The Deer and Beer Classic
FISH - Fowl -Deer & Beer

August 24th & 25th

Bloomington, IL @ The Bloomington Interstate Center

FOR A LIMITED TIME, TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT HALF PRICE! PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR JUST $5.00!

First 250 Attendees in the door get a Free Beer!

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Deer, Gear and Beer ... See you there!

Illinois Deer and Beer Fest is going to be hosted in Bloomington, IL Saturday,  Aug 24th 9:00 AM -8:00 PM & Sunday, 25th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM of 2019! 200 + Booths of anything Hunting & Fishing! We are giving away thousands of $$$ worth of prizes! Our outdoor sportsman show will feature a Big Buck Contest, the New World Record Luke Brewster Buck, Trophies of Grace's World Class Whitetail Collection, Don Higgins and other awesome guest speakers, plenty of activities for kids and more!

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We take pride in providing the best sportsman event production in our area. We ensure that your event will be stress-free and well organized. So sit back, relax, and leave things to us!  Check out our Exhibitor page for more information!

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What Our Show is About!

We are building the largest sportsman's show in Illinois. We are bringing in hunting, trapping and fishing vendors of every specialty! Waterfowl, Turkey, Deer, Coyote, Bass, Crappie, and more! We want to bring you a large variety of Deals, Illinois' biggest trophies and a good time! We are going to giveaway Thousands of $$$ worth of prizes, we are going to have excellent food, activities, seminars, and most importantly some huge vendors with lots of new and discounted merchandise!

Seminars

Saturday

New Age Marketing for the Outdoorsman

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Seminar Room

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Saturday

New Age Marketing for the Outdoorsman

Courtland Williams is a professional Bass Fisherman and works for Empire Fishing! He wants to help you get noticed and stand out from the pack on social media! He can show you tricks to help your posts be scene by hundreds and thousands more fellow outdoorsmen!

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Seminar Room

Saturday

Don Higgins Illinois' Deer Management

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Seminar Room

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Saturday

Don Higgins Illinois' Deer Management

Don Higgins is ready to discuss the last 10 years that led to the population decline, the mistakes that were made before, during and after the EHD outbreak, the truth about CWD and what our role as hunters have to aiding a bountiful herd.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Seminar Room

Saturday

CTO - Eric St Pierre: Youth Mentorship

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Seminar Room

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Saturday

CTO - Eric St Pierre: Youth Mentorship

Eric St Pierre is the Regional Director of Cross Trail Outfitters.  CTO is about building relationships with youth, their families, landowners, volunteers and donors. Primarily, they work with boys ages 7-20 by sowing into their lives through discipleship and mentor-ship, helping them to grow closer to God and seeking God first in their lives through a common interest in the outdoors. Eric would love to discuss how you can help impact the lives of these young men.

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Seminar Room

Saturday

Ron Slifer: Blood Trailing

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Seminar Room

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Saturday

Ron Slifer: Blood Trailing

Hosted by Slifers Bloodhound service. Ron is an expert at tracking deer. He will go over the do's and don'ts of tracking a shot deer, to help hunters with their success ratio.

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Seminar Room

Saturday

IDNR - New Law + Deer Management

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Seminar Room

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Saturday

IDNR - New Law + Deer Management

We invite you to listen to Illinois Department of Natural Resources Officers talk about recent and forthcoming changes in hunting regulations, deer herd management and answering questions from hunters.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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More Events

Big Buck Contest

 Official scorers will be on site to measure your deer! 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Plaques will be awarded in the each category. Non-Typical awards will be based on the Gross score. Typical awards will be based on Net score.  

  • Largest  Illinois Buck
  • Largest Typical Firearm
  • Largest Typical 12pt Firearm
  • Largest Typical 10pt Firearm
  • Largest Typical 8pt Firearm
  • Largest Non-Typical Firearm
  • Largest Typical Archery
  • Largest Typical 12pt Archery
  • Largest Typical 10pt Archery
  • Largest Typical 8pt Archery
  • Largest Non-Typical Archery
  • Largest Typical Crossbow
  • Largest Non-Typical Crossbow
  • Least Deductions Archery Award
  • Least Deductions Firearm Award
  • Most Countable Points Award Archery
  • Most Countable Points Award Firearm
  • Most Mass Measured Archery
  • Most Mass Measured Firearm
  • Widest Inside Spread Measured Archery
  • Widest Inside Spread Measured Firearm
  • Largest Typical Dead Head
  • Largest Non-Typical Dead Head
  • Largest Typical Sheds
  • Largest Non-Typical Sheds
  • Largest Typical  Archery of 2018
  • Largest Non-Typical Archery of 2018
  • Largest Typical Firearm of 2018
  • Largest Non-Typical Firearm of 2018
  • Largest Youth Season
  • Largest Youth Season Typical
  • Largest Youth Season Non-Typical
  • Largest Ladies Firearm
  • Largest Ladies Archery


Bring either the mount, skull or the skull cap. Deer must have a valid Illinois harvest tag. Deer must be present by 7:00 PM Saturday to enter into the competition. Deer must be tagged with a valid confirmation number for checking validity.  Dead Heads must have salvage tags. Deer already entered into the books are only qualified for historical (must have official score sheet with it). There is a $20 entry fee which will include a 2-day pass into the expo.   

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