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Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tim Bunton

Illinois discontinues testing of fish for some pesticide contaminants

Illinois is joining a growing list of states that will no longer test fish in lakes and rivers for DDT and other related pesticides.
Illinois began testing fish for organochlorine pesticides in the 1970s, a few years after the best-known one, DDT, was banned in the U.S. Up until the ban, the chemicals had been widely used in the U.S., dating back to the 1940s. The state Department of Public Health (IDPH) says testing was done for the banned chemicals, because they were “environmentally persistent,” and could build up in the tissue of fish and other animals. But Brian Koch with IDPH says those chemicals are no longer showing up at dangerous levels.

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Dog owners, anglers in Illinois told to watch for algae blooms

Letting your lab or other hunting dog take a dip in the lake after a brisk workout is common during the “dog days” of summer in Illinois.
But DNR and other agencies are warning people – and dog owners – to be mindful of harmful algae blooms on the water. Anglers are being warned, too. Handling fish during an active bloom on a lake or pond increases the risk of skin exposure and “should be limited or avoided.”

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World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Illinois one step closer to being put up for sale

The World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta, Ill. moved another step closer to being put up for sale, as an amended version of House Bill 3456 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 26 and had a second hearing in the Senate on April 27. A third hearing was scheduled for May 2, which means the measure is likely to pass.

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42-inch invasive grass carp helps family win Palos Park derby in Illinois

The Koch family apparently did its part to fight invasive carp, reportedly yanking a 42-pound grass carp out of a Cook County lake.
But there is some confusion as to whether or not the fish, which helped the family win the Village of Palos Park’s Spring Fishing Derby, ended up back in Papoose Lake. Like black carp, silver carp and bighead carp, grass carp are an invasive species.

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