Keri Butt

Archers can get a taste of bowfishing at festival and conservation shoot

A day of bowfishing and bowfishing education is scheduled for May 19  at the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area boat access. The all-day Illinois’ Bowfishing Festival and Conservation Shoot will feature bowfishing instruction and ranges, fishing instruction for kids with supervised rod-reel fishing opportunities, fish cleaning and cooking demonstrations and activities for children. Experts will be on hand and displays…

Remembering Charlie Alsheimer: A legend who left behind a forever-legacy

When I received a text from Dan Schmidt, editor-in-chief for Deer & Deer Hunting, in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, letting me know that Charlie Alsheimer – renowned whitetail behaviorist, photographer, writer, and speaker – had unexpectedly passed away over the weekend, like many others, I was stunned. And just plain sad. I’ve been good friends with “Schmidt,”…

One tag down and a doe on the ground – but not until after an 18-hour roller-coaster ride

Right now, my work schedule is insane and doesn’t allow much time to do anything, let alone hunt. But I’ve been taking every opportunity I’ve been afforded to spend time in the deer woods. On Oct. 28, I got off work at four in the afternoon, raced home, and headed to a stand. Obviously, a late start was not ideal, but you’ve gotta hunt…

Deer hunting: time well wasted

If you’ve followed my columns or blogs, you’ve read that, for me, Oct. 1 is sacred. Regardless of all else, I’m in the deer woods. I haven’t missed an Oct. 1 in the deer woods since I started bow hunting. Half the time, I don’t even know what day of the week it is, let alone the actual date. But if…