You know February has arrived when the outdoor shows start to open. In our area, the Springfield Sportsmen’s Show will strut its stuff Feb. 23-25.
Over the years, the Springfield Sportsmen’s Show has been “The One’ in our area, mainly because of its size. Located in two huge buildings at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield (a.k.a. “The Big E”), the show is chock full seminars, exhibits, places to go, places you wish you could go and much more.
In my younger years, I made a couple of hookups at the Springfield Show, including some bear and deer hunting trips to Maine, and of course filled my closets with “gear that I just had to have.” I think I might even have a couple of turkey calls that I have yet to use, BUT they are there if I need them.
Some folks go to the show just to see what it is all about while they never have taken the time to experience an outdoor adventure. I know a couple who have gone to the show and have been reborn into our outdoor world.
For the family, the kids will love the Bwana Jim Wildlife Show and getting up close and personal with the wild critters Bwana Jim uses to introduce them to various animals, their habitat and their way of life.
Carp fishermen can attend one Dave Pickering’s seminars. Pickering is recognized as an expert when it comes to carp fishing. Most fishermen have no idea that carp weighing 20, 30 and even 40 pounds are swimming around in many of the waters in New England, especially in the Southern portions. In his seminar “Targeting Large Carp,” Dave will discuss strategies and various topics related to fishing for trophy carp.
Another presenter is an old friend of mine, Dick Scorzafava. He’s a fellow outdoor writer who has authored three books, The Radical Bowhunter,” “The Radical Bear Hunter” and “Spies in the Deer Woods.”
Dick as also taken many huge bucks with both bow and arrow and firearm. He has hunted all over the U.S. and beyond. I have known Dick for a number of years and his seminars are very interesting. He also gives away thousands of dollars in new equipment as well as some of his books during the seminars.
If you see Dick, tell him Mike Roberts said, “Hello.”
For military members, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs & The Springfield Vet Center will be on hand during the entire show to meet with veterans and their families to assist them in connecting with VA benefits.
For turkey hunters, Joe Judd will be presenting one of his incredible turkey hunting seminars that can do nothing but make you a better turkey hunter. Judd is an award-winning turkey caller who has perfected his craft and has over 35 years of turkey hunting to his credit. Joe is a highly regarded turkey hunting expert and is a member of the Quaker Boy Pro Staff.
Everyone loves to see bucks with huge antlers and the Northeast Big Buck Club will bring you that. The Northeast Big Buck Club will amaze you with their display of mounted deer heads, some of them from right here in Connecticut.
Got an African safari on your mind? Then you will want to meet Jurie Meyer from Jurie Meyer Safaris at this year’s show. If you have ever considered going on an African safari, you will want to attend his seminar, “Hunting Dangerous Game in Africa.”
Lately, food plots have been the talk of the deer-hunting gang, and the show is going to have Michael Farnham and his “Food Plots A-Z” seminar. He will talk about proper land management and location of such plots. This seminar has it all when it comes to setting up a food plot, including cameras.
Show hours are Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12. Kids under 6 are free.
The 2018 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery is now open.
A moose hunt can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To enter the lottery will cost a non-resident $25. Visit huntnh.com/hunting/moose.hunt to enter online or print out a mail-in application that must be sent in by May 25.
Winners will be selected by a computerized random drawing on June 15 at the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department in Concord.
Each applicant can enter the moose lottery once per year. A bonus-point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year.
Each point translates to a chance in the drawing. For example, last year, the overall odds of a resident applicant being drawn were 1 in 87, while residents applicants with a total of 14 points had a 1 in 39 chance of being drawn. For non-residents, the odds increased from 1 in 391 to 1 in 184 with 14 points.
Last year, 6,850 people entered for a chance to win one of 51 permits.
For many, hunting season has come to a close, sort of.
My buddies over at Millstream Hunting Preserve would like you to think otherwise. They are open 7 days a week until March 31 and they have some big, strong male pheasants.
No license is needed at Millstream. They can even furnish a gun and ammo.
Millstream is now taking reservations for the Spring 2018 turkey season that runs from late April to late May. For the turkey hunt, you have to carry the proper turkey tags from the DEEP.
Call Don Favry at 860-835-5744 (cell) or 860-295-9974 (after 6 p.m.).
The Pattaconk Fish and Game Club Game Dinner is tomorrow night, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 48 Middlesex Avenue, Chester. A couple of tickets are left. Call Bob Tessitore at 203-294-0131 if you are interested.
See ya’ and God Bless America and watch over our troops wherever they may be.