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February 9-12, 2023

La Crosse Center

Show Features

Every year we bring unique features, entertainment and education to our shows as an added value to you! Check out the lineup below and click the links for more details on each!

Wild World of Animals

The Best in Wildlife Entertainment and Education! The Wild World of Animals show is one of the premier grounds acts in the entertainment industry. Its unique blend of animal diversity and environmental messages coupled with originally scripted non-stop laughter, especially an opinionated pig, makes for an enjoyable time for the whole family.

Have you ever held a 13-FOOT, 100-POUND PYTHON, starred into the eyes of BRUTUS, or unknowingly worn a safari vest filled with CREEPY CRITTERS? Our volunteers get to do that and much more!

The Wild World of Animals show is fast-paced and full of energy! The animals in the show range from arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, birds and finally mammals. Our audience learns interesting animal facts, laughs at their antics and witnesses their amazing natural abilities. Don’t blink or you may miss an animal running, slithering, jumping or flying across our stage!

Presentation times

Thursday 6 pm | 7:30 pm
 12:30 pm | 3 pm | 6 pm | 8 pm
Saturday 12:30 pm | 3 pm | 6 pm | 8 pm
Sunday 11:30 am | 1:30 pm

Freedom in a Can

The road beckoned and they answered. Freedom in a Can is the story of Shari & Hutch, two 40-somethings who left their full-time jobs for a mid-lifeventure in their restored, vintage travel trailer. Shari & Hutch will be doing presentations on “Tips & Tricks for Exploring America’s National Parks” and “Gourmet Camp Cooking & Baking.”

Tips & Tricks for Exploring America’s National Parks

Do you dream of exploring America’s national parks with your RV?  Shari & Hutch have been lucky enough to visit nearly all of them while living and traveling full-time in their tiny home on wheels over the past 9.5 years.  They’ll share tips, tricks, and resources for getting the most out of your visit to the parks, accompanied with their stunning images.  Topics include: when to go, how to choose which parks to visit, what to do, where to camp, what to bring, how long to stay, and even how to volunteer. You’ll be ready to hit the road when spring arrives – maybe sooner!

Gourmet Camp Cooking & Baking

Love cooking, roasting, and baking at home? So do they, wherever they are! As experienced road warriors, travelling foodies, and outdoor cooking enthusiasts, Shari & Hutch love to challenge themselves by preparing delicious gourmet meals using the simplest of methods and quality foods. In this seminar, they will share their tips and recipes developed over 9.5 years of living on the road in their tiny trailer. Whether cooking over an open fire or two-burner stove, these methods and recipes are sure to make you a happy camper!

Presentation times

Tips & Tricks for Exploring America’s National Parks

Thursday 6:30 pm
2 pm | 7 pm
Saturday 12 pm | 4 pm
Sunday 11 am

Gourmet Camp Cooking & Baking

Friday 12 pm | 4 pm
Saturday 2 pm | 7 pm
Sunday 1 pm

Mad Dog & Merrill

Midwest Grillin’ Secrets

Promoting the fine art of barbeque through mesmerizing performances self-proclaimed “grillologists” Mad Dog and Merrill awaken the taste buds of people where ever they go. Having grilled together for over 35 years Mad Dog & Merrill feel they have a partnership made in barbeque heaven. They are expert cooks with exceptional culinary skills who offer valuable tips to the outdoor Griller. These two outdoor cooking gurus present excitement amusement and fantastic mouth-watering recipes all keeping with their motto: “There’s nothing you can’t cook on a grill!” Come and watch the “grillologists” perform daily as they entertain you with grilling tips & techniques.

Presentation times

Thursday 6:30 pm | 8 pm
 11:30 am | 2 pm | 5 pm | 7 pm
Saturday 11:30 am | 2 pm | 5 pm | 7 pm
Sunday 11 am | 1 pm

Fishing Tips From the Pros

Below, you will find bios and seminar topics and presentation schedules for our Fishing Pros!

Jarrid Houston

Seminar Details

Tactical Walleye Fishing – Tactical approaches to be a more successful Walleye Angler. Understanding fish tendencies is often overlooked. In this course, we will study all things summer angling for these often-elusive fish. We will leave no secrets on the table.

Presentation Times

  • Thursday – 7 pm
  • Friday – 3:30 pm
  • Saturday – 1:30 pm

Fish Rigging for Success – The ins and outs of setting up game plans for successful fishing on all bodies of waters and for all types of fish. We will dive into relative courses of actions when it comes to rigging, to make you a better angler. Having the right tools for the job is always important, especially when it comes to fishing adventures.

Presentation Times

  • Friday – 10:30 am
  • Saturday – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday – 1:30 pm

Capt. Jarrid Houston is USCG, First Aid/CPR Certified and knows the ins and outs of handling the Great Lakes Duluth/Superior and the many surrounding waters.  Jarrid has a proven track record of successful outings through hard work and time on the water.  Growing up in the St. Croix River Valley region of Stillwater, MN and Osceola, WI, Jarrid has a love and respect for river fishing.  The St. Louis River is Jarrid’s strong suit.  As well as summer Walleye fishing and ice fishing on Lake Superior.

Mike Gate

Seminar Details

Lake of the Woods – Multi/Species & Multi Adventure – This seminar focuses on  the species of fish to be caught (tips and techniques) and also include the non-fishing adventures of the lake.

Presentation Times

  • Thursday – 8 pm
  • Friday – 11:30 am & 5:30 pm
  • Saturday – 10:30 am & 3:30 pm
  • Sunday – 12:30 pm

Mike Gate grew up on the shores of Lake of the Woods where he carried on his family tradition and began guiding at the age of 13. Gate began floatplane flying in Nestor Falls, Ontario in 1994 and continued guiding on days off and evenings. In 2012, Mike and his wife Erin purchased Sunset Cove Resort where he still guides year-round.

Gate is also a passionate archery and rifle hunter who primarily targets whitetail deer and moose in his home region. Mike also enjoys traveling been fortunate enough to target a number of species throughout Wisconsin, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Argentina, and South Africa.

Captain Lee Haasch

Seminar Details

Lake Michigan’s Trophy Salmon & Trout / Tips for Catching Kings in Clear Water

Presentation Times

  • Thursday – 6 pm
  • Friday – 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Saturday – 12:30 pm & 5:30 pm
  • Sunday – 11:30 am

Capt. Lee has over 35 years of professional guiding experience on Lake Michigan targeting Salmon and Trout.  As a professional speaker and outdoor writer for over 30 years, he has helped thousands of anglers with better trolling tips and techniques.  As a member of several local, state, national and international fishery commissions he has helped shape the healthy balance of the Great lakes.  It’s important to make our fishery sustainable for future generations.

Parakeet Landing

Back by popular demand is the Colorful Parakeet Landing.  Make your way upstairs to the ballroom where you will find the Parakeet Landing.  Kids of all ages will enjoy these friendly, colorful birds as they fly around their enclosure landing on arms, hands, shoulders and heads. The young ones are especially amazed as they can see the birds up close. You will want to have a camera ready to capture the looks on their faces as the parakeets elicit wide smiles and oohs and aahs of amazement.

Tim Andrus

Hunting Expert, Tim Andrus has a great passion for the outdoors and hunting.  Tim has been a National Realtree Pro Staff since 1996 and currently is the host of Rush Outdoor TV and The World of Rush Outdoors TV. You won’t want to miss one of these seminars to better your hunt. After every trail camera seminar a lucky attendee will walk away with a new trail camera. You won’t want to miss your opportunity to sharpen your skills.

Presentation(s) times

The Do’s and Don’ts of Using a Trail Camera

Friday 6:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am

DIY Hunting Trips in the West & Midwest on a Budget

Friday 1 pm
Saturday 2:30 pm | 6:30 pm

Live Trout Pond

It’s Fun, it’s Exciting, it’s Challenging! The Trout Tank fishing experience has become a family tradition with many fishermen and families over the last 43 years. We constantly have people telling us that their kids are experiencing the same excitement that they used to have at the Annual La Crosse Boat, Sports, Travel, RV and Hunting Show Extravaganza. Drop a line, reel in some fun and create some memories!

FREE Measuring & Scoring of Mounts

Bring in your trophy racks for FREE Measuring and Scoring by Boone & Crocket / Pope & Young. While you are at the booth, ask the professionals what to look for on a rack and the various technicalities involved in evaluating each rack brought in.

FREE Face Painting

Cherri Merri Muffin

Cheri Merri Muffin is regionally known as the best, freehand, face painter around!

She will be providing free face painting and balloon animals for all kids throughout the day!

Whether you choose to participate or watch, it’s sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces!