August 16-18, 2013, we enjoyed our 2nd visit to the 20th annual Buckmaster Expo in Montgomery, Alabama. My colleague, Sheila, and I visited with many leaders from major hunting and outdoor companies. According to the Buckmaster’s Expo Facts, hunters spent 24.4 billion dollars on equipment and travel related expenses in 2011!
Walking down the aisles, or more like shuffling through the crowds, we saw all things hunting from bows, rifles, optics, trail cams, camping gear and clothing.
Here’s a booth with some cool merchandise.
Thad Cartwright shown here showing off his 2013 Buckmaster Golden Laurel Citation winner. This Kentucky buck was entered in the Buckmasters Whitetail Trophy Records and is a new world record among irregular bowkills in velvet.
The Buckmaster Top Bow Indoor World Championship sponsored by Matthews is held during the Expo. A great competition to watch with skilled competitors vying for the title.
We got to meet Casey and Chris Keefer of Back Country Quest TV and other big names in the hunting circles. Great guys and we found out they hunt whitetails quite often close to our area in Kansas. As a matter of fact, when we would tell folks we were from Kansas, that’s a common theme in their replies!
We were also privileged to once again visit with many of the hard-working folks from Buckmaster, like Jody and Paige Mulder, Chad Davidson, Fuller Mitchum, and more, plus the one and only Jackie Bushman, picture here at their booth.
The admission to get into the Expo is one can of food per person, which is expected to generate more than 120,000 meals for the Salvation Army’s Montgomery-area shelter and the River Region. Many leaders in the outdoor industry applaud Jackie Bushman and Buckmasters for the charitable donations they make and the work they do for the industry and the surrounding community.
Next year’s Expo is August 15-17. Check out their site to learn more about Buckmaster and the Expo. www.buckmasters.com
See you down the road!