VIRGINIA'S PREMIER TRAVEL AND OUTDOOR SPORTS SHOW

Special Guests & Attractions
for our 2015 event



Top Seminars, Attractions, Demonstrations for everyone!!

Truly an event for the entire family!!





Bobby Brantley - Bad Dog Nation TV (formerly of TruTV's Lizard Lick Towing)

Born in September of 1969, Bobby is the youngest of four children. He grew up working on the family tobacco farm, so he is no stranger to hard work. Bobby was a truck driver prior to being on the Lizard Lick Towing TV show.

Bobby is currently filming for his new TV show - Bad Dog Nation.

Working, filming and "meet and greet" appearances leave little time for Bobby to relax. When he does have a break he loves spending time with his family and friends. Bobby also enjoys riding his motorcycle, 4-wheeling, and sports.

Bobby is one of the friendliest and funniest people you will ever meet. There is never a dull moment when he is around! Bobby is just a down-home, southern gentleman and will always be a country boy who loves the Lord, his Mama and his family.

BAD DOG NATION TV is a truality TV show featuring the chaotic lives of Bobby Brantley, Grumpy, and Stumpy as they travel around the world with Tobacco Rd Band, and the trouble these good old boys seem to find. Even though they like to have fun, they were raised to believe in 2 things in this life.......Jesus and Guns! There is never a dull moment when these boys get together as they are always full of laughter, pranks, good deeds, and good old southern charm.




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".



Reed Merideth - Wicked Tuna North vs South TV

Born and raised in the Outer Banks, Captain Reed Meredith and his older brother Banks designed and built the Wahoo back in 2000.

It didn't take very long before Reed Meredith knew that he wanted to be a fisherman. Born and raised on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Reed dropped out of school to follow in his father's footsteps and join his dad on the first fishing vessel Wahoo full time.


Twenty-four years later, Reed, now a father and family man himself, is the captain of the third incarnation of the fishing vessel Wahoo. The responsibility is now on Reed's shoulders to pilot his boat through the most treacherous inlet on the Eastern seaboard in order to preserve his and his family's way of life.









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.



Jack Paluh - Our 2015 Wildlife Artist of the Year

  

Artist Jack Paluh (pronounced pa-lew), resides in Northwestern Pennsylvania in the small borough of Waterford with his wife Marian and their three children. Jack was a “constant doodler” from the time he was old enough to hold a pencil. His teachers recognized Jack’s talents early and encouraged him to continue developing his art skills following high school. But being young, Paluh had other ideas, and found work as a truck driver.

His life changed drastically however, in the autumn of 1982, when he was injured in a hunting accident.

Read more of Jack's story HERE.





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.



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.



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 2014 event HERE.


See photos from our 2012 event HERE.


Big names attract big crowds!
We feature more Top Pros than any show in the region.