Sunday, December 2, 2018

2019 Illinois Fishing & Hunting Expos

Expo season is right around the corner and we will once again be attending many of the expos around the State of Illinois.  Here at Capitol Outdoors this is a time where we see old friends, and meet some new ones as well.  It's also a time for local businesses that have come to light in the last year to promote their business.

Here is a list of some of the expos we know that are coming up. Send us information for your expo or other outdoor shows at

Each show has a clickable link which will take you to their website for more information.

Jan. 4 - 6th 2019
Gateway Center
Collinsville, IL

Jan. 9 - 13th 2019
McCormick Place -South
Chicago, IL

Jan. 10 - 13th 2019
Pheasant Run Mega Center
St. Charles, Illinois

Jan. 18 - 20th 2019

Pheasant Run Resort

St Charles, IL

January 25 -27th 2019
Interstate Center
Bloomington, Illinois

January 24 -27th 2019
Schaumburg Convention Center
Schaumburg, Illinois

February 1 -3rd 2019
Marion, Illinois

February 9-10th 2019
Tinley Park High School
Tinley Park,Illinois

Feb. 8 -10th 2019
Indoor Sports Center
Loves Park, Illinois

February 9-10th 2019
Otto Center
Arthur, Illinois

Feb. 14 - 17th 2019
QCCA Expo Center
Rock Island, Illinois 

Feb 22-24th 2019
Schaumburg Convention Center
Schaumburg, Illinois

Feb. 22 - 24th 2019
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Springfield, Illinois

Feb. 28th - March 3rd 2018
New Lake County Fairgrounds
Grayslake, Illinois

March 2 - 3rd 2018
Elmwood Community Schools
Elmwood, Illinois

March 9th 2018
VFW 5788
Lockport, Illinois

More shows and dates will be added as they become available. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Spring Illinois Recreational Access Program Turkey Applications Out

Here at Capitol Outdoors, we say this a lot, it's that time of year again!  Yep, it's that time of year again, to apply for the turkey hunting on Illinois Recreational Access Program participants land.  Below you'll see the dates, information and how to's of applying for the IRAP hunting opportunities.

Have you ever said to yourself, I wish I had some private land to hunt on?  Well, that's what this is!  IRAP works with landowners, that have specific regulations to help make the best habitat for wildlife, and opens their land up for hunters.  Success rates are high and hunting is fierce.  

IDNR Offers 2019 Spring Turkey Hunting on Private Property Through the IRAP Public Access Program

Youth Hunters and Adult Hunters Can Apply Today

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Archery Deer Numbers Still Up After First Firearm Season

Archery deer hunters are back in the stand after last weeks First Firearm Season.  Numbers are still up and some big bucks are being taken this year.  Buck consist of 54% of the harvest but have "Dropped significantly during the past seven days compared to previous weeks".   I'm excited to see how the numbers during the second firearm season will compare.  Please send your pictures in and share them with the Capitol Outdoors community.

Rick with a big 9 pointer during the 2018 first firearm season.