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Outdoor enthusiasts peruse aisles final day 29th annual All-CanadShow held Pheasant Run Resort St. Charles Sunday.
| Michele du Vair~For Sun-Times

Outdoor enthusiasts peruse the aisles on the final day of the 29th annual All-Canada Show, held at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles on Sunday. | Michele du Vair~For Sun-Times Media

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At A Glance

What: The All Canada Show

Where: Pheasant Run Convention Center in St. Charles

When: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10; 3-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and children ages 13-16; and free for children ages 12 and younger. Visit the website for a $2-off coupon

To learn more: Visit the convention’s website at

Updated: February 11, 2013 6:45AM

If you’ve never baited a hook, here’s your chance to look like you caught the big one.

The All Canada Show this weekend at Pheasant Run Convention Center will offer participants the chance to get a picture taken with the walleye of their dreams and then post it to Facebook.

Residents longing for ice and snow can get a taste of winter Jan. 10-13 during the convention that features dozens of exhibits that will showcase different features of the Far North, including an interactive hunting simulator, fishing and hunting seminars, a Lund boat show, and world-record-size stuffed and mounted animals. Lodge owners and travel guides will stand ready to help visitors plan their dream trips to Canada, said convention manager Jennifer Young.

“Canada is a great destination for these and many more reasons: the nature is amazing, seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is an awesome experience (including bears, moose, eagles, fox, deer, arctic turns, and so much more), it is safe to travel in Canada, it is easy to cross the border (bring your passport), and lastly it is close and accessible,” Young said in a press release. “Go this year, cross it off of your bucket list, don’t wait another year.”

Deer hunters won’t want to miss the famous Hanson Buck, a whitetail deer bagged in 1993 by Saskatchewan farmer Milo Hanson. The world-record buck has an inside antler spread of more than 27 inches, with six points over 11 inches apiece. Meanwhile, Ice Age fans young and old can see a beast that once roamed with mastodons and sabre tooth tigers. An 800-pound stuffed musk ox killed two years ago in Nunavit will be on display, along with information about how it’s remained unchanged for 150,000 years.

Veteran hunting and fishing guide Norm McCreight will host seminars on moose hunting and pike fishing twice daily during the convention. sportsman show host Jim Crowley will speak about pike fishing and hunting waterfowl, while Eppinger fishing products spokesman John Cleveland will discuss fishing for lake trout. Eppinger also will give away commemorative Dardevle lures at the convention’s opening Friday night.

Art fans and nature buffs can meet famed wildlife artist Anthony Padgett and enter a drawing for one of his paintings, as well as chat with residents of the Arctic Circle, Native American lodge owners and other colorful Canadians.

Other attractions include a showcase of Lund boats; a “Canadian shore” lunch featuring fried fish and Labatt Blue beer; live music from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 11; and door prizes, including a four-night Canadian vacation; and a $1,000 Cabela’s Sporting Goods gift card.

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