Cabela's to Boycott Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

Cabela's to Boycott Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

Everyone in the Northeast has heard of the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, often called the "Harrisburg show" for its location in the Pennsylvania capital.

A weeklong orgy of hunting, fishing and general outdoor exhibits, it draws as many as 100,000 visitors and makes or breaks the year for many outfitters.


It is run by Reed Expositions, a British firm that also manages the SHOT Show. Reed stepped on land mine last week by announcing that black rifles would not be allowed at the Harrisburg event.



"The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show is a unique celebration of the authentic hunting and fishing traditions that are cherished by millions of Americans and their families. We are proud to celebrate these pastimes by featuring 1,200 exhibitors offering a diverse range of products from outfitters to fishing boats and RVs, from archery to art and from clothes to cabins.

As a hunting-focused event, we welcome exhibitors who wish to showcase products and firearms that serve the traditional needs of the sport. Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment. However, this year we have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention that would distract from the strong focus on hunting and fishing at this family-oriented event and possibly disrupt the broader positive experience of our guests.


ESS is proud to participate in the preservation and promotion of the rich hunting and fishing tradition passed from generation to generation by American families."


That was an extremely bad idea, as more than 60 vendors, led by Cabela's, which had a huge presence at the show, have dropped out. Cabela's commented as follows:

"Due to recent changes made by Reed Exhibitions regarding the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, Cabela's will no longer sponsor this year's event," the outdoors retailer posted on its Facebook page. "After careful consideration regarding Cabela's business practices, and the feelings of our customers, Cabela's will, unfortunately, not have a presence at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show."

There has been periodic naysaying about Reed Exhibitions' stewardship of the SHOT Show over the years, and this incident will just pour gas on the fire. It will be hard for the National Shooting Sports Foundation to justify keeping Reed as the manager for the SHOT Show in light of this decision, unless there is a sudden reversal.

One of our movement's great strengths is that we stick together. In Britain, for example, gun owners were represented by several organizations that were picked off one by one. The pistol shooters didn't support the black gun shooters, and were in turn not supported by the shotgunners. That made it easy for the government to isolate each group in turn.

Here, an assault on one is an attack on all, a fact whose importance Reed Exhibitions is about to discover.

Recommended for You

The last of Germany's infamous Elefant tank destroyers. Historical

World War II German Elefant Tank Destroyers

Neal S Shera - July 12, 2019

The last of Germany's infamous Elefant tank destroyers.

Want the “Holy Grail” of AR-15 rifles? Brownells has made that possible with their BRN-Proto retro rifle. Rifles

Brownells BRN-Proto Retro Rifle

Patrick Sweeney - July 02, 2019

Want the “Holy Grail” of AR-15 rifles? Brownells has made that possible with their BRN-Proto...

The Soviet short sword of World War II was the Pistolet Pulyemet Shpagin-1941 (PPSh-41) submachine gun. Rifles

Shooting the Soviet 7.62x25mm PPSh-41 Submachine Gun

David M. Fortier - July 11, 2019

The Soviet short sword of World War II was the Pistolet Pulyemet Shpagin-1941 (PPSh-41)...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Shooting the 20mm Lahti

Shooting the 20mm Lahti

David Fortier had the chance to fire the Lahti L-39 while filming the 2018 season of Guns&AmmoTV while on location at DriveTanks.com.

New Bushnell Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 Rangefinders

New Bushnell Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 Rangefinders

Jake Edson of Bushnell Optics tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead about the brand new Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 rangefinders.

M134 Mini-Gun

M134 Mini-Gun

While filming the 2018 season of Guns&AmmoTV we had the unique opportunity to fire the M134 Minigun.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

The last of Germany's infamous Elefant tank destroyers. Historical

World War II German Elefant Tank Destroyers

Neal S Shera - July 12, 2019

The last of Germany's infamous Elefant tank destroyers.

A $50 Ring Loc-Kit gives AirForce Condor airgunners unparalleled power and accuracy. Air Guns

AirForce Airguns Condor Ring-Loc Kit Review

Tom Gaylord - May 29, 2019

A $50 Ring Loc-Kit gives AirForce Condor airgunners unparalleled power and accuracy.

Governor Northam is calling a special session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, July 9th, to do nothing but pass more gun control! 2nd Amendment

Virginia Governor Northam Declares War on Gun Owners

Virginia Citizens Defense League - July 09, 2019

Governor Northam is calling a special session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, July 9th, to...

See More Stories

More 2nd Amendment

Red Flag Laws Put Your Life and Your Family's Lives in Extreme Danger and Risk of Death 2nd Amendment

Red Flag Laws Endanger You and Your Family

Mark Chesnut - August 27, 2019

Red Flag Laws Put Your Life and Your Family's Lives in Extreme Danger and Risk of Death

According to ABC News, gLawmakers around the country are making a renewed push to ban high-capacity magazines.h 2nd Amendment

'Keep America Safe' Targets Standard Capacity Magazines for Ban

Jim Grant - September 05, 2019

According to ABC News, gLawmakers around the country are making a renewed push to ban...

LaPierre's self-set dumpster fire may never be completely put out. 2nd Amendment

NRA's LaPierre is Riding the Tiger

David Codrea - July 26, 2019

LaPierre's self-set dumpster fire may never be completely put out.

See More 2nd Amendment

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×