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Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Jeremiah Haas

Illinois joins Midwest Walleye Challenge where anglers can win prizes, help biologists better understand fisheries

Each year, state natural resources and fish and wildlife agencies invest significant resources to support walleye fisheries. Locally, Iowa’s Fairport Fish Hatchery staff spend several weeks collecting broodstock (adult walleyes) on the Mississippi River for hatchery production.
The LaSalle Hatchery in Illinois does, as well, for sauger on the Illinois River. These activities dominate time resources and minimize population monitoring of waterbodies during these periods.

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Jeremiah Haas: Recent cold and snow in Illinois a reminder of nature’s resiliency

As I sit here, it is the last day of the Illinois bow season, my deer summer sausage and sticks supplies are already running low, and I’m looking out the window at the worst weather conditions we have seen in several years.
While I was hoping for a quick doe hunt this weekend, the smarter half of me knows the season is over.

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Jeremiah Haas: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs integral to what we love as hunters, anglers

Now that we have spent the sporting goods store gift cards we received at Christmas, you might be wondering where does all that money go? While the manufacturers and retailers get much of the price you pay, a percentage of it will be used to help the resources we will likely be pursuing with the new items we purchased.
These conservation programs have a long history, one dating back nearly a century.

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Jeremiah Haas: Fix your 2023 outdoor failures for 2024 successes

As we finish up the year and reflect on the successes and failures of the past 12 months, now is the best time to make those 2024 goals and start the process of eliminating what you failed at in 2023. It is OK to admit you had failures.
Guess what? We all have them, so list them to start the process of moving forward. Coaching junior-high-school-age children, I often tell them that we learn more from our failures than our successes, so outdoorsmen and women need to do the same.

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Jeremiah Haas: Success in the deer woods is about showing up

Most of us do not get to spend all day and night engaged in the outdoors. Time availability in the field changes during your life as you gain responsibilities and obligations. When I was in college, I was in a treestand 45 to 60 days each fall.
Now it seems like I can count those treestand days on two hands. While the obligations are more important, the draw to the woods is constant and nagging.

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Illinois hunter takes unusual piebald deer in Rock Island County

Paul Sereda, of Coal Valley, Ill., has been hunting this property for around 10 years and had never harvested a buck like this. He hunts a small parcel in Rock Island County where most of the deer are transient, but it does get a fair amount of traffic.
His trail cameras kept him in the loop that deer were using the area, including this particular deer. The funny part, however, is that even though he had pictures of the buck, all were at night and consequently were black and white photos.

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Success! Now, what to do with that deer?

Firearm season is beginning in Illinois and about 100,000 deer are going to be harvested over the next few weekends.
While the joy of the hunting experience is always a highlight, the true gift is the 30 to 40 pounds of meat you receive from your doe, or significantly more if you are fortunate enough to harvest a large buck. Taking care of the meat is critical to complete a successful hunt, and that starts immediately.

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Power station a source of Mississippi River’s walleye boom in Illinois

When you think about a nuclear power station, your first thought is likely not of a fish hatchery. But Illinois has the only nuclear generation site in the country with an active fish hatchery that is operated privately. 
And that unique hatchery has produced some astonishing walleye numbers. After 40 years of stocking, a rough estimate is that nearly 10 million fingerlings have been produced. That production, along with highly effective regulations, has turned the Mississippi River from Dubuque to the Quad Cities into one of the best walleye fisheries in the country.

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It’s important to keep your priorities clear during hunting season

At this point in the year, it is very easy to spend every waking moment in a treestand. Deer hunting can cause people to become singularly focused on antlers and not about the rest of life.
This also can cause hunters to make poor decisions in regard to their safety and sometimes, to those around them. Sometimes a little planning will help to limit those poor decisions, keep relationships strong, and aid you in having a good hunting season in and out of the woods.

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