Buckmasters 20th Annual Expo

| 1/13/2014 1:32:00 PM

Buckmaster Expo

Television shows like “Swamp People” and “Duck Dynasty” have helped introduce city-dwelling Americans to the giving, friendly nature of hunters, but the good people of Montgomery, Ala. have know that little secret for years.

When 25,000 camouflage-clad sportsmen and their families converged on Montgomery’s Renaissance Hotel & Convention center over the weekend for the 20th annual Buckmasters Expo, locals just smiled and said, “Oh, it must be the Buckmasters Expo.” 

It didn’t take them 20 years to learn how the Expo visitors bring in thousands of pounds of food for folks in need, and they also know the long restaurant lines, slow traffic and filled parking spaces translate to a big boost for the local economy.

Despite the effects of tropical weather throughout much of the state, hunters turned out for another great Expo crowd.  With the support of Presenting sponsor Yamaha and many other national sponsors, Buckmasters is able to avoid charging consumers to attend the show.  Instead they collect food to benefit the local community.  Altogether, about 60,000 pounds of canned goods – the price of admission is just one can of food – were collected during the event, Aug. 16-18, 2013.

“This was the 20th Expo, and it makes me proud to be a hunter every time,” said Buckmasters founder Jackie Bushman. “No matter what the economy is doing, the folks come out with their food cans, smiling as they drop them in the bins at the entrance.

“It’s easy to see it means something to them to be helping others,” he continued. “The can of food admission also means entire families can come to the Expo. Just as hunting is a sport best enjoyed with the whole family, coming to the Expo is a family event.”