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WOODS ‘N’ WATER: Coronavirus concerns cut cord on Northeast Hunting & Fishing Show

WOODS ‘N’ WATER: Coronavirus concerns cut cord on Northeast Hunting & Fishing Show


Here it comes again!

I’m talking about Connecticut’s largest hunting and fishing show. It’s a great place to get rid of any case of “cabin fever” you might have gotten over this crazy winter.


The Northeast Hunting & Fishing Show has been CANCELLED!

The producers of the Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show announced on Wednesday that, in response to increasing public health concerns about the coronavirus COVID-19, this year’s show will not be held.

The three-day show was scheduled to take place next weekend, March 20-22 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. There are no plans to reschedule the event that is always held just before the start of the spring fishing season.

“This is the first time in the history of this family event that we have cancelled even one day,” explained Kristie Gonsalves, president of the National Association of Consumer Show Producers. “But as a responsible show producer, it is my job to ensure the safest and best environment for my exhibitors and the tens of thousands of attendees who come every year.

“I express my sincere appreciation to al of the the exhibitors, expert speakers, vendors and volunteers from across Connecticut and beyond who have worked so hard to prepare for this year’s consumer show.”

The annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show is designed for longtime fishing and/or hunting enthusiasts and novices alike. It features the latest merchandise by the nation’s top fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment accessories and apparel manufacturers, as well as seminars led by international, national and regional experts, numerous fishing and casting shows, and entertaining demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages.

Warm water fishing

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection Fisheries Division is inviting those interested to attend a public discussion on the state’s warm water recreational fisheries.

The purpose of these meetings is to hear the public’s ideas and concerns specific to recreational fishing for bass, pike, walleye, catfish, carp and panfish.

Peter Aarrestad, director of DEEP’s Fisheries Division said, “Informed conversation between our passionate and loyal anglers and the Fisheries Division are essential to ensuring we are managing these fisheries in the most relevant and meaningful manner, consistent with the preferences and desires of the people we serve.”

Each meeting begins with a brief presentation about the Fisheries Division’s management of warm water fisheries and then expands to discussion on four key focal points related to warm water fisheries. They are:

■What makes a good fishing trip?■What is the Fisheries doing well?■Where can the Fisheries improve?■What actions could be taken to increase the number of people fishing?

All fishermen are encouraged to attend and provide perspectives. At the conclusion of the meetings, comments will be compiled and considered to help inform the Fisheries Division’s development of a statewide warm water action plan.

Two meetings have already been held at Franklin Swamp WMA and The Quinebaug Valley State Trout Hatchery.

There is a meeting Friday from 3-5 p.m. at the Kellog Environmental Center on 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby. There also meetings scheduled for Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Sessions Woods WMA on 341 Milford Road, Burlington and next Friday, March 20 at The CT Forest and Park Association HQ on 16 Meriden Road in Middlefield.

They ask that you RSVP by calling the Fisheries Division at 860-424-3474. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of each meeting.

St. Jude Day

Because of the increasing concern about coronavirus, the Meriden Rod & Gun Club has yet to decide whether to hold its annual St. Jude Day.

This year’s event is tentatively slated for Saturday, March 28. Watch this column next week to learn more.

See ya’ and God Bless America and watch over our troops wherever they may be serving this great country of ours.