CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The annual West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show is this weekend at the Charleston Civic Center. The largest outdoor theme gathering in the state is now in its 29th year.

The show features more than 200 exhibitors, including approximately 30 new vendors for 2015. The exhibitors include product vendors and hunting and fishing outfitters from around the world.  All will be set up in the Civic Center’s grand hall from Friday thorough Sunday.

Hours are noon-9pm Friday,  9am-9pm Saturday, 9am-5pm Sunday.  Admission is $8 for adults, children 6-12 $1, and under 6 admitted free.

Ram Trucks and West Virginia Outdoors will be there.  Stop by and see our booth and check out the 2015 Ram Truck on display.  Also listen to a special edition of Ram Trucks West Virginia Outdoors on our flagship station, 58-WCHS Radio from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday. You can also listen on line here.

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  • rick

    Been there a couple of times....never saw anything new or anything I could not live without.

  • thornton

    I wonder if there will be any deer hunting equipment and geejaws for sale at the show?
    Fingers crossed!

  • ThatGuyOverThere

    Worst hunting show ever...I have begged the WV Trophy Hunters Association to eliminate the junk booths for years...Custom knives are one thing, but pop guns and cheap made chineese crap have no place at the Hunting and Fishing Show...I think this will be my last show.

    • Mason County Contrarian

      I don't begrudge anyone who wants to go, but I agree. I stopped attending a few years ago. Most venders selling junk that you don't want at prices you don't need to pay. Guided hunting and fishing trips are out of reach for most of us. But that's just my opinion.

      • ThatGuyOverThere

        It is still a great venue to network with outdoor professionals...I am fortunate that I can take guided hunts and whatnot...but it wasn't without hard work and sacrifice...I espically enjoy the Zul's itilian ice and various jerkey vendors.

        • Mason County Contrarian

          September show in observance of National Hunting and Fishing Days at Stonewall Jackson has potential to be a better show than the Charleston show, I think. Only time will tell.

          • ThatGuyOverThere

            I used to go to that every year before the resort got too big...Went last year and really didn't like it, but they could make that thing an epic show thats for sure. I am going to the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg in 2 weeks...I am excited about that one.

  • longbeards

    I am 60 years old, have been bow hunting since I could draw one. Both my father and my older brother took me with them as soon as I could walk. I think I was 20 before I saw another bow hunter. My father thought that compounds ruined bow hunting because of the increased number of hunters. So I think the WV Bow Hunters appose the cross bow because it allow about anyone to pick up a bow and be proficient in a very short time, unlike a bow that takes 1000s of shots to master. I am not against crossbows, and I am at the age where one would be attractive, but as long as I can draw my bow, I will continue to use it.

  • Troy Adkins

    It is January 24th 2015 at 10:00pm and I have just heard of he Hunting and Fishing show dates and times.
    I think it would be a good idea to do more advertising of the dates and times.

    • Clockwork

      I believe it's always the last weekend in January, and I'll be honest, unless you're looking to book an expensive hunting or fishing trip out of the state or country, save your $ and skip it.

      • ThatGuyOverThere

        You can get some really good beef jerkey and Zul's itilian ice...Thats basically why I go anymore...

  • any major dude

    Wrong sport.

  • any major dude

    Jevon Carter is not only one if the best defensive players in the country, and our only consistent 3-point shooter, he's clutch on the game-winning free throws. I need not remind you he's a true freshman.

  • SAL

    Mason County Contrarian...across the river from your county in the great state of Ohio....crossbows have been legal since the 1960's. They don't seem to have the problems you fear. In fact, it is some of the best archery hunting in the U.S. Please do not believe or buy into the politics of deer management (WV) which is different from quality deer management (OH). There is more to managing deer than the choice of weapon!

    • Shadow

      I don't understand why crossbows are illegal. The only difference that I can see is that they are cocked and ready like a rifle or shotgun. I would doubt that a crossbow is more powerful than a current compound bow or the sighting system are much different Could someone enlighten me and a lot of others that are as confused as I.

      • Mason County Contrarian

        Mr. Shadow, it seems to me that today's "muzzleloader" is far removed from the traditional muzzleloader with which many of us grew up.

        Bow hunters aren't using a traditional bow any more than today's muzzleloaders represent vintage, traditional muzzleloaders. Reason, logic, and common sense would lead one to believe that the same opportunity should be afforded crossbows, actually more "traditional" than these high tech, high dollar compounds.

        I guess the WVBA prefers to throw reason, logic, and common sense out the window and prefers to limit access and enjoyment of the outdoors and the humane harvesting of white tails to a select few.

        Just an opinion.

    • Mason County Contrarian

      SAL, I would much rather be able to hunt here with family and friends that have to go to Ohio for yet another service or opportunity that could easily be offered here at home. Yes, there is quality management in Ohio, of that there is no doubt.

      I don't see many DNR game biologists voting on the House or Senate floor, only politician$. Why can't the WVBA support opening up the woods to more hunters? Hunting as a sport is only one generation away from disappearing at any time. We'd better start doing something to get more people in the woods. If I were a WVBA member, I would want to know how much of my dollar$ were going to purcha$e a sympathetic politician'$ ear.

      There has to be a rea$on. It has nothing to do with the smokescreen of "tradition" for today's archery equipment isn't traditional.

      It's a small group limiting access to something that belongs to all the citizens of our state.

      Just my opinion.

      • SAL

        MCC, I am with you! Read my post on Fall Turkey article. Hunters from all of our border states come to WV for our liberal deer seasons and tags. They hunt their home states for quality. We have had major issues for years. $ and politics in this state has negatively impacted wildlife. It is criminal what the timber industry done to our turkey population with political support (tax breaks for years in this industry) Crossbows should be legal, but I lost faith in the DNR years ago to ever make positive policies!

        • Mason County Contrarian

          Thank you, Mr. SAL.

  • Mason County Contrarian

    Make sure to stop at the WVBA booth and thank them for their lobbying effort$ and contribution$ to keep crossbows illegal for hunters in the state.

    Without their contribution$ to politician$ and the legi$lative proce$$, who knows how many more hunters might end up in the woods?

    • birmingham governor

      boo boo boo!

      • Mason County Contrarian

        Just an opinion.

        I am sure many would take to the woods with crossbows if only it was legal.

        What does the WVBA have to fear in legalizing crossbows? Absolutely nothing--except for perhaps fewer gut-shot, never-to-be-found deer and less influence among $enator$ or Delegate$.

        Hope I haven't touched one of those Nerves of Truth.

        But something tells me I may have.

        Nothing to fear, WVBA. It's just an opinion.

  • bandit

    it always happens on a weekend where there is a snow storm coming.