This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - It's a Hometown Festival Celebration!

This weekend we're saying good-by to summer and hello to fall with a Labor Day Weekend festival just like the good ol' days!

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 5 & 6

All the fun starts at noon with fun games, like the prize wheel, duck pond, face painting, free crafts, AND a free photo download!

Of course, we'll have food, too!
Free hot dogs - 1-4 p.m.
Free funnel cake samples - 1-4 p.m.

Free apple cobbler samples - 2-5 p.m.

 

While here, adults can enter for a chance to win a 2016 Pro 170 Vintage Boat Package!

It's also Boy Scouts month at all Bass Pro Shops, so we encourage you to "ROUND UP" your purchase to support the Scouts this month!

 

 

 

 

Coming up? It's the Fall Fishing Event, Sept. 26 ad 27!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Slow Cooker Chicken Mole'

I've always been intrigued by the idea of mole' sauce (pronounced moh-lay - not mole, like the varmint that tears up your yard!) - dark chocolate, cinnamon, and spicy heat in a warm blend. My husband was not quite as eager - "It has to taste better than it sounds."

It did...and received two thumbs up from both of us.

Since I like to use what is on hand, here are the changes I incorporated from the original recipe, from www.marthastewart.com:  Chicken legs, instead of thighs, dried cranberries instead of raisins, 1 quart jar of home-canned tomatoes, in lieu of 1 can of whole tomatoes, and the recipe actually calls for 2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed. I didn't have those, but have a large supply of smoked, dried, and crushed poblano pepper, so threw in about two tablespoons of that. Added a nice smoky flavor!

Slow Cooker Chicken Mole'

4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 12) (We used about 15 chicken legs, skinless)
1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes (we used 1 quart jar of home-canned tomatoes from our garden)
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed (I used 2 Tbsp smoked, dried, crushed poblano)
1 large chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1/2 C sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 raisins (I used dried cranberries)
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, smashed & peeled
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Season the chicken with salt and put in a slow cooker. In a blender (I used a food processor), puree the tomatoes, onion, ancho and chipotle chiles, almonds, raisins (or cranberries), chocolate, garlic, oil, cumin, and cinnamon until smooth.

Add tomato mixture to the slow cooker over the chicken. Cook on high until chicken is tender. I went 6 hours on high. Serve it over rice - I used my favorite yellow rice.

Now, I didn't take the skin off  the legs, because they really didn't have much, so I skimmed off a little bit of grease. In the end, it all blended in very well.

The best thing about this recipe? Since there are only two of us, there were quite a few chicken legs left. I took the meat off the bones, threw it in the leftover sauce, dumped it all in a freezer bag and I have the base for an AWESOME first batch of chili this fall!

Enjoy!

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Boy Scout Month - A Compass for Life!

For over a century, Boy Scouts of America has developed our future leaders. Once again, Bass Pro Shops is saluting Boy Scouts with a month devoted to helping educate them, raise money, which will benefit our local council, and Provide a Compass for Life!

In September, you can round up your purchases at Bass Pro Shops Altoona during Boy Scouts of America Donation Month. Half of the donations collected will go to the Mid-Iowa Council.

The Mid-Iowa Council was formed in 1914 as the Des Moines Council. Several other councils formed and, as scouting and the local area grew, the councils merged, gradually becoming the Mid-Iowa Council in the 1970s.

Thousands of boys have had adventures at Camp Mitigwa and learned the ideas and ideals of scouting - a dedication to youth, community, and a better future.

Show your support for scouting by stopping in and rounding up!

Additionally, we are once again offering classes to help Boy Scouts work towards earning their Fishing and Rifle Shooting Merit Badges. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept 1-29. Limit of 10 per class. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Call 515-957-5500 or stop at the Customer Service counter.

Tuesday, Sept. 1        Fishing
Thursday, Sept. 3       Rifle Shooting
Tuesday, Sept. 8        Rifle Shooting
Thursday, Sept. 10     Fishing
Tuesday, Sept. 15      Fishing
Thursday, Sept. 17     Rifle Shooting
Tuesday, Sept. 22      Rifle Shooting
Thursday, Sept. 24     Fishing
Tuesday, Sept. 29      Fishing

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - 2015 Fall Hunting Classic

It's the second and LAST weekend of the Fall Hunting Classic! We welcome all those sportsmen and sportswomen who are ready for hunting season to begin! Be ready for dove, deer, and waterfowl!

This weekend it's all about the kids with another fantastic Next Generation Weekend, PLUS our popular Women in Hunting Seminar!

Next Generation Weekend - Aug. 29-30

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days!

  • 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day - Free youth archery workshops: "Let's Try Archery!"
  • Plus the BB Shooting Range and Archery Challenge!
  • Free Photo Download - Kids get a free photo on the cover of Bass Pro Shops Adventure Kids magazine or look like you're being photobombed by a deer! Your choice!
  • Free Crafts and giveaways, too!

While you're here take advantage of these trade-in opportunities and help others!

August 29, 3 p.m. - Women in Hunting

Join us to welcome Maria Young - Dressed to Kill TV, for our Women in Hunting seminar! Wife, huntress, mom of three young huntresses - she does it all and so can YOU! Learn about the fun and the challenges she has encountered being a woman in hunting and how she is getting her girls involved in hunting, too!

Trade-ins:

Hunting Boot Trade-in: Save up to $40! Donate hunting or rubber boots and receive a discount certificate to use towards the purchase of hunting boots Aug. 21-30. Boots MUST be in good working condition and will be donated to Soles 4 Souls.

Game Camera Trade-in: Donate a working game camera and save up to $100 on a new camera Aug. 21-30. Donated cameras must be in good condition and they will be donated to local organizations.

Scope Trade-in: Donate working riflescopes and receive up to $100 off the purchase of a new one! Donations will be passed along to local organizations.

Complete details on all promotions and events at www.basspro.com/classic!

Second Amendment Instant Savings on Guns and Safes!

Purchase a gun or safe with your Bass Pro Shops MasterCard and receive an instant saving up to $100!
 

Plus, enter for a chance to win a hunting trip to Argentina with Doug Koenig!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Venison Eggplant Casserole

Summertime gardens mean generous people bringing in bounty to share at work. Recently someone brought some eggplants in and, being open to new things, I took one. I did some snooping online and found this recipe from the Missouri Department of Conservation and gave it a whirl. It could be retitled Venison Eggplant Lasagna because of the layers. Either way, enjoy!

Venison Eggplant Casserole

1 1/2 lbs ground venison (we used 2 lbs)
1 C Marinara Sauce
1 C chopped onions
1 C water
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 C dry red wine (we used Merlot)
3 T olive oil
1 1/2  tsp dried basil leaf
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaf
1 medium eggplant, peeled and sliced into about 1/2" slices (1 lb) (I found it easier to slice first and then peel the individual slices.)
1/2 C olive oil
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
1 package of Provolone Cheese slices (about 12 slices)

Brown venison with onion and garlic in 3 Tbsp of olive oil. Add marinara sauce, water, wine, basil and oregano. Cover and simmer 2 minutes.

Saute the eggplant slices in 1/4 olive oil until golden. You will need to do this in two batches, more than likely. Put them to the side on a paper plate and paper towels as you cook them. Once all the eggplant is browned, cover the bottom of a shallow baking dish with them. Spoon half of the meat sauce over the eggplant and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Spoon the rest of the meat sauce over that and top with the provolone sliced. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes. Serve with some nice crusty bread!

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Free Seminar -Women In Hunting, with Maria Young

According to statistics from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the number of female hunters increased from almost 14% to 16.5% between 2002 and 2009. Increases were across the board in archery, firearms, and muzzleloader, with participation in muzzleloader hunting actually more than doubling.

According to research, 72 percent more women are hunting with firearms today than just five years ago. And 50 percent more women are now target shooting.

So, how does a woman get started in hunting? What are the challenges? What can you expect?

This is YOUR chance to learn at the 2015 Fall Hunting Classic:

Saturday, August 29, 3 p.m. - Maria Young, "Women in Hunting"

Iowan Maria Young does it all and you can, too!

In Maria's own words, she is a Mother, wife, huntress, and  entrepreneur. I have a passion for life and helping others succeed."  She got into hunting as a way to enjoy the outdoors with her husband. She is passing that passion on to her three daughters.

Come meet Maria and learn more about the benefits and rewards of hunting, including more time with your family!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - 2015 Fall Hunting Classic Begins!

The Fall Hunting Classic kicks off this weekend on Friday, Aug. 21! We will welcome all those sportsmen and sportswomen who are ready for hunting season to begin! In town for the last weekend of the Iowa State Fair, stop on by and be ready for the FIRST weekend of hunting season!

Our first weekend features the workshops you need to be ready to hit the field!

Aug. 21-23 - Local Pro Hunting Tips and Seminars

The first 20 to attend each Friday and Saturday seminar will receive a free Fall Hunting Classic tumbler!

Friday, Aug. 21
7 p.m.Advanced Game Camera Strategies for Year-Round Scouting


Saturday and Sunday, Aug. & 23
1pm - Archery Tune-Up:  Prepare Your Gear For The Hunt
2pm - Get Close: Scent Control And Scent Products That Give You The Edge                            Presented by Rick White, Hunter's Specialties Pro Staff
3pm - Boots 101: Choosing The Right Footwear For Your Outing Experience
4pm - Knives And Tools To Guide Your Hunt From Field To Freezer

 

While you're here take advantage of these trade-in opportunities and help others!

Trade-ins:

Hunting Boot Trade-in: Save up to $40! Donate hunting or rubber boots and receive a discount certificate to use towards the purchase of hunting boots Aug. 21-30. Boots MUST be in good working condition and will be donated to Soles 4 Souls.

Game Camera Trade-in: Donate a working game camera and save up to $100 on a new camera Aug. 21-30. Donated cameras must be in good condition and they will be donated to local organizations.

Scope Trade-in: Donate working riflescopes and receive up to $100 off the purchase of a new one! Donations will be passed along to local organizations.

Complete details on all promotions and events at www.basspro.com/classic!

Second Amendment Instant Savings on Guns and Safes!

Purchase a gun or safe with your Bass Pro Shops MasterCard and receive an instant saving up to $100!
 

Plus, enter for a chance to win a hunting trip to Argentina with Doug Koenig!

Coming up?  Next Generation weekend and Women in Hunting seminar - Aug. 29-30!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Gardens are BOOMING with zucchini right now! Some people like the giant ones, but I prefer the medium-sized...fewer seeds!

Here is a great recipe you're sure to enjoy and will help use up some of the squash. I shred, vacuum seal zucchini, and freeze zucchini so I always have some to use. Especially years like this one where we opted not to plant zukes. You will not believe how MOIST this cake is.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 medium zucchinis
7 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp butter, softened
3 eggs
2 C sugar
1 1/2 C applesauce (I use unsweetened - this replaces the oil usually found in cake recipes)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 C semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
 

Glaze
3/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Grate the zucchini and set on paper towels to absorb moisture. Comes to about 2 cups or so of zucchini. In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, applesauce, zucchini, butter, and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine the mini chocolate chips with a couple tablespoons of the flour. This keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the cake while it's baking. Into the sugar egg mixture, stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and flour-coated mini chocolate chips.Stir until thoroughly combined. Pour the batter in a well-greased Bundt pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes before inverting onto a plate.

Glaze
Combine butter, chocolate chips, and corn syrup in a microwavable dish. Heat in the microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until nicely melted. Pour over the cake.
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2015 Fall Hunting Classic!

The greatest hunting show and sale is back! The 2015 Fall Hunting Classic features tips and seminars from local pros, great savings, and our always popular Next Generation weekend just for kids.

Plus, this year, join us for our Women in Hunting seminar featuring Iowa's own Maria Young, from Dressed to Kill TV!

Here's the lineup of events!

Aug. 21-23 - Local Pro Hunting Tips and Seminars

The first 20 to attend each Friday and Saturday seminar will receive a free Fall Hunting Classic tumbler!

Friday, Aug. 21
7 p.m.Advanced Game Camera Strategies for Year-Round Scouting


Saturday and Sunday, Aug. & 23
1pm - Archery Tune-Up:  Prepare Your Gear For The Hunt
2pm - Get Close: Scent Control And Scent Products That Give You The Edge                            Presented by Rick White, Hunter's Specialties Pro Staff
3pm - Boots 101: Choosing The Right Footwear For Your Outing Experience
4pm - Knives And Tools To Guide Your Hunt From Field To Freezer

 

Aug. 29-30 - Next Generation Weekend

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days!

  • 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day - Free youth archery workshops: "Let's Try Archery!"
  • Plus the BB Shooting Range and Archery Challenge!
  • Free Photo Download - Kids get a free photo on the cover of Bass Pro Shops Adventure Kids magazine or look like you're being photobombed by a deer! Your choice!
  • Free Crafts and giveaways, too!

 

Aug. 29 - 3 p.m. - Free Women's Hunting Workshop

Join us to welcome Iowa's own Maria Young from Dressed to Kill TV! Free tumbler to the first 25 people, 18 years or older, at the seminar.

 


 

 

Trade-ins:

Hunting Boot Trade-in: Save up to $40! Donate hunting or rubber boots and receive a discount certificate to use towards the purchase of hunting boots Aug. 21-30. Boots MUST be in good working condition and will be donated to Soles 4 Souls.

Game Camera Trade-in: Donate a working game camera and save up to $100 on a new camera Aug. 21-30. Donated cameras must be in good condition and they will be donated to local organizations.

 

Scope Trade-in: Donate working riflescopes and receive up to $100 off the purchase of a new one! Donations will be passed along to local organizations.

Complete details on all promotions and events at www.basspro.com/classic!

 

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Smoker Corn Salsa

Summer brings my very favorite tastes - fresh veggies from the garden and Iowa sweet corn! If you've had Iowa sweet corn, you know it's the best around. Boiled, steamed, roasted...everyone has their favorite way of cooking it. Here's a new way to enjoy it and the other "fruits of labor" from your own garden or the farmer's market! So, load up the smoker, then load up your chips and enjoy the patio!

Smoker Corn Salsa

4 ears of corn
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
Cavender’s Greek Seasoning
Cajun seasoning
4 small tomatoes, whole
2 Roma tomatoes, whole
 2 large tomatoes
1/2 onion sliced
3 jalapeno, halved (or as many as you want)
1/2 can black beans, drained
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. mined garlic
1 shot of Worcestershire Sauce

Remove the husk and silk from the corn. Rub the ears with olive oil and season with the Cavender’s and Cajun seasoning.   Place seasoned corn, 4 small tomatoes, 2 Romas, onion slices, and 1 halved jalapeno in a smoker at 200 degrees. You will want the tomatoes and jalapeno on a grill rack. Smoke for about 45 minutes to an hour. Remove and allow to cool. Use a knife to cut the kernels off the cob. (Tip: put the small end of the cob in the tube of an angel food cake pan and cut the kernels off into the pan. Core and squish the tomatoes into a bowl (or cut with a knife if you prefer), dice the smoked jalapeno and add it, dice the smoked onion slices and add them, core/seed/dice the remaining two jalapenos and add them. Core and dice the 2 large tomatoes and add them to the mixture. Add the smoked corn kernels. Add 1/2 can black beans. Stir to blend. Add the chopped cilantro, lime juice, garlic and Worcestershire Sauce and stir some more.

Consume with a frosty beverage and chips...you can also top off your burgers!

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Product Spotlight - Whitetail'R PhoneREAD'R for Android

Hunters with Android® phones rejoice! Finally a product JUST for your smartphone! Read your trail cameras right from your Android® smartphone! No more making multiple trips from the cameras to another location and back to read the card, running the risk of losing the card.

Whitetail'R PhoneREAD'R

You can also zoom, delete, save, or share using your smartphone's normal functions. There's no app or batteries needed...simply plug and view. Our Customer Service/Receiving Manager Dan Stephany bought one and recently took his 12-year-old son out to check their cameras. He has this to say:

"The PhoneRead'R is incredibly easy and convenient to use. I used it and then my son also used it and he immediately plugged it in and started checking images...he doesn't have a smartphone either. It's that simple and it's so nice to no longer have to tote the SD card back and forth from the field. I can see everything right there at the camera."

The PhoneREAD'R is compatible with Android® 4 and works with smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5, S6, Note 4; Motorola Moto X, Droid Turbo; LG-G3 and HTC ONE. It is not iPhone® compatible. (There is also a new Whitetail'R WiFi PhoneREAD'R™ that is for iPhones® or Android®.)

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Bows and Barks!

We have an action-packed weekend with bow trade-in opportunities for the archers out there and our Second Annual Digs for Dogs Event! PLUS, it's the State of Iowa Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 7-8 and we have several clothing/footwear items that qualify

Bow and Crossbow Trade-In Now

Aug 3-August 16

Trade in your bow or crossbow and save up to $100 on a new bow!

 

Instant Savings on Bows and Crossbows!

August 3-16
Use your Bass Pro Shops Credit Card to purchase a new bow or crossbow during that time and receive an instant rebate up to $100!

 

Digs for Dogs - Silent Auction for ARL of Iowa

The second annual Digs for Dogs Silent Auction begins Friday, Aug. 7! Make sure to stop in and check out the amazing doghouses that have been donated by local organizations, including:

Mitchellville Police Department
Northern Polk Pheasants Forever
Central Iowa Delta Waterfowl
Sons of the American Legion
Pleasant Hill Lions Club

There are at least six houses, maybe more!

Join us on August 8, at 11 a.m., when Lou and Jackie from Great Day on KCWI and Mick McAuliffe from the ARL judge and announce the 1st and 2nd place winners of the Most Creative!

The public is invited to place silent auction bids beginning at 9 a.m., Aug. 7 through 7 p.m., Aug. 16, in the store. The houses will be on display near the front of the store.

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Baked Crappie Stuff

Here's another crappie recipe for you to try. Found this on www.crappie.com as Nauti Buoy's Baked Stuffed Crappie. The original recipe was for five filets and said to use a 9" baking dish. As usual, we had a couple of slight variations due to "what was in the cupboard," a larger amount of filets, and our favorite seasonings. Enjoy!

Baked Crappie Stuff

  • Crappie filets - we had about 13-15 pieces - rinsed and patted dry
  • One onion, thinly sliced (about 10 slices or so)
  • One can cream of celery soup
  • One can cream of broccoli soup
  • One soup can of milk
  • One box chicken-flavored boxed, stuffing mix
  • Salt
  • Pepper or pepper-blend seasoning
  • Smoked paprika

 

Spray a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick coating. Preheat oven to 350.

Place the onion slices on a microwavable plate or dish and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Set aside.

Lay the onion slices on the bottom of the 13x9 pan.

Layer the crappie filets on top of the onions.

In a bowl, whisk together the two soups and one soup can of milk. Add the package of boxed stuffing (with seasoning) into the soup mixture and blend thoroughly.

Spread this mixture over the fish.  Top with salt, pepper or pepper-blend seasoning, and smoked paprika.

Bake covered for 15 minutes, then uncover and bake another 15 minutes or until golden brown on top - or browned to your liking.  Fish is cooked when it flakes with a fork.  I prefer browned crunchy dressing, so we left it in a little longer than the 10 minutes uncovered called for in the original recipe.

Super easy recipe and good the next day, too!

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Five Ways to Help Fido Beat the Heat

During the Dog Days of Summer, it's important to keep Fido's days cool and easy. But he/she still needs exercise and so do you, so here are five tips to help your pooch beat the heat of summer!

1. Time - The middle of the day or afternoon is NOT the time to walk your dog when it's hot. Early morning hours or evening, after sundown, are best. Walk in the morning and they can expend their energy and relax for the day, while you get your blood pumping. If you walk them in the evening, and they are kenneled at night, then make sure they get plenty of cool down time with access to water.

2. Activity - Walking is, without a doubt, the best way to give your dog exercise. Not only does it keep them in shape, but it also strengthens the bond of you being the leader and boss. Keep them on a short leash and close to your side. Be mindful of the distance you are walking. In extreme heat and humidity, even in the morning you may want to make your dog's walk a little shorter. Whether walking in the early morning or at night, make sure you and your pet are highly visible. Night Ize products feather the handy Spotlit LED Dog Collar Light that blinks or stays lit. Simply attach it to your dog's collar or the leash.

Some dogs LIVE to fetch! From tennis balls to Chuckit! ball launchers to nylon discs and Hyper Pet launchers, there is a fetchable item for just about every dog that can found in a Bass Pro store or online. But, in the extreme heat, keep fetching time and distances short.

Have a sprinkler? Kids aren't the only ones who like to run through them. Some dogs do, too! Turn it on, throw the ball through the sprinkler and see if your dog is one of those who loves to run through to fetch or if they tip-toe around the edge!

3. Communicate - Your dog will let you know when he has had enough or just isn't into it at all! Head down, dragging behind, not perky. Our Airedale LOVED the outdoors, but when he had enough of the heat, he would head to the breezeway and sit staring at the door, longing for his beat up leather chair and air conditioning. Morning walks were always shortened for him, while our livelier, yet smaller and older, Springer Spaniel trotted along for the whole journey. On the other hand, some dogs don't know how to say "no" so you have to do it for them - stop throwing the ball for that Lab that just won't quite and make them take a break.

4. Chill - If your dog has to be outside for any length of time, make sure they have plenty of shade and water. Dogs don't eat as much in the summer heat, but they do need water, water, and more water. A small, hard plastic kids' swimming pool can be a cool heaven for a dog. Make sure to change the water frequently.

5. Shop - Find stores that will allow dogs and take your dog for an inside walk while you shop or just look around. Many Bass Pro Shops do allow dogs on a leash (laws vary by state) and they will be showered with love while visiting. Please call ahead to any Bass Pro Shop you may be visiting to verify if dogs are welcomed.

Last, but not least, check with your local swimming pools to see if they will have a special dog swim. Many communities now host "pooch paddles" or dog days, for dogs to enjoy the swimming pool typically on the last day of the pool season.

Remember, our dogs need exercise, just like we do. Be responsible and be safe for your pet's sake and yours.

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

Our weekend starts on Friday, July 31!

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

Autographs start at NOON on Friday, July 31.

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NRA FREEDOM DAYS!

Celebrate our Second Amendment during NRA Freedom Days!

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

Free Seminars:

Saturday, August 1

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

Sunday, August 2

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

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

Plus, these additional sale and promotional opportunities:

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

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

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NRA Freedom Days!

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


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

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

Saturday July 25 & August 1

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


Sunday July 26 and August 2

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


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

Plus these additional opportunities:

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

#secondamendment #bassproFreedomDays

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

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

Family Summer Camp

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

NRA FREEDOM DAYS!

Celebrate our Second Amendment during NRA Freedom Days!

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

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

Saturday July 25 & August 1

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


Sunday July 26 and August 2

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

Plus, these additional sale and promotional opportunities:

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

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Summer Apparel Technology

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

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

Stay cool!

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Free Family Activities - Noon-5 p.m.

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

 

 

 

Free Workshops for Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Venison Cottage Pie

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

Venison Cottage Pie

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!
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