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Fall Hunting Classic begins Friday at Bass Pro Shops

As the sun sets in the west, a couple of hunters in a field look for the last flight of dove.

The annual Fall Hunting Classic, a series of hunting-related seminars, workshops and activities, begins this Friday at Bass Pro Shops.

The Rancho Cucamonga store is expecting more than 100,000 visitors over the course of the 17-day event, which concludes Sunday, Aug. 22.

"The Bass Pro Shops Fall Classic is a huge event and hunters and other outdoor sportsmen and women look forward to it all year long," said Bass Pro Shops spokeswoman Katie Mitchell. "Outdoor enthusiasts will be able to learn the secret techniques and strategies used by professionals to gain a better advantage in the field, see all the latest products and attend workshops and seminars."

Events planned include seminars and workshops hosted by industry pros, contests, binocular trade-ins, ATV test drives and myriad activities for children.

"I’ve heard it said that if you don’t have a fishing rod in the hands of a youngster by the time they are 8 years old, the chances of getting them to go fishing later in life diminishes dramatically," added Mitchell. "I would think the same applies to getting them introduced to hunting and shooting sports."

A complete schedule is available on the store website.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: As the sun sets in the west, a couple of hunters in a field look for the last flight of dove. Credit: George Wilhelm / Los Angeles Times

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