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'Buckarama' hunting expo kicks off in Perry

For the hunting enthusiasts, the annual expo "Buckarama" is back.

For more than three decades now, it has brought hunters together to track the latest trends.

Hundreds drop in to find the most bang for their buck.

This year, about 150 vendors showcased their products.

Tommy Holcombe with Wilborn Outdoors references one of their new deer stands.

"We've got a double stand for you and your girlfriend or you and your wife," he says. "Which you might not want, because then she'll want to come!"

He has come to the show for about 20 years.

"Every year we seem to add another booth and another booth."

He says even regulars like him can expect to see something new, and it does not cost a lot of dough.

"We don't want to take it home," he explains. "So we are going to give you the best deal we have."

"It's a family show," says Rodney Kelly of Kansas Big Buck Outfitters.

His father and eight-year-old son represented three generations of hunters.

They're making hunting a little more high-tech with GoPros, which can be mounted on the gun or fishing pole.

"You know how hunters and fishermen is," he laughs. He says the camera will prevent made-up fish tales. "Now, you know how big it is!"

This is Terry Smith's first year at Buckarama, bringing his hunting-inspired T-shirt designs.

"If they come in with guns, they need a duck shirt and a deer shirt."

And hunting is not just a men's sport.

But this is not just a men's sport.

"Women are actually loving the hunting industry," says Jessica Brown, a hair salon owner from Dublin, GA.

She creates a hair product just for hunters.

"I turned my kitchen into a chemistry lab," Brown says. " I created a scent-free product for female hunters."

Ray Knight with Alcovy Taxidermy says as more and more people shop online, Buckarama gives them a chance to see the product up close.

"Here you actually get to put your hands on it and that's a big difference," Knight says.

Whether you are a pro or a beginner, Buckarama seems to have something for just about everyone to be ready for the new season.

Saturday, the show starts at 9:00 am and ends at 7:00 pm.
Sunday, it opens at 10:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm.

Tickets are $8.

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