Posted Online: Jan. 08, 2013, 6:14 pm
Outdoor show season is here
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Mother Nature recently has provided a nice break from the cold and snow of normal winter weather. At about the same time there are two outdoor-show opportunities this weekend that should appeal to entire families.
Well-known walleye touring pro Tommy Skarlis, a native of Waterloo and current resident of northeast Iowa, holds a 10-pound walleye he caught in Mississippi River pool 14 while prefishing for the FLW Outdoors Walleye Championship held here last October. Skarlis will present walleye seminars Saturday and Sunday at the QC Boat and Vacation Show.
The 27th annual Quad City Boat and Vacation Show will be held Friday to Sunday at the downtown Davenport RiverCenter. Sponsored by the QC Boat Dealers Association, the show will fill both halls of the RiverCenter.
A dozen boat and RV dealers, representing three dozen brands of watercraft and recreational vehicles, will showcase both the latest and greatest and close out models of fishing and pleasure boats and vehicles that will go most anywhere.
The remainder of the buildings will be filled with exhibitors and vendors for guides services & fishing charters, outdoor organizations, governmental agencies, tourism destinations and retailers including for the first time, K&K Hardware, Bettendorf.
Seminars on bass fishing, walleye fishing and catfishing will be presented by bass pro Mike DelVisco, walleye pro Tommy Skarlis and catfish angler Joe Dyer. Iowa DNR fisheries biologist Chad Dolan will talk about the now filling Scott County Lost Grove Lake and other Iowa fishing opportunities. The seminar presenters will likely be somewhere at the show all day. From my experience, they are all very approachable to discuss what ever questions you may have.
Admission is $6 per adult, with 1-and-under free. For complete details and/or to print a discount admission coupon, go to www.iowashows.com.
QC Bald Eagle Days: The long-running and popular Quad City Bald Eagle Days will be held Friday through Sunday at the QCCA Expo Center, 4th Avenue and 27th Street, Rock Island. This outstanding event features many live birds of prey, bats, wolves and other wildlife and seminars presented by wildlife experts.
The 60,000 square foot Expo Center will be chock-full of 170 exhibitor and vendor booths including a full-size mock-up of a tornado-chaser vehicle and a real U.S. Coast Guard cutter.
The QC Audubon Society is sponsoring free, with show admission, hour-long bus tours of likely Bald Eagle viewing sites in and around the Quad-Cities area on Saturday and Sunday from mid-morning until dark.
Admission is $5 per adult, $1 for kids, and youngsters under 6 free. For complete information, go to www.qccaexpocenter.com.
Ikes on ice: The 18th annual Geneseo Izaak Walton League open-to-the-public ice fishing contest is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19. The event will be on the Hennepin Canal about a mile north of Geneseo along Ill. Route 82. Registration ($5) is 7:30-8:30, competition 8:30-11:30, weigh-in at 11:45 and prizes awarded after. Breakfast will be available starting at 7 a.m. ($6) and lunch at noon. For complete info call (563) 650-8675.
Pheasants Forever banquet: The Rock Island/Henry County chapter of Pheasants Forever will have its long-running annual fundraising banquet on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Milan Community Center. Tickets are $55 per membership, $25 for an accompanying spouse and $25 for Ringnecks — youth under age 18. Note that Ringneck members will be in a drawing for an Illinois Lifetime Hunting License. To order a ticket, call Bill Martin (309) 787-0304
Bob Groene is outdoors writer for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org