Outdoors goes inside in offseason

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 20, 2014 

A great deal of research and coordination is needed to bring off a satisfying and successful angling or big game trip, especially one in new territory.

These upcoming shows offer an opportunity to do some first-hand comparing and contrasting about an intended hunting or fishing venue.

And they make subsequent scheduling of vacations, booking of guides, making motel reservations and consulting the family CFO to see about the financing for your personal safari much easier to do.

While these shows are all organized according to a similar formula, they do offer hunters and fishers a third-dimension that's lacking in simply reading brochures, magazine ads or surfing the Internet.

You will be able to talk directly with guide service or resort owners and, in many cases, see first-hand the trophies and mounts that are fruits of their knowledge, effort and savvy.

Also available to examine in hand will be a wide array of boats, camping equipment, firearms and tackle.

For residents of in Whatcom County, visits to the Puyallup and Abbotsford shows require the least travel.

In case your exploring or touring plans coincide with another of these scheduled exhibitions, here's the list of regional events in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

? Washington Sportsmen's Show in Puyallup. Jan. 22-25 at Western Washington Fairgrounds.

Hours: Weekdays, Noon-8 p. m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $12; youth (ages 6-16), $5; and kids (5 and under), free. Save $3 with online purchase or get a $2 discount coupon at: otshows.com/shows/wss/attendees/discount_coupon.htm.

Parking: Free every day.

Many hunting and fishing seminars every day, Head and Horns competitions, indoor steelhead river, camp cooking demonstrations and survival training.

Organizer online at: thesportshows.com/wss/ (O'Loughlin Trade Shows)

? Seattle Boat Show (combined indoors and afloat) in Seattle. Jan. 24- Feb. 1 at Qwest Field Events Center and Chandler's Cove South Lake Union.

Hours: At CenturyLink, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p. m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. At Chandler's Cove, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p. m.; Fridays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $12; youth, $5 and kids (10 and under), free; "Big Show" pass (5-day), $24. Box office sales discounted for seniors and veterans, or order tickets online at seattleboatshow.com/buy-tickets.html.

Parking: $11 or $12 per day depending on garage ($5 after 5 p.m. extended weekend) at CenturyLink venue. A free shuttle runs between the two venues. This year an advanced ticket sale of four or more gets a free parking voucher. Web page: http://www.seattleboatshow.com/parking-details.html

This show features more than 1,000 watercraft will be on display plus boating accessories vendors, how to seminars and financing options.

Organizer online at: seattleboatshow.com/

? Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show in Portland, OR. Feb. 5-9 at Portland Expo Center.

Hours: Weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $12; youth, $5 and kids (5 and under), free; discount for cash ticket sales or online coupon and $18 two-day pass advanced sales.

Parking: Free.

Organizer online at: thesportshows.com/pnwss/ (O'Loughlin Trade Shows)

? Central Washington Sportsmen Show in Yakima. Feb. 14-16 at the Sundome.

Hours: Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $9; youth (ages 6-12), $4.50; kids (6 and under), free. Discounts for senior, family and military. Tickets valid for all three days.

Parking: Free.

The second of the Columbia Basin shows, this has daily seminars including regional focuses on fishing and hunting in the Columbia Basin. Northwest Big Game Display, outdoor cooking camp and trout races. For kids, air rifle and lunker trout pond.

Organizer online at: shuylerproductions.com/

? Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show in Wenatchee. Feb. 21-23 at the Town Toyota Center.

Hours: Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $7; youth (ages 6-12), $3.50; kids (6 and under), free. Discounts for senior and military. Tickets valid for all three days.

The third of the Columbia Basin shows, this has daily seminars including regional focuses on fishing and hunting in the Columbia Basin. Northwest Big Game Display, outdoor cooking camp and trout races. For kids, air rifle and lunker trout pond.

Organizer on line at: shuylerproductions.com/

? Idaho Sportsman Show at Boise, Idaho. Feb. 27-Mar. 2 at the Expo Idaho Center.

Hours: Weekdays, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $5; kids (12 and under), free; seniors discount.

Parking: Free.

Features outfitters and guides from Idaho and Montana to Alaska, Central Idaho air and Snake River boat charter services

Organizer online at: idahosportsmanshow.com (Spectra Productions)

? BC Boats and Sportsmen's (23nd year) & BC Hunting Shows (11th year) in Abbotsford. Mar. 2-4 in the TRADEX building at Abbotsford, B.C.

Hours: Friday, Noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: adults, $13; seniors, $10; youth (ages 6-16), $9, kids (age 6 and under), free; family discount.

Parking: free.

Major North American vendors and hundreds of outfitters, resorts and guides from British Columbia.

Organizer online at: http://www.masterpromotions.ca/Previous-Events/bc-boat-and-sportsmen-s-show-bc-hunting-show-2014/

? Central Oregon Sportmen's Show, Redmond, OR. Mar. 6-9 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center.

Hours: weekdays, Noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: adults, $10; youth (ages 6-12), $5 and kids (5 and under), free; discount coupon available online or $15 two-day ticket.

Parking: free.

Central Oregon hunting and fishing venues will be highlighted in seminars.

Organizer online at: thesportshows.com/coss/ (O'Loughlin Trade Shows)

? Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo, Albany, OR., Mar. 7-9 at the Linn County Expo Center.

Hours: Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: $7 a day, no charge to Federation of Fly Fishers members, veterans and youth age 18 and under.

Parking: Free.

More than 194 tyer stations where you may sit and watch, 50 vendors, 116 classes plus fly casting demonstrations and talks about fly fishing getaways. Daily raffles, banquet and auction Saturday night.

Organizer on line at: nwexpo.com/

? Bighorn Outdoor Adventure Shows in Spokane. Mar. 22-23 at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.

Hours: weekdays, Noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: adults, $9; seniors, military, youth, $8; kids (6 and under) free.

Parking: free.

Boone and Crockett together with Pope and Young trophy judging contest in all firearms and weapons categories, laser shooting simulators, trout fishing ponds for kids, fishing demo tank and vendors from as far away as Africa and South America.

Organizer online at: wildlifecouncil.com/bighornsubsite/index.html

? Fly Fishing Show West now at Lynnwood, formerly held in Bellevue. Feb. 15-16 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Hours: Saturday: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sun 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Admission: adults, $15; seniors and military $10; kids (6 to 12) $2. Scouts in uniform and kids five and under free

Parking: free.

This show features fly fishing gear manufacturers, regional fly-tyer demonstration tables and talks by fly fishing techniques and tactics experts.

Organizer online at: flyfishingshow.com/Fly_Fishing_Show_Home_Page

Doug Huddle, the Bellingham Herald's outdoors correspondent, since 1983, has written a weekly fishing and hunting column that appears Sundays. Read his blog and contact him at http://pblogs.bellinghamherald.com/outdoors.

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