By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013
Come out and meet Marion Kincade of the “Mudcats” at the Oklahoma Fall Hunting & Fishing Show.
From guides to gear and rods to rifles – all your hunting and fishing needs will be met as more than 100 vendors from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri are scheduled to attend the inaugural Oklahoma Fall Hunting & Fishing Show, September 6-8, 2013 at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs. Located on Highway 20 east of Claremore, the show will offer a variety of merchandise, seminars and celebrity visits to attract not only avid outdoorsmen but their families as well.
Whether your interests fall into the hunting or fishing category, according to organizer James Muns, “The event is, as far as I am aware of, the only fall hunting and fishing show in the eastern part of the state.”
Muns, who has owned Muns & Sons Deer Processing and Taxidermy for 14 years, also has 15 years experience as an event organizer. Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, the main sponsor of the event, invited Muns to organize the event, which will become a yearly event. “We definitely have room to grow but I’ve already been amazed by the interest people have shown. Hunting enthusiasts are very excited about having a fall show.”
Booths representing hunting and fishing guides, tackle dealers, outdoor apparel, taxidermy, wild game processing and others will entice hunters and fishermen of all ages and both genders to visit with the vendors, purchase new equipment and gain new insight into the industry.
Celebrities already confirmed for the event include Marion Kincade of the National Geographic “Mudcats”; the women of “Queens of Camo,” a television series following passionate female hunters on their hunting expeditions; and Kaleb Summers, Okie Noodling record holder, professional guide and founder of the state’s richest noodling tournament. Also on tap are the Mid-South Hitmen, a group of hunters from Northeast Oklahoma who will conduct a seminar on decoy placement. Deep Fork Productions from Bristow will also be conducting a seminar on how to video your hunt. A bass tub with scheduled fishing seminars by professional bass anglers will also be on site throughout the three-day event offering tips to the crowd.
Attractions for the kids include a Saturday and Sunday Jupiter Jump and an inflatable slide as well as a stock tank filled with perch. “Kids who’ve never caught a fish before can use a provided pole and bait to catch their first one,” says Muns.
In addition to door prizes, such as free shirts, guided trips and a free deer mount provided by the various vendors, women visiting the show will also be interested in several booths offering Silpada jewelry, Mary Kay cosmetics and “It Works,” a body wrap product.
A “For Sale by Owner” will also be a feature of the event. For a $50 fee, you can bring your boat, RV, ATV, pickup truck, or other hunting and fishing related items to the show, where they will be on display and exposed to a couple of thousand fishermen and hunters. “We will try to get them sold for you,” says Muns. “In exchange for the $50 fee, you will receive two free passes to the event center, which will give you access to the trade show all three days. This alone is a $60 value.” To register in advance, go to the “for sale” page at www.okhuntandfishshow.com to fill out the application, which can be mailed with payment to the address on the contact page.
Admission to the show is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 55 and up, and $5 for children 12 and under. The show times are noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information about the show, to rent a booth or to become a show sponsor, check out their website, find them on Facebook, or call Muns at (918) 313-9552. He can also be contacted via email at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. Bennett’s Route 66 Pharmacy is also an event sponsor.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.