Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid to welcome biggest names in sports, entertainment, and the outdoors at Evening for Conservation event on April 29 April 15, 2015

Public invited to celebrate the iconic attraction’s grand opening with celebrities and giveaways April 29-May 3

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, an iconic new destination experience located in downtown Memphis, will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday, April 29 from 6 – 9 p.m. with a special Evening for Conservation event. The free event will feature an all-star cast of celebrities from the world of sports, entertainment and the outdoors joining together to help Bass Pro Shops celebrate the opening of one of the most immersive, dynamic retail experiences in the world.

The grand opening activities will begin outside the complex at 6 p.m. with a special opening ceremony featuring live entertainment and surprise guests. Following the ceremony, the Pyramid will officially open its doors and welcome its first guests. In addition to exploring the massive new experience, fans are invited to meet their favorite celebrities for autographs and photos.

The event is free and open to the public. In keeping with Bass Pro Shops’ and its founder Johnny Morris’ commitment to conserving wildlife and the outdoors for future generations to enjoy and protect, the company will donate 50 cents of every dollar spent during the Evening for Conservation to nonprofit conservation organizations including Ducks Unlimited, among others.

Special appearances include:

John Anderson, country music superstar
Ernie Brown, Jr. (“Turtleman”), host of Animal Planet’s hit show, “Call of the Wildman”
Bill Dance, legendary bass angler and host of NBC Sports Network’s “Bill Dance Outdoors”
Tony Stewart, NASCAR driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet SS
Kiara Young, 2015 Miss Tennessee USA

Additional celebrities in attendance include:

Outdoors

Phillip Crowe, award winning wildlife artist representing Ducks Unlimited
Fred Zink, Zink Calls/Avian-X Decoys owner
Buck Gardner, world champion duck caller and founder of Buck Gardner Calls
Jimmy Houston, host of World Fishing Network’s “Jimmy Houston Outdoors”
Field Hudnall, host of Outdoor Channel’s “DU TV”, Field Proven Calls owner
Rob Keck, RedHead Pro Hunting team member and host of “Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World” radio show
Doug Koenig (World’s Best All Around Shooter), competitive-shooter
Jerry Martin, RedHead Head Pro Hunting team member and The Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame member
Nick Mundt, Travis ‘T-Bone’ Turner and Michael Waddell hosts of Outdoor Channel’s “Bone Collector”
Rusty Sellars, True Timber founder and CEO
John Stephens, Duck Calling World Champion
Brenda Valentine, First Lady of Hunting and RedHead Pro Hunting team member

Sports

Coach Hugh Freeze, Head Football Coach, University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”)
Jeanette Lee (“The Black Widow”), professional billiards star
Kendall Newson, former Miami Dolphin and Bass Pro Shops NITRO Pro Team member

Racing

Richard Childress, Richard Childress Racing chairman and CEO
Austin Dillon, NASCAR driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro
Kerry Earnhardt, former NASCAR driver, outdoor personality and co-founder of the Earnhardt Collection and Earnhardt Outdoors
Kelley Earnhardt Miller, JR Motorsports general manager and co-owner, co-founder of Earnhardt Outdoors

Grand opening events continue through the weekend

Grand opening celebrations will continue with even more special exhibits, giveaways and entertainment Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3.

Thursday, April 30
First 200 customers receive a Bass Pro Shops 3D holder and gift card
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet SS at 6 p.m.
Free Buck Knife engraving from CJ Buck 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ronnie Philips and Logan Burditt, Heartland Waterfowl from 5 to 8 p.m.
Performance by Maddie and Tae at 6 p.m.

Friday, May 1
First 200 customers receive a Columbia Coolhead ball cap
Ronnie Philips, Heartland Waterfowl from 8 to 11 a.m.
Performance by Drake White at 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 2
First 200 customers receive a Bass Pro Shops and MasterCard travel blanket
Troy & Jacob Landry of History Channel’s “Swamp People” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
R. Lee Ermey, USMC Veteran (“The Gunny”) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Performance by Blane Howard at 12 p.m.
Performance by Liz Moriondo at 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 3
First 200 customers receive a Bass Pro Shops Tervis tumbler

Starting Thursday, the store will operate normal hours 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission to the store is free. Select attractions will require a fee. The Lookout, the observation deck located at the top of the Pyramid, will cost $10 (kids can ride for $5 until 4 p.m.). Guests can also purchase an annual membership for $100. Admission is included for Big Cypress Lodge guests.

Guests attending opening weekend activities are encouraged to plan ahead as the parking lot is expected to fill up early. The City of Memphis plans to operate free shuttles from remote parking lots at peak times. The City plans to release more information in the coming days.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is located at 1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, Tenn. inside the iconic Memphis Pyramid.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid links:
Store Page: www.basspro.com/pyramid
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BassProShopsPyramid
Twitter: twitter.com/BassProPyramid

Follow the grand opening excitement using #BassProPyramid.


About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 90 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group®, a leading brand of fishing boats for more than 36 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge® (http://www.bigcedar.com), voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World’s Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO. Follow Bass Pro Shops on Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACT:
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(312) 558-1770 ext. 145
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Doug Koenig’s Championship Season Presents One Shot Osceola Turkeys

Hornady Heavy Magnum Load; T/C Encore Hunter Pro

Hornady Heavy Magnum Load; T/C Encore Hunter Pro shotgun

Hamburg, PA., – After patterning their T/C Encore Pro Hunter™ shotguns at a range in Ocala, Florida, Doug joins Smith & Wesson Executives Mario Pasantes and Jan Mladek on their first Osceola hunt. While sitting in their blind, deep in the Palmetto flatwoods and cypress swamps, a curious immature eagle swoops in on the decoy set up as the calling and parading of Tom’s begin.

It’s not long before an iridescent bronze sheen breasted Osceola answers Mario’s call and a 10” bearded Tom drops from the accuracy of Hornady’s new Heavy Magnum® Turkey load. Join Doug as the hunting party learns how to camouflage a blind using palm fronds and see what unexpected creature makes a short lived appearance in the low pressured swampland of Ocala.

Koenig said “There’s no doubt, Mario and Jan thoroughly enjoyed getting out of the office; I think they’ll be back for another Osceola Turkey or maybe set out for a Grand Slam adventure.”

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Pursuit Channel for its third year, beginning July 2, 2014. Each week, Doug delivers hunting and shooting tips whether he’s stalking big game, a fair chase hunting adventure or preparing to compete at a world class level match. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is captured along with his passion as an avid hunter; so come along to share the excitement with your entire family to ensure your day afield is memorable.

Watch a teaser of this week’s show

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on The Sportsman Channel.

  • Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Primetime
  • Monday 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) re-airs
  • Friday 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) re-airs

Follow Doug on Facebook and on Twitter.

Press release contact:  Lisa G. Cinquino

Smith & Wesson® Debuts New TALO Exclusive M&P® Pistols At 2015 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

TALO Exclusive M&P Pistols Available with Kryptek® Typhon™ Finish

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 14, 2015) – Attendees of the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits were among the first to see nine new Smith & Wesson M&P pistols featuring a specialized Kryptek Typhon Finish available exclusively through TALO Distributors Inc. The new M&P pistols encompass calibers ranging from .22 LR to .40 S&W in both full-size and compact models.

The TALO exclusive M&P pistols now available with Kryptek Typhon finish include the M&P9 (full-size and compact), M&P40 (full-size and compact), M&P BODYGUARD 380 with and without internal Crimson Trace® laser and the M&P22 Compact. The internal features and specifications of the new M&P pistols mirror their standard version counterparts. T he new Kryptek T yphon finish, characterized by the company as “serving
those who operate when and where others will not venture,” features a black-tone finish
offset with Kryptek’s multi-directional pattern. T he bi-level layering of patterns incorporate
background transitional shading and sharp random geometrical foregrounds to create a three
dimensional effect that ensures the utmost in concealment at both close and long ranges.

“The positive feedback we received from NRA attendees who stopped by the booth to take a first look at the new T ALO exclusive M&P pistols was very encouraging,” said Jan Mladek, General Manager of Smith & Wesson and M&P Brands. “The latest additions to the M&P family of products provide consumers with added options when selecting a firearm for personal protection or recreational shooting. Each model has been specifically engineered to meet the high standards of today’s professional operators and when combined with the new Kryptek Typhon finish, these new pistols offer even greater concealment benefits as well as the ability to have further customization on your personal firearm.”

For more information on the new TALO Exclusive M&P pistols, please visit Smith-Wesson.com.


About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company’s firearm division brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™. As an industry leading manufacturer of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning supplies, the company’s accessories division produces innovative, top quality products under Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., including Caldwell® Shooting Supplies, Wheeler® Engineering, Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools, Lockdown® Vault Accessories, and Hooyman™ Premium Tree Saws. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Missouri. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to Smith-Wesson.com.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season presents the 2014 US National Steel Championships

Doug Koenig takes aim at the 2014 U.S. National Steel Championships

Doug Koenig takes aim at the 2014 U.S. National Steel Championships

Hamburg, PA. – It’s the season opener of competitions and Doug’s on the range shooting Rimfire with his S&W® Model .41, set up with a Leupold DeltaPoint® 2 at the US National Steel Championships in Titusville, Florida. In this week’s episode, Doug explains how he’ll shoot two famous stages, ‘Smoke & Hope’ and ‘Outer Limits’ while pacing himself to shoot the steel targets fast and accurately, and maintain consistency.

Koenig commented, “This match is a great opportunity for families that shoot together to come out and experience the Rimfire event and observe the shooting techniques and skills of various competitors. Hearing that instant hit on a steel target is addictive and a great way to train.”

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Sportsman Channel. Each week Doug delivers hunting and shooting tips whether he’s stalking big game, on a fair chase hunting adventure or preparing to compete at a world class level match. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is captured along with his passion as an avid hunter; so come along to share the excitement with your entire family to ensure your day afield is memorable.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on Sportsman Channel.

  • Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Primetime
  • Monday 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) re-airs
  • Friday 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) re-airs

Follow Doug on Facebook and on Twitter.

Press release contact:  Lisa G. Cinquino

Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Bianchi Cup with Doug Koenig

Doug celebrates and reflects on this week’s show covering the 35th Anniversary of the Bianchi Cup held at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club in Columbia, MO. As Doug explains each of the four courses of fire, the camera follows the footsteps of the top-level pistol competitor’s from all over the world on the range.

Watch this week’s teaser on YouTube

Revealing what’s in his range bag equipped for action pistol competition, Doug runs through the specs of his winning gear. Doug’s pistol is an Smith & Wesson® Performance Center DK 38 Super 1911 that rests in a Safariland® 014 Holster and customized ELS belt. A Leupold® Gilmore Red Dot sits atop his pistol and his choice of ammo is Hornady® 110 grain XTP® bullets.

“There’s so much tradition and comradery that goes on at this prestigious match; and after all the years that I’ve competed here, I still enjoy returning in search of the perfect score,” Koenig said.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Sportsman Channel. Each week Doug delivers hunting and shooting tips whether he’s stalking big game, on a fair chase hunting adventure or preparing to compete at a world class level match. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is captured along with his passion as an avid hunter; so come along to share the excitement with your entire family to ensure your day afield is memorable.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on Sportsman Channel.

  • Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Primetime
  • Monday 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) re-airs
  • Friday 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) re-airs

 

Tweet your reactions to the show @doug_koenig using #DKCSRocks. Follow Doug on Facebook and help him hit 10,000 fans by the end of this season on Pursuit Channel.

Press release contact:  Lisa G. Cinquino

Scottish Red Stag Hunt with Doug Koenig

Doug sighting in his Thompson Center Venture Rifle

Doug sighting in his Thompson Center Venture Rifle

This week Doug travels to the remote town of Argyll, Scotland, located on the west coast near the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Head Stalker and Sporting Manager, Niall Rowantree of West Highland Hunting, guides Doug through the vast swales of the unspoiled mountainside for Scotland’s majestic Red Stag.

As Doug and Niall head out on a Mudd-Ox vehicle for a late afternoon stalk, the weather conditions change. Visibility is reduced on the mountainside as low-lying fog, misty rain and winds kick up preventing a clear line of sight. Niall has glassed a particular mature Stag which has grouped up with other hinds and now Doug must wait for the opportunity to present itself.

Tune in to see Doug’s traditional Scottish Red Stag hunt and enjoy the dramatic coastal and mountain scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

On so many levels, this was a larger than life hunting experience for me; particularly spending time with Niall,” Doug commented. “Exchanging hunting stories, preferred loads and learning how he manages the herd on these hunting estates was a great part of this trip. I’ll definitely be returning to the Scottish Highlands again.”

Doug’s Scottish Red Stag Hunting Equipment

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Sportsman Channel. Each week Doug delivers hunting and shooting tips whether he’s stalking big game, on a fair chase hunting adventure or preparing to compete at a world class level match. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is captured along with his passion as an avid hunter; so come along to share the excitement with your entire family to ensure your day afield is memorable.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on Sportsman Channel.

  • Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Primetime
  • Monday 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) re-airs
  • Following Friday 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) re-airs

Tweet your reactions to the show @doug_koenig using #DKCSRocks. You can also follow Doug on Facebook.

Press release contact: Lisa G. Cinquino

Masters International Shooting Championship with Doug Koenig

Downrange Steel Targets of Action

Doug Koenig returns to Barry, IL. to compete in The Masters International Shooting Championship. The difficult combination of the three stages, Precision, Action and Long-Range combine various types of steel knock down targets testing competitors’ speed, draw and marksmanship skills. Tune in to see Bullseye, Speed Shooting and Metallic Silhouette shooting at its best.

Doug’s shooting tip this week focuses on the importance of mastering the fundamentals of shooting. Doug describes how as a young man entering the shooting sports, he needed to develop his trigger control, sight alignment and breathing to improve his skills.

“What’s defined me all these years is my level of dedication and preparedness for a match and always wanting to deliver the best performance I can,” Koenig said.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Sportsman Channel. Each week Doug delivers hunting and shooting tips whether he’s stalking big game, on a fair chase hunting adventure or preparing to compete at a world class level match. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is captured along with his passion as an avid hunter; so come along to share the excitement with your entire family to ensure your day afield is memorable.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on The Sportsman Channel.

  • Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Primetime
  • Friday 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) re-airs

Press release contact:  Lisa G. Cinquino

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season presents the 2014 Junior Sportsman’s Team Challenge

TK-STC-2014

Hamburg, PA – This week, Trevor Koenig returns to the Lone star state to reunite with his teammates ‘The Eliminators’ in the Junior Division of the Sportsman’s Team Challenge and compete alongside his Dad in the two person event. Trevor shares how important working together as a team on the shooting line is and by identifying each other’s shooting skills and strengths it will achieve a knock out shooting performance.

The course of fire is six events, three of which are reactive steel targets shooting .22 rimfire rifles, .22 rimfire pistols and centerfile pistols at different distances. The remaining three events involve shooting clay targets thrown randomly simulating hunting scenarios.

Coming off the line Trevor commented, “Stepping up to the line with a shooting strategy in place is one thing, but as the targets rush past you, the fun factor kicks in and focusing on the target becomes a real test of discipline.” Koenig has competed in the Junior Division the past five years, and has developed his own shooting style and level of confidence.

A strong advocate in supporting the next generation of shooters, Doug said, “Watching the juniors participate with their families and friends each year reinforces what the Sportsman’s Team Challenge is all about, creating a fun-filled event that builds confidence and friendships.”

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Sportsman Channel. Each week Doug delivers hunting and shooting tips whether he’s stalking big game, on a fair chase hunting adventure or preparing to compete at a world class level match. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is captured along with his passion as an avid hunter; so come along to share the excitement with your entire family to ensure your day afield is memorable.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on Sportsman Channel.

  • Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Primetime
  • Monday 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) re-airs
  • Friday 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) re-airs

Follow Doug on Facebook and on Twitter.

Press release contact:  Lisa G. Cinquino

Maine Black Bear Hunt with Doug Koenig

Doug patiently waiting for a black bear in Maine.

Doug patiently waiting for a black bear in Maine.

The hunting gear is all loaded in the truck and the GPS is set for due north, the North Woods of Maine for a black bear hunt. Doug’s plan is to hunt the area near Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine and most northern point of the Appalachian Trail, also known for its heavy concentration of Black Bears in dense fir forest.

Watch the teaser on YouTube

The shooting lane has been cleared of brush, there are signs of scat nearby, and now the waiting begins. Tune in to see if Doug’s quarry will make an afternoon appearance and find itself in the crosshairs of Doug’s Leupold DeltaPoint™ 2 Reflex Sight.

The times that I’ve come to Maine have never disappointed me, whether it’s spent talking to the guides learning about habitat management or experiencing a close encounter with a black bear, it’s all part of the total experience I enjoy,” said Koenig.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Sportsman Channel. Each week Doug delivers hunting and shooting tips whether he’s stalking big game, on a fair chase hunting adventure or preparing to compete at a world class level match. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is captured along with his passion as an avid hunter; so come along to share the excitement with your entire family to ensure your day afield is memorable.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on Sportsman Channel.

  • Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Primetime
  • Monday 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) re-airs
  • Friday 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) re-airs

 

Tweet your reactions to the show @doug_koenig using #DKCSRocks.

Press release contact:  Lisa G. Cinquino

Florida Lake Gator Hunt on Doug Koenig’s Championship Season

Doug Koenig Florida Gator Hunt

Hamburg, PA., – Doug travels to the freshwater lakes in Ocala, Florida with his sons and sports training Coach John Schaeffer to fill gator nuisance tags with the help of Gator Country Trappers. Over the course of two days, the crew sets off on a Jon boat during daylight hours glassing for 25’ baited buoy lines amongst lily pads and downed trees.

Watch the Gator Hunt Teaser on YouTube

Hunting with his TenPoint Venom™ Crossbow, Doug rigs it with a special fishing line designed for gator hunting. Using baby gator distress calls, the nighttime spotting pays off as hissing gators are hooked and death roll surface splashes add to the evening’s excitement.

“Having never hunted gators before, I was naturally excited to experience this type of hunt with my sons. Let’s just say the crew felt a whole lot better once we safely landed the gators aboard after using Bang sticks loaded with Hornady® 44 magnum bullets.”

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Sportsman Channel. Each week Doug delivers hunting and shooting tips whether he’s stalking big game, on a fair chase hunting adventure or preparing to compete at a world class level match. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is captured along with his passion as an avid hunter; so come along to share the excitement with your entire family to ensure your day afield is memorable.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on Sportsman Channel.

  • Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Primetime
  • Monday 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) re-airs
  • Friday 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) re-airs

Tweet your reactions to the show @doug_koenig using #DKCSRocks. Follow Doug on Facebook and help him hit 10,000 fans by the end of this season on Pursuit Channel.

Press release contact:  Lisa G. Cinquino