Troy Landry - Alligator Hunter and "Swamp Man" - Swamp People
Troy Landry, best known as an alligator hunter and cast member of the History Channel’s "Swamp People". Five generations of Landrys have been shrimpers, trappers, fishermen, moss peddlers, lumberjacks and hunters.
He knows his role as “King of the Swamp” is his calling.
He will be with us Saturday only. Feb. 27, 2015, from 12 noon until 5 pm. Ronnie "Cuz" Strickland
Cuz has been in the hunting and outdoor industry for over 30 years.
He joined the Mossy Oak team in 1987, and has authored 3 books, The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth about Spring Turkey Hunting.
Cuz was Named the National Wild Turkey Federations Communicator of the year in 2010.
According to Cuz his greatest achievement to date by far is his family. "My family is an amazing group that spends a lot of quality time together, has a mutual love of the outdoors and understands the values and lessons that come with a life outside".
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".
Live Grizzly Bear Show!
Fri - 3:00PM and 6:00PM
Sat - 1:00PM and 3:00PM and 6:00PM
Sun - 1:30PM and 3:30PM
Kip grew up in the country near the banks of the James River in Central Virginia and spent his days bow hunting, fishing and playing sports at Fork Union Military Academy. Kip knew early on he wanted to work with a weapon in his hand, so the military, law enforcement or pro-hunter were the only jobs that would be acceptable in his mind. The last option seemed pretty far fetched... seeing as how he didn't come from a "big buck" part of the country and had no tie in with a hunting companies.
Although today the Red Arrow crew hunts all over the world, Kip still lives in the small town of Fork Union and frequently hunts some of the same ground he hunted as a kid. He wants to see Red Arrow TV become bigger, better and more entertaining each year. More importantly he wants Red Arrow viewers to understand just what hunting and living in the country means to everyone involved with Red Arrow. He lives for the thrill of killing animals with his bow and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.
Dan Christ - Our 29th Annual Show Wildlife Artist of the Year
Bill Zearing - Cody Turkey Calls
Cody Turkey Calls is a family run business, and family is an important part of the company. Bill and his wife Debbie have handled the day to day operations since the creation of the company and continue to handle all aspects of the business to this very day.
Each call is special to the Cody Team, a part of their family heritage that they are sharing with an anticipating fieldsman. Generations of hunting families throughout the world know the products created by the team at Cody and want their family to have the best as they share special moments together.
Cody calls don't just create unmatched sound quality, for some who have used them, they create memories so special they echo stories from the past.
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 29th Annual Western Virginia Sport Show.
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.
Neil Selby - Professional Gun Dog Trainer
Neil Selby has been a professional gun dog trainer for over 45 years, and has trained many AKC pointer and retriever champions. He is an accomplished gun dog judge, trainer, handler and national competitor, having been the first trainer to win a Pointing Dog National with a retriever.
Neil has handled and trained every breed of retriever, taking many dogs from puppies all the way through their training to their Master Hunter level titles. His many years of experience give him a wealth of knowledge when it comes to working with older dogs to correct issues and turn them into the perfect hunting companion.
Neil Selby is the owner of Shady Grove Kennel and Hunting Preserve in Remington, Virginia, which was the proud host to the Master National in 2007. This is an ideal training facility developed by Neil to offer hunters a chance to develop their skills along with their dogs, and in addition to pointer and retriever training, offers pheasant, chukar and quail hunting, tower-release duck hunting and a sporting clays course. Training is available for gun dogs, forced retrieving obedience, and hunt test/field trial conditioning. His years of training and trailing experience make your gun dog the best he can be.
South River Whitetails
A collection of the ten top whitetail deer in the world.
Collection mounted and owned by John Metzger of South River Taxidermy.
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 2015 event HERE.