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Fishing and Hunting Expo

Where: Radisson Conference Center, 700 Elm St., Manchester.
When: Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for kids 5 and under
Visit: rockinghamexpo.com or call 603-739-6755.




The great outdoors, indoors
Fishing and Hunting Expo returns

01/04/18
By Ethan Hogan



 Start the hunting and fishing season inside this year, as everything you need to prepare for it — including a Redneck Warrior Challenge, a Deer Summit and an indoor trout pond for kids — can be found under one roof at the Rockingham Fishing and Hunting Expo.

The event is being held at the Radisson in Manchester Saturday, Jan. 6, and Sunday, Jan. 7. 
Of the 150-plus exhibitors, a majority will be from the fishing and game hunting industries, according to Fred Allard, senior organizer. There will also be educational panels and activities for all ages. 
“There’s a lot of stuff for kids to do too. … Sunday is Kids Day, so they get to do a scavenger hunt and find all kinds of stuff,” said Allard.
The Redneck Warrior Challenge obstacle course is a skills challenge that has participants try out the techniques being talked about at the expo. Competitors will run through a timed course and stop at various stations that feature challenges related to the redneck stereotype, according to Allard.
The course will test skills like hatchet throwing, slingshots, cast fishing, corn hole, toilet seat ring toss and atlatl, a prehistoric dart throwing technique. The challenges give participants a taste of the annual outdoor Redneck Warrior Skill Challenge, which is held on a mud course.
“It’s great fun for spectators especially — everyone wears helmets and garbage cans as a shield and the crowd throws mud at the racers,” said Allard.
Anyone can enter the indoor challenge and Allard said the best competitors have a sense of humor.
“A good redneck warrior is somebody that’s not afraid to laugh at themselves,” said Allard. 
The expo’s first Deer Summit will be held this year and will include a panel of expert deer hunters from across the region. The panel will discuss tactics, share hunting stories and debate some of today’s controversial deer hunting topics.
The expo welcomes beginner hunters and fishermen with activities that aim to teach newcomers how to handle and use hunting equipment. Archery in Motion’s booth will teach guests how to shoot a bow and arrow at a target down range. There will also be a laser shot challenge.
An indoor trout pond will be open all weekend for kids who want to practice their fishing form. Allard said the fish in the pond range in length from 12 to 20 inches. If a child catches a trout, Allard said, they can decide to either take it home with them or throw it back in.
Seminars will be held throughout the weekend that focus on different types of game, including deer, turkey and coyote hunting. Fishing seminars on striper and fly fishing will also be held. 
The Sportsman/Sportswomen’s Movie Theater will be showing adventure and how-to videos throughout the day that are produced by exhibitors. 





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