Though the end of outdoors show season around Chicago nears, there is a nicely varied collection this week.
The big one is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, which runs through Sunday at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis.
For paddlers, the big show of the winter is Canoecopia, which is Friday through Sunday at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.
On Friday, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 27 Fishing and Sports Show is at the famous 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. It's $20 in advance at Evergreen Park Police Station or $25 at door. It runs 7-11 p.m.
On Saturday, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc. holds its Indoor Fishing Flea Market at Rolling Meadows High School. It is a good event the years I have visited it.
REMAINING 2012 CHICAGO-AREA OUTDOOR SHOWS
March 16-18: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center
March 18: Blue Island Firefighters Club's 46th annual Sport Show, 115 Bourbon Street, Merrionette Park. For tickets, call (708) 396-7072 or stop by Blue Island Fire Station No. 1.
March 23-25: Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo, Peoria Civic Center
April 27-28: National Antique Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles,