Veterans Appreciation Day is Saturday, February 13
HARTFORD, CONN., January 13, 2016 – Connecticut’s largest fishing & hunting show is coming on Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14, 2016 to the Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, Conn. The “Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show” presented by GMC is designed as a great outing for the entire family. Show hours for the 19th annual event are: Friday, February 12 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 13 is Military Appreciation Day at the show: the first 200 U.S. Veterans in line will get in free when they show a valid military or veteran association issued ID.
“Attendees will see and can purchase the newest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment by some of the nation’s top manufacturers,” explains show organizer Kristie Gonsalves, President of North East Expos. “They can attend over 50 hours of seminars with national and regional experts, speak with charter boat captains, check out fishing boats, watch fly fishing casting and fly tying shows, see live pointing dogs and birds of prey demonstrations, and enjoy lots of interactive activities.”
“For the first time, this show will feature free seminars and a booth with Alberto Knie (a/k/a “Crazy Alberto”) – Alberto Knie (a/k/a "Crazy Alberto") - a world-class extreme trophy game fish hunter and writer/fishing product designer who specializes in the art of Trophy Fishing and Conservation,” notes Gonsalves. Expert seminar presenters include: Wallingford, Conn.’s Greg Myerson, the World Record Holder for largest Striped Bass with his winning 81.88 lb. catch (as seen on TV’s “Shark Tank”); and Del DelMastro, archery tackle hunter; TV’s Gerry Rightmyer & Steve Schicker, hosts of “Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventure”; Al Gag; Captain TJ Karbowski; Captain Bruce Millar; Captain BJ Silva; Captain Greg Dubrule; Captain John Planeta; Capt. Dave Brandt; and wildlife biologist Peter Picone.
“Connecticut’s new Record-winning 26.6-lb., 34 inch-long blackfish will be on display, caught on October 14,, 2015 by New London resident Tim Nguyen,” notes Gonsalves. “Tim caught the fish on a Long Island Sound charter fishing trip with Captain Bob Wadsworth out of Captain John’s Sport Fishing Center/Sunbeam Fleet in Waterford, and both men and the winning fish will be at that fishing center’s booth at the show.”
“New this year are free appraisals of antique and collectible fishing tackle by Lang’s Auction of Waterville, NY, the world’s largest and most respected auction firms in the world,” says Gonsalves. “We welcome back the popular hunting and pointing dog demonstrations from Dusty W German Shorthaired Pointers of Palmerton, Penn., the live eagles, owls and hawks of Talons! Birds of Prey, an interactive Black Hawk II virtual fishing fighting chair, and the ‘Elements of Nature’ art show featuring a array of craftsmen and their unique pieces in wood, antler, stone, clay, bronze, photography and taxidermy.”
Other returning favorites include the popular Catch & Release Trout Pond – catch a live, tagged fish and win a child’s rod and reel, an aisle with Fly-Tying experts demonstrating the intricate art of creating flies, an NRA Laser Shooting Range, a Sportsmen’s Outpost’s archery range, and a Kids’ Bass Casting Competition sponsored by the Connecticut Bass Federation. And, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs again will bring its Mobile VetCenter Bus staffed by outreach representatives.
Fly-fishing casting demonstrators will include Capt. Marla Blair of Ludlow, Mass; Capt. Dave Brandt of Oneonta, NY; and Fred Wilson of Sandy Hook, Conn. Among the many fly-tiers demonstrating their craft will be: Capt. Dave Brandt of Oneonta, NY; Mike Motyl of Enfield, Conn.; Mike Stewart of North Granby, Conn.; Fred Wilson of Sandy Hook, Conn.
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection will provide the latest rules and regulations dealing with wildlife, fisheries, hunting and fishing for the coming season.
Admission to the “Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show” presented by GMC is Cash Only: $12 adults; $4 Children 5 to 12; and Free under age 5.
Saturday, February 13 is Military Appreciation Day at the Show: Free admission for the first 200 U.S. Veterans in line when they show a valid military or veteran association issued ID.
Event sponsors include: GMC, Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, The Fisherman Magazine, LeafFilter of Connecticut, and Country 92-5 WWYZ, WFSB Channel 3, Bedard Enterprises, and North East Expos, Inc.
For more show information, visit www.fishinghuntingshow.com or call 860-844-8461.
Laura Soll Public Relations, LLC
860-688-4499, cell 860-833-4466 www.sollpr.com
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