Archive for December 2011

Deer harvest stats for Illinois

Paul Shelton, IL DNRs Forest Wildlife Program manager wrote to me saying that through December 18, Illinois archers harvested a preliminary total of 56,219 deer, compared to 58,207 during the same time period last year. Cumulative harvest sex ratios for the season are 49.6% does:50.4% bucks, but recent harvest has favored females. Since December 1,... Read more »

Santa gets his goose

Many sportsmen and women in this country love to hunt.  They believe that it’s part of their heritage and I guess it is. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with hunting as long as you go by the rules and keep within the limits. It’s now the Holiday Season and I though that those of you who... Read more »

Kankakee River Report from Ed Mullady

Hi Don, A very Merry Christmas to you and all your family and fishing friends! The Kankakee is going down some (as of right now, but more rain may show up) and is good fishable condition. There are not very many fishermen who are fishing on the river now. As I ramble through some 53... Read more »
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IL Conservation Police Rescue 2 Hunters

From the IL DNR… Good job men. Illinois Conservation Police Rescue Two Hunters Near Kankakee RiverState Park Subjects stranded on island during hunt Bourbonnais, IL –  Two hunters are safe after being rescued by Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police officers (CPOs) at Kankakee River State Park.  Conservation Police received a call at approximately... Read more »

Pick and Trick Your Dream Fishing Boat before going to the Boat Show

Pick and Trick Your Dream Fishing Boat before going to the Boat Show
On January 12, the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show will be broadcasting Live from the Chicago Boat, Sports, and RV Show at McCormick Place.  From 6:30 to 7:30 PM we’ll be talking to representatives from the boating industry who will offer loads of tips and information for outdoorsmen and women who may be in the... Read more »

Crappies are biting at Lake Shelbyville - Fishing Report

Crappies are biting at Lake Shelbyville - Fishing Report
Just received a Lake Shelbyville report from Steve We;ch… They have started dropping the lake to winter pool and have it down two-feet thus far. They will go another four-feet over the next month.  This has pulled the fish (Crappies) out to the ends of the trees, right where I have been waiting for them.... Read more »
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Ice Chisels Blow Chunks

Ice Chisels Blow Chunks
Ice has come and gone here in Northern Illinois but at time of year, it really hasn’t been given a chance.  It will come. Rarely are straws drawn when it comes to seeing who will be the first to venture onto early ice; it’s usually the biggest, bravest buddy in the bunch (a.k.a. “the lab... Read more »

Where's the ice? Report on Nielsen's Channel

Marcy Paschky from Hermann’s Lowlife Bar & Grill send me an email today with a report on the ice… or lack there of… at Nielsen’s Channel. Nielsen’s Channel runs off the Fox River by Port Washington (NW of Lake Zurich) and is one of the first locations to ice up in Northern Illinois.  It’s one... Read more »

Some tips for buying a boat at the boat show

Some tips for buying a boat at the boat show
Don Gassaway is a fellow outdoor writer from southern Illinois and often has his finger on the pulse of what’s happening in one of the most beautiful parts of our state. We’re at the doorstep of the outdoor boat show season.  Most of us who have boats have already put them away for the year. ... Read more »
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VJA High School Bass Club December Newsletter

To all who enjoy following the High School Bass Fishing teams, here is the December newsletter from Victor J. Andrew High School. Since the IHSA began with the high school bass fishing competition, over 200 schools in Illinois have joined in and participated.   This is a fantastic opportunity for all students to participate regardless of... Read more »