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Cory Yarmuth is an experienced Illinois outdoorsman who has had a fishing rod in his hands for over 34 years. His father introduced him to the outdoors at an early age by taking him hunting for pheasants or chasing King salmon in rivers. These days Cory can often be found fishing the shorelines of Lake Michigan or out in my boat chasing a number of different species of fish. Along with being an outdoors writer, Cory is a local guide, seminar speaker and tournament fisherman.

As a fellow outdoorsman and a regular contributor to Illinois Outdoor News, I’m pleased to be part of the Outdoor News blog roll. Those of you who have seen my drivel in the pages of ION may be somewhat familiar with my background as a 17-year deer and turkey hunter who cut his teeth as a boy hunting small game in the fencerows and creek bottoms of Perry County. I’ve also been known to wet a line now and then, and in recent years I’ve started getting acquainted with waterfowl hunting.

Keri Butt is a lifetime resident of northern Illinois. She is a freelance writer, and enjoys speaking publicly about getting more women and kids involved in the outdoors. Keri also teaches hunting classes offered at various women’s workshops. When she began hunting ten years ago, she had no idea that it would grow into what has now become a passion that consumes her life. When she’s not hunting, Keri devotes most of her time to family, but appreciates most the moments she can combine the two.

Ralph Loos has been editor of Illinois Outdoor News since its launch in 2008. Previous to that, he was a newspaper reporter and editor in Springfield, Chicago, Denver and Nashville, Tennessee. Ralph grew up on a farm in southern Illinois (Perry County), where he fished local farm ponds and strip mine pits. An avid quail hunter, Ralph still spends a great deal of time on his family's farm, hunting deer, squirrels and birds. He now resides in Edwardsville, where his only hobby outside of the outdoors is running marathons.

 

» Hunting News

Archive »Hunting Tips

Three great stands for hunting the rut

Narrowing down my top stand sites for hunting the rut to only three is not easy.

Deer and bowhunting: Treestand safety starts now

Leaving up your stands all year can lead to dangerous hunting situations.

Alaska Game and Fish shares bear safety tips

Although the heavy winter snow may have them wanting to hit the snooze button, it won't be long before local bears begin to rise and shine for the spring.

Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

Successful hunting trips require a combination of skill, patience and most importantly, preparation. As turkey season rapidly approaches, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) encourages preparation first, hoping that hunters will brush up on important turkey hunting safety tips before hitting the woods.

» Fishing News

  • Charter boat report: what anglers caught in 2013

    Charter boat report: what anglers caught in 2013

    When it comes to grading a Lake Michigan fishing season, numbers put up by charter boats that operate out of Chicagoland tend to dictate the final score.

  • Hatchery gets hand(s) to prep Lake Michigan fish

    Hatchery gets hand(s) to prep Lake Michigan fish

    Fish by fish, about 60 people readied roughly 70,000 rainbow trout for the annual Lake Michigan stocking – clipping fins at the Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery in mid-March.

  • Fisheries biologists at ready after long winter

    Fisheries biologists at ready after long winter

    There’s a good chance that fish living in smaller ponds across Illinois didn’t make it through the winter, Dan Stephenson, Illinois DNR assistant fisheries chief, said.

Archive »Fishing Tips

New in-line reels eliminate dreaded “lure spin”

Ice fishing innovation cures twisted line, thus resulting in more bites through the hard water

Follow the forage: the sunfish and crappies of March

Bluegills and crappies are moving to the shallows. Play your cards right, and you’ll own the bite

Top secrets of successful late-ice northern pike anglers

Some of the best fishing of the year for aggressive freshwater pike is exploding under the ice

Ice fishing’s winter walleye doldrums? There’s no such thing!

Walleye locations during the late-ice period vary, but that just means multiple lures and presentations produce bites.