With the trout opener and spring gobbler season forthcoming, Cabela’s in Hamburg is hosting their Spring Great Outdoor Days featuring free seminars, demonstrations and exhibitions.
According to Harold Luther, Cabela's retail manager, their Spring Great Outdoor Days kicks off March 14-24 with a host of interesting trout, turkey and firearms seminars.
For example, on March 16, there’s PA Trout Fishing Tactics at 10 a.m., followed by Eastern Turkey Hunting Tactics with Nate Hosie of Headhunters TV at 11 a.m.. After which, he’ll present a Filming Your Hunt seminar.
In the afternoon, World Champion Shooter Bill Goad and Custom Rifle Maker Mark Banser will discuss Long Distance Shooting and will open the floor to questions.
On Sunday, March 17, the trout and turkey seminars will be repeated and at 1 p.m., Goad and Banser will talk about Ammo Reloading: Beyond the Basic’s. A good topic since ammo supplies are virtually nonexistent everywhere.
For more information on Cabela’s spring programs check www.cabelas.com/hamburg or call 610-929-7000.
SPORTMAN’S ACTIVITY REPORT
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has released a major report on how hunting activities in Pennsylvania benefits the state’s economy.
NSSF’s report, “Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation,” provides detailed data about participation and expenditures by America’s hunters.
In Pennsylvania alone, says the NSSF, hunting added $1,624,075,030 to the state’s economy and it supported 15,211 jobs.
Information on 40-plus categories of U.S. hunting-related expenditures, which grew 55 percent, is detailed in this report as well as state-by-state statistics for number of hunters, retail sales, taxes and jobs. The report notes an overall nine percent increase in hunting participation between 2006 and 2011. The money hunters spent in 2011 resulted in $87 billion being added to the nation’s economy, which supported more than 680,000 jobs nationally.
Beyond this impact on businesses and local economies, sportsmen lead in protecting wildlife and habitats (Ducks Unlimited, NWTF, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to name a few organizations that help these causes).
“When combining license and stamp fees (Duck Stamps), excise taxes on hunting equipment (Pittman-Robertson Act) and membership contributions to conservation organizations, hunters contribute more than $1.6 billion annually to conservation,” says NSSF President CEO Steve Sanetti.
SALTWATER FISHING EXPO
Saltwater fishing buffs should not forget the upcoming Saltwater Fishing Expo being held March 15-17 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. This is the premier saltwater fishing show as everything is aimed at inshore and offshore angling.
As I listed in a previous column, the show offers some interesting seminars and demonstrations by the experts in the field, or in this case, the ocean.
To check out the seminar list go to www.sportshows.com or call 603-431-4315. The Garden State Exhibit Center is an easy one-hour drive from Allentown by taking I-78 to Exit 29 for I-287 South in New Jersey. Follow the directions for “From I-287 Southbound.” If you get lost, call the center at 732-469-4000 and a receptionist will direct you from where you’re at.
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