Fishing, hunting and boating enthusiasts have plenty of chances to learn more about the outdoors at several events this winter.
It’s showtime in the Pacific Northwest as two popular outdoor shows are heading indoors.
The Washington Sportsmen’s Show is Jan. 23-27 at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center, offering fish and hunting attractions, plus a wide range of “how to” seminars.
Get tips from fishing experts at the unique, indoor Steelhead River, Fly Casting Pond, Fly Tying Theater or Warm Water Demo Tank.
Fishing pros sharing tactics and techniques are Buzz Ramsey, Bob Kratzer, Anton Jones, Del Stephens, Jack Mitchell, Jim Higgins, Don Simonson, Ron Hobbs, Marc Marcantonio, Scott Haugen and Pat Murphy.
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There will also be camp cooking demonstrations from Herb Good, Tiffany Haugen, and Dutch oven expert Cee Dub Welch.
Hunters can bring their prized heads, horns or horn/antler sheds to be measured and scored by representatives from Boone and Crockett or Pope and Young at the “Head & Horns” display.
Always a popular attraction is the Kid’s Free Trout Pond, which is stocked with thousands of trout and provides those 12-and-under a chance to catch-and-keep or release a fish.
Show hours are: Noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.
Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for juniors (6-16 years old) and free to children 5 and under. Two-day passes are $18. Parking is free at the fairgrounds. Vouchers for $2 off adult admission Wednesday through Friday are available at Baxter Auto Parts and Les Schwab locations. Details: www.thesportshows.com.
Boats aren’t the only major attraction at the Seattle Boat Show taking place Jan. 25 to Feb. 3 at CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union in downtown Seattle.
Included in the 197 free seminars on boating and other water-related activities are 58 on fishing and crabbing.
Learn how to fish for saltwater salmon, lingcod, albacore tuna and Dungeness crab, or how to catch fish out of a kayak.
Southeast Alaska guides Tom Ohaus and Kevin McNamee will discuss salmon, halibut and lingcod fishing. Those planning on staying closer to home can learn how to fish at Neah Bay, the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound.
Other noted expert anglers on tap are Gary Krein, Nick Kester, Clyde McBrayer, Keith Robbins, Tom Nelson, Mike Jamboretz, Todd Schwartz, Bryce Molenkamp and John Keizer.
Boating seminars include beginner topics on anchoring, boat launching, trailering, purchasing and detailing. More advanced subjects include sail trimming, night navigation, cold-water safety, ocean cruising and docking.
Experts for the Seattle Boat Show University will offer a program of 18 seminars. Three-hour programs are $39 each with a special package including four courses and boat show admission for $149. All-day expert training sessions are $195.
Flagship Maritime will also be conducting a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (commonly referred to as six-pack charter boats) and Master 100 Ton license-renewal courses.
Boat Show hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Show will end at 4 p.m. on Feb. 3.
Cost is $12 adults, five-day pass is $24; $5, youth ages 11-17; and kids under 10 are free. Details: www.seattleboatshow.com.
Washington State Parks is looking for volunteers for its Boat Show boating program booth. Volunteers will receive one ticket per shift and paid parking, plus two additional tickets to visit the show with a guest on another day. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org