Sportsman’s report: Vacation present concepts for the outside populace | Sports activities


International Sportsmen’s Exhibition (ISE) One thing the ISE is not about is the ball sports of golf, basket, base, foot, tennis, soccer and cricket. The show is mostly about proactive outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing from boats, from shore, charters in both freshwater and saltwater. ATVs, Recreational Vehicles, Boats, Places to use, outfitters that will guide, pack and tether your worm. If your dream is an African safari, moose hunting in Canada, then you’ve come to the right place. Hundreds of outfitters and guides have stalls, you can meet the men you will be hunting/fishing with, what to expect and what it costs.

ISE is a very family friendly event, the youth center offers hands-on activities for smaller hands. There are many exhibitions and activities for the budding archer. The ISE award guide, details of activities including the hundreds of lectures over three days have not yet been finalized. If you want to learn how to fish for striped bass in the bay and delta, attend lectures by local professionals. The same goes for hunting, big game, upland and waterfowl. Fees to be determined are $25 per person entry, less for children, $20 for parking as overhead thumbnail. The event will take place at the Cal Expo in Sacramento. 19-22 January For more information go to and go to the Sacramento event.

Backpacks range from the simplest daypack to large backpacks for multi-day backcountry camping trips. For some sports, a simple hip pack, often called a fanny pack, can be used in conjunction with a hunter’s pack. There are now backpacks for fishing with extendable compartments, bottle holders and a flexible cool box. Another galaxy of gifts are the things that go in the boxes. Most are subject to personal preferences such as fishing, hunting, camping, mushroom picking, rock dogs, gold prospectors, metal detectors, day hikers, and a dozen other sports.

For the anglers try Outdoor Pro at Rohnert Park, from kids rods to deep sea fishing tackle and a full wing for fly fishing, they have real wings to make flies, lures, jigs, spoons, gummy worms, real worms, crab traps and boat gear for the fisherman. The abundance of tackle boxes alone is overwhelming. The Outdoor Pro staff are very helpful, they help you narrow down the right things and show you what the fish like to bite. Outdoor Pro is your personal gateway to the Inside Track for local fishing. Gift vouchers and a fair return policy in case you didn’t make the right choice.

Sportsmen’s Warehouse alongside In-N-Out on Redwood Dr. has one of the few remaining gun shops in our area. It is difficult to buy a gun before the holiday and surprise her. All gun owners must register every gun and every gun owner must first complete a background check, this is a minimum two week process. Talk to the specialists at the weapons counter, they will give you tips on how to gift your hunter with a weapon. They will help you pack something into a package and start with the qualifying paperwork later. They also carry an abundance of camping gear and apparel.

For the gold prospector or metal detector visit the local club: There are experts to help you get started. Advice on the right metal detector for you, plus equipment and excursions. Contact the Metal Detector Club on the same site. Memberships are inexpensive and can be a family gift.

For the aspiring rockhound and lapidary wannabe, the local gems and minerals society offers family memberships that include monthly meetings with outstanding speakers, members-only field trips, and a workshop with helpful stewards who will show you how to turn that stone into something you can do can proudly wear around their necks. Visit; for details.

Membership in the DeYoung and Legion of Honor Museums is a fun and informative way to see and understand some of the most interesting ideas in art, history and antiquities. Membership for the whole family is $229 for one year, seniors are $119, other memberships are available on their website:

A Sonoma County native, Bill Hanson is a lifelong athlete. He is the past president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.