This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Summer Camp Continues

Family Summer Camp Schedule - June 14, 15, 17, and 19

Catch and Release Pond - Free Photo Download

This is the LAST WEEKEND for the Catch and Release Pond and the free photo download, June 14-15, noon-5 p.m.

  • Free outdoor activities from noon until 5 p.m. including the Daisy BB gun range, casting, and archery.
  • Free crafts - Noon - 2 p.m. - Crafts change each week!
  • Homemade ice cream sampling - 5-6 p.m. on Saturday evening only
  • Last, but not least, our popular workshops - Each child receives a lanyard at their first workshop and a pin for each workshop they attend throughout the summer. Collect all nine pins!Catch and Release Pond

Saturday, June 14
12 p.m. - Fishing
1 p.m.- Water Safety
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Birdwatching

Sunday, June 15
12 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping and Conservation
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Tuesday, June 17
12 p.m. - Birdwatching
1 p.m. - Fishing
2 p.m. - Archery
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Thursday, June 19
12 p.m. - Archery
1 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
2 p.m. - Travel safety
3 p.m. - Water Safety
4 p.m. - Camping and Conservation

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Digs for Dogs @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Digs for Dogs

 

Bass Pro Shops Altoona

First Annual

 

 

 

Build a Doghouse Contest

Benefitting the

Animal Rescue League of Iowa

 

Animal Rescue Leage of Iowa

 

Two ways to help!

  • Build a fun and functional doghouse and enter it in the contest - enter on your own or as a team!
  • Place a silent bid on a custom-built doghouse and help the ARL!


All entries will be displayed at Bass Pro Shops Altoona August 1-10.
The public is invited to place silent bids during that time.
Bid winners announced August 10.

Teams can be non-profit organizations or a business. Judges will select a winner for the most creative doghouse in each entry bracket -- the winning individual and team will receive a

$150 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card!

For complete details and the registration form, visit the Notes section of our Facebook page (you don't have to be on Facebook to view!) or stop by the Altoona, Iowa, Bass Pro Shops store!

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Reeling in Readers

Reeling in Readers - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaBass Pro Shops Altoona often has the opportunity to assist schools and organizations with their events, especially those that are conservation-related or help children learn about fishing, hunting, or other great outdoor activities. 

Recently, an elementary school in Newton, Iowa, had a unique challenge that created reading fun for students with the hopes of fishing fun when it was all over.  "Reeling in Readers" brought together first-graders with their male role models for education indoors and outdoors. Teacher Jessica Cole explains:

"The purpose of the (Reeling in Readers) derby was to find a way to get males more involved in their children's Reeling in Readers - Bass Pro Shops Altoonaeducation. Typically, it is the females that work with their children at the elementary level. Children that have fathers that are involved in their schooling have a 42 percent better chance of excelling. (Gestwicki, 2010). Reeling in Readers encouraged interactive reading and father involvement.  

"We asked all first grade students at Thomas Jefferson (120 students) to read and record at least 20 books with their father, uncle, grandfathers, or other male role model.  When they turned in their logs they got tickets to the fishing derby!"

Cole worked with Jasper County Conservation officers to find a spot and time to close a park to the public for a few hours. She proposed the event to her administration as part of a graduate program course requirement to "organize a parent involvement initiative."

"The research I found showed that students perform better and make bigger gains when parents are involved in school.  Reeling in Readers - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaAn enormous amount of literature and interest about the positive effects of parental involvement on students’ academic achievement exists (Fan & Chen, 2001)."Reeling in Readers

Cole says one father drove from South Dakota to fish with his daughter, and then back home after the derby. Both first graders and role models were excited to spend time outside the classroom enjoying the great tradition of fishing!

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What's the Best Knot for Tying Two Lines Together?

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staffer Rod Woten fielded this question from a Facebook fan. Here's his answer:

"If you’re talking about two similar-sized lines of similar material I prefer the surgeon’s knot. The blood knot would be my second favorite for this type of application. Examples would be adding tippet to the end of a fly line leader, adding a mono leader to a fluorocarbon mainline, or splicing additional line to a spool of monofilament.

If you’re talking about lines of differing size or material, I prefer the nail knot.  Examples of this use would be attaching fly line to backing and attaching leader to fly line.

The nail knot for the most part is fly fishing exclusive. However, the blood knot and surgeon’s knot have much wider ranging applications. They are ideal for tying mono to mono or mono to flouro.

 

 

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Sun Protection Basics - Are You Sun Smart?

When I was young, I remember going to a day camp during the summer for Brownies. By the next day I had giant blisters on my back from sun burn. There was no such thing as sun protection in 1967. With light brown hair and blue eyes, I was destined to be a sunburn magnet. As I got older, I didn't necessarily get wiser very quickly. But, now I am, especially being an outdoors lover.

Now, it seems like there are new and different sunscreen formulas and types on the market. From oils and lotions to pumps and cremes, there is a plethora of prevention!

Here is a basic rundown of sun protection terminology, the numbers game of sun protection, plus some eye-opening statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

  • Sunscreens vary in how they protect you from the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Both rays cause skin cancer and aging - UVA is the longer wave ray that causes the long lasting skin damage, aging and cancer. UVB rays are the shorter rays that cause burning, and skin damage like blisters.Sunscreen
  • Sunscreens typically offer a Sun Protection Factor or SPF. The SPF is a measurement of the product's ability to prevent UVB rays from damaging your skin. For example, it typically takes me about 15-20 minutes to show redness on my skin when I'm out in the sun. An SPF of 15, in theory, means that product should allow you to stay out 15 times longer.
  • Some products may also say "broad spectrum," which means they protect you from both A and B ultraviolet rays.

Sunscreen Basics - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaYear-round and hot or cold, women AND men need to use sun protection for their skin. Many women's cosmetic products promote SPF and now men can get sunscreen products designed just for them.

Bass Pro Shops sells predominantly Banana Boat products, from SPF 4 up to100+. All of the SPF 15 and higher of our products have the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation. 

Here are some tips, facts, and keys to remember from the Skin Cancer Foundations

  • During a long day at the beach, one person should use around one half to one quarter of an 8 oz. bottle. Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin. Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply the same amount every two hours. Sunscreens should also be reapplied immediately after swimming, toweling off, or sweating a great deal.Sunscreen
  • The common belief that we have experienced 80% of our sun exposure as a child is a myth. "A recent multi-center study showed that we get less than 25 percent of our total sun exposure by age 18. In fact, it is men over the age of 40 who spend the most time outdoors, and get the highest annual doses of UV rays. And since adult Americans are living longer and spending more leisure time outdoors, preventing ongoing skin damage will continue to be an important part of a healthy lifestyle."
  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • An estimated 43,890 new cases of invasive melanoma in men and 32,210 in women will be diagnosed in the US in 2014.
  • Overall, one in 34 men and one in 53 women will develop melanoma in their lifetimes.
  • The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50.
  • Adults over age 40, especially men, have the highest annual exposure to UV.
  • Infants under six months of age should NOT be exposed to the sun.

Enjoy the outdoors, but protect your skin while you're at it. With lotions, sprays, clothing, and sunglasses all providing important protection, there is no reason to not be sun smart.

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Product Spotlight - Jucy Lucy Press

It seems like there are new "bigger and bJucy Lucy Burger Pressetter" burger restaurants opening up all the time...and the stranger the better sometimes! Would you like to create your OWN gourmet, Jucy Lucy burgers at home? Our Associate Tracy did and decided to try out the Charcoal Companion Stuff-a-Burger Press.

"I've tried many times to make stuffed burgers on my own unsuccessfully. But THIS was a dream come true! Bring a big bun and a big appetite for this 3/4 pound monster!"Jucy Lucy Burger Press - Bass Pro Shops Altoona Iowa

Yes, it makes an impressive 3/4 pound burger. Tracy followed the instructions for the durable press and, for her first run, simply used soft cheddar processed cheese for the stuffing.

"What was really wonderful about the burger was that the cheese sort of melted into the burger meat. It didn't ooze out of the sides but just blended in a bit. It melted in my mouth with EVERY bite!"

Tracy topped her burger off with some bacon and enjoyed the whole burger!Jucy Lucy burger

Make burgers more fun this summer with the Jucy Lucy - find it online or at Bass Pro Shops Altoona in the Camping section!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Family Summer Camp 2014 @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

This weekend our very popular Family Summer Camp is back! Kids' workshops and activities every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from June 7 to July 13! All activities begin at noon - we will have the casting buckets, archery range and Daisy BB Shooting Range, plus the additional fun events listed below!

Our first two weekends feature two special events:

Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8 ONLY

  • Catch and Release Pond

Noon-5 p.m. - Kids can experience FREE fishing at our big indoor catch and release pond! We supply the gear, you bring in the kids! Big thanks to the Northern Polk Pheasants Forever for assisting us June 7 with the pond!

  • Free Photo Download

Noon - 5 p.m. - Free photo download for kids - like they're on the cover of Outdoor Kids magazine!

Workshops

Free workshops for kids are held every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday through July 13! This weekend's workshop schedule is:

Saturdays
12 p.m. - Fishing
1 p.m.- Water Safety
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Birdwatching - See more at: http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-altoona-ia/family-summer-camp-2014#sthash.JE2iiTVb.dpuf

Saturday:
12 p.m. - Fishing
1 p.m.- Water Safety
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Birdwatching

Sunday:
12 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping and Conservation
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

For Tuesday and Thursday's schedules, visit our Facebook page.

CraftsFamily Summer Camp 2014 Craft Week one

A different craft each week! The craft for June 7 & 8, 10 &12 craft is:
Color a Wooden Ring Toss (while supplies last)

 

Don't forget - Every Saturday evening from 5-6 p.m. (or while supplies last) we'll be serving up samples of homemade ice cream!

 

Coming Up! 

June 14-15 - Family Summer

Camp features the KAYAK POOL!  Young and old can try kayaking in our 20x50 ft pool!

Kayak Pool @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Kayak Pool - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaKayak Pool @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

 

 

 

 

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Saturdays
12 p.m. - Fishing
1 p.m.- Water Safety
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Birdwatching

Sundays
12 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping and Conservation
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure - See more at: http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-altoona-ia/family-summer-camp-2014#sthash.JE2iiTVb.dpuf
Saturdays
12 p.m. - Fishing
1 p.m.- Water Safety
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Birdwatching

Sundays
12 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping and Conservation
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure - See more at: http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-altoona-ia/family-summer-camp-2014#sthash.JE2iiTVb.dpuf
Saturdays
12 p.m. - Fishing
1 p.m.- Water Safety
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Birdwatching

Sundays
12 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping and Conservation
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure - See more at: http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-altoona-ia/family-summer-camp-2014#sthash.JE2iiTVb.dpuf
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Free Fishing Weekend

National Fishing and Boating Week is June 1-8 and many states celebrate free fishing days during that time. In Iowa, June 6-8 are a Free Fishing Weekend for Iowa residents. Not a fisherman (or woman)?  The first full weekend in June is set aside by the Iowa DNR as Free Fishing Weekend, so Iowa residents can give fishing a try without paying for a license. All other rules and regulations do apply.

This is also a perfect time to take kids fishing for the first time. the DNR schedules this weekend because it's typically the time when bluegills are closer to shore and a little Family Fishing - Bass Pro Shops Altoonafeistier! Iowa has many great small county and state parks where you can fish from the banks and give kids (and adults) a fun time fishing!

Not sure what basics you need to get started? Come on in to Bass Pro Shops Altoona and we will help you get the right basic gear to start, from hooks and bobbers, to the right fishing line, and a good basic rod and reel combo for you and the kids, plus some small lures or bait advice.

You can find a listing of free fishing days around the country at www.takemefishing.org/nfbw/.

Here is a listing of some of the many family and kids events in Iowa that are free during Free Fishing Weekend on June 7. Of course, if it's raining, bring the kids to Bass Pro Shops Altoona and they can fish inside for free in our Catch and Release pond that weekend!

7:00 a.m. - Blue Lake Kids Day Fishing Clinic/Kids Fishing Derby - Lewis and Clark State Park, Onawa, IA
8:00 a.m. - Bondurant Youth Fishing Derby, ages 15 and under - Lake Petocka, Bondurant, IA
8:00a.m. - Pleasant Hill Youth Fishing Derby, ages 4-13 - Copper Creek, Pleasant Hill, IA
8:00 a.m.  West Lake Park Fishing Clinic for kids - Lake of the Hills, West Lake Park, Davenport, IA
8:00 a.m. - Go FISH - "Fishing Instruction Starts Here" - Hickory Grove Lake - Nevada, IA
8:00 a.m. - Central Park Annual Kids Fishing Derby, ages 16 and under - Central Park Lake, Center Junction, IA
8:00 a.m. - Youth Fishing Tournament/Clinic -  Little Sioux Lake, Correctionville, IA
8:30 a.m. - Fishing Clinic, ages 6-16 -  McIntosh Woods State Park, Ventura, IA
9:00 a.m. - Kid's Fishing Day - Fishing Clinic - Willow Lake, Woodbine, IA
9:00 a.m. - Fishing Clinic - Riverside Park, Stacyville, IA
9:00 a.m. - Annual Kids' Fishing Clinic - Wapsi (Central City to Oxford Junction), Central City, IA
9:00 a.m. - Des Moines County Conservation Free Kids' Fishing Derby -  Big Hollow Lake, Sperry, IA
9:00 a.m. - Fishing Clinic and Derby - Pollmiller Park Lake, West Point, IA
9:00 a.m. - 15th Annual Cops N' Bobbers Fishing Clinic - Youth Fishing Clinic - City Hall, West Des Moines, IA
9:00 a.m. - Hook, Line and Sinker Fishing Derby - 7th Annual Free Family Fishing Derby - Mariposa Lake, Newton, IA
9:00 a.m. - Free Fishing Clinic for all ages - Hurstville Pond, Maquoketa, IA
9:30 a.m. - Youth  Fishing Clinic - Davis County Pond,  Bloomfield, IA
10:00 a.m. - Youth Fishing Derby - Fishing Clinic - Brushy Creek Lake, Duncombe, IA
10:00 a.m. - Lake Anita Kids' Fishing Day, ages 15 and under - Lake Anita State Park, Anita, IA
10:00 a.m. - Free Family Fishing Event - Liberty Centre Pond, North Liberty, IA
10:00 a.m. - Optimist Club/Page County Cons. Fishing Derby/Clinic - ages 5 to 15 - Pioneer Park, Shenandoah, IA
10:00 a.m. - Ankeny Optimist Club Free Fishing Derby/Clinic, ages 5-13 - Hawkeye Park Pond, Ankeny, IA
11:00 a.m. - Scranton's Kids' Fishing Days - Fishing Clinic - Lost Lagoon, Scranton, IA
11:00 a.m. - Seth Thompson Memorial Kids' Fishing Day/Clinic, ages 16 and under - Wilson Park Lake, Lenox, IA
1:00 p.m. - Backbone Lake Kids Fishing Clinic and Derby, ages 15 and under - Backbone State Park, Dundee, IA
2:00 p.m. Iowa DNR/Izaack Walton League Kids' Fishing Day - Mississippi River Pool 13, Bellevue, IA  
3:00 p.m. - Kids Fish Iowa! Adventure Youth Fishing Clinic - Lowe Park, Marion, IA
4:00 p.m. Family Fishing Fun - A late afternoon of fishing fun at this secluded pond -  Glissman Pond, Adel, IAFishing Derby

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Product Spotlight - Three-Person Water Balloon Launcher

Liven up your family reunion, camping party, or just have fun in your own backyard with the Three-Person Water Balloon Launcher by StreamMachine! Perfect for the older kids (16 years of age and older), it comes with 72 biodegradable balloons and a filler nozzle. 

The three-person launcher is not found online. they may not be available at all Bass Pro locations, but we have them here at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, so check at your local Bass Pro Shops store to see if they have them in stock.

We tried one out at a recent morning meeting here at Bass Pro Shops Altoona. It was a real "hit!" Watch this video clip to see how easy it is to use and aim...and to see how difficult it was for our General Manager to catch the balloon! A great way to start the day...by soaking the GM!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Grilled Stuffed Venison Meatloaf

Grilled Stuffed Venison Meatloaf - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

 

As usual, this was originally a beef recipe, but, as usual, we used venison instead. Very tasty, however I kicked up the seasonings a bit by using salt and pepper blends and adding some smoked paprika and garlic powder. We are already working on what type of stuffing we will use in our next meatloaf...soon!

 


Grilled Stuffed Venison Meatloaf

2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
Grilled Stuffed Venison Meatloaf - Bass Pro Shops Altoona1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper blend seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
2 pounds ground venison

Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsps prepared mustard

In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in butter until tender and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the egg, milk, oats, salt and 1/2 of the pepper blend. Break up the venison over the mixture and mix well (by hand!). On a large piece of foil, pat the meat mixture into an approximately 12"x8" rectangle. Spoon the mushroom/onion mixture onto the rolled out meat to about 1" from the edges. Sprinkle the rest of the black pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder over the mixture. Roll the rectangle up jell-roll style, starting with a short edge. Peel the foil away as you roll. Seal the seam and the ends.

Prepare whatever grill you are using Grilled Stuffed Venison Meatloaf - Bass Pro Shops Altoonafor indirect heat. You will want to have some way to catch the drippings and keep the loaf up out of the juices. On a charcoal grill, use a drip pan and a doubled-over piece of heavy duty foil with three slits cut in it. Put the meat loaf on the foil on the grill rack over the drip pan.

We use a gas grill, so I simply used the metal lifting rack from my usual meat loaf pan, and placed it in a heavy duty foil pan on the rack. The loaf stayed up out of the juices.

Grill (lid closed) over indirect medium heat for about 35 minutes. Brush your combined sauce ingredients over the loaf and cook for another 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160. Go by the thermometer, not the time because every grill (especially gas) is different.

Enjoy!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Gettin' Ready for Camp!

 

Splash Bombs at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

This weekend we are putting the final touches on our preparations for Family Summer Camp 2014!

In the meantime, if you are in town for the Principal Charity Classic, or maybe camping in the area at one our many great parks and lakes, stop by and say hello!

Heading to Adventureland and Adventure Bay? Then you REALLY need to come by and check out our water toys - like the VERY POPULAR Splash Bombs!  Soak them, splash them, throw them!

Additionally, we have a great assortment of Coast Guard approved life vests for all ages and sizes!

Saturday, May 31

Legal Heat classes at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, IowaLegal Heat - Concealed Carry Class - 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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.

Sunday, June 1

Try Before You Buy

Sunday, June 1 - 12-4 p.m. or while supplies last
Our Gifts Department will be handing out samples of our Uncle Buck's Bacon Jerky - Original and Maple-Glazed!

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Have Dog, Will Travel

Traveling with Pets - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaVacation time is fast approaching. In our dog-loving society today, many people take their dogs with them now on trips to go camping, hiking, or just to relatives.

In a 2012 survey by AAA and Best Western, 51% of travelers with pets said they would take their pets along on every vacation if they could. According to a 2012 survey by the American Pet Products Association, almost 11 million dog caregivers had taken their pets on a trip within the previous month, and 23 percent of caregivers said they are willing to travel with their dogs for more than two nights.

Almost every day at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, especially in the summer, we welcome guests who are passing through on I-80 and traveling with a pet. Let's face it, we're talking dogs here...we have had two cats that visited, and I think a hamster once, but mostly we have dogs. Here are some tips for items to remember and some "pet-i-quette" ideas for traveling with your dog, whether on vacation or even on shorter hunting or fishing excursions.

  • Make sure your pet is "road worthy."  Take the dog for a ride or two before you go on a long journey. Start with a short ride, then longer.
  • Determine if your dog needs to be restrained or contained somehow. The AAA says about 30,000 accidents each year are caused by unrestrained pets wandering in the front seat. It may seem cute and cuddly to have your dog in your lap, but it's a distraction and could result in injuries to you, your passengers, other drivers, and the dog. Pet crates, portable pet partitions, and cargo area protectors are a good way to protect everyone, two- or four-legged!
  • Keeping your dog contained means not letting them stick their head out the window, at least not for extended periods of time or at high speeds. It could cause hematomas or other ear damage. Additionally, if you do let them stick their head out for a bit, make sure your window lock is on so they don't accidentally close the window on themselves.
  • Make sure your dog is up-to-date on all shots and vaccines. If you're going on an extended trip to bring along your dog's medical records.
  • Have plenty of water along for the dog to drink during rest stops. The RedHead collapsible dog dish is perfect for traveling, since you can put water in it or food.
  • Make sure your dog is comfortable. Give them their spot or "bed" to lie down while traveling. Bring along a favorite toy for them to have nearby.
  • Always make sure your dog goes to the bathroom before you head out and every time you stop.
  • Don't EVER leave your dog in the car. If they can't go where you're going, then don't take them along. Even if the windows are cracked, it can still get extremely hot in a car or truck.
  • However, here's the reverse: Don't leave your dog alone in a hotel room, no matter how well-behaved you think they are. Recently, on a trip home from out west, we stayed in a pet-friendly hotel in North Dakota. Unfortunately, two rooms down there was a dog that barked almost non-stop, while its owners were gone, probably having dinner and out for the evening. There were some unhappy hotel customers that night on that floor. But it wasn't the dog's fault. If you can't take the dog with you, don't go. Consider your surroundings.
  • We are pet friendly at our particular Bass Pro Shops here in Altoona, Iowa. Each Bass Pro Shops has its own state rules it must follow. While most service animals are allowed inside Bass Pro Shops retail locations, further regulations may differ from store to store. Please contact the store you will be visiting prior to arriving for information as to whether or not your pet will be allowed in the store.
  • Please remember to make sure your dog goes to the bathroom before you go inside any place. Accidents can happen, but making sure they've relieved themselves (both ways, if possible!) lessens the chances.
  • Always be prepared to pick up after your pet. It's the courteous thing to do.

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Family Summer Camp 2014!

Family Summer Camp is back at Bass Pro Shops Altoona with more fun and two new workshops for the kids!

Beat the heat with us!

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Kids workshop and activities every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from June 7 to July 13!

The Catch and Release Pond is BACK! June 7-8, 14-15, noon-5 p.m.!

Free activities from noon until 5 p.m. including the Daisy BB gun airsoft range, casting,
archery, and a free 4x6 photo!

Free crafts - Noon - 2 p.m. - Crafts change each week!

Homemade ice cream sampling - 5-6 p.m. on Saturday evenings, while supplies last.

Last, but not least, our very popular workshops:
Birdwatching, Fishing, Archery, Backyard Adventures, Shooting and Hunting, Water Safety, and, two new workshops this year - Travel Safety and Kayaking!

Workshops are designed for ages 6-13. Each child receives a lanyard at their first workshop and a pin for each workshop they attend throughout the summer. Collect all nine pins!

The workshop schedule is as follows:
Tuesdays
12 p.m. - Birdwatching
1 p.m.- Fishing
2 p.m. - Archery
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Thursdays
12 p.m. - Archery
1 p.m.- Shooting and Hunting
2 p.m. - Travel safety
3 p.m. - Water Safety
4 p.m. - Camping and Conservation

Saturdays
12 p.m. - Fishing
1 p.m.- Water Safety
2 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
3 p.m. - Kayaking
4 p.m. - Birdwatching

Sundays
12 p.m. - Shooting and Hunting
1 p.m. - Archery
2 p.m. - Travel Safety
3 p.m. - Camping and Conservation
4 p.m. - Backyard Adventure

Bass Pro Shops' Family Summer Camp is a great way to beat the heat with the kids this summer...and we guarantee you parents, grandparents, babysitters, etc., will learn something, too!

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Bike into Bass Pro Shops

It's National Bike Month and while we DON'T sell bicycles we DO sell items that will make bicycling more enjoyable. Besides, this is Iowa, home of the infamous bicycle ride across the state at the end of July. We might know a thing or two about keeping your cool while bicycling! Check out these items from Bass Pro Shops, here in the store or online, to make that ride a bit more comfortable:

Clothing - Look for shirts, shorts, and hats with sun protection, and sweat-wicking technology. For example, the Omni-Shade and Omni-Wick shirts and shorts from Columbia provide sun protection AND evaporation control to keep you comfortable on the ride.

Sunscreen - Protection from the sun is paramount - you may not feel it ON the ride, but you definitely will the next day! Load up on sun protection for your face, arms, and lips. For the very young to the not so young, and special lotions for men, even sunscreen spray with insect repellent, there is a good selection of lotions, sticks, and foam to keep you protected.

Hat - Boonies, ball caps, panama, wide-brim, long-bill, safari, you name it, we probably have it in a hat. Protect your hRedHead No-Fly Zone Hatead from the sun....check out our hats/caps with side and back flaps and protect your ears and back of the neck, too!

Here at the store we have this great RedHead No-Fly Zone hat - a boonie, with flaps, PLUS permethrin bound in it which is good for 70 washes (shown in photo to right). Another plus? It has an alligator clip hanging down from the back so you can clip it to your shirt. Other hats, such as the Columbia Tamiami™ Cachalot II Hat also have this built in security clip,  or you can buy the clip on its own at  our store and possibly other Bass Pro Shop locations.

Hydration - Water, water, water - stay hydrated when you're biking by either carrying a water bottle in your pack or using a hydration pack. There are SO many hydration gear options these days. In fact, Bass Pro Shops now carries hydration tablets from CamelBak. The Elixir Electrolyte Hydration tablets come in lemon lime or tropical punch. Easy to use and easy to tote...the tablets come in a portable tube that can be easily carried in a pocket. The tropical punch tablet also carries a real punch with an energy-boosting 54 mg. of caffeine per tablet...keep that energy going!

Last, but not least, help keep your cool with a Chilly Pad Cooling Towel from Frogg Toggs. Wet it, put it around your neck, and through evaporation, this towel will help you stay cool and comfy. They're machine washable, too.

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Get the Kids Outdoors!

Bass Pro Shops' Go Outdoors Event continues this weekend with activities just for kids! Our sales continue throughout the weekend and Memorial Day.

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Go OutdoorsSaturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 - Kids' Adventure Activities Weekend!

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Our Daisy Inflatable Shooting Range is back! Each child receives a Certificate of Completion for trying the shooting range.

Kids' Workshops

11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. - Kids' Adventures in Camping

2 & 3 p.m. - Safe Passage - Water Safety

Kids' Adventure Scavenger Hunt

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Find each item on the card and receive a free flashing clip (while supplies last)!

Metal Detector Treasure Hunt

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Free Photo Download

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - You on the cover of "Bass Pro Shops Adventure Kids"

Free Crafts

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Color a wood camping tent and supplies magnet!

First 100 kids who complete the activities punch card each day receive a water bottle and whistle!

Try Before You Buy!

Our Gifts Department will be handing out samples from noon to 4 p.m., or while supplies last. Stop by for these tastes:

May 24 & May 25 - Uncle Buck's Jalapeno and Steak-Cut Sweet/Hot Teriyaki Jerky

 

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Coming Up?Family Summer Camp Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Family Summer Camp 2014 returns June 7- July 13!

 

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Grilled Pork Chops with Rhubarb-Cranberry Sauce

Rhubarb arrives in spring and stays during much of the summer. You can chop it up, freeze it (use that vacuum sealer!) and use it throughout the year for pies, cakes, and crumbles. But, there are other ways to use it, such as this recipe. I borrowed the base recipe from Martha Stewart, and changed it a tiny bit to use what was in my cupboards...always one of my ultimate goals!

The base recipe called for cooking the chops in a skillet, but, we grill and barbecue, so we grilled the chops. Of course, we used Iowa Chops...the best chops around!

Rhubarb-Cranberry SauceRhubarb-Cranberry Sauce

    1/2 cup dried cranberries (here's one minor change - the recipe calls for dried cherries)
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 cup finely chopped onion (another small change - I used green onions, or scallions as you may refer to them)
    8 to 10 ounces rhubarb, ends trimmed, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
    3 tablespoons sugar
    Pinch of ground nutmeg
    Coarse salt and ground pepper


In a small bowl, combine cranberries with the balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup hot water; let sit for 10 minutes to soften.
In a small saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onion; cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Add the cherry mixture, rhubarb, and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until rhubarb has softened, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat; keep warm.

Best to make the sauce while the chops are on the grill. You don't want it to get mushy...don't stir it too much. It's a pretty quick fix. Just make sure to serve the sauce warm over the chops.

The balsamic vinegar and onions provide a great combination with the rhubarb and cranberries...if you freeze rhubarb this will make a wonderful autumn sauce to use with venison or turkey!

Enjoy!

 

 

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Product Spotlight - No-Fly Zone Hat

Do you love the idea of being outdoors in the spring, but dread the idea of the ticks that often come with it?  With our wet spring RedHead No-Fly Hatthe ticks are already thick. But here's a hat that can help protect you when hunting morels or enjoying other outdoor activities, such as hiking or bank fishing.

The No-Fly Zone hat from RedHead has side and back flaps to protect your ears and neck from the sun. It also has UPF of 50. what is UPF? It stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and is the rating of how well a fabric protects the skin from damaging ultraviolet rays. So, the higher the number, the better the protection. A UPF of 40-50+ means 97.5-99+% of UV radiation is blocked. No more burnt scalp.

But the really cool thing about this hat is the built-in insect repellent. The "No-Fly Technology" uses Permethrin which is bonded to the fabric and is good for up to 70 washes.

the hat comes with a drawstring cord to help it fit to your head. Remove the fear of losing your hat in the wind by using the handy security clip...tether the cap to your shirt before you head out into the woods or on the fishing boat.

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Grilled Asparagus

One of the best treats of spring is fresh asparagus. It's usually plentiful in the grocery stores and at farmers' markets and Asparagusmuch less expensive this time of year. Associate Stacey Andersen tried this grilled asparagus recipe that she couldn't wait to share - and I'll throw in a Red Pepper Sauce recipe for you to use, too!

Grilled Asparagus

Fresh asparagus
Green onions (or scallions as some of you may know them)
Olive Oil
Turkey bacon

Rinse fresh asparagus really well – especially the heads. Trim the stalks but but leave about 6" long.
Leave your green onions in long lengths. Rinse, trim ends, and remove outer skin if necessary.
Toss  the asparagus and onions in olive oil.
Take a handful of asparagus and put 2-3 of the green onions in the middle.
Wrap three slices of turkey bacon around the center of each bundle. Don't wrap the pieces on top of each other. Wrap next to each other.
Secure bacon with toothpicks. Wet the toothpicks so they don't burn.
Grill on medium heat turning as the bacon crisps.

Super yummy!!!!!!

Red Pepper Sauce

3 T chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
2 T olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp orange marmalade
2Tsp Teriyaki sauce
1/8 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp dried crushed red pepper
2 T mayonnaise

Saute oion and garlic clove in olive oil over medium-high heat for two minutes. Add rest of ingredients except mayonnaise. Cook for three minutes. Remove from heat; stir in mayonnaise. Serve over asparagus.

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Rhubarb Cake

Spring is refreshing because of all the fun foods that come up this time of year, including RHUBARB!  The first thing manyRhubarb Cake people think of when they hear rhubarb is pie...whether straight or mixed with strawberries (my favorite!), people either love rhubarb pie or hate it.

I grew up eating rhubarb that my mom cooked, but I've only cooked rhubarb once myself and that was to stew it, with some sugar, and eat it on its own or over ice cream. But now, we have a SOURCE and I'm venturing into new rhubarb territory. Here is a Rhubarb Cake recipe from my mom's recipe box that I recently made. VERY SIMPLE, extremely moist and, on the first bit, my husband said we need to cut more rhubarb now because the cake was not going to last!

So, coerce a neighbor into sharing some rhubarb or hit a farmers' market and try this one!

Rhubarb Cake

Cake
1/2 cup oleo (many recipes from the 60s and 70s call for oleo...it's the same thing as margarine. You can also use butter.)
1 1/2 C brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
2 C flour
1 1/2 C chopped rhubarb (chop into about 1/2 to 1 inch pieces)
 

Topping
1/2 C white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Blend all together. Pour batter into greased and floured 9x13 cake pan. Mix the white sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or toothpick stuck in center comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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Product Spotlight - Fling 3-Pack from SOG

Our next new knife product that Mike "the Knife guy" wants you to know about, is SOG's Fling throwing knife. We just received this in to Bass Pro Shops Altoona.

The Fling has these features and benefits:

*  It's a three knife set - styled after traditional throwing knives.

*  A double-edged blade. SOG Fling - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

*  Full tang construction.

*  The three knife set comes with a nylon sheath to carry all three knives.

*  Each knife is 9.5" overall length.

*  3CR13 Steel, RC 58-60 hardness.

 

Last, but not least, each knife handle is wrapped in 7 feet of paracord - providing 21 feet of paracord for those unexpected situations! Check out this video from SOG:

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