Illinois – Ralph Loos

Fall trout fishing season to open Oct. 16

Fall trout fishing season opens Oct. 16 at 37 ponds and lakes throughout the state, DNR announced today. More than 70,000 trout are being stocked by DNR at the locations listed below. No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens at 5 a.m. on Oct. 16. To take trout legally…

Wyatt named Pheasants Forever rep for north and central Illinois

Fairmount, Ill. – Dick Wyatt,  a founding member of the Champaign County Pheasants Forever chapter, has been named as the new regional representative for PF in northernand central Illinois. Wyatt will aid “The Habitat Organization” in starting and servicing Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters and members in the region to enhance the organization’s wildlife habitat mission. Wyatt, who spent the past…

Free fishing at state parks this Saturday

DNR is waiving the fishing license requirement at state parks on Sept. 18. Below is the agency’s announcement” To celebrate “It’s Our River Day,” DNR will offer free fishing at state parks on Saturday, Sept.18. On this day, anyone may fish without a sport fishing license, inland trout stamp or salmon stamp. “We hope events like ‘It’s Our River Day’ will spark…

Carlyle Lake will host high school fishing finals through 2016

The Illinois High School Association has granted a contract extension for the Bass Fishing State Finals at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle.  The IHSA conducted the country’s  first high school bass fishing state championship at Carlyle in 2009 and returned to the lake for the second event this past spring. The initial contract spanned three years and Carlyle Lake will now host through 2016. “From…

Dairy farm blamed for fish kill in central Illinois

Bellflower, Ill. – DNR estimates that 40,000 fish, including minnows, buffalo fish, carp, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish and other fish were found dead over a seven-mile stretch of Lone Tree Creek from U.S. 136 to the Sangamon River. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency investigators believe a rural Bellflower dairy farm is the likely source of runoff that killed the fish and an…

Illinois man to fish for $1million bass

A 49-year-old angler from Illinois will gett he chance to catch a bass worth $1 million later this month on Lake Erie. Here’s the pesse release from the event sponsor: Michael Skidmore of Chicago has been selected as the winner of the Early Times Kentucky Whisky “Reel in a Million” contest. Skidmore, 49, was randomly chosen out of over 10,000 entries…

Carp suit against Illinois will have first hearing

The lawsuit filed by a handful of states over the Asian carp situation will have its first hearing on Aug. 23.  The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in northern Illinois last month and accuses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago of creating a public nuisance by operating locks, gates…

Deer disease appears to be making isolated comeback

Three summers after epizootic hemorrhagic disease ravaged the deer herd across a big chunk of southern Illinois, some northern deer appear to be affected. According to an Associated Press report,  EHD is causing problems in Chicago’s south suburbs, where residents are finding dead or dying deer in their backyards and in nearby forest preserves. DNR has reported more than 30 deer…

Report: Lake Bluff wild turkey finally captured

Just in from the Associated Press . . . . Lake Bluff, Ill – t took more than 80 hours of stalking, baiting and waiting, but animal rescue workers have finally netted “Sparkles,” the elusive wild turkey who was making his home near a busy intersection in the Chicago suburb of Lake Bluff. Garon Fyffe, director of A-B-C Humane Wildlife…

BAI to host ‘Director’s Shoot’ Aug. 7

The Bowfishing Association of Illinois and DNR will host the first annual “Time on the Water Director’s Shoot” on Aug. 7 at Time on the Water Outdoors in Spring Valley. The shoot hours are Aug. 7 from 5 a.m. until noon, with a “Big 6” format in which the heaviest stringer of six silver carp will win. Only silver carp…

Quinn sends letter to USFWS requesting fourth duck zone

More progress on gaining a fourth waterfowl zone in Illinois: Late Thursday, DNR sent out a press release announcing that Gov. Pat Quinn sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar outlining the advantages of allowing the state to establish the additional zone. “A fourth zone would help alleviate the conflicts that are arising in Illinois when zones are forced…

Man indicted for running over deer with ATV

DNR CPOs arrested a Clinton man who is accused of running over a deer with his ATV.   A grand jury indictment against Clay A. Reeves,21, included one felony count of animal torture and numerous other Illinois animal and wildlife code violations.    Reeves was taken into custody without incident by Illinois Conservation Police and was transported to the DeWitt County Jail,…

What to do with pesky carp? Ship them to China, Gov says

Well, it sounds a bit whacky, but Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said today that an Illinois packing company will team with the state to send Asian carp to a Chinese packing company. Chinese citizens apparently have quite the appetite for car. According to the governor’s office, Illinois is entering into a first-of-its-kind partnership will help enhance the commercial fishing industry,…

DNR unveils new deer roadkill policies

Always confusing, the laws and policies involving deer killed during vehicle collisions are getting updated by DNR. You can find the new policies below. Meanwhile, I’m seeking opinions on the roadkill rules. E-mail me at ralph@outdoornews.com According to a DNR news release: Road Kill – Individuals who wish to claim a deer killed in a vehicle collision must report the…

Duck population estimates at nearly 41 million birds

As Illinois duck hunters await word on the fall season dates, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stepped in with their annual duck population estimate. The numbers usually look good and give some sort of positive spin on the upcoming season. This year is no different: the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey is 40.9 million birds, very similar…

Supreme Court ruling comes down on side of gun rights

The U.S. Supreme Court today extended gun rights to every state and city in the nation in the McDonald v. Chicago ruling involving Chicago’s 28-year-old handgun ban. By a 5-4 vote, splitting along conservative and liberal lines, the nation’s highest court extended its landmark 2008 ruling that individual Americans have a constitutional right to own guns to all the cities…

Breaking News: Asian carp found above electric barrier

The answer has finally been answered: yes, Asian carp have breached the electic barrier in the Chicago Waterway System. Well, at least one has. The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announced today that one Bighead Asian carp has been found in Lake Calumet along the Chicago Area Waterway System. This is the first physical specimen that has been found in…

Deer competition coming to Illinois, new group claims

There’s no indication where they will be, but a new professional “deer tour” will include Illinois, according to a statement by a group called “The American Whitetail Authority.” AWA announced last week the creation of the only professional whitetail deer hunting competition in the world — the Whitetail Pro Series. By way of four regional qualifying events held throughout the…

Free Fishing Days on the horizon

A reminder for those looking for something free from the state: The 2010 Illinois Free Fishing Days are scheduled for June 11-14, which means anyone may fish without the need to have a sport fishing license, inland trout stamp or salmon stamp. Categories: Illinois – Ralph Loos

Swing and a miss: plenty of fish, but no Asian carp

Chicago, Ill. — There were lots of fish – 40 different species in all – but not a single Asian carp. The state’s most expensive fishing trip ended a few days ago, a poisoning operation aimed at rooting out the voracious Asian carp in a Chicago-area river, without turning up any of the unwanted fish, DNR reported Monday. Officials said…

Bear sighting reported in Bureau County

Tiskliwa, Ill. — According to an Associated Press report, Bureau County Deputy Sheriff Sherry Barto believes she saw two black bears Saturday morning in a field near Tiskilwa, about 50 miles north of Peoria. People who live in the area reported seeing a mother and cub, and Barto said she saw what looked like a pair of bears about 10:30…

Hunter Safety Instructor cited for deer violations

An Illinois Master hunter Safety Instructor for the DNR was issued a number of citations for wildlife and criminal charges late last week, according to DNR law enforcement. Edward “Wayne” Pratt and Mary “Buffy” Pratt, both of Beardstown were given four citations for unlawful loaning of deer permits to another and four citations for unlawful falsification of records on deer…

Illini West wins high school bass championship

Gusty winds weren’t enough to keep the state’s top high school anglers off of Carlyle Lake Friday and Saturday – and it wasn’t enough to keep them from pulling in lots of bass. The team from Illini West weighed in 10 fish totaling 30 pounds 5 ounces over the two-day tournament to win the second annual event. Following are the…

Turkey hunters shooting for record spring through two weeks

Two weeks into the season, Illinois turkey hunters find themselves on course to set a record for spring harvest. In the opening week, north zone hunters took 2,752 birds – the highest first week total since the 2,864 they took in 2002. According to DNR, the top five counties were JoDaviess (197), Pike (158), Fulton (139), Adams (127), Schuyler (105)….