SHOT Show Memories

by Daniel E. Schmidt, D&DH Editor

Much of the deer hunting industry’s innovation can be traced to the origins of the
Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade Show. The show, known as “The SHOT Show” by industry
insiders, has been the foremost place for hunting manufacturers to unveil new products
to the hunting community.

Started in 1979 by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the SHOT Show attracts
tens of thousands of trade members and the press. It is not open to the general public.
D&DH is proud to have had a presence at every SHOT Show. With this year’s show less
than a month away, I was taken back to a snapshot in time yesterday when D&DH founder
Jack Brauer dug this photo out of his album.

Brauer, now retired, recalled how much he enjoyed those early days. It seemed that
everything was “new” back then, he said. And, for the most part, it was. Tree stands
were a novel idea for most whitetail hunters. So were compound bows! And modern camouflage
had not even been invented yet. My, have times changed!

Longtime D&DH readers will note that besides Jack, left, this photo also shows a much
younger Leonard Lee Rue III, right. Lennie has been a D&DH contributor since 1979.