Archive for October 2012

Youth Deer Season Successful for 3 First-timers; Sets New Record

Jimmy Zitnik dropped this big-bodied buck over a "Horny Buck Seed" foodplot. Nice job buddy!!
The 2012 Youth deer season will stand as a rite of passage for at least three young Illinois hunters. Collin Dannheim, Kyle Stefanich and Jimmy Zitnik all harvested their first deer this past weekend during the 2-day Illinois youth firearm deer season. They share a common bond with over 3,100 other young men and women... Read more »

Illinois' archery deer season has a good start

Illinois' archery deer season has a good start
Paul Shelton, Manager Forest Wildlife Program, Illinois DNR shared some information regarding the deer archery season that started here in Illinois on October 1. Through Monday, October 8, 2012, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 7,932 deer.  Although the season started slowly because of a Monday opener, harvest picked up significantly over... Read more »

Shabbona Lake hosts FREE Bluegill and Crappie Open

Shabbona Lake hosts FREE Bluegill and Crappie Open
Denny Sands of Shabbona Lakeside Tackle announced the last Fishing Open of the year.  It is a new addition to their series of free fishing opens a tShabbona Lake. Bluegill have been very plentiful and above average in size at Shabbona.  Crappie have been feeding heavily on schools of shad all summer.  So with that, ... Read more »
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October News from the Northwoods

October News from the Northwoods
I’m anxious to head for the Northwoods.  In just another week I’ll be on the road with my daughter Lisa and a couple of her friends for a week of muskie, smallmouth and walleye fishing.    We’ll do some touring while we’re up there, taking in all the colors, checking out one of the cranberry bogs... Read more »

Illinois Update on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced updated results of monitoring of deer mortality in the state attributed to Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD).  Since an earlier update on September 6, many Illinois citizens have taken the time to make reports of sick, dead, and/or dying animals throughout the state. The IDNR Division of... Read more »

Bass Pro Founder, Johnny Morris named Citizen Conservationist of the Year

Bass Pro Founder, Johnny Morris named Citizen Conservationist of the Year
The 50 State Fish and Wildlife Agencies Honor Bass Pro Founder, Johnny Morris, as Its Citizen Conservationist of the Year The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ dedicates new Johnny Morris Award in his honor to recognize lifetime commitment to natural resource stewardship The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), which represents North America’s... Read more »
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The Chevy Display at the AGLOW Conference in Branson MO

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At the 2012 Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers Conference Chevrolet, a corporate sponsor of AGLOW, brought out a handful of tow vehicles for us outdoor writers to test drive.  What a neat experience it was. I had to tape some of this for my Illinois Outdoors TV Show. In this short video that will... Read more »