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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM

The Washington Sportsmen’s Show arrives Wednesday in Puyallup

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The Washington Sportsmen’s Show is coming up soon, and offers a packed line-up of family-friendly attractions, expert speakers and crowd-favorites at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center on Jan. 25-29.

Western Washington’s only sportsmen’s show is bigger than ever and spotlights the one-of-a-kind indoor “Steelhead River,” over 150 hours of free “how to” seminars, camp cooking demonstrations, the “Dock Dogs” competition, the Kid’s Free Trout Pond, “Head & Horns” and much more.

It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality.

The indoor “Steelhead River” is the place to learn from guides and pro staff representatives about reading waters in hourly demonstrations.

For those going after warm water species, acclaimed fishing pros will share advice at the Warm Water Seminar Series and Demo Tank. The fully stocked, glass-walled tank presents a unique perspective on how warm water fish species react to lures and techniques.

Fly fishermen won’t be left out: the Fly Fishing Theater returns to the show, along with the popular Fly Casting Pond and Fly Tying Theater.

Area hunters are also invited to bring heads, horns or horn/antler sheds to be measured and scored by Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young representatives at the “Head & Horns” display and competition.

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Top scoring entries will vie for prizes and for possible inclusion in upcoming Northwest record books. This feature includes a major collection of top big game trophies, including a record-setting 2,100-pound American bison, 400-pound black bear and a 200-pound mountain lion.

Whipping up a tasty meal in the wild or at home is the focus at the Fred Meyer Camp Cooking Tent as the show’s popular camp cooks–Herb Good, Tiffany Haugen and Dutch Oven guru Cee Dub Welch– share tasty recipes for easy-to-prepare meals. Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters will have a variety of products for sale, including post-holiday values in products by Camp Chef and Yeti Coolers.

The show will have more than 150 free how-to presentations, with hunting and fishing tips and news on destinations presented by top experts including Buzz Ramsey, Jack and Brandon Glass, Bob Kratzer, Tom Nelson (fishing); Don Simonson, Kelly Laatsch, Denny Rickards (fly fishing); Scott Haugen, Glen Berry, Pat Murphy, Mike Jenkins and Dan Kloer (hunting), and many more.

Additional speakers and new topics include Glen Schmidt, Duck Calling Basics; Chris Ferry, Bass Fishing Techniques and Top Water Swim Baits; John Brody, Northwest Predator Hunting 2012: Tips/Tactics; Gary Miralles, Kokanee and Trout Techniques; Anton Jones, Central/Eastern Washington Fishing Opportunities; Norm Norlander, Rotary Vise Fly Tying; and John Aldrich, Extreme Weather Wall Tenting.

Former packing champion Aaron Burkhart and his team will demonstrate horse and mule packing for backcountry travels. Presented by the Western Washington Toyota Dealers, survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt shares “be prepared” tips for showgoers in clinics and seminars.

The Kid’s Free Trout Pond provides youngsters 12 and under with the opportunity to catch-and-keep or release a trout.  Sponsored by Baxter Auto Parts, the pond is stocked with thousands of trout. All the gear is provided at no charge– including poles, bait and take-home bags.

For fisherman navigating Puget Sound and the region’s rivers and lakes, sportfishing boats from the area’s top dealers form a major display at the show, with 2011 and 2012 models “priced to sell.” Local RV dealers will also be on hand to spotlight the latest makes and models.

Showgoers can enter Adair Home’s “Home Away From Home Sweepstakes.”

The 783 square-foot, one bedroom cabin includes an open kitchen and great room, bathroom and covered front porch.

Show hours are: Noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Jan. 25, 26 and 27); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 28); and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday (Jan. 29).

Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for juniors (6-16 years old) and free to children 5 and under. Two-day passes are $18. Discount coupons and specific seminar times are available online at O’Laughlin Trade Shows website.

(Photos by Seattle Times staff photographers Mark Harrison and Alan Berner)

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