Hunting personality Michael Waddell, host of the exciting “Bone Collector” TV show on the Outdoor Channel, will be on hand at the fourth annual NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show, to be held at the Frederick Fairgrounds E-ventplex in Frederick, Md., Jan. 25-27, 2013. The event has added vendors this year and all 200 booths at the E-ventplex are expected to be filled.
Vendors will offer all types of hunting gear, guns, optics, calls, knives, sporting art, archery and fishing tackle, outdoor clothing and more. You can also book trips on the spot with guides, outfitters, and fishing charters and talk with superb taxidermists.
While the vendor exhibits are the main draw, the show will also feature an impressive lineup of hunting experts, led by Waddell, possibly the most widely known hunting personality on outdoor television. Waddell will have a Bone Collector booth where he will talk with visitors, sign autographs and sell Bone Collector apparel. He will also host a Q&A seminar each day; times will announced at a later date. Waddell is scheduled to be at the show as follows:
Jan. 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Popular speakers from last year’s show are returning as well. Pat Nolan of Ponderosa Kennels will be talking about retriever training, and Ken Penrod, one of the East Coast’s top freshwater fishing guides will be there to talk fishing in the waters of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Additional speakers may be booked before the show opens—visit www.NRAhuntingshow.org for more details.
Also on display will be NRA’s Great American Whitetail Collection, a mind-blowing display of 40 of the largest and highest-scoring whitetails in the world. In addition to exhibiting some of the largest whitetail racks in the world, the show will again feature the NRA Mason/Dixon Big Buck Contest, where any paying attendee can enter a buck free of charge. Any antlered deer (whitetail, Coues, mule or sika) taken in North America will be accepted with a valid field or check tag attached to the mount, although sheds will not be accepted. All deer will be scored, but only free-ranging deer will be eligible for awards. Following judging and evaluation, awards will be presented for the top state entries in both the typical and non-typical categories. Top entries in the youth and women’s categories will also be awarded.
“The NRA Mason/Dixon Big Buck Contest is a great way for hunters to compare their whitetail trophies to others from surrounding communities,” said Bob Davis, manager of NRA’s Hunter Services Department. “They also have the opportunity to see how their harvest stacks up against mounts from the Great American Whitetail Collection.”
Many NRA staff members will be on hand at the show to answer questions and distribute information on programs such as Women On Target and NRA Instructor Certification.
General admission to the show is $10, but NRA members can get in for just $8 when they present their valid membership card. Visitors can also join or renew their NRA membership on site for only $35 and receive a free weekend pass to the show. Children age 9 and under receive free admission. Kids can take part in the NRA Li’l Hunter Scavenger Hunt and the NRA Laser Shot System.
Show hours will be as follows:
Friday, Jan. 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.NRAhuntingshow.org.