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HARTFORD, CONN., March 23, 2018On Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8, meet fishing and hunting experts from across the U.S. and discover the newest outdoor gear and merchandise at the “21st Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show” at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, Conn.

This year’s speakers and hands-on demonstrators will share expert tips on a wide range of topics and include: Alberto Knie (a/k/a “Crazy Alberto”), world-class extreme trophy game fish hunter, writer and product designer who specializes in Trophy Fishing and Conservation; professional fisherman and master lure designer Bobby Uhrig; Ralph Wilkins of National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna”; whitetail hunter Dean Vanier; The Pursuit TV Channel’s Gerry Rightmyer & Steve Schicker; international bow hunter Del DelMastro; Angler and bassmaster Mike DelVisco; diving fisherman Mike Laptew; lure designer Al Gag; and Fishing Captains Brian Bacon, Greg Dubrule, TJ Karbowski, John Planeta, Mike Roy, Mel True, and Dave Brandt.

“This annual show appeals to longtime enthusiasts as well as anyone who wants to learn more about outdoor adventure,” explains show organizer Kristie Gonsalves, President of North East Expos. “The show is great for families and features hundreds of booths with more fishing gear and merchandise than ever before and the newest hunting and outdoor equipment for sale by some of the nation’s top manufacturers, including a variety of fishing boats. Attendees can attend 50 hours of seminars by national and regional experts, speak with charter boat captains, watch expert fly fishing casting and fly-tying shows, and enjoy many entertaining hands-on activities.”

Returning favorites include: hunting and pointing dog demonstrations from Dusty W German Shorthaired Pointers of Palmerton, Penn.; a 4,000-gallon bass-filled Hawg Traugh Fish Tank, atop which many fishing and casting demonstrators will stand; a Catch & Release Trout Pond for prizes; a Blackhawk interactive virtual fishing fighting chair; the NRA Laser Shooting Range; the Sportsmen’s Outpost’s archery range; and Connecticut Bass Nation’s Kids’ Bass Casting Competition.

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) booths will feature mounted fish and animals and a tank of live fish. DEEP experts will provide consumer education on numerous topics and present the latest fishing and hunting rules and regulations. On Saturday, April 7 at 11:30 a.m., DEEP will recognize Connecticut’s top anglers during a half-hour ceremony in its booths. A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile VetCenter Bus will be staffed by outreach representatives.

Hours: Friday, April 6 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission – cash only: $12 adults; $4 Children 5 to 12; Free under age 5. On Saturday, April 7, the first 200 veterans in line get in free with military/veterans ID.

Sponsors include: Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen; The Fisherman Magazine; Renewal by Anderson; VA Healthcare; Country 92-5 WWYZ; WFSB Channel 3; LeafFilter of Connecticut; Bedard Enterprises; and North East Expos; Inc.