Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

After the many days of winter weather in the last few weeks, it's time to get out

and enjoy yourself. The annual West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show will

be at the Charleston Civic Center from January 21st through January 23rd, 2011.

There will be big game outfitters from exotic places such as New Zealand, South

Africa, along with outfitters from Canada and many states in the USA. Hunts for

red stag, elk, African plains animals, deer, wild boar, bear, and more will be available.

For the fishermen, there will be charter captains from the Great Lakes, salt water

charters, and trips for stream fishing, including right here in West Virginia. Book a

trip for walleye, perch, trout, or salmon at the show. There will be hunting and fishing

gear being sold as well as beautiful hand made knives. Famous sculptor Burl Jones

and Artist Janet Ripper Chambers will be displaying their works. Burl will also be

signing copies of his new book, "A Sportsman's Life".

Outdoor photographer Sam Kindrick will be exhibiting his works.

On Saturday, from around 10 AM until 2 PM, the West Virginia Raptor

Rehabilitation Center will be there with their birds of prey, including "Thunder", the

American eagle. They will also have a formal presentation in the Little Theater at noon.

Your donations support the work of this center. Tom Bechdel will be giving his ever

popular seminars on coyotes on Saturday.

This show is the largest paid admission exposition in the state of West Virginia. It was

started in 1987 and is the state's premier hunting and fishing show. With over 240 vendor

booths available, the West Virginia Whitetail Hall of Fame, the West Virginia Wildlife

Charity Auction, and coyote hunting seminars, this show has something for every outdoor


The show is produced by the non-profit West Virginia Trophy Hunters Association and

manned by unpaid volunteers. The proceeds, above show and organizational expenses,

go to wildlife conservation and educational youth outdoor activities. This award winning

organization has worked tirelessly for wildlife and fishery conservation in West Virginia.

Its mission, beyond wildlife conservation, is defending our hunting heritage. Other than

dues paid by the members, the annual show and auction are their sole source of funding.

For more information, see their website at http://www.wvtrophyhunters.com

Show schedule is: Admissions each day:

Friday,      Jan 21      12 noon - 9 PM                   Adults - $7.00

Saturday, Jan 22       9AM - 9 PM                         Children 6 to 12 - $1.00

Sunday,    Jan 23 9AM - 5 PM                        Children under 6 - Free

The silent and live auctions of hunting and fishing trips, and other items will be Saturday at 5 PM.