Features at a Glance

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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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Fishing Seminars

Don’t let these get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch. Sessions cover a variety of fishing topics.

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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 can create a crankbait—by coloring a rattling plastic crankbait body and adding stick-on lure features—to take home as a one-of-a-kind show souvenir! Brought to you by Tips Outdoors Foundation. 

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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!

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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. PLUS

  • Daily turkey hunting seminars
  • Wild turkey mounts representing the World Slam of Turkeys

Fun activities for kids including:

  • Turkey call making (while supplies last)
  • Wild turkey coloring contest
  • JAKES Take Aim air gun range

Don’t miss the Zoomobile! See a variety of wild animals up close and learn about their important roles in nature. Presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Zoomobile. Schedule: Friday and Saturday 5pm–7pm

Balloon Artistry by Mandana
Minnesota native and international award-winning balloon artist Mandana Moshrefzadeh will twist, bend, and shape balloons into animals, characters, headwear and other fun shapes. Schedule:
Friday 3 PM–5 PM and Saturday 5 PM–7 PM


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