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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Product Spotlight - Power Wheels Lil Quad ATVs

Awesome Christmas present alert! Power Wheels Little Quad Camo ATV – regular or pink! Just for kids, ages 1-3, this cool little ride hits a whopping 1 mph for a safe, but thrilling ride on grass or hard surfaces. Low easy on-easy off, they’re perfect for that little guy or girl! Very easy operation with a simple push of a button, and they can pretend they’re hunting and 4-wheelin’! If you have a little one who can’t wait to have a big person ATV of their own one day, this is the first step!

It’s a Bass Pro Shops Exclusive!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Santa's Wonderland

Santa's Wonderland is in full swing! But this is the last weekend to take advantage of our Photo Christmas Card Package offer - only $5 for 10 cards and envelopes! Limit 3 per family. Additionally, we have special hours for Santa on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday! Santa wouldn't miss those specials!

Word to the Wise:

In order to alleviate those long waits in line to see Santa, we use the Bass Pass system. 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, 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.

Share your Santa's Wonderland moments on Facebook and add #santaswonderland!

Free Crafts:

The craft through Nov. 23: Decorate a stuffed reindeer!

Nov. 24-30: Color a plaster ornament!

 

 

Santa's Wonderland Hours Now through Dec 6

  Free Photo
with Santa
Free Crafts Free Games
& Activities
Monday-Friday 3-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
Saturday 10am-8pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
Sunday Noon-5pm Noon-5pm

Open to Close

Special Hours - U.S. Locations Only

  Free Photo
with Santa
Free Crafts Free Games
& Activities
Thanksgiving - Nov 27* 10am-5pm 3-5pm Open to Close
Friday - Nov 28 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
*Foxborough, MA location is closed on Thanksgiving

 

December 7-24

Monday - Friday* 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
Saturday 10am-8pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
Sunday 10am-5pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
*Wednesday Dec 24 Photo Hours 10am-5pm, Crafts 3-5pm
- See more at: http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-altoona-ia/santas-wonderland-2014#sthash.CV62GQ1u.dpuf

 Special Hours - U.S. Locations Only

  Free Photo
with Santa
Free Crafts Free Games
& Activities
Thanksgiving - Nov 27* 10am-5pm 3-5pm Open to Close
Friday - Nov 28 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
*Foxborough, MA location is closed on Thanksgiving
       

 

 

 

Hours change starting December 7!

For complete details visit www.basspro.com/santa!

       
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Special Hours - U.S. Locations Only

  Free Photo
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Free Crafts Free Games
& Activities
Thanksgiving - Nov 27* 10am-5pm 3-5pm Open to Close
Friday - Nov 28 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
*Foxborough, MA location is closed on Thanksgiving

 

December 7-24

Monday - Friday* 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
Saturday 10am-8pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
Sunday 10am-5pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
*Wednesday Dec 24 Photo Hours 10am-5pm, Crafts 3-5pm
- See more at: http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-altoona-ia/santas-wonderland-2014#sthash.CV62GQ1u.dpuf

Special Hours - U.S. Locations Only

  Free Photo
with Santa
Free Crafts Free Games
& Activities
Thanksgiving - Nov 27* 10am-5pm 3-5pm Open to Close
Friday - Nov 28 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
*Foxborough, MA location is closed on Thanksgiving

 

December 7-24

Monday - Friday* 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
Saturday 10am-8pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
Sunday 10am-5pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
*Wednesday Dec 24 Photo Hours 10am-5pm, Crafts 3-5pm
- See more at: http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-altoona-ia/santas-wonderland-2014#sthash.CV62GQ1u.dpuf

Special Hours - U.S. Locations Only

  Free Photo
with Santa
Free Crafts Free Games
& Activities
Thanksgiving - Nov 27* 10am-5pm 3-5pm Open to Close
Friday - Nov 28 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
*Foxborough, MA location is closed on Thanksgiving

 

December 7-24

Monday - Friday* 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
Saturday 10am-8pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
Sunday 10am-5pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
*Wednesday Dec 24 Photo Hours 10am-5pm, Crafts 3-5pm
- See more at: http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-altoona-ia/santas-wonderland-2014#sthash.CV62GQ1u.dpuf

Special Hours - U.S. Locations Only

  Free Photo
with Santa
Free Crafts Free Games
& Activities
Thanksgiving - Nov 27* 10am-5pm 3-5pm Open to Close
Friday - Nov 28 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
*Foxborough, MA location is closed on Thanksgiving

 

December 7-24

Monday - Friday* 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
Saturday 10am-8pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
Sunday 10am-5pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
*Wednesday Dec 24 Photo Hours 10am-5pm, Crafts 3-5pm
- See more at: http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-altoona-ia/santas-wonderland-2014#sthash.CV62GQ1u.dpuf
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Product Spotlight - Yukon Charlie's Snowshoes

Awesome Christmas present alert! Our customers at Bass Pro Shops Altoona have asked about snowshoes and finally we can say, "Yes! We have them!"

We now have Yukon Charlie's Sherpa and Advanced Series snowshoes! Camping Associate Peter Maley says these are a "perfect fit" for the recreational snowshoer heading out for a winter walk.

Front and rear crampons give you the all-important traction, especially on inclines. The quick click binding makes for easy off and on and the "sno-motion" axle system makes the hike that much easier, so you're not walking flat-footed like the old days of snow shoes!

The snow is here - but don't let it stop you from taking a little walk.

We have snowshoe sizes in 9x30, 10x36, 8x25 and 8x21 snowshoes. Sizes are based on the weight of the wearer (with gear) - for example, 10×36-Up to 300 lbs, 9×30-Up to 250 lbs., 8x21 up to 150 lbs.

Check out this Snowshoe 101 video from Yukon Charlie's web site!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Mini Apple-Glazed Venison Loaves

I originally saw this recipe in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine as Apple-Glazed Pork loaves. I spotted it while rifling through my recipe book the other day trying to get ideas. Of course, my immediate thought was, "Why can't I use venison?"

Here it is revised using ground venison, cranberries, and other spices for a heartier, rustic flair. I ended up making seven loaves which were about 6"x2" each. For just two of us that means it provided some leftovers for lunches, too.

Mini Apple-Glazed Venison Loaves

    1/2  cup apple jelly
    1   tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
    2   small apples
    3/4 cup dried cranberries
    2   eggs, lightly beaten
    2   pounds ground venison
    1/2  teaspoon salt
    1/2  teaspoon (or more to taste) ground pepper blend seasoning (we use something called Alpine Touch, however a Candian-style steak seasoning would work, too)
    1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
    1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
    Pinch of crushed red pepper
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
     1/2 teaspoon Summer Savory

 Preheat oven to 425 F.  Spray non-stick coating on a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. You want something with a rim, for sure.

To make the glaze, microwave jelly on 100 percent power (high) about 20 seconds in a small microwave-safe bowl. Stir in mustard. Set aside. Core and chop one of the apples.

Combine eggs, venison, the chopped apple, salt, and pepper blend seasoning. Form into four 6x2-inch loaves and place onthe baking pan. Spoon some jelly glaze over loaves and bake for 10 minutes.

Thinly slice remaining apple. Top loaves with apple slices; drizzle with more jelly glaze. Bake 5 minutes more or until internal temperature is 145 F.
 

We ate these with some sides, like a mini-meatloaf. However, you could eat them on a big ciabatta or hogie bun, too!

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The Bass Pass - It Makes Perfect Sense

One of my clearest memories of going to see Santa is from 1965. While my family was visiting my aunt, sometime in December, my mom and my aunt took us kids to go see Santa. 1965 meant Santa typically was in a little red and white cabin on the courthouse lawn, and there were usually limited hours to see him. That fateful day, we stood in line in the cold mist for 45 minutes to an hour. Five minutes from Santa lap time, I dug in my heels and said, "No" and started crying.

With Bass Pro Shops' Bass Pass system, we eliminate that long wait in line to see Santa that you'll experience elsewhere. Once the wait hits 30 minutes, we hand out Bass Passes, which holds a spot for you in a "virtual" line. This means you can wander the store and shop, enjoy the other Santa's Wonderland activities, or go eat and when your time slot is called, you get in line.

We end up using the Bass Pass system almost every day, and we ALWAYS use the Bass Pass on weekends.
IF THE DEMAND TO SEE SANTA WARRANTS, WE WILL START HANDING OUT BASS PASS
ES BEFORE SANTA'S SCHEDULED START TIME, especially on weekends.

Our advice for Santa's Wonderland photos?

  • Come early in the season and during the week for shorter wait times.
  • Want to bring your dog to Bass Pro Shops Altoona for the photo with Santa? They must be on a leash and under control. Best advice? Bring your dog during the week and early in the season - it will more likely be less hectic and easier on the dog.
  • Remember to share your Santa's Wonderland photo fun with us on Facebook and Twitter - #santaswonderland!

Oh, and be prepared that your child might dig in their heels and say no...and that's okay. Santa will be back next year!

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Santa's Wonderland Christmas Card Promotion

Tell the truth. Every year, your family drags out the photo album to laugh over the old family Christmas photos. Actually, they want to laugh at your 70's outfit, your 80s big hair, or your brother picking his nose.

It's your turn to redeem yourself...or it's your turn to make new photos that your children will enjoy years down the road.

New this year, we are offering a limited time Christmas Card package in Santa's Wonderland!
November 15-23, customers will have the opportunity to purchase the 4x6 personalized Christmas card package, regularly $20, for only $5!! Limit of three packages per family. 10 4x6 Christmas cards and envelopes in one package.

Create that photo you will cherish...or laugh at...forever!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Santa Arrives!

Yes, we know Santa and he' arriving on Saturday! This is the weekend when the holiday celebration starts at Bass Pro Shops Altoona! Santa arrives and opens up Santa's Wonderland!

When you join us, why not bring along some new hats, gloves or boots for our Warm Kids Campaign to support the Southeast Polk School District?!

Saturday, November 15 - Santa Arrives

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive promptly at 5 p.m. by Tracker Boat, escorted this year by the Altoona Police Department!

Join us starting at 4:30 p.m., or so, for photos with  Rudolph and Frosty, hot chocolate and cookies, and caroling from the Southeast Polk HS Choir! Dress warmly, it's going to be perfect Santa weather!

After Santa arrives, he chats briefly with the crowd and we give away a gift card, then it's into the lobby for one more carol and to light the lobby Christmas tree!

Last stop is Santa's Wonderland, where one lucky child gets to help Santa cut the ribbon and kick off Santa's Wonderland!

6- 8 p.m. - Free 4x6 photos with Santa. We will use the Bass Pass system and will start handing out Bass Passes around 3:30 for photos that are from 6-8 p.m. The first 125 kids to visit should receive a backpack clip

6-8 p.m. - Free craft! A Gingerbread Stocking/Bag craft

For a complete Santa's Wonderland schedule and details for the season, visit www.basspro.com/santa! Remember to share your photos with us on Facebook and Twitter with the tag #santaswonderland!

Also on Saturday, November 15

Free Hunting Seminars

Of course, it's also hunting season, so we have some free seminars on Saturday to help you hone your skills! Perfect for the beginner or the hunter who needs a review!

1. p.m - Become a Better Bowhunter - Want to improve your bow hunting? Learn how to select releases, arrows, and broadheads that work for you.

2 p.m. - How to Choose the Right Guns and Ammo - Whatever hunting you plan to do, our experts will answer your question and make it easy to pick the gun and ammo.

3 p.m. - What You Should Know Before Buying Optics - Take an inside look at the features you should consider when shopping for scopes, rangefinders, or binoculars.

Pella Wildlife Company

Pella Wildlife Company will be here on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Come check out what exciting creature they'll have with them this time!

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Growing Christmas

It takes a while to have Christmas come alive in a 145,000 square foot store like Bass Pro Shops Altoona. From the big, like building Santa's Wonderland, to the small, such as garland at the checkouts, there is a method and a plan. We know we have the best Christmas experience around, so we start in October because we want to continue that grand experience and have it all ready for Santa's arrival.

In the second week of October or so, our Visual Specialist begins the task of hanging garland in various locations around the store. At each checkout, on signs in some of the departments, and all around the General Store/Fudge Shop - inside and out. Additionally, she hangs garland and decorates Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill.

During that time, the Visual Specialist and our Gifts Department team sets up our Trim-a-Tree department. That involves rearranging some of the Gifts area to make room, then decorating trees and fixtures with the many tree decorations we sell, plus the new table top decorations, like stick reindeer and various themed Santas, along with very cool bird seed decorations.

Then on October 19, the lobby tree was decorated. It won't be lit until Santa arrives to light it, but the 19' tree is raised and decorated one Sunday night, after the store is closed. Santa's elves work together to adorn the tree with decoration and lights, with a little pizza and elf antics over the course of 4 to 5 hours.

Meanwhile, while all these other things are happening, the Tracker Boats showroom floor is emptied of boats to make room for Santa's Wonderland...and the transformation begins, thanks to our Maintenance Team, Visual Specialist and many other Associates who lend a helpful hand. From three caribou (including Mistletoe, the talking caribou) to six mischievous elves, 34 trees, and snow, snow, and more snow, Santa's Wonderland comes alive in time for Santa's arrival on Saturday, Nov. 15!

When you're in Bass Pro Shops Altoona shopping and waiting for Santa, take a look around and appreciate the transformation...all done with kids in mind by people who are kids at heart.

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Product Spotlight - Berkley® Portable Line Spooling Station

Christmas is just around the corner, so we're going to be tossing a multitude of gift ideas your way over the next few weeks. Our Product Spotlights will focus on gifts for all ages, male and female.

Our first gift idea comes from the Fishing Department. A new item - the Berkley® Portable Line Spooling Station.

Fishing Lead Bryce Witt explains some of the features:

"First, it runs off of a drill, rather than requiring manual retrieval. It also puts pressure on the spool providing tension on the line as it is being spooled. This is going to allow more precise winding. 

"For spinning reels, the spool is actually spinning as the line is being spun on, eliminating much of the line twist usually associated with spooling line."

  • Holds up to a 300-yeard spool
  • Has a quick release system for easy reel change
  • Easy to store or hang on the wall

 

Check it out online or visit us at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

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Santa's Wonderland 2014

The Magic of Christmas returns to Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

We open Santa's Wonderland November 15 with Santa's arrival. Then it's five weeks of fun!

NOTE: IN order to alleviate those long waits in line to see Santa, we use the Bass Pass system. 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, 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.

Share your Santa's Wonderland moments on Facebook and add #santaswonderland!

 

Santa's Wonderland Hours after November 15

November 16-December 6

  Free Photo
with Santa
Free Crafts Free Games
& Activities
Monday-Friday 3-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
Saturday 10am-8pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
Sunday Noon-5pm Noon-5pm

Open to Close

Special Hours - U.S. Locations Only

  Free Photo
with Santa
Free Crafts Free Games
& Activities
Thanksgiving - Nov 27* 10am-5pm 3-5pm Open to Close
Friday - Nov 28 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
*Foxborough, MA location is closed on Thanksgiving

 

December 7-24

Monday - Friday* 10am-8pm 5-7pm Open to Close
Saturday 10am-8pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
Sunday 10am-5pm Noon-5pm Open to Close
*Wednesday Dec 24 Photo Hours 10am-5pm, Crafts 3-5pm
 
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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Puppies and Poppies!

The elves are working hard to prepare Santa's Wonderland for Santa's arrival on November 15. Meanwhile we have a few activities going on this weekend:

Saturday, November 8

Members of Iowa VFW will be on hand to answer questions and distribute Buddy Poppies. The Buddy Poppy is the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Free will donations will be accepted.

(Our donation campaign for AMVETS and USO starts November 11!)

3:15 - Jay Green and Zeus the therapy dog will be here to do their dog obedience demonstration! By the main aquarium after the fish feeding!

 

Warm Kids Campaign!

Bring NEW hats, gloves, and boots for ages 4-12 to Bass Pro Shops Altoona for distribution in the Southeast Polk school district! Our kids need to be warm this winter and the schools need the "extra" warm ideas to help out the students.


 

 

 

Coming Up!

Saturday, November 15, 5 p.m. - Santa arrives and we cut the ribbon on Santa's Wonderland 2014!  #santaswonderland

 

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Warm Kids Campaign

It's a cold, blustery day with strong winds out of the northwest. In Iowa, we know this is just the beginning or a winter that could be even worse than last. The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting even more arctic blasts than last year and more snowfall than average. We all want to be warm.

Don’t you think all children should be warm during Iowa’s winters? Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, even in our own community.

So, Bass Pro Shops Altoona is sponsoring a Warm Kids Campaign to collect new winter hats, gloves/mittens and boots for our local school district, Southeast Polk Community Schools. Now through December 31, 2014, customers may bring their donations, for ages 4 through 12, to Bass Pro Shops Altoona. All donated items will be distributed within the Southeast Polk School District. Altoona Elementary Principal Steve Stotts says they are excited about this new initiative to help the students of the district.

"The journey to and from school will be a little warmer with the winter items (stocking caps, gloves, mittens, etc.) that are donated to support our students. The Southeast Polk School District thanks everyone for their support. It is always appreciated."

Remember, didn't you like to be warm when you were a child? While you're here for Santa's Wonderland, bring a donation, too!

Warm hands, warm heads, warm feet, warm children.

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The Magic Returns - Santa's Wonderland 2014!

Santa's Wonderland 2014

Santa returns to Bass Pro Shops Altoona on Saturday, November 15!

We'll have carolers, hot chocolate, and cookies as we wait for Santa to arrive. He'll come in by special Tracker boat escort, and pulls up in front of the store at 5 p.m.!

After some fun and prizes, we'll head on into the store and Santa will lead us in one more song around the tree in the lobby and then we light the tree. Last, and most importantly, we head to Santa's Wonderland, where Santa and one special youngster cut the ribbon and officially open Santa's Wonderland!

Here's the full slate of activities for the evening!

4:30 p.m. - Gather in front of the Bass Pro Shops Altoona entrance and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and caroling. Rudolph and Frosty will be there, too!

5 p.m. - Santa arrives with a flurry of fun and some Santa stress balls! We head inside to light the tree and open Santa's Wonderland!

  • Free 4x6 photos will start that night and the first 125 kids to see Santa will receive a free woodland character backpack clip.
  • A free craft will be available from 6-8 p.m. - a Gingerbread Stocking/Bag craft to color!
  • We'll be giving out five (5) $25 gift cards from 5:30-7:30!

Watch for details on the full Santa's Wonderland schedule...we WILL be using the Bass Pass all season long!

Share you Santa's Wonderland moments with us on social media (see links below) and include #santaswonderland!

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Fishing for a New Catfish

Recently we lost a member of the Bass Pro Shops Altoona family. "Timmy" as he was affectionately named when we first opened, was an 83 pound catfish and a "must-see" for every child who came in the store. Because of this loss, we are now looking for another blue cat, preferably between 40-50 lbs.

Donating a fish to the Bass Pro Shops Altoona aquarium is an opportunity to have your trophy enjoyed by thousands. In fact, we'd like to see additional other live, native Iowa fish donations for our main aquarium. Specifically:

  • Blue Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Walleye
  • Crappie
  • Striper
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sturgeon
  • Any other fish native to Iowa (No flatheads)

However, it's not just a matter of showing up and dropping off your catch. We thought we'd fill you in on the basics.

1. These are donations. Those who provide live fish will NOT receive money, gift certificates or merchandise for doing so. The fish then become our property and responsibility.

2. Bass Pro Shops Altoona must be contacted within 12 hours of the catch and should be in our possession within 24 hours.

3. Bass Pro Shops Altoona must be contacted before the fish is transported here so we can make sure someone is here to accept it. All fish will be inspected at delivery prior to us taking possession. Additionally, all donations have to be pre-approved by Corporate and we reserve the right to refuse any donation based on fish health, display needs or other issues.

4. We don't accept endangered or protected species.

5. Anglers must abide by all state and federal laws relating to fish capture, possession, and transportation. For example, it's illegal in some areas to transport fish across state lines.

Hints for Successfully Transporting

  • After catching, place the fish immediately in a well-aerated livewell.
  • An addition of 1/2-1 cup table salt will help the fish.
  • Fill your livewell with the same water from which the fish was caught. Don't use water from around the boat launches.
  • Transport them immediately to reduce stress and make sure they're in a container large enough to fully extend.
  • Don't put them on a stringer at any time.
  • If you want to hold for a picture, support the entire body and touch the fish as little as possible.

Remember, if you think your fish is a state record, you need to contact the local DNR immediately.

If you think you have a fish that measures up for donation, contact your local Bass Pro Shops.

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From the Classroom to the Outdoors

Teacher and coach, Mike Anderson, wants to give his students a new lesson. One that finds them experiencing new outdoor activities and establishing a passion and respect for the outdoors like he holds.

Anderson has started the Outdoor Adventure Club at Grinnell High School in Grinnell, Iowa, where he teaches special education, physical education and coaches boys track and football. He's certainly use to an active lifestyle, teaching and coaching over 20 years between Iowa and Ohio, and before that serving in the Air Force/Air National Guard. 

The idea for the club actually originated with some students.

"I had some interest by students in such a program last spring. I did a lot of research during the spring and summer about what it takes to start up a program. After my research, I became more and more excited. I love being in the outdoors, have been a Boy Scout leader for many years, and wanted to find a way to get kids interested and experience the outdoors instead of sitting at home playing games, texting or hanging out on the corner."

Anderson has always loved being outdoors, which he says started in the scouts and grew when he was in high school, working as a YMCA counselor teaching outdoor activities. He says he loves to backpack/camp, canoe/kayak and climb, "when my body allows it," exploring and hiking in areas of the country that are new to him.

He wants to pass that enthusiasm on through the Outdoor Adventure Club, designed to offer outdoor recreational and leadership opportunities to students.

"This club is perfect for students who love to expand their horizons and go above and beyond a normal classroom setting.  The students are provided with the opportunity to develop leadership, growth, and team building by actively getting involved in the learning experience."

The Club has gone canoeing three times and Anderson says he plans to introduce students to more of the local area outdoor opportunities, along with trying to organize one trip/service learning experience a month that will take place on the weekends during the school year, and one long trip in the summer. Various activities will include camping, backpacking, canoe/kayaking, fishing, skiing, survival skills, and more.

The Outdoor Adventures Club is not a school-sponsored activity. It's open to any student regardless of their socioeconomic background, however, Anderson says many students have signed up, but don't have either the financial means or equipment to participate BPS Altoona recently donated items to help the Club and Anderson continues to look for ways to help more students be involved, and get INTRODUCED t,o the great outdoors through the Grinnell High School Outdoor Adventure Club!
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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Slow Cooker Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

Time to break out the slow cooker and get down to some serious experimenting! Found this recipe online from Taste of Home. Honestly, there are many desserts that can be made in the slow cooker, which never goes wrong in my house!

That's a strawberry sauce on it in the picture. Chocolate and strawberries...ALWAYS a winning combination!

Slow Cooker Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

    Nonstick cooking spray
    3 cups whole milk
    1 cup sugar (I used fake sugar)
    1/4 cup butter
    1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
    2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 tablespoon vanilla
    4 eggs, lightly beaten
    6 cups dry 3/4-inch Italian bread cubes* (If you want to make this NOW and don't have dried cubes laying around, see the tip below!)   

Strawberry Sauce

1 16 - ounce container frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, thawed (I used one bag of frozen strawberries, which created their own syrup.)
1/3 cup strawberry preserves

Directions

    Lightly coat the inside of a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Set cooker aside.
    In a medium saucepan, heat milk, sugar and butter over medium heat until very warm but not boiling, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Add chocolate pieces and cocoa powder (do not stir); let stand for 5 minutes. Add vanilla. Whisk until smooth; cool slightly (about 10 minutes).
    In a very large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and chocolate mixture. Gently stir in bread cubes. Transfer bread mixture to prepared cooker.
    Cover and cook on low-heat setting about 2 1/2 hours or until mixture is puffed and seems set when gently shaken. Turn off cooker. If possible, remove crockery liner from cooker and place on wire rack. Cool, uncovered, for 30 minutes (pudding will fall slightly as it cools).
    Meanwhile, make the strawberry sauce. In a blender or food processor, puree strawberries with their syrup and the strawberry preserves until smooth. Cover; refrigerate until serving.
    To serve, spoon warm pudding into dessert dishes and serve with the strawberry sauce.

*Tip

    *To make dried bread cubes, cut a soft supermarket Italian bread loaf (not crusty) into 3/4-inch cubes to make 6 cups (you will need about 9 ounces of bread). Spread bread cubes evenly in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 300 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until cubes are dry, stirring twice. Cool.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Pumpkins and MudbuMs!

Halloween Event at Bass Pro Shops Altoona

This weekend is jam-packed with activities - there's no reason for anyone to say,
"I'm bored!"

Halloween Activities!

October 24-Oct. 31

Our annual Halloween Event begins Friday evening at 5 p.m.! Free 4x6 photos and crafts every day, plus extra activities on the weekend. Then Friday, Oct. 31, there is extra-special fun with trick-or-treating! 

 

Meet the MudbuM Boys!

Saturday, October 25, Noon-4 p.m.!

They "fish for the fish that eat the fish you fish for!"

The MudbuM Boys will be on hand to visit with fans, show off their new  ‪#‎GatorTrax‬ Boats (we are the ONLY Iowa dealer!), demonstrating their new, streamline ditty pole system, giving autographs and promoting their new show! The MudbuM Boys   have been picked up by The Pursuit Channel with their show starting in December...their good, ol' Iowa guys, so come on out and show your support for these local fishermen/hunters who "fish for the fish that eat the fish you fish for!" Join us in front of the store - free sliders and hotdogs from Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill, too!

Also, in the store this weekend:

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Vote for your favorite carved pumpkin back in the Fly Shop! Customers should drop off their carved pumpkins on Thursday or Friday during store hours...voting by customers on Saturday and Sunday! Winners announced on Monday!

Iowa VFW - Representatives from the VFW will be on hand to visit with customers about membership.

Pheasants Forever - Oct. 25 - Representatives will be on hand selling raffle tickets for their banquet.


 

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Gorilla Bread

Another fun recipe for National Bake and Decorate Month! From our cashier Dianna and her daughter, country music's Sarah Darling, it's Gorilla Bread. We all know Monkey Bread, right? Just think bigger and better!

Gorilla Bread

1/2 C sugar
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 C butter
1 C firmly packed brown sugar
1 8 ox package cream cheese
2 cans refrigerator biscuits
1 1/2 C chopped walnuts

Preheat over to 375. Stir together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. Melt butter in a small pan over low heat. Add brown sugar, and cook , stirring constantly, 4 to 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. Set aside.

Cut cream cheese evenly into 20 cubes. Flatten the biscuits into 1/2" thick rounds. Sprinkle each biscuit with 1/2 twp. cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place a cream cheese cube in  center of each biscuit. Wrap and seal biscuit dough around cream cheese.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup walnuts in the bottom of a lightly greased Bundt® pan. Arrange half of the prepared biscuits over nuts. Sprinkle with half of remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Spoon half of melted butter mixture over biscuits, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup walnuts. Repeat layers with remaining biscuits, cinnamon-sugar mixture, melted butter mixture, and walnuts.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Remove to wire rack and cool 5 minutes. Invert onto serving plate and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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