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West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show

January 26th, 2008

Today was the first day of the West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show. A friend and I took my 4 year old son, Jacob, and headed out to Charleston for the big event. I have lived in the Charleston and Huntington area for 8 years now, and I have only missed one of these shows. It is usually a lot of fun, and we get to see a lot of cool stuff. I also usually spend too much money! 2 years ago, I bought my TreeWalker Tree Stand, which was a bit pricey, but well worth the money. Last year, I bought a set of Bipod shooting sticks, which I am planning to write a review of soon. This year, I got by on the cheap side. I found a guy who was selling kids camo shirts in microsuede, and had him print “Paw Paw’s Hunting Buddy” on them for my kids–I knew their PaPaw would like that. I am hoping to get a picture of them with their shirts on sometime soon.

Blind Turtle Hunting BlindJacob had a ball at this show. This is the first time he has really been able to walk around with me and look at stuff. We found a ton of cool things that are new. I must admit, one of the best new products that I saw was the Blind Turtle hunting blind. It was very roomy, and very comfortable. There was plenty of room for 2 hunters, and windows on every side for shooting. If I had the money for these, I would probably put 2 on our hunting property. This would be perfect for hunting with kids, as you could even put a heater in it to keep them warm.

I know Jacob would have a blast with this, as he climbed in and around it while I was talking with the company’s rep, who was very friendly. He even gave Jacob a hat that he was eying. This blind can either be put on the ground, or you can use the kit to raise it up off the ground. The rep I talked to said that they had put it up at 8 feet, and it was no problem for 2 people to get it erected.

Be sure to check this blind out if you are looking for permanent blinds for your hunting properties. I think they are probably comparable to other blinds in price, but they appeared to be well constructed, and somewhat light weight (making them mobile with a truck, or a gator.

Jacob Shooting BowJacob had the opportunity to shoot a bow for the first time today. The Ohio DNR had a booth set up with some bows and arrows for people to shoot. They had some of the new Matthews Genesis bows, which are quite amazing. The one Jacob shot had a draw weight of about 1o pounds. After helping him with the first couple of shots, he figured out he could draw the bow by himself, and shoot it. I think he is a natural, as he never missed the target. He even shot at the 3D deer a few times, and nailed it every time. I think he already has the bug…he wants me to buy him a bow now. I think I am going to have to look into one of those Genesis bows, as it will make it possible for him to get started into archery now. I figured that He would want to take up archery soon, and he has been asking when he would be big enough to shoot a bow. I guess I now have no way of telling him he isn’t big enough!

Jacob and WildebeestOne of the best things about a show like this is that we get to see tons of animal mounts. Jacob loves to run around looking at the mounts, and identify what kinds of animals he sees. He can amaze many people by identifying animals that most 4 year olds don’t know exist. For example, he knew that this animal was a wildebeest. There were hundreds of mounts around the Civic Center, and Jacob wanted to see every one of them. There are some very good taxidermists in this area, and there are some very bad ones. I could certainly whittle down my list of which ones I would use by one trip through the show. By the way, have you ever seen a good fox mount? That must be one difficult animal to mount, since I rarely have seen a good one. Most have a really stupid look on their face. I should have taken a couple of pictures of foxes at the show…they were pitiful!

I took several pictures of Jacob around some of the mounts that he liked. I will stick a few of those pictures down at the bottom of this post so you can take a look at them if you want to.

Jacob and Mingo County BuckEvery year, the West Virginia DNR has a booth set up, where they display a “Wall of Shame”, which is a wall that displays a bunch of bucks that have been confiscated after being shot illegally. This year, they had a huge rack from a Mingo County buck on display. When I started to take a picture of the rack, the Conservation Officer suggested that we should let Jacob hold the rack for the picture. While I was taking the picture, the photographer for the Charleston Gazette walked up and asked to take a picture for the paper. So, we are hoping that a picture something like the one to the right will be appearing in the Charleston newspaper sometime in the next couple of days. I may have to check with some friends in that area, and get them to watch for it!

Overall, this was a great day. I really enjoyed getting to spend the whole day with Jacob, and I think he enjoyed it immensely. I am glad we were able to go, and I hope we will make it back up there next year as well.

Here are a few more pictures from the day:

Jacob and Buck Jacob and Bear Jacob and Otter
I have a few more pictures loaded up, and you can find them by clicking HERE

11 Responses to “West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show”

  1. Love the pictures…looks like Jacob had a ball as well as his Dad! I also love the Blind Turtle Stand. That would be great for my husband to get into since he can’t climb to well anymore. Just step into it. Have to check it out. We have a Wildlife Extravaganza every year in Jackson, MS that we go to. It is so neat to see all the stuff on hunting. If you check back in my archives I have a few pics from it.

  2. We have a buckarama every year here in Georgia. It’s alot of fun. It looks like your son had a good time. I’m gonna take my son this year to the buckarama.

  3. Looks like your son had a great time and looks like there was lots to do.

  4. Great post! Looks like Jacob had a blast and so are you. By the way I like the turtle hunting blind. I am sure it also could find good use as a ice fishing shack.

    Our hunting and fishing show, the largest in British Columbia, is coming up in March. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas.
    -ov-

  5. Othmar, the guy at the show said that the Blind Turtle can be used as an ice fishing shack. I didn’t look at the floor to see how it was designed for ice fishing.

    I hope that you all enjoy your hunting shows as much as we did ours!

  6. Looks like an awesome day. It’s great that your son is always involved so much.

    We have a couple outdoor shows coming up and a big buck night that is going to be happening locally here very soon. I’m looking forward to all of them.

  7. Wow those hunting shows are great fun. Ours will be here in a little over a month. That blind looks pretty cool what was the price tag on that? I can’t find it on their website. Looks like your little man had a great time.
    -Moose-

  8. hey moose, thanks for stopping by. the blind costs $699 by itself, or $999 with the kit to elevate it and the windows and seats. A bit steep for my tastes, but pretty nice! if they wanted to give me one to field test, i’d sure jump on it…

  9. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. It is always nice to go to the smaller shows. You get to talk to a lot more people that way.

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