October 17, 2019

NSSF Dumps Reed Exhibitions, Will They Dump Connecticut?

Most of you are probably already aware that earlier this year, the Eastern Outdoor Expo in Pennsylvania was canceled when Reed Exhibitions, who host the event, banned guns in the show. Mass numbers of exhibitors pulled out of the show eventually forcing Reed Exhibitions to cancel.

When you combine the questionable tactics of Reed Exhibitions with the anti gun efforts by this administration and groups bent on ridding the world of guns, things happen that leave one to question the sanity of some businesses such as Reed Exhibitions. The backlash and fallout from Reed’s gun banning is still showing up.

Recently the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced it was dumping Reed Exhibitions, who have been doing their SHOT Show for over 30 years.

Some NSSF members say this announcement took too long in coming but in addition to that, are questioning why NSSF doesn’t pull it’s operation out of Connecticut, which recently implemented several anti gun and anti gun business regulations.

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Financially, Who Really Got Hurt By Boycott of Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show?

Nobody can deny the unorganized impact hundreds of outdoor industry businesses and organizations had when they spontaneously (or so it appears) and like dominoes, lined up to announce their boycott of the Eastern Sport & Outdoor Show that was supposed to be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this week. However, the decision to reject Reed Exhibitions’ choice to ban the display and sale of so-called “modern weaponry”, probably hurt the protesters and the community of Harrisburg more than it hurt Reed Exhibitions.

It’s pretty easy for me to sit here in front of my keyboard and talk about how brave the well over 300 venders were who told Reed Exhibitions to stick it, but if we can just gain a bit better understanding of the financial sacrifices some of these companies, micro businesses and individuals made, we all may gain a better appreciation for what it really meant to turn their backs on Reed; necessitated by a desire to stand up to the bullies (fascists) and protect their Second Amendment rights.

The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show is the largest outdoor show the U.S.A. has. It is put on by Reed Exhibitions. For the vendors this show is more than a chance to get together to dine out, swap war stories and perhaps drink a bit too much. According to a press release found on The Outdoor Wire, many of the exhibitors at the show rely on business generated from the show to run their operations for the entire year. In short, it is their business in which they sink everything. From my own travels and dealings with outfitters and suppliers, these kinds of shows do, in fact, sometimes make or break a person’s investments.

Aside from the tremendous financial sacrifices many of these people made, the Harrisburg, PA area lost an estimated $44 million because the show was cancelled or postponed (not sure which. I’ve heard both).

Reed Exhibitions on the other hand may have lost some money but I’m sure it isn’t going to put them out of business. Reed is arguably the largest exposition company on the planet. In 2011 the company realized revenues in excess of $1.1 billion, with profits topping $262 million.

For those not aware, Reed Exhibitions also runs the SHOT Show, usually in Las Vegas, in addition to other shows worldwide.

While I don’t believe that Reed is going to suffer all that much difficulty by being forced to close the Eastern Outdoor Show down, many of the venders will be hurting. Please consider this if any of you are planning to purchase products or book outdoor adventures. These people went out on a limb in protest for us, we need to return the favor as much as we can.

In the meantime Reed will plug along and perhaps they will have a better understanding of the people they are dealing with. Also consider that Reed could possibly have accepted bribes from other companies or individuals to ban the weapons from their show. I have seen nothing yet that would indicate this happened but we live in a corrupt society rife with sinister thinking people with huge political agendas. Certainly the idea of this sort of bribery and payoff is very realistic. If nothing else, I willing to wager Reed was pressured politically from the gun grabbers of the world.

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Reed Exhibitions Cancels 2013 Outdoor Show

My day is now complete. The idiots at Reed Exhibitions, a company from “across the pond” have cancelled the outdoor show that was scheduled to be held in February in Pennsylvania. They deserve just what they get attempting to dictate to American outdoor companies what they can and cannot display and sell for products.

However, I’m still sticking to my assessment that Reed Exhibitions will not lose one cent from this cancellation as I believe somebody backed them financially if they would put on the gun bans. I’m looking for information on that but so far nothing. If it happened, it will be found out.

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Boycotters of PA Outdoor Show Grows to Over 300

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Vendors Pulled Out (307)
Many Not Yet Found / Added

2 Million Bullets
24/7 Hunting TV
AAA Alsakan Outfitter
Absaroke-Beartooth Outfitters
Alaska’s Ravencroft Lodge
Alaskan Outdoors TV
Ambush Firearms
American Tactical
American Whitetails of PA
Antler Insanity
Apex Tactical
Appalachian Big Game TV
Archery Tag
Arrowhead Outdoors
Artistic Visions Wildlife Studio
Athens Archery
Atlantic Tactical
Atsko, Inc. / Sno-Seal Inc.
Avian X Decoys
Backwoods Whitetails Outfitters
Bad Boy Inc.
Bad Dog Accessories
Banded Calls
Bangin Redhedz Turkey Gear
Bear Archery
Beavertail Products
Benelli Firearms
Big Game Butter
Blackwater Hunting Services
Blitz TV
Bob Shank Photography
Body Guard 360
Bohning Archery
Boulder Basin Outfitters
Boondock Outdoors
Border Bucks Outfitters
Bow Hunter’s Den
Bowhunting.com
Bow Life, LLC
Bramco / Golden Valley Enterprises
Briley Outfitters
Buck Bomb
Bullseye Outfitters
Burt Coyote Lumenok
C&D Outfitters
Cabela’s
Cabinet Mountain Outfitters
Camo Addiction
Campbell Cameras
CanCooker
Central Penn Sporting Clays & Game Preserve
Chaparral Hunting Adventures
CMO Scents
Cochrane River Outfitters
Cody Turkey Calls
Cold Steel Knives
Combative Edge
Comre Safaris
Comcast
Con Yeager Spice Company
Continental Divide Outfitters
Cove Creek Outfitters
Crimson Trace
Cross Canyon Arms
Cutting Edge Bullets
D.A. Bow Shop, LLC
Darkwoods Blind
DCVR
Dan Christ Gallery / Artist
Dead Ringer
Deer and Deer Hunting.com
Deerassic Park Education Center
Direct Action Tactical Firearms
Dirty Buck Soap and Scents
Dirty Dog Outdoors
Domari Nolo Defense Consulting
Dominance is Everything Hunting System
Dominator 365
Dokken Oakridge Kennels
Down N Dirty Outdoors
Drakes Migration Nation
Driven TV
Droptine Outfitters
DuckWater Boats
Dunn Knives
Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing
Eastern Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation
Eastern Outdoors
Easton Bow Hunting
Excalibur Crossbow US, Inc
Extreme Whitetails and Exotics
EZ Cut Pruners
Farmland Trophies Outfitting
Fear No Evil
Field Proven Calls
Firearms Industry Consulting Group
Firenock
First African Outfitter / Hartzview Hunting Safaris
Fish Outdoor Properties
Flatline Productions
Flyway Customs
Foiles Migrators, Inc
Food Plots By Design
Forbes Turkey Calls
FOXPRO High Performance Game Calls
Franchi
Freds Waterfowl Adventures
Full Circle Outdoors
Furtakers TV
Game Keeper Cooler
GhillieSuits.com
Ghost River Outfitters – Alberta
Gobbler Getter Turkey Calls
Goey Hunting Calls
Gone Wild Outdoors
Goodling Rifles
Grand-Safari.com – South Africa/Tanzania/Cameroon
Grow The Bone Deer Attractant
GunBroker.com
Gut N Tag, LLC
Hart Rifles
H.S. Specialities
Heartland Whitetails
Herd Guard
Hevi-Shot
High Lonesome Outfitters
HookHunt
Hoyt Archery Inc
Honey Creek Outfitters
Hungry Wolf Guides
Hunter Calls
Hunter Safety Systems
Hunter Specialties w/ Rick White
Hunters and Guides Connection
Hunters Comfort, LLC
Hunter’s Specialties
Huntin’ Is Good! TV
Hunting Network, LLC
IceHole Coolers
Indian Creek Lodge Outfitters
Interlocs
International Bowhunting Organization
Iron Kin Hunt Club
IScope
J & M Traditions
Katahdin’s Shadow Outfitters
Keystone Country Store
Keystone Elk Country Alliance
King of the Mountain Inc.
Kinsey’s Outdoors
Kodabow
Lac Suzie Outfitter
Lancaster Archery Supply
Lanco Tactical
Leupold & Stevens Inc.
LHR Sporting Arms
Livin’ Country USA
Lone Oak Retreivers
Major League Bowhunter
Masterpiece Outdoors, Inc.
Men in Treestands Productions
Midwest Bucks
Midwest Finest Whitetails
Midwest Whitetail Adventures
Mindful of Nature LLC
Mineral Mizer
Molt Gear
Moon Shine Attitude Attire
Montana Mountain West Outfitters
Montana Whitetails
Mountain Dog Chews
Mountain Hollow Game Calls
MN Outdoors
Muddy Outdoors
Muskie Moose, LLC
www.MyNortheastOutdoors.com
NasHunt Outdoors
National Wild Turkey Federation
Nature Blinds, LLC
NasHunt Outdoors
National Rifle Association
National Skeet Shooting Association
Nine Bar Ranch
Northern Hideaway Outfitters
Northern Outdoor Lodge
Northern Wilderness Outfitters
North Mountain Pepper Works
Ocean Side Country Lodge
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.
Old Goat Outdoors
Open Season TV
Outdoor Channel Outfitters
Outdoor Edge Knives
Outdoor Specialist Group
Outdoorsnative.com
Ozonics Hunting
PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
PA Taxidermist Association, Inc
Pat Strawser Custom Calls
Pennsylvania Trappers Assoc.
Pennsylvania Whitetail Pursuit
Perry’s No Peep Archery Sights
Pipeline Ridge Hunting Preserve
Port Lions Lodge
Predator Hunting Mounts
Predator Nation TV
Primal Urge Outdoors
Primos Hunting Calls
Proc’s Huntin Buddy
PSE Archery
QDMA (PA Chapter)
R.W. Hart & Son, Inc.
Radical Hunter
Ramcat Broadheads
Ranew’s Outdoor Equipment
Red Star Arms
Reflections Of The Wild
Revolution Hunting
Rhino Outdoors
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Rougeaux Taxidermy
Rough Country Outfitters
Ruffed Grouse Society
Ruger Firearms
Rydon Corporation
S & W Outfitter
Savco LLC
Savage Arms
Sean Mann Outdoors
SecureIt Tactical
Shootingthex.com
SK Knives
Skull Shine
SKW Firearms
Smith and Wesson
Southern Game Calls
Southfork Mountain Lodge, Buffalo WY
Southland Outfitters
Southwest Outdoors / Cherry Creek Lodge
Spook Span
SportEAR
Sportsmans Liquidators
Sportsmen of North America TV
Starkey Hollow Whitetails
State Line Bone Mine
Staudt’s Gun Shop
Stay Ready Inc
Stoeger
Stokerized Stabilizers
Strong Case
Strother Archery
Summit County Outfitters
Summit Treestands
Sunflower Camo
Susquehanna River Waterfowlers Assoc
Sweetwater Creek Bowhunting
Table Mountain Outfitters
Tall Pines Bow Company
Tarjac
Team Overkill
Team UPO
Team Urban Nocks
Ten Point Crossbows
Tex Mex Outdoors
The Outdoors Channel
The Warmbag
The Archery Shop
The Bear Whisperer
The Outdoor Loop
The Sportsman’s Shop
The Warmbag
ThermaCell
Thompson Center Arms
Timberline Outfitters
TNT Archery
Tough Country
Trijicon, Inc
Triple Mag TV
Trop Gun Shop
Trophy Ridge Outfitters
Turnbull Manufacturing
U Slide Bow Hunter
Ultimate Camo
Umax Outdoors
Unified Sportsmen of PA
Upper Canyon Outfitters
Wallaston Lake Lodge
Watson Air Lock
Watt’s Truck Center
Weavers Archery
Wessners Taxidermy
West Slope Outfitters
Whitetail Adrenanline
Whitetail Bosses
Whitetail Freaks
Whitetail Heaven Outdoors
Whitetail Journey
Witetail Outdoors
Whitewolfsurvivalsupply.com
Wilburn Outdoors / Millennium Tree Stands
Wild Evolution
Wildlife Studios Premiere Taxidermy
Wired Outdoors
Wolfpack Lodge
Woodcock Limited of Pennsylvania
X-Stand Treestands
Zink Calls
Zook Cabins

Speaker / Celebrites Pulled Out (44)
Abner Druckenmiller – Furtakers TV
Angie & Scott Denny – THE LIFE at Table Mountain
Blaine Anthony, The Bear Whisperer
Bob Folkrod
Bob Mercier
Brad Farris – Primos
Buck Buckannon
Chris Brackett
Eddie Salter
Fred Eichler – Fulldraw Outfitters
Greg Zipadelli
Hal Shaffer
Jamie Gray
Jay Gregory
J Paul Jackson – Drakes Migration nation
Jim and Eva Shockey
Jimmy Primos – Primos
Josh Miller – SportDOG
Kevin Knighton
Kyle Wieter
Larry Weishuhn
Lee & Tiffany Lakosky “The Crush“
Marc Anthony – Speaker / Pro Hunter
Mark Night
Matt Morett
Max Row
Michael Lee
Mike Stroff – Savage Outdoors TV
Montana Whitetails
Nicole Jones
Pat Reeves
Ralph & Vicki Cianciarulo – Archers Choice
Sean Mann
Stan Potts
Bone Collector
Tom Dokken
Trent Cole
Woody Sullivan

Other Boycott Supporters (66)
Advantage Taxidermy Studio Inc
American Tactical Imports
Anything About Guns
Apex Gunsmithing
Members of ATVingPA.com
Backwoods Life
Bloodline With Alex Ruthledge
Blue Rock Outfitters
Bowfreakz.com
Bowhunter Planet
Bowhunting Addiction TV
Broken Arrow Wilderness
Bowhunters TV
Members of CampingPA.com
Chasing Trophy Whitetails
Citizens for a Responsibly Armed Society
Colorado Buck TV
Cresson Sportsmans Association
Crossbow Nation
Dark Star Gear
Dave’s House of Hair, Harrisburg PA
Dead Dog Walkin’ TV
Driven TV
Drop Zone TV
Eddie Salter
Family Traditions TV
G & B Gator Gear
Gotcha Productions / Kelly Gotch
Haley Heath
Hank Parker
Hard Core Hunting TV
Horton Crossbows
Hunt Wicked Close TV
Idaho Center of Emergency Medical Training
Kicks Industries, Inc.
Juniata River Adventures
Just Kill’n Time TV
Keystone Gun Sales
LooseRounds.com
Mark & Beau Rodgers – Real Deal Outdoors
MarylandWhitetail.com
Millers Hunting and Fishing, Cresson PA
Mosquito Creek Outdoors, FL
NatureExposure.com
NebraskaOutfitter.com
Needleman & Pisano
Off Grid Survival
OrgaPro Ltd.
Outdoors Unlimited
Pink Rack
Preparednes Asso
Racing To Hunt TV
Roger Raglin
Shelly & Tara Seiler – Working for Whitetails TV
Southern Lancaster Cty Farmers Sportsmen
Stanley Scruggs Hunting Products
SWAT Magazine
Team Bone Thugs
The Banded Nation TV
The Best Of The West TV
The Fowl Life TV
The Kronik Hunter and staff
The Pennsylvania Crossbow Federation
The Resistence TV
Trey Wetherington / Host Huntin’ Is Good
Wyvern Creations

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RMEF Also Decides to Bow Out of Pennsylvania Gun Show Due to Restrictions

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation statement on Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show:

Due to recent decisions instituted by Reed Exhibitions regarding the disallowing of legal modern sporting rifles, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will withdraw as an exhibitor and conductor of the elk calling contest from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Pennsylvania. RMEF believes the actions taken by Reed, a British company, are detrimental to the Second Amendment and our right as Americans to bear arms.

RMEF reached this decision after careful deliberations and taking into account the stance of our members, volunteers, industry partners and fellow hunters. We urge Reed Exhibitions to reconsider its policies to avoid a divisive and political atmosphere so RMEF can take part in an event that generates needed revenue for important on-the-ground conservation and hunting heritage projects in the region.

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