Ralph Loos

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

State CWD report shows 72 positive cases in FY 2016

DNR’s annual report indicates that the number of positive deer remained very similar to last year, when 71 cases were confirmed. However, the number is much higher than during the first decade of monitoring (2003-2013).

Shotguns warming up as trapshooting championships stay in Sparta

After the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta was closed last September due to the state budget crisis, many feared the Amateur Trapshooting Association would move the Grand American  out of Illinois. But an agreement between ATA and DNR means the event will kick of next week.

Agreement may keep Grand American at Sparta shooting complex

The executive director of the Amateur Trapshooting Association said today that a tentative agreement has been reached with the State of Illinois that should keep The Grand American, at Sparta’s World Shooting and Recreational Complex.

About This Blog

Loos

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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