Walked away from Eastern Sports, grew up as country as a chicken coop

Michael Waddell hosted a series of Q&A sessions as the featured guest the 2013 NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show.

One of the biggest attractions at this year’s NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show, held in Frederick, Maryland from January 25-27, was Michael Waddell, host of the Outdoor Channel’s hit show, Bone Collector.

Visitors had the opportunity to meet Waddell, take pictures, get an autograph, and purchase everything from hats to shirts to posters bearing the Bone Collector name.

Waddell is a hunting superstar of the first order, a genuine A-lister in the hunting television world. He's also about as down to earth as they come.

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Patrons offered firsthand look at trophy displays during NRA hunting show

A duck on display at the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show

Frederick, Maryland - Last weekend's NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show had everything the activty hunter could need: outfitters, gear vendors, meat processors and taxidermists.

The taxidermists on hand had some of the flashiest booths at the show. Their area adorned with a wide array of masterfully preserved animals – waiting to pounce, following their prey or hiding in the brush – to showcase their skills. One best looking booths belonged to eighteen year taxidermy tradesman Doug Myers.

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A family-owned deli for over one hundred years comes to the NRA hunting show

Richie Holsinger (left) and Bob Holsinger (right) at the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show

Frederick, Maryland - Six generations of Holsingers have operated the Holsinger's Meat Market in Northern Maryland for over one hundred years. This weekend generations five and six, Richie and Bob respectively, showed up to the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show at the Frederick Fairgrounds with some tasty snacks.

At their shop, the Holsingers have the regular line of fresh beef, pork, and poultry products, but they also provide store-made Smokehouse Specialties including: Beef Jerky, Beef Snack Sticks, Smoked Bolognas, City Cured Hams, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Smoked Country Sausage, Polish Sausage, and Holsinger’s Famous Hotdogs.

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Brothers accidentally start John Deere Dealership in Maryland

John Deere dealer Gladhill Brothers at the Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show

There are almost two hundred vendors at this year's Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show in Frederick. Fitting given the thousands of visitors. Some come for the guides, some come for the gear and some come for the experience. There's a favorite to be had for everyone.

One of those favorites (at least for me) is the Gladhill Brothers John Deere dealership. Since we already talked to them last year, here's another look at this great Maryland company.

Frederick, Maryland - 2012 marks the 175th anniversary of John Deere — a true American institution. Equally impressive is Gladhill Brothers’ 75 Anniversary as a John Deere dealer — a Damascus, Maryland institution. At the NRA’s 3rd Annual Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show last weekend, I sat down with Tessie Gladhill to hear this Maryland success story.

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Bone Collector and gear bring crowds for NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show

Bone Collector Michael Waddell poses for picture with fan at NRA's Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show

Frederick, Maryland - The NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show is well into its second day. Halls swell with would be patrons and customers — perhaps a result of the Eastern Sports and Hunting show cancellation — as the vendors settle in. With only one day left, there’s still plenty time to check out the more than 150 exhibitors here at the Frederick Fairgrounds.

Doors stay open until 7 p.m. tonight. So pack up the wife and kids and head on down. There's literally something here for the whole family. Check out the album below for to see for yourself.

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From hobbyist to vendor at the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show, Gobbler Getter gets it done

Gobbler Getter Turkey Calls at NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show in Frederick, Maryland

Frederick, Maryland - Now in its fourth year, the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show has a lot of familiar vendors who are veterans of the show. But the expo is always growing. Year after year we see plenty of new faces — like Rick from Gobbler Getter Turkey Calls.

Based out of Enola, Pennsylvania, Rick Harro started selling turkey calls about seven and a half years ago. As a lifelong hunter, and an avid woodworker, Rick found a way to combine his two passions ... making calls for as long as he can remember.

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Guns, gear and more from the NRA hunting show's first day

Trophies from the Mason/Dixon Big Buck Contest at the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show

Frederick, Maryland - Feast your eyes on some photos of the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show's first day. Hopefully these are just previews of what you'll be seeing in person today or tomorrow. If you unfortunately cant make it, these shots and our coverage throughout the weekend will have to suffice.

This show has it all. Held in seven buildings on the Frederick Fairgrounds, there are over a hundred vendors with anything an outdoors enthusiast could want. Guns, bows, feed, taxidermy, clothing, optical gear, jerky, calls, tractors and more. There's plenty of fun for the whole family between the LaserShot video game, scavenger hunt, or just plain hanging out.

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Frederick, Maryland hosts your NRA-filled weekend of hunting and outdoor gear

A wolf on display at the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show in Frederick, Maryland

Frederick, Maryland - It may be snowing, but the doors are open for the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show here at the Frederick Fairgrounds. A little inclement weather isn't stopping the outdoor enthusiasts of the Mid-Atlantic from pouring through the doors and getting their fill of the industry's latest gear, or booking a great hunt through one of the many outfitters.

Throughout seven buildings are over a hundred vendors selling just about everything. Guns, bows, retriever training, taxidermy, clothing, optical gear, jerky, summer camps, tractors and more. It's all here - really. A lot of them are even raffling away free gear and services! Why are you not here already?!

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Frederick, Maryland hosts 4th annual NRA hunting show Jan 25 - 27

The Bone Collector Michael Waddell to appear at NRA's Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show
Michael Waddell (on right) headlines the 2013 NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show.

Fairfax, Virginia - Tomorrow marks the return of the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show to the Frederick Fairgrounds in Maryland. If you call yourself a hunting or outdoor enthusiast, live in the mid-Atlantic region and don't make it out... we don't know what to tell you. With vendors and activities for the whole family, you'll have to come up with a pretty good excuse to miss this one.

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