Posts tagged "Dan Stef Outdoors"

Fishing is getting better for the Father/Daughter team

Fishing is getting better for the Father/Daughter team
The weather is improving and the fishing is getting better for the Father/Daughter team.   Although it’s quite cold in the morning, as the sun gets higher in the sky the air is warming up some.  The mild breeze is helping too. I’m a big believer that at this time of year whether you’re up north... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Wild Creamy Mushroom Soup

I was going to title this recipe “Sheep’s Head Soup” because we use sheepshead mushrooms, but I was afraid no one would read it, let alone try it. But this is basically a cream-of-mushroom style recipe using wild sheepshead. Also known as hen-of-the-woods, these are in my opinion the next best tasting wild mushroom next... Read more »

Cream Cheese and Crab Stuffed Morels

Since we found so many morels this year, I couldn’t resist sharing another recipe. This one is a little more work, but trust me it’s worth it! Ingredients: - 10-12 large morels or ones with thick stalks - 24 ounces of cream cheese - 12 ounces of minced crab meat - 6 small green onions... Read more »

Still time for morels

Kyle Stefanich holds the grand-daddy yellow morel!
This spring is definitely one for the books — record high and low temps as well as record rainfalls. With spring coming late, all plants were about 2 weeks late to bloom, including the morels. We found a good bunch in Southern Illinois during the third week of turkey season, right around April 20th. The... Read more »

Baked Cheese-garlic Morels

Don’t get me wrong, morels cooked in butter are tough to beat. But this one might do it.  Battered and baked in garlic butter, this morel dish is an excellent side for  a nice juicy ribeye, served with some wild asparagus. Don’t forget to sautée a few of the morels in butter to top the... Read more »