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What exactly is it anyway? I'm sort of new to Harrisburg so this is the first time I've been around for it. Is it just a place to buy a lot of outdoor gear? Are there better deals than you'd see anywhere else? I'm just not sure I get exactly what happens there.
 

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308winch said:
What exactly is it anyway? I'm sort of new to Harrisburg so this is the first time I've been around for it. Is it just a place to buy a lot of outdoor gear? Are there better deals than you'd see anywhere else? I'm just not sure I get exactly what happens there.
Welcome to Harrisburg. You should shoot me a PM sometime and maybe we can get together for a hunt.
 

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So people just walk around looking at different products then? Is it mostly to buy stuff at discount prices or just to see what's new? If I'm just walking around looking at stuff for prices I could buy from a store or catalog, I have a hard time shelling out cash to get in the door.
 

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So people just walk around looking at different products then? Is it mostly to buy stuff at discount prices or just to see what's new? If I'm just walking around looking at stuff for prices I could buy from a store or catalog, I have a hard time shelling out cash to get in the door.
It's a cool atmosphere. Probably the cost of a few beers for admission.
 

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308winch said:
What exactly is it anyway? I'm sort of new to Harrisburg so this is the first time I've been around for it. Is it just a place to buy a lot of outdoor gear? Are there better deals than you'd see anywhere else? I'm just not sure I get exactly what happens there.
Welcome to Harrisburg. You should shoot me a PM sometime and maybe we can get together for a hunt.
Mountain Lions?
 

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Squatches.....although you need to go upstate for them. They don't like the smell of that cestpool called the Capitol......smart squatches!
 

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Double Lung 20 said:
308winch said:
What exactly is it anyway? I'm sort of new to Harrisburg so this is the first time I've been around for it. Is it just a place to buy a lot of outdoor gear? Are there better deals than you'd see anywhere else? I'm just not sure I get exactly what happens there.
Welcome to Harrisburg. You should shoot me a PM sometime and maybe we can get together for a hunt.
Mountain Lions?
Nah there aren't any naturally reproducing mountain lions in PA but some people claim there are.
 

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308winch said:
So people just walk around looking at different products then? Is it mostly to buy stuff at discount prices or just to see what's new? If I'm just walking around looking at stuff for prices I could buy from a store or catalog, I have a hard time shelling out cash to get in the door.
If you're looking for something specific and know prices you can find some deals, but overall I would say there's not a lot of deals, After all they're there to make money. Lots of fishing and hunting outfitters if you're looking to book a trip, you can talk to them and get some questions answered. There is some of "what's new". It's kinda like a giant flea market for the outdoors. The artwork and animal taxidermy displays are something to see, and if you're a gear-head trucks, ATVs, campers etc. Some go for the TV people, I'm not much for that, and then there's the calling contests and seminars. There really is something ( Uh, Er, maybe not this year) for everyone regardless of your outdoor/sporting interests. And it's an excuse to take a day off work and goof off.....which just might be the biggest attraction. I go to see my outfitter friends from Maine who do the show every year, but I need to call them to see if they're aware of what's going on and if they'll be there. This year looks like the day I planned to go I'll be making reservations at the game farm to get my setter on some birds.
 

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The appeal of the ESOS was that everything and everyone was there - all under one roof. Anything you wanted to do in the outdoors could be investigated, learned about, supplied, or arranged to be tried at the show.

One stop everything for the very serious to the very novice person.

Since before 1955 when Reed bought the rights to the show, sportsmen have convened on Harrisburg about the same time each year.In one politically correct decision, Reed decided to drive a stake into the heart of that camaraderie and long term history of the show.


In short, Reed has killed the appeal of this show - now, and long into the future if it survives at all.
 

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IMO the ESOS has been going down hill for sometime now. Reed's stance on the gun-ban issue has cemented the loss of the show's appeal.
 
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