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17th Annual L.L.Bean Hunting Expo

September 17, 2009

-This press release just appeared in my inbox from the fine folks at L.L.Bean, so I thought it only fair to pass the good news along…


As many of you might know, the L.L.Bean Hunting Expo is scheduled for next weekend, the 26th and 27th of September. I’ll be in attendance along with a slew of hunting professionals and legendary icons. After the show I’ll post a writeup with a slew of pictures for those of you who missed out on the occasion, or just never got the chance to take it all in.

Click HERE to see the complete schedule of events for the weekend. I hope to see all of you there and look forward to sharing stories and excitement for the upcoming fall hunting season.

For Immediate Release

September 17, 2009

The Final Charge State of Maine Locked Moose Dedication Ceremony

during the L.L.Bean Hunting Expo

L.L.Bean and Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have partnered to develop a rare and massive taxidermy display of two Maine moose in a locked antler battle. The display will be dedicated during a special ceremony at 11am on Saturday, September 26th.

FREEPORT, Maine— The Final Charge is the name of an extremely rare taxidermy display developed in partnership with the Maine IF&W and L.L.Bean. A special ceremony will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 26th to dedicate the display to a Maine-based outdoor-related organization during the L.L.Bean Hunting Expo, September 26th and 27th. The ceremony will take place on the Main Street Patio of the L.L.Bean Flagship Store in Freeport. IF&W Commissioner Danny Martin, Mark Dufresne the taxidermist who developed the display, officials from L.L.Bean and other special guests are expected to give remarks. The Maine Color Guard will also be presenting the colors at the beginning of the ceremony.

The taxidermy mount, one of only two such mounts in all of North America, will be on display semi-permanently at L.L.Bean, encased within a specially designed viewing diorama. It will also make appearances at various regional events in a custom-built trailer, specifically made for viewing.

In May of 2006, Adella Johnson found the remains of two Bull Moose on her property in New Sweden. The moose had died after their antlers had become locked in battle during the previous fall’s rut. Adella then donated the antlers to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to be used for educational purposes.

The IF&W contacted L.L.Bean with the idea of partnering to bring these moose back to life by recreating their battle and sharing interpretive and educational information about these moose with the general public.

L.L.Bean and the IF&W then engaged Nature’s Reflections Taxidermy of Gray, Maine to develop the display. The antlers have never been separated since they first became locked in the fall of 2005.

“For decades, L.L.Bean has maintained a close working relationship with Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The development of this display is yet another facet of our partnership,” said John Oliver, vice president of Public Affairs for L.L.Bean. “It’s entirely fitting for L.L.Bean to come together with the Department to bring to life one of Maine’s most endearing outdoor icons, the moose.”

In addition to the dedication ceremony, the L.L.Bean Hunting Expo will feature two days of additional activities for the whole family. Whether you’re a veteran hunter or are just getting started, the L.L.Bean Hunting Expo is a great way to learn cutting-edge strategies, see the latest gear, take advantage of some great deals and much more. Craig Boddington, internationally known hunting celebrity will be on-hand all weekend giving presentations and signing autographs and Tim Bradley from Team Benelli USA will thrill audiences with incredible trick shooting demonstrations. Hunters of all ages can also benefit from valuable tips from some of the industry’s top experts like Hal Blood, Bob Humphrey, Harry Vanderweide and others. Mossy Oak’s Pro Staff will be available all weekend, plus there will be vendors, demos, hands-on activities, free archery, clay shooting and fly-casting lessons and much more.

During the weekend, 5% of all hunting gear and apparel sales will be donated to the Maine IF&W for moose research, management and conservation.

All event activities are free. For more information, visit, or call 800-559-0747, ext. 37222.

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading retailer of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. While its business has grown substantially, L.L.Bean still upholds the values of its founder and continues his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors.

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Contact: Mac McKeever, 207-552-6078,

So throw on your best slacks and a comfy flannel and head on down (or up) to the Hunting and Fishing Flagship store in Freeport. The weekend is sure to be a jolly ol’ time!


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