The “17th annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show” presented by STIHL Solutions will take place on Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, Conn. Show hours: Friday, February 14 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show features hundreds of booths showcasing the latest products for fishing and hunting enthusiasts and is designed as a great outing for the entire family. More than 50 hours of seminars by national and regional expert fishermen and hunters, demonstrations at a casting pond and fly-tying center, and hands-on activities all are included with admission.

“Attendees will discover the newest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment by some of the nation’s top manufacturers and can purchase a variety of products,” explains show organizer Kristie Gonsalves, President of North East Expos. “They can meet charter boat captains, check out new models of fishing boats, watch fly casting and fly tying demonstrations, and enjoy lots of interactive activities. A new feature this year will be incredible wood carving demonstrations by Kris Connor of Clinton, Conn., and we welcome back the popular ‘Elements of Nature’ show featuring a wide array of artists and unique pieces in wood, antler, stone, clay, bronze, photography and taxidermy,” adds Gonsalves.

Featured presenters include: Greg Myerson, World Record Holder for largest Striped Bass with his winning 81.88 lbs catch; and Del DelMastro, archery tackle and urban deer hunter.

Fishing seminar speakers include Terry Baksay, Captain Bill Brown, Captain Greg DuBrule, Tom Fucini, Captain TJ Karbowski, Captain Pete Meyers, Captain Bruce Millar, Oliver Ngy, Captain John Planeta, Bob Shannon, Captain BJ Silva and Tony Stetzko. Fly-fishing experts include Marla Blair and Dave Brandt. Fishing lure manufacturers include Al Gag, Smash’em Fishing & Tackle, and The Run Off Lure Company. Among the many fly-tiers will be Ted Lewis, Mike Motyl, Mike Stewart and Fred Wilson.

Activities and Displays will include: ocean fishing skill testing on a Virtual Realty Fishing Simulator; live fishing at a Catch & Release Trout Pond – catch a tagged fish and win a child’s rod and reel; Talons! Birds of Prey live animals; NRA Laser Shooting Range; Sportsmen’s Outpost’s archery range; Kids’ Bass Casting Competition sponsored by the Connecticut Bass Federation Booth; and the “Elements of Nature” show that includes wood carving, wood turning and paint demonstrations.

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection will provide the latest rules and regulations dealing with wildlife, fisheries, hunting and fishing for the coming season.

Admission – Cash Only:
$12 adults;
$4 Children 5 to 12; and
Free under age 5.

Show sponsors include STIHL Solutions, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, The Fisherman Magazine, WFSB Channel 3, and Country 92.5 WWYZ, Bedard Enterprises, and North East Expos.