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2018 Expo Seminar Speakers & Schedule

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Speaker Topics
Rob Brodhagen
Black Bear Hunting
Ben Garver
Walleye Fishing in Nebraska
"Hutch" Hutcheson Fishing 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

Topics: Black Bear Hunting
Speakers: Rob Brodhagen/Larry Porter
Phones: 877-233-2717/402-540-2581
Email: robs@drytel.net
Website: www.bearcreekoutfitters.com

Rob has more than 35 years of owning and operating fishing and hunting camps in Northwestern Ontario. Rob has abundent experience when hunting black bear or fishing for trophy walleye and northern pike. An avid bowhunter himself, Rob will take you through the thrill of the black bear hunt. He will share his baiting techniques and hunting experiences while tracking this elusive animal.

Rob Brodhagen's Seminar
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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
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Topics: Fishing 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
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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 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
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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
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Topic: Saskatchewan Fishing & Bear Hunting
Speaker: Nelson Reddekopp
Phone: 1-306-222-2903
E-mail: willie21@hotmail.com
Address: 201 Crystal Springs Drive Warman, SK S0K0A1

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 has owned and guided for several outfitting camps in Saskatchewan. Nelson specializes in hunting for trophy black bear and fishing for huge Northern Pike and walleye.

I do not hunt for the joy of killing, but for the joy of living. And the inexpressible pleasure of mingling my life however briefly, with that of a wild creature that I respect, admire, and value.

Nelson Reddekopp's Seminars
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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
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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.

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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 - $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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