This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Bacon Ketchup!

There's always SOMETHING going on at our store on the weekend! While some weekends are a little quieter, like this one, that just means we're gearing up for another event down the road!Captain Thom's Slappin' Fat Bacon Ketchup

Saturday, August 23 - Try Before you Buy!

Our Gifts Department is offering up hush puppy samples made from  Uncle Buck’s Hush Puppy mix...plus dip them in Captain Thom’s Slappin’ Fat Bacon Ketchup...YUM!  Everything tastes better with bacon in it!  Grab a hush puppy and dip it by the Sunglasses Counter between Noon & 4 p.m. 

Sunday, August 24 - Legal Heat Class

10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the White River Fly Shop.Lega Heat

One class qualifies you to apply for permits in Iowa, Utah, and Arizona, expanding the states you can carry in to 36. Taught by nationally known Legal Heat, the class is about four hours long and only $75. Please register ahead of time at www.mylegalheat.com.

Coming Up?

Labor Day Hometown Festival!It's a Hometown Festival for Labor Day! Two days of fun events for kids, plus free hot dogs and ice cream samples. Check out our Facebook page and store page at www.basspro.com for details!

Saturday, August 30

We save two hourHometown Heroes Day!s JUST for our Hometown Heroes! A special two hours of drawings just for veterans, members of the armed forces and military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics, and teachers! Hourly drawings:


2 p.m. - $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card
3 p.m. - Maui Jim sunglasses - $250 value
4 p.m. - YETI cooler - $300 value!
Must show your respective ID to register for prizes. Fish fry samples, also!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer/Product Spotlight - Uncle Buck's BBQ Rub 3-Pack

Uncle Buck's BBQ Rub 3-Pack - Bass Pro ShopsWe're bringing you the best of both blog worlds today! New this year at Bass Pro Shops is the Uncle Buck's BBQ Rub 3-Pack. Three different seasoning rubs in one package - one for brisket, one for chicken and one for pork. As a fan of outdoor cooking, I decided to try at least two and give them a big thumbs up.

I used the chicken rub on a whole bird on the gas grill rotisserie. I am the person who typically doesn't buy pre-mixed rubs; I createRotisserie Chicken with Uncle Buck's Chicken Rub my own, have my standard "go-to" ingredients, and often throw in a few surprises. However, I decided to give these a whirl and must say it was really good. What I liked best is that I didn't have to use a large amount and still enjoyed great flavor. Another positive is that it's not overly salty, which is another pet peeve of mine. But, it has nice hints of celery, garlic and black pepper, which I love!  Since the rotisserie chicken, we've also used it on split chicken breasts cooked low and slow on the grill, and I plan to use it on the smoker next. I'm not a big fan of sweet rubs - while it's advertised as such, I didn't sense the sweetness.

The pork rub was used for smoking a pork roast. Its paprika, brown sugar, salt, and chili powder Snoked Pork Roastblend was not too overbearing. Those who don't like spicy should find it to be just right. In fact, even my "secret ingredient" liquid that I add while smoking, didn't hamper the flavor of the rub. Once again, it was not too salty - another plus!

The handy shaker bottles come in three slightly varying sizes - 6.2 oz. for the brisket, 5.7 oz. for the chicken, and 5.1 oz. for the pork seasoning.

We don't cook brisket a lot, so testing that one may have to wait a while, but I'm confident it will be just as good!

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Tree Stand Safety

Tree Stand SafetyAugust is Tree Stand Safety Awareness month. According to the National Bowhunter Education Foundation's PROJECT STAND, national studies indicate that 10-30% of hunters who hunt from tree stands will have an incident sometime in their hunting career...one out of two stand users do not use any form of safety device.

The TMA has some great safety tips on their web site, plus here are some additional tips from Bass Pro Shops 1Source. For a quick refresher on Tree Stand Safety Tips

Maria Young from Dressed to Kill TV is an avid hunter and adamant about safety! From how she steps on the rungs, to how she moves, and having that life line always on, she knows that safety is paramount. The hunter needs to have a constant awareness of what is going on. Hear more from Maria in this brief YouTube video:

Make sure to check with your state department of natural resources or similar agency regarding Hunter Education courses and licensing. For more information on tree stand safety, visit the Tree Stand Manufacturers Association.

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Why Should Women Hunt?

The number of women taking up hunting is growing. Healthy, sustainable food sources (you know where it came from!), exercise, conservation, simply the challenge...all are reasons that more women are learning to hunt and especially bow hunting, with its added challenge and the submersion into nature that it demands.

Maria Young is from southern Iowa and a member of the Dressed to Kill TV Pro Staff. She recently spoke at a Women in Hunting workshop at Bass Pro Shops Altoona. She appreciates the world of nature that takes place around her when she's hunting and her enthusiasm for hunting is contagious.

When asked why women should hunt, Young notes right away that "it's not a man's world," it's fun, and ANY woman can do it. However, in this brief YouTube clip, she also adds there are a two other reasons that are especially important for women who are also moms:

For more information on how to get started in bow hunting, visit this post from our own Hunting Associate Alicia Bricker, or stop in at your local Bass Pro Shop!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Local Hunting Tips and Seminars

Our Fall Hunting Classic wraps up this weekend with seminars from our local experts and hunting team. The first 25 people (18 or older) who attend the seminars on Friday and Saturday receive a Fall Hunting Classic tumbler!  The first 25 Sunday seminar attendees (18 or older) receive a free safety whistle. All seminars take place Fall Hunting Classic - Bass Pro Shops Altoonaback by the Hunting Department.

 

Friday, August 15

Fall Hunting Classic Seminar

  • 7:00 pm. - So You Think You Know How to Bow Hunt - Led by Hunting Lead and bow hunter Nick Aldrich.

Saturday, August 16 and Sunday August 17

  • Fall Hunting Classic Seminars
    • 1:00pm – Autumn Hunt: New Approaches to Fall Success - Find out what's new this year from our Hunting Lead Nick Aldrich.
    • 2:00pm – Tender Venison? It’s Easier Thank You Think - Learn from the experts from the renowned Milo Locker, a favorite of Central Iowans!
    • 3:00pm – Does Camo Pattern Really Matter? With Hunting Lead Nick Aldrich
    • 4:00pm – Why You Should be Hunting Coyote - Presented by Jake Slings from the Iowa DNR
    • 5:00pm – How to Integrate Your Game Camera with Mobile Devices presented by Hunting Manager Shaun Bequeaith

 

Additional Fun This Weekend

►10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Test drive a Bad Boy Buggy! Must have driver's license and be 18 or older.

►Our Own Little State Fair Flavors

Saturday, Noon- 4 p.m. - Try a sample of our Flossie's funnel cakes!

Sunday, Noon-4 p.m. - Sample our corn dogs made with Flossie's Corn Dog Mix!

►Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - The Grill Shack is open! All proceeds go to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation!

 

COMING UP?

Labor Day Hometown Festival event the weekend of August 30-31, from Noon – 5pm - All kinds of fun activities for children and families to enjoy!!

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Developing Your Deer Dog

People kept asking - "Can you train that same dog that you've trained to shed hunt, to track wounded game, too?"

A question asked of Jeremy Moore so often that he created a simple product offshoot for his growing DogBone product line...the Game Recovery System Dog Training Kit.

Moore was at Bass Pro Shops Altoona recently for the Fall Hunting Classic "Hunting University." He says 99% of the dogs he trains now do both - shed hunting and game recovery. Moore has years of work with upland and gun dogs. He says the process uses a different scent than upland game birds, but the reward is similar.

Moore says what it boils down to is that a good game recovery dog is nothing more than an excellent problem solver. In this brief YouTube video clip, Moore explains the kit:

Moore says it's important to remember that it's the handler's responsibility to introduce and explose the dog to as many scent elements as possible, plus make sure it's incremental training...build off the last lesson.  Last, but not least, experience is the only way your dog will truly be "finished" as a game recovery dog.

Remember, using dogs to track wounded game is NOT legal in all states, so you need to check with your state natural resources agency if you are not aware of the laws.

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Shed Dog Training - Three Keys to Remember

Training dogs for shed hunting is becoming more popular each year. At the recent Fall Hunting Classic at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, Jeremy Moore from DogBone "shed" some light on the basics of getting your dog started through training.

First, the training needs to start from the moment you bring that puppy home, but working to put them in a calm state of mind. As Moore says, training a dog is nothing more than forming habits through repetition and consistency. It's much easier to train a dog from the beginning with good habits rather than try to break them of old habits...just like people!

While training should be consistent, it should also be incremental. Build off the last training that you did...a little bit at a time. You know puppies don't have a great attention span, so don't overload their little brains!

Moore says that his shed hunting system is focused on three basic steps - Getting the dog use to the shape of an antler, the smell of an antler, and the feel of an antler, which is an especially important aspect for young dogs. Find out more in this brief YouTube clip:

The DogBone Shed Antler Retrieving System includes a dummy antler and scent, along with a book the Moore wrote, outlining the three-step process. You can purchase the system at Bass Pro Shops Altoona or online at www.basspro.com.

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Blind Calling for Whitetails

At the recent Bass Pro Shops Altoona Fall Hunting Classic, Bric Steward from Drury Outdoors "Bow Madness" gave some great information about hunting mature whitetails. One technique he calls "amazing" is blind calling or growling for bucks.

Blind calling is just what it says - you're calling when there are no deer in sight. You just take a chance that some mature buck out there is itching to pick a fight, so, it's only done at certain times. Bric explains in this brief YouTube video clip!

Check out another video tip from Bric on the question - Ground Blind versus Tree Stand!

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Ground Blind versus Tree Stand?

The Fall Hunting Classic national pros always bring a wealth of information and experience! Bric Steward, from the Drury Outdoors "Bow Madness" team, led off our speakers recently, visiting with the audience about hunting mature whitetails. From decoys to calling bucks, he walked through the different keys to remember for all whitetail hunting seasons, early through late.

He says one of the best questions he had all weekend was, "What's better to hunt with...tree stand or blind?" Here's his answer in this brief YouTube clip!

Steward also talked about blind calling or using a call when he doesn't see any deer in sight. He would only do this in the pre-rut or rut, when the bucks have their mind on being the "baddest buck in the woods!"

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

Fall Hunting Classic - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

The Fall Hunting Classic continues this weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona and we have activities JUST for the kids - our Next Generation of hunters - and our new Women's Hunting workshop!

Thursday, August 7Binocular/Rangefinder trade-in

August 7 - The Binoculars & Rangefinder trade-in begins! Trade in your old binoculars or rangefinder and save up to $100 on a new one. Savings are based on the purchase price. Limit one coupon per new item. All items will be inspected to make sure they are in good working order, so we can donate them to local youth organizations.

Friday and Saturday, August 8 & 9 - Daily Specials! - Limited quantities - While Supplies Last - No rain checks!

Daily Specials August 8 - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaDaily Specials August 9 - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Saturday, August 9

  • Next Generation Kid’s Weekend
    • Inflatable BB Gun range from Noon – 5pm
    • Free Craft Noon – 4pm located outside next to the BB range weather permitting - Rain location is inside in front of the aquarium
    • Free photo download (be on the cover of Bass Pro Shops Adventure Kids magazine) from Noon – 5pm located in the Fly Shop
    • Free fox drawstring bag to the first 100 kids to complete a punch card - which is the BB gun range and the photo.

Plus these exciting new workshops!

2:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. – A workshop just for kids - Fall in the Outdoors!

Women's Hunting Workshop - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaWomen’s Hunting Workshop – SATURDAY ONLY - 3 p.m.- Join us to welcome Maria Young from Dressed to Kill TV!  Attendees can enter for a chance to win a pair of Oculus binoculars and a Redhead folding knife - two winners will be drawn.

Maria Young - Dressed to Kill TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 10

Next Generation Kid’s Weekend Fun continues!

  • Inflatable BB Gun range from Noon – 5pm
  • Free Craft Noon – 4pm located outside next to the BB range weather permitting - Rain location is inside in front of the aquarium
  • Free photo download (be on the cover of Bass Pro Shops Adventure Kids magazine) from Noon – 5pm located in the Fly Shop
  • Free fox drawstring bag to the first 100 kids to complete a punch card - which is the BB gun range and the photo.
  • 2:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. – A workshop just for kids - Fall in the Outdoors!

Try Before You Buy

Saturday, Noon-4 p.m. - Sample Uncle Buck's Batter with fried pickles
Sunday, Noon-4 p.m. - Sample Uncle Buck's Chicken Batter from Noon – 4pm

Coming Up?

The Fall Hunting Classic wraps up with one more weekend of great in-house seminars on a variety of hunting topics August 15–17. Customers who attend each seminar get a great free giveaway!

Bad Boy Buggy test drive available on August 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.!

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Product Spotlight - University of Iowa Hawkeye Apparel from Columbia

Just a couple of weeks until college football season starts and we have new attire for University of Iowa Hawkeye fans!Columbia Hawkeye outerwear

Columbia has come out with some outerwear sure to keep you toasty on those fall football Saturdays when there's just a bit of crispness in the air.

There are jackets for ladies and men. There is rainwear for both and there are fleece jackets. The yellow vest for ladies features Omni-Heat technology to keep your body even warmer...perfect layered with a heavy turtleneck and some good base layer.

All of the pieces have Iowa or Hawkeyes written across the back, so everyone will know YOU are a Hawkeye fan!

Not available online...only available at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Summertime Salsa

Had the first tomato from our garden the other night! We've had a couple of jalapenos, too. Of course, that means it's time to start making salsa...a cold salsa that's a quick fix and does NOT last long. Enjoy!

Summertime Salsa

Summertime Salsa

3 big hopped tomatoes (Celebrity work great, or five big Romas)   

Snipped fresh cilantro

1 small onion finely chopped (green onions are good, too!)

1 jalapeno seeded and cut up (be daring - use two or three!)

1 clove minced garlic

1/2 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp salt

2 Tbsp lemon or lime juice

Smoked paprika (optional)

 

Combine everything together in a mixing bowl. You can store it up to two weeks covered and refrigerated.

But, it won’t last that long.

 

 

 

 

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This Weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Hunting Classic Kicks Off!

Fall Hunting Classic Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Saturday, August 2! Fall Hunting Classic

We welcome these National Pros for our free Hunting University!

1 p.m. - Bric Steward, Drury Outdoors - "Hunting Mature Whitetails"
From Illinois and an avid whitetail and turkey hunter. Bric has been hunting since a young age and started filming his hunts in 1995.

2 p.m. - John Dudley, Host of Nock On® TV and UA® Arsenal Hunter - "Guaranteed Always Lethal"  His archery background has taken him around the world. Host of Nock On TV and the Nock On Podcast, an elite level archery coach, and an all-around ambassador for archery. His seminar last year was on target with great information for beginners and advanced.

3 p.m. - Jeremy Moore, Renowned Trainer and Developer of DogBone Training Products - "Developing Your Deer Dog." Jeremy returns to Bass Pro Shops Altoona! He'll be joined by Timber, the Headhunters dog and Tailer, the Whitetails Unlimited mascot, who will be put through a few paces as Jeremy talks about developing your deer dog for game recovery and shed hunting.

Hutning University Fall Hunting Classic BPS Altoona

 

August is Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donation month at Bass Pro Shops Altoona! Members of the Central Iowa chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will be here to visit with you about how RMEF helps not only elk but habitat and wildlife in general.

August 1-6: Bow and Crossbow Trade-in!  Trade in your old crossbow or bow and save up to $100 on a new one. Savings are based on the purchase price. Limit one coupon per new item. All bows and crossbows will be inspected to make sure they are in good working order, so we can donate them to local youth organizations.

August 1 - 10 - Digs for Dogs Silent Auction! Digs for Dogs

Put your bid in for one of these two AWESOME donated, custom-built doghouses! Bidding open until 2 pm., August 10. We have a mini-Bass Pro Shops and a beautiful barn donated by Country Landscapes in Ames, Iowa. Digs for DogsDigs for Dogs - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 3 - The Fall Hunting Classic continues with great sales, rebates, and special

 

COMING UP NEXT?

August 9 & 10 -  Next Generation weekend, with kids activities taking place from Noon – 5pm (BB gun range, craft, workshops, free photo download and giveaways!).

August 9 - Women’s hunting workshop!

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Bringing the Hunt to Life

On the Trail Tuesday - Bass Pro ShopsBy Dan Stephany, Receiving Manager

When I was a young boy, I couldn’t wait for the day that I would get to go hunting with my dad and older brother. We hunted on a large, family farm with my relatives in central Wisconsin, and deer were plentiful. I loved going to deer camp and hanging out with the "guys," especially when someone brought back a big buck to hang in the barn. I can remember being in deer camp the day my uncle shot the biggest buck any of us had ever seen, and I got to go with him to the taxidermy studio, where he was going to have it mounted.

Ever since that first encounter with my uncle’s deer, I have had a fascination with taxidermy. I love seeing how a taxidermist can seemingly bring the animal back to life. This was never more true than on a whitetail I harvested several years ago, while hunting with my dad and brother on my dad’s property in Wisconsin. At the time, it was the largest whitetail I had ever harvested and larger than anything my dad or brother had ever taken. I remember walking up on the animal with my brother and him asking me the question, “So, you gonna get it mounted?” Without much hesitation, an excited “YES!” came out.

I took it to a well-known taxidermist and picked out a pose. I was beyond excited to get it back, and when the phone call came telling me it was done, I raced over to the studio to pick it up. Seeing the detail in the eyes and face made it look alive -- it was captivating. At that moment, I began toying with the idea of taking a class and learning how to mount my own deer.

That opportunity became a reality when I was talking with one of the archery specialists here at Bass Pro Shops. It turned out that he was a taxidermist, and offered a class in his studio where I could learn how to mount a single species of my choice. After talking through the details, I signed up for his class and took the plunge. 

My first mount was going to be a deer I had harvested with a bow and was already done as a European mount. The rack could be used simply by cutting it off the skull, but I had to buy a new cape for the deer as I didn’t have the original one. The mount turned out pretty decent, with a great deal learned in the process and made a few mistakes along the way. All things considered, I was pleased with how my first attempt turned out. 

My second effort was a buck I harvested a year ago during late muzzleloader season here in Iowa. We nicknamed him "Goofy" simply because of all his missing hair, scars on his face, and the fact that only one of his tines measured more than Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Bringing the Hunt to Lifesix inches long! I knew it wouldn’t be the prettiest mount ever done, but it would be a great experience continuing to learn the art of taxidermy.

This time around was much smoother. It helps that my friend is an excellent teacher. He was patient with me as I decided on ear position, eye details and everything else that goes into making the deer come back to life the way I remembered him from the hunt. Only the finishing touches are left to make before he is ready to hang with the others on my wall.

I am by no means a professional taxidermist now. However, I can say that, with the help of my friend, I know the process of how to mount a whitetail deer. Since diving behind the scenes, and seeing what artistry goes into a mount, I am more fascinated than ever before and excited to share the knowledge with my young son Micah. I can’t wait to see what this season holds for us as we pursue some mature whitetails and hopefully add another mount to our wall.

Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Eyes set & antlers mountedGoofy right after setting the eyes and mounting the antlers to the form.

 

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Test fitting his cape to make sure everything lines up.

 

 

                                        Cape sewn on and first eye set - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Getting closer to the end! Here Goofy has the cape sewn on and the first eye set before getting tacked down and air-brushed. You can really see how beat up his cape is in this picture.

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to go home! Brining the Hunt to Life-Bass Pro Shops Altoona

 

Goofy is ready for the trip to my house. He turned out great and now hangs next to the other deer at my house.

 

 

 

Thank you to my friend Jackson Tennant, owner of Woods to Walls Taxidermy, for sharing his passion and expertise with me. This dream would not have become a reality without him.

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Product Spotlight - Save Phace Sport Utility Mask

Save Phace SUMLooking for a way to save face with some of your fall outdoor activities?

Tracker Sales Associate Scott Sickau is a firm believer in the Save Phace SUM (Sports Utility Mask). Here's his thoughts on why this is such a great product.

 

The Save Phace SUM is a very versatile mask that can be used for a wide range of outdoor activities, including boating and motorcycling, during many parts of the year. If anyone has ever been struck in the face by an insect while motorcycling, you know it can be quite painful, not to mention dangerous. Even a light rain can hurt your face when trying to get back to shore.

They come in a wide range of designs. I found the Save Phace SUM several years ago and purchased the camo version to use during the fall bow hunting season. It's especially nice to use here in the Midwest when the weather turns nasty, while in the deer stand. I have also used it while operating boats in rain storms and even while moving snows in bitterly cold temps.

  • The product is very well made and performs flawlessly time after time.
  • Lightweight
  • Rain and wind is diverted around your face.
  • The seal around the eyes is very tight and does not allow your breath to fog up the lenses, even in -30 windchills.

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Hunting University - Fall Hunting Classic

We are SO excited for this year's Hunting University as part of the 2014 Fall Hunting Classic at Bass Pro Shops Altoona! Talk about a great line-up!

Saturday, Aug. 2, join us to welcome, and learn from, these national pros!

Saturday, August 2

Bric Steward, Drury Outdoors1 p.m. - Bric Steward, Drury Outdoors - "Hunting Mature Whitetails"
From Illinois and an avid whitetail and turkey hunter. Bric has been hunting since a young age and started filming his hunts in 1995.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 p.m. - John Dudley, Host of Nock On® TV and UA® Arsenal Hunter - "GuaranteedJohn Dudley, UA Arsenal Always Lethal"  His archery background has taken him around the world. Host of Nock On TV and the Nock On Podcast, an elite level archery coach, and an all-around ambassador for archery. His seminar last year was on target with great information for beginners and advanced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Moore and Timber3 p.m. - Jeremy Moore, Renowned Trainer and Developer of DogBone Training Products - "Developing Your Deer Dog." Jeremy returns to Bass Pro Shops Altoona! He'll be joined by Timber, the Headhunters dog and Tailer, the Whitetails Unlimited mascot, who will be put through a few paces as Jeremy talks about developing your deer dog for game recovery and shed hunting.

Tailer the Whitetails Unlimited mascot

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Fall Hunting Classic

Fall Hunting Classic 2014 - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

It's the Fall Hunting Classic at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - 17 days of great sales and events to prepare you for the hunting season!  Here's the linup of Hunting Classic Events!

First Weekend - August 2 - Free Hunting Classic UniversityHunting University - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Join us for these great, nationally-recognized speakers!
1 p.m. - Bric Steward, Drury Outdoors Team, Bow Madness - "Hunting Mature Whitetails"
2 p.m. - John Dudley from the Nock On TV Show and Under Armor Arsenal Hunter - "Guaranteed to Always be Lethal"
3. - Jeremy Moore, Renowned Dog Trainer and Developer of the DogBone Training Products - "Developing Your Deer Dog."

Second Weekend - August 9 & 10 - Next Generation Weekend for Kids!

As usual, we've included a weekend JUST FOR KIDS!

Noon- 5 on Saturday and Sunday:

  • Youth Seminars - "Fall in the Outdoors" - a special workshop for just youth
  • BB Shooting range
  • Free photo download- Like you're on the cover of Adventure Kids magazine!

Noon - 5 on Saturday and Sunday Crafts Noon - 4pm - Wood fox and squirrel craft!

Free giveaway to the first 100 kids who get their cards punched each day - a Bass Pro Shops Fox Drawstring bag!

 

NEW THIS YEAR! August 9 - 3 p.m. - Women's Hunting Workshop!

Seminar attendees can register to win a pair of Oculus Binoculars or a RedHead folding knife!

 

August 15-17 - Local Pros Weekend - Free Seminars with Local Hunting Experts
Friday, August 15

7:00pm – So You Think You Know How to Bow Hunt?

Saturday, August 16

1:00pm – Autumn Hunt: New Approaches to Fall Success

2:00pm – Tender Venison? It’s Easier Than You Think

3:00pm – Does Camo Pattern Really Matter?

4:00pm – Why You Should be Hunting Coyote

5:00pm – How to Integrate Your Game Camera with Mobile Devices

Sunday, August 17

1:00pm – Autumn Hunt: New Approaches to Fall Success

2:00pm – Tender Venison? It’s Easier Than You Think

3:00pm – Does Camo Pattern Really Matter?

4:00pm – Why You Should be Hunting Coyote

5:00pm – How to Integrate Your Game Camera with Mobile Devices

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - PBR Fun for Kids!

Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27

PBR Family Fun - Noon to 4 p.m.Best Cowboy or Cowgirl contest

  • Bull Roping & Stick Bull Riding
  • Face Painting
  • Free Cactus Cowboy craft for kids!

 

SUNDAY ONLY - Best Dressed Cowboy/Cowgirl contest, judged at 3:00pm - One winner receives a $50 gift card!

 

Also Around the Store This Weekend

Sunday, July 27 - Legal Heat Concealed Carry class from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Try Before You Buy - Our Gifts Dept will be sampling Cherith Valley Roasted Red Pepper & Pineapple Chipotle Salsa on Saturday and Pickled Asparagus on Sunday, both from noon - 4 p.m.

 

WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT???Jeremy Moore and Timber

The Fall Hunting Classic kicks off on Friday, August 1! Our national pros are here on Saturday, August 2 for our Free Hunting University. Bric Steward from Drury Outdoors - "Hunting Mature Whitetails", John Dudley from Nock On TV -"Guaranteed to Always be Lethal", and Jeremy Moore, originator of the DogBone system, with his friends Tailer and Timber - Developing Your Deer Dog

Bric Steward and John Dudley

Timber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Plan a Pollinator's Dream Yard!

For a variety of reasons, butterflies and bees are both on a decline. Harsh winters, loss of habitat and food supplies from increased development means fewer migration spots for butterflies. Bees have a similar problem.  The thing is, we NEED butterflies and bees to help pollinate our plants and create fun foods like honey!

According to Monarch Watch the upper Midwest (the eastern Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and parts of Indiana) are crucial to the fall monarch hatch.

"Monarchs arriving in the southern area from Mexico (in March) lay eggs on milkweeds, and the adults that develop as a result of this reproduction move northward into the summer breeding range in May and early June. This northward moving first generation spreads out over the north from the Dakotas to the Maritime Provinces in Canada. However, it is the production of the monarchs in the center of the “corn belt” that is critical. Our tagging data over the last 20 years and an earlier study using isotopes (Hobson and Wassenaar 1998, Wassenaar, et al. 1999) have shown that most of the monarchs reaching the overwintering locations in Mexico originate from this region."

Monarch Watch figure

What can you do to help?  The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa, has started the Plant. Grow. Fly. program to help rebuild the habitat and butterfly population. You can help by creating pollinator habitats at home, school or work...and there's plenty of summer left to do it!Painted Lady

Think about it, according to the Plant. Grow. Fly information, more than one-third of our global food supply depends on butterflies and bees...pollinators.

From zinnias in a flower pot to bigger backyard areas to large parks, we can all do our part to help keep the pollinator population thriving. Milkweed is a HUGE attractant to butterflies and one of the major reasons our area is so attractive to them. It is a host plant - a place for monarchs to lay their eggs and then serve as a food source for caterpillars. Native grasses also serve well, as do Hollyhocks, Black-Eyed Susans, and Sunflowers.

The adult pollinators need nourishment. Zinnias, Bee Balm, Coneflowers and Cosmos are pretty sure to attract not only butterflies, like the Monarch, Painted Lady, and Swallowtail, but also bees, and birds!Painted Lady - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

For more information on how to get started and on the Plant. Grow. Fly. program, visit our friends at the Blank Park Zoo!

Bee Balm - Bass Pro Shops Altoona(Bee Balm)

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PBR Fun is Back at BPS Altoona!

Family PBR Activities at Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Saturday and Sunday

July 26 and 27

Noon - 4 p.m.

Free fun activities for the kids and family!

  • Stick bull riding
  • Bull roping
  • Free cactus cowboy craft!PBR Days at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

Plus a free cowboy hat light up key chain to the first 100 customers each day!

You know you're NEVER too old to get your face painted, too! Take it from this family - last year they ALL did it!

Once again our BEST Cowboy or Cowgirl Contest will be held - Sunday, July 27 - one winner receives a $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card!

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