Seminar Speakers Set for Ohio Open Season Athlete Expo presented by Progressive

Leading industry experts will headline the seminar speaker series at the Ohio Open Season Athlete Expo presented by Progressive Insurance® at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, March 17-19. The seminar series will inform, educate and entertain outdoor enthusiasts.

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Byron Ferguson will present his ever popular Archery Trick Shot Show. The Alabama native uses a traditional bow and instinctive reactions from it to pull off shots like hitting a flying target while blindfolded and firing a Lifesaver candy. Along with the Trick Shot of him, Ferguson shares entertaining and humorous stories from his many years of hunting.

Jeremy Critchfield will be hosting a seminar titled “The Delicious Dozen.” A chef by trade, Critchfield has combined a life outdoors and a 5-star culinary career to create the HuntChef line of seasonings. He will talk about the ins and outs of cooking and seasoning wild game.

Tom Mesnard has a unique approach to whitetail property management.
The Michigan native feels that habitat actually has very little to do with consistently taking mature bucks on hunting property, instead finding that there are several other very important aspects that play a key role in taking mature bucks. Mesnard has helped thousands of hunters in 27 states since 1984 with his TLM system.

Robie Pruitt, “The Clover King”, will host a seminar focusing on Food Plots That Produce Optimal Antler Growth in 7 Easy Steps. Pruitt has 28 years of experience planting Antler King food plots. The step by step process will demonstrate the correct way to obtain optimal growth from food plots.

Art Helin, who started hunting more than 40 years ago, will host the seminar titled “Turkey Hunting Through the Seasons”. The Wisconsin native draws on his own experience, his successes and failures, and hundreds of days a year in the field hunting, guiding and scouting. To assist in exploration, Helin takes advantage of available tools and technology, including aerial and topographic maps and trail cameras. Helin has planted food plots for years and also practices forest management.

Clint Casper of the Working Class Bowhunter Podcast and host of CC Hunt Files will host the seminar “Basics of Highland Bowhunting for Deer/Moose.” He will cover the bases of successful Highcountry hunting for Mule Deer and Elk. Topics covered will include; equipment, map study, tips and techniques, as well as e-scouting and field safety. During this session, Casper will focus on answering the “how” and “why” questions at the end.

John “Smokey” McNicholas, will host the seminar, “Proper Use of Deer Decoys on Simulated Scrapes, Scent Poles, Hanging Ropes, and Using Deer Calls.” A professional trapper by trade, McNicholas has been making lures and baits for over 20 years in West Virginia. He makes the first and only real preorbital gland lure, not synthetic and bottled in glass, not plastic. These products have drawn the most dollars, a fact proven by “Smokey’s Deer Lures” which won the Ohio Valley Big Buck contest 3 years in a row.

Dan Infalt of Hunting Beast Outdoors has been looking for big bucks on public property and under duress for 40 years and now he’s sharing the secrets of his success to help others. In the seminar, titled “Constantly Killing Large Males on Public Lands,” Infalt will discuss how to scout and hunt the largest available males on public lands and under pressure by showing real-life examples of males captured using these tactics.

For more information on the Ohio Open Season Sportsman’s Expo presented by Progressive and to purchase discount tickets in advance online, visit

The Ohio Open Season Sportsman’s Expo is presented by Progressive and sponsored by Toyota Tundra, Official Truck of the Expo, Leaf Home Water Solutions and Leaf Filter, along with KUIU and Moultrie Mobile, Official Sponsors of the Door Prize.