Archive for December 2012

My 2013 Fishing Resolution

My 2013 Fishing Resolution
In 2012 I got out fishing roughly 75 times. That’s a very rough estimate and most likely on the low side, but for the sake of argument, I’ll say 75. I don’t keep records like I used to. When you live a two minute walk to a river and a ten minute drive will get... Read more »

Bald Eagles in Yorkville Again

Bald Eagles in Yorkville Again
In the 1960′s I had already assumed I would never see a bald eagle in the wild. I assumed that if I ever made it to my mid 50′s, they would either be extinct or you might be able to go visit a few in a bird sanctuary somewhere. Growing up in Chicago made those... Read more »

Swimming upstream faster than the current… (part 2)

More details and suggestions in the second email from Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director, Marc Miller. _______ Dear DNR constituent: In Part 1’s email, I discussed how the victory on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Sustainability Bill demonstrated that the agency is swimming upstream faster than the current, and now I need to... Read more »
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Swimming upstream faster than the current… (part 1)

Over the last couple of days, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller has sent out a couple of email that reads like a State of the Union address for the DNR and goes into some detail about the recently passed DNR Sustainability Bill. This link is in the following letter from Marc Miller,... Read more »

Even Zombies Get the Fishing Blues

My daughter and I have a running joke about Zombies and the coming Zombie Apocalypse. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when she gave me a Christmas gift. A calendar. The illustrations remind me of how I used to paint and draw when I abruptly stopped doing both about 25 years ago. Loose, sloppy, paint... Read more »

North Zone Waterfowl – Ducks Done but There's Still Geese

Wrote this on December 10th and never did anything with it… _______ Some waterfowl observations. For the first couple of weeks of the waterfowl season, it sounded like a war zone around Yorkville. Since then, things have died down considerably, hardly hear any shooting. There’s also not many geese hanging around down this way. They... Read more »
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I tried to avoid writing about Newtown, but failed

August 1966, when I was 10 years old, was the first time I learned that human beings were capable of going out and randomly killing those around them. Some of you will recall the Texas Bell Tower sniper. Over the years I’ve learned that people are capable of doing this over and over again, for... Read more »