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Kansas Sports, Boat & Travel
Show returns to Kansas Coliseum February 16-20
Special to The Angler
With the ice storms of January a fading memory,
anglers will block out those memories even more as they flock
to the annual Kansas Sports, Boat and Travel Show.
Family outdoor adventure, entertainment and education
comes to Kansas as the 51st Annual Kansas Sports, Boat &
Travel Show opens at the Kansas Coliseum, Feb. 16-20.
Catfish pro Dennis Halgren from Illinois, is set
to talk to show visitors about his secrets for championship fishing.
Phillip Hain will be demonstrating casting techniques and the
correct use of new bait products on his Travelin' Fish Tank,
a 40' long glass aquarium.
favorite, the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Trout Fishing Pond where
kids can catch their first trout of the season will be featured
and the Kansas Bassmaster Casting Kids Competition will be held.
Water fun seekers will find great deals on new
fishing and ski boats. Campers and RV travelers who prefer the
freedom of RV travel will find the latest models and special
Family entertainment will include Crunch, a 165
lb. alligator snapping turtle. Crunch has appeared on CNN as
one of the largest still alive in the world. He is over four
feet in length and has been in captivity for 25 years. His estimated
age is between 150 and 200 years and he is likely to live another
Commercial trapping had nearly depleted this species
in the '60s and '70s, but they are now protected in most states
of their range.
Another fun-filled family attraction will be The
Great American Duck Race, presented by Robert Duck from Bosque
Farms, New Mexico. Mr. Duck is a 12-time world champion duck
racer who has earned more than $50,000 in prizes since 1980.
He currently travels to fairs and festivals full-time to bring
this fun sport to audiences across the country.
Robert and his wife Kathy own 75 drakes and hens,
of which about two dozen travel with them to compete. He says
that the races give him a chance to educate people, especially
children who have never touched a duck.
Families can try an automatic target system furnished
by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The system is
used for hunter education throughout the state and features a
video scene of deer, elk, bear and many other types of wildlife.
The participant fires a rifle or shotgun that emits a laser beam
and records the hit, scoring the hunter on the effectiveness
of the shot. The objective of the training is to show hunters
to shoot responsibly.
Mike Cargill of the Great Bend Zoo will present
snake and reptile education workshops. Game calling seminars
are being presented by Barney LaRue. LaRue is a turkey call professional
from Rudy, Arkansas. Chisholm Creek Kennels will present dog
obedience and tetriever training seminars.
Winning shots from the 2004 Outdoor Writers Association
of America photography contest will be on display. The exhibit
showcases stunning scenes from five categories and includes work
form America's best-known outdoor photographers.
The show will open Wednesday and Thursday, Feb.
16 and 17, from 5 to 9 pm; Friday, Feb. 18, from noon to 9 pm;
Saturday, Feb. 19, from 10 am to 8:30 pm and Sunday, Feb. 20,
from 10 am to 5 pm. Adult admission is $7.00 at the door. Children
under 12 are free. For information, call (303) 892-6800 or log
on to kansassportshow.com.
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