Eshbaugh Returns To Sport Show
Inside the Outdoors, February 11
, 2011

Anyone who loves to walleye fish and hasn’t heard Keith Eshbaugh speak about his experiences and how to catch the big ones is missing out on a fantastic presentation. But, it’s not too late, because this walleye fishing expert is coming to the Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show Feb. 16 to 20.

I had the pleasure of meeting Eshbaugh a couple of years ago when he spoke about his endeavors and was truly absorbed by what he was telling his audience. If only there was a big enough lake where I could have moored my boat (if I had one), I would have dashed out of the building and headed to the open waters to try out his strategies. Oh well…I guess I could just place myself there with imagination. That’s the great thing about the mind.

Another fellow who will be returning is turkey calling expert Ken Hammel of Mountain Hollow Game Calls. I did a feature on his ability to call in turkeys using a mouthpiece he actually built and then put it to use to perform the above task. But that’s not the only device he and his fellow workers produce. He has a cross-section of instruments that his organization manufactures, each one takes a little time to learn, but with a little ability does call in the turkeys.

Maybe it’s just me, but I was fascinated by this chap’s ability. His whole audience was all ears as he made various sounds imitating these large birds. And enthusiasts thought nothing of stopping him and asking him questions. Hammel was quick to answer any inquiries that were directed his way.

Here again, if you haven’t listened to him talk about his turkey calls, go to the Show. The cost is cheap enough to get in - $12. Now, how great is that? If you go to a participating McDonald’s location and ask for a Show coupon, you can get a two-dollar off coupon that will knock the price down to $10. Nowadays, that’s chicken feed, and to hear a gent such as Hammel for that low price is a gift. Hey, if you are a kid 12 and under, you get to hear him free. Now, how can you beat that?

Do you have a hunting dog, but haven’t gotten around to teaching it obedience training?

Rich Kerlin will be at the Show to teach one everything there is to know to get started.

Here again, I’ve already talked about three fantastic speakers. Mathematically, you are paying four dollars per person. Any other place you get a big name speaker addressing an audience about a specialty and you are spending big bucks.

But there is much, much more. Odie Sudbeck will be there with his awesome antlers collections. You may want to bring your camera to capture a few memories here on your memory cards in your digital cameras!

And fishermen, you won’t want to miss John Arway’s “Straight Talk” discussion. The executive director of the PA Fish and Boat Commission will appear on stage at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 17.

There will be a petting zoo for both the kids and the adults, if they feel so inclined. I’m sure the animals won’t mind if they are given a loving touch by small or large hands. And the always-popular snake show will be returning presented by the Jungle Island Zoo.

In addition, there will be plenty of booths to visit. You or your family can even book you vacation there, eye tons of fishing gear and supplies.

Maybe your interest leans toward hunting. There will be hunting outfitters from Maine, Colorado and South Africa.

And I know your kids, who love to fish, will want to visit the trout pond to try their luck at catching some nice-sized trophies.

The Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show begins February 16 – 20 at the Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, PA. Parking is free. This is a family-geared event. For the first two days, Wednesday and Thursday, the Show begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. On Friday, it begins at noon and ends at 9 p.m. Then on Saturday, Feb. 19, it opens at 10 a.m. as does Sunday, the final day. Saturday, one can stay until 9 p.m., Sunday ‘til 5 p.m. If you do chose to go Sunday, visit the Show before 3 p.m. Many of the retailers exhibiting their products begin to close up shop in the early part of the afternoon so they can head home while it is still light outside.

For information, one may call 1-800-600-0307.

Have you purchased your tickets for the Forbes Trail Chapter Trout Unlimited 38th annual banquet yet. Time is running out. They are only $25 and may be purchased at The Angler’s Room, Route 217, one mile north of Kingston Dam, Latrobe (724-537-0683); Loyalhanna Fishing Post, Route 30 East, Ligonier (7240238-5551); and Ligonier Outfitters, 127 W. Main St., Ligonier (724-238-4900).

- Paul J. Volkmann
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