This February 8-12, the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show and Sport Fishing Boat Show®, presented by Federal Premium Ammunition and Bushnell, returns to the Portland Expo Center in its 42nd year! This is more than an event. It’s more than a pastime. It’s a true Northwest tradition where there’s always something new to see, to learn, and to pass on. This year’s show features dozens of exciting and educational activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, including:
Brutus, the 900 lb Grizzly Bear LIVE: Brutus is back and you have a chance to meet him in person! Les Schwab invites you to come see this adult male Grizzly from Montana to learn more about bears and how to be safe if you encounter them in the wild. Adopted as a newborn cub by naturalist Casey Anderson, Brutus is the co-star of the National Geographic show “Expedition Wild.
Outdoor Survival Expert: Brett Stoffel will bring exciting seminars and tips for outdoor survival training to the show. Presented by your local Toyota dealers, Stoffel’s free outdoor survival training seminars are a must-see for all ages, providing show attendees with invaluable knowledge and survival solutions that are affordable and effective. These seminars cover a variety of topics, from what to do if you’re lost to survival myths and misconceptions.
“Extreme Archer”: Jim Burnworth, known as the “Extreme Archer” and host of the Outdoor Channel’s popular “Western Extreme” show, will provide his insights into archery, bow hunting, tuning, the proper selection of weapons and equipment, and also recount some of his most exciting and memorable hunts.
Million Dollar Ammo Sale: Back by popular demand, Bi-Mart will be offering amazing deals for hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts. This huge on-site sale offers big savings on 5.56, 9MM, 40/45, 380, 38, 17, .22, 30-06, 30-30 and 12 gauge shells.
Smokehouse Camp Cooking Demonstrations: These camp cooking experts share tasty recipes for simple meals. This year’s show is packed with new demonstrations and recipes the whole family will love. Author and outdoorsman Scott Haugen, Dutch oven guru “Cee Dub” Welch, angler Milt Gudgell, TV personality Bethy Rossos, BBQ expert Glen Thornton and Roger Neufeldt, aka the Smokehouse Sausage Guy, will also present throughout the five-day show. They will demonstrate their craft and share samples! Learn everything from the basics to gourmet techniques at the ever-popular Smokehouse Camp Cooking Demonstrations, sponsored by Franz and Camp Chef.
Head & Horns Competition: The 2017 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, sponsored by Federal Premium Ammunition and Bushnell, invites the public to bring head and horns or antlers to the 2017 show to vie for records, bragging rights and valuable prizes provided by Danner, Fort Knox, Simmons, Ruger, Gerber, Hoppes and Primos at the highly anticipated Head & Horns Competition. Bring your trophy, past or present, for official measurement! Entrants pay a $25 deposit that’s refunded to those whose entries don’t make the official record book.
Northwest Tour of Big Game Animals: Appearing at the show’s Head & Horns area, don’t miss this display featuring a variety of deer, elk and the largest California sheep ever taken by an archer. Back by popular demand will be the world-record Bison. Also on display will be the largest bull elk harvested since 1972, taken in 2015. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the newly released 6th edition Oregon record book. Records were made to be broken!
Free Kids’ Trout Fishing Pond: The Kids’ Trout Fishing Pond is one of the show’s most popular attractions, and it’s completely FREE, courtesy of Baxter Auto Parts. Unplug for the day and join us at the Portland Expo Center, where kids ages 12 and under can try a hand at catching up to two live trout to keep or release. Over the years, thousands of children have caught their first fish at the show with the support of Multnomah Anglers and Hunters Club, a nonprofit organization that’s volunteered at this family-friendly feature for more than 40 years. So bring your camera, and don’t miss out on a truly memorable experience.
Fresh Water Demo Tank: The 45-foot-long, 3,000-gallon tank, sponsored by Bi-Mart, will feature seasoned experts sharing their knowledge of the Northwest’s best freshwater fishing opportunities and the latest techniques for catching bass and panfish. Expert anglers, along with members of the OSU Bass team, will demonstrate fishing strategies and techniques in hourly “through-the-glass” presentations.
Free Seminars and Theaters: Dozens of experts will be on site, sharing their years of experience and knowledge on topics such as archery, elk bugling, fly fishing, fly-tying, casting, and the latest in boating and navigation technology. Experts from leading regional organizations including Englund Marine and Amato Publications will lead top-notch seminars for pros and aspiring outdoorsmen. See a complete list of seminars and demos at www.thesportshows.com.
Archery, Panning for Gold and other Family Fun Activities: Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning archery in a safe environment. Sylvan Archers staff will provide expert instruction and supervision in a fun setting. Kids and parents are also invited to the Northwest Mineral Prospectors Club booth. Panning for gold is fun and easy to learn. Who knows, maybe your kids will strike it rich!
Purchase New Licenses, Tags and Apply for Special Draws: Visit the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) to get your hunting and fishing licenses, and apply for your 2017 draws. Plus, stop by the Oregon State Marine Board to get information on preventing aquatic invasive species, boating licenses and more!
Many More Features, Displays and Attractions for Every Age and Interest: Additional attractions at the 2017 show include guides and outfitters to help you plan your next outdoor adventure – here in the Northwest and beyond. Find RVs and boats; tons of camping gear; clothing and accessories; the wildlife art gallery; food and drink; and so much more!