Captain Josh has been fishing in Ohio for over 32 years. He has guided professionally for 14 of
them, spending most of that time guiding fly fishing trips for one of the largest fly shops in the Midwest.
Along with conventional gear trips on Lake Erie and inland rivers, Josh was the first to offer guided trips
for Northern Pike in Ohio and also has developed a reputation for being one of Ohio’s most prominent
and well-known Steelhead guides.
2022 BFL All American Qualifier / 2021 BFL Regional (2nd Place) / 2021 BFL Sandusky Bay Qualifier ( 3 Place ) / 2 Toyota Series National Championship Qualifier (2016, 2018) / 2 BFL All American Qualifier (2016, 2022) / 20 BFL Regional Qualifier / 26 FLW Top 10’s / 3 BFL Wins
Atop a giant mobile aquarium, popular Midwest outdoor writer and syndicated radio show host Dan Armitage will discuss the basics of fishing for kids while demonstrating the use of simple tackle, hooks, bobbers and live bait featuring props that include the World’s Largest Bobber, World’s Largest fishing Lure and the World’s Biggest Fishing Hook. The certified Passport to Fishing Instructor 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 properly handle and release a fish!
Born in the early fifties.
Raised on a farm in the West Virginia Panhandle.
Completed elementary and high school.
Spent most all of his free time in the outdoors studying the laws of nature.
Worked in the local potteries and still mills.
Trapped and hunted to supplement his income.
Developed his own natural baits and lures for trapping and hunting.
Became an expert and professional trapper primarily coyotes.
Started a predator trapping and deer leer.
His lures won the Ohio Valley Big Buck Contest three years in a row.
Attends outdoor shows and gives seminars on trapping and deer hunting.
Markets his services and products via the internet, in person and word of mouth.
Continues to develop new products, hunting and trapping techniques.
Joe was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania where he tried his hand at
night calling at a very young age. He was only 14 when he called in and killed
his first grey fox. From that point on he was hooked and now 40 plus years
later he still targets predators willing to come to the call with their eyes glowing
from his now “much better” red lights – still feeling that same passion he felt
back then. Although he has upgraded his hunting equipment and changed his
style, the concept is still basically the same.
In 2012, Joe started his own predator light company Night Eyes, LLC.
Several years after starting his company Joe retired from a 28-year career in
Law Enforcement where he was a certified firearms instructor. He has given
seminars on calling predators at night throughout the northeast United States
and has written several night hunting articles. Joe has been lso featured on
the Pursuit Channel.
Joe finds coyotes are much more challenging to call in than fox and feels
every coyote called in and killed is a trophy. Joe says: “The ever-wise coyote
is without question an excellent teacher and he is still teaching me even
Joe is always willing to provide hunting strategies to those who are willing to
listen. He feels very privileged to have been instrumental in helping get
thousands of new hunters started into the night hunting sport and he loves to
hear their success stories that follow. Night hunting still calls to Joe as
strongly today as it did on that first fateful night-time fox hunt, many years ago.
Erich D. Long is the owner of Drumming Log Wildlife Management and has been professionally
managing wildlife for over 20 years. During this time, he has been fortunate to travel all over
the country managing for wildlife. He also recently teamed up to start The Dear Hunter Project
that is dedicated to educating sportsmen about conservation related issues. Erich also sells real
estate for Mossy Oak Properties, (Bauer Real Estate Company)
With over fifty years of hunting, fishing, trapping and rugged outdoor adventures under his belt, Jim Riggle (known as Timber Jim) brings to the show an exciting revolutionary way to attract not only Monster Bucks, but also a wide range of critters right to your favorite hunting spot. Jim has been featured in many national hunting magazines, newspapers, websites and even on television. He’s hunted all over North America, especially here in the tri-state region. As a spokesperson for Smokey’s Buck Lure, Timber Jim has presented his proven success “Licking Branch” techniques to hunters throughout the United States. He and Smokey have been doing outdoor shows together for over 18 years.
One of his best takes is his record breaking, still standing after 15 years number one biggest buck ever harvested in Forest County. The buck nicknames “Spike” is a 195″ Boone and Crockett, being a “Top 20” PA record buck. Also, at age 27, Jim was featured in “Pennsylvania Game News” magazine for killing three bucks in the states of PA, WV and Ohio in the first three weeks of the season.
Bill’s adventures have taken him all over the world. He has harvested
moose, elk, caribou, mule deer, whitetail deer, javelina, wild boar, turkey,
antelope, mountain lion, bear and alligator using a bow with many making
the Pope & Young and Boone & Crocket record books. International
hunting trips to Africa and New Zealand have produced cape buffalo, lion,
leopard, elephant, rhino, (Big 5 in Africa with a bow and arrow), sable,
kudu, gemsbok, gold medal red stag, sika deer, Thar and chamois. Bill has
taken over 50 different species with a Bow and Arrow. Turkey hunting is a
passion of Bill’s. Well-known for his superior calling abilities and hunting
tactics, his records of success include 18 NWTF grand slams, including two
with a bow and two world turkey slams. An avid bird hunter, Bill has
traveled to Canada, Mexico and Argentina in search of waterfowl and
upland hunting adventures. Bill is also a tournament archer. He has won
seven IBO National Team Championships, four IBO Individual State
Championships and Individual World Champion.
Bill is on a number of the elite Pro Staff of some of the leaders in the
hunting industry, which includes over 45 years with PSE Archery, 29 years
with Elite staff of Mossy Oak, America’s Best Bowstrings, Bohning Archery,
Rocky Boots, Quaker Boy Gamecalls, Carbon Express, B3 Archery Products,
High Tower Products, Feradyne Outdoors, Jackie’s Deer Lures, Oak Ridge
Hunting Blinds, Millennium Treestands, HECS Outdoors, Morrell Targets,
Lakewood Products, and Ozonics.
If you love hunting whittle deer and you are ready to advance your skills in the woods, it’s time to learn from the master guide that has seen and done it all. Referred to as “Duke of the North Woods”. This renowned track of whitetails is a Master Guide in Maine. Coma and see his deer hunting seminar called “Ultimate Whitetail Stalking and Tracking.
He will also share, map and compass skills, how and where to find big bucks, how to walk up on big bucks in all conditions, how to react to big bucks when you jump them, how to shoot fast and accurate and other big woods hunting skills.
7:00 PM-THURSDAY JANUARY 19TH
PRESENTED BY: WHITETAIL HABITAT DESIGN LLC
SPEAKERS: MYRON HERSHBERGER AND MARION MILLER
TOPIC: HOW TO DESIGN YOUR WHITETAIL PARCEL
7:00 PM-FRIDAY JANUARY 20TH
BEN RISING: WHITETAIL EDGE TV/WICKED RIDGE OUTFITTERS
ERICH LONG: DRUMMING LOG WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
DIVISION OF WILDLIFE REPRESENTATIVE
TOPICS- DEER MANAGEMENT, BAITING, EHD, CWD AND OTHER RELATED TOPICS!
SPEAKER: DAVID HERSHBERGER
TOPIC: CHAINSAWS & BIG BUCKS