"And at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Jim Clay, a native West Virginian and two-time world all-around turkey calling champion, will do presentations on coyote, deer and turkey calling."
At least three attractions will take place in the Civic Center lobby.
First is the booth for the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. People headed into the show will be able to see, up close, live hawks and owls. Second is Trout Unlimited's Trout in the Classroom exhibit, which features a cold-water aquarium teeming with juvenile trout. Third is the National Rifle Association booth, at which show-goers can take part in a special promotion.
"Anyone who isn't an NRA member already, and signs up to become a member at the NRA booth, will receive a free ticket into the show," Jarrell explained. "The NRA folks did the same thing last year, and it worked out really well."
Law enforcement officers for the state Division of Natural Resources will be on hand throughout the show to man their popular "shoot-no shoot" trailer, an electronic simulator that allows people to test their aim and judgment in realistic hunting situations.
DNR biologists will be on hand, as they have in the past, to measure and score the antlers of buck deer. The deer do not need to have been killed in 2013; trophies from past years also will be scored. Scheduled hours for scoring are from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Archery kills that score at least 110 and rifle kills that score at least 130 will be eligible for inclusion in the West Virginia Whitetail Hall of Fame, a standing exhibit of trophy whitetail mounts from throughout the Mountain State.
"The Hall of Fame is always one of the most popular things at the show," Jarrell said. "People really like to look at big bucks, and we hope to have about 200 of them in the exhibit."
Two other always-popular attractions are scheduled to begin Saturday afternoon - a silent auction at 4 p.m., and a live auction at 5 p.m.
"Larry Boggs will be the auctioneer, and he'll bring his entire staff with him," Jarrell said. "He runs it very professionally. Some of the items to be auctioned are hunting and fishing trips, firearms, bows, knives, art, and all kinds of apparel. It's a lot of fun, and all the money raised goes to organizations like Archery in the Schools and Hunters Helping the Hungry."
Admission is $8 for adults and $1 for children age 6-12. Children under age 6 are admitted free. Show hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Reach John McCoy at johnmc...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1231.