Ralph Loos

Spring turkey harvest down slightly from 2008

Illinois turkey hunters harvested 15,488 turkeys during the recently-completed 2009 spring season, according to DNR. The total is down a bit from the 15,792 taken last spring. North Zone hunters took 9,135 birds, down from the 2008 total of 9,505.…

LIVE! Blog from high school fishing finals

The country's first ever sanctioned high school fishing tournament kicked off at 7 a.m. this morning at Carlyle Lake. A calm and cloudy morning turned wet when heavy raind began to fall at about 10 a.m. The 53 teams from…

Illinois deer season changes announced

DNR announced today changes in deer hunting season dates and a series of regulations changes for the upcoming 2009-2010 seasons. The changes are a result of the state’s Joint Deer Population Task Force. The seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season will…

Turkey harvest up in south, down in north

Springfield — Turkey hunters in the south zone fared better than their northern counterparts during the opening weeks of the spring season. Cold and wet conditions are being blamed for a slow start in the north zone, where hunters harvested…

Youth turkey hunters take 617 birds

Illinois Youth Turkey hunters harvested a total of 617 birds, down slightly from 638 last year. The harvest was actually an increase over 2006 (525) and 2007 ((579). The season were held March 28-29 in the south zone and April…

Illinois Junior Duck Stamp winner named

For the second consecutive year, Abraham Hunter, of Vienna, won “Best of Show” honors during the Illinois segment of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. The acrylic painting entitled “Golden Daybreak” depicts a pair of common goldeneye ducks with…

Father-son team wins MWC on the Illinois

Steve and Adam Sandor, of Tonica and Ottawa, respectively, caught a 2-day total of 27.6 pounds to win the 2009 Cabela’s MWC tournament on the Illinois River this past weekend. The father-son team landed 12.05 pounds on day one and…

Granberg indeed cashing in at DNR's expense

Here at Outdoor News, we predicted back in January that Kurt Granberg accepted his brief DNR Director position in order to cash in on the fault-full Illinois State Employees Retirement System. As Dave McKinney of the Chicago Sun-Times confirms, the…

Illinois River restrictions lifted

DNR has removed the boating restrictions it authorized last week on the Illinois River. The agency issued the restrictions because of rising water levels and swift currents. Many walleye and sauger anglers have been unable to access the river because…

Illinois scores big at NWTF

Several Illinois callmakers took honors during last month's National Wild Turkey Federation convention. Stay tuned for a complete list.

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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