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Boat, Sport and Travel Show: The Thing About Sonar

The 56th Boat, Sport and Travel Show starts today. Mike Delvisco is one of many speakers.

INDIANAPOLIS--The 65th annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show is an opportunity for you to experience the latest in outdoors equipment, but also new ways to enjoy the outdoors. Fishing champion Mike Delvisco is one of many outdoors experts who will present new technology.

Delvisco will be talking about sonar and its uses in fishing.

"The applications of sonar have changed. But, the one thing I teach in my seminar is that how sonar actually works has not changed. It's still the same stuff that I used 35 years ago," said Delvisco, a guest on Indiana Outdoors.

He said the technology has gotten a lot better. It took a lot longer to find locations and find fish when fishermen first started using it.

"We had to fish more and look less, and now we can look more and fish less. So, it's kind of the opposite of what used to be going on years ago.

He said sonar is one of his most popular topics. Delvisco will present his electronics seminar several times. 

The Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources will also be there, in Tackle Town, at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. You can find fishing licenses and permits at the booth. 

State Parks and Inns will have a separate informational booth in the Travel and Tourism area of the show.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife biologists will share program information and resources, as well as answer your fish and wildlife questions. 

State Park interpretive naturalists will be present with live birds of from Hardy Lake’s Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center on Feb. 16 and 25, and with a variety of snakes from O’Bannon Woods State Park on Feb. 17 and 24, both from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. 

Members of the Indiana Conservation Officers K-9 team will be present Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public will have an opportunity to interact with the officers and their K-9 partners. All times are subject to change.

PHOTO: Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources

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