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2017 Expo Seminar Speakers & Schedule

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Speaker Topics
Larry Dostal Fly Fishing
Ben Garver
Walleye Fishing in Nebraska
Marty Hughes Kayak Fishing
"Hutch" Hutcheson Fishing & Hunting in South Dakota & Iowa
Tersh Kepler
Morel Mushroom Hunting
Jason Marzolf Puppy Training
Nelson Reddekopp
Saskatchewan Fishing & Bear Hunting
Joel Vasek Upland Bird Hunting in South Dakota
Blake Wolf Field Training Your Pointing Dog


Topic: Fly Fishing
Speaker: Larry Dostal
Phone: 402-277-0879
E-mail: creekychub@gmail.com

Larry Dostal had a passion for fishing instilled in him since childhood, cutting his teeth on the urban fisheries of the Omaha Metro with his dad. Fishing the heartland for the better part of 30 years, Larry has become an accomplished multi-species angler and die-hard fly fishing enthusiast. Over the last few years, Larry has helped pioneer the booming carp fly fishing movement in Nebraska, developing innovative fly patterns and a few unorthodox techniques along the way. As a fly fishing fanatic, Larry enjoys sharing his fishing experiences and introducing aspiring anglers to his style of fly fishing.

Reach out to Larry on his Instagram page for his latest fishing tips, reports, and insights at instagram.com/larrydostal, and check out some of Larry's original fly patterns on the Cornhusker Fly Fishers blog cornhuskerflyfishers.org. Feel free to drop Larry an email at creekychub@gmail.com

Larry Dostal's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Friday 7:00 PM Fly Fishing 101 A
Saturday 1:00 PM Fly Fishing for Common and Grass Carp 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
Friday 8:00 PM Walleye Fishing in Nebraska B
Saturday 2:00 PM Walleye Fishing in Nebraska B
Sunday 1:00 PM Walleye Expert Tips B

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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 35 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

Accomplishments/Experience

  • 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
  • Kayak Fishing Moderator for Nebraska Fish and Game Association Regional
  • Pro for YakAngler.com Emotion Kayaks Pro Fishing Team
  • Bass Pro Shops Kayak Pro Staff (Council Bluffs, Iowa Store)
  • The Boat Dock (Grand Island, NE) Pro Fishing Team
  • Bending Branches Paddles Pro Staff
  • 9 top 5 finishes/awards since 2013
Marty Hughes' (Kayakjak) Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Saturday 3:00 PM Kayak Fishing Skills A
Sunday 1:00 PM Kayak Keepers 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.

He and his wife call Ida Grove, Iowa home.

Hutch Hutcheson's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Friday 6:00 PM Missouri River Reservoir Fishing A
Saturday 4:00 PM Missouri River Reservoir Fishing B

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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 know morel hunter, Tersh has been contacted by several reality shows interested in created 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
Saturday 2:00 PM Mushroom Hunting Tips A
Sunday 2:00 PM Mushroom Secrets A

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Topic: Puppy Training
Speaker: Jason Marzolf
Phone: 605-413-0286 or 605-323-9096
E-mail: marzolfxgsp@gmail.com
Website: www.marzolfxkennel.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/MarzolfX/

Jason and Megan strive to breed world class German Shorthaired Pointers that excel in; the field, home, and water. Jason & Megan have experience in training a wide variety of different breeds of hunting dogs and have handled/participated in NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog) Hunt tests at all levels; Natural Ability, Utility, and Invitational (Versatile Champions).

They also participate in AKC (American Kennel Club) Pointing dog Hunt tests at all levels; Junior Hunter, Senior Hunter, and Master Hunter. Jason and Megan are members of; Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, NAVHDA International, and Midwest Tri-State NAVHDA. Jason is a professional Firefighter and guides professionally every fall for upland game, he is a NAVHDA approved Judge, and the President of the Midwest Tri-State NAVHDA club. He plans to begin the process to become an AKC Pointing dog hunt test judge in the spring of 2017.

Megan is a professional trainer and is an intricate part of the breeding, whelping, and development of the puppies at Marzolf X-Kennel, Megan assists in guiding upland game when not holding down the fort finishing up testing dogs or raising puppy’s. Megan has had articles and photos published in the VHD (Versatile Hunting Dog) Magazine. Marzolf X Kennel offers training for all breeds of dogs and all aspects of life.

Jason Marzolf's Seminar
Day Time Topic Room
Saturday 3:00 PM Puppy Training B
Sunday Noon Puppy Training B

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Topic: Saskatchewan Fishing & Bear Hunting
Speaker: Nelson Reddekopp
Phone: 1-877-820-7494
E-mail:info@wildernessfamilyoutfitters.com
Website: wildernessfamilyoutfitters.com
FaceBook www.facebook.com/wfocanada
Address: Wilderness Family Outfitters
308 Brookside Court
Warman, SK S0K0A1
Canada

Nelson's passion for the outdoors was ignited as a young child by his dad, it was always a priority of his dad to get the kids outdoors and Nelson has carried on this dedication and loves to take kids hunting and fishing.

Nelson has hunted and fished in many provinces, states and a few different countries.  He lives for the adventure of experiencing different cultures, cuisine and the people he meets while on the trail.

Nelson is the head guide for Wilderness Family Outfitters, a premier hunting and fishing destination in the far Northern part of Saskatchewan on Wollaston Lake.  Wilderness Family Outfitters offers hunting for trophy black bear and fishing for huge Northern Pike, lake trout and walleye.

Nelson Reddekopp's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Friday 7:00 PM Saskatchewan Hunting & Fishing B
Saturday 1:00 PM Saskatchewan Hunting & Fishing B
Sunday 2:00 PM Bear Hunting B

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Topic: Upland Bird Hunting in South Dakota
Speaker: Joel Vasek
Phone: 605-680-3877
Email: walleyetamermvgs@yahoo.com
Website: WalleyeTamer.com

“The Ultimate Outdoorsman”will share his expertise on how he became the “Walleye Tamer” and his expert ability at bow hunting trophy monster Mule Deer in South Dakota. Joel’s Missouri River Lodge accommodates hunters and fisherman in comfort while they pursue their passion for hunting and fishing in South Dakota.

Joel hunts and fishes over 250 days a year while making his base location in Geddes, SD located 8 miles from Lake Francis Case where he does all his walleye and small mouth bass fishing. Joel has a deep passion for hunting and fishing, teaching others the techniques it takes to consistently bag the trophy monster mule deer and catch fish.

With walleye season just around the corner, you won't want to miss out on this seminar. The tips you'll learn will help you put all those finicky walleyes in the boat, while others are going home empty handed. And, if you'd like to know how to catch walleye 365 days of the year, don't miss Joel's complete seasonal breakdown of walleye fishing. It is the culmination of thousands of hours spent pursuing this tasty fish. They don't call Joel the "Walleye Tamer" for nothing!

Stop by his booth and see his trophy Walleye and Mule Deer Mounts.

Joel Vasek's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Friday 8:00 PM Upland Bird Hunting A
Saturday 11:00 PM South Dakota Hunting A
Sunday Noon South Dakota Fishing and Hunting A

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Topic: Field Training Your Pointing Dog
Speaker: Blake Wolf
Phone: 785-262-7125
E-mail: ringneckkennels@hotmail.com
Website: www.ringneck-kennels.com

Blake is the owner of Ringneck Kennels, a breeding and training facility for high quality German Shorthaired Pointers. Blake has years of professional experience in training with a focus on top level German Shorthairs for upland and waterfowl hunting as well as field competition. His success in AKC Hunt Tests has created strong demand for his training and Ringneck Kennels dogs.

Ringneck Kennels offers more than just training for pointing dogs, though, and Blake’s positive approach to training includes anything from basic obedience to Master Hunter levels. He has successfully trained hundreds dogs including more than 30 different breeds. Ringneck Kennels also offers boarding and grooming services in their state of the art kennel facility newly built in 2015.

Blake Wolf's Seminars
Day Time Topic Room
Friday 6:00 PM Hunting Tips for Your Dog B
Saturday 11:00 AM Field Training for Your Pointing Dog B

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Show Hours

Friday
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission

Adults - $9.00
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


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