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

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

 

Friday, August 15

Fall Hunting Classic Seminar

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

Saturday, August 16 and Sunday August 17

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

 

Additional Fun This Weekend

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

►Our Own Little State Fair Flavors

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

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

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

 

COMING UP?

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

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Developing Your Deer Dog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shed Dog Training - Three Keys to Remember

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

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

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

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

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

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Blind Calling for Whitetails

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

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

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

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Ground Blind versus Tree Stand?

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

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

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

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

Fall Hunting Classic - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

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

Thursday, August 7Binocular/Rangefinder trade-in

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

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

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

Saturday, August 9

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

Plus these exciting new workshops!

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

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

Maria Young - Dressed to Kill TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 10

Next Generation Kid’s Weekend Fun continues!

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

Try Before You Buy

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

Coming Up?

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

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

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