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2020 Expo Seminar Speakers & Schedules

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Speaker Topics
Joe Brandl
Surviving in the Wilderness
Ben Garver
Nebraska Walleye Fishing
Walleye Fishing Secrets
Marty Hughes Take Your Kids Kayak Fishing
Kayak Fishing 101
"Hutch" Hutcheson Fishing in South Dakota & Iowa
Fishing & Hunting in South Dakota & Iowa
Tersh Kepler
Mushroom Adventures
Fill Your Bag with Morels
Secret to Mushroom Hunting
Courtney Lamb Fly Fishing Camp - What to Expect and How to Pack to Make Your Trip GREAT!
Kill It and Grill It
Fishing Camp Tips
Drew Larsen
Tips and Tricks for Youth and Adult Hunters
Pollinator Habitat

Topic: Surviving in the Wilderness
Speaker: Joe Brandl
Phone: 307-840-0822
E-mail: awd@dteworld.com

Joe was raised in Nebraska and a graduate of the the University of Nebraska before moving to Wyoming. He is the owner of Absaroka Tannery in Dubois, Wyoming. Joe also teaches outdoor education and survival classes as well as selling, painting and setting up tipis. Joe was a cast member of Discovery's Naked and Afraid in 2015 and spent 21 days in the Namibia Wilderness surviving with minimal items. A lifelong hunter, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast, Joe spends many days practicing primitive skills in the wilderness. He shares much of his knowledge with Boy Scouts and other youth groups. 

Joe Brandl's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Friday 7:00 PM Surviving in the Wilderness A
Saturday 1:00 PM Surviving in the Wilderness A
Saturday 5:00 PM Surviving in the Wilderness A

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Topic: Walleye Fishing in Nebraska
Speaker: Ben Garver
Phone: 402-890-3057
E-mail: walleyeguy@windstream.net
Website: www.nebraskawalleyeguide.com

Ben Garver, owner of www.nebraskawalleyeguide.com, has been fishing Nebraska waters his entire life. He grew up in central Nebraska, fishing on several of the area’s irrigation reservoirs with his family. His passion for walleye has grown over the years and his name can often be found at or near the top of tournament results in and around Nebraska. He’s been a local Pro Staff member for Bass Pro Shops in Council Bluffs, Iowa since 2007. Garver also owns and operates Jolly Ann Marine Electronics and has an extensive knowledge of using today’s high-tech electronics to locate and catch more fish. Garver has been guiding on Nebraska waters since 2006 and spends time each summer guiding on several different bodies of water across Nebraska, from Lake McConaughy to Lewis and Clark Reservoir.

He considers his summer home to be Sherman Reservoir in Central Nebraska, where he spends over 150 days on the water each year. Garver took top honors in 2015 fishing the Nebraska Walleye Trail circuit claiming Team of the Year honors. Be sure to make a list of questions and stop by his booth to talk walleye.

Ben Garver's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Saturday 9:00 AM Nebraska Walleye Fishing A
Sunday 10:00 AM Walleye Fishing Secrets A

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Topic: Kayak Fishing
Speaker: Marty Hughes (Kayakjak)
Phone: 308-883-2526
E-mail: kayakjaknebraska@gmail.com
Website: www.kayakjak.com

Considered the "Godfather" of Midwest kayak fishing as he started kayak fishing back in the 90's. Kayakjak’s passion for fishing started as a youngster fishing small freshwater ponds and combing area beaches with a surf rod in Southern California. Growing up as a military child often put him in new environments with unique fishing challenges. He has lived in Nebraska since 1976 graduating from college with a teaching degree which he has put to good use educating youth the last 38 years. His kayak fishing enthusiasm has spilled over to hundreds of clients he has hosted with his Kayakjak’s Outfitters service over the years. Kayakjak's Outfitters is considered the "premier kayak fishing resource" in Nebraska. “There is nothing like witnessing the excitement of someone catching a fish from the kayak for the first time!”

Specialty: Kayak Fishing


  • Started Kayak Fishing in 1998
  • Professional Kayak Fishing Guide (Since 2004)
  • Founder of the first Kayak Fishing Tournament Series in Midwest (Kayakapalooza)
  • Instructor for numerous kayak fishing schools and Expos across Nebraska
  • Bass Pro Shops Kayak Pro Staff (Council Bluffs, Iowa Store)
  • Bending Branches Paddles Pro Staff
  • 64 top 5 finishes/awards since 2013
  • KBF National Team Cup Champion Member 2019
Marty Hughes' (Kayakjak) Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Saturday NOON Take Your Kids Kayak Fishing A
Sunday 2:00 PM Kayak Fishing 101 A

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Topics: Fishing & Hunting in South Dakota & Iowa
Speaker: Kent (Hutch) Hutcheson
Phone: 605-220-2844
Email: fishinghutch@aol.com
Website: www.fishinghutch.com

A dedicated South Dakota Lakes fisherman and hunter. Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe are his playgrounds. Hutch has been both a bass and walleye tournament fisherman, having over 150 top 20 finishes over the last 30 years.

Hutch is a former sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.

Hutch calls Pierre, South Dakota home.

Hutch Hutcheson's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Saturday 11:00 AM Fishing in South Dakota & Iowa A
Sunday NOON Fishing & Hunting in South Dakota & Iowa A

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Topic: Morel Mushroom Hunting
Speaker: Tersh Kepler
Phone: 402-651-7000
E-mail: globalhunter@cox.net
Website: morelmushroomsupply.com

Tersh Kepler has over 50 years of Morel Mushroom Hunting experience and can teach the most successful techniques and tips to make any level hunter increase their yield in the woods. As a well known morel hunter, Tersh has been contacted by several reality shows interested in creating a TV series on his hunting skills in the woods. Tersh is also the founder of Morel Mushroom Supply specializing in everything a avid morel hunter would need from special mesh morel carry bags to custom morel carvings, hiking sticks and so much more.

Tersh Kepler's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Friday 6:00 PM Mushroom Adventures A
Saturday 3:00 PM Fill Your Bag with Morels A
Sunday 1:00 PM Secret to Mushroom Hunting A

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Topic: Fly Fishing Camp - What to Expect and How to Pack to Make Your Trip GREAT!
Speaker: Courtney Lamb
Phone: 226-977-0074
E-mail: courtneylamb33@gmail.com
Facebook: Courtney Lamb
Instagram: instagram.com/courtlamb_
Website: North Caribou Camps

Courtney is an avid hunter and all round outdoor sports woman with a passion for the the great outdoors. She is a professional Environmentalist specializing in clean water throughout Ontario Canada. She manages North Caribou Camps.

She has hunted deer, bear, and moose along with fishing the Canadian waterways. Courtney and her partner spend their time scouting, hunting fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.

Courtney Lamb's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Friday 5:00 PM Fly Fishing Camp - What to Expect and How to Pack to Make Your Trip GREAT! A
Saturday 2:00 PM Kill It and Grill It A
Sunday 11:00 AM Fly Fishing Camp Tips A

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Topic: Hunting Basics for Youth
Speaker: Drew Larsen
Phone: 308-293-1194
E-mail: dlarsen@pheasantsforever.org

Drew was born and raised in South central Nebraska.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska in 2000.  Drew went to work for the Missouri Department of Conservation directly after college and worked as a Resource Technician until 2004.  From 2004 through 2012, Drew worked as the Regional Biologist for Pheasants Forever in Western NE.  In 2013, Drew was promoted to the Director of Habitat Education Programs in the Education and Outreach Department for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.  In this capacity, Drew manages many of the organization’s pollinator habitat programs. 

Drew currently lives in Elkhorn, NE with his wife (Cortney), daughter (Mya), and Labrador (Addie).  In his spare time, he enjoys catching walleye, chasing birds, and spending time with friends and family. 

Drew Larsen's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Saturday 10:00 AM Tips and Tricks for Youth and Adult Hunters A
Saturday 4:00 PM Pollinator Habitat A
Sunday 3:00 PM Tips and Tricks for Youth and Adult Hunters A

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Show Hours

4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Adults - $10.00
Kids 15 & under - $3.00
3 & under - Free


Mid-America Center

Council Bluffs, Iowa
West of Horseshoe Casino off I-80
Adjacent to Bass Pro Shops parking area

Pottawattamie Pheasants Forever Site

Pheasants Forever Iowa Site