Outdoors chat transcript: Outdoors Editor Ed Godfrey talks with Dale Welchel, show director of the Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo

On the outdoors chat Friday at H&H Shooting Sports, Oudoors Editor Ed Godfrey's guest was Dale Welchel, director of the Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo, which is coming to the state fairgrounds Feb. 28-March 1. Here is the full transcript:
by Ed Godfrey Modified: February 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm •  Published: February 7, 2014
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Dale Welchel 11:37 a.m. They are all popular to me. They are all something to see. The Whitetail Wall of Fame - all deer from Oklahoma - is very popular. It's been part of the show since day one. Most of the deer will be from this recent hunting season.
Bill M. 11:37 a.m. What do we need to do get a deer scored at the show?
Dale Welchel 11:41 a.m. Just pay admission and bring it in. Officials from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation - certified scorers of Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young - will be scoring deer. If we put your deer on display on the Wall of Fame, hunters will get passes for the show. We like big deer for the display, deer above 160. We would like to see the deer in advance if possible. Hunters can call me at 405-769-8816 or Ron Owens at 405-681-1333 if you have deer you think is worthy for the wall.
Janet 11:41 a.m. Is it a year-round job?
Donald P. 11:42 a.m. How do you try to keep it fresh?
Dale Welchel 11:43 a.m. Yes. When this one is over, I plan the next one and start working with sponsors in August. It's more work then people can imagine.
Dale Welchel 11:45 a.m. To keep it fresh, for example, this year I will have a whitetail exhibit called Great American Whitetail Giants. It will be the first time this exhibit has ever been displayed. On the display will be huge deer, some of them with antlers up to 400 inches. Most of them are pen-raised deer, including the famous Missouri Monarch.
Jim C. 11:46 a.m. What does it cost to attend?
Dale Welchel 11:47 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults. Ages 12 and younger get in free. Anybody in military uniform gets half-price.
Ben M. 11:47 a.m. Is this a show that children might enjoy attending as well? Are there any exhibits or activities tailored toward the younger crowd?
Dale Welchel 11:49 a.m. Yes. I will have a Kids Corner. They will be able to catch a catfish from a tank. We will have a paintball trailer where the kids can shoot. There will be a laser shoot for kids. And we will have sand art for young kids and a rock climbing wall. We keep it family oriented. I think we will have something that everyone in the family will enjoy.
Steve P. 11:49 a.m. Are there any new products that really are trending this year that might be featured?
Dale Welchel 11:51 a.m. Different blind companies will be there showing some new stuff. We have fishing and hunting vendors. A guy who always brings a lot of products is Mitchells Outdoors from Claremore. He will have a huge booth and has everything from tackle to hunting gear to clothing.
John 11:52 a.m. Slightly off-topic but related to H&H and shooting sports: Most ammo is back in supply after the senseless Newtown tragedy, but do you know why .22LR ammo is still scarce? Do you believe there is any truth to the rumor that the Department of Homeland Security has bought large quantities of rounds to take them out of the market?
Ed Godfrey 11:54 a.m. This is Ed. .22LR ammo is still scarce because demand for that particular ammo is so high. Production is higher then ever but the plants can't keep up with the demand, according to the ammo companies. I don't believe there is any truth to the rumor.
Ed Godfrey 11:58 a.m. Back to the Backwoods Show, there will be several giveaways including a Buckhouse Deer Blind, through Adventure Out. Guests can register to win the blind at their booth. Someone will also win a a Colorado elk hunt and there will be many door prizes given away hourly every day of the show.
Show hours on Friday (Feb. 28) will be noon to 8:30 p.m.; on Saturday (March 1) it will be 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; on Sunday (March 2) it will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Travel and Transportation Building.
Ed Godfrey 11:58 a.m. Final call for questions about the show or otherwise
Ed Godfrey 12:01 p.m. That's it for today I will be doing another chat on the first Friday of March from H&H. Ed.

by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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