If you can’t find any doves or early season geese to hunt, you may want to drive on out to Cabela’s Hamburg instead, and enjoy their NRA Weekend that offers up giveaways, free seminars, free lunch and Eddie Eagle will be on hand with hand-outs for the kids along a photo op with him.
Cabela’s is teaming up with the National Rifle Association to host an in-store NRA Weekend event at all its U.S. stores, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10. The annual event features giveaways, an NRA membership drive, educational workshops, in-store product demonstrations and more.
On Saturday, the first 50 customers in the store will receive a free trigger lock donated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. In addition, free hot dogs will be served from noon to 1 p.m.
Everyone who joins or renews an annual NRA membership at Cabela’s during the event, both Saturday and Sunday, will receive a $25 Cabela’s gift card. Cabela’s also will host free workshops and in-store demonstrations led by NRA instructors, Cabela’s staff and local experts.
In-store seminars offered on Saturday, Sept. 9 will include:
* New Shooter Guide, 11 a.m.
o An introduction to firearm safety, including proper handling, storage, care and cleaning
* Shotgun Cleaning Tips, 1 p.m.
o Learn about techniques and equipment for cleaning and caring for shotguns
* Meet Lance Thompson
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat. & Sun.
Stop by and meet Lance Thompson. Lance is a 10th grade Honor Roll Student and Olympic Trap Shooter from Carlisle, PA. He’s training to reach his dream of representing the U.S.A. in the 2020 Summer Olympics in the sport of Olympic Trap in Tokyo Japan. Lance started shooting at the age of 9 and since then has compiled an impressive resume of medals and titles which he has won both within the U.S.A. and Europe.
* Meet Bobby Hart
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat. & Sun.
Bob Hart was born in to a family tradition of custom gun builders and gunsmiths. He now has taken over the lead role from his father, Wally Hart, at Robert W. Hart and Son Inc. as a 4th generation custom rifle builder. Located in Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, this small, family run business is known world wide to the hunting, shooting, military and law enforcement industries. Some of Bob’s credits include:
* 5 Time Jr. Bench Rest Champion
* 1986 300YD Heavy Varmint Champ
* 2000 1000YD World Open Championship Light Gun
* 2001 IBS 1000YD International Championships High Score
* A member of the Varmint Hunters 1500 Yard Club
* Bob has shot over 13 groundhogs at over 1000 yards. His longest hit was an Elk at 1900 Yards.
He has also filmed a number of shots, including African trips with 60” Kudu at over 500 yards. He has shot with and is involved with industry names like Allen Treadwell, Pat Reeves, Keith Powell (Sportsmen of North America), Bob Foulkrod, Jerry Martin, Brenda Valentine, and Bob Walker, just to name a few.
He now works with several television programs including Sportsman of North America, Northwood Adventures, Driven TV, Bass Pro Outdoor World, Bull’s-eye Adventures and Southern Woods Adventures.
Bob specializes in Long Range Shooting and Hunting, Custom Rifle Building, and Reloading. He also offers an ‘accuracy package’ that has been proven to greatly increase the reliability of many ‘factory’ rifles. This combined with a Hart designed muzzle brake, are a few of the general gunsmith procedures done in-house. He currently has a couple Long Range Hunting Videos and is involved in holding long range shooting seminars. Bob is extremely passionate about the hunting and shooting industry. His goal is to promote and excel in the industry. Bob’s motto is “Take a Hart on the Hunt!”, as he puts his heart into making it possible for the customer to make the “shot of their lives!”.
In addition, customers 18 years and older can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize package that includes a SIG Sauer P320 X-Five Pistol, ammo, and multiple accessories.
For more information about Cabela’s NRA Weekend, call 610-929-7000 or visit www.cabelas.com/hamburg. Cabela’s is located at 100 Cabela Drive, Hamburg, PA.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.