Illinois' best outdoors show headlines the fifth week of winter shows.
The Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo opens at 2 p.m. Friday at a different venue in a different town, the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.
I plan to be there at the opening. The big question for the weekend will be how many big bucks (how many record-book entries) show up for scoring, especially considering the relatively early date for the show.
To be scored officially, a rack must have dried for 60 days. Illinois' deer seasons just ended a couple weeks ago.
All the same, I expect a good show. It runs through Sunday.
The Great Outdoor Expo is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Timber Creek Convention Center in Sandwich. I have not received any information on nor heard anything about the show; and the web site has virtually no information.
Feb. 8-10: Rockford Boat, Vacation and Fishing Show, Indoor Sports Center
Feb. 9-10: Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show, Tinley Park High School
Feb. 10: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School
Feb. 13-17: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Feb. 15-17: Our World-Underwater, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Feb. 15-17: Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis
Feb. 15-24: Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds,
Feb. 22-24: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center
Feb. 23: Chicago Maritime Festival, Chicago History Museum
Feb. 23-24: Great Outdoors Expo, Woodstock North High School, Woodstock
March 2: Salmon Unlimited Swap Meet, River Park Moose Lodge, River Grove
[ADD] March 2: Illinois Smallmouth Alliance's Bronzeback Blowout, Elmhurst American Legion
March 2-3: Elmwood All Outdoors Show, Elmwood High School and Grade School
March 6-10: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin Exposition Center, West Allis, Wis.
March 8-10: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.
March 9: Indoor Fishing Flea Market (Chicago Muskie Hunters), Rolling Meadows High School (ADD)
March 22-24: Rockford RV, Camping & Travel Show, Indoor Sports Center