Jay's Jaunts by Jay Nehrkorn

September squirrels are harder, but not hopeless

For those who will brave the heat and the mosquitoes, the early September lull isn’t hopeless but it is more difficult. Squirrels may be more alert, but some barking squirrels hold their ground just a little too long.

South zone turkey hunters should expect plenty of 'gobbling'

The spring turkey hunting season opens April 8 in the south zone and April 15 in the north zone. But the prelude to the seasons - the annual Youth Hunt - was help this past weekend. Those in the woods say there are plenty of active gobblers to be found.

Deer Season Memories Will Be More Feathers than Fur

The January late-winter antlerless deer season has been an annual “last hoorah” for my yearly deer hunting since its early days as a handgun-only affair, and with the season still being offered in my stomping grounds of Perry County, it…

Hunting Benefit That May Be Overlooked

Early this fall at a hunting and fishing expo, I met a gentleman by the name of Larry Williams who works for V3 Technical Services, LLC as part of the Illinois Lost Veterans Project. The project reaches out to veterans…

Think Small for Rabbit Hotspots

Deer hunting didn’t become a part of my lifestyle until my teenage years were behind me, but November has always been a highly anticipated time of year for me because it marks the opening of rabbit season. Like squirrel hunting,…

Hunting & Fishing Days Didn’t Disappoint

Approximately 42,000 people came to the John A. Logan College campus in Carterville on Sept. 22-23 to enjoy Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days, and I’m glad to say that a large percentage of them were kids. This year was…

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days Are Here Again

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days celebrates its 25th anniversary on the campus of John A. Logan College in Carterville this month, and while I’m a relative newcomer compared to many of the faithful attendees from the past quarter-century, planning…

August Squirrels On the Move (and the Table)

After a couple of months of scouting, as well as consulting with other hunters and foresters, I have to admit that my expectations for an action-packed August in the squirrel woods weren’t at an all time high this year. No…

Another Tough Year for August Squirrel Hunters? Maybe…

Some of you may recall a couple of blog posts and articles last year in which I reported – and lamented - that my preseason scouting for squirrels had revealed an almost non-existent hickory nut crop where I do most…

Backwoods and Farm Pond Favorites

A day on the lake or at a park full of strip pits is great when you can pull it off, but during the long daylight hours of summer, quick fishing opportunities can also present themselves when the work day…

NRA Expo Displays Gun Industry Trends

The April 13-15 shooting industry expo at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in St. Louis showed that many of the trends we’ve seen evolving over the last couple of years are still alive and well – especially the “undead”…

Expo Across the River Offers a Rare Opportunity

As the days get longer and things green up, my mind always drifts to turkeys. This is the time of year that I get antsy for my first available day to chase the big birds; opening day of  the earliest…

Listen! Do You Smell Something?

Let me start by saying that I’m not the sort of fellow who sees the whole world through crosshairs, and I’m certainly not in the habit of trying to saw small creatures in half with a chainsaw – at least…

.45 /.410 Handguns: Are There Sporting Applications?

When the rabbit finally emerged from the tangled honeysuckle it darted around the back side of an old shed and went into a sprint toward the safety of its hole beneath a rusty, abandoned station wagon. The crossing shot was…

About This Blog


As a fellow outdoorsman and a regular contributor to Illinois Outdoor News, I’m pleased to be part of the Outdoor News blog roll. Those of you who have seen my drivel in the pages of ION may be somewhat familiar with my background as a 17-year deer and turkey hunter who cut his teeth as a boy hunting small game in the fencerows and creek bottoms of Perry County. I’ve also been known to wet a line now and then, and in recent years I’ve started getting acquainted with waterfowl hunting.

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