Doors To Wildlife

A friend invited me to this American place, she was sure I was going to like to see the wildlife. Wildlife lives outdoor, I thought, why are we going to a place with a door? Why didn’t she call it a zoo?
We approached an impressive sturdy wood door with antlers as the door pulls, the building didn’t show as the structure was surrounded by large rocks. I remember the cement floor had amusing imprints of bear paws and fish stenciled on the cement as directions for people. A small bridge with cascading water and real birds bathing in the water gave a pleasant feeling to the shopping centre, as if I was somewhere in the mountain for real. Well, I thought if the outside looks so natural, the inside of this place will be just as attractive.

Entrance door


The vestibule that divided the outer door to the street and the interior door to the store made me smile: “Welcome fishermen, hunters and other liars”.

Inside, the animals on display seemed to be real and embalmed. My impression of this place? It seemed like a taxidermy museum with clothes for sale, quite interesting and amusing.
The entire shopping centre is dedicated to natural activities, organic products, outdoor sports equipment, organic or fusion food, fish restaurants and it has been designed with symbols of nature.

Fish restaurant

I think by now, most of you living in the States have recognized this place is the Bass Store, of which some major states have at least one branch, I am sure.
Dan Antion is the organizer of the Thursday Door Challenge.
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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vetandtechinternational
    Jun 09, 2022 @ 15:19:59


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  2. robertawrites235681907
    May 17, 2022 @ 06:03:01

    Hi Valentina, this place sounds very creepy with embalmed animals around it.



  3. Dawn Palmer
    May 16, 2022 @ 21:11:39

    Great photos! You make the store look so outdoorsy and natural. It is fun to check out once in a while.



  4. jazzytower
    May 15, 2022 @ 21:29:11

    Looks like a fun place!




    • Valentina
      May 17, 2022 @ 05:37:27

      Pat, it is a fun place. Inside there are cascade with real water and real stuffed animals, a bowling alley made under water, it’s really an amusing place.



  5. Dan Antion
    May 13, 2022 @ 19:44:15

    Ours used to be a Cabella’s buy yes, we have one nearby. Ironically, it’s about five miles from the site of the Cheney Mills that I’ve been featuring for a few weeks. It is a handsome door, though.



  6. Awakening Wonders
    May 13, 2022 @ 18:52:10

    Yes, these stores are an adventure especially the first time! I have spent hours in Cabela’s Stores with my Mr. Z obtaining all sorts of outdoor adventure gear and I always find something for me too! Thanks for sharing your first thoughts!!!!

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  7. Liesbet @ Roaming About
    May 13, 2022 @ 02:56:19

    While this is not our kind of store, they are impressive and when my parents last visited the US from Belgium, we showed them one inside. The gun collection impressed them more than the stuffed animals and live fish, I have to say.

    And, here is an important and welcome fact for RVers – Bas Pro and Cabella stores usually allow overnight parking in their lots, which are level and relatively quiet. 🙂



    • Valentina
      May 13, 2022 @ 03:38:38

      I didn’t know Bas and Cabella allow RVers to park in their lots. It isn’t my kind of store either, but I have fun taking my friends from Europe when they visit here, just like my American friend took me there to surprise me.

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