RECREATION / HUNTING INFORMATION -
Get all the latest information about outdoor activities in Southwestern Oregon. You will find useful information about both general recreation in the outdoors, and also information about hunting. It is a big world out there. We help you explore it.
RECREATION INFORMATION -
20TH ANNUAL SPORTSMANS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION SHOW AT THE EXPO IN CENTRAL POINT THIS FRIDAY 2/21 THROUGH SUNDAY 2/23.
It is hard for me to believe, but it is already 20 years for the Sportsmans Show at the Expo. I vividly remember helping show organizer and promoter Joe Pate getting the first one going. So here are the things to look for at this year's show;
MEGABIRDS LIVE SHOWS
The appearance of a double wattled cassowary will be a highlight of the Birdman Bird Show that will be a featured attraction at the upcoming 2020 ExpoSure shows. The cassowary is a bird from the rain forest of Australia and is considered the oldest living bird species in the world. “It’s literally a living dinosaur,” said Joe Krathwohl, the producer and presenter of the bird show. “It’s considered the most dangerous bird in the world. It has some human kills on its resume.” Krathwohl’s cassowary is 5 feet tall and weighs 95 pounds. He said he believes the bird is the only traveling, performing cassowary in the U.S. and possibly in the world. Joining that bird on stage at the ExpoSure shows will be a condor, a gyrfalcon, an African bateleur eagle, an Asian steppe eagle, a sarus crane from India, macaws and hawks. Krathwohl will present information on each. “There’ll be a variety of birds from a variety of sources,” Krathwohl said. “My mission is to get people to love birds,” he explained. “If they love birds they’ll be aware of them and their needs and the needs of their habitats. People who love birds will support conservation efforts. We’ll give them an up close experience they’ll never forget. Hopefully that person will leave the show as a lover of birds and will be motivated to help with the conservation of bird. More information on the bird show can be found online at birdsnbeasts.com.
When John Barker and Ray McDowell staged a motorcycle show at Camp Pendleton in 2013, they discovered many of the wounded warriors couldn’t ride the bikes. The two veterans quickly went to work to solve that problem. They established Combat Hero Bike Build. In 2014, the nonprofit organization awarded its first customized motorcycle to Charlie Linville, a Marine from Idaho. Since then, 13 customized motorcycles, most of them three-wheelers, have been donated to veterans who have endured amputations after suffering injuries in a combat zone. Barker, McDowell and Combat Hero Bike Build will bring their story and their mission to the upcoming 2020 ExpoSure shows. A bike customized for Jed Morgan, a Marine from Central Point, will be on display alongside the CHBB booth. “The motorcycle has always been seen as an instrument of freedom,” said Barker, a Marine veteran. McDowell is an Army veteran. Building, rebuilding or modifying existing bikes can help veterans get their mental status back to where it needs to be or where they want it to be. Combat Hero Bike Build accepts donated two-wheeled motorcycles and purchases three-wheel kits at a discount. The donated bikes must be models from the last 20 years. Mark Daley of Thunderstruck Customs in Medford, Oregon, and Mark Richardson of D&G Garage in Siler City, North Carolina, donate most of their work in customizing the bikes. Jason Titus of Sucker Punch Painting in Medford paints the bikes. The builders and painter meet with each wounded warrior to discuss what is best for the veteran before the customizing work and painting is done. The veteran then doesn’t see the bike again until it is unveiled in a ceremony. “We’re vets helping vets. We’re all volunteers. This is our way of giving back,” Barker said.
2020 TOUR OF NORTHWEST BIG GAME ANIMALS
Mounts of record sized deer and elk, a black bear and a couple wolves will be featured in the Tour of Northwest Big Game Animals. The 20-animal display will be a featured attraction at the 2020 ExpoSure shows. Educational and factual information will be available to read on each animal. The display will also include the Oregon state record non-typical Rocky Mountain elk, a bull that was taken in the Mount Emily area of northeastern Oregon in 2015. There’ll be four bull racks that have scored over 400 on display. Other mounts include the Oregon state record Columbian whitetail buck that was tagged in 1949 in the Drain area and the second largest whitetail that was taken in 1940 in central Douglas County. David Morris is the producer of the tour. Regarding the wolf and bear mounts, he said they are educational pieces so people can understand the impact of those two species on deer and elk populations.
BASIN TACKLE ROB
Rob is a social media legend. He has one of the most entertaining and informative social media sites anywhere. If you are not following him...you should be! Rob is back as emcee and special guest at all 4 shows! Come on down and visit with Rob, partake of his tales and wit and sign up to win fishing trips with Rob! Rob is putting together a family fun fishing day for four on one of our beautiful Oregon beaches. BTR Adventures will be providing all the gear and guidance you will need as you spend the day catching, cleaning and cooking your fish. Well, Rob will be doing the cleaning and cooking while you do the catching. Enjoy a gourmet style shore lunch right on the beach with the freshest fish you've ever had while you take in the breathtaking sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean. Entry forms will be available at Rob's booth and anyone can enter but if you're under sixteen you can enter twice so make sure to bring the young ones to the show! Basin Tackle, where we set you up for adventure and give you directions to get there! COURTESY OF BTR OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
There is always a ton to see and plenty going on at the Sportsmans and Outdoor Show. Click here for the link to the website that will get you information on all of it.
FEATURED SHOW SPEAKERS
Here are the speakers who will be doing the presentations at the ODF&W fish tank on the main floor and also in the Speakers Theater. They bring a wealth of knowledge and their talks will be very informative.
Jamie Standifer - Guide
Jamie has lived in Oregon his entire life, fishing and hunting since childhood. He became a guide when he saw the excitement and happiness of others enjoying what he did for so long and wanted to share his experiences too many that did not have the availability for the adventures of their dreams.
Charles Loos - small watercraft expert
Charles is a life-long waterman with a background in fishing, boat building, power boating and extreme endurance rowing. Growing up ina Soutehrn California beach town, he was in the water 5 days a week. His passion is ocean fishing from small boats. Charles captains a 22' dory, launching directly through the surf at Pacific City for Salmon, lincod and halibut. In the summer, he ranges 40 miles off shore with buddy boats in pursuit of albacore tuna. Pevious boats included a variety of fiberglass, wood and aluminum skiffs. His website is www.theoceancoach.com.
Dave Schamp, Director, Hatchery & Wild Coexist Coalition
Dave's love of fishing started along the banks of Gales Creek near his hometown of Forest Grove, Oregon. After returning from the U.S. Air Force in 1978, Dave joined the Association of Northwest Steelheaders and progressed through the leadership ranks. He helped launch the Association's Tualatin Valley Chapter in 1981, served as the Association's President in 1982-83 and remains a Life Member. He was among the first to advocate for catch and release requirements on Oregon's north coast to help protect wild steelhead and was very involved in early STEP (Salmon Trout Enhancement Program) habitat enhancement projects throughout Tillamook County. As an active member of the Tillamook Anglers Board of Directors he was involved in the initial years of rebuilding and constructing the Whiskey Creek volunteer hatchery facilities. In the sportfishing community Dave is perhaps best known for his writing and photography contributions to Fishing & Hunting News, Salmon & Steelhead Journal, Traveling Angler and Tide magazines. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Board for CCA Oregon and is a member of the CCA National Board of Directors. Dave is a founding member of the Hatchery & Wild Coexist Coalition.
Brent Bauer of King Salmon Camp - Guide
Brent been guiding professionally in Alaska for the past 13 years, holds a USCG Captain's license and is a graduate of the Kenai Guide Academy. He has chased salmon and steelhead all over the state of Alaska. Brent began as a steelhead guide in SE Alaska and progressed north where he guided on both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers for the better part of a decade. After a few years with diminished returns and restricted fisheries, he then spent a couple years fishing streams north of Anchorage and started guiding fly fisherman both single-hand and two-handed, from all over the world. He challenged himself to find remote water to fish and ended up guiding on the Aleutian Islands for the next three years. At this current time, he works as the head guide at King Salmon Camp located 60 miles up the Nushagak river from Bristol Bay where they receive the largest returning run of King Salmon in the world, around 100,000 fish per season. This is Brent's third season doing ExpoSure's shows.
Trevin Hoyt - Guide
Trevin Hoyt has been an Oregon resident my entire life. After he graduated high school, he decided to head to Alaska for the summer guiding. He was hooked and decided to start guiding in his home state. HIs focus is mainly on steelhead and salmon with an occasional sturgeon trip mixed in. Although he still spends his summer months in Alaska, he's always itching to get back and fish Oregon's rivers. 2020 will be his 5th year as an Oregon guide. Fish on!!
Jody Smith - Guide
These are all comfort zones, and work places, for Jody Smith of Elkton. Smith, a sixth generation Elkton resident, is a hunting and fishing guide. He began part-time guiding in 1984 while working in road construction and logging, but then went full time in the outdoors profession in 1992. “It's actually a perfect job for somebody like me, for somebody who thinks about hunting and fishing all the time,” Smith said. “As a kid growing up, I was hunting one day, fishing the next,” added the 1979 Elkton High School graduate. “I enjoy both and it's nice to be able to offer both to clients. If they want a cast and blast, we can go hunting in the early morning, fishing through the day and then have an evening hunt.” Smith, 57, will take a break from his outdoor ventures and share his knowledge at the upcoming ExpoSure sportsmen's and outdoor recreation shows in Eugene, Roseburg, Medford, Oregon and Anderson, California. He'll be a featured speaker at the shows, discussing a variety of subjects involving hunting and fishing during two or three sessions per day on the giant fish tank and in the sportsmen's theater. “Jody Smith is a quality featured speaker for our shows,” said Joe Pate, producer of the Exposure shows. “He's well versed in the various hunting and fishing disciplines. He has the ability to make topics interesting and understandable to all levels of hunters and fishermen. He's the consummate outdoorsman, and on top of that, he's a genuinely fine person.” After his high school graduation, Smith worked in the woods on road construction and logging crews until deciding he could make a living at full time guiding. The guide says in the 34 years since, he's had clients from practically every state and from as far away as Japan and Italy. “You get to meet all kinds of people,” he said. “A lot of guys save up to make one hunt, to try and get one elk. A couple guys have broken down into tears after getting an elk. That gives you a special feeling, helping them accomplish something they wanted.” Steve Waller of Oakland, a good friend who has shared several outdoors excursions with Smith, describes Smith as the “best of the best.” “Jody is a salt of the earth type of guy,” Waller said. “You can trust him completely. He's truly dedicated to what he does.” Unlike some jobs that are repetitious, Smith said he likes the variety that guiding offers him. He said it is not unusual for him to turkey hunt a couple weeks in a row, hunt bear for the next three days and then get on the Umpqua River for a few days of smallmouth bass or Chinook fishing. Smith said he doesn't hunt much anymore for himself. “At this stage of my life, every animal a client gets that I helped get is special,” he said. “I look forward to getting up early every morning and going out with them.” Smith said he can't guarantee people an animal or fish. “I tell them I'll try my hardest for them … that's all I can say,” he said. “It's nice to be able to make a living working at your passion,” he added. “I'm kind of blessed to be able to do what I enjoy the most in the world, and to make enough to afford a new fishing reel or a new rifle every once in a while.” Jody's website is www.jodysmithguideservice.com
Davey Jones - Guide