Anyone interested in hunting, including those who have never picked up a gun before, those who have hunted for many years but would like to try a different aspect of hunting, or even anyone who has been away from hunting for years are invited to attend the Hunt Idaho Expo held Friday and Saturday August 26-27 in Lewiston, Idaho.

The event kicks off Friday, August 26 from 2-7 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club Shooting Range near Lewiston and the town of Lapwai, Idaho (27007 Tom Beale Road). Idaho Fish and Game and Lewis-Clark range staff will be available on Friday starting at 2 p.m. to mentor participants who want to shoot a shotgun or try various rifle calibers. A barbeque dinner will be served starting at 4 p.m.

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On Saturday, August 27, at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office at 3316 16th Street in Lewiston there will be a variety of activities intended to share hunting traditions from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Participants of the event will become connected to the tradition of hunting through a series of educational, hands-on workshops,” says Jerome Hansen, Idaho Fish and Game Clearwater regional supervisor. “It can be overwhelming for a first-time hunter as they learn where to hunt, what to pack, how to choose the right weapon, and techniques and regulations for the animals they wish to pursue,” says Hansen. “Our goal is to help make the learning process easier by providing information within a series of workshops offered throughout the day. Come for part or all of the day to learn more. This event was so much fun last year, we decided to offer it again!”

Emphasis will be given to wildlife biology and habitat; hunting techniques and equipment; how to safely use, care for and select a firearm for purchase; and how to field dress, process and cook wild game.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to taste wild game cooked in a variety of ways from Dutch oven to stir fry. Lunch will be served by Boy Scout volunteers.

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Specialized workshops will also be offered on a number of hunting topics, including horse packing, bear hunting in the Clearwater, calling elk, traditional vs. modern archery, upland game birds, duck hunting, women in hunting, and much more. Families are encouraged to attend. Activities will be offered for kids such as a BB gun shooting range, duck decoy painting, bow building, live bird display, fish casting and laser shooting.

Participants can pre-register by calling or stopping by the IDFG regional office at 208-799-5010 for an additional chance to win a variety of prizes, including a rifle donated by Sportsman’s Warehouse. More information including a schedule of events can be found at the IDFG regional Facebook page. This event is made possible thanks to these fine sponsors: Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Pepsi, Rosauers, Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club, Latah Wildlife Association and Joe Hall Ford. //