Illinois - Ralph Loos

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Huge flathead catfish awaits certification as new Illinois state record

Huge flathead catfish awaits certification as new Illinois state record

On Aug. 28, James Klauzer was fishing at Sangchris Lake when he matched wits with a giant flathead catfish.

August 2015
Large, odd-looking fish creating curiosity at Illinois State Fair

Large, odd-looking fish creating curiosity at Illinois State Fair

The presence of the ancient fish caught many fair visitors by surprise

August 2015
CPO, other DNR layoffs loom as unions get notice

CPO, other DNR layoffs loom as unions get notice

​More than 100 DNR employees will be laid off by Sept. 30, according to notices that were sent by the governor's office to public employee unions.

August 2015
Flooding changes site of two waterfowl blind drawings

Flooding changes site of two waterfowl blind drawings

DNR announced today that flooding on the Illinois River has caused two waterfowl blind drawings scheduled for this weekend to be moved.

July 2015
Governor signs bobcat bill into law, bobcat season can open in 2016

Governor signs bobcat bill into law, bobcat season can open in 2016

DNR now has authority to map out and hold a very limited bobcat season beginning in 2016.

July 2015
Deer season changes announced by DNR; archery limit not included

Deer season changes announced by DNR; archery limit not included

DNR announced Tuesday that hunters who participate in the Youth Deer Season this fall will be allowed to use unfilled permits during the first weekend of the regular firearms season.

June 2015
As hunters wait for duck season proposals, good news from breeding grounds

As hunters wait for duck season proposals, good news from breeding grounds

While Illinois duck hunters await the aftermath of waterfowl open houses held by DNR in June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released some good news right before the July 4 holiday.

June 2015
Big flathead catfish getting DNR protection in three rivers

Big flathead catfish getting DNR protection in three rivers

The state record flathead catfish weighed 78 pounds. It was caught in Carlyle Lake in 1995.

June 2015
World Shooting Complex could be victim of budget fight

World Shooting Complex could be victim of budget fight

Among the threatened cuts announced today by Gov. Bruce Rauner is the suspension of operations at the World Shooting Recreational Complex near Sparta.

June 2015
DNR appears posed to make deer hunting season changes

DNR appears posed to make deer hunting season changes

Deer hunters could be in for some changes this fall, if an announcement made today by DNR is any indication.

May 2015
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