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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Wild game cookoff new feature at MORE's 20th

New at the MORE show this year will be a Wild Game Stew Contest on Saturday and a Wild Game Chili Contest on Sunday to determine the best wild game cooks in … oh, what the heck … in the world!

Show visitors can bring a pot of their favorite concoction for our judges to sample. The top three finishers will win cash prizes and their recipes will be featured in the following Thursday's Outdoors section for everyone to add to their recipe books.

Entry into the contest is free and your pot of stew or chili will get you in the door of the show free, too. We'll have a microwave oven on hand if you need to heat up your dish before the judges try it.

Who are the judges? We've got some very good ones with lifetimes of experience cooking wild game. The Gazette's own wildlife chef, Vince Pernicano, will be one of them. Another will be Wyoming outdoor correspondent Bob Krumm. Finally, there's Mary Beth Kibler, wife of and chief cook for Sand Springs outfitter Myron Kibler.

Just fill out the entry coupon in the Gazette to enter.

One MORE show ticket good for all three days

All ticket fees listed for the MORE show are for a three-day pass. That means you can enjoy the show Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The costs are:

Adults: $5 with coupon ($6 without coupon).

Juniors: Age 6-17: $2 with coupon ($3 without coupon).

Family pass: $15 with coupon ($16 without coupon). Family pass good for two adults and three children, additional children $3 each

Seniors: Age 55 and older: Friday only, two-for-the-price-of-one. One coupon per person.

The MORE show's hours are:

Friday - 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

FWP's shooting center coming to MORE show

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks will bring its Montana Hunter Education Shooting Center to the MORE show.

The FWP shooting center provides a hands-on shooting experience using a combination of laser-disc video projection and infrared sensors.

Enclosed in a 24-foot trailer, the center offers the opportunity to use firearms or a bow and arrow and take aim at a variety of target opportunities, ranging from bullseye targets to game species. No real bullets are used and arrows are fitted with blunt tips.

Adventures in scuba, kayaking, skiing

If you're looking for entering an adventurous new sport, the MORE show has you covered. Check out these offerings:

Adventure Scuba will be at the MORE show again this year.

The scuba folks will have a pool set up where visitors can give scuba diving a try and ask about how to get into the sport.

Sunshine Sports will provide kayak lessons at a pool, provided by McCalls, at the MORE show.

Kayaking is an increasingly popular sport in the Billings area. If you want to take up this water sport, people will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

If you've never skied outdoors, you'll have a chance to ski indoors at a portable ski deck that will be set up at the MORE show. The ski deck comes to the MORE show from Idaho.

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