Sportsmen's Show opens on Wednesday

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



PORTLAND — Hundreds of booths featuring outdoor equipment, hunting and fishing guides and more will be on tap beginning Wednesday when the 37th annual Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show opens its five-day run.

At the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, the show's hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 8-10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 12.

Admission costs $12 for adults and $5 for juniors age 6 to 16. Youth age 5 and younger get in for no charge. Discount coupon savings $2 are available online at A Fred Meyer Rewards card also garners a $2 discount.

Parking at the Expo Center is $8 per space. Carpools of three or more riders get in for $7. Off-site parking at Portland International Raceway or Portland Meadows costs $6 with free shuttles to the show.

Among the seminar speakers will be Ed Shelby on blacktail deer hunting; Eric Linde, Buzz Ramsey and Jack Glass on spring chinook fishing; Ed Iman on walleye fishing, Scott Haugen on turkey hunting, Peter Kummerfeldt on outdoor survival, and Jim Teeny on fly lines.

Back again will be the youth trout fishing pond, Sylvan Archery indoor archery range and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shooting trailer. New to the show is Camas Davis explaining how to butcher and prepare game animals.