Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo coming to Columbus


The upcoming Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo, one of Ohio’s top outdoor shows, has a new owner and name.

Yes, sport shows are owned and produced by private, for-profit companies that specialize in large scale events or who contract with companies to put the shows together.

Turkey Expos

The Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin, Deer and Turkey Expos are now owned by Boonier Corporation, the parent company of Field and Stream and Outdoor Life magazines.

Events such as sport, travel, and leisure shows feature vendors and service providers who pay for booth space and popular presenters, celebrities, and speakers who are generally paid to be present to help increase attendance.

Show promoters also seek corporate sponsorship to help with expenses in trade for exposure and goodwill. This show is presented by Remington. Sport shows don’t just happen. It’s a year around job evaluating the last show and building the next one. Experts, celebrities, and top attractions often require booking a year or more in advance.

Challenges. The biggest challenge to show producers is identifying the things people want to see including year to year regulars as well as enough new features and exhibitors to keep things fresh.

Now tagged the Field and Stream Deer and Turkey Expo, the three day event will be held on March 16, 17, and 18 on the Ohio State Fairground Bricker Building and it looks as good or better than any other regional sport show.


Show promoters promise more than 450 exhibit booths this year and 40 plus presentations on at least a dozen topics. Taking advantage of one of the fastest growing outdoor markets, there will be an area just for women featuring clothing and gear.

Another sure crowd pleaser will be a seminar designed just for the potential puppy buyer, the first step for hunters seeking a four legged companion.

Log on to the Deer and Turkey Expo 2012 for exhibitors listings, event schedules, prices and times.

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Hannah Irwin was recently initiated into the world of small game hunting, namely the pursuit of cottontail rabbits. At just 12 years old, Irwin has already tagged two deer but this was her first crack at rabbit hunting.


Irwin used a newly acquired youth shotgun and waited patiently with her father while Carrollton beagler Rick Truman cast his trio of high energy hounds for a late season bunny hunt. Beagles Georgia, Gabby, and Ike circled a couple rabbits but neither came Irwin’s way.

The third chase however brought a rabbit in range and Irwin was able to bag it for her first. Dad appeared to be more excited than Irwin who took the new hunting experience in stride.

The future

Young hunters are the future and Ohio hunters are fortunate to have special youth seasons for deer, turkey, and waterfowl, apprentice hunter programs, and other advantages to encourage youngsters to experience hunting and shooting.

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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.



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