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Buckmaster#039;s Fall Expo set for this weekend

Hunter's throughout Southeastern Alabama will have a chance to preview some of the newest products for their sport this weekend as Buckmaster's will host their Fall Expo at the Montgomery Civic Center offering something for everyone. There will be food, fun and entertainment for the whole family all for a reasonable price.

Admission

For the first time since the event has been held in Montgomery, there will be a small admission charge of $5 for adults and $1 or a can of food for children 12 and under. Kids under 6 get in free.

&uot;In the past, we were able to charge only a can of food per person for admission,&uot; says Buckmasters president Lewis Figh. &uot;We gave that to the Montgomery Area Food Bank to help feed the hungry. But, because the State of Alabama has chosen to discontinue funding the event, we have no choice but to charge in order to help defray the costs of conducting the show. Most shows typically charge much more than what we’re charging, but we think we can still cover expenses with this small increase.

Buckmasters founder and CEO, Jackie Bushman, has made sure that hunting enthusiasts will get plenty of bang for their buck. In addition to the latest in hunting equipment and services

much of it at special low prices — visitors will find top-notch entertainment for the whole family.

Concert

T. Bubba and Montgomery Gentry!

Buckmasters lines up top-rated entertainers every year and treats Buckmasters members to a free Saturday night concert at the Union Station Train Shed. This go-around they’ve landed comedian T. Bubba and the world-famous country music duo Montgomery Gentry. Buckmasters members get free tickets to the concert, which starts at 8 p.m. Saturday night with comedian T. Bubba entertaining. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry hit the stage at 9 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. Sorry, -no coolers. Memberships to Buckmasters include a magazine subscription and are available at the Expo — and, yes, if you don’t hunt, you can keep the two tickets and give the membership as a gift to a friend who does.

Children's Stuff

The Buckmasters Expo features a kids’ activity zone — the Young Bucks Outdoors pavilion presented by The Montgomery Advertiser — including supervised instruction in outdoor activities, trick archery demonstrations, and games with OZZ!, a live DJ. The PM Chippers will give tips and demonstrate wood carving. Kids can get their photo on the cover of a magazine! The Montgomery Zoo will liven things up with special zoo animals and a coloring contest.

n Teen Trick Archer

While archery instruction is underway in one area of the Young Bucks Outdoors pavilion, teenage trick archer, Randy Oitker, will demonstrate what kids can do after they master the basics. One of his most popular tricks:

shooting two arrows at once and hitting two targets.

n Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship

The nation’s top archers compete for the Buckmasters Top Bow World Championship. Among the competitors are top stars of the ESPN Outdoors Games. The archery range is inside the Civic Center; ample air-conditioned seating is available. Jackie Bushman will emcee the final round Sunday afternoon.

Hunter Safety Classes

The Alabama Department of Conservation will conduct classes Friday, Saturday and Sunday for those seeking a hunter safety certificate. Pre-registration required. Alabama Game & Fish: 1-800-245-2740.

Golden Laurel Citation

The GLC is awarded each summer to the most significant entry into &uot;Buckmasters Whitetail Trophy Records.&uot; This marks the first time that deer hunting’s most prestigious honor has been bestowed upon a found specimen. To date, two rifle-taken deer have garnered the prize, as well as two by crossbow, one by blackpowder, and five by compound bow. Justin Hogan, the hunter who found the 2004 winner in Phillips County, Kansas, will be on hand in a special booth where the trophy rack will be on display.

n Buckmasters Trophy Records Scorer Class

Buckmasters will conduct a special class for those who want to become official Buckmasters Trophy Records Scorers.

n Free Rack Scoring using BTR System.

Hunters may bring their trophy racks to be scored by certified Buckmasters Trophy Records scorers and enter the drawing for a new Remington deer rifle. The BTR scoring system eliminates the concept of deductions and gives the rack full credit for every inch of antler the buck grows. That’s the official score. The inside spread may be added to get the &uot;composite&uot; score, which is unofficial.

Blood Drive

Hunters may help others by donating blood at the Buckmasters Expo. The LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be on-hand for donations throughout the event.

n Hunters Helping Others Stay Warm

Hunters who have extra coats or other warm clothing, boots, or canned food may join Buckmasters and Budweiser in their &uot;Hunters for Humanity&uot; campaign to help others. Look for donation collection points at the Civic Center during the event.

n Free Photo & Poster Signings by Jackie Bushman.

Bushman will sign free photos and posters in the Young Bucks Outdoors pavilion.

Raffles

Raffles to support various programs of Buckmasters’ non-profit arm — the Buckmasters American Deer Foundation. Drawings will be held several times daily. Prizes include a Yamaha four-wheeler. Tickets may be purchased at the entrance to the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship. A raffle for a kids’ Yamaha will be conducted in the Young Bucks Outdoors Pavilion.

Expo at a Glance

n Admission: Adults: $5 daily, Children 12 and under $1 or a can of food for the food bank.

n Location: Montgomery Civic Center

n Hours: Saturday - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.,

Sunday - 10 a. m. to

5 p.m.