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I had a sales conference in Hershey, PA this Tuesday and made the 200 mile trip down on Monday. Unbeknownst to me, my trip took me right by the new Cabela's store in PA just off rt. 78.

To say I was excited about this find is a slight understatement. Especially since I left myself plenty of time to make the trip in case I just happened to stumble upon an empty golf course or fishing hole that needed my immediate attention.

The store is just plain old sick. I've never been to a Cabela's before or any fishing/hunting store of this size. I think I skipped into the store I was so excited....But anyway, as you can imagine it just sensory overload, a million of everything, 32 different kinds of 4.2 in black curly tail worms, etc - I sometimes found it cofusing to buy the most basic things as there were so many to choose from.

A beautiful building and store filled with all you would expect but here are some highlights.

Fish Aquarium - an enclosed fish aquarium, the kind you would find in a zoo with the glass 8 ft. walls. This was filled with US freshwater gamefish with some real trophies in there. It included several 5 - 7 lb LMB, 4 - 6 lb SMBs, large samples of all popular trout including an albino looking trout which I overheard is a hybrid native to VA (palimino/golden?), a 41 lb flathead catfish, big tiger musky, severall healthy walleye, etc, etc,

Trophy Exhibit - Within the store was a 35 foot tall exhibit that resembled the side of a mountain and contained areas featuring the different landscapes found in the US. This was covered by huge trophy game from across the continent - whitedail, mule deer, bighorn sheep, etc. But by far the most impressive to me was the Polar bear and Alaskan Brown Bear (I thought this looked a lot like a Kodiak Bear). Both were at least 10 feet tall and about the size of my compact SUV. Incredible how large these animals were and looked so real you expected them to jump on you.

I was unable to leave without buying a few things - be careful you can do some serious damage to your credit card there in no time. I was a good boy and got out of there with only a $60 receipt. I stocked up on some needed tackle for next month's week long visit to the father-in-law in FL. Some larger hooks, worms, spinnerbaits, carolina rigs, crackbaits and a new pair of pliers for removing hooks (hopefully from fishs' mouths).

If you get the chance to take a trip out there, please do so. I am thinking that maybe in the middle of the winter when I am jonesing real bad I may go out for a trip. It is located just off exit 29B on 78 in PA.
 

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Thanks for the report! I saw that Cabelas on a road trip, but couldn't convince anyone to stop. Next time I'm down that way I suppose.

I can only imagine what it must be like for those of us who have never experienced it before. I have a good $500-$1000 of stuff I wanter to order from Basspro this winter. It would be so much cooler to go in person to buy it...and probably spend $2000.

Mark
 

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How far from the NJ border is it approx in miles on 78????
 

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What is the sales tax rate there??
 

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Bill! what is the sales tax rate? HAHAHAHAH.....by time you leave that store, that question will be irrelevant my friend! LOL....

nice report....I will be there soon.....
 

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with orders of my size, those pennies can really add up ......LOL........ really, was just curious
 

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Does cabelas sell either Tica or Okuma reels??
 

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From Easton,PA, which is on the NJ border, it's 50 miles to Hamburg where Cabelas is located. The sales tax rate in PA is 6%. The bummer for us living in PA, is we will now have to pay sales tax on our mail orders also. Being 2 1/2 hours from the store, it would have been cheaper paying the shipping on mail orders, rather then driving there. Not so, now when sales tax is added on. You NY residents may have the same thing happen to you with BPS when they open in Auburn, NY this spring.
 

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I was there a couple of weeks ago and all I can say is....WOW !!!

Next time I go, I'll leave the credit cards at home. :D


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cabelas???

I was there the first day it opened, nice store for hunting and camping. But if you are a bass fisherman there's better selections near by, ( Angler's Paradise in Whitehall,Pa ) and Wacky worm in Gilbert, Pa Rt 209 ). Both Have a better selection than Cabelas. The reels Wild Bill 9is looking for Wacky Worm carries. Check them out at their web sites ( www.wackyworm.com ) and ( www.anglersparadise.com ). JMHO bigbasser
 
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