THE INTERNATIONAL Sportsmen's Exposition will present the first of three shows at Cal Expo in Sacramento from Jan. 15 to 19.
The annual shows give outdoorsmen a chance to check out new hunting and fishing products, as well as hands-on experience in the use of outdoors gear.
There are casting ponds for fly fishing enthusiasts, areas for plug casting, and a huge glass tank with live fish for demonstrating lures. There also are seminars covering virtually all types of fishing and hunting.
A schedule of events is posted at the entrance so visitors can use their time to the utmost.
One of the big drawing cards is the WON Youth Outdoor Sports Fair. The fair sponsored by Western Outdoor News, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Among the co-sponsors of the fair are the California Waterfowl Association, Safari Club International, the National Rifle Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. A ton of prizes will be given to kids 12 and under.
The exposition will move to San Mateo from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, and to Pleasanton from Feb. 13 to 16.
WATERFOWL HUNTERS in the San Joaquin Valley still are hoping for a boost in the action after another mediocre week.
The highest birds-per-hunter average last weekend came from the South Freitas Unity outside Los Banos with a 3.3. Salt Slough came in a 3.0, San Luis at 2.6, Volta at 2.3, and Los Banos and Merced (normally the best area) at 2.0.
One encouraging note is that more geese were part of the averages.
On Wednesday, things got better. My grandson, Jordan, of Watsonville was staying with us for a few days and was to return home that day. The plan was to take him as far as the Santa Fe Club near Gustine, where he would join Bill Davidson and me for an afternoon shoot.
Things had been slow there of late, so our expectations weren't too high. There was high fog over the area all day, and that kept the temperature down, which in turn kept the ducks moving in search of food.