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Fall Hunting Classic expected to lure 100,000 to Bass Pro
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The Fall Hunting Classics are an annual tradition at Bass Pro Shops.

It is an event more than 100,000 people are expected to attend this year at the Manteca store.

A report by the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation cites America’s 34 million hunters and anglers are an economic powerhouse—spending some $8.6 million an hour.

This 17-day event takes place Aug. 5 to Aug. 21 at the Bass Pro Shops located at 1356 Bass Pro Drive in Manteca. It is all free.

Hunting and fishing sportsmen directly support 1.6 million jobs, spend more than a billion dollars just on licenses, stamps, tags and permits, and they generate $25 billion a year in federal, state and local taxes. More than 12.5 million hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts pump $24.9 billion into the economy each year.

Some of the special events during the Bass Pro Shops 2011 Fall Hunting Classic include:

• Aug. 5-21 – Various free seminars each weekend.

•Aug. 5-7 – Bass Pro Shops Free Hunting University. Nationally recognized professional hunters and outdoorsmen will be at stores to give seminars and talk about their experiences.

•Aug. 6 - 1 p.m., Steve Criner, World Champion Coyote Caller, Predator Hunting

•August 6 - 2 p.m., Wayne Carlton, Elk Hunting Icon, Elk Hunting Tactics

•Aug. 12-14—Hunter Appreciation Weekend. Learn tips and techniques for a more successful day in the field by attending free seminars Friday 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

Seminars

Friday, August 12

•6 p.m. - Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively

•7 p.m. - Hunting Public/Leased Land: The ins and outs of finding places to hunt

•8pm - Finding and Hunting Western Big Game

Saturday, August 13

•1 p.m. - Using Big Game Scents & Calls Effectively

•2 p.m. - Hunting Public/Leased Land: The ins-and-outs of finding places to hunt

•3 p.m. - Finding and Hunting Western Big Game

•4 p.m. - Choosing the Right Optics

•5 p.m. - Fundamentals of Long Range Hunting and Shooting

Sunday, August 14

•1 p.m. - Tips for Game Camera Placement

•2 p.m. - Fundamentals of Long-Range Hunting and Shooting

•3 p.m. - Field Dressing, Transporting & Processing Game

•4 p.m. - Choosing the Right Optics

•Aug. 13-14—ATV Test Drive. Noon to 5 p.m. Try out suspension and steering capabilities of ATVs. You must show valid driver’s license prior to test drive.

•Aug. 20-21 – Next Generation Weekend. Noon to 5 p.m. Kids can take the Deer Camp Challenge. Other activities include free youth seminars (1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Camping Basics, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Archery Basics), Free Shooting Arcade, and deer mosaic craft, 1 to 3 p.m. (while supplies last).

•Aug. 20-21 – PictureU Free Photo. Picture yourself on the cover of an Outdoor Life Magazine! Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.

For more information on the free Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic go to www.basspro.com/classic.