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Late Season Deer Hunting Success Favors the Well-Prepared

Late Season Deer Hunting Success Favors the Well-Prepared
Late season deer hunting in Illinois has it’s challenges.  If you have the right gear, pure grit and hard core determination then it’s another chance to top off the freezer with venison. My son Kyle was a little disappointed after the regular shotgun season. Passing on several small bucks, he still needed to put another... Read more »

5 Great Christmas Gifts for the Hunter

5 Great Christmas Gifts for the Hunter
Here are some great gift ideas for the hunter or outdoorsman in your family. I’ve used all of these products and can honestly say, you will be the favorite at Christmas this year if your hunter wakes up with one (or all) of these under the tree… Boyds Custom Gun Stocks Refurbish your old shotgun... Read more »

Featured Product - Yukon Ice Hunting Boot from LOWA

Featured Product - Yukon Ice Hunting Boot from LOWA
One of the most important part of any deer hunter’s gear is boots. For over 4 decades, I’ve tried many different brands and styles of boots during my days afield. Some have been great, and others not so much. But I’ve come across a boot that has been performing like a champ this season —... Read more »
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Deer Harvest Totals Show an Increase for 2015 Illinois Firearm Deer Season

Deer Harvest Totals Show an Increase for 2015 Illinois Firearm Deer Season
Deer hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 86,771 deer during the seven-day 2015 Firearm Deer Season, according the the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. That figure compares to 76,575 deer harvested during the seven days of firearm season in 2014. Preliminary harvest figures for the second segment of the firearm season on Dec.... Read more »

Recover more deer with great blood trailing and tracking tips

Recover more deer with great blood trailing and tracking tips
Some people call tracking an “art”, but I prefer to think of it as a science for a reason. Tracking a wounded deer is more like forensic science or an exercise in CSI. By striving to understand how an animal bleeds from different wound types, you will better recognize blood trails after each shot. But... Read more »

Return of the Deer Check Station in Illinois - for CWD

Return of the Deer Check Station in Illinois - for CWD
Less than two decades ago, deer hunters in Illinois could experience another unique part of the deer hunting culture – a trip to the check station to register their harvest. Nowadays, hunters can simply phone in or log on to register their deer harvest. But this season, deer hunters in select Northern Illinois counties are... Read more »
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Illinois Deer Report and Harvest Totals for Hunting Season

Illinois Deer Report and Harvest Totals for Hunting Season
The first half of the Illinois deer season provided hunters with a wide array of hunting conditions ranging from warm and windy to freezing and blizzardous. But the cold snap helped keep deer on their feet, and the rut was still on with lots of bucks still chasing does. With the help of these conditions,... Read more »

Bison Introduced to Midewin Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington Illinois

Bison Introduced to Midewin Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington Illinois
Where do the buffalo roam? In Will County, Illinois at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. I was fortunate enough to recently attend a ceremony where Midewin staff and their partners released the herd into the 450 acres of prairie that will be part of their new home. Many non-profit representatives, government officials and local dignitaries... Read more »

Feature Recipe Cheese Stuffed Venison Meatballs

Feature Recipe Cheese Stuffed Venison Meatballs
Basically, it’s a seasoned venison-burger meatball with a chunk of cheddar cheese baked inside. It’s like a bacon-cheeseburger meatball. This can be served as an appetizer or as a main course. If you prefer an Italian flair, you can simply substitute the hamburger seasoning with garlic, and the cheddar cheese with mozzarella, then cook and ... Read more »
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Nissan Trucks Roar into the Outdoors Market - TITAN XD Wins "2015 Truck of Texas" Award

Nissan Trucks Roar into the Outdoors Market - TITAN XD Wins "2015 Truck of Texas" Award
As an outdoorsman, I’m fascinated by the newest, latest, greatest and toughest trucks that come into the scene of the outdoor world. Towing, hauling, off-road handling— these are the qualities that hunters and fishermen not only crave, but require in order to make the most of their outdoor adventures. And the all new 2016 Nissan... Read more »