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Entrance to the Great American Outdoor Show

Fairfax, Virginia - As the month of February comes to a close, we look back at one of our proudest achievements of 2015 ... the Great American Outdoor Show.

For nine days in February, nearly 200,000 make their way to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg to cast their eyes upon the latest and greatest in outdoor gear. We're talking fishing rods, compound bows, sleeping bags, rifles, tree stands, lures, decoys, boots, camo, game calls and more. But why take my word for it when you can hear about for yourself?

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NRA, Airsoft GI, and the USAMU, give away all the Airsoft gear you need to take up the fastest-growing shooting sport around

Winner of NRA's 3-Gun Airsoft Giveaway at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - NRA's 3 Gun Experience at this year's Great American Outdoor Show was a thrilling chance to get introduced to the fastest-growing shooting sport around. Thanks to the folks at Airsoft GI, the range was stocked with airsoft rifles, pistols, and shotguns to safely have some fun while learning the strategies behind using all three guns in a match.

Drawing thousands of people in over the show's nine days, the 3 Gun Experience was an incredibly successful part of this year's outdoor show. Each day brought a fresh carpeting of tens of thousands of white BBs that needed to be swept up when the show closed for the night.

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - New Pennsylvania License Plate celebrates Hunting Heritage

Pennsylvania’s new Hunting Heritage license plate

Proceeds from sales to be used for conservation initiatives statewide

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Hunters are known for putting on drives.

And drivers now can make known the pride they take in being Pennsylvania hunters.

Pennsylvania’s new Hunting Heritage license plate – an official plate issued by the state Department of Transportation – is available to order from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Each plate costs $56, of which $25 goes to the Game Commission to be used for conservation initiatives.

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Re-energize the kids on the final day of NRA's Great American

NRA's Tori Croft paints another face at Great American in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - As the final day of NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show draws to a close, the last of the season’s patrons are stumbling through the halls looking for that last minute deal. That last little bit of memories they can hold on to for the next 11.5 months until Great American 2016 opens their doors. For those people, hopefully they were able to swing by the Family Fun Zone.

“Yes, we were open all day,” sparked Fun Zone Manager Samantha Olsen. “Hundreds of the little ones scattered all about having a ball.”

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Lee Brice, Thompson Square, and Josh Thompson spent the night with 5,000 screaming fans at the Great American Outdoor Show

Thompson Square at the 2015 NRA Country concert at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Everything at this year's Great American Outdoor Show was a dream come true for someone living the outdoor lifestyle, and Saturday night's NRA Country concert was no exception. The sold out show brought country superstars Lee Brice, Thompson Square, and Josh Thompson to the heart of Pennsylvania for a Valentine's Day jam so raw everyone's ears are still ringing this morning.

Doors to the show didn't open until 6:30 yesterday evening, but the line to get in began hours earlier as the tens of thousands of Great American Outdoor Show attendees were just starting to get lunch. Once the gates opened, the 5,000 concert-goers filled the arena in no time at all.

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A dinner with fellow firearms enthusiasts at the world's largest sports and outdoor show

2015 NRA Foundation Banquet at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - More than 300 sportsmen and sportswomen came out to Thursday night's Second Annual NRA Foundation Banquet at the Great American Outdoor Show to raise money for shooting sports programs in the greater Harrisburg area, the entire state of Pennsylvania, and on the national level.

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Coated steel skulls and mounts removes bare antler embarrassment

Skulls and mounts in the Skullworks' booth at the Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Tucked away in booth #3810 of the Great American Outdoor Show is a up and coming Factoryille, Pennsylvania-based company known as Skullworks. What they do isn’t far from what the name suggests … they make skulls. Skulls for those in need of skulls. Sound a touch strange? Not when you get down to the bare bones of the operation (get it?).

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Even more photos from the massive exhibit halls at this year's Harrisburg, PA sports show

Dipping a pole at the Trout Pond during NRA's Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The weather is downright frigid at today's Great American Outdoor Show, but that hasn't stopped the crowds coming to warm up and explore the show's aisles.

Whether your outdoor hobby is hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports, or (hopefully) a combination, this show has more exhibitors than you know what to do with. You could spend an entire day walking around the halls and still not see it all - many have. And this isn't even taking into account the interesting seminars, celebrity appearances, and interactive events that you don't want to miss.

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"In all the years I've come up here, my personal opinion, is it's never been this good."

Wild game call vendors making friends and sales at the Great American Outdoor Show

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NRA's Great American Outdoor Show under way in Harrisburg
Brad Rhen

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Jason Carder has been coming to the annual outdoor show at the Farm Show Complex since 1983 when he was 10 years old.

This year's show, he said, is the best one he can remember.

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