Anglers are reporting excellent smallmouth bass fishing here with most effort on the east end near Buffalo.
August 18, 2023
A month or so out from a new deer season, we’re learning something new – or maybe not so new – about scouting bucks on late-summer trail cameras.
What you see now is not necessarily what you can expect later. That’s not exactly shocking news, but deer biologists in a university study did have an interesting assessment of camera scouting right before a deer season begins. The Illinois archery season, which launches Oct. 1, will go on with camera research or without it. Hunters who have put in the time and work to select a treestand site are eager to assess their own research and decision making.
On Aug. 18, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released its report on the 2023 Waterfowl Population Status based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS, Canadian Wildlife Service and other partners.
Total populations were estimated at 32.3 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, a 7% drop from 2022’s estimate of 34.7 million and 9% below the long-term average (since 1955). Ducks Unlimited Chief Scientist Dr. Steve Adair said in a press release that the overall numbers reflect a complex relationship between waterfowl, weather and habitat availability.