Illinois – Jay Nehrkorn

Deer Season Memories Will Be More Feathers than Fur

The January late-winter antlerless deer season has been an annual “last hoorah” for my yearly deer hunting since its early days as a handgun-only affair, and with the season still being offered in my stomping grounds of Perry County, it was once again a time for last chances and retrospection. This year’s January 18-20 season ended quickly for me, but…

Think Small for Rabbit Hotspots

Deer hunting didn’t become a part of my lifestyle until my teenage years were behind me, but November has always been a highly anticipated time of year for me because it marks the opening of rabbit season. Like squirrel hunting, rabbit hunting seems to have lost a great deal of market share in terms of participation since I came of…

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days Are Here Again

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days celebrates its 25th anniversary on the campus of John A. Logan College in Carterville this month, and while I’m a relative newcomer compared to many of the faithful attendees from the past quarter-century, planning another weekend at the expo still feels like something of a homecoming.                     The event takes place on Sept. 22-23…

Backwoods and Farm Pond Favorites

A day on the lake or at a park full of strip pits is great when you can pull it off, but during the long daylight hours of summer, quick fishing opportunities can also present themselves when the work day ends. Those without boats, with little time or who simply like a more isolated fishing environment can have a lot…