Out & About from the Peoria Journal-Star for Dec. 4
Seeking Out & About items
Hunter safety classes
Jan. 23-24 — VFW in Pekin, 5-10 p.m. each night, (309) 346-9155.
Nature art show
Local nature art show and sale at Forest Park Nature Center through Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. (309) 686-3360.
The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, (309) 547-3721.
Holiday shop, stroll
Friday, Dec. 16, 17 — Nighttime stroll at Forest Park Nature Center includes music, storytelling, caroling, hot wassail, homemade treats, (309) 686-3360.
The annual Bass Pro Shops ice fishing event is Saturday at Bass Pro Shop in East Peoria. The event features seminars on ice fishing and safety on ice, presented by pro staff from various vendors. Ice fishing gear on display and there will be a giveaway drawing for a chance to win a manual auger on Saturday and a outpost shelter on Sunday. Drawings will be 4 p.m. each day (must be present to win). http://www.brasspro.com or (309) 427-3400.
Snowmobile safety classes
Saturday— Wataga Fire Station, (309) 368-0620 or (309) 335-4095.
Peoria Audubon meeting Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at Forest Park Nature Center, (309) 686-3360. Travis Wilcoxen, assistant professor of biology at Millikin University speaking on bird feeding.
Sierra Club events
Heart of Illinois Sierra Club meets Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., (309) 676-5237.
Central Illinois Herpetological Society meets Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at Forest Park Nature Center.
Women on target event
Women on Target instructional shooting course Jan. 7 at Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club. No FOID required; firearms, lunch provided. Limited to 24 women. Sponsored by Illinois State Rifle Association. Pre-registration required. Call (815) 635-3198. Other courses on Feb. 4 and March 3.
Jan. 12-15 — Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show, McCormick Place-North, http://www.chicagoboatshow.com.
Jan. 12-16 — Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show, McCormick Place-North, http://www.chicagoboatshow.com.
Jan. 13-15 — Chicago Muskie Show, Palatine, http://www.chicagomuskieshow.com.
Jan. 13-15 — St. Louis RV, Vacation & Travel Show, St. Louis, Mo., http://www.stlrv.com/stlrv/Welcome.html
Jan. 13-15 — Quad City Boat, RV & Vacation Show, Davenport, Iowa, http://www.iowashows.com
Jan. 27-29 — Illinois fish & Feather Expo, Bloomington, http://www.illinoisfishandfeather.com
Wild game feed
St. Mary’s School in Kickapoo is the site of a wild game feed on Jan. 21, (309) 696-9983 or (309) 243-7915.
Canada goose: North — Through Jan. 7, 2012; Central — Through Jan. 31, 2012;
Deer: Firearm — through today; Muzzleloader — today, Friday-Dec. 11; Archery — Through Jan. 15, 2012
Turkey: Archery — Through Jan. 15, 2012
Squirrel: Monday-Feb. 15, 2012
Duck: North — Through Dec. 13; Central — Through Dec. 20
Rabbit: North — Through Jan. 8, 2012
Pheasant: North — Through Jan. 8, 2012
Quail: North — Through Jan. 8, 2012
White-fronted goose: North — Through Jan. 7, 2012; Central — Through Jan. 31, 2012
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