The Washington Sportsmen’s Show opens January 22nd and runs through the 26th at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup, Washington with exclusive new features, personalities, exhibits and outdoor products that will be introduced at Washington’s largest sportsmen’s show.
It’s a show within a show! The Outdoor Cooking Competition began its run with the Washington Sportsmen’s Show in 2019 and was an immediate hit! Where else do you see whole alligator barbecued and world champion steak cooks compete? 2020 promises to be bigger with more than 25 teams from all over North America competing. These are the best-of-the-best. Several of the cooks are established champions, some are full chefs all are welcoming to the Washingon Sportsmen’s Show crowd as they cook and compete all five days of the show. Watch them do their thing as they prepare their dishes in outdoor kitchens at the show. Learn from these pros through the free seminars being offered every day at the show.
Here’s what’s planned:
January 22nd – Wild game competition. There will be a live stage judging of two categories, red game meat and game bird.
January 23rd – Whole animal competition. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hog or a duck, just as long as it is one whole animal! Presentation is everything, as these entries are presented to guest judges for a live stage critique.
January 24th – SCA grilling competition. Grill masters show their stuff as they compete in three categories of steak, salmon and burgers. Judging is carried out by certified SCA (Steak Cookoff Association) judges.
January 25th – CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) Chili Cookoff. An American classic, chili has been added to this year’s line-up of competitions. There are two classes of chili, standard and a home-style game chili. Also on the 25th, IDOS (International Dutch Oven Society) Dutch Oven competition. Dutch ovens are put to the test with this 3-pot competition of mains, bread and dessert.
January 26th – PNWBA (Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association) Barbecue Competition. This is when the big toys come out to play with the international four of: chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder and brisket. PNWBA certified judges will be there to judge the entries.
Billed as the “ultimate outdoor cooking competition” this is one not to be missed. Whether you’re an indoor foodie or outdoor camp chef there’s something here for everybody and you’ll only find it at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show. Samples are free, first come first serve. All seminars are free with admission into the show.
Kayak fishing is the fastest growing category in fishing nationwide. Washington State’s no exception. There’s no better place to experience the diversity of opportunities and variety of settings to kayak fish than Washington. From Puget Sound to the Cascade Lakes and beyond the breadth and depth of possibilities is endless.
The Kayak Fishing Pavilion made its debut last year and is back with more kayaks, accessories and pro’s to learn from at this year’s show.
Tyler Hicks, one of the country’s top kayak fishing authorities will be at this year’s show delivering seminars on kayak fishing and he’ll be available to answer your questions on kayak fishing. Tyler made a huge splash a few years ago when he set out to catch as many different species in a year in the Northwest as he could. Dubbed, “My Big Cascadia Fishing Year”, Tyler, a scientist/field biologist, had caught 84 different species in a year’s time and told the story…brilliantly…through a regional fishing website that captured the imagination of the tens of thousands of anglers. Tyler’s come a long way from the “Big Fishing Year”, getting more involved in the sport and sharing his deep knowledge of fish, fishing and kayak fishing in particular.
Another big name in Northwest kayak fishing, Brad Hole will be conducting seminars at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show. Brad’s done it all, trout, burbot, tiger muskie even halibut…all caught from a kayak. Brad’s an accomplished author having penned articles on kayak fishing that includes: leadcore line tactics, walleye tactics, jigging for mackinaw, catching sturgeon from a kayak, even Florida fishing. Brad’s been on the leading edge of growth in kayak fishing as one of the Northwest’s most ardent champions. He works with a number of manufacturers and has been instrumental in the development of specific products geared to kayak fishing. We’re thrilled he’s on board for this year’s show and you’d be well-advised to take full advantage of the opportunity and attend his seminars.
Kayaks are affordable, versatile and effective. The Washington Sportsmen’s Show is proud to page homage to this overlooked craft that’s earning its way to the top of the ladder for anglers region-wide. We hope you join us in celebrating this growing category in Northwest fishing and stop by the Kayak Fishing Pavilion in the back of the Showplex to see what all the buzz is about and hopefully start your journey in kayak fishing.
The Head & Horns Competition has been running since 1997 with literally tens of thousands of horns, antlers and heads measured. Morris and his team are certified measurers for the record books.
And the head, horns or antlers you have measured don’t need to be of your doing. Maybe there’s a set of antlers in the attic that’s been gathering dust for decades you inherited from a great great uncle…bring them in!
There’s a fee to have them measured, $10, and another entry fee, $30, if you’d like to enter them in the competition. It’s well worth it! With prizes like rifles, Leupold scopes, Fort Knox Safes, Gerber Gear and Danner boots, there’s plenty of great gear to win.
The Head and Horns feature has been very popular that’s why it’s endured as long as it has. Exhibitors call every year asking if it’s coming back because they harvested an animal they want scored. Of course, we hear from hunters from all over the west interested in having their animals scored.
Be sure to catch our Facebook Live reports from the Head & Horns Competition. We’ll be reporting on the day’s trophies and tracking the progress at every show.
For complete details on the Head & Horns Competition visit nwbiggame.com or call David directly at 541-530-2749.
Survival expert Brett Stoffel is back and will be in the Toyota booth all days of the show offering daily seminars on how-to survive if you get lost, stuck or hurt in the backcountry. Brett’s sage advice has helped several people survive under the worst of conditions. It’s a must-attend seminar for anyone that plans on spending time in the woods. Brett covers the essential items you’ll need with you in the outdoors and shares his expertise on fire-building and making a suitable shelter. Brett’s also the guy you want to talk to if you have specific survival questions. Stoffel’s impressive resume includes his tenure as a B-52 and B2 pilot, Combat Search & Rescue Commander and Search & Rescue expert.
The Kids Trout Pond sponsored by Baxter Auto Parts returns with thousands of trout ready and willing to be caught by kids 12 and under. All the gear needed to catch these frisky fish is provided and there are some big surprises swimming among the thousands of pan-sized fish. Every year a few lucky kids tussle with trout in excess of 5 pounds, some are over 8 pounds. The bigger fish keep it interesting as kids squeal in delight having landed the fish of a lifetime.
It’s fun hearing from parents who caught their first trout in this memorable pool and are now coming back to share that with their kids.
Garmin, known worldwide as the preeminent manufacturer of GPS systems and fishing electronics is coming to the Washington Sportsmen’s Show with their Garmin Tech Center, a seminar series at the show intended to demystify and educate anglers on the use of GPS and sonar. Whether you own Garmin brand gear or not, this seminar series is essential knowledge to get the most out of your fishfinder or GPS.
View the full seminar schedule here.
This was a huge hit last year and is back for another year with some of the region’s top guides and tournament pro Johnnie Candle sharing their deep knowledge of walleye catching in the Northwest. The Walleye Tank is filled with local walleye, a first anywhere in the country, as these pros use the tank to show you exactly how the lures and bait presentations are supposed to work. You see it all!
These pros will tackle subjects like: Winter Walleye Tactics, Trolling Crankbaits, All-Around Walleye Catching Techniques and more! They’ll cover the specific rods, reel, line and gear you’ll need to be successful along with where to go and how to find these tasty fish.
Check out the seminar schedule for speakers, times and topics.
Thanks to our friends at Skookum Archers, non-archers can take a turn on a bow and arrow for free and give-it-a-try! It’s a great way to get started! Your journey as an archer could very well begin at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show. You’ll receive some light instruction and get to shoot at a target…from there, the sky’s the limit!
Skookum Archers Club and Range is one of Washington’s oldest archery clubs. Located in Puyallup, they have a 39 acre walk-through range with targets in a beautiful forested area.
If archery gets you excited and you’d like to do more of it, then Skookum Archers Club is the logical next step. But first, you’ll want to stop by the Archery Range at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show and give-it-a-try. Like all Washington Sportsmen’s Show features this is free with admission to the show. You’ll find the Archery Range in the back of the Showplex.
Everyone wins in the Toyota booth! Located in the Showplex, go to the Toyota booth and you’ll see the Fistful of Corkies promotion. You won’t be charged (free with admission to the show) to reach down into the tank and grab a handful of Corkies and/or Spin-N-Glos from Yakima Bait Company. AND if you’re one of the MANY lucky ones and your Corky has a Toyota logo on it you stand to win an even bigger prize…right there!
Stop by and grab a Fistful of Corkies and win! The worst you’ll do is leave with a handful of the one of the most popular, fishiest lures in the Northwest!
Please check back periodically to read more about the features coming to this year’s show.
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