It’s that time of year again! The SHOT (Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trades) Show is about to kick off for the 35 year next week in Las Vegas, NV. For those who don’t know, this is one of the largest trade shows in the world, and is the opportunity for people in the hunting and shooting industries to get their hands on the newest products of the year. It’s huge.
I’ve attended SHOT every year since 2001, and it’s provided me with a ton of great content for the Hog Blog, as well as some great exposure to gear and gadgets that I’d never see otherwise. In addition to seeing and handling new gear, I’ve made contacts that provided me with test gear to try out in the field, and others who’ve kept me up to speed on various developments in the industry. Overall, it’s been a great resource.
Up until a month ago, I was set to attend the 2013 event. I’ve got my media passes, contact lists, and a pile of email from vendors, representatives, and manufacturers to come see their newest offerings. Even after 11 shows, the lead-up to SHOT is a lot like the build up for Christmas… anticipation and excitement build until, the night before the show I can barely sleep. The first day, as you walk through the doors festooned by four-story banners, the excitement is tangible.
So it was with a real sadness that I realized that, due to work obligations, I wouldn’t be able to make it this year. Frickin’ day job.
I’ll do what I can to touch base with my contacts, and hopefully I’ll still be able to get my hands on some of the newer products. I’ll also check in virtually as much as possible. But the reality is that I won’t be able to offer the same coverage that I’ve brought every year, and for that I apologize.