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Zac Cooper at Sportsman's Jamboree

Release Date: 9/14/2010

In Ruston, Louisiana.

If you were in the Ruston, Louisiana area on the 16th, I hope you made it to the 31st Annual Sportsman's Jamboree and heard special guest speaker, Zac Cooper, as he spoke to both the kids and adults alike. Zac is an amazing young man who evokes huge enthusiam for hunting and the out-of-doors.  Kids want his autograph and you can be sure that he takes the time to personally talk to all the kids and instill in them a desire to be better people and to get away from the video games and TV, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Read more about the Sportsman's Jamboree in this article by Glynn Harris, used with permission.

Sportsman’s jamboree just around the corner

Written by Glynn Harris -- Tuesday, 07 September 2010

Some things around north Louisiana are pretty well taken for granted. There’s going to be plenty of sweet peaches and juicy watermelons; the chinquapins will be bedding on D’Arbonne; Caney Lake will continue to produce bass weighing in double digits and the stripers will school on Lake Claiborne.

While all these cool things are happening, another event first saw the light of day on October 14, 1980 when a group of hunters, concerned about the need to promote hunter safety and the direction land owner relations with hunters was taking, met at the Ruston Civic Center to discuss problems and seek solutions. This group was first given the name Lincoln Parish Hunter Safety Workshop, the name later changed to Sportsman’s Jamboree and for 30 years since that first meeting has provided another “taken for granted” event around north Louisiana. If it’s September, it’s time for another Sportsman’s Jamboree.

Once again, the Thomas Assembly Center at LA Tech will be the site for the 31st annual Sportsman’s Jamboree with the format basically the same as in past years.

Each year, the Jamboree committee searches around the country to find special guest speakers who will ignite interest and provide interesting and useful information to those who attend the event.

In years past, seasoned veterans of the outdoors industry have served as guest speakers. This year’s speaker, I guess you would say, breaks that mold. While speakers in the past have been around the block more than once, Zac Cooper at age 14, is just now starting his trek around the outdoors scene but his resume has started to catch the attention of groups such as the Sportsman’s Jamboree because of the message he has to share and what he has been able to accomplish in such a short time.

Zac bagged his first deer at age five; started bow hunting at age 11 and by the time he was 12, had brought down over 70 deer with gun and bow.

Zac has attracted such sponsors as Ol’ Man Treestands, Browning and Mathews Solo Cam, was selected to be a member of the “Outdoor All Star” team where he regularly appears on national television and has produced his first outdoors DVD entitled “Little Man Big Dreams”. You can check his story out for yourself at littlemanbigdreams .com.

In addition to the main event, there will be representatives from law enforcement and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to inform attendees of new laws, regulations and changes we all need to be know about.

Vendors will line the circular hallway inside the Assembly Center with outdoors products they’ll have available for this coming hunting season. Thousands of dollars in door prizes will be given away that night.

The one thing the Jamboree committee is proudest of is the fact that during the 31 year duration of hosting the Sportsman’s Jamboree, the event each year has been free to the public. This remarkable feat is made possible by sponsors of the event who continue to donate merchandise as well as funds to allow the program to be offered at no cost to attendees.

While there are many businesses and organizations that contribute, some of the “heavy hitters” include the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, Davis and Associates, Weyerhaeuser Company, Academy Sports and Outdoors, On-Time Feeders, and McKinney Outdoor Superstore.

Even if you’re not a hunter, you’re invited to come out and see what the community has done and is doing to make it possible for such an outstanding event to be held free each year since 1980.

Glynn Harris Outdoors is proudly sponsored by DSK, Ltd. of Minden.


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