Illinois Outdoor News

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 17, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Palumbo received a disposition in a case regarding a Thomson man arrested for unlawful take of a trophy caliber white-tailed buck on property he did not have permission to hunt. The man pled guilty; and his fines, costs, and processing fees were more than $600. The processed venison was donated…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – May 17, 2019

Season Dates June 1: Woodchuck hunting season opens statewide. June 15: Bullfrog hunting season opens. Banquets/Fundraisers June 2: DU Banquet, noon-5 p.m., Duke and Joannies, Chandlerville. For more info call Ron Royer, 309-546-2534. Shooting/Archery May 19, June 16, July 14, Aug. 18, Sept. 15: Whitetail Archery 3D Shoot, 8-noon, Clinton III Archery Range. For more info call Craig Bottles, 309-826-6099….

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – May 17, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Shabbona: Look for crappies over the fish cribs and brush piles along the campground shoreline. Begin your search by setting your presentation half way down the water column. Best presentations include Mini-Mites and minnows. Bass fishing is slow. Muskie fishing is good….

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – May 3, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Shabbona: Look for crappies over the fish cribs and brush piles along the campground shoreline. Bass fishing is slow.  Braidwood: Shore fishermen are seeing quite a few small catfish and bluegills. Fish are being caught on ice jigs under a float or…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 3, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Henry County, CPO Posateri received a disposition involving a Geneseo man who received a citation for dumping a toilet out on the ice of the Rock River. He pled guilty to the charge of pollution of waterway, and he was fined $120. In Stephenson County, CPOs Beltran and Teas responded to a report…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – May 3, 2019

Season Dates June 1: Woodchuck hunting season opens statewide. June 15: Bullfrog hunting season opens. Shooting/Archery May 4-5: Tri County Gun Club, Open House, 9-4 p.m., at the Club. For more info call Dale Hayen, 815-625-7916. May 19, June 16, July 14, Aug. 18, Sept. 15: Whitetail Archery 3D Shoot, 8-noon, Clinton III Archery Range. For more info call Craig…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar of Events – April 19, 2019

Season Dates June 1: Woodchuck hunting season opens statewide. June 15: Bullfrog hunting season opens. Shooting/Archery May 4-5: Tri County Gun Club, Open House, 9-4 p.m., at the Club. For more info call Dale Hayen, 815-625-7916. May 19, June 16, July 14, Aug. 18, Sept. 15: Whitetail Archery 3D Shoot, 8-noon, Clinton III Archery Range. For more info call Craig…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 19, 2019

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Whiteside County, CPO Palumbo issued a Morrison man a citation and written warnings for unlawfully taking a white-tailed buck with no either sex deer permit, failing to tag immediately upon kill, and deer hunting with no habitat stamp. In McDonough County, CPO Elliott completed an investigation involving a nonresident hunter who killed a doe…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – April 5, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Braidwood: Anglers are finding some good largemouths on spinnerbaits and swimjigs. There are some days that reaction strikes are the way to go, so don’t be afraid to bounce a crankbait off the rocks to trigger a strike. Bangs Lake: Bass fair…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 5, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Henry County, CPO Posateri collected a dead bald eagle that was hit by a car. It will be relayed to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and then forwarded to the National Eagle Repository. Eagles and eagle parts are available only to Native Americans enrolled in federally recognized tribes for use in religious…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – April 5, 2019

Season Dates April 1: Spring turkey hunting season opens in South Zone (tentative) April 8: Spring turkey hunting season opens in North Zone (tentative) June 1: Woodchuck hunting season opens statewide. June 15: Bullfrog hunting season opens. Banquets/Fundraisers April 6: Illinois North WTU Banquet, 4 p.m., Celebrations 150, North Utica. For more info call Darel Martin, 309-369-8265. April 13: Illinois…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – March 22, 2019

Season Dates April 1: Spring turkey hunting season opens in South Zone (tentative) April 8: Spring turkey hunting season opens in North Zone (tentative) Banquets/Fundraisers March 22: Sugar Hill WTU Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Bloomington Interstate Center, Bloomington. For more info call Jake Evans, 309-303-9988. March 22: Horseshoe Lake Longbeards Banquet, Alexander-Pulaski Sportsman’s Club, Miller City. For more info call Karen…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 22, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Ogle County, CPO Beltran responded to a complaint of illegal hunting in a subdivision. A Byron man fired a rifle at a coyote in his backyard. The man was issued a ticket and a written warning, and he was educated on lawful coyote hunting. In Stephenson County, CPOs Alt and Hoftender responded to…

Leftover turkey permits to go on sale Tuesday

A technical problem of some sorts paused the sale of “leftover” turkey permits, which had been scheduled for over-the-counter sales on March 12. The Illinois DNR has announced that those permits will go on sale beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday. “In fairness to all turkey hunters, I decided to delay the start of over-the-counter sales for an additional week,” DNR…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 8, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Ogle County, CPO Hoftender responded to a poaching complaint. The caller thought the deer had been shot. She determined that the yearling deer had been killed by coyotes. In Stephenson County, CPO Hoftender responded to a complaint involving the possible poisoning of a hawk. With the assistance of an DNR district biologist, the…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – March 8, 2019

Season Dates April 1: Spring turkey hunting season opens in South Zone (tentative) April 8: Spring turkey hunting season opens in North Zone (tentative) Banquets/Fundraisers March 8: Northern Illinois WTU Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Inn Banquet Center, Batavia. For more info call Chris Manny, 630-774-4180. March 9: Illini WTU Banquet, 4 p.m., Wyndham Garden Urbana. For more info call Mark…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – Feb. 22, 2019

Season Dates April 1: Spring turkey hunting season opens in South Zone (tentative) April 8: Spring turkey hunting season opens in North Zone (tentative) Banquets/Fundraisers Feb. 23: River Bottom Stump Sitters WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Johnny & June’s, Flora. For more info call Tim Murphy, 618-335-9631. March 1: Rock Island, Henry County PF Banquet, 6 p.m., Camden Centre, Milan. For…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – Feb. 22, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: The browns and cohos are starting to get active. Fish the warm-water discharges with jigs and twisters tipped with a piece of squid or crankbaits like a J-9 in chart/white or orange/gold. Small orange dodger and peanut flies log lining…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 22, 2019

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Palumbo issued multiple citations to a Thomson man for unlawfully taking a trophy quality buck on property he did not have permission to hunt. In Whiteside County, CPO Palumbo issued a Morrison woman a citation and written warnings for unlawfully taking a young, five-point buck with a crossbow without possessing an…