Basic Turkey Calling Gear

Rick Adams has been hunting for over 35 years and on the Primos Prostaff for over 10 years. Since he lives in Iowa, he is always looking for the next big tom or big buck, but he also enjoys hunting all types of wildlife.

Recently at our Spring Turkey Hunting seminars, Rick took time to visit with us about the different types of turkey calls hunters can choose from when buying their gear. From purrs and clucks to yelps and cutts, you can make all the turkey sounds for calling in the toms with slate, crystal, box, or even push pin calls that can strap to your gun. The season in Iowa isn't over until mid-May, so get out and enjoy!

Locator calls are also essential. Watch for more on that from Rick in an upcoming blog post!


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PBR Returns to Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

Professional Bull Riders EventThe bull riders are back at Bass Pro Shops Altoona on Saturday, April 26! Here's your annual opportunity to get autographs, pictures and have some fun with the Professional Bull Riders when they hit town for the Built Ford Tough Series at Wells Fargo Arena!


PBR Day at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

April 26, 2014

PBR DayExclusive Fan Club Mandatory Autograph Signing
11:30am - Noon
Fan Club members get a special time to meet the riders 30 minutes prior to our scheduled public event autograph time of 12 p.m.!

Public Autograph time with the PBR Riders
Watch the PBR web site for information on what riders will be here!

The Mechanical Bull is back!
PBR Day10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Show your bull riding skills on the mechanical bull! All riders under the age of 18 must have a signature from a parent/guardian before riding the bull. All riders must be able to pull themselves up onto the bull, no matter their age.

Seminar with Clint Adkins, PBR Announcer and Experienced Angler
1:00-1:30 p.m. at the aquarium!


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National Park Week

National Park WeekNational Park Week is April 19-27, and both April 19 and 20 are "get in free" days! Find a park near you, or plan a trip, by visiting the National Park Service (NPS) online.

The NPS is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and was created by an Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Yellowstone National Park had already been proclaimed a national park as early as 1872. The Antiquities Act signed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, was designed to preserve the prehistoric cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins, and missions of the southwest U.S. Approximately 25% of the current "units" in the NPS system came into being, either partially or completely, under the Antiquities Act.

So it became evident by 19Old Faithful 6/5316, with already 14 national parks, 21 national monuments and more, that there needed to be a structured oversight for their operation. Thus the formation of the National Park Service.

Our family, like many, enjoyed the national parks of the west for years each summer in my younger days. Who doesn't enjoy seeing the old black and white photos from travels way back when? Fortunately, with the formation of an organized system, came a stronger focus on encouraging visitors to stay away from the wildlife, stay in cars, and to not feed the wildlife.

Yellowstone June 1953I believe that many people probably don't realize the "A-Team" of parks, like Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, etc., are not the only national parks in our country. There are national parks, national monuments, national preserves, national reserves, national lakeshores, national seashores, national memorials, national rivers, national wild and scenic riverways, and national scenic trails. While we usually think of the big parks when we hear "National Park Service," over half of the areas are designated to "preserve places and commemorate persons, events and activities important in the nation's history" (National Park Service web site), like archeological digs, presidential libraries, and memorial monuments. Learn more about the descriptive nature of these designations on the web site.

The NPS comprises 401 areas covering 84 million acres in the 50 states, D.C., Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The largest? Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve - 13.2 million acres!
The smallest? Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, in Pennsylvania - .02 acres!

In Iowa we are proud to boast two national parks:

  • The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch - learn how a young orphaned Iowa boy overcame hardship to become President. His birthplace cottage, museum and Presidential Library, and grave are all here.
  • Effigy Mounds National Monument, sacred ground to the 12 affiliated American Indian tribes and many others. You can send a whole day hiking all of the trails to see over 200 ancient American Indian burial mounds built in the shapes of animals and birds. You can also see a handful of mounds and catch the visitor's center if you only have a couple of hours to spare. But, it is all walking auto tours are available in order to maintain and respect the sacredness of the site.

Iowa also has seven National Natural Landmarks, including the famous Loess Hills on our western border - a geological wind-blown silt formation so unique, the only other known comparable location is in China on the Yellow River. 

Are you familiar with what National Park Service areas are in your state? Check out their web site and enjoy our nation's parks...they're OUR parks to enjoy!


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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops - Easter 2014!

Easter Egg Hunt @ Bass Pro Shops AltoonaEaster activities continue at Bass Pro Shops Altoona this weekend!

Friday, April 18

  • Free 4x6 Photo with the Easter Bunny - 2-7 p.m.
  • Free craft for kids - 2-7 p.m., while supplies last.

Saturday & Sunday, April 19-20

Free Easter craft @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

  • Free 4x6 photo with the Easter Bunny - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20 ONLY. Registration opens at 1:30 p.m. - Egg hunt begins promptly at 2 p.m. and lasts one hour. Ages 2-10 only please.
  • Free craft for kids - 1-4 p.m., while supplies last.

Saturday, April 19

Try Before You Buy!

Our Gifts Department shows you easy it is to use our Uncle Buck's Fruit Cobbler mix by serving up samples of cherry and blueberry cobbler! Noon to 4 p.m. or while supplies last.

Coming up?

April 25-27, 2014 - Set Your Sights Weekend!

  • A weekend of free seminars covering optics and other accessories, conceal carry laws and equipment, target shooting, and gun care and safety. Seminar attendees (first 25) on Friday, April 25, receive a free Bass Pro Shops tumbler. Additionally, a $25 gift card will be given away at each seminar all weekend!
  • If you're 21 or older, you have a chance to win a Savage® rimfire.22 LR rifle or a Caldwell® AR-15 magazine loader.
  • Quadruple Points all weekend on the following brands: Streamlight, EOTech, Beretta, DPMS Panther Arms, Remington, Savage Arms


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The Arctic Cat Trail 700

The new Arctic Cats are here! Be one of the first to see the new line of machines Arctic Cat released from the factory in March.  This is the all new Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail 700 - the first side-by-side by Arctic Cat and one of only a few in the industry that is trail capable and legal.

Arctic Cat Trail 700 tricked out with bimini top, new tires and rimsThe Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail 700 has a stance of only 50 inches wide, less than a hundred pounds and is powered by an all new 700cc twin-cylinder engine. It has an output of 60 HP and is ready to tame the wildest trails or just cruise around the farm! They come in two packages - the base Trail and the Trail XT and the accessories are never ending with these. You can have anything from a cloth Bimini to a full cab and stereo system.

One of the best advantages to the Wildcat Trail? It will fit in a standard full-size truck bed!

Come out to Bass Pro Shops Altoona and take a look learn more from one of our certified sales consultants about this amazing side-by-side.


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Ask the Pros - Basic Turkey Calls

There are three basic turkey calling techniques that Primos Prostaff member Rick Adams uses. At our recent Spring Turkey Hunting seminars, Adams says he typically uses the cluck, the yelp, and the purr, and a combination of the three. He says he often combines or makes adjustments for conditions. In this video, Adams demonstrates the different sounds.

Adams adds that if you ever think you've done something wrong and made the birds nervous, the yelp is a good calming call to use. If you see them starting to periscope their heads and doing the high-pitched "alarm putt," try yelping to calm them down. He says it doesn't always work, but sometimes it does.


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Legal Heat Coming to Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Concealed carry permit classes are returning to Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

Concealed firearms permit classes will be offered by Legal Heat starting May 3. According to the company, this one class will qualify you to obtain a permit for Iowa, but also the popular Utah and Arizona permits.

(Not from Iowa? Visit Legal Heat's web site and check out their classes around the country in over 12 states and 50 retail locations, including several Bass Pro Shops in Nebraska, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia!)

Why the Utah or Arizona permit? According to the company brochure, the Utah and Arizona concealed firearm permits are widely recognized in the U.S., and between the two of them are honored by 35 states. As you can see in this map from Legal Heat's web site, the red states do NOT honor Iowa's permit. Four of those states are Utah, Arizona, Minnesota and Washington.

Legal Heat graphic - States that reocgnize Iowa's permit

The Utah permit is recognized in Minnesota and Washington and Arizona is recognized in New Mexico, so acquiring the combination of the three permits allows you to carry in 36 different states.

Legal Heat - States recognized with combo of three permits

The 3 1/2 hour classes, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., emphasize state and federal laws, including firearm laws and self-defense laws, from one of the largest known providers of concealed carry training in America. Class participants will receive everything they need to obtain a permit, including passport-sized photographs, a CD with several training videos, and pre-addressed envelopes. PLUS, at the Altoona classes, onsite fingerprinting services will be available for a small additional charge.

The classes are only $75. Register for the May 3 class online at or stop in the store at the Customer Service Desk. Keep an eye on their web site for registration opening for May 31 and June 28 classes!

Concealed Firearm Permit Classes - 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
May 3
May 31
June 38



Product Spotlight - Colorful Guns

Every day we see more guns coming in catered to the female customer. This spotlight is on a long gun and a handgun that our Gun Vault Specialist Alicia says are especially hot!

Guns for Ladies at Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Long gun

The Savage 64F 22LR  Muddy Girl Camo

This beauty has a 21” barrel and is currently $189.99 at Bass Pro Shops in Altoona. We had this one in around the holidays and it was popular!  It's a bolt action rifle with a 10 round mag.

The Muddy Girl camo pattern is quickly becoming Alicia's favorite pattern. Why? Because it's not just pink - it combines a bold variety of pink shades with deep purples and neutral colors to make it stand out from the other "just pink" patterns.


Hand Gun

Ruger LCP 380 Automatic Compact Pistol (ACP)

The 2.75” barrel holds six rounds. The lightweight (just under 9.4 oz. unloaded) Ruger LCP Compact Pistol has always been a popular carry for men and women. But, this is a vendor special color of Lilac, currently for $349.99 at Bass Pro Shops Altoona. The same dependable back-up or personal carry gun, but in a fun color for those who desire it!


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Fishing and Boating Activities in Iowa

Summer vacation time is fast approaching! Whether you live in Iowa and are looking for events to enjoy or you're from out-of-state and or even just passing through and looking for fun activities, we have SO many ways to enjoy the outdoors and we're definitely more than just cornfields (although those are plentiful).

Our friends at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have many fishing and boating events they help promote and support throughout the year in Iowa. From kids, youth and family fishing events and clinics, dragon boat races and ski team shows...who KNEW that there was a regular waterski show in IOWA?

Shannon Hafner, with Education and Outreach at the DNR, says when they are contacted by a group wanting to host a fishing clinics, the DNR provides them instructions to register the event on the DNR Special Events calendar. They also are give access to the DNR tools to help format and organize a fishing clinic.Kayaking

Here are some of the events coming up related to fishing and boating in April and May:

April 12, 9 a.m. - Canoe, Kayak, and Stand Up Paddleboard Demo at Lake Ahquabi State Park outside Indianola, Iowa

April 26, 3 p.m. - The University of Iowa has a collegiate rowing competition at Lake Macbride, north of Iowa City

April 26, 11 a.m. - 2014 ASCE Midwest Regional Concrete Canoe Competition - Coralville Lake, West Overlook

May 3, 7 a.m. - Annual Burlington High School Dragon Boat Races, Lake Geode State Park Beach.

May 17, 7:30 a.m. - Kids Fishing Tournament, Heron Bend Fishing Area, Fort Madison, Iowa

May 29, 6 p.m. - Five Season Ski Team Waterski Show  - an Hour long water ski show on the Cedar River (LaPorte City to Cedar Rapids) - They will have several shows throughout the summer on the Cedar River at Ellis Park in Cedar Rapids.

May 31, 9 a.m. - 34th Annual Kids Fishing Seminar - Fishing Derby and Education Stations, Environmental Discovery Park North Pond, Muscatine, Iowa

May 31, 8 a.m. - Outdoor Adventure Day - Fishing Clinic, Langwood Education Center, Wapello, IowaKids fishing derby

The DNR Aquatic Education Program partners with local organizations and agencies to provide educational materials and promotions for fishing clinic. For tips for designing and conducting a fishing clinic, contact their office at or call 641-747-2200.


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Preparing for Severe Weather

This time of year, in many parts of the country, the National Weather Service and states sponsor Severe Weather Parkersburg tornado 2008 by McMahonAwareness weeks. I've not been in a tornado, and hope I never am, because I've witnessed the immediate aftermath firsthand in the community of Parkersburg, Iowa, when the F-5 tornado went through there six years ago in 2008.

We can't preach enough about natural disaster/severe weather preparedness. From the basics of having an emergency medical kit, an extra set of clothes, food, and water tucked away where it hopefully won't blow away, to generators and solar chargers, there are so many ways to be prepared. But it doesn't do it by itself. We could go on and on here about what you need to do and buy, but I want to just focus on a few basics. Mostly I'm doing this as a reminder that my husband and I need to get our act together and get our emergency prep gear together.

  • To start with, get a weather radio. A Midland weather alert radio, or the Acurite NOAA Weather Alert radio, are good basic pieces of technology that could save you in the event of a tornado or flash flood. Program it specifically to your location and put it where it will wake you up and get you out. Make sure to keep fresh batteries in it, in case power goes out. My biggest fear is being asleep if a tornado hits. The tornado sirens in my town aren't loud enough to wake me up if the windows are closed and the air is running...and chances are the the air will be on if the conditions are right for a tornado. Tornado sirens are designed to wake you up at night...they're designed to warn folks during the day.
  • We're essentially talking about your home base here, however, you might be camping, RVing on a long trek, or boating, so there are also weather radios designed for those situations. They come in hand-held sizes, and with hand cranks and even solar charging capability. The last place you want to be is in a tent or camper when severe weather strikes.
  • First Aid kit - Invest in a good first aid kit with the basics to get you and your family through two or three days, if needed. While you're at it, get one for your car, too!
  • Gather together and extra blanket or sleeping bag for each person.
  • Put a change of clothes for everyone in the same location as the sleeping bags/blankets.
  • Buy a case of water.

Some people may go the route of getting a generator. I've been in severe electric storms trying to pump water out of a basement, all the while praying and crossing fingers that the power wouldn't go out. From portable gasoline generators to machines that run on gas or propane to the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit, you can have back up power for disasters if at home or on the road.

There's even more you can do in regard to staying connected in the event of an emergency. I remember during the previously mentioned torrential storms watching the radar on the computer screen in our basement trying to track the storms and, again, hoping the power wouldn't go out. The charger line from Brunton includes the Hydrogen Reactor that can produce energy on the go in varying conditions, and smaller chargers good for keeping that smartphone or cell phone running for at least a bit more.


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Turkey Calling Basics - the Purr and Cluck

The purr and the cluck are the most important basic calls to learn for turkey hunting. That's the opinion of Rick Adams from the Primos Prostaff. He joined us recently for our Spring Turkey Hunting Seminars.

Adams has been hunting for over 35 years and on the Primos Prostaff for over 10 years. Since he lives in Iowa, he is always looking for the next big tom or big buck, but he also enjoys hunting all types of wildlife. He works full-time in public education, so he knows the importance of teaching good basics for safe, successful hunting.

Adams says the purr and cluck are easiest to use when you see that tom from a distance and starting to wander your way. It's the sound of a happy, contented hen.

Adams says a striker-type friction caller, like a crystal, is good to use for purrs and clucks.


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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Kayaks and the Bunny!

We have virtual and in-store action this weekend!  Check it out!

Kayak Basics

Friday, April 11, 2014

Noon-1 p.m. - LIVE Facebook Q & A - Kayak Basics with our kayaking experts from the Camping Department!  Want to learn more about purchasing or using a kayak? Post your questions on our Facebook page and they will be answered by Peter and Chuck - long-time kayakers! Types of kayaks, need-to-have gear, where to ask, they'll answer!

Learn why these folks are having so much fun!

Then check out the cool selection of kayaks online or at the store!

6-9 p.m. - Outdoor Rewards Night

Outdoor Rewards members can earn double rewards points on most purchases! The first 100 guests receive a free Plano waterproof stowaway utility box. Plus, enter to win a Johnny Morris Carbonlite Reel and Original Trigger Rod Baitcast Combo!
This just in: The Easter Bunny has decided to make an early surprise visit and will be available for photos during the Rewards night from 6 - 8:30 p.m.!
PLUS - We're doing a bonus drawing for two PBR tickets just for Rewards members for the April 27, 2014, competition at Wells Fargo Arena!

Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13Easter Event at Bass Pro Shops Altoona

The Easter Bunny is back and it's better than ever!
Free 4x6 Photo with the Easter Bunny!
Saturdays & Sundays, April 12-13 & 19-20: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday – Thursday, April 14-17: 6-8 p.m.
Friday – April 18: 2-7 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturdays and Sundays, April 12-13 & 19-20 ONLY.
Begins promptly at 2 p.m. and lasts one hour. Ages 2-10 only please.

Free craft for kids

Saturdays & Sundays, April 12-13 & 19-20, 1-4 p.m., while supplies last.
Friday, April 18, 2-7 p.m., while supplies last.

Sunday, April 13

Try Before You Buy

Our Gifts Department is serving up samples of our Uncle Buck’s Salsa: Habanero, Black Bean, and Salsa Fresca on a tasty tortilla chip! Noon to 4 p.m. or while supplies last.


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Live Facebook Kayaking Q & A

Live Facebook Q & A- Kayaking

Are you, or someone you know, thinking about joining the many enthusiasts who are taking the plunge into kayaking?

Join our kayak experts from the Bass Pro Shops Altoona Camping Department for our live Q & A session! Chuck Stevens and Peter Maley are long-time kayakers with years of experience. They've often been featured in our blog posts regarding kayak selection and maintenance. Peter did some guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness area. They'll be happy to answer your questions about:

  • equipment/gear
  • the latest in kayaks including fishing and sit-on-top
  • tips/techniques
  • places to kayak

...and anything else you wish to ask!

They'll be answering your questions live on our Facebook page on Friday, April 11, from noon-1 p.m.  So, grab your lunch, pull up a smartphone, notebook, or computer and join us!


Easter Event 2014

One of Bass Pro Shops' most popular events returns...Bass Pro Shops Easter Event

Easter 2014!

April 12-20, 2014

The big bunny hops back in to Bass Pro Shops Altoona!Easter Event

  • Free photos with the Easter Bunny!

    Saturdays and Sundays, April 12-13 & 19-20: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, April 14-17: 6-8 p.m.

Friday, April 18: 2-7 p.m.


  • Free crafts for kids!

Color a Plaster Easter Egg - Saturday & Sunday, April12-13: 1 - 4 p.m.

Create a Bunny Frame or Scratch Art Bunny craft - Friday, April 18: 4-7 p.m., April 19-20: 1-4 p.m.


  • Easter Egg Hunt

Our popular indoor Easter egg hunt begins promptly at 2 p.m. Registration opens at 1:30.

The egg hunt lasts for ONE HOUR only!

Saturday & Sunday, April 12-13 and 19-20:  2 p.m.

Find your eggs and return them for candy! Ages 2-10 ONLY, please.


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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Slow Cooker Jambalaya w/UB's Biscuits

jambalayaWanted to make jambalaya, which I had never made before. All of the recipes I found incorporated rice being put IN the jambalaya. However, I wanted to serve it over rice. Stumbled across a recipe to do in a slow cooker...I had other things to do so this was PERFECT! The recipe is from Robin Miller off the Food Network web site. I did make a couple of changes, as usual.

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 pound andouille sausage
1 can diced tomatoes (I used frozen, tomatoes from our garden - vacuum sealed with our Food Saver in a one gallon bag)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper (recipe called for green, I only use red)
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 cup chicken stock (recipe called for broth, but stock has more flavor)
2 tsps dried oregano
2 tsps Cajun seasoning
1 tsp hot sauce (I used Sriracha)
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 pound frozen peeled and cooked shrimp, thawed. (I used medium)

Combine the chicken, sausage, tomatoes, onion, red bell pepper, celery and chicken stock in the slow cooker. Stir in oregano, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, boy leaves, and thyme. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or high for 3hours. Gently stir in the thawed shrimp, cover, and continue to cook until shrimp are heated through.

Our favorite rice is saffron yellow rice, so we served the jambalaya over that...tasty AND very colorful!  On the side? Cheddar jalapeno garlic biscuits made with Uncle Buck's Biscuit mix! 



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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Talkin' Turkey!

Iowa's Spring Turkey Hunting Season kicks off this weekend with the YOUTH season starting Saturday, April 5!  Iowa youth hunters get an extended time to hunt this year, too. Read about it in this blog post from last week. Adult first season is April 14-17. Find all season dates at

It's National Wild Turkey Federation Donation month at Bass Pro Shops! Your donation can help continue the preservation of habitat for turkeys and other wildlife. Since 1973, the NWTF has helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America to more than 7 million across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Wild turkeys and hundreds of other species of upland wildlife, including quail, deer, grouse, pheasant and songbirds, have benefited from this improved habitat. Donate at your local Bass Pro Shops or online.

This weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona we get you ready for turkey season with two great free seminars!

Saturday, April 5 - Spring Turkey Hunting Seminarsmorning turkey hunt

Rick Adams from the Primos Pro Staff is on hand for two seminars Saturday afternoon.

1 p.m. - Advanced Turkey Calling

2 p.m. - Selecting the Right Decoy

Attend either of our seminars this day and be entered in a chance to win a free AVIAN- X TURKEY DECOY!  Seminars will be back in the Hunting Department.

Try Before You Buy!

Our Gifts Department is serving up pancake samples made with Uncle Buck's Pancake Batter, with a dab of Uncle Buck's Blueberry syrup! Noon-4 p.m. or while supplies last.



Ask the Pros - Fishing Line and Knots

In our recent Bass Fishing Q & A session on Facebook, the question came up of Lance Baker and Kary Ray - Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staffwhat type of line to use on spinning reels. Our pro staff team of Kary Ray and Lance Baker provided this great information:


What type of fishing line would you use on spinning reels? Mono or fluorocarbon?

Lance Baker:

This is a great question! On open water or clear water, it's fluorcarbon for sure. I use 6-8lb KVD XPS 100% Fluorocarbon and it is awesome! The abrasion resistance is unbelievable and has a low stretch with drop shotting and any finesse presentation. When it comes to fishing cover (rocks, wood, etc.), I use 8lb Berkley Big Game monofilament in low visability green. You can haul a truck out with that line and it is very affordable. I always have two rods rigged with these lines for both situations!

The question was then asked regarding what knot to use if someone wants to tie on a fluorocarbon leader to the mono or braided line?

Kary Ray says:

I fish with braid on all my spinning reels and tie a fluorocarbon leader on with a Double Uni knot. It's the strongest one I have found for hooking braid to flourocarbon.

Visit Bass Pro Shops 1Source to learn how to tie the Double Uni.


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Spring Footwear Buying Tips

Spring on the calendar means warmer weather is approaching...time to update your footwear for warm weather!

Footwear Lead Miranda Atchison has some helpful tips for buying your lightweight footwear for land and water:Muck Boots

All-Purpose Shoe/Boot - From taking the dog for a walk during or after a rainshower to working in the garden, a waterproof all-purpose shoe or boot is a handy thing to have for the spring. Mucks and Bogs are popular. They are easy to just slip on and take off, and they get dirty so you don’t have to be...and Miranda says her Bogs are tops on her list!

"I have a pair of Bogs that I use when taking the dogs out at muddier times. They are probably one of the most handy in my personal footwear arsenal. I couldn't live without them!"

Hiking Shoes/Boots - Shopping for hiking footwear can be tricky. Start with thinking about where you would be using the shoe or boot and shop accordingly. Waterproofing? A deep-lugged sole for better traction? Heavy duty or lightweight upper? Additionally, think about the break-in time you need...every pair needs break-in.

Lightly Insulated Hunting Shoes/Boots - A waterproof and lightly-insulated shoe or boot for hunting in the spring is a good investment. Non-insulated or up to 600 grams of insulation is a good spring comfort range.

Water Shoes - A water shoe with sturdy protection will be safer for those days spent in or around summer waters. As your Adidas Water shoesfeet are in water for a while, and skin is softened, they are more susceptible to injuries than they normally would be when dry. Look for a pair of water shoes that allow the water to drain easily and that have a nice, slip-resistant outsole. Fast drying materials in a water shoe are important to look for when shopping, too.

Socks - There are socks for many different activities and using the right type will make all the difference. Hiking? Grab a good mid-weight hiker like the RedHead Merino or the RedHead Ultra-Silver socks. For good all-purpose work socks, check out the new RedHead Lifetime Guarantee Midweight socks.

Overall, comfort is a must. If it’s not comfortable when you first put it on you should move on and try a different pair.


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Product Spotlight: Brunton Chargers

Portable power. Juice on the go.

You can have your adventures on land or water, but not risk the chance of losing that precious power when you need it most. 

Yes, with these products, you have the power to:

* Take that day hike without fear of losing contact in an emergency

* Go out on the boat on a large body of water and still have the power to

* Most importantly? If you lose power at home, you don't have to lose contact with the outside world in regard to weather and natural disasters.Brunton 2800

Brunton 2800 Torpedo - Hybrid Power Pack Car Adaptor...for those really on the go! Charge it in your vehicle's 12 volt cigarette lighter/power socket, or through USB or USB/AC. The charge capacity is two smartphone charges.

Brunton Pulse 1500Brunton Pulse 1500 -  Just under 3" x 3" by .5", it's so small you won't even know it's there...until you need it. Easy to carry with you, it has a 1.5 hour charge time on a USB and a one time smartphone charge capacity. Pretty handy for a long day trip or a night out! Comes in camo or black.

Brunton Metal 4400 - Dual output charging system - one for USB 2.0 and one for micro USB. Brunton Metal 4400Can handle four smart phone charges.

Brunton SolarFlat5SolarFlat 5 - Solar panel/battery trickle charger. 12V. Perfect for boat, camper, RV, even your car batteries. Permanent or semi-permanent mounting and weatherproof.

Find all of these online or in store, where available.




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Iowa Youth Turkey Season Around the Corner

by Rod Slings, Retired Iowa DNR Law Enforcement Supervisor
Hunting and Shooting Related Consultants LLC


 Rod SlingsIt’s time to introduce that young hunter to turkey hunting during the Iowa youth spring wild turkey hunting season, which begins April 5, 2014.  The Iowa 2014 youth spring wild turkey hunting license is valid statewide and may be issued to any Iowa resident who is 15 years old or younger on the date the youth purchases the license. The youth license may be paid or may be free to persons eligible for free licenses. If the youth obtains a free landowner/tenant license, it will count as the one free license for which the youth’s family is eligible. 

On March 14, 2014, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed house file 2067, allowing unfilled youth tags to be used during any other wild turkey hunting season until the tag is filled or the seasons end, whichever comes first by the youth hunter. This is in effect for the 2014 spring wild turkey seasons.

An adult who possesses a valid wild turkey spring license must accompany each participating youth hunting license for one of the seasons. The adult must also have a hunting license and have paid the habitat fee (IF the adult is normally required to have a hunting license and to pay the habitat fee to hunt). The accompanying adult must not possess a firearm or bow and must be in the direct company of the youth at all times. A person may obtain only one youth turkey hunting license but may also obtain one archery-only license or one combination shotgun-or-archery license for season 4.

Iowa youth turkey season dates are April 5-13, 2014. The daily and season bag and possession limit is one bearded (or male) wild turkey. The method of take and other regulations allow that wild turkeys may be taken with shotguns, muzzle-loading shotguns with pellets no larger than number 4s or bows.  All other spring wild turkey hunting regulations for residents shall apply.

There had been some brief discussion about the requirement of wearing blaze orange to and from the hunting blind.  This proposed requirement did not become an administrative rule or law. 


Rod Slings is a partner with Hunting and Shooting Related Consultants. He was with the Iowa DNR for 35 years as a supervisor in the DNR's Law Enforcement Bureau. He is an active proponent of hunter safety and education through international leadership, instructional, and speaking opportunities for organizations such as the International Hunter Education Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the United Nations.


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