Illinois Outdoors is now part of the ChicagoNow.com website. I am quite honored to share my experiences and informing the readers of the latest in outdoor news each week with an entertaining and informative post on fishing, hunting and the outdoors. And I am also so excited that I will now be doing the outdoors column for the Chicago Tribute every Tuesday.
Allow me to tell you a bit about myself. My name is Don Dziedzina. Growing up in the City of Chicago, I didn't do much fishing. As a young child, I wet a line for the first time. My uncle took me fishing at the Kankakee River. My father didn't fish or hunt and that's okay; he was there for me though for little league at the Back of the Yards.
At a little order age, another uncle took me fishing at the lake next to his farm near Rhinelander, Wisconsin. We fished from a wooden row boat that had a slat floor that was good for nothing more than loosing nightcrawlers. We dug up the crawlers from a compost heap next to the barn.
For my first time fishing in my adult life, a trip was taken to Fish Lake in Volo, Illinois. This is where the joy of fishing became addictive. The crappie fishing was phenomenal and what a great fish fry was had that night.
Hunting was new to me and it all began in the fields of Lemont and Orland Townships in the early 1970's. Pheasants and rabbits were plentiful. I had more spots to hunt than could actually be hunted throughout the season. Today those fields are called subdivisions.
With over twenty-five years of experience of writing outdoor columns, my passion for the outdoors has grown even more.
Now I am the producer and host of the Illinois Outdoors TV Show which is seen throughout most all of the northern half of Illinois, NW Indiana, and SW Michigan. You can learn more about the TV show by clicking on the ILLINOIS OUTDOORS TV SHOW Link above.
In 2006 I joined Jim DaRosa and Ray Ludkevicz as the third co-host of the Fishing Line and Outdoor Radio Show, a syndicated show that has been on the air for over twenty-six years. There is a link above to see more about the radio show.