Archive for January 2012

View from the Porch – Where'd the Wildlife Go

Don’t even try talking to me before I’ve sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I’m out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar. _________ _________ When I walk out onto my front porch to enjoy that first cup of coffee or two, I’m usually greeted by... Read more »

A Walk in the Park a Source of Revenue for the IDNR – Repost

This is the third time I’m referencing this post. The first time I put it up was August of 2011. I normally wouldn’t do this, but over the weekend I came across a couple of blurbs in different outdoor magazines. Each one mentioned the elimination of site superintendents and the closing of some of Illinois’... Read more »

The Potential for a Train Wreck

Photo above courtesy of Larry Granat. The photo was taken soon after the recent train derailment in Yorkville. Whether or not fishermen and hunters should be wandering along railroad tracks in order to gain access to where they want to fish and hunt along the Fox River is a discussion that can be had some... Read more »
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The Tribune Needs an Outdoor Writer

I fish, hunt, wander, hike, camp, canoe, kayak, bird watch lately and pay attention to conservation issues that impact all of these activities. I don’t travel much to take part in any of these activities, so the bulk of it all occurs within the Greater Chicago Area. Sometimes I’ll venture into other areas of northern... Read more »

The Backcountry Journal

Ben Smith has a great website called Arizona Wanderings – fishing, hunting and roaming the Southwest. In the right hand column on his site you’ll see Browse by Category and it’s worth checking out the variety of outdoor activities Ben writes about. In November of 2011, Ben decided to start another website called The Backcountry... Read more »

Bald Eagles in Yorkville

Photo Courtesy of Larry Granat. Bald Eagle near Yorkville, Illinois. I was out on my front porch today enjoying a leisurely smoke of a cheap cigar. I enjoy watching the late afternoon sun creating patterns on the leafless trees. Todays show had the addition of a fresh blanket of snow and snow covered branches stood... Read more »
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Footbridge Over Marge Cline Whitewater Course in Yorkville Finally Installed

Back in December 2011, the footbridge that was slated to go over the Marge Cline Whitewater Course at the Bicentennial Riverfront Park in Yorkville, was finally put in place. The first week of January, during one of my many strolls along the Fox River, I noticed that someone had left the gate open for the... Read more »

Fly Tying and Fishing Show

I’ve been remiss in mentioning this and it’s coming up this weekend, Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 9 A.M to 4:30 P.M. The Illinois Smallmouth Alliance is putting on a Fly Tying and Fishing Show to be held at: St. Charles Borromeo Church Holy Family School 145 E. Grand Ave. Bensenville, IL 60106 Click on... Read more »