Illinois – Shane Malawy

The hunter migration has begun

Many of my fellow outdoorsmen and women are emerging from their summer lairs and heading into the pre-deer season woods. The mission is obvious: do some pre-season scouting and get those tree stands up. The shorter days, cooler temperatures and the overall feel of fall have each of us a little —  in my case, a lot — geared up…

"Fishing Getaway" has another successful Rend Lake visit

The United Special Sportsman Alliance recently rolled in to southern Illinois with a convoy of 12 families, 23 children and 18 anglers for its 7th annual “fishing getaway" at Rend Lake. The USSA is the largest "dream-wish-granting" fishing and hunting charity in the U.S., according to founder and C.E.O. Brigid O’Donoghue. The USSA, along with anglers from Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee…

Lunker Lure helping more than just anglers

Anglers outside of southern Illinois may not realize that some of the lures in their tackle boxes are being produced in Perry County by an organization with a history of helping mentally and physically challenged adults. Lunker Lure, which began production in late 1960 in Carterville, has been contracting with 5-Star Industries in Du Quoin for more than 6 years….

P.A.S.T. trying to breathe life back into traditional archery

The P.A.S.T. is still alive at Pyramid State Park for 33 members of an elite club from Southern Illinois. The Pyramid Archery Society (Traditional) or P.A.S.T is a group of individuals from Washington, Perry, Jefferson, Jackson, and Williamson counties whose goal is to keep traditional archery alive. In 1994, founding members of P.A.S.T. began gathering at Pyramid State Park archery…

Taking the future of hunting into my own hands

As some of you may have noticed, I have not updated this blog for a while.I can assure you I have not been in hibernation mode this winter. I have been painstakingly working on a project that began in November of 2011. I have long been an advocate of getting our youth involved in everything outdoors. My downfall was that…

Program helps get kids interested in the outdoors

Children are the future of the outdoors and, like many other hunters and anglers, I feel we must get them interested in everything outdoors.Along those lines, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a couple heroes of mine. These individuals are not caped crusaders or even the stuff movies and legends are made of. They are…

Bullfrog hunting season is upon us

One of my favorite fishing seasons is upon us. What better way to spend a hot, humid, southern Illinois evening than pursuing the Rana catesbeiana – also  known as the bullfrog to us common folk. “Frogging” is a popular but often unmentioned fishing sport that usually provides plenty of quality time with friends and family. June 15 kicks off the…

Litter in our outdoors: not just an Illinois problem

While scanning the Outdoor News web site, I stumbled onto fellow Blogger and Ohio Outdoor News Columnist, Steve Pollick. Mr. Pollick’s story titled, “Some so-called ‘sportsmen’ are trash- tossin lowlifes” instantly caught my attention. In Steve’s blog, he most certainly documents a valid point. Mr. Pollick just “tells it how it is” in this article without any regard to political…

Habitat should be your first option

There is no doubt that some of you readers are becoming tired, if not annoyed, by my rants on the topic of habitat preservation. Yet I feel compelled to pour out my heart and try to instill my concerns into my fellow outdoorsmen and women. On a recent evening drive near my home, I was literally brought to tears when…

Where are the Cougars?

As the 2010 hunting season draws to a close, I sit at my computer preparing my first blog for the Illinois Outdoor News and a simple question comes to mind: Where are the cougars of southern Illinois? As hundreds of hunters return to their lairs and thousands of game camera pictures are analyzed, I have heard no tales and seen…