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Wenatchee sportsman show debuts this weekend

OUTDOORS — The new Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen's Show, featuring hunting and fishing exhibitors, debuts in Wenatchee'sTown Toyota Center Friday through Sunday, promoted by Shuyler Productions.

The Shuylers also oranized the Tri-Cities Sportsman Show Jan. 18-20 and The Central Washington Sportsman Show  Feb. 15-17.

The Shuylers attempted to establish a fishing-only show in Spokane a few years go, but abandoned the effort after two years.

Hunters, conservation groups swept up in gun controversy

SHOOTING — Hunters and wildlife conservation groups are finding it difficult to stay out of the nation's gun control controversies.

Even the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation felt pressure from the gun lobby to pull out of a huge sportsmen's show in the East when the show organizers prohibited exhibits by makers of AR-15 assault-style rifles.

The site of the Reed Exhibitions show in Pennsylvania is 250 miles from the site of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut.

Click here for a localized story on RMEF and the National Wild Turkey Federation by Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune.

Click "continue reading" to see an Outdoor Wire industry perspective posted Jan. 25, with insight into the troubles for small outdoor businesses caused by the sportsman show boycott.