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2014Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza

August 1-3 at the Mississippi Trademart

Come gear up and have fun at the 28th anniversary edition of the MWF Wildlife Extravaganza. Close to 200 exhibitors from all over North America and Canada will be at the ‘Ganza as we kick off the hunting season with demonstrations, events and more. As the MWF’s largest fundraiser you’ll also be supporting our efforts to preserve Mississippi’s Wildlife Legacy.

  • Friday, August 1, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Kid's Day
  • Saturday, August 2, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Preston Pittman

Talking Turkey

Paul Meek

Turkey Calling Made Easy for Beginners

Fetch-N-Fish Tub

and High Flying Retrievers

Bungee Jump

Rent a ride on a Bungee Jump

Percy King

Snakes and Alligators

David Hall

Hawks

Terry Vandeventer

Snakes of Mississippi

Kids Bowfishing

Kids try their hand at Bowfishing

Kids Pellet Shoot

Kids take aim with Pellet guns under expert supervision

Youth Archery

Hands-on archery experience


Preston Pittman

Preston Pittman

Pittman has hunted across the United States and was the first person to document a Double Grand Slam (two turkeys of each of the four major sub species of the American Wild Turkey) in one year. He is on many Pro and Adversity staffs, such as Longleaf Camo, Muzzy, Delta and Scent Lok. “I’m just a country boy producing a product that I believe in and know works, not only in the woods but also on the stage,” says Pittman. “After all, our saying is ‘From the Back Woods to the Top of the World.’”

Paul Ott

Paul Ott

Celebrating his 20th year hosting Listen to the Eagle, Paul has performed for Presidents and important National Events all over the country. To thousands of wildlife conservationists in all 50 states, Paul Ott's name means a single voice singing out a message to conserve a place for wild things and wild places for future generations to enjoy as we have before them.

Melvin Tingle

Melvin Tingle

Melvin was asked by the Department of Wildlife Executive Director, Dr. Sam Polles, to be the host of “Mississippi Outdoors,” and MPB would select a female host. This format was much like the first show in showcasing Mississippi’s great outdoors. We now travel all over the state and are always trying to put you in the boat, on the creek bank, or in the duck blind. We place a strong emphasis on conservation, and management to show how to improve wildlife habitat. This weekly, award winning show is in its 20th year of production. With the help and support of conservation minded sportsmen, Mississippi Outdoors looks forward to another 20 years. "Very few people get to live out their dreams, but with God’s grace and the support of my wife, Betty, Dr. Sam Polles with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, and the good people of Mississippi, I have and continue to live my dream."

Ronnie "Cuz" Strickland

Ronnie "Cuz" Strickland

Cuz has been in the hunting and outdoor industry for over 30 years. He worked in retail sporting goods and took over his Dad's outdoor column in the Natchez Democrat in 1978. Sold his first full length outdoor magazine article to Mississippi Game and Fish publications in 1981 and shot and produced the first hunting video for Primos Game Calls "The Truth About Spring Turkey Hunting" in 1984. According to Cuz his greatest achievement to date by far is his family. "My family is an amazing group that spends a lot of quality time together, has a mutual love of the outdoors and understands the values and lessons that come with a life outside".

Greg Hood

Greg Hood

Greg Hood is the founder of Southern Game Calls and owner of Hoodwink Game Calls. Greg is a 5 time Mississippi State duck calling champion and holder of 16 World sanctioned duck calling contests. He is Mississippi’s only World Champion duck call maker. He holds 3 national turkey calling championships, 3 deer calling championships, and 3 goose calling championships.

Greg has sold over ½ million duck calls through Ducks Unlimited. Greg’s snow goose, sand hill crane, and swan calls have all won World Championships.

While in Pennsylvania, Greg coined the phrase “we’ve been bamboozling wildlife forever, now it’s time to “Hoodwink” them.” With the success of the old call line, he wanted to build a new and innovative call line. With this in mind, he began Hoodwink Game Calls, which have already won World championship titles. Greg is still hand making calls one at a time - he says “I can’t make them for everybody, but I can make one for you.”

Team Primos

Jimmy Primos

Jimmy Primos

Jimmy graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in business, served as a Marine officer in Vietnam, and was an account executive at Merrill Lynch before joining Primos Hunting.

Jimmy has hunted all over the United States and Canada as well as Africa. When he is not in the office or out with the rest of the video team, he enjoys meeting the public at various sportsman events across the country.

Kevin Meacham

Kevin Meacham

Kevin Meacham was born and raised in Clinton, MS, where he grew up hunting and fishing with his dad and brothers along the banks of the Mississippi River.

In 1994, Kevin started working at Tara Wildlife as a hunting guide during the fall. He spent his summers working with his dad in the insurance business. While working at Tara with Brad Farris and Chris Ashley, he met Will Primos and the rest of Team Primos.

In 1998, Kevin went to work full-time for Deer Creek Timber Company in Port Gibson, MS, where he managed 3,000 acres of wildlife and timber.

Kevin’s favorite is bowhunting Midwestern whitetails during the rut. He also enjoys early season bowhunting along theMississippi Riverwhile bucks are still on their regular summer feed patterns. This can be one of the most effective times to be in the woods.

When Kevin is not on the road, he can’t wait to get home and catch crappie. His wife, Brandie, and he have two children, Kemper Cole and Kelley Claire. Kevin is passing on the outdoor lifestyle to his children just as his father did.

Keith Burgess

Keith Burgess

Keith Burgess has been with Primos since 2000. His dad began taking Keith hunting and fishing at a very early age. Keith grew up farming with his family in North Louisiana around his hometown of Monticello, Louisiana. When Keith wasn’t on a tractor, combine, or cotton picker you could find him either hunting or fishing.

At the age of 27, Keith decided to try to make a living doing what he loves to do, hunting. He moved to Mississippi and went to work at Primos in the customer service department. If Keith had to pick one hunt to go on each year it would be chasing bugling Bull Elk in their September rut with his bow. When elk season is done, Keith chases whatever critter, or critters, that are in season with his bow, but he sure don’t mind breaking out his old boom sticks either.

Keith now resides in Clinton, MS with his wife Randi and son Kai. When Keith is home between hunts, you will find him hunting or fishing with Randi, who also loves to hunt and fish. Keith and Randi where blessed with their son, Kai, in September of 2011, and yes Keith was in Colorado chasing elk when Randi called. “Its time to for you to come home,” she said, and two days later Kai was born. There is one thing that is for sure, they can’t wait for Kai to get old enough to follow them around in the woods or go fishing with them. Keith is going to teach Kai everything he knows about hunting and fishing just like his Paw Paw did with Keith.

Chris Ashley

Chris Ashley

Chris grew up hunting with his father near Vicksburg, MS where he was born and raised. Chris harvested his first doe at age nine and the rest is history. He started guiding bowhunters at Tara Wildlife in 1995 prior to joining the Primos Hunting Team in 2000. In the off season Chris enjoys riding horses and bass fishing.

Cody Kelley

Cody Kelley

Cody Kelley is the newest member of the Primos Team. Cody is from Louisville, MS. He Graduated from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS where he pitched for 4 years for the Statesmen baseball team. After his senior season, he had a short dip into minor league bus rides. After the 2011 baseball season, he came on board with Primos as a free-lance cameraman in October, 2010. After going back and graduating in May 2011, he joined our Video Team as a full-time employee in July 2011.

Cody began hunting when he was four years old with his dad in the hills of Mississippi. His Father taught him the appreciation and love for the outdoors that has always been passed on. Cody’s favorite time of the year is bow hunting whitetails during the pre-rut. The bucks are up cruising, marking territory, and calling is at an all-time high. As a hunter, he loves the rush of finding sign of a big whitetail, hanging a stand, and it all coming together for that one opportunity.

Cody also enjoys chasing an ol’ weary longbeard in the spring. To him, there is nothing like being in the spring turkey woods at daylight and hearing that first gobbler sound off to the sound of a faint hoot owl. His favorite turkey hunting situation is setting up on a loud Eastern in open hardwoods in Mississippi or Missouri.

Friday August 1st is Kids Day!
Children 12 and under enter free!

Free Events for the Kids

It's a Handgrabbin' Free-for-all!

Come watch as Jason Reynolds with Fetch-N-Fish demonstrates his handgrabbin' technique in the big tub.

Kids can try their hand at handgrabbin!

High-Flying Retrievers & Much More

  1. Turkey Calling Made Easy for Beginners with Paul Meek
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  2. Kids Bowfishing Area
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  3. Kids Pellet Shoot
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  4. Youth Archery Area

Enter the 2014 Cutest Camo Kids Contest!

Get those kids dressed in camo and enter the 2014 Camo Kids Contest for Free! The fun begins on stage at 2:00 p.m. and is open to boys ages 1-8 years old and girls ages 1-8 years old. Contest entry is FREE and includes a one-day pass to the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza for one parent. Additional tickets may be purchased at the door.

Pre-register online here or download the registration form and mail it to: Mississippi Wildlife Federation 517 Cobblestone Court, Suite 2, Madison, MS 39110 or fax to 601-605-1794.

BIG BUCK RULES AND REGULATIONS

All white-tailed deer taken legally within Mississippi during any prior hunting season are eligible to participate in the Magnolia Records Program. Only those deer taken during the 2013-2014 hunting season are eligible to participate in the Big Buck Contest.
  1. Mount must be registered under the name of the hunter who took and recovered the deer. Mounts not registered under the name of the hunter will be disqualified.
  2. Mounts must be brought to the Trade Mart between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m., Friday, August 1st, or between 9:00 and noon Saturday, August 2rd. Mounts may be removed only between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3rd, NO EXCEPTIONS.
  3. The scorers will determine typical and non-typical classes during the scoring process. The minimal score for the purpose of the Magnolia Records Program is as follows:
    •125 – Typical
    •155 – Non-Typical
  4. When you register you will be given a receipt at the show. That receipt will allow you to pick up your mount on Sunday, August 4th, between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.
  5. All entrants of the Magnolia Records Program and the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza’s Big Buck Contest will receive a Certificate of Participation and will be entered into a drawing for a $300 cash prize. Winners of the Big Buck Contest will receive a ribbon, a certificate and will be photographed to be included in MWF’s magazine, Mississippi Wildlife. Announcement of the Big Buck Contest winners, gift certificate winner and cash-drawing winner will be held on stage, Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
  6. If the deer has been officially Boone & Crockett, Longhunters, Pope & Young or Magnolia Records Program scored, please denote the score on the registration form below and bring the official score record with your mount to the show.

Last Year's Big Buck Winners


Typical – Ryan Provance
Net Score-180 0/8, Jefferson County


Non-Typical – Joshua Bruce
Net Score- 231 4/8, Adams County

Big Buck Drawing Winner – Charles Simpson

First Deer Drawing Winner- Cullen Wood

REGISTRATION

All deer will be registered at the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza.

 No entry fee is required. You will receive a pass to the show when you present your deer to be scored.

Best of Show for Big Buck Typical and Non-Typical winners will receive their photo etched in wood


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Contact our events director, Melanie Starnes, for more details on this year's new Ganza Deal's promotions.

'Ganza Hotel Rates

Make your stay a great one with special offers from Jackson's best lodgings.

The Hilton Jackson
Host hotel accommodations are provided by the Hilton Jackson. Rates are $83 per night. To reserve a room click here. Or you may call 1-888-263-0524 and use the code MWFE.
Cabot Lodge Jackson
Additional rooms are available at the Cabot Lodge in Ridgeland, MS and can be reserved by clicking here. Or you may call 601-957-0757 and mention the group WILDLIFE to receive the special rate. Rate is $83 per night.
Holiday Inn Express Jackson-Coliseum
The Holiday Inn Express Jackson-Coliseum is also offering rooms for $83 per night. To reserve a room call 1-888-HOLIDAY and reference the group code MSW to receive this price.

ContactUs

Exhibitors: We can help you get the word out for your Extravaganza promotions.

Mississippi Wildlife Federation
517 Cobblestone Court, Suite 2
Madison MS, 39110-7570
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Office: (601) 605-1790
Fax: (601) 605-1794

Email: mstarnes@mswf.org

Mon-Fri: 8:30am → 4:30pm
Sat-Sunday: Closed

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