Most of the hunting shows in big buck states are held in January and February, which often forces attendees to battle inclement weather. Snow, ice and winter rains often keep outdoors lovers off the roads.
A brand new weekend event, however, hopes to lure both hunters and fishermen by opening its gates March 6 and 7 and catering to both. It’s called the Elmwood (Illinois) AllOutdoors Show, to be held at Elmwood High School from 9 a.m. ‘til 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9-4 Sunday. Admission is $5, and youngsters 13 and younger may get in free.
No charge for parking, by the way, and food and drinks will be sold inside.More than 90 booths are expected and will feature a wide variety of outdoors-related products and services. Visit www.elmwoodalloutdoors.com to see the current list of vendors.
Other highlights include:
-- A Big Buck Contest. For $10, hunters get two show passes and can have their trophy bucks measured. Deer will be displayed, and the five top entries will win plaques. There will also be a random drawing for prizes among all who enter deer. So you don’t need the biggest buck to go home a winner.
-- A fishing pond for youngsters, courtesy of Herman Brothers Pond Management and the Elmwood Community Foundation. For $3, kids get five minutes to fish for trout, giant blue catfish, sunfish and other species. The trout will be cleaned and vacuum-packed for an additional $2. Prizes will also be awarded for top catches.
-- An archery range for youngsters, courtesy of Illinois Bowfishers.
-- Seminars from Frank Hyla of the “Time on the Water” television show, bass angler Terry Brown of Wired2fish.com, crappie guides Todd Gessner and Steve Welch, turkey hunter Jerry Nicholson, trophy deer hunter Marc Anthony, DNR fisheries biologists Wayne Herndon, Rob Hilsabeck and Ken Russell, strip-mine bass experts Ron Boyer and Larry Dozard, catfish guide Matt Jones and food plot expert Phil DeJarnatt.
-- A raffle for a unique $2,400 two-man, Twin Troller fishing boat, plus many other items. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the show.
Show sponsors are Farmers State Bank, Country Financial, Elmwood Insurance Agency Inc., Brimfield Area Men's Club, Camille’s of Canton, Farm Care Realty, Hoss's Hawg Bait, Herman Brothers Pond Management, the Elmwood Community Foundation, Peoria Disposal Co., PrairieStateOutdoors.com, Time on the Water Outdoors and Larry's Fishing Hole.
All proceeds benefit the athletic programs and the students of Elmwood High School. For more information about the show, visit www.elmwoodalloutdoors.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Jeff Lampe at (309) 231-6040.