Wisconsin sports show season ‘better than the internet’ when it comes to learning about products and services

You never know who you’ll see at a sport show! Former Packer Bill Schroeder stops for a picture at the Wisconsin Outdoor News Booth during the 2016 Wisconsin Fishing Expo.

“They’ve sure got a lot of stuff on that internet …”

How’s that for an understatement? There is no question that the internet has revolutionized our world, even the outdoor sports industry. Log online and with the click of a mouse, you can check fishing and hunting reports, see real time weather reports, and even learn new techniques. Shopping for gear? You can shop for just about anything online, but the internet still has one flaw; you can’t physically feel something and you still can’t truly experience something.

There are certain things I still have to feel or experience before purchasing. I’ve always had a hard time selecting a fishing rod based on a catalogue description; I’ve got to hold it in my hand. A boat? Dimensions and specs are one thing, but nothing beats physically standing on the deck and getting a feel for the rig. Maybe I am from the old school here, but I a prefer hands-on experience when it comes to selecting my outdoor gear. Fortunately, there is an old-school tradition that answers my hands-on needs – the sport show!

At a sport show, you can handle any type of gear! You can stand on a boat deck, climb onto an ATV or even a treestand seat. You can chat, face to face, with experts on the products, from dealers to factory reps and even manufactures. You can also speak directly with lodge owners and guides and seminar speakers while planning all your outdoor sports moves for the coming year.

Fortunately for old-schoolers like me, sport show season is underway! Here are some of the best:

The Southern Wisconsin Muskie Expo, Jan. 27-29, Waukesha Expo Center

The LaCrosse Boat, Sports, Travel, RV & Hunting Show, Feb. 9-12, at the La Crosse Convention Center

The Milwaukee Muskie Expo, Feb. 10-12, at the Washington Cty Fair Grounds, West Bend

The Central Wisconsin Deer & Hunting Expo, Feb. 10-12, at the Central WI Expo Center, Wausau

The Central WI Sports Show, Feb. 17-19, at the Central WI Expo Center in Wausau

The Wisconsin Fishing Expo, Feb. 24-26, at the Alliant Center in Madison

The Wisconsin State Hunting Expo, Feb. 24-26, at the Shopko Hall in Green Bay

Wisconsin Muskie Expo, Feb. 28-March 2, at the Central WI Expo Center in Wausau

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 8-12, at State Fair Park in West Allis

Wisconsin Deer and Turkey Expo, March 31-April 2, at the Alliant Center in Madison

In keeping with tradition, Wisconsin Outdoor News will be exhibiting at many of these shows. So come on out, touch it, feel it, stand on it, and stop by our booth and give us an old school, face to face hello!

 

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