Learn a New Outdoor Activity This Spring

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HURON, S.D.—With the arrival of spring, people are anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the nice weather. The S.D. Outdoor Expo to be held on the S.D. State Fairgrounds on May 17-18 will be a great opportunity for the whole family to get outside, enjoy the outdoors and learn a few new activities that they can enjoy all summer long. There are nearly 100 activities and booths for people to visit. There is sure to be something for everyone.

Activities are grouped into five areas –Fishing and Aquatic Education, Hunting and Wildlife, (both sponsored by Wildlife Protection, Inc.), Camping and Outdoor Recreation, Shooting Sports, and Wildlife Management.

Want to learn how to canoe or kayak? Expo attendees can do just that as a pond will be constructed on the fairgrounds for fishing and aquatic education activities.  Other activities include: casting, knot machine, rod building, Corps of Engineers, spearfishing, measuring water clarity, fish tank display, fish print T-shirts, family fly-fishing clinic, Fantastic Fun River Run and numerous other fishing activities.

If Camping and Outdoor Recreation interests you, you can try: panning for gold, Dutch oven cooking, cooking over a campfire, cooking with kids, basic birdwatching skills, healthy hunter initiative, outdoor games, building birdhouses, knotting and usage, reading topographical maps, using compasses, using GPS units, intro to Dutch ovens, birding safari, geocaching, inflatables from the National Guard and mountain biking.

If you want to learn more about Shooting Sports, you can find traditional muzzleloaders, period camps and skills of the 1770-1840 periods, National Archery in the Schools Program, archery shooting, air rifle, shotgun shooting and a cowboy fast draw club.

For those interested in Hunting and Wildlife, there is turkey calling and hunting, goose/duck decoys, LaserShot simulators, a mock pheasant hunt, basic and advanced retriever training, versatile hunting dog demonstrations, making animal tracks, safari in a box, deer mounts, conservation education, trapping/furbearer management, create your own animal hat and wild game cooking demonstrations.

The S.D. Department of Game, Fish and Parks will also have information available about several topics such as: hunting and fishing licenses, wildlife diversity, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman/Project WILD, habitat for wildlife, GFP information collection, fisheries biologists, conservation officers, mountain lion education, hunting information and the Animal Damage Control Program.

Other activities include: TIPS trailer, wildfire prevention, NRCS worm tunnel, and NRCS conservation programs.

Some outdoor activities may require a participant waiver–canoeing, kayaking, archery, air rifle, shotgun and tree stand safety. Waivers can be found on the Web site www.sdoutdoorexpo.com or at the S.D. Outdoor Expo.

In addition to all of the activities, featured programs will include: The Bassmeister – Fishing for Laughs Comedy Show, wilderness safety, live birds of prey and live bat encounters.

Major sponsors of the Outdoor Expo are: Wildlife Protection Inc, The Weatherby Foundation, Spader’s RV Center, S.D. Parks and Wildlife Foundation, S.D. Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Scheel’s and S.D. B.A.S.S Federation.

The S.D. Outdoor Expo is FREE to all attendees. Anyone who is currently involved in the outdoors or would like to learn more is invited to attend the first S.D. Outdoor Expo, May 17-18. Hours of the event are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, and  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.  It is sure to be a great experience, no matter what your outdoor skill level may be. For more information, please call the S.D. State Fair office at (605) 353-7340 or log on to www.sdoutdoorexpo.com.

 – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks  –