Marine News from the Great Lakes

76th Annual Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show

Published: Thursday, February 25, 2016

The 76th Annual Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show assures us that
spring is at hand and is packed with exhibitors, special features and a funfilled
ChevyDealers Main Stage with something for the whole family. Nothing cures the winter
“blues” faster than a day at the Sports Show, seeing the greatest collection of fishing,
hunting, boating, camping and outdoor gear and getting all the information on
hundreds of dream vacation spots.

Show Dates: Wednesday, March 2 – Sunday March 6, 2016
Show Hours: Wednesday through Friday Noon to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Admission Price: Adults $9.00 ~ Advance $7.00
Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.

Location: Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St.,
West Allis, WI 53214



Daniel Boone Air Rifle Contest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contact Rich Hehn – 2626792071 or [email protected]

West Town Archery Tournament                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Call Rob Schaffhauser, 4144447944 or [email protected]

“Fastest Retriever” Contest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Call Charlie Potter, 6304807748, [email protected] Seminar Stage
The experts on the local and national scene will be at the Sports Show to share
their secrets and to meet the outdoorsmen and women of Wisconsin. This year’s lineup
brought together by will be a big hit with the fishermen and hunters
at the Sports Show.

Key Contact: Don Waier – 7154791660 or [email protected] –Fishing Seminars
Key Contact: Dan Small 9209944082 or [email protected] -Hunting Seminars

Wednesday, March 2
1:30 PM – Doug Kostreva Understanding Whitetail Nutrition, [email protected]
3:00 PM - Kevin Dahl Jigging Up River Walleyes, [email protected]
4:30 PM - Loren Voss Turkey Hunting 101, [email protected]
6:00 PM – Keith Kavajecz Walleyes The Next Bite, [email protected]
7:30 PM – Chase Parsons – Walleyes 2016, [email protected]

Thursday, March 3
1:30 PM – Reon van Tonder – Preparing for your first African Safari, [email protected]
3:00 PM - Ken Jackson – Picking the Right lake at the Right Time, [email protected]
4:30 PM – Potter, Muche, Smith panel – Facts & Fictions of Ducks and Duck Hunting in Wisconsin
6:00 PM – Lee Haasch – Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon, [email protected]
7:30 PM – Gary Nault – Fishing Bass and Walleye in Door County, [email protected]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Friday, March 4
1:30 PM - CJ Winand – Predator Impact on Deer, [email protected]
3:00 PM - Rob Manthei – Seasonal Patterns for the Best Results, [email protected]
4:30 PM – CJ Winand – Debunking Deer Hunting Fallacies with a Wildlife Biologist, [email protected]
6:00 PM – Larry Smith – MultiSpecies on the Winnebago System, [email protected]
7:00 PM – Ken Jackson – Catching the Best Fish of Summer, [email protected]

Saturday, March 5
11:30 AM – Loren Voss – 40 Years of Turkey Hunting with Wisconsin’s Turkey, Commander, [email protected]
1:00 PM – John Gillespie – Fishing Opportunities around the Midwest, [email protected]
2:30 PM – Marianne Huskey – Walleye Presentations, [email protected]
4:00 PM – Jeff Boutin – How to Target Walleyes during the Bug Hatch, [email protected]
5:30 PM – Jason Woda – Simple Trolling Tactics for Salmon and Trout, [email protected]
7:00 PM – Doug Kostreva – Food Plot Basics, [email protected]

Sunday, March 6
11:30 AM – Pat & Kelly LaBarbera, Falconry Hunting with Hawks, [email protected]
1:00 PM – Jim O’Brien – Fishing Southeast Wisconsin Area Lakes, [email protected]
2:30 PM – Bill Schultz – Sturgeon Bay: Destination for Trophy Smallies, [email protected]
4:00 PM – Reon van Tonder – Bowhunting in Africa, [email protected]

Chevy Dealers Main Stage Schedule

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Thursday March 3, 2016, Friday March 4, 2016
1:00 PM Milwaukee Dog Training Club
2:30 PM Donnybrook Kennel Labrador Retrievers
2:50 PM IRONJACKS Timber Team—chopping events, log rolling, Ax throw, speed climb and more
4:00 PM Milwaukee Dog Training Club
5:30 PM Dog Retrieving Races Qualifying Round, Preregistration Required
6:00 PM Green Bay Packer John Kuhn Wednesday March 2, 2016 Only
6:45 PM Milwaukee Dog Training Club, Thursday March 3, 2016 and Friday March 4, 2016
7:30 PM Donnybrook Kennel Labrador Retrievers
7:45 PM IRONJACKS Timber Team—chopping events, log rolling, Ax throw, speed climb and more

Saturday, March 5, 2016
12:00 PM Milwaukee Dog Training Club
1:00 PM Donnybrook Kennel Labrador Retrievers
1:20 PM IRONJACKS Timber Team—chopping events, log rolling, Ax throw, speed climb and more
2:30 PM Milwaukee Dog Training Club
3:15 PM US Army New Recruit Swearing In Ceremony
4:00 PM Donnybrook Kennel Labrador Retrievers
4:20 PM IRONJACKS Timber Team—chopping events, log rolling, Ax throw, speed climbing and more
5:00 PM Dog Retrieving Races—Qualifying Round Preregistration required
6:00 PM Green Bay Packer John Kuhn
7:15 PM Donnybrook Kennel Labrador Retrievers
7:30 PM IRONJACKS Timber team, chopping events,log rolling, Ax throw, speed climb and more

Sunday, March 6, 2016
11:30 AM Milwaukee Dog Training Club
12:30 PM Donnybrook Kennel Labrador Retrievers
12:50 PM IRONJACKS Timber team—chopping events, log rolling, Ax throw, speed climb and more
1:30 PM Milwaukee Dog Training Club
2:30 PM FINALS Dog Retrieving Races
3:30 PM Donnybrook Kennel Labrador Retrievers
3:50 PM IRONJACKS Timber Team—chopping events,log rolling, Ax throw, speed climb and more

Historical Fishing Display
Dan Basore is back at the Sports Show with his fabulous collection of antique
fishing lures. Fishing equipment dating back thousands of years, plus exhibits of
some of the finest handmade lures ever built will be on display. Also, attendees can
bring their own fishing equipment to the “Old Tackle Shop” for free appraisals.
Fisherman should be encouraged to head for the attic and bring that old lure or rod
and reel to the Sports Show. They might find they have something of true value.
Contact: Dan Basore – 6303933474 or [email protected]

Mercury Marine Sport Fishing Boats and Outboard Motors Pavilion

The Sports Show has the latest in boats and motors. It is the largest fishing
boat and “runabout” display in Wisconsin. Each exhibitor is a family owned business
that has deep Wisconsin roots. These independent dealers have long time ties to
Wisconsin families and to the Sports Show.


Mercury Marine -                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Deb Priepke, 9202694078 or [email protected], will be bringing all the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                latest boat motors to the Sports Show that have energy efficient technology. Mercury Marine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        as the largest manufacturer of boat motors in America headquartered in Wisconsin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              provides Sports Show attendees with a glimpse into the future.

Cabela’s Richfield –Stephanie Crangle 2626285718 or
[email protected]

Cedar Lakes Sales & Service – Brian Bell – 2623347588
or [email protected]

Crestliner Boats – Lori Kneeland – 3206326686
or [email protected]

Duchows - Al Visintainer 2626952800
or [email protected]

Lund Boats – Tony Kolker – 2183852235
X 6410 or
[email protected]

MW Marine, Inc. – Mike Pekrul – 4144252790
or [email protected]

The Boat House of Lake Country—Dick Heckel—2623672008
or [email protected]

MidState Marine—Tom D’Amico—9204463399
or [email protected]

Mark’s Quality Marina & Sport Inc. – Mark Grahn – 9207875873
or [email protected]

Beavertail Products - Rick Alsen 3209636480
or [email protected]

Special Features

WOW - Worlds Outstanding Whitetails—Jeff Eades - 3096451721

Usingers Outdoor Grilling Stage—Jon Gabe - 4142769100

Trout Pond—Jim Hill—8286671620

The latest products at the best prices from leading independent retailers are on
display at the Sports Show. Sport Show attendees get great service, good prices and
quality equipment.

A&J Scuba Diving Instruction – Jim Wittlief4144342210
or [email protected]

Wolf River House – Doug Nelson - 9205824555
or [email protected]

Thorne Brothers—Josh Roundsley - 7635723782
or [email protected]

The Reel Shot - Brian Keller - 9202528124
or [email protected]

Schleef’s Bait Shop – Bill Stecky - 6083939700
or [email protected]

West Town Archery - Rob Schaffhauser - 4144447944
or [email protected]

Sportland 2, Inc. - Randy Hughes - 4147642800
or [email protected]

Grandt Industries,Inc. - Jim Grandt - 8475770848
or [email protected]


Discover Travel Pavilion
Nowhere in North America can one find as many choices of places to go in the
outdoors as can be discovered at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show. Some
lodges and resorts have seen coming to the Sports Show for nearly 70 years while
others are first time exhibitors. The Sports Show has it all from as close by as Lake
Geneva all the way to Florida, Alaska & Canada.

Gold Arrow Camp—Todd Heath - 8075293137
or [email protected]

Summerwind Resort Services - Rosie Russo - 4173323250
or [email protected]

North Dakota Tourism – Mike Jensen – 7013282509
or [email protected]

Wilderness Lodge Cameron Lee – 4063874051
or [email protected]

Beaches of Ft Myers and Sanibel - Charm Evans - 2393383500
or [email protected]

ECOAdventure International - Ed Rymut – 8887109453
or [email protected]

Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. - Kim Baltus – 7153565266
or [email protected]

Adams County Parks and Recreation – Thadeus Kubisiak – 6083394230
or [email protected]

Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce Patti Peterson – 7155242139
or [email protected]

Green Lake Country Visitors Bureau – Liane Walsh 9202941050
or [email protected]


House boating

We often think of RV’s as a great way to travel, but for those who really want
peace on the water, house boating is the way to go. The Sports Show has
houseboats from the Mississippi River to Lake of the Woods. They make wonderful
family vacations and also are longstanding traditions for “guys” weekends.


Fun 'N' the Sun Houseboat Vacations – Hale Evans 7154950729
or [email protected]

Voyagaire Houseboats – Jim Janssen 2189932333
or [email protected]

Rainy Lake Houseboats—Bill Dougherty2182865391
or [email protected]

Piers, Docks and Lifts

It is a safe bet that a large portion of the piers, docks & lifts dotting lakes across
Wisconsin came from the manufacturers exhibiting at the Sports Show. They
represent the top of the line and most trusted names in the industry.


Hewitt Lifts & “RollADock”– Mike Goldencrown – 5072253421
or [email protected].com

PortaDock Inc. – Jay Miller – 3202753312
or [email protected]

Anchors A’Weigh – John Czajka – 2625477170
or [email protected]

Dvorak’ Docks – Rick Dvorak – [email protected]


The future of the outdoors is all about introducing children to its wonders and in
today’s world tearing them off the couch and stopping their thumbs from playing video
games or texting. At the Sports Show kids will be so busy they will happily leave their
electronic world behind. The Sports Show makes us all kids again!


Trout Pond (WNC Mountain Trout Fishing) – Jim Hill – 8282803006
or [email protected]

Outdoor Wisconsin Family Adventure Pavilion – Dan Small – 9209944082
or [email protected]

West Town Archery Kids Archery Range – Rob Schaffhauser – 4144447944
X 12 [email protected]

Paintball Dave’s – Dave Rudig – 4142713004
or [email protected]

Adventure Rock ( rock climbing wall) – Eric Olson 2627906800
or [email protected]

What would the Sports Show be without the smell of jerky, pig’s feet, squeaky
cheese, chocolate, nuts, elk, fish, brats and beer. For decades vendors making
products for the outdoors have flocked to the Sports Show to sell their products.
It is a gastronomical surgeon’s delight. If you sampled every food product at the
Sports Show you will be ready for any outdoor adventure.

Wisconsin Meats – Grant Hoffman – 9204702880
The Almond Hut – Cindy Piepszak – 2482174050
or [email protected]
Oregon Trail Jerky – Kim Hoffman – 3036605500
or [email protected]
The Almond Tree – Kristi Polzin – 7155817375
Conservation and NonProfit Organizations


Rich Hehn - Daniel Boone Conservation League 2626792071
or [email protected]

Leland Nelson - Florence County- [email protected]

Bob Wincek- Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Club

Tom Nieland - Pheasants Forever – 2627890838

Chuck Beeler - Trout Unlimited - 2627896921
or [email protected]

Joel Berman - U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary - 4142432352

Deb Sterchy - Wisconsin Indian Head Country - 7159242970
or [email protected]

Kelcy Boettcher - Wisconsin Waterfowl Association - 2629681722
or [email protected]

Fishing Has No Boundaries, Kathy Overman - 8002433462
or [email protected]

Show Personalities/Interviews

Doug Hoskins—Former Wisconsin State Game Warden, Long time exhibitor

Don Waier—LakeLink, Inc. Wisconsin’s largest web site for fishing

Deb Priepke - Mercury Marine, America’s largest marine motor manufacturer,

Rick Sasek—Milwaukee Dogs Training Club Decades
long Exhibitor of popular dog training techniques. 2623923152

Lumberjack Sports International— Rob Scheer - 9072259050

Doug Janes—Donnybrook Kennel—9206686511,
long time exhibitor, main Stage performer with Labrador retrievers.

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