Big game hunter speaker at the Sportsmen Breakfast
By Jean Faucher
Men of the Outdoors will host their Sports Breakfast at 7.30am on Saturday March 5 at the premises of Emanuel Lutheran School, 200 E. Quincy St., New London.
This year’s event features two series of workshops with four leading experts in food plots, gun care, African hunting experiences, bows and bowhunting .
In addition to the workshops, attendees can visit nine booths from outside vendors, including live demonstrations and time for questions and answers from 7:30 a.m. until the end of the event.
Hunting and fishing activities for children start at 7:30 a.m.
A catered breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. The menu includes baked eggs with cheese and crumbles, sausage links, cubed roast potatoes, fresh fruit salad, muffins, juice, milk and coffee.
Platz said this year’s keynote speaker is Billy Molls.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Molls’ desire for adventure took him to Alaska.
For the past 24 years, Billy has guided big game hunters around the world for brown bear, grizzly bear, moose, caribou, Dall’s sheep and wolf.
Having lived more than eight years of his life in a tent in the wilderness, Molls has documented his adventures through his award-winning “Modern Day Mountain Man” video series.
Molls will share stories of plane wreckage, grizzly bear encounters, and his life-changing experiences in The Last Frontier.
Small group workshops
Four workshops start at 8 a.m. and repeat at 9:45 a.m.
Topics include Food Plots presented by Bob Wolfrath, Gun Maintenance with Roger Krueger of RK Gunsmithing, The African Hunt Experience with Dave Gilbertson and Bows and Bow Hunting presented by Pat Bush of Scheels.
Vendor displays and discussion booths include Joe Kavanaugh of Sportsman’s Marine, New London Fish & Game Club, Dave Engebretson, African Hunting Tours, Bob Meyer, custom paddles, furniture and more, Tom Beyer will demonstrate how bait from plastic swim are made.
Local Hunter Safety Instructor Dean Spears will talk about hunter education, Roger Kruger, RK Gunsmithing and Sales will answer questions about maintenance, cleaning and sales, and Terry Dorschner will talk about the turkey hunting program for MNR youth. Representatives from Johnny’s Jigs will also demonstrate jig painting.
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children under 12 are free.
Ticket outlets include the New London Area Chamber of Commerce, Festival Foods, Emanuel Church Office and Johnny’s Little Shop of Bait.
The program ends with a distribution of door prizes for adults and children.