This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Ty Dillon and Freedom Days!

Our weekend starts on Friday, July 31!

NASCAR XFINITY driver Ty Dillon, Richard Childress Racing's driver of the #3 Chevrolet Camaro, will be here Friday, July 31, for autographs. Ty is in town for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA, on Aug. 1.

Autographs start at NOON on Friday, July 31.

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NRA FREEDOM DAYS!

Celebrate our Second Amendment during NRA Freedom Days!

NRA membership drive - Aug. 1/2 - Sign up in-store to for NRA membership and receive a $10 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card!

Free Seminars:

Saturday, August 1

  • 11 AM - Gun Competition Basics: MSR’s, handguns, shotguns and ammo
  • 2 PM - Accessorizing your MSR
  • 3 PM - Women and Self-Defense: How to train and defend

Sunday, August 2

  • 2 PM - Choosing the Right Home Defense System: Shotgun, handgun or MSR
  • 3 PM - Gun Safety in the Home: Gun safes, handgun vaults, and cleaning accessories

(Free Bass Pro Shops logo mug for the first 15 seminar attendees each day!)

Plus, these additional sale and promotional opportunities:

  • Free gun case with any handgun purchase of $300 or more while supplies last!
  • 2nd Amendment Instant Savings: Instant savings on guns up to $150 equal to the value of your sales tax!
  • Triple/Quadruple rewards points on select products!
  • NRA Freedom Days Experience Sweepstakes

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Would your kids like to help us feed the fish? Fish are fed every Tues., Thurs., and Sat. at 3 p.m. Call the store to schedule your child's opportunity to become an Official Junior Fish Feeder!  515-957-5500!
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We have free Kids' Basic Archery Workshops every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Ages 6-10 yrs of age. Children must be pre-registered by calling the store at 515-957-5500 and asking for the Archery Dept.

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Bow Trade- In Days

 

Are you looking for new archery gear? Don't miss our Bow Trade-In Days at Bass Pro Shops!!!!

August 3-16 you can save up to $100 on your new bow or crossbow purchase just by trading in your old bow. All trade-ins will be donated to area youth archery groups that help teach our next generation the basic principles of archery.

 

 

We also have great instant savings using our Outdoor Rewards MasterCard!

 

 

We are ready to get you geared up for this years' archery season!

I can't wait for the Fall Hunting Classic!

 

 

 

 

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Empire Farm Days - Fun For the Entire Family!

George Washington said "I'd rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world".  With that,  we are proud to say that  the Empire Farm Days is one of the largest farm shows in the state.  With over 600 vendors and 300 acres this is a event worth attending.  Located on the Rodman Lott & Son Farms at 2973 Route 414 in Seneca Falls, NY they are just a short distance from Auburn, NY.  Last year there were over 65,000 people who attended the farm days from the United States and Canada.  This year Bass Pro Shops has been invited to participate in Empire Farm Days, and we are looking forward to it.

The dates of the Empire Farm Days are August 11, 12, and 13th.  The cost is only $10 per vehicle. In 1931 this event was called the Empire State Potato Growers ,and then was changed to the Empire Farm Days in 1967.  The Rodman Lott & Sons' Farms have hosted it since 1988.

See the latest tractors, farm implements and dairy innovations. Here is just a small taste of what the 2015 Empire Farm Days has to offer:

Live Beef displays

Massage

Grape Juice Testing

Haw Mowing

Field Demos

Kiddie Tractor rides

Sewing and Spinning

Cattle Handling

Wine Sampling

Hay Raking, and Hay Baling

Antique Tracker Parade

Skin Cancer Screening

You can see they cover a little bit of everything.  All that walking and looking gets you hungry.  No worries.  Try Chicken BBQ's, Beef BBQ's, Pork BBQ's, ice cream, taffy  and other short order food booths. Have a hard time walking or getting around? The staff will take care of you whether you need a golf cart or something else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bass Pro Shops will be there with utility boats and vehicles.   It was a honor to be asked and we could not be happier with attending such a large event. Exhibits, seminars, and demonstrations from milk quality to reinvesting for the next generation of dairy farmers.  Soil health testing innovator Will Brinton, founder of Woods End Soil Laboratory, representatives from Cornell Pro Dairy Program, Western New York Crop Management Association, Seedway, and Kings Agriseeds will be there as well as many others.

For the young farmers of the future 12 and under there are Kiddie Tractor Pulls that benefit the NYS 4H Foundation.  Visitors 18 and older can test drive wheel loaders, backhoes, skidsteers, 4 wheelers and utility vehicles.  This is fun for the entire family.

 

Once you walk around the Farm Days and take it in, you see that life is better on the farm.  Yes, very hard work and farmers take life very seriously.  They also train their kids to become hard working adults.  Farmers work in the winter and in the summer so that the world can eat.  The Empire Farm Days is a salute to farmers and their families while showing them the newest technology and having a great time doing it!

 

 

 

 

 

To be successful in life you need to fall in love with your work and life.  I cannot think of anyone who gives to the community and appreciates his life like a farmer.  So stop on by to the Empire Farm Days on August 11, 12, and 13th and say hello!  Finally, John Denver says it best!

"Thank God I'm A Country Boy"

 

Well, life's on a farm is kinda laid back,
ain't much an old country boy like me can't hack.
It's early to rise, early in the sack thank God I'm a country boy.
Well, a simple kind of life never did me no harm,
raising me a family and working on the farm.
My days are all filled with an easy country charm, thank God I'm a country boy.
Well, I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle.
When the sun's coming up, I got cakes on the griddle.
And life ain't nothing but a funny, funny riddle, thank God I'm a country boy.

When the work's all done and the sun's setting low,
I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.
The kids are asleep so I keep it kinda low, thank God I'm a country boy.
I'd play Sally Gooding all day if I could,
but the lord and my wife wouldn't take it very good.
So I fiddle when I can and I work when I should, thank God I'm a country boy.
Well, I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle.
When the sun's coming up, I got cakes on the griddle.
And life ain't nothing but a funny, funny riddle, thank God I'm a country boy.

I wouldn't trade my life for diamonds or jewels,
I never was one of them money hungry fools.
I'd rather have my fiddle and my farming tools, thank God I'm a country boy.
Yeah, city folk driving in a black limousine,
a lotta sad people thinking that's-a mighty keen.
Son, let me tell you now exactly what I mean, thank God I'm a country boy.
Well, I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle.
When the sun's coming up, I got cakes on the griddle.
And life ain't nothing but a funny, funny riddle, thank God I'm a country boy.

Well, my fiddle was my daddy's till the day he died,
and he took me by the hand and held me close to his side.
He said, "Live a good life and play my fiddle with pride,
and thank God you're a country boy.
My Daddy taught me young how to hunt and how to whittle,
he taught me how to work and play a tune on the fiddle.
He taught me how to love and how to give just a little,
thank God I'm a country boy.
Well, I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle.
When the sun's coming up, I got cakes on the griddle.
And life ain't nothing but a funny, funny riddle, thank God I'm a country boy.

R. Piedmonte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Warrior Run

The Rossford Community Recreation Center, 400 Dixie Highway in Rossford, Ohio is proud to be co-hosting The Warrior Run 5K Run and Walk with Rossford Bass Pro Shops, 10000 Bass Pro Boulevard in Rossford. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. on August 23 and will start and finish at Bass Pro Shops while running throughout the Crossroads Area. "This event gives us an opportunity to help a great cause while partnering with a business that has been great for the Rossford Community, and drawing people from all over the region together for something that should be a very fun event for all in attendance," said Rossford Parks & Recreation Director, Ivan Kovacevic. “Once Ivan was approached by Leon (Wounded Warrior), we were inspired to get involved” said Bass Pro Shops Special Events Coordinator Samantha Durivage. “There are ways for all to get involved and help support the cause. We know that not everyone is a runner so volunteers, supporters, and sponsors are encouraged to get involved.”

 Leon Forystek, Ohio Army National Guard Captain tells his story, “When I returned home from Afghanistan back in 2013, I was nervous to return back to civilian life. I didn't know what to do, how to function, or what the first step was to actually being normal. If you had seen me walking down the street, you may never have guessed that I suffer the silent wound. The wound that still haunts our veterans today; a wound that has led hundreds of veterans to commit suicide. I suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and I am a Wounded Warrior. Thousands of veterans return home and somewhat feel the same way I do. When people hear of wounded warriors, they think that it's the veteran in the wheel chair or the old man with the cane coming out of the VA center. So I came up with an idea about spreading the word to others and educating them in what a wounded warrior is all about. So I expressed my ideas to both The Bass Pro Shop and Rossford Rec Center and we came up with the up and coming Warrior Run (and walk) 5K”, said Captain Forystek.

Captain Forystek continued, “I want people to know that it goes beyond a veteran in a wheel chair or the old man with a cane”, Leon continues with his story. “Our Wounded Warriors come from all over the world; they can be male or female; young or old; short or tall; vegetarian or meat eater. The injuries are one or a combination of many types of wounds, some invisible or others that stand out. Wounded veterans can range from being burn victims, single/double/triple/quadruple amputee, suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression, gun/knife wounds, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and so on. Every injury is different and not one is the same, which is why I want to share my story and get the word out to educate others. In the long run, that word could potentially help a veteran in need of a friend, a hug, trip to the VA, someone to just listen to, or provide a place to stay.  Every injury is different, but the Wounded Warrior Project sees every veteran as one, Warriors!”

"Hopefully it is something we can build on year after year well into the future." Kovacevic also mentioned that this event is the culmination of an exciting week in the City of Rossford that also includes the Annual Rossford Riverfest on Saturday August 22 at Veteran's Memorial Park in Rossford. The Rossford Parks & Recreation Department will again be using the help of the Toledo Roadrunners organization in promoting the race to its members. The Rossford Recreation Rudolph Run held each December in the downtown streets of Rossford draws about 200 participants to their event. "We are hoping that this event can grow beyond the success our other races have had as this is a very important cause that benefits an organization that gives so much to the individuals who have sacrificed so much as they fought to protect our nation's freedoms," said Kovacevic.

The Warrior Run 5K Run and Walk is open to all ages. Anyone who preregisters for $20 are guaranteed a T-Shirt if their registration is post-marked by August 15. Members of the military, active, retired, or veterans will receive a $3.00 discount. Purple Heart recipients will run free. If you miss the preregister date, forms can still be turned in or filled out on race day for $25. A limited number of T-Shirts will be available on race day. For registration forms, please visit http://rossfordrecreation.com/rcrc/warrior-run or sign up online at imathlete.com. Registration forms should be mailed to Rossford Recreation, 400 Dixie Highway, Rossford, Ohio 43460. For volunteer sign ups, please contact Special Events Coordinator Samantha Durivage (419)-891-3900. For any other information, please call the Rossford Recreation Center at (419)-666-2905.

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NRA Freedom Days!

Celebrate our Second Amendment during our NRA Freedom Days Sale and Event!


NRA membership drive - July 25/26 and Aug. 1/2 - Sign up in-store to for NRA membership and receive a $10 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card!

Free Seminars, July 25 & 26, Aug. 1 & 2 - Free Bass Pro Shops logo mug for the first 15 seminar attendees each day!

Saturday July 25 & August 1

  • 11 AM - Gun Competition Basics: MSR’s, handguns, shotguns and ammo
  • 2 PM - Accessorizing your MSR
  • 3 PM - Women and Self-Defense: How to train and defend


Sunday July 26 and August 2

  • 2 PM - Choosing the Right Home Defense System: Shotgun, handgun or MSR
  • 3 PM - Gun Safety in the Home: Gun safes, handgun vaults, and cleaning accessories


NRA Freedom Days Experience Sweepstakes: One winner nationally will win a trip for your and up to 7 guests to visit the NRA Museum in Springfield, MO, a stay for up to 8 people at Big Cedar Lodge, and a shooting experience with the Gould Brothers at the Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy! Each store will have one winner for a lifetime NRA membership!

Plus these additional opportunities:

  • Free gun case with any handgun purchase of $300 or more while supplies last!
  • July 20-Aug. 2 - 2nd Amendment Instant Savings: Instant savings on guns up to $150 equal to the value of your sales tax!
  • Triple/Quadruple rewards points on select products!

#secondamendment #bassproFreedomDays

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Short on Cash

Wow, where has the summer gone!  I can not believe that the summer is almost over and that school is about to begin.  It is almost time for all that back to school shopping that we all know and love.  Now if you are anything like me, you are running a little short on money for all those new cloths that are needed for back to school time.  But I know that I can always get some really great deals at Bass Pro Shops.  The clearance sections in the apparel department are great for helping me to stretch that dollar. 

The clearance sections in ladies apparel have always been my favorite because you can find such great deals. Now I will admit that they have a very large selection of items some may be in the smaller sizes but they also have larger sizes.  The men's clearance have just as large of a selection as the ladies and sometimes there are even brand names that have been marked down. 

I know I will always find that perfect outfit to impress everyone on my first day of school.  I will even know that I did not spend lots of money but they sure will not know.  So go check out your local Leeds, Alabama Bass Pro Shops for a great outfit for that first day of school.

You can also always visit our online clearance center at basspro.com: link

 

 

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops - Freedom & Fun for Everyone!

It's the FINAL weekend of Family Summer Camp and the first weekend of our NRA Freedom Days special seminars!

Family Summer Camp

Sounds like another HOT and sometimes stormy weekend for us. Join us inside for our last weekend of summer camp workshops for kids - plus, our outdoor activities are moved INDOORS, so your kids can try their hand at shooting a BB gun, casting, and shooting a bow.

Each child receives a Summer Camp lanyard at their first seminar, then a pin at each seminar they attend (while supplies last.) It's still possible for kids to get all nine pins on Saturday and Sunday! The workshops are about 20-30 minutes each and the schedule is:

Saturday - July 25
Noon  -  Fishing
1 p.m. - Water Safety
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Bird Watching

Sunday - July 26
Noon  - Shooting & Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Crafts are noon-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

 

 

 

 

NRA FREEDOM DAYS!

Celebrate our Second Amendment during NRA Freedom Days!

NRA membership drive - July 25/26 and Aug. 1/2 - Sign up in-store to for NRA membership and receive a $10 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card!

Free Seminars, July 25 & 26, Aug. 1 & 2 - Free Bass Pro Shops logo mug for the first 15 seminar attendees each day!

Saturday July 25 & August 1

  • 11 AM - Gun Competition Basics: MSR’s, handguns, shotguns and ammo
  • 2 PM - Accessorizing your MSR
  • 3 PM - Women and Self-Defense: How to train and defend


Sunday July 26 and August 2

  • 2 PM - Choosing the Right Home Defense System: Shotgun, handgun or MSR
  • 3 PM - Gun Safety in the Home: Gun safes, handgun vaults, and cleaning accessories

Plus, these additional sale and promotional opportunities:

  • Free gun case with any handgun purchase of $300 or more while supplies last!
  • July 20-Aug. 2 - 2nd Amendment Instant Savings: Instant savings on guns up to $150 equal to the value of your sales tax!
  • Triple/Quadruple rewards points on select products!
  • NRA Freedom Days Experience Sweepstakes

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save like a boss!

To all our wonderful lady customers of Bass Pro Shops,

Over here at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, the weather isn’t the only thing heating up – so are our deals.         

The year is just flying by!  July is in full swing and that means it is time for an End of Season Clearance.  As summer draws to a close, much of our selection of Spring apparel is getting marked down.  That is good news for all of you looking for the perfect outfit, accessory, or new pieces to complete your wardrobe.  Come on down to the store and you will see a wide variety of deals all throughout the department.  We have 25% off much of our Spring collections in Columbia that will be sure to help keep you cool out there in the Summer heat.  For all of you ladies who love the outdoors, we have a wide selection of our Ascend brand on markdowns from 25-33% off.  Have any last minute trips to the beach or pool?  Lucky you, we have swimwear at extraordinary markdowns, with many pieces at just $19.97!  Looking for something practical, yet fashionable that will help you transition into the Fall?  We have got you covered with our Jean Capris down 25% off original price. 

Ladies, these are some incredible deals that you will not want to miss.  Everything is going quick! Make sure to make it down in store, and one of our amazing Ladies’ Apparel associates will assist you in making a fantastic purchase that you will be so happy with.

Be sure to visit our online clearance section on basspro.com regularly as well. You'll find even more amazing deals! link

Thank you,

Katy Goodman – Ladies’ Apparel Lead

 

 

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Summer Apparel Technology

No need to sweat the dog days of summer! Our Men's Apparel Lead Elizabeth Brown says the Omni Freeze Zero™ technology of Columbia will help you stay cool. She and her husband enjoy dancing on the weekends and it's often outside, so during this sweltering heat we've had recently he put one of our Columbia Omni Freeze Zero™ shirts to the test. She says he stayed nice and dry while everyone else (including her!) was dripping with sweat.

Check out this brief video clip as Elizabeth gives a brief demo of how this specific technology works:

Stay cool!

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Are You Obsessed with the Weather?

Are you obsessed with the weather?  You are not alone.  People want to see what is going on 24/7.  The technology we have today will keep you updated as it is happening all around the world.

Entertainment - yes it is! Hanging on to each second as to what may or may not happen.  This is pure drama in the sky.  Watch a real life movie as it unravels before your eyes.   How should you dress? Do you need to get groceries for a few extra days?  Do you need to check how many flashlights or batteries are needed?  Water?  We watch TV, computers or phones to see in advance what the weather will bring us.  Although people watch weather as TV, there is a far more serious side to this.  Knowing when you need to evacuate an area or take shelter, how it will affect crops and your livelihood.

How about some weather related sayings.  Have you ever heard?

Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight - Red Sky in the Morning, Sailors take warning

When the moon raises red and appears large, with clouds, expect rain in twelve hours

A sunny shower won't last an hour

Mares' tails and mackerel scales make tall ships take in their sails

A wind from the south has rain in its mouth

Birds flying low, expect rain and a blow

If the rooster crows on going to bed, you may rise with a watery head

Do you know how big a raindrop is?  Usually they are very small about one hundredth of an inch.  Large raindrops are one tenth of a inch in diameter.  Small rain drops fall approximately  2 miles per hour.  Large rain drops are 18 miles per hour.

Lightening can travel 136,000 miles an hour.  You can figure out how close lightning is by counting the seconds between the flash of lightning and a clap of thunder.  One mile for every 5 seconds.  An example would be if you count 10 seconds between the lightening and the thunder the lightening is two miles away.  Lightning can be very dangerous.  Do not use land line phones during lightning storms.  Do not go out on the water or play golf during a thunderstorm.  If your hair stand on end get close to the ground with your hands on your knees, then put your head between your knees.

Thunderstorms are usually in the summer when the weather is hot and humid.  You may also witness thunderstorms during the winter months as a cold front approaches.

Bass Pro Shops has a large variety of weather instruments you can use to help you with the weather.  Here are just a few ideas that are great fun and we have much more at www.basspro.com.

The Bass Pro Shops Acu Rite 5 in 1 Weather Center has a illuminated color display and a backlight that always stays on.  This unit has a strong signal that works through walls and long distance.  Check out all the other features by clicking on the picture or visiting our website www.basspro.com.

http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-AcuRite-5in1-Weather-Center-With-Color-Display-Model-01602BPDI/product/1308091545/

Never miss a beat with the Eton Corporation FRX4 Rugged Weather Radio.  NOAA weather alerts, solar, crank, and red beacon light are just a few features this unit offers while being tough and durable.

http://www.basspro.com/Eton-Corporation-FRX4-Rugged-Weather-Radio/product/14080606014515/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want something portable?  The convenient Lacrosse Technology Handheld NOAA Weather Radio is high quality while being portable!

http://www.basspro.com/La-Crosse-Technology-Handheld-NOAA-Weather-Radio/product/12080705124363/

 

Do you follow lightning?  Why not look at the AcuRite Instruments Portable Lightning Detector.  Water resistant for outdoor or indoor use. This component will detect the presence of lightning and the speed it is approaching at.  25 mile range

 

http://www.basspro.com/AcuRite-Instruments-Portable-Lightning-Detector/product/1308091122/

 

 

 

 

 

 

While your obsession with the weather keeps you informed, get your kids involved in the fun too.  Explain to your kids the safety that is needed and why you follow the weather.  Here is a quick and easy way to simulate a tornado.  All you need is 2-2 Liter Bottles, Duct Tape, and water and perhaps some glitter to simulate debris.  Here is all you do!  Fill one 2 liter bottles up about 2/3 with water and some glitter.  Place the other bottle on top and secure with duct tape well.  I would do this outside in case of leaks.  Turn the bottle upside down so that the water is on the top and spin counter clockwise. Watch as your tornado form and repeat!          R. Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

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NRA Freedom Days at Bass Pro Shops- Mesa, AZ

Well it seemed like just last month when we rolled out a brand new event for 2015. Oh wait, that’s cause we did! And while we are this roll of awesome and new events, let’s keep things going with our NRA Freedom Days here at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa, AZ. The NRA Freedom Days will run from July 20th through August 2nd. On the weekends we will be having special activities. I mean the last weekend of July is the last chance to catch our Family Summer Camp, but while that comes to a close things are about to go off with a BANG!

The NRA (National Rifle Association) is one of the oldest organizations in the United States and is focused on protecting and preserving one of our oldest rights. Because of all that they do to help ensure this heritage gets passed down through the generations, we here at Bass Pro Shops are more than happy to do whatever we can to help them! That is what inspired us to create the NRA Freedom Days.

During the NRA Freedom Days we are going to be “fully loaded” with specials, savings, seminars and giveaways! We will have: 2nd Amendment Savings on firearm purchases*, Free Plano Gun Case with purchase of any handgun $300 or greater*, Triple and Quintuple Extra Reward Points on purchases of select products* and on the weekends of July 25th and 26th and August 1st and 2nd we will have some awesome and educational seminars. There will be free handouts for those who attend!*

Saturdays:

11AM- 3 Gun Competition Basics

2PM – Accessorizing your MSR

3PM- Women and Self-Defense

Sundays:

2PM- Choosing the Right Home Defense System

3PM- Gun Safety in the Home

On the weekend of July 25th and 26th we will also have our Daisy BB Gun Shooting Range going and seminars focused for the younger generations. Parents/Legal Guardians will have to fill out a waiver for participants of the BB Gun Range that are under the age of 18.

I love that a lot of these seminars are going to focus on subjects that we have not really ever covered at our store. With the trends that are happening in the firearm industry as well, I think that these are spot on! Especially the last two for each day. I strongly believe that everyone should be entitled to the knowledge and know-how to protect themselves and their families.

This is an event that you do not want to miss!

-Giddy-Up!!

*Restrictions Apply. While Supplies Last. See Store For More Details.

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Freedom Days

 

 

Bass Pro Shops has partnered for an exciting NEW 2-weekend event- We are calling it Freedom Days!

We have 2nd Amendment Instant Savings on Guns- up to $150 equal to the value of your sales tax!

 

FREE Workshops!

Saturdays, July 25 and August 1

11 am 3- Gun Competition Basics

      MSR’s, handguns, shotguns and ammo

2 pm  Accessorizing your MSR

3 pm  Women and Self-Defense

      How to train and defend. Learn about handguns, revolvers and gun cases

Sundays, July 26 and August 2

2 pm  Choosing the Right Home Defense System

      Shotgun, handgun or MSR

3 pm  Gun Safety in the Home

      Gun safes, handgun vaults and cleaning accessories

 

Not a member of the NRA??

We will be giving you opportunity to sign up here in the store on these weekends or visit joinnra.org

 

Win a NRA Freedom Days Experience!!!

Enter for a chance to win July 25- August 2

1 winner and 7 guests will win:

* 1-night stay at Big Cedar Lodge

* Private shooting experience with Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting at our exclusive BPS Shooting Academy

* A visit to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Bass Pro Shops, Springfield, MO

And I can’t forget the Kids’ Corner

July 25 & 26

Kids' Corner

FREE Kids BB Gun Shooting Range

FREE Shooting Workshop

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What the Outdoorsman Needs To Bring To The Beach….

We Outdoors-men (and women) are known to have our bags packed and ready to go hunting or fishing at a moment’s notice. So when it gets to be time to take the family to the beach you need to have everything pre-packed so that when you decide to take the kids to the beach – all you have to do is just load up the car and go.  Our family goes to the beach year round so we have our bags packed and can be ready to hit the road with 12 hours notice. So let me help you get ready to go!

The Backpack. This Bass Pro Shops XPS Stalker Backpack Tackle Bag or System bag is key to our beach success. It’s okay if it gets wet and sandy. It’s indestructible and the upper section is a cooler. Plus, it will hold tons of our stuff!

Here’s what else needs to go in the backpack bag:

Beach towels. The distinction between beach towels and bath towels is generally the length, thickness, and lack of stupid drawings on the latter. The importance of their separation is really illustrated if you’ve ever used a bath towel on the beach, and then unknowingly used it at a later date post-shower. Ours are bright colors and playful designs to add a touch of flair for when we are at the beach. Get a sturdy and a large beach towels for maximum coverage & comfort. Hooded towels are great for small children.

ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent – Appliance. This mosquito repellent appliance is good for camping, hunting, fishing, and incredible on the beach. It will effectively repel mosquitoes, black flies, and other biting insects. It is virtually odor free and creates a 15 x 15-foot zone of bug-free comfort around you. The ThermaCELL uses a butane cartridge to heat up a small mat that’s soaked in mosquito repellent. There is no open flame, so it’s safe to use around fabric and children. As the mat warms, the repellent is released into the air. Each unit comes with one butane cartridge and three mats. Refills are available at many retailers.

Sunscreen. Sunscreens help shield you from the sun's dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays in two ways. Some work by scattering the light, reflecting it away from your body. Others absorb the UV rays before they reach your skin. Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen SPF 70 has the optimal level of broad-spectrum protection and water- and salt-resistant properties; this will keep skin healthy despite multiple dips.

Sunglasses.  For the men, I would recommend trying the new Costa Hamlin. These oversize shades fit the largest of faces, and their extra-large coverage wraps around your eyes, ensuring blinding light doesn't leak in from the sides. Using a top-shelf polarized 580 glass lens, these sunglasses block 100% of harmful UV radiation as they cut glare off the shimmering water. Even more impressive, the 580 glass lens filters out yellow and high-energy blue light for enhanced color perception and reduced haze when you're searching for cover and prime fish habitat.

 

Ladies, my bride wears the brand new Costa Cut. The "Cut" have a sharp design and are lightweight. They feel as if you are wearing nothing at all. The rubber lined nose pads and ear pieces give you the ultimate in comfort. The arms of the glasses have a bit of spring in them clasping the sunglasses securely to your head. I can confidently wear the "Cut" while enjoying summertime activities without out the fear they will go flying off of my head.

Hat. A hat provides excellent coverage.  When you spend a lot of time outdoors, you need a good hat to protect you from the sun. This hat is great for fishing, hiking, and just chilling on the beach. The Bass Pro Shops XPS Boulder Explorer Hat fits the bill with a broad 360° brim for all-around shade. Made from 100% polyester fabric that wicks moisture to keep you cool, this “Boonie Hat” has a secret compartment inside at the top. The hidden pocket is big enough for a wallet or ID, keys, or a cell phone, and it has a hook 'n' loop closure to keep the items secure. This style of hat comes with a chinstrap with a barrel lock that will keep the hat from blowing off your head.

Sunglasses Cleaner. Wave Away is a safe and effective way to clean and protect your expensive sunglasses. The product comes in a box that includes the liquid cleaning product, cleaning cloth and soft drawstring bag. Each bottle of cleaning solution contains 2.70-ounces. That’s enough cleaning solution to do about 500 applications.

Beach umbrella. My umbrella is light and easy to carry. It doesn’t really fit inside the bag, but it balances in my hands pretty well.

Camp Chair (preferably one that folds and has a case with a handle that fits over your shoulder)
You might not get to sit in it much, but it gives the illusion of relaxation. I even have mine fitted with zip ties to hold the umbrella in place when needed.

Plastic sealed able bag A little thing to take with you, that I highly recommend is a plastic bag that seals. Place electrical items (cell phone, iPod, camera, etc.) in an airtight plastic bag (i.e. Ziploc). Sand can still get inside cases!

So the next time you go to the beach, follow this list and enjoy your beach day like it’s your last!  I know some of these are items are obvious, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who wander onto the beach and forget something as essentials as a towel and sunglasses.

 

About the author:

Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and a Prostaffer at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville, Ga. He is also a retired from Public Safety after 29 years of service in 2013. He is currently a contracted employee with NAVICO/Lowrance working as the College Fishing Recruiter. He has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their black lab, Jake.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Summer Camp and Greyhounds!

Only one weeks and two weekends left for Family Summer Camp!

Outside activities, free crafts, and our educational and fun free workshops for kids...break up your child's summer with fun (and learning!) at Bass Pro Shops! All the fun happens from Noon-5 p.m. each Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday through July 26.

Here's the schedule for this weekend and next Tuesday and Thursday:

Our free crafts for kids this weekend and next week - Noon-2 p.m., while supplies last.

 

 

 

 

 

Free Family Activities - Noon-5 p.m.

Casting challenge, Daisy BB range, archery range and the foam shooting arcade

 

 

 

Free Workshops for Kids

Each child receives a Summer Camp lanyard at their first seminar, then a pin at each seminar they attend! (While supplies last.) The workshop schedule for this coming week is:

Saturday - July 18
Noon  -  Fishing
1 p.m. - Water Safety
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Bird Watching

Sunday - July 19
Noon  - Shooting & Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Tuesday - July 21
Noon  - Bird Watching
1 p.m. - Fishing
2 p.m. - Archery
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Thursday - July 23
Noon  - Archery
1 p.m. - Shooting & Hunting
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Water Safety
4 p.m. - Camping

This is a great way to beat the heat - and we look forward to meeting new friends and seeing returning kids. Bring a friend!

Heartland Greyhound Adoption Meet and Greet! - 11 a.m.

Come meet these lovable that are retired racers! They'll have 5-10 greyhounds and will provide educational information about the adoption process of retired racing greyhounds, and also breed specific handouts. They'll have several foster greyhounds with their foster families to provide information specific to each dog, and greyhounds that have been previously adopted as ambassadors of the breed.
 

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FREEDOM DAYS!

Bass Pro Shops presents Freedom Days along with the NRA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at what we have going on - This is an event that should not be missed.

July 20th - August 2nd

2nd Amendment Instant Savings on guns in stock

Up to $150 equal to the value of your sales tax!

You will get a FREE Plano Gun Case with any handgun purchase of $300 or more.  (In store only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 July 25th - July 26th - August 1st - August 2nd  

NRA Membership Drive - Sign up to be a member in the store or visit joinnra.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 25th thru August 2nd

Enter for a chance to win a NRA Freedom Days Experience

1 winner and 7 guests will stay 1 night at the Big Cedar Lodge

Private shooting experience with the Gould Brothers

Exhibition Shooting at our exclusive Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A visit to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Bass Pro Shops Springfield, MO.  In addition to this 1 winner per store will receive a NRA Lifetime Membership!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 25th & July 26th Kids get a change to shoot BB guns in the Daisy shooting range.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Seminars

FREE  Mug giveaway to the first 15 people to attend seminars

Saturday - July 25th & August 1st

11am - 3 Gun Competition Basics - MSR's, handgun, shotguns, and ammo

2pm - Accessorizing your MSR

3pm  - Women and Self Defense - How to train and defend.  Learn about handguns, revolvers, and gun cases

 

Sunday - July 26th & August 2nd

2pm - Choosing the Right Home Defense System - Shotgun, handgun or MSR

3pm - Gun Safety in the Home - Gun safes, handgun vaults, and cleaning accessories

 

July 20th through August 2nd

Receive  triple rewards points  on Hornady and Federal Premium ammunition as well as Quintuple rewards points on Hornady storage, Smith & Wesson knives, and Magpul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Venison Cottage Pie

I first stumbled across the recipe for Venison Cottage Pie on the Food for Hunters site, and having always wanted to make shepherd's pie, I thought this would be a good time to try. However, a traditional Shepherd's Pie uses lamb and if you use anything other than lamb, it's a Cottage Pie. So, after some research and comparison of recipes, I decided on taking Rachel Ray's 30-Minute Shepherd's Pie and tweaking it a bit for what I had on hand.

Venison Cottage Pie

2 lbs potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp sour cream
1 large egg yolk
1/2 C chicken stock
Salt and fresh ground pepper
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 lbs ground venison
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all-purposed flour
1 C beef stock
2 tsps Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 C frozen peas
1 tsp smoked paprika
Garlic powder
Summer Savory
Thyme
 

Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and pour into a bowl. Combine the sour cream, egg yolk and cream (or chicken stock). Add the sour cream mixture to the potatoes and mash until they are almost smooth.

While the potatoes are boiling, preheat a skillet and add your oil and venison. Season with salt and pepper, and brown the venison. Add the carrots and onion and cook some more...about 5 minutes...stirring frequently. I added in Summer Savory and Thyme, too. In another smaller skillet, cook the butter and flour together for 2 minutes to make a roux. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute and add the gravy to the meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.

Preheat the broiler to high. Spray a small rectangular casserole lightly with cooking spray. Fill with the meat and veggie mixture. Next, spoon the potatoes over the meat evenly and try to smooth them out a bit. Top the potatoes with the smoked paprika, garlic powder, and even some more pepper, if you'd like, and broil 6-8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. This took about 15-20 minutes for us.

Enjoy!
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Keeping your Best Friend Cool

Summer is upon us and while we cannot wait to jump into the lake, pool, or stream to stay cool, lets not forget about your best friend.  Whether you are driving, swimming, basking in the sun our dogs need special care, and we cannot forget that they too get over heated.

It is always better to exercise you dog early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is at its lowest.  If you do need to exercise your pet during the hot hours always have water and a few treats to give them.  The Portable Food/Tote is made just for that as well as travel. If the pavement is too hot try dog booties.  Remember you would not like to walk bare foot on that hot pavement and neither do they.

http://www.basspro.com/PortablePETFoodTote/product/10211106/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

 

It is always important to watch for signs that your pet may be dehydrated.  Dogs do not sweat, and they cool themselves by panting.  Signs of dehydration are lethargic behavior, drooling excessively, bloodshot eyes.  You may also want to look at their skin.  Lift it up and if it doesn't fall right back into place that is a sign of dehydration.  Keeping a dog dish in your car or backpack is a great idea.  The Redhead Collapsible Dog Dish can be stored neatly in your glove compartment until it is needed.

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Collapsible-Dog-Dish/product/12081805334044/

 

 

 

 

Remember that overweight dogs are always higher risk for dehydration and that a darker coat dog will soak up more heat than a lighter coat dog.  When out in a park or beach look for a shaded spot.  At home have a fan going, or keep them in a cool part of your home.  Many people love to spray their dogs when it is hot.  That is great, but always make sure you spray their paws and under their stomach as well. Dogs cool from the bottom up.

Many dogs will dig, not always because they are bored but as a way to keep cool. Dogs will know instinctively that the weather is too hot.  They won't walk as long or they won't want to walk at all.

Going on the boat?  This is exciting for you and your pet.  If your pet is not used to swimming and is hesitant of the water, consider the Bass Pro Shops Life Jacket for Dogs.  It comes in sizes XS to XL.  The heat can bother the skin on your dog,  whether from bug bites or dry skin.  Take a look at the Pro Sense Itch Relief Hydrocortisone Spray.  Perfect to keep in a backpack or in the car for just the right time.  Non stinging spray!

http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Life-Jacket-for-Dogs/product/104531/

 

http://www.basspro.com/Pro-Sense-Itch-Relief-Hydrocortisone-Spray-for-Dogs/product/1304291257/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep your dog groomed during the summer months to help them stay cool and comfortable.  Bass Pro Shops has a variety of de shedding tools that will help you in this category.  Try the  Redhead Shedding Blade or the FurGOpet Deshedder  .

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Large-Shedding-Blade/product/57284/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

http://www.basspro.com/FurGOpet-Deshedder/product/13042407013812/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, here are a few easy ideas that will be fun for your friend and easy for you to do.  Get a bowl (plastic) and fill it with water, chicken, vegetable or beef broth along with some treats and a toy.  FREEZE !  Once you pop it out watch your buddy go crazy trying to get their toy or biscuits free.  Great way to stay hydrated and fun for them.

 

 

Another great idea is to blend plain yogurt, some peanut butter, and a mashed banana together.  Put it in a Dixie cup with a milk bone biscuit in the middle of the cup.  FREEZE!  Can you say pupsicle!

 

 

 

 

 

Most important have fun this summer and enjoy your best friend.  They just want to spend time with you.  Feel free to visit www.basspro.com for additional items just for your dog.

R. Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Product Spotlight - Reverse Draw Crossbows

This is not your father's or grandfather's crossbow. The reverse draw crossbow has arrived at Bass Pro Shops and you have plenty of time to start practicing with one!

For those who need a little background, here is the difference between traditional crossbow technology and reverse draw, as described on Crossbow Nation:

Traditional compound bow systems for crossbows have a riser mounted to the very front of the rail, two limbs mounted to the riser with the limbs angled back toward the rear of the crossbow, a set of wheels or cams mounted to the end of the limbs, and a string and two cables that tie the cams together. When drawn, the wheels or cams rotate, compressing the limbs to build up draw weight while also allowing string to role off the wheels or cams to the determined distance to reach the trigger/latching mechanism.

Reverse draw bow systems primarily work in the same fashion where there is a riser, two limbs, wheels or cams, and strings and cables however the main difference is that the riser of the reverse draw crossbow is mounted somewhere either halfway down the rail or even further back behind the trigger mechanism. Because of the location of the riser, the limbs point away towards the front of the crossbow. The draw cycle operates the same as a traditional draw bow system where the string is pulled, the cams rotate, the limbs are compressed to build poundage, and string roles off the cams to accommodate the power stroke, but with one major difference. Instead of the cams rolling outward with the string coming from outside of the bow, on a reverse draw bow, the cams roll inward towards the center of the bow and the string is pulled between the limbs.

Archery Lead Chad Benson explains some of the benefits hunters will encounter using the reverse draw technology in the YouTube clip:

Check out the reverse draw crossbow packages available at the Altoona store, your area Bass Pro Shop, or online!

 

 

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Product Spotlight - Natural Reflections Flannel Shirts for Ladies

We're already starting to see some fall apparel and one item that is flying off the racks, so to speak, is flannel!

Ladies Natural Reflections Flannel Shirts

Flannel in July? Yes. As this is being written, it's actually a beautiful morning of 57 degrees in our neck of the woods...pretty rare for an Iowa July day. These 100% cotton lightweight flannel plaid shirts are perfect for the cool morning or evening activities - campfires, working in the garden, vacations out west in the cool mountain air, or simply to wear on early morning walks (like I do!). Purchase them now and then you're set for autumn as the temperatures change permanently.

The soft, brushed flannel shirts have princess seams for a flattering ladies' fit and in eight color patterns, there is surely one to please just about anyone!

 

 

 

Although we know there are many days of hot temperatures left, be prepared for when cool temps hit full-time!

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Four Dream Fishing Trips

Let me tell ya a couple things about Dreams: One- Killer song by Van Halen. Two- Gotta have them. Everybody needs to have a dream of some kind. Whether it be owning a certain place, meeting a celebrity, inventing some new form of transportation, winning an arm-wrestling contest against someone or whatever. Just gotta have a dream.

People who love the outdoors have a lot of dreams. This world we live in offers so much to see and experience. And I have noticed that fishermen tend to have a lot of dream trips. They usually focus on two things: the species of fish and the location. So in the effort of getting our minds to escape the humdrum of everyday life, let’s start daydreaming about these four dream fishing trips.

Trip One- Fly Fishing in Alaska

Every fisherman needs to take a trip to Alaska at some point in their life. The land there is so expansive and beautiful, that it is worth the trip alone. Sure, you could make a point for this trip being for deep-sea halibut, but I’d say fly fishing would be the ideal dream trip. Grab a good guide and its fish on!

Fly fishing there puts you on some of the most amazing streams in the most gorgeous surroundings. It also puts you into bear territory, and every fisherman needs a good bear story. Depending on when you go you can catch the salmon as they run or the other year-round fish population. Just think of all the fish you can catch: salmon, trout, arctic char and so much more! Plus taking a float plane with one of them crazy bush pilots is always a good time!

Trip Two- Peacock Bass on the Amazon

Now if you have watched any of the episodes of River Monsters involving the Amazon, you know it can be a dangerous place. But there is mystery and beauty in that danger, and luckily most outfitters are well equipped for emergencies. I can think of no better quarry than the peacock bass to go after in such an epic landscape.

Peacock bass (not bass, but cichlids) are some of the hardest hitting fish out there. Be prepared to use heavy duty gear for some tough fighting fish. They are beautifully marked fish that will leave an everlasting impression to any who encounter this fish. Plus you have the chance to see some of the most elusive wildlife while fishing. My buddy’s dad actually caught a small caiman while fishing there!

Trip Three- Billfish (Anywhere)

Stories from Zane Grey and Ernest Hemmingway have longed captured the allure of big billfish. All members of the billfish family are built for speed and display some of the most amazing feats of physicality when caught. And of course, no dream fishing trip list would be complete without one deep-sea trip.

Now, different billfish inhabit different areas at different times. So when you pick out your exact quarry, you can start figuring out the specifics for your adventure. Personally, I am hungry to catch and conquer a marlin. I would like to advocate that all billfish should be returned to the ocean to help preserve their populations, but be sure to get a picture with your trophy. These fish can flash colors to startle prey and communicate with other fish. You will likely never forget the image of a sailfish leaping out of the water, and your body will likely never forget the effort it took to bring it in.

Trip Four- Spear Fishing with Namor the Submariner

And look, if we are talking dream trips… I am going all out! Sure, Namor the Submariner is a comic book character and the chances of spear fishing with him are next to non-existent. But think of the awesome adventure you could have!

Namor is the Marvel version of Aquaman, and much more moody. He is the king of the oceans and hates most land-dwellers. So the fact that he would go spear fishing with me is awesome in itself. But we are talking the whole ocean! Who knows what epic battles we might ensue in?! Perhaps we decide tackling a giant squid is in order, or no Wednesday is complete without taking on an orca pod or two! All I am saying is that it would be a dream trip.

 

So what about you? What is your dream trip? Or have you already been lucky enough to go on one of these? Share your thoughts or stories below!

-Giddy-Up!!

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