Over 165,000 people made the trip to Harrisburg for GAOS, and local officials estimate that the show contributes $75 million to the local economy each year.
In 2013, only weeks before the annual “Harrisburg show” was to begin, the event’s producer announced it had banned the sale or display of AR-style rifles. The sporting world was angered, and responded en masse to force a boycott. A year later, the NRA stepped in to rebrand the event the Great American Outdoor Show.
Despite its importance as a good food source, as a wildlife-management tool and as a crucial source of funding for conservation in the United States, hunting remains vulnerable to misinformation and negative attention from ill-informed media, which can encourage support for restrictive legislation. The hunting community must appeal to non-hunters through common goals, motivations and values if our pastime is to remain a fixture in American life.
With most hunting conventions cancelled due to COVID-19, Craig Boddington’s online convention allows you to virtually meet with handpicked, vetted outfitters one-on-one to learn more about what they offer and start planning your next adventure.
Here are just a handful of the many reasons to make the trip to the Great American Outdoor Show this year, held in Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 1-9.
Here's just a handful of the many reasons to make the trip to the Great American Outdoor Show this year, held in Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 2-10.