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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Product Spotlight - Reverse Draw Crossbows

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Product Spotlight - Natural Reflections Flannel Shirts for Ladies

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

Ladies Natural Reflections Flannel Shirts

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

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

 

 

 

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

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How to Size an SUP Paddle

Purchasing a stand-up paddle board? Make sure you get the correct paddle and size it properly!

Our friend, Todd Robertson, Rivers Outreach Coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, shows you an easy way to size a paddle for stand up paddling so it's just right for you!

Paddle safely!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Two Weeks Left for Summer Camp

Only two weeks and three weekends left for our popular 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 11
Noon  -  Fishing
1 p.m. - Water Safety
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Bird Watching

Sunday - July 12
Noon  - Shooting & Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Tuesday - July 14
Noon  - Bird Watching
1 p.m. - Fishing
2 p.m. - Archery
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Thursday - July 16
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!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Not Just Any Venison Burgers

Our burgers are always venison burgers. However, at the recent Becoming an Outdoor Woman weekend sponsored by our Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Chef Bob from Honey Creek Resort State Park, showed us how easy it is to kick those burgers up a bit.  Here's the recipe he shared with us, which had what he called a little Mediterranean flair. I just called it GOOD!  He actually made little sliders (shown here), but we burger. Honestly, sauce is the best part of this in my book!

 

GROUND VENISON BURGERS

1/3 C mayonnaise

1 Tsp. lime juice

1 Tsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 Tsp. grated lime peel

1/3 C chopped green onions (use the green, too!)

3 Tbsp. plain yogurt

2 Tbsp. finely chopped jalapeno pepper

1/2 Tsp. salt

1/2 Tsp. pepper

1 lb. ground venison

8 slices Pepper Jack cheese

 

In a small bowl, combine the mayo, lime juice, mustard and lime peel; cover and refrigerate until serving. In a bowl, combine the onions, yogurt, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Crumble meat over the mixture and mix well. Shape into patties. Pan-fry, grill or broil until meat is no longer pink. Serve on buns; top with cheese and mayonnaise mixture.

You can top it with some pico de gallo or smoked corn salsa, too...that recipe is coming soon!

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An Enjoy Life List

On a recent Saturday, two young customers were our guest fish feeders for the afternoon. The parents told us that feeding the fish at Bass Pro Shops was on their kids bucket list. Each summer, the children make a list of things they would like to do over the course of the summer. Most weren't extravagant trips or activities, but simple things they thought would be fun. Feeding the fish at Bass Pro Shops was on the list, along with taking a train ride, and visiting a 50-foot treehouse somewhere in Nebraska.

What a great idea...for kids AND adults. Think about all the fun, simple things you can do, places you can go, and sights you can see. Just write them down and scratch them off after doing them (just thinking them doesn't count!). Because of the popular movie, these lists are often called bucket lists. However, I like to call them Enjoy Life lists or, for kids, it could be an Enjoy the Summer list. My Enjoy Life list includes going to the San Diego Zoo, going to each Iowa county to experience one new place previously not experienced, experiencing a flock of migrating snow geese "taking off," renting a cabin at a state park, going to the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge and hiking the trail, experience fishing with my husband and hunting with him this fall as the photographer, cooking new wild game recipes, giving kayaking a second chance (my first time didn't go so well!), and visiting Big Cedar Lodge.

What is on your Enjoy Life list? It's not too late to make an Enjoy Summer List with your kids, either. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

  • Go fishing
  • Go hiking
  • Learn a new outdoor skill - archery, kayaking, canoeing, Dutch oven cooking, camping
  • Go camping in the backyard
  • Tackle an elaborate wild game recipe
  • Pick an Iowa park and take a hike.
  • Try zip-lining
  • Rent a cabin at one of our state parks and cook your meals over the open fire
  • Get up a little earlier and take a walk each morning
  • Take a train ride (I borrowed that one from Aurora and Vince - some small towns have restored trains on which they offer short rides)
  • Go to a small town festival...or two...or three. We have plenty of them - but choose festivals and towns you've never visited.
  • Go to the Iowa State Fair and visit every building and display.
  • Sign up to feed the fish at your local Bass Pro Shop

You get the idea. Help your kids make a list...and maybe jot down a few ideas for yourself, too.

Enjoy life!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Family 4th with Summer Camp!

         

This July 4th weekend includes Bass Pro Shops Altoona in your family fun and celebrate our country's freedom to do so!

Family Summer Camp activities continue and we have something extra special for the Fourth:

The Catch and Release Pond is back for July 4 and 5 - ONE Weekend ONLY - Plus a Free Photo Download!

 

The second week of Family Summer Camp includes:

Free Family Activities - Noon-5 p.m.
Casting challenge, Daisy BB range, archery range and the foam shooting arcade

Free Craft - Noon-2 during Family Summer Camp Days:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 4
Noon  -  Fishing
1 p.m. - Water Safetyhttp://www.basspro.com/summercamp
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Bird Watching

Sunday - July 5
Noon  - Shooting & Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Tuesday - July 7
Noon  - Bird Watching
1 p.m. - Fishing
2 p.m. - Archery
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Thursday - July 9
Noon  - Archery
1 p.m. - Shooting & Hunting
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Water Safety
4 p.m. - Camping

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Now is the Time for Bow Strings

Summer is in full swing, and between grilling, mowing the lawn, and fishing, it's also time for bow hunters to prepare their bows for fall. The proactive hunter plans ahead and inspects their bow now avoiding the onslaught of customers who said, "I'll do it later."

Many customers get new strings for their bows yearly. If you're unsure on what to look for, bring your bow to your local Bass Pro Shops and ask them to inspect your strings. Strings can dry out, stretch, and break over time, especially if the bow is not properly stored. The Altoona Archery Department team advises that a good rule of thumb for determining the need for new strings is:

  • You can't remember how old the strings are.
  • They're more than two years old.
  • They have visible strands fraying.

Unfortunately, many hunters delay repairs and come in the fall to get new strings. However, that is the busy season for string vendors. Right now, it takes 1-2 weeks (barring any unforeseen circumstances) for a string to arrive at our store, from the time someone orders it. As October nears, that time frame will grow.

The Bass Pro Shops Altoona Archery Department can order strings for compound bows, crossbows, and traditional bows -- take a look at all the available colors:

Be proactive and get your bow taken care of now. Then practice, practice, practice!

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Digs for Dogs 2015

Our annual event to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Iowa returns!

Digs for Dogs is a silent auction of custom doghouses with all proceeds going directly to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa to help them provide doghouses to needy dogs and families.  

We’re looking for individuals, groups, businesses - anyone who would like to help our furry Iowa friends and companions be comfortable, safe, and sheltered. The doghouses need to be functional, however, fun and creative, too! Also, all sizes are welcomed - some people may want a decorative doghouse for their patio or maybe even to use in the house. Entries will be displayed in the store from August 7-16 and the silent auction is open to the public.

The houses last year were impressive and this year we're looking for even more for our silent auction. They don't have to be huge...build a fun & functional doghouse – all sizes welcomed, be creative! Bring it to the store for display and then we'll have a public silent auction for a week, with all the money from the winning bids going to the ARL.

There will be a most creative doghouse contest, too!
1st Place - $150 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card
2nd Place - $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card


Deliver your doghouse to the store on Aug. 5 or 6. Contact the store for details at 515-957-5500 or send an email to glmcmahon@basspro.com!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Summer Camp Returns!

This weekend kicks off a favorite annual family event for Bass Pro Shops customers! Family Summer Camp is BACK!

Four weeks of 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 now through July 26.

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

Free crafts for kids - Noon-2 p.m., while supplies last.

 

 

 

June 27 and 28 - Make a Wooden Wind Chime
June 30, July 2 - Make a Kite Photo Frame

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 - June 27
Noon  -  Fishing
1 p.m. - Water Safetyhttp://www.basspro.com/summercamp
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Bird Watching

Sunday - June 28
Noon  - Shooting & Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Tuesday - June 30
Noon  - Bird Watching
1 p.m. - Fishing
2 p.m. - Archery
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Thursday - July 2
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!

Coming up next week at Family Summer Camp? The Catch and Release Pond returns for July 4th and 5th!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Venison Cabbage Rolls

This recipe was spotted on the Food for Hunters Facebook page. While not typically a huge fan of cooked cabbage, there is fresh cabbage sitting in the garden, venison in the freezer, and home-canned tomatoes in the pantry, so I couldn't resist trying it. As usual, I changed up a couple of things, based on what I had available in my cupboards, including not using the saffron, but using yellow rice instead, which includes saffron in its seasoning. Of course, I also used a few shakes of smoked paprika and our pepper blend seasoning in lieu of black pepper.  Enjoy!
 

Venison Cabbage Rolls

1 pound ground venison
1 head of cabbage
1 Tbsp dried Thyme
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 egg
1/2 C uncooked yellow rice
1 large onion, sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp tomato paste ( I will use whole small can next time - to make the sauce a bit thicker)
2 1/4 C crushed tomatoes ( I used one quart of home-canned tomatoes and squished them with my hands in a bowl.)
1 14-ounce can low sodium beef broth
Black pepper blend seasoning or freshly cracked black pepper
Smoked paprika
3 sprigs fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine ground meat with thyme, kosher salt, garlic powder, and black pepper or pepper blend seasoning. Mix in the uncooked rice and egg. Cover and put in fridge.

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Remove any old or discolored leaves from the cabbage head and core it out. This makes it easier to remove the leaves when it's in the water.

Place the cabbage head in the boiling water. Turn it once in a while, but after about two minutes you should be able to start removing leaves. Use tongs to peel the leaf off. I put a colander in the sink and just dropped the leaves into it as I peeled them off. You should come out with about 12-15 leaves, all getting gradually smaller . I had 12 usable leaves off a medium sized garden cabbage. Run cold water over the leaves and let them drain. Careful - they may tear easily.

Take your first leaf (I used the bigger leaves first) and use a small paring knife to shave off the lower rib to make it lay flat. Then put about 2 Tbsps of the meat mixture (I used a soup spoon) toward the bottom of the leaf. Fold in the two sides, fold up the bottom and roll it up. Do this until you run out of meat. Put them on a platter or large plate and set aside.

In a French or Dutch oven, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions,and a pinch of salt, and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir for another minute. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, beef broth and thyme sprigs. Bring to a simmer.

Gently lay the rolls in the sauce in one layer, seam side down. Ladle some sauce over the rolls, the best you can. cover and bake in the 250 oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Make sure meat is thoroughly cooked and make sure the sauce doesn't cook down too low. I didn't have a problem with this, but if you do, add more beef stock...or a little spicy V8 would be good, too, if you want to kick it up a bit.

Serve warm with the sauce and onions...sprinkle with some Italian cheese if you'd like.  Throw some fresh snow peas in a bowl with a little warm Asian Honey Mustard dressing for a side and you've got an awesome introduction to summer garden eating!

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Family Summer Camp Returns!


June 27-July 26, 2015

One of the most popular annual family events at our store returns!  Four weeks of outside activities, free crafts, and our educational and fun free workshops for kids...a great way to break up your child's summer with fun at Bass Pro Shops!

Family Summer Camp activities take place every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Noon-5 p.m., June 27-July 26. Along with workshops, we will have the outside free archery and Daisy BB gun ranges for hands-on learning with our experienced staff. We'll also have the casting buckets and foam shooting arcade.

July 4 and 5 ONLY, Noon-5 p.m. - The Catch and Release Pond makes a special appearance and children again receive a FREE 4x6 photo download!

 

Free Workshops for Kids

These workshops are fun and educational! We look forward to seeing returning children each year and new attendees, too! Bring a friend!  The official Family Summer Camp lanyard will again be given out to each child at their first workshop (while supplies last) and, once again, every child receives a special pin after attending each workshop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Crafts each day of Family Summer Camp - Noon-2 p.m.!

                                           

We invite you to have your child bring a friend for Family Summer Camp and attend all the workshops! See you at camp!

Complete details also online at www.basspro.com/summercamp and on our Facebook page!

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Get Outdoors in Iowa's County Parks!

Guest Blogger:
Jessica Johnson ♦ Marketing Coordinator
Hamilton County Conservation
Prairie Rivers of Iowa
www.prrcd.org

“It is my purpose here to show that such parks are needed, that they are needed now;
that they should have the highest scientific value, and that in Iowa they are everywhere practicable.”

Thomas H. MacBride, 1896, President of the University of Iowa, 1914-1916

County parks in Iowa are a jewel that should not be taken for granted. We here at Hamilton County Conservation take pride in giving our adventure seekers the best possible experience, no matter if it’s a few hours, a day, or a week! County parks achieve several things that you may not think of, such as giving you:

  • Direct effect on your health and wellness: Did you know that it is good for you to get outside? You not only breath fresh air, exercise, but your vitamin D levels raise when sunlight hits your skin which helps fight other various diseases (Harvard Health).
  • County parks affect Iowa’s local economic impact: About $851.5 million to be exact (2012 The Economic Value of Iowa’s Natural Resources). When you go camping, fishing/hunting license, participate in an educational program your money is helping going right back to Iowa and helping the local economies then.  
  • Connecting kids to nature: County parks have programming that provide kids (and adults) fun activities to get outside and enjoy the park, as well as all the resources such as play equipment, swimming, hiking opportunities and more!  

County parks provide workforce recruitment (over 1,069 employed), social and mental health benefits, education, and improved water/air quality, along with increased outdoor recreation opportunities.

In the state of Iowa, there are over 193,624 acres that boil down to 1,832 parks, natural areas, preserves, historic sites, trails & more!  There are over 70 education centers, over 1,536 miles of trails, 10,507 campsites, 175 cabins in 48 counties (Hamilton County has 5 luxury cabins for rent all year long), 25,840 programs and events, with over 752,700 participants…that’s you!                     

County parks around the state bring great benefits to you and your family. Whether you are staying in one of our luxury cabins, fishing on our lakes or are staying closer to home in your own county, you are supporting Iowa.

So, get out this summer, make a trip with the family or friends to Hamilton County or anywhere in Iowa.

Find us and all county parks at www.mycountyparks.com

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Still Fishin'!

Our Gone Fishing Event continues as we encourage people to get fishing and take others fishing, too. Get started with our Gone Fishing Event! Bring dad in for some fun!

June 20-21

Noon- 5 p.m. The Free Catch and Release pond Children who catch a fish receive a First Fish Certificate! Plus, we'll have the free photo download with their catch!

Video Game Trade-In! Trade in a video game and receive a $5 coupon off a new rod/reel combo! Get rid of the video game and get outside! (one coupon per customer - combos of $19.99 or higher - coupon expires June 21) The video games will be donated to veterans!

Free Fishing 101 booklets
Free "Gone Fishing" door hanger to the first 100 customers who visit the fishing department on June 20-21!

Pledge to take someone fishing and be entered in a chance to win a fishing outing for 20 of your friends and a special guest celebrity!

Plus, these great seminars for kids AND adults:

Saturday June 20

  • 11am: Gone Fishing – Best local destinations for group fishing
  • 1pm:  Fishing-The Reel Thing - Choosing the best reel for adults & kids for local fishing - Presented by BPS Pro Staffer Kary Ray
  • 2pm:  Fishing – Anyone Can Do It!  Best equipment to have for taking friends or family fishing for the first time
  • 3pm:  Go Fish – Batteries not required – Information on how to make fishing fun for kids - Presented by BPS Pro Staffer Kary Ray

Sunday June 21

  • 11am: Gone Fishing – Best local destinations for group fishing - Presented by BPS Pro Staffer Rod Woten
  • 1pm: Fishing-The "Reel" Thing - Choosing the best reel for adults and kids for local fishing -
  • 2pm: Fishing – Anyone Can Do It! Best equipment for taking friends or family fishing the first time - Presented by BPS Pro Staffer Rod Woten
  • 3pm: Go FishBatteries not required – Information on how to make fishing fun for kids
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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - We've GONE FISHING!

Join the fishing movement sweeping the nation! Get fishing and take others fishing, too, and get started with our Gone Fishing Event!

June 13-14, 20-21

Noon- 5 p.m. The Free Catch and Release pond returns for BOTH weekends! Children who catch a fish receive a First Fish Certificate! Plus we'll have the free photo download with their catch!

Video Game Trade-In! Trade in a video game and receive a $5 coupon off a new rod/reel combo! Get rid of the video game and get outside! (one coupon per customer - combos of $19.99 or higher - coupon expires June 21) The video games will be donated to veterans!

Free Fishing 101 booklets
Free "Gone Fishing" door hanger to the first 100 customers who visit the fishing department on June13,14 ,20,21!

Pledge to take someone fishing and be entered in a chance to win a fishing outing for 20 of your friends and a special guest celebrity!

Plus, these great seminars for kids AND adults:

Saturday June 13

  • 11am: Gone Fishing – Best local destinations for group fishing – Pro Fisherman and Guide Kevan Paul
  • 1pm:  Fishing-The Reel Thing - Choosing the best reel for adults & kids for local fishing – Bass Pro Shops Pro Lance Baker
  • 2pm:  Fishing – Anyone Can Do It!  Best equipment to have for taking friends or family fishing for the first time - TBD
  • 3pm:  Go Fish – Batteries not required – Information on how to make fishing fun for kids – Lance Baker

Sunday June 14

  • 11am: Gone Fishing – Best local destinations for group fishing
  • 1pm: Fishing-The Reel Thing. Choosing the best reel for adults and kids for local fishing
  • 2pm: Fishing – Anyone Can Do It! Best equipment to have for taking friends or family fishing for the first time
  • 3pm: Go FishBatteries not required – Information on how to make fishing fun for kids – Taylor Howard Mitchellville Elementary fishing club

Kevan Paul will be here from 10:30-noon to talk with guests about walleye tips before and after the 11am seminar, too!

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