R.J. Molinere and Jay Paul Molinere - Swamp People
RJ Molinere is a Houma Native American and a strong competitor at whatever he does. He is the best arm wrestler and alligator hunter at 154 lbs. He is a 4 time World Champion arm wrestler, 11 time National champion, 2 time Arnold Classic Arm wrestling Champion, and 2 time GNC Champion.
Jay Paul Molinere is a two time Golden Gloves Boxing champion, regional boxing champion, and undefeated MMA fighter.
Sat and Sun only
Sat - 12:00pm-6:00pm
Sun - 12:30pm-3:30pm
Mike Stroff - Savage Outdoors TV
Mike Stroff grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina. After graduating from East Carolina University, Mike got his start in the hunting industry running a hunting plantation in South Carolina. This is also where Mike got his start in Outdoor Television on his own show Southern Outdoor Experience. After eight years of SOE TV on the air, Mike and the SOE TV crew made the change over to host Savage Outdoors. Mike is also the owner and operator of SOE HUNTS in Uvalde, Texas.
Mike manages over twenty thousand acres of prime whitetail hunting ground in Texas. Mike also manages thirty five thousand acres in South Dakota with his other outfitting business Western Ranch Outfitters. One thing is for sure, Mike lives the outdoor lifestyle 365 days a year!
Paul Butski - Turkey Thugs
Turkey calling legend Paul Butski is from Niagara Falls, NY. Paul is a 3-time NWTF Grand National Turkey Calling Champion and 6-time US Open Turkey calling Champion and is the owner of Maestro Game Calls. He has over 250 Championships under his belt. Paul is also regional sales manager for GSM Outdoors for the Northeastern US and all of Canada, and an authority on Walker’s Game Ear , Stealth Cam/Wildview cameras, Maestro Game Calls, Western River Electronic calls and Cyclops lighting. Paul is also co-host of popular Outdoor television show Mossy Oak’s Turkey Thugs and is known as The Original Turkey Thug on the Pursuit Channel. He has also guided some of the most legendary celebrities of our time such as famous Nascar drivers like Dale Earnhart and Davey Allison, Sports celebrities such as Larry Czonka and Bo Jackson and calling in the only turkey this late cowboy ever took the late great Roy Rogers.
Come join Paul and let him share some of his fondest memories in the field and hunting secrets.
Melissa Ball - Our 2014 Wildlife Artist of the Year
Melissa Ball is a Pennsylvania artist who is especially noted for her unique and highly detailed artwork on turkey tail feathers. Melissa has been using turkey feathers as her canvas for over fifteen years.
In addition to painting on feathers, Melissa is also a print artist. Her focus on the wild turkey has led her to a long standing relationship with the National Wild Turkey Federation, where her art has been featured in several of their core packages over the years including 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009, making her images available nationally. Melissa won the NWTF’s Grand National Art Contest in 2001, Artist of the Year in 2003, and Stamp Print Artist in 2005.
National Champion Turkey Caller and Crew member on SOS TV show.
Lance has been a Pro Staff Member of Butski Game Calls, Cody Turkey Calls, Parker Bows, Leupold Optics, and Walker’s Game Ear.
In April 2007, he was invited to be Knight and Hale’s only Jr. Pro.
Lance's hunting experience includes Virginia, Wyoming, Florida, Texas, South Dakota, West Virginia, Tennessee, Nebraska and Saskatchewan, and Canada. He has harvested 15 Whitetails and 35 Turkeys. At age 17 Lance had already completed two Wild Turkey Grand Slams.
Welde's Big Bear Show
A family pet has historically fallen into the category of dogs, cats, mice and sometimes even an exotic snake or other reptile. The Welde family, however is the exception. Their pets are cuddly, cute, furry, and, within the family, quite lovable. They are definitely not your average pets. To most people these are considered wild animals and rightfully so. The Weldes, however, have made their bears their pets. These pets range in size from 200lbs to 1200lbs and are in demand in fairs, festivals, theme parks, corporate outings and many other events.
The Welde's training methods are based on developing the natural and unique talents of each individual bear through patience, reward, love and understanding. The relationship between man and bear must be one of mutual respect. The Weldes goal is to educate the public through entertainment to promote the preservation of some of God's most beautiful and important creatures; "Welde's Big Bears".
Fri, Feb 21 - 3:00pm, 6:00pm
Sat, Feb 22 - 12 noon, 3:00pm, 6:00pm
Sun, Feb 23 - 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Raptors Up Close
Howard and Jason Caldwell are second and third generation preachers and fourth and fifth generation hunters.
Having always enjoyed hunting, fishing and the natural beauty of the great outdoors,
both have an intense interest in predators, particularly raptors.
Falconry is the art or sport of taking wild game or quarry with a trained bird of prey. It is thought to be the oldest form of hunting still in existence today.
Howard and Jason started “Raptors Up Close”, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public
in the fascinating world of raptors through good conservation by public demonstration.
Darin Freeborough – ANIMALISTICS OUTDOORS
As seen on the television program F&T Fur Harvesters North American Trapper on the Pursuit Channel.
Darin “The Animal” Freeborough is a professional trapper and predator hunter from Northwestern Pennsylvania. He is a great teacher of the sport. He has trapped all his life for the different animals in PA. When the coyote rolled into PA, he was absolutely driven crazy with hunting and trapping them. He still loves to trap all the great species of PA, but cannot wait for the next coyote catch.
The Animal took the footage from the many animals on his trap line, hired a professional cameraman and created four coyote trapping DVD’s. Animalistics Trapping Eastern Coyotes, Trapping Winter Coyotes, Rattlin Chains Adavanced Coyote and Trapping Backwoods Coyotes in the Snow.
He now sells trapping supplies, furs and his own lures and baits. Look to his website at www.coyotevideos.net .
His latest endeavor is TV. He is on North American Trapper television program on the Pursuit Channel. It can be seen on DishTV 240 and Direct TV 608. Look for him Jan. Feb. Mar. & Oct. Nov. Dec. Monday’s at 6:30pm, Tuesday’s at 11am and Saturday’s at 9:30am. He really enjoys talking and teaching trapping 24/7. You will really enjoy yourself and have fun learning while listening to his demo.
Darin will be conducting several seminars on coyote trapping and control at the 27th Annual Western Virginia Sport Show.
World-Class Game Display
Amazing species from around the globe.
Trout Fishing Tank
Local grown rainbow trout. Fish as much as you want. Keep one fish.
Trophies given for largest catches!
More to come!! Stay tuned!!
See the special guests and attractions at our 2013 event HERE.