Outdoor show goes on whatever the weather

It's cold outside, but some of the top guides, outdoor writers and fishing professionals in the Pacific Northwest are on deck at the KDRV Jackson County Sportsmen's and Outdoor Recreation Show, which opens today at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point.

The big outdoor show features a series of seminars and giant fish-tank demonstrations, wild animal shows through the weekend.

Highlights include Rick Rockholt of Diamond Lake Resort talking about Diamond Lake's trout fishery, spring turkey and river waterfowl seminars by hunting and fishing guide Jody Smith, and fishing seminars by guides Gary Lewis, Pete McMenamin, Randy Wells and Andy Martin. Also new this year are seminars on how to get a concealed handgun license and how to set up year-long food storage.

Demonstrations on the giant fish tank include Phil Strader discussing bass and steelhead techniques, spinner guru Dean Hendricks on family fishing, and fishing guide Kelly Short on salmon fishing. Other exhibitions include rafting, wildlife art, taxidermy, photography, archery, cooking, travel, custom rods, fishing tackle, tents, dogs, footwear and fly tying.

The show is open from noon to 9 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, and free for kids 5 and younger. A $2-off coupon is available for today and Sunday at Bi-Mart stores in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties.

Complete schedules and show information can be found at www.exposureshows.com.

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