Archive for December 2010

Ice Fishing

I got an invitation from Rich Partak to do some ice fishing at a residential pond west of Joliet.  I know that his pond had some great crappie, bluegill and bass so how could I resist. Last Wednesday before Jim DaRosa, Ray Ludkevicz and I did the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show, we went to... Read more »

IDNR Reminds Snowmobile Operators to be Cautious this Winter

I realize that we’ve had rain for the last two days and most all of the snow in the fields and woods is now gone.  But Winter has just started and I’m sure snowmobilers will be out again.  Here is some great information from the IL DNR…. Pre-trip planning essential in safe and enjoyable rides... Read more »

New Book - " Illinois Birds: A Century of Change"

From the IL DNR… Fish and Wildlife Service and Illinois DNR Applaud Release of Illinois Birds: A Century of Change The Service and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) applaud the release of the Illinois Natural History Survey’s Illinois Birds: A Century of Change, a publication summarizing changes to bird populations and habitats across the... Read more »

First Pheasant Photo

Here’s a photo and email from Matt R. regarding the hunting experience of one of his sons. “Hey Don here he is again 8 Year old Patrick got his first pheasant while hunting with friends out west of Yorkville.  He uses a .410 side by side to bag this rooster on a great day of... Read more »

FREE contest to win $139 certificate toward Ocean Waves Sunglasses

Dan Stefanich holds up a nice bass that he caught sight fishing. A good pair of polarized sunglasses are an important tool for serious anglers. How would you like to win a gift certificate worth $139.00 toward a pair of Ocean Waves sunglasses?  It’s easy.  I’d like to see a photo of you in some... Read more »

Emiquon Preserve Lake Access Permits for 2011 Now Available

This just came in from the Nature Conservancy….. “Emiquon Preserve Lake Access Permits for 2011 Now Available WHAT:   The Nature Conservancy announced today that boating, fishing and ice skating will be permitted at the Emiquon Preserve on a limited basis in 2011. The free permits and a complete list of rules for 2011 may now... Read more »

Ice fishing with the kids

Outdoor writer Rob Piorkowski got his boys out fishing this weekend at a pond west of Orland Park.  They caught quite a few fish through the ice and the boys had a blast. Here is a photo of Rob’s son Mike who did really well getting nice gills like the one in this photo. If... Read more »

You can get some geese by heading south

Jason Johns of Todd Gessner Outdoors and the Boneyard Outfitters has been having a blast with the Canada Geese in southern Illinois. It’s not often that they get snow down there but this year is a bit different and they’re cleaning up on them big honkers. Here are some photos of the geese that they’ve... Read more »

Getting out for some geese

Jim DaRosa of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show and I got out to hunt up some geese. Snow had covered the ground so blending in was with white camo, butcher coats and some pretty nutty stocking caps.  The action was not fast and furious, but we did have fun for an afternoon hunt.  Below... Read more »

Crappies through the ice

Ken O’Malley from Mokena spend a little time ice fishing and caught some crappies from a pond near his home.  Here is a photo that he sent to me.  If you have any fishing or hunting photos that you’d like to share, send them to