Product Spotlight - Swamp People Mudda Fricka Horseradish Sauce

The Bass Pro Shops Altoona Gifts Department does product demos and sampling just about every weekend at the store! We call it Try Before You Buy and it's a great way to explore some of the flavors about which you may be curious. This weekend it was two of the Swamp People brand sauces, so today we sneaked over a sampled a taste of:

Swamp People's Mudda Fricka Horseradish BBQ Sauce!

Woo-hoo! Talk about a great sauce! I am a BBQ and smoked rib nut. I can just picture myself dipping some big chunks of baby racks, or maybe some burnt ends, in this sauce. Okay, actually, I can picture myself dipping just about anything in this - poultry, pork, or venison!

Don't let the name fool you. If you're not a big straight horseradish fan, this sauce doesn't have a strong horseradish flavor. But it does pack the immediate, but not long lasting rush, of a flavorful, semi-sweat heat.

The Gifts team cooked up a pork loin in the slow cooker and then shredded it. Throw on some Mudda Fricka and you have a zesty, spicy, but flavorful, shredded pork sandwich.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - It's a PBR Workender Weekend!

There is SO much going on here this weekend! Take time to plan the next outing and adventure with your group of friends! Bring the family in to meet the PBR Riders in town for the PBR Event at Wells Fargo Arena! Here's the lineup!

Meet the Riders of the PBR!

The PBR is in town at Wells Fargo Arena and, once again, we'll have a special day set aside to welcome them and FLINT to the store!
 

  • 11:30-Noon - It's the Outside the Barrel Show with Flint and his guests!
  • Noon-1 p.m. - Autograph session with PBR riders/bullfighters! The following riders/bull fighters have been confirmed: riders and bullfighters we have confirmed are Jesse Byrne, Tanner Byrne, Sean Willingham, Douglas Duncan, and Bonner Bolton!
  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. - Free Fishing Seminar from the top of the tank with PBR Announcer Clint Adkins!
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Ride the mechanical bull!


Don't forget - You can register to bowl with the riders at Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill that afternoon. Only $30 and it supports the Rider Relief Fund! Check out the information at www.basspro.com/altoona! Register online or at the store that day!

Workender Event!

Friday, April 24, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, Noon-5 p.m.

20/20 Social Hour 6-7 p.m. (Outside, weather permitting)

Find out firsthand experience from our Camping experts about products and best practices. Find out from local experts during our 20/20 Social Hour about where you can use that knowledge around Iowa and beyond! Learn about hiking and river trails, Boundary Waters, and more from the people who know!

On land or water, figure out your weekend escape at our Workender Event! Learn about products to take, how to pack and stay comfortable, getting the right gear! Free give-aways, how-tos, and 20/20 social hour to kick off the 20/20 Challenge! The social hour features Coca-Cola Life, fun snacks, and a chance to visit with experts from our area!

Friday, April 24

Friday seminars will be inside in The Fly shop.

• 6pm - Cooking Down and Dirty: Learn about the Jetboil systems and more! Free samples of Mountain House Freeze Dried food while supplies last.
• 7pm - Beat the Bugs: Bug time is here - learn how to stay comfortable in the outdoors and backcountry.
• 8pm - Pick Out and Get Out: Picking out the right kayak.

 

Saturday April 25

• 12 noon - Slumber by Number: Sleeping bag basics and Therm-A-Rest pads.
• 1pm - Pack Right: Proper backpack loading.
• 2pm - Beat the Bugs: Bug time is here - learn how to stay comfortable in the outdoors and back country.
• 3pm - Cooking Down and Dirty: Learn about the Jetboil systems and more! Free samples of Mountain House Freeze Dried food while supplies last.
• 4pm - Pick Out and Get Out - Picking out the right kayak for you.
• 5pm - Streamline Your Kayak: Rig and pack your kayak the right way!
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Take the 20/20 Challenge - May 1-July 26, 2015: Pledge to log 20 hours or 20 miles of outdoor activities! Sign up in store to take the 20/20 challenge and be entered for a chance to win the Workender Prize package.

Check out all the details on the prize package at www.basspro.com/workender

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Also, this weekend: Try Before You Buy!

Our Gifts Department is serving up more yummy samples with their products! Whether for family or entertaining friends, come give a taste and check them out!

1-4 p.m., While supplies last, by the Sunglass Counter.

Saturday, April 25 - Cocktail weiners with the Budweiser Gift Pack variety sauces.

Sunday, April 26 - Cherith Valley Mixed Vegetables and Garlic!

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.22’s Catch .22

Think back to the first gun you ever shot. What was it? Dad’s first rifle? Or perhaps your great-uncle’s squirrel gun? Well more than likely it was a .22 of some kind. There are several variations of .22 which includes Short, Long, Long Rifle and Magnum. It is the most commonly owned caliber in the world. This is usually the first firearm one shoots as it is a step above from a BB gun but not nearly as powerful as a center fire rifle cartridge. They use this caliber in the Boy Scouts and for Hunter’s Education purposes.

That is not to say that .22’s are kids play. Far from it. I have heard from several retired officers that it is the most common cartridge used in crimes. There are also countless stories/rumors of it being the “assassin’s choice” for handgun. Which may or may not be true but let’s not put any faith into that. You can put faith though into the fact that .22’s are lethal out to far ranges and should be treated with all the seriousness as any other firearm. It may not kick as much but it can still cause serious damage.

A few years ago you could walk into almost any sporting goods store and pick up a box of .22. It was no harder to find .22 ammo at a sporting goods store than it was to find bread at a grocery store. Nowadays though, good luck. Finding .22 ammo on the shelf is like successfully hunting a unicorn. OK, maybe not that bad but it is a rare sight. At our store, the most common phone call from a customer is about the status of .22 ammo. I am sure this is the same for other Bass Pro Shops and other sporting goods stores nationwide.

It all started with the usual fear of gun-bans. There had been some prolific mass-shootings that took place and even some legislation proposed though our government. This caused a rush on the market and people began buying up everything. Handguns, long guns (especially AR-15 style platforms), high-capacity magazines, accessories and ammo were being bought up by the truckload. Certain calibers like 9mm, 45ACP, 223Rem, 308Win and of course .22’s of all kinds were the most sought after.

For months after the initial scare you could come to our store and see a line of people waiting to get in as soon as we opened to see what we had on our shelves. Talking to people at other stores, this was the same state-wide and more than likely nationwide.

But so what’s the deal? As people will say “it’s only .22” and you begin to wonder why you can’t find it. It’s not like they aren’t producing it anymore. On the contrary! Ammunition manufacturers saw what calibers consumers most wanted and started just focusing on those. More obscure rounds have stopped being produced commercially as those machines are now needed for your common calibers. So where are they all going?

I have heard some people say it’s the government, that they are buying it all up so the youth can’t get into shooting. Like we said earlier, it is the most common caliber for kids to learn to shoot. Really the next step up is .223Rem which honestly has enough kick to be reserved for kids ten years of age or older. Remember if kids don’t enjoy shooting when they are young and get bruised up by too large of calibers, they probably won’t be lifetime shooters or gun owners.

Others point towards the “preppers” as they are stockpiling food, water, supplies and ammo. These certain types of people are misunderstood by many who do not know what they do. It is understandable though. Most people who are preparing for some kind of catastrophe are considered “weird” or “crazy” by others. That is until a disaster strikes and your family doesn’t have any can-goods because you didn’t even think about what may happen in this crazy thing called life. TV shows that document preppers and their lifestyles point out how they store products like alcohol, ammo or medical supplies to be used as a bartering system after money has no value.

Then you also have the people who purposely buy it all up just to sell on the internet for a profit. Don’t think people would actually do that? Think again. People were paying for magazines and firearms at way above decent mark-up on products. An AR-15 magazine for $60? Yea and people paid it. So if you haven’t been able to buy any .22 in-stores for a year or two but find some online at a higher price, you know you probably would pay it.

And outside of government conspiracies, people profiting like pirates and those crazy preppers you had your normal gun enthusiasts who want to get their hands on .22 ammo. People who own several firearms in their home and more than likely a .22 or two. You yourself may be such a person, and until recently you never thought about stockpiling up thousands of rounds of ammo. But now with how scarce it is, you buy up as much as you can when you get the chance. You’re not trying to gouge people online or are concerned with zombie-tornadoes, but you don’t want to not have any .22 either.

Because of all of this, you have .22’s very own Catch 22. People who weren’t stockpiling it before are now. Preppers hear about these government buy-outs and are now more determined to acquire as much .22 as possible. And shoppers/shooters like me and you who now pick up an extra box or two of the ammo when we don’t need it are making it scarcer. No one wins. And to boot, unlike 9mm or 308Win that you can reload .22 is almost impossible to. There are ways to do it, but none of them are very practical or safe so it is best to avoid that altogether.

Will this Catch 22 ever end? I honestly don’t know. All I do know is that if you ever have the chance to teach a kid how to shoot that it is not the time to be stingy with your stockpile.

-Giddy-Up!!

Other Caliber Related Blogs:

7mm-08 Remington - 357 Sig 16 Gauge

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Product Spotlight - Bone-Dry

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Greeter Ted Witthoft has hunted for years. Recently he went to South Dakota on a goose hunting trip and has nothing be wonderful things to say about his BONE-DRY hunting gear.

Bone-Dry Hunting Clothing

"I am an avid hunter of everything - waterfowl, pheasant, quail, deer, turkey, etc.
I purchased my Bone-Dry coat and pants a year ago.

I hunt in all kinds of weather conditions and this coat is an awesome piece of equipment! The removable lining is really toasty with the outside 100% dry in rain or snow. It sheds water like a duck and it's also a tremendous windbreaker.

This past week, while snow goose hunting in South Dakota this set of clothing proved its worth! I belly-crawled approximately 1000 yards toward feeding snow geese. It was raining, which turned to mud and then it started snowing. There were also rocks to crawl over.

The pants and coat still look like brand new. I stayed completely dry. I have not washed the coat or pants and they show no mud or dirt!

I am completely impressed with all of RedHead's Bone-Dry clothing. Rugged, fits well, and lives up to its accolades. It is reassuring to know that I have warm, sturdy, waterproof clothing to wear hunting.

Go RedHead!"

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April Showers bring May Flowers?

 

However you describe the new season, one thing for sure is that with Spring comes unpredictable weather. Hot, cold, rainy, windy, tornados… the list goes on.

The Gift Department at Bass Pro Shops offers a great selection of Weather Stations and Weather Radios.

The Weather Alert Radio by Midland is NOAA rated and can display alerts in English, French and Spanish. Help keep you family safe with early warnings. Receive alerts for ONLY your local area with specific area message encoding technology. Stay protected during power outages with battery backup and offers a convenient alarm clock and weather radio all in one. An AC power adapter is included. This radio is recommended by the Department of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness.

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For everyday weather monitoring, Acurite offers the Professional Weather Center with Easy Mount 5 –in – 1 Sensor. Enjoy Indoor and Outdoor temperature readings, Indoor and Outdoor Humidity Readings, Wind Speed, Peak and Average, Wind Direction with Last Reading Indicators, Rainfall Tracking and Rainfall Rate, 12-24 Hour Weather Forecast, Barometric Pressure, Wind Chill, Dew Point, and Heat Index, and Daily, Weekly, Monthly and All Time Highs and Lows. Programmable Alarms can be customized to notify you when conditions change. Alerts include temperature, humidity, wind, rainfall, dew point, heat index and more. The Sensor is totally wireless and easy to install.

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The Wireless Forecast Station made by Lacrosse Technology, offers the Indoor/Outdoor temperature and Humidity readings, Sunrise/Sunset, Moon Phase, Latitude and Longitude settings, Atomic Time, Date and DST that sets itself and an LED backlight. Have fun watching the advanced

fisherman forecast icon help you decide what to wear and how to prepare for the day.

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A wide assortment of weather stations is on display in the Gift Department at Bass Pro Shops. Browse through our selection – the associates in gifts can help you in your decision.

Bass Pro Shops – Portage is located in Ameriplex Plaza. Call us at 219-787-6800. Feel free to shop online at www.basspro.com .

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Basic Boat Care!

Nothing wakes up the spirit of a boater than to see the ice disappear from the area lakes and rivers. Hallelujah, this is now happening all around us in the Midwest! But before you hunt a new lunker for your wall or fill up the freezer with fresh fish, proceed with caution and protect your boat.

My boat, a 2014 Nitro Z8, is not only my toy; it is my office for much of the open water season. It is imperative I protect it to insure not only success but also safety. Like other investments, such as a vehicle and home, it is important to safeguard. Think of your home. Chances are it is loaded with safety features taken for granted: airbags, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, locks, alarms, etc., and your boat needs to be fitted for protection too.

Fiberglass damage on a boat can turn into thousands of dollars for repair quickly. Damage can come from anywhere - the shoreline as you launch or while traversing the water from floating debris. The easiest and most effective way to protect against this damage is with a KeelGuard. This product is my top recommendation for all boat owners to have. If the KeelGuard gets damaged, that means you saved potentially thousands of dollars in fiberglass damage. And these suckers are tough. Look at what I put my boat and KeelGuard through this past December: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puJTwTmjkBs (would be effective to embed the video in the blog). This proves the durability and the effectiveness of this product.

Loading a boat is a pain, especially if you are by yourself, and all boat owners know that dreadful thud of boat hitting the trailer too hard. My boat’s bows have always been notorious for having scuff marks on the gel coat. Luckily for me, I discovered a remedy and preventative product: the MegaWare Scuff Buster Bow Guard. It has covered up most of my scuffs (see photos) and protects it from future marks. If I beat it up to the point where it looks poor (very likely!), I can replace it knowing I saved hundreds of dollars from removing scuff marks or even more with fiberglass damage.

While pursuing shallow water fish, my boat comes in contact with all sorts of obstructions just waiting to destroy my investment. Case in point is the skeg on my motor - the image shows the damage a miscalculation cost me. It is not always possible to avoid every obstacle, but avoiding this damage was. Had I installed a Skeg Guard beforehand, there would be no damage. Luckily, installing one now will cover my damage, improve performance, and add value to my motor.

I will admit that my Z8 gets a lot of second looks on the road, and I like it. It is no surprise - she’s beautiful and I keep her that way. My boat receives a scrubbing weekly with Bass Pro Shops Premium Boat & RV Wash.  Do not underestimate how a little TLC goes a long way. Not only does it keep the boat sparkling, but it helps me discover loose screws, minor scuff marks, and other miscellaneous repairs that could lead to larger issues. In addition, scrubbing seats and other hard to reach places prevent mold and mildew from growing.

No doubt you will be heading to the taxidermist several times in 2015, but be sure these moments are not at the sacrifice of your boat and wallet. Before you head out on your favorite body of water, be sure it is ready for the obstructions that await it. A minor investment and a little time can save you from thousands of dollars in damage.

Check out some of our Bass Pro Shops Tracker Boats!

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Hiking Boot Buyer's Guide

When To Replace Your Shoes

 

A pair of standard running shoes will last about 6 months. However, there are many factors that

influence how often to replace your shoes. If you use running shoes for everyday use they will not

last as long. Running in old or worn out shoes can lead to running injuries. When you run in worn-out shoes it increases the stress and impact on your legs and joints.

  

 

How to tell when to replace your running shoes

 

The general rule, most running shoes will last 300-400 miles depending on your height, weight and terrain you run on.  If you run on the trails you'll need to replace them sooner than running on a treadmill. If you take care of

your running shoes you will get alot more miles out of them.

The feel of the shoe will tell you before any other way. If your feet start to hurt or your knees ache it is time to replace your shoes. The soles last longer than the cushioning of the shoes. If the soles are worn down it is

definitely time to replace your shoes.

  

 

 

Making Your Shoes Last Longer

 

Removing your shoes properly will extend the life of your shoe. For example by unlacing them and using

your hand to remove them instead of kicking them of with the other foot they'll last longer.

Rotating your shoes will also extend the life of your shoe.

 

Check out what Bass Pro Shops holds http://www.basspro.com/Shoes-Boots-Boots/Classification-Mens/_/N-1z0usudZ1z0v21r we have a great selection on boots, crocs , sandals and even casual shoes for men and women!

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The WorkEnder Event & Social Hour

 

 

What are you doing on April 25th from 6-7pm?  How about planning a family friendly and affordable vacation right here in New York State?  Bass Pro Shops is all for getting that family outside. Please join us for a social hour featuring members  from the Montezuma Wildlife Preserve and New York State Parks and Recreation.  They will be here to answer any questions you may have on planning that family vacation in the outdoors.  Find the park that best fits the age group going, as well as which hiking trail is short or long to accommodate any family member.

You can spend a lot on a hotel room this summer, or you can rent a cabin, campsite, RV and travel to a State Park.  New York State has so much to offer, and lets face it this past winter was a tough one.  Can't afford to take a vacation?  How about some hiking?  From Montezuma Wildlife to any one of the State parks,  they offer you a wide range of activities.

Close by is Montezuma Wildlife Preserve.  Operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.  The preserve is designated as a national natural landmark.  It is one of the best examples of undisturbed swamp woodlands.  With over 240 species of birds on the refuge along with 43 species of mammals, 15 species of reptiles and 16 species of amphibians.  This will keep any child busy looking for them all.  Canoe or hike, look for the Bald Eagles or Osprey, or go to the observation deck.  You wont be disappointed with the fun you can have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York State has absolutely the most beautiful parks that give you a large variety of fun.  With 113 state campgrounds, you can work your vacation around your family's needs.  Do you want to swim in a waterfall, tent, RV, rent a cabin?  How about hike a gorge with 200' cliffs and 19 waterfalls.  We have it here in New York State.  So please join us on April 25th from 6-7pm for a social hour with Montezuma Wildlife Preserve and New York State Parks and Recreation as they show you how to vacation without spending a bundle.  Enjoy some snacks for the trail as well as Coco-Cola Life products. The first 100 people to attend the social hour will receive a bottle opener.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to our Social Hour please consider taking the 20/20 Challenge :  Simply pledge to get out and log 20 hours of outdoor activities, or 20 miles of outdoor activities and enter to win a Outdoor package valued at $7500.

Can't make the social hour but you are interested in camping outside?  Please consider attending seminars on Friday, April 24th 6-8pm and April 25th 12-5pm.  Here is a list of the seminars we will have on both days.

Cooking Down and Dirty - A presentation of the best backcountry cooking sets and Mountain House freeze-dried food tasting

Slumber by Number - Learn useful tips and tricks for staying comfortable and warm as you sleep

Pack Right - Demonstrations on how best to pack a Ascend backpack for optimal comfort and load distribution

Beat the Bugs - Learn the differences between Deet, Picardin, Permethrin, Thermacell and more.

Pick Out and Get Out - How to pick the Kayak best suited for you

Streamline Your Kayak - Learn how to rig a kayak for fishing, including what gear you may need

So stop on by Bass Pro Shops for all the information you need to have a fun, relaxing family vacation this summer.

Visit our store website for additional information at www.basspro.com/auburn

R. Piedmonte-Events Coordinator

 

 

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Captain Mack's Weekly Fishing Report!

Ok, so there is a little extra pollen to deal with, but hey, it’s worth it! When the pollen is thick, the fishing is generally very good and now is no exception!

The Stripers are scattered out and while the open water bite will yield some fish, there are also fish on the points and flats as well. Pulling a big live bait spread using multiple planer boards will give you a wide footprint and allow you to better saturate an area.  Don’t be hesitant to pull the baits right up onto the points or near the banks.  Herring have been the bait of choice in recent days, but keeping a Gizzard Shad in the spread would be a very good option. Experiment with the amount of line out behind the planers, some days that can be a big factor, as is adding a split shot or two to the line. Boat Speed can also be a huge factor so keep tabs on how fast you are going may help tweak the bite. Keep a bucktail or a Mini Mack tied on; you never know when you will encounter surfacing fish. While this activity has been slow in recent days, expect to see more schooling activity as water tamps increase.

The night bite remains strong and may be the best overall option. Casting baits like the Spro McStik and the traditional 16 Bomber A’s are both producing good catches.  This technique will work on main lake points or in the backs of the creeks, and any dock /submerged lights you see are also good choices.

 Bass fishing is very good!!   Casting a Worm on a Jighead, I prefer the Weedless Wonder; will be hard to beat for numbers and consistency. Cast this rig around docks, shallow blowdowns, secondary points, or almost any type of shallow structure.  Jerkbaits and weightless Flukes are also good choices and allow you to move faster effectively covering more water. Don’t forget about the plastic lizards, they can be very productive at this time of year. They are effective on either the Texas rig or the Carolina rig

Crappie fishing has been good and the numbers have improved to compliment the big fish that have been showing up. The patterns are varied, but shallow docks, blowdowns, and flooded buck brush are all good structures. Small jigs, the Crappie Country Wow Grubs and the Sugarbugs Jigs have been producing well, along with live minnows. If you are fishing around the flooded cover in the backs of the creeks, place any of the above-mentioned bats under a small weighed float. This technique allows you to fish slowly without letting the bait get snagged on the bottom. Also, reeling the bait right up to a piece of structure and then stopping your retrieve to allow the bait to drop down to the fish can be very effective. Fishing is good in the upper parts of either river or in the backs of the lower end creeks. Stained water is a big asset!  

Good Fishing!

Capt. Mack

Email any inquiries to Capt. Mack @ thefarrside@mindspring.com or Visit Capt. Mack online @ www.captmacks.com

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Get Your Companion Geared-Up for the Season!!!!

It is time for another field trial season for you and your fellow puppy dog. That means coming in and gearing up those four-legged friends by replacing old collars, bumpers, kennels and more!!! Bass Pro Shops is the store to get your dog ready for every outdoor adventure. Let’s start with our impressive selection of dog collars. Garmin released the new Pro 550 dog training system this year and it has become a hit. It is a bark collar when you have them kenneled, a shock collar when you're training, and a warning collar when necessary. There is also a built in full light system on the collar to help you locate your dog in low light situations. Plus it’s fully waterproof for those lake retrievals or just play time in the water. If you already have an obedient dog, then a nice RedHead No Bark dog collar would be a good replacement.

The second type of item that is a necessity for your pooch are our Redhead Retriever Dummies and rubber ducks. Our retriever dummies come in two sizes, medium and large, and three different colors, orange, white and dual tone.  The rubber ducks come in mallard, suzie, wood duck, and spoonie . The ducks have a body made of a soft, natural-feel foam with free-swinging plastic head and feet that encourages your dog to maintain a secure body hold without viciously shaking your game.  They will help to make your hunting buddy a better retriever!

Lastly, everyone needs a great kennel to transport their furry friend to the field and back home. We carry the Petmate Ruffmaxx portable kennel that is able to be mounted to the bed of your truck. This makes for easy, safe and comfortable transportation of your pup.

In addition to training gear, we also carry chews, toys, treats, beds, yard containment, first aid and grooming supplies, leashes and harnesses and dog houses!!!!  Make Bass Pro your one stop shop for all your puppy needs!

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Female Historical Participation in Archery!

Archery has been part of the American social fabric since the early 19th Century. Moreover, feminine participation is nothing new but rather women are responsible for weaving much of this fabric and can take credit for what it is today.

 

Figure 1 “New York Times November 12, 1916 from the Library of Congress digitized archives.  Top Left Circle Photo – Basket Ball 17 Year Old Girls.  Photo Below Female Archery Tournament.

(Figure 1)

The school system is the mechanism for which female participation of archery, among other sports began and thrived. Female participation was usually much higher than male participation.  Back in the early 20th century, many states instituted laws in which it was required the girls complete all four years of high school. Boys were only required to go for two years and then would either go to work or go to a trade school.  Since the majority of junior and senior classes were made up of females it created the environment in which girls participated in all sports- archery being one of them.  This high-level participation continued for over half a century until the conformity period after WWII and today it has reemerged once again at a high-level of women participation.

 

On the world level this participation decreased earlier than in the United States. Archery was admitted in the Olympic Games in 1900, 1904, 1908, 1920. Women competed in the 1900 and 1908 games.  Archery disappeared from the Olympics for 50 years until the Munich games in 1972.

The Great Depression and the social negative attitudes towards women during the suffrage movement also decrease the participation levels. However, because of the mechanism mentioned before at the grassroots high school level, women archery still thrived against this adversity.

What was the conformity period? From the battle field to the home front the war was an emotionally exhausting time for the world that was affected by it.  Conformity period was a way for our society to be “normal”. Moreover, communism was the new enemy and setting our culture apart from theirs- in which women were doing the same tasks as men for the sake of the motherland-was important to the American cultural attitude. Some women went back to homemaking and left the world of sporting. However, unlike many of the other sports Archery was still in large numbers done by women.

 

 

Figure 2 Library of Congress Digital Archives. Office of War Information/Farm Services Administration.

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In the early 20th Century women took the center stage in the world of competition archery. For example Dorothy Smith Commings was a seven time Archery National champion in 1921, 1922, 1924-1926 and in 1931 (Figure 2).  These competitions were huge events in which newspapers across the country would report on the results and the contestants. It must be understood the time period; even simple things like taking photographs shown here was an expensive venture. The quality of these photographs is another indication on how important women Archery was to the American social fabric.  People took the sport very seriously in which many would travel great distances to watch the matches. Moreover, young men were attracted to the participants. Magazines and prints a like would use attractive images of women to attract male counterparts to sporting events. http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/agc.7a01116/

 

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This phenomenon kept moving forward.  Even advertisers jumped on board. The image a female shooting a bow attracted many and was-and still is-appealing. Possibly due to the image that it portrays- beauty and power (Figure 3 & Figure 4).  Also, in this late 40’s Crest Commercial here: https://youtu.be/O8bSN7-ASyg

 

 

 

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            Today Female Archery is still going strong. Movies like Hunger Games and Brave are not the cause of females being interested in archery, but merely a continuation of a long standing American tradition.  I invite all women- young and old alike- to stop in Bass Pro Shops and speak to one of our Archery Pros, we have girl pros too!

And of course, check out our extensive online selection of Archery on basspro.com:
http://www.basspro.com/Archery/_/S-12425001000

For more further reading...... http://thesportjournal.org/article/a-history-of-women-in-sport-prior-to-title-ix/    

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New - The Workender Event!

The Millenial Generation - born between 1980 and 2000. You are technology driven, rely on product information, reviews, and comparisons to find reliable, convenient, great quality products that are cost-effective. Committed to healthy lifestyles through exercise and activity, the outdoors is just second nature to you.

According to Outdoor Industry, "With Millennials having grown up an urban, indoor, hyper-connected lifestyle, their view of outdoors is more likely to be places near their home where they can interact socially with friends and family."

You want to know where to go, how to do it, and what kind of adventure you can have to build lasting memories.

Well, we're here to help.

Friday, April 24, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, Noon-5 p.m.
20/20 Social Hour 6-7 p.m. (Outside, weather permitting)


Find out firsthand experience from our Camping Experts about products and best practices. Find out from local experts during our 20/20 Social Hour about where you can use that knowledge around Iowa and beyond!

On land or water, figure out your weekend escape at our Workender Event! Learn about products to take, how to pack and stay comfortable, getting the right gear! Free give-aways, how-tos, and 20/20 social hour to kick off the 20/20 Challenge! The social hour features Coca-Cola Life, fun snacks, and a chance to visit with experts from our area!

Friday, April 24

Friday seminars will be inside in The Fly shop.

• 6pm - Cooking Down and Dirty: Learn about the Jetboil systems and more! Free samples of Mountain House Freeze Dried food while supplies last.
• 7pm - Beat the Bugs: Bug time is here - learn how to stay comfortable in the outdoors and backcountry.
• 8pm - Pick Out and Get Out: Picking out the right kayak.

 

Saturday April 25

• 12 noon - Slumber by Number: Sleeping bag basics and Therm-A-Rest pads.
• 1pm - Pack Right: Proper backpack loading.
• 2pm - Beat the Bugs: Bug time is here - learn how to stay comfortable in the outdoors and back country.
• 3pm - Cooking Down and Dirty: Learn about the Jetboil systems and more! Free samples of Mountain House Freeze Dried food while supplies last.
• 4pm - Pick Out and Get Out - Picking out the right kayak for you.
• 5pm - Streamline Your Kayak: Rig and pack your kayak the right way!
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Take the 20/20 Challenge - May 1-July 26, 2015: Pledge to log 20 hours or 20 miles of outdoor activities! Sign up in store to take the 20/20 challenge and be entered for a chance to win the Workender Prize package.

Check out all the details on the prize package at www.basspro.com/workender

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Bow Fishing 101

What is Bow Fishing?  Do we have a season for it?  If so what are the dates.  Do you need special equipment?

Bowfishing is a method of fishing that you use special equipment to shoot and then retrieve the fish.

Season:  May 15th thru September 30th

Who can bow fish?  Any person who has a fishing license or a small game hunting license can take carp of any size and in any number by long bow, recurve or compound bow.  This can be done in any water where fishing and discharging a bow is permitted.  Please always check your DEC website to see if the lake you plan to go bow fishing is restricted or not.

On May 2nd at 4pm we are pleased to have Captain Jason Barnes one of our Bass Pro Shop Pro Staffers here to give a Bow Fishing seminar.  Jason has grown up in the area and has been hunting waterfowl since the age of 5 with his dad.  Jason received his Master Captain's license and New York State Guide's license in 2000.  Jason formed Frontenac Fowlers Guide Service and enjoys taking young, old and veterans on guided tours while teaching them the sport.  Now as part of the Pro Staff with Gator Trax, Jason does fishing charters in the summer.  This seminar will talk in detail about the sport and what equipment is needed as well as how to get started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few bows that Jason will touch base on.  The AMS Bowfishing Fish Hawk Compound Bowfishing Package  perfect with all the equipment needed with the exception of arrows.  A smooth draw and it weighs 3.4 pounds.

 

 

http://www.basspro.com/AMS-Bowfishing-Fish-Hawk-Compound-Bowfishing-Package/product/13020105362111/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PSE Archery Discovery Bowfishing Package includes everything you will need as well as 2 arrows.

http://www.basspro.com/PSE-Archery-Discovery-Bowfishing-Package/product/13090706012615/

 

 

 

 

 

So plan on stopping by May 2, 2015 at 4pm for a fun fact filled seminar on bowfishing with Captain Jason Barnes.

 

 

 

 

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RangeMaxx Firearm Cleaning Seminars

What surprises me is how many times I have seen customers purchase a firearm and not also pick up a cleaning kit for it. And I know that many avid-shooters have a multi-caliber/gauge cleaning kit of some kind, but many don’t! Gun cleaning and care is an extremely important aspect of being a responsible firearm owner. Just like everything else, you have to take care of it for it to stay functional.

One of my first Check it Out List blogs was about firearm cleaning kits. And while it covered many aspects of what you need to clean your firearms, it did not cover how to. For me, this is one task that is better to be learned hands-on or visually. There are hundreds of YouTube videos on how to clean and maintain firearms. Google the firearm you own and how to clean, and there will probably be a video for that exact one! But alas, even the mighty internet is not the best source for learning this practice. So what is?

Well here at Bass Pro Shops-Mesa AZ we are going to have a day with a few seminars on Basic Firearm Cleaning and Care. This event is sponsored by RangeMaxx, who makes some excellent firearm products.

I picked up one of their range-bags a couple years back and absolutely love it! I have had no issues at all, with nothing breaking or tearing. And when I load up for the range it usually entails three to four handguns, eye and ear protection and several boxes of ammo… in other words it’s pretty loaded. (Side note, isn’t weird how much lighter a range bag is after an hour or so?!)

So here are the details:

Sunday, May 3rd

Stop by our store and come upstairs to the Conference Room where we will be holding three separate seminars on Basic Firearm Cleaning and Care. We will cover cleaning and care items for pistols, rifles and shotguns. Attendees do not need to bring anything. Please note, this is not a chance for a free gun-cleaning.

Seminars will be at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30.

 1:30– Pistols/Revolvers

2:30– Shotguns

3:30– Rifles/MSRs

After each seminar a raffle will be held for those who attended. There will be a different prize for each seminar.

We hope to see you there!

-Giddy-Up!!

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Rainy Day Success!

By Dan Stephany
Bass Pro Shops Altoona Receiving Manager

Earlier, I posted a blog article talking about the joy of taking a young person with you in the turkey woods. I’d like to follow up with an update about a special afternoon I shared with my son, Micah, earlier this week during the Iowa Youth Turkey Season.

We weren’t able to hunt the opening weekend of the youth season, because we were visiting family in Wisconsin for Easter. Monday afternoon after work would be the first chance we would have to go out after a spring gobbler. The forecast called for rain on and off, with the chance for it to be heavy at times. Recognizing Micah is only 11, and wanting to respect his appreciation for the hunt, I decided to double check with Micah at lunch to see if he still wanted to go and sit in the rain. I was excited when he said he didn’t care if it was raining and still wanted to go. The rest of the afternoon I had that restless feeling we all get when we know we will be in the woods for the first sit of the year. I finished at work, went home to pick up Micah, and we headed out. We got set up in our ground blind about two hours before sunset. I had my jake decoy, with real tail fan, along with my AvianX feeding hen and another relaxed hen decoy out in front of us about 15 yards.

We enjoyed the evening talking about his day of school and watching some deer work their way past the blind. The rain started coming down, and a yearling deer came down the ridge toward our blind. The deer obviously had never seen a turkey decoy because it wandered around, circling the decoys for 10 minutes, not sure about these motionless new intruders in his woods. Suddenly, the deer looked up the hill behind our blind, and went on full alert. I peeked out the side of the blind only to see a very large tom walking just 5 yards away from the blind coming right into our decoys. I motioned to Micah to get the gun ready and get on the decoys. Micah’s eyes got as big as saucers when he saw the tom working in to challenge my jake decoy. We watched the big tom smack the decoy and go into full strut about 15 yards away from us. Micah took the safety off and the tight pattern of his 20 gauge dropped the tom immediately. The celebration was on! We took a bunch of photos, sent text messages and pictures to all our family and friends and made sure to capture those memories to share with others.

I took away several valuable lessons from this hunt.

  • First, don’t let a little rain scare you off. The phrase, "You can’t kill ‘em if you don’t go" applies. Having the right gear does make the difference, especially when you are taking a young person. We sat dry and comfortable in our ground blind and were never affected by the rain.  
  • Second, let your child be part of the decision when they want to hunt and when they don’t. Short, positive experiences will always leave them wanting more. Remember, the hunt is for them, not you. Make it comfortable and keep it light. Forcing them to sit for long periods of time, or in poor weather, may have the opposite effect and you may lose a lifelong hunting partner.
  • Last, expect the unexpected. This bird never gobbled, never made a sound, came in from the wrong direction, and came down a hill toward our decoys instead of the typical pattern of working up a slope. We were in the right place at the right time and Micah was rewarded for his decision to go hunting.

I can’t wait to head back to the woods for my own chess match with spring gobblers, but my season is already complete thanks to Micah’s rainy day success!

Good luck and God bless!

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Ladies, It's Time To Get Your Skorts on!

You are probably asking yourself what is a skort and why should I put one on.  Well I will tell you.  A skort is a pair of shorts with a skirt surrounding it.  Sometimes they were called a scooter or a scant.  Skorts were developed in the 1960's when women began to play golf in large numbers.  They were developed by the famous Leon Levin as the "Q" skirt or skort.

Skorts provide you with alot of freedom to do such activities as sports, bike riding, hiking, fishing, and gardening all while giving the appearance of wearing a skirt.

Here at Bass Pro Shops we offer three brands of skorts. The first brand is our own Ascend Tech Skort.  This active skirt has hidden mesh shorts underneath made out of a combination of spandex and polyester to give you a four way stretch.

http://www.basspro.com/Ascend-Tech-Skort-for-Ladies/product/14081207424419/

 

It has an UPF rating of 50 to protect you from the sun's damaging rays, moisture wicking to keep you dry, two zip pockets on the outside and one internal pocket for cash or keys.

Our second brand is also our own called World Wide Sportsman Trek Skort. The skirt part is very sleek looking and the shorts are comfortably stretchy.

http://www.basspro.com/World-Wide-Sportsman-Trek-Skort-for-Ladies/product/13080906163928/

It has double snap closures, two hand pockets, and front and back zip pockets.  The skirt is made of nylon and is seventeen inches long.

 

 Our third skort we offer is from Columbia and is called Anytime Casual Skort.  This skort resists rain and stains while protecting you from harmful UV rays.

http://www.basspro.com/Columbia-Anytime-Casual-Skort-for-Ladies/product/12121306204327/

The two way comfort stretch briefs ensure active comfort and the sides have adjustable ruching.  Pull up on the ruching to make the skirt go shorter for biking or hiking. Lengthen it back to the seventeen inches for a dressy look.

 

All these skorts will become your favorite summer staple in your wardrobe.  Think about how much more room will be in your suitcase because you don't need to pack both skirts and shorts. You can be as active as you want and still look dressy at the same time.  All these skorts can be found in our stores and at  www.basspro.com

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Community Conservation Seminar Series - Landscaping for Wildlife

 

 

The Community Conservation Seminar Series

Bass Pro Shops Altoona presents this series of  featuring many of our Iowa partners in conservation. We’ll be inviting various conservation and wildlife organizations to speak about topics focused on conservation, wildlife, and habitat.

Ever wished your yard could be the setting for an episode of Wild Kingdom? Or perhaps you'd just like more butterflies and birds? This seminar will give you some tips on how you can transform your yard into a sanctuary for wildlife of all kinds. Not only will you be conserving and being a steward of Iowa's wildlife, you'll be creating an oasis for yourself that you can feel good about!

Landscaping for Wildlife

with Stephanie Shepherd
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Saturday, May 16

10:00 AM

Bass Pro Shops Altoona


Stephanie is a Wildlife Diversity Biologist with the Iowa DNR Wildlife Research Station. She is a the program coordinator for the Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program.

No reservations required. Simply join us!

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In Honor Of the Humble Bluegill

Tosohatchee BluegillEven though there are so many different fish and so many ways to catch them, few species hold a special place in more people’s hearts like the humble Bluegill.  And there are a lot of reasons they rank towards the top of the list when you ask random fishermen what they enjoy chasing most, and why.

I’d be willing to bet that if you ask 100 anglers of varying ages “What was the first fish you can remember going after when you started out?” you’ll get a very diverse list but the bluegill will rise to the top by a pretty solid margin.  They’re everywhere, they eat a variety of baits (natural, artificial, and fly), they fight like the dickins, and they taste pretty darn good when scaled and fried up just like mom did it.   Innumerable folks start out chasing bluegill as kids with a simple outfit complete with a Zebco rod and reel, a red and white bobber, single hook, and a coffee can of red wigglers.  I count myself as one of the lucky ones to have spent a good portion of my young life sitting along the bank of Howard Eaton Reservoir, or anchored in the lily pads in Presque Isle State Park.  Family fishing trips taught us patience and how to get along with our siblings in a small boat, as well has how to appreciate the beauty and peace of fishing.  Bluegill played a big part in our young lives for sure.

Nowadays, I don’t target them as much unless I happen upon a spawning congregation, but even then it’s just to do some experimentation and see how a new fly works, or to end a long dry spell between fish.  They’re always around and almost always willing to play along for a few minutes provided I can figure out what fly to throw at them.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t and that’s why I keep trying.

There is a bit of a challenge to catching gills if they really aren’t in the mood, and a lot of people don’t figure it out for a while.  Bluegill aren’t chaser’s in the same sense that bass are, meaning they don’t pursue their prey very far and most people work artificial baits and flies too fast in the first place, missing a lot of catchable fish as a result.  Topwater flies should shake and shimmy to imitate a distressed insect, while subsurface offerings can either slowly sink through the water column or be stripped along slowly and steadily.  Before making that first cast, try to imagine how far and fast a grass shrimp or damsel fly larva moves through the water.

Presque Isle FishingRed wigglers, crickets, wax worms, grubs, small minnows, bread balls, and many other natural baits (even hot dog chunks) will entice a strike when in the zone, so kiddies and their parents or grandparents aren’t left out in the cold.  Tossing bait and waiting for something to happen is how a lot of fishermen got started in the past and it still works today, especially when indoctrinating youngsters into the sport.  Just be sure to have something else for your budding angler to do between bites since it may take some time for things to heat up.

Bluegill unfairly get lumped in with all the other “Bream” down here in the south and maybe there should be a movement to correctly identify them out of respect.  They’re hungry, strong, available, tasty, and willing to eat a wide variety of offerings, so load up the tackle, the kids, and a can of red wigglers for a ton of fun while chasing the humble Bluegill.

Brian “Beastman” Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando.

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Come Join Captain Jerrys Fly Tying Class

Working at Bass Pro Shops is an awesome experience especially when you get to work with legends such as Captain Jerry Appling. Captain Jerry is currently employed in our Fly Fishing department, and has been for the past eight years.  In addition, Captain Jerry has been teaching customers how to fly tie for over 35 years.  He states that fly fishing has always been his passion since he started back in 1955. Captain Jerry teaches an entry level fly tying class which concentrates only on tying techniques that are great to use in the South Florida area.  If you’ve been struggling or are interested in learning how to fly tie, who better would we recommend than Captain Jerry Appling.  Capt. Jerry fly tying classes take place at Bass Pro Shops Miami in the Fly Shop department, every Saturday at 2 pm. You must call in advanced to make an appointment because class sizes are limited (2 customers max); moreover, the class is approximately 1 hour long. We provide all the tools and material you need, we also stock and sale fly tying material so that you can continue fly tying at home.  If you, a friend, or family member would be interested in learning how to fly tie (free of charge), feel free to call Capt. Jerry at 305-341-4200 extension 4045, to schedule an appointment. Also, its first come first served.  Location Dolphin Mall Miami: 11551 NW 12 Street Miami, FL 33172. Please call if you have any questions 305-341-4200. Hope to see you there!

 

 

White River Fly Shop Crown Spring Tension Vise

SKU# 1760826

http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Crown-Spring-Tension-Vise/product/10220904/

 

White River Fly Shop Fly Fishing Jig Head

SKU# 1813216

http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Fly-Fishing-Jig-Head/product/3085/

 

White River Fly Shop Flat Waxed Thread Assortment #1

SKU# 1955258

http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Flat-Waxed-Thread-Assortment-1/product/1208280522159/

Created By: Victoria Sanchez
 
Special Thanks to Captain Jerry Appling
 
 

 

 

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Hunter's Tips and Tricks

Curiosity     Structure     Observation    Patience

Match The Hatch:
"If Shrimp are present, use shrimp!"

Shrimp are running and moving forward slowly, imitate this with your  fake shrimp.(TKO Shrimp,Savage Shrimp,etc.) Cast it far up current and retrieve slow. "On top for show, bottom for dough (dough=money fish)" This means small fish are usually on top , larger fish towards bottom. Very important to reel your lure in slow, unless you are going for a faster species; such as, Jacks, Peacock Bass, Wahoo, Mackerel, etc.

The slow motion of your lure, tied with a loop knot will create a realistic movement in the water. Observation and curiousness of your surroundings will help you evaluate all situations possible.

"curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back"

Good lures of imitation shrimp are, DOA, TKO, Savage, and Gulp. Good minnow type lures/Stick Baits are Rapala: X-raps, Hushey Jerks, Rattle Traps, Shad Raps. When using Rattle or Brim type baits, Xps Broken Back Minnows and Slim Dogs by Bass Pro Shops (XPS) are deadly in calm, still, back waters.

Chris Hunter lives to fish! No matter what the catch of the day is, he is always about having fun. Fishing is a part of you, its practice, techniques, and passion.

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles -Doug Larson

Some of the products mentioned: (Click Pictures for Links)

 

Created by: Belinda Milan

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