Spankin' Cats on the Kank

Spankin' Cats on the Kank
River fishermen, grab your waders. With a break from all the rain, the Kankakee River has returned to normal levels and the fishing is on fire right now. Jerry Bush of Joliet has been cleaning house on big catfish. His favorite technique is floating chicken livers down river into pools, channels and bridge pilons. “I... Read more »

Milliken Lake closed

As most fisherman have already discovered, many lakes and ponds here in Northern Illinois were subject to fish kills. When long cold winters create unusually thick ice, it deprives the fish of oxygen causing massive die-offs, or fish kills. Milliken Lake in Wilmington, which is only 10-12 feet deep, experienced a total fish kill this... Read more »

Bone Shed to Host Open House on Aug. 2-3

Bowhunters that are familiar with the Bone Collector Brand are in for a nice surprise. The Bone Shed — a retail store and archery range from the Bone Collector team, has been open in Ottawa for over a year now and are hosting an Open House  next weekend. The 2-day celebration runs Saturday, August 2nd... Read more »
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Lemon Dill Walleye - Featured Recipe

Lemon Dill Walleye - Featured Recipe
This baked dish calls for fresh walleye smothered in a lemon butter sauce with fresh dill from the garden. It takes about 5 minutes to make the sauce and another 15 to bake. With no heavy batter or breading, this is a great way to enjoy fresh walleye from Lake of the Woods (ok you... Read more »

Deer Hunting Season Changes Finally Announced by DNR

Deer Hunting Season Changes Finally Announced by DNR
Anyone in tune with the Midwest’s deer population, specifically the drop in harvest totals and deer sightings, has been awaiting pending changes in the deer season to help the deer recover. But nobody knew for sure how drastic the changes would be. After a couple years of speculation and controversy regarding the changes to the... Read more »

Do you know the difference between a walleye and sauger?

Do you know the difference between a walleye and sauger?
After my trip to Lake of the Woods, a lot of people asked me “what’s a sauger?” I explained it’s like a walleye, but I never realized how many people didn’t know the difference. They are both in the same family, I guess you could call them cousins. Walleye and sauger are very similar and... Read more »
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Crappie Cakes Feature Recipe

Crappie Cakes Feature Recipe
Have you ever eaten crab cakes? These are better. It’s the same basic idea, but I use fresh crappie filets instead of crabmeat. This recipe is off the hook (no pun intended)! It takes a little work, but it is worth it! Ingredients: 1 Pound fresh crappie fillets 3/4 Cup bread crumbs 1 egg 1... Read more »

Illinois Waterfowl Hunting Blind Drawing on July 26th

Illinois Waterfowl Hunting Blind Drawing on July 26th
Waterfowl hunters need to save this date for the opportunity to hunt public area blinds. Duck and goose hunters must register in person for blind site drawings and must be present at the drawing – held at each location designated below immediately after the registration period to claim their blind sites.  Mail-in registrations are not... Read more »

Sportsman's Lodges Live Up to Their Name

Sportsman's Lodges Live Up to Their Name
If you read my previous blog, you know what kind of incredible walleye fishing action we’ve had at the Walleye Capital of the World — Lake of the Woods, Minnesota. But  it wouldn’t have been as epic if it weren’t for our friends at Sportsman’s Lodges. Gregg Hennum and his wife Diana run an absolutely... Read more »
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Lake of the Woods Adventure — Family Style

Lake of the Woods Adventure — Family Style
After 30 years of fishing, I finally had the chance to fish Lake of the Woods. No not Canada, but Minnesota. The cool part is that my teenage sons were with me. My friend Joe Henry, Director of Tourism for Lake of the Woods promised an unforgettable experience. I soon found out how right he... Read more »
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    This blog is for outdoorsmen and women (ok tree huggers can read it too.) I live the outdoors. I eat what I harvest, live off the land as much as I can, and enjoy every minute with friends and family while doing it. After hunting and fishing for over 40 years, I’ve learned a few things. And I love sharing my experiences with others who have a passion for all things outdoors. If you don’t like hunting, camping, fishing, boating, eating, traveling or anything in the outdoors, then this blog might not be your cup of tea. But read it anyway, you might just enjoy it. When I’m not blogging here, I write for a variety of outdoors newspapers and magazines, co-host a radio show and do a little cable TV and video. See you in the woods and on the water!

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