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Reeling in the Goods at the 33rd International Sportsmen's Exposition

Leaping for distance at the DockDogs Competition
Leaping for distance at the DockDogs Competition

This year’s 33rd International Sportsmen’s Exposition turned out to be a huge success as nearly 500 outdoor exhibiting companies showcased new adventure gear, fishing classes, informative booths, DockDogs contests, archery competitions and travel packages at Colorado’s largest sportsmen’s show. The exposition took place in the heart of downtown Denver at the Colorado Convention Center which began on January 7 and lasted through to January 10.

Ramy the Ram and Blacky the Black Bear.
Steffen L. Williamson

Amongst some of the exhibitor’s were host of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s TV show Cameron Hanes, co-host of Fly Fisherman TV Nicole Darland and co-creator of Catch Magazine Brian O’Keefe. Some of the more unusual exhibitors included exotic hunters like Mark Sullivan, who has lent his hand in the pursue of some of the world’s most dangerous game such as irate elephants, ranging rhinos, lethal lions and hungry hippos.

Although, the International Sportsmen’s Exposition wasn’t just all about the celebrities of the outdoor world, there were several exhibitors dedicated to the instruction of the ways of al fresco exploration and co-existence. An abundant amount of booths set up by the Colorado Division of wildlife instructed kids and adults alike on the habitat of wild animals and proper licensing for fishing, camping and hunting. In addition there were areas to learn fly-tying and proper casting techniques alongside enthusiastic professionals.

There was something for everyone during the International Sportsmen’s Exposition, leaving high hopes for fun in the sun this summer and even greater aspirations for next year’s exhibition.