Review: Columbia Gold 650 TurboDown Jacket for Ladies

Columbia is widely known for creating products that contain some pretty neat technology. In recent years we’ve seen their release of Omni-Heat products; synthetically insulated coats, jackets, and shirts that are lined with tiny silver dots that are designed to reflect your body heat back to you. This year they’ve taken their Omni-Heat technology to a new level by combining it with real goose down to create TurboDown; a performance enhanced down that provides the extreme warmth of a down coat without all of the bulkiness.

Being a big fan of the Omni-Heat technology, I was really excited to try out the Columbia Gold 650 TurboDown Jacket for ladies! Immediately I loved the way it fit; it ran true to size, had a slightly tapered waist, and hit right in the middle of my hips making it not too short and not too long. The coat doesn’t fall short on warmth either. While it fits and weighs more like that of a light jacket, the Gold 650 TurboDown jacket gave my puffy down coats a run for their money.

While I was disappointed that the Gold 650 jacket didn’t come with the comfort wrist cuffs like the Kaleidaslope II jacket, I still think this would make a perfect Christmas Present for anyone who’s an avid hiker, runner, or dog walker. Plus, it also comes in an array of fun colors to fit any personality on your list.

-Ashley

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Fall Flannel Fest

 

              Flannel Fest has been extended through November 23rd!  We love flannel at Bass Pro Shops!  It makes you feel nice and cozy on a chilly fall day.  We carry a wide variety of flannel and brands in our store. We have RedHead, Ascend, Natural Reflections, Bob Timberlake, Carhartt, and Columbia Sportswear! One of our favorites is the RedHead Ultimate Flannel Shirt! Made of 100% cotton combed yarns it resists pilling and is virtually shirk-free! It’s on sale right now starting at $19.97 (November 10-23) Reg. price starting at 24.99. With eight different colors to choose from there is one for everybody!  Redhead Flannel-Lined Jeans start at just $39.99!

          Natural Reflections has a great selection of flannel for women!  Flannel shirts start at $24.99.  Natural Reflections Flannel-Lined Jeans or Twill Pants for $44.99!

 

 

          If being decked out in flannel from head to toes is not enough for you, we also have Redhead Flannel lined Insulated Waterproof boots for men and women! The RedHead All-Season Classic II is only $49.99 with the options of lace-up, pull-on, or zip-on!

 

  

         Our camping department also has a wide variety of Flannel lined sleeping bags! The Bass Pro Shops 0º Oversized Duckcloth Sleeping Bag is our most popular bag with hunters. Our premium rectangular bag is thickly packed with 6 lbs. of hollow fiber insulation. The 10-oz. cotton duckcloth shell and cotton flannel lining ensure years of warmth and enjoyment.

The Bass Pro Shops 0º Oversized Duckcloth Sleeping Bag is $99.99 and measures (40" X 84").

Bass Pro Shops -20º Oversized Duckcloth Sleeping Bag is also available for those really cold nights and is only $119.99.  The -20º Sleeping back is packed with 7.5 lbs of hollow fiber insulation.

Our associates have really enjoyed wearing our flannel on these cold days!

Use hashtag #FlannelFest to show us your favorite flannel on Facebook or Twitter!

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Text in Warmth Ladies!

Do you remember the brutal winter we had last year?  Do you remember how cold your fingers got when you tried to use your smart phone, I-Pad,or tablet?  Then you thought hey maybe I will buy some of those gloves with the fingers cut off. All that got you was cold freezing fingers and warm hands. Well here at Bass Pro Shops we have the solution to all those frozen fingers.

 We are offering four different styles of gloves with the technology built into the fingers of the gloves to connect with your smart phone, I-pad,or tablet.

The North Face has three styles. The first one is the Denali Etip glove which is good for cool weather. It comes in black, white and gray. Sizes are small/medium and large/extra large.

 

The second one is the Denali Thermal glove which is good for cold weather comes in navy blue and black. Sizes are small/medium and large/extra large.

 The third glove is the Etip stretch fit glove which has reflective detailing for those of you who run.  It only comes in black and strechs to fit your hand.

 

 

  All five fingers on all these gloves have touch screen capability.  The fingers have intergrated conductive technology with embedded powered conductors.

 

Columbia also offers their Trail Summit Running glove with Omni Heat, and reflective piping. This glove offers thumb and fore finger capability only.  Omni Heat reflects your body heat back to your hand with the reflective dots. This is a strech fit glove.                                             

Treat yourself and buy a pair of these gloves. Or even better give them as a Christmas gift. You can find them on line or in our stores.

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Santa's Wonderland 2014

Preview night: Join the Bass Pro family for the kick-off of our Santa's Wonderland event! The event includes many opportunities for families to come enjoy the beginning of the holiday season with activities and giveaways.

Santa will be arriving in front of our store on a Tracker boat at 5 p.m. where we will have free cookies and hot chocolate. After he arrives we will have a magical tree lighting in our store for the unveiling of Santa's Wonderland.

In addition to having giveaways to the first 115 kids to visit Santa's Wonderland, from 6 to 8 p.m. we'll have free photos with Santa, a free craft, coloring sheets and letters to write to Santa.

Santa will also be giving away a $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card to one lucky winner every half-hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Full event:

Come get into the Holiday Spirit! Missourians drive from miles away to experience Santa and his Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops--Columbia, MO. Join us for FREE games, Letters to Santa, and Coloring Sheets, 7 days a week from Open-Close. Also, take advantage of FREE crafts during our Craft hours.
Plus! Get a FREE photo with Santa during our Photo hours.

Here is the schedule:

Nov. 15- Dec 5:
Free photo with santa/ Free crafts/ Free games & activities
Mon.-Fri: 3-8p.m./ 5-7p.m./ open-close
Saturday: 10a.m.-8p.m./ 12-5p.m./ open-close
Sunday: 12-5p.m./ 12-5p.m./ open-close

Thanksgiving: 10a.m.-5p.m./ 3-5p.m./ open-close...
Nov. 28: 10a.m.-8p.m./ 5-7p.m./ open-close

Dec.6-23:
Mon.-Fri.: 10a.m.-8p.m./ 5-7p.m./ open-close
Saturday: 10a.m.-8p.m./ 12-5p.m./ open-close
Sunday: 10a.m.-5p.m./ 12-5p.m./ open-close

Dec. 24: 10a.m.-5p.m./ 3-5p.m./ open-close
 
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10 reasons wearing Flannel is the best

  1. It’s like wearing a blanket, a socially acceptable blanket
  2. You’re automatically fashionable without the discomfort
  3. With so many pattern choices and colors, you could wear a flannel shirt everyday and never get bored
  4. It looks good on both men and women, let’s be honest
  5. Your beard grows twice as fast when you wear it (if you’re a man)
  6. It’s versatile, you can wear it to church, work and on a date
  7. If you put on a flannel, you can automatically cut down a tree
  8. It’s great if your car breaks down- keeps you warm
  9. It can double as a Halloween costume
  10. Bass Pro Shops sells the best flannel
Fall Flannel Fest Flannel is a staple of the Fall season—and you know the best place to get flannel is Bass Pro Shops! We’ve got a wide selection from all of your favorite brands; RedHead, Ascend, Natural Reflections, Bob Timberlake, Carhartt, Columbia, and more. Come experience Fall Flannel Fest only at Bass Pro Shops until Nov. 9! #FlannelFest
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Love Flannel? Then Read This!

Flannels bring to mind an image of comfort, warmth, and style. Perfect for the hardworking, style conscious or relaxed weekender, flannel is a versatile classic wardrobe staple. Men, women, young or the young at heart can wear flannel shirts for any occasion, working, relaxing, or a night out on the town. Whether it's dressed up or dressed down with a bit of styling you will be turning heads wherever you go. Starting October 20 Bass Pro Shop is having our Flannel Fest. We will be featuring flannels from all your favorite brands such as Redhead, Bob Timberlake, Ascend, Carhartt, and Columbia. Offering a large variety of styles and colors, fleece lined, Sherpa lined or the original style, all of our flannels will be available for you to stop by and pick up. Starting at just $19.97 you will be sure to find the perfect flannel for yourself or that special someone on your list. Flannel fest will start on October 20th and end on November 9th. To kick off the event we will be giving away the limited Flannel Fest car coaster to the first 100 customers on October 29th starting at 11:00 a.m.(while supplies last) Be sure to come early and get your car coaster. Don't miss out on this limited time event come in to Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga for Flannel Fest 2014. #FLANNELFEST

 

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New Columbia Turbodown Set To Keep You Warmer This Winter

There is so much new technology in the apparel industry today. There are products to keep you warm, products to keep you cold, and materials that wick away moisture. There are materials that are waterproof and windproof, and materials that are breathable.  Bass Pro Shops is fortunate enough to be carrying one of Columbia Sportswear’s new product releases for the Fall 2014 season.

Women's Turbodown Jacket

This season, Columbia Sportswear is releasing a new product called Turbodown. Turbodown is a Performance Enhanced Down product.  This new technology fuses down with Omni-Heat synthetic insulation for superior lightweight warmth and heat retention. This technology also allows the product to reduce cold spots as well as retaining warmth when wet.

Men's Turbodown Vest

We carry the Columbia Gold 650 Turbodown Jacket and the Gold 650 Turbodown vest for men and the Turbodown jacket for women. These outerwear pieces are ideal for the outdoor sportsman. Not only are these new products lightweight and water-resistant, but there are several features that make them appealing – zip hand pockets,  a drawcord hem to keep the cold out, and a modern fit make these jackets a great addition to your outdoor wardrobe.

In addition to the new Turbodown products, Columbia Sportswear has a wide range of apparel to suit everyone’s outdoor needs this fall.  Come visit Bass Pro Shops Savannah to get geared up for cooler weather!

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Fall Flannel Fest

October 20th -- November 9th

This fall season is officially under way and we are excited to celebrate the cooler weather this year with our first Fall Flannel Fest. Come in to the store and check out our various assortment of flannel, we have something for everyone. Flannel is a staple for the fall season and has been for generations-- and you known the best place to get flannel is right here at Bass Pro Shops!

We have flannel available in an all of your favorite brands; RedHead, Ascend, Natural Reflections, Bob Timberlake, Carhartt, Columbia, and more. Ask any Bass Pro Associate and they would be happy to help you find the style that best suits you.

 

Flannel Friday Giveaway-- October 24th 11:00am

FREE Car Coaster Giveaways!

The first 100 customers to come into Bass Pro Shops Tallahassee at 11:00 am will receive a FREE stoneware coaster. Each coaster is stamped with the Fall Flannel Fest logo. These stoneware coasters fit into most cup holders and will soak up spills and condensation from beverages, eliminating those sticky "puddles" in cup holders. 

Like Bass Pro Shops Tallahassee on Facebook to stay up to date on all of the upcoming events for the holiday season! Facebook--Fall Flannel Event

Be sure to find a style that everyone likes by checking out other Clothing Blogs posted by Bass Pro Shops.

 

 

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

It's a good weekend for thinking about staying warm and we can help you out!  For one thing, we have RedHead lifetime socks on sale through Sunday!

Try Before You Buy

Our Gifts Department will be serving up some samples to warm your tummy!

Saturday, October 18

It's National Chili Month so sample our Uncle Buck's brand Two-Step Black Bean Chili! Noon-4 p.m. or while supplies last.

Sunday, October 19

Try some a sample of Bob Timberlake BBQ sauces over beef chuck roast! Noon-4 p.m. or while supplies last!

Boy Scouts are on site selling popcorn to help support their activities.

Saturday - It's Pack 237

Sunday - It's Troop 222 from Martensdale

The scouts are usually here from about 10 a.m. - mid afternoon.

Coming up?

Flannel Fest!

Then, hold on to your plaids, it's FLANNEL FEST! October 20-November 9, Bass Pro Shops celebrates all things flannel! You know we're the BEST place to buy flannel, whether RedHead, Ascend, Bob Timberlake, Columbia, Carhartt, or others!  #FlannelFest

Friday, October 24 - Flannel Friday! The first 100 customers receive a FREE Fall Flannel Fest Car Coaster! These very cool coasters go in your car's cup holder and soak up minor spills and condensation.

 

Halloween arrives October 24-31! Stay tuned!

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The Power of Flannel Fest at Bass Pro!

Fall Flannel Fest October 20 - November 9

Flannel is a staple of the Fall season-and you all know the best place to get your flannel is Bass Pro Shops! We’ve got a wide selection from all your favorite brands; RedHead, Ascend, Natural Reflections, Bob Timberlake, Carhartt, Columbia, and more. Come experience Fall Flannel Fest only at Bass Pro Shops! #FlannelFest

Don’t miss the Flannel Friday giveaways on October 24th  at 11am. The first 100 customers will receive a FREE Fall Flannel Fest Car Coaster-a stoneware coaster to put in your car’s cup holder to soak up minor spills and condensation. #FlannelFriday

 

Don't forget to post all your Flannel Fest photos on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bpsmemphis or on Instagram at #FlannelFest #FlannelFriday

We look forward to see all the FUN Flannel photos!

 

 

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Fall Flannel Fest !!!

 

What’s our favorite fall fabric?

 Well, FLANNEL of course!!!

Flannel is a staple of the Fall season- and you know the best place to get yours is Bass Pro Shops! We have a wide selection from all of your favorite brands; Ascend, RedHead, Natural Reflection, Bob Timberlake, Carhartt, Columbia and more!!!

This season we are proud to introduce Fall Flannel Fest!!!

On October 24 we welcome you to Flannel Friday; we will give the first 100 customers in the store a FREE Fall Flannel Fest Car Coaster- a stoneware coaster to put in your car’s cup holder to soak up minor spills and condensation.

Come experience Fall Flannel Fest. Only at Bass Pro Shops!!!

Don't forget to post all your flannel fan photos to #FlannelFest !!!

 

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Fall Flannel Fest!!

Coming soon starting October 20th! Fall Flannel Fest!

Flannel is a staple of the Fall season- and you know the best place to get flannels? Bass Pro Shops of course! We've got a wide selection from all of your favorite brands; RedHead, Ascend, Natural Reflections, Bob Timberlake, Carhartt, Columbia, and more.

Flannel Friday - October 24th!

We are having Flannel Friday Giveaway day! The first 100 customers in the store on Friday, October 24th starting at 11am, will receive a FREE Fall Flannel Fest Car Coaster- a stoneware coaster to put in your car’s cup minor spills and condensation. Don’t miss out!

Here are a few styles that are very popular here at Bass Pro Shops San Antonio -

RedHead Fleece-Lined Flannel Shirt for Men

This RedHead Fleece-Lined Flannel Shirt features fleece lining in the body and quilted lining in the sleeves that trap body heat remarkably well. This thick, warm flannel shirt has a button front and 2 button-flap chest pockets to give you a couple of storage options for glasses and writing utensils. Our RedHead Fleece-Lined Flannel is made from 100% cotton with 100% polyester lining. Machine wash. Imported.

  • 100% cotton with 100% polyester lining
  • Button front
  • 2 button-flap chest pockets
  • Fleece-lined body
  • Quilted lining in sleeves

 

Natural Reflections Flannel Shirts for Ladies

A comfortable companion for cool fall days or brisk summer evenings, the Natural Reflections® Long-Sleeve Flannel Shirt for ladies is sure to be your new favorite. Finished with 2 button-flap chest pockets, this plaid shirt features princess seams for a flattering fit. Superior-quality 100% cotton is brushed for remarkable softness. Machine wash, tumble dry. Imported.

  • Amazing value
  • Superior-quality 100% cotton flannel
  • Brushed for remarkable softness
  • Princess seams
  • Button-up front
  • Stitched neck tape
  • 2 button-flap chest pockets

 

Bob Timberlake Signature Flannel Shirt for Men

On cold days when you have errands to run and tasks to check off your list, reach for our Bob Timberlake® Signature Flannel Shirt. These men's button-down flannel shirts are made from 100% cotton that is soft, thick, and warm for all-day comfort. 2 button-flap chest pockets accent the front of this Bob Timberlake long-sleeve flannel shirt. Machine wash. Imported.

 

  • 100% cotton
  • Soft, thick, and warm
  • Button front
  • 2 chest pockets
  • Colorful plaid patterns

Ascend Sweet Creek Plaid Shirt for Ladies

From hiking the woods to setting up camp, the Ascend® Sweet Creek Plaid Shirt for ladies keeps you comfortable and classic. This rugged flannel shirt features long sleeves, princess seams for feminine shaping, and 2 patch pockets at the chest. Made of a soft polyester/rayon blend, this collared shirt is a great choice from sunrise hike to campfire toast. Machine wash. Imported.

  • Button front plaid shirt
  • 2 chest pockets
  • Princess seams provide feminine shaping
  • Made of soft polyester/rayon
  • Machine washable

 

That was just a few that we offer, but we have any different colors, brand and styles. Just make your way in between October 20 - November 9th and come experience Fall Flannel Fest. Only at Bass Pro Shops!

 

 

 

 

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Gear for Cave Exploring

Cave exploring is a guaranteed adventure for almost anyone. While exploring alone is attractive to some taking the whole family on a cave diving adventure is just as fun. Exploring a cathedral room or finding a hidden chamber deep underground is the kind of stuff stories are made of, and in the Ozarks caves are definitely not in short supply. But a cave exploring expedition can become treacherous if the right gear is not on hand to deal with situations that might arise along the way.

First thing any caver is going to need while underground is a good light source. This needs to be not only a steady source of directional light but also a solid design that can take a beating and will not need constant maintenance while in the cave. It is also a good idea to take a few forms of light for exploring underground. A headlamp is the first order of business. For the new caver a simple light that is rugged should be used. The Primos Top Gun LED Headlamp is a good starter headlamp because it has both high and low settings for while in the cave and an easily adjustable head strap to keep the light in place.

LED headlamp

After the headlamp a good idea would be to have a regular flashlight that can be stored in a pocket just in case the headlamp goes out. For this job the Bass Pro Shops® Mini LED Flashlight Combo - 6 Pack, because there are 6 lights in this pack it is easy to put one in a pocket, one in a backpack and hand one to each child in the cave exploring. Also these little lights are very bright and durable making them perfect for the cave!

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Another light source that could be used in an absolute emergency would be a chemical light stick or glow stick. A good choice for glow stick would be the Texsport® Glo Lite Stix™, these glow sticks provide 6 hours of continual low light making them good for an emergency in a cave.

glo

The next stumbling block that many cavers will run into while exploring underground, will be dehydration. While the temperature in the cave might be cool and moist, the physical exertion of climbing over rocks and crawling through narrow passages does tend to cause sweating and dehydration. An easy way to avoid this would be to carry a hydration pack with at least a liter of water in it. This pack will need to be durable enough to make it through the cave without tearing a hole in it and keep the water drinkable for an extended period of time. A good pack for the job is the CamelBak® Rogue™ Hydration Pack, with a coated nylon outer casing this hydration pack is great for the scrapes and bumps a caver is going to run into while exploring. Another pack that is great for the job is the Bass Pro Shops® XPS® 1.5L Hydration Pack, this pack has a low profile and durable polyester coating making it perfect for climbing through tight spaces and over rough surfaces.

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In a cave, regular clothing tends to be ripped to shreds on the limestone and gravel that is throughout. So finding the right clothes to cover softer underclothes is needed. Styles that tend to work well for the cave are the coveralls and bib overalls. What a caver should look for in coveralls and bib overalls is the durability and wear ability. If the coveralls are going to fall apart after crawling on knees for a few hundred yards then they are not going to be caving material. While at the same time if the overalls ride up or chafe when walking then they will definitely not be usable in the cramped spaces of a cave. Carhartt® Sandstone Bib Overalls are a great set that fits the bill for the rigors of crawling around a cave. The double ply knees make this pair great for being down and dirty while still remaining comfortable in tight situations.

carhartt

Now that the clothing is covered it is time for the boots that will be needed in the cave. These boots need to be tough and most certainly waterproof, while also having the traction needed for walking on the slick limestone and loose gravel of the local caves. A good pair of boots that fits the bill is the Columbia Woodburn Mid Waterproof Camo Hiking Boots. This pair of boots has a solid hard sole made for hiking over rough terrain, and is comfortable enough to wear on a long walk, making these boots great for being in a cave environment. Another good set of boots for this job is the RedHead® Osprey Hiking Boots. These waterproof boots have a good set of removable insoles that keep the feet comfortable while providing the support and stability needed for walking and crawling around in a cave environment.

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Now that the gear is gathered and clothing is ready to go it is time to head to the cave and go over a few tips and tricks for being in a cave. Before leaving for the cave, it is a good idea to let a friend or relative know the exact location of the cave that is going to be explored. Also tell them how long the trip will take and to contact the proper authorities if a certain amount of time has passes and they don’t get a confirmation that everyone is alright. Keeping a phone turned off in the car is a good idea, while taking a phone into the cave is also important, if more than one phone is available. Note that some phones are able to work well in certain caves so having a phone can come in handy. Keeping a small stock of chemical stick lights is a good way to assure that even if all electronic lights fail there will still be enough light to find a way out of the cave. Finally keeping a length of cord handy, so kids and adults have something to hold on to while walking and keep from getting split up from the group. Now that the gear and tips are dispensed it is finally time to go into the cave! As always happy hunting and good luck! 

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Just Arrived- Columbia UGA Apparel!

Columbia University of Georgia apparel has arrived here out the Savannah Bass Pro Shops- just as the college football season begins to heat up!  We have several great styles of shirts, both shortsleeve and longsleeve, as well as UGA jackets. Come on by and get in the latest college Columbia gear before next Saturday!  These are located right near our front entrance by the Customer Service counter.

Columbia UGA Tamiami Shirt

We also have all sorts of different college-themed apparel and accessories, as well as all the gear you need to make your next tailgate a success.  We've got portable grills, grilling tools, seasonings, and sauces.  Don't forget the cooler, folding table, and chairs!  When tailgating with the family or a big party, a canopy is essential.  We have a great selection of canopies, including our Bass Pro Deluxe Instant Canopy. The 12 foot model provides 144 square feet of protection from sun and rain! Don't forget to pick up snacks, either- we have a great selection of jerky, nuts, and other munchies!


BPS Deluxe Instant Canopy

That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tailgating accessories here at Bass Pro Shops Savannah, so make sure you head on down before you head to the stadium!

 

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Teal Season Necessities

It's finally here, teal season! We asked hunting team lead Landon for some tips for this season.

-This is going to be a great teal season, the population is up compared to the long-term average. It'll be a 6 day season starting Sept. 6 running until Sept. 21st.

-Hopefully you've been doing this already, but make sure to scout before you go hunt so you know where the birds are going and where their food sources are. That'll help you when it's time to go out.

-A couple great places to go teal hunting around here include Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area or Grand Pass Conservation Area about 45 minutes away from Columbia near Marshall.

- Make sure to match your camo to the terrain you'll be in. You're probably going to want wear green camo because the leaves are still on the trees.

-Use a 12 or 20 gauge gun with steel shot ammo. Anywhere from 4 to 6 shot is sufficient.

-Make sure you have a teal call, which sounds a little different than a duck call. We have a variety of options, just stop by the hunting counter if you need assistance choosing a call.

-Because it's still so hot out and there are a lot of mosquitoes, get a ThermaCELL to repel the bugs while you hunt. It repels mosquitoes mosquitoes for up to 12 hours by creating an invisible, orderless protection by heating a chemically treated repellent mat that covers up to a 15' diameter. It's powered by a butane cartridge that's included, repelling more powerfully than mosquito coils. It's also cordless and portable.

-Best time to go teal hunting is first thing in the morning or in the evening (check with MDC and the landowner, some don't allow hunting in the evening.)

-Ducks land into the wind, so make sure to place your decoys accordingly.

If you have any other questions feel free to comment below or visit our hunting department. Good luck this season!

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Hiking Trails for Beginners

trail

Hiking on local trails is a great way to see nature and learn about the surroundings while relaxing and having a good workout. For beginners finding the right gear that is suited for the trails and is comfortable is always a struggle. While at the same time finding the right trails for beginners is also a challenge simply because building the stamina that is required for good hikes takes time and a concerted effort on an easy trail.

trail

Gear is one of the most important parts of any outdoor expedition and hiking is no different. The gear a hiker uses has to be top notch or a hike can become a nightmare quickly after it starts with blisters and chaffing becoming a huge problem. When it comes to boots there is a big difference in the type of boot for the terrain that will be traversed. If the trail is a very well kept paved trail having a hiking shoe like the RedHead® Granite Peak Hiking Shoe or the Columbia Helvatia Waterproof Trail Shoe for ladies is good because there is very little ability for a hiker to roll an ankle so the comfort of a shoe is preferred to the support of a bigger boot. If the trail is well kept but still a dust trail then going with a hiking shoe like the Merrell® Yokota Waterproof Mid Hiking Shoe or the RedHead® Gaston 5'' Hiker Shoes for Ladies, is a good idea. This hiking shoe rises a little higher than the other hiking shoes so it is able to offer more ankle support for the trail that may have a little less stability than the paved trail. For a trail that is a little wilder with rocks and tree roots, a bigger more sturdy boot is a must. RedHead® Everest Hikers are a great boot for the job, these boots are built sturdy and are meant for everything from walking around the block to the heaviest of trails. For those heavy trails with many rocks and roots a good boot for the ladies would have to be the RedHead® McKinley Hiking Boot, the boot is lightweight and durable enough for a long hike making these boots great for a long trek through rough terrain.

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The next challenge for the new hiker would have to be the right socks for hiking on any trail. When looking for socks a good pair needs to be made from crew to quarter length so the ankle and at least the lowest part of the calf is covered. This keeps the boot from rubbing any exposed skin raw while walking or hiking. A good sock for this purpose is the Ascend™ Hiker Quarter Socks, these come fitted for both men and women, the socks are made from merino wool which keeps the feet comfortable and wicks away sweat very effectively.

ascend sock

Now that socks are taken care of it is time to address one of the most important components of hiking clothing, chaffing. Chaffing happens when skin is rubbed raw and can be painful for even the most advanced hikers. One of the worst spots for chaffing is the inner thigh. The only blessing is that this is also the one place where chaffing is the easiest to prevent. A good pair of compression or hiking underwear is purpose made to keep chaffing from happening and can make a hike easier for all involved. A good pair for the money is the Under Armour® The Original 9'' Boxerjock® Boxer Briefs, these boxers breathe very well and wick away sweat making them great for reducing or eliminating chaffing.

boxer briefs

Since the clothing is now left in the dust it is time for the fun part of hiking, finding the right trail for the hiker. Here locally there are great examples of all three kinds of trails covered earlier. For the paved hiking trail in Springfield would be the Sequiota Park Trail is a great example of this type of trail. When talking about a dust trail or cedar chip trail a good local example would have to be the Nature Center Trail. This trail is a cedar chip trail that is perfect for a new hiker who wants to break in hiking boots or get a feel for a short hike. For those new hikers that want a challenge there is always a good trail close here in Springfield! Busiek State Park offers several long trails that are perfect for getting used to hiking in the Ozarks!

Now that the hiking boots are bought, the socks fit, the chaffing is dealt with and the trail is picked it is officially time to hit the trail and have some fun out hiking! Don’t forget to enjoy the outdoors and the scenery all around while getting a good workout! For more information about socks, check out our blog, "The Right Sock for the Right Hike":http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-springfield-mo/the-right-sock-for-the-right-hike. As always happy hunting and good luck! 

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Now is the Time Ladies!

Hooray, the time has finally arrived for our sale and clearance on our spring and summer ladies apparel. Have you had your eye on that Bob Timberlake embellished tank top,or that Natural Reflections striped layered henley that goes so well the seamed bermuda short?

Select items of our brands of Ascend, Bob Timberlake and Natural Reflections are either on sale or clearance along with Columbia and The North Face for 25 to 33% off the regular price.

Shop our stores or shop our website but do it quickly while colors and sizes are at their prime.  While you are shopping don't forget to check out our Fall selections. Our Natural Reflections Zip Fleece Jacket at only $19.99 comes in six rich colors and pairs beautifully our Natural Reflections 3/4 sleeve striped knit shirt.

 

 

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Missouri conservationist receives prestigious Hornaday Gold Medal Award

Glenn Chambers

Conservationist of the Year in 2001, Conservation Federation of Missouri in 2002, Who’s Who in America in 2002, Lifetime Achievement Award Conservation Federation of Missouri in 2002, Faculty-Alumni Award, University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004; it’s safe to say Glenn Chambers is well-accomplished.

Because of his work, “Boy Scouts of America approved Glenn Chambers for the Hornaday Gold Medal award which recognizes meritorious service to Scouting and conservation.” The award began in 1914 and became what it is today in 1937 when it was named after the founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Dr. William T. Hornaday. Chambers is the first recipient of the award from central and northeast Missouri.

"(receiving the award) was awesome is all I can say," Chambers said. "It was a real surprise. That award is given out very seriously and recipients have to be something special and I didn't realize I qualified for it."

Chambers found his love for the outdoors while growing up on a farm in rural Missouri and hunting with his father. From that his interest in photography sprouted and he ended up combining his two passions.

After attending a one-room school in his early elementary years, he chose to earn his Master’s degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Missouri, Columbia. About 30 years later in 2001 he received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Central Missouri State University.

He managed the August A. Busch Memorial Wildlife Area at Weldon Spring for the Missouri Department of Conservation and was promoted to Wildlife Research Biologist researching pheasant range extension in Missouri. Later he added cinematographer for MDC to his work and became Motion Picture Specialist producing feature-length award-winning motion pictures including “Return of the Wild Turkey.” A few years after, he served as Corporate Wildlife Photographer with Ducks Unlimited.

Once he “retired,” he began to present live River Otter programs to schools and other audiences throughout Missouri with MDC. He and his wife Jeannie travelled more than 800,000 miles reaching more than 1,000,000 people (mostly children). He also contracted with National Geographic Television to produce a feature-length film titled “Otter Chaos.”

Among his other great accomplishments, he had his photographic exhibits at the Department of Interior, Washington D.C. and a traveling exhibit with the prestigious Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.

The Hornaday Gold Medal Award will be presented at a dinner Friday, Sept. 12 in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol Building.

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Product Spotlight - University of Iowa Hawkeye Apparel from Columbia

Just a couple of weeks until college football season starts and we have new attire for University of Iowa Hawkeye fans!Columbia Hawkeye outerwear

Columbia has come out with some outerwear sure to keep you toasty on those fall football Saturdays when there's just a bit of crispness in the air.

There are jackets for ladies and men. There is rainwear for both and there are fleece jackets. The yellow vest for ladies features Omni-Heat technology to keep your body even warmer...perfect layered with a heavy turtleneck and some good base layer.

All of the pieces have Iowa or Hawkeyes written across the back, so everyone will know YOU are a Hawkeye fan!

Not available online...only available at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

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Gear as Versatile as My Interests

This has been an active summer for me; which means this has been a great summer. My hobbies are pretty wide ranging, but are exclusively outside. I need gear as versatile as my interests. For years I have turned to Columbia Sportswear®.

Men's Bahama™ Vent PFG I have spent the last two months in the summer heat and in Men's Bahama™ Vent PFG shoes; the two just go together now. These are the most versatile shoes I own. My number one reason for loving this shoe? I never notice them. When it comes to shoes (or any functional clothing for that matter) the only time they are noticed is when something goes wrong. Slip in the boat? I'd blame my old shoes for lack of grip (clumsiness has nothing to do with it, I promise). This Bahama Vent PFG shoe has high-traction rubber outsole to stay balanced while reeling in the catch of the summer. Feet start to sweat on a hot summer day? Again, I'd blame my shoes for no ventilation. Big surprise here, but the Bahama Vent PFG has great ventilation. It is designed for airflow and water evacuation. Feet hurt from a long day? You guessed it, my old shoes were the first thing to blame. I have spent the entire summer in these Bahama Vents, traveled plenty of miles and they have proved durable and comfortable. I can’t wait for my next adventure in my Bahama Vent PFG shoes.

Columbia® PFG Zero Rules™ Long Sleeve Shirt for Men

The Bahama Vents took care of my feet this summer; Omni-Freeze™ Zero took care of the rest. I wore the Men's Zero Rules™ Long Sleeve Shirt whenever I knew I’d be fighting the sun just as much as the fish. The long sleeve, UPF 30 shirt prevented burning, but kept me comfortable with the sweat-activated cooling. Blue rings throughout the shirt react to sweat and lower the temperature of the soft, lightweight material. When there is a slight breeze on the water in this shirt, it feels like God turned on the A/C, no matter the temperature. A must have for every summer angler. 

Summer outdoor lovers need to make space for the Men's Bahama™ Vent PFG and the Men's Zero Rules™ Long Sleeve Shirt. The price and functionality will provide comfortable summer adventures. 

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