The outdoor show schedule nears mid-season this weekend with the opening of the Illinois Fish & Feather Expo at Bloomington’s Interstate Center.
The Bloomington show runs today from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 to 4. Heartland Outdoors will be there handing out the new copies of our February magazine. So stop by and say hello.
Shaw Grigsby is the headline speaker.The host of One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby, he ranks fifth on BASS’ list of all-time money-makers. He will speak at noon and 4 p.m. and during a Q & A with the Pros at 2:30 p.m., all on Saturday.
Others speakers includeJim Crowley, crappie guide Steve Welch, 2008 Illinois Bass Federation Angler of the Year Jerry Martoglio, custom rod builder and guide Paul Center, muskie guide Duane Serck and pro angler Steve Serio, who will also oil reels for free.
Click here for more information in a preview by Scott Richardson.
Meanwhile, the big America’s Outdoor Fishing & Hunting Show at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont should only be warming up after two days of light attendance. Headliners are Al Lindner, Kevin VanDam and Lee and Tiffany.
Here’s the complete Illinois show list with contact numbers.
Jan. 26-30 • America’s Outdoor Fishing & Hunting Show, Rosemont, IL 949-459-2143
Jan. 28-30 • Illinois Fish & Feather Expo, Bloomington, IL 309-452-9646
Jan. 28-30 • Pheasants Forever National. Pheasant Fest, Omaha, NE 887-773-2070
Feb. 4-6 • Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show, Marion, IL 217-725-7602
Feb. 4-6 • Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Sportshow, Coralville, IA 319-232-0218
Feb. 5-6 • The Great Outdoor Show, Sandwich, IL 815-955-1961
Feb. 9-13 • St. Louis Boat & Sports Show, St. Louis, MO 314-821-5400
Feb. 11-13 • All Canada Show, Des Moines, IA 800-325-6290
Feb. 13 • Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine HS, Henry, IL 309-364-4104
Feb. 16-20 • Chicago RV & Camping Show, Rosemont, IL 847-934-8300
Feb. 12-13 • Tinley Park Fishing & Outdoor Show, Tinley Pk, IL 708-444-0921
Feb. 17-20 • QCCA Outdoor Show, Rock Island, IL 309-788-2543
Feb. 18-20 • St. Louis Deer Classic & Outdoor Expo, Collinsville, IL 763-746-2656
Feb. 25-27 • QCCA RV, Camping & Travel Show, Rock Island, IL 309-788-2543
Feb. 25-27 • The Boat Show in Springfield, Springfield, IL 217-341-1730
Feb. 25-27 • Iowa Deer Classic, Des Moines, IA 319-232-0218
Mar. 3-6 • Lake Sara Marina Boat Show, Effingham, IL 217-342-6344
Mar. 4-6 • Central Illinois Recreation Show, Peoria, IL 309-692-6465
Mar. 4-6 • Fishing & Outdoor Expo, Rockford, IL 815-877-8043
Mar. 5-6 • Elmwood All Outdoors Show, Elmwood, IL 309-231-6040
Mar. 9-13 • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport Show, Milwaukee, WI 800-472-2070
Mar. 11-13 • Eastern Iowa Sportshow, Cedar Falls, IA 319-232-0218
Mar. 18-20 • Whitetail Classic Sports Show/Antler Auction, Dubuque, IA 563-652-9780
Mar. 25-27 • 39th Annual RV Show, Rockford, IL 815-877-8043
Mar. 25-27 • Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic, Peoria, IL 800-324-3337
Mar. 25-27 • Springfield RV & Camping Show, Springfield, IL 309-692-6465
April 1-3 • Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, Madison, WI 800-324-3337