The Puget Sound DockDogs competition is returning to the Washington Sportsmen's Show that opens Wednesday.
It is just one of the highlights of the annual gathering of fishing, hunting and camping exhibitors, speakers and vendors at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, expected to attract thousands of people during its five-day run.
Canines of various size and breed will show off their skill at jumping for distance in the DockDogs event. Daily competitions will include Big Air (longest distance), Extreme Vertical (high jump for dogs) and Speed Retrieve (fastest dog to the end of the pool) skill events. The competition is open to anyone with a dog and a floating toy, and dogs are entered in divisions. The event wraps up Jan. 30 with the Big Air finals. For more information, go to www.pugetsounddockdogs.org.
Watery attractions: Anglers will get plenty of tips while attending sessions at the Steelhead River and Warm Water Demo Tank.
The 50-foot-long, 10,000-gallon “river” features depictions of drifts, tail-outs and rapids allowing fishing guides and pro staff representatives from several Northwest manufacturers to share their expertise in reading the water.
The warm-water tank is 30 feet long and holds 3,000 gallons of water. The glass walls give participants a good view of how warm-water fish react to lures and retrieve techniques.
Head & Horns: This year’s show includes a new, 20-trophy “Tour of Washington State Big Game Animals” display, the debut of the third edition of “Record Book for Washington’s Big Game Animals” and on-site scoring of trophies. The popular exhibit has drawn more than 600 entrants the last two years, bringing in their own sets of antlers hoping they’ll score well enough to be included in the next record book.
Listen and learn: The show calendar is packed with 150 seminars at venues around the fairgrounds.
Among the speakers and topics are Scott Haugen, “Bow Hunting Elk;” Jack Mitchell, “Swinging Fly Tactics for Steelhead;” Mike Jenkins, “Successful Tips for Rifle Elk;” Pat Murphy, “Waterfowl Hunting with a Dog;” Bob Kratzer, “Advanced Float Fishing” and Tom Nelson, “Dirty Downrigger Tricks.”
In addition, fly tyers from across the West will share their secrets during live demonstrations, including Arnie Gidlow, Denny Rickards, Pat Blackwell, Kelly Laatsch, Jim Higgins and Dennis and Michael Dickson.
One of the tastiest demonstrations is the cook tent, where Herb Good of Hood, Tiffany Haugen and Cee Dub Welch will prepare a variety of recipes.
For a complete schedule of seminars and demonstrations, visit the website.
When: Wednesday-Jan. 30
Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 30
Admission: Adults, $12; juniors (6-16), $5; and children 5 and young, free. $18 two-day passes also available. Discount coupons, valid for $2 off adult admission any day of the show, are available at participating Baxter Auto Parts and Les Schwab locations or at the show’s web site.
Information: www.otshows.com, 503-246-8291