Plenty to check out at Alleghenies event

The headliner for the Altoona Mirror’s Alleghenies Outdoors Adventures show Jan. 24-26 are the boys from “The Bone Collectors,” TV series, but the Blair County Convention Center will also showcase a myriad of specialists for enthusiasts everywhere.

The seminar schedule, which runs from Friday starting at noon until the show ends Sunday at 5 p.m., will feature eight additional speakers alongside the main event – Travis “T-BONE” Turner, Nick Mundtz and Edwin Waddell, of “The Bone Collector.”

Kirk McKendree grew up in central Pennsylvania as a hunter who was strong influenced by his family. His hunting exploits have taken him to Canada as well as Texas and around the Keystone state, and he’s harvested coyotes in seven different states. His seminar topic is “Calling Tactics & Strategies for the Coyote Hunter.”

Kevin Miller has more than 30 years of hunting experience, including waterfowl, grouse, woodcock, spring turkey,crows, doves and pigeons. He is the owner/operator of Allegheny Wingshooting. His topic for the weekend is “Waterfowl Hunting Strategies.”

Alan Probst is the star of the syndicated television program “Wild Pennsylvania with Alan Probst.” He also produces “F&T’s Freedom Outdoors” which airs on the Pursuit Channel. Including other TV programs such as “The Hunt Doctor” and “North American Trapper,” Probst’s programs have reached over 200 million homes across various cable and satellite services.

His topic will concern predator hunting and trapping and their affect in Pennsylvania.

Ben Chamberlain has piled up 25 years of turkey hunting experience while capturing over 75 turkey calling titles at the state and national level. He is a member of the staff for Woodhaven Custom Calls, Mossy Oak and Ol’ Tom Technical Gear.

His topic – Talkin’ Turkey – will discuss different types of calls wild turkeys make, what they mean, along with the differences concerning hunting vs. competition.

Freddie McKnight brings the technological side of the outdoors world to the weekend’s gathering.

His topic – Using Your Trail Camera – will help hunters in using their equipment to gain the most advantages possible. His theory includes using the trail camera for more than just pictures of deer.

McKnight, a full-time outdoors writer, photographer and videographer, also has two other topics of discussion – Gang Hunting for Pennsylvania Black Bears” and Crossbow Hunting Methods. McKnight has been hunting black bears for more than 18 years in the state, and his crossbow discussions will center on such things as the differences between horizontal and vertical equipment.

Susan Edwards is a member of the United Blood Trackers organization. She will be joined on stage with her hunting dog, Roczie, a 3-year-old tri-color beagle. She is currently working on promoting the legalization of blood trackers in the state.

The Laurel Highlands Quality Deer Management Association will feature Scott Rush and Dave Creamer. The topic for the seminar is Food Plots; Proper Preparation for Using the Right Seed. Rush’s background centers around Agronomy, while Creamer is an Ecologist.