Posts in category "The Hunting Stories"

Illinois Gun Control Legislation in Progress

When I woke up this morning the last thing I really felt like thinking about was gun control. Being a gun owner, I had been dwelling on it enough ever since Sandy Hook. But because of recent developments in Springfield in trying to get gun control legislation passed (HB 815 and HB1263 if you care... 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 »

Was a Perfect Day for a Squirrel Hunt

There was a sky blue sky. Virtually no wind. No leaves on the trees. The woods on the edges of my neighborhood, just a hundred feet or so away, were crawling with squirrels. I counted nine scampering about while hanging out front enjoying a slow smoke of a cheap cigar. But those are pets, we... Read more »
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Prelude to a Squirrel Hunt

I stopped going out fishing at sunrise a few years ago when I noticed it didn’t matter. Either the fish were there or they weren’t, no different than any other time of the day. Yet, for some reason, I still feel the need to be out at sunrise to go for a squirrel hunt. I... Read more »

A Hunting we will Go

If all goes as planned, I’ll be getting lost in the Marseilles SF&W area Saturday morning for the opening day of Upland Hunting. Last year I figured out where all the bunnies go to avoid all the coyotes. “Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please,” said Brer Rabbit. “Only please, Brer Fox, please don’t... Read more »

Like Clockwork, Goose Opening Day, October 15th

Everyday at 7:45 AM I drive the back roads through the Fox Valley to get to the main road to go to work. The corn and soybean fields have been slowly getting cut and every day more corn and soybeans are gone. Same stretch, the same time, every day, the geese are overhead and in... Read more »
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Do you go Fishing or Hunting in September

In an ideal world I would have the ability to pick the perfect day and time to go do either. In the real world, that don’t happen. In the real world five days of my week are eaten up trying to eke out a living. 12 or more hours on any given day are dedicated... Read more »

A Past Squirrel Hunt in Three Parts: Part Three, the Descent Into Hell

. . . But when they stopped, usually on the side of a tree facing away from me, they may as well have vanished into thin air. I headed in the direction of the nest and spooked the squirrel from it’s hiding spot on the other side of a tree. As it ran higher into... Read more »

A Past Squirrel Hunt in Three Parts: Part Two, the Build Up

By the time December rolled around, I was beginning to believe that getting out again in 2007 just wasn’t going to happen. Finances had taken a nose dive once again. Round trip from my house to Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area used up the same amount of gas as one round trip to work.... Read more »
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A Past Squirrel Hunt in Three Parts: Part One, the Set Up

I think I got out hunting twice in 2007, both to Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area. Twice is a far cry from the 25 or more trips per year just a few years ago. But things change for better and worse and you hope every day the worse parts are over with. Every morning... Read more »