Archive for November 2013

Northwoods News

Northwoods News
Winter comes to the Northwoods,  It’s been cold here in Chicagoland and that’s been giving everyone the itch to get out ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.  We’re not quite there yet, but it can all be done in the Land O Lakes area. I love getting my monthly newsletter from the Forest Lake... Read more »

Des Plaines Game Propagation Center Update

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will resume hunting programs at the Des Plaines Game Propagation Center beginning November 25. Hunting areas 5 and 6 will remain closed due to numerous downed trees and storm clean up activities. Further information can be obtained by calling the office at 815/476-6741. Hunting at the Des Plaines Fish... Read more »

Fishing and Hunting Reports and some news

Fishing and Hunting Reports and  some news
Ice Reports I’ve noticed ice covering most all smaller ponds in the south suburban areas near my home having.  Some ponds with geese are being kept open some by the bird activity.  I’ve not tried to poke a hole in any ponds yet.  My guess is only an inch or two at best as of... Read more »
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Photos from upcoming Illinois Outdoors TV Show

Photos from upcoming Illinois Outdoors TV Show
Ice fishing will be here before you know it.  And getting into the mood by looking at a few ice fishing photos will help prompt you to getting ready for the new season. An encore presentation of an ice fishing show taped last winter will be on the air in early December.  I’ve grabbed a... Read more »

Illinois Firearm Deer Season this weekend

Illinois Firearm Deer Season this weekend
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding hunters to make safety a priority as they head to the field for the start of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season this week.  The seven-day firearm deer season opens Friday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 24, and will conclude on Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec.... Read more »

Preliminary deer harvest numbers up to November 17

Paul Shelton, Manager of the Forest Wildlife Program for the IDNR has provided the archery deer harves number through Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Totals of deer taken in Illinois by archery deer hunters reached 44,387.  Preliminary harvest through the same period last year was 48,179. Rains/storms on Saturday and Sunday resulted in harvest levels significantly lower than would be... Read more »
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Storm Suspends Hunting Programs at Des Plaines Game Propagation Center

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced today that it suspended hunting programs at the Des Plaines Game Propagation Center until further notice.  The closure is due to the damage at the facility caused by severe weather this past weekend. The Des Plaines Game Propagation Center (GPC), located at 30550 S. Boathouse Road, Wilmington, sustained significant damage... Read more »

Fishing and Hunting Reports

Fishing and Hunting Reports
Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welsh Things are about the same with the crappie. We are hammering them and we had our three or four man limit every day last week. Water temps remain about 51 and color is very good. We are still using 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jigs with a Midsouth 102 or 108... Read more »

Deer Harvest Numbers for Illinois

Deer Harvest Numbers for Illinois
Here are the harvest number for deer taken by archery hunters here in Illinois through Monday, November 11, 2013. Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 36,645 deer. Preliminary harvest through the same period last year was 41,021. Rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday last week dampened efforts on those days, but harvest rebounded... Read more »
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Cool Water Fishing

Cool Water Fishing
Were we are in November and everyone’s thinking of walking in the fields hunting upland game, getting ready with the ole shotgun for the first firearm deer season or getting into the duck blind or goose pit for a few birds. How can anyone say that this is not an interesting and exciting time of... Read more »