“What diner won’t be intrigued when they read Copi tacos or Copi burgers on a menu?”
Agencies concluded multi-year law enforcement investigation into the poaching and over-harvesting of hundreds of vulnerable spawning lake whitefish from the Menominee River.
Under the new law, deer hunters will be limited to the use of single-shot centerfire rifles.
Essentially two different natural resources careers in action – a site super and fisheries biologist. (Gretchen Steele)For the f irst time in what seems like years, we are finally starting to see job openings in a multitude of natural resources-related careers. My social media feeds and email inbox has been filled with job opening announcements from state and federal agencies,…
A total of 147,004 deer were taken, down significantly from the 162,752 harvested in 2020-2021.
MAKANDA, Ill. – Trail of Tears State Forest is now home to two new privies thanks to the local Boy Scout, River Michael Doss. Doss attends Marion High School. With the help of Boy Scout Troop 42 and volunteers, Doss built and installed two privy structures at Trail of Tears State Forest. The project kicked off with an initial planning…
Hunters in neighboring states had quick access to their final harvest.
Ornithologists are trying to adjust to a plover summer during the coronavirus outbreak.
On Sunday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office instructed DNR to close state parks and other sites.
An interesting tidbit for the state’s sportsmen is the proposed budget’s forecast for participation in fishing, trapping and hunting. The new budget proposal projects the state will have 710,000 fishermen in FY 2021 – the same number in FY 2020 but a drastic increase over the 579,497 anglers projected back in the FY 2017 budget.
The permanent position had been vacant since former chief Mark Alessi stepped over last year to assume a role as central region manager for DNR’s Division of Natural Heritage.
Hunters in Illinois bagged a preliminary total of 50,173 deer, down from 58,836 in 2018.
Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Rock Island County, CPO Francisko conducted numerous boat patrols on the Rock and Mississippi rivers to check fishermen and perform boat safety inspections. This resulted in 11 citations (three fishing and eight boating) being issued. Forty-eight written warnings were also issued. In Rock Island County, Sgt. Petreikis and CPOT Doescher cited a woman…
Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In JoDaviess County, While on patrol at Apple River Canyon State Park, CPO Hoftender and CPOT Doescher observed a vehicle drive by with a child hanging out of the car window. A vehicle stop was conducted, and the man was cited for the violation. In Ogle County, While on patrol at Castle Rock State…
A study led by University of Michigan researchers found that despite a drop-off in plankton, the tiny plants and animals on which bighead and silver carp typically feed, the lake has enough dietary options to sustain individual fish that venture away from nutrient-rich shoreline areas where most would congregate.
Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Stephenson County, CPO Beltran and CPOT AJ Hyatt discovered a fisherman in possession of live rusty crayfish (invasive species), and appropriate enforcement action was taken. In Hancock County, While conducting sport fishing compliance checks, CPO Wheatley encountered a male and female fishing at the Niota boat ramp. Neither of the two had a…
After a year of study, Southern Illinois University will offer its suggestions on getting the most out of hunter and angler paradise that is the 19,700-acre Pyramid State Park and the trapshooter nirvana that is the World Shooting and Recreation Complex.
Some of the invasive fish reportedly from 20 to 30 pounds.
Thousands of the invasive carp reportedly clustering near the base of Lake Decatur dam.
Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Teas and CPO Trainee (CPOT) Andrew Hyatt responded to a boat accident at Lake Carroll. An overloaded ski boat was pulling a subject on a tube, and the boat took a large wake over the bow. The occupants ran to the rear of the boat which caused the entire boat…
Efforts conducted June 3-14 included environmental DNA surveillance at more than 400 sites and investigation of 602 sites for fish.
Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, While on a boat patrol on Lake Carroll, CPO Palumbo and CPO Trainee (CPOT) Skelton located three juveniles in an unregistered, 10-foot jon boat. Two of the occupants were wearing their PFDs, and the third did not have one available to him. The vessel was followed back to their dock, and…
Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis IIn Henry County, While patrolling at the Hennepin Canal, CPO Posateri found a car blocking the gate. The car was filled with food and other household items. The owner of the car and another subject were located, and they were camping in a restricted area. Both subjects had active warrants for their arrest, and…
Preliminary statewide total of 15,189 wild turkeys is up from 13,494 the previous year.
Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Francisko conducted a commercial fishing investigation. Commercial fishermen are required by law to submit an annual report to the IDNR showing what type and amount of fish they caught. It was determined the man under reported the amount of fish he caught in 2018. Other reporting irregularities were also discovered….
The birds once numbered in the millions across the state but there are now about 200 left.