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Upcoming outdoor sportsmen and saltwater shows are cabin fever breakers

Cabela's in Hamburg is the major sponsor of this second annual outdoors show
Cabela's in Hamburg is the major sponsor of this second annual outdoors show
Nick Hromiak

While it doesn’t have the enormity of the Harrisburg sportsman show now run by the NRA, the resurrected Lehigh Valley Sportsmen’s Show has changed its two-day format of its inaugural year last year to a three-day show this year.

Ag Hall in the Allentown Fairgrounds will house the second annual Lehigh Valley Sportsmen Show
Ag Hall in the Allentown Fairgrounds will house the second annual Lehigh Valley Sportsmen Show
by Nick Hromiak

This year’s show kicks off Friday, Feb. 28 and runs through Sunday, March 2 at the Agri-Plex building in the Allentown Fairgrounds.

According to Dennis Brozey of PBM Productions in Fogelsville, the show will have Cabela’s as a major sponsor and will feature a kid’s catch-and-keep fishing pond compliments of Tilley’s Nursery of Coopersburg and volunteers from Ranger Rod & Gun Club in North Whitehall.

A.T. Gillespie from Archery Addictions, will have an age 12 and under archery station shoot that will feature special prizes for the youngsters.

As for seminars, scheduled is a muzzleloading program, a bear hunting in Maine session, turkey calling tactics by a Mossy Oak pro staffer, a shad fishing seminar given by the members of the Delaware River Shad Fishermen’s Association, a canoe and kayak fishing program and one on crossbow hunting in Africa.

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association will auction off outdoor gear and trips including an $8,000 African safari for two or four.

In addition there will be replica rifle making and a flint knapper that will demonstrate the art of Native American tool making.

Show hours are 1-8 p.m., Feb. 28; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mar. 1; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mar. 2.
Admission is $10 while kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. And of course parking is free.
For more information check www.pbmproductions.

CABELA’S SPRING OUTDOOR DAYS

Cabela’s in Hamburg is sponsoring a spring thaw of sorts with their Spring Great Outdoor Days that will feature fresh and saltwater fishing seminars.

The weekend kicks off Saturday, March 1 beginning at 10 a.m. when PA Trout Fishing Tactics seminar at 10 a.m. followed by Targeting Trophy Smallmouth bass in rivers and streams at 11 a.m.; River Tactics for Bass and Walleye at 12 p.m.; Tips & Techniques for Monster Catfish at 1 p.m.; and River Musky Tactics at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, March 2, seminars include; Trophy Striper Fishing in the Susquehanna Flats at 10 a.m.; followed by Bucktailing Deep Water Structure for Fluke at 11 a.m.; Better Charting with SonarCharts by Navionics at 12 p.m.; and Kayak Fishing from A-Z at 1 p.m.

Spring turkey hunters won’t want to miss Zink Calls pro staffer and champ turkey caller Matt Morrett’s Turkey Hunting University on Wednesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. His topics will include locating turkeys, calling tips, all-day hunting strategies and proper decoy placement. Participants can enter a drawing for a free Zink jake and hen decoy combo pack.

For more information on Cabela’s Great Outdoor Days go to http://www.cabelas.com/hamburg.

NJ SALTWATER FISHING SHOW

The World of Saltwater Fishing show returns to the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ for its ninth year. This year’s show runs March 14-16 and as always, is the top saltwater show in the East.

What’s unique about this show is that there are tackle items by custom makers that are not available in stores or tackle shops. And the gear runs from inshore to offshore and from surf fishing to big game fishing. Major exhibitors include Daiwa, St. Croix, Quantum. Zebco and dozens more.

The shows’ seminar schedule covers a myriad of saltwater experts including Dave Schunke, noted author, tournament champ; Capt. Al Ristori, editor of Salt Water Sportsman; Mike Laptew, fishing videographer for National Geographic; Capt. Jimmy Gahm of Shimano’s pro staff; Ron Arra, five-time U.S. Surfcasting Champ; and Bill Carson, Johnson Outdoors/Humminbird Marine Electronics marketing manager.

Sunday is family day that features a Scavenger Hunt for the first 100 kids under age 11 and accompanied by a paying adult. Each youngster participating in the hunt will receive a free Plano tackle box. Registration is required at the Kid Fun activities area.

Back again will be the Fishing Simulator that feels like there’s an actual fish on the line and as seen on a large TV screen.

Of course the Boatyard will be lined with the latest saltwater boats, motors, kayaks and marine equipment.

Show hours are March 14, 12 noon – 8 p.m.; Mar. 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Mar. 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $3 for children 5-11 while kids under five are free. A portion of ticket proceeds goes towards the “Keep America Fishing” program.

From Allentown take I-78 east to I-287 then get off at Exit 10 in Somerset. And for more information check www.sportshows.com.

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