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Local company hopes to catch attention at annual Sportsmen Show

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FARGO -- It's an outdoorsman's haven; the annual Sportsmen's Show is underway at the Fargodome.

Boats, RV's and hunting gear, oh my!

"It's everything great about being in the Midwest during the summer," said Barry Cenaiko, Show Manager.  

Also known as every hunter and fisherman's paradise.

The 53rd annual Sportsmen's Show has taken over the Fargodome this weekend, and as Deadshot Custom Call Company is hoping for, it's going more than just the sights of the show that will catch your attention; it'll be sounds, too.

"Talking complete custom, heirloom quality, something no one else can offer," said Wade Erickson, Deadshot Custom Call Company.

The Detroit Lakes natives are new to the show this year, but have the art of Duck Call making down to a science.

But, what really makes these guys stand out is what they're calling "Man's best friend"

"That sense of losing your prized hunting dog is great, they're such your buddy," said Erickson.

A first of its kind with your hunting dog's ashes actually in the call.

"So when you're missing that opportunity to sit with that dog and rub his head, and say thank you. You can now grab this call off your lanyard, by your heart, warm it up and say you know what buddy, you're here miss you," said Erickson.  

Wade and Brian say it's their way to give someone the chance to hold on to a forever friend.

Deadshot is just one of the nearly 200 vendors at the show this weekend.

FARGO -- The show isn't just for the outdoorsman, there are plenty of things for the family as well.

Like this year's "Fur-Ever Wild" exhibit.

People of all ages can get up close and personal with some live animals including wolves, bobcats and Widget the racoon.

Throughout the weekend there will be seminars about each animal and their natural habitat.

The idea is to teach people about conservation of wildlife.

"People don't often know what they're saving unless they can actually see it. We're pro-hunting and pro-fishing, but you know, Hunters are conservationists, they're the ones out there saving the environment, helping population control, that kind of stuff," said Terri petter, Animal Handler.

We'll have a full list of the hours and prices of the show, here

Cassandra Rohlfing

After working part time at WDAY-TV during her college career, Cassandra – who goes by Cassie, joined the WDAY news team full-time in January as an Online Editor/Weekend Producer. She switched over to Reporter/Multimedia Journalist in June and is excited to work on stories you want to see!  She was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, ND and is part Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Cassie graduated from  North Dakota State University in December of 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis in Broadcasting. Cassie bleeds green and gold and is an avid Bison Football fan who attended every home game in her college career, thanks to being a part of the Gold Star Marching Band. Her hobbies include binge watching TV shows on Netflix, attempting to work out, and getting outside when she can. If you have any questions/story ideas feel free to email or call. 

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