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Outdoors Shows Are A Wisconsin Winter Tradition

Photo by Kacie Mischler
Outdoors Shows Are A Wisconsin Winter Tradition

Wisconsin is full of outdoors winter activities: ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and many more. Thanks to recent catch-and-release regulations, we’re even wading for open-water trout during the middle of winter.

But another winter tradition happens indoors: outdoors shows. Whether they’re called fishing shows, boat shows, RV shows or sports shows, they are a guaranteed cure for cabin fever. They also are a great place to see, try and buy the newest outdoors gear and equipment.

La Crosse Boat, Sports, Travel, RV & Hunting Show

Feb. 7-10, 2019

La Crosse Convention Center — La Crosse, Wisc.

Thursday: 5-9 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boat and RV dealers will showcase the newest models alongside retailers demonstrating and selling the latest outdoors gear and accessories. Featured attractions include the Extreme Raptor Show, a predators and prey exhibit and grilling demonstrations by Mad Dog and Merrill. Kids will enjoy trying their luck at the trout pond, plus face painting and balloon animals exhibits. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 17 and free for ages 5 and younger.

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Muskie Expo Milwaukee

Feb. 15-17, 2019

Washington County Fair Park — West Bend, Wisc.

Friday: 2-7 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The goal of this muskies-only event is to promote muskie fishing and create educational and networking opportunities for muskie anglers. Vendors will have all of the latest rods, reels, lures and accessories on hand, and guides and outfitters will be booking trips for the 2019 season. Educational seminars from expert anglers might help you catch the fish of a lifetime next season. Admission is $24 for all three days, $10 for one day.

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Central Wisconsin Sports Show

Feb. 15 to 17, 2019

Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center — Wausau, Wisc.

Friday: 3-8 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This show is held in conjunction with the Central Wisconsin Deer & Hunting Expo. The Sports Show focuses largely on fishing and boating products and services, along with knowledgeable seminar speakers. Hunting Expo exhibits include the newest hunting gear, local outdoors clubs and many guides and resorts. Admission is $8 for adults, free for ages 12 and younger.

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Wisconsin Fishing Expo

Feb. 22 to 24, 2019

Alliant Energy Center Expo Hall — Madison, Wisc.

Friday: 4-9:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featuring 125,000 square feet of exhibit space, there’s a lot to see and do at the Wisconsin Fishing Expo. Independent fishing retailers will be on hand to demonstrate and sell the newest fishing gear, while boat dealers will showcase models suited to a range of budgets. Kids’ activities include a trout pond, bowfishing for fish targets, a casting competition and youth fishing seminars. Admission is $10 for adults, free for ages 12 and younger.

wifishingexpo.com

Wisconsin State Hunting Expo

Feb. 22 to 24, 2019

Shopko Hall — Green Bay, Wisc.

Friday: 3-9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Details were still being finalized for the Wisconsin State Hunting Expo at the time this article was published. Attendees can expect to see the newest hunting gear and outdoors accessories, along with a full schedule of seminar speakers and other activities. Admission is $8 for adults, free ages 12 and younger.

greenbaysportshows.com

Photo by Kacie Mischler

Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show

Mar. 1 to 3, 2019

Sunnyview Expo Center — Oshkosh, Wisc.

Friday: 3-9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Details were still being finalized for the Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show when this article was published. This show will feature a range of vendors showcasing the newest boats, tackle and fishing accessories. Expert anglers will present educational seminars that will help you catch more and bigger fish. Admission is $8 for adults, free for ages 12 and younger.

greenbaysportshows.com

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show

Mar. 6 to 10, 2019

Wisconsin State Fair Park Expo Center — West Allis, Wisc.

Wednesday: 12-9 p.m.

Thursday: 12-9 p.m.

Friday: 12-9 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show began in 1940, and remains popular with outdoors enthusiasts from across the region. Many exhibitors focus on hunting and fishing gear, but many also will appeal to kayaking, canoeing, boating, camping and hiking enthusiasts. Cost of admission was not available when this article was published.

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Central Wisconsin RV & Camping Show

Mar. 8 to 10, 2019

Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center — Wausau, Wisc.

Friday: 3-8 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This family oriented outdoors show features the newest RVs, campers and power sports equipment from top manufacturers. Other vendors showcase campgrounds, camping gear and other outdoors accessories. Other attractions and events are still being finalized at the time this article was published, but more details should be available on the show’s website as the event draws near. Admission is $8 for adults, free for ages 12 and younger.

fishingboatingoutdoor.com

Wisconsin Outdoor Life / Field & Stream Expo

Mar. 29 to 31, 2019

Alliant Energy Center Expo Hall — Madison, Wisc.

Friday: 2-9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Formerly called the Deer & Turkey Expo, this event features the newest outdoors gear from category leading manufacturers. Attendees can enter trophy contests, spend time at archery and shooting ranges and watch educational and entertaining demonstrations by noted outdoors experts like Byron Ferguson, Jeff Fredrick and Pat and Nicole Reeves. The popular Dock Dogs competition will also be at the show. Admission is $12 at Weaver Auto Parts, $15 at the door and $5 for kids.

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