Bronze Statue Unveiled at Cabela’s Hoffman Estates: Two White-Tailed Deer

A bronze statue of two white-tailed deer was unveiled Thursday at Cabela’s Hoffman Estates.

A bronze sculpture by sculptor Vic Payne — two white-tailed deer with a “No Hunting” sign — was presented today at the front entrance to Cabela’s in Hoffman Estates.  Illinois schoolchildren voted to select the white-tailed deer as the state animal in 1980. The vote was made official by the General Assembly in 1982.

The huge outdoors store inside is beautiful with dioramas with bobcats, timber wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, lions, moose, deer, rabbits, pheasant and many, many more are displayed throughout the store and museum. There’s also a General Store, a restaurant, a gun library, and the company’s first walk-through aquarium — 160,000 gallons.

A moose in front of a waterfall on the main floor mountain at Cabela’s.

Flathead catfish at the bottom of the aquarium, where many of the fish were caught by employees at nearby quarries in the past few weeks.

Grand opening for Cabela’s Hoffman Estates is Friday morning, September 21, 2007 at 8:00 a.m.

More photographs in The Cardinal photo gallery of Cabela’s Exhibit