Archive for December 2012

Christmas gift idea for the fisherman

Christmas gift idea for the fisherman
The other day my wife came home from being out with a couple friends and had a question for me. “Barbara told me that she asked Bill if he wanted anything for Christmas in the line of fishing equipment.” she said. She went on to explain that Barbara’s husband thought it would be difficult for... Read more »

Pheasant Hunting at Rooster Heaven

Last Friday I went hunting at the Rooster Heaven Hunt Club in Forrest, Illinois.  Great place to hunt for pheasants, quail, chukar and more. I’ve taped a couple TV shows there before, about 15 years ago.  I did one on pheasant hunting and one one dove hunting. Earlier this year I donated a TV show... Read more »

Fun Fishing in Mexico

Art Kyriacopoulos
A handful of photos were sent to me from Art Kyriacopoulos who fished Punta Mita, Mexico. These pictures were from the fun family fishing tournament that was held for for Art’s brother in law Alex just before his wedding.  Art said that Punta Mitae is a half hour drive south of Sayulita. The group had... Read more »
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Oak Lawn Spartan Fishing Team News

I just received the winter Spartan Fishing Team newsletter.  It’s great to hear about what the kids are doing and seeing that they’re learning about fishing. The team is getting a lot of great support from fishing clubs and sponsors.  Check out their newsletter, CLICK HERE and enjoy some of Oak Lawns Spartan Fishing Team... Read more »

Diving Duck Action on Rend Lake

It’s 3:30 a.m. The air is cold and brisk, and the parking lot is full of boats and camo-clad hunters. It’s something only hard core, seasoned waterfowl hunters can appreciate, one of which I am not. But I’m getting there. I had an opportunity to hunt with my good buddy Nick Shafer on Rend Lake... Read more »

"Mr. Canoe" Ralph Frese passes on

"Mr. Canoe" Ralph Frese passes on
A gentleman and great outdoorsman who I had on my TV show many years ago has passed away.  I guess I was a lucky one to be able to meet this fine person and Chicago icon.  He was fun to talk with and so knowledgeable about canoeing. Ralph Frese was best known for his expertise... Read more »
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IL DNR News for December 2012

Remaining Muzzleloader Deer Permits:  Illinois muzzleloader-only deer permits are still available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors through Dec. 9 (or until quotas are exhausted).  Find a vendor near you at this link:  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx Find counties with permits available at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/AvailableDeerTurkeyPermitsbyCounty.aspx Resident Archery Deer and Fall Turkey Permits:  Resident combination... Read more »

Walleyes Unlimited meeting notice

Walleyes UnlimitedUSA announces their January 2013 Speakers Wed. January 9, 2013 – Franklin, WIMeeting – Joel Ballweg – Pre-Spawn Walleyes on LakeWisconsin Joel is the owner of Ballweg’s Guide Service, LLC specializing in walleyes, saugers & crappies onLakeWisconsin& theWisconsin River. Joel “Boog” Ballweg is a fish-a-holic. He grew up, went to school and fished the... Read more »

Illinois Firearm Deer Season Preliminary Harvest Totals 99,324

Archery Deer Season Continues; Muzzleloader and Late-Winter/CWD Seasons Ahead Firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 99,324 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  This year’s preliminary firearm season harvest total compares with the 97,820 deer... Read more »
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New IL DNR Conservation Police Graduate

New IL DNR Conservation Police Graduate
More than a dozen military veterans comprise first new CPO class since 2007 .  Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed the newest members of the Illinois Conservation Police at a graduation ceremony in their honor at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  The 14 recruits completed 24 weeks of intense general law enforcement training and specific... Read more »