Archive for April 2011

Stratton Lock and Dam Resumes Full-Time Operating Schedule on May 1

From the IL DNR… Springfield, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced that the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam on the Fox River in McHenry will resume full-time daily operations for the 2011 boating season on May 1.  IDNR lock tenders will operate the Stratton Lock seven days a week... Read more »

Up a creek without a paddle? Not any more...

I own a Frabill Hiber-net.  It’s a pretty neat item that stows away neatly in the rod locker of my boat and it handles some good sized fish.  Just recently I got the new Hiber-Net paddle that easily clips on to the end of the net handle.  Now, I’m not going to be the one... Read more »

Things to know when hiring a guide or outfitter

 I received an email from an outfitter who offers a few good points to consider when looking for someone to help you with that next fishing or hunting trip and using a guide or outfitter.  Thought I’d share it with the readers here. Dear Don, You have dreamed of going to South Dakota for you... Read more »
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Sportsman Channel now available with Chicago Comcast Xfinity

The Sportsman Channel is now available in the Chicagoland area.  See the press release received on the programming.  Here’s an easy way to get to the shows… Select Channel 1 on Comcast.  This gets you to On Demand.  Scroll down to “Get Local” and then scroll down to the Sportsman Channel. Midwest-Specific Hunt/Shoot/Fish Programming Now... Read more »

Federal Duck Stamp Art Exhibit at Dickson Mounds

From the IL DNR… Lewistown, IL – Beginning May 2, 2011, the US Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Duck Stamp Art Exhibit will be on display at Dickson Mounds Museum till May 30, 2011.  The museum is open daily from 8:30 – 5:00 pm. James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minnesota, has been named the... Read more »

Go Outdoors! It's good for you!

This came in from our friends at the Bass Pro Shops.   Get the kids outdoors and check out this event that will help… Families and Kids can ‘Go Outdoors’ at Bass Pro Shops event Springfield, Missouri–(April 25, 2011)– As a child, you probably remember your parents telling you “Go outdoors and play–it’s good for you!” ... Read more »
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What do you do if you can't fish the Alabama Gulf?

A few weeks ago Jim DaRosa and I were in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area of Alabama.  We did a live broadcast of our radio show from the SanRoc Cay Marina.  You can listen to the show, just CLICK HERE. We got to do some fishing and that was a blast.  But mother nature sometimes... Read more »

Cook County Forest Preserve Fisheries' Walleye Program

As many of you know, I do the outdoor column for the Chicago Tribune.  Just recently, the the Forest Preserve District of Cook County fisheries division conducted their annual walleye propagation program.  I have a column in the Tribune today about a conversation I had with the Chief Fisheries Biologist, Steve Silic.  To see the column... Read more »

Number One Tournament under the Belt

Well as the title says I have number one tournament under my belt for the season.  I am not too sure how much I should brag about it as it seemed like it was cursed from the start.  I am fishing the District 39 of the American Bass Anglers circuit and this past weekend we... Read more »
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Mother Nature Can Be One Tough Old Bird

Congrats to Cody Kowalczyk on his first wild turkey taken near Rend Lake in Franklin County, Illinois. Turkey hunting is challenging enough when the weather is nice. Add in 40-degree temperatures, pouring rain and 30 mph winds, and you’ve got your work cut out. That was our situation in Southern Illinois this past weekend. My... Read more »