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ESOS feels backlash of firearms ban; postpones show

A decision by Reed Expositions, the United Kingdom-based company that owns the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, to ban all AR-platform rifles from the show at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg has resulted in some key exhibitors withdrawing from the show in protest. Clearly, the boycott that had the most adverse effect for the show is the decision by Cabela's to not only withdraw its presence, but also cancel its sponsorship. In addition to some retailers and manufactures withdrawing, some national, state and local sportsmen's groups and organizations have cancelled their appearance.

As a result, Reed Exhibitions announced Friday it has decided to postpone, for now, the ESOS given the controversy surrounding the company's decision to limit the sale or display of assault rifles at the event. Reed was scheduled to hold the 58thannual show, which was started by the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, February 2-10.

Since announcing that all AR-platform firearms, commonly called "assault" rifles would be banned from the show, exhibitors -including outfitters, retailers and conservation groups - have been withdrawing from the show. As of last Friday morning, the list of boycotters had grown to approximately 200, including celebrities who had been scheduled to present seminars.

"Our original decision not to include certain products in the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show this year was made in order to preserve the event's historical focus on the hunting and fishing traditions enjoyed by American families," Reed Exhibitions president for the Americas Chet Burchett said. "In the current climate, we felt that the presence of MSRs would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests.

"This was intended simply as a product decision, of the type event organizers need to make every day. It has become very clear to us after speaking with our customers that the event could not be held because the atmosphere of this year's show would not be conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment.

"It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing. ESOS has long been proud to participate in the preservation and promotion of hunting and fishing traditions, and we hope that as the national debate clarifies, we will have an opportunity to consider rescheduling the event when the time is right to focus on the themes it celebrates."

Carl Roe to appear on PCN call-in program

Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe will appear on Pennsylvania Cable Network's live "PCN Call-In" program Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Viewers of the hour-long program can call in questions to PCN toll-free at 1-877-PA 6-5001 (1-877-726-5001).

Roe will appear on PCN the day after the first quarterly meeting of the year by the PGC board of game commissioners. Preliminary approval is expected to be given to the slate of hunting and trapping seasons for the 2013-14 license year at the meeting.

ESOS director is guest on outdoors radio program

Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show director Chris O'Hara is the guest for the second of a two-part interview on "Experience The Outdoors" with Republican Herald/News-Item outdoors editor Doyle Dietz, on the Web at http://www.wmgh.com/ by clicking the "Experience The Outdoors" link.

This week's events

Friday and Saturday: 18th Century Artisan's Show: Country Cupboard Restaurant and Best Western Inn, Lewisburg; for information call (570) 541-1655 or access the website at http://www.18thcenturyartisanshow.com/. Hours: Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday: Lancaster Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Gun Show, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster; for information call (717) 368-4653.

Sunday, Feb. 3 events

Lancaster Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Gun Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster; for information call (717) 368-4653.

Banquets

Col-Mont Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet, Saturday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m., Elk's, Route 11 North, Danville; for information and tickets contact Matt Swartz at (570) 490-2784.

Schuylkill County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Saturday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m., Community Fire Company, Landingville; for information and reservations contact at Jim Kauffman at (570) 591-0147 or mailto:jkauffman@pheasantsforever.org..

Coyote hunts

Grouse Hall Coyote Hunt, Saturday, Feb. 9, 12:01 a.m.-Sunday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m.; for information and registration contact Ted Razzis, 3335 Levans Road , Coplay, at (610) 769-7522 or tuna30@verizon.net

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Association Coyote Hunt, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17; weigh-in at the club, 15 Club Road , Sinnemahoning; for registration and information access the club website at http://www.sinnemahoning-sportsmen.org/.

Port Clinton Fish and Game Coyote Hunt, Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 16-24; for information and registration contact Ted Knoblauch at (610) 562-4310, access the website at http://www.portclintonfishandgame.com/ or register at the club on Friday, Feb. 15, from 6-8 p.m.

Tubmill Trout Club "Big Dog" Eastern Championship Coyote Hunt, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24; weigh-in at Veterans of Foreign War Post 7610, New Florence; for information and registration contact Lin Gamble at (724) 235-9798 or lingamble1@verizon.net or access the club website at http://www.tubmilltroutclub.org/.

(Compiled by Doyle Dietz)

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