Features at a Glance

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Discover Fly Fishing

Lobby D

Fly fishing is a sport of strategy and technique that is both relaxing and exhilarating. While the basic skills are not difficult to learn, it offers challenges for even the most experienced anglers. Learn from Bob Nasby, Vic Mason and Bob Trevis on how to tie a fly, watch casting demonstrations, get advice about the gear you need to get started, where to go fly fishing and more. 

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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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Bassmaster Classic

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Across from the Hawg Trough, at the end of aisle 900

Join fellow anglers to catch the world championship of bass fishing on our video wall. See all the live action—from the opening cast to daily weigh-ins to the final award ceremony—as 52 of the world’s best anglers compete for bass fishing’s biggest prize!

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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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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center - FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair Seminars

Booth 709

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself. 

For the full list of seminars, click here

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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 all your outdoor adventures from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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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. 

Pre-registration is required. Class fee: $25 per person includes adult admission, class, and a gift bag with Insight Genesis software ($100 value). Click here to puchase tickets to the class.

Daily Classes:

  • Thursday 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday: 11:00AM, 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM


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National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Saturday, March 25 at 5:00pm—Main Seminar Stage

You are invited to attend the induction ceremony as Hugh C. Becker, Steve Pennaz, and Gordon Schluter are welcomed into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

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NEW! Wolves of the World

Space 103B

The world’s only traveling wolf pack! Experience the power and intelligence of these amazing animals. See how these rescued wolves have come together as a pack and learn about wolves’ natural behavior and the do’s and don’ts of interacting with wild animals during a unique educational session.

Daily Education Sessions:

  • Thursday: 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

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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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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

Friday, March 24, 5pm–7pm
Saturday, March 25, 3pm–5pm


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