Gaylord Opryland Resort to Host the Inaugural Bass Pro Shops Land and Wildlife Expo Presented by Ram Truck

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105 acres to become outdoor playground with ATV/UTV test tracks, food plot demonstrations, tractor pulls, classic vehicles and more

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“Supporting conservation is a long-standing Bass Pro Shops tradition and we are thrilled our customers will have the opportunity to interact with these top organizations, companies and celebrities under one roof,”

Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will converge at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center Aug. 12-14, 2011, for the Bass Pro Shops Land and Wildlife Expo presented by Ram Truck, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the nation’s top five land and wildlife conservation organizations.

Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Safari Club International Foundation have joined forces to share the latest innovations for developing, preserving and enjoying America’s rich hunting land.

This three-day event features a massive indoor hunting exhibit hall, outdoor equipment test drives, crop demonstrations, seminars by leading biologists, kids’ activities and a private concert with Opry Member Craig Morgan and special guest Jeff Foxworthy.

“Supporting conservation is a long-standing Bass Pro Shops tradition and we are thrilled our customers will have the opportunity to interact with these top organizations, companies and celebrities under one roof,” said Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris. ”You won’t want to miss your chance to take part.”

The 113,000-square-foot indoor exhibit hall will feature must-have products and equipment for the upcoming hunting season, product demos from top outdoor companies and celebrity appearances.
Outside, 105 acres of private land adjacent to Opryland will become an outdoor playground with ATV and UTV test tracks, tractor pulls, food plot and crop demonstrations, classic truck and tractor exhibits and a Kid’s Village featuring activities for all ages including a zip line and treestand safety demo, a shooting trailer presented by NWTF JAKES Take Aim and an archery range presented by the National Archery in the Schools Program.

Adventurous attendees can head over to presenting sponsor Ram Truck’s demonstration area to test drive their range of trucks designed specifically for outdoor enthusiasts.
"Ram Truck is involved in the Land and Wildlife Expo because conservation and stewardship of the land play a vital role in sustaining the sport for future generations," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. "The majority of truck owners are involved in hunting and fishing. Being here to share their passion, while at the same time giving attendees the chance to get a fun, hands-on feel for our Ram Truck lineup is a great way to connect with new customers.”

Back inside, the conservation partners will team up once again to deliver an all-star lineup of land management experts at The Mossy Oak True North Seminar Summit. This two-day series is designed specifically for hunters, landowners, and land managers looking to get the most from their properties through wildlife management and habitat development.

“We designed the seminar summit to resemble a land and wildlife management university with cutting-edge topics presented by the nation’s top experts,” said Brian Murphy, CEO of Quality Deer Management Association, whose 2011 convention is being held in conjunction with the Expo. “The information provided will be worth thousands to anyone who manages land for wildlife.”
Attendees can save up to 50 percent on packages that include seminars, accommodation and meals by registering online before June 30. Day passes to the Expo are $20, three-day passes are $45, and children 12 and under receive free Expo admission with a paying adult.

Visit http://www.LandandWildlifeExpo.com for reservations and more information.

ABOUT GAYLORD OPRYLAND
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., is the largest non-gaming hotel facility in the continental U.S. and the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels, owned by Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment. The newly-renovated resort boasts 2,881 rooms and more than 600,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibit space. The property features nine acres of lavish indoor gardens and waterfalls under its signature glass atriums. For reservations or to learn about the wide array dining, shopping and entertainment options at the world-famous resort, visit http://www.GaylordOpryland.com or call 1-888-999-OPRY.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres, thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

Contact:
Brian Abrahamson
Land and Wildlife Expo
Babrahamson@gaylordentertainment.com
615-316-6302

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