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Over 120 Hours of Seminars await Outdoor Lovers at the Ultimate Sport Show – Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Have you ever wondered how professional anglers consistently put fish in their livewells? Did you know that processing your own white-tailed deer is not complicated? Ever wondered how deer use the wind or what deer calls you should to use in certain situations? Do you want to learn foolproof tactics to lure a spring gobbler into shooting range? These questions and many more will be answered in seminars at the 71st annual Ultimate Sport Show-Grand Rapids, March 17-20 at DeVos Place.
National and local hunting and fishing experts will present more than 100 non-stop seminars over the four-day show. All of these seminars are free with admission to the Ultimate Sport Show-Grand Rapids.
“Our seminar lineup is second to none,” says Show Manager Ben Nielsen. “From national celebrities like the ‘Walleye Lady’ Marianne Huskey and whitetail expert Tom Andrus to local expert Chase Klinesteker talking about fishing the Grand River, we have all aspects of hunting and fishing covered. Spring is breaking in southern Michigan and that means fishing is heating up and turkey hunting is right around the corner. Come down to the Ultimate Sport Show-Grand Rapids and learn how to optimize your time spent in the outdoors.”
Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Michigan Out-of-Doors TV will film Big Buck Night-West. Hosts Jimmy Gretzinger and Jenny Olson will interview hunters who took some of the biggest bucks during the 2015 season. This one-night event will be filmed for airing on an upcoming show and is a must see for every Michigan deer hunter. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
Marianne Huskey – Saturday and Sunday Only.
Known in the professional fishing world as the “Walleye Woman,” Huskey is a 14-year veteran of professional walleye angling. In 2012 she became the first female angler to win “Angler of the Year” in any national fishing circuit.  She is the highest placing female in professional walleye tournament history. Don’t miss her seminar, “Modern Electronics Tips and Techniques.”

Mark Romanack
“The Outdoors Guy” is a life-long outdoorsman and one of the nation’s most active members of the outdoor media. A graduate of Northern Michigan University with a degree in conservation, Romanack has spent his entire career working to help others better understand and appreciate the outdoors. He is an accomplished writer, photographer and author. Romanack also produces and hosts Fishing 411, which is broadcast nationwide on the World Fishing Network. Romanack’s seminar, “The 411 on Walleyes,” is a must see for serious walleye anglers.

Mark Martin – Saturday and Sunday Only.
Martin has been giving seminars on walleye fishing since winning his first tournament in 1991, during the first-ever Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) championship, which coined him the title “The Original Champ.”  A life-long resident of Michigan, Martin’s accomplishments were recognized last year when he was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Martin is currently an instructor with the Mark Martin Vacation Fishing School as well a tournament pro with Anglers Insight Marketing (AIM).  Not to be missed, Martin will be giving seminars on catching walleye using modern-day techniques.

Captain Lance Valentine
As founder of Lance Valentine’s Walleye 101 and the Fishing Education Center, Capt. Lance has helped countless anglers catch more fish through more than 20 years of presenting seminars, workshops and educational charters.  At the Ultimate Sport Show, he will take to Lake Ultimate with instructions on “Jigging the Detroit River.”

Captain Chip Cartwright
Capt. Chip is one of the most experienced anglers on the water.  He was born to be a great fisherman – his family owns Wolverine Tackle maker of the world famous Silver Streak.  His seminar will cover “Lake Erie Walleye: Start to Finish.”
Joe Thomas – Friday through Sunday
From competing at the highest levels of professional bass fishing and authoring the definitive account of life as a pro angler to hosting today’s most popular television series focusing on bass fishing, Thomas has done it all.  His seminar, “Modern Bass Techniques from the Tournament Trail,” is one all bass anglers must see.

Captain Wayne Carpenter
Capt. Wayne has dedicated 15 years of effort to bringing fishing information and bait technology to anglers. His seminar “No Secrets on Lake St. Clair,” will provide everything you need to know about fishing the world-class bass fishery on St. Clair.

Chris Noffsinger
With more than 20 years of experience, Captain Chris will lend his knowledge of both inland and Great Lakes bass fishing techniques in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere

Some of the other seminar leaders at the Ultimate Sport Show–Grand Rapids include: Captain Willis Kerridge (salmon and trout); Captain Jake Romanack (salmon and trout); Richard Holm, (perch fishing); Captain Mike Pittiglio (muskie fishing); Captain Kevin Backus (muskie fishing); Will Schultz (muskie fishing); Glen Blackwood (fly fishing); Chase Klinesteker (fishing the Grand River); Dan Armitage (kids fishing); Jim Bedford (river fishing); David A. Rose (Alaska on a budget.)

Tim Andrus
The host of Rush Outdoors TV on Time Warner Sports Channel, Andrus has hunted whitetails in 20 states and five Canadian provinces. In “Deer Hunting from A to Z,” Andrus will provide an  honest seminar that includes audience participation as well as information and a few laughs, too.

Fred Abbas
The former co-host of TV’s A-Way Outdoors, Abbas ranks No. 1 all-time in the state of Michigan for trophy buck entries in the record books with 56. He is the inventor of the Bowgrunter Plus, Scent Web, and several other hunting aids. His seminar, “Use Buck Behavior to Your Advantage,” is a must-see for Michigan deer hunters.

Tom Richardson
Richardson as successfully called in and killed big bucks for 40 years. His secret is learning their unique language, not only vocalizations and what they mean, but scent and sight communication as well. In his seminar, “The Art of Calling Deer,” Richardson will pass along that information and will teach patrons how to call in deer with a squirrel call, turkey call and with nothing more than a handful of stones.

Jason Herbert
An outdoor writer and speaker, Herbert has enjoyed great success pursuing his passions in the outdoor industry. In his seminar Herbert will explore how whitetails use the wind.

Denny Geurink – Thursday only.
Geurink is the host of the Outdoor Adventures TV Show and one of the top turkey-hunting experts in the nation. A well known book author, video producer and outdoor writer, Geurink’s seminar on “Turkey Hunting in Michigan,” is a must see for gobbler chasers.

Greg Abbas
Host of TV’s A-Way Outdoors, a six-time Michigan state turkey calling champion and a professional turkey-hunting guide for 18 years, Abbas is known for his unique and informative articles and seminars. His ability to outsmart his quarry on the spot with some of his innovative hunting tactics has gained him national attention. His seminar, “Calling and Decoying Call-Shy Gobblers,” will provide you with another tactic in your spring hunting arsenal.

Seth McCullough
McCullough is the owner and founder of Bully’s Game Calls, a contest caller, seminar speaker and avid turkey hunter. His presentation on “Turkey Hunting and the Life Cycle of the Wild Turkey” is informative and fun. Both novice and experienced hunter will enjoy this seminar.

The Michigan Taxidermist Association will hold its state competition and convention at the Ultimate Sport Show. Located in the 3rd floor Grand Gallery Overlook at DeVos Place, this display of life-like taxidermy is the first stop for many show attendees. There will be an ongoing demonstration on mounting a game animal.

The first 500 attendees on Thursday and Friday receive a free, collectible Dardevle spoon from Eppinger Manufacturing Co. in Dearborn. The first 250 attendees on Saturday and Sunday will receive a K&E Bass Stopper lure from Stopper Lures in Hastings.

The Ultimate Sport Show-Grand Rapids is at DeVos Place March 17 to 20. Show hours are 3 to 9:30 Thursday; 11 to 9:30 Friday; 10 to 9 Saturday and 10 to 6 Sunday.

Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 14 and children 5 and under will be admitted free.

The Tony Gates/MSAH Food Drive will take place on Thursday. Bring a minimum of four pounds or six cans or boxes of non-perishable food items to the Pontoon parked in front of DeVos Place and get into the Show FREE. The food will be collected by Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger volunteers and donated to God’s Kitchen and other needy organizations.

Discount coupons are available in the Grand Rapids Press and at Wendy’s.

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