If you love California camping, California fishing and being on the water, this is the perfect KOA for you!  From I-5 take Highway 12 West for 5 miles.  Turn left unto Tower Park Way and you’re there.

Coyote Point Campground sits along New Hogan Lake in the brush-covered foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Boating is a Coyote Point Campgroundpopular pastime, with boat ramps conveniently located around the lake. The large surface area allows for plenty of water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing and more. Year-round fishing for stripers, bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish is perfect for experts and beginners alike.  The "River of Skulls" hiking trail is located below the dam at the Monte Vista Recreation Area. The trail also includes a staging area for an eight mile equestrian trail on a scenic loop that winds along the lake and through the foothill chaparral. Trail guides are available at the park office.  Bike trails suitable for the beginners as well as advanced riders are found on the west side of the lake and next to the group camping area.  Coyote Point Campground offers a spacious group campsite that can accommodate up to 50 guests. Campfire and interpretive programs offer additional recreation for visitors, as well as an 27-hole disc golf course.  To get to Coyote Point, take state highway 4 out of Stockton and go about 20 miles west until you hit Milton Rd.  Turn left on Milton Rd.  The campground will be about 3 miles ahead.

Del Valle ParkDel Valle Regional Park, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, is located in a valley framed by oak-covered hills. The centerpiece of the park is a five-mile long lake, with all kinds of water-oriented recreation, surrounded by 4,316 acres of beautiful land for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. Del Valle is also the eastern gateway to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, 28 miles of scenic back country trail.  Del Valle is located about 10 miles south of Livermore, CA, on the east side of San Francisco Bay.  From interstate 530 near Livermore head south on Vasco Rd. for approximately 4 miles.  Turn right on Tesla Rd.  Take your first left on to Mines Rd.  After 4 miles Mines Rd. will become Del Valle Rd.  Continue another 4 miles to reach the park.  Del Valle offers two swimming beaches, with lifeguards on duty during posted periods. Visitors to Del Valle may rent motorboats, patio boats, peddle boats, canoes, and kayaks at Woodward Reservoirthe marina, and any size boat may be launched at the public boat ramp.

Last on my short list is Woodward Reservoir.  It is located at 14528 26-Mile Road a few miles north of Oakdale off Hwy 120. This regional park offers 3,767 acres of land and 2,900 acres of reservoir for recreation and camping.  Facilities include 115 developed campsites, 40 full hook-up campsites, undeveloped camping areas, marina, concessions, restrooms, picnic shelter, barbeques, picnic tables, and radio control airplane field.  Campsites are available on a “first-come first-serve basis”; no reservations are available at this time.  Recreation opportunities include swimming, fishing, boating, water/jet skiing, waterfowl hunting (with permit), and radio control airplane flying.

These are just a few of the places to camp which are close to Manteca.  So get your gear together and lets go camping and explore the great outdoors.  And remember that your Manteca Bass Pro Shop can provide you with any supplies you might need for that camping trip as well as advice on planning your trip.  Have fun!!

 

Phil Steele

Camping Dept.

Store 49, Manteca

Basspro.com

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Spring Cleaning - Get Ready for Camping!

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The nearing of spring means some outdoors lovers' thoughts turn to camping adventures!  However, spring cleaning chores come first - for the camper that means organizing, cleaning and making sure your equipment, from the biggest tent to the smallest stake, is ready to go!

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Camping expert Peter Maley suggests taking time each day to work on sorting and evaluating. He divides everything out into groups and then attacks each one. He offers up these tips for getting your equipment gear ready for camping season 2013.

Divide and Conquer!

Personal Gear - Clothing, boots, personal care items, etc.

Boots, socks, footwear: Make sure your boots and other camping-related footwear are in good condition...down to the laces!

Personal toiletries – It helps to have a personal care kit that is solely for camping. Then you never have to remember, "Did I bring deodorant?" Contact lens cleaner, razor, toothbrush, bug repellent, shampoo, extra sunglasses, sunscreen...have personal care items dedicated to camping.

First Aid Kit - Make sure your first aid kit is fully stocked - more sunscreen, adhesive bandages of various sizes, adhesive tape, non-stick and gauze pads, elastic bandages, antibiotic ointments, etc.  Bass Pro Shops has first aid kits designed for different levels of care need,, from basic, to backpacker, to family care kit...designed to give you what you need and not what you DON'T need!

Equipment

Tent – Closely examine your tent for tears and wear. Check the seams and repair, if possible. This is where you really have to evaluate if it's worth it to make a good repair or just buy a new tent. 

Poles and stakes– Check for splitting or fraying of fiberglass poles. Figure the number of stakes you need, count what you have, and replenish - plus add in a couple of extras!

Awning - Just like the tent, check your awning or canopy for wear and tear.

Chairs - Again, make sure your chairs are sturdy and give them a cleaning.

Your camping equipment and tool kit should include sturdy rope, and plenty of it, for use with the tent, canopy and awnings. Don't forget a knife in a sheath, and an ax or hatchet (good for chopping or for pounding in stakes!). Some tent camper also use a tarp under their tent, to protect it from puncturing and moisture.

Backpacks - If you're a backpacker, check your pack for rips, bad seams, broken zippers, bad frames, etc.  Evaluate if it's time to get a new one...remember, you're going to be using it again and hiking through the mountains is not a time to have it break!

Sleeping bag – Wash and dry your sleeping bag, if you didn't do it after its last use. You'll want to use a front-loading machine, as the agitator could easily damage a bag.

Headlamps, flashlights - Replace batteries and keep extras in your equipment tote or box.

Stoves and lanterns - Make sure they work and that you have enough fuel.

Cooking Gear

Clean your pots, pans, utensils, etc.

Put everything in a plastic tote for easy storage and transport.

Make sure you have the basics such as tongs, cutting knife, spatula, stirring spoons, aluminum foil, salt/pepper and other seasonings, and enough utensils for everyone. 

Re-season your cast iron.

 

Some products that Maley recommends from Bass Pro which might help you with your camping gear maintenance and repair are:

McNett Tenacious Tape - Real tent fabric and a long-lasting, high strength adhesive that provides nearly invisible, permanent repairs for tents, mosquito netting, backpacks, rain gear, sleeping bags, tarps, sleeping pads, and more.

Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Spray  - Comes in aerosol or non-aerosol. Can be use on clothes, sleeping bags, tents, and gear bags. Lasts up to six washes!

Pole Repair Kits

Camp Dry and ReviveX Air Dry Waterproofing - Camp Dry is a silicone-based waterproofing spray. ReviveX is non-silicone.

 

Whether small or big tent, pop-up camper, or RV, the key is to be organized, make sure everything is in good repair, and to ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS!

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Emergency Tent Repair? No Problem!

tentYou've gathered up your gear, packed the ice chest and headed out to the first camping trip of the season. Once you've located the perfect spot and start to set up your tent, a pole breaks. A zipper pulls loose. Or you notice the hole you forgot to patch, when you packed up the tent at the end of the previous season.

Don't fear!  Your trip won't be ruined if you have the Gear Aid Tent Repair Kit with you!  The contents of the pack include tent pole splints, zipper sliders, patches, adhesive, sewing kit, cleaner, deodorizer, and alcohol wipes. It comes packed in a convenient carrying carrying case, that's small enough to pack with your gear or in your tent bag. The variety of supplies included in the kit can help you make almost any repair out in the field!

You can find the Tent Repair Kits in the Camping Department at Bass Pro Shop. In addition to the kits, you can also find the contents in individual packages, such as seam sealer, floor sealant, duct tape and sewing kits. For less than $15, this is one item you shouldn't leave home without, so pick one up the next time you're at your local Bass Pro Shops and pack it up with your tent or sleeping bag. You won't be sorry!

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Look What's in Camping!

Last month, I gave you a little bit of information about our gifts department. I hope that you read and enjoyed "It's All About the Gift"  (http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-leeds-al/its-all-about-the-gift) published on January 16th. This month I would like to focus on our camping department.

Bass Pro Shops camping department has it all! Whether you are gearing up for a camping trip, planning an outdoor barbeque, processing your own meat, or simply looking to accessorize your vehicle, our camping department can help you with any task. If you haven't had a chance to take a stroll though our camping department, let me tell you what all you are missing! You are missing hundreds of items featuring various name brands at bargain prices. Now, in order to see them all, you will have to come into the store and stroll isle after isle, but, I will try to highlight what I can (until you can make the trip)!

Tent

Our camping department has a vast selection of your basic camping needs. We feature a variety of tents to fit your needs including cabin tents, backpacking tents, and dome tents. Whether you're looking for a tent to fit just one person or a whole family, I am sure we have one that is sure to be the right size. We carry great name brands such as Boulder Creek, Ascend, Coleman, http://www.coleman.com/Products/11000/tents and (of course) Bass Pro Shops.  We also carry all of your tent accessory needs including, but not limited to, extra stakes, tent fans, tent lights, and replacement poles. In order to sleep in your tent, you must make a decision about a sleeping bag. Come check out our hugh selection of sleeping bags from Ascend, Bass Pro Shops, Coleman, Redhead, and North Face. If a sleeping bag is not in the cards for you, we have other alternatives including cots, sleeping pads, and air beds.            http://www.basspro.com/Brand-Boulder-Creek/Camping-Tents/_/N-1z0vai1Z1z0ux88

 

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After the decision of what type of tent and sleeping bag suites your needs, don't forget about all of the other camping accessories. We offer a variety of toilets and showers. (Which my daughter believes are the absolute must-haves for camping!) We also have various sunblocks, repellents including ThermaCell, water treatments, vacuum bottles, and heaters.You definitely do not want to leave home without a map and a compass. Our camping department has a variety of maps available for you! One thing I know is a must have on my check list, when we go camping, is a first aid kit. Our camping department has an assortment of first aid kits to fit your needs.

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Coolers are also a must have for the camping trip. We offer a variety of sizes and name brands of coolers, including the indestructible Yeti! Camping stoves, camping cookware, camping tableware, and flashlights should round out your list of supplies. We have a vast selection to choose from including our extensive collection of Lodge cast iron cookware. If you are in to the simple side of meals, check out our freeze dried meals. They are lightweight and easy to pack.

 

Canoe

If your camping trip takes you into an area of rugged terrain, try picking up a couple of trekking poles to help you make the climb. If you do plan on taking a long hike while you are camping, don't forget to check out the backpacks that are available in our camping department. If your walk leads you to search for treasure, don't forget to take a metal detector with you. Regardless of whether you are taking a short trip or long one, don't forget to get a camel back to help you with your hydration. If you find that hiking is not on your list of things to do, maybe you would be interested to know that we sell a variety of canoes and kayaks.

Grill

 

Did you know that our camping department is more than just camping supplies? We also offer a large variety of grills. Yes, I realize that the two are connected but, you don't have to go camping to use a grill and you don't have to own a grill just to go camping. Our grill selection includes names such as Brinkman, Browning, Char-griller, Coleman, and Masterbuilt. We have grills that are made for propane, charcoal, or both. We sell flavored wood chips and lump charcoal, along with marinades and seasonings. We offer fryers, as well. We have deep fryers, fish fryers, and turkey fryers for all your wild game cooking needs.

 

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Along with our selection of grills and fryers, we have all your essential needs to process your own meat. We carry meat grinders, meat slicers, wild game processing kits, food savers, and dehydrators. We have all of your processing needs including sleeves for sausage and seasoning mixes. Once the meat is processed, you can freeze it using one our our food savers or get it ready to fry by using a breader.

 

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Last, but certainly not least, our camping department offers a variety of accessories for your vehicle. From floor mats to seat covers, we have the vehicle accessory that you are looking for. We carry steering wheel covers, key chains and air fresheners from names brands like RedHead, Browning, and Bone Collector. Don't forget to check out our decals, license plate frames, and car covers. We also have deer alert sets for your vehicle. While you are here, check out our GPS selection in the marine department.

Well, I hope that the next time you are in the store, you will check out our camping department. Until next month.... Enjoy the outdoors!

 

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Canoe or kayak? Which is right for you?

As warmer weather approaches, thoughts begin to turn to outdoor activities once again.  Maybe you have watched others as they paddle down the river or across the lake and have decided to try this for yourself, but have no idea where to begin.

 Before choosing a kayak or canoe for yourself, there are a few things that you should think about:

1) Where do you plan to go?

Canoes are generally  better for water that is calm, such as lakes and slow moving rivers. They sit  lower in the water than kayaks, so they are limited to where they can go.

Kayaks are more useful in swifter water, such as larger, more open lakes and whitewater. They sit higher in the water, so they can go where there is very little water, such as a small stream.

2)What do you want to do?

Kayaks tend to be best for one to two day trips. Since they are smaller than canoes, they do not hold as much gear.

Canoes are usually best if you plan to be gone for several days, such as a camping trip.  There is usually plenty of room in a canoe to carry tents, coolers, etc.

3) How many people will be going?

While kayaks are mostly for one, sometimes two, people, canoes can carry up to four. 

 

In addition, before making a purchase, you will want to consider the following:

How will you carry your boat?

Where will it be stored?

How much money do you want to spend?

 

Remember, there are exceptions to every rule when looking at canoes and kayaks, and no single boat can do everything well.

For more information, visit www.oldtowncanoe.com or www.basspro.com .

Come on in and visit us at Leeds Bass Pro Shops and check out our great selection of canoes and kayaks, as well as paddles,  personal flotaton devices, and many other accessories.

Enjoy the great outdoors, and remember, SAFETY FIRST!!!!

Tracye

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Outdoor Essentials - Winter Camping Basics

Boundary Waters CampingMention camping in snow and 32 degree temps and the first response you hear may be, "Are you crazy?" 

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Camping Associate Peter Maley has some tips for those who might want to give winter camping a try. His cold-weather camping started in Boy Scouts and has continued through the years, with winter camping in various Iowa state parks, Minnesota, and in Alaska, where he lived for 10 years.

Maley is a firm believer that people are adaptable, and some of winter camping is mental. It's mind over fear and overcoming the cold. His first major winter camp experience was in the Boundary Waters at 32 below - it snowed the whole time and their car didn’t start at the end of the trip. But, that's another story.

Maley offers up these Outdoor Essentials for getting started in cold-weather camping:

1.  Go with someone who has done it before. Cut back expectations - lose the preconceived notions based on summer camping.Gathering firewood

"Winter camping requires twice as long to do anything and you have half the daylight hours to do it, so you need to account for that," says Maley. "After 24-36 hours you begin to acclimate – it's amazing."

2.  Good preparation for clothing, menu planning and appropriate gear is imperative. Plan to eat two times your normal amount of calories just to keep your body fueled and remain hydrated. Your food should be heavy on moisture (liquid) and calories – one pot soups, high energy snack foods (chocolate-based granola), anything you can add butter to (fats). Carbs, fat, liquid. Don't worry, you'll burn them off! Maley can't emphasize enough the importance of staying hydrated. You get colder faster and you can't melt enough snow to stay hydrated.

3.  Clothing – think wool, fleece, layers. No cotton  – when it's wet it gets clammy. Even though its cold weather, you will sweat. Fleece-type materials wick the moisture away and help keep you dry and warm. Maley uses base layers of XPS Expedition Weight 3.0 and 4.0 thermals. Have breathable fleece insulating layers of medium to heavy weight – then a waterproof/windproof shell, pants and jacket. Sweating and wind will be your two biggest enemies. For hands, have three layers – a liner, then gloves, then mittens. Warm footwear – Use military quality extreme cold weather boots with liners. They'll keep your feet warm when you not doing a lot of activity.

4.  Sleep systems – An insulated Thermarest self-inflating mattress or closed cell foam pad won’t absorb moisture from the ground or your body heat...and a good-quality sleeping bag with a rating of -20...or even two. On that infamous Boundary Waters trip, Maley nested two sleeping bags, one inside the other. A bigger outside bag not only provides greater warmth, but also storage space. Use a large bag to keep boots or boot liners and clothes tucked away in the bottom of your sleeping bag, so they don't freeze.

5.  Sleeping Tips - Have a separate pair of polypropylene or fleece long underwear for sleeping, plus a balaclava, stocking hat, hot hands, and candy bars to tuck in your sleeping bag.  Remember, bears hibernate and you need the fuel!

Don't be alarmed if there is snow inside your tent...your breath contains moisture. Frost and snow flakes may form from your breath and fall down inside. But, beware! Burying your head in the sleeping bag is not good either, because that also forms moisture. Hang your sleeping bag each morning to dry.

Bathroom –  No doubt that all of the effort to stay hydrated will create the need for a midnight potty break. You have two options: A.  Use a holding device like a Go Girl or a bottle for the guys.  B.  Get dressed and go. Don't delay the inevitable.

6.  Cooking - If you're packing in to a camp site, your food needs to be easy to pack and prepare, like dehydrated food, MREs, and packaged soups. Remember, you'll need water to prepare. An insulated cup to be your coffee cup, soup bowl, and "dish" for your "camp cuisine," a Spork, and a one burner backpacking stove are all you need. Using butane or propane? Keep your fuel bottles warm in your sleeping bag. If you're using a liquid fuel stove, which Maley says is the best option, prime it with fire paste before use.Have a proper fire set-up
 

7.  Wood supply - Have access to plenty of wood. If you're not at an officially designated camp site with a fire pit, Maley suggests building your campfire on a base of logs and use bigger logs as a backdrop.

"Wood warms you twice....once when you chop it and then when you burn it. Plan on using double or triple what you would use summer camping." 

Still not totally convinced to brave the temps and try winter camping? Start small - try it out of your car at a state park. Take a warm sleeping bag, pad, fleece polypropylene clothing, winter boots (Pac boots), good stove and give it a shot.  One night, close to home, see how it goes. Take a walk and enjoy Mother Nature in her "winter dress."

Maley says he has primarily done winter camping for photography and it's also handy for hunting and scouting. The snow cover allows for better tracking of animals and their daily travels...on land and in air.

"I was hunting one New Year’s Day. I was tracking a small animal’s tracks and they just disappeared. But, in the snow there were brush marks where a hawk or an owl had flown down to grab their meal."

Above all be safe - go with someone and let others know where you're going. If it's a wilderness area, like the Boundary Waters, leave contact information for authorities and for someone at home. Visit with local outfitters about local conditions and topographical features, such as streams, warm springs under ice, etc. Have plenty of reserves for survival necessity...firestarters, candy bars, compass, and lighters.

Maley's three main reasons to winter camp?

No bugs
No people
No noise

Winter camping - a whole new experience making the outdoors available year round.

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Have a Safari Inside

You just got back from vacation.  Great camping trip and now reality hits.  Work, kids back to daycare or youth activities.  They long for another vacation as well as you.  Well - with a little imagination you can bring that back, and have fun with your kids.

Start off with the Insect Lore Campfire Kids Log Cabin Tent.  This tent is easy to set up and great for a bed or a floor.  Now what camping night is not complete without  a fire.  Insect Lore Campfire is cool to the touch and fan powered with a flickering flame.

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Don't forget the Mini Lantern by Backyard safari.  Exploring at night can be fun and safe.  To make things interesting you have to try the Backyard Safari Bug Vacuum with laser light.  Great for ants or cheerios.  Need to call the wild animals or at least the dog?  Check out Bass Pro Shops North American Animal Caller.  This caller makes 10 realistic sounds and is great fun to use.

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Top it all off with some smores done in the microwave and you have a mini vacation done nightly with you kids.  They won't forget the time you spend with them as you go over all the fun times you had on vacation.

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2nd Annual BBQ Cookoff at Bass Pro Shops in Pearl, MS

SECOND ANNUAL BASS PRO SHOPS BARBECUE COOK OFF!

“PEOPLES CHOICE”

100 Bass Pro Dr. - Pearl, MS 39208 - 601-933-3632

You are invited to Participate in the 2nd Annual

 Bass Pro Shops BBQ Cook Off!

Officially Sponsored by CATCH. A.DREAM FOUNDATION

 

Where: Bass Pro Shops – Tracker Marine Boat Pad

When: February 9-10, 2013

What: Bass Pro Shops – TMBC BBQ Cook Off

Barbeque contest with both Professional

And Backyard teams.

 

Catch a Dream

 

Why: Raise awareness and funds for

Catch.A.Dream Foundation

Once-in-a-lifetime

hunting and fishing

for children who have

A life-threatening illness.

 

 

 

                

Official Rules:

1.       Entries can be entered with or without sauce.

 

2.       All entries must be cooked on site. The preparation and

completion of any and all meats in the competition is within the

confines of the cook off site. 

 

3.      Containers will be provided for our customers to

sample your bbq.  Please keep sample sizes small, Bass Pro Shops will

providing all customers with a BBQ plate lunch.

 

4.       A team number will be assigned to each team by BPS check-in

staff upon check in.  Check in will be Friday  between 4-8pm.

The number given will be your number throughout the event.

 

5.       Entry is based on a first-paid, first-entered basis.  Please

enter as soon as possible as space may be limited.

 

6.       Each team must purchase their own meat for the competition.

All funds spent during and for the event is tax deductable.

 

7.       Teams are responsible for maintaining a clean and safe working

area.  Teams may cook with wood, wood pellets, charcoal, and gas.

 

8.       Teams may display banners at their booths identifying and /or

advertising their team or company.

 

9.       Bass Pro Shops is not responsible for theft, damage of personal

property, or injury to any persons entered as contestants; or any of the

contestant’s family members or guests.

 

10.   No holes or dug pits are permitted.

 

11.   The Chief Cook is responsible for the conduct of his/her team

members and guests.

 

12.   No alcohol will be permitted on Bass Pro Shops premises during the

event.

 

13.   Teams must provide all their own supplies including cooking

utensils, tent (if desired), and ice (if needed).  Please be prepared

for inclement weather.

 

14.   Bass Pro Shops will provide a cooking space, trash bags, and the

plates for samples.

 

15.   “People’s Choice” serving time is scheduled from 1pm-3pm on

 Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday will be Pit Boss Choice and pulled chicken,

 Sunday will be pulled pork and sliced brisket.

 Samples must be ready at the advertised time.

 

16.   Trophy plaques will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of each

category.  Placement is factored by customer ballets.  We will be

awarding a grand champion after conclusion of event on Sunday.

 

17.   Teams must provide extension cords or generators if electricity is

needed.  Water is available on site for transportation by buckets

(buckets provided by teams).

 

18.   Bass Pro Shops reserves the right to amend these rules without advance notice.

 

For questions concerning the event, please call

Jeff Howerton, Tracker GM: 601-936-3769

Erin Clegg, Tracker Business Asst: 601-933-3632

 

Completed Registration and Entry form should be dropped off at Bass Pro Shops Tracker Marine Center or Customer Service, or mailed to:

Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Marine

Attn: BBQ Cook-off

100 Bass Pro Dr.

Pearl, MS 39208

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Event:  2nd Annual Bass Pro Shops BBQ Cook-off

Date: February 9th – 10th 2013

Entry Fee:      $25.00 for the first category

                         $5.00 each additional category

 

Name of Cooking Team: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Address of Chief Cook: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------              

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Phone #:   -------------------------------------------                      Alternate Phone#: ----------------------------------------

Contact Person: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Categories to enter:                 $25.00 for first entry, $5.00 each additional entry

(Please check all that apply)

Saturday

_______Chief’s (Pit Boss) Choice               _______Pulled Chicken

Sunday

_______Sliced Brisket           ______Pulled Pork

Total due: ______

Please make checks payable to:   Bass Pro Shops

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Product Highlight!

Here at the Denham Springs Bass Pro Shops we have a large assortment of products to meet all of your needs.  We gave employees in each department an opportunity to highlight some of their favorite products that they thought customers would find new, exciting, or just downright useful! Be sure to click on the item's pitcure or name to view the product online, or stop by the store to check them out in person!  As always, if you have any questions or need some advice feel free to come on in!

Fishing: That’s Incredi-Craw!

The new Culprit Incredi-Craw provides the perfect combination of a large profile body to grab the attention of big bass in the dirtiest of water while being able to glide through the thickest cover. Exceptionally versatile, the bait is designed to be fished with the long antennas in place.   On the drop, the Culprit crawIncredi-Craw's antennae grab the attention of nearby predators. Upon impact with the bottom, the lure's realistic legs and claws flair out to emulate a live crawdad in full defensive mode. Lively and versatile, the Incredi-Craw has a thick ringed body that helps it punch through vegetation to get the job done.  Use this as a punch bait, as well as Texas or Carolina rig.  Either way, there is plenty of action to trigger that impulse strike.  And when you get back to the dock with that big stringer and your buddies say “That’s incredible”, you just answer back “Nah, it’s just Incredi-Craw”. 

Knives: Think Outside the Shell

The Quarrow® Turtle™ 8 Pocket-Tool is portable and ready to work.   Eight tools that fold down into a compact design resembling a turtle.  This little wonder has pliers, wire cutters, wire stripper, file, knife, flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, and a split ring for attaching to a belt loop or key ring.  TheTurtle Quarrow® Turtle™ 8 Pocket-Tool is the perfect compact tool that fits in your pocket and gives you eight functions for things like fishing, hunting, and emergencies.  This would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for everyone on your Holiday list.  But don’t act like a turtle, get down to Bass Pro Shops quickly and get them while they’re still available.

Home & Gifts: Wind Chimeswind chimes

Enjoy a nice breeze with the sound of Asli Arts wooden wind chimes. Individually carved and painted by craftsmen from Bali and Vietnam. They are varnished for outdoor protection and are made from non endangered wood. Each chime is hand tuned by musicians to create a unique melody of tunes. Bass Pro Shops offers a range of sizes and prices.

 Camo: True Fit Camo T-Shirt

 The True Fit camo T-shirt is truly the last T-shirt youll ever need or want. They are 100% cotton with the lowest shrink rate available on the market and come in short sleeve as well as long sleeve.  They are offered with the choice of 6 different patterns in Realtree AP, Realtree APG, Mossy Oak Breakup, Mossy Oak Breakup Infinity, Max-4 and Max-1. These shirts are tagless and feature a single chest pocket and a clear, realistic camo pattern that is perfect for concealment or just lounging at the camp.

Come by and grab your new favorite T-shirt soon, because they are on sale for a limited time!

Sarah Bernard

Apparel Team Lead

Footwear: Foolproof Waterproofwaterproof

Looking to waterproof your hunting and camping equipment?  Then Redhead Waterproofer is the way to go.  At just $4.99 a can you can’t beat the price.  You can waterproof shoes, coats, hats, backpacks, tents and anything else you need to keep dry.  It is safe for Gortex lined items also.

So the next time you have a hunting or camping trip planned don’t let the rain stop you.  Bring out your Redhead Waterproofer and Spray!

Cathy Buras

Footwear Team Lead

Apparel: RedHead Union Suit

This year just like prior years before one of our big hit sellers has been the RedHead UnionUnion Suit. It’s always a great gift idea for any occasion. Get it embroidered with the names of family or loved ones or even try tossing on a well earned nickname.  This 100% cotton reinforced stitched full body union suit offers strength and comfort all the way from your head to your  toes. They are full button front with a classic flap in the back. Perfect for throwing under your favorite pair of jeans in colder weather or just lounging back in your recliner with a hot cup of coffee watching the morning news.  So just like every winter time think about staying toasty and cozy with a RedHead Union Suit.

Robert Kamerman

Apparel Lead

Denham Springs

Marine: Ahoy There From The Marine Department!lowrance

Here’s your heads-up on all that is new at Bass Pro Shops Denham Springs Marine Department.  The boys and girls over at Lowrance have topped themselves again with the new Lowrance ELITE-7 HDl (sku 1957347).  Everthing that you loved about the old Lowrance ELITE-5 DSI models has been improved.  These babies have a 7” color screen, standard 83/200 fishfinder, high-frequency 455/800 downscan imaging, and Lowrance’s already great GPS system, now with a more advanced basemap.

The ELITE-7 HDl sells for $699.99, and can be found at our Marine Center.

Lee Miller

Marine Dept

Denham Springs

 

 

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We Salute You.

A Great American and Military Hero has passed away. It’s hard to believe how many lives Gen H Norman Schwarzkopf has touched in his time spent here on earth. He is a legend who loved his country, our freedoms and his family & friends. For a very short moment in time, I and a few of our Managers & Associates were able to meet and converse with this wonderful man.

Our adventure began as we had decided to support and attended a sporting clay fundraiser in Lakeland. The event was being held to raise money for the Children’s Home Foundation located in Tampa, for which General Schwarzkopf was The Honorary Chairman. When I explained that the General would be attending, I had no problem securing shooters for our teams.


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Upon arriving at the event, we suddenly became engulfed by a large mass of participants, spectators, vendors and volunteers, embracing our great shooting sports heritage. As we completed our registration, received all our goody bags and shooting instructions, there was still one goal we had not yet accomplished. Find The General. We ventured around the grounds passing several tents, vendors, concessions and buildings, when suddenly, we were stopped in our tracks by one uniquely decorated and patriotic looking golf cart. Fully decked out in red, white and blue banners & accessories, we had hit the jack pot. Now, we wait. As time seemed to stand still and our conversation ceased, the General suddenly appeared. He was dressed from head to toe in his green colored coordinated shooting apparel & gear. It was quite obvious that he was here to have fun, raise some money, shoot some clays, and be competitive. He was ready!pic 1

It was remarkable. Humbled, awed and inspired, we gazed upon this gentle giant as we tried to imagine what this man has seen and experienced in his lifetime. A mutual friend and the Event Director Bill Arthur, stepped forward and graciously introduced us to him. Upon completing our handshakes and exchanging some small talk, the General mounted his patriotic golf chariot and headed out to seize the day. The General methodically maneuvered the shooting course stopping numerous times to bust some clays. And along the way, he took time in his travels to mingle amongst the masses, taking hundred’s of photos and signing autographs for all.

Once the event was completed, the crowd methodically assembled for the food distribution and awards ceremony. We were treated to a sensational picnic style luncheon with all the fixins’. As some final announcements were made from the stage area, it was now time for our host Bill Arthur to introduce The Honorary Event Chairman, Gen H Norman Schwarzkopf. The crowd exploded with a long and resounding ovation. Everyone in attendance was standing tall and applauding this Great American. Incredible, Joyous, Amazing!! He spoke to all us and thanked everyone for supporting the Children’s Home event. Little did we know, as we embraced this moment with him, that his health was failing and that this would be his final speech to all of us.

As the event came to a close, General Schwarzkopf was extremely gracious to take some group pictures and sign some autographs with our Bass Pro Shops Orlando Shooting Team. We laughed and joked with him for just a few brief moments in time, that all of us will never forget. Earlier, we had presented the General with a Limited Edition Browning Knife. A small token for his support & achievements. He thanked us with a smile of appreciation that was so warm & genuine. The following year the General did attend Children’s Home event, but was heavily escorted by his wife and daughter Cindy. The patriotic golf cart was not to be found. What became apparent to all of us was, as the seasons of the year change, something else had now changed. We knew that the health of this great man was slowly fading with time.

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Many of our younger generations will never know, understand or appreciate the accomplishments, or the precious moments that we spent with this great man. As the sun will rise and set again each day, let us be proud to acknowledge that we live in a country that is free because of our Military and Great Americans like Gen H Norman Schwarzkopf. Today we celebrate the life and accomplishments of this Military Leader & Hero, Husband, Father & Friend. God bless his soul and may he rest in peace. Amen.

 

By Greg Finenco

Bass Pro Shops Orlando

 

 

 

 

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Cincy BPS Christmas Wish List Item #7: Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Propane Heater

Hunting, camping, backyard partying, even those doomsday prepping should have this on their Christmas List this year. No matter what the scenario, you will stay warm with this little gem:

 Enjoy theMr. Heater safety of radiant propane heating in an easy carrying, go-anywhere portable propane heater with the Mr. Heater® Portable Buddy® Propane Heater. Great for tents, campers, hunting blinds, cabins, garages, ice fishing shelters, workshops, and much more.  This easy-to-use heater utilizes a large heating surface to heat up to 200 square feet for up to 110 hours. Fold-down handle for easier storage and key-shaped mounting holes for easy wall mounting make it easy to find the perfect spot for this compact heater. The swivel-out fuel connection makes hooking up either a 1 lb. disposable propane cylinder or a hose from a 20 lb tank quick and easy. The heater's four position control features a built-in Piezo igniter and two heat settings (4000 or 9000 BTU per hour) to give you a single control for ignition and heat control. Built to provide safe and reliable heat anytime and anywhere, the Portable Buddy features a high temperature wire guard and low-oxygen (ODS) and tip-over safety shut-off systems, earning it a CSA certification for safe indoor heating use.

Designed to direct radiant heat over a wider area, this heater utilizes a large heating surface, durable porcelain-coated reflector, and ceramic burner tile mounted with shock absorbing insulation for durability. The Portable Buddy provides 3-6 hours of heat with a 1 lb. disposable propane cylinder and 48-110 hours of heat with a 20 lb. bulk tank. Heater is not designed for permanent installation or for use above 7,000 feet.

You must use common sense when using this indoors and be sure to maintain adequate ventilation (open roof vent and window). Runs about 4.5 hours on a 1 lb bottle on low setting. Look into the 12' attachment and filter kit to run on a larger 11lb or 20lb bottle that you can keep outside your trailer/tent.

  • 4-position control - built-in Piezo igniter and two heat settings (4000-9000 BTU per hour)
  • Heats up to 200 sq. ft.
  • Swivel-out fuel connection
  • High temperature wire guard
  • Low-oxygen (ODS) and tip-over safety shut-off systems
  • Large heating surface
  • Durable porcelain-coated reflector
  • Provides 3-6 hours of heat with a 1 lb. disposable propane cylinder (not included)
  • Heats for 48-110 hours of heat with a 20 lb. bulk tank (not included)
  • Key-shaped mounting holes for easy wall mounting
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Georgia State Parks: Chattahoochee Bend

chattahoocheeGeorgia’s newest state park showcases a spectacular tract of wilderness in northwest Coweta County.  Located in a graceful bend of the Chattahoochee River, the park is a haven for paddlers, campers and anglers.  At 2,910 acres, Chattahoochee Bend is one of Georgia’s largest state parks, protecting five miles of river frontage.  A boat ramp provides easy access to the water, while more than six miles of wooded trails are open for hiking and nature photography.  An observation platform provides nice views of the river and forest.
 
Although most of the park has been left in its natural state, campers have many options for staying overnight within park boundaries.  RV owners will enjoy the camping section with sunny pull-through and back-in sites.  Tent campers can choose from riverfront platform sites, walk-in sites and traditional developed campsites.  The park even offers screened Adirondack-style shelters for individuals and groups who want a unique camping experience.  Bathhouses with hot showers are a short walk from most campsites.  Covered picnic shelters may be rented for birthday parties, reunions and other gatherings.

THINGS TO DO & SEE:
  • Hiking - six miles of trails, observation platform
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing

www.gastateparks.org

 

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Georgia State Parks: Fort Yargo

yargoLocated between Atlanta and Athens, this popular park features a 1792 log fort built by settlers for protection against Creek and Cherokee Indians. Today, visitors come to Fort Yargo for its wide variety of outdoor recreation and scenery. Mountain bikers and hikers can test their endurance on 18 miles of trails. A 260-acre lake offers a large swimming beach, fishing and boat ramps. The park’s wooded disc golf course is exceptionally challenging. 
 
Fort Yargo State Park is a beautiful location for outdoor weddings, reunions and other celebrations.  Visitors have a choice of numerous facilities for all budgets, ranging from group shelters to lake-view pavilions. Overnight guests can choose from fully equipped cottages or cozy campsites.  For a more unique experience, visitors can reserve lakeside yurts, which are like canvas and wooden tents. Each yurt has furniture and electricity inside and a fire ring, picnic table and grill outside.

THINGS TO DO & SEE:
  • Hiking and Mountain Biking - 18 miles of trails
  • Disc Golf
  • Lake Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoe, Kayak and Pedal Boat Rental
  • Picnicking
  • Miniature Golf
  • Tennis

www.gastateparks.org

 

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Georgia State Parks: Black Rock Mountain

black rockGeorgia’s highest state park encompasses some of the most outstanding scenery in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.  Roadside overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas, and four hiking trails lead visitors past wildflowers, streams, small waterfalls and lush forests. Visitors enjoy the summit visitor center for its views, gift shop and picnic tables. 
 
Mountaintop cottages surround a small playground, while campsites are nestled under rhododendron and gnarled oaks. Tent campers will appreciate the walk-in sites that allow extra privacy.  The park’s small lake is popular with anglers and circled by an easy walking trail.  At an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain is often cooler than other Georgia parks and may close during icy weather.  RVers should be comfortable driving on steep, winding roads.

THINGS TO DO & SEE
  • Hiking and Backpacking - 11 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult
  • Picnicking
  • Photography
  • Lake Fishing - bass, bream, catfish, perch, trout
  • Lake Canoeing & Kayaking - no rentals

www.gastateparks.org

 

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Georgia State Parks: Cloudland Canyon

cloudlandLocated on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and exceptional hiking. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet.
 
The most spectacular view into the canyon is an easy walk from the picnic area; however, hikers can also explore a rim trail or journey to the canyon floor by a series of staircases.  Two waterfalls cascade over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below, with their flow depending on recent rains. This Waterfalls Trail is part of the popular Canyon Climbers Club.

Overnight guests can choose from cottages near the canyon edge, a modern campground and spacious, walk-in tent sites.  Backpackers can enjoy camping in a hemlock grove on the 2-mile Backcountry Loop.
 

THINGS TO DO & SEE

  • Hiking - 4.8-mile West Rim Loop, 2-mile Waterfalls Trail, 2-mile Backcountry Loop, 9-mile Cloudland Connector Trail, 6.5-mile Sitton's Gulch Trail, Canyon Climbers Club
  • Disc Golf ($3, annual pass available)
  • Picnicking
  • GeoCaching
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Tennis
  • Fishing

www.gastateparks.org

 

 

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Georgia State Parks: Tugaloo

tugalooSituated on a wooded peninsula, Tugaloo’s cottages and most campsites offer spectacular views of 55,590-acre Lake Hartwell in every direction. Some cottages even have private boat docks for overnight guests. Tent campers can choose between the developed campground or primitive sites located a short walk from the parking area. During summer, the lake is a popular destination for swimming, water skiing, sailing and boating. Both the Sassafras and Muscadine hiking trails wind through oak, walnut, mulberry and cherry trees.
 
Tugaloo State Park boasts a six-lane mega ramp used for large fishing tournaments and easy lake access.  Fishing is excellent year-round, and large-mouth bass are plentiful. The name “Tugaloo” comes from an Indian name for the river which once flowed freely prior to the construction of Hartwell Dam.

THINGS TO DO & SEE:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Canoe and Kayak Rental
  • Horseshoes
  • Tennis
www.gastateparks.org
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Deer Camp/Camping Necessities

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

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

What about strike anywhere matches? Got those?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Safe hunting...and camping!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops

 

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Turkey Time with Melanie Part 1:Oven Roasting

While spring is my absolute favourite season, I do enjoy autumn. I love the smell of wood smoke in the crisp air and steaming mugs of hot chocolate or apple cider. There are the colourful leaves that tumble to the ground making a mosaic patterned carpet until it’s all raked into a big pile that is so tempting to jump into. Local Autumn festivals, apple picking, apple pie, and Thanksgiving….and since we are talking about the big turkey day…

This year Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday October 8th.

Everyone has different preferences as to what they serve and how they prepare the turkey (or tofurkey for our vegetarian friends). Some tables are laden down with the traditional roasted turkey with all the trimmings while others like to be more adventurous.

There are many different ways of preparing the festive bird from oven roasting to deep frying to smoking to grilling. The next three blogs are going to be about three different ways to cook your turkey; oven roasting, deep frying and smoking. I think I should have titled this blog Gobble talk part one.

While roasting a bird seems pretty straight forward, it can be pretty daunting if it’s your first time or haven‘t had the most successful results. So take a moment to gather some gobble confidence and lets work on getting you some kudos at the table.

To make your bird stand out try a rub or Injectable marinade or brine. We carry a few different kinds, including turkey specific.

Brine is one way to add moisture and flavour to your turkey. Brining needs to be done the day before because you need to let the turkey sit for at least one hour per pound. If you are not comfortable making your own brine mix, we do carry one: Hi Mountain Game Bird or Poultry Brine Mix.

Rubs: We have a couple rubs that are specific to poultry; like Plowboy’s Fins and Feathers and Yard bird , Bone Suckin’ Sauce and Arthur Bryant’s Poultry and Meat Rub.

Injectable Marinades: Injectable marinades are a great way to add flavour to you bird (or any meat). We have different flavours if you want to do a twist on tradition. Using the syringe you inject the marinade into the meat for a nice flavour. Just follow the instructions and make sure you don’t make too many punctures into the skin and you will have scrumptious turkey to serve your guests.

The flavours we carry are: Tony Chachere’s Injectable Marinades; Roasted Garlic, Jalapeno Butter and Creole Butter.

Butterball Injectable Marinades: Garlic and Herb, Mesquite and Buttery Creole.

Cajun Injector Injectable Marinades: Hot and Spicy Butter, Lemon Butter Garlic, Jalapeno, Roasted Garlic, Buffalo Butter, Teriyaki and Honey, Honey and Bacon Barbeque, Barbeque Mesquite, Creole Butter and Creole Garlic.

A basic way to oven roast your turkey

Make sure your bird is completely thawed.

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).

Remove the neck and giblets (you should find them in a bag inside the bird’s cavity).

Rinse the bird inside and out then without rubbing, dry the turkey with paper towels.

Stuff the bird (either use homemade or follow the directions on boxed stuffing mixes) but don’t cram it full. Make sure to tie the drumsticks together with string.

Use an Injectable marinade.

Cover the skin with melted butter or oil.

Place the bird in a roasting pan and set on the rack in an oven.

When the skin is a light golden colour, cover the turkey with an aluminium foil tent.

Almost an hour before the turkey is done remove the tent.

When the internal temperature in the thigh or breast is 75 degrees Celsius (165 degrees Fahrenheit) the turkey is done.

Let it rest for about 20 minutes.

 

There are plenty of websites and cookbooks that provide different methods, including ones like roasting a turkey in a paper bag. Even if you only make turkey once a year you can make it memorable by using a brine or rub or marinade (and no one will call it dry).

Now even though you may be trying to get several dishes done at once and lay the table you will want to make sure that you follow the tips for safely handling and preparing your bird.

A Few Safe Handling Tips

Keep the raw turkey in a clean bag or container that will not leak any of the juices.

Cook a fresh turkey within three days after purchase. If you purchase your turkey several days before you need it then pop it in the freezer.

Thaw your frozen turkey in the refrigerator on the lowest shelf to avoid contaminating other foods.

Defrosting your turkey will take one day for each 1.8 kg (4lbs) of turkey.

Cook your turkey as soon as it has thawed.

Properly clean your hands , any surfaces and cooking equipment each time you handle the turkey or the raw juices.

Keep the raw turkey away from other dishes.

Now you are ready to make a delicious oven roasted turkey!

Melanie

Camping Dept.

Bass Pro Shops

Vaughan, ON

Up next: Smoking Your Turkey.

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