Explore Your Boundaries at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

IArrowhead Regionn northeast Minnesota, in what's known as the Arrowhead Region (due to its shape), there's a pristine area that beckons to the most hearty outdoors lover. Just over one million vast acres of wilderness dotted with lakes and rivers carved out by glaciers and sculpted over the years by Mother Nature...the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) traverses almost 200 miles along the U.S. and Canada border.

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The BWCAW is historically important to our country's beginnings. It was crucial to our country's existence as a trade route and the primary means of transportation was canoe. It’s in this spirit that the area remains today.

Under the Wilderness Act of 1964, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Area was set aside by Congress in 1978 to be preserved in its natural setting without roads, structures, and most motorized access of any kind. This is what distinguishes its 1200 miles of canoe routes and over 2,000 camp sites from our national parks and forests.  

Do you like peace and quiet and a close relationship with nature? Then the rugged wilderness of the Boundary Waters calls to you. Many in the Midwest are already familiar with at least the existence of the Boundary Waters, due to our close proximity, but its popularity as a destination for paddlers, hikers, primitive campers, and fishermen, has spread throughout the country. According to a 2012 USDA Forest Service trends analysis, in 2007 the managers estimated total visitors at more than 250,000.

Peter Maley, Camping Associate at Bass Pro Shops in Altoona, Iowa, is a Boundary Waters devotee. He spent two summers as a canoe guide there in the early 1980s and continues to make several trips each year. He has also been there several times on annual winter camping trips for cross-country skiing, camping, and ice fishing.

"People often think that you have to be an expert outdoorsman or woman to take a Boundary Waters trip. But, that's not true. There are Boundary Waters adventures for all levels – novice through expert. There are plenty of outfitters to supply you with gear and knowledge and trip levels from basic family and group outings to major expeditions."

It's important to note that you don't just "show up" at the Boundary Waters. A permit is required to enter the BWCAW and there areBoundary Waters Entry Point specified points of entry for watercraft or hiking, which helps manage the use of the wilderness for the enjoyment of all. A few allow motor boat entry but the majority are by non-motorized and require portaging. Permits are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, even more of a reason, says Maley, for extensive advanced planning.

"You need to reserve MONTHS in advance for the more popular entry point. You can make reservations and get permits through the U.S. Forest Service, through outfitters, and at www.recreation.gov. The permits needed are snatched up very quickly, so it's really important to jump online at the end of January and get your reservations."

Maley says you want to think ahead about other things, too. 

"It also takes advance planning for equipment, gear, and travel time, for example. Be prepared for anything – no phone, radio or other means of communication access. Like any wilderness there are inherent risks, so a well-thought out first aid kit is important, for example. Bring a map and a compass - most people get confused at least once!"

Maley says he has had a multitude of experiences including putting stitches in people, using epipens for stings, and contending with forest fires and controlled burns.

With all his Boundary Waters background and opportunities to visit, Maley says his favorite time is in the fall.  

"Crowds drop dramatically after Labor Day. After September 30, only self-issuing permits are required so you don't have to reserve in advance.  Bugs almost non-existent. The birch and aspen colors are beginning to change, and the waterfowl migration is beginning and night sky viewing is at a premium!"

Maley notes that it is legal to hunt in the BWCAW because it’s part of Superior National Forest. 

"Trapping is also supported, moose and bear hunting, grouse (roughed and spruce), ducks, and geese, not to mention the fall bite for the dedicated fisherman. Deer hunting has become more popular, but wilderness hunting is even harder work because of the portaging."

Make sure to check with the Minnesota state and federal government regarding all hunting regulations and needed permits.

Maley encourages beginners and experts alike to visit www.BWCA.com as a great resource for planning your trip north. There's a message board with several topics related to travelling in the area – food, gear, route, fishing conditions.

"It's the satisfaction of travelling by your own propulsion across lakes and portages to your home for the night – a tent, a fire and warmth, with an unparalleled view of the sky and stories around the campfire. That's what the Boundary Waters are all about."

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Bass Pro Shops - Your Tailgating Headquarters

Fall is here and football season is just days away.  Before the big game, head over to your local Bass Pro Shops to get your gear in order before the big game!

grillFirst off, a grill is practically mandatory for any tailgating activity. Check out the Coleman Party Grill. This compact grill breaks down for easy storage and comes with its own carry bag. It is propane operated and features Instastart Ignition for fast, matchless starting. The cooking surfaces are removable for easy cleaning, as well.This is a great time to take a look at your grill tools also.  If you find your spatula or tongs need to be replaced or you would prefer to keep a second set on hand for the tailgating grill, then look no further. The Pacific Bamboo BBQ Tool Set comes with spatula, tongs and grill brush (with bottle opener built into the spatula). The handles are made from sustainable bamboo and the heads are stainless steel.   Of course, if you're cooking, you're going to need a way to transport your food and keep it cool. The Igloo Glide cooler is easily moved with a telescoping handle and soft-side rally wheels. The 110 quart capacity will hold 168 cans!tent

The other "must have" item is a canopy. Canopies (or tents) provide shade on sunny days and protection from incelement weather. They can also serve as a meeting point for friends meeting you.  An easy-to-use option is the Bass Pro Shops Instant Canopy. It sets up quickly, is easily transported and provides 100 square feet of shade.  Relax in your Bass Pro Shops Basic Camp Chair are made of water-resistant polyester on a steel frame.These comfortable chairs come complete with armrests and drink holders and collapse into a carrying bag with shoulder strap.

footballFinally, make sure you take plenty of games along to keep you entertained while you are waiting for the "Big Game" to start. Some options sure to please kids of all ages include Tailgate Toss, Ladder Toss and/or Washer Toss. You can even stage your own game with a Bass Pro Shops Camo Football!  Find all of your tailgating needs at Bass Pro Shops!

 

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Are YOU Ready For Some Football?

Believe it or not, football season is almost here!! If you are like most people in the south, this is your favorite time of the year. Whether you are a first-time tailgater, or a seasoned veteran,  now is the time to prepare for the upcoming season.

Here is a partial list of essentials to make all your tailgating adventures a success:

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  • Folding chairs; bring along some extras
  • Folding table
  • Small grill
  • Charcoal lighter
  • Grill brush
  • Tongs
  • Sharp knives
  • Cooler for food (Yeti coolers are great!!!)
  • Cooler for drinks
  • Shade tent or umbrella large enough for everyone
  • Football
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  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball net
  • Radio or small TV
  • Batteries or cigarette lighter adapter (for electronics)
  • Portable generator (optional)
  • Deck of cards
  • Propane heater (optional; depends on how cold it will be)
  • Warm clothes: gloves, boots, winter jacket, hat
  • Blankets
  • First-aid kit

As you plan for your season to begin, come on in to your local Bass Pro Shops or visit www.basspro.com to see our large selection. From portable grills, to chairs, coolers, and folding tables, we can help make your next tailgating experience one that you, your family and friends will never forget.                                             

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Until next time,  stay safe and WAR EAGLE and ROLL TIDE!!!

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Boy and Cub Scout Events at Destin Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops in Destin and stores nationwide will be be teaming up with the Boy Scouts of America again this year for Boy Scout Appreciation Month during September.  During the month, we will be hosting various Scouting Units to solicit donations.  All Funds collected will be divided equally between the local Gulf Coast Council and the National BSA Office. 

The Destin Bass Pro Shops will again be offering the Fishing and Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 6 pm.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required by calling our Customer Service Department at 269-6200, beginning in late August.  Only registered Boy Scouts may apply.  There is no fee for the Boy Scout Merit Badge Classes.

Scout Units will again be selling popcorn in the front of our store beginning in late August through the end of October.  This annual fundraiser provides the needed money to finance Troop and Pack events throughout the year.

For the 4th year in a row, Destin Bass Pro Shops will host the annual Scout Fun Day on Saturday, October 26th beginning at noon.  Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from all around will be setting up games of chance, skill challenges, and booths for the public to enjoy Free of Charge.  This huge event takes place in the Bass Pro Shops parking lot on the northeast side of the building and is fun for the entire family!  Just around sunset, when the skies turn dark, the famous HAUNTED TENT opens to the public.  Boy and Cub Scouts from all over try to put-on the scariest, most gruesome displays that their imaginations can think of.  The Haunted Tent is actually a series of linked military tents connected together so that visitors who dare are led through a maze of dimly lit displays and live action.  There is a small charge for the Haunted Tent.  While all of this is going on outside, Trick-or-Treaters can come get candy inside the store as we will be in the midst of a week-long celebration of Halloween.

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North Face Flint 2 Tent

By Noah Formby

North Face Flint 2

North Face Flint 2

The North Face Flint 2 is a great tent for hiking and backpacking.  Weighing in at just over 4 pounds it is lightweight and its simple design makes putting t up and taking it down fast and hassle free.  While the rainfly ensures that you will stay nice and dry, the fact that the tent is mesh means that if the weather is nice you can leave the fly off and enjoy the breeze while gazing up at the night sky and still be protected from mosquitoes and other bugs.  On weekends when you just want to pack up your gear and go camping the Flint 2 still gives a good showing.  A twin air mattress can fit in it while still leaving a border for shoes and other gear, and the headroom is still enough to sit up in comfortably. 

So whether you’re hiking the Applachian Trail or just getting away for the weekend, the North Face Flint 2 is the tent for the job.

 

 

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Staycations Iowa Style - The Rathbun Area

So often I hear people gripe about driving across Iowa and, in their opinion, how boring it is. I encourage people need to get off Interstate 80 (after they've stopped at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, of course!) and experience a bit of our state. In our staycations series we asked our Facebook fans for some recommendations - where would you suggest people visit in our state? One area that received several mentions, and that I visit regularly, is the Lake Rathbun area in southern Iowa. 

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Lake Rathbun is one of the largest lakes in Iowa, located about seven miles north of Centerville in Appanoose County. If you're coming from the north, say down highway 5, the stretch from Knoxville to Centerville is one of the prettiest drives in our state, as is much of the driving headed east or west out of Centerville on Highway 2.Honey Creek State Park

Rathbun is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility with over 700 campsites available at eight parks at the 11,000 acre lake. It's also home to Honey Creek State Park and Honey Creek Resort, both operated by the state.

The state park has 149 campsites, but another unique feature is its "camper cabins."  The rustic pine cabins are great for those who don't want to tent camp, don't have an RV, or simply want more of a roof over their head, while enjoying the great outdoors. I met a woman at our Family Summer Camp this year who has two sons, both with severe medical issues and confined to wheelchairs, and she loves the camper cabins because they have electricity and her sons can better enjoy the camping experience.

For those who want something even more comfortable, Honey Creek Resort is available. This state-operated resort has a hotel, cottages/cabins, an RV Park, and a water park. 

My two favorite things about the resort are things YOU can enjoy, too, without actually staying there:

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1. Their naturalist programs and activities are open to the public. It is the resort's goal to connect people to nature and the outdoors, whether they are staying at the resort or just visiting the area for the day. Some activities do have limited spaces available. You can check out their continuously updated list of activities on their web site.

2. The Lakeshore Grille has amazing food...like their bacon-stuffed jalapenos. First-class food in a relaxed atmosphere with a great view!

While you're in the area, here are some other suggestions:

  • Rathbun OHV Park - If you have an ATV, then you might enjoy the Rathbun OHV Park located on the southwest arm of the Lake off Highway 142. It's a 120-acre riding area with a variety of skill-level trails.
  • The Rathbun Fish Hatchery - Open ever day for tours, the fish produced here are use to stock farm ponds, rivers, lakes and reservoirs around the state. According to the DNR web site:

Annually, more than 200,000 large fingerling catfish, 100,000 small fingerling catfish, 50 million walleye fry, 225,000 two-inch walleye fingerlings and 175,000 eight inch walleye fingerlings are produced at Rathbun.

More than 75,000 four- to six-inch catfish are provided for county conservation boards and cities each year for their caged-catfish rearing programs. 

  • Sharon Bluffs State Park is just south and east of Centerville – You can either go south of Centerville or east on Highway 2 and you’ll see signs for it….then it’s about four miles on gravel. Nice little park for picnics and walks.

If you're enjoying the area for more than just a few days, take a drive east to Van Buren County and discover the way life used to be 150 years ago in the Villages of Van Buren. That county has 110 ghost towns!  Scenic highways, hiking trails, gravel, mike, and pedestrian trails, and canoe, kayak and boat accesses provide plenty of ways to enjoy the scenery and history.


Facebook fan Rachel is an avid horse person. She says if you like horse camping head to Stevens State Forest to the west of Appanoose 
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County. Parts of the 15,000 acres have primitive horse camping available. She also suggests River Valley Horsecamp by the Shimek State Forest. Located south of the Villages of Van Buren, the camp has miles of trails and borders on 40 miles of established horse trails in Shimek State Forest. 

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Selecting a Hiking Tent

Overnight backpacking or hiking trips can be an enjoyable experience when you have the right gear available.  A quality backpacking tent is pretty much a necessity, as it will protect you from the elements. When selecting a tent, there are a number of things to take into consideration.

  1. What sort of comfort level are you used to?  Would you prefer to sleep outside of a tent under the stars? Or would you prefer to avoid bugs and dirt?
  2. How many people will need to sleep in the tent?  A one-person tent may be fine, if you are hiking by yourself. However, if you are hiking with a dog or another person, you may need to consider a 2- or 3-person tent.
  3. Determine your preferred camping seasons. Tents are designed with seasonality in mind. A 4-season tent is designed to withstand wind, rain and snow better than a 3-season tent.
  4. Establish weight goals for carrying gear. Look at tents with as few poles and accessories as possible. Tents with removable segments, such as rain flys or vestibules are an option, to reduce weight.
  5. Take price into consideration.  Less expensive tents may be an option for casual backpackers, but if you are planning several trips, you should probably consider high-end tents.

The new Timber Ridge Hiker 2-Person Tent is an inexpensive option, which may be right for your needs.  It provides a comfortable, dry and well ventilated sleeping space, large zippered vestibule area, interior gear pocket and easy, shock-cord pole setup. The entire tent weighs in at 5 lbs. 7 oz., so it won't weigh you down!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Tent SaleOur Tent Sale continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Look for the big tent in the front parking lot and come check out the savings!

 

 

 

 

 

While You're Here...

It's a PBR Family Event this weekend!  Plenty of fun for the kids!PBR

July 27-28

PBR Family Weekend

Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Two days of rootin' tootin' fun!

Noon - 4 p.m.

  • Stick Bull Riding
  • Free Craft - Leather Wristband
  • Flint the Entertainer Face Painting
  • Meet a Professional Bull Riding expert Jason Vos from 1-2 p.m. - SATURDAY ONLY!
  • Cowboy and Cowgirl Costume Contest - $50 gift card to the winner - SUNDAY ONLY!
  • Free cowbell to the first 100 customers each day!

 

Also, this weekend:

Free Workshop - Selecting the Right Rod - Join our fishing experts at 2 p.m. for this free seminar back in the fishing department.

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The Largest Hunting Sale of the Season!!!!

Whether you need hunting gear or just stay on top of the latest trends..... Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic is the place to get you ready for the season!!!

Our annual Fall Hunting Classic is August 2-18, if you have hunting fever already this is where you need to be. 

If you need a new bow, scope, rangefinder or binoculars be sure to check out our trade-in days.....

Bow Trade-In is August 2-7

Scope Trade-In is August 8-13

Binocular and Range Finder Trade-In is August 14-18

That's just the beginning, August 2-11, we have 2nd Amendment Instant Savings on guns and safes. You will save your taxes on the purchase of any in-stock gun or safe and you use your Bass Pro Shop Credit Card to pay. If you don't have a credit card yet from your favorite outdoor store stop by the stand with the blue lights at our front entrance and those lovely ladies can help you out.... plus new cardholders may also save 10% off their entire first purchase after the rebate is applied.

On August 3rd, don't miss out on our Hunting University. We will have special guests Phillip Vanderpool from Hunters Specialties National Pro Staff/ Host of "Dominator 365" TV Show at 1 pm and The First Lady of Hunting - Brenda Valentine at 2 pm. They will be spending the day with us so stop in and say hi.

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The second weekend will be just as action packed as the first. August 9 kicks off our Hunter Appreciation Weekend..... Seminars and Daily Specials are just a few things we can mention.....

 
        Friday, August 9
    6:30 pm    Tips for Bow Hunting
    7: 00 pm    Tactics for Hunting Deer


        Saturday, August 10
    1:30 pm    Shed Hunting
    2:30 pm    From the Field to the table- how to fry turkey
    3:30 pm    Hunting Tips and Techniques
    4:30 pm    Exploring the Shooting Sports
    5:30 pm    Choosing the Correct Camo Clothing


        Sunday, August 11
    1:30 pm    Exploring the Shooting Sports
    2:30 pm    Tactics for Deer Hunting
    3:30 pm    Hunting Tips and Techniques
    4:30 pm    What’s new in Scent Control
    5:30 pm    Choosing the Right Optics
 

FHC CalendarThe last and final weekend is the best of all.... Next Generation Weekend. We are getting the kids involved in an on-target challenge with our Daisy BB Gun Tent and Archery Range. We will also have free crafts and a photo you can download. Our  Red Head Pro - Staff Team will teach 10 Safety Tips to our next Generation at 1:30 pm, 3 pm and 4:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and they will get a free Next Generation collapsible waterbottle.... all FREE. 

So come on in to your favorite outdoor store and enjoy all three weekends of seminars, talk with pros and vendors, let the kids play and save some money too!!!

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Sperry Spree!

Well guys, it looks like there’s something new out there our little ladies are just going to have to get! And no, it’s not a purse. It’s much worse than that… Shoes.

Uggh, shoe shopping. This endeavor always takes way too long and prompts every question possible from the loves of our lives. “Do you like them?” “How do they make my backside look?” “Do you think these heels will break?” “Where are the kids?!” “Why don’t we still use Velcro?” “Seriously, have you seen Jimmy and Marsha?!?!”

And just like purses, watches or any other “must have” there is a specific brand our sweethearts are after. What’s the rage nowadays? Sperry! These shoes come in a broader range of colors than most crayon boxes. And not just colors, but patterns as well! And women are addicted!

Boys, listen up. I have one of the greatest pieces of news for you. We have Sperry brand shoes at Bass Pro Shops!!!! That’s right! So if the little missus has the Sperry fever why not let her get a pair? In fact, you should approach her about it first! (You know, show that you’re thinking about her while possibly picking up a new tent.)

Ladies, let me also reach out to you directly right now! These things are actually pretty cute and I understand why you would want to have a few different ones in your collection. I know how hard it is to drag us men out shopping, but here you have the perfect place to suggest! And if he responds with some grumbling, here are a few phrases to use on him: “Look at how many different patterns of camo you have.” “Do I need different colored shoes? Oh, I don’t know… Do you need different colored lures?” “We never had to buy a second safe to fit all my shoes!”

You get the idea.

But seriously, if you are looking to go on a Sperry spree come down and see us! This will make both parties happy and you know you love a good Bass Pro visit. Fence Fixin’ with Finches! Yeehaw!

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Tent Sale

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Looking for a good bargain? Check out our store wide clearance event going on from July 20-July 28th, We are going to have savings all throughout the store. Now is a good time to start picking up the kids' school clothes, the hunter some extra camouflage, or even something special for yourself. Make sure that you make Bass Pro Shops in Leeds a stop this weekend. We will have an outside tent sale and special deals inside, as well.

Also, while you are here... make sure that you register for a chance to win a trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to see the Professional Bull Riders in person.

For these great deals and more, make sure you check out our website at www.basspro.com

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Tent Sale!

Bass Pro Shops Tent SaleOur huge storewide tent sale and clearance event starts this Saturday, July 20!

 

Great buys - 20-50% off select items from Men's and Ladies' Apparel, Footwear, Archery, Fishing, Marine Accessories, and more!

Just look for the giant tents in the parking lot!

Sale runs through July 28 - Limited quantities, no rain checks!

 

 

 

Sunday, July 21

Jay Green & Scout will be on hand for a dog obedience demonstration at 1:00 p.m. in front of the main aquarium

Coming up:

PBR event - July 27-28

Fall Hunting Classic - Aug. 2 – Aug. 18

Don't foget - Iowa's state sales tax holiday is Aug. 2 and 3!

 

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Tent Care for a Successful Trip

Caring for your Tent

Your tent is your home away from home, your sanctuary from the battering winds, driving rain, and bitter cold which often comes hand in hand with many adventures. Maintenance and care for your tent is paramount as your fortress of comfort and safety cannot be performing at anything but is peak in the field.

Before you go:

Pitch the tent at home first following the instructions supplied. Check that all of the components are present and in good order. If it`s been packed away for a while or the tent got wet on your last trip your zips may need some attention. Application of a silicon spray such as will prevent zipper wear and promote a smooth zipper motion. 

This is also the best time to use liquid seam sealant on any exposed seams.  Allow all seams to dry fully before storing or using your tent.

In the Field:

Setting up: Select your campsite with care. Look for high, well-draining ground that is protected from the prevailing wind, and is well away from overhanging dead trees or branches. Clear away all sticks and rocks which may damage your tent floor, and remember to remove your boots before entering the tent. Using a separate groundsheet underneath your tent floor will also help protect the floor.

Be aware that vapors from petroleum products and insect repellents can damage the coatings of your tent. Prolonged exposure to UV rays will also cause fabric failure, so pitch your tent in a shady spot where possible.

Avoid the temptation to flick shock-chorded poles together, as it damages the joining elements. Resulting burrs can shred the shock-chord or split the pole.

Packing up: When you are ready to take your tent down it is important to remove as much moisture as possible. The most effective way to do this is to wipe moisture away with a chamois or a micro-fiber towel.

 You should also make sure that the floor of the tent is swept free of dirt, rocks and sand, as these can damage the fabric. It`s also a good idea to check around the campsite to ensure you have collected all the stakes. If you are putting the stakes in the same bag as the tent, clean them thoroughly so as not to soil the tent. Better still prevent them from damaging the tent by packing them in a stuff sack of their own.

Treat your tent poles with particular care, a snapped pole could mean disaster in the field. Poles are strongest while flexed into shape and linked with the tent. They are less robust folded up. A separate stuff-sack will provide some extra protection Carry your tent poles inside your backpack, rather than strapped to the outside. Avoid stepping on them as this can result in damage to the tubing.

When packing your tent into its stuff-sack, roll it or fold it differently each time. Varying the folding pattern prevents deep creases from forming which, over time, can flex off the coating.

At Home:

Storage: A tent should never be stored wet. This is obviously not always possible to avoid in the field, but it is a definite rule for home storage. After a trip take time to 'air' your tent so all excess moisture can evaporate. Any moisture left on a tent that is stored for long periods will turn to mildew, which can be difficult to remove even from synthetic fabrics. Store loose if possible, rather than tightly rolled or folded.

Washing
Most detergents will cause the coating to delaminate, so try to avoid washing your tent. Keeping it clean in the field is the best bet, but if cleaning is necessary sponge it down with lukewarm water and mild, synthetic gear soap. Rinse well and dry thoroughly before storing. Most washing machines are too rough on tents, do it by hand in a plastic bucket for small tents or in the bathtub for larger tents. Set up the tent fully and allow to air dry.

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Yeeeee-Hawwwww!

FINALLY! A chance to use all my western slang in-store. That's right, ladies and gentlemen. It is time for the PBR National Event to be coming to your local Bass Pro Shops.

This won't be the first rodeo for these two, by any means! Bass Pro Shops and The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. are always excited to partner up to hold this event. For those who never attended one, you are going to want to correct that mistake and come down this year.

It will run on the weekend of July 27th-28th and be open from noon until 4:00PM. The PBR National Event is the highlight of our Tent Sale this year, and closes it as well. There will be a number of fun activities for the whole family on both days. Kids can take a shot at bull roping and ride a stick bull. Ever wondered what your kids face would look like painted as "Flint" the Entertainer? Here's a good chance to find out as we will have face painting for the event.They can also make a free leather wristband, while supplies last. The first 100 kids each day will recive a cow bell as part of our giveaway. 

On Saturday, there will be an appearance in-store by a proffessional bull riding expert! You will have from 1:00PM-2:00PM to meet this buckeroo so don't miss it! On Sunday, there will be a Best Cowboy/Cowgirl Contest. Make sure your little one gets all sorts of "cowboyed up" for this as the best dressed will receive a $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card. It'll start at 2:30PM and the winner will be announced at 3:00PM.

The Tent Sale will run from July 20th-28th. This is a great chance to snag some awesome purchases at sweet prices. And I'm talking about like 20-50% Off sweet prices. It will cover products from almost all of our departments, but hurry! There will be limited qualities and no rain checks.

So really what I am getting at with all this is: that ya'll need to grab a hunk of mane, set spurs and giddy on up to your local Bass Pro Shops during this time! Western jargon is encouraged! Bobbin' for Apples with Bobcats!!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Last Chance for Summer Camp!

This is it - the last weekend for your kids to experience free educational fun during our Family Summer Camp! Make sure your kids don't miss out on this terrific opportunity! 

 

Activities start at noon, unless otherwise noted.

 

Family Summer Camp

Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, Noon-5 p.m.

Daisy BB Gun inflatable shooting range - Outside
FREE wildlife carousel - just inside the front entrance turnstiles.
Casting BucketsDeer Track Craft

Soft Foam Shooting Arcade

 

12-2 Crafts (while supplies last) - Kids paint their own deer track! 

 

Saturday, July 13 - our last night for free Homemade Ice Cream samples  -  5-6 p.m. Stop by for some sweets treats up by the carousel!

 

Kids' Workshops - Designed for children 6-12 years of age. Each child will receive ONE free lanyard (while supplies last) and a FREE pin for each workshop they attend.

 

Workshops are:

 

Saturday
Noon - Fishing
1:00 - Water Safety
2:00 - Hunting & Shooting
3:00 - Outdoor Discovery
4:00 - Bird Watching

 

Sunday
Noon - Hunting & Shooting
1:00 - Archery
2:00 - Wildlife Adventure
3:00 - Camping
4:00 - Backyard Adventure

 

Other Happenings this Weekend!

2 p.m. - Join our Fishing experts at the Main Aquarium for a Deep Cranking demonstration.

Try Before you Buy!

The Gifts Department will be serving up samples of deep-fried catfish using Uncle Buck's Light 'n Krispy Fish Mix and Uncle Buck's Beer Batter - then liven it up with some Uncle Buck's Camo Ammo Hot Sauce!

Coming Up!  

Bass Pro Shops Tent Sale

  • July 20-28 - Storewide TENT SALE & Clearance Event!

20-50% off regular price on select items! 

  • July 27-28 - FREE PBR Family Event

Free games and activites - Noon - 4 p.m.

  • August 2-18 - The 2013 Fall Hunting Classic

 

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Professional Bull Riding is coming to Sevierville!

Professional Bull Riders is paying  a visit on July 27-28 to your favorite Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville.

We will have it all- ropin, ridin, crafts and even a live PBR Bull !!! Yep, you heard right PBR is bringing out their Bull Trailer for us and one of their prize bulls on Saturday, July 27 12-4 pm.

So come on out and join us 12-4 pm for a fun free family event like no other.

  • Stick Bull RidingPBR
  • Bull Roping
  • Make a FREE Leather Wristband
  • See a Live PBR Bull - Saturday, July 27 only
  • Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest- Sunday, July 28 only

               * One winner will receive a $50 Bass   Pro Shops Gift Card. Judging begins at 2:30 pm

               * Gift Card awarded at 3 pm

 

Free Cowbell to the first 100 customers each day!

And this year we aren't waiting until Labor Day to start our Summer Clearance deals!

Starting July 20-28 we are having a storewide sale and clearance event - just look for all the deals under the tent located on our boat pad.

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How to Achieve an Amazing nights sleep on your next camping trip

Tips for Sleeping Better on Your Next Camping Trip

May 29th, 2012 | Camping Ideas

Though many find the outdoors to be a place for peace, rest, and relaxation – actually getting to sleep while camping can be pretty difficult. There’s no cozy beds or temperature controls to help lull you to sleep, just you, your tent, and a sleeping bag. But even the fussiest sleepers can find a way to get some good quality shut eye when camping. A little preparation is all it takes to ensure that your nights spent in the outdoors are restful ones. Here are a few tips to help you sleep better outside the confines of your home.

Consider bringing a sleeping pad

For those who prefer to camp light or backpack, carrying a cumbersome sleeping pad might seem out of the question. But it might actually be worth bringing one along for a couple of reasons. Most obviously, of course, is the fact that ground is in general hard. When you’re on your feet, you don’t notice the dirt clumps and pebbles buried shallowly in the soil – but you will when you’re laying down. A sleeping pad will all but eliminate those minor uneven spots that can be so troublesome when you’re trying to catch some Z’s. Second, and less obvious, is the coldness of the ground. When you’re lying on dirt that’s colder than your body temperature, it will suck warmth from your body as you lay there. A sleeping pad can solve this problem by acting as an extra insulator, separating your body from the heat-sapping ground surface.

Set out clothing layers before you hit the sack

One of the biggest difficulties associated with trying to sleep in the outdoors is body temperature regulation. Depending on the season location, you’ll either wake up shivering or struggle to fall asleep because you’re sweating bullets. Scientific studies done on sleep have concluded that a falling body temperature is strongly correlated with being able to fall asleep. So try wearing a reasonable minimum amount of clothing to bed, allowing your body temperature to fall. If you get cold through the night, you can simply add a sweatshirt or pair of pajama pants to regulate your body temperature.

Take extra steps to mitigate heat and cold

When camping in the summer months, a cold damp towel on the forehead works wonders in helping you to avoid that uncomfortably hot feeling. When sleeping on a campsite in the winter, meanwhile, experienced campers often do a few jumping jacks right before bed to raise their body temperature and stay warm as they drift off.

Though your campsite definitely lacks certain comforts of home, there’s no reason that each trip has to include sleepless nights. With the right sleeping gear and a few of the aforementioned tricks, you’ll be sleeping like a baby in the outdoors. Just be sure not to sleep in too late – there are full days of outdoor fun to look forward to!

Bugs keeping you awake? You might find this article helpful:

http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/how-to-avoid-insects-and-other-bugs-when-camping/

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Have a Safari Inside

You just got back from vacation.  Great camping trip and now reality hits.  Work, kids back to daycare or youth activities.  They long for another vacation as well as you.  Well - with a little imagination you can bring that back, and have fun with your kids.

Start off with the Insect Lore Campfire Kids Log Cabin Tent.  This tent is easy to set up and great for a bed or a floor.  Now what camping night is not complete without  a fire.  Insect Lore Campfire is cool to the touch and fan powered with a flickering flame.

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Don't forget the Mini Lantern by Backyard safari.  Exploring at night can be fun and safe.  To make things interesting you have to try the Backyard Safari Bug Vacuum with laser light.  Great for ants or cheerios.  Need to call the wild animals or at least the dog?  Check out Bass Pro Shops North American Animal Caller.  This caller makes 10 realistic sounds and is great fun to use.

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Top it all off with some smores done in the microwave and you have a mini vacation done nightly with you kids.  They won't forget the time you spend with them as you go over all the fun times you had on vacation.

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Fourth of July Sale

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The Bass Pro Shops Fourth of July Sale ends July 4, so hurry over to our store for some last minute shopping!

We have a ton of items on sale that will help you celebrate the holiday such as $149.97 Masterbuilt 2-door propane smoker and the $549.99 Brinkmann smoke'n grill pro 5-burner propane grill, and the $49.97 Bass Pro Shops stainless steel fish fryer.

Need folding chairs for the firework show you're going to see? We have festive American flag chairs on sale for $12.99 and a Portal oversized mesh chair for $24.97 complete with a cup holder.

If you're going on vacation you may need some new fishing gear or a tent. We have numerous fishing items on sale as well as a Bass Pro Shops 12'x12' dome tent for $149.97.

Our Summer of Fun Sale ends July 14th also with even more savings. Save $50 on the Coleman area tent or $90 on an XPS 76" Phantom towable tube for example. Fishing, hunting, camping, lake activities all have items on sale!

The savings are great! For a complete list of sale items check out the Bass Prop Shops catalog or our website.

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Berkley Fishing!! Get in on the action at the Berkley Interactive Trailer Display!

The 60-foot trailer offers consumers fun, great deals and activities. It brings fishing education to all levels and skill sets of anglers.

The trailer has videos and interactive demonstrations along with seminars scheduled throughout the day.

Each stop always has special retail promotions only available while the trailer is at the location. These great offers not only include line and bait, but rods, reels and combos. The special offerings through the trailer can’t be missed.

“We are excited about having the Experience Trailer on the road in 2012 and stopping at many new locations across the country,” said Andrew Marks, Berkley Marketing Director. "Our Experience Trailer team is set to help anglers of all ages and skill levels learn about our broad spectrum of products and how best to use them to catch more fish.”

Other exciting elements include a knot tying contest and demonstration, where anglers can learn new knots and potentially win prizes. Under the tent, big screen videos help anglers experience the adventure with Berkley and display racks are filled with the latest products, giving consumers an opportunity to see what new and exciting products Berkley scientists have been working on throughout the year. The Berkley Experience staff is always on hand to help answer any questions that you have about our innovative products

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