Craig Caudill, Nature Reliance School


Craig is the Founder and chief instructor of Nature Reliance School in Winchester, KY and is a certified Master Naturalist through the University of Kentucky. Nature Reliance School was founded to provide enriching and educational experiences in, or about, the outdoors. He has taught back-country skills as a contractor to the US military, federal, state and local first responders, and for 13 different university wildlife manager programs. He has spent weeks in the wilderness with nothing more than a knife “living off the land”. Craig is the author of three books (Extreme Wilderness Survival, Ultimate Wilderness Gear and Essential Wilderness Navigation),is an avid writer for several national magazines including Field and Stream, Outdoor Life and Backwoodsman Survival Guide.  Craig will share what he has learned on the following topics:

  • The basics of survival for all outdoorsmen and women.
  • Tracking:  What most deer hunters get wrong.
  • Camouflaging like a boss

Bill Carman, Kentucky Wild Outdoors


Bill Carman harvested his first whitetail deer with a bow and caught his first trout with a fly rod over fifty years ago. He has bowhunted and fly fished all over North America, but his first loves are hunting whitetails with a recurve bow and fly fishing for smallmouth bass right here in his native Kentucky. In 2006 Bill became the first modern hunter to harvest a Kentucky elk with a traditional bow. He recently retired after ten years as Regional Director for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and he is a licensed hunting and fishing guide. Bill is a successful outdoor writer and his stories have appeared in Traditional Bowhunter Magazine, TradArchers’ World, Primitive Archer, and Bugle Magazine. His book, Feather Sticks-Bowhunting and Fly Fishing Adventures was released in the summer of 2018 . He regularly conducts seminars on elk hunting, fly fishing, and hunting simple. He and his wife live in Lexington, KY. Some of the topics he will cover at this seminar are:

  • Fly Fishing the Red River Gorge - A stream-by-stream narrative on the fly fishing opportunities in the Gorge. Included are species, best flies, recommended tackle, stream access, and colorful anecdotes.
  • Elk Hunting in Kentucky - Includes the history of the KY elk restoration, current state of the herd and regs, tags available, and stories of actual hunts.

Emily Smith, Prime K9 Training


Emily Smith is the owner and trainer of Prime K9 LLC. Located in rural Winchester, KY, Prime K9 has grown into a K9 sports facility offering training in several K9 sports. Emily began her K9 journey as a youth in the local 4-H dog club, showing the family dog in junior handler, conformation and obedience classes. This lead to AKC handling of her own and other Basenji’s (sighthounds), traveling across the country and Canada to handle including the Eukanuba Invitational Dog Show. She expanded into a more diverse K9 world, working for a German Shepherd kennel mastering the art of schutzhund, then after graduating from the police academy she handled a K9 explosive detection and tracking dog.

Some popular K9 sports Prime K9 offers includes: scent work, dock diving, disc dog, tracking, obedience, and more. Prime K9 is a North American Diving Dogs official facility, hosting training opportunities for the sport, official events, pool rentals, and recreational swimming for K9’s. Emily is the founder of Bluegrass Scent Work Club of Central KY, an AKC Club hosting scent work training and trials. Prime K9 is looking forward to becoming a disc dog facility with UpDog in the future.

Emily is a certified AKC, UKC, and NACSW scent work judge, canine good citizen evaluator, lead trainer at Prime K9 and dog enthusiast. Scent work, tracking, dock diving, and obedience will be topics discussed and how one can compete or train for the various sports as well as the benefits gained outside the sport.

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Fish and Wildlife, Field to Fork


Have you ever wanted to process your own meat from your hunt? Or fillet and cook your own fish?

Learn about programs in Kentucky that you can be a part of and get hands-on experience. Our Field to Fork is a program geared toward deer, dove, waterfowl and turkey hunting. At our program, we go over harvesting and processing techniques!

Fish and Wildlife, Hook & Cook


Have you ever wanted to process your own meat from your hunt? Or fillet and cook your own fish?

Learn about programs in Kentucky that you can be a part of and get hands-on experience. Our Hook and Cook program is for those that would like to learn how to fish and understand more about fishing tackle. You will also learn how to fillet and cook fish at our program.

Fish and Wildlife, Becoming an Outdoor Woman (B.O.W.)


Women! Do you want to increase confidence in the outdoors?

Learn about programs in Kentucky that you can be a part of to increase your confidence in the outdoors. If you want to learn more about shooting a gun for the first time, taking a fish off the hook or about learning more about hiking, kayak and don’t know where to start… this is the seminar for you!

Fish and Wildlife, National Archery in School Program (NASP)


Do you want learn more about the National Archery in the School program?

Learn about how to get your school and students involved shooting archery at their elementary, middle and high school in a positive environment. It is the largest youth archery program in history. You will also learn what equipment is used for NASP and how to get involved!


There will be seminars every half an hour on the main stage near the High Street Entrance at the boat show.


Plan ahead for what seminars you don't want to miss.