The proposal that would ban bobcat trapping and also the sale of bobcat pelts was amended on Friday to exclude southern Illinois and a handful of western counties from the ban, but trapper and sportsmen groups in the state remain strongly opposed.
This year’s sectional round was hit by rain, wind and high water – half of the 22 tournaments were postponed from the original date of May 5 to May 8.
The state record of 16,605 is still in reach, but it will take a massive effort in the northern counties to hit the record, which was set in 2006.
What was thought to be a black crappie was a hybrid white and black crappie.
It’s March Madness when it comes to catching record fish in Illinois.
Luke Garver began the job late last year, filling a role that had been vacant since Paul Brewer retired at the end of 2013.
A black crappie weighing 4 pounds, 8.8 ounces has been verified, caught by Ryan Povolish.
DNR has been quiet, but the ICF website now lists Schenck as the executive director and even contains a biography that is dated April 3, 2017 — next Monday.
The regular season opens April 3 in the south zone and April 10 in the north zone.
As mallard harvest goes, so goes the state duck harvest as a whole — downward.
If all goes well, biologists and technicians will release between 11 million and 12 million fish into the state’s lakes and rivers this year – a significant decline from the 20.9 million stocked in 2016 and light years from the 79.5 million fish stocked 15 years ago in 2002.
It’s an exciting time and, if nothing else, I usually learn something by browsing through the regulations.
How many feral hogs are roaming around in Illinois and do they pose a threat?
Deer hunting is certainly not dead, but hunters are looking for change — it’s a steady decline in the overall herd that seems to be irking – and frustrating – the hunting community
Layoffs originally planned in 2015 are now back on, according to a letter from CMS to AFSCME
Hopes that lawmakers would make progress on a state budget — Illinois hasn’t had one in 18 months — faded this week as the old General Assembly rode off into the sunset and a new one convened
Hunters could learn fate of firearms ‘silencer bill’ at anytime; state budget focus of new legislative session
Legislation to allow use of suppressors on hunting guns expected to come up for a vote as 99th General Assembly gathers to take care of unfinished business
There are no elk in Illinois, yet a hunter killed one Dec. 26 in the central part of the state. DNR is still investigating, but the agency assumes the animal escaped from a domestic elk ranch in the area. Illinois did consider re-introducing elk 2 years ago.
Down 8.5 percent with a few weeks remaining
The state closed the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in
Sparta last year due to the ongoing state budget issues. While it has
managed to keep the Grand American trapshooting championships, news has
come that at least one other popular event is leaving.
Rend Lake Resort sits on a popular 19,000-acre lake inside of a state park managed by DNR. Reasons given for the termination and closure include upkeep issues and unpaid rent and utilities
Muzzleloader numbers provide bit of a bounce-back in Illinois, pulling numbers closer 2013 and ’14.
Slugs hitting houses, guns that are way illegal and bucks’ antlers locked together in a fight to the death.
By Ralph Loos Editor Marion, Ill. — As observant duck hunters know, it’s all about the food. With Thanksgiving Day arriving – and with it the opening of the south zone, the fourth and final zone to open to duck hunting – lack of food on the Illinois River has made the season a tough go for hunters in the…
Quail hunting participation in Illinois dropped by a third last season and total harvest slid by nearly half, but there’s an unfamiliar flutter of hope for upland bird hunters and managers across the state.
What is the value of an Illinois duck hunter? Better yet, how much is that bagged duck worth?