January 19th-21st, 2017

Thursday 2pm-9pm Friday 9am-9pm Saturday 9am-5pm

 Mt. Hope Event Center

 8076 SR 241

 Millersburg, Ohio 44654

 Admission - $10 per Adult

 Kids 10 & under FREE

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Last year alone, Don and his crew worked in seven states and planted over 280,000 trees and shrubs on a wide variety of habitat projects. Many of these projects were designed by Don for maximum results for the landowner; others were part of government conservation programs such as CRP, WRP, CReP and WHIP. Today Don and and his wife Robin continue to operate Higgins Outdoors (www.higginsoutdoors.com) which includes the production of potted trees and shrubs for wildlife habitat projects. He also works as a whitetail habitat consultant for clients looking to improve the deer hunting on their properties. If this wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Don is also co-owner of Real World Wildlife Seed Company (www.realworldwildlifeseed.com)

Don Higgins Bio
On November 16, 1979, 16-year-old Don Higgins shot his first whitetail, a 9-point buck. When he pulled the trigger on that monumental buck, God lit a passionate fire in his heart for whitetails, and especially big bucks, that burns hotter with each passing season. Don slowly honed his skills over the years and eventually started tagging mature whitetail bucks on a consistent basis. In 1996 North American Whitetail magazine published his first article and in the years since he has had hundreds of articles published in almost every major hunting magazine. He has also authored two very popular books on hunting trophy whitetails.
    In 1991 Don purchased his grandparents small farm and soon began improving the wildlife habitat in hopes of one day killing a deer on the land he had roamed since birth and where his roots are so firmly anchored. The results far exceeded his expectations and that passionate hobby of creating quality deer habitat eventually became a full-time business. In 2002 Don walked away from a job of 20-years to strike out on his own doing what he loves. In the years since he has worked all over the Midwest planting literally millions of trees, shrubs and native grasses while creating thousands of acres of top-notch wildlife habitat.

Shawn Kotchey

Owner and Operator of Millcreek Valley Game Calls

NWTF Member since 1992. CertifiedTurkey Hunting educator with NWTF and Pa Game Commision. Over 51 Turkey Calling, Owl Hooting and Elk Calling Titles. 5 Grand Slams. Hunted Wild Turkey's in over 27 States. Certifed Turkey Hunting Guide in Virgina,and Washington State. Award winning Turkey call maker. Guest on several outdoor TV shows, Sportsman channel and Pursuit Channel and many Radio shows for turkey hunting Articles on Turkey Calls in Outdoor life and Turkey and Turkey Hunting

 

Booth Speakers

 

Smokey McNicholas, a professional trapper by trade, has been making his lures and baits for over 20 years in the hills of West Virginia and makes the first and only real Preorbital Gland Lure.

These products have attracted the biggest bucks around, a fact proven by Smokey’s Deer Lures winning the Ohio Valley Big Buck contest 3 years in a row. Find out what makes these products work and learn firsthand the way to combine them for the best results. Remember this is the only place to find the a true Preorbital gland lure.

Fishing Programs

Jim Vitaro- Bass Speaker


2016 BFL All American Qualifier
2nd BLF KY Lake regional 2015
14 BFL Regional Qualifier
3 top 10's 2015
2 top. 5's. 2015
Bassmaster Opens
Rayvac Opens
Owner of the Hawg Troughs
Fish care expert

 

Dan Armitage Biography

Dan Armitage is a popular freelance outdoor and travel writer, speaker and radio show host based in Ohio whose articles appear in Outdoor Life, In-Fisherman, AAA Home & Away, Ohio’s Country Journal, Boating, Ohio Outdoor News, and Ohio Game & Fish. He hosts the syndicated radio program “Buckeye Sportsman with Dan Armitage” presented by Cabela’s every Saturday on 24 Ohio radio stations (www.buckeyesportsman.net) . Dan travels the nation during the winter months conducting programs on fishing and boating subjects and will lead his popular “Kids Fishing 411” seminar daily at the Northeast Ohio Sportsmen Show.

Dan Armitage’s “Kids Fishing 411” Seminar
Atop the giant Hawg Trough mobile aquarium, Ohio-based outdoor writer and radio show host Dan Armitage will discuss the basics of fishing while demonstrating the use of simple tackle, hooks, bobbers and live bait featuring props that include the World’s Largest Bobber and the World’s Biggest Fishing Hook at this year’s Northeast Ohio Sportsmen Show. Armitage shows how to rig and use a cane pole, allows the kids to handle live bait like worms and minnows and, in dramatic style with live fish, shows how the baits should be presented to fish in the giant aquarium. He ends each show by allowing a child to join him atop the tank, demonstrates how to select and fit a PFD, and (hopefully) catch and release a fish!

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