Illinois counties with chronic wasting disease now stands at 17.
Springfield — In a state scrapping to improve its pheasant and quail populations and habitat, the Farm Bill Biologist Partnership has been invaluable. For both hunters and landowners, that is. Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, which administers the program and plays a major role in it, shared good news recently, reporting that three new biologist’s positions were filled in Illinois. The biologists…
Carbondale, Ill. — The Asian carp caught last month a mere nine miles from Lake Michigan is still undergoing tests at Southern Illinois University to determine its origin. Greg Whitledge, an SIU zoologist, said a team has been examining the fish’s DNA and such things as calcium deposits in its ear bone to trace the waterways in which the fish…
This silver carp was caught in a gill net by commercial fishermen on June 22 a mere nine miles from Lake Michigan. (Photo courtesy of USFWS)Chicago — Crews from DNR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers launched a frenzied two-week hunt for Asian carp after one of the fish was found a mere…
Illinois Natural History Survey used results of random surveys of waterfowl hunters who purchased a state waterfowl permits in the 2002-03 and 2015-16 waterfowl seasons.
It’s official weight on a certified scale was 21 pounds 7.2 ounces and was taken by Robert Vericella, of Bloomington. The previous record was 20 pounds, 0.32 ounces – caught at Lake of Egypt on June 20, 1993.
Tyler Lubbat and Dominic Domian pulled 13 pounds and 7 ounces of bass out of Carlyle Lake for the win.
The IHSA announced the finals will be held June 14-15 on Carlyle Lake. That’s a Wednesday-Thursday event, as opposed to the traditional Friday-Saturday.
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.