If you have never been to the SHOT Show imagine your favorite outdoor store and multiply it by one hundred. Only then will you begin to realize the scale of the SHOT Show. Add to that the vast array of products and companies you may have never seen before, but want to add to your wish list, and that is the SHOT Show!
Today, we broke into several groups to cover more booths and make more connections. We started the day by dropping by the National 4-H Shooting Sports booth so we could meet members of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee. Colleen Kimble and Logan Kimble-Lee were able to meet with Dr. Jeff Goodwin of Colorado State University, Dr. Mark Tassin of Louisiana State University, Dr. Kevin Allen of Oklahoma State University, Nicole Pokorney, of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Todd Kesner of Montana State University, Lisa Muzzey of University of Vermont, John Borba of University of California, and Tycee Prevat of University of Florida. They each were impressed with the bear that Logan harvested with a crossbow in Maine at the age of 15 and with her interest in 4-H Shooting Sports.
Members of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, Dr. Mark Tassin of Louisiana State University (L) and Nicole Pokorney of the University of Minnesota (R) greet New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (CL) and New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Colleen Kimble (CR) at the National booth at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.
From there, Logan was able to speak with and take a photo with Eva Shockey, who with her father, Jim Shockey, were named Honorary Chairs of the National Fishing and Hunting Day 2016, which is scheduled for September 24th. Eva, an avid bear hunter herself, spent several minutes listening to Logan recount her hunt in Maine and was surprised to hear that Logan had harvested her first bear at the age of 15.
Kenyon and Bill spoke with Smith’s, a company that produces a variety of sharpening products, including those which were distributed at last year’s Sportsman Education Workshop in January at the Saratoga County office of Cornell Cooperative Extension. They then met with Birchwood Casey and will be working with Sandy Ellerston. Birchwood has repeatedly provided a nice packet of varying targets that can be used in either 4-H Rifle/Pistol programs or in Hunting/Wildlife disciplines.
As Logan, Colleen, and I continued around the many displays, we met with Mark DeBoard and Andy Fulton of Crosman about a new bow called Wildhorn that will help bridge the gap between very light weight recurve bows and heavier Genesis compound bows. They come with a very affordable price point that will help our younger 4-H members move into a compound bow when they are ready.
Meanwhile, Bill and Kenyon learned about another youth bow from Bear Archery and we will be contacting J.R. Neidlinger about this new option. While they were out looking for new treasures, they spoke with Billy Kasselman of Alexander Enterprises, who makes quality metal detectors.
During afternoon breaks, the group meets in the National Shooting Sports Foundation member lounge. There we met up with Robert and Molly Jenks, a husband and wife team who run the 4-H Shooting Sports program in Dutchess County, NY. Their club has grown from a, quickly established, group of 30 to now around 100 youth. The program is also sending 13 new Instructors to the Winter Instructor Workshop in February to handle their growth.
Colleen, who like many other outdoorsy people, has a hard time keeping her fingers and toes warm during long stands on the hunting stand or out fishing on a frozen lake. She looked at heated gloves at Glacier Gloves, Brunton, and Flambeau. She also looked at several items that were both useful and beautiful, such as ring necklaces from Mantis Knives, which are both a fashion statement and functional mini-knife/box cutter. She also liked the mini-keepsake box and camelback trunk from Evans Sports, Inc.
Later, we visited with SpyPoint. This company makes a series of different trail cameras and hunting/action video cameras for both fixed mounting and bow/gun mounting. The item that most caught our eye was the Geopad hunting tablet. This nifty little device has a 7″ screen inside a rugged outdoor casing, is GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled with offline maps and game calling abilities as well as an SD card reader that works with all cameras. You might be seeing some of these in New York soon!
Last, but not least, Kenyon and Bill shared some materials and information about their discussion with Paige Darden during Media Day from MyTopo, a Trimble Company. This is a new mapping technology that will allow users to create a variety of different maps using a large assortment of data sources. The app can also be used on your phone for “exploring off grid.”
Colleen Kimble and Logan Kimble-Lee, in the Surreal Hunting Blind.
This is by no means a comprehensive list as we also spoke with Gene Barnett of Icehole about their new coolers, Surreal Planters that mimic logs and tree stumps using professionally-molded polyurethane, Jeana White at KeyGear of UST Brands, Amanda Dedona at Klecker Knives, and Zubin Outdoors among others on Day 2 of the show.
The fountain and light show at the Belagio at night is a beautiful thing.
NYS4-HSS Assistant Director