Ralph Loos

DNR promotes McClelland to lead Division of Fisheries

It appears the Illinois DNR has a new chief of the department that manages the state’s fish. Dan Stephenson, who retired from the position this summer, announced via email Monday that Mike McClelland has accepted the role of leading the Division…

ICF to induct five new members to Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame

Five Illinoisans who’ve helped shape and support the state’s wildlife, nature and outdoor recreation will be inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame this fall. The new class was recognized Saturday in Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair.…

McTaggart to replace Bluett as DNR furbearer manager

Stan McTaggart, who has spent more than four years managing upland game as the DNR's agriculture and grassland wildlife program manager, is replacing Bob Bluett as the agency’s wildlife diversity program manager. Among other things, McTaggart, who also has served the DNR as…

EHD was moderate in state's deer herd in 2017

According to the DNR, 66 reports of EHD were received from landowners and hunters totaling 169 deer in 32 counties. By comparison, in 2012, the worst year for EHD in Illinois, a total of 2,968 dead deer were reported in 87 counties.

Hunters steaming into final week of deer season

The state’s deer season wraps up Sunday, and it appears hunters will easily top last year’s harvest total. DNR has released numbers from the first weekend of the late-winter and special CWD seasons, which produced a harvest of 1,714 deer, compared…

DNR once again appears ready to get into the ATV trail business

Talk about opening ATV trails have been tossed around for a few years. Hunters and others who use state land are mostly opposed to the idea, citing loss of natural areas and habitat, not to mention the noise and crowds an ATV facility would bring.

Anti-bobcat trapping bill is amended, groups remain opposed

The proposal that would ban bobcat trapping and also the sale of bobcat pelts was amended on Friday to exclude southern Illinois and a handful of western counties from the ban, but trapper and sportsmen groups in the state remain strongly opposed.

About This Blog


Ralph Loos has been editor of Illinois Outdoor News since its launch in 2008. Previous to that, he was a newspaper reporter and editor in Springfield, Chicago, Denver and Nashville, Tennessee. Ralph grew up on a farm in southern Illinois (Perry County), where he fished local farm ponds and strip mine pits. An avid quail hunter, Ralph still spends a great deal of time on his family’s farm, hunting deer, squirrels and birds. He now resides in Edwardsville, where his only hobby outside of the outdoors is running marathons.

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