Living in California and being an avid California sportsman, I know
first-hand that it can be a challenge when it comes to shopping for
quality and diverse hunting & fishing equipment. Finding stores with wide
selections of brand-name hunting and fishing equipment, clothing and gear
exists, but is fairly limited and can require shoppers to travel a
significant distance. The California politics and Eco-fanatics have made
California user-unfriendly to responsible sportsmen in general, and
particularly unfriendly and obstructionist to business devoted to
supporting sportsmen & sportswomen . Not so with Reno Nevada.
My extended family has a place we share in Old Greenwood just outside of
Truckee California. I make it a point on nearly every visit there to hit
the sportsman’s shopping ‘hot spots’, and related very worthwhile events
that take place in Reno.
One of the first ‘big’ hunting-fishing-outdoors stores to establish
themselves in Reno is Sporstman’s Warehouse – “America’s Premier
Outfitter”, established in 2004. They are located at 3306 Kietzke Lane,
very near the Reno Convention Center, which can be important when deciding
upon and planning a weekend visit there.
In September 2008, Scheels opened its amazing “All Sports Department
Store” just east of Reno at at the Legends, located at the intersection of
I-80 and Sparks Boulevard in Sparks. Besides a wide assortment of guns,
ammo and other hunting and fishing gear, it has nearly everything
imaginable for anyone with an interest in sports of any kind.
Cabelas – the “World’s Foremost Outfitter”, opened their new store in 2007
in Boomtown at Verdi Nevada, just west of Reno. They are located at 8650
Boomtown Road, Verdia. For anyone traveling from California, they are
easily seen from the freeway, just off Interstate 80 on the left, several
miles before you get into Reno proper.
It will be an all-day event for anyone trying to see all three places in
one day. If you can’t find what you need at one of these three stores, it
probably does not exist.
When planning a “Sportsman’s” trip to Reno, its important to note that
Reno is home to some of the greatest Sportsman’s conventions held annually
where you can not only purchase the latest in hunting and fishing
equipment, but book a hunting adventure with some of the world’s best
outfitters and guide.
The Safari Club International (SCI) Convention held in Reno is a
spectacular event with outfitters from all over the world, top name
manufacturer’s of hunting equipment, wildlife artists, and unbelievable
displays of taxidermy. This is the “Ultimate Hunters Market” and place
where hunters gather. This event takes place at the Reno-Sparks Convention
Center (RSCC) in Reno, off Virginia Ave. The next SCI Convention is
scheduled for January 26th – 29th, 2011. My wife and I are SCI members and
go to this show every year. It can take two solid days to see everything
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation also holds its Rocky Mountain Elk Camp &
Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Reno, also held at the Reno-Sparks
Convention Center (RSCC). This show is focused more on elk, deer and North
American (U.S. And Canada) big game outfitters and equipment providers.
RMEF’s next Elk Camp is scheduled for March 3-6, 2011
If the weather in January & March is still too cold for a family trip to
Reno, you can try scheduling your Sportsmans’s Shopping Trip to coincide
with one of Reno’s several ‘hot’ summer month events.
Hot August Nights http://www.hotaugustnights.net/
The Nugget’s BBQ Rib Cook-Off http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/
The Reno Air Races http://www.airrace.org/indexJS.php
The Great Reno Balloon Race http://www.renoballoon.com/
Street Vibrations http://www.road-shows.com/street_vibrations.php
or visit the mining town of Virginia City http://www.virginiacity-nv.org/