New Explorations - February

As part of our New Year, New Explorations series, we're going to explore February in Iowa. Let's face it - not too many people want to come to Iowa in February, unless it's for business or family occasions. February in Iowa can be a seemingly endless expanse of days with too much cold and ice...when March, with its hope of springtime, is just...right...there...out...of...reach. So, instead of sitting inside whining about how cold it is...when there's nothing you can do about it...we're going to give you some ideas for getting outside, in fresh air, and enjoying the state you choose to live in. Maybe someone reading this will CHOOSE to visit us in February, too!

 Winter outdoor activity enthusiasts don't mind it and are probably hunkered down in their ice shacks or possible putting good mileage on snowshoes. February in Iowa is a great time to learn more about both through various clinics sponsored by local, county and state organizations.

FEBRUARY in Iowa

Instead of looking at those ice fishermen and women and saying, "That's crazy," give it a try. You know they have heat in those ice shacks, right?  Many locations around the state have Ice Fishing Clinics. Looking at the Travel Iowa events calendar, we find ice fishing clinics as close as our own Thomas Mitchell Park.

The Iowa DNR also has a monthly calendar with fun activities throughout the year. The state has trails galore perfect for winter treks, as do many cities and counties, so youIowa Games - Snowshoeing can put some miles on those new snow shoes.

Another place to check out is the Pottawattamie County Conservation web site. They have Guided Snow Shoe hikes/tours. This is on the western border of Iowa, in the beautiful and historical Loess Hills area near the Missouri River.

Did you know Iowa has an incredible Iowa Winter Games? Snowshoeing is one of the events!

Celebrate winter...it's going to happen every year!

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The Art of Shed Hunting

Shed hunting has quickly become a major outdoor sport/activity in recent years. With antler prices/values becoming higher and higher, it seems to be getting more and more people out and in the woods, before spring hits. People are using the sheds for anything from dog chew toys, to extravagant chandeliers that hang from mansion log cabin ceilings. I don’t sell the sheds that I find and never plan to. I will eventually use them for decorating my man cave and possibly making a few items to accent the room.

Believe it or not, there’s a method and common places to look for these ivory treasures of the forest. It’s not as easy as just hiking through the woods and stumbling upon them. You must have a general knowledge of deer behavior and patterns on the land, to help find areas that will be more productive than others. Deer in the Midwest can lose their antlers as early as December, but most tend to hang on to them later into the next year. I’ve found the best time to start looking is the first weekend of March. This allows plenty of time for deer to drop their antlers, without you pushing them off the property. I also like to run trail cameras during this time of year. This helps me understand what deer have survived the hunting season and are calling the property home. It also lets me know when the deer are really starting to drop. Like I said earlier, a majority of them drop by March, but if a big deer is still holding on my property, I will wait.

The first place I start my search is on south-facing slopes/hills. These hills tend to get the most sunlight and will let the deer stay warm, while they are bedded down. This brings me to my next place of interest - bedding areas. Deer will hold tight, and for longer periods of time, during the cold winter months. Look for anything that might shield them from the elements, like cedars or thick underlying brush. I then move on to heavily traveled paths (trails that go from bedding areas to feeding areas) that force deer to jump fences and creeks. Many times the jarring effect from jumping can break loose an antler that is about ready to fall. Another strategy I’ve decided to use is feeding the deer (check your local laws and regulations regarding this). Simply feeding the deer to keep them on your property will give you a better chance of finding more sheds. I’ve found that in my area, a 1,000 lb. pile of corn will last about a month. Some people even go to the extreme of building “shed traps,” but I’ve come to the conclusion that I find just as many sheds without using traps. I tried it all for a couple of years: chicken wire, fence posts, corn sickles (corn frozen in a bucket of water, so the deer have to use their antlers to break the corn out), five gallon buckets, and rubber bungee cords over feeders…none of them work as well as just putting on more miles. An additional item that can help, but isn’t a necessity, is a cloudy day. A cloudy day will help make those ivory white tips stand out against a camouflaged background.

When you go, be sure to have three things with you.

  1. Good Glass – Binos will help identify items that look like antlers from a long distance. This way you don’t have to walk all the way over to a white branch that’s 100 yards out.
  2. Camera – Take pictures to help inventory of what you find, and were you find it. "As They Lay" (ATL) pictures are the best ones to share with friends.
  3. A good backpack with some cordage – If you ever run into a REALLY good day in the woods, carrying all those antlers can be difficult. Tying them to a backpack will help make for easy walking.

The more you look, the more you will find spots that produce year after year. I have a 200 yard south facing slope that has produced one to four sheds for the last six years in a row.

Good luck finding some bone!

J.J. Pugh
Hunting Associate, Bass Pro Shops Altoona

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Slow Cooker Wild Turkey Mix

Great wild turkey slow cooker concoction by my husband. The great thing about this meat is its versatility. We were able to use it as a meal that night, then for several sandwiches and work lunches, and THEN I threw it in my venison chili!

Easy Wild Turkey Thighs and Breast

Ingredients

Keep in mind, we like to use what we have available. Thus, the white wine which was left from guests...we don't drink white wine. Improvisation! The au jus you end up with has some "spark" to it...almost like a sauerbraten, without the use of vinegars.

Four wild turkey thighs
One wild turkey breast section
Uncle Buck's Poultry Rub
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 small onion, chopped
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika
2-3 tsps minced garlic
2-3 shakes of Sriraccha sauce
3/4 bottle of white wine (we sued Chardonnay)
Black pepper blend seasoning to taste
 

Rub the four thighs and breast in Uncle Buck's Poultry Rub. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours.

In the meantime, in your slow cooker, mix together the remaining ingredients, using a whisk. Turn your slow cooker on high for one hour, so the sauce heats up. After one half-hour, remove the meat from the fridge and unwrap it, so it can come up to room temperature. After the sauce has heated for an hour, place the meat in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 5 additional hours and low for one hour.

Serve with your favorite sides and get ready to use leftovers in chili, paninis, or even on pizza!

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2015 Spring Fishing Classic Lineup

The world's greatest fishing show and sale is back, and there's something for everyone...including NEW promotions! These awesome activities, along with hot deals all 10 days, makes this the best Classic ever!

Rod and Reel Trade-In

The Rod and Reel Trade-In is back...and it's 10 days long! 
Trade in your old reel and save even more on a new one! Trade in your old rod and save on a new one of those, too!  Not only does the event now last for the duration of the Classic, it also now includes fly rods and reels!

Rods and reels must not be broken. Lat year our amazing Bass Pro Shops Altoona customers donated over 500 rods and reels, all of which were donated to Scouts, the DNR, Lake View Camp for kids, and a veteran's program.

Free Line Spooling 

February 11-15 - The FIRST TIME we've ever done this! Check out the details!
 

The Next Great Angler Auditions

Bass Pro Shops is producing a new fishing show...The Next Great Angler! Are YOU the next great angler? Do you have what it takes to compete with the pros? Prove it!

Register online beginning January 28 at www.basspro.com/TheNextGreatAngler and then we will have in-store auditions February 10.

 

 

 

BassMaster University - Sunday, February 8, 2 p.m.

 

Walleye Tips: 2015

We welcome National Pro Chase Parsons, from The Next Bite television show and walleye tournament champion!

 

 

 

Local Pros and Tips Seminars

Join us for these great seminars all weekend, with our Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff - Lance Baker and Kary Ray - and our in-store experts.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015
7 P.M. - PROVEN BASS PATTERNS – Lance Baker

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 & 15, 2015

11:00 A.M. – UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF ELECTRONICS TO IMPROVE FISHING SUCCESS - Kary Ray
1:00 P.M. – HIGH-PERCENTAGE BAITS (TANK DEMO) – Baker and Ray
2:00 P.M. – THE BAITFISH CONNECTION: UNDERSTANDING SEASONAL MOVEMENTS – Lance Baker
4:00 P.M. - STEALTH FISHING: SUCCESSFUL KAYAK STRATEGIES - TBD

 

 

 

Next Generation Weekend

Bring the kids out to celebrate the coming of warmer weather and fishing!

  • Casting Challenge - Kids receive a fish-shaped water bottle when they complete the challenge!
  • Free 4x6 photo download
  • Kids Workshops - 2:30 and 4:30 both days -"Think Like a Fish!" - Kids receive a certificate and the first 25 at each receives a light lanyard!
  • Free Craft - A wooden fish stand-up! (While supplies last)

Women's Outdoor Cooking & Fishing Tips

Two great topics in one seminar! Join our guest workshop leaders from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program for fishing and outdoor cooking tips, plus learn more about the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekends!

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Ice Fishing Tip from Kevan Paul - Jigs

Kevan Paul from Clam's Ice Team joined us recently for our Ice Fishing event and has the quick video tip on a couple of his favorite jigs! Kevan is also a longtime guide and owner of Kevan Paul's Guide Service in northern Iowa.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Warm Up with Some Hot Tastes!

We're getting ready for the Spring Fishing Classic, February 6-15! But in the meantime, we still have lots of great clearance items and new spring turkey hunting items coming in all the time! Stop in an check it out!

Saturday, January 24

Try Before You Buy!

Noon- 4p.m.
Our Gifts Department is serving up samples of chicken cooked in Uncle Buck’s Hot Spicy Chicken Batter! Then top them off with a little Sweet Sauce O’ Mine BBQ sauce or Uncle Buck’s River of Fire Wing Sauce! YUM! While supplies last.

 

Dog Obedience Demonstration

Dog trainer Jay Green and Zeus, his therapy dog, will conduct a dog obedience demonstration following the Saturday fish feeding. Approximately 3:15 p.m. by the main aquarium.

 

Sunday, January 25

Try Before You Buy!

Noon- 4p.m.
Warm up your bellies with some Southwest Specialty Foods' Whoop Ass Chili Mix! Our Gifts Department is serving up samples while supplies last!

 

Coming up?

February 6-15, 2015: 2015 Spring Fishing Classic! National Pro Chase Parsons, seminars with local pros Lance Baker and Kary Ray, and the Next Generation weekend just for kids!

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Coyote Hunting

Put me out in the country on an Iowa summer evening and I love to hear the yip of the coyotes. But, I also know that it's a dangerous yip and one that needs to be hunted and controlled.

Coyote hunting in Iowa is open year-round. Many hunters take to the fields in the winter between deer and spring turkey. Snow-covered ground helps in tracking. Trapping is also an option. For example, about three years ago, the Iowa DNR reported that about 25% of the coyote harvest came from trapping, but 75% was from hunting.

Coyotes are predators and they are pack animals. They work as a team to bait, entice and take down other animals - from adult deer to fawns to dogs, cattle, and calves. They exist in every state in the lower 48. The South Carolina DNR released a study in 2013 that showed. through the first three years of the study, about a "70 percent total fawn mortality with coyotes being responsible for approximately 80 percent of these mortalities."

Our Fishing Lead Jamie Renshaw and Hunting Manager Shaun Bequeaith are coyote hunters. Jamie recently had a coyote "two-fer."

"I set up around 4 p.m. on a field edge adjacent to the thickest cover, with the sun to my back. I used a wounded rabbit mouth call, which was actually my dad's from the 70s, and a Tikka 22-250 with a Nikon 4.5-14 scope and 50 grain Hornady bullets."

After he shot the first one, he waited and kept calling. The second one appeared about 5 minutes later from the same spot. So when you get one, stay put for a bit...more may show up.

Bequeaith has these three tips for coyote hunters:

  1. Play the wind. Coyotes have a great nose.
  2. They also have great vision - make sure you have good camo.
  3. Practice your shooting - When you do get a coyote to come in, you want to put them down!

Since coyotes work as a team, hunters need to work as a team to combat them and protect the new wildlife population.

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Three Tips for Ice Fishing North Iowa Lakes

Kevan Paul of Clam's Ice Team knows the north Iowa lakes like the back of his hand. What are three tips from him for ice fishing in his neck of the woods?

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Product Spotlight - The Bubba Blade

Looking for a new fillet knife? Check out the Bubba Blade FLEX Blade Fillet Knife! Fishing Lead Chris Grochoski recommends this filet knife. Here are the features he likes:

  • The oversize rubber handle has a "no slip" grip - even when it is wet!
  • A trigger grip gives you extra control when putting extra pressure on the knife.
  • The non-stick coated blade that keeps meat from sticking to the blade.
  • Comes in two different lengths - 9" and 12"

Chris says he has even had hunters who use this as the hunting knife, too. It's easy to resharpen and has a Rockwell hardness rating of 56-58. It's a knife two-fer for the sportsman or woman!

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New Year, New Explorations

It's a new year and a perfect time to think about new places you might like to explore. I'm going to throw some ideas out to you...places and events you can work into your calendar...and invite you to come explore the great state of Iowa!

Let's start with:

January in Iowa

Winter can be cold in Iowa, just like right now! But, one of my favorite things to do in winter, especially on a sunny day, is to visit Lake Red Rock in south central Iowa and check out the eagles. These majestic birds are also very prevalent along the Mississippi River this time of year, so many locations there, and along other major rivers, host eagle days and festivals. I often think how GREAT it is that I can drive down Interstate 80 between Bass Pro Shops Altoona and my home, 25 miles to the east, and spot a resident eagle or two roosting along the Skunk River or feeding out in the corn field year round.

I'm most familiar with Lake Red Rock, my stomping grounds. Located between Knoxville and Pella, Iowa, Red Rock is an Army Corps of Engineers property, with state and county property bordering it. It is an outdoor lovers mecca. From boating, to fishing, to camping, to hiking, to paddling the water trails, there is something for everyone.

For the eagles, go below the Red Rock dam by Howell Station Campground for the best viewing. What remains of the old Horns Ferry Bridge has been turned into a viewing platform for the eagles, hundreds of which nest in the area over the open water this time of year. The bridge is from the late 1800s and was the first river crossing for the Des Moines River in Marion County. If the water is low enough you can go walk below the bridge along the shore for another interesting perspective.

Just a little walk up the riverbank sidewalk, towards the dam, is a full bridge across the river. It's part of the Volksweg Trail around the area. Hop onto the Eagles' Lair Loop, a 1/2 mile dirt path nature trail just after you cross the bridge. This is named for the eagles perched above you as you walk through the woods, part of the Gladys Black Bad Eagle Refuge. The bridge, and the west side to which it takes you, provides additional and different perspectives for eagle viewing and the dam.

As you leave the Horns Ferry area, go back up to the stop sign, turn left and then turn right at the next stop sign back on to T15. Follow this highway to the next stop which is County Road G28. This road takes you around the north side of the Lake and to Roberts Creek County Park. You will see eagles nesting near the small ponds along this road and when you arrive at the Roberts Creek boat ramps, you will have another grand viewing area along the south side of the bridge, facing the Lake. Renovations have created actual trail space here and you can't stop along the bridge any more, so make sure to park in the new parking lot on the west end of the bridge. On the north side of the bridge is Roberts Creek. You'll no doubt see some ice anglers out sharing space with some eagles.

The next crystal clear sunny day during January and February, head out to view the eagles. 

Throw on some warm clothes, grab your binoculars and camera (don't forget the zoom lens) and enjoy the feeling you'll have watching these symbols of freedom.

Eagle Viewing Events on the Mississippi

Eagle Festivals Around the Country

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Venison Stroganoff

Every Christmas I like to make a new dish for our Christmas Day meal. Last year, it was Venison Wellington.
This year, we went Russian with Venison Stroganoff! The key ingredient, aside from the venison, is sour cream, used in many Russian dishes.

Like many good meals, this dish is made in layers. You'll want to use a large pot or enamel covered Dutch oven. The flavor smells will overwhelm your house!

Venison Stroganoff

2 lbs lean venison (we used backstraps), cut into strips - about 2 inch "fingers."
1 large shallot, minced
2 cloves minced garlic
1 small onion, diced
Zest of one lemon
1/4 pound Shitake mushrooms
1/4 pound baby bella mushrooms (called for crimini, but our store was out.)
1 cup sour cream
4 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons butter
olive oil
2 teaspoons paprika (I used Hungarian sweet paprika this time)
1 pinch nutmeg
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 teaspoons flour
1 splash Marsala cooking wine (called for brandy but we didn't have that.)
coarse salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 - 16 ounce bag of egg noodles

Season the meat with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch Oven, brown the meat in the butter and two tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat, then transfer the meat to a plate.

In the same pot, brown the onion and shallot. After a couple of minutes, add the mushrooms and garlic. Add more olive oil, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper and dust with the flour while you're stirring.

Add the Marsala and let sizzle for a minute or so, then add the broth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and put the meat back in the pot.

Add the Worcestershire, nutmeg, paprika and lemon zest. Cover, reduce heat and simmer gently for about 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and simmer another 30 minutes until the meat is fork tender. Add the sour cream and mix well. Check your seasonings. Serve over egg noodles...we used store bought homemade.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Clearance Event!

The holidays are over and we're busy marking down clearance items, lining up hot new gear for 2015, and already thinking SPRING!

Headed to the Des Moines Boat and Outdoor Show? Stop in and see us before and after...we're only 15-20 minutes away!

Plus, Tracker Boats Altoona will be at the Des Moines Boat and Outdoor Show, with a huge display! Stop by their display and check out some of the 2015 models!

At the store this weekend:

Saturday, January 10

Try Before You Buy!

Noon-4 p.m. - Our Gifts Department sets up the sample table, so you can try some of our Uncle Buck's Salsas!
While supplies last.

 

Sunday, January 11

Try Before You Buy!

Noon-4 p.m. - Our Gifts Department will be sampling Uncle Buck’s Biscuits with Bekemeier’s Honey and assorted Uncle Buck’s Jellies! While supplies last.

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Legal Heat Concealed Carry classes. To register visit www.mylegalheat.com.

 

Coming Up?

The 2015 Spring Fishing Classic

Girl Scout Cookie time! The troops are already lining up to sell their cookies in the store!

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Like Father Like Son - A New Team

Bass Pro Shops Pro Staffer Kary Ray has a new partner and it's a family affair! Kary's new partner for the 2015 season is his son, 14-year-old Kaiden Ray.

Kary says, "I am so excited to finally get a chance to fish a whole series with him this year. We are not sure what series we will be fishing yet, but are always looking for suggestions. I'm hoping to be able to fish with my son for the next few years, but you know boys, he'll be fishing for girls before too long!"

Kary says his son's fishing skills shouldn't be taken too lightly.

"He has a few things to work on yet, but the kid can outright fish. Couldn't ask for a better partner!"

Now, what does Kaiden think about all this? He's pretty excited!

"It's awesome that I get to go fishing in tournaments with my dad! I can't wait to set the hook on some pigs!"
Kary and Kaiden are both very excited and are looking forward to seeing everyone out on the water.

Do you have a tournament in which they might be interested? Contact Kary via his Facebook page or post the contact information here!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Smoked Venison Hindquarter

My husband has been wanting to do this for a long time. So, recently, we had the opportunity to use the hindquarter from a young deer to make it happen...and we look forward to the opportunity again!  To quote my husband, "This is by far some of the best venison I've ever had."  And he's had a lot! Here's how to do it:

We started by trimming off what little fat there was on the approximately 7-10 pound hindquarter and removing the silver membrane. Then he poked holes in it and we placed it in a five-gallon bucket, covering it with Italian dressing. We actually used make-your-own dressing from two boxes (two packets in each box) and then about half of a bottle of dressing from the fridge. We made sure it was covered, adding some water to do so. Then we placed the bucket in the fridge overnight.

Next comes the fun!

Remove the leg from the Italian dressing brine, rinse it off and dry it. Then apply your favorite rub all over the hunk of meat. We used Uncle Buck's Brisket Rub. Next apply a layer of duck fat, then more rub.

Then let the leg sit for a while, while you get the smoker going. It is good to let the meat be out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes before you actually put it on the smoker, so it's closer to room temp.

Last layer is to wrap it in bacon. Then place it on the smoker.

\We have a Traeger Smoker and smoked it at 300 for one hour, then 225 for about four hours.

 

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Product Spotlight - New Ice Fishing Products!

This is the time of year when many people pray for no ice, but others...especially many fishermen and women...pray for THICK ice! We had a hint of hard water here in central Iowa a while back, but abnormal temps in the upper 50s put an end to that. Now with the return of cold weather, ice anglers wait for safe ice to return.

While you're waiting, check out this video from our Fishing Lead Chris Grocholski. A northeast Iowa native, Chris is one of those who says, "the colder the better!" and can't wait for the ice. He shows you some of our new items in ice fishing gear in this YouTube video.

Want to learn more? Join us for our Ice Fishing Event on Saturday, January 3, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for seminars and drawings!

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Letters to Santa - Reindeer and other Wishes

This will be our last batch of selected letters to Santa to share with you. We don't want to delay them getting to the big guy in red!

 

I like you! You're nice. I believe in you! I like your reindeer. Can you reindeer fly? You're awesome. Am I on the nice list? If so, can you bring me some chart paper? Can your reindeer keep your sleigh in the air?

Rylee


I'm pretty sure you know what I want. So, can you tell Rudolph he is amazing and tell Frosty (if he is here) please, don't melt. Just tell you I drew a picture for you and cookies and milk and carrots for your reindeer. Please write back.

Kaylie


I want for Christmas a bow, arrow, make-up, earrings, a baby sister, a tree house, a dress, a gun, a picture of you and the reindeer, and moneys.

Selena


 

For Christmas, can I have some wrestlers and an arena? Can I also have a picture of you and Rudolph? But, if you can't get it, it's fine. Also, can I have a track and some remote control cars to go with it? Do you really use reindeers? Can you list off the reindeer you have?
Warren

 

I have been a good girl and want to tell you how much I love Christmas time. I enjoy helping mommy and daddy putting up decorations and the tree. I look for the Elf on the Shelf each morning. I hope you have a good holiday and don't forget my house for a gift.

Sophia


I would like a big baby doll and a fishing pole to go ice fishing with my daddy.

Rabekah


I am sorry that I treated my brother and sister badly. I hope you can forgive me! By the way, Ernie-Bernie, our elf, needs to pick up our Christmas list at home! And I hope I can make the "nice" list this year.

Thank you.

Tyler

 

Last, but not least:

Please, please, please I want an iPod Touch.

I know I looked at my presents, but can I have my Elf on the Shelf back please?

Santa, p.s. Her name is Jingle.

Madison

 

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Last weekend for Santa!

This is it! The last weekend to see Santa! We can guarantee you it will be busy -- we will start handing out Bass Passes as soon as the store opens on Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Remember, you must have a Bass Pass to see Santa. This pass holds a virtual spot in line for you, so you can shop, enjoy Santa's Wonderland and wander around the store until your designated time is called. It allows you to not have to stand in line the whole time. 

Santa's Wonderland Hours now through Dec. 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The free craft through Sunday, Dec. 21 is a stick soldier ornament!

The craft for Dec. 22-24 is decorating an owl cookie! Yum!

 

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There are two weeks left in our Warm Kids Campaign! Bring your NEW hats, gloves/mittens, and boots to our lobby for use in the SE Polk elementary schools!

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Friday, Dec. 19 - Outdoor Rewards Night - 6-9 p.m.!

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Letters to Santa - The Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf has become a popular new tradition in many households. Many of the letters written by children visiting Santa's Wonderland proclaim the adoration of their personal elf that helps Santa!

 

Dasher is simply wonderful. He's so cute. He's been writing to us. He said that you sent him so me and my sister say thank you. Dasher makes Christmas better than fantastic. He makes it wonderfully spindiluquint (that's a real word!) I hope you're happy in the North Pole. We are all in the Christmas mood and excited for your arrival.

Your good friend, Margo K.

 

I just wanted to say thank you for the shelf elf if gave it to us. We named our shelf elf Dasher. I love his handwriting. He's very sweet. I would like for Christmas a good Christmas. I would like stuff in my stocking. Maybe a candy cane and anything you would like to give me. Have a fantastic day!

Bridget K.

 

I really want a bunny, bunny cage, and a iPad Air. You don't have to give me anything else, if you don't want to. Tell Sally she is the best elf in the whole entire world. My brothers are bad shoppers and like to tackle me and each other. Please, please tell Sally that I love her and she's part of the family.

Alexa R.

 

I would like an Elf on the Shelf, a camera, stuffed animals, some movies, books, and an iPhone. Tell the elves that I said hi and have a very Merry Christmas.

Kazadee

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Letters to Santa - Family and Friends

More thoughtful letters from Santa's Wonderland, now on their way to the North Pole!

 

Thank you for helping all the kids have a wonderful Christmas! I would like for all the world to have a blessed day. And a ukelele and a computer.

Jennie

 

I like the presents you have gave me a lot of year. Thank you. I like that you have gave children happiness in their hearts. I been good this year.

Carter

 

I really want an iPhone for Christmas and my mom to win the lottery. I love Christmas, it's my favorite holiday. I enjoy taking a picture with you.

McKinsey

 

All I want for Christmas is to be with my family.

Caia

 

I want a 4-wheeler. I want to spend Christmas with my family. I love you!

Caesyn

 

Please bring my baby brother a gun and fishing pole for him to hunt with dad when he gets bigger.

Kaitlin

 

 

Last, but not least:

I want everyone to stop bulling each other. I also want you to give yourself a big pat on the back. You are doing an amazing thing by furthering these kids' imagination. You are a wonderful person!

Kylean

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Letters to Santa - From the Heart

Our Letters to Santa continue!

 

I think I want a trip to the North Pole and more Monster High stuff and for everybody at the North Pole to have a Merry Christmas and a trip to Mexico and a pontoon and a Elf on the Shelf!

Kennedi

 

 

I've been good. I would like anything but girl stuff.

Maddox

 

 

Do you have a brother or sister and how old are you? Also, what does your wife look like and one last thing is Rudolph real or not and is Rudolph a boy or girl? Do you know the tooth fairy? Is Jack Frost real?

Mackenzie

 

 

Why is the North Pole so cold? I would like a monkey for Christmas, please. Am I on the good list?

Jazmyn

 

 

Thank you for seeing me at Bass Pro. We had a long chat. Since you haven't see Frozen, you should. It is a good movie.

Shelby

 

 

Last, but not least:

You are the nicest. Who has more Christmas spirit than you? You are the best Santa ever and nicest Santa ever.

Anna

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