The 43rd annual Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show opens February 7th and runs through the 11th at the Portland Expo Center. The second largest show of its kind in the country, 2018 is shaping up to surpass previous years with exciting new features, products and personalities.
“It’s more than the largest sportsmen’s show west of the Mississippi, it’s a celebration of fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation”, observed Bill O’Loughlin, manager of the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show. “This show’s been around for decades and continues to be one of the best in the nation because of the diversity, sheer size of the event and all the major players are here — including manufacturers, retailers, guides and outfitters and hundreds of opportunities to learn and improve your fishing, hunting and outdoor skills.”
Thanks to our friends at Toyota, Brett Stoffel’s survival seminar is held daily at the show and has helped people overcome the odds and survive in dire conditions. Attending Brett’s seminar you’ll learn several valuable basics that can be your lifeline in a pinch if you’re lost or stuck somewhere off the beaten path.
The first-ever kokanee tank makes its debut at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show. The Bi-Mart kokanee tank presented by Mack’s Lures features dozens of catchable size kokanee salmon in a specially-built, thermostatically-controlled tank. This is the first time kokanee have ever been raised to this size in a hatchery environment and then transported for display and demonstration purposes.
Les Schwab Tires brings the Indoor Steelhead River back to the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show. This year’s river will be loaded with tackle-busting steelhead and serves as the perfect setting for an impressive who’s who in northwest fishing to teach and demonstrate a variety of river and stream fishing tactics, techniques and presentations.
The Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show camp cooking area is always a huge hit with hours and hours of useful information shared daily by our camp cooking experts. This year’s line-up of camp cooks includes: Scott Haugen, Roger Neufeldt, Bethy Rossos, Glenn Thornton, Milt Gudgell and Steve Fleming. These are the best-of-the-best presenters in outdoor and camp cooking and food preparation.
There isn’t a year that goes by that an adult angler doesn’t stop by the show office and say, “I caught my first fish at this show”. The Kids Trout Pond sponsored by Baxter Auto Parts for nearly 20 years returns filled with trout up to 8 pounds. With 2,000 pounds of trout to catch the bite’s always on at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show! All gear is provided, and it’s free with admission into the show for kids 12 and younger.
There are more than 40 hours of hunting and fishing seminars of all descriptions every day at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show. That’s a work week’s worth of seminars a day! Free with admission to the show. Salmon, steelhead, trout, kokanee and bass fishing, turkey hunting, elk calling, horse and mule packing, fly tying, DIY hunts in Idaho, dog training and much, much more are covered in these seminars presented by the top names in hunting and fishing. These seminars are your passport to better fishing and hunting…make a point to check them out.
With nearly 400,000 square feet of display space, there are miles of aisles to wander and take-in with every conceivable fishing, hunting and camping accessory on display and most available for sale at the show. Along with a dizzying array of products are boats, ATV’s, RV’s, outdoor art, trucks, apparel, knives, media and books and optics.
Don’t miss the Fistful of Corkies promotion at the Toyota booth. It’s free and fun. Get in line and grab a handful of Corkies, if one of those Corkies has a Toyota logo on it then you win a prize! And the prizes are fantastic! Camp gear, fishing equipment, apparel and more can be won right at the show!
Safari Club International is hosting a casino night Wednesday and Thursday at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show. This is a fundraiser that will benefit a couple of worthy organizations, Dream Hunts Northwest, an organization that provides free, all expense paid hunting and fishing trips to terminally ill kids and Protect The Harvest, an organization that’s new to the northwest but has had success in other parts of the country on a variety of ag and animal issues. Protect The Harvest will be aggressively involved in working Congress on the Sea Lion bill that’s been sponsored by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Buetler and Congressman Kurt Schrader. Sea Lion predation on salmon, steelhead and sturgeon continues to be an enormous challenge that threatens the health and well-being of these fish and their future.
We’re excited to announce the first Women’s Fishing Forum to be held at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show. This is an opportunity for women new to fishing and those that have already immersed themselves to connect and enjoy 2 hours of targeted discussion and presentations by some of the leading women anglers in the region. The Women’s Fishing Forum is being held Thursday evening, in “D” Hall from 7PM to 9PM in the Blue Theater in the lobby of “D” Hall. This is a women’s-only event.
Great adventures far and near start here at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show. Book your next adventure at the show, or at least start your planning there. Whether it’s a close-to-home hunting or fishing trip or any one of more than a hundred out-of-state opportunities, you can get your plans underway, face-to-face at the show. Talk to the dozens of Alaska guides and outfitters at the show about their packages. From Africa and New Zealand to Mexico, Canada, South America and all points in-between you’re sure to find that trip-of-a-lifetime at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show.
Be sure to take advantage of all the expertise you’ll only find at this show for only 5 days a year! Some of the top names in hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation make the show their home for the week and it’s your opportunity to talk to them one-on-one. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect and learn!