Traditional angler wonders: Is lead on the way out?

Every year I fish Lake Erie in search of monster-sized golden walleye. This trip is always topped off with some great smallmouth fishing action in the afternoons. These bronzebacks are starting to move up onto the shallow flats to spawn and this…

First hunt a treat for son – and his dad

As parents we often get caught up in school activities and any extra curricular activities for our children. This seems to take us over and we forget about what is important to us. We forget to make sure that we…

Salmon: Smoke 'em if you've got 'em

The process of smoking and preserving fish, or any other meats for that matter, is nothing new. It has been around for a very long time. However, many people find the process intimidating. The truth is just the opposite –…

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,…

What are deer warts and how do they affect your hunt?

So you’re sitting in the deer woods, or driving down the road, when you notice something completely out of the ordinary. It’s definitely a deer, but what in the world is all over its body? The deer appears to be…

Muzzleloader harvest up slightly in 2018

Hunters harvested 3,863 deer during the 2018 muzzleloader-only season, which took place this past weekend. The harvest tally was up slightly from the 3,765 taken in 2017. According to the Illinois DNR, harvest sex ratios were 56 percent does and 44 percent bucks…

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