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Bass Pro Shops offers free hunting seminars, activities and special offers to get customers prepared for fall hunting season

Fall Hunting Classic hosted in Bass Pro Shops locations across North America

The Fall Hunting Classic, an annual tradition for millions of sportsmen and women across North America, returns to Bass Pro Shops locations throughout the U.S. and Canada this August 11- 27, 2017. Customers prepare for fall hunting season with free seminars led by professional hunters and benefit from special offers at Bass Pro Shops locations* across the U.S. and Canada.

“For 30 years now, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts have attended this free event to learn how they can be more successful in the field while staying safe and comfortable with appropriate clothing and gear,” said Jerry Martin, captain of the RedHead Pro Hunting team. “Hunters love to get a firsthand look at all the latest products and pick up valuable field tips and techniques. It’s become a family tradition that gets passed along to the next generation.”

During the Fall Hunting Classic, professional hunters, local pros and outdoorsmen and women conduct seminars, answer questions and help hunters make the most of their fall hunting season. Many sportsmen and women look forward to the event all year long. Check local listings at www.basspro.com/classic.

Free seminars include:

August 19

11 a.m.: Archery Insights: Improving your aim

2 p.m.: Stealth and Scent Control: Scent control and scent products to give you the edge

4 p.m.: Bag a Bigger Buck: Tips and tactics

August 20

11 a.m.: Hone the Harvest: Archery fine tuning

2 p.m.: From the Field to the Freezer

The first 25 seminar attendees ages 18 or older on August 19 will receive a free LED Outdoor Light; the first 25 attendees on August 20 will receive a free Bass Pro Shops beverage bottle.

Other special events include:

August 19: Women’s Hunting Workshop
Women are invited to this free seminar at 3 p.m. to learn hunting tips and how-to information for gearing up for the hunt and more. The first 25 women ages 18 or older will receive a free Bass Pro Shops tumbler.

August 11 – 20: Bow, crossbow and optics trade-in
Hunters can trade in bows, crossbows and optics for a coupon worth up to $100 off the purchase price of a new bow, crossbow or optics (excludes longbows or recurves and spotting scopes).

August 19 – 27: Game camera and hunting boot trade-in
Hunters can trade in game cameras for a coupon worth up to $100 off the purchase price of a new game camera; or trade in hunting or rubber boots for a coupon worth up to $40 off the purchase of new hunting boots. The game cameras, boots, bows, crossbows and optics are donated to local nonprofit organizations to help with outdoor education programs.

August 26 & 27: Next Generation Weekend
Next Generation Weekend is a family-friendly, free event that includes a free craft, giveaway, photo download and activities. Check local listings for more information on Next Generation activities.***

It is vitally important that today’s youth get involved in the outdoors so they can become the stewards and conservationists of tomorrow to insure the maintenance and well-being of our natural resources. Bass Pro Shops is proud to take part in inspiring the next generation of conservationists by providing easy, fun, accessible ways for families to discover and enjoy the outdoors.

Celebrating Sportsmen, America’s Conservation Heroes

The Fall Hunting Classic celebrates the role hunters play in ongoing wildlife conservation efforts. Hunters are the largest contributors to wildlife conservation through the hunting licenses, tags and stamps they buy. Another important source of funding for state wildlife conservation efforts are the excise taxes sportsmen and women pay on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program (WSFR). In 2015, WSFR provided $1.1 billion through the sale of hunting and fishing equipment to support habitat conservation and outdoor recreation. Since the program’s inception 78 years ago more than $18 billion have been distributed to states for this great work. Those dollars, combined with hunting license fees, provide more than 75 percent of the funding for most state fish and wildlife agencies. Sportsmen and women contribute nearly $8 million to conservation every day through license fees, stamps, permits, excise taxes, and contributions to conservation groups.

Hunt of a Lifetime Sweepstakes

In addition to free seminars and great deals on hunting gear, customers can also enter a sweepstakes to win the hunt of a lifetime with Pat and Nicole Reeve of Driven TV. One winner will receive the grand prize, valued at $8,000, which includes a guided deer hunt for one person with Buck Country Outfitters in Saskatchewan, Canada. The prize package includes LaCrosse hunting boots and gear, a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card and lodging, airfare, rental car, hunting license and taxes. Visit www.basspro.com/classic for more information on how to enter.****

For more information about the free Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic, go to www.basspro.com/classic or visit your local Bass Pro Shops.

* Store not participating in this event includes location in Islamorada, Florida.
** Pro appearances, dates, topics and times subject to change.

***Next Generation Weekend event is not available at the Destin, Florida location.

****Contest rules: Customers may also enter to win online at www.basspro.com. One Grand Prize winner will be drawn nationally. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR CLAIM PRIZE. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 21 years of age or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited.

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today 102 retail and marine centers host 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

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