Perfect time to go to an outdoors show
By Hookemharry

Posted: January 8, 2004

Montana is now officially a Winter Wonderland.

I don’t know about you, but the weather we have experienced the past couple of weeks reminds me of the way Old Man Winter treated us back in the “good old days.”

Outdoor enthusiast have a tough time to decide what to do this time of year –snowmobile, ice fish, ski, duck hunt. Or, do you just sit indoors and build up a good case of cabin fever waiting for warmer times in Big Sky Country.

Well I have a good idea. You can attend the Montana Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend in Adams Field House to sort out your decisions and check out all the new gear and destinations for your outdoor play.

Bill Reier, Jr., decided to bring his show to Missoula because he felt there was definitely a need in the market here because there are so many outdoor sportsmen.

“For the past few years, we have been serving the hunting and fishing crowd with our three-day shows in Great Falls, Bozeman, and Kalispell,” Reier said, “While doing these shows, people wanted to know why we didn’t do a show in Missoula, so we decided to put one together this year.”

The timing of the show is perfect for people that have a early case of cabin fever. At Vacationland, Outdoor exhibitors will be displaying their wares as well as providing information on fishing, hunting and backcountry trips from throughout the world.

Bring the kids because there will be a trout pond and they also can learn how to tie flies as well.

“I have dabbled a little bit in putting together The Montana Sportsman. It’s a video collection of my different outdoor travels over the last year and I will be curious to see how it is received,” says Reier.

In the Montana Sportsman Theater, you can learn first hand from experts — Fly Fishing the Madison with Gary Evans, Elk Hunting 101 with Jim Zumbo and Billy Stockton, Fishing Fort Peck Reservoir with Marvin Loomis, Steelhead Fishing with Tom Coates, Dutch Oven Camp Cookin’ with Colleen Sloan, just to name a few.

Bring in your heads, horns and antlers for a free Boone and Crocket scoring.

The Montana Outdoor Radio Show crew will be there live throughout the three days in our booth. We will be debuting our 2004 edition of the only “guaranteed fishing lure” that I sold in the state. The guarantee is you buy the lure, if by chance you don’t catch fish, we give you your money back at next year’s Missoula show.

We will also be handing out the 2004 Montana big game and upland bird season dates scheduling card. So stop by and say hi and let us know how your past year in the outdoors went.

The Montana Outdoor Radio Show will be broadcasting statewide from 6 to 8 a.m. Saturday with a special edition show from 10 to noon from the Adams Center. Both shows will air locally on Missoulas KGVO-1290AM.

The Montana Hunting and Fishing Show hours at Adams Center are: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission for kids to age 5 is free, juniors age 6-16 is $3, and and adult admission is $6. You can go to www.montanaoutdoorshows.com and receive a $1 off coupon. Admission is good for all weekend.