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Hunting, fishing seminars set at Big Horn Show

HUNTING/FISHING — A good lineup of hunting and fishing seminars is scheduled in the background of 250 exhibitors at the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show that runs Thursday-Sunday (March 20-23) at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.


Programs cover elk calling and archery techniques, bowhunting for whitetails, spring turkey hunting, fly fishing the Clark Fork River, fishing for sturgeon and chinook, Bass Fishing 101, trout and warmwater fishing and angling in the Columbia Basin. 

New this year, several key programs will be presented by Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries and wildlife biologists, all of whom also are hunter and anglers:

  • Randy Osborne is the fish biologists who does pre-season sampling and decides how many fish re stocked in the area's trout lakes.
  • Joey McCanna is a wildlife biologist in charge of dealing with private landowners and habitat improvement. He's worked on numerous projects, including a study to improve the benefits of CRP for pheasants and other upland birds.  He's a hunter, and also one of the WDFW's key men for hanging outside a helicopter to shoot nets or tranquilizer darts into game animals for research.
  • Curt Wood is the Fish and Wildlife Police officer for Lincoln County and an avid turkey hunting enthusiast.
  • Marc Divens is the WDFW warmwater fisheries biologist, who surveys the region's lakes from Newman to Sprague to monitor fisheries such as bass, panfish, tiger musky and walleye. See Divens explain the growth of the largemouth bass fishery on Sprague Lake in the video above.  
  • Woody Myers is the big game research biologist who's conducted major studies on mule deer in Eastern Washington, elk survival in the Blue Mountains and is currently conducting a major study of white-tailed deer in northeastern Washington.

Click "continue reading" for details and the full seminar schedule:

Do News Quiz and win tickets to Big Horn Show

Timely prizes are being offered to people who complete The Spokesman-Review weekly News Quiz dated March 11.

1) Two tickets to the first two rounds of the NCAA women's basketball tournament in Spokane, and

2) Two tickets to the Bighorn Outdoor Adventure Show which starts today Thursday and runs through Sunday at Spokane County's Fair and Expo Center.

Simply take the quiz, and you're eligible to win drawings that will be held Friday.

The overall champ wins a $50 gift card to the Davenport hotel. Good luck to everyone!

Trophy mounts measured at Big Horn Show

HUNTING — The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show doesn't open until Thursday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, but “Trophy Territory” big-game mounts already are being scored and judged and eventually will be awarded ribbons in numerous categories.

Several species and racks, in all shapes, sizes and counts are considered. More than 300 mounts were on display at last year’s show.

To enter a trophy for scoring, drive to the south entrance of the Fair and Expo Center and continue through the Yellow Gate to Bay 3 at the following times: Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.

Info: Larry Carey, (509) 328-6429.

Big Horn Show: Takes more than a day to see

OUTDOORS — You can't just cruise through the sprawling Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show, which ends this afternoon at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.  The best part of the show is in the details.

It's a place to talk and learn from knowledgeable people packed in one place, including experts on river rafting, all sorts of fishing and hunting and other discoveries.

For instance, representatives of the Montana-based HuntingGPSmas.com showed map software that can be loaded into computers or GPS units that shows game management units and the names of private property owners as you move the cursor over the map.

Among all the trophy mounts scattered around the show is the world record Roosevelt elk, which David Morris of Northwest Big Game rescued from a family's outbuilding to show the world.

Morris, who publishes the Record Book for Washington, also is displaying the Washington state record non-typical whitetail buck, which was taken in Pend Oreille County in 1931 by George Gretener of Newport, Wash. The buck's antlers score 236 5/8 Boone and Crockett points even though Gretener sawed off a 9-inch long tine that pointed toward the animal's back so it wouldn't hit the wall when hanging by the original antler-only mount.

Last chance: Moose tag raffle today at Big Horn Show

HUNTING — The Washington 2011 raffle moose tag will be drawn Sunday afternoon at the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show that's underway at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.

The more $10 raffle tickets you buy, the better the odds for drawing a coveted chance to hunt with an either-sex tag anywhere moose hunting is allowed in far-Eastern Washington.

The state is letting the Spokane-based Inland Northwest Wildlife Council handle the ticket sales in person or by phone or mail. A small percentage of the sales are used for wildlife conservation projects in this region; the rest goes to the state for moose management.

Here are a few details that sweeten the deal:

  • Residents and nonresidents are eligible to buy tickets, and the hunting license and tag is awarded to the raffle winner at no extra charge.
  • The "once-in-a- lifetime" restriction for a moose tag is waived.
  • If selected, any legal weapon may be used.

The moose raffle tag drawing is set for Sunday at the Big Horn Show, along with raffle drawings for a fine selection of firearms.

Big Horn Show schedule of hunting-fishing seminars

OUTDOORS — Here's the list of seminars by local sportsmen scheduled during the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show underway at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center through Sunday. 


1 p.m. — Fly casting, by Jerry hunt.

2 p.m. — Outdoor gear, by Doug Saint-Denis

3 p.m. — Salmon fishing, by Dave Murphy.

4 p.m. — Steelheading, by Mike Henze.

5 p.m. — Lake Pend Oreille rainbows and kokanee, by Ross Milliken.

6 p.m. — Blade baits for walleye, by Bob Ploof.

7 p.m. — Bass fishing, by Nick Barr.


11 a.m. — Lake Pend Oreille fishing, by James Mullen.

noon — Upper Columbia kings and sockeye, by Shane Magnuson.

1 p.m. — Jigging techniques for walleye, by Bob Ploof.

2 p.m. — Salmon fishing, by Dave Murphy.

3 p.m. — Steelheading, by Mike Henze.

4 p.m. — Fly casting, by Jerry hunt.

5 p.m. — Lake Roosevelt rainbows and kokanee, by Ray Bailey.

6 p.m. — Bass fishing, by Nick Barr.


Noon — Outdoor gear, by Doug Saint-Denis

1 p.m. — Fly casting, by Jerry hunt.

2 p.m. — Spinners for walleye, by Bob Ploof

3 p.m. — Lake Roosevelt rainbows and kokanee, by Ray Bailey

Big Horn Show racks ‘em up at fairgrounds

The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show kicked off today and runs through Sunday at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. 

The show has something for every member of the family, including fishing ponds and staffed shooting ranges for the kids.

In this photo made this afternoon, Hunter Hedquist of Spokane uses his phone to make a picture of mounted animal heads complete with horns hanging at the show's Trophy Territory building.

Trophy measuring underway at Big Horn Show

HUNTING — The Big Horn Outdoor Recreation Show doesn't open until tomorrow, but hunters already have been bringing their trophy antlers, horns and heads for measuring by official Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young scorers.

In addition to getting an official score, Big Horn Show trophies are judged and awarded in numerous categories. Several species and racks, in all shapes, sizes, and counts are considered. More than 300 mounts were on display at last year’s show.

A rumor is circulating that a world- record mount could debut at the show this year.

To enter a trophy for scoring, drive to the south entrance of the Fair and Expo Center and continue through the Yellow Gate to Bay 3 at the following times:

Today-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.

RVer’s kick off outdoor show season

The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is under way, giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see the latest products from manufacturers and learn sporting techniques at seminars.

Two notable shows won’t be in area the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area lineup this year:

  • The Outdoor Sports Expo sponsored by Christian groups at the Bonner County Fairgrounds for two years had been cancelled.
  • The Great Western Sportfishing Show. After a three-year run at the Spokane Convention Center, show promoters announced last year that they would not be back to Spokane in 2011.

Some pro anglers and dealers who would have attended the sportfishing show are joining other events, such as the Spokane National Boat Show.

Read on for a regional list of top upcoming shows: