Annual Great Rockies Sportshow Brings the Great Outdoors to Bozeman
By angelamontana

Posted: January 10, 2019

Three days of summer fun in January?  That’s what’s happening in Bozeman.  The Great Rockies Sportshow returns in 2019 with more fun and adventure than ever before.   The annual three-day event is the largest presentation of fishing, hunting, travel and outdoor products in Southwest Montana.   Not only can visitors buy outdoor-related products they can also book their next vacation to Alaska, Canada or Africa.  Door prizes all weekend long.

Highlighting the weekend’s entertainment is live music by the Ruby Valley Boys on Saturday and Sunday.

More fun kids activities include the Kids catch and release Trout Pond, Yankee Joe’s Gemstone & Fossil Mining, Kids Corner, courtesy of Montana Trappers Association (kids corner, trackID/stamping, color/activity book giveaway, hands on pelt display).

Learning is a fun part of the show and seminars are going on all day long. Seminars include

The Secrets of Sucessful Wildlife Photography

by Nick Fucci

Friday:          3:00, Saturday:  12:00  Sunday:     11:00

Attendees will be introduced to the four key elements needed to capture outstanding wildlife images;  Skill, Knowledge, Preparation and Luck of which Nick will go into detail on each. At the end of the lecture Nick will show a selection of images to get you inspired.

Do-It-Yourself Butchering plus The Art of Cooking Vension

by Chef Albert Wutsch

  1. The Art of Backyard Butchering – A Hunter’s Approach From a Chef’s Perspective  -Learn how easy it is to fabricate your own deer while saving lots of money doing it yourself.  Chef Wutsch will discuss breaking down a leg into primal cuts and will demonstrate the fabrication of a hind leg.  Learn to get quality wholesome meat to your cutting board and into the pan.  Chef Wutsch will discuss factors in the field that will determine taste and tenderness on the plate.  Emphasis will be placed on matching the correct cooking method with each muscle.  The object of this presentation is to demonstrate the ease in quality preparation. Bring lots of questions, you won’t be disappointed!

Saturday   11:30  Break Down Hind Leg Into Muscles

            2:30  Break Down Hind Leg Muscles Into Steaks, Chops,       Medallions, Strips, Stew, etc

  1. The Art of Cooking Venison –Chef Wutsch will demonstrate methods and techniques used by the professionals to keep your game tasty and tender.  Topics will include field care, fabrication, butchering, storage and preparation on the cutting board and in the pan.  Emphasis will be placed on matching the correct cooking method with each muscle.  The object of this presentation is to demonstrate the ease in quality preparation.

Friday:       1:30    The Art of Cooking Venison/AuPoivre

Saturday:  4:30  Venison Pepper Pot Stew, AuPoivre

Sunday:   11:30  Venison Pepper Pot Stew & Venison Au Poivre

                     2:30  Venison Au Poivre

Learning Elk Language as the Rut Changes

by Dan Kloer

Friday:         2:00, Saturday:  11:00, Sunday:     12:00

Cranking Walleyes Under the Big Sky 

by Scott Collingsworth

Friday 4:00, Saturday 1:00, Sunday 1:00

Attendees will learn bait selection for time of year and changing weather patterns.  Rod and reel selection along with the difference between trolling with mono and lead core. Also how to use planer boards to help cover more of the water column to find active fish. There will also be many tips in there on what has made us so successful catching walleyes on cranks in our great state.

Jigging Montana Walleyes

By Jason Mundell

Friday 1:00, Saturday 3:00, Sunday 2:00

Attendees will learn jig selection and presentation.  Rod and line selection and many tips and tricks that have made Jason so successful over the years tournament fishing.

Flyfishing the Big Three – BWO’s Trico’s and PMD’s

By Arnie Gidlow

Friday:       5:00, Saturday: 2:00  Sunday:    3:00


Ice Fishing is the Coolest

By Montana Grant

Dutch Oven Cooking Done Four Easy Ways

By Colleen Sloan

Friday 3:30, Saturday 1:30, Sunday 1:30

Fly Tying seminars will be held all weekend long at the Fly Tying Theater.

Seminar times can be found online at


January 11, 12, 13, 2019


Friday     12:00 – 7:00

Saturday 10:00 – 6:00

Sunday   10:00 – 4:00


Gallatin County Fairgrounds

901 N Black

Bozeman, MT 59715


FREE!  For kids 16 & under (with paying adult),

Regular price is $5.00

What to See & Do:

– Book your next vacation to Alaska, Canada, Africa

*NEW!  LIVE music on Saturday Sunday by the Ruby Valley Boys.

– Yankee Joe’s Gemstone & Fossil Mine. Mine for gems and fossils and keep what you find!

–  Outdoor Writer’s Association National Photo Contest Winning Entries Exhibit

–  Kids Trout Pond

– Wall of Fish

– Fly Tying Theater

– Fishing & Hunting Seminars

– Kids Corner – sponsored by Montana Trappers Association

Plus a world of Outdoor Products and Services available such as:

*Hunting and fishing guides and outfitters

*Fishing tackle and products

*Travel, vacations

*Outdoor Art

*Pop Up truck campers

* and so much more…

(feature photo by Nick Fucci Outdoor and Nature Photography)