April 4, 2013
Bowhunting is absolutely vital to conservation today. The Boone and Crockett Club is acknowledging this too-often underappreciated truth with a tip of the hat to the upcoming 2013 biennial national convention of the Pope and Young Club.
The event is set for April 10-13 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.
For more information, visit www.pope-young.org.
“Every two years, Pope and Young hosts the premier celebration of bowhunting’s contributions to conservation and the big-game trophies that result,” said Richard Hale, chairman of the Club’s Records Committee. “Crucial funding and leadership, advanced sporting skills and fair chase ethics, an increasingly important wildlife management tool and a growing constituency. All this makes bowhunting ever more relevant to the future of America’s outdoors.”
Pope and Young uses the Boone and Crockett scoring system to maintain its archery records. Both records programs are used by biologists to gauge herd health, habitat quality and management strategies.
The relationship between the two organizations actually dates back to the 1950s when archers were working to establish bowhunting as a legitimate harvest method. Boone and Crockett Club members supported dedicated archery seasons as another means of hunter opportunity and selective game management. Through the advent of the compound bow, both P&Y and B&C records swelled with archery entries. In fact, the most recent review of B&C data showed that hunters with a .300 Magnum take more North American trophies than with any other caliber—but, surprisingly, the second-most popular trophy taker isn’t a firearm. It’s a bow.
“Our sport has come a long way,” said Kevin Hisey, executive secretary of Pope and Young Club. “Back in the day, prospering big-game resources created a new window of opportunity for those first few modern bowhunters. Now we’re a force for conservation in our own right. Today’s bowhunters are proud to be giving back and contributing in meaningful ways to help sustain and bolster those same big-game resources.”
Highlights of the Pope and Young Club 2013 biennial convention include an exhibit of nearly 100 recently taken P&Y trophies featuring several potential World’s Records. Also included are awards, seminars, auctions and banquets. For more information, visit www.pope-young.org.
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March 31, 2013
Dedicated bowhunters from all corners of North America will converge on Dallas, Texas, in April to celebrate bowhunting.
The Club’s biennial conventions are always an exciting and unique gathering of bowhunters for fun, camaraderie, networking, education, meetings, fundraising and honoring special big game animals!
Pope and Young Club
2013 National Convention
28th Biennium Awards Banquet
April 10-13, 2013
Always the visual focal point of a P&Y convention, the 28th Biennium North American Big Game Exhibit will be an awe-inspiring display. See close to 100 of the biggest and best animals taken in the last two years, including several potential new World’s Records. With the support of Cabela’s, this exhibit of exceptional animals is a testimony to the quality and welfare of today’s wildlife populations and habitat, a truly unique opportunity to observe, appreciate and honor this continent’s greatest natural treasure—its wildlife!
Educational seminars on diverse subjects ranging from bowhunting mule deer tactics and how everyone can teach archery, to instinctive shooting and women bowhunting with independence, will be presented by such speakers as Randy Ulmer, Roy Grimes, Fred Asbell, Dr. Ed Ashby and others.
Luncheons will feature Curt Wells and Tom Miranda.
The Live Auction, Saturday afternoon, features dozens of fantastic hunts ranging from Illinois’ whitetail hunts to Alaska brown bear hunts to an Alberta combo hunt for moose, mule deer and whitetail deer, to a Gredos Ibex hunt in Spain. A complete list of auction hunts can be accessed at: http://www.pope-young.org/auction_details.asp
Friday’s Banquet features a keynote address by internationally acclaimed conservation speaker Shane Mahoney, as well as the presentation of the Club’s Conservation Award, Stewardship Award and the Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award.
The Saturday Awards Banquet honors the extraordinary animals from the last two years and officially recognizes the new World’s Record animals. A special presentation will feature “Art Young (pioneer bowhunter) direct from 1923!”
This Pope and Young Club’s biennial celebration of bowhunting will be an event not to miss! Whether you come to see the big game exhibit, the seminars or the entertainment, it’s the camaraderie among bowhunters that will make this event unforgettable. Come join bowhunters and Pope & Young Club members from all over North America for a special gathering and celebration of bowhunting!
For more information, and to order Convention registration and tickets go to: http://pope-young.org/convention/default.asp
All bowhunters are welcome to check it all out. Banquet tickets must be ordered in advance. Convention registration or day passes (for the seminars and big game exhibit) can be obtained onsite.
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March 25, 2013
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 2013 Outdoor Expo drew 35,000 people over the March 23-24 weekend at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Sunday’s attendance of 17,000 was a record for an Expo Sunday.
“High mid-morning winds on Saturday temporarily closed a couple of attractions and may have affected that day’s attendance, but we still drew a good crowd of 18,000 on Saturday,” said Game and Fish Assistant Director Ty Gray. “Sunday’s weather was almost perfect, and overall, this ended up being one of our best events yet.”
In addition, 3,500 schoolchildren, teachers and chaperones attended the Expo Youth Day on Friday, March 22, meaning 38,500 people total attended over the three days.
The Outdoor Expo is an annual event conducted by Game and Fish to give the public the chance to learn about wildlife-related and outdoor recreation activities, including wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, archery, shooting sports, camping, off-highway vehicle recreation, and boating recreation.
In addition to the hands-on activities, more than 150 exhibitors were on hand, including sportsmen’s and conservation organizations, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.
The Gold Sponsor for the 2013 Outdoor Expo was Cabela’s.
“Cabela’s Glendale was very proud and honored to be the Gold Sponsor of the 2013 Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo,” said Enrique Mendez, general manager of the Cabela’s store in Glendale, Ariz. “We were glad to have the opportunity to introduce outdoor activities to families here in the Valley.”
Silver Sponsors of the Expo were Remington, Waste Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bronze Sponsors were Sportsman’s Warehouse, Iron City Polaris, A to Z Equipment Rentals and Sales, and Mule Deer Foundation. Other sponsors included HomCo Ace Hardware Tempe and White Flyer Targets.
Next year’s Outdoor Expo will be held on March 29-30, 2014, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.
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March 15, 2013
One of Arizona’s largest hands-on outdoor expos is less than 10 days away.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo will be held on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. The free event offers loads of activities, presentations and exhibits for everyone ranging from novices to seasoned outdoor recreationists.
The Expo has come a long way since its inception, growing from 1,000 attendees in 2004 to 33,000 last year.
Some of the things attendees can do include:
- View live wildlife exhibits (hawks, reptiles, small mammals, more).
- Take the kids to two huge catch-and-release fishing tanks (sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).
- Learn target archery.
- Try out different firearms in a safe, controlled environment on the shooting range, or learn specialty shooting disciplines such as clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder, air gun, and more.
- Learn from informative talks on topics such as Arizona’s raptors, urban fishing, turkey hunting, Arizona’s reptiles, wilderness survival, and setting up the perfect hunting bow.
- Attend exciting cowboy mounted shooting competition at the Royce W. Anderson Family Arena.
- Visit the Cabela’s Outdoor Experience and get a photo taken with life-size cutouts depicting fishing, hunting, camping or backpacking, or see the latest optics gear, or experience an interactive bowhunting scenario with pop-up blinds and decoys.
- See fishing demos and get tips from pros at the Fishing Demonstration Tank (sponsored by Sportsman’s Warehouse).
- View off-highway vehicle exhibits, the ATV simulator, and rock crawler demonstrations, and learn about safe, responsible OHV operation.
- Check out boating exhibits and learn about watercraft safety.
- See hunting/sporting dog demonstrations.
- View thrilling clay target shooting demonstrations by exhibition shooter Tim Bradley (brought to you by Benelli).
- Visit with more than 150 exhibitors, including outdoor organizations, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.
The Gold Sponsor for this year’s Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo is Cabela’s.
“Cabela’s Glendale is very proud and honored to be the Gold Sponsor of the 2013 Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo,” said Enrique Mendez, general manager of the Cabela’s store in Glendale, Ariz. “We are very excited to introduce outdoor activities to families here in the Valley and hope that they all enjoy themselves at the Expo.”
Outdoor Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.
For more information, visit www.azgfd.gov/expo.
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March 4, 2013
The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) and Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) reached some 33,000 people and raised more than $3 million for the benefit of wildlife and conservation during the seventh annual Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (WHCE) held the last weekend of February in Salt Lake City. MidwayUSA stepped up again, for wildlife conservation, as the 2013 Hunt Expo Official Title Sponsor.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre was the WHCE keynote speaker, sponsored by Remington. In his opening remarks, he said, “I am reminded of the importance of the Mule Deer Foundation and your work on wildlife conservation, habitat protection and development – your educational efforts that promote safe, responsible hunting.”
The Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience, a program started by MidwayUSA’s Founders, Larry and Brenda Potterfield, was held during the Expo for the second year in a row. New records were set for youth activities and young people attending the show.
Auction tags sold at or near record amounts. Bidding on Friday night’s Antelope Island Deer tag started at $295,000 and sold quickly for $310,000! This amount was $150,000 more than last year, and 90% of the proceeds go back to improve habitat on the Island and benefit mule deer.
The Arizona Special Mule Deer tag broke the all-time Arizona muley fund-raising record, selling for $240,000. One hundred percent of the revenue goes to the Arizona Habitat Council and will be allocated to mule deer projects by the Mule Deer Foundation and Arizona Game and Fish.
The “Hawaiian Luau” Ladies Luncheon and Auction, sponsored by Sisel and Barrick North America, featured live and silent auctions, entertainment and drawings. The ladies raised thousands of dollars for wildlife and conservation, and one lucky winner received airfare and cash for a trip to Hawaii!
The four-day WHCE featured some 300 exhibitors, ranging from guides, outfitters, artists, taxidermists, jewelers and furriers to purveyors of fine guns, knives, optics, clothing and sporting equipment.
The WHCE’s world-class banquets and auctions featured hunts, trips, art and gear. There were over 50 special state, provincial and tribal permits sold – more than anywhere on earth!
Attendees had an exclusive opportunity to enter drawings for 200 premier Utah big game tags, and successful applicants are now posted on the Hunt Expo Web site. Five tags were featured for non-residents only.
The Mule Deer Foundation is planning a special 25th Anniversary celebration July 19-20, 2013, at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nev. More information will be available soon.
MDF President and CEO concluded, “Through the hard work of MDF’s staff, members and dedicated volunteers, the Mule Deer Foundation continues to gain momentum. We are grateful for our WHCE sponsors who help make the Expo possible. MDF is consistently reaching more young people, and our fund-raising efforts and work on the ground are truly making a difference for mule deer and their habitat.”
Moretti announced that MidwayUSA will again be the Official Title Sponsor for the WHCE next year, slated for Feb. 13-16, 2014. Contact MDF’s Director of Special Events Shawna Huckabey at 1-775-530-6967 to reserve exhibit space.
- Key note address by the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre
- Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience, with 355 school children in attendance (up from 250 last year)
- National Archery in the Schools Program tournament, with almost 700 children participating (about 500 more than 2012!)
- USA Shooting Team appearances and participation
- Utah Taxidermists Association Competition
- Arizona Mule Deer Tag sold at auction for $240,000
- Antelope Island Deer tag sold for record-breaking $310,000
- 235,000 square feet of exhibit space
- 300 exhibitors / 426 show exhibit spaces filled
- 33,000 total attendance
- Over $3 million raised for wildlife and conservation
WHCE Notable Attendees
- Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO and Executive Vice President
- Buddy DuVall, Executive Director, USA Shooting Team Foundation
- Former Brigham Young University and NFL quarterback Ty Detmer
- Singing artists Nathan Osmond, Phil Vassar and The Oak Ridge Boys
- Outdoor personalities Brian “Pigman” Quaca, Colorado Buck, Gary Lewis, Phil Phillips and Tred Barta
- Rick Kinmon, How to Successfully Hunt Wolves
- Cory Jacobsen, Hunting Elk with Confidence
- Kristy Titus, Scouting Elk on Public Land
- Al Morris, Calling Game
- Rob Hart, GPS Mapping for the Western Hunter
- Marc Smith, Bowhunting Tactics
- Rowdy Dowdy, Alaska DIY
- Utah Office of Tourism
- Utah Toyota Dealers
- Les Schwab Tires
- King’s Camo
- Barrick North America
- Hoyt Archery
- Trophy Hunter magazine
- Davis Tent & Awning
- Tines Up
Mark your calendars for MDF’s 25th Anniversary celebration in Reno, Nev., July 19-20, 2013, and next year’s WHCE in Salt Lake City, Feb. 13-16, 2014. For more information, contact MDF’s Director of Special Events Shawna Huckabey at 1-775-530-6967.
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February 27, 2013
Leica Sport Optics is the newest in a growing list of sponsors for one of North America’s longest-running celebrations of big-game conservation and management—the Boone and Crockett Club 28th Big Game Awards, July 17-20 in Reno, Nev.
The triennial event will be held at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno. It features a public exhibition of World’s Records, Top 5 trophies and records-book specimens taken by hunters age 16 and under during the past three years.
“Boone and Crockett began hosting public exhibitions of big game trophies in 1947,” said Club President Bill Demmer. “It’s an opportunity for people to see the trophies that we honor as symbols of America’s incredibly successful conservation system. It’s a system led and funded primarily by hunters, but it benefits all wildlife as well as all citizens who appreciate wildlife and wild places.”
Leica Sport Optics is sponsoring the event’s Generation Next Awards, which honors youths who recently entered a trophy in Boone and Crockett records.
“We’re pleased to participate in the development and acknowledgment of the next generation of hunters, and continue to be highly supportive of the big-game conservation and management efforts of the Boone and Crockett Club,” noted Terry Moore, vice president of sport optics for Leica.
Demmer added, “By sponsoring our 28th Awards, Leica is helping us spread the word that America’s conservation system continues to work well today. In fact, most big game herds are healthier and world-class trophies are more plentiful now than ever before, thanks to hunters.”
In addition to the trophy exhibition, the event offers registered attendees a chance to enjoy raffles, an auction featuring hunts in top trophy regions across the continent and evening awards banquets and presentations.
More info on the Boone and Crockett Club 28th Big Game Awards is available at www.biggameawards.com.
In October, the Club will release its newest record book, 28th Big Game Awards. The next edition in its popular and collectible book series will feature nearly 5,000 new Boone and Crockett qualifying trophies entered and accepted during the 28th awards period (2010-2012) in 38 different categories of North American big game, from whitetail to walrus.
Boone and Crockett Club began keeping trophy records in 1906 as a way of detailing species once headed for extinction. Today, trophy data reflect population health and habitat quality. Biologists compare and contrast records to improve local management strategies as well as state and federal wildlife polices.
To date, the growing list of sponsors for the Boone and Crockett Club 28th Big Game Awards, July 17-20 in Reno, includes Buck Knives, Boyt Harness Co., Hornady, Leica Sport Optics, Leupold, Realtree and Schnee’s.
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February 26, 2013
Safari Club International (SCI) and Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) and will represent hunter-conservationists during the 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The 16th CoP takes place in Bangkok, Thailand March 3-14, and may be the most influential event that will shape international wildlife conservation objectives for the next 3 years.
“Our organizations are leaders in wildlife conservation who represent the hunter-conservationist at the world level,” said Joe Hosmer, President and SCI Foundation delegate. “For decades now, SCI and SCI Foundation have been working with countries to develop science-based wildlife management goals that benefit overall wildlife population health and sustainability of rural economies.”
CITES is a treaty among 177 countries that ensures cross-border trade in animals and plants does not harm individual species. SCI Foundation and SCI attend as international non-governmental organizations, and work with delegates from various countries to ensure that major trade decisions are based on sound science rather than politics and emotion.
“High profile policy issues such as the potential up-listing of polar bear will be exploited by animal-welfare organizations that ignore substantive science in their lobbying,” stated John Whipple, President of Safari Club International. “The range nations for polar bear — Canada, Norway, and Denmark which represents Greenland — and the CITES secretariat oppose the proposal for up-listing because it lacks a scientific justification. The animal welfare organizations have little interest in science; choosing to only advocate for their parochial political motivations.”
“SCI Foundation, in cooperation with Safari Club International, developed a comprehensive voting guide on all the policy recommendations being considered at the 16th CoP. We hope that every international conservationist will seek the counsel of the accomplished advisors who developed our materials for this incredibly important conference on wildlife conservation,” concluded Hosmer.
Find SCI Foundations positions on issues at www.safariclubfoundation.org/CITES.
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February 21, 2013
This year’s ribbon cutting ceremony was out of the ordinary for the 7th annual Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (WHCE). Thursday morning inside the Salt Palace, Cabela’s pro staffer Kristy Titus shot an arrow from a tree stand, hitting a bulls eye and slicing the opening-day ribbon. In attendance were some 400 school children, as well as media folks and the general public.
The WHCE, organized by the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) and Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW), is being held at the Salt Palace through Sunday, Feb. 24. Exhibit hall hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
School children were brought in to enjoy the grand opening of the Expo and participate in the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience. This is an endeavor underwritten by Larry and Brenda Potterfield of Midway USA.
MDF Youth Coordinator Jon Zinnel said, “This is a multi-faceted youth program, and we’ve customized it this year for the elementary and middle school kids. They attended interactive sessions with Faith Duncan from Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, Q&A with Olympic shooters and medalists Matt Emmons and Jamie Gray, and a myriad of fun activities with the Utah Div. of Wildlife Resources. Most of the middle schoolers also chose to take part in the gun and archery shooting stations set up inside the Expo.”
Friday’s WHCE will feature auctions, seminars, and the always-popular Ladies Luncheon. Tickets are still available for this Hawaiian-themed party that will include food and fun drinks, Polynesian dancers, and live and silent auctions geared especially towards the ladies.
A few tickets are also still available for Friday’s Conservation Night event with entertainment by Phil Vasser, as well as MDF’s 7th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Auction Saturday night. The keynote speaker will be Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, and the Oakridge Boys will close out Saturday night’s gala.
The WHCE has more exhibitors this year than ever before, and is home to Utah’s best taxidermy competition, as well. With the purchase of an Exhibit Hall Pass, attendees can attend free seminars ranging from elk calling, bowhunting tactics, wolf hunting, GPS mapping and more. Come out and see the show, sign up for the 200+ hunt drawing and be a part of one of the key conservation events in North America.
The Salt Palace doors open at 9:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and the exhibit hall opens at 10:00 a.m. Get seminar schedules and other information online at www.huntexpo.com.
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February 18, 2013
Outdoors enthusiasts won’t want to miss the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) held this Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 21-24, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. ISE is a superb expo with exciting exhibitors from around the globe, gathered indoors under the huge domed stadium just east of Highway 101 between Glendale Ave. and Bethany Home Road in the West Valley.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will again have a significant presence at the show. The department will conduct its wildlife assets sale, always a big attraction at ISE. The sale enables the public to legally purchase items such as antlers, head mounts, hides and other wildlife parts that have either been acquired through donations, obtained from animals killed in vehicle collisions, or seized in cases involving poachings. The funds raised are used to purchase equipment or training to assist Game and Fish officers in more effectively enforcing anti-poaching and other wildlife laws.
Department personnel and volunteers from the Desert Fly Casters and other groups are teaming up with ISE to operate the kids’ catch-and-release fishing pond. Additionally, the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center will have live wildlife on display, and the department’s Operation Game Thief and OHV programs will bring their educational trailers and program information.
You can also get general information about Game and Fish programs and activities, purchase hunting and fishing licenses, or learn about California condor conservation and how hunters are helping through their voluntary participation in the non-lead ammunition program and lead reduction efforts in condor range.
Several Game and Fish representatives will be speaking at the Adventure Theater over the four-day show, giving presentations on such topics as quail hunting, improving your big game draw odds, urban fishing, and turkey hunting.
Other attractions at ISE will include a giant casting pond and casting accuracy contest, a 3D pop-up archery range and contest presented by Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal, seminars at the Adventure Theater on hunting, fishing and off-roading, the RMEF great elk display, Eastman’s trophy deer display, and the DockDogs pool and national contest. Another new event this year will be the Valleywide Scout-O-Rama conducted by the Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council, outside of the stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The show is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day (except a 5 p.m. close on Sunday) from Feb. 21-24. For more information, including admission price, exhibitors, a show map and more, visit http://www.sportsexpos.com.
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February 6, 2013
The Arkansas Knifemakers Association will present the Eighteenth Annual Arkansas Custom Knife Show on Feb. 16-17, 2013, in the Robinson Center Exhibit Hall located at Markham and Broadway Streets in downtown Little Rock. Knife show hours are: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission is $10 for a two-day pass. Preceding the knife show this year is a cutting competition on Feb. 15 at 2 p.m., held on the Log House grounds of Historic Arkansas Museum located on 2nd and Cumberland Streets. The public is welcome to view the competition, free of charge.
At the custom knife show, over 100 tables will have various styles and sizes of handmade knives. The remaining tables will have knife-making supplies, leather products and knife-related books.
Twenty-eight of the makers are Master Bladesmiths. Master Bladesmith is the highest rank that a knife maker working in the forging method can attain. Arkansas has 16 Master Bladesmiths; more than any other state in the nation.
The remaining knife makers will be Journeyman Bladesmiths, Apprentice Bladesmiths and others that work in the stock removal method. Many are members of the American Bladesmith Society and several are members of the Knifemaker’s Guild. Door prizes will be given hourly. Awards will be presented for the best knife in the following categories: Hunter, Fighter, Folder, Bowie, Damascus, Miniature, Camp knife, Art knife, Bird and Trout, and Pearl handle. Awards also will be given for best sheath, best historically inspired knife and best of show. Knives can be bid on during a silent auction both days. Four handmade knives will be given away Sunday afternoon. Table holders are coming from 28 states and Taiwan. Thirty-five are from Arkansas.
On Friday afternoon, Feb. 15, beginning at 2 p.m., a cutting competition will be held on the Log House grounds of Historic Arkansas Museum to determine the winner of the Best Performance Bowie. Competitors will use a specific style of Bowie knife that they made to cut various objects at five stations on a timed basis.
The Knife Gallery at Historic Arkansas Museum features contemporary custom knives, alongside historic knives, and is home to the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame.
Historic Arkansas Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free. Tours of historic grounds are $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday.
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