Friday, March 1, 2013

Anticipation for Western Canada's Largest Outdoor Show Builds

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The 2013 Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen’s Show will kick off at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 14th and run through until 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 17th. Western Canada’s Biggest Outdoor Show takes place at the Expo Centre, Northlands and will feature boats, marine products and accessories valued at over $20 million.
This year, the Hunting Seminar Stage and Fishing Presentation Pool will play host to some of the best known outdoorsmen and women in Canada including:
Brad Fenson, an avid outdoorsman who travels extensively throughout Canada and the U.S. on various hunting and fishing adventures each year.  Brad’s writing and photographs have appeared in over 65 publications in North America.  He is a regular columnist in Alberta Outdoorsman, Wildfowl, The Outdoor Edge, and Field & Stream magazines.  Field testing rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, archery products, ammunition, optics, and gear has provided him with a broad knowledge base for modern sporting equipment. This helps him learn new techniques and strategies to increase his knowledge as a hunter and angler, which he is then eager to pass on to readers and viewers.
Chris David is the host of “The Hunting Chronicles”.  Aside from his TV show, Chris has been an active and successful outfitter in the Hinton area for over 12 years.  He has been fortunate enough to harvest numerous Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young animals.  He volunteers time each summer to teaching kids the basics of archery through his local Fish & Game Association.  Chris was the 2011 Impact Award winner at Wild TV’s Grizzly Awards. It is presented to the person who has made a significant impact in the Canadian Hunting Television Industry.
Cody Robbins has been an avid hunter and bow hunter since he was 11 years old.  His interest in cinematography began as a hobby and progressed to new heights when he was asked to film for Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures.  Cody has travelled extensively in search of new hunting adventures and guides Moose, Grizzly and Caribou in the Yukon.  Cody’s camera work has netted him some extremely prestigious awards including The Golden Moose Award for “Best Camera Work” and The Outdoor Writers of Canada Aware for “Best Television Show.”  
One of Canada’s largest waterfowl outfitters, Claudio Ongaro dedicates much of his time to this endeavor and in the off season, he outfits for trophy White Tail and Mule Deer.  Claudio recently launched his own YouTube Channel “A Guide’s Life”, which portrays life as a guide, bringing viewers the action as it happens.  The videos currently have well over 3.3 million views.  An avid outdoorsman and Shimano Field Staff status holder since 1990, Claudio has competed aggressively as a Walleye tournament angler and holds the 1993 Alberta Top overall Team of the Year.  In recent years he has returned to the tournament circuit finishing 2nd and 1st in the 2009 Anglers Cup and the Faust Walleye Tournament respectively. Claudio writes the Seasonal Targets column in Alberta Outdoorsmen Magazine and in 2011 was named one of Cabela’s Pro-Staff.  He feels truly honored and privileged to be a member of this prestigious group of Outdoor Professionals.
Richard Mellon’s interest in the outdoors began at an early age.  Growing up in Northern Alberta; where hunting and fishing was a way of life.  He is co-host and Executive Producer of Outdoor Quest TV; Canada’s longest running hunting show, now in its 13th season. Rich is a well-known firearm and reloading expert with an affinity for long range shooting and accurate rifles are what set him apart.  When he isn’t honing his skills on the range, he is an active Outdoor Writer specializing in guns and ballistics.

One of Canada’s premiere women hunters is Sandi Mellon.  Her love of the outdoors has taken her across North American, New Zealand and Africa.  She spends much of her time promoting women and families in the outdoors.  Sandi’s interests are varied, but her love of outdoor gear has become a personal passion and she taken it upon herself to put them all through their paces.

T.J. Schwanky believes in challenging himself every day and that spirit is exemplified in his hunting and fishing adventures.  He has taken three of North America’s four mountain sheep species and travelled to Asia last year to hunt the king of all sheep, the Marco Polo.  Schwanky is recognized as one of North America’s mountain hunting experts and is obsessed with finding gear that will allow him to push further in search of his next adventure.  T.J. was one of the pioneers on the walleye tournament circuit in Canada and authored the award-winning book, Walleye Across the West.  In addition to his passion for walleye, T.J. is equally at home in the mountains with a fly rod in hand.

Vanessa Harrop is relatively new to hunting, but in eight short years her quest has taken her across North America, Africa, New Zealand and Argentina in search of big game.  Most recently she took a 7 foot Grizzly bear at just 9 yards in the Yukon.  Vanessa is the ultimate gear junky, who is continually searching and testing items to assist in her adventures.  Vanessa is also the editor of “Inside Outdoors” for the Outdoor Writers of Canada.

“Both our Fishing  Presentation Pool and Hunting Seminar Stage will be a bevy of activity throughout the weekend,” says Laurie Paetz, Show Manager, “We have secured an impressive roster of Canadian outdoorsmen and women to conduct seminars on a wide variety of hunting and fishing topics.  Their presentations are sure to be both informative and entertaining.”

The Fishin’ Hole’s 35 Hour Fish-Tacular is a great opportunity to stock up and save on all your outdoor needs for the upcoming season, where many products will be offered at “show special” pricing.

Some of the other features that you should be sure and take in are the Trigger X Kid’s Fishing Pond, The Honda Junior Red Rider Club, the AHEIA hands on displays and simulators, and the Alberta Birds of Prey presentations, and the Retriever Dog Trial demonstrations. The Outdoor Travel and Tourism area is a must stop for anyone who is considering taking a fishing, hunting or outdoor adventure trip.   There is so much to see and do, you will want to spend the whole day at the Show.

This year’s Edmonton Show provides a unique opportunity to meet Willie and Korie Robertson, stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty on Friday, March 15th only.  There will be meet and greet sessions along with a question and answer sessions.  In addition to the stars of Duck Dynasty, you can also meet Alex Debogorski from History Channels “Ice Road Truckers” in the Northwest Territories booth and Terry Grant “The Real Mantracker” will be signing his new book “The Ultimate Guide to Tracking Man or Beast” in the AHEIA booth throughout the weekend.

Enter to win the Show’s Grand Prize a 2013 Kawasaki KVF360 ATV valued at $8650, provided by Canadian Kawasaki and Echo Cycle.

For further information including Show hours, ticket prices, features, and a list of exhibitors please visit or become part of the Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen’s Show’s online community by liking us on Facebook Advance tickets are available at


As a nonprofit Corporation, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows is committed to conserving Canada’s Great Outdoors and instilling Canadian youth with an appreciation for nature and outdoor activity.  CNSS uses the proceeds from these Shows to support and promote outdoor campaigns in Canada.  Since the first Show in 1948, more than $32,000,000.00 has been donated.

For Further Information Contact:
Show Manager
Laurie Paetz                                                                                                                     
Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows                                                                                                                                                        
Office:  (403) 245-9008                                                                                                 
Cell:  (403) 888-6583
Show Publicist
Jackie Jackson
Office:  (403) 238-3309
Cell:  (403) 614-6697

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