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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Halloween Fun @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

Free Halloween Fun is BACK



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Product Spotlight - LED Glow Stick

Dorcy LED Glow SticksOctober is Halloween Safety month, since we'll have lots of ghosts and goblins running around at the end of the month. While you're getting the costumes for the kiddos ready, here's a new little gadget that we think will come in particularly handy when making those evening trick-or-treating rounds.

The LED Glow Stick from Dorcy comes in four colors and is PERFECT for keeping your little trick-or-treaters visible on a dark October night!  Orange for a festive Halloween look, and green, blue or purple to complement any princess, super hero or ninja turtle costume!

With 200 hours of run time and a lanyard, this LED provides a fun, but safe way to light up the walk this Halloween! Find it in our Camping Department!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Crappie Red Pepper Pasta

Our Parmesan-Crusted Crappie, Crappie Cakes, and Crappie Chowder recipes have been HUGE hits on our Pinterest page and from previous blogs. So, it was time to find a new recipe to share with you all. My husband came home with a fresh mess and we had all the ingredients for a recipe I had kept my eye on for a while, so it was time to make it! This recipe was in the May 2012 issue of Crappie Now magazine and I made some minor changes to it, which are noted. 

This was designed for an 8x8 baking dish, but we're eaters, so I used a 13x9 glass dish. Since we had fresh fish and they were slabbers, I used good-sized fillets and two smaller pieces to fill in between.

Crappie Red Pepper Pasta

4 fresh crappie fillets (I used 6 big and 2 small)
2 T. butter or margarine
2 T. plain flour
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth (I used chicken STOCK...more flavor)
½ cup Half & Half cream (I used heavy whipping cream)
1 large sweet red pepper
½ large mild onion, diced
½ of a 13-oz. box of thin spaghetti (I used about 3/4 of a 16 oz box of spaghetti)
½ cup Parmesan cheese (I used Italian Blend shredded cheese - more flavors)

Wash, drain, and pat dry the fish fillets; then salt on both sides. Lightly coat baking dish with non-stick spray. (I used butter).

Cut 4 strips from the sweet red pepper and reserve for garnish; then dice the remaining sweet red pepper.

In a large skillet on medium heat, melt the butter and slowly stir in the flour; then slowly stir in the chicken stock until mixture is smooth. Continue to stir and cook the sauce until it has thickened. Add the cream and blend. Add the sweet red pepper and onion and cook for about 1 minute. Set aside.

Break the dry pasta into thirds and cook by package directions until just tender or
al dente. (I did 7 minutes)

Drain immediately and stir the hot pasta into the sauce.

Pour ½ of the sauce-coated pasta into the prepared baking dish. Place the fish fillets on top of the pasta.

Pour the remaining sauce-coated pasta on top of the fish fillets. Sprinkle with the Italian Blend shredded cheese. I also sprinkled some pepper blend seasoning, a bit of garlic powder, and some oregano on the fillets. Garnish with the four sweet red pepper strips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Flannel - A Tradition, Not a Fad

Flannel - the mere word brings warmth to your soul. Flannel lives on and we felt it was time to celebrate the good feeling it brings, and has brought, for centuries.

#flannelfest

Flannel Fest

October 20-November 9

Bass Pro Shops celebrates the warmth of the season with Flannel Fest! Flannel keeps you warm on that outside job, during a cold winter's night, at those frosty football games, and while lounging around the house.

Flannel sheets, flannel-lined slippers, flannel-lined sleeping bags, flannel-lined jeans, flannel-lined work pants...flannel dates back to the 17th century in the Scottish Highlands. Often people confuse any plaid or tartan shirts as being flannel, but flannel refers to the material, not the pattern. Originally made from carded or worsted wool, flannel is now typically made from either wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers.

Flannel is functional, but also comfortable and durable. It is the symbol of lumberjacks and other fine, hardworking people who brave the outdoor elements to earn a living, and has been a staple of sportsmen and women for years. While the Grunge look of the 80s still lives in the minds of some, flannel actually can look very nice and clean. Flannel was used to dress the military in the Civil War, WWI and WWII. In the 1950s, flannel became a staple of business wear in gray flannel slacks and wool flannel suits of many colors for women. Some of my favorite business attire in past positions has been gray wool flannel pants or the wool flannel business jackets and suits. Nothing classier or more professional looking.

Fashion fads come and go. Flannel has never left.

Show us your favorite flannel @ #flannelfest!

Join us on Friday, October 24, for Flannel Friday! Starting at 11 a.m., the first 100 customers through our doors receive a Fall Flannel Fest car coaster!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

It's a good weekend for thinking about staying warm and we can help you out!  For one thing, we have RedHead lifetime socks on sale through Sunday!

Try Before You Buy

Our Gifts Department will be serving up some samples to warm your tummy!

Saturday, October 18

It's National Chili Month so sample our Uncle Buck's brand Two-Step Black Bean Chili! Noon-4 p.m. or while supplies last.

Sunday, October 19

Try some a sample of Bob Timberlake BBQ sauces over beef chuck roast! Noon-4 p.m. or while supplies last!

Boy Scouts are on site selling popcorn to help support their activities.

Saturday - It's Pack 237

Sunday - It's Troop 222 from Martensdale

The scouts are usually here from about 10 a.m. - mid afternoon.

Coming up?

Flannel Fest!

Then, hold on to your plaids, it's FLANNEL FEST! October 20-November 9, Bass Pro Shops celebrates all things flannel! You know we're the BEST place to buy flannel, whether RedHead, Ascend, Bob Timberlake, Columbia, Carhartt, or others!  #FlannelFest

Friday, October 24 - Flannel Friday! The first 100 customers receive a FREE Fall Flannel Fest Car Coaster! These very cool coasters go in your car's cup holder and soak up minor spills and condensation.

 

Halloween arrives October 24-31! Stay tuned!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Grandma's Pumpkin Bars

Bass Pro Shops Altoona has a connection to country music singer, and Rising Star contestant, Sarah Darling - her mom works here! One day she brought in the recipe for her mother's (Sarah's grandmothers) pumpkin bars. Since it's October, pumpkin time AND National essert Month, we thought Sarah Darling's Grandma Alice's Pumpkin Bars would be a great way to celebrate!

Grandma Alice's Pumpkin Bars

4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 C sugar
1 C vegetable oil
2 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 can (16 oz) pumpkin
1 C chopped walnuts or pecans
 

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12 x 18" baking or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil ( could you use parchment paper, too?). Grease lightly and set aside. 

Whisk together the eggs, sugar, and oil in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and the next five ingredients. Add flour mixture to the egg mixture, stirring well. Stir pumpkin into the batter, fold in nuts (optional), and pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. Lift bars from pan by grabbing edges of foil and transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely and top with Cream Cheese frosting (see recipe below).

Makes three dozen bars, but you can cut them smaller for more, if needed.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz cream cheese, softened
6 Tbsp butter or margarine, softened
2 C powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp milk

Combine cream cheese, butter and beat on medium with an electric mixer until creamy. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and milk, and beat until spreading it's spreadable.

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What Meat from What Deer?

Those who hunt to fill the freezer know the extensive amount of foodie goodness that can come from processing a deer. Backstraps and loins, roasts, burger, Italian sausage, summer sausage, brats, hot dogs, jerky, deer sticks, and more! Canned, frozen, dried, smoked...you name it. If you can make it with pork or beef, you can make it with venison!

Darrel Goering from the Milo Locker Service says the key to having good meat for your family table is to get it cleaned and cooled immediately, always handling it properly. He says you also need to consider what kind of deer you have harvested. He explains in this brief YouTube video:

Goering says one or two days is typically plenty of time for hanging your deer. Since it's perishable food, the temperature needs to be 40 degrees or below, and you need to get the hide off, meat cleaned and cooled down as quickly as possible. He says hanging your deer meat for two weeks is not a good plan.

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People Get Ready - Cold is Coming

Flannel Sheets Bass Pro Shops Altoona

At the store we're focusing on cold weather items in our aisles, and, based on the forecast, it's not too soon! 
Time to prepare for frosty days and nights! My top warm weather picks for 2014 are:

Flannel Sheets

There are two debates my husband and I are always guaranteed to have...when to put flannel sheets on and when to take them off!  We have some new flannels this year, including the woodsy and adorable Northern Exposure theme...bear, moose, and fish marching and floating among pine trees!Flannel Sheets - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

The flannels also come in the hot-colored Realtree APC Fuschia, Mossy Oak Break-up Flannel, and a classy and subdued Browning Buckmark Plaid.

Blankets:
In our five years here, I have witnessed the enormous popularity of the blankets we sell this time of year. From the higher end Bob Timberlake faux fur throws, to the raschel throw blanket, to the 2-1- wraps and the smaller fleece throws (which are also great for dog blankets, too, by the way!), there is a size and style for everyone. People start asking for these in August and we sell out of them quickly. New styles this year include the Pink Buckmark Throw...I bet this one will be gone quickly!

RedHead Socks

Last, but certainly not least, are RedHead Lifetime socks. My feet don't get cold..it's that simple. I wear mine as slippers around the house. My husband wears them when hunting and he appreciates their warmth and moisture wicking ability. It's not a lifetime guarantee because they won't wear out...it's a lifetime replacement guarantee. As soon as they get a hole or wear down, bring them to ANY Bass Pro and exchange them for a new pair. No RedHead Men's Lifetime All-Purpose Socksquestions asked. No receipt needed. Not a joke. Buy one pair and have socks for a lifetime!

The best part? The $9.99 RedHead Men's All-Purpose socks are on sale for $5 a pair starting October 6 through October 19, while supplies last. THE FIRST TIME EVER at this price!  Limit four per person and they're MADE IN THE USA. The sale is in-store only, so come on in, get 'em while we've got 'em and make your feet very happy.

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Proper Hanging of Your Harvested Deer

Hunting season is under way and that means venison to process! Darrell Goering from the Milo Locker, in Milo, Iowa, says the first step in processing your venison goes back to before the hunt.

Practice with your hunting gear, so you can make sure you have a good, clean kill. Next, handle the deer properly, get it eviscerated and clean out the cavity right away. Then have a good plan for hanging the meat.

In this brief YouTube clip, Goering answers the question he hears most often - "How long do I hang my meat?" The answer, he says, depends on your facilities and ambient temperatures.

Georing stresses the rinsing and cleaning out the cavity and getting the meat chilled down as fast as possible is of the utmost importance. If the temperature isn't below 40 degrees, pack the cavity with ice to help cool it down.

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Microwave Carmel Corn

October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month! Carmel corn is a favorite for many.Microwave Carmel Corn
To me, it's okay, but it always seems like more work than I want to do. However, a friend of mine told me about Microwave Carmel Corn. It's not outdoors, I know, but how easy it is to make it and EAT IT outdoors! A camping or fire pit treat! We found this recipe in a recent issue of Iowa Farmer Today. It' pretty similar to others out there. Enjoy!

Microwave Carmel Corn

1 C brown sugar
1/2 C butter
1/4 C corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3-5 qts (approximately 12-20 cups) popped corn

In a 2 qt casserole, combine sugar, butter, syrup an salt. Microwave on high 2 minutes, then stir and cook another 2 minutes.

Remove from microwave and mix in the baking soda.

Pour syrup mixture in a large bowl, mixing well.

Cook popcorn in the microwave for one minute, take out and stir, repeat for 3 more minutes.

Pour the popcorn onto a greased baking baking sheet and break up as needed. Store in an air-tight container.
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Ten Hunting Tips from our Team

We asked some of our Bass Pro Shops Altoona team members for some hunting tips. No matter what, no matter where, here are some never-fail tips they'd like to share. Maybe it's something YOU'VE never thought of - here we go:

10.  I always take a spare bow release with me when bow hunting. Lose one going into the stand and you'll soon know why!

 9.   While getting ready for the season, try and practice shooting your bow/gun Deer in Woodsin the same gear in which you'll be hunting. The more realistic the practice the more confident you'll be in your shots.

 8.  Aim small, miss small. Aim big, miss big. In other words, pick a small aiming point. You may miss the small point, but more than likely still make a very accurate shot. If you aim at a big target, such as the entire deer, you may miss the entire deer!

 7.  Keep it in perspective. In the grand scheme of life, hunting is a great activity, but does not need to consume you.

 6.  Washing clothing in scent free detergents.

 5.  Store all clothing in air tight bags or totes to keep foreign odors off of them.

 4.  Dress in the field to ensure you don’t pick up any odors on the way to your spot. Sometimes hunters are tempted to stop at the gas station to get a coffee early in the morning. Likewise, remember this may mean that you are getting dressed in freezing temps!

(These next two are somewhat redundant, but that's simply how important they are!) HSS Patriot Reversible Safety Harness Vest

 3.  Safety first. Remember those whom you love who are expecting you to come home after the hunt!

 2.  Safety is #1 for me and anyone that hunts with us. We always wear our safety harness' (especially while hanging stands) and during gun season blaze orange is a must! Coming home safely to my family is my #1 priority.

 1.  HAVE FUN! Take someone with you and enjoy God’s great outdoors together!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Braised Chicken w/Butternut Squash

Braised Chicken w/Butternut SquashWe have butternut squash from our garden, so I was looking for different ways to use it besides soup. I jumped on this recipe from Martha Stewart because it had all my favorites: Chicken, squash, dried cranberries, and red onion. Strange sounding combination, but it works. It's pretty easy to make; the hardest part is peeling the squash, which you simply do with a vegetable peeler. Plus, it's National Chicken Month, so what a great way to celebrate!

Change-ups: I used a whole butternut squash instead of half. Next time, I'll follow instructions and just use half. (Or maybe I'll use acorn!) I think it did make a difference in the consistency. I also didn't split the leg quarters, which didn't matter, and, of course, I threw in a dash of my favorite smoked paprika.

Braised Chicken with Butternut Squash

    1/2 large butternut squash (1 1/2 pounds), peeled, halved, and seeded
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    4 chicken leg quarters (2 1/2 pounds total), split into drumsticks and thighs
    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    1 red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
    4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons ground coriander
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    1/2 cup dried cranberries

Cut the squaButternut Squashsh into 1-inch pieces and set aside.

In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper and, in two batches, cook, skin side down, until skin is golden and crisp, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer chicken to a plate; pour off fat from pot.

Briased Chicken w/Butternut Squash

 

Add 1 tablespoon oil, reserved squash, and onion to pot and cook until vegetables are beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add sage, flour, coriander, and nutmeg and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add broth and cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon, 1 minute.

Nestle chicken, skin side up, in squash mixture, add cranberries, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer until chicken is cooked through and squash is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

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Photos in the Field

When my husband harvested his first turkey, it was a big deal. Although he has hunted for MANY years for all types of game, he had never called in a turkey. The occasion merited a photograph and when he arrived home we posed him with the bird nicely displayed. However, this was only after I took a photo of his friend with his turkey and completely cut off the turkey's head and most of the body. Lesson learned.

We've all viewed photos of outdoorsmen and women with their wild game and fish. Maybe YOU'VE been the lucky person who got that buck or caught that big bass. It's a proud moment for any hunter or angler at any age and deserves to be remembered.

We're going to share some basics with you for taking good photos in the field. Our General Manager Jason Truman and I both enjoy photography, and have these tips to remember when you want to capture the moment.

1.  As the photographer, pay attention to your background. It’s always disappointing to have that tree “growing" out of your subject's head and getting more attention than the animal! Let your background set the scene. Having your blind or stand in the picture helps tell the story. Wooded backgrounds, fences, fields, and other natural formations make for great photo ambiance. Move away from the dirty pickup and bring nature into the photo. Remember, you can always move around to avoid something you don’t want in your picture. As far as photos go, anything outside the frame just doesn’t exist.

2. Use your light source correctly. If the sun is still up in your picture, try to get it behind the camera, not behind the subject. The sun behind the subject creates dark, and sometimes unrecognizable, faces and tough shadows. Avoid shooting into the sun. That being said, pay attention to the photographer casting a shadow on the subject or simply anywhere in the photo. This may mean stepping farther away.

3. Whether you are using your phone or a regular camera, turn your flash ON!  If it’s already sunny, it will take away some harsh shadows and, if it’s dark, well, this is called a “fill flash” and some cameras have a setting for it. If yours doesn’t, just turn it from auto to ON. Do this while you are setting up for the hunt, otherwise you may just forget in all the excitement.

4. Use a low angle. Squat or kneel down and get eye level with the subject. This makes a better photo, and also allows your flash to get under the brim of the hat that so many hunters wear, so you can better see the face. In fact, if they can take their hat off, without too much bad hair or if it's not too cold, then have them do so.

5.  Get some depth in your picture. Everyone knows that when you take a picture of a fish you caught, you hold it just a bit further toward the camera than maybe you should, because it makes it look bigger. The same goes with big game or birds.  Position the trophy so that the head, rack, fan, etc., is flowing toward the camera. Your whitetail doesn’t have to be at a 90 degree angle to the camera. Put a bit of an angle to it with the head forward. When you kneel down behind it, the rack will look that much larger because it’s closer to the camera. Be careful though. Don't make the angle so exaggerated that the beauty of the animal is lost in a glaring "that's photoshopped" look.

6. If you want to include your gun in the photo, make sure it’s properly placed and represented in a safe manner. In fact, UNLOAD YOUR GUN after you take your prize. All guns should always be treated like they’re loaded and that includes in pictures. Lay the gun across the front on the ground pointing away from the camera or across the body, pointing away from the subjects and camera.

We'll stay out of the whole "to smile or not to smile" debate. Do what YOU want to do, be proud, and relish the moment as you see fit.

Just don't cut off the turkey's head.

Night time shot

Night time shots can be tricky!  

    

 

 

 

 

Sidney fishingThat first big bass is a great photo opp, and on the water makes a great backdrop!

 

 

John adn turkeyGet on eye level and keep the game as the focus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Fall Fishing Event

The weather is changing and so is the fishing! Are you ready?  Join us for our Fall Fishing Event!

Fall Fishing Event

Plus celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day all weekend with a Beginning Fishing for Kids workshop and crafts!

National Hunting and Fishing Day

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28:

Beginning Fishing for Kids Workshop Noon – 1pm

Kids learn the basics to get started fishing, including hands-on casting instruction! Kids who complete the class will receive a fishing certificate along with a folding fishing hat!

Free Craft - Color Your Own Mini Tackle Box 1-3pm


Then we have these great seminars for the big fishermen and women!


Saturday, Sept. 27

1pm- Where did the Fish Go? Expert advice on following fall fish movements.

2pm- Which Fishing Rod and Reel? Our fishing experts help you select the rod and reel that work best for various fishing situations.

3pm- Local Fishing Areas  Learn the hot spots for area fishing opportunities.

 

Sunday, Sept. 28

1pm- Fall Fishing Tackle Box  Learn the key baits and presentations for fall fishing.

2pm- Fall Weather Transition & How it Affects Fishing  Learn how the fall weather changes affect water and fishing conditions.

3pm- Preparing Your Boat  Our experts show you ways to be more productive on the water by setting up your boat correctly.

A free collapsible water bottle for the first 25 customers to attend the 2 p.m. seminars each day!

 

Also, in the store this weekend:

These Boy Scouts will be at the store selling popcorn!

Saturday, Sept. 27 - Pack 62 from Johnston
Sunday, Sept. 28 - Troop 182 from Ankeny

Legal Heat Concealed Carry Classes - Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 - 5 p.m. This one class qualifies you to obtain the Iowa, Utah and Arizona concealed firearm permits.This powerful combo of permits will allow you to carry in 36 different states. The course will emphasize state and federal laws. Students can expect to learn more about firearm laws and self-defense laws during this short 3.5 hour class than most will learn in a lifetime. Register online at www.mylegalheat.com.

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Beginning Archery for Ladies, Part 3 - Shooting Accessories

Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Beginning Archery for Ladiesby Alicia Bricker
Gun Vault Specialist
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You have the bow and you know the stance. Now, let's look at those accessories mentioned in Part 2, that will assist you in shooting your bow:

Arm Guards

An arm guard slips onto the forearm of the arm that is holding the bow. YoNeet Arm Guardu will have the straps on the top of your arm with the solid part on the inside. This helps protect you from the string slapping your arm. Believe me, it hurts and can leave a nice bruise or welt if it gets you just right! An arm guard can also be used to hold heavier weight clothing out of the way of your string. It is an item some shooters find useful, but not a necessary one. They are also available in different styles and sizes.

Finger Tabs

Finger tabs are a useful tool for an archer to use to pull their string back with their fingers instead of a release. After a while,Beginning Archery for Ladies, Part 3 - Accessories your fingers will start to hurt and may even blister or callous. Finger tabs can be used to protect them. This photo shows one type of finger tab that Bass Pro Shops has available; there are other styles and material available as well. This particular one straps around your wrist and over your three middle fingers that you use for shooting. For finger shooting, you can either hold one finger above the nock of your arrow on the string and two below or two fingers below the nock and none above. When you are shooting this way, you need to make sure to release all of your fingers at the same time to keep accurate.

Release

Most archers use releases for shooting. They help improve accuracy, since there is only one point holding the string. Scott Fox ReleaseIt releases when you pull the trigger, so there is no inconsistency from your fingers snagging or not all letting go at the same time. If you are hunting with your bow, I definitely recommend using a release for shooting. There are many different styles and colors. A release straps around your wrist and extends out to attach to the string or the D-loop that you may have added. There are some releases that you hold in your grip, instead of strapping around your wrist, but I prefer the type that strap around the wrist. Try several out before making a decision on which feels the most comfortable for you. Many of them are adjustable as well. You want the rod of it to extend out, so your index finger can easily press the trigger when you have your bow drawn. You don’t want to have to overextend to make it reach. Some things to look for, when selecting a release, are:

  • Does it fit your hand size - You don't want it too small or too long. Try attaching it to a string and pulling on it. Put some weight on it and see how your hand will sit, once you have drawn back your bow with it.
  • You will want it tight enough on your wrist, so that it doesn’t slip off when you draw your bow, but not so tight that it hurts.
  • If you get one with leather straps around your wrist, you will need to break it in to make it comfortable when you are shooting.
  • Check to make sure the trigger lands where you need it when you are shooting. Some archers only use the strap holding the release to their wrists to draw back their bows when using a release and keep their hands off of it completely. Others will grip the bar of the release when pulling it back. However you decide to do it, just make sure that your hand is nowhere near the trigger until you are ready to fire the arrow. I personally hold the bar to draw it back, while I am drawing, but once I am at full draw I release my grip completely until I am ready to fire. Make sure when you attach the release to the string that the trigger is facing away from your face, so that you can easily pull the trigger when you are ready to fire.

There's still plenty of time to get started with bow hunting! Hopefully, this three-part Beginning Archery for Ladies series has give you the encouragement and spark to get out and try it!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Slow Cooker Venison Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

It's fall! Cool weather, football, fall camping, fire pits...you need slow cooker dips for munching! Here is one to warm up your Elite Slow cooker at Bass Pro Shopstaste buds.

 

Venison Bacon Cheeseburger Dip - Party Size

2 lb ground venison

16 oz package of cream cheese, cubed

4 C shredded cheddar cheese

2 - 10 oz cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles - DO NOT DRAIN!

2- 6 oz packages of real bacon bits, divided...or fry up a package and use the REAL real thing!

 

Directions

Brown the venison. Place in a slow cooker. Add the cheese, tomatoes, and bacon bits (leave a few bacon bits for garnish when serving.) Stir together as best possible. Cover and cook for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally as it melts. Sprinkle with remaining bacon bits before serving with your favorite scoops and dippers!

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Product Spotlight - Celestron Elements FireCel

Celestron FireCelCooler weather is here and that means looking for ways to provide warmth, power, and light for those fall outdoor activities, like football games, fall fishing, hunting, hiking, or just walking the dog on those frosty mornings! Here is a new, three-in-one product that we are already selling quickly!

The Celestron FireCel is three tools in one - Power Pack/Flashlight/Hand Warmer.

1. Hand warmer - An aluminum heating element is compact and would be perfect in the front pocket of a hoodie during football games! The dual temperature warmer provides scent-free heat, so it's good for the field, too. Celestron FireCel USB port

2. Power Pack - The USB rechargeable Power Pack includes a USB port and cable for charging iPhones, iPads, Smartphones, and most other USB-charged devices.

3.  Flashlight - The high intensity red and white LEDs have five modes. They provide just the right amount of light for camp or for heading into your hunting spot without spooking the game.

So, if you're looking for something that's reusable, compact, and fits easily in your pocket or pack, stop in the Camo Department and check them out or find them online!

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Fall Fishing Event 2014

Are you ready for the changing fishing conditions? Join Bass Pro Shops Altoona for our 2014 Fall Fishing Event free seminars from our local experts, plus share the love of fishing with your kids as we celebrate National Fishing and Hunting Day!

Fall Fishing Event

Noon - 4 p.m.

Beginning Fishing for Kids Workshop   Noon – 1pm

Kids learn the basics to get started fishing. This class will include hands-on casting instructions.  Kids who complete the class will receive a fishing certificate along with a folding fishing hat!

Free Craft - Color Your Own Mini Tackle Box 1-3pm

 

Free Seminars

A free collapsible water bottle for the first 25 customers to attend the 2 p.m. seminars each day!

Saturday, Sept 27

1pm- Where did the fish go? Expert advice on following fall fish movements

2pm- Which fishing rod and reel? Experts will help you select the rod and reel that works best for various fishing situations.

3pm- Local Fishing Areas - Local fishing experts will explain area fishing opportunities

Sunday, Sept 28

1pm- Fall Fishing Tackle Box - Learn the key baits and presentations for fall fishing
2pm- Fall Weather Transition & How it Affects Fishing - Learn how the fall weather changes affect water and fishing conditions
3pm- Preparing Your Boat - Our experts will show you ways to be more productive on the water by setting up your boat correctly.

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