Archive for November 2011

Hunters Take Preliminary Total of 66,501 Deer During First Illinois Firearm Season

Hunters Take Preliminary Total of 66,501 Deer During First Illinois Firearm Season
The Illinois DNR just sent out the preliminary numbers of deer harvested during the first firearm season here in Illinois.  Looks like the numbers are down a little from last year, but still, it was a good season.    Here is what the DNR had to say plus the numbers of deer taken in each county.... Read more »

Chicago Boat Show has new dates in January

Chicago Boat Show has new dates in January
The Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show at McCormick Place has a little change coming in its dates for 2012.  The dates are set for Thursday, January 12 to Monday, January 16, 2012. This will be the 82nd year for the hicago Boat, Sports & RV Show and is the ideal escape for... Read more »

Winter wildlife is very watchable in Southern Illinois

Winter wildlife is very watchable in Southern Illinois
Walk softly and carry a big lens. That may be the key to successful wildlife watching this winter in Williamson County. The lens may be binoculars or a camera. There is a kind of Zen experience to this rapidly growing wilderness experience. One can get so wrapped in watching wildlife that the everyday tensions of... Read more »
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Shabbona Lake celebrates 12 million visitors to the park

An invitation and news comes from Denny Sands of Shabbona Lakeside Bait and Tackle.   Denny has been instrumental in the construction and maintenance of this lake.  His countless hours of volunteer work to make Shabbona one of the best fishing lakes in the State has proven to pay off.   This is a great lake to... Read more »

It was raining crappies and bass - photos

Fish obviously don’t know that it’s wet outside.  By that I mean that fish don’t seem to care if it’s raining or not.  We were a bit uncomfortable but yet prepared for a full day of fishing while a couple of inches of rain fell on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. Jim DaRosa of the Fishing... Read more »

Southern Hospitality and good fishing makes for a great trip

Jim DaRosa of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio show and I are in Arkansas this week and we’re fishing Lake Ouachita. We fished with one of the best guides on the lake, Jerry Bean.  Jerry has been guiding for over 35 years fishing for walleye, stripers, crappies, catfish and bass.  His experience showed well today as our catch for... Read more »
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A FREE Kiwi Contest for an Outdoor Survival Kit

A FREE Kiwi Contest for an Outdoor Survival Kit
Below is a post that was made a while back where a contest was run and the winner would get a free Kiwi Outdoor Survival Kit. Well the contest has ended and its time to announce the winner. Congratulations goes out to Sean Gillette of Round Lake IL   You are our winner. Sean’s name and mailing... Read more »

$35,000 Buck taken illegally leads to 3 arrests by Illinois DNR - Photo

$35,000 Buck taken illegally leads to 3 arrests by Illinois DNR - Photo
Since this information came in from the Illinois Department of Conservation I’ve noticed a lot of interest about this big buck.  Rumor on the steet (or should I say in the woods) is that this buck came from the Morris area in Grundy County. Makes sense to me.  With Gebhard Woods State Park in Morris... Read more »

Feral Swines threaten wildlife and can be legally shot by deer hunters - see details and photo

Feral Swines threaten wildlife and can be legally shot by deer hunters - see details and photo
I will be deer hunting in southern Illinois when the shotgun season opens on November 18.  I’ll surely keep an eye out  for these guys and if one is in range, I think it would be best to knock it down.   Although legal hunters can shoot Feral Swines, I surely wouldn’t take the meat. ... Read more »
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We're heading for Lake Ouachita Arkansas

Over 20 internationally published writers and photographers will visit Arkansas to experience southern fishing at its finest and Jim DaRosa of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio show and I have been asked to be part of this exciting trip. We’ll participate in a customized fishing adventure, pursuing everything from largemouth bass to crappies,  striped bass,... Read more »