The Great Rockies Sport Show will stake its tent in Billings on Friday with its usual fare of gear, RVs, ATVs, boats, seminars, wildlife, fishing and hunting lodges and the chance to have your trophy animal’s antlers scored.
The show begins Friday at 1 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the show will open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The price of admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 16 with children 5 and younger admitted free. Friday is family night with all children 12 and under entering free. Tickets are good for admission the entire weekend.
Two stages will be set up for a variety of hunting, fishing and photography presentations. Speakers will include walleye angler Jim Muzynoski with tips on tournament strategies; Dale Gilbert with information on how to pattern walleye presentations and rig your dream boat; Jim Brennan on techniques to become a better hunter; Walt Earl on coyote calling; and Grant Soukup on bowhunting elk, to mention a few. Plus there will be daily fly-casting demonstrations and the Billings Magic City Flyfishers Fly Tying Theater.
A children’s free catch-and-release trout fishing pond will be set up courtesy of Montana PikeMasters. And show visitors can bring their big-game trophy heads, horns or antlers for free scoring and a chance to win prizes in the big buck and bull contest. All entries must be received by 6 p.m. Saturday. The “greatest” mule deer of the Northwest will be featured on display for those who just want to look at antlers.
Also on display will be the Wall of Fish and photographic entries from the Outdoor Writers Association of America contest.
Live animals will also be featured, with Bob Steele’s Great Bear Show — his entourage of black bears.
For more information, log on to the show’s website, greatrockiesshow.com/.