Catch an all-inclusive bus to the outdoor news deer and turkey show
Falcon Heights, Minn. – Attendees visiting the inaugural Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Show can access a bus service from seven Greater Minnesota locations on the final day of the event. The show runs Friday, Feb. 26 to Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Warner Coliseum on the State Fairgrounds. Two charter buses each will run a route on Sunday, Feb. 28 to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, picking up folks along the way.
"We really wanted to offer people who maybe weren't comfortable driving in from rural areas an opportunity to still experience the show," said Evy Gebhardt, sales and marketing director for Outdoor News, Inc.
One bus will depart from the Alexandria Mills Fleet Farm parking lot at 7:15 a.m., making stops in Melrose, St. Joseph, and Clearwater, arriving at the show at around 10:30 a.m. That bus will depart the show at 2:30 p.m. The other bus will depart Elba, in southeast Minnesota, at 8:15 a.m., stopping in Zumbrota and Cannon Falls, before arriving at the show at about 11:15 a.m. That bus departs at 3:30 p.m.
There is a $25 fee per person, which includes transportation and a show ticket. Riders can bring food and drink, but no glass containers are allowed on the trip. Also, attendees should not bring deer antlers on the vehicle. Each bus has a limited capacity of just over 50 passengers.
"If attendees want to get a group of people together, they should do it quickly," said Gebhardt, who noted the bus routes may be expanded next year, if all goes well. â€œWe wanted to try it with two routes and look at expanding it next year if it really takes off."
Rob Drieslein, managing editor and president of Outdoor News, views the show as an opportunity for hunters to interact and chat with newspaper staffers and writers. Buses in a couple of key locations around the state boost the convenience factor people who want to attend.
"We're hosting the event at the State Fairgrounds, a location that nearly every Minnesotan has attended in the past and feels confident visiting," Drieslein said. "But for folks who want to leave their rig at home and commiserate with like-minded hunters during the trek to the Warner Coliseum, these buses should be very handy and comfortable."
He expects the show to provide a forum for the state's half-million-plus whitetail and gobbler hunters to mark past successes, learn hunting skills, and anticipate 2016 seasons.
"I predicted in my column this week that we should have an even better deer kill this year, and the liberalized turkey season structure means these are the glory days for chasing turkeys," Drieslein said. "As you can tell, I'm thoroughly excited for an event where sportsmen and women of all ages can get together to talk hunting and see some incredible deer."
Make reservations for the Sunday, Feb. 28 buses by clicking here.