From fish hooks to colossal RVs, there was a lot to check out at the River City Hunting and Fishing Expo at the Mid-America Center this weekend, as seminars and sales continue Sunday.
Thousands of hunters, campers, nature lovers and more hunters lined the halls as over 100 vendors came to sell their wares or advertise guided expeditions in Iowa, South Dakota and farther.
Throughout the day, seminars were held by experts concerning hunting dog nutrition, bear hunting and fish of all kinds.
Leo Casson, of Underwood, tried his aim with a bow and arrow game, one of several for kids to check out. He and his dad, Joe Casson, were with the Underwood Youth Trap Club at the expo.
“Of course, we’re here to look at all the stuff, but the games also help as a fundraiser for us,” Joe Casson said.
Nearby, Tersh Kepler and his company, Morel Mushroom Supply, held a table loaded with fungal items — even wood carved lamps made to look like the morel cap.
“It was slow last night,” Kepler said about Friday, as a winter storm wreaked havoc on the roads in the metropolitan area. “But it’s picked up a lot today. We’re busy because mushroom hunting is getting more popular.”
Down the hall, row upon row of hunting rifles, fishing rods and other sundries took up attendees attentions.
An interested woman wandered over to a table covered with animal pelts and skulls. Michelle Biodrowski, a naturalist with the Pottawattamie County Conservation department, eagerly showed the woman a snapping turtle skull.
“Yeah, they’re usually kind of mean,” Biodrowski commented on the snapping turtle’s powerful maw.
Another table staffed by members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Natural Resources Conservation Service division were busy handing out information on how anyone can make an enviromental impact.
Darrell Geib, area resource conservationist for southwest Iowa with the NRCS, said they enjoy the opportunity to raise awareness of the organization’s efforts.
“Even in a concrete city, there is still wildlife. You can see the rabbit tracks in the snow after the storm this morning,” he said. “You can help the environment even with a single potted plant for bees and butterflies.”
Whether its hunting by bow, fishing on a canoe or flipping the switch for the retractable awning of an RV bigger than a studio apartment, the expo has something for nearly all.
The expo continues Sunday. For more information, go to rivercityexpo.com.