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Free gun safety locks Aug. 9:


Bass Pro Shops’ Fall Hunting Classic Aug. 8-24

Enjoying the outdoors is about more than just hunting and fishing. Safety plays a huge role in the enjoyment of the outdoors.

As a result, Bass Pro Shops will offer free gun safety seminars at 47 of its stores on Saturday, Aug. 9 beginning at 10 a.m.. The first 100 people to complete the course at each store will be given a Project ChildSafe gun lock. The gun safety seminars will be held as part of Bass Pro Shops’ “Fall Hunting Classic” Aug. 8-24. The Islamorada, Miami and Branson, Missouri stores will not offer gun safety classes.

The Fall Hunting Classic is a 17-day event that focuses on hunting and the outdoors. The biggest fall hunting event of the year features three exciting weekends of events, displays and sales.

Other special events during the “Fall Hunting Classic” include: • On Aug. 8-10 nationally recognized professional hunters and outdoors-men will be at stores to give seminars and talk about their experiences. In Orlando, Bass Pro Shops Pro Staffer “Mikey” Blanton will present seminars on Aug. 8-10 and Aug. 16-17. • On Saturday, Aug. 9 Hank Parker, Hal Shaffer and Ken Cobb will be on hand at the Orlando store. • Aug. 11-24 will bring the ATV/UTV and Boat Show. Customers will have the opportunity to check out some select all-terrain and utility vehicles as well as the Tracker family of boats at this free show. • During “Share the Harvest” on Aug. 22-24, customers will receive 15% off select brands of hunting boots with the donation of two canned food items, which will be donated to local organizations. • The Cub Cadet UTV and two-year Toyota Tundra Truck Lease sweepstakes will be held Aug. 8-24. Customers can enter the national sweepstakes for a chance to win one Cub Cadet UTV and a 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 4x4 truck lease. • The Florida State Duck Calling Contest will be held Sunday, Aug. 10 at 12 noon in Orlando. • The Orlando store will also host the NWTF Turkey Calling Contest on Saturday, Aug 16. • “Gators in Florida” conservation and educational seminars are also scheduled at the Orlando store Aug. 16-17. • “Guides & Outfitters Weekend” will be Aug. 16-17 and Aug. 23-24, when customers can book a hunting trip of a lifetime. • The Bass Pro Archery Instruction Range will be available on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24.

The Bass Pro Shops Orlando Outdoor World location features a wide variety of outdoor gear, as well as an indoor archery shooting lane and 17,000-gallon super aquarium and shooting arcade.

Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. customers can watch staff feed fish in the store’s super aquarium, as well as hear educational information concerning the numerous species of fresh and saltwater fish available in Florida. The Orlando Bass Pro Shops aquarium houses an albino catfish, tarpon and a huge 14-pound bass.

Woods ‘n Water magazine is now carried at five Bass Pro Shops locations, including: Orlando, Ft. Myers, Miami, Dania Beach and Savannah, Ga., as well as the Ocala Gander Mountain store.