By Danielle Sturgis | February 18 2009 09:10
Great American Whitetail Collection booth at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

The Wall Street Journal has taken notice of the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show. In An Expo Where Hunters Gather,, they wrote that even in the economic downfall, business was booming last week in Pennsylvania:

If you needed a ghillie suit – the shapeless camouflage outfit that military snipers wear – or a duck blind, or a stainless-steel jalapeño griller, or a 400-square-foot prefabricated log cabin, this was the place to come. And most everything was on sale.

(Read the full article here.)

Justin McDaniel of NRAhuntersrights.org, who attended the show along with NRA Hunter Services staff and the NRA's Great American Whitetail Collection (pictured above), echoed that sentiment. “The State Farm Show Complex was virtually bursting at the seams as thousands of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts quite literally packed themselves inside the complex’s maze-like layout for the 2009 edition of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show,” McDaniel wrote in an e-mail to NRAblog.com.

“If anyone thought the economy would keep hunters away from one of the largest outdoor shows in the country, all they had to do was witness the long lines and clogged aisles at the show this past weekend,” McDaniel continued. “By the unofficial count of the staff from the NRA Hunter Services Department, foot traffic past the Great American Hunters Tour booth averaged in the neighborhood of 60,000-70,000 hard-core hunters each day of the nine-day show.”

McDaniel, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, encourages all NRA members to take part in the annual show – one of the largest events for hunters in North America in terms of size, attendance and number of exhibitors, targeting one of the biggest outdoor markets in the country. “If you’ve never experienced THE Sportsman Show, next year’s event is slated to take place Feb. 6-14, 2010 in Harrisburg,” he writes.

But you don't need to wait until next year for another chance at a great Outdoor Show. The NRA Great American Whitetail Collection – a display of some of the most famous, highest-scoring whitetail racks in the world – will be making its next stop this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 20-21) at the Fredericksburg Outdoor Show in Fredericksburg, Va.

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