Illinois Outdoor News

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar — March 24, 2017

Banquets/Fundraisers March 25: Taylorville Area WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., American Legion, Kincaid. For more info call Mick Moliske, 217-827-0029. March 25: Mississippi Valley NWTF Banquet, Cordova Civic Center. For more info call Gary Klavon, 309-523-3749. March 30: ISU Trap & Skeet Club NWTF Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Interstate Center, Bloomington. For more info call Rodney Graf, 309-261-4810. April 1: Illinois South…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar — March 10, 2017

Banquets/Fundraisers March 10: Cook County NWTF Banquet, 6 p.m., Chicago Elk Lodge #1596, Crestwood. For more info call Carleton Rendel, 708-349-8862. March 12: Quad County Hawg Hunters Muskies Inc. Banquet, Plano American Legion. For more info call Duane Landmeier, 815-286-7170. March 17: Illinois Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Wise Guys Bar & Grill, Princeton. For more info call Mike Carrow,…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — March 10, 2017

Region I – Capt. Laura Petreikis CPO Jones issued a Mount Carroll man citations for failure to report deer harvest and failure to tag deer immediately upon kill. The same subject was issued written warnings for failure to sign his deer tag, falsification of harvest record, and unlawful transportation of untagged deer. CPO Teas received a call from CPO Beltran,…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 24, 2017

Region I – Capt. Laura Petreikis CPO Posateri responded to a call for an injured bowhunter at Johnson Sauk Trail. The disabled hunter had called the staff asking for help but due to poor cell reception the call was lost before the staff could ascertain what kind of help was needed. The hunter was located with no injuries, but he…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

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 on the lakefront from the boats. 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. Trolling small…

Stocking of fish to drop amid DNR struggles

If all goes well, biologists and technicians will release between 11 million and 12 million fish into the state’s lakes and rivers this year – a significant decline from the 20.9 million stocked in 2016 and light years from the 79.5 million fish stocked 15 years ago in 2002.

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 24, 2017

Banquets/Fundraisers Feb. 24: Rock Island, Henry Co. PF Banquet, 6 p.m., Camden Centre, Milan. For more info call Bill Martin, 309-787-0340. Feb. 25: Woodford County NWTF Banquet, 5:30 p.m., St. Mary’s of Lourds Parish Hall, Metoamora. For more info call Al Helton, 3009-397-0354. Feb. 25: Peoria DU Banquet, 5 p.m., Peoria Gateway Building. For more info call Mark Schore, 815-791-9993….

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 10, 2017

Feb. 11: Cold Water Creek WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Lavendar Crest Winery, Colona. For more info call Cindy Jackson, 309-373-1154. Feb. 11: Silver Creek QF Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Albers American Legion. For more info call 618-979-2733. Feb. 11: Two Rivers NWTF Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Linden Banquet Center, Rantoul. For more info call Kevin Kaiser, 217-840-4568. Feb. 18: Union County WTU…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 10, 2017

Region I – Capt. Laura Petreikis CPOs Teas and Beltran investigated an area where a very large buck was found in a field. A subject hit the snow-covered deer on a snowmobile and later discovered it to be a large buck. The head and antlers had been taken. After investigating, the deer and the field where it was found, the…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — Jan. 27, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: Fishing with spawn sacs in a pink or chartreuse color under a float or on the bottom will offer a great opportunity for one of these tough fighters. Tinsel jigs as well as tube jigs under floats are also producing…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Jan. 27, 2017

Region I – Capt. Laura Petreikis CPO Jones checked a group of waterfowl hunters from McHenry coming in after a successful hunt on the Mississippi River. The hunters claimed to have 300 decoys in their boat, four hunters, a dog and a 14-foot canoe. The passengers were hanging over the bow coming in to the launch, breaking ice. The four…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar — Jan. 27, 2017

Banquets/Fundraisers Jan. 28: Sauk Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Latin American Social Club, Sterling. For more info call Derrick Lamb, 815-564-7361. Feb. 4: Shoal Creek WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., KC Hall, Highland. For more info call Greg Zykan, 618-339-8112. Feb. 4: JoDaviess County NWTF Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Galena Convention Center. For more info call Carla Randecker, 815-777-0997. Feb . 4,…

The Wood Duck Challenge

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Step by Step Instructions on How To Build a Wood Duck Nesting Box and tips for mounting and habitat information on Wood Ducks from Outdoor News for youth