The All-Canada Show, scheduled Friday through Sunday at the St. Charles (Mo.) Convention Center, will feature Canada's top fishing and hunting destinations, plus a chance to see the world record Hanson Buck whitetail deer.
The 30th annual event also includes free seminars, free maps and travel guides, a free magazine with features and tips on Canadian adventures, a free Cabela's hunting simulator and, on opening night, a free Dardevle 30th anniversary collector lure.
Adventurers interested in traveling to Canada will find a wide variety of destinations including drive-in resorts, camps and lodges; remote fly-in outposts; canoe outfitters; and 5-star fly-in lodges and hunting outfitters.
"The key to a successful Canadian trip is proper planning," said the show's general manager, Jennifer Young, "That's the whole premise of the All-Canada Show -- we have everything show guests need to plan their trip. The opportunity for show guests to talk, face-to-face, with the owners/operators of these lodges greatly improves their chances of a successful adventure."
Show staff and featured speaker Norm "the Great" McCreight will use their combined 50 years fishing and hunting expertise on the show's seminar stage to educate consumers. These presentations offer insight into selecting for the perfect destination, choosing the right lodge plan, crossing the border, plus tips on saving money and wilderness safety.
Hours: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors and children (13-16), $8; and children 12 and under, free. For $2 off coupon and complete show details, log on to AllCanadaShow.com or call: 800-325-6290. Buy tickets online and save 50 percent at AllCanadaShow.com.
The Hanson Buck, recognized as the world record whitetail deer, was shot by Milo Hanson of Biggar, Saskatchewan in 1993. It's official score is 213 5/8; main beam, 28 1/2 inches; inside spread 27 1/4 inches; number of points, 8 right, 6 left and a 5-inch beam circumference.
Other show features include:
Pick your trophy, sponsored by Northwest Ontario -- Have your photo taken with a trophy walleye or northern pike in front of a Canadian lake backdrop and receive a chance to win a prize.
Musk Ox Mount, produced by Gates Taxidermy. This 800-pound musk ox was taken in September 2011 in Nunavut. Musk oxen have been around this earth for over 150,000 years and haven't adapted since the Ice Age. They lived with saber tooth tigers, woolly mammoths, Megaloceros, and Mastodons.
Norm "The Great" McCreight -- He will talk hunting and fishing in his beloved Canada at daily seminars and may even throw in a few hockey comments. Updated seminar schedules will be posted on the All-Canada website: AllCanadaShow.com.
Meet 2008 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year, Anthony J. Padgett, rated in the top 10 wildlife artists in the United States. Padgett painted "Locked at Lac Seul," the original artwork of two trophy moose near Lac Seul, Ontario.
Eppinger night --Opening night every paid admission will receive a free collector Eppinger Dardevle lure. On all show days, children between 8 and 16 will receive a free mini-Dardevle with a paid admission.
Returning favorites: an authentic Canadian shore lunch (for an extra fee) in concessions, featuring Labatt Blue and a free Cabela's hunting simulator; live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; the Social Media corner; Lund Boats; and see new products offered by Cabela's.
Prizes: Grand prize for all seven shows is an Anthony J. Padgett original artwork, plus a $1,000 Cabela's gift card. In addition, All-Canada is awarding a vacation prize to Camp Quetico Atikokan, Ontario; For more info go to: www.campquetico.on.ca.
For complete show details, visit: www.AllCanadaShow.com or www.AllCanada.com