Archive for November 2012

Nielsen's Channel.  Parking is available by checking in with Hermann's Lowlife Bar and Grill.
When I was doing the Tribune fishing reports, one of my regular contacts at this time of year was Marcy at Hermann’s Lowlife Bar and Grill. Hermann’s offers ice anglers access to Nielsen’s Channel by Port Barrington, south of the Fox Chain.  AND…. they make some of the best dang chili I’ve ever had.  I’m... Read more »

IL DNR Director Marc Miller speaks on the passage of DNR Sustainability Funding Bill

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller made the following statement about today’s passage of Senate Bill 1566, a crucial funding bill for the IDNR: “This vote is a victory for conservation and the environment in Illinois; it is also a victory for the economy and communities across the state that use and rely... Read more »

Celebrate the Activities of Winter in Boulder Junction

Today I spoke with Tim France of the Wildcat Lodge.  I wanted to make arrangements for a trip up north so I can tape some ice fishing shows.   What a surprise I got. The Boulder Junction area has about 10 inches of snow on the ground now.  ”It’s been snowing every day since Friday.” France said.... Read more »
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The Measure of Thankfulness

“What am I thankful for?” It’s a question that we all tend to ask ourselves during the Holiday season. We all have things that we are thankful for, and they are all invariably different to each of us. I’ve been hunting and fishing for 37 years, give or take. I can remember hunting with my... Read more »

Gearing up for Ice

Skim ice is being seen on a few small ponds now.  Some of our recent overnight low temperatures are really bringing the water temperature down.  It won’t be long before our lakes will be covered with ice and we’ll finally be able to take our ice gear out to catch a few fish. Ice fishing... Read more »

Holiday gift idea for the ice

Holiday gift idea for the ice
You’ll see several posts here on my blog that will share Holiday gift buying ideas for the outdoorsman or woman. I must say that we’re some of the hardest persons to buy for and the reason why is we all want quality gear, equipment, and clothing.  For the person who is NOT into the outdoors,... Read more »
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Teach them to protect their eyes and ears with this Holiday gift

Holiday shopping started with Black Friday.   We all have to shop for family and friends and if you’re like me, you may have a young sportsman in the family on your list. I’m a member of the Frankfort Sportsman’s Club and took my nephew there to learn how to shoot a shotgun.  He learned about... Read more »

Some tips for waterfowlers

Some tips for waterfowlers
Buddy Don Gassaway shared this with me… During late season waterfowl hunting, pay attention to what the birds are doing.  Know everything about them.  Every day is different.  That is the advice of veteran goose hunter Kelley Powers.   Powers, of Union City, TN has been hunting late season birds for much of his life. ... Read more »

Free Ice Fishing Seminar to be held at Shabbona Lake

Free Ice Fishing Seminar to be held at Shabbona Lake
On Saturday, December 8th from 10 AM till 12:00 PM, Shabbona’s Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental will be hosting a free Ice Fishing Seminar at Pokanoka’s Restaurant. Speaker will be the Crappie Professor, Jim Kopjo.   Jim is a tournament Ice Fisherman competing in several states. For those who would like to learn and... Read more »
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Over 72,000 deer taken in the first firearm deer season

Over 72,000 deer taken in the first firearm deer season
It was an increase of more than 5,000 over last year’s first weekend The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today reported that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 72,111 deer during the opening weekend of the 2012 Illinois Firearm Deer Season, Nov. 16-18.  The second portion of the firearm season will be... Read more »