Archive for March 2013

Lake Shelbyville Report

I just received a nice fishing report from Steve Welch who guides on Lake Shelbyville.   It’s good to get a report from someone who tells it like it is.  I agree with Steve, we’re experiencing a rough start this spring but this will all pass and warm weather will arrive. Here’s Steve’  report… Mother nature... Read more »

Pheasant hunting in March

Pheasant hunting in March
My daughter Lisa owns two German Shorthaired Pointers, Wager and Profit.   These dogs love to hunt. Although the season is now closed for hunting wild birds, the other option is hunting at a private club.  I’m a member at the Rooster Heaven Hunt Club in Forrest, IL and Lisa and I were there earlier this... Read more »

Cook County FPD lakes will be closed prior to trout opener

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County has three trout fishing lakes that will be closed from April 1 through April 6 for stocking. I’ve enjoyed fishing for catchable trout many times in the early spring as many experienced fishermen and novices alike.  Axehead and Belleau Lakes in Park Ridge and Sag Quarry-East in Lemont ... Read more »
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Bowfishing regulations now allow snapping turtles to be harvested

Bowfishing regulations now allow snapping turtles to be harvested
I just heard from Ed DeVries, President of the Bowfishing Assn. of Illinois. The BAI is a very active group that not only gets out on many outings and enjoys the  rapidly growing sport of bowfishing, but they’ve also been very instrumental in getting some conservation laws changed… fall for the good.  One great milestone... Read more »

Fish Consumption Advisory

Fish Consumption Advisory
I am all for catch and release.  If you were able to get into my computer, you’d see file folder after file folder of sorted fish photos.  Catch “Photo” and Release is a good thing. I also am on the side of those who like to take home a fish or two for the dinner... Read more »

March updates on News from the Northwoods

March updates on News from the Northwoods
With daily changes in the weather there are always updates coming from the Northwoods. My friend Mark from the Forest Lake Country Store send over some news items from the Northwoods Our spring closure will start on Monday March 25th and we will re-open on Monday April 29th.  While we are closed we will rework... Read more »
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Help stop the ban of lead in fishing tackle

The fishing industry is having enough trouble as it is and we don’t need things like bans on lead weights.   Think about how it could destroy the future of so many tackle companies. Unnecessary and burdensome restrictions on lead in tackle are being proposed and implemented at an increasing rate. Already, strict bans have been... Read more »

Apply now for resident deer permit

Apply now for resident deer permit
When it comes to applying for your firearm permit, don’t delay.  Waiting until the last minute could result with something delaying your making your application and missing the date.  Do it now because resident Illinois deer hunters can apply online beginning March 12 through April 30 for the first lottery drawings for 2013 Illinois firearm... Read more »

IDNR Seeks Applicants for Potential Conservation Police Officers

Hearing the information that the DNR put out to get applicants for CPO jobs reminds me of what I went thorugh back in the late 60′s to get on the police department.   Some people though getting a cop job was a mistake but now, being retired for 13 years after 30 years of service... Read more »
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Outdoor Woman's Workshop

Outdoor Woman's Workshop
Women in the outdoors is getting more and more popular every day.  It’s a good thing.  Being involved in the outdoors brings so much enjoyment to me as it does to other men who enjoy fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities.  Why not share that passion with your wife or girlfriend? The Starved Rock Lodge... Read more »