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Hunting, shooting and more at FRED HALL Long Beach show March 6-10
It was decades ago when a show produced by Fred Hall gathered a group of firearms manufacturers, retailers, guides, shooting accessory companies and hunting related businesses to produce the first hands-on shooting venue in the west. While there was a lot of interest and the shooting bays at the old South Coast Gun Club were very busy, there just wasn’t enough participation to continue with this type of consumer gun show.

Boy, have things changed over the years.With today’s modern firearms and archery gear, a wide variety of AR style rifles, tactical firearms, an almost unending selection of accessories, along with a multitude of big game and upland game birds to hunt and outfitters/guides offering exceptional hunting opportunities, gun shows have fast become part of the American lifestyle.

FISH AND GAME HUNT WAGON — This old time DF&G wagon will be on display at the Long Beach Fred Hall Show. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

A few years back, Fred Hall Shows started offering exhibitor space to hunting, shooting, retailers and other shooting sports companies and today the Long Beach show will have no less than 30 exhibitors at this year’s show.

Just last month Safari Club International put on their Hunters’ Convention in Reno to the enjoyment of thousands of hunters and that was followed up by SHOT Show in Las Vegas that drew record numbers of manufacturers, dealers, distributors and members of the working press. For Western Outdoor News readers who missed attending SCI or were not registered to attend SHOT Show, making plans to attend this year’s Fred Hall Long Beach Show is a must.

Whether you are looking to purchase a new rifle or shotgun, book an elk, hog or turkey hunt, check on a gun safe, see what’s new in optics and shooting sports accessories or look over some fine hunting knives the Fred Hall Long Beach Show is the place it all can happen. Turner’s Outdoorsman will man a lot of floor space and have plenty of hunting and shooting products available to shoulder with a knowledgeable staff to answer questions. Make sure to stop by Jimmy’s Outdoors for some great close-out deals on camo, hunting packs and other accessories and learn more about hunting and shooting opportunities while stopping by the NRA or California Rifle and Pistol Association booths.

Oak Stone Outfitters is a repeat exhibitor at the Fred Hall Show and offers up some outstanding hunting opportunities. Under the stewardship of master guide Chad Wiebe, this guide service hunts on over 60,000 acres of prime leased hunting ranch properties along the Central Coast. WON has hunted with Oak Stone Outfitters for over a decade and can attest to the quality of the hunts and the high success rate afield. Whether one is looking for a big old Rio Grande gobbler to hunt, a trophy blacktail buck, mean old tusker or a record class Tule elk, stop by and talk with Wiebe about booking the hunt of a lifetime. Also exhibiting at the show and hunting along the Central Coast for hogs, turkey and blacktail deer are Avila Guided Hunts and Roth Guided Hunts.

RIMROCK BUCKS AND BULLS — Make sure to stop by and talk big game hunting at this booth. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIMIEC

Most show attendees will be looking to book hunts or destination fishing trips here in California and Mexico but there are many other exhibitors that offers a huge selection of options. South Africa will be well represented for those looking to hunt plains game, while elk and mule deer camps in the Rockies are options. Make sure to stop by the Love of the Hunt Outfitters and West Canyon Ranch booths to check on elk hunts in both Utah and New Mexico. One longtime exhibitor at the Fred Hall Show is Clark’s Outdoor Sporting Adventures and it would be worth the visit to see what kind of show specials this booking agent is offering.

This year’s show will also feature a large African safari display and other hunting/shooting exhibits. Make sure to stop by and visit with the representatives of Udells Guiding and Outfitting and Urge2Hunt to book a dream hunt.

In addition of booking a hunt checking out a new rifle, make sure to stop by and visit with exhibitors offering other services. The Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, located in Las Vegas, shoots on over 550 acres of range land and offers 60 different courses in handgun, rifle, pistol and youth safety instruction. All shooters, whether sport or bench enthusiasts, should check out the hearing protection a the SportEAR booth.

Rounding out the list of shooting related activities taking place at this year’s Fred Hall Show plan on attending the following events: The Evike Soft Air Range, the Umarex Air Gun Range, CR&PA BB gun range, California Deer’s Laser Shot game as well as the California Youth Assoc. laser shot game and Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife trailer.

TURNER’S OUTDOORSMAN’S GUN BOOTH — Check out new firearms and hunting accessories at the Turner’s Outdoorsman’s booth. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

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Reader Comments

Thanks for the article about the FRED Hall show but why on earth would write an article describing the show and not include the dates on when it is to take place. - Mike Smith

Fred Hall Long Beach show dates are Wed., March 6 through Sunday, March 10.
Mike Smith
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