Keep busy until spring with outdoor-sports shows and sales

CorrespondentJanuary 1, 2014 

Pace yourselves, outdoors enthusiasts. Whether you’re into boating, fishing, hunting, shooting, art collecting or firearms and knife trading, you’ll find a busy schedule of events that will make the remaining 11 weeks of winter fly by.

• Start with the Old North State Antique Gun and Military Collector Show on Saturday and Sunday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Buy, sell or trade a variety of items. Learn more at, or call 704-282-1339.

• A lineup of star bass pros including Mike Iaconelli and Ish Monroe, plus regional saltwater and freshwater experts, promises to make the Jan. 10-12 Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo an event you’ll want to visit all three days at the fairgrounds in Raleigh. Go to

• The Dixie Gun and Knife Classic will run Jan. 18-19 at the fairgrounds, with new and vintage firearms and hunting, fishing and shooting equipment. Learn more at, or call 919-781-1287.

• The Southeast Outdoors Expo, a partnership of the Safari Club International Triangle Chapter and Cross Trail Outfitters outdoors and youth ministry, will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 1 with outfitters, artists, manufacturers and celebrity TV guests at the Embassy Suites in Cary. Go to, or call 307-250-8383.

• The Capital City Gun Show will be Feb. 22-23 at the fairgrounds. Learn more at, or call 540-953-0016.

• The 22nd Raleigh Convention Center Boat Show will return to downtown Raleigh on Feb. 6-9. Go to, or call 919-996-8507.

• The East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival on Feb. 7-8 in Washington features the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships and a benefit dinner and auction of decoys and art. For dinner reservations, call 800-999-3857, ext. 2 or 3. Follow the festival at

• One of the year’s don’t-miss events is the Dixie Deer Classic outdoors exposition Feb. 28-March 2 at the fairgrounds. The Wake County Wildlife Club will host more than 200 vendors, the N.C. State Championship Turkey Calling Contest and seminars put on by dozens of guest presenters. Learn more at, or call 919-782-5333.

Shoot a traditional bow: Get back to basics by learning to shoot a traditional bow when the Piedmont Wildlife Center’s Archery Club meets 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Leigh Farm Park in Durham. Cost is $15. Find the nonprofit center’s new winter/spring schedule at, or call 919-923-1821.

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