Illinois – Ralph Loos

Shelbyville dove hunt schedule tweaked

A change has been made to the popular opening day dove hunt at Lake Shelbyville, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today. To allow greater participation, a hunt open to all ages will take place from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at South Sand Creek Dove Field. The morning hunt will be followed by an afternoon…

Seven counties cut from late-winter deer hunt, one added

DNR deer program manager Tom Micetich offered some news this week when he said seven counties will be dropped from the list of those offering late-winter hunts this coming season. Dropped are Lee, Jasper, Franklin, Washington, Williamson, Jackson and Massac Counties. “They each fell below the task force’s goal for vehicle-deer accidents and the need for an additional season to…

Fall shotgun turkey hunters can apply for second lottery

Turkey hunters have until Aug. 24 to apply for the second lottery for fall shotgun permits. Hunters can apply online through DNR Direct or with an application form available through the DNR web site, http://dnr.state.il.us. Just follow the link to Turkey Hunting. Also, free upland game permits are available online, with the application deadline set for Aug. 31. Categories: Illinois…

Illinois waterfowl seasons announced

Illinois duck hunters will get a 60-day duck season in each of the state’s three waterfowl hunting zones, along with Canada goose hunting seasons of 85 days in the North and Central zones and 66 days in the South Zone for the 2009-2010 waterfowl season, according to a DNR announcement. The Illinois seasons, based on a five-year plan for waterfowl…

Another bear roaming Illinois

Three months after a black bear was captured in Bureau County, another has been spotted in the state. On June 18, reports of a bear roaming in Jo Daviess County were coming in to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department. According to the Galena Gazette, deputy sheriff Mike Oellerich photographed the bear outside Stockton at South Funston Road and U.S….

Dixon named ‘Catfish Capital’ of Illinois

Pike County is known as the “Deer Capital” of Illinois and now the Land of Lincoln now has its own Catfish Capital. Does your town deserve such an honor? Dixon, a small town that features a catfish-rich stretch of the Rock River, is now officially the catfish capital of Illinois. The honor comes just as the Cabela’s King Kat Catfishing…

Lawmakers could dispose of top DNR employees

Big names with big titles inside DNR could disappear from the agency’s payroll if pending legislation makes it out of the Senate during this, the final week of the spring session. Senate Bill 1333, introduced as an amendment to the Military Leave of Absence Act and later amended to create the Officials and Employees Termination Act of 2009, would “provide…

Spring turkey harvest down slightly from 2008

Illinois turkey hunters harvested 15,488 turkeys during the recently-completed 2009 spring season, according to DNR. The total is down a bit from the 15,792 taken last spring. North Zone hunters took 9,135 birds, down from the 2008 total of 9,505. The top North Zone counties were: JoDaviess 612, Pike 549, Adams 421, Fulton 417 and Macoupin 351. South Zone hunters…

LIVE! Blog from high school fishing finals

The country’s first ever sanctioned high school fishing tournament kicked off at 7 a.m. this morning at Carlyle Lake. A calm and cloudy morning turned wet when heavy raind began to fall at about 10 a.m. The 53 teams from around the state were originally scheduled to fish until 3 p.m., but thundering skies has led officials to call in…

Illinois deer season changes announced

DNR announced today changes in deer hunting season dates and a series of regulations changes for the upcoming 2009-2010 seasons. The changes are a result of the state’s Joint Deer Population Task Force. The seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season will be Nov. 20 – 22, 2009 and Dec. 3 – 6, 2009, while the Muzzleloader-only season will be Dec. 11…

Turkey harvest up in south, down in north

Springfield — Turkey hunters in the south zone fared better than their northern counterparts during the opening weeks of the spring season. Cold and wet conditions are being blamed for a slow start in the north zone, where hunters harvested 2,248 birds during the first week, down from last years’ opening harvest of 2,510. The opening day harvest of 417…

Youth turkey hunters take 617 birds

Illinois Youth Turkey hunters harvested a total of 617 birds, down slightly from 638 last year. The harvest was actually an increase over 2006 (525) and 2007 ((579). The season were held March 28-29 in the south zone and April 4-5 in the north zone. The south zone harvest of 254 was higher than last year’s 244, according to DNR…

Illinois Junior Duck Stamp winner named

For the second consecutive year, Abraham Hunter, of Vienna, won “Best of Show” honors during the Illinois segment of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. The acrylic painting entitled “Golden Daybreak” depicts a pair of common goldeneye ducks with the male spreading his wings and shaking off water. The winning artwork has been entered in the national competition to…

Father-son team wins MWC on the Illinois

Steve and Adam Sandor, of Tonica and Ottawa, respectively, caught a 2-day total of 27.6 pounds to win the 2009 Cabela’s MWC tournament on the Illinois River this past weekend. The father-son team landed 12.05 pounds on day one and 15.55 pounds on day two. The Sandors also earned ‘big fish’ awards with a 4.76 pounder. Second place went to…

Granberg indeed cashing in at DNR’s expense

Here at Outdoor News, we predicted back in January that Kurt Granberg accepted his brief DNR Director position in order to cash in on the fault-full Illinois State Employees Retirement System. As Dave McKinney of the Chicago Sun-Times confirms, the prediction has been realized. In today’s (March 30) Sun-Times, the ever-vigilant McKinney writes, “Illinois taxpayers are on the hook for…

Illinois River restrictions lifted

DNR has removed the boating restrictions it authorized last week on the Illinois River. The agency issued the restrictions because of rising water levels and swift currents. Many walleye and sauger anglers have been unable to access the river because of the water levels. Categories: Illinois – Ralph Loos