Talking technology: Do we anglers have an unfair advantage?

Some say that technology is ruining our experience on the water. Others might just say the opposite is true.  Either way, this is a losing battle between the two groups. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, that doesn’t mean…

Spring fishing and the moral dilemma of bedding bass

Spring is coming and so is some of the best fishing around. This means that Lake Michigan will be crazy with tasty coho and the tournaments for bass will be starting. This is an exciting time of year, but it…

A deer season of highs and lows ends with a buck

I recently shared with you my experiences with the emotions that resulted when an afternoon bow hunt Nov. 3 went very wrong. I shot a 2.5-year-old buck, and despite a great start to a blood trail, looming darkness and heavy…

A different approach for the 2018-19 deer season

Well, the Illinois 2018-19 deer season is officially underway. As always, I was in the deer woods on opening day for morning and afternoon hunts. The day was damp and dismal at best. I’ve never killed a deer opening day,…

Illinois Conservation Foundation names new executive director (again)

Without mentioning Eric Schenck, who had been executive director if the Illinois Conservation Foundation for a little over two years, DNR announced Crystal Curfman as the new executive director. ICF is an arm of the DNR, though the relationship has always been somewhat…

Finally, public will hear suggestions for two DNR gems

After a year of study, Southern Illinois University will offer its suggestions on getting the most out of hunter and angler paradise that is the 19,700-acre Pyramid State Park and the trapshooter nirvana that is the World Shooting and Recreation Complex.

Illinois anglers on Asian carp plan: Just do it and get it over with

The survey came after news broke that Gov. J.B. Pritzker wrote the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a letter last week indicating that he had authorized the state’s collaboration with preconstruction, design and engineering work in the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet.

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