LONG BEACH — Hunters, gun enthusiasts, bow and arrow aficionados and outdoorsmen who enjoy hunting experiences won't have to look very hard to get a good idea of what's available in the way of new products and great destinations when the doors swing open at the Fred Hall Tackle & Boat Show March 7-11.
"We have really expanded our booth space this year for hunting and shooting related experiences. In addition to showcasing the latest in firearms, accessories and great places to hunt the show will feature a lot of venues that offer a hands on feel. There will be informative seminars covering a wide range of hunting opportunities and subjects with many of the exhibitors offering excellent options for the world of hunting and shooting sports," said Mike Lum, Associate Producer of Fred Hall & Associates.
Western Outdoor News has been on the scene for a number of years and watched this show grow into offering a wider selection of gun related products and hunting destinations. There are a number of exhibitors that have been associated with this show for many years and they have become a valuable resource for those looking to enter or expand what's on the horizon in way of hunting and shooting options.
There will be excellent representation again at the show this year as the list of exhibitors expands. WON has met with just about every hunting, firearms or accessory representative at the show along with the massive retail merchants that bring to this show a lot of great deals. Many of these meetings have resulted in future columns in Western Outdoor News.
Big 5 Sporting Goods, Turner's Outdoorsmen, Jimmy's Outdoors and Field Time Sports and Guns are sure to have some awesome buys on camo hunting gear, packs, boots and other neat hunting related stuff all of which will be "on sale" with special low show prices.
If you are looking for a destination, whether it be a close drive or an expedition out of state, there are some good people to talk to at the show. With the price of gas expected to rise to nearly $5 a gallon by next hunting season, you want to make sure to stop by and talk to Tony Hendy of Raahauge's Pheasant Club for some close-in wing shooting and also consider a membership in Wilderness Unlimited with their many good hunting leases. Those looking to hunt big game locally should check out what the Tejon Ranch's hunt program will be about for the fall and maybe even a spring turkey hunt and don't forget to stop by an outfitters booth to find out more about dream hunts offered by Mafigeni Adventures Safaris, Lockwood Hunting Services, Elk Creek Outfitting, Aleutian Adventures and those trophy class elk hunts by Velvet Ranch.
Don't miss an opportunity to shoulder some of the rifles and shotguns that will be show cased by Big 5 and Turner's Outdoorsman and make it a point to visit with one of the knowledgeable representatives to learn more about Savage Arms and other manufacturers. There will be informative and hands-on booths in the field of archery and air gun ranges, and there will be a wide selection of Hunter's Specialties accessories to wet any hunter's appetite.
For action events you shouldn't miss watching the fine sporting dogs of Raney Ranch Retrievers nor miss the activities of the Dock Dogs, the new speed shooting event is a must see and the Great American Duck Races are a riot.
SAVAGE ARMS ON DISPLAY — Fine rifles and shotguns from Savage Arms draw a lot of attention by show attendees. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC
OUTDOOR ARCHERY RANGE — Bow and arrow sportsmen can go full-draw at the range set up in the outside activities arena. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC
THE NRA BOOTH — Hunters and gun owners can get a lot of important information about gun ownership and legal issues by talking to the folks representing the National Rifle Association. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC