Tireless hordes of excessive feather chasin, bone crushin outdoor hunting fanatics packed the Alliant Energy Center last weekend for the Madison Deer and Turkey Expo. Madison is home to one of the largest deer, turkey, and outdoor tradeshows in the country. The 3-day event draw crowds from across the Midwest that has an infinite amount of outdoors love. The Madison and Turkey Expo is a place where exhibitors and consumers do business, make purchases, and create lasting memories.
Three brain-spinning days of showcasing products, talking about hunting, and selling gear is what goes down during the show. Mobs of hunting hungry crowds eagerly jam through the lanes of vendors anticipating their next purchase. Men, women, and children stroll wide-eyed through the endless lanes of booths. Many hunters will purchase most of their season's hunting gear and accessories from the expo.
My booth was listed as 311 and called Wik's World Outdoors Camp. I am the President and founder of Wik's World Outdoors, LLC, which is an educational and interactive hunting camp for kids during the summer. My message to our youth is rather simple. I show kids that there's more to life than computers, video games, and TV. The only way we can ensure the future of hunting is by teaching kids what Mother Nature offers when theyre young.
Throughout the 3-days, many exciting events take place. Hunting and outdoor celebrities conducted seminars about shot-placement, shed hunting, and food plots. Seminars were topically scattered from aging deer, to dog training, and even wild game cooking. It presented an appealing mix of hobbies for all outdoor goers and doers!
There were a lot of mega bucks brought to the expo to be displayed on the big buck wall. Passerbies could only drool and dream at the sight of some of the largest racked whitetail ever killed in Wisconsin. Hundreds of fortunate hunters brought their big mounts to the show for professional judges to score. They even had a big-buck contest, which was truly a sight to see. It was just another reason I feel blessed to live in the big buck haven of Wisconsin. The show also had a new product section displayed, where vendors had the opportunity of presenting their most prized product for 2009.
Throughout the show, I had a chance to listen to some unforgettable hunting stories, which make some of mine look bleak. It's always fascinating to see how some people get so animated and involved into their stories. Their true passion and love for the outdoors is show through their emotions. It is a simple reminder of why we all venture into the woods and a field to relish the moments of nature's blessing.
At the near ending of Sunday, I took a moment to stroll through the winding booths, which speckled the Alliant Energy Center. Some of my best friends and partners in the industry attended, who made it that much more amazing.
President Brad Hering and his son Keenan Hering of Bear Scents, LLC were just the people I looked for. I have had the fortune of getting to know the history and background of their company for the last few years. They represent some of the best bear lures and attractants on the market. They have a solid crew of passionate bear hunting diehards. I will be using their sweet-sizzling bacon scent lure during my first bear hunt this summer at Cygnet Lake Camp in Canada with my man Dan Schafer.
Within minutes, I spotted the deer-crazy dudes from White Knuckle Productions. Todd Pringnitz and the rest of the crew always seem to animate the crowds of people lined-up to grab their hunting DVD's. This year they introduced a brand new DVD called, Full Circleâ which was absolutely incredible. These boys know how to thrown down great footage on a yearly-basis.
Another year has been written history, but lasting memories and friendships were built. Id like to thank everyone who attended the show and scoped out my booth. I hope to see more fresh faces next year.