Outdoors enthusiasts won’t want to miss the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) held this Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 21-24, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. ISE is a superb expo with exciting exhibitors from around the globe, gathered indoors under the huge domed stadium just east of Highway 101 between Glendale Ave. and Bethany Home Road in the West Valley.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will again have a significant presence at the show. The department will conduct its wildlife assets sale, always a big attraction at ISE. The sale enables the public to legally purchase items such as antlers, head mounts, hides and other wildlife parts that have either been acquired through donations, obtained from animals killed in vehicle collisions, or seized in cases involving poachings. The funds raised are used to purchase equipment or training to assist Game and Fish officers in more effectively enforcing anti-poaching and other wildlife laws.
Department personnel and volunteers from the Desert Fly Casters and other groups are teaming up with ISE to operate the kids’ catch-and-release fishing pond. Additionally, the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center will have live wildlife on display, and the department’s Operation Game Thief and OHV programs will bring their educational trailers and program information.
You can also get general information about Game and Fish programs and activities, purchase hunting and fishing licenses, or learn about California condor conservation and how hunters are helping through their voluntary participation in the non-lead ammunition program and lead reduction efforts in condor range.
Several Game and Fish representatives will be speaking at the Adventure Theater over the four-day show, giving presentations on such topics as quail hunting, improving your big game draw odds, urban fishing, and turkey hunting.
Other attractions at ISE will include a giant casting pond and casting accuracy contest, a 3D pop-up archery range and contest presented by Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal, seminars at the Adventure Theater on hunting, fishing and off-roading, the RMEF great elk display, Eastman’s trophy deer display, and the DockDogs pool and national contest. Another new event this year will be the Valleywide Scout-O-Rama conducted by the Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council, outside of the stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The show is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day (except a 5 p.m. close on Sunday) from Feb. 21-24. For more information, including admission price, exhibitors, a show map and more, visit http://www.sportsexpos.com.
Image courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department