Bringing Outdoor Opportunities to Men — that’s what BOOM Outdoors is all about, hence its acronym.
Back for its sixth time is their main event. It’s called the Beast Feast, and it’s bigger than ever.
Over 1,200 men and boys are expected to attend the extravaganza being held Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Muskogee Civic Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the festivities will begin at 6 p.m.
Boom Outdoors was born in Muskogee by hunting buddies Tim Salters, pastor of New Community Church and member Brian Lanham of Fort Gibson. They were so inspired while afield hunting one day, seeing it as a way of bringing men closer together, getting the youth involved in the outdoor experience and hopefully closer to God.
I’m certainly glad that they formed this great outdoor organization. This event is a refreshing one as it not only prepares me for the upcoming fall hunting season in a time that is normally a lethargic one for outdoorsmen, but brings me closer to fellow hunters who share the same passions for the woods that I do.
The Beast Feast is not just your every day, run-of-the-mill outdoor hunting and fishing expo. At past events, I’ve noticed men of all ages laughing, smiling, having a great time, and bonding together — things seldom seen in this day and age. Friends and one-time hunting and fishing buddies who I haven’t seen for far too long were present. Each of us shared our passion for the great outdoors.
Vendor space is maxed out this year and includes everything from world-class taxidermy to the latest in archery equipment, clothing, and other new-fangled gadgets to satisfy even the pickiest outdoorsman.
A Daisy BB gun range will be set up for the boys. Falconry displays and an opportunity to meet some fishing guides will also be part of the festivities.
“There is no way to pull off an event of this size without the BOOM staff, which has grown over the years. We will have over 50 volunteers at the event. These guys make it happen,” said Lanham. “But first and foremost, we are a men’s ministry that just wants to sow seed of God’s love in our community.”
Headlining this year’s special guests is TV personality Stan Potts. The Illinois native has hunted whitetails for 40 years, harvesting numerous trophy class bucks, four of which scored over 200 inches. He is the host of “Mathews Dominant Bucks” on the Outdoor Channel, and he co-hosts “North American Whitetail” and “Legacy Trails” on the Sportsman Channel.
Country music will be provided by band and a dinner of smoked pulled pork with all the fixings will be served. Sorry, ladies, this is a “guys only” night.
Among the 600 door prizes will be a grand prize worth $1,000. The winner will get a choice of a Bass Pro Shop gift card, a lifetime combo hunting/fishing license or a gun/bow package from one of their ticket outlets. A special surprise will be presented to every boy 12 and under. Door prizes will consist of knives, hats, lights, and DVDs.
And don’t forget the raffles for a muzzleloader and a shotgun. Raffle tickets purchased at the event are $2 each or three for $5.
Over 800 tickets have already been sold, leaving only 400 remaining. Advance purchase is required. Cost is $10 with boys 12 and under $5.
Tickets are available at Mike’s Outdoors, 2015 N. York St. (918-687-3146), Adventure Spot, 1917 N. York St. (918-686-0505), Bow Pro Shop, 1920 N. 11th St. (918-683-8879), and USA Barns, Hancock and U.S. 69 (918-686-5558), all in Muskogee. For more info, call (918) 683-9111 or log on to boomoutdoors.com.
Don’t miss it.
John Kilgore’s outdoor column runs Fridays in the Phoenix. You may contact him with news or other information at (918) 348-9431 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.