The NRA’s Hunters Service Division is en route to Maryland to commence preparation for this weekend’s show. Since this is the first-ever Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show, it’s difficult to estimate attendance -- but one thing's for sure: word is getting out!
Pictured at left, NRA volunteer Sandra Aguilar spent some time promoting the show this past weekend at an event sponsored by the Chesapeake Roller Derby. The Hunters Services Division has used billboards near the show to spread the word, distributed flyers (pictured at right), and staff members put together a Facebook page promoting the weekend-long event.
"This is the first of what we hope to be many for many years to come," Manager Bob Davis said, noting that weather this weekend should be a non-issue because he and Mother Nature "have an agreement."
"This show is open to any hunter or gun owner in the country," he continued. "If you want to come in and see a couple hundred exhibitors, and book hunts from top outfitters, they're here."
If you want to fish, if you want to see some of the best fishing outfitters, or top product lines, it's all going to be at the NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show this weekend," he said.
As of last week at the 2010 SHOT Show, Davis has a big announcement regarding the Mason/Dixon Big Buck Contest:
"Cabela's is the sponsor of the Mason Dixon NRA Big Buck contest, so we'll be giving awards to the largest typical and nontypical bucks from any state where you'd like to register. If you have a big whitetail you'd like scored, come on out and we'll get you scored."
If you're able to make it to Maryland this weekend, stop by the show and say HI to both NRAblog and the Hunters Services division staff -- and don't forget about the Great American Whitetail Collection. Two dozen specially selected mounts will be on display, Davis says. "Jawdroppers is what I like to call 'em," he said.