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January 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Washington Sportsmen Show coming to Puyallup Fairgrounds Jan. 22-26

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The Washington Sportsmen’s Show is offers a big line-up of outdoor attractions and expert speakers with topics on fishing and hunting, and more at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center on Jan. 22-26.

Western Washington’s only sportsmen’s show offers a hundreds of free “how to” seminars, camp cooking demonstrations, Northwest Tour of Big Game Animals, Head & Horns Competition, warm water Demo Tank, Kid’s Free Trout Pond and much more.

New at the show is the Cowboy Fast Draw where showgoers can test out their quick draw at a special range with Colt 45 style six-guns, vintage holsters and special wax bullets.

Showgoers can make plans for their next outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality.

Fishing greats include Gary Loomis who will show off his high-performance Edge Fishing Rods; fishing Hall-of-Famer Buzz Ramsey; fly-fishing expert Jim Teeny;  the father-son guide team of Jack and Brandon Glass; radio and TV host Tom Nelson; steelhead tips from Scott Haugen; Hevi-Beads co-founder Loren Dunbar; and “College Fishing Series” bass expert Nick Barr.

Kayak fishing has become a popular way to catch fish in the Pacific Northwest and there will be presentations by Brad Hole of Kayak Fishing Washington, and Tod Switzer and Issac Miller, representing the Kayak Academy in Issaquah.

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At the Lowrance Learning Center, expert Jeff Boyer previews Lowrance’s newest feature the SpotlightScan Sonar that will debut next month. The new sonar offers a new level of angler-controlled, surround-scan views—providing picture-like images of fishing areas.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Show hours are: Noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Jan. 22-24); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 25); and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday (Jan. 26).

Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for juniors (6-16 years old) and free to children 5 and under. Two-day passes are $18. Parking is free at the fairgrounds. For more information on discount coupons and specific seminar times, go to www.thesportshows.com.

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