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Deer and Turkey Expo comes to Peoria

March 05, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

The 22nd Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo (formerly titled the Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic) will be held March 23-25 at the Civic Center in Peoria.

The event has a new owner this year, the Bonnier Corporation, owner and publisher of Field & Stream and Outdoor Life magazines.

Bonnier also bought similar deer and turkey expos in Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin.

For more information, visit: http://www.deerinfo.com/illinoishome.asp

Seminar speakers include:

• Fred Abbas Secrets of Mock Scrapes, the Deadliest Tactic of All

• Steve Bartylla Checklist of Proven Tips, Big & Small, to Tag Big Bucks

• Les Davenport Trail Cameras: How to Evaluate Them for Best Value & In-Field Photo Results

• Ray Eye Chasing Spring: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

• Larry Gohlke Using Tracking Dogs to Find Wounded Deer

• Bill Hesselgrave Butchering & Processing Your Own Venison

• Dan Ihrke How to Buy a Quality Puppy & the Critical First Six Months of Trainin

• Jared Scheffler How You Can Deer Hunt Public Lands Productively

In addition, Byron Ferguson, the internationally known archery trick shot, will give two performances each March 24 - 25.

Entry rules for the Turkey Calling and Owl Hooting State Championships:

Here are entry rules of the Illinois State Turkey Calling Contest at the 22nd annual Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo / Illinois at the Cvic Center in Peoria. Expo dates are March 23-25; the turkey calling contest is Saturday, March 26. This event is sanctioned by the National Wild Turkey Federation. It will be conducted by members of the MackinawValleyGobblers.

• Registration by mail must be received by March 22

• Registration day of contest is 9 am to 2 pm

• Draw for calling positions at 2:15 pm day of contest

• Contest Date/Time: Saturday, March 24 at 2:30 pm

• Contest Order—State, Junior, Owl Hooting, Hunter

• You must be a NWTF member to call in this sanctioned calling contest

• All contestants must show membership card or purchase and fill out a membership application to compete

• Calls are cluck, putt, tree call, plain yelp of the hen, cutting of excited hen, adult hen assembly call, fly-down cackle, kee kee run, purr and caller’s best call. Calls can be combined.

• Each caller will be asked to give the required call in two brief series when announced by the emcee.

• Three-minute time limit for each contestant.

• Number and kind of calls to be judged will be posted one hour before the contest starts.

• Once the contest starts, there will be no further calling other than the contestant on the stage. Contestants will be expected to be in the designated waiting area.

For turkey calling contests details, call Gary Eichelberger evenings at 309-454-6502. For details on the entire expo, and to download a $2-off ticket discount coupon, go to the event’s website—http://www.deer info.com and click on Illinois

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