Great Alaska Sportsman Show

Great Alaska Sportsman Show: Alaska’s Premier Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Marine, and Outdoor Show

The 2019 Great Alaska Sportsman Show is about a month away and there is lots going on you’ll want to know about. Where do you start your show? Do you peruse the boats and outdoor exhibits? Do you start in the Boekes taking the kids to the fishing pond? Do you beeline for the northwest entrance of the Sullivan Arena on day one to be one of the first ones in? Whatever your preference, each arena is filled with familiar faces and new ones too. As usual, there are several attractions like the kid’s fishing pond, laser archery range, and loads of seminars to advance your knowledge on a myriad of outdoor topics. It’s a jam-packed show with exhibit after exhibit of goods and services just for Alaska’s outdoor families. You’ll find everything from the newest KingFisher Boats model recently brought in by Alaska Mining & Diving to all the best colors of award-winning tackle fresh in from the Kodiak Custom Fishing Tackle Kenai Peninsula sweat shop.

New to the Great Alaska Sportsman Show this year, Three Bears Alaska is coming in with a splash, bringing guns and ammo for sale back to the venue. Sharing space with Three Bears are some great manufacturers including LEM Products, providing everything an Alaskan outdoor family needs to process their fish and game. Bradley Smoker, Vortex Optics and ALPS Mountaineering will be on display at the Three Bears booth as well. Check out their exhibit on the Sullivan Arena main floor for great deals on fishing, hunting, and outdoor gear.

Make a stop or two by the Indian Valley Meats booth early in your visit to the show. You’ll need provisions to keep up your energy with all the ground you have to cover. Indian Valley Meats can make delicious sausage and hunter sticks out of your Alaska game plus smoke and process your fish, which lasts a long while in the freezer. At the Sport Show, they offer samples of their popular Polish sausage. They’ll also offer roughly 8-ounce packs of pepper sticks with venison, teriyaki sticks with caribou, and elk jerky for just $5 each. And new for this year try their jalapeno sticks with elk. Go see Renee and Kathy and grab yourself a couple of sticks and jerky packs.

Booking charters at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show

What’s your annual ritual? Do you come to the show to book dates with your favorite fishing charters? Captain Matt Kopec along with his wife Meagan Anne enjoy seeing regulars and meeting new folks at the Sport Show in Anchorage each spring. As usual, Whittier Marine Charters and Whittier Boat Rentals will provide the opportunity to book your preferred dates at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show. If you are looking for a nearby charter, to fill the freezer and vie for a hog, look no further than Whittier Marine Charters. They are so close to Anchorage and have a superbly-run business with clean, quality boats and gear, and excellent captains who love what they do.

If you are Kenai Peninsula bound this summer, there is a swath of opportunity to inquire about at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show. Our friends at Alaskan Fishing Adventures fish and lodge guests from Seward to Homer and in between. The Great Alaska Sportsman Show fills their charter vessels quickly, offering specials for saltwater. Alaska residents in the month of May can fish halibut in Seward for only $175 per person (normally $300) and book a group of four anglers for feeder kings in Homer for only $200 per person. Stop to chat with Mark Burner and his team about dates and learn about the newest property, Castaway Riverside, which they’ve acquired just down the road from their Angler’s Lodge to expand their lodging options and provide more outstanding riverside fishing access.

Heading towards Homer you’ll connect with Bottom Line Charters, owned by Captain Ernie Kirby who has been a charter captain for about 35 years. A family affair, Ernie and his son Bryan charter trips out of Ninilchik and Anchor Point, while Bryan’s wife Dionne and their son Hunter help run things on land. My interactions with Ernie have always been extremely pleasant. Last summer we had the chance to go razor clam digging with Bottom Line Charters across Cook Inlet. Look for the article next month and go book your trip with them at the show to take advantage of a 15% Sportsman Show booking discount.

Big Dan’s Fishing Charters, based in Homer, is excited to announce the addition of Game Changer, a brand new 42-foot catamaran with quad Yamaha 425 motors. It’s going to be super fast and smooth and perfect for overnight trips for up to 12 people. The regular price for an overnight is $995 each person and you fish hard for double limits and multiple species. Big Dan’s Fishing Charters is offering a show price of $850 per person for an overnight. You can also save on halibut-only charters that are normally $350. At the Great Alaska Sportsman Show you can book it for $275 and fish aboard their quality vessel Blackjack. Both of these specials are available from May to mid-June. Captain Dan Spies and his crew have a solid reputation, great boats, gear, and fishing know-how.

Everyone should have the chance to fish the mighty Kenai River and a guided trip with ChasingTales will result in an even more productive day. Longtime guide Alex Carey was raised fishing. After many years involved in his family’s well-established Cooper Landing fishing lodge, four years ago he took the plunge to become a sole proprietor able to focus on the things he can control like the quality of his boats and gear. Alex is known for his passion for the area and for putting his heart into his guided fishing efforts for his clients. There are several full or half-day trips to consider on the Kenai or Kasilof rivers with ChasingTales Alaska. They specialize in fly and conventional fishing for trophy rainbow trout and salmon. Stop by and visit with Alex at the show.

If you are looking for a place to stay in Soldotna, a great option is King Salmondeaux Lodge off Funny River Road. A few miles drive brings you to a private property right on the Kenai River with several lodging options to suit any group of anglers. Five riverside cabins dot the banks overlooking over 700 feet of streamside fishing. A couple of small, efficiency, roadside cabins plus a couple deluxe, four-bedroom cabins round out the options. When timed up with peak salmon runs you barely have to leave the lodge for a vacation of a lifetime. We stayed in their awesome riverside cabins and arranged a couple of days of guiding to fish fall rainbows and it was perfect. The riverside cabins are clean and comfortable; we loved all the amenities and their manager is great. Kenai River Suites, their sister property, is home to two-bedroom suites with kitchen and bathroom that face the river and also provides a private fishing area for guests. Kenai River Suites is in walking distance to shopping and restaurants. At the Great Alaska Sportsman Show you can score a good deal with their Buy 2 Nights, get a 3rd Night Free offer on either of their properties during the month of June.

There are loads of recreational opportunities to round out your Alaska experience—glacier tours and wildlife cruises offered by Major Marine Tours should top your list. At the Sportsman Show this year they are giving out 20% off coupons for any of their tours for the 2019 season. Last fall my family had the pleasure of taking a Kenai Fjords National Park tour departing from Seward and it was a great day. We stayed at the Harbor 360 Hotel in Seward. Read about it next month in Fish Alaska. Major Marine offers seven cruise options spanning from 3.5 to 8.5 hours on large, stable catamarans or small adventure cruisers. Major Marine also provides Prince William Sound cruises from Whittier. Make sure to grab your coupon at the show.

Alaska fishing spots & destinations

The Kenai Peninsula is immersed in recreational opportunities from saltwater and freshwater fishing to cultural attractions, flightseeing, horseback riding, and lots more. Build your trip timing around one of the many fishing derbies on the Kenai Peninsula from the Homer Winter King Tournament or Jackpot Halibut Derby to the Kenai Silver Salmon Derby.  When planning any trip to the Kenai Peninsula you can learn more about the fabric of the communities you plan to visit by pouring over their related visitor guides and perusing the websites kept up to date by their chambers of commerce and visitor centers. Representatives from the Homer Chamber of Commerce, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, and Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will be on the floor of the Sullivan Arena to answer your questions and make recommendations for a Kenai Peninsula extravaganza.

Many of Alaska’s communities are represented by exhibitors at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show. One popular destination that brings several reputable businesses as exhibitors to the Great Alaska Sportsman Show is Kodiak. Beginning with Jeff Peterson of Kodiak Combos, Jeff’s family provides top-quality lodging and guided charter fishing and drop-off hunts in the remote village of Old Harbor. Nearly untouched, this area produces outstanding saltwater king and silver salmon fishing, ample halibut and bottomfish, plus healthy populations of deer, goats, and bears. The 2019 price for any of their five-day, five-night trips is $4750 but it is discounted to $4250 at the show.

Another important Kodiak exhibitor is Discover Kodiak, providing information and recommendations for visitors to the Emerald Isle in 2019. Kodiak is teeming with history, culture, and outdoor abundance—Kodiak is a bucket list destination for some and an annual trek for others. Connect with Discover Kodiak at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show, grab an updated Visitors Guide and start mapping your seasonal plans. Kodiak is still open to all five salmon species in 2019.

If you are looking for a long-range, vessel-based sportfishing or hunting trip, stop and talk with Travis and Susan Larson of Alaska Premier Sportfishing & Hunting. Their outfitted excursions originate on the M/V Venturess. Get completely away from crowds on a custom three- to ten-day fishing expedition. Trophy-class fish are the norm and the scenery is out of this world.

Road trips are a great way to see and fish Alaska. One of our all-time favorite road trips originates near Anchorage and ends in Valdez. We have a bunch of great friends in this town and we love the feeling of community and the great fishing in Valdez. A Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau representative will be present at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show to tell you about year-round events and attractions to the town and hand out their 2019 vacation guide.

Also present to promote Valdez is the coordinator from Valdez Fish Derbies. Get your derby tickets and you could win big. All summer long there are fishing derbies going on in Valdez that draw a community of like-minded, fun-seeking anglers. The Halibut Hullabaloo, Kid’s Pink Salmon Derby, Silver Salmon Derby and the one-day Women’s Silver Salmon Derby all draw groups looking to fish and let loose in Valdez. Fun awards events chock full of prizes mark the celebration of each derby. An article this coming June when my daughter Maizie fished the Kid’s Pink Derby for the first time should tell you all you need to know about packing up the kids and heading to Valdez this July.

We’ve had some of the best days of fishing out of Valdez, including one spent aboard the Lena Claire with Valdez Outfitters. Experienced captains run their fleet of charter boats overseen by owner/captain Tim Bouchard. Valdez Outfitters offers excellent fishing for salmon, halibut, and bottomfish. They also provide a fleet of rental boats for the do-it-yourself adventurer who prefers to fish and shrimp without some of the charter boat restrictions. Valdez Outfitters is offering a “Buy the Boat Special” for chartered halibut and rockfish for the cost of $1550 for May and June—you can fish up to six people. They are also offering 10% off all charters for the whole summer, and 10% off all rental boats with free rental shrimping gear included during the month of May.

As mentioned, there will be outfitters from across the state, from Southeast to Southwest. One of my all-time favorite rivers to fish is the Nushagak, literally ranking in my top 3. It’s because I am addicted to kings (both fishing for them and eating them). I was thrilled to learn our friends from Bristol Bay Adventures, Mike and Angela Addiego, would be coming back to the Great Alaska Sportsman Show in Anchorage this April and we can’t wait to see them. Michael and Angela are like family to us and we highly recommend booking a trip to their lodge on the Nushagak.

In Southeast, Alaskan Wilderness Outfitting Company owners Tom and Katie are amazing hosts who built their business around the incredible Tsiu River. They offer several options to meet various budgets and fishing preferences. From the full-service Tsiu River Lodge with outstanding cuisine and first-class lodging to their Prince William Sound and Wrangell Mountain outpost cabins, or a DIY floating cabin, there is something for everyone. Tom and Katie provide two of the trips on my own wish list I haven’t yet experienced—fishing for silvers on the Tsiu and fishing from their DIY floating cabin.

Outdoor gear at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show

If you’re an avid DIY outdoorsman there are lots of exhibitors to visit. Some of the most important items you need as a frequent outdoor participant are quality rain gear, rod, reel, line and tackle. All of this can be arranged at Sportsman’s Warehouse. At their display in Boeke 1 you’ll find good prices on clothing and boots, and some highly discounted clearance items. Make sure to grab a coupon from Sportsman’s Warehouse, for later use in their stores. In conjunction with Sportsman’s Warehouse, Jumping Jack Trailers will be on display in the Boeke 2. Heavy-duty jump-up trailers carry ATVs and gear on the road then convert into a tent. Check out the Great Alaska Sportsman Show special discount.

Further gear options can be considered at the Big Ray’s display. Big Ray’s is a longtime Alaskan outfitter with two locations in Anchorage, two locations in Fairbanks and one in Kodiak. Several manufacturer’s reps will be present in the booth to answer questions and help you make selections. Pure Fishing is one of those companies with brands like Penn and Shakespeare. As I write this, Big Ray’s buyers are in the Lower 48 searching for all the latest and greatest in fishing gear and outdoor apparel. Stop by and see them and make sure to attend one of the seminars hosted by Big Ray’s Stewart Vallalodid.

B&J’s will feature some great show specials in their expansive Great Alaska Sportsman Show booth area. Whether you are looking for a deal on a single rod and reel or need all-new reels for your charter operation, B&J’s has deals on the products that are proven to work in Alaska. Serving Alaskans for over 60 years, B&J’s is a longtime Great Alaska Sportsman Show exhibitor and major sponsor.

A popular fishing brand made in Alaska is Kodiak Custom Fishing Tackle. Visit them in the Sullivan to stock up on their award-winning silicone skirt spinners and bottom fish jigs.

Made for ladies who fish, Fishewear will be present offering their fabulous leggings, unique dry bags and backpacks, neck tubes, hats, rod tubes, tools, fly boxes, wading belts, and accessories all in their artsy fishing patterns. Check out their new Radical Redfish and Bohemian Brown Trout patterns. Fishewear owner Linda Leary also owns Women’s Flyfishing. Sign up for flyfishing or fly-tying classes, one of their group trips or their annual flyfishing school at the show.

From wood burning stoves to outfitter tents, Colorado Cylinder Stoves offers Alaskans their heavy-duty, long-lasting gear for backcountry expedition camping. Based in Grand Junction, Colorado, here’s your once-annual chance to see Colorado Cylinder Stoves in Anchorage.

Alaska Diesel Electric provides off-grid power for remote cabins and lodges, marine generators, and diesel engines for your vessel. They are the ones to call if you have power problems anywhere in Alaska. Their service staff travels to remote locations. Alaska Diesel Electric sells Yanmar marine diesel engines made for boats of most sizes from sportfishing pleasure boats to commercial crafts. Yanmar gets chosen for their compact size, high power-to-weight ratio, smooth and quiet operation, and reliability.

To play the Alaska way it often means owning a boat, truck, or RV. Six Robblees’ in Anchorage, on the main floor of the Sullivan Arena, offers show deals for Leer truck toppers and RV parts and accessories. Six Robblees’, with three locations statewide in Alaska, specializes in truck and trailer parts used by many Alaskan families.

Boats and watercraft options for Alaska at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show

Some folks spend all winter researching just the right boat for their favorite fishing and hunting methods. Whether you are looking to join the fishing kayak revolution or to finally spring for that fully-outfitted cataraft, Alaska Raft and Kayak will be in their regular space on the east wall of the Sullivan Arena floor offering great pricing on Inmar Inflatables, NRS and AIRE rafts and one-man rafts, Hobie kayaks, and a lot more. Take 10% off the frame and accessories with the purchase of a raft package at the show plus save on freight on certain items. You can take 10% off accessories with the purchase of a Hobie kayak plus receive discounted freight. Reserve your raft or kayak rental for a week or more and take 10% off. Go say hi at the show.

Maybe you are looking for something larger than a fishing kayak for your family? Maybe even much larger…like the KingFisher 3125 GFX available through Alaska Mining and Diving. A new addition to the KingFisher fleet, the 3125 GFX epitomizes the best in family boat ownership. A plentiful rear deck, and plenty of comfortable seating and cabin head room begin the list of features. One of the primary reasons AMDS partners with KingFisher Boats is because “They get it,” said Nick Olzenak. “KingFisher builds boats that offer ample comfort for families who spend extended time together on the water.” You’ll want to tour the 3125 GFX and the 2725 Offshore at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show. Find Nick or Geoff or one of their reps and check them out. AMDS also allies with NMI Marine who craft the Sea Sport and C-Dory pilothouse-style boats. “They understand what Alaskan families need in a fiberglass boat—warmth and elegance while utilizing every bit of space to the max.” Planned to be on display at the Sport Show are the C-Dory 25-foot Tomcat and the Sea Sport 2600. “Buying a boat is a big commitment and we get that,” Nick said. “We will be here working directly with you to make your boat-ownership experience the best it can be.”

Alaska Mining & Diving also helps get you powered up, featuring the tried-and-true Honda outboards. There is no competition when it comes to simple reliability. Everyone knows how reliable a Honda motor is. AMDS carries the Suzuki outboard line as well. Suzuki also produces reliable outboards which is an Alaska must have, but their technological advancement is off the charts. They are leaders in the market having introduced the DF350A with innovative dual prop technology, electronic throttle, plus forward-thinking gauges. “The advancements are truly mind-boggling,” said Nick.

And because AMDS is a versatile outfit providing multiple ways to get outside they also have space in the Ben Boeke Arena where they are displaying the ROXOR off-road vehicle that sets them apart from the competition because it features a steel body on a boxed-steel frame, has a turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed automotive manual transmission and wheels, tires, and brakes that are larger than conventional side by sides. They’ve also got the latest and greatest from Can-Am in ATVs and side by sides including various 2019 Outlander, Defender XT, and Commander XT models. Check out your options to take on outdoor jobs and adventures. AMDS will help you identify the best rig for your outdoor needs from heavy-duty towing to tackling rough terrain. Visit them both indoors and out at the Sportsman Show. AMDS will also be presenting Honda power equipment including generators of various sizes for camp, the shop or emergency backup of your home. If you are in to all this fun then tune in weekly to the Alaska Outdoors Living & Recreation podcast with Nick Olzenak from Alaska Mining & Diving. You can access it through their website or social media.

Maybe the 2019 goal is to outfit your boat for shrimping, upgrade electronics, or get new float coats for the whole family. Providing all your marine needs from rope to buoys, or if you just want spoil your girls with the latest from the Salmon Sisters and XTRATUF, LFS Marine in Anchorage (formerly Donalson’s) will be at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show in Anchorage to share special show pricing for their line of quality marine gear.

Ashbreez Boatworks, located in Anchorage, is a versatile, multifaceted boat-repair facility that is capable of a wide range of projects, including major boat repairs, fiberglass repairs, topside repainting and refinishing, marine-system installations and much more. Check them out at Booth 349 and 350 in Ben Boeke 1. This is the 4th year Ashbreez is highlighting their collaboration with Armstrong Marine (Port Angeles, WA). This ongoing relationship produced the first Ashbreez 32-foot, recreational aluminum Resurrection series power cat built in the Southcentral region in 2015, and a 2017, 28-foot aluminum monohull in their St. Elias series. Stop by at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show and talk with Joel, Chad, or Charlie about your dreams for a new boat or how to make your current boat like new again! Ashbreez is the first company in Alaska to retrofit several vessels with the new Optimus 360 joystick control system and Electronic Pilot System (EPS) for outboards by Seastar. Customers love them, especially with their Sea Station and Sea Ways system.

Also in the lineup for boat owners are the folks from Sea Tow Southcentral Alaska—a membership-based service that provides 24/7, on-the-water assistance to boaters in need. Its members are covered if they need a tow, fuel delivery, jump start, disentanglement (a line tangled in the propeller), or a covered un-grounding from a sandbar or shallow area. Sea Tow Southcentral offers assistance in Homer, Whittier, Valdez, and now Seward as of this spring. Sea Tow provides an extra level of insurance boaters can count on for just a small price. A Great Alaska Sportsman Show discount saves new members $20 annually and existing members $10 off their renewal from the already low regular price of $179 per year. Look for their eye-popping yellow and black booth at the show.

Does all this talk about marine goods and services have you drifting? Then stop and see our buddies Jake and Roger from Clackacraft for some sweet show deals on their great power drifters and drift boats. Fear No Rock is Clackacraft’s motto and those who have fished from these boats know what they’re getting.

If you are a backcountry enthusiast, head on upstairs in the Sullivan Arena to find Fish Alaska’s good buddy Larry Bartlett of Pristine Ventures who is a float fishing and hunting guru, author, and inventor of the PR-49 Packraft that most backcountry river float enthusiasts covet. Larry will be at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show with special discounts on his easily transportable inflatables from the Kork to the Legend. Larry works diligently to create innovative products aimed at low-impact wilderness travel throughout Alaska.

Also on the river front, stop and see Jetech. Jim from Jetech brings a revolutionary jet-tunnel inflatable-boat design to market that uses a patented jet tunnel to minimize risk to your jet motor. They are transportable, have an unmatched payload, and come at a price that make them an excellent value compared to aluminum jet boats or any other inflatable jet boat on the market today. Perfect to throw in an aircraft or even the back of your truck or SUV, sizes range from 14- to 16 feet and are made to pair with 25- to 50 hp jet outboards. This is the ideal setup for mobile Alaskans trying to get out and see as much of the state as possible. They are showing off their new 420 Vega Series model this spring that is better suited for putting in an airplane because it is lighter, more compact, and extremely well suited to a 20 hp jet.

Backcountry safety in Alaska

Being safe and prepared in the backcountry is a critical element of being outdoors. Companies like The Surveyors Exchange in Anchorage attend the Great Alaska Sportsman Show and advertise in our publications because they offer satellite phone sales and rentals often used on remote trips. You can also rent or buy a Garmin inReach from The Surveyors Exchange. Stop by and see them for your communication needs. Having rented satellite phones from these folks often, we can attest to their great service and the ease of working with them.

Another important safety expense to consider is actually a preventative measure. For the small annual fee of $49 your household receives medevac coverage from LifeMed Alaska.The LifeMed Alaska membership means you will have no out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary air or ground transports provided by LifeMed Alaska.  Your membership is active immediately after completing the enrollment form and making payment. A LifeMed membership is a no-brainer for anyone living and playing in the outdoors in Alaska.

Representatives from Garmin will be at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show showing marine electronics and other Garmin products like the inReach to help customers understand their full benefits. Get tips for maximizing their use in the field.

Find both an outdoor and indoor display area for Camper Valley RV at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show. They sell four-season campers for Alaska. Exciting news this spring are new toy haulers made by Outdoor RV. Camper Valley RV’s Ben Boeke exhibit features their Travel Lite RV brand with ultra-light trailers for half-ton trucks and tow-behind options. Check out their Great Alask Sportsman Show pricing so you can make owning a camper or trailer a reality for your family this year.

Hunting opportunities are threaded throughout each arena too. Alaska Monster Moose Transporters has 100,000 private acres and offers both all-inclusive and drop off, do-it-yourself hunts in the heart of moose country. Clients travel to Holy Cross on the Yukon River and are transported by boat into the field. Their all-inclusive camp is located on Stevens Lake. We highly recommend stopping by their booth and talking to our friends about excellent moose-hunting opportunities.

Are you a hunter who is thinking about taking up archery? Stop and talk with Dave Stoddard from Full Curl Archery. Dave is an avid bowhunter and is super knowledgeable about the sport, the gear, and how to get up to speed to begin bow hunting. Check out great deals on archery equipment and the latest gear on the market, and also ask about archery-league options at Full Curl.

Bowhunting enthusiasts should stop by and talk with the nice folks at the Alaskan Bowhunters Association. It’s a great non-profit organization to join whose mission is to “Foster, promote and perpetuate the sport of hunting with the bow and arrow. To cooperate with all conservation and archery organizations in securing and maintaining better hunter privilege and conditions for all bowhunters in the State of Alaska. And to practice the wise use of our natural resources, the conservation of our wild game and the conservation of the natural habitat thereof.” Their annual banquet is scheduled for the Saturday of the Great Alaska Sportsman Show weekend on April 6. Get your tickets now and save some of your budget for their silent auction.

The Resident Hunters of Alaska staff their booth with the volunteers that make up their group. Their mission statement is “Resident Hunters of Alaska is dedicated to enhancing and prioritizing opportunities for Alaskan resident hunters in accordance with responsible wildlife management, focused on preserving our Alaskan hunting heritage for future generations.” Stop to meet these folks and learn what it takes to join.

Support another great cause while trying your luck at a chance to win one of two guns when you purchase your raffle tickets for $20 each to support Shoot for the Cure. Stop and visit with Karen Rey. She’ll tell you all about their upcoming May 9th banquet and May 10th Shoot for the Cure Event at Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park where teams of five get together to shoot sporting clays. Funds raised benefit those with cystic fibrosis including tuition and activity scholarships. It’s a great cause and a great non-profit helping people in Alaska.

For outdoor businesses, Bissell Insurance Agency attends the Great Alaska Sportsman Show to provide insurance and liability coverage. Make sure to stop and talk to Art Hoffart who offers highly competitive insurance rates for Alaska’s fishing and hunting businesses. We’ve been working with Art for a number of years and have successfully paired him with a bunch of outdoor business owners satisfied with their service.

The Alaska State Troopers attend the Great Alaska Sportsman Show encouraging folks to think about a career in law enforcement. Not only do you gain the pride of becoming an Alaska State Trooper or Wildlife Trooper and a career based on adventure, you also receive a competitive salary, generous move reimbursement, world-class training, health insurance, and retirement benefits. Stop and talk with the Troopers to learn if you are a good candidate for law enforcement.

Flyfishing enthusiasts should stop and talk with the Alaska Fly Fishers to learn how to become a member. Find other folks who share a passion for flyfishing and giving back to their community.

The price of admission is negligible when you count up the savings and bonuses on offer. Stop by and see what Fish Alaska and Hunt Alaska have for specials this year. We always love seeing friends at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show!


April 4–7, 2019
Sullivan and Ben Boeke Arenas

Melissa Norris is Publisher and co-founder of Fish Alaska and Hunt Alaska magazines since their inception in 2001.

This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of Fish Alaska.