Outdoor Show, Feb 17-19
Inside the Outdoors, January 27,

Before I highlight the subject for today, I want to touch on a subject I discussed in one of my last columns. It centers on a “UFO,” (an unidentified flying object) that I was asked to identify at Unity Township’s St. Vincent’s Lake. My findings - “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck,” it’s for certain, this mysterious waterfowl turned out to be a domesticated duck.

Thanks to a tip, it so happens that individuals drop off these birds on the premises every so often, and expect them to live on their own, thus truth to this matter.

Since the Pennsylvania Game Commission only deals with “wild” creatures, it cannot access fines against those who deposit domesticated creatures. And the state police said they have no law on their books about “duck depositions.”


When one thinks of February, two events immediately come to mind – Valentine’s Day, for those who are in love, and the Allegheny Outdoor Show that fires up the adrenaline in all sportsmen, women and youth to motor down to the Monroeville Convention Center February 17-19.

The show will feature fishing, camping and hunting outfitters from across the country, live demonstrations and an exclusive line-up of expert seminars (including Outdoor Channel super stars Chris Brackett from Fear No Evil and Karin and David Holder from Raised Hunting).

Brackett is the creator, executive director, executive producer and host of his program. He is not only with the ambassador with the archery community, but also has been featured in media outlets, including CBS with Katie Couric, MSN, CNN, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Spike TV among others.

David Holder, founder of Raised Hunting, found his way into the outdoor industry working for Primos Hunting, from a long lasting firefighting career. He took his intense lifesaving training; leadership and communication skills mastered at the fire department and incorporated them into his hunting style, resulted in making him one of today consistent and successful bow hunters.

Representatives will be on hand to help enthusiasts plan family camping trips, fishing charters, and even an once-in-a-lifetime hunting excursion to exotic locales. In addition, Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Supervisor Tom Fazi from the Southwest Region of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, along with two local WCOs, Brian Singer and Bill Brehun, will be present to answer any questions.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Waterway Conservation Officers Mike Johnson, Mike Walsh and Matt Raetsch will be manning their booth and would like to meet anglers of the area. So, stop over and say hello. Tell them Mr. Pee Vee said to say “Hi.”

“The Outdoor Show is an incredible value,” said Show Manager Chris Fassnacht. “Where else can one enjoy non-stop fishing and hunting seminars and the Wild World of Animals show – all for less than twenty bucks for the entire family? And of course, there is unlimited, safe, well-lit parking, too.

Admission is $9.00 for adults using a $3.00 discount coupon available at over 270 Greater Pittsburgh subway restaurants starting Feb. 5. Without the coupon, regular adult admission is $12.00. Children twelve and under are admitted free with paid adult admission. Boy Scouts and Girl Scout in uniform will also receive free admission.

More than 40,000 parking spaces are available free of charge. Seminars and animals shows are included in the admission.

Show hours are: Feb. 17, 12 pm – 8 p.m., Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional info, contact Fassnacht at 1-800-600-0307 or showinfo@expoinc.com.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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