Sun Fun - Finally!

Banana Boat sportI could break out into "Warmth of the Sun" or another Beach Boys song, but will save you the pain and me the embarrassment. But, really, it's so nice to finally have warm weather!

With Adventureland Park and Adventure Bay officially open, Saylorville Lake, Iowa Speedway, Lake Red Rock, and county and state parks aplenty right in our backyard, we are often the go-to spot for those last minute (i.e. forgotten!) items needed to enjoy outdoor activities in the sun. 

  • Beach towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and skin protection
  • Flip-flops or water shoesswimschool floats
  • Sun-protective apparel
  • Hats
  • Keep cool with - Arctic Ties, Chilly Pads, Camelbak water bottles, hydration packs
  • Keep the creepy crawlies off with insect repellent - Repel, Ben's 30% Deet, The Bug Patch, and After Bite
  • Have fun in the water with a wide array of water toys - from Monster Noodles, Springfloat Papasan Loungers (big and small) to masks, goggles, and snorkels, there is something for everyone.  Don't forget the little ones, too - Arm Floats, Body Glove floatsuits for girls and boys (these are NOT life-saving devices)...and, of course, LIFE JACKETS!
  • Be safe and have the appropriate PFDs as needed! Stearns Puddle Jumpers™ Swimming Aid for toddlers are rated for swimmers weighing 30 - 50 lbs and USCG Approved/Type V with Type III performance - we have "big kid" life jackets, too!  Here is some great information from the US Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division regarding proper life jacket wearing and requirements.

Above all - Be SMART, be SAFE, and have fun...and see you at Bass Pro Shops Altoona when you're picking up those items you need!


The Oakley / GoPro Sweepstakes !

The Oakley / GoPro Sweepstakes !"Oakley/ GoPro SWEEPSTAKES”

So, do you remember the blog from a couple of weeks ago? The one where I wrote about the GoPro HERO3 camera? Well in this sweepstakes (5/17/13- 5/27/13) we're giving one away! No kidding! Read on for more info on the entire prize packages.

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Each store is giving away a
Go Outdoors Prize Package consisting of:

One pair of Oakley®
Flak Jacket® Sunglasses,
and one GoPro HERO3Camera.
The total approximate retail value
of the prize is US$549.

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Then there's also a Grand Prize Package consisting of:  a trip for winner and one guest to attend the U.S. Open Surf event in Huntington Beach, CA, during the dates of July 25-28, 2013. Prize consists of round trip coach air transportation from the major commercial airport closest to winner’s residence and use of a rental car (winner or winner’s guest must be eligible and comply with rental company’s terms and conditions or this portion of the prize will be forfeited); standard double-occupancy hotel accommodations for 3 days/3 nights (Sponsor will cover a maximum of US$7,000 in air travel, rental car and hotel costs); and attendance to select events at the U.S. Open Surf event Total combined approximate retail value of prize is US$7,000.

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Stop on in to the store and enter before it's too late! 

Last day to enter is Monday, May 27, 2013. 

We'll be drawing for our winner on Tuesday May 28, 2013.


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aqua facebook iconThis sweeps in in conjunction with our Go Outdoors Event and Sale!
You can see the complete sales ad here: Go Outdoors!

For the complete seminar, ATV obstacle course information and the Kid's Weekend Schedule,

please visit our Facebook page.


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Bass Pro Shops, East Peoria, IL



1. ELIGIBILITY: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR CLAIM PRIZE. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia (“U.S.”) and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry.

Employees of Bass Pro Intellectual Property, L.L.C., a Missouri Limited Liability Company; Bass Pro Shops Canada

(Calgary), Inc., a Canadian corporation; and Bass Pro Shops Canada, Inc., an Ontario corporation (the “Sponsors”), and their respective subsidiaries, agencies, affiliates and members of the immediate families (spouses and parents, siblings, children and their spouses and in-laws) and persons living in the same household of such individuals are not eligible. Void in Quebec and where prohibited.

2. TO ENTER: You may enter two ways:

In-Store: Entry forms are available at participating Bass Pro Shops locations. To enter, complete an official entry form or hand print your name, complete address, daytime phone number, email address and date of birth on a 3”x5” piece of paper and deposit it in an official ballot box at one of the participating Bass Pro Shops locations between the following dates: In the U.S., 5/17/13 through close of business on 5/27/13. In Canada, 5/11/13 through close of business on 5/20/13.

Online: You may also enter by visiting (“Web Site”), beginning at 12:00 am CT on 5/17/13 in the U.S., 5/11/13 in Canada (excluding Quebec). Complete the appropriate entry form and submit as directed. Entries must be received by Web Site’s server by 11:59 pm CT on 5/27/13 for U.S. entries, and 11:59 pm CT on 5/20/13 for Canada entries. Web Site’s server is the official clock for this promotion.

LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON, PER METHOD OF ENTRY. No mechanical reproductions permitted.



FIRST PRIZES: On or about 5/28/13, a random drawing will be conducted by each participating U.S. Bass Pro Shops location’s management from among all eligible entries received at that particular location. On or about 5/21/13, a random drawing will be conducted by each participating Canada Bass Pro Shops location’s management from among all eligible entries received at that particular location. On or about 5/31/13, a random drawing will also be conducted by Promotion Mechanics, Inc., an independent judging organization, from among all eligible entries received online.

Each drawing will award the following prize: a Go Outdoors Prize Package consisting of one pair of Oakley® Flak Jacket® Sunglasses, and one GoPro HERO3Camera. The total approximate retail value of the prize is US$549. The specific items are to be selected by Sponsor.

GRAND PRIZE: On or about 6/24/13, a random drawing will be conducted by Promotion Mechanics, Inc., an independent judging organization, from among all eligible in-store and online entries combined to award the following prize:

(1) Grand Prize: a trip for winner and one guest to attend the U.S. Open Surf event in Huntington Beach, CA, during the dates of July 25-28, 2013. Prize consists of round trip coach air transportation from the major commercial airport closest to winner’s residence and use of a rental car (winner or winner’s guest must be eligible and comply with rental company’s terms and conditions or this portion of the prize will be forfeited); standard double-occupancy hotel accommodations for 3 days/3 nights (Sponsor will cover a maximum of US$7,000 in air travel, rental car and hotel costs); and attendance to select events at the U.S. Open Surf event Total combined approximate retail value of prize is US$7,000. Actual value will be determined by winner’s residence and seasonal rates. Any difference between the actual value and the stated value will not be awarded. All taxes on the prize and expenses not specified are winner’s sole responsibility. Winner and guest must travel on the same itinerary, and must comply with all security requirements. If winner is a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, he/she must travel with his/her parent/legal guardian. All travel, accommodations and events are subject to availability, change, and certain restrictions. If any portion of prize is cancelled or postponed, the remaining portion of the prize will be awarded as complete and final and no compensation will be offered. Trip must be taken on dates specified by Sponsor, and as otherwise stated in these rules. All travel arrangements must be made through Sponsor’s corporate travel department. If winner cannot accept prize as stated, prize will be forfeited in its entirety and awarded to an alternate winner.

Winners will be notified by telephone and/or mail at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Canadian residents, in order to win, must first correctly answer a mathematical skill testing question. Odds of winning First Prize will be determined by the number of eligible entries received at each store and online. Odds of winning Grand Prize will be determined by the number of eligible entries received overall.

4. GENERAL: Taxes on prizes and expenses not specified, including transportation to and from the departure airport, are the sole responsibility of winners. By participating, entrants agree (a) to these rules and decisions of judges which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its subsidiaries, affiliates and agencies, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives (the “Releasees”) from any and all claims, demands, costs, expenses, liability, losses or damages of any kind resulting from their participation in the promotion or their acceptance, use or misuse of a prize, including liability for personal injury or death; (c) if a winner, to the use by any of the Releasees of name and/or photograph for advertising and publicity purposes without compensation (unless prohibited by law) and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so, and to the announcement of their name, city and state; and (d) that Sponsor and its agents have not made any representation, warranty or guaranty, in whole or in part, in law or in fact, relative to the prize. Winners may be required to complete an affidavit or declaration of eligibility and liability release and (where legal) a publicity release, and W9 Form, which must be returned within the time period specified by Sponsor or an alternate winner may be selected. The value of the prize will be taxable to prize winner as income if the winner is a U.S. resident. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification of winner and selection of an alternate winner. Grand Prize winner is responsible for all required travel documents and any travel insurance. Once travel documents are issued, travel arrangements may not be changed without the approval of Sponsor, which may be withheld for any reason whatsoever. Releasees are not responsible and shall not be liable for: (a) any telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind, including without limitation, server malfunction or by any human error which may occur in the processing of entries; (b) failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions; (c) late, lost, illegible, postage-due, incomplete, damaged or misdirected entries or mail; and (d) any condition caused by events that may cause the promotion to be disrupted or corrupted. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend the sweepstakes or any portion thereof should viruses, bugs, or other causes corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the promotion; in which case prize will be awarded via a random drawing from among all eligible entries received prior to cancellation. In case of dispute, entries will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address used to participate at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email address for the domain associated with the submitted email address. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In no event will Sponsor, its subsidiaries, affiliates and agencies, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising out of your access to and use of the internet site or other sites promoting the sweepstakes or the downloading from and/or printing material downloaded from said sites. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on this site is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the Web site. Entries become the property of Sponsor. No prize transfer. No prize substitution except at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

5. ARBITRATION/CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited, entrants agree that (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this promotion, or any prize awarded, or the determination of the winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by arbitration pursuant to the Rules of the American Arbitration Association, then effective, in Greene County, Missouri, (b) any and all claims, judgements and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this promotion but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will entrant will be permitted to obtain awards for and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages (other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses), and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and/or Sponsor in connection with the promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Missouri, without regard for conflicts of law doctrine, and all proceedings shall take place in Greene County, Missouri.

6. PRIVACY POLICY: Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the Web Site.

7. WINNERS LIST: For a list of winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by 7/31/13 to: Bass Pro Shops "U.S. Open Surf" Sweepstakes Winners, PMI Station, P.O. Box 750, Southbury, CT 06488-0750.

Sponsors: Bass Pro Intellectual Property, L.L.C., a Missouri Limited Liability Company, 2500 E. Kearney, Springfield, MO 65898, USA.
Bass Pro Shops Canada (Calgary), Inc., a Canadian corporation, 2500 E. Kearney, Springfield, MO 65898, USA.
Bass Pro Shops Canada, Inc., an Ontario corporation, 2500 E. Kearney, Springfield, MO 65898, USA.
Administrator: Promotion Mechanics, Inc., 87 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470, USA.



It's the Kid's Weekend at our Bass Pro Shops Go Outdoors Event!

Bass Pro Shops GO Outdoors Event and Sale logo

For 2 days only!    
~ May 25 & 26 ~      
11am - 5pm



Hey kids! Are you ready to Go Outdoors?! After you attend this event, you’ll be excited to get out there and have an awesome summer!

Seminars:       ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Seminars at Go Outdoors Kids Weekend, Bass Pro Shops

11:00am Safe Passage
1:30pm Kid’s Geocaching
2:00pm Safe Passage
2:00pm Fish Feeding
3:30am Safe Passage
4:00pm Kid’s Geocaching


12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm Priorities of Survival
This is the same workshop as we conducted in the first weekend of grown-up seminars.
The kid’s are most welcome to attend, but this
workshop is not specifically designed for them.   


Bass Pro Shops / Daisy Shooting RangeFree Photo Download at Bass Pro Shops Go Outdoors

     Activities:   11am – 4pm


  • Bass Pro Shops Daisy Shooting Range
  • Metal Detector Treasure Hunt
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Free Downloadable Photo
  • 12pm – 4 pm Craft: Color a BPS logo water bottle
  • & a coloring sheet is available







After completing the activities, kids get a (really cool) Flashing Clip!
(While supplies last.)


We'll see you here!

Bass Pro Shops, East Peoria, IL




Game Camera Advantage

     Long before the hunt begins, positioning a game camera or two in the field can give the hunter a huge advantage. A game camera is a full time scout for the hunter. It can save many hours of frustration waiting for game to appear that may never show up in that particular area. The habits of game animals can be viewed later on the cameras’ internal storage or on a SD memory disk.

     The vast majority of game cameras on the market today are a big improvement from just a few years ago. Higher megapixel resolution, faster shutter trigger speeds, longer range motion detection, no glow infrared lens, easy setup, and improved battery life are features these new cameras have and hunters need for their advantage in the field. Some will have a built in viewer to see the pictures in the field, but if not just take the SD card with you and use it in a computer.  There are also some stand alone viewers available no bigger than a regular digital camera.

     When placing the camera in the field, use the landscape to your advantage. Try to keep from placing it directly toward the sun as glare may affect the picture in daylight. Also be aware of limbs and brush being moved by the wind and making the camera take pictures just because it sees something moving. Even birds flying by or squirrels or raccoons are enough for the motion sensor to snap a picture. Putting the camera on worn trails, at feeders, watering holes, and at rubs where bucks hang out are some good places to scout out.

     So if you can spare a few dollars to help give you an advantage in the field on your next hunt, stop by your nearest Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Our friendly associates will be glad to help with your selection to give you that Advantage!

Visit the link below for our assortment of game cameras.

Bass Pro Shops Game Cameras


Game Camera Deer


How to protect yourself from insects


Timmy the Tick: Timmy the Tick reporting to you live from a secret headquarters at the insect jamboree. Her under deep covers under the night sky, we will get all of the pertinent information regarding products destined to destroy our insect colonies. During my recon missions I have uncovered information about the insect protective gear that humans are planning on using against us.

The first product, to be weary of are Rynoskins Insect Protection shirts, pants, hoods, gloves and socks. This product is a nylon/spandex fabric that provides 99.9% chemical free protection against biting insects. This product is form fitting to body, machine washable, comes in sizes S-2XL in shirt and pants, while the hood, gloves and socks are one size fits most. It comes in a variety of colours and patterns, like Mossy Oak Break Up, Real Tree Xtra Green, Black, Green and Tan to adapt to your environment.

The Rynoskins can be used as pajamas in hot climate weather environments where there are a large quantity of bug infestation. This is a serious threat to us all as this insect protective clothing provides resistance to black flies, chiggers, sand fleas, gnats and ticks. I found this item and information while buzzing around in the store from the associates in the camo department at Bass Pro Shops.

Check out this link:

I am now handing the microphone over to Bart the Blackfly who is currently live on location in the camo department at Bass Pro Shops to report his findings on the Quagga mosquito clothing line.

Bart the Blackfly: Thanks Timmy. Well folks, the new Quagga mosquito clothing line is scent and chemical free protection which goes over your clothes. It is a lightweight mesh construction, machine washable and quick dries. BE AWARE!!! This clothing can be worn for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and many outdoor activities. It is easily packable and doesn’t take up a lot of room in the human’s backpacks. In other words, you know never know they can be well prepared with this line of defense hidden in their backpacks. It comes in Olive Green and it comes in a long sleeve t-shirt, full net shirt, pant and 2 types of head nets; one with a neck cover and one without a neck cover.

Check this out:

This is Bart the Blackfly signing off, back to you Timmy.

Timmy the Tick: Thanks a lot for that useful information Bart! Next up, Sandy the Sand Flea will be reporting to you regarding the Bug Bushlite jacket and pants.

Sandy the Sand Flea: Reporting for duty! I am currently in the camping department at Bass Pro Shops and I have found some VERY interesting information. The Bug Bushlite jacket and pants are a black nylon lightweight mesh material, which comes in a carrying bag the size of your wallet. The jacket has an extra large hood and it has draw cord wrists for added protection against bugs. The pants have a drawstring waist and cuffs. It is also black nylon lightweight mesh material. This product is light weight packable, easy to carry, compact and easy to throw over your clothes.

There something her that’s making me really nauseous… Back to you Timmy!

Timmy the Tick: Can we get some medics on the site!? Now here’s Cathy the Chigger reporting just outside of Bass Pro Shops… Luckily you got out of the camping department just in time! Are you ok?

Cathy the Chigger: Yes, thank you Timmy. The medics are now with Sandy. They have opened a package of Thermacells inside the department causing Sandy to feel a little light headed… I flew towards the doors as soon as I could and out the sliding doors I went when a customer left. While I was there… I heard the associates talking about this Thermacell product. It is a handheld mosquito repellent, there are 3 different colours/patterns available; Olive, Realtree AP and Camo. It also comes in a form of a functional lantern, which looks esthetically pleasing for you outdoor nirvana. It has a 15 foot of radius protection, it uses butane cartridges and a mosquito pad. (Pads need to be replaced when the pad turns white or when our friends feast on you!) Also available is a holster and swivel light attachment for your use. It is a scent free product, which explains why Sandy suddenly got sick! This product is used for many outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, camping, sporting events or just relaxing in your backyard.

That’s it for me Timmy, I got to get out of here!!! Back to you.

Timmy the Tick: Just as an aside the camping department offers musk oil, deet spray or patches, coils, Ben’s insect repellent, the fly shooter (be careful when around kids when using this) and the executioner (adult use only). Also, after we have been successful at feasting on your flesh, they have kids’ and original after bite pens for some relief available in the department.

Now that we have uncovered the human’s secret weapons against us, we can be more diligent in selecting our targets. Be on the look out, for any of the products mentioned above and be careful while you’re out there!

This is Timmy the Tick signing off, enjoy the rest of the Bug Jamboree!


Apparel Deals at the Go Outdoors Sale

We have some exciting items that are going to be on sale during the Bass Pro Shops Go Outdoors Sale. We always get lost in all the other items we need for the outdoors  and forget that we offer an exciting range of apparel products available for the whole family. The following are some great deals that we have that for the whole family during the sale. Fathers day is right around the corner so don't forget to come in and buy some clothes for them hard working men in your life as well.


Redhead Short-Sleeve Pocket T-shirt & Henley 2 for $20 (3xl-5xl 2 for $26) or just $15.99 each

Sunday May 26th ONLY - Redhead 8-pocket Hiker Shorts- $14.99

5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants- $69.99

5.11 Covert Classic Shirt or 5.11 Pro Long Sleeve Shirt- $49.99

5.11 Taclite Pro Vest $74.99

5.11 Performance Polo $39.99

5.11 T-shirts your choice $16.99

New Redhead Augusta Polo - $19.99

New Redhead Seersucker Shirt $19.99

New Redhead Castmaster Utility- $29.99

Redhead Finley river Shirt & Colorblock Polo -$14.97

Redhead 5-pocket Denim Shorts $14.97

Redhead Shorts:

Summit ll Shorts- $17.97

Fulton Cargo Shorts -$17.97

Rock Ridge Cargo Shorts $19.97

Katy Trail Cargo Shorts- $24.99

Ripstop Cargo Shorts $24.99

Trailhead Cargo Shorts- $ 29.99

Ladies Apparel:

Natural Reflections Pintuck Henley Tank - $19.99

Natural Reflections Drawstring Shorts - $14.99

New Natural Reflections Tie Dye Shirt $19.99

New Natural Reflections Henley Pocket Tank- $14.99

New Natural Reflections Board Shorts - $19.99


Also check out our website below for other great apparel offers:


This is only the beginning of all the great sales we have going on in all of our apparel departments. Please when you come in shop for the whole family we offer apparel in Men's, Women's, Kid's and Camo Clothing. Our great apparel staff will be happy to help you with any needs that you may have, so please come in and see us as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you over in our apparel department at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds. Oh and by the way let us know you saw this blog, so we can continue to feed you'll great apparel sales within the store.


Phillip Barnes




Marine Safety Equipment

safetyWhile a lot of fun, boating can be very dangerous if operators don't know the rules, follow the rules or have the proper safety equipment onboard. As a boater, you have the responsibility to keep  yourself and your passengers safe while you are in the water.  The boat operator is reponsible for making sure safety equipment is available, the boat is operated safely and in a courteous manner that respects other boaters.

Before launching your boat, check safety equipment and make sure it is all in working order. It is a good idea to have the following items onboard:

  • Binoculars
  • Boat Mirrors
  • Fire Extinguisher(s)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flare and Signaling Kits
  • Air Horn
  • Life Vests and PFD
  • Paddle and Boat Hooks
  • Throw Cushions and Ring Buoys
  • Whistles.

binoWhen it comes to binoculars, take a look at the Bushnell 7x50 Marine Binocular.  This optics workhorse is designed to be used on the open sea, with waterproof and fogproof performance under a variety of conditions. Resistant to saltwater corrosion, the binoculars are protected with non-slip, non-skid rubber armor for true durability.  When it comes to fire extinguishers, the quantity required depends on the length of your boat. Check local regulations to make sure you have the correct number and that they are easily available once aboard the boat.aid

Take a look a the Adventure Medical Kit Marine 100 Medical Kit. It comes in a rugged plastic case with a waterproof gasket, to make sure your supplies stay dry.  This is the perfect option for boats, kayaks and canoes. Life jackets/PFDs have been covered extensively in a previous article.  Every passenger should have one and throw rings should be available and easily accessible. Air horns, flares and whistles  are a great ideas to help rescuers locate you in the event of an incident on the water.

Head over to your local Bass Pro Shops to find these marine safety items and many more!


Feature of the Week: May 13

Feature of the Week: Week of May 13

Department: Footwear

Item: Sperry Top-Sider®

Did you know the world’s first boat shoe was a Sperry Top-Sider®?  Well, it was!  The Sperry Top-Sider® was specifically designed to carefully navigate on a slick deck.   

At Bass Pro Shops, we support this company and have a wide variety of Sperry Top-Sider® styles for both men and women.  Not only do we have  boat shoes, but we have sandals as well. 

Stop by our store and see the wonderful collection of Sperry Top-Sider® boat shoes and sandals we carry!  Summer is coming up; make sure you’re properly prepared!


Prices range from: $49.99 to $139.99


Spawn to Immediate Post Spawn

Bass typically start to spawn when the water temperatures reach 60 degrees.  When the bass are spawning I typically like to fish the back half of spawning coves (pea gravel or hard clay bottom).  The bass will guard the nest from egg robbers like lizards or bluegill.  For this reason, I like to slowly drag a Texas rigged lizard or similar bait like a brush hog.  If the bass are not biting this I will down size to a Bass Pro Shops River Bug in bluegill color.  I like to dye the tail chartreuse using Spike It.        

When the bass are done spawning, the males are left to guard the baby bass called fry.  The males despise anything disturbing their fry. To take advantage of this I will swim a bluegill colored jig through the fry.  During this time of year the top water bite begins to turn on.   I like to use buzz baits as a searching tool when I cannot see the fry.  The noise and water disturbance will often trigger a strike.  After the spawn, females will leave and go to deeper water to recover.  They will come up to a secondary or main lake point to feed.  To catch them, I will drag a lizard or brush hog on points using a Carolina rig.    I also like to use top water baits that I can walk the dog with.  The original and probably most popular bait in this category is the Heddon Zara Spook.  I will use this in the same areas I would use the Carolina rig or a flat near deep water.

----Written by Local Pro Staffer Aaron Olsen


Read a Book with a Child for Children's Book Week

Question: When and What is Children’s Book Week?

When is Children's Book Week?

Children’s Book Week, a literacy initiative, is an annual event that began in 1919. Since 2008, it has been celebrated in May. The dates for Children’s Book Week this year and next are May 13-19, 2013; and May 12-18, 2014.

Who administers Children's Book Week?

In 1944, the Children's Book Council (CBC) was established, and it administered the celebration until 2008 when its foundation, Every Child A Reader, also became involved.

Did you know that Bass Pro Shops in Leeds carries children's books? Check out a few of these books that we offer:



Fun with Nature is a take-along guide for kids who like to explore the outdoors. The hardback book features full color illustrations and explanations of things found in nature. Kids will learn about birds, plants, flowers, rocks, berries and more. The 288-page Fun with Nature Book also has space for taking notes and scrapbooking





  • Teaches children the rules of water safety
  • Safety tips for parents
  • Includes a CD of narration and songs
  • Ages 2-6

Teach children the importance of water safety with this delightful book/CD set, “Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim” by Kim and Stew Leonard, Jr. with Dr. Lawrence E. Shapiro. This colorful book tells the story of Stewie, a duck who is ready to swim with the “big ducks,” but is prevented by his older sisters until he learns the rules of water safety. “Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim” includes a narration CD of the book and songs. This set is ideal as your child’s first guide to water safety! Ages 2-6. Made in USA.




  • Employs a cutting-edge technology called Scanimation® so that the images on the pages actually move
  • Watch a horse gallop, a turtle swim and a butterfly flutter
  • Includes simple, charming question and answer text
  • Ages 4-8

''Gallop!: A Scanimation® Picture Book'' by Rufus Butler Seder is truly the first book of its kind. Using a patented technology called Scanimation®, each page of this astonishing book is a marvel that brings animals—and one shining star—to life with art that actually moves. You'll want to flip the page again and again to experience this amazing technology.

Created by Rufus Butler Seder, an inventor, artist, and filmmaker fascinated by antique optical toys, Scanimation® is a cutting-edge six-phase animation process that matches the ''persistence of vision'' principle with a striped acetate overlay to give the illusion of movement. A horse gallops, a turtle swims across the page, an eagle soars through the air and a butterfly flutters freely. Paired with this amazing moving art is rhyming text that asks simple questions and gives silly, nonsense replies: ''Can you gallop like a horse? giddyup-a-loo!'' This fun book is a true wonder not to be missed! 12 pages.




  • Amazing pop-up panoramas
  • Atmospheric sounds, including a moose bellow and cuckoo call
  • Stunning artwork by Maurice Pledger
  • Recommended for ages 5 and up

Uncover the secrets lying within the forest walls in “Sounds of the Wild: Forest” by Maurice Pledger. This educational children’s book features amazing pop-up panoramas and realistic sounds, including the call of the cuckoo, the snarl of a cougar, and the bellow of the majestic moose. With stunning artwork by Maurice Pledger, atmospheric sounds and elaborate pop-ups, “Sounds of the Wild: Forest” truly brings forests around the world to life! Recommended for ages 5 and up. Imported.


We also carry a selection of coloring books, as well. Here are a few examples.

abc          bass          horse          hunt dog          railroading


Whatever you do this week, find some time to cuddle up with a good book. For more information about book week and a free book mark,visit



New –Bass Pro Shops Bionic Blade-XPS Micro Guide Rods







Our Bionic Blade XPS Micro Guide Trigger Rods are engineered for sensitivity and feature Pacific Bay Micro Guides for smooth casting and virtually friction-free line flow. The revolutionary IM8 blank is created with our innovative Armor Core Technology—a stronger-than-steel aramid fiber core that is wrapped with ultra-light, super-powerful IM8 graphite to make this one of the most powerful, lightweight rods you'll ever fish. EVA split grips add to your control and fishing comfort. Once you go bionic, you'll never go back!

  • Pacific Bay® Micro Guides
  • EVA split grips
  • IM8 blank with Armor Core Technology
  • Two-piece reel seat


Patrick Mooney

Fishing Department Manager


Go Outdoors Event and Sale!

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Come join Bass Pro Shops—Columbia, M O for our largest Outdoor Sale and Event of the Year, May 17th-27th for lots of great sales, FREE Seminars, Giveaways, Oakley/GoPro Sweepstakes, and Kid’s Events! We will host FREE Summer Fun Seminars May 18th & 19th. Learn useful information of water safety, geocaching, Outdoor Cooking, and the Priorities of Survival in cooperation with Bear Grylls. The following weekend, May 25th & 26th, will be our Free Kids’ Summer Kick-Off Event! We will offer FREE Photo Downloads, NEW Bass Pro Shops/Daisy Shooting Range, Metal Detector Treasure Hunt, Adventure Scavenger Hunt, Kids’ Outdoors Seminars, Crafts, Prizes, and Kids’ Fishing on the Deck!


All Seminars are FREE!!!

Saturday, May 18th

  • 11:30 am                    Wear It Right
  • 12:30 pm                    Priorities of Survival
  • 1:30 pm                      Geo Caching
  • 2:30 pm                      Priorities of Survival
  • 3:30 pm                      Wear It Right
  • 4:00 pm                      Geo Caching
  • 4:30 pm                      Priorities of Survival
  • Noon-5:00 pm         Cooking Demos


Sunday, May 19th


  • 11:30 am                  Wear It Right
  • 12:30 pm                  Priorities of Survival
  • 1:30 pm                    Geo Caching
  • 2:30 pm                    Priorities of Survival
  • 3:30 pm                    Wear It Right
  • 4:00 pm                    Geo Caching
  • 4:30 pm                    Priorities of Survival
  • Noon-5:00 pm       Cooking Demos
  • 5:00 pm                    Geomate Jr GPS Unit Giveaway (for Geocaching Seminar attendees 18 yrs+)
  • 5:00 pm                    Life Jacket Giveaway (for Wear It Right Seminar attendees 18 yrs+)




Kids’ Activities

  • 11am-4pm                 Bass Pro Shops/ Daisy Shooting Range
  • 11am-4pm                 Metal Detector Treasure Hunt
  • 11am-4pm                 Adventure Scavenger Hunt
  • 11am-4pm                 FREE Photo Download
  • Noon-4pm                Crafts
  • Noon-5pm                Kids' Fishing on the Deck



Saturday & Sunday, May 25th-26th  



  • 11:00 am                    Kids’ Safe Passage
  • 12:30 pm                    Priorities of Survival
  • 1:30 pm                      Kids' Geocaching
  • 2:00 pm                      Kids’ Safe Passage
  • 2:30 pm                      Priorities of Survival
  • 3:30 pm                      Kids' Geocaching
  • 4:30 pm                      Priorities of Survival

Kids’ Activities

  • 11am-4pm                 Bass Pro Shops/ Daisy Shooting Range
  • 11am-4pm                 Metal Detector Treasure Hunt
  • 11am-4pm                 Adventure Scavenger Hunt
  • 11am-4pm                 FREE Photo Download
  • Noon-4pm                Crafts
  • Noon-5pm                Kids' Fishing on the Deck



Hunter's Education Course

Another hunter's education course is coming up this month! Don't miss out on the May 18th class. Registration is under way now!

Were you born after August 1, 1977? Do you like to hunt? Are you hunting illegally? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then I have a solution for you. Bass Pro Shops in Leeds is very happy to announce that we will be offering the field day portion of the Hunter's Education course. The field day is the second part of the Hunter's Education requirement. Part one can be done at your own pace and can be completed on the computer but, must be completed before taking the field day. The following quote has been taken from the Outdoor Alabama web site:

"Alabama has two hunter education options: a traditional course with a written test or a CD-ROM/Internet-based course followed by a field day to test hunter safety skills. Don't wait, start today!"
Whether you want to take the "classroom" section on a CD-ROM or over the internet is entirely up to you. We are offering the "hands-on" training for you. We will have several classes to choose from. We are offering classes on February 23rd, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, June 29th, July 27th, August 24th, September 21st, October 5th, October 26th, November 2nd, November 16th, and December 7th. These classes will last approximately from 1 pm to 5 pm and will be taught by certified instructor, Matthew Batson. You must bring proof that you have completed the written section of this class with you when you attend the field day!
For more information, you can visit the following web page:
If you have already completed the written test part of the Hunter's Education Course and only need to take a field day class, go to the following link to enroll today:
We look forward to seeing you at a class soon!

This Weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Go Outdoors and More!

There's a ton to do this weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - let's get started with the lineup!

Go Outdoors




First, and foremost, it's the first weekend of FREE Go Oudoors event - seminars, activities and more, including a chance to win an Oakley/GoPro prize package!

May 18-19 - Summer Fun Seminars!

Wear it Right - 11:30 and 3:30 p.m. - Learn the five important steps of choosing and fitting a life jacket. Attend the seminar and be entered into a drawing a life jacket afterwards!

Geocaching 101 - 1:30 and 4 p.m. - Our experts show you the basics of Geocaching for fun with friends and family.
Attend the seminar and be entered for a chance to win a Geomate.jr GPS unit! GPS units only available at

“Priorities of Survival” - 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 p.m. Seminars in cooperation with Bear Grylls Gerber Survival (Both Weekends). (NOT a personal appearance by Bear Grylls)

Cooking Demos - Saturday and Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

ATV Obstacle Course - 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday



Representatives from Des Moines' Blank Park Zoo will be on hand with some of their favorite little friends! Plus they'll have information on membership and activities like Campout at the Zoo!


Knife Sharpening 101

KNIFE SHARPENING 101 - 1:00 p.m.

Join Mike "The Knife Guy" Sibley, our knife guru, to learn about the basics of maintaining your knives. Come to the Optics Counter.




MORELFEST 2013 - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bass Pro Shops Altoona is the host location for MorelFest 2013! The parking lot will be the setting for vendors and morels - celebrate Iowa's favorite springtime delicacy! 

•Activities For All
•Vendor Attractions
•Morel Mushroom Seminars

For more information on meal cost, etc., visit


Turn Some Pages for Children's Book Week

Do you remember your favorite book as a child?  Ferdinand the Bull? The Bobbsey Twins? Horton Hears a Who?

What child DOESN'T like to be read to? When it comes to quality time, there is no time more well spent than reading to, and WITH, a child. Research shows that children who are read to interactively (with the reader making sure the child understands what is being read) become better readers and achieve better in school. I vividly remember my mom and dad both reading to me; during the summer I made MANY bicycle trips to the library each week to check out books.  I loved to read...and I have no doubt my language skills and love of writing are a direct result.

Even at the age of nine, my mom and I read The Little Prince together - a heavy-duty book for a nine-year-old -and she explained the philosophical aspects of the book. To this day it remains one of my favorites.

May 13-19 is Children's Book Week. Fortunately, there are now so many books to choose from for kids. Of course, at Bass Pro Shops we feature books that focus on the outdoors. Though you, or your child, may have an iPad or a Kindle, etc., why not pick up a good old-fashioned, hold-it-in-your hand, turn the pages, book?Unlikely Friendships

Here are some of my top picks!

Unlikely Friendships

  • 47 incredible stories of unexpected animal friendships
  • Includes Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten
  • Written by “National Geographic” writer Jennifer HollandAdventures with Jonny
  • Full-color photographs

Adventures with Jonny - Let's Go Fishing

  • Pique your child's interest in the sport of fishing!
  • Parents' "How-to" Fishing Guide to start parents off on the right foot as they walk into the world of fishing
  • Name That Fish! Family Game that educates your child on how to identify the most common species of fish

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots

  • Fun book with positive message
  • Engaging rhyme scheme
  • Whimsical illustrations

The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids

  • Honored with five International Book AwardsOld Farmer's Almanace for Kids
  • Filled with facts, stories, and activities
  • Full-color pages
  • Calendar with Halloween ideas and more
  • Wacky ways to predict the weather
  • Gardening advice
  • 12 fun and easy projects
  • Ages 8 and up

For more information on reading with your kids and literacy, in general, visit Reading is Fundamental at



Smoking it My Way: Making Jerky, Electric Smoker Style

The first day of my electric smoker jerky adventure I woke up. I went down to Kroger to look for a roast. Then I hung out in front of the Bass Pro Store. The second day of my electric smoker adventure I woke up. I went down to the kitchen to prepare the jerky. Then….Ok, it wasn’t anything like that old comedy skit, but my first venture into smoking beef jerky in my electric smoker was fun and turned out awesome.

Eye of Round slicing                          Roast sliced

Jerky in bowl

My research lead me to understand that I needed to use a really lean cut of beef, so I chose an Eye of Round roast that came in around 2 pounds. My plan was to make the jerky on Saturday, so Thursday evening I started the process to allow 36 to 48 hours to marinade. About 3 to 4 hours before I was going to start I placed the roast in the freezer, which makes the meat easier to cut in even ¼ inch strips. I cut the meat myself with my Mister Twister Electric Fisherman knife, but I would suggest having the butcher cut it for you.

I made my marinade of 1 cup of soy sauce, 1 cup of Worcestershire sauce, ¼ cup of Cholula hot sauce, 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke and 6 tablespoons of ground peppercorns. I mixed all of these together in a bowl and placed the cut meat in the mixture. I added just enough water so that the meat was completely submerged, covered the bowl and place in the fridge.

Jerky on racks          Jerky in smoker

Saturday midday I got the meat out and placed it on the smoker racks. I have learned I need to pre-smoke my smoker by heating up the chips until they start smoking, then put the meat in. In order to keep the temps in the smoker low enough for jerky I didn’t close the door, which allowed some smoke to escape but not enough to make a difference. I cooked the jerky on low for 90 minutes, until the meat was starting to get dry; it was pliable but didn’t break. I removed the racks and brushed the remaining marinade on the jerky and put it back in for 30 minutes. Took it out and left it on the racks for 6 hours then put it in Ziploc bags and in the fridge. The next day when I took it out of the fridge, WOW !! It had a great taste and was even better when I allowed it to get to room temperature later.

Until my next smoking adventure, this is Chef Dave signing off. Bon Appetit !!


Outdoor Essentials - Sharpening Fish Fillet Knives

We figure you're going to need to know how to sharpen your fillet knife for all those fish you're catching! So, we asked Bass Pro Shops Altoona "Knife Guy" Mike Sibley, our resident knife expert, for a few tips!

Knife Sharpening 101

Fillet knives are flexible by design because the blade needs to be flat on the cutting surface to remove the skin.

Using a Work Sharp Electric Sharpener with the 20 degree bevel attachment is very quick and produces a great edge.

Using a flat diamond stone can take more practice and instruction:

  • Since it is flexible you must keep the blade under pressure the length of the stroke.
  • This means, on a 7" blade, only a small portion of the blade is making contact with the stone at any one time (see pictures).
  • A 20 degree bevel on each side of the filet knife is about right.


  • Diamond stones require water.
  • Natural stones require honing oil.


Questions?  Join Mike for a Knife Sharpening 101 seminar on Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!


Try a "Bold, New Taste!"

curlsWe have a brand new snack item now available:  Crispy Curls!  Described as "fried out pork fat with attached skin," they are better known throughout the South as "cracklins." Cracklins are a Cajun snack made from cubes of pork  skin, fat, and meat. The pork skin is cut up into cube-sized pieces then dropped into hot grease until crispy.

Wes Evans, Customer Service Manager, describes them as having a "bold, new taste." There are two savory flavors of Uncle Buck's Crispy Curls available at your local Bass Pro Shops:  Red Pepper and BBQ.  The Crispy Curls are displayed with the Uncle Buck's Pork Skins near the Front End registers. Crispy Curls are the newest offering in the Uncle Buck's snack line which includes nuts, jerky, soup mixes, relish, preserves and more.






What kind of trail camera should I get and why is the price range so big?

With the growing interest in personal and property safety, the Bass Pro Shops Altoona Hunting Department fields a lot of questions about trail cameras.

Hunting Manager Shaun Bequeaith says the biggest differences among trail cameras come from their features, especially trigger speed. 

"A camera with a slow trigger speed takes a while to wake up and take a picture once there is motion. The less expensive cameras have slower trigger speed, but can still take good pictures.  These cameras are good in the spring in front of mineral licks or where deer will stand in one spot and feed for awhile.  If you are looking to put a camera on a deer trail to see what is using it,  I suggest a camera with a one-second trigger speed or less.  This camera will detect motion, wake up, and capture your deer and will have less blank pictures. 

Another difference in is between flash camras and infrared.  Aflash camera will take color photos day and night, but it flashes at night. Infrared have LED lights and take color photos during the day and black and white at night. When the camera takes a picture at night, the LED lights have a light glow to them. For cameras on public land, trouble with cameras disappearing, or for home security, you want a "blackout" infrared red camera.  This camera will take daytime colored photos and black and white at night.  But, there is NO flash and NO glow on a blackout camera.  These cameras are great for security and we sell a lot to farmers watching over machinery, or people keeping a eye on a lake house when they are not there."


For more information on game camera basics, check out this YouTube video:


Camo for Every Season

Realtree has introduced two new seasonal camo patterns to take you through the entire year:  Realtree Xtra and Realtree Xtra Green

The Realtree Xtra pattern features sharp foreground images and softer mid- and background images, simulating a 3D effect. The overall color effect, made up of 12 individual warm earth tones, skews more toward brown/neutral. This pattern is best suited for ground, rocks, deadfalls and open areas. From a seasonality perspective, it is designed to carry you from the leaf change of fall through winter, then into early spring.  The design includes tree trunks, large and small limbs, leaves of different types and colors, and even large open areas.

xtraRealtree Xtra Green takes you from the greenout of spring through the bowhunting and muzzle loading/gun seasons of early fall. The pattern combines leaves, colors, open areas, and extreme contrast in a multidirectional design. Featuring tree limbs, tree trunks, different types of leaves and 12 natural colors, this pattern will effectively cause the human shape to blend in and disappear.xtra

The Hunting Clothing Department, at your local Bass Pro Shops, have these selections and so much more for you to choose from. Stop by and speak to one of our expert associates to find the camo clothing that best fits your needs.