Dixie Deer Classic
March 05, 2013 at 11:06pm
New to the forum, but have followed your posts on here for awhile and decided to join in, i hope you don't mind having another fellow sportsman contribute to the site. I have lived, hunted and fished in NC my entire 48 years of life. I enjoy the long deer hunting season and all the hunting and fishing options NC has to participate in. I have attended the DDC every year since 1987 and over the years it has become a annual tradition. I look forward to seeing the mounts entered from all across the state and elsewhere, talking to and buying from the vendors, meeting the tv hunting personalities and seeing what is new for deer hunting, i always leave very happy with the show the Wake County Wildlife Club produces.
With that being said, 3 years ago i began to see more and more non hunting/outdoors related vendors and personalities being allowed to participate. I was disappointed to see a towing company being promoted at a hunting show. I was disappointed to see nobody at the booth of HOFH Tom Miranda (he was highly advertised) and two other icons of deer hunting with traditional long bows, brothers Barry and Gene Wensel (they received no advertising). I walked right up to all three of them on saturday between 10:30 and 11:00 am had good conversation, pictures taken, bought their merchandise and sad to say left without anyone waiting behind me. Walked around the corner and pretty much the same with Pat and Nicole Jones (highly advertised). Walked around the display area for the mounts entered in this years DDC competition at 11:30 and again at 2:30 that afternoon, there was way less mounts entered this year than i have ever seen at the classic. The attendance that morning was great, but was down that afternoon compared to years past. How does evryone feel about the DDC, are they straying away from hunting to much, was it just a off year with the economy-fuel-ammunition or are hunters tired of all the hype that hunting has been subjected to? What changes would you make to the show?