Looking Back Over 2015
Inside the Outdoors, January 1,

With the coming of every New Year brings with it the announcement that the Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show is just around the corner. And with that, outdoor enthusiasts have much to look forward.

Said to be the best of hunting, fishing, camping, boating, vacation planning and off-roading under one roof, this 31st year get-together will be returning to Pittsburgh’s Monroeville Convention Center February 17-21.

And as always, this western Pennsylvania’s largest, ongoing outdoor show will be celebrating a diversity of the region’s natural resources and the outdoor traditions treasured by thousands in the region. It will feature fishing, camping and hunting outfitters from across the country, dozens of live demonstrations and exhibits, a fascinating line-up of expert seminars geared for everyone, plus hands-on activities.

This may be the year one is planning for a family camping trip. There will be people on hand to help with guidance as to needs, directions, and investments necessary for such adventures.

I remember when we as a family went to Cook forest as a family and rented some cabins to get some much needed vacating away from the store and the stresses. We were blessed to find a vacancy opening in a cabin large enough to accommodate all four of us plus two dogs.

If one wishes to go beyond the simple outings such as we made, this is the place to inquire about the once-in-a-lifetime hunting excursions in exotic locales. Seasonal travel professionals will be on hand for guidance to these many visits.

“The Sport 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 20 bucks for the entire family? And of course, there is unlimited, safe, well-lit parking, too.”

Admission to the 2016 Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show presented by Straub Beer is $9 for adults, with a $3 discount coupon available at more than 260 greater Pittsburgh area Subway restaurants starting February 5. Without the coupon, regular adult admission is $12. Children 12 and under are admitted free with paid adult admission. Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform will also receive free admission. More than 40,000 parking spaces are available free of charge.

Show hours are:
Wednesday, Feb. 17 and Thursday, Feb. 18, 3 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19 Noon to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 21 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.

A Straub Beer Garden will be featured whereby one will be able to eat, drink, and relax while listening to music.

One wishing to learn more about the schedule of fishing and hunting seminars and the Wild World of Animals stage shows can log onto www.sportsandtravel.com beginning Jan. 15.

Established in 1937, Expositions Inc. is one of the country’s oldest show producers. It is rate A+ by the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the Show, call 1-800-600-0307 or e-mail showinfo@expoinc.com.


There seems to be a growing sport of bowfishing. Unfortunately, one cannot do this for all fish as the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission limits sportsmen in the commonwealth to three fish only, carp, catfish and suckers.

But as every year passes, there seems to be a new product that hits the shelves of stores that brings awe to outdoors enthusiasts, whether they take part in these activities or not.

This year we have a combination of a fishing reel attached to a bow whereby the line is attached to an arrow. A number of companies make these including AMS Swampit, Cajun Bowfishing Sucker Punch and Archenemy.

Sold by Bass Pro, they are said to be “ These are built to handle extreme conditions, with a constant draw weight for snap shooting with a 32-inch axle-to-axle length for easy maneuverability.”

From this writer’s point of view, they are a little pricey, but maybe not when one considers what he is getting. Bass-Pro sells them from $399.99 on up.


Talk about new products, Hard and Soft Fish is putting out a new Acme Kastmaster glow and UV series Kastmaster lures for 2016 in the one-twenty-four to the three-eighth ounce models.

Acme field testers believe that these spoons could be one of the best new baits around. The natural daylight will light up the spoons. One can also shine lighting on them that is supposed to “energize” their existence.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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