The 23rd Annual Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show comes to Essex Expo

Celebrate Vermont’s hunting and fishing heritage, Jan 16-18.

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The 23rd Annual Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show presented by the Heritage Automotive Group, will be held Jan. 16-18 at the Robert E. Miller Expo Center in Essex Junction.  The three-day, 100,000-squar-foot event brings together 15,000 sportsmen, women and their families from all over to celebrate Vermont’s hunting and fishing heritage.

With nearly 200 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. During this long weekend, attend seminars, check out the latest gear, boats, trucks, tractors, ATVs, and RV’s, take advantage of show specials and the truckload sale on Cannon gun safes, talk with wildlife and fisheries experts, and book the hunting or fishing adventure of a lifetime or have your trophy officially scored by the VT Big Game Trophy Club. The kids can see the wall of trophies, the Rainforest Reptile Show, try their luck at the catch, and release trout pond take part in the kids archery shoot, BB gun shoot and even try jousting. Everyone will enjoy the hunting dog demonstrations with Alec Sparks and the Let’s Go Fishing Program will help sharpen your youngster’s skills with lure making and knot tying.

With over 50 free seminars, everyone gets answers to their questions. Whitetail hunting will be presented by nationally acclaimed hunters such as the Benoit Brothers, Hal Blood, Jim Massett, Joe DiNitto, Dean Vanier, Ken Hammel, Andrea Bolduc and other legends. Famed turkey caller Joe Judd, top predator hunter Bob Howe, and Ice fishing guru James Vladyka among others will all be on hand to share their experiences, tips and tactics to help you become more successful in the woods and on the water.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be presenting on the Vermont deer and moose herd outlook and two whole deer processing demonstrations. You can even learn how to hunt for wild mushrooms with Ari Rockland- Miller.

With one in five Vermonters taking to the fields and streams and spending $300 million annually, hunting and fishing is very important to Vermont’s culture and rural economy.  Come join the celebration.  Tickets are $11 for adults, $5 for children 3-12 and children under three are free.  Show hours: Friday 12-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free Parking.  A portion of the show proceeds benefit Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta.  For more information, the entire seminar schedule and seminar speaker information visit yankeeclassic.net.