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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

September 30, 2023

Rifles given OK for Illinois’ gun, youth hunts

Illinois’ “shotgun season” is no longer just that. 
Deer hunters will be able to use centerfire single-shot rifles during the two weekends of the 2023 firearms season, DNR has confirmed. Youth hunters also will be able to use them for the Oct. 7-9 youth season. There has been no public announcement about the inclusion of rifles, but the most recent Deer Season Information Sheet released by DNR features an updated “Legal Hunting Devices” section for both the regular firearms season and the youth season. DNR spokesman Jayette Bolinski confirmed the information on the information sheets is accurate and up to date – that the single-shot rifles (as specified in n 520 ILCS 5/2.25) are allowed during the two season.

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Lovely time to be on a stream: Autumn fly fishing for trout is tough to beat

By autumn, most sportsmen from Pennsylvania and other states across the country are focused on the hunting seasons. This is especially true of deer hunters who hunt with bows and crossbows.  
Only a few sportsmen are interested in fly-fishing for trout; but the ones who are have the chance to make fine catches while fishing uncrowded streams.
The best autumn fly-fishing begins close to the first day of autumn. By that time trout streams that may have been too warm for trout have cooled off to temperatures that trout find tolerable.  

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Doves can humble even the best shots; here’s how to put more in your vest

With dove season open since early September in most states, many hunters are geared up for one of hunting’s most enjoyable pursuits – dove hunting.
And, since these winged rockets are one of the toughest birds to connect on and can humiliate even the best shots, I thought I would share some tips that I have learned that will hopefully help you put more birds in your game vest this season.

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Episode 455 – Federal duck stamp winner Chuck Black, an excellent Minnesota duck report, early bowhunting tactics with Tony Peterson, and flamingos in Wisconsin

Minnesota waterfowlers are reporting one of the best openers in recent memory in 2023, and Rob Drieslein and Tim Spielman break it all down. Then

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Here are three observations taken from a first duck hunt

It’s been more than 30 years since I enjoyed my first duck hunt, but I still remember many of the details. Hamlin County. A boat ride in the dark with my older brother. Nearly a box and a half of shells fired and nary a feather disturbed on a duck. Fall colors just starting to appear on the cottonwoods at the boat launch. An obsession with waterfowl and waterfowl hunting ignited.
A first-hunt experience sticks with you, and now I have another, as father rather than hunter, to file away in the memory bank.

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Chronic wasting disease a growing threat for New York

Chronic Wasting Disease hasn’t been seen in New York State since 2005 but it has the potential of changing deer hunting forever. This always fatal disease, for which there is no cure, threatens white-tailed deer, moose, and elk.
CWD was discovered in Oneida County 18 years ago, and thanks to an intensive and comprehensive testing and culling program, the DEC and NYS Department of Agriculture managed to eliminate it. CWD has been found in 29 states but, so far, New York is the only state to have eliminated it. However, that isn’t the case with our neighbor to the south.

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Getting to the point of Michigan’s grouse and woodcock opener

I’ve been reflecting lately on how our great sporting traditions – participating in certain pastimes with particular individuals on specific days or dates – begin and endure. I have, and have had, plenty of them. I used to always fish opening day of bass season (as well as the opening day of bass fishing in Ontario) with my dad, for instance, until my father aged out, and now that bass fishing is open year-round, I never replaced it.
But I generally know where and with whom I’ll be on Nov. 15, Oct. 20, the last Saturday of April, etc. There are occasional hiccups, of course, but the traditions tend to endure.

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New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Cornell studying Oneida Lake walleyes

Oneida Lake and its famed walleye fishery are among the most-studied and best-understood in the world.
Now, the knowledge gleaned over the last six decades by Cornell University’s Biological Field Station, at Shackleton Point on the lake’s south shore, is about to be augmented in a big way.
Cornell and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are launching a new, three-year walleye telemetry study on the lake. The aim?
“This information will be used to improve DEC’s understanding and management of walleye in the state’s third-most fished lake,” Steve Hurst, chief of the DEC’s Bureau of Fisheries, said.

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