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Bowhunter Challenge coming to Dayton show

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Plans for the Dayton Boat, Sportsman and Fishing Show are coming together for the weekend of March 7-9 at the Airport Expo Center.

Included will be the Bowhunter Challenge, a 3-D bowhunting competition using 10 moving 3-D targets, simulating different animals. The “hunter” stands in a treestand, shooting at two sets of five moving targets. A new target appears every 15 seconds and some are no-shoot targets.

For a fee of $20 (which includes free admission to the show), participants can compete for prizes while having fun shooting targets and practicing hunter safety.

“The bowhunter challenge is a fun way to participate in the show and at the same time practice archery hunting,” said Hague Atkinson, promoter of the Dayton show. “It also promotes hunter safety and serves as an educational tool for safe and ethical hunting.”

In addition to the challenge, there will be turkey and deer hunting seminars with Bill Epeards on Saturday. Tom Petkowitz will be on hand to appraise antique tackle. And so far there will be seven boat dealers.

For additional information about the show or to participate, visit rvandboatshow.com or call (615) 686-6414.

Wildlife Diversity: Photography and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the 30th annual Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference. It will feature photographer and author David FitzSimmons from Bellville, who has published conservation books, articles and photographs during his 17-year career. His presentation is entitled, “The Superpower of Wildlife Photography.”

Other topics include citizen science and barn owls, range expansion of Ohio’s fishes, volunteers enhancing cavity-nesting bird populations, the American woodcock, the influence of taxidermy on museum collections, aerial wildlife surveys and strategic trail camera placement.

The conference will be held March 12, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus. People may register online at wildohio.com or call (800) WILDLIFE. Registration before Feb. 26 costs $25, and the cost will be $35 after that date. A student registration is also available for $10.

Educating hunters: A free training academy for individuals interested in becoming hunter education instructors will be offered March 21 and 22 at the Division of Wildlife District Five Office, 1076 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia. Those interested in attending must register by calling (800) WILDLIFE before the end of this week.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age, attend both days of training and be experienced and safe hunters. Ohio currently has 1,700 volunteer instructors who train hunters each year to be safe and responsible in the field. For more information, visit ohiodnr.com/wildlife.

Antique tackle: The second annual Vintage/Antique Fishing Tackle Show is scheduled March 1 from 8 a.m. -4 p.m. at the Indian Lake Community Church Annex Building, 120 Orchard Island Road, Russells Point. (This is the same time as the Indian Lake Boat Show.)

There will be antique rods, reels, lures, fly fishing gear and other fishing items. Included will be thousands of fishable lures. Parking and entry will be free and you can bring in fishing lures and other items for free appraisals.

For show information & table reservations contact host Gary Domi at (937) 205-0206 or gwdomi@aol.com.

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