Archive for December 2014

Outdoor Reports - Update - Safe Ice at Nielsen's Channel

Outdoor Reports - Update - Safe Ice at Nielsen's Channel
Happy New Year everyone.  Here are the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor reports received during this Holiday season.  I’ll be adding more as they come in but wanted to get this one out early in case some of you are traveling.   Maybe after all the family visits, you can have a day on the water... Read more »

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center Closed December 25 and 26

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center Closed December 25 and 26
I’ve just learned from Kathy Casstevens of the Starved Rock Lodge that the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center will be closed on Christmas, Dec 25th and also on Friday, December 26th ,  2014. On December 6, 2014, the President issued an Executive Order excusing executive branch (non-Postal Service) employees from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014. ... Read more »

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My Illinois Outdoors blog is here for you. When I started blogging for ChicagoNow several years ago, I found that this was an avenue for me to bring information to outdoorsmen and women. As an outdoor writer I receive tons of press information regarding the outdoors. News releases, press info on products, photos and reports.... Read more »
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It’s Lake Calumet or the Illinois River for Crappies

It’s Lake Calumet or the Illinois River for Crappies
Be it in Lake Calumet or the Illinois River, crappie fishing will be great in December. Whoa!  Crappie fishing in December?  You bet!  It really is the best time of year to get some good sized crappies.  You can fish the areas that you’ll read about in a moment through the spring summer and fall,... Read more »

Why do we hunt?

Why do we hunt?
We’re more than a month into the hunting season. Upland game opened on the 1st of November.  Deer hunting opened a month before that. Many of us have done well so far and yet many are also looking forward to see how the rest of the season progresses. So far the 2014 deer harvest is... Read more »

Fishing and hunting reports and news (Updated Ice Report)

Fishing and hunting reports  and news (Updated Ice Report)
Here is the lates fishing and hutning reports that I’ve received.   If you have reports and photos to share, send them to iloutdoors@comcast.net Nielsen Channel Report by Marcy (12/19/14) Sorry folks, still no good ice. It is all skimmed over, no water on top, but it’s not thick. Maybe we’ll get a measurement tomorrow… Marcy... Read more »
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Planning a 2015 Fishing Vacation? Here are my Top five outdoors destiations

 Gulf Shoers/Orange Beach
We’re approaching the new year and usually what happens with that is our work places have employee’s bid for the vacation dates for 2015.    That could be a tough decision especially when you may not be sure where you want to go on your next vacation. Well, if you’re thinking of a fishing vacation in... Read more »

Outdoor news and reports updates

Ice fishing, walleye, Sunset Lodge, Dianne Roerisch  photo by Lake of the Woods MN Tourism
Do you have any outdoor news, fishing or hunting reports?  Send them with photos if you’d like to share to iloutdoors@comcast.net. Neilsen’s Channel by Marcy – Hermann’s Lowlife Bar & Grill Today’s Ice Report: (12/11/14) one guy out today, says two – two & a half inches solid this morning, hard ice, but with sun... Read more »

Outdoor News and Reports

Outdoor News and Reports
If you have outdoor news, a fishing or hunting report or photos to share, send to iloutdoors@comcast.net.   Illinois Outdoors TV and Fishing & Outdoor Radio FANTASISTA Rod Contest Update Thank you all for submitting your short videos trying to say the name FANTASISTA.  You all did a great job.  All of the videos have... Read more »
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‘Wired Arrow TV’ Owners, Pro-Staff, Charged With Illegal Harvest of 18 Deer

I just received the press release pasted below into this blog from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. I’ve never seen the Wired Arrow TV show.  I don’t know any of the people involved and really can’t even tell you if it’s a show that can be seen in the Chicagoland market.  But when the... Read more »