Essex Junction The 22nd Annual Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show will be held Jan. 17 through the Jan. 19 at the Robert E. Miller Expo Center in Essex Junction, Vermont. The three day, 100,000 square foot event brings together 15,000 sportsmen, women and their families from all over to celebrate Vermont’s hunting and fishing heritage.
With nearly 175 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. During this long weekend, attend seminars, check out the latest gear, boats, trucks, tractors, ATVs, RV’s and Harley’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. Many of the greatest whitetails ever taken will be available for viewing as part of the World’s Outstanding Whitetails Collection. The kids can see the Rainforest Reptile Show, try their luck at the catch, and release trout pond take part in the kids archery shoot, BB gun shoot or climb the 20ft rock wall. 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 more than 45 free seminars, everyone gets answers to their questions. Whitetail hunting will be presented by nationally acclaimed hunters such as The Benoit Brothers, Hal Blood, The Salerno Brothers, Scott Kirkpatrick, Ken Hammel, and other legends. Famed Quaker Boy Turkey caller Joe Judd, top predator hunter Bob Howe, bear and moose hunting experts with Big Woods Bucks Pre-Staff, 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 Vermont’s award winning chef and tournament bass fisherman, Jimmy Kennedy will provide game cooking demonstrations Saturday starting at 3 p.m. You can even learn how to hunt for wild mushrooms with Ari Rockland- Miller. Don’t miss the Fourth Annual Celebrity Whitetail Symposium Saturday at 1 p.m. or the Vermont NWTF Vermont Champion’s Turkey Hunting Symposium Saturday at 3 p.m.
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 $10 for adults, $3 for children and children under three are free. Show hours: Friday noon – 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 or call 802-238-7501.