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ESCANABA, MI

World Champion predator caller Les Johnson will be on hand at the 54th Annual Trappers Convention/Outdoor Expo in Escanaba Michigan, July 15-16.

Johnson hails from Nebraska where he grew up spending every minute he could trapping, hunting and fishing. His love of the outdoor sports led him to become probably the best predator caller in the world.

His accomplishments in the predator calling arena are many. He won the Calling Triple Crown in 1999, and in one 15 year stretch, he placed in at least 26 calling competitions (many of them 1st place).

He has been named Sportsman of the Year several times as well.

'Les has been here before and is always a big hit,' said Convention Coordinator Roy Dahlgren.

Les has produced action packed videos of his hunts and his TV show Predator Quest,on the Sportsman's Channel, has won numerous awards including 'Viewer Favorite Hunting Show.' Les will be doing a predator calling demo each day of the convention.

Along with Johnson, many other famous experts will be doing demos throughout the two days. Steve Gappa, Lesel Reuwsaat, Harry Nestell, Greg Schroeder, John Chagnon and Richard Clark are all in the demo lineup.

In February, we had nearly 150 youngsters attend the annual Trappers Workshop, showing that many youngsters have a strong interest in trapping.

'Having all the experts here sharing their knowledge and methods is one super opportunity for the kids and even us 'old-timers' to gain valuable insight into the outdoor sports,' said Jim Fornetti longtime member of U.P. Trappers.

The Expo will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba Michigan on July 15-16, 2016. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 15 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 16 (EST). Camping is available on the grounds and there will be a dinner and dance on Friday evening.

There will be many activities for the kids along with many items of interest to the ladies. Hundreds of vendors and tailgaters (trap dealers, hunting, fishing, guns, knives, quilters, crafters etc.) will be there offering convention special prices on their wares. Food and refreshments will be available on the grounds throughout the event. This is a family friendly event and big crowds are expected.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Roy Dahlgren 906-399-1960; trapperroy@outlook.com, or by visiting www.uptrappers.com

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