Southern Whitetail Collection Exhibited at the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic

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Want to learn more about deer hunting? Plan to attend a seminar by Joe Kelly in the Moore Building during the upcoming Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic.

The 22nd Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia March 24-26. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic or any of the featured programs call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office at (803) 734-4008 in Columbia or visit the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic Web site.

Joe Kelly is a native of South Carolina and lives in Mountville, in the Piedmont section of the state. He has studied and hunted all forms of wildlife for more than 35 years and has spent hundreds of hours just watching wildlife in their natural habitat. Joe has learned enough about wildlife to be able to understand what, and more importantly why. they do the things they do. Since 1981, Kelly has traveled extensively throughout the United States exhibiting his Southern Whitetail Collection and holding seminars at various outdoor shows. Kelly will be providing seminars on stage in the Moore Building at the State Fairgrounds.

He will also be exhibiting his North American Wildlife Collection and his Southern Whitetail Collection during the Classic.

More than 300 exhibitors will be on site at the Classic with the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment for show and sale. Several other free events at this year’s Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic include: Okefenokee Joe, Roark Ferguson, DNR’s Take One Make One trailer-based air rifle and D.A.R.T. shooting ranges; some of the world's best archers shooting bow-to-bow in a national Buckmasters indoor archery competition or bring your own bow and compete in the archery contest sponsored by Lake Marion Archery Club & the Palmetto Archery Federation; and a team duck calling contest sponsored by Duck’s Unlimited.

Admission to the 2006 Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is $6, and parking is $1. Seniors 60 and over get in for $5 while children 10 and under are admitted free. Visitors bringing five canned food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank receive $1 off admission. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic is sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, WCOS-FM Radio, WIS-TV and South Carolina Wildlife magazine. The Hampton Fund uses proceeds for natural resources conservation projects in South Carolina such as Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, Operation Game Thief, Project WILD, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and Jocassee Journal newsletter.