By Lars Dalseide | February 5 2014 09:40

Fishing, Deer Butchering and live broadcasts from NRANews highlight day 5 at the Great American Outdoor Show

Families enjoying a day of fishing at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Wednesday marks the halfway point for the Great American Outdoor Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Through the first four days, tens of thousands have braved the winter onslaught pummeling Central Pennsylvania as they welcomed back the largest outdoor show in the United States.

To say the show plays an important part in the health and well being of Harrisburg is an understatement.

"This was our local stock market crash," said Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste when discussing what last year’s cancellation meant to the local economy. "When you ... take 80 to 100 million dollars out of the community in one week's time, that hurts."

As the doors open to today's festivities, here are a few highlights on Wednesday, February 5;

  1. Casting Tips and Tactics: A Guide’s perspective - Have you seen the movie A River Runs Thorugh It? Never been able to duplicate those beautiful casts Brad Pitt and the boys were able to launch in the wild rivers of Montana? Now you can.

    Who better to teach you how to send that fly flying than Blake Jackson. Fishing Manager and Head Guide for the Ugly Bug Fly Shop and Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing in Casper, Wyoming, Jackson has been guiding for 14 years on many world-renowned Montana rivers including the Madison, Gallatin, Yellowstone, and Big Horn. Get to the Fly Casting Pond in Fishing Hall at 1:00 and learn how to put the fly in front of the trout.

  2. NRA News host Cam Edwards speaks with NRA Museums Director Jim Supica at the Great American Outdoor Show Live broadcasts from NRANews - There’s no better place to follow the latest events surrounding the Second Amendment than NRANews. Broadcasting live from the Sportsman Channel booth (6603 West) NRA News is a three-hour news-talk show featuring in-depth interviews with NRA leaders, newsmakers, politicos, journalists and congressional leaders.

    Swing on by between 2:00 and 6:00 to see Cam Edwards talk to the playmakers and game changers enjoying the celebration that is the Great American Outdoor Show.

  3. Deer Butchering with Chef Albert Wutsch - While just about every deer hunter out there knows how to field dress a deer, only a small percentage know how to butcher it. That’s where Chief Wutsch comes to the rescue!

    Author of The Art of Cooking Venison, The Art of Barbecuing and Grilling Game, as well as the producer of The Art of Backyard Butchering, Wutsch is the department chairperson of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts. Today at noon in the Outfitter Hall Deer Processing Area, Chef Wutsch will demonstrate and discuss the intricacies of proper butchering. Don’t let that one wrong move with the blade or the stove affect the taste or tenderness of your hard work in the field.

  4. 3-D Bowhunter Challenge - Running each and every day, the 3-D Bowhunter Challenge is a chance for you to really show your stuff.

    Divided into 12 trophy categories (including but not limited to Cubs, Youth, Traditional, Recurve, Female Bowhunter Open and Male Bowhunter Release) and two money categories (Male Hunter Class & Bowhunter Open), the 3-D Bowhunter Challenge offers daily winners in each category.

    For those who end up on top at the end of the day, we’re asking you to come back on Sunday, February 9, for a chance at the overall title. Oh, and did we mention that the top five are in the green? Why thats correct sir. $100 for 5th, $200 for 5th, $300 for 3rd, $400 for 2nd and $500 for the #1 Bowhunter in each Money Class.

  5. Training Your Dog With an Electric Collar - Starting at 3:30 this afternoon, Garmin/Tri-Tronics Pro Staff will cover training your dog with the aid of E-Collar’s. Learn from the Pro’s the proper use of e-collar training and how it will change the way you handle your dog. You will learn the proper way to train your dog from start to finish.
  6. Crappie Jigging and Rigging - Learn everything from one pole jigging to Spider Rigging with up to eight rods under the tutelage of 10-time National fishing champ Tommy Skarlis. Holding nothing back, Skarlis will teach you the tricks and tactics that will help crappie anglers of all skill levels learn to jig and rig more effectively. In this seminar both artificial lures and live bait tactics will be tactically broken down and examined, taking every angler to a new level of understanding and success.
  7. Vendors - More than 1,000 vendors are scattered throughout the Farm Show Complexs — each ready and waiting to serve your every outdoor need. If you're in search of something to enhance your outdoor experience then you can find it here.

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