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October 30, 2023

Bass weighing 8 pounds signifies Lake Sara strategy in Illinois’ Effingham County

A largemouth bass that weighed a tad under 8 pounds was pulled out of Lake Sara in 2022, basically backing DNR’s strategy in 2017 to implement a protected slot limit on bass.
The 8-pounder, which was caught during one of the 52 tournaments held on Sara last year, was not the only large bass weighed in. There was one that weighed 7.2 pounds, and another that came in just under 7 pounds (6.9 pounds). There were a handful of bass caught that topped 6 pounds.

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State, federal sites swing gates open for youth waterfowl hunts in Illinois

The fall hunting season in Illinois gets a bit busier in coming weeks, as youth waterfowl hunters hit state sites for the regular season and for special hunts.
DNR released a schedule in late October, noting that, “Numerous Illinois state parks and wildlife areas will be open to youth waterfowl hunting during the 2023 zoned youth waterfowl hunting seasons.” Several federal sites that fall under DNR waterfowl administrative rules also are open for youth hunts.

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Commentary: Illinois’ DNR needs more of everything – including funding

Periodically, it’s important to sit back and reassess. A couple of conversations during the last few weeks got me thinking about the current state of affairs of the Illinois DNR.
As a young adult, I was vaguely aware of what was then the Illinois Department of Conservation. I knew the agency had game wardens to enforce hunting and fishing regulations. I knew the department was responsible for the operation of state parks.

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