Features at a Glance

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NEW! Sea Life—Brave the Rainforest

Booth 103B

Come face to fear with creepy crawlies and curious critters from SEA LIFE’s new Brave the Rainforest exhibit! Discover new creature features during our Animal Talks, explore interactive stations with animal artifacts and games, and snap a selfie with some weird and wacky Rainforest creatures. The bravest little Rainforest Rangers can color a reusable backpack to take on their next adventure (while supplies last). For all those who dare, enter daily drawings to win free tickets to SEA LIFE at Mall of America to complete your journey through the rainforest!

Daily Education Sessions:
Thursday 2 PM, 5 PM and 7 PM
Friday 1 PM, 4 PM and 7 PM
Saturday 11 AM, 2 PM, 4 PM and 6 PM
Sunday 11 AM and 2 PM

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NEW! Student Angler Day—Friday, March 22

Sponsored by Crestliner's Angling Aces Student Program

Join us for a full day featuring career-related seminars from top professionals including FLW Forest Wood Cup Champion John Cox, Jason Mitchell of Jason Mitchell Outdoors Television, Doctor Sonar and more! Hear first-hand from top pros and discover how they made it big in the fishing industry. You'll also learn about techniques to refine your fishing and boating skills. 

Learn more. 

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Brought to you by Lund Boats and Student Angler Tournament Trail

Fishing 101 covers basic skills for all anglers.  Cast for big fish at LUNDker Lake or try you casting accuracy at Backyard Flipping, staffed by Lund Boat Fishing Professionals and Student Angler Tournament Trail Coaches.

Young anglers can pick up a free fishing coloring book or play a game of FISH Bingo too!

Lund Boats, Rapala &  Student Angler Tournament Trail

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The Hawg Trough—Fishing demonstrations

Back of Aisle 900

Experience fishing in a whole new way—from the viewpoint of the fish! Watch pro anglers demonstrate their fishing and casting skills at this 5,000-gallon aquarium stocked with native Minnesota species. You'll enjoy a unique underwater view of how fish react to different fishing techniques and strike at various types of bait and lures.

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Ducks Unlimited Room

Room 102 A/D

Learn about how Ducks Unlimited (DU) works to conserve wetlands and protect waterfowl in Minnesota. Help fill the skies with waterfowl for future generations—support DU’s conservation mission and the future of waterfowl hunting with silent auctions, raffles and more FREE Duck Decoy painting for kids (while supplies last).

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Wild Turkey Room Presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Room

Room 101 G

Get set for the spring turkey hunts. NWTF staff and turkey hunting experts from throughout Minnesota will be on hand to talk turkey hunting and answer your questions.

Fun activities for kids include:
• Turkey call making (while supplies last)
• Wild turkey coloring contest
• JAKES Take Aim air gun range

Cornhusker State Turkeys.
Matt Steffl. Wildlife Supervisor, or Justin Haag will talk about the diverse opportunities for hunting a thriving turkey population in Nebraska.

Schedule: Friday 7 PM and Saturday 11 AM


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Adventure Trail Pass

Calling all adventure seekers! Kids can learn about the outdoors as they follow the Adventure Trail map to visit stations throughout the show. Pick up your child's map in the NWTF Wild Turkey Room. Stops on the Adventure Trail include the Minneapolis DNR Laser Shot Gallery, Ducks Unlimited Room, Create-a-Crankbait and the Trout Pond. Kids who visit all of the stations and return their map to the Wild Turkey Room will receive a prize (while supplies last).

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Hunter’s Laser Shot Gallery

Room 101 J

Free laser hunting games presented by the Minneapolis Department of Natural Resources Firearms Safety Program introduce children to hunting and teach the importance of safety. It’s a fun, exciting way for youngsters to learn about gun safety, ethics and responsible gun ownership.

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Hunting & Fishing licenses

Lobby D

Get licenses for your favorite activities. The Minnesota DNR booth is your one-stop shop for all the licenses you’ll need to enjoy the outdoors this year.

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Kids’ Create-a-Crankbait

Booth 92

Crafty young anglers are invited to create their very own custom lure using blank wood or plastic bodies, paint markers and stick-on eyes for a fun and unique take home souvenir!

Brought to you by Women Anglers of Minnesota.

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Marine Electronics University

Room 102A

Explore the latest in marine electronics technology using Lowrance HDS GEN3 Touch units. Sessions will cover all the basics and more—with hands-on instruction on everything from routine setup and product use to news about leading technologies such as CHIRP sonar and Insight Genesis Mapping. You’ll also hear about newly released products. 

Class include gift bag with Insight Genesis software—a $100 value.

Register online & save!
Fee $25 per person includes adult admission. Click here to puchase tickets to the class.

Register at the show Office: Fee $15 per person ($14 adult admission not included). 

Daily Classes:

  • Thursday: 3 PM and 6 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM, 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday: 12 PM


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National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Saturday, March 23 at 5:00 PM—Main Seminar Stage

You are invited to attend the induction ceremony as Ray Dupuis, Chip Leer, and Matt Straw are welcomed into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Awards recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting onctributions to the sport and heritage of fresh water fishing. 

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Trout Pond—A Show Tradition

Lobby D

There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of fishing. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one". Free for kids 12 and younger!

Progressive Insurance

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