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Dave Kolesar:  Fishing the Great North Woods of New Hampshire

Using Errol New Hampshire as a base of operations this presentation will take the audience to the upper Androscoggin River, the Dead Diamond watershed and some of the numerous lakes and ponds.

Famous for its place in New Hampshire’s logging history the Androscoggin River is now a popular fly fishing destination and is one of the few rivers in New Hampshire that can be fished from a drift boat.

The presentation will discuss when the best time to fish these waters is and what flies work best at different times of the season.

Speaker Bio: 

David Kolesar is a licensed New Hampshire fly fishing guide and a partner in New Hampshire Rivers Guide Service and the Northeast Fly Fishing School. He spends the fishing season guiding anglers throughout New Hampshire with excursions to Massachusetts and Connecticut. Drift boat operations are conducted on the large rivers of northern New Hampshire.

David is certified by Fly Fishers International as a fly-casting instructor and, in addition to the Northeast Fly Fishing School, teaches fly casting and fly fishing for L.L. Bean’s. He has also been a volunteer fly fishing instructor with New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Let’s Go Fishing program for over twenty-five years.

David ties his own flies and is a past president of the United Fly Tyers one of the oldest fly tying clubs in the U.S. He can also be found as a demonstration fly tyer at the International Fly Tying Symposium, The Fly Fishing Show, Fly Fishers International festivals and other events. David is also a member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild.

David has fly fished many national and international locations including Alaska, Brazil, and the Bahamas.


Joe Judd: Turkey Hunting


2013 NWTF Roger Latham Award Winner! Joe’s Journey as a sportsman began at the age of 10 as he followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and was fully entrenched in the outdoor scene by the age of 18. In 1979, while turkey hunting in Vermont he met Dick Kirby who had just founded a company called Quaker Boy Game Calls. Ten years later, with much success and knowledge having been acquired by both men, Joe was asked to join the prestigious Quaker Boy Pro-staff and thus another segment of his outdoor career had begun.

Since that time Joe has traveled throughout the country producing outdoor videos, instructing at seminars and clinics, while at the same time honing his own skills along the way. Joe has pursued everything from Maine moose to Alabama mallards. His expertise as an “Over the Edge” turkey hunter is well known throughout the Northeast. He has appeared on the Quaker Boy Video Series, and has assisted many celebrities and countless sportsmen in their turkey hunting adventures. He is a member of the Bass Pro Hunting Staff, the Alpen Optics Pro-Staff, and has served three terms as President of the Massachusetts State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. During his tenure as President he worked successfully, with then Governor William Weld, in making the Eastern Wild Turkey the “State Game Bird” which also carries the distinction of having November 18th forever proclaimed as “Eastern Wild Turkey day “in Massachusetts. His column, “On the Ridge” is widely read and has been published in Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont. He has recently completed his first book entitled, “On the Ridge: Stories from a New England Hunter” which is due out in 2018.

So if you’re seriously into Turkey Hunting then this is a seminar you will not want to miss.



Dean Vanier: Calling Whitetails and Advanced Scent Hunting Techniques.


Born and Raised in Vermont’s North-East Kingdom Dean began chasing Whitetails at the age of 11 and started bow hunting at 13.

Now with over 40 years of experience hunting the New England woods and 25 years in the Deer Hunting Industry, Dean shares his wealth of knowledge and sure-fire hunting techniques in his seminars.

In his seminar, Dean will explain how to use the whitetail’s superior defense mechanisms to your advantage. His unique perspective is that by understanding the whitetail’s defense mechanisms and how deer responded to the 3 phases of the rut, you anticipate where deer will be and bring deer to you. Dean, will go into detail on Deer Calls and how to use them, Scouting and applying that information. Scrapes and how to hunt them, and how to hunt the three phases of the rut. Put that all together and that means Hardware on the walls and Venison in the Freezer.

The Power Point presentation and Video footage of real bucks in real and mocks scrapes will make your blood boil.

Dean insists that hunting in the future depends greatly on youth of today and it is our responsibility to pass on this great tradition. He consistently takes time to talk to the kids giving out hats and pictures looking for that sparkle in their eyes and that sense of excitement and anticipation.

Dean & his wife Rachelle will be at their booth selling their Deer Lures: North Woods Common Scents and answering any questions you may have regarding Calling Whitetails and Deer Lures.

So set some time aside and visit us at the ROCKINGHAM EXPO  and check out Calling Whitetails and Advanced Scent Hunting Techniques.”  It is both entertaining and informative and will be enjoyed by both the experienced and novice hunter. To learn more about Dean and his business, North Woods Hunting Products, please visit his web-site at


Ron Arra: Surfcasting Or Fly Casting Instruction



Ron Arra is a 5-time United States Distance surfcasting Champion, professional surfcasting and fly casting instructor, best selling author, and world renowned angler. Arra is currently an endorsed fishing tackle design consultant and pro staff member for world leading fishing tackle manufacturers, including: Cousins Tackle, Penn Pure Fishing, Aftco, Spiderwire, Berkley Line, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Strike Pro Lures.


Bobby Sholan: Predator and Coyote Hunting

Bobby resides in St Johnsbury Vt wife his wife and children. Bobby is a well known deer hunter in Vermont’s northeast kingdom. Not only is he an excellent deer hunter but he is an expert predator and coyote hunter as well. Bobby will be sharing his coyote killing tactics during his informational seminars.


Todd Mead

Todd Mead was introduced into hunting in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. After continued success in the big mountains, he decided to venture to public lands across the country to see if he could locate and take big bucks in different areas across many states. He has continued the tradition of anchoring big bucks to the ground no matter where he has traveled. He hunts primarily with archery equipment outside of his home state, and uses a rifle while in the mountains at home. Todd has been featured on the cover of Adirondack Outdoors Magazine as well as being the central topic in many articles in the publication. Todd has also been featured in Outdoor Life magazine in an article titled “Crazy for the Rut.” Not only has he been chosen as the subject for many magazine and newspaper articles, he has also been a featured guest on the Wired to Hunt, Big Buck Registry, and TradCast podcasts, on which he talked about his hunting background, style, tactics and success. Todd is an outdoor writer who is a member of the New York Outdoor Writers Association and his work has appeared in a number of publications, including North American Whitetail, New York Outdoor News, Outdoors Magazine, Outdoors North, and The Outdoor Gazette among others. He is the author of two books about whitetail deer hunting, “Backcountry Bucks” and “A Lifetime of Big Woods Hunting Memories: Hunting in the Adirondacks with a Father & Son,” and he will be releasing a book in 2018 that will highlight the tactics he has used to take down impressive whitetails across the country while hunting on public land. Todd is a New York State Director for the International Bowhunting Organization. When he’s not hunting he’s heavily involved in competitive archery and is a two-time IBO World Champion. Todd is the owner and operator of and You can follow him on his main website or on his Backcountry Bucks Facebook page.


Jim Gallagher: Jim’s Bowhunting Trix

Jim Gallagher lives in Methuen, MA. He shot his first deer
with a bow in Vermont when he was 14. Jim’s father would
drive him there every weekend, and wait in the car while he
hunted, because he had MS and couldn’t walk. For the
passion and love of the sport Jim taught himself how to hunt
efficiently and successfully, and to date has harvested 191
deer with a bow. Jim has spent a lifetime testing, developing
and creating an educational bow hunting DVD of his favorite
secrets and techniques to help bring others many years of
success in hunting whitetails.


Alicia Rossman Kayak Fishing

Alicia grew up fishing on the family boat. She loves all kinds of fishing from
freshwater, to saltwater, ice fishing and kayak fishing! Alicia is on the
Hurricane Kayak Fishing Team and is the first female Why Knot Fishing
Team Captain. She is an ambassador for Accent Paddles and MTI
Adventurewear PFDs. She’s also a Wingo Belt Armada Member.
Her talk will focus on kayaking basics, safety, accessories, what to bring,
what not to bring and how to catch and release fish safely. She will also
mention a few stretches designed to help improve range of motion and
decrease stiffness while fishing from a kayak. Alicia is an active member of
the New England Salt Water Flyrodders. When she’s not fishing she is a
Registered Dietitian and Registered Yoga Teacher.


Shawk Kotchey Talkin’ Turkey

Owner and Operator of Millcreek Valley Game Calls

NWTF Member since 1992. Certified Turkey Hunting educator with NWTF and Pa Game Commision. Over 130 Turkey Calling, Owl Hooting and Elk Calling Titles. 7 Grand Slams. Hunted Wild Turkey’s in over 27 States. Certifed Turkey Hunting Guide in Virgina,and Washington State. And guide in Colorado. Award winning Turkey call maker winning and placing in all call making contests in the country, with over 50 metals to date. Guest on several outdoor TV shows, Sportsman channel and Pursuit Channel and many Radio shows for turkey hunting Articles on Turkey Calls in Outdoor life and Turkey and Turkey Hunting.


Jamie Verab: Tournament bass fishing, Techniques, Sponsorships (Big boats, Small boats, Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle boards)

Jamie Verab is the CEO and Regional director of NEBASSIN
Jamie has/is:
– Been tournament bass fishing for over 12 years
– Been directing Regional and local events for the last 10 years
– Qualified for 7 National Championship events
– Qualified for 13 Regional Championships both in the big boat and out of the kayak
– Fishing the KBF 2018 National Championship in Match out of the Kayak
– CEO and Regional director for New England Bassin (NEBASSIN)
– Jump started and coached many anglers, directors and members careers, show to become better fisherman and how to get sponsors
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