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All-Canada Outdoors Show in St. Charles

A musk ox.

A musk ox.

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The Lake County Audubon Society’s meeting on Monday will have a member-share night.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Libertyville Village Hall, 118 W. Cook Street, the following topics will be covered:

Walter Sivertsen — A Bluebird Story

Jim Schuler — The Amateur’s Guide to Attracting Flying Squirrels to Your Back Yard

Sonja Velins — Dormant Paper Wasp Feast

Nan and Ron Wick — An Adventure in the Everglades

Pat Barthel — High-flying Burrowing Owl at Great Lakes Naval Base?

Deb Myers — Overview of Forest Preserve Restoration Plans

Updated: February 6, 2013 6:08AM

Here’s your chance to see a white-tail deer nearly as big as an elk. Or maybe a giant musk ox is more your speed. Or you just want to be able to take a picture of you and a big walleye or northern pike to post on Facebook and impress your friends and family.

It’s all there at the 30th annual All-Canada Show which is coming to Pheasant Run Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles starting next Thursday and running through the weekend.

This will be the first show to feature tweets, blogs and many exhibits with QR codes you can upload with your smart phone.

The show features Canada’s top fishing and hunting destinations, along with free seminars, maps, travel guides, and a magazine with features and tips on Canadian adventures.

Cabela’s is the proud sponsor of what is known as the “Hanson Buck,” the world-record white-tail deer taken by Milo Hanson in Saskatchewan in 1993. He had been looking for the big buck and went to some woods he had seen it in before on his farm and he spotted it. Only thing was, it was already on the run. But he squeezed off a shot with his Model 88 Winchester 308 lever-action rifle and mortally wounded it.

The official rack score by Boone and Crockett was 213.375, including key measurements; main beam 28.5 inches, inside spread 27.25 inches, number of points; 8 right, 6 left and a 5-inch beam circumference.

The Boone and Crockett Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt to create a coalition of dedicated conservationists and sportsmen who would provide leadership in addressing issues that affect hunting, wildlife and wild habitat.

The musk ox by Gates taxidermy is also fascinating, considering this 800-pounder was taken in September 2011, but this type of animal has been around for more than 150,000 years. That means it has been around since the Ice Age and lived with saber-tooth tigers, woolly mammoths, mastodons and megaloceros, a prehistoric deer called the Irish elk that stood 6-foot-9 and had a 12-foot span between tips of its rack and weighed 1,200-1,300 pounds.

Try and fool your fishing buddies at the Pick Your Trophy booth.

Choose a walleye or northern pike and stand in front of the Canadian lake backdrop. On opening night, every paid admission will receive a free collector Eppinger Dardevle, one of the best lures to take along on your Canadian fishing trip. On any show day, kids age 8-16 will receive a free mini-Dardevle with paid admission.

Meet 2008 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year Anthony J. Padgett, one of the top 10 wildlife artists in the United States who will be in the gallery at the show. Enter to win an original painting by the artist and a $1,000 Cabela’s gift card. There is also a vacation prize to Temple Bay Lodge in Eagle Lake, Ontario for two that includes everything but airfare for three days and four nights. Go to

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children age 13-16. Children 12-under are free. For a $2-off coupon and complete show details, log on to Buy tickets online for half price.

On Facebook, “like” the All-Canada Show, follow on Twitter at @allcanadashow #AllCanIL and check out You Tube.

I went to Green Lake Lodge as a kid and then again with my siblings when we were older and it was great fishing. A few years ago, I went whitewater rafting with my wife and two daughters on the Ottawa River after a day of taking in Niagara Falls. Yah hey that’s a good country up there, ya know?

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