Seminar lineup among show highlights

Falcon Heights, Minn. — The inaugural Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Show features a lineup of speakers that includes local and national hunting experts.

But even nationally known personalities will tailor their seminars to Minnesota hunting. Such is the case with Pat and Nicole Reeve, hosts of the Outdoor Channel’s “Driven TV,” who will be speaking all three days of the show, set for Feb. 26-28 at the State Fairgrounds.

The Reeves, who live in southeast Minnesota, will present the seminar “Build the Big Buck Odds in Your Favor.”

And while they hunt all over the country with their popular TV show, they certainly do quite a bit of hunting right here in Minnesota, as well as other parts of the Midwest.

“I bring a lot of experience to the table as far as harvesting mature whitetails in this part of the Midwest,” Pat Reeves said by phone.

The Reeves will focus on managing your property to draw in big bucks and keep them there.

“We’re going to get into a lot of advanced tactics, including how to target specific deer,” he said.

Where does one begin?

“It starts by setting up the property in the right manner, food plotting it, and scouting,” he said. “And then, I would say running trail cameras and getting inventory off the cameras. Then there is how to properly hunt versus just hunting.”

Another big name speaking all three days is Melissa Bachman, host of “Winchester Deadly Passion.” Raised in central Minnesota, Bachman, who has a TV broadcasting degree from St. Cloud State, will present “Tips and Tactics for Calling and Decoying Big Game.”

A trio of regular contributors to Outdoor News will also host seminars, including bowhunting expert Tony Peterson, ballistics writer Ron Spomer, and popular columnist Gary Clancy.

Peterson, whose features regularly appear in Outdoor News, is also equipment editor for Bowhunting Magazine and Bowhunter TV. He will deliver a pair of seminars: “Outsmarting Minnesota’s Savvy Bucks,” and “Bowhunting: Out-of-State and On Your Own.”

Spomer, host of “Winchester World of Whitetail,” has two seminars: “Choosing Optics For Your Whitetail Rifle or Slug Gun,” and “Best Calibers for Big Game.”

Clancy, of Stewartville, has appeared in Outdoor News for 20 years, and his column is a favorite among outdoorspeople across the state. He’ll be presenting the seminar, “Rattling, Decoying and Calling White-Tailed Deer.”

Another familiar name for Outdoor News readers is Dick Alford, the Mound-based turkey expert who has hunted wild turkeys in 17 states, as well as New Zealand and Hawaii. He’s written five books on turkey hunting, and is known for his humor and storytelling. A retired teacher, Alford will present the seminar, “My Spin on 41+ Years of Turkey Hunting.”

From Win Mitchell, attendees will hear the seminar “Training Your Dog to Hunt Shed Anglers.” It’s a great session for anybody who wants to get their dog into this fun, growing sport. A past chair of Minnesota Ducks Unlimited, Mitchell has trained dogs for 40 years on upland and waterfowl hunting, and hunted deer for 60 years.

Nisswa’s Dan Eigen, also known as “Walleyedan,” along with his daughter, Alex, will give the presentation, “Introducing Youth to Hunting.”

“I’ve been hunting and fishing my whole life, and I get more pleasure out of introducing new people, including kids, to the outdoor world that I love,” said Eigen, known for his Minnesota-based outdoors TV show. He advocates a different approach when trying to hook young ones on the outdoors, Eigen said.

“You have to know when to say when,” said Eigen, noting that turkey hunting may be the best type of hunting to introduce to a youngster, because of how active a sport it can be, with calling and scouting. “You have to make it enjoyable and don’t burn the kids out.”

John Molden is the owner of Waite Parke-based Big Buck Adventures, which makes high-quality gland base scent, including its one-of-a-kind Pre Orbital buck scent, along with a line of minerals and food plot seed. He’ll deliver a presentation called, “Building an Effective Deer Zone,” and will share his expertise in deer scents and food plots.

Kyle Thompson, owner of Prairie Land Management, Inc., will deliver a presentation called, “Small Property Management for Whitetails…Attract and Hold More Deer to Your Property.” Thompson will share his secrets for transforming a property with low whitetail carrying capacity into one with high carrying capacity.

Whitetail Properties is a real estate company that brings together buyers and sellers of hunting, ranch and farm land. Their land specialists have a passion for wildlife, and some of the pro staff from Whitetail Properties will be on hand to provide advice, tips, and answer questions about helping families make smart investments in hunting land.

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