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March 31, 2008

Steve Hoddy’s Birds of Prey Headline
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic March 28-30

Prepare to be spellbound by Steve Hoddy’s birds of prey. Watch a hawk in free flight safely overhead and an endangered Andean condor displaying her 10-foot wingspan. Experience the true nature of animals by seeing live demonstrations of their natural abilities through trained behavior in a controlled environment—an unparalleled experience that books, television and multi-media cannot provide.
Steve Hoddy is dedicated to doing his part to educate the public to help save the environment. Steve served as an educational director as well as an animal program consultant for eight years at Silver Springs in Florida. In 1990 he left Silver Springs to promote EarthQuest. Find out more about Steve Hoddy’s birds of prey at www.earthquest.org/handlers/hoddy.html and why "Life's Better Outdoors" at the 24th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen'’s Classic held at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia March 28-30. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30.

New for 2008 are the Comedy Canines. Some returning events are Roark Ferguson or "Big Snake Daddy," and Joe Kelly’s display of North American Wildlife Collection and Southern Whitetail Collection. Also in 2008, the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic will feature its third State Archery-In-Schools Tournament.

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

Admission to the 2008 Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic is $6, and parking is $2. 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. Classic-goers will find more than 300 exhibitors on site with the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment for show and sale. Several free events include special seminars on deer hunting by South Carolina’s own Joe Kelly, DNR’s Take One Make One trailer with air rifle and electronic shooting ranges and Bass Tub fishing technique demonstrations. Richland County Sheriff's Department will also set up their Kid Print program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29. The DNR’s education staff and volunteers will be on hand to help kids catch a catfish at the highly popular SC Reel Kids Fishing Pond.

The Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic is sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, WIS-TV, WCOS Radio, SportsTalkSC, Professional Printers, Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine, National Striped Bass Association, The State newspaper, South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts, and the City of Columbia.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.

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