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Omaha- P&Y 2019 !!
Omaha is where it's happening!
I've never gone. Looks like I need to experience it since it's in my back yard.
If Bigdan is going, I'm going. Plus this year its only two hours from my turkey camp!
I wouldn't miss it... can't wait. Ed F
I may go If a 191” gross 184” net strip buck makes it with a bottle of crown ....... :-)
Been far too long! I’m in. Will have to see if any other CO boys want to make it a road trip.
Well, if all of you are going I guess I will sacrifice and be there as well:) Cant wait!!
Well, if all of you are going I guess I will sacrifice and be there as well:) Cant wait!!
I plan to make it for a couple days. Just found out we got tickets to the Final Four in Minneapolis the weekend before so I’ll have to sacrifice a day or two in Omaha to make that happen. I’m okay with that trade :)
I will have to be on a good behavior protocol since its local for me. I did reserve a room every night because I surely will not be able to drive home however. Oh boy I can't wait either.
Might go just to keep Ned out of the Cornfields!
I went to in Omaha around 20 years ago. I took my 2 sons and we had a really nice time.
If I remember correctly, the last time it was held in Omaha, an attendance record was achieved. I believe that record was beaten later when it was in Minnesota?? Hope for another record breaker this time in Omaha!
When was the last Omaha convention? I went but it was a while ago!
I am thinking it was 1997
I guess if Palmquist is going I better go and keep him out of trouble.
I'll be there to video, take pics and keep grown men from wearing women's undergarments.
Geez its 10 minutes from my house. May have to have a few guys over for a few beers.
I hope to be there. Depends on how the Sheep Show goes in Reno. I should be able to "detox" in the three month time between shows. Also, another hurdle I need to address is the fact that my wife only allows me to be in a social setting with Zack once a year. With Reno, Omaha and a trip to the Yukon in the fall, I might be "pushing my luck"...
I am planing to be there, it is about 7-8 hour drive for me.
Damn, I really want to exhibit but I have buffalo clients in Africa then.
Well I don’t want to be the only cool guy on Bowsite not there (besides Ken). So I guess I’ll go ;)
Ken is cool, but he's not "that cool". ;)
I will be there, but keeping Matt out of trouble is a tall order.
Ed... will there be another 3 D shoot?
I’ve heard these are a good time...
Enjoyed St. Louis, I definitely wont miss this one.
Yes sir... the 3D is on... Ed F
First Scott Frost returns to Lincoln. Now this. Things are looking up for Nebraska. :)
Yes Ken u have early clients in April. I feel bad you’ll miss it so I’ll bring you a trophy or award since you can’t make the P&Y party. I’ll buy u a beer too.
I just hope that there will be a Bowsite gathering and that Trump, Jr. will be in attendance at the event.
If Pat pulls that one off, we need to have a Bowsite Group Action Resolution prepared to submit to the P&Y powers for Pat to receive an Ishi Award on Saturday night.
Dang, sure don’t seem that long ago when it was over there! Time certainly sure flies... Had a good road trip with Kurt and Rock last time. Kurt, you may want to fly this time around!
Will Don Jr be bringing any Russians ?
May be my first p&y convention
We'll be there......a long drive, but I no longer have a job so who cares? :)
I’d love to come but I work that weekend so unless I can convince someone to trade shifts for a week or two I may be out again.
Yes, I will be going...will be my second P & Y Convention in Omaha and 7th overall!!
Hmmmm, that's only a 9 hour drive. Carpool Russ?
Time sure does fly since I went with Treeline and Rock to Omaha. My first convention was before that in Oklahoma City...'87 if memory serves me correctly.
Maybe Don Jr. Will bring Kimberly?!
Anyone know the deal with the hotels? It appears there are two on site . Will one be more beneficial to stay in than the other?
The convention center where the banquet will be held is an Embassy Suites. Very nice place. P & Y attendees, I would think, would be getting a special rate to stay there. To check around on other hotels, google (LaVista, Nebraska hotels) for other prices, there are maybe 4 or 5 other hotels with in walking distance of the convention center or a lot more just down the road to the east on I-80
The convention center is in the middle of two hotels, all connected. One hotel you get breakfast and free happy hour. The other doesn't. That's the way I understand it. Maximize your fun time and stay at one of these hotels. This convention site will be one of the best... I promise. Ed F
Hey gentleman, just a regular follower of Bowsite, haven't posted much, but really appreciate all info I have gained from the postings on here. After Blue Buck offered to have a few guys over for beers, it got me thinking that I have an extra bedroom in our basement and plenty of room on the floor if any out of towners have trouble getting a hotel or just looking to save some cash. We live about 20 minutes away. Let me know if any one is interested. Thanks
Mark (Shug) ..you can just stay in Nick’s room. No need to break up a nice couple. ;)
I'm seriously considering going. It would be my first.
Well, if history repeats itself, I'll be missing breakfast, so it wont matter which hotel I'm in...
Wouldn't miss it. Looking forward to it.
lol Cory!! Ken you’ll have a blast
I guess I'll make the trip, don't want to be left out of any fun!
I'm going to try my best to make it.
I’ll be there. My wife just booked the hotel.
Donald Trump JR. as the Friday speaker. . . That will be COOL!!!
Just booked in the Hilton.. the Marriott said no block rooms left
Guess I’m overdue. The last one I attended was in 1969 in Denver. Had a brief chat with Mr. Fred Bear. I’ll never forget that!
Wow!! This is really cool news! It might be a trek from the convention but I run the family diner (best breakfast and Koffee in Omaha) just a hop and a skip north of the Airport! I would be honored to see some camouflage bow-hunters and offer a discount!
Yep, looking forward to it.
Will be booking hotel room at least two floors from Zack’s room for a good buffer from the “after hours lounge Vortex!”
Looking forward to it!
Looks like I'll just be getting back from a hunt in south America, so I won't make it this time.
Unfortunate timing. I really enjoy the conventions. I've made it to 3 of the last 4.
The previous P&Y Omaha convention was May 13-15, 1999 and was held at the Holiday Inn just off of I-80 on 72nd St. (the hotel is now renamed).
The host site is the La Vista Conference Center and is about 10 minutes further west of that location (Exit 442 on I-80) and the Cabela's store is across a parking lot. Those that have been to some of the recent conventions know parking was somewhat expensive. There is NO parking fee in Omaha and there's well over 1000 parking spaces.
Back then interested state bowhunting organizations presented a bid to the P&Y BOD to host the event. Our successful bid was presented at the 1997 Edmonton convention. The 1999 event was co-hosted by the Iowa Bowhunters Association and the Nebraska Bowhunters Association. If memory serves, Saturday night's attendance was 949, the best ever, until being surpassed by the Club's 50th anniversary convention in 2011 in Rochester, MN.
As Ed F. already said, one place is basically a motel while the other offers suites plus free breakfast and happy hour. At most places offering happy hours they serve only beer and wine, but this one includes hard liquor too. When you factor in the cost of eating breakfast and a few evening drinks, that is almost the best bargain. The two hotels bookend the convention area so it's all indoors.
It will be a great convention!
I understand that PY has not posted the Convention fee for the Total Program yet and it will be available in two weeks or so according to them today. In the past what has the convention fee been for the Total event program? And if one does not want to attend the Total Program and be charged the total fee, can one pick and chose events, for a lesser fee? Paul
Paul, yes you can pick and choose.
Thanks Aaron. I hear you will be coming to CO in the near future to punch your elk tag. Paul
All signed up and ready to go! The on-line registration was awesome and easy to use! Got to pick my table too.....NICE feature!
I got my best deal at the Courtyard by Marriott- La Vista through Hotels.Com. Great way to save money and get free night credit, if you are a subscriber of Hotels.com.
Roy, were you able to designate your seating?
We have our room all set!
YES.....I was able to pick my table.
"Looks like we got us a Convoy..... Omaha???"
Never been to Nebraska...... are like, the bars still open on Sunday n'stuff??? =D
This will be lots of fun. After hours entertainment will be provided by myself and Nedly. Edgington and Ensign will be the judges for the bikini contest!
I am outlawing fireball this year though. Sorry Ron, Jason and Matt.
Cory, you are screwed. Seeing me 4 times in less than a year. Start training!!!
Pat/Charlie, the Bowsite meet and greet should happen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday!
And nobody get freaked out if I’m carrying around a microphone and interviewing people.
See you all in Omaha!
Looks like iceman and I are coming for sure! Not sure about the bikini contest Zack but after 10 or 12 beers I may talk Jared into joining in lol . Looking forward to putting some faces to some names I been needing to meet! See y’all there!
iPhone, no option for seating chart.
iPhone, no option for seating chart.
Computer/laptop does allow for you to pick your seating.
Computer/laptop does allow for you to pick your seating.
FYI when registering from phone vs computer. I tried numerous times on my phone to register and pick my seats for banquets. It would not allow me to pick seating on the iPhone, but does on my laptop. Just an FYI if you want to pick your seating, use your computer to register.
I have seats on the plane, seats at all P&Y eating events and a bed to sleep in.
Hope to see ya’ll in the the Big O !!
If Nedly is a contestant in the bikini contest, I respectfully decline to be a judge.
Stayin fully clothed this go round
I might just have to show up and keep you all honest...
Ned said I could crash at his place so long as we spooned. When I asked who was spooning who, he just gave out this little chuckle that sorta sounded like the Joker in the first Batman movie.
I have had so many requests for spooning at my house that weekend. I am, instead gonna hole up in a room at the Embassy. Not gonna be in any shape to drive.
I have bikini pics... of Ned. I'll sell them off for $730 American dollars. No low-balling.
I'll be there. First one cannot wait
I have been a P&Y General Member since 2006 and have yet to attend a convention. But that changes next year. I'm definitely looking forward to being in Omaha.
That's awesome, MuleyBum and you'll have a good time. I'm at table 22 Saturday night......come by and say hi.
This'll be my 3rd. I'll never miss one. They're a blast. Anyone considering coming, just do it and you'll be glad you came.
MuleyBum you will have an enjoyable time.
Seems like lots of first timers coming! Very cool.
Six months from today the "gathering" will begin !!
There are some guys I know that need to start “training” for the get together
Zack, Exactly, I have received word that you are out of shape !! Six months till "showtime"
oK, I was given the green light to come to the PY convention. Will be there Friday afternoon through Sunday til noon. The last one I attended was here in Denver Colorado. Looking forward to seeing and meeting all of the Bowsiters attending. Is there and when will the Bowsiters get together happen?
Of course, I expect everyone I meet to become a CBA member. my best, Paul
I stay in shape all year round
Look forward to meeting you Paul!!
I can attest to Zack’s conditioning regimen. He is truly “conditioned” year round.
Great news Paul! Look forward to meeting you!
Zack, no wussing out on the Fireball. Stafford will get you back to your room, maybe with the help of security again. Looking forward to it. Ike, looking forward to a beer or six and talking about Kodiak.
I think Zac should post an “In-Shape” pre-Convention workout plan so everybody would be in Zackman Shape by Convention time.
Maybe he could model off of the sheep shape workout program. Kota-man could be Zac’s personal trainer.
Greg...You've got that backwards. Though Watkins and I are Zack's "Mentors", Zack is MY personal trainer.
The "creative entertainment" provided by the attendees of the reputable event is endless!
I've already started boosting my daily hydration levels.
I hope none of you boys are training at deer camp! It’s against the rules! :-)
Ned...You told me at the IBA banquet that you were gonna host a BYOB (bring your own bra) party. You reneging on that now?!!
Are there still plenty of rooms available?
Midwest, I think the rules are wherever you crash is the room you stay in. I’m sure there will be plenty of rooms!
This looks like so much fun. I need to quit dragging my feet on these conventions.
Mark- you are correct. "Wait broke the bridge!"
I haven't been since it was in Salt Lake in 2001.
And only then I only came because I'd taken a ram which was getting an award.
In those days, there were no exhibitors and nothing else worthwhile to make attendance worth your time.
Thankfully, P&Y has since evolved and now 'gets it' re. what it takes to put on an event folks want to attend.
Besides, I grew up in Omaha back in the fifties, so it would be very cool to get back there for the convention.
"Saddle up... we've got cattle to move"... best P&Y quote ever by Buffalo1. P&Y has made a lot of positive progress since then. Looking forward to Omaha... Ed F
To all my table mates:
Looking forward to a couple great nights. Glad they put our table next to the bar. Can’t wait to have Palmquist and Stafford running drinks to our table all night long
Cool, we have our own assigned waitresses! ;)
I'm thinking about coming to it this year with a couple buddies. Not sure if I can make it or not. Somebody talked me into it.
Scoot...It is worth it for the Bowsite social alone...
Worth the trip just to have Kota buy you a drink. That’s why I go!
Gonna be a blast! Can't wait to meet a bunch more bowsiters.
Anyone got room for one at their table? I don't have a seat yet... Ed F
Typical for me that I just take luck of the draw on these things.
Have ended up at some very interesting tables for sure!
Have thoroughly enjoyed meeting some of the true legends of archery at P&Y events. Always too damn quick!
Anyone going to the 3D shoot? Haven’t signed up yet but might do that for a little break.
Damn thing is during tax season every year.. can’t go..
"I hope to be there. Depends on how the Sheep Show goes in Reno. I should be able to "detox" in the three month time between shows. Also, another hurdle I need to address is the fact that my wife only allows me to be in a social setting with Zack once a year. With Reno, Omaha and a trip to the Yukon in the fall, I might be "pushing my luck"... "
I'd worry more about your liver than your wife.
Got my room booked. My wifes air line ticket I'm driving there in my Mustang wife is riding home with me.
I plan to be there Friday and Saturday. Looking forward to it!
I've been pretty quiet on the Bowsite for the last few years, but I've been here since 1997 and I'm always lurking. I've never made any of the P&Y conventions, but plan to attend since this one is in my hometown. It will be great to finally meet so many of you.
I'm all signed up and owe Kota a few beers and they should taste even better with Stafford and Palmquist delivering them!
HuntinHabit (Dennis): Excellent! The Bowsite “Meet & Greet” will be Friday Pm! See you there! C
^^^^^^^^ also looking for a table to join
My wife and myself are at table 23 for the convention. Don't know who we are sitting with, but doesn't really matter. Look forward to meeting new folks.
I believe I am going to make this one. Last one I attended was many, many years ago in Omaha.
Myself and my wife will be there, looking forward to it and to hear Don Jr. speak.
Turns out Becky and I get back from Argentina on Tuesday. Will work 1.5 days and will fly to Omaha Thursday. I am happy that we can make it. Randy(Chief419) will be meeting up with us. Our table numbers are 115 for Friday and 207 for Saturday, if any bowsiters are needing a place to sit, you are welcome to join us.
Coming in on Wednesday. Looking forward to it! Waiting on table mates to confirm!
Can't wait for this. Also excited about my table. ; )
Jared...Though entertaining, your table selection is HIGHLY over-rated. :)
Don’t listen to Kota, Jared. With a great table, comes great responsibility. Hope you are up to the challenge
I have some tuning up to do, but plenty of time to do it. lol Not going to sheep show, so I'll miss out on that part of the prep. I'll be ready.
I'm flying into Omaha on Thursday. Mountainman listed our tables above. Any and all Bowsiters are welcome to join us if there are seats still open. Looking forward to this one.
Has the Club sent out the mailers? I was on the website and don't quite get the VIP seating process.
Can't Wait Should be a great Show
Last that I heard all the rooms reserved for Pope and Young were taken. As far as the seating goes, I think its gonna be a cluster. Assigned seating isn't my favorite thing cause I want to sit with friends that I want to and it is to difficult to do when registering at different times. It will be a mess come time imo.
Seating was easier this time....at least when I registered. Got to pick my own table and with folks I know. Pretty easy, I thought.
The mailers will go out in a couple of weeks. If you have a problem navigating the online registration call the office and they can talk you through it. We have always had assigned seating for Saturday evening and decided to include Friday as well. It may not satisfy everyone but it is much easier on the staff.
We are checking on the room situation. I doubt that the block is full yet but I'll let you know later today.
Jim, can you share who the luncheon speakers are? A few of us were curious.
The speaker for the Friday luncheon will be Diane Miller with Archery Hall of Fame. Saturday will be M.R. James.
Other speakers and entertainers will be South Cox, Frank Noska, Bob Ameen, Tammy Koenig, Keith Beam, Gary Wilson, John Gardner, Jack Culpepper, Chuck Bartlebough, Allen Bowen, David Brinker and Donald Trump Jr. I don't have a name but someone with Stone Glacier backpacks will talk about backpacking. I may have missed someone but these are the highlights. Next question?
For VIP seating, you need to call the office. Talk to Shannon, she will take care of you. Make sure to ask for Jason Stafford and Matt Palmquist to be your personal servers
Thanks Jim...much appreciated!
When I registered there was no request for Friday dinner seat selection? Just Saturday as always.
Heather checked with our contact at the hotels and she was told that both hotels still had available rooms of various types. If there are any issues with registration, please contact the office.
Charlie, Not being required to select a seat for Friday concerns me. Both Friday and Saturday evening banquets are assigned seating. I'll look into that as well.
I asked this before, but, what is the status of the Bowsite get together, when, where, time?
my best, Paul
I had a lot of difficulty with the registration. The site was not working on the first occasion. I did call the office every time and the staff was very good about helping me through it. My friend called the Embassy and they informed him that all the rooms were taken. So if there are some still available? better get them fast. That is awesome that they are being taken so far in advance. Should be a well attended convention!!
Ned, I agree, this is gonna be a great convention!
Does anyone at P&Y have the attendance numbers and which venue had the largest attendance on record from the past?
The best attended convention was in Rochester in 2011. That was also our 50th anniversary and people were able to tour the museum during that event. It was a great event and really well attended. Previous to that, Omaha in 1999 was the most attended convention.
The bowsite meet and greet will be on Friday afternoon. I'm not sure if it's set in stone yet but it will start at 4 or 5 pm.
Jim, The Fred Bear Society reception is at 5 PM on Friday. It would be nice if it was scheduled so folks could attend both the Fred Bear reception and the Bowsite meet and greet. Thanks!
Agreed Brian!!! It would be really nice if the two did not overlap
The Bowsite Meet and Greet is at its regular time Friday, 3 pm to 5pm
That's too bad Charlie...I was hoping to have a couple hour "reprieve" from Zack...
Thanks Charlie. Brian, It looks like you'll be able to do both.
"Brian, It looks like you'll be able to do both. "
Excellent. Thanks Jim and Charlie.
is the Bowsite met and greet a---- Bring Your Own?
Paul.... since this is your first.... I got ya pal leave your wallet at the room ... I’ll pick up your tab..
Kota, you'll get your reprieve from Zack. After 2 hours at the Bowsite Meet and Greet its been my experience that Zack will be either lost, or face down in the weeds.
Mark, thanks for the offer. You are lucky, I am a one beer guy. Paul
I'm a one drink fella too, Mark.
Large, refillable mug tho;-)
Two beer Greer they call me. Can’t wait!!
Sorry Embry...only beer...
Dang Mark, I'm hurt. ;)
Really looking forward to Omaha! So many new faces and people to meet. It's going to be a great time.
Rick I’ll drink some manly beverages with you!
I wondered the same thing Roy... As of now Muche and Ki Ke are also coming ( first time)
Ned is that because you have two hands? Two at a time
Is Ki-Ki bringing Lego Man? Cause I think that would be his first time as well.
You’ll have to ask him Nick
Yes looking at hopefully being there Friday eve and Saturday.. then Midwest turkeys are in trouble after that.
I’ve got a little girl that will be happy to see you there Chris! If you want to try your hand at a SD turkey on your trip we’re only a couple hours from Omaha and you know you’re always welcome here!
Thanks Justin! Might take you up on that.. we’ll talk soon. Appreciate it!
Yeah one in each hand. Haha. But mostly because I cannot handle liquor very well.
Are sports bras acceptable attire for the byob (bring your own bra) soirée, Ned?!
Anyone have an open seat at their table for the banquet on Saturday evening? Friday I’m covered and with good company... Saturday it’s unknown so far bahahahahaaa!
You can sit on Zack’s lap! :)
I peeked the wrong thread !!!
Roy doing that Friday night... I can’t take two nights in a row if that.
This convention might get a little wild! Have a few newbies coming and the stories and drinks will likely flow!! Cant wait!
I agree, Matt! May the stories be good and the whiskey great... and the braziers kept away from Ned!
If you can’t find an opening, bring a chair to table 21 and we’ll make room for you!
Looking forward to seeing everyone! It will be fun!
Looking forward to meeting everyone!
I've already made my room reservations, chosen which seminars I want to attend, and will be sending my registration for the full convention package in a couple of weeks.
My doctor, devil that he is, currently has me on a restrictive diet. His definition of 'restrictive' includes limiting beer intake. So by the time I get to Omaha I'm pretty sure I'll have worked up a powerful thirst despite the fact that by then I'll have also attended the Montana Bowhunters Association convention two weeks previous to the P&Y convention. I can't express how much I'm looking forward to attending my first P&Y toxophilite soiree!
I’ve up’d my training regimen. Currently at Grand Slam in Vegas. Heading to Reno in a few days for Wild Sheep. I’ll either be battle ready or in treatment by the time Omaha arrives.
I am very picky about who gets to sit on my lap...
Is there anything to do for a guy who doesn’t drink?
Sure glad I’m not that guy!!
Found a seat gents! Thanks Charlie! Looking forward to this!
You can still go sit on Zack’s lap! :)
Well, I am in for my first convention. Reservations set, tickets for Friday and Saturday night.
Approx 60 days away. That would be equivalent to start of 4th quarter !!
People may think this is like Octoberfest or something the way we are talking. It's not. Just a gathering of people whom support bowhunting. I may be wearing suspenders and some cute shorts however.
I’m usually the designated driver and/or usher since I can’t really partake in the spirits aspect. ......still have a great time.
C'mon Roy, a little Fireball can't hurt you.............
Roy on Fireball... I'm there. Zack and Caleb have set the bar very high.... Ed F
Fireball, that stuff isnt fit for humans!! Perfect!
Zack is the first person I have seen shoot Fireball out of their nose. Man that had to burn, good thing he was comfortably numb.
The great thing about the interweb is that true stories are always blown out of proportion. The convention is a place where great times happen
My money is on Ron when drinking FireBall....that guy is unreal with that stuff!
Thanks Roy, but I only drink to cope.....well that and to watch Zack lose consciousness.
I so wish I could be there. My wife will be out of town for 3 weeks during the Gathering and bringing my 4 year old with me probably wouldn't be the best of plans based on what I am seeing is ready to go down there and what I saw in Phoenix. Best I can do is send my Bowsite cap to someone to wear on my behalf. I hope someone will have a Fireball for me! Have fun fellas!
I can’t wait to meet all you coconuts!!
Any reason to choose either hotel over the other? Cost seems the same? Location? Convenience?
I’ve stayed in both Trial, the Embassy is a little nicer. We’re staying there so I can’t vouch for the company!
The embassy it is then... I better lock my door !
This is five miles from my house. I guess I don't have any choice but to go. Look forward to meeting you all.
Real men drink this stuff not that fireball crap... 91% proof