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National Hunting and Fishing Days Celebration – Planned Activities

World Renowned Longbow Archer Byron Ferguson will perform two demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday.   For those who may not be familiar with his skills or see what he has been involved in, visit his website at www.byronferguson.com

Bass Fishing Pro Bill Lowen will make his first appearance at the event this year.  Bill is scheduled for two seminars on both Saturday and Sunday and will be on hand to talk with the public, Visit his website at www.billlowen.com

Jim Clay conducts turkey-hunting seminars and hunts wild turkeys all around the nation, having bagged the Grand Slam of turkey hunting several times.

An avid hunter, nature photographer and naturalist, Jim has won and placed in dozens of turkey calling contests throughout the country. He is a two-time winner of the World All-Around Turkey Calling Championships. Widely respected for his teaching ability and knowledge of the elusive wild turkey, Clay has been in constant demand as a seminar speaker wherever wild turkey enthusiasts assemble.  Jim continually stresses the need for fundamental turkey hunting safety and ethical outdoor conduct.   He has hunted wild turkeys for more than 45 years. www.perfectionturkeycalls.com/shop/jim-clay/info_5.html

Smokey McNicholas founder and owner of Smokey’s Deer Lure’s.  Smokey from the hills of West Virginia will be doing a seminar on Coyote calling, snaring, and hunting trophy whitetail deer.  Jim Riggle who harvested the Tionesta Giant will be on hand with expert advice and the best kept secret that will change your way of scouting for ever. smokeysdeerlure.com

Coyote Hunting with Tom Bechdel brings his nationally acclaimed seminar on Eastern coyote hunting.  A predator hunter for the last 23 years, Tom’s knowledge and insight will hold the audience captive throughout his seminars. www.tombechdel.com

Bruce Ingram (Hunting & Fishing Tactics Seminar) –  a popular Virginia outdoor writer will discuss a broad array of hunting and fishing tactics on turkey, grouse, deer, squirrel, smallmouth bass & other species.

Collaborative for 21st Century Appalachia (Wild Game and Local Food Cooking).  A seminar will be put on showcasing delicious dishes using native West Virginia game and regional produce.  And several free samples will be available!  More information on the Collaborative can be found at:  http://www.wvfarm2u.org.

Raptors up Close is a nonprofit organization designed to educate and teach conservation with live birds of prey will be on hand both days.   Come and experience the excitement and beauty of this wonderful demonstration.  www.raptorsupclose.com

Master Catters2 will hold the WV state championship catfish tournament to benefit the Hope for the Warriors Organization on Saturday night with weigh in on Sunday morning between 9 and 10 AM. To learn more about this worthy cause, please visit their site at http://www.MasterCatters2.com and to obtain information on Master Catters2 and details for the event contact Jim Pauley, 304/358-2371 or email him at [email protected].

West Virginia Big Buck Display One of the most popular displays at the event.  Up to 30 legally harvested West Virginia bucks will be displayed.  For information on how to participate in this event visit our website at http://www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/wvbigbucks.shtm

West Virginia Trophy Fish Display This will be the forth year for this popular display.  For information on participation visit our website at http://www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/nhfd_Trophy_Fish.shtm

The West Virginia Bowhunters Association is proud to sponsor the Youth Archery Alley where adults and children will be provided individual instruction in proper archery shooting technique.  Quality universal fit equipment is provided so the only thing required is a desire to learn and have fun. 

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