About Don

Don Dziedzina has been involved in the outdoors industry for nearly 40 years.

As an outdoor writer, Don has had columns published in dozens of weekly newspapers and monthly outdoor magazines.  Today, Don writes outdoor columns for the Chicago Tribune's TribLocal sports section and the 22nd Century's Patriot newspaper.

Don won the Illinois Outdoor Writer of the Year Award twice and in 2005 he also won the Reader's Choice Award from MidWest Outdoors Magazine. And, the Illinois Press Association awarded Don with 1st Place in a writer's competition for a Sports Column in 2006. The column that won was deer hunting in southern Illinois.  Numerous writing awards have been received from the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers as well.

In 1995, Don began to produce and host the Illinois Outdoors Television Show. This show is taped on the water and in the field featuring the great outdoor opportunities that we all enjoy in Illinois. This show has been on the air every week since 1995 on a number of different television stations in the Chicago market and is currently reaching nearly seven million households weekly.

In May of 2006, Don joined Jim DaRosa at the long running Fishing and Outdoors Radio Show that broadcasts live every week on sixradio stations in northern Illinois. In recent years, this radio show has won several Best in Craft awards from the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.  In April 2015 the Radio show closed this chapter of the book after 32 years of broadcasting.  Don now is spending more time on his TV show.

An avid angler and one who also enjoys hunting, Don loves to share his experiences with others in his numerous columns, TV and radio shows, seminars, and public appearances.

Here on this blog, Don would like to share with you information on the outdoors and the outdoor industry.

Don hopes that you enjoy the information shared with you and encourages your commentary on the blog or feel free to email him at iloutdoors@comcast.net.