The Big Short Takeover is Happening Now at Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City, Louisiana

It's beautiful weather this Spring in the Ark-La-Tex (Bossier City, LA).  Most of the heavy spring rains are behind us and it's time for shorts,flip-flops and sunglasses.  May is filled with blue skies and sunny days in which to celebrate the following holidays and events:

  • Cinco de Mayo,Tuesday, May 5th,
  • Mother's Day-Sunday, May 10th,
  • Memorial Day, Monday May 25, and ...
  • don't forget those Graduates.

 With all that in mind, Bass Pro Shops has included in their latest Spring Warm-UP Sale-The BIG Short Takeover.  With all Natural Reflections Shorts and Capris and RedHead Brand Shorts-Buy 1 Get 1 50% off (of equal or lesser value).  Sale Dates are April 27-May 10, 2015.

Look for the Bear wearing shorts.  #BEARYOURLEGS

Receive a free sample of sunscreen with purchase while supplies last.


Look at That! Weather Vanes

One of my favorite movies has to be Open Range with Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. One of my favorite characters is Percy, the stable worker. At one point a huge storm rolls into town and Percy warns the main characters to get inside. “Big-un’s comin!” I love it. Phrases like “Storms a-brewin’!” and “Best get the livestock in!” have pretty much made themselves home in any kind of discussion considering a storm. Fun fact, as my buddy and I were driving down the highway he noted an incoming desert monsoon. I put all those phrases together and it caught him just as off-guard as the storm did!

Now there are many ways to have a heads up with the weather. Listening to the radio, watching the Weather Channel, checking your smartphone or reading the newspaper all provide hints at what the day will be like. Two of my favorite ways though are to look at the sky and check your weather vane!

Looking at the sky gets us away from technology and lets us take in the world for its true beauty. Checking your weather vane lets you utilize an older technology and probably appreciate your front or back yard for a few extra moments during the day. And the style/topper of your weather vane can say a lot about yourself.

There are two companies that we carry a bunch of different options online of weather vanes. The first we will take a stroll through is Good Directions, Inc. They make a ton of attractive options that would look great in any number of places in the yard. I am quite partial to the rooster myself. They may come with a higher price-tag than one would expect but you know you are getting something that will last for seasons.

The second company is EZ Vane Inc. They have quite a number of options, including colleges. As flying your school’s logos/colors have become more and more popular, this company might offer something your front yard would not do without. I’ll let you look online to see what schools they currently offer, but let me just say this, if you aint a gator… you’re gator bait!


Other Nifty Things to Look At!

Propane Fire Ring Hand Towels Rainproof Camo She Outdoor PETT

BPS Extreme Qualifier Tackle Bag RedHead Gun Rack Chicken on a Stick

Traeger Smoker/Grills Casio Pathfinder RedHead Wellington Boots


RedHead Select Outfitters: Ducks N Bucks

If you have been reading my blogs over the past couple years you would know that I am a fan of rhyming and alliteration… and puns… and Jurassic Park. If you have been reading my blogs over the past couple of months you would be aware about our RedHead Select Outfitters. These outfitters are those that our professional hunting teams have hunted at and proved themselves to be worthy partners of ours. Besides offering great hunts with amazing memories, signing up with one of these outfitters can also pay off thanks to the points earned on your Outdoor Rewards account. Last month I highlighted one of the outfitters in Texas. This month I will combine my love of rhyming with the focus of this blog and have chosen to highlight Ducks N Bucks.

First off, love the name. Simple and fun. They let you know exactly what they are about. But it’s not all fun and games, as they state they are “a professional hunting guide service dedicated to providing quality hunts for the serious hunter.” They are based out of Burlington, Oklahoma which they call the “friendliest town in Oklahoma”. If you have ever gone to Oklahoma, you know how friendly the people there are already but it is quite something to earn this title.

Because of their location they are a great spot for trophy deer and ducks. In fact some of their deer come from their northern neighbor, Kansas. Kansas has been a pride for prized deer and some of them head down South putting them in the cross hairs of those at Ducks N Bucks.

One of my favorite things with the set-up of these RedHead Select Outfitters is how they have their own checklist for the hunts. This gives hunters an honest idea of what they will need to bring with them. Which we all know, extra items for a hunt can add up quickly.

For Ducks they say to bring:

  • Warm waders
  • Warm and cold weather clothing
  • Face mask or face paint
  • Gloves
  • Stocking hat
  • Gortex coat
  • Waterproof clothing (Be prepared for the elements.)
  • Shells
  • Gun
  • Proper licensing

For Bucks they say you’ll need:

  • Knee boots
  • Warm and cold weather clothing (Be prepared because it can get real cold.)
  • Rangefinder
  • Good optics
  • Scentlock suits if you own any
  • Rifle
  • Bullets
  • Orange, proper tags

I like that for both species they are sure to mention the elements and weather, which can be a huge deciding factor for some hunts. One thing that is on their website that you would probably like to know beforehand is that their deer hunt is that “You DO NOT have to apply for a draw to obtain a license for these hunts. Tags are available over the counter in most sporting goods stores throughout the state.”

So next time you are thinking about that dream trip with some family or friends, maybe the rhyme will be a great time and look no further than Ducks N Bucks!


The Basics

Mellon Creek


Camo Choices in Spring Weather

Spring has arrived and has brought with it some rainstorms. Our camouflage department has hunting clothing for any sort of weather, to prepare for the springtime showers that lie ahead it may be a good idea to invest in a waterproof jacket and pants.


Squaltex II jacket

Our camouflage department has a variety of new styles of camouflage rain suits. For supreme protection from the elements, keep a lookout for the RedHead Squaltex II Jacket and pants. The Squaltex II jacket combines our waterproof, windproof and breathable BONE-DRY membrane with the camouflage designs of Realtree Xtra. This rain suit will not only keep you dry but will keep you comfortable while on your next great hunt. Staring at $69.99 or the jackets and $59.99 for pants, his option will is relatively affordable and worth every penny.


                For the Female hunters out there The SHE outdoor brand has a good selection of rainwear that keeps you dry but also breathes to provide a comfortable hunt, no matter the weather. SHE strives to make Premium hunting gear for women. The jacket and pants are a Realtree Xtra design. The jackets start at $79.99 and the pants start at $69.99.

                Come on down to your local Bass Pro Shops and stop by our camouflage department. The associates will help pair you with the best hunting clothing for you.  Hope your turkey season goes well and happy hunting.

                For more information check out this article about preventing bug bites.


Product Spotlight - Bone-Dry

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Greeter Ted Witthoft has hunted for years. Recently he went to South Dakota on a goose hunting trip and has nothing but wonderful things to say about his BONE-DRY hunting gear.

Bone-Dry Hunting Clothing

"I am an avid hunter of everything - waterfowl, pheasant, quail, deer, turkey, etc.
I purchased my Bone-Dry coat and pants a year ago.

I hunt in all kinds of weather conditions and this coat is an awesome piece of equipment! The removable lining is really toasty with the outside 100% dry in rain or snow. It sheds water like a duck and it's also a tremendous windbreaker.

This past week, while snow goose hunting in South Dakota this set of clothing proved its worth! I belly-crawled approximately 1000 yards toward feeding snow geese. It was raining, which turned to mud and then it started snowing. There were also rocks to crawl over.

The pants and coat still look like brand new. I stayed completely dry. I have not washed the coat or pants and they show no mud or dirt!

I am completely impressed with all of RedHead's Bone-Dry clothing. Rugged, fits well, and lives up to its accolades. It is reassuring to know that I have warm, sturdy, waterproof clothing to wear hunting.

Go RedHead!"


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Get Your Companion Geared-Up for the Season!!!!

It is time for another field trial season for you and your fellow puppy dog. That means coming in and gearing up those four-legged friends by replacing old collars, bumpers, kennels and more!!! Bass Pro Shops is the store to get your dog ready for every outdoor adventure. Let’s start with our impressive selection of dog collars. Garmin released the new Pro 550 dog training system this year and it has become a hit. It is a bark collar when you have them kenneled, a shock collar when you're training, and a warning collar when necessary. There is also a built in full light system on the collar to help you locate your dog in low light situations. Plus it’s fully waterproof for those lake retrievals or just play time in the water. If you already have an obedient dog, then a nice RedHead No Bark dog collar would be a good replacement.

The second type of item that is a necessity for your pooch are our Redhead Retriever Dummies and rubber ducks. Our retriever dummies come in two sizes, medium and large, and three different colors, orange, white and dual tone.  The rubber ducks come in mallard, suzie, wood duck, and spoonie . The ducks have a body made of a soft, natural-feel foam with free-swinging plastic head and feet that encourages your dog to maintain a secure body hold without viciously shaking your game.  They will help to make your hunting buddy a better retriever!

Lastly, everyone needs a great kennel to transport their furry friend to the field and back home. We carry the Petmate Ruffmaxx portable kennel that is able to be mounted to the bed of your truck. This makes for easy, safe and comfortable transportation of your pup.

In addition to training gear, we also carry chews, toys, treats, beds, yard containment, first aid and grooming supplies, leashes and harnesses and dog houses!!!!  Make Bass Pro your one stop shop for all your puppy needs!


Look at That! RedHead 11” Wellington Boots

Ever wonder where certain names or types of things come from? Me too. I am curious little critter and always like to know more about anything. One name I have seen thrown around a lot lately is Wellington, most specifically for Wellington Boots. It’s not a brand-name specific product, like Kleenex or Jacuzzi, but a style that many different footwear companies produce. So where does this term come from? I must know! And of course when we unveil a brand new RedHead 11” Wellington Boots my thirst for knowledge increases ten-fold.

Well believe it or not, the term Wellington Boots comes from royalty. Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington, was the first to wear these boots and made them extremely popular. They were a leather boot that he used while hunting and participating in other outdoor sports. Most paintings of him are sure to show him wearing these boots and in short time they were the standard for the British aristocracy.

It is said that Wellesley was very much involved with the original design of the boots. His shoemaker was given specific directions to match up to the Duke’s high standards. But slowly over time these boots would change time and time again. After the process of vulcanizing rubber was invented, they went from being made of leather to rubber. This made them extremely popular with farmers and other outdoor workers who had previously been doomed to wet feet from wooden clogs. They went through several changes during the two World Wars, which forever endeared them to wearers.

After the wars these boots found themselves being worn all over the world by all kinds of people. To this day they are one of the most popular forms of work wear. They are truly an international icon and have been incorporated into sports, dances and song. The rubber Wellington Boots can be found in some way connected to just about every single industry.

The new Wellington Boots from RedHead keep the same spirit of hard-work, durability and comfort that probably millions of workers have experienced with Wellington Boots. Not only will these boots work hard but they will look good doing it!


Other Nifty Things to Look At!

Propane Fire Ring Hand Towels Rainproof Camo She Outdoor PETT

BPS Extreme Qualifier Tackle Bag RedHead Gun Rack Chicken on a Stick

Traeger Smoker/Grills Casio Pathfinder


RedHead Select Outfitters: Mellon Creek Outfitters

Early last month we took a look at the RedHead Select Outfitters network. This is a group of hunting outfitters that our professional hunting staff have used and given the seal of approval to. Many hunters can only afford to go on a big-game hunt every so often, so using a guide or outfitting service will definitely increase your odds. The people, who work in these outfits, literally live for the outdoors. It is not just their profession, but their passion. And this month we are going to focus on one specific outfitter that made it to our list, Mellon Creek Outfitters.

This outfitter is located in South Texas and has a ranch that is over 100,000 acres large. The game found on this ranch range from birds to bucks and everything in between. They are a free-range hunt service and they claim to be “simply the best hunting in Texas.” That is one bold statement if I ever heard one.

The nice thing about using an outfitter in Texas is the fact that it is in Texas. While many have dream hunts for species in foreign lands, certain Texas ranches offer the chance to hunt these animals here. Getting to Texas is easy, so you don’t have to worry about international travel with firearms which can be a nightmare. But also Texas is like its own country so you get a little bit of that sensation when traveling there.

Mellon Creek Outfitters does not have exotics available at their ranch, but they have several desirable species to hunt. The species available include: whitetail deer, wild hog, predators and birds. They offer hunts for coyote and bobcat for predators and their birds include turkey, dove and duck. So there is literally something for every kind of hunter, which is very nice. It doesn’t matter if your family is big on deer or your best friend and you are duck-crazy, Mellon Creek Outfitters offers a place to hunt just about anything!

They have been in the business for at least ten years so they know a thing or two. One thing they truly know is how to handle the downtime between hunts. This would include having a grand lodge on property with a huge dining area. Their kitchen will cook 3 home-cooked meals a day and provide snacks as well in between main meals. And if you know anything about Texas home-cooking, it’s that it is good!

One thing I really like about their set-up is attention to game management. They know to carefully manage their resources in order to preserve this lifestyle for future generations. There are female and youth specific hunts to help increase the number of hunters in these areas. Mellon Creek Outfitters will even let the guardian or significant other stay for free. They even offer a cull-deer hunt, where you can hunt animals that are not bettering the gene-pool. To me this is a win-win. You get to hunt, help the herd and save a little extra money.

You can contact them by calling at: 361-484-2398 or checking out their website. Remember if you book with them through our site you will get 5% back of your total hunt cost in Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards Points.


The Basics


Do You Have the Talk and the Strut?

By Dan Stephany
Bass Pro Shops Altoona Receiving Manager

Anybody who has ever sat in pre-dawn darkness around mid-April and heard the unforgettable sound of a gobbler firing off understands the excitement of spring turkey season. When that experience includes taking a young person, the level of excitement increases exponentially. I have had the privilege of taking my 11-year-old son, Micah, turkey hunting each of the past three springs. Seeing the look on his face when he hears a tom off in the distance is my favorite part. The challenge for me is to consistently put us in a position where we not only hear the birds, but call them in to our set of decoys for a potential shot.

I have found over the past few seasons that allowing Micah to participate in the calling makes the hunt more enjoyable for him, and builds in him the skills necessary for the day in the future when he will be hunting on his own. I would like to tell you about some of the products that I have used that have worked great for us, and been easy enough for someone new to turkey hunting to buy off the shelf and have success as well.

The first call I like to use is a box call. My favorite is the RedHead Jerry Martin Signature Series in Walnut/Sassafras. RedHead makes an entire line of easy to use box calls in different woods for different tones. These calls are fun for kids to use because they are very easy to operate. The other side benefit of a box call is with the addition of a simple rubber band around the handle, shaking the box call can be used to mimic a gobble as well. While this may not always work to get a gobbler fired up, I have found it to be easiest for us to get a bird to respond. Combined with other friction calls and diaphragm calls, we have had success getting birds to talk back to us.

You have heard the phrase, “talk is cheap.” This also applies to calling turkeys. Simply calling to them may not always work. Putting a lifelike decoy in front of you to catch their outstanding eyesight definitely helps close the deal. My personal favorite decoy to use is the feeding hen by AvianX. This decoy is an inflatable rubber shell with some of the most lifelike colors on the market. It is easy to set up and comes with its own carrying bag. When you combine this decoy with a semi-strutting jake, it drives those spring gobblers nuts. We have seen toms come running in across an open field to challenge the ‘intruder’. This was exactly the situation on Micah’s first turkey, which came from over 400 yards all the way in to 10 yards before Micah’s shot rang out.

Taking a youngster out to the spring woods with you is one of the most enjoyable experiences you will ever have in the outdoors. Having the right equipment for them to use and participate in the hunt with makes all the difference and ensures our tradition of turkey hunting is passed down to the next generation. I look forward to sharing how Micah’s season goes this spring in some future blogs.

Until then, good luck and shoot straight!

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RedHead Toxik XT Compound Bow Packages

The RedHead® Toxik® XT Compound Bow has been re-engineered to generate even faster flight—up to 320 fps!—with an effortless draw cycle and a compact, lightweight machined-aluminum riser that handles like a dream at the 3D range or in the tree stand. Parallel limb technology loads the bow with optimum power, for forgiveness and accuracy you'll appreciate as your arrow nails the bull's-eye. It all adds up to a precision hunting machine, at a price that will make you a happy archer. Rotating cam module for no-press draw-length adjustments from 26.5''–30.5''. 80% let-off. Axle-to-axle: 32''. IBO speed: 320 fps. Brace Height: 7''. Weight: 3.8 lbs.

Package includes 3-pin sight, Hostage capture-style arrow rest, 5-arrow quiver, 5'' stabilizer, and wrist sling.

-Re-engineered to generate even faster flight—up to 320 fps

-Effortless draw cycle

-Compact, lightweight machined-aluminum riser

-Parallel limb technology

-Rotating cam module

-No-press draw-length adjustments from 26.5''–30.5''

-80% let-off

-Axle-to-axle: 32"

-IBO speed: 320 fps

-Brace Height: 7''

-Weight: 3.8 lbs.

-3-pin sight

-Hostage® capture-style arrowrest

-5-arrow quiver

-5'' stabilizer

-Wrist sling

''The Toxik is a consistent performer, and at 320 fps, it’s faster than ever! It’s smooth, forgiving, and accurate, and it’ll put venison in the freezer and antlers on the wall.'' Jerry Martin, RedHead Pro Hunting Team




Here Comes the....Doe?

Now that it's spring, wedding season is upon us. After being asked multiple times over the years for camouflage wedding apparel, and even seeing a few weddings held here at the Bass Pro,  I decided to compile a page of some items we offer for the perfect camo themed wedding.

We may not have dresses, but we offer ladies camo tees, perfect for invitation and save the date photos. Our SHE brand tee shirts range from 17.99 - 27.99 depending on whether you want a short or long sleeve camo top. Our sizes range from XS-2XL. You can see all of our SHE tops at the link below to decide on your favorites!

Our Men's RedHead True Fit basic tees come in 6 different camouflage patterns, as well as short sleeve and long sleeve. With a wide size range of Small to 6XL, a shirt can be found for any groom. The prices vary from 12.99-14.99 and up.


As for more formal shirts we offer button downs in RedHead, and Under Armour. The RedHead shirts we carry are the Tec-Lite and Silent Hide shirts.

Silent Hide button down shirts are perfect choices for outfitting the groomsmen. They're a comfortable, sharp fitting item that comes in many sizes. They start at 39.99 and are inexpensive compared to other groomsmen tailored shirts.

The other choice of shirts would be the RedHead Tec-Lite button down shirt. Again, available in variety of sizes and pricing starts at 49.99. The difference with these, and why they are the more popular choice with wedding picks, would be that they are of a silkier material, and have a lighter more "dress shirt" feeling to them.

A step up, of course, would be the lightweight button down Chesapeake Shirt by Under Armour. A slimming lightweight button down, made of a smooth feeling polyester, is perfect for outdoor weddings and keeping cool. You can find it here:

As for other wedding items, we carry:

Camo Suspenders Camo Belts (And don't forget the Camo Lingerie )

We also carry a wide variety of gorgeously designed rings!

Make Bass Pro Shops a part of your wedding planning adventure!

And from all of us, Congratulations!

We can't wait to see you!



Gearing Up for Spring Turkeys – Calls and Calling

As a beginning turkey hunter years ago, the one thing that worried me most when I entered the turkey woods was that I would make a mistake when it came time to call. Over the years, I’ve found that if I can simply become COMFORTABLE with the calls I carry with me into the woods, my CONFIDENCE in using them soars.


So as we turn the calendar to April and start counting down the days to the season opener, spend some time getting comfortable with your favorite calls.  If you use any type of friction call, you probably don’t need much practice to feel confident with it before the season begins.  But you do need to make sure that it still produces the sound you want it to make.  For box calls you may need to use some sand paper and a bit of chalk to get ‘em to sound like you want.  If you’re like me and prefer to have a friction call in your hands, don’t neglect to check out your striker tip.  A light sanding of the striker tip and pot surface may be needed.  Or, if you’re looking for a new tone or pitch, consider investing in a new set of strikers to go with your old standby friction call.


The calls that I have to spend the most time getting reacquainted with every pre-season are my mouth calls.  I prefer the Redhead Pro Pack of diaphragm calls.  They all provide good and unique sounds and they aren’t so pricey that they break my hunting budget. If I don’t start yelping, cutting and purring with them weeks before I head into the woods with my shotgun or bow, I know my confidence won’t be high enough to use them when I need to.


So make sure you spend some time getting comfortable and gaining confidence with your calls this spring. That way you’ll be ready to use them when you come across something like this!


Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro


Look at That! Casio Pathfinder

It is my firm belief that there are three products that a man should be the only one to buy for himself. Those being wallets, watches and sunglasses. These three items are not just accessories but tools that serve a purpose. Important purposes. Sunglasses protect your eyes from all the possible harmful rays of the Sun, and styles can look great or not so much depending on the guy’s face. Wallets hold cash, cards and other important items. Some men prefer big honkers with dozens of photos and loyalty cards crammed into it and others prefer a simple money clip with the basics. And watches tell the time and come with certain features. Some watches are a little more advanced than others and that is why today we are going to talk about one in particular: Casio’s Pathfinder.

Casio has been a trusted name for decades. They have a strong and loyal customer base that will purchase nothing but their products. The Pathfinder is not a new watch by any means, but always continues to impress those that check it out. Please note this watch is not intended for those that just want one that can tell time and maybe has a backlight feature. This thing is fully loaded.

To be honest, it probably has more computing power than my Suburban. It has two forms of energy, one is a high-capacity battery and the other is solar. That’s right. Solar. And not some dinky cheap solar feature but a strong and sturdy setup. These watches are built tough because Casio expects you to put it through a lot of stuff throughout the years of use.

My good buddy was a mechanic in the Air Force. He did a tour overseas a couple years back and had a Pathfinder. Between all the standard wear and tear, add on sandstorms, workouts, being knocked around inside jet engines and more. This watch is still working to this day.

The watch of course tells time, in both 12 and 24 hour modes, and has a backlight feature. It also has an hourly time signal, the option to have five daily alarms set, water and temperature resistance, a stopwatch and what they call a Triple Sensor. This sensor is set up for the weather and direction. It gives you the features of a thermometer, altimeter/barometer and a compass. All of this can help you anticipate weather and adjust course if needed.

Another buddy had a watch with a similar weather warning feature. It would give off a distinctive beep when the air pressure changed. It usually meant that a storm was moving in. This was an extremely helpful thing when we would be out off-roading or such.

So like I said before this watch is not meant for everyone. But for those that are looking for such a feature-loaded and heavy-duty wrist-wear they should look no further than to the Casio Pathfinder.


Other Nifty Things to Look At!

Propane Fire Ring Hand Towels Rainproof Camo She Outdoor PETT

BPS Extreme Qualifier Tackle Bag RedHead Gun Rack Chicken on a Stick

Traeger Smoker/Grills


Turkey Hunting Spring, 2015

Hello Texas Turkey Hunters. It’s time for the Spring, 2015 Turkey Season to begin. Here is quote from the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s website regarding sessions and dates and special limits in certain counties.

“Spring turkey hunting gets under way this weekend, March 14-15, with the special youth-only weekend season for Rio Grandes in the 54-county South Zone. The general season in the South Zone runs March 21-May 3 and culminates with another youth-only weekend May 9-10. In the 101 counties comprising the North Zone, the youth-only weekend seasons are March 28-29 and May 23-24. The North Zone general season opens April 4 and runs through May 17. A special one-gobbler limit season runs April 1-30 in Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee and Milam counties.”

To access TPWD’s full article on the Spring, 2015 season copy the link below and paste it in your browser: 


At Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World we have all you need to make your hunt a successful one.

From decoys and turkey loads for your shotgun to camo clothes, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is ready to help you make this year’s season one to remember.

Stop by and check out our Camo Department for all your camo clothing needs and especially for our full body camo suits. We also have special turkey hunting backpacks with attached seats.

Visit out Hunting Department to see our full display of Turkey decoys, including this year’s big hit decoy: Redheads’s new motorized Jake and Strutting Gobbler. Don’t forget our Camping Department where we have a full selection of Yeti coolers, including Yeti’s new soft side coolers, along with lots of other useful outdoor gear.

Our Footwear Department even has a full line of boots and socks to get you through the season.

Before hitting the field, let’s talk about a few things.

First, be sure to check the TPWD website and check the requirements for the county in which you are hunting. Make sure your gun is cleaned and ready to use.

Next, check your shotgun to make sure it’s ready to go. A good cleaning is always a good idea before hitting the field. And be sure to check your choke tube to get the best pattern (Note: be sure to use a good choke tube lubricant before screwing the tube back in). At Bass Pro Shops we have a full selection of choke tubes, cleaning supplies, and we are fully stocked with “Turkey Loads” for your shotgun.

For those trying out bow hunting for this season, visit our Archery Department and check out our selection of arrow heads that can make your hunt a successful hunt.

And if you haven’t picked up that 2014 – 2015 Texas Hunting or Fishing License yet, stop by our Customer Service Department and they will make sure you are ready to hit the field.

At Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Katy Mills Mall we wish you the best for outdoor adventure. And if you have some luck, stop by and tell us all about it, send pictures and stories to our facebook, or email them to, we’d love to hear from you.






Gearing Up for Spring Turkeys – Preppin’ the Weapon

Now that the calendar has turned to March and the snow has melted, we can get serious about preparing for spring turkey season. Your first step should involve the weapon you’ll be chasing longbeards with.


If you’re a shotgunner, this is the time of year to make sure your shooting the turkey loads that are the best fit for you gun. For several seasons now, HEVI-Shot shells have never let me down. But if you just can’t justify spending that amount of money on ammunition, there are several other high-quality shells available at a more comfortable price. And if your gun simply isn’t reaching out as far as you wish it would, consider screwing in a new choke tube into the end of your weapon. Finally, Redhead Turkey Targets can be a great tool when you pattern your gun, and I recommend them.

If you prefer slinging arrows at Mr. Tom this spring, the most important piece of preparation is getting comfortable with the broadhead you’ll put on the end of your arrow. Both the Guillotine by Arrowdynamic Solutions and the Magnus Bullhead will drop a gobbler in his tracks. Just make sure you invest some time on the practice range before the season begins.


Once your weapon of choice is prepped, there are a few other items you’ll want to focus your attention on.  I’ll cover those in another post.


-Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro


Product Spotlight - RedHead Boot Tray

Snow melt is here and warmer, rainy weather (hopefully) is coming! Keep your house and dog in order!

RedHead Boot Tray

This inexpensive boot tray is another great example of repurposing for a product. Not only will it help keep order in your house during the muddy rain months to come, it is perfect for keep order if you own a DOG!

Simply place your dog water and food dishes on the rubber tray. Then the run-away kibble and sloppy drinkers can keep most of their mess to one spot! The raised edges keep food and water from running all over the place and, obviously, it's going to be really easy to clean.

(Pet food dispenser not included. Only for display.)

Perfect for boots and shoes in the entryway or dog food in the laundry or pet room...or wherever they get fed. Keep the area clean and orderly with this lightweight, convenient tray.


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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - More Dog Days!

It's our second weekend of the Dog Days Family Event!  This Saturday we have the ARL here AND a Microchip Clinic, from 1-3 p.m.!

First, and foremost, ALL DOGS must be kept close at side and under control. No matter how small or even if they're carried or in a cart. The leash MUST be in the owner's hand at all times. Owners are responsible for their dog's behavior!

When you're here, take a photo of your dog and share it on social media with #bassprodogdays!

Friday, March 13


6 p.m.Socializing & Crate Training Your Dog - Presented by Anna Childs, K9 Trainer and Adelhorst Kennels. Giveaway for the first 20 seminar attendees!

Doggie Gift Basket Silent Auction to Benefit the Animal Rescue League- Thursday through Sunday. Items donated by Pampered Pooch and Bass Pro Shops Altoona. The winning bid money collected goes to the ARL. Value of the basket is OVER $250 and includes a $75 Pampered Pooch gift certificate, RedHead Deluxe dog bed, lots of toys, healthy treats, and doggie care items!

Saturday, March 14

ARL Adoption Day - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, March 14, Microchip Clinic – 1-3 p.m. - Dr. Anderson, from Anderson Animal Hospital, is an ARL partner vet. Major debit/credit card or cash accepted, no checks.


11 a.m. - Teaching Your Puppy to Sit and Heel - Presented by Pampered Pooch

2 p.m. - Keeping Your Puppy Safe in the Outdoors – Presented by Patrice Peterson-Keys, Polk County Conservation

Noon- 1p.m. - Linda Farr and her Canine Freestyle “dancing” Golden Retrievers, Tango and Rumba, will perform. An entertaining and educational show! Linda and her dogs have appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Animal Planet, and more! Her passion is performing with her dogs at nursing homes, schools, hospitals, etc.

3:30 p.m. - Jay Green and Zeus will do their obedience demo by the aquarium.

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Free photos with your dog, a certificate, and a paw print!
  • Free giveaways!
  • Special drawing to win one of three prizes, including a GoPro Fetch Dog Harness with camera mount!
  • Various local vendors will be on hand with information about training, grooming, etc., including Des Moines Obedience and Training Club and grooming demonstrations by Barks and Wags!


Doggie Gift Basket Silent Auction to Benefit the Animal Rescue League - Thursday through Sunday. Items donated by Pampered Pooch and Bass Pro Shops Altoona. The winning bid money collected goes to the ARL. Value of the basket is OVER $250 and includes a $75 Pampered Pooch gift certificate, RedHead Deluxe dog bed, lots of toys, healthy treats, and doggie care items!


Coming Up?


The Easter Bunny hops in to Bass Pro Shops Altoona on March 28!

Watch and our Facebook page for details and times!


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Keep Your Cool on a Warm Weather Hunt: Quickly and Easily

Keep Your Cool on Warm Weather Hunts.

Hunting in warm weather is a lot cooler with the RedHead Tec-Lite Collection. This hunt clothing line has been redesigned for 2015 with an improved fit and consistent sizing. It is made of 95% polyester/5% spandex ripstop fabric which makes it extremely lightweight and very durable. It features our Axe Technology for scent control with nano silver embedded particles that do not wash out. Add moisture wicking and fast drying properties for all day comfort. The collection is available in three patterns: Xtra, Xtra Green and Obsession.

The Long Sleeve Button Up Shirt features a 7 button front, hidden button down collar, 2 button-down chest pockets and a vented back for increased breathability. Price starts at $49.99. The Tec-Lite Pants feature a zippered fly with button closing, hidden adjustable waist and belt loops for an improved fit and function.

They also have 2 button side cargo pockets, zippered rear pockets and two hand pockets. Price starts at 49.99. The Stalker Lite Collection has also been redesigned for 2015. It features a new 100% polyester fabric that is more durable and rigid while still maintaining its breathability, making it ideal for tough field conditions. Moisture wicking and fast dry technology makes for all day comfort. This collection consists of a ¼ zip shirt, shorts and pants. All are available in Xtra, Xtra Green and Obsession.

New for this year is the ¼ Zip Shirt. This shirt is perfect for warm weather hunts on its own or as a layer piece in cooler weather. It features a YKK lockdown zipper. Price starts at $29.99. Stalker Lite Shorts and Pants are perfect for all outdoor activities or just lounging around camp. They feature a zip fly with button closure, hidden elastic waistband and belt loops for comfort.

There are two rear and side pockets. Two button cargo pockets address storage needs. Shorts start at 29.99. Pants Start at $39.99.

RedHead Stalker Lite Pants for Men



Product Spotlight - RedHead Bolster Dog Bed

If Ops Associate Jen Kile spots you looking at dog beds in our dog aisles, the first thing she'll do is tell you that she wouldn't have any other bed for her Tika!

RedHead Bolster Dog Bed

What's so great about this particular bed, according to Jen?

  • The bolster - Dogs like to feel protected and sheltered. That's why you'll often see dogs lying under tables, or at least with their head under a table, or curled up in a bid, comfy chair, or in their kennel. The three-edged bolster on this bed gives your pooch a comforting, encompassing, secure feeling.
  • Maintenance - The bed has a zip-off cover and is machine washable. In fact, each bolster has its own individual zipper, so if you need to fluff some of the filling, it's easy to do. You can remove the cover and wash the bed. Does your canine companion have incontinence? That can happen with elder dogs. Maybe it's recovering from a medical procedure where there may be seepage or draining of a wound?  It's filled with lightweight polyester fiber, instead of foam, so if you do need to replace, it's easy to do so.
  • Comfort - This is a sturdy, comfortable bed, with a soft fleece surface. (In this photo, Jen has an extra blanket for Tika's warmth.) All dogs alike need a comfy place to rest their tired bones and this bed will supply it!

If you're looking for a good dog bed for a small to medium sized dog, this is a good fit at 42"x30".


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This turkey vest has it all

With Spring Turkey season right around the corner it is time to think about the turkey vest that is right for you. The RedHead Striker turkey vest might remind you of your first vest. The beauty of the Striker vest lies in its simplicity. It is a well laid out vest and very functional, it is quiet and has specialized pockets for box calls, slates, strikers, mouth calls and accessories. It has a magnetic fold down seat that is great for when you are on the move or when you are quietly looking for that perfect place to set up.


RedHead Striker Turkey Vests for Men - $69.99

  • Box call and striker pocket
  • Mesh mouth call pocket
  • Double slate call pocket
  • Accessory pockets
  • Shell loops
  • Magnetic flip-up seat
  • Memory foam seat
  • Adjustable game bag
  • Padded back
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Hydration compatible
  • Detachable blaze orange flag

The RedHead Striker Vest has adjustable shoulder straps that are comfortable and an adjustable game bag in the back holds decoys or your trophy gobbler. It has a detachable blaze orange flag that adds a measure of safety to your walk in or out of the woods.


You might also check out these articles on selecting the right turkey vest!

Turkey Vest- What you need to know

The Best Dressed Turkey Hunter


T. Schafer

Camo GSM

Independence, Missouri