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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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings

This is another one of those recipes I've had tucked away (originally from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food). PERFECT for a Sunday afternoon football feed, or after a day outdoors, or feeding tired, cold hunters because it has some zest to it!

The nice thing about this is you can do so much of it ahead of time, like chopping the veggies. The only difficult part is cutting the boneless skinless chicken thighs and that's not even really that hard...just slimy!

It does have two can or bottles of pilsner or a light lager...I just used a couple of light beers that were in the fridge. I also used a quart jar of home-canned tomatoes...always better!

You'll want to use a good sturdy pot with a tight lid or a nice enameled Dutch oven. Enjoy!

Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings

3 Tbsp unsalted butter
5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (1 1/2 lbs), cut into 1" pieces. (I used 8 thighs so it was extra meaty!)
Coarse salt and ground pepper (I used a course ground pepper blend and garlic powder)
1/2 bunch scallions, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 bottles pilsner or light-medium bodied lager (12 ounces each) (or two full-bodied but light beers)
1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
1 to 2 Tbsp red-wine vinegar
 

In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot with lid, melt 1 Tbsp butter over medium-high. Season chicken with salt, pepper blend, and garlic powder, add to pot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.

Transfer chicken with a slotted spoon to a medium bowl. Then in the pot add 2 tbsp butter, scallions, bell pepper, celery and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until scallions and celery are soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in thyme and flour and season with salt and pepper; cook 1 minute. Return chicken to pot and whisk in beer. Roughly tear the tomatoes with your hands as you add them to the pot along with the juices. Bring to a rapid simmer and cook, uncovered, 30 minutes. Season to taste with a little red-wine vinegar.

Reduce heat to a medium simmer and drop dough by rounded tablespoons on top of stew. Cover and simmer until dumplings are cooked through, 7-10 minutes.

Cornmeal Dumpling Dough

2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup fine yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup buttermilk

Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Using your fingers, work in the butter until small crumbs form. Stir in buttermilk.

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More Letters to Santa - Thinking of Others

Children, and those who help them write letters to Santa, are not always just thinking about themselves. They also appreciate what Santa does, as he works in so many ways around the world.

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For Christmas I want the new Minecraft Legos for building stuff. Thank you for giving presents to the kids of the world. I hope you like my cookies.

Ly

Please give the kids that don't have toys, please give them toys. Can I have a Dorothy doll?

Abi

I want 5 toys: Paw Patrol, Easy Bake Oven (for boys), red bike, bow and arrow, and a hockey stick. And bring lots of presents for my friends. I will make special cookies for you.

Bear

I hope I get everything I wished for. Please let all the kids who don't usually get presents get them. I would really like an iPhone if you can. Can I ask you to leave some presents for the grown ups? Thank you.

Camari

Last, but not least:

I've been a good boy and was wondering can you make me a fishing pole? I would like a fishing pole so I can catch you fish and my family. I hope you can. I hope you can also give other kids toys. I know you can do it because you're a wonderful man and I look up to you cause you're amazing.

Isaiah

 

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Local Heroes and Santa

Santa's hours in Santa's Wonderland have been extended and he is now here on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.!

The craft this weekend is the Santa Bobber ornament!
 

 

 

December 7-24 Santa's Wonderland Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, December 14 - Local Heroes Night!

It's a special night just for our local heroes and their families! Law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency personnel, military personnel, active duty, and veterans are invited to bring their families and join us from 7-10 p.m.!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only a couple of weeks left to donate to the Warm Kids campaign! Bring your new item donations of hats, gloves/mittens, and boots to the store lobby. All donations are given to the Southeast Polk School District elementary counselors to distribute among the schools.

Help Keep our Kids Warm!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Slow Cooker Apple Bread Pudding

This wonderful bread pudding is sure to warm the bellies of hunters, kids playing out in the cold, or simply add more goodness to your holiday tables!  Here are a few things to note about the recipe:

  • I used a baguette and it was the perfect amount. Make it a day old at least.
  • I used Johngold apples and the toughest part of this recipe was shredding the apples on a grater without shredding my knuckles!
  • The recipe called for 1 cup fat-free egg product, but I went all out and used four eggs!
  • You can use low fat sweetened condensed milk, if you wish.

Slow Cooker Apple Bread Pudding

6 cups crusty bread, such as French bread or a baguette, cut into 1/2" pieces.
2 medium-sized tart apples, peeled, cored and shredded
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 eggs
3/4 cup water
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspons pumpkin pie spice, divided
1 cup fat-free plain yougurt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup apple juice

Coat the inside of a six-quart slow cooker with a non-stick spray. Add the bread pieces to the cooker. Distribute the shredded apple on top of the bread. Then sprinkle the raisins and chocolate chips over all of that.

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, water, condensed milk, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, whisk to combine. Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the slow cooker, pressing down with a spatula to make sure the bread gets completely moistened by the liquid.

Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on low or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Check the pudding after three hours and continue to cook for increments of 10-15 minutes until it's done.

Top the bread pudding with a yogurt sauce made by whisking the yogurt, sugar, apple juice, and remaining pumpkin pie spice.

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More Letters to Santa - Siblings

Brothers, sisters...Christmas is the time of year when we convince Santa how good we've really been because of, or in spite of, our interactions with those relatives!

 

Dear Santa:

My name is Leo and I love Christmas. I really like cars. It would be awesome if you made me one of your cars. I haven't been naughty at all this year. Me and my little brother Noah get along great and love toy cars and I wish you can make us one!

If you would please, get me a whole bunch of Ninja Turtle stuff. My brother Sam and I have been good Ninjas this year. We've been hard training, too.

My name is Devin. I will be good so you can come to my house and I will be nice to my two sisters.

My name is Skylar. I hope you can come to my house. I will try to be nice to my two sisters and be good.

 

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Santa's Wonderland Hours Extended

In an effort to see as many children as possible, Santa has extended his hours during the day at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

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Starting Monday, Dec. 7, Santa is here from 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Remember, you must have a Bass Pass to see Santa. This free pass alleviates those long waits in line to see Santa. Once the wait in line hits 30 minutes, we start handing out Bass Passes. This pass holds a virtual spot in line for you, which allows you to enjoy Santa's Wonderland and shop until your designated time arrives. We ALWAYS use the Bass Pass on weekends.
IF THE DEMAND TO SEE SANTA WARRANTS, EVEN DURING THE WEEK, WE WILL START HANDING OUT BASS PASSES BEFORE SANTA'S SCHEDULED START TIME.


Best advice? Come early and during the week to possible have shorter wait times. #santaswonderland

Free Crafts

Our ornament crafts continue! This week's craft is this adorable foam bird ornament on December 7, then our Santa bobber ornament Monday, Dec. 8-14.

Free crafts are available from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 5-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Craft hours remain the same through Dec. 23 and change on the 24th.

Free Games and Activities

The free games and activities are always available during store hours, including the remote controlled trucks, and foam shooting ranges, as well as the toy shop and great yummy goodies to buy!

For complete details and times visit www.basspro.com/santa

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Letters to Santa 2014

Once again letters to Santa from children visiting Santa's Wonderland. We just borrowed them to look them over and then sent them on their way to the North Pole!  Enjoy!

 

 

Can I have an Elf on the Shelf to watch my brother, please. He needs one. I want a girl to come...

Sophie

 

 

How are you? Is the weather cold? So have a great year!

Love, Sam

PS: Can you get me a snake book?

 

 

You are so thoughtful for giving us what we wanted instead of what we need. So I will give you the present instead. You are so nice to us so we should treat you with kindness. So, what kind of cookies? Let me guess - sugar cookies. Please write back.

Hope (the girl with the sister with the glasses and blond hair)

 

 

Dear Santa,

I want a dog that can help people that are blind.

Love, Ava

(We hope you get one, Ava!)

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Santa's Wonderland Hours Dec. 1-6

Cold days, shortened school days, ANY day is a fun day to come to Santa's Wonderland. As we near Christmas, a day during the week is especially good! Here is the lineup for December 1-6:

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Santa is here from 3-8 p.m., this Monday through Friday (Dec. 1-5), then Saturday 10-8 and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

These hours will change starting December 7!
Visit www.basspro.com/santa for future times!

Remember, you must have a Bass Pass to see Santa. This free pass alleviates those long waits in line to see Santa. Once the wait in line hits 30 minutes, we start handing out Bass Passes. This pass holds a virtual spot in line for you, which allows you to enjoy Santa's Wonderland and shop until your designated time arrives. We ALWAYS use the Bass Pass on weekends.
IF THE DEMAND TO SEE SANTA WARRANTS, EVEN DURING THE WEEK, WE
WILL START HANDING OUT BASS PASSES BEFORE SANTA'S SCHEDULED START TIME.

Best advice? Come early in the season and during the week for shorter wait times. #santaswonderland

Free Crafts

Most of the crafts each week is an ornament for the kids to hand on the tree! The last three days (Dec. 22-24) will be decorating a large iced cookie! This week's craft is this adorable foam bird ornament!

Free crafts will be available from Monday, Dec. 1-Friday, Dec. 5 5-7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, Noon-5 p.m. Craft hours remain the same through Dec. 23 and change on the 24th.

Free Games and Activities

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Breakfast Casserole for the Hunt!

Our Inventory Control Specialist Alyssa shared this recipe with us. She was talking about it at work and then was gracious enough to make it again, take a photo, AND let me have a bite. I can't wait to make it myself and it is a perfect holiday breakfast, hunters breakfast, or anytime you just want something warm and "comforting" to eat!

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

6 eggs
2 packages of 10 oz. sausage links  (I say use your own broken up venison patties or venison sausage links!)
1 cup milk
16 oz. tater tots
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Green pepper - optional
Onion - optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 casserole dish. Brown sausage according to package directions and cut into bite size pieces. Spread cooked and cut sausage onto greased casserole dish. In a large bowl, beat together milk, eggs, salt, and pepper. Cover sausage in the casserole dish with the egg mixture. Cover with one cup of cheese.

(If you will be serving this the next morning, like I did, cover and refrigerate at this point. You will be performing the next steps in the morning.)

Spread 16 oz. tater tots on top of the cheese. Add remainder of the cheese on top. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. (Mine took close to an hour to cook, just watch to make sure the eggs aren't runny.)

(I know that Alyssa added green pepper and onion the second time she made it, which was what she shared with me. Even better tasting!)

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Start The Ice Season Off On The Right Foot

By Rod Woten, Professional Ice Fisherman
Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff

The recent cold blast has definitely got some of us thinking ice! In our zeal to get out on the hardwater, though, let’s not forget to remember ice safety and be sure to include some of the safety essentials in our equipment as we venture out. Safety is especially critical at this time, because the ice is still in its infancy and there’s not a lot of it yet. Additionally, since ice does not freeze in a uniform manner, walkable ice in one area does not guarantee walkable ice in another area. When ice is thicker, there is more “wiggle room” for this discrepancy, but when ice is thin there is almost no room for variation. That being said, with just a few simple pieces of equipment and some common sense procedures we can ensure that we all stay on the top side of the ice this season.

The Buddy System

This is a good practice anytime you hit the ice, but is especially essential at first ice. A buddy can be there to throw you a rope, if you do happen to go through, and can call for help if needed.  I never venture onto first ice by myself…ALWAYS go with a buddy!

Wear a PFD

It’s very rare to find someone frozen into the ice. Hypothermia is definitely an issue, but typically those that die after falling through the ice do so from drowning. Wearing a life vest is cheap insurance against this. A life vest will keep your head above water and give you extra time for help to arrive or for you to get yourself out of the water.

Carry a Rope

Seems like common sense, but you’d be amazed at the number of folks on early ice that don’t have any kind of a rescue rope. A rope allows your buddy to help rescue you without putting themselves at risk. The throw bags that kayakers use are ideally suited to this application; they have a heavy end which is easy to throw long distances, the rope floats and has nice loops on each end for each party to grab onto.

Check the Ice

It’s virtually impossible to gauge the condition of the ice just by looking. Snow on the ice complicates this even more. At the very least, drill a hole every few feet with your auger to make sure there is enough ice to support you. A “spud bar,” also known as an ice chisel, is a much better option. A spud bar allows you to check the ice with each step as you walk.  Simply walk, as if you were using a staff or trekking pole, and strike the ice with the spud bar with every other step. If the spud bar doesn’t go through, neither will you.

Traction

More injuries occur every year from people falling ON the ice rather than THROUGH the ice. If you’re not wearing some kind of traction device on your boots while you’re on the ice, it’s not a question of IF you’re going to fall; it’s a question of WHEN!  There are lots of good options out there and they all work.  They range from very inexpensive to a little on the pricey side.  Pick one and use it!

Be safe and have fun!

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BOSL and Other Gun Deer Season Reminders

Rod Slings, is Founder/CEO of Hunting and Shooting Related Consultants LLC and retired Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Supervisor. As a hunting incident investigator, interviewing the victims, their families and evaluating the scenes, he has seen firsthand the sometimes tragic results of carelessness in the field. So, as we get ready to open Iowa Gun Deer Season, take a moment to review his reminders before heading out and lessen the chance of injury to yourself, others, and wildlife.

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The annual trek to the Iowa woods is about to begin. Yes, it’s gun deer season!  This is a time when family and friends, year after year, gather to help manage Iowa’s deer population and fill their freezers.  Due to a greater number of tags being issued the last few year's hunters, may find the population down somewhat. In fact the January antlerless season has been eliminated and antlerless tags reduced. (Please check the Iowa DNR website for all the details.)

No matter what, don’t let emotion or peer pressure cause you to enter the zone of, “I must harvest a deer,” to have a good hunt.  Remember, hunting is NOT a competition!  You need to plan your hunt and hunt your plan. What that means is whether you're hunting alone or in a large group, you need to have a plan and stick to it. Safety is number one! 

Did you know shooting at running deer is the number one risk of causing a firearm-related incident?

Here are a few additional things to think about before opening day:

  • When hunting deer from a blind during the regular shotgun deer season, the blind must exhibit a solid blaze orange marking with a minimum of 144 square inches visible in all directions. A blind is defined as a place of concealment constructed, either wholly or partially, from man made materials, which is used for the purpose of hiding a person who is hunting from sight. A blind is not a naturally occurring landscape feature or an arrangement of natural or agricultural plant material that a hunter uses for concealment. In addition to the requirements above, hunters using blinds must also satisfy the requirements of wearing blaze orange.
     
  • If you're going to hunt from a treestand, always wear your Fall Arrest System to make sure you remain secured from the time you leave the ground to your safe descent. There are a number of different types of safety harnesses available that will save you from severe injury or even death. It’s important to stay connected! Always use a haul line to pull up and lower your unloaded firearm. Falling from a treestand is the number one way hunters are injured. So many times we have heard, “I didn’t think it would ever happen to me!”  Don’t let this happen to you! 
  • Hunting on private land requires permission. Know where the property boundaries and buildings are, and where livestock may be located.
  • Report any observed violations to a conservation officer or local sheriff as soon as possible. The Iowa DNR Turn In Poachers (TIP) telephone number is 1-800-532-2020. Program it into your cell phone for access to an officer; help protect Iowa’s Wildlife.
  • Always respect both public and private property, the non-hunting public and wildlife. Be sensitive to everyone when displaying harvested game. You represent all of us when you’re a hunter! 

Remember:

  • Follow all firearms safety rules.
  • Be sure of your target and what’s beyond.
  • Blaze Orange Saves Lives!
  • If you hunt from a treestand, make sure you wear a fall arrest system.
  • Know and obey all hunting regulations; they are there to protect you, others and wildlife.

Hunt SAFE and have a GREAT Iowa Hunting Season!

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Product Spotlight - RangeMaxx Tactical Gear

Awesome Christmas gift alert!

Jarrod in our Hunting Department recommends this gear! Practical for tactical, Jarrod says they are essential for any AR owner. Here are his two favorites!

RangeMaxx R2G CCW Tactical Range Bag

Plenty of zippered compartments - the large zippered main compartment has room for ammo, shooting glasses, hearing protection, your cleaning kit and more. Two large zippered side pockets feature magazine pouches - one for AR-15 and the other for pistol mags. The pistol mag pocket even folds down to give you a safe surface for gun cleaning and work. There's two zippered end pockets for even more storage options.

RangeMaxx Tactical R2G CCW Tactical Range Pack

Someone on Jarrod's Christmas list is getting this! The tactical pack/range bag has pouches for SIX AR-15 mags and three handgun mags. Like the range bag, the large main compartment is suitable for ammo, gun cleaning kit, hearing and eye protection, electronics or general storage. The pack also features a dual-zipper rear access panel to a pocket for handgun storage - the universal holster keeps your handgun exactly where you need it for quick and smooth draw.

All of the RangeMaxx gear is made of 1000D polyester and has exterior MOLLE webbing so you can add the extras you need and have your gear organized and ready to go!

Jarrod says he's got the range bag thrown in his truck and always prepared.

Don't you want to be?

Check out the complete line of RangeMaxx gear at Bass Pro Shops Altoona or online.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - A Super Toys for Tots Weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays are in full gear now and we have a super way to get your children involved in helping others less fortunate. Bring the family to Santa's Wonderland and help bring Christmas to kids who may not have one otherwise.

Donate a toy to Toys for Tots, PLUS bring in a new hat, mittens/glove, or boots for a child ages 4-12 to donate to community students in our Warm Kids Campaign!

While you're here that weekend, you might also win one of the many prizes we will be giving away! Bass Pro Shops gift cards, apparel, sunglasses, and more...we will be giving away one prize every half hour from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days!

Remember! You need a Bass Pass to see Santa! Once the wait in line hits 30 minutes, we start handing out Bass Passes. This pass holds a virtual spot in line for you, which allows you to enjoy Santa's Wonderland, grab a bite to eat or go bowling at Uncle Buck's, and shop until your designated time arrives. We ALWAYS use the Bass Pass on weekends.
IF THE DEMAND TO SEE SANTA WARRANTS, WE WILL START HANDING OUT BASS PASSES BEFORE SANTA'S SCHEDULED START TIME.

Toy for Tots

Join forces with us to help Toys for Tots!
Saturday and Sunday
 November 29 and 30, 2014 ONLY


Donate a toy in-store to Toys for Tots and receive a FREE photo package in Santa's Wonderland!

Donate a toy (or toys) on either Nov. 29 or 30 and receive a coupon for ONE free special Toy Donation package valued at $20.

ONE COUPON PER FAMILY (no matter how many toys donated). Coupons are redeemable until December 5.

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Super Saturday and Super Sunday Weekend Activities!

The last weekend in November we pull out all the stops for another Super Saturday and Super Sunday weekend! Free drawings every hour and door prizes!

Drawings are from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days! Prizes are listed below.  Plus, the first 100 customers through the door each day receive a special giveaway! Of course, our 5 Day Special and Red Hot Deals will still be in place so you can pick up those holiday gifts while visiting Santa's Wonderland, too! All part of the fun as we celebrate the holidays at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Three- Minute Mug Cake

I've had this recipe for a while and finally made them. The outdoor aspect? I sent my husband off for his afternoon hunt with a bowl full of warm chocolate cake! Likewise, those little and big kiddos out sledding, snowshoeing, and enjoying winter, will surely enjoy having this to warm their bellies! Now, the texture is not like a "cake" as you know it, but thicker, and spongier. But that's okay with me!

I used a big coffee mug...about 16 oz...because the original recipe said it would rise over the top of the mug. I figured that meant "run over and create a big mess."  But, the cake only went halfway up the big mug, so I'm assuming you can use an 8 oz mug and the "rise over" means it goes straight up.

Three-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

1 Coffee Mug
4 Tbsp four (NOT self-rising)
4 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp baking cocoa
1 egg
3 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp oil
small splash vanilla
Nuts (optional)

Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

Add the vanilla and mix again. Put the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed. Allow to cool a bit and tip out on the plate, if desired.

I made two mugs at the same time, so after the first three minutes, I cooked them a bit more...about 45 seconds to 1 minute just to make sure they were done.

After tipping onto the plate, I drizzled some raspberry sauce over them. Caramel sauce would be good, too, or ice cream!

Enjoy!

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Product Spotlight - NOCO Solar Panels

Christmas time and here's another gift idea suggestion from an Associate!

Joshua in our Marine Department suggest the NOCO® line of solar panel gear. He notes they're perfect for the person who travels a lot, campers, hikers, anglers, boaters,and those heading adventuring "off the grid"...pretty much everyone who comes to Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

NOCO XGS9 Auto 9-Watt Solar Panel Kit

Powerful enough to keep any vehicle's battery charged and maintained, this kit features a built-in recovery mode for recovering damaged and sulfated batteries

Add solar panels for more power – compact, rugged case for easy storage and travel. Store it and use anywhere and anytime need a battery boost!

 


The next two kits are designed to keep the electronics and gear used in outdoor activities up and running. HD action cameras, GPS navigation devices, smartphones, two-way radios and more. The battery pack allows you to store power during the day and keep your equipment powered at night. Both also have a 40" USB cable.

Noco XGS 9-Watt Solar Panel with USB/LED Flashlight Kit

This kit contains a 250 lumen LED flashlight for up to 72 hours of light. Kit includes: XGS9 9-Watt Solar Panel; XGB3L USB Battery Pack/LED flashlight; 5V USB Flex Regulator; and 40" USB cable.
 

NOCO XGrid XGS 4-Watt Solar Panel with USB Kit

Very portable power pack perfect for the outdoor adventurer! Kit includes: XGS4 4W Solar Panel; XGB3 11Wh USB Battery Pack; 5V USB Flex Regulator; and 40" USB cable.

 

 

 

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Super Saturday/Super Sunday Weekend 2014

The last weekend in November we pull out all the stops for another Super Saturday and Super Sunday weekend! Free drawings every hour and door prizes!

Drawings are from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days! Prizes are listed below.  Plus, the first 100 customers through the door each day receive a special giveaway! Of course, our 5 Day Special and Red Hot Deals will still be in place so you can pick up those holiday gifts while visiting Santa's Wonderland, too!. All part of the fun as we celebrate the holidays at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toys for Tots is also happening that weekend! Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Bass Pro Shops Altoona on Nov. 29 or 30 and receive a coupon for one free Santa's Wonderland photo package ($20 value)! One coupon per family, no matter how many toys are donated. Coupon must be used by December 5, 2014.

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