Illinois Outdoor News

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – Sept. 6, 2019

Season Dates Oct. 1: Archery deer season opens. Oct. 1: Archery turkey season opens. Banquets/Fundraisers Sept. 13: Knox Co Bow & Bullets WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., The Columbian Club KC of Galesburg. For more info call Terry Howarter, 309-388-0159. Sept. 19: Rockford Area WTU Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Lino’s, Rockford. For more info call Bryan Hall, 815-670-0912. Sept. 21: Loud Thunder…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Sept. 6, 2019

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…

Illinois Conservation Foundation names new executive director (again)

Without mentioning Eric Schenck, who had been executive director if the Illinois Conservation Foundation for a little over two years, DNR announced Crystal Curfman as the new executive director. ICF is an arm of the DNR, though the relationship has always been somewhat cloudy. The DNR director automatically serves as chairman of the ICF Board of Directors. Former DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal had appointed Schenck….

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 23, 2019

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…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – Aug. 23, 2019

Season Dates Sept. 1: Dove hunting season opens statewide. Sept. 1: Early Canada goose season opens (tentative) Oct. 1: Archery deer season opens. Oct. 1: Archery turkey season opens. Banquets/Fundraisers Aug. 24: Rivers Edge WTU Banquet, 4 p.m., The Ambiance, Quincy. For more info call Derrick Nelson, 309-224-2210. Aug. 24: Little Wabash NWTF Banquet, Country Haven Event Center. For more…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – Aug. 9, 2019

Season Dates Sept. 1: Dove hunting season opens statewide. Sept. 1: Early Canada goose season opens (tentative) Oct. 1: Archery deer season opens. Oct. 1: Archery turkey season opens. Banquets/Fundraisers Aug. 17: Honest Woods WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., The Rock, Coal Valley. For more info call Tom Van Houtte, 309-781-5178. Aug. 17: Kaskaskia River Delta Waterfowl Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Karban’s…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – July 26, 2019

Season Dates Aug. 1: Squirrel hunting season opens statewide. Banquets/Fundraisers July 27: Kaskaskia Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club, Mascoutah. For more info call John McKinney, 618-207-0290. Aug. 3: Trico/Steeleville Scholastic Trap WTU Banquet, 4 p.m., American Legion, Steeleville. For more info call Wendell Taylor, 618-214-2917. Aug. 17: Honest Woods WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., The Rock, Coal Valley….

Illinois Fishing & Hunting Report – July 26, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: Bluegills were good in shallow water. Crappies were good on minnows and light jigs in channels. Northern pike were hitting spinnerbaits and spoons. Catfish are biting nightcrawlers or fatheads. Muskies were very good, hitting on spinners. White bass were fair in…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 26, 2019

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…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 12, 2019

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…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – July 12, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides, and fishing guides. Editor’s Note: Water levels have remained high in many parts of the state and fishing reports have been sporadic. More anglers have filed reports in recent days and fishing activity appears to be returning to normal, though flooding has affected some areas. North…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – July 12, 2019

Season Dates Aug. 1: Squirrel hunting season opens statewide. Banquets/Fundraisers July 20: Quail Forever Banquet, 5 p.m., A Fair Barn, Salem. For more info call Scott Tolliver, 618-267-6286. July 27: Kaskaskia Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club, Mascoutah. For more info call John McKinney, 618-207-0290. Aug. 3: Trico/Steeleville Scholastic Trap WTU Banquet, 4 p.m., American Legion, Steeleville. For…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – June 28, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. Editor’s note: High water and flooding continued in most parts of the state at the time these reports were compiled. Please keep in mind that due to this, reporting on some lakes and rivers was limited. DNR and other agencies have reminded anglers…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – June 28, 2019

Season Dates Aug. 1: Squirrel hunting season opens statewide. Banquets/Fundraisers July 27: Kaskaskia Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club, Mascoutah. For more info call John McKinney, 618-207-0290. Aug. 3: Trico/Steeleville Scholastic Trap WTU Banquet, 4 p.m., American Legion, Steeleville. For more info call Wendell Taylor, 618-214-2917. Aug. 17: Honest Woods WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., The Rock, Coal Valley….

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 28, 2019

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…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 14, 2019

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…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – June 14, 2019

Season Dates June 1: Woodchuck hunting season opens statewide. June 15: Bullfrog hunting season opens. Aug. 1: Squirrel hunting season opens statewide. Banquets/Fundraisers July 27: Kaskaskia Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club, Mascoutah. For more info call John McKinney, 618-207-0290. Aug. 3: Trico/Steeleville Scholastic Trap WTU Banquet, 4 p.m., American Legion, Steeleville. For more info call Wendell Taylor,…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – June 14, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. Editor’s note: Flooding and high water across the state have limited fishing in recent weeks and reports have been few. Anglers are advised to take precaution when trying to fish, especially in rivers where water levels can rise quickly. North Lake Atwood: Bluegills…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 31, 2019

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….

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – May 31, 2019

Season Dates June 1: Woodchuck hunting season opens statewide. June 15: Bullfrog hunting season opens. Aug. 1: Squirrel hunting season opens statewide. Banquets/Fundraisers June 2: DU Banquet, noon-5 p.m., Duke and Joannies, Chandlerville. For more info call Ron Royer, 309-546-2534. July 27: Kaskaskia Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club, Mascoutah. For more info call John McKinney, 618-207-0290. Shooting/Archery…