On January 22, the The West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show formally opens for the weekend. Three Safari companies from Africa, a red stag outfitter from New Zealand, elk hunt outfitters from the western USA, bear hunt guides from Canada, an exotic hunt outfitter from Spain, and fishing charter captains from the Great Lakes are among the many hunting and fishing professionals that will be exhibiting at the Charleston Civic Center on January 22nd through January 24th. They will participate in the annual West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show. This event is the biggest hunting and fishing show and the largest paid exposition in West Virginia. It has been West Virginia’s premier hunting and fishing show since 1987.
The show is produced by the non-profit West Virginia Trophy Hunters Association and manned by unpaid volunteers. After show and organizational expenses are paid, the balance of show proceeds go to wildlife conservation and youth outdoor educational activities. They have supported West Virginia elk restoral studies by two universities, Trout Unlimited projects, Ruffed Grouse Society conservation efforts, WV DNR bear studies, the WVTHASM wildlife project in Wirt County, and the Boy Scouts of America, to name just a few. This award winning organization has worked tirelessly for wildlife and fishery conservation in West Virginia. Its mission, beyond wildlife conservation, is defending our hunting heritage. Other than dues paid by the members, the annual show and auction are their sole source of funding.
Hunters and fishermen alike look forward to this show every year. It provides high quality vendors and gives sportsmen a chance to view and buy the latest in hunting and fishing equipment and attire. The show also provides an opportunity to speak with guides, outfitters and fishing charter groups, to arrange the dream trips of a lifetime. Every year West Virginia hunters book their first African big game hunt or their first elk hunt at the show. Others, pleased with their past experiences, come to renew acquaintances or book follow up trips. Wildlife art and custom handmade knives are also available.
With over 230 vendor booths, the West Virginia Whitetail Hall of FameSM, the West Virginia Wildlife Charity AuctionSM, and two coyote hunting seminars on Saturday, this show has something for every outdoor enthusiast. Also on Saturday, from approximately 10 AM until 2 PM, birds of prey from the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center will be on site. Thunder, the American eagle will be there. Their fans include young and old alike. There will be a raptor seminar at noon, in the Little Theater. For more show information visit the website at: www.wvtrophyhunters.com.