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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Fall weather means it's time to head outdoors!

It’s the time of the year again to “Head to the Outdoors” and what better way to do that than hunting. Deer hunting in the South East is at its prime in Georgia and South Carolina. Make sure you are equipped with the best and correct merchandise for a great outdoor experience. For camouflage clothing we carry various brands including our own RedHead brand. To keep warm and dry we also carry a variety of under garments. If you are a deer hunter we carry a variety of Firearms and Bows. We also carry a large assortment of treestands , tree climbers and ground blinds. Don’t forget deer attractant. One of our best sellers is the Wildgame “Acorn Rage”.

Acorn Rage

Along with this you need to get cover sent. Our cover sent smell ranges from pine scent to earth scent. We also carry a variety of deer feeders, some of our top brands are Moultrie and American Hunter. If you want to see what deer are roaming on your property look at the various manufacturers we have for game cameras; Moultrie, Primos, Bushnell, just to name a few. After you bag your game, we have a variety of cleaning supplies.  Last but not least, if you have a number predators on your property, we have electronic and decoy predator calls.

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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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Preparing For the Hunt!

Preparing For the Hunt!

By: Mike Reynolds

With hunting season here and the days getting a little shorter, now would be a good time to switch gears in your life and think deer hunting.   Once archery opens, its full tilt for the rest of the season.   Time, even more than normal, will be at a premium.  Now would be a good time to go through your gear.  Its way better to find out you need to replace something while you are in your driveway rather than as a deer of a lifetime walks in you shooting lane. 

I like to go over each type of gear separately.   I have boxes for each species I hunt so all I have to do is grab a box and go.  By keeping everything separate, I know everything I need for that hunt is right where I need it to be. Plano Molding makes a great box for this.  The Sportsman’s Trunk is ideal for getting everything in a handy portable box.  The folks at Plano even put wheels on it for easy maneuvering.   I like to take everything out and spread it out either on the floor or on a table.  I almost always find something broken that I tossed in the box last season and forgot about.  By getting everything out you will be able to make sure it’s all in working order and ready to go. 

Make sure clothes are in good repair, not ripped or faded.  I have found that sometimes over the summer clothes shrink while they are sitting in the box.  I’m not sure how that happens but it does.  I like to get those shirts and pants replaced.  Now is the time to wash your deer clothes in scent-free laundry soap.  Once I get them washed I like to put them in a giant Zip-Lock bag.  The camping dept. has a great selection.   This will keep them as scent free as possible.  Once you have your clothes taken care of, it wouldn’t hurt to make sure your favorite boots are in good shape.  Nothing can ruin a hunt faster than cold wet feet. 

Last year’s boots can be fine so long as they still fit and haven’t sprung a leak.  Everyone hates breaking in new boots but there’s good news-most boots now have a very short break in period if any at all.  I love the RedHead brand of boots with Gore-Tex.  This makes them not only waterproof but also helps keep your feet as dry as possible by allowing moisture to escape.  As anyone who spends any itme in the outdoors knows dry is warm.

The last things that need your attention will be the stuff you carry in your pack.  We all carry different things so you should make sure all are in working order.   I like to take the calls apart and clean any dirt or weed seeds that may have gotten into the reeds.  A light rinse in warm water doesn’t hurt either.  I also clean out any garbage that I have put in there.  It never ceases to amaze me how much trash I accumulate, then again one of the most common items in my pack is food.   I always put the wrappers in my pack.  I usually find trash that I take out as well.

If you can find the time before season starts to do basic maintenance on your gear, you will have more time to do what we all live for come fall.  Every minute spent prepping now will give you that much more time in the stand waiting for Mr. Tender and Juicy.

 

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Fall Flannel Fest at Bass Pro Shop

Are you crazy about flannel?  What is it about flannel that makes us think about soft fire lit rooms in October?  The simple serenity of feeling warm and cozy.  Here in the Northeast, Fall is a beautiful time of year.  You can still camp, kayak, hike, and hunt.  It is the perfect time to wear flannel, which makes it the perfect time to stop on down to Bass Pro Shop and check out what we have in our flannel collection.

Flannel has been around since the 17th century when it was a popular fabric in Wales.  Well it is extremely popular right now.  Flannel just never seems to go out of style.  Right now you see women in their twenties sporting it with leggings and boots or flats. This is not just for men, lumberjacks or construction workers!  Lightweight, soft to the touch it leaves us warm but not weighed down.

Flannel is affordable.  Check out the shirts and pants below to see just how much flannel Bass Pro Shop has to offer!

Do you want the softest flannel shirt going?  You have to check out the Redhead Ultimate Flannel shirts.  Sizes small to 2xlt and 8 colors give you a wide selection to pick from.  Made of 100% combed yarn, these shirts resist pilling and are virtually shrink free.

The Redhead Flannel-Lined Rock Bluff Shirt is also made of 100% cotton (peached twill outside and plaid flannel in the body).  This shirt comes in four colors and has 100% polyester lining in the sleeves with a two button flap chest pockets.  Best part this shirt goes up to 3xl.

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for a mix of fleece and flannel check out the Redhead Fleece Lined Flannel.  This top comes in 4 colors and comes in sizes small to 3xl.  Fleece lined body and quilted lining in the sleeves gives you a little extra warmth.

Still can't find a color to suit you?  Check out the Redhead Bear Creek Flannel ShirtThis shirt comes in 12 different colors, 100% cotton and two chest pockets.  Sizes small to 2xlt.

 

 

 

 

 

The top half of you is warm now take a look at the pants. The Redhead Flannel Lined Bluff Cargo Pant has two hand as well as two cargo pockets that have hook and loop closures.  They are flannel lined with a 100% cotton twill exterior.   The Redhead Flannel Lined Utility Pant is light weight and warm and with the cotton flannel lining is tough and durable.

 

 

 

 

 

You say you love flannel but need something a little more dressed up?  Check out the Bob Timberlake Signature Flannel Shirt.  This 100% cotton shirt is soft to the touch while being more dressed up casual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets not forget the ladies.  The Natural Reflections Flannel Shirt Jacket has a two button flap chest pocket with princess seams and is made of 100% cotton with a sherpa lining.  Cozy and warm this jacket also comes in four colors.  Perfect for fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to be outdone is the Natural Reflections Flannel Shirt100% cotton flannel with two button chest pockets princess sleeves and it comes in eight colors.  Sizes small to 3x.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't forget that we also have Natural Reflections Flannel Lined Jeans and Natural Reflections Flannel Lined Twill pants. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your body is set, now how about those feet?  Why we even have some flannel lined casual shoes and boots.  The Redhead All Season Classic Boots for mens and ladies is just what you need.  Rugged suede leather upper, flannel plaid lining, easy on or off.  Perfect for this kind of weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casual is the word today. The Bob Timberlake Forest View is a casual comfortable shoe for relaxing and lounging.  With a cusioned insole and plaid fleece lining one might not ever want to take them off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least, nights get a little cold here.  Whether you are camping or just sitting out at a fire pit.  The Bass Pro Shop Sleeping Bags with flannel inside will do the trick of blanket or sleeping bag.  From 0 degrees to 40 degrees, these affordable bags are perfect.  We even carry double, oversized or standard bags.

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever your flannel obsession is, Bass Pro Shop is where you need to be.  So stop on out to our Fall Flannel Fest and see the wide selection you have to warm those bones.

Robin Piedmonte

Events Coordinator

 

 

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People Get Ready - Cold is Coming

Flannel Sheets Bass Pro Shops Altoona

At the store we're focusing on cold weather items in our aisles, and, based on the forecast, it's not too soon! 
Time to prepare for frosty days and nights! My top warm weather picks for 2014 are:

Flannel Sheets

There are two debates my husband and I are always guaranteed to have...when to put flannel sheets on and when to take them off!  We have some new flannels this year, including the woodsy and adorable Northern Exposure theme...bear, moose, and fish marching and floating among pine trees!Flannel Sheets - Bass Pro Shops Altoona

The flannels also come in the hot-colored Realtree APC Fuschia, Mossy Oak Break-up Flannel, and a classy and subdued Browning Buckmark Plaid.

Blankets:
In our five years here, I have witnessed the enormous popularity of the blankets we sell this time of year. From the higher end Bob Timberlake faux fur throws, to the raschel throw blanket, to the 2-1- wraps and the smaller fleece throws (which are also great for dog blankets, too, by the way!), there is a size and style for everyone. People start asking for these in August and we sell out of them quickly. New styles this year include the Pink Buckmark Throw...I bet this one will be gone quickly!

RedHead Socks

Last, but certainly not least, are RedHead Lifetime socks. My feet don't get cold..it's that simple. I wear mine as slippers around the house. My husband wears them when hunting and he appreciates their warmth and moisture wicking ability. It's not a lifetime guarantee because they won't wear out...it's a lifetime replacement guarantee. As soon as they get a hole or wear down, bring them to ANY Bass Pro and exchange them for a new pair. No RedHead Men's Lifetime All-Purpose Socksquestions asked. No receipt needed. Not a joke. Buy one pair and have socks for a lifetime!

The best part? The $9.99 RedHead Men's All-Purpose socks are on sale for $5 a pair starting October 6 through October 19, while supplies last. THE FIRST TIME EVER at this price!  Limit four per person and they're MADE IN THE USA. The sale is in-store only, so come on in, get 'em while we've got 'em and make your feet very happy.

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes

So many shoes! That’s what went through my head when I went to Bass Pro Shops Katy the other day. I couldn’t believe my eyes: there were so many choices to be had. All the associates were super friendly and attentively helpful, but I just wanted to take my time looking. There was a massive wall dedicated to shoes. There were other cases and shelves dedicated to specific footwear and the shelves were sometimes short and sometimes tall enough that I couldn’t see over the top of them. I could imagine all the different reason and scenarios that I’d need ALL the shoes for. Everyone needs to have shoes you know.

Most of the shoes were for outdoor stuff. There were boots, so many boots. I could just imagine hiking through the forest in RedHead® Talus II Waterproof Hiking Boots. They’re so well built. They’d support my ankle and give my foot a little cushion and a lot of grip for if I slip. They’re even waterproof! Then I got to thinking about getting my feet in water. I definitely don’t want to get my feet wet so I’d probably need a pair of RedHead® 800 Gram Thinsulate 16'' Side Zip Rubber Boots, they even zip on for easy wear! Or I could wear one of the many different styles of waders and wading boots Bass Pro Shops Katy had on display. Then again if I just want to protect my feet in water and don’t mind getting wet like at the river then I could wear the Aqua Sox or Crocs that they sell.

While that would all be good for fishing, I started to wonder about hunting: ‘tis the season. They had work boots and hunting boots galore, I turned around and everywhere I looked – there they were. There was rubber and snake boots and insulated and uninsulated boots for men, women, AND children. You wouldn’t believe how happy this made me. With the help of Bass Pro Shops I can take my whole family hunting and properly outfitted in RedHead® gear.

At that thought I decided I needed to do some shopping. They had lots of other shoes for lots of situations and occasions indoors and out, but I needed to get hunting gear: I’d forgotten that was why I’d come to Bass Pro Shops Katy! I do think you should come in and see what all they’ve got though. Everyone is sure to find something they like and at an amazing price!! I love Bass Pro Shops Katy. 

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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.

xpscamelbak

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.

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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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Makin' Jerky

The technique of drying meats, fruits and vegetables is one of humans oldest way to preserve food. Drying meat doesn't just protect against decay and insects but is also lightweight and has a long "shelf life" making it aLEM™ Backwoods® Jerky Seasonings Variety Pack                                                                         perfect for on the go and transport. Being a dense form, it also provides a concentrated source of nutrients.

Ways to prepare the meat: One of the most simplistic methods is to slice muscle meat into strips. These strips can be dry mix cured or in a liquid marinade.  For instance This variety cure and seasoning pack by LEM is just $11.99 and has 4 packets containing enough to do 5 lbs of meat a piece. You can also use this on ground meats before dispensing through a jerky gun Jerky Gun®                                                                                                                  $29.99.

Other spices and cures are available such as Hi Mountain® Jerky Seasoning Variety Pack                                                                                   Hi-Mountain brand variety pack. For only $10.99 you get 5 flavors with enough material of each to make 4 lbs of meat a piece. The LEM backwoods and Hi-Mountain seasonings also come in single packs once you find your favorite flavor.

You can dry the meat product using a dehydrator RedHead® Six Tray Food Dehydrator                                                                                           Redhead 6-tray for $69.99 is a great choice for a person who may just want to make smaller batches. But for someone who who would like to make large batches Redhead makes a larger commercial size stainless steel 10 tray unit RedHead® Stainless Steel 10-Tray Food Dehydrator                                                                            for $299.99. Besides meat you can also dry fruits and vegetables by simply adding clean a screen $12.99 just cut to size and these screens keep your food from sticking to the actual racks.

Another method is in your oven by using the oven rack and pan by LEM $17.99 or just the rack  for $9.99.

Jerky Rack and Pan                                                                                                              Preheat oven to 165 degrees F. Any less could cause the meat to spoil and would not kill the bacteria. The process will take about 1-3 hours depending on the cuts of meat. Let it bake for about an hour and a half, then check every 30 minutes until you achieve the consistency you wish.
 
You can also use your smoker, which is a wonderful method because you can also add a touch or smoke to the jerky. Just use similar to the oven and don't add water to your water pan, though instinct tells you to when using a smoker. After all it's purpose is to pull the moisture from the meat, not add moisture.
 
All the tools you would need to make jerky is all available in the camping department at Bass Pro Shops or online at http://basspro.com also see Choosing the Right Dehydrator or Outdoor Cooking Primer - Making Your Own Jerky  for more options.

 

 
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Ascend Rainwear to Uganda

Bass Pro Shops Altoona once again recently had the opportunity to assist the Des Moines Blank Park Zoo with a special partnership.

The Zoo supports the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) and provides much needed everyday materials to its team of Ambassadors. These 27 people work tirelessly in the African rain forest, monitoring wild chimpanzee troops and other rare animals; protecting them from poaching and capture for the illegal pet trade. They also educate the local communities about preservation of the precious habitat and reforestation techniques.

Blank Park Zoo adopted this courageous team in 2012 and has provided donations of needed gear and equipment to ensure success of this program. things we often take for granted, everyday items like quality hiking boots, flashlights, rainwear, GPS units, and cameras are often unavailable and expensive in Uganda, so the Zoo collects them through donations and sends them to the team in Africa. 

Bass Pro Shop Altoona has been involved since the beginning, helping two years ago by assisting with a supply of waterproof RedHead boots for the workers. This year we contributed Ascend raingear at a discount. Each member of the team was outfitted with durable rain jackets and pants that will help them carry out their important work in the forest!

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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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Let's Talk Hunting!

It’s that time of the year again. Archery season is fast approaching and time to get last minute prep work finished.  Mother Nature has been very nice to us with the abnormally low temperatures this summer. It has been perfect weather to get out in the woods and do a little bit of trimming around your stands or put out some trail cams, mineral or even build a food plot or two. With the increase of big buck sightings on my farms this year, I think it’s going to be a great season for us all. The deer numbers have really bounced back from the die off we had a few years ago. I still don't have the numbers on my north Missouri farm as I did before the event but it has improved dramatically. My farm here in central Missouri has improved even more. It depends on where you hunt, but I think it will be a much improved year. With more rain to come, hopefully we can put the drought behind us for now. Make sure you pick-up a copy of the 2014 Fall Deer & Turkey Booklet here at Bass Pro or visit the Missouri Department of Conservations website for all of the harvest changes here in Missouri. It will mostly affect gun hunters.  It’s still a great idea to grab one and catch up on all the changes so you are not surprised when you go buy your tags this fall.

A few pointers to get your season started: If bow hunting is your passion, my best advice I can give you is to HUNT EARLY!!!!!!!!!!! I used to be really bad at not spending enough time hunting September and early October. I got caught up in watching all the hunting shows of Bucks chasing Doe's all over the place during the rut. So I thought that would be the absolute best time to hunt. I would take my vacation around that time every year. Here in Central and North Missouri, the rut is right around the 1st and 2nd week of November. Don't get me wrong, it is a great time to be in a tree and there are a lot of really big deer harvested every year from trick or treat day (Oct 31st of course) to November 14th. But, and that's a big but, little do most bow hunters know that they have past some of the best hunting of the year in September and early October. Mostly because of the hot temps that are present at that time of the year. But the deer are still there and they have to feed and drink. When archery season starts on September 15th, you can bet that this guy will be in a tree or ground blind overlooking a food source or water hole. The best thing about September that you don't normally have in November is that you can pattern that big ole buck in daylight hours near a food or water source. Sometimes you can set your watch by it. In November that same buck is up on his feet during daylight but he more than likely is running all over God’s green earth looking for that perfect girlfriend. That could take him right off your farm and into someone else's sights. Spending some time now with the help of a few game cams, like Bushnell's Trophy cam ($229.99) or Moultrie's M990i ($199.99) you should be able to get a good idea of when, where and what time those deer are coming through and still have plenty of time before season to get a couple of stands or ground blinds set-up and ready to go. Tips for Game Camera Placement

Ground blinds can be really effective this time of the year because they will help control your scent and cover any movements. Redhead Blackout Hub Blinds are a great choice to help your blend right in ($139.99 - $279.99). There are three different models to accommodate multiple hunters if you decide to share your experience with family or a friend. Also, always try to give yourself options for different wind directions. Early season can be full of surprises. I have seen 3 different winds in 3 days. Always play the wind and brush in those stands and with a little luck your taxidermist will have a little more work this fall. That's all the time I have for now.  From all of us at your local Independence Bass Pro Shops, have a fun and safe hunting season.

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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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Fall Shed Hunting

Fall is the time of year when everything is changing, the leaves are falling, the grass is becoming brittle and the temperature is on the way down. This is the time when deer hunting is at its best. Rifle season and bow hunting is well underway and the deer are on the move. But there is another great sport to engage in that doesn’t need tags or a rifle. Shed hunting, or hunting for a deer’s shed antlers, in the fall is a difficult but often times a rewarding undertaking. To help new shed hunters find sheds in the fall here are some helpful tips and tricks.

Even though deer lose their antlers in the mid-spring the sheds tend to stick around all year. Many times these sheds will be worn down by little critters like squirrels nibbling on the stumps and other animals tromping over them throughout the year. But even though there are some degraded antlers on the ground it is still possible to find great sheds in the fall. The first thing to know is where to look. At this point the sheds in the fields have been destroyed often times by tractors and replanting of crops over the summer so looking instead on the edges of the field at the fence lines and on the tree lines is a good idea. The easiest way to do this is to use a pair of binoculars. A good pair for this job would be the RedHead Rubber Armor Binoculars - Porro Prism, these binoculars are built to be carried around in rough terrain and still work great, so they are perfect for scanning the tree lines and the edges of fields for those elusive fall sheds. Another good set of binoculars for shed hunting is the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Binoculars, these binoculars are perfect for shed hunting because they have such a clear and crisp sight pattern it is easy to spot anomalies on the ground like a little white antler sticking out of the foliage. A great idea to consider in the fall when looking for sheds is that the shed is probably partly buried by debris so looking for an entire shed during the fall is not the way to proceed. Instead look for the tines or points of a shed poking through the brush or from under leaves. This entails looking for white and brown shaded points along the ground or suspended in light brush, this is where a lot of deer tend to lose their antlers as they get stuck in the foliage.

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Now that the human aspect of shed hunting is done it is time to get some help from man’s best friend. Having a dog on the hunt for sheds is a great way to increase the number of sheds found and have fun with the family pet. A good way to get a dog ready for the shed hunt is to get them used to the smell of the shed and the shape of the shed. One of the best ways to do this is to get an antler scent and a plastic antler to train with. A good antler scent to use is the DogBone Antler Scent, this scent helps the dog associate the scent of an antler with the sport of finding stuff in the back yard making it fun for both the owner and the dog while actually hunting sheds. Another shed kit to use for this same purpose would be the DogBone Shed Antler Retrieving System. This allows a shed hunter to hide the shed in the backyard with the scent of an actual shed on the plastic antler. The dog then gets to go find the shed in the yard training them to find sheds while having fun in the backyard. This is a great training tool but a potential shed hunter needs to make sure to teach the dog to hold the shed lightly or it might be damaged while the dog is retrieving an actual shed in the field.

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While shed hunting in the fall is fun and a good challenge shed hunting can be done all year long. The skills learned in the fall can be applied to all seasons especially the winter when looking under leaves can be substituted for looking for points in the snow. As always happy hunting and good luck!

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Must Have Footwear For Your Hunting Adventures

With summer on its way out that can only mean one thing…. Yep, you guessed it hunting season is just around the corner! With Archery and Rifle season coming up so fast it is safe to say that it is time to get geared up, and what better way to do that than with a new pair of hunting boots. Here at Bass Pro Shops of Independence we have many choices to cater to all of our Hunters and Huntresses.  We carry many different brand options all the way from Danner to RedHead to suit anyone’s needs. One example is the Danner Pronghorn. We carry this boot in a non-insulated, 400 gr, and 800gr. Danner is well known for quality as well as comfort and is sure to make your hunting season warm, comfortable, and dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also carry our RedHead line of hunting boots we have many styles that range in height and insulation, I could talk about them all day but for now I’ll just have to choose two great options that any hunter would love. The first is our Redhead 7” RCT, this boot is non-insulated and GORE-TEX making it both Waterproof and breathable, what a perfect match! Some other features include a non-slip outsole, reinforced toe, and a lug outsole.

 

The next RedHead boot I would like to tell you about is the Bighorn. The RedHead Bighorn has Bone-Dry waterproof technology along with 800 grams of Thinsulate providing you with a warm dry boot that is sure to keep you comfortable into the colder months of the season. This boot is made out of tough abrasion resistant cordura so, those pesky twigs and corn stalks that try to snag you won’t stand a chance!

 

And now for all our Huntresses out there let’s talk about our Line of SHE boots exclusively made for woman, we have several styles here at your local BassPro Shops but for now I’ll just tell you about two. The first is my personal favorite, the SHE Cami 9” insulated hunting/hiker. As the name states this boot is a cross between a Hunter and a hiker making it perfect for your tracking needs as well. This boot features a 100% waterproof/moisture wicking membrane and 600 gram thinsulate that is sure to keep your feet warm, dry, and comfortable so you can keep your mind on bagging that Prize winning Buck or Doe.

 

 

We also carry the SHE Expedition. This boot sports 1000 grams of thinsulate to comfortably carry you through the later months of the season. It is also 100% Bone-Dry waterproof with an aggressive non-slip outsole.

 

And last but not least, I have to mention our lifetime socks. They will pair perfectly with any of our hunting boots. They come in men’s and woman’s and feature 100% itch free wool that is sure to keep you warm and comfortable all the way through the season as well as for everyday use and did I mention they have a LIFETIME warranty? It doesn’t get much better than that.

As you can see, we have many choices to suit any hunter or huntresses needs. Come visit your Independence Bass Pro Shops to see our full selection as well as the before mentioned styles. Happy Hunting everyone and as the famous Ted Nugent says, “Whack em’ Stack em’, and Pack em’!”

-Chelsea McDaniel Team Lead Footwear

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Who Else Wants Awesome Dove Vest?

Dove hunting season is fast approaching and the best gear you can have is a lightweight, breathable vest.

The Redhead Dove Hunting Vest is made of a durable material that also features a mesh backing to allow for maximum ventilation. During the hot summer weather this vest is a lifesaver, you can pack ammo, calls, and any other thing you might need in its deep pockets.

The zipper is durable and will stand up to rough tugging on it and will not easily break. Its lightweight material makes it perfect for throwing in your pack until you are ready to use it. The Redhead Dove Hunting Vest has oversized front shell pockets, an accessory pocket on the left chest, padded neoprene panels on both shoulders, and two individual shell quick access loops.

The back of the vest also features a built in bag that you can easily stow your game in. With a quick rinse the back bag is easily cleaned. The entire material is made out of 100% polyester and machine washable. This vest comes in the Realtree Xtra pattern and can easily be carried across the seasons to carry any additional accessories you may need on other hunts. These popular vests are going fast at only $19.99! Pick yours up in store or online to start getting ready for Dove Season.

 

 

 

 

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Hiking Trails for Beginners

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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