Free Seminars

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17th

Harvesting Trophy Class Bull Elk on Public Lands

Presented by Schmidt Happens Outdoors

Friday at 10:00 am • Room 150 G

This is our sixth year going public with our company called Schmidt Happens Outdoors. We’ve produced three full length, two hour hunting DVD’s, over a dozen highlight, films, and are in the process of producing this year’s DVD called Schmidt Happens Outdoors Volume 4. After extensive research we believe the market for hunting big game on public lands is growing rapidly. Showing the public how to harvest, film, and enjoy the great outdoors is what we focus on.

Tim Schmidt and Ben Schmidt were born and raised in Butte, Montana, hunting, fishing, trapping, and loving everything that the great outdoors has to offer. Currently, they are 30 and 33 years of age with over 23 years of hunting/fishing/outdoor experience under their belts. Tim and Ben grew up very close to the mountains, so hunting was instilled within at a very young age. After graduating college (both bachelor’s degrees in business management) and harvesting over 30 bull elk between the two of them (bow hunting and rifle hunting), Tim and Ben realized that we had the skill and knowledge to take their company to the next level. So in 2010 they started Schmidt Happens Outdoors. Along with all the elk, the two hunters have also harvested many other big game species including black bear, antelope, and whitetail/mule deer. They’ve had the privilege to film mountain goat hunts, bighorn sheep, and moose as well. Tim and Ben have also spent countless hours trapping, fly fishing, and loving every aspect of being ethic conservationist in the great outdoors.

What sets Tim Schmidt and Ben apart from the average hunter/fisherman/outdoor enthusiast, is their drive and determination to capture the best footage as possible so they can educate the public while respecting Mother Nature and the lands that our ancestors walked before us. The photos and videos speak for themselves when they say they are the best at what they do, period! The mission of Schmidt Happens Outdoors is to educate, entertain, and wow audiences through raw, DIY public lands hunting.

Time and Ben pride themselves in fair chase, real footage, no hoax pursuits. Most of the emphasis is on education, filming, stalking, and harvesting trophy big game/fishing, on public lands, all in a safe, professional, fun matter. Tim and Ben’s hunts are non-guided. They take pride in doing everything themselves from editing, producing, writing, organizing, and managing the business. Recently Tim and Ben have written two articles for Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal (issue 91 2105, and issue 98 2016), they were featured in four episodes on the Pursuit Channel (aired spring 2016), and are now expanding their hunting tour around the U.S. to educate and speak to thousands each year.

Be the Ultimate Predator

Presented by Al Morris

Friday at 11:15 am • Room 150 G

Allen Morris of Payson, Utah, grew up with a love of hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. As a youngster he could be found with his dog and BB gun, chasing animals around his family’s dairy farm.

At the age of 15 Morris’ father read an article in Outdoor Life about Wayne Carlton and his ability to call elk using a turkey diaphragm call. His father called Wayne that very day. “My life was changed forever,” said Morris. “After some one-on-one instruction over the phone from Wayne, no more than three days later I was calling elk in the field myself. I realized I had a unique ability to call, mimicking the sounds elk made.” Al’s talent for calling and hunting elk led to a lifetime career as a professional guide.

Morris had his most successful calling season in 2009. When he won the World Coyote Calling Championship for the third time, he also won in 1997 and 2007. He and his hunting partner, Garvin Young, are the only 3-time winners of this contest. He also won the World Elk Calling Championship, took first in the Northeastern Elk Calling Championship and won the Best of the West contest. Morris has also previously won the Utah State Bugling Championship and the Northeast Elk Calling Championship.

Al is extremely excited to be associated as part of the FOXPRO family. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with outdoor enthusiast.

Trophy Tags- are they worth the wait?

Presented by: James Brennan

Friday at 12:30 pm • Room 150 G

We will cover the Western states and how you go about drawing tags and what it takes to draw these trophy tags. Is it worth waiting 10, 15, or 20 years or more to attain these premium tags? Sweat The Small Stuff –  the little things when added up can make the difference between eating an elk back strap or a paper tag. We’ll be talking through the things that can make or break your hunt.

About James Brennan
Born and raised on the East coast and has been hunting for over 35 years. Moved to the Rockies and enjoyed a career in law enforcement and retired in 2005. Since than he has been involved in the hunting industry working on outdoor television as a host and videographer, writer, seminar speaker and full time big game guide. In the last decade he has guided in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Spending over 250 days a year in the field he has a passion and love for the outdoors and helping others appreciate the great outdoors is what he enjoys.  He has worked with his sponsors for over 10 years and uses their products in the field helping his clients as well as on his own hunts around the country. Hunting everything from turkeys to grizzly bears and anything in between his experience shows. Although calling in rutting Bull Elk is his favorite he also enjoys chasing big bears in Canada and anything he can hunt with his bow in hand. He values his partners and is proud to be an ambassador for Cabela’s in their big game division. Other partners that he works with closely are Muzzy, Swarovski, Gold Tip, Winners Choice, Kenetrek, Montana Black Gold, Thompson Center, Eberlestock.

James Brennan
James Brennan

Bowhunting Mule Deer, Public Land Strategies

Friday at 1:45 pm • Room 150 G

Marc Smith AKA “Muleyslayer” has a passion for all things Mule Deer.  As a life member of the Mule Deer Foundation and regular member of the Pope & Young club as well as many state bowhunting organizations, Marc is committed to conservation and ethical hunting practices.  Marc has been bowhunting mule deer for over three decades in almost every western state that offers mule deer hunting.  With an understanding of the ever shrinking opportunity to hunt mule deer on public lands Marc has to constantly research bowhunting destination opportunities and remain flexible, always staying one step ahead of not just the big bucks but also the other hunters that often compete for the big bucks on public land.

In this seminar Marc discusses:

  •  Research for discovering “New To You” hunting destinations
  • Equipment choices that make a difference
  • Hunting strategies
  • Out side of the box thinking
  • Mental and physical preparedness
  • Public Land hunting etiquette, the unwritten rules of the land

Marc takes a no nonsense, straight talk approach in his seminars.  Whether you’re a rifle, muzzleloader or bowhunter, there’s something for everyone in this seminar.  As always Marc will have products from sponsors to share with the crowd during the Q&A session and you’re guaranteed to have a few laughs and gain some mule deer knowledge form a savvy Mule Deer nut  that has truly ” been there and done that.”

Marc Smith

Hunting Coues Deer: The Gray Ghost

Presented by Pat Romero

Friday at 3:00 pm • Room 150 G

Jack O’Connor considered the Coues whitetail deer “the most difficult of all deer to kill”.  Hunting a Coues deer today is the epitome of a classic western big game hunt. The Western Hunting and Conservation Expo is proud to welcome back Pat Romero from Diamond Outfitters of Arizona. Pat is considered by many as the number 1 Coues deer guide on the planet and is credited with guiding the harvest of one of the top 5 typical Coues deer of all time. Pat will share with us the history, biology, tips, tactics and strategies that have led his clients to a nearly 100% harvest rate on these wary deer.

Diamond Outfitters
Pat Roero
Pat Romero

Preparing for Successful Backcountry Hunts

Presented by Team Backcountry

Friday at 4:15 pm • Room 150 G

Jason, Dustin, and Corey address one of the most asked hunting questions today…How do I prepare and successfully hunt the backcountry? Hunters realize that with increased demand for quality tags, decreased tag quotas, and more hunters in the field than ever, the best way to escape hunting pressure and have a chance at a trophy buck or bull is to head miles deep into the backcountry. Team Backcountry addresses the basics of gathering the right gear, preparing a backcountry pack, when to utilize pack animals, how to determine a hunting area, and much more to prepare any beginning backpack hunter for their first backcountry hunting experience of a lifetime!

Team Backcountry consists of Corey Beckendorf, and brothers Jason & Dustin Wittwer. The team focuses specifically on hunting the backcountry, regardless of weapon choice. Some other their favorite backcountry hunts so far have included Wyoming archery and rifle deer, Nevada archery deer and elk, Colorado archery elk, Utah archery deer and elk, and Idaho archery elk hunts.

Follow the Team on Instagram @teambackcountry or check their website at www.Team-Backcountry.com.

Corey
Jason

Bowhunting Muleys: Spot & Stalk

Presented by Michael Hunsucker and Shawn Luchtel

Friday at 5:30 pm • Room 150 G

Avid bow hunters and videographers Michael Hunsucker and Shawn Luchtel host the award-winning show, Heartland Bowhunter. HB elevates the production standard of outdoor television while bringing a unique and exciting format to the screen. Documenting the exciting adventures of its team as they bow hunt all over the mid-west for everything from whitetail deer to Canada geese.”

In this seminar you’ll learn tips and tricks for spot and stalk mule deer hunting from the sand-hills to the high-country, including:

  • Where To Hunt
  • Gear
  • Finding Deer
  • Game Plan
  • Stalking
  • The Final Decent
  • Shooting

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18th

Preparing for Successful Backcountry Hunts

Presented by Team Backcountry

Saturday at 10:00 am • Room 150 G

Jason, Dustin, and Corey address one of the most asked hunting questions today…How do I prepare and successfully hunt the backcountry? Hunters realize that with increased demand for quality tags, decreased tag quotas, and more hunters in the field than ever, the best way to escape hunting pressure and have a chance at a trophy buck or bull is to head miles deep into the backcountry. Team Backcountry addresses the basics of gathering the right gear, preparing a backcountry pack, when to utilize pack animals, how to determine a hunting area, and much more to prepare any beginning backpack hunter for their first backcountry hunting experience of a lifetime!

Team Backcountry consists of Corey Beckendorf, and brothers Jason & Dustin Wittwer. The team focuses specifically on hunting the backcountry, regardless of weapon choice. Some other their favorite backcountry hunts so far have included Wyoming archery and rifle deer, Nevada archery deer and elk, Colorado archery elk, Utah archery deer and elk, and Idaho archery elk hunts.

Follow the Team on Instagram @teambackcountry or check their website at www.Team-Backcountry.com.

Corey
Jason

Hunting Giant Bull Elk in the Southwest

Presented by Pat Romero

Saturday at 11:15 am Room • 150 G

For many hunters, the bugle of a fired up, rutting bull elk is the sweetest sound in the woods! In this seminar we welcome back Pat Romero of Diamond Outfitters of Arizona to share with us top strategies, secrets and tips that separate successful giant bull hunters from tag soup connoisseurs on both early and late season hunts for archers and rifle hunters in both Arizona and New Mexico! Get there early-standing room only last year!

Diamond Outfitters
Pat Romero
Pat Romero

Bowhunting Mule Deer, Public Land Strategies

Saturday at 12:30 pm • Room 150 G

Marc Smith AKA “Muleyslayer” has a passion for all things Mule Deer.  As a life member of the Mule Deer Foundation and regular member of the Pope & Young club as well as many state bowhunting organizations, Marc is committed to conservation and ethical hunting practices.  Marc has been bowhunting mule deer for over three decades in almost every western state that offers mule deer hunting.  With an understanding of the ever shrinking opportunity to hunt mule deer on public lands Marc has to constantly research bowhunting destination opportunities and remain flexible, always staying one step ahead of not just the big bucks but also the other hunters that often compete for the big bucks on public land.

In this seminar Marc discusses:

  •  Research for discovering “New To You” hunting destinations
  • Equipment choices that make a difference
  • Hunting strategies
  • Out side of the box thinking
  • Mental and physical preparedness
  • Public Land hunting etiquette, the unwritten rules of the land

Marc takes a no nonsense, straight talk approach in his seminars.  Whether you’re a rifle, muzzleloader or bowhunter, there’s something for everyone in this seminar.  As always Marc will have products from sponsors to share with the crowd during the Q&A session and you’re guaranteed to have a few laughs and gain some mule deer knowledge form a savvy Mule Deer nut  that has truly ” been there and done that.”

Marc Smith

Be the Ultimate Predator

Presented by Al Morris

Saturday at 1:45 pm • Room 150 G

Allen Morris of Payson, Utah, grew up with a love of hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. As a youngster he could be found with his dog and BB gun, chasing animals around his family’s dairy farm.

At the age of 15 Morris’ father read an article in Outdoor Life about Wayne Carlton and his ability to call elk using a turkey diaphragm call. His father called Wayne that very day. “My life was changed forever,” said Morris. “After some one-on-one instruction over the phone from Wayne, no more than three days later I was calling elk in the field myself. I realized I had a unique ability to call, mimicking the sounds elk made.” Al’s talent for calling and hunting elk led to a lifetime career as a professional guide.

Morris had his most successful calling season in 2009. When he won the World Coyote Calling Championship for the third time, he also won in 1997 and 2007. He and his hunting partner, Garvin Young, are the only 3-time winners of this contest. He also won the World Elk Calling Championship, took first in the Northeastern Elk Calling Championship and won the Best of the West contest. Morris has also previously won the Utah State Bugling Championship and the Northeast Elk Calling Championship.

Al is extremely excited to be associated as part of the FOXPRO family. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with outdoor enthusiast.

Sweating the Small Stuff – Tips for Successful Elk and Deer Hunts

Presented by Cabela’s Pro Staff – James Brennen

Saturday at 3:00 pm • Room 150 G

Bowhunting Muleys: Spot & Stalk

Presented by Michael Hunsucker and Shawn Luchtel

Saturday at 4:15 pm • Room 150 G

Avid bow hunters and videographers Michael Hunsucker and Shawn Luchtel host the award-winning show, Heartland Bowhunter. HB elevates the production standard of outdoor television while bringing a unique and exciting format to the screen. Documenting the exciting adventures of its team as they bow hunt all over the mid-west for everything from whitetail deer to Canada geese.”

In this seminar you’ll learn tips and tricks for spot and stalk mule deer hunting from the sand-hills to the high-country, including:

  • Where To Hunt
  • Gear
  • Finding Deer
  • Game Plan
  • Stalking
  • The Final Decent
  • Shooting

Harvesting Trophy Class Bull Elk on Public Lands

Presented by Schmidt Happens Outdoors

Saturday at 5:30 pm • Room 150 G

This is our sixth year going public with our company called Schmidt Happens Outdoors. We’ve produced three full length, two hour hunting DVD’s, over a dozen highlight, films, and are in the process of producing this year’s DVD called Schmidt Happens Outdoors Volume 4. After extensive research we believe the market for hunting big game on public lands is growing rapidly. Showing the public how to harvest, film, and enjoy the great outdoors is what we focus on.

Tim Schmidt and Ben Schmidt were born and raised in Butte, Montana, hunting, fishing, trapping, and loving everything that the great outdoors has to offer. Currently, they are 30 and 33 years of age with over 23 years of hunting/fishing/outdoor experience under their belts. Tim and Ben grew up very close to the mountains, so hunting was instilled within at a very young age. After graduating college (both bachelor’s degrees in business management) and harvesting over 30 bull elk between the two of them (bow hunting and rifle hunting), Tim and Ben realized that we had the skill and knowledge to take their company to the next level. So in 2010 they started Schmidt Happens Outdoors. Along with all the elk, the two hunters have also harvested many other big game species including black bear, antelope, and whitetail/mule deer. They’ve had the privilege to film mountain goat hunts, bighorn sheep, and moose as well. Tim and Ben have also spent countless hours trapping, fly fishing, and loving every aspect of being ethic conservationist in the great outdoors.

What sets Tim Schmidt and Ben apart from the average hunter/fisherman/outdoor enthusiast, is their drive and determination to capture the best footage as possible so they can educate the public while respecting Mother Nature and the lands that our ancestors walked before us. The photos and videos speak for themselves when they say they are the best at what they do, period! The mission of Schmidt Happens Outdoors is to educate, entertain, and wow audiences through raw, DIY public lands hunting.

Time and Ben pride themselves in fair chase, real footage, no hoax pursuits. Most of the emphasis is on education, filming, stalking, and harvesting trophy big game/fishing, on public lands, all in a safe, professional, fun matter. Tim and Ben’s hunts are non-guided. They take pride in doing everything themselves from editing, producing, writing, organizing, and managing the business. Recently Tim and Ben have written two articles for Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal (issue 91 2105, and issue 98 2016), they were featured in four episodes on the Pursuit Channel (aired spring 2016), and are now expanding their hunting tour around the U.S. to educate and speak to thousands each year.

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