Current Outdoor Enthusiasts Will Find Plenty to Do at S.D. Outdoor Expo

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HURON, S.D.— The S.D. Outdoor Expo is a perfect place for those looking to brush up on their hunting and fishing skills or develop new outdoor interests.

Archery experts from Scheels, 4-H Shooting Sports and K & B Archery will be on hand to give tips, tricks and pointers for those experienced and not-so-experienced archers.

Shooters can try their hand at the Cowboy Fast Draw put on by the Dakota Territory Rangers. They can also experience muzzleloading and period camps from the 1770s to the1840s. Another activity for hunters is tree stand safety by S.D. Bowhunters, Inc. All types of hunters will have the opportunity to climb into some tree stands to compare features and learn safety.

Hunters can have fun while honing their shooting skills with the LaserShot shooting simulators that Pheasants Forever and the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department will have on hand. Shooters can also head out to the Huron Gun Club for shotgun shooting.

Need a little help training your dog in the field? The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association will provide versatile hunting dog demonstrations throughout the weekend. And for the retriever lovers, Luttrell Kennels will present both basic and advanced retriever training demos.

Outdoor enthusiasts more interested in water sports can try kayaking and canoeing in a man-made pond on the fairgrounds. Anglers can test the strength of different knots on a machine provided by the S.D. B.A.S.S. Federation.

Current hunters and anglers looking to learn a new skill or activity will have plenty to choose from such as Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, birding and outdoor games.

The S.D. Outdoor Expo is also the perfect opportunity to introduce a young person to the world of the outdoors. Bring along children, grandchildren or the neighbor youngsters and help the next generation develop a love of the outdoors that will last a lifetime.

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, Scheels 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: Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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 onto