Just in time for the first real storm of the winter, show season opens and leads this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.
CHICAGO MUSKIE SHOW: The opening show for Chicago outdoors is the Muskie Show, and it begins today. What can i say, I just love this photo of Jim Saric's daughter Callie, who got into it big time four years ago. Speaking of big, she's older now, obviously.
The show runs through Sunday at Harper College in Palatine. Go to chicagomuskieshow.com
OUTWARD BOUND SPORTING SHOW: I think this is the second year for this show at Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene in Kankakee on Saturday. Go to outdoorlifeadventures.org
ICE FISHING: Weather put a damper on it. I have not heard yet what impact the snow had on ice in the Chicaog harbors, but I doubt that it was good.
EAGLE WATCHING: It's been a relatively slow build of the bald eagles at Starved Rock, but maybe this will finally be the weekend where good numbers show up. . . . Farther afield, today through Sunday is Bald Eagle Days at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Go to qccaexpocenter.com
HUNTING NOTES: Today is the end for hunting rabbit, pheasant, quail and partridge in Illinois' north zone. . . . Saturday is the end for hunting Canada, snow and white-fronted geese.
FISH GATHERING One last spillover from the Muskie Show: Lake Kinkaid guide Chad Cain will speak at the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc.at the Park Ridge VFW at 7:30 p.m. Tueday. Call Dean Rosset at (847) 677-0017 or go to www.chicagolandmuskiehunters.org/
TURKEY DEADLINE: Monday is the deadline for second lottery for spring turkey hunting. Arghh, I don't know how this can happen but a week or so ago I found out I had been rejected for every possibility of my first lottery application. Go to http://dnr.state.il.us/admin/turkey.htm
PERSONAL PICKS: I had hoped to make the Chicago Muskie Show today, because i wanted to see the video seminar by Don Schwartz, but weather left me with unexpected kid duties, so that's unlikely. So Saturday,or Super Star Saturday, as I like to call it, will be my day for visiting the Muskie Show.
Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show, Wednesday-Jan. 17, McCormick Place North, www.ChicagoBoatShow.com
All-Canada Show, Thursday-Jan. 17, Pheasant Run, St. Charles, http://www.allcanadashow.com/html/chicago/.
Musky Road Rules Cabin Fever Clinic, Jan. 16, Holiday Inn, Elk Grove Village, muskyroadrules.com
Musky Road Rules Cabin Fever Clinic, Jan. 17, Hilton Garden Inn, Rockford, muskyroadrules.com
Hammond Outdoor Sports Show, Jan. 23-24, Jean Shepherd Community Center, Hammond, Ind. sportsshow.gohammond.com
America's Outdoor Show, Jan. 27-31, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, americasoutdoorshow.com
Strictly Sail Chicago, Jan. 28-31, Navy Pier, www.strictlysailchicago.com
Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo, Jan. 29-31, Pheasant Run, St. Charles, greatwatersflyfishingexpo.com
Chicago RV & Camping Show, Feb. 10-14, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, thervshow.com
Tinley Park Fishing & Outdoor Show, Feb. 13-14, Tinley Park High School, tinleyparkfishingshow.com
[LATE ADD] Henry Decoy Show, Feb. 14, Henry-Senachwine High School, Henry. Contact Susan or Bruce Bauter at (309) 364-4104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our World-Underwater, Feb. 19-21, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, www.ourworldunderwater.com
Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic, Feb. 26-28, Interstate Center, Bloomington, deerinfo.com/illinoishome.asp
Chicago Maritime Festival, Feb. 27, Chicago History Museum, chicagomaritimefestival.org
Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Spring Fever Outdoor Show, Feb. 27-28, Expo Center, Valparaiso, Ind., nwisteelheaders.org
Lake Home & Cabin Show, March 5-7, Schaumburg Convention Center, www.lakehomeandcabinshow.com
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 10-14, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis., www2.jsonline.com/sportsshow
Canoecopia, March 12-14, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia
Indoor Fishing Flea Market, March 13, Rolling Meadows High School, by the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters and the RMHS Choral Boosters, www.muskiesinc.org/chapters/03/indoorFishingFleaMarket.asp
Travel and Adventures Show, March 20-21, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, adventureexpo.com
Great Outdoors Expo, March 27-28, Woodstock North High School, Woodstock, greatoutdoorsexpo.net
National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show, April 23-24, Pheasant Run, St. Charles, midwestdecoy.org