Sportsmen's Show opens Wednesday

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PORTLAND — Dozens of hunting and fishing experts will offer tips, a youth trout-fishing pond will be available and a huge number of guides, outfitters and manufacturers will display their services and wares at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show beginning Wednesday at the Expo Center.

Admission will cost $12 for adults and $5 for juniors age 6-16. There is an additional $1 charged if payment is by credit card. A $2 discount couple for weekdays is available online at www.thesportshows.com.

Show hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

New this year is a 50-foot-long, 2-foot-deep indoor steelhead river complete with pools, rocks and stumps. Seminars and demonstrations will make use of the 10,000-gallon artificial stream.

Back, as always, is the trout pond, where youth age 12 and younger can fish. All gear is provided. There's also a youth archery range and casting pool.

Cooking guru Herb Good, Cee Dub and Tiffany Haugen will provide camping cooking demonstrations. Camas Davis is back for the second year explaining how to butcher and prepare game animals.

Scorers will be available for hunters who want to bring in a trophy to be entered in the annual Head & Horns competition. Horns must be attached to a skull and come from Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana. The entry deadline is 6 p.m. Saturday and the winning entries will be displayed on Sunday.

Sport-fishing boats also will be on display along with marine accessories, downriggers, anchor systems, navigation technology and more.

The show offers many seminars and demonstrations of hunting and fishing techniques. A few of this year's offerings include:

• Eric Linde and Buzz Ramsey on spring chinook salmon fishing in the Columbia River. Scott Haugen will have a presentation on fishing in tributaries for spring chinook.

• Ed Iman will cover Columbia River walleye fishing.

• Gary Miralles will explain downrigger use for trout, kokanee and salmon.

• Jody Smith will discuss fishing for smallmouth bass.

• Steve Leonard will explain how to anchor safely.

• Eric Winther will tell how to catch northern pikeminnow and explain the details of the annual summer sport-reward program that pays a bounty on the fish.

• Jack and Brandon Glass will present a program on salmon fishing at Buoy 10 plus in coastal rivers.

• Gary Lewis will cover hunting with black-powder weapons for deer, elk and antelope.

• Richard Birdsell will discuss elk hunting with archery equipment.

• Glen Berry will present a program on elk hunting.

• Peter Kummerfeldt will present several seminars on safety and survival outdoors.