For hunting and outdoor enthusiasts there is perhaps no more amazing public show than the annualMichigan Deer & Turkey Expo held at the Lansing Center in Michigan’s Capital City, February 19-21st. Exhibits of nearly every kind showcase what’s hot in rifle and bow hunting, trophy deer and turkey, famous outdoor personalities, ranges, live country music, prizes – it’s all here. There is so much to see in fact, I’m recommending you attend multiple days and make it a weekend in Greater Lansing! Get a hotel room for you and your crew, enjoy the show and also enjoy some dining, nightlife and shopping in the Greater Lansing area. Here’s a custom website we’ve put together showcasing hotel discounts available and also some ideas of things to do. Shaping out to be a pretty fun weekend! If you eat, sleep and breathe hunting, fishing and camping – get to the Michigan Deer & Turkey Expo this weekend, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store with a hundred bucks in his pocket. Here’s the specifics on everything you’ll see.
Country Concert with Josh Thompson – Country music artist and avid outdoorsman Josh Thompson will perform a special concert at the 30th Annual Field & Stream Outdoor Life Michigan Deer & Turkey Expo. Fans love him for his blue-collar, fist pumpin’ attitude and fierce performances. Attendees will also get to see a softer and more introspective side of Josh as he plays songs from his new album titled Change: the Lost Record Volume One. All general admission Deer & Turkey Expo ticket buyers on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 will be invited to stay for this special acoustic performance that runs from 7:00 p –8:00 p at the concert area located within the Deer & Turkey Expo.
Shoot Like A Girl Virtual Range – Karen Butler, named one of Outdoor Life’s 25 most influential people in 2011, started this interactive shooting experience, which strives to empower women to participate in shooting sports and the outdoors with confidence. Women will have a chance to shoot a 9mm pistol, .223 rifle and a number of compound bows with supervised instruction.
Youth Archery Range – Experience the feeling of shooting a compound bow with our lightweight draw Genesis and Mini Genesis bows. All gear provided. Adult supervision and safe shooting instruction available.
Airgun Range – Whether you’re a first time shooter or simply want to assess your accuracy, test out the Jake’s Take Aim Airgun Range. The supervised area provides a safe opportunity for attendees of all ages as well as shooting instructions if needed.
Bowfishing Tryout Range – Extend your hunting season and keep your archery skills tuned by learning how to bowfish. Invasive carp species are invading our waterways and what better way to wage war on them than with a bow! People of all ages will have a chance shoot bowfishing bows into a water tank under supervision. There are right and left handed bows available in youth sizes (10-20#) and adult sizes (30-50#). All bows are equipped with bowfishing reels, line and arrows.
Exhibitor Shooting Ranges – Try before you buy the latest models on the market at the bow tryout area. Bow manufacturers and retailers provide the opportunity to test any bow or crossbow of your choosing.
Hoverball Shooting – Take on World Famous Trick Shooter Byron Ferguson with this fun moving target game. Shoot lightweight bows with foam tipped arrows at bouncing balls floating on a column of air. Additional fees apply. Located next to the booth of world famous trick shooter Byron Ferguson.
Trophy Deer Contest – The only thing better than looking at a display of trophy animals is when one of them is your own. Bring your best deer from any season to get an official score and have it displayed for everyone to see. A free weekend pass to the expo is included with contest entry. All entries will be measured by the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan club. Click here for more details.
Shed Antler Contest – If you enjoy searching for sheds then this contest is for you. Bring in any single or matched set sheds to get an official score and then put them up on display for everyone to see. Click here for more details.
Wall of Fame Entry – Do you have a 150+ inch whitetail mount that is already officially scored? If so, bring it in on Friday between 10am-1pm before the Expo opens and put it on display for the weekend. Each entry will receive a FREE weekend pass to the expo. (No fees apply, Max of 50 entries). Click here for more details.
Door Prize Drawings and Free Subscription – Simply fill out your admission ticket and drop it in the entry buckets near the entrance gates. Drawings occur every 2.5 hours. As an added bonus, all tickets submitted will receive a COMPLIMENTARY 1 YEAR subscription to Field & Stream or Outdoor Life magazines, no strings attached! (Subscriptions not included with youth tickets)
Friday Family Day – Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the expo! Friday only, all children ages 11 and under are FREE.
Outdoor TV Personalities – Stop by for a picture or autograph with Danny, Shannon and Dan Reaser of The Outdoor Option.