Ralph Loos

EHD was moderate in state's deer herd in 2017

According to the DNR, 66 reports of EHD were received from landowners and hunters totaling 169 deer in 32 counties. By comparison, in 2012, the worst year for EHD in Illinois, a total of 2,968 dead deer were reported in 87 counties.

Hunters steaming into final week of deer season

The state’s deer season wraps up Sunday, and it appears hunters will easily top last year’s harvest total. DNR has released numbers from the first weekend of the late-winter and special CWD seasons, which produced a harvest of 1,714 deer, compared…

DNR once again appears ready to get into the ATV trail business

Talk about opening ATV trails have been tossed around for a few years. Hunters and others who use state land are mostly opposed to the idea, citing loss of natural areas and habitat, not to mention the noise and crowds an ATV facility would bring.

Anti-bobcat trapping bill is amended, groups remain opposed

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.

DNR terminates lease on Rend Lake Resort

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

About This Blog


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.

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