February is the month for outdoor shows and coming up this Sunday is one of my favorites. It is the annual Henry Decoy Show. One reason I like it is because there are a lot of local dealers showing their wares. This region is so rich in waterfowl history, and I am amazed there are so many experts who can share this history with us.
The fact that it is held at Henry High School means it is close. It is not a large show but it is very interesting. The show features 90 display tables with antique decoys, game calls, wildlife art and hunting and fishing supplies. Guyette and Deeter, the world’s largest antique decoy auction house, will offer free decoy appraising.
The show runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school cafeteria will be open for the duration of the show selling good food and great choice of pies. Admission for adults is $5 with children under 12 admitted free. See you there.
February will have other shows available. The Quad City Show will be held at the QCCA next weekend, and I’m still looking for the dates for the Deer-Turkey Classic.
Locally, a date to put on your calendar will be the Bureau County Chapter of Pheasants Forever Banquet. It will be held at the Met on March 6. Doors will open at 5 p.m., dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m. We will have the usual live and silent auctions, plus all sorts of raffles and drawings. Artwork, outdoor equipment, plus six or seven firearms will go home with some lucky participant.The real eyecatcher is the dinner gun. It is a 12-gauge Berretta semi-automatic shotgun. This gun features a silver receiver with a greenish tint and 3 1/2 inch chamber. The barrel is 26 inches with a ventilated rib.
Also given to the winner of the dinner gun will be a custom case from Pheasants Forever.
I really urge your support to this organization. The local chapter does a lot for improving habitat and working with the youth of this county.
A wise thing to do is to call a committee member and order your tickets early. This can be done by calling Eric at 815-646-4844, Bill at 815-872-1157 or Scott at 815-408-1276. I’ll add more numbers next article.
The weather has really messed up our plans for the Canada trip. However, we can invite eight more local people to join us this year. It’s a trip you will enjoy.
Finally, former student Mike Peterson took my advice from the last column and shot two coyotes. Nice going Mike!!
Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.