- Brutus-a mammoth 900-pound grizzly bear–is a friendly ambassador for these great animals at the Montana Grizzly Encounter display. Staffers from the Montana Grizzly Encounter, a nationally-known bear education and care center, share need-to-know information about bears’ unique characteristics and how to avoid conflicts with them in the wild.
- The big line-up of attractions includes top Northwest pro staffers sharing their expertise in the Yakima Bait “Indoor River,” over 150 hours of free fishing, hunting and survival seminars presented by top experts, the “Tour of Northwest Big Game Animals” and the “Head & Horn” competition.
- Other family-friendly show features include the “Camp Cooking Demo Tent,”the popular “Kid’s Free Trout Pond,” 3-D archery instruction, and mule and horse packing demonstrations.
- The Yakima Bait “Indoor River” is a must-see feature attraction for both veteran and newbie anglers. Yakima Bait pro staffers and other fishing luminaries wade into the “river’s” realistic swirling waters to share how-to tips and techniques.
- Veteran wilderness survival and outdoor safety is spotlighted in presentations by Brett Stoffel. His topics include “Survival Basics-What Makes You a Survivor,” “What To Do If You’re Lost!” and “Survival Myths & Misconceptions.”
- First-time speaker Jim Burnworth, known as the “Extreme Archer” and host of the Outdoor Channel’s popular Western Extreme, will share his experiences hunting big game all over the world. The Northwest native and current Spokane-area resident will share highlights of exciting past hunts and provide insights on the growing sport of archery hunting.
- At the “Camp Cooking Demo Tent” top camp cooks share recipes-along with a dollop of down-home fun. Presenters include Dutch Oven cooking legend “Cee Dub” Welch, “Smokehouse Sausage Guy” Roger Neufeldt, rustic cooking expert and television personality Bethy Rossos, author and outdoorsman Scott Haugen, and Milt Gudgel of Pacific Salmon Charters.
For more information on the show’s speakers, topics and a complete schedule, visit www.thesportshows.com/shows/washington. Show hours are 12:00 noon to 8 p.m. Wed. thru Fri. (Jan. 25-27), 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat. (Jan. 28) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 29). Admission is $12 for adults; juniors (6-16), $5; and children five and under are admitted free. Coupons, valid for $2 off adult admission Wednesday through Friday, will be available online and at participating Les Schwab and Baxter Auto Parts locations. $18 two-day passes are also available.