HELD AT THE ARMSTRONG RANCH KENNELS - 4.5 MILES WEST OF ANOKA, MINNESOTA

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GAME FAIR - SPECIAL GUESTS


The list of speakers and special guests at Game Fair reads like Who's Who of the hunting and outdoor world. This prestigious list includes well known personalities such as:
Ron Schara, Nora Ross, Travis Mears and Frank Taylor. Plus many more!
Game Fair speakers represent the best in the business from a wide variety of activities. Each seminar is small enough to ask personal questions and make personal connections with each of the speakers.

RON SCHARA

RETURNS AS MC FOR GAME FAIR 2020

As a journalist, Ron Schara has been sharing the great outdoor experience with his readers for nearly three decades. Seeing through the eyes and lives of others, his material has captured the attention of tens of thousands of fresh air enthusiasts by putting them as close to the subject's setting as a reader or viewer can be. Over the years, as his newspaper and television popularity has grown, Ron's personality has become more a part of the fabric of the Midwest's outdoor community.

Ron's soft spoken but direct delivery, and appealing on-camera image, have made him a popular resource as an all-purpose, outdoor/naturalist commentator for many Minnesota radio and television stations. This includes his own program, Minnesota Bound which is seen on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. & and Sunday nights at 10:30 PM on KARE 11 TV/NBC. Ron's national program, "Backroads with Ron & Raven", airs on ESPN2 and has consistently been one of the highest rated shows on the outdoor block. Ron's programs are seen on national cable outlets THE OUTDOOR CHANNEL; it is also seen on KTTC-TV/NBC in Rochester, MN.; & on KVLY-TV/NBC in Fargo, N.D. and on KSFY-TV/ABC in Sioux Falls,S.D. His Minnesota Outdoors radio program can be heard on WCCO-AM radio on Saturday mornings. Ron's television programs have won a total of four Emmy's to date.

His ever rising popularity hasn't been achieved by having his personality dominate the story. Rather, Ron prides himself in letting the story happen through those who live it and simply allow himself to be the guide to discovery. He's there to share a story, or to inform on a cause or controversy. Deep in the wilderness on the shore of an ancient glacial trout lake or wading the waters of an environmentally threatened inner city wildlife pond, Ron's knowledge and understanding of our natural surroundings is more than just a journalist's assignment. He grew up loving the outdoors in northeast Iowa's rugged bluff country. He graduated with degrees in journalism and fish/wildlife biology and he has never veered from his ambition. Whether writing a newspaper story, talking with his radio and television audience, or appearing before a live audience, Ron Schara likes to use colorful storytelling to create a story for his audience.

Meet Ron and his dog Raven at GAME FAIR

 

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NORA ROSS

NORA ROSS - 34-TIME AMATEUR TRAPSHOOTING ALL-AMERICAN

 

 

Nora Martin Ross is a 34-time Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) All-American. One of her most amazing accomplishments came in 1990 when she became the first woman to break 100 straight doubles at the Grand American Trap Shoot, where she scored a 120x120 in a shoot off to capture the ATA Championship. Nora became the youngest person ever inducted into the Amateur Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

Nora has shared her expertise traveling all over the United States conducting clinics to sharpen the skills of trapshooters. It's as simple as an email or a phone call to contact Nora directly to schedule a clinic for your group. Nora's students have said time and time again that they walked away from her clinic equipped with knowledge that would help them continue to improve their shooting. Her warm and friendly personality allow for a comfortable and non-intimidating atmosphere for students of all ages.

You couldn't ask for anyone more down to earth than Nora. At times it's hard to believe you are standing next to someone who has broken so many records, yet has remained unchanged by it all. Nora is a first-class person and a first-class trapshooter. Don't hesitate to contact her to schedule your clinic.


*Bring your gun in a case, ONLY Trap Load Shells will be permitted at the entrance. Shells are available at Game Fair's Booth.

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TRAVIS MEARS

200+ SHOOTING EXHIBITION SHOWS NATIONWIDE



 

The shotgun sports are a passion for many; the same is true for Travis Mears. At a young age of 9 years old Travis started his competitive career and has continued to follow his passion.

Travis has competed on many different levels within the sport. He started with the youth shooting programs such as 4-H and SCTP and then moved on to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO as a scholarship shooter. While at Lindenwood Travis took part in 5 National Team Championships, 12 Individual Collegiate National Championships and completed his undergrad and MBA. After moving back to Texas, Travis continued his career shooting Sporting Clays and traveling putting on Exhibition Shows on the weekends, while devoting his weeks to his wife Raelynn and business career. Now at 31 years old Travis and Raelynn have a daughter and son and he is the President of Fort Worth, Texas’ premier shotgun range, Defender Outdoors Clay Sports Ranch. Travis is continuing to share his passion of the shooting sports through his range, sporting clays and exhibition shooting. When he’s not shooting, Travis enjoys Hunting and spending time with his wife and kids. Travis is a resident of Aledo, Tx.

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JUSTIN MARTIN

FEATURED ON THE HIT A&E REALITY SERIES DUCK DYNASTY

 

Justin Martin, also known as “Martin” or “Friar Tuck”, is the General Manager at Duck Commander. He is best known for his appearances on the hit A&E reality series Duck Dynasty. When he’s not keeping Duck Commander employees in check, you’ll find him fishing for crappie or in the duck blind with his wife, Brittany Martin and dogs Jude and Jesse. Justin and the Duck Commander crew have been feeding their dogs VICTOR Super Premium Pet Food for over 4 years. They love the results and how the dogs have the energy to perform all season. Come see Justin at the VICTOR booth at Game Fair August 9-11.

FRANK TAYLOR

BE AMAZED BY THE SLEEK BIRDS OF PREY AND ENTERTAINED BY MASTER FALCONER FRANK TAYLOR



Falconry is no longer reserved for kings and nobles but that doesn’t make it any easier. Working with a wild bird of prey to become your partner in the field takes a tremendous amount of work and patience. Master Falconer Frank Taylor knows what it takes to get that job done. Taylor is the past Curator of Birds for The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. He is also one of the leading authorities on raptors.


Many great birds of prey will be displayed in the Falconry tent and the area immediately behind the tent during all six days of Game Fair. Taylor is an expert with a wide variety of hawks, falcons and eagles. Aiding Taylor on this sport of medieval kings will be members of the Minnesota Falconers Association. It’s an organization he helped found in 1973 to promote high standards in falconry and conduct conservation projects for hawks.

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LAURA SCHARA

OUTDOOR/SPORTS TELEVISION HOST

 

Laura Schara’s versatile experience as a television host brings a special energy to the outdoors and sports world.  Her outdoor TV career began in 2000 when creating and hosting the segment “Wild in the City” on NBC’s Minnesota Bound, where she explored unique things to do in the outdoors right in the metro area of Minneapolis/St.Paul.

She has since hosted numerous television projects including nationally televised Destination Polaris on The Outdoor Channel, Golden Moose Awards for Outdoor Channel, MN Bound on NBC, FLW Outdoors and ATV Sport TV on NBC Sports as well as WILD TV for the NHL/MN Wild and Easton Hockey.

Laura currently appears weekly on Fox Sports Net’s Due North Outdoors, North American Fisherman on NBC Sports as well as Destination Polaris on The Outdoor Channel and LTV for Lifetime Fitness.

Laura’s passion for the outdoors was passed onto her from her outdoor enthusiast father, Ron Schara, who taught her all the lessons that needed to be learned to be a successful angler. Her best catch to date is a 6ft, 77lb. halibut caught off the coast of Alaska. 
She is also an avid sporting clays shooter who continues to improve her score thanks to summer shooting lessons.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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CHAD BELDING

FOWL LIFE

Chad is the creator and star of The Fowl Life (Outdoor Channel) and This Life Ain’t For Everybody (podcast)

Belding practices a simple philosophy on "The Fowl Life": Hunt hard, stay safe, respect the animals, and share hunting lifestyles

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BARTON RAMSEY

Barton Ramsey is the owner of Southern Oak Kennels, the second largest British Labrador breeding and training operation in the United States – training and breeding high quality Labrador retriever gun dogs for waterfowl hunters

He is also a founding partner of Cornerstone Gun Dog Academy

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CHRIS AKIN

Chris has spent most of his life duck hunting or training in the field. Over the years, his program evolved into one of the most accomplished hunt test programs in the country.

Webb Footed Kennels, Inc. has produced more than 350 Hunting Retriever Champions, 175 Master Hunters, and 35 Grand Hunting Retriever Champions.

He's also trained more than 3,000 duck dogs and family companions.

 

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DR. IRA MCCAULEY

Dr. Ira McCauley is a graduate of MU Veterinary school. After graduation, he worked as a mixed animal veterinarian in Higginsville, MO, as well as at The Animal Emergency Clinic in Lees Summit, MO

His main area of focus is surgery and sporting dogs but he also owns a water fowling products manufacturing

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AL ARTHUR

As a nationally respected handler and winner of the prestigious 2015 National Retriever Championship, Al Arthur knows a thing or two about Labs.

His father started Sandhill Retrievers in 1969 and, 30 years earlier, won the same national championship; the Arthurs are only the second father-and-son team to earn that honor.

Behind the competitions is a love for Labs that the family shared with Al from his earliest days.

 

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JARED MOSS

Started training dogs in St. George Utah around the age of 15 with the German Shorthair Pointing Dog Club of Southern Utah and in a couple of years was able to put a Senior Hunt Title on his dog, Fritz

He has worked with various dogs and various breeds. He truly believes each dog has it’s’ own personality and needs to be trained accordingly

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BOB & KEVIN OWENS

Bob and Kevin talk all things related to bird hunting, gun dogs and trade stories between friends and hunting buddies in their Lone Duck’s Gun Dog Chronicles


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BRIAN LOVETT

EDITOR AT TURKEY & TURKEY HUNTING MAGAZINE, WILL SHARE HIS SECRETS FOR HUNTING TOUGH GOBBLERS

 

 

 

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