If you missed the Harrisburg sports show, or need to cure cabin fever, there’s still one more outdoors show to go.
The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow returns Feb. 23-26 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
For fishing fans, this year’s show features popular bass fishing pro’s Hank Parker and Joe Thomas. Both will give seminars and demonstrations at the 5,000-gallon Hawg Trough.
Then there’s Capt. Jerry Sersen who will provide tips and techniques on light tackle for Chesapeake Bay stripers.
If you’re a flounder fisherman, Tom Tatum’s seminar on “Floundering Around” will share tricks for fooling these flatfish.
These and several more pro anglers who will present interesting and informative fish catching ideas.
As for hunting speakers, New York State resident Pete Fiduccia and wife Kate, co-hosts of “Woods N Waters” TV show and author of 13 books on deer hunting, will offer seminars teaching field to table techniques for deer hunting. Kate has written several cookbooks and she’ll share her venison preparation dishes.
Noted wildlife biologist C.J. Winand promises to give valuable scientific and biological information on deer hunting strategies.
And like always, there will be a myriad of hunting/fishing guides, outfitters, hunting dog demonstrations and gear for sale.
New this year is Fred’s Shed, where you can learn tips and techniques for do-it-yourself boat maintenance.
The four-day show will feature a fishing simulator, Stihl’s archery range, paintball, birds of prey even a mechanical bull.
And Sunday is Family Day with a scavenger hunt for kids with the first 100 kids (11 and under) coming into the show will receive a free Plano tackle box.
Show hours are Feb. 23, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Feb. 24, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Feb. 25, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Feb, 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission is $12 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-11. Tickets can be purchased in advance by going to the shows’ website at www.SportShows.com/Philadelphia.
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is located at 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456. For GPS users, plug in 1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, Pa 19460.
2017 DUCKS UNLIMITED WINTER DINNER
For you duck lovers, the 2017 DU dinner will once again be held at the Northampton Community Center Banquet Hall, 1601 Laubach Ave., Northampton, PA on Feb. 25. The dinner begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m.
The dinner will offer a chance to win a 2017 Ducks Unlimited Shotgun of the Year, a six-person striped bass fishing trip with B&D Fishing Charters in Highland, NJ and loads more.
This year’s featured shotgun is a Fausti Select 12-gauge over/under where only 50 tickets will be sold. In addition, the Lehigh Valley Chapter of DU will raffle off a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle with QRC red-dot scope. This is just part of the $10,000 in total prizes and giveaways at the dinner.
Other items include a Sig Sauer and Weatherby gun (you must be present to win the guns), hunting gear, artwork, a ladies table and several fun games.
A live auction will feature several items including a two-day, 4-person guided duck hunt on Maryland’s eastern shore with Chesapeake Goose & Duck Hunting outfitters.
Dinner ticket prices are $65, couple’s tickets $95, and youths (Greenwings) are $30.
Sponsorship packages are available as are Corporate Tables with special deals for both. For ticket information check www.ducks.org/pennsylvania/events and clicking on Lehigh Valley Dinner, or, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.