The show will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

If you enjoy hunting, fishing or just about anything else related to being in the great outdoors, the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow should answer all your needs.

The show will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

The center is near King of Prussia, an approximate 90-minute trip from Dover.

“We have a show that’s really going to impress,” said Jonathan Sauers, spokesman for the ASA/Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Exposition, which is producing the show.

1. Think of the expo as a cure for cabin fever.

Tired of all the snow? Well, there’s still plenty of the white stuff around, but the expo will give the sportsman a chance to get out and see what’s coming up. The center boasts 200,000 square feet of space, the expo will take up 175,000 square feet of that.

There will be representatives for sports fishing companies, boat manufacturers, outfitters and more. There also will be an indoor archery range, a 20-by-100-foot casting pool where people actually can learn how to fly cast — indoors, and a Nikon camera wildlife viewing area, where people can use the cameras to spot hidden animals.

2. It’s not just for grownups.

The expo boasts a trout pond where children can go fishing, a cold river mining sluice that allows kids to pan for gemstones, and a marionette and puppet show.

There will be a dog training demonstration with Labrador retrievers who will demonstrate their hunting abilities with tricks that include retrieving from the 40-foot-long fish tank. The dogs are so talented Sauers said they probably could jump the length of the tank if their trainer didn’t rein them in.

“For a capper, we’ve got a live Kodiak bear named Brody, who’s 20 year old and weighs 1,400 pounds,” Sauers said. “He’s a sight to behold, and his trainer, Jeff Watson, will do daily presentations on bears and bear safety so that if you’re traveling in bear country, you can avoid a confrontation.”

3. A highlight of the show will be displays of fishing and hunting gear.

“Any fisherman will be over the moon about this,” Sauer said. “We have probably the best collection of fishing tackle that’s been at a sports show in probably 10 years.

“And the avid hunter will find products and materials and information they’ll not find anywhere else. It’s a real happening where the sporting community just congregates for four days.”

Tackle manufacturers including Daiwa, Quantum, and Simano will be presenting their wares and a special fly-fishing section will include guides, tyers and additional manufacturers to include St. Croix and Temple Fork Outfitters.

Experts such as Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser also will be on hand to demonstrate their prowess at casting and fly tying.

4. There will be seminars and demonstrations galore.

The total, actually, is 77 of ’em. Just a small sampling includes:

Feb. 25: fly casting demo, flying raptor demo, trophy deer hunting, cold water Delaware River smallmouths, pointing dog training and turkey hunting.

Feb. 26: bass fishing academy, deer hunting adventures, rod building, tying the Clouser minnow and selecting multi-species lures for large saltwater fish.

Feb. 27: advanced saltwater seminar; bass fishing tips, dog training, live lining bunker for spring stripers and a casting net demonstration.

Feb. 28: secrets to tidal bass fishing, hunting pressured gobblers and advanced inshore bluefin tuna strategies.

5. This is the first such show in the Philadelphia area in years.

The ASA/Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Exposition held outdoor sports shows at the nearby Fort Washington expo center until it closed down about six years ago. The group has been holding similar shows in Worchester, Mass., and Suffern, N.Y., for decades.

“We are bringing back the show that the sportsmen and women of the greater Philadelphia region deserve,” Sauers said.

WHAT Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow
WHEN 12:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 25 and 26; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, which is Family Day
WHERE Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, Pa.
ADMISSION $10 each day, with $4 opening day discounts for active military and union members; $3 for children

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