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…

Angler gift wish list should include sunglasses

I recently had a conversation with Dr. Gary Nesty about the importance of proper eye wear while fishing. Dr. Nesty is  a practicing optometrist, as well as a tournament fisherman. I knew that I needed some first-hand knowledge to help…

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,…

Leftover turkey permits to go on sale Tuesday

A technical problem of some sorts paused the sale of "leftover" turkey permits, which had been scheduled for over-the-counter sales on March 12. The Illinois DNR has announced that those permits will go on sale beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday.…

Surprising choice for new DNR director

It’s a bit of a head-scratcher, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s choice to run DNR is Colleen Callahan, a 61-year-old Edwards resident who runs her own communications consulting firm, formerly worked as an agriculture broadcaster and has deep roots in Illinois politics. In his announcement, Pritzker did not point out any connections Callahan has with the state’s outdoors.

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