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This Saturday and Sunday, the University of Montana's Adams Center will be transformed from a championship basketball arena to an outdoor adventure experience where you can even see a wild African lion.

“We are excited to be back in Missoula, and this year we're featuring a new wildlife show that I think families will really enjoy," said Great Rockies Sport Show promoter Bill Reier.

This is the third year in a row the event has come to Missoula, and this year it has added the Great Cats of the World Wildlife Show.

“Highlighting the weekend’s entertainment is the Great Cats of the World Wildlife Show, an educational show featuring a wide variety of animals such as snow leopard, white tiger, fishing cat, Caracal and an African lion,” Reier said.

"The Great Cats of the World show will have two performances daily and is included in the price of admission,” he added.

Reier has designed his shows with children in mind, including the always popular trout pond and Yankee Joe’s Gemstone and Fossil Mining.

“If your kids love collecting rocks, fossils and arrowheads, then Yankee Joe’s enables the kids to mine gemstones and fossils,” he said.

There will also be a children's BB gun shooting range from the Rocky Mountain Elk foundation.

The big buck contest lets hunters show off their success in the field and have a chance to win a gift certificate.

“Just bring in your horns, get them measured and we will put them on display for everyone to see,” Reier said.

If you have been dreaming about traveling to hunt or fish in the western U.S., Alaska, Canada or Africa, stop by those locations' booths at the show.

Learn how to tie a fly at the fly-tying theater, then head on over to the wall of fish to figure out what you can catch with it. Also, Colleen Sloan will explain how to cook using simple Dutch ovens.

I will be there with my "Montana Outdoor Radio Show" booth, giving out free 2015 Montana hunting date cards to all who stop by and say hello.

Once again, I will also be featuring the "Montana Outdoor Radio Show" guaranteed fishing lures. This year, I have a couple of lures from Storm Lure Co. One is rainbow colored with sparkles on the body that will run 6 to 12 feet deep, and the other resembles a perch and makes a rattling sound when trolled at various depths. The lures are designed to catch trout, walleye and northern pike, and both come with my famous guarantee that you will catch fish or you get your money back. When you buy both lures, you can also have your choice of the new glass minnow walleye fry jig from Kits Tackle or a wally pop crawler harness from Macks Lures.

The hours of the show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 and kids ages 12 and younger are free. You can save $1 on the admission price by clipping out the coupon in the Missoulian or online at

Mark Ward’s statewide "Montana Outdoor Radio Show" airs Saturdays from 6 to 8 a.m. in Missoula on KGVO 1290 AM. Email Ward at

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