Outdoors

100-plus hours of seminars, fast draw shooting highlight sportsmen’s show schedule.

Visitors to the 2015 edition of the Washington Sportsmen’s Show will have the chance to learn from some experts making their debut, fire a six-shooter and find some deals on fishing and hunting gear.

“The seminars have been a huge part of the show from the beginning,” said Barry Bartlett, show spokesman. “It’s a great way to get information and tips from some of the top people in each area.”

This year’s show will have more than 100 hours of seminars on fishing, hunting, camp cooking, fly tying and survival.

Among the presenters making their first appearance at the Puyallup show are Lace Merz, who will be talking about kokanee fishing; Shane Magnuson, who will lead session on bait curing and brining; and Marc Williamson, who will talk about fly fishing the lakes and rivers of Central Oregon.

Returning after a successful debut last year will be the Cowboy Fast Draw exhibit.

Show attendees will have the chance to fire a Colt 45 style six-gun, using vintage holsters and special wax bullets at a special range. On hand will be Cal Eilrich, the colorful director of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association and a 17-time world fast draw champion. Helping out will be NRA-certified instructors from the Tacoma Sportsmen's Club.

“We had a very positive reaction last year,” Bartlett said. “There is a lot of intrigue in kind of stepping back into the Old West to try their hand with a real six gun. Here is a real fun, supervised way to enjoy the Old West.”

Among the popular exhibits returning are the one-of-a-kind indoor “Steelhead River,” the Northwest Tour of Big Game Animals and Head & Horns competition, the camp cooking tent and the free kids trout pond. There also will be scores of guides and outfitters on hand, as well as travel destination representatives.

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