This year’s ISE includes the Arizona Boat Show; be sure to also visit AZGFD’s wildlife assets sales
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will once again have several exhibits. The department will conduct its wildlife assets sale, always a big attraction at ISE. The sale enables the public to legally purchase items such as antlers, head mounts, hides and other wildlife parts that have been seized during law enforcement investigations, obtained from animals killed in vehicle collisions, or acquired through donations. The funds raised through this silent auction-format sale are used to purchase equipment or training to assist Game and Fish officers in more effectively enforcing anti-poaching and other wildlife laws.
Other department booths will include general information on hunting, fishing, wildlife and license sales; information on the California condor program and how using non-lead ammunition when hunting in condor country can help endangered condor recovery; and information on the off-highway vehicle program and the Operation Game Thief program.
ISE will spotlight 300 companies and organizations, including manufacturers and retailers; local, regional and international destinations; guides and outfitters; travel bureaus; enthusiast clubs and groups; and nonprofit organizations representing a wide range of outdoor interests. The show also presents campers, trailers and a huge selection of off-road vehicles, including UTVs, ATVs, trucks and 4x4s.
ISE’s new, co-located Arizona Boat ShowTM will feature 11 local marine dealers presenting 20 national sport- and fishing-boat brands, including wakeboard and ski boats, fish/ski boats, family runabouts, party pontoons, deck boats, personal watercraft, kayaks and stand-up-paddle boards. A giant houseboat will be on hand, too, plus a wide selection of marine accessories.
Interactive features that also host statewide contests are a perennial show favorite. Winners from the DockDogs water-jumping contest will have a chance at the World Championships. The show’s 9,000-sq.-ft., three-dimensional-target archery range hosts a high-energy tournament.
The Youth Fair represents ISE’s significant investment in the future of the outdoors, offering youth free instruction in catch-and-release fishing, archery and shooting safety.
Once again, on Saturday, the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America will co-locate its annual Scout-O-Rama on the giant west lawn outside the stadium (separate admission). ISE supports this popular family event.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20-22, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Admission is $12 for adults. Admission is free to youth age 15 and under, as well as to active military (with military ID), and to scouts in uniform. Parking is free.