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Sign up February 10 for Bass Pro Outdoor Fitness Festival

Monday, February 09, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Pre-registration and early bird rates for 2015 Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival begin Feb. 10 at noon. Those who want to participate can register online for Outdoor Fitness Festival events including the Oct. 4 Tour De Bass, Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs, set for Oct. 17-18, and the Conservation Marathon, slated for Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.  Read Full Story

MULL BLOG KVD Line for Salmon and More

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Got this release from Bass Pro Shops yesterday and of course it is touting this Kevin VanDam fluorocarbon fishing line for bass fishing. But my eyebrows popped skyward when I saw the price for the 20- and 25-pound stuff, which would make great leaders for leadcore and copper lines. And it would be tempting to spool smaller downrigger reels with 12-, 14- or 17-pound test for spoon rods. Heck, guys who dial in brown trout with light leaders of fluorocarban are going to like the 8-pound stuff, too. Read on...  Read Full Story

Bass Pro Shops Supports Veterans

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Bass Pro Shops, a leading retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor equipment, is once again showing its patriotism and support for the brave men and women in uniform by hosting fundraising months for two military-related organizations. This November and December, Bass Pro Shops is providing a donation program for the USO and AMVETS at its stores across the country. During these months, Bass Pro Shops will promote these organizations and provide fundraising opportunities for them.

"For AMVETS, partnering with a respected, patriotic company such as Bass Pro Shops helps us engage the public and bring increased support for our returning veterans," said Stewart Hickey, AMVETS national executive director. "All proceeds derived from our partnership will be used to assist in employing veterans, supporting our Warrior Transition Workshops, which focus on those struggling with combat stress and readjustment issues resulting from one or more deployments, and assisting our nation's homeless veterans, who served their country and deserve to have a safe, and comfortable place to call home."

During November and December, Bass Pro Shops stores throughout the U.S. will offer customers an opportunity to donate $1, $3 or $5 to AMVETS or the USO. In the last five years, Bass Pro Shops helped raise more than $950,000 on behalf of USO and AMVETS.

“For many of our troops serving far from the comforts of home, it’s the small moments they miss most, like hearing the voice of a loved one, reading a good book or enjoying a favorite snack,” said USO SVP and Chief Development Officer Kelli Seely. “A donation from Bass Pro Shops and its customers will support the USO’s USO2GO program, which allows us to lift the spirits of troops serving in remote areas. From toiletries and board games to bean bags that provide a comfortable place to relax, USO2GO delivers touches of home we often take for granted but mean so much to our troops. We’re grateful to partners like Bass Pro Shops who are committed to helping us make every moment count for our service men and women wherever they are serving.”

Bass Pro Shops has a history of honoring our men and women in uniform in a variety of ways and that dedication starts right at the top with Johnny Morris, the company’s founder and CEO. For his contributions and support of the military, the National Infantry Foundation and the Chief of Infantry of the United States Army awarded Morris the prestigious Civil Level Order of Saint Maurice.

Other ways that Bass Pro Shops contributes to our servicemen and women includes hosting Military Discount Days, which start the 15th of every month and last one week.  During that time, active duty and retired military can receive a 10 percent discount off regularly priced merchandise (some exclusions apply) by presenting a valid military identification card. In November, Bass Pro Shops celebrated Veterans Day by beginning Military Discount Days on Nov. 11. To find the closest Bass Pro Shops store, visit: http://www.basspro.com/stores.

The USO, a private, nonprofit organization, lifts the spirits of troops and their families through highly valued programs, morale boosting services, engaging entertainment and more than 160 locations worldwide. It also provides critical support to those who need the organization most, including deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers and families of the fallen. More than 27,000 USO volunteers around the globe do everything possible to provide a home away from home for our troops and their families.

The mission of AMVETS, which is chartered by Congress, is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably. AMVETS also strives to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services. The helping hand that AMVETS volunteers extend to veterans and their families takes many forms.

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Chicago Angler Wins Tracker Marine Grand Prize

Friday, October 18, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, MO – When Steven Reay, an angler from Chicago, opened up the first envelope announcing he had won a 2013 NITRO Z-7 boat with 150hp OptiMax motor and trailer, he was skeptical. However, he sent in the requested information, and when he received a letter confirming he was being awarded the grand prize, he went from disbelief to delight. Reay’s lucky day was the result of a random drawing as part of the Tracker Marine Group’s NITRO “Ride With The Pro” Sweepstakes.














Kevin VanDam, the all-time money winner on the Bassmaster Tournament trail (left), poses with Steven Reay, a Chicago angler, who won a 2013 NITRO Z-7 boat with 150-hp OptiMax motor. This grand prize package was the result of a random drawing as part of the Tracker Marine Group’s NITRO “Ride With The Pro” Sweepstakes.

“I submitted a photo to the Facebook page back in February and then forgot about it. So, when I got the confirmation letter, I was totally amazed, just blown away,” Reay said. “It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever won.”

In addition to the NITRO Z-7 boat, OptiMax motor and trailer package, Reay also received a grand prize package, retailing at more than $30,000, which included:

• KVD Signature Series HYDROWAVE
• KVD Strike King Lure Kit
• MOTORGUIDE Tour Edition trolling motor
• Humminbird Model 597 GPS Fish Finder
• Pair of Oakley KVD Signature Series eyewear
• QUANTUM rod/reel combo
• $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card

In addition, Reay was invited to Missouri so he could receive his prize at Bass Pro Shops’ flagship superstore in Springfield. During a visit to Table Rock Lake, just south of Springfield, Reay also got to meet Kevin VanDam, the all-time money winner on the Bassmaster Tournament trail.

“It was awesome to meet KVD, it was one of the best parts of the trip,” Reay said. “He even signed my new boat.”

Reay said he plans to do even more fishing now and is excited to take his grandson.

NITRO Boats hosted the Ride With The Pro contest on its Facebook page from Feb. 22, 2013, to Aug. 26, 2013. To enter, participants were required to ‘like’ the NITRO Facebook page and complete and submit requested information via an online entry form. Participants were invited to submit a photo of themselves and complete a simple online entry form. All photos submitted as part of the contest may be included in a photo mosaic that will appear on Kevin VanDam’s tournament boat wrap at a future BassMaster Elite Series event. In addition, the boat wrap will be unveiled on the following Facebook pages:

More than 8,500 people entered the Ride With The Pro sweepstakes. Participants were encouraged to enter each month for an increased chance to win the grand prize, as well as having a chance to win monthly prizes including:

• Two KVD Signature Series HYDROWAVE fish finders equipped with special features just like Kevin VanDam’s
• Two Bass Pro Shops Gift Cards
• MOTORGUIDE Freshwater Edition trolling motor
• Three pairs of polarized Oakley KVD Flak Jacket eyewear
• Humminbird 597 GPS fish finder system, equipped with features such as a color LED display and dual beam PLUS SONAR
• Set of QUANTUM Bass Pro baitcast reels with medium-heavy KVD casting and cranking rods
• Plano Tackle bag and Strike King Lure Kevin VanDam Kit

For more information on this event and other Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine Group events, please visit http://www.basspro.com/ or http://www.trackermarine.com/.


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