This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - More Meat Madness!

Our big Meat Snack Madness event continues through October 4!  All you Iowa State Cyclone fans have the weekend off, soUncle Buck's Jerky come on in and visit and pick up some Uncle Buck's Jerky for the next tailgating session. Hawkeye fans, unless you're traveling to Pennsylvania, you might as well stop in, too!

Here's what's happening at the store this weekend!

Saturday, September 20

Try Before You Buy

The Gifts Department is handing out samples of Uncle Buck's Jerky, noon- 4 p.m. at the Jerky Shack! Try the flavors and decide which is your favorite...then maybe make some Jerky Tomato Sauce or Jerky Potato Soup!

Sunday, September 21

Jay Green and his K-9/hospital therapy-trained dog Zeus will be doing a dog obedience demonstration at 1:00 p.m. in front of the main aquarium.

The Gifts Department is, once again, handing out samples of Uncle Buck's Jerky, noon- 4 p.m. at the Jerky Shack!

 

COMING UP

Fall Fishing Event - September 27 & 28. featuring a Beginning Fishing Workshop for kids, craft, and various fall fishing seminars.

Outdoor Rewards Night, Sunday, October 5, 6 – 9 p.m.

Halloween Event!  Friday, October 24 – Friday, October 31 - Free photos as well as other fun activities!

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Beginning Archery for Ladies, Part 2 - Proper Stance

Beginning Archery for Ladies - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaBy Alicia Bricker
Gun Vault Specialist
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Now that you used my tips in Beginning Archery for Ladies, Part One, and have your bow picked out and set up, we need to work on the proper shooting form. Then watch for Part 3 next week, where we explore some of the accessories mentioned here in a little more detail.

StanceRight-handed archery stanceBeginning Archery for Ladies - Stance

First, you want to stand with your feet about shoulder width apart with the back leg a little more forward to give you a steady base. If you are shooting a right-handed bow, then your right foot will be in the back. Right-handed bows are held in the left hand and left-handed bows are held in the right. The front of your body will face out away from your target with your dominate hand on the opposite side of your body away from the target. The hand holding the bow will face the target. Everyone will stand a little different and you will develop your own stance over time. This is just a place to start when first learning.


(Right handed example)

When you are drawing back your bow to shoot, be sure to keep your arm just slightly under fully extended to keep it from extending into where the string will travel. I have noticed, especially with women, that our arms tend to extend past straight and this causes issues when shooting. Be sure to keep:

  1. Your arm straight or slightly bent,
  2. Your wrist straight, not bent,
  3. Your elbow rolled under.
     

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Correct - Arm is straight, elbow slightly

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Grip

Here is an example of how you can hold your bow when you are at full draw. The wrist sling, shown in the photo, keeps theUsing a wrist sling bow from falling to the ground, once the arrow has been released. When you grip the bow, you want to keep your fingers loose, so that you don’t jerk the bow with a tight grip. By keeping your fingers loose, you allow your bow to follow through with the shot. Allow the arrow to completely leave the bow before gripping it again. The wrist sling will allow the bow to roll forward, but it is around your wrist, so it won’t fall completely. Also, you don’t keep your hand loose for very long, after you have released the arrow, just long enough to follow through with your shot. You don’t want your bow to fall too far before gripping it again.

Anchor Point

The next thing to be conscious about when shooting is your anchor point. You want to draw your bow back to the exact same spot every time to keep your shots consistent. Do this by making a conscientious effort to place your hand at the same spot on your face every time you pull back your bow. If you are a finger shooter, it will be towards the front of your jaw and closer to your mouth. If you are a release shooter, it will be back closer to your ear. Every archer is different on this, and you will have to practice and find what works best for you to keep your shots accurate.

When you pull the stringAnchor Point back, you want to put the string up against the side of your nose and the edge of your mouth. For beginning archers, I recommend a kisser button like shown in the picture. This will help you feel where your string is when you are pulling it back, so you know it is the same every time. This photo shows where the string should land when you are pulling it back and where to anchor your string against your face using a release. All archers will be slightly different on this, so keep that in mind when you are starting to shoot. You will figure out your own anchor point, over time.

Consistency

The key to accuracy is to be as consistent as possible, doing it the same every time. When you pull the string back, you will learn by feel where your hand needs to be anchored in order to shoot the best. After a while, it will just become second nature and you won’t have to think about it. A good habit, when first starting out, is to make a mental check list. Go through and ask yourself:

  • Do you have a solid base, so your balance is steady?
  • Once you pull your string back:
    • Is your arm straight, but out of the path of the string?
    • Is your wrist straight?
    • Is your grip loose on the bow, so you don’t flinch the bow?
    • Is your string against your face in the same place, or the kisser button in the corner of your mouth?
    • Is your hand anchored in the right spot and the same place as before?

These questions will become unnecessary as you progress, but in the beginning it will help you increase your consistency and accuracy every time you shoot. Eventually,  you'll know what works and doesn’t work for you. Your stance and how you draw your bow will become second nature. Everyone develops their own style and knows what feels right for them. These are just a few tips that can get you started down the right path!

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The Legend of BLB

Shaun BequaithBy Shaun Bequeaith
Hunting Manager
Bass Pro Shops AltoonaBLB 2012

 

 

It was the summer of 2012. Mid-August and the summer's heat had been relentless. I was ready for cooler weather and hunting. I headed out to check my trail cameras in their usual locations. As I started sorting through the photos, I couldn't believe what I saw. A buck with a broken left front leg.

My first thought was, "This guy is coyote food." I went on to receive 20 different pictures of this deer in 2012. But, throughout my hunting that year, I never saw him. He was destined to not make it, so I wasn't surprised. BKB Shed

February 2013 I headed out to shed hunt. Lo and behold, I found a shed and I knew it was from the Broken Leg Buck (BLB, for short). One of his antlers grew straight up with only a couple of points.This was definitely his shed. A good sign...he must still be around.

BLB @013Midsummer 2013, I put the cameras back out in the usual place. Mid-August came and BLB was back in the photos, smiling away for the camera. Both of his antlers were now growing straight up with just a few points shooting off, giving credence to the research and theories regarding leg injuries in deer and the resulting antler deformities. Once again, pre-season brought several more pictures of BLB, and, once again, I never saw him.

Fast forward to summer 2014. While hanging my cameras this year, I wondered if BLB had made it another year. Would he still be around? How would he look?  It did not take long to find out.

My cameras are up and in the first week BLB made his appearance. His front left leg is still dangling like he's in the middle of a dance as he trots through the trees. His rack now shoots straight up and he does have several points shooting out of the top.

I'm looking forward to seeing this deer in person. With all the hours I have spent in the stand in a small acreage over the last two years, I thought our paths would have crossed by now. Will this be the year? I hope so. I'd like to meet this amazing whitetail buck that has such will power and determination to survive.

2014 BLB

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Jerky Tomato Sauce

As part of our Meat Snack Madness event and our continuing quest to bring you new and interesting ways to incorporate Uncle Buck's Beef Jerkyjerky, here is one we found on Food Network from Alton Brown, and his show Good Eats. You can never have enough tomato sauce for pizza, spaghetti and other hearty dishes. This looks REALLY easy and sounds, actually, really good. Of course, we want you to try it using Uncle Buck's Beef Jerky! Pick your favorite flavor and kick it up a notch!

Jerky Tomato Sauce

3 - 4 oz. beef jerky (Uncle Buck's small bags of premium jerky are actually 3.25 oz. The steak cut bags are 3 oz., so either is a perfect size!)

1 C boiling water

1 T vegetable oil

1/2 C chopped onion

1/2 C chopped green bell pepper

Pinch kosher salt

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (14.5 oz) can chopped tomatoes

1 tsp dried parsley

1/4 C heavy cream

 

Directions

Using kitchen shears, cut the jerk into small bite-size pieces. Place in the boiling water and set aside.

Place the vegetable oil, onion, and bell pepper, along with the pinch of kosher salt, in a large, 12-inch saute pan over medium heat. Sweat for 4-5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 2 -3 minutes. Add the jerky and its liquid, along with the tomatoes, parsley, and cream, and continue to cook for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly. Serve over toast, biscuits, rice, or pasta.

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Jerky Potato Soup

It's our annual Meat Snack Madness sale at Bass Pro Shops Altoona. Small bags of Uncle Buck's jerky, steak jerky and Uncle Buck's Jerkybacon jerky are just 2/$8, and large bags 2/$12. You have to buy two of the same size for the discount - no discount on one large bag and one small bag. We're having a little competition with some fellow stores, so we'd love for you to help us out by buying some.

Additionally, we went on a search for interesting ways to use this jerky! Here's one that you can infuse with your favorite flavor of Uncle Buck's Jerky - I'm thinking the Peppered, Hickory Smoked Steak Cut, or Jalapeno (my personal favorite) would be perfect!

Jerky Potato Soup

1 - 3.25 ounce bag of your favorite Uncle Buck's Jerky, finely chopped   (Be wild...use two if you want more meat!)

5 or 6 leeks - thinly sliced (or 3 medium yellow onions - halved and thinly sliced)

5 T butter - divided into 3 T and 2 T

3 cups diced potatoes

1 quarts chicken stock

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

2 T flour

 

Saute the leeks or onions in 3 T butter in a 4 Qt pan for about 4 minutes. Add the finely chopped jerky and stir. Continue to saute for a few minutes to soften the jerky and blend the spices. Add the potatoes and the broth and bring to a boil. Boil for two minutes, reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20-30 minutes. Strain out the vegetable jerky mix and put it into a food processor or ricer. Return to the broth. Melt 2 T butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir in the flour. Add 1 1/2 cups of the broth and blend well until the mixture thickens. Return this mixture to the kettle and stir until the soup comes to a boil.

Taste before adding any salt or other seasonings.

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Ascend Rainwear to Uganda

Bass Pro Shops Altoona once again recently had the opportunity to assist the Des Moines Blank Park Zoo with a special partnership.

The Zoo supports the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) and provides much needed everyday materials to its team of Ambassadors. These 27 people work tirelessly in the African rain forest, monitoring wild chimpanzee troops and other rare animals; protecting them from poaching and capture for the illegal pet trade. They also educate the local communities about preservation of the precious habitat and reforestation techniques.

Blank Park Zoo adopted this courageous team in 2012 and has provided donations of needed gear and equipment to ensure success of this program. things we often take for granted, everyday items like quality hiking boots, flashlights, rainwear, GPS units, and cameras are often unavailable and expensive in Uganda, so the Zoo collects them through donations and sends them to the team in Africa. 

Bass Pro Shop Altoona has been involved since the beginning, helping two years ago by assisting with a supply of waterproof RedHead boots for the workers. This year we contributed Ascend raingear at a discount. Each member of the team was outfitted with durable rain jackets and pants that will help them carry out their important work in the forest!

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Product Spotlight - RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spray

When we enter September in Iowa, we are usually not looking back at a wet August. This year is different. We had the third wettest August on record...instead of scorched and brown, we are green and beautiful. Wetter weather, coupled with RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spraysome new children's outerwear that has just arrived for fall, created a lesson on waterproofing spray at a recent morning meeting that we'd like to pass along.

Our Apparel Department was showcasing some new Bass Pro Shops children's jackets that are water resistant, but not waterproof. Bass Pro Shops Altoona General Manager Jason Truman says his family uses the RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spray on just about anything they use outside...even an umbrella! 

"Having kids, it works to help keep them dry, but it also helps to keep stains from setting into their jackets.  Every time we buy a new jacket, coat, pair of shoes or boots, backpack, etc., we hit it with the waterproofing spray.  It probably sounds crazy, but I’ve even used it on an umbrella...now my wife doesn't have to leave an umbrella in my spot in the garage to dry out...it's a win-win for both of us!"

On items that don't have taped seams, which allows water to come in a bit, the spray still does a great job of repelling most of the water. 

Truman says one of his favorite features of the RedHead Waterproof Aerosol Spray is that it is NOT a silicone-based product. It can be used on Gortex® and Gortex®-like products, without losing the breathability that is so important to those products. Why put waterproofer on a Gortex® product, since it is already waterproof? 

"Good question - I do on things like boots, because it protects the leather on the outside of the boot and keeps it from absorbing water. The Gortex® in shoes and boots is usually not on the outside, but a liner contained in the construction of the product. That means the outside of the shoe or boot is not really waterproof, but your foot should not get wet because of the liner. To protect the materials on the outside of the boot, keep it from absorbing the water and adding extra weight to your feet, the waterproofer works wonders."

Truman says before covering an entire item, always spray a little on an inconspicuous part of the product, to make sure it doesn’t discolor it.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

On your way to or from the football games this weekend? Stop by Bass Pro Shops Altoona and load up on tailgating supplies! Just inside the store, you'll find our tailgating display with everything you need for football fun - chairs, coozies,  outdoor games, and snacks, like JERKY!

Meat Snack Madness!It's our annual MEAT SNACK MADNESS sale!

Load up on Uncle Buck's jerky, steak jerky and bacon jerky just 2/$8, and large bags 2/$12. Have to buy two of the same size for discount - no discount on one large bag and one small bag. In store only!

While you're here, take a stroll through our Apparel Departments. The Clearance aisle - the diagonal between the Men's and Ladies' Apparel Departments - is loaded with items for ladies and men, we have TONS of new Under Armour items for women and men, and we have cute new kids' apparel in, too!

Try Before You Buy

Saturday, September 6 - We're serving up onion ring samples made with our Uncle Buck's Beer Batter!  Noon-4 p.m., while supplies last.

Sunday, September 7 - Try out Uncle Buck's Summer Sausage and Cherith Valley Jalapeno-Cilantro Mustard! Noon-4 p.m., while supplies last.

 

Boy Scouts of America

 

Reminder - September is Boy Scout Month at Bass Pro Shops Altoona and we're hosting classes to help Scouts work toward their Merit Badges in Rifle Shooting and Fishing, on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 6 p.m. according to the schedule below. Scouts must be registered ahead of time by stopping at Customer Service or calling the store. Scout masters and parents are strongly encouraged to stay with their scouts attending the classes.

Thursday, September 4 - Rifle Shooting
Tuesday, September 9 - Rifle Shooting
Thursday, September 11 - Fishing
Tuesday, September 16 - Fishing
Thursday, September 18 - Rifle Shooting
Tuesday, September 23 - Rifle Shooting
Thursday, September 25 - Fishing

Coming Up? September 27 and 28 - Fall Fishing Event!

Beginning Fishing for Kids Workshop, crafts, and Fishing Seminars with our Local Pros and experts!  

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Braised Rabbit with Onion, Garlic and Herbs

The Iowa Roadside Survey report is out and it shows, among an increased number of pheasants, there is also a big increase in cottontail in some parts of our state. Rabbit and squirrel season started this week in Iowa and we like rabbit, so time to start featuring and trying some new recipes for them. I picked up a cookbook from a GAMO vendor display at a store event a couple of years ago. Haven't made it, but it look good and easy! I think you could use a slow cooker just as easily as a Dutch oven or other oven-safe heavy duty pot. The recipe is from the Small Game Cookbook and is credited to Keith Sutton, CatfishSutton.com.

Braised Rabbit with Onion, Garlic and Herbs

4 servings

1 rabbit, cut in serving pieces

1/4 cup olive oil

1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 C chicken broth

1 1/2 tsps dried thme

1/4 tsp pepper

1 bay leaf

1/4 C all purpose flour

1/4 C lemon juice

5 Tbsp cold water

In a Dutch oven or other oven-safe, heavy duty pot over medium heat, cook the rabbit pieces in heated olicve oil until lightly browned. Remove rabbit and keep warm. In the same pot, saute the onion and garlic until tender. Stir in the broth, thyme, a pepper and bay leaf. Return rabbit to the pan. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and place in a preheated 325-degree oven. Cook 1 hour or until the meat is tender.

Arrange rabbit on a serving platter. Discard bay leaf. Whisk together the four, lemon juice and water until smooth. Stir into pan juices. Bring to a boil, while stirring, and continue to stir for two minutes more or until thickened. Sauce can be ladled over rabbit or served on the side.

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Ten Quotes to Ignore About Treestands

Rod SlingsRod Slings, is Founder/CEO of Hunting and Shooting Related Consultants LLC and retired Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Supervisor.

Over the years of investigating treestand falls and interviewing the victims, their families and evaluating the scenes, a number of quotes come to mind. These are quotes to remember, but never follow. Please learn from these with the “Note” of explanation:

 

  1. He always said, “Those safety harnesses are way too restrictive. I like my freedom to move around.”

Note: Over one million treestands are sold each year. Each stand includes a safety harness; look for only stands that are Treestand Manufacturer's Association approved, with the logo on it. Do not alter the harness. The harness provided or purchased separately is designed to save you from falling to the ground.  Read all manufacturer's instructions before use. Your goal is to get back on to your stand as quickly as possible if you fall.  See: Dr. Norman Woods’s study on suspension trauma:

http://www.fallsafety.com/wpcontent/uploads/2013/03/NormanWoodsSuspensionTraumaALethalCascadeOfEvents.pdf

  1. “I looked at the treestands in the store and I knew I could build one almost as good.”

Note:  Homemade stands come in all shapes and sizes, everything from old shipping pallets to untreated plywood that are nailed into the tree to hold it up. Your best safety investment is a manufactured stand that will provide you with a safe and secure platform when manufacturer's guidelines are followed. Don’t take a chance with your safety! Your life is worth more than a pile a lumber.Treestand safety

  1. “I don't know who put this stand here or when; I was just checking it out to see if it was still safe.”

Note:  Never trust a stand that you have not helped hang or made yourself familiar with each detail of how it has been secured. The longer a stand is exposed to the elements, the more risks you are taking. The worst thing you could do is climb into an unknown stand in the predawn hours and put yourself at risk, based on someone else’s carelessness.

  1. “I didn't unload my gun before I pulled it up to my treestand because the noise might have spooked a deer.”

Note: Never hoist or lower a loaded firearm from your treestand. Always check and double check your firearm to make sure it’s unloaded. When using a muzzleloader, make sure the cap or ignition system is removed. Use a haul line to raise and lower your hunting implement, including bows, crossbows and all firearms and equipment. Never allow the muzzle of a firearm to be lowered into the dirt, snow or mud.  Remember, attempting to raise or lower any type of equipment in hand or attached to your body may cause risk, which may result in injury or worse.

  1. “I was wearing my harness, but I guess I had a little too much slack in my tether.”

Note:  Make sure you always follow the manufacturer's recommendations when ascending, perched in your stand or descending. When you allow too much slack in your tether, you risk not being able to self-rescue yourself back into your treestand. Your primary focus must be to get back onto your stand as quickly as possible. Your anchor point that you attach your tether to must be above your head when sitting in your stand.

  1. “It just takes too much time to use all that safety stuff; I just wanted to get in my tree quick I as I can.”

Note: If you plan to hunt again, and return home safely after each and every hunt, you will follow all of the safety guidelines and utilize the equipment needed to stay safe in the woods. Planning your hunt means allowing enough time to not only get to your stand, but also secure yourself safely. Use three points of contact when using a ladder. Use a lineman’s belt, a line that you hook your harness into when ascending and descending. Always stay connected to a safety anchor. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones.  One slip and you will change not only your life, but put a great amount of stress and burden on those around you.

  1. “I can’t believe I fell asleep and fell out of my stand.”

Note: It has been said that a hunter in a stand becomes “one” with the woods when hunting from a treestand. There is an almost a hypnotic state of mind that takes place when surrounded by the natural beauty hovering above the forest floor. As this relaxed transition takes place, it is imperative that all safety equipment is in use. Don’t become a statistic!  

  1. “I laid on the ground all night after I fell out of my stand. My legs wouldn’t work, my phone was in my backpack up in the tree, so I couldn’t call for help.”

Note: Always carry a communications device on your person. Make sure you always have service from the location you are hunting. Carry it in a chest pocket, so you can get to it when you need it. File a “hunt plan” with your family or friends, so they know exactly where you are hunting and when you expect to get home.  That way, rescue and law enforcement have a much better chance to find you, if you need help.

  1. “I unhooked for just a second, lost my balance and fell.”

Note:  Always stay connected. Maintaining the same sequence of events each time creates a routine.
“I always do it this way” is a very good method to maintain good safety practices. That one second of disconnect could cost you a lifetime of suffering. Always staying connected to an anchor point protects and insures you and will help you defy a thing called gravity.       

  1.  “I heard there were two kinds of treestand hunters, those that have and those that will.”

Note: Falls from elevated devices result in significantly more injuries than hunting-related shootings. The safety equipment available to keep hunters that hunt from elevated devices safe has increased greatly over the past years. If you talk to those who “have” fallen, you will hear them say, “I didn’t think it would happen to me!”  Learn from the tragedies of others, don’t become a statistic!

Please hunt safe this fall. Remember to acquire the necessary equipment to keep your hunt safe.

You owe it to yourself and your family.

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Set the "Tablescape"

"Come set the table!'

How I dreaded those words when I was little...however, now I would much rather set the table than clean up the mess. Creating a nice "tablescape" is half of the fun.

We love hunting and fishing at Bass Pro Shops...and eating much of what we hunt and fish! Any true cook will tell you that food simply tastes better when served on a nicely set table. Lately, we've received new dinnerware in stock at Bass Pro Shops. Different colors of a current style and some additional patterns, some of which would appeal to that person who doesn't care for a buck staring at them while they eat or a giant bass leaping out of their food for every single their meals. Someone like me!

Dinnerware - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaLooking for something earthy, however, not flat-out cabin style? The Wilderness Collection Embossed Stoneware 16-piece set comes in a rustic antiques finish in three colors - the original cream, and now rust and green, which is a sage color. This style is my #1 choice. It's embossed design around the edges is of our four most majestic wildlife - the bull moose, the elk, the black bear, and the whitetail. There are four each of mug, dinner plate, salad plate, and bowl. It is dishwasher and microwave safe and makes a GREAT housewarming or wedding gift idea.

Here's another great one - the Bass Pro Shops Realtree Xtra Green Dinnerware set. Bass Pro Shops Realtree Xtra GreenCamo dinner plates?  But wait, it doesn't look like camo and if someone didn't have any idea what Realtree Xtra Green was, they would say, "My what beautiful woodland dinnerware you have!" A 100% stoneware full of warmth and beauty...can you see it on your winter dinner party or Christmas table? I can! Comes with four each: mug, dinner plate, salad plate, and bowl, and is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Now, if you ARE going for more of the total cabin or outdoors look, you might enjoy the Black and White Deer 16-Piece set. the beautiful artwork of renowned artist Al Agnew graces these plates. Stunning, yet simple and perfect for all-round or just those hearty, special harvest meals!

 

Last, but not least, the Bass Pro Shops exclusive Deep Forest 16-piece set is beautiful. It has debossed wildlife deBass Pro Shops Deep Woods dinnerware - Bass Pro Shops Altoonasigns that are accented with reactive glaze created by melting different colors together. What's also nice is, along with the four dinner plates and four slad plates, it also comes with oversized mugs and bowls...four 28 oz. bowls, and four 14 oz. mugs. Get the venison chili ready!

These can all be found online or check with your closest Bass Pro Shops. There are other dinnerware selections also online.

Don't forget! While you're working on those table settings, remember the coordinating flatware!

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Product Spotlight - Last Minute Dove Gear!

Dove season starts Monday, September 1, in Iowa. Here are a couple of last minute dove hunting items our Hunting Manager Shaun Bequeaith recommends:

RedHead Dove StoolRedHead Dove Stool

The RedHead Dove Stool in RealTree Xtra gives you the best seat in the sunflower field! Easy to carry and has a built-in, zippered compartment under the seat. Perfect for ammo and other important gear...like jerky, sun protection, and water...while you rest your legs and wait for the doves to come in! Made of heavy duty, water resistance polyester fabric, and has a built in carrying strap for easy transport. Folds up nicely too for storage!

 

CamoFX Face PaintCamoFX Face Paint System

Doves have extremely good eye sight. Put on your best game face, so they don't spot you! Easy to apply, this three-color system was designed by hunters and has been field tested in a variety of hunting situations. It allows you to put the high-def paint on evenly, quickly, and it doesn't crack, dry up, run or smear.

 

RedHead Rubber Dove Decoy 4-packMake sure to check your decoys...if you need new ones, the MOJO Outdoors VooDoo Dove Decoy runs on batteries, so the wings are always moving...NOT just when there is a breeze. Plus, the new RedHead Rubber Dove Decoy 4-pack provides a realistic option for perched doves. The spring clips on the bottom allow you to clip them to tree branches and fences, providing a realistic atmosphere for your hunt.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Hometown Festival and Heroes!

The last official weekend of summer! Labor Day campers, football fans, holiday visitors, and Hy-Vee Triathlon viewers will all be in our store this weekend...plus families looking for some good old-fashioned fun on a rainy day!

Saturday, 8/30 & Sunday, 8/31 - Noon-5 p.m.

Duck Pond
Metal detector treasure hunt
Casting buckets
Face painting
Free Craft
Free photo download
Two $25 gift cards given away each day!

Outdoor Cooking Seminars Both Days
1:30pm - Stoked to Smoke: How to Smoke Meat Right
2:30pm - Backyard Chef: Picking the Right Grill
3:30pm - Going Dutch: Dutch Oven Cooking Made Easy

Free Hot Dogs and Ice Cream Samples - Saturday and Sunday Aug. 30 & 31
Hot Dogs 1-4pm
Ice cream 4-5pm

Honoring Hometown Heroes Event - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaNEW this year - Honoring our Hometown Heroes - special drawings from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, for veterans, active duty military and military personnel, law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics, and teachers!

 

 

Try Before You Buy!

Our Gifts Department will be serving up a fish fry for our Hometown Heroes on Aug. 30 with Uncle Buck's Original Fish Batter.

Aug. 31- They're serving up Uncle Buck’s Biscuits and Gravy!

Coming up?

Boy Scout Donation Month and Merit Badge classes at Bass Pro Shops! The classes begin September 2 and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. to help scouts work toward their Fishing and Rifle Shooting Badges. The schedule varies and you must pre-register in person at Customer Service or call the store at 515-957-5500.

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Teal Season Changes

Due to higher than usual population numbers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given several states the opportunity to make some changes in their teal season.

In Iowa, a special teal-only season will run September 6-21. In Iowa, bluewing teal will be especially prevalent, as they common throughout the central state waterfowl regions and second only to the mallard in numbers. They're also the earliest migrators, leaving in late August and September.

Since this special season is only for teal, proper identification is important. Check out these tips for identifying teal from the Iowa DNR and the Delta Waterfowl organization.

In Iowa, all standard state and federal waterfowl hunting regulations apply during the special teal season. However, shooting Blue-winged Tealhours will differ in that hunters can ONLY shoot from sunrise to sunset and NOT one 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset.

For information on opportunities in other states visit Delta Waterfowl's Delta News article and check with you state conservation and natural resources agencies.

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Hunting Manager Shaun Bequeaith and Maintenance Lead Steve Staerk, both hunters, offer these tips:

  • Look to shallow waters for teal habitat.
  • Downsize your shot - use 4 shot steel
  • Scout head of time.
  • Don't be afraid to mix in some larger mallard decoys with your teal decoys, so they'll be more easily spotted by teals from above.

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It's a Hometown Festival

It's the last holiday weekend of summer - send summer out in style with our old-fashioned Hometown Festival!

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Hometown Festival

Saturday and Sunday, August 30 & 31
Labor Day Weekend

Noon-5 p.m.

To us, a Hometown Festival means fun and food...and we'll have both!

Here's the lineup of events:

  • Duck Pond - Kids pick a duck for a cool prize!
  • Metal detector treasure hunt
  • Casting buckets
  • Face painting
  • Free Craft - Color an Owl Backpack Clip!
  • Free photo download - like you're in the #14 car!

Two $25 gift cards given away each day!

Outdoor Cooking Seminars Both Days
1:30 p.m. - Stoked to Smoke: How to Smoke Meat Right
2:30 p.m. - Backyard Chef: Picking the Right Grill
3:30 p.m. - Going Dutch: Dutch Oven Cooking Made Easy

Free Hot Dogs and Ice Cream Samples - Both days!
Hot Dogs 1-4 p.m.
Ice cream 4-5 p.m.

Plus, these free food samples!
August 30 - Uncle Buck’s Pancakes and Uncle Buck’s Syrup
August 31 - Uncle Buck’s Biscuits and Gravy

Additionally, on Saturday, August 30, we recognize our hometown heroes - special drawings only for veterans, soldiers, military personnel, law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and teachers!

Honoring our Hometown Heroes

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The Importance of Practice

Does practice make perfect? That's the theory. It's great weather to be practicing with your bow...tuning up, checking up and preparing your equipment, so you can make a clean harvest and be safe. However, missing a shot is one of those key mental hurdles that newcomers...whether man, woman, or child...have to conquer. Maria Young, from Dressed to Kill TV, is the first to say keep on practicing and don't get discouraged. Everyone has missed at some point, but practice will keep you in the game. Check out her comments and hear about her own personal experiences with "the miss" here in this brief YouTube video:

Pick up that bow, grab a target and start practicing. Get reacquainted with your gear and your form.

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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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Treestand Safety

Tree Stand SafetyAugust is Treestand Safety Awareness month. According to the National Bowhunter Education Foundation's PROJECT STAND, national studies indicate that 10-30% of hunters who hunt from treestands 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 Treestand 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 treestand safety, visit the Treestand 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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