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Outdoor News and Reports May 4, 2016

Outdoor News and Reports May 4, 2016
If you have any reports, news or photos to share, send them to iloutdoors@comcast.net. OUTDOOR NEWS   (Photos at end of post) Riverside Fishing Club News Join us on Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. for a fishing presentation to boost your catch from Musky Pro, Duane Landmeier. Duane will be speaking on Musky Fishing.  He will... Read more »

PHOTOS, REPORTS AND NEWS - March 31, 2016

PHOTOS, REPORTS AND NEWS - March 31, 2016
If you have any reports, news or photos to share, se,nd them to iloutdoors@comcast.net. Don’t miss any of Don’s blogs, outdoor news , stories, or reports from Illinois Outdoors. Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any... Read more »

ICAST Product Winners for 2015

ICAST Product Winners for 2015
Every year at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST Show) has a competition to acknowledge the best of the best in the tackle industry. Procucts in each category are voted upon by members of the media who preview the items before the ICAST Show opens. Below is the 2015 ICAST New Product Showcase... Read more »
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Four New Lakes Open for 2014 Spring Trout Season

Nathan Stefanich is all smiles on opening day of the 2013 trout season. He beat his Dad to the first fish with a pink jig and Berkley Powerbait.
The 2014 Illinois Inland Trout Season officially opens on Saturday, April 5. The limit is 5 trout per day, but many lakes may have site-specific regulations. Check the site signs or get more info on the IDNR website. Fishermen that are planning to catch trout need a 2014 Fishing License (last year’s expires on March... Read more »

CWD Discovered in Will County

Dan Stefanich harvested this deer on a Late winter CWD hunt in Grundy County. The deer did not have CWD.
The first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Illinois was reported in Boone County in November of 2002. Since then, the disease has continued to trickle into the Illinois deer herd, mostly into the counties bordering Wisconsin. But now it’s in Will County. A deer harvested as part of the Forest Preserve culling program... Read more »

Deer Hunters — Take This Survey!

Changes to the 2014-15 Illinois deer seasons are on the way. It’s going to happen. So now is your chance to voice your opinion as the Department of Natural Resources prepares to put the changes in motion. These changes may include the closing of the late season hunts and the reduction of over-the-counter sales of... Read more »
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Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel Cure the Winter Blues

As I crossed the causeway entering Sanibel Island in Florida, the sun was just peeking over the horizon illuminating the sky with a brilliant glow of orange. Soon thereafter, I was hopping on board a saltwater flats boat for a morning of fishing on the very northern tip of Captiva Island. I was there on... Read more »

Where have the deer gone?

Reduced deer harvest reports throughout the Midwest have sent a shockwave of concern through the deer hunting community. With our firearm harvest down roughly 20,000 from last year, Illinois is not alone. Our neighboring states are also reporting decreased harvest totals.  Missouri hunters took 157,273 deer — down 23% from last year. Wisconsin hunters took... Read more »

2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 — a true outdoorsman's truck

The 2014 Chevy Silverado Z71 pickup truck served us well on our deer hunt.
I’m busy in the fall— deer hunting, pheasant hunting, cutting firewood, and working. So when I had the opportunity to try out Chevy’s newest pickup truck for a couple weeks during hunting season, I put it to the test. Let’s start with deer hunting. The Chevy half-ton towed my ATV trailer with ease utilizing the... Read more »
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Successful hunts require great optics- Hawke Optics Sport-HD Scope

I mounted a scope on my deer slug gun in 1986. Back then, scopes were only used on rifles, so I received some funny looks from most traditional open-sight gun deer hunters. Today, scoped slug guns have pretty much become the standard for shotgun deer hunting. I recently upgraded my fifteen-year-old son’s 870 Wingmaster with... Read more »