November 6, 2013
Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd., a full-line distributor for the hunting and shooting-sports industry, is proud to announce the dates of our 19th Annual Dealer Show: Sunday, January 5th, and Monday, January 6th, 2014. The Show will again be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This will be a first opportunity to see the new product and meet with factory personnel BEFORE the SHOT Show! Offered at the show will be exclusive product, show-only specials and pricing, free goods, cash-back offers, and extended payment terms for those who qualify. Register to attend the first show of...
June 12, 2013
Attendance hit an all-time high at this weekend’s hugely popular knife show at Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga. The BLADE Show + Living Ready Expo, now in its 32nd year, entertained over 6,500 visitors with hundreds of booths and special events, making it a...
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January 28, 2013
WWE legend Shawn Michaels who is co-host of MacMillan River Adventures (MRA) and longtime outdoor TV show host and Yukon outfitter Keith Mark, will make an appearance at the Kansas City Chapter of Safari Club International (KCSCI) Annual Expo, to be held in the Overland Park, Kansas Convention Center.
Shawn and Keith will be signing autographs at the MRA booth (#502) on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Shawn and Keith will also be featured speakers that night at the KCSCI awards banquet.
In addition, the KCSCI is sponsoring a Wildlife Conservation Youth Education class during the day for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts aged 12 and older, during which Shawn and Keith will visit with the scouts and talk with them about the importance of youths continuing the hunting tradition.
For more information on the KCSCI Expo, visit www.Hunters-expo.com.
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January 28, 2013
Make plans to attend the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) held Feb. 21-24 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. ISE is a superb expo with exciting exhibitors from around the globe gathered indoors under the huge domed stadium in Glendale.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will again have a significant presence at the show. Department personnel are teaming up with ISE to operate the kids fishing pond, and the department will conduct its annual assets sale that includes everything from huge antlers and mounts to supple soft rabbit skins. 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.
Other attractions at ISE will include a giant casting pond, a 3D pop-up archery range and contest presented by Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal, seminars on hunting, fishing and off-roading at the Adventure Theater, the RMEF great elk display, Eastman’s trophy deer display, and the DockDogs pool and national contest. New 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.
For more information, including hours and admission fees, visit http://www.sportsexpos.com.
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January 28, 2013
After the distribution deadline of our feature Friday detailing developments in the controversy regarding a prohibition of modern sporting rifles at the Eastern Outdoor Show, Reed Exhibitions released a statement saying they would refund all fees paid as of January 24 by exhibitors. Following the withdrawal of more than 200 companies, Reed announced the “postponement” of the event originally scheduled to begin February 2, 2013 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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January 24, 2013
Before an audience of more than 200 international conservationists, the Honorable Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo of Zambia outlined her country’s vision for sustainable-use conservation at the Safari Club International (SCI) meeting in Reno, Nev. Over the past two days, the Honorable Minister Masebo has met with the leaders in lion conservation, the leaders in big game conservation, and ardent hunter-conservationists in order to better understand the symbiotic relationship between rural communities in Zambia and the wildlife dynamics.
The audience of conservationists recognized the true dedication the Honorable Minister Masebo has made to ensure that wildlife and conservation will remain a priority for the Zambian government. The Minister also noted that the hunting community, the hunters themselves, will be the most dedicated of conservationists in helping to fund the most accurate population surveys for the country’s big game species. The Minister has also called for continued interactions between the hunting community and the anti-poaching rangers to improve enforcement throughout the many national parks and game reserves in Zambia.
“Safari Club International is incredibly appreciative of Minister Masebo taking the long journey to Reno, Nev., to address the conservation focused hunters of our organization,” said SCI President John Whipple. “Her commitment to work collaboratively with SCI and the entire hunter-conservationist community is truly welcome, and SCI’s members are today committing hundreds of thousands of dollars to conduct the necessary scientific research that is needed for Zambia’s big game species.”
The Honorable Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo concluded her remarks to the members of SCI with a standing ovation from all in attendance at the Annual Hunters’ Convention.
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January 24, 2013
Events organizer Reed Exhibitions announced today that they will be postponing the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show until further notice. The show caused controversy when Reed Exhibitions made a decision to prohibit modern sporting rifles from the event, prompting a large number of vendors to withdraw in the resulting backlash. Notable brands that said they would no longer be attending include Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Mossberg, Cabela’s, and the National Rifle Association.
In a press release, Smith & Wesson CEO James Bedney said, “We support the Second Amendment and the rights of our law-abiding customers to purchase (sporting rifles) and all legal firearms. Therefore, we are unable to support any organization or event that prohibits legal firearms, or otherwise restricts a citizen’s lawful and constitutional rights.”
The NRA quickly followed suit in their statement, announcing that the gun-rights organization will not be attending any Reed Exhibitions shows that maintains this policy.
Shortly after the postponement was announced, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) released a statement explaining that the NSSF had been engaging in dialogue with Reed Exhibitions in an attempt to change the show’s stance on modern sporting rifles, but the talks have failed. Reed Exhibitions also manages the yearly Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), the biggest event of this category worldwide. SHOT Show policy and direction is headed by the NSSF, who is currently considering options for the management of future events.
The following is the postponement announcement on Eastern Sports and Outdoor Shows’ official website:
Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone, for now, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show given the controversy surrounding its decision to limit the sale or display of modern sporting rifles (also called ARs) at the event. The show was scheduled to take place February 2-10 in Harrisburg, PA.
“Our original decision not to include certain products in the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show this year was made in order to preserve the event’s historical focus on the hunting and fishing traditions enjoyed by American families,” said Chet Burchett, Reed Exhibitions President for the Americas. “In the current climate, we felt that the presence of MSRs would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests. This was intended simply as a product decision, of the type event organizers need to make every day.
“It has become very clear to us after speaking with our customers that the event could not be held because the atmosphere of this year’s show would not be conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment. It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.
“ESS has long been proud to participate in the preservation and promotion of hunting and fishing traditions, and we hope that as the national debate clarifies, we will have an opportunity to consider rescheduling the event when the time is right to focus on the themes it celebrates.”
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January 24, 2013
We have just learned that Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.
In the days following Reed Exhibitions’ announcement that modern sporting rifles would be prohibited from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, the leadership of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has been in intense, frank discussions with Reed Exhibitions management in an effort to reverse this unacceptable decision. These discussions reached an impasse.
NSSF is in no way affiliated with, nor does it participate in or exhibit at this show in any way. Reed Exhibitions does, however, manage the NSSF-owned SHOT Show (though Reed manages the SHOT Show, all SHOT Show decisions, policies and actions are made at NSSF’s direction).
Because of Reed’s recent actions, NSSF is considering all options regarding the management of future SHOT Shows.
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January 24, 2013
Due to Reed Exhibitions’ refusal to reconsider their decision to ban Modern Sporting Rifles from the February 2-10 Eastern Sports Show in Harrisburg, PA, the National Rifle Association has decided to withdraw from the show. We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so. As a result, the NRA will not be participating in the upcoming show in Harrisburg or in any other shows hosted by Reed Exhibitions that maintain this policy. We are disappointed that Reed Exhibitions has ignored the concerns expressed by attendees, the outdoor industry and the NRA in not reconsidering their position to ban the display of Modern Sporting Rifles.
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January 23, 2013
The National Wild Turkey Federation has withdrawn from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa., due to the decision to ban the display of modern sporting rifles.
As a leading advocate for the preservation of our hunting heritage, the NWTF believes it is an important time to take a clear stance on its support of sportsmen and the Second Amendment and the clear link between the two.
The NWTF has canceled its booth space and will be rescheduling the NWTF sanctioned calling contest that was slated to take place at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show once a suitable venue is determined.
“We feel strongly about the importance of the Second Amendment in pursuit of our mission of preserving our hunting heritage,” said Skip Motts, President of the NWTF Pennsylvania State Chapter. “We reached out to our chapters from across the state and received overwhelming support for taking this stand.”
The NWTF works to pass on the right to hunt to future generations, including reducing legal barriers to creating new hunters and introducing almost 100,000 people to outdoor sports annually. The right to bear arms is another pillar of the hunting tradition that the NWTF fully supports. The efforts to preserve our hunting heritage can be undone if new barriers to hunting are created by limiting the tools that the vast majority of sportsmen depend on to hunt.
The NWTF will host its National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn., from Feb. 15 to 17. The NWTF welcomes any attendees or exhibitors to consider coming to the NWTF Convention and Sport Show. The NWTF is working to add booths to the already sold out show in an attempt to accommodate companies that have decided to change plans about exhibiting at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. Contact April Flowers at email@example.com for information on reserving a booth.
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