This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Rewards and More!

Did you know we have free gift wrapping available on weekends? From 11-8 near the checkouts, across from Customer Service,Free gift wrapping various organizations provide free gift wrapping for a donation.

This weekend it's Katie's Crusaders on Saturday and the Norwalk 10U baseball team on Sunday - Let's help them out!

Friday, December 13

Outdoor Rewards Night, 6-9 p.m.

Another fun event just for our Outdoor Rewards card holders!

  • The first 100 attendees will receive a FREE ornament
  • $25 gift cards given away every 15 minutes beginning at 6:15.
  • Grand prize drawing of a RedHead ground blind at 8:30 p.m.
  • Outdoor Rewards customers will receive DOUBLE POINTS on their purchases that night, but ONLY if you present the coupon that is in your email invitation or in the sales flyer!
  • 5x points on all Columbia Omni-Heat purchases
  • 10% off photo packages in Santa’s Wonderland


Saturday, December 14

Santa's Wonderland Hoursfree craft santa's wonderland

o FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
o Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, December 15

Santa's Wonderland Hours

o FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
o Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Local Hero Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. - For military, emergency services, and law enforcement.
o First 100 Heroes receive a free ornament.
o Santa’s Wonderland hours extended (Santa available for photos until 9pm).
o 10% discount on photo packages for Heroes only.
o $25 gift card drawings every half hour from 7:30pm – 9:00 p.m. (enter in the front lobby).


More Letters to Santa!

Dear Santa:

My name is Camila. I come from Chile. This Christmas we are celebrating it in Chile, it's going to be fun. Thank you for everything.

I want hunting and fishing and Nerf guns. Pick one item from one of those categories and put them under the tree. Thank you!


For Christmas I would like candy and a baby doll. Even though I am scared of you, you should still get me a lot of presents.
Thank you.
PS:  I have been a fairly good girl.


I've been a good boy. I would like a drum for Christmas. I'll leave a pickle for you.


I love you. I'm trying to be good. I would like a stuffed animal. I'll leave you a snack.


For Christmas I want the Bass Pro Shop fishing game for Wii or a single tent with a tackle box with bait.


I've been a good girl this year. I want a Elf on a Shelf and Tinkerbell fishing pole. Thank you
And pretty, pretty, pretty please can I get those gifts!


I want a toy train for my grandparents house, a Duck Dynasty tractor and most of all  just want my family all together.


Last, but not least:
I've been very good this year! I hope I get a heart transplant soon!
I want a Ryan Gosling coloring book, pack of crayons, birch box stuff, and gift cards! Thank you!


Good luck, Terri - hope you get your wishes soon, too!


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A Moment Frozen in Time

My husband was born 150 years too late. An extremely knowledgeable, ethical sportsman/woodsman:  hunting big game and small, Ice Fishingguiding,fishing, and boating. You name it, he has done it and done it well. Fishing is his first love of the bunch, but sometimes an unexpected step gives even the most proficient, safe, veteran outdoorsman cause to reconsider that love. This is his story.


It was an unusual day off during the week in the early ice fishing season, so I decided to take advantage of some free time and enjoy my favorite sport. I had ice fished for 25+ years, usually alone. Taking it up in a time when not that many people ice fished. No ice shacks and heaters, you sat on a bucket or stood. There was always the chance of brutal conditions. Even though I went by myself, there were usually others around so there was safety in numbers.

It was clear and really cold that day, just like now. Below zero, wind drifting the snow out of the northwest. I had already been to a farm pond where there was about 5-7 inches of ice. I fished a couple of hours, but couldn’t find any activity and decided to hit the trail to what I hoped were better waters. I headed to Rock Creek State Park east of Kellogg, as far to the east side of it as I could go, past the campground entrance and past the rock jetties.

I got out of the truck, loaded up my gear, the electronics and hand auger. As a last minute thought, I put my ice picks around my neck and headed towards the lake.

As I walked across the ice, I kept stomping and hitting it with my auger. There was about 5-6 inches of snow on top of the ice. About 75 yards out, I set my equipment down and scraped some snow off the ice with my right boot.

A second drag of the right boot and I was completely under water.

In what seemed like many minutes, but was probably seconds, I was hitting the ice trying to find the hole I had just come through. I was a Marine and Vietnam Veteran, use to water and a good athlete, my skills had to kick in. There it was, I got to the edge and put both hands on the ice and started to lift myself out. I grabbed the ice, it broke off and I sank.

Again, I tried and again it broke.

Then I remembered my ice picks and started feeling for them. No sign of the left one, but the right one was floating in front of my chest and face. I reached up and stabbed as far up onto the edge of the ice as I could and held on. Kicking my feet in the water like I was swimming, I finally slid up onto the ice like a seal landing. I was out of the water and took a look around.

A 10-foot-wide hole was behind me and the ice was about 1½ inches thick. My equipment was gone, but I wasn't.  Beginning the trek back to the truck, I suddenly realized it was hard to walk. My coveralls were solid and heavy with ice. I started feeling warm and thought if I could just lay down and rest it would help. But my survivalist brain took over, thankfully, and said, "No, you have to keep walking," and moved my feet for me.

When I got to the truck, I couldn’t get the door unlocked. My hands wouldn’t work well enough to get the remote to work. Finally, I got the key in the door to unlock it. As I opened the door, I looked in my rear view mirror and stopped, blood covered the front of me. My teeth had been chattering so badly I was biting my tongue and didn't know it.

I tore at my coveralls as best as my hands would work, slid into the truck, and got it running. For three hours, I laid there across the front seat before I could function. I drove home, teeth back to chattering and stayed in bed for two days.

The ice gear was sold.

After 25 years of ice fishing, knowing the hazards and knowing what was right, I was just plain careless. Doing everything I had told others NOT to do. Kind of like the farmer that has farmed safely for 40 years, who removes the safety cover off a PTO shaft and suddenly finds his clothing wrapped up in it because he looked away for one fishing hole

Five years later, the equipment was repurchased. Eight years later I ice fish religiously once again, but with a renewed mind set.

I always use a spud bar to check ice.

I always have my pegs around my neck, no second thoughts.

I always wear my inflatable life jacket. (If Santa were to get me a float suit, that would be acceptable, too).

I NEVER go alone. If I am not with someone specifically, there are always others in the same location who know I am there or I simply don't fish there.

I practice what I preach.


Hard water is here and ice fishing has begun. But is it hard enough? Check it, be smart, and be safe.

By: Gail McMahon, Merchandising/Social Media, Bass Pro Shops Altoona (and her husband John McMahon, retired)




Ice Fishing by Map

Not everyone owns a GPS. If you're ice fishing, without a GPS, and not familiar with the body of water you're on, a map will be your best friend.

When looking at a game and fish map, what should you look for to find the fish?  In our recent Q & A with our Pro Staff Ice Fisherman Rod Woten gave some advice and we asked him to expand on it a bit:

First thing I look for is sharp break lines...contour lines close together. Then I look for the flats that are either above or below those. Depending on water clarity one of those is going to be a weed bed. If the lower one isn't a weed bed, it's going to be a sticky bottom area.

If it’s still early in the season, or snowfall is minimal and weeds are still getting sunlight through the ice, they will continue to grow and this makes them a sure bet for panfish. Later in the season, as the weeds die off, these panfish will slide off the weed flats in to the deeper water at the base of these sharp breaks. I’ve indicated sharp break areas on the example map with a “1."

These aren’t the only things to look for, though. Basically, I look for anything that will cause fish to pause or concentrate them into groups. Two great examples of this are inside turns and funnel areas.

A.  Funnel areas, as the name implies, are areas where the contour lines “neck down.”  These locations are also referred to as “pinch points.”  Because of their shape, these areas funnel travel routes for fish down to a smaller area and concentrate the fish. Funnel areas on the map are marked with a “2.”

B.  Inside corners concentrate fish. When fish come into one, they can no longer continue forward…the other side of the corner is directly in front of them. This causes them to pause before deciding whether to deviate from the contour they’ve been traveling along or to turn and follow the corner.  Sometimes this pause is only momentary and sometimes it’s lengthy.  In either case, fish will start to stack up in these kinds of areas. Outside corners are not nearly as productive, because the far side of the corner does not impede the travel of the fish, so they do not pause to redirect their travel. Inside corners have been marked on the map with a “3.”

Ice Fishing by Map

More questions for our Ice Fishing Pro? Just post them here and we'll get them answered! 

Our Ice Fishing Event is January 4, 2014! Watch for details!


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Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques with Keith Kavajecz

Bass Pro Shops Altoona welcomes

Keith KavajeczKeith Kavajecz

The Next Bite TV 

December 21 & 22
Get ready for ice fishing and learn from one of the best at his 1 p.m. seminar:
"Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques" 
Keith will also be in the store on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 10-2 p.m., to visit with customers.
The Next Bite TV
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More Letters to Santa!

"I want a horse for Christmas. Any color will do. I also want anything I need for a horse. I would like you to give something special to my family. What would you like for Christmas? I was thinking of getting something for you. Write back soon!
PS:  I would laos like to get a catnip toy for Paws and Tuffy."


"How is the North Pole doing? Do you have a lot of elves at the North Pole? Are you getting ready for Christmas?

"For Christmas what time are you going to start handing our presents? When should we open our Elf on the Shelf?"

"Christmas is awesome. It includes so much like baking cookies, and caroling, a Jesus being born. My favorite holiday is coming up. I want a rainbow loom with stuff for it."


"Thank you for keeping the "if you believe" alive in your  "Santa Area," Bass Pro Shops.

Kids these days grow up way too fast. So, keeping them young is special."



This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops - Stay Warm!

The weather outside will be frightful, but inside it will be SO delightful! In town for the Big Four basketball tournament or just to shop? Make sure to stop by - see Santa and help our four-legged shelter friends!

Santa's Wonderland Hours

Free Photos with Santa
Friday: 3-8 p.m.
Saturday: 10-8 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 - 10:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

REMEMBER: We ALWAYS use the Bass Pass on weekends. We start handing out the Bass Passes one hour before Santa's scheduled start time on Saturday and Sunday. The Bass Pass provides you a spot in line during a designated time and allows you Free Craft at Santa's Wonderlandto walk around the store. You're in a "virtual" line!

Free Craft!
Weekends:  Noon - 5 p.m.
This weekend's free craft is a Stuffed Santa Ornament!

Santa's Wonderland Hours CHANGE on December 8:

December 8 - Dec. 23:
Free Photos with Santa:

Weekdays - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free Crafts:
Weeknights - 5-7 p.m.
Weekends - noon-5 p.m.

December 24 (Christmas Eve)

Photos: 10 a.m.-5 p.m
Crafts:  3-5 p.m.


ARL of Iowa - Tree of LifeAnimal Rescue League of Iowa - Tree of Life!

Bass Pro Shops Altoona is proud to be a drop off location for the Animal Re

Helped the pets with food, toys, treats and more!  Drop your donations off in our lobby by December may purchase here or purchase anywhere.  It's just about helping the pets!

Coming up!

Friday, December 13 - Outdoor Rewards Night

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15 - Breakfast with Santa - MUST have reservations. Email to see if seats are still available.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22 - Keith Kavajecz, pro fisherman and host of Next Bite TV, joins us in the store!  Join him for a special 1 p.m. seminar on Saturday, Dec. 21 - Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques

Saturday, December 21 - Pella Wildlife Company joins us, 11-3 p.m., for their monthly Conservation Connections with a porcupine!










Prepping for Ice Season

As temperatures promise to drop into the single digits this week, the "ice dance" continues! Right now, if you haven't already, you should be going through all your equipment and gear to make sure there's no rust and everything works. Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff Ice Fisherman, Rod Woten, shares his key tips in this video on prepping for ice!



Keith KavajeczJoin us December 21 and 22 as Keith Kavajecz from The Next Bite joins us!

Saturday, December 21 - 9:00 to 4:00, with a seminar at 1 p.m.

Sunday, December 22, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Visiting with customers and answering questions on the sales floor!




Our Ice Fishing Event is January 4, 2014 - watch for details!


Ice Fishing 2013 - Shacks and Accessories

While there are those who might do everything they very basic way, most ice fishermen and women want more than just a rod and reel when they hit the ice. The fishing team and Pro staffer Rod Woten show off what's new in shacks and accessories this year.

Auger Drill PlateThe Clam Ice Auger Conversion Kit Drill Plate - This great new item allows you to hook up a regular electric drill to a manual auger to drill holes.

Our Pro Staff member, Ice Fishing Pro Rod Woten, is excited to see this product!

ION Electric Ice Auger

Ion - We had the 8" hole ION Electric Ice Auger last year. This year we have a 6", too!  The ION has an onboard 40V MAX lithium-ion battery. It also has an extension - the ION is the only auger that comes with an extension that increases the length of your auger to 48".

The insulated Clam Spill-Proof Bait Keeper is still a popular item, and there are new larger jig boxes available now from Clam.

Ice Shacks - There's a new two-person sled - the Shappell Bay Runner Sled-Based Cabin. The Bay Runner has a one-piece frame and allows for great mobility while fully set-up. Plus, we have the new, very cool, Frabill Fishouflage Ambush Ice Shelter! ThAmbush fishes 2-3 people plus gear, is full-length with a padded bench seat and two large side doors with heavy duty zippers.



Letters to Santa

At some point, each of us has written a letter to Santa. Maybe some of us still do, just in case. Part of the Santa's Wonderland activities include an opportunity for children to write their letter to Santa, with an actual response from the big guy himself. Santa is nice enough to share some of the letters with us, especially those with special wants or commentary. We'll share some letters and excerpts from letters each's our first batch!


"I would like to thank you for everything you do. Please don't forget the children who can't afford to buy anything. I would like anything Duck Dynasty!"

"...I have all ways wanted to go to the north pole in your sleigh with my sister Elyse. I really wan to see a elf."

"I've been really good this year. I would like a punching bag and new earrings. Also, please send all troops a Merry Christmas and hope they come home soon."

"Dear Santa, Avery my sister wants a doll and a paint set and she wants $5, too. That is what she wants...and all the money in the world. Bye bye."

"I hope you have a Merry Christmas. I hope you have a great time with the elves. I like you. Tell the elves I like them, too. "

"I wish I could come visit you soon. How do your reindeer fly? What do they like to eat? For Christmas I would like a flying Ironman with a remote control. Thank you, Santa. I hope you have a good Christmas."

"I really, really want an iPhone 5 please and a huge zebra. I'll be good and responsible and the most thing that I want is a westie puppy. If you get me one I'll be good and responsible and caring, even at school. But, please, please, please get me a puppy. Please, please, please, please."
You friend, Dominga

"I want a dollhouse and the furniture. Also, I want a baby Golden Retriever dog and I want it to be a girl.
PS: Please send daddy a new Z7 Nitro Boat in yellow and black!"

Love, Kesney

Last, but not least:

"I want a flag pole, a 4 wheeler, fishing pole, a speed boat, a lot of snow, a baby brother, a goat, a sheep, 3 cows for grandpa and 3 turkey pets."






With all the colors on the market for plastics, how do you know when and what color to use for ice fishing?

From Rod Woten, Pro Ice Fisherman and Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff:

"Almost always start with a pink and then change it from can look like a lot of different things that swim in the water, without being specifically one thing. Clear water - I go with pastels, pinks, whites, lighter colors. Stained water - I like browns, blacks, purples, and glow."


This Weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - It's Here!

Black Friday is here!

Our doors open on Friday at 5 a.m. with a six-hour sale, while our five-day sale continues. 

We'll have free doughnuts and hot chocolate for our guests waiting in line!


We have special Thanksgiving and Black Friday hours for Santa's Wonderland

Photos: 10-5 p.m.
Crafts: 3-5 p.m.

Black Friday
Photos 10-8 p.m.
Crafts 5-7 p.m.


Toys for Tots

Saturday and Sunday it's our Super Toys for Tots Weekend!

Saturday and Sunday

November 30 and December 1, 2013 ONLY

Donate a toy in-store to Toys for Tots and receive a FREE photo package in Santa's Wonderland!

Each customer who donates a toy (or toys) on either Nov. 30 or Dec. 1, will receive a coupon for ONE free special Toy Donation package valued at $20.

ONE COUPON PER FAMILY (no matter how many toys donated). Coupons are redeemable until December 7.

What a super way to get your children involved in helping others less fortunate. Bring the family to see Santa and help bring Christmas to kids who may not have one otherwise. While you're here that weekend you may also win one of the many prizes we will be giving away! Bass Pro Shops gift cards, apparel, sunglasses, and more...we will be giving away one prize every half hour from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days!


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Ice Talk 2013 - Ice Creepers

The new "glare ice" that forms at the beginning of ice fishing season can be dangerous. In our recent Q & A, a Facebook fan asked:

"I noticed last season that people wearing the latest creepers on the market were making an awful amount of noise walking around. As we know, on thinner ice and shallow water conditions, fish can be very spooky to noise and movement . What kind of ice creeper are you using and why?"

Ice Fishing Pro Rod Woten, also a Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff member, is pretty comfortable on ice. If he's in a shallower water situation, where the sounds are spooking fish, he just doesn't use anything. But, if Rod is in a situation where he needs better traction and can't just inch his way across in boots, the Kahtoola Microspikes are his choice. Check out this YouTube video to hear his take on it:



Whether on the lake or on the street, Kahtoola Microspikes help keep you upright!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Pulled Venison Roast

PUlled VenisonThe deer are going down and venison is filling the freezers!  This past week I decided to put a fresh cut venison roast in the slow cooker and make pulled venison, along the lines of pulled pork.  Very easy and tasty!


Pulled Venison

I used a Canadian or Montreal-style rub, which has lots of fresh-crushed crack pepper, along with garlic powder, fennel, onion powder, and crushed red pepper. I covered the roast with it and then placed it in a slow cooker. Then I poured in a small amount of apple cranberry juice, enough to cover the bottom and about a 1/2 inch up the side. This just gives some extra moisture. I cooked it on low for about 8 hours.

The roast shredded nicely with two forks...I also saved the juice to use later.  Maybe in some venison stew?

Super easy meal to make.  We threw it on some crusty bread for sandwiches, along with a little of our favorite barbeque sauces. We've also had it on wraps and threw it in with pasta. You can get a lot of meals for just two people out of this shredded roast.




This Weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Turkey Up!

Butterball Oil-Free Electric FryerOil-Free Electric Fryer Demo - Saturday, November 23

Next week is Thanksgiving, so we're talkin' turkey! The Butterball Oil-Free Electric Fryer is super easy, healthy, and cost-efficient. Stop by and see how easy it is to use one and have a taste, too!  We will be cooking the turkey starting around 10:30 a.m. and serving up samples of the finished product sometime between 12 and 1 p.m.




Santa's Wonderland 2013Santa's Wonderland Hours this weekend and next week are:

                                Free Photos                       Craft

Saturday          10am – 8pm                       Noon – 5pm
Sunday             Noon – 5pm                       Noon – 5pm
Mon-Fri               3pm – 8pm                       5pm – 7pm

Special Hours for Thanksgiving and Black Friday:

                                                                Free Photos                       Craft
Thanksgiving (Nov. 28)                  10am – 5pm                       3pm – 5pm
Black Friday (Nov. 29)                     10am – 8pm                       5pm – 7pm



Coming Up

Our 5-Day specials start Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, and our doors open on Black Friday at 5 a.m.!  We treat our customers right on Black Friday...we'll have hot chocolate and doughnuts for those waiting in line!

Next weekend, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 - Toys for Tots Weekend/Super Saturday and Sunday! Donate a toy or toys in-store at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, and receive a coupon for a special free Toys for Tots photo with Santa package!  One coupon per family. Plus giveaways both weekends!


Lend a Hand for those Who've Done so Much

We take great pride in supporting our military. Nothing brings greater pleasure than to meet and greet the veterans who visit our store so often through the Iowa Veteran's Home, or to shake the hand of active duty personnel working or training at the Iowa National Guard's nearby Camp Dodge.

Now we ask your help.Through December 31, 2013, YOU can help US help the veterans and active duty personnel, with a donation to the USO or AmVets.

Customers may make a donation of $1, $3, or $5 at all U.S. location Bass Pro Shops stores to USO, which supports deployed service members, or AMVETS, which supports our veterans. 

AMVETS LogoThe AMVETS organizations first began assisting veterans in the mid 1940s as our World War II veterans began to return home. They helped them obtain the benefits promised them by the federal government.

AMVETS helps veterans and their families in many ways. One of the most visible of which is their network of national service officers accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. With programs like the Warrior Transition Workshops for male and female veterans, and resources for treatment counseling and other assistance, AMVETS provides that hand of support veterans need for when they return.

Bass Pro Shops has partnered with the USO for the past several years for “Operation Care Package.”  This year it's the "USO2GO" program to support deployed service members in remote locations with the comforts of home. The packages include electronic gaming, sports/musical equipment, and personal care items to troops in remote locations.

USO2GoUSO2GO launched in 2008 - Deployed bundles, weighing nearly one ton each, have been delivered to more than 600 remote forward operating bases and it has become the most requested program directly from the field to help our deployed troops relax and recharge. 


Check out these YouTube videos for more information on AMVETS and the USO2GO program.

Donate at your local U.S. Bass Pro Shops or online. Lend your hand of support!

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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Slow Cooker Apple Pie Pork Chops

Apple Pie Pork Chops

As any child of 1970s TV knows, according to Peter Brady, you have to eat pork chops with applesauce. This super easy slow cooker recipe! gives you both!

This came from the October 17 issue of Iowa Farmer Today.  I always check the recipes when it arrives in the store mail each week and knew I had to try this one right away! 

Now, here's the kicker. The way the recipe is written, it lists stuffing mix as an ingredient, but never says what to do with it. However, it does says to put everything, except chops, in the a bag and mix up. To me, the idea of adding the stuffing mix in the bag just seemed odd, so I just served it on the side. I thought it wouldn't taste much like apple pie, if it had sage and other seasonings in it, but that's just my way of thinking. So, if you want to be adventurous, you can try it that way. 

I ended up doing about four hours on low and then 1.5 hours on high and could have done it shorter, because they were fall apart done...thicker chops would have help up better. But they were "WOW" good!  

Apple Pie Pork Chops

8 C. apples, peeled and sliced
¾ C. sugar
2 T. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. ground allspice
1½ lbs. pork chops
1 6-oz. pkg. boxed stuffing mix
Place chops in the bottom of a slow cooker. In a separate 1-gal. zippered bag, place all of the ingredients, except the chops. Mix. Once mixed, dump on top of pork chops in the slow cooker. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours. Note: If you don’t have fresh apples, may substitute a can of apple pie filling.


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Product Spotlight - Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer

Butterball Oil-Free Turkey FryerWe've demonstrated the Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer a couple of times here at the store and the reaction is always the same. First, people want to know how it is that you can fry a turkey without oil. Second, they are amazed at the taste. 

As Pete from our Camping department explains, it's a different type of "frying."

"The oil-less fryer uses infrared heat to cook the product. The best analogy is that it's like pan frying from all sides at the same time. The infrared heat wave penetrates all the way through the product, leaving you with a crispy exterior similar to frying and a juicy tender inside."

Here are some other features and benefits of the Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer:

  • It cooks the product in 2/3 of the conventional oven time.
  • It's great for health benefits because you're not using oil.
  • It's great for cost-saving, because you're not buying the oil.
  • If you use a rub, it doesn't fall off in the oil...and marinades make it even that much juicier.

We'll be demonstrating the Oil-free Fryer at Bass Pro Shops Altoona on Saturday, November 23. Stop by around 1 p.m. and check it out!

Oil-Free Turkey Fryer - Bass Pro Shops Altoona



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Ice Fishing 2013 - Rods

We continue to take a look at what's new in ice fishing this year. Our Bass Pro Shops Altoona Fishing Leads, both avid ice fishermen, say there are a number of new reels and combos in the store for the ice angler.

Jason Mitchell Meat Stick

Clam's Jason Mitchell Elite Series Meat Sticks - New in stock at our store, the Jason Mitchell Meat Stick is Jamie Renshaw's rod of choice.

"The sanded tip is soft, making it a very sensitive bite sensor. It bends right into the backbone."

Our other Fishing Lead Chris Grocholski says they are excellent for walleyes, too!

"They have a super sensitive tip, with an extra fast action, but also have a strong backbone to fight larger fish like walleyes or bass.  The rod comes in two models - a 24” great for fishing inside your shack or, my personal choice, the 28”, which I feel gives you better leverage when fighting fish." 

Also new to the mix are the Ugly Stik GX2 Ice Fishing Rods. The reliability of the #1 rod in the U.S. now comes made for ice fishing!  The graphite/fiberglass rod , features Ugly Tuff guides, a 1-piece stainless steel hood, and Ugly Stik's famous clear tip.

There are a number of new combos, too, including the Abu Garcia Veritas and the Ugly Stick GX2 Ice Fishing Combo.

“I really like the Frabill quick tip combos - with the combination of a sensitive rod and smooth reel they are a perfect match,”  says Grocholski.

Clam Lady Ice Buster

Ice fishing combos - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaLadies, listen up! More prevalent this year are the items to appeal to you! The Clam Lady Ice Buster Series Spinning Rod and Reel combos feature a pink rod and is pre-spooled with 4 lb. Ice Line. The lower-end Apache combo comes in a multitude of bright colors. 

For beginners, the Panfish Popper is a good starting combo. It comes with line on it, a couple of jigs, and a spin bobber. Renshaw still uses a couple of these, too.



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Watch for our upcoming Ice Fishing Q and A on Facebook!


Toys for Tots Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

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Bass Pro Shops Altoona and Toys for Tots


Join forces with us to help Toys for Tots!

Super Saturday/Super Sunday Weekend!

Saturday and Sunday


November 30 and December 1, 2013 ONLY

Donate a toy in-store to Toys for Tots and receive a FREE photo package in Santa's Wonderland!

Each customer who donates a toy (or toys) on either Nov. 30 or Dec. 1, will receive a coupon for ONE free special Toy Donation package valued at $20.

ONE COUPON PER FAMILY (no matter how many toys donated). Coupons are redeemable until December 7.

What a super way to get your children involved in helping others less fortunate. Bring the family to see Santa and help bring Christmas to kids who may not have one otherwise. While you're here that weekend you may also win one of the many prizes we will be giving away! Bass Pro Shops gift cards, apparel, sunglasses, and more...we will be giving away one prize every half hour from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days!


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