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Thursday, June 13th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, June 13th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Gretchen Steele

Gretchen Steele: The transition from spring to summer in southern Illinois is a beautiful thing

As we bid farewell to May, we also bid adieu to spring and welcome the vibrant summer in southern Illinois. This transition, unique to our region, is a spectacle to behold. Mother Nature, in her unpredictable ways, has treated us to a spring filled with unusual phenomena and moments, reminding us that she sets the pace, not our calendars.

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Gretchen Steele: Time to participate in Illinois’ Wild Turkey Survey Program

Are you ready to dive into the exciting world of wildlife conservation and exploration? Look no further than Illinois’ Wild Turkey Survey Program. This engaging initiative offers a unique opportunity for nature enthusiasts and conservationists alike to get up close and personal with one of the state’s most iconic and fascinating bird species — the wild turkey.
“No Mow May” is over, and we are starting to see poults and hen turkeys bobbing around the grasslands and woods. The Illinois Wild Turkey Survey app, released last year, brings the ability to log turkey sightings to everyone’s fingertips.

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Gretchen Steele: Bowfishing a great outdoor sport, and a conservation tool

Few outdoor sports activities evoke the raw thrill of bowfishing. It’s an unique blend of archery prowess and angler finesse, where enthusiasts aim not for trophies mounted on walls but for conservation and ecological balance. While some may perceive bowfishing as solely recreational, its potential as a conservation tool is often underestimated. When executed responsibly, bowfishing can be vital in preserving aquatic ecosystems.

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Gretchen Steele: Public libraries overlooked as hubs for outdoor enthusiasts

In a world dominated by digital screens and virtual landscapes, the call of the wild remains as potent as ever. For outdoorsmen and women, the allure of nature’s grandeur, the thrill of adventure, and the quest for knowledge are ever intertwined.
While the great outdoors may seem like the antithesis of the library, these sanctuaries of knowledge hold a trove of resources waiting to be discovered by nature enthusiasts. Welcome to the untamed wilderness of your local public library — a treasure trove for adventurers and explorers alike.

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An ‘unintentional success:’ Celebrating the life of Gary McCree, known as the “Goosemaster” in southern Illinois

The world of waterfowl hunting, and especially goose hunting, recently lost a true legend. I’m coming to terms with the fact that as I get older, my longtime friends, mentors, colleagues, and hunting partners are aging as well.
Unfortunately, with that aging process comes loss.
The loss this time has the entire southern Illinois waterfowl community mourning one of its own. Gary McCree, long known as the “Goosemaster,” has gone to fly with his beloved geese.

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Gretchen Steele: Tips for capturing great photos of spring wildflowers

Springtime offers a kaleidoscope of colors and fragrances as nature awakens from its winter slumber, with wildflowers painting landscapes with vibrant hues.
Photographing these ephemeral beauties requires patience, creativity, and a keen eye for detail. Here are some tips to help you capture the essence of spring in your wildflower photography. 

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Illinois braces for the emergence of Brood X and Brood XIII cicadas

As the temperatures rise and the days grow longer, nature in Illinois is preparing for a symphony like no other.
Every 17 and 13 years, respectively, two distinct broods of cicadas emerge from their underground homes to blanket the landscape in a cacophony of buzzing, clicking, and chirping. Brood X and Brood XIII, the heralds of summer, are set to emerge again, captivating the hearts and minds of nature enthusiasts and casual observers alike.

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Early spring tempts mushroomers, anglers, snake fans in Illinois

It sure seems like we didn’t have much winter in southern Illinois this year.
It also seemed like spring started way early. The weather patterns have definitely been different – much warmer than usual and much earlier. I was hearing from readers, friends, and colleagues and even found a few myself – spring plants and wildflowers that generally don’t emerge until late March or early April were appearing in late February and early March.

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Illinois state parks, campgrounds will host thousands of curious viewers when the solar eclipse hits on April 8

Are you ready to witness a cosmic spectacle like no other?
Southern Illinois is gearing up to host the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. If you plan to join the thousands flocking to the region for this awe-inspiring event, I’d like to share some advice for those just now starting to make your 2024 Solar Eclipse plans.

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