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Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s donates 40,000 rods and reels to help kids across the US get outdoors

A nationwide movement to help get children and families connected to the outdoors is getting an added boost.

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are donating more than 40,000 rods and reels to nonprofit organizations across the nation to kick off Gone Fishing, which begins June 12. 

Local nonprofit K.A.S.T., or Kids Are Special Too, will receive more than 400 rods and reels from the Springfield and Branson Bass Pro Shop location Thursday. K.A.S.T. recipients will also fish with local pro anglers.

Gone Fishing events are slated for June 12-13 and 19-20 for kids of all ages to catch their first fish in the catch-and-release ponds. Beginner guides, free seminars, crafts and more will be available.

“The effort is part of the company’s mission to inspire future generations to enjoy, love, and conserve the great outdoors,” according to a statement from Bass Pro Shops. “Since the program’s inception, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have donated 400,000 items to youth-focused nonprofit organizations across North America.”

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Sara Karnes is an Outdoors Reporter with the Springfield News-Leader. Follow along with her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @Sara_Karnes. Got a story to tell? Email her at


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