As most sportsmen’s shows have the gamut of gear, outfitters, seminars and exhibits, no show offers a 10 station sporting clays course, long range muzzleloader shooting, a free running deer archery shoot or a Mr/Ms Outdoors Competition. And no other show offers free admission for boy or girl scouts (and leaders) who are the future of the hunting and fishing sports.
But you can find all these and more attractions when the 5th annual Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza gets underway August 27-29 at the Kempton Fairgrounds.
Aside from the host of activities that we’ll list in another column, a few other totally new attractions are on the agenda.
If you’re a landowner with wooded acreage, or have friends that do and who would benefit from improved wildlife habitat, Greg Christman’s display will show you how.
Christman, of Orefield, will demonstrate how to improve a woodlot’s wildlife habitat through his wood cutting business. The object of which is to improve the understory of a woodlot through selective tree cutting and subsequent on-site sawing/milling operation. Christman uses a $50K Woodmiser portable saw, which maximizes the cutting process with less waste. In turn, the landowner can opt to keep the milled lumber for his use, or sell it off.
For ATV enthusiasts, Dave Miller, a retired DCNR agent, will offer youngsters 8-15 a four-hour ATV driver certification course that is mandated by ATV dealers for youngsters under the age of 10. A certification is also needed by youngsters if they are to drive in state forests or an ATV park. For the certification, parents must bring their ATVs for this course. Miller will, however, have ATVs on site for demonstration
And since July and August produce tepid temperatures that are not conducive to trout, the children’s trout fishing contest may have an alternate species, perhaps stripers, for the three-day youth derby.
This years major show sponsors are Rothrock Motors and Lehigh Valley Safari Club International.
If Rothrock Motors comes through, Ram Trucks will give hunters and fishermen an up-close look at the all new 2010 Ram Heavy Duty Pickups with their Master Sportsmen’s Tour that showcases 2500 and 3500 HD pickups.
Chrysler learned that Ram HD truck owners are evenly divided into two groups: those who purchased their truck for work and those who purchased for recreational use. Ironically, nearly 100 percent who use their truck for work also use it for recreation.
And Ram demographics show that 36 percent own powerboats; 47 percent hunt, 57 percent fresh water fish and 33 percent salt water fish. Amazingly, 58 percent of Ram HD owners own more than one trailer, which accounts for 37 percent owning boat trailers, while 37 percent tow camping trailers.
As is customary for the show, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and their leaders get free admission to the three-day outdoor gathering that will also feature a black powder primitive encampment on the grounds.
This year’s show will offer added delights that will be highlighted as we get nearer the show date.
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