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Outdoor fanatics from across the Maritimes will converge on Moncton this weekend for the annual New Brunswick Sportsmen Show at the Moncton Coliseum from April 1st to 3rd, 2016. The event is the largest in the region, and actually combines three great events into one jam-packed weekend. In 2012, the Dieppe Fly Fishing Forum joined the annual Moncton Boat Show and the NB Sportsmen's Show to make one large event at a single admission price. This will be the 13th year for the Fly Fishing Forum, with a successful history.

 

This is one of those rare weekends that seems to improve upon itself with every event. Last year, the weekend got even better by adding the Canadian Duck and Goose Calling Championship which they say will be permanently held in Moncton at this event. Last year's event was reportedly the largest turnout of any event held in Canada. The winner of the duck calling event will have the right to represent the country at the World Duck Calling Championship held later this year! Last year's champion was Matthew Wilson who won with his own signature call. The contest will be jam packed with talent and you will not want to miss it. Participants may register until 10:40am on Saturday, and the contest begins at 11am.

 

There will be a full seminar series of presentations all weekend long at the stage on a variety of subjects including fishing, hunting, fly tying, calling, dog techniques and more! Speaking of the duck calling, Matthew Wilson and Ryan Reynolds will be teaching a seminar on calling techniques that you will not want to miss! In addition to Wilson's Canadian Duck calling championship last year, the duo combined to win the 2-man goose calling contest and Ryan Reynolds won the individual goose calling competition. Wilson is an extremely accomplished caller; to date he has won 6 National calling titles and has competed in the World Duck Calling Championship twice. Reynolds also has found great success in contest calling. Besides the stage events, there is a large list of training available throughout the weekend in the fly casting aisle.Whatever your outdoor interests, you should find something of interest in the great list of seminars. Full seminar schedule may be found here.

 

Kevin Case Wetting a Line in NB

The event is filled with over 100 exhibitors from a wide range of categories including vendors of hunting and fishing gear, outdoor products, guides and outfitters, conservation groups, as well as boats, ATVs, and offroad vehicles. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced veteran of the outdoors, this event has something to offer you. The Wilderness Obession crew will not be present with a table, but we will be attending the event throughout the weekend taking in seminars and discussing the outdoors with everyone we meet.

 

Fly fishing fanatics will want to check out the International Fly Fishing Film Festival on Friday night beginning at 6pm in the Legends Restaurant. (There is an additional cost of $8 per person for this event, paid at the door). This year there are more than 50 fly fishing booths, including 12 of the best fly tiers in the Maritimes. You can actually watch many tiers at work and discuss the art with them, in addition to purchasing their creations. In addition, Pro caster Steve Smith will be one of the highlights in a new and bigger fly casting aisle! The event also contributes greatly to area conservation, and since the beginning of the Fly Fishing Forum, more than $125,000 has been given to different conservation and river associations of NB.

 

We have heard some criticism of the involvement of Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops at this year's show. Cabelas is running an archery range along with a BB gun tent, while Bass Pro Shops is sponsoring the show stage. In reality it would have been a huge surprise if one or both of these outdoor retailers chose to ignore this major event in their own backyard. Having these two large outdoor retailers locate in Greater Moncton is a recognition of the passion that people have in our region for outdoor sports, and the two locations have not seemed to hamper the enthusiasm of other local retailers for the spending dollars of outdoorsmen. In addition, with at least 98 other exhibitors, it is certain to not be completely dominated by these two large retailers.

 

Kevin Case, obsessed fly fisherman and group sales manager for the fishing and hunting sections at Bass Pro Shops spoke with us about his excitement for the event. “Bass Pro Shops is very proud to be a part of this year's Boat / Sportsmen's Show as well as supporting a great local organization such as the Dieppe Fly Fishing forum. It's great for consumers to be able to compare outfitters and retailers all under one roof, as well as meeting and supporting the generous conservation groups and local organizations. I think all the great exhibitors have excellent things to offer from the independent entrepreneur to the bigger sized stores. It's just fun to be able to offer products and services that people actually enjoy buying. With fishing season just around the corner and the great outdoors starting to wake up after the winter months, the guests of the show can't help but show some excitement. I know I can't.”

Show Hours:

Friday, April 1

12 (Noon) – 9:00 PM

Saturday, April 2

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sunday, April 3

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Admission:

Adult

$10

Junior (10-16)

$8

Children Under 10

FREE

Family Pass (2 adults + 2 juniors)

$25

Event Pass (Non-Transferable)

$15

 

 

2016-03-31 20:59:44

 

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