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When you are in need of outdoor equipment and apparel for camping, fishing, hiking, boating, or hunting, no retail store is better than Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Although the company’s success is owed to its mail-order catalogs that have expanded into a large e-commerce store, the retail centers allow shoppers several advantages.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World began as a simple fishing section in a small Springfield, MO liquor store. John Morris’s homemade baits were so popular that he officially incorporated Bass Pro Shops in 1972. The first catalog was mailed out only two years later, and by 1975, it was the largest mail-order company for outdoor goods and equipment in the United States. The company continued to grow, and in 1977 they released their first branded fishing boat package.

In 1984 the first Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World retail center, dubbed the World Catalog Showroom, opened in Springfield, MO and the Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Warehouse became the first retail center outside of Missouri in 1988. Today, there are over 50 Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World retail centers in 26 states and Canada. They range in size from 42,000 sq ft to over 300,000 sq ft. The retail stores are famous for having freshwater or saltwater aquariums featuring local species of fish in which demonstrations of the latest bait and tackle take place.

Each of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World stores has several departments that include the following:

  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Saltwater Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Auto/ATV
  • Hunting
  • Archery
  • Apparel

Many stores also feature a professional taxidermist working in their branded Wildlife Creations studio. Select stores also have a fine gun room with new and vintage hunting firearms of exceptional quality.

Each of the Bass Pro Outdoor World centers hires local pros that hold a variety of outdoor-related workshops that include topics such as hunter education, fly fishing, pistol safety, and map/compass/GPS navigation training.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World retail centers have several advantages over local stores or catalog/online purchases. The biggest advantage is in convenience. The stores are frequently located in high-traffic business or retail centers in the city, far from any other outdoors stores. It is said to be these prime locations that differentiate Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World stores from their largest competitor, Cabela’s. Many prefer shopping in the traditional retail stores because it gives them a chance to view, hold, test, or try on the gear they may need before making a purchase.

Another reason for visiting Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World stores is that they are much more than stores. It is easy to spend several hours in the store checking out the gear, watching the fish in the aquariums, and even eating at the restaurant attached to most of the stores.

The major drawback of the stores is that their local pros are not always onsite and if you are looking for boating, fishing, or other local information, you will usually not receive the same courteous insights that you can get at a local mom & pop tackle or bait shop.

If you have a Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in your area or in an area you plan on visiting, it is definitely worth your time to drop in even if you don’t make a purchase.

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