Five Simple Reasons to Take Kids Fishing

What's one activity that most any family can do year-round with very little expense? Fishing.

Here are five reasons fishing is the ultimate family experience:

5. Dads, moms, grandmas, and grandpas can take kids fishing. In today's single parent and broken marriage Mom and daughter fishingworld, fishing is an inexpensive choice for weekend "daddy and me" or "mommy and me" time, providing moments for bonding, laughter, and maybe some snuggling while you both watch the line.  It doesn't have to be as a group - it's a perfect way for one child (or more) to have special time with a parent or grandparent, or extended family members.

4. You can do it from a bank or dock at a small city or county park or you go on a boat on a bigger lake, if that's more to your liking. You don't have to "go big or go home." You can go small, too!

3. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars and be real fancy about it. I mean, you CAN, but you don't have to. You can use a good ol' bobber, worm and inexpensive rod/reel combo or you can go all out with the latest and greatest in rods/reels, lures, and line. There is something for everyone's budget.

2. Kids will learn patience, skills, and etiquette:

  • They call it fishing, not catching, thus patience.
  • My husband caught a 35 lb bighead carp with 4lb test line, while fishing for crappie. You don't have to have a telephone pole and 100 lb line to bring them in...just good fishing skills. Start them learning those skills, and patience to use them, at a young age.
  • The properly taught etiquette of fishing helps with that whole "personal space" thing that children sometimes have a hard time understanding. Plus, it simply helps teach good manners.

1.  Fishing gets a family outside year-round. Family members can be outside fishing in warm summer sunshine or sunny winter days. We need more of that, plain and simple. 

June 3-5 are free fishing days in Iowa for Iowa residents. Take advantage of it, drop the excuses, and go enjoy some fishing!

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Happy Feet for Kids!

New Balance Adirondack Sandal for KidsWe're serving up some happy feet for kids in the Footwear Department! Just in time for summer holidays, we have flip-flops, sandals, and water shoes for kids.

Here's a sampling of what we now carry:

RedHead Ragin' Water Shoes - Keep those little feet moving through water and over land! Lightweight and built to handle wet conditions with it's open, vented design.

New Balance Adirondack Sandals - Fast-drying, with large open vents and reinforced toe bumpers. The quick-release bungee system makes for easy on-off for little hands.

Sandals for kids at Bass Pro ShopsReef Sandals - Flip-flop sandals for every youngster, from the Ahi Thong surfing sandals for the youngest surfer set to the water-friendly Grom Rover with its feather foam foot bed to the soft jersey lining of the Rover Catch, there is a Reef sandal for every young liking. 

Cobian Draino, Jr. - delivering the same performance as the adult Draino, the Cobian, Jr., has anatomical foot beds and arch support to provide comfort for little feet while they play all day on water or land.

Other sandals for kids include UnderArmour slides, RedHead camo flip-flops, and Sanuk. Stop in and get them while we have them - we've never had them and they ARE going fast. You can also find these and more online at basspro.com!
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Leave Them in the Wild

Nothing is cuter than baby wildlife...even opossum babies are cute! The urge to pick one up and "rescue" it from a seemingly future demise can sometimes be uncontrollable. But, don't do it.

When you're out on that hike and find a wildlife baby hunkered down, leave it alone. Kit Foxes

When you're in the backyard and find that ugly baby bird teetering around that backyard, leave it alone...and watch out for mom to swoop in and nail you if you don't.

The Iowa DNR says their field offices will be overwhelmed with calls from concerned citizens who have found supposed "orphaned" wildlife. But they're probably just laying low while mom is sleeping or hunting for food.

"Since most mammals are largely nocturnal, the mother usually finds a safe daytime hideout for her young while she sleeps or looks for food. Consequently, it is perfectly normal for the young to be alone or baby robinunattended during the daylight hours."

What about birds?

"At the beginning of the fledgling period, young birds appear clumsy, dull-witted, and vulnerable. The reason for this is because they really are clumsy, dull-witted, and vulnerable. But as the education process continues, the survivors smarten up fast, while slow learners quickly fade from the scene. Most birds have less than a 20 percent chance of surviving their first year. While this seems unfortunate or cruel, this is a normal occurrence in Nature. In the real out-of-doors, it's just the way things are."

If you are positive the babies have been abandoned, or know for sure the mother is dead or unable to care for them due to injury, contact a wildlife rehabilitationist in your state.

So the next time you see that baby bird hopping around your yard? Leave it alone.

A baby squirrel falls from the next during a storm? Leave it alone.

Don't mess with Mother Nature.

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Iowa Birds - Rascally Wrens!

I'm not a bird expert, but I play one on our patio. Our very favorite backyard bird is the wren and they are back shopping for a new home - hopefully one of ours will be satisfactory. I'll explain that in my fun facts about wrenwrens below:

  • The male wren comes to town first. It's HIS job to find proper housing that meets with his mate's approval. They will build several nests at once to try and persuade a female to mate with him.
  • Wrens build nests in nest boxes and need small wren houses. The house needs a small hole on the front so bigger, nastier birds, like starlings, can't get to the babies.
  • Males who are returning to breed for the first time, often need a little help with what to do. So they will often settle close to a male wren who has some experience. That way they can learn from the older ones on the best type of nest to choose.
  • Wrens are very vocal. They are the first song you'll hear in the morning and the last at night, more than likely. They have a definite cadence to their song. 
  • Wrens often use spider eggs in their nest building. Spiders will hatch and eat the mites and parasites that can often live in a nest and kill the babies when they hatch.
  • Wrens are small but mighty. I equate them to the P-51 Mustang of WWII. They don't back down from any bird and will fight to protect their territory. Likewise, they may sometimes steal a nest that is already being used, sometimes fearlessly attaching bigger birds and dragging their babies out of nests, just to use the nest themselves. We have also witnessed wrens divebombing our backyard squirrels to protect their territory.
  • The wrens get used to us being outside, but will scold us if we get to close...just to remind us that it's our garden, but it's really THEIR garden. They also like use to be sitting in the same place all the time...any swaying from the plan tends to make them a little nervous.
  • We usually have at least two nests of wrens each season. We have two wren houses in areas protected from the afternoon sun...the heat can be brutal on their little babies. We also have a dried monster gourd that a family used for a nest and wrens may make nests in just about anything where they can load up the twigs and create a cup...including boots!

Watch and listen for these mighty little birds. They will provide hours of entertainment and beautiful songs!

 

Resource: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Wren/lifehistory

Do you have birds nesting in your yard? Check out this cool site! http://nestwatch.org/

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Product Spotlight - Uncle Buck's Sugar Free Maple Praline Syrup

Good news for all you heart-healthy eaters! As I continue to become a label-reading professional, I have http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Uncle-Bucks-Sugar-Free-Maple-Praline-Flavored-Syrup/product/1411261335/discovered that the Uncle Buck's Sugar Free Maple Praline Syrup can be at the top of your "A" list for healthy eats.

Not only is the syrup sugar-free is is also sodium-free! This is one of the best syrups around and not only tastes good on pancakes, but also on that nightly small dish of special ice cream! Throw on some pecan chips and you are one step closer to a mini-parfait.

With our newly-found need for low-sodium, no-sodium foods, this came as quite a surprise. Now, we're not going to just drink the syrup from the bottle, but it will allow us, and especially my husband, to have his sweet tooth enjoyment, without worrying about his health.

Pick some up in your local Bass Pro Shops or online.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Set Your Sights!

Set Your Sights Event!

Better your long-range shooting skills, learn the basics of handgun concealed carry and home defense from the Altoona Police Department, and get up to speed on the latest in accessories & optics!
Free seminars and free giveaway for the first 25 at each seminar! Quadruple Rewards Points on select items with coupon from sales flyer (May 13 & 14)
• Drawing for 1 Bass Pro Shops® $25 Gift Cards at each advertised seminar
• PLUS, enter for a Chance to win 1 of 2 prizes!

Savage 64F Black .22 LR Rifle
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Howard Leight Impact Sport Hearing Protection Muffs

Friday, May 13
6:30PM Optics and Accessories for your Modern Sporting Rifle
7:30PM The Basics of Handgun Concealed-Carry and Home Defense - presented by the Altoona PD

Saturday, May 14
1:30 PM Long Range Shooting - Guns and Optics for the 1,000-Yard Shot
2:30 PM Optics and Accessories for your Modern Sporting Rifle
3:30 PM The Basics of Handgun Concealed-Carry and Home Defense - Presented by the Altoona PD
4:30 PM Long Range Shooting - Guns and Optics for the 1,000-Yard Shot

 

Then next weekend it's time to Go Outdoors!

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Go Outdoors 2016!

It's the Christmas event for Camping! Join us for great sales on camping items like tents, kayaks, and more! Plus these great events on the weekends:

May 21-22, 28-29 - KAYAK POOLkayak pool
We have the kayak pool back for a limited time! Come try kayaking in our pool and see if it's something you might like. No cost. Must be 10 years of age or older. Ages 10-17 must be accompanied by a parent.

May 21-22
Our free Family/Kids' Activities weekend with the famous indoor Catch and Release pond!

  • Boy Scouts of America - Tips for the Trail
  • Catch & Release PondsCatch and Release pond
  • Free Photo Download
  • Free Crafts
  • Free giveaway with completion of punch card
  • Food demos with Flossies funnel cakes (11-2) and fish fry sampling (2-5)

May 28 - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The award-winning Kansas City Barbeque Society” teams of Down Home Cookin' & Barbeque and Gothic Town Grillers will be on hand sharing their expertis and some yummy samples!
 

May 28 - How-To’s for Family Outdoor Fun!
11 am - Best Barbeque
2 pm - Conquering Campfires, Cooking & More

May 29 - How-To's
11 am - Kids, Camping & Comfort
2 pm - Kayaking:  Keeping It Simple

First 25 customers to attend the How-To’s each day will receive a Bass Pro Shops tote bag!

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Product Spotlight - The Reality Series Instigator RC Decoy

With this mobile turkey decoy you can expand your area for bringing in the toms. Want or need to "engage" those turkeys even more? The RedHead Reality Series Instigator RC Jake decoy will take you beyond your stationary decoys to bring in the toms who are lurking a bit out of range or who are just a little smarter and wiser late in the season. 

Hunting Lead Clint Grenier says the range on this decoy's radio control, about 150 yards, allows you to send it out to lure in the toms. Just keep backing it up and watch the toms come in for a fight with this young jake who's putting on a show.

The decoy sits atop a rugged remote-control chassis allowing it to "drive" over varying terrains. Check out the moves of the decoy in this YouTube clip we shot in the archery range. Now, Clint's motoring it a bit faster than you would out in the open, so it will be much quieter and with sound disguised by grasses, and running on the ground as opposed to cement.

Stop in the store for a demo or you can order online!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - MOM!

This weekend it's all about mom! Grab the kids, let mom have the day off, and come in for a free family photo to present her for Mother's Day. There's also a $10 package!

Mother's Day Photos

May 6 - 5-8 p.m.

May 7 - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mother's Day Photos

 

Coming up next weekend?

Set Your Sights Event

Better your long-range shooting skills, learn the basics of handgun concealed carry and home defense from the Altoona Police Department, and get up to speed on the latest in accessories & optics!
Free seminars and free giveaway for the first 25 at each seminar! Quadruple Rewards Points on select items with coupon from sales flyer (May 13 & 14)
• Drawing for 1 Bass Pro Shops® $25 Gift Cards at each advertised seminar
• PLUS, enter for a Chance to win 1 of 2 prizes!
Savage 64F Black .22 LR Rifle
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Howard Leight Impact Sport Hearing Protection Muffs

Friday, May 13
6:30PM Optics and Accessories for your Modern Sporting Rifle
7:30PM The Basics of Handgun Concealed-Carry and Home Defense

Saturday, May 14
1:30 PM Long Range Shooting - Guns and Optics for the 1,000-Yard Shot
2:30 PM Optics and Accessories for your Modern Sporting Rifle
3:30 PM The Basics of Handgun Concealed-Carry and Home Defense
4:30 PM Long Range Shooting - Guns and Optics for the 1,000-Yard Shot

 

Then the next weekend is Go Outdoors!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Workender AND PBR!

WOW! What a busy, fun weekend we have planned for April 22-23! Check it out!

The Workender!Workender

Plan that next solo, group or family adventure! One day, one weekend, one week or longer - come find out where to go and what to do in Iowa and beyond!

How-tos, drawings, free samples, and the Workender Social Gathering Meetup all give you the resources you need to get out and enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and more!

First up - Friday night!

Friday, April 22 - 6-8 p.m. - How-tos with giveaways after each!

Presented by Kent Petersen, longtime outdoorsman and kayak fisherman!Kent Petersen

6 p.m. - Pack Right for Day Hikes & More - How to load a backpack and get the right fit
7 p.m. - Pick Out and Get Out - a "how-to" on picking out the right kayak.

Free Photo Download April 22, 6-8 p.m. - get your photo taken and have the chance to win a Toyota Rav4 Hybrid or one of 13 Ascend prizes!

Then join us Saturday, April 23, for more Workender how-tos, plus our Workender Meetup from 3-6 p.m.!

Saturday, April 23 Workender How-tos and Meetup!

1 p.m. - Slumber by Number - How to pick out the right sleeping bag, pads, etc.- with Matt Vorhies
2 p.m. - Beat the Bugs - Protect yourself! - with Matt Vorhies
3 p.m. - Rig it Right - how to rig your kayak for fishing - with Kent Peterson, avid kayak fisherman!
4 p.m. - Cooking Down and Dirty - How to use a Jetboil - with Kent Peterson

Workender Meetup! April 23, 3-6 p.m.

YOUR chance to visit informally with outdoors enthusiasts and specialists about where to go and what to do! We have groups with ideas and activities for all levels and abilities, including physically challenged and veterans!

...and more being scheduled each day!

Drawings at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. - $50 gift card, and North Face backpacks! Plus free samples, while they last, of tasty treats for hiking and sample Mountain House freeze-dried foods!

Free Photo Download April 22, 6-8 p.m. and April 23, 1-6 p.m. - get your photo taken and have the chance to win a Toyota Rav4 Hybrid or one of 13 Ascend prizes!

Also on Saturday, April 23PBR

The PBR is back in town!

The Professional Bull Riders are back in Des Moines and we'll have PBR fun here, too!
Noon-1 p.m.- PBR Riders autograph hour - at the time of this writing we don't know what riders yet, but will update on our Facebook page.
1-1:30 - Fishing Seminar at the tank with PBR announcer, and experienced angler, Clint Adkins.

Plus, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m :

  • Ride the mechanical bull!
  • Bull roping for kids
  • Stick Bull Riding

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The Workender - Plan Your Weekend NOW!

WorkenderWorkender

Plan your next adventure! Join us for How-to's and advice for your next solo, group or family adventure - one day, a weekend, or longer. Pull up a comfy chair and learn all there is to do in our area and beyond!

How-tos and photos on Friday night 6-8 p.m., then more How-tos and a Meetup on Saturday!

Friday, April 22 - 6-8 p.m.

How-Tos - giveaways after each

6 p.m. - Pack Right for Day Hikes & More - How to load a backpack and get the right fit - withTodd Robertson, Iowa DNR Kent Petersen

7 p.m. - Pick Out and Get Out - a "how-to" on picking out the right kayak with Todd Robertson, Iowa
Department of Natural Resources River Programs Outreach Coordinator/Paddling Instructor.

Free Photo Download April 22, 6-8 p.m. - get your photo taken and have the chance to win a Toyota Rav4 Hybrid or one of 13 Ascend prizes!

Then join us Saturday, April 23, for more Workender how-tos, plus our Workender Meetup from 3-6 p.m.!

 

Saturday, April 23 - 1-6 p.m.

How-Tos - giveaways after each!

1 p.m. - Slumber by Number - How to pick out the right sleeping bag, pads, etc. - Camping Lead Matt Vorheis
2 p.m. - Beat the Bugs - Camping Lead Matt Vorheis
Jetboil
3 p.m. - Rig it Right - How to streamline your kayak for fishing - avid kayak fisherman Kent Petersen
4 p.m. - Cooking Down and Dirty - How to use a Jetboil - Kent Petersen

 

April 23, 3-6 p.m. - It's a Workender Meetup!

Talk trails, waterways, camping and more with folks from:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Polk County Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Iowa's Great Outdoors w/Chance Patrick
ColdWater Guide Service w/Rod Woten

Central Iowa Outdoors Without Boundaries
Greater Des Moines Volkssport Assoc.
English River Outfitters Resort "Designed by Veterans for Veterans"

Central Iowa Paddlers
Jasper County Conservation,  and more being added each day! Borealis

Drawings at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. - $50 gift card, and The North Face Borealis backpacks! Plus free samples, while they last, of tasty treats for hiking and sample Mountain House freeze-dried foods!

Free Photo Download April 22, 6-8 p.m. and April 23, 1-6 p.m. - get your photo taken and have the chance to win a Toyota Rav4 Hybrid or one of 13 Ascend prizes!

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Meet the Stars of the PBR!

Meet the Stars of the PBR!Meet the Riders of the PBR!

Saturday, April 23

The PBR is in town at Wells Fargo Arena and, once again, we'll have a special day set aside to celebrate their return!
 

  • Noon-1 p.m. - Autograph session with PBR riders/bullfighters! Riders names will be announced on our Facebook page as we are notified.
  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. - Free Fishing Seminar Meet the Riders of the PBR!from the top of the tank with PBR Announcer Clint Adkins!
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Ride the mechanical bull!
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Stick riding and roping for the kids!

PBR Day

 

 

PBR!

 

 

 

 

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

I just heard a loud "Ew!" from the people reading this title. However, I promise you it is excellent and my husband would agree - and he was one of those who questioned it's taste when hearing about it.Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

Being an "you only eat chili when it's cold" purist, I know there are very few chili consumption days left. So, in researching heart healthy venison recipes, I found this on the This Mama Cooks web site and gave it a whirl. If you don't have venison you can us ground turkey, chicken or lean beef. Since we have to watch our salt, I removed the salt. Use enough spices and you won't need salt. I also left out the chili powder because the only one I had contained salt.

Healthy Slow Cooker Pumpkin and Bean Chili

    1 medium  yellow onion, chopped
    1 red bell pepper, chopped
    1 lb ground venison
    3 cloves garlic, minced
   1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    1 tsp oregano
    1 1/2 tsp cumin
    2 1/2 C no salt or low sodium beef stock - you can also use no salt beef bullion packets and make broth.
    1 15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed (calls for 2, but only used 1 because - you guessed it -  that's all I had in the cupboard!)
    1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
    1 quart bag of frozen tomatoes (it calls for a 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice - use no salt added)
 

Directions

    Cook the ground meat until cooked through. Put in the slow cooker and then add all the rest of the ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

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The original recipe actually called for cooking the veggies with the venison before putting in the slow cooker. I just threw it all together and it was fine. Very tasty and almost creamy - make it now while there is still "cool" time, then save it for next fall!

Enjoy!

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Made in the USA for your Feet

What do you have that's Made in the USA? We get that question a lot. While we carry many items that are made in the USA, here are some you may not realize - socks.

Many folks are familiar with our Lifetime Guarantee All-Purpose RedHead socks. If they wear out, you can return them any time, without a receipt and at any Bass Pro Shops location (or online), and receive a free pair.

Did you also know they are made in the USA? All of our RedHead socks for men, the Natural Reflections Lifetime Guarantee sock for ladies, and Ascend brand socks are made in the USA. That includes RedHead cotton crews to Mountain Bear to Treestand to Extreme Cold to the RedHead CoolMax liner socks, plus more! Here are a few favorites starting with the king - the RedHead Lifetime Guarantee All-Purpose socks for men.

RedHead Lifetime Guarantee All-Purpose SocksLifetime Guarantee Socks

I left off the "for men" on the heading, because I wear these and I'm not a guy. However, I wear them as slipper socks in the house. They are heavy-duty, warm, and are reinforced at the heel, toe, and in the arch - those stress zones. I love my RedHead socks, especially in the winter or a cold spring like we're having so far!

My husband does wear these socks for hunting and likes the warmth they provide along with a good pair of boots.

They are a best seller and for good reasons - Made in the USA, you buy one pair and you never have to buy another, and they provide durable warmth.

natural reflections socksLifetime Ladies Natural Reflections Sock

Not wanting something as thick as the sock for men? Then try the Lifetime Ladies Natural Reflections socks. All the same great features and benefits of the men's version, but simply a little less bulky.

Lifetime Guarantee Lightweight Quarter Socks

This is my go-to sock in the winter - in quarter or calf sizes - for work here at the store. Not too heavy, extra cushioning on the heels and, of course, a lifetime guarantee!

Last, but not least, the Ascend Hiker Quarter SockAscend Socks

My very favorite. Although I'm not hiking mountains and trails, I am hiking around the store a LOT! The Merino wool, nylon, and elastic yarn blend make them comfortable, flexible and durable. Plus they are what Bass Pro calls FARM TO FEET - the merino wool is 100% American grown, coupled with all-American nylon and elastic yarns, and produced in the Carolinas.

Doesn't get much more Made in the USA than that.

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Get Ready for Feathered Friends!

As I write this, there's a winter storm warning in the north half of our state and tornado watches in the south half. In Iowa, we know the weather can change within minutes. However, we also know spring is officially here, so we just have to "weather" through the craziness sometimes.

If it's not snowing or raining, then many of us are outside doing spring clean up and getting ready for gardens Finch Feederand the birds who "flew the coop" for the winter.

Here are some things you can be doing now to get ready:

  • Take down all of your bird feeders, dump out all the remaining seed, and thoroughly clean them with water.

We took our finch feeders down over the winter, but already have them back out. Check the finch feeders for cracks and missing pegs. If it leaks too much thistle, then it's probably time to get a new feeder. One of the easiest and most popular finch feeders we use is the simple thistle sock. For some reason, the finches really prefer to eat off of it. But you have to make sure it doesn't get too nasty from rain.

  • Wherever your feeders were this winter, you need to remove all that seed that's on the ground. Our feeders are in one of our flower gardens near a tree. I found I could actually just use a rake and pull it back like a rug. Not only is it messy and nasty, but it can also attribute to mold problems, allergies to you, and diseases to birds.
  • Figure out where you're going to put your feeders for the summer. Remember birds, likeHummingbird humans, need food, shelter, and water. Place your feeders away from trees where predators can hide. Add a birdbath and they'll probably stick around for a while! Change the water in the birdbath every 2-3 days.

Hummingbird feeders traditionally are put out by May 1. Our feeder is in a different flower garden surrounded by red potted flowers and mandevilla, which they adore. We also have loads of zinnias which we plant in both gardens for the bees and the butterflies.Wren with bug

  • If you want some real entertainment, put out a wren house. Wrens are small, but mighty and will chew you out every chance they get. However, we have watched, from our patio, two wren broods grow and thrive every summer. Small wren houses are necessary to keep the starlings and other predators out.

We now have a hawk who hangs around our backyard, so we will see what this year brings. Hopefully, more wrens, hummingbirds, and butterflies!wren house

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Passing on the Hunt

By Guest Blogger Rod SlingsRod Slings and grandson with grandson's first turkey.
Rod Slings is a retired Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Supervisor.  He is the CEO/Founder of Hunting and Shooting Related Consultants LLC and the Co-Author of BLOOD ON THE LEAVES – Real Hunting Accident Investigations – And Lessons In Hunter Safety

 

Spring turkey season is upon us.

“Passing on the hunt” seems to be what generation after generation does in hunting families. We create great memories when we introduce a young family member, or young friend, to the outdoors as a SAFE, responsible, and ethical new hunter. Being a mentor or role model is one of the most rewarding and important things a veteran hunter can do.

I will never forget the early morning of the first turkey hunt with my grandson Cooper. Dressed in his new matching camo, we climbed out of the truck and walked together into the darkness. He reached out to hold my hand, which is etched in my mind forever. Having the blind set up day’s prior, we walked slowly, as quiet as possible, him occasionally stumbling over the rough ground with his short legs. Once we reached the blind we settled in, lighting the heater, breaking out the cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate (which has become a tradition). Shortly before the break of daylight, the first “GOBBLE” broke the morning silence. Cooper immediately began to laugh out loud, which made me laugh at him, understanding that this un-natural sound to him was what we were here for - all part of this amazing outdoors experience. After a short discussion about noise, I must have sounded much like Elmer Fudd, as I whispered to Cooper, “We must be very, very quiet!”

This particular hunt would not produce the success of a harvested turkey. It was, however, a successful hunt simply for the experience we shared, and each time since then has been a treasure. As a mentor, there are several things for you to consider as you pass on the hunt:

Safety is always the first rule when mentoring a young hunter

  • Make sure you have practiced and your hunter is familiar with the firearm.
  • Set up the blind and practice how the shot will be made with an empty firearm.
  • Explain where the focus of the shot must be made for a SAFE, clean, quick harvest.
  • Remember, firearm safety must be the total focus of the mentor and young hunter.
  • Position yourself so you can take control of the firearm, if necessary.
  • It is best to use a hunting blind, to hide movement and for concealment.
  • Place decoys 15 to 20 yards away from the blind with good visibility.
  • Do not stalk turkeys or leave the young hunter alone at anytime.
  • "Under direct supervision" means you are always within arms reach.
  • Safety on, muzzle of the firearm always pointed in a SAFE direction.
  • Never prop a firearm up against an un-safe rest, such as against the blind.
  • Only load the firearm once you are settled and the hunt is ready to begin, unload before you leave the blind.
  • Finger is outside the trigger guard, safety is always on until the shot is ready to be made.
  • You, as the mentor, will whisper when to make the shot.

Comfort considerations for a young hunter are imperative.

  • Warm camouflage clothing - never wear: red, white, blue or black colors.
  • Stay warm on a chilly spring morning by the use of a portable heater, placed in a SAFE location, following all manufacture guidelines.
  • Chairs stay elevated to help see out the blind windows and for comfort.
  • Food, snacks, even a thermos of hot chocolate are all important.
  • I hate to admit it, however, limited use of electronics, on low light and on silent, may help fight their boredom when activity is a little slow.
  • Never overstay the patience of the young hunter. If they become bored, time to pack it in until next time.
  • Take a Hunter Education Course with your young hunter.
  • Remember who you are hunting with, keep in mind…it's about them!
  • Back to the first rule, hunt SAFELY!

“Passing it on” creates memories that last a lifetime, which then pass on to the next generation. Remember the camera! It may just be a camera from your phone or a GoPro to capture each moment to share with others.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - More Dog Days!

Our canine customer celebration continues during our second weekend of Bass Pro Dog Days!

Friday, March 11

FREE SEMINAR & GIVEAWAYAHeinz Pet Rescue and Transport

  • 6pm: Man’s Best Friend – History, Selecting the Right Breed, and Fun Facts Presented by Amy Heinz, AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport AeinAFREE
    Free Nite Ize® S-Biner® Clip for your dog to the first 20 customers at the seminar!

     
  • Saturday, March 12Mick McAuliffe

FREE SEMINARS

  • 11am:  Dog Basics – Safety, Care, Hearing and Smelling
    Presented by Mick McAuliffe, Animal Services Manager, ARL of Iowa.
  • 2pm: Fun with Dogs in the Outdoors – Working Dogs, chance patrickCamping and Hiking with your Dog Presented by Chance Patrick, Iowa’s Great Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops Hunting Pro Staff, and his 3 ½ month old Silver Lab Gertie.

 

 Other Dog Days Activities on March 12free photo

  • Free 4x6 photo with your dog & paw print certificate!
  • Dog Costume Contest! – Noon - $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card to the winner

Guest judges: Lou Sipolt, Great Day KCWI23, Chance Patrick, and Mick McAuliffe, ARL

  • ARL Adoption day 10am-3pm
  • Exhibitors – 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Pampered Pooch Bakery and Salon   Dog Costume Contest
    • Iowa Weimaraner Rescue
    • Great Plains Pointer Rescue
    • PETSAKES
    • AHeinz 57 Pet Rescue and Transport
    • Puppy Jake Foundation
    • Barks and Wags- Grooming Demonstrations
    • The Pet Project Midwest
    • Rover’s Ranch
    • Taysia Blue Siberian Husky and Malamute Rescue

microchipping clinic

  • Microchipping Clinic – 1-4 p.m. - Anderson Animal Hospital
    • Cost will be $20 which includes microchip registration-cash or major debit/credit card will be accepted

 

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Hearty Venison Vegetable Soup

You'll find barley in many heart healthy recipes. It's a high-fiber, high-protein grain and adds nice texture and bulk to soups. Here's one of the first soups with barley that I made and we couldn't get over how good it was, especially on a cold winter or cool spring night! Aside from the chopping, it's "soup"-er easy!

Hearty Venison Vegetable Soup

1 lb ground venisonVenison Vegetable Soup
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
7 cups water
1 quart jar home-canned tomatoes (without salt) or 1 can unsalted whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped.
1/2 cup medium barley, uncooked
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup sliced carrots
2 no-salt beef bouillon packets
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 Bay leaf
1 9 oz package frozen mixed vegetables (or 1/2 of a large package)

In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, brown the venison. Add onion and garlic, cooking until the onion is tender. Drain and stir in everything EXCEPT the frozen vegetables. Cover and bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Let simmer for 50-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the frozen veggies and let cook another 10 minutes or until they are tender. This soup will be HOT so serve and let sit a little. Don't forget to remove the bay leaf!

Enjoy!

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This Weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Dog Days!

Grab your four-legged, furry kids and come on out! Don't have any but thinking about getting a dog? This weekend is also great for that! Here is the lineup for our first weekend of Dog Days!

Bass Pro Shops Dog Days Family Event!

Friday, March 4Amy Heinz, AHeinz Pet Transport and Rescue

FREE SEMINAR & GIVEAWAY

  • 6pm: Man’s Best Friend – History, Selecting the Right Breed, and Fun Facts Presented by Amy Heinz, AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport Free Nite Ize® S-Biner® Clip for your dog to the first 20 customers at the seminar!

Saturday, March 5Donna Flattery, Certified Professional Dog Trainer

FREE SEMINARS

  • 11am:  Dog Basics – Safety, Care, Hearing and Smelling
    Presented by Donna Flattery, Certified Veterinary Technician, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knoxville Veterinary Clinic

Doug Sheeley

  • 2pm:  Fun with Dogs in the Outdoors - Safety, proper gear and tips for outside fun with your dog. Presented by Doug Sheeley, Natural Resources Supervisor, Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Polk County Conservation, and his 8 ½ month old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Belle

 

Other Dog Days Activities on March 5

  • Free 4x6 photo with your dog & paw print certificate!
  • Silly Dog Trick Contest! – Noon - $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card to the winner! Guest judges: Lou Sipolt, Great Day KCWI23, Mitchellville Police Chief Kary Kinmonth.
  • ARL Adoption Day - 10am-3pm
  • Representatives from various dog-related organizations and businesses - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Pampered Pooch Bakery and Salondog
    • Jay Greene
    • Great Plains Pointer Rescue
    • PETSAKES
    • AAHeeinz AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport
    • Puppy Jake Foundation
    • The Pet Project Midwest
    • Barks and Wags – Grooming Demonstrations
    • Fetch! Pet Care
    • Rover’s Ranch
    • Taysia Blue Siberian Husky and Malamute Rescue
  • Microchipping Clinic – 1-4 p.m. - Anderson Animal Hospital
    • Cost will be $20 which includes microchip registration-cash or major debit/credit card will be accepted

Dog Food Drive – FRIDAY/SATURDAY, MARCH 4 & 5Drop off cans, or bags, of dog food to our collection point by the greeter. Donations will be given to The Pet Project Midwest, dedicated to keeping pets with the people who love them, through programs such as The Pet Pantry, and Animeals (food for pets of Meals on Wheels recipients).

Coming up next weekend?  More of the same! but with a Dog Costume contest, instead!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Turkey Barley Vegetable Soup

Another belly warming soup and heart healthy, too! Turkey Barley Vegetable Soup

 

Turkey Barley Vegetable Soup

1 Tbsp olive oil
2-4 cups cooked turkey breast (Great recipe for leftover slow cooker wild turkey!)
1 1/2 large onion, chopped
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
6 cups no sodium chicken broth (if you don't have no sodium broth at your grocer, you can use 2 no-sodium chicken bullion with 6 cups water)
1 can whole, unsalted tomatoes (I used one gallon bag of our frozen garden tomatoes)
3/4 cup pearl barley
fresh ground black pepper
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1/2 package frozen kale

 

Heat the olive oil in a stock pot or Dutch oven, and cook the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add the turkey, broth, tomatoes, barley. Season with the pepper, oregano, thyme, and bay leaves. Simmer covered for 30 minutes, until barley is tender. Stir in the kale and let simmer for another 10 minutes or so.

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