Plenty going on this weekend at Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza

Whether you’re looking to book a duck hunt in Chincoteague, a white-tailed deer hunt in Illinois, game preserve pheasant hunting in Pennsylvania, or meet Innerloc Out-There TV host Corey Brossman, you can find them all at one site Aug. 27-28 during the 11th annual Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, Pa.

Sportsmen, sports women and children can take advantage of the opportunity not only to try introductory skills and hone up on their current ones, but they also have the chance to book hunts and learn more about their passionate pursuit of the Great Outdoors from some of the true experts in the hunting and fishing world.

And, there’s a Saturday Hunting & Fishing Flea Market where you can add to your current gear collection, or start your first outdoors gear collection at bargain prices!


From Brossman, a Reading native, to Orefield native Josh Day’s Whack ‘Em Guide Service for fishing in New York’s stellar Salmon River, the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza not only

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Kids are the focus at LVHFE Aug. 27-28

By Gary R. Blockus

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KEMPTON — Forget the kid in the candy store.

At the annual Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza, we put the kids in the outdoors and show them how to have wholesome fun, all the while learning proper outdoor skills and how to be respectful citizens.

Bring your children and their friends to the 11th annual Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza Aug. 27-28 at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton., Pa.

wkwkHere, they’ll have a chance to catch their first fish, draw a bow, safely shoot BB guns and air rifles under expert supervision, learn about forestry and meet Smokey Bear, and so much more.

And, the kids have the chance to win a free Remington 870 Youth Shotgun, courtesy of

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Lehigh Valley DU Pig Roast and Block Shoot Aug. 21 at Grouse Hall

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding its second annual Fall Sportsmen’s Pig Roast and Block Shoot 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at Grouse Hall Fish & Game Association in Coplay.


WoodDuckBox“This is an important event for us,” said chapter spokesman Todd Dalrymple, Jr. “It helped our Chapter raise over $25,000 for conservation last year, which equals approximately 100 acres of habitat improvement and restoration.”

In addition to the block shoot and pig roast, the casual event will feature

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Vietnam seminars on tap at LVHFE

The Dogs of War Vietnam Living History Group will once again set up camp at the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza Aug. 27-28 at the Kempton Fairgrounds, Kempton, Pa.


This year, however, there will be no battle reenactment as the Dogs of War begin to focus more on educational awareness. As part of the effort, the group is showcasing the actual command Jeep used by Gen. George S. Patton IV during the conflict.


Wet going – A Marine keeps a battery pack dry as he wades through a muddy hole while on a search mission.
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“We’re doing four educational seminars throughout the show,” said Dogs of War founder Jon Showers, who was

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Photo contest deadline approaching



Get your cameras ready and prepare to use The Great Outdoors as your backdrop.


The third annual Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza Photography Contest sponsored by Cabela’s will be judged Aug. 27 and 28 at the 11th annual outdoors show once again being held at the Kempton Fairgrounds.


“The photo contest theme this year is ‘What A Wonderful World’,” explained Jeannie Carl, the coordinator for the photography contest. “We’re just trying to

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Get ready for the 11th Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza

Gather the family and pets and circle the weekend of Aug. 27-28 on your calendar to celebrate and promote hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.

The 11th annual Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza, sponsored by Rothrock Motors, Horwith Freightliner, Cabela’s, Hatfield Quality Meats and Stihl, will take place 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28 at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, Pa.


The family-friendly, kid-friendly outdoors show has something for everyone, even the family dog with the Top Dog hunting challenge.

This is a show where

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Eagle Scout project at Bake Oven Knob

Two local Boy Scouts have helped make hikers, birders, hunters and others more aware of procedures and policies at Bake Oven Knob on State Game Lands 217 along the Appalachian Trail.

Josh Harman (bottom photo with Pennsylvania Game Commision WCO Kevin Halbfoerster),  a senior at Parkland High School, and Colton Arndt (top right photo), a senior at Northampton High School, recently completed signboard building and placement  as part of their Eagle Scout project.

The new signage lists important information for people taking part in hunting, hiking and other outdoors related activities.

The two Boy Scouts worked with Wildlife Conservation Officer Kevin Halbfoerster to erect signboards in the Baer Rocks and Bake Oven parking lot access points. Two other signboards were erected along the top of the mountain where Route 309 crosses the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Halbfoerster complimented the two young men for doing a professional job with the signage.


Hello Blogosphere!

I’m a veteran  sports and outdoors journalist with a wide variety of skills, talents and contacts ready to begin my own blog after doing so for a newspaper in the past.

I’ve covered two Summer Olympic Games, two Super Bowls, six Stanley Cup finals, NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, World Cup and CONCACAF soccer, the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and New York Jets, Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, as well as world class track and road cycling.

For the last several years, I’ve added the outdoors beat, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, conservation issues and more. I truly believe that today’s conservation efforts are necessary to protect, preserve and enhance our proud hunting and fishing heritage.

My site isn’t quite running at full speed at the moment, so look for daily improvements and a host of topics.

Check out my farewell column for The Morning Call:

One of my more popular features in print was always the Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoors, and thanks to the endless stream of words I’m allowed here, there will be plenty of items featured, but instead of one blog entry, I’ll spread it out over many entries in the next few weeks, so please check back often.

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